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Warehouse fire kills 5

At least five workers were burnt alive and six others injured, as a fire broke out at an anti-mosquito coil and spray warehouse last night.

Govt yet to act on HC directives

The government is yet to take steps to save Gulshan-Banani Lake in the capital in compliance with a High Court verdict since it has not received a copy of the verdict.

TIB graft report irks govt, cops

The law minister and police authorities yesterday heavily criticised the survey report of Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) about corruption in service sectors.

BNP struggles to contain conflicts

Jamaat-e-Islami has demanded its ally BNP leave them more than 30 municipalities to go into the next month's polls while the main opposition thinks its own candidates will do better in those seats.

UK faces legal challenge over training Rab

The UK government faces a legal challenge to its support for Bangladeshi elite crime fighting force, Rapid Action Battalion, described by western human rights organisations as a "government death squad".

Poor condition of ferries disrupts services badly

Dilapidated condition of ferries at Paturia-Daulatdia launch terminal is taking a heavy toll on passengers using Dhaka-Aricha highway. Due to the shortage of ferries, vehicles on both sides of Padma River remain stranded for hours almost every day.

Cheated, then denied justice

The expatriates' welfare ministry has kept ignoring for three months the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) instructions to redress agonies of a cheated migrant worker, who has been denied justice for over two years.

Free textbook distribution from Jan 1

The government will start distributing free textbooks from January 1 with the hope that those reach all primary and secondary students by the first week of the new academic session, said the national committee on textbook yesterday.

BNP steps up efforts to save war criminals

Opposition BNP has stepped up efforts to protect the war criminals after the arrest of its standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday alleged.

Hartal on edn policy not called off yet

Despite government attempts to persuade Sammilita Ulama Mashaikh Parishad to call off tomorrow's hartal, the parishad is adamant in going ahead with the strike protesting the education policy.

Muhith says he didn't sign any document

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said he did not sign any document regarding the resignation of Prof Muhammad Yunus from the post of managing director of Grameen Bank.

Xmas Today

Christians in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world are today celebrating Christmas commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Khaleda returns home from China

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday returned home from a five-day China visit at the invitation of Chinese Communist Party.

Rab arrests 3 suspects of acid attack

Rapid Action Battalion picked up three teenagers from Hazaribagh area of the capital on Thursday night on charge of throwing acid the night before on Jatra actress Parul Akhter Keya and her two siblings.

AL to finalise candidates today

Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) sits today to finalise candidates for the January 27 by-elections in Habiganj-1 and Brahmanbaria-3 constituencies.

Fire guts 6 shops in N'ganj

At least six shops including three illegal fuel stores went up in flames yesterday near Godnail bus stand in Narayanganj.

Bangabandhu airport land acquisition begins

Dhaka and Munshiganj district administration started the process of acquiring 25,000 acres of land of Arrial Beel, a wetland, to build the Bangabandhu International Airport.

BSF kills Bangladeshi cattle trader

A Bangladeshi was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Doikhawa border at Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat early yesterday.

3 killed as picnic bus overturns

A bus crash killed three people of a party going on a picnic and injured 15 others at Rustompur of Pallabi in the capital yesterday.

35 killed as Taliban fight Pak troops

At least 11 soldiers and 24 militants have been killed in clashes near the Afghan border in north-west Pakistan, officials have said.

Coalition forces kill two guards in Kabul office raid

Two Afghan security guards were killed after coalition forces raided an office in Kabul over an alleged plot to attack the United States embassy, officials said yesterday.

WikiLeaks won't harm US ties

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says that revelations from confidential US cables released by the WikiLeaks will not harm Moscow's relations with Washington.


Graft-ridden service sector

The picture provided by the survey titled, “Service Sector Corruption: National Households Survey 2010,” conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), is stunning, to say the least. The households surveyed shared their experience of 13 service sectors and the period covered was between June 2009 and May of this year. What is even more disconcerting is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. To paraphrase the comments of the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, this was not the full picture of corruption in the country but only a part, and that prevalence of corruption was more than this survey has revealed.

Early signs of export growth hope-giving

We have it on the authority of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) that the country's export outlook is brightening at a steady pace. The traders also sound upbeat about the rising trend. Not surprisingly, the reason for this buoyancy is ascribed to what is seen as a somewhat rapid recovery of the major importing countries from recession. The latter had whittled down demands from the western economies.


Fracas, dissent spoil day

Sporadic battles erupted in the Premier Cricket League yesterday, leaving cricket in the lurch.

Junaed injury not too serious

Following Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's knee injury, Bangladesh batsman Junaed Siddiqui was also hurt yesterday during the Premier Division Cricket League match also at BKSP.

Biman soar over BKSP

Mushfiqur Rahim continued his good form by hitting his third consecutive half-century as Biman maintained their winning run with a massive 101-run victory over BKSP in their Premier Division League match at the Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday.

Three in a row

The 2007 World Cup was the first to be held in the West Indies. It was a departure of sorts from previous editions. The ten Test nations together with ODI status holder Kenya were joined by qualifiers from the 2005 ICC trophy: Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland, making it the biggest tournament.

'Business end of Ashes'

England still have the upper hand going into the final two Tests of an enthralling Ashes series, needing only one more victory to retain the coveted urn against Australia.

Road show in Panchagarh

In a bid to inspire and connect the country's people with the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, a road show titled 'Catch Bangladesh Catch' reached Panchagarh yesterday after starting from Dhaka on Monday.

Nat'l kabaddi

Three teams moved into the finals of the Standard Chartered National Kabaddi Championship after emerging zonal champions at different venues yesterday.

Clamour over bleep tests

The five foreign players from Brothers Union finally turned up for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) monitored bleep test yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. But they all skipped the fitness examination citing injury problems and sickness, triggering a fear that they would not be allowed for the upcoming Bangladesh League.

Gillette parts with Woods

Procter and Gamble's Gillette brand will end its endorsement deal with golfer Tiger Woods when their current contract expires on December 31, a Gillette spokesman said Thursday.

Vice spectre hangs heavy

New Zealand face Pakistan in a Twenty20 international at Auckland's Eden Park on Sunday to launch a series set to be overshadowed by corruption claims swirling around the visiting team.

SA ready for backlash

South Africa are prepared for India's experienced line-up to fight back strongly in the Boxing Day Test after their crushing defeat at Centurion, captain Graeme Smith said on Thursday.

'Aussies are scared'

England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen believes the Aussies are boasting and making big statements because they are under pressure to deliver.

Noh Asia's new star

Asian golf uncovered a new star in 2010 with teen sensation Noh Seung-Yul winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit race as a battle between rival tours raged on.

McCullum to miss two T20s

New Zealand have suffered a setback as Brendon Mc-Cullum is likely to miss the first two Twenty20s against Pakistan due to back stiffness. On Wednesday, he had been named in the squad for the three Twenty20s over the next week but his availability was in doubt after a fitness test. New Zealand are already missing regular captain Daniel Vettori, who has been rested for the Twenty20s.

Bravo, Prior sign for Victoria

West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and English batsman Matt Prior will play for Victoria in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash series next month, officials said on Friday.

Butt faces 7-year ban

Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt is facing a seven-year ban while his teammates Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer could escape with two-year bans after next month's hearing of the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha.

Sonali decimate Dinajpur

Sonali Bank began their campaign of the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey Tour-nament with a massive 9-0 win over Dinajpur DSA at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan to list preliminaries on Dec 30

Pakistan's selection committee will meet on December 30 to finalise the preliminary squad of 30 players for the 2011 World Cup and the one-day side for the series in New Zealand.

Coaches want winter break

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini added his voice to calls for the English Premier League to follow their European counterparts and introduce a winter break.

Ancelotti taunts Arsenal

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has taunted title rivals Arsenal by insisting the Gunners are scared of facing Didier Drogba.

Leonardo tight-lipped

Leonardo has refused to be drawn on speculation he is set to replace Rafael Benitez as Inter Milan boss following the Spaniard's departure.

'We need to step up'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his players to end their poor run of results against the Premier League's best teams as they prepare to face Chelsea next week.

Modric going nowhere

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists there is no possibility of Chelsea signing Luka Modric.

Drogba demands end to violence

Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba demanded an end to the political violence in the strife-torn African state on Thursday and for the international community to be sympathetic to the country's latest troubles.

Chelsea-MU tie set for March 1

Chelsea and Manchester United's Premier League heavyweight showdown has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, March 1 after being postponed due to a frozen pitch at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.

Besiktas sign Almeida

Turkish football giants Besiktas signed their second Portuguese international this week when on Friday they secured the services of striker Hugo Almeida from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for 2million euros.

Parma, Genoa swap players

Genoa paid seven million euros on Thursday for Parma defender Luca Antonelli and striker Alberto Paloschi with Raffaele Palladino and Francesco Modesto heading in the opposite direction, the Ansa news agency reported.

Demichelis moving to Malaga

Argentine defender Martin Demichelis will go on loan to Spanish club Malaga from Germany's Bayern Munich for six months with an option to extend, he told Bild newspaper on Friday.

Gunmen kill two policemen in Iraq ambush

Gunmen killed two policemen and burned their vehicle in an ambush yesterday in the city of Samarra, north of the Iraqi capital, local police said.


My Favourite Trees

The Dharmarajika Buddhist compound in Kamalapur is an oasis of tranquillity in our frenetic city. A large pond in the centre dominates its grounds. The pond is surrounded by schools, dormitories, offices, a prayer area, statues of the Buddha, and numerous trees. The bucolic atmosphere here turns boisterous during the Buddhist functions, including Buddha Purnima and Probarana Purnima. The former consists of religious and festive parts while the latter provides a unique opportunity to see a Fanush (lighted hot-air balloon), released after sunset.

Accused giving correct info

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Yousuf Hossain Humayun said the detained war crimes accused are providing right information about war crimes and the present government would complete the trial process within its tenure on the basis of the information provided by them.

Trade, agri investment to top agenda

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni will pay a three-day official visit to Cambodia as of December 26 with the aim to bolster diplomatic ties and boost bilateral cooperation.

Declare 2011 as 'Agriculture Year'

Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the government to declare the year 2011 as 'Agriculture Year' to put emphasis on the development of agriculture sector.

War crimes trial to begin in 2 months

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said formal trial of those who committed crimes against humanity during War of Liberation in 1971 would begin within a month or two.

Minister sees NGOs ineffective

Social Welfare Minister Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed on Thursday said country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs) could not contribute to alleviating poverty as expected due to their commercial activities, high interest rates and mismanagement in loan disbursement.

Fight poverty unitedly

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the Saarc member nations to work together for establishing peace and achieving economic development to eradicate poverty.

Corporal punishment: 7 teachers face music

In a bid to implement the court order to ban corporal punishment on school students, different actions were taken against seven school and madrasa teachers for torturing students across the country since March this year.

Check price spiral with farsighted steps, Suranjit urges minister

Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said price hike of essentials will be impossible to check if the minister and others concerned are not farsighted enough to deal with the situation.

Special business zone soon

Industries Minister Dilip Barua here on Thursday said the government would establish a special business zone to provide more facilities for entrepreneurs.

Call to frame river transport guideline

Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) at a human chain yesterday demanded formulation of a river transportation guideline for haor areas to reduce launch or trawler accidents in the region.

Road crashes kill 3, injure 41

At least three people were killed and 41 others injured in seperate road accidents in Benapole, Jhenidah and Noakhali yesterday.

'Execute court verdict'

Teachers and socio-political organisations at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate execution of the verdict in the Prof Yunus murder case.

Manmohan to visit Dhaka

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka has been confirmed, said a top Bangladeshi official here yesterday.

Law, order better in Ctg city: IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker here yesterday said the law and order situation in Chittagong city is better than that in any other districts of the country.

6 drug traders arrested in Narayanganj

Members of Narcotics Control Department and Rab personnel in separate drives arrested six drug peddlers along with drugs from Haripur and Bangasashon areas of Bandar upazila on Thursday.

Indian saris worth Tk 50 lakh seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a truck loaded with Indian saris worth Tk 50 lakh at Jhikorgacha early yesterday.

JU 11th batch reunion on Dec 31

Reunion of the 11th batch students of the Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be held on next Friday on the university campus.

Birangonas demand recognition

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi yesterday began its 17th national convention with the demand of war crimes trial and an exploitation-free society.

160 arrested

Police in separate anti-crime drives arrested 160 people, including notorious criminals, from various places in the district in 24 hours ending at noon yesterday.

RU teacher gets death threat

Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) Secretary Prof Ananda Kumar Saha on Thursday night received a letter with some materials used in cremating people of the Hindu community.

PM's adviser meets Indian home minister

Dr Mushiur Rahman, adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday met Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and discussed the current initiatives to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

4 snatchers held in Ctg

Four snatchers were arrested with four firearms at West Shahid Nagar in the port city on Thursday.

Review FFs' list to locate fake ones: Dr Mohiuddin

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday demanded the government to review the list of freedom fighters to locate imposters and drop them from the government list.


Indian police grill former minister

Indian federal investigators yesterday questioned a former minister at the heart of one of the biggest corruption cases in the country's history.

Pak Islamists warn of anarchy if blasphemy law changed

Thousands of Islamists rallied in major Pakistani cities yesterday threatening further protests and anarchy if the government moves to amend a controversial blasphemy law.

Nepal crisis not to end by 2010

With just a week left for the year to end, the protracted political crisis paralysing Nepal for nearly six months is not likely to be resolved with the formation of a new government by next Friday.

Mumbai manhunt for 'four LeT militants'

Police are scouring Mumbai for four Pakistani alleged militants believed to have entered the city to carry out an attack, a top police official said.

US pays Pakistan more than $600m in aid

Washington transferred more than 600 million dollars to the Pakistani government this week to pay for its efforts in the fight against violent extremists, the US embassy in Islamabad said Thursday.

God often surprises us: Pope Benedict

God is faithful to his promises but often surprises us by how he fulfils them, the Pope has said in an unusual BBC radio broadcast.

North Korea nuke test "possible" in new year

North Korea could carry out a third nuclear test next year to strengthen the credentials of its young leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong-un, a research report from a South Korean Foreign Ministry institute said yesterday.

Russian parliament backs US nuke treaty

Russia's lower house of parliament yesterday gave initial backing to a historic treaty with the US to slash the nuclear arsenals of the Cold War foes but warned final ratification would drag into next year.

UN backs Ouattara as president

The UN General Assembly has formally recognised Alassane Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election.

Assange's accusers are WikiLeaks fans

The two Swedish women accusing Julian Assange of sex crimes are not pawns of the CIA nor do they hunger for revenge or money they just seek justice for a violation of their "sexual integrity," their lawyer says.

Haiti mobs lynch voodoo priests

Voodoo priests in Haiti are being lynched by mobs who blame them for spreading cholera, the country's government has said.

Europe allies 'nutty'

Britain's coalition government faced fresh trouble from a newspaper sting yesterday over a minister's comments describing the leading Conservative party's European allies as "nutty".

Wildlife at an alarming risk

Poor data, minimal funding and lax enforcement are undermining the fight to protect endangered species, raising the risks from the spread of pests and diseases, according to a new study.

Cambodian PM accepts WFP apology

Cambodia's premier said yesterday he accepted an apology from the World Food Programme for an incorrect statement about the country's food security, days after the controversial jailing of a WFP worker.

Militants kill US spies to avenge drone attacks

Suspected American spies are being killed routinely in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, apparently to avenge US drone attacks.

US made trade exceptions for Iran

The US Treasury Department has approved nearly 10,000 exceptions for American companies to do business with Iran over the past decade, despite trade embargoes, The New York Times reported.

Anarchists claim responsibility

An Italian anarchist group claimed responsibility for parcel bombs on Thursday that wounded two people at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, a reminder of Europe's home-grown threats at a time of political instability.

Darfur rebels clash with Sudan army

Darfur rebels clashed with Sudanese government troops, three days after announcing they had resumed ceasefire negotiations, rebel sources told Al Jazeera.

Ecuador bus plunge kills 32

At least 32 people died when a bus packed with passengers travelling over the Christmas holiday plunged into a ravine in southwest Ecuador yesterday, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

When Lata was naughty... and other unheard stories

The Indian film industry has seen its share of controversies over the years.

In a Realm of Tunes

For the third consecutive year, Chhayanaut is holding its 'Shuddho Sangeet Utshab (Classical Music Festival) 1417'. Seasoned musician and widow of the late classical artiste Barin Majumder, Ila Majumder inaugurated the programme. Earlier the whole Chhayanaut building, at Dhanmondi in Dhaka, echoed with the national anthem. The programme started right on 6:30 pm, as was mentioned on the schedule. General Secretary of Chhayanaut Khairul Anam Shakil invited the chief guest to the stage.

Christmas-themed traditional Bangla songs

Anima D' Costa is a well-recognised Adhunik and Nazrul Sangeet artiste. She took music lessons from Ustad Akhtar Sadmani and Mangal C. Mandal. She has worked with many of the celebrated music directors of the country, including Samar Das.

Christmas cheer for a musical instrument maker

Babul Das, a young maker of dhol (drums) and other musical instruments, is working around the clock to meet the increased demand for his products at Christmas time. Babul and his wife Laxmi Rani have so far completed orders of some 40 drums and khol.

Yuletide Memories

Andrew Kishore is a self-made man. Gifted by God with an amazing voice, he had to fight his way to the top. During his 25 years in the music arena, Andrew has given us countless evergreen songs, and continues to do so at full pace. “Ek Chor Chole Jae”, “Daak Diyachhen Doyal Amare”, “Bhalobeshe Gelam Shudhu”, “Haire Manush Rongin Fanush”, “Brishti Bheja Mishti”, “Tumi Jekhane Ami Shekhane” and “Amar Shara Deho Kheyo Go Maati” are some of his most popular songs.

Four Christmases

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Challenges to police professionalism

Law enforcement and order maintenance, the two prime regulatory functions shall, for all time to come, occupy our thoughts and actions. The important question, however, in Bangladesh is, will the so-called public order maintenance and political intelligence collection take up most of the time of our police with little left for crime prevention, crime detection and service provision. In other words, how shall we venture to meaningfully contribute to organisational renewal and revitalisation and the nurturing of professional skills?

Mob violence, criminality and state of affairs

During the past years the country's problems, as vast and varied as its population of 160 million, have proliferated, raising questions about the future course. Two most pressing issues, in fact, are population growth and recurring food deficit with consequential rise in the price of food grains and other essentials. Exacerbating the problem is the shrinking of agricultural land that has come down to 60 lakh hectares from 90 lakh hectares in the last 30 years.

The eternal giving meaning to the temporal

Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the eternal word, the mind and the personality of God. The New Testament book of Hebrews testifies that Christ is the radiance of invisible God, and the exact representation of his being. He has supremely revealed God's truth, grace and holiness. In his incarnation, life, teaching, death, resurrection and ascension Jesus fully brings the eternal to the temporal, the divine to the mundane.

The Star of Nativity

Stars occupy a very important place in the history of homo sapiens. Although Whitman claims, “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars”, people in various ages have always believed in the maxim : “The stars rule men, but God rules the stars”. Stars indeed have haunted the imagination of saints and seers from time immemorial. To many, stars have been symbols of high ideals and great hopes. Poets have eulogized stars in their poems, patriots have depicted starts on their flags, stars in songs have provided inspiration to the tormented souls of the lovers and the imprisoned.

Christmas: Son of God becomes human

Christians all over the world celebrates Christmas today, December 25. It is a day of great joy and happiness because on this day the Son of God became a human person like you and me. Prophet Isaiah (7:14) about 700 years before the birth of Christ had prophesized: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” God with us. This prophecy has been fulfilled on this day. All Christians believe that God himself came into this world through his son to be with us as one of us. On this special day, we commemorate his becoming a human person, and therefore, the day is celebrated throughout the world with much enthusiasm and solemnity.

Merry Christmas!

Jesus Christ, my truest friend
Sings in the hearts of all
Whether heard or not, for
A friend He is, forget not
At our side, always there
Wanting to share, always to care
To make our lives wisely spent
The soul to reach contentment
On this special day of His
I send my love, MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Exotic plantation forest: A green desert?

Plantations are done for several reasons including timber and fire wood production, soil and water conservation, and carbon sequestration. The role of plantations for biodiversity acceleration varies considerably depending on whether the original land cover is grassland, shrubland, primary forest, secondary forest, or degraded or exotic pasture, and whether native or exotic tree species are planted. The plantations can support biodiversity when they are established on degraded lands rather than replacing natural ecosystems like forests, grasslands, and shrublands, and when indigenous tree species are used rather than exotic species.

Bangladesh case

God has given a beautiful planet to the people to live in, but their misdeeds over a few past decades have made it unsafe for them. What a paradox! Yes, the scourge of human induced climate change is there.

Ship ballast water contaminating marine environment

Ballast water of ships may be the source of the largest volume of foreign organisms released on a daily basis into the marine ecosystems. The ballast water has been a primary method of alien species introduction throughout the world. Scientists estimate that as many as 3,000 alien species per day are transported in ships around the world. The introduction and spread of alien invasive species is a serious problem that has ecological, economic, health and environmental impacts, including loss of native biological diversity.


Memories of a War

Sixteen December 1971 lay in wait, for them to embrace a catastrophic and a most ignominious defeat that they could never dream of. It dealt a double below to them as all of Bangladesh was completely liberated by a two-pronged attack coming from two distinct forces, against one and the same enemy.

Star Health

Cosmetic heart surgery for more compliance

With the advance in modern science healthcare technology has also improved a lot. A few decades ago medicine was the only remedy of heart diseases of any kind while surgery has been successfully practiced for heart diseases in the last decades. Conventionally heart surgery was being done cutting through the breast bone in the middle of the chest. This used to cause complications like infections, bleeding, long lasting pain, long hospital stay and slow recovery to resume job. For most of the patients, especially the young ladies feel really embarrassed with the long cut mark right in the middle of the chest following heart surgery. To mitigate these problems of conventional approach for heart surgery, the cardiac surgeons invented new minimally invasive approach, which is more familiar as cosmetic surgery for most of the cardiac diseases presently.

How to disclose about an end stage disease

After taking proper history, physical examination and laboratory tests, if I find my patient suffering from some cancer or serious disease, how should I ventilate that to the patient or his/her relatives.

Stem cells used to make pancreas, gut cells

Stem cells can be transformed into the pancreatic cells needed to treat diabetes and into complex layers of intestinal tissue, scientists demonstrated in two experiments recently.

World’s four worst foods

I realise, one day time will come, soft fizzy drinks, French fries/potato chips, Burgers/Pizza and fast foods, fried chickens — deep-fried, partially in hydrogenated oil will be restricted in the shops. The four worst talked foods are:

New hope to advanced breast cancer patients

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Bangladesh Limited announced recently an important milestone for advanced breast cancer patients in Bangladesh with the launch of the first oral ErbB1 (EGFR) and ErbB2 (HER2) dual inhibitor, Tykerb (lapatinib), says a press release.

Strategic Issues

When media is weapon, perception is target

For the last few decades, Iran has been making headlines in global media for its defiant standing against western powers on a number of issues. It is suspected by western powers that Iran is running its clandestine nuclear program for military purpose but the US officials are yet to find any solution. They have tried bullying the current conservative regime, spent million dollars to bring about a moderate government, but all these steps brought anything but success. Many thought that the issue of imposing sanctions can be discussed in UN Security Council in coming months, but still, Iran can sleep well on its expensive and lucrative 'energy' pillow as Security Council members like China and Russia are becoming more dependent on Iranian energy. The last resort, military attack on Iran, can be too costly for the USA. If you know Iran and its unique Persian culture, you should better prepare for a united Iranian population before launching any kind of attack on their soil. Whether it is surgical or otherwise, an air strike will inflame the Iranian nationalism and people will rally around the green flag and placards with Ahmadinejad's smiling picture. And you can bet, the US Generals don't want to see that.

China-US relations show signs of strain

The bilateral relationship between the US and China is complicated and multi-faceted. The relationship touches on a wide range of areas, such as security, economic policy and bilateral and multilateral issues.

S.Korean army chief quits amid N.Korea tensions

South Korea's army chief resigned Tuesday, reportedly over a property investment, at a time of high tensions with North Korea following its deadly artillery attack last month. A defence ministry spokesman told AFP that General Hwang Eui-Don's resignation had been accepted but gave no details. The presidential office also declined to say why Hwang quit.

Star Books Review

Terrorism and how we tackle it

It is heartening to see think tanks in Bangladesh examining the issue of terrorism in the country in earnest. Much as we consider it unpalatable, we have been caught up in the phenomenon, manifestly, from the day when nearly five hundred IEDs were set off almost simultaneously in all but one upazilla of the country in Aug 2005. Since then the strategic and scholastic community in the country have been engaged in delving into various aspects of the issue. However, very little by way of scholarly work has come off the discourses and discussions.

How do you plan a coup d'etat?

The answer could come in either of two forms. A coup just happens or meticulous planning goes into it. And then, of course, there are the many kinds of coups which have, especially in modern times, put paid to politics proper across the globe. By that you could mean Asia, Africa and Latin America. Indeed, there was a time when coups were quite the fashionable thing, with some country or the other going through it through the week or the month. Think of 1958 or of 1960. In the former, two coups made noises around the world. There was, in July, the violent overthrow of the monarchy in Iraq, with the coup makers led by Abdel Karim Kassem murdering King Faisal and his prime minister and humiliating their corpses through having those dragged through the streets. In October, Iskandar Mirza and Ayub Khan placed a wobbly Pakistan under martial law. Not a shot was fired, no one was killed and twenty days after the coup, Ayub packed Mirza off to exile. But what happened in Turkey in 1960 was truly blood-curdling. General Kemal Gursel, taking a leaf out of Kassem's book, overthrew the civilian government and had the top leaders of it murdered.

Failure is acceptable, often essential

This book reminds me of Kahlil Gibran's saying, “If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.”

Divided loyalties, betrayed love

Kartography is a book about Karachi, the spider plant city where you might find, according to the narrator, fossilized footprints of Alexander the Great. It is a heartbreaking love story, depicts the ethnic conflict which pervades Pakistani society and yet at the same time the resilience of its people. The story revolves around four friends and their lives in Karachi during 1971, which they call the 'Civil War'. The couples Zafar and Maheen, Yasmin and Ali swap their partners. While they handle the situation somehow, it is their children who can't accept the fact that one of their parents had betrayed the other.

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