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SQ Chy antics grab spotlight

Detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury once again has made an exhibition of arrogance by erupting into shouting during and after the proceedings of International Crimes Tribunal.

73pc crosses hurdle

The combined pass rate in the maiden junior school certificate (JSC) and junior dakhil certificate (JDC) exams is 73.04 percent.

PM opens textbook distribution

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday formally inaugurated the free distribution of textbooks among the students of class I-IX.

No relief for petitioner

The landmark High Court judgment cancelling the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution came following sixty-four-year-old Siddique Ahmed's writ but it didn't deliver any personal remedy for the petitioner.

Govt plans extensive study on routes, fees

The government will conduct an extensive study to fix routes and fees, and assess the volume of traffic before allowing transit to India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Ship runs short of water, fuel

The Somali pirates, who have hijacked Bangladeshi ship MV Jahan Moni, remained out of contact for five days until yesterday amidst concern that the stock of drinking water and fuel in the ship might be exhausted.

3 killed as Jubo League men clash in Jhenidah

Three activists of Jubo League were killed in a factional clash at Pabahati village under Sadar upazila yesterday evening.

CJ shows the way

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday submitted his wealth statement to President Zillur Rahman.

Grandchildren of war heroes get job quota

The government has decided to bring the grand children of freedom fighters under the 30 percent quota facility in government jobs.

Tree felling ban extended

The government yesterday decided to extend the ban on felling of forest trees up to 2015 to conserve the country's dwindling forest resources.

SC body to examine TIB report

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday formed a committee comprising five senior High Court judges to examine a survey report of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) involving the judiciary.

New look Star

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Ivory Coast UN ambassador warns of genocide risk

Ivory Coast's newly appointed ambassador to the UN has warned the country is "on the brink of genocide".

DoE fines brick kiln

The department of environment (DoE) yesterday fined an illegal brick kiln Tk 4 lakh at Bhaluka of Mymensingh for destroying agricultural lands and environment.

Tight security for New Year's eve

Tight security will be in force on the New Year's Eve in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.


Military rule, never again

The High Court verdict reached on August 26, with its full text released as on December 29 against the 7th amendment, is not only emphatic but also far-reaching in consequence as far as safeguarding democracy from usurping onslaughts of martial law and military regimes goes. The judgment is of seminal importance because it strikes at the root of the entrenched and frequent practice of usurpation of power by extra-constitutional forces from elected heads of state and government that this country's history is tainted with. In fact, the two military regimes as the honourable judges have forcefully contended had put the clock of democracy back by decades.

Setting the course of law in place

The fact that the government has owned up to the mistake it had made by recommending withdrawal of murder charges against five accused on the ground that framing of the case was politically motivated is a commendable move. It is further to be appreciated that the realisation has come on the morrow of having done the wrong thereby allowing the course of justice to flow unhindered by any political interference.


Irony at the heart of Siddikur's ascent

Finally, all votes are in. When polling finally closed at 9pm last night, more than a thousand of you had put in votes to select your sportsman of the year. In a neck-and-neck battle, golf sensation Siddikur Rahman edged out cricket star Shakib Al Hasan by just three votes to claim the award of BANGLADESHI SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR. Narrow yes, but margins at the top usually are.
So to appease your appetite for both your favourite picks, THE DAILY STAR SPORT today brings you exclusive interviews with both Siddikur and Shakib. And there is Tamim Iqbal for the cherry on top. Read on.

The laid-back

Shakib Al Hasan likes to be introduced as the No 1 all-rounder in the world and we shall do that. He made 2010 a fine year with his bowling, batting, fielding and his leadership. The Daily Star Sport's Bishwajit Roy spoke to Shakib in a freewheeling interview that touched upon every aspect of his career.

Nafees, Kapali sink MSC in Bogra run fest

Shahriar Nafees held together Gazi Tank to secure one of the biggest chases in Premier League history when his unbeaten 114 dealt a major blow to Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday in a game that had 679 runs and only eight wickets.

Coming of age

2010 has been a positive year for Bangladesh, with enough results going the team's way in one-day cricket and in Test cricket, there were signs of improvement as five of the seven matches had been stretched well into the fifth day. These positives aside, what has given supporters most pleasure is the performance of some bright stars who have set the world alight.

WC tickets on sale from Jan 2

Tickets sale for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches in Bangladesh have been delayed by a day and will now start from January 2, 2011 across the country.

What Made News In 2010

* Basically the success in country's sports revolves around cricket and 2010 was no exception. Bangladesh did achieve some success in the South Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

'Milestone in our cricket'

Khaled Mahmud Sujon, the former national captain and all-rounder, was one of the star performers in the 1999 World Cup. Though he wants to forget the memories of the 2003 edition, Sujon spoke to The Daily Star Sport about his experiences of the premier one-day tournament.

Final phase from Jan 7

The final phase of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, for primary schools, is set to get underway from January 7 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Parties keep Gayle away from Ashes

West Indies blaster Chris Gayle claims he has paid little attention to Australia's Ashes demise, saying his busy party lifestyle prevented him from watching the series.

'Shakib, Tamim good for Australia'

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons would love the opportunity to take on Australia in Test cricket in April, and said he had two players who would be ''walk-up starts'' in the Australian XI.

Pakistan crush NZ

Pakistan humiliated New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 international in Christchurch Thursday as the hosts collapsed spectacularly chasing Pakistan's six for 183, with the top four batsmen all out for ducks as the mercurial tourists shrugged off a form slump that cost them the first two games of the three-match series.

BNP blamed for Nimbus deal

The parliamentary standing committee on Youth and Sports yesterday blamed Hawa Bhaban and Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of Khaleda Zia, for making the controversial TV rights deal with Nimbus

Samir lifts Russel

A second-half goal from Samir Omari gave Sheikh Russel KC a winning start in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League with a lone-goal win over Farashganj SC at Bir-shreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

V-Day hockey

Muktobihango and Dinaj-pur DSA won their respective matches in the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey tournament at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Clarke replaces Ponting

Michael Clarke will captain Australia for the first time and Usman Khawaja will make an historic debut in next week's final Ashes Test in the absence of injured skipper Ricky Ponting.

Sehwag out of ODIs

India were on Thursday dealt a massive blow ahead of next month's ODI series against South Africa with aggressive opener Virender Sehwag ruled out due to a shoulder injury.

Chelsea bounce back

Arsenal missed the chance to go second in the Premier League after failing to protect a lead in a 2-2 draw away to 10-man Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Wednesday.

The Biggest Story

Spain shed their tag of big-time underachievers in the world stage with their maiden triumph in Africa's first World Cup in July. One of the highlights of the tournament was young German striker Thomas Muller, who sunk Argentina and England with two stellar performances to win the Golden Boot award.

Breaking The 200 Barrier

Cricket followers had their fantasy fulfilled on February 24 when the greatest batsman ever reached the highest ODI score, 200 runs. Sachin Tendulkar picked one of the better bowling attacks, South Africa's, to reach the milestone. That was not all as the Indian legend struck seven Test centuries including the 50th of his career.

A Special Treble

Jose Mourinho won the treble with Inter Milan, after their Champions League success against Bayern Munich in May. The Special One masterminded the fall of Barcelona in the semifinals to lay claim for the best football manager of this generation.

Reaching New Heights

World No 1 Rafael Nadal dominated the world of tennis, winning the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon. The US Open win in September completed his career Grand Slam and he followed Andre Agassi to be the second man to win a Golden Slam.

Creating History

Sebastian Vettel of Germany became the youngest ever Formula One world champion breaking the previous record of Lewis Hamilton. Vettel raced his Red Bull team to the constructors title with some excellent wins throughout the season. He ran past all the others in the Malaysian, European, Japanese, Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Guangzhou Party

China again threw a sporting party of enormous proportions by hosting the Asian Games in Guangzhou. For the first time in history, the ceremony was not held inside a stadium; instead, it was held along the Pearl River. (Top) Huang Shanshan, a Chinese rhythmic gymnast, dances her way to a gold medal.

The Biggest Scandal

News of the World's sting on match-fixer Mazhar Majeed in July revealed the biggest scandal of the sporting year. Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were on his payroll and as the video exposed, Aamer listened to every word of Majeed by bowling a huge no-ball during the Lord's Test match.


61 products up for duty waiver from India

Bangladesh is likely to get duty-waiver for exports of the proposed 61 products to India, during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh early next year.

The year of investors

It was a boon year for investors, although a record fall this month created adrenaline panic among those who put their money in stocks. There is hardly any investor who made loss in 2010.

JS body signals VAT cut on cooking oil

The government considers reducing VAT on edible oil in a bid to contain its price, a parliamentary body said yesterday. In the wake of rocketing prices of edible oil, the parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry said edible oil price would come down by nearly Tk 15 a litre once such cut in value-added tax is enforced.

A jubilant day for sharecroppers

The large audience in the Army Stadium was dancing under the open sky in a cheerful mood as the rhythm of drums and melody of folk songs filled the air.

Microlenders urged to widen outreach

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday urged local microfinance institutions to go beyond their narrow field of microlending and move into more comprehensive financial services to effectively contribute to the speedy elimination of poverty.

Govt asked to cut dependence on external aid

The country should cut dependence on external aid and increase its tax-GDP ratio to ensure sustainable development, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

ASA to open 300 SME branches in 2011

ASA, one of the largest microfinance institutions in Bangladesh, will open 300 branches across the country in 2011 to cater small entrepreneurs.

Flydubai to fly from Ctg on Jan 17

Dubai's low cost airline flydubai plans to begin flights from Bangladesh on January 17.

Flowers bring shine to farmers

Every morning as the dawn breaks, dew glitters on green leaves and the grass, reflecting the rays of the sun. The tiny bazaar on the Jessore-Benapole highway wakes up to the bales of bicycles and rickshaw-vans, towing flowers.

India's new rich prove reluctant philanthropists

A huge charity gift by a high-tech tycoon has shone a harsh light on the philanthropic track record of India's established and emerging billionaires.

Opec caution on output may help bring back $100 oil

Oil has burst above top exporter Saudi Arabia's preferred $70-$80 range and yet Opec is unlikely to stop the rally, helping to prepare the way for the market to bound above $100 a barrel.

Abu Dhabi to manage Dubai port

Abu Dhabi is taking over management of the city's port from neighbouring Dubai's port firm DP World, which manages similar facilities around the world.

Vatican creates financial watchdog

The Vatican on Thursday created a new financial watchdog agency and issued new laws to try to comply with international rules to fight money laundering and terrorist financing.

Sony sues to block LG from shipping phones

Sony Corp has filed a patent infringement complaint seeking to block LG Electronics Inc from shipping smartphones such as its Rumour 2 model to the United States.

Oil up

Oil rose in afternoon Asian trade Thursday on expectations that freezing temperatures in the northern hemisphere will stoke demand, analysts said.

Asian markets up

Asian stock markets were broadly higher on Thursday, with some signs of optimism going into 2011 but the strengthening yen saw Tokyo end the year on a low.


Dhaka, Bangkok to intensify cooperation

Bangladesh and Thailand agreed to work together and intensify bilateral cooperation in combating money laundering and human and drug trafficking.

Govt to form welfare board to protect child rights

The government will form a 19-member National Child Welfare Board to monitor the children's rights, risky child labour, and ensure education and health services.

Bangladeshi troops attacked

Some Bangladeshi troops were attacked in Abidjan on Tuesday following the volatile situation in Ivory Coast over the country's presidential elections.

Three factories, two warehouses gutted

Three factories producing polythene bags and two warehouses were gutted in a fire at Kamrangirchar Rahmatbagh area in the city yesterday.

Press govt to speed up war crimes trial

Some civil society members yesterday called upon all pro-liberation and progressive forces to launch tough movement in pressing the government to speed up the trial of war crimes.

One sentenced to death, another life

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced one person to death and another to life in jail in absentia for killing an eight-year-old boy in ransom in March 23, 2003 under Mirzapur upazilla in Tangail district.

Meet electricity demand soon

Ensuring access to electricity of the poor could greatly help reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals, said speakers at a discussion yesterday, calling for immediate steps to meet the nation's energy demand.

10 children die from malnutrition an hr

Ten children die across the country every hour due to acute malnutrition which can be averted mostly through proper breastfeeding and complementary feeding, according to experts.

One murdered

An auto rickshaw driver was found dead yesterday at the city's Khilgaon after remaining missing for six days, while police recovered a body of a night guard from a ditch at Mirpur Beribadh area.

Daughter cry for punishment before court

Sumaiya Yasmin Bithi, daughter of Sadequr Rahman and Rumana Nargis and lone witness to the murder of her parents, appeared before a Dhaka court yesterday and demanded exemplary punishment to the killers.

School student killed in road crash

A student of Fouzdarhat K M High School Pranta Das, 12, was crushed under a covered van in front of his school at about 11:30am while crossing the road.

Cases against leaders a conspiracy

The BNP Parliamentary Party (BNPPP) yesterday termed cases against three senior BNP leaders part of government 'conspiracy'.

Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed awarded gold medal

Eminent educationist Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed and Dhaka Ahsania Mission were awarded the Quazi Azhar Ali Memorial Gold Medal-2010 on Wednesday for contribution in the fields of educations and health.

Action plan against child labour prepared

Global march against child labour, a global effort to eliminate the child labour, yesterday organised a views exchange meeting with civil society, children in hazardous labour and government officials to form a plan of action for the Bangladesh perspective, says a press release.

English schools cultural event today

The students of different English medium schools in Sylhet will hold a cultural programme at Sylhet Auditorium at 6:00pm today.

Math olympiad held at NSU

An inter-university Mathematics Olympiad was held in North South University (NSU) in the capital yesterday.

Tantibazar's gold traders call indefinite strike

Dhaka Swarna Shilpi Poddar Samity, an organisation of gold traders, yesterday called an indefinite strike to protest the killing of a gold trader Abul Kalam Azad in Old Dhaka's Tantibazar area.

6 BNP men collect forms

Six BNP candidates yesterday collected forms to contest in parliamentary by-election on January 27 in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj.

Three murdered

Police recovered three bodies in city's Khilgaon, Mirpur Beribadh and West Shewrapara yesterday.

Dhaka, Delhi to hold joint events on Tagore's birthday

Bangladesh and India have started massive preparations to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Gold traders call strike

Dhaka Swarna Shilpi Poddar Samity, an organisation of gold traders, yesterday called an indefinite strike to protest the killing of a gold trader Abul Kalam Azad in Old Dhaka's Tantibazar area.

Abu Sayeed awarded

Eminent educationist Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed and Dhaka Ahsania Mission were awarded the Quazi Azhar Ali Memorial Gold Medal-2010 on Wednesday for contribution in the fields of educations and health.

Plan against child labour

Global march against child labour, a global effort to eliminate the child labour, yesterday organised a views exchange meeting with civil society, children in hazardous labour and government officials to form a plan of action for the Bangladesh perspective, says a press release.

Bangladeshi troops attacked

Some Bangladeshi troops were attacked in Abidjan on Tuesday following the volatile situation in Ivory Coast over the country's presidential elections.

Math olympiad held at NSU

An inter-university Mathematics Olympiad was held in North South University (NSU) in the capital yesterday.


BNP-backed candidate, aides attacked in Jessore

Criminals injured the BNP-backed mayoral candidate in Harinakundo upazila town and his two aides on Wednesday while BNP-backed candidate in Panchagarh municipality yesterday alleged violation of electoral rules against Awami League-led grand alliance candidate.

Case, counter-case filed in Magura

Two separate cases were filed with Magura Sadar Police Station on Wednesday night in connection with Defulia Bazar incident that left at least eight people, including acting mayor of Magura municipality Tapan Kumar Roy, injured.

29 BDR mutineers jailed in B'baria

The Special Court-14 yesterday sentenced 29 BDR mutineers of 1 Rifles Battalion to different jail terms and also fined them Tk 100 each at Kalikatcha in Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria.

BNP expels 2 leaders for violating party decision

Two BNP leaders, contesting municipal elections in Mongla port and Morelganj as mayoral candidates violating party decision, have been expelled from the party.


Nilphamari: Rebels still in race

Rebel mayor candidates of both Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are still in poll race in two out of three municipalities in the district, reports our correspondent.

Cadet college tops list

Sylhet Cadet College has topped the list of the 20 institutions under Sylhet Education Board in the Junior School Certificate Examination.

Best 20 of Barisal Board

Specialised and government educational institutions in urban areas dominate the list of 'Best 20' institutions in this year's Junior School Certificate examinations in Barisal Board.

5 leaders of Jamaat, Shibir sent to jail

A court sent to jail three leaders of the district unit Jamaat-e-Islami and two Shibir men, rejecting their bail petitions yesterday.

Natore clash: One more dies

One more person injured in Wednesday's clash succumbed at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital yesterday morning. Victim Kalim Uddin, 52, was son of Kamor Uddin Biswash of Dhanaidaha Parkol village under Baraigram upazila. Earlier on Wednesday noon Ahsan Habib, 32, son of Aser Ali of the same village was killed and at least five others were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers. Police said, there was a long standing feud between Ahsan Habib and Kamor Uddin over a piece of land. The clash began when Kamor Uddin and his sons went to capture the land and Ahsan Habib and his followers resisted them. Injured Shariful Islam, 35, Sohel, 32, Sumon, 25, Jakir, 26, and Askan, 45, of both groups were admitted to local clinics.

Fire burns dwelling house

Fire burnt down a house at Boalia village in Chitolmari upazila on Wednesday morning. Police quoting locals said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at the house of Kanai Lal Mondol and soon engulfed the entire house. Hearing the hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot and doused the fire after one and half hours of frantic efforts. The house owner claimed that cash and valuables worth Tk 10 lakh were gutted by the fire.

Arms seized, 2 held

Police arrested two arms peddlers and recovered a firearms from Ishwardi upazila. Police said an operation team of detective branch of police raided Dhulti Bazar in Ishwardi upazila on Wednesday evening and arrested Md. Mukul Mollah, 35, and Anwar Hossain of village Mirkamari in Ishwardi upazila and recovered a foreign made revolver, two magazines and 6 bullets from them.

NUST admission test

The admission test at Noakhali University Science & Technology will be held today. At least 5,433 candidates will vie for 400 seats in the test that will start at 2pm. Urging the admission seekers, their guardians for a calm and congenial atmosphere during the examination. NUST vice chancellor Prof AKM Sayedul Hoque Chowdhury said the university launched two new departments -- English and Mathematic -- this year.


Improvement of traffic situation

The communications minister made some plans to prevent traffic jams in Dhaka city. But he could not implement the plans. He declared to free the footpaths from illegal occupation of hawkers from 1st November 2010. Unfortunately, he could not start the rescue operation, the reason best known to him.

Unpleasant truth

The reaction of the police commissioner to the TIB report was no exception. In the West the motto of the police is to serve and protect, I am not sure what the motto of Bangladesh police is. Police in Bangladesh hardly serve the purpose, which is rendering service to the people at all times. Very few seek police assistance at the time of their need.

Economic development

Political stability is closely related to a country's economic development. In recent time, some positive signs of economic development are seen in our country. We have many possibilities, and to make use of all these possibilities, politics of hartal should be stopped.

Torture of SQC

On December 21, some Bangla newspapers carried a news item which said that BNP would raise the issue of police torture on SQ Chowdhury with the United Nations. The party believes that the present government is violating human rights by arresting and torturing their leader.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been plagued with injuries since he made his international debut in 2001. Perhaps no other cricketer has suffered so many injuries as Mashrafe. A few months back, he suffered an ankle injury and before that he had to undergo knee operations in Australia. He always remains sidelined due to injury. The time has come for the authorities to decide on the fate of Mashrafe.

Real face of AL

I have seen the war of independence and the rule of AL after independence. During the period of 1972 to 1975, some connected to the AL could do anything they wanted to. They were hardly brought to justice. The court could take action only against those who did not belong to the party. Reportedly, thirty six thousand people including members of different political parties were killed by different forces, especially the 'Rakhkhi Bahini,' and some AL leaders gave jobs to many people including members of Al-Badar and Razakar, for money.

Islamic values!

A good number of letters have appeared in this column on the topic. Some have expressed resentment or dissatisfaction on the performance of Shahrukh Khan and his troupe citing Islamic values. I would like to remind those concerned readers that Bangladesh has done away with Islamic fundamentalism back in 1971. Bangladesh is a secular state; as such it is unfair to defend anything on Islamic pretext. Furthermore, I would like to add that merely by being born into a Muslim family and living in a Muslim society does not make a person Muslim.

Death of pilots

The recent death of two BAF pilots in Bangladesh while on training has shed a negative impact in the minds of aspiring pilots. In the last couple of months, Bangladesh has experienced some tragic deaths of pilots on training. This is not only a great loss for the family, but also for the country. Besides, the image of Bangladesh Air Force is going down.

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N Korea has boosted special forces

North Korea has increased its investment in tanks and special forces, a South Korean defence review has reported.

Obama bypasses Senate in ambassador appointments

The US President Barack Obama has bypassed the Senate to name six new appointees during the recess.

Israel ex-President found guilty of rape

Israel's former President Moshe Katsav has been convicted of rape by a court in Tel Aviv and could go to jail.

Britain feared Israel would nuke Arabs

British diplomats feared Israel would use nuclear weapons in the event of another war with its Arab neigbours, secret files released yesterday showed.

Iran now a nuke state Ahmadinejad declares

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran is now a nuclear country and that it has achieved nuclear know-how for energy purposes, a media report said.

US revokes Venezuela ambassador's visa

Washington has revoked the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US, the US state department has said.

Afghan blast kills 14

Fourteen Afghan civilians, including women and children, have died as their minibus hit a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, Afghan officials say.

Top ULFA leader granted bail

Top ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa was granted bail yesterday by a court in Assam state of India and is likely to be released from jail today, a year since he was handed over to Indian authorities by Bangladesh security agencies.

Arts & Entertainment

Defining moments in Bangladeshi media

Another year comes to pass. A year punctuated with ups and downs in the media. Looking back in time, we take a glimpse at the significant incidents, trends and performers, directors, productions making impact on the media in 2010.

We Lost This Year

Baby Islam
Noted cinematographer, photographer, director and producer Baby Islam passed away on May 24 in the city.

From a Different Angle

Under a drizzling sky, an elderly woman knocks on the window of a car. It is evident from her impoverished looks that she is begging and pleading for money. The weathered appearance of the woman next to the wet window poses a stark contrast to the insulated interior of the car. This common, but nevertheless moving snippet of Dhaka life has been captured in Jessica Islam's photo titled "Knock". Images by Jessica and other young photographers are on display at the Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Awaiting Better Days

Abu Sayeed's sixth feature film “Opekkha” releases today in Dhaka and Rajshahi.


New Year, old wish

AT the stroke of midnight tonight, we are going to turn over a new leaf in our lives. It will be the same 365 days within the same old framework of twelve months, except that the new year will be numerically incremental on the old. At midnight, we are going to peel off yet another layer of time to start a fresh count. We are still going to count twenty-four hours in a day, seven days in a week and fifty-two weeks in a year. But we shall celebrate the New Year's Eve, eagerly await the countdown, drink and dance through the night with the dogged optimism of gamblers who reshuffle the deck for a winning hand.

Health care in slums: No strategy works

Bangladesh has two health care delivery strategies-cum-systems because its urban and rural populations have different structures and different needs. But Bangladesh has a third distinct population center: urban slums. To create a health care system in the slums that effectively delivers its services we must fix in our minds that it is an entire system that must be addressed, and it must be addressed holistically.

E-governance to make structural changes

Bangladesh will celebrate its golden jubilee in 2021. The present government, in its election manifesto, declared that it would bring changes to make the country poverty free, healthy, socially sound, economically strong and technologically powerful by 2021. To attain this vision, Bangladesh needs a strong administrative structure, with sound knowledge of modern technology and intricacies of development issues, supported by integrity and imbued with patriotism.


Shakers of 2010

Technology always keeps changing in the ever-changing world. 2010 witnessed some groundbreaking trends in the tech- world that will rule for years. We've tried to roundup the trends that made our tech-life even more smooth, exciting and stylish.

A good year for IT

The country's nascent IT arena was all-abuzz recently. There was news of Bangladesh finding a spot among the annual rating of the top 30 spots best places for IT outsourcing around the globe by Gartner, a leading research and consulting firm.

Best phones and apps of 2010

The year 2010 was the year of the smartphones, tablets and mobile applications.

WikiLeaks, a Napster-style Internet gamechanger for 2010

If 1999 was the Year of Napster in the history of the Internet then 2010 will go down as the Year of WikiLeaks.

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