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News of: Saturday, 12th of March, 2011

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Tigers devour Lions in epic battle

"One must desire something to be truly alive," said a great novelist.

Tsunami sweeps across Pacific

A devastating tsunami triggered by the biggest earthquake on record in Japan looked set to kill at least 1,000 people along the northeastern coast yesterday after a wall of water swept away everything in its path.

12 hurt in acid attack

Twelve people were injured when a youth hurled acid during a quarrel with his brother at Shanarpar in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj Thursday night.

A sense of militancy prevailed

The Pakistan government attempts hoodwinking the country. As Muhammad Habibur Rahman notes in his diary of events he calls Bangladesher Tarikh, on this day in 1971 the regime announced the arrest of what it called Indians from among the protestors in East Pakistan. The motive was not lost on anyone: the regime had hit upon the idea that giving the Bangalee nationalist movement the taint of being inspired by a hostile India or, more specifically, by the Hindu community that had never accepted the reality of partition in 1947, would be an effective way of discrediting Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his politics. Predictably, the propaganda did not wash with the Bangalees, who continued to pour out on to the streets of Dhaka and elsewhere in the province to swear fealty to their elected leader.

Jahan Moni hostages to be freed soon

The 26 Bangladeshis held hostage aboard the hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni are set to be freed in three to four days.

3,092 to back home in couple of days

At least 3,092 Bangladeshis, who have fled to Egypt from strife-torn Libya, will be repatriated in a couple of days, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes said yesterday.

Bangla rules for SC on cards

The Supreme Court authorities have taken an initiative to interpret the existing rules of its Appellate Division in Bengali in an effort to show respect to the mother tongue and the language heroes and also for making it easy to understand.

Japan warns of radiation leak

Japan warned there could be a small radiation leak from a nuclear reactor whose cooling system was knocked by yesterday's massive earthquake, but thousands of residents in the area had been moved out of harm's way .

7 killed in bus-truck collision

Seven people including four of a family were killed and 35 others injured in a bus-truck collision on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Nayadingi in Saturia upazila of Manikganj yesterday.

GB chair's strange email

It is none other than the chairman of troubled Grameen Bank who is spreading by email a damning article on the organisation he is meant to hold together.

One killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the old part of the capital, early yesterday.

BSF beats up Bangladeshis

At least 17 Bangladeshis were injured in an attack by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Khanpur border in Poba upazila yesterday.

Police thwart Azerbaijan 'people's protest'

Azerbaijani police yesterday arrested activists seeking to hold a protest in Baku, thwarting the first attempt by the opposition in the tightly controlled state to latch on to the Arab revolts.

Thai policeman acquitted over missing lawyer

A Thai appeal court yesterday acquitted a police officer accused of involvement in the disappearance of a prominent Muslim human rights lawyer in 2004.

Obama offers condolences, aid

President Barack Obama led the United States in offering "condolences" yesterday to the people of Japan and said his country stood ready to help them after a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Season's 1st nor'wester hits Dhaka

Dhaka and a few other districts of the country went through the season's first nor'wester last night. The storm even triggered fires at few places in the capital but no casualties were reported.

Editorial

MPs' tirade against ministers

A number of ruling party MPs grilled some ministers at a parliamentary party meeting on Thursday. They accused them of unsatisfactory performance and their 'attitude' to MPs adding that if these should continue popular expectations would remain unfulfilled. The MPs' criticism was practically reduced to complaints of behaviour rather than any objective assessment of ministerial performances.

Upazila parishad disempowered

Deputy Speaker Col (retd) Shawkat Ali has brought into sharp focus a matter of vital importance so far as effective functioning of the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the upazila parishads goes. Regrettably, their role has been substantially stifled through a delegation of authority to the upazila nirbahi officers. This is in addition to the preponderance of the MPs at that level in an advisory capacity which is but of a binding nature.

Sports

Unbelievable victory

Under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh have won a number of close matches, but nothing could have compared to the thrilling two-wicket victory over England at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city yesterday.

Shafiul is my M-o-M: Imrul

Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah Riyad don't go back a long way, they have very few things in common and they would probably have been expected to do things according to the script. But there was no script on the night of March 11, 2011, and this unlikely pair gifted Bangladesh a thrilling win at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

A free lesson

Although Shakib Al Hasan could afford to have a big smile on his face, the great escape of Chittagong bringing the country together for a second time in the past 14 days, there was a lot of lessons for the Tigers that remained unlearned.

Support beyond borders

You can fathom the sound that a 25,000-strong crowd would make at a ground like the beautifully decked Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. It sounds like waves crashing on the Patenga shores nearby and it's unending when the Tigers are on a roll both with bat and ball. But what we, at the ground, don't hear is the roar from thousands of miles away.

SL eye final surge

Tillakaratne Dilshan hopes Sri Lanka's record-breaking surge into the World Cup quarterfinals will provide the spark for a second world title to add to the country's 1996 triumph.

Doping slur irks Dilshan

Sri Lanka's record-setting batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan insisted on Friday he is the victim of a smear campaign after he was wrongly accused of having failed a dope test.

Pakistan back under-fire Kamran

Vice-captain Misbahul Haq Friday vowed Pakistan would support Kamran Akmal after his horror show against New Zealand, saying the fumbling wicketkeeper was mentally tough.

Dilshan, Murali praised

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara praised "magic" team-mate Tillakaratne Dilshan and "champion" Muttiah Muralidaran for firing his team into the World Cup quarterfinals.

Hussey eager to prove

Michael Hussey is planning to use the hurt he felt at being left out of Australia's World Cup squad to good use now he finds himself back with the champions in the subcontinent.

Vettori targets SL return

Injured New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said he is targeting a return against Sri Lanka in the Black Caps' final World Cup group match on March 18 after seeing specialists Thursday.

BD-Ned tickets collection from today

Tickets of the ICC CWC 2011 match between Bangladesh and Netherlands scheduled for 14 March 2011 at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, will be available for collection at AK Khan Textile Gate on Alankar junction, from 12 March 2011. Opening hours of the ticket collection centre is from 10am to 6pm. Spectators who have selected venue and banks as their pick-up point during purchase, can collect their tickets, which will be distributed on presentation of the document provided from the banks.

Pollard powers WI

A Kieron Pollard-inspired West Indies stifled a brave fightback by Ireland on Friday to win by 44 runs and put one foot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Litmus test for Proteas today

South Africa face a tough test of their World Cup credentials against unbeaten India on Saturday as they look to get their campaign back on track.

SA want repeat

South Africa are hoping for a repeat of Nagpur magic when they meet India in a World Cup Group B clash on Saturday as the Proteas attempt to get their campaign back on track.

Dhoni banks on openers

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was looking to openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar to fire at the top of the order as the host nation eyes the quarterfinals.

Porterfield slams umps

Angry Ireland captain William Porterfield slammed a controversial umpiring decision that he said cost his side the match against the West Indies on Friday.

Brothers rebound

A brace each from Bitcha Richard and Enock Bentil helped Brothers Union to a 5-2 win over Rahmatganj MFS at Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday, the third win in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League this season for the Gopeebagh outfit.

Braga stun Liverpool

Liverpool were brought down to earth in the Europa League on Thursday after losing 1-0 at Sporting Braga in the last 16, while big-spending Manchester City crashed 2-0 at Dynamo Kiev.

Caceres fears Barca

Martin Caceres, on loan to Sevilla from Barcelona, knows that his current side will need a fair share of good fortune if they are to prevail against his all-conquering parent club on Saturday.

Milan aim to bounce back

AC Milan will aim to put Champions League heartbreak firmly behind them this weekend when they focus on maintaining a five-point lead atop Italy's Serie A against lowly Bari at the San Siro.

Lahm blames stars

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says his team-mates must take responsibility for the three straight defeats that cost coach Louis van Gaal his job, ahead of Saturday's clash with Hamburg.

Gerrard out for 4 weeks

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard faces a four-week injury lay-off after undergoing surgery on a groin problem, the Premier League club confirmed Friday.

Nani out till month's end

Portuguese winger Nani will be out of action until late March, Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said, to complete his recovery from the injury he picked up in the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

Fergie calls on character

Sir Alex Ferguson says his Manchester United side will draw on all their experience and character to get them over the finishing line this season.

Metropolitan

BNP leader killed in Narayanganj

A leader of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal (SD), a voluntary and front organisation of BNP, was killed at Mizmizi village at Siddhirganj in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

Vehicle Signs

The other day I was bicycling when a microbus in the traffic jam caught my eye. I could read its sign from behind: “On Emergency Export Duty.” Good, I thought, they are helping the economy. When I pulled alongside and absent-mindedly looked in, I was startled to see several children in school uniform. “Good God!” a voice said in my head, “are we now exporting our schoolchildren?”

19 killed, 61 injured in road crashes

Nineteen people were killed and 61 others injured in road accidents in Manikganj, Dhaka, Tangail, Barishal, Chapainawabganj and Jamalpur on Thursday night and yesterday.

'Be united against war criminals, fatwabaz'

Children of freedom fighters yesterday called upon all to build public consensus against the war criminals, fatwabaz ('enforcers' of religious edicts), and those who create anarchy in the name of hartal.

Children in remote areas worst victims of disasters: Report

The children living in remote areas, including coastal islands, char lands, and hilly regions, are the worst victims of natural disasters such as cyclone, flood and tidal surge and drowning.

Country lacks specialists to fight cancer

Bangladesh needs scores of specialist doctors, trained medical physicists, and radiotherapy machines to cope with the rising number of cancer patients.

SC prohibits further construction

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday prohibited Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) from any further construction on the roof of its office building and adjacent areas.

Woman commits 'suicide' in city

A woman allegedly committed suicide following a family feud at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.

Another RU student 'kills' herself

Another Rajshahi University (RU) student allegedly committed suicide by taking poison on Thursday night.

4 BCL men hurt in factional clash at CU

Four Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists were injured in a factional clash at Chittagong University (CU) on Thursday night.

Preserve memorabilia of War of Liberation

Planning Minister AK Khandker yesterday urged countrymen to conserve evidence and memorabilia of the War of Liberation, as a moral obligation, to teach country's history to young generation and raise patriotism in them.

Saskatchewan premier due tomorrow

Brad Wall, premier of Saskatchewan province of Canada, is scheduled to pay a 3-day visit to Bangladesh from tomorrow to explore cooperation with Bangladesh in areas of trade and investment, agriculture, education and human resources.

Bangladeshi expatriate in Libya buried

Selim Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi expatriate who died due to cardiac arrest on way to Tunisia from Libya on March 4, was buried at Malipara village under Kabirhat upazila of the district yesterday.

BCL foils GB human chain

Cadres of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of ruling Awami League, attacked and foiled a human chain of Grameen Bank in Barisal city yesterday.

Youth dies in police custody

An alleged drug peddler arrested last month, died early yesterday in police custody.

Korea raises quotas for Bangladeshi workers

The Korean government has allotted 400 more quotas for Bangladeshi workers this year, raising the total quotas to 4,800 from 4,400 in 2010.

One hurt in sewerage pipe blast

A barber's shop employee suffered injuries in an explosion of a sewerage pipe at the city's Uttara yesterday.

'Prepare people friendly energy policy'

Some environmentalists yesterday urged the government to formulate people-oriented energy policy to become self-reliant in this sector.

Female prisoner dies in jail

A woman prisoner died mysteriously in Lalmonirhat district jail yesterday.

Man jailed for reckless driving

A court sentenced a driver to three years of imprisonment for reckless driving which left eleven young cricketers dead eight years ago at Baluchara under Bayezid Police Station.

Body of community police member found in Natore

Police recovered the body of a community police member from Mishinda Shikarpur village under Gurudaspur upazila in Natore on Thursday.

National Science Olympiad 2011 held in Rajshahi

National Science Olympiad 2011 for the Rajshahi region was held at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

Rally to call for speedy war crimes trial March 16

An anti-communalism and militancy platform, Samprodaikata-Jangibad Birodhi Mancha, will hold a national rally on March 16 with the call to speed up war crimes trial.

International

Libyan rebels fight back, West divided

Libyan rebels appealed for arms yesterday as they battled with Muammar Gaddafi's advancing forces, with a French and British call for targeted air strikes on the country highlighting EU divisions over how to deal with the crisis.

Nato allies vow not to rush for Afghan exit

Nato allies agreed yesterday new rules under which they can withdraw their troops from Afghanistan as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates slammed "too much talk about leaving."

Iraq Kurds protest, man tries to set himself ablaze

A protester tried to set himself on fire in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish zone yesterday, where demonstrators have camped out on a square to call for the ouster of the powerful regional administration.

Bahrain police fire tear gas at protesters

Bahraini police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters yesterday as they tried to prevent clashes with armed loyalists and as tensions soared in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

US drone strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

At least five militants were killed in two US drone attacks in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border yesterday, security officials said.

Gaddafi fires up propaganda machine

Muammar Gaddafi's government issued yesterday an SMS to Libyans boasting that the insurrection in the country's east is on the verge of defeat, the latest salvo in a propaganda blitz by his regime.

Quake brings modern Tokyo to a standstill

Japan's huge earthquake brought super-modern Tokyo to a standstill yesterday, paralysing trains that normally run like clockwork and stranding hordes of commuters carrying mobile phones rendered largely useless by widespread outages.

Yemeni police open fire on protesters, 14 injured

Police opened fire yesterday on anti-government protesters in Yemen, a day after embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered sweeping political reform, witnesses said.

Japan quake

1915 GMT: The American Red Cross launches a text message service to help victims of the quake and tsunami disaster in Japan. Texting REDCROSS to 90999 sends $10 to the Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief fund.

A schoolgirl of 11 with an IQ of 162

She is 11 years old and enjoys swimming and playing the recorder. But while Victoria Cowie insists she is just like any other girl her age, in one respect she is very different.

4 strongest earthquakes since 1900

Dec 2004: An Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, kills 230,000 in a dozen countries.

Thai PM to dissolve parliament by early May

Thailand's prime minister said yesterday he would dissolve the lower house of parliament by early May for what is expected to be a hard-fought election in the politically divided nation.

Japan mobilises troops, planes, ships

Japan's military sent or readied thousands of troops, 300 planes and 40 ships for quake and tsunami relief yesterday and asked for help from the United States, which has 50,000 troops based in the country.

Japan declares atomic power emergency

Japan said it was operating on an atomic power emergency footing but said no radiation leaks were detected among its reactors after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday, triggering a huge tsunami.

More than 45 nations ready to help Japan

The United Nations said yeseterday that search and rescue teams from more than 45 countries were ready to head to quake and tsunami hit Japan if the Asian state needs help.

India tests two nuclear-capable missiles

India tested two short-range nuclear-capable missiles along its eastern coast yesterday, an official said, as part of the nation's efforts to build up its nuclear deterrent.

I Coast's Ouattara seeks diplomatic backing

Ivory Coast's Alassane Ouattara was to head to Nigeria yesterday to muster more diplomatic support after winning African Union backing in his bitter leadership dispute with rival Laurent Gbagbo.

Iran expels AFP journalist

Iranian authorities expelled Agence France-Presse deputy bureau chief in Tehran Jay Deshmukh yesterday without giving any official explanation for their decision.

Russia bans Libya arms exports

Russia, a key arms exporter to the Middle East, announced yesterday it was banning the sale of all weapons to Libya, in line with its support of UN sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Portugal vows to tighten austerity measures

Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos announced yesterday that Portugal will tighten its austerity measures to ensure it meet its deficit reduction targets, hours ahead of a summit on the eurozone debt crisis.

Biden backs pro-Western reform in Moldova

Vice President Joe Biden yesterday made the highest-ranking US visit ever to the ex-Soviet state of Moldova, signalling Washington's support for pro-Western reforms in Europe's poorest country.

Suspected Qaeda gunmen 'kill four Yemen police'

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed four Yemeni security personnel in an attack on a patrol in the southeast of the country, an official told AFP yesterday.

13 killed in Indonesia flash floods

Flash floods blamed on illegal logging killed 13 people and left six missing in Indonesia's Aceh province, officials and a resident said yesterday.

Madrid confirms arrest of ETA military chief

Armed Basque separatist group ETA's military commander Alejandro Zobaran Arriola has been arrested in France, Spain's government confirmed yesterday.

Egypt frees two Sadat murder convicts

Egypt's new military rulers have ordered the release of two Islamist prisoners jailed over the 1981 assassination of president Anwar Sadat, state television reported on Friday.

UniCredit freezes Libyan share worth billions

Italy's top bank UniCredit said yesterday it had frozen a Libyan stake in the lender worth an estimated $5.0 billion following the adoption of European Union sanctions.

Arts & Entertainment

Tagore's Verses Reverberate

Given the harsh pace of life in the city, it may seem a little unlikely that a large number of people would make time to attend a poetry recitation programme. Udichi's 'Rabindra Abriti Shondha' held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Public Library, in Dhaka on March 10, however, was very well attended. Members of the organisation's central section and guest artistes recited familiar poems of Tagore at the nearly two-hour event.

Birth Anniversary Celebration in Sylhet

A two-day festival, titled 'Kemoney Bhulibo Ami', on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Baul icon Shah Abdul Karim began at his native village Ujon Dhol, under Sunamganj district, yesterday afternoon.

Pandit Jasraj to Perform in Dhaka

Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj has been an outstanding exponent of Hindustani classical music for decades. His vocal range -- extending across three-and-a-half octaves -- has paved the way for Indian classical music to resonate across the world. His compositions have won him legions of disciples and ardent fans.

Souls Sings in Sylhet

One of the oldest and most popular bands of the country, Souls kept the audience on its feet for hours at a recent event on the Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College campus in Sylhet.

Hollywood Goes Desi

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is the latest Indian actor to head for Hollywood. Khan, 46, will feature opposite 36-year-old Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo di Caprio in a film which is a crime drama set in Mumbai, India's financial capital, media reports said.

Francophonie Festival 2011 to Kick Off Tomorrow

The seven-day Francophonie Festival 2011, organised jointly by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka; the High Commission of Canada and the embassies of Egypt, France, Morocco, Vietnam and Switzerland will begin on March 13 in the capital. The festival will continue till March 20. To brief the media on the festival, a press conference was held on March 10 at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.

Towards a Progressive Society

A three-day programme marking the centenary of International Women's Day concluded at the local Shaheed Minar premises on March 9. The programmes included discussions, cultural functions, honouring five women, a debate, screening of documentaries and a fair with products of women entrepreneurs.

OP-ED

The irreplaceable intangibles

Discerning observers tend to agree that Bangladeshis gave unto themselves a very lofty constitution but could not muster the ability to keep it; they inherited a rich heritage, but lacked in the wisdom to cherish it. Consequently, Bangladeshis are suffering and enduring in patience without the perception of their innate strength.

How to remove mistrust?

One sounds ancient while discussing the resumption of any dialogue between India and Pakistan. Not many people can even recall when the two sat across the table. And when was there any serious effort for rapprochement? The meeting of the two home secretaries later in the month, it is feared, may turn out to be yet another exercise which the two sides are essaying under foreign pressure. Seldom have they gone beyond dotting the I's and crossing the T's.

Education is prerequisite for women's emancipation

While addressing a function arranged by the women and children affairs ministry marking the International Women's Day, 2011, Prime Minister Sk. Hasina reiterated her stand to curb violence on women, punish the perpetrators of crimes on women and establish equal rights of women in the society. But, the portrait of the country people envisioned 39 years ago with women having equal rights and opportunities is yet to be materialised.

London 2012, 500 Days To Go

In just 500 days, the world's gaze will turn to the UK as the lights go up on the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. The British people stand ready to welcome friends from across the globe, athletes and spectators alike, to what my friend and Chairman of the Games, Lord Coe, describes as the greatest show on earth. Our preparations are well under way, with our stunning new parkland development, the largest in Europe, already three quarters complete.

The case of the missing sky

Wanted: The last piece of night sky. If anyone sees it, please let me know. This is not a joke! The search is on for any remaining places where stars can be seen, instead of the dull, gray glow which has replaced constellations above most cities.

This Day In History

March 12

1912
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.

Environment

Algal biofuel: A promising next-generation potential

The use of algae as biofuel is a relatively new technology, as compared to other biofuel resources. For production of biofuel, mass cultivation of algae or algaculture is carried out in various regions of the world. Many countries have implemented highly sophisticated techniques for enhancing mass-scale cultivation of algae.

Policy responses for adaptation to climate change

Policy options for meeting the challenges of climate change are basically divided into policies for mitigation and adaptation. Policy responses for mitigation intend to reduce the greenhouse gases (GHGs) in order to avoid the anthropogenic causes of climate change. On the other hand, adaptation policies are necessary to cope with the adverse impacts, which will occur despite the best efforts to mitigate the causes. The very nature of climate change exacerbates the inequities in terms of contribution to the causes and the sufferings from the consequences. Causal liability shifts the burden to the industrialised countries to take entire responsibility for mitigation and adaptation.

Literature

Dictionaries lost to time

As I embark on narrating the tale of a dictionary, a mixed feeling gathers up in me. It is a useful and precious book but little known to most of us. It in an old book that was first given approval by the authorities way back in 1958. The copy that I possess was published in January 1980, which was its twenty-fourth edition. In terms of time, it is undoubtedly on old book and the saying, 'Old is gold', is apt testimony to its merits in a most comprehensive way. And this characterisation makes it not only a book but much more than a book. I am, of course, talking about Ashu Tosh Dev's --- or commonly known as AT Dev's -- Students' Favourite Dictionary which is from English to Bengali and then back to English. Hardly any dictionary provides us with two categories of meanings from word entries. Dictionaries that have done so, say in Bangladesh, have definitely followed the precedent although there might not be any acknowledgement thereof.

With steaming cups of coffee . . .

Good afternoon to you, friends from Kolkata. It is good to be here, in this historic city, and an honour to be at the famous Kolkata Book Fair. From our childhood we have heard so much about this city, so many of our parents grew up in this city, or studied here, we feel very familiar here.

Tagore at Oxford . . . . . .

Whilst I was casting and re-casting the speech I was to make, posturing in the presence of my closet friend in my rooms, two circumstances made my task easier. Firstly, we heard that the Poet had already been invited by Manchester College to come and address a gathering there and that he had consented. So I had only to request him to divide his time between them and us when he came over. Secondly, the Poet's son and daughter-in-law were visiting Oxford and some of us were asked by 'Mullickda' to luncheon to meet them.

Star Health

Simple urine test can protect kidney and heart as well

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is now considered as an independent and substantial risk factor for developing heart diseases. So, taking measures to prevent kidney damage can help both ways to protect us from kidney disease and its precarious consequences like heart diseases and stroke. A simple urine test to detect protein which is a sign of kidney disease can save our kidneys from damage and in turn our hearts. But a significant number of people are simply unaware of it.

Glaucoma — the creeping thief of sight

Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the nerve involved in vision (called optic nerve) and progresses from visual disturbance to permanent loss of vision if left untreated. It is called the silent thief of sight and the person with glaucoma is usually unaware of it until serious loss of vision has occurred. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye (aqueous humour). However, it is completely treatable if detected early.

Daily diet: Out of sight, out of mind

Accessibility to food is a problem for many. Common wisdom dictates that food on the table is meant to be eaten, hungry or not. Keeping it out of sight keeps you from eating more. The same is true of cupboards and refrigerators. Tempting treats should not be stored in the front where is jumps out at you every time you open a door, begging to be eaten. Try keeping healthier snacks in the front of cabinets, and fresh fruit, cut up veggies, or string cheese at the front of the refrigerator. Adding a fruit bowl to the counter is perfect, perfuming your kitchen with the smells of peaches, bananas, plums.

for good health

Garlic is a versatile herb being used as spices, vegetables, medicine and beatifying agent. It is a naturally powerful antibiotic which is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Garlic is one of the most popular healthy herbs all over the world.

Bed wetting not unusual for children

Sometimes, children might have certain problems that may create embarrassing situation to the parents. They do not like to share the problem with relatives and friends even. Few days back, a mother came to me with a boy of eight years old having apparently no problem. Her mother told me that her child wet bed every night. She was tired of cleaning beds and linens every day. She sought help from doctor before and showed me the prescription along with laboratory investigation reports. All of them were normal. This type of story is not very uncommon. We diagnose the problem as Enuresis.

Eat right with color, make a rainbow on your plate

Fruits and vegetables from all color families provide our body with a rainbow of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, substances from natural source. Aim for at least three different colors at each meal to obtain maximum health benefits.

Strategic Issues

… and 'WikiLeaked' Bangladesh!

If the WWIII, as it has already been predicted, would befall for the paucity of 'potable water', then it may be considered as possible that the WWIV would take place for acquiring 'information'. This may seem imminent eventually as concealed and classified 'facts' unveiled by the WikiLeaks have become a matter of headache for the big powers along with the Superpower. Julian Assange, the internet's freedom fighter's endeavor to shift regime behavior and to reveal 'unjust systems' has unleashed diplomatic cables consist of embarrassing 'confidentials' that did concern the related regimes and the entire diplomatic world. In conjunction with this, the exposé includes the 'tale of woe' for Bangladesh as well, and disclosed secrets that would question the statecraft, political posture, intelligence, security issues, human rights situation, and predominantly, the sovereignty of the country.

India's Bangladesh Moment

A historic opportunity awaits India in the next few months to address its fundamental security, cooperation in the region and its larger 'Look East Policy'. All of which can be enhanced through a strong partnership with our neighbour in the East, Bangladesh, overcoming years of suspicion. The time has come for a new approach, bold measures and out-of-the-box thinking.

US wary on no-fly zone over Libya

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched air strikes on rebel positions as the United States said that any no-fly zone over the country would need to have full UN backing.

Star Books Review

Making the real seem unreal

While reading Syed Manzoorul Islam's short stories, the first thing that strikes one is the role played by the self-conscious narrator, who is sometimes a part of the story, makes sarcastic remarks about other characters, and remains somewhat unaffected by the major changes and shifts in the plot. More interestingly, Islam's narrator assumes both first and third person points of view. At times his narrator, one is apt to notice, is highly critical of assuming any knowledge of a character's unspoken thoughts as in most of the stories in the book Kanch Bhanga Rater Galpo. But then in many of his impeccable stories in Prem O Prarthonar Galpo and Alo O Andhakar Dekhar Galpo, he adopts a third person narrator and intrudes into the characters' psyche and yet retains the role otherwise played by a self-conscious narrator. However, in his latest volume titled Shukhdukher Galpo published at this year's Ekushey Book Fair, readers will find him at the height of his post-modern experimentation with his craftsmanship in both narratorial modes reaching an apotheosis.

Upheavals of emotion

Nicholas Sparks has done it again! He holds the reader captive from the first page to the last in Nights in Rodanthe. The book is a real page turner. This is the moving story of Adrienne Willis and Dr. Paul Flanner caught together in emotional upheavals and their discovery of love when they least expected it.

Through the eyes of the young

This year a very young novelist has come forth with a novel at the Ekushey Book Fair. The title of the book is Bochhorta Chhilo JSC-r, which could be translated into English as 'The Year was of JSC'. The young author is Brotee Das Datta, who is only fourteen years old, a class nine student of Viqarunnisa Noon School.

Of glory and flattery

It is the ego we are talking about here. You might as well make a correction and say that the ego is what we have always been talking about, indeed have been nurturing throughout the course of human civilisation. And proof of that is what comes through in this gripping little book wherein you once more have cause to meet the famous and the illustrious, but this time with a difference though.


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