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Front Page

They all speak of Limon's innocence

The High Court order to grant Limon six months' bail and ensure his proper treatment has brought relief not only to Limon's family but also to his villagers and well-wishers. Meanwhile, The Daily Star's special correspondent Morshed Ali Khan visited Limon's village in Rajapur upazila of Jhalakathi district and talked to around 150 people--farmers, traders, teachers, leaders of political parties (both Awami League and BNP) and even children. They all said Limon was innocent.

Home ministry probe starts tomorrow

The home ministry-appointed investigator will start probing Limon's case from tomorrow.

For whom Limon was shot

The members of Jhalakathi Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were tense on March 23. They were in pursuit of one of the most notorious gangs in the southern region hiding along the border of Rajapur and Kowkhali police stations in Jhalakathi and Pirojpur districts. The area is crisscrossed by canals and rivers with thick vegetation on land making it a perfect hideout for criminals.

Hasina for secular, poverty-free S Asia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for concerted efforts to build a poverty-free South Asia being imbued with the spirit of democracy and secularism.

Al-Qaeda confirms bin Laden death

Al-Qaeda confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden yesterday in an Internet message that vowed revenge on the United States and its allies, including Pakistan.

Bin Laden's wife spent 6 years in Pak hideout

One of three wives living with Osama bin Laden told Pakistani interrogators she had been staying in the al-Qaeda chief's hideout for six years, and could be a key source of information about how he avoided capture for so long, a Pakistani intelligence official said yesterday.

Govt goes tough on defiant docs

The government has taken action against some 300 doctors in last one year for not joining offices in rural areas defying repeated warnings from the prime minister.

War hero Nooruzzaman passes away

Veteran freedom fighter Lt Col (retd) Quazi Nooruzzaman (Bir Uttam), sector-7 commander of the 1971 Liberation War, breathed his last yesterday at the Square Hospital in the capital.

Concern over sending female workers to KSA

A senior researcher of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over the government decision to send female domestic helps to Saudi Arabia where they are often abused by their employers.

Youth kills sister

A college student yesterday surrendered to police after killing his elder sister at the capital's Sabujbagh.

Lower courts to get 250 more judges

The Judicial Service Commission has planned to appoint around 250 more judges to lower courts under its proposed rules while appointment of 101 judges is underway.

GB official harassed, threatened

A Grameen Bank official was allegedly abducted by a group of unidentified people yesterday evening and released four hours later.

BNP protests oil price hike

The main opposition BNP yesterday protested the fresh hike in fuel prices and said the government decision will heighten public suffering.

Stop killings on border

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has urged the Indian government to put an end to the frequent killing of Bangladeshi nationals in border areas.

Prof Yunus to remain MD until decision by GB board

Prof Muhammad Yunus is still the managing director of Grameen Bank and will continue to be so until the bank's board of directors appoints a new MD, said Rokanuddin Mahmud, a counsel for the Nobel laureate, yesterday.

Singapore heads to polls amid simmering discontent

The Singapore opposition is hoping to expand its presence in parliament in a general election on Saturday after the most vigorous challenge to the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in decades.

Khulna teacher suspended

The managing committee of Noornagar PWD High School on Thursday suspended teacher Kamalesh Roy for six months with effect from May 5 for inflicting corporal punishment on Rizia Sultana Sathi.

Woman, daughter 'murdered'

The bodies of a woman and her daughter were recovered from a paddy field at Delduar upazila in the district yesterday.

Editorial

Rajuk filling up the Balu

We must thank the Department of Environment (DoE) for acting promptly on the report of The Daily Star regarding the damage done to the Balu. But we feel that it should have acted sooner. The river had already become clogged and un-navigable due to unabated encroachment and pollution. And RAJUK has caused constriction of its width by filling up the banks in order to construct a bridge over it under a project that did not have the approval of the BIWTA.

Safety net schemes

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the ultra-poor focusing on the upcoming budget has brought up an important agenda. Chairman of the APPG Saber Hossain Chowdhury highlighted the need for an assessment of the impact of the expenditure incurred in the safety net programmes that were taken up in the financial year which is about to end. Given that 84 such programmes were in operation with budgetary allocations amounting to Tk. 19.497 crore (being 15 percent of the national budget) the questions of monitoring how the money was spent and with what results certainly assumes critical importance.

Sports

Muktis salvage a draw

Leaders Muktijoddha Sangsad came from behind to play out a 1-1 draw against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in their crucial Grameenphone Bangladesh League fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Bijoy seals T20 series for Academy

Anamul Haque Bijoy continued to impress with the bat as his rapid 60 helped GP-BCB National Cricket Academy to a seven-wicket win over South Africa Cricket Academy in the second and final Twenty20 game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

No football under floodlights

The matches of the ongoing Bangladesh League will now be held in daylight instead of using floodlights as the Bangladesh Football Federation received instructions from the Prime Minster's office.

Warne to quit playing

Australian bowling legend Shane Warne Friday said he will quit all professional cricket after the current Indian Premier League season, bringing the curtain down on an extraordinary career.

Aus preferred three Tests

Australian cricket administrators met the formal announcement of a truncated Test series against South Africa by saying they would have preferred to play three matches rather than two. The slim provision for five-day matches has been explained as the by-product of a distended schedule, which is swollen still further by the presence of the Twenty20 Champions League. Also of note is the series' status as a return favour for South Africa's presence in Australia for the prime Boxing Day and New Year's Tests in Melbourne and Sydney over several tours, which kept them overseas at peak time in their own country.

Hashan seeks protection

Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Hashan Tillakaratne on Friday demanded police protection before he shares information on alleged match-fixing with authorities.

Eva topples Liza

IWM Shamima Akter Liza was toppled off the leaderboard in the Arlene Developer 32nd National Women's Chess Competition when she lost her fourth round match to IWM Rani Hameed at the Chess Federation yesterday. The lead was assumed by Nazrana Khan Eva who defeated Dilara Jahan Nupur to collect 3.5 points from four rounds. Liza, Rani, and Sharmin Sultana are jointly on second position with 3 points each. Sharmin Sultana beat Mahmuda Haque in this round. In the other matches of this round, Arifa Khatun defeated Zakia Sultana, Jahanara Haque beat Roksana Titly, while Masuda Begum drew with Tanjina Akter.

Bima, Navy win

Sadharan Bima and Bangladesh Navy won their respective matches of the Lyric Group Independence Day Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Bangalore crush Punjab

Chris Gayle became the first batsman to hit two centuries in the Indian Premier League when he smashed a 49-ball 107 in Royal Challengers Bangalore's 85-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Friday.

'IPL a can of worms'

Sri Lanka's interim coach Stuart Law on Friday said cricket administrators should schedule a window for Indian Premier League fixtures to stop players choosing club over country.

Pak surrender meekly to WI

Pakistan's batting was undermined by West Indies' three frontline seamers and their bowling upstaged by another blistering innings from Lendl Simmons in a 10-wicket loss in the fifth one-day international on Thursday.

Goerges storms into semis

Julia Goerges continued her impressive run on clay when she brushed aside Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-2 on Friday to claim a place in the last four of the Madrid Open.

Carl Lewis in political race

Olympic athletics great Carl Lewis is back at the starting line for his latest race -- for a state senator's seat in New Jersey.

All-Portuguese finale

Unheralded Sporting Braga edged domestic rivals Benfica 1-0 in a nerve-jangling semi-final second leg on Thursday to set up an all-Portuguese Europa League final with league champions FC Porto.

Derby time in Catalunya

Barcelona, fresh from reaching the Champions League final, face a highly-charged derby against Espanyol on Sunday where victory could deliver the Spanish league title.

'Win will secure title'

Manchester United will go on to secure a record 19th title if they defeat Chelsea in this weekend's Premier League shoot-out, Sir Alex Ferguson said Friday.

Milan on the brink

AC Milan will be celebrating an 18th Serie A title this weekend if they avoid defeat away to Roma on Saturday.

Third is Gomez's goal

Bundesliga top-scorer Mario Gomez says finishing third in the German league is Bayern Munich's sole goal now as the race continues to settle the Champions League places for next season.

Three-match ban for Jose

UEFA on Friday handed a three-match ban to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho after he made allegations of favouritism towards bitter rivals and Champions League conquerors Barcelona.

Deschamps upset at Blanc treatment

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps on Friday expressed support for former France team-mate Laurent Blanc, who is at the centre of the race row that has enveloped French football.

Real now want Altintop

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has added Bayern Munich's Turkish international Hamit Altintop to his shopping list for the summer transfer window, a Spanish sports daily said Friday.

Ze to leave Hamburg

Former Brazil international Ze Roberto is to quit Bundesliga outfit Hamburg at the end of the season after they only offered him a one-year deal rather than the two he wanted.

One more year for Del Piero

Veteran forward Alessandro Del Piero on Thursday signed a one-year contract extension with Juventus keeping him at the club next season.

Metropolitan

Stradivarius of Nimtoli

The first time I saw him was at the 2008 Chawk Eid Fair. A crowd of kids surrounded him, enchanted by his violin playing. A bag full of single-string bamboo violins rested on the ground. After he finished, his admirers lined up to buy the violins.

Coast guard man injured in gunfight with pirates

A Coast Guard member was bullet-hit in a gunfight between Coast Guard personnel and a gang of pirates in the Meghna river in Ramgati upazila of Laxmipur on Thursday night.

Awareness stressed for thalassemia prevention

Speakers at a press conference yesterday underscored the need for awareness measures to prevent hereditary form of anemia-thalassemia, a blood disorder, in the country.

Tk 5,927cr scheme to cut micro-credit habit

The government will launch a project worth Tk 5,927 crore to develop a small saving scheme for 51 lakh rural poor families by forming village organisations in 85,000 villages mainly to rescue marginal populace from micro-credit net.

Dhaka, Delhi on good track

Wrapping up his Dhaka visit, Vice President Md Hamid Ansari yesterday said all parties in Bangladesh appeared to be committed to a bilateral relationship with India.

35,000 get back eyesight in 5yr

Around 35,000 eyes got back sight under a project the Dhaka Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project (DUCECP) over the last five years in capital Dhaka.

Road crashes kill 5, injure 11

Five people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Pabna, Brahmanbaria and Noakhali on Thursday and yesterday.

BNP disrespects constitution

Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday said the main opposition BNP "disrespected" the constitution by urging the government to dissolve the parliament and form a constitutional assembly.

Contestants want no political influence

Speakers at a discussion here yesterday said the upcoming union parishad elections should be free of political influence.

Free access to US market sought

Bangladesh sought again duty free access to the US market, saying the US Congress has an important role to play in this regard.

Combating climate change global responsibility

Combating climate change is a global responsibility and all countries must act collectively to protect the world, said Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, coordinator of Bangladesh Climate Change Negotiation Team, yesterday.

File counter cases

Ship-breaking yard owners should file a case against each filed against them, said ABM Abul Kashem, chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, yesterday terming the owners “afraid of cases”.

Maize gains farmers' attention in southeast

The farmers in the southwestern districts have set to harvest the optimum yield of maize cultivated in the current season.

40 students awarded

Forty meritorious students of ten different schools were awarded Foy's Lake Concord Scholarship in a colourful programme.

Child marriage stopped

A 12-year-old girl was saved from an attempted underage marriage at Nabinagar village in Lalpur upazila of Natore district on Friday afternoon as the villagers vehemently protested the bid.

BSF kills cattle trader

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead yesterday by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Gazipur border in Satkhira Sadar upazila.

Daily Star PSK union committee formed

The new executive committee of The Daily Star Press Sramik Karmachari Union for 2011-2013 session was formed yesterday with Md Monirul Islam Bhuiyan as president and Md Minhaj Uddin as general secretary.

Australian held at airport

Airport Armed Police arrested an Australian citizen from Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday on charge of illegally carrying currencies of different countries.

PM leaves for Turkey today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave here for Turkey today morning on a four-day visit to attend the fourth UN Conference on LDCs to be held in Istanbul.

Sightsavers CEO due today

Dr Caroline Harper, OBE, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sightsavers, an international organisation, arrives here today on a six-day visit.

Woman killed by stepson

A mother was allegedly killed by her stepson in Senergati village of Tala upazila yesterday.

Appoint Yunus GB chairman

The employees of Grameen Bank (GB) here yesterday urged the government to appoint Prof Muhammad Yunus chairman of the board directors of the micro-finance institution.

2 outlaws held with firearms

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested three cadres of outlawed Lal Pataka, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) and recovered three firearms on Thursday and Friday.

Boy killed in road crash

A teenaged boy killed as a speedy bus hit his bicycle at the city's Tikatuli yesterday evening.

Four injured in bomb attack

Four people were wounded as miscreants on a microbus attacked a Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) leader with bombs at Hazi Market of Sheikhpara Bazar in Shailkupa upazila of the district last night.

One jailed for producing tainted poultry drug

A mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Abdullah Al Masud yesterday jailed one Manik Roy of Karampatri area for one year for illegally producing tainted poultry medicine.

IEB, Ctg centre's anniversary today

The Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), Chittagong Centre is going to celebrate its 63rd anniversary today in the port city.

Two arrested with phensidyl

Detective branch of police, on information, arrested two drug peddlers with 570 bottles of phensidyl from Tebaria rail gate area yesterday.

JBFH to provide free treatment

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) is going to provide free treatment facilities at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore on May 9.

Three bodies authorised to deal with realtors

The government has empowered municipal bodies, cantonment boards, and national housing authority (NHA) to work as the line authorities for giving approval of real estate developers in respective areas.

International

Laden was 'cash strapped' in final days: ISI

Pakistan's intelligence agency has concluded that bin Laden was "cash strapped" in his final days and that al-Qaeda had split into two factions, with the larger one controlled by the group's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, according to a briefing given by a senior officer in the agency.

Who gets $25 million bounty?

The photograph of Osama bin Laden on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list has a new caption: Deceased.

Elite among elites

The US Navy commandos who swooped on Osama bin Laden's compound reportedly came from a renowned squad known as "Team Six," an elite unit drawn from the already elite ranks of the SEALs.

Unarmed Laden fuses European awe

European happiness with the death of Osama bin Laden was tempered by details showing he was unarmed when shot dead and qualms about whether torture of prisoners helped US forces track him down.

Gaddafi regime hits out over rebel war chest

Muammar Gaddafi's regime reacted angrily yesterday to a Nato-led decision to provide funding to the three-month-old rebellion against his rule in Libya, describing as "piracy" plans to tap its assets frozen abroad.

US drone kills eight in Pakistan

US drones fired a salvo of missiles into a compound in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan yesterday, killing eight suspected militants including al-Qaeda members, officials said.

Key US lawmaker backs Pak aid

A key leader of the US Congress voiced support Thursday for preserving aid to Pakistan, calling for a clear-eyed view despite outrage that Osama bin Laden lived for years in the allied nation.

26 killed in new Syria protests

Syrian security forces shot dead at least 26 protesters yesterday, a rights group said, as thousands rallied on a "Day of Defiance" against the autocratic regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Saleh vows to resist 'outlaw' protesters

Yemeni President Ali AbdullahSaleh told a mass rally of supporters yesterday that he would resist calls to quit, describing as "outlaws" tens of thousands of protesters gathered a short distance away.

It's all in the gene

How happy we are may depend as much on our genes as how well our lives are going, researchers have found.

France expels 14 Libyan diplomats

France has ordered 14 people who served as Libyan diplomats under Muammar Gaddafi's regime to leave the country within two days, the French foreign ministry said yesterday.

Cambodia rejects Thai demands

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong yesterday rejected a Thai demand to withdraw troops from an 11th-century Khmer temple at the disputed border, saying Bangkok was not sincere about peace.

S African minister's wife gets 12 years for drug running

Sheryl Cwele, the wife of South Africa's intelligence minister, was sentenced to 12 years in prison yesterday for drug trafficking after being convicted of hiring young women as mules.

Cargo ship, China crew rescued from pirates

A Panama-registered cargo ship seized by pirates in the Arabian Sea has been rescued along with the 24 Chinese sailors aboard, the transport ministry in Beijing said yesterday.

Japan to shut two reactors at plant near faultline

Japan's government will ask a nuclear plant operator to shut two reactors at the Hamaoka plant southwest of Tokyo, in a region close to a major tectonic faultline, Kyodo News and NHK said yesterday.

Gbagbo grilled over I Coast unrest as lawyers turned back

Investigators grilled fallen leader Laurent Gbagbo for the first time yesterday about post-election violence which engulfed Ivory Coast, as his rival prepared to be sworn in as president.

6.1-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi yesterday, government seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

ASEAN mulls giving Burma chair

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is considering giving military-led Myanmar the chair of the grouping in 2014, despite grave concerns about human rights abuses and sham democracy.

Main suspect, two others held in connection with Morocco attack

Morocco arrested the main suspect and two other Moroccans for their role in a bomb attack in the city of Marrakesh that killed 16 people, many of them foreigners, last month, an interior ministry officials told AFP.

Bin Laden's killing 'abhorrent'

Cuban leader Fidel Castro called the death of Osama bin Laden an "abhorrent" assassination, warning in an article Thursday that it would reap "hatred and vengeance" against the United States.

US president to meet elite team

US President Barack Obama was yesterday to meet members of the elite commando team that shot dead America's top terror target Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, as Islamists held protests against the killing.

Obama defends sea burial

President Barack Obama said US forces were "respectful of the body" of Osama bin Laden when they buried his remains at sea, despite criticism from some Muslim clerics that it violated Islamic practice.

Arts & Entertainment

Breaking the Shackles of Exploitation

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Theatre launched its new production, “Muktadhara”. It has been interpreted as a symbolic play that indicates Tagore's admiration for Gandhi and his rejection of the machine in favour of the spirit of life. “Muktadhara” is the 43rd production of Theatre.

Indigenous Cultural Fest at SUST

The two-day long 'Robi-Shikor Adibashi Lokoj Utshab' (Indigenous Cultural Festival) on Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), Sylhet campus ended last Thursday.

Screening of films by Tareque and Catherine Masud at Gono University

A week-long screening of featuring films by Tareque and Catherine Masud begins today at Gono University in Savar. Some 20 films by the Masuds will be screened at the main auditorium of the University, according to a press release.

Tagore Birth Anniversary Celebration in Mymensingh

Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, Mymensingh units of Rabindra Parshad and Shardho Shoto Rabindra Janmotshab Committee (celebration committee) have arranged elaborate programmes at Mymensingh Teachers Training College premises.

'Lathi Khela' in Pabna

A 'lathi khela' festival was held at Chatmohar upazila under Pabna district last Wednesday. A local non-government organisation, LDO, arranged the festival, highlighting the martial art form that has its roots in tradition. Ten teams of the district participated in the festival.

Al Pacino to receive special award at Venice Festival

U.S. actor and director Al Pacino is to receive the Glory to the Filmmaker award at this year's Venice Film Festival, organisers have announced.

OP-ED

Police frailties in societal prism

While commenting on the country's socio-political scenario, a learned contributor to The Daily Star poignantly remarks that if one recognises the shabbiness of our public life, the frailties of policing ethics inclusive, one would get a potent recipe for cynicism, alienation and despair. The write-up ("It's a national affront," The Daily Star, April 28) very pertinently adds that for one to get it into perspective, the situation has to be viewed through the prism of the society.

Few options before Pakistan

Islamabad is damned both ways: whether it admits to its hand in the US operation which killed Osama bin Laden or it says that it did not know that he was living at Abbotabad, close to Pakistan's military academy. The first option may evoke an anti-Pakistan storm within and outside the country because Osama had come to represent anti-American sentiment among most Muslims. At present, people's mood is sullen but not evocative.

Save children, save future

In the backdrop of May Day this year, the administration and leaders in different segments of the society pledged to establish the rights of workers but, appallingly, the plight of the millions of child workers in informal sectors remains unnoticed.

Environment

The other CO2 problem

The global environmental threat is growing as the world is going to face another problem in near future alongside the global warming and climate change. The discovery of this emerging global problem is quite recent and it has received relatively little attention until now but within the next few decades it may turn out to be one of the most severe in terms of impacts on marine life.

Holistic approach to environmental preservation

Environment refers to our surroundings that include all things living and non-living. Both the materials and their condition are important aspect of the environment. Nature can change naturally as considered by paleo-environmental scientists. Climate of the earth changed many times. Extinction of dinosaurs is supposed to linked with change of local climate. That is a different thing. But that “due to human intervention environmental conditions are being changed” is vital concern for existence of many organisms.

Literature

Rabindranath: He belonged to the world

A hundred and fifty years after his birth, Rabindranath Tagore remains a pre-eminent, indeed the pre-eminent, man of letters on both sides of the old, historical Bengal. Humanist, poet, storyteller, artist, playwright, mystic, thinker, he is yet South Asia's voice in a wider global perspective.
On the eve of 25 Baishakh, 8 May, Star Literature pays tribute to the Bard.
--- Literary Editor

The memoirs and the biographies

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize, created much enthrallment among the European and American communities after the publication of the Gitanjali (Song Offerings), in November 1912 from the India Society of London. A novelist, short story writer, playwright, composer and essayist, Rabindranath was an educationist, actor and organiser as well. And all these made this myriad-minded literary personality well known across the western zone of the globe. The sharpness of his philosophical height demanded many documents on him which resulted in many biographies of the poet being published, not to mention the memoirs of the bard.

The poet's mystique

My first encounter with Rabindranath Tagore was on a cold winter's day in early 1964. He was there as a sketch in pencil, on the mantelpiece of a Bengali home in Quetta. The flowing beard, the penetrating eyes, that sense of gravitas --- all of this came alive in that sketch. I asked the host, a colleague of my father's, who the gentleman was in the sketch. A great man, said he. He is Rabindranath Tagore, a poet. Young as I was, in primary school, I asked no more questions.

Star Health

Keep Saving Mothers Keep On Track

Mothers always put family and children first. Often, they do not give priority to their health and the health issue of women are frequently overlooked. But improving mothers' health, preventing unnecessary maternal deaths would ultimately help in both way for mothers as well as their babies. On ahead of International Mother’s Day on this Sunday, a little light projected here to show the state of Bangladeshi mothers and ways to move forward.

Ensuring equal chance to life for thalassaemic

Thalassaemia is a blood disorder characterised by less haemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in the body. It is transmitted from parents to children. Since haemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen, the deficiency leads to anaemia, marked by growth retardation, fatigue, pale appearance, shortness of breath and weakness.

Know what triggers your asthma

Asthma is a chronic breathing disorder characterised by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. Some causes and triggers are common to all people with asthma, and some are more individual. The strongest risk factors for developing Asthma are inhaled Asthma triggers which include:

Pakistan prepares to abolish Ministry of Health!

By June this year, Pakistan could be the first country without a health ministry. Pakistani Parliament has signed off on a constitutional amendment that paves the way for the abolition the institutional structure for healthcare — Ministry of Health, state department, directorate, or equivalent structure — at the federal level in charge of national responsibilities for health.

Prolonged bottle feeding boosts kids' obesity risk

Nearly one-quarter of 2-year-old bottle feeders were obese at age 5, researchers say. Babies who are still drinking from a bottle at 2 years of age may be prone to obesity by the time they turn 5, a new study from Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education in Philadelphia suggests.

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics

High Potassium, low Sodium may reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases

Consuming twice as much Potassium as Sodium can halve the risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases — according to a study by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Strategic Issues

Rethink Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the pearl of Indian Ocean and Bangladesh has a warm relationship and this has been consistent since the bloody birth of Bangladesh in1971. But this relationship couldn't reach its zenith because of consistent ignorance from intellectuals to popular leaders and mass media over the years. In Bangladesh public perceptions are too much influenced by the concept of 'great power' or 'super power'. If Rajapaksa were the premier of any great or super power he could attract huge media coverage. There could have been a buzz for days before his arrival. In Bangladesh a popular mindset works when it comes to India, Pakistan, China or USA. The media jump upon Ministry of Foreign Affairs and intellectuals start to talk in many seminars-forums about upcoming heads of government of the above mentioned countries. This zeal doesn't work for other states like Sri Lanka. What I say is that all these are common popular blunder. When it comes to bilateral relations, it comes with an option to achieve whosoever is in the other side. Eventually we forget that in the negotiation table with great or super power on the other side is not always necessarily helping us to gain; rather we sacrifice our interest. On the contrary, when there is an opposition with equal status then we have greater chance to gain. That's why states like Sri Lanka should get no less attention from our leaders and media.

The mythos of Obama and Osama

Obama and Osama. Two names that will henceforth be coupled. The hunter, Obama, is leader of the most powerful and feared nation on earth. Osama, the hunted, was leader of a borderless state -- a non-state actor -- and probably the most feared religio-political association of the modern world since the rise of the Ismaili Hashashin assassins between the 11th and 13th centuries.

How US spies found bin Laden's hideout

It took months of painstaking intelligence analysis to find Osama bin Laden in Pakistan -- but only three words "It's a go" uttered by President Barack Obama to launch the strike that would kill him.

Star Books Review

Being in love with one's language

Most of us Bengalis profess to love our mother tongue. Most of us also think of the language movement as a quest for national identity. Twenty-first February 1952 stands out as a symbol of both. It speaks for Bengali language and identity. Does it also speak for other languages in the world?

Perceptions on a complex issue

You could choose to expend this effort: propose in a scholarly undertaking that the security of an ant is a function of human security, send it to UNDP and a host of human security theorists, and the possibility cannot be ruled out that your hypothesis could figure prominently in the glittering array of human security theories and what they entail that have been offered down the years. Or, maybe not! I am being cynical, but, upon going through Human Security Index for South Asia: Exploring Relevant Issues, I am totally bewildered at just how vast a range of topics human security theories cover. Seemingly, almost anything and everything under the sun! Pardon the hyperbole.

Of real life drama

Not all old people could go to the Palm, a retirement home in Tampa, Florida. Those who had saved up for the retirement nest were the lucky ones for it was a special home for the old. And it became even better after Dr. Andy Zorn joined as its director. Recessional is the story of the retirement home with its different occupants. It is the story of the old people's joys and sorrows and their hopes and disappointments. It is the story of how the protagonist Dr. Zorn makes the home lovable for everyone; the quiet and subdued ones, the boisterous and noisy ones. It is also a home for the octogenarians who get together to build a wooden airplane. It is the story of old ladies who were glad that a whole battalion of rowdy grandchildren visiting them left at the end of the day. Dr. Zorn was determined to make the old home a success story as he started his work with a team of efficient staff, especially Krenek, the manager who was the backbone of the place and Norse Varney, the nurse who worked miracles with the occupants.


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