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News of: Saturday, 3rd of September, 2011

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High hope for trade

After a long wait, 61 Bangladeshi products on a negative list, mostly readymade garment items, are going to get duty-free access to India, reported BBC Bangla Service.

Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated

Muslims across the country celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday with great religious zeal, fervour and festivity.

Push for a fair deal

Bangladesh and India are going to share the water of the Teesta in “equitable” manner based on water availability at Gazoldoba barrage, 25km away from Bangladesh border.

Woman dies in arson attack

A physically challenged woman at the district's Kabirhat has been burnt to death allegedly by hired goons of a manpower agent after her father claimed back money he paid for sending his sons abroad.

Long-pending issues must be resolved

A taskforce report released yesterday by premier Indian defence think tank recommended settlement of legacy issues--border demarcation, enclaves, water sharing and unilateral trade concessions to Bangladesh--at the earliest possible.

Argentine soccer team due on Sep 5

After much deliberation throughout the last couple of days, it was finally revealed that football sensation Lionel Messi and his Argentina side will now be arriving in Dhaka in the morning of September 5 to play the international friendly against Nigeria the next day.

Khaleda accuses Khairul

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has accused immediate past chief justice ABM Khairul Haque of annulling the caretaker government system “in exchange for money.”

Unique protest at Shaheed Minar on Eid day

Hundreds of people on the Eid day rallied at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to press their seven-point demand including resignation of Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and ensuring road safety.

4 lakh expat workers get registered

Around 4 lakh Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia got registered under its amnesty programme, said Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

PM critical of protesters

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was critical of those who staged demonstration at the Central Shaheed Minar on Wednesday instead of going home to celebrate the Eid.

Concern over 'use of Shaheed Minar'

Some intellectuals, cultural activists, writers and poets yesterday expressed concern over the holding of the protest rally at the Central Shaheed Minar on the Eid day.

Road crashes kill 38 during Eid holidays

At least 38 people, including eight in the capital, were killed and 80 others injured in road accidents across the country during the Eid holidays.

Govt to repair 5,000km roads by March

The communications ministry has set a target to reconstruct and restore about 5,000 kilometres roads across the country at a cost of Tk 3,600 crore by March next year.

ATN Bangla journo's car vandalised

Unidentified criminals attacked Zahirul Islam Mamun, head of news of ATN Bangla, at the city's Gulshan on Wednesday night.

Opposition chief whip's factory looted

Robbers looted cash and other valuables from a knit composite factory, owned by Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque, at Bhobanipur in Gazipur sadar upazila early yesterday.

Casualties less this year

While millions celebrated the Eid with their dear ones, road accidents claimed at least 38 lives and injured some 80 others throughout the country in the last three days of Eid vacation.

Kolkata HC judge quits over graft

Calcutta High Court Judge Justice Soumitra Sen, facing charges of financial irregularities, resigned on Thursday, days ahead of his possible impeachment by the Lok Sabha, the lower House of Indian parliament.

Defiant Gaddafi vows 'long battle'

Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters to fight on as world leaders freed up billions of dollars to help Libya's new rulers rebuild a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war.

Noda takes over as new Japanese PM

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda yesterday named a youthful cabinet lacking the usual political heavyweights, as he attempts to unite a divided party and safeguard a fragile post-quake recovery.

Nigeria says Qaeda behind UN attack

Nigerian authorities said Wednesday that an al-Qaeda linked suspect who recently returned from Somalia masterminded last week's attack on UN headquarters here, one of the bloodiest targeting the world body.

Ukraine threatens to sue Russia over gas

Ukraine will take Russia to court if Moscow does not agree by mid-October to lower the price it charges Kiev for gas, a top Ukrainian official said Wednesday in the two countries' latest energy spat.

Editorial

That decent act of protest

The presence of a sizeable segment of civic society at the Shahid Minar on Eid day protesting against deplorable conditions of the highways nettled the Prime Minister evoking a flippant riposte from her. She mocked at the demonstrators despite their choosing a peaceful novel way to highlight a serious public interest issue. We welcome the novel civil society initiative.

Developing human capital

Bangladesh's achievements in the social sectors have won the country appreciation. Dr. Babatunde, Executive Director of UNFPA, while citing this fact laid emphasis on human capital development without which population cannot be manpower. The focal point of his recommendation is that we set the order of priorities in terms of investment. If the country covets an ICT-based economy then education system should be geared to that end. We can take cue from the Bangalore experience. At the same time, it is crucial that investment is funnelled towards green economy. The education priorities will have to be attuned to both these objectives.

Sports

Messi-merizing win for Argentina at Kolkata

Lionel Messi marked his first game as Argentina captain with a 1-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly encounter played before thousands of delirious fans in the Indian city of Kolkata on Friday.

Argentina to train on Monday

Approximately 15,000 spectators will get a chance to watch Lionel Messi, Angelo di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Agüero and the like in an open training session on Monday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

India seek revival

Battered and bruised in what has turned out to be an abysmal tour, a demoralised India go into the five-match ODI series against England on Saturday with repeated batting collapses and toothless bowling continuing to haunt them.

Pistorious left out, but leaves with silver

Oscar Pistorius' history-making participation at the World Championships ended with a silver medal after his teammates guided South Africa to second in the 4x400m relay on Friday.

Cox steps down

Jamie Cox has stepped down as an Australian selector citing a "mood for change" in the wake of last month's sweeping Argus Review, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

Aus on verge of victory

Australia closed in on a convincing victory in the first Test in Galle on Friday after Sri Lanka's top order was ripped apart for a second time.

Top seeds sail smoothly

Novak Djokovic raced into the US Open last 32 with a ruthless demolition of Argentine Carlos Berlocq on Thursday, as fellow heavyweights Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki also cruised.

Mawoyo guides Zim

Tino Mawoyo became the third Zimbabwean player to carry his bat as the opener made 163 not out in his side's first innings total of 412 on the second day of the Test against Pakistan at Queens Sports Club here Friday.

Bolt into 200m final

Usain Bolt powered into the world 200m final on Friday, staying firmly on course for redemption after his shocking 100m false-start as Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot sealed a distance double.

India lose again

England inflicted yet another defeat upon India as they won the lone Twenty20 international by six wickets at Old Trafford here on Wednesday.

Hussain's comment irks India

India reacted sharply Friday to comments by former England cricket skipper Nasser Hussain comparing Indian fielders to "donkeys" during the recent one-off Twenty20 international at Old Trafford.

Japan leave it late

Asian big guns Australia and Japan left it perilously late before snatching vital winners in World Cup qualifying Friday, as South Korea got off to a roaring start against Lebanon.

Barca thrash Villarreal

Champions Barcelona produced the perfect response to bitter rivals Real Madrid here on Monday as they overwhelmed Champions League qualifiers Villarreal 5-0 in their opening league match of the season.

Last-ditch signings

Arsene Wenger embarked on a last-ditch spending spree on transfer deadline day as the under-pressure Arsenal boss signed Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun, while Manchester City completed their shock swoop for injury-plagued midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

Inter agree Zarate deal

Inter Milan have agreed a deal with Lazio for the loan of Argentine forward Mauro Zarate but have missed out on Genoa's Argentinian attacking midfielder Rodrigo Palacios.

Carvalho walks out on Portugal

Real Madrid centre-back Ricardo Carvalho announced on Wednesday that he was turning his back on the Portuguese national team after walking out of their training camp.

Metropolitan

The Vendor of Amulets

It was in Rampura that the man with brilliant henna-dyed hair and beard caught my eye. He had walked down the road holding a seven-foot pole when an old woman stopped him and started talking. The pole was covered with merchandise trinkets and costume jewellery, it appeared. I stopped for a closer look.

ACC investigation continues

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is conducting inquiries into money laundering charges against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and her former political secretary Harris Chowdhury alongside a dozen high profile political and non-political persons.

Indian media for meeting Dhaka's concerns

Indian media seem to be highly optimistic about a positive outcome of Indian prime minister's Dhaka visit, expecting that the event would take bilateral ties to a new trajectory which would have an impact on regional cooperation.

17 killed, 62 hurt during Eid

Seventeen people were killed, 62 injured and over 50 houses were ransacked throughout the country during the Eid vacation since Tuesday.

Ctg hospital gutted

Valuables worth Tk 5 lakh were gutted in a fire at a private hospital on OR Nijam Road under Panchlaish Police Station of the port city Thursday.

Nine children, woman drown on Eid day

At least seven children and one woman drowned in separate incidents in Manikganj, Rajbari, Brahmanbaria, Srimongal, Chittagong and Lalmonirhat on Eid day and Thursday.

Manmohan's visit a chance to resolve disputes

Welcoming Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his upcoming visit to Dhaka, the main opposition BNP said there is a chance to resolve the long-standing disputes between the two neighbouring countries.

India lists Hilsa, Jamdani sarees to import

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may want early resumption of import of Hilsa from Bangladesh, but the Indian federal government feels the fish alone is not enough and wants more goods including Jamdani sarees from Bangladesh.

'Tortured' domestic help fighting for life

A female domestic help is fighting for life in Gaibandha Modernised Hospital after allegedly being tortured by her employers at Uttara in Dhaka.

BCL extortionist beaten by mob

The president of Satkhira district unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was beaten up by a mob as he and his men tried to forcibly take 10-12 shirts away from several shops in a shopping complex of Satkhira town the day before the Eid day.

Abul Mansur Ahmad's 113th anniversary of birth today

Today, Saturday, September 3, is the 113th birth anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist, and statesman of the sub-continent, says a press release.

One dead, 7 injured in water tank explosion

A man died while seven others were severely injured as trapped flammable gas exploded inside an underground water tank of a residential building in city's Kamrangirchar on Tuesday.

US Embassy closed tomorrow

The US Embassy will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, September 4, in observance of Labour Day, a US holiday.

Gold ornaments worth Tk 80 lakh stolen

At least 152 tolas of gold ornaments worth around Tk 80 lakh were stolen from a jewellery shop in the city's Katpatty Road adjacent to Kotwali Police Station early hours Thursday.

JMB man held

A team of Rapid Action Battalion arrested a member of banned outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Kathbaula Bazar in Muktagachha upazila Wednesday.

Colombia keen to expand trade, investment

Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Akramul Qader who is also concurrently accredited as ambassador to Brazil, Mexico and Colombia presented his credentials to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderòn last Tuesday.

Chinese help for greener economy sought

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said Bangladesh is ready to work in close partnership with China to realise potentials to leapfrog into a greener economy and adopt technologies that promote sustainable energy use and greener industrialisation.

Optical fibre networks at 1,000 UPs soon

The government has decided to install optical fibre networks at 1,000 union parishads (UPs) to reach qualitative and efficient ICT facilities at a lower cost, officials said yesterday.

Dr Moin passes away

Dr Moin Uddin Ahmed, a freedom fighter and former parliamentarian, passed away due to old-age complications at his residence in Monakasha village of Shibganj upazila yesterday morning. He was 85.

Death anniversary

The 35th death anniversary of former Chief of Air Staff Air Vice-marshal Muhammad Khademul Bashar was observed on Thursday, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the 3rd death anniversary of Prof Mo-hammad Moniru-zzaman, a noted academician, litterateur, and media personality.

Abidur Reza Khan

Today is the 6th death anniversary of renow-ned Awami League leader and parliamentarian Abidur Reza Khan, says a press release.

Abul Hossain

Today is the first death anniversary of Abul Hossain, a businessman and social worker, says a press release.

International

Libya interim leaders vow tolerance and respect for law

Libya's new interim leaders assured world leaders yesterday that they will build a society full of tolerance and respect for the rule of law.

Rebel leaders outline 20-month road map

A council tasked with drafting a constitution for Libya should be elected within eight months ahead of presidential and legislative polls in early 2013, a rebel leadership official said yesterday.

Australian PM vows to stay in office

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard dismissed mounting speculation yesterday about her future, vowing to stay in the job despite a crushing court blow to the government's asylum-seeker policy.

Turkey expels Israeli envoy

Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara yesterday and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally after a UN report slammed the "excessive" force used in a raid on a Gaza aid flotilla.

Libya interim leaders vow democracy

Libya's new interim leaders assured world leaders yesterday that they will build a society full of tolerance and respect for the rule of law.

WikiLeaks publishes full cache of US cables

Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said yesterday it had published its full cache of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables, which could be accessed through an Internet link without a password.

Millions hit by floods in India

Surging flood waters in northern and eastern India have affected millions of people, forcing many from their homes as swollen rivers wash away roads and make rescue work difficult, government and aid officials said yesterday.

Syrian forces kill 14 in new crackdown

Syrian forces killed 14 people yesterday, activists said as protesters piled pressure on the regime to quit while the EU tightened the noose on Damascus by slapping it with an oil embargo.

Jan Lokpal Bill is dangerous

Writer Arundhati Roy on Tuesday cast doubts over Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign saying the civil society's Jan Lokpal Bill is a "dangerous piece of legislation". "I am skeptical about the legislation (Jan Lokpal Bill) itself for a good number of reasons. I think the legislation is a dangerous piece of work," Roy told CNN-IBN in an interview.

Fighting erupts in Sudan's Blue Nile

Fighting erupted in Sudan's Blue Nile border state between the army and forces loyal to the elected governor Malik Agar, both sides said yesterday, less than two months after the secession of the south.

Nato fights in Libya as long as necessary

Nato's operation in Libya will continue for as long as the civilian population there is in danger, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and national leaders said Thursday.

Palestinian statehood bid dangerous

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said yesterday that a bid by Palestinians to win UN recognition as a state would risk triggering a dangerous diplomatic confrontation.

Dozens killed in Nigeria

Clashes between Christians and Muslims broke out in the tense central Nigerian city of Jos on Thursday that led to soldiers responding, with community groups claiming dozens were killed.

Strong quake hits Alaska

A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands early yesterday, triggering a tsunami warning for the remote region that was later lifted, the US Geological Survey reported.

Turkey to host radar for Nato missile defence

Turkey envisages hosting an early warning radar as part of Nato's missile defence system for Europe, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

West Bengal becomes PaschimBanga

The Indian state of West Bengal will now be known as "Paschim Banga" after state lawmakers voted unanimously in favour of the name change yesterday, despite some high-profile opposition.

Seven killed by WWII bomb in Myanmar

Seven people died when an old World War II bomb exploded in western Myanmar, officials said Thursday.

Serbia, Kosovo resume talks after border row

Serbia and Kosovo returned to EU-mediated talks yesterday for the first time since border clashes erupted this summer, as Belgrade faced growing pressure to normalise ties with Pristina.

Nigerian flooding claims 102 lives: Red Cross

At least 102 people were killed when a dam burst in torrential rain and flooding in southwest Nigeria, a local Red Cross official told AFP Wednesday.

Taliban kidnap 30 Pak boys in Afghanistan

Taliban militants have kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who had mistakenly crossed the unmarked border in the country's lawless northwest into Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Two journos killed in Mexico

Two Mexican journalists were found murdered overnight in Mexico City, Contralinea magazine reported on its website Thursday.

Cross-border fire kills 3 Pak troops

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and one Indian trooper was hurt in an exchange of fire by the rival militaries across their sensitive border in divided Kashmir, authorities said Thursday.

48 dead in Ecuador from tainted alcohol

The death toll from consumption of tainted alcohol here has risen to 48, the Ecuadoran health ministry said Wednesday.

E Timor army chief resigns ahead of polls

The head of East Timor's armed forces, Major General Taur Matan Ruak, said yesterday he had resigned, ahead of a possible run for the presidency in elections next year.

Arts & Entertainment

Chanchal Chowdhury @DS Café

Chanchal Chowdhury, one of the most popular actors of the small screen, has personified diverse characters throughout his illustrious acting career. The actor has a strong theatre background as well, which helps him to articulate characters at ease. He has acted in films too and won many a heart through his brilliant performance in Giasuddin Selim's “Monpura”.

Eid delights

Airtel presents its second tele-film “Bhalobashi Tai,Bhalobeshe Jai”

Bangladeshi Art Exhibition in Toronto

Bangladesh Art Society of North America (BASNA) has organised a group art exhibition featuring the works of fourteen contemporary Bangladeshi painters at Ben Navaee Gallery, Queen Street East, Toronto, in Canada.

Aamir Khan shows support to Hazare

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, playback singer Sonu Nigam and director Raj Kumar Hirani lent a touch of star power to the venue of Indian anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's public hunger strike on the penultimate last Saturday.

OP-ED

Paucity of the public-spirited

A distinguished academic from the London School of Economics while undertaking an evaluatory "reality check" of socio-economic upliftment programme funded by donor countries lamented about the acute shortage of public spirited individuals. Such individuals, according to the considered view of the aforementioned academic, could have supported, enhanced and sustained the innovative capacities of the ordinary folks who displayed commendable imagination and drive during the conception and implementation of development programmes. The absence of the public spirited, it was held, put an end to a good number of potentially beneficial programmes.

Transit to India

Bangladesh is likely to sign a transit protocol with India during Manmohan Singh's visit. Transit will allow movement of Indian freight between mainland and its North-Eastern states through Bangladesh territory. This NE area is linked with mainland India through a 200 km sliver of land known as Siliguri Corridor. This vast resource-rich land remains in a state of perpetual economic stagnation mostly due to its remoteness.

Time to forge a new beginning

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's much awaited visit to Bangladesh has raised hope in the two countries on the resolution of several bilateral disputes that have bedeviled their relations. The visit coming after 12 years is also the first visit of the Indian prime minister to a neighbouring country. Thus the symbolism and substance of this visit cannot be underestimated. Dhaka's proactive step to handover Indian insurgents and its decision to go ahead with regional connectivity forced even hardcore sceptics in India to recognise the new reality.

Race and the English riots

The "liberating" Spring Winds across Arabia brought with it dissent, death and destruction but also carries great hope for freedom, democracy and human rights in a region dominated by dictatorial families and military despots with dubious claims to power and totally unused to any expression of strong popular will.

This Day In History

September 3

863
Major Byzantine victory at the Battle of Lalakaon against an Arab raid.

Environment

Royal Bengal Tiger: Threatened species

THE majestic Royal Bengal Tiger is roaming near the brink of extinction. Once, the tiger ruled over a major part of the globe ranging from the Pacific to the Black Sea and from Ural Mountains to the Mountain Agung. It is an irony of fate that tiger is facing an onslaught of poaching throughout its range. The main factor contributing in the decline of cat population is habitat degradation. But poaching has put them in a vulnerable condition to survive. Right now tigers occupy only 7% of their historic range and they live in small islands of forests surrounded by a sea of human beings. Over the past few centuries tigers lost more than 80% of their natural habitats and what remain are only small fragments under heavy anthropogenic pressure.

Forecasting floods: La Niña Impact

LAST year I wrote an article (published on August 7, 2010 in The Daily Star) with a title 'how likely is flooding this year'. That article was actually prepared in April 2010, when the onset of La Niña was clearly visible. I mentioned that some readers' will be surprised to read this article as I was writing about a probabilistic outlook of monsoon flooding when the country was extremely dry and hot with a serious shortage of rainfall. Readers were surprised, but they admitted that a flood of moderate strength did occur last year. It didn't inundate the urban thoroughfares of Dhaka, but it inundated many suburban and rural areas.

Literature

Faiz . . . in the light of the moon

The poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar speaks for many when he links Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poetry to lunar gleam. There is magic in the moon, says Akhtar. Wherever its light falls --- on ponds, on deserts, on homes, on flowers, on fallen twigs --- it envelopes the object of its brilliance in beauty. And so it is with Faiz's poetry. It acts as a transformational force on the themes it deals with. It underscores the power of poetry to create the sublime and then bring it into the lives of people. It is just as well. In this centenary year of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's birth, it becomes necessary to recall the fervour and the commitment he brought to Urdu poetry and in the process enhanced the quality of a genre that in earlier times was enriched at various points by Mirza Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Bahadur Shah Zafar and Allama Iqbal. And, of course, by so many others.

Sydur Rahman: a voice for secular thought

The death anniversary of eminent philosopher and educationist Professor Sydur Rahman passed on 28 August. He was an uncompromising voice for secular thought. He was among the vanguard of those who espoused freedom of thought in the hard communal ambience of the Pakistani days. Through the golden period of life he struggled with his sharp pen to establish secular and progressive ideas in this country as well as in the erstwhile Indian subcontinent.

Sydur Rahman: a voice for secular thought

The death anniversary of eminent philosopher and educationist Professor Sydur Rahman passed on 28 August. He was an uncompromising voice for secular thought. He was among the vanguard of those who espoused freedom of thought in the hard communal ambience of the Pakistani days. Through the golden period of life he struggled with his sharp pen to establish secular and progressive ideas in this country as well as in the erstwhile Indian subcontinent.

Bohemian memories

Was it the spirit of good people or the good spirit that allowed for celebration of goodness in people? Whatever it was, the harmony between laughter and Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu was blending well. She was sitting under the blue sky in the middle of verdant green of a winery cleansed and freshened by the previous day's rain shower. The twilight was fused with amber warmth. The hint of slight fragrance in the air came from the south side of the pond where the dense foliage of honeysuckle was growing wild and left untouched. It was empyrean beauty. She sat still, closing her eyes, while savouring the blended crescendo of wind, music and laughter, but not words. Hers is the boundary that crosses speech into silence. In it she finds an outpouring of self through the compulsion to reach within, a kind of oblivion to her history of becoming. It is a terrain on which she has come to depend as some kind of transcendence to the sprinklings of finding her real self.

Star Health

Newborns are vulnerable to environmental factors

Neonatal mortality rate in Bangladesh is 37 per 1000 live births on an average; in some areas this is even much higher. Over the past few decades we have observed under 5 mortality coming down gradually whereas, on the contrary levels of newborn mortality is still beyond the acceptable limit. This will be very difficult for Bangladesh to achieve the MDG-4 targets by 2015 if, we cannot curb the neonatal mortality rate down to 22 per 1000 live births.

Reducing sudden death of infants

Omio, a two month old little cute boy came to me for a routine check up. He was perfectly all right in all respects. His parents are educated, cooperative and from a middle class family. Omio was born in a hospital by normal delivery and it was uneventful. Everything was going on smoothly and happily. But all on a sudden, Omio was found dead in the morning on his cot.

Tallying the benefits of chocolates

Chocaholics may have more reasons to indulge in a chocolate truffle or two today. New research from scientists at the University of Cambridge found that high levels of chocolate consumption are associated with a significant reduction in the risk of certain cardiovascular disorders.

Elder maltreatment likely to increase with ageing populations

Maltreatment of elderly people is an important public health problem. While there is little information regarding the extent of maltreatment in elderly populations, especially in developing countries, it is estimated that 4-6% of elderly people in high-income countries have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. However, older people are often afraid to report cases of maltreatment to family, friends, or to the authorities.

Fast eating elevates risk of obesity

A study conducted by New Zealand has revealed that fast eating can increase risks of obesity. Research showed that more than 50 percent of women who were habituated to eating fast faced risks of obesity.

Bad sleep ups blood pressure risk

Men who get the least deep sleep each night have a higher risk of hypertension, a recent study published in the journal Hypertension shows. Earlier studies have tied chronic sleep disorders and low levels of sleep to greater risks of heart disease and obesity, and even reduced life span. This new study showed those getting the least deep sleep were at 83 percent greater risk than those getting the most.

Strategic Issues

Manmohon's visit to Bangladesh: Challenges and opportunities

INDIAN Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh is scheduled to make a two day official visit to Bangladesh on 6th September 2011. During the visit, he is expected to discuss the entire range of bilateral issues including cooperation in trade, connectivity, water resources management, land boundary demarcation, border management, security, etc. Expectations are running high that some ever lasting disputes will be settled, at least the process would start. Many say that this is one of the unique opportunities for India to convince its small worried neighbour that it pays heed to Bangladesh's concerns and it does so with positive intent.

With Mideast in turmoil, Israel debates strategy

JERUSALEM -- Eight days after Israel suffered a terrorist attack from Egyptian Sinai and weeks before it faces a Palestinian statehood resolution at the United Nations, its officials say they are struggling with a painful set of strategic and diplomatic challenges produced by the region's popular uprisings.

Chidambaram lays foundation for integrated check-post

UNION Home Minister P. Chidambaram laid the foundation stone for a Rs. 172-crore integrated check-post (ICP) at the India-Bangladesh international border here on Saturday in an effort to boost bilateral ties, ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to Bangladesh on September 6.

Star Books Review

Poetry steeped in symbolism

Let me begin by trying to understand how Obayed Akash has composed his recent book of poetry. Were all the poems created consciously or subconsciously or through the blending of the two?

Everyone has a story

What starts out as a thrilling depiction of a dangerous situation soon takes on the form of an engrossing set of stories recounted by the different characters in Chitra Divakaruni's One Amazing Thing.

A portrait of the Third World

Like the third world estate, the Third World is nothing, and wants to be something.

An African thinker

There is much about Africa that we do not know. Yes, there are the civil wars and the pogroms that we are pelted with day after day through the media. The tales of corrupt, venal dictators and of the murderous nature of men, as in the Rwanda genocide of 1994 or the post-independence happenings in the Congo in the early 1960s, are what have kept us bound to the thought that Africa is a synonym for chaos. That is a mistaken belief, for Africa is a place, a continent like any other. Nature has endowed it with beauty. Its people, part of its innumerable tribes, have kept life going in the way their ancestors did long ago.


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