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Ministers to be fired if found corrupt: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said ministers would be fired if graft allegations against them are proved.

Save JS complex from metro route

The air force's pressure to realign the proposed metro rail route through Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises is not acceptable, leading architects and city planners said at a media briefing in the capital yesterday.

PDB faces huge loss from oil-based power

As the government has turned to generating power using costly imported fuel oil, the Power Development Board is set to incur an extra loss of around Tk 8,000 crore until June next, said a top official of the board.

Bangladeshis out of DV-13 lottery

The United States has declared 19 countries including Bangladesh ineligible for the upcoming Diversity Visa (DV) 2013.

Teesta water deal to be signed soon

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave an assurance that the treaty on Teesta water sharing will be signed with India soon.

Woman kills herself after facing village arbitration

A young housewife allegedly hanged herself after she was harassed in village arbitration at Boteshwar village under Belabo upazila of the district Thursday night.

Advisers acted differently

Mainul Husein, law adviser to the past army-backed caretaker administration, was exceptionally frank in acknowledging the military's leading role in the government affairs while other advisers including the chief adviser studiously avoided saying the M-word.

Char Janajat picked as priority site

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader has picked two sites from a list of four suggested by a cell for constructing a new international airport.

Road safety campaigners under watch

Intelligence agencies, on instructions of the prime minister, are collecting information about the key organisers of the Eid day rally for road safety at the Central Shaheed Minar.

All accused cleared of charges by cops

All the Awami League men, who allegedly assaulted government officials in Pabna during a recruitment test exactly a year ago, are set to be acquitted of the charges.

PM flies to NY today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for New York today to attend the 66th United Nations General Assembly.

An apple a day keeps stroke at bay

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables with white flesh may help to protect against strokes, a study said yesterday.

Suspect denies organ trade

Hours after his arrest for alleged links with human organ trade, Nafiz Mahmud said his organisation, Columbia Asia Healthcare, has nothing to do with the illegal trade.

Labaid seeks time to submit documents

Labaid Specialized Hospital has failed to provide investigators with documents on two liver transplants, police say.

Palestinians to go with UN bid

President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he would demand full membership of the United Nations for a Palestinian state when he goes to the UN General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States.

Floods kill 14 in Cambodia

Fourteen Cambodians, half of them children, have been killed in floods in recent days as heavy rains battered the kingdom, an official said yesterday.

Death toll in rises to 40

The death toll from a suicide bombing that targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia attending funeral prayers in Pakistan's northwestern region has risen to 40, police said yesterday.

Israel summons Egyptian envoy

Israel's foreign ministry yesterday summoned the Egyptian ambassador after statements by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, who said the peace treaty between the two states is "not sacred", Israeli website Ynet reported.


Padma Bridge questions

The Padma Bridge project holds an important niche in Bangladesh's infrastructural development plans. And so when questions arise about the alleged corruption that may have crept into its planning and implementation, it is a whole nation which is left worried. For two very fundamental reasons: one, the project aims at giving a boost to the economic basis of our society, a truth we cannot lose sight of, and, two, it is undoubtedly embarrassing when questions are raised about the integrity of those involved in its implementation.

Tension in Turkey-Israel relations

The downgrade of diplomatic relations between one time allies Turkey and Israel is a very big development. This follows from the September 2, 2011 announcement by Turkey that it will formally expel Israel's ambassador and suspend all military agreements with Israel.


Dravid bids bye to ODI

He may not have been among the flamboyant ones in ODI cricket, but Rahul Dravid's determination and penchant to thrive under extremities made him a man for all seasons in the Indian team.

Sachin hails Rahul

Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar paid glowing tribute Friday to the never-say-die attitude of team-mate Rahul Dravid, who is retiring from one-day cricket.

Holistic practice for Illievski

In a bid to give the Under-19 national football team enough opportunity to play practice matches before their AFC U-19 Championship campaign, the National U-21 national team reached the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) for a 10-day trip yesterday.

Shaun saves Australia

Shaun Marsh hit a gutsy 81 to steer Australia out of trouble at the start of the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.

BCB Cup match abandoned

Incessant rain ruined the BCB Cup match between the Bangladesh A team and GP-BCB National Cricket Academy team at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Siddikur struggles at Macau

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman improved his performance slightly on the second day of the Macau Open after playing at par that took him to the joint 81st with 15 players.

Bolt targets 100m best

World record-holder Usain Bolt has targeted a season's 100m best at Friday's final Diamond League meeting of 2011 to help ease a little of the lingering pain of his sensational World Championships disqualification.

Roger levels Davis Cup tie

Swiss maestro Roger Federer came back from losing the first set to see off an inspired Lleyton Hewitt and level the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Australia on Friday.

Indian GP to cash in on cricket fatigue

After years of steady patronage, corporate India is showing signs of cricket fatigue and the country's maiden Formula One race next month looks like being the immediate beneficiary.

Clash of crisis clubs

Inter Milan and Roma will aim to put mediocre starts to the season behind them when they meet Saturday at the San Siro, when defeat for either club could set alarm bells ringing.

Hafeez stars in Pak win

Pakistan stamped their authority over Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on Friday, winning the first of two Twenty20 matches by a huge 85 runs.

Puyol angry at critics

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has hit back at critics who insist that the European and Spanish champions are struggling to maintain their high standards of last season.

Bremen hunting pts

Werder Bremen boss Klaus Allofs insists his side are hunting points rather than German league leaders Bayern Munich as they prepare to take on Nuremberg on Saturday.

U-16 AFC qualifiers

The Bangladesh U-16 team suffered a second successive defeat in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers after conceding a 2-0 loss to Palestine in Iraq yesterday.

Lax federation sees SCB withdraw sponsorship

The Standard Charted Bank postponed its sponsorship from the School Chess tournament following their displeasure with the preparation of the tournament which was supposed to get underway from September 23.

Premier Div kabaddi

Bangladesh Air Force, Fire Service and Dhaka Wanderers Club won their respective matches in the Premier Division Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Bin Hammam loses appeal

Ousted Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam on Thursday lost his appeal against a lifetime ban from football, world governing body FIFA announced.

Azharuddin's son dies

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin's son Ayazuddin has died in Hyderabad, succumbing to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sunday.

Atletico outclass Celtic

A young Tottenham side held PAOK Salonika to a scoreless draw Thursday as fellow British sides struggled to make a significant impact on the first night of Europa League group action.

Chelsea plot MU fall

Chelsea are determined to bring Manchester United's electrifying start to the season to a juddering halt on Sunday as the Premier League rivals collide in a heavyweight clash at Old Trafford.

Sergio rejects Diego broadside

Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona is in hot water after he accused sacked successor Sergio Batista of accepting bribes to include certain players in the team, local media reports alleged Thursday.

Maradona loses debut match

Argentine legend Diego Maradona's first match in charge of Al Wasl in the United Arab Emirates ended in disappointment when they lost 4-3 to an injury time strike to Al Jazira on Thursday.


Rain paralyses life in Ctg

Nearly one-third area of the port city yesterday went under water due to heavy downpour, creating havoc for people.

Photos Given, Photos Taken

These days, I see cameras everywhere in Dhaka. Most people face one happily, hoping that the world sees them the way they want to be seen. Whether the photo-opportunity is a gathering of friends, a date, a family outing, or a child's birthday, everyone tries to look their best by fixing the hair, straightening the shirt, and showing the winning smile.

Expired injection takes infant's life

An infant died minutes after he was allegedly injected with an expired medicine at Khulna Shishu Hospital on Thursday.

Make energy policy pro-people

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded a pro-people policy for the country's energy sector.

Remove chemical warehouses from residential areas

Environmentalists and non-government organisation activists yesterday categorically demanded the government to evict chemical warehouses and factories from residential areas in old Dhaka to ensure public safety.

PPP initiatives a must to attract more investment

Underscoring the need for more investment in Bangladesh, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) initiatives are needed to attract more investment in order to reach the country's target growth rate.

Malaysia extends amnesty for irregular Bangladeshis

Malaysia gave yet another chance of biometric registration to irregular foreign workers who had not registered with the immigration department by August 31.

Delhi HC upholds BSF man's dismissal

The Delhi High Court upheld a decision to dismiss a BSF soldier from service for entering a Bangladesh village and firing at residents with his official rifle killing three people, including a child, three years ago.

Stand against polluters of environment

State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged all to stand unitedly against the polluters to protect the country from environmental peril.

12 judges, officials transferred

The government on Thursday brought changes in the judiciary through transfer of 12 district judges and equivalent judicial officials.

Division of scope of works determined

Bangladesh and the Russian Federation have primarily determined the division of scope of works for carrying out various studies in a bid to set up a nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna.

Mystery shrouds death of housewife

Mystery shrouds the death of a housewife of the city's Mirpur at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.

Shraddha of Ajit Roy held

Shraddha of Ajit Roy, a dedicated artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, was held in the city's Dhakeswari National Temple yesterday.

Talks to air Bangladeshi channels soon, says Indian minister

India will talk to Bangladesh on taking steps so that Bangladeshi channels can be viewed in India.

515 more bullets seized

Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday recovered 515 rounds of bullet and some leaflets and books printed by Indian separatist group ULFA from Gandhigaon, a frontier village in Jhenaigati upazila of the district.

Kidnapped Khulna girl rescued in Dhaka

Police rescued a kidnapped seven-year-old girl and arrested three men in this connection from Farmgate area in Dhaka around 2:00am yesterday.

Paturia-Daulatdia ferry service disrupted again

The ferry service on Paturia-Daulatdia route was suspended for six hours on Thursday after a ferry ran aground on Padma river.

Labourer dies in balcony collapse

A labourer died and another sustained injury after the balcony on the second floor of a warehouse they were standing on collapsed in the city's Chawkbazar early yesterday.

Show cause notice on 5 Dhaka Bar members

Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) on Thursday issued a show cause notice upon its five members to explain within seven days why their advocateship certificates would not be cancelled in connection with ransacking of its general secretary's office room on September 13.

3-year-old found dead in well

Police recovered the body of a three-year-old girl from a well in Turag area in the city yesterday.

2 of a family killed over land dispute

A group of miscreants brutally killed an elderly woman and her eight-year-old granddaughter and injured six others of a family in Barhatta upazila in Netrakona on Thursday.

Man drowns while fleeing from BSF

A Bangladeshi man drowned as he dived into the Nagor River on Beurjhari border under Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon to evade capture by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at noon on Thursday.

Two kids drown in Pabna

Two children drowned in a water body at Chandpur village of Santhia upazila in Pabna yesterday.

Tagore song evening today

A raga-based Tagore song evening will be held in the auditorium of Alliance Française de Chittagong in the port city today.

Elderly man's body found

Police recovered the body of an elderly man beside Baghduli road at Pangsha in Rajbari yesterday.

JU launches EMBA course

Jahangirnagar University (JU) has launched the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) programme under the Faculty of Business Studies yesterday.

Tanore UZ vice-chairman held

Police arrested vice-chairman of Tanore upazila from his house at Sreeghonta village in Tanore upazila on Friday for not submitting his electoral expenditure.

Cop killed in road accident

A police constable was killed and at least three people, including a foreign prisoner, were injured when an ambulance of the Cox's Bazar Jail collided head-on with a bus coming from opposite direction in Shahkata area of Chakoria upazila yesterday.


Enamul Haque Chowdhury, Bir Pratik, a former lawmaker and convener of the Sector Commanders Forum, Sylhet division chapter, passed away at a private hospital in Sylhet yesterday due to cancer at the age of 68.


Flood-hit Pakistan's PM cancels US visit

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani cancelled a trip to next week's UN General Assembly in New York yesterday because of floods in Sindh province.

Libya fighters surge into two Gaddafi bastions

Fighters loyal to Libya's new leaders surged yesterday into the city of Sirte and into Bani Walid oasis, two of fugitive Muammar Gaddafi's few remaining bastions but had to retreat facing fierce resistance, officials and an AFP reporter said.

Syrian forces kill 20 in anti-Assad protests

Syrian forces shot dead 20 people yesterday and flooded rural areas around Damascus with troops to try to end six months of demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

Americans favour ties with Asia over Europe

Americans value their longstanding bonds with Europe, but give even greater weight to the country's deepening ties to Asia, according to a new poll taken as the rising prominence of the nations of the East alters global geopolitics.

Terrorism 'grave challenge' for India

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the security environment in the country continues to be uncertain and recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Delhi are “grim reminders of the grave challenges” posed by terrorism to national security.

New Libyan govt gets UN seat

The UN General Assembly yesterday gave Libya's UN seat to the National Transitional Council which toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

All for a little peace

Women in the southern Philippines brought peace to their strife-torn village by threatening to withhold sex if their men kept fighting, the UN refugee agency reported yesterday.

Nepal in 'last chance' for peace: PM

Nepal's new prime minister used his first public address yesterday to warn that the nation is being given its "last chance" to unite in peace or face being drawn back into armed conflict.

Berlusconi scandal deepens

Prosecutors say an Italian businessman recruited about 30 girls to attend parties at Premier Silvio Berlusconi's homes, selecting them for their looks and age and paying some of them to have sex with the Italian leader.

Military leaders to meet to salvage US-Pakistan ties

The top US and Pakistani military leaders will meet in the coming days in hopes of fixing strained ties after a US raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Floods kills 98 in Thailand

Monsoon rains, floods and mudslides in Thailand have killed at least 98 people since July, including a French tourist, authorities said yesterday, posing a test for the new government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Denmark to get first female PM

Denmark's centre-left was celebrating victory yesterday after narrowly winning a general election to end a decade in opposition, ushering in the nation's first woman prime minister.

Israel, Palestinians head for showdown

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look set for a UN showdown next week, with Abbas planning to push for membership for a Palestinian state and Netanyahu arguing against it.

A planet with a double sunset

When the day ends on planet Kepler-16b there is a double sunset, scientists reported on Thursday in the journal Science.

US, Australia vow joint response

The United States and Australia said Thursday that a cyber attack in either country would trigger a joint response, as they sought common ground in a changing world with China on the rise.

Peace treaty with Israel 'not sacred'

Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said on Thursday that the 1979 peace treaty with Israel "is not sacred," state-run MENA news agency reported, quoting remarks he made in an interview with Turkish television.

Man charged over $2 billion rogue trade

British police charged trader Kweku Adoboli over a $2 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS and he will appear in court later yesterday, a spokeswoman said.

Hillary sees progress against bid

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday she saw a "growing recognition" among the "parties in the region" that it would be best for the Palestinians to abandon a bid for UN membership.

China warns US oil firm after spill

China has told US oil giant ConocoPhillips to step up its efforts to seal leaks and clean up a spill off its north coast after finding oil was still leaking into the sea, state media reported yesterday.

Hillary says Iran will free 'spy' hikers

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she was confident Iran would free two US hikers convicted of spying and rejected concerns about the delay in their release.

Paris bans Muslim street prayers

A ban on saying prayers in the street, a practice by French Muslims unable to find space in mosques, has come into effect in the capital, Paris.

Crew safely return to Earth after crash

Three spacemen made a safe delayed return from the International Space Station yesterday as Russia again pushed back the launch of their replacement crew because of a recent rocket crash.

Arts & Entertainment

Mokammel's new project on Partition

After having brought on the big screen stories on Liberation war and contemporary socio-political issues like plight of ethnic minority groups in Chittagong Hill Tracts, women in garment factories and stranded Biharis, director Tanvir Mokammel has now set his eyes on travelling back in time to make a mega documentary on the partition of eastern part of the sub-continent.

Death anniversary of Shah Abdul Karim observed

A three-day long programme, observing the second death anniversary of legendary Baul singer-composer Shah Abdul Karim, ended at the district Shilpakala Academy here on Wednesday. The event, titled 'Shah Abdul Karim Smriti Shambhar Prodorshani' (exhibition of Shah Abdul Karim memorabilia), was organised by Shah Abdul Karim Parishad and Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST). Professor Md. Saleh Uddin, Vice Chancellor of SUST, inaugurated the event.

Theatre festival and competition for children in Rangpur ends

The two-day children's theatre festival and competition ended here recently.

Mick Jagger on SuperHeavy: “Everyone subsumed their egos”

SuperHeavy is a band that shouldn't work.

DS Café

This month DS Café welcomes popular singer Kona. Get on the line with her for two minutes and fire away your questions. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription.Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 on September 19, between 3 and 4pm, to speak to Kona!!!

Memorial programme

Dr. Sanjida Khatun speaks at a memorial programme in honour of three recently deceased noted singers -- Ajit Roy, Dr. Mridulkanti Chakrobarty and Bilkis Nasiruddin -- at the seminar room of Bangla Academy on September 15. The programme also had Dr. Sarwar Ali, cultural personality; Kamal Lohani, cultural activist, journalist and former director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Dr. Israfil Shaheen, a Professor at the department of Theatre, Dhaka University, as discussants. Director General of Bangla Academy, Shamsuzzaman Khan, delivered the welcoming speech at the programme presided over by Dr. Sanjida Khatun.

“Shilpo O Shilpi”

Bengal Foundation has recently launched a quarterly art journal titled “Shilpo O Shilpi”. The publication highlights the lives and works of painters from both Bangladesh and India. The launching programme was held at Akar Prakar Gallery in Kolkata, Paschim Banga. The journal's publisher Abul Khair; editor Abul Hasnat; member of editorial board Dr. Anisuzzaman; Indian painter Ganesh Halui and senior Indian art critic Pranab Ranjan Roy were present and spoke on the occasion. Leela Nath, director of Akar Prakar Gallery, was the MC of the programme.


Wikileaks baring extralegal methods

The anti-secrecy Wikileaks revelations insofar as it relates to our socio-political scenario do not really come as great surprise to the informed and also the conscious section of the community. The noticeable difference is that the not-so-unknown facets of our public life and dealings have come to the fore through the courtesy of leaked diplomatic cables sent by the embassy of the lone superpower and thus acquires heightened credibility.

Even terrorism doesn't unite

India has been caught on the wrong foot again. It has evoked anger over the bomb blast at Delhi High Court on the one hand and a bit of unhappiness on the accord between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the other. Both show the helplessness which has become the badge of the Union government. In the case of the terrorist attack, it is a failure of all those engaged in protecting the nation. At Dhaka, India could not deliver on the sharing of Teesta river water because West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not willing to release a certain quantum of water after having given word to New Delhi.

Thoughts on Education Day

Today is Education Day. The 1962 education movement of students in the then East Pakistan culminated on this day. The day reminds us of the killing of school student Babul, bus conductor Golam Mostafa and domestic worker Waziullah and repression on many others who raised their voices of protest in support of the students. I participated in the movement as an activist as the General Secretary of Dhaka College Students' Union.

Literacy and manpower development

Perhaps nobody can deny that education unlocks the door to modernisation. It has been found through research that there is a positive correlation between the rate of literacy and per capita income of a country. It is obvious that now we are feeling the pinch of neglecting the education sector. No country can be expected to make headway in its efforts for development with 70% of its people being illiterate.

Nitun Kundu: Our role model

The true spirit of creativity and leadership never dies. Perseverance and hard work yield unbounded rewards. These are just some of the things we remembered on September 15, 2011 as we marked the 5th death anniversary of Nitun Kundu -- an artist, sculptor and an ideal of a successful entrepreneur.

This Day In History

September 17

The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


E-waste: A growing concern

Rapid progress in science and information technology, growing manufacturing activities, expanding urbanisation and increasing globalisation have elevated consumption and production for newer, better and faster electrical and electronic devices. With the growing use of these devices by businesses and households, the rate, at which people are constantly rejecting outdated product, is rapidly rising. Many of these are having short lifespan and not costlier to throw the old and buy the new one. These escalating obsolete and rejected electrical and electronic equipment, known as electronic-waste or e-waste, have become a significant concern to the society.

Genetic engineering for modern agriculture

Since the 1990s, scientists have been able to change the genetic makeup of plants and animals that are used for human consumption. These products are called genetically modified foods (GMFs), or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMFs are produced to enhance or improve the organism's natural traits. In order to produce GMFs, scientists combine genes from different organisms. For instance, researchers have added genes to plants, such as corn, to make them more nutritious or insect resistant. This is done through a process called recombinant DNA technology.

Dhaka's dilemma!

Metro rail stops at air force red signal” has been the headline of a news item published in The Daily Star on September 13, 2011, followed by another news item published in the same daily on September 14, 2011 headlined “Now Louis Kahn's JS masterpiece at stake”. To any conscious citizen, these news items are disturbing and arising out of reasons relatively insignificant. First one is a security concern and the second, environmental. But these can be overcome without disturbing the proposed metro.


Tagore poetry in English

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is considered to be the greatest Bengali writer ever born. Although a 'myriad-minded man', he was not much confident of his English language skills. He made a clear confession of this to Ezra Pound, William Rothenstein, Ramananda Chatterjee, and his daughter Bella and niece Indira. He thought his English was not good enough to suit him fine. But the success of the English versions of his Gitanjali poems and that of his speeches in the American lecture circuit even before he had risen to prominence by winning the Nobel Prize must have proved that his fears were groundless. Researchers have explored many qualities of permanence in his English writings.

Neruda and the power of poetry

When the rice withdraws from the earth
The grains of its flour,
When the wheat hardens its little hip-joints
And lifts its face of a thousand hands,
I make my way to the grove
Where the woman and the man embrace,
To touch the innumerable sea
Of what continues

Star Health

Human organ trafficking in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is an emerging organ bazaar that has been in existence for more than a decade. It is operating by local and international patients, who buy organ within Bangladesh and then obtain the surgery mostly in India, as well as in Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore etc. The sellers are the poor citizens, who eventually sell their body parts to get out of poverty.

Role of Anaesthiologists: From surgery to critical care

Most people think of anaesthesio-logist only as the "doctor behind the mask" who helps patients sleep during surgery without pain and who wakes them up when surgery is over. Let us lift the doctor's mask and take a look at the responsibilities of an anaesthesiologist.

Map like ulcer on tongue

Parents sometimes come to us with their kids having history of recurrent map like ulceration on the upper surface of the tongue. These ulcers changes shape and sizes and they appear and disappear. They do not affect any growth and development of the child. Affected kids complaint of burning sensation and irritation while taking food and sometimes they refuse to take food because of spicy feeling.

Sweeter than honey!

Is honey the sweetest natural thing you have tasted? Well, its benefits are sweeter than its taste! Try the following tips to help your health everyday and feel its sweetness!

Eyelid marks warn of heart attacks

Xanthelasmata (yellow markings on the eyelids) is a sign of increased risk of heart attack and other illnesses, according to a study published on the British Medical Journal (BMJ) website.

Hospital births move has halved newborn deaths

A campaign encouraging women in China to give birth in hospital has cut newborn deaths by half, says a study in The Lancet.

Strategic Issues

Arab Spring, Libyan war, and exporting democracy

The recent Arab Spring truly renders the democratic aspiration of the people of the entire Middle East and North African region. When it was sparked in Tunisia and spread to Egypt, it was just a matter of time for the other dictatorial regimes in this region to face the similar fate. However, for the USA and its allies, the democratic Middle East has always been a hard choice to make. As the political and economic landscape of this region has attached much importance to the global peace and security, the USA and its allies never wanted to loose the grip over this region. Therefore, although the initiation of Arab Spring has jostled the USA and its allies for a while, it did not take much toll for them to come back fine.

Bangladesh-Myanmar maritime border demarcation

The hearing in the case concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal has started on 8 September, 2011 at the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). Both the parties have submitted their claims on maritime boundary entitled to 12 nautical miles of territorial sea and other maritime zones. We are publishing two important maps related to the boundary delimitation between Bangladesh and Myanmar. One (Map: 1) is focused on the conflicting claims in territorial sea which covers 12 nautical miles from the base point. Another (Map: 2) shows the conflicting claims on the boundary in the exclusive economic zone, out to 200 nautical miles and in the outer continental shelf out to 390-460 nautical miles. The hearing will continue upto 24 September, 2011.

U.S. blames Pakistan-based group for attack on embassy in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Raising the death toll sharply, American and Afghan officials said Wednesday that the complexity and execution of the siege of the American Embassy and NATO's headquarters in Kabul bore the hallmarks of a militant group based in Pakistan that has become one of the American military's most implacable foes.

Star Books Review

Humble life and small miseries

Mohammad A Quayum, a Bangladeshi, teaches English at the International Islamic University Malaysia and has taught at universities in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States and has published 21 books and numerous research articles. He found his niche in the literary scene of South-East Asia through his works.

Rehashing a rough side of life

“Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in Asia, still has a serious child labour problem despite its commendable progress in terms of basic education” (Ch. 1, “Introduction: Child Labour in Bangladesh”). Thus does Kristoffel Lieten, editor of Working Boys and Girls at Risk: Child Labour in Urban Bangladesh, introduces the book, although, considering the social norms and stresses obtaining in the country, it is difficult to see a direct correlation between progress in basic education and serious child labour problem. He then proceeds to concentrate on the topic of child labour in Bangladesh, beginning with a crucial observation: “The Bangladesh Child Labour Law 2006 primarily acts to prohibit hazardous work for children below 18 years old.... The implementation of the law, however, remains the key challenge.” Indeed! True to form, laws abound on paper in Bangladesh, but their practical application, more often than not, falls below par. Lieten then brings up a fundamental problem that impedes scrupulous implementation of the law: “The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in its 2009 tri-annual assessment of the progress in Bangladesh, reiterated its concern that there is no uniform definition of the term 'child': definitions and legal provisions vary between civil law, the Convention, and sharia.”

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