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News of: Saturday, 15th of October, 2011

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80pc production gone with gas

Production in scores of industries from Konabari in Gazipur to Mirzapur in Tangail has dropped by 80 percent since last month for severe disruption in gas supply.

WB names Abul, his firm

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and senior representatives of his family-owned company SAHCO, sought to coerce multiple companies into using SAHCO as a paid "silent agent" for getting permission to bid for the main bridge contract of Padma Multipurpose Bridge project.

Candidates go door to door to woo voters

With the ruling party on his side, Shamim Osman, a mayoral candidate in the upcoming Narayanganj City Corporation polls, launched an election campaign in the city yesterday to drum up public support.

Disappointing signal from AL

Ruling Awami League's "inability" to lend support to its leader Selina Hayat Ivy in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls appeared as a major blow to the rising expectation among the public of clean and competent candidates in future elections.

BDF meet deferred

The meeting of the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) has been deferred till February next year due to the complications rose over the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, said finance ministry sources.

'Corrupt' ministers get PM's backing

The World Bank has suspended funding the Padma Bridge for corruption but the prime minister is still patronising the corrupt ministers, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.

AL leaders say no scope for backing

A day after three organising secretaries of Awami League conveyed party backing to Shamim Osman in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, two top party leaders yesterday said they cannot “openly” support anyone in local elections.

India to have whistleblower act soon

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said that the government would soon bring the whistleblowers act to protect those using the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

A hospital with a difference

More patients come, from more distant places every day. And the number rises every other day to take the “evening specialised consultation service” at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Cops stop Birishiri tree felling

Police yesterday halted chopping down of century-old trees along a road at Birishiri in Netrakona in compliance with a High Court order.

Govt finally goes for cracks repair

The government is finally set to start the repair work on Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge late next month, five years after receiving expert recommendation.

Tragic deaths on vacation

An executive producer of a private television channel and a couple drowned yesterday while on vacation at a resort in Rajendrapur, Gazipur.

Indian cities on alert

Mumbai and other metros of India yesterday were put on high alert after large quantities of explosive were found outside a railway station in Ambala, Haryana on Thursday.

China won't divert water

China rejects speculations of diverting water of common river Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) from its side, citing “possible impact” on relations with neighbouring India and Bangladesh and the environment.

3 injured in leopard attack

Three people were injured when a stray leopard pounced on them at Mohammadpur village in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat yesterday, five days after the villagers killed another leopard that mauled 12 people.

16pc mobile sets contain bacteria

A British study suggests that one in six mobile phones is contaminated with faecal matter.

Sangu reserve to be known in 10-12 days

Australia-based Santos, which is drilling a well in the Bay of Bengal in search of gas, said it has to wait another 10 to 12 days for a result.

BCL factions clash at Dhaka polytechnic

At least five activists of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured at Dhaka Polytechnic Institute yesterday afternoon when two rival factions were locked in a fight over establishing supremacy on the campus.

Outlaw hacked to death in Chuadanga

A member of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was hacked to death by his party members in Chuadanga yesterday.

Bomb blasts in Iraq's Sadr City kill 16

At least 16 people were killed on Thursday by two blasts in Baghdad's predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City, Iraqi security officials say.

Editorial

Transport sector under extortionists' grip

The head of the three-member parliamentary subcommittee, tasked to find ways to check corruption in the transport sector, has opened up a can of worms. It should alarm anyone to read the way the sector has come under the vice of a disgusting practice that not only has deleterious impact on the sector itself, it has an equally negative impact on the country's economy.

Old trees, an asset

Amid growing concern over environmental degradation comes the news of continued tree felling in the tourist spot of Birishiri in Durgapur upazila under Netrakona, and that too, in defiance of a High Court directive. Netrokona Zila Parishad along with the forest department is chopping down as many as 1,600 trees including 200 century-old ones to widen a road. We express our grave concern about such an indiscreet decision that will surely skew the ecological balance of the area.

Sports

Tigers fight for their lives

On the eve of today's crucial second day-night one-day match, the pitch has become the centre of discussion following Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim's disappointment over the surface of the first game which the home team lost by 40 runs.

No respect in a loss

Thursday was exactly the sort of evening Bangladesh cricket had yearned for years.

Sheikh Jamal win women's league

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club clinched the title of Walton First Women's Football League handing a 2-0 defeat to Mohammedan SC in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Sabina rises above all

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club were crowned on Friday as champions in the first ever Walton Women's Football League with a 2-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting Club in a largely one-sided encounter.

India start in style

India exacted some measure of revenge for their chastening tour of England with a massive 126-run win over the same opponents in the first one-day-international of their return tour at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad yesterday.

Ferrer overpowers Roddick

Andy Roddick lost to David Ferrer 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (2) Friday, while Andy Murray eased into the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over qualifier Matthew Ebden at the Shanghai Masters.

'Give Fletcher time & space'

Duncan Fletcher has not had the best of times since taking over as India cricket coach but veteran batsman Rahul Dravid says he should not be written off just yet as the Zimbabwean needs “more time and space” to produce results.

Kiwi's Zimbabwe tour starts today

New Zealand's new cricket leadership will be put to its first test during a tour of Zimbabwe, starting Saturday with a Twenty20 international at Harare Sports Club.

Clarke quashes fixing claims

Australia Test and one-day captain Michael Clarke has defended his players against match-fixing allegations after a sports agent said the country's top cricketers were "the biggest" culprits.

Aus too sharp for SA

Australia were too sharp for rusty South Africa as the touring side won the first Twenty20 international by five wickets with three balls to spare on Thursday.

Siddikur steady

Siddikur Rahman maintained steady form in the Hero Indian Open as he managed a 2-under-par (70) in the consecutive rounds at the Delhi Golf Club yesterday. The 2010 Brunei Open champion was tied in joint 14th position (19th overall) as he carded an aggregate four-under-par (140) over the two rounds in the 1.25 million dollar Asian Tour event. The lead was assumed by India's Chiragh Kumar who played a five-under-par 67 for a total of 13-under-par 131 at his home course.

Super League line-up completed

The Super League line-up of the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey Championship was completed yesterday when Joypurhat and Chittagong emerged champions in their respective groups at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

SL make it 3-0

Sri Lanka's new-ball pair of Eshani Kaushalya and Nisansala Prabodani ran through the Bangladesh line-up, setting up a comfortable six-wicket win at the Welagedara Stadium in Kurunegala as the hosts swept the one-day series 3-0.

Mostafa in solo lead

Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan took solo lead in the Prime Bank 14th International Open Rating Chess Championship at the close of the fourth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.

Rooney gets 3-match ban

UEFA came down hard on England's Wayne Rooney October 13, issuing a three-match ban for kicking a player during qualifying play October 7. Rooney was shown a red card when he kicked Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic in the 74th minute of their qualifying match that ended in a 2-2 draw.

Forlan blow for Inter

Inter Milan's woes continue with the news that striker Diego Forlan could be out for up to two months after pulling a hamstring in Uruguay's World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay on Tuesday.

Fergie keen on L'pool tie

Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United's meetings with Liverpool still represent the highlight of the Premier League fixture calendar despite the emergence of cross-town rivals City.

Neymar sees red

Brazil striker Neymar got himself sent off for persistent arguing as nine-man Santos lost 2-1 to Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian championship on Thursday.

Cuper being realistic

Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only teams who can realistically win La Liga due to their vast financial clout, Racing Santander coach Hector Cuper said as his struggling side prepare to take on leaders Barca at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Tevez's City future uncertain

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he didn't know whether Carlos Tevez would play for the club again Friday after the Argentinian striker returned to training this week.

Nene considers French switch

Paris St Germain midfielder Nene is so desperate to play in the 2014 World Cup on home soil that he says he could give up his hopes of playing for Brazil, switch nationalities and play for France instead.

Metropolitan

Prof Anu blames consultants

Noted economist Prof Anu Muhammad yesterday alleged that a group of consultants and their associates at home and abroad are involved in the corruption of Padma Bridge project.

ERD report sees donors' fund idle

Lack of coordination among agencies and departments, gap between commitment and disbursement and weak participation in the negotiation process hamper the implementation of donors-aided development projects in the country.

Two killed over family feud in Thakurgaon

Two men died in separate incidents in Haripur upazila and the sadar upazila yesterday and Thursday.

Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them

Perhaps the title of this essay led you to believe we are discussing the opposite sex.

Form commission to control house rent

Jatiya Bharatia Parishad (national tenants' council) yesterday demanded that a house rent policy be formulated as landlords in the city realise “excessive rents” from tenants.

Suicide largest contributor to adolescents' mortality

Suicide is the single largest contributor to mortality among adolescent girls (15-19 age group) in Bangladesh as 21 percent of the deaths occur due to committing suicide, reveals a study.

Khaleda's comment fueled communalism

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia fueled communalism and hurt the religious sentiments of the country's minorities by her “communal speech”, said Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday.

Recognise physiotherapy

Several hundred physiotherapists at a congress yesterday demanded recognition of physiotherapy as an independent and autonomous profession to ensure comprehensive health service to people.

Eco-village raises hope for Aila victims

When limited government initiatives have failed to fully ensure their safety, the cyclone Aila-hit people of Dacope upazila in Khulna are trying to survive in balance with the nature, building eco-villages, high above the flood level.

Leave opportunistic nature

Left-leaning political leaders yesterday called upon the country's youth to leave behind opportunistic nature patronised by imperial forces and join the movements for the commoners' interests and build a discrimination free nation.

3 die in road accidents

Three people were killed in two road accidents in the district on Thursday evening and yesterday.

Miscreants set fire to madrasa girl in city

A girl student of a madrasa in city's Mirpur received burn injuries when miscreants threw flammable liquid and fire stick on it through a window of a room of the institution last night.

Six hurt in BCL infighting at RU

At least six persons, including five activists of Rajshahi University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), were injured in a clash between two factions of BCL on the campus yesterday.

Three held with fake currency

Three men were arrested by Detective Branch (DB) of police after fake money worth Tk 25 lakh and the materials to produce them were found in a counterfeit currency factory in the city's Kaderia Housing of Mohammadpur yesterday.

3 electrocuted

Three people were electrocuted in Dhaka and Lalmonirhat yesterday.

Amini can 'oust' govt by hartal in a week!

Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Fazlul Haque Amini yesterday threatened to “oust” the government within a week by hartal if he is arrested.

Bangladesh's potential may help get duty free access

USAID Administrator Dr Rajiv Shah said Bangladesh has the potential to be included in the “partnership for growth” programme which may facilitate Bangladesh's bid for duty and quota free access to US markets.

DU admission aspirant handed over to police

The Dhaka University authorities yesterday handed over an admission aspirant to police after he was found receiving answers from outside through an electronic device in exam hall.

Farmer slaughtered in Magura

A farmer was killed by unidentified miscreants at Durgapur village in Sreepur upazila early yesterday.

Woman dies after hit by train

A woman died after being hit by a train near Patgram Railway Station of Patgram upzila in Lalmonirhat yesterday morning.

JU Rokon library robbed off

Unidentified miscreants broke in, robbed and vandalised Rokon Memorial Library run by Socialist Students Front at Jahangirnagar University (JU) early morning yesterday.

Woman dies taking pesticide by mistake

A housewife died after she allegedly drank pesticide she mistook for water in the city's Dhalpur area yesterday morning.

Housing fair ends today

The four-day long 9th Bd-Red Housing Fair ends today with 50 companies providing special offers for prominent buyers.

Army man murdered at home

Unknown miscreants killed an army man at his rented house in Akua Khalpar area of the district town early yesterday, police said.

VoIP tools of Tk 40 lakh seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)seized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth about Tk 40 lakh from a flat at Purba Madarbari in the port city on Thursday night.

CU classes resume tomorrow

Classes at Chittagong University (CU) will resume tomorrow.

Bangladeshi students dazzle in

As many as 50 young Bangladeshi writers won Silver and Bronze awards in a global Commonwealth Essay Competition this year, said a press release by Commonwealth Society of Bangladesh yesterday.

Chittagong Biodiversity Festival begins today

Alliance Française de Chittagong in association with The Daily Star will organise a three-day long “Chittagong Biodiversity Festival-2011” at the organisation here beginning at 4:00pm today.

2 JCD men stabbed at SAU

Two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Sylhet Agriculture University (SAU) unit were stabbed in an attack by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on the campus yesterday.

Two held with Yaba

Police in a drive arrested two youths from Circuit House road under Khulna Sadar Police Station along with thirty Yaba tablets on Thursday night.

No entry to UK if health service bills unpaid

International visitors to the UK who fail to pay bills of £1,000 (about Tk 1,19,000) or more for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) medical treatment will be refused entry to or permission to stay in the UK until this debt is paid off.

JMB man arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a member of banned Jamaat ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Kamarbari area of Bagmara upazila.

Zohra Kazi's birthday today

Today is the 99th birth anniversary of Dr Zohra Begum Kazi, who was the first female Muslim doctor in undivided Bengal.

International

Bangkok braces for floods

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday sought to reassure Bangkok residents, as efforts continue to protect the city from the country's worst floods in decades.

Cost of "Arab Spring" more than $55 billion

The uprisings that swept the Middle East this year have cost the most affected countries more than $55 billion, a new report says, but the resulting high oil prices have strengthened other producing countries.

India expands trade ties with Burma

India promised Myanmar a $500 million credit line to improve infrastructure yesterday and praised steps towards democracy by its reclusive neighbour, which is tentatively opening up after half a century of harsh military rule.

Fresh clashes erupt in Tripoli

Gunfights broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli yesterday between dozens of supporters of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and forces of the new government.

Wall Street sit-in goes global today

For an October revolution, dress warm. That's the word going out - politely - on the Web to rally street protests today around the globe from New Zealand to Alaska via London, Frankfurt, Washington and, of course, New York, where the past month's Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired a worldwide yell of anger at banks and financiers.

UN warns of possible civil war in Syria

The United Nations top human rights official called yesterday for international action to protect Syria's civilians, saying its "ruthless repression" of anti-government protesters could drive the country into full-blown civil war.

Oct 21 the doomsday!

The end of the world is nigh again.

Fans queue for Steve Jobs' last iPhone

Apple Inc's new iPhone went on sale in stores across the globe yesterday, prompting thousands to queue around city blocks to snap up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs' life.

G20 to discuss debt crisis

Finance ministers from the G20 group of nations are meeting in Paris later to continue efforts to find a solution to the debt crisis in the eurozone.

Iran to face toughest sanctions: obma

President Barack Obama warned Iran on Thursday it would face the toughest possible sanctions for an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, as Treasury officials eyed action against the Iranian central bank.

Italy PM wins confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a vote of confidence yesterday, giving his struggling center-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life.

Blast wounds two in Assam

At least two people were wounded yesterday by a bomb in the northeast Indian state of Assam, police said.

UK defence secretary quits

Defence Secretary Liam Fox resigned yesterday after a week of allegations over his working relationship with friend and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty.

India SC seeks UP govt's response

India's Supreme Court yesterday took suo motu cognisance of media reports that the historic Taj Mahal in Agra might collapse by next five years and sought the response from Indian federal and Uttar Pradesh state governments on the reported threat to the 17th century monument of love.

Pakistan will continue to raise Kashmir issue: Gilani

Pakistan will continue to raise the Kashmir issue at international fora till its resolution, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Rabin memorial vandalised

Authorities detained a man early yesterday after he vandalised the memorial of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to police.

Tunisia police teargas protesters

Police in Tunisia yesterday fired tear gas at hundreds of Islamists demonstrating in the capital, Tunis, reports said.

Tajikistan convicts BBC reporter

A BBC reporter has been found guilty in Tajikistan of complicity in the activities of a banned Islamist organisation, Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Strong quake halts Russian oil supplies to China

A strong earthquake struck Russia's Far East near the Chinese border yesterday, shaking buildings hundreds of kilometres away and halting almost all Russian oil supplies to its energy-hungry Asian neighbour.

Arts & Entertainment

Riveting performances by Subir Nandi, Shubhomita and Usha Uthup

A musical soiree featuring seasoned Bangladeshi singer Subir Nandi and noted Indian singers -- Shubhomita, Usha Uthup -- was held at Winter Garden, Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital on October 13. FG KALON and Desh TV jointly organised the programme. The event also marked the fourth anniversary of FG KALON Electronics Ltd.

Reviving a craft on the verge of extinction

Pottery is one of the most widely recognised and popular forms of art -- passed down through the ages -- in Bangladesh. Our grandparents' stories are laden with mentions of “matir kolshi” or “matir hari”. Sadly, however, the people involved in this mainly folk art form are moving away from their ancestral profession due to lack of demand for and meagre or no profit from their products. There once was a time when pottery items were an integral part of daily life here but now they are being replaced by plastic and aluminium wares. The survival of this heritage calls for immediate steps, to be taken by us all.

Phirey Chol Matir Taney on Channel i

Agriculture-based programme “Hridoye Mati O Manush” is launching a special segment, titled “Phire Chol Matir Taney”. The first of the two-episode special will be aired tonight at 9:35 pm on Channel i.

Band of Brothers

In an effort to enhance cultural exchange between Australia and Bangladesh, Band of Brothers -- an Australian classical guitar and percussion band -- will be performing at a concert at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka on October 21.

DS Café

Mir Shabbir is the star of the month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star office. Readers, fire away your question at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription.

OP-ED

Words and sticks

Recently, in an article in The Daily Star, titled "The absurdity of the absurd poly-trics," a teacher of English of Dhaka University makes a passionate appeal to the politicians, for not telling us what is right and what is wrong. The concerned teacher implores the law enforcement body not to use sticks to teach us the difference between right and wrong because the public knows it all.

India's jagged politics

Political parties in a democratic system are seldom on the same page. They have their own agenda and their own way of thinking. And, above all, they are competing for the same elusive goal, a majority in parliament. They are bound to jostle one another for that spot. But should they be hurting the system by doing so is the question. Should the race to beat the opponents be with no holds barred? I trust that the question has now become more relevant than before because the people have little faith in what the political parties say or do. They have lost respect and their leaders evoke disappointment and cynicism. In fact, the word, politician, has become a term of contempt.

Contribution of rural women

Today is "World Rural Women's Day." The day is being observed to highlight the role played by rural women in food production and food security. For the first time, international NGOs at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 came up with the idea of honouring rural women with a special day. It was suggested that October 15 would be celebrated as World Rural Women's Day. The first International Day of Rural Women was observed in New York on October 15, 2008.

The squeezed middle class

When the anxious citizens are waiting to see some peace prevail after a peaceful election in which the Al-led alliance won, they are witnessing an upsurge of violence, a steady worsening of the economy and polarisation of the society.

From Tahrir Square to Wall Street

The word Tahrir in Arabic means liberation. The Zuccotti Park, which is the eye of the storm of recent protests in New York near Wall Street, was formerly known as Liberty Plaza Park. The similarity is more than symbolic.

Environment

Accessibility to riverfront

From time immemorial rivers have had a powerful hold over mankind and humans have always been drawn towards rivers. Especially in the urban context, rivers are important to us not only for they can facilitate trade and transportation, but they can also provide a much needed breathing space. An attractive riverfront is a quality natural space where people can relax, slow down, unwind and come to close contact with the nature. Besides, it can be a place of social gathering as well. People coming here get the chance to be acquainted with each other and mutual interaction. This interaction can foster a sense of community and enhance social cohesion. In fact, psychological and social well being of inhabitants is an important determinant of the quality of urban life and rivers can play a crucial role in this context.

Climate change impact and health issues

Climate Change is 'increasingly recognized as a public health priority' according to WHO (2009) and Lancet (2011). Lancet, mentioned that climate change will have its greatest impact on those who already are the poorest in the world, and it will deepen inequities, and the effects of global warming will shape the future of health among all peoples. Nevertheless this message has failed to penetrate most public discussions on about the climate change. According to the International Panel for Climate Change (2007), an increase in the average global temperature will lead to changes in precipitation, and atmospheric moisture due to the changes in atmospheric circulation, and increases in evaporation, and water vapor. These changes are believed to link to diseases as well.

Literature

When Rabindranath and Borges crossed paths

In Manuscripts of Rabindranath Tagore, Octavio Paz enlightens us thus, “Although Rabindranath has influenced some of our Hispanic-American poets, none of our poets have had any kind of influence on him. He was not well versed in Spanish and in his writings there is no hint of his acquaintance with our writers or our tradition”.

She is waiting at the station

My mother lives in our paternal home in Dhanmondi, which I left in 1997 after staying there for five years, and moved to Gulshan. So after these many years spending a night with her just me and her under the same roof, leaving my wife alone in Gulshan was only a distant probability, a long shot the bookies would say. But fortuitous circumstances have a curious way of making their appearance at the most unlikely times. This happened the other day when my sister and her family who share separate apartments in the same house were going off on a short trip to Sylhet. Our mother would be all alone in the old house and her blood pressure was acting up lately so my sister rang me at the office and in a beseeching tone urged me to spend the following two nights with my mother while she and her family were away. Well, the wife and I were invited to our Beyain's the following night and the evening after we were planning to get ourselves invited to a friend's house an Eid reunion of sorts but I thought my sister needed a break and I could rearrange the socialization to spend some quality time with my Mom. My mind was made up but I told my sister I would get back to her in an hour. I needed the time to plead with my wife and my Beyain. Shortly, to my sister's delight, I confirmed all was okay and she could be off then called my Mom to tell her that I would be staying two nights only nights as the days would be occupied at the office and the evenings with the wife. So actually all I would be doing was go to her place late in the evening sleep and leave very early in the mornings. But my Mom was delighted. I could hear it in her voice. She wanted me to have dinner with her, but I begged off saying I'd be dining with the wife.

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Living in my thought-
Where-
My face is made of glass
I throw stones at me
And that heals

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Mirror myself in a glass full of water
The reflection is not perfect-
Tried hard to make your hand
Strong enough to hammer on me
For giving this self a little good shape--

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A room full of fire
A room full of worms
A room full of dry blood
A room full of demon

Star Health

Sound investment needed for sound mind

One in four people will require mental healthcare at some point in their lives, but in many countries — only two per cent of all health sector resources are invested in mental health services. About 80 percent of people with serious mental disorders living in low and middle income countries like Bangladesh do not receive mental health services they need.

Shaping eye care services for children

Childhood blindness is still a significant problem for a developing country like Bangladesh. The eye care services for children are still inadequate, disproportionately distributed. There is a dire need to integrate childhood blindness into health system workframe.

How to stay healthy in work environment

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (muscle, bone and joint), briefly called MSDs comprise a significant portion of workplace injuries and huge economic and physical burden. These disorders include pain and discomfort, unusual sensations like (burning, tingling and numbness), stiffness, fatigue and muscle weakness, tension headache etc. Sometimes, it becomes so severe that people have to leave their jobs. However, we can avoid or manage the conditions by following simple guideline.

Stem cell to avoid need of liver transplant

British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. A team of researchers led by the Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge used cutting-edge methods to correct a genetic mutation in stem cells derived from a patient's skin biopsy, and then grew them into fresh liver cells.

Raw vegetables and fruit counteract heart risk genes

People who are genetically susceptible to heart diseases can lower their risk by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, a study published in Plos Medicine journal suggests.

Vitamins linked with higher death risk in older women

When it comes to vitamins, it appears you could have too much of a good thing, say researchers who report a link between their use and higher death rates among older women in Archives of Internal Medicine. Experts have suspected for some time that supplements may only be beneficial if a person is deficient in a nutrient.

Strategic Issues

Bangladesh and India's Northeast: A security perspective

The importance of geo-strategic and geo-economic considerations between northeastern states of India and Bangladesh has played a significant role in determining the relationship between the two countries. Bangladesh shares 1879 km border with the Northeastern States (NES) of India- Tripura 856 km; Meghalaya 443 km, Mizoram 318 km, and Assam 262 km. Internal developments and upsurges on either side of the border have a tendency to spill over into Bangladesh and India, especially in the bordering states of West Bengal and NES. This geographical location and proximity not only open up opportunities for mutual development, it also creates many stumbling blocks in the bilateral relationship. The porous nature of the border between Bangladesh and NES of India has proved to be conducive for drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal trade, and migration, which negatively impact on bilateral relations. These security concerns have prevented bilateral relations from realizing their full potentials.

Indo - Afghan strategic partnership: Background factors

In the international system no change is possible without its agents. Matsya Nyaya or law of fishes is the defining feature of this system which means in this anarchic world 'big fishes eat up the small fishes'. It is in the power game of big and powerful states; small states seek alliance with other states to survive. Likewise, the war-torn Afghanistan is not exception in that case. It now becomes the epicenter of global powers conflict. As the United States and China located at the core of the game, India and Pakistan are playing the semi-peripheral role making Afghanistan a chessboard in the periphery. It is much like the 'great game'the geopolitical struggle fought between the British and the Russian.

The India-Bangladesh border: A new beginning

The year 2011 marks a new beginning for India and Bangladesh, which signed a series of agreements to manage their common border. The March 2011 Agreement on the non-use of lethal weapons by the Border Security Force (BSF), the Coordinated Border management Plan signed in July 2011, and the Protocol to the Agreement concerning the Demarcation of Land Boundary signed in September 2011 are some such accords that are expected to transform the India-Bangladesh border from a border management nightmare to a zone of peace and prosperity.

Star Books Review

Lord of the jungle

Away in the south, there lies a vast area -- 5,770 square kilometers to be exact -- of a mangrove forest -- the Sundarbans. The world's largest and most biodiverse mangrove swamp, it has a fragile and intricate ecosystem that depends on many components such as tides, salt content in water and soil and duration of sunlight

Before the Opium Wars

Amitav Ghosh's amazing historical novelsSea of Poppies and River of Smokereclaim the era leading to the opium wars by relating their stories from a non-Western perspective: mostly Indian but also Chinese. The first of these novels was published three years ago and brings together a disparate cast of characters who eventually find themselves on a converted slave ship, but this time the voyage is to take indentured workers from Calcutta to Mauritius. There are also several felons who are being sent into exile to the same destination, including a Raja who has been accused of forgery under rather dubious circumstances and an American mulatto who has quickly risen up the ship's hierarchy because of an earlier voyage which wiped out much of the Ibis's senior crew. Sea of Poppies' mesmerizing narrative is compulsive reading because of Ghosh's historic details about raising opium in India (a British monopoly at the center of the East India Company's phenomenal success), the hazards of shipping (whether to transport opium, slaves, or indentured servants), a plethora of information about the environs of Calcutta in the early part of the nineteenth century and, of course, the lives of people associated with the opium trade. Ghosh's incredible array of characters and assure a winning novel in every way.

Paradise in the imagination

Eighty-three-year old Eddie is in the last phase of his life. He has been working on the maintenance of the Ruby Pier, an amusement park, for as long as he can remember. When he looks for broken boards, loose bolts, worn out steel all of sudden he stops and seems to listen.

A book, but only a textbook

Arthashastra Parichoy (Introduction to Economics) is a book in Bangla on the basic ideas of economics written by Anu Muhammad, professor of economics at Jahangirnagar University and one of the leading economists as well as a political thinker and activist in the country. It has been published by Samhati Prokashan. It is important to have Bengali language books on various branches of academic knowledge. Economics is a complex subject with many mathematical expressions, theories and hard-to-crack terms. But it can be imparted to almost anyone in fairly easily understandable terms and language. This is lacking in our literature. Therefore Anu Muhammad's initiative in writing an introductory book on economics in Bangla should be an appreciable step in that direction.


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