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News of: Saturday, 10th of December, 2011

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Rising High flouting rules

The 25-storey Doreen Tower in the capital's Gulshan has been built without height clearance, a required car park and vital fire safety facilities, with Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) playing an inexplicable role.

90 killed

At least 90 people, including a Bangladeshi, were killed as a devastating fire swept through at a super-speciality hospital in Kolkata yesterday.

Bangladeshi victim from Munshiganj

Suffering from neurological disorder and lung ailment, Gauranga Mondol had gone all the way from Munshiganj to India with a hope to get back a healthy life. His family admitted him to a hospital, having little inkling that he would perish in a fire.

A policy of convenience

Five months ago the Awami League-led government abolished the non-partisan caretaker government system for what it has been continuously defending since then --- not to allow again unelected people to assume and exercise state power.

Climate given some hope

A last moment drama blew a fresh air into the Durban climate conference as the US surprisingly agreed to an EU proposal that says the bloc would sign the second phase of the legally binding Kyoto protocol, provided all major economies sign a legal climate deal by 2015.

Govt plots to keep Khaleda off elections

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that the government is filing cases against Khaleda Zia with a view to implement a conspiracy to keep her away from the next general elections.

PM to open Batexpo today

The 22nd Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo-2011), the country's largest apparel show, begins today in Dhaka, with a high hope to draw larger number of foreign buyers despite the global economic crisis.

Fraud alert from Libya

Bangladesh embassy in Libya has asked for stringent government measures so that illegal manpower syndicates cannot send jobseekers to that country.

Workers block road over house rent hike

Several hundred garment workers barricaded the main thoroughfare in Chittagong for several hours yesterday after police obstructed their rally called to protest frequent rise in house rents.

Iran TV shows 'brought-down' US drone

The US drone which Iran said it had brought down penetrated 250 kilometres (150 miles) inside the Islamic republic's air space, state television's website reported yesterday.

Garos dance away harvest festival

Dancing and singing, hundreds of jubilant Garos yesterday celebrated the conclusion of their two-day long Wanna (harvest) festival at Askipara of frontier Haluaghat upazila.

Cat scare at hospital

A cat in Dhaka Shishu Hospital attacked a very sick six-day-old baby girl, pulled her to drop her on the floor from a phototherapy machine and was dragging her out of the ward when people rescued the infant.

Eurozone debt deal reached without UK

European Union leaders, except Britain, banded together yesterday to back tighter budget policing after a heated summit considered a last chance to save the debt-struck eurozone.

JP long march today

Jatiya Party, a key component of the Awami League-led ruling alliance, sets off on a long march towards Sylhet today to protest the construction of the controversial Tipaimukh dam in India's Manipur state.

Dhaka renews call for joint study on Tipai

Bangladesh has reaffirmed its stance seeking a comprehensive joint study to assess the impacts of the Tipaimukh dam project undertaken by India.

Govt mulls 2nd war tribunal

The government plans to set up a second tribunal to expedite the trial of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam said yesterday.

Clinton warns Internet firms against aiding hardline regimes

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned Internet firms to avoid offering the "tools of oppression" to authoritarian Middle East regimes trying to crush democracy protests.

Humanitarian crisis looms in Myanmar

A global campaign group expressed grave concern yesterday for tens of thousands of displaced people in northern Myanmar, where conflict is intensifying between the government's army and ethnic rebels.

Editorial

Human Rights Day

One wonders looking back to 63 years to this day whether we as a nation have been able to fulfill the pious aims enshrined in the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

Rohingya repatriation

Assurance by the Myanmar government to take back the rest of the Rohingya refugees numbering about 28000 is indeed very welcome and good news. This has come at the end of the bilateral talks with PM Sheikh Hasina and President U Thein Sein in the Myanmar capital.

Sports

Batting in freefall

Bangladesh's batting has slipped deeper into crisis as Pakistan continued their dominance on tour, tightening their grip on the home side on the opening day of the first Test at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. The manner in which the batsmen handled the world-class bowling attack by giving away their wickets made them look like mere novices and it has allowed critics to raise questions again about their credentials in the highest level of the game.

'I can't really explain it'

After their latest batting debacle, everybody was searching for an answer to this question: what actually happened to the Bangladesh batsmen yesterday at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium?

Different routes to the top

It has been a rousing comeback for one fallen star of Bangladesh cricket while another has taken his first step. Asif Ahmed and Enamul Haque Jr are leading the run-scorers' and wicket-takers' list at the end of the first phase of the National Cricket League.

India, Afghanistan reach final

It will be India against Afghanistan in the final of the 7th SAFF Championship after both sides emerged victorious in their respective semifinals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday.

Flair meets poise today

The contrast couldn't have been any greater. One a stylish and passionate young Italian and the other a calm and composed and shy Indonesian. One who has journeyed the world over with racquet and shuttles while the other is just about to make his mark in international circuit. But these two come together with one single challenge: the title of the men's singles in the Bangladesh International Series Badminton Competition which is to be decided today at the Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium.

Walking over into final

Rehana Parvin and Nigar Sultana can consider themselves very lucky, since they did not need to play a single match, yet found themselves ending up in the final of the women's doubles event of the Bangladesh International Series Badminton Competition. The scenario occurred as two other Bangladeshi pair (Konika & Nabila and Dola & Tumpa), out of the original five, gave walkover to their opponents.

NZ routed but Hughes out

Pressure mounted on Phil Hughes after he again failed with the bat as Australia chased New Zealand's modest 150 on an eventful opening day of the second Test at Bellerive Oval on Friday.

Once in a lifetime

Virender Sehwag has said that he was happy he took advantage of an 'opportunity of a lifetime' by scoring a double-century against West Indies in Indore. Sehwag had slammed 219 off 149 balls, a new record in one-day cricket, which set up India's win by 153 runs.

Nat'l rugby from today

Kaler Kantho Second National Rugby Competition starts today at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur with 12 district teams taking part in the competition. These 12 teams will compete in four different groups and the semifinals and final will take place on December 12.

Panesar recalled

England recalled spinner Monty Panesar when they named a 16-man squad on Friday for their upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Safin turns to politics

Russian tennis icon Marat Safin has been elected into the lower house of the Russian Parliament - the State Duma - as a member of the ruling United Russia Party, local media reported.

BRAC University basketball

Sacred Assailants, a women's sports team of BRAC University, won 14-1 over the Galacticos yesterday at Baridhara DOHS basketball court.

Amal's double

Amal Roy and Ranjan Ram emerged champion in the men's doubles event of the 16th MA Jabbar Memorial Tennis Competition beating Anwar and Hossain Dipu Lal 6-2, 6-4 in the final at the ERC Tennis ground yesterday

Vinay replaces Varun

Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka fast bowler, has been picked as a replacement for the injured Varun Aaron in India's Test squad to Australia. Aaron's injury was detected on Thursday evening, making him India's second first-choice fast bowler to pull out of the squad due to injury. Praveen Kumar had been ruled of the Australia tour late last month after suffering a rib injury.

Messi is world's best: Neymar

Neymar has distanced himself from remarks made by Brazilian great Pele claiming the Santos striker is better than Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi.

Centre-stage Bernabeu

Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first Clasico of the Spanish league season on Saturday with the edge in the title race, but fearful of Barca coach Pep Guardiola's enviable record at the Bernabeu.

Rivals look to rebound

Cross-town rivals Manchester City and Manchester United will try to return to winning ways in the Premier League following their shattering group stage exits from the Champions League.

Bayern seek vital win

Bayern Munich are out to re-assert their authority in the Bundesliga at Stuttgart on Sunday, with three rivals poised to knock them off top spot if they falter.

Vidic out for season

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is out for the season after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in the midweek Champions League defeat by Basel, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.

Platini against goal-line tech

UEFA president Michel Platini reiterated his opposition to goal line technology on Thursday, saying it would only be needed once every 40 years and could lead to "video refereeing"002E

Carvalho out of El Clasico

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will have a full squad to choose from save for Portuguese fullback Ricardo Carvalho for the clasico encounter against Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Saturday, the club said on Friday.

'I'm no Pele'

Star Brazilian striker Neymar said on Friday that he would never be better than Pele and insisted he was not interested in impressing his many European suitors at the Club World Cup.

Metropolitan

Whither Paper Books?

Many systems for making books have come and gone. First there were the prehistoric tablets of clay, found in Sumerian civilisation. Then came papyrus scrolls, tree barks, the codex, and various Chinese books. These all suffered from one major drawback: they were available to a select few people since they were not mass produced.

Call to ensure independent ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) observed International Anti-Corruption Day yesterday by calling upon the government to ensure independent functioning of the anti-graft watchdog through the commission's laws.

Invest more in higher education sector

More investment is needed in the higher education sector as tertiary level education plays the key role in shaping the country's socio-economic development, stressed speakers at a programme yesterday.

'Give priority to railways to ease gridlock'

Environmentalists yesterday put priority on the railway sector to reduce traffic congestion in the city and bring down the inflated prices of the essential commodities.

Physics Olympiad from Jan

The second “Bangladesh Physics Olympiad 2012” competition will begin at seven divisions in the country from January to encourage young students to science as well as improve their physics skills.

International Manipuri cultural conference begins in Sylhet

Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, former chief adviser to a caretaker government, said the Manipuri community in Bangladesh has a thousand-year-old rich culture.

Vow to fight graft

The International Anti-Corruption Day was observed throughout the country through programmes organised by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and its countrywide corruption prevention committees yesterday to raise awareness on the effects and prevention of corruption.

Economy doing fine: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said though good governance is not yet ensured and political turmoil persists, the economy is doing just fine.

Livelihoods of 450m coastal South Asians under threat

Livelihoods and food security of around 450 million South Asians residing in coastal areas are under threat due to habitat degradation and over fishing in the Bay of Bengal.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people, including a headmaster, were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur and Chapainawabganj on Thursday and yesterday.

Play ends in death

A teenager engaged in mock fighting with a coworker died in the city's DOHS Baridhara on Thursday.

Section 144 imposed on Dulchari

Dulchari Upazila Adminidtration clamped section 144 in and around meeting venue at Kanschpara Academy High School ground yesterday to avert any clash between freedom fighters and Upazila Awami League.

Govt to build two Padma bridges

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said that he took charge of the ministry as a challenge to materialise the dreams of the people.

7 arrested

Rapid Action Battalion in separate drives on Thursday and Wednesday arrested seven persons from Manikganj, Chittagong and different parts of the capital for their alleged involvement in peddling drugs and carjacking.

Rare identical quadruplets born

A woman from Habiganj gave birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Hasina returns home

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday afternoon after ending her five-day visit to Myanmar and Indonesia.

Reception to Archbishop Rozario

Archbishop Patrick D Rozario of Dhaka was accorded a public reception at the Archbishop's House at Kakrail in the city yesterday, says a press release.

PM goes to Natore tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit the district town tomorrow, for the first time since her taking over charge.

BU admission test results published

Results of the first year admission tests of Barisal University (BU) were published yesterday evening.

WVA Int'l Meena Bazar today

Women's Voluntary Association (WVA) International Meena Bazar will be held at Banani Chairman Bari Field, Road # 1 in the city today.

Sirajuddin's anniversary of death today

Today is the 40th death anniversary of Shaheed Sirajuddin Hossain, former executive editor and news editor of the Daily Ittefaq, says a press release.

ABM Fazle Rashid

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Advocate ABM Fazle Rashid Chowdhury Hiru, a politician, businessman and social worker, says a press release.

Discussion on Ataur Rahman today

A discussion and doa mahfil will be held today marking the 20th death anniversary of Ataur Rahman Khan, a veteran national leader and former prime minister of Bangladesh.

Obituary

Jagannath Dey, former secretary of the government and vice-president of America Bangladesh Friendship Forum, passed away at a city hospital yesterday due to a cardiac arrest at the age of 70, says a press release.

International

Rage against Mamata, media

The presence of Mamata Banerjee and the media only triggered further chaos and resentment at the fire-ravaged AMRI hospital yesterday, as police even resorted to batons to disperse the crowds.

Syria mulls final assault on dissent

Syrians took to the streets of Homs yesterday despite an opposition warning of a "massacre" by thousands of regime forces and militias who encircled the protest hub for a final assault to crush dissent.

Putin braces for waves of protest

Tens of thousands of Russians prepared yesterday to hold their biggest protest yet over a contested election that has sent Moscow's relations with Washington spiralling to a three-year low.

'Detrimental response' to border attacks

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday warned the US and its Nato allies that any future cross-border attack would meet with a "detrimental response".

Army will have final say

Egypt's ruling generals have put themselves on a collision course with the country's new parliament after declaring that MPs will not have the final say over the drafting of a fresh constitution.

All eyes on major carbon emitters

A growing coalition of countries demanding a new pact on greenhouse gases pressured China, the United States and India to follow suit as the UN climate talks were set to go into overtime yesterday.

Israeli air strikes kill four in Gaza

Violence has flared up between Israel and Gaza, with the Israeli air force killing four Palestinians and Palestinian militants firing rockets far across the border.

Japan extends sanctions against Iran

Japan yesterday decided to extend its sanctions on Iran after similar moves by other nations to beef up international measures against Tehran's nuclear programme.

Libya gives Lockerbie inquiry go-ahead

Libya has given the green light for British police to visit the country to conduct investigations into the Lockerbie bombing and the assassination of PC Yvonne Fletcher, the British foreign minister Alistair Burt has said.

Suicide blast hits Afghan mosque, kills 6

A suicide bomber yesterday attacked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, assassinating a district police chief and killing at least five other people, a government official said.

Hackers breaks into Congress site

Hackers broke into the official website of India's ruling Congress party yesterday and defaced the profile page of party president Sonia Gandhi with a pornographic message.

Bloodbath continues in Syria, 24 killed

Syrian security forces opened fire on civilians in several protest flashpoints yesterday, killing at least 24 people including four children, a rights group said.

Lokpal Bill tabled in Parliament

The Parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal Bill yesterday submitted its report on the legislation to set up an anti-corruption ombudsman to Parliament.

Kabila wins DR Congo vote

Incumbent Joseph Kabila was declared the winner Friday of DR Congo's election but his rival Etienne Tshisekedi rejected the result and declared himself president, raising fears of civil unrest.

Zardari vows to return soon

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is "fine" and will return home soon, a news anchor quoted him as saying yesterday, nearly a week after his rush to a Dubai hospital led to speculation the unpopular leader might resign and even of a possible coup.

Laden's wives can leave Pakistan

Two wives of Osama bin Laden, held in Pakistan after the raid in May that killed their husband, are set to return to their homeland of Saudi Arabia, Pakistani officials have said.

Sonia turns 66

President of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi yesterday turned 66 amidst outpouring of greetings from her party leaders and workers and holding of special prayers at a mobile temple for her healthy life outside her residence.

Russia may boycott Nato summit

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov yesterday said they may boycott Chicago summit with Nato if the two sides failed to bridge their differences over a US-backed missile defence system for Europe.

2 dead in Virginia Tech shooting

A gunman ambushed and killed a campus police officer and was later reported to have been found dead on Thursday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the worst shooting rampages in US history.

Indian Congress website hacked

Hackers broke into the official website of India's ruling Congress party yesterday and defaced the profile page of party president Sonia Gandhi with a pornographic message.

Arts & Entertainment

Travels through Liberty

The Neo-Theatre Movement is nearly as old as our independence. I'm very happy with what we have achieved during these four decades. We almost started from zero but have been able to create a receptive audience. We have also successfully established theatre as an active and important part of our culture. I want to give credit to those who helped us through this journey.

Goethe-Institut: Rising to new challenges

Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, has been present in Bangladesh for 50 years now. Recently, German President Christian Wulff visited the institute located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. For Judith Mirschberger, Director of Goethe-Instut (GI), it was a great honour to hear from the German President that GI has made significant contribution to the German-Bangla cooperation. Mirschberger shared her views with The Daily Star recently:

Tagore in quilts

As part of the ongoing joint celebrations (by Bangladesh and India) of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka is holding an exhibition, titled “Tagore and Kantha” at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The exhibition opened on December 2.

Bengal Art Lounge opens today

Bengal Foundation is going to open Bengal Art Lounge today at 60, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka. Besides the formal opening, the gallery will also hold a painting exhibition, titled “Of Rupture and Continuity”, featuring the works of noted Bangladeshi expatriate painter-printmaker Monirul Islam. The exhibition opens today as well, and will continue till December 23.

Organisers deny hiring fans to cheer for Tom Cruise

The organisers of Hollywood star Tom Cruise's recent visit to India have denied reports that they hired 200 fans to welcome the star at Mumbai airport.

Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses are to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

Erratum

In “Shafeen Ahmed @DS Café”, published in yesterday's issue of Star Arts & Entertainment, the Miles frontman's name was spelled as 'Shafeen Ahmed'. In the same write-up, he was also mentioned as 'Shafeen Chowdhury'. According to the artiste, his name is spelled 'Shafin Ahmed'. We deeply regret the errors.

OP-ED

Civil society's concern for democracy

The advent of yet another civic body comprising politicians, academics, lawyers amongst others, with an avowed objective of promoting democratic culture and intending to do an honest constructive criticism of the government, keeping in mind the nation's interest, does not appear surprising. By now civil society activism is at least two decades old in Bangladesh. Whether or not such entities have succeeded in creating the desired impact on the body-politic could be a matter of opinion. The media and discerning citizens, however, evince interest in such bodies with perhaps hopes in mind.

Is army in Pakistan a solution?

Had President Barack Obama expressed regret over the killing of 24 soldiers within Pakistan immediately, Islamabad's fears might have been assuaged. And probably Pakistan would have attended the meeting on Afghanistan at Bonn. It is no use shedding tears over the spilt milk. However, many in India wonder why Islamabad did not accept 'regret.' The regret is not exactly an apology but it comes to that.

No human rights without remedying human wrongs

IT is not that Bangladesh only owes the responsibility to try the genocidal atrocities of 1971. The international community was also under an obligation to bring the alleged perpetrators to the altar of justice. One has much reason to interpret that failure to bring the perpetrators, military personnel or their aides, of human rights atrocities in Bangladesh during the 1971 liberation war, was the starting point of failure to preventing further genocidal atrocities in the global context. The wanton killings in Cambodia in the 70s, massacres in Serbia, atrocities in Rwanda were examples of these.

Rights of the innocence

BANGLADESH remains an overpopulated country. There are children belonging to very poor families who are deprived, underprivileged and often marginalised. Among them are the street children without parents, homes or any form of shelters. There are slum children living on the sides of the streets or next to the railways.

Where are we in addressing the excluded?

Since the Independence, the Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh has been committed to support social inclusion through a variety of national laws and policies to fulfill the commitments of the Constitution.

This Day In History

December 10

1898
Spanish-American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict.

Environment

Leadership crisis in climate negotiations

Climate diplomacy is not ideology, but issue-based. From the beginning, there has been strategic shifts made by major groups involved in climate negotiations. This leadership crisis started particularly after the thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-13) at Bali. A new but important trend in climate diplomacy is evident since then. True to Morgenthau's `power politics', emission power (few big emitters) tends to rule the game - the impacting countries from both sides are calling the shots, and the impacted ones tend to be relegated to sidelines.

Legal options and challenges

International environmental law has come a long way since 1972, through the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration on Human Environment. Twenty years later, climate change appeared as a distinct issue in 1992, when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [the Convention] was adopted. The Convention laid down the basic framework with voluntary commitments of the Parties to stabilise atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference” to the climate system.

Psychological impact of climate change

With climate change comes global warming and a rise in sea levels, and Bangladesh is already the second lowest lying country in the world. A higher sea level makes it easier for freak tides and cyclones to breach the coastal and tidal defences, and the effects of climate change also increases the risks of river flooding and earthquake losses.

Climate change and NCDs

The modern world has brought boons in our life and also many curses. We reduced the rate of infant and maternal deaths but the burden of having non communicable diseases (NCDs) in younger age is increasing. We have cooled our homes with ACs but heated up the world with global warming. In addition to this, without lessening the rates of diseases, the multiplier effects of climate change on health may greatly exacerbate existing health inequities between and within countries, posing a major supplementary dispute obstructing global development. There is a conventional assessment that suggests that the extent of climate change that had already occurred by the year 2000 was directly responsible for the loss of at least 5.5 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs)

Literature

Sweetheart . . . . . .

My heart and I, we both have matured. This heart beats too fast; faster than the average heart, literally. And yet again, as I belong to the female species, my heart has the upper hand over my male counterpart. We have faster heartbeat. Well, if I live the average lifespan my heart will have the luxury of keeping me alive by beating approximately two and a half billion times, give or take! Of course, it all depends.

Global art-malady and its consequences

Dominance of electronic media: Although there lies a whole lot of debate as to when precisely the golden age of World literature existed, one thing is for sureliterature's current state of affairs is at the farthest from its heyday. With the printing media's coming under the powerful influence of its electronic counterpart, pieces of classic literature are having to survive on the whims of the electronic media. As a result, they are falling easy prey to cynical manipulations at the hands of the soap opera makers. Maybe, they are saving them from sinking into oblivion, but they are taking a heavy toll on this. Increasing public interest in audio-visual media has given rise to serious misgivings about the consequence of literature. The existence of Shakespeare's plays or Dickens's novels owes more to the celluloid versions of the film-makers than to the old moth-eaten texts which are only gathering dust on the library shelves. As a matter of fact, people by and large are losing interest in the act of reading itself. It appears as if reading is a wearying task in itself. Back at home after a long day's work, people, tired and exhausted, tend to fall back upon the electronic media for easy and effortless entertainment. The habit of reading for pleasure is waning rapidly. It is a big hurdle standing in the way of literary pursuits in general.

Remembering 1971 and other things

I was deeply moved by the very wonderful and sensitive 'Remembrance' “A daughter remembers” by Qumrun Nahar (Daily Star, November 26th, 2011) and it brought many poignant memories of 1971 back to me but made me also think about other people.

Star Health

A boon for osteoarthritis patients

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis (inflammation of joints). It is also called a degenerative joint disease. It is characterised by the breakdown of cartilage in joints (i.e., intersections of two bones) and is often caused by wear and tear. Cartilage cushions the ends of the bones and allows for easier movement within the joints. As osteoarthritis progresses, bone spurs (osteophytes) develop within the affected joint and the joint space narrows, increasing pain and decreasing mobility.

How to set diet and weight control strategy

Diet and weight maintenance are two crucial tools to control diabetes. Setting a strategy on food intake and shedding extra pounds is the first and imperative step. The American Diabetes Association recommends that patients with diabetes should aim for a small but consistent weight loss of 0.5 - 1 pound per week. Most patients should follow a diet that supplies at least 1,000 - 1,200 kcal/day for women and 1,200 - 1,600 kcal/day for men.

Optical Coherence Tomography

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an optical signal acquisition and processing method. It can capture micrometer resolution creates three dimensional and cross sectional images of biological structures using differences in the reflection of light and help for the visualisation of minute details in both two and three dimensionally.

Physiotherapy for facial paralysis

Bell's palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of face characterised by drooping of face, deviation of angle of mouth, difficulty in eating, drinking, whistling, speaking. It is due to the damage to the facial nerve that controls those muscles.

Lifestyle behind 40% cancer

Around 40 percent of cancers diagnosed every year are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things, according to a new research published in the British Journal of Cancer. Tobacco is the biggest culprit, causing 23 percent of cases in men and 15.6 percent in women. Next comes a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in men's diets, while for women it is being overweight.

Health of gums improves with weight loss

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear.

Strategic Issues

US policy shift towards Asia Pacific region

After prolonged US engagement in Middle East and Afghanistan on War on Terror there appears to be a major policy shift of US about its global role. This is evident from US President Barack Obama's recent weeklong visit in the Asia Pacific region and Hillary Clinton's visit to the Philippines and Thailand. US policy makers have now decided to focus on Asia Pacific region where it has political, economic and security interest.

Is China nervous as Myanmar looks west?

A series of reforms by Myanmar's President, Thein Sein, a former prime minister and general in a previous military junta, have caught most Myanmar-watchers by surprise.

Suu Kyi and the Ethnic Minorities: Crackdown to compromise

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's 'super-woman' of democracy will be contesting the upcoming by-elections in the country in December. This statement from her publicist came soon after her party, the National League for Democracy, announced its decision to re-register itself as a political party and go the parliamentary way. She has not yet decided on the constituency she wants to contest the elections from, among the 48 available constituencies. This decision came after the civilian government in Myanmar scrapped the article in the 2008 Constitution which disqualified Suu Kyi from taking part in any parliamentary process in the country. What impact would this development have on the political future of Myanmar? Would Suu Kyi be able to provide a balance in the political structure of the country? What would this mean for the ethnic minorities in Myanmar? And, how would the west see this step?

Star Books Review

Psychology in ordinary lives

In her book Vygotsky at Work and Play, Lois Holzman brings the theories and insights of Lev Vygotsky, a Russian psychologist, into the lives of ordinary people and their everyday activities. Vygotsky's influence is enormous in the fields of psychology and education, but he seems to be too difficult for ordinary readers. Holzman does an excellent job in bringing him from academia into the field. In this book, her main purpose is to tell her own “story of bringing Vygotsky from the scientific laboratory to ordinary people and their communities.” Vygotsky at Work and Play can, therefore, be a great resource for teachers, psychologists, child development practitioners, and social workers.

Tales of human bonding

When one comes to the end of While I Was Gone, one has a feeling of having completed a very peaceful journey through a great story. The plot of this story holds a superb build up that takes the reader in a smooth sailing with the characters and events and then climaxes into a great insight about the truths of human relationships, about how unpredictable life can be.

Hitler's library, Rumi and Rwanda . . .

Something stirs in the heart when you come across new books. And then something cracks in it when you remember you simply cannot afford to buy all those books because of the prohibitive prices that come with them. With all this twenty two per cent tax imposed on the import of books, you cannot argue with the bookseller and ask him why he cannot give you the tomes you need at prices you can afford. He too has a life and a career to plod through. Now, the queer bit here is that he is in no position to give you the book the way you want it; and you are not quite ready to spend all that money you happen to have at a given moment on that book you have been eyeing for a while.

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