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News of: Saturday, 26th of May, 2012

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Bribery, anomalies rule recruitment

Yusuf Ali Mridha, the suspended general manager (east) of Bangladesh Railway, had recruited more than 600 railway employees on back dates in just two months before an amount of Tk 70 lakh was seized from a microbus of the former railway minister's aide Omar Faruq Talukder.

Water crisis grips Dhaka

Amid frequent power cuts and the summer heat, water supply to Dhaka dwellers has dropped drastically in the last one month.

Killings by BSF unfortunate

Indian Law Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday regretted the killings by the Indian security forces at Bangladesh border.

Risky living at hill slopes

Though monsoon is knocking on the door, the authorities concerned have yet to take any effective step to evacuate thousands of people living on the slopes of hills in Chittagong city with the risk of being victims of landslides.

Govt to probe ministry's favour

Hasan Mahmud, the minister of forest and environment, yesterday said he would investigate his ministry's decision to cut Tk 40 lakh penalty money, slapped against Hall-Mark Group, down to Tk 4 lakh.

No talks if leaders kept behind bars

Demanding release of top opposition leaders to create a congenial atmosphere for talks, the BNP yesterday said no consensus could be reached keeping the opposition leaders behind bars.

Extrajudicial killings must be probed

The government should probe the allegations of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances against law enforcers to uphold the image of the country, said eminent personalities yesterday.

'Hard, tense time ahead'

The Economist has published two articles on current political situation in Bangladesh. Titled “Bangladesh's toxic politics: Hello, Delhi” and “Politics in Bangladesh: Banged about”, the articles -- dated May 26, 2012 -- are now on the British news magazine's website. The Daily Star reprints them here.

Top exporters get HSBC awards

HSBC Bangladesh yesterday awarded six exporters for their contribution to promoting Bangladeshi products on the international market.

MLM firm swindles 500 customers

About 500 customers of a multi-level marketing (MLM) company laid seize to the house of its Aditmari upazila representative at Vadai village yesterday after he went into hiding a week ago collecting around Tk 5 crore from them.

Sahara to invest $100m initially

Sahara India Pariwar wants to initially invest more than $100 million in Bangladesh, its Chairman Subrata Roy Sahara said yesterday.

Polytechnic students clash with cops

Although the government has not taken any decision to change the status of diploma engineers, students of another polytechnic institute yesterday clashed with police over a rumour of downgrading their status.

Mars has life's building blocks

New evidence from meteorites suggests that the basic building blocks of life are present on Mars.

Robbers kill bus passenger

Unidentified robbers killed a passenger and injured seven others of a bus and looted valuables from them on Chokoria-Pakua road in Cox's Bazar Thursday night.

Massive protests rock Syria protest hubs

Syrian regime forces killed eight civilians yesterday, as massive anti-regime demonstrations swept the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, a monitoring group reported.

UN rights chief pushes West to halt Zimbabwe sanctions

UN rights chief Navi Pillay yesterday urged the West to suspend sanctions against Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe and his close aides to give the country a chance to implement much needed reforms.

Mali-Burkina Faso ethnic border clash kills 30

At least 30 people have been killed after clashes erupted between Dogon farmers and nomadic Fulani herders along the Mali-Burkina Faso border, Burkina authorities said late on Thursday.

Street lights 'changing ecology

The presence of street lights substantially changes the ecology of ground-dwelling invertebrates and bugs, research suggests.

EU refers Argentina's import restrictions to the WTO

The European Union has filed a suit against Argentina's import restrictions at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Suicide blast kills two in Turkey

A suspected suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a car outside a police station in the central Turkish province of Kayseri yesterday, killing himself and a police officer and wounding some 20 others, Turkish media reported.

Sri Lanka bars Fonseka from politics

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka is barred from political office for seven years, despite being freed from jail on Monday, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Editorial

Most blindness caused by cataract is preventable

We find ourselves at a loss for words when confronted with the fact that 650,000 out of a total of 750,000 people go blind each year, ought not to have gone blind since their cataract condition was curable. They lost their precious eyesight for want of finance and medical services. These were the subjects of discussion at a roundtable conference held recently where speakers drove home some unsavoury facts about the dismal condition of eye treatment services in the country.

Death from drowning

A Unicef report highlighting the scourge of child fatalities through drowning in Bangladesh presents a serious health issue. What makes an appalling reading is the fact that it remains largely undetected and unrecognised as a concern. Therefore, it is neglected and not put on the radar screen of the government, health ministry and child health and welfare organisations.

Sports

Momentum works well for Mohammedan

A 2-0 win over Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra yesterday helped Mohammedan Sporting Club keep their winning run in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League.

Sahara keen on Tigers

Subrata Roy Sahara, the chairman of Sahara India Pariwar, said yesterday that he is interested in Bangladesh cricket, similar to how the company sponsors the Indian national team.

Kings crush Daredevils

A superb century from Murali Vijay aided by some sensible batting saw Chennai Super Kings overcome Delhi Daredevils with a comprehensive 86 run victory in their second qualifying match of the Indian Premier League at Chennai yesterday.

Ireland happy to comply?

Bangladesh Cricket Board's request to rearrange the fixture of the Tigers' tour of Europe in July has received positive feedback, it was learnt yesterday.

AB, Morne lead SA award race

Newly appointed Proteas' Twenty20 and one-day international captain AB de Villiers and fast bowler Morne Morkel are leading the race to win South Africa's prestigious Cricketer of the Year award.

Mari remembered

A commemorative meeting of the late Chinghla Mong Chowdhury Mari, the legendary footballer, was held yesterday at the Bangladesh Olympic Association auditorium with the urge to conserve his memoirs.

Dinajpur retain Gold Cup title

Dinajpur retained the ATN Bangla Gold Cup football tournament for the second time defeating Rajshahi 4-3 on tiebreakers in the final at the Dinajpur Stadium yesterday.

School football

Rangpur Borobil High School emerged divisional champions in the National School Football Tournament beating Lalmonirhat Govt High School 8-1 in the final yesterday.

NZ to pick coach by end of July

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has said that the board aims to find a replacement for head coach John Wright by the end of July. The board met in Auckland on Friday to discuss the process and timeline for recruiting Wright's successor.

WI in early trouble

England dismissed West Indies' mainstay Shivnarine Chanderpaul as the tourists' collapse continued on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge here on Friday.

Roger bets on Rafael

Roger Federer on Friday backed six-time champion Rafael Nadal to shatter Novak Djokovic's historic bid to become the first man in 43 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles.

Djoker in Fed's way

Novak Djokovic's bid to become the first man in 43 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time hit its first hurdle on Friday when Roger Federer became a potential French Open semifinal opponent.

Christie lays down marker

Usain Bolt will find it tough to repeat the sprint double at the London Olympics because there is stiffer competition than four years ago, former 100m champion Linford Christie warned on Friday.

Wraiths edge Old DOHS

Wriaths defeated Old DOHS 57-53 in the Citycell Metropolis First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Clarke to quit cricket before his late 30s

Just-married Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that he will quit cricket before he passed his mid-30s, unlike many of his predecessors.

Cseh makes swim history for Hungary

Laszlo Cseh became the first Hungarian swimmer to win 10 career European Championship gold medals on Thursday as the host nation raced away with four of the day's seven titles.

Hungry for success

The Czech Republic have made it to their fifth straight Euro tournament, hungry for success after renewing the team that now relies largely on players from their home league.

Last chance to impress

A busy weekend of friendly action will be the final chance for many players to secure a ticket on the plane for Euro 2012 before the UEFA deadline for squad submissions next Tuesday.

To hell and back

When Juvetus lifted the Seria A trophy at the Juventus Stadium on Sunday the 13 May 2012, they were not only lifting a trophy symbolizing a league triumph. They were also lifting away the pain and the ignominy that have persecuted the Turin giants for the past six years.

Defence key for Roy

England look set to base their Euro 2012 strategy on defensive strength as they prepare to face Norway in what will be new manager Roy Hodgson's first game in charge since taking over from Fabio Capello.

Goal-line tech for Eng friendly

Goal-line technology will be tested in an international match for the first time, when England take on Belgium in a Euro 2012 warm-up, FIFA said on Thursday.

Sepp blasts shoot-outs

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday described having penalties to determine the outcome of games as a "tragedy" that ripped the heart out of the game.

Ruddy ruled out of Euros

England's third choice goalkeeper John Ruddy has been ruled out of Euro 2012 after breaking a finger in training, the Football Association said on Friday.

Metropolitan

An Old Friend

While rummaging through a storage box the other day, I found an old friend, a book called The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.

Translate works of Nazrul: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to work for building such a Bangladesh where every citizen will enjoy equal and basic rights breaking the vicious cycle of poverty as dreamt by National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Free grammar books next yr

Apart from distributing free textbooks to primary and secondary level students, the government will give out two supplementary books for free to the students of class VI to IX from next year, officials have said.

Give Indian citizenship to Bangladeshi refugees

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged its government to amend the Citizenship Act, to provide Indian citizenship to a large number of refugees from Bangladesh.

India to change constitution to exchange enclaves

An amendment to the Indian Constitution is being drafted to enable the exchange of 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in the Indian territory, said Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna.

Nazrul's birth anniversary observed

With a vow to fight inequality and injustice, socio-cultural and political organisations of the country yesterday observed the 113th birth anniversary of rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Prof Abu Sayeed for alternative interim govt

Former state minister for information, Prof Abu Sayeed, here yesterday suggested an interim government be formed with elected representatives from both ruling and opposition parties for holding a credible national election.

Make public vested property list

Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the government to make available the vested properties under 'Ka' and 'Kha' groups after the notification of gazette so that the people could get the benefit of Vested Property Return (amendment) Act 2011.

Youths trained on climate issues

A two-day national conference to train the future leaders of climate and health related issues concluded in the capital yesterday.

Wasfia Nazreen may summit today

Nishat Majumder and her fellow mountaineer MA Mohit started trekking towards Kathmandu yesterday morning from the base camp, while another Bangladeshi woman mountaineer, Wasfia Nazreen, is expected to reach summit this morning.

Five die in road crashes in 5 dists

Five people, including a headmaster, were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Brahmanbaria, Kurigram and Nilphamari on Thursday and yesterday.

Govt progressed much

The Awami League-led grand alliance government has made much progress in tackling the environmental degradation on the whole but is to go a long way to make the country liveable for the future generations, AL leaders and environmentalists said at a seminar yesterday.

Ex-Rab man being quizzed in jail

Anwara police have started interrogating Zulfiqar Ali Majumder, a sacked lieutenant colonel of army and former Rab official, over his alleged link in looting a Chittagong shrine last year.

70pc tax in tobacco products demanded

Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA), a platform of journalists, yesterday demanded imposition of 70 per cent supplementary tax in retail price of all tobacco products in the coming budget.

Six arrested over forced prostitution

Police arrested six persons on Wednesday on charge of their alleged involvement in forcing a schoolgirl into prostitution in Chittagong city.

Govt urged to stop Indian project

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa), an environmental organisation, yesterday demanded the government ask the Indian authorities to immediately cancel its river-linking project, which, once implemented, would have serious environmental consequences in Bangladesh.

Two siblings burnt to death

A fire burnt two siblings together to death in their small hut at Barhatta upazila in the district on Thursday night.

Housewife murdered for dowry

A housewife was murdered allegedly by her husband for dowry at Sovarghop village in the sadar upazila on Thursday night.

$9m US grant for climate fund announced

The US government, through USAID, announced an initial obligation of $9 million to support the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund.

4 Tahrir men held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four members of banned militant organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir, including its regional commander, in Shibganj upazila early yesterday.

None arrested as yet

Police could not arrest anyone of the five accused in Himadri killing case till yesterday.

Private car drivers want to work eight hours

Private car drivers yesterday demanded appointment cards during their employment, eight-hour work time, overtime wages, and weekend.

5 killed in Sirajganj

Five persons were killed and two others injured when a truck carrying labourers collided with a lorry on the west approach road of Bangabandhu Bridge early yesterday.

Body of a boy found in capital

The decomposed body of an unidentified boy was found at the city's Dakkhin Khan yesterday.

Inu places 'minus Khaleda formula'

Terming Khaleda Zia “patron of war criminals”, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday asked the leader of the opposition in parliament to give up relation with the war criminals, otherwise the pro-liberation forces would oust her from the country's politics.

350 launch passengers escape accident

A launch with some 350 passengers barely survived an accident in the river Dhaleshwari in Munshiganj Thursday night after it was hit by a storm and developed a crack in its bottom.

BCL man shot dead in clash

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was shot dead during a clash between two rival groups of criminals in Sadar South upazila yesterday evening.

Two electrocuted in Ctg

Two people were electrocuted in separate incidents in the port city on Thursday and yesterday.

6,770 Yaba tablets seized, 2 held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 6,770 pieces of Yaba tablets and arrested two people in this connection from Teknaf upazila in Cox's Bazar on Thursday evening.

Schoolboy murdered

A schoolboy was abducted and murdered in Bhaluka upazila of Mymensingh yesterday.

5 hurt in roof collapse

Five workers were injured as the roof of an under-construction food warehouse collapsed after Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque visited it at Halishahar on Thursday morning.

International

Rivals claim run-off places

Egypt yesterday looked set for a run-off presidential vote pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi against Mubarak-era minister Ahmed Shafiq, according to tallies by the Islamist group.

US cuts Pak aid over 'Laden doctor' jailing

A US Senate panel has cut $33m (£21m) in aid to Pakistan in response to the jailing of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden.

Bin Laden liked Che Guevara!

Osama bin Laden's three wives were fiercely loyal to him and gave little away when they were interrogated after the al-Qaeda chief was killed in a US raid over a year ago, a Pakistani intelligence agent who questioned them said.

Musharraf killed my mother

The son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto said Thursday that ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf "murdered my mother," as he vowed to play a bigger political role in his homeland "in any way I can."

Hollande defends early Afghan exit plan

French President Francois Hollande made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan yesterday to visit some of the French troops he wants to pull out later this year, defending his plan for their early exit after meeting his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.

Socrates gets retrial in Greece

Lawyers in Greece were preparing yesterday for enacting the trial of Socrates, the ancient philosopher sentenced to die for provoking the powerful, in a spectacle they say is ever-relevant in times of revolution and crisis.

Lawyers seek Obama, Bush testimony

Lawyers for three men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks want US President Barack Obama and predecessor George W Bush to give evidence.

China hits back at US report

China hit back on Friday at the US State Department's annual survey of human rights, saying that only the Chinese people could pass judgement on what the Foreign Ministry said were the country's obvious achievements in the area.

Fresh Iran nuke talks in June

A fresh round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme will be held in Moscow in June, officials announced yesterday after a second day of talks in Baghdad.

Blair to appear before hacking inquiry

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to appear before the Leveson Inquiry into media standards on Monday.

Mladic judges reject long trial delay

Judges conducting the war crimes trial of Bosnian Serb ex-commander Ratko Mladic on Thursday rejected a six-month delay requested by the defence.

Sri Lanka bars Fonseka from politics

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka is barred from political office for seven years, despite being freed from jail on Monday, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Arts & Entertainment

Nazrul birth anniversary celebration in Mymensingh

The national level 113th birth anniversary celebration of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam has kicked off in Trishal. The three-day celebration began yesterday at Darirampur Nazrul Mancha. The celebration is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Mymensingh district administration.

Award in elocution, in honour of Kazi Sabyasachi

To mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of Nazrul's poem “Bidrohi”, Bangladesh government has initiated an award for elocutionists. The award is named after Nazrul's son Kazi Sabyasachi. This year, the award went to veteran elocutionist and Director General of Bangladesh Television, Kazi Abu Zafar Siddiqui. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over a crest and prize money (Tk. 50,000) to Siddiqui at the inaugural ceremony of the two-day Bangladesh India joint celebration programme held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday morning.

Ferdaus Ara honoured at Channel i's 'Nazrul Mela '

Marking the 113th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and 90th anniversary of the publication of Nazrul's “Bidrohi” (The Rebel), Channel i held the daylong 'Nazrul Mela' yesterday at its Tejgaon office in Dhaka. This was the eighth instalment of the fair in honour of Nazrul.

Tapestry Workshop in Chittagong

A workshop on tapestries was held at Shilpi Rashid Chowdhury Art Gallery of the Fine Arts Institute of Chittagong University with the participation of local artists, from May 16 to 21.

Parveen Sultana's homage to National Poet

Marking 113th birth anniversary of the National Poet, Laser Vision hosted an album launch and a musical programme featuring accomplished singer Parveen Sultana at Seven Hill Restaurant in Dhaka on May 24.

Fundraising exhibition at Gallery Chitrak

Promising painter Khandakar Jamil Iqbal Azad has been ailing with cancer. He is now undergoing treatment at a Singapore hospital. To aid him, Gallery Chitrak in Dhanmondi, Dhaka has organised a fundraising art exhibition.

DS Café

The gorgeous model and actress Monalisa is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. She will be on the hot seat and readers can fire away questions at her at The Daily Star Centre Today, between 4 and 5pm. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Monalisa.

OP-ED

Influencing law enforcement responses

In the modern world policing cannot be totally independent of government in all matters. For example, policing requires funding, and that funding comes from public money raised in tax or local government revenue and administered by some level of government. Whether the money for policing is raised from local taxes, state or national government budgets or a mixture of these, the ability to increase or withhold funds enables the funding agency to exercise serious constraints upon policing.

Can Brazil stop Iran

Brazil, the saying used to go, is the land of the future -- and always will be. But when Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, visits the White House next week, she will come as the leader of a country whose future has arrived.

Needed sanity and transparency for stability and sustainable development

The present political chaos and the hartals, street agitations, price hike of essentials and violence on the streets are a threat to the country. Seldom has this country so desperately needed leadership to steer clear of the crises, doldrums and chaos as it does now.

The hidden subsidy in gas pricing

There are two momentous dates in the energy history of our country. The first is 1962, when Titas gas field was discovered. It was then believed that gas was a free bounty and all households and power generation plants should be provided with this gift of nature.

PC vs Mac: The tipping point

NEWS from the world's fastest growing demographic (young Asians).

Environment

Contemplating mitigation measures

All things that make up the environment are interrelated. The way in which people, animals and plants are related to each other and to their surrounding is known as ecology. The ecosystem is a complex web that links animals, plants and every other life form in the biosphere. By altering any one part of the web you can affect all other parts. For example, the destruction of forests may have serious ecological consequences for humans and animals.

Save Savar from further degradation

Over the recent years, Savar is experiencing immense pressure of new industrial, commercial and residential establishments. But most of these have already been done or are underway indiscriminately haphazardly, and by violating the environmental laws and ignoring overall public convenience, not to speak of the care for future growth.

Literature

The genius of Abu Mohamed Habibullah

Professor Abu Mohamed Habibullah (1911-1484) was a great historian and humanist scholar of South Asia. Professor Habibullah believed that despite the political divisions of 1947 and 1971, the people of the Indian subcontinent now known as South Asia shared a common and indivisible cultural heritage. This common heritage was the product of over a thousand years of historical development and was the outcome of a long process of blending of indigenous and external elements. These elements had in course of time become inseparable from each other and had contributed to the making of the great and composite cultural tradition of the South Asian region.

Star Health

A major cause behind maternal and child death

About 16 million girls between 15 and 19 years of age give birth each year, with 95% occurring in developing countries like Bangladesh. For many of these young women, pregnancy and childbirth are not planned or wanted. They together with their upcoming babies are at greater risk of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Awareness and screening: keys to combat Thalassaemia

Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects haemoglobin (Hb) — the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells by early destruction. In order to keep the Hb in functional level, children with thalassaemia require blood transfusions almost at regular basis. It is indeed a lifelong battle to survive. However, with awareness and screening for thalassaemia before marriage, we can prevent the fatal and painful disease.

A doctor's advice

Deworming is the giving of an anthelmintic drug to rid it of intestinal parasites. Albendazole is the drug used for many years in our country as broad spectrum anthelmintic. Deworming week began across the country form May 22 and 5-12 age group students of all primary-level educational institutions are given anthelmintic drugs.

TB patient charged for not taking meds

34-year-old Armando Rodriguez, a tuberculosis patient, has been arrested for refusing to take his medication and missing doctor appointments, and is endangering public health by not treating the airborne disease, reports news agency the Associated Press.

Folic acid tied to lower child cancer risks

Rates of two rare childhood cancers declined after the U.S. began requiring grain products to be fortified with the B vitamin folic acid, a new study finds.

Mom's excess pounds key in newborn weight

For at least some moms-to-be, it is extra body fat — and not blood sugar levels — that may be key to their risk of having a big baby, according to a study recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Ctg Edition

Furnace oil piles up at refinery

The state-run oil marketing companies have cut down sale of furnace oil and also purchase of the fuel from Eastern Refinery Limited (ERL) since the last week's seizure of a smuggled consignment of the fuel.

Strategic Issues

Iran or Israel:Who bites hard?

The debate around Iran's nuclear program has kept western leaders thinking deeply. While negotiation is still in place the fear of a full-scale war seems plausible. The question of war obviously takes the analysts to look at the potential strength the countries have upon each other. Israel enjoys a strategic advantage over Iran having scores of nuclear weapons with long-range delivery means. Iran contrarily makes attempts to strike a balance with undeniable conventional military edge over Israel despite decades-long arms embargo. Is it the hard weapons that only matter in war? Then what about the non-state protégés of Iran? These questions only further complicate the calculation of hawkish Generals in both the United States and Israel.

He marched forward to rescue the besieged

Mahtab Beg was the Chairman of No.2 Satnola Union, adjacent to Ranir Bandor and Champakoli areas near Syedpur town. He was a popular and benevolent leader. During 1965 India-Pakistan War he was a Company Commander of the Rangpur Ansar Battalion. During the war he performed his duties devotedly and so the local Army Commander had presented him a revolver.

Why should the US withdraw?

On May 1, the US President Barack Obama made a sudden fly to Afghan palace and signed a long-term strategic treaty. This mid-night visit made a clear date for withdrawing the US troops from Afghanistan. However, this is not the only declaration of withdrawal program. Previously a number of speeches and declaration were made with a view to ending the Afghan war. The purpose of this write up is to raise the justifications why the US should withdraw from Afghanistan in order to comply with its incessant declarations in this regard. Prior to analyzing the necessity of the US withdrawal, it is very important to have a short idea about the background of US intervention in Afghanistan.

Star Books Review

Tales of a protean soul. . .

When Azizur Rahman Mallick took charge as Bangladesh's first high commissioner to India soon after the War of Liberation in 1971, the move was correctly seen as an endeavour by the government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to project the new country in a properly intellectual light before the world. Mallick did not have a diplomatic background, in that professional sense. But, as so often happens in history when nondiplomats are sent to speak abroad for their countries, Mallick proved the truism once again that scholars are almost always symbolic of their national heritage and history in the capitals they are sent to. And do not forget that Mallick served as Bangladesh's top diplomat at a time when it was necessary to let Indians, and others, know that a nation put to the torch by the Pakistan army through a nine-month war was finally ready, politically as well as intellectually, to claim its place in the global league. Mallick remained in touch with the Indian leadership, notably President V.V. Giri, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and everyone who mattered in Delhi's policy-making. Added to that was the confidence Bangabandhu had placed in him where speaking up for Bangladesh before the diverse sections of Indian society was concerned.

The rights issue

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was established by the National Human Rights Commission Act 2009 to bridge the people, deprived of rights or victims of violation of rights, with the State. The reconstituted Commission has been working since June 23, 2010. Since its inception, the NHRC's main concern has been to see a human rights culture created in society. The Commission believes that to ensure the dignity of human beings, full realization of human rights is essential and to that end a culture of human rights is necessary in every sphere of the society.

Health matters

This book tells the story of a package of public health interventions aimed at improving the quality of care of informal village doctors. The intervention took place in Chakaria, a rural area in rural Bangladesh, where village doctors are a major group of informal healthcare providers practising and dispensing modern medicines. Quite often, the drugs they dispense are inappropriate or even harmful.



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