Pathetic!!!

A student of Bangladesh Medical College (BMC) was beaten to death allegedly by a group of Dhaka University (DU) students Friday.

Police said a group of students of SM Hall beat up Ehtesham-Al-Ziad, a second year MBBS student of Dhanmondi branch of Bangladesh Medical College, on the hall premises in the morning, accusing him of stealing a mobile phone.

On information, Shahbagh police rescued Ziad from the hall in a critical condition and admitted him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Later, he was shifted to Bangladesh Medical College where he succumbed to his injuries at around 2:30pm.

At first I want to say that, the boy was from a good family and his father is an garments business man. His family has economic solvency and the boy was not “A DRUG ADDICT” according to his friends and family. So it is tuff to beleive that the boy theft mobile phone.

Then according to SM Hall students, the boy theft mobile phone at early morning. Then the question arrives how he went so early in the hall and how he entered the hall? This questions make this thing doubtful that was the boy really stole the mobile phone or any other thing behind it?

A murder case was filed against five Dhaka University students, two SM Hall guards and around 15 other students of the university yesterday in the death of a Bangladesh Medical College (BMC) student.

His father Musharaf Hossain laid the case with Shahbagh Police Station, mentioning the names of the five DU students and two hall guards. He stated that 15-20 unidentified students were also involved in his son’s death.

The five students were Himel, Russell, Sajjad, Masum and Rana while the two security guards were Kamrul Ahsan and Sajedul Bahar.

Minal’s elder brother Mehedi Yasir Chowdhury Bappi alleged that Himel and his friends killed his sibling after luring him into SM Hall in connection with previous enmity.

He said allegations of theft and drug-taking against Minal are false.

Yasmin Akter Chowdhury, Minal’s mother, said he left their residence Thursday evening without taking his mobile phone with him only saying he was going to meet one of his friends.

Police could not arrest anybody till 8:00pm today.

Ehtesham-al-Ziad Minal, a first-year student at BMC, was beaten to death Friday morning with iron rods and sticks on SM Hall premises, allegedly by a group of hall students on suspicion of stealing a mobile phone.

Autopsy revealed that Minal’s body bore several injury marks.

Over a hundred BMC students formed a human chain in front of the college at Satmasjid Road in Dhanmondi neighbourhood in the city. They demanded the immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to those responsible for Minal’s death.

By reading the story from verious news source, I think the boy was innocent and he has been trapped and murdered by preplanned way.

Spread of avian flu by drinking water.

I got an article as  comments in my previous post Bangladesh reports first human case of H5N1 bird flu by Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Soddemann – Epidemiologist – Free Science Journalist. I found it is interesting so publishing it as a post in my blog.

I want to thank Mr. Wilfried Soddemann for his excellent comments. Here is the article-

Proved awareness to ecology and transmission is necessary to understand the spread of avian flu. For this it is insufficient exclusive to test samples from wild birds, poultry and humans for avian flu viruses. Samples from the known abiotic vehicles also have to be analysed. There are plain links between the cold, rainy seasons as well as floods and the spread of avian flu. That is just why abiotic vehicles have to be analysed. The direct biotic transmission from birds, poultry or humans to humans can not depend on the cold, rainy seasons or floods. Water is a very efficient abiotic vehicle for the spread of viruses – in particular of fecal as well as by mouth, nose and eyes excreted viruses.

Infected birds and poultry can everywhere contaminate the drinking water. All humans have very intensive contact to drinking water. Spread of avian flu by drinking water can explain small clusters in households too. Proving viruses in water is difficult because of dilution. If you find no viruses you can not be sure that there are not any. On the other hand in water viruses remain viable for a long time. Water has to be tested for influenza viruses by cell culture and in particular by the more sensitive molecular biology method PCR.

There is a widespread link between avian flu and water, e.g. in Egypt to the Nile delta or Indonesia to residential districts of less prosperous humans with backyard flocks and without central water supply as in Vietnam: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no12/06-0829.htm. See also the WHO web side: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/emerging/h5n1background.pdf .

Transmission of avian flu by direct contact to infected poultry is an unproved assumption from the WHO. There is no evidence that influenza primarily is transmitted by saliva droplets: “Transmission of influenza A in human beings” http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473309907700294/abstract?iseop=true .

Avian flu infections may increase in consequence to increase of virus circulation. In hot climates/the tropics flood-related influenza is typical after extreme weather and floods. Virulence of influenza viruses depends on temperature and time. Special in cases of local water supplies with “young” and fresh H5N1 contaminated water from low local wells, cisterns, tanks, rain barrels, ponds, rivers or rice paddies this pathway can explain small clusters in households. At 24°C e.g. in the tropics the virulence of influenza viruses in water amount to 2 days. In temperate climates for “older” water from central water supplies cold water is decisive to virulence of viruses. At 7°C the virulence of influenza viruses in water amount to 14 days.

Human to human and contact transmission of influenza occur – but are overvalued immense. In the course of influenza epidemics in Germany, recognized clusters are rare, accounting for just 9 percent of cases e.g. in the 2005 season. In temperate climates the lethal H5N1 virus will be transferred to humans via cold drinking water, as with the birds in February and March 2006, strong seasonal at the time when drinking water has its temperature minimum.

The performance to eliminate viruses from the drinking water processing plants regularly does not meet the requirements of the WHO and the USA/USEPA. Conventional disinfection procedures are poor, because microorganisms in the water are not in suspension, but embedded in particles. Even ground water used for drinking water is not free from viruses.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26096&Cr=&Cr1
Ducks and rice [paddies = flooded by water] major factors in bird flu outbreaks, says UN agency
Ducks and rice fields may be a critical factor in spreading H5N1
26 March 2008 – Ducks, rice [fields, paddies = flooded by water! Farmers on work drink the water from rice paddies!] and people – and not chickens – have emerged as the most significant factors in the spread of avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam, according to a study carried out by a group of experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and associated research centres.

“Mapping H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza risk in Southeast Asia: ducks, rice and people” also finds that these factors are probably behind persistent outbreaks in other countries such as Cambodia and Laos.
The study, which examined a series of waves of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam between early 2004 and late 2005, was initiated and coordinated by FAO senior veterinary officer Jan Slingenbergh and just published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
Through the use of satellite mapping, researchers looked at a number of different factors, including the numbers of ducks, geese and chickens, human population size, rice cultivation and geography, and found a strong link between duck grazing patterns and rice cropping intensity.

In Thailand, for example, the proportion of young ducks in flocks was found to peak in September-October; these rapidly growing young ducks can therefore benefit from the peak of the rice harvest in November-December [at the beginning of the cold: Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos are situated – different from Indonesia – in the northern hemisphere].

“These peaks in congregation of ducks indicate periods in which there is an increase in the chances for virus release and exposure, and rice paddies often become a temporary habitat for wild bird species,” the agency said in a news release.

“We now know much better where and when to expect H5N1 flare-ups, and this helps to target prevention and control,” said Mr. Slingenbergh. “In addition, with virus persistence becoming increasingly confined to areas with intensive rice-duck agriculture in eastern and south-eastern Asia, evolution of the H5N1 virus may become easier to predict.”

He said the findings can help better target control efforts and replace indiscriminate mass vaccination.
FAO estimates that approximately 90 per cent of the world’s more than 1 billion domestic ducks are in Asia, with about 75 per cent of that in China and Viet Nam. Thailand has about 11 million ducks.

Bangladesh reports first human case of H5N1 bird flu.

Authorities here have stepped up surveillance against avian influenza after the case of a 16-month-old boy, who took ill in January, was diagnosed as one of infection with the deadly H5N1 virus.

Bangladesh become the 15th country to report a case of human infection after the Geneva-based World Health Organisation (WHO), citing results from laboratories at the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, confirmed the infection on Thursday.

Since 2003, when bird flu first surfaced, 15 countries have reported a total of 382 human cases, with 241 of them turning fatal. WHO has now confirmed human cases in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Laos, Burma, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Prof. Mahmudur Rahman, a director at Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told IPS that although the boy was totally cured well before the confirmation, surveillance has been stepped up across the country.

Since the H5N1 virus was first detected in Bangladesh, at a state-run poultry farm on the outskirts of the capital, authorities have culled more than two million birds, causing losses estimated at 700 million US dollars.

With 47 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts affected, the poultry industry, introduced two decades ago to help this impoverished country, is now facing its biggest ever challenge. Affected are more than 1.5 million people employed in one of the world’s largest poultry industries that produces producing 220 million chickens and 37 million ducks annually.

According to the South Asia Enterprise Development Facility, a multi-donor facility managed by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, the poultry sector supports five million people directly or indirectly through 150,000 poultry farms, constituting 1.6 percent of Bangladesh’s gross domestic product (GDP).

In recent years, the poultry industry has been growing at an annual rate of about 20 percent, recording a turnover of 25 -1.5 billion dollars in 2006. Analysts say the figures for 2007 may fall below that mark thanks to drastic culling.

Battered by the culling, monsoon floods and a devastating cyclone in November, the country’s once booming poultry industry is now seriously threatened. Businessmen say the outbreak has already caused the closure of more than a third of the country’s poultry farms.

As the virus spread, the state-owned Bangladesh TV and a dozen or so private cable TV channels often broadcast programmes on avian influenza making people aware of the deadly virus, but observers said impact is minimal.

‘’Street vendors are still selling live chickens in Dhaka, although the city corporation authority has imposed a ban on selling live chickens in the open,’’ said Dhaka school teacher Sharif Ahmed.

Without disclosing the identity of the affected boy, Rahman said he lived in a crowded slum in Dhaka. His parents had bought a live chicken from a nearby market which they kept in their house for some days before slaughtering it for a meal.

The boy was among the more than 3,000 people suspected of being infected with bird flu in Bangladesh, but his was the only case that tested positive, a health department official said.

After the Bangladesh government was informed of the test results by the WHO, the national advisory committee on avian influenza met on Thursday to step up measures.

Rahman said IEDCR was already conducting surveillance measures in the districts affected by bird flu and that people who were in direct contact with poultry birds and products were being kept under observation by epidemiologists. As part of the new measures, Bangladesh will set up isolation units in all public hospitals, he said.

“Right now everything is under control. We have trained doctors and readied hospitals to tackle any new detection,” Rahman said. ‘’We also have trained volunteers in the villages.’’

Bangladesh, which has a population of nearly 150 million, is the world’s most densely populated country with nearly 1,000 people per sq km. With poultry farms set up everywhere in the country the risk of the virus spreading fast is high.

Earlier this year, India’s West Bengal state which shares a long border with Bangladesh suffered the neighbouring country’s worst outbreak of the virus among poultry. But no human cases of bird flu have been reported in India, which has also carried out massive poultry culling.

Bird flu was thought only to infect birds until the first human cases were detected in Hong Kong in 1997. Though rare, humans catch the disease through close contact with infected birds.

Experts consider vigilance and speedy action such as isolation of human cases important because of a fear that the H5N1 strain could mutate to become capable of human-to-human transmission and set off a deadly pandemic. Densely populated countries like Bangladesh, where people live in close proximity to backyard poultry or keep birds in their homes, are seen as particularly risky.

Manchester United vs Chelsea Champions League Final Highlights 2008

You already know that this years UEFA Champions League winner is Manchester United.

I know many of you are searching highlights of the match both who seen the match and who missed the match due to any reason. Here I found an exciting site for this. You can see online highlights of this match.

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12th May, 2008: Full text of Chief Advisor’s address to nation (English).

Following is the text of the address to the nation by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed aired by Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television yesterday: Click bellow to see the adress to the Nation (In English). Continue reading

12th May, 2008: Full text of Chief Advisor’s address to nation (Bangla).

Following is the text of the address to the nation by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed aired by Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television yesterday: Click bellow to see the adress to the Nation (In Bangla).
Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a special day for everyone! We use this day to honor our mothers all over the world! I hope you enjoy the activities I have here for celebrating Mother’s Day!

In Bangladesh it is observed in 11th May, 2008.

History

Different countries celebrate Mother’s Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins.

This day emerged from a HALLMARK HOLIDAY of mother worship in ancient Greece, which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (15 March) to 18 March.

The ancient Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno, though mothers were usually given gifts on this day.

In some countries Mother’s Day began not as a celebration for individual mothers but rather for Christians.

Only One Mother

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the world wide over.

El Clásico: Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona by 4-1 in El Clásico.

Raul, Robben, Higuan, Ruud Van Nistolrooy were the scorers for Real Madrid while Henry was the scorer for Barcelona.

Real Madrid showed wonderful show and artistic football.

Great win by Real Madrid!

Hala Madrid!!!

Real Madrid Vs Barcelona : ‘El Clásico’.

REAL MADRID Vs BARCELONA

Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona go into battle at the Santiago Bernabéu today. As past encounters have shown, though, form can count for little when it comes to ‘El Clásico’.

Real Madrid already won the title of Spanish La Liga this season. But Barcelona still in search for the second place in the league to not to play UEFA Champions League Qualifying round and directly go to the group phase. They are still behind of Villareal who are in second position.

Barcelona have to present guard of honour to Real Madrid today because Real Madrid is Champion of the League now and Barcelona have to follow the rule in Santiago Bernabéu today. That will be a big moral booster for Real Madrid players and fans.

As a Real Madrid fan I will be happy to see this. But I am expecting interesting ‘El Clásico’ today and hope Real Madrid will win at home and celebrating the Title at home. But I know that barcelona is a very strong team and they will not give let it easy for Real Madrid. Barcelona will try heart and soul to beat Real Madrid infront of Real Madrid fans.

Real Madrid are set to rub salt into the wounds of arch rivals by parading their 31st Spanish league trophy when they host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday.

Real fans waited until the early hours to celebrate with the players at Cibeles fountain on Sunday night after Real retained the title with a thrilling late 2-1 victory over Osasuna.

The celebrations could go into another dimension when Real are presented with the trophy in front of a full house at the Bernabeu – although football is likely to dominate with Barcelona in need of the points to wrest second place from Villarreal.

“It will be a great party against Barcelona that is for sure,” said Real coach Bernd Schuster. “We deserve this title as we have been the best team this season and now we can enjoy it.”

Barca thumped Valencia 6-0 in their last match and unlike Real they have something to play for as they bid to overtake Villarreal who are currently four points ahead in second.

“This was the best way to go to the Bernabeu – with high morale. There are three key points at stake and we’ll go to win,” said Argentine forward Lionel Messi.

As Barca set out to avenge their 1-0 loss to Real at the Nou Camp in December they will do so without the suspended Samuel Eto’o and Deco.

While Real-Barca is the obvious highlight of the midweek fixture programme there are several other games with high stakes.

So let’s see another exciting ‘El Clásico’.

Real Madrid won The Spanish La Liga Title for 31st time in their history!!!

The aircraft Real Madrid CF has landed at a Liga title airport and everything is in order. So you may heave a sigh of relief. Because Real Madrid have at long last won La Liga 2007-2008. Because Real Madrid have deservedly won La Liga 2007-2008. Because after flirting so dangerously with the trophy mistress, los Meregues have ultimately locked the wedding ring.

Because the teasing and toying and playing catch with the pole position is now a thing of the past. Because Real Madrid have encapsulated their first successive Spanish league conquests in 18 years.

Yet Schuster’s triumphant side hasn’t only relied on spirit this season. They have coupled efficiency with discipline, married steel to silk and although goals have been leaked in like Mr. Ocean’s team stealing into safes, the midfield and the stikeforce have compensated for those lapses.

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas might have had more shots spit at him than any other custodian in La Liga this season but Guti has more assists for goals than any other player in the league with 14 in 24 starts. The latter clause becomes more enticing when you consider that the 11 matches that Guti hasn’t started, Real have actually won!

Which finely tees us to the contribution by other players in the championship conquest. This season Saint Iker has of course been the safest pair of hands in Spain again worth 18 points (at least) and Guti the temperamental genius somehow inspired by Schuster to temporarily delete the “temperamental” tag but it has been the likes of Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Wesley Sneijder, Mahamadou Diarra, Fernando Gago, Raul, Robinho, Arjen Robben, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Gonzalo Higuain who have shaped the edge. Virtually the entire team really.

Pepe has gradually developed into the €30 million Real Madrid splashed out at FC Porto last summer, Sergio Ramos has been the best right back in Spain and even past-his-sell-by-date Fabio Cannavaro has positively contributed (at times). Wesley Sneijder took over from Guti when the latter was insipid and off key, Mahamadou Diarra has been a rock in Real’s midfield when he has received the support, Fernando Gago is enjoying himself and has been passing the ball around exquisitely, Robinho has mischievously sprouted glimpses of his world class Pele side and Arjen Robben has been a Voldemort for opposition defenders in the last couple of matches when he has got rid of his Injury Demon.

Raul has 17 league goals to his credit this season and with three assists and countless running and constructive passes. Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12 goals have arrived in spite of his injury plague and three goals in his last three matches all after coming off the bench has earned Gonzalo Higuain the super sub status.

So you see it has been a team effort, Real Madrid’s conquer of Spain. When one of the soldiers have puked and fallen on the ground, another has held the line. With 73 goals in 35 matches, Real Madrid cannot boast to have played romantic fantasy football that President Ramon Calderon promised at the art of the season after getting rid of the “boring” Capello but it has been Real’s efficiency and consistency that has ultimately carried them home but not dry as champagne bottles are being uncorked even as you read this.

There was a whisper of conspiracy in Spain ahead of Real’s trip to Pamplona that they would actually not win at Osasuna on Sunday night preferring to win against FC Barcelona at the Santiago Benabeu on Wednesday to conquer Spain. But if it’s one thing to win the championship with a win over the Catalan rivals, then it’s quite another—and more relishing—to have them form a Guard of Honour and salute the champions.

Which Barcelona shall do in El Clasico on Wednesday night.