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Front Pagearrow Untreated waste exposes millions to health risks
Sewage and industrial waste treatment plants are a vital necessity for the millions of people living along the three main city rivers facing grave health risks due to an alarming rise in pollution level
 arrow Knocked unconscious, kids lose memory
Jasmin, a six-year-old girl, was injured along with her aunt Hazera Begum in a road accident in Dhaka this past March.
 arrow Better boro crop unlikely to ease rice prices
A projected bumper Boro harvest this season may offset the persisting supply shortage in rice market but is unlikely to make a marked dent in the price spiral of rice.
 arrow String of rebel attacks kills 31 in Iraq
Insurgents staged a series of car bombings and other attacks yesterday, killing at least 31 Iraqis and wounding dozens a day after the country's first democratically elected government was approved.
 arrow Foreign secys to talk Indo-Bangla issues in June
A frosty relation between Bangladesh and India following the postponement of Saarc summit twice and the recent border row gives the signs of a thaw with a foreign secretary-level meeting slated for June
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 2 more, attacks over 2000
Two people died and 2,120 fell sick as diarrhoea spread fast in 36 districts during the 24 hours until eight in the morning yesterday.
 arrow Hilsha price marks fall
Price of hilsha, the most popular and delicious fish, has come within the reach of general people as its supply from the coastal areas has increased in last few days.
 arrow USAID study predicts a buoyant economy
Electricity for all can push up net gain in national income by Tk 671 billion ($101.1bn) a year and significantly improve literacy rate, healthcare and women empowerment, says a USAID study.
 arrow 32 Saudi-bound women rescued on suspicion of trafficking, freed
The police on suspicion of trafficking yesterday rescued 32 young women kept in quarantine by manpower agents in an Uttara house in the city before sending them to Saudi Arabia.
 arrow $ 300m WB loan to improve healthcare system
The World Bank (WB) has approved $ 300 million credit to help Bangladesh improve the quality of its healthcare system.
 arrow Delhi, Tokyo for closer economic, strategic ties
Japan and India renewed their support yesterday for each other's bids for UN Security Council seats while pledging to work for much closer economic and strategic ties.
 arrow Extortionists murder trader in Kushtia, 'crossfire' kills outlaw
Criminals killed a sand trader and abducted another, while an outlaw was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in separate incidents in the district in the last two days.
 arrow RO vows to ensure fair CCC polls
The Returning Officer (RO) for Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls yesterday exchanged views with the ward commissioner candidates on how to ensure a free and fair election on May 9.
 arrow Couple freed after 8 yrs in jail in false murder case
A couple was released from Sherpur District Jail yesterday after eight years of imprisonment in a false case.
A High Court bench on April 17 ordered to release them on bail.

 arrow Pvt companies to check water vessels' fitness
The government is going to introduce local classification society (LCS), a system practised worldwide to survey fitness of watercraft.
 arrow 3 Hizbut Tawheed activists held with leaflets
The police yesterday arrested three activists of Hizbut Tawheed, an Islamist outfit, with over 500 leaflets near a conference venue of Women Awami League at Singair in the district.
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 arrow No need to go to JS to recast caretaker system: Amu
A key Awami League (AL) leader yesterday rejected the ruling party's contentions about reforms of caretaker government system, saying that they do not need to go to parliament for recasting the system.
 arrow AL, allies trying to create conflict among Islamic parties: Nizami
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday alleged the Awami League (AL) and its allies are conspiring to create conflicts among Islamic parties for political gain.
 arrow Flash floods kill 34 in S Arabia
Flash floods killed at least 34 people in Saudi Arabia in the last two days, sweeping cars off roads and destroying houses, newspapers said yesterday.
 arrow Security around Ahmadiyya mosques stepped up in Khulna
Police yesterday stepped up security for the Ahmadiyya mosques in Nirala and Labonchora areas, fearing attacks on the mosques by the religious bigots.
 arrow Enayetullah Khan successfully operated on
Enayetullah Khan, editor of the daily New Age and weekly Holiday, underwent a successful surgery in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday.
 arrow 2 to die, 2 get life for killing school girl
The Speedy Trial Tribunal for Rajshahi Division yesterday awarded two persons with death sentence and jailed another two for life in the Bonya murder case in Bera upazila of Pabna.
 arrow Syrian president could be toppled
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be ousted from power as his regime fractures under immense political pressure, the head of Israeli military intelligence said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Indian woman gets 2 rupee aid for tsunami devastation
An Indian woman paid just two rupees (four US cents) in compensation for damage to her coconut groves by tsunami waves has angrily returned the state aid, an official admitted yesterday.
 arrow 133 Bangladeshi pilgrims remain missing in India
Some 133 Bangladeshi Hindu pilgrims from Zia Nagar, Morelganj and Patharghata of three southern districts remain missing since they left for India 10 days ago to attend Baruni bath festival without legal
 arrow Strong undersea quake jolts Indonesia
A strong quake measuring at least 6.0 on the Richter scale has hit Indonesia, causing panic on Nias island, which was hit by a giant earthquake last month, seismologists said yesterday.
 arrow Jamaat MP gets death threat from outlaws
Outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) chief in a letter gave death threat to Khulna City Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Mian Golam Parwar MP.
Businessarrow Handset trade brisk as mobile connection fee turns token
As stiff competition leads operators to bring down connection charge to token level and cut call tariff making mobile phone subscription affordable for middle and lower income people, handset business
 arrow ‘PSI to continue despite flaws, ill practices’
Despite having flaws and fraudulent practices, the provision of pre-shipment inspection (PSI) will not be withdrawn in the upcoming budget, said an official of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday.
 arrow Europe urged to focus on opportunities in rising China
Europe should focus on the enormous long-term opportunities offered by China's rising economic might and not view emerging Asia as a threat, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Friday.
 arrow EU open to regional FTAs as global talks falter
The European Union will consider bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with Asian nations, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said here Friday, amid a continuing impasse in global trade talks.
 arrow Lanka to offer tsunami bonds to raise $250m
Sri Lanka plans to raise up to $250 million for tsunami reconstruction through a dollar-denominated bond issue, officials said Friday.
 arrow Microsoft profit jumps to $2.56b
Microsoft said Thursday its profit jumped to $2.56 billion in the latest quarter, nearly double the level of a year ago when the software giant set aside cash for litigation costs.
 arrow Concord Group signs deal with Abdul Monem Ltd
Abdul Monem Ltd, the authorised bottler of Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite in Bangladesh, will supply Igloo brand ice-cream products to Concord Amusement World - Foy's Lake in Chittagong.
 arrow Maersk Bangladesh becomes GP corporate client
Maersk Bangladesh Ltd, an international logistics provider, has become corporate client of GrameenPhone Ltd.
An agreement to this effect was signed recently between the two companies in Dhaka.

 arrow Reducing default loan will be main task, says new BB governor
Reducing default loan will be one of the main tasks, newly appointed governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Salehuddin Ahmed told the news agency yesterday.
 arrow China reiterates opposition as EU, US begin moves on export limits
China reiterated Friday its opposition to any measures by the United States and Europe to restrict its booming, multi-billion dollar textile exports, seeing them as a violation of free trade principles
 arrow WTO declares most EU sugar export illegal
The World Trade Organisation dealt a blow Thursday to European Union farm-subsidy policy by declaring that much of the 25-nation bloc's sugar exports were illegal.
 arrow US Congress passes 2006 budget
The US Senate and House of Representatives late Thursday passed a federal budget for fiscal 2006, which at 2.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Apr 23-Apr 28, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Football: Reds reach another final
Defending champions Mukti-joddha Sangsad survived a second half scare to move into the final of the Federation Cup with a solitary goal victory over Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Football: Abahani seek revenge
Without bothering about the re-cent past, Aba-hani and Bro-thers Union will focus on winning a place in the Federation Cup final when they meet in the second semifinal today.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers wind up camp
The England-bound Bangladesh national cricket team will return to Dhaka today at the end of their two-week residential camp in Chitta-gong.
 arrow Cricket: Wadekar's tip for Sourav
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today received yet another tip on how to tide over his current poor form when former international Ajit Wadekar suggested that the batsman must concentrate hard at the nets
 arrow Tennis: Bangladesh beat UAE
Bangladesh kept their hopes alive to qualify for the Davis Cup Group-3 when they took pole position in the Group A defeating United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2-1 in Yangon yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik charged for throwing match
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik could face disciplinary action after admitting he threw a match in the country's inaugural Twenty20 competition.
 arrow Cricket: SA 114/0
South Africa got off to a flying start in the fourth and the final Test against West Indies as they reached 114 without loss in Antigua when rain stopped play in the first session.
 arrow Cricket: Jadeja to play in tsunami tri-series
The Delhi High Court yesterday allowed former Test cricketer Ajay Jadeja to play for Kapil Dev XI in the tsunami relief tri-nation cricket series to be held in Abu Dhabi from May 1 to 3.
 arrow Cricket: Hick overtakes Grace
Former England batsman Graeme Hick scored his 127th first-class hundred on Thursday to move above WG Grace into 10th place on the all-time list of century makers.
 arrow Cricket: ICC's nod to interim SL board
The International Cricket Council has announced it will recognise the interim cricket committee appointed by the Sri Lanka government.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff calms fans
England fans breathed a sigh of relief as Andrew Flintoff arrested his indifferent form with a swashbuckling fifty for Lancashire at New Road.
 arrow Cricket: 'Blame it on regional structures'
West Indies coach Bennett King blames faults in the domestic game for the poor performance against South Africa.
The hosts are 2-0 down in the series going into the final Test on Friday.

 arrow Football: Rijkaard taking it slow
When Barcelona lost to second-placed Real Madrid three weeks ago, coach Frank Rijkaard had to work hard at boosting his players' confidence.
Now he is trying to dampen it.

 arrow Football: Blues' Bolton test
Jose Mourinho can expect no favours from Sam Allardyce on Saturday when Chelsea try to clinch their first English league title for 50 years.
 arrow Football: Del Piero upbeat
Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero insists his team will fight to the bitter end to ensure the Scudetto ends up in their trophy cabinet rather than AC Milan's.
 arrow Tennis: India blank Uzbekistan
Leander Paes and Prakash Amritraj won their singles in straight sets as India took a 2-0 lead over Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania second-round tie here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Haas reaches last four
German fourth seed Tommy Haas surged into the semi-finals of the 323,250 euro (419,754 dollar) BMW Open with a 7-6, 7-6 win over Australian veteran Wayne Arthurs here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Juve to visit Japan
Juventus will play two friendly matches in Japan after the Serie A season has ended, the Turin club announced Thursday.
 arrow Football: Villareal miss chance
Villarreal squandered their chance to move up into the Champions League slots and remain in fifth place in the Spanish first division after losing 3-2 to Osasuna here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Willes Little
Hanif hit a quickfire century as Willes Little Flower registered a massive 176-run victory over Rashid Adarsha High in the Standard Chartered Under-15 Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament at
 arrow Golf: Farid, Ryu lift GrameenPhone golf crowns
Sheikh Farid Ahmed clinched the men's title while I S Ryu won the women's crown of the GrameenPhone President Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) course yesterday.
 arrow Football: Champagne on Ice
Bayern Munich fans will be packing the champagne bottles for Saturday's trip to Kaiserslautern, with the Bavarian giants assured of their 19th German championship if they claim all three points.
 arrow Football: Zidane wants position change
Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid are not getting the best out of him since Brazilian coach Wanderley Luxemburgo stuck him on the left wing.
 arrow Football: 'Foreign coaches have improved English football'
English football has been shaken up and improved since the arrival of foreign managers, Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho said in an interview published here Thursday.
 arrow Football: CSKA, Lisbon happy with leg 1
CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon edged closer to a UEFA Cup final showdown after two close first-leg encounters in their semi-final clashes on Thursday.
In a Reuters report that was carried under the headline 'PCB sends tour plan to ECB' in our April 29 issue, it was mentioned that the Pakistani city of Peshawar 'has not hosted visiting teams match since
Metropolitanarrow Erosion to devour Bhola, Kutubdia in 70 years
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday apprehended that the coastal islands of Bhola and Kutubdia would be devoured within 30 and 70 years respectively if the present trend of river erosion continues there.
 arrow Unocal ready to compensate forest department
Unocal Bangladesh Ltd, the operator of Moulvibazar gas field, will compensate the Forest Department for construction of a 2.7-km gas pipeline through the Lawachhara forest at Srimangal.
 arrow 'Long-term lease on water bodies can reduce poverty in haor areas'
Long-term lease on open water bodies in haor areas of Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Netrakona can improve the economic condition of poor people, who often engage themselves in bloody conflicts over their
 arrow Water line snapped for refusal to pay bribe
About 25,000 stranded Pakistanis and their family members living in two camps at Mirpur in the city have been facing acute water crisis for the last two and a half months since the Water and SewerageAuthority
 arrow Smooth navigability yet to be ensured
A survey is on to demarcate the foreshore on both side of the 29.
 arrow Garment workers vow to hold May Day rally at Muktangan
Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) yesterday warned that Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) would be responsible for anything untoward if police bar the organisation from holding the May Day rally
 arrow JSD reiterates demand for reform in caretaker govt system
The central working committee of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) at a meeting yesterday reiterated its demand for reforming the system of caretaker government to make the future elections a free, fair
 arrow 7100 CDs of porno films seized: 2 held
Detective police recovered 7100 compact disks of pornographic films from two houses in the city yesterday.
 arrow City AL leader arrested
A city Awami League (AL) leader was arrested from a wedding ceremony yesterday.
He was identified as Kamal Uddin Kabul, joint secretary of Lalbagh Thana AL.

 arrow 'Bangladeshis queuing up for Malaysian citizenship'
Bangladeshis are now queuing up for citizenship of Malaysia, which promises all the amenities of modern life on a par with the Western developed countries, said officials of a Malaysian business group
 arrow Huda blames AL for political instability
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday blamed the main opposition Awami League for provoking chaos and political instability by creating varied issues.
 arrow Islamic extremists blamed for attacks on Ahmadiyyas
Debaters at a discussion yesterday blamed the Islamic extremists for recent attacks on Ahmadiyya community.
They called upon the conscious people to unite against religious fanaticism in the country.

 arrow Liberation War Museum receives furniture used for oath taking of Mujibnagar govt
The furniture and materials, used for oath-taking ceremony of the Mujibnagar government in 1971, were handed over to the Liberation War Museum.
 arrow Novartis Community Partnership Day observed
The Novartis Community Partnership Day was observed in the country on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Caretaker govt system unique'
The US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) said three polls were held under the caretaker government in Bangladesh in the past and the people accepted the legitimacy of the elections.
 arrow Joy leaves for US today
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina, leaves Dhaka for the United States today.
He is expected to come return home in August.

Nationalarrow No audit of postal accounts at Dhaka AG office since 1990
There was no audit of postal savings accounts at the Accountant General's (AG) office in Dhaka since 1990, which made the way for defalcation of crores of taka from depositors' accounts by sections of
 arrow A ray of hope for PSTU
The Regent Board of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU), the highest policy-making body for the institute, held its first meeting here on Thursday since setting up of the university in
 arrow Save Mogra river from grabbers
The Mogra river flowing through Netrakona town becomes narrow because of unabated encroachment by illegal land grabbers.
 arrow Barisal JCD protests selection of non-student, 'criminal' as leader
Selection of Mashiul Alam Sentu, a non-student facing criminal cases, as central vice-president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in charge of Barisal division has created resentment in the party rank
 arrow Self-employment from canal water
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has undertaken a special programme to create self-employment opportunities by harnessing canal waters here.
 arrow Build young leadership at grassroots level
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarek Rahman has stressed the need for building young leadership at grassroots level for development of the country.
 arrow 2-month agitation announced in B’baria
A two-month agitation programme has been chalked out to stop a government decision to shift the NGL Fractionation Plant of Natural Gas from Ashuganj here to Kailastila, Sylhet.
 arrow 3 children hurt in bomb explosion
Three children were critically injured in a bomb blast while they were swimming at a small water reservoir at MaskataDighi under Motihar police station on Thursday.
 arrow Noapara poura commissioner arrested
A ward commissioner of Noapara Pourasabha in Abhoynagar, Jessore was arrested along with a sex worker from the house of another sex worker at Mirerdange here on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Workshop for jute farmers held
Speakers at a workshop at Gobindaganj on Thursday stressed on the need for adoption of a scientific approach to cultivate high yielding variety (HYV) of jute and preservation of quality seed for its better
 arrow Indigenous festival begins
A two day Indigenous Poem and Cultural Festival, 2005' began at the district council auditorium yesterday.
The National Adivasi Parishad organised the festival.

Point-Counterpointarrow Caretaker government and Election Commission
Logical incongruity seems to dominate the thoughts of our policy makers and as a consequence, problems precipitate with respect to governing the country every now and then.
 arrow Towards inner meaning of religious issues
The book 'Letters to Christendom' by Shamael is unique as the author has presented the facts in the book in a unique manner through quotations and then with her own views. She herself says, " ...
 arrow The big 'B' goes for blood
All health information to keep you up to date
The need for blood is enormous -- it could be needed for road traffic accident or burn victims, heart or kidney surgeries and also for patients suffering

Culturearrow Dewans: Musicians linking man with nature's mysteries
They are modest men with little demands in life.
 arrow Admirable display of Islamic calligraphy
If one wanted to whet one's appetite on Islamic calligraphy one had only to sail forth to National Museum's Sufia Kamal section.
 arrow Litu Sakhawat draws attention with his maiden album
Litu Sakhawat is not a very known face in Dhaka's music scene.
 arrow Films to celebrate birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray and Rabindranath Tagore
The High Commission of India will screen the popular films of Satyajit Ray and two other films based on stories of Rabindranath Tagore by contemporary directors next month.
 arrow Hynde, Preston sit in on new Ringo Starr album
In crafting his latest album, Ringo Starr once again sought a little help from his friends.
Generalarrow 'Accountability of govt, NGOs a must for good governance'
Ensuring accountability of both the government and NGOs is a must to promote good governance, said Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Thursday.
 arrow Dhaka-Dinajpur new train from tomorrow
Bangladesh Railway will introduce a new inter-city train, 'Drutajan Express', on Dhaka-Dinajpur route in its western zone.
A railway official here said that the train would be inaugurated on May1.

 arrow Jalil protests attack on Bajitpur leader
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday protested the attack on Rabilluah, Maijchar union AL general secretary in Bajitpur upazilla of Kishoreganj district.
 arrow Day labourer killed in road accident
A day labourer was crushed under the wheels of a speedy bus in Keraniganj Upazila on Thursday night.
Internationalarrow Putin pledges aid for Palestinian forces
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on an historic visit to the Middle East, pledged military equipment and aid to the Palestinians yesterday to boost security and rebuild the shattered economy.
 arrow Maoists end private school shutdown
Nepal's Maoist rebels called off yesterday a two-week shutdown of private schools following pleas from parents, students, human rights organisations and other groups.
 arrow UN team in Lebanon to verify Syrian troop pullout
A UN team arrived in Lebanon on Thursday to verify whether Syria had withdrawn all its troops and intelligence agents in line with a Security Council resolution.
 arrow Blair steers polls debate away from Iraq
Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday tried to steer the election debate away from Iraq and back to domestic issues ahead of May 5, even as a mother who lost a son in the war pledged to take the government
 arrow New Iraqi cabinet faces big challenges: Neighbours
Officials and newspapers around the Middle East yesterday cautiously welcomed the new Iraqi cabinet, commenting on what one called its "painful birth" and pointing to the enormous challenges ahead.
 arrow Iran will pursue nukes 'at all costs'
Iran's powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani insisted yesterday ahead of renewed talks with Europe that Tehran would pursue its atomic energy program-me including uranium enrichment "at all
 arrow N Korea can mount warhead on missile
North Korea has the ability to mount a nuclear missile on a long-range missile and the communist state could hit US territory, the head of the US Defence Intelligence Agency said on Thursday The agency
 arrow Top Tamil journalist shot dead
Sri Lanka's government yesterday ordered a "full-scale investigation" into the slaying of a senior Tamil journalist who was abducted overnight as he left a restaurant here.
 arrow World Bank calls for appointing neutral expert
Responding to a request by Pakistan, the World Bank has suggested the appointment of a neutral expert to resolve a dispute with India over a dam in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka skies grave risk to flying
Just to think that international airlines may in the near future consider abandoning our international airport in Dhaka is as frightening as reprehensible, merely because of the reason that they me be
 arrow Editorial: Diarrhoea overtaking us
A high incidence of the diarrhoeal disease has been reported not only from Dhaka but from different parts of the country as well.
 arrow Lessons from the Palashbari tragedy
What happened in Palashbari, Savar a few days ago reiterated once again the complete lack of seriousness within relevant government Agencies responsible for monitoring the burgeoning construction industry
 arrow How 'irreversible' can the Indo-Pak peace process be ?
Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf and Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh met on the sidelines of the just concluded Afro-Asian conference in Bandung, Indonesia, commemorating the 50th anniversary
Letters to Editorarrow "Thai visa"
I refer to a letter published in The Daily Star on 24 April 2005 titled "Thai visa". In this connection, I would like to express my views and also clarify some points in the matter.
 arrow Watching for pleasure!
Entertainment and politics are not the same thing, time has come to realise this simple difference.
 arrow Perspective -- national unity
This is regarding Mozammel Khan's writing in the 'opinion' column, which came on12th April, 2005 in The Daily Star.
 arrow Bangladesh not safe!
The British government has now decided to remove Bangladesh from the so-called 'white list', as the country is not safe! This has come into effect from 22 April 2005.
StarTecharrow Feel the Net buzz
While most of the country is busy, trying out different technologies that can provide some comfort in this hot weather, Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (Ispab) and the Ministry ofScience
 arrow Changing concept: the Microsoft way
Microsoft Bangladesh Ltd. reported immense enthusiasm and interest from faculties of the different CSE and IT departments of the various academic Institutions of the country on attending a 2-day '.
 arrow Knowledge-game winners awarded
THROUGH an interesting program, the Global-Ittefaq Computer Quiz 2005 lived up to the expectations of numerous attendants, ICT journalists and guests present at the event that took place on April 25at
 arrow Bangladesh scores high in South Asian tech market
“Bangladesh has a promising position, when compared to all the developing countries of world as far as the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is concerned," said Lee Ki Bong, VicePresident
Literaturearrow A Car Splash
The storyline goes like this: early in the morning I finish off my bath and my prayers, daub a vermilion circle on my forehead, put on my garb of yellow robe and wooden sandals, tuck my astrological charts
 arrow The personal enmeshed with the political
The Collector's Wife by Mitra Phukan. A Zubaan/Penguin India publication, New Delhi; 2005; pb, 349 pp.; Rs 205.
 arrow The Great Official Husband Hunt
For Matrimonial Purposes, by Kavita Daswani; London: Harper Collins; 2004; 325 pp.
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