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Front Pagearrow Outlaws slaughter four cops in Naogaon
Underground operatives yesterday shot and slaughtered four policemen at a market in Naogaon and looted arms and ammunition.
 arrow JP, internal feud likely to figure prominently
BNP Chairperson also Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia is expected to collect authentic information about the field level standings of her party's key ally Jamaat and probable partner Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad),
 arrow No specific charges yet against 27 militants held in Mymensingh
The government has yet to bring any specific charges against the 27 militants arrested during a training session at a Qawami madrasa-cum-militant den in Mymensingh on August 2.
 arrow Drought fear looms
With all major rivers flowing at the lowest recorded level in 25 years and with 25 per cent less rainfall recorded during the peak monsoon season this year, experts fear that a severe drought might grip
 arrow Jute growers upbeat, now cultivating on more lands
Jute growers are upbeat as they are now getting good return on cultivating the 'golden fibre'.
 arrow Tk 3,000 minimum wage for RMG sector suggested
Leaders of workers organisations, political parties and economists yesterday suggested immediate announcement of a minimum wage of Tk 3,000 for garment workers for resumption of a healthy atmosphere in
 arrow EU pledges 7,000 troops for Lebanon peacekeeping
European nations pledged up to 7,000 troops yesterday to form the core of a beefed-up peacekeeping mission in Lebanon capable of enforcing the fragile truce between Israel and Hezbollah, officials said.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fresh gunfire
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire at Gazipur border area under Sadar upazila in Satkhira on Thursday night.
 arrow Genuine voters left out, Rohingyas still on list
Around 20 thousand Rohingya refugees have been included in the updated voter list in six upazilas of Cox's Bazar while thousands of eligible voters left out for allegiance to the opposition parties, locals
 arrow Khaleda flouting promise by withdrawing graft cases
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina criticised Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday for claiming that she has checked corruption while withdrawing corruption cases one
 arrow Conspiracy to gag free thinkers
Rajshahi University professor and litterateur Hasan Azizul Haque said he is not afraid of the threats made by Islami Chhatra Shibir on his life for favouring secularism.
 arrow 7 outlaws arrested in Satkhira
Police on Thursday night arrested seven activists of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) at a rented house in Sultanpur area of the district town.
 arrow Mahfuz clinches 2nd gold for Bangladesh
Mahfuzur Rahman Mithu sprinted to glory, giving Bangladesh their first athletics gold medal in the South Asian Games in eleven years when the hurdler became the 110m hurdles champion in the tenth edition
 arrow AL faction in Jessore calls for hartal
A faction of the district Awami League (AL) will impose a half-day hartal in Jessore today to protest the attack on former minister and AL leader Khaledur Rahman Tito on Thursday night.
 arrow No crisis of diesel or any other fuel
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has necessary reserves of diesel fuel while all required procedures for further imports are also completed to keep sufficient stock to last until the end of September,
 arrow An ugly alliance
Internationally reputed news magazine, The Economist, in its August 12, 2006 issue published a report on the almost done deal of including former dictator HM Ershad's Jatiya Party in the ruling coalition.
 arrow Army man, son killed in road crash
An army officer and his university going son were killed in a road accident on the city's Airport Road yesterday morning.
 arrow Self-immolation threat by jute workers
About a hundred workers and employees of eight jute mills at Khulna-Jessore industrial belt yesterday vowed to go for self-immolation if the government does not accede to their eight-point demand.
 arrow Regional dialogue in Bogra today
The 13th regional dialogue on "National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development" will be held in Bogra today.
 arrow Shop owner killed as 10 shops gutted in Cox's Bazar, Gazipur
A shop owner was burned alive and 10 shops were gutted in two incidents of fire in Cox's Bazar and Gazipur district headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Khulna AL men demand fresh investigation
Khulna Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday demanded immediate reinvestigation of city AL president Manzurul Imam murder case as the 'godfathers and financiers' of the killing were left out of the charge
 arrow Natwar refuses to go quietly
He was once known as one of India's most urbane politicians -- a literary scholar and an able diplomat.
 arrow 6 bombs found in Gazipur
Six bombs were found at Kalampur village in Kaliakoir upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow US warns Syria against defying UN arms ban
The United States warned Syria Thursday against flouting a UN imposed arms embargo along the Lebanese border designed to prevent any weapons from reaching the Shia militant group Hezbollah.
 arrow Wazed Miah hospitalised
Dr Wazed Miah, a renowned nuclear scientist and husband of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, was yesterday admitted to Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital with chest pain.
 arrow Teenage soldier kills himself fearing he may have to fire on Iraq children
British Private Jason Chelsea committed suicide after he was allegedly told by his commanders that he could be ordered to fire on child suicide bombers in an upcoming tour of duty in Iraq, newspapersreported
 arrow US rallying allies, partners on Iran
US President George W. Bush on Thursday led a US diplomatic effort to ensure a united response to Iran's nuclear programme one week before Tehran may face United Nations sanctions.
 arrow Announcement
Today's edition of The Daily Star includes a special page on the late poet Shamsur Rahman on page 24.
Businessarrow Get more revenues to offset loss from fuel, fertiliser subsidies
The Bangladesh Bank has advised the government to find new internal sources of revenue to offset an accumulated loss stemming from petroleum fuel and fertiliser subsidies.
 arrow DSE turnover up 16.53pc despite fall in indices
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange went up by 16.53 per cent last week, although the bourse witnessed a fall in indices. The total turnover in terms of value on the DSE was Tk 267.
 arrow US, Asean favour WTO talks to resume by end 2006
The United States and the 10-nation Southeast Asian bloc said Friday they will cooperate in a bid to revive stalled global trade talks by the end of the year.
 arrow Buyer-seller meet today to boost Dhaka-Delhi trade
A two-day 'Buyer-Seller Meet cum Exhibition' begins in Dhaka today to boost trade between Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Local firm to set up 2 RMG units in Adamjee EPZ
Local business house Maksons Group is going to set up two readymade garment (RMG) units -- one for denim woven and another for knit -- in Adamjee Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 19.
 arrow Discussion on developing packaging sector held
A packaging institute and an information centre are urgently needed to develop the packaging sector in the country, said DCCI president at a discussion on Wednesday.
 arrow Freeze on vegetable oil exports hurts Indo-Lanka FTA
Over 6,500 employees are out of work, and Sri Lanka has been losing US$700,000 per day in foreign exchange since June 4, as a result of restrictions imposed by India on hydrogenated vegetable oil exports
 arrow US backs greater IMF say for China
The US government is backing a bigger IMF role for China heading into the global body's annual meeting next month in Singapore, an official said Thursday.
 arrow S'pore, China agree to launch FTA talks
Singapore and China on Friday agreed to launch negotiations for a free trade agreement after the completion of a joint study on the economic benefits, the city-state's trade ministry said.
 arrow 2nd Abu Dhabi World Leadership Summit in Nov
A daylong leadership and knowledge-sharing meeting styled 'Abu Dhabi World Leadership Summit' will kick start on November 21 at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
 arrow US signs Tifa with Asean
The United States on Friday signed a trade and investment pact with Southeast Asia in a bid to bolster its influence in the region, which is growing closer to China.
 arrow Oil prices higher in Asia
Oil prices traded higher in Asian hours Friday after UK energy giant BP reduced output from its biggest oil field in the United States due to new technical problems, dealers said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
August 20-August 24, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Hockey: Bright day for Bangladesh
Mahfuzur Rahman Mithu won the second gold medal for Bangladesh in the 10th South Asian Games here yesterday to turn a nightmarish start into a night of magnificence.
 arrow Athletics, football reach climax today
All eyes would be on the Sugathadasa Stadium where the 10th South Asian Games' most prestigious gold medals will be decided today.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors limit squad size
The national selectors will trim Bangladesh's list of probables today for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in October-November in India.
 arrow Cricket: Academy battle on
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Academy batted purposefully in their second innings but were still in a difficult position to save the second and final four-day match against Pakistan CricketAcademy
 arrow Football: Comilla holds DU
Comilla came from behind to hold a formidable Dhaka University to a one-all draw in the Jubok Phone National Football Championship at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hair offers to quit for money
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Friday that Australian umpire Darrell Hair had offered his resignation in return for a payment of 500,000 dollars.
 arrow Football: Old foes meet early
Champions Barcelona and English league winners Chelsea will renew their stormy rivalry after they were drawn in the group stages of the Champions League here on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay amazes Amelie
World number one Amelie Mauresmo suffered a blow going into next week's US Open when she lost 6-4, 7-5 to Lindsay Davenport in the New Haven quarterfinals on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi, Serena get tough draws
Andre Agassi knows it's possible to do well as an unseeded player at the US Open. He won the 1994 title that way, after all -- the tournament's only unseeded champion in the Open era.
 arrow Cricket: PCB irate with players
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan is losing patience with captain Inzamamul Haq and other players over their stance on a Twenty20 match and one-day series against England, a PCB officialsaid
 arrow Cricket: Hair warns of consequences
Under-fire Australian umpire Darrell Hair is not unduly bothered by the strong criticism against him in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy, saying a lot of people will pay the price when he comes
 arrow Football: Newcastle, Marseille scrape into knockout phase
Newcastle and Marseille scraped into the UEFA Cup knockout round but did little to raise the profile of a tournament slumbering in the shadows of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: United mean business
Manchester United are determined to continue their perfect start in the English Premiership on Saturday and will be hoping cross-town rivals Manchester City can do them a favour by toppling Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Inter, Roma lock horns
The first major Italian trophy is up for grabs on Saturday when Inter Milan take on Roma in the SuperCup.
 arrow Football: Larsson handed two-match ban
Former Barcelona and Celtic star Henrik Larsson on Friday received a two-match ban from the Swedish Football Federation (SFF) after punching a rival player in a Swedish Cup match.
 arrow Football: Thatcher apologises for horror challenge
Manchester City's Ben Thatcher has apologised to Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes for the shocking challenge which put the Portuguese star in hospital.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves pleads for United move
England international Owen Hargreaves has again pleaded with Bayern Munich to sell him to Manchester United, a move he says would be "in the interest" of all parties.
 arrow Football: Marseille aim to consolidate
Franck Ribery's Marseille entertain Le Mans on Sunday in an early and unlikely top-of-the-table clash.
 arrow Football: The league of stars
Quite possibly the greatest conundrum in the international football world is simply the burning question of why Spain always always (I repeat to stress my point) fail to make it in the big stage, when
 arrow Football: No place yet for RvN, Bommel
Netherlands coach Marco van Basten admitted Friday he is unlikely to call up Ruud van Nistelrooy or Mark van Bommel ever again, after leaving them out of his Euro 2008 qualifiers squad.
 arrow Cricket: Vijay Mehra passes away
Vijay Mehra, the former Indian opener, has died of a heart attack in Delhi on Friday morning. Mehra's death was sudden and he collapsed while reading a newspaper at 8.15 am, it was reported. He was 68.
 arrow Football: Spain unchanged for Euro qualifiers
Spain coach Luis Aragones kept faith on Friday with the same squad he picked for a recent friendly against Iceland ahead of the country's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
 arrow Hockey: Victoria rout Mukta Bihanga
Victoria SC posted their maiden win in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League after they outplayed Mukta Bihanga Tarun Sangha 4-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium on Friday.
 arrow Football: DC Cup from today
The long-awaited football tournament Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup begins today at the Khagrachhari Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela keeps leadership
Mahela Jayawardene has been retained as Sri Lanka's captain for the Champions Trophy although Marvan Atapattu is included in the 14-man squad.
 arrow Cricket: MPs back Inzamam
Pakistani MPs Thursday threw their weight behind cricket captain Inzamamul Haq in a ball-tampering row and demanded the government take a firm stand against Australian umpire Darrell Hair.
 arrow Cricket: SA turn down Eng approach
Cricket South Africa has announced that it will not be able to send a side to play in England should Pakistan not be able to honour their commitments.
 arrow Cricket: All for Inzy
A Pakistan radio station is inviting listeners to sign a petition backing captain Inzamamul Haq in the ball-tampering row and plans to submit it to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Football: Milan fail to land Ronaldo
AC Milan have failed in their bid to sign Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Ronaldo because the Spanish club's asking price is too high, the Serie A club confirmed on Friday.
 arrow Football: Spurs target Baptista
Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Julio Baptista is a target for English Premiership outfit Tottenham, Marca sports daily reported on Thursday, saying the London side were preparing an 18-million-euro
 arrow Football: Isaksson to miss Euro qualifiers
A foot operation has sidelined Manchester City goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson for Sweden's opening Euro 2008 qualifiers, the Swedish Football Federation (SFF) said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal snub Atletico's bid for Reyes
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein said Thursday that the Gunners had turned down a bid from Atletico Madrid for their want-away Spain striker Jose Antonio Reyes.
Metropolitanarrow Call for joint efforts to ensure better health service delivery
The 59th session of Regional Committee for Southeast Asia of the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded yesterday with a call for stronger commitment and joint endeavours of the member states to ensure
 arrow Proper study before 4th bridge on Buriganga demanded
Speakers at a rally here yesterday urged the government for not building a bridge over the river Buriganga without conducting proper feasibility study.
 arrow Refrain from taking decision on political considerations
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday urged the government to refrain from taking any fundamental decision on education, particularly on Fazil and Kamil degrees andQawami
 arrow 'August 21 grenade attack aimed at eliminating politics of emancipation'
August 21 grenade attack was aimed at eliminating the politics of emancipation of common people by killing all front-line Awami League (AL) leaders, said AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil at a discussion
 arrow Death threat to educationists condemned
Different socio-political and cultural organisations yesterday condemned the death threat to Prof Hasan Azizul Haque of Rajshahi University and Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science
 arrow Take stern action against persons responsible
Incompetent drivers, faulty vehicles and unfit roads are mainly responsible for fatal road accidents across the country, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow British Fusion Food Festival begins today
The 3rd British Fusion Food Festival begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today. The four-day festival will celebrate the success of the Bengali community in the curry industry in Britain.
 arrow Two commit suicide, one electrocuted in Chittagong
Two people committed suicide in the port city yesterday while one was electrocuted in the district here on Thursday night.
 arrow 'Poet Shamsur a bright star in Bangla literature'
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday said poet Shamsur Rahman is a bright star in Bangla literature and his contribution to literature and journalism is unquestionable and immeasurable.
 arrow Constable commits suicide
A police constable allegedly committed suicide at a washroom at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the city last night.
 arrow Hasina visits ailing Hanif
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited ailing party leader Mohammad Hanif at Apollo Hospitals in the city yesterday and enquired about his condition.
 arrow Robbery in city
A daring robbery was committed at Nawabpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Three get life for murder
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Khulna on Thursday sentenced three people to life imprisonment for killing a Union Parishad chairman in 2004.
 arrow Train derails near Sylhet
One of the compartments of a commuter train derailed on Chittagong-Sylhet route yesterday disrupting train services on the route for about six hours.
 arrow Security guard dies in rooftop fall in city
A security guard died after falling from the roof of an under construction building at Tolarbagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2 children drown in Kaliakoir
Two children drowned in a pond at Kaliakoir on Thursday. They were identified as Pranto Islam Antor, 6, son of Abdus Sobhan, and Sabrina, 7, daughter of Dulal Meah of Srifaltoli village.
 arrow IUMS team in city
A two-member delegation of the International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS) headed by Dr Zahair Ghunaim, secretary general, arrived here on Thursday.
 arrow Appeal for help
A daughter has appealed for financial assistance to save the life of her mother who has been suffering from cancer for last four years.
 arrow Alleged criminal arrested
An alleged criminal was arrested along with a revolver from Ispahani residential project area in Keraniganj yesterday.
Nationalarrow Outsider JP bigwigs eye alliance ticket in greater Rangpur
As Jatiya Party's joining the ruling alliance is becoming a reality, some central JP leaders having little chance to win election in their constituencies in other districts are trying to get alliancetickets
 arrow Practising political nicety
Seven leaders of ruling BNP in Patuakhali have started showing nicety in politic, at least within the party.
 arrow Mudslinging by Netrakona BNP leaders over ticket
The intra-party rift in Netakona BNP has widened over nomination in Netrakona-3 constituency (Atpara and Barhatta) in the coming parliamentary election.
 arrow 'Illegal' leasing of lawyer's house in Sylhet protested
The Sylhet unit of Arpita Sampatty Protirodh Andolan, a body to resist Vested Property Act, will hold a rally at the city's court point today to protest the 'illegal leasing' of paternal property of a
 arrow 'Cancel Phulbari coal mine project'
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port will lay siege to the Asia Energy Corporation Office at Phulbari here today.
 arrow BNP MP declared 'unwanted' in Matlab
Ruling BNP lawmaker and former state minister for establishment Nurul Huda (MP from Chandpur-II constituency) has been declared unwanted in Matlab North upazila municipal area.
 arrow Zia Fertiliser resumes production
Ashuganj Zia Fertilizer Company Limited (ZFCL) resumed urea production yesterday after 45 days' closure due to mechanical fault.
 arrow 'Enact law to protect indigenous culture'
Speakers at a discussion held here yesterday urged the government to enact law for preservation of language and culture of indigenous people.
 arrow Tk 25 cr allocated for hospital in Khulna
The government has allocated Tk 25 crore for construction of a 100-bed diabetic hospital here.
 arrow Truckers' strike for withdrawal of check post
Truckers in Cox’s Bazar yesterday called an indefinite transport strike from today on Teknaf route, demanding withdraw Balo Khali customs check post on the road.
Point-Counterpointarrow Making watchdog bodies work: The Thai experience
The importance of watchdog bodies in ensuring the durability and credibility of democratic society could hardly be over-emphasised.
 arrow Journey of a father and a son
Since my last article appeared on August 19, 2006 I have been receiving phone calls and queries on different issues related to the Alzheimer disease and my experience on this with my father Syed AmirKhasru.
 arrow Change for better to eradicate poverty
By now much change has occurred in characteristics and conditions of microcredit operation since its humble beginning decades back.
 arrow Plato's nose
Plato died long ago, but he is still alive.
Rather lucky, all his thirty works do survive.
But unlucky is he, he had a broken nose.

Culturearrow Shakoor's blending of the modern with folk
Abdus Shakoor, in his ongoing 14th solo exhibit at Shilpangan, bases his work on Jasimuddin's Nakshikanthar Maat.
 arrow 'Ghatu Gaan': In dire need of preservation
Ghatu Gaan (folk song) an element of traditional Bengali culture has almost gone into oblivion. Once it was popular in Mymensingh region, especially in Mymensingh, Netrokona and Kishoreganj districts.
 arrow Special programmes on ATN Bangla
The 30th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed across the country on Auguest 27. ATN Bangla has chalked out a daylong special TV programme to mark the day.
Internationalarrow Food running out in parts of Lanka: UN
The United Nations said Friday food was running out in strife-torn parts of Sri Lanka with the government stalling the entry of the organisation's aid convoys into rebel-held areas.
 arrow Thaksin accuses army of plotting to kill him
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday accused a group of military officers of plotting to kill him with a powerful bomb that police discovered near his home.
 arrow Israeli leaders pounded by resignation calls
Israel's embattled leadership, discredited to an unprecedented extent by the Lebanon war and sex scandals, teetered yesterday under calls for the prime minister, defence minister and army chief to resign.
 arrow Cairo bids joyous farewell to giant Ramses statue
Hundreds of thousands of people lined Cairo's streets yesterday to bid farewell to one of the metropolis's landmarks as the colossal statue of Ramses II completed its journey from the polluted city to
 arrow Int'l force possible for Gaza too: Italy
International troops could be sent to the Gaza Strip if the force being deployed in Lebanon proves successful, Italian foreign minister Massimo D'Alema said in remarks published yesterday.
 arrow Astronomers strip Pluto of its status as a planet
Pluto was stripped of its status as a planet on Thursday when astronomers from around the world redefined it as a "dwarf planet," leaving just eight major planets in the solar system.
 arrow Lebanese still homeless, crisis not over
Most Lebanese displaced by the war have returned to their villages but many remain homeless because their houses are destroyed or littered with unexploded bombs, UN agencies said on Thursday.
 arrow Childhood allergy epidemic on the rise worldwide
Childhood allergies are on the rise around the world, including in many developing countries where asthma, eczema and hay fever are emerging as important public health problems, scientists said yesterday.
 arrow Doctor warns over Everest deaths
Climbers on Mount Everest need a better understanding of altitude sickness to halt an increase in deaths there, a doctor who climbed the world's highest peak earlier this year said yesterday.
 arrow HIV drug stops cervical cancer in lab test
A commonly used HIV medicine may also help prevent cervical cancer and could be developed into an anti-cancer cream, early laboratory tests by British scientists suggest.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Israel committing war crimes
By accusing Israel's latest military atrocities in Lebanon as war crimes, Amnesty International has said something that the saner people of the world have been saying from day one.
 arrow Editorial: Minimum salary for RMG workers
The leaders of the garment workers at a discussion meeting held recently has threatened to resume agitation if their demand for fixing Tk 3000 as the minimum monthly wage is not finalised soonest.
 arrow Security sector reform, peacebuilding and Bangladesh
Security Sector Reforms is a topic that has remained controversial. Although it as not been embraced by all donor states, yet, it is seen by some recipient countries as a vehicle for imposing Westernvalues.
 arrow A disappointing judgment
It is a disappointing judgment, although the Supreme Court has taken five months to finalise it.
 arrow State of economy and an unfortunate episode
Beggars cannot be choosers" is a very common observation popular with the affluent thriving mostly on easy money.
Specialarrow Farewell not my friend
In Shamsur Rahman the nation has lost a poet and I have lost a friend and a close co traveller in our literary journey.
 arrow An icon of our freedom
Last Friday morning we were all waiting at the Central Shaheed Minar for him to come, as we used to do on innumerable occasions over the last four decades.
 arrow Yes to Shamsur Rahman, no to death!
Shamsur Rahman -- our foremost poet -- struggled to write against death even when he was sure that death was approaching him. He died on August 17.
 arrow 'We have only one Shamsur Rahman'
The setting was a banquet in honour of the Queen at the Bangabhavan.
 arrow Deeply rooted in own tradition
The year 1960 was significant for Bengali literature since this year saw the publication of Prothom Gan Ditio Mritur Aage (First Song Before the Second Death), a collection of poems by young poet Shamsur
Literaturearrow Shamsur Rahman : Poet, poetry and the people
The poet was a product of history's need for a public voice

In the end the people claimed him.

 arrow Shamsur Rahman: The rains he brought, the storms he caused
What struck you at the outset about Shamsur Rahman was his humility. But, then, all poets are supposed to be humble. Not all of them are anyway.
 arrow Remembering Shamsur Rahman
The first time I saw Shamsur Rahman must have been on TV: televised poetry readings were a lot commoner in the sixties than today.
 arrow Glimpses
I grew up in a non-literary household. Though in our home nobody ever took any interest in either music or art, in my childhood I did have brushes with Dhakaiya culture.
 arrow Correction
Last week's literature page carried a caption that said Shamsur Rahman lived from 1929-1996. It should have been 1929-2006. We regret the inadvertent error.
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