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Front Pagearrow Land grabbers gobbling up Bhawal forest
Bhawal forest, one of the prominent sal forests in the country, is slowly turning into an industrial and recreational zone due to encroachment on forestlands through tampering of land records and forging
 arrow Onslaught of diarrhoea, pneumonia continues
The onslaught of water-borne diseases in the capital continues with around a thousand patients checking every day into the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B) alone.
 arrow Donors concerned at lack of progress
The international community that has all along been supporting the caretaker government may reconsider its stance if there is no tangible progress in the next few months towards holding the long-stalled
 arrow One week's pay too scanty to appease Ctg jute workers
The authorities' arrangement to pay one week's wage out of the dues for eleven weeks has failed to lessen frustration of the workers of Amin Jute Mills where a series of clashes with police left one killed
 arrow 'Take independent policy to revive jute sector'
Urging a more practical jute policy, speakers at a roundtable yesterday came down heavily on the government for its jute sector policy, terming it the "worst-ever oppressor" of jute mill workers.
 arrow Tk 65cr plan to help flood-hit farmers
The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a Tk 65 crore programme to rehabilitate six to seven lakh flood-devastated farmers by providing them seeds and fertiliser free of cost, Agriculture, Fisheriesand
 arrow Khaleda wants to visit flood-hit areas at 'her own risk'
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to visit flood affected areas to join the relief operation at her own risk, if the government continues to be reluctant to allow her on security
 arrow AL launches relief operations
Awami League yesterday formally launched relief operations in the flood-affected areas.
 arrow Where should we go?

 arrow 5-nation war games in Bay from Sept 4
The largest ever five-nation naval exercise in the region is set to begin on September 4 in the waters of the Bay of Bengal where an armada of warships and nuclear submarines from the US, India and Australia
 arrow Vegetable prices double
Prices of vegetables, especially leafy ones, have almost doubled in a week due to shortage of supply to the capital as floodwaters have wrecked havoc on vegetables in the affected areas.
 arrow This CG took power with a political goal, says Mainul
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the incumbent caretaker government assumed power with a political goal to restore democracy with honest people.
 arrow Little headway in probing rocket projectiles
Investigators are yet to find a clue to smuggling of the 29 'rocket projectiles' recovered in the capital on Wednesday night and they could not also say yesterday if those are powerful explosives or not.
 arrow 50kg chunk of ice falls from the blue!
A chunk of ice said to weigh around 50 kg fell from the sky on a house near Biraldaha Shrine in Puthia upazila yesterday.
 arrow Robbery on 'Karnaphuli Express'
Armed robbers swooped on the passengers of an inter-city train near Tejgaon Railway Station in the city on Thursday night and looted cash and valuables from them.
 arrow A mock bomb...

 arrow Digitised voter listing begins in RCC today
The digitised voter listing with photographs begins in Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) today.
 arrow Bush calls on Musharraf to move towards democracy
US President George W Bush urged Pervez Musharraf to move toward democracy after the embattled Pakistani leader pulled back from declaring a state of emergency.
 arrow Afghan anti-terror meet hears calls to oust Nato force
A council of Pakistani and Afghan tribal leaders debating ways to end al-Qaeda-backed terrorism in the region heard calls yesterday for Western forces to be thrown out of Afghanistan in favour of Islamic
 arrow Plane crash in French Pacific kills 17
A small airplane plunged into the sea moments after taking off from the French Polynesian resort island of Moorea, killing at least 17 people in the territory's worst-ever plane crash, officials saidFriday.
 arrow Clashes with rebels kill 52 in Philippines
Clashes between Philippine troops and suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants have killed at least 52 people on volatile southern Jolo island, the military said yesterday.
Businessarrow BoP surplus reaches $1,027m in 11 months
Boosted by a surge in remittances, the balance of payments (BoP) surplus reached US$1,027 million in the first 11 months of the last fiscal (2006-07), despite a fall in foreign direct investment (FDI)
 arrow Asian stocks hammered by global rout
Asian stocks were hammered Friday by a global rout after heavy losses on US and European markets as investors fled for shelter from the US housing woes.
 arrow India to ease imports from Pakistan
India has agreed to remove barriers on import of 20 items from Pakistan without insisting on Most Favoured Nation status and transit facility for Afghanistan, a senior official said.
 arrow ECB injects 156b euros in EU banking market amid global credit crisis
The European Central Bank pumped more money into the eurozone banking market on Friday in response to fears over the US housing sector, taking its cash injections to 155.85 billion euros (212.
 arrow China to realise full industrialisation by 2021
The composite index of China's industrialization level would reach 100 by 2021, at which point the nation will have realized complete industrialization, according to China's first Blue Paper for Industrialization
 arrow Japan's self-sufficiency in food falls amid China concerns
Japan's self-sufficiency in food has slipped below 40 percent for the first time in more than a decade, the government said Friday, amid mounting concern about a reliance on Chinese imports.
 arrow Oil prices fall below $71
Oil prices were down for a second day Friday, slipping below $71 a barrel amid concerns over the U.S. economy. Light, sweet crude for September delivery lost 61 cents to $70.
 arrow Global market plunge won't trigger meltdown Say analysts
While world stock markets dived for a second straight day Friday on fears of a widening economic crisis, analysts downplayed the risk of a full-blown meltdown.
 arrow Japan to sign FTA with Indonesia this month
Japan will sign a free trade agreement with Indonesia when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the country later this month, the government said Friday.
 arrow Malaysia keen to be global hub for car parts trading
Malaysia is keen to become a global automotive-parts trading hub to woo foreign firms who can, in turn, share their industry expertise with local players, local media reported Friday.
 arrow Nepal's trade deficit widening
Nepal's trade deficit continues to widen, as it crossed 117.41 billion Nepali rupees (some 1.8 billion US dollars) during the first 11 months of the fiscal year 2006-07 ended in mid-July.
 arrow Nokia launches 8 handsets in Barisal
Mobile handset giant Nokia has introduced 8 new model sets including 5 affordable, two classic and one premium phones in Barisal.
 arrow India's Jet Airways eyes new routes
Admitting that it would be facing a tough competition from the newly merged national carrier, Air India, Jet Airways said that it is now planning more overseas destinations.
 arrow Siemens to create 10,000 jobs by fiscal year's end
German engineering giant Siemens plans to create more than 10,000 new jobs worldwide during the business year ending in September, most of them abroad, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
 arrow Yamaha Motor to build new plant in Philippines
Japan's Yamaha Motor announced plans Thursday to build a new motorcycle factory in the Philippines that will start operating in 2009 to meet rising sales there.
 arrow Weekly Currency roundup
August 05-August 09, 2007

Local FX Market

The US dollar/BDT market was liquid and USD remained steady against the BDT in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers in Sylhet
Mohammad Ashraful's men reached Sylhet yesterday to go through a special conditioning camp, popularly known as 'boot camp', under a unit of Bangladesh Army to warm-up for the Twenty20 World Championship
 arrow Football: Nayeem to name nat'l squads tomorrow
Syed Nayeemuddin will take another day to settle his mind before naming two different national teams for this month's Merdeka Cup and Nehru Cup international tournaments.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni blasts England
Mahendra Dhoni's rapid 92 powered India past the 500-mark as they strengthened their grip on the third and final Test against England at The Oval here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: SLC's tough stance
Sri Lankan cricket's governing body on Friday threatened to ban any national player who took part in the breakaway multi-million dollar Indian Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf set to sign
Mohammad Yousuf is expected to sign his central contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board over the next few days, though uncertainty remains over the future of Abdul Razzaq, the other player yet to sign
 arrow Football: Mission: Crack Big Four
Say what you will but as far as marketing is concerned there is no league in the world that comes close to matching the popularity of the English Premiership.
 arrow Chess: Active chess title Javed's
Mohammed Javed clinched the weekend Active Chess title held at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Footballers, cine stars to raise fund
The clubs of Dhaka will organise a charity football match on Friday to raise fund for the flood victims.
 arrow Cricket: Dinesh doesn't feel bad
On a day when a horrendous leg before decision given against Sourav Ganguly was a topic of debate, Dinesh Karthick did well to clear all doubts regarding his own caught behind dismissal that saw him missing
 arrow Football: FIFA chief attacks England bid
FIFA vice-president Jack Warner vowed he will fight to stop England from hosting the 2018 World Cup, in an astonishing attack to be broadcast Saturday.
 arrow Football: Zidane may play Beck's Galaxy
French football legend Zinedine Zidane is in talks with Sydney FC for a one-off guest appearance against David Beckham's LA Galaxy here in November, reports said Friday.
 arrow Football: Beckham makes debut
David Beckham was delighted to finally make his Major League Soccer debut Thursday, but disappointed he couldn't help his Los Angeles Galaxy to a victory.
 arrow Football: Tevez completes transfer
English champions Manchester United on Friday finally completed the transfer of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez. The Red Devils confirmed the 23-year-old forward had joined on a two-year loan.
 arrow Football: Real confirm Drenthe deal
Feyenoord midfielder Royston Drenthe agreed a five-year deal with Real Madrid on Thursday, the Spanish champions confirmed.
 arrow Football: Lamps delays negotiations
England midfielder Frank Lampard has told Chelsea he intends to delay further contract talks until the end of the season.
 arrow Football: Domenech face sanctions
UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday demanded that France coach Raymond Domenech provide proof of his allegations of match-fixing or face sanctions from European football's governing body.
 arrow Football: Gallas Gunners captain
William Gallas was on Thursday officially named as Arsenal's captain for the forthcoming season by manager Arsene Wenger, after the club earlier said Gilberto Silva had been given the role.
 arrow Football: Bayern wary of rivals
Germany's double World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer insisted on Friday that winning the Bundesliga will not be a mere formality for Bayern Munich despite their 69 million euros summer spending spree.
 arrow Football: Seeds fall on opening day
Seeded teams tumbled on the opening day of the Meril Media Cup football tournament with UNB pulling off the biggest upset when they beat Channel i 2-0 yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'King worst coach'
West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has called Bennett King, the former national team coach, "one of the worst coaches" he has ever had and alleged that he was abusive to players.
 arrow Tennis: Maria survives a scare
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova struggled past Michaella Krajicek here Thursday to become one of four Russians to book quarterfinal berths at this 600,000-dollar US Open tune up.
 arrow Tennis: Federer sets the pace
The top five seeds swept into the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters on Thursday with Roger Federer setting the blistering pace.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff happy with action
Andrew Flintoff has dismissed England bowling consultant Allan Donald's claim he needs to modify his action to avoid suffering another ankle injury.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aus prepared to cover for greats'
Stuart Clark says Australia are well prepared to cover the losses of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, but admits it will be strange not having them around to "save the day".
 arrow Cricket: Raina considers English stint
Passed over for selection to India's squad for the Twenty20 World Championship squad, middle-order batsman Suresh Raina is eyeing a stint in the English leagues to work his way back into the team.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers practice survival techniques
Australia have altered their focus from swing to Twenty20 as they try to find a way for their bowlers to cope at the World Championship in South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan spins Surrey to win
India Test reject Harbhajan Singh claimed an eleven-wicket match haul to help Surrey beat Kent by four wickets in the English county championship on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Govts urged to include water in development priorities
Water experts and programme specialists of international agencies met in Singapore last month to plan the first Asia Pacific Water Summit (APWS) to be held in Japan in December, want water to be put in
 arrow More organisations distribute relief among flood victims
Various organisations continued to distribute relief materials among flood-affected people across the country yesterday.
 arrow 4 killed in road crashes
Four people were killed and 22 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Satkhira and Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow 'Traitors opposing liberation war still hold power'
Perhaps the next generation of Bangladesh would make bigger contribution to the development of the country and bring immense fame for the nation, but they never would be able to give the country a freedom
 arrow '126 extra-judicial killings so far'
Some 126 people were killed extra-judicially since the state of emergency was declared in the country, said a report of Odhikar, a human rights organisation, yesterday.
 arrow Joint forces deployed in Khalishpur
Joint forces were deployed in Khalishpur Industrial Area on Thursday night, fearing violence following police action on the workers of Amin Jute Mills in Chittagong.
 arrow None barred from relief activities
Adviser for Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Dr CS Karim yesterday said none has been barred from conducting relief activities just because of their political or any other identities.
 arrow RU teacher gets death threat
A teacher of Rajshahi University (RU) received death threat from outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday.
 arrow Low over northwest Bay
A low has developed over northwest Bay of West Bengal-Bangladesh coast. It is likely to intensify further and move in a northwesterly direction, said a Met Office bulletin.
 arrow 10 get life in Habiganj for killing one
Ten people were sentenced to life term imprisonment on Thursday in a murder case. >The court also fined the convicts Tk 2,000 each, in default, to suffer another three months of imprisonment.
 arrow Workshop on gender issues ends
A two-day workshop on 'Gender sensitisation programme' ended in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Four bombs recovered in Benapole
Police yesterday recovered four powerful bombs from Daudkhali village at Sharsha in Benapole.
 arrow Mamun still missing
Enamul Haque Md Al Mamun, a government employee, went missing one year ago, but his family members could not track him down as yet.
 arrow Dr Shafi takes charge of RU Registrar
Dr Mohammad Shafi, a professor of history department of Rajshahi University (RU), yesterday took over the charges of acting registrar.
 arrow Four cops suspended in Bagerhat
Four police constables of Mongla Police Station were suspended yesterday on charges of violating discipline. They are Abdul Gani, Jahangir Hossain, Abdur Rashid and Mohammad Shah Ali.
 arrow 15 injured in clash over land dispute
At least 15 people were injured in a clash over a piece of land at Motiher village under Mohanpur in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow 15 shops burn down in Chandpur fire
Some 15 shops burned down in a devastating fire that broke out at Dumuria Bazar in Kachua upazila on Thursday.
 arrow BSF guns down Bangladeshi in Tentulia
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Tentulia border yesterday morning. The dead was identified as Zia, 35, of Tentulia crossing.
 arrow JCD, Shibir clash at Sylhet Polytech Instt: 10 injured
At least ten students were injured in a clash between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir at Sylhet Polytechnic Institute on Thursday night.
 arrow IBA National Debate begins
A three-day national English debate competition, organised by the Communication Club of the Institute of Business Administration of Dhaka University (DU), began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Quarter-final of Citi financial quiz contest today
The quarter-final round of the Citi Financial Quiz Competition 2007 begins today, says a press release.
 arrow Minor girl falls victim to acid attack
A minor girl received serious burn injures when a group of miscreants threw acid on her father at Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The third edition of BBC World Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today.
 arrow Nat'l Legal Aid Council to provide legal aid to victims in 20 districts
National Legal Aid Council would provide legal aid to the victims of underprivileged sections in 20 districts of the country.
Nationalarrow Probe into former Jamaat lawmaker's role ordered
Documents of sensational China Khatun murder case were sent back to police yesterday for reinvestigation as court found that former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Maulana Abdul Khaleque Mondal allegedly influenced
 arrow BCC disowns 'arbitrary' decisions of Mayor Sarwar
The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) authorities have decided to disown some decisions taken arbitrarily by Mayor Advocate Majibor Rahman Sarwar at eight emergency meetings attended by a few ward commissioners
 arrow ACC sues 3 Sylhet bank officials
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against three officials of Sylhet branch of Jamuna Bank for allegedly misappropriating Tk 66.10 lakh from seven savings accounts.
 arrow 2 data collectors sacked in Rajshahi
Two data collectors have been sacked for alleged anomaly in preparing voter list in ward no 30 in Rajshahi city covering Rajshahi University, Meherchandi, Binodpur and Budpara areas.
 arrow 10 of a family get life term for murder
Ten people of a family were given life term for a murder in Habiganj on Thursday.
 arrow Sramik Dal leader arrested for 'extortion'
A Sramik Dal leader has been arrested from Bandarban town on charge of extortion and other criminal activities, official sources said.
 arrow Patuakhali poura chairman held in Dhaka
BNP leader and chairman of Patuakhali Pourasabha has been arrested in the capital city in connection with four cases including two for corruption.
 arrow Show cause on doctor, five others for 'bribery'
Six staff including a doctor of Dumki Upazila Health Complex have been issued with a show cause notice for their alleged involvement in taking bribe from the patients.
 arrow Scores Scramble For Succour

Point-Counterpointarrow Primacy of institution building
The commendable reform venture of the present government has brought to the fore the large scale deviations and malfunctioning that have taken place in our body-politic.
 arrow Hong Kong under Chinese rule
On July 1, 1997 China got back Hong Kong (HK) which was given to the British government in 1842 through the Treaty of Nanjing (following the Opium War that began in 1840).
 arrow Not everything is as it seems
As apocalypses go, Hong Kong in 1997 seemed to be on everybody's radar. I visited Hong Kong in 1993 four years before the zero hour.
 arrow Dengue: Time to act now
Dengue is a disease caused by any one of four closely related viruses (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, or DEN-4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by an infected mosquito.
Culturearrow Homage to Tagore
Chhayanat, one of our leading cultural organisations, celebrated the death anniversary of Tagore at Shawkat Osman Auditorium at Central Public Library on August 9.
 arrow "Nimojjon": A saga of genocides
After travelling the globe a stranger comes to an imaginary place to see his dying friend, who is a professor of political science.
 arrow Tagore's 66th death anniversary observed
To commemorate the 66th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore cultural organisation Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) organised a cultural programme at the BAFA Auditorium.
 arrow "Sultans and Mosques": Living history between pages
The launching of Dr. Perween Hasan's book "Sultans and Mosques": The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh, took place at Omni Book Store's Dhanmandi branch recently. Speaking at the function Dr.
 arrow "Late Latif" on Rtv tonight
Rtv will air a single episode play Late Latif tonight on Rtv at 8:00 pm. Written and directed by Masud Sezan, the play revolves around Zahid and his girlfriend, Dina.
Internationalarrow Pakistan gunships pound Taliban, al-Qaeda amid US pressure
Helicopter gunships pounded militant hideouts in northern Pakistan as the military scoured mountains yesterday for 16 missing soldiers believed kidnapped by Taliban rebels.
 arrow 'Pak election now only choice for Musharraf'
Pervez Musharraf's decision not to impose emergency rule indicates the Pakistani military ruler will go ahead with planned elections, despite his diminishing popularity, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow Pak media welcomes decision against emergency
The decision by Pakistan's military leader not to impose a state of emergency was broadly welcomed yesterday with calls for elections and stepped-up operations against militants in border regions.
 arrow Iraq's neighbours agree to help boost security
Iraq's neighbours, some accused by Washington of not doing enough to improve security in the war-torn country, agreed in Syria on Thursday to cooperate with Baghdad in a bid to restore stability.
 arrow Islamic separatists still a threat on China's borders
China and its neighbours face a continued threat from Islamic separatists on China's borders, Beijing's ambassador to Moscow said yesterday as China and Russia hosted a six-nation counter-terrorism drill.
 arrow Int'l envoys lead fresh Kosovo talks
Three international mediators arrived in Belgrade yesterday to open talks with Serbian leaders in the latest bid to broker a deal on the future status of the UN-administered Kosovo province.
 arrow 'Natural forces offset global warming effects for last two years'
Natural weather variations have offset the effects of global warming for the past couple of years and will continue to keep temperatures flat through 2008, a study released Thursday said.
 arrow 'Afghan, Pakistan jirga won't stop violence'
A meeting of Afghan and Pakistani tribal elders aimed at thrashing out a response to growing Taliban and al-Qaeda violence will do little to stem extremism in the short term, analysts said Friday.
 arrow Hostages safe for now: Taliban
The Taliban said Friday it would not kill any of the 21 remaining South Korean hostages it is holding until planned face-to-face meetings have been held with a delegation from the East Asian country.
 arrow 8 out of 10 working Indians earn less than half a dollar a day
Eighty-six percent of working Indians earn less than 20 rupees or half a dollar a day, untouched by the country's blistering economic growth, a government-backed study said yesterday.
 arrow Chinese environmental activist gets three years
The prominent Chinese environmental activist Wu Lihong, who campaigned for years against industrial pollution of a major Chinese lake, was jailed for three years yesterday, his lawyer said.
 arrow Nepal PM accepts Maoist minister's resignation
Nepal's prime minister has accepted the resignation of a Maoist minister who had complained of a lack of cooperation from his government partners, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Quick ME peace deal hope is ‘fantasy'
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has ruled out as "fantasy" any peace deal with the Palestinians in the near future, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Japan, US sign military information pact
Japan and the United States yesterday signed an agreement aimed at protecting classified military information to be shared by the two countries promoting closer defence cooperation.
 arrow Indian court delays Sanjay Dutt's bail plea
A bail plea by Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt who is serving six years for an arms conviction will be heard in the Supreme Court on August 20, the Press Trust of India said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan extends anti-polio drive to reach tribal areas
Pakistan has extended a polio inoculation drive to ensure it reaches children in volatile tribal areas where some vaccination teams have been attacked, health officials said Friday.
 arrow Arctic sea ice 'lowest in recorded history'
Sea ice in the northern hemisphere has plunged to the lowest levels ever measured, US polar specialists said, adding they expect the record low to be "annihilated" by summer's end.
 arrow 13 killed in Pak rains
Flooding caused by torrential rains has killed at least 13 people in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Death of a jute worker in Ctg
The incident of a jute mill worker in Chittagong dying in the hands of the police leaves us shocked beyond comprehension.
 arrow Editorial: EC's move to talk with politicians welcome
At long last, ban or no ban on indoor politics, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to engage political parties in a dialogue over its draft electoral reform proposals beginning next month.
 arrow Can Bangladesh achieve sustained growth?
It has been comprehensively established across the globe that economic growth is the most potent force for the eventual eradication of poverty.
 arrow Men of straw
At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, India woke to freedom.
 arrow Addressing e-governance interoperability issues
We all know about the meter-gauge and broad-gauge in the railway system. Most of our eastern railway tracks (meter-gauge) are not the same as our western railway tracks (broad-gauge).
StarTecharrow Big Bang's foray into health care sector
It's a success story of some enthusiastic young programmers who have built up their own platform for creativity called Big Bang.
 arrow Apple shines its core computer line
Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new line of iMac computers and slick software hoping the glow of iPod MP3 players and iPhones will help shine Apple's core products.
 arrow A new portal for real estate business
If you are planning to buy, sell or rent a property or an office space, you may consider myrealestatebd.com. This website will give you plenty of opportunities to accomplish your mission.
 arrow Tech Jargon III
A very warm welcome to my faithful readers...ahem...well, if there are any.
 arrow Bot Frenzy

Literaturearrow Nanu
The first time I saw my nanu was when I was seven years old. Actually, strictly speaking that's not true.
 arrow Talking with India's premier literary agent
Writing, publishing and selling books today is a complex affair increasingly ordered by the corporate world and its rules, which can flummox even established writers, never mind beginners.
 arrow Rabindranath's Shey: Hearing Hamlet
In his fluent introduction to this translation of Shey by Rabindranath, Shankha Ghosh writes that in his diary entry of 15 February 1925, Rabindranath wrote that "Last night, I had finished dinner and
 arrow How Happily Once...
How happily once we village youths
Would spend our days, Hindus and Muslims,
Singing Baul and Ghetu songs all together!

The monsoons were the time of Ghazi songs
Sung joyously, colorfully,

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