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News of: Saturday, 27th of October, 2007

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Set up independent commission for local body affairs

The caretaker government should set up an independent commission for local government bodies to check interference from the political governments in their affairs, says a report by a high-powered committee to be submitted shortly.

Public outrage over Jamaat statement

People from all walks of life yesterday blasted Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for his Thursday's comments, which they said went against the Liberation War.

Flora, fauna of lone coral island under threat

The hotels and restaurants that sprang up in the recent past on St Martin's Island, one of the ecologically critical areas (ECA) in the country, have been operating without any official approval.

My proposal doesn't exclude Khaleda

Changing his earlier stance, expelled BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said reforms and unity of the party are needed to win the next election, but everything will be done keeping Khaleda Zia in the process.

Try proven collaborators, demand war heroes

Top Liberation War heroes said yesterday a number of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are proven collaborators in the genocide in 1971, and demanded they be brought to justice immediately.

What Jamaat leaders said in '71

Jamaat-e-Islami was directly involved in war crimes in 1971 as part of the Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams groups and peace committees, inciting killings of Liberation War supporters and collaborating with the Pakistani occupation force, according to speeches and writings in 1971 by the then Jamaat leadership and the party's current amir and secretary general.

History speaks up

After 36 years of independence Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh now denies its anti-liberation role when history speaks volumes about how its leaders and workers collaborated with the occupying Pakistan forces in mass killing, rape, looting and numerous other atrocities.

Yaba peddlers adopt new tactics to sell the deadly pills

In the face of Rapid Action Battalion’s (Rab) recent clampdown, most of the Yaba dealers have opted to be holed out on the city outskirts and in neighbouring districts.

Recruiters trade on workers' woes

Negligence of most recruiting agencies and their sub-agents in Bangladesh and Malaysia in selecting skilled jobseekers as per employers' requirements leads to dissatisfaction on both sides, making the workers the ultimate victims, sources concerned said.

Inflation won't rise, to stay stable, says BB governor

Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the rate of inflation in the country would remain stable in next few months and it could even decline to some extent, despite IMF apprehension of a rise.

Delwar, his men barred from visiting Sylhet shrines

BNP Secretary-General Khandaker Delwar Hossain was barred from visiting the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) and Hazrat Shahporan (RA) in Sylhet yesterday.

Post-independence govt declared amnesty for collaborators

BNP leader and freedom fighter Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said there were Razakars, Al Badrs and Al Shams (collaborators of Pakistan army) during the War of Independence but the post-independence government did not bring them under trial.

College student killed as van hits rickshaw

A college student was killed and another was injured when a covered van hit a rickshaw in Moghbazar in the capital yesterday.

6 killed as bus rams into 3-wheeler

A Bogra-bound bus from Dhaka rammed into a stationary passenger-laden three-wheeler and veered into a roadside ditch at Mirzapur upazila in Tangail yesterday killing six people and injuring 15 others.

Stolen furnace oil seized in Khulna, 3 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raided three dealer shops of Padma Oil Company in Khalishpur area of the city on Thursday night and early yesterday and seized 10 lakh litres of stolen and adulterated furnace oil worth over Tk 2 crore from underground tanks.

JMB torture victim in Rajshahi sues 63

A victim of torture of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) filed a case with a Rajshahi court on Thursday, accusing 63 persons of aiding and abetting the activists of the banned militant outfit in torturing and demanding tolls from him in 2004.

2 Tangail JMB militants get 10-year RI

A Tangail court sentenced two militants of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment in two cases, one under the Arms Act and the other under the Explosive Substances Act.

Accomplice of Pichchi Hannan held

Nazimuddin Babu, a close associate of Pichchi Hannan, was arrested in the city's Sepoybagh area Thursday evening.

71 bridges lie idle for lack of approach roads in Bogra

People in 12 upazilas of Bogra cannot use any of the 71 bridges and culverts constructed four years ago at a cost of around Tk 50 crore as there are no roads connecting them.

Mongla workers end strike

Over 3,000 dockworkers of Mongla Port resumed work early yesterday, eleven hours after going on a work abstention demanding payment of their unpaid portion of Eid bonuses.

Tiger kills one in Satkhira

A Royal Bengal Tiger killed a fisherman near Darpota canal in the Sundarbans Thursday evening.

India lifts ban on rice export

India has lifted the ban on exporting superior quality non-Basmati rice priced at over $425 a tonne, bringing relief to rice growers and exporters.

Editorial

Jamaat denies its anti-liberation role

We reject with unreserved repugnance the claim of Jamaat's secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid that Jamaat-e-Islami never worked against our independence struggle and there is no such thing as war criminals in the country. He said this before media displaying veritable arrogance and ire when asked about the role of Jamaat-e-Islami during the nine-month Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. To our utter shock and indignation, Mujahid not only denied any wrong-doing by his party but was defiant enough to throw a challenge to the newsmen to dig into the history and find for themselves the role of Jamaat.

Climate change challenges

Experts opine that we are two decades too late in undertaking remedies to counter the adverse effects of global climate change although remedies were at hand over the last 20 years. It hardly needs reemphasizing that our security will be greatly impaired by the degradation of the state of our environment and of our economy because of the effect of climate change brought about by global warming.

Improving our image abroad

Our battered image has been the subject of intense discussion over the last two weeks. We have had the latest Transparency International (TI) World Corruption Perception Index Report and then the Global Survey Report entitled 'Doing Business' as prepared jointly by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. The publication of these reports more or less coincided with the visit to New York of our chief adviser. He was there to attend and participate in the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He also used the opportunity of being in New York to address students and academics in the Columbia University.

Damage has already been done

New Delhi and Islamabad are trying to salvage whatever is left from the recent deals they have had. India has put its nuclear deal with America on hold in the hope that the passage of time would whittle down the opposition. Pakistan has a bigger problem because President General Pervez Musharraf's deal with Benazir Bhutto to have a joint rule has gone up in smoke in the wake of terrorists' attack on the welcome throng that went to greet Benazir. He proposes to have an interim government with her nominees to lessen the dent. The blame game is, however, on, both in India and in Pakistan. But there is nothing to suggest that either the Manmohan Singh government at Delhi or the Musharraf government at Islamabad have given up their respective deals. It is not foolhardiness that makes them resurrect the battered deals. It is their long-term thinking. Both Manmohan Singh and Musharraf honestly believe that the paths they have chosen are the best for their countries.

Charland and right of the landless

Charlands in Bangladesh is a unique asset. This extensive stretch of resource can play an extraordinary role in reducing poverty of a huge number landless people of the country. But till date government not being in absolute control of the charlands and most of the these being in possession of a section of land-grabbers and not properly distributed among the actual landless poor, the effective utilisation of thousands of acres of charlands in overall poverty reduction and economic growth of the country could not be achieved. Specially because hundreds of acres of land due to alluvial accretion in rivers not being included in Khas Khatian and not handed over to the actual landless through proper distribution, no expected result has been found in rural poverty alleviation. But proper and correct utilisation of charland could have set a considerably positive trend in effective alleviation of rural poverty.

Sports

Shakib slams first century

Shakib Al Ha-san slammed his maiden first-class hundred as hosts Khulna cashed in against Chittagong on the first day of the second round four-day match of the 9th National Cricket League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium yesterday.

Mashud nears ton

Rajshahi ski-pper Khaled Mashud led from the front on the first day against Barisal in the 9th National Cricket League at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Tigers play 3 games today

Bangladesh will play three matches on the opening day of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament at the Kowloon Cricket Club today.

SA make it 2-2

South Africa cruised to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan to tie the one-day series 2-2 with one match remaining at the Multan Cricket Stadium last night.

All Stars add lustre

Cricketing superstars and former rivals Shane Warne, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath will team up this weekend, hoping to fire an all-star team to victory at the Hong Kong Sixes.

Indian selectors bide their time

India's national selectors have deferred the appointment of a Test captain, which was scheduled to happen during the selection committee meeting in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The focus of the meeting will now be on the squad for the first two ODIs of the series against Pakistan beginning on November 5.

BCCI get serious on coach

After being without a coach for seven months, the Cricket Board has decided to choose Greg Chappell's successor and has convened a meeting of the coach selection committee here next week.

Clark does a McGrath

Australian seamer Stuart Clark has predicted that Australia would blank the visiting Indian cricket team 4-0 in the upcoming Test series.

'Woolmer was strangled'

Pathologist Ere Seshiah, who performed the autopsy on Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer, told the inquest into Woolmer's death on Thursday that he believed another person was involved.

Laying new markers

For the final three years of his term as Australia's coach John Buchanan felt his main role was setting out markers for training and collecting them when it was over. Six months after his final engagement with the team at the World Cup he can't even do that.

Raving, ranting won't do

At some point the fork in the path appears before every sportsman. Does he play to the gallery? Or does he play to his strength? In the movies and in slapstick, and occasionally in politics, the two paths might seem to merge. In the more real world of sport, the competitor must choose. It might seem an easy choice on the face of it, surely to win you must play to your strength, but the more you look around the more you realise that there are takers for either path.

Lamps sings Drogba praises

Frank Lampard described Didier Drogba as the best striker in the world on Wednesday and urged the Ivory Coast international to remain at Chelsea.

Mirpur clinch Tokai Kabaddi

Tokai Mirpur emerged champions in the Orient Bread Tokai Kabaddi competition, when they beat Tokai Stadium 61-44 with three creditable lonas in the final at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Nothing special for Murali

Cricket Australia on Friday denied introducing special security measures to protect Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralidaran from crowds Down Under, saying existing measures would catch any offenders.

Sonali ride on Haider 6-for

Haider Ali bowled Sonali Metro Cricket Academy to a 106-run victory over ACC Blue in a Third Division Qualifying match at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.

Akhtar set for India tour

Nasim Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has asked Shoaib Akhtar to fulfil his role as a senior player and prove his critics wrong with a forceful performance during the tour of India, which begins in the first week of November.

Perfect night for Germans

A potentially low key start to Thursday's UEFA Cup group stage was enlivened in no uncertain fashion with the reports that Spurs manager Martin Jol had been removed from his post.

Arsenal face tough test

Arsene Wenger knows greatness is within Arsenal's grasp but even the Gunners manager concedes this weekend's clash at Liverpool is the true test of his side's title credentials.

Milan eye league fillip

AC Milan host Roma this weekend desperate to do something they haven't managed to accomplish so far this season in Serie A - and that's win at the San Siro.

Real look to extend record

Spanish league leaders Real Madrid will be looking to extend their 100 percent home record this season with a convincing display over misfiring Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Robinho comes clean

After scoring two goals which helped Real Madrid defeat Olympiakos 4-2 in the Champions League, Robinho took his chance on Thursday to explain the other episode which has kept him in the spotlight.

Two month layoff for Vieira

Patrick Vieira is set to be out of action for the rest of this year after suffering a right calf injury in Inter Milan's Champions League win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Spurs look to Ramos

Sevilla coach Juande Ramos has emerged as the front-runner to take over from Martin Jol after the Dutchman was sacked by struggling English Premiership club Tottenham.

Business

Foreign aid drops 31pc in two months

Foreign aid dropped 31 percent in the first two months of the current fiscal year due to slow implementation of ADP (annual development programme).

Oil spikes above $92 in Asia

Crude oil prices spiked above $92 in Asia Friday on growing tensions in the Middle East and renewed concern about oil supplies.

India limits foreign fund flow into stock market

India's stock market regulator on Thursday introduced regulation to control the rising foreign institutional fund flow in the country's bourses which had led to appreciation of the national currency rupee against the US dollar and inflation.

S'pore training 74,000 for tourism jobs

The Singapore government is pumping in a record sum of more than S$360 million (US$247.47 million) to train 74,000 Singaporeans for tourism jobs.

France backs tougher standards as replacement for farm subsidies

France will push for tougher EU standards on food safety and quality to protect the bloc's agriculture industry from "unfair competition," the country's agriculture minister said in an interview published Thursday.

Africa's Indian Ocean nations eye interim trade pact with EU

Four Africa's Indian Ocean nations plan to sign a temporary trade pact with the European Union next month if eastern and southern Africa nations fail to agree on a new deal with the bloc, an official said Thursday.

Nepal hikes oil product prices

Nepal's state-owned monopoly oil company on Thursday hiked prices as much as 22 percent to meet a rising import bill in the landlocked Himalayan nation that depends on India for all supplies.

Microsoft posts strong profit

After Microsoft Corp. executives laid out plans in July to win at Web search, online advertising, Web-based software and video games, analysts wondered if the world's largest software maker had too many balls in the air. Microsoft's answer, in the form of its fiscal first-quarter results announced Thursday, was a resounding "no."

China to assist jobless

The Chinese government will soon release incentives to create jobs and a social security net for workers retrenched from thousands of factories, a spokesman said.

Dollar sinks to new low

The dollar fell to another new low against the euro Friday in midmorning trading on speculation that U.S. interest rates will be cut again.

Sylhet traders oppose trade fair fearing business loss

Traders in Sylhet are opposed to holding a trade fair at Alia Madrasa playground in the divisional headquarters, saying the fair will hurt their business.

AirAsia breaks 35-yr S'pore-KL monopoly

Malaysia said Thursday that budget carrier AirAsia has won its long battle to fly the lucrative Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route, breaking a 35-year stranglehold held by the two national airlines.

Gold price strikes fresh 27-year peak

The price of gold rocketed Friday to the highest level since the start of 1980, as the precious metal won support from the weak dollar and record high crude oil prices, traders said.

Weekly Currency Roundup

October 22-October 25, 2007
Local FX Market
The US dollar/BDT market was active after the Eid and Puja vacations. USD remained almost gained some ground against the BDT throughout the week. Demand for dollar was stable in the local market.

Metropolitan

Alternative method can settle disputes quickly, cheaply

Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system would help settle disputes quickly and cheaply through understanding between the groups.

'Visually impaired need better edn facilities'

Life is struggle and challenge for visually impaired Shahinur Akhter, who was admitted to Eden Girls' College in the city last year through a competitive admission test with tremendous courage and inspiration from her mother.

Test held amid allegation of irregularities

The admission test of 14 medical colleges was held yesterday amid allegations of irregularities despite government move to stop them.

22m under-five children to be administered polio vaccine

The first round of 16th National Immunisation Days (NIDs) will be observed across the country today, says a press release.

DU reopens tomorrow

The academic activities of Dhaka University are going to resume tomorrow after over two months of deadlock after the university was closed following violent clashes on and around the campus on August 22.

Solve national problems thru' politics of ideology: NAP

President of National Awami Party (NAP) Prof Mozaffar Ahmed yesterday said solutions to national problems should be sought in the politics of ideology.

Govt's decision to separate judiciary hailed

Different organisations have hailed the government's decision to implement separation of the judiciary from the executive on November 1.

Kidnapped boy rescued in city

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claimed to have rescued a teenager who was kidnapped in the city on October 21.

4 killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and three others injured in separated road accidents in Gaibandha, Satkhira and Sirajganj in the last two days.

Police service delivery centre opens in Narsingdi

A Police Service Delivery Centre opened at the Narsingdi Sadar Model Police Station on Thursday with an emphasis on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime, says a press release.

One killed, 15 injured in Narsingdi clash

A cable TV operator was killed and 15 people were injured in a clash between rival groups at Ramnagar village in Raipura upazila following a brawl over a cable TV connection yesterday.

Photography exhibition

A photography exhibition titled 'Rajasthan Express' will begin in the city tomorrow, says a press release.

Correction

Grameen Shakti has won Katherine M Sawnson Equality Tech Museum Awards 2007. In a press release, which was published in The Daily Star on October 25, Grameen Shakti erroneously said its founding managing director will receive $50,000 at the award giving ceremony. But in fact, 5 out of 25 laureates have been selected to receive cash award of $50,000, which will be revealed at the award giving ceremony.

National

Food crisis in remote CHT hills as rats eat up paddy

Indigenous jhum farmers in remote hills in Rangamati are facing a food crisis this year as rats are eating up their paddy.

Short supply of urea thwarts Rabi farming in Tangail

Short supply of urea fertiliser is affecting cultivation of Rabi crops in most areas of Tangail district, farmers alleged.

Diarrhoea claims 5, attacks 1,928 in Mymensingh

Diarrhoea claimed five lives and attacked 1,928 people in 12 upazilas in the district in last 10 days, Surya Kanta Hospital (SKH) sources said.

US support for polls roadmap to continue, says envoy

The US support to the caretaker government will continue in its effort to implement the official roadmap for holding general elections in the country in scheduled time.

Ex-BNP MP chargesheeted in 8th extortion case

Charge sheet in an extortion case against detained former BNP lawmaker MAH Selim was submitted to Bagerhat court on Thursday.

Shahidul Islam faces another extortion case

Another extortion case was filed against former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master and 11 others on Thursday.

Ex-chairman of Haragachh municipality arrested Forged bidi band roll recovered

Joint forces arrested former chairman of Haragachh municipality Anwarul Islam Maya from his residence in Haragachh and seized a huge quantity of alleged forged band roll from his bidi factory.

Team from Dhaka holds meeting in Khulna

A seven-member team headed by Justice MM Ruhul Amin of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court exchanged views with officials of the judiciary, civil and police administration and prominent lawyers yesterday at Khulna Circuit House.

Tangail ward commissioner held for 'drug trading'

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people including a ward commissioner of Tangail municipality on charge of drug trading Wednesday night.

International

Turkey-Iraq hold crunch talks over PKK threat

Iraqi ministers held crisis talks here yesterday seeking to persuade an increasingly impatient Turkey against launching military strikes against rebel Kurd bases in northern Iraq.

Lawmakers skewer Rice on Iraqi corruption

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice fought off an inquisition by lawmakers Thursday over claims that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was shielding top ministers from corruption probes. Democratic lawmaker Henry Waxman, who has demanded answers from Rice on various aspects of the US operation in Iraq for months, got his chance at a hearing of a key House of Representatives committee.

Lanka needs 4 months to replace lost planes

Sri Lanka's military will need up to four months to replace aircraft lost in a suicide attack staged by Tamil Tiger rebels, a top official said yesterday.

Iran nuclear crisis heats up with US sanctions

Undaunted by three decades of failed sanctions on Iran, the United States is taking new measures to punish the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions and alleged sponsorship of terrorism.

Putin warns Europe ahead of summit

Russia's President Vladimir Putin issued a new warning to Europe over the Iran nuclear standoff and Kosovo's push for independence ahead of a summit with EU leaders in Portugal yesterday.

Israeli forces kill 5 militants in Gaza

Israeli air strikes and troops killed five Palestinian fighters in Gaza yesterday, as the Jewish state pressed its campaign to curb rocket fire after backing moves to cut power to the territory.

Nine Muslims get life terms for India blasts

A court sentenced nine Muslim men to life imprisonment on Thursday for carrying out serial blasts targeting a top politician that killed nearly 60 people in southern India.

Major fall in Kashmir violence: Police

Violence in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir has declined by up to 60 percent because residents of the Himalayan region are turning against militants, a senior police official said yesterday.

Sonia meets China's Hu and Wen

India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi met with China's top leaders Friday on a visit widely seen as a sign of improving relations between the world's two most populous nations.

6 burned bodies found in California

On a day when firefighters methodically beat back several of the wildfires menacing Southern California and thousands of evacuees were allowed home, authorities said Thursday they had found six bodies burned by the flames.

Most immigrants see future in US: Study

Most Hispanic immigrants believe their future is in the United States, despite maintaining ties to their native countries, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Centre.

One-third of primates in peril

Nearly a third of all non-human primates could be wiped out, threatened by illegal wildlife trade, climate change and destruction of their habitat, a new report warned yesterday.

'Suu Kyi's talks with Myanmar junta no breakthrough'

The Myanmar junta's talks with detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were no more than a bid to deflect criticism of its bloody crackdown on protesters before top UN envoys visit, analysts say.

Pakistan releases suicide bomber's sketches

Pakistani police have released sketches of two men thought to be the suicide bombers who devastated former premier Benazir Bhutto's homecoming parade and killed 139 people, officials said Friday.

Indian court slams politicians' gun-toting entourages

An Indian court has criticised politicians who surround themselves with scores of gun-toting bodyguards, advising them to stay home if they fear frequenting public places, a report said Friday.

New anti-HIV drug ‘promising'

A prototype drug, tested on lab-dish samples of the AIDS virus, has shown great promise in attacking HIV from an unprecedented direction, French researchers reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

A taste of Russian life and living

The book Poems of an October Evening was launched on October 25 at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, amidst festivity and fanfare. Recitation of poems written by leading Russian poets, translated into English and Bangla, proceeded the launching. The book has been published by 'Meghdut', a forum for poetry recitation, and it contains 72 pages.

Sabina Yasmin returns home

Celebrated singer Sabina Yasmin returned home after three and a half month of medical treatment from Singapore.

Nine Bangladeshi films being screened at the South Asian Film festival

Pakistan may be the focus country of the week-long South Asian Film Festival that began here on October 24 but Bangladesh takes the distinction of having the highest number of participating films -- nine.

Discussion on Abdul Karim Shahityabisharad

“We would have remained unaware about an era of Bengali literature, if Abdul Karim Shahityabisharad had not collected Puthis (old Bengali manuscripts),” said professor Syed Mohammad Shahed, director general of Bangla Academy, at the discussion programme on Abdul Karim Shahityabisharad. The discussion was held on the occasion of Karim's 136th birth anniversary (October 11). The programme was held at the seminar room of the academy on October 25.

“Amar Ami” on Banglavision tonight

Banglavision will air the talk show Amar Ami tonight at 9:05 pm. The programme offers an insight in the lives of celebrities.

OP-ED

Breaking the barrier of indifference

Sociologically speaking, Bangladesh polity is passing through exciting times. Individuals and institutions are absorbing hitherto unimaginable shocks, at times in huge embarrassment and shame. There are emerging realities that, admittedly, are causes of discomfiture to the guardians of the immediate past. The unbridled avarice of public leaders has frustrated and pained many.

Could people see a cleaner Dhaka city?

Disposal of waste that poses a severe threat to human health and habitat has remained an awful problem for the affluent industrialised countries. People might recall the long voyage of the ship "Pelicano," filled with 14,000 tonnes of toxic incinerator ash loaded in Philadelphia in1986, as a stark symbol of environmental exploitation of poor countries by the rich. It also represents the single most irresponsible and reckless way to get rid of the mountains of refuse, much of it highly poisonous.

Emerging roles of CFO

The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) has recently arranged an International seminar on “Transparency and Accountability and the Accountants” where distinguished personalities from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh participated. Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Salehuddin Ahmed was the key note speaker on the conference theme. He emphasized the need for transparent information and reinforcement of accountability on the basis of information which will ultimately lead to a good governed environment.

To Tuntuni

I am finding it difficult to understand her game
I thought I should give her a charming new name.
But, as expected, she sharply reacted and gave a firm no.
She would not have any new name
She had already two beautiful names,
Three would be too many.
But I have decided when I am all alone
I will call her by that name.
Tuntuni is her new name
It is after a bird of fame.
When I am all alone I call her by that name.
But Tuntuni has recently flared up at me.
I thought she was a part of my life, a significant part
A precious little part.
Then I thought she was a small particle in my life
An insignificant part.
I pressed inadvertently control and delete
And alas! I had it!
She soon vanished away from my screen!

StarTech

HP empowers SMBs to ascend new pinnacle

The launch pad was set at the commercial hub of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, as Hewlett Packard (HP) announced their latest portfolio of products and services specially designed for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) in Asia Pacific.

Internet radio on the edge of breakthrough

Radios have become quite outmoded for its inability to keep pace with other modern-day gadgets in terms of information dissemination. Thanks to FM stations, the old sensation of the Marconi device is back again. FM broadcasting have brought a new tune in the society.

Samsung develops new ground breaking flash memory chip

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it has developed a more advanced flash memory chip that will allow increased data storage in digital products such as music players.

Family trees flourish on the internet

The internet is fertile ground for genealogy websites branching out to connect the dead and the living with a shared dream of drawing humanity's family tree.

PowerPC G4

PowerPC G4 is a designation used by Apple Computer to describe a fourth generation of PowerPC microprocessors. Apple has applied this name to various different (though closely related) processor models from Freescale, a former part of Motorola. Macintosh computers such as the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 laptops and the Power Mac G4 and Power Mac G4 Cube desktops all took their name from the processor. A PowerPC G4 was also used in the eMac, first-generation Xserves, first-generation Mac minis, and the flat-panel iMac before the introduction of the G5 processor. Apple completely phased out the G4 series for desktop models after it selected the 64-bit IBM-produced PowerPC 970 processor as the basis for its PowerPC G5 series.

Literature

Green Chilis

He would forever remain 'The Groom' in my memory. I never saw the man in normal attire, or ever again, except on his wedding day in that clownish uniform, which is the traditional garb of Bengali-Muslim bridegrooms. At least, I thought it clownish then, because men of that era, without benefit of role models among cinema heroes who now swagger equally in traditional or western attire, were neither able to carry off the long, cream sherwani coat and tight pajamas with grace, nor balance that crown of turban and garlands without looking as if it were a basket of vegetables to sell. They didn't even have the confidence to refuse the kerchief that they were made to put against their nose as if warding off some bad smell.

Dhaka Memories: End of an Era

The red embers spewed out of the iron locomotive as it made its way along the double tracks, pulling several passenger carriages one winter evening. A boy of six or seven stood a short distance away from the tracks, alternately terrified and fascinated, not knowing whether the red balls flaming up and raining down would reach him. He wanted to get closer, wanted to have an even closer look at the cascading shower of red, but instinct held him back, as the steam engine roared past him. Steam belched out of its top, bells clanged furiously, accompanied by a piercing bellow from its inside that was a “who-oo-oo-oo-oo-th”, barging in on the all-too-familiar periodic “whoosh-whoosh” of its steam engine.

Poet Shamsur Rahman born October 24, 1929

(Translated from Shamsur Rahman's autobiography Kaaler Dhuloy Lekha by Khademul Islam)

Mask

Shower me with petals,
heap bouquets around me,
I won't complain. Unable to move,
I won't ask you to stop
no, if butterflies or swarms of flies
settle on my nose, can I brush them away.

Strategic Issues

Iran-US relations: The early years

The Iran-US relationship is quite complex in nature. Iran's location makes it geopolitically important; its history dates back to pre-historic days; it is the second largest oil producer in the world and it has all the potentials to be a strong regional power in the near future. For the US, Middle East has become the hub of international diplomacy and control of the Gulf oil resources are of paramount importance. Any disruption in the oil supply from the Gulf region will have catastrophic impact on the Western economy.

Economic mismanagement behind Myanmar protests

The first sign of the recent protests in Myanmar cropped up with the sporadic display of the people's anger within the country in February 2007, when a small group calling themselves the Myanmar Development Committee called on the military junta to address consumer prices, lack of health care, education and the poor infrastructure.

Russia's aspirations

Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, is different from that under President Yeltsin. The President is responsible for a resurgent economy and a new wave of nationalism. A sea change is taking place. An ever-pricklier sense of national pride is seen across the board.

Star Books Review

Face of news in new world order

Technology has changed, by degrees, the face of journalism throughout history. The invention of printing machine, telegraph, camera, radio, television, satellite, computer and lately internet and cell phone have had a profound impact on journalism. The impact is realised through changes in the mode of news collection and presentation, determination of objectives of journalism and the relationship between media and society. Vincent Campbell in his book, Information Age Journalism: Journalism in an international context, has measured how information technology has influenced journalism. The theme is curious because we all live in the information age which determines our patterns of thought and action in a distinctive way.

Love, marriage and hard realities

When you see the title, A List Of Offences, you tend to believe that it might be a crime thriller. In truth, though, there could not be a more ornamental descriptive narration of picturesque Bangla, of human emotions and of mundane affairs. The cover shows a girl sitting alone on a boat, looking far off and lost. In fact, the portrait depicts the girl's search for her own identity as an independent human being. Entangled by the roots of the huge banyan tree of the village where she had longed to stay all her life, she muses, “Be a good wife. Please your husband. Give him a child. Obey him. Obey your In-laws. Do not disgrace your parents. Have patience.” These were the magical words that her mother had taught her for a very successful and happy married life!

The Chinese are coming

China will probably be the second biggest power in the world in the future", concludes the author. One could not agree more because of the pragmatism of the Chinese leadership demonstrated so far, and in this context one may offer Zbignew Brezinski's rationale that "China will not adopt a confrontational policy, due mainly to its unparalleled economic growth and the possibility of loosening the grip of the communist party over its people."

Muslims before their Creator

Today Islam is in the spotlight on the world stage when presidents, prime ministers and ordinary people in non-Muslim countries are eager to know more about Islam. The book under review has illuminated the concept of Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of mankind. Muslims believe that Allah pervades the life of man from the time of his birth until his soul returns to Him at the time of his death.

At a glance

Communication That Works
M Ahsanullah Khan, Shafiqur Rahman
Panjeree Publications Limited

The work promises to be of immense benefit to those using English as a means of communication. And with the paucity of good English, and books on the language, in this country is a welcome move. A variety of communication methods are applied here, in style and substance that bring out the modernity in the approach.



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