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Polls must be held in a way that nobody buys anybody

Transparency International (TI) Chair Dr Huguette Labelle yesterday said Bangladesh should have laws guaranteeing access to information to combat corruption effectively.

Punishment to killers still remains uncertain

Justice could not be delivered in the killing of four national leaders in jail even in three decades and handing of punishment to the killers still remains uncertain.

9 more hapless workers return from Malaysia

Nine Bangladeshi workers returned home from Malaysia yesterday just after three weeks of stay allegedly because of being medically unfit and their agent's failure to find any job for them.

Act drafted to remove 'unholy practices' in pvt universities

The interim government is going to formulate the Private University Act, 2007 making it mandatory for each private university to have a single campus, a deposit of Tk 25 crore as FDR, less than one-fourth part-time teachers, and stop offering medical degrees.

Khulna mayor Tayebur held on extortion charge

Police last night arrested Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman in the city's Gulshan area in an extortion case filed with Khulna Sadar Police Station at midnight on Thursday.

Only presidium members to represent party

Amid a storm of criticism within the party over the size of the AL committee for electoral reform dialogue with the Election Commission (EC), the organisation decided to make its current 21-member committee smaller.

Delhi to floodlight entire border with Bangladesh

India has decided to go ahead with the plan to floodlight the entire border with Bangladesh to tackle trans-border crimes.

Khaleda doesn't recognise Saifur-led faction

Detained Chairperson of BNP Khaleda Zia appointed secretary general of the party, Khandaker Delwar Hossain, in an interview with the BBC yesterday said the party chief herself re-confirmed his appointment as the secretary general.

CEC cites three reasons that hindered fair polls in the past

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday urged the people to have their names registered in the voter list and elect honest and eligible candidates in the coming elections.

WB president due today

World Bank (WB) President Robert B Zoellick arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.

Over 100 former MPs back Saifur-Hafiz leadership

Over 100 former BNP lawmakers yesterday welcomed the new party leadership by M Saifur Rahman and Major (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed and extended their support to it.

Mindless waste dumping killing Kaptai Lake

Pollution at the picturesque Kaptai Lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in the region, has taken a serious turn for worse as thousands of primitive toilets of many slums overwhelm the lake with waste increasing the instances of diarrhoea, jaundice and others waterborne diseases in the district.

Dr Kamal stresses need for judicial watchdog

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday stressed the need for establishing a monitoring system in the courts to see whether people are getting justice without hindrance.

Trying war criminals govt's duty: WP

Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday said it is the duty of the caretaker government to identify and punish the war criminals who committed crime against humanity, not any individual.

US university to help address arsenic problem

Ohio State University (OSU) will assist Bangladesh address the Arsenic challenges and offered to increase exchange of scholars and scholarship to Bangladeshi students.

8 members of 'Aggyan Party' arrested

Detectives arrested eight members of "Aggyan Party" in the capital on Thursday night.

Int'l community urged to help recover siphoned off wealth

Bangladesh has urged the international community to lend their support for the recovery of ill-gotten resources that remained abroad.

Two 'robbers' beaten to death in Ctg

Two robbers were beaten to death and another was injured by the villagers at South Satra under Chikdair Union of Raozan upazila early yesterday.

Rejoinder and our reply

Shahjadpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mahbubur Rahman in a rejoinder on Thursday said the photograph published in The Daily Star the same day on fertiliser was untrue and baseless.

Bar, club raided, 31 arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) raided a bar and a club in the city's Gulshan area on Thursday night and arrested 31 people including two women.

Reception to Mera Peak conquerors

Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club (BMTC) accorded a reception to Bangladeshi mountaineers who conquered the Himalayan 21,830-foot Mera Peak, the highest peak conquered by Bangladeshi mountaineers.

US against martial law in Pakistan, says Rice

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that Pakistan must go ahead with elections next year and added that Washington is opposed to any move by President Pervez Musharraf to impose martial law.

Tiger political chief killed in airstrike

A Sri Lankan airstrike targeting a meeting of top rebel officials early yesterday killed the Tamil Tigers' political chief, the guerrilla group announced.

Oil rises back to near $94

Oil rose back to near $94 a barrel on Friday as concerns over tight supplies ahead of the winter returned to the fore.

Missile attack on Pakistan militant camp kills 9

A missile strike destroyed an insurgent hideout in Pakistan's tribal belt at a house once owned by the late military chief of the Taliban, killing nine people, witnesses and sources said.


High hopes pinned on independent judiciary

Ending all conjectures concerning smooth transition, the judiciary has finally been made an independent organ from November 1. This is undoubtedly a milestone that has been achieved to advance and ensure greater judicial independence and thereby establish rule of law in the country. By all means, this is a historic beginning of an arduous task and it has to be further accomplished to perfection by the future governments.

Pongu hospital inadequacies

The National Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics, known as the Pongu Hospital, is the largest of its kind in the country. Physiotherapy is one of the key elements of services provided at the institute. Whereas the two regular physiotherapists currently working at the hospital are of the opinion that with the number of patients arriving on a daily basis, the hospital needs as many as 50 therapists, it is shocking to find that acute dearth of physiotherapists remains at the hospital. One only has to mark the statement by Kazi Humayun Kabir, Professor and course coordinator: “if a patient gets proper physiotherapy then the possibility of full recovery in most cases is 80 to 90 percent” -- so vital is the health service that this hospital can provide.

Re-creating confidence within the economy

Contradictory signals and diverse reports continue to create headlines on a regular basis about the state of health of the Bangladesh economy. To say the least, it has been a mixed bag.

A long march

It was a long march, all right. But there were no clenched fists, no display of weapons, not even loud slogans. It was not like the long march in China to conquer the country for communism. It was a peaceful demonstration of some 28,000 landless from different parts of India. They had waited quietly in their villages and forests for a peaceful solution to their deprivation.

Toward a responsible bureaucracy

The Bangladesh bureaucracy is linked to the administrative reforms in India between 1919 and 1947. The India Act of 1919 defined the responsibility of provinces and introduced the rudiments of responsible government into its administration. The provinces got full autonomy only under the Government of India Act 1935 which made provincial legislature wholly elected and transfer responsibility to council of ministers accountable to legislatures.


Sajid destroys Dhaka

Barisal's left-arm pacer Sajidul Islam took advantage of overcast conditions to the maximum to rattle Dhaka on the first day of the third-round four-dayers of the 9th National Cricket League at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Hingis calls it quits

Switzerland's Martina Hingis announced her retirement from tennis here on Thursday after admitting she is under investigation for a positive test for cocaine.

'Swiss Miss' finishes in tears

Martina Hingis, the world's youngest ever women's number one tennis player, ended her career after a successful comeback on a sour note when she admitted testing postive for cocaine.

Butt fashions win

Left-handed batsman Salman Butt hit form with a sparkling half-century as Pakistan warmed up for the one-day international series against India with a six-wicket win over a local side here Friday.

Bangladesh win bronze in kabaddi

Bangladesh clinched the kabaddi bronze medal in the Asian Indoor Games, according to a message from Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF).

Bowlers rally for SL

Sri Lanka fought back after an early innings collapse to claim four Queensland wickets on an eventful opening day of their three-day tour match at Allan Border Field here Friday.

'No Asif, no difference'

India's cricket manager Lalchand Rajput feels the absence of Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Asif would not make much of a difference to the one-day series, which is likely to see a tough contest.

Malik, Lawson behind Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar's erratic temperament has often come as embarrassment to Pakistan but captain Shoaib Malik and coach Geoff Lawson on Thursday threw their weight behind the enigmatic speedster and hoped the pacer to fire on all cylinders in the cricket series against India.

BCCI must talk

When a champion stumbles, you offer a comforting arm on the shoulder, not a thump on the back. It is an indicator of how you value your people.

Gabba good for Stuart

Stuart MacGill is keen to grab the opportunity to play his first Test for 18 months after being named in Australia's 13-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka. MacGill still faces competition from Brad Hogg for the spinner's spot in the match that starts next Thursday at the Gabba.

CA tough on drugs

Australia's cricketers who test positive for drugs could lose their contracts or be banned from international, domestic or club selection for up to three years under new penalties announced Friday.

ICL in Atapattu's plans

Marvan Atapattu, who should be a certainty for the first Test, accepted an invitation from Sri Lanka's sports minister to tour Australia only after checking his diary to make sure the trip didn't interrupt his plans for November.

Nalbandian downs Federer again

David Nalbandian became the second man this season to beat Roger Federer back-to-back with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win at the Paris Masters, sending the Swiss to the end-of-season Masters Cup on the back of a loss.

3rd Japan Cup karate ends

Bangladesh Ansar karatekas Mir Mohammad Ibn Iftikhar Hossain and Munni Khanam clinched gold medals in men's and women's singles kata in the daylong 3rd Japan Cup karate competition at the NSC Gymnasium yesterday.

Pollock earns Test recall

Veteran all-rounder Shaun Pollock was Friday recalled to the South African squad for the first Test against New Zealand starting at the Wanderers Stadium Thursday.

Div 3 cricket qualifiers

Mohammad Mohiuddin captured seven wickets for 19 runs to help Winning Star Cricket Club thrash Dakkhin Khan NO Sangha in the 3rd division qualifying cricket league at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.

Himu strikes for Jhankar

Himu struck twice to lead Jhankar Krira Chakra to a 5-1 win over Samonnay Sangha in the First Division Football League at the local government college ground yesterday.

Black Caps struggle

Former Test batsmen Neil McKenzie and Boeta Dippenaar shared a double century stand as the touring New Zealanders struggled on the first day of their four-day match against South Africa A at Sedgars Park Thursday.

Ronaldinho saves Barca

Barcelona slipped back in the Spanish championship race when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Valladolid on Thursday.

Real look to pull away

Spanish league leaders Real Madrid will be looking to maintain the style that took them to a 5-1 mid-week win at Valencia when they visit Sevilla on Saturday.

Mancini very confident

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has been boasting about the strength in depth of his squad ahead of Sunday's crucial trip to Juventus.

All roads lead to London

Arsenal can take a huge stride towards reclaiming the Premier League title by beating Manchester United in an enticing top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

Who can stop Bayern?

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has questioned whether anyone in the Bundesliga can stop the unbeaten run-away league leaders as Eintracht Frankfurt seek to lower their colours this weekend.

Marseille look for a win

Fallen French giants Marseille continue their bid to shed their dire home record when they host Lorient for a must-win league clash this Saturday.

'Keep clean sheet'

Nemanja Vidic believes another clean sheet can provide the foundation for a Manchester United victory in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal.

Need for speed

Czech international striker Milan Baros was clocked doing 271 kilometres an hour (168 miles an hour) in his Ferrari on a motorway east of here on Thursday, police sources said on Friday.

Eto'o returning in weeks

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is set to return to action before the end of November, the Catalan club announced on Thursday.


Lack of info hurdle to increasing RMG export to Japan

Lack of information about Bangladeshi apparels in Japan is a major hurdle to increasing Bangladesh's RMG export to the world's second largest economy, reveals a survey conducted by Japanese textile importers.

India offers capital subsidy to textiles

In a boost to Indian textile sector, the government has decided to extend the benefits of a technology upgradation scheme for five years up to 2012 under which capital subsidy and interest reimbursement for purchase of machinery will be given.

UAE warns firms on illegal recruitment of foreigners

The United Arab Emirates warned on Friday that it will get tough with firms employing foreigners in violation of labour rules after the expiry of a deadline for illegal workers to leave the country.

Asia needs efficient bond market to avoid financial risks: Thailand

Asia still faces significant challenges to develop more efficient capital markets that could reduce the threat of another regional financial crisis, Thailand's finance minister said Friday.

Dollar hit by US housing woes

The dollar fell against the euro on Friday as continuing uncertainty over the US subprime housing sector weighed on the US currency, dealers said.

More child workers rescued from Indian garment factories

Indian police on Thursday rescued 77 child textile workers in the third raid this week following reports that a local supplier to US clothing chain Gap was employing minors.

Economic crimes on the rise in China

Incidences of violent crime are down in China, but economic crimes involving fake products and credit card fraud are up, the Ministry of Public Security of China announced Thursday.

Strauss-Kahn takes charge at IMF pledging 'reform'

Dominique Strauss-Kahn took over the reins of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday and pledged to overhaul the institution's relevance and finances.

Meghalaya eyes more Bangladeshi tourists

“Breakfast in Dhaka and lunch in Shillong”, with this slogan the government of scenic North Eastern Indian state of Meghalaya is set to woo tourists from Bangladesh.

BASF Q3 earnings surge

BASF Aktiengesellschaft, the parent company of BASF Bangladesh Ltd, is heading for another record year with increased sales of five percent and its earnings per share more than doubled in the third quarter, says a press release.

Uzbekistan forcing children out of school to pick cotton

Uzbekistan has been forcing children out of school and into fields to pick cotton, which a British minister described as an example of the "modern slave trade", the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Westin Dhaka launches nightly social events

Westin Dhaka has launched nightly social events called 'Unwind', says a press release.

Emirates reaches Canada

Emirates Airline's inaugural Dubai-Toronto flight EK241 on Monday reached Toronto, marking Emirates' first destination in Canada, and the first ever non-stop service between Dubai and Toronto, says a press release.

US job growth accelerates

US job growth accelerated by more-than-expected in October as 166,000 new posts were created, the government said Friday in a sign that the economy is weathering housing and credit woes.

Japan auto sales up

Japan's automobile sales rose for the first time in 28 months in October as manufacturers released new models in an effort to reinvigorate a shrinking domestic market, an industry group said.

Free air access between Asean capitals from 2008

From next December, travellers will have a wide choice of flights--from budget ones to established carriers--if they want to fly to Kuala Lumpur or any other Asean capital. They can also expect lower fares.

Fed pumps $41b into markets

The Federal Reserve injected 41 billion dollars in temporary reserves into the US money markets Thursday to help ease ailing credit markets.


Strengthen nat'l institutions, frame laws to check corruption

Dr Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International (TI), yesterday called for steps to strengthen national and multilateral institutions and frame legislations in order to ensure that there will be no acceptance of corruption and corrupt people are prosecuted.

Take steps to try war criminals

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said that war criminals can be tried under the existing laws and the government should take initiatives in this regard.

Cultural activists urge govt to bring war criminals to justice

Cultural activists yesterday demanded punishment to those who opposed the liberation war in 1971 and recently denied the existence of war criminals in the country.

Donate safe blood to save lives

Health Adviser Maj Gen (retd) ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday urged the country's youth to come forward to save the lives of affected people through donating safe blood.

CCC to re-excavate 22 canals to remove waterlogging

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will re-excavate at least 22 canals including the Chaktai canal soon as part of its efforts to free the city from severe waterlogging.

Honest people urged to help build a better society

Adviser for Law and Information Mainul Hosein yesterday said the greatest task of the present caretaker government is to create an atmosphere so that good people can contribute to the nation building.

6 killed in road accidents

Six people were killed and 27 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Mymensingh and Tangail in the last two days.

Narsingdi OC closed

The officer-in-charge (OC) of Model Police Station was closed to the district Police Lines Thursday night following the death of a transport employee in police custody.

Schoolboy stabbed to death by fellow student

A teenage schoolboy was stabbed to death by his fellow student at Ghatail upazila in the district yesterday.

Ershad demands punishment to war criminals

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has demanded punishment to war criminals and Islamic outfits who created violence at different places in the country.

2.5 kg gold seized in N'ganj, one arrested

Police arrested a man along with 2.5 kg of gold worth about Tk 50 lakh from Meghna Toll Plaza area in Sonargaon upazila on Thursday midnight.

Scholastica honours highest scorers

Seven students of Scholastica who got the highest marks in different subjects in the GCE O Level Exams 2007 were accorded a reception at a special assembly at the Senior Section of the school at Uttara in the city yesterday, says a press release.

'Wrong WB suggestions led to collapse of many industries'

As the suggestions of the World Bank (WB) are responsible for many economic disasters in the county, the people would not welcome the visit of WB President to Bangladesh, said speakers at a view exchange meeting in the city yesterday.

Nat'l Reference Lab for avian influenza opens

National Reference Laboratory for avian influenza (AI) was inaugurated at Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) in Savar recently, says a press release.

Vow to end violence against women

The ninth annual conference of the district unit of Bangladesh Mohila Parishad was held at 'Lok Bhaban' here yesterday with a vow to end violence against women.

PIB diploma exams in Dec

The course completion examination of post-graduate diploma on journalism conducted by Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) under the sessions of 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 will be held in December.

Death anniversary of Qudrat-i-Khuda today

Today is the 30th death anniversary of Dr Qudrat-i-Khuda, a renowned scientists and educationist of the sub-continent, says a press release.

'Drug peddler' gunned down in Keraniganj

An alleged drug peddler was gunned down by his rivals in Shahidnagar Balurmath area in Keraniganj early yesterday.

SUST admission tests Dec 12-13

Admission tests for the honours courses under 2007-08 academic session of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) will be held on December 12 and 13.

Top terror of Narayanganj arrested

Rapid Action Battalion arrested a listed terrorist of Narayanganj along with a pistol and five bullets from Bhawal Mirzapur in Gazipur on Thursday.

Freight train derails in Jamalpur

The engine of a freight train derailed near Sharitpur in Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon, disrupting communication on Dhaka-Chittagong route for hours.

Programmes on Jail Killing Day

Awami League has drawn up various programmes to observe the Jail Killing Day today.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today

The 12th edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held in conjunction with the BBC's ongoing river show programme at Ilisha Ghat in Bhola at 2:45pm today.

National cooperatives day today

The 36th National Cooperatives Day will be observed today in a befitting manner across the country.

550 bottles of phensidyl seized in city

Police seized 550 bottles of phensidyl and arrested a person from a car in front of the High Court yesterday.


BNP in Satkhira, Barisal rejects Saifur

Expressing surprise at the latest development in BNP hierarchy in which two key party posts were reshuffled and expulsions of some leaders overturned, BNP leaders in Satkhira and Barisal have expressed their 'full confidence' in the leadership of Khaleda Zia and rejected Saifur Rahman.

Fertiliser shortage hits Rabi farming in Rajshahi region

Shortage of fertilisers has hit farmers in Rajshahi and adjoining areas during the ongoing peak sowing season for Rabi crops including potato - one of the cash crops in the region.

'Ensure social rights of Harijans'

Participants at a seminar held at Dumuria upazila town yesterday took a vow to eliminate all forms of discriminations against people belonging to the Harijan community.

ACC task force probes BNP whip Jamal's wealth

A task force of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has stated probe into alleged corruption accumulation of wealth illegally by former BNP whip and Red Crescent Chairman Shahidul Huq Jamal.

Voter listing postponed in Moulvibazar

Work on voter listing and preparation of national identity (ID) cards which started in the municipality area here has been postponed after two days of its beginning, District Election Commission (EC) office sources said.

Zia Parishad leader sued for 'extortion'

An extortion case has been filed against five people including president of Tala Upazila Zia Parishad Akhtaruzzaman, principal of Advocate Abdur Rahman College.


Abbas holds talks with Hamas leaders

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas met Hamas leaders in the West Bank yesterday for the first time since the Islamists routed his forces in a bloody takeover of the Gaza Strip in June.

US, Turkey, Iraq will repel Kurd attacks

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States, Turkey and Iraq will counter any attacks on Turkey by Kurdish rebels operating out of northern Iraq.

Gulf states suggest Iran nuclear compromise

Arab states in the Gulf have come up with a compromise aimed at defusing the crisis between the West and Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, a specialised Middle East publication said on Thursday.

Pak militants parade 48 ‘captured soldiers'

Militants loyal to a pro-Taliban cleric in northwest Pakistan paraded 48 people they said were captured paramilitary soldiers in front of the media yesterday.

Indian army punishes 85 soldiers for Kashmir rights abuses

Eight-five Indian soldiers have been found guilty of human rights violations in Kashmir in the 18 years since a revolt against New Delhi's rule erupted there in 1989, the army said Friday.

Taliban militants storm Afghan district

Scores of Taliban militants stormed a district of western Afghanistan in another bid to capture the strategic area, police said Friday.

One third of freshwater fish face extinction

More than one third of European freshwater fish species are threatened with extinction, according to a study released by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) on Thursday.

We want UPA govt to continue in office, says Jyoti Basu

Notwithstanding his party's stiff opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal, veteran CPM leader Jyoti Basu on Friday said that the party wanted the Manmohan Singh Government to continue in office.

Indian rebels kill seven troopers

Seven paramilitary troopers died Friday in an ambush by tribal separatists in India's restive northeastern state of Assam, police said.

Pilot of Hiroshima bomber dies

The pilot of the plane that ushered in the age of atomic warfare with the first nuclear attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, died Thursday at the age of 92, a spokesman said.

Deadly HIV-TB co-epidemic sweeps sub-Saharan Africa

Drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV have merged into a double-barreled epidemic that is sweeping across sub-Saharan Africa and threatening global efforts to eradicate both diseases, according to a report released yesterday.

US envoy urges Arabs to reopen Iraq embassies

The US ambassador to Baghdad urged Arab states yesterday to reopen their embassies in Iraq to counter Iran's "negative" influence in the war-torn nation.

One million people affected by Mexico floods

Rescuers worked yesterday on saving hundreds of thousands of people trapped by the worst floods ever recorded in Mexico's southern state of Tabasco, with more than one million residents affected.

India calls up ex-army men to save tigers

India is recruiting retired army personnel to guard sanctuaries sheltering the increasingly rare Royal Bengal Tiger after a study showed their numbers were far below previous estimates.

70 countries push for UN moratorium on death penalty

More than 70 countries have co-sponsored a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly calling for a moratorium on executions with the ultimate goal of abolishing the practice, a diplomat said Thursday.

Myanmar frees 46 more prisoners ahead of UN envoy's visit

Authorities in Myanmar have freed 46 more people arrested during unrest in August and September, an opposition party spokesman said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Syed Jahangir: A tireless traveller in the world of paints

Syed Jahangir, in his tireless journey through life, once again presents the Dhaka art lovers with a treasure trove of art works. In his ongoing exhibit at the Bengal Gallery, he has brought forth 60 sketch, watercolour, oil and mixed media pieces. These are done in an impressionistic manner, as he has departed from abstraction quite some while back.

India Bangladesh Festival of Books and Writers begins

To get writers, publishers and academics together with the hope of forming a platform for working out the modalities for an easier exchange of books and ideas, a five-day India Bangladesh Festival of Books and Writers was inaugurated at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) yesterday.

Live music at Kozmo Lounge

Kozmo Lounge on Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi has become a hot spot for live entertainment for the young music lovers. Every weekend prominent as well as aspiring artistes and bands perform at the venue. On November 1, an unplugged musical event was held at the lounge. The event featured an upcoming band Shade.


The four brave men of Mujibnagar

They were all decent men, individuals whose lives were emblematic of integrity. It was in their youth that idealism drew them to politics. By the time they were in their thirties, they were already well-known men whose reputation for political sagacity came to be known and felt in the hamlets and villages of Bengal. By their early fifties, they were dead. They who once constructed history were simply done to death in a ruthless betrayal of history. In Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, M. Mansoor Ali and A.H.M. Quamruzzaman came embodied the thought of politics being a vehicle that could only advance the cause of a people. These men, close to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and therefore the repository of his confidence, took up the cause of a people in grave peril and caused them to create and sustain belief in themselves. The struggle, they argued, was all. For it was struggle that led to great attainments.

Of the jail killing and Tajuddin's diary

In the history of independent Bangladesh, November 3 is a black day, commemorating the killing in Dhaka Central Jail of four national leaders who were key personalities in executing our national liberation. So we mourn today their sad demise and register a strong protest against such heinous act for the 32nd time.

Legal challenges of combating terrorism

While terrorists are lying low for the present, maybe for tactical reasons, the threat of terrorism to our admittedly pluralist society has by no means decreased. Realists continue to impress upon the imperative of devising an all-pervasive counter-terrorism strategy for tackling the menace. A non-government think-tank has in the recent past prepared a counter-terrorism strategy after considerable deliberations, and has drawn the attention of appropriate quarters for embarking upon the required course of action.

Clandestine yaba dealing takes its toll

The recent crackdown on drug barons in the most posh area of the city with huge seizure of about 130,000 yaba tablets, beginning with the arrest of four kids belonging to some very affluent families in the city, has exposed the ugly side of wealth and power acquired in the past days of the political government.


Hello to smart terminals

Let's say you are surfing the net on your PC or writing something using MS Word. The only software that your PC is running is the browser and the office application along with some operating system processes. The rest of the computing power of your PC is just sitting idle. Now think of a solution: your family members or office colleagues could make use of that vast unused computing power of your machine without interrupting your work an iota.

Wireless printing for the jet set

The term "printer" usually brings to mind a bulky device that rests on our desk. Printer manufacturers have now developed cost-effective, lightweight and easily moveable printers for home users. This advancement, however, is not smart enough for portable devices -- smart phone, PDA and the like.

Google gets more social with new network

Google Inc. is setting up a distribution network for social networking applications, adding a new twist in the Internet search leader's brewing rivalry with rapidly maturing startup Facebook Inc.


The Legend of Ka Lidhaka*

In the nascent stage of its history, Ri Pnar, or the Jaintia Hills as it is known today, was only a disorganized cluster of villages without a syiem (1) or hima(2). Each village kept to itself under its own administrators -- elders and headmen -- and consulted each other only in matters of trade. At that time there lived, in a hamlet called Umwi, a certain farmer known as Woh Ryndih, a man alone, spending most of his time toiling in his field from morning till night. Like all other men in the hamlet, however, he was very fond of hunting and fishing and often indulged himself in these pastimes whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Attention Bangladeshi Authors: The Man Asian Literary Prize

On 25th October the newly instituted 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize Shortlist was announced. Five authors out of a previous long list of 23 made the cut:

Gathering around the hearth

Around the Hearth Khasi Legends (translation by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih with illustrations by Pankaj Thapa); Delhi: Penguin India; 2007.

A Man in Labour

When the literary editor of The Daily Star suggested that I write about my 'research pains' experienced in the pursuit of my PhD, my response was 'let me endure the pain in its entirety.' Then I remembered the hardworking new-man Lopahkin from Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, who jibed at 'the perpetual student,' Trofimov, saying: “Pushing fifty, still a student, eh?” Trofimov was not fifty. Neither am I! But we share the plight (albeit delight) of being 'perpetual students.' I suppose it is hard for many pragmatic minds and brisk businessmen to understand the pleasure of this type of pain. After all, the rationality that informs the pain/pleasure principle is based on irrationality. So be warned, these are going to be fragmentary thoughts, splintered from a brain preoccupied with polishing a dissertation and preparing to defend it.


You reeled me close to you once
To youth's arced flame
Then flung me to the winds.
I float on air, and laugh — a spring breeze
You pulled me back on an invisible string, then let go
Oh God how you toyed with me
You voyager of my depths!
Kite strings cross-cutting each other
Snapped me free from the spool
Liberated and carefree, doubts gone
On tornado-typhoon-cloud-lightning winds
I drift and drift...
Seeing me sail by neighbourhood boys
Gather on rooftops-fields-lanes
To pluck me if they can...

Strategic Issues

Iran-US Relations: The Bush era

Since George W. Bush came to power in 2001, the relationship between Iran and the United States have plummeted to a new low. On January 29, 2002, President Bush gave his “Axis of evil' speech, describing Iran along with North Korea and Saddam Hussein of Iraq as an axis of evil and warning that the proliferation of long-range missiles developed by these countries were of great danger to the US and that it constituted terrorism. The speech caused outrage in Iran and was condemned by both reformists and conservatives.

The systemic fault in politics must go

The political parties should thank the Election Commission for persistently prodding the government to allow some sort of dialogue. As the country is yet to recover from repeated natural calamities, underperforming economy and restive campus, one must appreciate that it is a bold decision to allow indoor political parley. If politicians could trust and respect each other and follow the rules, there would have been no need for restrictions, much less for reforms. The institution of the caretaker government (CTG) is unique in a sense that it is an acceptance of unreliability of politicians by themselves. Without being cynical one must concede that the CTG is the outcome of failed politics. Call for reforms is not a political issue but moral challenge to the nation; B. A. Choudhury is right to demand a national government and a decade to weed out the dirty culture: but he also knows the old faces are no more acceptable to the people.

Joint US Marines-BAF air exercise

A joint exercise between US Marines and the Bangladesh Air force (BAF) commenced from Wednesday last and continued for a week. This is by far, the largest joint exercise with US defence forces since starting of such operations in 1990. The exercise will provide valuable training for aircrew and maintenance personnel. Such operation will enable the US Marines and BAF participants to sharpen air combat skills, improve procedures for sustained operations, as well as promote closer relations and enhance interoperability. It complements a number of other exchanges and exercises intended to develop closer defense ties between the US and Bangladesh. One of the aims of this type of operations is to optimize and develop necessary standardized procedures for the interoperability - that is to say, the possibility for common, trouble free deployment.

Star Books Review

Transiting from a nation to a nation-state

The fourth edition of Emergence of a New Nation in a Multi-Polar World: Bangladesh is made up of two distinct parts: the original text, made up of seven chapters, and an addendum, consisting of the remaining three. Although the author informs us that it is revised and enlarged, the reader could only be sure about the expanded portion, but not about exactly where the revision has taken place. The introduction to the latest edition offers no clue, although it does say that it “contains new chapters on the various global, regional and national developments that have occurred since the 1970's.”

The Bengali brigadier in Pakistan's army

The war of 1971 remains a point of reference for Bengalis, especially those with first hand experience of the conflict as it built up and then moved towards a denouement. With men like Khalilur Rahman, the War of Liberation was at once a distant affair, fundamentally because they were away in West Pakistan when the Pakistan army launched its genocide in occupied Bangladesh in March. And yet there was a closeness, in spirit and temperament at least, where comprehending the issues involved was concerned. Rahman was a senior Bengali officer, a brigadier, in the Pakistan army and stationed in West Pakistan at the time. It certainly was not the best of times or the best of places for any Bengali to be in. Like Rahman, there were hundreds of other Bengali officers and sepoys stuck in a place from where all the salvoes were being fired at their compatriots in occupied Bangladesh. And then there were the thousands of civilian officials, employees and their families stranded in what was definitely hostile territory for Bengalis. Briefly, West Pakistan after March 1971 was a place where Bengalis were treated with open disdain and, almost always, as traitors to the country Jinnah had built in 1947.

From partition to Bollywood movies

Vikram Chandra's massive novel (as long as Tolstoy's War and Peace) is not only an extraordinary narrative but also a brilliant commentary on India's underworld of crime and international intrigue, mostly during the past dozen yearsin short, unforgettable. If you pick up the book, you'd better be prepared for a long haulnot simply reading for a couple of nights. Fortunately, given its length and the dozens of significant characters, Chandra has provided a "Dramatis Personae" at the beginning, which you can flip back to and use to place a character into context.

Chronicles of love

They stood facing each other, looking into each other's eyes. The eyes held still, they seemed to forget even to blink. They saw beyond the eyes, they recognised each other as the ideal soulmates meant to be together on the wheel of eternity. They had a vision of a long winding road on which they were walking, hand in hand, walking towards a bright light; the light of a new life.

At a glance

Jati Gothonkale Ak Orthonitibider Kichchu Kotha
Nurul Islam
The University Press Limited

This happens to be a highly readable book from one who has been closely involved with Bangladesh's economic planning in the country's early stages. Indeed, Islam was one of the leading proponents of economic autonomy for East Pakistan in the 1960s. That background should be good enough for readers to get their hands on the work.

The Daily Star

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