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Unemployment, rich-poor gap two major MDG challenges

Rising unemployment and declining share of the poorer populace in national income are two major challenges for the country in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says a government report.

Non-stop price spiral

Prices of different essentials continued to soar at both wholesale and retail markets in the capital and elsewhere in the country over the past week, intensifying sufferings of people belonging to all strata.

Hold parliamentary election first, set Hasina free

Awami League (AL) yesterday said it would not accept local government polls before the general election, and reiterated its call for the Election Commission (EC) to set an election date without delay.

Power projects at Ctg EPZs uncertain for gas crisis

Persistent gas crisis in Chittagong region has created uncertainty over two upcoming power projects in two of the port city's export processing zones (EPZs).

India hands over two more top criminals

India yesterday handed over two more top criminals to Bangladesh at Benapole border.

No bar to holding local polls first

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said holding local government elections before national elections has neither legal nor constitutional bar.

Rohingyas in KSA 'a major irritant' for Dhaka, Riyadh

The activities of Rohingyas and a few Bangladeshis, posing as Rohingyas to get special favour from the Saudi authorities, have become a major irritant for Dhaka and Riyadh, officials said.

Road to Benapole in bad shape, no repair for years

The dilapidated Jessore-Benapole highway, one of the most important roads for trade between Bangladesh and India, has turned hazardous to hundreds of motor vehicles.

Chicken, egg prices up after weeks of slump

The sales of eggs and chickens started getting normal in the capital and elsewhere in the country in the last few days after the poultry sector experienced miserable trade for more than two months following an outbreak of avian influenza.

Elect honest, dedicated persons: CA

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged the people to elect honest, dedicated and active persons in the next elections for development and welfare of the country.

Ali finally freed on bail after 15 years

Ali Hussain alias Allya returned to his home after 15 years as he was released on bail from Moulvibazar District Jail Thursday evening.

Musharraf to call new parliament within ten days

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday he would convene the country's new parliament within ten days and vowed his full support to the incoming coalition government.

Govt fixes minimum wage for unskilled workers at 550 SR

Minimum wage for each unskilled Bangladeshi worker who receives food and lodging in Saudi Arabia has been fixed at 550 Saudi Riyals (SR) per month.

Bullion traders term Rab drive illegal

Leaders of jewellery and bullion traders yesterday condemned Rapid Action Battalion's (Rab) arrest of eight bullion traders at Tantibazar in the city Wednesday night and the seizure of 660 tolas of gold from their shops.

All-male rally vows to root out acid violence

Men will have to come forward to root out acid violence against women and children in the society as the brutality is perpetrated mostly by men, participants at an all-male rally yesterday said.

Poultry farmer quarantined in Rajshahi

A poultry farmer was quarantined at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital as doctors suspect that he might be infected with bird flu virus.

'Doctrine of necessity' wasn't my brainchild

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the doctrine of necessity that had guided the commission to invite BNP acting Secretary General Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed to dialogue on electoral reforms was not his brainchild.

2 JMB men held in Kurigram

Two members of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested at Bahalguri village under Bhurungamari upazila early yesterday.

Goods train derails in Comilla

Train service on the Dhaka-Chittagong route remained suspended for two and a half hours as a goods train derailed in Comilla yesterday.

OC at Satkhira PS allegedly beats wife to death

Wife of the officer-in-charge (OC) of Patkelghata Police Station in Satkhira succumbed to her injures allegedly inflicted by her husband on March 4.

Record oil, commodity prices threaten global inflation

Record prices for oil and other commodities, including food, pose a threat of inflation in a globalised economy, European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet said on yesterday.

Pariah states press for re-vote as Democrats brawl

Democrats groped for ways to avert civil war at their presidential convention in August, as Barack Obama obliterated fundraising records in his corrosive fight against Hillary Clinton.

Death toll rises to 68 in Baghdad bombings

Funerals were held Friday for many of the victims of a twin bombing in a crowded Baghdad shopping district that killedat least 68 people and wounded 120 - a stark reminder that Iraq's violence may have slackened but has not fully abated.

Gunman kills 8 inside library in Jerusalem

The killing of eight people at a Jewish religious college by a Palestinian gunman will not derail peace talks, the Israeli government has said.


National ID registration authority in offing

THE decision to form a statutory body styled National Identities Registration Authority (NIRA) through an ordinance signals a significant move to provide a durable institutional basis for the issuance of national ID card. Its importance also lies in that it will give the needed legal cover to national ID card and voter registration project already undertaken by the Election Commission (EC).

Bringing women into mainstream

WHAT could be a more ringing endorsement of the International Women's Day theme 'Investing in women and girls' than the one reverberating from a discussion meet organised by ActionAid to mark the day on Wednesday. That women make better and more responsible use of money than their male counterparts and are proficient in jobs requiring attention to detail and finesse are established facts. Little wonder, therefore, that they are such success stories in two sectors -- microcredit and garment industry. Their efficient utilisation of microcredits, both in self-employed and group projects have led to a degree of poverty alleviation in a significant number of households. The replication of such projects on a larger scale is only desirable but that needs a greater allocation of resources.

Trial of war criminals

A sort of national consensus has developed recently for bringing the war criminals of the liberation war to justice. The Election Commission (EC), responding to the demand of the political parties, has announced that it will recommend to the caretaker government (CTG) to initiate steps for the trial of the war criminals.

Writing a new chapter in the US dream

SENATOR Obama and Senator Clinton have provided the US electorate in general, and those professing the democratic persuasion in particular, with drama of most interesting proportions. Their close contest has been carefully watched within the United States and analysed by others in the rest of the world. That has been so because in any US Presidential election, the electorate consists not only of US citizens but also those in other countries who might be directly or indirectly affected by the outcome.

Hillary works the refs and wins a close call

DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton made the American media turn on a dime. In their last debate in Ohio on February 26, from the outset an aggressive Clinton employed the "kitchen sink" strategy of throwing everything at Obama. She complained that she always gets the first question, lending credence to the skit on NBC's Saturday Night Live comedy on February 23 that made fun of media's fawning over Obama. She asked sarcastically: "Perhaps we should ask Barack whether he needs another pillow!"


Rubel keeps his nerve

Mohammad Ashraful and co may take some encouragement two days ahead of the first one-dayer from the outcome of the BCB XI match against a full-strength South African team yesterday that saw a thrilling last-ball encounter ending in a tie, in front of a jubilant home crowd at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.

DFAs to vote in BFF

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) yesterday paved way for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) election by allowing the football governing body in Bangladesh to hold the polls according to the current statutes with minor adjustments.

Do what you want, Shakib told Rubel

BCB XI skipper Shakib Al Hasan was all smiles at the post-match briefing with reporters near the rope of Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday afternoon. One could pick the actual mood of the home team through this smile of Shakib.

Local Snippets

The Duckworth-Lewis method was the order of the day as all matches of the First Division Cricket League yesterday were decided according to the law of rain-interrupted matches.

Kiwis stay ahead

Tight New Zealand bowling and a placid pitch strangled England's first innings as they crawled to 286 for six at stumps on the third day of the first cricket Test here Friday.

Bhajji's parting shots

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh further deepened the animosity between India and Australia on Thursday when he called Matthew Hayden "a big liar" and Adam Gilchrist "no saint."

Only wickets in Sree's mind

India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth may have proved expensive as a bowler during the tri-series in Australia but the firebrand paceman says conceding runs never really bothered him since his main job was to take wickets for the team.

Selection now on Mar 17

The selection of India's squad for the first two Tests against South Africa has been postponed from March 9 to March 17. The selectors will now meet in Bangalore instead of Mumbai.

Bad day for English

Bayern Munich stamped their authority on the UEFA Cup on Thursday, hammering five goals past 10-man Anderlecht in Brussels in their last 16 first leg tie.

Resilience test for giants

Real Madrid and Barcelona resume the race for the Primera Liga title this weekend needing to demonstrate their powers of recovery after being hit by body blows in the Champions League.

Inter celebrate centenary

Serie A leaders Inter Milan celebrate their centenary against Reggina on Saturday although the festivities will be slightly more muted than they would have been given recent disappointments on the pitch.

Depth will be the key

Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld insists the Bundesliga leaders must use their strength in depth at home to Karslruhe on Saturday if they want to tighten their strangle hold on the title.

Gunners seek title

With Manchester United otherwise engaged in pursuit of a trophy treble, Arsenal will relish the opportunity to steal a march over their rivals in the Premier League title race this weekend.

No sentiments from Kahn

Never one for sentimentality, Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn will expect nothing less than three points on Saturday when his side faces Karlsruhe, the club where he began his career.

'Life-ban for dangerous tackles'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday called for lifetime bans and criminal charges to be brought against players found guilty of dangerous tackles.

120,000 tickets for the poor

Around 120,000 of the lowest-priced tickets for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will be given away to allow people from the country's lower classes to watch, organisers announced Friday.

Italian referee into hiding

Italian referee Mauro Bergonzi was sent into hiding by police after thugs tried to attack someone he looked like, the head of the country's referees' association has said.

Maldini might play on

AC Milan skipper Paolo Maldini said on Thursday that he may not retire at the end of this season and keep going into the next campaign instead even though he will have celebrated his 40th birthday.

Berlusconi wants Shevchenko

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi believes Chelsea's unsettled striker Andrei Shevchenko will return to the Italian giants.

Hamburg shortlist three for post

Bundesliga title-contenders Hamburg are narrowing down their search for a successor to Dutch coach Huub Stevens who will quit the German club to coach PSV Eindhoven in the summer.

I will be fit: Beckham

LA Galaxy star David Beckham on Friday voiced confidence his bid for a 100th England cap was on track following encouraging signs from national coach Fabio Capello.

England kidding nobody

The third day at Hamilton was either stultifying or gripping, depending on how slowly you like to cook your contests. England creaked along at a rate of 2.14 an over, gas mark 1 by the standards of the modern game, but New Zealand kept stirring the pot gently with wickets at opportune moments, to leave their opponents in an undeniable stew. There have been all manners of remarks about the turgid nature of this pitch, but they've been completely at odds with the hand-grenade mentality that has gripped England's batsmen. If they are this anxious on day three of the contest, imagine how they'll cope if asked to bat time on a final-day minefield?

I'm transparent: Dhoni

His habit of being openly critical about teammates has raised quite a few eyebrows, but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni insists there is nothing wrong in being "transparent" if it ends up getting good results for the side.

Jose wants to 'kill' Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea he is out to "kill" them when he returns to club management.

PCB bracing for pull-out

Pakistan are concerned that there will be long-term implications if, as expected, Australia pull out of their scheduled tour there due to security issues. It has become increasingly unlikely the series will go ahead in Pakistan but Shafqat Naghmi, the PCB's chief operating officer, has continued to rule out playing the games at a neutral venue.

'IPL money for development'

Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi says the revenues from the Twenty20 League will be used by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to improve the game's infrastructure on a priority basis ahead of the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent.

Flying start for Youngmen's

Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool got off to a bright start in the Senior Division super league when the leaders comfortably beat Dhaka Wanderers 3-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Tait eyes next season for comeback

Shaun Tait is expected to be ready for a first-class comeback at the start of next season, according to his manager Andrew McRitchie. Tait walked away from cricket indefinitely following his unsuccessful return to the Test team in January, citing physical and emotional exhaustion.

One of my bests, says KP

England batsman Kevin Pietersen said the 42 runs he painstakingly scratched out against New Zealand on the third day of the first test was one of the best test innings he had played for his country.

Bond's urgent plea

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has pleaded with cricket's administrators to sort out the "nonsense" caused by rival Twenty20 leagues in India.


'Murder of 2 political leaders an act of pre-poll violence'

The aspirations of becoming candidates in the upcoming Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) election might be the cause of recent murders of both the BNP and Swechchhasebak League leaders in the city, sources said.

Ship breaking sector yet to get govt patronisation

Ship breaking could be a booming sector in future if the sector gets proper government patronisation, said the experts at a programme in the city yesterday.

Hold parliamentary polls as per electoral roadmap

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Gonotantri Party yesterday called on the government to hold parliamentary elections as per the electoral roadmap announced by the Election Commission and hand over power to an elected government as early as possible.

Basic preventive measures can reduce Nipah virus attack

Basic preventive measures like hand washing, not sharing beds or food, and minimizing the number of contacts can limit person to person transmission of Nipah virus.

‘More research on crop diversity a must for food security’

Speakers at a conference here have stressed the need for conducting more research on crop diversity to ensure food security.

A dream come true for acid survivor

Nilima, a 29-year-old woman who was forced to get married at the age of nine and was burnt with acid thrown by her husband at the very beginning of her conjugal life, has finally proved that a woman can establish herself in society and nothing can stop her from becoming self-reliant if she really wants to do so.

Land grabbers evict Santal family

An adivasi Santal family has been evicted from their homestead by land grabbers in the Jafflong area in Gowainghat Upazila.

Dhaka replaces contingent in UN Mission in Liberia

Bangladesh is replacing its Army contingent in United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

City University to honour Dr Yunus with President's Medal

The City University of New York will award Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus the President's Medal on March 9 for his innovative economic ideas, humanitarian efforts, and contributions toward world peace.

'Dhaka committed to resisting terrorism'

The international community should have the confidence that the Bangladesh government is committed to resisting any kind of terrorism.

Rafiqur Rahman wins Reuters best cameraman award

Bangladeshi cameraman Rafiqur Rahman has won the 'Reuters Camera Operator of the Year 2007 Award' for his outstanding and courageous coverage of Bangladesh events for Reuters Television during 2007.

Poet Obaidullah memorial fair today

In memory of noted poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah a fair will be held at Baherchar village under Babuganj Upazilla in Barisal today, says a press release.

Anti-corruption concert today

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will hold an anti-corruption concert and laser show at Gulshan Youth Club ground in the city today to mark the International Women's Day.

Couple held on charges of torturing domestic help

The police yesterday arrested an engineer and his wife on charges of torturing their domestic help at their residence at Shantinagar in the city yesterday.

Special briefing for labour attaches from March 23

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said all heads of labour wings in countries hosting Bangladeshi contractual labour have been asked to come to Dhaka for a special briefing between March 23 to 25.

3 get Radhuni Kirtimoti Sanmanona

On the eve of the International Women's Day, Radhuni Kirtimoti Sanmanona 2007 was awarded yesterday.

Firearm factory unearthed in city

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) unearthed a firearms-making factory in the city's Nayabazar area last night and recovered three firearms and 12 bullets.

Australian aid for local NGO

Australian High Commission has donated Tk 4.58 lakh to a local NGO recently as part of the High Commission's Direct Aid Programme on the occasion of International Women's Day, says a press release.

Citibank lends US$ 65m to MFIs

Citibank NA, Bangladesh has provided a total of US$ 65 million in equivalent local currency credit facilities to leading micro finance institutions (MFIs) in Bangladesh including Brac, BURO, Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women and Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Shangha (TMSS), says a press release.

Two killed, 20 injured in road accident

At least two people were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident on Comilla-Mirpur Road at Eshapur under Burichang Upazila on Thursday evening.

2 drug peddlers held in city

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested two drug peddlers along with five kgs of hemp from Jatrabari area in the city on Thursday night.

Two arrested with hemp in city

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two woman drug peddlers with two kilograms of hemp from West Agargoan under Mohammadpur thana in the city yesterday.

Botanical Society confce today

The annual conference of Bangladesh Botanical Society (BBS) will be held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) today.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today

The second edition of the special series of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap titled 'Women's rights and development' will be held at the Media Centre of Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city today.


Squabbles in Khulna AL

Intra-party squabbles in Khulna Awami League have been further exposed following the recent statements of slain party leader Manjuurul Imam's son and other party men in court.

Govt cannot ignore demand for trial of war criminals

Language Movement veteran Abdul Matin has said war criminals should be tried for killing people during the Liberation War.

Sylhet BNP leader sent to jail

Former vice-president of Sylhet city BNP Osman Ali was sent to jail hajat Thursday.

Two more die of Nipa virus in 2 days

A teenaged boy and a minor girl died of Nipah virus at Faridpur Medical College Hospital in last two days, raising the number of death from the disease at the hospital to seven.

Three hardened outlaws held

Police arrested three top outlawed party cadres and recovered arms and ammunition in separate raids in the district on Thursday morning.

Seven more accused sent to jail

Seven out of 15 charge-sheeted accused in sensational murder case of Satkhira district BNP vice president ABM Altaf Hossain were sent to jail after they appeared before Satkhira Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court with bail prayer on Thursday.

'Bazlur Rahman a symbol of honest journalism'

Journalists at a meeting Thursday evening said Bazlur Rahman was a symbol of honest journalism who never compromised in discharging his professional duties.

Four helipads built for voter listing in Khagrachhari

The Army has completed construction of four helipads to ease voter registration at remote places in Dighinala and Panchhari upazilas in Khagrachhari hill district, Lt Col Shamsul Hoque of Dighinala Army Zone told a discussion meeting here on Thursday.

SI closed for torturing arrestee

Sub-inspector (SI) Delwar Hussain of Rajnagar police station has been closed to Moulvibazar police line for torturing an arrestee.

Chandpur journo sent to jail for 'extortion'

A journalist who was arrested here on Wednesday on charge of extortion was sent to jail after being produced before a court yesterday, court sources said.

10 get 14-yr RI for extracting rock near Teesta Barrage

A court here has sentenced 10 persons each to suffer 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for digging deep holes to extract rocks illegally near Teesta Barrage, which posed a threat to the key point installation (KPI).


Obama friend, fundraiser on trial for corruption

A long-time friend and fundraiser of presidential hopeful Barack Obama was accused by prosecutors Thursday of using his political clout to carry out a kickback scheme aimed at extorting millions from firms trying to do business with the state of Illinois.

Israel on alert, seals off West Bank

Israel went on alert on Friday as crowds mourned eight teens killed by a Palestinian at a Jewish religious school in Jerusalem in an attack that threatened efforts to mend faltering peace talks.

Fresh fighting claims 66 in Sri Lanka

At least 61 Tamil Tiger rebels and five government troops were killed in fresh fighting across Sri Lanka's embattled north, the defence ministry said on Friday.

Obama breaks fundraising records

Democratic White House contender Barack Obama demolished fundraising records with a February haul of 55 million dollars, his campaign said Thursday.

Women's Day remains a reminder of enduring inequalities

Nearly 100 years old, International Women's Day on March 8 marks an ongoing worldwide battle to ensure equal rights for half the globe's population on issues such as work, voting and abortion.

Iraq suicide attack kills 4 policemen

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in northern Iraq on Friday and killed four policemen, a day after at least 63 people were slaughtered in a twin attack in Baghdad.

Saarc to collaborate on social research

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries have agreed to enhance collaborative research in the field of social science through exchange of social scientists and information on research outcomes.

Police arrest relatives of Israel attacker

Israeli police early yesterday arrested more than 10 relatives and friends of a Palestinian suspected of gunning down eight students at a Jewish religious school, witnesses said.

UN HR chief to step down

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Canadian jurist Louise Arbour, said Friday she will step down when her current term in office expires on June 30.

Man shot dead ahead of polls in Spain

A Socialist former legislator was shot dead in Spain's northern Basque region yesterday, the regional government said, two days before the country holds general elections.

UN envoy holds talks with Myanmar vote chief

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met Friday with the top official overseeing Myanmar's upcoming referendum, officials said, in a bid to press for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's inclusion in the process.

US raises security for ships arriving from Syria

Authorities fearing alleged Syrian links with terrorism are increasing security for ships sailing into US ports after making calls in Syria, an official said, as Washington raised pressure on Damascus.

Malaysian govt gets ready to counter opposition

Malaysia's ruling coalition made an all-out push ahead of polling today to counter a resurgent opposition which hopes to deny it a two-thirds majority for the first time.

'Merchant of Death' held In Thailand

A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels.

Differences remain between PPP-PML-N

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that though major issues had been sorted out with coalition partnersalluding mainly to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawazbut 'small matters' remained unresolved.

Afghan soldier to die for killing 5

A military court in Afghanistan has sentenced an Afghan soldier to death for killing a US-led coalition troop and four Afghan colleagues last year, an official said yesterday.

World disgusted by attack on Jerusalem school

World governments issued a fresh wave of condemnation Friday of a gun attack in a Jerusalem religious school, after the Islamist group Hamas claimed reponsibility for the shooting.

Nato, Russia bid to wrap up Afghan transit deals

Nato and Russia have stepped up efforts to conclude by next month two accords allowing alliance-led troops in Afghanistan to transit Russian territory, Nato diplomats said Friday.

Obama adviser sorry for calling Hillary a 'monster'

A key foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama has apologised, after branding his White House foe Hillary Clinton a "monster" who would stoop to anything to win the Democratic nomination.

French voters set to give Sarkozy a drubbing

Nicolas Sarkozy and the French right face a drubbing in local elections on Sunday in his biggest public test since his triumphant presidential win 10 months ago.

India's ruling Congress sees mixed fortunes in state polls

The Congress party, which leads the federal coalition government, yesterday enjoyed mixed fortunes in local polls in the country's northeast, election officials said.

Aspirin can cut risk of breast cancer

Taking drugs like aspirin regularly could significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a new report published in Britain.

UN rights chief slams persistent discrimination against women

Women suffer legal discrimination in almost every country in the world, the top United Nations human rights official said yesterday.

Hamas claims Jerusalem school attack

The Islamist Hamas movement yesterday claimed responsibility for a gun attack which killed eight Jewish teenagers at a Jerusalem religious school the night before.

Indian prisoner released by Pakistan admits to spying

An Indian who insisted he was not a spy during more than three decades on Pakistan's death row has admitted he was a secret agent after his return to his home country, a report said yesterday.

Activist lawyer goes missing in China

A Chinese activist lawyer closely linked to a high-profile jailed dissident has gone missing amid fears of a police crackdown on critics ahead of the Beijing Olympics, a rights group said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Playback: Behind the scenes

To the music lovers of this country Sabina Yasmin needs no introduction. During her illustrious career, spanning almost five decades, she has recorded around 11,000 songs. She is also considered to be the artiste who has done the most number of playbacks for Bangladeshi films.

Moushumi on the social responsibilities of actors

Besides working in seven new films, one of the leading actors of Dhaliwood, Moushumi is also doing a TV commercial. After many years the actor who began her career as a model, will be seen in an ad. Moushumi's modelling career took off after winning the Anandodhara Photo Shundori contest in 1992.

Rural Bangladesh and womenfolk on canvas

“When working the female figure appears naturally on my canvas,” says Farida Zaman, on whom an interesting documentary has been made recently.

Articulating myriad emotions

Pragna Laboni is gifted with a voice that evokes myriad emotions. She is a dreamer, a passionate artiste who knows how to work toward her goals, and most importantly she believes in herself. Primarily identified as an accomplished recitor, she juggles many roles with aplomb -- from being an anchor to an actor, a director to a scriptwriter, and a teacher to a loving mother.

A gem of an artiste

Late songstress Malika Pukhraj is best known for her rendition of the nazm, Abhi to main jawan hoon. However, many other interesting facets of the great singer came to light at a recent programme in Delhi, “A tribute to Malika Pukhraj: The Magic of Malika Pukhraj from Gramophone to radio-TV era.”


Jahanara tackles monga through her vegetable garden

Tista nodir pare… bazan dotara nodir pare bosi moishalre… (A river- song of Bangladesh)

Action against acid attack and dowry

Yesterday, March 2nd, I read a pathetic story in Daily Star of an 18 years old girl. Her name is Nila and she is a victim of an acid attack, and the criminal is her husband.

Equality between women and men

Bangladesh has made good progress towards equality between women and men. But more needs to be done to ensure that women have equal rights and opportunities. Today, there are thousands of events taking place around the world to inspire those who work for women's equality. As we embrace the spirit of International Women's Day, I'd like to highlight why equality matters and what is being done to achieve it in Bangladesh.

This joke is going to kill you

WARNING: DO NOT LAUGH at this column. Readers who do so are acting entirely at their own risk and we assume no responsibility for injuries caused by the reading thereof.


The Sketch

The painter sat in front of the empty canvas. He knew exactly what he was going to put on it. It was to be a portrait of a woman: of women.

The Tombs of Murshidabad

It takes five and a half hours to reach Murshidabad from Kolkata.


Begin with the familiar. There is
a reason for the warmth of flesh,
the slow parting of lips
and ways, and the gyrating
thighs that slice the moving air.
There is a reason for the thrust
of bone on skin; the nervous
shiver of the veins, the reddening scar,
the slit across the face
where the smile should be.

Star Health

Awareness on glaucoma essential

March 6 has been declared as the World Glaucoma Day (WGD) by a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA) being observed from this year.

Get protected from computer vision syndrome

Computers have now become an important part of our daily life. We sit in front of it day and night for many reasons. But continuous exposure to fluctuating ray can decrease our eye’s accommodation power and may lead to a number of visual problems collectively called Computer Vision Syndrome (also called CVS). Many of us are suffering from this syndrome without noticing any problem. Eye specialists predict that it may widespread and may emerge as one of the commonest eye problems.

First international AIDS conference ever held in Latin America

Organisers of the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) - to be held in Mexico City from 3-8 August 2008 - announced the participation of 17 plenary speakers, including leading HIV scientists, community leaders, practitioners and policy experts from across the globe, says a press release.

New concepts in the treatment of degenerative spinal disease

Spinal degenerative conditions have been treated mainly by routine physical therapy and analgesics. Patients who have failed conservative treatment have been treated with surgery including disectomy and fusion. Unfortunately the overall results of such treatments has not been good enough; although perhaps acceptable in the 20th century.

Weight training aids chronic neck pain

New research suggests that strength training may ease chronic neck and shoulder pain, a problem that has grown increasingly common as people spend more time on computers.

First Redo CABG surgery at Square Hospital

Cardiac Surgeon Dr M H Millat FRCS (UK) and his team have performed a complicated Redo (second time) Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgery on 18th of February at Square hospital, says a press release.

Google unveils personal medical record service

Google Inc. has unveiled a plan to help U.S. patients gain control of their medical records and is working with doctors' groups, pharmacies and labs to help them securely share sensitive health data.

Strategic Issues

Hillary rebounds

Senator McCain wins the Republican nomination; Senator Clinton opens the race for Democratic ticket as comeback kid.

The perils of the 'Great Game'

The 'Great Game' planned towards the end of nineteenth century was aimed at challenging the nineteenth century belief that 'European Civilization had its beginning in Middle East' and to establish global supremacy of Europeans. “The European powers at that time believed that they could change the Muslim majority Asia in the very fundamentals of its political existence, and in their attempt to do so introduced an artificial state system into the Middle East that has made its way into a region of countries, many of which have not become nations by definition even today.”

Russia's new President: Will policy change?

President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (55) has ruled eight years from 2000. Under his regime Russia's image has been one of strong, assertive and powerful. He nominated Dmiriti Anatolevich Medvedev (42), a former First Deputy Prime Minister, as President.

Star Books Review

Exploring a road less travelled

Benazir Durdana completed her doctoral dissertation, which forms the basis of the book under review, Muslim India in Anglo-Indian Fiction, in 1997. By that time Samuel P. Huntington had his article, “The Clash of Civilizations?” published in Foreign Affairs (Summer 1983), followed shortly by the book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996). Nowhere, however, in her book, has Durdana even a passing reference to either of Huntington's works. Not that there was any reason for her to have cited him. Yet, her own words, as well as the general theme of the book indicate that she views the depiction of Muslim India in Anglo-Indian fiction from a clash of culture perspective. “I am of the opinion that focused critical attention is called for to examine the implications of the West's particular defamation of Islam,” Durdana writes. “This cannot be explained as just one among many examples of colonial reductionism; it is the inevitable outcome of long-standing open, latent and anticipatory political rivalry between the two cultures, one which has contributed to the systematic evolvement of an Other in Western literature that is more “other” than all the other Others.”

Fiction that resembles real life

Human nature is a complex phenomenon. It varies from individual to individual. In fact, it is said that we cannot really grasp how differently human beings react under different situations. We cannot really understand how we feel until we are in the same shoes. In The Puzzle Bark Tree, Stephanie Gertler plumbs the mysteries of the people we can truly never know. It is the author's testament to showing the passion and power of the human heart.

Turning myths into morality stories

Storytellers wonder as to what actually their readers or listeners want to read or hear. In fact, writers over the centuries have spent time thinking about this when they sat at their desks to write. Many who realised that readers do want to hear about their own lives in the story have succeeded as good writers. Writers who like to deal with people's dreams, aspirations and certain intricacies of human existence are set to be remembered for a long time to come.

The heritage issue

It is a great pleasure introducing Dr Enamul Haque's latest comprehensive publication on Bengal art. This excellent voluminous empirical treatise indeed is a new plume on his crown. This rather costly publication comprises 408 pages of text (including bibliography and index) and 536 plates, mostly in colour. According to the author, it was initially planned for ordinary readers on a broad spectrum of the art heritage of Bangladesh. On second thought, however, he modified its scope to make it useful to scholars as well, as a handbook representing the noteworthy facets of the arts of all ages (albeit the handbook is too heavy to carry). It is an ambitious work and certainly a commendable attempt to sweep across a vast vista of over two and a half millennia of history and development of our creative art heritage.

At a glance

Dark Princess
Kamrun Haq
Nabajug Prokashoni
This certainly is a work with a difference. It combines fiction and art in the sense that the realities of life are explained in terms of the images that have shaped the human imagination over the centuries. Think here of Ellora and Ajanta. Think back on all the creativity the world has been subjected to. And then go looking for the dark princess.

The Daily Star

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