News of: Saturday, 12th of April, 2008
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Hundreds of Islamist activists clashed with police for hours on the second day of violent protests in the city's Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area yesterday, leaving over 200 people injured.
Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin yesterday said the demand for equal rights for women in every aspect of life is logical.
M Saifur Rahman, acting chairman appointed by the BNP standing committee, has taken a fresh initiative to reunite the party before talks with the Election Commission (EC) and the caretaker government.
Middle-class people and those with limited income have been rendered helpless by the spiralling price of edibles as well as by the spike in expenses on other heads.
Sixty-two year old Abul Hossain of Itkhola village in sadar upazila would have earned his retirement by now had he held a job.
The government has decided to allocate Tk 425 crore in the next budget for holding elections to parliament and local government bodies while the Election Commission (EC) sought Tk 570 crore for the job.
The proposed national security council (NSC) must be dominated by civilians and should work as a helping hand for strengthening democracy by advising the cabinet on various national security issues, said Bangladesh Heritage Foundation Chairman Wali-ur Rahman yesterday.
In reaction to yesterday's violent clashes between irate Islamists and police over the country's new women's development policy, members of the civil society and human rights activists called upon all to maintain peace.
Hundreds of madrasa students went on the rampage and stormed Hathazari Police Station in Chittagong yesterday over rumours that an imam was killed earlier in the day in clashes between police and religious militants in Dhaka.
At least 20 students of Dhaka Medical College were injured in clashes between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday.
The Awami League Presidium sits today to discuss its stance to reject talks with the government unless it received a formal invitation.
Indian cabinet yesterday approved the agreement with Bangladesh to resume passenger train services between Kolkata and Dhaka after a 43-year hiatus.
Rocketing global food prices are causing acute problems of hunger and malnutrition in poor countries and have put back the fight against poverty by seven years, the World Bank said yesterday.
The retail price of coarse rice, which rose steadily in the last 10 days, is yet to come down in the city's retail markets despite a fall in its wholesale price by over Tk 2 per kilogram (kg).
A large number of artefacts including terracotta plaques have been lying on the floor of a college classroom at Gurudaspur of Natore for the last 21 years.
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the freedom fighters (FFs) to inspire people, especially younger generation, with the spirit of Liberation War for building a nation free from all sorts of exploitation.
A head-on collision between a bus and a people carrier left six people, including four of a family, dead and 26 others injured at Harisarder in Chouddagram upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway yesterday.
A devastating fire gutted more than 1,000 shanties at Gymkhana slum in Narayanganj town yesterday.
Seeam, a 13-year-old boy, has so far approached at least 30 reputed schools in the capital seeking admission but he was refused. His mother spent nine years since he was two and a half years old, wondering what went wrong with her child.
Pakistan relied on an entertaining half-century by Salman Butt to beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit second day-night international on Friday.
The PG Hartog International Hall authorities at Dhaka University (DU) finally cut down the banyan tree on its premises to make way for a flower garden, without taking permission of the department concerned.
Rice prices are likely to keep rising for some time as production of the staple fails to keep up with soaring demand, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said yesterday.
Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas, who had fought a 10-year savage war to overthrow the monarchy, tasted victory on Friday with trends in Kathmandu valley showing them poised to become the second largest party, after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's Nepali Congress (NC).
WE have witnessed to our utter dismay, two successive days of clashes between activists of Khelafat Majlish and Islami Shashantantra Andolon on the one side and the law enforcers on the other near the National Mosque during emergency centring around demonstrations by the former against the Women Development Policy. In the fallout many people on both sides have been injured and hospitalised, something that should have been avoidable in the first place. It created a law and order situation at a time when the country is grappling with food crisis and looking ahead to the national elections due by December.
THE train service between Dhaka and Kolkata, a link to be resumed after 43 years, will add a new dimension to traveling between the two most historic capitals of the region. If everything goes well, the much-awaited service in the shape of “Moitree Express” is to start on 14 April, Pahela Baishakh, which is an auspicious day for the Bengalis on the two sides of the border. According to the deal signed by the representatives of the two governments, passenger trains will run between Cantonment Station in Dhaka and Chitpur Station in Kolkata through the Darshana border for a period of three years. The treaty would be renewed if the two sides find it worthwhile after the period initially agreed upon.
ORDINARY citizens are not only weary but just about fed up with the continuous bickering between the authorities and the economists. Even now, while starvation is stalking the countryside, responsible authorities are playing around with words and denying that there is a crisis of major proportions.
FORMER Chief Adviser and Chief Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman while speaking as chief guest at the National Citizen's Dialogue titled "National unity to face major challenges 2008" has implored the nation to "elect such parliament members who will be role models not only in politics but also on our way forward". He has reportedly urged not to waste our votes on incompetent persons. Justice Habibur Rahman could not be more candid. How one wishes his entreaties make an appropriate impact on the relevant quarters?
NAWAZ Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is touching upon subjects which leaders in his country and India intentionally avoid. His suggestion to Pakistan to unilaterally lift restrictions on travels by Indians is bold and timely. Tension between the two countries is far less than before and there is a pronounced desire to come closer to each other. The Muslim League which Nawaz Sharif heads is a concomitant with fanatic elements. Some have strong anti-India views. For him to ignore their bias is courageous. Yet, the hardheaded politician as he is, his ears are plugged to the ground. He is convinced that an average Pakistani wants to befriend India. He has tested this sentiment when, a few years ago, he swept the polls against the late Benazir Bhutto on the plank that the vote for him was a vote for friendship with India. She had then taken an opposite stand. Nawaz Sharif has said that Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), also supports his proposal. Zardari or any PPP minister should come out with some statement to confirm their support. It is, however, strange that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has made no statement to express his views on how to improve relations with India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose visit to Pakistan is awaited anxiously by Islamabad, said a few weeks ago that he was ready to travel to the other side provided there was something important to sign. The abolition of visa can be worth a visit.
Nayeem Islam carried his good form with a back-to-back century as BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) tightened their grip on South Africa Academy on the third day of the second and final four-day Test at the Beer Shreshtha Shaheed Motiur Rahman Stadium in Khulna yesterday.
Abu Yusuf is looking forward to build a team that will understand the concept of modern football and try to play it.
Teenage paceman Ishant Sharma and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared six wickets as India restricted South Africa to 265 in the third and final Test here on Friday.
Chaminda Vaas lost his nerves, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul kept his, and struck a four and a six off the last two balls to hand West Indies a sensational one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first One-day International here Thursday.
The Brac Bank Club Cup Hockey begins today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium with Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sadharan Bima playing the opening match.
A three-wicket burst from paceman Mukhtar Ali helped Young Pegasus stay afloat in the Premier League after they registered a massive 91-run victory over Sonargaon Cricketers in the last relegation playoff match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Omar made unbeaten 50 as Victoria Club registered a four-wicket victory against Bangladesh Cricket Academy and School (BCAS) in the Colonel Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium yesterday.
WFM Tanima Parveen clinched the title of the Prime Bank Women 3rd International Rating Chess tournament when she maintained her unbeaten run at Hotel Media International in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
Favourites Bayern Munich went perilously close to crashing out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday with only eleventh hour heroics from Luca Toni saving the day against 10-man Getafe.
Frank Rijkaard can do nothing right at the moment with Barcelona fans jeering their manager's decisions even though he has guided them to the Champions League semi-finals.
Arsenal's fading Premier League title hopes will be put to the sternest of tests this weekend when they face leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Six of Serie A's top seven teams face off this weekend with AC Milan's trip to Juventus the highlight of a blockbuster programme.
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Doll insists his side are capable of meeting and beating league leaders Bayern Munich twice in six days ahead of Sunday's Bundesliga clash.
Argentina forward Lionel Messi returned to the Barcelona squad on Friday for the trip to face Recreativo Huelva in the Primera Liga this weekend.
Thierry Henry fears his scoring instincts have been dulled by playing on the left wing instead of centre forward at Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo has the chance to retain his English PFA Players' Player of the Year award after being named one of the six nominations for this season's prize on Friday
French midfielder Franck Ribery is an injury concern for Bayern Munich as the league leaders prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is back in training after his horrific facial injury and waiting for the green light to return to action.
Maria Sharapova survived a scare Thursday as she outlasted Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 7-6 (7/1) to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA Amelia Island claycourt event.
Pakistan's whistleblowers on match fixing Sarfraz Nawaz and Rashid Latif said Friday that cricket authorities were powerless to stop match fixing in the Indian private leagues.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul disclosed that he defied illness to hand West Indies a thrilling one-wicket victory in the first One-day International of three against Sri Lanka on Thursday at Queen's Park Oval.
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss has warned that his side will be going all out for a win in the second one-day international against West Indies on Saturday at Queen's Park Oval.
Tougher days surely lie ahead, but Ajantha Mendis appears to be a spin bowler with a bright future based on the evidence of his One-day International debut for Sri Lanka against West Indies on Thursday at Queen's Park Oval.
Geoff Miller, England's chairman of selectors, has insisted Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard -- who were both dropped after the first Test against New Zealand in March -- are both part of England's immediate plans for the forthcoming season.
South Africa's in-form batsman Hashim Amla on Friday admitted that his team lost "too many wickets" towards the end but warned India that they would also find the going tough in the third and final cricket Test.
Ashes 2009 will start at Cardiff as the Welsh capital hosts a Test match for the first time, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday.
The national round of HSBC-Prothom Alo Bhasha Protijog was held in the capital yesterday with a call for using Bangla in all spheres of life.
Demanding immediate implementation of the recommendations of the taskforce regarding Buriganga, the lifeline of Dhaka, the speakers at a discussion yesterday said there is no time for sitting without doing anything.
Women leaders and civil society members yesterday called on the caretaker government to take action against Islamist activists who have been agitating and clashing with the police in the city for the last two days in violation of emergency rules.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has set up a cell to provide legal assistance and counselling service to Bangladeshi expatriates who fall victim to cheating and other crimes.
The US$ 50 million livelihood restoration project for cyclone Sidr-affected people will be launched this month, with four worst affected upazilas being covered in the first phase.
The American Centre of the US Embassy in Dhaka invites applications for the Fulbright Foreign Student programme for 2009, says a press release.
A three-day international exhibition on medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services began at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
Bushra Mahbub of Viqarunnisa Noon College topped the list of ten winners of the national competition of 5th Bangladesh Informatics Olympiad (BIO) held at Notre Dame College in the city yesterday.
Traffic movement on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway was disrupted for about four and a half hours as an overloaded truck collapsed on the highway in Burichang upazila of Comilla yesterday.
Realising the importance of the Benapole land port among other land ports in the country, the government itself has taken the responsibilities of its supervision, said National Revenue Board Chairman Muhammad Abdul Mazid.
At least two people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Chittagong yesterday.
A taskforce has been formed to monitor the activities of Khulna City Corporation (KCC).
Some 25 shops were gutted in a fire at Kazirhat port bazar under Jazira upazila in the district yesterday.
A four-day dress exhibition styled 'Grameen Poshak' began at the hall room of central cafeteria of Rajshahi University (RU) on Thursday to celebrate the Pahela Baishakh, first day of the Bangla New Year.
Rab members yesterday arrested a notorious criminal from Kalai Darderer village of Kalkini upazila.
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on April 14 on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, says a press release.
The 33rd edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital today.
The 3rd reunion and annual general meeting (AGM)-2008 of the 18th BCS Forum will be held at the Engineers' Institute auditorium in the city today.
The certificate award ceremony of Command Post Exercise (CPX) of Exercise Shanti Doot-2 was held at Hotel Radisson in the city yesterday.
A fire ripped through an electronics shop at No. 2 Super Market of the Dhaka City Corporation at Karwan Bazar late last night, destroying all the goods.
A Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for violating a minor girl.
A van-puller was stabbed to death allegedly by one of his fellowmen at Godaipur village under Paikgachha upazila in the district yesterday.
Two female garment workers were raped by criminals at Shreepur village in Ashulia early yesterday.
A gang of criminals raped a female garment worker and assaulted another female worker at Shreepur village in Ashulia early yesterday.
Muhammad Abdul Matin, a veteran journalist and columnist, passed away at his home at Sherpur in Bogra yesterday at the age of 85.
Harvest of Boro paddy has started in haor areas of Sylhet, Kishoreganj and Neterakona districts. But the small arrival of paddy in markets is yet to make any dent in retail prices of rice.
The five- day traditional indigenous cultural progrmme marking Pahela Baisakh began in Khagrachhari yesterday with great enthusiasm in district to mark the Bangla New year 1415 at district Khagrachhari.
One hundred and twenty teachers of Rajshahi University have demanded immediate withdrawal of the letter that asked for explanation and document on the subject-matter of a newspaper write-up by a social work department teacher.
Joint forces yesterday caught a upazila primary education office staff and a truck driver when they were trying to take about 50 thousand primary school textbooks from the education office store room at Noyarhat in Lalmonirhat town without any official order.
Food directorate will file a departmental case against the four officials who are now detained on charge of misappropriating 158 tonnes of rice from government-run Muladuli CSD godown.
A retired security guard of Zia International airport faces an ACC (Anti Corruption Commission) case for hiding wealth.
Special Assistant to the Chief Advisor Barrister Devashish Roy yesterday said the government will take step to introduce primary education in mother tongue for the 13 indigenous communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
Gaibandha district community policing committee yesterday began rice sale at Tk 25 per kg to help the ultra-poor people in remote areas of the district.
Crucial polls in Nepal that had been plagued by pre-election violence have passed off smoothly, but analysts warn it is too early to declare peace has truly broken out in the Himalayan nation.
The leaders of southern Africa, traditionally loth to criticise Robert Mugabe, will try and cajole Zimbabwe's president to defuse an escalating post-election crisis at a summit in Zambia Saturday.
At least 26 Tamil Tiger rebels, two soldiers and a civilian have been killed in fighting across Sri Lanka's northern districts, the defence ministry said yesterday.
A legislation targeting India and seven other countries which allegedly refuse to take back illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the United States has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
Fresh US airstrikes killed at least 12 people in Baghdad and Basra on yesterday as Shia militiamen and security forces fought sporadic streets battles in the two Iraqi cities.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers crossed into the Gaza Strip on Friday after the Jewish state warned it would retaliate against Hamas for a deadly explosion of violence earlier this week.
Scientists predicted Thursday that climate change in coming decades will cause more flooding in the Northern Hemisphere and droughts in some southern and arid zones.
US President George W. Bush on Thursday lumped Iran with the al-Qaeda terrorist group as "two of the greatest threats to America in this new century" and said both hoped for a US defeat in Iraq.
Military-ruled Myanmar is gripped by a climate of fear ahead of a May 10 constitutional referendum, according to three Buddhist monks who led a failed revolt against the junta and other activists.
The former Communist Party chief of China's financial capital was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison for his role in a massive corruption scandal involving a third of the city's pension funds.
Authorities in northern India have banned the sale of a cheap variety of hair dye after debt-ridden farmers were found to be drinking it to end their lives, an official said Friday.
It's been a long time coming but television on the Internet appears finally to be taking off, opening up a new viewing experience for free and helping to fight online piracy.
A resurgent Congress and a determined BJP are locked in a fierce battle for the next month's Karnataka Assembly elections while the Janata Dal (S), eroded by desertions in its ranks, hopes to remain in the reckoning.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized six tonnes of stolen raw rubber at Ghatail upazila in Tangail district and arrested four persons.
Japan extended for six months Friday the economic sanctions imposed on North Korea for conducting its first test of a nuclear weapon in 2006.
Arts & Entertainment
Cultural organisation Protiti, arranged a programme celebrating the season of spring on April 10. The programme was held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Public Library. Titled "Nobin Praan-er Bashontey", the programme included performances by the artistes of Protiti and Nrityanchal.
To promote and uphold traditional Bangla songs, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) took an initiative to arrange solo musical programmes on a regular basis. In this regard, on April 10, BSA arranged a programme featuring solo renditions by noted Tagore singer Fahim Hossain Chowdhury at the auditorium of National Music and Dance Centre.
Strums of guitar broke the mould. Musicians Rahul Anand, Krishnokoli, Sawjib and others were jamming; the setting at Drik Gallery on April 10 was informal. The exhibition "Objects in Mirror" wrapped up with music.
To celebrate and usher in the approaching Bengali New Year, Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh organised a talent competition for children at the Plaza Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) yesterday. Around 500 participants took part in the event titled Agamir Alo Shishu Kishore Sanskritik Protijogita.
The Hollywood legend Charlton Heston died on April 5 at the age of 84. The world community lost one of the greatest film stars. He was a towering figure both in his politics and on screen where his characters had the ear of God, survived apocalyptic plagues and endured one of Hollywood's most-grueling action sequences (the chariot race in "Ben-Hur," which earned him the best-actor Academy Award). The actor died at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side.
Concord Entertainment Co. Ltd. will celebrate Pahela Baishakh with a "Baishakhi Fair" at Fantasy Kingdom and Water Kingdom in Dhaka and Foy's Lake and Ananda Bhuban in Chittagong on April 14, says a press release.
ABOUT eight months ago a cab driver in downtown Washington DC, commenting on the prospects of aspiring presidential candidates, remarked: "America get a black man or woman as president? -- no way! This ain't gonna happen in this country, no sir, not in my lifetime it ain't!"
DOMESTIC and worldwide shortage of cereal stock, and consequent price hike, has put Bangladesh, which has been a cereal importing country since 1970-71, under pressure. Normally it imports about 2 million tons of rice and wheat a year. In case of natural disaster, import goes up to about 15% of domestic demand. Two consecutive floods in 2007 and cyclone Sidr affected aman production, creating demand for import. Bangladesh imports rice from India, Thailand and Myanmar.
ASIANS are more polite in greeting each other than Westerners, readers believe. (Expats, please remember that the next time we spit on your shoes.)
Earthquakes happen when forces deep within our planet cause movement of the earth's outer layer called the crust. The rock plates that make up the earth's crust number about 20. Most earthquakes occur along the boundaries of major plates. As the mantle moves plates slowly around the globe, the plates may crape against each other. Sometimes pressure along the edges becomes so great that something has to give way. Then the land trembles with an earthquake.
Air pollution has become a matter of great concern for us in recent years. Those who are living in cities in Asian countries including Dhaka, have already realised how seriously air pollution has been poisoning life and degrading the environment. People living in major towns of Bangladesh experience the problems of air pollution in varied degrees.
Bangladesh is going through a social and economic transformation. These rapid changes in the economic, social and political life have enormous impact on country's ecosystems and resources. Operationalising the concept of sustainable development requires integrating economic, social and environmental objectives and negotiating and managing trade offs. The future of sustainable development lies in the evolution of the character of governance -- the ensemble of social ethics, public policies and institutions which structure how government, people and the civil society interact with the environment. We are to find ways how to pursue active economic development without further degrading their environment and ecosystem resources. In the midst of widespread poverty and natural resources depletion in the country, the government strives to produce a proper mix of pro-environment and pro-development policies. We are also to give attention to other important strategic dimensions such as the integration of disaster risk reduction into sustainable development policies and plans.
Sundarban Mangrove forest of Bangladesh covers an area of about 6017 sq. km which is 62 percent of its total area whereas other 38 percent is situated in the West Bengal province of India. The average elevation from the mean sea level varies between 0.9 and 2.1 m. The rise in sea level and availability of less fresh water particularly during winter will cause inland intrusion of saline water.
It is midnight when he goes to sleep thinking of the morning's events. Today he has attentively read Sigmund Freud's Outline of Psychoanalysis but unable to diagnose his problem has fallen asleep in an irritated state. Now, at two in the morning, he is making groaning noises in his sleep. His knees are folded against his body. He feels suffocated. Beside him, Runa is fast asleep. He feels he should get out of the room, go out into the open where he can draw in a lungful of air.
Translation Theory and Practice (ed. Niaz Zaman); Dhaka: Academic Press and Publishers Limited; 2004; pp. 145; Tk. 200.
In his novel Silverfish Saikat Majumdar (HarperCollins India; 2007) weaves together intimate tales of Calcutta life, the protagonists of which are loosely bound by a collective devotion to words.
Like the ocean, endless and intense
like the lake, drenched in spring shower,
her eyes beckon me.
World Voice Day, marked on April 16, is an international celebration of the voice, the primary means of communication. The goal of World Voice Day is to raise awareness about the importance of voice, its disorders, methods of voice preservation and enhancement. The message, “Don’t Tax Your Voice” prompts us to consider ways to preserve and protect our voices. This is the first time we are observing World Voice Day in Bangladesh.
Exercise during pregnancy has cardiovascular benefits not just for the mother but for the developing fetus as well, according to research presented at the 121st annual meeting of the American Physiological Society, part of the Experimental Biology 2008 scientific conference.
Governments could take a big step towards ending world hunger by spending just $1.2 billion a year in developing nations on dietary supplements and education about the food needs of babies, a study showed.
Teenagers with a bedroom television tend to have poorer diet and exercise habits and lower grades in school than those without one, U.S. researchers said.
A revolution is going to take place in the hospital’s dress code very soon. This will start from the United Kingdom. Following the recent well publicised outbreaks of MRSA and Clostridium difficile, various demands and claims have been made about how doctors’ dress might be regulated with a view to improving hospital infection rates.
The Cardiology department of Apollo Hospitals, Dhaka has introduced the Radial Coronary Angiography at their hospital, says a press release. It is considered convenient and easy route to reach the heart.
Recently a new generation drug eluting stent — NoboriTM stent system of Terumo Corporation of Japan has been launched in the market of Bangladesh.
It appears from the newspaper reports that the Caretaker Government has already decided in principle to form a National Security Council (NSC) for Bangladesh. However, the details are perhaps yet to be worked out. The politicians, members of the civil society and media personalities from various shades of opinion have given out their views on the issue some in support, others in opposition. However, most people in Bangladesh have no idea what is the NSC all about. The objectives of this paper are to study the composition, role and task of the National Security Council in a number of selected countries and study its relevance to Bangladesh.
Current US foreign policy in the Middle East is being strongly neutralized for different reasons:
The U.S. Army is monitoring the development of laser-guided, precision 2.75-inch Hydra rockets able to place 35-pound missiles within one meter of target from up to 12,000 meters away, service officials said April 8 at the Army Aviation Association of America Convention in National Harbor, Md.
Denmark's defense ministry said April 8 it was sending extra helicopters and troops to Afghanistan, where it has suffered one of the highest per capita death tolls among coalition forces.
India and Germany are holding their first-ever joint sea exercises in Indian waters from April 7, a follow-up of the Indo-German Defence Cooperation Agreement signed in 2006.
Star Books Review
Old values are what Syed Moqsud Ali speaks of in this narrative of what has been a fruitful life. In a work that encompasses an entirety of a family tale, the writer in essence brings forth all the traditions, as it were, that once were an underpinning of life in this country. These are the writer's memoirs and yet they could be interpreted as expressions of the sentiments that have bound Bengali families and clans together for ages. All history begins with the personal before broadening out to a wider swath of experience. And that is the point which Ali makes at the beginning of his narrative. He goes out in search of his roots and comes away from the density of tradition enriched in terms of his discovery. It is discovery that most, if not all, of us can relate to. There is that identification not just with class but with the accompaniments of aspirations which come with it as well.
Retired Indian Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob is a tactful guest. Invited by COAS Gen. Moeen U Ahmed for the 26 March celebrations, a nice gesture, Jacob at a press conference complimented Bangladeshis by saying that “freedom fighters' gallantry… liberated Bangladesh from Pakistan occupation.”
“For everything that exists there are three instruments by which the knowledge of it is necessarily imparted: fourth, there is the knowledge itself, and, as fifth, we must count the thing itself which is known and truly exists. The first is the name, the second the definition, the third the image...” -- Plato, Epistle VII
The title of the book is most meaningful as it relates the stories and events that actually took place to deprive the minority community of its rights and titles of property ownership. A research based book, it is outstanding in nature as it provides an account, with facts and figures, of how the protective security of the minority has been ignored for years together and how the minority community has been unable to enjoy the property handed down to it from one generation to another.
Development or Destruction?
Essays on Global Hegemony, Corporate Grabbing
These are essays that reflect the concerns of a vital segment of Bengali society. Anu Muhammad's belief in socialism has never wavered. In these articles, he explains, from the point of view of the common man, why the activities of international funding agencies need to be scrutinised in this country. The points he makes are based on logic.