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BDR outlets to stop rice sale shortly

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is set to suspend selling rice in its fair price outlets in the capital within two or three days, and the suspension will remain in effect until the government's ongoing rice procurement programme across the country wraps up.

Govt must not go soft on corruptionists: Dr Kamal

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday asked the caretaker government not to bow down to any pressure for weakening the rule of law, while demanding investigations of government personnel who are associated with corruptionists.

People want a democratic govt thru’ fair polls: Hasina

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina reached Boston in the United States early yesterday, some 40 hours after her release on executive orders for treatment abroad.

Khaleda’s release still hinges on Tarique issue

Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia might be released anytime by next week if the issue of her detained elder son Tarique Rahman's release is settled soon, since she does not want to submit her petition until then, highly placed sources said.

No breakthrough yet in probe into 16 cases

Investigators are yet to make any breakthrough in 16 of at least 43 grenade and bomb attacks that have taken place in the country since 1999.

19,000 poultry farms still shut, many owners change trade

Out of over 23,000 poultry farms shut down during the bird flu outbreak in the country last year, only 4,210 could make it to resume production in the last few months.

Police SI held while taking bribe from accused

How a corrupt policeman can harass people and compel them to bribe by misusing power came to light late Thursday night when the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) arrested a sub-inspector (SI) of Cantonment Police Station.

Prioritise broader goals of women development

Shunning the focus on merely addressing the current needs, the government should look to long-term goals emphasising gender issues while presenting a budget, speakers at a press conference yesterday said.

Gyanendra to face fresh probe into royal massacre

Nepal's Maoists said their new government will go for a fresh probe into the 2001 palace massacre and also investigate whether deposed king Gyanendra had any foreign bank account, a day after he quit the palace.

40pc JS seats, specific budget for women reps demanded

The government should introduce 40 percent reserved seats and make specific budgetary allocation for female representatives in local government to establish equal rights of women and empower them, speakers said at a workshop yesterday.

No compensation even after a decade

Today is the 11th anniversary of Magurchhara gas-well explosion. On the night of this day in 1997, a massive blowout torn apart the Magurchhaqra gas field in Moulvibazar's Kamalganj upazila while US energy company Occidental was drilling a well there.

Outlaws raise heads again in three dists, commit crimes

Cadres of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) have started regrouping and committing various crimes in remote areas including Chalan Beel in Sirajganj, Natore and Pabna districts.

Tk 1009cr DCC budget tomorrow

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is to announce a Tk 1009.41 crore budget tomorrow for the fiscal year 2008-2009 with provisions for the lion's share of the money coming from revenue.

Young woman’s body found in mango basket

Police recovered the body of an unidentified young woman from Satrasta Truck Stand in Tejgaon Industrial Area in the city early yesterday.

Top outlaw killed in ‘shootout’

A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed during a “shootout” between his accomplices and police at Akna Banshbaria village under Raninagar upazila of Naogaon district early yesterday.

India-Pakistan final today

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all set to add another feather to his cap when his impressive side lock horns with their old foes Pakistan in the Kitply Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.

18 teams of AL leaders to tour country

At least 18 teams of Awami League (AL) leaders will begin a 10-day tour across the country on June 20 to organise AL units, boost its activities ahead of the parliamentary elections and to press home its six-point demand.

First day of monsoon tomorrow

Come Ashar, come the monsoon days.

Rab official shot in city

A Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) official was shot by unidentified youths at East Rampura in the city early yesterday.

Conference on Bangladesh begins at Harvard

A two-day conference on “Bangladesh in the 21st century” began at the Centre of Government and International Studies (CGIS) of Harvard University yesterday, according to a message received in Dhaka last night.

BSF hands over 49 more Bangladeshis

Forty-nine more Bangladeshis returned home on Thursday after serving two years imprisonment in Damdan Central Jail in Kolkata.

One burnt alive, 5 shops gutted in Trishal

One person was burnt alive and five shops were gutted in a fire at Trishal Upazila Bazar early yesterday.

Court deals big blow to Bush

The US Supreme Court ruling that Guantanamo prisoners can challenge their detention in US civilian courts dealt a blow to President George W. Bush, but a senior official said Friday the military trials will continue.


Whither safety of the common man?

Hardly had a day passed in the last several weeks without reports appearing in the media of incidents of people falling victims to attacks by criminals. The worrisome aspect is that these killings resulted from petty matters that should have been solved in a more urbane manner. Only the other day two businessmen were killed because of disputes emerging out, ostensibly, of unfulfilled obligation of one party or the other. It seems that resorting to violence and killing have become the preferred arbiter of disputes.

Local government autonomy

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has talked about freeing the local government system from the direct influence of the Members of Parliaments (MPs). We understand, the main objective behind the move is to allow the system to become autonomous so that it can run its own affairs with greater efficiency. In this regard, a fresh law has already been drafted by the government, which would empower a chairman of the Upazila Parishad to plan and carry out development activities, without looking upto the local MP. It may be mentioned here that earlier the commission on strengthening local government system had recommended for non-interference of the MPs.

A 'peaceful nation' and terrorism

FOR most of us, one of the important tasks after waking up is to reach for the newspaper. To an extent, we have become slaves to this habit. Keeping ourselves informed of what happened yesterday helps us to determine what we will be doing today. In more ways than one, the morning newspaper also guides our thinking on important issues and helps to put things into perspective.

Manmohan Singh -- four years on

FOUR years is a long period in government to prove your mettle. A few days ago Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's fourth anniversary in office was celebrated in Delhi, with Congress president Sonia Gandhi hosting a dinner. Public participation was nowhere. Probably, this epitomises the four-year-old rule of Manmohan Singh.

Off-shore banking: New zone of benefit

OFFSHORE banking refers to international banking involving non-residents' foreign currency- denominated assets and liabilities. It covers only non-residents and does not mix with domestic banking. A non-resident is a person, bank or firm who/which resides outside Bangladesh. Non-residents also include Bangladesh nationals who reside abroad. Offshore banking units can carry on their activities of deposit taking from and lending to international enterprises or investors without conflict with the domestic fiscal and monetary policy. In short, offshore banking is international banking kept separate from domestic banking with freedom of functioning.


High India, low Pakistan

While it was all quiet on the Indian front, the Pakistani camp was rather shaken by an embarrassing defeat and its aftermath before revival of the old foes' rivalry on the eve of today's Kitply Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Robin recalls that final

It did not take Robin Singh too long to remember the last India-Pakistan final in Dhaka.

Buffon keeps Italy alive

A penalty save by Gianluigi Buffon spared Italy a second defeat of Euro 2008 but the world champions' involvement in the tournament was still left hanging by a slender thread after a 1-1 draw with Romania here on Friday.

Czechs to go for win

Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner is desperate to avoid an historic penalty shoot-out against Turkey in Sunday's winner-takes-all showdown with a Euro 2008 quarterfinal berth at stake.

Bangladesh face Brunei today

Bangladesh will take on Brunei Darussalam today in their opening Pool A match of the 3rd Men's AHF Cup Hockey tournament in Singapore.

'Pakistan team divided within'

Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson may have rubbished reports that team was not united but if sources are to be believed all is not well in the Pakistan team and even some players are questioning credentials of Lawson as an international coach.

Baichung eyes a 4th

A spirited and inform Maldives stand in reigning champions India's way to claim their fourth SAFF Championship title as the two teams meet in the final of the fifth edition of the regional football competition today.

Tripti claims second gold

BKSP shooter Tripti Dutta denied Sabrina Sultana her third gold medal in the 22nd National Shooting Championships yesterday.

Vastic breaks Poles' hearts

Croatian-born Austrian player of the year Ivica Vastic became the oldest scorer in Euro championships history as he converted an injury-time penalty to give the co-hosts a 1-1 draw with Poland and ironically send his Croatia compatriots into the Euro 2008 quarterfinals.

'Modric is best in Europe'

Tottenham have picked up a rare diamond who is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, if Croatia coach Slaven Bilic is to be believed.

Win the only option

Holders Greece and Russia are expected to ring the changes on Saturday in their bid to avoid a dreaded second defeat in a row in Group D at Euro 2008.

Respect for each other

Familiar foes Sweden and Spain meet at Euro 2008 on Saturday with nothing but mutual respect after locking horns in qualifying.

Euro 2008 Briefs

Euro 2008 briefs on Friday:
SALZBURG: Exasperated by fans relieving themselves anywhere they pleased after having one too many beers, host city Salzburg has installed brighter lightbulbs in streetlamps around the old town fan zone to shine a light on those trespassing supporters. The streets are also being patrolled regularly to catch any potential offenders.

Torres not angry at Aragones

Spain striker Fernando Torres has denied that he was angry with coach Luis Aragones for taking him off in the team's 4-1 win against Russia in their opening game at Euro 2008.

Bastian to miss Austria match

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Monday's game against co-hosts Austria after being banned for one match at Euro 2008.

Sixteen fans arrested

Sixteen fans of different nationalities were arrested following minor disputes Thursday evening in Klagenfurt, as Germany and Croatia played a group stage match, police said.

Euro does not impress Basile

Argentina coach Alfio Basile has not been impressed by Euro 2008.

WI hit Aus, rain hits WI

A heavy evening rainstorm brought another compelling day to an early close and saved Australia from an opening day demolition against West Indies in the third and final Test on Thursday.

Ponting vindicated

With Test cricket facing a challenge from the action-packed Twenty20 version of the game, Australia captain Ricky Ponting recently came up with a simple idea to make the five-day game more exciting -- bring back fast bouncy wickets.

Scolari given blank cheque

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to hand Luiz Felipe Scolari unlimited access to the club coffers when the Brazilian takes charge of the team next month, reports said Friday.

Nadal rolls into last four

French Open champion Rafael Nadal reached the Queen's semifinals for the first time after out-lasting Ivo Karlovic in a gruelling three-set clash on Friday.

Swadheenata KS in super league

Swadheenata Krira Sangha blanked Nawabpur Krira Chakra 2-0 yesterday to qualify for the Pioneer Super League as their respective group champions.

Asif hearing on June 22

A top Dubai legal officer will begin an inquiry in the Gulf state next week into the drug case against Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif, an official said Friday.

Donation for Rana, Shetu's families

Families of deceased former national player Manjural Islam Rana and cricketer Sajjadul Hasan Shetu received a donation of Tk 1,35,000 each during a simple ceremony on June 8.

Robles sets 110m hurdles new mark

Cuba's Dayron Robles broke the world 110m hurdles record by clocking 12.87sec at the IAAF Grand Prix meeting here on Thursday.

Pak manager plays down Ashraf email

Talat Ali, the Pakistan team manager, has played down the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf's scathing remarks to the management following the side's 140-run defeat to India in the Kitply Cup.


Anti-TB programmes can ease non-communicable disease burdens globally

An international study on managing non-communicable diseases suggests that lessons learnt from it can be replicated to other developing countries including Bangladesh to fight diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, asthma, epilepsy and mental illnesses.

Dhaka should plan seriously to address climate refugee issue

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) applauds Bangladesh's proactive stance on climate change, for which the country is not responsible but is likely to witness displacement of millions of people and agricultural loss due to floods and sea level rise.

'Preserve real history for new generation'

The real history of the partition of the sub-continent in 1947, language movement in 1952, and the liberation war in 1971 should be preserved for the new generation so that it cannot be distorted, said historians at a seminar yesterday.

Lift emergency for fair polls

Workers' Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon has again demanded of the government to withdraw state of emergency instead of relaxing it to prepare a level playing field for fair election.

Teachers' protest programmes begin tomorrow

Primary school teachers on Thursday announced a month-long countrywide programme to protest the government decision to allow Brac, a leading NGO, to supervise all primary schools in 20 upazilas under a pilot project.

Two killed in road accidents

At least two people were killed and 25 including four journalists were injured in separate road accidents yesterday.

JBIC starts study to develop road network, embankments

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) started project formulation study on Thursday to develop road network and flood protection embankments under two huge projects involving Tk 10,000 crore in the port.

Gram police demand pay scale for them

Bangladesh Gram Police Karmochari Union leaders at a discussion yesterday demanded of the government to declare immediately a pay scale for them in line with the price hike of essentials.

60pc under-5 children live with death or disability threat: Study

More than 60 percent of the country's total under-five children is living with high death or disability threat because of indoor pollution, says a study.

BSRM Steels goes into operation today

BSRM Steels Ltd, a newly built giant industrial conglomerate of Bangladesh Steel Re-rolling Mills (BSRM) Group, formally goes into operation here today with an annual production capacity of 3,75,000 tonnes of steel rods.

DCC move to cut trees for road construction protested

Leaders of Save the Environment Movement (SEM) along with the local people yesterday protested the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) initiative to construct roads at Mirpur Section-12 after cutting a good number of trees.

Six more CMP cops transferred

Six more police personnel including an assistant commissioner and two officers-in-charge under Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) were transferred on Thursday.

500 units in Barisal closed in recent years

Around 500 small and medium industries were closed down in recent years in the district due to various problems, including management crisis.

President, CA greet British counterparts

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have greeted their British counterparts on the occasion of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II today.

'Quality training needed for varsity teachers’

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam on Thursday said quality training and research activities are needed for the university teachers for their professional improvement.

5-day programme on rural dev ends at BARD

A five-day attachment programme on rural development and poverty reduction ended at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) on Thursday.

EWU short course ends

The certificate award ceremony of a short course on 'Corporate Valuation, Governance and Control' was held at East West University (EWU) in the city on Thursday.

Bailey bridge collapses at Gaibandha

The road communication between Dhaka-Dinajpur via Gabindaganj upazila remained snapped since Thursday evening due to collapse of a bailey bridge at Khalshi, two kilometres off the upazila headquarters.

ASM Chemical opens 10-MW power plant

ASM Chemical Industries Ltd yesterday inaugurated its 10-megawatt power plant at ASM Chemical Complex at Tepirbari under Sreepur upazila in Gazipur, says a press release.

Appeal for help

Mohammad Sirajul Haque, a senior agriculturist and former director of Seed Certification Agency, is seriously ill, says a press release.

Mango fair & Gambhira festival begins in Rajshahi

A three-day Mango Fair and Gambhira Festival began in Rajshahi yesterday with a call for establishing sustainable industries based on huge mangoes produced in the region.

Call to cancel decision to raise fertiliser price

Different political parties on Thursday strongly criticised the decision to increase the price of fertilisers and called on the government to cancel it immediately.

Binod Bihari leaves for Kolkata for check-up

Ailing anti-British movement veteran Binod Bihari Chowdhury left for Kolkata by a GMG flight yesterday for medical check-up.

Schoolgirl killed in train accident

A schoolgirl was killed when a train knocked her down at Uttara in the city yesterday.

One gets life for killing wife in Jamalpur

A Jamalpur court on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his wife.

Navy new entry sailors' passing out parade held

The passing out parade marking the induction of a batch of new entry sailors of Bangladesh Navy was held at BNS Titumir parade ground in Khulna on Thursday.

One lakh green card holders likely to enjoy US citizenship this year

Over one lakh green card holders, including a big number of Bangladeshi-born expatriates, are likely to enjoy US citizenship by September this year, immigration authorities said.

YKK begins tree plantation programme

YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd, a Japan-based zipper manufacturing company at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), began its tree plantation programme in Manikganj on Thursday.

NUS marks World Day against Child Labour

Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) organised discussion and cultural programmes in Dhaka and Chittagong on Thursday to mark the World Day against Child Labour, says a press release.


Setback in Satkhira shrimps sector

Frustration has gripped shrimp cultivators as the major export earning sector is facing a serious set back this year due to spread of a viral disease in farms and drastic fall of prices in foreign markets.

Names of 18 martyred freedom fighters not on memorial plaque

Names of 18 martyred freedom fighters of Netrakona district have not been included on the plaque in the recently set up martyred freedom fighters' memorial in front of Netrakona Deputy Commissioner's office.

Mystery shrouds death of grandfather

Mystery shrouds the death of a sexagenarian who had sought justice for violation of his granddaughter at Bakpura village of Nurullahganj union under Bhanga upazila of the district.

Police 'torture' on journo being probed in Netrakona

A judicial inquiry into alleged torture on Netrakona district correspondent of Dainik Jugantar and ETV Yasinur Rahman Ripon began here on Thursday, Netrakona Sadar police station sources said.

151 RU teachers demand release of Khaleda

A total of 151teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) on Thursday demanded of the caretaker government for immediate and unconditional release of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia for the sake of democracy.

Khulna 4-party demands release of Khaleda, Nizami

Khulna district and city units of four-party alliance has demanded unconditional release of former prime minister and BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami.

'Name Pabna medical college after Dr Rabbi'

Shaheed Dr Fazle Rabbi Foundation at a press conference here has demanded of the government to name proposed Pabna Medical College after martyred intellectual Dr Rabbi, also a proud son of the district.

BNP man held, arms recovered

Shailkupa police arrested a BNP cadre in the early hours of yesterday and recovered a firearm.

Bank official gets 34 years' RI

A Jessore court has sentenced a bank official in absentia to 34 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for misappropriation of money of the account holders.


US, Iraqi security deal talks at 'dead end': Maliki

Iraq's prime minister said yesterday that talks with the US on a long-term security agreement between the two nations have reached a dead end, saying the US proposals "violate Iraqi sovereignty."

Taiwan, China agree on charter flights

Taiwan and China agreed Friday to end a nearly six-decades-old break in transport links by expanding charter flights and tourism a move seen as a likely harbinger of more ties between the longtime rivals.

Lawyers' anti-Musharraf march nears Islamabad

Thousands of Pakistani lawyers and workers neared Islamabad on Friday on the final leg of a "long march" to demand the reinstatement of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf.

Lanka asks London to stop LTTE from raising money in UK

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who attended a meeting of Commonwealth leaders here, has accused Britain of applying double standards to its counter-terrorism policy as the banned Tamil militant group is being allowed to raise money among expatriates in London.

Nepal to keep good ties with China and India

Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist (CPN-M) leader Prachanda has said that his country would maintain "equidistance" between China and India - the Himalayan country's two neighbours.

Unidentified object seen behind space shuttle: Nasa

Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery spotted an unidentified object floating behind the craft, as well as a bump on the shuttle rudder, the US space agency said yesterday.

Japan to lift North Korea sanctions

Japan decided to partially lift its sanctions against North Korea after the communist nation promised a new probe into its kidnappings of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s, news reports said Friday.

Stripped of planet status, Pluto saves face

Two years after Pluto was struck from the planetary A-list and downgraded to "dwarf-planet" status, the ninth rock from the Sun regained some dignity on Thursday by lending its name to a new category of celestial bodies.

Arts & Entertainment

Chhobir Haat: A platform for young artists

'Chhobir Haat', across the street from Institute of Fine Arts (IFA), Dhaka University, is an open-air gallery. In 2003, a group of IFA students started exhibiting and selling their artworks at the venue. The area is also widely known as 'Mollah' -- after a tea-stall owned by someone called Mollah. Chhobir Haat is akin to a rural haat, where traders in makeshift stalls or under the open sky offer their goods. The venue is open to all on Fridays -- from morning till evening.

A national award finally comes Soumitra's way

He has been in cinema for half a century. He has been master director Satyajit Ray's favourite hero in his films. But it was for the first time that the 73-year-old thespian won the Indian National Award for best actor. Yes, we are talking about veteran Bengali film actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Surprising it may seem, but it is true.

Armed robbers steal Picasso prints in Brazil

Three armed robbers stole two Pablo Picasso prints from a Sao Paulo art museum on Thursday in a rapid strike in which the thieves bypassed more valuable works to grab the stolen pieces, police said.

"Duar": Rawshan Jamil's last performance to be aired on BTV tonight

On the occasion of renowned actress Rawshan Jamil's 6th death anniversary, BTV will air Duar -- the last play in which she performed -- today at 9 pm.


Large-scale arrests are not helpful

IN view of the large-scale arrests made by Bangladesh Police in recent times, it would be worthwhile to recollect that various constitutional rights in the nature of human rights of individual suspects come under the direct handling of police in all stages of crime investigation -- from arrest to imprisonment. In a country like Bangladesh, where stricter penal laws have to be enacted to curb the terrorist menace and other criminal mischief -- to be enforced by the police not trained to a necessary level -- there is always likelihood of abuse of powers by the police in negation of the individual's rights.

Can't we check the decline of Dhaka city?

ILL-conceived policies of the past that still continue have created nightmarish conditions in our cities. Worst affected is the Dhaka city that grapples with oversized population, scanty land space compared to heavy exodus from rural outbacks, noxious emissions and toxic effluents from big and small factories coupled with recurrent thrust of natural disasters like flood, and storms. Compounding the crisis resulting from the deterioration of physical environment is the unceasing wave of terrorism, violence and crime committed in the streets even in broad day light because of lax governance and weak policing.

Achieving food security and becoming food surplus

DEDICATED planning and timely supports can make Bangladesh food-surplus and ensure food security for its population. This year's net food grain shortage is only 0.1 mil. ton against a total demand of 26 mil. tons (despite 1.8 mil. tons standing crops damage by back-to-back floods and Sidr). Bangladesh produced 24.3 mil. tons of food grains in 1999-2000 matching the requirements of the then 130 mil. population and since then it is on the fringe of self-sufficiency. Presently, Bangladesh has 8.29 mil. ha. of cultivable land and about 145.6 mil. population. Each year, the country is loosing about 1 percent of its cultivable lands to non-agricultural uses while its popualtion is increasing by about 2 mil. A yearly incremental production of 0.35 mil. ton in addition to 2 mil. tons average deficit is required for food grains self-sufficiency.


Pushing people to the provinces is a pulling idea

It is now effectively not possible to move in Dhaka City. It is now not possible to predict the travel time for distances barely two to three kilometres long. It is now not possible not to be hesitant to venture on to the street, on foot or on a vehicle, private or public.

To solve the transportation problem of Dhaka metropolitan area

In order to solve the transportation problem of Dhaka City, the Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for Dhaka City was initiated in March, 2004 by GOB with the assistance of World Bank, and with Louis Berger Inc. as Principal Consultants and Bangladesh Consultant Ltd. as local partner. In August, 2004 an Advisory Committee comprising of some 32 members from different categories of professionals, engineers, planners, architects, academics and civil servants was appointed to guide and oversee the work of the consultants. The plan (STP) was completed in December, 2005.


Ambushed in Congo*

The FNI militias operated from their hideouts at Datule, located north of Kafe. The militias were causing so much of tension and difficulties for the Bangladeshi camps as well as for the Hema refugees that they had to be stopped. A raid on the FNI camp at Datule was ordered from the Sector HQ at Bunia. Bangladeshi troops carried out the operations on the FNI camps and could capture about thirty militias with their weapons and ammunitions. However, most of the militia, about four hundred of them, could escape with their arsenals. They took shelter in the hill of Ndriki, further north.

A Bangladesh Army Man Writes a Novel

In hindsight it seems inevitable that this novel about a Bangladeshi in a United Nations peacekeeping force in Congo would be written. The surprise is, all things considered, how well it has been done.

Agunpakhi: Chronicle of a Life, Place and Time

Near the end of Hasan Azizul Huq's novel Agunpakhi, the narrator tries to wrap her mind around the concept of Pakistan.

April-er Poddo Paath

I do not write poetry. At grade school, whenever I've tried my hand at poetry and attempted to pass them off as “sworochito kobita”, I'd inevitably run into a wall. Later, in high school, I would sometimes struggle for an hour or two over multiple drafts and finish off a few lines thinking they rhymed well, or at least sounded OK to me. Then, when I'd read them aloud to my brothers or a cousin, I would get a reality check. Their silence would signal to me that I needed to work harder on my “kabbyo”. I remember that one of my early reviewers shared with me the following critique:

Star Health

Underscoring the need of safe blood donation

Every second, someone in the world needs blood. In every country, surgery, trauma, severe anaemia and complications of pregnancy are among the clinical conditions that demand blood transfusion.

Tax increase should lead to price increase of tobacco products for reduction of consumption, expert opined

Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended.

Scientists figure out how rice absorbs arsenic

Scientists have worked out how crops such as rice absorb arsenic, a finding that could help prevent people from eating dangerous levels of the poisonous metal.

Diseases of the blood vessels

There is an extensive network of blood vessels in our body. They fall into two broad categories; arteries and veins. Like any other organ of the body, the blood vessels may also become diseased.

IBS – The most irritating problem

IBS or ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ is one of the most common abdominal disorders. This is not actually a disease and called a syndrome primarily because it is a group of symptoms. This is known by a variety of other names like spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis, nervous diarrhoea or nervous colon.

Strategic Issues

Economic diplomacy as a strategy of foreign policy

IN the traditional sense, diplomacy is political diplomacy. This means that diplomats are primarily engaged in political relations because close or strong political relations lead to relations in other areas including economic and trade. Empirical evidence suggests economic relations are not initiated in a significant way in a political vacuum in which there is a lack of trust.

The operation, codenamed “Azada Wosa” or “Be Free”

THE operation, codenamed “Azada Wosa” or “Be Free” in Pashtun, has great tactical importance for the occupation forces. The 2,300 troops of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which only arrived in Afghanistan seven weeks ago to reinforce the NATO-commanded International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were hurled last week into a major assault on insurgent strongholds near the town of Garmser in Helmand province. The guerillas in that area are mostly supporters of the Taliban Islamic fundamentalist movement, which was overthrown by the 2001 US invasion.

The myth of 'Wea pons of Peace'

CELEBRATIONS attending the tenth anniversary of Pokhran II were unsurprisingly muted. This projected India as a responsible nuclear power, while having internal political utility of denying credit to the current opposition party for tests conducted in its earlier tenure at the helm. The commentary attending the anniversary, however, has generally been along two lines. The first is on how nuclearization has contributed to India's security while the second is on how India is lagging behind in relation to its adversaries. Along the latter direction, there is even motivated talk of a 'missile gap' opening up with Pakistan!

Roadrunner breaks computer speed barrier

IBM and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have built the world's fastest supercomputer and will use it to simulate nuclear detonations as a way of assessing the U.S. nuclear stockpile without actually exploding warheads.

Germany mulls major boost to Afghan force

Germany is debating a major increase to its force in Afghanistan, a NATO source said June 9, as pressure mounts on Berlin to play a greater security role in the insurgency-hit country.

Star Books Review

Greatness put through a twister?

How do you define greatness? And exactly how many fields can a study of greatness cover? The answers to these questions will likely be as intricate as the queries themselves. But when media organisations such as the Bengali Service of the British Broadcasting Service undertake a programme to assess the contributions of Bengali men and women and so arrive at an understanding of what greatness is all about, the effort should be considered rather encouraging. On second thought, however, history is never a matter of individuals coming by popular acclaim. And greatness is not to be assessed through the opinions of radio listeners, for the chances are that a very large number of these listeners are too close to their times to be able to focus on events of the past. And so they are quite likely to miss out on some significant cogs in the wheels of moving time.

It is business ethics that matters

Dr. Ehsan Imdad's work, The Art of Marketing Communication and Corporate Culture, is a different kind of book for a number of different reasons. First, it addresses a new and more or less neglected area of marketing communication and corporate culture. Second, it attempts to link the two different areas with practical examples. Third, the book contains practical tips to make marketing a rewarding career. Fourth, the author shows with ease and finesse how a rather complex area, live marketing communication, can be made easy to understand.

The tale of 'an Oriental martyr'

The nineteenth century begins again: nationalism, colonialism and imperialism, ethnic and religious violence, growing extremes of wealth and poverty, all reemerge today and with a virulence that calls up their earlier nineteenth-century versions and all the physical and mental struggles against them.

Travels down the pathways of the soul

The Prophet is a novella the reader can complete reading within a short span of time. It is comprised of 115 pages only. And yet the wisdom and the insights that the reader gains from this book can seldom be achieved in a whole lifetime. Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon and was a poet, philosopher and an artist. The book, a spiritual reincarnation with twenty-six poetic essays, is a pure treasure grove. The reader only has dig into it to come out feeling that he or she has found the ultimate light of life. It is a book that grips your soul from the first page to the last and shakes your senses awake.

Mundane thoughts prattled out

Maybe The Line Of Beauty is not an appropriate title for this book. Maybe 'The Line Of Ennui' would make a better substitute. There isn't one aspect of the book which can be discussed, enviously, and yet it's the 2004 Man Booker Prize winner the deceptive praise that lures readers into the trap of purchasing this book.

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