News of: Saturday, 28th of June, 2008
Around 700 Bangladeshi workers who have been denied salaries for the last six months are passing days in inhuman conditions with shortage of food and amid fears of being evicted from the camp of their employer at Hasawi in Kuwait.
After nearly 20 years of experimentation, the government's vaguely perceived donor-driven reforms in the power sector might take a final shape next year with the creation of three distribution and several power generation companies.
Awami League (AL) yesterday decided to take part in the August 4 polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities.
Over 20 people, including traders and customers of South Jatrabari wholesale vegetable market, received bullet wounds when an armed cadre opened fire on a crowd yesterday morning.
Three hundred and fifty children are languishing in 57 jails in the country, although the High Court (HC) ordered the prison authorities more than five years ago to either release the child prisoners or transfer them to juvenile development centres.
Two top leaders of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) faction were killed during a “shootout” between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Ganeshpur village under Khoksa upazila of Kushtia district early yesterday.
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who was the chief of Indian army during the Bangladesh's War of Independence in 1971, died at a military hospital in Wellington in the southern state of Tamil Nadu late on Thursday night. He was 94.
Thousands of students who did well in this year's SSC examinations would be denied admission to colleges of their choice as seats in good institutes are disproportionately small for the number of students with GPA 4 and above.
The BNP-led four-party alliance might take a formal decision tomorrow whether to participate in the August 4 polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the general elections would be held in the third week of December and the schedule would be announced in the last week of October.
The government should go ahead with its plan to hold local-government elections before the general election so political parties cannot influence local polls, civil society members in Khagrachhari yesterday said.
In view of the growing concern for climate change, environment ministers from eight Saarc countries will meet in Dhaka on July 3 to take a common stance on the climate change issue before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December next year.
Law Adviser Hasan Ariff, his APS, driver and gunman were hurt in a road accident while returning to Chittagong after a dialogue at Khagrachhari yesterday.
Sirajganj district controller of food cancelled 79 rice-mill licences as the mills did not sign an agreement with the government to supply rice to the authorities.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader near Keragachhi border at Kalaroa upazila in Satkhira.
Pakistan's foreign minister said yesterday his country and arch-rival India needed "to seize the opportunity" and start getting concrete results from their slow-moving peace process.
When Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton step onstage in their first joint campaign appearance in New Hampshire, it will be the first public display of a rapprochement between former rivals hoping to set aside differences and unify the party while helping each other.
North Korea destroyed the most visible symbol of its nuclear weapons programme yesterday in a sign of its commitment to stop making plutonium for atomic bombs.
Oil prices jumped to record high levels above 142 dollars a barrel yesterday, as the US currency weakened further and stock markets tumbled at the end of a volatile trading week for investors.
Dhaka Zoo brought 27 animals from South Africa on Thursday night, triggering huge enthusiasm among the animal lovers who flocked to the zoo yesterday to see the new inmates.
A foreign national yesterday filed a complaint, accusing an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of stealing a mobile phone set from her at Zia International Airport.
Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim remained “clinically stable”, but was suffering from poor sight in his left eye, doctors yesterday said.
We congratulate all the students and all the schools which have achieved record-breaking results at this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations. The pass percentage of 70.41 is indicative of the vast improvement that has been made in the school leaving examination process. It is to the credit of the students, their teachers and their guardians that altogether 41,917 students have achieved GPA-5 scores. The increase in the number of schools with a pass percentage of 100 per cent, from 778 last year to 2,272 this year, is without question a remarkable feat. We expect that all the students who have succeeded at the SSC this year will live up to their reputation as they move into higher education.
Why such an innovation as blending plastic waste with bitumen to lay roads hasn't been brought up to the public so far? It is a question that naturally pops up given the multifaceted benefits derivable from it vis-a-vis the bitumen topped layers of soft brick fragments and brick slabs -- the conventional road construction technology. We felicitate Bangladesh Transport Foundation(BTF)and Practical Action, an international NGO, for their efforts in bringing to light the findings of the BUET laboratory tests and a study conducted by a team of planners, engineers and development administrators of BTF. The BUET, of course, has a big share of the credit.
LURED by the promise of lucrative job offers, big money and better future, thousands of Bangladeshis have fallen victims to the unscrupulous brokers and fake manpower agents. Many of these illegal migrants have perished while crossing the rough seas and others have seen their dreams shattered by the cruel hand of fate. Many of them after being arrested by the police are passing their days in pain.
THE two states which I have visited in the last few days are Kerala and Gujarat. They are hundreds of miles apart, but I saw something common between the two. Kerala in the south is left of the centre and Gujarat in western India is right of the centre. Both are headed by persons who are ideologically fundamentalists. Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan is committed to communism which has Stalin as its hero. Gujarat is headed by Narendra Modi, a fundamentalist in Hindutva drawing inspiration from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
THE process of developing students' proficiency positively prevails in the communicative approach. For example at the primary level, grammar-translation method has been introduced to develop students' grammatical foundation, sense of parts of speech, tense, sentence, structure development etc.
With all the media interest reserved for the Indian team, the Bangladesh squad had a calm and quite training session at the National Bank of Pakistan ground near the famed Clifton beach yesterday afternoon. After feeling the heat of Lahore the weather in Karachi has come as a relief for the Bangladesh players who had a couple of hours in the nets with a soothing breeze blowing in from the Arabian Sea.
The strains of "Que Viva Espana" rang out across central Madrid Thursday as around 10,000 Spanish fans celebrated their team's 3-0 defeat of Russia in Euro 2008, which they watched on giant outdoor screens.
Five-time champion Roger Federer eased into the Wimbledon last 16 on Friday only to find Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 winner, standing in his way of making the quarterfinals.
Pakistan's Asia Cup campaign suffered a crucial blow after frontline paceman Umar Gul was ruled out of the rest of the tournament, chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said Friday.
New Zealand quick Mark Gillespie is adamant the run-out row which marred the Black Caps' dramatic one-wicket win in the fourth one-day international against England at The Oval will not leave a legacy of ill-feeling come Saturday's series finale at Lord's.
Wary of an unpredictable Bangladesh team, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday said his side would not make the mistake of taking their opponents lightly as even a hint of complacency could lead to them being upstaged in the super-four encounter of the Asia Cup here tomorrow.
The boys' doubles title in the AB Bank 29th National Table Tennis Championships went to Chittagong when Regan and Asif defeated Biman pair Auntu and Javed 3-1 in yesterday's final.
The bowl-out has been used in two Twenty20 international games so far, but those could well be the only instances of its implementation in an international match. In the ICC Annual Conference which starts in Dubai on Sunday, the chief executives' committee will discuss the possibility of replacing the bowl-out with a one-over eliminator in the case of a tied game.
Spain coach Luis Aragones quoted former England striker Gary Lineker after his side thrashed Russia 3-0 to set up a Euro 2008 final against Germany on Sunday.
Russia's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink admitted Spain had been the better side and deserved to be in the Euro 2008 final after his side's 3-0 defeat here on Thursday.
Euro 2008 briefs on Thursday:
ZERO OUT OF FOUR
ZURICH: Swiss bank UBS didn't just get it slightly wrong, it got it all wrong. The venerable bank predicted ahead of Euro 2008 that the Czech Republic would win the tournament, with Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland all making it into the semifinals. In fact, Italy and the Netherlands only came as far as the quarters, while the other two were eliminated in the group stages.
Russian newspapers lamented Friday "the end of the fairytale" after their national team crashed out of Euro 2008 with a 3-0 defeat to Spain.
Spain's Cesc Fabregas says that he has no intention of letting Sunday's Euro 2008 final against Germany slip through his hands.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the Euro 2008 final in Vienna on Sunday between Germany and Spain, a government spokesman announced on Friday.
The balls set to be used for Sunday's Euro 2008 final between three-time champions Germany and 1964 winners Spain have been called "Europass Gloria" announced sports equipment giants adidas on Friday.
Italy's World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi returned to the post on Thursday.
All the Spanish squad members will receive bonuses of 214,000 euros each should they beat Germany in Sunday's Euro 2008 final, the Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday.
Germany midfielder Torsten Frings insists he would play himself in Sunday's Euro 2008 final against Spain if he was German coach - despite having a fractured rib.
Fatih Terim is to stay on as coach of Euro 2008 semifinalists Turkey according to the president of the Turkish Football Federation on Friday.
Spain's 3-0 demolition of Russia in the Euro 2008 semifinal drew a record television audience of more than 17 million viewers, a media and marketing firm said on Friday.
Australia were grouped with Japan Friday in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup, but avoided fellow heavyweights South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The International Cricket Council has put South Africa on standby as a possible Champions Trophy venue, but insists that Pakistan remains its first choice as hosts, an ICC source told AFP Friday.
When Imran Khan pontificates, people still listen. He's not wrong as often as his critics claim or right as often as his supporters do, but take note they all do. So when he writes a column, part of which robustly questions Shoaib Malik's credentials as player and captain, ripples are inevitable.
Australia moved atop the table of the men's field hockey Champions Trophy alongside Spain and Argentina after notching up a 3-1 win over Germany here on Thursday.
England coach Peter Moores has backed Paul Collingwood following a difficult week for the one-day captain.
India's field hockey coach Ajay Bansal on Thursday played down reports that Malaysia deliberately lost a recent international, saying his team had won fair and square.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting played his 300th one-day international on Friday, joining the great Steve Waugh as the second Australian to have reached the mark.
Kevin Pietersen will fulfil a dream when he takes over as England captain from the suspended Paul Collingwood in Saturday's fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand at Lord's.
Bangladesh Army lifted the Inter-services football title with a 2-1 extra-time victory against Bangladesh Air Force in the final at the BAF Base Matiur Rahman in Jessore on Thursday.
Leaders of Unity for Political Reforms (UPR) yesterday called upon all political parties to take part in the polls of city corporations and upazila parishads before the national election.
Residents of the city's Rampura and Badda areas, especially the elderly people and children, are becoming sick after passing successive nights due to frequent power outage, a situation they never experienced in the past.
Business leaders at a press conference in Chittagong yesterday called for increasing gas supply to different garment units through new connections and addressing load shedding and power outage on an emergency basis.
A mother of three children has fallen victim of 'hilla' marriage at Kochubari in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila.
Indigenous leaders at a discussion yesterday demanded their constitutional recognition and ensuring their rights to their mother tongue, culture and land.
At least seven people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Dinajpur, Jhenidah, Mymensingh and in the city in last two days.
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badrudozza Chowdhury yesterday said his party will participate in local government polls before the national election.
Green Voice (GV), an environmental organisation, yesterday formed a human chain on Dhaka University (DU) campus demanding the authorities construct the proposed new building on Jagannath Hall premises without felling trees at the selected spot.
Six Bangladeshi youths including a girl conquered the Singu Chuli peak (21238 feet) of the Himalayan range recently.
A drug addict was beaten to death in the name of treatment at a rehabilitation centre for the drug addicts at Digarkanda in the district town on Thursday night.
An indigenous youth was shot dead at Kanaiupara under Sadar upazila here on Thursday night.
The road show titled 'Eso Bangladesh Gori' is now in Mymensingh.
A three-day International Conference on Electrical, Computer and Communications (ICECC) began at Rajshahi University (RU) senate building yesterday.
Various organisations and individuals yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who was the chief of Indian army during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
Leaders of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad at a discussion yesterday said the One-Stop Crisis Centres for the victims of violence against women should be designed as legal aid providers and people-friendly organisations to prevent repression of women.
Dhaka University (DU) will observe 'Anti-repression Black Day' on August 23 every year commemorating the repression on its teachers and students by the law enforcement agencies in connection with the campus violence last year.
Save the Environment Movement yesterday demanded the authorities demolish the illegal structures along the Suvadda Canal to save it from pollution and encroachment, says a press release.
The low over north-west Bay and adjoining area still persists and it is likely to intensify.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a union of governments and NGOs working on environmental issues, is likely to submit its Lawachhara forest post-survey report to the Ministry of Forest and Environment next month.
The 37th national council meeting of Bangladesh Scouts opens today at Mouchak in Gazipur, says a press release.
Today is the 88th birth anniversary of Principal Abul Kashem, one of the architects of historic Language Movement.
MA Awal, a founder life member of the North South University (NSU) Foundation, has been elected chairman of the foundation and the university for a two-year term (2008-09) at its 16th annual general meeting in the city on Thursday, says a press release.
Bangladeshi businessmen Md Piar and Zakaria Masud Ziko were elected president and secretary of Jackson Heights Bangladeshi Business Association (JBBA), biggest organisation of Bangladeshi businessmen here.
Once quiet and lifeless Teesta shoals are now buzzing with activities.
Five teachers of Maulana Bhasani Degree College in Sirajganj town allegedly got promotion to the post of assistant professor from lecturer through irregular means while three teachers who were eligible for promotion did not get it.
Two Jamaat activists have been arrested at Boyra here on charge of committing murder, harbouring outlaws and other crimes.
An absconding convict and a cadre of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was arrested from a house at Khashdobir here on Thursday.
Tributes were paid in memory of two slain journalists Humayun Kabir Balu and Rafiquzzaman here yesterday.
A banker was suspended here on charge of misappropriation of bank money through forgery of cheques.
Nikhil Kanti Pal, pursuing study through hardship from the very beginning, has achieved GPA-5 in this year's SSC examination from Khagrachhari Government High School.
A female madrasa student committed suicide at Bhadra village in Sadar upazila last night as she could not come out successful in Dakhil examinations this year, police said.
Former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif pledged yesterday after his party won the most seats in by-elections that he would keep pushing for the restoration of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said Pakistan's failure to put pressure on Taliban forces on the country's border with Afghanistan had fuelled a rise in violence, but said Islamabad appeared to recognise the problem.
The Indo-US nuclear deal is "not dead" but probably won't happen this year, former US Assistant Secretary of State Robin L Raphael said.
Foreign ministers of the Group of Eight nations issued a joint statement on Afghanistan on Thursday, pledging to increase aid and reform activities in areas near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which have seen surging violence by terrorist groups.
Paramilitary police deployed in a park in Zimbabwe's capital and marshals led voters to polling stations yesterday for an internationally discredited presidential runoff held in an atmosphere of intimidation.
Martian dirt is apparently good enough for asparagus to grow in, Nasa scientists said Thursday, as they announced the results of a soil analysis collected by the US Phoenix Mars lander.
Thailand's prime minister survived a no-confidence vote Friday, fending off accusations of incompetence, mismanagement and yielding national sovereignty.
Macintosh computer fanatics won't have Bill Gates to kick around anymore.
Britain's governing Labour Party yesterday slumped to a humiliating fifth place in a worse-than-expected by-election result, in a new poll blow exactly a year after Gordon Brown took office.
Unsafe water leads to one in 10 diseases and six percent of deaths worldwide, according to estimates in a report published by the World Health Organisation on Thursday.
Africa's AIDS epidemic is so severe that it should be classed as a disaster comparable to floods or famine, the Red Cross said Thursday.
Millions of discarded mobile phones and computers are posing a "major challenge" to human health, the chief of the United Nations Environment Programme said Thursday.
Global warming has caused numerous European plant species to migrate to higher elevations over the decades, according to new research published Thursday.
A five-year project has revolutionized scientific thought on the evolution of birds and the results are so surprising that now even the textbooks will have to be rewritten, a study said Thursday.
Arts & Entertainment
Anisul Islam Hero, of Srishti Cultural Centre, along with Stefanie Steup weaved a world of mystery and wonder in modern dance. The pieces were fusions of east and west, of modern and traditional, and fascinated the audience at the Goethe-Institut on June 26.
From time immemorial, this land has been known for its diversity -- that diversity is reflected in every aspect of life including the seasons. In six seasons -- Grishmo (summer), Barsha (monsoon), Sharat (autumn), Hemanto (late autumn), Sheeth (winter) and Bashonto (spring) -- the nature of Bangladesh takes on new hues, new appearances. The changes in nature and the way the people of this delta celebrate the seasons have inspired the poets. Rabindranath wrote: "Jagater majhey koto bichitro tumi hey, tumi bichitro-roopini..."
Scottish actor James McAvoy bursts onto Hollywood's blockbuster movie scene with his new film "Wanted," but don't expect the actor best known for art-house cinema to start playing the part of a Tinseltown superstar.
A painting competition among schoolchildren was held in Tangail on June 26 to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Bangladeshi folklore gives an honest insight into the country's social and ethnic background as well as peoples' habits and beliefs. Our folklore also depicts much about the denizens of the past such as their ideologies, customs and views on home or social affairs. Diverse ethnic groups that have resided in the land throughout the preceding periods have largely influenced Bangladesh's folklore.
Film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1 million (£506,000) to help children affected by the war in Iraq.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shahdat Hossein handed prizes among the winners of different events organised as part of an anti-narcotic drive on June 26. The prize-giving programme was held at the town hall in Khagrachhari.
IN recent times there have been many comments on the revised charge sheet submitted against a new set of accused persons involved in the dastardly grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina's meeting on 21st August 2004. Some commentators have doubted the veracity of the second charge sheet that does not find any one of the previously accused persons guilty of any criminal offence. Still others have raised suspicious fingers by branding the subsequent investigation as politically motivated.
FOR the last few weeks there have been several articles in the print media and many workshops over the prospect of tourism in our country. Views have been expressed in this regard by officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, jouralists, diplomats and those associated with tourism from the private sector. This initiative underlined the importance of this sector, identified its potential and also its existent drawbacks.
MICROCREDIT is undoubtedly the number one image builder for Bangladesh. It has earned the most coveted Nobel (peace) prize for the initiator Dr Muhmmad Yunus and his Grameem Bank. It has earned many other international applauds for the operators, including the recent "Banking at the Bottom of the Pyramid" prize jointly awarded by the Financial Times of London and the International Investment Institute (IFC) to ASA. Mayor of London Boris Johnson formally announced the prize on June 3 selecting the Bangladesh institution from among 129 institutions of 54 countries.
POLITICIANS and their surrogates have vitiated the atmosphere of Bangladesh while at least some professionals have earned reputation and brought laurel for the country by dint of their efforts, study and research in different fields. In micro finance Professor Mohammad Yunus has earned international fame by receiving Nobel Prize while Professor Abul Hussam has been awarded Grainer Challenge gold and one million dollars by prestigious National Academy of Engineers of the United States of America for his innovative and cost effective project of filtering out arsenic from well waters.
The less written about the general working conditions in most garment factories the better, least not for the welfare of the workers, but in order not to embarrass a nation in front of its international buyers. But fire threatens life.
"Phenomenal growth of garment exports to Europe and America continent over the last one decade from Bangladesh has provided a unique opportunity for further industrialization, income and employment generation and diversification of the industrial sub-sector.” -Dr. M. F. Haque
I woke up feeling wired. It had been a rough session the night before. Moti and some of his friends came over and they brought a shitload of pills with them. We stayed up most of the night chasing and watching the Matrix movies. It was a lot of fun but after they had all left to go back to their homes it was a real messed-up morning for me.
Working in London, connected with Bangladesh via the Internet and dodgy Polish phone cards, one sifts in the evenings through a deluge of e-mails, spam and digital invites to sometimes find the odd interesting message. Thus came Rodney's e-message saying that he was arriving next week, would stay for two days and would like to meet me for lunch or dinner. The fact that he had more than passing acquaintanceship with two family members back in Dhaka, as well as the fact that our meeting place would the annual London Book Fair (14th to 16th April) inspired me to board London's rattling underground train on a weekday. Notwithstanding that the District Line's average speed from Richmond to Earls Court imitates the slow drool with which OAPs (Old Age Pensioners) work through their soup stock at Age Concern.
AH: How important is it for you to know your 'audience'?
KS: Not at all. By that, I mean I don't know my audience. My novels are not only published in several countries, they're also published in several languages, so in some cases I have no way of even knowing what version of my book is coming across to readers (because all translations are, of course, different 'versions' of the original text.) I suppose my attitude towards 'audience' is shaped by the fact that I grew up reading books for which I couldn't have been the 'intended audience.' I mean, I don't suppose any of the writers I read and loved thought of an Anglophone Pakistani as their 'audience.' And yet, I was still able to appreciate and love books which showed no sign of having a Pakistani readership in mind - even though I would often run into cultural references I didn't understand. I learnt to read around those moments of confusion, or to understand them via context - and as a writer, I always assume that my readers will be able to do the same.
It seemed like the school of Amir Khan in the Hindi movie Taare Zameen Par where a child with dyslexia got appropriate care for learning when I visited the learning and education centre of the Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC) last week at Lalmatia in the city. The effort is hundred times more here, because near one hundred autistic children are getting support with due dedication and affection.
Young adults who abuse amphetamines may be raising their risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study shows.
Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as, one third of people living with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives.
Magnesium is a vital mineral essential to good health. Although it has been known for many years to help night time leg cramps, but very few people are aware of the different marvelous role that magnesium plays in our body.
Mark the surgical site. Ask about allergies. Count the sponges. Count the needles.
Mostly we talk about pathogenic bacteria and rarely about friendly bacteria.
ON 14th June, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai threatened to send Afghan troops across the border to fight militants in Pakistan, a forceful warning to insurgents and the Pakistani government that his country was fed up with cross-border attacks.
BARACK Obama needs to give a speech about Iraq. Otherwise he will find himself in the unusual position of having being prescient about the war in 2002 and yet being overtaken by events in 2008. The most important reason to do this is not political. Iraq is fading in importance for the public and, to the extent that it matters as an electoral issue, most people agree with Obama's judgment that the war was not worth fighting.
ON 19 June, Israel, and Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip, agreed to a ceasefire through an indirect negotiation by Egyptian mediators. It took three months for the Egyptian mediators to organize this truce between the two sides. However, it is uncertain how long this recently agreed truce will last.
Star Books Review
Time is the unmistakable knock in the middle of the night that must be answered. Abul Hussain is no exception to this truism. In his twilight years he has come forth with his memoirs, Dushswapner Kaal, reminiscing on the liberation war. Hussain, our doyen of poets, still throws off sparks in his poem: 'Surely there is no escape to aging'. In such moments of his age, the obviousness of such thought is inarguable by any measure. What is amazing is that even after decades, the minutiae that enrich the memoirs so worthily are drawn from his memory alone and are surprisingly flawless. It is intriguing that the author, who is so well-organised in his personal life should have done without keeping a diary and relying only on memory for information. His long writing career blossomed as far back as the 1940s with Naba Basanta, which he dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore. The author came by appreciation for his book from literary stalwarts of the time --- Binoy Kumar Sarkar, Nihar Ranjan Roy and Subodh Sengupta.
In my last book review I tried to describe the brilliance of Shaheedul Zahir's fiction, especially Dolu Nodir Hawa O Annanya Galpo, and called him one of our best story-tellers. I was happy to pay my tribute to the quietly writing and abruptly dying author. After a lot of thought I decided to write on the stories of Abid Anwar this time. He is slightly older than Zahir and equally brilliant as a literary figure. They have another similarity. The Bangla Academy and our Ekushey Padak department have blissfully ignored them all these years. Much lesser men have been recognised in the past. This makes me all the more affectionate to these highly gifted writers, who are only a few years older than me.
This book exposes many luminaries/philosophers/cultural theorists' abuse of scientific terms in their writings. Particularly, intellectuals belonging to the genre 'postmodernism' are caught by this endemic. The writers of this book are professional physicists who have examined the various treatises written by these intellectuals and shown that oftentimes they used scientific terms without any honest regard to their true meanings. It is as if to show-off the rigour of their work. “The story of this book starts with a hoax”. Disturbed by the 'abuse of science' or more explicitly “…an intellectual current characterised by the more-or-less explicit rejection of the rationalist tradition of the Enlightenment, by theoretical discourses disconnected from any empirical test, and by a cognitive and cultural relativism that regards science as nothing more than a “narration,” a “myth” or a social construction among many others”, one of the authors, Alan Sokal, wrote a “parody” of the type of work that was “fashionable” in the mainstream American cultural-studies journals. This was titled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” and got published in a special edition of the journal Social Text in 1996. When Sokal revealed this hoax, it was a big embarrassment for the postmoderns. This particular parody was constructed “around quotations from eminent French and American intellectuals about the alleged philosophical and social implications of mathematics and the natural sciences”.
The media are doing wonders in today's world of a continuous flow of breaking news, views and photographs. People these days do not even think of spending a day without being in touch with the media. Frankly, people globally have become very much dependent on the media for the daily developments around them. Politics, economy, lifestyle, human rights, crime and even traffic jams all these matter so much in people's lives that they have to be in touch with the media all the time.