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City braces for worse water logging ahead

Filling up of eighty percent low lying areas and water bodies in the capital by encroachers is the main reason for water logging in the city, since those used to be the major channels for draining out rain water, said experts.

6 killed as train rams car

Six people, including five women, were killed when Dhaka-bound intercity train “Mohanagar Express” rammed a private car on an unmanned level crossing near Ghorashal railway station in Palash upazila yesterday.

Old faces likely to run in most places

Many known grassroots level leaders of major political parties including Awami League (AL) and BNP intend to run for the offices of mayors in the August 4 polls to four city corporations.

Prices of all essentials mark further rise

Prices of almost all daily essentials including rice, lentils, edible oil and eggs soared by 5-15 percent across the country following the latest price hike of fuel, putting the people of low and limited income group in further distress.

HRC yet to come into being 7 months after ordinance okayed

The government has yet to set up the long-sought human rights commission though seven months have passed since it approved an ordinance to that end.

ACC sues former Jamaat MP Gazi Nazrul for illegal wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against former Jamaat lawmaker Gazi Nazrul Islam yesterday accusing him of amassing wealth worth Tk 18.81 lakh beyond his known sources of income.

CG should give priority to parliamentary polls: Hasina

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina said the caretaker government should give holding parliamentary elections priority one for the sake of transition to democracy and the country's development rather than holding local body polls.

Green chilli sells at Tk 2 a kg!

Price of green chilli plummeted at the capital's Karwan Bazar wholesale market yesterday afternoon. The wholesalers claimed it "the lowest price in a decade".

Delwar accuses govt of showing double standards

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the charges against detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman of embezzling funds from Zia Orphanage Trust.

100 checkpoints in city to intercept criminals

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) launched a special programme yesterday to intercept criminals through putting up 100 checkpoints across the city within minutes on information.

Biofuel caused food crisis

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

'Anti-liberation forces must be resisted by all means’

Participants at a memorial for Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw paid glowing tributes to the great Indian warrior and said that his contribution, and Indian role, during the war of 1971 cannot be forgotten.

Bangladesh loses land due to erosion by Sylhet border rivers

The erosion of the Surma and Kushiara along the Sylhet border is pushing the Bangladesh border inward, already resulting in the loss of thousands of acres of land to India in last few years.

Pakistan rout Bangladesh

Pakistan crushed a hapless Bangladesh by ten wickets in the inconsequential last Super League match in the Asia Cup after paceman Abdur Rauf took a career-best 3-24 at National Stadium here on Friday.

Ctg landslide crushes 5 houses: Two injured

Five houses were crushed under mud and two people injured in the early hours yesterday during a landslide triggered by incessant rainfall over the last three days.

Oil remains at $145.80

Oil prices fell yesterday on profit-taking, a day after surging to record highs on the back of a weak dollar and concerns over tight supplies, traders said.

Rathajatra celebrated

Hindu devotees yesterday celebrated the annual Jagannath Rathajatra (chariot procession), one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindus, amid religious fervour and festivity across the country.

Robber killed in 'shootout'

A robber was killed during a “shootout” between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Modhupur area of Feni town early yesterday.

Historic China flight lands in Taiwan after 60yrs

The inaugural flight of the first regular direct service between mainland China and Taiwan in almost six decades landed here yesterday, underscoring a dramatic recent thawing of ties.

38 die as ferry sinks in Myanmar

A ferry sank in a river in Myanmar's cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta, killing nearly 40 people, state-media reported yesterday.

Private ICD faces action for wrongdoing

The customs authorities temporarily cancelled the licence of a private Inland Container Depots (ICD) and similar cancellation of licences of two other off-dock ICDs is under process after a probe found out that they are not following the rules.

Wave of battles across Sri Lanka kills 34

A wave of battles across Sri Lanka's embattled northern region has killed 32 ethnic Tamil rebels and two government soldiers, the military said yesterday.


Dialogue between govt and AL

THE AL-government dialogue, a more formalised one than the one that immediately followed the release of Sheikh Hasina for medical treatment abroad, has ended rather inconclusively. But the vibes sounded positive as indicated by the resolve expressed by both sides to sit again and continue with the quest for reaching a common ground and cobbling together a formula whereby broadbased participation in a qualitatively reformed election can be ensured.

Lawman and lure of lucre

THE suspension of an assistant superintendent of police on charges of stealing a Thai woman's mobile telephone at the airport astonishes many and puts many enforcement practitioners to shame. Such incident, perhaps, also points to the necessity of some introspection and soul searching to find out why manifest criminal action by higher level functionaries are disturbingly on the increase.

Sessions judge courts in hill districts

THE gazette notification introducing sessions judge courts in the three hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachhari marks a momentous event in the chequered history of Chittagong hill tracts.

Manmohan Singh insists on nuclear deal

WHEN a Prime Minister's Press Secretary on his own initiative calls newspapers and TV channels to tell them that he is neither confirming nor denying the PM's resignation, the inference is that there is something wrong somewhere. This is exactly the exercise which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Press Secretary Sanjay Baru went over some time ago. The entire country was ablaze with rumours and the share market was adversely affected.

Reforming our examination system

THE necessity for reforms in our existing public examination system has come under discussion in the recent years. The realisation of such need for change in the evaluation system has come mostly due to failures of a large number of students in two major public examinations -- Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) in the recent past. The practice of copying or cheating in the examination halls however has decreased in the last 7 to 8 years due to continued motivational campaign and vigilance on the part of both teachers and the administration with enhanced co-operation from guardians. Percentage of pass with a huge number of GPAs in this year's SSC results also shows apparent in enhancement of number of successful examinees. Side by side, prompted instruction to the examiners from the education board authorities at the instance of the government for leniency in the assessment of examination scripts has also been reported in a section of the press.


Zimbabwe skip T20 WC

Zimbabwe have agreed to skip next year's World Twenty20 in England to end a deadlock over demands that the African nation be suspended, the International Cricket Council said on Friday.

Another final of the Rs

Rafael Nadal set up a third successive Wimbledon final with five-time champion Roger Federer on Friday when he defeated Germany's Rainer Schuettler 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 in the semifinals.

Decisions, decisions

The ICC's annual conference week, which began on Sunday, has included two-day meetings involving the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) and the ICC Board. Among the different issues discussed and decided upon were the following:

Shoaib ban suspended

A Pakistani court on Friday said Shoaib Akhtar was free to play cricket again after suspending an 18-month ban imposed on the paceman by the country's cricket authorities for indiscipline.

Nothing is concrete yet

The committee to probe the national football team's failure in the recently concluded fifth SAFF Football Championship began interviewing the team management and players on Thursday and it was evident that lack of co-ordination was behind the poor performance.

BSJA to honour hockey league winners

Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) will accord a reception to the Premier Hockey League champions Usha Krira Chakra and top performers of the meet at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room tomorrow.

Serena, Venus in doubles final

Serena and Venus Williams warmed up for their Wimbledon singles final by teaming up to reach the doubles title match as well on Friday.

Inamdar head of associates

Chairman of Cricket Kenya (CK) Samir Inamdar was elected as the chairman of the Associate and Affiliate members of the ICC at the annual conference in Dubai.

Sister versus sister

Venus and Serena Williams, who boast six Wimbledon titles between them, will clash for the third time in an All England Club final on Saturday.

Get Barry for £18m

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill told Liverpool on Thursday to meet his club's asking price for want-away England midfielder Gareth Barry.

Jurgen bans cell phones

New Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann has banned his players from using mobile phones on the club's premises as the ex-Mannschaft coach rings the changes at the German giants.

Another Maracana flop

Memories of Brazil's 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup were revived when Ecuador's LDU won the Libertadores Cup at the same Maracana stadium against local side Fluminense, Brazilian media said.

'No need for overhaul'

Ottmar Hitzfeld said he had no plans to radically overhaul Swiss football after completing his first working day as the country's new national coach.

Spain to receive 7.3 ton trophy from Austria

Austria will present newly-crowned European football champions Spain with a giant crystal-encrusted trophy in commemoration of Euro 2008, the government's tournament coordinator Heinz Palme said Friday.

Rensing gets his chance

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Michael Rensing admits he will be glad to finally step out of Oliver Kahn's shadow after five years on the sidelines as he targets a place in the Germany team.

Chivu marries TV presenter

Romania football captain Cristi Chivu on Thursday married television presenter Adelina Elisei in a small ceremony in Bucharest.

Engelaar joins Schalke 04

Dutch international midfielder Orlando Engelaar has signed for German first division club Schalke 04 from FC Twente, the Bundesliga side announced on Thursday.

Zheng Zhi could miss Olympics

China's star footballer Zheng Zhi, a fixture with the English club Charlton, is likely to miss the upcoming Beijing Olympics due to a back injury, state media reported.

Boro sign Emnes

Dutchman Marvin Emnes on Friday signed a 3.2-million-pound (6.3m dollar) deal with English Premier League side Middlesbrough.

Pongolle goes to Atletico

Spanish first division side Atletico Madrid said Thursday it had signed French striker Florent Sinama Pongolle from Recreativo Huelva for four seasons.

Oval Test drawn

The result of Pakistan's forfeited Test match at The Oval in 2006 has been changed from an England win to a draw, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here Thursday.

No stopping Sanath

Sanath Jayasuriya is 39 and not yet doing all those things that cricketers look down upon while playing. He is not putting on a tie and selling real estate, searching for coaching assignments, walking into commentary boxes or indeed playing county cricket.

Inzy hails Oval U-turn

Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq was pleased Thursday when the result of the infamous 2006 Oval Test was changed from forfeit to a draw, saying it justified his stance.

Return thrills Simon

Simon Jones has said it is "brilliant" to be back in international contention after being named in England's 30-man provisional ICC Champions Trophy squad.

India have others to show

India travel to the Olympics without their trademark field hockey team, but determined to prove they will not compete at Beijing just to make up the numbers.

Pakistan still safe to host

Pakistan will host September's Champions Trophy as scheduled "at this stage", the International Cricket Council (ICC) said following a board meeting here Thursday.

Worcs cannot afford Nehra

Worcestershire confirmed Friday they have dropped their bid to sign Indian paceman Ashish Nehra for the second half of the season after he demanded more money to move to New Road.

Samuels ban on

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels's two-year corruption ban has been endorsed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body said in a statement issued after a board meeting here on Thursday.


G-8 urged to reduce greenhouse gas emission

Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), a network of 150 development organisations working at grassroots level, yesterday called on the Group of 8 and other industry-based developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 25-40 percent by 2020 for safeguarding the low-lying countries like Bangladesh.

Encourage honest candidates to take part in polls

Speakers at a coordinating meeting yesterday stressed the need for electoral reforms to encourage honest and efficient candidates to come forward and take part in local and national elections.

Fare hiked twice in 3 months

Without addressing the manifold anomalies that the commuters in the port city have been suffering since long, the bus owners are going to charge the new fare fixed by the government from today.

Appointment of full-fledged RU VC demanded

The teachers, students and officials of Rajshahi University (RU) have sought the intervention of the president, also the chancellor of the university, to get a full-fledged vice-chancellor, registrar, deans and syndicate members for running the university smoothly.

IT education stressed

Speakers at a seminar on Thursday said students should pay more attention to information technology (IT) education so that they can develop themselves as efficient individuals for taking the challenges of the fast-changing world.

Dr GC Dev remembered

Educationists and academics yesterday paid homage to martyred intellectual Dr Govinda Chandra Dev, a doyen in the country's philosophical studies, amid a daylong programme.

Fobana confce begins in New York

The 22nd conference of the Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (Fobana) was formally inaugurated at Hotel Hilton in New York on Thursday.

IUBAT signs deal with University of Victoria

International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) recently signed an agreement with University of Victoria, Canada under which practicum training would be provided to the students pursuing studies in Bachelor of Science course in the College of Nursing in IUBAT, says a press release.

RMG workers protest delay in salary payment

Several hundred workers of a garment factory in the city's Rampura area staged a demonstration blocking the busy DIT Road to protest the delay in payment of their salary and misbehaviour of factory officials.

BNP to overcome leadership crisis soon: Mahbubur

BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said the BNP would soon be able to overcome its leadership crisis, with new leadership emerging through historical process.

No qualitative change in democracy after 1/11

Political leaders and senior journalists at a roundtable yesterday said there has been no qualitative change in democracy after the 1/11 changeover.

Rab seizes fake notes, phensidyl

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate anti-crime drives yesterday seized fake currency notes, Indian phensidyl and an illegal motorbike and arrested six alleged criminals from different areas in northern districts.

Housewife strangled after rape

A housewife was strangled after rape by some miscreants at Moksedpur area of Patkelghata Police Station on Thursday night.

Bangladesh trade fair in Malaysia

A four-day first ever Bangladesh single country trade fair began yesterday at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur amidst enthusiasm and festivity.

One shot, robbed of Tk 5.5 lakh in city

A gang of muggers shot an employee of a washing plant and took away Tk 5.50 lakh from him at Pallabi in the city on Thursday.

Stop dumping sewage into Norai, Debdholai canals in city

Leaders of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded a halt to dumping raw sewage and industrial waste into the Norai and Debdholai canals through pipes as part of Hatirjheel development work in the city.

Security guard killed in PGCB office

A security guard was found slaughtered at the office of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) at Gulshan in the city yesterday afternoon.

Cracked gas pipe repaired in Ctg

The cracked gas pipe at the Port Connecting Road near Halishahar H block in the port city was repaired yesterday, two days after a leakage was traced in it on Wednesday.

2 sacked cops caught while snatching mobile sets

Two policemen who were sacked recently were caught red-handed while snatching mobile phone sets and money from a pedestrian near the High Court area in the city on Thursday night.

Road show now in Comilla

A cross section of people welcomed the road show 'Esho Bangladesh Gori' (Let us build a new Bangladesh) as it entered the town yesterday morning.

Akhteruzzaman injured in road accident

Awami League leader Akhter-uzzaman was injured when his Jeep turned over in the city's Nikunja area yesterday morning.

Three killed in road accidents

At least three people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Dinajpur in last two days.

3 robbers of inter-district gang arrested

Police arrested three robbers of an inter-district gang from different places after the gang looted eight tolas of gold and Tk 10000 in cash from a residence at Dhutra village under Shivalaya Police Station in Manikganj early yesterday.

Six bus robbers arrested in city

The police arrested six robbers after they stabbed two passengers, including an army man, in a bus on Staff Road in the city in the early hours of Thursday.

Train derails in Thakurgaon

Several hundred passengers of a local train remained stranded as five bogies of the train derailed at Kujishahar in Sadar yesterday.


92 rice mills lose licence in Nilphamari

Licences of 92 rice mills have been cancelled in Nilphamari for not supplying rice and paddy to government godowns at official rates under the on going food procurement drive. Of them, licences of 44 rice mills were cancelled on Thursday.

JP to take part in upazila polls before national election

Jatiya Party (JP) chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will participate in upazila polls even if it is held before national election.

Lift emergency, try war criminals

Satkhira district JSD at its first executive committee meeting yesterday since allowing indoor politics urged the government to lift emergency, saying this is a precondition to holding a free, fair and credible national election.

Ministry demanded for indigenous people

Speakers at a workshop held here yesterday demanded of the government for setting up a separate ministry for indigenous people of plain lands to uphold their rights.

Man-made traffic problem in Kishoreganj

Suspension of traffic through the baily bridge at Roshidabad in Kishoreganj Sadar on Dhaka-Bhairab-Mymensing Highway since June 27 is causing immense sufferings for commuters as the work for replacement of the bridge started without arrangement for suitable alternative for traffic.

Ex-whip Zahed Ali sued for ill-gotten wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against former whip of last parliament Zahed Ali for amassing wealth beyond known sources of income and hiding information on wealth.

Voters decline by 1,84,653 in Sunamganj

The number of voters decreased by 1,84,653 in Sunamganj district in comparison with that of the previous list.

Srimongal OC, 5 others closed

Srimongal Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Md Asaduzzaman and five others have been closed to Moulvibazar police line on charge of bribery.

2.75cr cocaine seized in C'nawabganj

Bangladesh Rifles( BDR) in a drive yesterday seized 2.75 kilograms of cocaine worth Tk 2.75 crore and 8500 piece of imitation ornaments in Chapainawabgonj Sadar upazila.

Housing project MD sent to jail in mugging case

Sylhet Kotwali police arrested three people including the female managing director of a housing project yesterday morning.

20 cops get certificates

Twenty police officials were awarded certificates on completion of a training course organised for them at the Police In-Service Training Centre here yesterday.

Housewife acid burnt in Tangail

A housewife sustained serious acid burn injury at Ghechua village in Sakhipur upazila of the district Thursday midnight. The victim was identified as Parul Begum, 45, wife of Habibur Rahman.

'Dubious' pir sent to jail

A pir, attracting a number of people for his miraculous 'healing power', has been sent to jail following his arrest along with two associates on Thursday.


India coalition in shake-up over US nuclear deal

India's coalition government was undergoing a major shake-up yesterday with the dominant Congress party pushing on with a controversial nuclear deal with the US and ditching left-wing allies.

Pakistan serious in fighting militants: Official

A senior Pakistani official said yesterday the government is serious about fighting Islamic militants, after authorities said they had rounded up 220 suspects as a military operation proceeded in a volatile tribal region.

Attacks, bombs kill 11 cops in Afghanistan

Bomb blasts and attacks killed 11 policemen and three civilians in separate incidents in insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Nepal to seek extension of UN mission

Nepal's government has decided to ask the United Nations to continue a peacekeeping mission in the country for another six months, an official said Friday.

Pakistan slams US military chief's statement

Pakistan on Thursday denounced a statement by the US military chief on cross-border attacks against the militants and said that only Pakistani troops could take action against the terrorists on Pakistani side of the shared frontier with Afghanistan.

Neighbours urged to help stabilise Afghanistan

A senior UN official called on Thursday for Afghanistan's neighbours to work towards mending tense regional relationships so that the conflict-torn country could be rebuilt.

Iraq trip could refine policy, says Obama

Democrat Barack Obama struggled Thursday to explain how his upcoming trip to Iraq might refine, but not basically alter, his promise to quickly remove US combat troops from the war.

Iraqi Shias denounce security pact with US

Large crowds of Shias yesterday denounced the security pact Baghdad is negotiating with Washington for a long-term US military presence in violence-wracked Iraq.

UN climate chief spurs talks on new global warming pact

UN climate chief Yvo de Boer called on industrialised countries Friday to start showing some of their cards in a poker game whose prize will be a new pact to tackle global warming.

Iraqi Shias denounce security pact with US

Large crowds of Shias yesterday denounced the security pact Baghdad is negotiating with Washington for a long-term US military presence in violence-wracked Iraq.

5 soldiers, rebel die in clash near Kashmir border

Five Indian soldiers and a Muslim militant were killed Friday in continuing fighting near the Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the army said.

Pentagon extends tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time.

No talks without Mugabe acceptance as president

Robert Mugabe said yesterday he is only open to negotiations on an end to Zimbabwe's political crisis if he is accepted as the country's president following his widely condemned one-man election.

Bush to attend Beijing Olympics opening gala

US President George W. Bush will attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, defying boycott calls from critics of China's record on human rights and in Tibet, the White House said Thursday.

Einstein's theory of general relativity holds up

Einstein's theory of general relativity holds up, according to astrophysicists who tested it against a unique cosmological configuration of two pulsars orbiting each other.

'Pregnant man' gives birth to a girl

A US man who was born a woman before undergoing gender realignment surgery has given birth to a baby girl, US media reported Thursday.

6 killed in stampede during Rath Yatra in Bhubaneshwar

Six pilgrims, including three women, were killed and several injured in a stampede outside the Sri Jagannath temple in Puri during the annual Rath Yatra festival.

SC ruling could free Guantanamo detainees in US

The White House said Thursday that dangerous detainees at Guantanamo Bay could end up walking Main Street USA. as a result of last month's Supreme Court ruling about detainees' legal rights. Federal appeals courts, however, have indicated they have no intention of letting that happen.

Arts & Entertainment

Chandan Sen: Focusing on contemporary issues

Renowned Indian playwright-director Chandan Sen is in Dhaka to attend the theatre festival by Bahubachan at the National Theatre Stage. This is his second time in Dhaka along with his troupe HaZaBaRaLa. Earlier HaZaBaRaLa participated in another theatre festival organised by Nagorik Natyangan.

Mathurapur Deul

Mathurapur Deul, a unique and historic landmark of Faridpur, is in dire need of attention. Although an archaeological wonder, the authorities have taken scant notice of the monument's dilapidated condition and the need to preserve the structure for future generations.

Vignettes of Bangladesh

"1st Tourism Photography Exhibition 2008" was inaugurated yesterday at the National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The two-day-long exhibition has been jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), and sponsored by Banglalink. This is the first photography exhibition on tourism by BPC.

“Abar”: Black talks about its upcoming album

Hardly any youngster, in particular the urban areas, need an introduction to Black, one of the most popular contemporary bands. Black's latest album Abar is scheduled to hit the market this month. Recently The Daily Star caught up with the band. The band members talked about their new album, how Black was formed and more.

Santal play “Jownum” staged at Kakonhat

Manwa Drama Organisation (a Santal organisation) staged a play in Santal language titled "Jownum" (meaning "cut") at Kakonhat High School auditorium in Rajshahi to observe the 153rd anniversary of Santal Hul (revolution).

Argentines find lost “Metropolis” scenes

Lost scenes from the sci-fi classic "Metropolis," recently discovered in the archives of a Buenos Aires museum, were shown to journalists for the first time in decades last Thursday.


Apartments for all: Cutting superfluous costs

When I first saw the name 'REHAB' I thought it was some kind of NGO working for rehabilitating evicted squatters. It was a time when I was involved with housing rights, worked briefly for ADB on urban poverty reduction where shelter was a small component to be delivered through the NGOs, as a means to provide affordable workspace to the poor that could enhance their productivity. But then learnt that it was the abbreviated version of real-estate developers' association. Ever since I have thought of how to bring apartments closer to affordability of a larger number of families, which in fact was a topic of my PhD completed in 1990. I also had applied the 'theory' into practice by initiating an apartment project by a group of BUET teachers in 1992 which cost about half the market price, and the method has been replicated!

President Bush's war in Iraq

President Bush might be comparing the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with that of US involvement in the First and Second World Wars. However, that is not what most of the world thinks.

Mathematics and English influenced this year's SSC results

The results of the S.S.C. exams of 2008 came out on June 26, with the highest pass percentage and number of GPA-5 holders ever achieved. The results have created much enthusiasm in the country in general and the educational arena in particular. At the same time, they have provoked some questions as well.

Let Adibasis overcome their woes

Aboriginal people or 'Adibashis' are sons (and daughters) of the soil. They are here for ages. But they have been taken on and/or deprived as well as persecuted by others because a number of reasons such as their simplicity (no intrigue ever crossed their mind), ignorance, specially of law, shaky personality (their sheer small number seldom helped them stand against odds put up by the majority and win), landlessness (gradually being dispossessed of land) and lack of security (law of the land or law enforcers came to little help, unfortunately). And because of these reasons they have been facing so many problems without any appreciable solution as yet. Let us discuss briefly the problems in the light of the reasons.


Two-Nation Theory*

The first time Mukhtar saw Sharda was from his rooftop, where he had gone to grab a kite that had landed there. It was only a glimpse. She lived in the house across the street, which was lower than theirs, and he had seen her through the open window of the bathroom where she was washing herself, pouring water on her body from a pitcher. This was a surprise. Where had this girl materialized from, because no girl lived in that house. The ones who used to had all been married off. The only female now left was Roop Kaur, with her flabby husband and their three boys.

London Book Fair: Replacing the Saracenic sword with the quill (Concluding Part)

I looked around at the tents, followed directions and found rich veins of English books translated from Arabic literature beneath the surface of the main gala: talks, discussions, debates and workshops. All of it was to encourage “collaboration between UK and Arab publishers and translators. Current trends in contemporary Arabic literature will be introduced to a UK audience by showcasing some of the best writers and writing from the Arabic world.” Approximately 40 leading writers, commentators and industry professionals from the region were being showcased within these bland stalls: Bahaa Taher, Alaa Al Aswany, Faisal Darraj, Hisham Matar, Raja Alsanea, Jean Makdisi (sister of the late Edward Said) and Amjad Nasser. They would take part in these events each night, providing a visible platform of new voices to the publishing audience. Since I couldn't spare the time to attend them in the days ahead, I went for a final walk on the tired carpets that would give me a feel for the cut and thrust of emerging Saracen literature.

Impure alcohol in the land of the pure

How much do we know of literature in subcontinental languages other than our own? We know more about Western literatures, down to the latest Booker and Pulitzer aspirants. No doubt this is another, regrettable, instance of continuing Western hegemony. If things were better ordered in South Asian culture, we would be familiar with at least all the major writers in the region, and there would be many more books directly translated from one regional language to another. The most satisfying translations must be those between closely related languages, such as the North Indian ones, whose kinship minimizes the loss in passage. As matters stand, our best introduction to other subcontinental writers is through English - witness, for instance, A. K. Ramanujan's magisterial translations from Tamil and Kannada.

Star Health

Six common diet plans

When it comes to weight loss, there is no shortage of advice. Check any magazine rack or bookstore, and you are bound to discover that latest and greatest cure for being overweight.

Is my baby getting enough breast milk?

Human breast milk is the best food in the early days of life. Parents want to give their babies the best. More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is perfect-most to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breast-fed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infection, diarrhoea, rashes, allergies and other medical problems than bottle fed babies.

New drug-resistance test gives hope to TB fight

A new diagnostic test unveiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will allow doctors in poor countries to find out within hours — instead of months — whether patients have drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Be smart: Prevent your excessive sweating

Almost everyone sweats as a normal reaction to stress such as heat, exercise, emotional factors. However, some people sweat excessively at armpits, on the hands or feet, causing severe social and psychological embarrassment. These people suffer from a condition known as primary focal hyperhidrosis. It affects one in twenty people worldwide. Some people are so embarrassed by this condition that they never seek help from their medical doctors.

Mediterranean diet may also help stop diabetes

A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables — already known to protect against heart disease — also appears to help ward off diabetes, Spanish researchers said recently.

Remain happy during pregnancy

Women who are stressed about money, relationships and other problems during pregnancy may give birth to babies who are predisposed to allergies and asthma, U.S. researchers said.

Strategic Issues

A global concern- who wins the Whitehouse?

AFTER the suspense of primaries it is waiting time for the gala party conventions in late August and early September to formally start one on one race for the Whitehouse. Looking for a running mate is the major concern of the summer. The election strategist, rumourmongers, fate gurus, lobbyists, even Mafias are meanwhile jockeying for advantage. When Obama is double digit ahead of MacCain, his VP is so focused these days, as if Republicans are not going have one really. New Hampshire 'unite for change' call from Hillary and Obama sharing the same podium is good start for the Democrats. November is too far and it is too early to deduce how much healing is possible between Hillary and Obama camps.

Bangladesh defence budget 2008-09: An analysis

ON 9 June 2008, the Finance Adviser to the Caretaker Government presented the national budget for the financial year (FY) 2008-09 in a live broadcast over the national radio and TV. The marathon address touched upon almost all aspects of the nation's economic life - the difficulties surmounted and the successes achieved. While highlighting the budget performance last year, he also laid before the nation the socio-economic targets for the coming year and how the government planned to achieve those. He covered a wide vista of governmental activities from agriculture to industries, from education to employment, from communications to power generation. However, there was not a word on 'defence', despite it being one of the largest expenditure sectors of the government.

Recognition of Kosovo and Bangladesh

It is reported Bangladesh has not yet firmed up its stance on the question of recognising Kosovo's independence, despite persistent diplomatic presentation by US Ambassador James Moriarty, who met Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury on 1st July for the second time to pursue the issue of recognition of the new Balkan state.

Star Books Review

Ambitious soldiers, ineffectual politicians, coups and destroyed dreams . . . .

Instances of an army continually occupying its own country are rare. Yet the Pakistan army has systematically been engaged in the job for the past fifty years. It was Justice M.R. Kayani who first made note of this occupation factor, drawing in the process the very great ire of General Ayub Khan, known today as Pakistan's first military dictator. Or you could even say, without batting an eyelid, that Ayub was the man in Pakistan's, or South Asia's, history who first taught soldiers the art of overturning civilian governments and then giving themselves a very wide berth in statecraft. In all these years since October 1958, when Ayub and Major General Iskandar Mirza first went into the business of clamping martial law over Pakistan, Pakistan's soldiers have spread their wings nearly everywhere, to the extent that Ayesha Siddiqa recently spilled all the beans about the army's hold on the economy in her disturbing (for the army) Military Inc.

Trapped in the darkness of purdah

Frogs in a Well is a case study of the women of the pirzada families. The pirzada families are the custodians of one the most sacred Sufi shrines of India, that is, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia.(1240A.D1325) was one of the four Sufi saints who followed Khawaja Muinuddin Chisti. The shrine lies four miles to the south of Old Delhi. Patricia Jeffery delves deep into the life of the pirzada families and the secluded life of their women. The life of the pirzade (plural) around the shrine has a pulse of its own and has its own beliefs, rules and regulations.

Homes abroad, hearts being the same

The writer of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake has yet produced another book to satiate her readers' thirst. Unaccustomed Earth, for that is the book, is also a collection of short stories all of which are about second generation immigrant experiences. Her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, was also mainly based on immigrant experiences and the next book, The Namesake, is about an Indian Bengali family living in the United States and going back and forth from India to the US. Lahiri was honoured with numerous awards for her writings.

Crystal clarity, or what?

A house with a ghost! If you are thinking that's an indication of an ordinary horror story then you are gravely mistaken. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison weaves a tale of slavery, torture and despair behind a ghastly shell which shrouds the lives of a mother and a daughter at 124 Bluestone Road, outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

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