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Quest for roadmap to face series of challenges

South Asian leaders sit for a summit meeting here today to chart a roadmap to address the challenges of soaring food and fuel prices, trade imbalances and climate change, and improve the socioeconomic condition of 1.5 billion people in the region.

AL may change stand in case of ‘invisible’ interference in polls

Awami League (AL) might change its electoral strategies after evaluating the August 4 polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities in which party leaders apprehend interference by 'invisible government forces' in favour of candidates of their choice.

Reconciliation move as Bhuiyan, others freed

After a period of lull, a fresh move is underway to reconcile the BNP factions following the release of some senior leaders including expelled secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.

Kuwait to be asked to ensure payment to deported workers

The government will ask Kuwait to ensure that employers there remit arrears to the Bangladeshi workers now being deported for allegedly inciting or taking part in strikes, an official yesterday said.

Clear-felling, foreign variety lead to destruction

Years ago, we had seen it in Lathitila. On a second visit to the forest in a span of three months, we were appalled by the sight.

Loose edible oil prices falling

Prices of non-brand edible oil started to come down on both the wholesale and retail markets in the city in the last three days.

Massive plan to enact, implement RIA

The Ministry of Information chalked out a massive plan for enacting and implementing the proposed Right to Information Act (RIA), a modified draft of which now awaits the law adviser's nod.

CA holds talks with Saarc leaders

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have agreed to revive Joint Economic Commission (JEC) to boost trade relations between the two south Asian countries.

Slow pace of FP threat to attaining 5th MDG

The on-going slow pace of family planning programme has made it hard to attain the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which aims at reducing the (TFR) to 2.2 percent by 2010.

Jamuna turns furious as shoals hinder its flow

Obstruction to smooth flow of the Jamuna in its main channel caused by many shoals on both sides of the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge is the main cause of devastating erosion now going at many points in Sirajganj town and its adjacent areas.

DMP to install 59 CCTVs, 32 digital message boards

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to install 59 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and 32 digital message boards at strategic city points to monitor and control crimes and ease traffic snarls.

Body burnt, eyes damaged, Parul pays for no fault

Parul Begum had nothing to do with the enmity between her husband and some local criminals but she is the one paying the price. She has 25 percent of her body burnt with acid and the doctors are trying desperately to save her eyesight.

Dhaka on good track towards poll: Boucher

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher yesterday said Bangladesh is on “a good track” towards holding general election by the end of this year.

Rahul Gandhi arrives on 5-day visit

Rahul Gandhi, an Indian parliament member also one of the general secretaries of National Congress, arrived here yesterday on a five-day visit to gather firsthand knowledge of rural development models in Bangladesh.

‘Election under emergency difficult, not impossible’

Visiting UK minister Hazel Blears yesterday said holding a free and fair election under the state of emergency is very difficult but not impossible.

Campaign climaxes as elections near

Campaigning for the candidates backed by Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine and BNP-led four-party alliance has reached fever pitch with only two days to go before the polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities.

Engr Mosharraf, Sayeed rearrested

Police yesterday rearrested former Awami League (AL) minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and HRC Group Chairman Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury soon after they came out of jails on bail.

Dhaka, Colombo to revive JEC for boosting trade ties

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have agreed to revive Joint Economic Commission (JEC) to boost trade relations between the two south Asian countries.

Khoka suggests 100-yr master plan for Dhaka

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka during a meeting yesterday underscored the need for formulating a 100-year-long master plan to keep the capital habitable.

Two outlaws killed in ‘shootout’

Two underground operatives were killed during a “shootout” between their cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Mirzapur village under Atrai upazila of Naogaon district early yesterday.

Berth Operating System starts amid protests

Berth Operating System (BOS) at Mongla Port was introduced yesterday amid protest as it marks the end of Mongla Dock Workers' Management Board.

Tata’s pullout won’t affect FDI: Azizul

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the Tata Group's decision not to go ahead with its $ 3 billion investment plan in Bangladesh is unlikely to affect foreign direct investment in other sectors of the country.

WB okays $138m IDA credit for secondary edn

The World Bank yesterday approved a $130.7 million IDA credit to improve the quality of secondary education in Bangladesh.

Rab recovers arms, ammo

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered nine different types of firearms and 99 bullets from a pond in Bhoran area under Tongi Police Station.

BDR fair price outlets for Ramadan to open Aug 15

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will start selling Ramadan items from August 15 through its fair price outlets ahead of Ramadan.

UN atomic agency okays inspections deal with India

The UN atomic watchdog's board of governors unanimously approved yesterday an inspections agreement with India that is key to finalising a US-India nuclear deal, a spokesman said.

Nasa investigation confirms water on Mars

Nasa scientists said Thursday the Phoenix lander exploring Mars had confirmed water on the planet after analysis of a soil sample from the Red planet's surface.


SAARC and security

THAT there should be more action than words is a common feeling of the people of the SAARC countries, as they continue to face natural as well as man-made catastrophes of severe kinds. After twenty-three years of its existence, it is justifiable for the people to look up to the leaders to implement policies that would remove wide-scale poverty and ensure social, economic and food security of the present generation and that of the future ones. Better disaster management by the respective governments in collaboration with member countries is another vital issue for the people of the SAARC countries, who often lose lives and property in flash floods, cyclones, landslides and earthquakes.

The furore at JU

THE students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) must have been moved to a high point of desperation to have fallen back on an action that does not conform to the laid down standards of discipline in an educational institution -- but one must understand their frustration and the reasons for it. They were protesting the university authority's failure to protect them against harassment of the most abominable kind. It pains one to see a premier seat of learning in the country acquire a dubious distinction in terms of sexual harassment.

Dichotomy of inflation and credit expansion

COMBATING inflationary spirals while pursuing credit expansion in tandem for achieving poverty reduction through growth is often a mutually exclusive stance -- a dichotomy most macroeconomists would consider at odds, especially when an economy, such as Bangladesh, is projected to grow at 6.5% with a 9% inflation target.

Consolidating democracy in Pakistan

FOR more than sixty years democracy has not always been the assured aspect in a Pakistani's life. It has been like a zebra crossing -- now you see it and now you don't. It is also this aspect that continues to interest some of us who have had experience of Pakistani governance in the past. We tend to follow any transition or evolution in the Pakistani political landscape with care. Consequently, the first few months after the recent elections in Pakistan, the continuing terrorist acts within that country and the inability of the government to usher in a “new dawn” in Pakistani politics have been a source of disappointment.

The crisis of change

IN two different countries, at two different places, different peoples have met to discuss their age-old problems and find a collective solution. One was the People's Saarc at Colombo, the venue of the official Saarc Summit, and the other was at Jaipur, where people working at the grassroots gathered to pool experiences of their movements. How helpless did both feel in their fight against the vested interests?


BCB plans more longer-version

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are looking forward to make domestic competitions more meaningful and they are all set to bring changes in the calendar.

Bhajji leads fightback

Harbhajan Singh bagged four quick wickets in a magnificent spell to put Sri Lanka under pressure in the second Test against India here on Friday.

KP revives England

Kevin Pietersen kept England's hopes alive after his fellow top order batsmen failed on the third day of the third Test against South Africa at Edgbaston on Friday.

Sharapova pulls out

A despondent Maria Sharapova pulled out of the Beijing Olympics on Friday with a shoulder injury, depriving the Games of one of its biggest stars.

China relax censorship

China on Friday rolled back a few high-profile planks of its Internet censorship system in an apparent effort to defuse an embarrassing dispute over media freedom just days ahead of the Olympics.

Un-happily ever after?

Olympic Games medallists don't always live happily ever after.

Thousands gather for eclipse

Thousands of people gathered in northern China on Friday to watch the first solar eclipse in the country this century, state media reported, a week ahead of the Olympic Games.

Ton-up Rokibul

Rokibul Hasan cracked an unbeaten century as Bangladesh A posted 275 for six against Marylebone Cricket Club at the Racecourse in Durham University grounds yesterday.

Academy boys lose to seniors

The South Africa-bound GP-BCB National Cricket Academy team failed to impress in the limited-overs practice match against Mohammad Ashraful men's at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

BKSP, Jatrabari through

A goalless draw gave BKSP and Jatrabari Krira Chakra their tickets to the final round of the Citycell Federation Cup football tournament at the Gazipur Stadium yesterday.

Pioneer football

Noakhali Football Academy beat Arambagh Juniors 2-0 in a second phase match of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium at Kamalapur yesterday.

Blatter was misquoted

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday he was misquoted in media reports citing him as calling Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo a "slave."

Farewell for Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 126 goals in eleven years as a Manchester United player, but the Norwegian forward will forever be remembered for just one of them -- the injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League Final that delivered the club's second European Cup.

Rooney in hot water

England footballer Wayne Rooney was questioned by police after allegedly spitting at a paparazzi photographer outside a London restaurant, a spokesman confirmed Friday.

Bentley aiming high

England midfielder David Bentley hopes to take his game to the "next level" after completing a 15 million pounds ($29.74 million) transfer from Blackburn Rovers to Tottenham Hotspur.

Real snap up VDV?

Spanish champions Real Madrid have signed Dutch international midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from Bundesliga side Hamburg for nine million euros (14 million dollars), radio Cadena Ser reported Friday.

Scolari greets Russian test

Hot foot from their successful Asian tour Chelsea continue their pre-season preparations under new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari with a game against Lokomotiv Moscow here Friday.

Valencia want to keep stars

Valencia vice-president Fernando Gomez said Thursday that the financially troubled Spanish club would do everything it can to keep their star players David Villa and David Silva.

Armstrong's book inspires Pepe

Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe said Thursday that he has been inspired by reading seven-time tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's best-selling book on his struggles with cancer.

Rovers sign YouTube star

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said Friday he remains hopeful of signing Brazil striker Robinho from Real Madrid.

FA charge Barton

Controversial footballer Joey Barton was charged Thursday by the Football Association (FA) with violent conduct.

Mankad passes away

Former India Test batsman Ashok Mankad died in his sleep here on Friday aged 61, cricket officials said.

Ivanovic sent crashing

Reigning French Open champ Ana Ivanovic was sent crashing out of the WTA Rogers Cup, losing her third-round match to unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 on Thursday.

Biplob posts easy win

Biplob Ram was one of five National Tennis Complex players who won during yesterday's play in the Dhaka Open tennis competition in Ramna.

Media Cup football

The first-ever Press Club A&J Media Cup Football begins tomorrow here at the MA Aziz Stadium.


Work sincerely to achieve country's development: Adviser

Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam at a scholarship awarding ceremony yesterday called on the students to work with sincerity to achieve development of the country.

No respite from perennial waterlogging

There is no possibility of respite for around 4 lakh people in Jhigatola area in the city from severe waterlogging soon as the authorities are likely to start work for development of a new sewerage system in the area in November.

13 killed in road accidents

Thirteen people were killed and 37 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

Take steps to remove repatriation hassles

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) yesterday urged all Saarc countries to sign bilateral agreements or memorandum of understanding to minimise the hassles of repatriation of trafficked women and children and protect their rights.

GP CellBazaar launches voice-based service

CellBazaar, an innovative market-access service from Grameenphone Ltd, has launched a voice platform to enhance both CellBazaar Service proposition and user convenience, says a press release.

Call to ensure free flow of information

The 4th Saarc journalists' summit, organised by South Asian Free Media Association (Safma), ended in Colombo yesterday, with the foreign ministers of Saarc countries giving assurances of continued cooperation to help solve the problems of the journalists.

Maldives keen to recruit more workers from Bangladesh

Abdullah Shahid, foreign minister of the Maldives, said that his country is keen to have more semi-skilled and skilled Bangladeshi workers for the growing tourism sector.

Indian army chief leaves

Chief of Indian Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor left the city yesterday morning after completing his six-day visit to Bangladesh.

Moon sighting committee meets today

A meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee will be held at Islamic Foundation conference room at 7:30pm today to discuss reports of moon sighting to fix the date of the holy Lilatul Barat and beginning of the month of Saban of 1429 Hijri.

Community pry teachers call off hunger strike

Community primary teachers yesterday decided to postpone their indefinite hunger strike following a request from Primary and Mass Education Adviser Rasheda K Choudhury.

UGC probe body arrives today

A three-member probe committee of University Grants Commission (UGC) will investigate into the alleged irregularities and corruption in manpower recruitment at Rajshahi University (RU) between 2005 and 2008.

16 killed by law enforcers in July: Odhikar

The extrajudicial killings in the name of ‘crossfire,' 'shootout,' 'gunfight' and 'encounter' have taken the worst turn in July by targeting non-violent people and the people who hold a certain political belief, human rights monitoring report of July by Odhikar revealed.

Breastfeeding can reduce infant mortality rate by 13pc: Experts

The four-month-old baby was crying at the top of his voice while the mother was cursing her fate sitting beside the baby for her failure to buy tinned milk being a wife of a rickshawpuller at Kamrangeer Char area of the city.

60 maunds of adulterated ghee, vegetable oils seized

Police seized 60 maunds of adulterated ghee and vegetable oils from a factory near Chittagong University (CU) in the early hours of yesterday.

Magura NDC killed in road crash, 3 magistrates injured

Nejarat Deputy Collector (NDC) of Magura was killed and three magistrates and a college teacher were injured in a road accident at Koyargachhi at Kaliganj in Jhenidah yesterday.

Appeal for help

Moshrekul Islam Ryne, a third-year student of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University (BSMRAU), has been suffering from blood cancer, says a press release.

Death anniversary of Justice Abu Sayeed Chy today

Today is the 20th death anniversary of former president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, says a press release.


Crimes by outlaws decline in 10 southwestern dists

Incidents of crimes by outlawed parties marked a declined in 10 southwestern districts in last seven months compared to the corresponding period last year.

'Bikalpadhara won't oppose upazila polls before JS election'

The organising secretary of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Mahi B Chowdhury said his party would not oppose holding of upazila elections before the parliamentary polls.

Police trying to save killers, victim's son claims

Police are trying to divert Tarak Das murder case to save the real killers, his son Shyamal Kumar Das alleged at a press conference at Satkhira Reporters Club in the town. Shyamal is the complainant of the case.

Probe team submits report today

A three-member team formed at Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) to investigate an incident of assault on Rural Sociology Department assistant professor Md Wakilur Rahman, also house tutor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), is likely to submit report today.

Councillor candidate assaults KCC official

Revenue officer of Khulna City Corporation, Md SK Tasadu-zzaman was beaten up allegedly by BNP leader Kazi Mohammad Rashed, incumbent councillor and a candidate from ward No 25 in the city, and his accomplices yesterday morning.

2 agri officials, dealer sued

Five people including two agriculture officials and a fertilizer dealer have been sued for cheating farmers in weight of fertiliser and taking extra prices.

One held for 'false' propaganda

Police arrested photostat shop owner Nurul Alam Khan from Sagordi A Wahad School area in the city yesterday after BCC mayoral candidate Sarfuddin Santu lodged a general dairy with Kotwali police against him for distributing leaflets containing false and distorted information about him.


Fresh fighting kills 27 in Lanka ahead of summit

Sri Lankan troops killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels while two soldiers died in combat in the island's north, the defence ministry said Friday, as Colombo prepared to host a South Asian summit.

Weekend deadline for Iran in nuclear showdown

The United States yesterday set the weekend as a deadline for Iran to reply to the latest international offer of incentives for a freeze in its nuclear drive.

US not neglecting Asia

President Bush has countered critics who claim his global war on terrorism has lessened Washington's role in Asia and allowed China's influence to grow in the region, news reports said yesterday.

New US defence strategy centres on 'long war'

A new defence strategy released Thursday places the "long war" against extremism above potential conventional challenges from China and Russia as the top priority of the US military in the coming years.

Record Afghan unrest hampering aid: NGOs

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan have hit record highs this year with hundreds of civilians killed, including 19 aid workers, and spreading insecurity cutting back relief work, aid groups said yesterday.

Obama-McCain race turns toxic

The White House contest between Barack Obama and John McCain took one of its nastiest lurches yet Thursday as the campaign air filled with accusations of race-baiting and gutter politics.

Fear returns to Kashmir amid truce violations

Fear has returned to border areas of Kashmir after a series of ceasefire violations on the de facto frontier dividing the region between India and Pakistan shattered five years of calm, locals say.

US has evidence linking ISI to Kabul blast: NYT

Ahead of a likely meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Colombo, top US officials have told an American daily that they had clear evidence that Pakistan's spy service ISI helped plan the July 7 bombing of India's embassy in Kabul.

US wants me dead, says Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said yesterday the United States wanted him dead and accused it of reneging on a deal to shield him from trial by the UN war crimes court.

16 female students die in Turkey dorm collapse

A three-story dormitory housing female students collapsed in central Turkey yesterday, killing 16 students, injuring at least 27 and setting off a search for a half dozen students believed to be under the rubble, authorities said.

UN vote extends Darfur peacekeeping

The UN Security Council approved another year of peacekeeping in Sudan's bloodied Darfur region Thursday night, but the US abstained from a vote that reflected sharp divisions over genocide charges against the Sudanese president.

Nato soldier, 5 Afghan cops killed in violence

A Nato soldier was killed in a bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan Friday, the force said, as authorities announced that five policemen had died in a similar blast.

CPI-M leader Surjeet passes away

Harkishan Singh Surjeet, the pragmatic Marxist leader, who played a key role in keeping BJP out of power in 1996 and helped Congress form a coalition government at the Centre eight years later, died here yesterday after prolonged illness.

Olmert grilled again over graft claims

Israeli police grilled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert again yesterday over graft allegations that have dogged his term in office, two days after his surprise resignation announcement.

Somnath hits out at CPM, rules out quitting as Speaker

Breaking his silence, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee yesterday ruled out quitting and hit out at CPI-M for demanding his resignation saying it cannot give any direction to him in his Constitutional office. "I have consciously taken the principled decision to uphold the Constitution of India at the risk of being unjustifiably dubbed as anti-party," he said in a five-page statement making it clear he would continue to "fulfil my obligations and responsibilities as the Speaker during my tenure".

Bomb blasts in two Myanmar states

Bombs exploded in two eastern Myanmar states leaving no casualties but damaging government infrastructure, state media said Friday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Rabindra Natya Utsab” in Chittagong starts tomorrow

A weeklong drama festival featuring plays and other creations of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore will begin here in the port city tomorrow.

A filmmaker's affinity for literature and Rabindra Sangeet

For his honest depiction of Bengali life and culture in films, Tarun Majumdar has achieved critical acclaim and popularity. Many of the films such as Balika Badhu (1967), Phuleswari (1974), Ganadevta (1979), Shriman Prithviraj (1976), Dadar Kirti (1980), Bhalobasha Bhalobasha (1985) and Paroshmoni (1988) were commercially success and lauded by critics. He has consistently produced box-office hits for over forty years.

Call to save mankind and nature

A weeklong joint exhibition of artists is being held at Shilpangan from August 1. The display includes the paintings of Jamal Ahmed, Mohammad Yunus, Biren Shome, Ranjit Das, Maksudul Ahsan, Javed Jalil and others. Special attractions are the works of Monirul Islam and Farida Zaman. Muted and dignified, the works bring in various subjects and styles, all of which deal with life in Bangladesh.

And the winner is...

Lights. Cameras rolling. And the stage was set ablaze. The grand finale of “Pantene You Got The Look 2008” was held on July 31 at Winter Garden, Hotel Sheraton. It was the seventh year of YGTL which as always was marked by enthusiasm and verve of the young participants to be “on top of the world”.

Elizabeth Taylor in hospital but said “fine”

Dame Elizabeth Taylor is hospitalised but doing well, a spokesman for the Oscar-winning screen legend said last Thursday, contradicting tabloid newspapers reports that she was in poor health.

“Chhotobela Borobela” on ntv tonight

Single-episode play Chhotobela Borobela will be aired tonight on ntv at 9 pm. Written by Ratan Pal and directed by Wahid Tareque, the cast of the play includes Asaduzzaman Noor, Sara Zaker, Shahriar Shuvo and others.

Oscar Bangladesh Committee formed

Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has formed a nine-member "Oscar Bangladesh Committee" to select a Bangladeshi film to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 81st Academy Award, according to a press release.

Being black in Hollywood still exception, not the rule

Will Smith has made epic blockbusters a 4th of July tradition, and Denzel Washington is one of the most recognised faces in show business.


Behind the deficits of electoral candidates

MANY would like to believe that Bangladesh polity is in a reform mode and there are hopes for positive change through the next election. However, disappointments have been expressed in high quarters about the unavailability of desired candidates in the local bodies election slated for next week. The disappointments are unfortunate but not totally unexpected. We have to admit that cronyism has been a hallmark of our political culture and mode of governance. No wonder, therefore, such cronyism has brought problems of delinquency and incompetence to the fore.

Private tuition and teachers' status

PRIVATE tuition by institution teachers is much discussed a topic in our country. It got new momentum after government issued a circular prohibiting private tuition and coaching on 4 March this year. Though most people do not differentiate between teachers' private tuition and 'teaching' in coaching centres, the two are not the same. My write-up is particularly on private tuition by teachers, reasons behind it, teachers' views, the vicious circle centering it and some suggested ways out.

Obama speech inspires the world

PEOPLE of the world, look at Berlin, where a wall came down, and a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one. The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope, but that very closeness has given rise to new dangers, dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean".


A response to product fetishism

THIS write up is inspired by my former BUET-colleague Prof. Ghafur. A more elaborate version of this has already been submitted to the Ministry of Housing and Public Works as a response by the Institute of Architects Bangladesh to the proposed “Comprehensive Housing Programme for the Dhaka City”. I shall try to avoid issues already raised by Prof. Ghafur, published in The Daily Star on July 12, 2008.

Climate change: Impact on forests

IT is beyond doubt that Bangladesh is one of the badly affected countries from the impacts of climate change. Therefore, it is no more any fashion rather an imperative to call for effective measures for combating climate change. Of late, the government has given an announcement to create a fund for the purpose amounting to estimated three billion taka in the current fiscal year, which will be allocated to various adaptation and mitigation strategies against already set paradigm of bad consequences from the climate change such as losses from frequent cyclones in the south, drought in the northern region and decreasing agriculture productivity with recurring food.

Climate change to cause surge of 'envirogees'

ENVIRONMENTAL disasters from climate change and destruction of ecosystems will create a surge of refugees -- 'envirogees' -- across the planet .


Unclaimed Corpse

Jamshed Choudhury said to his son, "Tipu, go at a run to Tarafdar and tell him to come over. Tell him I sent you, and he is to come immediately." Tipu asked, "If he asks me why, what do I tell him?" "Tell him your head's cracked, you idiot," Jamshed snarled at him. "Tell him 'I don't know.'"
As soon as Tipu left he called out to Jhunu. "Are you going to the academy today?" Jhunu said, "Today we have our examinations." "So what? What will you do by learning how to sing? All that nonsense stops today. I'm not going to stand for it anymore. All of you are getting out of hand any..."
Mariam now came forward to intervene. "Why are you shouting at him? If he wants to go..."
"He's not going."
"Why are you raising such a fuss? If something happens would you be able to stop it? Do you have the guts? What are they going to do, stay inside and wag their tails? He is going to go..."
"They're all spoilt, all this love you heap on them has turned their heads. Don't you know I'm saying it for their own good?" Mariam said, "Just because you're afraid because God knows whose corpse is lying outside, you've started this ruckus! Aren't there other people living all around us? Are they all frozen with fear like you?"
"If something happens then you'll come to your senses."
"Whatever happens will happen," Mariam said. "Everybody knows we're not into anything fishy. Because of you Tipu doesn't even leave the house. And you've made the girl huddle inside the house all day."

Remembering Mahmudul Haque (1941-2008)

“One day everything becomes a story”…

Was Mahmudul Haque left unread?

It was 2:00 on the afternoon of 21 July when I got a phone call. It was Dr. Tapan Baghchi from Ekushey Television. He told me that Mahmudul Haque had died, mentioning that the writer was on my website. Later I made a text on the sad demise and began sending it. Since the death had occurred around 2.30 in the morning newspapers were unable to cover the news that day. I received calls asking who this Mahmudul Haque was. While mentioning Jibon Amar Bone was helpful to some, I kept wondering: How could people not know Mahmudul Haque, somebody who wrote novels such as Onur Pathshala, Nirapod Tondra, Jibon Amar Bone, Kalo Borof, Matir Jahaj, Khelaghar and Oshoriri? Since his death many of his writer-friends are writing in the nation's dailies about Haque's popular presence among them. But was it really so? I do not know and never wanted to know.

Notice : Eid Special Issue

The Daily Star invites submissions to its forthcoming Eid special issue of both fiction and nonfiction pieces. High-grade translations in both categories will also be considered. Such translations should be accompanied by the original Bengali copy. The submissions ideally should not exceed 3500 words. The last date for submission is September 10. The date will not be extended.

Star Health

World breast feeding week kicks off

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. A lack of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life contributes to over a million avoidable child deaths each year.

Drugs add 13 years to average life of HIV patient

Cocktails of HIV drugs help patients live an average of 13 years longer — if they are lucky enough to get them, researchers reported.

Exercise plus relaxation may lessen migraine pain

A combination of aerobic exercise and muscle relaxation may help ease migraine pain, a small study suggests.

Oxygen therapies may ease headache pain

Two forms of oxygen therapy may help manage two types of debilitating headache pain, a new research review suggests.

Potassium may help lower blood pressure

Research shows that boosting levels of potassium in the diet may lower a person's risk of developing high blood pressure and may decrease blood pressure in people who already have "hypertension."

Be a fishy person

Most of us should eat more fish. It is an excellent source of protein containing essential vitamins and minerals, such as selenium and iodine. In addition to other benefits, fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids without which leading a healthy life may never have been easy.

Los Angeles City Council passes fast-food ban

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to put a one-year ban on new fast-food restaurants in one of the city's poorest areas, marking the latest effort by a municipality to fight rising obesity rates.

Strategic Issues

Maritime boundary dispute and oil and gas exploration in the Bay of the Bengal

THE issue of maritime boundary and deep-sea exploration for oil and gas has added new dimension to our relationship with both of our neighbours. Bangladesh, which has hardly any other natural resources besides gas, have no alternative than to maximize the resources of the sea. But in this effort, India and Myanmar are laying unjustified claims on our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf (CS) without having an iota of regard for the spirit and tenets of International law. India and Myanmar unilaterally ignored Bangladesh's claim of maritime boundary and EEZ announced in 1974, and we continued to watch this grabbing of sea areas without doing anything mentionable.

Rebuild Iraq from the ruins

THE world at large has just finished presiding over the killing of tens of thousands of innocent human beings in Iraq with a mute disdain for its perpetrators. What a shame! One wonders how could we, the members of the so-called civil society, remain at a safe distance when the relics of civilization were being desecrated by the enemies of history. We have heard that when Rome was burning, Nero was playing his fiddle. The neo-Neros of today have been seen on the TV protecting with precision the plunderers of evidences of history. One really shudders at the thought of finding answers to the charges that the progeny would level against us for depriving them of the proof of their 'proud' past. We may therefore have to garnish the leftover garbage to paint a picture that may somehow enable future generations to draw the cue about how their current life and culture came to be.

North Korea signals willingness to nuclear disarmament program

NORTH Korea demolished the 20m tall cooling towers at its main Yongbyon nuclear reactor on 27 June and published a long-awaited report on its nuclear program signalling its willingness to begin a nuclear disarmament program.

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