News of: Saturday, 11th of October, 2008
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Global stocks went into freefall yesterday, with double-digit losses in Frankfurt, London and Tokyo, on fears that the financial crisis was spiralling out of control, dealers said.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Commerce Adviser to the Caretaker Government Hossain Zillur Rahman had a closed door meeting yesterday evening in the former's Dhaka Cantonment residence.
Shortage in funds for raw materials, coupled with a crippling Tk 5,500 crore in accumulating debts over the years, have choked the country's public- and private-sector jute mills.
With fuel prices continuing to fall sharply in the global market, the government is mulling over lowering the petroleum prices by 10 percent in domestic markets by the end of this month.
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has demanded lifting of the state of emergency ahead of the parliamentary election saying, emergency rule becomes meaningless if enforced for a prolonged period.
As coal production at Barapukuria coal mine showed an upward trend for the last one year, the government is considering setting up a 125 megawatt third unit of the coal-fired power plant at the mine site through open tender for the first time.
Amidst differences of opinion on retaining the provisions for party's 'associated' organisations in its constitution, Awami League's (AL) highest decision-making body holds a crucial meeting today to decide on the matter and to bring some amendments to it to get registered with the Election Commission (EC).
In a bid to bring amendments to its constitution, BNP has started working with a set of party reform proposals initiated by its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Global financial crisis has already started taking its toll on the country's knitwear business, having marked a low in September's export growth.
An estimated quantity of 1.26 million tonnes of Aman and Boro paddy gets wasted every year in the country, especially during the post-harvest stage.
Bangladesh will look to clinch a series victory when they take on visiting New Zealand in the second one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded yesterday to Martti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president who has spent 30 years ending conflict in troublespots ranging from Kosovo to Namibia and Indonesia.
Singapore's trade-sensitive economy has declined for a second straight quarter, the government said yesterday, meaning the city-state has entered a recession for the first time in six years.
Oil prices slumped towards 77 dollars per barrel yesterday, amid a worldwide equities meltdown, with traders convinced that an economic slowdown will hurt energy demand, dealers said.
Dr Kamal Hossain, a staunch advocate for the post-1/11 reforms, slated the caretaker government and the election commission for softening their position on holding fair polls and bargaining with some political parties to bend the newly framed electoral rules.
At last Kazirhat-Paturia ferry service resumed yesterday at about 10am with only one ferry after a long one-year hiatus.
Country's export activities will enter a new era at the end of this year, as National Board of Revenue (NBR) expects to complete the installation of its container scanners at Chittagong seaport within the next two months.
An agitated mob set the houses of two local leaders of BNP and its front organisation to fire suspecting their involvement in the sensational Dhandia union Parishad (UP) chairman Arifuzzaman Chanchal murder yesterday morning.
At least five people died and seven others were injured in a road accident in Haluaghat upazila of the district yesterday evening.
Retail prices of onion, brand soya bean oil, mutton and eggs have started going up in the city markets.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a meeting of anti-Taliban tribal leaders in a Pakistani region on the Afghan border yesterday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
Sri Lanka troops backed by fighter jets have moved deeper into Tamil Tiger territory in the island's north, killing 39 rebels, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Myanmar authorities have banned the import and distribution of nine Chinese dairy products found to be contaminated with the toxic industrial chemical melamine, state media reported Friday.
At least 12 people were killed and 26 others wounded yesterday when a car bomb struck a crowded market in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Dora, police said.
Police clashed with Jewish protesters in Acre yesterday as Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni travelled to the northern Israeli city to appeal for calm after two days of clashes between Arab and Jews.
Contrary to the notion created by occasional adversities faced by Bangladeshis in some manpower importing countries, remittances from Bangladeshi wage earners abroad have been steadily on a rising curve. Both in terms of volume and earning, manpower export from Bangladesh has registered a sharp increase, fraudulence by recruitment agencies and deportations notwithstanding. The dark patches are erased by positive tidings emanating from genuine breakthroughs made in manpower-short countries.
Well done Tigers! There is nothing like ending a lean patch in sports than on a high note. The win against the Kiwis in the recent one-day international was perhaps Bangladesh's most emphatic win in any one-day game. What makes this victory even more satisfying is the fact that this is the Tigers' first victory against the Black Caps in 11 encounters.
THE moon has been the inspiration for romance and poetry. Since time immemorial, it has played an important part in our daily lives. It has also been the basis for the lunar calendar which comprises of the moon arising and setting twelve times every year. That in turn, has influenced the evolving of festivals in different religions -- particularly in Hinduism, in Buddhism and also in Islam. In fact, in Islam, the moon is the principal determinant in the fixing of dates when the holy month of Ramadan will start, when the Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated and when the rituals of performing Hajj will be initiated. Fasting and the performance of Hajj have that added significance given their integral and central nature for Muslims.
I suspected some design when the Justice Nanavati Commission submitted only a part of the inquiry report on what was known as the Godhara incident. I could see the contents written on the face of a gleeful Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi in a photograph at the time of the report's presentation. It was clear that Modi had been exonerated.
WHAT change a decade brings. Western bankers and pundits who hectored Asians for poor governance and lack of transparency during the 1997 financial crisis now hope for help from Asia as the hallowed "Anglo-American financial system" implodes.
The question as to whether the Tigers will yet again be consistently inconsistent remains ahead of the today's second one-day against New Zealand in the three-match series.
It seemed that under pressure New Zealand tried to understand the trick of the pitch at Mirpur yesterday ahead of their crucial battle against the Tigers in the second match of the three-match series.
Defending champions Abahani clim-bed to the top of the Citycell B. League table yesterday with a 3-0 crushing of Khulna Abahani after last round's joint-leaders Sheikh Russel and Brothers Union both slipped to lesser opponents on the final day of the fourth round.
Left-arm spinner Nabil Samad took the opening day honours of the 10th National Cricket League as he grabbed eight wickets against Khulna at the Bir Shreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium yesterday.
As the curtain went up yesterday on the second season of rebel Indian Cricket League, three things hogged the limelight: a general expectation by the organisers that induction of Dhaka Warriors will raise the level of the competition, high glamour quotient with a Bollywood dancing sensation leading the cheergirls and more prize money for the teams.
All necessary preparation and security measures have been taken for arranging the 2nd one-day international and the first Test between Bangladesh and visiting New Zealand to be held at the Bir Sreshtha Ruhul Amin Stadium in Chittagong.
Bangladesh will meet Mozambique for the first time in an international match when the two sides face off in their Group B match of the Merdeka Cup on October 16.
India made a spirited reply to Australia's 430 in the first Test here on Friday, reaching 68 without loss in their first innings by the close of the second day's play.
West Indies batting great Brian Lara on Thursday offered Sachin Tendulkar his best wishes for breaking his own world record of scoring the most number of runs in Tests, but said he would not be present personally to hail the milestone if and when it happens.
Sri Lankan umpires Athula Senanayake and Sagara Gallage have been named in the umpires pool of the 10th National Cricket League.
Rejuvenated England, European kings Spain and Italy, the defending champions, hope their young guns can fire them closer to the 2010 World Cup finals on Saturday.
Germany coach Joachim Loew admits Russia's attacking style will test his team's leaky defence when the two big names in Group Four square off in Dortmund on Saturday in their World Cup qualifier.
Brazil and Argentina will seek to close in on top spot this weekend in Latin American World Cup qualifiers with the samba stars travelling to Venezuela while the 'albiceleste' host neighbouring Uruguay.
Ten years ago, Hull City were propping up the entire English football league with 91 other teams separating them from the summit of the top flight.
Sunderland Roy Keane has accused Arsenal and Chelsea of poaching top youngsters rather than developing their own talent.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has been appointed to Chelsea's football board in a move that puts him in a stronger position after three months at the club than Jose Mourinho ever was.
Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke will be out for three months after having surgery for a broken hand on Friday and will miss the World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Wales.
Spanish champions Real Madrid, the world's largest revenue-generating football club last season, has not been affected by the global financial crisis as it is in a solid economic situation, the club's director general Jose Angel Sanchez said Friday.
Russia's midfield star Andrei Arshavin said Friday his team would be happy to take a point from Group Four rivals Germany when the pair meet in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
World Cup European zone qualifying matches tonight:
Back in the days when batting sides dawdled along at two runs an over or less, Indian fast bowlers were a rare species, a ten-minute opening act whose only function was to take the shine off the ball before a trio of spinners went to work on the quickly softening ball. Those days are long gone, and while those run-rates certainly aren't missed, certain aspects of Indian cricket still appear to be stuck in a time warp. Sacrosanct tradition or fetish, playing at least two slow bowlers is one of them. Those that question it are considered heretics, and it's conveniently forgotten that India hasn't unearthed a Harbhajan Singh, leave alone an Ajantha Mendis, in over a decade.
Michael Hussey must be the most calculating batsman in the game. When he goes out he carries a protractor in his mind along with an unbending desire. He thinks in degrees for runs and has proved the method works all over the world.
As the ICL gears up for its second season, Subhash Chandra, chairman of the Essel group, which owns the league, has said he is confident of the conflict with the sport's global administrators being sorted out "within two years."
The 20-million-dollar Stanford 20/20, the world's richest cricket match which had been in danger because of a bitter row over commercial rights, will go ahead as planned, organisers said on Thursday.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation has called a three-day open trial from October 16 to form the national team for the Jawaharlal Nehru Cup.
Chandirchar Udiyaman Janata Sangha (CUJS) downed Manikganj City Club (MCC) by 2 goals to nil to win the Second Division Football League title at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.
Former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar on Friday said he would refrain from responding to Sourav Ganguly's outburst against the selectors till the end of the current series against Australia as it could divert the team's focus.
Padma Express, a Dhaka-bound train, left Rajshahi railway station yesterday one hour after the scheduled time following a demonstration staged by its passengers.
Most of the Jatiya Party (JP) leaders and activities at Ulipur upazila unit expressed dissatisfaction over party Chairman HM Ershad as he declared former minister Mydul Islam as a candidate for Kurigram-3 constituency in the next general election.
Three people were killed and 14 others injured in separate road accidents in Chandpur and Habiganj in the last two days.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said rapid breaking up of joint families, decline of lineage ties and restlessness of modern lifestyle are primarily responsible for mental disorder of people in the society.
Internal conflict in Chittagong city unit of Bangladesh National Party (BNP) has surfaced centring the centrally announced protest rally scheduled to be held tomorrow.
Bangladesh Kalyan Party Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim yesterday said a new election alliance will be formed with pro-liberation and anti-militancy forces to form a government of consensus through the December 18 general election.
People from all walks of life paid glowing tributes to acclaimed painter SM Sultan on the occasion of his 14th death anniversary yesterday.
The postponed Masters examinations of Drama and Dramatics Department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin on October 30, a JU press release said.
BNP leader Tarique Rahman was admitted to a hospital in South London on Thursday evening for the treatment of his drying-up leg muscle.
An armed gang shot at a studio owner storming his office in the city last night.
Four devotees were injured at Sherpur upazila in the district yesterday when some people who had long been illegally occupying a large piece of land owned by the mosque attacked them entering the mosque.
Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer ruled out Friday resuming high-level talks with Russia, although Moscow appeared to have withdrawn troops from Georgia in line with a ceasefire accord.
Leaders of former Soviet states wrapped up talks here yesterday hailed by the Kyrgyz hosts as boosting cooperation but overshadowed by the Georgian war and global economic turmoil.
Bangladesh Rifles seized a truck load of phensidyl syrup from Dakshin Baropota village here yesterday.
The leaders of Awami Swechchhasebak League yesterday expressed grave concern over the condition of its detained general secretary Pankaj Devnath admitted at the prisons cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
A total of 14,812 job seekers willing to migrate to Korea for employments appeared for the second Korean language test in 14 examination centres in the city yesterday.
Two unidentified women were crushed under the wheels of a train at Outer Signal of Ghorashal Station in Polash upazila yesterday.
Rajshahi University (RU) reopens tomorrow after 51 days of unscheduled closure, the RU authorities said yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested former joint secretary of Bogra city BNP Noor Mohammad with 300 bottles of alcohol from his shop on Thursday night.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized some 3,000 pieces of Indian saree worth Tk 1.10 crore from a truck at Patlipara in Jayantapur upazila early yesterday.
At least 12 fishermen were injured in an attack by their rival group in the river Meghna yesterday.
Indiscriminate spraying of harmful hormones and chemicals in banana orchards in hilly upazilas of Modhupur, Ghatail and Sakhipur continues unabated, posing a serious health hazard and causing environmental degradation.
Leaders of Pani Committee (committee for water), an organisation floated by local people), yesterday urged the government to take measures to solve the persisting waterlogging problems in the Kabodak basin to mitigate sufferings of the affected people.
A central coordination team of BNP will start visiting greater Sylhet region from tomorrow to look into the organisational matters in four districts where the party has been suffering serious intra-party feud for long.
A 10-day restriction on fishing of hilsa has been imposed from October 15 to 24, official sources said.
Family members of slain Shailkupa upazila BNP organising secretary Idrish Ali and Jubo Dal leader Haidar Ali Hadu are passing amid hard days amid threat by the killers belonging to outlawed parties.
Seventy-seven sacks of Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) and Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) rice were recovered in Bandarban, Mymensingh and Sirajganj districts yesterday and Thursday.
Callous boatmen on the Meghna River yesterday killed a dolphin near Panishyar village under Sarail upazila of the district.
After remaining absent for 16 months, Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila BNP President Syeda Ashifa Ashrafi Papia on Thursday arrived at her Pathanpara residence as party leaders and activists welcomed her with motorcade rallies.
A woman was killed in a clash between members of two families at Shrirampur village in Dumki upazila on Thursday.
Police seized eight sacks of fertiliser weighing 400 kilogram and arrested two persons who were smuggling those from Brahmanbaria to Habiganj district on Thursday.
If the government aims at creating a national consensus on its strategy in the “war on terror” through the joint session of parliament, it seems to have failed in its objective as all opposition groups have been expressing dissatisfaction with the briefing and the quality of answers to their questions.
The Bush administration is nearing a decision to remove North Korea from a terrorism blacklist and may do so as early as Friday in a bid to salvage faltering nuclear disarmament talks, The Associated Press has learned.
Seven leaders of a protest movement seeking to unseat Thailand's government were freed from police custody yesterday just hours after turning themselves in on criminal charges, as other opponents of the prime minister called for his resignation or a military coup.
Washington has made "huge concessions" in a controversial military pact still under negotiation, but immunity issues remain a problem, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday.
Mourners shouted anti-American slogans as gunfire gripped the Baghdad Shia district of Sadr City ahead of the burial on Friday of a radical member of parliament killed in a roadside bombing.
Pakistani lawmakers are still looking for answers from the top intelligence brass on reasons for an upsurge in terrorist violence in the country and have suggested summoning former President Pervez Musharraf to explain the terms and conditions agreed upon with the US.
A US missile strike targeting a high-level meeting of al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders in a Pakistani tribal area missed most of them by just minutes, security officials said yesterday.
Nato agreed yesterday to officially take part for the first time in the fight against Afghanistan's opium trade to try to cut off drug funds from Taliban insurgents, a spokesman confirmed.
Nato and Georgian defence ministers gathered yesterday for top level defence talks to look at ways to help rebuild the Georgian military in the wake of Russia's assault in August.
The Maldives' first-ever democratic presidential election will be decided in a run-off on October 29, after the first round failed to deliver a clear winner, officials said.
Indian soldiers armed with heavy machinery were moving in Friday to dig out a boy from a deep well in a replay of a similar drama that was played out for more than two days in 2006.
Muslim separatists opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir called Friday for a strike to protest a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the volatile region.
Pakistan and Iran yesterday said they were willing to undertake bilaterally a stalled multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline even if India does not join the project.
The steel mills and coal mines of western Pennsylvania helped fuel the nation's economic engine. Today, old factory shells and boarded-up storefronts stand as bleak reminders of those once-prosperous times.
A tortoise, a hare, a mouse and a half-dozen mussels are some of the creatures that a conservation group hopes to save through a "Western Ark" project aimed at petitioning the government for federal protection.
Pressure mounted yesterday on world leaders to call an international summit and confront the devastating financial crisis.
A newspaper report Thursday said tens of thousands of eligible voters have been removed from rolls or blocked from registering in at least six swing states. Election officials lined up to defend their registration procedures and said they had done nothing wrong.
Rival Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders held private talks on Friday in a bid to speed up slow-moving negotiations on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island.
About 100 people have been reported missing in the Gulf of Aden after being forced overboard by smugglers on their way to Yemen from war-torn Somalia, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.
The world's tallest man, China's Bao Xishun, has become a father but his normal-sized son could have trouble filling his Dad's big shoes.
The number of Ethiopians in need of emergency assistance has risen to 6.4 million, the charity Oxfam said Friday, warning of a disaster if donors did not respond.
French authorities have found Chinese sweets made with milk tainted by the industrial chemical at the centre of a massive international health scare, the agriculture ministry said yesterday.
International inspectors are looking into whether a Russian scientist helped Iran carry out experiments on how to detonate a nuclear weapon, The New York Times reported Friday.
Global warming is driving tropical plant and animal species to higher altitudes, potentially leaving lowland rainforest with nothing to take their place, ecologists argue in this week's issue of Science.
Two doctors accused of plotting failed car bombings in London and Glasgow last year escaped the scene of their first botched attack on cycle rickshaws, their trial heard yesterday.
The US trade deficit fell 3.5 percent in August to 59.1 billion dollars amid a drop in imports and weaker oil prices, government data showed yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
In the undivided Bengal as well as in the Indian sub-continent, Hiralal Sen (1866-1917) was the first ever filmmaker. Hiralal was a photographer as well. He is also credited with creating India's first advertising films and quite possibly India's first political film.
Former General Manager of BTV, Nawazish Ali Khan, is now the head of programmes of private TV channel ATN Bangla. Khan joined the then PTV in 1967. In his long innings as a producer for the public channel BTV, he has made many quality documentary and educational programmes and TV plays including the mega-popular sitcom Bahubrihi, written by Humayun Ahmed.
Indian popular playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Kunal Ganjawala will perform for the first time in Bangladesh, says a press release.
It seems like the inevitable comedic summit of this fall's US presidential campaign: the real Sarah Palin coming on "Saturday Night Live" to meet her look-alike impersonator, Tina Fey.
Musical talent hunt for children, Meridian-Channel i Khudey Gaanraaj will be aired tonight at 7:50 pm. The reality show claims to be the first of its kind in the country.
Single episode play Bishshash Ebong Otohpor will be aired tonight on ntv at 9:00 pm. Written and directed by Alvi Ahmed, the play follows the story of a woman who believes in fate and a man who does not.
Daniel Craig has revealed he needed plastic surgery after an accident on the set of the new James Bond film.
Drama serial Apon Ghorey Porobash will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9:40pm. Written by Aftab Bin Tamiz, the serial is directed by Kaiser Ahmed.
More than a decade after its conception, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy will finally see the light of day before year's end, sources close to the situation told Billboard.
FOR the governance scenario to register substantial improvements and thus to secure the foundations of democracy in our volatile polity, the phenomenon of violence or specifically, the spectre of political violence needs to be studied in a serious manner. Its urgency would be felt in the coming months as the nation prepares for the election with a view to returning to democratic governance. Without fear of contradiction it can be said that an overall assessment of the subject of contemporary political violence in Bangladeshi society and authoritarian response thereof has been neglected.
THE photograph of a seriously sick patient being treated by a lady doctor and a nurse on the corridor of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) published in the Daily Star on September 16 last reveals the pathetic state of the government-run hospitals primarily meant for the treatment of the poor throughout the country. Lamentably, DMCH with a capacity of 1700 beds is now providing treatment to about 2500 indoor patients daily with just one third of the manpower it needs. With 246 doctors and 653 nurses working under 24 departments round the clock, experts say, it's not possible to provide effective services to the increasing number of patients that continue to crowd into this hospital every day with incidents of increasing violence and accidents in the adjoining areas of the city and the capital city itself.
RANA Sarkar who runs a saloon at remote Gobrakura village under Haluaghat Upazila in Mymensingh takes pride in describing the benefit of solar power, “ Solar Home System (SHS) has revolutionized our life style as my daily income has increased by 50 per cent with the help of a bulb connection from the shop of Nazrul Islam who owns a plant. Now I can work till late in the evening smoothly.”
Following the recent devastating floods in North Bihar, the Deputy Chairman of the Indian Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwali said in an interview, “the flood caused by the Kosi in Bihar underlies the need for storing water by building dams or barrages. Since the issue involves Nepal, vigorous diplomatic efforts are needed.” He also said that he did not see any other visible solution. It is a sorry state of affairs that the Planning Commission of India is still trapped within a failed paradigm of engineering and structural solution to a natural process, namely flooding. How long will it take for our policy makers to realize that flooding is a natural process, and it can't be "managed”?
Green energy synonymous with renewable enegry is used to describe sources of energy which are considered environment friendly, non-polluting, and therefore may provide a remedy to the global warming, mostly caused by conventional fossil fuel burning. Generally, renewable energy combines that resources which restore themselves over short periods of time and do not diminish. Such fuel sources include the sun, wind, moving water, organic plant and waste material (biomass), and the earth's heat (geothermal).
The immediate past century saw an unprecedented advancement in science and technology and an acceleration of economic well being. At the same time it also experienced an ever more polluted world, specially an ever-increasing environmental pollution which has emerged as a major global concern for the very survival of human beings as well as all other life forms and the balance of ecosystem. When man of this modern era, especially in the developed world, is busy to make life easier and more comfortable, light pollution is emerging as a serious menace surreptitiously. This write up intends to elucidate from geographic and environmental points of view how light pollution is having its awful and appalling effect on human health, astronomy and ecosystem.
Finally the Earth Angel completed his work, the creation of the most beautiful, rare stringed instrument called veena. He made it with utmost sincerity. The dexterous workers of heaven had not witnessed so much time or patience given to any other invention of any designer. It was constructed inch by inch with music of the highest notes from the flowing rivers of heaven. The sun lent its dazzling rays to add cheerfulness and the moon contributed its blue emission for its calmness.
Last year Hindus observed Durga Puja with enthusiasm. It was possible due to the enabling presence of the present caretaker government, which went a long way in erasing the scars created after the 2001 October parliamentary election. Last year many people's prayer to God was if this could have been the permanent scenario of the different religious communities of the country!!
The Ashwin issue of Kali O Kolom starts, appropriately enough, with three articles (by Rafiq Kaiser, Sarkar Abdul Mannan and Abu Hena Mustafa Enam respectively) on Mahmudul Haque, the Bengali short story writer and novelist who died recently. Sarkar's lucidly-paced piece fills in many of the gaps of Haque's life--the writer grew reclusive and tired of Dhaka literary life in the last twenty years of his life and his life became shrouded in the mystique of authorial silence. Rafiq Kaiser elucidates the author's fondness for characters who were lumpen, rootless and of what used to be called the 'lower orders,' while Enam examines the modern element in his fiction. A previously unpublished short story by Mahmudul Haque, Asroy ('Shelter') has also found its welcome way in the short story section, which also contains an alluring contribution (’Kosha') by Papri Rahman, whose use of 'vernacular' language and raw-earthy idioms is striking. The other short stories are 'Palki’ by Niharul Islam and ‘Desh Jokhon Naiye' by Sharshij Basu. There is a tribute to the writer Mahmood Darwish, the 'voice of Palestine,' who also died recently and whose death went relatively unmarked in the literary pages of Bangladesh dailies (including this one). Accompanying it are some of his poems translated into Bengali, though it is not mentioned whether they are double translations (translated from English translations of the Arabic), or straight from the Arabic. Art reviews are getting to be a major part of the fare provided by Kali O Kolom, with poet-architect Robiul Husain becoming a regular contributor. In this issue he dwells on the 11 Indian and Bangladeshi artists who had a show at the Gallery Kaya recently. This issue too covers two probashi artists, one in Japan and the other in the United States, while Zahid Mustafa writes on Nurul Islam's solo show at Bengal Gallery.
Would he rage at our libraries
at tilted shelves and fallen theories
text his travel agent
fly to London in a rage
his brooding beard a-twitch
to type theses on dhakabach?
They hit the wall
Crawl back to the pit that's bred them…
These are word-bodies of our cities
Word Sight Day (WSD) is an annual event of awareness which aims at raising global attention concerning the current reality of 300 million people living with blindness and vision impairments worldwide. It is coordinated by International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 global initiative. This year's WSD was on October 9 and it focuses on the ageing eye, and vision impairment in older people. The headline of the theme "Eyes on the future" and strap line "fighting vision impairment in later life" recognises — in a world where populations are ageing and individuals are living longer, blindness from chronic conditions are also on the rise. By 2025, there will be twice as many as older people worldwide as there were in 2000.
There are many reasons why hundreds of thousands of people across the country become blind. The unfortunate tale is that the majority of them suffer from either preventable or easily curable blindness. Proper intervention or surgery can help them to regain the precious gift of sight. Dr M A Muhit, an eminent Bangladeshi ophthalmologist, who is currently working as the clinical research fellow at the University of London’s International Centre for Eye Health has shared his views with Star Health on blindness issues in Bangladesh.
The World Federation for Mental Health has created the 2008 World Mental Health Day theme, “Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action.” World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th.
There are evidences that prayer in remedy seems to work in mysterious ways. Research suggests that being more prayerful daily can be an effective additional prescription to healing.
Two French scientists who discovered the AIDS virus and a German who bucked conventional wisdom to find a virus that causes cervical cancer were awarded the 2008 Nobel prize for medicine this year.
VORACIOUS energy needs, global climate change and emission of less carbon dioxide has led to renewed interest in nuclear energy. India argues that the US-India nuclear deal will help the country generate adequate energy for its economic and social development.
FINALLY George W. Bush at the fag end of his second term in White House has responded to the calls to approve the plans of troops withdrawal from beleaguered Iraq. Only God alone knows whether Bush's attitude has been prompted by the pressure of the tormented, frustrated, and 'getting poorer everyday' people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine and the kith and kin of the coalition soldiers deployed there.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in his hey days as Pakistan's Prime Minister in the early 1970s had said that there is never a point of no return for politicians. A politician is never finished till he/she is dead; in fact charismatic politicians influence politics even after they are dead. Bhutto should know it for with his own political career, he has established this truth. Even after his death, his name lives, carried by his daughter Benazir and now her husband who has become Pakistan's President based on the legacy of Bhutto. Two military dictators have failed to wipe out the legacy.
INDIAN diplomacy has displayed maturity and has acted in accordance with the economic aspirations of the country. This becomes evident upon a careful analysis of the following myths and realities that surround our 'strategic concerns.'
Star Books Review
Serajul Islam Choudhury was one of the luckier ones in 1971. Or was he? He moved from place to place, from one home to another, in the knowledge that the Pakistan army would not let him out of its sights. He could have done the easy thing, something that quite a few expected him to do. Syed Sajjad Hussain and Syed Ali Ashraf, both of whom had preceded him in teaching and both of whom had feelings distinctly kindly toward him, offered him teaching positions in West Pakistan. The idea was simple: Pakistan's military establishment needed proof that Choudhury was loyal to the state, that indeed he had nothing in common with the rebels who had opted to wage war for an independent Bangladesh.
Poor people around the world have the same tale to tell, the tale of poverty. The poor can be poor to a level when they cannot get any poorer. This is a tale of such a family, a family that is torn between its wants and abilities. The family passes days and nights with its back against the wall. The Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz portrays the story of a poor family in Egypt around the mid-1940s.
Poetry is more precious than other branches of knowledge, according to famous critics and scholars throughout the course of history. When religion, science, philosophy, astrology and other branches of knowledge fail to provide a protective shield to humanity, poetry comes to the rescue.