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CA for combined move to minimise fallout

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called upon everyone to work together to minimise the impacts of the global financial meltdown to achieve a sustainable global economic development.

EC in trouble with party registration process

The Election Commission (EC) seems to hit a bottleneck with a myriad of troubles in the short time ahead of the December 18 parliamentary poll, as it hears this morning public objections to Jamaat's probable registration amid an uncertainty over completion of party registration before the announcement of detailed poll schedule.

Fair polls not possible under current EC

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded resignation of the election commissioners, claiming they are not neutral and they can never hold a free and fair election.

Responsible role of parties vital to hold free, fair polls

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard A Boucher yesterday urged the political parties in Bangladesh to “act responsibly” to ensure a free and fair conduct of the December 18 national election.

Remittance, exports to bear brunt

Unctad Secretary General Supachai Panitchpakdi has said the ongoing global economic slowdown would further affect remittances, which have become a major source of income for many least developed countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh.

BNP plans to keep convicts out of polls

BNP is collecting information about its leaders who are already convicted by trial courts on different criminal charges under emergency powers rules (EPR), as part of its plan to keep them out of the December 18 parliamentary race if necessary.

10 killed as truck plunges into ditch

Ten people were killed and two others injured in a road accident at Pouli on Jamuna Bridge approach road in Tangail's Kalihati upazila early yesterday.

Caretaker govt system should be scrapped

Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) acting chairman Anisul Islam Mahmud has called for scrapping the caretaker government system saying it is the duty of a political government to accomplish the 'biggest political task' like holding parliamentary election.

Hannan Shah uses chopper, holds public meeting

Violating Emergency Power Rules, BNP chairperson's adviser Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah yesterday addressed a public meeting at Matlab in Chandpur with hundreds of party leaders, workers, supporters and local people attending it.

Hard to find

The name of the political party was available, at least on papers, but the address 'Samajik Rajnaitik Andolan' mentioned as its office on the registration form of the Election Commission (EC) also exists only on papers.

Obama, McCain step up battleground blitz

Democrat Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain take their White House duel deep into the American heartland yesterday in a final push for votes ahead of Tuesday's historic election.

First batch of hajj pilgrims off to Jeddah

The first batch of Bangladeshi pilgrims left for Jeddah yesterday to perform hajj.

UN chief due today

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to arrive this evening on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Failure to hold Dec 18 polls to create political vacuum

The country will face a political vacuum if the government fails to hold the general election on December 18, former adviser of caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan said yesterday.

Withdraw all false charges against Hasina

Awami League (AL) acting president Zillur Rahman yesterday said unconditional release of party President Sheikh Hasina and withdrawal of all "false" charges against her is a must to ensure holding of the national elections on December 18.

Jamuna Bridge approach road a death trap

The highway from Jamuna bridge to Mirzapur in Tangail has become a death trap due to widespread violation of traffic rules and insufficient space for movement of large number of vehicles.

Two criminals killed in Rab 'shootout'

Two alleged gang members were killed in a gunfight with Rab at Kalyanpur in the city early morning yesterday.

All eyes set on Missouri

Missouri again appears to be the battleground for Democratic nominee Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain since the state has been the barometer of the rest of the country in presidential elections.

Protests go on against removal of sculptures

Cultural activists brought out a procession on Dhaka University campus in protest at the removal of Baul sculptures from airport roundabout yesterday.

Khagrachhari hill dist chief held for murder

Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) Chairman Monindra Lal Tripura was arrested yesterday in the capital's Raja Bazar in connection with the murder of former KHDC councillor Anupam Tripura.

Mojahid sees uncertainty over polls

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid yesterday said uncertainty over holding the parliamentary elections on December 18 still looms large.

Fake milk seized in Sirajganj

A huge quantity of fake liquid milk and chemicals used for making it was seized from three places in Shahjadpur upazila yesterday.

Siddhirganj 240 MW plant to be ready in summer

The 240MW Siddhirganj peaking power plant is likely to go into operation from next summer as its installation works are going on in full swing.

Ctg customs employee sued for ill-gotten wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against an employee of Chittagong Customs House for accumulating wealth worth over Tk 66 lakh through 'illegal' means and concealing it in his wealth statement.

Dhaka terms it 'cowardly act'

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has strongly condemned Thursday's bomb attacks in the Indian state of Assam, which reportedly killed more than 70 people and injured many.

Global markets wobble despite Japan's rate cut

Global stock markets struggled to keep up a recovery Friday despite continued efforts by policymakers to tackle a credit crunch, with Japan joining an international interest rate-cutting campaign.

Death toll in Assam blasts rises to 77

A previously unknown Islamic group claimed responsibility in a text message to a news channel yesterday for serial blasts in India's northeast that claimed 77 lives the day before, police said.

Lankan jets strike rebel suicide bombers' base

Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide fighters' base deep in the country's embattled north on Thursday, and ground troops seized a major rebel defence line on the northwestern coast, the military said.

Barclays looks to ME for $11.7b cash boost

British bank Barclays said yesterday it will raise 11.7 billion dollars (9.3 billion euros), mostly from oil-rich investors in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, to bolster its finances amid the global credit crunch.

Oil prices tumble

Oil prices fell heavily again yesterday as the prospect of a shrinking global economic growth and weakening energy demand weighed on the market, analysts said.


Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) in a clarification said The Daily Star report headlined "Go for nuke power to tackle outage" published on October 29 misquoted BAEC Chairman Dr Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan.


Horrific terrorist strike in Assam

The carnage unleashed in Assam on Thursday through 12 synchronised blasts in the space of an hour has horrified and outraged us beyond measure. Such an act of cowardice snuffing out and maiming scores of innocent people in thickly crowded public places is utterly despicable. We have no words strong enough to condemn it. We, as the next door neighbour of Assam, express our heartfelt condolences for the dead and profound sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.

Sanitation for all by 2010

Perhaps the least addressed among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Bangladesh is the one that aims at 100 percent sanitation for all by 2010. There are evident voids in the sanitation coverage -- vast empty spaces on the ground -- that must be rapidly filled in if we are to achieve the goal in the two years left of the deadline.

International economic tumult and Bangladesh

Fear is now in the driving seat not only in the Asia Pacific Stock Markets but also in the western hemisphere. The deteriorating scenario includes Europe, the USA and also several important countries in Latin America. The wide coverage in the media has also added fuel to the fire. Rescue packages are being funneled into financial institutions of different categories to save them from a possible melt down. In the meantime there have also been attempts directed towards coordinated action between the bigger ball players.

Common mechanism for South Asia

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats," Julius Caesar tells him. Pakistan could have told India the same thing at the meeting of joint anti-terror mechanism: recent bomb blasts at Malegaon and Modasa were not the doing of "Muslims from across the border." Nor did the Pak delegation point it out that India had its own Hindu terrorists, led by a woman and trained by some ex-army men belonging to an old sainik school. The meeting, fourth in the series, was "positive," although quiet.

President is not as symbolic as being perceived

A sense of perception prevails in the minds of all class of peoplepoliticians, businessmen, media persons, bureaucrats, intelligentsia and working class of various nature and also foreignersin the country about the office of the President of the Republic that he even during a non-party neutral caretaker government pursuant to the thirteenth amendment to the constitution has noting much to do but to attend to formal functions/receptions, etc.


Tigers off to SA today

Bangladesh cricket team will fly to South Africa tonight to play three one-day internationals and two Tests besides a Twenty20 international during a monthlong tour.

Emily fires Abahani

Two-goal Zahid Hossain Emily took Abahani closer to the top with a 3-0 crushing of Chittagong Abahani in the Citycell B. League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Warriors restrict Lions to 137-9

Veteran left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique picked up three wickets as the Dhaka Warriors restricted Chandigarh Lions to 137 for nine in their ICL 20-20 Indian Championship match at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula last night.

Aussies stay defiant

Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden led a solid collective effort from Australia on the third day in Delhi, although by the close there was no guarantee they would avoid the follow-on. Virender Sehwag went from fifth bowling option to major striker with three wickets, including two key breakthroughs in the final session that left Australia needing 76 more runs to ensure India would bat again.

WAGs at fault?

Allen Stanford, the Texan billionaire behind the ongoing Twenty20 Super Series at his own ground in Antigua, apologised personally Thursday for having the wife of an England player sit on his lap.

Gambhir to appeal ban

Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was on Friday banned for one Test for his on-field clash with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson during the third Test here.

Fletcher flays Middlesex

Andre Fletcher sent out a warning to England by slamming the Middlesex attack for an unbeaten 90 as the Stanford Superstars cruised to a 58-run win in the Twenty20 Super Series here Thursday.

'Pietersen close to IPL deal'

Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, has said that only a No-Objection Certificate from the England board stands in the way of Kevin Pietersen participating in the Twenty20 tournament next season.

Easy win for Pragati

First half goals by Palash, Shimul and Manju helped Karwan Bazar Pragati Sangha hand a 3-1 defeat to Gazirchot SC in the Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Nadal advances in Paris

US star Andy Roddick clinched his season-ending Shanghai Masters Cup berth Thursday, while world number one Rafael Nadal, second-ranked Roger Federer and Andy Murray joined him in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

'Big exits helped Barca'

Lionel Messi says the departures of Ronaldinho and Deco are a major factor behind Barcelona's res-urgence under new coach Pep Guardiola, as they go for a seventh straight league win at Malaga on Saturday.

Hull stand in MU's way

Not many teams arrive at Old Trafford higher up the Premier League table than champions Manchester United - especially in their first top-flight season.

Milan face Napoli test

This weekend sees last season's runners-up AS Roma travel to Juventus, the team who last term finished a place below them, but the big match will be at the San Siro where AC Milan entertain Napoli.

Becks seals Milan deal

England international David Beckham will join AC Milan on loan in January, the Italian club said on Thursday.

Scottish debut for Diego

Argentina coach Diego Maradona will make his managerial debut in a friendly against Scotland in Glasgow on November 19, the Argentinian football federation said on Thursday.

Chinese player banned for 10 years

A Chinese player has been banned for 10 years and another for five years after attacking a referee who showed one of their teammates a second yellow card.

Ballack meets with Loew

Chelsea star Michael Ballack flew from London to Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday to apologise directly to Joachim Loew for comments he made last week criticising the national coach.

Polish president rejects Euro 2012 doubts

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski on Friday rejected suggestions that neighbouring Ukraine's preparations to co-host the 2012 European football championship with his country had ground to a halt.

UEFA to hear Atletico appeal

UEFA will hear Atletico Madrid's appeal against its ground ban following incidents at a Champions League match on Friday.

Federer pulls out

Roger Federer pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday due to a back injury.

Adam mocks Sourav

Adam Gilchrist has taken digs at Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh for their decision to opt out of the 2004 Nagpur Test against Australia, a match that gave the visitors their first series win in the country in 35 years. His comments are part of his autobiography where he also questioned the evidence given by Sachin Tendulkar in the Harbhajan racism case.

Benitez backs Maradona

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is relishing the prospect of new Argentina boss Diego Maradona's visit to England next week.

Aga Khan meet Scholastica in today's final

Aga Khan International School will face Scholastica in the final of the Dhaka Metropolitan Women's school football tournament after identical wins in yesterday's semifinals.

U-14 cricket

Narsingdi defeated Jamalpur by three wickets in the under-14 national cricket competition at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Jamil picks up 3

Jovat Sangha defeated Biltu Club by seven wickets in the opening day in the Bhasha Shahid Rafiq Smriti Cricket tournament at the Government Devendra College in Manikganj yesterday.

'Right rap on his knuckles'

The one-Test ban imposed on Gautam Gambhir on Friday evoked a mixed reaction from former cricketers with some of them describing the punishment as "harsh" while others justifying it, saying offences related to physical contact need to be dealt with strictly.

ECB invites Pakistan

Cricket-starved Pakistan has got a rare invitation from England for a Test series and negotiations are already under way, a senior official said Thursday.


Help elect competent candidates

Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the journalists to work with devotion, wisdom and honesty saying that they can play a major role in electing honest and competent candidates.

University teachers demand halt to leasing of oil, gas resources

Teachers of different public universities have demanded a halt to leasing out oil and gas resources in the sea and postponement of the final approval of the coal policy during the tenure of the caretaker government.

Amend constitution to make budgetary process participatory

In the present constitutional framework, members of parliament (MPs) and citizens have no power to contribute to national budgetary process, said the speakers at a book launch programme in the city yesterday.

Libya to recruit large number of workers

Libya yesterday signed an MoU with Bangladesh to recruit a large number of workers as Tripoli launched a $130 billion infrastructure development programme that will require over one million foreign workers.

Call to remove toxic milk brands from market

Kendriyo Khelaghor Asar, an organisation working for children, yesterday demanded immediate removal of melamine-mixed powdered milk brands from market, terming it harmful for the children.

Call to enhance export competitiveness

Speakers at a panel discussion yesterday said Bangladesh should enhance its export competitiveness as a strategy for increasing the volume of export.

Call to raise awareness about mental health

The speakers at a workshop called on the government to take effective awareness programmes on mental health to wipe out the stigma among people as they are misguided due to lack of proper knowledge about the issue.

147 killed in violence last month: BSEHR survey

Some 147 people were killed in violence and 15 others committed suicide in October, according to a survey report of the Bangladesh Society for Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR).

'Maintain hygienic environment thru' waste management'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for modern waste management system to maintain a hygienic environment in the city.

Anti-graft cartoon contest deadline extended

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has extended the deadline for submitting entries for its anti-corruption cartoon contest from October 31 to November 8, says a press release.

BNP-Jamaat conspiracy on to foil polls

Leaders of different political parties at a discussion yesterday said BNP-Jamaat alliance is hatching a conspiracy to foil the next general election joining hands with a section of the administration and the government knowing their defeat in the polls.

President, CA greet Maldivian president-elect Nasheed

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have congratulated Maldivian President-elect Mohamed Nasheed on his confirmation of being elected to the high office.

Nawhata municipality sacks 14 employees

Nawhata municipality sacked 14 employees on Thursday as they were recruited illegally during the last BNP-Jamaat alliance government.

Workshop on water supply, sanitation services held

Local Government Division, Ministry of LGD and Cooperatives organised a daylong national dissemination workshop on 'Horizontal learning for strengthening capacities of local government institutions on improving water supply and sanitation services in Bangladesh' at Hotel Sheraton in the city on Thursday.

Training on textile, tourism begins in city

A three-day workshop and training programmes on 'Textile construction' and 'Hospitality and tourism' began at a city hotel yesterday with an aim to strengthen the national reforms in technical and vocational education and training.

25 shops, five houses gutted in Barisal

Around 25 commercial establishments and five residential buildings were gutted in a devastating fire at Peyadarhat Bazar at Muladi upazila in Barisal yesterday.

Miscreants kill baby girl

Some unidentified miscreants brutally killed a five-month-old baby girl and left the body in an abandoned rickshaw van on Darussalam Road in the city yesterday.

Tk 60 lakh cloths seized in Satkhira

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 73 bundles of Bangladeshi cloths worth Tk 60 lakh from Islamia Enterprise at Itagachha Bazar in the town last night, which were being smuggled to India.

Zakir, Gani president, gen secy of RFED

Hossain Zakir of the Daily Jugantar and Gani Adam of Banglavision have been elected president and general secretary of Reporters' Forum for Election and Democracy (RFED), says a press release.

JU admission forms available from tomorrow

Primary application form for admission tests for the session 2008-2009 of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be available at the Farmgate, National Museum, Gabtali and JU branches of Agrani Bank from tomorrow to November 20.

Sangsad Bhaban staff killed in road accident

Administrative officer Shahbaz Khan of Sangsad Bhaban died in a road accident in the city yesterday.

Mazar at Ramna Park dismantled

Members of Federation of Walkers Association (FWA), a group of morning walkers, yesterday demolished a newly erected mazar at Ramna Park in the city yesterday.

Two killed as building collapses in Khulna

Two people were killed and eight others injured in a building collapse in Khulna city on Thursday night.

'Involve youths in national development'

The National Youth Day 2008 will be observed today, aiming to promote greater participation of the youth community in nation-building activities.

Seven SPs given new postings

Seven Superintendents of Police were given new postings on Thursday, according to the Police Headquarters.

Performance of Baul songs on Nov 4

The High Commission of India in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations will present a performance of Baul songs by eminent Baul singer Madhusudan Baul and his troupe at Shilpakala Academy at 7:00pm on November 4.


Severe food crisis in 13 Khulna villages

A severe food crisis is prevailing in 13 villages in Koira upazila of Khulna district, where over 20,000 people are marooned in saline water for about two months.

BNP-Jamaat stand-off in Satkhira-3 over ticket

BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, two main partners in 4-party alliance, are in s face-off situation in Satkhira-3 (Assassuni upazila) constituency over nomination in the upcoming parliamentary election.

War criminals have no right to go to parliament

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday declared here that the war criminals and anti-liberation forces have no right to go to parliament and urged people to boycott them in the upcoming general election.

Jute exporter gets death threat from outlaws

A prominent jute exporter of Daulatpur got death threat from outlaws for his refusal to pay them Tk 5 lakh as illegal toll.

Traders to stop operation thru' Akhaura land port from today

Akhaura Land Port Exporters and Importers Association at a meeting yesterday decided that they will stop using the land port from today due to deplorable condition of the feeder road and lack of LC service facility at the port.

ACC sues ex-BNP MP Dhirendranath in Narail

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Thursday night filed a case against former BNP lawmaker from Narail-1 constituency Dhirendranath Saha for having ill-gotten assets and concealing wealth information.

RU Shibir posters say AL a 'terrorist party'

Activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) yesterday pasted posters on walls of residential halls and different buildings on the campus portraying Awami League (AL) as a terrorist party.

Fair polls can not be held under present CEC, says Nizami

Jamat-e-Islami Ameer Moulana Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said a neutral and fair election can not be expected under the present Chief Election commissioner.

'Ban Jamaat for communal politics'

The biennial conference of the district unit of National Awami Party (NAP-Mujaffar) was held at Moulvibazar municipality auditorium on Thursday


Aid trickles in to Pak quake zone

Hundreds of children left homeless in quake-hit southwest Pakistan are suffering from potentially deadly diseases, a health official said yesterday, as aid trickled in to the remote region.

Obama-mania is sweeping world

Obama-mania is sweeping the world -- the Democratic presidential candidate is much more popular than Republican rival John McCain in surveys of people around the world.

Sri Lankan troops capture Nachchikuda rebel base

Stepping up its offensive against the LTTE, Sri Lankan army captured the rebels' key coastal base of Nachchikuda after a fierce battle that left "several" soldiers dead in the island's embattled north, where fighter jets also pounded a suspected sea Tiger bastion yesterday.

Obama, McCain turn on the turnout machines

Four days before the presidential election, campaign chiefs for rivals Barack Obama and John McCain are firing up the most intense and targeted voter turnout operation in US history.

Suicide blast kills 8 in NW Pakistan

A suicide bomber attacked the convoy of a regional police chief in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing three police officers and five civilians, officials said.

Rare, prehistoric-age reptile found nesting in NZ

A rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found nesting on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years, officials said yesterday.

Congo rebels wants direct talks with govt

With a ceasefire appearing to halt most fighting, a rebel leader said Thursday he wanted direct talks with the Congo government. Envoys from the US and UN were sent in to help set up negotiations.

Libya offers to host Russian base

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who visits Moscow Friday for the first time since 1985, will offer to host a Russian naval base in his north African country, a Russian newspaper reported.

Russia insists its nukes are secure

Russia insisted Friday its nuclear arsenal is secure, angrily rejecting US allegations that tens of thousands of aging Soviet weapons may not be fully accounted for.

Arts & Entertainment

Homage to Sadrul Pasha

The Academy of Performing Arts (APA), Chittagong organised a three-day photography exhibition titled “Alo-Chhayae Bangladesher Mancho Natak” (Bangladeshi Theatre in light and shadows) at the gallery of Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) starting from October 25.

Subachan Natya Sangsad celebrates 30th anniversary

At a corner of the National Theatre Stage, members of Subachan Natya Sangsad were humming a classical based tune, while actor-musician Ahsan Habib Nasim started reciting a message on behalf of the troupe on their 30th anniversary. A collective sound of conches followed. At another corner, Subachan members lighted thirty candles. Subachan Natya Sangsad started their 30th anniversary celebration on October 30 at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). A three-day theatre festival, on the occasion, features popular productions of Subachan.

Radio Today celebrates 2nd anniversary with a concert

The first private FM radio station of the country, Radio Today, celebrates its second anniversary this year. On this occasion, a concert was held at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC) on October 30. Popular band LRB, and artistes Balam and Tishma performed at the concert.

Special screening of “Celebrating Life’ 08” films

The Bangladesh Short Film Forum is organising a short film festival at the Bangladesh Film Centre Auditorium starting from today. The four award-winning films of the "Celebrating Life '08" contest would be screened at the festival. The screening is open to all. The "Celebrating Life" contest aimed at brining to light the talents in our country. After the screening, the filmmakers will express their views on filmmaking.

Grand finale of “Magic Tin Chakar Taroka” on ATN Bangla

The grand finale of "Magic Tin Chakar Taroka" will be aired tonight at 7:45pm on ATN Bangla. Directed by Munni Saha, the programme will highlight the award giving ceremony and colourful cultural programme that was held at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre recently.

Voices of others: Films about Israeli Arabs

When Carole Zabar planted herself at a folding table this weekend outside Zabar's, her family's Upper West Side establishment, it wasn't to hawk the lox.

“Amar Bangladesh”: Highlighting views of the young

“Amar Bangladesh" is a new TV show that focuses on the youngsters -- their thoughts, attitude, priorities, aspirations and concerns. The programme goes on air today at 6:00 pm on Channel-i, says a press release.


'There is no problem to hold elections under the emergency'

Anisul Islam Mahmud, a former minister and lawmaker, now acting chairman of Jatiya Party was born in 1947 at Hathazari, Chittagong. Anisul bears a colourful academic life. He was a lecturer in Economics department of Dhaka University. As a Commonwealth scholar in 1972 he did his MA in Economics from Essex University, UK. In 1975 he was called to the Bar from Lincolns Inn, London. He was Lecturer in Economics at Hertfordshire University, UK from 1973-77. He was President of Bangladesh Cricket Control Board, Bangladesh Flying Club Ltd and Asian Cricket Control Board. Rashidul Hasan and Suranjith Deabnath took his exclusive Interview.

Impeaching the vested interests

People want to know what is happening in Bangladesh. What is the nature of our current situation? Is it just an aberration - a passing phase, a cyclical disorder or does it have far deeper implications? Do we have a crisis of the state or simply the pangs of transition from non-elected dispensation to democracy? Some would like to believe that the coming general election will solve all problems relating to political instability, militancy and the deprivation of a large chunk of our population living below the poverty line.

How long will the children suffer neglect and apathy?

Grim accounts of brutality on two minor street boys stealing fruit from the seller's shop in the city market that ultimately led to their death have touched the cord of the citizenry. Frozen with hunger and wandering aimlessly in the market area, an eight year-old street boy's eyes were drawn to some red apples in the fruit seller's shop which perhaps he has never tasted before. He could not resist himself and from picking one and started running to safety. But the fruit seller could not afford the loss, chased the boy and ultimately caught him and started beating him up. At one stage he hit the boy's head with a brick. Profusely bleeding, the boy fell unconscious. This time the fruit seller ran to safety and some passers by took the boy to a hospital where the doctor declared him dead.


Reverie at Midday*

At midday, when her eyes become moist and blurry from the searing heat, there is nothing that Deepa can do but sit idly, counting her fingers. First those on her right hand -- one…two…three -- from the thumb to the little finger; then those on the left in reverse order, from the little finger to the thumb.

Kali O Kolom Kartik 1415 - October 2008

This issue of Kali O Kolom continues its tribute to Manik Bandhapadhya on the centenary year of his birth by devoting four articles to him, by Hasan Azizul Haq, Hayat Mamud, Manbendra Bandhapadhya and Kumar Deep respectively. The latter's piece has the virtue of brevity, yet is interesting for its take on three of Manik's most well-known characters, Hirombo of Deebaratrir Kabya (1935), Shashi in Putul Naacher Itikotha (1936) and Rajkumar of Chotushkone (1942). It is Hasan Azizul Haq's article, however, that is the most interesting as it analyzes Manik's writing in the greater context of Bengali writing of that period, as well as assesses the specific characteristics which made, and still does, him a unique and widely read writer. In passing he also relates how an editor, confronted with an extract to be published from the novel-in-progress, probably recognized the merit of the writing and wisely advised much to the good of Bengali literature - the author to publish it as a novel. Ali Anwar's piece, written with considerable scholarship and titled ‘Rabindranath's Mrittubhabna Shonglesh O Shongshoy,' is a meditative piece on the poet's broodings on death, mortality and 'existential angst'.

On Ruskin Bond's poetry

He is one of India's best known writers, gifted with a light, versatile pen, producing an astonishing array of writing in nearly all genres for nearly fifty years. In his introduction to this Book of Verse he writes that a character of a novel he wrote…yes, fifty years back, named Rusty (read Ruskin) is told by his friend Kishen that “One day you'll be a writer or an actore or something. Maybe a poet! Why not a poet, Rusty?”

On My Birthday

Return me to the simple city
Where after the ten-to-five
Tired people relentlessly head home;
The sunset's vermilion daub in the west,
In home after home housewives bathe
In the concealing darkness wayward babus
Slip into neighborhoods of ill-repute.


Doesn't move me
Its ad jingles and tired two-steps
The old orange peels, the blank words,
I gasp, then yawn as
We unclasp and bed sheets perspire
Then yawn again as I wake up to find out
The phone's off the hook
And hairs clogged the sink.

Star Health

Let’s make Bangladesh worm free

Worms in children are quite serious problem for parents as well as for the children. This is because worms eat up all the nutrients that a child is supplied with. The child remains malnourished and the worms become healthy!

What you need to know about liver cancer

Primary liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer worldwide and the third most common cause of death from cancer, resulting in more than 600,000 deaths per year.

Occupational illness: A silent danger

According to Encyclopedia of public Health, the term "occupational disease or illness" refers to those illnesses caused by exposures at the workplace. This is a sickness usually associated with a particular job.

Cochlear implant surgery to be performed at DMCH and Mitford Hospital

Cochlear implant surgery has brought a revolution in the treatment of deafness. The surgery is performed to produce useful hearing sensations to a person with severe to profound deafness. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, the device bypasses non functioning parts of the hearing system and directly stimulates the nerve of hearing, allowing deaf individuals to receive sound.

Want a nutritious boost?
Try broccoli

Why eat broccoli? Broccoli is a great source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber. It also contains plant compounds called phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Scientists develop cancer-fighting tomato

A purple tomato genetically engineered to contain nutrients more commonly seen in dark berries helped prevent cancer in mice, British researchers said.

Seminar on cardiac-friendly edible oil

With a view to create awareness regarding effects of edible oil on developing cardiac diseases, a seminar was held recently at BIRDEM auditorium.

Strategic Issues

Global hegemony and the victims

Discord over the nuclear defense shield of the United States in Eastern Europe, particularly in the Czech Republic and Poland, is intensifying. Especially Russia is vehemently opposing the plan. Although the US claims that the shield will be a deterrent to North Korea and Iran, there are many in the world who believe otherwise. Justification of these dissidents' opinions is very much crucial given the present global geo-political situation. Because, over the last few years, the US has initiated a new war the War on Terror throughout the world. The first victim of this war was Afghanistan and then Iraq. Now, everyone is looking for the next: who's next? Iran? Is this war to protect the US (or the world) from terrorism and maintain global peace and security or to expand the US military grip to gain strategic dominance against other rivals?

India's growing military power

India is gradually showing signs of military assertiveness as it is becoming an economic power.

NATO launches anti-piracy operations off Somalia

NATO has launched its first anti-piracy mission off Somalia after one of its warships successfully escorted a cargo ship to the port of Mogadishu, the alliance's chief said Oct. 27.

Indian auditor find gaps in air defense

India's autonomous Auditing Agency found glaring gaps in the country's air-defense system.

China's Pakistan quandary

Following Pakistani tradition, President Asif Ali Zardari made his first state visit to China from 14-17 October. In late September, Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani too had made his first official visit abroad to China.

Star Books Review

The dilemma the middle classes fall prey to

One can make an interesting observation on the title of the book itself where the first two common nouns make it most fascinating to general readers. The addition of the third certainly constricts its appeal to them, limiting it to the interest and need of a select group of readers comprising students, scholars and researchers of socio-cultural anthropology, South Asian history and gender studies. Viewing it from a broader perspective, one can as well discern elements of cross-cultural and comparative studies on the functioning of the family as the mainstay of a society taken collectively where it plays the role of a society in microcosm.

The death of a leader and notes on a career

The murder of Ahsanullah Master in May 2004 followed a pattern that had been set in the mid 1970s. It was the continuation of a trend through which popular, nationalist politicians were systematically done away with, with the result that Bangladesh was left serially deprived of the men and women who could have done it much good in terms of providing purposeful political leadership. And where the matter was specifically one of Ahsanullah Master, the man was a dedicated soul, with honesty being a hallmark of his entire political career.

The facade begins to fall apart

It is an unusual novel. Five apparently unconnected chapters without a conventional story make the subtitle, 'A novel in five sections.' And when you start going through the story, two things happen: first, the narrator and the writer seem to be one; second, some magical writing takes you through an extraordinary journey of living in a foreign land in order to develop the mind of a 'writer.' The novel has been called a 'thinly veiled autobiography'. The veil is obviously woven by braiding two parallel stories together. The fictional story is about an Edwardian Manor House involving the writer as its tenant, its employees and other people living in its valley. The autobiographical story, on the other hand, is a reflective narration of the writer's gaining an 'artistic' vision amidst the 'Enigma of Arrival.'

A tale that touches sensibilities

A more beautiful story of a boy growing up into a man could not have come up.The story of David Harper, a boy born with passion for love and learning, captivates the mind. This saga is capable of holding the reader spellbound and has one smiling and crying for the gripping plot-developments and the real life characters. The story, taking place in Buck County, Pennsylvania, also comes up with beautiful scenic descriptions with intriguing details. Once into the book, the reader seems to be with a wonderful friend who is whispering about divine wisdom and the secrets of life.

The Daily Star

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