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Grilling on as very few open mouth

So far, only a few of those arrested in the BDR mutiny case have admitted their role in the carnage that left at least 74 people including 55 army officers killed and scores injured on February 25-26.

Frequent power outages make life miserable

The power situation in the capital continues to worsen as the mercury rises every day forcing the city dwellers to consume more electricity at home and offices.

Making MPs advisers may breed discord, hamper job

The proposed law to make members of parliament advisers to upazila parishad might create complexities in discharging the duties of its chairman and vice chairmen as it would be tough for them to work independently ignoring pressure from ministers and ruling grand alliance MPs.

Spl tribunal after probe reports

The government will form a special tribunal to try those involved in the February 25-26 mutiny and killings at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital only after getting inquiry reports.

Residents of Mirpur block road for water

People of Senpara Parbata in the city's Mirpur area blocked road yesterday demanding uninterrupted water supply.

Families of victims form human chain

Family members of the victims of the BDR mutiny at Pilkhana formed a human chain in the city yesterday demanding fair investigation into the tragic incident and exemplary punishment of the killers.

Rajshahi cops seek to file sedition case

Rajshahi police have sought permission from the home ministry to file at least 10 sedition cases in connection with the mutiny of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers in the division.

2 BDR jawans arrested in Satkhira sent to Dhaka

Two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members of 41 rifles battalion, who were present at Pilkhana during the border guard mutiny and surrendered at 41 rifles battalion on March 1, were handed over to Operation Rebel Hunt authorities Thursday night.

Historic March 7 today

Today is the historic March 7. The day marks the fiery and dynamic speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhaka's Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) that declared the decisive battle against the then repressive Pakistani junta.

Bird flu spreading afresh

Avian influenza has started spreading in different poultry farms across the country again as department of fisheries and livestock detected the bird flu virus and culled birds at different places.

Electric 3-wheelers still ply without legality

Around a thousand electric three-wheelers are plying streets of Dhaka without registration or permission since authorities concerned are yet to set any rules for them. A year has gone by since these vehicles were introduced.

Pakistan won't rule out foreign hand in attack

Pakistan's interior ministry chief said yesterday he could not rule out foreign involvement in the Sri Lankan cricket attack, as press speculation mounted that home-grown militants were to blame.

WB VP due today to talk recession

World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region Isabel M Guerrero arrives here today on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

Onion, sugar prices rise again

The price of local variety of onions went up by Tk 5 per kg during the last two days while potato and sugar prices increased in retail and wholesale markets in the capital.

Woman's body found packed in luggage at ZIA

Security personnel recovered the body of a young woman packed in a luggage abandoned at Zia International Airport terminal building-1 yesterday.

Hoardings reappear in Ctg posing fresh risk

A good number of removed hoardings reappeared in the port city during the last several weeks while installation of new colossal ones are going on making a mockery of urban planning and increasing visual pollution of Chittagong City.

Committee to advise on JS security

An 11-member committee, headed by Deputy Speaker Col (retd) Shawkat Ali, was formed yesterday to put forward recommendations for beefing up security in parliament.

Baki OSD, replaced by Nisharul

CID Special Superintendent of Police Nisharul Arif was appointed the supervising officer of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters' killing case yesterday replacing Abdullah Hel Baki.

Mugger beaten to death in Keraniganj

An alleged mugger was beaten to death at Khejurbag in Dakkhin Keraniganj yesterday morning while fleeing after mugging money from a businessman.

BSF kills 1 in Tentulia

One Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed when Indian Security Force (BSF) opened fire on a group of traders at Kirtanpara under Tetulia upazila in Panchagarh early yesterday.

Sudan's expulsion of NGOs puts millions at risk

UN agencies warned yesterday that Sudan's decision to expel 13 international aid groups will leave more than a million people without food or health care and could threaten thousands of lives.

Indian tycoon brings Gandhi memorabilia back home

Mahatma Gandhi's meager possessions are to return home after a flamboyant Indian tycoon paid 1.8 million dollars at a New York auction, to the relief of the independence leader's great-grandson.

Fraud-hit Satyam gets nod for 51pc stake sale

Shares in India's fraud-hit Indian outsourcing firm Satyam jumped yesterday after it was given the green light for a global bidding process to sell off a 51 percent stake in the company.

US army officer charged with stealing Iraq relief funds

A US military officer was charged Thursday with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash intended for relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Justice said.

6.51 lakh jobs lost in US in February

The US economic bleeding extended in February with 651,000 jobs lost and the unemployment rate surging to 8.1 percent, according to data Friday highlighting an ever-deepening recession.


The spirit of March 7, 1971

We recall today a moment of seminal significance in the history of our nation. On this day in 1971, as the Bengali nation was being made acutely aware of the sinister attempts to deprive it of the mammoth victory it had collectively achieved through the general elections of December 1970, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman prepared to show us a path out of the woods. And that came through the sheer eloquence of the speech he delivered before a million-strong crowd at the Race Course (today's Suhrawardy Udyan). What has come to be known as the March 7 address remains critically important for us because it was a protest against the reluctance of the Pakistan military junta to honour the results of the elections through letting a democratic government take over. And it was much more.

Taking a good slice of the handicraft bonanza

A columnist of Star Business writing out an impassioned appeal for a boost to textile handicrafts has helped fire the imagination to build up on her theme by way of editorialisation.

Bangabandhu's finest hour

It is this writer's view that the March 7th speech was Bangabandhu's finest hour. He stood far taller than ever before and with him we too stood taller. He was always known for being a powerful speaker. But that day, 26 years ago, he outperformed himself a thousand times over, and a thousand times more empowered we felt that day. During that crucial March afternoon, and especially through the electrifying moments of the speech he stood towering above the nation, singly shouldering the burden of leading an unprepared people towards sell assertion.

Bangabandhu soared, and so did we

As Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rose to speak before the million people gathered at the Race Course in Dhaka, indeed before the seventy five million people of Bangladesh, on March 7, 1971, the moment turned electric with excitement. For the preceding few days, reports and rumours had been making the rounds about an impending declaration of independence by the man whose party, the Awami League, had secured a clear majority of seats in Pakistan's national assembly at the general elections of December 1970.

Remembering March 7, 1971

The month of March is one of the most memorable months for the people of Bangladesh because four important events occurred during this month in 1971. They were postponement of the Pakistan national assembly session on March 3, the famous speech of Bangabandhu on March 7, Pakistan army's treacherous attack on innocent civilians on the night of March 25 and declaration of independence on March 26.


Gazi closer to leaders

Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Ashraful shone with the bat after Saju Datta's four-wicket haul as Gazi Tank removed Old DOHS from the second place with a four-wicket victory in the Premier Cricket League at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.

Abahani target title

While Abahani eye the Tk one-crore top prize in the Citycell Super Cup after their B. League success in consecutive years, Farashganj will be out to dent the pride of the giants in the richest ever domestic football competition in the sub-continent.

Rain spoils India party

The second one-day cricket international between New Zealand and India was called off here Friday after frequent rain disruptions.

New schedule considered for Pak series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking forward to hold the Pakistan-Bangladesh limited-overs series at the end of this month.

ICC Women's WC starts today

Australia have the home advantage and the statistical benefit of being unbeaten in a one-day series' since 2000, as the ICC Women's World Cup starts today Down Under.

U-13 Festival final round from today

The final round of the Under-13 Football Festival will kick off today in Mymensingh with eight teams competing in two groups.

Arambagh draw opener

Arambagh drew their opening match of the Prime Minister Cup in Nepal when they held Nepal Reds 1-1 in Kathmandu yesterday.

Shirin new chess queen

Sharmin Sultana Shirin clinched her maiden national chess title when she defeated Amena Khatun in the 11th and final round of the Parachute 30th National Women's Chess Cham-pionship yesterday.

Hughes, Katich shine

Phil Hughes played a thrilling innings as he and fellow opener Simon Katich hit centuries for Australia on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Friday.

Miandad calls for Broad ban

Pakistan great Javed Miandad urged cricket bosses Friday to ban match official Chris Broad after he criticised security provision following the Lahore attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

SL cricketers still in hospital

Three Sri Lankan cricketers were under observation in hospital Friday after they underwent surgery following the gun and grenade attack in Pakistan, a doctor said.

Dhoni happy with Sachin

Rain might have played spoilsport in the second cricket one-dayer between India and New Zealand here, but visiting skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the positive thing which emerged from today's abandoned match was Sachin Tendulkar's return to runs.

Local Snippets

A Bangladesh U-20 football trial camp will start tomorrow at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP), for the 2010 South Asian (SA) Games in Dhaka. A list of 30 players have been asked to report to national coach Edson Silva Dido at the Bangladesh Football Federation office in Motijheel.

Patel to cover for Vettori

Jeetan Patel, the New Zealand offspinner, has been called up to the ODI squad as cover for the captain Daniel Vettori, who is expecting the birth of his child.

National TT camp ends

The month-long AB Bank national table tennis camp concluded yesterday at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium.

IPL will go ahead

Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi insisted Friday the billion-dollar tournament will go ahead as planned from next month, but with an altered schedule.

Cottagers plot an upset

Roy Hodgson has been around long enough to remember the last time Fulham reached an FA Cup final.

Becks on the brink

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani denied on Friday that a deal had been agreed with Los Angeles Galaxy to sign David Beckham but said he was feeling 'optimistic'.

It's heating up

It looked like a question of when, rather than if, Barcelona were going to win this season's Spanish league championship but they have lost their way of late with one point from the last nine.

Crucial week for Inter

Inter Milan, with their Champions League and Italian Cup hopes hanging by the thinnest of threads, are feeling the heat as their season enters a potentially decisive week.

Bayern struggling

Bayern Munich's mounting problems with Jurgen Klinsmann's job in danger, doubts over Franck Ribery staying and their lacklustre start to the year have come into focus as they host Hanover on Saturday.

Ronaldo feels incredible

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo, who was sidelined for over a year because of a crippling knee injury, said it was an 'incredible feeling' to be back.

'English aren't English'

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has dismissed notions of a battle between English and Italian teams in the Champions League this season by claiming that the Premier League sides aren't actually English.

EPL concerns Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes the dominance of the Premier League's big four - Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal - is proving unhealthy for competition.

Taylor escapes extra sanction

Newcastle's Steven Taylor will not face any further disciplinary punishment after being booked during the 2-1 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester United on Wednesday, the FA have announced.

Mourinho jibes irk Maldini

AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini has responded angrily to Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho's claims that the Rossoneri will win nothing this season.


Govt firm to ensure equal rights of children

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is pledge-bound to ensure equal rights and adequate facilities for children from all strata in the country.

National minimum demands of working women placed

Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) yesterday declared a charter of national minimum demands of working women in formal and non-formal sectors on the eve of International Women's Day 2009 tomorrow.

BDR mutiny a plot against country

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the BDR mutiny was a deep-rooted conspiracy against the country as well as to threaten its sovereignty.

International construction industry exhibition ends

The three-day International Construction Industry exhibition ended in the city yesterday with the commitment to use quality and environment-friendly construction materials in all development activities.

Technical school to be set up in each upazila

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said one technical school would be set up in each upazila to convert the country's huge population into resources.

Jeweller found dead in Joypurhat hotel

A jeweller was found dead in a hotel in the town on Thursday night.

Shibir demands judicial probe into massacre at BDR HQ

Islami Chhatra Shibir, student organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami, yesterday demanded formation of an all-party parliamentary inquiry committee and a judicial inquiry committee to probe the massacre of army officers during the mutiny at the BDR headquarters.

Special prayers held in Rangpur

Special prayers were offered at the mosques of Rangpur after the Juma prayers yesterday seeking divine blessings for the souls of the martyred Army officials.

Tk 15 lakh Aussie grant for 2 NGOs

Australia has donated Tk 15 lakh to two NGOs working for ensuring healthcare and safe drinking water.

Two commit suicide in Nilphamari

Two people, including a housewife, allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in Domar upazila in the district yesterday.

Housewife killed in Laxmipur clash

A clash between two groups of relatives over a piece of disputed land claimed the life of a young housewife at Uttarpur village in Ramganj upazila in Laxmipur yesterday.

Minor boy killed as tree falls on him

A minor boy was killed when a tree fell on him at Chakhar village under Banaripara upazila in Barisal yesterday.

One killed in road accident

One person was killed and three others were injured when a speeding tractor rammed a rickshaw van on Gaibandha-Sadullapur road at Tarafbaji village in Gaibandha yesterday.

Eye camp in Noakhali

A weeklong eye camp began on the premises of Banderhat Senior Madrasha at Sadar upazila in Noakhali yesterday.

PM to inaugurate Scout Health Education Camp

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Scout's Heath Education Camp throughout the country live on Television and Radio at her Jamuna office on March 9.

'Hatey Khori' Festival held

'Hatey Khori' Festival 2009 was held at the Liberation War Museum yesterday where a total of 80 children were taught their first alphabet by eminent personalities.

Japan Cultural Festival ends today

The four-day Japan Cultural Festival 2009 concludes on the Shilpakala Academy premises in the city today with an exquisite bonsai contest and exhibition.

RMG worker found dead in N'ganj

A young garments worker was found dead in M Circus area of the town yesterday.

7th int'l trade fair in Barisal begins

The month-long '7th International Trade Fair-2009' began yesterday on the premises of Marine Workshop in Barisal.

2 Bangladeshi mountaineers to go to Indo-Bangla Makalu Expedition

Two Bangladeshi mountaineers will climb Makalu, the fifth highest peak in the world and one of the roughest mountains in the Himalayas, under Indo-Bangla Makalu Expedition-2009.

Comrade Ali Aksad passes away

Comrade Ali Aksad, Language Movement veteran, journalist and a member of Communist Party of Bangladesh, passed away at city's Square Hospital yesterday morning.


Fresh probe into Udichi murder case soon

A new investigation officer (IO) will be appointed soon to carry out fresh investigation into Udichi murder case, ASP Abdul Kayyum Shikder of Jessore CID said.

Over 20,000 cases pending with Pabna courts

Over 20 thousand cases including civil and criminal ones have remained pending with different courts in Pabna for a long time while the posts of eight out of 17 judges in the district are vacant.

No headway in probe in two years

Two years into the murder of public prosecutor (PP) Haider Hossain, police is yet to make any headway into its investigation.

50 hurt as villagers clash

At least 50 people were injured in a clash over CNG fare between people of two villages at Sherpur under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila Thursday morning.

Pumpkin farming changes life in Teesta char

Peasants in once barren lands of Char Rajpur, Char Chinatoli and Char Kholai Ghat on Teesta River basin in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila are now busy working at their pumpkin fields as the profitable cultivation brings bright prospect for changing their lot.

Criminals assault journo in Tangail

Unidentified criminals assaulted Dhanbari Press Club general secretary near Mutsiddhi Bazar under Dhanbari upazila of the district yesterday.

Husband 'kills' wife for dowry

A housewife has been killed for dowry allegedly by her husband at village Jiala Nalta in Tala upazila.

Man crushed under wheels of train

A man was crushed under the wheels of a running train at Bhadra rail crossing near Rajshahi railway station on Thursday.


Pakistan situation 'very grave': Miliband

The security situation in parts of Pakistan has worsened because of policy flip-flops, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Friday.

Lanka offers safe exit for trapped civilians

Sri Lanka Thursday offered a new safe passage for thousands of civilians trapped in the island's war zone as fresh fighting erupted, leaving at least 33 rebels dead, the defence ministry said.

Pakistan lacks will to tackle terrorism, says Pranab

Describing the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore as the "most disturbing" development, India today said the incident showed Pakistan's lack of will to tackle terrorism. New Delhi warned that world will not remain immune to the "flames ignited there" unless the international community ensured that Pakistan dismantled the terror infrastructure on an urgent basis.

S Korean airlines stay clear of North Korea's airspace after threat

South Korean airlines are rerouting their flights away from North Korean airspace, hours after the North threatened Seoul's passenger planes amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula.

Pakistan shifted units from Afghan to India border: US

Pakistani efforts to combat Islamist extremists in northwestern Pakistan have had mixed results, partly because some military units were shifted to the eastern border with India, the US Defence Department said on Thursday.

US wants 'constructive' Iran at Afghan meeting

The White House said Thursday it hoped all Afghanistan's neighbours including Iran would show up to a special conference on the war-torn nation's future security this month.

Smugglers clash with police at Natore Railway Station

Some 25 people, including four policemen, were injured as a gang of smugglers clashed with the police at Natore Railway Station on Thursday night.

SP not to field candidates against Sonia, Rahul

Even as suspense continues over alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has said his party would not field candidates against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

US takes cautious approach to Iran

The United States maintained Thursday its cautious diplomatic approach to Iran by announcing an international conference on Afghanistan with the Islamic Republic likely to be invited.

UN official kidnapped in Pakistan located

The location of abducted UN official John Solecki has been found and 'he would be recovered very soon', Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

Beshir vows to press on with peace despite warrant

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir has vowed to press ahead with peace efforts in Darfur despite the international arrest warrant against him, ahead of a defiant weekend visit to the conflict zone.

Mayor killed in Pakistan bomb blast

The mayor of a town in remote northwest Pakistan was killed and his driver wounded Friday when a roadside bomb planted by suspected Taliban militants exploded near his car, police said.

Three killed in Nepal ethnic protest

At least two protesters and one policeman died as ethnic violence flared anew in Nepal, with protesters calling for greater autonomy, officials said yesterday.

Calls grow for Bush-era 'truth commission'

Debate is heating up in the United States on establishing a "truth commission" to investigate whether the Bush administration abused its legal powers under the guise of its "war on terror."

China warns of 'severe' situation in Muslim area

A top official warned yesterday the security situation in China's restive region of Xinjiang would be "more severe" this year, sparking further concern of unrest ahead of sensitive anniversaries.

Humans tamed horses 5,500 years ago

Researchers have unearthed evidence that humans domesticated horses and used them for milk, meat and transport at least 1,000 years earlier than previously believed, a study said Thursday.

Kepler telescope to hunt for Earth-like planets

Nasa is preparing to launch the Kepler space telescope Friday to help answer a question that has boggled the minds of astronomers for centuries: is Earth the only habitable planet in the galaxy?

Five killed in US shooting spree

Four children and an adult woman were killed and a child seriously wounded in a shooting rampage in the midwestern US city of Cleveland, Ohio, police said.

Artists flee Pakistan's Swat valley to escape fanatics' threats

Mohammad Shahid scrapes together a living in a city slum by painting birds, flowers, animals and celebrity portraits onto minibuses -- and vows never to return to the horrors of Swat valley.

South Korea, Indonesia to boost cooperation

South Korea and Indonesia agreed yesterday to cooperate more closely on a range of issues including defence, the global financial crisis and alternative sources of energy.

Georgia revamps military amid Russia tensions

Georgia is revamping its military to boost defence capabilities amid increasing tensions with Russia over two Moscow-backed breakaway regions, its defence minister said yesterday.

'Cellphones may spread superbugs in hospitals'

Cell phones belonging to hospital staff were found to be tainted with bacteria -- including the drug-resistant MRSA superbug -- and may be a source of hospital-acquired infections, according to study released yesterday.

Bulgarian air most polluted in Europe

The air in Bulgaria is the most polluted in the whole of the European Union, the ministry of environment and water found in a new report published yesterday.

Starting physical exercise after 50 beneficial: Study

Taking up regular physical exercise after the age of 50 is as beneficial for men as quitting smoking, a Swedish study published yesterday on the website of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed.

Arts & Entertainment

“Otoshi Mami”: Manik Bandopadhyay’s first published story comes to life

On the occasion of pioneering Bengali litterateur Manik Bandopadhyay's (1908-1956), birth centenary, Production house Splendor premiered the telefilm "Otoshi Mami," an adaptation of Bandopadhyay's short story with the same title, on March 5. The film was screened at Bengal Shilpalay. It should be mentioned, "Otoshi Mami" (1935), was the first published story by the author.

Monirul Alam: A chronicler of contemporary times

Monirul Alam portrays the despair, struggles and yearning of the masses. The artist believes that society is now becoming inhospitable. And to demonstrate his impression, Monirul has documented contemporary times through his artworks. His current solo exhibition titled “Influence of The Time” is now on at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi.

Three receive Shilu Abed Master Craftsperson Award ‘09

With the support of non-government organisation BRAC and in association with Shilu Abed Trust, Bangladesh National Crafts Council (BNCC) conferred "Shilu Abed Master Craftsperson Award '09" at the auditorium of BRAC Centre, Mahakhali on March 5.

Poetry Festival in Satkhira

The fifth 'Kobita Utshab' (poetry festival) organised by Satkhira Kobita Parishad, an organisation formed by local poets, was held recently at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park auditorium in a befitting manner, amidst much enthusiasm.

Recognition for local Language Movement heroes

Cultural activists of Kalai upazila, Jaipurhat district, recently published a list of Language Movement veterans. The list has been put up at different intersections of the upazila for youngsters of the district to acquaint them with the heroes who ensured our right to speak Bangla.

Ekti Bhashon-er Jonyo on ATN Bangla

On March 7, 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a historic speech at the then Dhaka Race Course Maidan, which inspired the nation to fight for freedom. To mark this occasion, ATN Bangla will air a special programme, titled "Ekti Bhashon-er Jonyo," tonight at 10:40 pm.

“Swapnodanay” goes to Asian Film Festival

Golam Rabbanai Biplab's internationally acclaimed film "Swapnodanay" (On the Wings of Dreams) will be screened at the Asian Film Festival 2009, which starts today in Jeddah, says a press release.


Moving beyond pain

Anyone residing in Bangladesh gradually evolves a high pain threshold. Since 1971, we have been witness to genocide, horrifying assassinations, coups, indiscipline, corruption, nepotism, lack of governance and abuse of fundamental principles of human rights. The dignity of reason is, more often than not, present through its absence.

Macabre murders and the myopia

The gruesome killings of defence service officials at Pilkhana on February 25th are deliberate acts of murder by conspiratorial persons gone berserk. While the motive behind the mayhem may take some time to be unearthed, the inability to forestall such a tragedy needs to be looked into.

Mutiny or conspiracy?

The brutal killing of unarmed senior level army officers at BDR headquarters in Pilkhana on February 25 by disgruntled jawans of BDR in collusion with some intruders masquerading as BDR jawans, as reported by some officers escaping quite miraculously from the tragic scene on the following day, was an act of such horror, such barbarism that there is almost no Bangladeshi who does not feel personally ashamed.


Conserving natural resources: Imperative for survival

Conservation is the optimum rational use of natural resources and the environment, having regard to the various demands made upon them and the need to safeguard and maintain them for the future. It is the protection, improvement and use of natural resources according to principles that will assure their highest economic or social benefits.

Save the guest(?) leopards

With the onset of winter Bangladesh becomes a busy arena, making the most of the mild temperature, which lasts for merely three months. “The winter birds” start to appear; many sharing our food while many more ending up as food on our plates. This year we had the added attraction of the general election, one of the most iconic events in the history of the country. Amidst this entire hullabaloo the nature lovers were on their tracks chasing their wild dreams in the forests and coastal areas of Bangladesh.


my god died young

One day when my communist friend and I were walking towards Coffee House, the little boy approached us and held out his hand. He clutched the copper coin I gave him in his twisted hand and put out the other to my friend. “Get away,” my friend said, walking on. The boy kept pace with us with his outstretched palm, staring silently at him “Come on, get away,” he shouted again, full of anger and disgust, “or I'll call the police.” The boy persisted. I put my hand inside my pocket and was about to take out another coin when the boy said, “No, him.” My friend grimaced, oozing venom from his face, when the boy's eyes lit up with scorn. “What's the matter? You have no money…?” My friend turned away, ran up the steps of Coffee House and took the chair at his usual table. “They are a terrible nuisance, you know,” he said to me, as I joined him. “You shouldn't encourage them.” After a pause, he added, “This is what gives the country a bad name. Americans with bulging cameras go goggle-eyed over them. It's good for the tourist trade, so they say…but in a socialist state there would be no beggars.”

Penguin India's Non-Fiction: they should have kept the table!

Reading through the introduction to Penguin India's the triple-decker volumes of The Non-Fiction Collection (New Delhi: 2007) - one is plunged headlong into the facts behind India's supreme publishing powerhouse: that it began operating at a time when “trade publishing in English” was virtually unknown in the country (which might be a slight exaggeration since small publication houses were always operating in that country), and that Penguin's operational beginnings were becomingly modest - “the company launched its local programme in 1987 with seven titles: two novels in English and one in translation from Bengali, two biographies, a travelogue and a book of poems.”

The Butterfly Effect*

“A butterfly's wings may create changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado…”

This Hour

Not in a hurry to get anywhere
Nobody's waiting for me either--
On the bed the scolding sunlight
Silences the door and window curtains.

Star Health

Overcoming infertility with modern techniques

Childlessness may be a tragedy for the married couple and a of marital upset, personal unhappiness and ill health. Infertility often plays a major role in breaking the marital bridge and important cause of separation between partners.

Spreading messages of HIV/AIDS to the disadvantaged

One of the vital factors for preventing against HIV/AIDS is to spread proper message to large number of population. It is estimated that about 56 million illiterate people of the country are at great risk of HIV/AIDS transmission. Educating them to fight against HIV/AIDS is very challenging. How will such a large number of disadvantaged population will protect themselves from the deadly disease?

An antidepressant may calm an irritable bowel

Antidepressants and psychological therapies, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), appear to provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome, at least in the short-term, according to published studies.

Too much TV linked to higher asthma risk

Children who watch television for more than two hours a day have twice the risk of developing asthma, British researchers reported.

Understanding alcoholism

Alcohol abuse is a condition in which a person drinks to the point that this habit interferes with his or her life. Alcohol dependence describes a more severe condition marked by physical symptoms and loss of control to the point, that maintaining the addiction to alcohol becomes the main focus of a person’s life. The physical dependence on alcohol is continued despite the knowledge of its harmful consequences.

What should we eat?

These days, throughout the world lots of urban people — both young and old are fat and growing ever fatter. Did you know that it’s on the World Health Organisation's list of major global health risks.

Vitamin D levels tied to dementia risk

Low blood levels of vitamin D may be associated with an increased risk for dementia, a British study has found.

Strategic Issues

Disaster returns

It is said that when we are at the helm of power or leading a movement, taking any lesson from history is sometimes difficult, especially when emotional involvement or philosophical bias is present. When a hostile intelligence service succeeds in conducting a well-timed tragic action like the BDR rebellion, it is usually not the end of their wicked design. Successful destruction of Twin Tower, Moscow bombing, Bali (night club) bombing, Islamabad/Mumbai hotel bombing and shooting spree are few recent examples. HIS utilized them only as a catalyst or as initiation of a well devised and elaborate objective.

Tragedy strikes Bangladesh

Tragedy has again struck Bangladesh at Pilkhana BDR Headquarters. The nation lost more than sixty brave sons. The people join in anger but with solemnity with the armed forces and the soldiers without uniform to pay homage to the departed souls and pray that the families have the strength to bear the irreparable loss. They died young and premature, leaving their families and relatives in utter pain. They were always ready to die for the nation but why at the BDR HQ? Who killed them and why? At this hour of grief, we can only ask questions. The answers must come from the inquiries. The nation wants everything on the table and exemplary punishment for the murderers.

Firm up crisis management mechanism

The tragedy of February 25, 2009 left the government in complete disarray. A crisis of great magnitude was left to be handled by political soldiers. Crises management norms were shunned and a true live show of brinkmanship was put on live display for all to see. Governance was put to test in and around the Headquarters of BDR.

Star Books Review

Interplay of harmony and discord

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, in a moment of pique, had once famously declared, in reference to Bangladesh, that “we can choose our friends, but we cannot choose our neighbours.” How true! Bangladesh can, of course, turn the lament around, and that will quite faithfully reflect the roller coaster ride that the state of bilateral relations between Dhaka and New Delhi has undergone since the substantially smaller neighbour emerged as a sovereign independent country. Hemayetuddin, a retired foreign secretary of Bangladesh, and currently working as a director general at OIC, did two tours of duty on his country's behalf to its very large neighbour, first as a junior diplomat, and then as High Commissioner. A Neighbourly Affair: Assignment India is Hemayetuddin's account of his, as much as the Bangladesh government's, diplomatic engagement with India, a country that obviously fascinates him. There is a liberal dose of personal anecdotes with diverse personalities, but there is also a good deal of bilateral foreign policy issues that serve to highlight the seesaw nature of relations between Dhaka and New Delhi.

An alcoholic tale, or an exposure of evil

In an alcoholic tale (literally, because the entire gamut of characters of the novel turn to liquor), Aravind Adiga chooses to expose the evils of Indian society stretching from Laxmangarh to Bangalore via the Indian capital New Delhi. Adiga's journalistic reportage in Time magazine (he had been a New Delhi correspondent of Time for quite a few years) definitely makes its mark in his Booker winning debut novel The White Tiger. It chronicles the India of the 21st century from the perspective of a lower caste Indian, if not from Adiga himself. The witty and pungent satire used in the novel are at times didactic and prophetic, leaving it to readers to settle whether they should pay heed to the prophecy of a person coming from the North Indian ghetto who likes to introduce himself in a wryly elevated term as “an entrepreneur”.

The hard terrain one woman walks through

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a controversial political figure, a freedom fighter, and a champion of free speech. In this profoundly moving memoire she tells of her traditional Muslim childhood and her intellectual awakening.. She became an atheist, and her criticism of Islam enraged the Muslims and leftists.

The schoolboy soldier

The superbly driven narrative tales in Mazibar Rahman Khoka's book Ekjon Kishor Muktijoddhar Juddhakatha have exposed the state of the mind of a young boy and his spirit, connecting many diverse happenings during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.

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