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Budget implementation a major challenge

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said implementation of the budget is a much bigger challenge than mobilisation of resources.

Budget conservative

Private think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has rejected the view that the proposed budget is an ambitious one and said many of its projections, including economic growth, have been estimated lower than capacity.

Money-whitening scope in budget sparks debate

The provision for whitening undisclosed money in the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2009-'10 is 'a political compromise', said the finance minister yesterday, after several organisations scathingly criticised the government's move.

MP's men try to foil minister's meeting

Awami League lawmaker MA Latif was involved in a scuffle with law enforcers when the MP with his men tried to force his way into a Water Transport Coordination Cell (WTCC) meeting in Chittagong yesterday.

Labour migration to go costlier

The government's move to revoke the VAT exemption facility for manpower exporters will ultimately hurt migrant workers, as it will increase the cost of going abroad for work, recruitment agents and migration analysts said yesterday.

Budget bold, challenging

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2009-10 is a "bold and challenging one" as the government will face up to financing and implementing the budget astutely, said Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday.

Mixed reaction among chambers, trade bodies

Business leaders yesterday hailed the government's concept of the public private partnership (PPP) initiative in the budget to implement different projects in infrastructure, health and education sectors.

39 militants, 10 soldiers killed in Swat battles

At least 39 Taliban militants and 10 soldiers were killed in fierce fighting in northwest Pakistan's Swat valley while two suicide bombings in a mosque and madrasa killed six others, the military said yesterday.

Govt to form supervisory body for quick implementation

The government plans to form a high-powered body to supervise the development projects under various ministries and ensure their quick implementation.

Child labour laws to be updated

The government will update the existing labour laws to stop children doing hazardous jobs, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

Discussion to be held on duty on newsprint

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said they will hold discussions on the proposal for imposing a 5 percent import duty on newsprint.

Safety net expansion good move

BNP Vice-President and former minister MK Anwar has praised expansion of social safety net in the budget proposed for the next fiscal year, but he strongly criticised keeping the provision of whitening black money.

MP's son found dead at home

The son of Awami League lawmaker Tipu Munshi was found dead at their residence in the city's Uttara early yesterday.

Sahara warns law enforcers, asks them to check crimes

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday warned officials of law enforcement agencies that they would be held accountable for failing to improve law and order in the country soon.

Plan to appoint 13 judges to SC

The government will appoint at least three judges to the Appellate Division and 10 judges to the High Court (HC) Division of the Supreme Court (SC) by June this year as a number of judges of both the divisions will retire this year and next year.

Heavy rain inundates city roads

Several parts of the capital went under ankle- to knee-deep water for some hours due to heavy rain yesterday evening, causing immense suffering to the city dwellers.

US Asst Sec of State Blake due today

Newly appointed US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit to discuss US-Bangladesh issues with top government and opposition leaders.

Nor'wester kills one in Kishoreganj

A child was killed, ten were injured and a trail of destruction to several hundred dwelling houses, standing crops and trees in a nor'wester that lashed Boulai union in sadar upazila of the district on Thursday night.

Outlaw held with firearms

A team of Jhenidah Rab-6 arrested a cadre of Purba Banglar Communist Party Janajuddha faction and recovered two firearms and three bullets from his possession during a drive at Baparipara yesterday morning.

BSF kills 2 in Dinajpur, Satkhira

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders, one each at Ghasuria border of Birampur upazila in Dinajpur district and Rudrapur border of Kalaroa in Satkhira district early yesterday.

People urged not to panic over WHO declaration

Nations around the world said they were ready to combat the spread of the swine flu virus yesterday, urging people not to panic after the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic.

India to phase out army presence in Kashmir

India is to phase out the controversial presence of large numbers of its troops in towns across the Muslim-majority Kashmir region, the country's home minister announced yesterday.


Tannery relocation and river demarcation

WE welcome the recent High Court judgment that directed the capital city's tanneries to shift from their present location in Hazaribagh to Savar by February 28, 2010, as per an earlier HC directive.

BNP's reform agenda

THE BNP's reform plan, at least the first phase of it, has been executed as the party announced formation of the convening committees for its district (organisational) units. It will pave the way for the participation of the grassroots workers and leaders in the party's overall reorganisation scheme.

The first cut is the deepest

THE finance minister is set to put forward the national budget for fiscal year 2009-10 today. This is the first budget of this government after the restoration of democracy and also the first budget of this finance minister under a democratically elected government.

Some dangerous liaisons in July

A turbulent whisper is surging through Washington. Barack Obama wants peace in the life of his first term. He has discovered the magic potion that will kill the roots of two poisonous plants, Palestine and Kashmir. He told Israel that he wants a definite route map towards an independent Palestine state by July. July is also the month during which Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit the Indian subcontinent. In her baggage will be a war manual for Af-Pak and a peace prescription for Ind-Pak.


SL outgun Pakistan

Sri Lanka kept their composure to beat Pakistan by 19 runs in their opening Super Eights match in the World Twenty20 at Lord's on Friday.

Bravo slays India

Dwayne Bravo bulldozed defending champions India with bat and ball to hand the West Indies an emphatic seven-wicket win in the Twenty20 Super Eights match on Friday.

Smith praises Parnell

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith praised teenage left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell after the Proteas cruised to a seven-wicket win over England in the World Twenty20 Super Eights on Thursday.

Eng vow to fight back

England captain Paul Collingwood promised home fans his team will bounce back in the World Twenty20 after being handed a cricketing lesson by South Africa.

SA enjoying T20: Graeme

South African captain Graeme Smith is ready for the challenges ahead in the World Twenty20 after a crushing seven-wicket win over hosts England.

Feni trample Jhenaidah

Feni Soccer Club trampled Jhenaidah Piul Smriti Sangsad 6-1in the opening final round match of the Bashundhara Champions Club Cup Football at the Jessore Stadium yesterday.

BKSP and Ganderia win

BKSP outclassed Azimpur Girls School and College by 168 runs in the opening match of the Girls' School Cricket Tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Younus hails Razzaq return

Pakistan captain Younus Khan is looking forward to welcoming back Abdul Razzaq into the fold after the all-rounder's late call up into the World Twenty20 squad in England.

Rajib slumps to third

Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib drew his eighth round board with GM Temirbayev Serikbay of Kazakistan to share the third position in the 1st SCS Inter-national Open Grandmasters Chess tournament in Bhubaneswar, India yesterday.

Sachin's tips for Aussies

Sachin Tendulkar has told Australia to target Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff if they want to retain the Ashes in England this year.

Flintoff improves well

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff claimed two more wickets for Lancashire as he continued to prove his fitness for the forthcoming Ashes series in his side's County Championship match against Durham at the Riverside.

Real steal the limelight

Only a few weeks have passed since Barcelona completed their historic treble but now the return of Florentino Perez to Real Madrid has already stolen the limelight from their bitter enemies with the audacious signings of Ronaldo and Kaka.

'We're not favourites'

Brazil captain Lucio insisted Friday they were not favourites to win the Confederations Cup but would do everything in their power to defend their title.

Atletico to keep star duo

Atletico Madrid say they are not willing to part with their Argentine star Sergio "Kun" Aguero despite reported interest from Chelsea, or Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan.

Cesc pledges to stay

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has moved to quell speculation over his future by pledging to stay with the Premier League club.

C'Ron can't wait

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he can't wait to complete his "historic" 80 million pounds transfer to Real Madrid.

Kaka excited by C'Ron arrival

Brazilian playmaker Kaka has expressed delight at Cristiano Ronaldo's imminent move from Manchester United to join him at Real Madrid.

Deco seeking Chelsea exit

Chelsea's Portuguese midfielder Deco says he is unhappy at the London club and wants to leave, media reports said on Thursday.

English press mixed

Cristiano Ronaldo may be a diva but he was the best footballer in the world and Manchester United will suffer after he leaves Old Trafford for Real Madrid, British newspapers said Friday.

Jones opts for USA

With a year to go before the World Cup, Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones has opted to turn his back on Germany to play for the United States, it was announced on Friday.

Jones opts for USA

With a year to go before the World Cup, Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones has opted to turn his back on Germany to play for the United States, it was announced on Friday.

C'Ron transfer fee excessive

Most Spaniards believe the 94 million euros paid by Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo was excessive, according to opinion polls Thursday.

Fabianski signs new deal

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League club on Friday.

'Interference was not acceptable'

The chairman of Pakistan's cricket selectors said Friday he resigned from the post earlier this week because of "unacceptable" interference by the squad's coach and captain.

Warne lashes at ex-coach

Retired Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne has welcomed the appointment of John Buchanan to a coaching role with England, saying it will boost his former teammates' chances of retaining the Ashes.

Roy loses contract

Cricket Australia said Friday it had withdrawn its contract offer to disgraced all-rounder Andrew Symonds, sent home from the World Twenty20 after the latest in a series of alcohol-related indiscretions.

Winning starts for England, Windies

England, the tournament favourites, and the West Indies enjoyed contrasting wins on the opening day of the women's World Twenty20 here on Thursday.

Sania, Li in last four

India's Sania Mirza eased into the semi-finals of the WTA grass-court tournament here on Friday with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) win against 16th seed Melinda Czink.

Waugh calls for calm

Cricket legend Steve Waugh on Friday appealed for calm after protests by Indian students in Australia over a spate of allegedly racist attacks.

Murray marches on

Top seed Andy Murray booked his first Queen's semifinal appearance with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over America's Mardy Fish on Friday.

Bolt bags 100m gold in rain

World record-holder Usain Bolt won his first 100-meter race since a foot injury suffered in an April car crash, capturing the title at the Festival of Excellence meet here Thursday.


Tackle poverty to end child labour

With the slogan 'Give opportunity to the girl children, eliminate child labour', the World Day Against Child Labour 2009 was observed across the country as elsewhere in the world yesterday with a call for action to tackle the underlying poverty that leads to child labour.

Ambitious, pro-poor budget, but implementation an uphill task

Different socio-economic organisations yesterday expressed mixed reactions to the proposed national budget for fiscal 2009-10 which was placed in parliament on Thursday.

Old man dies of diarrhoea at Aila-hit Kalinchi

An elderly person died of diarrhoea at Kalinchi, a cyclone Aila-hit village in the district's Shyamnagar upazila, early yesterday.

Road crashes kill 9

Nine people, including a schoolgirl and a lawyer, were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Barisal, Noakhali, Lalmonirhat and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Manager of construction firm found dead in Kushtia

Police recovered the body of the manager of a construction firm from Padma char in Kushtia yesterday two days after he was abducted by a gang of extremists.

Pabna Puja Udjapan Parishad secy stabbed

Secretary of Pabna Puja Udjapan Parishad Binoy Joti Kundu was stabbed by a number of criminals at Joykalibari in the district town yesterday.

Mountaineers accorded reception

Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club yesterday accorded a reception to its four members who climbed up the 20,075-feet Lobuje peak in the Himalayas.

DU Photographic Society executives

Dipankar Dipu and Mahtab-Ul Alam have been made president and general secretary of Dhaka University Photographic Society (DUPS) for the year 2009-2010, says a press release.

Call to ensure supply of safe water in remote areas

Immediate and effective measures are required to ensure supply of safe drinking water in remote areas of the country where water is barely consumable, speakers at a seminar said on Thursday.


Divided US House backs Pakistan aid boost

The US House of Representatives has voted to ramp up aid to Pakistan, but lawmakers still need to resolve deep differences on how many strings come attached.

Pakistan public opinion turning against Taliban

The footage was chilling a woman crying out in pain, held face-down on the ground, as a man with a long beard flogged her in front of a crowd.

EU split over tougher sanctions against Myanmar

EU nations are divided over whether to increase sanctions against the Myanmar regime and will await the outcome of the current trial of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, sources said yesterday.

UNHCR vows to stay in Pakistan despite blasts

The United Nations' refugee agency said yesterday it would not pull out of Pakistan despite the killing of one of its expatriate employees in this week's Peshawar hotel bomb attack.

Lankan refugee camps 'national disgrace'

The Sri Lankan government faced renewed demands yesterday to free nearly 300,000 war-displaced civilians, who fled Tamil Tiger rebel territory, from tightly guarded state-run camps.

Political violence threatens peace in Nepal: UN

A recent rise in violence by political parties and their affiliates in Nepal could threaten a three-year-old peace process, the UN human rights representative in the country has warned.

Changing climate displaces people around the world

Sena Alouka from Togo, Peter Triloff from Germany and Ana Romero of Mexico have one thing in common - they all have to deal with farmers who can no longer cope with climate change.

BJP needs to be more clear on 'Hindutva definition: Jaswant

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Jaswant Singh, on Thursday said his party lacked clarity on what Hindutva meant and stood for.

Pakistan buys Chinese arms to fight terrorism

Pakistan has inked a $300 million deal with China to acquire state of the art equipment to fight terror, the country's interior minister has said.

Iranians vote to elect president

Iranians began voting yesterday for a new president after a fiery campaign which has seen moderate ex-premier Mir Hossein Mousavi emerge as the main challenger to incumbent hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

S Korea braces for N-test by North

South Korea was bracing for a possible third nuclear test by the North, which a US official said was likely despite looming UN sanctions on the communist state for its previous test in May.

Obama envoy in Syria on revived peace push

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrives in Syria on Friday amid renewed efforts to revive stalled Middle East peace talks a week after President Barack Obama reached out to the Muslim world.

No ME deal at Lebanon's expense: US envoy

The United States will not sacrifice Lebanon as it seeks to reach comprehensive peace in the Middle East, visiting US envoy George Mitchell said on Friday.

British soldier, 2 dozen more killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier was among more than two dozen people killed in a surge of attacks in Afghanistan, authorities said Friday, with violence at record levels two months ahead of presidential elections.

Iran playing 'double game' in Afghanistan: Gates

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates accused Iran Friday of playing a "double game" in Afghanistan, by professing to want good ties while undermining Nato-led efforts to provide security.

Sunni MP among 5 die in Baghdad mosque attack

A teenage gunman went on the rampage in a Baghdad mosque on Friday, killing a Sunni Muslim MP and four other people in a grenade and gun attack, Iraqi officials and witnesses said.

Thatcher breaks arm in fall at home

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher broke her arm in a fall at her London home on Friday, her spokeswoman said after she was discharged from hospital.

Maoist rebels kill 11 policemen in eastern India

Maoist rebels killed 11 policemen in separate attacks Friday in apparent retaliation for the slaying of a rebel leader in eastern India, officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

‘Gano Sangeet’ as a means to counter cultural aggression

To generate social awareness on the musical genre 'Gano Sangeet' (songs of the masses), cultural organisation Gano Sangeet Shamonnay Parishad (GSSP) organised a seminar and cultural programme at the Music and Dance Centre auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on June 11.

Pabna Drama Circle observes 28th anniversary

Pabna Drama Circle (PDC), a leading cultural organisation in the district and the northern region of Bangladesh celebrates its 28th anniversary today. This important day will see a variety of cultural programmes.

Gulshan Avenue turns 200

Daily soap "Gulshan Avenue" reaches the landmark of 200 episodes tonight. With story and screenplay by Nima Rahman, the serial has been directed by Satirtha Rahman from the 151st episode. "Gulshan Avenue" will be aired tonight at 9:45pm on Banglavision.

TV Play Prodoshey Pratyabarton on ntv

Single-episode play "Prodoshey Protyabartan" will be aired tonight on ntv at 9pm. Written by Litu Shakhawat and directed by Sharif Ahmed, the play has seasoned film actor Alamgir, Aupi Karim and Intekhab Dinar in the lead roles.

Adhunik Bangla songs get limelight

Popular artiste Shakila Zafar performed at the musical soiree organised regularly by Bengal Foundation, "Pran-er Khela." As a homage to the approaching Bengali month 'Ashadh' (the first month of monsoon season), and to perhaps articulate everyone's yearning for some respite from this searing heat, the diva beautifully rendered some rain songs. The soiree was held on June 11 at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts.

Kanak Chapa on tonight’s Priyo Shilpir Shera Gaan

For some, Kanak Chapa is one of the leading voices in 'adhuik' music, for others she is a melody in herself. Kanak, well known for her impeccable renditions, is to perform live on Baishakhi Channel this evening. The musical programme featuring Kanak, “Priyo Shilpir Shera Gaan,” will be aired at 7:30 pm.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3: Stand clear of the closing doors

“I left my Rudy Giuliani suit at home,” says the mayor of New York City, brushing off an aide's plea to use an unfolding crisis as an opportunity to make a show of leadership for the cameras. Played by James Gandolfini with a demeanour more fussy than thuggish, this fictional successor to Giuliani presides over an identifiably post-Rudy, post-9/11 metropolis, a shiny, busy place ruled by money and ambition.

Liam Neeson may join cast of A-Team film

Liam Neeson has long been an A-list actor, but he may soon be part of the A-Team as well.


Of water, environment and flood control

THE greenhouse effect leading to global warming, first identified by the Swedish chemist Arrhenius in 1896, indicates that human activities like driving cars, burning coal, cutting trees and raising cattle have significantly increased the concentration of key greenhouse gases namely carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. This increase in greenhouse gases is thought to have enhanced the greenhouse effect that leads to global warming and consequent climate change.

Expatriate welfare bank

THE government's move to establish an expatriate welfare bank with expatriate workers as its shareholders and investors, in a bid to help those seeking jobs abroad and using remittance for productive purposes, is unrealistic.

Less murky than before

INDIA'S political scene looks far less murky than before. This was reflected in the first session of Parliament after the general election. There was shouting, boycott or walkout. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also assured a bipartisanship approach in the first speech at the Lok Sabha.


Treating textile wastewater can make a difference

THE textile processing industries produce wastewater which is one of the main sources of pollution of the rivers, canals and wetlands in and around Dhaka as well as many other places in the country. Effluents from these industries contain suspended solids, large amount of dissolved solids, un-reacted dyestuff and other chemicals that are used in different stages of dyeing, fixing, washing and other processing.

Cyclone Aila and climate change

ACCORDING to the Associated Press, some 2.3 million people were affected by Aila, many of them stranded in flooded villages. Storm surges in Bangladesh flooded agricultural areas with salty water. Home to roughly 25,000 residents, the coastal island Nijhum Dwip was reported to be completely submerged. As of May 27, many rural villages had not yet been reached by relief workers, and the death toll was expected to rise significantly as search and rescue efforts continued.

Twelve ways to combat climate change

THE theme for World Environment Day this year was “Your planet needs you-Unite to combat climate change”. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen in December next.


In Defense of V.S. Naipaul

Few literary figures in recent memory excite such passionate invective as novelist Sir V.S. Naipaul. His public figure, his work, his personal life, all examined in tandem, tend to inspire a uniquely tortured rhetoric. He has been caricatured as a monster, and will never be a darling of the politically correct. Few other writers are judged as completely as a moral failure in the way Naipaul is, and this tendency is baffling. The insistence in popular imagination on Naipaul's "life choices" reveals a prurient, amateurish fascination with him as a celebrity. Joan Didion summed up this attitude: "It is hard not to note a certain turning in the air when V.S. Naipaul is mentioned, a hint of taint...One catches the construction 'brilliant but': brilliant but obsessive, brilliant but reductive..." Out of the murk of commentary that threatens to drown the author's fictional voices, one grudging admission rises without fail: Naipaul is a hugely talented writer. I'd suggest that last phrase be said simply, without a 'but' or an 'although' appended.

An Afternoon at the Asia House: Part II

Four simple chairs draw closer in a semi-circle on the dais and bodies seat themselves. The lead speaker, a patron of the Cultural Committee, focuses on Asia House's achievements, and gives special thanks to the United States Embassy for bringing Daniyal Mueenuddin to the UK. I wonder if Daniyal had been CIA-rendered, kidnapped, locked and unfed, inside a CIA-C-40 container to the UK! The US Embassy website exudes teen gush: “Sometimes this job totally rocks. This week we've taken Daniyal Mueenuddin from his day job...”


A bright day getting brighter--
The hairpin lost and found
Beneath a creased rump
The toaster screwed--
We go for a walk in silly sunlight

Two Poems by Nausheen Eusuf

Advice for Slackers

Papers on Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Donne?
Easy enough: a Google search reveals
a thousand hits, a cornucopia
from which to sample, borrow, steal.
For context, go to Wikipedia.
Just paraphrase to conceal your little caper.
Add a cover page, submit your paper.
Now that you're done: go out, relax, have fun.

Ringing On and On…

The telephone is ringing...ringing on and on
You are to come to me today
I spent the whole morning with the orchids--
Impatience seems to be blooming
for thousands and thousands of years
in deep violet flowers
For you my deepest of love still!
In my thoughts of self-created loneliness
I reach out to you, you only
You are there and there you are
in all my existence
Suddenly I desire,
The salty taste of your lips sweeps away
The careful decorations of ignored Ahalya:
The stone woman
brimming with speechless dialogue
Who will lead her in the prehistoric forest
With what trust?

O Absent-Minded One

O absent-minded one,
I won't send you a garlanded message.
But if you don't find out what I have to say
How will you know the truth about me?
I'll never know your response then, O absent-minded one!
When the time is right and evening lovely and quiet
When your eyes become spellbound in the fading light,
Let me soothe you with soft tunes.
Will you listen then to the message I've strung
In languid and mild measures?
Just as a firefly flitting through shal forests,
Weave in hushed darkness a rosary of light,
In a lonely corner of your soul's courtyard,
All alone I'll go on composing my songs for you,
Completely rapt in homage,
O absent-minded one!

Star Health

Laser surgery in ENT

LASER is a special light beam. It stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The surgery in which this beam of light is used is called laser surgery.

World now at the start of influenza pandemic

In late April, WHO announced the emergence of a novel influenza A virus. This particular H1N1 strain has not circulated previously in humans. The virus is entirely new. The virus is contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from one country to another. As of today, nearly 30,000 confirmed cases have been reported in 74 countries.

How to manage children's nosebleeds

The nose is a part of the body rich in blood vessels and is situated in a vulnerable position as it protrudes on the face. As a result, trauma to the face can cause nasal injury and bleeding. Nosebleeds can happen if a cold or allergy irritates the inner nose as well. Touching and poking the inner nose can cause nosebleeds. Hard nose blowing can cause nosebleeds. Nosebleeds can start after the nose is hit or bumped. Nosebleeds are common in the winter when the air is dry.

WHO recommends rotavirus vaccine for all children

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that oral rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunisation prog-rammes to avert half a million diarrhoeal deaths and 2 million hospitalisations a year.

Pre-conception diabetes control important

Women with type 1 diabetes should keep their blood glucose levels well controlled before they become pregnant, in order to minimise the risk of serious adverse pregnancy outcomes, results of a large Danish study indicate.

Mushroom as a food

Musroom is a one kind of edible fungus. It has dynamic action like as a food, medicine and tonic. But mind that some are very much toxic what we usually see growing naturally on the road side and fields.

Feeling faint? What to do

If the blood supply to your brain is inadequate, even momentarily, you may feel faint. You may even lose consciousness for a short time. If you feel faint, lie down or sit down and place your head between your knees. Sometimes fainting has no medical significance. In other cases, fainting can be caused by a serious underlying condition. If you have recurrent fainting spells, discuss it with your doctor.

Strategic Issues

Obama's Cairo speech and a new world order

A joke from the Bush-Blair era went like this: on the sidelines of a G8 Summit, the two buddies were laughing over a joke when Condoleezza Rice walked in and asked them what they were laughing about. Bush replied that they were discussing the Third World War that would kill a billion Muslims and a dentist. A surprised Rice asked “why one dentist?” An amused Bush turned to Blair and said, “See I told you no one cares about the Muslims.”

Germany's olive branch to Turkey for EU membership

THE European Union of 27 nation-states has been delaying Turkey's entry into the Union by demanding hosts of unwarranted reforms. Many EU member countries do not want Turkey, a Muslim country with more than 70 million inhabitants, into the exclusive Christian Club and that is why a delaying strategy has been adopted.

Pakistan's internal security issue

LAHORE, the cultural and posh city with Mogul heritage, witnessed a harrowing car bomb attack of a police station and the local headquarters of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) agency on 27 May 2009. This is more than the seventh major attack on the city since January 2008 - and the third since March 2009, when the Sri Lankan cricket team and a police academy were targeted. The bomb, which killed twenty-seven people and injured over a hundred, is a further sign of the systemic, interrelated and deep- rooted nature of Pakistan's internal-security troubles.

Star Books Review

Calming passions in deceptive rural serenity . . .

THE partition of India, you can be sure of it, will forever remain a scar on men's historical consciousness in this part of the world. Of course, the generation that witnessed the searing division, with all its massacres and rape and pillage and the lot, has by now nearly passed on. But those that succeeded it have held on to the tragic tale, through oral tradition or through the ubiquity of writing that has been expended on the theme of India's vivisection over the years.

Read, learn and be salvaged

THE night flight to the seventh sky and then to Sidratul Muntaha (last frontier) was the most significant event in the life of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (peace be upon him) after he had been graced by the Almighty with prophethood. He was made the most knowledgeable human being as he was taken on a physical tour of heaven and hell and many other places which are beyond the reach of anyone else. Bishshanabir Meraj has been meticulously written to ensure that no subjective likes and dislikes distort the facts about the miraculous event. The translator has made all possible efforts to present a true picture of all that was narrated in the original version, and also the narrative has been made reasonably easy for the faithful to comprehend it with little effort. The book is, therefore, indispensable for believers to further cement and consolidate their faith and belief in the ultimate authority of Allah.

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