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Another 200 metres of embankment collapse

Another 200 metres of the Sirajganj town protection embankment collapsed in the Jamuna yesterday afternoon, for the second time in a week, near the previously damaged portion, forcing locals to shift to safer places.

Blasts at Jakarta Ritz, Marriott kill 9

Suspected Islamic militants including a suicide bomber detonated high-explosive devices in two luxury Jakarta hotels popular with foreigners yesterday, killing at least nine people, officials said.

Laskar-e-Taiyeba active in Bangladesh for 14 years

Pakistan based Islamist terrorist organisation Laskar-e-Taiyeba has been active in Bangladesh for the last 14 years, intelligence sources said quoting one of the most wanted Indian terrorists recently captured here.

Dhaka should press for joint impact assessment

As a few reports on the impact of Tipaimukh project on Indian territories were published in India, Bangladesh should negotiate for a joint impact-assessment on both countries with experts of Bangladesh and India, environment experts told The Daily Star yesterday.

Internal strife due to 'wrong decisions' puts BNP in trouble

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is faced with the difficult task of reuniting the party, as the rank and file says the organisation is racked by internal strife due to some 'wrong decisions' taken by the current leadership.

AL likely to introduce new posts including executive president's

Awami League may introduce some new posts including that of an executive president at the national council on July 24.

5 killed as train rams microbus in Jhenidah

Five people of a groom's motorcade, heading for the wedding ceremony, were killed when a train rammed their microbus on a level crossing in Mandertala in Jhenidah yesterday afternoon.

Malaysia to continue its freeze on Bangladesh workers

Malaysia decided to continue the freeze on hiring workers from Bangladesh although it allowed electronics and textile sectors again to recruit foreign workers, reported Malaysian newspaper The Star Online yesterday.

PM returns home

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home last night after attending the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

Time extension without any ordinance will be illegal

Any extension for submission of amended party charters to the Election Commission will be illegal if given without an ordinance proclaimed to that effect, Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury observed yesterday.

Minister assures RHD engrs of reconsidering graft charges

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday assured all engineers of the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) of reconsidering the graft charges brought against them after 1/11.

Listed JMB man held in Satkhira

Detective Branch of Police arrested a listed member of banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh from a house at Rasulpur in the district town yesterday.

Bikash held again, sent to jail

Top listed criminal Bikash Kumar Biswas, who was arrested by Rab members on Thursday soon after he was freed from jail serving a 13-year term, was sent to jail again yesterday.

Panchagarh village to witness total solar eclipse July 22

A village in Panchagarh is going to witness the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century on July 22, albeit briefly.

Police protection for panel mayor, AL leader in Khulna

Ajmol Ahmed Tapan, panel mayor of Khulna City Corporation and Mizanur Rahman Mizan, general secretary of Khulna city Awami League, who are in fear of their lives, were provided with police protection yesterday.

5 criminals arrested in the city

Police and Rab officials arrested five criminals in two separate incidents in city's Mirpur area yesterday.

Father sues villagers for torture on son

A father filed a case with Gomostapur Police Station yesterday accusing some unidentified people of brutal torture on his son allegedly for shallow machine theft in the locality.

Streets urchins in Rajshahi being used to abduct chidren

Street urchins are now being used to abduct children in Rajshahi city, revealed the police yesterday.

Miru's eyes were not gouged out

The eyes of 14-year-old boy Miru Khan were not gouged out at an arbitration for stealing a mobile phone set at Bhanga upazila as mentioned in some national dailies on July 17.

JCD convening committee of DU unit

BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal yesterday announced a convening committee of its Dhaka University unit with Abdul Matin as the convener.

No dialogue with Pakistan until Mumbai justice

India's premier reassured parliament yesterday that there would be no resumption of formal peace talks with Pakistan until Islamabad brings those behind last year's Mumbai's attacks to justice.

Swine flu could tip world into deflation

The global swine flu pandemic could tip the world into deflation, stalling economies just as they struggle to recover from the financial crisis, a British study said yesterday.

Pak court clears Sharif in plane hijacking case

Sharif yesterday of hijacking charges stemming from the 1999 coup against his government, clearing the last obstacle to his running for office.

World's cheapest car hits streets

The world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, hits the streets on Friday, as the first customer gets the keys to a vehicle that its makers hope will transform travel for millions of Indians.


The army in a clarification on The Daily Star news headlined "Army officer manhandled by police SI" published on July 17 explained the incident.

2nd Test Update Bangladesh Vs West Indies

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first after wet pitch delayed the start. West Indies were 130/4 in their first innings after lunch (Richards 69, Phillips 23, Hinds 2, Reifer 1, Dowlin 30 not out, Bernard 4 not out; Shakib 1wkt, Mahmudullah 3 wkt)

Foods still expensive in many developing countries: FAO

Staple foods such as rice and wheat remain expensive in many developing countries despite a fall in international prices, making life tough for millions of people, a UN agency warned Thursday.


No more border killings

We are very encouraged by at the assurance given by the head of the BSF that it would have zero tolerance for human rights violations against Bangladeshis on the border and that it would put an end to BSF shootings of Bangladeshis. We would like to hope that we will now see a dramatic reduction in such incidents.

Rupchan the honest rickshawpuller

Good, honest men are yet around, even in these days when values appear to have taken a nosedive. Take the example of Rupchan the rickshawpuller. The Tk. 2.50 lakh he stumbled upon at Nilkhet the other day could very well have been in his possession and he could have made as much use of it as he possibly could. After all, the owner of the money was not around. And there was the bigger reality of Rupchan being a poor man. Poverty often has a way of playing ugly tricks on conscience, to a point where it pushes individuals into dishonesty. But our very own Rupchan simply stayed away from such thoughts. He found the bag containing the money and did what morally upright people always do: he took it to the nearest police station (and his passenger, another honest soul, was with him) and handed it over to the officers there.

Tipaimukh issue needs bi-partisan approach

THE last few weeks have witnessed emotion, anger, accusations and counter charges. The opposition, busy as usual with negative expressions outside the Jatiyo Sangshad, has tried its best to influence public opinion against India's decision to construct the Tipaimukh Dam Civil society, hydrologists, economists and water 'experts' have also been free with opinions about the possible post-Tipaimukh catacysmic scenario and made the situation more complex.

Unequal positions

NO doubt, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has come to have a voice at the G8, a forum of leading world powers. The very fact that India is invited to such meetings indicates the importance the country has assumed. His words that the financial meltdown was the doing of the developed nations and that the developing world had borne the burden most hit the headlines. But none of the world leaders lost their sleep over it.


Shakib chooses to field first

In an attempt to win the first-ever away series, Bangladesh has decided to field first in the second and final Test against West Indies in St. George's, Grenada yesterday.

Anderson leads Eng

James Anderson starred with both bat and ball as England bounced back on the second morning of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's here on Friday.

Pride at stake for Pak

Beleaguered Pakistan are gearing for one final fling at restoring their honour after being outclassed by rampant Sri Lanka in the first two Tests of the ongoing series.

WICB blames players

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said the players who refused to join the Test squad last week, and the official ticket launch for the 2010 World Twenty20 on July 4, violated the board's code of conduct and, in some cases, retainer contracts. In its first formal communication with the players on this issue, it has written individually to each of them citing breaches of contract and seeking a reply within ten days.

U-19s kick off one-day series today

Bangladesh take on host England today in the first of the five match U-19 limited over series in Leicester.

SL recall Vaas

Sri Lanka on Friday recalled seasoned left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas for the final cricket Test against Pakistan, but star spinner Muttiah Muralidaran was again left out.

Zim set to reveal annual awards

The nominees for the 2009 Zimbabwe Cricket Awards have been announced, with captain Prosper Utseya, Ray Price, Tawanda Mupariwa and Hamilton Masakadza vying to be named Cricketer of the Year.

3rd Div cricket

Taj Property Cricket Club beat Amarjoyti Club by nine wickets to emerge as Group I champion in a qualifying round match of the Metropolis Third Division Cricket League at the Jagannath Hall ground on Friday.

School chess

Six players of Class VI to X Group are sharing the lead with four points each after the end of the 4th game of the 11th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament held at N.S.C. Tower Auditorium Lounge on Friday.

Beximco Pharma win title

Beximco Pharma blew away the competition as they won the Ascent Group 5-a-side indoor soccer cup with an emphatic 8-2 win over Union Capital in the final at Scholastica's STM Hall in Uttara yesterday.

MU cancel Indonesia trip

Manchester United's pre-season tour was thrown into chaos Friday when they were forced to cancel the Indonesian leg after a bombing at the Jakarta hotel where they were due to stay next week.

'I'm no Ronaldo'

New Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia brushed off comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday and insisted life in the north-west of England suited him just fine.

Ibra close to Barca move

Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks to be headed to Barcelona after Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti admitted he was in talks with the Spaniards about the Swede.

United snap up Diouf

Manchester United have signed 21-year-old Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf from Norwegian club Molde, a player Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring for two years.

C'Ron being modest

Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the world's most expensive footballer when he joined Real Madrid last month, said Thursday that he was "just another player" at the club.

Becks' low-key return

David Beckham's return to Major League Soccer was a low-key affair, the star midfielder barely factoring into the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Thursday.

Juve confirm Melo signing

Juventus have completed the protracted signing of Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo from Fiorentina with Italian winger Marco Marchionni travelling in the opposite direction.

Milan need to up Fabiano offer

AC Milan will have to make an improved offer for Brazil forward Luis Fabiano if they are to prise him away from Sevilla, the player's agent said on Thursday.

Downing joins Villa

England winger Stewart Downing on Thursday joined Premier League Aston Villa from relegated Middles-brough for 12 million pounds (19.7 million dollars).

Hargreaves to return in September

Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves could be back in action in September, a year after a serious knee injury, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Friday.

Bolt wants to shine

Usain Bolt will use his outing at the fourth meeting of the Golden League series to finetune preparations for an assault on next month's World Athletics Championships.

Lee targets third Test

Australia were reduced to just two bowling options for much of Friday morning at Lord's, but reinforcements are on the way. Brett Lee, Australia's senior fast bowler with 310 Test wickets, has declared himself on track to play the third Test at Edgbaston, while Shane Watson has returned to bowling at full intensity and is available for selection as an allrounder after Lord's.

WIPA rejects WICB claims

The West Indies Players' Association has rejected both the notion that protesting players have taken strike action and the West Indies Cricket Board's latest claims of players breaching their contractual obligations.

Plans for US-style IPL

There was a certain irony that on the day plans for a major Twenty20 tournament in the USA were announced, the USA Cricket Association's chief executive, Don Lockerbie, was at Lord's watching an Ashes Test, a format many seem to think is growing less relevant by the year.

FINA allows swimsuit

Australia's head swimming coach Alan Thompson believes the upcoming world championships have been blown wide open by the dominance of the new generation of swimsuits and warns the issue could badly damage the sport.

Russia the team to beat

Even without superstar Anastasia Ermakova, Russia will be the team to beat as the FINA World Championships see seven gold medals on offer in eight days of synchronized swimming competition.

Worcestershire to release Jones

England pace bowler Simon Jones is to be released by county side Worcestershire at the end of the season, the club said Friday, after being told he won't play again this year.

DC Gold Cup

Gaibandha Pourshava defeated Dinajpur Jela Dal by 2-0 to clinch the DC Gold Cup, held at the Gaibandha Stadium on Friday.

Austria bans vuvuzelas

The Austrian professional football league on Thursday imposed a stadium ban on the long plastic trumpet, the vuvuzela, which made such a noisy impression in last month's Confederations Cup in South Africa.


Tk 175cr plan to revive handloom industry

Brighter days are ahead for the country's weavers, whose looms remained inoperative for long, as the government has taken a Tk 175 crore inclusive plan to revive their looms to regain the century-old glory of handloom, Bangladesh Handloom Board sources said.

Return to original constitution to make independence meaningful

Speakers at a memorial discussion yesterday stressed the need for returning to original constitution of the country to make the hard-earned independence meaningful.

Islamic banking unhurt by global financial crisis

International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) President Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said the Islamic banking remains unhurt, despite the ongoing global financial recession.

Wasa demolishes illegal structures to recover Rupnagar canal

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday demolished around 100 kancha and 10 concrete structures on the third day of its drive against illegal structures to recover the Rupnagar canal.

Biman staffs want their jobs back

Staffs of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, who had their jobs terminated under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme before the carrier turned into a public limited company (PLC), yesterday demanded their reinstatement.

Chief whip congratulates Hasina

Chief Whip M Abdus Shahid has congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her election as vice-chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

'Execute killers of Bangabandhu by Aug 15'

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the city yesterday demanding execution of the verdict of the Bangabandhu Murder Case before August 15.

Software export exceeds target

The country's software and IT enabled service (ITES) sector has been growing rapidly, with the export of software exceeding the target.

Call to stop mindless felling of trees

Environmentalist organisations yesterday demanded that the ongoing indiscriminate cutting down of trees across the country be stopped immediately.

Saudi relief goods for Aila victims arrive

Two hundred tons of relief materials, donated by the Saudi government for the victims of cyclone Aila, have arrived in Dhaka.

Layoff in two Khulna jute mills extended

The authorities have extended the layoff in two state-owned jute mills in Khulna.

JCI global president due today

Junior Chamber International (JCI) World President Jun Sup Shin arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

Long march against Tipai dam begins

Nirbhik, an environmental organisation, started a long march yesterday from Dhaka to Jakiganj in Sylhet to create public opinion against the Indian move to construct Tipaimukh dam on the cross-border river Barak.

Call to bring war criminals to book soon

Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee President Shahriar Kabir yesterday said it is the demand of the mass people that war criminals be brought to trial immediately and similar measures should be taken against those who deformed history of the liberation war.

Three Ansar officers closed on bribery charges

Three officers of Lalmonirhat Ansar VDP were closed to Rajshahi range yesterday for allegedly taking bribes from job seekers in the name of recruiting them as Ansar members under the district Ansar and VDP camp.

Punishment to rapists demanded

Human rights (HR) activists yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the culprits who violated a teenage girl of the Dalit community in Jessore on July 5.

PM to declare Rangpur a division soon

Presidium Member of Jatiya Party (JP) Rawshan Ershad has said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will come here very soon for a formal declaration of Rangpur Division.

Tension after BSF firings in Dinajpur

Tension is mounting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Dinajpur border as BSF opened fire on Bangladesh territory on Thursday.

Ctg trader robbed of Tk 2 lakh

Armed miscreants in the guise of Rab personnel snatched Tk 2 lakh and two cell phone sets from a businessman and his friend here in the port city on Thursday.

One killed in Habiganj road accident

A man was killed and 10 others were injured as a bus ploughed through a departmental shop at Debpara bazar in Nabiganj upazila yesterday.

Abducted youth found dead in Morelganj

The body of a young man was found in Daskhali canal in Morelganj on Thursday, three days after his abduction.

BNP holds seminar on Tipai dam today

BNP, the main opposition in parliament, will organise a special seminar on the Tipaimukh dam today to raise awareness about its disastrous effects on the environment in Bangladesh and create public opinion against the dam.

Access to food supplements to be ensured

Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan yesterday said the Bangladeshis have the right to have food supplements like the people in the developed countries.

Workshop on cancer, heart diseases held

A workshop for doctors titled 'Advanced Techniques with Minimal Invasive Surgery for Cancer and Heart Diseases' was held at the Uttara Club yesterday.

23 arrested on Satkhira border

Members of Bangladesh Rifles arrested 23 people, including six women and seven children, on Lakkhidari border in Sadar upazila early yesterday while they were entering Bangladesh without passports.

Protest against Tipaimukh Dam

Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, Jhenidah district unit, formed a human chain to protest the Indian move to construct Tipaimukh Dam on Barak river.

Robbery in N'ganj

A gang of armed robbers injured five people and looted cash and valuables worth Tk 5.5 lakh from a house at Aliganj under Fatulla thana early Thursday.

225 Phensidyl bottles seized

The police seized 225 bottles of Indian Phensidyl syrup at Jacksin uttar bazaar in Sadar upazila yesterday.

One held with firearm in Comilla

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a young man with a revolver from Miabazar area in Chouddagram upazila on Thursday night.


US missiles kill 5 in northwest Pakistan

Intelligence officials and a local resident say a suspected US missile strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region has killed five alleged militants.

Efforts to oust Japan's PM Aso falter

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso appeared yesterday to have survived a brewing party revolt, after rebel lawmakers failed to secure enough support for a move to replace him ahead of looming elections.

US installing nuclear detectors at Pak ports

The United States is installing radiation detectors at Pakistani ports to check proliferation of nuclear material and weapons of mass destruction to and from the country, a top US official on nuclear security has said.

Roadside bomb kills 11 Afghan civilians

A bomb planted by rebels killed 11 civilians, including children and toddlers, going to a shrine in Afghanistan yesterday, police said following a surge of attacks ahead of key elections.

Mayawati does not have time for governance or development, says Rahul

Already in the midst of a bitter row between BSP and Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Friday took potshots at the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh, saying there is place for statues and elephants in the state but not development and spoke of the need for Congress to come to power there.

JI could be behind Jakarta attacks

The deadly Jakarta hotel bombings could be the work of a radical faction of Southeast Asian Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, which draws inspiration from al-Qaeda, an official and experts said.

US leads world outcry at Jakarta bombings

Australia and the United States led international condemnation of yesterday's deadly bombings at two upmarket hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, which killed at least nine people.

Top Iranian cleric slams hard-liners in sermon

A powerful cleric-politician, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, criticised Iran's leadership yesterday on one of the country's most resonant political stages, the Islamic prayer sermon.

Suspected bomber was disguised as guest

A suspected suicide bomber disguised himself as a guest of the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta before detonating his device, killing at least seven people, senior police said Friday.

Furore in Lok Sabha over Indo-Pak talks

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha on Friday, alleging the government had capitulated to Pakistan on the terrorism issue, soon after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh read out a statement on his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Jakarta blasts show militants resilient

Twin hotel bombings Friday appear to show the resilience of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Indonesia despite a crackdown that many assumed had left them seriously weakened.

'India's moon mission saved from failure'

India's only satellite orbiting the moon came close to overheating and failure but scientists improvised to save it, officials said Friday.

US not going to appoint special Kashmir envoy

The United States has once again clarified that it would not appoint any special envoy to address the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, and that the conflict should be resolved by the two neighbouring countries itself.

3 US soldiers killed in Iraq

Three American soldiers have been killed in an attack on their base outside the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, the US military said yesterday.

Cherie Blair battling swine flu

Former British prime minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, is battling the swine flu virus, and as a result, has been forced to cancel a string of public engagements.

Pope fractures wrist in a fall

Hospital officials and the Vatican say Pope Benedict XVI broke his right wrist in a fall during his vacation in the Alps.

Ten climbers die in Japan

Ten climbers died in bad weather in mountains in northern Japan, police said Friday, as survivors recounted the harrowing ordeal of being battered by vicious winds and rain.

Arts & Entertainment

Everything Tagore

To celebrate Rabindranath Tagore, his works and philosophy, Chhayanaut is holding a two-day 'Rabindra Utshab' (festival) at Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban in Dhanmondi. The festival began yesterday. Leading and upcoming Tagore artistes of the country as well several cultural organisations are participating at the event.

A Bollywood nightingale in Dhaka

Talk of the town for the last few days has been a concert featuring renowned Indian playback singer Alka Yagnik. The show was held at the Hall of Fame, Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on July 16. Presented by Marico, the concert was organised by Red Enterprise Limited.

A mega-convention of young theatre activists

With the motto “Amra shobai manchokuri natnandoney phutbo,” the 10th National Theatre Camp for children and adolescents kicked off at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library in Shahbagh yesterday.

Prokriti celebrates monsoon in Faridpur

Prokriti, a group of cultural enthusiasts and nature lovers, of Faridpur, held a 'Borsha Utshab' (celebration of the rainy season) on the heels of the Bangla month Ashadh at the Teachers' Training (TT) College premises in the town recently.

Anil Ambani inks deal worth $825 million with Spielberg

“It's a marriage made in Heaven,” was how Hollywood's celebrated director Steven Spielberg described his joint venture with Indian industrial tycoon Anil Ambani as the two joined hands last Wednesday to produce and distribute movies.


Behind the case withdrawal syndrome

THE Daily Star editorial on July 14 takes a critical view of the review process of the 'politically motivated' cases and wonders if there is an effort by the executive branch of the government to arrogate to itself the task of the judiciary. It also entertains the premonition that the review drill may actually be a device to circumvent the legal process and expresses the concern that such ventures may adversely impact public confidence in both executive and judiciary.

Meeting the challenges of global warming at home

GLOBAL warming is now a grim reality. There is hot air aplenty mostly because of global warming, caused by the galloping increase in carbon emissions by uncaring nations that has severely disrupted weather patterns across the world. As the next UN conference on the Climate scheduled to take place in Copenhagen in December gets under way, the world appears a no better place than it was in 1992, during the Rio meet.

Dreams of peace fading fast in ME?

IRANIANS are fighting the monsters of their own creation. Ruling elite have lost their moral compass because they have been blinded in their quest for power. Perhaps nobody will ever know how Iranians voted on June 12, but millions of them believe that the election was rigged to ensure the re-election of President Ahmadinejad.


What we need to know

According to UN convention, for any intervention on an international river, the upper riparian should supply all information about survey and data collection, design and report, activities in pre- during- and post-construction stages before starting the construction of a dam/barrage. Any disagreement or dispute should be resolved bi-laterally. Any gross disagreement with or violation by the upper riparian such as unilateral construction and withdrawal of waters may lead to reference with the UN. But all attempts must be made to resolve the issue between the parties sharing the common river basin.

Century's longest solar eclipse

The moon has a powerful allure -- it is full of beauty, legend, myth and romance. However the phases of the moon are caused by the relative positions of the earth, sun and moon. The moon goes round the earth in 27.3 days, or 27 days 7 hours 43 minutes, on average.

Water: What price to pay?

The government increased with effect from July 1, Dwasa Water Tariff for domestic purposes from Tk 5.75 per 1000 litre to Tk 6.04, an increase by 5%. The Tariff also increases from Tk 19.15 to Tk 20.11 per 1000 litre for commercial and industrial consumers. Although it was presumed that the price hike would be in the level of 30%, this has now been lowered and is done in line with DWASA regulations, still maintaining the cheapest water rate in the world.


A Poetry Reading: Notes on Authenticity

At a recent poetry reading I attended here in New Haven, Connecticut I witnessed an unexpected comedy show - a rare treat, as most readings tend to be like dour, precious funerals. In attendance were mostly students, in slashed tights, glitter headscarves and dark chiffon shirts. After the first, nearly inaudible poet left the stage, the second poet began to perform. He danced in epileptic bursts, crouched on the floor, burst into mawkish operetta, all the while feverishly interspersing his movements with gusts of shouted reading of his poem, which was opaque and difficult. Of course, people began to laugh, and I found I couldn't restrain my laughter, either; I hunkered down into my seat and tried to bury my face in my hands, and yet all I could see was the poet's face bright with sweat. I considered getting up and leaving the room; then, I had an overt horror that the Young Poet, in his crazed Dionysian state, would look at me and cry, “You there! Stop immediately!”

When Mother Died…

My mother passed away in July 2008. She was the most remarkable person that I have ever come across. She is the reason I think I have survived some dicey periods in my life - because she did what mothers do best: worry about and pray for their children, no matter what their age.

Tamil Poetry: akam and puram

There is a central division in the ancient and classical literature of India. One is the Sanskritic, Indo-Aryan stream, with its roots in the Rig Veda, thought by scholars to date from about 14th century B.C. The other great parallel flow is in what is classified as the 'Dravidian' languages, almost wholly based in south India, and of an entirely different language family than Sanskrit and its derivatives.

Star Health

Glaucoma often undetected and misunderstood

For years, glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness was considered when there was elevated pressure within the eye which leads to sudden loss of vision. Glaucoma is still checked by seeing only the pressure of the eye in many cases of routine screening. But experts knew there were glaring gaps in the definition of glaucoma.

Knowing autism, making resource!

The term autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is a chronic developmental disability with combination of sensory-motor and behavioural characteristics along with cognitive disabilities. It is a severely handicapped group of disorders characterised by delays in the development of basic functions including socialisation and communication. It begins at birth or within the first 2 ½ years of life. It is 2 to 4 times more common in boys than girls.

What you need to know about low-carb diets

Low-carb diets limit carbohydrates — for example, bread, grains, rice, starchy vegetables and fruit — and emphasise sources of protein and fat. Many types of low-carb diets exist, each with varying restrictions on the types and amounts of carbohydrates.

UK girl recovers fully after donor heart removed

A British girl who was given an extra heart as a toddler has become the world's first heart transplant patient to make a full recovery after having her donor organ removed and function restored to her original heart.

Diabetes itself doesn't up risk of depression

Although people with diabetes have a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression than other people, a large new study has found that much of that increase can be accounted for by their more frequent contacts with the medical system, rather than the diabetes itself.

Strategic Issues

30th August Japanese elections that LDP could lose

JAPANESE Prime Minister Taro Aso's tenuous tenure seems set to end as he was forced to declare elections for the Lower House following his party's disastrous performance at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly elections, winning only 38 seats against the Opposition Democratic Party of Japan's 54 seats. After Koizumi left in 2006 completing a record five years in office, Aso became the third Prime Minister in September 2008 and has ever since been under the threat of losing his job. According to most predictions, he may have set the LDP on course to yield to the DPJ the chance to form the next government in the elections scheduled to be held on August 30th.

US-Russia nuclear deal: A great strategic significance

ON 6th July, President Obama arrived in Moscow for a summit with his Russian counter-part Dmitry Medvedev. Both Presidents are in their forties and seem to have a new vision for the world. This is the first US-Russia summit and Obama opened the summit with confidence “predicting extraordinary progress” out of the summit. He said: “The US and Russia have more in common than they have differences.”

The ghettoisation of Gaza

Israel's creation of a "Warsaw Ghetto" in Gaza continues apace, using control of the food supply as a primary weapon against the civilian population. Every time Gazans sit down for a meal, they face a depressing reality. The selection of foods available to them is dictated almost entirely by a harsh policy imposed by the Israeli government, which, as of late, has even refused to allow such innocuous-seeming foods as pumpkins, pasta or beans to cross the border.

Star Books Review

War, suffering and those laws about them . . .

AT a time when morality is being tested to the extreme and law is being subjected to rigorous interpretation, this book comes as a useful guide to an understanding of conflict situations and what the international community can do about them. If the world wars are part of the collective human memory now, if the Cold War is somewhere in the distant past, there is hardly any reason to feel complacent about the circumstances we inhabit. Remember that it was only in the 1990s that history, to the extent that war defined a large part of it, was badly mauled in the Balkans in a conflict that lay rooted in the deep antagonisms of the past. Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, et cetera, are all reminders that the human capacity to inflict wounds on civilisation has not yet ended, that indeed conflict in its violent forms is but a truth we have all lived with and will continue to consider part of life. And then of course there are the innumerable hostilities which have left countries in Africa maimed. You could even argue that all the decency and respect for individuals you expect will define these post-modern times have simply not manifested themselves in that unfortunate continent.

An awesome compilation for children

FABLES? Extracts from a memoir? Short stories? What is How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and other Stories comprised of? We could say, in a way, all of the afore-mentioned.

Hard realities of life

THE term 'short story' refers to a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, usually in narrative format. This format or medium tends to be more pointed than longer works of fiction, novels or books. Many short story writers define their work through a combination of creative, personal expression and artistic integrity. The short story is an essential part of literature. Noted writers have attained maturity by writing short stories. Short stories are usually based on regular events occurring in our daily life.

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