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News of: Saturday, 25th of July, 2009

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Council empowers them to pick all other leaders

Sheikh Hasina was elected the Awami League (AL) president for the sixth time while Syed Ashraful Islam was elected the general secretary for three years without any contest yesterday.

Breach of people's trust won't be tolerated

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday issued a warning to the ruling party leaders and workers saying breach of public confidence or any other unjust behaviour by her party members will not be tolerated.

Food rationing for RMG workers uncertain again

Food rationing programme for garment workers becomes uncertain again, as the readymade garment and knitwear manufacturers are pressing the government again to reduce the price of rice refixed twice.

Ershad desires to remain lifetime party chairman

HM Ershad was re-elected unanimously chairman of Jatiya Party and ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader its secretary general at the party's seventh national council yesterday.

3 Rab men held on extortion charge, Tk 7 lakh recovered

Police arrested three Rab personnel Thursday night on charge of snatching Tk 10.86 lakh from a man threatening to kill him in crossfire. After the arrest police recovered around Tk 7 lakh from the arrestees.

Maitree Express schedule revised

The schedule of Maitree Express train running between Dhaka and Kolkata has been revised adding another set of trains on the route with effect from August 1.

India to ban food exports fearing output slump

India warned Friday that patchy monsoon rains were threatening its lifeline rice crop and said it would ban food exports as part of a plan to prevent any crisis.

Khaleda greets Hasina

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed her greetings to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and wished the twentieth national council of Awami League a success.

Ashraf praises Zillur's role during emergency

There were efforts to create a crisis in the Awami League during the period of state of emergency just like in the aftermath of the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, said newly elected AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

She is my leader, says Jalil

Just-resigned Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil joined the party's national council meeting yesterday responding to a call of party President Sheikh Hasina.

Kachur lati earns forex

Farmers in Joypurhat earn well from kachur lati as the produce is now being exported to several countries including the UK and the US.

BNP council likely in December

The main opposition BNP is likely to hold its national council in December this year.

Tipai site visit date yet to be fixed

The exact date for the visit of Tipaimukh dam site is yet to be finalised and it will be done keeping in view the weather condition in the area in the peak of monsoon that makes journey by road or flight highly unsafe.

Suu Kyi lawyers give final arguments in trial

The trial of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi entered its final stage yesterday as her lawyers delivered closing arguments in a bid to save her from five years in jail, her party said.

Rab arrests 4 in Mirpur market killing case

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people Thursday night from Savar on charges of the gun attack on Swadhin Bangla Super Market in the city's Mirpur area that left one person dead and eight others injured.

HSC results today

The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent Alim and Business Management examinations 2009 held under 10 education boards will be published simultaneously today.

Cop suspended for snatching money

A sub-inspector of Motijheel police station was suspended Thursday night on charges of snatching money from an elderly man in the city's Fakirapool.

Mayors, rabbis detained in US anti-graft sweep

US law enforcement agents on Thursday arrested dozens of politicians and rabbis in an anti-corruption sweep alleging money laundering, extortion, bribery and even trafficking in human organs.

Train derails

Train communication on several routes from Mymensingh was disrupted for ten hours as two compartments of a Chittagong bound freight train derailed at Balashpur area in the district town yesterday.

Swine flu has spread to almost all countries: WHO

Swine flu has spread to nearly every corner of the globe, the World Health Organisation said Friday, admitting it was still unknown how the virus would mutate in the northern hemisphere's winter.

Burglary at Kafrul

A gang of burglars stole valuables, including cash and cellphone sets worth about Tk 15 lakh, from a cellphone outlet in the city's Kafrul area on Thursday night.

Editorial

Tragic child deaths

The news of as many as 25 children dying from an intake of analgesic syrup contaminated with diethylene glycol has caused trepidation among unsuspecting mothers who might have been using it. The episode seems localised, victims coming from greater Comilla region and landing up at the Shishu Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, Dhaka with renal failure that proved lethal.

Parking disorder taken to another level!

While we have been vociferously clamouring for a rapid increase in parking spaces within the structures of shopping malls, high-rise apartment buildings and business houses, if necessary, to be supplemented by high-rise parking lots, we are greatly perturbed by reports of reckless bus parking along roads on a regular, and disquietingly, authorised basis.

Importance of learning English

GLOBALIZATION as a phenomenon has not only created opportunities and opened doors but also generated greater competitiveness. Use of information technology has also enabled us to access to information that would otherwise have remained unavailable due to resource constraint. Digitalisation of records has also created transparency and accountability. This in turn has facilitated better governance and equitable approach to one's ensuring of rights and fundamental freedoms. Greater use of the English language has been largely responsible for this.

An opportunity at last

THE media in both India and Pakistan has failed to rise above its mindset to welcome the outcome of the meetings between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani. There has been no victory or defeat. After four years of deadlock if the two sides have agreed to talk.

Sports

Mashrafe positive on future

Injured Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza returned home yesterday half way through the series in the West Indies with a hope of returning to cricket very soon.

Dyson rallies Windies

West Indies coach John Dyson has said that despite his team losing the Test Series against Bangladesh, he expects competitive performances in the three-match ODI series. "This is a totally different game now," Dyson said. "We're playing 50-over cricket, not five-day cricket. The two Test matches were closely fought, it wasn't a case where we were thrashed in either of the matches. We could have won both so I don't think there's much in it."

Bright start for U-19s

Bangladesh U-19 team made a bright start in the series deciding final and fifth one-day against hosts England U-19s at the County ground, Hove yesterday.

Kumar denies Pakistan

Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten century to steer Sri Lanka to a draw in the final Test against Pakistan here on Friday and win his first series as captain.

Russians rule the pool

Russia retained the synchronised swimming duet free title as Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won gold at the World Championships here on Friday.

Kiwi stars dodge IPL lure

Six New Zealand players had to "agonise for two weeks" over the decision of signing their national contracts because their marquee homes series against Australia clashed with the IPL. They finally chose to represent their country over their IPL franchises but the New Zealand players' body has warned that this might not be the case if a similar situation arose again.

Dalmiya set to retain CAB post

Jagmohan Dalmiya is set for another term as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) after no nomination papers were filed to contest against his candidacy.

D/N fixtures dominate

Australia's seven-match ODI series in India will begin on October 25, with the first match being played in Jaipur. The tour itinerary announced by the BCCI on Friday has six of the seven matches played under lights, the exception being the penultimate game in Guwahati on November 8.

Federer father of twin girls

Swiss world number one Roger Federer said Friday he has become a proud father of twin girls after wife Mirka gave birth overnight to Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.

Swine flu scare for Aussies

Australia's Ashes stars suffered a swine flu scare after one of the journalists covering Ricky Ponting's squad was diagnosed with symptoms similar to the illness currently sweeping across England.

Torres ready for action

Fernando Torres has had barely three weeks away from football but that is enough for the Spanish striker who is itching to get back into action.

Gerrard found not guilty

Liverpool and England football star Steven Gerrard was found not guilty of affray Friday over an alleged assault on a businessman during a bar brawl.

Lucio slates Van Gaal

Bayern Munich's new Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal "showed me a lack of respect," 'Kicker' soccer magazine quoted Brazil captain and star defender Lucio as saying on Thursday.

Henry pledges future to Barcelona

Thierry Henry has declared he now loves life with Barcelona so much he cannot contemplate ever playing for any other team.

USA in final again

The United States blanked Honduras 2-0 Thursday to earn a berth in their third-straight CONCACAF Golf Cup final.

Woodgate to miss start of season

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp revealed on Thursday that England defender Jonathan Woodgate will miss the start of the season after flying to America for treatment on a groin injury.

Evra in awe of Park

Patrice Evra counts Park Ji-Sung as a close friend but even he has been amazed at the fanatical support the midfielder gets on home turf, calling him "the David Beckham of Korea".

Stuttgart want Negredo

Stuttgart are interested in signing Real Madrid's Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo after the German club's bid to get Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fell through, Spanish sports paper Marca said on Friday.

Neville out of Asian tour

Manchester United captain Gary Neville has suffered a groin strain and will take no further part in the current Asian tour, the club said on Friday.

Lee agrees Bolton move

Star South Korean midfielder Lee Chung-Yong is heading to English Premier League club Bolton for about three million dollars, his team said Friday.

'Brazil can afford WC'

Brazil is financially well-equipped to stage the 2014 football World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic Games, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Friday.

Man City loan Caicedo to Sporting

Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo is being loaned by Manchester City to Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese club said on Thursday.

Vaas bids Tests bye

Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka's most successful fast bowler, ended his Test career during an emotional farewell at the SSC after the third and final Test against Pakistan ended in a draw with the hosts winning the series 2-0.

Hussey's word of caution

Mike Hussey has warned Australia not to get carried away by Kevin Pietersen's withdrawal from England's Ashes campaign.

MU overcome Seoul

English Premier League champions Manchester United saw off a determined FC Seoul here Friday night, taking a see-sawing exhibition match 3-2 with a brace of second-half goals.

Lee's comeback derailed

Brett Lee's hopes of featuring in next week's third Ashes Test at Edgbaston suffered a major blow on Thursday as the injury-plagued pace bowler was ruled out of Australia's tour match against Northamptonshire.

Langer hailed

Justin Langer was Friday lauded by his peers after claiming the legendary Donald Bradman's long-standing record as Australia's greatest run-scorer in first-class cricket.

Hayden plans academy in Chennai

Matthew Hayden has planned to set up a youth academy in Chennai and wants to take the help of Rahul Dravid and his Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming in the venture.

Sharapova ready to roll

Maria Sharapova declared her surgically repaired right shoulder fully healed and that she was ready to return to the court for the first time since a disappointing performance at Wimbledon.

Rana gets central contract

Rana Navedul Hasan, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been awarded a central contract for 2009 and been placed in the bottom of three categories. Naved was recalled to Pakistan's one-day international squad after cutting ties with the unofficial ICL and has been put in category C of the central contracts system.

Musharraf admits having 'secret understanding' with Benazir Bhutto

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf, for the time, has admitted that there was a secret "understanding" between him and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which facilitated her return to the country in October 2007.

Metropolitan

Plan to set up two more treatment plants in city

Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (DWasa) has embarked on a four-year plan to set up two more water treatment plants (WTPs) to reduce dependence on underground water as experts fear of land subsidence due to over depletion of groundwater in the city.

Act as model for combating climate change impacts

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday said China can act as a model for developing countries and the wider world by investing in environmentally friendly growth and prioritising the creation of cleaner energy, urging the leaders of the planet's most populous nation to “serve as the vanguard of tomorrow's economy.”

Youths together to decide their future

The Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre (BYLC) held the graduation ceremony for its second month-long training programme titled 'Building bridges through leadership training' at the Brac Centre Inn in the city on Thursday.

'Punish cos that produce poisonous drugs'

National Garment Workers Federation yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the owners of companies producing contaminated drugs causing death to kids.

2m children suffer from acute malnutrition

Two million children aged between six months and five years are suffering from acute malnutrition in the country due to the last year's price hike of essentials.

Acid attack on two women in Gazipur

A housewife and her elderly mother sustained burn injuries as local hoodlums hurled acid on them in their house at Nayapara village in Kaliakoir in the early hours of yesterday.

Initiatives to dispose of cases to realise Tk 6,500cr revenue

The government has taken initiatives to realise about Tk 6,500 crore revenue, which remains unpaid by various organisations, from income tax, value addition tax (VAT) and import duty due to cases at the higher court.

Tk 3 lakh looted in night coach robbery in Bogra

Armed robbers looted cash and gold ornaments worth around Tk three lakh from a passenger bus on Dhaka-Bogra highway in Food Village area under Sherpur upazila early yesterday.

1 drowns at Jamuna in Bogra

A labour drowned in a boat capsize in Jamuna river during a renovation work of Jamuna bridge at Dhunat in Bogra yesterday.

Installation ceremony of Dhaka Durbar

The installation ceremony of the newly elected committee of Durbar Network, Dhaka region was held in the city on Thursday, says a press release.

Matin, Naser re-elected BJP chairman, secy gen

Dr MA Matin and Abu Naser Muhammad Naser Rahmatullah were re-elected chairman and secretary general of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) respectively at the national council of the party yesterday.

Bonsai expo kicks off in Rajshahi

The three-day '10th Bonsai Exhibition' kicked off in Rajshahi yesterday with an aim to popularise the art of miniature trees in the region.

Burnt microbus victim named

An unidentified person who was killed and burnt in a microbus in Gazipur on Thursday was named yesterday.

Road crash kills one

One person was killed in a road accident on Satkhira-Kaliganj road near Nazmun Clinic in Satkhira town yesterday.

BSF hands over five Bangladeshis to BDR

The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over five Bangladeshis after one and a half years to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Tahirpur border in Sunamganj district on Thursday.

Sheikh Hasina, Ashraful hailed

Different organisations yesterday greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam for being elected the president and the general secretary of Awami League respectively.

Sattar Krishak Khetmajur Samity convener

A 21-member central convening committee of Bangladesh Krishak-Khetmajur Samity with Abdus Sattar as its convener was formed at a meeting of representatives of the party at WVA auditorium in the city yesterday.

Call to encourage children to speak Bangla correctly

Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique at a seminar yesterday said children should be encouraged to speak their mother tongue Bangla correctly as well as clearly from the very beginning of their academic life.

Formulate law to stop fatwa

Samajtantrik Mahila Forum formed a human chain in front of Fire Service Office at Mirpur 10 in the city yesterday demanding formulation of law to stop repression against women in the name of fatwa (religious edict).

Tipaimukh long march

Tipaimukh Dam Prevention Committee and Sylhet Division Development Action Council will begin a two-day 'Tipaimukh long march' from the Central Shaheed Minar in the city on August 8 to protest the Indian move to construct Tipaimukh dam, says a press release.

Krishak-Khetmajur Samity

A 21-member central convening committee of Bangladesh Krishak-Khetmajur Samity with Abdus Sattar as its convener was formed at a meeting of representatives of the party at WVA auditorium in the city yesterday.

International

Taliban would not be allowed to sneak into Pak soil from Afghanistan

The United States would not allow the Taliban to sneak into Pakistan from Afghanistan and is working out a strategy for it, US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said before leaving Pakistan for Afghanistan after a two-day visit.

Ban urges China to step up on climate change

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on China yesterday to exercise greater leadership in world efforts to curb climate change, saying a new global framework deal cannot be reached this year without Beijing.

Maliki upset at US contacts with Iraqi insurgents

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has complained to President Barack Obama about a US meeting with alleged Iraqi insurgents, Baghdad's top diplomat said.

Netanyahu calls for peace with Arabs

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a "warm peace" between Israel and its Arab neighbours on Thursday in a rare speech at the Egyptian ambassador's residence near Tel Aviv.

Shanghai to encourage two-child families

Shanghai is to encourage some families to have two children as China takes steps to relax its strict one-child policy in response to the ageing population, state press reported yesterday.

Kargil forced India to talk Kashmir

Terming Kargil as a "big success", former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said India agreed to discuss Kashmir only because of that war in 1999.

France has no plan to set up nuclear plant in Pakistan

France has said that it would not be setting up any nuclear plant in Pakistan.

Modi can be questioned over Gujarat riots

The Gujarat High Court on Friday rejected a petition, which sought a stay on the Special Investigation Team (SIT) from questioning Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others in a 2002 communal riot case.

Brown suffers new polls blow

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party suffered another embarrassing by-election defeat Friday in the first poll triggered by a scandal over lawmakers' expenses.

Lanka to free jailed military deserters

Sri Lanka is to free some 1,800 jailed military deserters as part of a presidential amnesty, a justice ministry spokesman said yesterday.

Mamata, Union Cabinet at loggerheads

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee is understood to have raised serious objections to a bill relating to land acquisition for industrialisation and rehabilitation of the land losers in a Cabinet meeting held on Thursday evening.

Holidaymakers rescued as fires spread across Europe

Deadly summer wild fires spread across Spain, France, Italy and Greece on Friday with holidaymakers rescued from beaches and thousands of firefighters brought into the battle.

Kyrgyz leader re-elected amid charges of fraud

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev swept into office Friday for a second term with a landslide victory, as the opposition cried foul and Western observers reported widespread irregularities.

Zelaya heads for border showdown

Honduras's de facto government shut its southern border with Nicaragua Thursday, hoping to block President Manuel Zelaya's bid to return home a month after he was ousted in a coup.

'35,000 flee renewed clashes in DR Congo'

At least 35,000 people have been forced to flee recent fighting between government forces and Rwanda Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

US helicopter crash kills 4

A commercial helicopter crashed onto a western Maryland interstate highway and burst into flames late Thursday, killing all four people on board, emergency officials said.

Drunk driver to die in China

A drunken driver who killed four people while fleeing a car accident has become the first driver in China to be sentenced to death for endangering public safety, state press said yesterday.

Obama may visit Japan in Nov

US President Barack Obama may visit Japan in mid-November, months after an election that is widely expected to bring a new government in Tokyo, media reports said Friday.

Storms kill 7 in Poland

At least seven people have died in Poland and the Czech Republic and dozens were injured after heavy storms and torrential rain felled trees, electricity poles and ripped off roofs.

Three slain in Philippines

Three people, including a one-year-old child, were killed in an ambush by Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines, a police official said Friday.

Obama stops at Chicago home

President Barack Obama made a quick stopover at his south side home here today after attending fundraisers for the Democratic party aimed to raise about USD 3 million. Before he flew back on Air Force One to Washington, Obama''s motorcade took a detour to his Kenwood home on the city''s South Side.

Arts & Entertainment

Promoting theatre activities across the country

Mahakal Natya Sampraday's 26th anniversary celebration started with the staging of "Antarjatra" at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on July 23. Narayanganj-based Aikik Theatre staged the play.

Tyler Perry’s greatest accomplishment has nothing to do with business

Tyler Perry is known today as the first African-American to own a major film and TV studio. He's a pioneer whose own life story is a rags-to-riches tale that reads like a screenplay.

Tagore’s monsoon melodies

Noted Tagore artiste Mita Haque and upcoming singer Nandita Yasmin charmed the audience with their vibrant renditions of Rabindra Sangeet at Bengal Foundation's monthly musical programme "Pran-er Khela." The programme was held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi, in the city on July 23.

Mahmuduzzaman Babu and Krishnakoli on Amar Ami

Popular singers Mahmudu-zzaman Babu and Kazi Krishnakoli Islam are the guests on tonight's “Amar Ami,” Banglavision's popular talk show.

Drama serial Monkora on Rtv tonight

Sitcom "Monkora" will be aired on Rtv tonight at 10:10 pm.

OP-ED

The ominous extra-territorial terror link

THE two arrests of alleged Indian nationals linked to Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) and their statements bring to the fore the schemes of the so-called religious extremists about which there is not much awareness in public mind. It is quite ironic and unsettling to find that some quarters continue to find inspiration from Pakistan, which unfortunately finds itself handicapped in the matter of operationalising the constitutional sources of legitimacy.

Population boom setting development efforts at naught

AT the current TFR (Total Fertility Rate) of 2.7, the country will have 180 million people within next ten years. The prospect is horrifying. Barren fields, dried wells, shrinking land area, polluted rivers, environmental catastrophes and hunger on a scale never before known by humanity haunt the nation with each passing day.

Our elections: Captive of party symbol?

AFTER the national election of 2008 a journalist friend narrated an interesting story to me. When the journalist asked a voter whether he voted for Mr. X or Y, his answer was "none" then on the question whether he has voted for party "P" or "Q", this time too his answer was "none;" when he asked who then did he vote for? This time he told the journalist that he voted for "B" symbol. This is the stark reality in our voting pattern.

Urban

Students can kick the 'im' from the 'impossible'

STUDENT projects are always exciting and invigorating. Impractical as they are supposed to be studio exercises invokes intelligent discussions and gives light to a new, fresh path. That in many ways is the way forward.

Low cost housing for the urban poor in Dhaka City: Studio design

Background: In March 2009, Centre for Urban Studies arranged a studio design workshop for low income group in Dhaka by the students of Department of Architecture, University of Asia Pacific (UAP), Bangladesh with support from URBIS Capacity Building Support for NDBUS (Nagar Daridra Basteebashir Unnayan Sangstha), a registered organisation with social welfare department, Dhaka representing urban poor and slum dwellers of Dhaka city.

Literature

Panda

She sat back on her haunches and seemed to be scratching herself. The scientists, who had her under surveillance, were worried about her, for, though she was in cub, she was thin and disinclined to eat. Now, spurning a small clump of fresh bamboo, she sniffed the air. As if scenting something disagreeable, she lumbered off into the densest part of the undergrowth.

Kali O Kolom Srabon 1416 - July 2009

The current volume of Kali O Kolom pays a timely tribute to the great 1930s Marxist poet and art critic Bishnu Dey, who was a close friend of Jamini Roy. In fact, unless I am entirely off the mark, in a couple of the collection of marvelous photographs - one in which the poet is seen with Louise MacNiece - accompanying the eleven articles on him can be spotted some of Jamini's works. Among the pieces on Dey, I found interesting Mahmud Al Zaman's 'Kobi Bishnu Dey O Bangladesher Muktijuddho', though to an extent the title promises a fraction more than it actually delivers (since it does not deal directly with the poet's life or activities in relation to the actual nine months of war and struggle). It is also interesting to contrast it with with the valuable reprint of a collection of 19 of the poet's letters to Rajshahi University professor Abu Bakr Siddiqui ranging from 1966 to 1986. In letter number 11 dated 29/1/1972, two months after independence, Bishnu Dey writes that “the first round of bloodshed has come to an end. Now is the time for yet another struggle, a struggle for peace and which we all are hopeful about, and where the test will be even more severe, won't it?” It makes one wonder exactly what Dey thought of the 1971 war - perhaps that it was a national liberation movement of the petit-bourgeoisie which should lead to a greater 'people's movement' - something that has always seemed to me to be the 'revolutionary' claptrap held sacred by middle-class Maoist study circles. Bishnu Dey's poetry however heralded something genuinely new in Bengali poetry, as did his incisive art criticism, the latter detailed by Hasnat Abdul Hye in his 'Chitrashomalok Bishnu Dey'. As some of the writers succeed in underlining sporadically in the other pieces, which at times seems to be a competition of who can write the more obtuse literary criticism, Bishnu Dey effortlessly rose above what Dinesh Chandra Sen once termed as 'pucchanagrahita': the blind adherence to trails laid down by predecessors.

On Cricket Books, Dadas and St Xavier's…

After a hiatus of nearly three years I've started reading cricket books again. It was Sujit Mukerhjee who started me off with his Autobiography of An Unknown Cricketer, which I picked up for a song at a Nilkhet bookshop. I enjoyed it so much that an urge to again read cricket books descended on me like monsoon rains on Dhaka stadium. The last one I'd read was Pundits from Pakistan by Rahul Bhattacharya, on India's historic 2004 tour of Pakistan. Poor Rahul, who came to Dhaka on a promotional tour, where inane questions by Bangladeshi sports journos at the book launch reduced him to mumbling clichés on sub-continental cricket. Somehow, it put me off cricket books.

Star Health

Be aware of poisoning while travelling

Mr. Hasan, a 35 year old businessman comes to Dhaka from Barishal to purchase goods for his shop every two weeks. The last week was totally different for him that was marked with a horrible experience.

5th International AIDS Society conference highlights

Researchers speaking in the first plenary session of the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2009) offered insights into current and future HIV prevention research and examined genetics and HIV-related inflammation as avenues for new treatments.

Low-cost ways to shape up

If the only thing keeping you from starting a fitness programme is the cost of a gym membership, here is good news. You do not need to join a gym to take exercise seriously. Plenty of low-cost alternatives can help you get fit without breaking your budget.

Congenital heart defect repaired by non-surgical way

Heart Centre of Apollo Hospitals, Dhaka has performed an innovative and non-surgical intervention in repairing a congenital heart defect of a baby recently, says a press release.

JBFH introduced ECP machine

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) has introduced ECP (External Counterpulsation) machine recently in order to serve people with various heart diseases, says a press release.

Aristopharma got In’t acknowledgement for Omep

Aristopharma, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of Bangladesh got international acknowledgment for its product named Omep-20 (Omeprazol capsul), says a press release.

Strategic Issues

NAM Summit: New hopes

THE two-day long 15th NAM Summit ended successfully at the Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm-el-Sheikh on July 16th with a 100-page Declaration. It gave new hope that a movement and an organization that was the product of the Cold War and was expected to die a natural death with the end of that war could revive once more. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon articulated that hope when he told delegates at the inaugural session "It is abundantly clear that no country - regardless of size or resources - can solve problems alone ...that raises the stakes and the space for the Non-Aligned Movement to shape a better world."

The new Israeli Arab political representation: The aftermath of electing a new chairman

A great event transpired among the Arab population in Israel at the end of April, 2009. Mr. Mohamad Zeidan former Mayor of the Kfar Manda Local Council was elected to be the new Head of the Arab Follow up Committee. Mr. Zeidan was elected by a consensus of members of the Follow up Committee which includes Mayor, MKs from all Parties and heads of Arab political movements. Actually, this is the first time ever that the position has been divided in two. Mohamad Zeidan will be the Head of the Follow up Committee and Mr. Ramez Jaraisy, the Mayor of Nazareth, will be the Head of the National Union of Arab Councils and Mayors. Both Mr. Zeidan and Mr. Jaraisy have been participating in directing and administering the Follow up Committee but in two different areas, the political and the municipal.

Is Iraq falling apart?

IN the north Iraqi Kurds do not fly Iraq's flag anymore but their own Kurdish banner on public buildings, the first step to move away from Baghdad's control. As a sign of independence from Baghdad, leaders of the Kurdish north want to enter into separate oil agreement with foreign companies and the move has annoyed the Iraqi government. Furthermore, Kurdish leaders in Iraq are pushing ahead with a new constitution for their semi-autonomous region, a step that poses a new threat to unity of Iraq. The new constitution approved by the Kurdistan parliament on 24th June is scheduled for a referendum by September 2009.

Star Books Review

Some, not all, love can be divided

THIS is a scintillating autobiography from the highly accomplished writer Maya Angelou, who wears variegated caps as a musician, poet, performer and, on top of everything, a great mother albeit remaining fixated on her only child -- her teenage son, Guy. Although there is an assortment of real-life incidents in this book, yet as one reads it, one gets the feeling of devouring one of the best quality novels primarily because of the way the author presents an array of facts and also her style of language being so lucid. Exactly for this reason, Chicago Tribune Book World has stated that her 'personal narrative' in this book has attained a 'lyrical' quality and so enhancing its literary value. The author's acute perception of characters, who are a multitude, their conversations and interactions, all take place in settings revealing the complex nature of human beings. A kaleidoscopic journey into people, incidents and their loci unveils the truth that humans do have an innate dislike for things and people dissimilar to their own. She does the perfect job of an anthropologist in terms of her incisive observation and, making a record of each and every word and expression along with the body language associated therein, does the job of a perfectly trained psychologist in terms of explaining them in common parlance. For example, we hear the receptionist at the Ghana Broadcasting office who by some miraculous way recognizes Angelou as someone 'different' and starts grilling her on the purpose of her visit. At one stage, she comments, "American Negroes are always crude."

Of men, politics and love

ADORNED with a creamy color cover, the title of the book framed in a set of green and red bold lines and the writer's name center below and more on the back cover, the work is adroitly assembled in a trim 126 pages of essays and short stories by a career journalist, poet, short story writer and a sometime diplomat.

Of hazel eyes and button noses

EAST of Eden is described as Steinbeck's most ambitious novel. It is the story of two American families as they settle down in the Salinas Valley, North California. This is the story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons and their interwoven life. The story holds a rich assortment of diverse characters. As one reads the story the characters seem to open up with new faces in every conceding chapter. The reader is bound to be amazed at how different people can be; how docile or cruel, how easy going or a hard a nut, how loving and yet wise. Throughout the story the relationships among the amazing characters are perfectly articulated.

A timeless story

WHEN the book review editor asked me to get some book, I was at a loss. Having been away from books for so long, I was reproved with a lethargy that dissuaded me from confronting books. Reading was a slow process and I couldn't make myself work at it. Still, as the saying goes, “a girl has to do what a girl has to” and I looked on for something to arouse my sleeping practice of reading. One day, I happened to stumble into some books (completely by chance) and a dusty Angels and Demons glowed at the far corner of the room.


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