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News of: Saturday, 22nd of August, 2009
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The government initiatives to implement various power projects are going slow due to a host of issues including moving to dual-fuel plants from gas-fired plants and a ruling party man's bid to grab power deals.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to bring to book the masterminds behind the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally through proper probe.
Prices of essentials witnessed a sharp rise in both wholesale and retail markets in the capital yesterday, a day after the commerce minister had fixed the wholesale prices of some daily necessities.
The global spread of swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in coming months and governments must boost preparations for a swift response, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
At least 3,300 landless indigenous families have not yet got permanent settlement of the government land where they have been living for 30 years.
The government has taken an initiative for providing food assistance to around one crore poor families across the country during the month of Ramadan under the VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) programme.
Low-lying areas in 40 villages of Lalmonirhat and seven unions of Jamalpur have been inundated following heavy downpour and flash flood causing immense sufferings to thousands of people in the areas.
Eleven new cases of swine flu were detected in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the number of infected people to 98.
The holy Ramadan, the lunar month of self-purification through fasting and abstinence, begins tomorrow as the new moon was not sighted anywhere in Bangladesh sky yesterday.
Main opposition BNP might abstain from the next parliament session beginning on September 7, party insiders said.
The Gabtoli cattle market has seen little development in last 10 years, though it gave Dhaka City Corporation over Tk 80 crore in revenues during the period.
A fire-fighter was killed and seven others suffered injury yesterday while they were trying to douse a fire that broke out at a garment factory in Bhogra area of Gazipur on Thursday night.
Samo Odhikar Andolan and its student front Parbatya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad have jointly called a dawn to dusk hartal today at Panchhari upazila in Khagrachhari protesting the killing after rape of a woman of Islampur village in the upazila.
An army personnel was killed as a speeding train knocked him down at Olipur rail gate in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
Poisonous gas, trapped inside a well, claimed the life of two day labourers at Cinema Hall area in Chuadanga sadar yesterday.
Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica shattered his 200 metres world record in Berlin when he clocked 19.19 seconds to win gold at the World Championships.
Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim yesterday demanded investigation into the roles of senior army officials in 1975, including the then army chief, when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman asked for help to save his life on August 15.
An alleged mugger was beaten to death by an angry mob and two suspected criminals received bullet wounds during a gunbattle with police in separate incidents in the capital yesterday.
Campaign teams for President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah each positioned themselves yesterday as the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election, one day after millions of Afghans braved dozens of militant attacks to cast ballots.
At least eight people were injured as a bus plunged into a canal breaking the railing of a bridge on Chittagong-Khagrachhari road in Hathazari upazila last night.
A pre-dawn US missile strike yesterday killed at least 13 people in a border tribal area of northwest Pakistan known as a Taliban hideout while 12 other militants were killed by Pak security forces in the same tribal region, officials said.
An Islamist group claimed yesterday it caused the disaster at Russia's largest hydroelectric plant, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the site and acknowledged 75 people were killed in the tragedy.
WITH the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world embrace a life of self-abnegation, purity of soul and spirituality of the mind that is far removed from the crass materialism of day to day world. It is a month in which the faithful forsakes food and drink during day time thereby feeling the pinch of hunger and thirst that draws him nearer and binds him in an empathetic relationship to the less fortunate of his fellow beings. He emerges bodily purified and spiritually elevated through austere living, prayers and supplication before the Almighty.
THE latest about swine flu infection in Bangladesh is that the number of reported cases has gone up to 87. Of that number, 32 have been fully cured and the remainder receiving follow-up treatment. The health ministry has been closely monitoring the situation and the health minister at this point in time is apprehending that the situation might worsen. Reports from neighbouring India speak of the affliction widening; and an alert declared in the Indian state of West Bengal, albeit a cause of concern for us.
PRICES of essentials that are usually consumed during Ramadan have shot up as usual beyond anybody's imagination much before the month of Ramadan. Even the commerce minister's assertion of keeping the prices of these commodities under control through import by the TCB, and asking the traders to keep profits within limits, did not have any impact on the market mechanism.
WE have had a flurry of important US officials visiting Syria, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. It has been an indication of President Obama's resolve to mediate a comprehensive Middle East peace settlement. The officials have included George Mitchell, President Obama's Special Envoy, Robert Gates, the US Defense Secretary, James Jones, US National Security Adviser and Dennis Ross, the US President's Envoy to the Gulf States. Their visits were preceded by a stop-over by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
There was no shortage of excitement from the supporters and officials to welcome home the victorious Tigers at the Zia International Airport on Thursday night. But it seemed that the heroes themselves were not too overjoyed with emotion on their return home after their triumphant tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. If really they can check their emotions as professionals that will be very positive sign for our cricket.
Mohammedan SC will take part in the Federation Cup as scheduled as the Motijheel-based outfit has apparently retreated from their decision to defer the season's curtain-raising tournament.
Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt stormed to his second world title of the week here on Thursday and collected another world record with an extraordinary triumph in the 200 metres.
South African 800-metre world champion Caster Semenya nearly boycotted the awards ceremony after feeling devastated by the row over her gender, her family and athletics officials said Friday.
The Tigers will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Jamuna today after their historic series triumph in West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Bad weather appeared the main stumbling block in Sri Lanka's bid to win the first Test after illness-hit New Zealand were boxed into a corner on Friday.
Stuart Broad revived England's hopes of Ashes glory with a sensational five-wicket burst on the second day of the decisive fifth Test at the Oval here on Friday.
Gafur struck a hat-trick to power City Club to an emphatic 4-2 win over Tiger Sporting Club in the Hafijul Islam Khan First Division Football League at Shahid Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.
Aston Villa have work to do in the Europa League after losing their playoff first leg on Thursday away to Austria's Rapid Vienna 1-0.
Bayern Munich travel to Bundesliga minnows Mainz on Saturday with midfielder Hamit Altintop insisting the German giants are on the right path despite being without a win from their first two games.
Sir Alex Ferguson expects Manchester United to erase the memory of one of the most embarrassing league defeats in the club's history when the Premier League champions face Wigan on Saturday.
Serie A kicks off on Saturday with former European champions AC Milan facing searching questions over the potency of their armoury and depth of their creativity following the loss of Brazilian superstar Kaka to Real Madrid.
Manchester United would have to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi if they ever hoped to fill the hole left by Cristiano Ronaldo, says Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.
Brazil coach Dunga on Thursday called Flamengo striker Adriano into his squad along with new face Deportivo La Coruna's Filipe Luis to face Argentina and Chile in upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Manchester United announced Friday they would have to do without central defender Rio Ferdinand for another three to four weeks.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo confirmed Thursday he is to be a father for the third time, at the start of 2010.
Hull's US striker Jozy Altidore is set to make his Premiership debut in Saturday's meeting with Bolton with the on-loan youngster from Spain's Villarreal having missed the Tigers' losses to Chelsea and Tottenham owing to red tape problems.
Real Madrid have sold highly-fancied striker Alvaro Negredo to Spanish league rivals Sevilla, both clubs announced Friday.
Pakistan on Friday recalled controversial paceman Mohammad Asif but omitted experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq from their 15-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy.
Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle said the fifth and final Ashes Test was still in the balance despite taking four for 63 as England, who won the toss, ended the first day at the Oval on 307 for eight.
Second-seeded Serena Williams eased into the quarterfinals of the two million-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here on Thursday with a straight sets victory over Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko.
Former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin made the sixth highest score in the history of English county cricket as his 344 not out helped Sussex reach 742-5 against Somerset on Thursday.
World number one Roger Federer was nearly blown off track by blustery winds, while Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal steered a steady course into the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday.
Grand Master (GM) Reefat Bin Sattar and GM Abdullah Al Rakib secured full points while GM Enamul Hossain Razib stumbled in the 9th United Insurance and United Leasing GM Chess Tournament at the National Sports Council conference room yesterday.
The IPL has sought to reduce the influence of players' agents by asking its franchises to deal with players directly while signing them, and not through agents to ensure clarity and control over the process. The sudden influx of former ICL players to the market is believed to be one of the main reasons behind this decision.
A survey conducted by Data Management Aid (DMA) of Police Reform Programme (PRP) yesterday revealed that none of the women feels secure under the custody of general police stations, while 59 percent women feel secured under the custody of model police stations.
Seven students of Dhaka University (DU) are still facing a case filed in connection with the three-day (August 20-23) campus unrest in 2007 although five other cases related to this incident were either withdrawn or disposed of.
Awami League (AL) and its associate organisations observed the fifth anniversary of heinous grenade attack on an AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday, calling for exemplary punishment to the attackers and pledges to root out terrorism.
The use of web and advanced phone services have already transformed the way businesses are done in the country and now it is time for companies to increasingly use the internet as a virtual office, improving their productivity at all levels.
At least four people were killed in separate road accidents across the country yesterday and on Thursday night.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL) has given connection to 50,000 clients across the country in the last one and half months.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday demanded enactment of separate law to stop fatwa, a form of religious edict which is spreading alarmingly in rural areas of the country.
The 'Asthma Centre' project worth Tk 11 crore at Nishindara in the city has been cancelled over complicacy centring the handing over of the place.
The bodies of two children, who went missing along with six others following an engine boat capsize in the river Arial Khan in Shibchar on Wednesday night, were recovered yesterday.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Roads and Highways Department have replaced the existing low-pressure sodium lights with high-pressure ones in a bid to enhance the visibility of the traffic at night.
Rampant abduction and deep-sea piracy have worried fishermen of southern coastal districts who are now busy with catching hilsa in the bay.
Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday called upon everyone to present the true history of the liberation war to the young generation with a view to developing them as patriotic citizens and building a prosperous nation.
The government will enact a new law by December next to remove the stalemate in the management of vested property across the country.
The police seized a microbus and recovered a huge quantity of Indian cumin seeds and milk powder in Boxganj crossing area of Senbag upazila on Thursday night.
Better Bangladesh Foundation (BBF) is going to organise an essay competition for students and researchers to mark the 'World Poverty Alleviation Day' on October 17.
Bandarban Zila Parishad Chairman Koshaihla was elected chairman of the Bandarban Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Thursday.
Two bodies were recovered yesterday, some 25 hours after a trawler capsized in a water body at Mithamoin upazila on Thursday afternoon.
Robbers looted valuables worth around Tk five lakh from five houses of a family at Magura village under Singra upazila in Natore on Thursday night.
The High Court on Thursday declared illegal a government order terminating 116 officials and staffs of the Women Entrepreneurs' Development Project under the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC).
The 6th “Dosti-Women Entrepreneurs Trade Expo-2009” (Wetex) will begin on Monday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city to promote and assist the women entrepreneurs.
A cargo ship, carrying 11,000 tons of clinkers, capsized in the Meghna River at Kaliganj in Haimchar upazila early Thursday.
Afghanistan's elections, a crucial landmark in the country's development under the guidance of the international community, have been hailed as a success even as voter turnout is expected to be low.
Senior Asian officials on Friday backed a proposal to issue an unprecedented call for amnesty for Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, Indonesia's foreign ministry spokesman said.
Faced with a sea of unknown faces, many Afghans confessed yesterday they saw little option but pluck for the pretty girl, the TV star or the good Muslim in a turban when voting for provincial councillors.
West Bengal's main opposition party Trinamool Congress bagged both seats in this metropolis with impressive margins over the ruling Left Front in the by-polls to the assembly held Aug 18.
Pakistan has asked the Sri Lankan Army to provide training to its armed forces.
Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani has insisted that the Kashmir issue is the "cornerstone" of the country's foreign policy and the government is vigorously pursuing it.
Pakistan has started production of indigenous unmanned aircraft commonly known as drones from its leading aeronautical factory in Kamra in Punjab province.
Iran has allowed inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the nuclear reactor at Arak for the first time in a year, a diplomat told AFP Thursday.
At least 24 people were killed in fighting that pitted Islamist insurgents against government forces and African Union peacekeepers in Somalia's capital yesterday, witnesses and medical staff said. Residents were hiding in their homes as mortars slammed into the city.
A hero's welcome given to the Lockerbie bomber in Libya sparked fury Friday in the United States and Britain which both warned Tripoli of serious diplomatic repercussions.
Taliban militants ambushed a truck carrying ballot papers counted after Afghanistan's elections, setting fire to the vehicle and killing an election worker, police said yesterday.
A top US diplomat said Friday Washington was monitoring Myanmar's stated commitment to enforcing UN sanctions on North Korea, after reports of possible nuclear cooperation between the Asian nations.
A group of scientists has created a new "engineered" strain of bacteria - a development, which could be described as a step towards the creation of "synthetic life".
Italian coastguards searched the Mediterranean Sea on Friday for the bodies of 73 migrants from Eritrea feared dead from hunger and thirst whilst trying to reach Europe from North Africa.
Powerful Shia politicians and Iraq's leading Sunni insurgency group on Friday accused each other of being responsible for massive truck bombings in Baghdad that killed 95 people two days ago.
Michael Jackson's burial has been reportedly delayed by two days and the star will now be buried on August 31.
When Japan elects its next government this month, climate change campaigners will be watching closely to see which party takes the levers of power in the world's second-largest economy.
Four suicide bombers riding bicycles on Friday staged an apparently coordinated string of attacks in the Chechen capital Grozny, killing four policemen, Russian officials said.
The incessant rainfall and floods across Nepal have claimed at least 11 lives including seven children. Three children died in Lahan as they were swept away by the swollen Kamala river.
An Indian navy fighter jet crashed into the Arabian Sea off the western state of Goa on Friday, with the pilot presumed dead, a military official said.
Arts & Entertainment
Teachers and students of Chhayanaut performed Nazrul's classic compositions on the occasion of the National Poet's 33rd death anniversary (August 29) at Chhayanaut Sanskriti Bhaban Auditorium on August 20.
From the moment the charming, smiling, laughing Nazi in “Inglourious Basterds,” Quentin Tarantino's latest cinematic happening, sweeps onto the screen, he owns this film even more than its maker. Played by a little-known Austrian actor, Christoph Waltz, Col. Hans Landa is a vision of big-screen National Socialist villainy, from the smart cut of his SS coat to the soft gleam of his leather boots.
Kolkata based theatre troupe Nandikar staged its latest production "Oggatobash" at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on the forth day (August 20) of Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebration. The play is an adaptation of a Sunil Gangopadhyay story and was directed by Sumanto Gangopadhyay.
The Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebration also featured an exhibition of posters, souvenirs, leaflets and photographs of theatre activities at the lobby of National Theatre Hall. All items on display were from Babul Biswas' collection. The exhibition was an exclusive opportunity for theatregoers to delve into the history of Bangladeshi theatre movement.
Who says that the Bangladeshi Police force has no panache? Many are under this impression that the Bangladeshi law enforcement officers are not smart. It has come to the point that people would still want to believe this notion, even if the contrary is true in certain cases. Finally, Kaniz Almas, aesthetician and managing director of Persona and Md. Mazharul Hoque, principal of Rajshahi Police Academy, Sharda have stepped in to break and rebuild this image of our national heroes.
Celebrity talk show "Amar Ami" will be aired on Banglavision tonight at 9:05 pm.
Singer-songwriter Norah Jones will move away from her jazz roots on her fourth studio album.
THE civil service in Bangladesh is now suffering from an identity crisis hanging between professional neutrality and political loyalty. The democratic governments in Bangladesh since 1991 have repeatedly tried to politicise the civil service in order to achieve their narrow political interests. A service, which once was considered the "steel frame" of the British Empire has eroded to such a state that it now more resembles a pack of cards to be dismantled and assembled at the wishes of the political masters of the day.
I have returned from the Wagha-Amritsar border disheartened, not because there is no lessening of martial posture of soldiers at the sunset parade, but because of a new monstrosity that has come up there. The Pakistan authorities have put up 10 reliefs, projecting figures in carving on boards to show how Hindus and Sikhs had killed and looted Muslims during partition. The reliefs have been displayed in such a way that they are visible only from the Indian side. They cannot be seen from the Pakistan side because the back of the reliefs are just blank boards.
Asecond wave of economic bad news is arriving in several places, according to people in finance.
For an effective Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) public participation or public consultation is very important. In our country most of the people are still not fully aware of the consequences of bad environment. So their voice remains mute when any project begins in their locality. They only think that it would help them in developing the area and to create employment opportunity. This kind of unawareness makes it easy for the proponent to start a project in the area without considering the environmental issues. On the other hand if in some cases Public Participation (PP) is involved it does not fully serve the purpose because proper participants (significantly affected) are not properly identified and included, only the positive impacts are discussed and briefing on the project and environmental impacts are hard to understand.
Today you will read this newspaper and maybe tomorrow you will throw it out. The nice shirt you purchased last year may have the same fate, along with the book you have just finished, and which nobody else in your family wants to read! Besides, your wife has promised to make your favourite mutton curry for dinner where all the bones and leftovers other will be the generated waste.
SOUTH Asia comprises the sub-continent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan) and two island counties Sri Lanka and Maldives. Governments of these seven countries collectively formed SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) to assist regional economic development. However, these countries contain huge amount of biological diversity of this planet and to protect this precious resource they must do collectively.
The phone rings shrilly in the pre-dawn air. Although Komal is awake, it still gives her a jolt to hear the unexpected sound.
Faridpur town is a sanctuary of literary and cultural activities. It is the birthplace of the great folk poet Jasimuddin and noted litterateur Humayun Kabir. Literary activities and commemoration meetings on these two poets are usually held. Jasim Palli Mela is held every year in the month of January at the ancestral home of the poet in order to celebrate his life and works. Discussions, the staging of dramas, recitations and songs and dances fill the air of the fair premises on a regular basis. Jasim Foundation and the local district administration jointly organize the fair. A colourful souvenir is also published subsequent to the holding of the fair highlighting the aesthetic values and power of Poet Jasimuddin's literary works.
A hot political story currently making the headlines in Indian newspapers is the expulsion of veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh (who had been minister for foreign affairs, finance and defence at various times when the BJP was in power) from the party for his book on Jinnah. The Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS), the militant Hindu fundamentalist organization and the BJP's ideological gatekeeper, is reportedly furious over Singh's assertions in the book that Jinnah has been 'demonised' in official Indian historiography as the sole architect of the Partition, and that Nehru should be held accountable for the tragedy as well. Additional anger was reserved for Singh's denigration of Sardar Patel, the political strongman of Bombay during the pre- and post independence era and a Congressman whom the RSS has appropriated into its iconic line-up. Jinnah is turning out to be the nemesis of rightwing politicians of India - BJP's 'Jinnah Jinx' they're calling it. In 2005, L K Advani faced a similar situation, when on a visit to Pakistan he let loose a hornet's nest around his head by saying that Jinnah was a “great man” and a “secular person.” Though that also had not been music to the RSS's saffron ears, Advani's remarks had not invited the kind of harsh retribution it did on Jaswant - Advani, after all, had worked hand in glove with the RSS for a long time and had led the rath jatra that down the line led to destruction of the Babri Masjid. Therefore, three days after handing in his resignation from the BJP president's post, Advani was allowed to limp back into the fold.
As long as I don't think about it
Then it's thumbs up, alright, okay
With the changes in the mealtime, certain drugs’ dose-schedule have to be altered during Ramadan. Changing the time, the number of doses, interval between dosages without consulting a doctor may be ineffective and sometimes harmful too.
Yesterday the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued guidelines for the use of antivirals in the management of patients infected with the H1N1 pandemic virus.
Sedatives and sleeping pills prescribed to ease depression, anxiety and sleep problems appear to increase the risk of suicide four-fold among the elderly, Swedish researchers said.
Holy Ramadan has come back again. It is the time to learn sacrificing attitude and practice healthy habits. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) made a point of developing remarkably clean and healthy eating habits. He asked his companions to wash their hands before and after, to start eating with the praise of 'Almighty', not to eat and drink excessively. Finally, by praising and thanking Allah for the food and drink, for making it easy to swallow and for producing an exit for it.
Novo Nordisk, world's one of the leading healthcare companies in diabetes care has launched a next generation FlexPen®, a pre-filled insulin delivery device, which has a significantly lower injection force, says a press release.
Centre for the Rehabilitation of Paralysed (CRP) has recently taken an initiative to treat these children who are born with clubfoot, says a press release. Clubfoot, a common birth defect where affected foot is turned to the side and children walk on their ankles or on the sides of their feet. CRP will provide free treatment in their centre located at Plot-A/5, Block-C, Section-14, Mirpur, Dhaka-1216 from coming October 25 to 28. Specialist physicians from home and abroad will be there for treatment and consultation. Interested parents are requested to enroll their babies' name in between August 20 to September 20 to the concerned officials. Contact persons are: (1) Dr Shamimul Kabir: +8801912684243, (2) Ms. Rokhsana Parveen: +8801552359403.
FORMER Water Resources Minister and currently Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources Mr. Abdur Razzak, upon his return home from leading a parliamentary delegation to India, said that his talks with the Indians have “convinced” him that Tipaimukh will not harm Bangladesh. He told news media that the dam will be constructed for generating hydro-electricity and ensuring flood control and its water will not be used for irrigation.
THE White House's choice of Ghana for US President Obama's visit to Africa triggered envy across the continent. Kenya, where Obama's father lived and died, expected the visit of the President first. Other countries such as South Africa, Nigeria and Liberia thought that the President would visit one of those countries first, but not Ghana.
Leadership vision is what propels nations to greatness. Across the world, Roosevelt, Churchill, Deng, Mandela and Obama are considered examples of leaders with vision. Ashoka's peace offensive, Akbar's inclusivism, Nehru's development model, the 'Indira doctrine', Rajiv's call towards the twenty-first century and VP Singh's egalitarian initiative are examples closer home. Examples from the recent past include Narasimha Rao's stewardship of liberalization and Vajpayee's reaching out to Pakistan, thrice in his tenure, rates as consistency in vision despite the gravest tests.
Star Books Review
Due to advancements in many technologies such as air travel, television and the Internet, the boundaries of time and space have collapsed and the world has become smaller. It is as easy, today, to place a phone call to a climber abreast Mount Everest as to zoom in on the details of one's own home via satellite images. Amidst this abundance of possibilities, lie the challenges and complexities created by the rapid rates and ranges of change in the economic, social, political and technological spheres.
THE cover shows the editor of 'Mridubhashan', his smile displaying all the attributes awarded to him by Bengalis. Reviewing this compilation I felt much as an interviewer does, and so goes the style of this review.
A gripping, emotionally charged account of one man's unbearable bereavement, The Shack makes readers (believers and non-believers) look at, rather into, their own deprivations, as well as their relationships with their creator.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. It became a literary blockbuster success which soared on to bestseller lists after it was published in the United States in 2002 and sold more than 185,000 copies in hardcover. In paperback it sold nearly two million copies. It won the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, in November of that year.