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News of: Saturday, 26th of September, 2009
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The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is set to try around 4,000 soldiers on charge of the February 25-26 mutiny from late November or early December.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked US investors to consider Bangladesh as their next Asian investment destination, saying that her country's economy proved shock-resistant amid the global economic meltdown.
Patients with dengue fever in city hospitals are on the rise as this mosquito-borne disease takes a turn for the worse with the advent of monsoon, medical experts said.
Awami League men loyal to AL lawmaker Akhteruzzaman Chowdhury Babu attacked a public meeting of Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury at Puratan Bridgeghata of Charpathar Ghata in Chittagong yesterday afternoon.
Internal disputes among BNP top leaders intensify over formation of the party's Dhaka city unit committee set to be announced soon.
Around 11.20 lakh people are going to be brought under the newly devised "Employment Generation Programme (EGP) for Hardcore Poor" starting on October 15 to help the poor in lean seasons and improve rural infrastructure.
Two outlaws were killed in separate "shootouts" with police in Kushtia in the early hours of yesterday.
Biman's aircraft leasing venture to operate hajj flights faces difficulty as one of its expected lessors has declined to provide aircraft for such a short period of time.
Struggling with a limited budget, technological inadequacy and shortage of manpower, officials of Dhaka Zoo successfully bred vultures and emus, which is not an easy task, especially when the zoo is plagued with mismanagement and frequent deaths of rare animals.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to be the second head of Bangladesh government to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in mother tongue today.
Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal sought cooperation of Bangladesh in maintaining peace and stability in the transitional times of his country and strengthening its democratic foundations.
The government is not putting back the clock by one hour from October 1, instead it continues the Daylight Saving Time (DST) measure till the cabinet makes a fresh decision.
The prime minister's office has taken initiative to remove problems like manpower shortage, fund crisis and poor logistic support in the law commission and help it function properly.
Two BDR jawans died of 'liver cancer' in the city during the last two days.
Three alleged robbers were injured in a fight with Rab members on Humayun Road in the capital's Mohammadpur yesterday.
An alleged drug peddler died yesterday at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in custody of Rapid Action Battalion.
Thousands of Hindu devotees will celebrate today the Mahaastami on the third day of Durga puja.
The Awami League may take organisational action against its advisory council member Abdul Jalil for making statements that go against party interests.
Police recovered two bodies from Khejurbagh area of South Keraniganj and Shershah Shuri road of Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
One person was killed and ten others were injured--three critically--as a rival group of villagers attacked a wedding ceremony Thursday afternoon at Ghoshpur in Mohammadpur upazila of the district.
A rumour that an Arges grenade was found near the Gulshan puja mandap in Banani last night caused panic among devotees.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended a luncheon meeting hosted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton early Thursday in New York.
Leaders of the world's major economies are coming together on reforms to rein in huge bank bonuses, toughen financial regulations and guard against the dangerous imbalances that contributed to the worst global downturn since the 1930s.
European regulators recommended yesterday that two new vaccines to fight a swine flu pandemic be granted a marketing licence across Europe amid growing fears of a deadly second wave of the virus.
US President Barack Obama urged "sustained and expanded" support for Pakistan at an international summit Thursday aimed at helping Washington's nuclear-armed ally defeat extremism.
The de facto leader of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, has agreed to reopen dialogue with deposed President Manuel Zelaya, candidates for the country's November presidential elections said Thursday.
Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has said that if the US pulls out from Afghanistan then it would create more problems for both Pakistan and India.
THE election commission's decision to revisit and amend provisions of the Representation of People Order (RPO) that relate to default on bank loans and payment of utility bills is a move in the right direction. We recall that in a climate of heightened public consciousness for reform of electoral rules, the EC had brought the first amendment to the RPO with a six-month provision for rescheduling loans and payment of backlog bills.
THE moon is perhaps opening up new a vista of possibilities. A recent lunar space mission Chandrayaan-1 launched by India has, with its state-of-the-art instruments, found strong evidence of water in the moon's soil. Analysis has further shown that it is possible to extract a litre of water from a cubic metre of the moon's soil. This fresh finding that corroborates earlier results and speculations has bolstered space scientists' dream of carrying out space missions deeper into the solar system and even beyond from their future base on the moon.
EVERY August, over the last four years, I have been participating in the World Water Week convened by Swedish authorities in Stockholm. I have been doing so in my capacity as Vice President of the Bangladesh Water Partnership. This has provided me with the opportunity to appreciate different facets associated with fresh water usage-production, access, delivery and storage. The annual conference has also expanded my vision regarding non-navigational uses of international watercourses and the importance of water within the context of climate variability. Different sessions have also underlined the significance of a sustainable environment and integrity within the water network.
MILLIONS of people are now leaving their poor rural surroundings, once the hub of their dreams and aspirations, for the lights, action and glimmer of opportunities that big cities of the country seem to offer. The lure of that apparently happy crowd has transformed the cities, once sleepy towns or manageable urban centres, into bursting human hives. From Dhaka to Chittagong and even to Khulna, there is no turning back.
Coach Jamie Siddons returned to business on Friday relishing a challenge in next year's tri-nation tourney at home involving two powerhouses India and Sri Lanka.
A 25-member squad of Sonali Otit Club, an organisation of former footballers, is scheduled to leave here for London today to play four friendly matches to be organised by Sonali Otit Club of UK.
Fit-again skipper Younus Khan has returned to bolster Pakistan in a high-pressure match against India in the Champions Trophy on Saturday.
After a week-long vacation of Eid-ul-Fitr, most of the clubs including giants Abahani and Mohammedan resumed their Federation Cup camp yesterday. But almost all the coaches were faced with a similar predicament almost everyone was united in their belief that the fitness of the players had suffered during the vacation.
James Franklin, the New Zealand left-arm medium-fast bowler, has been called up as a replacement for the injured Jacob Oram at the ICC Champions Trophy. Franklin, who was playing for Gloucestershire against Kent in Bristol, will leave the match halfway to head to South Africa.
He is just five feet four inches tall but with his ability to extract spin from any surface, Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has become a thorn in the flesh for Indian batsmen ahead of the crucial Group A tie in the ICC Champions Trophy today.
Australia master batsman Ricky Ponting comes face to face with West Indies apprentice bowler Gavin Tonge today in an ICC Champions Trophy clash where the outcome appears a foregone conclusion.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has said it will not support the idea of a two-tier Test structure, if the topic comes up for discussion when the ICC board and chief executives of the member boards meet next month in Johannesburg on October 6-7.
Sri Lankan middle-order did the repair work after English pacers James Anderson and Graham Onions had rattled the top-order within half an hour of play at the Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday.
Frenchman David Trezeguet came off the bench to score a late leveller as Juventus narrowly avoided slumping to a first defeat this season in a 2-2 draw at Genoa on Thursday.
With just four games gone the Spanish league app-ears to have turned into the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo show with the two biggest football superstars in the world inspiring Barcelona and Real Madrid to a maximum 12 points.
Didier Drogba returns to action on Saturday as Chelsea look to extend their winning start to their Premier League campaign to seven matches with victory at Wigan.
Champions Inter Milan travel to Sampdoria on Saturday in a match that will prove a solid test of both team's title credentials.
League-leaders Hamburg face the biggest test of their tenure at the top of the Bun-desliga on Saturday as their Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto takes on his former club Bayern Munich.
Brazil squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela on October 10 and October 14 respectively:
British police have dropped an investigation into a clash between Craig Bellamy and a fan who ran onto the pitch in last weekend's explosive Manchester derby, a spokesman said Thursday.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka was confronted by knife-wielding burglars, the latest Premier League star to fall victim to gangs raiding the homes of soccer's super-rich.
Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni faces a second weekend of exile with Bayern Munich's reserves instead of spearheading the German giants' Bundesliga clash against league leaders Hamburg.
El-Hadji Diouf has been urged to retract a claim that he was subjected to racial abuse while playing for Blackburn at Everton on Sunday.
Wayne Parnell repaid the faith shown in him by captain Graeme Smith with a five-wicket haul as South Africa defeated New Zealand to get their ICC Champions Trophy challenge back on track.
The contract dispute between the BCCI and IMG has been formally laid to rest at the Indian board's annual general meeting in Mumbai on Thursday. IMG will now be paid Rs 27 crore (5.5 million dollars) for managing the IPL for the remaining eight years of its ten-year deal, and Rs 33 crore (6.7 million dollars) for its work in 2009.
Disgraced Formula One giants Renault suffered another devastating blow on Thursday when the team's main sponsors severed their contract with immediate effect in another twist to the Singapore GP race-fix scandal.
India coach Gary Kirsten on Friday said he was hurt by charges that he encouraged Indian cricketers to have sex to boost on-field performance.
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria claimed the first hat-trick of his career on Thursday playing for English county side Essex against Derbyshire at Derby.
US Open champion Kim Clijsters said Thursday she will play the four Grand Slams in 2010, as well as the Fed Cup and half a dozen more tournaments.
A Serbian court on Thursday jailed the father of tennis star Jelena Dokic for 15 months in a retrial for threatening to bomb the Australian embassy in Belgrade and other charges, his lawyer said.
World number one Roger Federer has pulled out of next month's Japan Open and Shanghai Masters because of fatigue.
The reinvention of one-day cricket has been a hot topic of discussion over the past few months but Jonty Rhodes, the former South African player, suggests a simple tweak in Powerplay rules to revive interest in the format.
Arches and the stage for a public meeting erected at Galachipa in Patuakhali to welcome State Minister for Water Resources Mahbubur Rahman were vandalised and burnt early yesterday.
State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday urged all, irrespective of their faiths and beliefs, to work together to build an enlightened Bangladesh.
Failing to endure torture by her employer, 12-year-old Hashi fled the house where she worked as a domestic help but lost her way while trying to return to his village home at Sirajganj from the capital on September 19.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the ruling Awami League (AL) wants to scrap the caretaker government system amending the constitution to assume power again through stage-managed election.
The government has decided to intensify the security of Bangladesh Secretariat, the hub of the country's administration, by introducing electronic identity cards (EICs) for employees and visitors.
The Health Directorate has taken all-out measures to prevent the spread of dengue following an outbreak of the fever in the country.
About one hundred people staged a demonstration under the banner of 'Sacheton Rajshahibasi' at Rajshahi yesterday and demanded immediate arrest of and punishment to the killers of housewife Urmi Akhtar.
Acting president of Awami League Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday said her party alone would not interfere with the constitution, which was drafted under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Six labourers were injured when a wall collapsed on them while they were breaking the old building of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday morning.
Speakers at a discussion have urged the government to create mass awareness about the impact of climate change as Bangladesh is the most vulnerable among the 100 countries.
At least eight people were killed and 69 others injured in separate road accidents in Kurigram, Noakhali, Brahmanbaria, Netrakona, Narail and Khulna yesterday and on Thursday night.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Thursday stressed judicious consideration and responsible acts by the developed states to help Bangladesh face natural calamities.
President Zillur Rahman, now on a six-day visit to Saudi Arabia, performed Umrah at the holy Kaaba in Makkah on Thursday.
A schoolboy was stabbed to death by miscreants in Habiganj town on Thursday.
An army person died falling into a ditch at Roangchhari upazila on Thursday.
A daylong consultation begins in the city today to make recommendations addressing the needs of Bangladesh to face the challenges of global climate change.
Two members of community police sustained stab injuries as they foiled an attempt to commit robbery at a house on Mazar Road in the city's Uttarkhan yesterday.
Prof Harun-or-Rashid, pro-vice chancellor of Dhaka University (DU), has urged the younger generation of the Dalits, also known as Harijans, to educate themselves for the betterment of their community.
A police constable succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday after he was injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Godagari on September 20.
The condition of Awami League Advisory Council Member Tofail Ahmed, who has suffered injuries after falling from a ferry and is now undergoing treatment at the city's Square Hospital, is gradually improving.
School psychologists should be appointed to ensure proper development of children, experts at an international seminar said.
The Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her leadership in arranging funds for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including his country, to face the challenges of the global climate change.
An unidentified person was killed as a speeding train knocked him down at Modhumita rail gate in Tongi yesterday afternoon.
Prof Md Habibur Rahman has been appointed pro-vice chancellor of the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), says a press release.
Mohiuddin Shiru, an educationist and journalist, passed away due to a cardiac arrest early yesterday at the age of 54.
Iran has told the UN nuclear agency that it is running a new, previously undeclared, facility to enrich uranium, officials told The Associated Press yesterday.
The US Senate voted Thursday to triple non-military aid to Pakistan to roughly 1.5 billion dollars per year through 2014 in a bid to build trust and cooperation with a key ally against extremism.
A US drone attack in Pakistan's tribal belt killed 10 militants from an al-Qaeda-linked network that is fighting Western troops in Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
Five American troops were killed in attacks in southern Afghanistan, where the US and Nato have ramped up operations against the Taliban and seen casualties rise quickly in what has been the deadliest year of the war for international forces.
The third German-language video in a week by an al-Qaeda militant has surfaced in what the German government said Friday marked an "abstract threat" against the country.
US President Barack Obama's administration made clear in July that it "wasn't inclined" to send more combat troops to Afghanistan, a top Republican lawmaker said in an interview published Thursday.
A ministerial conference on Thursday pressed the nine states, which have yet to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so to ensure the pact can come into force.
Following the discovery of water on the Moon by an instrument aboard India's recently ended Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, researchers from Nasa and Case Western Reserve University have found a key to unlocking oxygen from the surface of the moon, which would help make a space outpost possible in the future.
A "mole" who leaked data on lawmakers' expenses, sparking Britain's biggest political scandal in years, was angry about a lack of resources for troops in Afghanistan, a newspaper said Friday.
Chinese scientists have said that the discovery of five remarkable new fossils of feathered dinosaurs in rock formations in northeastern China, has confirmed that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
A gecko with leopard-like stripes on its body and a fanged frog that eats birds were among 163 new species discovered last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, an environmental group said Friday.
Chinese prosecutors brought murder and arson charges Friday against 21 people arrested in connection with riots in July that left nearly 200 dead in Urumqi.
Home Minister P Chidambaram Friday said the central government would extend all support to states to counter and defeat left-wing extremism in what would be a 'long-drawn' fight.
Arts & Entertainment
Architectural heritage is often larger than life. Framing edifices that are considered benchmarks in global architectural heritage can be challenging and architect-amateur photographer M. Shamsuzzaman has tried his hand at that.
An ode to love and artistic inspiration, the period film “Bright Star” marks a return to form for Jane Campion (“The Piano,” “An Angel at My Table,” “The Portrait of a Lady”). The film spans the years between 1818 and 1821 and depicts the three-year courtship and truncated love affair of spirited young Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), a seamstress and dress designer who today would have been another Vivienne Westwood, and the doomed poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw).
A twin temple -- Shree Shree Anandamoyi Shiva and Kali Mata Mandir -- that dates back around 200 years, is located in Muktagachha upazila headquarters. Unfortunately, the temple is in a dilapidated condition due to the utter negligence of the concerned authority. The Archaeological Department had declared this temple as an archaeological site over 15 years ago to prevent it from further decay, but the only sign of supervision that remains are the signboards.
The average electric bill for one of the energy-efficient homes built in New Orleans by Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation is $35 a month, the actor said Thursday during an update on the project at the Clinton Global Initiative.
It's official: Justin Timberlake will play Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who became Facebook's founding president. Jesse Eisenberg will play Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," a film based on the creation of the social networking site.
Speakers at a discussion in Khagrachhari last Thursday were of the view that dance is an indivisible part of Tripura culture and heritage.
Talk show "Galpey Gaaney Eid Anandey" will be aired tonight at 10:45pm on ATN Bangla. Popular artistes from different mediums will appear as guests on the show.
Eid-special single-episode play, "Dui Din-er Chhuti Manjur Koria Badhito Koriben," will be aired tonight at 9:30pm on Ekushey Television. Shatirtha Rahman has penned and directed the play.
LAND as a resource, is the foundation of any country's economic development, and it is directly linked to GDP. It is the basis upon which all economic activity takes place. Appropriate and effective administration of land issues has direct and significant impacts on how an economy grows and develops. It is not a coincidence that all the leading economies of the world have in place well functioning and reliable land administration systems. At the same time, many of the economically less developed countries have poorly functioning or non-functional systems of land administration. Land and real estate typically account for between 50 and 75 percent of a country's economic assets.
ZULFIKAR Ali Bhutto meant every syllable when he responded to India's 1974 nuclear test, saying: "We will eat grass but produce the bomb." He was the one who picked up the then unknown Dr. A.Q. Khan who, at that time, had been rejected by Pakistan's intelligence agencies as an insignificant scientist.
Non-resident Bangladeshis observed September 18, 2009 as the Bangladesh Climate Change Global Action Day (BCCGAD). Initiated by Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), the global network of non-resident Bangladeshis, non-resident Bangladeshis across the world came forward on this day in defence of Bangladesh with the slogan “Stop Climate Change, Save Bangladesh!”
Indonesia is a mega-diversity country and the largest archipelago in the world. With 17,508 islands of different sizes, the country is famous for its endemic fauna and flora. The total land area of the country is 1.9 million km2, of which 73% is covered by tropical forests. The tiger is one of the flagship species of the country. Once the country had three out of eight subspecies of the tiger (Sumatran, Javan and Bali tigers), but today only the Sumatran tiger exists in the forests of Sumatra.
Ever heard a rooster during afternoons? It's not totally unheard of. But unusual, isn't it? It is a common phenomenon that roosters do crow at dawn and that also is heard mostly in the villages. The city has lost its charm of any natural music. How about a cuckoo cooing in the hot sultry summer afternoon? That too goes for a seasonal imbalance, as cuckoos do sing, but only in spring. How about the croaking of the toads or the hooting of the bats...these all have a discordant and eerily musical effect, creating uneasiness, doesn't it?
Pablo Neruda, celebrated Chilean poet, diplomat and politician, died on 23 September 1973, twelve days after the violent rightwing coup which overthrew the government of his friend Salvador Allende. As a way of recalling Neruda, we bring to readers excerpts from the lecture he delivered on 13 December 1971 after he received the Nobel Prize for Literature . . .
We are six women who arrive exactly at 7 pm to claim our reserved table at Clyde's in Georgetown, Washington DC. Tonight is Friday night and that is when we six ladies meet for our weekly dinner which I am in charge of for this month. We all take turns to avoid the raucous at the end of the dinner when the waiter brings the check. I, of course, researched all the top restaurants beforehand for I did not want to disappoint my club members. We are all singles in our group. My fellow club members nod in approval of my very fine choice and it has a cosmopolitan feel to it. The restaurant tonight also complements us as a group. We are a variety. We consist of a Bangladeshi, a Japanese, a South American, an Arab, an Indian and a Latin American. We are between the ages of 42 - 49 and still consider ourselves young. We are a group who are ridiculously wealthy and live a luxurious life in Washington DC. None of us seem to mind that we inherited our wealth by various means; through multiple divorces, huge life insurance money after the death of a spouse and, of course, family inheritance.
She squats on a grassy mound by the river
she crossed seventy years ago,
left her family behind, a bride of fifteen hed bent,
shoulders slouched, the lazy patterns of silk and gold
threads of her wedding sari heavy on her shoulders.
Heart diseases or cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the world’s largest killers, claiming more than17.2 million lives a year. It often affects many people in middle age, very often severely limiting the income and savings of affected individuals and their families. 80 percent of these premature deaths could be avoided by controlling the main risk factors: tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.
Rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted to humans from animals) that is caused by a virus. Rabies infects domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people through close contact with infected saliva (via bites or scratches).
Selenium (Se) is an important trace mineral for human. Selenium acts as protective agent against heavy metal toxicity, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Selenium along with vitamin E, acts as antioxidant that protect cells from damage by substances called free radicals. This trace mineral is essential to many body functions and can be found in every body cell, but especially in the kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas and testes.
Statistics show that number of obese or overweight children is increasing at an alarming rate. Many parents are not deeply concern about their child’s weight. Negligence in realising the bad impact of overweight can shorten their child’s life span and can make their child prone to develop some serious diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, stroke etc.
Men with earlier-stage prostate cancer may have better survival odds if they get a little more than the recommended amount of vitamin B6 everyday, a new study suggests.
Although children are mainly affected by worm infestation, it remains a problem for the adults too. It can affect any age group irrespective of sex. Poor sanitation, infective environments, warm moist atmosphere etc. account for higher spread or incidences. It produces nutritional deficiencies and anaemia as the worm share the nutrition from the host.
THE historic elections in Japan that ended the LDP's 55 years long hold on power is set to bring about major changes in its foreign policy directions and objectives. During the elections domestic issues and the call for change captivated the attention of the voters. Foreign affairs did not figure prominently in luring voters to the DJP. However, things are changing in Tokyo. Although the DJP must satisfy the voters on a range of economic issues, foreign affairs is currently causing more attention both in Japan and outside. It seems significant changes are in the offing there in the way the DJP conducts its foreign relations, particularly with the United States. The new Foreign Minister of Japan Katsuya Okada is bringing all the attention both by his personality and the issues he is prioritizing for the new DJP Government in foreign affairs.
ON 17th September, President Barack Obama took a bold decision in scrapping the Bush-era plan for a missile shield to defend Eastern Europe. Obama promised a redesigned defensive system, saying it would be cheaper, quicker and more effective against the threat from Iranian missiles. The Bush-era plan had complicated ties with Russia, which objected to where the shield installations would be built. Anticipating criticism from the right that Obama was weakening America's security, he said repeatedly that this decision would provide more - not less - protection.
ON assuming office, President Barack Obama spoke of 'resetting buttons' of America's relations with Russia. Henry Kissinger's article which appeared on 26 February 2009 in the Washington Post reaffirmed a shift in thinking on Russia in the context of the Afghan war. Kissinger argues that the US cannot withdraw from Afghanistan as the jihadist victory there will have ominous consequences for the stability of the entire region. Nor can it win the war by the methods employed so far. He suggests that the Afghan issue be tackled through international effort, involving all of Afghanistan's neighbours, India and permanent members of the UNSC and not by unilateral US effort. Owing to geographical reasons, he termed cooperation with Russia and Pakistan as crucial and added that Washington had to choose between a partnership or adversarial relations with Russia.
Star Books Review
Rare is the politician who has been part of nearly every government in Bangladesh. And in this rarity Moudud Ahmed certainly holds prominent space. His career took off in the late 1960s, when as a young lawyer just back from London, he found himself drawn to the Agartala Conspiracy Case as part of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's defence team. In subsequent years, at least for a while, he remained close to the man who would make history as Bangabandhu and come to be revered as the father of Bangladesh. But Moudud Ahmed was never part of the Awami League government and indeed soon discovered, to his dismay, that the very principles of democracy and human liberty he had been waging battle for were being put at risk by the very politicians who had led Bengalis to freedom from Pakistan in 1971. Mujib was irate at discovering that Moudud had come to the legal defence of leftwing political elements who, in the former's view, were subversives intent on undermining the state.
It was 1958 and Landon, a seventeen-year old boy, was growing up with the usual ups and downs that growing years hold. In his hometown, in Beaufort, North California, Landon had already dated a girl or two. The last person he had expected to enter his life was Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town's Baptist minister, Hegbert. Jamie was seventeen and went round with a Bible in her hand. She seemed to be perfectly content to live her life set away from others. When others were having parties she was going round orphanages. When others were enjoying baseball games she was out rescuing hurt animals. Yet by a streak of chance Landon found himself very much involved with this girl, a girl whom all other friends labeled as “strange”.
If Charles Dickens had visited Morocco, he might have written Secret Son, the tortured story of the twenty-year separation of a father and his son, set to the relevant social issues of Morocco today: young people with diminished expectations; class, coincidence, intrigue, and slum life. Any connections to the great Victorian novelist end there. Moreover, I was almost always more aware of the social and political issues confronting Laila Lalami's characters than their humanity.
Apart from a preservation of 2,169 films in its vaults and 3,053 books, 14,575 photographs, 6,677 posters, 1,986 screenplays, 9,950 film journals and other film related objects and documents in its library, Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) has set a new record for itself by publishing an annual journal focusing on film and film-related issues.