News of: Saturday, 6th of February, 2010
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Ministries of education, and primary and mass education have performed best in overall budget implementation in the first six months of the current fiscal year while the agriculture ministry is lagging far behind.
The government is introducing smart card, a tag with computer chip, for overseas jobseekers from tomorrow to ease the immigration process and help them more effectively while they are abroad.
Another little girl was killed and an infant was severely injured in a hit and run road accident in the capital yesterday, just two days into the bus accident in the city that had killed kindergarten student Hamim Sheikh.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will go on a countrywide organisational tour in mid-March to have her party gearing up for an anti-government movement.
The Indian Supreme Court yesterday restrained the French cement giant Lafarge from carrying out mining of limestone in Meghalaya for its cement plant in Bangladesh saying mining cannot be allowed in the eco-fragile area.
The government plans to ensure security for the JMB operatives who are deserting the militant outfit and trying to return to normal life.
Bangladesh fired blank when it came to winning a gold on the eight day of the 11th South Asian Games yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would take all the initiatives to bring back rest of the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and execute the court verdict.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday refuted the allegation that Dhaka University student Abubakar Siddique died after being struck by a teargas shell.
Watching cartoon films and Spider-Man show was Hamim's favourite pastimes; he would plead with his father for a car he had set his heart on to get to school; he would remain awake until late night for his father's return; all these are now only memories to his shell-shocked parents.
Two siblings were killed and three others of a family injured in a fire at Birampur village under sadar upazila of the district Thursday night.
The deadline for first-year admission seekers of Dhaka College and Suhrawardi College to send emails to the National University in order to get into their desired departments ends today at 2:00pm.
Six journalists were injured as local youths attacked them at Jamalkhan Road in the port city yesterday following a minor road accident.
Archaeologists in Mahasthangarh archaeological site have recently discovered an ancient city gate, used as the city's entrance at least 1,500 years ago.
A superb all-round display by Jacob Oram helped New Zealand crush Bangladesh by 146 runs in the opening one-day international of the three-match series at the McLean Park in Napier on Friday.
Police yesterday recovered three more dead bodies of the labourers who went missing in the earth-laden boat capsize in the Shitalakkhya.
The Amar Ekushey Boi Mela drew a large crowd yesterday, the first weekend after the fair began, and it saw high sale of books.
Police arrested three operatives of banned Hizb-ut Tahrir Bangladesh in front of three mosques in the city yesterday while they were distributing leaflets containing provocative statement against the government and the prime minister.
Two suicide bombers on motorcycles struck a bus and hospital in Karachi yesterday, killing 23 people in the second attack in as many months targeting Shia Muslims in Pakistan's financial capital.
A mortar bomb attack on the last day of a major mourning ceremony in Iraq killed 31 Shia pilgrims and wounded dozens more yesterday in an atrocity blamed on al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein loyalists.
A boatman received bullet injuries in a gunfight between police and pirates in Chandpai range of East Sundarbans Forest Division Thursday afternoon.
A bomb planted on a motorcycle ripped through a crowd gathered to watch a dog fight in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing three people and wounding more than 30, officials said.
Defence giant BAE Systems said yesterday it had agreed to pay fines of nearly 450 million dollars to settle corruption charges with Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the US Department of Justice.
In a shocking incident, a female Pakistani teacher thrashed a 10-year old girl to such an extent that she fell unconscious and died later in the hospital.
THE plunder of land resources has reached a critical state as is evident from the disclosure in parliament of the land minister and state minister for environment and forest on Thursday. It is now known that around 13 lakh acres of khas land, both farm and non-farm, including large forest swathes, has been expropriated and held in illegal possession by individuals, industries and businesses over the years.
WITHIN hours of each other, two school-going children, Hamim Sheikh and Sujon, both chillingly five-year old, lost their lives in accidents, one near the Kakrail intersection in front of Willes Little Flower School, and the other on Dhaka-Mymensigh highway in Gazipur sending shock waves throughout the country. The mother accompanying the first child and the second child's elder brother who was with him sustained serious injuries.
A legal process initiated on April 28, 1972, by the Bangladesh Italian Marble Works pertaining to a dispute over a cinema hall at Wise Ghat in old Dhaka has eventually led to the possible restoration of the original pristine features of our Constitution.
ON January 21, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury told the Parliament that the government was planning to have a law requiring its permission to build any structure on farmland. Earlier on May 19, 2009 the parliamentary standing committee on the planning ministry recommended that the government legislate against construction on arable land.
India set the pool afire by winning four out of five gold medals decided on the opening day of the 11th South Asian Games swimming competition at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.
Sabbir Rahman's whirlwind knock was followed by a disciplined bowling effort as Bangladesh stormed into the final of the 11th SA Games cricket competition eliminating Pakistan by 52 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Bangladesh overcame a gritty challenge from perennial rivals India to record a 1-0 win in the men's football semifinals of the 11th South Asian Games under lights at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh failed to qualify for the final of hockey in the 11th South Asian Games after they were held to a 3-3 draw by favourites India in their last group match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh continued with their poor showing in New Zealand as they suffered a massive 146-run defeat in the first one-day international of the three match series at the McLean Park in Napier yesterday.
The English umpire, Mark Benson, has confirmed his retirement from the ICC elite panel, and will see out his career on the county circuit, following his sudden withdrawal from the Adelaide Test between Australia and West Indies in December.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi said on Thursday that he has almost already decided upon his World Cup squad for South Africa.
Gul Hameed Bhatti, a leading sports journalist, editor and cricket statistician, passed away late on February 4 after a prolonged illness at the age of 63.
Wayne Rooney was widely believed to have shattered Arsenal's Premier League title hopes when he orchestrated Manchester United's 3-1 win over the Gunners at the Emirates last weekend.
Afghanistan won their first gold medal of the 11th South Asian Games when their men's basketball team emerged champions defeating India in an exciting final at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
Bangladesh won silver in the 50m rifle prone team event of the 11th South Asian Games at the National Shooting Range in Gulshan yesterday.
Bangladesh won bronze in the handball of the 11th South Asian Games with a massive 42-11 win over Nepal in the place-deciding match at the newly-built Handball Stadium yesterday.
After ending their 19-year jinx at the Riazor Stadium with last weekend's 3-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna, Real look to keep their perfect home record intact with victory over Espanyol on Saturday and try to make inroads into Barcelona's five-point lead at the summit.
The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) said on Thursday that Chelsea and French club Lens had settled their dispute over French player Gael Kakuta, lifting sanctions on the London club.
The Serie A title race will most likely take a back seat for the foreseeable future after Inter Milan opened up an eight-point lead over bitter neighbours AC Milan.
Bayern Munich are expected to be without French midfielder Franck Ribery when they hunt their eighth straight Bundesliga win against defending champions Wolfsburg on Saturday.
John Terry was Friday stripped of the England captaincy following reports of an extra-marital affair with the ex-girlfriend of international team-mate Wayne Bridge, the Football Association (FA) confirmed.
AC Milan star Ronaldinho has denied claims he partied for three nights in a row ahead of the crucial Milan derby against Inter two weeks ago.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was on Thursday fined 13,000 euros for having insulted an Italian journalist following a game in December.
AS Roma's stunning recent run continued as they beat Udinese 2-0 in the capital to take a commanding lead in their Coppa Italia semifinal.
World football's governing body FIFA on Friday granted Haiti's beleaguered footballing community an additional three million dollars following the devastating quake there last month.
Italy will play Cameroon on March 3 in Monaco and Switzerland on June 5 in Geneva in warm-up matches for this summer's football World Cup, the Italian football federation announced Friday.
Chittagong batsman Nazimuddin scored the first double hundred of the season in a dour draw against Dhaka but Khulna's Taposh Ghosh's Herculean effort of 150 not out went in vain as they conceded an innings and 28 runs defeat at the hands of pacesetters Rajshahi in the National Cricket League in the first phase fourth round match yesterday.
Injury-ravaged India were sweating over the fitness of key middle-order batsman Venkatsai Laxman ahead of the first Test against South Africa starting Saturday.
Shaun Tait proved he can still be a force at international level as he helped Australia to a tense two-run win that completed a clean-sweep across all three formats against Pakistan this summer. Tait bowled the fastest ball ever recorded in Australia and grabbed 3 for 13 including the key wicket of Kamran Akmal, who had threatened to end Australia's streak with his highest Twenty20 score.
Members of Pakistan's parliamentary committee on sports panel have asked for a meeting with Pakistan President Asif Zardari, who is also patron of the PCB, as pressure mounts on Ijaz Butt's board administration after two days of development in Islamabad.
The Law Commission has started a research on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system on priority basis as part of its two-year 15-point work plan on the judicial reforms.
Use of firewood and low quality coal in the brick kilns is causing massive air pollution, environmentalists said at a seminar yesterday and urged the government to take steps to protect the forest as well as the environment.
An 11-year-old girl was rescued by local authorities from forced marriage in Baluadanga village under Dinajpur district yesterday.
A female pedestrian was killed and five others, including a three-year-old girl, were injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Kanchpur of Sonargaon upazila here yesterday.
A cultural programme of English medium schools of Chittagong is being held at Foy's Lake Amusement Park in the port city today.
Bus service from Barisal to Dhaka resumed yesterday after a two-day strike by Bus-Truck Owners' Association.
Awami League lawmaker and eminent cultural personality Advocate Tarana Halim yesterday said necessary measures would be taken for enacting a new law to check road accidents.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday paid homage to the family members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who were killed brutally along with Bangabandhu on August 15 in 1975.
Two suspected activists of Hijbut Tahrir were arrested from the main gate of the city's Ambarkhana mosque while they were distributing leaflets after Juma prayers yesterday.
Members of the Bangladesh rifles (BDR) seized 20 kilogrammes of Indian silver ornaments and arrested an alleged smuggler along with a motorbike at village Waria in Sadar upazila yestderday.
Sikkatuli pond, century-old water reservoir of the old part of the city and one of the few remaining ponds here, is in a poor state due to lack of its renovation work for decades.
BNP through silence expressed its reaction to the execution of the killers of Bangabandhu, BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the Rotarians to expand the areas of their welfare programmes to serve the humanity in remote areas of the country.
The government will open the International Mother Language Institute soon to facilitate research on Bangla language and literature as well as to preserve the history of the language movement, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday.
Nusrat Khan won the Best Chef Award for 2009 in the 'Monitor-Malaysian Palm Oil Chef of the Year' competition.
Setting up of cuisine training institutes in the country could open up a new opportunity of huge overseas jobs with handsome salaries for Bangladeshi youths as the British curry industry has now a demand for 30,000 skilled cooks and kitchen staffs.
Some miscreants set fire to a poultry farm killing 1,500 broiler chickens at Panam Gabtoli area in Sonargaon Police Station on Thursday.
Awami League Joint Secretary and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif said Jamaat-Shibir is misinterpreting the religion to mislead the devotees across the country.
Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) Prof AMM Shafiullah yesterday called upon the former students to contribute to the development of the institution.
Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque yesterday said lawyers should work sincerely to establish rights of the grassroot level people as they are not aware of their rights. The rule of law would be established it rights of this level of people are ensured, he said.
Police yesterday recovered three more dead bodies of the labourers who went missing in the earth-laden boat capsize in the Shitalakkhya.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said yesterday world pressure forced India to the negotiating table as the international community now realizes the importance of resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute.
The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland unveiled a breakthrough agreement yesterday that saves Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant unity government.
Ten US missionaries faced a long wait behind bars after being charged with child abduction and conspiracy for trying to smuggle 33 children out of quake-hit Haiti.
Britain's chief prosecutor says four lawmakers will face criminal charges in the country's expense claims scandal.
The United States has warned that it may stop working with EU institutions on terrorist data exchange if the European parliament next week blocks a bilateral deal on the issue.
With small monuments in the city of the Taj almost dwarfed by encroachments, all new constructions have been banned around them within a radius of 300 metres.
Spurned Pluto is changing its looks, donning more rouge in its complexion and altering its iceball surface here and there.
Michael Jackson's doctor was set to surrender to authorities yesterday to face criminal charges filed against him arising from the pop star's death, his lawyer said.
A report from UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon indicates he was uncertain whether UN demands were met for "credible" investigations into allegations that Israel or the Palestinians deliberately targeted civilians during last year's Gaza conflict.
Three siblings aged between nine and 14 were killed in the Philippines by a machete-wielding suspect who also attempted to rape one of them, police said yesterday.
Sri Lankan police and troops began a crackdown yesterday against thousands of military deserters after a large number failed to heed a surrender call, military officials said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday backed the beleaguered UN climate change panel, saying India had 'full confidence' in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its leadership.
Pakistan said Thursday it could play an important role in promoting reconciliation in Afghanistan and was willing to assist Afghan-led peace efforts after an eight-year Taliban insurgency.
Equipped with water tanks, chain saws, tree pruners, sprayers and ladders -- an ambulance for trees set out Friday to protect the green cover in parts of the national capital.
A US immigration judge has given President Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt two more months to prepare an argument against her deportation.
The Kolkata High Court Friday upheld the death sentence to Aftab Ansari and Jamiluddin Nasir in the American Centre attack case.
One of Australasia's richest literary prizes was scrapped Friday after the resource-rich state of West Australia said it was a waste of money.
An Austrian man's two Rottweiler guard dogs have mauled his 78-year-old mother to death at their business outside Vienna, police said on Friday.
A Russian cargo ship carrying more than 2.6 tonnes of freight, including DVDs and chocolate, docked Friday with the International Space Station (ISS), the control centre said.
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi completed an eventful four-hour-long visit to Mumbai yesterday afternoon, ignoring warnings of caution from the right-wing Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) about statements related to the city and other parts of Maharashtra.
US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that the conflicting security concerns of countries like India and Pakistan in Afghanistan serve as a major 'dilemma' for the Obama administration.
Arts & Entertainment
As part of its initiative to promote rural art forms, the Department of Theatre and Film, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is holding Putul Nach Utshab (Puppet Dance Festival) 2010.
Painter Kazi Ghiyasuddin has an intense connection with nature. At the age of 15 he became a student of the Art College. In his adolescence he felt that he had heard the music of nature, which till today inspires him to paint in quest of peace and experiment with natural sounds which are then transformed into art. In his view, nature transmits messages through its 'music' at different points of time: dawn, day, night and so on.
The premiere of "Call Me Salma", a documentary on a transgender teenager, was held on February 4 at the auditorium of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). ULAB and Bandhu Social Welfare Society organised the premiere.
Popular American pop band Backstreet Boys is all set to rock India with their first-ever live show in the country on February20.
Pioneering theatre personality and President of ITI Worldwide Ramendu Majumdar believes that Ekushey Book Fair has become an indelible part of the Bangladeshi cultural identity.
On fourth day (February 4) of the ongoing weeklong National Street Theatre Festival, three plays were staged. Organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), the festival is being held at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Leo Tolstoy chronicled the Napoleonic period in perhaps the most famous, influential novel ever written. But for the author of the seminal "War and Peace," it was his own household that proved to be the real battleground.
EXPERIENCE shows that the police organisations of South Asia including Bangladesh have been more focused on using aggressive tactics to ensure law and order. This attitude and resultant tactics, though unfortunate, have stemmed from the colonial and feudal mindset and has placed a premium on control and suppression. It is thus no wonder that the South Asian countries, professedly democracies, do not have policing that reflects liberal democratic ideals.
THE National Child Domestic Worker Convention 2010 held on January 12 last under the auspices of the Save the Children Sweden-Denmark and ASK ( Ain o Salish Kendra) pointed to the sad plight of the vast mass of unfortunate child domestic workers in the country. According to a baseline survey (BBS and UNICEF) other than 7.4 million working in the informal sector, as many as 400,000 children aged between 6-17 years, 80% of them female, are working as domestic workers (CDW) in different households in the country away from their parents and they are almost invisible and inaccessible to government surveillance, NGO inspection or even to neighbours.
BANGLADESH's soil fertility mainly depends on yearly flood which brings huge quantity of silt in the rivers of the country. But because of improper application of low quality chemical fertilizers the soil is losing due percentage of chemicals in fertility. It has virtually reached the lowest point, less than 1% (ideal 5%). Some officials of the department of agriculture have expressed apprehension that if the natural health of Bangladesh soil continues to deteriorate it may not be able to produce food adequately by 2020 to reach its goal.
SINCE time immemorial, rivers have been playing a significant role in shaping our culture, settlements and economic activities. Majority of the landmass of the country has also been developed from river sedimentation, and it is estimated that about 20,000 kilometers of rivers have crisscrossed the country which constitutes 7% of its total area.
WATER and life are synonymous. Life is bountiful in terms of diversity and ecosystem-health in those regions on the earth where there are good sources of water supply either from stream, rain or groundwater aquifer. Not only life in the natural ecosystems is inevitably dependent on water but abundant supply of safe water is essential for healthy human life. Already we are facing water crisis at different places in the world. Conflicts are rising at local, regional and interntional level concerning rights to have access to water.
The toothbrush slipped from his hand. Into the large white oval-shaped basin it fell. Sher immediately picked it up. A little clot of paste dropped on his red T-shirt. Oh! He pinched the clot with his forefinger and thumb to remove it. But the naughty paste had already left a whitish stain, which meant he needed to wash the shirt. He took it off and threw it into the basket where the day's clothes for washing were being dumped. As he continued brushing his teeth, the toothbrush again struck the clenched rows of teeth and jumped off his hand once more. It fell into the basin with a rattle as it did before. He picked it up automatically, and before he could thrust it back into his mouth, as if it had a life of its own, the toothbrush leaped into the basin again from his hand, the third time. He silently recovered it but instead of reapplying it to his teeth he held it under the tap for washing. Having done that he replaced it back into the mug, which had lost its original use because of a broken handle, but was used as a holder for his shaving razor, shaving cream and some used toothbrushes. Then he gurgled and washed his face. He would now take a bath, but the thought of the toothbrush dropping from his hand so many times would not leave his mind.
Syed Manzoorul Islam and Kaiser Haq are two of our internationally known intellectuals. While the former is one of the foremost of story-tellers or essayists or critics, the latter is our best poet writing in English. Why have I decided to focus on them? Both of them reached sixty in January this year, the former on January 18 and the latter on January 20.
Being a father to a girl is not all that different from being a father to a boy. Nevertheless, there are some unique features to the 'father-daughter' relationship, which plays an eternal melody as life goes on in its multi-dimensional spheres.
Some lines are drawn;
The moment is defined.
Truth with transparency
Stands stark before you.
Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. Each year, over 12 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million die of the disease.
The colour of human skin is determined by the pigment known as melanin, which can be yellow, brown, dark brown or black. Melanin is responsible for the colour of human skin. Levels of melanin in human body depend on heredity, race and amount of sunlight exposure. When the body produces too much melanin due to any cause it is termed as hyperpigmentation, which means darkening of skin. It may occur due to excessive sun bathing, hormone changes or drug reactions. Many a time wounds and scars leave a darker patch of skin. It is important to keep on the alert for any change in size, color or texture for indications of skin cancer. There is some variety of hyperpigmentation, as, birthmarks, moles, and aging spots are also indications of hyper pigmentation. Melasma, Lichen Simplex Chronicus, Birthmarks, Port-wine Stains, post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation present as hyper-pigmentation.
Over few decades, there has been growing concern about human and wildlife exposure to endocrine disruptors — commonly encountered chemicals that could disrupt endogenous hormone function. The thyroid gland (a hormonal gland in the neck; also called Adams apple in male) is largely affected by some of these environmental toxins. Over 100 naturally occurring and synthetic substances have been reported to have effects on thyroid function or thyroid hormone metabolism.
Singapore has established itself as a tertiary medical destination in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. One of the Singapore’s biggest private healthcare providers is Parkway Group Healthcare Pte Ltd, which operates three of premier healthcare providers: East Shore, Gleneagles and Mount Elizabeth Hospitals. Recently Mr. Kamaljeet Singh Gill, the Chief Marketing Officer of Parkway Health came to Bangladesh on a business trip and shared his views with Star Health.
Bangladesh faces serious tobacco epidemic. According to the recent Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2009, 23 percent of adult (=15 years) currently smoke tobacco (Male 44.7 percent and Female 1.5 percent). The estimated number of current adult tobacco smokers is 21.9 million (Male 21.2 million and Female 0.7 million). The smoking rate in rural areas is slightly higher (23.6 percent) than in urban areas (21.3 percent). Half of the smokers use bidis, and the prevalence of bidi smoking in rural areas (13.5 percent) is higher than in urban areas (4.7 percent).
Transportation systems are the major source of noise pollution in this country. Besides, loud music, speech meetings created in the densely populated public places by human beings hit our ears and disturb the environment. Noise pollution is also created from aircraft and rail transport, air conditioners, factories and construction works. Especially residence adjacent to airports and factories experience noise pollution too much and its adverse effects too much.
THE American relationship with Taiwan is one of the most delicate diplomatic issues between Beijing and Washington. Each US administration had to deal with the issue and China-US relations had gone through a seesaw game in the past dealing with China-Taiwan relations.
RUSSIA'S fifth generation fighter, Sukhoi's T-50 prototype, was flown for the first time from Komsomolsk-on-Amur on Russia's Far East at 11.19 local time today. After the 47-minute flight the aircraft landed at the airfield of Sukhoi's KnAAPO facility, which assembled the PAK FA prototypes.
THE US military mission in Iraq underwent a significant organisational change on 1 January as the five major command groups in the country were consolidated into a headquarters command called US Forces Iraq (USF-I).
With a new strike platform, manned or unmanned, unlikely to emerge before the next decade, the ability of long-range, high-speed missiles to extend reach and survivability of current aircraft and warships is drawing increased attention.
Iran has developed a new weapon to shoot down US Apache attack helicopters, the Iranian Fars news agency has reported. The type of the weapon Iran is manufacturing to shoot down Apache helicopters is unknown. The United States and Israel have refused to rule out military action against Iran if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
The global financial crunch didn't stop Russian defence exports from hitting a record $7.4 billion in 2009, and the prospects remain bright for the next few years, the governmental arms export agency said Jan. 28.
After languishing for years, efforts to reform U.S. defence export control laws appear to be gaining momentum. President Obama vowed in his State of the Union address Jan. 27 to double U.S. exports and "reform export controls consistent with national security."
Continuing its opposition to the initiation of discussions on a global treaty to halt production of nuclear materials required for development of nuclear weapons at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD) - the world's sole multilateral forum to negotiate arms control and disarmament agreements - Pakistan blocked the adoption of the 2010 agenda for the CD on January 19, 2010 at Geneva. Its Permanent Representative at the CD, Zamir Akram, stated that his country did not want to work with a programme that was frozen in time and called for broadening the agenda to cover two other issues, which were directly aimed at India. According to him, the CD should also consider conventional arms control at the regional and sub-regional levels and also negotiate a global regime on all aspects of ballistic missiles. While calling for conventional arms control, Zamir was recalling the UN General Assembly resolution sponsored by Pakistan and passed in November 2009.
Star Books Review
There are some strong arguments Muslehuddin Ahmad puts across in this extraordinary analytical study of the Palestine issue. You would have thought the Middle East was an area where only its nation-states and the western powers would take interest. Ahmad puts holes through those thoughts, assuming of course that you had any such. As one who has served Bangladesh with distinction abroad in various diplomatic positions in various capitals, he brings to his work, indeed to his worldview, a degree of sophistication that ought always to be the underpinning of modern diplomacy. Just how involved Ahmad remains in foreign affairs comes reflected in this work, fundamentally his ruminations on the state of Israel and the extent to which it has gone in upsetting the normal order of things on the global scale.
I was mesmerized as I listened to a reading of Saleha Chowdhury's short stories. It was a regular meeting at Gantha, a literary platform for Bangladeshi writers to meet --- for individuals who write in English as well as for those who write in Bangla. The book that was discussed at this meeting was the author's collection of short stories, Shotogolpo. Saleha Chowdhury has been writing short stories since 1967, and all these stories have been collected in this compilation. There are but a few writers who have published a book with one hundred stories. If translated the title of the book would be 'A Hundred Stories.' It was published by Bidyaprokash in 2008. It may be mentioned here that Saleha Chowdhury was awarded the Annanya Shahitya Puroshkar in 2009.
In Mehrdad Baladi's disturbing novel, Houri, there's a brief moment at the beginning that is emblematic of much of the subsequent story. As the narrator returns to his native Iran and the airplane enters Iranian airspace, “Flight attendants hurried to remove wine and whisky from trays. Men rushed to rinse the stink of alcohol from their breath. Women donned dark hejabs to hide their hair and curves, scrubbed makeup from their faces. Passengers were bracing for an inquisition, or something worse. Even from thousands of feet above, and an hour before the plane landed, I caught a sense of the intolerant terrain waiting below.”
A mother's love can move mountains. The wonderful tales in Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul hold this truth for every reader. They are all about how a mother's love can create miracles. The tales are life experiences told with wit and compassion that touch the soul. The stories have the power to bring tears and smiles to readers. The characters are so vivid that they seem to live and breathe with the reader long after a story is read. The writers with their skills make us feel distinct yearnings for the characters. The stories offer the readers a rare combination of intimacy and transcendence. The book holds 101 stories, each a treasure mountain, waiting to be read and discovered. The stories open with beautiful sayings that throw light on their themes. They open the hearts and rekindle the spirit in mothers.