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News of: Saturday, 17th of April, 2010

Front Page

Top Huji leader held in Sylhet

The Detective Branch of police arrested the alleged UK unit chief of outlawed Islamist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh in Sylhet on Thursday 14 months after he came out of jail on a High Court bail.

Business heroes honoured

An award is not just a trophy. It means recognition of innovations, an inspiration that will make some local businesses confident to compete with global giants. So said the winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2009, given by The Daily Star and DHL Express yesterday.

CU student murdered

A Chittagong University student, who was stabbed Thursday night by a few villagers, died yesterday afternoon at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

Making money out of Baishakh festivity

A section of Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders of Dhaka University pulled in big bucks by organising musical concerts and setting up shops on Dhaka University campus on the day of Pahela Baishakh.

One killed in nor'wester

Nor'westers in Dhaka and a few other districts claimed the life of one, injured many, destroyed crops and a significant number of homes between late Thursday night and yesterday.

No polls, no role for women at grassroots

Women grassroots leaders have not been able to play their due roles in upazila parishad for over a year as polls to around 1,600 reserve seats for women have not been held.

Benazir murder was avoidable: UN report

Pakistani authorities could have prevented the 2007 murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto and deliberately failed to properly investigate her death, a UN-appointed independent panel said.

A night with a difference

It was an atypical night of celebration of the country's business sector.

1,000 families in Bhola tortured

About 1,000 families of six villages under Lalmohan upazila of Bhola district await for justice as there were tortures after 2001 general elections.

Jamaat's stance in '71 was impractical

Jamaat-e-Islami's stance on the Liberation War of Bangladesh was different since it sincerely tried to keep Pakistan united, which was impractical, party chief Motiur Rahman Nizami said yesterday.

Mujibnagar Day today

The nation observes the historic Mujibnagar Day today commemorating the formation of the provisional government of independent Bangladesh during the War of Liberation.

Bhola-3 polls a 'test case' for govt: BNP

Terming the Bhola-3 by-poll a 'test case' for the government, opposition and the Election Commission, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said they won't stay away from the election.

3 'robbers' beaten to death in Ctg

Angry villagers beat three suspected robbers to death at Kaibartapara in Boalkhali upazila early yesterday.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

A criminal was killed in a "shootout" between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion here in the port city in the early hours yesterday.

Abducted businessman rescued

Rapid Action Battalion yesterday rescued an abducted businessman after two days and arrested one of the kidnappers from Madanpur area under Bandar upazila.

Testimony of torture

The investigation commission, formed to probe 2001 post-election violence of Bagerhat during the tenure of BNP-Jamaat alliance government, yesterday recorded statement of the victims.

Beaten up for protesting tree felling

At least 11 Rakhain people were injured in an attack by miscreants at Rakhain Palli village under Ramu upazila in Cox's Bazar on Thursday.

Ahmadinejad to give opening speech at Iran nuke summit

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will give the opening speech at a weekend nuclear disarmament conference to be attended by 24 foreign and deputy foreign ministers, official media reported.

Woman dies taking poison

A woman killed herself by taking poison at her Badda residence in the capital yesterday as she was allegedly unable to withstand frequent torture by her husband for dowry.

Editorial

Govt's foot-dragging over DCC polls

THE Election Commission (EC) has been forced to postpone the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) polls at the government's insistence. The government has put the issue of redrawing the city ward boundaries as the reason for delaying the DCC polls. Evidently, this has upset the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), who said he was ready to hold the polls on May 31 next.

Lean season employment in a mess

Arecent report highlights how a well-intentioned and much-needed government employment scheme has run into unforeseen difficulties. Intended to provide employment coverage to 50,000 among the ultra-poor for 40 days in monga-prone areas in northern Bangladesh, the programme remains a non-starter.

Sports

MSC 'win' Club Cup

Mohammedan Sporting Club lifted the Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey tournament trophy after they beat Usha Krira Chakra 4-2 in darkness, confusion and farce at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. The match started some 80 minutes after schedule due to a huge disagreement between the two teams regarding a foreign player recruited by Mohammedan without having him properly registered.

Cyclones brew trouble

Cyclones of Chittagong became the first team to be knocked out of the Destiny Group National Cricket League T20s yesterday but the afternoon match nearly did not see the light of day after the Cyclones protested against the match being put back by an hour.

Farcical final

Bangladesh's crippling hockey saw an unprecedented incident yesterday, centring on fielding an unregistered foreign player in the final of the Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

The ties that bind

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has said her relationship with her new husband, Pakistan cricket star Shoaib Malik, emerged stronger from controversy over claims he was already married.

Surrey aim to lure Lara

English county Surrey are reportedly trying to tempt West Indies great Brian Lara out of retirement in a bid to have the legendary batsman play Twenty20 cricket for the Oval-based side this season.

Sultans into semis

Sultans of Sylhet became the second team to confirm their semifinal berth after Dhaka Dynamites in the Destiny Group National Cricket League T20s when they posted a hard-fought four-wicket victory over Barisal Blazers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Tearful end for Shuvo

Former national striker Moududur Rahman Shuvo retired from domestic hockey through the farcical final match of the Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

Salma destroys Indira Road

Salma Khatun's four-wicket haul helped Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Indira Road Krira Chakra by seven wickets in the Women's Club Cup cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Deccan dispose Kings XI

A sparkling half-century from Rohit Sharma propelled Deccan Chargers to a 5 wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their IPL match at Dharamshala yesterday.

Wozniacki in Family Circle qtrs

Top-seeded Caroline Wozni-acki beat Patty Schnyder 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup.

RMFS dump Brothers

Rahmatganj MFS came from behind to beat Brothers Union 3-1 in their home match of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Nadal in last four

Rafael Nadal survived a brief rain break before resuming his storied clay-court dominance with a 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinal defeat of fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.

A cricket crunch

Cricket could be facing a world shortage of bats as a result of a European Union directive, according to a report in England on Friday.

Tharoor claims innocence

An Indian minister Friday denied any wrongdoing in a scandal over the ownership of an Indian Premier League cricket team as the government struggled for an answer to the week-long controversy.

Mithun captain of Academy team

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun was named captain of the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy team for the upcoming home series against South Africa National Cricket Academy team.

Formula 1 chief confirms 20 races for 2011

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone on Friday confirmed there will be a record 20 Grand Prix races in the World Championship next year with a race in India joining the calendar.

Demi relishing run-in

Bayern Munich defender Martin Demichelis says he is relishing the league leaders' title run-in with German league rivals Schalke chasing their first Bundesliga crown.

India to tour Zimbabwe in May-June

India will tour Zimbabwe in May-June for a triangular one-day series with Sri Lanka as the third team, the Indian cricket board said Friday.

Canada unable to host U-19 World Cup

Canada have pulled out of hosting the 2012 Under-19 World Cup after admitting they wouldn't be able to supply the required number of venues for the event.

Akram alleges tampering

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan fast bowler and current bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has said players in the IPL have been actively tampering with the ball, making it difficult for batsmen to sight it in the later stages of the innings. Akram said he has spotted bowlers rubbing red soil on the ball in places like Mumbai, Rajasthan and Ahmedabad once the floodlights take effect, thereby reducing its visibility when the batsmen are looking to accelerate.

Real bounce back

Real Madrid showed they have not waved their white flag in the title race bouncing back from their demoralising 'El Clasico' defeat to Barcelona with a 2-1 win at Almeria on Thursday to move three points behind Barcelona at La Liga summit.

Barca's tricky derby

Barcelona are strong favourites to win this season's league title but coach Pep Guardiola warned that this Saturday's derby game at Espanyol was the most difficult in the title run-in.

Lazio test for Roma

AS Roma face city rivals Lazio in the Rome derby Sunday knowing it could be their last big test in the run-in for a largely unexpected Serie A title.

Tevez's point to prove

Roque Santa Cruz belie-ves his fellow Manch-ester City striker Carlos Tevez will still have a point to prove when the forward lines-up against former club Manchester United on Saturday.

Bayern crying foul over Lyon

Bayern Munich are crying foul after Lyon were given permission to hold over a domestic league match scheduled to be played between the first and second legs of their Champions League semifinal.

Arsenal suffer Vermaelen blow

Arsenal's derby defeat by north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur has been compounded by an injury suffered by Thomas Vermaelen that threatens to rule the defender out of the rest of the season.

Liverpool up for sale

Liverpool's American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett said British Airways chief Martin Broughton had been appointed chairman to oversee the sale of the Premier League side, according to a club statement issued on Friday.

Ibra set to face Inter

Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to face his old club Inter Milan in the Champions League semifinal on April 20, two weeks after suffering a leg injury, his club said Thursday.

Metropolitan

ACC waits for legal advice on corrupt suspects

The attorney general's office could not decide whether legal action can be taken against 452 self-declared corrupt people, as the copy of the High Court (HC) verdict on the Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) has not yet been released.

Pro-BNP, Jamaat lawyers threaten to resist trial of war criminals

Pro-BNP and Jamaat lawyers at a seminar yesterday threatened to resist the trial of war criminals if it is carried out with 'political motive'.

Punishment to stalkers, safety of girl students demanded

The residents of Gobra union formed a human chain yesterday protesting stalking and demanding safety of girl students.

Bangladesh film festival begins in Delhi

Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting CM Jatua said yesterday that Bangladesh film festival would contribute towards a better understanding of the composite ethos of Bangladesh among the people of India.

Profiles Of Business Icons

The Daily Star and DHL Express have awarded three outstanding business leaders, one financial institution and one enterprise. Here is a short guide to give you an idea of who they are:

Project country's real history to students

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday called on the historians and history teachers to prepare a proposal with recommendations to update the syllabuses of history in school and college-level education to project real history of the country to students.

Develop infrastructure to attract foreign investment

It is imperative for Bangladesh to develop overall physical infrastructure including port, rail, road and shipping communications to attract foreign investment and achieve durable economic growth, British High Commissioner Stephen Evans observed.

College girl commits suicide in Chuadanga

A college student committed suicide in Cinema hall area of Chuadanga district town on Thursday night.

Six villages under flood water

At least six villages under Pratapnagar union of Assassuni upazila were inundated as flood water entered the area collapsing an embankment at Harishkhali point on the river Kholpetua due to high tide on April 14 and 15.

Thakurgaon mass killing day today

Different socio-political organisations and valiant freedom fighters will observe the mass killing day in Thakurgaon today.

2 killed in Satkhira

Two people were killed and another was injured seriously in separate incidents in Tala and Assassuni upazilas in Satkhira on Thursday night.

Timber worth Tk 10 lakh seized, 4 held

Members of Coast Guard and Forest Department men in a joint drive yesterday arrested four people and seized Sundari log worth Tk 10 lakh from the river Meghna in Chandpur.

RU goes on summer vacation today

The students of Rajshahi University (RU) started leaving the campus yesterday as the 45-day summer vacation begins today.

Indian home minister to visit Dhaka soon

Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has accepted an invitation to visit Bangladesh in the shortest possible time.

2 killed in Gazipur road accident

The driver and the helper of a pick-up van were killed and a banana trader was injured as the van plunged into a roadside ditch being hit by a bus at Botghar in Kaliakair upazila yesterday morning.

Expectant mother found dead

An expectant mother was found dead in a cane field at Belpukur under Puthia upazila yesterday.

ADB South Asia dept DG due today

Sultan Hafeez Rahman, director general (DG) of South Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), arrives in the city on a five-day official visit today.

ACC to send notice to Mahmudur by post

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday decided to send a notice to Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the Amar Desh and former energy adviser, by post asking him to submit his wealth statement.

UP chairman held for destroying evidence

Chandpur police yesterday arrested Uttar Baganbari Union Parishad Chairman Fayez Ahmed for destroying evidence of a rape case.

Govt asked to enforce House Rent Control Act

A human rights organisation served a legal notice asking the government to enforce the House Rent Control Act 1991 in order to prevent the house owners in the capital from arbitrarily collecting excess rent and advances from their tenants.

Four drug peddlers held

Police arrested four drug peddlers along with heroin and Indian liquor worth Tk 10 lakh from Durgapur in Benapole yesterday.

US deputy secy of state arrives Apr 22

US Deputy Secretary of State James B Steinberg will arrive in Dhaka on April 22 from India on a brief visit.

Building on river bank collapses during storm

A one-storey building on the bank of river Buriganga in the city's Kamrangirchar area collapsed in the early hours of yesterday.

Muggers stab fruit vendor

Unidentified muggers stabbed a fruit vendor and made away with his cash and mobile phone in the city's Doyaganj last night.

Another Dhaka jail guard suspended

Dhaka Central Jail authorities yesterday suspended a jail guard after he was caught red-handed with 68 pieces of stimulating Yaba tablets in his possession.

Ceramics show begins today

A seven-day ceramics exhibition by teachers and students begins at Zainul Gallery of the faculty of fine arts in Dhaka University (DU) today.

International

European flights could be stalled till Saturday

Flights across much of Europe will be severely disrupted well into Saturday because of drifting ash ejected from a volcano in Iceland, officials said.

4-nation summit vows Iran sanctions

Brazil, Russia, India and China wrapped up their second-ever Bric summit here after sharpening their call for reforms of international institutions and discussing a push to impose more UN sanctions on Iran.

Hungry survivors desperately await help

Hungry and dazed survivors of China's earthquake waited desperately for a relief response to kick in yesterday as the government rushed supplies to the isolated area high on the Tibetan plateau.

Leader's escapade leads to another defeat of govt

Thailand's political crisis took a surreal twist yesterday when an anti-government protest leader climbed down a hotel facade with a rope to evade arrest and drove off with two police officers taken hostage by his supporters.

Hillary presses Israel to start peace talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has again called on Israel to do more to pursue peace with the Palestinians.

Myanmar urges vigilance after deadly blasts

Myanmar state media urged revellers at annual water festivities to be on guard yesterday after bomb blasts killed eight people at a park in the military-ruled country's biggest city.

Obama sets courses to conquer space

President Barack Obama set a bold new course for the future of US space travel when he announced plans to send US astronauts into the orbit of Mars within the next three decades.

Vote counting begins in Sudan

Vote counting began yesterday in Sudan's first multi-party election in over two decades following a five-day ballot marked by delays, logistical problems and an opposition boycott.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian gunman

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant yesterday along the border fence between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Syria denies scud missile charge

Syria has denied Israeli accusations it had supplied scud missiles to the militant group Hizbullah.

Suicide blast at Pak hospital kills 10

A suicide attack at a hospital in the south-west Pakistani city of Quetta has killed at least 10 people and injured 35 more, police say.

Fonseka to be convicted

Sri Lanka's detained ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka is likely to be convicted early next week to prevent him appearing in parliament, his party said yesterday.

Huge poll surge for UK's third party after TV debate

Support for Britain's third party, the Liberal Democrats, surged a staggering 14 points to reach 35 percent yesterday after a pre-election TV debate, according to the first opinion poll since the clash.

Kashmir cracks down on text messages

India yesterday banned some phone users in insurgency-hit Kashmir from sending SMS text messages in a new crackdown "in the interest of national security", a statement said.

Indian storm victims on rampage

Anger at the slow pace of relief efforts in storm-ravaged northeast India boiled over yesterday as destitute and hungry locals attacked officials and looted an aid depot, a minister said.

Karzai's brother mends ties with US

He's the consummate symbol of Afghan cronyism the president's wheeler-dealer half brother and main power broker in the Taliban-ridden south. With the American military facing a showdown with insurgents here, Ahmad Wali Karzai said Wednesday that he's mending fences with the US and its international partners.

Arts & Entertainment

Pahela Baishakh ushered in

Banglalink celebrations


On April 14, the Bengali New Year 1417, Banglalink celebrated the most colourful cultural event for Bangladeshis across Dhaka, Chittagong, Bogra, Jessore, Barisal, Khulna and Sylhet.

Rediscovering theatre through contemporary outlook

With the aim of rediscovering theatre through contemporary outlook, a weeklong international seminar, theatre festival, workshops and exhibition began at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 15. The Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute (ITI) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised the festival, which features 20 theatre productions from home and abroad.

Tenth anniversary of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, one of the leading art galleries in Bangladesh, in the last 10 years has arranged 178 art exhibitions of which 128 were solos and 50 group art expositions. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts organised a press conference on April 15 at the café of the gallery. Luva Nahid Chowdhury, director general of Bengal Foundation; Subir Chowdhury, director of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts; artists Qayyum Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Mahmudul Haque, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Biju festivals end in CHT

The three-day traditional 'Biju' festival of the indigenous communities of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) concluded on Aptil 15.

Roadside exhibition of masks

Colourful owls in red, black, white and yellow, lions and tigers painted in the colours of the rainbow, a red and blue Dracula, creatures from the fantasy stories -- the Dainiburi, and other monsters were on display at a 900 feet long roadside exhibition, titled "Surf Excel Dekhao Prothibha Mukhoshey Mukhoshey". Stretching all the way from Shahbagh to Sheraton Hotel on April 14, the event featured colourful masks made by the school children from Dhaka. The event attracted a lot of attention, as people stopped on their way to Shahbagh to check out the colourful works.

Lalon Smaran Utshab concludes

A three-day Lalon Smaran Utshab (memorial festival) ended in Darshana in Chuadanga district on Monday night. The venue was the Darshana Government Degree College ground.

Poets gather at an event

Over 100 poets, including around 50 poets from West Bengal, gathered at a function held at Mukul Niketon High school auditorium in the district town on April 12 evening. Poets from Dhaka and greater Mymensingh attended the event, much to the delight of poetry loving people in and around the town.

OP-ED

The speedy trial debate

THE Government of the day has felt the necessity of making operative 'The Speedy Trial' law. To recollect and put things in perspective, this piece of legislation was framed in 2002 and was made operational for a period of two years at one go in the preceding years. The hon'ble Law Minister has said that the revival of the said Law has been necessitated to dispose of the trial of the pending cases that were instituted under this law.

Overcoming power crisis

LESS than two decades back we were discussing seriously mainly about "system loss" in gas and electricity sectors. Common people were given the impression that Bangladesh was floating in gas. Even supplying gas to India was seriously considered at high level. During BNP-led regime

Enough is enough

IT was a dinner hosted in honour of Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir at the High Commissioner's residence at Delhi. The talks between India's Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and him had ended without any concrete result. I asked Bashir at the dinner whether Kashmir figured in their discussions. He said, 'Yes'. But the most significant remark he made was in reply to my query if the ground covered behind-the-scenes would have to be walked over once again. He said they would pick up the thread from where it had been let off. “We would resume from the stage already reached,” Bashir said.

Mujibnagar . . . lighting a candle in the dark

THE formation of the provisional Bangladesh government in Mujibnagar remains, and will remain, a defining moment in our lives. It came into shape in the grey region that served as the frontier between the sinister and the illuminating. The sinister was the programmed genocide launched with unprecedented viciousness by the Pakistan occupation army; and the illuminating was the truth that such a brutal assault on human dignity, indeed on the traditions of a people, could not go unchallenged and unbeaten. And so it was on 17 April 1971 that in Meherpur of Chuadanga, the senior leaders of the Awami League, close associates of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, came together to proclaim before the world that out of the debris of a fast enveloping war had emerged a government, the overriding purpose behind the deed being the liberation of the land.

Barbarity at its worst

THE entire area stretching from Dhaka to Barisal to Teknaf to Tetulia appears to be a huge tinder box of crimes -- killing, rape, burning, and violence. Most traumatic, the sleepy villages, once known as peaceful abodes have now been also rocked by gruesome incidents of sexual abuses that threaten to plunge the conservative people's paradise into identity crisis. So deep is the rot and so pervasive the cynicism that pious proclamations of intent no longer make a difference.

Defining a Bengali work ethic

THE Protestant work ethic fuelled industrialisation in Europe and the USA in the nineteenth-century while the Confucian work ethic powered Japan's entry into the elite club of the rich and economically dominant nations in the early twentieth-century. The same work ethic catapulted the economies of many East and South East Asian countries like China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand in the recent past.

Urban

Look, listen, learn, and go

WHEN there are more travellers than transporters, when a larger vehicle will save space by replacing several smaller ones, and bring in other environmental joys lesser air and noise pollution, more greenery with roads occupying lesser space for number of persons moved mass transportation emerges as THE solution. Added to that is 'rapid', as of course time is of great meaning and consequence to particularly a city dweller.

Mass rapid transit for Dhaka: The last ray of hope

Twenty million people will live in Dhaka in 2030 if present growth trends continue. Unhindered informal/unplanned and formal/planned growth on its fragile ecology makes it one of the most vulnerable/unlivable cities on the planet in the face of climate change and other natural calamities. The present traffic scenario is connected with this explosive urban growth and has to be treated accordingly.

Going underground: The Bangkok experience

THE MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), sometimes referred to as the Bangkok Metro, is Bangkok's underground metro system. It was constructed under a concession concept. Most civil infrastructure were provided by the government sector, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and handed over to their concessionaire under a 25-year concession agreement. As MRTA's concessionaire, Bangkok Metro Company Limited (BMCL) provides M&E equipment, including electrical trains, signalling systems, SCADA, communication, PSD, etc for the subway project and fully operates the system. To maintain the system, BMCL has subcontracted in 10 years to Siemens which was the M&E system supplier since system opening and 7 years maintenance contract to two local maintenance services for north and south line. The metro has a fleet of 19 trains; the 19th train entered service in October, 2007 after a major accident. Besides the MRT, Bangkok also has an elevated rail system called BTS or informally the Skytrain.

Literature

A Beginning... A Discrete Journey

In Bangladesh we get to welcome in a new year twice. Once on 31st December. And a second time on 14th April. How blessed we feel to start afresh at the stroke of midnight; or to break open the bind of a new Hal-Khata and poise our pens atop a blank page. There is something wonderfully life-affirming about the beginning of something new. A beginning is a discrete journey of sorts, ours to interpret as we wish. An ending denotes a reactive beginning thereafter. Stuck at crossroads denotes the proactive beginning. Whatever the particular interpretation, the concept remains the same. Hope. Faith. Resolution.

Invasion

The hordes approached, filling up the vast expanse with their steely grey formations, a formidable gathering. A hush descended, and the air had an expectant, almost electric taste to it. The lone crow spread its sooty wings in a lazy glide that belied its nervousness at the sudden calm and the dimming light.

End Of Grey

I popped open the tab on my noodle soup. It fizzed as the sachet released its score of vitamins. Taste calibration molecules began to color the clear white algae. There was a beauty to this, jellyfish changing color at dawn. My room was cardboard cutout, same as hundreds I had slept in. A pallet, a tray, a box for personal toiletries and extra clothes, of which I had none. I had rented the room for a week, rare, because I moved around a lot. I needed a fixed address this time, however, damn the expense. A knock. I put down my bowl, unfinished. My last friend this side of the world crawled in, wearing his physician's smock. He had his briefcase, full of the drugs I had paid for.

The Little Bird

THERE'S a jackfruit tree growing in front of my window. I am lying in bed, looking at it. It's been trimmed recently, I note with some sadness. It's not my jackfruit tree so I have no control over it. Its roots are in the neighbouring garden but, I assume, over the years it has leaned onto this side of the wall. The body of the tree is thus floating above what is technically our air space. I haven't known this tree long but I feel a kinship with it. For, my roots were planted somewhere else but my body is floating over someone else's air space.

My American Dream

I believe in second chances. I believe in this absolutely, for my life is a testament to the universe's ability to press the refresh button, to at least give back some of the things that are taken in its purging tsunamis, where the storm washes away the clutter and sometimes leaves clarity in its wake.

Places

THE thing about places is that they make you believe in lies. Out of context truths can be lies. That's why I never trusted how a place made me feel. That might work to my disadvantage you might say. And to clear that up I should say I am not talking about planned vacations or weekend trips to parents, I am talking about those planned non-vacations, the migrations and di-migrations, the ones you impose on yourself to encourage progression of some kind, wealth, health, spirituality…all bull.

In Between

THE first thing I remember is the taste of leather and dirt. Something kept banging against my chin. When I opened my eyes I saw a big-ass army issue leather boot swinging in. Thwack! I winced more out of habit because I felt no pain.

Bargain Bin Books:

“What a difference there is between one who compiles a book from hearsay in the comfort of his home and one who has gone through the tribulation of travel.”

Dhaka Beat

The thunder clouds loom afar.
Ominous yet welcome.
Reminders of her abeyant mood.

Star Health

Preparing for a healthy pregnancy

Healthy pregnancy brings healthy baby and secures mothers' health. A perfect pre-pregnancy plan is the first step that leads pregnancy safer to you and your upcoming baby. There are certain essential things like folic acid, vaccination, cautious medication use you should consider with due importance in your pre-conception period.

Love your voice

Voice, the primary means of communication needs special care for protection and enhancement. With a view to raising awareness among people on the importance of voice preservation and enhancement, World Voice Day was observed yesterday. Bangladesh observed the second year of World Voice Day with this year's theme “Love your voice” that prompts us to consider ways to preserve and protect our voices.

Diet can prevent seizure!

Many drugs are used to prevent seizure. Some of them are costly and have severe side effects, but now diet can also prevent seizure! Sometimes diet is better than the drugs even!

New name, same great mission

GAVI Alliance Immunise Every Child is now the GAVI Campaign! The mission is still the same: to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. GAVI has a large goal ahead: preventing close to 5 million deaths in the next 5 years.

Vitamin B6 and folate reduce stroke, heart disease deaths

Foods rich in folate and B-6 may reduce the risk of death from stroke and heart problems, a new study revealed recently. The study conducted by Japanese researchers is published in the recent issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association has found that these vitamins are associated with lower incidence of heart failure and death from stroke.

Managing your emotions

Suggestions to help understand and express your feelings understanding and controlling your emotions is as important as managing your physical health.

Strategic Issues

Nuclear Summit endorses US' nuclear objectives

One of President Obama's election pledges was to secure “loose nukes” in his first term in office. Towards achieving that pledge, he invited to Washington 47 nuclear states to get a plan of action to deal with nuclear threat from non-state actors and terrorist groups in place of “some vague gauzy statements.” In the built up to this Summit, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that US intelligence sources have information that Al Qaeda terrorists are seeking to get hold of nuclear weapons while at the same time planning to target nuclear installations for terrorist attacks. Her statement put the Summit in context.

Strategic significance of Putin's India visit

On 11 March, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited India to strengthen the close partnership Moscow and New Delhi have traditionally enjoyed for more than 60 years.

Waiting for Endgame

Will the United States and Pakistan ever trust each other enough to cooperate fully in fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda? This was the question haunting the recent strategic dialogue between the top brass of the two countries, which aimed to put their prickly relationship on a new footing. Although Pakistan's delegation was headed by its Foreign Minister, the suave Shah Mahmood Qureshi, it also included its wily military commander, General Ashfaq Kayani. Washington promised to speed up delivery of economic aid and military equipment for Pakistan's increased efforts at battling militants on the Afghan border. “This is a new day,” declared Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who hopes to shrink the yawning trust deficit between the two countries. But are there grounds to believe that when it comes to fighting militants, Islamabad and the White House' interests can converge?

Star Books Review

Of post-colonial theory and global capitalism

IN Bangladesh at least, theory has lent radical-sounding voices to many. Even some bookworms and careerists have turned vocal all of a sudden. People caring little for the motherland or the teeming millions have started talking a lot with support from theory. This is all the more true for Bangladesh where nationalist and radical traditions of intellectual exercise have rather been weak and slender. But, as fervor or uproar doesn't go unchecked in any area for an unlimited time, so a phase of reviews and assessments is what appears to have set in in recent years. This again has happened, lamentably, first abroad or in the West. We remain peripheral. Of course, there were important critiques from leftwing giants like Aizaz, Eagleton and others who never let theory go unchecked or unchallenged. Recently there have been many more joining that counter-current.

'Rural faces, universal tales'

SOME often say, what's in a face? Well, everything really. Faces and expressions are the reflection of the life that we lead. Of course, mankind has perfected the art of camouflaging true feelings to opt for a more passive social image. But what happens when we are alone? Do we mask our inner feelings then? Or maybe secured in solitude we feel that since no one is here, the real expressions can now come out. Shakoor's Ballads and Paintings is a compilation of human expressions from different social settings from the one where we are always on guard to the one where we just let go and allow the real 'me' to emerge.



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