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Govt moves to enter manpower business

The government itself will send manpower abroad from now on alongside private recruiting agencies, to reduce excessive cost of labour migration.

Dour draw sees Brazil, Portugal thru'

Portugal qualified for the second round of the World Cup after battling to an ill-tempered 0-0 draw with five-time champions Brazil in their final Group G game on Friday.

Khaleda warns govt against excesses during hartal

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday warned the government not to do anything that may worsen the situation during the party's hartal tomorrow.

Reasons why BNP chooses streets

BNP opted for street agitation as it feels it failed in its secret bid to reach an understanding with the government that the latter would not make a move on Khaleda Zia's Cantonment house, and would withdraw the cases against the party chairperson and her two sons.

Second Dhaka-Ctg highway in limbo

Construction of the second Dhaka-Chittagong highway faces new dilemma as the government has yet again failed to find capable firms for the $4.3 billion project, say officials of Roads and Highways Department (RHD).

Daughter's dream burnt at Nimtoli

She wants to get a second chance at life so that she can help her father, a poor farmer, to run their family. Twenty one-year-old Babita Barman, a victim of Nimtoli inferno expressed her wish as she lay on a bed at the burnt unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Mother on remand, prime suspect still at large

Aysha Humayra, mother of six-year-old Samiul who was found dead Thursday, was placed on a four-day remand yesterday.

CID indicts 60 JMB men

The Criminal Investigation Department of the district submitted two separate charge sheets to Joypurhat Judicial Magistrate court on Thursday against 60 JMB men in an arms loot case in August 2003.

Nature still uncertain, father on the run

Almost two weeks after the recovery of the bodies of Farzana and her two children from their Jurain house, police are yet to ascertain whether it was a case of suicide or homicide and failed to arrest the prime accused.

AL urges Khaleda to call off hartal

The ruling Awami League yesterday urged BNP to withdraw tomorrow's hartal, saying the current situation in the country does not warrant one.

Cops to go tough on pickets

Police would go tough on pickets if they force people to observe tomorrow's hartal, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haque yesterday.

Indo-Bangla 'border haats' in northeast soon

India and Bangladesh will soon set up haats (markets) along their borders in the northeast to boost local business and trade, officials said in Agartala.

PM to give Tk 1 lakh to each family today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would handover checks of Tk 1 lakh to family members of each Nimtoli inferno and Begunbari building collapse victims today.

Road crashes kill 10 in Ctg, Bogra

At least 10 people were killed and eight others injured in road accidents in Chittagong and Bogra yesterday.

AL men attack fishermen for control of canal

At least 12 fishermen were injured as ruling party men attacked them in a bid to take possession of Baintala canal at Rotonpur union of Kaliganj upazila here on Thursday night.

DCC councillor Chowdhury Alam arrested

Dhaka City Corporation ward councillor and BNP central leader Chowdhury Alam was arrested at the capital's Naya Paltan yesterday.

Indian Khasias intrude into Sylhet again

Indian Khasias again intruded into Bangladesh territory on Jaintapur border area yesterday, just a day after the high level coordination meeting between the BSF and BDR.

RMG workers leader Mishu, 5 others held

Police yesterday arrested four garment workers and two of their leaders on charge of holding rally without prior permission at Chowrasta intersection of the district.

Teacher attempts to kidnap girl student

A college teacher allegedly attempted to kidnap a female student on Thursday evening as she repeatedly refused to marry him.

India hikes fuel prices

The Indian government yesterday decided to hike the prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene as global fuel prices surge.

Death toll in China flooding climbs to 377

The death toll from storms that have pounded southern China for more than a week has climbed to 377, the government said yesterday.

Case against 150 Shibir men filed for RU anarchy

A case has been lodged here yesterday against 150 leaders and workers of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) for their alleged involvement in creating anarchic situation at Rajshahi University last night.

India to try to extradite ex-Union Carbide head

India's Cabinet has approved pushing for the former head of Union Carbide to be extradited over the toxic gas leak in 1984 that killed an estimated 15,000 people. Public ire over the world's worst industrial disaster in the Indian city of Bhopal resurfaced this month after a court convicted seven former employees.

Bodies found beheaded in southern Afghanistan

Two US troops were reported killed and the bodies of 11 men, some beheaded, were found yesterday in rising violence across Afghanistan.


Getting old vehicles off the streets

THE authorities plan to launch a drive against old vehicles and fake driving licences in the city from July 15. We certainly commend the move, though we cannot stay away from reminding the government that similar moves were earlier announced as well, with much fanfare, before things went back to square one. Let matters be a little different this time and in a way that takes certain important factors into consideration. Clearly the biggest factor here relates to citizens' comfort while commuting or trying to commute. The government's plans to crack down on 20-year-old buses and 25-year-old trucks, from such a point of view, should be looked at carefully. Much as we would like to see ageing vehicles taken off the streets, we also feel that nothing should be done that will leave commuters without transport all of a sudden. One can well imagine the chaos that will ensue if on July 15 and on the days following, citizens wake up to a nightmare of having to fend for themselves without transport.

Alleviating beggary is a pressing task

STREET beggary, particularly at the city's traffic intersections, has acquired an ungainly ubiquity. It's hazardous for those who practise it along assorted transports pulling up at a signal point and then rushing out when given green light. Children and women are among the most vulnerable. It is also visibly self-degrading as a crippled hand or leg or a blind eye is called attention to by tapping on the window panes, or if these panes are open show it to appeal to the sense of piety of the vehicle passengers. Some of them look the other way, some handing in a small amount.


Spain, Chile make Round 2

European champions Spain reached the last 16 of the World Cup on Friday with a 2-1 win over Chile, who also qualified from Group H as runners-up at the expense of Switzerland, who parted 0-0 with Honduras.

Elephants exit with a win

Ivory Coast fell short of their goal chase to make the last 16 at the World Cup as they beat North Korea 3-0 in their Group G match to continue the exodus of African teams here on Friday.

Proud Kiwis bow out

New Zealand exit the World Cup unbeaten and proud after three defiant draws and a country enraptured by their unheralded performances in South Africa.

Lions saddened after worst WC

An utterly dejected Cameroon go home without a single World Cup point on Friday, after a campaign marred by a bitter selection row with their coach and a failure to live up to billing as Africa's best team at the tournament.

Obama phones heroes

President Barack Obama in a congratulatory phone call told the US World Cup heroes Thursday that the West Wing of the White House had erupted in cheers when Donovan scored the dramatic goal.

Dunga displeased

Brazil coach Dunga spent much of the time during his team's goalless draw in their final Group G match with Portugal gesticulating wildly and berating his players.

Henry felt 'sidelined'

Former France captain Thierry Henry said on Friday he felt sidelined after playing only a cameo role in his country's disastrous World Cup campaign, but insisted the squad were right to show support for Nicolas Anelka.

An intriguing last 16 clash

South Korea and Uruguay meet here on Saturday in a fascinating World Cup last 16 clash that few pundits would have predicted at the start of the tournament.

Federer, Williams thru'

Exhausted record-breaker John Isner tumbled out of Wimbledon in straight sets Friday as Roger Federer and Venus Williams booked their places in the second week.

USA look for revenge

Coach Bob Bradley and his indefatigable United States team will seek revenge and a place in the quarterfinals when they meet Ghana on Saturday.

The fall and fall of Marcello Lippi

South Africa 2010 is unfolding itself as one of the most unpredictable World Cup in recent times. Just two day after current runners up France's humiliating exit from the World Cup, reigning world champions Italy found the same route with a 2-3 defeat against Slovakia.

Passion lives on

Barcelona soccer club have been training this week on a grassless, hard-dirt pitch in South Africa's Mangaung township. Not Lionel Messi and his team of champions from Spain, but a group of local youths.

Football topples cricket

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss admits the eyes of the nation may be turned to the football World Cup in South Africa when his side play Australia in the third one-day international in Manchester on Sunday.

Isner sent packing

Marathon man John Isner was knocked out of Wimbledon in straight sets on Friday, after playing the longest ever match, as comeback queens Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin set up a fourth-round clash.

Khoza, Jordaan at it

Tensions between the World Cup's two top local officials erupted into the open on Friday when the organising committee's chief executive accused the chairman of waging a war against him.

Lippi accepts full blame

Italy's coach, Marcello Lippi, apologised for selecting an Italian team "with terror in its heart" and accepted full responsibility for the world champions' humiliating early exit from the World Cup.

Arriverderci Azzurri

Italy tried to hide their failings behind the age-old image of being slow starters but it was age and slowness that sent them out of the World Cup with a whimper, and now the future of Italian soccer is under scrutiny.

Le Guen to step down

Paul Le Guen revealed on Thursday that he will step down as coach of Cameroon but refused to be drawn on whether he will become the next man in charge of Australia.

Capello's penalty takers decided

The England manager has had his players practising penalties at the end of every training session since the initial 30-man squad arrived in Austria on May 17 for their pre-World Cup training camp.

Eriksson tips England

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes England can beat Germany in their World Cup showdown in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Abahani rope in five Pakistanis

Title contenders Abahani drafted in five hockey players from Pakistan including penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas, for the ongoing Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League.

Premier Div hockey

Mariner Youngs recorded a 3-2 win over Shadharan Bima KS in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sr. Div football

Jatrabari KC brought high-flying Fakirerpool Youngmen's Club down handing the defending champions a lone-goal defeat in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Mobility, accuracy required: Martino

Paraguay will have to improve their passing and start to convert chances if they want to make it through to the World Cup quarterfinals, coach Gerardo Martino says.

Italy in crisis

Italy, like its neighbour France, was tormented by national soul searching on Friday after the former World Cup soccer champions were humiliated by lowly Slovakia and sent home after the first round in South Africa.

Ballack to return to Leverkusen

Former Germany captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is poised to sign for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, German sports agency SID reported on Friday.

Slovaks eye more surprises

Slovakia have already exceeded expectations by reaching the last 16 in their first World Cup and hope to repeat the lively performance that beat holders Italy when they face Netherlands in the next round.

World Cup One Twos

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wants the All Whites to receive a champions' parade for their battling performance at the World Cup, where they were knocked out in the group stage without losing a match.


New Rajuk plots at Jhilmil by Dec

After distributing the allotment letters for Purbachal and Uttara 3rd project from July, the Rajuk is going to offer more plots and apartments at its Jhilmil Residential Project in Keraniganj by December.

Rough weather disrupts cargo handling

Rough weather forced suspension of cargo handling at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port since early hours of yesterday.

Debate workshop held in Ctg

A daylong debate workshop was held in Chittagong yesterday to prepare students for The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank School Debate competition scheduled to begin on June 28.

Muktijoddha Sangsad polls today

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, a platform of the freedom fighters of the War of Liberation in 1971, goes to election today.

Jahanara Imam's 16th anniversary of death today

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam.

Muhith returns home

Finance Minister AMA Muhith returned home yesterday after attending the 35th Annual Meeting of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Azerbaijan.

$1829.73 million foreign aid in July-May

Bangladesh received 1829.73 million US dollar as foreign assistance from the development partners during the 11 months (July-May) of the current fiscal year (2009-10).

Shibir cadres flex muscles on RU campus

A large number of Shibir cadres staged demonstration on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus on Thursday night in presence of law enforcers defying the authorities' restrictions.

'Evict encroachers from Meghna river immediately'

Environmentalists yesterday called on the authorities to evict all encroachers of Meghna river at Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria, immediately as per the directive of the prime minister.

Nine people rescued from traffickers

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) rescued nine people, including two women and a child, in Uksha border area in Kaliganj, Satkhira, on Thursday night when they were being trafficked to India.

PM greets her new Australian counterpart

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Julia Gillard on her assumption of Office of Prime Minister of Australia.

Journo killed in Khulna road crash

A journalist was killed in a road accident at Dumuria upazila here yesterday.

Azim Uddin elected NSU Foundation chairman

Azim Uddin Ahmed, a renowned industrialist, was elected chairman of the board of governors of the North South University (NSU) Foundation and the Porichalona Porshod of the university for 2010-11 at the 18th annual general meeting of the Foundation on Thursday, says a press release.


Afghan minerals may bring ‘self sufficiency' within decade

Afghanistan could be self-sufficient within a decade if its mineral resources are properly exploited, its mines minister has told the BBC.

South Korea raps 'reckless' N Korea at war anniversary

South and North Korea yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of a war that killed millions and officially remains unfinished, accusing each other of fuelling the current high tensions on the peninsula.

Leaders differ on how to nurture a global recovery

As world leaders gathered to deal with the aftermath of the global financial crisis, President Barack Obama boasted about a congressional compromise on overhauling the US banking system and called for an international effort to prevent future economic meltdowns.

Baby deaths link to Roman 'brothel' in Buckinghamshire

Archaeologists investigating a mass burial of 97 infants at a Roman villa in the Thames Valley believe it may have been a brothel.

Fears of new unrest as Kyrgyz holds referendum

Kyrgyzstan is to vote in a constitutional referendum Sunday that interim authorities insist is vital for easing tensions after deadly ethnic clashes but that some fear could spark new unrest.

Israel air raid kills one in Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes raided the Gaza Strip overnight killing a Palestinian and wounding another, witnesses and Palestinian medical officials said yesterday.

Bhopal victims angry over new relief package

Indian campaigners criticised a new 280-million-dollar government package for victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster on Friday, saying it did not go far enough.

Brazil's Lula cancels trip to G20

Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has cancelled his planned trip to Canada for this week's G20 summit due to deadly floods in the northeast, a presidential spokesman told AFP yesterday.

Pak monitors websites for blasphemy

Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, Yahoo and Amazon, for sacrilegious content, while blocking 17 other, lesser-known sites it deems offensive to Muslims, an official said yesterday.

First Indian ministerial visit to Pakistan since 26/11

Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram is in Islamabad for what will be the first Indian ministerial visit to Pakistan since the Mumbai attacks.

US military chief to reassure Afghans, allies

Washington's senior military officer was due to arrive in Afghanistan yesterday to explain the sacking of the allied commander in Kabul as the Obama administration said it was not "bogged down" in the war.

Japan to start nuclear power talks with India

Japan will start talks with India over a civil nuclear energy deal, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said yesterday, a move that would give Japanese firms access to the rapidly growing market amid rising global competition.

Arts & Entertainment

Urban life in frames

Pathshala South Asian Media Academy is holding a group photography exhibition, titled “Mukhochhobi-1,” at the academy premises on Panthopath, Dhaka. The exhibition is the outcome of a course on Environmental Portraiture, taught by Din M Shibley.

Celebrities on World Cup 2010

“I'm an ardent supporter of Argentina,” says the diva Sabina Yasmin.

Generating awareness through theatre

Khagrachhari Theater staged “Aifung Semong” (Change Habits), a play in Tripura language, last Thursday at the district town hall auditorium to generate awareness on health among people.

Turning down Raj Kapoor

Vogue called Leela Naidu one of the most beautiful women in the world; Salvador Dali used her as a model for the “Madonna.”

Prakash Jha wants to cast Angelina Joile as Draupadi

Indian filmmaker Prakash Jha has a dream project “Draupadi,” in which he wants to cast Hollywood star Angelina Jolie in the lead role. After the success of “Rajneeti,” which was inspired by the great Indian epic “Mahabharat,” Jha is ready for another movie, which will also be based on the same epic.

DS Cafe'

This month DS Café will have actress Tarin take your calls at The Daily Star office. Readers will have the opportunity to ask Tarin whatever they want to know. Call 8126155 today, between 4 and 5 pm to speak to Tarin!!!

Classical music at Chhayanaut

As part of their bi-monthly arrangement, department of Classical Music, Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayaton held a musical soiree, titled “Srotar Ashor” at Ramesh Chandra Datta Smriti Milon Kendra at the school in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Pabna Drama Circle’s 12-day anniversary celebration ends

The 12-day long programme celebrating the 29th anniversary of Pabna Drama Circle wrapped up last Thursday amidst much festivity. The last day's event included discussion, prize distribution, cultural programme and staging of a play at Doel Community Centre in Pabna town.

Aamir to join Twitter on Amitabh’s insistence

Come July and Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan is all set to join microblogging site Twitter.


The hype and the reality

THE extra enthusiasm witnessed before and after the recent mayoral election of the so-called commercial capital of Bangladesh does not come as a surprise for those that are aware of our political culture. What perhaps had struck many is that an intensely political personality has been humbled at the hustings by a not-so-politically committed person. That may or may not be a significant development in our situation particularly the electoral politics but the reality is that despite disclaimers from the two main political parties mayoral election has in effect, been contested on a political party basis.

Increasing negawatts

THE Daily Star's op-ed on the power sector by Dr. F.K. Khan (June 16) covered all aspects of the topic. The paper explained that the recent shortages were because of our dependence on one source -- natural gas -- only. At one time natural gas it was thought that the gas would last 20-30 years.

Bridging the infrastructure gap

BANGLADESH can reasonably aspire to become a middle-income country by 2021.This transition will ultimately require further shift in the economy towards higher value-added manufacturing and services. Such a transformation, among others, will require substantial investment in physical infrastructure (especially power sector, ports, industrial estates or economic zones, and transportation) all of which has a physical "footprint" -- land.

Woe for the eve teasers

ON May 4th the internet news site reported that, for the very first time, six young men aged between 16 and 22 were convicted for "sexual harassment" in Bangladesh. They were arrested in front of Gono Bidya school in Narayanganj where they were trying to harass young female students. All of them were sentenced to jail for seven days. The sentence should have been for a longer term.

Discipline in public universities

PUBLIC university authorities have been accustomed to flouting financial regulations since long. It existed even before 1971. The reasons for this are the gradual fall of standards in administration, non-application of the disciplinary rules, and tremendous increase in propensity for corruption in our society. This has emboldened the administrators, teachers and others to ignore willfully the regulations and orders of the government.


'Come home,' you once said . . .

Today let me reminisce with you on a day simple in content, yet pleasure filled. I was forewarned of the cardinal rule of load-shedding. For someone who rarely gets to appreciate star-brights in the galaxy because of the disunity caused by contrived lights, this is a welcome change. I asked for a much forgotten hurrican, the oil lamp. I can see that the chimney has been untried for quite sometime and in spite of rubbing it with ashes it did not regain its original lustre. The light does not come through very clearly. This does not bother me. I am toying with my thoughts while staring at the dancing flame; it has a hypnotic effect. It dulls what exists around me, limits my peripheral vision and allows me to focus, to be with myself. And yes, I like the pale gold ambience. I wish you were here! It is quite enchanting.

The letters of John Keats . . .

England, once dubbed as the hub of literary activities and as the “nest of the singing birds”, produced in the later part of the 19th century a poet who was ambitious of being among the English poets and who became almost as famous as Shakespeare. He was John Keats, a very familiar name to the students and readers of English Literature.

Ahmed Saadi: Bangladesh's Urdu poet

Ahmed Saadi, the Bengali-loving Urdu poet of Bangladesh, dreamed of disseminating knowledge of Bengali literature to the vast Urdu-speaking community of the subcontinent. He translated in Urdu selected poems of Kazi Nazrul Islam as well as novels, stories and poems of other famous Bengali litterateurs besides coming forth with his own Urdu literary works. Nazrul Institute compiled and published a book on Saadi's Urdu translated selected poems of Kazi Nazrul Islam. But after his death his remaining literary works appear to have gone into oblivion. This has prompted the leading lights of Bangla-Urdu Shahittyo Forum to urge the government to save his literarty works from being lost.

Star Health

Help children with Down syndrome

Down syndrome is the most common genetic (chromosomal) disorder that causes delay in physical and intellectual development of a child.

Long awaited dream comes true!

Professor Mohammad Ali is a tireless proponent of an innovative and highly sophisticated approach to treating end stage liver diseases through transplantation of liver in Bangladesh. He is the only surgeon who engineered liver transplantation for long 11 years and has successfully performed the first ever living donor liver transplant on June 3, 2010.

Facilitating mothers to exclusive breast-feeding

Healthy mother, healthy baby can make healthy nation. I think none will disagree this old wise note.

Simple dietary changes can make your skin glow

Recommendations have long held that you should consume a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to get essential vitamins and minerals and stay healthy. But what types of those foods you eat can also determine your skin tone and improve your complexion.

‘Mustard oil’ —Master of all cooking oils

Mustard (Sharisha) oil is best known for food linked to our culture and identity. Now scientists have considered this as the ‘friendliest oil’. Mustard seed oil has the lowest saturated fat content amongst edible oils. Scientific research has discovered its excellence.

Obesity and asthma are linked: study

A new study confirms a link between obesity and asthma.

Strategic Issues

Russia's Foreign Policy

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin chalked out an assertive Russian foreign policy during his eight years of presidency (2000-2008). His successor, President Medevdev, is following a similar path with support from Prime Minister Putin.

Was Jinnah's Pakistan worth the fight?

MORE than half a century after the end of British rule on the Indian subcontinent and the creation of India and Pakistan - born through the Hindu-Muslim partition in 1947, the Muslims who opted to stay in India are still getting a raw deal in every sphere of life. Still drowned in the scourge of poverty and backwardness, they continue fighting the ever-haunting spectre of communal riots and threats to their religious and cultural identity. The sense of insecurity experienced by the Indian Muslims in the post-partition era has compounded many times in recent years.

Crisis in Thailand: Probing historical roots

THE current political crisis in Thailand brings forth several assumptions regarding its emergence. The tumultuous historical background suggests numerous factors playing a role in the present breakdown in Thailand. By shedding light on the historical patterns of political evolution in Thailand, one can possibly help resolve the current conundrum of governance for the present and the future. This article will explain the tumultuous situation in Thailand in the context of three significant questions. What parts of the society comprise the 'Red Shirts' and the 'Yellow Shirts,' and what are the root causes for such a violent uprising in Thailand? Are there any major economic underpinnings in the political condition since the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997? What are the reasons for the escalation of the protests and how far will it undermine the process of democratization in the region?

Star Books Review

Faith, tradition and the world of Islam's women

Mohammad Ali Syed subtitles his work as 'A Progressive View', which certainly points to the kind of case he makes for his interpretation of Islamic rules and conventions as they apply to women. Syed has little patience with the proponents of radical Islam, those whose view of the faith embraces some of the most conservative, indeed fanatic assessments of the position Muslim women should hold in society. The increasing alarm that in recent times has been raised over such issues as the use of the niqab and hijab by Muslim women does not, for the writer, emphasise the core of the Islamic faith and indeed goes against history. Not for him the bigotry which has long characterised (and still does characterise) the status of women in Islam. Not for him, therefore, an acquiescence in the thought that women in Islam belong in one place, in this instance the four walls of a male-dominated home.

A doomed love, in new language

If Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a manifest love story of two young lovers, Antony and Cleopatra is a mature version of love between two mature lovers. “Age can not wither her, nor custom / Stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy/ The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry/ Where most she satisfies. For vilest things / Become themselves in her, that the holy priests/ Bless her when she is riggish” (2.3.240-45). The above words uttered by Enobarbus aptly tell us about the entirety of the magic character physical and psychological demeanourof Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt. Who could evade the terminal spell cast by Cleopatra? Ah, none! The three great Roman heroes: Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony did succumb to the all encompassing and pulling power of the mysterious queen! Mark Antony, at a critical state of making a choice between his martial duties and his love for Cleopatra, falls in an all-lost, happily of course, love with Cleopatra. Their love triumphs over all other mundane affairs. At the time of their impending doom, however, Antony tries to kill himself and an unyielding Cleopatra commits suicide kills herself using a venomous asp's poison. She remains triumphant to herself and their love: “Antony shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see/ Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness / I'th' posture of a whore” (5.2.214-17).

Looking for love in foreign land

There may be few books that can hold up the tapestry of human bondage so intricately as The Vine of Desire. Desire and loneliness, love and faithfulness interplay through the tale of three Indian immigrants caught in the dilemma of living under the same roof in America. The story is totally engrossing and leaves the reader breathless with the minute details caught in the emotional upheavals of life. Shudha, a young Indian woman, comes to visit her cousin Anju in New York. Shudha is newly divorced and still under the mental agony such family breakups can cause. She left her husband when her he and her mother-n-law wanted her to have an abortion because the baby she was carrying was a female foetus. To escape from them Shudha goes back to her parents. Now she is the mother of the baby girl, Dayita, who is with her in the US. Shudha and Anju have been very close friends ever since they were little girls. Anju had a miscarriage and is very upset and so Shudha has agreed to come to help her out with the trauma.

The rise of a star

Elvis Presley, the legendary American rock-n-roll singer and Hollywood actor of great fame, was a simpleton but a hard-working fellow with unmatched nervous energy. Almost a god to the billions of music lovers all over the globe, particularly to teenagers, he was a craze and rose to the pinnacle of success. It made him a highly paid singer in his times. But he is not dead to music aficionados as yet and still his smashing hit numbers stir the souls of listeners and take them to a different world of music.

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