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Dutch stun Brazil

Wesley Sneijder headed a second-half winner as Netherlands battled back from a goal down to beat ten-man Brazil 2-1 on Friday and secure a place in the World Cup semifinals.

DB focuses on 'subversion' plot

Detained Jamaat leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Delwar Hossain Sayedee have been quizzed about an alleged plot to destabilise the government to prevent war crimes trial.

BNP confused about its stance

The emerging possibility that the three arrested Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami top brass might be prosecuted for war crimes, has put BNP in a quandary about how to participate in the movement for freeing its allied Islamist leaders.

42 killed in Lahore suicide attack

Pakistan's second city Lahore was on high alert yesterday after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in an Islamic shrine packed with worshippers, killing 42 people and wounding scores more.

Investment conference on power sector today

The power ministry organises a daylong conference to attract investment in the country's power sector at the city's Sonargaon Hotel today.

2,500 sued over clash in Munshiganj

Assistant Police Super of Munshiganj Saifuzzaman Faruki was yesterday withdrawn from the district in connection with the police firing on agitating people Thursday.

Another man dies in cop custody

A man was allegedly killed under the capital's Darussalam police custody Thursday night.

Bird smuggling bid foiled

Customs officials yesterday seized around 1,000 birds, mostly protected species, from a Pakistani at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.

India takes mega projects

India has taken up several mega projects to develop its rail and road infrastructure for access to Chittagong Port and transit and transhipment through Bangladesh to remotest northeastern region.

Jamaat threatens to wage tough movement

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday threatened a tough movement to oust the government if the arrested leaders of the party are not released.

NGOs in CHT under surveillance

Non-governmental organisations operating in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazaar have been kept under surveillance of the country's intelligence agencies.

Tk 24 lakh stolen from Janata Bank in Khagrachhari

Criminals robbed Khagrachhari hill town branch of Janata Bank Thursday night of around Tk 24 lakh.

ME currencies seized at Ctg airport

Customs officials seized foreign currencies amounting to around Tk 70 lakh from a Muscat-bound passenger at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday.

AI calls for probe into hartal day violence

Amnesty International (AI) called for investigations into criminal attacks carried out by demonstrators during last Sunday's hartal.

Russian experts visit Rooppur plant site

An eight-member Russian expert team visited the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in the district Thursday.

Former Interpol chief convicted

A court in South Africa has convicted the former head of Interpol for accepting bribes from a drug dealer.

Accused WWII criminal wins bid against extradition

An alleged Nazi collaborator wanted in Hungary in the torture and killing of a Jewish teenager in 1944 won an appeal yesterday against extradition from his adopted country of Australia.

Okinawa city to sue Japan over US base issue

A Japanese city hosting an unpopular and controversial US military airbase plans to file a lawsuit against the country's government for failing to address the needs of locals, its mayor said Friday.

Blast kills one, hurts 10 in flashpoint Kosovo town

An explosion killed one person and injured 10 on Friday in the Serb part of the divided town of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, police and doctors said.

Obama says US economy fighting headwinds

US President Barack Obama said on Friday the US economy was moving in the right direction but continued to fight headwinds from volatile global markets.

Minister gets golden key at reception

Labour, Employment and Expatriates Welfare Minister Engineer Khondoker Mosharraf Hossain has been rewarded with a key made of 3.5 tolas of gold yesterday by the Faridpur municipality authorities.

Victim's wife refuses to receive body

Protesting the alleged killing of her husband by Gulshan police after two days in custody, Taslima Begum yesterday refused to receive the body.


Why do police stray into trigger-happy mode?

THE death of a school student in an accident on the Dhaka-Mawa highway on Wednesday has had a backlash of a stupendous proportion breaking into a series of incendiary incidents. At first, there was agitation over a demand for constructing speed breaker, this led to clashes between crowds and the police which culminated in the police opening fire. The post-accident casualties were considerable as a youngman died, 25 were injured including eight policemen while 16 sustained bullet injuries.

Disappearing city wetlands

A study by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has dreadfully quantified the overall loss of wetlands in the capital city at 40 percent in the last two decades. This was revealed in a roundtable organised by Save Environment Movement (SEM), Jano Udyog Jatiya Committee and Institute for Environment and Development.


Abreu breaks African hearts

Uruguay ended Ghana's dream of being the first African team in the World Cup semifinals when they won a penalty shootout 4-2 after their quarterfinal finished 1-1 at the end of extra time on Friday.

Brazil exits in epic 'final'

The World Cup was treated to its final, just two games too early.

Zuma talks of WC inspiration

The World Cup has inspired Africans and could be a stepping stone toward the first Olympics on the continent, South African President Jacob Zuma said.

Lahm digs at England

As Fabio Capello and his players continue to lick their wounds following their brutal defeat in Bloemfontein last weekend, Germany are preparing for a World Cup quarter final meeting with Argentina in Cape Town.

Incredible Hulk in a Spanish shirt!

Fernando Llorente's physical playing style has a secret -- the skin-tight shirt that makes him look like The Incredible Hulk, according to the striker himself.

Dunga leaves his post

Dunga has said Brazil's quarterfinal exit at the hands of Netherlands on Friday will be his last game as head coach of the selecao.

Clash of the titans

Argentina and Germany set off for the World Cup with huge doubts about their prospects but they meet in Saturday's quarterfinal in hot form with a great chance for the winners to go all the way to the final.

Germans have nothing to lose

Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Friday Germany's young team lacked experience but were still capable of conjuring up the "magic" needed to beat Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal.

'We will win 3-1'

Injured German captain Michael Ballack predicted on Friday that Germany would beat Argentina 3-1 in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal.

'German digs a mark of respect'

Germany are showing respect for their World Cup quarterfinal rivals Argentina when they accuse them of gamesmanship and being poor losers, Argentine defender Martin Demichelis said.

High pass marks

European champions Spain's return to the form in the 1-0 win over Portugal in their World Cup last 16 match showed that pass masters Xavi and Andres Iniesta were fully back in tandem.

Spain wary of Paraguay threat

Spain will be wary when they face Paraguay on Saturday in Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium of not making the same mistakes as in the past.

It's heart and pride

Paraguay's "heart" has taken them to the World Cup quarterfinals and they have the "chance of a lifetime" in their next match against Spain, coach Gerardo Martino said on Thursday.

Blanc made French coach

Laurent Blanc was officially appointed France coach on Friday with the mission to restore the team's pride after their disastrous World Cup performance.

World Cup One Twos

Cuban Erick Hernandez on Thursday said he had set a world record for juggling the Jabulani World Cup ball, while sitting down.

Villa hot on Raul's heels

Should Spain get to the World Cup final, in-form striker David Villa could write a new page in the tournament's history and over-take Raul as his country's all-time top scorer in one match.

Messi misses training

Lionel Messi missed Argentina's practice due to a head cold on Thursday, 48 hours before the World Cup quarterfinal against Germany in Cape Town.

Nadal roars into final

Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal made it back t0 the Wimbledon final by beating British home favourite Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 in Friday's semifinal.

Kaiser shocked at Maradona hate

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer expressed his amazement on Friday at the criticism of Argentinian coach Diego Maradona which has emanated mainly from Brazil's three-time World Cup winner Pele.

S Africa not just about football

Fans whose teams have dropped out of the World Cup are finding there is plenty to keep them in South Africa even after their soccer dreams die.

Bosque lauds Torres

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Thursday praised striker Fernando Torres, despite the Liverpool player looking a shadow of his normal self amid a World Cup goal drought.

Purbachal, Agrani get first points

After five consecutive defeats, both Agrani Bank and Purbachal Parishad played out a goalless draw in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birsreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Rana hattrick gives Police first win

Rana Das slammed a hattrick as promotee Police AC tasted their first victory in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with a 4-0 defeat over Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Chapal off to Australia

Hockey coach Barkatullah Chapal leaves here for Australia today to take part in development coaches' programme.

Bielsa on JFA wish-list

Former Argentina coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Jose Pekerman head Japan's wish-list to take over from Takeshi Okada, local media reported on Friday.

Capello to stay on

The Football Association have confirmed that Fabio Capello will continue as England manager despite the team's poor performance at the World Cup.

Spanish sweat on Martinez

Spain's 21-year-old central midfielder Javi Martinez had to leave his side's World Cup training session early on Thursday after suffering an ankle injury, team sources said.


One person should not hold key posts in govt, party

A person should not hold important positions in the government and the party at the same time as it hampers activities of both the organisations, Awami League Presidium Member Obaidul Quader has said.

8 killed in road accidents

At least eight people were killed and ten others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Madaripur and Thakurgaon yesterday and on Thursday night.

BNP warns govt of dire consequences

The main opposition BNP yesterday warned of dire consequences if the government moved to thwart its countrywide human chain scheduled for Wednesday.

Driver kicks sergeant off moving truck to death

A traffic sergeant died Thursday night due to fatal injuries sustained during a routine check at Nirala area in Khulna sadar that afternoon.

Nat'l Mathematical Olympiad team leaves tomorrow

A five-member Bangladesh National Mathematical Team will leave the country tomorrow to compete in the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held at Astana in Kazakhstan.

Traffic police's role stressed to check noise pollution

Nirapad Development Foundation (NDF) and Green Mind Society yesterday demanded involvement of traffic police in enforcing the Noise Pollution Control Rules in the capital.

Rajshahi-Dhaka air service starts this month

Air service on Rajshahi-Dhaka route will start again on a limited scale this month.

CJ for quick disposal of cases

Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim yesterday called for quick disposal of cases without resorting to vengeance.

5 injured in Thakurgaon

Five members of a journalist's family were injured in an assault over a land dispute at Bara Khochabari village in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila yesterday.

Remain alert against sabotage, anarchy

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies to remain alert and arrest anyone trying to create anarchy and disorder in the country.

Silver Bell's School, Ctg College, DU become champions

Silver Bell's Girls' High School, Chittagong College and Dhaka University emerged as champions at different categories in the 'Mutual Trust Bank- The Daily Star Debate Contest 2010.

AL protest in metropolitan cities today

Ruling Awami League announced a two-day protest programme demanding trial of the BNP and Jamaat activists for “killing, terrorism, bombing and arson, and obstructing trial of the war criminals.”

Birth Registration Day today

The National Birth Registration Day will be observed countrywide today to ensure every child's right to be registered and have a name.

Mohiuddin devotes time to reorganising party in Ctg

After the recent electoral debacle, former mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury has apparently become more active in politics, devoting his time to reorganising the party here to face future political challenges.

Jamaat leader Parwar, 9 others on 2-day remand

City Jamaat Ameer Mian Golam Parwar and nine others of the same party were taken on a two-day remand Thursday for interrogation in two separate cases filed with Khulna Sadar police station Wednesday night.

Ten injured in Chuadanga blasts

At least 10 people were injured in two separate bomb blasts in Chuadanga on Wednesday and Thursday.

'Build up resistance against stalkers'

Speakers at a human chain programme yesterday called for framing a strict law to stop stalking and building up a united resistance against the stalkers.

RMC expels 5 BCL men for assaulting teacher

Five students of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) belonging to the college unit of Bangladesh Chhattra League were expelled on Thursday for assaulting a teacher during a factional clash on June 21.

Bulbs worth Tk 2 lakh stolen in Manikganj

Goods worth about Tk.2 lakh were stolen from a godown of a Philips Lighting dealer at Kalibari in the district town on Thursday night.

Attack on Jhenidah AL leader's house

Unidentified miscreants attacked and attempted to torch the house of Jhenidah Awami League General Secretary Azizur Rahman early yesterday.

Alauddin Azad's anniversary of death today

Today is the first death anniversary of Prof Dr Alauddin Al Azad, prominent poet, littérateur and academician, says a press release.

Wife, son meet Nizami at jail gate

Family members of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, now detained in Dhaka Central Jail, met him at the jail gate yesterday afternoon.


Pak blames US for Lahore attack

Pakistanis lashed yesterday at the US, blaming its alliance with their government and its presence in Afghanistan for spurring two suicide bombers to kill 42 people at the country's most important Sufi shrine.

Illegal arms trade flourishes in Nepal tourist area

The central Kathmandu tourist district of Thamel has become a centre for illegal trade in guns and small arms.

Ex-husband says spy wife dominated by father in KGB

The British ex-husband of a key figure in the Russia-US spy storm told how his glamorous former wife became "obnoxious" and dominated by her KGB father, in an interview published yesterday.

New US sanctions on Iran toughest ever

President Barack Obama signed into law on Thursday far-reaching new sanctions on Iran that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports and deepen its international isolation.

Thai attacks kill nine in two days

Nine people, including six military personnel, have been killed in two days of bomb and gun attacks in Thailand's insurgency-plagued southern provinces, police said yesterday.

Mexican gang gunfight near US border leaves 21 dead

At least 21 people have been killed in a gunfight between two of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels near the border with the US, officials have said.

Pak bombers caught on dramatic TV footage

The scenes of carnage at one of Pakistan's holiest shrines was caught on camera by closed circuit televisions which recorded the bombers in the final moments before they blew themselves up.

Turk airstrike hits Kurd rebel targets in Iraq

Turkish planes bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, the military said yesterday, following a spate of militant attacks on Turkish soil.

One suspect released, nine held in spy case

A woman accused of being a Russian spy was ordered released and placed under home arrest on Thursday, but nine other suspects in an espionage case that has revived Cold War memories remained in federal custody.

Frustration in Gaza at 'bursting point'

Frustration among refugees in Gaza has reached "bursting point" with further unrest likely unless Israel lifts its blockade against them immediately, the head of a UN aid body said yesterday.

Netanyahu looks forward to Obama talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking forward to a warmer White House welcome from President Barack Obama next week after their relationship hit a lowpoint over Jewish settlement policy.

Taliban attack US aid company, five killed

Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a US contracting company office in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing five people including three foreigners and wounding 24 others, a senior official said.

Petraeus arrives in Afghanistan to lead faltering war

The United States' top field commander arrives in Afghanistan yesterday to take charge of the faltering war, pledging to tackle the nine-year-old Taliban insurgency with a strategy he successfully pioneered in Iraq.

25 hurt in fresh protests in curfew-hit Indian Kashmir

Some 25 people were injured in anti-India protests around Kashmir as police fired teargas to break up demonstrations held despite a strict curfew across much of the insurgency-hit region.

Nepal's political crisis sparks concern over peace

Nepal's political leaders were locked in talks yesterday to try to form a new government amid mounting international concern about the country's faltering peace process.

Arts & Entertainment

Samiran’s divine world

In combination with vision and keen observation, Samiran Chowdhury is now searching for new themes and wants to explain his works differently. The morsels of his lines, tones, textures, and varying mild and bright colours are immersed in his works and have evolved in an abstract style. He is now recognised as a pure abstract painter and prefers to highlight in pleasant splendour the themes of the spiritual world and emotions.

Atiqul Haque Chowdhury joins ETV as adviser

Veteran media personality Atiqul Haque Chowdhury has jointed Ekushey Television as an adviser. In his previous tenure with the channel, Chowdhury served as the director of programme.

ntv turns seven

Satellite channel ntv turns seven today. To mark the occasion, several special programmes will be aired on the channel throughout the day. Highlights of some of the programmes:

Nagarik Nritya Samaj to honour Laila Hasan

Nagarik Nritya Samaj is holding a civic reception for veteran dance artiste Laila Hasan today at 5:30 pm at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) premises. The event will continue at National Theatre Hall, BSA from 7 pm.

Patriotism and devotion unbound

Rajanikanta Sen (1865-1910) poet, lyricist and singer, was born in the village of Bhangabari in Pabna (now in Bangladesh). Yesterday marked his 145th birth anniversary.

Theatre workshop on technical issues

A five-day theatre workshop on technical skill development begins today at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Shegunbagicha, in Dhaka, according to a press release. Theatre Designers Institute, BSA and the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh are jointly organising the workshop, which will take place at the National Theatre Hall, BSA.


Of performance and corruption

WIDESPREAD recognition and public perception prevail that corruption has become the part and parcel of our socio-economic life, simply a culture in Bangladesh. Individual morality, family values, social norms, economic machinery, political discipline, and statutory institutions all have perversely adjusted with the reality of corruption. General people fear to find any corruption free public space and suspect that anticorruption regime could control corruption within a tolerable range.

Kashmir clouds Indo-Pak talks

WITH such positive talks between India and Pakistan at Islamabad, the tragic happenings in Kashmir seem more than a coincidence. That the youth in the valley are angry because they are not getting their due is known to all. Their pelting of stones at the security forces has been going on for more than a year. Still, why should Kashmir be on the boil when relations between India and Pakistan are on the mend?

Reducing poverty in the countryside

THE formation of the National Rural Development Council (NRDC) headed by the prime minister, as reported in some newspapers, is the accomplishment of a long cherished expectation in the realm of rural development.

Learning from the 'dark continent'

AFRICA is often termed a "dark continent." But there are evidences that modern humans first evolved in this continent, which is rich in both forest and desert. Can there be anything to learn from the African nations regarding education? Although Bangladesh is an Asian country, I argue that she can learn much even from this "dark continent."

Santal revolution: Some reflections

DURING the last couple of decades a crop of new social movements presented a seemingly comprehensive framework for understanding the aboriginals -- their world-view, cognitive orientations, cultural patterns and age-long socio-economic institutions.


Why not adopt a green tax framework in budget?

GIVEN the physical and socio-economic parameters, Bangladesh can be regarded as a test case of sustainable development (SD). Our per capita cultivable land and forest are among the lowests in the world. About one-third of our population still lives below poverty line. On the other hand, a consistent economic growth of 5-6% a year during the last two decades and the potential for double-digit growth in near future had and will have gigantic impact on the limited natural resources, such as land, water, forest and fisheries. The challenge of increasing food supply is degrading the soil quality. An increasing number of industries is polluting our water in extreme ways, endangering the public health in the most serious manner. Climate change impacts are likely to pull us back.

Global warming and priorities of plant breeding

GLOBAL warming is an increase of average air temperature of the Earth's surface and oceans' temperature. The most important challenge for sustainable agriculture is climate uncertainty, more specifically global warming. According to Gallup Polls, over a third of the world's population is unaware of global warming, with people in developing countries less aware than those in developed countries. Anticipated changes in global climate leading to more frequent extreme conditions will need adaptations of agricultural crops in order to sustain agricultural production.

Earthquake devastation: Lessons from Haiti and Chile

WHAT are the reasons that increase the volume of damage in an earthquake? Is it possible to reduce this intensity of damages? Is it only the degree of magnitude (Richter scale) that determines the intensity of damages in an earthquake? These are queries from the people who have not usually have much idea about the seismology or plate tectonics. In fact most people when they hear any news regarding earthquake immediately look for reports on Richter scale magnitude of earthquake. But if we look at the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti, the Richter scale magnitude appears as not the major factor that contributed to the damages. Chile earthquake was far stronger (8.8 magnitude) than the Haiti earthquake (7.0 magnitude) yet the death toll and other damages in Haiti happened to be higher than Chile. What was the reason behind ?


Ted Hughes at our home

I consider myself extremely lucky having had the privilege of welcoming Ted Hughes, the late poet laureate of Britain, as a guest at our home in Uttara. It was the year 1989 and the season was mild winter. By sheer coincidence, I was asked by the poet's liaison officer to arrange a cultural evening-cum-dinner in Bangali style in the informal and relaxed atmosphere of a home, an experience that the poet himself wished for when he was on the last leg of his tour of Bangladesh. Although initially nervous, I was beside myself with joy at the thought of the plan taking a concrete shape at our home. Then again, I panicked momentarily, telling the surprised liaison officer that I didn't have furniture good enough to welcome the poet laureate with. The officer simply smiled and waved my worries aside. That same evening Ted Hughes flew back to Dhaka after a few days' stay at the Sundarbans, having had first hand experience of observing wildlife in their natural habitat, which was one of his passions throughout his life.

A room with a view

Ever the intrepid adventurer, I never pass up a chance to go exploring whenever the opportunity arrives. So when my wife Eva's friend the inimitable Poly invited us to accompany her to her village home on the weekend I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Alas! My niece and her mother were flying in from Washington DC that very morning at 0450 and my sister and I were to receive them. Due to these logistical constraints, Eva opted out of the trip and I was in a bit of a quandary myself, what with the World Cup matches going into the wee hours of the night. Ultimately, I decided I would make it. So I packed my overnighter and went off to bed by midnight.

Poppy . . . in her minimalist existence

The first time I saw her she stood on one side of the dining room, ramrod straight, like a dancer, her eyes downcast, staring at the floor. She twirled the tassel of her dopatta with her fingers in a continuous nervous motion. Her flawless skin was a couple of shades darker than cafe au lait, setting off her exquisitely chiseled features like that of a bronze statuette. Her eyes, when she did look up occasionally, were as dark as the night; but a brilliant twinkle lit them up every time she flashed her dazzling smile. Her long, jet-black hair was combed back and neatly tied in a thick braid. She was tall, much taller than an average local girl, and slender. She spoke in a soft intimidated voice, almost inaudible.

Rain, you whisper . . .

Rain, you say in that terse note, as
The skies explode in cheerful fury.
Brishti . . . that is the rainmaker in
You marvelling at the searing, soaring
Light piercing the clouds pregnant
With possibilities.

Love for…

You are the summer wine I never dare to drink but secretly desire
You are the rainbow colored butterfly flying in the wide open
You are the Goosebumps I get watching “Roman Holiday”

Star Health

A global call to action for science-based drug policy

Three leading scientific and health policy organisations recently launched a global drive for signatories to the Vienna Declaration (, a statement seeking to improve community health and safety by calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into illicit drug policies.

Reduce your risk of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer affects millions of women each year. It develops in the cervix or the neck of the uterus. It is a slow growing cancer, take years before it progress to actual cervical cancer. Cervical cancer may be caused by various risk factors. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk, or even prevent naturally.

Easiest way to reduce hospital-acquired infections

We all know that the best place to go when you become sick is the hospital. But it is also possible for people to become more ill while staying in hospital. Infections which patients catch while in the hospitals are called nosocomial infections, and they are a major public health risk. In the US alone, where medicine is highly advanced and infection-control practices are in place, an estimated 100,000 people die each year due to nosocomial infections.

Scientists find way to predict timing of menopause

Iranian scientists say they have developed a way of using a simple blood test to predict accurately when women will reach the menopause, offering the chance for women to plan for family and career far in advance.

Barley — The forgotten friend

Do you remember those old days? When ‘Barley’ was considered as one of the most essential food items during sickness? Today, studies around the world have been providing results regarding barley’s potential health benefits. This is a wonderful versatile cereal grain in terms of good nutrition.

Strategic Issues

Terropiracy: Topic for BIMSTEC

SOUTH and South East Asia face a probability of profit motivated pirates committing acts of terror and politically driven terrorists resorting to piracy. Unlike terrorism that emanates from South/South West Asia and piracy that originates from South East Asia, terropiracy is a probability linking South and South East Asia as a contiguous unit of operation. With the Durand Line as the epicenter of global terrorism, the Taliban on both sides of it see no barrier separating the South from South West Asia. For the pirates in and around the Straits of Malacca, the peninsular confluence between South and South East Asia is but a choke point to disrupt the supply chain of global trade. Over 90% of global trade is conducted by sea with Singapore as the world's busiest port and its largest container trans-shipment hub for a network of 250 shipping lines connecting it to 600 ports in 123 countries.

Combating terrorism together: South Asia towards new pragmatism

SAARC Ministers for Interior/Home have called for a comprehensive regional strategy to fight against terrorism. The third meeting of the SAARC Ministers for Interior/Home held in Islamabad adopted the SAARC Islamabad Statement on Cooperation against Terrorism, which reaffirms the commitment to further strengthen cooperation to fight and eradicate terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

Has Indo-Pakistan ministerial meeting made headway?

THE just-concluded ministerial level meeting between the two perennially hostile south Asian neighbours India and Pakistan was the focus of many eyes for a variety of reasons. The meeting in Islamabad, was the first of its kind since the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that sent their topsy-turvy bilateral ties to the lowest level in many years. When India's Home Minister met his Pakistani counterpart they faced an uphill task to take the spirit of the New Delhi-Islamabad ties to a scale often described by both sides as “normal”. Indo-Pakistan ties are generally characterized by enmity and belligerence, but this relationship also produces bilateral cooperation in many areas notwithstanding their differences owing to several disputes.

Star Books Review

Failure is acceptable, often essential

THIS book reminds me of Kahlil Gibran's saying, “If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.”

Waltzing through literature land

Crossings is a literary journal produced by the Department of English and Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. The journal, published annually, rightly defines itself as a “ peer-reviewed journal of scholarly articles and book reviews.”

A voice speaks from the grave

WHEN one hears of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan's diaries, incredulity is what one is struck by. There is a reason for that. When towards the end of his decade-long presidency of Pakistan in the 1960s he came forth with his memoirs, bearing the arrogant title of Friends Not Masters, a goodly number of questions were raised about the ghost writers who probably had worked on them. And indeed there were the ghost writers, all of whom in later years were spotted explaining away their roles in the making of the memoirs which, incidentally, amounted to little that was enlightening or revealing.

A clan in history

OUR imaginations run wild at the slightest hint of a mystery that possibly shrouds an event or a story. We forgo the comforting nap of the afternoon and peaceful slumber of the night for the excitement of watching a mystery movie or reading a strange story. Had there been no mystery in this world, it would have been a very dull place to live in. That explains why mystery stories of the Bermuda Triangle, Loch Ness monster, etc., are ever popular with young readers.

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