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News of: Saturday, 28th of August, 2010

Front Page

Constitution-unaware man behind historic correction

The man, who blew the legal cover of HM Ershad's military regime, has no knowledge about country's constitution, let alone its seventh amendment.

Ershad's desperate bids go in vain

Ershad's strategy to secure the armed forces' absolute allegiance to his regime, through a mixed policy of concessions, rewards, punishments and tightening of military intelligence, worked like a charm.

100 plus ordinances should be examined

More than 100 presidential ordinances promulgated during the first martial law regime should now be examined to see if the original constitution of 1972 would allow their enactment, legal experts said.

New int'l airport to cost Tk 50,000cr

Building another international airport nearby Dhaka will cost Tk 50,000 crore, a pre-feasibility study by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism suggests.

Judgments that restore our pride

The two recent verdicts nullifying the 5th and 7th amendments to our constitution can definitely be termed as epoch-making. If ever there were moments in our history when pronouncements from the judiciary elevated us, energised us, emboldened us, and above all restored our pride in ourselves, the pronouncements of the aforementioned two judgments were such moments.

Hasina invites constructive criticism from journalists

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the journalists to make constructive criticism of the government in order to consolidate democracy and ensure welfare of the people.

Govt moves to find new manpower markets

Bangladesh plans to explore alternative and diversified overseas labour markets to boost the sector as some traditional destinations are getting saturated.

CID quizzing detained Duke

Criminal Investigation Department is quizzing Khaleda Zia's nephew Saiful Islam Duke about his alleged role in arranging escape for perpetrators of the August 21 grenade blasts in 2004.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a “shootout” with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Tejgaon Industrial Area in the capital early yesterday.

Jamaat leader protests edn ministry order

Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the education ministry's circular, which came in line with a High Court order, directing all educational institutions not to force female students to wear borkha (veil) at the institutions.

Attack on cops to snatch accused

Three policemen were injured when criminals tried to snatch a person arrested in connection with a mugging case at Asadganj Sobhania Madrasa area in Chittagong yesterday.

DCC sleeps as roads dug 6 months ago

Roads in the city's Hazaribagh and Rayerbazar areas are left cratered for the last six months, causing sufferings to commuters.

Another worker dies

Another injured in Hasan Steel Mill furnace explosion at Kadamtoli succumbed to his injuries at Nirupom Hospital in Mohammadpur yesterday, raising the death toll to three.

S'pore offers job to 45,000 Bangladeshis

Singapore has proposed hiring 45,000 female domestic workers from Bangladesh on a pay higher than in the Middle Eastern countries.

Dhaka too noisy

Aminul Haque has paid dearly for earning his bread and butter as he lost much of his hearing due to noise pollution at his workplace.

Implement DAP, relocate factories

Some eminent personalities yesterday stressed the need for implementing the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) that recommended relocating industries and chemicals factories out of the capital.

Moudud hails verdict on Ershad's rule

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the seventh amendment to the constitution was made to reinstate democracy bringing an end to military rule.

4 Jamaat men held, books on jihad seized

Police arrested four Jamaat men and seized some books on jihad, raiding a Jamaat activist's house in Patgram upazila of the district yesterday.

UK scientists crack wheat's genetic code

British scientists have decoded the genetic sequence of wheat -- one of the world's oldest and most important crops -- a development they hope could help breed better strains of the global food staple.

Man allegedly kills wife, son

A man allegedly killed his wife and four-year-old son at Madati village in Kaliganj upazila early yesterday.

One held with Tk 1.32cr in foreign currencies

Customs authorities at Shahjalal International Airport seized foreign currencies worth Tk 1.32 crore and detained a Singapore-bound passenger in this connection Thursday.

India police kill Maoist wanted over May train crash

Police in India say they have killed a top Maoist guerrilla who was wanted in connection with a train crash in May that left 150 people dead.

Pakistanis too broken to rebuild in flood crisis

Shah-e-Roon doesn't have the energy, money or support from Pakistan's government to help Madyan recover from floods that decimated the small town nearly a month ago.

New poll Tomorrow

opinion poll on the performance of the government after one and a half years in power will be published tomorrow instead of Saturday. This will be the third in the series and the previous two were conducted at the completion of the government's 100 days and at the end of its first year. When the third poll is compared with the previous two, it gives an interesting overview of the public's mind. So, read the opinion poll tomorrow.

Editorial

HC's dissolution of 7th Amendment

After the momentous Supreme Court verdict that cancelled the Fifth Amendment to the constitution, the nation has got another occasion to rejoice over the historic High Court judgement that has nullified the Seventh Amendment to the constitution introduced during the military rule by General H. M. Ershad.

Removing overhead cables

The report titled 'Removal order runs into snag' with accompanying photograph on the back page of The Daily Star on Thursday says a lot about the authorities concerned not being aware of the maxim 'a stitch in time saves nine.' They usually wake up quite late in the day to find a small problem already blown out of proportion and then begin to run in every direction for a solution. The messy situation, with cable TV lines dangling precariously inches above heads of the pedestrians, is another classic example.

Sports

Crying for elections

Half of the national sporting federations and associations are at present being run by ad-hoc committees, giving a strong impression that they are going back to the culture of interim administrations.

Inter get tough group

The Champions League group stage draw held here Thursday pitted titleholders Inter Milan against Tottenham with Real Madrid, now coached by Inter's former boss Jose Mourinho, facing AC Milan.

Tamim to be cautioned

Opener Tamim Iqbal is going to receive a cautionary letter from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for showing indecent behaviour against a board decision.

India eye revenge

India would look to avenge the league-stage humiliation and clinch their second successive ODI trophy on Sri Lankan soil when they take on the hosts in what promises to be a high-voltage summit clash of the cricket tri-series here today.

Aamer rattles England

Mohammad Aamer took career-best figures of six wickets for 47 runs but England's Jonathan Trott held firm against Pakistan on the second day of the fourth and final Test at Lord's here on Friday.

First Division football

Manikganj City Club thrashed Dragon Sporting Club 5-0 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division football league at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Shakib 3 down Northants

Shakib Al Hasan picked up three wickets as Northamptonshire made slow progress in their County Championship Division Two match against Worcestershire at the County Ground in Northampton yesterday.

Abahani rope in two Ghanaians

Three times Bangladesh League champions Abahani yesterday flew in two new Ghanaian recruits along with their old Ghanaian stalwarts Awudu Ibrahim and Samad Yousif yesterday ahead of the upcoming season.

Nadal, Murray in same half

Roger Federer will try to reach his seventh consecutive US Open final and reclaim the crown he won five times in a row but Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have their eyes on the same prize.

KP seeks to regain confidence

Kevin Pietersen has admitted his morale has been "hammered" by his failure to score a Test century in the last year-and-a-half.

City draw Juventus

Europa League holders Atletico Madrid will face German big guns Bayer Leverkusen while Liverpool meet Romania's Steau Bucharest following the draw for the group stage here on Friday.

Baghdatis beaten

Sergiy Stakhovsky completed two matches on Thursday, but it was top-seed Marcos Baghdatis who looked tired, losing 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (4) to the Ukrainian in the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.

Ex-BFF president passes away

Former president of Bangladesh Football Federation and Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, noted sports organiser Abdur Rakib Khandker breathed his last on the 25th of this month at a hospital in Bangkok. He was 78. The deceased left behind 4 sons, two daughters, and countless well-wishers. His namaz-e-janaja will be held at the Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asr prayers today. BFF president Kazi Mohammad Salauddin expressed his condolences at the death of his predecessor.

Oram out of Champions League

Allrounder Jacob Oram will have knee surgery next week that will rule him out of the Champions League Twenty20 in another painful chapter to a career plagued by injury. Scans showed damage to Oram's patella tendon and he is now hoping to return for Pakistan's visit in December. He has been replaced by the 18-year old allrounder Ben Wheeler, who played in the Under-19 World Cup this year.

Chelsea in hot form

Chelsea mid-fielder John Obi Mikel insists the free-scoring Premier League champions will be happy to win ugly against Stoke on Saturday.

Dawn of the Jose era

Jose Mourinho embarks on his new adventure as Real Madrid coach making his bow with a tricky trip to islanders Real Mallorca on Sunday as he begins his quest to bring the glory days back to Real.

Contenders open easy

Inter Milan's main Serie A rivals AS Roma and city neighbours AC Milan have both been given a great chance to open the new season with a bang, beginning against newly-promoted teams.

Villa crash out

Troubled Aston Villa suffered another damaging setback on Thursday when they crashed out of the Europa League with Scottish hopes also suffering a triple wipeout.

Masche offer accepted

Liverpool announced on Friday they had accepted a new improved offer from Barcelona for Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano, with a deal set to be concluded this weekend.

Ballack left out by Loew

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been dropped by national coach Joachim Loew for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Marwijk makes 7 changes

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk made seven changes to the squad that finished runners-up at the World Cup when he named his 23-man line-up for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against San Marino and Finland.

Hercules to lift Trezegol

French striker David Trezeguet is set to leave Italian club Juventus for newly-promoted Spanish outfit Hercules Alicante, Spanish media reported Friday.

Diego seals Wolfsburg move

Brazilian midfielder Diego has finally completed his on-off transfer from Juventus to Wolfsburg, the buying club announced on Friday.

Metropolitan

New bus route system facing hurdles

The new bus transport system, in which buses of one route will operate under one franchise company, has been facing hurdles since it was tentatively introduced last year on Uttara-Azimpur route, bus owners say.

54 inscriptions of Dhaka discovered

A total of 54 inscriptions on Dhaka have been discovered by a group of young researchers in the city.

Six die in separate incidents

Six people died in separate incidents in the districts of Dinajpur, Satkhira, Lalmonirhat, Manikganj and Netrakona yesterday.

Army also invests in loss incurring state industries

Bangladesh army did not limit its business efforts only by initiating new businesses but also doing acquisition of loss-incurring state industries through privatisation board, said a BBC radio documentary yesterday.

UN to aid 14,000 Aila-hit families

United Nation's (UN) bodies--WFP, UNDP and Unicef--have extended support to 14,000 families, affected by cyclone Aila, still living on embankments in Bangladesh.

Another outlaw held in Khulna

Police arrested a notorious outlaw Thursday night, suspecting his involvement in the killing of Sarder Abu Saeed Badal, chairman of Damodar union parishad (UP) under Phultala upazila of Khulna district.

85pc people seek quack remedies for low cost

The high costs have been preventing villagers to seek treatment from qualified doctors, specially from those physicians who hold degree of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science (MBBS), says a survey of a leading health research organisation.

Experts for monorail in Dhaka to reduce cost

Foreign transport experts prefer construction of monorail instead of underground metro rail for Dhaka city as the subways will be less feasible and will cost one billion dollar more than the sky-trains.

5th population census in March next year

Planning Minister AK Khandker said next population and housing census will be held across the country from March 15-19 next year.

Hanif urges BNP leaders to see their faces on mirror

Acting General Secretary of Awami League Mahbub- ul-Alam Hanif yesterday said Awami League does not know which unreachable path the BNP is passing through.

FAO consultant killed in road crash

A UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) consultant was killed and five people were injured in a road crash at Ashukathi of Gournadi here on the Dhaka- Barisal highway yesterday afternoon.

Two killed, one injured in road accidents

Two people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Manikganj yesterday.

40 injured by harpoon in clash

At least 40 people were injured by harpoon in a clash between two rival groups of Darigaon and Haripur villages in Raipura upazila of Narshingdi yesterday.

Nazrul's 34th death anniversary observed

The 34th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed across the country yesterday in a befitting manner.

Bangladesh yet to decide on relations with Israel: FM

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said Dhaka was yet to take any decision on establishing relations with Israel despite Bangladesh's policy of peace and friendship with all.

Qirat, Azan contest held

Annual Azan, Qirat and easy competition of Bangladesh police was held at Rajarbag Police Lines Central Jame Mosque yesterday.

Janata Bank gives Tk 15 lakh to DU staff

Janata Bank Ltd yesterday donated Tk 15 lakh to Jakir Hossain, a fourth class employee of Fazlul Haque Muslim Hall of the Dhaka University, for his treatment under its corporate social responsibility programme, says a press release

Dolphin dies in Bhairab river

A gangetic dolphin died in the Bhairab River in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.

Death anniversary of MA Wadud

Today is the 27th death anniversary of language movement hero MA Wadud, father of Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and noted surgeon Jawadur Rahim Wadud.

International

DR Congo killings 'may be genocide'

A draft UN report says crimes by the Rwandan army and allied rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo could be classified as genocide.

Myanmar generals resign to contest polls

Myanmar's defence minister and other top generals resigned their junta and military posts yesterday to contest the upcoming polls as civilians, officials said.

India cancels China defence exchanges after visa row

India has cancelled defence exchanges with China after China refused a visa to a Kashmir-based general.

UN: 1 million more displaced by Pak floods

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fled floodwaters yesterday after the surging River Indus smashed through levees in two places, but many refused to leave the danger zone while others took shelter in an ancient graveyard for Muslim saints.

Plants can send SOS signal to insects

Plants can summon insects to their aid to avoid being munched to death by caterpillars, scientists have found.

Kenya president ratifies new constitution

Kenya has adopted a new constitution, more than three weeks after it was overwhelmingly approved in a national referendum.

Concession clears way for Australia truce talks

Australia's conservatives yesterday agreed to a key demand from minority lawmakers central to determining who will take power, after the closest elections in decades left the nation in political deadlock.

Lanka scraps visa on arrival for most foreigners

Sri Lanka has scrapped visa on arrival for all nationals except those from the Maldives and Singapore, an official said yesterday, in a move which could damage the country's revived tourist industry.

US citizens freed in North Korea

Former US President Jimmy Carter has secured the release of an American citizen detained in North Korea.

Trapped Chile miners give video tour of confinement

A newly-released video appears to show that 33 miners trapped deep underground in Chile are in good spirits.

Nato kills Afghan kids, loses three soldiers

Three US soldiers were killed Friday in attacks in Afghanistan, Nato said, as Afghan authorities accused international forces of killing six children during an air assault on Taliban positions.

China silent on reported visit by North Korea's Kim

China kept silent yesterday about a reported visit by North Korea's secretive leader, Kim Jong-il, that analysts say appears intended to line up Beijing behind his dynastic succession plans.

CIA pays many in Karzai admin: report

The CIA is making payments to a significant number of officials in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Shamsur Rahman and his effortless eloquence

The nation paid tribute to poet Shamsur Rahman on his fourth death anniversary on August 17. Among his famed works are “Roudro Korotite”, “Biddhasta Nilima”, “Niraloke Dibyaroth” and “Adiganta Nagna Padaddhani”. Besides poetry, he also contributed to the realms of essays, stories, novels, translation and columns. Rabindra Bharati University and Jadavpur University of India conferred honorary D.Lit. degrees on him. His poems have been translated in many languages. Rahman was a recipient of Swadhinata Padak, Ekushey Padak, Adamjee Puroshkar, Bangla Academy Puroshkar and Jibanananda Puroshkar.

“Shironamhin Rabindranath” to be released on Eid

Shironamhin's fourth studio album, which features rock interpretations of Rabindra Sangeet, will be released on the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Titled “Shironamhin Rabindra-nath”, the album will be launched under the banner of Laser Vision.

Reflections on Nazrul

On the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Writers Guild and Muktochinta Prokasona jointly organised a discussion and a book launch programme at the conference lounge of the National Press Club on August 26.

Nazrul in Comilla and Trishal

National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam travelled far and wide in Bangladesh (then East Bengal) in his lifetime. Nazrul Institute made a series of documentaries on the places that were significant to Nazrul. “Comilla-e Nazrul” and “Trishal-e Nazrul” are two such documentaries, which focus on the influence of different places and phases in the development of Nazrul as a poet.

“My weight has been a national issue”

It has been 10 years since Kareena Kapoor joined the Bollywood film industry. From playing a shy girl in love in “Refugee”, the actress has grown into a stronger woman, fighting for a place in her man's life in “We Are Family”.

OP-ED

Whither the new Police Act?

THE Daily Star in its editorial and the mass-circulated Bangali daily Prothom Alo in the lead news have once again reminded us about the urgency of enacting a new Police Act. The issue has been deliberated upon in such comprehensive manner in the last couple of years that according to newspaper reports, the Inspector General of Police has said that he is tired of any further speaking on the subject.

Lengthening shadows of parochialism in the US

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel through the UK and the US for almost one month. I want to share my assessment of the two countries. It is needless to say that Great Britain and America cannot be compared in economic or political prowess because the latter is literally dominating the world.

Disentangling Dhaka traffic

DHAKA city's traffic has turned into a veritable mess. The problem, though much talked about but hardly attended to in a realistic manner, has now assumed alarming proportions. People are afraid to get out of their houses, and even if they do they are not sure if they can return to their houses quite safe and sound.

Is denial the solution to problems?

AFTER prolonged sufferings, research and experiment we have at last come up with a unique, effective and permanent solution to all the problems that are vexing us for generations.

How men and women differ

SCIENTISTS in Holland announced that they had for the first time mapped the complete DNA of a woman. The DNA of the human male was mapped in 2001, and boffins have also done a number of lesser beasts, such as the dog, the bear, the E. Coli bacterium, the mouse, the fruit fly, and finally, last and definitely least, the human female.

Environment

Our ecological unconscious

There is still a lot of brouhaha and political polemics in Bangladesh when it comes to the safekeeping of the environment. However, it seems like our government is finally catching up with the subject with some degree of sincerity. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Forests and Environment Ministry recently proposed the inclusion of a number of environment-related clauses in the Constitution. This one caught my attention: "The State shall protect, preserve, and improve the environment and safeguard natural resources, ecological diversity, biodiversity, wetlands, forests, and wildlife of the country for present and future generations."

How safe is surface water?

Traditionally, surface water is the main source of drinking water and consumed without any treatment or after boiling when fuel is available. An increasing population density and inadequate sanitation has led to severe microbial contamination of surface water causing diseases (cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery) and mortality. In the 1970's the use of groundwater for human consumption was propagated to overcome this problem. In the following decade UNICEF installed about 10 million shallow tube wells (suctioned hand pump) over the country. However, in 1993, high levels of arsenic were found in drinking water from tube wells. Nearly 40,000 people showing the skin lesions symptoms characteristic of arsenicosis have been identified.

Literature

Apajia will not sing again

She called me Tukun Japani and cared for me from the day of my birth to age three like a mother. She fancy-dressed me in different robes and photographed me in different postures. She made a special album for me with my baby pictures, the remains of which still lie in my drawer here in London. She was the fourth among my six sisters and called Baby by all. I called her Apajia and hold that name close to my heart. She was a mother figure to me, though I did not get to see her much because she married when I was only three years of age.

Sinner . . .

The door opened with a cracking noise. He slammed the door behind him. The library is dark and ancient, so dark that sometimes it seems something is hiding behind those shelves. The library room is filled with gravity and silence. So intense is the silence that one can hear if one carefully listens to it.

My other guests

The other day I was just about to wash my face when I saw a lizard staring at me with its bulbous eyes right in the middle of the sink. The sink was deep and the poor thing was trying to climb upwards but was unable to do so on the slippery surface. I could almost hear it shouting out for help as it looked up at me. I could see panic written in its eyes. I got a plate from the kitchen and held it out to the frightened creature. After several trials he finally crawled onto the plate and I was able to rescue the lizard from its peril. I was late that day for my office. My boss glared at me as I entered through the gate. I just couldn't tell him about my adventures with the lizard. However, I had a good feeling knowing that the lizard was roaming around the walls of my home. I had a vision of other lizards hearing the story of their friend's adventure and appreciating my help. And why shouldn't I help these quiet inhabitants of my home? After all, the Lord made them all.

Absence song

Who plays the familiar note on the flute
in the middle of the night,
Awakening me with the wildest thoughts?
The mysterious fog-shrouded figure in
the courtyard beckons me . . .

Star Health

Am I at risk of getting breast cancer?

Certain risk factors increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Check on the following points to assess whether you can be at risk. This is very helpful for early diagnosis of breast cancer.

Ramadan tips ...

Muscle cramps
Inadequate intake of some macrominerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium containing foods during the holy month of Ramadan can lead to muscle cramp. So we should eat foods rich in the above minerals (e.g. vegetables, fruit, dairy products, meat and dates). In order to get rid of this problem, our muscle should be nourished with right foods containing those minerals.

Children experimenting with drugs — what to do?

Picture this, a bag of marijuana falls out of the pocket of your son or daughter. Or perhaps you hear from an acquaintance that s/he saw your son or daughter come out of a place where drugs are sold.

It's never too late to benefit from smoking cessation

It's never too late for smokers to do their hearts good by kicking the habit — even after a heart attack has left them with significant damage to the organ's main pumping chamber, a new study suggests.

A low-fat diet

A low-fat diet with a lot of salad dressing, nuts, fish, poultry, and certain fruits and vegetables may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. Vitamin B12 and folate are homocysteine-related vitamins that may have an impact on Alzheimer's disease via their ability of reducing circulating homocysteine levels, vitamin E might prevent Alzheimer's disease via its strong antioxidant effect, and fatty acids may be related to dementia and cognitive function through atherosclerosis, thrombosis, or inflammation via an effect on brain development and membrane functioning or via accumulation of beta-amyloid.

Strategic Issues

End of US combat mission in Iraq?

US President Barak Obama made a historical statement on 2nd August. He announced that the US combat operations in Iraq would be over by August 31st that would end US's 7 years war in Iraq. His predecessor had signed an agreement with the Iraqi government that all US troops would come back by end of 2011. The incumbent President had penned an addition to that agreement that US would bring back all combat troops by 31st August of this year. Under that agreement 50,000 non-combat troops would remain in Iraq to train and assist Iraqi security forces and the rest of the 1,40,000 US troops, all involved in combat, would return home.

Indonesia's New Foreign Policy - 'Thousand friends- zero enemy'

AS Indonesia celebrated its 65th independence day on August 17th, it is also trying to reorient its foreign policy goals to emerge as a responsible power in the Southeast Asian region. The two continuous terms of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have given a new direction to Indonesia's foreign policy. Soekarno and Soeharto, the iconic leaders of Indonesia, had pursued contrasting approaches and power affiliations in every possible way. Soekarno was keen on emerging as the undisputed leader of NAM. Soeharto formatted his foreign policy by toeing the US line to a large extent. Today, the clear trends are that Indonesia's foreign policy is a unique amalgamation of the two schools of thought and policy of adaptation to changing geopolitical and geostrategic compulsions. Indonesia being the world's largest archipelago with the biggest Muslim population is again trying to gain the leadership position in the region through constructive and cooperative gestures and balanced bargaining between major powers.

Time to Redeem SAARC

THE devastating flood that has inundated most part of the provinces of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh has rendered fourteen million homeless in Pakistan. The danger of water-borne disease threatens the life of many who are currently staying in temporary shelters and under open skies. The United Nations has called upon the international community to donate generously. However, as of now, it can only meet 40 per cent of the estimated budget that it requires to meet some basic needs like food, health, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation. To assess the situation UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon visited the flood affected areas. He said “The magnitude of the problem; the world has never seen such a disaster. It's much beyond anybody's imagination.”

Iran launches assault boats, warns 'don't play with fire'

TEHRAN: Iran began mass-producing two high-speed variants of missile-launching assault boats on Monday, warning its enemies not to "play with fire" as it boosts security along its coastline.

Star Books Review

Travels through the Mandela mind

Struggle, power and vision. All three waited to be combined by one man. And that brought the South Africans their freedom, and to the world an apartheid-free existence at least the hope of it. It was no surprise to see how anxiously whole world searched for that one black face at Soccer City stadium. Born in the quiet village of Mvezo on the banks of the Mbasa, Nelson Mandela is far more than a legend. He is 'the legend', and a living one!

Romeo and Juliet redux

How many times has the Romeo and Juliet story been retold? Having asked that question, I'm not certain that Eritrean writer Sulaiman Addonia had Shakespeare in mind when he wrote his evocative story of two star-crossed lovers, not in Eritrea but in Saudi Arabia. However, the publishers of The Consequences of Love highlight the connection to a story that depicts the near impossibility of love in such a stultifying and repressive country. The young lovers, Naser and Fiore, have Eritrean parentage, but the obstacle they encounter as foreigners attempting to fulfill their love is not familial but religious: fundamentalism.

Old allegories to explain new times

BALI, The Sacrifice, has a unique place in the field of Indian drama. The play projects belief in God, in Hinduism, and Jainism --- one belief whose rituals revolve round blood and the other that abhors killing and blood. Beyond the literal lies the more profound meaning, that violence is an integral part of human existence and that the moral dilemma encountered on account of violence is part of everyday life.

The many strands of experience

Imdadul Haq Milon, who has played a vital role in inculcating reading habits among Bangladeshis, is hardly considered for his serious works. He is mostly evaluated as a writer of popular fiction. We generally do not remember that Milan is a writer of Noorjahan (1st vol 1995, 2nd vol 2002), Bhumiputro (1985) or Jabojjibon (first published in Journal 1976, in book form in 1990). Along with those he has authored some novels on our liberation war too. Those works may not have been great from a literary perspective, but they are surely good fictional works on that milestone event in the history of Bangladesh. Jibonpur, a novel based on the War of Liberation, is also a significant creation by Imdadul Haq Milon. The main story line of the book is centred on the trafficking of people from Bangladesh to other countries through India and Pakistan.



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