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Biman's risky NY venture

Biman is likely to resume its New York flight apparently to meet the government pledge despite fears of losses again due to tough competition on the transatlantic routes, insiders say.

Local govt bodies limp

Despite constitutional backing, local government bodies have made little progress in around four decades since independence.

BNP softens stance on anti-govt protests

In an apparent retreat from its earlier plans to launch a tough anti-government movement, BNP will campaign to mobilise public opinion against the Hasina administration this month and in November.

No progress in overpass plan

Nothing has been done to implement the city's overpass and flyover projects the government undertook last year following a train crash on Moghbazar level crossing, except for laying foundation stones of two flyovers only.

India calm after Ayodhya verdict

Schools, shops and businesses reopened yesterday as fears of violence ebbed in northern India following a court order to divide a disputed holy site between the Hindu and Muslim communities.

AL, BNP men clash over govt pond, 5 hurt

At least five persons were injured in a clash between the supporters of ruling Awami League and opposition BNP over the possession of a government pond in Mostofi area in Lalmonirhat sadar around 9:00pm on Thursday night.

Ctg EPZ 4th in global ranking

The UK-based Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) magazine ranks Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) fourth in best economic potential category and third in the best cost-competitiveness category.

Fire at city high-rise

A fire at a multi-storey commercial building in Sadarghat in Dhaka trapped around 200 people in that building and its neighbouring structure for over an hour last night.

Taskforce starts drive tomorrow

A government taskforce is set to launch drive tomorrow against illegal storage of combustible chemicals at Old Dhaka warehouses as the deadline for shifting those expired on Thursday.

Court's dignity can't be upheld thru' contempt proceedings

The image and dignity of the apex court cannot be protected through the contempt of court proceeding, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

$40m ADB loan for high value crops

The Asian Development Bank will soon ink a deal with the government for providing $40 million in soft loan to boost production of high value crops (HVCs).

Mizan's nephew behind triple murder

Police suspect that Sumon, a family member of Thursday's triple murder victims, is behind the killing, as they found “signs of blood” on his legs and nails.

Private clinic vandalised over death of patient

Locals vandalised a clinic yesterday following a woman's death due to alleged negligence of the health centre where a caesarean operation was performed on her Thursday night.

Recruitment test held in Pabna amid tight security

Local administration in Pabna yesterday conducted a recruitment test for some low-ranked employees for the district's statistics department amid tight security.

Man crushed under train

An unidentified man of around 28 was crushed to death under the wheels of an inter-city train in Parbatipur of Dinajpur on Thursday night.

2 Hizb-ut men held in Rajshahi

Two suspected members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir were arrested yesterday in the city.

Mud-house collapse kills 2 in Sylhet

Two persons were killed when a mud-house collapsed in Kanaighat upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

Pak militants torch 27 Nato tankers

Suspected militants in southern Pakistan set ablaze 27 tankers carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan yesterday, highlighting the vulnerability of the US-led mission a day after Pakistan closed a major border crossing.

Japanese PM warns of China's military rise

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has expressed concern over China's maritime activities and military build-up, amid a lingering diplomatic row.

Iraqi Shia block backs al-Maliki

Powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has agreed to support the bid by Iraq's prime minister to retain power, aides said yesterday, in a move that could speed an end to the seven-month political impasse and bring deal making that may give key concessions to al-Sadr's anti-American bloc.

Editorial

Railway crossing is but a death-trap

Once again it has happened, sending shudders through the spine of teeming onlookers and numerous others who saw its photograph the following day splashed across the front pages of newspapers. This time, it is more frightening than before; for, just not one, but two buses got ensnared in an accident on a rail-crossing near Syedabad Bus Terminal. While passengers of the ill-fated vehicles got off to safety at the nick of time, one of the buses having been tossed away by the impact of the incoming train fell pell-mell on a rickshaw and some makeshift shops killing seven persons and injuring 25.

Congratulations to China on her founding anniversary

We felicitate the government and the people of China on the occasion of her 61st founding anniversary which also coincides with the 30th year of China-Bangla relations. So we are doubly keen in sharing the Chinese moments of rejoicing and celebration as partners in progress.

Sports

Bangladesh contingent happy with conditions

Bangladesh athletes and officials found no cause for concern at the athletes' villages for the Delhi Commonwealth Games as they checked at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Wednesday night having started from home in the afternoon.

Taylor surrenders to weather

The Bangladesh bowlers certainly know how good Ross Taylor is. He averages a staggering 96.59 against them, including a century that came in Chittagong during New Zealand's last visit to Bangladesh two years ago.

Zunaed eyes another 85

Bangladesh batsman Zunaed Siddiqui said that his match-winning knock against New Zealand two years ago always motivates him.

Star light, Star bright

For a split second, the entire stadium held its collective breath. There was almost pin-drop silence as Jasim Uddin stepped up to attempt to convert from the spot. At stake was the destination of the DRU-Rapid Securities Media Football trophy.

Tame start to transfers

The players' transfer for the 2010-11 football season made a muted and drab opening at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) House yesterday, as the new powerhouse of local football Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and old horse Arambagh Krira Sangha only completed the registration of couple of their players.

Delhi still not awake

With the inauguration of the Commonwealth Games knocking right on the door there is lack of enthusiasm amongst the inhabitants of the capital.

Dhaka thrash Sylhet

Chameli Khatun hit an unbeaten 42 as Dhaka posted an emphatic eight-wicket victory against hosts Sylhet in the Women's National Cricket League at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Eng focus on Games

England's team at the crisis-hit Commonwealth Games admit it has been huge challenge getting this far, but insist they are now focused on sport and not the raft of problems blighting the event.

Watson seizes the chance

Shane Watson made the most of two dropped catches to score a century as Australia posted 224-5 in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against India on Friday.

Caroline-Elena showdown

World number two Caroline Wozniacki outclassed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to take a berth in the final at the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament on Friday.

Gavaskar turns down IPL role

Sunil Gavaskar has turned down the BCCI's offer to be part of the IPL's governing council, saying he felt that the league was a commercial enterprise and those working for it should be remunerated. The Indian board had said on Wednesday that members of the reconstituted council would no longer receive a salary.

Flower makes shock return

Grant Flower, the 39-year-old batsman, has made a shock international return more than six years after he last played for Zimbabwe, being named in the squads for the tour of South Africa next month.

Vijender, Shera grab the spotlight

Ace boxer Vijender Singh and Commonwealth Games mascot Shera were the cynosure of all eyes during the felicitation and flag hoisting ceremony for the Indian Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

Double delight for Elina

Elina won a double in the Advocate Abdur Rab Memorial Summer Open (Ranking) Badminton tournament yesterday.

Wins for men, women

The Bangladesh men's and women's teams won their respective ninth round matches in the 39th World Chess Olympiad in Russia on Thursday.

Zaheer, Ricky in on-field fracas

He talked about keeping it a controversy-free series but Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was himself at the centre of an on-field showdown when he had a heated exchange with Indian pacer Zaheer Khan after being dismissed on the opening day of the first Test here.

'I've no desire to play Test’

Pakistan's ODI and Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi says he has no intentions of going back on his "emotional" decision to retire from Test cricket as he has lost the desire to play the longer format of the game.

City, L'pool held

Manchester City kept Juven-tus at arm's length in Europa League Group A after a 1-1 draw between the sides on Thursday, while Liverpool and holders Atletico Madrid also recorded draws.

MU aim to draw level

Manchester United can draw level with champions Chelsea before the Premier League leaders even kick-off if they win away to Sunderland on Saturday.

Golden Boot Messi's

Lionel Messi has been presented with the Golden Boot award for being the top scorer in European domestic leagues last season.

Barca missing key men

Champions Barcelona will be without suspended Spain striker David Villa at home to Real Mallorca on Sunday (1700), while midfielder Xavi is a doubt.

Eto'o focuses on Juve

A photograph of Wesley Sneijder taken by Inter Milan team mate Samuel Eto'o after the Cameroon striker bagged a hattrick in Europe on Wednesday made its way into the press as the hype increases before Sunday's game with Juventus.

Mainz eyeing history

Surprise-package Mainz are bidding to write themselves into Bun-desliga history this weekend when they face Hoffenheim while Bayern Munich need a win at Dortmund to keep the German media at bay.

Former stars face old rivals

West Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning side will take on their former East German rivals in a special match to celebrate the 20th anniversary of reunification, it was announced on Thursday.

Albania coach hospitalised

Albanian national football coach Josif Kuze has been hospitalised here after suffering a stroke, local media reported Thursday.

Sochaux coach punished

Sochaux coach Francis Gillot was on Thursday banned for four matches by the disciplinary panel of the French Professional Football League (LFP).

Giggs rules out Wales job

Ryan Giggs ended speculation he might become the next Wales manager on Thursday by insisting he intends to concentrate solely on his career as a footballer with Manchester United.

Metropolitan

St Martin's facing food security risk: Study

Environmental degradation caused by rapid population growth is leading to food security risks in the St Martin's Island, according to a recent study.

'Take care, recognise efforts'

The International Day of Older Persons was observed yesterday across the country as elsewhere around the world in a befitting manner.

Shun politics of revenge, join JS

Awami League presidium member Obaidul Quader yesterday urged the main opposition BNP to shun politics of revenge and join the parliament for strengthening democracy in the country.

25 commit suicide due to stalking in nine months

At least 25 women committed suicide in the country in last nine months this year due to stalking while 17 others, including a woman, were killed for protesting the stalkers, said a report of human right organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

Enforcement of private university act soon: Nahid

The government will soon start implementing the Private University Act involving all stakeholders, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said yesterday.

Ratanpur school publishes magazine

Ratanpur Abdullah High School of Bramhanbaria published a magazine titled 'Jonaki' yesterday to enhance quality education, said a press release.

Indian journo visits The Daily Star Ctg bureau

Renowned Indian writer and journalist Dr Partha Chattopadhyay visited the Chittagong bureau office of The Daily Star yesterday evening.

Rubber worth Tk 30 lakh seized

Raw rubber worth Tk 30 lakh was seized from a mechanised boat on the river Ratna while the item was being smuggled to Dhaka from Habiganj yesterday afternoon.

Amend vested property return act

Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikkya Parishad yesterday submitted a memorandum to the prime minister with a 7-point demand, one seeking changes to ''Vested Property Return (amendment) Act'' in light of the Supreme Court verdict.

Students must know about technology

Every student must have knowledge on technology as well as institutional education, said eminent writer Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal on Thursday at Rajshahi University.

UCEP starts technical school at Gazipur

Chirs Austin, country representative, DFID Bangladesh, praised the role of Underprivileged Children's Educational Programs (UCEP-Bangladesh) in developing the underprivileged children into productive human resources for Bangladesh.

Pakistani national Akeela Naz gets Meeto Memorial Award

Born in a family like many of the millions of poor landless farmers in Pakistan, she clawed her way up to emerge as one of the most recognised woman's leader in South Asia.

25 women commit suicide being stalked in 9 months

At least 25 women committed suicide in the country in last nine months this year due to stalking while 17 others, including a woman, were killed for protesting the stalkers, said a report of human right organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

Infectious diseases occur for poor health system

The absence of a robust public health system over the years has resulted in emergence of infectious diseases in Bangladesh and the current onslaught of anthrax is a reflection of it, says the regional chief of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Harijons devoid of minimum living standards

Though there are at least seven clauses in the constitution of Bangladesh where freedom, right and dignity of Harijon Community is reserved, they do not enjoy minimum standard of life, said eminent economist Abul Barakat yesterday.

'Build cross-dam to save Swandip'

The Swandip-Noakhali Cross-Dam construction is inevitable to prevent Swandip from eroding away, speakers told a press conference yesterday urging the project's immediate implementation.

Amend Vested Property Return Act

Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday submitted a memorandum to the prime minister with a 7-point demand, one seeking changes to ''Vested Property Return (amendment) Act'' in light of the Supreme Court verdict.

Jamaat, Oikkya Jote unhappy over Babri verdict

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Oikkya Jote (IOJ) yesterday expressed concern and dissatisfaction over the much-awaited ruling of Allahabad High Court on Babri Mosque.

JP Morgan senior VP calls on Muhith

David A Weisbrod, senior vice-president of JP Morgan, a leading financial institution in the United States, called on Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday.

Ethnic people reel with fear of land grabbers' attacks

Around 47 families, mostly indigenous, are living in tiny huts made of palm leaf, straw and bamboo, which are otherwise used for keeping goats and chickens.

Parjatan Board to be functional soon

Much demanded Bangladesh Parjatan Board, formed last month with the participation of the private sector, would soon start to function, to brand Bangladesh as an exciting tourist destination.

Ctg EPZ 4th in global ranking

An Export Processing Zone (EPZ) of Bangladesh ranked fourth as best economic potential in the global ranking and third in the best cost-competitiveness category.

UK trade team arrives Monday

A fourteen-member UK trade team from Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will arrive here on Monday on a five-day visit.

Provide indoor service

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque has directed the authorities concerned to provide indoor service within a week at Mohammadpur Fertility Service Centre, a newly built six-storied complex.

4 killed, seven hurt in road crashes

At least four people were killed and seven injured in road accidents in Joypurhat and Barisal yesterday.

Youth rescued after abduction in Rajshahi

A youth was rescued yesterday after five days of his abduction in Rajshahi.

AL advisory council meets today

Awami League Advisory Council, the think tank body of the ruling party, sits today to discuss overall socio-economic and political situation of the country.

International

Musharraf forms political party

Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf has launched his new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, in London.

Pakistan, UN launch $120m flood victim scheme

Pakistan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday launched a 120 million dollar programme to help people rebuild their lives following the country's recent devastating floods.

Myanmar abuzz over possible release of Suu Kyi

The detention of Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi expires early next month, but officials said yesterday that only the ruling junta chief knows exactly when she will be granted freedom.

China launches Moon mission

A Chinese rocket carrying a probe destined for the Moon has blasted into space.

Laden worried about climate, Pak floods

Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape aired on the Internet, his first public remarks since March, a monitoring group said Friday.

Nigerian independence celebration marred by blasts; 8 killed

Twin car bombings close to where Nigeria was marking 50 years of independence killed eight people in the capital following a warning from oil militants, police said yesterday.

EU, US press Netanyahu, Abbas over peace talks

International diplomatic efforts to salvage the Middle East peace talks kicked into high gear yesterday with top EU and US officials set for a flurry of meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Babylonian, dead for millennia, alive online

The language of the Epic of Gilgamesh and King Hammurabi has found a new life online.

Ecuador's president rescued from police uprising

Ecuador President Rafael Correa made a triumphant return to the presidential palace after loyalist troops rescued him from a police rebellion amid gunfire and street clashes that left at least two dead.

Koreas agree to 1st family reunions

Red Cross officials from the two Koreas agreed yesterday to hold reunions for families separated by the Korean War amid mixed signals from North Korea on easing tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.

UN to publish Congo war crimes report

The United Nations is set to publish a controversial report into human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1990s.

US expects quick reopening of Pak border

A senior US envoy yesterday voiced optimism that Pakistan would quickly reopen the Afghanistan border, saying that an extended closure would have a "colossal" impact.

Arts & Entertainment

Different strokes

Tivoli Art Gallery in Gulshan-2, Dhaka is holding a group exhibition featuring the works of 10 noted contemporary painters -- Rafiqun Nabi, Farida Zaman, Mohammad Eunus, Jamal Ahmed, Tajuddin Ahmed, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Nisar Hossain, Sheikh Afzal Hossain, Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed and Mohammad Muniruzzaman.

Vignettes of the Liberation War

Independent filmmaker Fauzia Khan has made two documentaries on the Liberation War. DVDs of the documentaries “Shey Kotha Boley Jaye” and “Kothaye Pabo Tarey” will be released today. Wartime brutality and a nation yearning for freedom get the focus in both films.

Special screening of “Moner Manush” at Star Cineplex

A special screening of the yet to be released feature film “Moner Manush” was held on September 30 at the Star Cineplex, Dhaka. The screening was part of Channel i's 12th anniversary celebration programme. Renowned Indian filmmaker Gautam Ghosh directed the film based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay that presents a portrait of Fakir Lalon Shai. The film has been jointly produced by Bangladesh and India. Impress Telefilm is the Bangladeshi producer of the film.

Chhayanaut holds Autumn Festival

Ushering in the season of autumn, music school Chhayanaut held 'Sharat Utshab' (Autumn Festival) at Bakultola, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. Teachers and students of the school welcomed the season with songs, dances and recitations.

Musical soiree ‘Pran-er Khela’ at Bengal Gallery

This month's instalment of the musical programme 'Praner Khala' featured renowned Nazrul Sangeet artiste Sujit Mustafa and 'Bengal Bikash' finalist Shimu Rani Dey. The programme was held at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on September 30.

3rd Int’l Film Week at JU begins tomorrow

Jahangirnagar Students' Film Society (JSFS) is going to arrange a weeklong international film festival at Jahangirnagar University (JU). The festival will begin tomorrow at the Zahir Raihan Auditorium, JU campus and will continue till October 9. Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Sharif Enamul Kabir, is expected to inaugurate the festival.

Solo performance by Mahmudur Rahman Tuhin

The musical group 'Gaaner Dol Praaner Dol' arranged a solo performance by Mahmudur Rahman Khan Tuhin on September 25. The show, held at Dhanmondi, Dhaka, featured a selection of songs of 'Poncho Kobi' (Tagore, Nazrul, Rajanikant, DL Roy and Atul Prasad), according to a press release.

OP-ED

The executive-police relationship

The citizen's aspirations for good governance would surely seek clarity as to the relationship between the political executive and police. Coming to specifics, the particular interest would be to see how the relationship can be delineated in statutes. There is, understandably, a pressing need to understand how police organisations are held accountable in democratic polity and also the role of political executive in police accountability.

Facing some pressing issues

Local Government Institutions (LGIs) can play a significant role in the overall development of a country. Since majority of population of developing countries live at the local level, structure of the local government bodies should be designed in such a way that these bodies are administered by elected representatives. At the same time, avenues should be created for participation of local people in the decision making bodies. Involvement of citizens in the political decision making process can be considered as a prerequisite to establish good governance and democracy. Nowadays it has been realized that real development is difficult keeping citizens away from the policy-making process. Realizing the essence of strengthening LGIs, the government of Bangladesh reintroduced the Upazila Parishad (UZP) in 2009.

Defining and analysing 'indigenous governance'

Indigenous people constitute at least 5,000 distinct peoples with a population of more than 370 million, living in 70 different countries. Article 1(1) of ILO Convention No. 169 indicates that three elements are pre-requisite for defining any people or group of people as indigenous. Those three elements include, historical continuity (that they are pre-conquest/colonization societies), territorial connection (their ancestors inhabited the country or region) and distinct social, economic, cultural and political institutions (they retain some or all of their own institutions).

Democracy negates laissez-faire

Considered on a global scale we see that the world has gone on an exultant binge of democracy in recent years. Repressive governments have fallen. Authoritarian regimes have opened up to political opposition. After enforced silence people feel free to speak their minds.

Indiscriminate dumping of waste vitiates Turag river

Due to rapid and unplanned urbanization and industrialization the Dhaka city's surrounding rivers, including the Turag have gradually experienced undue and unbearable pressure to their very existence. Precisely speaking, a handful of complicated problems have almost suffocated these lifelines the city. Of all the problems taking on the rivers, pollution is one that predominates. However, the pollution level and pattern of all the rivers of the city are not the same. The writer has roughly investigated the spatial and temporal pattern along with the extreme pollution points of the Turag River especially from the Buriganga Third Bridge to Tongi Bridge. This write-up intends to elucidate these issues in brief.

Literature

A poet's late appearance

I find it remarkable that one other leading light of the English Department of Dhaka University has made an appearance as a poet. In Bangladesh, Prof. Ahsanul Haque could long ago compose poetry with his individual stamp. One may feel deprived, quite rightly, for the lately-appeared poet's not making it regular or quicker; but never will the poems be found to be a sign of mere self-gratification on Haque's part.

Pubail sojourn

It was like a 1950s Hindi movie set. Or was it like a Hawaiian movie set or a scene from the TLC channel set in the Maldives? Beautiful straw and bamboo cottages evoking memories of a Caribbean paradise with beautiful ladies, frolicking children, gentle breezes, wide expanses of hyacinth infested water bodies, delicious food, charming conversation, singing and dancing. Impromptu poetry recitals. Romantic interludes under a humongous moon peeping in and out of autumnal clouds. Torrents of rain - then flashes of sunlight, temperatures not too unbearable. Distant rolling thunder. A firefly or two setting hearts on fire. Cerebral conversation, evocative laughter. Loud singing in the distance in accompaniment of kortals, cymbals, dholok and the harmonium.

Ode to Baghdad

Baghdad, I will always remember
the cobalt slide in your neighborhood park,
your multi-storied, brick apartment buildings,
rows of stores on concrete streets and muddy roads,
flowerbeds in shades of periwinkle, crimson,
aquamarine, tangerine, and yellow topaz,
alabaster statues of Sheherazade's Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,
your mazaars, burial tombs of ancient Islamic leaders
whose lives intertwined with yours, as has mine.

Star Health

Checklists for a healthy Hajj

Along with millions of Muslims around the world, many people here in Bangladesh are getting prepared to move to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform the holy Hajj. Overcrowding in Hajj may lead to accidental injury and spread of infectious diseases like meningitis, flu that spread easily from person to person.

Current excitement of Biotechnology and Genetic engineering

Each and every organism performs its function within its optimum limits naturally. The excitement about the modern Biotechnology is that like a miracle! The Biotechnology and Genetic engineering has enabled to enhance the natural capabilities of natural production of organisms by gene manipulation.

Mammograms effective from age 40, study says

Amid the controversy over the age at which women should begin having mammograms to screen breast cancer, a study from Sweden supports starting breast cancer screening at age 40.

Tips to prevent spreading PINK EYE

Infective conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is highly contagious. There is not a surefire way to avoid getting it. However, these tips may help minimise the chance for catching it or spreading it.

A to Z of Anthrax

Anthrax: Anthrax is an acute disease caused by bacterium.

Strategic Issues

Nepal on the brink, again!

DEMOCRACIES sometimes have to go through ridiculous rituals. It has been more than two months after Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned as Nepal's Prime Minister. Eight rounds of election has thus far failed to elect a new leader. The fact that the country does not yet have a Constitution and that the present House is not a regular hung parliament like in Britain rather the first elected Constituent Assembly formed to write a new statute of the country compounds the already complex problem. The annual budget is already two months late and indications are that without a consensus across party-lines, the current lame-duck government will not be able to present the budget let alone ratify it.

Afghanistan: Phoenix rising from the ashes

THE Afghans have once again proved many pundits wrong. Sceptics who were predicting that the Parliamentary election on September 18th cannot be held in the face of the Taliban resistance were disappointed. The Taliban failed to cause any dent on the Afghan resolve and despite scattered violence, the polling went ahead smoothly. Peaceful holding of the election is, no doubt, a big achievement for the Afghan people and the government. It is true that there were many problems in the election. There were forged voter ID cards, ghost-voters on the voter-list, ex-Warlords and ex-Taliban seeking votes, poor voter turn-out on the Election Day and numerous complaints of voting irregularities. Yet, hundreds of candidates, including women, contested the election, thousands held rallies and campaigned for their candidates and in the end, millions went to the polling stations. This was proof enough of the peoples' desire to see a modern democratic Afghanistan, rather than a strict Islamic theocracy that the Talibans offer.

Nato changes stance after protest by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Nato reversed its position on aerial strikes by its helicopter gunships inside Pakistan on Monday after Islamabad warned the US-led forces in Afghanistan of counter-measures.

Star Books Review

The nature of development economics

Prominent development economist Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize in 1998. He is the author of Development as Freedom. Freedom, Sen argues, 'is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population…In the new global economy… the contemporary world denies elementary freedom to vast numbers… it is still possible to practically and optimistically restrain a sense of social accountability.' The Nobel laureate thus brings an 'ethical dimension' to the technical study of economic.

Passions that find a soul in poetry

Shahabuddin Nagari is a person whose aptitudes spear into numerous genres of literature.

An Irishman goes to America

It is not easy for an Irish man like Frank McCourt to settle down in America. Ever since he was a little boy he has dreamed of going to New York, to walk in the big city's busy streets and to live like an American. He is so possessive about his dream that he would not his younger three brothers to have the same dream.

Of books and power

Michael Foot was a brilliant intellectual who also happened to be a politician. In an earlier era, he might have been a philosopher-king or a wise counsellor to a monarch in the best traditions of history. You could think here of Merlin in that old tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. There was a profusion of wisdom in Merlin, something which only reinforced itself when one day he chose to venture a metaphysical explanation of a spate of gloom in the king. When Arthur looked out the window and intoned, sadly, “It is a dark day, a troubled day”, Merlin told him in dispassionate manner, “It is a day, just a day, my lord. You have a dark and troubled mind.”



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