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Tigers cross Irish hurdle

The celebration continued unabated at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday as the bowlers led by pacer Shafiul Islam salvaged the party for Bangladesh in a match where anything other than a victory would have been a huge upset for the jubilant fans.The sell-out crowd, who were the main inspiration for Shakib Al Hasan's men in the nail-biting contest, erupted into joy once Shafiul dismissed the last batsmen Boyd Rankin, who chipped to midwicket but was brilliantly caught by Junaed Siddiqui, to ensure the 27-run victory.

Celebrations all around

Thousands of cricket fans of all ages came out of their homes and the Mirpur stadium and gathered on the streets of the capital last night cheering.

WB okays $1.2b for Padma bridge

The World Bank has approved $1.2 billion concessional credit for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project.

Dhaka seeks IOM help for evacuation

Amid reports of deteriorating conditions of Bangladeshis in Libya, Bangladesh yesterday formally requested the International Organization for Migration to relocate them and arrange food for them.

Khaleda demands midterm polls

Demanding a midterm election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the government to step down immediately to avoid a "disgraceful exit".

Bus crushes top official

A rashly driven bus crushed an additional secretary of the establishment ministry to death while he was crossing Mirpur Road in the capital's Dhanmondi area yesterday morning.

UN fears massacre

- Reports from Libya indicate thousands may have been killed or injured as the government crackdown escalates 'alarmingly', said UN human rights head Navi Pillay.

Call for justice

The nation amidst calls for justice by their beloved family members yesterday paid rich tributes to the army officers killed in the 2009 mutiny by the paramilitary border guards at their Pilkhana headquarters on this day.

Over 100 guest birds killed

Only three days after bird enumeration ended at Hakaluki Haor, more than a hundred guest birds fell victim to poison traps set by poachers.

Biman asked to pay off Tk 135cr arrears

To exert pressure to pay Tk 135 crore arrears, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has renewed Air Operation Certificate (AOC) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines for three months instead of usual one year for using Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Family now fears social exclusion

Serafina Mardi's family is not willing to take fresh legal action against the rapists fearing social exclusion.

Manipulation possible

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the share market is not dogged by a credit crunch but a manipulation is possible.

Rare goose spotted

A rare species of goose was spotted for the first time in the country in Hakaluki Haor of Moulvibazar district last Saturday.

Nipah claims 2 more

Nipah encephalitis claimed two more lives in Rangpur yesterday, raising the death toll to 35.

HSC exams start Apr 5

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations will begin on April 5 instead of earlier announced date of April 1.

Literature museum attracts visitors

A private university student Nibir and his friends were mesmerised watching collections of the Jatiya Sahitya O Lekhak Jadughar on the Bangla Academy complex yesterday.

CID gets 36 more days to probe

A Chittagong court on Thursday granted Criminal Investigation Department (CID) 36 days more to complete investigation into the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.


Stranded in Libya

We are deeply distressed by the plight of the stranded Bangladeshis in Libya. It is, admittedly, a difficult situation, which is evolving by the hour and the plight of the more than 60 thousand Bangladeshis stranded and caught up in the strife is increasing with every passing day.

Bridge fallout

A perfectly well-intentioned Shahid Buddhijeebi Bridge on the Buriganga linking Keraniganj has led to frenzied encroachment on khas land and a canal. A much-needed infrastructure link when materializing, instead of paying desired dividends, turns out to be counter-productive. In the first place, tales of corruption might have been spun around the construction process itself. Then when we have it, it acts as a trigger for a whole series of unlawful activities: encroachment, unauthorized earth-filling, hyped real estate business and obliteration of wetlands and canals.


Shakib salutes the faithful

In a match they needed to win following their loss in the opening match against India, Bangladesh came out on top in front of a capacity crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Fortunes swing for inspired Shafiul

When Shafiul Islam flung his arms in pure delight after Junaed Siddiqui gulped down Ireland No 11 Boyd Rankin's miscued chip, the mind flew back to Wednesday mid-morning when he fell badly on his right shoulder during training, now a thousand miles away from the euphoria of the Tigers' 27-run win.

Joy & unabated celebration

Once again the vivacity of the crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur yesterday proved the ultimate winners. The packed thousands saw their beloved Tigers initially bite the dust yet kept singing, dancing, drumming and cheering as loud and as long as they could. And in the end saw their undying fervor bore fruition as the Tigers ran home with a 27-run victory against Ireland in an utterly pulsating encounter.

An Irishman in Mirpur

The Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium was once again turned into an ocean of green yesterday as Bangladesh took on Ireland in a crunch match of Group B in their World Cup campaign. Amidst the green ocean there were a tad few dots of a paler shade of green, the ones supporting the Irish team. One such supporter was Adrian Lynch, an Irish cricket fan who works here for Tesco and came to the stadium yesterday along with a couple of friends to cheer on the Irish side.

Tigers' 'walk of fools'

Anxiety had been writ large on Shakib Al Hasan's face the day before and his body language on Friday was hardly any different. After Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes provided the prerequisite 50-plus partnership and that too in a dominating manner, it was essential for the captain to guide the innings. But the most assured member of the side felt trapped by uncertainty, when all that was required was a calm knock to stamp the home team's authority in a crucial World Cup game.

Battle of the giants today

Pakistan know their World Cup match against Sri Lanka here on Saturday is one of their most crucial in Group A, but will not be overawed by the home team's bowlers or the partisan fans.

Beware the well-drilled minnows

As the debate rages on about the place of minnows in future World Cups, Ireland yesterday, and Netherlands a few days earlier, proved the value of the participation of the so-called lesser teams in the World Cup.

'Murali holds no fears'

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis played down the threat from Muttiah Muralidaran ahead of their crucial World Cup clash with Sri Lanka on Saturday, saying their batsmen had coped with him in the past.

Aussies abase Black Caps

Reigning champions Australia overpowered New Zealand by seven wickets for a 25th straight World Cup victory in a dominant display at the VCA Ground here on Friday.

An Irishman in Mirpur

The Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium was once again turned into an ocean of green yesterday as Bangladesh took on Ireland in a crunch match of Group B in their World Cup campaign. Amidst the green ocean there were a tad few dots of a paler shade of green, the ones supporting the Irish team. One such supporter was Adrian Lynch, an Irish cricket fan who works here for Tesco and came to the stadium yesterday along with a couple of friends to cheer on the Irish side.

In honour of quake victims

Australia and New Zealand paused in the middle of their crucial World Cup clash on Friday to remember the victims of the devastating Christchurch earthquake.

BCCI says sorry to fans

Indian cricket chiefs apologised to thousands of fans left short-changed by the World Cup's deepening ticket chaos on Friday while firing a broadside at the sport's international rulers.

Liverpool leave it late

An 86th-minute header from Dirk Kuyt earned Liverpool a narrow 1-0 win over Sparta Prague on Thursday, on a night when all three British clubs in action reached the last 16.

Smith hails spinners

South African skipper Graeme Smith said it had been "one of those days" after his decision to field a three-pronged spin attack paid rich dividends with an opening World Cup win over the West Indies.

MU aim to extend lead

Manchester United will seek to pile the psychological pressure on their absent Premier League rivals on Saturday with a victory against Wigan to increase their lead at the top of the table.

Xavi remains confident

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has dismissed suggestions that the team are buckling under the strain of so many demanding matches following a glut of injuries recently, insisting they are no worse off than title challengers Real Madrid.

United not for sale

Manchester United's American owners insisted the club was not for sale on Friday, following recent speculation of a mammoth offer from the Qatar Royal family.

Diego's Spanish desire

Diego Maradona intends to continue his career as a coach and would like to work in Spain, the former Argentine great told Spanish sport daily Marca on Friday.

Grozny want Ronaldo

Terek Grozny, the small but ambitious side from Russia's war-torn Chechnya, are set to offer Brazil great Ronaldo 8 million US dollars to reverse his retirement, a Moscow daily reported on Friday.

Delneri calls for new attitude

Juventus coach Luigi Delneri has called for his players to show a change in attitude ahead of Saturday night's visit of Bologna.

Parents appeal for witnesses

The parents of a Paris Saint-Germain supporter beaten to death by fans of the same club have used the one-year anniversary of his death to launch a new appeal for witnesses.

Cambiasso adds to Inter woes

Esteban Cambiasso was diagnosed with a thigh strain on Friday to add to Inter Milan's already growing injury worries.

Boycott bats for his sandwiches

Former England opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott, renowned for his rock-solid defiance in his playing career, needed to defend his humble box of sandwiches with equal determination at the World Cup.

PCB punishes Hameed

Pakistan cricket authorities on Friday banned and fined batsman Yasir Hameed for accusing his teammates of match-fixing and spot-fixing after last year's controversial Lord's Test against England.

Bollinger out of WC

Australia fast bowler Doug Bollinger has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a left ankle injury and is returning home, it was announced on Friday.

A plea

India's World Cup cricketers have appealed to the country's demanding media to halt their endless demands for interviews ahead of Sunday's clash with England.


Dhaka to pass on six proposals to Delhi

Bangladesh will hand over to India next week six proposals relating mainly to its transport sector for utilisation of the one billion dollar credit line, Finance Minister AMA Muhit said here yesterday.

BNP to gear-up movement winning SCBA polls

Aiming to forge a strong anti-government movement soon, the main opposition BNP is going to push all out for winning the upcoming election of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).

Praising Brevity

A French gourmet is invited to Turkey by a Turkish gourmet. Upon his return, his countrymen anxiously surround him. The French, after all, are serious about food. So how does Turkish food compare? “It is fantastic, delicious!” raves our Frenchman, disappointing his friends. “But...,” he pauses. “But what?” they ask hopefully. “But...too many dishes,” he says. The Frenchmen heave a sigh of relief. Their Turkish rivals don't know their own strength.


The most basic and universal form of communication is probably gestures. However, as it is not possible to exchange much with gestures, the dominant way of communicating among the humans is speaking. The existence of spoken language predates almost all other methods of communicating.

Doctor-staff nexus unearthed by MPs

Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) has launched an investigation after two local lawmakers in a sudden visit on Thursday discovered that doctors and staff together are engaged in medicine theft depriving the patients.

Cop source hacked to death in city

A police source was hacked to death by miscreants in the city's Jatrabari area yesterday.

MMCH interns go on strike

Intern doctors of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) went on a strike beginning yesterday noon following attacks on students and intern doctors of Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) by some local men on Thursday night.

Housewife held over death of domestic help

A housewife, who allegedly tortured to death her 10-year-old domestic help at her Uttara residence in the city on Wednesday, was arrested yesterday.

Body of minor girl found in city

Police recovered a decomposed body of a minor girl from Jatrabari in the city around 11:00 am yesterday.

11 killed, 29 hurt in road accidents

Eleven people were killed and 29 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Faridpur, Dinajpur, Jenidah and Natore yesterday.

Adivasis insecure for UPDF: Larma

Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday said indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are passing days with insecurity because of UPDF's terrorist activities.

Man held with yaba

Police arrested a man with 45 pieces of yaba tablet from the city's Gendaria in the wee hours of yesterday.

Spcl allocation for poor farmers urged

Some agriculturists and NGO activists yesterday demanded special budgetary allocation for marginal and ultra-poor farmers to accelerate their agricultural productivity.

BERC chairman's appointment illegal: HC

The High Court has declared the appointment of Syed Yusuf Hossain as chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC), and his holding this office illegal and unconstitutional

Partnership formed to offer low-cost healthcare

Mohakhali-based Aysha Memorial Specialised Hospital yesterday teamed up with India's second-largest hospital chain, Fortis Healthcare, to facilitate quality health services to people at affordable cost.

Probe attacks on indigenous people

Co-chairs of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission requested the government to form a high-level impartial commission to investigate recent attacks on indigenous people by Bangalee settlers in Langadu, Rangamati, Baghaihat and Khagrachhari.

President leaves for Kuwait

President Zillur Rahman yesterday left here for Kuwait on a three-day state visit to attend the golden jubilee celebration of State of Kuwait's Independence.

Third death anniversary of Bazlur Rahman today

Today is the third death anniversary of Bazlur Rahman, one of the country's most prominent journalists, freedom fighter and editor of the daily Sangbad.

BFUJ polls today

Election of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ)-2011 will be held across the country today.


Seven killed in Iraqi 'Day of Rage' demos

Protesters took to the streets across Iraq yesterday to mark a 'Day of Rage', with thousands flooding Baghdad's Tahrir Square as seven protesters died in clashes with police in two northern cities.

Libyan crackdown 'escalates' as Arab world rage in protest

The escalating revolt in Libya yesterday emboldened protesters across the Arab world, where tens of thousands flooded streets from Tunisia to Yemen to demand better lives and greater freedom.

World leaders seek ways to combat Libya crackdown

World leaders yesterday were studying punitive measures to take against Muammar Gaddafi as the Libyan strongman's brutal crackdown on a nationwide revolt grew more desperate.

Europe conservatives' new scapegoat

In the decade since 9/11 forced the world to update its views of Islam and look for ways to dissuade its practitioners from drifting towards extremism, Western societies have placed a high premium on the moderate Muslim: those modern, sensible examples of how Islam can be practiced and honoured harmoniously within predominately non-Muslim communities.

Ivorian rebels seize town, threaten advance

Rebels controlling northern Ivory Coast have seized a town in government territory and said yesterday they were still advancing, raising the prospects of a return to open war.

Syria wanted nuclear weapons: Israel

New satellite images released by a US research institute show Syria "tried to become a nuclear power," a senior Israeli defence official said yesterday.

US shooter refuses to sign Pakistan charge sheet

A CIA contractor charged with double murder after shooting dead two men in Pakistan refused to sign a charge sheet in court yesterday and insisted he had diplomatic immunity, lawyers said.

Maoists free abducted Indian official

Maoist rebels in the eastern Indian state of Orissa have freed a government official they abducted eight days ago, after striking a controversial deal with the state authorities.

Myanmar jails five dissidents

A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced five men to up to 11 years in prison for offences including associating with overseas dissident groups, a lawyer said yesterday.

China activists charged over 'Jasmine' call

Police have levelled subversion charges against several top activists who urged Middle East-style protests in China, in what appears to be a severe crackdown on dissent, rights groups said yesterday.

Long live Libya and its independence

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised Libya's 'independence' on Thursday, saying longtime strongman Muammar Gaddafi is facing a civil war in his country.

Gaddafi 'must go'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi 'must go' and warned of 'investigations and sanctions' over bloody crackdowns on protesters.

No signs of life as NZ quake toll rises to 113

Emergency crews scoured the mangled wreckage of quake-hit Christchurch for a fourth day yesterday but found only bodies and no signs of life as the death toll climbed to 113.

Al-Qaeda leader Abu Suleiman killed in Iraq

Iraqi security forces say they have killed the man considered to be the military leader of al-Qaeda in the country.

Britain to seize Gaddafi's London assets

Britain will shortly seize billions of pounds in assets that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has stored in the European country, the Telegraph newspaper reported yesterday.

Russia may send French Mistral warship to Kuril Islands

Russia may send one or even two French-designed Mistral warships to the Pacific to protect a chain of islands that are bitterly claimed by Japan, its top general said yesterday.

S Korea charges Somali pirates with murder attempt

South Korean prosecutors yesterday charged five Somali pirates captured in January with attempted murder -- punishable by life imprisonment -- and said some had also seized one of Seoul's ships last year.

US, S Korea envoys discuss N Korea nuclear program

South Korea's nuclear negotiations chief met Thursday with US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth to discuss Pyongyang's uranium enrichment program, officials said Thursday.

Obama praises Algeria for lifting state of emergency

President Barak Obama commended Algeria Thursday for lifting a 19-year-old state of emergency, calling it a "positive sign" the government was responding to its people's aspirations.

Arts & Entertainment

Ekushey Boi Mela: Catering to All Readers

Participation of publishers and various organisations at the Ekushey Boi Mela is ever increasing. To accommodate them and the thronging visitors, the authorities have understandably increased the number of stalls from 505 in 2010 to 556 this year.

Mukul Ahmed, a Displaced, Bilingual Storyteller

“It is mostly men who tell their stories but I want to tell stories that women want to say but very rarely seem to be able to. I want to explore female perspectives,” -- this was how Mukul Ahmed responded when asked why he often works with all-women casts. Last year in January, Mukul directed Mahesh Elkunchwar's "Sonata" that contained three female characters and in December [also 2010], once again, he presented Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" in Cox's Bazar and Dhaka in which all the characters were played by women.

Film Fiesta at Rajshahi University

Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud's feature film "Runway" was screened at a two-day film festival in Rajshahi University (RU) as part of its countrywide district-level release.

Udichi, Manikganj Holds its 9th Council

The 9th council of Udichi's Manikganj unit was held here last Thursday. The event included a rally, discussion and cultural programme.

Madhuri's Ardent Admiration for Kathak

For Bollywood's "dhak dhak" dancing diva Madhuri Dixit, Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj is the "ultimate dancer."

Readers' Corner

A three-day book fair at the premises of Phulbaria Upazila Parishad concluded on February 23. The book fair, which began on February 21, marked the International Mother Language Day. The event was organised by Phulbaria Sahitya Sangsad.


The service tenure issue

There is an interesting on-going discussion over the tenure of public servants that started with the comment of the finance minister to the effect that the tenure for public servants should be limited to 10/15 years and thereafter senior bureaucratic positions should be filled by the political government through contractual arrangements.

Need for further probe

What happened in Godhara and Gujarat some nine years ago is so much mired in mistrust and manipulation that even the facts are no more sacred. Events that some 59 pilgrims returning from Ayodhya died in the fire on a train compartment and that the killings of Muslims began the following day are correct only in sequence. What set the compartment on fire to "justify retaliation" in Ahmedabad, Varodara, Surat and other cities is still a matter shrouded in controversy.

Re-fixing the trampled constitution

It was the Awami League-led government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman that framed our country's constitution in 1972, immediately after emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation in the world map.

The Danish cake mystery

Asians ate our cake! That was the complaint from the Danish People's Party, an anti-immigrant group.


Are we aware of greenwashing?

In 1986 an American Environmentalist, Jay Westerveld introduced the term 'greenwashing' in an essay on 'hotel industry's practice of placing placards in each room promoting reuse of towels ostensibly' to save the environment. Greenwashing may be defined as the deceptive use of the word green in the business to mislead a perception that the products are eco-friendly.

Coastal ecosystem too vulnerable to sea level rise

Climate change affects all aspects of biodiversity; however, the changes have to be taken into account vis-a-vis the impacts from the past, present, and future human activities, including increasing atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide. For the wide range of IPPC emission scenarios, the Earth's mean surface temperature has been projected to warm 1.4 to 5.8º C by the end of the 21st century, with land areas warming more than the oceans and the high altitudes more than tropics. Then globally, by the year 2080, about 20% of the coastal wetlands could be lost due to sea level-rise. The associated sea-level rise is supposed to be 0.09 to 0.88m.


Observing 1952 in a New Ambience

Serajul Islam Choudhury, Professor Emeritus of Dhaka University, is among the most powerful and probably the most widely read voice of dissent in the country. Author of nearly eighty books, the extent of his scholarship on history and politics of this sub-continent is extensive. His views have swept over the fields of literature (both Bengali and English), history, social science and in the departments of Arts and Humanities. His works beyond the ivory tower have influenced and inspired generations of political activists. Recently, Akram Hosen Mamun on behalf of The Daily Star spoke to him about his thoughts on the language movement of '52, liberation war and the present prospects for a better society. What follows are excerpts from the conversation.

An Oscar Night

Oscar Night is always big in my life. As soon as the nominations are announced, usually in January, Rumi, my wife and I scramble to movie theatres to see as many movies as possible before Oscar Night, usually mid-March. Since the days in Dhaka University when Jack Nicholson won the Best Actor award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, we have been Oscar-addicts. We not only try to see all the pictures nominated both before and after Oscar Night, but also follow the careers of the actors and actresses who catch our fancy. And this dedication we now also see in our children!

Commonwealth Writers' Prize Shortlist Revealed

The Commonwealth Writers' Prize, internationally recognised for its role in celebrating ground-breaking works from both new and established authors, has unveiled a mix of established and undiscovered stars for the South Asia and Europe regional shortlist for the 2011 Prize, says a press release.

Let There Be Light

A F M Yeahyea Choudhury
Let the candle glow soft
In your benign hand ---
While I dream of the dews
Dropping from the night's eyes
Into the heart of dawn.

Star Health

Ray of hope for children with vascular anomalies

Vascular anomaly, a developmental defect of blood vessels (arteries, veins, capillaries, lymphatic) is the most common birth defect affecting 10 in 100 live births. Most common presentations of such anomalies are seen as skin pigmentation in the form of birthmark or skin growth frequently noticed on face, neck, arms, legs or the trunk. Although 90 percent of all these skin defects either disappear or remain unnoticeable as minor skin blemish within 6 to 8 years of age, these can be severely disfiguring in remaining 10 percent cases; sometimes leading to serious complications if left untreated.

Do oral contraceptives really cause weight gain?

It is common to associate weight gain to be a side effect of birth control pills. Many women and healthcare providers believe that pills and patches used for contraception can cause weight gain. Concern about weight gain has lead many women to limit the use of some birth control methods, while some even stop using them.

Stretch your legs, save your life

Sitting behind a desk all day or driving in a long hour can already wreak havoc on your back and your backside, and then add to that lazing on the couch after an arduous work week, your body is in danger of too much rest.

Effective approach to treat drug and alcohol addiction

Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that alters the brain's structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences. Here are some standard approaches to combat addiction:

Zinc will help your cold, at least a little

A new look at the medical evidence shows zinc supplements may take the edge off the common cold. But not a whole. Researchers found that people who started taking zinc-loaded lozenges or syrups within 24 hours of showing symptoms — a sore throat, say, or runny nose — shortened their cold by one day. By comparison, a normal cold lasts about a week. The review also shows that people taking the supplements tended to have milder symptoms.

Vitamin D may help keep blood sugar under control

Drinking yogurt with extra vitamin D may help people with diabetes regulate their blood sugar, a study from Iran finds.

Strategic Issues

A new spectre haunting the Americans

America's second new president of this millennium Barack Obama already has got popularity, for his naive approaches different from that of the last president, in the Muslim World. Last year move for building mosque at Ground Zero is another step in this process. President Obama defended the right of the Muslims to build a 13 storey cultural center and a mosque to be named Cordoba House. This decision raised the wave of condemnation; flurry of loath from mass people across the US. In protests Americans depicted their view points regarding the issue with racial; anti-Islamic beliefs. One placard had - 'Mosques breed radical Islam, Radical Islam breeds terrorists' and below that 'Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims'. In fact the reactions from Americans on these issues are the indicator of their mindset on the question of Islam or the role of the US in Middle East. Surely we didn't forget that though Mr. G. W. Bush invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 he didn't loose his presidentship. He was reelected by those Americans. Hence, it can be assumed that events had been taken place for last few years by the US government in Middle East and by Americans within the US has a common trait or a common tendency of Islamophobia. Do they want to suppress Muslims or Islam in forms they find? Are the Americans Islamophobic?

Pentagon seeks $118 billion for Afghan, Iraq operations In 2012

The Pentagon has released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 with a request for almost $118 billion dollars to fund military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Russian land purchases in Finland raise suspicions

Land purchases by Russian citizens in the immediate vicinity of Finnish military bases have raised suspicions. Purchases have been made of properties in poor condition or that are wasteland, but adjacent to military facilities. One such example is land close by the Karelian Air Command near Kuopio.

A Tunisian-Egyptian link that shook Arab history

Bloggers lead the way
The Egyptian revolt was years in the making. Ahmed Maher, a 30-year-old civil engineer and a leading organizer of the April 6 Youth Movement, first became engaged in a political movement known as Kefaya, or Enough, in about 2005. Mr. Maher and others organized their own brigade, Youth for Change. But they could not muster enough followers; arrests decimated their leadership ranks, and many of those left became mired in the timid, legally recognized opposition parties. "What destroyed the movement was the old parties," said Mr. Maher, who has since been arrested four times.

UN focuses on Somalia with multi-agency piracy plan

The UN launched a holistic new multi-agency push to tackle piracy on 3 February, with a formal action plan known as Piracy: Orchestrating the Response.

Star Books Review

Of Tagoreans, Agartala and Ghalib

The Ekushey Boi Mela is that annual experience that must seep into your being. It is the same with the Hay-on-Wye festival that you wish you could be part of every May in Britain. There is then the Kolkata Book Fair that many of us would not want to miss, given that Kolkata remains a symbol of Bengali intellectual attainment on both sides of the political frontier. Here in Dhaka, you could safely venture to suggest, the Ekushey Book Fair has increasingly been turning into a defining aspect of life in this free republic of Bangladesh. Yes, there is yet that certain feeling that reading is a habit fast dying out in this country. And yet as you push through those crowds at Bangla Academy (this year the stalls have spilled over on to the road, to our intense happiness), you feel that sure sense of elation coursing through you, all in the knowledge that Bengalis do read. Ah, but if they don't or have lately stayed away from books, they are reinventing themselves. Hardly anyone walks away from the Ekushey Boi Mela without a book or two.

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