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News of: Saturday, 9th of April, 2011

Front Page

Finger pointed at 60 individuals

Some 60 individuals, many associated with Awami League and BNP, have made fortunes through stockmarket manipulations, found the probe into the recent share debacle.

In deeper trouble

The fate of the repatriated migrant workers from Libya remains uncertain with none of the authorities concerned having any immediate programme to help them restart their lives.

EC wants full grip on poll matters

The Election Commission is seeking amendments to the constitution to remove the court's jurisdiction of reviewing EC's actions taken during the process of holding parliamentary polls.

IT education in a mess

Computer studies at secondary and higher secondary levels are being conducted without specialised teachers in the state-run educational institutions.

Tigers face Aussies today

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is likely to make a comeback in the Tigers' first one-day international against Australia today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

US worried at extra-judicial killings in Bangladesh

The United States expressed serious concern over the failure to fully investigate extra-judicial killings by security forces, including several deaths in custody of alleged criminals detained by Rab.

40 hurt as Keraniganj BNP men clash with police

In a clash between police and BNP activists some 40 people including 12 policemen were injured in Shakta union of Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital yesterday.

12 children killed in Brazil school shooting

A disturbed young Brazilian man on a suicide mission shot dead 10 girls and two boys on Thursday at his former elementary school in Rio de Janeiro.

Family under pressure to withdraw case

Family members of Serafina Mardi, the gang-rape victim who committed suicide after being forced into an out-of-court settlement with the rapists in February, are in fear of a backlash from their religious leaders.

NHRC chief pushes for govt probe

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is firmly pursuing a government probe on the Rab firing that disabled teenage Limon Hossain.

Probe body asked to find causes

The government has formed a three-member probe body on Thursday night to find out the causes of sinking of MV Hyang Ro Bong at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port late Wednesday.

Turkey helps Iran avoid sanctions

Israel believes Turkey is actively helping Iran to sidestep economic sanctions and has also turned a blind eye to Iranian weapons smuggling into Syria, according to leaked US diplomatic cables published yesterday.

UK government not liable

The government cannot be held legally liable for abuses during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, a court has heard.

China rights on 'negative trend'

China's human rights record is on a "negative trend" with growing restrictions on freedom of speech and "severe repression" in the Tibet and Xinjiang regions, a US report said yesterday.

Girl dies in 5-storey fall

A domestic help died after allegedly falling from the rooftop of a five-storey building in the capital's Dhanmondi yesterday.

BSF shoots cattle trader

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot and injured a cattle trader yesterday morning along Daudpur borders in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur.

Editorial

Stock market scam report

We congratulate the probe committee for completing its task in good time and handing over its report to the finance ministry. The committee has identified around 100 persons, many of them 'powerful' people, who seem to have been involved in the stock market manipulation. The enquiry, we feel, has established prima facie case against some institutions, companies and individuals of their involvement in the manipulation. The report has come down strongly on the lack of oversight and collusive role of the SEC.

Proper use of antibiotics

The World Health Day passed off the day before yesterday with a call for informed and rational use of antibiotics. This came under the theme of the day which was “Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread”.

Sports

'Series will be competitive'

Has the World Cup experience changed Shakib Al Hasan completely or was he disturbed for any unseen reason?

Mashrafe's 'last int'l match?'

After much talk of this and that, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has finally decided to stay with the team and will most likely play today's first of three ODIs against Australia at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

'Bring back consistency'

Australia's new full-time captain Michael Clarke will look to bring back stability through this short trip to Bangladesh.

Tamim in Wisden's grandest list

Wisden editor Scyld Berry's decision to drop one name from the list of Cricketers of the Year of the 2011 edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has made waves across the cricket world. But the big news here is the flight that Tamim Iqbal has taken, becoming the first Bangladeshi to be part of this vaunted selection.

BCB gets poor deal for title sponsor

The three-match one-day series between Bangladesh and Australia will be known as the Zoom Ultra ODI series.

Batting woes hound BD A too

Hosts South Africa A seized control of the four-day match as Bangladesh A collapsed to 156 all out on the second day at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom yesterday.

Inter-district athletics

The Inter-District Athletics Competition got underway at the Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex in Dhanmondi yesterday.

Academy team set for SA matches

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday declared a 14-member squad for the GP-BCB academy team for two four-dayers against the South African Cricket Academy.

Ireland slams ICC decision

The Irish government promised full backing to their cricketers Friday in efforts to overturn their removal from the next World Cup, slamming the decision as flying in the face of sportsmanship.

Afridi urges IPL to include Pak players

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan captain, has said called on the IPL to include Pakistan players with relations between the two countries steadily improving. Pakistan played India in the World Cup semifinal in Mohali, a game watched by Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Gilani on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, who was also present.

Groups drawn for Independence Cup

There will hardly be any climax in the group stages of the Independence Cup football tournament as all four groups have been decked up in line with the standings of the ongoing Bangladesh League.

Stosur sent packing

Second seed and defending champion Samantha Stosur crashed out of the WTA's Family Circle Cup Thursday, falling in straight sets to unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina.

Runner Group golf

Indian golfer Kahlin Jashi maintained a solo lead in the Runner Group 26th Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship with eight under par at the close of the third round's play at the Kurmitola Golf Course in Cantonment yesterday.

Porto, Villarreal show credentials

Spanish side Villarreal and Portuguese giants FC Porto put their Europa League-winning credentials on show with 5-1 wins apiece in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Thursday.

All eyes on champs

All eyes in Italy this weekend will be back on the San Siro to see how champions Inter Milan react after a nightmare week.

Striking dilemma for Sir Alex

Sir Alex Ferguson faces a striking dilemma as Manchester United seek to turn the screw in the Premier League title race against Fulham on Saturday without the banned Wayne Rooney.

Hair-cut can wait

With Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund facing a tough clash at Hamburg on Saturday, Germany midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz insists he will only cut his hair once his team lift the title.

Gary granted send off

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville will bring the curtain down on his 18-year career with the club with a testimonial against Italian giants Juventus at Old Trafford on Tuesday, May 24.

Bale, Nasri in young player shortlist

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal's French playmaker Samir Nasri have both been nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

Zidane rubbishes Grozny invite

French football legend Zinedine Zidane on Friday expressed his anger as he denied he had been invited to the opening of a new stadium in Russia's war-torn republic of Chechnya next month.

Gerrard out for season

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a groin injury, manager Kenny Dalglish confirmed Friday.

Metropolitan

Mughal Fort to People's Park

Is this the most beautiful spot in Dhaka?

Resolve problems of Old Dhaka

Environmental activists, development workers, cultural activists and social workers at a rally yesterday demanded effective initiatives to resolve the yearlong environmental and citizens' crises facing the city's Old Dhaka area.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people including a child were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Lalmonirhat, Chapainawabganj, Kishoreganj and Comilla yesterday.

Over 100 hurt in B'baria clashes

Over a hundred people were injured in separate clashes at Dewra-Shahbazpur village in Sharail upazila and in the district town yesterday.

Kidnapped engineer rescued, four held

Four alleged kidnappers were arrested from Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district while the kidnapped man was rescued from Kabirajer Haat in Thakurgaon on Thursday.

Dhaka, Moscow happy over cooperation

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, who is now on an official visit to Russia, spent a busy day yesterday as she met chief executives of State Atomic Energy Corporation 'Rosatom', the largest oil and gas exploration company 'Gazprom' and members of Bangladesh community in Moscow.

'Save rivers'

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded the government initiatives to save rivers of the country.

Call to expedite trial of war crimes

Freedom fighters yesterday called upon the government to expedite the trial of war criminals and make the constitution of 1972 effective for establishing the spirit of the Liberation War.

Three strangled in Pabna village

Three people, including a father and his son, were killed in seperate incidents at Charghoshpur village in sadar upazila on Thursday.

AL, BNP men slam culprits

Leaders of both ruling Awami League and opposition BNP yesterday slammed those who were involved in the share market scam and demanded their exemplary punishment.

Cut use of ground water: Speakers

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded the government to take proper steps in reducing excessive use of ground water to save the city dwellers from severe water crisis in future.

25 shanties burnt to ashes

Several houses, small factories and rickshaw garages were gutted in a fire at Kalunagar slum in the city's Hazaribagh yesterday.

Bangladesh at high quake risk for its geographic location

Although Bangladesh bears no relation with the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the country is highly vulnerable to tremors due to its geological structure, tectonic set-up and geographical location.

Hefajat fails to justify vandalism

Leaders of Hefajat-e-Islam, Chittagong yesterday failed to justify acts of vandalism on the roads carried out by the organisation's activists during the April 4 hartal.

Activities in 16 Ctg ghats resume

Loading and unloading of goods in Majhirghat-Sadarghat area in the port city began yesterday after a three-day suspension caused by labour-importer disagreement.

Woman injected to death allegedly by husband

A housewife died after allegedly being injected poison by her husband and his accomplice at Faijullapur village in sadar upazila of Satkhira on Thursday.

'Accord Dr Shamsuddin with Swadhinata Padak'

Leaders of Bangladesh Diabetic Society demanded the government to award the late Dr Shamsuddin Ahmed, a professor of surgery department of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, with Swadhinata Padak.

Two water purification technologies imported

A domestic company has introduced two new technologies, imported from Japan, for water purification to ease drinking water crisis in the country.

PM arrives at Sirajganj today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will arrive here today to reopen Qaumi Jute Mills, inaugurate 150MW peaking power plant at Saidabad and expansion works on Saidabad-Enayetpur road.

8 restaurants, two shops fined

A Mobile court in a special drive fined eight restaurants and two shops Tk 1,15,500 for unhygienic condition and for marketing adulterated edible oil in the city Thursday.

RU proctor receives threat from Shibir

Rajshahi University (RU) proctor on Thursday evening received a letter threatening him that the university campus will be paralysed in the summer vacation starting on April 17.

PAAA of CU reunion held

The second reunion of Public Administration Alumni Association (PAAA) of Chittagong University (CU) held amid much enthusiasm at Swadhinata Park in the port city yesterday.

7 cocktails recovered in B'baria

Police recovered seven cocktails from North Mourail of the town on Thursday night.

International

Indian govt grapples with hunger-striker

Fasting anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare yesterday announced a 'jail bharo' (court arrest) movement across India on April 13 escalating the movement which is now been gaining support from various path of the country.

Grapheme to revolutionise micro-electronics world

It's billed as the wonder material of the 21st century with the power to revolutionise micro-electronics, and won its pioneers the 2010 Nobel Physics Prize.

Prospects fade for military overthrow of Gaddafi

Libyan government forces tried to storm into the besieged city of Misrata yesterday as Nato generals acknowledged their air power was not enough to help insurgents remove Muammar Gaddafi by force alone.

Four dead as new tremor hits Japan

A powerful aftershock rocked Japan's tsunami disaster zone, killing at least four and triggering new concerns over nuclear power plants in a region still grappling with an atomic emergency.

Japan faces 'earthquake sickness'

An increasing number of people are experiencing motion sickness in Japan due to hundreds of aftershocks since the massive earthquake of March 11, physicians say.

Obama hopes to avoid government shutdown

Talks aimed at avoiding a shutdown of the US government have broken up with no deal, leaving negotiators just hours to agree a budget compromise.

Standoff persists in Ivory Coast as crisis deepens

Ivory Coast's UN-recognised president Alassane Ouattara enforced a blockade yesterday around his rival Laurent Gbagbo's Abidjan residence, as the United Nations said it had found more than 100 bodies in the west of the country.

Superbugs found in Delhi tap water

A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday.

Protesters call for Mubarak's trial in Egypt

Tens of thousands of Egyptians massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday two months after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted to demand the trial of former regime elements, slamming the military rulers for stalling on reforms.

North Korea threatens action for South's drills

North Korea warned yesterday that its military would not remain a "passive onlooker" if South Korea and the United States continued joint military drills, state media reported.

Fierce fighting kills 50 militants in Pakistan

Pakistani officials said yesterday that 50 militants and four soldiers had been killed in a district where the United States this week criticised the army's efforts to defeat Islamist insurgents.

Nine killed in deadly day of Gaza violence

Israeli warplanes and tanks hammered Gaza yesterday, killing nine people in the deadliest day of violence in the Strip since the end of the Gaza war two years ago.

Israeli strikes 'kill six' despite Hamas truce

At least six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, including two women, doctors say.

Bahrain touted ties with Israel

Bahrain's King Hamad boasted of his ties with Israel's intelligence services and told his government to stop referring to the Jewish state as the "Zionist enemy," a leaked US cable from 2005 showed.

1.5m people protests in Colombia

Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have joined street demonstrations yesterday against the policies of President Juan Manuel Santos.

22 Syrian protesters killed

At least 22 protesters were killed yesterday as anti-regime demonstrations and clashes with security forces raged around Syria, the head of the National Organisation for Human Rights said.

Blast kills Muslim cleric in Kashmir

A bomb went off outside a mosque in Kashmir's main city yesterday, killing a prominent Muslim cleric, police and witnesses said, the first such attack near a religious place in recent years.

'Culture of impunity' in Pakistan: US

A US report said yesterday that Pakistan had a "culture of impunity" on human rights abuses and stated that security forces were operating outside the control of the civilian government.

Yemen's leader rejects Gulf exit plan

Embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected an exit plan by Gulf states trying to broker an end to bloody unrest, as tens of thousands of Yemenis turned out yesterday for pro- and anti-regime protests.

Kenyan deputy premier summoned at ICC court

Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and two co-defendants appeared before the International Criminal Court yesterday, to face charges of crimes against humanity during deadly post-election violence.

US Secretary of State to visit quake-hit areas of Japan

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will go to the disaster zone to meet American troops helping with relief efforts when she visits quake-hit Japan next week, Jiji Press said yesterday.

Russian security service wants to ban Skype, Gmail

The Russian security service has proposed banning Skype, Hotmail and Gmail as their "uncontrolled use" could pose a security threat, a service official said during a government meeting yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Poetry in Thread: The Jamdani of Dhaka

From various historical accounts, folklore and religious texts, it appears that very fine fabrics were available in Bengal as far back as the first century BCE. Once such celebrated fabric of the subcontinent is the Jamdani of Dhaka (present day Bangladesh). The Jamdani weave as we see it today is essentially a fusion of the ancient weaving techniques of Bengal which is around 2,000 years old, with the gossamer like “Muslin” produced here since the 14th century. The Jamdani weave therefore represents over two thousand years of continuous aesthetic evolution that blends different artistic influences.

AR Rahman's Biography Launched

The story of music maestro AR Rahman's life was out this week.

Focus on Sylheti Icons

A two-day documentary film festival organised by Chokh Film Society of the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) concluded on April 6 at the mini auditorium on campus.

Thakurma'r Jhuli on Channel i

An impressive array of indigenous fairy tales consisting of exotic characters ranging from frogs and talking birds to kings, queens and demons, is collectively known as “Thakurma'r Jhuli”. These stories, popular in Bengal, from time immemorial were collected by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar. From the seemingly uncountable stories, Titto Ridwan had picked up “Shonar Chul” [Golden Hair] and “Jadur Hari” [Magic Pot] to base his drama serial on.

OP-ED

Bribe and banishment

Cynics say that the anti-corruption campaign has lost much of its steam and its prime mover, the Anti-Corruption Commission is fighting a losing battle. Some go even further and make derisive comments on the appeal of the Commission's chairman to wage a crusade against the scourge of corruption. These are facts of our body politic and we have to grapple with them, maybe for a painfully long time.

Cash in on this opportunity

I am not surprised over the Wikileaks disclosure that Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani stood in the way of a settlement between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. According to the US diplomatic cables, the deck had been cleared for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Asif Zardari to sign a deal but Kayani was the "remaining obstacle."

Forgotten war heroes

With the trial of war criminals in the offing, those now in their 30s and above must know the full background of the liberation war, especially the calculated genocide that was launched by the Pakistani occupation forces from the night of March 25, 1971, which continued for nine months.

Migrants and IOM

Institutions and organisations come up to meet new challenges of time. The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), founded in 1863, is an organisation that brings succor to the wounded, and provides protection and assistance to victims of armed conflicts and strife. Its visionary founder Henry Dunant and the Red Cross were the joint recipients of the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, the year it was introduced.

This Day In History

April 9
1241
Battle of Liegnitz: Mongol forces defeat the Polish and German armies.

Environment

Climatic hazards: Vulnerability and adaptation

It is now widely recognised that the coastal regions of the world would suffer severely both in economic and social fronts from the direct impact of global warming and rising sea level. It has been noticed that in recent years sea-level rise, frequent storms and cyclones, and riverbank erosion have taken a serious turn in the coastal regions of the Bay of Bengal. These necessitate checking up vulnerability of the coastal people. In particular, investigation on the livelihood in terms of socio-economic vulnerability (risk) of the coastal population is of paramount importance. Two initiatives are urgent: one, investigating the types of adaptation measures available to overcome the economic and social devastation from frequent and extreme climatic hazards locally and nationally; two, measuring the socio-economic vulnerability of the frontline coastal regions for policy purposes.

Rising sea level in a changing climate

Advances in climate change modeling enable us to obtain best estimates of temperature, rainfall, and sea level and their likely uncertainty ranges given a projected warming with different emission scenarios. Results for different emission scenarios are provided explicitly in the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report. Projected global average surface warming for the end of the 21st century (20902099) relative to 19801999 with best estimates and likely ranges for global average surface air warming for six Special Reports on Emission Scenarios (SRES) are shown in Table 1. The model-based projections of global average sea level rise at the end of the 21st century (20902099) are also shown in Table 1.

London 2012 . . . a study in greening

Britain is going all the way out to make sure that the London Olympics next year becomes a memorable part of history. Nothing has been left untouched, everything has been touched --- for people to go back home, once the Games are over, with the feeling that London is a place which keeps reinventing itself. That is not, if you think about it, unusual. Quite a few centuries ago, it was Samuel Johnson who pronounced the unambiguous judgement that one who is tired of London is tired of life. London 2012 does not promise to be tiring, or tiresome, at all. You have to look at merely one of the many aspects of the Olympics preparations to comprehend conditions as they happen to be a year prior to the commencement of the Games.

Literature

'I gotta feeling…'

Okay, beautiful! Now I have to cross the road, the thing I hate to do. I don't know if they have a specific medical term for the fear of crossing roads. They should have one. If they can have a name for the fear of spider (arachnophobia ), why can't mine get a name, too? Crossophobia- the fear of crossing the road! Nice! Or it can be “roadophobia”, right? Anyways, the green signal is on for walking. Like a very smart raccoon, I carefully looked at my right and left and crossed the road with other people. But do raccoons follow the traffic signals? No, they just jaywalk, because they are little furry animals and not humans. Maybe I have too much coffee in my system and now high on caffeine and thinking of how the traffic signal system works in raccoon society.

The Cage of Bones

The sickening light of the old lantern is disrupted by the gust of the stirring wind blown from the horizon. Then the dark lingering in the background invades. A breath of air emanating from the trees and their outer coatings has assumed the form of pent-up thoughts. The sky looks grave tonight. The moon has vanished without a trace. Latif stares over the marauding wall of darkness leaning on the damp courtyard. He cannot spot the faces squatting before him. He wonders if they are humans or just a cluster of warped shadows. How these devils have poked in at the right time as if snuffling about in the air! When he got down from the launch this morning, no one showed up. He himself had to carry the entire luggage heavy with bottles and glasses inside. How shameful, he had thought, to carry all those loads before his Dhakaite pals! Where were they hiding at that time? Having arrived Mia Bari he had to holler at Abdul to reassert himself-'You faithless thugs! I had to carry all the bags. Then why do we feed so many servants?'

For poetry . . .

Words are broken
Letters are scattered
Of our poems- They cried
For their human heart shaped home-
No one knows-

Morning

Toothbrush, shaving foam and the
Poison after shave,
Toast and Tea
With a white egg and marmalade,
Shakespeare, Eliot and Dostoyevsky
Shoved into the bag that I carry.

Grievance of a poetess

For many days...I do not seem to belong to me...
For many days...I do not see the poetess in me...

Life: You And I

When you speak, I heed
When you sigh, I gasp
When you cry, I perk up
What you see, I draw
How you sense, I comprehend
While you touch, I shiver
Where you end, I initiate

Striving

Love to you, my friend
You are truly peerless . . .
Simply sanctified with
Abundance
Love, blessing, intellectual
Adherence . . .
Whatever you impart to me
I strive to pay back
Even more
You solely drive me in
Whatever you acknowledge
From me

Star Health

When healer turns into killer

After the revolutionary discovery of world’s first antibiotic Penicillin, Alexander Fleming along with the miracle cures warned about its danger of resistance and misuse in future.

Coping strategy for widespread body ache

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread muscle and bone pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Recognition is yet due as it deserves

Physiotherapy, an useful part of modern treatment are not getting proper recognition as it deserves and ignored in many ways. The subject has not yet been included in the recent proposed national health policy, according to the source of Bangladesh Physiotherapy Society (BPS).

Check your risk of regain after operation

Scientists have developed a new risk calculator that predicts the risk of postoperative complications for patients who are undergoing bariatric surgery that involves reducing the size of stomach.

Help prevent back injury

Even if your back feels well at the moment, you may be straining it if you have poor posture, perform awkward movements, are out of shape, or get overweight. Good body mechanics include reducing strain on your back when you lift heavy loads. The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma offers these suggestions:

Memory suffers due to stress

University of Edinburgh scientists have found that there is a link between stress and memory loss as the stress hormone impairs memory to a great extent. Earlier studies have shown that older people with poor memory showed shrinkage of the hippocampus, region in the brain which is involved with memory; such people also had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

New method help identify heart disease during sleep

New research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has revealed that a specially customised pulse oximeter machine attached to the finger can be used to detect changes in heart and vessel function while you sleep, and also identify patients at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Strategic Issues

The Libyan denouement?

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. The poem is fundamental component to the modern Western canon. Now that odyssey is the code name of the latest US military operation in Libya-Odyssey Dawn. The present word odyssey is very much linked to the mythical hero Odysseus. International Relations, more specifically Strategic Studies, never got such a similar literary taste or dimension before this. The US may be assuming its operation in Libya is going to be a prolonged and protracted, one with hardship and tough resistance ahead. It is almost like a ten years long journey, which once was carried out by Odysseus way back to 8th century BC to get back to his beloved family after returning from Trojan War. Is Libya aggression going to be another "Odyssey journey" for the US and thus for other European partners?

Sino-Pak nuclear deal: American perfidy?

If the US changing the rules of the nuclear world order for facilitating a civilian nuclear deal with India was a case of global hegemony in action, then China's recent success in getting the Americans to acquiesce to a Sino-Pak civilian nuclear deal is the equivalent of a successful insurgent action.

US general voices concern over Iran-Venezuela ties

The United States is worried about increasingly close ties between Venezuela and Iran, a top US military official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Japan stops uncontrolled leak from nuclear plant

An accidental leak of highly radioactive water into the ocean from a Japanese nuclear plant was stopped Wednesday, boosting efforts to contain the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Star Books Review

Between a bang and a whimper

At first glance, the rather imposing title Women and Militancy: South Asian Complexities might conjure up in the reader visions of profound insights into what apparently should be a very interesting topic, possibly unusual in the field of academia: a correlation between women and militancy (notwithstanding the celebrated cases of Leila Khaled, Djamila Bouhired, Djamila Boupacha et al!). And, when the subtitle is considered, the reader's interest might get aroused even more, especially if s/he is of this region or has more than a passing curiosity in it. In the event, his/her experience would likely fall below expectations, more so because South Asia is limited to Bangladesh and only stretched beyond its territorial boundaries to include the proximate Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. Beyond the rather misleading subtitle, Amena Mohsin and Imtiaz Ahmed's edited volume, as is not unusual in books made up of a collection of writings, is constituted of essays of uneven quality. A few illuminate, others are rather humdrum, and disappoint in the context of the subject matters they deal with. In the end, in some cases, one would have to look really hard to find any complexity, and the expectancy that could well be aroused by a glance at the title Woman and Militancy might turn out to be a damp squib.

Travelling back to a war

The book is an excellent personal account of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh by Dr Nurun Nabi. It offers a remarkable first-hand view of the freedom struggle from the author's personal experiences as a freedom fighter. The book distinguishes itself from other works by providing a vast canvas ranging from the author's early childhood days to his participation in the freedom struggle.

No wisdom, but nuggets anyway . . .

Edward Kennedy's death more than a year ago was cause for the celebration, in a manner of speaking, of a dynasty that yet exercises a hold on the public imagination. It does not really matter that the dynasty, as it used to be, does not happen to be there any more. That the mystique of the Kennedys has become frayed over the years is no more in question. But, again, there is that certain reawakening of sensibilities, of memories, every time the Kennedys are mentioned. That explains the grandeur of Edward Kennedy's funeral. The fact that he was the only Kennedy brother to survive to ripe old age (he was seventy seven when he passed on) did little to stop the flow of a revival of popular interest in the clan. The Obamas and the Clintons and the Bushes and the Carters made sure, through their presence at Kennedy's memorial services in Boston, that the clan was remembered.


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