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News of: Saturday, 30th of July, 2011

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Central bank under political pressure

Bangladesh Bank has been under pressure from politicians to give approval for at least 15 new banks, finance ministry officials say.

Political decisions vs business

Political debates often overshadow economic decisions -- the US budget debate or the Greek debt crisis is a pointer. But when things relate to financial institutions, politics takes a backseat because any buffeting of the financial system can cause havoc. This is why it is only natural to get worried when the finance minister says political decisions will be taken about allowing new banks, and when it is reported that about 15 new banks are set to get licences.

Expressway faces delay

Despite highest political commitment, the government could not launch the Dhaka Elevated Expressway project on schedule as it could not complete acquisition of required land, while the project contractor could not arrange necessary financing.

LDP, BNP agree on 'tougher agitation'

Liberal Democratic Party President Col (retd) Oli Ahmad agreed with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to forge a tougher anti-government movement “to save the country from the ongoing crises”.

2 policemen suspended

Two police officers were suspended yesterday over their involvement in torturing Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar in custody.

AL activist killed in gunfight

A youth was killed and at least 22 others were injured in a gunfight between two rival groups of locals at Solarchar village under Sadar upazila yesterday over establishing supremacy.

30 injured as rival AL men clash

At least 30 people including five policemen were injured in a clash between two rival groups of Awami League (AL) at Gafargaon in Mymensingh yesterday.

Promising singer Abid, his friend drown in sea

Close up-1 singer Abid Shahriar and one of his colleagues drowned in the sea at Cox's Bazar yesterday evening.

Security was inadequate in UP polls

The Election Commission thinks violence broke out at many places in the recently held union parishad (UP) election across the country due to deployment of inadequate number of security personnel.

Libyan rebel military chief shot dead

Libya's rebels said their military commander was shot dead in an incident that remained shrouded in mystery, pointing either to divisions within the movement trying to oust Muammar Gaddafi or to an assassination by Gaddafi loyalists.

Indian home minister in city

Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram arrived in Dhaka last night on a 24-hour visit to discuss border issues with Bangladesh officials.

Scientists discover antibody to fight flu

The first antibody which can fight all types of the influenza A virus has been discovered, researchers claim.

More goods being taken to Nepal thru' Bangladesh

Two Indian goods trains have left the Rohanpur Railway Station here for Nepal with the second consignment of 2,478 tonnes of diammonium phosphate (DAP) imported from Morocco by Agriculture Import Corporation Ltd of Nepal.

Pilot error cited in Rio-Paris crash

Investigators Friday said Air France pilots made a series of errors on the Rio to Paris flight that crashed in 2009 killing 228 people, but the French flag carrier insisted they were not to blame.

Fat is more dangerous for South Asians: Study

Weight gain can be more dangerous for South Asians than for Caucasians because the fat clings to organs like the liver instead of the skin, said a study published Thursday.

Spain set for early general elections in November

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero yesterday called general elections for November 20, four months early, insisting the country's battered economy was on the road to recovery.

Philippines storm death toll rises to 41

The death toll in the Philippines from tropical storm Nock-ten climbed to 41 yesterday, as millions of people across the main island of Luzon mopped up after a week of heavy rain, officials said.

Editorial

Another tragedy on highway

Following the tragedy at Mirsarai, where 44 students were killed in a truck accident, now we have another gruesome bus-truck collision on a highway at Bogra that killed 18 and injured 21. The image of the smashed bus carried by this paper tells you all about the horrifying impact the commuters must have experienced.

Billboards all over

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakhya (Rajuk) last week knocked down over 12 billboards of illegal private housing projects in the city. While the step is appreciated, Rajuk has a long way to go to sustain the campaign and make a marked difference in the billboard-scape.

Sports

England in early trouble

Stuart Broad again proved a thorn in India's side with the bat as he rescued England from total collapse on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge here on Friday.

Tired Tigers aim for match practice

Bangladesh are hoping for an out-and-out practice game when they take on the Zimbabwean XI at the Academy Ground in Harare from today.

The longest journey

Shakib Al Hasan, clad in the Tigers' new tracksuit, walked out of the team hotel yesterday morning and sat in the sun-drenched driveway. “So this was the cold everyone was talking about,” he said with a wry smile.

Ending provides reason to be hopeful

Bangladesh's dream of playing the FIFA World Cup Qualifying round with the top twenty teams from Asia is over despite a scintillating 2-0 win over Lebanon on home soil and the booters left a message through their performance on Thursday that football in Bangladesh is improving rather than being in decline.

Bangladesh, WB in virtual final today

Hosts Bangladesh will meet favourites West Bengal in the last and title-deciding match of the Sheikh Kamal International Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium today.

Ilievski on vacation

National football coach Nikola Ilievski left here yesterday night for Macedonia for a one-month vacation after guiding Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup pre-qualifying round.

Sharapova, Serena clash at Stanford

Serena Williams set up a marquee quarterfinal clash with Maria Sharapova on Thursday at the 721,000 dollar WTA Stanford hardcourt tournament.

Lochte leads USA to relay glory

Ryan Lochte wrote another golden chapter in his memorable world championships Friday as he pushed the USA to a record fourth straight 4x200m freestyle win and claimed his third individual title.

Barath concerned with form

Adrian Barath, the West Indies batsman, has said that he would've liked to have played more domestic games before returning to international cricket after a long lay-off. Barath injured his hamstring during a World Cup 2011 warm-up match in February and played his first international game in more than four months against India in Kingston in June.

Viqarunnissa, Eden in h'ball final

Eden Women's College and Viqarunnisa School and College moved to the final of the 14th Delta Life Women's College/ University Handball Championship after beating their respective rivals in semis at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Fish in LA qtrs

Top-seeded American Mardy Fish shook off a sluggish start to beat Gilles Muller 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 Thursday and reach the quarterfinals of the 619,500 dollar ATP Los Angeles hardcourt tournament.

Iran dominate Zurkhaneh and Koshti

Iran dominated the Third Zurkhaneh Sports and Koshti Pahlavani Championship after bagging four gold medals decided yesterday at the newly-build Wooden Floor Gymnasium.

Mahfuz, Shahajahan finish low

Swimmers Mahfazur Rahman and Shahajahan Ali were eliminated from the early stages of all four events they took part in the 14th FINA World Championship in Shanghai, China.

England's new era

England coach Fabio Capello is due to attend Saturday's World Cup preliminary draw in Rio de Janeiro, but given that the Italian will have taken his leave by 2014, the 1966 champions stand on the cusp of a new era.

WC draw system

Guide to Saturday's 2014 World Cup draw in Rio:

Fight for scraps

Australia, South Korea and Japan go into Saturday's 2014 World Cup draw as favourites to snatch three of Asia's four automatic spots for the finals, leaving 17 rivals battling over the scraps.

Argentina appoint Sabella

Argentina on Thursday appointed Alejandro Sabella as national team coach to replace sacked Sergio Batista, the federation's general secretary Jose Luis Meiszner announced.

Aguero seals City move

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero completed his £38 million ($62m) move to Manchester City on Thursday and immediately set his sights on sparking a major trophy haul.

USA fire Bradley

Bob Bradley was fired as coach of the United States national football squad on Thursday, barely a year after guiding the Americans into the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Warne takes Hurley to 'Gossip Girl'

Shane Warne yet again proved himself as a loyal boyfriend as he accompanied Elizabeth Hurley to the sets of 'Gossip Girl'.

Metropolitan

64 organisations demand proper probe

Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 64 women, human rights and development based organisations, yesterday in a statement demanded proper investigation into women repression cases and punishment of the culprits.

AL vows to free Feni from crime

The ruling Awami League leaders and workers in Feni yesterday made commitment to free the district, once known as a criminals' den, from criminal activities.

First Book

I took this photo at the Ekushey Boi Mela (Book Fair) as the boy walked away from a bookstall with his loot of books, purchased by his mother.

Success of Malaysian amnesty in doubt

Malaysian human rights and migrants' organisations yesterday expressed sheer doubts over the achievable success of the country's declaration to provide amnesty and regularise foreign workers, saying the process involved lacks proper planning and clarity.

25 Bangladeshis held in UK

The British government, which recently imposed various restrictions and introduced stricter laws on immigrants, arrested 25 Bangladeshi nationals for working illegally in the UK.

3-day event begins

A three-day programme began at Sultan Moncho in the district around 10:00am yesterday marking the 87th birth anniversary of world famous artist SM Sultan.

Four more vessels made in Ctg

Western Marine Shipyard (WMS), a local shipbuilding company, handed over two vessels to the government and two others to a German company here yesterday.

Govt totally free from corruption

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the present government is totally free from corruption as nobody raised such allegations till now.

Stop graft in using funds: Matia

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury here yesterday urged ruling party men to stop misappropriating funds from programmes like Test Relief and Kabikha (food for work programme).

Sundarbans to be protected jointly

Bangladesh joins hands with the neighbouring countries to work together in a regional initiative to manage and protect wildlife and biodiversity, especially the Bengal Tiger and its habitat, the Sundarbans.

Road crashes kill 9

Nine people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka Chittagong, Chandpur, Bogra and Brahmanbaria on Thursday night and yesterday.

5,002 Yaba tablets seized, one held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday in a drive seized 5,002 pieces of Yaba tablet worth Tk 20 lakh and arrested a drug peddler from Asodganj of Kotwali Police Station in the port city.

Nurul Islam's birthday today

Today is the 69th birth anniversary of Ganotantri Party and Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra President Nurul Islam who died in a fire incident took place on December 3, 2008 at his Lalmatia residence in the capital.

2 cloth godowns burnt to ashes

Two godowns of old cloths were gutted in a fire in the port city's commercial hub of Chaktai Thursday night, causing an estimated damage of over Tk 1 crore.

Cop commits suicide

A sub-inspector (SI) of police committed suicide by hanging himself from the overhead water pipe in the bathroom of police camp in Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company (KAFCO) in the port city yesterday.

Female BNP leader hurt in attack

Unidentified criminals attacked and injured a female BNP leader in front of her Dhanmondi residence in the city yesterday.

Motahar Husain's anniversary of birth today

Today is the114th birth anniversary of National Professor Qazi Motahar Husain.

FM's remark protested

Leaders and rights activists of indigenous community organisations yesterday condemned Foreign Minister Dipu Moni's comment on July 26 when she said people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are not indigenous.

Mannan's role recalled

Speakers recalled Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's contribution to the nation saying that he was a progressive politician with sagacity and principle who played vital roles in all democratic movements of the country.

Ex-teacher killed in clash

A former schoolteacher was killed as rivals attacked him at Mozahati village in Phulpur upazila yesterday.

Maasranga TV sets off journey today

With a promise to maintain objectivity and professionalism in news and programmes, Maasranga Television, a new private satellite channel, will set off its journey from today (Saturday) afternoon.

Next polls under elected govt: Ashraf

The next general election would be held under the elected government, Awami League General Secretary and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam MP said.

Girl 'commits suicide' in city

A minor girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself on Thursday night at her grand mother's house in the city's Khilgaon.

Worker electrocuted in city

A construction worker was electrocuted and three co-workers suffered injuries at a site in the city's Tejgaon yesterday evening.

Schoolgirl violated

Police arrested one Russel Miah, 22, from Koterkuna bazar of Hazipur in Kulaura upazila on Thursday night for violating a schoolgirl.

Screening can cut cancer risk

Experts at a seminar yesterday said regular check up for breast cancer can save thousands of women from the silent killer disease.

4 abductors beaten

Four alleged abductors were beaten by a mob on charge of trying to abduct a trader with Tk 3 lakh from Shamsernagar bazar of Kamalganj upazila yesterday.

Mild quake jolts Rajshahi

An earthquake measuring 4.4 magnitude on the Richter Scale hit different districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions around 11:50pm on Thursday.

'Make RMCH university'

Speakers at a meeting in Rajshahi demanded converting Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) into a university and naming it after martyred leader Muhammad Qamaruzzaman.

8th wage board for journos soon

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said here yesterday the government has launched activities to form the eighth wage board for journalists following a directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

HSC examinee kills himself

Failing in the HSC examinations for the second time, an examinee committed suicide by hanging himself from a branch of a tree near his house at Daulatpur village in Tala upazila on Thursday.

Journo beaten in Thakurgaon

An upazila correspondent of the Dainik Bangladesh Somoy, Mizanur Rahaman, was severely beaten, as he wanted to realise lending money from one Hitler at Jadurani bazar in Haripur upazila yesterday.

Seminar on kidney disease held

ParkwayHealth, a leading healthcare group in Asia, held a seminar at a city hotel on July 24 to update audience with better treatment modality and help choose appropriate medical options for cancers, head-neck, and kidney diseases.

International

US 'almost out of time' for debt deal: Obama

President Barack Obama yesterday warned the US was almost of time to agree a debt ceiling deal as Republicans and Democrats scrambled to find a way out of an impasse and avoid a disastrous default.

Egypt Islamists rally in show of strength

Tens of thousands packed Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday as Islamists flexed their political muscle in perhaps Egypt's largest protest since a revolt overthrew president Hosni Mubarak in February.

Mumbai attacks gunman appeals death sentence

The lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead has filed a case at the Indian Supreme Court asking for his death sentence to be overturned, a court source told AFP yesterday.

Indian cabinet approves new anti-corruption bill

The Indian cabinet on Thursday cleared a draft of legislation to set up an anti-corruption ombudsman (Lokpal) that excludes from its purview the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and members of Parliament for their actions inside the House.

Murdoch remains BSkyB chairman

British pay-TV giant BSkyB said yesterday that James Murdoch will remain chairman despite the phone-hacking row at main shareholder News Corp, as the broadcaster revealed a 23-percent jump in profits.

All south Somalia slipping into famine: UN

The whole of drought- and conflict-wracked southern Somalia is heading into famine as the Horn of Africa food crisis deepens, the United Nations said yesterday.

Norway buries victims as police quizzes gunman

Norway was burying yesterday the first victims of the twin attacks that killed 76 people exactly one week before, as police questioned the killer for a second time.

Storm, landslides kill 59 in South Korea

South Korean city planners and developers were blamed yesterday for allegedly causing "man-made" disasters that killed at least 59 people and left thousands homeless after record rainfall this week.

Apple has more cash than USA

Apple has more cash to spend than the United States government, a report said yesterday.

US holds nuke talks with North Korea

The United States pressed North Korea to take "concrete and irreversible" steps to give up its nuclear arsenal Thursday as the two held talks on how to improve hostile relations.

Humala sworn in as Peru's president

Leftist former army officer Ollanta Humala was sworn in Thursday as president of Peru, aiming to confront the high poverty plaguing his Andean nation despite its solid economic growth.

Yemenis stage rival rallies in Sanaa

Tens of thousands of opponents and supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is convalescing in Saudi Arabia, held rival rallies in Sanaa yesterday.

Syrian forces kill 2 at demos

Security forces shot dead at least two civilians as thousands of Syrians massed for protests and saboteurs blew up a pipeline near the restive city of Homs yesterday, activists and reports said.

Blast kills 18 civilians in Afghanistan

Eighteen civilians died when a roadside bomb destroyed their minivan in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday, a day after a Taliban attack in Uruzgan killed 21 people.

Turkey military chiefs quits

Turkey's army chief-of-staff and the entire military command have resigned in a row with the government over promotions for generals held in an alleged anti-government plot, media reported yesterday.

China rejects German claim

China yesterday rejected claims by a German official that it has been buying up land in the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa, saying the allegations are "completely unfounded" and have "ulterior motives".

50 killed in Congo shipwreck

At least 50 people drowned and some 35 are reported missing after a boat accident on a river in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Equateur province government said yesterday.

Ex-Tunisian president Ben Ali given 16 years for corruption

A court sentenced Tunisia's exiled former leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to 16 years in prison Thursday for corruption and property fraud, in the latest sentence handed to the ex-president.

Hariri UN tribunal confirms Hezbollah suspects' names

The UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri yesterday confirmed the names of four Hezbollah suspects indicted in the case and the charges against them.

S Korea lodges protest with Japan in islands row

South Korea summoned the Japanese ambassador yesterday to protest over a planned visit by four Tokyo lawmakers to a location near islands claimed by both countries, an official said.

Ethnic Serbs blockade Nato troops in north Kosovo

Ethnic Serbs from Kosovo's north said yesterday they had blockaded Nato troops who took control of border posts with Serbia this week to halt violence provoked by a customs dispute with Belgrade.

Arts & Entertainment

Of Art, Aesthetics and Shadhona

Lubna Marium -- aesthete, danseuse, dance pioneer, teacher, choreographer and impresario is a pioneering figure in the contemporary South Asian cultural scenario. Daughter of illustrious parents Colonel Quazi Nooruzzaman and Professor Sultana Zaman, Lubna Marium has dedicated a lifetime to the promotion of culture, particularly dance and other performing arts. She is the director of Shadhona -- a center for promotion of South Asian performing arts, and principal of Kalpataru -- a school of dance, music and arts in Dhaka. This interview provides an insight into the fascinating mind and work of this creative personality.

Concert for a cause

Brittanto '71, an organisation that works to generate interest in the Liberation War and instilling its spirit among youngsters, arranged a charity concert at the National Indoor Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on July 28. The concert featured the band Shironamhin and singer Rajib and Porshi.

Art competition for children in Chittagong

About 200 children -- some of them recited poems, some sang songs and rest were cheering to provide encouragement. These children assembled at a community centre in the port city to take part in the 'Rafi Smriti Art Competition' on Thursday afternoon.

Queen to mark Mercury's 65th birthday with album launch

Rock legends Queen are planning to re-issue new versions of the band's last five studio albums later this year to mark late frontman Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday.

A range of notes

Musical instruments, including harmonium, tabla and other devices, were handed over on Thursday to primary schools of Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur. Upazila Education Department of Chirirbandar initiated the project to fuel interest in music among students.

Amy Winehouse may have died from quitting alcohol

Amy Winehouse could have passed away from the effects of quitting alcohol too quickly after years of heavy drinking.

OP-ED

The pardon controversy in perspective

Unfortunately for the Bangladesh polity, the presidential prerogative of granting pardon to a convict has once again generated a lot of unseemly heat; and sadly the propriety and motive of such action from the most exalted public office has been questioned in unbefitting language. Readers may recall that in late July 2005 similar unease and discomfiture was experienced on account of a presidential clemency shown to a convict of a double murder case.

Corruption still haunts India

Pakistan lost democracy by undemocratic methods. India is endangering it through democratic methods. Political equilibrium has got a jolt and all traditions and conventions have been thrown to the wind. The two main political parties, the Congress and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which are at daggers drawn, are so engrossed in running down each other that they are not even conscious of the harm they are doing to the polity. They have come to even politicise corruption. It looks as if they are determined to make India a banana republic, if not economically but politically and socially.

Abu Taher and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh

On this day of remembrance in honour of Abu Taher, the words of a great American kept entering my thoughts. I had the privilege of growing up as a young man, while Martin Luther King was still alive.

Dilemma of middle and poor classes

At a time when the price hike of food items and essential commodities has hit all classes of people, the fixed income groups -- including those without work, retired employees of either government or non-government organisations or employees of private firms, mills and factories -- find themselves in a bind.

Inside scoop: Murdoch's news

Murdoch Vittachi good old days Exclusive: This is what is was like to work for the News of the World

This Day In History

July 30

762
Baghdad is founded by caliph Al-Mansur.

Literature

Women who light candles

My mother was the second of seven children, born in an aristocratic family in Murshidabad. She was a married at the age of fourteen and gave birth to her eldest daughter Sakina, my oldest sibling, a great woman of piety and patience. Having very limited literacy and numeracy, my mother came to live with my father in Kolkata, a city very daunting with its levels of intellectual and cultural diversity. My father's ambition of speaking for the minority in India took away many years from his married life and he had to spend those years in jail. My mother was left on her own to cope with the myriad responsibilities of home and the arduous task of bringing up her ten children. She had the additional task of looking after some other children being brought up alongside my siblings. My mother displayed the most amazing calm and dignity during these troubled times. She was brave enough to face people from the intelligence department who came to search our home when my father was in Presidency Jail. She was the lighthouse in our choppy seas and inculcated in us many a quality of head and heart. As we grey with the weight of advancing years we remember her with the deepest reverence.

Slavery in American literature

Those who believe all writers are humanists will either have to change their notion or redefine humanism in a new angle if exposed to the American literary debate in the mid-nineteenth century on the issue of slavery. American writers were divided, to side with politicians they liked or with the socioeconomic interests of the communities they belonged to. Even in creative literature, including songs of that time on the issue of slavery, a gross ethnocentrism or community interest was reflected.

The immigrant

The cold winter night hears the screams of a woman trying to bear the pain of childbirth. She writhes on a hospital bed in West London, her perspiration soaking the white sheet on the bed. Slowly the pain numbs her and the dreary blue walls of the hospital go out of focus.

Fire Sermon

Fire burns, destroys, devastates
and also purifies.

Star Health

Time to be watchful, not worried

The recent rise in the number of dengue fever cases creates panic throughout Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka city. Experts said — with the advent of rainy season, it is usual to expect spike in the number of cases and urged people to pay attention to caution note, not to be panicked.

Knowledge is the key weapon fighting against Hepatitis

Hepatitis or inflammation of liver caused by viruses (A, B, C, D and E) affects millions of people. Around one crore people have been suffering from hepatitis B and C virus in Bangladesh. Many of these people do not have adequate access to care — increasing their risk for premature death from liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Most people who have been infected are unaware of asymptomatic infections in hepatitis until they reach the end stage liver disease. Experts says that awareness and knowledge are the key factors to prevent and control the huge burden of hepatitis.

Mosquito coils — how safe is this?

Diseases like Malaria, Filaria, Dengue etc. are transmitted by mosquito bite and the prevalence are significant in Bangladesh.

Glaucoma and Physiotherapy Congress attended

With a view to increasing the awareness about silent and blinding eye disease Glaucoma, Fourth World Glaucoma Congress was held recently at Paris, France. A 14 member team from Bangladesh Glaucoma Society attended the congress. Experts from Bangladesh Glaucoma Society delivered lecture, presentation and a colorful poster describing glaucoma situation and activities in Bangladesh.

Zinc lozenges could reduce duration of common cold

Even as scientists struggle to find out a complete cure for common cold, a group of Finnish researchers suggests that using zinc lozenges could reduce the duration.

Blueberries — a cup a day may keep cancer away

As little as a cup of blueberries a day can help prevent cell damage linked to cancer, according to a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham comprehensive cancer center.

Strategic Issues

India and the United States: A vision for the 21st century

Good afternoon and Vanakkam. I am delighted to be here today. I want to thank Chief Librarian Naresh for welcoming me to this absolutely extraordinarily impressive facility, and for telling us all to the largest public library in India. And I am delighted to finally be here in Chennai. I've been coming to India since the 1990s as my country's first lady, as a senator from New York, and as a Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

Iraqi Prime Minister's first strategic visit to China

On 18th July, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki arrived in Beijing for his first official visit to China as a guest of his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao.

Star Books Review

Inquiries into feminist thought

As a critical friend of feminists, I find it enjoyable publicising a non-anti-feminist book on which I could somehow lay my hands. This is Fire with Fire by Naomi Wolf, already quite a celebrity for her earlier book, vThe Beauty Myth. Wolf's first book was granted a sort of foremost position in what is called Third Wave Feminism. And it's not at all that the second book is anyway against feminism or its principal causes. Here we get started rather with Wolf's valorizing account of the famous Hill-Thomas hearings (Anita Hill's testimony in the US Senate hearings prior to Clarence Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court) that took place in September-October 1991, ushering in “a spontaneous women's uprising that brought American women an incredible number of victories”. And, this, Wolf feels, could just be the big beginning for men-women equality. But that did not happen. Why? As Wolf finds it, an obstacle stood on the path of women's equality in the shape of many American women's rejection of “feminism.” That's how the struggle did not pick up further.

Of fathers and daughters . . .

A mixture of love, suspense and family, The Last Song comes to lovers of Nicholas Sparks as the new spellbinder. In the new saga Sparks weaves his magic, threading together the intricate story of four very different people tied inextricably together.

The need to look within

Once in a while, we all feel the need to look within, to try and understand things, like our position in the larger scheme of things, our level of endurance, our capacity for contentment, our ability to find beauty not only in the sublime, but also in the ordinary, et cetera. Paulo Coelho's books guide us along this journey of soul-searching and self-analysis.


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