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Structural flaws put dyke at risk

The decade-old Sirajganj town protection embankment is at risk of caving in due to its faulty design, finds a panel of experts.

Economist shock

The shock was big as it came from no other media outlet than The Economist, the magazine that proudly calls itself "newspaper". It is undoubtedly the most admired piece of journalism around the globe today. Its research capability amazingly rich. Any other newspaper in the world pales beside The Economist. It has strong values and it is strongly judgmental on issues.

3 lawyers sent to jail

Although it was a weekly holiday yesterday, a group of pro-BNP lawyers led by the Supreme Court Bar Association president rushed to the chief justice's residence with a prayer for constituting a special High Court bench instantly to hear a bail petition of a group of lawyers.

BNP sees plot behind HC chaos

BNP yesterday demanded immediate release of three lawyers, including party lawmaker Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papia, and withdrawal of the cases filed against them.

BNP plans anti-govt agitation after Eid

The main opposition BNP will declare a series of protest programmes including hartal after Eid-ul-Fitr demanding restoration of the caretaker government provision in the country's constitution.

Many areas of port city under water

Nearly half of the port city went under knee-deep water due to heavy downpour for the last two days.

Khilgaon flyover to get loop at Sayedabad end

The government expects to start construction of a loop at the Sayedabad end of Khilgaon Flyover in October for maximum benefit of the people in adjacent areas.

Signs of flowing water on Mars

Striking new images from the mountains of Mars may be the best evidence yet of flowing, liquid water, an essential ingredient for life.

Diarrhoea situation worsens

Cases of diarrhoea is on the rise in the capital with more than 400 patients taking treatment at the ICDDR,B every day for the last two weeks.

Tagore's 70th anniversary of death today

Today is the 22nd of the Bengali month of Sraban--the 70th death anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Ulfa wants Chetia in peace talks

The Ulfa leadership wants participation of its general secretary Anup Chetia, detained in Bangladesh since 1997, in peace talks with the Indian government.

Tigers claw back into match

The Tigers kept their head above water at the end of the second day of the lone-Test match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Yingluck first female Thai PM

Yingluck Shinawatra was confirmed as Thailand's first female prime minister yesterday, as the volatile kingdom begins a new chapter after years of political upheaval since her brother was ousted.

Sonia Gandhi recovering

Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ruling Congress party, is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a US hospital where she underwent a successful surgery for an unspecified illness.

British lawyer sent back from airport

The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport authorities yesterday sent back British legal expert Toby Cadman from airport, following intelligence report against him.

UN leader to visit Japan nuclear zone

UN leader Ban Ki-moon sets out today on a trip to Japan, where he will become one of the most senior foreign leaders to enter the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone.

Man beaten to death in Pabna

Hours after being brutally beaten up by unidentified goons, a man succumbed to his injuries yesterday at Char Guguri village in Iswardi upazila of the district.


Rajuk's accountability

The High Court has directed the officials of the Rajdhani Unnyayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) to submit their wealth statements to its chairman within 30 days. This is to enable the chairman to evaluate their performance and also to check if they are indulging in corrupt practices. But there is more than merely corruption of Rajuk that should be addressed, and while we thank the High Court for its suo moto rule, we wish it had gone a bit further.

Water woes

It's hot, it's humid and it's the month of Ramadan. People are tired and at the end of the day the basic necessity that makes life livable isn't available. Different parts of the capital are suffering from acute water crisis despite the promise of smooth water supply from the authorities.


Crore taka final today

Both Abahani and Mohammedan will be aiming to end the season on a high note by winning the Grameenphone Super Cup as the perennial foes are set to face each others in the final of the money-spinning tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Tigers pull it back on Day Two

Shahriar Nafees's late dismissal undid a dutiful rearguard action by Bangladesh on the second day in the only Test against Zimbabwe. After the bowlers had made the all-important turnaround early in the piece, the third wicket stand between Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful almost strengthened the Tigers' position.

On the back of the 'day labourer'

Sarwar Imran calls him the “day labourer” and that is not just because he's built like one. It is for the sheer workload he can take while bowling in a match. He can bowl for long hours without asking too many questions. He does it happily, observed the experienced bowling coach.

Zimbabwe Diary

A walk around the Harare Sports Club before the start of play gives you a fair idea about the cricket culture of the country. Everything and everyone is in place but without the vibrancy of the sub-continent.

Grabbers off playground, urges PM

Voicing her concern over encroachment of children's parks and playgrounds in the capital, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the realtors not to construct buildings by occupying the grounds that are used by children for sporting activities.

New-look Warne spins heads

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne was at the centre of a public frenzy Friday over his dramatic weight loss since he started dating British actress Liz Hurley.

Swann fit for Edgbaston

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has declared himself fit for the third Test against India at Edgbaston next week.

Aus-SL 1st T20 today

Australia open their campaign in Sri Lanka with two Twenty20 internationals on Saturday and Monday which could set the tone for the rest of the tour.

Arsenal face Udinese test

Arsenal must overcome Serie A opposition in the shape of Udinese if Arsene Wenger's team are to make it to the Champions League group stages for the 14th successive season.

Pressure on Ballack

Bayer Leverkusen open their German league campaign against Mainz on Sunday with ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack under pressure to make the starting line-up and prove he still has a career.

Fergie plays it cool

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not change his approach to the Community Shield after playing down the significance of facing neighbours Manchester City in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new English season.

Italy recall De Rossi

Roma's Daniele De Rossi has been recalled to the Italy squad for next Wednesday's friendly against world and European champions Spain in Bari.

Barton handed another chance

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew indicated Thursday that Joey Barton's career at St James' Park may not be at an end despite the midfielder's outspoken Twitter outbursts.

Sk Jamal part with Packeer

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club terminated their contract with Sri Lankan coach Packeer Ali yesterday, just three day after the renewal of the contract for one more season.

Eng are the best: Steyn

South African pacer Dale Steyn says England do not require the number one Test team tag to earn the cricket world's respect.

Watkins no more

Former England all-rounder Allan Watkins has died aged 89, his former county Glamorgan confirmed Thursday.

India sweating over injuries

India's laundry list of injuries in the Test series in England will test the selectors when they assemble on Saturday to pick the team for the limited-overs leg of the tour. India's fitness levels, and the selectors' perceived tendency to go by the players' word on their fitness, have come under sharp criticism in the wake of India's 0-2 deficit in England, and the possible loss of the No. 1 Test ranking that India held for 18 months.

Former judge to head ICC review

Lord Harry Woolf, formerly one of England's top judges, will lead an independent review into the governance of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's ruling body said Thursday.

Seeds sail in San Diego

The top five seeds at the WTA San Diego Open sailed into the quarterfinals on Thursday, with only China's number four Peng Shuai taken the three-set distance.

Latest Cesc bid rejected

Barcelona's latest attempt to lure Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to the Nou Camp has been rejected by the London club, reports suggested here Friday.

Milito back at Independiente

Barcelona's Argentinian international defender Gabriel Milito has quit the Spanish champions to return to his first club Independiente, the Argentinian first division side confirmed on Thursday.

Aguero set for debut

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said Sergio Aguero is likely to make his first appearance for the club in the Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday.


The Chawk Iftar Market

On a normal day, this area bustles with the hustle of wholesale business. But this afternoon's pulsating energy of Chawk Bazar has a different reason: the Chawk Iftar Market is here again.

Don't make court political field

The Awami League Presidium Member and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Ministry Obaidul Quader has called upon the opposition not to make the court a political field.

Schoolboy slaughtered in Meherpur

Criminals have slaughtered a schoolboy in Gangni upazila of Meherpur.

Teenage girl violated in Jamalpur

A teenage girl was allegedly violated by four men in Polashtola village of Jamalpur sadar upazila on Thursday night.

22 Bangladeshis held in Mumbai

Indian police arrested 22 Bangladeshi nationals, including 10 women, in Mumbai yesterday, on the charge of illegally staying in the country, police said.

2 bullet-hit bodies found

Police recovered the bullet-hit bodies of two unidentified youths beside the Pubail Nagda Bridge on Dhaka-bypass road yesterday, where two men were found dead on July 12.

Mahbub Ali Khan's anniversary of death today

Today is the 27th death anniversary of Rear Admiral (retd) Mahbub Ali Khan, a former chief of naval staff and minister for communications and agriculture.

Santosh Gupta's anniversary of death today

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Santosh Gupta, an eminent journalist and writer.

RMG faces export order crisis

The country's export, which saw a record growth in the last fiscal, seems to suffer a significant fall as the key export-driver RMG sector is facing decrease in export order, triggered by "economic worries" in the European Union and the USA.

Football match for stronger ties with Adivasis

Aiming at stronger friendly relationship, the indigenous hill tracts people and plain lands people played in a friendly football match at Dhaka University central playground yesterday.

PM recalls role of Sheikh Kamal

The 62nd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was observed in a befitting manner yesterday.

One arrested

Police early yesterday arrested one of the two brothers, who allegedly beat up a female journalist of ABC Radio on July 31, from a lane in the city's Kathalbagan area.

20 DAGs appointed

Twenty Supreme Court lawyers have been appointed as deputy attorney general.

Three killed, 18 injured in road crashes

Three persons were killed and 18 others injured in road accidents in Jhenaidah, Pabna and Chittagong yesterday, report our correspondents.

Worker beaten up for being late from prayers

Employees of an ayurvedic medicine manufacturing company in Rajshahi staged angry protests yesterday, demanding salary increase and weekly holiday on Friday.

Bazlur Rahman was a rarity of time

Time rarely sees the birth of such a soft spoken but fearless person like Bazlur Rahman, who dared to speak the truth even in adverse situations, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

New alliance emerges in politics

The country's six smaller political parties has formed an alliance with a commitment to strengthening democracy, by reducing the existing gap between the two big alliances or main political parties.

Shop staff electrocuted

An employee of a stationery shop, Najim Uddin, 16, was electrocuted at West Shewrapara in Mirpur of the city yesterday.

Barua stresses education for industrial dev

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the industrial development is not possible without the improvement of education.

Dr Karim nominated as IPCC author

Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the UNFCCC has nominated noted Bangladeshi environmentalist Prof Dr Ansarul Karim as an author in the panel for preparing a guideline for national greenhouse gas inventories of the coastal wetland.

Two farmers killed by lightning

Two farmers were killed by lightning as they were working along with others on a field during raining in Minigari village of Khetlal upazila in Joypurhat yesterday morning.

Appeal for help

Miad, a six-year-old child, has been suffering form Thalassemia disease since his 3-month-old age.

Fire breaks out at garment factory

A fire broke out at a garment factory in the city's Shaymoli area last night.

Prof Azuma remembered

Japanese Prof Kazuo Azuma, who worked tirelessly to build public opinion in favour of the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, was remembered in a condolence meeting yesterday.

PM to host iftar for political leaders today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today hosts an iftar party in honour to leaders of different political parties and eminent citizens of the country.

Ershad hosts iftar party

Leaders of different political parties and diplomats of different countries yesterday joined at an iftar party at a city hotel organised by Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.

Fake certificate seized

Rapid Action Battilon (Rab) seized a fake certificate and a computer along with different instruments, raiding a shop at CEPZ intersection of the port city Thursday night.

Hanging body recovered

Police recovered the body of a housewife hanging from a mango tree at Moksedpur village in Tala upazila early yesterday.

Four fake Rab, police arrested

Police arrested four fake Rab and police personnel and recovered firearms on Thursday night in the port city.

Taslimuddin Ahmed

Today is the first death anniversary of Taslim-uddin Ahmed, says a press release.


Today is the sixteenth death anniversary of Mahmudunnabi Chowdhury, a former minister and former president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), says a press release.


India links attacks to home-grown group

India has for the first time linked July's bomb blasts that killed 26 people in Mumbai to home-grown militants, saying it could no longer deny the existence of indigenous terror cells.

Rebels say Nato raid killed Gaddafi's son

Libya's rebel forces yesterday said a Nato strike killed Muammar Gaddafi's youngest son Khamis and 31 others, in what would be a severe setback for Tripoli's military leadership.

Rahul ready for a bigger role in the Congress?

Is Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, being readied for a bigger role in India's ruling Congress party or the government?

Too many cooks spoil Libya's rebel front

"The rebels" is a handy phrase -- but in reality there are about 40 different rebel groups and freelance militias fighting to end the long reign of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and it shows.

Good office ties enhances lifespan

A positive relationship with your co-workers has long-term health benefits, a Tel Aviv University researcher revealed.

China slams cyber hacking claims

Chinese state media yesterday condemned as "irresponsible" suggestions the country was behind a massive global cyber spying campaign uncovered this week by a US computer security firm.

Fight for food kills 7 in Somalia

Somali government troops opened fire yesterday on hungry civilians, killing at least seven people, as both groups made a grab for food at a UN distribution site in the capital of this famine-stricken country, witnesses said.

Nasa to launch spacecraft to Jupiter

Nasa is poised to launch yesterday a one billion dollar solar-powered spacecraft called Juno on a five-year journey to Jupiter in search of what makes up the solar system's biggest planet.

Typhoon Muifa to hit China

China evacuated more than 200,000 people on its east coast and cancelled nearly 200 flights yesterday in preparation for the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in years.

Violence rages on in Syria

At least 10 people were shot dead as thousands of Syrians took to the streets to rally against President Bashar al-Assad on the first Friday of Ramadan in support of the protest hub of Hama, activists said.

Rebels blamed for killing in Myanmar

Myanmar state media yesterday accused ethnic fighters of killing seven people who visited a Chinese-run dam at the centre of an ongoing conflict between the army and rebels.

Second newspaper group faces lawsuits

Several alleged victims of tabloid phone hacking in Britain will soon file lawsuits against a second newspaper group, Piers Morgan's former employer Trinity Mirror PLC, their lawyer said yesterday.

Here's how heaven looks like!

What happens when you die? It is most certainly one of life's biggest questions.

More than 500 arrested in Chile protests

More than 500 people were arrested and 14 wounded in cities across Chile Thursday when police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse student protesters calling for education reforms.

Arctic ice cap near record minimum

The polar ice cap in the Arctic has melted to near its 2007 record minimum level and in some areas is 50 percent smaller than average, Russia's environmental monitoring agency said Thursday.

Israel raids Gaza for 2nd day in a row

Israel carried out a second night of air strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday injuring 5 Palestinians.

Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson injured in car crash

British comedy actor Rowan Atkinson, best known for playing the character Mr Bean, suffered a minor injury after the supercar he was driving crashed and caught fire, emergency services said yesterday.

UN fears for children in Australia refugee swap

The United Nations children's agency called on Australia Friday to scrap "inhumane" plans to send unaccompanied minors to Malaysia as part of a refugee swap.

US head of Afghan aid oversight resigns

The office that oversees billions in aid to Afghanistan will be without a chief for the second time this year, as its leader announced Thursday he was stepping down.

Ex-Ukraine PM detained

A Kiev court yesterday placed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko under arrest, in a dramatic twist to her stormy trial on charges of abuse of power while in office.

Arts & Entertainment

A cornucopia of Tagore plays produced this year

Producing Rabindranath Tagore's plays are considered daunting. Even deft directors and producers often get intimidated by the bard's works. As a result, Dhaka theatre audiences haven't had the opportunity to witness the Nobel laureate poet's mastery on the stage as often as they'd like. In recent times, however, several troupes have been producing Tagore's plays or bringing adaptation's of the bard's works to the stage. On the occasion of Tagore's 150th birth anniversary this year, and with financial assistance from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, fourteen troupes have produced as many Tagore plays.

A unique telling of Muktadhara

“Muktadhara” (The Waterfall), written in 1922, is widely acclaimed as one of Tagore's finest dramatic work. The symbolic play has been interpreted as Tagore's nationalist critique of colonial exploitation. Many believe the play also indicates the bard's admiration for Gandhi and his rejection of the machine in favour of humanism. The character of Dhananjoy Boiragi has been seen as a reference to Gandhi's non-violent spirit. Many, however, suggest that the play is far more complex, and deals with Tagore's interactions with science and the concept of nation.

Fulki: Imparting education the Tagore way

Students at the 'Asha' class in Fulki, a cultural and educational institution in the port city, were drawing images depicting monsoon. Sounds of raindrops added to the joyful ambiance. A boy was drawing birds drenched in the rain.

Taking a path less treaded Rana Kumar Sinha

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Documentary “Shorezamin Sriniketan” on Channel i

Villages are the source that sustains the Bengali life. Rabindranath Tagore took an interest in bringing about changes in the farmers' lives. When overseeing his family estates (located in Bangladesh's Shilaidah, Shahjadpur and Patisar), Tagore closely observed the lives of farmers, traced their grievances, and studied their success and failure. He formed a cooperative banking system for the farmers. He also educated his son Rathindranath Tagore on agriculture. Tagore's plan for rural development was later shaped as a tentative model that subsequently gave birth to Sriniketan [in Birbhum, West Bengal], not far from Shantiniketan.


Disciplining the law enforcers

The Daily Star editorial of July 29 that impresses upon the imperative of disciplining the law-enforcers causes concern because a supposedly disciplined organisation that is public in nature and maintained at public expense shows cracks and desperation of an unpardonable dimension. Events of the last fortnight that included mob lynching of six students, allegedly suspected to be robbers, and torture of a university student in police custody, have prompted conscientious citizens and the media to take a grim view of the serious malfeasance.

Kashmir awaits discussion

I have always held that relations between India and Pakistan will evolve. It will be a gradual development, steady and sure. This is what has been called a step-by-step approach. Pakistan adopted it at one time but gave it up because it wanted all problems to be solved at one go. Then India took up the step-by-step stand. Thus, both wasted six decades in going back and forth. What was at the back of their minds was that the history of thousands of years could not be wiped out in a jiffy. There was mistrust and prejudice. Sometimes this took the shape of hostilities.

Mob justice over legal processes

Reading the newspapers these days one would imagine that we have regressed into the dark ages. The country has been witnessing a spate of violent incidents involving the common man, who has taken the law into his hands. On the Shab-e-Barat night, a mob in Aminbazar lynched six college students to death on suspicion that they were robbers. On July 27, six suspected robbers were beaten to death by locals ain Companyganj after the gang killed a villager during a robbery attempt.

Contagion in European financial markets

The fear of contagion is spreading rapidly throughout Europe. It all started with Greece, the country with beautiful beaches and holiday resorts, a dream destination of many vacationers around the world. The day of reckoning came when the prime minister had to admit to the world that its financial situation is much worse than what is known to the outside world. A candid admission indeed!

Politicians should ring the bell for change

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) officer must be polite and courteous towards the people. He must not do anything which may tarnish the image of a constitutionally formed government. He must respect people's status and dignity and be prepared to protect their rights.

This Day In History

August 6

World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Helgoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.


Flood: Some positive effects

Flood is overflow of huge amount of water on the normally dry land. The EU flood directive defines flood as 'a temporary covering by water of land not normally covered by water'. In broader sense, flood can be classified in two types as: natural flood and catastrophic flood. Natural flood is the flood that is caused naturally by the overflow of huge volume of water from rivers, lakes, oceans, or by heavy rains, etc. On the other hand catastrophic flood is the flood that is caused by some significant and unexpected events, for example dam breaching, cyclones, etc. In Bangladesh both types of floods are observed. But heavy rainfall is one of the major causes of floods in Bangladesh. When the level of water in rivers or lakes rises due to heavy rainfalls, at some point it spills over the river banks or dams causing flood.

Birdwings enriching forest ecosystem

Ecosystem itself is the phenomenon of interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in an area. This interaction means both of the factors in an area of the biosphere are equally “interacted” to form and run the system. But apparently plants are the primary phase as producers and successive phases are completed by animals as the consumers. So, plants in the system are treated collectively as the first trophic level and the animals as the successive trophic levels. These animals again provide some backward support to the plants for their multiplication and sustenance to form the final shape of an ecosystem and its functioning.


Netaji Bhawan --- symbol of history

The Forum complex on Elgin Road that was renamed Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani remains popularly known by its earlier nomenclature, as gauged by Kolkata's taxi drivers. The Forum attracts droves of visitors. Some head straight for the multi-cinema halls on the top floor. Others head for fast-food feasting at the Food Court. Fewer numbers target the culinary destination 'Oh Calcutta!' Masses crowd the multi-floor space and many indulge in retail therapy. Some make it to the nearby bookshop 'Crossword.' Yet few are even aware of the home of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Bengali nationalist leader, Congress Party President and founder of the Indian National Army during the Second World War, that stands at 38/2 Elgin Road right opposite the Forum.

From Epicureanism to spirituality

Hason Raja seems to be a man of contradictions to the extent that he appears to be two different individuals at times. There are many conflicting accounts of his early years as a zamindar. To some of his subjects he had a reputation of a cruel, greedy landlord and a decadent womanizer who was more interested in his hobbies of horse racing and the breeding of birds than the welfare of the people living on his land. To others, he was a generous and beneficent landlord who was compassionate to human beings and animals.

Inward Retina

Sudden whisper in my ears, whilst I walk the busy morn;
An echo running in my veins, full to anxiety.
Just to bleed my frightened heart;
An angelic eye, come awaken my years of sleep.

Star Health

Breast milk, the best milk: Still a challenge for us

Mother’s breast milk right after the birth is the best gift for the newborn. No other thing in this world is as beneficial as the small measure of putting the child on its mother’s breast within one hour of birth!

Recognise your risk before you fast

In holy Ramadan, many patients with Diabetes face medical challenges during fasting hours in Ramadan. Perfect planning is therefore necessary to avoid complications and help perform all the rituals of Ramadan.

Tips for fitness during fasting

Fasting in holy month of Ramadan brings numerous health benefits and help to detoxify and revitalise our body and mind. But it can be a challenge for many of us, especially people with medical conditions. Staying fit during the holy month is very crucial to perform all the rituals. The following tips may help you to stay healthy.

Students speak out on Pneumonia for EVERY ONE

With a view to encouraging students to speak out about the prevention and treatment of Pneumonia in their community and share their experiences and opinions, Save the Children’s EVERY ONE Campaign and Bangladesh Paediatric Association will visit 60 secondary schools across Bangladesh, says a press release. The new awareness campaign that has already been started in Dhaka will run till World Pneumonia Day on November 12 this year.

Workshop on childhood cataract in Asia held

Child Sight Foundation (CSF) has recently organised a four day international workshop on childhood cataract in Asian countries in a local hotel in the city, says a press release. The keynote presentation was delivered by Dr M A Muhit, Honorary Executive Director of CSF, Dhaka. He informed that Asian region has been the hardest hit with two third of world's cataract blind children which is treatable.

Text messages boost malaria care

Text messages could be a cost effective way of improving care for poor children with malaria, according to researchers. A six month study involving 119 health workers in Kenya, published in The Lancet, showed texts increased the number following government guidelines. Half of children received the correct treatment at the end of the study, more than double the starting figure.

Baby heart defect test could save lives

A quick and cheap test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects — such as holes between chambers in the heart and valve defects. A study on 20,055 newborns, published in The Lancet, showed testing oxygen in the blood was more successful than other checks available. The researchers have called for the oxygen test to be used in hospitals as cases go commonly unnoticed.

Strategic Issues

Breivik and Stroman made us rethink 'war on terror'

"Hate is going on in this world and it has to stop. Hate causes a lifetime of pain. Even though I lay here I am still at peace."

Is US military glossing over the upsurge in violence in Iraq?

Serious questions have been raised whether Iraqi security forces will be able to stabilize the security within the country after withdrawal of US troops. In July, the new US Defence Secretary of State, Leon Panetta had to leave Baghdad airport by helicopter to the hotel and this illustrates the fragile security situation after eight years of war.

Syrian tanks shell Hama ahead of UN meeting

Syrian tanks shelled the city of Hama after a day in which 100 people died, activists said, as President Bashar al-Assad praised his troops before a UN Security Council meeting.

Star Books Review

The glass like a shimmering star . . .

The Quran is not to be taken lightly. Which essentially means that those who read it, or study it, must bring into the act an understanding of faith that will do justice not merely to the religion of Islam but also to an interpretation of the holy book. Ziauddin Sardar argues, with a good deal of persuasiveness, that the Quran is in effect a holy work for those who can think, who can doubt and in the end who can observe its relevance to a world far removed from the one in which it first manifested itself. Sardar, a leading exponent of Islamic thought in the West at this point in time, has little patience with those who in recent years have taken portions of the Quran out of context either to add substance to their so-called jihad against those they perceive as infidels or to impose their own fanatical ideas of faith on a community which has consistently seen in Islam a framework of some of the most liberal positions relating to man in terms of his links with the Almighty.

Plunging into melody's waves

Namita Devidayal addressed her gentle, nurturing Brahmin music teacher Dhondutai as 'baiji,' whose whisper sounded like, 'You will be my little goddess… my Bhairavi,' an early morning raga, the wife of cosmic dance destroyer Shiva. She is like the moody mythical goddess, sometimes a pining lover, and a seductress---always the mysterious female force which overpowers evil. This work, Devidayal's first, is dedicated to Dhondutai Kulkarni, whose ancestors were from Kolhapur. The music teacher moved to Bombay in 1978-79, lived in a small apartment with Ayi, her mother, in the neighborhood of Kennedy Bridge which was only ten minutes away from Namita's home in Cumballa Hills. Reading this autobiographical reportage, that it 'was a lifetime of learning---and not just of music,' tracing the legacy of the Jaipur Gharana, an intellectual school, and one of the pillars of Indian classical music, is sheer delight. The cover design by Rachana, photo by Ishika represents Dhondutai 50, five feet tall, 'remarkably youthful… attributed to never having married' protégé of the Jaipur Gharana, at a concert. Kesarbai recalls, '… you were in a white silk nine yard sari with a gold border, and wore your hair in a long plait… walked onto the stage with great confidence… started with a perfect sa… you sang raga Bhoop…'

Of triumphs and failures

It is very difficult to write about a book as famous as Midnight's Children since there has been so much written about it in the last three decades. I doubt there is anything left to say and yet I want to add my humble opinion to its overwhelmingly long list of appraisals. I clearly remember the class where Professor Fakrul Alam (at the department of English, Dhaka University) mentioned Salman Rushdie while talking about postcolonial literature and advised us to read him, that is, if we could get him (since he had been banned from many Islamic countries after the controversy of The Satanic Verses). However, contrary to much skepticism I discovered that Salman Rushdie was easily available in Nilkhet (good for us).

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