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News of: Saturday, 13th of August, 2011

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Rab shooting kills 5

Five youths were killed in Rapid Action Battalion firing on Sonargaon Janapath in Uttara in the capital last night.

Dhaka-Ctg road trip turns terrible

Vehicular traffic on 290-kilometre Dhaka-Chittagong highway has become so intense and chaotic that a journey between the capital and the port city could take as long as 15 hours.

Gunmen kill 3

Three people including an activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) were shot dead by an unidentified gang in Kaptai upazila of Rangamati yesterday.

BNP to keep inactive members

Backtracking on its earlier decision to drop inactive members from the party's central executive committee, BNP plans to add some new faces and elevate several incumbents to higher posts after the Eid-ul-Fitr.

3 Noakhali cops sued

A departmental case was filed against three police members yesterday on charges of aiding and abetting a mob in beating a youth dead in Companyganj upazila of the district on July 27.

Indians kill 2 Bangladeshis

Two Bangladeshi stone collectors were shot dead by the Indian Khasias on Bichhnakandi borders in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet early yesterday.

Economy healthy, politics conflictual

The Economist magazine has published an article headlined “Bangladesh's poisonous politics: Reversion to type”. Following is the full text of the article:

Huge rush for trains as transport strike on

With no buses running between Dhaka and Mymensingh, people in their hundreds gathered on the Mymensingh Railway Station platform for trains to Dhaka.

BCL men go on rampage

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Rajshahi Medical College unit vandalised the offices of city Awami League, Jubo League and BCL at Laxmipur and set ablaze two rooms of the college hostel on Thursday night.

Vegetable prices high despite rise in supply

The prices of some essentials and vegetables remained high yesterday despite an increase in supply with a slight improvement in weather conditions in the last 24 hours.

Behind the masks of London rioters

Before they started appearing in court, most people assumed London's rioters and looters were unemployed youths with no hope and no future.

2 Tangail hillocks destroyed

Two hillocks at Kismotkatra village near Jharka Forest of the district are being razed to the ground for selling earth.

Junta opens up politics for Suu Kyi

Myanmar's government is urging pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to officially register her National League for Democracy as a party so it can legally take part in politics.

Schoolteacher beaten to death

A school headmaster was beaten to death allegedly by a tractor driver and his accomplices at Chalakchar under Monohardi upazila here on Thursday night.

Hypersonic plane goes missing

US military scientists lost contact with an unmanned hypersonic experimental aircraft on its second test flight, officials said.

China finds another 22 fake Apple stores

Another 22 fake Apple stores have been discovered in a southwestern Chinese city, a media report said on Friday, just weeks after authorities shut down two such shops.

Kiev court rejects appeal to free Tymoshenko

A Ukrainian court yesterday rejected an appeal to free imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko despite mounting global concern over the motivations for her detention.

French soldier killed in Afghanistan

A French soldier was killed and four were wounded Thursday in Afghanistan during a military operation in Kapisa province, north of Kabul, the French presidency said.

Editorial

Arterial highways in dire straits

Once Bangladesh could take heart from the fact that compared to its level of development, its highway networks girdling the country were of a reasonably good standard. But now this doesn't hold good. Cumulative lack of maintenance for years has stripped away the advantage. Whatever went in the name of maintenance was patch-work. The money allocated to maintenance is also paltry vis-à-vis requirement. The upshot is a bonfire of corruption with the little there is instead of any serious repair.

NGO accountability

There remains little doubt that the dynamic role played by the leading non-government organizations (NGOs) in the development sectors of Bangladesh has lifted our status in diverse areas. These include primary and adult education, health, social awareness, poverty alleviation, women empowerment and disaster management.

Sports

Vitori rips Tigers

Brian Vitori's excellent debut act exposed the Tigers' myth about themselves and their lack of staying power as Zimbabwe cruised to a four-wicket victory by reaching their target in 41.2 overs, with 52 balls to spare in the first one-dayer at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Law praises Zim approach

Zimbabwe's discernible initial approach pushed the Tigers' top-order batsmen on to the backfoot, said coach Stuart Law. The new Bangladesh coach who has ended up on the losing side in the first two competitive matches in charge believed that if the batsmen had chosen a different route, the result of the game could have been altered.

Cook's double-ton grinds India down

Alastair Cook's career-best 294 laid the platform for England to beat India at Edgbaston and so replace the tourists as the world's best Test side.

ZIMBABWE DIARY

Brian Vitori has suddenly become the most talked-about cricketer in Harare.

FIFA's green signal to Arg-Nig match

FIFA on Thursday gave Bangladesh the green signal to hold the Argentina-Nigeria match, giving it full status of FIFA International friendly game.

Cook does a Goochie

England opener Alastair Cook insisted the third Test against India was not even close to being won despite a chanceless 182 not out here at Edgbaston.

'Eng deserve No.1 spot'

Around a month after India became No.1 in Test cricket, Ian Chappell wrote that the absence of "champion bowlers" would ensure that the reign wasn't long.

Novak thru', Roger out

Top seed Novak Djokovic surged into the quarterfinals of the ATP Montreal Masters on Thursday and was the last of the top players remaining after Roger Federer fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Invest in education to cut illiteracy

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said private investors should invest in the education sector to help eradicate illiteracy from society and not for maximising their profit.

Seeds fall in Toronto

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and French Open winner Li Na both crashed out of the Toronto WTA tournament on Thursday as the top seeds tumbled.

Sohag rattles thru' CSA Academy

Sohag Gazi claimed seven wickets including a hattrick on the opening day of the first four-day match between GP-BCB National Cricket Academy and CSA Academy at Tuks, Pretoria yesterday.

Kapali to attend skill camp

All-rounder Alok Kapali will attend the Bangladesh A team skill camp which will start from Sunday.

Nine on joint lead

Nine players, including defending champions Abdullah Al Saif, kept their winning run in the third round of the 32nd National Junior Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation yesterday.

Hardest ever title race

Chelsea captain John Terry is predicting the most fiercely contested title race in years as the Premier League kicks-off on Saturday after a summer of lavish spending by English football's elite.

Bayern eye unity

Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger insists his team must unite at Wolfsburg on Saturday to bounce back from last weekend's shock defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach in their season opener.

Leonardo fires PSG warning

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has warned his side are just laying the groundwork for their Ligue 1 revolution as they look to bounce back from their opening round flop against surprise leaders Rennes.

Wenger mum on duo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday declined to confirm reports that Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were set to be sold on the eve of the Premier League campaign.

Tevez going nowhere

Roberto Mancini admitted Friday that unsettled striker Carlos Tevez could be forced to stay at Manchester City because "there isn't a team that wants to take him."

Busquets, Pique in doubt

Barcelona's Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets are in doubt for the first leg of the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid on Sunday after they picked up injuries during Spain's friendly against Italy, the club said.

Croatia wash hands of Pranjic

Croatian midfielder Danijel Pranjic has been dropped from Croatia's national team over his behaviour towards coaches, the Croatian daily Vecernji List reported Friday.

Ex-Mexico WC star killed

The bloodshed that has engulfed Mexico City the past few years has claimed a former Mexico World Cup soccer star.

Metropolitan

Seven killed in road crashes

Three students of Narsingdi Government College were killed as their motorcycle was hit by a bus at Kundarpara in Shibpur upazila yesterday, reports our Narsingdi correspondent.

Restrict cars in city

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded a restriction on the number of private cars and an increase in the number of public buses to ease traffic congestion in the capital city.

Street Cocoons

The other day I was photographing at a busy intersection when I saw a man walking down the sidewalk carrying a child, presumably his own. I have seen similar scenes hundreds of times before: parents protecting their children in crowded places. But something struck me about the way the father absorbed the gritty shocks of the sidewalk while the baby rested in comfort. It reminded me of a cocoon.

Shipbreaking to go green as policy underway

Shipbreaking industry of Bangladesh that is growing fast will soon go green and workers-friendly, as the government is en route to make a policy to protect the environment and offer better benefits to the labourers, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua.

Roads almost unusable

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that the government has not repaired any roads or highways across the county in the last two and half years causing immense sufferings to the people.

Tk 61cr campaign to attract tourists

The government is going to start an aggressive Tk 61 crore international tourism promotional campaign "Visit Bangladesh" from November targeting to increase numbers of foreign tourists from present 4 lakh to one million.

Take local fruits to be healthy

A horticulturist yesterday suggested adult people to consume a minimum of 125 grams of local fruits everyday instead of foreign fruits to save money and remain healthy.

Food adulteration goes unabated

People are at serious health risk as food adulteration goes unabated in the country, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Tk 40cr micro loan for ultra-poor

The government has allocated Tk 40 crore to give interest-free micro-loan to the ultra-poor families for cattle farming, said the fisheries and livestock secretary.

Two found dead

Police yesterday recovered two bodies from the city's Kadomtoli and Jatrabari area.

Rajshahi-Dhaka flight resumes Aug 18

Flight operations on Rajshahi-Dhaka route via Syedpur is going to resume on August 18 after around six-year suspension of the operation.

Regional water body formed to save rivers

A regional water body, comprising water experts, activists and environmentalists from Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan was launched here yesterday to save rivers.

AL does not fear agitation

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday Awami league does not fear agitation as the party since its inception in 1949 had led various movement to achieve independence.

65 fishermen rescued

Around 65 fishermen of five fishing trawlers that sank in the Bay near Patharghata upazila of Barguna on Thursday were rescued till yesterday noon.

China keen on Bangladesh shipbreaking

The Chinese entrepreneurs are eager to explore business opportunities in Bangladesh in prospective areas including shipbreaking industry.

Man kills himself

A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence at Lalbagh in the city.

US officials briefed on environment

State Minister for Environment and Forests Hasan Mahmud has called for a meaningful inter-governmental partnership between USA and Bangladesh for combating the challenges of global climate change, environmental degradation and sustainable development.

Early marriage foiled

An attempt to early marriage was foiled at Lal Bazar village in Domar upazila on Thursday.

'Tortured' woman dies

A housewife was allegedly tortured to death by her husband at Nayatola under Ramna in the city on Wednesday night.

2,169 bottles of phensidyl seized

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members in separate drives recovered 2,169 bottles of phensidyl from Noapara and Lalghar in Chauddagram upazila early yesterday.

DU admission process begins August 16

The process for admission to the first year honours courses (2011-12 session) of Dhaka University will begin on August 16.

12,500 Yaba seized in Cox's Bazar

Members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday seized 12,500 pieces of yaba tablets from Teknaf in the district.

Flood relief to 2,000 families

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with support from the Australian government through AusAID, will provide emergency relief to 10,000 people stricken by recent flooding in Chakoria upazila, Cox's Bazar.

Five gamblers arrested in Ctg

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five gamblers with Tk 5,500 from the city's Akmol Ali road area under Bandar thana on Thursday night.

Labourer drowns in Padma

A farm labourer drowned in the river Padma near Pakuria village in Bagha upazila yesterday afternoon.

10 hurt in B'baria clash

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Shikanika village in Nabinagar upazila early yesterday.

AL leader Hanif passes away

Hanif Ali Shekh, veteran Awami League leader and president of Natore Press Club, passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Rajshahi Medical College Hospital early yesterday. He was 55.

Death anniversary

Today is the 9th death anniversary of noted physician Maj Gen Anis Waiz, also former principal of Bangladesh Medical College, says a press release.

International

London lockeddown to prevent new riots

Police in London flooded the streets yesterday in a move to prevent a repeat of England's worst riots in decades, which left city neighbourhoods smouldering and five people dead.

More than 1,000 arrested

More than 1,000 arrests have been made and about 600 people charged over three days of rioting and looting in London, police said yesterday.

10 explanations behind UK riots

Many theories have been posited about the underlying causes of the riots in England - from moral decay to excessive consumerism. Here two criminologists give their views on some of the arguments.

10 explanations behind UK riots

Many theories have been posited about the underlying causes of the riots in England - from moral decay to excessive consumerism. Here two criminologists give their views on some of the arguments.

Mass protests staged across Syria, 10 killed

Syrian security forces opened fire yesterday killing at least 10 people as thousands of anti-regime protesters rallied in flashpoint cities after the Ramadan weekly prayers, rights activists said.

Italy made payments to Taliban

Diplomatic cables showed the United States confronted Italy about claims it paid Taliban not to attack its troops in Afghanistan, noting it suffered fewer casualties than other forces, media reported yesterday.

Yemeni president positive on power-transfer offer

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, recovering in Riyadh from bomb blast wounds, said a Gulf proposal for power transfer which he avoided signing in the past should be treated positively.

Pak soldier given death penalty

A Pakistani court yesterday found a paramilitary soldier guilty of murder and sentenced him to death for killing an unarmed man at point blank range in an incident caught on camera in a public park.

UN leader alarmed over rising toll

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed alarm over the rising number of civilian casualties in the Libya conflict, including those inflicted in Nato airstrikes.

Fidel Castro turns 85

Revolutionary legend Fidel Castro turns 85 today, still an important figure in his communist-ruled Cuba which he ran for 49 years.

US urges parties not to jeopardize talks

The White House on Thursday urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid actions that jeopardize efforts to restart stalled peace talks as they feuded over a planned settlement expansion by the Jewish state.

Cheap and fast hydrogen for fuel

An enzyme from a microbe has shown how to make hydrogen more quickly and more cheaply.

China launches satellite for Pakistan

China launched a communications satellite yesterday that will be used by Pakistan, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Heatwave kills four in Japan

A blistering summer heatwave in Japan has claimed four lives and seen 900 people hospitalised this week, media said yesterday, amid an energy saving campaign due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Police draw blanks one month on

One month on from the triple bomb blasts that killed 26 in Mumbai, police are still scrambling for a breakthrough, with no claim of responsibility and no arrests made.

Indian govt ready for talks on Lokpal

The government is ready for talks on the Lokpal bill but it is for civil society leader Anna Hazare to decide, Home Minister P Chidambaram said yesterday.

Kiev court rejects appeal to free ex-Ukrainian PM

A Ukrainian court yesterday rejected an appeal to free imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko despite mounting global concern over the motivations for her detention.

Cholera epidemic in Somalia: UN

World Health Organization officials say famine-hit Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as dirty water and poor sanitation are leading to an increase in outbreaks of the disease.

Parking row sparks riots in China

Residents in one of China's poorest provinces clashed with police in a row about parking rules, reports said yesterday.

Google+ social network adds games

Google+ added games, including the hugely popular Angry Birds, to the fast-growing social network vying with Facebook to be the hub for people's online lives.

Arts & Entertainment

“Guru Tomaye Salam”

At a press conference held on August 11, record label Impress Audio Vision Limited announced that an album titled “Guru Tomaye Salam” -- featuring three unreleased songs of the late Azam Khan -- will be released this Eid-ul-Fitr.

Munshi Wadud: “Melody has left Bangla film songs”

Munshi Wadud, who was enlisted as a lyricist at Bangladesh Radio in 1972, has written songs featured on many popular Bangla films. He was in the first group of lyricists who were enlisted at Bangladesh Radio as regular artistes. A freedom fighter, Wadud was supposed to complete his HSC in 1971. However, as the Liberation War broke out, Wadud failed to sit for the exam and after the country attained its independence, as a lyricist, he began receiving royalty -- making him the youngest lyricist enlisted at Bangladesh Radio.

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green set for Michael Jackson tribute concert

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis and Smokey Robinson are among the performers who will be headlining a Michael Jackson tribute concert, promoters announced Thursday.

“Aarakshan” banned in UP, Punjab follows suit

In a late Wednesday night move, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ordered a ban on film director Prakash Jha's multi-starrer “Aarakshan across the state.

Art competition in honour of Bangabandhu

Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) in the town held an art competition for school-going children at its hall yesterday. The art competition marked the 36th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Harmonica-e Munna on Desh TV

In memory of Dr. Mahbub Morshed Munna, harmonica player of the band Renaissance, a special programme, “Harmonica-e Munna”, will be aired tonight at 9:45pm on Desh TV.

DS Café

This month DS Café will have TV and film actor Chanchal Chowdhury taking your calls. Readers will have the opportunity to converse with him on different issues regarding his acting, singing and vision as a theatre activist. Call 8126155 on August 16, between 12 and 1 pm, to speak to Chanchal Chowdhury!!!

TV classic Bewitched up for remake

Television show “Bewitched” is set to enchant audiences once again, as it is headed for a remake. The original 1960s series, starring Elizabeth Montgomery as the nose-wrinkling housewife witch, ran for eight seasons and was a huge hit, Contactmusic reported.

OP-ED

Reforming minds and attitudes

On August 3rd last, Syed Bardul Ahsan, Editor, Current Affairs, 'The Daily Star,' drew our attention to the corrosion in our supposedly democratic dispensation and candidly observed "unless the state swings into action to reform the minds and attitudes of those it employs to provide security to the nation, we will all be headed for a catastrophic point of no return." Admittedly, these are strong words of caution and premonition and surely do not bode well for our fledgling democracy.

Who is celebrating?

When India and Pakistan are celebrating their 64th independence anniversaries, the scions of the two dominating families are also happily entering adulthood in political arena. Rahul Gandhi in India and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Pakistan are equally conscious of their dynastic clout that gives them the power and privileges they have come to enjoy without holding any government office.

Rebuilding the base for primary education

If a country wants social and economic development it will have to break away from its orthodox and backward mould, and education is a vital tool to achieve that. In these tumultuous times, marked by crisis, division, conflict, and fast deterioration of the value system, educational institutions are the heart of the nation and vital to its well-being and progress.

Are they empowered to make decisions?

Irrespective of social class, women in Bangladesh suffer inequality throughout their lives. Empowerment, equity, MDGs are all buzzwords that we use at various seminars, meetings and talk shows. No matter what term is used, the bottom line is that we want man and woman to be equal and live in a society where both sexes are able to take responsible decisions about what is best for them in a particular situation. To achieve this goal, the government has taken initiatives to increase a girl child's access to education and job opportunities and laws have been enacted to give women strong legal support.

Exam results: How to cope

IT'S EXAM RESULTS WEEK. Grades are being announced.
If you're a straight A student, you're fine. For the rest of us, let me tell you a true story.
My dear old dad gave me some advice when I was 15.

Environment

Fly ash: A new pollutant or resource?

Five coal fields have so far been discovered in Bangladesh having substantial amount of bituminous to sub bituminus coal. Out of five coal fields, Barapukuria is in production and its coal is being used for power plant while Phulbari and Khalashpeer coalfields are expected to undergo in production in near future. Barapukuria coal based power plant is producing reasonable amount of high quality non-toxic fly ash. Proper fly ash capturing, storing, utilisation and proper management can turn it into a resource that can change the future of Bangladesh.

Aila impact still lingers on people and environment

Most of the cyclones bred in the Bay rush to Bangladesh coast. With extreme poverty and less infrastructural development, the coastal zone habitats can't cope with the impact of disasters that ultimately result in massive loss of life and property and damage of environment.

Literature

Shamsur Rahman . . . in the memory

Shamsur Rahman, the doyen of Bangla poetry, breathed his last on August 17, 2006. No death ever made me sadder.

Shakespeare's world of medicine

William Shakespeare's faculty of delving deep into the labyrinthine and tortuous intricacies of the human mind has amazed readers as well as theatergoers for more than four hundred years and will do so for many more centuries to come. His portraits of Hamlet, King Lear, Cleopatra, Portia, Othello, and Macbeth all attest to his genius for reaching into the depths of the soul and emerge with its quintessence for all to analyse. But Shakespeare also excelled at identifying and describing the afflictions of the body, such as scurvy, gout, epilepsy, rheumatism, and venereal disease. Each of these afflictionsand scores moresicken the kings and commoners of his plays; they are like the Furies of the Greek Myths reincarnated to torment Medieval and Renaissance England.

Glittering Afternoon

'Where, please?' you enquired
But didn't expect any answer
I knew

A New Year Wish

O dear friends!
Our lives blossom barely once
With night falling and day returning
The alteration of events happens
That you can't predict

Star Health

Essential, but under-recognised!

One in every five people in the world is an adolescent, and 85 percent of them live in developing countries. Nearly two thirds of premature deaths and one third of the total disease burden in adults are associated with conditions or behaviours that began in youth, including tobacco use, lack of physical activity, unprotected sex or exposure to violence. Promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and efforts that better protect this age group from risks will ensure longer, more productive lives for a future nation.

Screen your newborn for hearing loss

Everyday we are exposed to sound-words of a loved one; our favourite music or even basic sounds like the rain transform moments into memories. Hearing is the key to our relationships and our social activities. Despite hearing being such an integral part of our life, many of us, especially children suffering from hearing loss are detected late due to lack of awareness.

Breastfeeding during fasting in Ramadan

Mothers often ask child specialists whether they should continue breastfeed their babies during fasting hours in holy Ramadan or not? Most of them believe that the production of breast milk reduces during fasting. So they seek advice to add food supplement or formula milk instead or in addition to breast milk during that period.

Spices can take on fatty meals

Turmeric and cinnamon could neutralise the negative impact of high-fat meals, according to a recent study by Penn State University. Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood. If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease increases. Researchers found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added. The findings are reported in the current issue of The Journal of Nutrition. Spices like rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika have potent antioxidant activity. When the meal contained a blend of antioxidant spices, antioxidant activity in the blood was increased by 13 percent and insulin response decreased by about 20 percent. Taste the spice when you with fatty meal.

Exercise should be standard part of cancer care

All patients getting cancer treatment should be told to do two and a half hours of physical exercise every week, says a report by Macmillan Cancer Support. Research shows that exercise can reduce the risk of dying from cancer and minimise the side effects of treatment.

Blood tests accurately detect baby’s gender

Parents-to-be wanting to find out their baby's gender can be assured that a blood test on the mother gives an accurate result, say scientists. The tests, which look for foetal DNA in the mother's blood, are sold privately in many countries, including the UK.

Strategic Issues

Norway: peace at gunpoint

Various international channels and websites informed us what had actually happened in the capital of peace so far. The first concern of the people and Media was to identify the perpetrators of Norway's shooting and bombing attacks. We know that if the criminal was Arab or Muslim, once again the eyes of the world would turn towards the Middle East peace and 'democratic will' of the majority of the population. That the confessed murderer, but unrepentant, is a Norwegian neo-fascist and supporter of ethnic cleansing does not diminish the gravity to attack. The far-right terrorist Anders Breivik had a grim purpose: to draw attention to the growing rejection of the European population to foreigners (especially Muslims) entering their countries. They get great benefits, manage work and education for their children, they try to maintain respect for their cultures and traditions, which is not appreciated by some Norwegians -- though the immigrants are following the law of the host country.

Diversion of the Brahmaputra

The Brahmaputra river, which is called Yarlung Tsangpo by the Tibetans and Tsan-Po by the Chinese, is the soul of India. It is the lifeline for those living in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Assam. People in this region largely depend on the river for irrigation, fishing and transportation of goods.

Cameron deploys 10,000 more officers to riots

London -- With 10,000 additional police officers deployed across London on Tuesday night, looting and arson dipped sharply from the anarchic scenes that shook Britain over the previous three days, even as violence ticked up again in several other major cities, including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

Star Books Review

Of war and changed perspectives

Tahmima Anam's glorious second novel, The Good Muslim, follows her earlier one (A Golden Age) as the centre volume of a projected trilogy. Readers who did not read the first novel will find the second one totally satisfying, with no confusion. It is a credit to any writer of sequel novels to make them self-contained. If these first two are indications of her enormous talent (and, indeed, they are), Anam has already staked out her claim: Bangladesh, in the years immediately and after its bloody war for independence. Politics, yes, but the human dimension is always central, particularly as it relates to past debts and traumas.

Inner travels, actual journeys

Only a literary genius would venture into developing a character of a social misfit for physical or psychological reasons. Dostoyevsky created The Idiot and Victor Hugo immortalized The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. There are others, but for Syed Manzurul Islam to embark on a narrative through the eyes of a man who is of unknown birth with ghoulish deformity (a hole for a mouth) needs to be applauded because it demands an awful lot of insight into and empathy with human character. Songs of Our Swampland could feature as a literary masterpiece or the adventure of a human soul in accompanying another soul through the inner journeys of humanity. The events and characters of the book unfold as the liberation war of Bangladesh progresses from early days to victory.

Of books, of pure seduction

There are books you want to finish reading, often in a frenzy as it were. Part of the reading is associated with deadlines set by the library you have borrowed some books from, part from a natural desire in you to finish one book before you can lay your grasping hands on another. Desire, ladies and gentlemen, is not merely linked to the pleasures of the flesh or the greed for worldly possessions. It comes, in huge dollops, to those who think of the world as one gigantic library. Read, said God to His Prophet. Reading ought to be digested and chewed, averred Bacon. George Washington thought that the knowledge of books was the basis on which the world stood firmly. Read, said my uncle to me when I was barely out of nursery class. Read, said a recently deceased colleague of my father's on a blustery winter's day forty six years ago as he pushed a weighty encyclopaedia into my hands.



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