News of: Saturday, 1st of October, 2011
The government has shelved a move to make a law that would have curtailed its power to recruit top police officials as part of reforming the police force and free it from political influence.
In contrast to counts in Bangladesh, the director general of Indian Border Security Force yesterday claimed BSF personnel have killed only seven Bangladeshis along the border so far this year.
Rapid Action Battalion early yesterday arrested 20 people, including a Jahangirnagar University teacher, in connection with selling fake question papers for the combined medical college and dental college admission test.
The main opposition BNP is now in a dilemma about its October 25 road march in the port city, as party leaders in Chittagong division are unwilling to hold the programme before Eid-ul-Azha.
A week after leasing a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, Biman Bangladesh Airlines had to cancel a hajj flight yesterday because the aircraft developed an issue before leaving Dhaka.
Construction of culverts for Hatirjheel Project near the capital's FDC shows little sign of progress although six months have gone by and the work keeps disrupting train service and traffic movement in the area every day.
Selina Hayat Ivy, a mayoral hopeful in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, is popular among voters, but getting party support seems to be a tough challenge for her.
Around 500 Bangladeshi workers arrested on Wednesday night in Oman might be deported home soon for their irregular status, Bangladesh embassy officials said yesterday.
LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam had said the trials for war crimes in 1971 would be "symbolic" and involve only a handful of people, according to a leaked US diplomatic dispatch.
Rights watchdog Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday said 105 people were killed in mob beatings in the last nine months and such incidents continue to happen due to people's lack of confidence in law and order.
Two persons including a police officer were injured in a 'gunfight' between a police patrol and a gang of 'armed snatchers' in city's Gulshan area yesterday.
US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, a prominent al-Qaeda chief described by US officials as "the most significant risk" to the United States, was killed yesterday in what analysts called a "significant blow."
India's workaholic Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not taken a holiday since he took the top job in 2004, according to a new in-depth profile published this week.
Police yesterday detained at least 29 people from the venue of a human chain formed to demand that the government continue to finance Jagannath University.
India's cabinet agreed on a draft law yesterday that would force mining firms to share profits with impoverished communities in resource-rich areas, many of which are beset by Maoist violence.
US scientists have developed an "artificial leaf" that converts sunlight into a chemical fuel that could be stored and used later, according to a study published yesterday.
European Union leaders have expressed their concerns to Ukraine over the trial of former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, which they consider "a serious matter", EU president Herman Van Rompuy said yesterday.
In a rejoinder to a report headlined "Education MP style" and published in The Daily Star on September 26, lawmaker Abdul Mannan has refuted the allegations brought against him.
NOWHERE in the world people with taxable income are ever exempted from paying taxes to government coffer. Only diplomats are immune in a host country. Therefore, the fact that the whole lot of our high elected functionaries have so far enjoyed exemption from taxation comes as a rude surprise. It is not only an anachronism but also a pernicious privilege amounting to abuse of elected status. It also represented violation of the principle of equity.
The poor and underprivileged are being denied their natural rights to free and state subsidized health care in government hospitals. The government allocates funds to these hospitals but unfortunately, according to the National Human Rights Commission, these funds are not benefiting the poor.
Naeem Islam and Alok Kapali earned recalls, while Elias Sunny was the only uncapped player to be picked when the national selectors named 18 players yesterday in the Tigers' squad for the only Twenty20 and the three-match one-day series against the West Indies.
In the early spring of 2002, Surjo Tarun was a Premier League club in a hurry. They were desperately looking for young players and in their search, the officials stumbled upon a skinny lad who practiced at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
Former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh began his two-year stint as Sri Lanka's new coach on Thursday hoping to lead the side beyond his contract and into the next World Cup in 2015.
Former India great Kapil Dev has slammed the media's obsession with Sachin Tendulkar achieving 100 international centuries, saying the focus should be on the team's performances.
Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who received his maiden international call-up on Thursday, has said he wants to perform on the field, rather than make big promises. Sharma, along with uncapped Karnataka medium-pacer S Aravind, was named in the 15-man squad for the first two ODIs of the five-match series against England that begins on October 14.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Thursday breezed past home team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium by nine wickets to keep their hopes alive in the Champions League T20 (CLT20).
A two-month players' transfer window for the fifth edition of Bangladesh League opens today with very little expectation of last-minute drama as all the giants have all but confirmed the services of their old guns as well as new inclusions.
Wari Club got off to a solid start in the Walton Women's Football League 2011 as they beat Arambagh Krira Sangha 4-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh Ansar and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) moved into the final of the Exim Bank 22nd National Women's Handball Championship after beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Handball Stadium yesterday.
FIDE master Abdul Malek lost against Abdur Rauf on the second day of the qualifying round of the Mercantile Bank 37th National Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
Bangladesh Ansar retained the title of Meizan National Women's Kabaddi Championship with an easy 19-10 win over Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation in the final at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which begins with a Twenty20 on October 11, will be the first international series under the ICC's revised playing conditions, which are effective from October 1. The amendments are only applicable to international cricket.
Russia's Vera Zvonareva overcame a nightmare start in her Pan Pacific Open semifinal Friday, recovering strongly to power past Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets.
Field hockey's world governing body has warned India it could miss the London Olympics even if it qualifies due to an ongoing tussle over who runs the sport in the country.
Tottenham Hotspur got the better of Shamrock Rovers in their Europa League Group A encounter on Thursday, but only after the League of Ireland side had taken a shock second-half lead at White Hart Lane.
Lionel Messi targets Barcelona's all-time scoring record, which has stood for more than 50 years, with the European champions also braced to snatch top spot in La Liga on Sunday.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert is eyeing an upset against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday as he returns to the scene of one of his most memorable nights as a player.
Manchester City issued a blanket ban on questions about the Carlos Tevez saga on Friday at manager Roberto Mancini's weekly press conference.
Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira and Dennis Aogo will return to the Germany squad for the final two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Turkey and Belgium next month, coach Joachim Loew announced on Friday.
Barcelona's Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee on Monday, the Spanish club said.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes expressed sympathy for Carlos Tevez on Friday following the striker's suspension for refusing to come off the bench against Bayern Munich.
City dwellers have lost their right to "foot traffic" as going out for a walk in Dhaka City has become riskier than in the past with the elderly people, women and children being the worst victims, according to senior citizens.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has requested the German businesspeople to import more from and invest in Bangladesh.
Awami League Presidium Member Obaidul Quader yesterday termed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's threat to oust the government within September next year a “fantasy” and “daydream”.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday said Bangladesh's tourism industry lags far behind that of other countries, as the industry did not get significant attention.
Hundreds of enclave dwellers of Panchagarh district yesterday brought out a bicycle procession on the eighth day of a 10-day agitation programme demanding early implementation of the enclave exchange deal between Bangladesh and India.
Horse-drawn carriages are a timeless feature of old Dhaka. You can find them transporting passengers from Gulistan to Sadarghat for twenty taka. Holding their own among trucks, rickshaws, and thelagaris, they add exotic colour and sounds to the road.
Confusion over the venue of Dhaka Dental College (DDC) admission exam sent the admission seekers on a last minute scramble yesterday.
All major roads and highways will be readied for smooth traffic before holy Eid-ul-Azha after repair works nationwide, said Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday.
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested 13 members of a fraud marriage media gang, who ran the marriage media for cheating youths especially who wanted to go abroad, at Al Mansur Bhaban of Naya Paltan in the city yesterday.
A total of 14,000 field workers would be appointed very soon under Directorate General of Family Planning to work all over the country said State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Captain (retd) Dr Mozibur Rahman Fakir yesterday.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor Dr Atiur Rahman has said the central bank has taken steps to encourage green banking in Bangladesh through the issuance of guidelines on green banking and Environmental Risk Management (ERM).
President M Zillur Rahman yesterday called upon all to uphold the dignity and rights of elderly people in society.
The digital e-purjee system introduced in the sugar mills a year back has ensured a faster delivery order to the sugarcane growers putting the production of sugar up by 38,760 tonne in 2010-11 seasons.
About 90 percent of the country's trade is done through the seaways, yet the sector lacks measures to stop piracy of ships, said speakers at a meeting in the city yesterday.
A youth killed his friend and concealed the body under earth of his room over money at Charsholakia in Kishoreganj town on September 26.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a press conference today about the outcome of her visit to the US.
A schoolgirl and two of her relatives suffered injuries as a boy who used stalk her threw acid on them at village Aiton (Badshargaon) in Chunarughat upazila, Habiganj Thursday night.
Police recovered the bodies of two children under the Katakhal Switch Gate of Kushabaria village in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Resident students of Nawab Abdul Latif Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) staged demonstration demanding immediate removal of the hall provost in the hall on the university campus on Thursday night.
A college girl and a housewife allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at Lalmonirhat and Mymensingh on Thursday and yesterday.
Police recovered the floating body of a rickshaw puller from a cannel at Velupara village of Ishwardi upazila yesterday.
A retired army was chopped to death inside his sawmill at Baniajuri Bus Stnad of Ghior upazila yesterday.
A joint technical portfolio review between the Economic Relations Division (ERD) and the World Bank (WB) emphasised timely approval of projects by Ecnec to avoid their implementation delays.
The authorities of social welfare ministry yesterday started a survey on the beggars in the city to rehabilitate them.
Police arrested an alleged member of banned outfit, Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, from Jamiatul Falah Mosque area in the port city yesterday.
A construction worker was electrocuted at an under-construction three-storey building at Dania of Rasulpur under Kadamtali Police Station in the city yesterday.
People with hearing and speech impairment yesterday called upon the government to declare February 7 as the "National Bengali Sign Language Day".
A schoolboy went missing as a boat capsized in Beel Padma river in Shibchar upazila here yesterday morning.
An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Chittagong University (CU) unit was injured in an attack by some miscreants at the University Railway Station in the port city Thursday night.
Unknown criminals hacked to death a union level BNP leader in Sherpur upazila on Thursday night.
Airport armed police arrested a man while trying to steal a passenger's luggage at Shahjalal International Airport yesterday, police said.
Classical music admirers of Chittagong city enjoyed a musical soiree featuring Ustad Swarnamoy Chakraborty and Kanak Chanpa Kayastagir and a solo on tabla (a percussion instrument) by Rajib Chakraborty at Theatre Institute, Chittagong on Thursday.
Speakers at a roundtable said over 13,000 Bangladeshi children were trafficked to different countries of the world in the last five years.
Durga Puja and autumn vacation begins today at Chittagong University.
Protesters on Friday gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square for what was billed as a mass rally to reclaim the revolution amid anger over the military rulers' handling of the transition.
A strike in favour of a new state in the Telangana region entered its 18th day yesterday shutting down activities in southern India's Andhra Pradesh state.
Myanmar's president yesterday ordered a halt to construction of a controversial $3.6 billion mega dam following rare public opposition to the Chinese-backed hydropower project.
Poor old Einstein has had a rough few days.
Thousands of people in Vietnam sheltered from a powerful tropical storm that lashed its northern coast yesterday after slamming into southeast China and killing 43 people in the Philippines.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said yesterday that he will not stand down as promised if his opponents are allowed to stand in elections to succeed him.
President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday dismissed criticism that he stripped Russian voters of choices by deciding to step down in favour of his more popular and respected political mentor Vladimir Putin.
Sonia Gandhi, President of India's ruling Congress party, intervened to bring about a truce between Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram yesterday following a political storm triggered by the leak of an internal memo of the Finance Ministry on sale of telecom spectrum allocation at cheap prices.
Myanmar's government is ready to work with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party if it re-enters the official political arena, a minister said yesterday after talks with the dissident.
A US drone strike yesterday killed three Taliban fighters in Pakistan's tribal badlands bordering Afghanistan, blowing their vehicle into a ball of flames, local officials said.
Muammar Gaddafi's spokesman Mussa Ibrahim was captured on Thursday outside of the former Libyan strongman's hometown of Sirte, field commanders from the new regime told AFP.
The Israeli air force launched a raid over the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian territory towards southern Israel Thursday, a military spokesman said.
At least 18 people were killed when a large car bomb exploded among mourners crowding into a Shia funeral in Iraq's Hilla city yesterday, local authorities and witnesses said.
An explosion outside a Turkish military police headquarters near the Mediterranean resort of Antalya has left one person dead, officials said yesterday.
YouTube service stumbled on Thursday, leaving some visitors frustrated that they couldn't watch videos at the popular website.
Two former Rwandan ministers were jailed yesterday for 30 years by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for involvement in the central African country's 1994 genocide which took some 800,000 lives.
A Hong Kong court ruled yesterday that a law banning foreign maids from permanent residency is unconstitutional in a landmark case that could pave the way for a flood of applications.
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday renewed a call for the United States to sell new advanced fighter jets, despite a recent US decision to help the island upgrade existing aircraft instead.
Arts & Entertainment
Kona is one of the most popular singers of the time, mesmerising audiences with her well-trained voice. She has lent her voice to jingles and playbacks, along with trying her hand at acting as well. The talented artiste was at DS Cafe recently to answer questions from her admirers.
Sachin Dev Burman, affectionately called “Burman da” or “Sachin korta”, was one of the most celebrated music composers in the subcontinent. Burman composed music for 100 movies, including Bengali films.
Shunnon Theatre's debut production “Lal Jamin” will be staged in the UK. London based troupe Chickenshed Theatre has invited the Bangladeshi troupe to stage the play as part of its “Mini-season of Plays on Conflict”. The play will be staged at the Chickenshed Theatre Hall, Chase Side, Southgate, London on October 3 at 8pm local time. The Shunnon troupe is leaving the country today.
A memorial programme in honour of the renowned artiste Ajit Roy was held in Rangpur last Tuesday. Rangpur Nagorik Committee held the programme at the local Shaheed Minar.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of Channel i, the first digital Bangla channel. With a view to bring about positive changes in the realm of electronic media in Bangladesh, the channel commenced its journey in 1999.
Weeks before Shorot (autumn) hands over it's crown to Hemanto (late autumn), artistes of Chhayanaut embraced the season yesterday morning through holding a cultural programme at Bakultala, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. So what if autumn is almost gone? It's never too late for celebration. Kashphool -- gifts of the season -- decorating the stage were truly beautiful.
HOW come invited newsmen were asked to leave the meeting of a national body on road security, as reported on National Dailies on September 12, 2011? We are surprised and sorry to see such behaviour on the part of the minister. What would happen next, let the Parliament respond? Media and social workers have already drawn attention of concerned quarters.
FOR the first time, the ruling Congress party is having the dirty linen washed in public. The differences in the cabinet are not new. They have been smouldering for a long time. But it had never come to a stage where one minister would leak out a note or a memorandum on the internal assessment against the ministry of other. Prime Minister
WE are beginning to become comatose if we fail to respond to the situation around us. In just 2 square kilometres, 250,000 people live in sub-human conditions. The locality is closely punctuated with huts of bamboo roofed with CI sheets and strips of polythene. Dirt and sleaze are everywhere. Nearby is a stagnant polluted lake. A test of water samples by ABC News found the lake water contaminated with E coli bacteria. This is Karail, the biggest slum in Dhaka. Just a few kilometres away are Gulshan and Baridhara, the most exclusive areas of the country. The contrast is almost palpable. The implications are phenomenal.
BEATING and murder of wives as well as abduction and raping of school and college-going girls are crimes generally associated with the most depraved individuals. Because of the increasing frequency, no one is shocked any longer to hear of such atrocities. True, society has progressed to a great extent, but beneath the veneer of advancement lurks a primitive attitude.
I'M back. A huge number of readers (three) asked me what I did on my holiday. So I have decided to record the details here for convenient distribution to ALL of humanity, plus selected semi-intelligent life forms such as dolphins, chimpanzees and Fox News viewers.
Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.
Abuilding is an infrastructure built permanently or semi-permanently for the use of various characters of occupancies in safe, comfortable and good environmental condition. For sustainable development of building infrastructures various acts, rules, regulations and guidelines are made for strict compliance in addition to setting codes for its safe construction and maintenance practices. In 1993 Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) had been published for bringing unanimity in planning, designing, construction, maintenance and even in demolishing practices in the country considering its socio-economic, cultural, religious and environmental conditions. The code was supposed to be followed by all concerned as a good practice. Unfortunately, irregularities in every aspect of building development went on unabated. As a result, serious failures of varying magnitude from tilting to pancake collapse of buildings were experienced. The number of such occurrences of various types of building failures is increasing. With a view to ensuring safe buildings BNBC was made legally binding in 2006 by amending the Building Construction Act. Provisions for punishment were also prescribed for the violators, though instances of punishment for building code violation are at best rare. But the burning question remains: who will administer BNBC?
The limitations and failure of among others Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhya (RAJUK), Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and its Ward Commissioners, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Dhaka Traffic Control Board (DTCB), Fire Service and Civil Defence, Dhaka WASA, Dhaka Power Distribution Company and its predecessors, and Department of Environment (not in that order or extent) in harnessing improper building activities have compelled ideas in the past to emerge from professionals seeking to ameliorate the rapid deterioration of our urbanscape.
Born in Hoogli, West Bengal, on January 2, 1917, Shawkat Osman passed his B.A. in Economics followed by an M.A. in Bangla from Calcutta University. His teaching career started at the Institute of Commerce, Calcutta in 1941. After the partition of India, he came back to the then East Pakistan and taught at Chittagong Commerce College first and then at Dacca College from 1958 to 1972. Alongside creative writings, he has translated and edited some works, but he is mainly known as a novelist. He introduced Arabic and Persian words in modern prose; his writings expose social inequality, and are a testimony to democratic values and non-communalism. “Jononi', his first novel, was published in 1958, and his 'Kritodasher Hashi', is a widely-held novel. He was awarded the Bangla Academy literary prize in 1962.
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
After three days of readings, workshops and literary discussions, the Kathmandu Literature Festival came to a close on Sunday, September 18. The festival, which took place in the Patan Durbar complex in the ancient part of the city, was the first of its kind in Nepal. The topics covered pertained to Nepal as also South Asia in both a socio-political and literary context.
The Earth is shifting tectonic plates,
Her moods are gone all awry-
She is raining in the dry season,
Heating and freezing in fits,
Erupting unreleased anger.
Menstruation is a topic most women do not want to discuss very open. Plenty of misconceptions and false beliefs regarding menstruation are still prevailing in the society, especially in the poor communities. Cost involvement to maintain menstrual hygiene and lack of knowledge, healthy attitude and practice lead to poor menstrual health causing physical problems as well as economic loss.
Folliculitis is the inflammation of hair follicles. It starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, blockage of the follicle or shaving. In most cases, damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria — Staphylococcus. It may also occur due to fungal infections, scabies, pediculosis (body lice) and irritant chemicals.
Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare genetic disease that has no medical cure. Individual with XP have to avoid the sun and bright lights, because their bodies do not have the ability to repair skin damage occurring due to exposure to ultraviolet rays. It is quite terrifying to know that one's child is diagnosed with such a disease, XP that has no treatment.
When you visit a physician, one of the most important things to do is communicating with your doctor properly so that s/he gets a trues picture of your condition. This assists the doctor in the diagnosis process.
Research presented at the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) demonstrates that potatoes provide significantly better nutritional value than most other raw vegetables. Per serving, white potatoes were the largest and most affordable source of Potassium of any vegetable or fruit.
Older people with low levels of vitamin B12 in their blood may be more likely to lose brain cells and develop problems with their thinking skills, according to a study published in medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Foods that come from animals, including fish, meat, especially liver, milk, eggs and poultry are usually sources of vitamin B12.
THE allegation of United States linking ISI, the Pakistani spy agency to the September 13 attacks on the US Embassy and NATO headquarter does not come as a surprise to many keen observers of the region. Not many months ago it was revealed that the US had put ISI in its internal list on "terrorist and terrorist support entities". As the US relations with Pakistan deteriorate further Washington is increasing coming out in public about its assessment of Pakistan's complexity in war on terror. The rift between the two allies in the war on terror was simmering for quite some time and the Osama bin Laden's episode only split it wide open. The unilateral raid is the result and not cause of the US Pakistan growing rift. The downward spiral begun since the US special force consisting from Navy seals commando made a raid in September 2008 which created uproar in Pakistan. Later, there were media reports that this raid was authorized by President Bush. The US operation is now limited to drone attack which now is being operated from Afghanistan without intelligence input by Pakistan.
PALESTINIAN villagers say Israeli settlers in the West Bank have set fire to dozens of acres of agricultural land and cut down about 500 olive, fig and almond trees" (AP, 22 Sept'11). "The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, strongly condemned Israeli for its decision to build 900 new settlement units on lands of the occupied East Jerusalem, considering this act as a disregard to the international will and flagrant violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention" ( OIC web 21 Sept'11). These incidents have happened when the Palestine President Mahmud Abbas has reached to the UN with the preparation to raise their demand for statehood. Though 126 member states, comprise 5.5 billion people of 7 billion world population, have officially recognized the Palestinian state in some form, it is still not considered as sovereign state as per international standard. As a result the conflict between Israel-Palestine has become an endless game spread over the whole Middle East. 'The Balfour declaration' of 1917 was the basis to create a Jewish state in Palestine and that is the root of the continuing Israel-Palestine conflict. Though the Arab world categorically rejected to establish such state within Palestine, their rejection was overruled and the Israel state was established in 1948 and the Palestinian people became stateless. The six days war in 1967 made the Palestinian people more frustrated and criminal arson at Al Aqsa Mosque in 1969 forced the Arab and the other Islamic states of the world to be united and work together for the protection of Muslims and upholding their human rights, which resulted the creation of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Although before and after forming the OIC, the Arab world tried to solve this problem by recognizing the independent entity of Israel but the recognition of a Palestine land comprising the West bank, Gaza stripe and East Jerusalem were abandoned by the Israeli authority time and again. In different times it has been reported in different media the brutality of the Israeli authority towards the Palestinian people including the women and children. The affected people were even deprived from the humanitarian assistance from others.
JERUSALEM (AP) Israel's government on Tuesday granted the go-ahead for construction of 1,100 new housing units in occupied east Jerusalem, raising already heightened tensions fueled by last week's Palestinian move to seek U.N. membership.
Star Books Review
Dhaka Nogor Jibone Nari
Ed Sonia Nishat Amin
Syed Abul Maksud is known to many as a columnist, essayist and a veteran journalist. But he is also the author of several well researched books, books that have touched upon the lives of famous litterateurs such as Rabindranath Tagore, Buddhadeva Bose, etc. I have just finished reading his informative book on one of the greatest litterateurs of BangladeshSyed Waliullah. This book, titled Syed Waliullah'r Jibon O Shahitya (Life and Works of Syed Waliullah) is not only a biography of the great author but it also explores in great details his literary works and gives us a brief history of world literature and other issues (political, cultural, social, economic) of those days. The book is divided into six parts. In the first part readers are introduced to the biographical aspects of Waliullah's life. The author makes the very important point at the beginning that Waliullah came from an upper middle class, well educated family of East Bengal and grew up in a secular ambience at home which set the tone for his outlook on life. His father was ADC of Mymensingh and his mother hailed from a well-known family of Chittagong (Waliullah was born in Chittagong).
How does a writer affect his society by writing? What should an ideal writer write about? More importantly, where does a writer's words come from? These are the questions asked and discussed by J M Coetzee, from both ends of the spectrum, in Elizabeth Costello. The novel insightfully explores the many aspects of writing and writers, about the capability of evil in goodness and about the neutrality of the one who writes.