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AL to face off against BNP

The ruling Awami League has decided to launch a counter campaign to gain public opinion in favour of scrapping of the caretaker government system following the opposition's anti-government agitation over this issue.

Eroding for poor maintenance

Lack of maintenance is slowly eroding a memorial in Dhaka University (DU) built in memory of the martyred teachers, students and staffs of the university during the War of Liberation in 1971.

WB takes hard line on graft allegations

The World Bank will not fund the proposed Padma Bridge project unless the government takes actions against alleged corruption in the project's tendering process, and brings changes at the top level of the communications ministry, sources in the finance ministry said.

PMO official 'tried to scuttle' Boeing deal

The US embassy in Dhaka had accused Prime Minister's Office Secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman of trying to scuttle the Boeing purchase in apparent efforts to personally profit off the deal, said a leaked diplomatic dispatch.

Nobel Peace Prize goes to 3 women rights activists

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to three women--Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.

Saarc nations push for seed bank

Agriculture ministers of all the eight Saarc countries will meet in Dhaka on Wednesday to form Saarc Seed Bank and expedite making the Saarc Seed Bank functional.

No charge sheet yet in Babu murder

One year on, police are yet to file charge sheet in the gruesome killing of Baraigram upazila chairman and local BNP leader Sanaullah Noor Babu murder case.

Obama slams Pak terror ties

Slamming Pakistan for maintaining ties with 'unsavoury characters', President Barack Obama has asked its key ally to stop hedging its bets in Afghanistan and adopt a peaceful approach towards India.

The cult of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs's combination of success and secrecy endeared him to people across the world, who mourned his death in public.

CCTV cameras in 25 risky voting centres

The Election commission (EC) is going to set up closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 25 vulnerable voting centres during the upcoming city corporation polls in Narayanganj.

BNP mulls more road marches after Eid

BNP and its allies will organise more road marches and public meetings after the Eid-ul-Azha to mount pressure on the government for reinstating the caretaker government system.

BAF defends revised route

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has said the revised route of proposed metro rail, also known as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)-6, is a right decision of the government.

Ex-army men beat up 4 students

Security guards and retired army officers beat up four A-level students, tied them up, and confined them to a room for six hours for walking on the Baridhara DOHS Park the wrong way.

Man killed 'by son'

Police yesterday found the body of an electric goods trader who was killed on September 30 allegedly by his son and buried at his workshop in the city's Sutrapur area.

US economy adds 103,000 more jobs

The US economy added 103,000 jobs in September, ahead of many economists' expectations.

Drug peddlers kill youth

Drug peddlers killed a person and injured another critically as they protested sale of liquor publicly during an immersion procession in Dinajpur town on Thursday evening.

2 robbers shot dead by rivals

Two alleged robbers were shot dead while another was injured by their rivals at Shyamganj village in Laxmipur Sadar upazila early yesterday.

2 stabbed to death in Jhenidah

Two youths were stabbed to death by unknown criminals in separate incidents in Jessore town on Thursday night.

7 Jamaat, Shibir men held from procession

Police yesterday picked up seven Jamaat-Shibir activists from a procession at the capital's Moghbazar and showed them arrested in a case filed for torching and smashing vehicles at Bijaynagar on September 19.

Indo-Bangla joint military exercise starts tomorrow

Special Forces of India and Bangladesh will hold their first-ever joint military exercise starting tomorrow in Sylhet.

More horror in Mexico 32 more bodies found

Mexican security forces have found 32 bodies at several locations around the eastern city of Veracruz, authorities said Thursday, barely two weeks after 35 corpses were dumped on a busy street in the Atlantic port.

We apologise

Due to a technical problem with our press in Dhaka, we could not maintain the printing quality of some copies of yesterday's first edition. The problem also caused delays in distribution of the paper to many readers in Barisal region. We apologise to our readers for the inconvenience.


Child labour

Bangladesh envisions eradicating child labour by the year 2015. However, implementation of such a plan seems difficult as neither the government nor NGOs have a definite knowledge of child labour conditions and status in the country.

We remember Steve Jobs

The death of Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former chief executive of the US-based Apple Company, a global leader in producing innovative electronic gadgets, is an irredeemable loss to the world. The inventor of iPod, iPhone, and iPad as the most recent of his innovations, he left behind a proud legacy of what the power of creative thinking reinforced by innovativeness can achieve.


WI start with big win

West Indies were given a ritualistic welcome to the country despite their shortcomings as the BCB XI simply surrendered in the practice match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Optimism despite loss

At the end of yesterday's 65-run defeat at the hands of the West Indies, Alok Kapali said that there's a lot of optimism for the Tigers in the series proper, despite a lot of shoddy batting.

Bangladeshi pair in doubles' final

Rubel Hossain and Mahin Reza Khan of Bangladesh moved into the final of the boys' doubles in the ATF U-14 Series Tennis Tournament beating their Pakistani opponents at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. The Bangladeshi pair beat Pakistan's Kaleem Nafi and Haider Abdaal pair 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to book the only final berth for the host nation. In the final today, they play against Indian-American pair of Vali Mohammed and Moises Escobar who beat Chow Chun Ho and Sou Alan pair of Hong Kong 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi.

RCB blitz NSW to reach final

In the battle of the big hitters, Chris Gayle came out on top as his sensational 92 saw Royal Challengers Bangalore to a six wicket win over David Warner's New South Wales in the Champions League semifinal yesterday.

Clarke unfazed by changes

Michael Clarke insists he will not let his fledgling Australian captaincy, nor his rejuvenated batting, be compromised by worry over the myriad personnel and procedure issues swirling around the national team ahead of the tour to South Africa.

Drearier by BU's pull-out

Brothers Union became the second team to pull out of the ongoing Women's Football League yesterday after failing to assemble a squad, dealing another blow to the success of the inaugural women's league.

Debraj in solo lead

FIDE master Debraj Chatter-jee took solo lead in the Qualifiers of the Mercantile Bank 37th National Chess Championship at the close of the eighth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Jurgensen on board as bowling coach

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Shane Jurgensen as the national team's bowling coach.

Top four in last four

Defending champion Rafael Nadal fought off a spirited challenge from Colombia's Santiago Giraldo on Friday as the top four seeds including Andy Murray safely reached the semifinals of the Japan Open.

Flavia stuns Caroline

Italian Flavia Pennetta stunned world number one Caroline Wozniacki with a fierce 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7/2) comeback in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday.

Kirsten's take on chokers' tag

Gary Kirsten, the South Africa coach, has said his team needs to "strategise" around the problem of squandering winning positions to lose in crunch matches -- one that has earned it the 'chokers' tag from many quarters ever since the tie against Australia in the 1999 World Cup semifinal.

Haider returns to cricket

For the first time since fleeing Dubai on the eve of an ODI, Zulqarnain Haider is back playing first-class cricket. He kept wicket for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One on October 6 -- taking three catches on the first day of the match against Faisalabad -- and said it felt like he was "starting from scratch".

SL warned over poor pitches

Sri Lanka were let off with a warning on Friday for the poor pitch during Australia's Test in Galle last month and were ordered to rectify it before England tour in March.

Safina calls it a day

Former world number one Dinara Safina has retired from professional tennis, her elder brother Marat told media on Friday.

Novak to miss Shanghai Masters

World number one Novak Djokovic will miss next week's Shanghai Masters after failing to overcome a back problem.

No UDRS for Ind-Eng ODIs

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used for the upcoming one-day series between India and England, the sport's governing body said on Friday.

De Gea clears the air

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea claims stolen doughnut was just a misunderstanding

'We all work for money'

The African striker feels everyone is motivated by financial gain and criticizes those who disagree, while revealing Luis Aragones is the best coach he has ever worked under.

Veron nears retirement

Argentine midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron seems ready to retire.

'Suarez best signing'

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen believes Luis Suarez is the signing of the year and has the potential to become an international superstar with the Reds.

Rio's Eng future in the balance?

Given his popularity among his fellow professionals, it's no surprise that England players were out in their droves to back Rio Ferdinand to make an international return in the near future.

Collina against technology

Former referee Pierluigi Collina does not believe there is a need for goal-line technology in football and has backed the use of two additional assistants.

Rooney not worried

Wayne Rooney was relaxed following the arrest of his father and will start for England in their crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on Friday, manager Fabio Capello said.

Robben goes under knife

Dutch winger Arjen Robben has undergone successful surgery to remedy a troublesome groin problem, his club Bayern Munich confirmed on Friday.

'Football is joy again'

Real Madrid's Brazilian international Kaka, who seems to have put an injury-plagued two years behind him, said Thursday that playing football is once again a joy for him.

Pep thinks of leaving

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says thinking about leaving his job every day keeps him motivated.


Polybags bounce back despite ban

Polythene shopping bags that were banned a decade back have sneaked into the market over the years, posing a greater threat to the environment.

Call for more efforts to improve women's status

Increasing global and national efforts are imperative to uplift the status of women, contributing more to society than men but denied of their just share to resources and dignity, said speakers at a conference yesterday.

Tk 3,442cr annual loss for fruit, vegetable wastage: Study

Post-harvest wastage of 13 selected fruits and vegetables in major growing areas annually costs the country about Tk 3,442 crore on retail price, according to a recent study.

A Special Tree

Where would we be without the bounties of the amazing jackfruit tree?

3 minor boys drown

Police recovered the bodies of two minor boys from the Turag river, who went missing on Thursday night, at Tongi on the outskirt of the city yesterday morning.

No poll under AL-led admin

BNP will not allow the ruling Awami League government to hold election under its own administration, party Standing Committee Member Abdul Moyeen Khan said yesterday.

Road crashes kill 7, injure 21

Seven people were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajbari and Bagerhat yesterday.

Bangladeshi woman conquers top of Africa

A female mountaineer of Bangladesh, Wasfia Nazreen, has conquered the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the fourth highest point in the world.

Faraizi Movement was non-communal

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said Faraizi Movement spearheaded by Haji Shariatullah in the then Bengal was a movement against the landlords patronised by British rulers for the emancipation of the subjugated farmers and common people.

2 Bangladeshis claim formulating equations

Two Rajshahi physicists yesterday claimed to have formulated three equations and several fundamental constants suggesting that subatomic particles move faster than the speed of light.

BCL leader Khokan's contribution recalled

Hundreds of former and current leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday recalled the contributions of Abdul Wadud Khokan, also a former general secretary of Dhaka University (DU) unit of BCL who died of a stroke on October 2 at his Bagerhat residence.

Hilsa, nets seized in Ctg

Bangladesh Coast Guard personnel in separate drives seized Hilsa fish and current nets worth about Tk 5.5 lakh and Tk 7.7 lakh in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar Thursday night.

5 die in road crashes

Five people, including a minor boy, were killed in four road accidents in the city yesterday.

Twins kill 'robber' for 'self-defence'

Two brothers "in self-defence" killed a robbery case accused as they came under attack of his gang near Pirpur rail crossing in Bazitpur upazila yesterday, police said.

St Martin cleaned up

A total of 300 volunteers on and off the island yesterday hit the shores of St Martin's Island to clean up this picturesque coral biodiversity.

PM hails 3 female winners

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted the three women who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Housewife 'kills herself'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide at her husband's resident at Kadomtoli of the city yesterday.

Telecom university to be set up

Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju, the minister for Post and Telecommunications, said the government has a plan to set up a telecom university in the country as a part of its goal to build a digitalised-based society.

Missing youth found dead

A group of divers of fire service recovered the body of a missing youth from the Mahananda river near Shoshan Ghat in the town yesterday.

Housewife 'killed for dowry'

Police recovered the hanging body of a housewife at Haripur-Miapara of Sadar upazila on Thursday evening.

5 injured in boat collision

Fiver persons suffered injuries as a boat carrying them crashed into an engine-run trawler on the Jamuna in Fulchhari upazila Thursday night.

Two youths murdered in Naogaon

Police recovered the bodies of two youths from Sadar and Manda upazilas of Naogaon district yesterday.

Hindu devotee electrocuted

A young man was electrocuted at Kinupara Durga Mandir of Gomostapur upazila on Thursday night.

PM condoles death of Steve Jobs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed profound shock at the death of Steve Jobs, former chief executive and co-founder of US technology giant Apple.

Woman fails to get into train, dies

A woman died after she slipped off a moving train at Akkelpur Railway Station in Joypurhat yesterday, according to railway police.

One held with arms

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men arrested one youth with arms at Bahaddarhat in the port city yesterday.

Film show on Kishori Amonkar tomorrow

In observance of the 80th birth anniversary of Bidushi Kishori Amonkar, Assistant High Commission of India is arranging a film evening at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) tomorrow.

Death anniversary

Today is the 4th death anniversary of Begum Jahanara Ali, wife of late Principal Askar Ali, says a press release.

Reazul Haque

Today is the 3rd death anniversary of former Bangla Academy deputy director and researcher Dr Khondoker Reazul Haque.

Nicole Sherin Rahim

Today is the 2nd death anniversary of Nicole Sherin Rahim, only daughter of late Abdur Rahim, retired joint secretary of Bangladesh, said a press release.


Afghanistan war marks 10 years quietly

The US-led war in Afghanistan marked its 10th year yesterday having passed two major milestones: The Taliban has been forced out of power and Osama bin Laden is dead.

'Third World be ready'

Deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi said leaders of the developing world who recognized Libya's National Transitional Council(NTC) that ousted him with the aid of Nato firepower would suffer a similar fate.

NTC forces take most of Sirte

Libyan transitional government forces have taken most of Sirte yesterday, one of the last cities loyal to the ousted leader, after battling pro-Gaddafi fighters in fierce street fights and close range combats.

US postpones currency bill amid differences

The US senate yesterday postponed its vote on the much-debated currency bill until next week amid differences between the Republicans and Democrats.

Syria regime vows reforms

Syria, pledging to pursue democratic reforms, accused foreign powers yesterday of arming demonstrators and the media of waging a propaganda war against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Syria must reform: Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to launch promised reforms or step down as the country's leader.

Turkey tells France to confront colonial past

Turkey said France should confront its colonial past before giving lessons to others on how to face history, in an angry response yesterday to a call by President Nicolas Sarkozy for Ankara to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide.

'Occupy' protests go global

Wall Street is more than 10,000 miles away from Melbourne, but 24-year-old Australian Alex Gard felt a kinship to the outrage expressed on the streets of Manhattan.

Desmond Tutu turns 80

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 80 yesterday, days after a spat with the government over a visa delay that forced the Dalai Lama to cancel a trip to the nation.

China road crash kills 35

At least 35 people were killed when a bus rolled after colliding with a car on a stretch of highway in northern China yesterday, state media reported.

Karzai admits security failure

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in an interview broadcast on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US military campaign, said his government and its foreign backers had failed to provide ordinary Afghans with security.

US pressure makes Afgan crisis worse

President Barack Obama's warning to Islamabad over suspected ties to militants will only fuel anti-Americanism and make it harder for Pakistan to support US efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, a senior senator said yesterday.

Don't vote for Congress

In a fresh appeal, social activist Anna Hazare yesterday urged people in Hisar in Haryana not to vote for the Congress in the Oct 13 Lok Sabha by-election, alleging that the party is not committed to passing the civil society's Jan Lokpal Bill.

Maoists kill 4 troops in India

A landmine blast by suspected Maoist rebels in India's Chhattisgarh state has killed four paramilitary troops and injured several others, police said.

Telangana strike enters 25th day

The general strike in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh entered its 25th day yesterday as the impasse continues over the demand for a separate state.

Bangkok in danger

Thailand's prime minister warned yesterday that Bangkok was under threat from the country's worst floods in decades as the authorities stepped up efforts to protect the capital and key industrial areas.

'CIA doctor' accused of treason

A Pakistani commission investigating the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden says a doctor accused of helping the CIA should be tried for high treason.

Arts & Entertainment

Spicy Bites Of Talent Hunts, Empty Promises And An Ailing Music Industry

The Close-Up 1 competition was the pioneer of its kind in the country, seeking out fresh singing talents from the grassroots level.Several youths -- who emerged from the competition -- are now busy recording artistes, while a few of them have also fallen to oblivion. Among those who have made a mark in the music industry are Rinku, Muhin, Kishore, Putul, Pulok and Lisa. Recently, The Daily Star hosted an 'adda' with these young artistes. Here are the highlights from the 'adda':

Runa Laila rocks Delhi

A mesmerising live performance by the diva Runa Laila made Mahanabami, the penultimate day of the Durga Puja festival, a very special occasion for an estimated 1,000 music lovers who assembled at the exquisitely decorated pandal of East Delhi's Miloni Cultural and Welfare Association on October 5.

Natyadhara stages Rother Roshi on Durga Puja

Theatre troupe Natyadhara staged its latest production “Rother Roshi” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on October 6. The neo-classic Tagore play was directed by Ashish Khondker. The show marked the celebration of Bijoya Dashami (last day of Durga Puja).

Jege Achho Ki to air 150th episode

Entertainment show “Robi Jege Achho Ki”, on Rtv, will air its 150th episode tonight at 11:30pm.

Puja celebration in Rangpur

Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bengali Hindu community, wrapped up on October 6 with the immersion of Durga idols in Rangpur along with the whole country.


Shackling prisoners and all that

THE Daily Star editorial of October 2, titled "Reprehensible and unacceptable," takes a very critical view, apparently justifiably, of the shackling of prominent public figures by commenting that "the sight of taking Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general A.T.M. Azharul Islam and the party's publicity secretary Prof. Tasnim in shackles to Dhaka metropolitan court was abhorrent," and adds that "it was utterly repugnant to norms of civility and dignity of the human person."

When do Americans quit?

A US think-tank has proposed a dialogue between India and the Pakistan army. The proposal has merit to the extent that the army is a stark reality in Pakistan polity and it has been there in one form or the other for more than five decades. On the other hand, the problem that India faces is how does it reconcile its democratic credentials to the character of unelected army? One is answerable to the people while the other seeks their obedience. It is not possible for the two to be on the same page. Yet, if issues like Kashmir have to be settled, the army's nod is necessary.

Democracy must not be pressed under boots

With the parliamentary election due after about two and a half years, the political climate in the country is heating up on the issue of caretaker form of government. A growing sense of despair, intolerance, distrust for each other, and naked manifestation of petty self-interest and an erosion of values have gripped the nation.

New Statistics: 25 million in extreme poverty

This year two major reports came out of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) which, when put together, tell a story about the state of the nation. The first was a preliminary report on the "Household Income & Expenditure Survey (HIES), 2010." The second was the preliminary results of the "Population & Housing Census 2011."

Stay hungry, stay foolish

Think different. Those two words sum up the brilliance, the magic and the creative icon that was Steve Jobs. President Obama said it best: "The world has lost a visionary. There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented."

This Day In History

October 8

Yom Kippur War: Gabi Amir's armored brigade attacks Egyptian occupied positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal.


Getting a consensus in COP 17

The 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) will be held in the city of Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 9. The world is waiting with hope that this time a fruitful and effective guideline will be made towards mitigating and adapting with climate change impacts. Much hype and expectation grew vis-a-vis this convention mainly hangs around the moods and stances of developed and some major developing countries. These countries aligned with capitalist interest may act as the main hindrance to a positive outcome from COP 17.

Protecting crop and environment

Human and pests both are dependent on foods from plants. In this sub-continent pests eat up two crore maunds of paddy in a year. There is a continuous fight between pests and human beings in procuring food. So far knowledge goes, in the world number of pests supersedes that of other animals together. But pests cannot increase in number always. Unfavourable weather, destruction by birds and human beings hamper their increase. If all the pests got the opportunity of breeding, then the other animals could not live on the earth due to pests.


Prioritizing serenity

I was getting nowhere with the book. My mind, each time I sat down to write, became a thriving, bustling can of worms. The worms assumed different namesfear, doubt, laziness, anxiety, self-derisionall species familiar to blocked writers. They ate away at precious, fast-dwindling reserves of self-confidence. I thought of calling the publisher and saying, sorry, could we forget about the book?

In his literary world . . .

Fakrul Alam, a prominent literary figure in Bangladesh, writes in English. More specifically, he has a particular fascination for post-colonial English literature. He attempts to show us through his essays how a number of writers of the post-colonial era have attempted to bring forth problems deeply rooted in the social structure.

Dream (Swapna from 'Kalpana')

Far, far away
In a realm of dream, in Ujjaini city
By the river Shipra's bank did I go along once
Looking for my first-love
From a previous life:

Star Health

Let’s breathe and move together for clean air

Air pollution (both indoor and outdoor) is a major environmental health problem that increases the global burden of diseases like respiratory infections, heart disease, lung cancer and birth defects.

Psychoeducation: A need of the time

Psychoeducation refers to the education offered to people who live with a psychological disturbance. Psychoeducational training involves patients with schizophrenia, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic illnesses, eating disorders and personality disorders, as well as patient training courses in the context of the treatment of physical illnesses.

Quest to cure cancer

When a representative of the Nobel Foundation could not reach Dr Ralph M Steinman by telephone last Monday to deliver the thrilling news that he had been awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2011 for his breakthrough work in immunology, he sent him an e-mail about the honor. But Dr Steinman will never see the message nor learn of the prize. He died of pancreatic cancer 3 days before it was announced.

Coping with nasal congestion

Nasal congestion, commonly called a stuffy nose, can affect breathing, hearing and sleep. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests ways to ease nasal congestion in adults:

Men more prone to type 2 diabetes

Men are biologically more susceptible of developing type 2 or adult onset diabetes. Men need to gain far less weight than women to develop the condition, according to a study from Glasgow University team.

Vitamin D could lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a German research centre have shown that people with a good vitamin D supply are at lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes while individuals with lower concentrations of vitamin D in their blood have a higher risk.

Healthy diet tied to fewer birth defects

Women who eat a better diet leading up to pregnancy are less likely to have babies with birth defects, according to a new study from Stanford University. Experts urge women who are pregnant or may get pregnant to eat a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains and take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid.

Strategic Issues

Reading Pakistan: What if US-Pak ties break?

Abill has already been introduced in the US Congress to cut aid to Pakistan, following the accusation that the Haqqani network has been functioning as a 'veritable arm' of the ISI in Afghanistan. Pakistan has retorted that such accusations will lead to the US losing Islamabad as an ally. What then if the alliance breaks up? What are the possible scenarios for US and Pakistan?

Foreign aid set to take a hit in US budget crisis

America's budget crisis at home is forcing the first significant cuts in overseas aid in nearly two decades; a retrenchment that officials and advocates say reflects the country's diminishing ability to influence the world.

Globally weapons sales drop in 2010

Global arms sales dropped sharply last year as the world's governments struggled in the economic downturn, according to a new study, the New York Times reported.

Star Books Review

The pains that come with reading

In this enormous collection of his writings, Asafuddowlah emerges as a think-tank all by himself. Nothing escapes his discerning eyes, reflective mind and a highly analytical faculty of brain that the one reading perceives while going through the myriads of topics covered. The entries contain not only information that constitute knowledge but also carry some definite messages that are most thought-provoking, however brief some of those may be. The overriding message throughout the book is expressed in a normative style in his deliberations that manifest the author's heartfelt concern for all kinds of deviations one witnesses more and more with the passage of time since those veer away from a desirable standard and quality that is to be followed in human life. Asafuddowlah is genuinely in pain seeing all this as an eye-witness in various dealings encountered in his life. One may as well infer that in case such occurrences keep on going unabated, these are bound to cause panic and therein lies the other major concern of this book. The writer's voice throughout the book is loud and clear; his rhetoric is unequivocal, logical; expressions are bold and often tense. Assuredly this has been possible because most of these articles were published in The Bangladesh Today he himself once edited. However, through his utterances, Asafuddowlah emerges first and foremost as a moralist, albeit in a pedantic manner.

War by any other name

The impressive opening (in Pueblo, Colorado, in June of 1899) of Andrew Krivak's first novel, The Sojourn, could hardly be more dramatic: Lizzie, with her three-month-old baby, decides to take a walk outside for the first time since her delivery. Her young nephew, Tobias, tags along with her. Mother and child and nephew walk through the streets of the shantytown where Slavic immigrants reside. Soon they are walking on the train bridge, “hypnotized by the water” below them. Then, unexpectedly a train comes along, barreling directly towards the three of them. They try to run, but Tobias's foot is caught in the tracks. Lizzie knows she can't abandon her sister-in-law's child, so she tosses her baby into the water below her hoping someone will rescue her son, as she tries to rescue Tobias. And then the train mows down both Lizzie and Tobias.

Pakistan's writers: living in a minefield

Lyric poetry has long been the most popular literary form in South Asia and the Middle East; poets rather than novelists became the unacknowledged legislators of the new nations that emerged after the breakup of European empires in the mid-20th century.

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