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Secret burial for Gaddafi

Disquiet grew yesterday over how ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi met his end after being taken alive, as Libya's new leaders faced huge pressure to proclaim liberation and launch the transition to democracy.

Roads in bad shape

Poor infrastructure, inadequate logistics and manpower in Ashuganj and Akhaura ports are severely hampering the handling of transit consignments bound for India.

Don't shoot!

Colonel Gaddafi was executed by a frenzied mob of rebel fighters after pleading: “Don't shoot, don't shoot!”

BNP mulls Ctg style strategy

Despite having its own mayoral candidate, BNP is looking to support Selina Hayat Ivy in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls to ensure defeat of the ruling Awami League-backed candidate Shamim Osman.

Yunus refutes allegations of lobbying WB

Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday dismissed as baseless the claim that he had lobbied the World Bank against funding the Padma Bridge project.

Biman to hire 14 foreign pilots

Biman is going to hire 14 foreign pilots to fly its two new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft and train local pilots.

Jail probe in question

Former senior superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail Tauhidul Islam has dismissed as motivated the probe report that said he had allowed four detained Jamaat and BNP leaders to use his mobile phones violating jail code.

Survivor Deen tells tale of horror

Docker Deen Islam came home yesterday after his unintended trip of horror to Singapore in April.

Manmohan plans speedy graft trial

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday spoke of some means to expedite probe into corruption cases and their trials.

Taimur asks for limited use of EVM

Reiterating his concern over the use of electronic voting machines, Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khandakar yesterday asked the Election Commission to use the machines at two wards instead of the planned nine.

PM flies to Berlin today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Germany this morning on a four-day official visit to attend the World Health Summit-2011.

BTRC asked to deduct tax at source

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Thursday issued a letter to telecommunications ministry and telecoms regulator asking them to receive spectrum charges from mobile operators after deducting the tax at source.

Mobile phone's brain cancer link rejected

The largest study of its kind found no link between long-term use of mobile phones and increased risk of brain tumours, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported yesterday.

Spanish firm gets 340MW power plant contract

Spanish company Isolux Corsan won a $335-million contract to build a 340-megawatt combined cycle power plant at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Laksmichhari of Khagrachhari district early yesterday.

Housewife murdered 'for dowry'

A housewife was strangulated to death allegedly by her in-laws over dowry Thursday night at her residence in Section-6 of Mirpur.

Israel ready to partially freeze settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to partially freeze West Bank settlement building if it will bring the Palestinians back to direct talks, an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday.


End of Gaddafi era

Tragically cruel as has been the end of Gaddafi, the truth is, as he lived by bullet, so he died by it. It was his hubris that dragged the end-game on. It thus fuelled a civil war claiming stupendous cost in terms of human lives, property and displacement of people.

New giant building plan

The Malaysian government has unveiled plans to invest a total of Taka 27,450 crore in Bangladesh. The project involves building 20,000 flats, 2 satellite towns and a flyover.


Tigers grit it out on Day One

Mushfiqur Rahim's Test captaincy got off to a solid start as the Tigers batted purposefully on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

'Satisfied with the way I batted'

With very little of the country's cricket history being memorialised, it becomes difficult to draw inspiration from past heroism if one hasn't witnessed it first-hand. Tamim Iqbal was looking through YouTube for footage of Fidel Edwards but resorted to a landmark moment for the Tigers.

One at a time for Maldives

The coach of the Maldives team has rated Saudi Arabia as a bigger threat than Iraq and Oman in the Group A Qualifiers of the AFC U-19 Championship. The islanders will begin their campaign against hosts Bangladesh in one of two opening day's games at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.

Nafees to bat today

Shahriar Nafees will decide when he wants to bat today after a nose injury had him sitting out the first day of the first Test against West Indies at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

Titas beat PDB

Titas Club's quest for the National Bank Limited Premier Division Volleyball League title got a big boost after they beat Power Development Board (PDB) by straight 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 points in their match at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.

Siddikur's poor form continues

Siddikur Rahman's poor form continued into the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi at the Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club in Korea yesterday. The 2010 Brunei Open winner however managed to evade the cut with a one-over-par 145 aggregate score at the end of round two which posted him on 50th position. The halfway cut was set at 147 with 71 players progressing into the weekend rounds.

Dhaka in final

Dhaka made it into the final of the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey Competition with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Chittagong in the first semifinal at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Kumar keeps Pak at bay

Kumar Sangakkara put his wealth of experience on show with a pugnacious unbeaten hundred to keep Pakistan's victory bids on hold in the first Test here on Friday.

India, Pakistan draw a thriller

Arch-rivals Pakistan and India fought out a thrilling 1-1 stalemate in the men's draw of the International Super Series in Perth on Friday in a game full of chances for both sides.

'Revenge is not the word'

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has refused to use word 'revenge' to describe India's redemption in the ODI series against England, saying the word is too strong to be used in sports.

Monfils downs Tomic

France's Gael Monfils stayed in the hunt for a place at the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals, coming from behind in the final set to defeat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 at the Stockholm Open on Thursday.

School kabaddi

The Meizan National School Kabaddi Competition advanced to semifinal stage as Shaheed Nabi High School and Maniknagar Model High School confirmed their semifinal berth at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Agnieszka's lucky break

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska secured the last remaining spot in the season-ending WTA Championships without hitting a ball after Marion Bartoli retired from her Kremlin Cup quarterfinal with an illness on Friday.

Karim impresses Zinedine

Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has hailed Karim Benzema for his response to the increased competition for places at Santiago Bernabeu.

Bresnan fined for dissent

The England fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been fined 7.5 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for showing dissent towards an umpire during Thursday's third ODI against India in Mohali.

All eyes on Mancunian derby

Manchester may not yet be, as a local newspaper columnist recently declared, "the football capital of the world." But for 90 minutes at Old Trafford on Sunday, it will certainly feel like it.

Wood sinks Brugge

They may be in the second tier Championship but Birmingham City are faring solidly in the Europa League and a last-minute effort by Kiwi forward Chris Wood secured a 2-1 win at Belgium's Club Brugge on Thursday to bolster hopes of winning their group.

Inter aim to rebound

Inter Milan tackle Chievo at the San Siro this weekend hoping to transfer their European form into the domestic arena.

Cesc back for Barcelona

Leaders Barcelona have Cesc Fabregas back in the squad for Saturday's match at home to Sevilla after the Spain midfielder recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in training on October 1, Barca said on their website on Friday.

Tevez faces hearing

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been cleared of refusing to play against Bayern Munich but faces a charge of snubbing a request to warm-up, it was reported Friday.

'Gomez can break mark'

German goalscoring legend Gerd Mueller says he is confident that current Bayern Munich starlet Mario Gomez can beat his record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season which "Der Bomber" set in 1972.

FA to block no relegation plan

The Football Association has confirmed that it would block any plans by clubs in the Premier League to try and scrap promotion and relegation.


Typewriter Men

Behind Dhaka's Court Kachari lies the bastion of a once-powerful tool of civilization: the typewriter. Several dozen typists here serve clients at the Judge Court and several government offices.

Ordeal of the poor at DMCH

At 3:00 pm on a day sometime this month, Nurjahan, 50, aided by two relatives, turned up at the emergency department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with severe head injuries.

Road accidents kill 5, injure 20

Five people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Sylhet and Manikganj yesterday.

Hijras seek rights, recognition

Hundreds of transgenders (hijras) took to the street yesterday seeking their legal and social recognition as 'third gender' outside men and women, and demanded protection of their rights for education and employment in the country.

Dr Akbar against broadcast policy

The government needs not formulate any broadcasting policy, as the existing laws are enough to ensure accountability of the media, Dr Akbar Ali Khan, former adviser to a caretaker government, said at a roundtable yesterday.

One killed, 3 hurt in cylinder blast

An engineer was killed and three workers were injured as a gas cylinder exploded at an ice factory in the town early yesterday.

Sixth 5-yr plan will not ensure welfare

The Sixth Five-Year Plan (SFYP) would not ensure welfare of the common people, Prof Abul Barkat, chairman of Bangladesh Economic Association, said.

Reproductive rights major hurdle to MDGs

Most of the countries are unlikely to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015 as sexual and reproductive rights have yet not been ensured in majority of the Asia Pacific countries including Bangladesh, observed an international conference yesterday.

Goods of Tk 1cr seized at airport

Police arrested five men, including four Pakistani nationals, and seized a huge amount of foreign cigarette, digital video camera, camera, imitation jewelry and VoIP equipment worth around Tk 1 crore from the Shahjalal International Airport (SIA) in the city yesterday.

Khaleda asked to testify her claim about Jamaat

Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday urged BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to give deposition in favour of Jamaat leaders to International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) if she has obtained enough evidence that they did not commit war crimes in 1971.

English language fairs foster learning

Hundreds of students rolled into join the dynamic learning experience at the English language fair, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and Robi, held in Kishoreganj and Bogra yesterday.

Five among cops injured in clash

Five people, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between police and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men at Thakurgaon Intersection yesterday evening.

929 illegal structures evicted to save rivers

The government has evicted 929 illegal structures, out of 4,021, from the banks and foreshores of three rivers--Buriganga, Turag and Balu--in its drives since May 2010.

Tortured CMC student dies

A student of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) died yesterday and six others were wounded after overnight torture allegedly by the cadres of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) two days back.

Dump cattle leftovers in Eid properly

The environment and forests ministry have requested all organisations and individuals to properly dispose of leftovers of cattle to be sacrificed in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

PM assures BGB of development

During a surprise visit to Panbari Border Out Post (BOP) at Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed to upgrade the Dahagram High School to collegiate school.

Check-up to fight cancer stressed

Speakers at a seminar emphasised checking up breasts once in a month as early detection of breast cancer can save women from the silent killer disease.

Man trampled to death by elephants

A septuagenarian man was trampled to death by a herd of marauding wild elephants which attacked his house at Rangapahar village in Baghaichhari upazila on Thursday night.

JnU student stabbed

An activist of Jagannath University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was critically injured when a section of rival stabbed him before the university main gate in the city yesterday.

Nat'l urban forum starts on Dec 5

Aiming at a better future for urban people, a national platform involving government and non-government offices and organisations will launch operation in December.

Man kills wife, father-in-law

A man along with his accomplice allegedly killed his wife and father-in-law at Pirpur village of Nachole upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday.

8 deals inked to improve gas transmission

Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL), a company of Petrobangla, yesterday signed eight contract agreements with two foreign and six local companies for installation of compressor stations and construction of transmission pipelines to improve transmission and distribution of gas.

HR boss slams jail authorities

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said irregularities are taking place in all jails of the country over food distribution among inmates.

Journo hurt in 'land dispute' attack

A local senior journalist suffered critical head injuries in an armed attack allegedly over land dispute at Char Khutar intersection in the city Thursday night.

Youth jailed for stalking

A mobile court here yesterday sentenced three months in jail to a youth for stalking a girl at Lokkhipur in Rajbari.

Youth kills grandmother

A youth chopped his grandmother to death and injured his grandfather over cutting down the branches of a mangos teen (Gaab) tree at their common boundary at Pashchim Chhoy village in Agoiljhara upazila yesterday.

MP Roni's removal demanded

A day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blasted party lawmaker Golam Maula Roni for criticising communications minister in a television talk show, the local party men demanded Roni's removal yesterday.

S Korea co donates edn materials to Bangladesh

A South Korean construction company has donated 50,000 metallic black boards and 5000 digital pianos worth about US $ 8 million to the primary and mass education ministry for the use of primary schools.

4 DU students to get mountain training in Nepal

Four students of Dhaka University will fly to Nepal on October 24 to get training on mountain climbing so that they can conquer Mount Everest by 2014.

Bangladeshi envoy to Kenya presents credentials

The newly appointed Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Kenya M Wahidur Rahman presented his credentials to the President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki in Nairobi on Wednesday.

18 BGB men to perform hajj

Eighteen members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have got opportunity to perform Hajj at the expense of BGB this year, says a press release.

15 injured in AL factional clash

At least 15 leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) were injured in intra-party clash at Gobindapur village in Gouripur upazila here yesterday evening.

Death anniversary

Today is 17th death anniversary of Dr Wali Ahmed, former lawmaker and also an organizer of liberation war, says a press release.


Disquiet grows over how Gaddafi met his end

Disquiet grew yesterday over how ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi met his end after being taken alive, as Libya's new leaders faced huge pressure to proclaim liberation and launch the transition to democracy.

Nato mission in Libya accomplished

Nato was due to wind down its mission in Libya yesterday after a six-month campaign that saw the United States hand over the helm to Europe for the first time in the history of the alliance.

US demands Pak action 'in days and weeks'

The United States called on Pakistan yesterday to take action within "days and weeks" on dismantling Afghan militant havens and encouraging the Taliban into peace talks in order to end 10 years of war.

Obama warns Arab dictators

US President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Arab tyrants after the fall of Gaddafi that their reign would inevitably fall.

Fatal fate of dictators

Apprehended as he headed for Switzerland with his mistress Clara Petacci on April 27, 1945. He was shot the following day, and his body was taken to Milan and strung up in public.

Dead Gaddafi still divides Libya

Muammar Gaddafi's body lay in an old meat store on Friday as arguments over a burial, and his killing after being captured, dogged efforts by Libya's new leaders to make a formal start on a new era of democracy.

US declares total Iraq troop pullout

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he will withdraw all US forces from Iraq by the end of the year, nearly nine years after the US invasion and after more than 4,400 US deaths.

'Assad, Saleh, you're next'

The capture and death of Libya's ousted strongman Muammar Gaddafi has sparked an online frenzy in the Arab world, with social networking sites warning Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh their time is up.

Govt didn't discuss Indo-Bangla land swap deal: Advani

Senior opposition leader L K Advani yesterday claimed his party was not consulted on the proposed transfer of land in northeastern state of Assam to Bangladesh under the bilateral land boundary accord signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka last month.

Chavez says he is cancer-free

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday his cancer treatment has been successful and that he was free of the disease as he arrived home after medical tests in Cuba.

India to ease emergency law in Kashmir

Tough emergency laws imposed in Indian Kashmir in 1990 that allow security forces to act with near-impunity are to be partially withdrawn, the region's chief minister announced yesterday.

Troops kill 19 in Syria

Syrian security forces killed 19 civilians yesterday, ten of them in the flashpoint central city of Homs, where the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi galvanised mass protests, rights activists said.

Arts & Entertainment

A potpourri of dance styles

A two-day Classical Dance Festival kicked off at Chhayanaut on October 20. Held at Chhayanaut's main auditorium, in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, the festival featured demonstrations of Indian classical dance forms -- Manipuri, Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak -- by both emerging and renowned dancers.

Ineradicable footprints by the Dhanshiri river

Today marks the 57th death anniversary of poet Jibanananda Das, acknowledged to be the pioneer of modernism in Bangla poetry. He relied largely on imagistic and symbolical means to express in his poems a complexity that grapples with the subjective realities of modern urban life. He was unhappy with the conditions of modern living, was hopelessly impecunious and often expressed a deeply tragic sensibility.

Hollywood lends support to jailed Iranian filmmakers

Several leading Hollywood organizations representing writers, directors, actors and the group that awards the Oscars, issued a sharply-worded statement on Wednesday lending their support to jailed Iranian filmmakers.

Tirandaj Natyadal debuts with "Onoitihashik"

New theatre troupe Tirandaj Natyadal made its debut on stage with the play “Onoitihashik”. Based on writings of Humayun Azad, the play premiered at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on October 20. Shaheen Reza Russell has written the play, based on Azad's “Pak Sar Zamin Shad Bad” and “Amar Obishshash”. Deepak Suman [of Aranyak Natyadal] has directed the play.

Priyanka takes inspiration from Sarojini Naidu

In her upcoming film with Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra will be wearing clothes that have been coloured with natural dyes only.


The extra-judicial myopia

When ordinary folks who are at the bottom of the socio-economic scale and whose life patterns are dictated by day-to-day compulsions, feel and speak in desperate terms they can be excused. The norms and nuances of an orderly and lawful existence may not be of much significance to them. Probably, nobody would be surprised if discussions on the dynamics of civilised society appear fruitless deliberations to such people.

Movement going astray

It is always a problem for a people's movement to stay within the contours of its original purpose. Too many hands join to bask in the glory and like too many cooks, they spoil the broth. I had such an apprehension when Anna Hazare's stir against corruption, more specifically for the appointment of Lokpal (ombudsman) to eliminate it, began.

Civil society's role in war crimes trials

It is not everyday that a phenomenon like "Muktijuddho" happens in a nation's lifetime. Forty years ago, the sons and daughters of potters, boatmen and agriculture workers, who Rabindranath had called "jonmo-lokkhi-charar dol" (the forever irreverent and irrational lot who Lakshmi had forsaken) took that imprudent step of walking through nine months of blood and fire and carved out a nation for themselves.

Arrest surging crime

Ominous crises have taken hold over the country, breaking down hopes and aspirations of the people. Foremost among them is the simmering political crisis. The administration and the leaders of the political parties do not act on the basis of rational discussion and public opinion. The rule of reason or a consensus seems to be an illusion. These concepts seem to be the guiding spirit in the pages of newspapers, public speeches of the leaders and neatly arranged seminars. On the other hand, the force of events, mostly disastrous, taking shape at break-neck speed, has led the government to make up policy by the hour, day and week.

Fictional folk fight back

Ouch. I had a big fight with a girl called Joyce last night. I made a death threat for the first time in my life. It felt REALLY good. (Memo to self: make several death threats every day.)

This Day In History

October 22

World War II: Battle of Aachen: The city of Aachen falls to American forces after three weeks of fighting, making it the first German city to fall to the Allies.


Contextually effective steps needed

Climate defined to be the average change in the temperature over a period of 30 years. But human-induced global warming-led climate change is now a great issue of concern as with the passage of time it is being exposed in front of us as a crude reality and is showing its increased damaging effect on human beings, biodiversity etcetera. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) defines climate change as the change resulting from long term direct and indirect activities, that induces changes in the compared time which are much more than the natural change. Taking this into cognisance there is a global effort now in stopping climate from further deterioration. Bangladesh, believed to be the worst-affected victim of climate change, has already raised its voice in this regard and is adopting strategies and actions for adapting to climate change impact and if possible for mitigating measures.

Hydrogen fuel car: Visions and challenges

The never ending debate on energy supply for a cleaner environment, recently associated with the worldwide effort to decrease global CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions, has been revived by the rapid growth of energy demand and gradual depletion of energy resources. An assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draws attention to the need for a change in a current energy policy. According to the report, world energy consumption grew by three times in 2008 compared to the year 1965 áhttp://www.bp.comñ. More than 86% of all energy production (heat, electricity or movement) is based on fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, coal, etc., which cause CO2 emissions to the atmosphere equivalent to 7 Gton (gega ton) of carbon per year and this value is expected to be doubled by 2050 (International Energy Agency, IEA) áñ.


On the edge of insanity

With passionless finesse they want to know what goes on in my mind. I think my entire life is made and unmade there. Piece by piece I put myself together and I see a different person than what I perceived in exaggerated expectations. I rejoice in this liberated self.

Jibanananda's thoughts on death, surrealism and beyond...

The French literary critic and theorist Roland Barthes believes the death of an author makes readers more responsible toward the creations of the author. He concludes his essay, Death of the Author thus: “The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author.” Here judgement or the birth of a reader takes a prominent place. And that comes through observing the place the modern Bengali poet Jibanananda Das for those who love poetry.

When Rabindranath and Borges crossed paths

If we closely observe the citation of Rabindranath in 'La Metafora' and the comment-filled news in the magazine 'Proa', we shall notice that Borges had no fascination for Rabindranath. What is left is the expression of his emotions that sways between hope and despair. And he has expressed his feelings by blending them somewhat with poetical and oblique expressions. Even though Borges has provided an indication of his delight and gripping experience of reading one or two works of Rabindranath, he has given no definite reason for such expressions. It appears that Borges had chained all his superficial expressions to negations, anchored in fathomless depths. The main reason may have been the sharp differences between the artistic nature of Rabindranath and that of Borges. But through these comments Borges did not fully expose the differences between their literary tastes. He did it at a much later stage.

Star Health

It’s just 3 steps to healthier bone

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone density decreases and becomes porous leading to frequent fractures. It is a silent epidemic and largely preventable through just three steps C, D, E — Calcium, Vitamin D and Exercise.

Blood in stool, what to do now?

Many people want to ignore and hope for the best when they see blood passes through or mixes with stool. Some people are scared of the sign and want to explore the causes behind it. Whatever may be the reason, we should not ignore it and should consult a doctor.

After stroke, crossed legs a welcome sign

The sooner people can cross their legs after having a stroke, the better their chances for recovery, new research published in the journal Neurology suggests. This complicated movement, occurring within two weeks of a stroke, is a good sign that the brain is processing again, researchers said.

Shaving salt, saving lives

Governments around the world could save huge health costs and avert millions of early deaths if they introduced laws to cut salt levels in food, US researchers claimed.

Vitamin E supplements raise risk of prostate cancer

Men who regularly take vitamin E supplements eventually have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, compared to other men of the same age and overall health who do not — researchers from the Cleveland Clinic reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

Low birthweight linked to autism, says US study

Babies born weighing less than 4 lb (1.8 Kg) could be more prone to developing autism than children born at normal weight, a study published in Pediatrics journal suggests.

Omega-3 fatty acids prevent or slow progression of osteoarthritis

New research by the University of Bristol has shown for the first time that omega-3 in fish oil could substantially and significantly reduce the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Strategic Issues

Putin's China visit to forge close partnership

AT the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, on October 11, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing and started his two-day official visit to China. This is Putin's first visit to a foreign country after his ruling party announced that he would be a candidate as President in March 2012. Prior to his trip to China, Putin said the two countries "have enjoyed an unparalleled partnership" and that he believes the meetings with the Chinese leaders will see "a positive development" in bilateral relations. Calling Putin "an old friend of China", President Hu Jintao said the Russian leader's visit "moved forward the Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic relationship." Putin's visit commemorated the 10th anniversary of a treaty of "Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation" between the two former communist allies.

India-China strategic economic dialogue: A view from Beijing

CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh agreed to establish a regular bilateral strategic economic dialogue mechanism during Wen's visit to India last December, and the first one-day meeting of the China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing on 26 September.

Occupied Wall Street: A first-hand analysis

ON 17 September 2011, the United States witnessed something unprecedented in its history: citizens pitched their tents in Zuccotti Park (or Liberty Plaza, depending on what you ask) just off of Wall Street in New York City. The people began protesting corporate greed, wealth inequality, and corporate lobbyist influence on the U.S. government. Their starting date is no coincidence: the 17th of September is the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787.

Star Books Review

A question of heritage

Spanning a period of nearly one and a half centuries from 1860 to 2000, Bangladesher Jatra Gaan: Gono Madhhyom o Shamajik Poriprekhhit

A craving for love

A fairy-tale romance, a tragic flaw, a nasty twist, an exposure of the reality behind the façade, a crucial decision, an acceptance of one's mixed origins, all merge to create Picture Perfect, another of Jodie Picoult's masterpieces.

Music and the pilgrim soul

There is music in the air, especially when you let nostalgia take over. In the world of black and white that once was, something of the truly lyrical came to define music in our part of the world. Sachin Dev Burman was part of that world. And those who shared that world with him, be it in creating melody or partaking of it, could not have missed realizing the increasingly larger dimensions it acquired through being peopled by Burman and his contemporaries. And yet there were the moments, there is that certain feeling, that Burman went beyond all those others. He sang, he had lyrics suit the melody. And he did it all with perfection.

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