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News of: Saturday, 21st of January, 2012

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Major Zia used UK mobile SIM to talk to officers

One of the main suspects of the recent coup attempt in the army, Maj Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, who is absconding, used a roaming UK mobile SIM card to speak about the plot with at least 11 army officers of different ranks, army sources said.

Mixed reaction among parties

Different political parties yesterday came up with their reaction to the army announcement made at a press conference that it had foiled a plan to topple the government.

BNP likely to return to next JS session

The BNP and its allies are likely to return to parliament at its winter session beginning on Wednesday. The move is aimed at putting pressure on the government to restore the caretaker government system in the constitution.

Ex-army Officials' Reaction

Maj Gen (retd) KM Shafiullah
Culprits must be punished

Indian smugglers kidnap BGB man

Indian smugglers kidnapped a BGB man following a clash between the two sides at Dalkia village in Sadar Dakkhin upazila of Comilla yesterday morning that left a smuggler dead.

A girl with determination

For Hawa Akhter Jui, it has been a journey from the usual to the bizarre. Having filled in the forms on December 7 for the HSC exams, a mere three days after her husband had sliced off the fingers of her right hand on December 4 in an attempt to stop her from studying, she is desperately trying to bring back a semblance of normality in her life..

Banned Tahrir brings out procession

Rapid Action Battalion personnel yesterday arrested five suspects of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh when they brought out a procession in Uttara in the capital.

Fingers pointed at religious fanatics

Prof Muzaffer Ahmad
Result of 'unrest' in society

Iran calls for Israel to be 'punished'

An ally of Iran's supreme leader called yesterday for Israel to be "punished" for killing a nuclear scientist and the top US general urged his Israeli ally to coordinate with Washington as crisis builds in the Middle East.

AL leader, 200 others sued

A father accused four persons including a local AL leader and around 200 unknown others on Thursday night in connection with killing his son on the same day.

Youth crushed under bus

A man was killed and two others were injured when a speeding truck driven by a drunken helper rammed a rickshaw and ran over two passers-by near Karnaphuli Shah Amanat Bridge area in the port city yesterday.

STAR helps cold-hit people

A blanket in hand, 75-year-old Nurunnahar Begum, who was shambling along with the help of a stick in the bone-chilling cold in a Kurigram village, seemed to have got the most precious thing at that moment.

TIB-TII, AI slate BSF atrocities

The Bangladesh and India chapters of Transparency International and the Amnesty International yesterday strongly condemned the brutal torture of a Bangladeshi young man by Indian BSF members for allegedly refusing to pay bribe.

Pakistan arrests fake army general

Pakistan police have arrested a man who spent three years posing as a general to grab land and solicit favours from the government in a country where the military holds formidable power, police said Friday.

47 killed as troops, rebels clash in Mali

Two days of fierce clashes between the Malian army and Tuareg rebels killed 47 people -- 45 rebels and two soldiers, the west African nation's defence ministry said in a statement published Thursday.

Chopper crash kills six US troops in Afghanistan

Six US service personnel have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, US officials said Thursday, indicating the incident was not believed to be the result of enemy fire.

Editorial

Unite to protect democracy

We most heartily rejoice at the news that we have successfully foiled an attempt to topple the democratically elected government.

Easing traffic gridlock

We have been consistently saying that parking is key to tackling traffic congestion. Our counsel falling on deaf ears, unsurprisingly vehicular logjams have assumed a horrendous proportion. It is so difficult to endure that most people reach workplace or return home in completely fatigued and disoriented state.

Sports

BJMC's dream run into final

Team BJMC reached the final of the season's curtain raising tournament Federation Cup for the first time as they inflicted a 2-0 defeat on star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Comedy of errors

There was an unprecedented incident that took place during the first semifinal between Muktijodhha Sangsad and Team BJMC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Anamul leads the way

Anamul Haque slammed an unbeaten hundred as Abahani returned to winning ways with a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Kalabagan in the Premier Division Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Confusion over Afridi participation

After hogging the limelight by becoming the highest bid player at the Bangladesh Premier League auction on Saturday, Pakistan's star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has brought about an air of confusion and uncertainty by announcing that he will not be participating in the BPL.

Jones, Bevan take up roles for Chittagong

Former Australian batsmen Dean Jones and Michael Bevan will join Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 as technical director and batting coach respectively.

Jamal takes home crown

Jamal Hossain Mollah put behind his more illustrious opponent Siddikur Rahman by three strokes to claim the American Express Bangladesh Open 2012 at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday. Jamal, the 2009 champion, returned a three-under-69 for an aggregate of 11-under-277 to win his first title on the PGTI since turning a professional. Siddikur finished in second position with 8-under-280.

Battle of brothers over final place

Bangladesh League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club are bidding to play the Federation Cup final for the second consecutive time when they take on a spirited Sheikh Russel KC in the second semfinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Nadal, Federer on collision course

In the same half of a Grand Slam singles draw for the first time since 2005, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are taking similar paths to a potential semifinal matchup at the Australian Open.

Ajmal the spin king

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal Friday rose to world's highest ranking spinner a day after guiding his team to a comprehensive ten- wicket win in the first Test against England inside three days.

'Win will improve image'

Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan insisted Friday that the comprehensive ten-wicket win over the world's best Test team England will boost the image of his team.

Flower sure Eng will bounce back

Andy Flower on Friday expressed his confidence in England staging a swift comeback against Pakistan after losing the first Test by ten wickets inside three days.

Wilson gets 4-year ban

British sprinter Bernice Wilson will be banned for four years after losing an appeal against the punishment, which was handed out after she tested positive for two anabolic steroids.

Navy reach semis

Bangladesh Navy reached the semifinal of the Trust Bank-ViyellaTex 28th National Hockey Championship as group runners-up by eliminating Tangail 5-3 in a super league match at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

SA post 299

AB de Villiers smashed 96 off 76 balls to power South Africa to 299 for seven against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI in Kimberley yesterday.

Bolt to prep in Rome again

World record holder Usain Bolt will take part in the Rome Diamond League meeting on May 31 as part of his pre-Olympic preparation, organisers said on Thursday.

Pepe apologises

Real Madrid's Pepe embroiled himself deeper in controversy Friday after saying he stamped on Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi's hand by mistake.

Inter cruise past Genoa

Inter Milan rung the changes but still proved too strong for a virtual Genoa reserve team as the holders won 2-1 in the Italian Cup on Thursday.

Londoners eye revenge

Tottenham and Arsenal will be looking to avenge heavy early season defeats on Sunday as the north London clubs take on Manchester's Premier League pace-setters.

Barca's perfect tonic

Barcelona believe their latest El Clasico victory over Real Madrid will be the perfect tonic as they attempt to eat into their bitter rivals' five-point lead at La Liga summit.

Hamann lost big money

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has revealed that he once lost £288,400 pounds ($445,853) in a single bet on a cricket match between South Africa and Australia.

Pele wants FIFA overhaul

The time has come to clean up soccer's governing body FIFA "from top to bottom", three-times world champion Pele said on Friday.

Pato out for a month

Pato may have been the match-winning hero in AC Milan's 2-1 Italian Cup victory over Novara on Wednesday but a day later he discovered he will face up to a month on the sidelines.

Metropolitan

2nd phase of Biswa Ijtema begins

The second phase of Biswa Ijtema, the world's second largest Muslim gathering after Hajj, began yesterday on the banks of the river Turag in Tongi on the outskirts of the capital.

Local admin, leaders blamed for river destruction

The lower tiers of the administration and influential leaders are facilitating destruction of the rivers, though the government is spending huge money to save them, environmentalists said yesterday.

Ijtema Encounters

The four boys are arguing over a card game. They are hidden behind a tea stall on a path that was trodden by millions in three days. I compose and take a picture, but they are completely engrossed in their bid to win.

Trade fair abuzz with visitors

Thousands of visitors thronged the ongoing “Dhaka International Trade Fair 2012” in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday to catch a glimpse and pick the best bargains of products and services being showcased.

Govt to cut tourists' hazards by enacting law: Faruk Khan

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan said various problems facing by tourists would reduce when the proposed Bangladesh tourism law would be in place.

Army's role hailed

Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta yesterday congratulated the government and Bangladesh Army for making public the facts behind a foiled coup attempt.

Three suspects remanded again

A Dhaka court has placed three suspects, who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of six students in Aminbazar, on a three-day fresh remand to gather more information.

Call to realise martyr's dream

Shaheed Asad Day was observed in the country yesterday commemorating the supreme sacrifice of the student leader in 1969 and the days of mass upsurge against military domination under dictator Mohammad Ayub Khan.

BSF torture on Bangladeshi condemned

Different socio-political organisations yesterday strongly protested the brutal torture on a Bangladesh national, Habibur Rahman, by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and demanded exemplary punishment to those responsible.

University teacher suspended

A lecturer of Islamic University was suspended yesterday over sexual harassment charges filed with the university authorities by a female student.

Rickshaw puller 'electrocuted'

A rickshaw puller allegedly died in electrocution in the capital's Pallabi area yesterday.

India against border killing: Envoy

Acting Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Sanjay Bhattacharyya yesterday said India does not want that any Bangladeshi is killed on the border.

Dhaka-Aricha road a death trap: Quader

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the 22 dangerous curves, which have made the Dhaka-Aricha highway a death trap, will be widened to four lanes.

Wife, son meet Ghulam Azam

Family members of former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam, who is detained for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, met him at the prison cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijub Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday.

Trial demanded

The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday observed 11th anniversary of the killing at Paltan rally by reiterating the demand of bringing the killers under trial.

Man attacks in-law's family for second marriage denial

A man and his family yesterday beat up five persons, including his wife and in-laws, after being denied permission for a second marriage at Laxmirdar village in Atwary upazila.

Jubo Dal vandalises BNP office

A group of leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, denied posts in the newly formed committee of the organisation, vandalised the district unit office of BNP Thursday night.

2 die as trains hit them in Sirajganj

A youth was killed after being hit by a train in sadar upazila of the district yesterday.

20km bus rapid transit soon

As a part of reducing traffic congestion in Dhaka, a 20km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur intersection at a cost of US$55 million will be constructed soon.

Slaughtered body recovered

Police recovered the slaughtered body of a farmer at Shibnagar village in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district yesterday.

Arms seized, six held in city

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives recovered six illegal firearms from the city's Abdullahpur and Sutrapur and arrested six young men in this connection on Wednesday night.

Double murder: Youth arrested

A youth has been arrested in connection with the killing of two people inside the city's Botanical Garden on January 10.

Cancellation of BMDC act demanded

Speakers at a rally of village doctors yesterday demanded cancellation of the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) act.

Death anniversary

Today is the 52nd death anniversary of Barrister Ahmed Ali Khan, MA (Cambridge University) and Bar-at-Law in 1901 from England.

Rajpunnah begins

A 3-day Rajpunnah, khajna (revenue) collection festival of the Mong Circle, began on Mong Rajbari premises here yesterday.

International

No backtracking on reform

Myanmar's president has promised that his country will not turn back from the path to democracy and called on Western nations to end sanctions which he blamed for hindering reform efforts.

Perry quits White House race

Texas Governor Rick Perry brought down the curtain Thursday on his gaffe-plagued US presidential campaign and endorsed Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination.

India questions tribal 'isolation' policy

Many of India's protected tribal groups live in "beastly" conditions and the government should review long-standing laws that keep them in isolation, the country's tribal affairs minister told AFP.

Iran warns region over crisis

Iran's foreign minister warned Arab neighbours yesterday not to put themselves in a "dangerous position" by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran's nuclear activity.

Where men fight for their rights

In the small hilly Indian state of Meghalaya, a matrilineal system operates with property names and wealth passing from mother to daughter rather than father to son - but some men are campaigning for change.

US faces hackers fury over site shutdown

Hackers have targeted the US government and copyright organisations following the shutdown of the Megaupload.com, a file-sharing website.

Murdoch group in mass hacking payouts

Rupert Murdoch's media empire on Thursday agreed huge payouts to 37 phone-hacking victims including British actor Jude Law, footballer Ashley Cole and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.

Medvedev meets with Abbas

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held talks yesterday with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas focused on efforts to kickstart stalled peace negotiations with Israel.

Sarkozy warns of war, chaos

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned yesterday that any foreign military intervention against Iran's nuclear programme would trigger "war and chaos" across the Middle East and beyond.

Rushdie pulls out of Indian festival

Author Salman Rushdie has called off his visit to India to attend a literary festival, which began yesterday, due to security concerns triggered by protests from influential Muslim clerics.

Thailand recognises Palestine

Thailand said Thursday that it has recognized a Palestinian state, in a move hailed by Palestinian leaders eager to boost their international standing amid a stalemate with Israel.

Israel detains Palestine's speaker

The Israeli army on Thursday arrested the Palestinian parliamentary speaker, Hamas member Aziz Dweik, in the West Bank, a senior colleague told AFP.

Parliament to decide on Nato supplies resumption

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday said that while former ruler Pervez Musharraf gave into US demands on a single telephone call, the decision to resume Nato supplies would be made by the parliament, DawnNews reported.

Protests grip Maldives

Hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets in the Maldivian capital Male amid a standoff between President Mohamed Nasheed and the judiciary, officials and residents said on Thursday.

Musharraf likely to delay return

Pakistan's former dictator Pervez Musharraf came under mounting pressure Thursday to delay his return from exile as he admitted he would be in danger if he goes back to the crisis-ridden country.

Jackson doctor evades money claim

Michael Jackson's family has dropped a claim for compensation from the King of Pop's former doctor Conrad Murray over the star's sudden death in 2009, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Amnesty for Saleh's aides scrapped

The Yemeni government has tweaked a contested bill that would have granted legal immunity to aides of President Ali Abdullah Saleh implicated in criminal affairs, a government source said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Turkish comedy-drama Kagit receives top award

Both the Bangladeshi entries -- “Guerrilla” and “Moner Manush” -- bagged awards and Turkish filmmaker Sinan Cetin received the Best Director Award for his comedy-drama “Kagit” (Paper), at the Dhaka International Film Festival 2012. The festival concluded yesterday on a high note. Oner Erkan received the Best Actor Award for his performance in “Kagit”, playing a young filmmaker who has set all his aspirations on his debut project.

Lost Freedom: Turkish movie puts clandestine counter-guerrilla operation in the spotlight

“Lost Freedom”, directed by Umur Hozatli, is based on true incidents. It's a depressing, yet realistic piece on a dark chapter of contemporary Turkish history.

Fifth Int'l Children's Film Fest begins today

With participation of over 200 films from 40 countries, the weeklong 5th International Children's Film Festival begins today across the country. The festival will simultaneously take place in seven divisional cities. A total of 20 venues, including nine in Dhaka, have been selected for the festival. The main venue will be the Central Public Library premises.

Path to enlightenment

Bishwa Sahitya Kendra (BSK) has been ceaselessly working for years to groom enlightened human beings who, with their high values and broadened outlook, would sincerely dedicate themselves to nation-building as a united force.

Hundred years of Geetanjali

Marking the centenary of Tagore's Nobel Prize winning literary work, “Geetanjali”, musical organisation Rabirag hosted a musical soiree at National Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on January 19. Under the title, “Shotoborshey Geetanjali”, the soiree featured solo and choral renditions by artistes of Rabirag.

Italian director Moretti to head Cannes jury

Italian actor and filmmaker Nanni Moretti will head the jury at this year's Cannes film festival, organisers announced Friday.

OP-ED

Economy and climate need concurrent solutions

At the start of the New Year, the world continues to be gripped by a two-fold crisis: an economic downturn with widespread job losses, and accelerating global warming with extreme weather events. Asia has been relatively less affected by the global economic slump, but the most hit by natural calamities -- whose frequency and damages make Bangladesh one of the most disaster prone countries.

Ego or polity

The issue of the two army chiefs, in India and Pakistan, still dominates the discussions. Chief of Army Staff V.K. Singh has done the most unprecedented thing by going to the Supreme Court on his birth year which he claims is 1951 while the government says repeatedly that it is 1950, meaning thereby he retires this May.

Sanity needed

There are times when some event is so enormous in terms of the attention it demands that everything else pales in comparison. The dialogue between the president and the political parties over the formation of the EC has assumed such significance. This is because people do not want to see a rigged, flawed or poorly conducted election. Just before the incumbent EC took over, the practice of fake voter list preparation and rigging election result had hit the institution that should be above controversy.

Shameful acts at Jahangirnagar University

Jahangirnagar University has made a habit of hitting the press for all the wrong reasons; on January 12 it was supposed to celebrate its 41st birthday, and the celebratory news that was supposed to appear on the following day was replaced by the news of a scuffle that broke out during a teachers' association meeting, leaving the newly elected President of JU Teachers' Association assaulted. Prof. Mamun Hossain is one of the most celebrated physicists that JU can be proud of; instead of celebrating his feat, he appears in news media as a defeated man. Where will I hide my shame? JU VC Prof. Shariff Enamul Kabir is a fellow of Royal Academy of Science with brilliant academic credentials, yet he has been dubbed as a “godfather” (Bangladesh Protidin, Jan 13). Where will I hide my shame?

Kazi: The intrepid freedom fighter

Kazi Kamaluddin Ahmed Bir Bikram, popularly known as Kazi, was laid to rest on Monday, January 16, in his ancestral home in Kaliakor in a tree-lined clearing of what must have been a forest once, bathed in the crimson glow of winter afternoonin the womb of the mother he fought so valiantly to liberate four decades back. The Intrepid Kazi, the incarnation of dare and gusto, fell silentas bugles played the last post and the birds sang a lullaby.

This Day In History

January 21

1793
After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

Environment

Striking balance between farming and environment

Agriculture is still the mainstay of our economy. It is considered part of our environment, although man-made. But of late it is conflicting with environment more often than not. While urbanization under rising population pressure is encroaching upon existing farm lands, agriculture is encroaching on the already constrained forests to produce more for feeding the growing number of mouths, besides also polluting the environment in its on process. However, we cannot reduce agricultural activities to conserve environment, nor we can destroy environment for the save of agriculture. We have to strike a balance.

Climate governance vital for tackling impacts

Over the past decades, distinguished scientists and researchers have warned that humanity has perhaps one or two generations to act to avoid global environmental catastrophe. Moreover, the report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) has warned that the global warming caused by fossil fuel consumption may keep accelerating. Whatsoever, climate change is but one of a host of interrelated environmental crises that threaten humanity. The people of the planet have seen the veils fall from the eyes of many scientists and researchers and they become advocates for a fundamental change -- globally. The frequent proud statements on economic growth by chancellors of the exchequer instill in many scientists and researchers an immediate sense of danger, for that may not be achieved without further worsening the global warming. Already climate change is the most severe problem the globe including Bangladesh is facing today, more serious than the threat of wartime.

Literature

A dream come true …………

Often in my dreams the soul had frequented my favourite Romantic Poet, William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, where he, with his family and sister Dorothy lived. Being a student of English literature, it was only fair I should spend time and money to visit it. In London not long ago, I decided to venture out on the mission in company with some others.

The burden of existence

A thousand ethereal beings gathered together to watch a spectacle unfold near an unmanned, almost deserted rail crossing, not far from the nearby station. Among them were several witches burned at the stake in the latter part of the seventeenth century in a European village. Also present were the spirits of some women whose souls had been saved with their dead husbands in a village on the Ganges basin.

The Final Goal

The day I was born
I knew,
Iam not like others
I may look like them
But I am not one of them
Since the world made me realise
I am inferior to them
For what they can do
Cannot be done by me
As I am less than them

Star Health

Cervical cancer: Stop before it starts

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women of Bangladesh. In spite of claiming thousands of women's lives every year, it hardly receives due attention. The cancer that affects the cervix (lower part of the uterus) is highly preventable with regular screening and vaccine — both are available locally.

New frontiers in ophthalmic medicine

Many diseases are incurable by means of contemporary medical treatment where regenerative medicine holds promise. Gene and stem cell therapy, part of regenerative medicine have showed their promise and are becoming upcoming useful treatment approaches for different types of eye diseases that are currently left untreated with available treatment options.

New app adds incentives to go to the gym

If a bulging waistline is not enough of a motivator to go to the gym, a new iPhone app adds a financial incentive to provide that extra nudge.

LifeSize 220 demonstrates the benefits of remote communication in health

LifeSize, a division of Logitech and world leader in HD video collaboration, showed a demo of Room 220, the world’s most powerful HD video communications system at The Daily Star Colloquium recently.

How much iodine is too much?

Iodine deficiency is a major health problem worldwide, but a new study points to the potential downsides of too much iodine.

Strategic Issues

Iran standoff, war of words and the Armageddon

For the last couple of years, people have been tired of reading and watching a few phrases in the reports of news-media when it comes to the Middle Eastern (ME) affairs. Iran is trying to build nuclear weapon and Iran is seeking peaceful uses of nuclear technologies: these are the two contradicting propositions that the news-medias have been feeding their readers/spectators. The first statement is being pushed forward by the US and its Western allies, and the latter is the refusal from Iran to defend the allegation. Regardless of the intention of either party's statement, after Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya war, the world is apparently approaching towards another imminent military confrontation.

Marine fisheries management

In contemporary ocean governance, management of marine fisheries, the most valuable among all oceanic living resources, has been given due priority in view of the fact that marine fisheries account for nearly 85% of the global fish catch. In addition, marine fisheries play an important role in the global provision of food, supply of least 15% of animal protein consumed by humans and indirectly supporting food production by aquaculture and livestock industries. However, the dilemma that the marine fisheries management has been facing so long is the issue of exploitation versus conservation. Needless to mention, principles and extensive regulatory arrangements for the management of marine fisheries on the ideals of preservation, conservation and sustainable exploitation have been clearly detailed out in Part V (EEZ) of the UNCLOS 1982. Alongside the normative principles of UNCLOS, various international initiatives (UN Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishes FAO, Convention on Biological Diversity, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment etc.) have been taken to promote optimal utilisation of marine fishes, save the marine fish stocks from deleterious ecological and socio-economic consequences etc. Unfortunately, the extent to which the maritime nations are abiding by such restrictive principles of fisheries management remains unknown. While principles have been laid down, strong differences of opinions as to their meaning and implementation continue to persist.

Pakistan's 'Memogate': An orchestration?

Pakistan has become a country of endless climaxes because it seems that the twists and turns will never end. Since the Abottabad incident, political inconsistency in Pakistan has become a consistent phenomenon. Sometimes it seems that Pakistan is still haunted by the spectre of Osama bin Laden. However, it does not mean that before Abottabad incident there had been a persistent peaceful political ambiance in Pakistan. The recent political crisis in Pakistan is evolving centering 'Memogate' scandal. 'Memogate' is a secret memorandum which was allegedly delivered to Admiral Michael Mullen, then the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, requesting the US intervention in the event of a military coup against Pakistan's elected government. The memo promised that Pakistan would allow the US input on a revamp of the country's national security set-up, and that it would eliminate Sections of the country's powerful Inter Services Intelligence agency, which allegedly is responsible for the ISI's links with the Taliban. After knowing this secret activity the army got infuriated that finally resulted in involving the Supreme Court which served a notice over inaction in graft case of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Star Books Review

Memories of a literary landscape

Literary seductions have always worked wonders. You think of Virginia and Leonard Woolf and the impact they had on the Bloomsbury group and by extension on modern English literature. There is then the quiet passion, never publicly acknowledged, which forged a proximity between Isaiah Berlin and Anna Akhmatova, a relationship that was as mysterious as it was deep, in its many dimensions. In times closer to ours, Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser are rather impressive models of what literary relationships ought to be. And do not forget the riotous links, of a publicly carnal nature, which kept Henry Miller and Anais Nin bound to each other all their adult lives. The Brownings, yes! Who can forget them?

Matters of aesthetics

Recently Bengal Foundation brought out a quarterly journal, Shilpi O Shilpo. Abul Hasnat is the editor of the journal. Among the members of the editorial board are Professor Anisuzzaman, Jogen Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi, Ramendu Majumdar, Subir Chowdhury, Shushovan Adhikari and Monirul Islam.

The Bengali brigadier in Pakistan's army

The war of 1971 remains a point of reference for Bengalis, especially those with first hand experience of the conflict as it built up and then moved towards a denouement. With men like Khalilur Rahman, the War of Liberation was at once a distant affair, fundamentally because they were away in West Pakistan when the Pakistan army launched its genocide in occupied Bangladesh in March. And yet there was a closeness, in spirit and temperament at least, where comprehending the issues involved was concerned. Rahman was a senior Bengali officer, a brigadier, in the Pakistan army and stationed in West Pakistan at the time. It certainly was not the best of times or the best of places for any Bengali to be in. Like Rahman, there were hundreds of other Bengali officers and sepoys stuck in a place from where all the salvoes were being fired at their compatriots in occupied Bangladesh. And then there were the thousands of civilian officials, employees and their families stranded in what was definitely hostile territory for Bengalis. Briefly, West Pakistan after March 1971 was a place where Bengalis were treated with open disdain and, almost always, as traitors to the country Jinnah had built in 1947.



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