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News of: Saturday, 25th of February, 2012

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More work to do for Teesta

India yesterday assured Bangladesh that efforts were on to bring down the incidents of Border Security Force firing along the border to zero and that the issue with the proposed treaty on Teesta water sharing would be resolved.

Trials may end this year

Three years after the Pilkhana bloodbath in the capital, officials hope trials of all the cases filed for mutiny and carnage by border troops will be completed this year.

Got killed but obeyed order

Ayesha Begum, the widow of a slain Central Subedar Major of the BDR, finally found some consolation six months after the Pilkhana carnage in February 2009, when the authorities had recognised her husband as a martyr and assured the family of necessary assistance.

8 BSF jawans to face court martial

The Indian Border Security Force has initiated court martial proceedings against eight of its personnel seen in a video torturing a Bangladeshi youth in West Bengal's Murshidabad district last month.

15 killed in bus plunge

At least 15 people were killed and 50 others injured as an overcrowded bus plunged into a water-filled ditch while taking a potholed diversion road in Kalkini of Madaripur yesterday.

AL's 14-party allies root for interim govt

The ruling Awami League's 14-party allies want the next parliamentary election to be held under an interim government formed through consensus.

Fake question papers sold

Police on Thursday night arrested 20 people in four north-western districts on charges of selling fake question papers of a recruitment test for the post of assistant teachers in the government primary schools.

'Friends of Syria' call for sanctions, end to violence

Arab and Western nations in Tunisia for the first "Friends of Syria" meeting yesterday called for an immediate end to violence in the country and for new sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Int'l trade fair in Ctg underway

The 20th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) began yesterday with an aim to promote Bangladeshi products in the global market.

Biological clock is linked

Scientists said they had uncovered the first molecular proof that the "biological clock" is linked to a type of sudden, fatal heart attack.

PM does not speak lightly

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury has said those who are criticising the prime minister's proposal to appoint Prof Muhammad Yunus as the World Bank president is the “reflection of their negative” outlook and way of thinking.

Extradition treaty 'at final stage'

The extradition pact between India and Bangladesh is at the final stage of consideration by the latter, Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said yesterday.

Sonia refuses to disclose tax returns

Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi has declined to disclose details of her income tax returns under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, citing personal freedom and security risk.

Israeli air strikes wounds 2 in Gaza

Israeli warplanes launched two air strikes on the Gaza Strip early yesterday, the military said, hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel.

7 US Marines killed in chopper collision

Seven US Marines were killed when two helicopters collided during a night training exercise at an Arizona base, the military said Thursday.

Missile strike kills Islamist fighters in Somalia

A missile strike killed four al-Qaeda allied Shebab rebels in war-torn southern Somalia, officials and witnesses said yesterday, as the extremists are squeezed on three fronts by regional forces.

Editorial

Need for a credible national election

The opinion expressed by the visiting EU delegation regarding the next general election, that the mechanism and the process must be trusted by the people, echoes the general sentiments. And the basic prerequisite for this is that the elections would have to be free, transparent and fair.

Unearthing journo couple's murder

Nearly two weeks have passed since the gruesome killing of the journalist couple. But we are dismayed to observe that no clear result has emerged from the investigation so far. Even after the submission of the finger and foot prints report by the DB, investigators are still in the dark about any clue to the killers' identity. The probe report should have been available by now.

Sports

Chittagong dance past Dhaka

Chittagong Kings relied on the dancing Caribbeans in their comeback win over Dhaka Gladiators yesterday. The 13-run win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was a timely comeback after their twin losses in their hometown.

Rashed breaks 22-yr old record

The Walton 37th National Athletics Championship got underway with a national record in javelin throw but the real talking point of the day turned out to be the declaration of the 5000-metre run winner at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

BJMC, F'ganj split points

Team BJMC stumbled again in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Farashganj SC in their first home match at the Tangail Stadium yesterday.

Sylhet win at last

Sylhet finally won a game in the BPL T20 yesterday. They beat Duronto Rajshahi by nine wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in a game when everything clicked for the hapless outfit.

Siddikur ups the ante

Siddikur Rahman moved up to 10th position in the SAIL-SBI Open leaderboard after a two-under-par (70) score in the third round at the Delhi Golf Club on Saturday. The 27-year old golfer followed up his two-over-par and five-under-par scores in the first two rounds for an aggregate of five-under-par (211) which saw him trail the leader Anirban Lahiri of India by ten strokes.

Ireland clinch Kenya series

Ireland beat Kenya by two runs to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in their Twenty20 cricket series at the Mombasa Sports Club on Friday.

Thrilling win takes SL atop

Sri Lanka won a thrilling tri-series one-day international by three wickets over Australia with four balls to spare on Friday at the Bellerive Oval, taking them top of the tournament standings.

Pakistan ride on Gul

Paceman Umar Gul took 3-18 to inspire Pakistan to a thrilling eight-run win in the first of three Twenty20 internationals against England at Dubai Stadium on Thursday.

Wager keeps Wozniacki going

Caroline Wozniacki aims to win a bet with golfer boyfriend Rory McIlroy over their eating habits which she hopes will help her climb back to world number one.

Have patience: Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq on Friday hit back at at criticism after his side's 4-0 defeat in the one-day series against England, urging a change of mindset among detractors.

Ricky axe not 'personal'

Captain Michael Clarke says he is confident his friendship with Ricky Ponting will endure despite his role in this week's axing of the Australian great from the one-day team, reports said Friday.

New WR for Isinbayeva

Russia's Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva set a new indoor pole vault world record on Thursday with a clearance of 5.01m.

MU squeeze thru'

Manchester United squeezed through to the Europa League last 16 on Thursday despite losing 2-1 to Ajax at Old Trafford while former champions Atletico Madrid became Spain's third team in the next stage.

Test of credentials

Defending champions Barcelona attempt to hang onto the coattails of runaway leaders Real Madrid on Sunday with Pep Guardiola's team insisting they do not deserve to be 10 points behind their bitter rivals.

Table toppers clash

AC Milan suffered a blow ahead of Saturday's crunch top-of-table clash against Juventus as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out through suspension.

Turmoil in London

The Premier League title duel between Manchester United and Manchester City could be relegated to sideshow status this weekend as all eyes descend on the turmoil bedevilling Arsenal and Chelsea.

Spain drop Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was dropped from the Spain squad for the world champions' friendly international against Venezuela by coach Vicente Del Bosque on Friday.

Podolski back in training

Germany striker Lukas Podolski returned to training with relegation-haunted Cologne on Thursday, three weeks after injuring his left ankle.

Priest backs Pep to stay

Barcelona fans worried coach Pep Guardiola will decide not to extend his contract beyond the end of this season were given reassurance on Thursday when his home town priest said he was sure the former Barca and Spain midfielder would stay.

Local Snippets

Chittagong Abahani tasted their first win of the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League when they defeated Victoria Sporting Club 2-0 at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Kean employs bodyguard

Beleaguered Blackburn manager Steve Kean has revealed that a bodyguard accompanies him at all times following a vitriolic campaign to have him sacked as Rovers boss.

Metropolitan

A Haunting Beauty

The symphony of birdsong begins while it is still dark outside. In the breaking dawn, the two islands to the north and west of our anchored launch appear as distant slivers of earth suspended in the silver mist. They could be two or ten miles away - it is impossible to gauge. To the east, waves break gently on the narrow beach and beyond that, the forest looms, dark and alive.

Scientific thinking a must to combat future challenges

A two-day international symposium started in the city yesterday with speakers stressing the need for propagating scientific method of thinking in the country to face future challenges.

Keep confidence in e-voting

The main opposition BNP should keep confidence in the electronic voting system in Bangladesh since there is no possibility of vote rigging under this system, said a spokesperson of European Commission.

Stop pressing investigators

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged the leaders of journalists' associations to have patience and not pressurize investigators probing the murder of the journalist couple, Sagar-Runi.

Thousands throng Boi Mela

Thousands of booklovers thronged the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday -- the last weekend before the closing of the fair on Wednesday.

BCL leader expelled

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday expelled its deputy secretary for science affairs Mustakin Murshed Limon for breaching disciplines of the organisation.

Sense of value declining

Expressing concern over the “gradual decline of the sense of values from society”, former adviser to a caretaker government Syed Manzoor-e-Elahi yesterday said only good schooling can grow this sense among students at an early stage.

Suranjit warns against corruption

Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta yesterday warned authorities concerned to refrain from irregularities or corruption in embankment reconstruction, worth Tk 19 crore, in Sunamganj district for the protection of Boro crops.

Ensure fundamental rights

Bangladesh Mohajir Welfare Development Committee (BMWDC) demanded the government to immediately ensure their fundamental rights like habitation and healthcare facilities.

PM goes to Patuakhali today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina goes to Patuakhali today on a daylong visit where she will open and lay foundation stones of a number of establishments.

CU BCL president has resigned, claim rivals

Few leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Chittagong University (CU) unit, claimed that Mamunul Hoque, president of the CU BCL resigned from his post on Thursday night showing personal reasons.

BNP-Jamaat backed panel wins polls

BNP-Jamaat backed Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya (blue panel) dominated the Dhaka Bar Association elections held on February 22 and 23.

5 killed in road crashes

Five people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Sylhet, Gaibandha and Dinajpur early Thursday and yesterday.

Automation services at dist, UZ offices from June

The 16,000 government offices at district and upazila levels of the country will go for automation services from June to ensure public services to people's doorsteps.

Reshuffle in CMP

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) transferred eight police inspectors on Thursday.

RMG worker found dead

Police yesterday recovered the body of a readymade garment worker at a lane at Senpara Parbata in city's Mirpur area.

6 eateries, 6 motorcycle riders fined in Ctg

Two mobile courts on Thursday fined six eateries and six motorcycle riders in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar Tk 52,700 on different charges.

More artifacts discovered in Mahasthangarh

Archaeologists discovered an earthen wall and different objects of the Maurya, Gupta and Pal dynasties in Mahasthangarh archaeological site of Bogra district last week.

Khaleda may go to Thailand Feb 29 for treatment

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia may go to Thailand for medical treatment on February 29.

Rickshaw-van puller jailed for stalking

A mobile court gave 15 days imprisonment to a rickshaw-van puller for stalking two schoolgirls in the district's Sunderganj upazila.

3 Rab men injured in attack, pistol snatched

Three Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel were injured while a pistol of theirs was snatched and their car vandalised in an attack allegedly by Jubo League activists in Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur on Thursday night.

Present history before new generation

Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen yesterday urged the writers to present history of our Liberation War before the new generation.

Indian cloths seized

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel recovered Indian cloths worth Tk 16 lakh from a water body in the district's Debhata upazila Thursday night.

Top criminal killed in Tangail

Mamun Miah, 35, a top listed criminal in Tangail, was murdered by a gang of unidentified miscreants in the Godown Bazar area in the town yesterday evening.

Khaleda’s Lalmonirhat rally Feb 27

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a public meeting in Lalmonirhat on February 27 to mobilise public support to the opposition's ongoing movement, particularly for holding next general election under non-party, neutral government.

One dies in city road crash

A motorcyclist was killed instantly and his two co-riders sustained injuries as a human hauler hit the bike at Lalbagh in the city yesterday.

25 bodies to hold DU convocation

Dhaka University authorities formed one executive committee, one managing committee and 23 sub-committees to hold its 46th convocation on March 31.

Ctg fertiliser factory shut

Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) shut down production on Thursday afternoon due to low pressure in the gas supply line. It requires 47 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Pakistani arrested

Police arrested a Pakistani citizen from Mailer Matha area under Bandar Police Station in Chittagong city yesterday noon with Rs 19.5 lakh, which he allegedly smuggled into the country inside his luggage.

Porter run over by train, dies

A porter died after being run over by an intercity train at Rajshahi Railway Station yesterday.

Obituary

Nurul Islam, associate member of Jatiya Press Club and former director (public relation) of Dhaka University, passed away due to prolonged asthma at a city hospital early yesterday at the age of 85.

International

West seeking regime change in Iran: Putin

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the West of seeking "regime change" in Iran and warned Washington that Russia intended to keep its nuclear weapons to keep US power in check.

Quran burning protest spreads

Anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on Nato headquarters in Kabul yesterday as violent demonstrations over the burning of Qurans pushed into a fourth day, killing 23 people.

Pakistan urges Taliban to take part in talks

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday called on Taliban leaders and other Afghan insurgent groups to take part in a peace process to end 10 years of war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Suicide bombers kill four Pakistan cops

Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a Pakistani police station yesterday, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

US urges 'concrete' reconciliation steps

The United States said Thursday it wanted Sri Lanka to take "concrete steps" on reconciliation as the Colombo government vowed mass protests against US-backed calls for a UN censure on human rights.

Eating citrus lowers stroke risk in women

Women who regularly eat citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit may have a lower risk of blood-clot related stroke, according to a US study published on Thursday.

'I've got another 5 yrs'

US President Barack Obama made no bones about his chances of reelection in an interview with America's largest Hispanic radio service, saying: "I've got another five years coming up."

Iran wants more nuke talks

Iran wants more talks with the UN nuclear watchdog, its ambassador to the body said, despite what one Western envoy called "very long and fruitless" negotiations this week on addressing growing suspicions about Tehran's atomic activities.

Missile strike kills Islamists in Somalia

A missile strike killed four al-Qaeda allied Shebab rebels in war-torn southern Somalia, officials and witnesses said yesterday, as the extremists are squeezed on three fronts by regional forces.

UN condemns Israel diplomat attacks

The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned a "terrorist attack" against an Israeli diplomat in India, without making any mention of accusations against Iran.

Rudd challenges Gillard in party vote

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd yesterday confirmed he will challenge his successor Julia Gillard to lead Australia's ruling party, saying she had lost voters' trust and would crash at the next election.

Mild drought killed off Mayan civilisation

The collapse of the Mayan civilization was likely due to a relatively mild drought, much like the drier conditions expected in the coming years due to climate change, scientists said Thursday.

US, N Korea talks end with little progress

A US diplomat yesterday said some progress had been made in the first talks between the United States and North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-Il, but there were no breakthroughs.

Manning declines to enter plea

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning declined to enter a plea at his arraignment Thursday on charges of turning over a massive cache of classified US documents to the secret-spilling site.

Chavez travels to Cuba for surgery

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez travels to Cuba yesterday for treatment of what he says is likely a malignant tumor as the leftist president faces a renewed cancer scare ahead of a tough reelection battle.

Obama keeps sanctions on Libya

US President Barack Obama on Thursday extended by one year the national emergency order allowing sanctions against Libya to remain in place, the White House announced.

Arts & Entertainment

Many hits for Tamrolipi publishing

Tamrolipi publishing house has launched around 30 books at this year's Ekushey book fair, which includes science fiction from Muhammad Zafar Iqbal titled “Keplar 22B”, Ahsan Habib's “Shurjo Jekhane Nil”, Rakib Hasan's “Bhut-er Bari” and Ali Imam's “Prachin Nagarir Khoje”.

Floating colours on canvas

Vivid colours, malleable brush-strokes, and imagery are noticeable features in the impressive paintings of Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, a talented painter who has been striving to make a distinct place for herself in Dhaka's local art scene.

Shah Abdul Karim

The two-day 'Shah Abdul Karim Lok Utshab' (folk festival) concluded at the village of the bard at Ujan Dhol under Derai upazila of Sunamganj district on the early hours of Monday. Organised in connection with the 96th birth anniversary of Karim, the annual event drew a huge gathering of locals as well as folk artistes from the region.

A new chapter for Kanak Chapa

Apart from her career in singing, noted singer Kanak Chapa has been refining her writing skills for an extensive period. Although it has been 20 years since she began writing poetry, this year's Ekushey book fair saw her first poetry book being published.

Celebration of Language Movement

Marking the 60th anniversary of the Language Movement and 13th International Mother Language Day, Prime Central College organised a fair titled “Bangla Patrika Mela” at the college auditorium on February 21. It was the such first initiative. Seventy national and local dailies published from different areas of the country were on display at the mela.

Bengali band Lokkhi Terra to play at London's famed Jazz Club

UK based Bengali band Lokkhi Terra will be playing at London's most prestigious Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott's, on March 25.

International Mother Language Day

Marking International Mother Language Day, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) organised the “Best hand writing competition” for children at its premises on February 21.

Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi holds classical music soiree

As part of their regular monthly programme, Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi arranged a classical music soiree at SEL Centre, West Panthapath, in Dhaka on February 23. This month's soiree featured both classical vocal and instrumental music performance.

Book on Dharmo Narayon launched

A book on poet and researcher Dharmo Narayon Sarker Bhoktishastry was launched on Monday at Lalmonirhat District Museum at its temporary office at Purbo Thanapara in the town. Deputy Commissioner DC Mokhlesar Rahman Sarker launched the book at a function, where language movement veterans, freedom fighters, poets, litterateurs, educationists, journalists and local elite were present.

JK Rowling to pen first novel for adults

Author JK Rowling has announced plans to publish her first novel for adults, which will be "very different" to the Harry Potter books she is famous for.

OP-ED

Hazards of hurried investigation

Criminal justice administration experts and jurists would always remind us of the time-tested dictum that "justice delayed is justice denied" and also that "justice hurried is justice buried." Many amongst us may not be aware that professionals tell us that the same dictum, particularly the latter portion, applies equally to the statutory function of criminal investigation.

February 25: Tribute to our stellar guide

My eyes would light up the minute he walked into the room, and that was not uncommon in my household. My brother Col. Mojib had that affect on a lot of people, and many of his young colleagues told me how profoundly they admired him. He had a special way of showing care and respect, which made everyone feel that she or he was a very special and an important person. I was always amazed to observe his oratory skills and love for the country. I learnt patriotism from him.

Caught in the rut

Even though the government has been in power for the last three years with such an impressive majority, it has failed to meet the expectations of the people. Blame ministers' inaction, blame inter-party tension or divisive politics, whatever may be reason, the government's decision making cell has been acutely paralysed over the last two years.

Courage and compassion of Rawshanara Begum

Meghalaya is the abode of the cloud. Its population compromises of the Khasis, the Jaintias (of Austric origin) and the Garos (of Bodo origin). It was in Meghalaya, amongst the Khasi hills, marked by its ease of access, that the British set up their headquarters in the northeast region in Shillong.

Give peace a chance

Whether or not the Western sanctions on Iran have begun to bite, Sunday's frenetic Anglo-American diplomatic effort to stall an Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran underscores the heightened tension in the wake of President Ahmedinijad's placing of centrifuges in a nuclear reactor.

This Day In History

February 25

1921
Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, is occupied by Bolshevist Russia.

Literature

A whale story

Our family got very cosy seats on first floor of the ocean bound whale watching ship.

A meal at a Chinese restaurant

“As you enter”, Nirmal-babu switches to second person; he is now not narrating his experiences, but imparting knowledge.

Relief

“All fucking Bangalis tell lies. They all help 'Muktis' but externally, they always say 'Pakistan Zindabad'. This time we'll 'Pakistanise' them well. We'll improve their racial stock, too.” Brushing aside the invective, Borkot , softly but firmly responded: 'I know Colonel Sobhan Ali quite well. He'll tell you everything about me.” Observing him intently for quite some time, the hesitant captain pronounced his final declaration: 'All right. You may go.”

Star Health

Preventing bone diseases in the elderly

Osteoporosis, a condition when bone becomes porous most commonly appears at older age. It is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. This results in brittle, fragile bones that are more prone to fractures, especially of the spine, hip and wrist joint.

Foot pain caused by your lovely shoes!

Foot pain is commonly caused by shoes that do not fit properly such as pointed-toe, high-heeled shoes etc. As the weight and force during walking is transferring through feet, suitable shoes or footwear is essential for appropriate support of the feet and transmit pressure properly.

Burned out at work?

While some stress on the job can help you stay on top of things, too much stress can lead to burnout. This can affect your job performance, not to mention your physical and mental health.

Seminar addressing community paramedic

With a view to addressing the challenges of community paramedics in Bangladesh and ways to move ahead, TARSAN-CSO, a healthcare project by Swisscontact in collaboration with Research, Training and Management (RTM) International Bangladesh held a consultative meeting recently at a local hotel in the city, says a press release.

Young scientist addressing in’t medical leadership

Dr Tanvira Afroze Sultana, a Senior Scientific Officer of BIRDEM Hospital was the only physician from Bangladesh to serve on the inaugural Inter Academy Medical Panel (IAMP) Young Physician Leaders (YPL) programme held during the third World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, says a press release.

Overeating linked to memory loss!

People over 70 eating more than 2,100 calories per day, have nearly double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a study released in the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting. Researchers said that the higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of MCI. They recommend cutting calories and eating foods that make up a healthy diet may be a simpler way to prevent memory loss as we age.

Heart attack with no chest pain more likely in women

Women, especially at younger age, are more likely than men to show up at the hospital with no chest pain or discomfort after having a heart attack, a new study published in Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. Those symptoms, or lack of symptoms, can result in delayed medical care and differences in treatment and more likely to die or face fatal consequences.

Strategic Issues

Developments in the Maldives and India's options

The sudden resignation of President Nasheed in Maldives on February 7 took many by surprise. The media in India reported it as a coup, a military takeover, the President was forced out, etc. Nasheed's description of the change as a coup gave it a particular flavour. India is allergic to coups in its neighbourhood. It has had to get used to them in Pakistan and is wary of them in Bangladesh. This reflex is rooted in its deep seated commitment to democracy with a supreme civilian authority. Coups also imply surprises and India does not particularly care for them. In the instant case the association of the word coup with Maldives set off a reflex and a chain reaction set in thereafter. India remembered the coup attempted in Maldives in 1988 when it had to rush its forces there to restore the government's authority. An implied threat to its own security from an unstable situation in Maldives caused the Government to take the line of least resistance i.e., accept the newly sworn in President, Dr. Waheed and assure him support and treat the matter as an internal issue of Maldives, to be sorted out by them. Overall, the message that went out of New Delhi was that while it cannot be unconcerned about happenings in that country, it is prepared to work with whoever is legitimately in power there. However, the issue of legitimacy has now come to the fore and many feel that this needs to be looked at closely. Also, by being the first country to accept the developments there as an internal matter, India set an example for others to follow [witness the US position].

Why is Arab League against Syria?

Syria is bordered on two sides by countries that have been torn apart by civil wars in recent decades, Lebanon and Iraq. Syria's ruler Assad has repeatedly invoked the specter of unrestrained sectarian conflict as a likely outcome of any attempt to topple him.

The Syrian impasse

Bachar al-Assad has risen to the heights of being one of the least popular men in the world. He is denounced as a tyrant, indeed a very bloody tyrant, by almost everyone. Even those governments that refuse to denounce him seem to be counseling him to curb his repressive ways and to make some sort of political concessions to his internal opponents.

Star Books Review

Enchantment of word and music

Professor Nurul Anwar's book on Tagore songs is a welcome and exceptional addition to the abundance of publications that have been coming out during the Ekushey Boi Mela of 2012. Published by Anindya Prokash, Rabindranather Gaan (Songs of Tagore) deserves more plaudits for its coming out during the final months of the year-long 150th birthday celebration of arguably the greatest son the Bengali-speaking world has ever produced.

Intellectuals are lonely warriors

The people of Bangladesh have a rare heritage behind them of the golden history of the language movement and struggling in the face of colonial cultural oppression. The very idea of linguistic identity has shaped the politics of the post-British era of East Bengal, resulting in the birth of the country called Bangladesh. However, Fayaz Alam, in his latest book Buddhijibi, Tar Dai O Bangalir Buddhibrittik Dashotto successfully grabs our attention with some factual information about the fact that the colonialist cultural aggression and religious sectarianism had not just started in the Pakistan era. It was rather a continuation of a trend which started at least a hundred and fifty years earlier, at the beginning of British colonial rule in Bengal and through a so-called modernization of the Bengali language and Bengali people.

Old cultures in primeval beauty

Bangladesh's indigenous people deserve a good deal more importance, a lot more respect than they have got thus far. The unfortunate truth remains that for over fifty years now, and that takes you back to the times of Ayub Khan in pre-1971 Pakistan, they have been subjected to indignities of a kind that puts you to shame. And even as we observe, on an annual basis, the anniversary of the 1952 movement for Bengali to be established as the language of the state, we do not quite recall, or deliberately ignore, the fact that the cultures, traditions and languages of the tribes inhabiting Bangladesh also need to be emphasized in the interest of promoting an inclusive state.



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