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News of: Saturday, 21st of April, 2012

Front Page

Riddles rule Rab story

The killing of six alleged muggers by the Rapid Action Battalion in Narsingdi on April 2 has now become a mystery as the law enforcers are not sure if any mugging really occurred that day.

ICU at CMCHin a shambles

The intensive care unit of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) is barely functioning with just four doctors instead of required 20, thus being unable to deliver proper treatment to patients.

BNP threatens non-stop hartal

The BNP plans a ceaseless agitation programme, including blockade and non-stop hartal, to mount pressure on the government to rescue party leader Ilias Ali, who went missing on Tuesday night.

5,000 sued

Over 5,000 opposition party men stand accused in five cases in connection with Thursday's violence that erupted during a demonstration against the disappearance of BNP leader Ilias Ali.

127 feared dead in Pak air crash

A passenger airliner crashed near Islamabad yesterday while trying to land in bad weather, officials said, with all 127 people on board believed dead.

Rab source held with Yaba tablets

Police yesterday arrested a source of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-7) with 200 Yaba tablets in Chittagong yesterday.

PM in Doha to attend Unctad meet

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the members of her entourage arrived in Qatar yesterday to attend the 13th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad XIII).

Dubai deports 88 Bangladeshis

Dubai authorities yesterday sent 88 Bangladeshi expatriates back for working there “illegally”.

14-party not worried

Leaders of 14-party alliance believe that the expansion of their rivals' coalition would have no political implications since most of the new parties were “anti-liberation war elements” and they existed only on paper.

Swine flu patients improving

The health of all 31 swine flu infected students of Kurigram Nursing Training Institute has been gradually improving since they were first diagnosed with the disease on Tuesday.

All they need is family care

The six children, who were rescued from the house of a former deputy inspector general (DIG), need to grow up in family care for proper development, maintained a child psychologist.

Upgrade of Cox's airport by next year

The tender process of a Tk 549-crore project for upgrading the Cox's Bazar Airport to an international standard one by 2013 will be completed soon, sources at Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) said.

Decision on HSC exams today

The education ministry will decide today whether to hold Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examination during hartal hours tomorrow.

Graft in free distribution of saplings

Some officials of Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) here have allegedly indulged in irregularities in distributing free saplings for afforestation under Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund.

Suu Kyi set to boycott parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party yesterday said it planned to boycott Myanmar's parliament next week in a row that threatens to overshadow the activist's landmark election to public office.

Biman MD seeks to resign

With employees demanding resignation of all members of its board, Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines M Zakiul Islam told the Board of Directors that he wants to quit, weeks before his tenure ends.

Filling station owners call off strike

Petrol pump and tank-lorry owners-workers have called off the indefinite countrywide strike scheduled to begin from Sunday.

Countries must focus on reforms

World Bank President Robert B Zoellick has said countries, both developing and developed, need to focus on 'structural reforms' which will be the drivers of future growth.

Teenage boy beaten to death in Chittagong

A 13-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death in Halishahar area in the port city Thursday night.

Al-Qaeda, army clashes kill 20 in Yemen

Clashes between al-Qaeda militants and the army on the outskirts of Zinjibar in Yemen's restive south left 20 people killed, most of them jihadists, as soldiers advanced towards the city, the defence ministry reported Friday.

Laden family deportation delayed

The deportation of Osama bin Laden's family from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia will take at least a few more days and is being discussed between the two countries, their lawyer said yesterday.

Hazare, Ramdev to hold joint fast on June 3

Yoga guru Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare yesterday declared joint campaign against corruption and black money.

Editorial

Carnage at city centre

Vivid pictures of pitched battles between picketers and law enforcers at the heart of the commercial district of Dhaka flashed across Television sets on April 19-20 as the BNP activists went on the rampage that saw senseless destruction of public and private property has shocked this newspaper, as well as millions of peace loving people of the country. The fact that nearly 30 policemen sustained varying degrees of injury and even media persons and their vehicles did not escape some form of assault goes to show both the ferocity of the attack and points to the fact that adequate preparations for such an outcome had been well thought prior to the incident.

Civil Surgeon claiming signature fee?

We have known it for some time that many government officials are apt to demand signing money for certification of an entitlement which falls within the purview of their normal duties to dispose of. The fact that they are of a status that enables them to certify someone approaching them, albeit with the right documents, is a matter of prestige for the certifier. More importantly, they are helping people to meet an official formality required to be fulfilled by some authority in the government of which they are a part.

Sports

Mizanur, Anamul blast tons

Anamul Haque's relentless strokeplay lit up the Fatullah Cricket Stadium while it was a fulfilling of a wish at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium by Rajshahi opener Mizanur Rahman during the opening day of the National Cricket League matches held yesterday.

2nd Test edges to draw

Australia retained their two-decade grip on the Frank Worrell Trophy when heavy rain meant the second Test against the West Indies petered out into a draw on Thursday.

Clarke to keep pressing

Australia captain Michael Clarke vowed to keep making ambitious declarations even if it meant risking seeing his plans come back to haunt him.

Samuels brands critics 'evil'

West Indies spinner Marlon Samuels on Friday lashed out at critics of his bowling action in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), saying they were "evil".

Bangladesh emerge group champions

Skipper Russel Mahmud Jimmy struck four goals including a hattrick while Mamunur Rahman Chayan scored three as Bangladesh thrashed hosts Thailand 9-0 in their last group match to emerge group champions in the AHF Cup Hockey Competition in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday. Penalty corner specialist Chayan scored the opening goal in the eighth minute before Jimmy scored in the 11th, 15th and 18th minutes and Chayan netted another in the 31st minute as the defending champions took a 5-0 going into the breather. Krishna Kumar and Iqbal Nadir Prince added two more after the breather before Chayan netted his third. Jimmy put the icing on the cake with his fourth in the 57th minute to confirm the rout.

Bangalore ride on Gayle storm

Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on a responsible knock of 87 by Chris Gayle to beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in their IPL match at Mohali yesterday.

Siddikur steady, yet far off

Siddikur Rahman steadied his position to a joint 16th position with an aggregate of 2-under-par after 14 holes of Round 2 in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters yesterday.

Pattinson, Siddle to return home

Fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson are to return home to Australia from the West Indies owing to back soreness, Cricket Australia revealed Thursday.

Local snippets

Bangladesh Boys Club and Friends Social Welfare Association were promoted to the First Division League after they finished the Destiny Group Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division League in the top two places.

Lara or Tendulkar?

On the week of Brian Lara's hallowed 375 and one week to Sachin Tendulkar's birthday, the Daily Star's Shafin Majid examines an endless debate; who is the best of them all?

Berdych takes down Murray

Tomas Berdych staged a fightback to deny Andy Murray a third semi-final in four years at the Monte Carlo Masters, with the Czech squeezing out a tight 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-3 win on Friday to reach the final four.

Rampaul back in frame

Ravi Rampaul may be in line for a recall to the West Indies team for the third Test in Dominica. The hosts' captain Darren Sammy revealed that Fidel Edwards was complaining of back soreness after rain curtailed a tantalisingly poised second match in Trinidad, making Rampaul's inclusion a distinct possibility.

Amol, Ranjan win doubles title

Amol Roy and Ranjan Ram maintained their supremacy in the doubles of the National Tennis Championship when defeated Anwar Hossain and Alamgir Hossain pair in 6-1, 6-0 sets at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. This was the fourth national title for Bangla-desh's best tennis pair.

City pray for a favour

Manchester City will be hoping Everton can improve their 20-year Old Trafford jinx this weekend as they aim to stay in touch with Manchester United in the Premier League title race.

Falcao fires Atletico

Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon held the balance of power after Thursday's Europa League semifinal first legs.

Red-tinged Premier League

Do you agree that United's superior class will tell at the end of this season. Do you think City have what it takes to overtake United as the leading team in English football. Write in with your views to sports@thedailystar.net

MU top rich list

Manchester United remain the world's most valuable football club, according to Forbes magazine.

Clasico of destiny

Bitter rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid meet on Saturday in the sixth 'Clasico' of the season to fight for three crucial points that will shape the destiny of this season's La Liga title.

Bale staying at Spurs

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insisted Gareth Bale was happy at the club on Friday amid reports the Welsh winger was being targeted for a summer move by Spanish giants Barcelona.

Brocchi out for season

Lazio will have to do without influential midfielder Cristian Brocchi for the final six games of the season after the player was ruled out for three months on Thursday.

Emre banned for racist slur

Fenerbahce midfielder Emre Belozoglu has been handed a two-match ban for allegedly racially abusing Trabzonspor's Ivory Coast player Didier Zokora, it was reported Friday.

Metropolitan

Anjan and the Bees

I had decided to wait for the rains before returning to Baldha Garden. I was there last December when the sad-looking leaves were covered with a thick layer of Dhaka dust. They made me long for the wet season. So when it rained for a few days, I decided to visit the trees, hoping for some good pictures.

Underage girl 'forced' to marry stalker at Ramu

An alleged stalker of South Mitachhari village of Joarianala union of Ramu upazila in Cox's Bazar who was supposed to be punished for his reported offence has got rewarded instead.

Stop Tipaimukh dam to protect haors

Green activists yesterday called upon India to stop the construction of the controversial Tipaimukh dam on the Barak river in its northeastern Manipur state as it will adversely affect the haors of different districts of Bangladesh.

Some media owners serve self-interest: AG

Some businessmen who do not understand anything beyond self-interest own the media, said Attorney General Mahbub-e-Alam yesterday.

Check grabbing of 'debottor' property

A section of Hindu community leaders yesterday demanded effective measures from the government to prevent grabbing of endowed (debottor) properties illegally and ensure security of the minority community.

Five bombs recovered

Police yesterday recovered a total of five bombs from Tetulia and Noapara areas in Jessore Sadar Upazila.

Say no to graft

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday called upon the land registration officials to shun corruption by saying no to the social vice.

Govt to build Darussalam-Kachukhet road

The government is set to construct a new road linking the capital's Darussalam in Mirpur and Kachukhet with a budget of Tk 485 crore to ease traffic jam in Dhaka.

Port city fascinates foreign students

Sitting along the coastline of the Bay of Bengal and dotted with a number of entertainment venues, the port city of Chittagong bears every reason to be a tourist attraction.

Govt against use of religion in politics: Azad

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad has said the government in Bangladesh is against the use of religion as a political weapon.

Man detained on suspicion of murdering mother

Police detained a 25-year-old man from his residence in the capital's Merajnagar in Kadamtali yesterday after neighbours conveyed their suspicion that he murdered his mother.

Biman board holds meeting amid protests

Amid protests by staff and officials, the Board of Directors of Biman Bangladesh Airlines held a meeting at its head office in the capital last evening.

Man shot dead

A man was shot dead and two people, including a woman, were found dead in Chittagong yesterday.

Students sharpen English language skills

A daylong English Language Fair was held in six schools of Bogra, Netrakona and Satkhira districts yesterday.

Quader detects anomalies at Feni station

Communications and Railway Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday blasted the authorities at Feni Rail Station for mismanagement and irregularities.

3 killed in road accidents

Three people were killed and 21 others were injured in road accidents on Manikganj and Faridpur yesterday.

8 personalities, organisations to get Nawab Ali Chy award

Eight personalities and organisations have been selected for the prestigious 'Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award-2012' for their outstanding contributions in different fields.

It's conspiracy to bring another 1/11

State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam yesterday said nobody will be able to protect the war criminals despite the opposition BNP's “deep plot” against the government.

Biman board holds meeting amid protests

State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam yesterday said nobody will be able to protect the war criminals despite the opposition BNP's “deep plot” against the government.

Sajeda acts as AL president

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury is acting as the president of the ruling party.

Unloading disrupted for 12 hrs at Ctg port

Unloading activities at jetty-8 of Chittagong Port was suspended for 12 hours from 8:00am yesterday as the authorities stopped a worker, who was using another worker's identity card.

Woman killed while settling clash

An elderly woman was killed after receiving head injuries during a clash she tried to stop between villagers over collecting drinking water in Akkelpur upazila of Joypurhat yesterday.

1,680 Yaba tablets seized, 3 arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two youths and seized 1,480 pieces of Yaba tablets from their possessions at Shah Amanat Bridge under Karnaphuli Police Station yesterday afternoon.

Govt to set up economic zone in Noakhali

Minister for Communications and Railway Obaidul Quader said the government has decided to set up a special economic zone at Subarnachar upazila in the district.

Housewife kills herself

A housewife committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in Langaljhara village in Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira Thursday night.

Teesta bridge to be completed by June

Communications Secretary MNA Siddique yesterday said construction of Teesta Road Bridge would be completed by June this year.

Youth jailed for sexually harassing girl

A mobile court on Thursday evening sentenced a youth to one year imprisonment for sexually harassing a schoolgirl at Haribhasha village in Panchagar sadar upazila.

One 'commits suicide' in Ctg

A youth 'committed suicide' at Hajipara in the port city yesterday.

Worker dies after falling from rooftop in Benapole

A worker died after falling from rooftop of a community centre at Palbari in Jessore town yesterday morning.

Western Marine starts building six trawlers

Western Marine Shipyard Ltd yesterday started constructing six fishing trawlers at its premises in Patiya of Chittagong.

BGB rescues 15 trafficking victims

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) men rescued 15 people while they were being trafficked to India across Putkhali Balurmath border yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the eleventh death anniversary of Surendra Nath Halder, father of Chaitanya Chandra Halder, court correspondent of The Daily Star.

International

South Sudan withdraws troops easing war fears

Sudanese troops recaptured the Heglig oil field yesterday after battling forces from South Sudan, whose President Salva Kiir ordered an immediate withdrawal, inching the foes back from wider war.

China accused of aiding in N Korea's missile project

China has provided some assistance to North Korea's missile programme, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, a week after the hermit state's failed rocket launch triggered international condemnation.

French poll campaign ends

Nicolas Sarkozy apologised for his mis-steps yesterday, the final day of campaigning in France's presidential election, while his main rival Francois Hollande was increasingly confident of victory.

Emerging countries flex muscles

China and other emerging economies were set to test their new-found political clout Friday, as the world's leading economies turned to them for the final pieces of a $400 billion IMF crisis fund.

India's missile woman

The media loves calling her Missile Woman - and with good reason.

Dry Africa sits on 'huge' water resource

The notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater, say scientists.

Nasheed calls Maldives 'another Pakistan'

The ousted ex-president of the Maldives yesterday said radical Islamists in Maldives are on the rise and feared that his country is becoming 'another Pakistan'.

Blasts kill 18 troops in Syria

Thousands of Syrians took part in protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime yesterday, testing a shaky UN ceasefire, as state media said 18 security personnel were killed in attacks.

Australia pressing US on Assange

Australia yesterday said it was making representations to the United States about the potential prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his treatment there.

Qaeda claims deadly Iraq attacks

Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) yesterday said that it carried out a wave of attacks across the country that killed 38 people, in a statement on jihadist website Honein.

2 more self immolations in China

Two more Tibetans died after setting themselves on fire in a restive southwestern region of China, a rights group said yesterday, the latest in a wave of such protests against Beijing's rule.

Arts & Entertainment

Bhelua: New approach to a popular folk ballad

The tale of “Bhelua Shundari” [from “Purbabanga Geetika”; edited by Dinesh Chandra Sen] is a well-known pala (folk ballad). The dialogue-based pala that generates high emotion through depicting the tragic death of its protagonist, Bhelua, has powerful musical aspects too. But the socio-political aspects of the text have seldom been highlighted.

Jaya Ahsan returns after shooting in Kolkata

A decade has passed since Jaya Ahsan's emergence, during which she has turned her journey into a success story only a few artistes can emulate. Be it TV plays, modeling or movies -- Jaya came, saw and conquered all with her extraordinary abilities.

A laudable effort to showcase talented young designers

The grand finale of “Style Guru”, the reality show and hunt for the next hot and happening fashion designer in Bangladesh, was held at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), Dhaka on April 18.

Pitt, Kidman films to premiere at Cannes

Movies starring Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman will premiere in Cannes this year, as the world's biggest film festival held on the glamorous French Riviera promises a strong North American accent in 2012.

OP-ED

Maoist insurgency in the neighbourhood

In India Maoist insurgency influence spans 223 districts across 20 states, although of course the degree of activity varies vastly. The Maoist insurgency has become grave owing to the recurring attacks by the Maoists against the symbols of Indian democratic state-such as the elected representatives of people, electricity stations, transmission towers, railway tracks, jails, armouries, police stations, schools -- and the killing of a large number of security personnel, suspected police informants, and so on.

Children of god?

When an Australian editor posed a question to the Indian press on why it never had a dalit, the untouchable, at a top position in journalism, I felt embarrassed. I considered it an omission which should have been rectified long ago and felt confident that it would happen before long.

Smothering the wellspring of life

The sea is the Earth's life support system. The services rendered by it are so fundamental that most of us tend to take them for granted. Scientists have brought it home to us that without the ocean, the Earth might be lot like Marsa place inhospitable for us and the rest of life on Earth. The sea shapes the character of this planet, governs weather and climate, stabilises temperature, yields to the atmosphere the moisture that falls back on the land, replenishing Earth's fresh water in rivers, lakes and streams. Oxygen is generated there and carbon dioxide absorbed.

Revolutions through social networking websites

Governments panic at the sound of facebook, especially if that government is despotic and corrupt like Mubarak's or Assad's. Governments want to believe that they are popular, liked, and more importantly, they desperately want public opinion favouring them.

Non-partisan interim government, a must

We have seen how the present government raised barricades by using the administration, law enforcing agencies and Awami League cadres to foil the grand rally held in Dhaka by BNP-led opposition parties on March 12. Dhaka was totally isolated from other parts of the country for 3 days through stopping of buses, steamers, launches and trains by the administration and law enforcing agencies at the instruction of the government. An unofficial hartal was observed throughout the country. Live telecasting of the speech of the leader of the opposition by 3 private TV channels was also suddenly stopped. Moreover, government officers/officials were forced to attend the political rally, human chain and grand rally of the ruling party with banners on March 7, 11, and 14, respectively, which were telecast live by the TV channels. As such, it has been clearly proved by the above instances that a fair, neutral, transparent and acceptable Parliament election is not possible under this government with the politicised administration and law enforcing agencies.

This Day In History

April 21

753 BC
Romulus and Remus founded Rome (traditional date)

Environment

Water pollution still rampant

It has been around three years since the High Court ordered industries indiscriminately discharging waste water to install effluent treatment plants (ETPs) within a year. The court on June 10, 2009 also asked the government (industries secretary) to ensure that no new industry is set up without ensuring proper measures to check pollution.

Waste vitiates city thoroughfare

Farmgate is one of the busiest places in the Dhaka city no doubt. Thousands of people pass by or gather on this grand intersection to catch public transport and do low-cost shopping everyday in a regular manner.

Literature

The brown gown

I loved the Portsmouth Ancient Museum more than any museum in all of England. It is just awesome! The gothic interior and the collections were perfect and exactly my type! I simply loved the ancient Greek, ancient Egyptian and old royal English collection; but the old English collection was my most favorite! To make things better, the museum was in the neighborhood and I visited the museum again and again! Sometimes with my parents, sometimes with my younger brother Ralph and sometimes with my friends.

Between dreams . . .

It is a cold night. He is shivering in the night as bomb blasts are heard in the distance. If he listened carefully he would swear he could hear the trickle of blood as it flowed down the expanse of the vast land they were fighting for. His breath ragged; with a mighty cry he raises his gun and fires upon enemies. In a haze of atrocious actions the enemy falls with a face devoid of emotions while a bittersweet feeling sweeps in him for fighting for a much bigger cause. But in a matter of heartbeats the scene is broken as he wakes up in bed sweating and panting. The moment is lost and he can no longer grasp the exhilarating feeling of moments before.

Star Health

Take prompt action, save lives

For most women and their families, giving birth should be a time for celebration; but, every minute for one woman, pregnancy and childbirth end in death and mourning (UNFPA 2009). Although Bangladesh has made a notable progress in reducing many causes of maternal mortality, eclampsia — a disease characterised by high blood pressure and convulsion in pregnancy remains a significant problem for us.

Complementary feeding crucial for child development

Complementary feeding is very important issue for normal growth and development of young child. Up to six month of age, exclusive breast-feeding is enough; but after 6 month, we need to add some complementary food to the diet of baby to ensure healthy life. After 6 months, babies need more protein, Vitamin A and C, Zinc, Iron, which breast milk alone cannot provide in sufficient amount. If weaning food is not given to babies after 6 months, their weight may decrease, growth may be impaired, anemia may occur, intelligence and immunity may decrease. So, we should ensure complementary feeding to our child along with breast milk after six months.

A Euro-Bangla initiative to provide life changing surgery

With the aim to provide life changing plastic and reconstructive surgery locally and train more Bangladeshi doctors, an association named “For Bangladesh” has been formed and operated for a while. It is a non-Government and not for profit organisation formed in 2010 by Non Resident Bangladeshi (NRB), German and Hungarian people who care for Bangladesh.

Swine flu returns, stay cautioned

Swine flu or Influenza A (H1N1) has recently returned in Bangladesh. Experts urged to stay cautious and take preventive measures and seek treatment if anybody shows the signs and symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, body-pain, difficulty in breathing, with general weakness, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or vomiting etc.

Walking could treat depression

Something as simple as going for a brisk stroll could play an important role in fighting depression — according to a study published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity.

Being happy may protect heart

Happy, optimistic people have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke — a Harvard School of Public Health review of more than 200 studies — reported in Psychological Bulletin — suggests.

Strategic Issues

Russia-India-China strategic triangle: Signalling a power shift?

The 11th round of the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Minister's meet was held in Moscow on April 13. Prima facie, this impressive continuity in the Ministers' annual parleys has gathered sufficient mass and momentum which makes this forum appear pregnant with the potential for global and systemic implications for the 21st century world order. Closer home, these cordial trilateral meetings have also generated positive vibes amongst the three foreign ministers, which gets reflected in their often rather soft responses in bilateral relations that have otherwise witnessed their own share of turbulences and irritants.

Peace on sale

Ihave searched the broad history of capitalism as best as I could, right up to the Occupy Wall Street Movement. I've looked up the evolution of global trade. Nowhere could I find a single clue to the mantra for peace between warring nations as flaunted by Messrs Asif Zardari and Manmohan Singh. Both want us to believe that their business elites are best equipped to normalise the dodgy relations between India and Pakistan.

Salute to Jean Kay, the friend of the distressed

Jean Kay was 28 years old in 1971. This Frenchman had fought in Biafra and Yemen. The horror of the war cut a deep impression in his mind. During his tenure of service he developed feeling and affection for the refugees and poor people. After returning from the war zone, he engaged himself in social work. He devoted himself to serve the poor. He became aware of the atrocities being committed by Pakistan army on the people of Bangladesh. He studied in depth the refugee problem and became aware of the lack of medicine and food supplies in the camps. He came to know through the newspapers about the large number of people, especially children dyeing in the camps. He decided to do something on his own for the helpless poor in the camps.

Star Books Review

Feelings, dreams and desires

Taking Isabel Allende's book 'Daughter of Fortune' in hand comes with expectations of finding some surreal elements, the magical presentation that many of her books carry. But the surprise comes when one finds the book to be down to earth, revealing human endearment, agony and ecstasy, lust and betrayal. Embroidered is an intricately detailed story with pulsating characters.

Where water is the issue . . .

The work is a real tour de force authored by a non-specialist but rarely attempted at in this genre before. The author's tenor rings a shocking loss and a profound concern for the vanishing flow of what were once brimming and thriving rivers traversing and criss-crossing the vast plain of northern Bangladesh. The life of the people of this riverine region and their culture were inseparably intertwined with the bounty of the waves since time immemorial. Rivers occupied a special place in their heart, their environment and ecology, culture and tradition, literature and folklore.

Old allegories to explain new times

Bali, The Sacrifice, has a unique place in the field of Indian drama. The play projects belief in God, in Hinduism, and Jainism --- one belief whose rituals revolve round blood and the other that abhors killing and blood. Beyond the literal lies the more profound meaning, that violence is an integral part of human existence and that the moral dilemma encountered on account of violence is part of everyday life.



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