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News of: Saturday, 20th of October, 2012

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Conflicting images emerge in US

At the Missouri college where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis enrolled, a classmate said he often remarked that true Muslims don't believe in violence.

US urged to give access to Nafis

The government sought a diplomat's access to Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, detained in the US in connection with plotting an attack on the Federal Reserve Bank, said an official of the Bangladesh embassy there.

Open pit is reality

An experts' committee formed by the government has found in its study open pit mining in the Phulbari coal deposit as a practical approach.

First time, fantastic

A single parent, Taslima never dares to go to cattle market to buy sacrificial animal. Given the hassle, it is a task too painful for her or any woman for that matter. Then there is the risk of carrying huge cash during eid time when muggers are out on the streets for their catch.

Chairperson on 5-day remand

Hall-Mark Group Chairperson Jesmine Islam was placed on a five-day remand yesterday in one of the 11 cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with the Sonali Bank loan scam.

8m youths without primary education

A quarter of young Bangladeshis never completed primary school and are left without the required skills to land a job, revealed a Unesco report.

Stop meddling in politics

In a rare challenge to Pakistan's powerful generals, the country's Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the military should stop interfering in politics.

Fares high, no cabins available

Many passengers were scrambling for cabin tickets at the Sadarghat launch terminal yesterday as some influential people in connivance with the launch owners have booked most of the cabins well ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.

Durga Puja from today

Amid due religious fervour and festivity, Sharodiya Durga Utsab, the largest religious festival of Bangalee Hindu community, begins today across the country with Mahashashthi Puja.

Biman ends hajj mission today

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is set to complete carrying hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia today though the success is marred with an unprecedented flight schedule chaos, which several thousand passengers had to endure.

BNP, allies to skip EC talks

The BNP-led opposition is set to boycott the dialogue with the Election Commission on redrawing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies and finding out ways to make the next election free and fair.

Prices of essentials rise ahead of eid

Prices of essential commodities like onion, garlic, ginger and spices have soared up in Khatunganj, the wholesale market of Chittagong, significantly, only a week ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, due to supply crunch.

BSF kills Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Rudrani border in Dinajpur early yesterday.

Malala back on her feet

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has been able to stand with help for the first time, doctors treating her at a British hospital said yesterday.

Breakfast skippers seek out fat

Brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day, according to researchers.

Petrol from air!

A British firm has produced the first “petrol from air', it emerged yesterday, in a pioneering scientific breakthrough that could end mankind's reliance on declining fossil fuels.

Regional leaders pay respects to Sihanouk

Southeast Asian leaders travelled to Cambodia yesterday to pay their respects to the country's late former monarch Norodom Sihanouk who navigated the kingdom through six turbulent decades.

Accused Indian journo bailed

Supreme court judges yesterday granted bail to an Indian journalist who has been charged with planning a bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi in February this year.

Iraq attack kills four south Asian pilgrims

Gunmen blew up a bomb and opened fire at a bus packed with south Asian pilgrims, killing four worshippers and wounding 11 others north of Baghdad, officials said yesterday.

Karzai warns on immunity for foreign troops

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned there could be problems ahead over the crucial issue of immunity from prosecution for any American or Nato soldiers deployed in the country after 2014.

Myanmar 'set to join US military drills'

The United States plans to invite Myanmar to a major regional military exercise next year, host country Thailand said yesterday, reflecting a dramatic easing of tensions between the former foes.

Editorial

We are at a loss for words

Whatever may have been the circumstances surrounding incidents on Bangladesh Agricultural University campus on October 9, there is simply no way to excuse Protctor MA Salam's behaviour. Despite claims of self-defence, he was caught on camera delivering a punch no less to a female student. The incident will go down in the university's history as an embarrassment for the teachers' community. We are left horrified, more so since the gentleman in question continues to protest his innocence in the face of evidence to the contrary. Needless to say the uncivilised act has invited widespread condemnation of the teachers' community and beyond. It is true that the campus has seen agitation of a section of students protesting the university's decision to raise fees recently and expulsion of nine students for alleged bad behaviour - a decision that has been challenged in the High Court. And yes, there have been protests and sit-ins in front of administrative buildings. It the Proctor's job to diffuse the situation through negotiation, not inflame it by engaging in physical violence. It would seem that the violence that exists in our society has spread to infect those who are supposed to be the epitome of cultural values, norms and etiquette. It is little wonder that students in our country often betray their violent and irresponsible behaviour on and off campus. With teachers such as Professor Salam, how can we expect better behaviour from them?

Pre-Eid ticketing anomalies

Like on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, so also now with Eid-ul-Azha only a few days away, the availability and cost of tickets for road, river and train communication are running into all sorts of difficulties. For instance, at bus terminals passengers have to pay extra Tk 50 to Tk 150 beyond the standard fare. Different companies plying the same routes, the same distance and the same category of transports are charging fares at varying rates much to the annoyance of commuters. Such short changing of homebound passengers is rife in a situation of artificial scarcities created by unscrupulous operators in collusion with middlemen.

Sports

Emily breaks MSC hearts

Ten-man Sheikh Russel KC scored a last-gasp winner to confirm their maiden final berth in the Federation Cup, eking out a narrow 2-1 win over Mohammedan SC in an excellent semifinal, marred by scenes of violence, at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan for sure, says Papon

= BPL payment deadline today
= Pybus given ultimatum
= Investigating committee given 3 weeks time.


NCL starts today

It must be a huge relief for the Bangladeshi Cricket Board and its players to see the National Cricket League, the country's sole first-class competition, start today. The board, which had fallen into a complex web of sorts while attempting to organise this year's NCL in a franchise-based set-up, switched to the regular format in a last-minute decision.

Third straight washout

Rain seems to be following the IPL sides wherever

Sk Jamal gun for final

Holders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club have set their sights firmly on the final of the Federation Cup for the third time in a row, when they take on three-time champions Muktijoddha Sangsad in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today at 5:00pm.

Small steps to normality?

International cricket of a sort returns to Pakistan this weekend for the first time since the Sri Lanka team were attacked in 2009, but a resumption of tours by overseas sides remains a distant prospect.

Joy repents actions again

Arif Khan Joy, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice president and director of the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) team, once again repented his careless actions in entering the field with a fire-

SC rejects Chargers' plea

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected Deccan Chargers' plea to put a stay on the Bombay High Court order which upheld the BCCI termination of the franchise from the IPL. The chief justice of India, Altamas Kabir, heard the case but refused to grant a stay to the franchise owners, who approached the apex court immediately after the Bombay High Court yesterday overruled the arbitrator's order to put a stay on the expulsion.

Bond named Kiwi bowling coach

Former paceman Shane Bond was appointed New Zealand's bowling coach on Friday, ahead of a tough international season that includes Test series against South Africa, England and Sri Lanka.

Haas joins 500-win club

German veteran Tommy Haas celebrated a piece of personal history on Thursday when the former world number two became only the fourth active player to win 500 matches.

Wozniacki dethrones Cibulkova

Third seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on Friday defeated defending champion Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia to advance to the WTA semifinals of the Kremlin Cup.

Majola fired

South Africa's cricket boss Gerald Majola was fired on Friday after an independent probe found him guilty of irregular bonuses linked to international tournaments staged in 2009.

Top of table clash

Napoli will put their Serie A title credentials on the line Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash against Juventus that is reviving memories of Diego Maradona's fairytale spell at the club.

Spurs test for Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas has warned his old club Chelsea that Tottenham are desperate to end the Blues' unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Injury crisis hits Real

Real Madrid are battling an injury crisis ahead of their home clash with Celta Vigo on Saturday as World Cup duty threatens the team's La Liga pursuit of bitter rivals Barcelona.

Drogba hurts his ankle

Didier Drogba will miss a Shanghai Shenhua game Saturday due to an ankle injury sustained when Senegal fans rioted during a match against his national side last weekend, the club said.

Pitch-invaders punished

Two Poland fans who became overnight Internet stars after invading their national stadium's waterlogged pitch when a World Cup qualifier against England was called off have been banned from matches for two years.

Cacau tears his knee ligaments

VfB Stuttgart's Germany striker Cacau is expected to be out for at least the next three months after tearing both his medial and cruciate knee ligaments in training.

Metropolitan

Atget's Paris

In the early 1900s, many American artists came to Paris to live and work. Among them was the young photographer Berenice Abbott, who in 1923 became assistant for the master photographer Man Ray. Abbott was a relative newcomer to photography. One day Man Ray showed her some photographs of Paris taken by a Frenchman. Abbott immediately liked the photographs and sought out their creator.

Traders bring animals in city defying time bar

In a bid to take up a favourable spot, traders are bringing sacrificial animals to the capital's makeshift markets nearly a week ahead of the period Dhaka city corporations had allowed for their arrival marking Eid-ul Azha on October 27.

61 foreign friends get awards today

Bangladesh will present awards to 61 of its foreign friends today for their outstanding contributions to the country's Liberation War 41 years ago.

Fulbaria bus terminal to get reclaimed rail lands

The government will recover railway lands from illegal occupants and hand those over to the Fulbaria bus terminal authorities to reduce traffic congestion in Gulistan area, said Railways Minister Mujibul Haque yesterday.

Six arrested with Yaba

Six drug traders have been arrested with 3,930 pieces of Yaba tablets from the capital's Motijheel area.

ACC asks Azam to face it Sunday

The Anti-Corruption Commission has again asked Azam Khan, whistleblower driver of Omar Faruk Talukder, APS to former railway minister Suranjit Sengupta, to appear before the commission on Sunday over the railwaygate scandal.

Ramu attack worries young Buddhists

The young Buddhists have termed the Ramu violence an attack on their existence, which has been jeopardised through trepidation and mistrust.

BNP rejects govt's report on Ramu

The main opposition BNP yesterday rejected the government probe report on Ramu attacks, saying that it was done as per the government's dictate to shift the blame on the opposition.

Two Shibir men arrested over Ramu violence

Two activists of pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir were held yesterday on charge of their involvement in vandalism at a Buddhist temple in Cox's Bazar on September 30.

Admin's silence slammed

Slamming the administration for its silent role during the violence in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong, speakers at a rally yesterday demanded punishment for the responsible persons of the local administration.

Indian fake notes worth Rs 99 lakh seized, two held

Two people were arrested with Indian counterfeit notes worth 99 lakh rupees from Dhaka and Chapainawabganj on Thursday night and yesterday.

Teachers without salaries for months

Teachers and employees of a prominent private school in Barisal city have not been getting their salaries for the last four months due to complications arising over the institution's management committee.

Road accidents kill seven

Seven people were killed and 22 others injured in road accidents in four districts on Thursday and yesterday.

Ashrayon makes them self-reliant

Implementation of Ashrayon project, for the families of leprosy-affected people in Gazipur, has changed their lives from begging on the streets of Dhaka.

Prof Yunus condoles death of Dr Karim

Noble laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Dr ABFM Karim, a renowned oncologist of the country.

Five Hizb-ut men held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five members, including two women, of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid and recovered books and compact discs on Jihad from Joypurhat on Thursday night.

AL leader shot dead in Munshiganj

A local Awami League leader was gunned down by some unidentified criminals in Louhajang upazila of Munshiganj on Thursday night.

Top ranking Chinese leader arrives today

A top ranking Chinese leader arrives in Dhaka today for a two-day visit for discussions with top government and opposition leaders on ways to further cement bilateral ties and enhance Chinese cooperation in Bangladesh.

35 out of 70 train carriages ready

A total of 35 metre-gauge train carriages, out of 70 to be brought into service from October 22 to meet the rush of passengers ahead of Eid-ul Azha, have been refurbished, said Bangladesh Railway (East Zone) sources.

Two 'commit suicide' in Tangail

A house wife and a man allegedly committed suicide in Tangail sadar and Sakhipur upazila in the district yesterday.

11 robbers held with boats, arms

Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) arrested 11 robbers with three fishing boats, a huge quantity of fish and some sharp weapons from the outer anchorage area of Chittagong Port early yesterday.

Man gets life for murder

A Pabna court on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment on charge of killing a college girl.

Mob kills mugger in Rangpur

An alleged mugger was killed and another injured in a mob beating in Amasu-Kukrul area of Rangpur city yesterday morning.

Political parties demand judicial probe into attack on Buddhists

Leaders of seven political parties at a rally on Thursday demanded the government to conduct judicial probe into the recent attack on Buddhists and ensure security during Durga puja across the country.

International

EU seals bank plan to beat Eurozone crisis

European leaders yesterday agreed to police thousands of eurozone banks from next year as they sought to boost growth in their austerity-battered economies and create much-needed jobs.

Beirut blast kills top official

A senior Lebanese intelligence official was among at least eight people killed in a massive car bomb attack in central Beirut yesterday.

Cluster bombs hit Syria rebel town

Syrian jets hammered a rebel town on the second day of an assault in which the regime is accused of using cluster bombs, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Damascus to press for a truce.

Tensions escalate in Korean peninsula

North Korea yesterday threatened a "merciless" military strike on South Korean territory next week, prompting a swift vow of retaliation from Seoul in a serious escalation of cross-border tensions.

Rivals trade witty barbs

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney on Thursday made a series of lighthearted jabs at themselves and each other at a charity fundraiser.

D-Day for crunch biodiversity talks

Negotiators yesterday sought to persuade wealthy nations to bankroll ambitious targets for stemming the loss of Earth's dwindling natural resources.

Attack on Yemen army base kills 26

At least 13 soldiers and 13 suspected al-Qaeda members died in an attack on an army base in Yemen's southern province of Abyan yesterday, medical and military sources said.

Sex Trial: Berlusconi denies charges

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday denied at his trial that he hosted raunchy parties, had sex with a 17-year-old prostitute and abused his powers by pressuring police.

China conducts drills amid island row

China dispatched naval vessels, aircraft and helicopters to the East China Sea yesterday, flexing its muscles in exercises likely to further stoke a territorial dispute with Japan.

Wedding blast kills 15 Afghanistan

A huge roadside bomb ripped through a minibus carrying guests to a wedding party in Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 18 others, police said.

Suu Kyi to visit India

Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first trip in 25 years to India next month, a country where she studied and her mother served as an ambassador, an organiser said yesterday.

SA Gold miners end strike

Nearly all the 15,000 South African gold miners who faced dismissal for going on an illegal strike have reported for duty, their company said yesterday.

Kashmir hotel attack kills 1

At least three gunmen attacked a popular hotel in the volatile region of Indian Kashmir yesterday, killing a bellboy and leaving at least two other people injured, security forces said.

Mali crisis threat to Europe: EU

EU leaders yesterday said the crisis in Mali, where Islamists have seized control of much of the north of the country, was an "immediate threat" to Europe, and threatened to impose sanctions on the armed militia there.

Bahrain cop killed in clashes

A Bahraini policeman hurt in a roadside bombing during clashes with demonstrators overnight has died from his injuries, the interior ministry said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Authenticity of many Lalon Songs questioned

A bold demand for taking immediate steps to preserve the original songs of Lalon has arisen.

Drawing workshop at Gallery Cosmos

Gallery Cosmos-2 in Mohakhali, Dhaka organised a three-day drawing workshop. The workshop opened on October 15 and ended on October 17.

Between the lines

Entering the shooting venue at Uttara's sector three, I see people during their lunch break. Moving up to the first floor, I meet Suborna Mustafa, Badrul Anam Soud, Swagata, Saju Khadem and Bipon Montasir, all of whom are having lunch.

Songs of a mystic bard in concrete jungle

While the five-day commemorative programme on the 122nd death anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shai at his akhra (den) in Kushtia sees an end today, the city dwellers had some small-scale arrangements over the last couple of days to observe the philosophy and music of the mystic bard. Usually people from all over the country, including a great number of Dhakaites, attend the annual programmes in Kushtia. Cultural organisations in Dhaka generally do not arrange any event on the bard.

Homeland: Fantasy grounded in reality

“Homeland” is going to make you dizzy. The multi-Emmy winning drama rushed through the first season, leaving behind a trail of dust, cloaked in fragments of action, intrigue, religion, patriotism and too many elements to keep count of. It wasn't really the premise that had the viewers hooked but rather the pace of the proceedings. The question wasn't when the show would answer its question but rather how long could they sustain this high-wire tension before finally overheating. Fortunately, we are still waiting for an answer to that.

“I am not competing with anyone”

Aamir Khan is the latest in a galaxy of Bollywood superstars to don the role of a uniformed policeman in an action thriller movie.

OP-ED

Caretaker controversy

Howso-ever raging the debate may be, legally speaking, the concept of non-partisan and neutral caretaker dispensation as a constitutional contrivance to oversee national elections is a dead issue. The legal demise has, however, not deterred the current political opposition from registering their vehement protest against annulment of the unique constitutional arrangement. As of now, they have vowed not to enter into any meaningful political discourse with the establishment without a firm commitment to legally reinstate the non-partisan and neutral caretaker system to oversee the next general election.

China's pow-wow: Expect the unexpected

In less than three weeks' time, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will convene its 18th National Congress to announce a new generation of leaders to run the country for the next five years.

In an environmental bottleneck

Lester R. Brown, founder of the World Watch Institute and President of the Earth Policy Institute based in Washington, in a report in early 2000 said: "Caught up in the growth of the Internet, we seem to have lost sight of the Earth's deteriorating health. It would be a mistake to confuse the vibrancy of the virtual world with the increasingly troubled state of the world."

Does the EU deserve Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize has often created more controversy than consensus. Awards given to politicians like Kissinger, Begin, Arafat, Obama and Peres generated even greater controversies. So the reaction to this year's award has not been anything unusual. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to give it to the European Union for its contribution "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe" for over six decades. This decision has been hailed by many across the world but reviled by others. Some have even suggested that it is a cynical decision willfully taken "to discredit this once prestigious award." So the question is: Who is right -- the supporters of this decision or its detractors?

What financial jargon really means

Like many people, I have watched the world's stock markets bounce up and down over the past few months. But unlike the rest of you I know why.

This Day In History

October 20
1935

The Long March ends.

Environment

The dilemma between economic growth and environmental growth

Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at the University College London, was the first speaker of Sustainability in Crisis conference organised by St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge. Accepting the ongoing conflict between economic growth and environmental growth, he aimed to show the reconciliation of these two applying economic theories. He came to a conclusion that, despite the ongoing conflict, environmental growth policy will reign over the current economic growth policy and, contradictory to popular belief, environmental growth focus will greatly enhance economic growth.

Bio-security essential for boosting economic growth

For thousands of years, people on Earth have habituated to live with environmental adaptation in a sustainable fashion. By applying traditional knowledge and wisdom built up regarding the use of natural resources including flora-fauna both mutually survived until the sixties of the past century. But over the past five decades, they have changed the ecosystems extensively.

Literature

The Testimony of Sixty

October 21 marks the 41st anniversary of the publication of the “Testimony of Sixty”, a collection of eye-witness accounts of the tragic situation in Bengal (East and West) at that time.

The musical messiah and our sweetest songs

The star attraction of Lalon's Mazaar (shrine) at Cheuria is the holding of the Lalon festivals twice a yearonce on Dol-purnima in the month of Falgun (February-March) and thence on his death anniversary in October. During the festivals, the Lalon akhda (monastery) is thronged with thousands of bauls and devotees from home and abroad. They flock together and observe the festivals amid day-long and night-long renderings of Lalon songs. That does not necessarily mean that the off-festival times are devoid of the rendition of songs. As a matter of fact, hardly a day passes when the bauls, either in twos and threes or in larger numbers do not sit round somewhere at the shrine premises, and go on singing and playing music on the local instruments like ektara (a one-stringed musical instrument and khol (hand drum). They feel heartened when visitors listen to them with overwhelming fascination. Lately the festivals have assumed huge proportions and are being held amid tight security.

Gantha honours writers. . .

Gantha, a non-formal organization of female writers writing both in English and Bangla, held a reception to honour two of its very own writers, Selina Hossain and Saleha Choudhury. Selina Hossain was awarded the Shuroma Choudhury memorial award, worth ten lakh rupees, in Kolkata this year, while Saleha Chowdhury received the Bangla Academy Probashi Lekhok Puroskar, worth fifty thousand taka.

Singing of silence, whisperingly…

Silence is all, engulfing us gradually;
Then, sometimes, I feel like shouting
At the topmost pitch of voice to know
If that special someone is there on the
Other side, meek and mute and hidden;
Or to get back the itching echo to myself,
For assuring I'm still alive here hopefully...

My scarlet ogle

My Lady,
I am exhausted
Battered by waves of the Far East blues,
Trodden down by the unveiled Tsunami
That resides to tranquil the Beethoven lyrics.
I crawl down on mother earth, whilst I
Breathe the floating air that rocks the Himalayas.
I am a mere lone delight
Implore you to accompany me along this azure dusk.

Star Health

Outbreak of Bronchiolitis and its optimum management

Bronchiolitis — an infection of airways (bronchioles) leading to the lungs, produce symptoms like fever, cough and breathing difficulty, whistling sound in children etc. Bangladesh is now experiencing an outbreak of bronchiolitis. A huge number of children are attending general physicians, paediatricians, hospital outpatient departments to seek remedy and many of them are being hospitalised depending on the severity of the disease. All parents should be cautious about the signs and symptoms of the disease and ensure prompt treatment to avoid severe complications.

Physiotherapy to prevent diabetic complications

Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires the services of a range of healthcare professionals. Apart from playing a crucial role in managing disability, physiotherapy has got an important role in planning specific exercise to control of sugar level and prevent diabetic complications specially foot problem.

Saving sight of urban poorest

In Bangladesh more than 750,000 people are blind among 30+ population, of which 80% are due to cataract. According to official estimate, approximately 150,000 cataract patients are added every year. Over 6 million people in Bangladesh need vision correction by spectacles and other means. Approximately 150,000 irreversible blind require rehabilitation.

Free breast cancer screening

On occasion of breast cancer awareness month, National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital (NICRH), Mohakhali, Dhaka has organised free breast cancer screening programme, says a press release.

Abbott suspends giving gifts to doctors in India

Abbott Laboratories Inc. has instructed its sales representatives in India not to give gifts to doctors, who are prohibited by local law from accepting them, a practice that has been used as a bargaining chip by companies wanting a piece of the country's burgeoning healthcare market.

Vitamins may reduce cancer risk in men

Taking a daily multivitamin pill may lower the risk of developing cancer in men, US researchers have claimed. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reported a small reduction in cancer cases in men taking vitamin pills.

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Strategic Issues

Drone is here!

A few decades past, it was the age of Cold War and the world was in a constant fear of nuclear war between the US and the then USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republic), present Russia. That age was dominated by the development of nuclear bomb, ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile), SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) and so forth. The Cold War came to an end in the nineties of the last century with the demise of USSR. Now we are living in a multi-polar world, arguably uni-polar with the US in the centre. Probably with the demise of USSR, we not only left behind the age of nuclear bomb or ICBM, SLBM, but also we have entered in a new age of armament- the age of drone. According to recent research by International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) there are at least eleven countries that have their own drones while more countries are trying to develop their own version of it. More concern for us that our neighbour India has, as it is known, thirty drones. The unscrupulous and indiscriminate use of drone makes it enough to be worried about our country's national security and of course, security of individuals.

Necessity of industrial cooperation among D-8 countries

The demographic transition from rural to urban is continuing in all countries in the world. The number of urban residents is growing by nearly 60 million every year. By 2030, six out of ten people will live in city and by 2050 this proportion will increase to seven out of ten people. Developing countries, in particular the D-8 countries, would not be of any exception. Rather it is estimated that the urban population of developing countries will be more than double by the middle of the twenty first century. This demographic transition is, however, deeply associated with shifts from an agriculture based economy to mass industry, technology and services.

A world without the West

A little over a week ago, Pakistani youth activist Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The country, already bearing the burden of daily barbarities, stood stunned.

Star Books Review

A Pollyyannaish outlook

In the Foreword to a monograph turned into a slender book, Can Bangladesh be a Middle Income Country Within a Decade?, Wahiduddin Mahmud makes these pertinent, as well as realistic, observations: “Bangladesh faces enormous challenges in alleviating poverty and achieving high, sustained and equitable economic growth. Nearly a third of its population lies under the official poverty line, and hunger and malnutrition are widespread. The country has to tackle several growth-retarding factors: poor governance and a high level of corruption, underdeveloped infrastructure, large-scale tax evasion and a low tax-GDP ratio, extremely high population density and the associated scarcity of land and natural resources, a low-skilled labour force, and vulnerability to natural disasters including the threat of the adverse effects of climate change.” And proceeds to pose this profoundly probing query: “While the governance environment may have been barely adequate thus far to cope with an economy breaking out of stagnation and extreme poverty, are we nearing a tipping point beyond which it may increasingly prove a barrier to putting the economy firmly on a path of modernization and global integration?”

Of lost countries and fleeting dreams

Chinua Achebe, known as the father of modern African literature, has again come to the limelight, at age 82, with his long-awaited memoir, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra a fusion of history and experience, poetry and prose, centred around the brutal three-year (1967-1970) Biafran war that nearly destroyed his nation. Today those studying English literature at universities across our country, even in any other part of the world, must know that Achebe's debut 1958 novel, his magnum opus, Things Fall Apart, delineating the collision between British colonial rule and Igbo society, remains a landmark work 54 years after its release. It has sold more than 10 million copies and has been published in numerous languages all over the world. For those who know the writer of Things Fall Apart, this new book will emphasize and elucidate certain intricate fuzzy details in the circumstances of his already well-known life. For the reader with meagre knowledge of Achebe's life, fragments of which he has so far revealed through his numerous autobiographical essays, these details in this memoir will acquire a new life.

RE-READINGS

Dhaka University and the Bengali ethos . . .
Syed Badrul Ahsan reads of heroic men



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