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News of: Saturday, 29th of December, 2012

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Graft declines 28pc in 2 yrs

Except for health sector, corruption in other public and private service sectors has come down by 28.4 percent in the last two years although bribe rate has doubled during the same period, a TIB survey shows.

Changes unlikely in top leadership

The ruling Awami League goes to national council today with little prospect of seeing changes in the top brass.

No alternative to Hasina

After setting a record of leading her party for almost 32 years, Awami League president Sheikh Hasina is still looking certain to remain at the helm of the party for at least another three years through today's national council.

Misdeeds at BASIC Bank

The BASIC Bank rules did not allow a branch manager to create any temporary overdraft (TOD) opportunity in favour of current account holders without approval from the head office.

Waste remains a concern

Hundreds of tonnes of waste that lies uncollected on the capital's streets every day in absence of proper waste management programme exposes the city dwellers to greater health risks and environmental hazards.

2 killed in city bus collision

At least two people were killed and two others sustained injuries when two passenger buses collided on the capital's Bijoy Sarani road yesterday morning.

Mamata govt expresses reservations

The Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal yesterday once again expressed its reservations about the proposed Teesta water-sharing treaty with Bangladesh.

Fog disrupts ferry services

Ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Kawrakandi routes came to a halt for almost nine hours since early yesterday due to thick fog on the river Padma.

Hall-Mark men attempt to grab govt land again

Brother-in-law of Hall-Mark Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud was arrested yesterday while allegedly trying to grab a piece of government land in Savar that had been recovered from the possession of the group on Thursday.

Rural students lag behind

Despite the government effort to improve the overall standard of education in the country, schools in the rural areas still lag far behind their urban counterparts in terms of results in public examinations.

Road repair must before monsoon

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday directed the engineers of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) to complete the repair works of all shabby roads and highways across the country by April.

Poverty declining

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the number of people living below the poverty line would come down to 20 percent from the current 30 percent within the next two years.

Myanmar lifts ban on pvt media

Myanmar will allow private newspapers to publish daily from April 1, ending a decades-old ban in a further easing of the country's draconian censorship regime, the government said yesterday.

World's largest flower blooms in Brazil

Hundreds of visitors are flocking daily to a botanical garden in southeastern Brazil to watch the rare blooming of the Titan arum, the world's smelliest and largest tropical flower.

Philippines objects to new Chinese gunboat

The Philippines on Friday said it "strongly objects" to China's deployment of a new patrol vessel in the South China Sea, where the two countries have a seething maritime territorial dispute.

UK missing girl in Pakistan returns home

A six-year-old girl is on her way home to Britain more than three years after she was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan, police said yesterday.

Editorial

Single payment platform

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has at long last inaugurated a common platform for commercial banks for electronic payments. The national payment switch (NPS) allows for faster purchase and sale through debit and credit cards using the internet and web portals in the country. When all major banks come on board, and up till now only three banks have joined the platform, customers will be able to use their cards from any ATM regardless of which bank they belong to, without incurring significant transaction costs. This facility in itself is a huge step in the right direction to expedite e-commerce.

Politics scaring away prospective tourists?

Tourism is a growing business in the country these days. Apart from a healthy growth of local tourism, 2012 witnessed a marked increase in inbound traffic of foreign tourists. Indeed, going by newspaper reports and industry data, the market grew by up to 15 percent in 2012. That growth is now threatened as the political scene in the country gears up for a regenerated opposition movement. Political agitation means hartals and blockades, which have already affected the numbers of foreigners visiting the country for the purposes of tourism.

Sports

Yuvraj levels the series for India

Yuvraj Singh cracked a dazzling 72 before the bowlers staged a brilliant recovery at the death overs as India clinched a nerve-wracking 11-run victory over archrivals Pakistan in the second T20 International to level the series 1-1 in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Runs aplenty on Day 2

While the second day's play of the Bangladesh Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium didn't quite produce an innings that could even remotely be compared to Ziaur Rahman's stunning 152 on the first, it did however, witness a fine display of batting from two youngsters, battling to break into the national team.

Rony the difference

A brace from Sakhawat Hossain Rony powered Abahani to a 2-0 win over archrivals Mohammedan in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Proposal to be tabled today

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is going to amend its constitution in a bid to bar inexperienced organisers from running for key posts of general secretary and joint secretaries as the Constitution Amendment Committee has prepared their recommendations for today's adjourned meeting of the governing body.

Mahmudullah fined heavily

Walton Central Zone captain Mahmudullah Riyad has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for improper conduct on day one of the Bangladesh Cricket League match against Prime Bank South Zone at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Tamim scores a duck

Left handed opener Tamim Iqbal scored a duck in his third match for the Wellington Firebirds, as he was caught off Kyle Mills in the very second delivery of the game. The Firebirds though went on to beat their opponents, Auckland by 10 runs, courtesy of a half-century from Tamim's opening partner Jesse Ryder.

BHF XI, BKSP in hockey final

Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) Eleven and BKSP reached the final of the Southeast Bank Victory Day Hockey Tournament eliminating their rivals at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Caroline-Rory engaged?

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki fuelled speculation she was engaged to golf's world number one Rory McIlroy Friday when she appeared wearing a large ring on her left hand.

Aussies abase Lanka

Australia humiliated an ailing Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs to wrap up the series midway through the third day of the second Test in Melbourne on Friday.

Nadal out of Aussie Open

World number four Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Australian Open on Friday, claiming he was still suffering from the stomach virus which caused him to cancel his plans to return to action in the Gulf this week.

Murray mauled in Abu Dhabi

Olympic Games and US Open champion Andy Murray saw his Mubadala World Tennis Championship campaign last just 84 minutes on Thursday when he slumped to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic.

Local Snippets

Jatrabari Krira Chakra defeated Dhaka Wanderers Club 2-1 in the Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

WC legends set Myanmar date

World Cup winners Cafu, Bebeto and Roberto Carlos will join an All-Star Brazil team in Myanmar next month as the nation tries to boost its footballing prowess, a sporting official said Friday.

Proceed with caution

Wariness of UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and concerns about a lack of value in the market mean the Premier League's top clubs will proceed with caution when the January transfer window opens next week.

MU aim to extend lead

Manchester United will look to put even more daylight between themselves and Manchester City when they host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, as the Premier League's busy festive season continues.

'Goals will come'

Assistant manager David Platt insists there should be no concerns about Manchester City's lack of goals.

Abidal keen to play

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal says he feels fit and is keen to play again in an interview broadcast Thursday, eight months after he underwent a liver transplant.

Meireles ban reduced

Fenerbahce's Portuguese star Raul Meireles had his 11-match ban for spitting and allegedly making an offensive gesture at a referee reduced to four after a Turkish Football Federation appeal commission ruling.

Metropolitan

Historic Ashkar Dighi shrinking by the day

The historic Ashkar Dighi is three centuries old and presently covers an area of no less than five acres (about 15 bighas), and so must be protected by law.

Turkish president's request condemned

Social and cultural organisations yesterday strongly condemned Turkish President Abdullah Gul's recent letter to President Zillur Rahman calling for “clemency” to the accused under trial in the International Crimes Tribunal for the “sake of peace in the society”.

Birds and Flowers

For me, one of the joys of living in Bangladesh is enjoying her birds and flowers. For many, they are symbols of nature's bounty but I enjoy them simply for their beauty.

AL in power to end graft: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party Awami League has come to power to change the fate of people by eradicating corruption and has been working to that end.

Strengthen Indo-Bangla ties for wellbeing

Dr Sugata Bose, grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, yesterday underscored the need to build an intensive relationship between Bangladesh and India in the educational, economic and cultural sectors for the wellbeing of the region's people.

6 arrested with drugs in capital

Detectives arrested six alleged drug traders with huge quantities of different drug items in separate drives in the capital on Thursday night.

7 Rohingyas arrested at airport

Members of Armed Police Battalion detained seven Rohingyas with fake passports at the Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday.

Dialogue must for two parties

US Ambassador to Dhaka Dan W Mozena yesterday observed that the two main political parties must engage in constructive dialogues to reach an agreement for holding free and credible election.

10 die in road accidents

Ten people were killed and 51 others injured in road accidents in Munshiganj, Dinajpur, Chittagong, Thakurgaon and Kushtia yesterday.

Safe transport routes demanded

Speakers at a human chain urged the government to construct a safer transport system placing emphasis on rail and water routes.

Limbless amphibian dating back 140m years found

Two Chikila Fulleri, a limbless amphibian believed to have appeared some 140 million years ago, was found by a team of Bangladeshi wildlife researchers in Lawachhara Forest in Moulvibazar on December 26.

400 passengers stuck in 18-hr flight delay

About 400 Biman passengers demonstrated at Sylhet Osmani International Airport yesterday after announcement of an 18-hour delay in flight.

Country's democracy bloodstained: BNP

Opposition BNP yesterday alleged that democracy got bloodstained while human rights shackled in the country due to the misrule of the current regime.

Beautify Dhaka city: Ershad

HM Ershad, former president and current member of parliament, yesterday emphasised the dire need for beautification and maintenance of the Dhaka city.

Teacher accuses headmaster of stalking

A female assistant teacher of Belpukur High School in Shajahanpur upazila of Bogra has accused its headmaster of stalking.

Cycle procession held in Ctg

With a view to popularise cycling in Chittagong city, the first ever cycle procession titled “Chittagong Critical Mass” was held yesterday.

13 held while going to Malaysia illegally

Thirteen people were detained from Cox's Bazar town on Thursday while attempting to go to Malaysia illegally.

Elephants trample man to death

Wild elephants trampled a man to death in Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.

Arrest of Adivasi girl's killers sought

An organisation of Adivasi women yesterday demanded arrest of and punishment to the culprits who gang-raped and killed a 14-year-old indigenous girl in Rangamati recently.

Left parties to besiege ministry for power price hike tomorrow

Left-leaning parties will lay siege to the power, energy and mineral resources ministry tomorrow to protest government's initiative to hike power prices.

Walk for drug free society held in capital

A five-kilometre walk was organised in the capital yesterday morning in support of Apon, a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts, run by Brother Ronald, a former teacher of St. Gregory's High School.

BSF picks up two Bangladeshi cattle traders

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up two Bangladeshi cattle traders from Indian territory near Nagarvita border in Thakurgaon on Thursday while the two were returning home.

Body found in Netrakona

Police recovered the body of a cattle trader from Rajurbazar of Netrakona yesterday morning.

Man 'kills' wife in Dinajpur

A woman was allegedly hacked to death by her husband in the presence of their two children at Parbatipur upazila in Dinajpur yesterday.

10 get Bangla Academy fellowship

Bangla Academy yesterday awarded honorary fellowships to 10 eminent persons, including Home Minister Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, for their outstanding contribution in different fields.

Obituary

Noted lawyer Kazi Nazrul Islam died of cancer at a private medical centre in Chittagong city yesterday. He was 72.

International

Jihadists accuse US of keeping Assad in power

Syrian jihadist group the Al-Nusra Front, blacklisted by Washington as a terror outfit, has accused the United States of seeking to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power.

Pakistani Taliban wants negotiations

The head of Pakistan's Taliban said his militia is willing to negotiate with the government but not disarm, a message delivered in a video given to Reuters yesterday.

Thatcher was ready for Falklands deal

Margaret Thatcher was prepared to do a deal with Argentina after the invasion of the Falklands over the status of the islands, including the question of sovereignty, as she came under intense pressure from the US to avoid a military response, government papers released on Friday reveal.

Anti-Maliki protests continue

Tens of thousands of protesters from Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority poured onto the streets after yesterday prayers in a show of force against Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, keeping up a week-old blockade of a highway.

Egypt opposition leaders face 'incitement' probe

Egypt's public prosecutor on Thursday ordered an inquiry into three prominent opposition leaders.

Photos show N Korea nuclear readiness

North Korea has repaired flood damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a quick atomic explosion if it chose, though water streaming out of a test tunnel may cause problems, analysis of recent satellite photos indicates.

Iran starts war games in Strait of Hormuz

Iran started yesterday six days of naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz, the official IRNA news agency reported, maneuvers aimed at showcasing its military capabilities in what is a vital oil and gas shipping route.

Govt to create rapist database

Indian government has decided to post the photos, names and addresses of convicted rapists online, in a step aimed at checking sexual crimes against women.

Victim's condition deteriorating

An Indian gang-rape victim is showing signs of severe organ failure after taking a turn for the worse, the hospital treating her said yesterday after medics criticised a decision to fly her to Singapore.

2 militants killed in Kashmir

Indian troops yesterday shot dead two suspected Islamic militants in Kashmir while seven civilians received police bullet injuries when they protested the slaying of the rebels, officials said.

Decision in a month

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde yesterday said a decision on Telangana would be taken within a month after considering and consolidating the views expressed by representatives of different political parties at the all-party meeting held in New Delhi on Friday.

US drone strikes go up in Yemen

US drone strikes against Islamist militants decreased in Pakistan's tribal regions for the second year in a row but intensified in Yemen, according to figures compiled by a Washington think tank.

22 Pakistani soldiers kidnapped

Around 200 heavily-armed militants stormed two government paramilitary camps in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing two security personnel and kidnapping at least 22, officials said.

Suu Kyi knitted jumper auctions $50,000

A colourful woolly jumper knitted by Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has fetched nearly $50,000 at a charity auction in Yangon, aides of the Nobel laureate said yesterday.

Indian state plans all-women PS

The woman chief minister of India's West Bengal state unveiled plans yesterday for 65 all-female police stations, as authorities tried to assuage growing anger over a gang-rape in New Delhi.

Mamata asks 10-yr to build 'Sonar Bangla'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said she would turn her state into a "Sonar Bangla" if she got an opportunity to work for just 10 years.

Lawmakers, Obama meet on cliff edge

US President Barack Obama was yesterday set to press top lawmakers for a deal to avert huge tax hikes and growth-sapping spending cuts next week, but hopes for an end to the fiscal cliff crisis appear thin.

Gulf War era US general dies

Norman Schwarzkopf, the US general who drove Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait in 1991 as commander of the lightning campaign known as Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at the age of 78.

Putin makes US adoption ban law

President Vladimir Putin yesterday signed into law a ban on the adoption of Russian children by American families that activists slammed for making orphans pawns in a diplomatic row between Moscow and Washington.

Hillary still resting at home

Outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who fell ill in early December and hasn't been seen in public since, will be back at her desk on Monday, her closest aide said Thursday.

Netanyahu set to win election: poll

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is set to win a parliamentary election on January 22 although the popularity of a far-right party opposed to Palestinian statehood is growing, polls showed yesterday.

US evacuates CAR embassy

The United States evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic as President Francois Bozize's appeals for French and US help against rebels who have seized much of the country fell on deaf ears yesterday.

China launches rival GPS satellite

China has launched commercial and public services across the Asia-Pacific region on its domestic satellite navigation network built to rival the US global positioning system.

China tightens rules on internet

China tightened its rules on internet usage to enforce a previous requirement that users fully identify themselves to service providers.

Arts & Entertainment

Visual Poetry On Water

Bengal Gallery and British American Tobacco Bangladesh are holding a painting exhibition highlighting the importance of water. The four daylong show features works of master painters of Bangladesh, including Qayyum Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi and Mahmudul Haque. Other artists whose paintings are on display at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka are: Nazlee Laila Mansur, Farida Zaman, Ranjit Das. Mohammad Eunus, Rokeya Sultana, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa and Bishwajit Goswami. Guest artists are: Tahera Khanam and Abul Mansur.

Happy Endings: Friends re-imagined better

When a show is built around a dysfunctional group of individuals hanging out and getting romantically involved with each other at some point, one immediately thinks “Friends”. Crane and Kauffman's original premise is recycled, re-used and rehashed every year. 2012 was obviously no different. Replace café with bar, toss in an ethnic minority and you have a repackaged modern version of the same old show. It's a tried and tested formula and it works. Bombarded with shows like “How I Met Your Mother”, “Couplings”, “Mad Love”, “Perfect Couples” and many others, it's easy to see that they are all just clones. And then you have “Happy Endings”; a “Friend's” clone but a funnier one. A lot funnier.

Tributes pour in for Sohrab Hossain at Shaheed Minar

Nation paid last tribute to legendary Nazrul Sangeet artiste and guru Sohrab Hossain at Central Shaheed Minar premises yesterday morning. Political, cultural, media personalities and people from all walks of life attended the programme arranged by Shammilito Shangskritik Jote. They also spoke highly on the lifelong contribution of the unparalleled artiste.

Chorabali: An out and out thriller makes for a box office hit

After days of eager anticipation, film lovers here got to see promising young director Redoan Rony's debut feature film “Chorabali”. Released on December 21, the Screen House Entertainment production has already rocked the box office.

Western classical music at Chhayanaut

Noted Japanese-American violinist Midori Gotô and her string quartet performed at a western classical music concert at Chhayanaut auditorium in Dhaka on December 27. The performnce was a part of her tour as a UN messenger for peace. The quartet, also comprising of Samika Honda on violin, William Frampton on viola and Hiro Matsuo on cello, performed French composer Maurice Ravel's “String Quartet in F Major”, “Three Pieces” by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, and “Mephisto Waltz” by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Kajoler Dinratri premieres today

The premiere of “Kajoler Dinratri”, a movie based on a novel of the same title by eminent writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, is set to premiere this evening at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's Experimental Theatre Hall, according to a press release.

OP-ED

Towards an apathetic electorate

One cannot perhaps blame the cynical observers of present day Bangladeshi political scene who have caustically observed that the major political parties appear to be hell bent to cause comprehensive public apathy towards politics and politicians. Such an observation cannot be summarily dismissed as political protests and rallies, of late, have become nearly synonymous with serious public inconvenience.

Handling North Korea

South Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye mentioned Pyongyang's recent firing of a long-range rocket as a case that "symbolically showed how grave our security reality is" in her address to the nation a day after her win in the December 19 presidential vote.

Sanity and transparency needed

Seldom in the past few decades has this country so desperately needed a leadership that could steer it clear of the doldrums and chaos it is in now. Political intrigue, infighting, bickering and bankruptcy of ideas have almost become norms. Belying all expectations of a settlement, politics is headed towards a chaotic situation that spells disaster for the country already threatened by production cut in mills and factories because of frequent hartals and sieges.

Corruption -- Good news in a depressing context

An aggressive procession of high profile corruption cases for about a year or so, like Padma bridge project, Hall-Mark, Destiny, railway, share market, etc., has put the government into deep embarrassment, ACC in an unenviable labyrinth, and the people in disenchantment. To deepen frustrations, Bangladesh was ranked 24 steps lower than last year in international comparison according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

The seven stages of working life

Your work and your personal achievements remain a major focus these days, or so the contents of my mailbag suggest, so let's return to that subject.

Environment

Evaluating services of forest

In developing countries, the necessity of publicising services of forests is severely lacking. This sector must be given attention with special emphasis. The country like Bangladesh has to be very serious in all respects to understand and exercise the services offered by the forests. We must remember that the services are very important and useful and they could be made so when and if we become serious about maintenance of forests.

What the outcome yields for Bangladesh?

Thirty-seven industrialized countries had been accused of releasing Greenhouse gases in Kyoto Protocol under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Signatory members to the UNFCCC have been meeting annually in Conference of the Parties (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change since 1994. This year Climate leaders from all over the world gathered at Doha from 26 November to 8 December 2012 to find 'what to dos' for reversing the grim effect of global anthropogenic climate change. However, outcomes are a mixture of both success and failure with depiction of slow pace in progress.

Literature

Razia Khan: A pupil's tribute

Years ago at a Nilkhet bookstall I spotted a book Argus Under Anesthesia, a collection of poems. It was first printed in June 1976, exactly the time I got admitted into the English Department of Dhaka University. Until I saw the book I never knew about it and I got enthused in reading it because the poems like St Joan In Prison, My Journey, The Map were written by her at Azimpur Estate in 1961-62. Forty years later I was also residing in the same place and reading those poems written there! Definitely it added to my nostalgia about those golden and dreamy days of the 1960s and 1970s. I was already writing about her, one of my most favourite teachers during my university days, and I planned to surprise her with its publication in our alumni magazine. My writing about her was finished halfway. On 29 Dec 2011 morning as usual I was sipping my steaming tea and glancing through the newspapers. I stopped at the sight of an obituary Razia Khan passes away. My writing came to a halt. Perhaps it will remain like the unfinished poem Kublai Khan which she taught us while taking class on Coleridge!

The fragrance in Parveen Shakir's poetry

My acquaintance with Parveen Shakir's poetry began in late 1995 in Lahore, where I had gone to attend a media conference of journalists from South Asia. At the end of the conference, those of us in the Bangladesh team --- Enayetullah Khan, Badal Rahman, Shakhawat Ali Khan, Matiur Rahman, Syed Kamaluddin and I --- decided to have a tour of a market in Lahore before flying to Karachi on our way back home. At the solitary bookshop in that particular market I was happily surprised to know of Parveen Shakir the poet and immensely sad to be informed that she had died a year previously in a car crash. I asked the salesman to give me a copy each of Parveen Shakir's collections of poetry, Khushboo and Khud Kalami, that I spotted on the shelves. He was happy to oblige. As I was about to pay him, Mintu bhai (our very dear Enayetullah Khan) stepped forward and asked me if I could read Urdu. I said indeed I could. But he would not take my word for it. Asking me to read a few lines from Khud Kalami before the salesman, he told the salesman to confirm if I read correctly. I read, which reading was duly confirmed by the salesman. Mintu bhai was thrilled. I walked off with the books, which after all these years form part of my little library at home.

And gladly did he teach!

I had the privilege of being taught by Professor Khan Sarwar Murshid (1924-2012) when I studied for an MA in the Department of English at Dhaka University back in 1997. By then, he had retired from full-time teaching at Dhaka but still continued to teach a class or two as a supernumerary professor. I was not taught by him during my undergraduate years and don't remember seeing him very often at the department. My first encounter with Professor Murshid was, in fact, at a conference on women's studies at the British Council which was also incidentally attended by Taslima Nasrin, the controversial Bangladeshi writer. During my student years, I was quite active in the cultural and literary circuit of Dhaka University. I directed a drama on the Liberation War and appeared in it at the TSC, presented departmental programmes at the British Council, recited poems from English, French and Bangladeshi writers in various forums, and even headed the departmental debating team to victory. In those days, the British Council was yet to decimate its excellent library for profit; and for anyone seriously studying English literature, it was a safe haven for good books, bearable company, and occasional good addas. The English Department at Dhaka regularly hosted many of its seminars in liaison with the British Council; and at one such seminar, Professor Murshid stood up to give his blistering analysis of an academic paper just delivered.

Star Health

Key health issues in 2012

The year 2012 is marked with some glorious achievements and released new crucial data in terms of health. At the end year 2012, we would like to highlight some of theses milestones to respect sincere endeavours behind these achievements and encourage people to do more in the coming year.

Multidisciplinary approach ensures comprehensive care

Eminent ENT specialist from the Novena ENT-Head and Neck Surgery Specialist Centre Prof Dr Christopher Goh recently visited Bangladesh and shared his view with Star Health. Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MNH) is Singapore’s first purpose-built private sector hospital brought together clinical expertise, state-of-the-art medical equipment and operational excellence to provide local and international patients with quality healthcare, greater privacy and quick access.

Monitor milestones of developmental in a child

Often parents become very much concerned about the growth of their child, but they often ignore the developmental part, which is equally important. So, growth and development should run parallel. Growth means increase in weight, height, head circumference, mid upper arm circumference etc. Development means mental maturation, intelligence, skill ness etc.

Keep kids from choking hazards

Young children are prone to choking. To help prevent choking and its complication, The Nemours Foundation mentions these safety precautions to help reduce youngsters' risk of choking:

Most coughs don't respond to antibiotics!

Commonly prescribed antibiotics do not help cure most coughs in adults, new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases confirms. Amoxicillin, commonly prescribed antibiotic may cause more harm than good unless pneumonia is suspected, researchers say.

C-section babies more likely to become overweight

Children born via cesarean section are slightly more likely than babies delivered vaginally to become heavy or obese, according to a new review of studies published in International Journal of Obesity.

Strategic Issues

The politics of partition of historic Palestine

At some point, Mr Abbas must admit to his people that most of the refugees will never return to Israel: that is the price of partition." This statement appeared on page 14 of the issue of the Economist dated September 24 to 30, 2011.

The geopolitics of immigration

The United States came into being through mass movements of populations. The movements came in waves from all over the world and, depending upon the historical moment, they served differing purposes, but there were two constants. First, each wave served an indispensable economic, political, military or social function. The United States -- as a nation and regime -- would not have evolved as it did without them. Second, each wave of immigrants was viewed ambiguously by those who were already in-country. Depending upon the time or place, some saw the new immigrants as an indispensable boon; others saw them as a catastrophe. The debate currently under way in the United States is probably the oldest in the United States: Are new immigrants a blessing or catastrophe? So much for the obvious.

Star Books Review

Of free spirits and fettered souls

Standard Chartered Bank has generously sponsored The Reading Circle's venture of translating Kazi Nazrul Islam's Bandhon Hara into English. The result is Unfettered, where eight members of The Reading Circle, a group made up of aficionados of literary works, combine to translate the letters that constitute Bandhon Hara. As those familiar with the novella already know, Bandhon Hara is made up of stories told through letters. Niaz Zaman, in the preface to the translation, identifies Bandhon Hara as probably the first epistolary novel in Bengali, while preferring to categorize Rabindranath Tagore's Strir Patra, also composed in epistolary form, as a short story.

Brilliant stories brought down by a rigid formula

I had never read any Prativa Bose books before Pathey Holo Deri. I had heard a lot about her from my mother, which is why I was always interested in Bose's works. This book is a compilation of some of her best short stories, according to the editor Domoyonti Basu Singh, and they are all stories of love and redemption. Despite what the editor thinks about the book, I felt the compilation to be uneven. The stories are all built around the same formula: it works for some, but fails for the others.

A Bengali among Japanese

Every sunrise appears with the hope of the day illuminating not only the darkness but also wiping off the tears from paupers' eyes. Japan, known as 'Nippon' or 'Nihon', the most prosperous country in Asia, is called 'The land of the rising sun'. This compliment has really matched every instance of progress in Japan, even till now. This is reflected in every page of the book, 'Japan Probash', written by Manmatha Nath Ghosh more than a century ago. There are two startling themes of this book. It is the first book about Japan written in Bengali, on the one hand. On the other hand, the picturesque description of Japanese society given by the author in this book has not changed much even after such a long time span. This undiscovered resource of our literature has recently been revealed by Subrata Kumar Das, who has edited this book with great care by collecting almost all the information provided by Manmatha Nath Ghosh in his original book. Ghosh had to go to Japan in 1906 for purposes of education. He recorded aspects of Japanese life, culture and etiquette in detail as he experienced them in his three years' stay in Japan. He did it in a critical manner but used very simple language and subsequently put them together in a book, in other words, the one under review from Kolkata in 1910. One hopes the Dhaka edition of the book, a century later, will be appreciated by readers.



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