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Volume 5 Issue 10| October 2011



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Manmohan visit An assessment
--Ashfaqur Rahman

An Incomplete Mission and a New Vision of South Asian Cooperation

-- Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley
The Art of Negotiations in Bilateral Relations
---- Ziauddin Choudhury
Indo-Bangladesh Relations failure of Leadership on the Indian Side
-- Muchkund Dubey
Globalization and Media: Challenges
and Potential for the Indo-Bangla Relations

-- Syed Munir Khasru
Noise Pollution:
We have gotten used to it too soon

-- Olinda Hassan
Disaster Resilient Habitat
A Concept beyond Cyclone Shelter

-- Muhammad Selim Hossain

Inhumanity of Human Organ Trade
-- Dr. Monir Moniruzzaman

Slumdogs and Millionaires

-- Chitrandaga

In the Footsteps of Atisha: A journey into modern Tibet

-- Samier Mansur

My part in the birth of a nation
--Freer Spreckly

Flying Blind: Waiting for
a Real Reckoning on 1971

-- Naeem Mohaiemen
Photo Feature


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May truth and righteousness conquer
the dark evils in all spheres of our lives...

A Photo Feature by Zahedul I Khan

This year Dhaka welcomed the divine mother, who protects people from the evil forces of selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego with its sprit.

The festival of Durga Puja starts with Mahalaya, the first phase of the rising moon in Aswin.

On these days, Goddess Durga arrives with much flourish amidst the beats of Dhaka to the earthly world, her own home from the heaven, accompanied by her four children, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, Kartik, the God of beauty as well as warfare and Ganesha, the 'Siddhidata' or the starter of everything good.

The Durga Puja extends over a period of ten days in case of traditional and household Pujas, however the main part of it is limited to five days only. The main Puja starts on the evening of 'Sasthi', the sixth day after the new moon, generally from beneath a 'Bel' tree for the traditional ones. In the tiny hours of 'Saptami,' the next day, the life of the Devi is brought from a nearby pond or river perched atop a banana tree. The main puja starts thereafter, and the prime time is reached in the 'Sandhikshan,' the crossover time between Ashtami and Nabami. Finally, on tenth day from the new moon, or the 'Bijaya Dashami,' a tearful farewell is offered to the Goddess Durga, back to her in-laws, in heaven, and her image is immersed in the river.

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