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Precious Photographs

The other day I was at an aunt's house for a visit. In my childhood, visiting relatives was a familiar and pleasant activity. (The highlight, I confess, was the nashta that was served during the visit.) But these days, particularly with traffic jams and hectic lifestyles, visiting relatives has become a luxury for Dhaka denizens. In any event, I was in for a pleasant surprise. The walls of my aunt's flat had many beautiful paintings. Both my late uncle and my aunt were art connoisseurs. Their collection includes work...

WWI swayed works of great litterateurs

Eminent scholars of English studies yesterday depicted what impacts the World War I had on artists and litterateurs around the globe and how those were articulated in their works. “Modernism has long been associated with the First World War. Major writers and artists like Wyndham Lewis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, fought in it. Others like Virginia Woolf and TS Eliot reflected obliquely on its aftermath,” said Joe Brooker, director of the Centre for Contemporary Literature, UK. “The effect of the Great War...

Zaglul had rare ability of being impartial

Zaglul had rare ability of being impartial

Throughout his long career in journalism, Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury had always maintained impartiality in political matters in his behaviour and works, which is rare these days, speakers told a memorial meeting yesterday. Zaglul, former chief of state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, died from injuries he suffered while alighting from a badly-driven bus in the capital on November 29. Habiganj Association, Dhaka arranged the meeting and a doa mahfil for him at Jatiya Press Club. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman said few people in Bangladesh could explain international affairs, especially the political situation of South Asia, like Zaglul. He was an expert at this, he said. Zaglul never reproached anyone, but rather praised his critics, Anisuzzaman...

Medical colleges, dist hospitals to get cardiac units

Concerned over the rising number of deaths from heart diseases, the government is mulling to set up cardiology departments in all public medical colleges and district hospitals, Speaker of National Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said yesterday. The health ministry has already been asked to take initiatives in this regard so that the large number of patients suffering from cardiovascular ailments can be provided adequate and effective treatment, she said. Shirin Sharmin was addressing as chief guest the inauguration of the...

Amjad Hossain passes away

Amjad Hossain passes away

Sarder Amjad Hossain, a former minister, died yesterday afternoon at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka after he suffered a cardiac arrest at his Gulshan residence. He was 75. Amjad, who left behind his wife, a son and two daughters, will be buried today at his family graveyard at Hamirkutsa village in Baghmara of Rajshahi following a namaz-e-janaza there, his son Saniat Hossain told The Daily Star. He served as a minister for agriculture, food, land, fisheries and livestock during the tenure of HM Ershad. He became a presidium member of the Jatiya Party. But, he returned to Awami League on June 1, 2005. Before joining JP in 1986, he had been the publicity secretary of...

Law execution, awareness for safe migration urgent

Safe migration abroad for Bangladeshi jobseekers requires strengthened and proper implementation of laws alongside massive awareness campaigns, discussants at a mock parliamentary debate said yesterday. Anita Islam of IBAIS University playing the ruling party's role said awareness should come first as only when people gets to know about the exploitation and fraudulence by unscrupulous and crooked brokers and agents will they stop seeking them. She added that fraud agents and traffickers must be tried and handed down exemplary punishment while the...

Unite against militancy

Urging united regional and world initiatives against militancy, Oikya Nap yesterday demanded banning Jamaat-e-Islami, pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir and use of religion in politics and nationalising institutions funding them. Jamaat-Shibir and 40 militant groups, encouraged by BNP and patronised by military rulers', have created a powerful network of money, arms, technology etc, Oikya Nap President Pankaj Bhattacharya told a press conference in the capital's Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. He also demanded expediting war crimes trials and execution of verdicts. Demanding...

Tangail Islamists oppose return of sex workers

Islamists in Tangail will enforce a full day hartal in the district on December 24 protesting resettlement of the sex workers at the 200-year-old Kandapara brothel in the town after a High Court order, four months after their eviction from the place. They made the announcement at a rally in front of the Central Mosque in the town after Juma prayers yesterday, and vowed to eliminate sex trade there at any cost. Over a hundred police personnel held back several...

No cut in fuel oil prices

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said there was no possibility of slashing the prices of fuel oil in Bangladesh despite their steep fall in the international market. The oil price is never set in Bangladesh in keeping with the international market, he told journalists after inaugurating the newly repaired Presbyterian Church at Nayasarak in the capital. “We always sell oil at a cheaper price. But it sees a hike at times based on our capacity.” He also said the oil prices would...

Misinterpretation of religions disrupts peace

Misinterpretation of religions, all of which speak of harmony, disrupts world peace and causes radicalism to proliferate some world regions, speakers told a discussion, “Peace Symposium”, in the capital's Bangladesh National Museum yesterday. Religions speak of peace but, due to some militant groups, work behind most barbaric and brutal incidents, they said, adding that some fundamentalist groups use religions, mostly Islam, for their personal interests. Maulana Abdul Awal Khan Chowdhury of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Bangladesh, the discussion's organiser, said Boko Haram...

Zainul Abedin's birth centenary event starts

Marking the birth centenary celebrations of master painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, a 13-day programme began in Mymensingh town yesterday. He was born on December 29 in 1914 in Mymensingh. Jahanara Abedin, wife of Zainul Abedin, inaugurated the programme organised by Brammashaily, an organisation for painters, at Charutola near Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Art Gallery. In the morning a colorful rally was brought out and a discussion following a photography exhibition was held in the opening session. The programme also includes an art exhibition,...

Woman wrongly declared dead before she actually died buried

A woman, who survived nearly 26 hours after she had been wrongly pronounced dead at Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 2:00pm on December 4, was finally buried at the capital's Jurain graveyard yesterday. The unidentified woman, around 45, breathed her last at 4:00pm on December 5. Anjuman Mufidul Islam, a charity, buried the body. Patients and their attendants in the ward of DMCH's new building where she was being treated alleged that doctors and nurses were reluctant to even go near...

Sylhet city-suburbs bus service about to close

The bus operation between Sylhet city and its suburbs is on the brink of closure with 19 minibuses plying only two routes where there were 35 vehicles on 10 routes six years ago, causing sufferings to the commuters. The buses shuttled to Hetimganj, Hajiganj, Jalalpur, Tukerbazar, Airport, Lalabazar, Kamalbazar, Bagha, Bateswar and Medical Road areas. Now they run only to Hetimganj and Hajiganj. On March 26, 2008, a group of bus owners under Sylhet Town Bus Owners' Association launched the service,...

Road crashes kill 10

Ten people were killed and five others injured in road accidents in the country yesterday and Thursday. Our Bogra correspondent reports three people died and three others were injured when a truck rammed into an auto-rickshaw on Bogra-Dhaka highway in Mohipur area on Thursday. The deceased were Hasib, 17, and Shibbir Hossain, 15, of Nishindhara area of Bogra town and Kajal Kumar, 30, of Jamalpur. Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz, 25, of Dharmakam died when a truck collided head-on with a bus on Bogra-Dhaka...

Zohra Tajuddin's anniversary of death today

Zohra Tajuddin's anniversary of death today

Today is the first death anniversary of Syeda Zohra Tajuddin, wife of the country's first Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmad. After the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and nearly all his family, and the four national leaders including Tajuddin in 1975, Zohra held the Awami League together in the hard times that followed, says a press release. Born on December 24, 1932, she united and organised the party after being elected its convener in 1977, and remained a presidium member till her death.

2 AL groups clash

At least 20 persons were injured as two groups associated with the ruling Awami League clashed to take control over two human hauler stands at Dak Bungalow intersection in Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat on Thursday night, said police. The injured from both the sides were taken to the upazila health complex. Of them, six were transferred to Khulna Medical College Hospital. The clash ensued between the supporters of Sheikh Harun-ur-Rashid, suspended president of the upazila unit Jubo League, and Shirin Akter,...

'Man kills' wife for dowry

A woman died yesterday after she was beaten allegedly by her husband over dowry at Amkhola village in Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali the previous day. Runu Begum, 25, mother of a baby daughter, succumbed to her injuries at Patuakhali General Hospital. Her husband Jahirul Islam and two other in-laws Abul Kalam Bapari and Nur Jahan Begum were arrested in this connection. On Thursday, Jahirul tortured his wife as she refused to bring Tk 1 lakh from her father, said police, adding that...

'Boyfriend' kills teenager after rape in Jhenidah

A teenager was killed after being raped allegedly by her boyfriend at Baghadanga village in Moheshpur upazila of Jhenidah on Thursday night. Mongla Ali, of the village, raped Alpona Khatun, 19, daughter of Sultan Ahmed, at a nearby field as she wanted to marry him, said the victim's family, adding that Mongla with his two cohorts then poisoned her. Moheshpur police recovered the body, which had been sent to Jhenidah sadar hospital morgue for autopsy, and also a syringe from the...

News In Brief

Dhaka University yesterday bid a farewell to 35 senior teachers who will go into retirement soon. The farewell ceremony organised by the DU Teachers Association took place in the TSC auditorium on the campus.

Obituary

Ahmed Jafri Tony, former director of Energy Pac, died at his residence, 170, ShantiNagar in Dhaka yesterday. He was 56. His qulkhwani will be held tomorrow at his residence after Maghrib prayers.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today marks the 57th death anniversary of Mokbul Hossain Chowdhury, a famous journalist and politician of the then Assam-Bengal region. A doa mahfil will be offered in Dhaka, Syllhet and Sunamganj today. Mokbul attended the All India Muslim League council in 1920 and was jailed for two years for giving statement against the then British government. He was the editor of several local newspapers including "Jugbani" and "Sylhet Newspaper".

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