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Published April 18, 2014
The Star

Cover Story

Published Date: April 18, 2014
To the Tune of SM Sultan, Play On!

To the Tune of SM Sultan, Play On!

Sultan's eyes saw wondrous landscapes and diverse places, but none inspired him more than his native Narail. To the town, their Lal Mia was renowned as artist, flautist, wanderer and vagabond. He may have left this earth in 1994 but Sultan's tune in Narail plays strong, still now. Even today, Narail doesn't suffer much from big city problems. There might be small-town electric-engine jams around Roopganj Bazar time to time but they're not much to contend with. There's little risk of arriving late for an appointment. In the mid 1970s the town was quieter still. When carpenter's son Narayan Chandra Biswas arrived on an empty stomach with time to spare it was a simple matter to set off for a meal. He'd come from Itna village in Lohagara to support his older brother Krishna on the day of Krishna's BA exam at Victoria College. The exam would start in an hour. Krishna likewise thought little of Narayan disappearing from the hostel. He gave ten taka for food. What neither brother considered was the risk inherent in a flute song. Narayan had almost reached the desired shop beside the Chitra when that...

  

Chintito

Published Date: April 18, 2014
WE have to Make the Difference

WE have to Make the Difference

We have made our life so stereotyped that to point out that not everyone can celebrate a New Year, Bangla or English or Chinese, or the Japanese Ganjitsu, orthe Afghan or Iranian Nauruz, or Pi Mai in Laos, or Songkhran in Thailand, or Enkutatash in Ethiopia, or the Dab Shiid in Somalia… there...

Current Affairs

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Asset or Liability?

Asset or Liability?

The BNP national standing committee was scheduled to meet at 9:00 pm at the party chief's Gulshan office on April 9. Three standing committee members reached there much before the scheduled time. One of the members referred to some recent remarks made by BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman. In a frustrating and annoyed...

Perspective

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Wake Up

Wake Up

You long to be loved by her but she does not love you. It is a constant anguish. You know she is soon going to be a sun in someone else's sky. “Why can't it be mine?” you ask. Then comes the most obvious one: “What am I to do?” Relax. We will make...

Travel

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Saving a Buddhist Temple

Saving a Buddhist Temple

It was a momentous day for the Rakhaine people in Misripara and nearby villagers in Kuakata. Their beloved temple known as Misripara Seema Buddha Bihar, had been saved. They had feared that the land of the ancient temple might be grabbed by influential people had it not been for the generosity of friends...

Tribute

Published Date: April 18, 2014
A Fearless Voice

A Fearless Voice

Once there was a school boy who walked 10 km from his village Dharmapur to see Mahatma Gandhi in Noakhali. He walked on bare foot to hear the great leader preach against the rioting violence, returning home with an enlightened heart. Gandhi had such an impact on the young man's heart that he took it upon him to spread the great man's teachings in his village. Even as a young boy, ABM Musa knew the importance of spreading news and information. And that's probably why we mourn the loss of a man who never parted with the honour of his profession till he breathed his last at the age...

International

Published Date: April 18, 2014
China Needs a Wise Strongman

China Needs a Wise Strongman

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who already wears many hats, acquired his ninth last month as chair of a reform-oriented military taskforce. He was promptly nicknamed Jiu Ba Dao, or "Nine Knives", the pen name of a popular Taiwanese author-director. Xi wears some unusually big number of hats: State President, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chief, Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, and head of at least six high-level committees looking into such areas as cyber security, national security and foreign policy. The analysts also cite unprecedented moves that Xi has made to show how much stronger he is compared to his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin. The war against corruption that Xi waged...

Parenting

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Why Yelling at Your Kids Never Works

Why Yelling at Your Kids Never Works

Your kid has broken a vase while playing football, ignoring the 'no playing inside' rule of the house. How do you ensure that he doesn't repeat this behaviour in the future? The immediate reaction would be to lose your temper, and let your child hear the end of it. However, according to a study by the London School of Economics (LSE), that's the last thing that you want to do if you want your child to actually listen and not just hear your words.    We know that there's no right way of parenting....

Musings

Published Date: April 18, 2014
UNESCO and Our Cultural Heritage

UNESCO and Our Cultural Heritage

The richness of Bangladesh's culture, tangible as well as intangible, is a reality you cannot turn away from. And it goes back thousands of years. This heritage, a vital component of the generational evolution of life in our part of the world, has been a cementing factor in linking Bangladesh's people across historical time....

Making A Difference

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Taking on Another Challenge

Taking on Another Challenge

Keshob Roy, winner of the prestigious 'Youth courage award for education' of the United Nations (UN) has now taken on another important mission. He wants to make sure all children in the village go to school, which is why he is so hell bent on collecting birth registration certificates from the local union...

Photography

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Death Traps

Death Traps

The two-week-long photography exhibition by Abir Abdullah, which began on April 10, was inaugurated by Khushi Kabir, Coordinator of Nijera Kori and Nurul Kabir, Editor of New Age. It ushered in many photography enthusiasts at La Galerie, Alliance Française.   Bangladesh is successful in exporting garments after China, bringing in 19 million dollars. But...

Health

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Keeping the Doctor Away

Keeping the Doctor Away

Are you constantly fretting over the pounds you have put on? Your anxiety  is quite common. In this city of air conditioned cubicles and corporate offices thousands of people are leading a life full of stress: their anxiety is not only about their office stub but also about the layers of fat they...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

Are We Really There yet? Just a couple of days back, a friend was talking about her “eligible for marriage” sister whom the potential groom's family was about to “see” that evening. What bothered me was that the groom-to-be lives abroad and won't even be present during the first meeting. His parents were just...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Write to Mita

Write to Mita

Dear Mita, My husband and I live in a really nice apartment. However, my shashur-shashuri have recently announced that they want to die in our apartment. They want us to move elsewhere and live in our place long enough to die in it. They don't even want to live with us. They've lived in...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Science

Science

Tidy desk or messy desk? Each has its benefits Working at a clean and prim desk may promote healthy eating, generosity, and conventionality, according to new research. But, the research also shows that a messy desk may confer its own benefits, promoting creative thinking and stimulating new ideas. The new studies, conducted by psychological scientist...

Remembrance

Published Date: April 18, 2014
The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

Khushwant Singh (1915-2014) was an Indian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist. His literary works were best known for their humour and acerbic satire. We remember the contributions of this polymath on his departure from this world on March 20, 2014. Khushwant Singh was born in Hadali, Khushab District, Punjab  in Pakistan to a Sikh family He completed his education by obtaining Bar at law degree from the Inner Temple Singh started his professional career as a practising lawyer in 1938 He started his career as a journalist in 1951 by joining the All India Radio He was the editor of two major Indian newspapers, The National Herald and the Hindustan Times Khushwant Singh's writing ranged...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

A 'Lesser' Remedy It is my personal belief that most people in this country should switch to homeopathic treatment for less serious ailments. Because it has no side effects. A lot of 'mainstream' doctors laugh at homeopathy as if it were voodoo or something like that. The fact is it was invented by one...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Voicebox

"Even a hen can now walk across the Teesta, as the river is completely dried up." FARIDUL ISLAM Convener of Bangladesh Teesta Bachao Andolon commenting about the current drying condition of once mighty Teesta River "If the BNP returns to power, we will write the true history of the Bangladesh Liberation War." KHALEDA ZIA BNP Chairperson in support of BNP senior vice President Tarique Rahman's claim that his father Gen Ziaur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh and that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman illegally took...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
MAD GENIUS

MAD GENIUS

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE Born: 15 October 1844 Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia Died:     25 August 1900 Weimar, Saxony, German Empire Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism. "Without music, life would be a mistake. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything. After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Hello Boishakh!

Hello Boishakh!

Thousands of people beat the heat to join the Mongol Shobha Jatra, which commenced from the Department of Fine Arts in Dhaka University, to welcome the New Year 1421.

Strange History

Published Date: April 18, 2014
The Beer Flood

The Beer Flood

Meux's Brewery Co Ltd, established in 1764, was a London brewery owned by Sir Henry Meux. Among the number of smaller breweries Meux's purchased, there was Horse Shoe Brewery, and in the brewery's cellar stood several large vats of beer, the largest of which was a 22-foot high vat which held 511,920 litres...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

He finds happiness by making others laugh. One of the pioneer standup comedians of Bangladesh, and a member of Naveed's Comedy Club, Solaiman Shukhon was probably born to spread laughter all around him. Apart from stage shows, his YouTube show has a decent fan following with over 1,900 people subscribing to his YouTube channel. Here the comedy king speaks about MacGyver, the fact that he is not a joker and a joke that didn't quite work. Childhood Hero MacGyver played by Richard Dean Anderson. That Awkward Moment When You Cracked a Joke, But No One Laughed This happens; in fact many jokes don't quite work the way I want them to. Sometimes...

THE BARE MINIMUM

Published Date: April 18, 2014
For College Freshers

For College Freshers

College is the time to try new things. But you need to have a clear idea of what you should be doing once you are there. These five tips will help freshers make the best of college.         Go to Class This might seem obvious but once you are in college, the excess workload...

Published Date: April 18, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Indomitable Spirit 38-year-old Baby Begum pulls her husband's rickshaw to take care of her son's education and her husband's medical fees. She earns Tk 130 to Tk 150 daily. For the Love of their City Hundreds of people residing in Chittagong walked for nearly three hours from campaigning for a liveable city on April 12....

Postscript

Published Date: April 18, 2014
My Phone, My Laptop- My Life

My Phone, My Laptop- My Life

How did it come to this? This total dependence on a mere manmade device - a gadget, a thing that has no feelings, no emotions, no life? But there it is that self loathing realisation - that you just cannot live without it. Say you wake up on Pahela Boishakh feeling all tingly and...

Cartoon

Published Date: April 18, 2014
Babu

Babu