• Saturday, August 23, 2014

Published August 22, 2014
THE DEADLY WORLD OF FAKE MEDICINE

Cover Story

Published Date: August 22, 2014
THE DEADLY WORLD OF FAKE MEDICINE

Rajib was only two-and-a-half years old when he was murdered. More than two decades later, his grief stricken mother tightly clutches on to his picture, almost whispering, amid her tears, “This is all I have left of my son.” Masud had just learnt to walk a few days before he was killed. His brother...

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 22, 2014
PARLIAMENTARY DICTATORSHIP?

PARLIAMENTARY DICTATORSHIP?

The cabinet led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 4 approved the national broadcast policy, imposing restrictions on private television channels' news and other programmes. Three days after the approval, the government issued a gazette notification, ignoring a strong criticism against the policy from different quarters. The legality of the policy was...

Food for Thought

Published Date: August 22, 2014
CHOOSING HUMANITY OVER HATRED

CHOOSING HUMANITY OVER HATRED

“Know thy enemy” is a very famous quote by the Chinese general Sun Tzu, but the full version of the quote is less well known. It reads: "Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your...

Musings

Published Date: August 22, 2014
THE DESIRE OF TASTE BUDS

THE DESIRE OF TASTE BUDS

‘Want to have fuchka?' How many of you were licking your lips after reading this line? If it was me, my heart would leap every time I come across the word 'fuchka'. Its sharp, spicy taste tickles your tongue each time you put this delicious street food in your mouth. You get lost...

Human Rights

Published Date: August 22, 2014
A Tale of Two Peoples

A Tale of Two Peoples

A serene green landscape with foggy hills, brooks and rapids with crystal clear water can be deceptive of the true nature of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). It is actually one of the most turbulent regions of Bangladesh. The recent clashes between the Bengalis and the ethnic minorities of the CHT manifests the...

Perspective

Published Date: August 22, 2014
The Silent Conversation

The Silent Conversation

Bangladesh with more than 30 lakh hearing impaired people, lacks adequate opportunities for learning sign language. This week the Star talks to the Society of the Deaf and Sign Language Users (SDSL) which is the lone organisation attempting to teach sign language using an organised framework to address the crisis this language is...

Village Flute

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Those Were the Days

Those Were the Days

There's no shortage of vibrancy in Moulvibazar town. The bazaar area is a kaleidoscope of dusty, coloured political banners and business signs. Electric wires entangle the streetscape and hundreds of notices once important to someone have papered over the best part of every electricity pole. It's that usual dollop of localised chaos that signifies a district hub. It's not easy to imagine: this is the town named for a resident Islamic preacher, a maulavi descended from Hazrat Shah Mustafa, a companion of the famous sufi saint of Sylhet, Hazrat Shah Jalal. Hazrat Shah Mustafa's shrine is in Moulvibazar. Shoppers and passersby crowd footpaths and in the hotel restaurants there's barely a...

Media

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Death in the Digital Age

Death in the Digital Age

Tributes flooded social media sites when news of actor Robin Williams' untimely death broke. Hundreds of thousands of users took to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to express their shock and sadness at the news, and reminisced about his films which appeared to be childhood favourites for the majority of them. Their grief is understandable. Williams was an icon, his death made even more tragic by the revelation that he had killed himself after a long battle with depression. The death of someone well-known is always a shock to the system. When you're used to seeing someone on your television screen year after year, they seem to be...

Art

Published Date: August 22, 2014
HOME AND THE UNIVERSE

HOME AND THE UNIVERSE

It was pouring rain outside at Naimul Bari's inauguration of his exhibition at the Bengal Gallery. All the staff members lent hands and the furniture and fixture were brought in. The coloured bouquet was replaced by the white magnolia centre piece. The turnout was good as the weather was inclement. Kalidas Karmakar, Mahmudul Haque, Laila Sharmeen and a host of young art enthusiasts were in the turnout. Luva Nahid Chowdhury, Director Bengal Gallery speaking at the press conference, said that she had met Bari earlier and knew him to be an amazingly hard worker. Living in New York, and having studied ceramics at Santineketan, after obtaining his Masters in Ceramics...

International

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Modi and the Major Powers

Modi and the Major Powers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election campaign gave few clues as to his foreign policy inclinations, except perhaps a general sentiment that he would be muscular on India's rights and interests and the external projection would be one of a robust and self-confident image. It is still too early to judge whether that initial...

Health

Published Date: August 22, 2014
The Buzz in Your Ears

The Buzz in Your Ears

It’s not a disease, rather it's a subjective phenomenon that your ears might experience once in a while because of a wide range of underlying causes. Tinnitus, pronounced as TIN-ih-tus is noise or ringing in the ears. A very common conditions tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. It is mostly a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. Tinnitus is nothing serious, but getting an annoying sensation of hearing a sound without the presence of any external sound could be very bothersome. Although...

Tribute

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Adieu, My Friend!

Adieu, My Friend!

On the fateful evening of 26th May, one of my oldest and dearest of friends, Dr Mirza M Huq, a renowned senior Psychiatrist of the country, whom I had  the good fortune of meeting first at Don's School, Segunbagicha, Dhaka, in 1961, 53 years ago, succumbed to cancer. All those who had the privilege of knowing him well, shall unequivocally attest to the fact that he was indeed the best amongst us. As a practitioner of Psychiatry, he delved deep into the innermost recess of the human mind to unravel the mystery of maladies. It gave him a profound insight to the human psyche. Years of diligent practice helped sharpen...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

An Inspiring Story After getting on a rickshaw, I found out that my rickshaw puller was an amputee. I was shocked for a moment and looked at the paddle to figure how he was pulling the rickshaw. The rickshaw was advancing slowing as he was pulling it with only one leg. After a...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Robot folds itself up and walks away A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks—the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated –to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human intervention. The advance, described in Science, demonstrates...

Remembrance

Published Date: August 22, 2014
The Forgotten Trailblazer

The Forgotten Trailblazer

Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan was one of the most influential politicians of the sub-continent. He played a key role in movements against the British Raj. Khan was the first Bengali to be the president of Pakistan's Constituent Assembly and the National Assembly of Pakistan. He also served as the acting President of Pakistan. We remember this great son of our soil on his 51st death anniversary. Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan was born in 1889 in Faridpur district of Bangladesh (then East Bengal). He graduated from Presidency College in English and then studied Law at Rippon College During his student life he protested against the partition of Bengal and participated in boycotting the British product...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Bangabandhu and Lapses in his Security I read this week's cover story with a great deal of interest as I was expecting some insights into how the assassination of the main architect of an independent Bangladesh was planned and then executed. Although very well written, the story does neither. Common sense tells us a...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: August 22, 2014
NIKOLA TESLA

NIKOLA TESLA

10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943 Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. "Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men. In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place, which slave labour occupied in ancient civilisation."

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: August 22, 2014
The Mighty Sea

The Mighty Sea

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat. - Jacques Yves Cousteau

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Voicebox

Voicebox

"I find good entertainment and meaningful messages in his films, which are both useful and educational." AMA MUHITH Finance Minister Commented after watching Ananta Jalil's movie “Most Welcome 2” with his family members at Star Cineplex. "It is defamatory and frustrating for you [MPs], if you are to impeach a judge after being elected to parliament on people's vote. You will certainly not enjoy doing this work." MUSTAFA KAMAL Former Chief Justice Opposed the move to restore the parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges.

Published Date: August 22, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

Riad Hasan's venture into the world of music began at an early age. He grew up listening to a lots of modern Bengali songs and contemporary Bengali Band music. Little Riad used to sing along with those songs pretending that he was the lead vocalist of the band. This year finally that dream...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Erosion threatens Sonahat bridge Kurigram Erosion by the Dudhkumar River has taken a serious turn, threatening the collapse of Sonahat Bridge any time in Bango Sonahat union in Bhurungamari upazila.   No one to care for Four-year-old Mim, right, and her two-year-old brother Arif are being looked after by female police members at the Victim Support...

Cartoon

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Babu

Babu