• Saturday, August 30, 2014

Covr Story

Published Date: August 29, 2014
I WHO?

I WHO?

“Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.” — Soren Kierkegaard  Danish philosopher, theologian Socrates' ukase was “know thyself.” Easier said than done—a whole cloud of philosophy condensed into the drop of these two short words. How can you know yourself? And why should you know yourself? Don't cringe...

Chintito

Published Date: August 29, 2014
"My Enemy's Enemy is Not My Friend"

President Barrack Obama and the United States government are in the middle of learning it the hard way. In Syria's prolonged civil war they always backed the rebel forces to oust hereditary (yet elected, and they all are) president Bashar_ al-Assad until they found out by their own (one could even suspect biased)...

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 29, 2014
CRUEL AUGUST

CRUEL AUGUST

The day was August 6, 1945 during the World War II. An American bomber dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The magnitude of the explosion was beyond our imagination. It destroyed 90 percent of the city and killed 80,000 people. Exposed to radiation, tens of thousands died...

Musings

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Remembering Selim Al-Deen

Remembering Selim Al-Deen

In conversation with a journalist a few years before his death, Selim Al-Deen took positive pride in the way the farmers in his tales reached heights as sublime or as heroic as the characters in the old Greek plays. And that about sums up Selim Al-Deen's attitude to the world of drama, indeed...

Music

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Melodies of Nazrul

Melodies of Nazrul

Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was once invited to a meeting to perform some of his songs. It is because of his dreamy nature, Nazrul forgot the songs he had selected to perform. On the podium he wanted a pencil and a paper. Just like receiving magical chants from heaven Nazrul started to write verses of some new songs. Then he took a few minutes to compose and then charmed the crowd with some mind-blowing new songs. It is only one example of his supernatural genius. Syed Badrul Ahsan, executive editor of the Daily Star shared this story with a crowd of Nazrul artistes, fans and literary enthusiasts who gathered...

Photo Future

Published Date: August 29, 2014
The Valley of Gold

The Valley of Gold

The Buddha Dhatu Jadi, locally known as the Bandarban Golden Temple, is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple with the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh.  Built in 2000 on a hill about 400 feet high, adopting Arakanese architecture, the temple attracts tourists from many foreign countries. Surrounded by the lush green vegetation of...

Impressions

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Bangabandhu: Photographs and Beyond

Bangabandhu: Photographs and Beyond

Each photograph has an independent value and a purpose of its own. But it acquires special significance in the eye of the beholder if it has the image of an iconic leader of a nation whom the people loved so dearly. The year was 1956 when this photograph was taken at the Hotel Shahbagh...

International

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Rustic Bengal: A Rusty State of Affairs

Rustic Bengal: A Rusty State of Affairs

The Left Front government has been credited with the introduction of Panchayati Raj institutions in West Bengal and the panchayat election in 1978, which was in a sense a trendsetter in the country. The system worked well for several years and then its performance gradually started declining. The slide remains unchecked even under...

History

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Netaji's Tragic End

Netaji's Tragic End

“His proud, importunate and violent spirit was a flaming sword forever unsheathed in defense of the land he worshipped with such unsurpassed devotion. A greater love hath not man than this that he lay down his life for his country and his people.” – Sarojini Naidu On March 18, 1944, 80 thousand Japanese troops and...

Human Rights

Published Date: August 29, 2014
SURVIVING A GENOCIDE

SURVIVING A GENOCIDE

It was a cloudy night of September 15, 2012.  Amidst an undulating sea of harvest and blades of tall grass, Alauddin Miah (pseudonym), a rich farmer, took shelter with his extended family. The thunder of clouds and the scream of the wounded, innocent people slowly faded away, but that frightening image remained with...

Exhibition

Published Date: August 29, 2014
A Shock of Colours

A Shock of Colours

Tucked away from the frenetic streets of Dhaka city, in an otherwise unassuming building, Athena Gallery is currently hosting the wonderfully vivid exhibition Show: Yourself. This exhibition features Martijn Crowe from Brazil, Ronald Merkesteijn from The Netherlands, and Bangladesh's very own Rezaun Nabi; these three artists from three different continents have come together...

Travel

Published Date: August 29, 2014
A Visit to Ontario Parliament

A Visit to Ontario Parliament

Recently I was in Toronto in connection with my daughter's graduation ceremony. It was just after Ontario had its 41st general election and a new government headed by Kathleen Wynne was formed. She is Ontario's first female Premier and the first openly gay head of government in Canada. All these aroused the curiosity...

Health

Published Date: August 29, 2014
MOUTH ULCER

MOUTH ULCER

Mouth ulcers are a common cause for general people to seek medical/dental advice. At various times of life, most people are affected with breach of oral mucosa or an uncomfortable blister within the lips. These are also known as 'apthous ulcers'. These ulcers are small, oval and red in colour, which develop inside the mouth. They are commonly found in the inner part of the cheeks, inside the lips, under the tongue or on the soft palate. Luckily are non-contagious (i.e. they do not spread usually) and disappear after a couple of weeks. Both men...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

Manners Matter During a dinner date with my husband, I overheard a woman shouting at someone at the next table. At closer inspection, we found out that the woman was screaming at one of the waiters. His crime was that he had accidentally spilt water. She even made the manager come to her table...

Reflections

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Sharing Happiness

Sharing Happiness

During the last two years something strange happened to me. During this period, I have celebrated four Eids and none of them seemed interesting or enjoyable to me. On getting new dresses or whatever I wanted for my Eid, or while playing along with friends, taking different rides, attending parties at KFCs with...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Awake within a dream: Lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life People who are aware they are asleep when they are dreaming have better than average problem-solving abilities, new research has discovered. Experts from the University of Lincoln, UK, say that those who experience 'lucid dreaming' –a phenomenon where someone who is asleep can...

Remembrance

Published Date: August 29, 2014
A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

Abu Sayeed Chowdhury (1921-1987) was a renowned jurist, academician, and diplomat and was the second President of Bangladesh. His wise leadership in different sectors played a significant role in shaping Bangladesh's progressive future. We remember this great personality on his 27th death anniversary. Abu Sayeed Choudhury was born on January 5, 1921 to a prominent family of Nagbari in Tangail District His father Abdul Hamid Chowdhury was the speaker of the East Pakistan Provincial Assembly Abu Sayeed Chowdhury graduated in 1940 from the Presidency College, Calcutta He  obtained his Masters and Law degrees from Calcutta University in 1942 and then completed Bar at Law Abu Sayeed Chowdhury  joined the Dhaka High Court Bar in...

Postscript

Published Date: August 29, 2014
My Special Powers

My Special Powers

After much introspection and recalling past events I have reaffirmed my previous hunch - that I have hidden powers. You may think I am talking about psychic visions into the future or the ability to read minds. No, nothing as mundane as that. It is a very special ability – to exude some...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Fake Medicine According to the Special Powers Act 1974, the highest punishment for manufacturing and selling fake and adulterated drugs is death or lifetime imprisonment. But these stipulations are not being implemented to the fullest extent due to weaknesses in the legal fabric and lack of initiatives by the authorities. Despite mobile court drives,...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: August 29, 2014
FERIT ORHAN PAMUK

FERIT ORHAN PAMUK

Born: June 7, 1952 Ferit Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature and numerous other literary awards. "The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse. After all, a woman who doesn't love cats is never going to make a man happy. People only tell lies when there is something they are terribly frightened of losing. [N]othing is as surprising as life. Except for writing. Yes, of course, except for writing, the only consolation."

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: August 29, 2014
The Woodpecker's Song

The Woodpecker's Song

“The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.” ― Eric Berne  

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Voicebox

Voicebox

"The Awami League was given permission to hold the rally at the city's Muktangan that day. But why did the party leaders change the venue at such a short notice? It proves Sheikh Hasina knew about the attack and she was involved in it." TARIQUE RAHMAN BNP Senior Vice Chairman claiming that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was involved in the August 21 attack in which grenades were thrown at Hasina herself. "No matter how high profile a coach is or the players or the selectors are, there has to be an answer for this performance. We will discuss as to how we can come out of these issues at the end of the...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

This week's artist does not require any introduction. He is a singer, a lyricist, a composer and also the founder of the country's one of the leading bands, the LRB. We can go on and on about Ayub Bachchu's many talents but let's just say that he loves to experiment with his creative...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Guavas for Sale A huge number of guavas are sold at tk 1 per kg in the floating market on Bhimruli canal in Jhalakathi.   Taken for a Ride Commuters struggle in the water-logged streets in Agargaon which have been under water for over a week due to incessant rain.       Made in China Jian Lin, 31, a retired...

Cartoon

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

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

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

 

Cover Story

Published Date: August 15, 2014
BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on 15 August 1975 remains testimony to the woeful absence of security around the president. All these years after the tragedy, the significant question remains: why were the intelligence agencies of the government in absolute ignorance of what was afoot? National Security Intelligence,...

  

Chintito

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Humans vs the State

Humans vs the State

Since time immemorial, States have been waging wars against other states (and regions), as well as practising surreptitious and wholesale intimidation against individuals and groups within and outside their borders, usually only to accomplish their expansionist design, or selfish and wrongful economic agenda, or political and religious supremacy. Under-attack States will obviously counter an...

  

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 15, 2014
SCUM POLICY

SCUM POLICY

Two weeks ago Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali had news to break. On July 20 he told journalists present at an inter-ministerial meeting at his secretariat office that a law was being formulated to make sure that the electronic media didn't have any freedom. He broke the news to warn journalists whom...