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Freedom in the air

Cover Story

Published Date: December 19, 2014
THE SONGS OF FREEDOM

THE SONGS OF FREEDOM

Powerful lyrics can be turned into lethal weapons. Even today we are moved by the songs of 'Joy Bangla'r Gaan' (The songs of freedom). These songs have remained in the hearts of countless individuals since their creation in 1971. Mora Ekti Phul Ke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori, Purbo Digonte Shurjo Utheche and Ek...

Chintito

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Come December

Come December

Come December you hope to reminisce the terrible tragedy that befell our torn-apart habitation especially towards the end of our War of Liberation. 14 December 1971. It was a Tuesday. It was the day when the new Bangladesh nation discovered the final brutality of the Pakistan Army and their Bangla-speaking cohorts, the Razakars, the...

Writing the Wrong

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Two Quick Love Bites

Two Quick Love Bites

I am unqualified to dispense relationship advice, yet lately that is precisely what I have been called upon to do more than once. Being posed specific questions has really gotten me thinking about life, love, and people. Most of my ideas come from observing and participating in various dynamics and relationships, some healthy, some...

Interview

Published Date: December 19, 2014
“The Artist Needs the Audience to be Immersed”

“The Artist Needs the Audience to be Immersed”

I met Dr Susie Lingham, on my assignment to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) of which she is the Director, while covering the opening of the Signature Art Prize 2014 at SAM, organised by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation. With a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Literature, Religion and Philosophy from the...

Special Feature

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Second Life: A Miracle of advanced Medical Science

Second Life: A Miracle of advanced Medical Science

It was on the second night that Shahana's husband thought he was signing the death warrant of his wife when he was asked to sign a form granting permission to try a drug, a last resort to bring her back. She  was sedated with ventilator support at the neuro-ICU of a leading private...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Shakir's Gift

Shakir's Gift

To his patients, he is an angel who has pulled them back to life from certain death. This doctor from Delhi may not be able to save all his neurological patients—but he excels in saving patients on whom other doctors had given up hope. The doctor, Dr Shakir Husain is considered a master neurosurgeon...

Achievement

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Worry-less Wireless

Worry-less Wireless

Mobile phones, smart phones more precisely, were invented to make our lives easier. But how many of you are tired of seeing your phones die halfway through the day while you search for phone chargers to recharge your phone? I am one of those people who keeps losing battery chargers. Thus, every other week...

Art

Published Date: December 19, 2014
BECAUSE SHE CARES

BECAUSE SHE CARES

“you and I are here 5000 feet under; under constant threat. The barb wires of power and invasion are coming down on us, to cut our space as far as possible. What is left for humanity is the sheer strength of being human.” This is how Reetu Sattar explains her latest performance '5000 Feet...

Musings

Published Date: December 19, 2014
CHIMES OF FREEDOM

CHIMES OF FREEDOM

Freedom has its own strength. The achievements of an independent Bangladesh are many. The poverty level has plunged. We no longer have famines. In many social development indicators we have done better than neighbouring countries. Our success in women empowerment through microcredit has become a model for others. We have produced a Nobel laureate,...

Reflections

Published Date: December 19, 2014
A Mystical Encounter

A Mystical Encounter

The mist was hanging heavy as I entered the forest. After a short walk, I came across a huge old concrete structure that appeared to loom out of the fog like a dinosaur from Jurassic Park. Broad slabs of stone stairs invitingly led up to the top. Impulsively, I climbed the stairs till I reached the platform on the top. A large bell hung from a heavy stone frame in the centre. Behind, the edifice was partly anchored on a rocky mountain that rose up from a calm blue sea. A short flight of steps led to a green terrace on the mountain slope. 'He…llo…!' I called. My voice travelled...

Village Flute

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Something Happened

Something Happened

 If you ask my judgement the adults spoke sincerely. However, it was when the children spoke, when terror overtook their faces and they were on the verge of tears… I wouldn't have believed it… But in Dharmapur of Dinajpur's Biral Upazila, surely enough, something happened… To find any scrap of Bangladeshi countryside that's unpleasing...

Flashback ’71

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Road to Freedom

Road to Freedom

January 1971. Academic activities had just begun at Tumilia Boys' Primary Government School. After few weeks of classes, school was suspended as the overall situation of the country deteriorated; the liberation war began within weeks. I was a student of grade one. I was just a kid but I can never forget those...

Travel

Published Date: December 19, 2014
GOING DUTCH IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

GOING DUTCH IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

They are the sort of tenants landlords dream of. Seldom moving out and always paying the rent on time. No broken windows or soiled bathrooms. I was taken around one such place on a visit to the Netherlands a week ago. But these tenants are fussy about two things: tip-top air-conditioning and electricity supply....

Health

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is where you have recurring and regular panic attacks, often for no apparent reason. Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety and panic at certain times during their lifetime. It's a natural response to stressful or dangerous situations. However, for someone with panic disorder, feelings of anxiety, stress and panic occur regularly and at any time. Anxiety is a feeling of unease. It can range from mild to severe and can include feelings of worry and fear. There are several conditions that can cause severe anxiety including: ! phobias – an extreme or irrational fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal ! generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) – a long-term condition that causes...

International

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Abe's Japan

Abe's Japan

Prime minister Shinzo Abe has much to smile about after his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) romped back to power in Japan's general election with a two-thirds majority in the Lower House of parliament. Japanese voters gave the 60-year-old premier a renewed mandate to rule, possibly for another four years until the next general election in 2017. What's to be expected from Abe in the months ahead? Abe had said that the snap election, which came at the half-way mark of the Lower House's term, was a referendum on his Abenomics growth policies. That, says political analyst Jiro Yamaguchi of Hosei University, sounded more like an afterthought. Abe was undoubtedly well aware of...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

Terrible Treatment Last week I had to go to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with my friend's relative who was suffering from stomach pain. We somehow managed to get an appointment but couldn't get any bed in the wards. One of the cleaners came to us and asked for some money, saying that he could arrange for a bed for the sick person. The condition of the patient was very critical and so we paid the cleaner the bribe he had asked for. After a couple of hours, a visiting doctor came and checked our patient. He prescribed some tests and added that it would be better for...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

A hidden crisis of violence against women and girls Current efforts to prevent violence against women and girls are inadequate, according to a new series published in The Lancet. Estimates suggest that “globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives.” Despite existing efforts, the report adds, “levels of violence against women—including intimate partner violence, rape, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and forced marriages—remain unacceptably high, with serious consequences for victims' physical and mental health.”    MASS SHOOTINGS DON'T BLAME MENTAL ILLNESS  When a mass shooting occurs there seems to be...

Remembrance

Published Date: December 19, 2014
An Artiste's Life

An Artiste's Life

Khalil Ullah Khan was a leading Bangladeshi actor who achieved equally remarkable success in film, television and theatre. During his 50 years of acting career Khalil starred in 86 movies with pioneers like Zahir Raihan and Kalim Sharafi. This veteran actor was honoured with National Film Awards several times. He played an active role in promoting healthy entertainment and social messages through Bangladeshi films and television serials. We pay homage to this great artiste on his sudden departure from this world on December 7, 2014. Khalil Ullah Khan was born on February 2, 1934 in Kumarpara, Sylhet Along with his police officer father, he travelled to different remote districts of Bengal...

Postscript

Published Date: December 19, 2014
How we see the 'Future of Our Nation'

How we see the 'Future of Our Nation'

On September 28 this year, our President and Prime Minister gave the customary messages of hope and encouragement to the children of the nation – oh and to the world too, to commemorate "World Child Rights Day” and Child Rights Week-2014". The President reiterated the clichéd 'children are the future of the world' mantra and added that that if they were nurtured properly the world and civilisation would prosper. The Prime Minister reminded people that her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had passed the Bangladesh Child Right Law in 1974. She said that her government had taken extensive programmes to improve the lot of the children. Perhaps it was such...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Parenting 101 The cover story came at a time when a lot of parents are wondering about where they have gone wrong in raising their children. I am not a mother yet. So I am not much of an expert on how to raise children. But I have parents and I know how they...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Spider, Spider

Spider, Spider

Habit allowed, steady gains in strength. At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel. - Tryon Edwards

Published Date: December 19, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

With her cooking show Rannaghar, Alpana Habib has carved her culinary niche in the world of cooking and the heart of cooks: from the expert to the beginners. While all the TV channels are loaded with a number of cooking shows, her show stands out for her easy-to-make delicious recipes and mealtime strategies, her advices on healthy food consumption and her easy going hosting. “One of my greatest achievements was a compliment from Siddiqua Kabir, the cooking guru, who believed that we have so many similarities in our cooking and the philosophy behind it,” says Alpana smilingly. It is also very important to her that the recipes work outside...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Voicebox

"Some of you may be surprised by my words. Some of you may think that I am merely chanting diplomatic niceties. Not so. I speak of facts – clear facts." DAN W MOZENA Outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Commented at a discussion titled “America-Bangladesh Relations: Economic and Social Perspective” organised by the Centre for Non-Resident Bangladeshis in Dhaka "Have you ever heard of such arrogance? As if we cared about visas to get in the United States... Idiots!" NICOLAS MADURO Venezuelan president Commented after US said...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Remembering Our Martyrs Dhaka. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina show respect to the martyred by placing wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capital's Mirpur, marking Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14. Heritage Replaced Barisal. The 300-year-old Bakerganj Jail Canal is being filled up to build a drain in its place by...

Cartoon

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: December 12, 2014
PARENTING 101

PARENTING 101

Salma and Anisul Islam welcomed their precious little son four years ago. The moment these two became first time parents to a baby boy, Arka Islam, they vowed that they would leave no stone unturned to bring up a 'good' child. “We were overwhelmed by the well-intended but unsolicited advice of all our family...

Chintito

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Before Death Do Us Apart

Before Death Do Us Apart

It is nowadays a rather common tête-à-tête over the phone or in a larger group at parties that more people today are going through divorce or are separated or are living out. One reason obviously is that there are simply more people, and therefore more marriages, more interactions, more quarrels, more tensions, and...

Current Affairs

Published Date: December 12, 2014
THE LEGACY OF JANATAR MANCHA

THE LEGACY OF JANATAR MANCHA

In UK the ministerial code says a minister of the government must uphold the political impartiality of the civil service and not ask civil servants to act in a way which would conflict with the civil service code. Also, a minister has a duty to ensure that influence over civil service and public appointment is not abused for partisan purposes. The ministerial code specifies other conducts of a minister. Therefore, a minister cannot act on his whims or arrogance. Thus, the government of UK, the birthplace of the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy, tries to ensure high standards of ministers' conduct. Our government feels happy to claim that we are...

Education

Published Date: December 12, 2014
A Gracious Gift

A Gracious Gift

Dhaka University, the largest and oldest university of Bangladesh, is the country's heartland of scholarship and intelligentsia. The then British Raj decided to establish the university in 1921 thanks to the whole hearted donation and contribution of the then Dhaka's Nawab family. Soon after its establishment, it gained the reputation as the Oxford...

Perspective

Published Date: December 12, 2014
HE LOVES YOU, HE BEATS YOU

HE LOVES YOU, HE BEATS YOU

At an international conference on justice and rights for women President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that women should not be regarded as equal to men and that pregnancy presented an obstacle to equal opportunity in the workplace.  “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” Erdogan said “It is against her...

City

Published Date: December 12, 2014
WHAT'S THE HURRY?

WHAT'S THE HURRY?

“Why take the trouble of climbing all these steps, when I can just crawl under this wire?” You take the trouble to save your life. To ensure that you are not responsible for the devastation in your family that will follow your death. According to data provided by the police, around 2132 people lost their...

Impressions

Published Date: December 12, 2014
OF WIT: DISARMING AND DEVASTATING

OF WIT: DISARMING AND DEVASTATING

Maharani of Coochbihar Indira Devi was playing host to the young king of Jaipur Jai Singh in Kolkata. The king had been in courtship with princess Gayatri Devi, the Maharani's daughter. Gayatri had just played tennis with Jai Singh beating him hands down and went on to her mother to give a run down of how she won. And then she casually suggested to her mother that she might try a hand in tennis with the king of Jaipur. This time Jai Singh won convincingly against what turned out to be 'a weak opponent' in the Maharani. The Maharani had only this comment to make to her betrothed daughter:” Well,...

Tribute

Published Date: December 12, 2014
The Story of Dilip Kumar

The Story of Dilip Kumar

Dev Anand once told Dilip Kumar out of professional camaraderie, "Lala, tu sau saal jiye ga." (Lala [his father was Lala Ghulam Sarwar], you will live hundred years). He turned 92 on 11 December. Those who lived to see and enjoy the time are blissfully nostalgic and effusive about Dilip Kumar. Muhammad Yusuf Khan, the man behind the screen name Dilip Kumar held his time with great sway. Satyajit Ray spoke of Dilip Kumar as "the ultimate method actor" as Al Pacino is called. Dilip Kumar left a lofty mark of awesome acting talent during the three decades of his acting career. He influenced the social trends when his films...

Village Flute

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

Bulbul Master knows how it is to stand at the precipice and stare into the abyss. He's been to that dark place where all seems lost, with little left to lose. He survived. Thanks to the great blessings of a singular friend who forced Bulbul to pull himself back; with the truly remarkable support...

International

Published Date: December 12, 2014
PALESTINE COMES OF AGE

PALESTINE COMES OF AGE

When news broke earlier in the week that French parliamentarians had voted in favour of recognising Palestine, more issues were left unsaid than had been reported. Several questions typically remain unasked by Western news media. The answers are likely to be even more elusive. Among them is why did it take so long for...

Art

Published Date: December 12, 2014
ART TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH

ART TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH

During the nation's struggle for independence painter Biren Shome played a vital role in trying to expose the heinous and brutal ways of the Pak army. He painted and drew posters and notices along with others from Bangladesh against the monster Yahya Khan. The bombing, looting and pillage were shown in graphic details...

Health

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive activity. An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person's mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that someone feels they need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought. For example, someone with a fear of their house being burgled may feel they need to check all the windows and doors are locked several times before they can leave the house. OCD symptoms can range from mild to severe....

Musings

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Looking into Winter's Eyes

Looking into Winter's Eyes

It is a gloomy, winter day in Amherst, Massachusetts. Layers of snow cover trees and ground. The snow is like white caps of different shapes and sizes. The hushed silence of deep winter hangs heavy in the air. But stillness rings the memory chords of warmer days past. And thoughts move forward to...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

WHY DIDN'T I HELP? While veering to the left on the way from Kuril flyover, my bus suddenly hit a motorcycle that was coming from the wrong direction. We witnessed a terrible accident. Our bus hit a pillar to evade the motorcycle, leaving the bus assistant dead on the spot. I escaped out...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Benefits of fasting that you didn't  know about In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study by the University of Southern shows that “cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage – a major side effect of chemotherapy –...

Remembrance

Published Date: December 12, 2014
The Dreamer of Independent Bengal

The Dreamer of Independent Bengal

Huseyn Shahid Suhrawardi was one of the most influential Bengali politicians in the first half of the 20th century. His immense political contribution shaped the birth of two nations: Pakistan and Bangladesh. He served as the Chief Minister of Bengal in British India and was elected as the fifth Prime Minister of Pakistan. His determined leadership and guidance inspired leaders like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to fight for the rights of our countrymen. We remember this great leader on his 51st death anniversary. Huseyn Shahid Suhrawardi was born on September 8, 1892 in a prominent Muslim family of West Bengal His father Justice Sir Zahid Suhrawardy was a judge at the...

Postscript

Published Date: December 12, 2014
The Tale of a lost Garden

The Tale of a lost Garden

Once upon a time people used to come from the corners of Dhaka to see a place called Gulshan which means garden. It was famous for its elegance and quiet beauty. The houses were like mini resorts with lawns and fragrant flowered trees, there were lakes – yes real lakes surrounding Gulshan. The...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

The Power of Love I find it shocking that CRP is the only rehabilitation centre in Bangladesh for victims of spinal cord injury.  The question that comes to my mind is this: What would have happened if Valerie Taylor wasn't there to provide care and training to these people? I cannot imagine how the...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: December 12, 2014
BRIAN JOHNSON

BRIAN JOHNSON

5 October 1947 English singer and songwriter Brian Johnson has been the lead singer of Australian rock band AC/DC since 1980. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. "People are famous for being famous and for nothing else. And good luck to them, because it lasts about a year and then they're nothing again. When I was in school, I used to look out the window and see the big red double-deck buses driving by. It just looked so free.      Where I lived, it was a cold mining place, a village            called Dunston. The only time you saw a   Rolls-Royce was when        somebody died. I used to have the Range Rover LR3, which I loved very, very...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Poor but Determined

Poor but Determined

Instead of using cattle to pull the plough on his farmlands, a poor farmer takes the help of his children to do the task.

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Voicebox

"As Wikileaks could leak so much things, question paper leak also is not an impossible matter. It may be done by any poor staff of BG Press or ministry or DG (education) office." MD MOSTAFIZUR RAHMAN Primary and mass education minister Said as Wikileaks could leak huge documents and information, PSC exam question papers also can be leaked easily at an exchange of views with teachers at Kendua in Netrakona "This isn't going to be solved overnight, this is something that is deeply...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

You can't think of the Bangladeshi art scene without thinking of Alak Roy. One of the most renowned sculptors of the country, Roy showed promise from a very young age, receiving the Best Sculpture award in 1979 at the Young Artists Exhibition organised by the Shilpakala Academy. He was honoured at the Contest...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

High Yield Chittagong. Farmers take their harvest back home at Gumai Beel in Rangunia upazila, Chittagong. The Ministry of Agriculture stated that three tonnes of rice per hectare was produced here last year. Being a Good Neighbour Dhaka. Bangladesh sent 1 lakh litres of drinking water and five desalination machines to the Maldives on Sunday,...

Cartoon

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: December 5, 2014
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS

At around 8:30, a sunny and cool November morning is just beginning in Khagan, Savar, and cars are pulling into the parking lot of the BRAC-CDM. At the reception, people—more than 400 of them—are waiting patiently to register for the 2014 ASCoN Annual Conference. Some of them have travelled from the US and...

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