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Harold Bloom, author of ‘Anxiety of Influence,’ dies at 89

New York  (AP/UNB) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal “The Anxiety of Influence” and melancholy regard for literature’s old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom’s wife, Jeanne, said that he had been failing health, although he continued to write books and ... Read More »

The surrender of intelligence

Sudhirendar Sharma While there is no denying that algorithms have eased life by managing the information explosion, that it does so at the cost of reducing rich diversity into a world of niches has often gone unnoticed? Google does what confidantes used to, lending advice for resolving personal and professional matters. Read More »

‘Peace Be Upon You, Davos’

17 poets and 55 poems, these are the numbers of this verse, in short, strongly desired by the Malaysian poet Rokiah Hashim. The title already contains the ultimate essence: peace and harmony as languages proper to poetry, as an open hand to welcome differences and to change the world. Read More »

Beginnings without end

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma Early through the novel one learns a rather strange practice of women giving birth while ‘standing like a mare’, priding themselves that nobody other than the midwives witness the child birth. Read More »

Tibetan vocabulary takes over 1,500 new words, expressions

More than 1,500 new words and expressions have been added to Tibetan vocabulary since 2018, authorities from southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region said. The list includes frequently used expressions in politics, finance, the internet, over 500 terms related to electric power and 150-plus terms involving Tibetan Opera and traditional Tibetan dances, according to the regional committee on the standardization of ... Read More »

Rabindranath’s 78th death anniversary observed

Dhaka, Aug 6 (UNB) – The 78th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, is being observed on Tuesday. Tagore, who enriched the Bengali language and literature with his astounding talent and merit, died on this day in 1941 at the age of 80. Different organisations are holding many programmes while television channels are airing special productions based ... Read More »

New book on antimicrobial resistance published

TWN Series on Antimicrobial Resistance no. 1 The Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance and the Challenges and Needs of Developing Countries By Martin Khor Publisher: TWN ISBN: 978-967-0747-30-9 Year: 2019 No. of pages: 40 14 cm x 21 cm About the Book Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – in which a microorganism (such as a bacterium, virus, fungus or parasite) becomes resistant ... Read More »

Can a book tell the history of the Ganga?

May 26, 2019 SANDRP Book Review: “Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River” by Sudipta Sen. Penguin Viking. 2019. PP 445 + (xvi) “Panditaraja Jagannath, Mughal court poet extraordinaire, a scholar of Linguistics, poetics, and philosophy, hounded by the Brahmin orthodoxy led by Hara Dikshita for marrying a Muslim woman, sought refuge on the steps of Banaras by the side ... Read More »

Columbia University to produce Obama presidency oral history

Chicago, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of Obama’s presidency. The former president is a graduate of Columbia University, which ... Read More »

Aid to education falls slightly in 2017

In 2017, aid to education totaled US$ 13.2 billion, down 2% or US$288 million compared to 2016. The figures, released by the Global Education Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO, show the levels of aid to education continue to stagnate, growing by only 1% per year on average since 2009. Much of the cut to total aid to education can be ... Read More »

Complex at Tagore’s house Kuthibari in BD nears completion

Kushtia, May 10 – The construction of a magnificent complex is on in full swing at Shilaidaha Kuthibari, Rabindranath Tagore’s country house that holds numerous memories of the celebrated poet. Deputy Commissioner of the district Aslam Hossain says he is happy with the pace of work. “Everyone’s saying that the work’s quality is very good. At the current pace, I ... Read More »

Francophonie prize-winning ceremony Friday

Every year, the Francophone community celebrates and promotes worldwide the use of the French language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity. In the framework of the 2019 edition, Alliance Française de Dhaka with the Francophone diplomatic missions in Bangladesh has offered a rich programme of activities (concerts, exhibitions, contests, Francophonie short film festival 2019…) during the month of March. ... Read More »

Never to fly again

M ZAHIDUL HAQUE The sky was clear The sun was shining A dazzling morning! Everything was perfect No fear of any turbulence The pilot was in relaxed mood Navigating me in his full confidence. I was in a maiden flight, From New York to London Feeling proud to be A Queen in the sky! Then so many winters passed With ... Read More »

PM unveils ‘Bangla Bhashar Bangabandhu’

Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday unveiled the cover of a book titled ‘Bangla Bhashar Bangabandhu’, which illustrated the contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the Language Movement and Bangla. She uncovered the pictorial book at the outset of cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while ... Read More »

Ekushey Book Fair ends – sale proceeds Taka 780 milliom

Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB)— The extended Amar Ekushey Book Fair ended Saturday, recording huge sale and witnessing a mass gathering of book lovers. The fair was originally scheduled to end on Thursday but the government extended it. In the last days, many visitors complained that they could not find the books they were looking for. Most of the stalls also ... Read More »

Bangla Academy announces ‘Gunijon Sahitya Puroskar’

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Bangla Academy announced the list of winners of its “Gunijon Sahitya Puroskar” chosen from among the publishing houses participating at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The awards will be handed over to the winners on the closing day of the month-long fair on February 28, said a press release of Bangla academy issued on Sunday ... Read More »