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September 2015: From Editor’s Desk

According to Wikipedia ``An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth, which can be violent enough to destroy major buildings and kill thousands of people. The severity of the shaking can range from barely felt to violent enough to toss people around. Earthquakes have destroyed whole cities. They result from the sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time.’’

From the beginning of the world Earthquake became a part of common but deadly disaster which is beyond any comprehension till to date. Many civilizations were destroyed, human lives were lost, geography of a continent was changed, but there is nothing invented so far to forecast an earthquake. Science and technology have reached beyond the solar systems but failed to stop the devastation of tremors, halt the seismic waves. Main problem of an earthquake is not only the devastation it causes, rather total helplessness in the face of uncertainty and the aftermath leaves the affected people utterly traumatized. What happened in recent past in Nepal is a burning example.

Bangladesh sits right in between the most probable earthquake prone region of the world. Being a densely populated area Bangladesh might face a doomsday like scenario in case of a massive earthquake. Considering our economic constraints and unplanned format of the cities we will be in utter shambles just to manage the aftermath. So far our disaster management system concerning an earthquake is not up to the standard. Syed Zarif U Ahmed -a student of North South University has tried to explain the cruel nature of earthquake and related it to the `probable’ scenario in respect to Bangladesh. We always encourage the youngsters to write for our journal and the current cover story titled` Earthquake: When The Earth Trembles’ is one such endeavor by a very young student.

On the other hand, Dr. Hamid Hossain has written an interesting article on US top secret reconnaissance program from Pakistan’s air base at Badaber during cold war era. In 1960s the spying missions conducted from this air base where other than Americans none was permitted to enter became infamous all around the world. High tech U-2 spy planes used to fly over the Soviet Union to collect information about military bases and other related issues. Col Powers while flying such a mission was surprisingly shot down by Soviet SAM which could hit a high altitude target. This very incident shook the world in 1962.

In present day world South China sea has become a focal point in terms of strategy and conflict reshaping the overall balance of power. In this respect, relation between China- Japan and South Korea has become very vital. We have presented the official version of Japanese foreign policy concerning this developing issue.

Other articles are there as usual. We would welcome valued comments from our esteemed readers.

May Allah bless Bangladesh.