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Front Pagearrow Mass arrests challenged
Rights groups yesterday challenged mass arrests in a writ petition to the High Court (HC), a day after the government halted a clampdown in Dhaka that arrested over 7,000 people in eight days.
 arrow Dhaka watches as 23 countries sign treaty
Leaving out Bangladesh, 23 Asian countries have signed a UN-brokered landmark treaty in Shanghai to complete a 140,000-km trans-Asian highway network linking Tokyo with Singapore, Istanbul and St Petersburg.
 arrow PM okays BTTB's cellphone deal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has given the go-ahead to the $76 million equipment purchase contract for the controversial cellphone project of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).
 arrow They are not friends...

 arrow Pilots refuse to fly old F28s to Nepal
Pilots of Biman's F28 aircraft have been refusing to fly the aging planes to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu since Sunday, citing frequent technical breakdown in icy conditions during flight over the
 arrow 64 killed as US forces crack down in Najaf
US troops fought militiamen overnight near Najaf, killing 64 gunmen and destroying an anti-aircraft gun.
 arrow Scientists close to creating substitutes for blood
A team of researchers led by a Bangladeshi scientist has made a discovery that could lead to the creation of substitutes for blood.
 arrow Record security for 2-day hartal
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces two days of countrywide hartal today and tomorrow amid heavy deployment of police to quell antigovernment tempers.
 arrow Seven-day no work trap
Bangladesh appears set to count as much as a week in lost workdays with the enforcement of hartal for two consecutive days from today.
 arrow Govt clinically dead
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) at a rally in the city yesterday repeated their ultimatum to the government to quit power by the month's end.
 arrow Govt plans to cancel Proshika's registration
The ruling BNP-led alliance is planning to take action against some individuals and non-governmental organisations, including cancelling NGO Proshika's registration, for reportedly helping the Awami League
 arrow Telecoms rate cut effective from May 1
The new reduced rates for Nation Wide Dialling (NWD) and International Subscribers Dialling (ISD) calls will come into effect from May 1.
 arrow Politics rife with speculation
With only two days left to the main opposition Awami League's April 30 deadline for unseating the BNP-led coalition government, speculations mixed with apprehensions are mounting in the political arena
 arrow EC to ask govt to deploy army
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to ask the government to deploy army during municipal corporation polls to arrest law and order downslide in the constituencies.
 arrow Hangmen in White

 arrow Congress catches up in Indian polls race
With polling completed in more than half of India's 543 parliamentary constituencies, the race for power is getting increasingly tight with every passing day.
 arrow Unite to unseat 'failed govt'
Professionals including lawyers, physicians, engineers, teachers and journalists yesterday called for a united movement to oust the 'failed government'.
 arrow Full use of WTO clause to yield billions
Bangladesh can earn around US$ 11.
 arrow Look at the sky for a celestial fiesta
People who are superstitious won't find it easy for the next month or so.

If they look into the sky one night next week, they may see... a red Moon.

 arrow 1 killed, 2 hurt as robbers trade fires with jt force
An alleged robber was killed and two others injured in a gunfight with a joint force of police, Ansar and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles in Ikuria village under Keraniganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Lawmakers slam minister for 'erroneous' list of defaulters
Lawmakers yesterday came down hard on the post and telecommunications minister in parliament and said the telephone bill defaulters' list he cited in the House on Monday was 'erroneous'.
 arrow JS body slams Danish release on Akbar
The parliamentary standing committee on foreign ministry yesterday accused the Danish embassy in Dhaka of violating the Vienna Convention by interfering in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.
 arrow By-polls in Dhaka- 10, Munshiganj June 6
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced by-election at Dhaka-10 and Munshiganj-1 constituencies of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on June 6.
 arrow JCD men run rampage at Ctg terminal for toll
A group of extortionists, allegedly Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres, went on rampage at the port city's Bahaddarhat bus terminal yesterday as they failed to realise Tk 1 lakh in toll from the terminal
 arrow Surviving twin out of danger
Halima, the Siamese twin separated from her sister last Sunday, continues to do well.

Physicians at Islamic Bank Hospital in the city yesterday stated her condition as 'stable'.

 arrow Students block highway, ask RU to cancel appointments
Students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday formed a human chain on Dhaka-Rajshahi highway demanding immediate cancellation of recruitment of 544 third and fourth class employees at the university.
 arrow Students stage sit-in, issue ultimatum
Some 2,000 students of the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) staged a sit-in in front of the administrative building yesterday protesting Monday's armed attack on the general students
 arrow Businesses near the AL's headquarters...

 arrow Schoolboy makes a narrow escape from kidnappers
A schoolboy yesterday made an escape ten minutes after he was kidnapped in Kushtia, while police in the adjacent district of Jhenidah found the dead body of a young man abducted last Sunday.
 arrow Baby boy Iman's surrender was a 'game'
Three-year-old Iman Ali's surrender before court was 'a stage-managed game' by his father Anwar Ali, alleged a relative of Dulari Begum, complainant of an attempted murder case in which Anwar Ali's son
 arrow 2 labs set up in Faridpur to find cause of Nipah outbreak
Experts from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Atlanta, US has set up two laboratories in Faridpur to assess initial cause of Nipah virus outbreak there.
 arrow Four killed in road crash
Four people, including the driver of a bus, were killed and 25 others injured when the speeding vehicle overturned on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Khadghar in Chandina upazila yesterday.
 arrow Hoodlums rough up police SI
Three days after gunning down a staff of a lawmaker, the same gang of hoodlums severely assaulted a sub-inspector (SI) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday and took awayhis
 arrow Blasts heard in Damascus
Blasts and heavy shooting have shaken the Syrian capital, Damascus, late yesterday, according to Arab television stations.
Businessarrow Decent working conditions needed to wooing investors
Speakers at a policy dialogue yesterday underlined creating a decent working condition to woo local and foreign investors into generating more employment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Raise accounting standard to ensure good corporate governance: BB governor
Collaboration between regulatory and professional bodies can improve standard of accounting that will ensure good corporate governance in financial entities, Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmedsaid
 arrow Warsaw summit begins today to discuss economic impact of EU enlargement
Representatives from 45 countries -- and thousands of anti-globalisation demonstrators -- are expected in the Polish capital from Wednesday, for a three-day summit devoted to the economic impact of the
 arrow EU, Russia agree on new partnership deal
The European Union and Russia averted a crisis in relations with a last-minute deal on Tuesday to extend their political and economic ties to eight former Soviet satellite states and two other countries
 arrow Annan urges trade reform to help poorest nations
A reviving economy is helping the world's poorest countries climb out of poverty, but more trade with rich nations would help even more, leaders of a UN campaign to spur global development said Monday.
 arrow FBCCI team off to Pakistan
An 18-member business delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) left Dhaka yesterday for Karachi on a five-day visit.
 arrow New business centre opened at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel
A new business centre has been opened at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin formally inaugurated the centre yesterday.

 arrow United Leasing declares 55pc dividend
United Leasing Company Limited has declared a dividend of Tk 55 per Tk 100 share for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Rangpur Foundry holds dealers' confce
Rangpur Foundry Limited, manufacturer and marketer of cast iron, PVC pipe and plastic products, organised its Dealers' Conference 2004 on Sunday at Ghorashal in Narsingdi.
 arrow Dhaka Bank signs deal with CDBL to demat shares
Dhaka Bank Limited has signed an agreement with the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) for dematerialisation of its shares through the Central Depository System (CDS).
 arrow DSE turns 50
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), country's premier bourse, turns 50 today.
 arrow Siemens opens showroom at Gulshan
Siemens Bangladesh Limited has opened a showroom of the company at Gulshan in Dhaka.
 arrow Al Jazeera to sponsor tourism summit of Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has announced Al Jazeera TV channel as a platinum sponsor of the World Travel and Tourism Council's Fourth Global Travel and Tourism Summit slated for May 1-3 in Doha.
 arrow HSBC donation to 'Friendship' handed over
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh donated Tk 300,000 to the Friendship, an organisation working towards the healthcare and development of underprivileged people
 arrow ECB chief warns over EU deficits in coming years
European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet warned on Tuesday that several EU member states risk posting public deficits in excess of EU rules in the years ahead.
 arrow General Motors to move regional HQ from S’pore
US auto giant General Motors (GM) will relocate its Asia Pacific office out of Singapore, the company said Tuesday, with the media reporting Shanghai is the most likely option for its new regional home.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Biman offload GrameenPhone
Bangladesh Bi-man staked their claim as serious title contenders in the first-ever GrameenPhone Corporate Cri-cket League when the national airliners snapped Grameen-Phone's winning streak in the competition
 arrow Football: Shantoo gives his reasons
Coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo expressed his disappointment at not getting enough time to prepare the team despite the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF)'s promise.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani gr-champs
Rising Star Club, Brothers Union and Abahani Krira Chakra moved into the super-six round of the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League as Group A, B and C champions respectively.
 arrow Cricket: S'kara shines as SL win
Kumar Sangakkara and Upul Chandana scored contrasting half-centuries to set up Sri Lanka's comfortable 72-run victory over Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels dispute ZCU claim
The Zimbabwe Cricket Union's (ZCU) claim that it has agreed a mediation procedure with the 15 rebel players refusing to represent their country has been disputed.
 arrow Cricket: Same WI for 4th ODI
England captain Michael Vaughan is approaching the remainder of the one-day series in the Caribbean with mixed feelings.
 arrow Cricket: ADCCB to persuade BCCI
In a bid to rescue an exhibition match between Indian and Pakistani XIs in the United Arab Emirates, the top official of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Control Board (ADCCB) has gone to India, newspapers saidTuesday.
 arrow Thorpe can swim 400m
Australian swimming superstar Ian Thorpe on Tuesday gratefully accepted a second chance to defend his Olympic 400m title at the Athens Games in August.
 arrow Football: Time to show off
Six weeks before the first ball of Euro 2004 is kicked in anger players still hoping to make it to the party in Portugal will be out to impress in Wednesday's latest batch of warm-ups.
 arrow Football: Never say die!
Roberto Baggio's long goodbye to professional soccer began last December, when he told a regional television station that he planned to hang up his boots at the end of the Serie A season.
 arrow Football: He sleeps and that's art!
Given the recent accusations he has faced about alleged adultery, retiring to a Madrid hotel room with a young woman and a video camera might seem a risky move for England captain David Beckham.
 arrow Hockey: BD hockey team sinks Singapore
The Bangladesh hockey team confirmed it would finish at least in sixth position at the Fifth Asia Cup Junior (under-21) Championship after blanking Singapore 3-0 in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mazhar powers Dhaka Metro
A blazing century by Mazhar gave Dhaka Metro Blues a massive 91-run victory against Barisal Division in the second phase of the under-17 development cricket tournament at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Soccer tourney
The Bangladesh Nepal Traders Association has arranged a 10-team football tournament from June 10 at the Panchagarh District Stadium.
 arrow Basketball: DU basketball
Department of Marketing became Group D champions in the Dhaka University inter-departmental basketball competition beating Economics Department 41-38 at the university gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Young stumper needs help
Wicketkeeper Hasibul Haque hopes that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will help him recover from a serious head injury.
 arrow Cricket: Imran slams medical quiz
Former Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan Tuesday blasted the sport's authorities for conducting a medical inquiry over fitness problems following home series defeats against India.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo almost there
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo is very close to clinching a move to English Premiership club Bolton, according to the player's English agent Peter Harrison on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Police raid DU hall
Police arrested three activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and three outsiders from the Haji Mohammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University in a raid after a group of JCD activists beat up a fellow workerover
 arrow JCD attack on SUST students condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) has condemned the attack on general students staging a sit-in on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) on April 26.
 arrow Portray beauty of life
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday called upon the photo journalists to portray the beauty of life through their photographs.
 arrow BCL demands resignation of coalition govt
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the BNP-led coalition government for its failure to ensure public security
 arrow CU student stabbed to death
A student of Chittagong University (CU) was stabbed to death by miscreants in the city on Monday.

He was identified as Mezbah Uddin Bappi, first year honours student of Statistics department.

 arrow BMA programme to identify arsenic victims in 27 dists
Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) yesterday launched a special programme to identify and manage the arsenic victims yesterday.
 arrow DU dev studies admission test
Admission test for the postgraduate course in development studies at Dhaka University (DU) will be held at the Lecture Theater building from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on Friday.
 arrow 12th Saarc Summit has removed mistrust: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said a new window has opened up for meaningful cooperation among the South Asian nations with the successful holding of 12th Saarc summit in Islamabad that removed
 arrow RU closed for three days as Shibir defies ban on politics
Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally defying ban on politics on the campus.
 arrow Garment workers seek job security
Bangladesh Garments Workers' Unity Council (BGWUC) yesterday asked Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association to ensure job security for garment workers.
 arrow BSF team due today
A 15-member delegation of Border Security Force (BSF) of India arrives in Dhaka today to attend a five-day director general (DG) level border conference between

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the BSF,

Nationalarrow A little govt attention can do a lot
They are landless but have changed their lot only in six years through hard labour.

All in 750 families, except children, remain busy weaving costly and fashionable Benarasi Sai.

 arrow Jalil will face public wrath after Apr 30
Awami League (AL) Secretary General Abddul Jalil will face public wrath after April 30 wherever he moves in the country because of his party's undemocratic political activities, speakers said at a council
 arrow 90 pc accused freed for lack of evidence, weak probe
About 90 per cent of the accused in cases under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act are acquitted because allegations against them can not be roved due to lack of evidence and "weak" police
 arrow One to die, 4 others of a family get life
The Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday convicted five persons of a family, one of them with death sentence, in the sensational Humaun Kabir murder case.
 arrow Planned shrimp enclosure protested
A tense situation is prevailing as hundreds of land-owning farmers are protesting an attempt by some influential people to turn about 2000 hectares of cropland into shrimp enclosures in Char Emarson,Char
 arrow Compost fertiliser from garbage
A project has been taken up to produce compost fertiliser from garbage dumped at Mymensingh town.
 arrow Chattagram Bidroho Dibash observed
The historic Chattagram Jubo Bidroho Dibash, youth revolt day, was observed in Chittagong in a befitting manner.
 arrow JU admission test result on May 22
A total of 42,192 candidates sat for 1,100 seats in the nine-day Jahangirnagar University (JU) admission tests.
 arrow 23 saw mills in Bhaluka closed
Twenty-three saw mills located in Bhaluka forest area have been closed on April 22.
 arrow Rafi gets scholarship
Syed Sami-ul-Haque (Rafi) secured fourth place on the combined merit list in the talent pool at Junior Scholarship Examination 2003 from Udyan High School in Barisal.
 arrow Tetli UP chairman gets bail
A Union Parishad (UP) chairman arrested in connection with an incident of bank microbus loot was granted bail on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow South Asian hydro-politics
Rivers know no boundaries. What happens at their sources and upstream reaches will reverberate all through their courses until they reach the ocean.
 arrow Character assassination of Muslim Americans
The unkindest cut that can be inflicted on an individual or a group of people is by preventing the individual or the group from defining who they are.
 arrow Greek Cypriots’ gift to Turkish Cypriots!
The UN organised refer-endum with the powerful blessing of Secretary General Kofi Annan has resulted in making the division of Cyprus de jure.
 arrow Can we win the race?
In seems that the race between population increase and economic growth in Bangladesh is in full swing and perhaps the result has already been decided.
Culturearrow Rock bands flaunt their talent in Chittagong
We rode approximately 160 miles on a bus to catch the show at the Chittagong Medical College Auditorium.
 arrow 'I'm making my dream film Haajar Bachhar Dhorey' --Suchanda
Haajar Bachhar Dhorey is a distinguished novel by veteran cultural personality Zahir Raihan that represents the conventional rustic life of Bangladesh of the mid-1960s.
 arrow TV play Gangchil Bhalobasha is on VCD
Popular TV play Gangchil Bhalobasha by Mohon Khan is now available on VCD. Jahid Hasan and Shomi Kaisar play the romantic duo directed by Mohon Khan.

Synopsis: Dia and Pulok grow up together.

Generalarrow Lack of funds hits roadwork in three hill districts
Inadequate flow of funds has left 15 road construction projects in the three hill districts and in Cox's Bazar in limbo.
 arrow Mass arrests condemned
The South Asian People's Union (SAPU) against fundamentalism and communalism has condemned recent mass arrests of innocent people by police in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow FEMA to observe poura polls
The National Executive Committee of FEMA has decided to observe forthcoming pourasabha election by deploying stationary poll observers.
 arrow Police submit charge sheet against Babul
Badda Police yesterday pressed charges against Nurul Islam Babul, Chairman of Jamuna Group, in the attempted rape case.
Internationalarrow Saudis sound 'alert' over ties with US
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal warned that US-Saudi relations were being dangerously undermined by misconceptions about alleged Saudi support for militant groups.
 arrow Letter warns of plot against embassies in Singapore, KL
Police in Malaysia and Singapore were put on alert Monday after the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur received a letter threatening "a plot of some sort" against Thailand's embassies and ambassadors in Kuala
 arrow Can Sonia lead anti-BJP alliance?
Will Sonia Gandhi, the Italy-born head of India's main opposition Congress Party, be able to lead an anti-BJP alliance in the event of regaining power in the parliamentary elections?

The question

 arrow Iraqi official blames US for Najaf standoff
Iraq's current Governing Council president said Monday the United States has only itself to blame for the military deadlock at Najaf and Fallujah because it allowed its troops to change from "an armyof
 arrow Attack by ex-diplomats adds to Blair's woes
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was pondering yesterday how best to respond to a withering and virtually unprecedented condemnation of his policies in Iraq and the wider Middle East by 52 former top
 arrow China widens Sars quarantine nets to sever infection chain
China has isolated more than 600 people in Beijing as it races to sever a chain of infection that leaked from a laboratory and could spread as tens of millions travel the country for the annual May Day
 arrow Jordan thwarts al-Qaeda chemical bomb plot
Jordan foiled an al-Qaeda chemical bomb plot against the intelligence services HQ using trucks packed with 20 tons of explosives that could have killed as many as 80,000 people, security officials said
 arrow Democrats propose new plan for 'war on terror'
If the United States is to win its "war on terror" it must overcome hostility abroad and halt the rise of militants with a new "Marshall Plan" for the Muslim world, two leading Democratic lawmakers say.
 arrow School bus collides with train in India: 4 pupils dead
At least four children were killed and 21 others injured yesterday when their school bus collided with a passenger train in West Bengal, police said.

"There were 40 children in the bus.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Withdrawal from mass arrest
The government has cried a halt to its mass arrest campaign. But, we believe, the damage has already been done in terms of enormity of public suffering, our democratic image, and governance credibility.
 arrow Editorial: Middle East in a shambles
With in a space of a month, two senior leaders of the Hamas were made the victims of targeted killing by the occupation Israeli forces. Perhaps the next on the list is Yasser Arafat.
 arrow A damning portrait of President Bush
Possibly no other US President during his tenure has seen so many books released which are critical of his administration, as has President Bush.
 arrow In NDA's economic cuckooland: Chasing the growth mirage
For a former junior army officer from a feudal background, who isn't known for learning, Mr Jaswant Singh exudes amazing self-confidence bordering on hubris.
 arrow Can we be optimistic?
This write up is not intended to shock any one. This is purely my personal view. Over the years I have, according to my friends, lived up to my reputation as a pessimist.
Letters to Editorarrow Wholesale arrests
The BNP led alliance government is very jittery about the April 30 deadline. And the Awami League has no right to make any attempt to oust a democratically elected government by force.
 arrow A political circus?
I am shocked by the recent government action of arresting innocent people to derail the opposition programmes.
 arrow Poverty alleviation
This letter is a reaction to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report.
 arrow Bangla New Year
The Bangla New Year starts with the month of Baishakh . People celebrate Pahela Baishakh in a mood of reviving our own culture and values.
 arrow Mobile hazard
We, the customers, tolerate everything, even when the mobile companies impose rude conditions on us.
 arrow Medical profession and ethics
A person seeks the help of a physician only when he feels that his well-being and his very life are in jeopardy. A patient, however mighty he/she may be, becomes an instant weakling.
 arrow 'UGC and foreign affiliated university'
It refers to the news item 'Foreign university campus goes without approval' published recently in an English language daily.
 arrow Higher education in disarray
There is no government budget allocation for recruitment of additional teachers for non-govt. degree colleges offering Honours and Masters courses under National University.
 arrow Where is the martyr of 1757?
I am responding to Mr. Mehbub's letter published on 23 April. In the history of the subcontinent the Battle of Pallasy is recognised as an important event .
 arrow Remember Quo Vadis?
In response to the Hawa Bhaban gherao programme called by the opposition parties on 21 April, the police themselves had gheraoed the entire Banani area.
 arrow Foreign trained Bangladeshis
A number of letters have been published in DS where non-resident Bangladeshis have expressed their desire to come back or visit Bangladesh to share some of their experiences with their or their parents'
 arrow Contain terrorism
We often get news of illegal trafficking of foreign currencies out of Bangladesh. The latest attempt was made on 5 March, 2004.
StarTecharrow Intel still tops the line of processors
Intel Corporation launched four new processors built on the company's industry-leading, high-volume 90-nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology in Bangladesh on April 22.
 arrow Land allocated for Hi-Tech Park
COUNTRY'S first High-tech Park with the allocation of 231.685 acres of land at Kaliakoir, close to Talibabad earth satellite station went under construction.
 arrow New mineral found on the Moon
A new mineral formed by repeated bombardments from meteorites and other space debris has been found in a meteorite that fell to Earth from the moon in 2000, researchers reported on Monday.
Star Chittagongarrow Coast guards, port security men on high alert
Coast guards and port security personnel were put on high alert amid intensified surveillance on the river Karnaphuli and its estuary to track down illegal operation of fishing trawlers, mechanised boats
 arrow They make father's dream come true
Once social worker Dr Matin dreamt of establishing a hospital to reach healthcare services to the poor people of his village Barkal in Chandanaish upazila and surrounding areas.
 arrow Serene & Beautiful

Star Cityarrow Diarrhoea cases on steady rise
Diarrhoea situation in the city is taking an alarming turn with the hospitals and clinics struggling to cope with the increasing number of patients.
 arrow Where do the 'missing' passports go?
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) that has been trying to trace lost blank passports for the last seven years made a little headway in recovery.
 arrow Nuisance in Public Places

 arrow Plainclothes police teams patrol Old Dhaka
Businesspeople in Old Dhaka say the situation has improved over the last two weeks as the authorities deployed about 150 undercover policemen to control crime.

"The situation is better now.

 arrow Underpasses unsafe, unclean
Pedestrians encounter inadequate lighting, rain and insecurity when using the underpasses in Gulistan, Karwan Bazar and Gabtoli.