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Front Pagearrow Counter-terrorism deal with America likely
Bangladesh and the United States are likely to sign a protocol on counter-terrorism collaboration soon after mulling details of cooperative proposals in the coming months in both Dhaka and Washington,
 arrow Bomb blast at Sylhet house kills two
Two people including an 11-year-old boy were killed in a bomb blast at a house in the city suburb of Pirerbazar Kachuabahor on the Sylhet-Tamabil Road yesterday morning.
 arrow Market turns into criminals' den
Outlawed political outfits and criminal gangs have for long been using Aziz Co-operative Supermarket at Shahbagh as a hideout, taking advantage of the scanty intelligence watch on it.
 arrow EPZ agro-based units to get cash incentive
The government yesterday decided to provide 30 percent cash incentive to agro-based industries in the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) to encourage export of agricultural products.
 arrow Secular forces target of bomb attacks
Secular forces are the main target of bomb attacks, opposition leaders told visiting US State Department Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator J Cofer Black during a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Black calls govt steps 'timely'
The United States yesterday appreciated the government steps in response to the grenade blasts in an Awami League rally on August 21 and assured necessary assistance in the ongoing investigation intothe
 arrow More bomb threats to DU, Bandarban festivals
An anonymous caller Saturday threatened to blow up Dhaka University's (DU) Science Complex Building and the intelligence agencies in Bandarban have received similar threats to the district's cultural,
 arrow Janmastami today
Janmastami, the celebration of the birthday of Lord Krishna and one of the biggest religious festivals of Hindus, will be celebrated across the country today.
 arrow Boys collected bomb from Sylhet cantt
A group of teenagers collected the bomb from the Firing Range of Jalalabad Cantonment that went off apparently because of careless handling yesterday, killing two people in Sylhet.
 arrow Discord, indecision hobble anti-govt agitation
A discord in the left alliance and indecision of the main opposition Awami League (AL) on agitation strategy are hobbling the efforts of the mainstream opposition parties to launch a broad-based antigovernment
 arrow BNP desperate to keep AL isolated from minor parties
The BNP policymakers are as busy as a bee to keep the minor political parties, specially the left-leaning ones, away from forging alliance with the main opposition Awami League, which has launched a movement
 arrow Russians weep, bury siege victims
Mothers with tears flowing down their faces and men trying hard to hide their emotions buried their children and relatives Sunday as the death toll from Russia's worst ever hostage crisis climbed towards
 arrow Cops clueless to 16 Sylhet blasts
Sixteen bomb blasts have ripped through Sylhet region since 1997 claiming 26 people, but most investigations found no leads.
 arrow Verdict on jail killing tomorrow
Judgement in the sensational Jail Killing Case will be pronounced tomorrow.
 arrow Probe body biased towards BNP
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday accused the one-member judicial investigation commission formed by the government to probe the August 21 deadly grenade attack on an AL rallyof
 arrow 70 killed capturing Saddam aide
Iraqi and US forces have arrested a man believed to be the most-wanted Saddam Hussein aide still on the run in a bloody raid in which 70 of his supporters have been killed and 80 captured, the government
 arrow Signs of discord at Kashmir talks
Signs of discord have emerged between India and Pakistan as foreign ministers from the nuclear armed rivals meet to review and advance a peace process that has faltered recently over Kashmir.
 arrow Alliance, AL-backed panels share DU syndicate posts
Ruling BNP-Jamaat backed White Panel and main opposition Awami League backed Blue Panel yesterday shared six posts in Dhaka University's syndicate election, bagging three each.
 arrow AL does not want fair probe: Mannan
Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday accused Awami League (AL) of trying to divert the bomb blast incident to attain political gains as it did not
 arrow SC stays bail to a lifer
The vacation bench of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed for five days the bail granted by the High Court to a person sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a businessman in Dhaka.
 arrow Police pick up another son of Maya
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested Rashedul Hossain Chowdhury Rony, the youngest son of former state minister and City Awami League General Secretary Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya, at
 arrow Uttara arrestee remanded for 10 days
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Abdur Rahman, who was caught with arms and ammunition by a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team in Uttara early Friday, on a 10-day remand.
 arrow Two homemade bombs found at Airport school
Police recovered two handmade bombs from Civil Aviation High School at Kawla near Zia International Airport yesterday.
 arrow Robber killed in shootout
One robber was killed and at least six including five cops were injured in an hour-long police-robbers shootout in Nishan Khali in Dakop upazila Saturday midnight.
 arrow Gang-raped housewife commits suicide
A gang-raped housewife of Naogaon Bilakisti village committed suicide Tuesday failing to bear her brunt of humiliation.
 arrow Wary watch on political meetings...


Businessarrow 21 cos beat 96 price mark on two bourses
Unnerved by the continuous rise of indices on both the bourses, the capital market regulators on Saturday annulled a provision granted to Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) for settling trade under netting
 arrow GP to adopt new solutions to boost billing capacity
The country's leading cellphone operator GrameenPhone (GP) Limited yesterday said the company will deploy high performance information storage solutions aiming at strengthening its billing system.
 arrow Default loans up Tk 926cr in six months until June
Default loans in the banking system increased by Tk 926 crore, including Tk 909 crore in four nationalised banks, during January-June period this year as the banks' efforts to recover bad loans have slowed
 arrow Govt targets Tk 38cr profit from sugar industry in FY 05
Despite a huge Tk 40.61 crore loss sustained by the state-owned sugar mills in the last fiscal year, the government has fixed an ambitious profit target of Tk 38.18 crore for the current financial year.
 arrow Asean economic unity to attract more foreign investors: EU
Southeast Asian economic integration would be a major boost for the region's efforts to attract foreign investment, European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said Sunday.

"It's a huge market.

 arrow Organic farming can up shrimp export by 25pc
Organic shrimp farming will not only rebuild the image of Bangladesh in the global market but also increase export earnings from the sector by 25 percent.
 arrow India's SoEs to tap capital markets without privatisation
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday that profitmaking state-run firms would fund new growth by tapping the capital markets without being privatised.
 arrow Asean, Australia, NZ eyes FTA by 2007
Southeast Asian nations, Australia and New Zealand hope to conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) by 2007 after beginning formal negotiations next year, Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile said on Sunday.
 arrow NZ, Malaysia study free trade deal
New Zealand and Malaysia have agreed to undertake studies on a possible free trade deal, New Zealand Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan dates fair begins in Dhaka
A two-day Pakistan dates exhibition began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar plans oil production boost to avoid costly imports
Cash-strapped Myanmar will increase its total oil production by 67 percent this year in order to cut down on costly petrol and diesel imports, a report said.
 arrow Eurozone eyes growth based on exports
Data to be released this week are expected to confirm that the eurozone's economic recovery is fueled by strong export demand, not consumption or investment, and that Britain's industrial sector is gaining
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani-BU again
Abahani and Bro-thers Union ensured a rematch in one of the two semifinals on Tuesday when the two Dhaka giants played out a goalless draw in the final super six match of the Fourth Nitol-Tata National
 arrow Football: Bright Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Under 17 team made an impressive start to their AFC Under-17 Football Champion-ship campaign in Japan when they held highly rated Uzbekistan to a 1-1 draw at Fukushima yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison harms India
England fast bowler Stephen Harmison took a career-best one-day return of four for 22 as India were bowled out for 204 in the third one-day international at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova shocked
Roger Federer and Andre Aga-ssi stayed on course for a quarterfinal showdown at the US Open on Saturday, but Maria Sharapova and Carlos Moya were heading home after shock third-round exits.
 arrow Tennis: Tennis mourns too
Russian tennis players wore a black ribbons at the US Open Saturday to honour the children of Beslan who were killed in a bloody end to a Russian hostage crisis.
 arrow Tennis: US OPEN DIARY
The United States Tennis Association fined Olympic gold medal winner Nicolas Massu 1,000 dollars for throwing his racket in a second-round loss to Sargis Sargsian.
 arrow Cricket: Fearless SL off to Eng
Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu claimed his team had nothing to fear from any opponent as they departed the country to defend their ICC Champions Trophy crown in England on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer needs a finisher
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said his side were in desperate need of a match-winner after losing to Australia in their one-day warm-up match at Lord's.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan dismiss security fears
Pakistan on Sunday said extensive security arrangements would be in place for the six-nation Champions Trophy to be held in Lahore in December after Olympic champions Australia said they were considering
 arrow Football: England, France stutter
Former winners England and France were held to frustrating draws as they got their 2006 World Cup campaigns off to unconvincing starts on Saturday as European champions Greece came crashing back to earth
 arrow Football: Argentina carry on the form
Argentina followed up last week's Olympic gold medal by beating Peru 3-1 away in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fan killed in Athens
One Albanian was stabbed to death while at least seven other people were injured in Greece when Greek and Albanian fans clashed following their teams' World Cup qualifier in Tirana, police said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Euro champs come crashing down
European champions Greece left their fans shaking their heads in disbelief after they lost 2-1 to Albania in their opening World Cup qualifier in Tirana on Saturday.
 arrow Football: A victory for every Albanian
Thousands of ethnic Albanians took to the streets of Kosovo's capital Pristina late Satur-day to celebrate neighbouring Albania's 2006 world Cup qualifier win over European champions Greece.
 arrow Football: The 'old man' strikes again!
Zambia leapt to the top of a 2006 World Cup qualifying group in Africa thanks to a last-minute goal from 'golden oldie' Kalusha Bwalya Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers play USA today
Bangladesh play their first official build-up match ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy against newcomers USA at Imber Court in London today.
 arrow Chess: Rajib back to winning ways
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib returned to winning track when he beat Shakil in the eighth round of the Destiny-2000 Open FIDE Rating Chess Tourna-ment at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall
 arrow Cricket: ICC names award after Sir Gary
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is to rename its player-of-the-year award The Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after the legendary West Indies all-rounder.
 arrow Cricket: Kasper stakes his claim
Australia captain Ricky Ponting admitted the form of Michael Kasprowicz had left the world champions with a problem to solve ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy which gets underway in England on Friday.
 arrow Zee getting TV rights in India
India's cricket board is set to sell its lucrative television rights to Zee Network, the country's biggest listed media company, for 308 million dollars over the next four years.
 arrow Cricket: England likely to play more one-dayers
England's cricketers can expect to be play several more one-day internationals a year, and a series of Twenty20 internationals as well, as the England and Wales Cricket Board prepares to finalise a new
 arrow A SWIMMING POOL OR A SEWAGE TANK?


Metropolitanarrow JCD activists go on rampage
Activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) went on a rampage at Sher-e-Bangla Krishi University in the city yesterday after they came to know that the authority has failed eight students in their
 arrow Siamese twins die
Two newborn girls conjoined at the abdomen died in the last two days.

The wife of a rickshawpuller gave birth to the Siamese twins on Friday morning, but one of them died the next day.

 arrow ROK assistance in IT sector sought
The outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh, Kyu-Hyung Lee, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Nat'l cultural policy at final stage
The formulation of national cultural policy aiming at building a healthy and creative nation enriched with the indigenous culture is at the final stage.
 arrow President reiterates commitment to world peace
Newly appointed High Commissioner of Canada in Dhaka David William Sproule presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Jt programme to prevent Kala azar stressed
Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has stressed the need for a joint programme by Bangladesh, Nepal and India for preventing Kala'azar, a tropical fever, in three countries.
 arrow Arrest of rapists demanded
Several women's organisations staged a demonstration at Savar yesterday protesting the barbaric torture of a garment worker and demanding immediate arrest of the persons responsible.
 arrow 'Join hands in oust-govt movement'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called upon all political parties and professional bodies to join hands in oust-government movement to save the country.
 arrow Death anniversary of Dr Ibrahim today
Today is the 15th death anniversary of Prof Dr Mohammad Ibrahim, founder of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, says a press release.

The association will observe the day as 'Service Day'.

 arrow DU student drowns at Jagannath Hall pond
A Dhaka University (DU) student drowned at the Jagannath Hall pond yesterday.

He was identified as Rubayet Imtiaz, a second year student of Marketing department.

 arrow Proshika to continue relief work
Proshika, a leading NGO, has decided to continue its relief and rehabilitation programmes till full recovery of the damages caused by the recent flood.
 arrow 1,246 more held
Police arrested some 1,246 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow 57 structures devoured by Kirtonkhola in 3 days
At least 57 structures have been washed away in three days and the Barisal-Bhola road, BIWTA ferry terminal and its workshop are now threatened by the sudden and unprecedented erosion by the Kirtonkhola
 arrow Netrakona investors enthused as BSCIC estate is in sight
The planned BSCIC industrial estate in Netrakona has created a great enthusiasm among all classes of people, particularly prospective investors.
 arrow 4 killed, one abducted by outlaws in 2 days
Three persons were killed in separate incidents in Kushtia and Chuadanga districts on Saturday.

A businessman was killed in Mehrpur and a farmer was abducted in Jhenidah on Friday night.

 arrow 3 ICS men brought back to Sylhet from Dhaka
Three Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists were sent to jail hajat here after seven days' interrogation by Joint Interrogation Cell in Dhaka.
 arrow 4 killed, 18 hurt in Ashuganj bus plunge
Four people were killed and at least 45 injured when a Dhaka-bound night coach from Sylhet plunged into way side ditch at Khariala in Ashugonj upazila on Saturday.

The four died on the spot.

 arrow Slain newsman's mother dies from shock
Nihar Begum, 55, mother of slain Nabil Abdul Latif alias Pappu, Barisal Correspondent of Dhaka-based daily New Age and a guitarist, died of heart failure at her Tarakupi village home in Gournadi upazila
 arrow Patuakhali BSCIC Industrial Estate now a grazing ground
BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) Industrial Estate here has been turned into a grazing ground.

The industrial estate was set up in Mayhagram area here in 1981 on 10.

 arrow Anti-drug rally held in Manikganj
Thousands of people in seven areas of Sadar upazila brought a joint procession and held an anti-drug rally at Jhukuria village after Jumma prayers on Friday.
 arrow Tk 4 cr agri recovery plan for Netrakona
The government has sanctioned Tk four crore for post-flood agriculture rehabilitation in nine upazilas of Netrakona district.
 arrow 10 held by Rab with arms
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested 10 suspected outlaws along with arms from Gayespur village in Pabna Sadar upazila in a pre-dawn raid on Saturday.
 arrow Concern over FBI presence
Samajtraintrik Chhatra Front (SCF) on Saturday expressed their great concern over presence of FBI (Federal Bureau Investigation) agents in Bangladesh to investigate the incidence of grenade attack onSheikh
Point-Counterpointarrow 'We are looking closely at Bangladesh'
The US state department's co-ordinator for counter-terrorism ducked tough questions on Pakistansaying these were political, and consequently beyond his brief...
 arrow The venom of terror
When 13 grenades were thrown at an Awami League rally in Dhaka on August 21, killing 20 persons, injuring up to 300 and coming within a whisker of wiping out the entire top leadership of the Awami League,
 arrow Lord Krishna and Hindu heritage
The Hindu festivals are more than what they appear to be. They are essentially a way of living and thinking in the course of existence, and as such an integrated bearing on the individual and society.
Culturearrow Commercial interests have taken over talent--Mozakkyer
Lyrics are the flowers which bloom with melody.' Breathing life into this evocative verse is Muhammad Muzakkyer, a prominent lyricist.
 arrow A bird's eye view of the flood
There's a magnificent aspect even in the struggle of our poor countrymen, especially at times of natural calamities like floods.
 arrow The first TARA festival of Bangladesh in Mumbai
Despite a common cultural heritage, there is room for closer links between India and Bangladesh.
 arrow Movie to tell shark girl's story
Bethany Hamilton recalls the horrific shark attack which cost her the loss of an arm a year ago. Her story is to be told on the big screen.
Generalarrow ICAPP call not to practise double standard in fighting terrorism
A conference of Asian political parties concluded here yesterday, calling on the Asian countries not to practise double standard in fighting terrorism and not to link it with any particular ethnic group
 arrow Robber killed, 5 cops hurt in Khulna shootout
One robber was killed and at least six including five cops were injured in an hour-long police-robbers shootout in Nishan Khali in Dakop upazila Saturday midnight.
 arrow Japan tested friend of Bangladesh: Envoy
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) with supports from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday distributed relief materials among the flood-affected people at Matikata village under
 arrow PM receives donations for flood victims
One more ministry and 10 organisations and institutions yesterday donated Tk 31 lakh and vegetable seeds worth about Tk 10 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-affected people.
 arrow SKOP strike Oct 6

Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP), an alliance of trade unions, yesterday called a dawn-to-dusk strike across the country on October 6 demanding implementation of their nine-point demand including

 arrow Lawyers observe 'Black Day'
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannoy Parishad, a forum of lawyers, yesterday formed a human chain on the Supreme Court premises as part of a programme to observe the countrywide 'Black Day'.
 arrow Azim new ACCL president
Md Shahid-ullah Azim, managing director, Classic Group of Companies, has been elected president of the All Community Club Ltd. (ACCL) recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Russians rage against local authorities
There is undisguised fury against the police, the local authorities and special forces in the grieving Russian town of Beslan, where inhabitants blame them for the tragic end to the hostage siege.
 arrow Gaza governor's office seized by gunmen
Masked gunmen briefly seized the Palestinian governor's office in a southern Gaza Strip town yesterday, demanding compensation for Israeli raids in a protest that added to signs of growing lawlessness.
 arrow Massive hurricane smothers Florida
Hurricane Frances smothered eastern Florida yesterday with drenching rains and fierce winds that ripped away roofs, trees and boat moorings and cut power to 1.3 million homes and businesses.
 arrow Kerry, Bush duel over medicare, terror war
Democrat John Kerry criticized President Bush on Saturday for burying a record jump in Medicare premiums in a pre-holiday announcement that came during a rush of news at home and abroad.
 arrow fatwa issued for release of French reporters
A senior cleric from the strict Wahhabist current of Islam in Iraq yesterday issued a fatwa (Islamic decree) demanding the captors of two French reporters free them immediately.
 arrow General blames it on commanders
The Army general who once ran detention operations in Iraq said a "conspiracy" among top US commanders has left her to blame for the abuses of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.

Brig. Gen.

 arrow 3,000 Nepalis stage peace march as curfew relaxed
Some 3,000 people from various religious groups in Nepal took advantage of the relaxation of a curfew to stage a peace march through the streets of the capital Kathmandu yesterday, organisers said.
 arrow Lanka raises peace hopes despite killing
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and the opposition are voicing fears the country is again on the brink of war, but a shift in parliament has raised hopes the faltering peace process can still be salvaged.
 arrow Muslims take tougher line in this US polls
The leaders of the US Muslim community said Saturday that they will announce whether they will endorse any political candidate for president this year, and if so whom, in mid-October.
 arrow 'US near seizing Laden'
The United States and its allies have moved closer to capturing Osama bin Laden in the last two months, a top US counterterrorism official said in a television interview broadcast Saturday.
 arrow Iraq extends ban on Al-Jazeera
The Iraqi government Saturday extended a ban on Al-Jazeera television and sealed the Baghdad office of the Arab news channel, charging it had not complied with a temporary ban clamped on grounds of incitement
 arrow Pakistan liquor tragedy toll mounts to 25
At least 25 people have died after drinking home-made liquor in central Pakistan, police and hospital officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: River linking project
We welcome the assurance given by the Indian government to the effect that the river-linking project will not be implemented before discussions with Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Shrinking of cabinet
We congratulate the parliamentary standing committee for its decision to introduce a constitutional amendment in the House to permanently fix the size of the cabinet.
 arrow The Democrats bringing back the prince of Camelot?
With less than three months left now, as the race for White House is becoming closer and tougher the Democratic party has been desperately trying to regain its lead by creating a JFK fever.
 arrow Great patriot or rank traitor?
The controversy triggered by Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's order to remove a plaque bearing Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's poetry from the Andaman's Cellular Jail is becoming a political campaign.
 arrow Where is the end of it all?
A news item titled: Injured AL leaders off to India: Harassment at ZIA alleged on the back page of The Daily Star on August 31 yet again harks back to the unsavoury attitude of the ruling party men.
 arrow Mohammad Noman
He was an institution in himself. A teacher who knew he is a teacher, who had the vision to read and reach his students, to meet their needs, to enrich their mental faculties, to touch their hearts.
Letters to Editorarrow Statesman and statesmanship!
As an English newspaper, The Statesman of Calcutta was just not good; it was the best in the days of the British Raj. Then its standard as a newspaper was simply outstanding.
 arrow Why I am not a migrant
During my recent visit to the US most of the educated friends I met wondered what attractions kept me in Bangladesh. They were engineers, doctors, executives, etc.
 arrow We deeply mourn
We deeply mourn for the victims and their families in the August 21 carnage.
 arrow Regime change produced football glory!
The occupation of Iraq has at least one positive outcome, that is the superb performance of the Iraqi football team in international arena. At least that is what Mr. Bush is trying to imply.
 arrow Internet cafes and our inspector closeaus
Anyone with a working knowledge of the Internet (hint: no one in the Technology-related Ministry!) knows that it is possible to "spoof" e-mail addresses and even IP addresses, thus pretending to sende-mails
 arrow Living in Bangladesh
Sometimes some news items leave me wondering what kind of a country I live in! A Pakistani citizen with his BNP sidekicks allegedly attacked the members of the eight Hindu families at Adam Sarkerparavillage
 arrow The vat vexation
The latest spread of value added tax (VAT) bug recently hit home when I went to have lunch at a Gulshan restaurant with my niece. The bistro offers a popular buffet lunch for only Tk. 250 per person.
 arrow TIB again!
TIB generated heat again in Bangladesh, they angered especially the law minister who told Channel i last night that he was thinking of filing a defamation suit against the organisation that publishescorruption
 arrow The burial grounds of Madrid
It was 1969 and I stopped in Rome. I was visiting Madrid and observing historical architecture, the Al-Hambra palace. I walked through the halls for quite a while.
 arrow Unqualified high court judges are unacceptable!
I agree with The Daily Star editorial (August 31) and the Point-Counterpoint article by Mr. M. Abdul Latif Mondal (September 2) that only the best and qualified lawyers should be appointed High Courtjudges.
 arrow Police trying to protect the Godfathers
The small innocuous news-item, "Police bar Litu's family from holding press conference" (The Daily Star, Thursday September 2, 2004) speaks volumes about the police's active support in suppressing the
 arrow Modernise the intelligence agency
To ensure security of a country, a dynamic and functional intelligence agency is urgent. But the intelligence agencies of Bangladesh seem to be lethargic and impotent.
 arrow Praying for Partha and his family
After the horrifying grenade attack there was a brief news about Partha, who allegedly sent an email threat against Sheikh Hasina to Bangla daily, Prothom Alo.
Star Cityarrow City back to schooldays on a nervous note
The city is back to schooldays again.
 arrow Brokers prey on patients
Patients and attendants, mostly poor, coming to the gynecology and obstetrics department of Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital (SSMCH) fall into the hands of brokers, who exploit them in the name
 arrow End of life in arson attack
It was just another day for 45-year-old Khadiza Khan, a government employee, who woke up to the early morning light -- unaware of her and her daughter's end in an arson attack waiting in the wings.
 arrow Not an ideal apartment culture
Families living in the city's apartments are becoming more and more socially alienated from each other, believe civil society members.
 arrow Ministry disciplines Umrah agencies
The Ministry for Religious Affairs has accused nine agencies that arrange travels to perform the Umrah of human trafficking and has cancelled their licenses.
 arrow What's the use of letter-boxes
People have shown little confidence in letter-boxes put up by the General Post Office (GPO) at various points in the city aiming to provide city dwellers with better and easy postal services.