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Front Pagearrow Aug 21 dead mourned amid fraying tempers
Parliament yesterday adopted an obituary reference before mixing up business amid fraying tempers during a face off between the ruling coalition and the main opposition lawmakers in the first sittingafter
 arrow Oppositions march towards Sangsad
Braving incessant drizzle and occasional drenchers, hundreds of leaders, workers and supporters of opposition parties marched simultaneously towards the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Bhaban yesterday demandingimmediate
 arrow 7 drown as low-led storm lash country
At least seven people, including six children, drowned and 45 went missing in the Jamuna near Bogra and in the bay off St Martin's Island amid driving rains and strong winds that continued to sweep Bangladesh
 arrow Judges, lawyers, clerks fleece litigants
Judicial staffs including magistrates, lawyers and court clerks have fleeced 67.
 arrow New Delhi to express concern on Dhaka 'sheltering' militants
India is to express its concern on militants of the North East Region sheltering in Bangladesh and infiltration from that country at a high-level meeting in Dhaka next week between the two neighbouring
 arrow Tigers thrashed
The fragile Bangladesh batting stooped to a new low against South Africa in their ICC Champions Trophy opener yesterday promptly putting an end to any optimism of a turnaround after a forgettable Asia
 arrow Five of a family killed in Ctg landslide
Three children and two women of a family were killed in a landslide in Samitir Para slum near Dhaka-Chittagong highway under Sitakundu upazila yesterday, police and fire service sources said.
 arrow Rab, extortionists firefight leaves one hurt
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two extortionists after a firefight that left one of the arrestees critically injured at city's Dhanmondi area.
 arrow Govt spends Tk 11cr extra for project delay
The government has to spend an additional Tk 11 crore on a transport project as it could not be completed on time.
 arrow Namibia may shut off Bangladeshi workers
The recent agitation by a group of Bangladeshi workers in Namibia blocked the chances of around 700 immediate overseas employment there, said sources in the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas
 arrow Satkania BNP demands judicial probe
Satkania upazila BNP in an emergency meeting last night demanded judicial probe into the death of its leader and Aeochia Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Ahmedul Haq Chowdhury alias Ahmudya in an allegedshootout
 arrow JCD cadres ransack BCL men's rooms
The syndicate of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday banned outsiders from joining any political programmes on the campus for any student organisations, heaping the blame for Saturday's violence on non-students.
 arrow Wallich wants security before coming back
World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich, who left Bangladesh following a death threat, yesterday wrote to the finance minister that she is willing to return anytime if she is provided with proper
 arrow JRC meets tomorrow on common river water sharing
The two-day long Joint Commission of Experts (JCE) meeting of the Joint River Commission (JRC) starts tomorrow in Dhaka to find a solution to sharing water of some common rivers between India and Bangladesh.
 arrow Moudud not sure about judiciary separation this FY
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government cannot definitely say whether the separation of judiciary, appointment of ombudsman and
 arrow Clues sent to Interpol hqs, 2 more experts due soon
The Interpol investigators recently sent the video footages of the August 21 grenade carnage and a list of suspects to Interpol headquarters to determine whether the suspects are the culprits.
 arrow Anti-tank shell found in Sylhet destroyed
Experts yesterday destroyed the 10kg anti-tank shell recovered from a suburban house in Pirerbazar near Jalalabad Cantonment six days back.
 arrow US Open goes to Kuznetsova
Ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova won her first Grand Slam title, hammering 34 winners and four aces to beat Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 here on Saturday in the first all-Russian US Open women's tennis final.
 arrow 3 cops suspended as JCD leader dies in police custody
Three policemen were suspended following the death of a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader in police custody yesterday morning.
 arrow India rejects Saarc Summit boycott report
India yesterday termed "grossly" inaccurate and speculative a newspaper report suggesting India may not take part in the coming Indo-Bangladesh foreign secretary level talks and Saarc Summit in Dhakanext
 arrow Govt to send 8,000 pilgrims to Mecca
The government has decided to send 8,000 people to perform hajj in 2005 and will allow 42,000 pilgrims to travel to Mecca through private agencies approved by the religious affairs ministry.
 arrow 2 hurt in Rab, drug peddler shootout
Two persons were injured in a gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion(Rab) and drug smugglers at 1:30pm yesterday near Minakkhi cinema hall at Anjuman road under Daulatpur of Khulna City.
 arrow Headless body found in Lalbagh
Police recovered an unidentified headless male body sliced into five pieces from Girda in Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Hanif, his son off to Bangkok
Former mayor Mohammad Hanif and his son Sayeed Khokon injured in August 21 grenade attacks flew to Bangkok for treatment yesterday.
 arrow Guardians accuse Oxford school of high charges
Authorities of Oxford International School are overcharging students for fees in absence of proper rules and regulations, guardians of students alleged at a press conference in Purana Paltan yesterday.
 arrow Flood damage assessment starts
A joint team of experts yesterday started work on determining the total damage to public properties due to recent floods in the country.
Businessarrow Private cargo operators fly high
With cargo operations of the national flag carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, and foreign airlines remaining stagnant, private cargo carriers have recorded an impressive growth over 100 percent on efficient
 arrow HSBC loan fair from Sept 16
With a view to familiarising loan products of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), a three-day loan fair begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Thursday.
 arrow Thai banking sector on track for growth
Thailand's banking sector is on track foz further growth despite allegations of mismanagement, the availability of easy money and a bad loan crisis at the kingdom's second biggest lender, analysts say.
 arrow Bangladesh to take part in German footwear fair
Bangladesh will participate in a high-profile footwear exposition in Germany beginning on September 16 aiming to expand international market of the finished leather product.
 arrow Entrepreneurship training for women begins in Khulna
An eleven-day training programme began in Khulna yesterday aiming to train women on self-reliance through entreprene}rship.
 arrow EU embroiled in taxing debate over 'fiscal dumping'
European finance ministers clashed Saturday over Franco-German proposals to harmonise EU corporate taxes to prevent lower-cost member states grabbing too much of the investment pie.
 arrow US investors to invest over $3b in South Korea
US investors, including real estate developer Donald Trump and other hotel and casino operators, will visit South Korea this week to sign preliminary deals to build hotels and commercial buildings worth
 arrow GMG extends free ticket offer for Ctg-Kolkata passengers
GMG Airlines has extended its 'Buy 2 Get 1 Ticket Free' offer in all flights on Chittagong-Kolkata-Chittagong route until September 22.
 arrow Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia gets okay for IPO
Southeast Asia's pioneer budget carrier AirAsia may have its initial public offering as early as October as it has secured preliminary government approval, a source said, while analysts predict the offering
 arrow Foreign investors hold key to Tokyo's Nikkei this week
Foreign investors hold the key to whether Tokyo's Nikkei share average can hold on to the closely watched 11,000 level this week, although optimism about corporate earnings is likely to provide good support,
 arrow Indian shares seen up, bonds down on central bank move
Indian shares are expected to extend a rally this week, while bond pzices head lower after a surprise central bank move to tighten liquidity to rein in inflation, analysts said.
 arrow Oil traders worth their weight in black gold
Oil xrices are near zecord high levels on world markmts and banks and hedge funds are scrambling for a piece of the action, making oil traders some of the most sought-after workers in London.
 arrow Ad agency Benchmark wins int’l award
Benchmark Limited, an advertising agency of Bangladesh, has won an international award in India.
 arrow DaimlerChrysler to build trucks in China next yr
US-German auto group DaimlerChrysler will begin building trucks in China next year and commercial vans in 2006, the president of the company's trucks division said.
 arrow Private firm to recover default loans of Agrani Bank
The Peoples Development Services Corporation Limited (PDSC), a private organisation, will recover the default loans of Agrani Bank.
 arrow Correction
In a report titled "Software exports fall flat" on September 4, 2004 on this page, it was inadvertently published that Bangladesh earned only Tk 41 lakh by exporting software instead of US$ 41 lakh against
Sportsarrow Cricket: Too many questions
Bangladesh think-tank has a history of keeping everybody guessing when it comes to choosing a team. And more often then not when they announce the final roster nobody gets it right.
 arrow Football: Naimuddin's parting grace
Brothers Union coach Syed Nai-muddin hosted a dinner in honour of his Premier Division and National Football League (NFL) double winning team on Saturday night.
 arrow Tennis: Federer-Hewitt finale
Roger Federer oozed flair and Lleyton Hewitt bristled with determination on Saturday as the duo marched into the US Open final.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
Despite a disastrous performance by the Bangladesh cricket team at least the fans came in numbers to cheer them on.
 arrow Cricket: Staple doesn't lose heart
USA skipper Richard Staple looked ahead to the daunting task of tackling world champions Australia and insisted his team will not go down without a fight in their ICC Champions Trophy clash.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya result satisfying
India captain Sourav Ganguly claimed his side could have finished off Kenya earlier in their 98-run win in the opening Pool C game of the ICC Champions Trophy here but he wanted to give his part-timebowlers
 arrow Cricket: 'Lanka clash massive'
England captain Michael Vaughan said Friday's crucial ICC Champions Trophy clash against Sri Lanka offered his side a chance to take a step towards ending a "fantastic summer" in style.
 arrow Tennis: Not just any Russian
Svetlana Kuznetsova could have been competing for a cycling gold medal at the Athens Olympics two weeks ago, instead she has become the first Russian women's singles champion at the US Open.
 arrow Cricket: 'Shockwave' for Sachin
India's Sachin Tendulkar will undergo state-of-the-art treatment in order to cure his tennis elbow in time for the Test series against Australia.

"We're going to try this new shockwave treatment.

 arrow Football: Eves' football ready to roll
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will organise an invitational football tournament for the women later this month in Dhaka.
 arrow Chess: Div II chess
Rajbari, Dolphin Chess Club, Mitra Chess Club and Uttara Central Chess Club got off to a flying start when they collected full points on the opening day of the Metropolitan Second Division Chess League
 arrow School b'ball
Maple Leaf and St Gregory's recorded effortless wins in yesterday's AKTEL school basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium.
 arrow Football: The end is near?
Victoria 'Posh' Beckham and David Beckham could be heading for a marriage split despite the former Spice Girl being pregnant with couple's third child.
 arrow Football: Real thank Beckham
A classy free kick from Real Madrid's David Beckham and smart goals from Barcelona new boys Ludovic Giuly and Henrik Larsson allowed both teams to maintain their 100 percent records in the Primera Liga
 arrow Football: Draw opening for Milan giants
Italian champions AC Milan and title challengers Inter Milan were both held to 2-2 draws against unfancied opponents as the Serie A season got off to a surprising start on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart surge ahead
VfB Stuttgart are the new Bundesliga leaders after a nervy 2-0 win over SV Hamburg moved them into pole position while Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen succumbed to surprise defeats.
 arrow Football: Gunners go on and on
Champions Arsenal extended their record unbeaten Premier League run to 45 games with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday but title rivals Chelsea were held 0-0 at Aston Villa and Manchester United scraped
 arrow Cricket: 'Small teams need help'
India captain Sourav Ganguly has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to help out smaller cricketing nations such as Kenya by giving them extra international fixtures.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya's dream may shatter
Jagmohan Dalmiya's attempt to seal a lifelong role for himself in the Indian cricket board, as a kingmaker, is in jeopardy.
 arrow Football: Maradona in hospital
Diego Maradona was taken to hospital for a time on Saturday with breathing problems, but was then sent back to a drug treatment center and his life was not in immediate danger, a family member said.
 arrow Football: PSG jinx continues
Paris St Germain failed again to secure their first win of the season ahead of their Champions League opener against Chelsea while unsung Toulouse move to the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Europe's elite give thumbs up to FIFA plan
Europe's top clubs have withdrawn their opposition to FIFA's new-look Club World Championship and agreed to play in the six-club tournament.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bangladesh most vulnerable to quake'
Unplanned urban growth and high density of population make Bangladesh and its capital in particular highly vulnerable to earthquake, said the experts at an international workshop yesterday.
 arrow 1,426 more held
Police arrested some 1,426 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow BOU academy opens in Gaibandha
The Bangladesh Open University (BOU) opened its 'co-ordination academy' in Gaibandha on Saturday with a promise to remove illiteracy and help build human resources.
 arrow Security tightened for Rangamati, Khagrachhari poura polls
In the wake of a bomb threat for suspension of Rangamati and Khagrachhari municipal polls, Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Moniswapon Dewan has directed the local administrations
 arrow BCCI official 'forced' to withdraw complaint
Forced by ruling party leaders and musclemen, the office secretary of Barisal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) on Saturday filed a fresh GD (general diary) with police, withdrawing the allegation
 arrow Barisal port terminals shifted twice in a week
Numerous underwater shoals have emerged in the Kirtonkhola river near the Barisal port, obstructing navigation.
 arrow 'Return local govt power'
Local government leaders at a press conference here on Saturday demanded return of their power to lease local markets and handover of government waterbodies, sand quarries and small river terminals to
 arrow 16 held in Rangamati
Army has arrested 16 indigenous youths from Naillyachhara in Kawkhali upazila for their alleged involvement in extortion and seized two homemade guns from their possession.
 arrow Tk 39 lakh for Bandarban small tea holdings
Bangladesh Tea Board has sanctioned Tk 39 lakh loans for small tea cultivators in Bandarban hill district in the current fiscal year.
 arrow Kuatata police station opens
A police station at Kuakata sea beach was opened on Friday. Commence Minister and Minister-in-charge for Patuakhali district Altaf Hossain Chowdhury opened the station as chief guest.
 arrow Kawkhali villagers flee homes
Panicked villagers are fleeing homes in remote hills in Kawkhali and taking shelter at the upazila headquarters as rival armed indigenous factions are locked in gunfights since Monday for supremacy in
Point-Counterpointarrow Terror in Russia: Most horrible since 9/11
The most heart-rending scenes the world watched recently in aghast on television screen were the burial of hundreds of children beside their wailing parents, relatives and well-wishers in the North Ossetian
 arrow The glorious Mi'raj
The Night of Ascension or Shab-e-Mi'raj occupies a unique place in the annals of history.
 arrow The miraculous night journey
Allah Rabbul Alamin (Lord of all the worlds) was graciously pleased to send one or two lakh twenty-four thousand Prophets (peace be upon them) to this mundane world for the guidance of mankind and ofthem
Culturearrow 'Keyboardists have been given little recognition'--Zahid Hossain
Growing up in the environs of a Karachi-based family, Zahid Hossain was musically inclined from his early days.
 arrow Promising step in photography
Javed MK Rumi's bold venture into the world of photography, as seen in the corridor of Alliance Française, was interesting, informative and poetic in vision.
 arrow ATN Bangla dishes out new programmes
The pioneer satellite TV channel of the country, ATN Bangla is well known for its creative productions. A press show was held at the ATN Bangla office on September 12, to introduce their new programmes.
 arrow Where everyone becomes a star!
Lux, the consumer product brand of Lever Brothers Bangladesh Ltd.
 arrow Abortion drama Vera Drake wins Venice Golden Lion
Vera Drake, Mike Leigh's tough tale of a working-class mother who is caught performing illegal abortions in 1950s England, scooped up the prizes at the Venice Film Festival on September 11, including
Generalarrow College student abducted in Kushtia
A gang of criminals abducted a college student from his home at Masaura village in Daulatpur on Saturday night after his father refused to pay them Tk 50,000 in toll.
 arrow Plan to initiate shared afforestation in CHT
The government is contemplating to initiate a shared afforestation programme involving the inhabitants of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) for the economic emancipation of the local people, enhancement of
 arrow Five to die, six get life
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced five people to death and six others to life imprisonment for killing a Jubo League leader in the city on August 26 in 1999.
 arrow 1005 lawyers reject judicial probe body
One thousand and five lawyers of the Supreme Court and Dhaka Bar yesterday rejected the one-member judicial probe commission of Justice Joynul Abedin and demanded an international investigation into the
 arrow Wife hacks husband to death
Incensed at her husband's alleged extramarital affair, a housewife hacked him to death in his sleep at their house at Shukarshi in Demra in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow SC Bar probe body urges people to provide info
The enquiry committee of Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday urged all concerned to provide information about the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.
 arrow Jubo Sangram Parishad formed
Seven opposition youth organisations, including youth front of the main opposition Awami League, will form a common platform titled 'Jubo Sangram Parishad' to launch one point oust-government movement.
 arrow Verdict tomorrow
Verdict in sensational Modon Gopal Goswami murder case scheduled for yesterday has been deferred to Tuesday due to "unavoidable circumstances".
 arrow Obituary
Spiritual leader and freedom fighter Hazrat Moulana Shah Sufi Mohammad Kamaruddin Ahmed died at Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 65.
Internationalarrow N Korean blast area near missile base
Nozth Korea's huge blast on Sept. 9 hit a mountainous area close to an underground missile base that was listed as a possible uranium enrichment site, a disarmament think-tank said.
 arrow Cops foil VHP plan to raze Muslim tomb
Nearly 500 VHP activists were on Sunday detained and 13 vehicles seized in view of the outfit's threat to raze the tomb of a 17th century Mughal General, Afzal Khan, near Pratapgarh fort, which is 24km
 arrow Ivan intensifies off Jamaica: 59 killed
Hurricane Ivan strengthened to a rare Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage, leaving Jamaica and aiming for the Cayman Islands with winds reaching 165 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said
 arrow No roll back of nuke plan: Musharraf
President Pervez Musharraf has asserted that Pakis|an will not roll back its nuclear programme.
 arrow 'Iran may join nuke club by 2007'
Iran could join the small club of nuclear-armed nations by 2007, or sooner if it is secretly developing weapons despite denials, analysts say.
 arrow Militants raid security camp in Kashmir
Suspected Kashmiri militants attacked a paramilitary camp in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, setting off a night-long gunfight that left three security officers and two attackers dead, officials
 arrow 'US manipulated 9/11 as pretext for invasions on Islamic nations'
The 9/11 air attacks were a pre-planned drama staged by the US itself in order to manipulate an excuse for invading Muslim countries, MMA leader and senator Ghafoor Ahmed has claimed.
 arrow HK residents votes in close polls
Hong Kong residents voted yesterday in a legislative election seen as a referendum on greater democracy and a test of popularity for China's communist rulers in the former British colony.
 arrow Lanka marks peace talks anniversary
Norway is set to make a fresh bid to salvage Sri Lanka's peace process two years after kicking off internationally-backed negotiations with hopes of ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed.
 arrow 7 killed in clashes after Afghan Governor ousted
At least seven supporters of the ousted governor of Herat in western Afghanistan were killed Sunday and 20 wounded in clashes with US troops and police after mobs burned UN offices, doctors said.
 arrow Pak forces attack militant hideouts
Up to ten people were killed in fierce fighting between Pakistani security forces and al-Qaeda-linked fighters Sunday, taking the death toll to over 70 in one of the deadliest actions against the militants.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Violence at DU
The nation was witness to the most disgraceful behaviour by the student wing of the BNP, the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) who, in a most blatant act of muscle flexing and without minimum regard for
 arrow Editorial: Rights of indigenous people
Indigenous people protest at quota violation' -- this was the headline of a small news item in The Daily Star last Sunday.
 arrow Afghanistan revisited
The sheer curiosity takes one to the country once brutalised by the Taliban and now under the threat of their resurgence.
 arrow Rationalising the Cabinet
In the first week of this month, the newspapers reported that on September 4 both the ruling and opposition lawmakers of the Parliamentary Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions decidedto
 arrow No Indo-Pak breakthrough but there is hope yet
Given history, it's easy to be pessimistic about India-Pakistan relations. The first round of talks between them is no exception to this. The talks didn't produce major results.
 arrow Dhaka's bloody August
Every year in the month of August the nation goes into mourning. Bangladesh witnessed one of the most gruesome killing sprees in the history of mankind staged in Dhaka on August 15, 1975.
Letters to Editorarrow Jail killing
My attention has been drawn to a news report under the caption" verdict shifted" covering the latest twist and turn in the shifting of date for delivering of judgement in the sensational murder of four
 arrow Hijab/France
I could not resist writing about the hijab ban in France. France is a sovereign country with a vibrant democracy and much better human rights records than the subcontinental countries.
 arrow FM's remarks
My reflex action to reading about the FM's speech to the Young Journalists was, there he goes again! Diplomacy is the most complex of professions and one never played out before the press.
 arrow Beslan massacre in perspective
Beslan (South Russia) experienced a great tragedy; the entire world witnessed that incident.
 arrow Mission incomplete
A new wave of "Crossfire Panic" spreads among the enlisted and wanted criminals fearing that they will be murdered by "RAB" , a newly established law securing agency , which wants to hunt the 'marked'
 arrow Whose advocates are they?
Your newspaper recently published a report saying that the statement by the foreign minister against India baffled some of the politicians, and also outraged them.
 arrow Feelings of the Iron Man
Somewhere, along the way, in life, a person may become sad and lose feelings. The tin man is supposed to be an intelligent person. He was searching for a heart and feelings.
 arrow Threat to WB director
As reported in the September 11 DS internet edition, in response to the World Bank Country Director being threatened and leaving Bangladesh, the Prime Minister's Political Secretary, Harris Chowdhury,
 arrow Statesman editorial
I should like to ask the gentleman from the US, Mr.
 arrow Free for all?
Bomb is found everywhere in Bangladesh. It is on the open streets, at public meeting places, in launches, in kitchens and so on.
 arrow MCC top slot
Well Bangladesh has done it again! It has topped the list of Transparency International's MCC ( Most Corrupt Countries) . Even the people attempting to clean up corruption in Bangladesh are corrupt.
 arrow Search for 'sotru'
We are looking for 'sotru''. Our search for the so called 'sotru' is going in full swing. Taka one crore has been set as the reward for information about the culprits of August 21 bomb blasts.
 arrow Christine Wallich's departure
The threat of a bomb attack forced Christine I Wallich to leave our country. When the BBC newsman asked the World Bank officials about her departure they replied, "of course the government was informed".
 arrow "Creative destruction"
The readers may have heard the term "Creative destruction" used in modern management.
 arrow Disgraceful !
A hidden camera was discovered in a bathroom of Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University. How could it be possible? It's a conspiracy against our women seeking higher education.
 arrow Archer K. Blood
Thanks for the news on Archer K. Blood, a friend of Bangladesh even at his death.

We live in Denver, within an hour from Mr. Blood's home at Fort Collins.

Star Cityarrow Basila becomes victim of nature's wrath
‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction'-- so if you mess with nature it messes with you -- a statement true in every sense of the word if one visits Basila across the flood plains of Mohammadpur
 arrow Satellite towns to expand Dhaka
The already over-populated capital Dhaka will be expanded through development of five satellite towns on its periphery.
 arrow Novo Theatre yet to open to visitors
Dhaka Modern Novo Theatre is yet to open to visitors, although the project was complete in June.

"The project was not officially extended as the staff working on the project are not getting salary.

 arrow Plan to ease traffic jam in progress
Around 60 percent of the work on the Strategic Transport Planning Project (STPP) drawn to smoothen the city's traffic system for the next 20 years has been completed.
 arrow Persian Studies Institute awaits site allocation
The construction of the Persian Studies Institute building is in limbo for the last 12 years because a suitable site has not been located on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
 arrow Beauty spoiled by miscreants
The Botanical Garden adjacent to the Dhaka Zoo in Mirpur has become infested with criminals and drug peddlers, complain visitors.