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Front Pagearrow Hartals strike exports
Four journalists including Khulna Press Club President Sheikh Abu Hasan were wounded, one critically, in a powerful bomb explosion on the press club premises last night in another attack on newsmen in this region.
 arrow Clashes mark start of 36-hr hartal, 100 hurt
Clashes between police and ruling alliance loyalists and hartal supporters in Dhaka, Kishoreganj, Mymensingh and Chittagong left more than 100 people including journalists injured on the first day ofthe
 arrow Cops pick up BNP leader as suspect
Law enforcers yesterday detained a senior BNP leader of Habiganj district in the capital as a suspect in the January-27 grenade carnage.
 arrow Hartals strike exports
The business community braces for an ominous blow as the opposition parties yesterday called for yet another three-day dawn-to-dusk hartal in Chittagong for February 7, 8 and 9.
 arrow Hartal for Feb 7,8,9 called in Ctg
The Awami League (AL) and its allies yesterday called for another three-day dawn-to-dusk hartal in Chittagong district on February 7, 8 & 9 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) protesting what they said was
 arrow PRSP aims to keep inflation within 7.5pc for first year
The government has targeted a 7.5 percent inflation rate for the first year of the three-year Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), up from 6.5 percent targeted earlier.
 arrow Kibria family wants Saifur, Nizami to be quizzed
The Kibria family yesterday said Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami should be interrogated, as they may have information about the January 27 killing of Shah
  arrow Rice prices spiral
While rice prices are spiralling upward throughout the country creating economic woes for the urban poor, the government is unlikely to start Open Market Sale (OMS) this month, sources said.
 arrow PM donates Tk 1 lakh for each family of 3 victims
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday donated Tk 100,000 each to the families of three farmers killed in the January 27 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj district.
 arrow 12 Iraqis, 4 US soldiers killed in Iraq violence
Insurgents killed four US soldiers in two separate attacks near Beiji and seven Iraqi troops in a motorcycle bomb in city of Basra and Samarra yesterday, as violence elsewhere also left another five Iraqis
 arrow Major Indian dailies critical of Manmohan's decision
Some major Indian daily newspapers are critical of their government's decision not to attend the Saarc summit scheduled for February 6 and 7 in Dhaka.
 arrow Risky business...

 arrow Reverse power grab or face blockade
Nepal's Maoist rebels warned King Gyanendra yesterday to reverse his power grab in the Himalayan kingdom or face an indefinite countrywide blockade from February 13.
 arrow Dhaka peacekeepers may start for Sudan next month
Bangladesh is likely to start sending troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan from the next month, sources in the army said.
 arrow Burn injury patients in distress
Treatment of patients with burns is being greatly impeded due to poor facilities in the public hospitals, and Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), which alone has an exclusive burn unit, is also
 arrow BSF kills 1 in B'baria
A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) of Indian, while a teenage boy was kidnapped by a gang of Indian miscreants yesterday.
 arrow None of 104 passengers survives
A Dutch military helicopter yesterday found the wreckage of an Afghan passenger plane that went missing two days ago with 104 people on board after turning away from the capital Kabul in a snow storm.
 arrow Road crash kills 1 in city
A man was killed in a road accident near Asad Gate in the city during hartal hours yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 357 Bangladeshis in 5 years
As many as 357 Bangladeshi nationals were killed by Border Security Force (BSF) and Indian criminals in last five years, according to a report of Odhikar, a rights organisation.
 arrow The long wait...

 arrow US Senate panel reviews intelligence on Iran
US senators have launched a review of US intelligence on Iran to try to avoid pitfalls that marked the path to the invasion of Iraq, the Los Angeles Times said.
 arrow Hasina urges all to observe hartal
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to observe today's countrywide hartal and hasten the 'fall' of the ruling coalition.
 arrow 3 Guantanamo detainees ordered released
The US military has ordered three detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay to be freed and 25 others to remain as secret hearings were held into the cases of more terror suspects.
Businessarrow 7-month remittance grows 8pc
Remittance flow grew by more than 8 percent in the first seven months of the current financial year crossing a record two billion mark.
 arrow Sick RMG unit owners seek postponement of BGMEA polls
Sick apparel factory owners yesterday urged the government to postpone the upcoming BGMEA election scheduled to be held on February 17 and demanded an interim body to conduct the polls.
 arrow Duty-free RMG to EU to be free from local value addition binding from July
Bangladesh's readymade garment export to the European Union (EU) will be free from any local value addition binding from July this year in favour of a Saarc regional cumulation for duty free access to
 arrow Oil prices cool, metals lose shine
Oil prices fell this week on easing supply worries with the end of winter approaching in the northern hemisphere, OPEC's move to maintain output, calmer-than-expected Iraqi elections and warmer temperatures
 arrow India sees no pressure on interest rates
Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram Friday said there was no pressure on domestic interest rates as there was ample liquidity in the banking sector.
 arrow WB eyes slowdown in China's economy
China's economy is showing signs of cooling, but acceleration risks remain and the government should be ready to raise interest rates again if needed, the World Bank said Friday.
 arrow Rahimafrooz, HSBC sign deal on CNG conversion
Customers of HSBC will get pre-approved personal instalment loan from the bank to convert their petroleum fuel-run cars into CNG (compressed natural gas)-driven vehicles with the technical assistanceof
 arrow FBCCI team off to Bahrain to join Islamic Trade Fair
A two-member business delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) led by its Director Dewan Sultan Ahmed left for Bahrain on Friday to participate at the 10thIslamic
 arrow Russia puts euro in forex currency basket
Russia's central bank said Friday it has begun to use the euro along with the dollar to determine the ruble's "real" exchange rate in order to keep the appreciation of Russian currency against the USunit
 arrow Saudi firm posts $340m bid for Pak power plant
A Saudi group Friday offered the highest bid of 340 million dollars to buy a 1,750 megawatt electricity plant that supplies Pakistan's largest industrial and commercial city, an official said.
 arrow G7 divided on anti-poverty fight
Senior finance chiefs from the Group of Seven industrial powers were to hold talks here Saturday amid divisions on how to attack global poverty and economic imbalances and scant hope of persuading China
 arrow China refuses to set timetable on forex
Chinese authorities on Saturday again declined to set out a timetable to make their currency more flexible on the world's money markets and said they had not come under international pressure to revalue
 arrow US, Europe fail to agree on development aid
Finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries failed to reach an agreement on boosting development aid late Friday in the face of US-European differences, European officials saidSaturday.
 arrow Mandela calls on G7 to provide 100pc debt relief
South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela issued a vibrant appeal Friday to Group of Seven finance ministers for 100 percent debt cancellation for Africa and a sharp increase in annual financialaid.
 arrow Mahathir denies meddling in Malaysia's Proton
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad Saturday denied interfering in the management of state-controlled automaker Proton after the company's chairman quit over his role in the firm's affairs.
 arrow Greenspan sees no crisis from US current account deficit
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday he sees no crisis resulting from the massive US current account deficit and predicted the gap will stabilize or shrink due to market forces and budget
 arrow Iran, Pakistan to leave India behind for gas export pipeline
Iran and Pakistan may not wait for an uncertain India to join a deal to buy Iranian gas via a trans-Pakistan pipeline, Iran's deputy oil minister for international affairs was quoted Saturday as saying.
 arrow Duty-free zone mooted for Phuket
A special duty-free shopping zone will be created in Phuket if the government approves the Tourism Authority of Thailand's emergency plan to win back tourists in the three tsunami-battered provinces,the
 arrow ROK economy to grow 4pc this year: IMF
South Korea's economy is expected to grow four percent this year on the back of a revival in domestic demand, lower than a projected 4.6 percent in 2004, the IMF said Friday.
 arrow Pakistan plans to import 1m tonnes refined sugar
Pakistan plans to import 1 million tonnes of white sugar to cover supply shortages and check rising domestic prices, a government official said Friday.
 arrow Philippines hopes for credit upgrade
The Philippines is hoping for an upgrade in its international credit rating after making progress in controlling its budget deficit and in passing crucial economic reforms, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
 arrow Southeast Asia president of Grey Global arrives in Dhaka today
Nirvik Singh, president (Southeast Asia) of advertising giant Grey Global Group, arrives in Dhaka today.
 arrow Training for internet network professionals starts today
An eight-day training for internet network professionals starts today at Hotel La Vinchi in Dhaka.
 arrow Wal-Mart eyes Feb sales up 2-4pc
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, said on Saturday it still expects a 2 percent to 4 percent increase in February sales at its U.S. stores open at least a year.
 arrow Correction
In a news item published on this page yesterday it was inadvertently printed that the biennial election of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association was to be held yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: ICC straightens upto 15
Cricket's governing body here Saturday endorsed recommendations to relax the game's contentious chucking laws for bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: A tough balancing act
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday approved the roster of the six divisional teams for the Fifth National League but not before the national selectors gave a long look into it.
 arrow Cricket: Skipper Smith steers SA
Captain Graeme Smith hit a maiden one-day international century as South Africa levelled the series against England with a three-wicket win in the third limited-overs international at St George's Park
 arrow Cricket: Aussies aim to do it now
Australia will look to continue their ruthless record in the triangular VB Series by beating Pakistan in the second final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport to meet Sharapova in final
Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova booked a final clash at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Saturday with identical scores.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib has to prove fitness
Express Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been warned that he will not be picked for the forthcoming tour to India unless he is fully fit.
 arrow I'll be back: Hayden
Dumped Australian opener Matthew Hayden said he had been treated harshly by selectors but vowed to bat his way back into the world champion one-day cricket team.
 arrow Football: League to probe Cole approach
The Premier League has launched an investigation into Chelsea's alleged illegal approach to Arsenal defender Ashley Cole.
 arrow Football: Ban 'em: Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, on Friday called that referees found guilty of match-fixing should be barred from the game for life.
 arrow Cricket: 'If anyone can do it, it'll be Tendulkar'
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes Sachin Tendulkar could become the first batsman to score 100 centuries in international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: UAE 134 all out
The United Arab Emirates were bundled out for 134 in 45 overs against Bangladesh A in the third limited-overs match at the Sharjah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Parag going strong
Mehdi Hasan Parag continued to lead the points table with maximum 6 points at end of the sixth round of the BASIC Bank 26th National Junior (Under-20 Years) Chess Champion-ship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan waiting for Pakistan
Seamer Irfan Pathan has said that he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to take on Pakistan in the upcoming series starting later this month.

"I'm fully fit and feeling really good.

 arrow Golf: StanChart goes to Liakat
Liakat Ali won the 10th Standard Chartered Golf Tournament at the picturesque Bhatiary Golf and Country Club in Chittagong on Friday.

MH Murad finished runner-up.

 arrow Cricket: Ex-S Africa pacer dies
Former South Africa fast bowler Peter Heine has died in Johannesburg on Saturday aged 76.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Abahani Krira Chakra defeated Sunrise Sporting Club by one wicket in the First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Electing to bat, Sunrise Sporting scored 140 in 50 overs.

 arrow Football: Mourinho unhappy with scheduling
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho complained on Friday about the scheduling of domestic games, saying it always seemed to favour the Premier League leaders' rivals.
 arrow Football: Gaddafi's son's soccer diplomacy
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's professional footballer son arrived in Australia on Saturday to begin a tour of soccer diplomacy in which he will meet government officials in between playing for his national
Metropolitanarrow 20-year plan to improve city environment
A technical committee formed by the government has worked out a 20-year strategic visionary plan dubbed as Dhaka Environment Programme (DEP) to improve the city's environment in a coordinated way focusing
 arrow 'AL, RAW killed Kibria to foil Saarc summit'
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP, yesterday blamed the Awami League (AL) for foiling the 13th Saarc summit.
 arrow More ill-will
India has created more problems than it has resolved through its decision not to participate in the Saarc Summit.
 arrow Cut budgetary allocation for defence
Civil society leaders called on the Saarc countries to reduce the budgetary allocation for defence and focus more on the social development and the participation of people in governance instead.
 arrow 80 new books at Ekushey fair
Eighty new books were shelved at different stalls on the fifth day of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the Bangla Academy premises yesterday.
 arrow 'Reduce call charges of mobile phones'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded that the call charge of mobile phone be reduced to 50 paisa per minute as the present call tariff is too high compared to neighbouring countries.
 arrow India backed opposition by not joining summit
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said that Awami League would have to shoulder full responsibility for the postponement of the Saarc summit and pay the price forit.
 arrow Make Feb 7 protests a success: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged party leaders and workers to mobilise mass supports for the countrywide protest against all anarchic activities
 arrow Foil conspiracies against country: Shaikhul Hadith
Chairman of Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ) Shaikhul Hadith Allama Azizul Haque yesterday called upon all patriotic people to foil the deep-rooted conspiracies against the country.
 arrow Cop stabbed, mugged
Muggers yesterday stabbed a police constable and snatched away cash and mobile phone in the city yesterday.
 arrow hunger strike in Khulna Feb 8
Greater Khulna Development Action Committee (GKDAC) will observe a mass hunger strike from 10:00am to 5:00pm on February 8 at Shahid Hadis Park to press home its demand for deep sea port at Akram point.
 arrow Clarification
Jamaat-e-Islami sent a clarification last night regarding a report headlined 'Nizami denies party's link with Islamic militants' published in The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow 2,549 more held
Police arrested 2,549 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 48 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Khairuzzaman gets extension, Jafar new PIO
Khairuzzaman Chowdhury, chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR), has got contractual appointment for one year.

His extension came on the heel of his retirement from the government service.

 arrow Current nets worth Tk 6.25 lakh seized
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized 2.64 lakh metres of banned current net worth Tk 6.25 lakh from Meghna river in Chandpur, Nilkamal and Mohanpur areas on Thursday.
 arrow BNP begins agitation
Chittagong south district unit of BNP yesterday began a four-day-long agitation programme protesting the murder of Khagaria union parishad chairman at Satkania on Friday night.
 arrow Int'l computer workshop begins today
An international training-cum-workshop programme on computer network begins at a city hotel today.
Nationalarrow Indigenous people demand separate ministry, JS seats
Indigenous people at a gathering at Nachole in Chapainawabganj have demanded a separate ministry for their development and reserved seats in parliament and in local government bodies.
 arrow A laudable effort in a remote village
Tiny tots from poor families are learning computer use along with basic things in life free of cost at a pre-primary school in a remote village in Magura.
 arrow Working under risky roof
Agitated employees of Gaibandha brought out a procession in the town and held a rally demanding immediate steps for construction of the proposed new pourasabha building after five of their colleagueswere
 arrow 13 get life in 2 murder cases in Nilphamari
Thirteen murderers were awarded life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in two cases by two courts here on Tuesday and Monday.
 arrow Failed BSF bid to raise barbed wire fence on no man's land
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) had attempted to raise barbed wire fence on the no man' land along border pillars No.
 arrow Acid thrown on housewife
Police could not arrest any of the culprits accused for throwing acid on a housewife in Kiraton Bilpara village in Karimgonj upazila.
 arrow Cold spell claims 8 lives in Dinajpur
Cold spell, the third in the current winter season, so far claimed eight lives in Dinajpur.
 arrow 700 fall sick from food poisoning in Jhalakati
At least 700 persons fell sick after taking food at a 'chehlum' in Nalchhity upazila under Jhalakathi district on Thursday.
 arrow Elderly woman killed while saving son
Unidentified miscreants slaughtered an eighty-year old woman at her house at Nebugati village in Monirampur upazila in Jessore on Tuesday night.
 arrow Five honoured in Kushtia
Five persons from the district were given a reception here on Friday for their outstanding contribution in their fields.
 arrow 11 chargesheeted in Satkhira rape case
Eleven persons were charge-sheeted on Friday in a sensational rape case here.
 arrow Manikganj BCL leader arrested
Manikganj Sadar police on Friday arrested a local Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader from the town on charge of burning a taxi on the Paturia-Dhaka highway on January 29.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bush claims 'resounding success' in Iraq elections!
President Bush said, It was a "resounding success" in the democratic process of Iraq though he acknowledged that they have to go a long way to establish it.
 arrow Public servants' pay fixation
Since independence, five Pay Commissions were constituted by 1997. Grades were manipulated from ten to twenty.
 arrow Grenade and bomb attack: Worst political terrorism
The dastardly grenade attack on the Awami League rally on January 27 at Baidder Bazar in Habiganj district killing five persons including Shah AMS Kibria former Finance Minister and advisory councilmember
Culturearrow Saying it with flowers!
Who can resist the charm of flowers? No wedding hall is complete without the classy touch of floral decorations. It's not a new fad.
 arrow Shako's reflected images
Who can understand the heart of a woman better than another woman? Shako, a woman artists' association, held its exhibition at the American ambassador's residence on February 5.
 arrow Nagorik Natyangan weeklong drama festival begins today
Looks like a busy time on the theatre front. A weeklong drama festival (from February 6-12) arranged by Nagorik Natyangan starts today at the National Theatre Stage at Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow An evening of Thumri in memory of Shobha Gurtu
Samina De (Urmi), a direct disciple of the Late Srimati Shobha Gurtu, popularly known as the Thumri Queen of the subcontinent, will present a selection of Thumri in an exclusive soiree at the German Cultural
 arrow Sting enthralls Indian fans in a concert for tsunami relief
British rock star Sting enthralled more than 10,000 Indian fans in the southern city of Bangalore Friday in a concert to raise money for tsunami relief.
Internationalarrow Nepal vows crackdown on corruption
Nepal's new government vowed yesterday to crack down on corruption and ensure good governance but said multi-party democracy would only be restored and elections held once it had defeated Maoist rebels.
 arrow King's power grab a big gamble: Analysts
Nepal's King Gyanendra has taken a huge gamble by seizing power in a bid to end a bloody and brutal Maoist rebellion that has tortured the Himalayan kingdom for eight years, analysts say.
 arrow Thais vote today as Thaksin eyes win
Give all your votes to me that's what Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Friday urged voters to do during Thai Rak Thai's last campaign rally before the general election today.
 arrow Peace in S Asia not possible without Kashmir solution
President Pervez Musharraf warned yesterday that peace in South Asia would not be possible if Kashmiris were denied a chance to decide their future.
 arrow Rice's European trip clouded by Iran
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Europe to promote American policies in Iraq and the Middle East, but the start of her first trip as chief diplomat has been dogged by the spectre of Iran.
 arrow Abbas talks peace with Fatah ahead of summit
Mahmud Abbas held talks with the revolutionary council of his mainstream Fatah faction yesterday, three days before the Palestinian leader meets Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for a potentially breakthrough
 arrow Sunni clerics want troops withdrawal timetable
Iraq's leading Sunni religious authority on Saturday made its participation in the upcoming constitution-drafting process conditional on the announcement of a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
 arrow 'Guantanamo detainees risk irreparable mind damage'
Conditions at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Naval Base put detainees at risk of psychiatric deterioration with irreversible damage, United Nations experts warned here Friday.
 arrow Subhash Bose not killed in plane crash: Judge
A retired judge inquiring into the mysterious disappearance of a famed Indian freedom fighter said yesterday there was no evidence to support the theory Subhash Chandra Bose had died in a 1945 plane crash
 arrow Blair's party slammed for bad English
Britain's governing Labour Party stood accused Thursday of improper English usage after it rolled out a new slogan aimed at wooing voters ahead of an expected general election.
 arrow al-Qaeda plot against London 'inevitable'
It is "inevitable" that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network will try to stage an attack in London, the British capital's new police chief said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Kashmiris get ready for 3rd phase of civic elections
Two people were killed and a Muslim candidate in ongoing municipal elections wounded in a surge of separatist violence in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A quiet but eloquent protest
The silent demonstration by hundreds of people, who lined up in the city for half an hour on Friday, was indeed a unique way of protesting the killing of SAMS Kibria and others at Habiganj on January27.
 arrow Editorial: Nepal under lock-down
The ostensible reason behind Nepalese King Gyanendra's dismissal of the country's coalition government and imposition of a state of emergency last Tuesday was that the government had failed to hold elections
 arrow The Nepalese conundrum
In a move, thought by many officials and analysts as "a dangerous course" of action, the Nepalese King has dismissed Prime Minister Deuba and taken over all executive powers.
 arrow Grenade and garrulity: Time for pragmatism
The latest grenade attack of 27th January last at Habiganj has once again brought to the fore the helplessness of our society against this undeterred menace.
Letters to Editorarrow Kibria's death
I did not know much about the former finance minister SAMS Kibra. I have learned a lot about him, reading the dailies and watching the news on television.
 arrow Save the students
Since the death of SAMS Kibria, the country has gone through a series of strikes which has brought life to a standstill.
 arrow Memories
The demonic picture of General Yahya Khan drawn by our famous artist Quamrul Ahsan is still fresh in our memories. He also inscribed a very popular slogan "Kill these beasts".
 arrow Free speech
Wonderful proposition indeed! The people working at the nucleus of power totally lack the experience needed to "STOP THE FREE SPEECH" around the world. What a coincidence! US President George W.
 arrow Griswold's report
Bangladesh embassies and consulates in America have stated categorically that Ms. Eliza Griswold did not apply for a visa to enter Bangladesh from any of their offices in the US. Instead, Ms.
 arrow Dear readers
We have a new e-mail address for the Letters to the Editor page. Please send your letters to letters@thedailystar.
Star Healtharrow A charity mission with a cherishable vision
Twenty-three years old Rahima Begum along with her grandmother travelled some 70 km from Dhaka to consult an eminent gynaecologist Professor Rowshan Ara Begum in a village hospital in Manikganj.
 arrow WHO recommends about blood transfusion safety
Millions of lives are saved each year through blood transfusions. In some cases, we still are in severe crisis of blood and people die due to an inadequate supply of blood and blood products.
 arrow Poor childhood nutrition tied to behavior problems
Nutritional deficiencies early in life may predispose children to behavioral problems into their teenage years, new research suggests.
 arrow Prevent Iodine Deficiency
Iodine deficiency is a major public health problem for populations, particularly for pregnant women and young children. They are a threat to the social and economic development of the country.
Star Cityarrow Int'l Mother Language Institute waiting for Ecnec green light
The construction work of the International Mother Language Institute cannot re-start as it has not received the nod from the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec).
 arrow Gas crisis to persist until next month
The city residents are facing gas crisis due to low pressure for the last several weeks while the officials said the situation will not improve before next month.
 arrow Ulfat Rana's antiques of the heart
Driven by interest, dedication and love, Ulfat Rana, an author and businessman, collects antiques of all kinds only to preserve the history.
 arrow The all powerful telephone linemen
Shahina Khatun was infuriated when she picked up the receiver of her telephone set. Finding the line 'dead' she exclaimed: "Oh no! They did it again.
 arrow Dhanmondi going for community police force
Residents of Dhanmondi are planning to initiate their own community police force in order to combat criminal activities and traffic congestion that has plagued the area.
 arrow Coins of confusion
Abbas Ali felt helpless as his passenger screamed at him: "Why do you take passengers if you cannot even count money?"

Abbas, the illiterate rickshaw-puller was confused whether he was right or wrong.