Vol. 5 Num 521 Mon. November 14, 2005    
Today's Index
Front Page
Letters to Editor
Write to Editor
Star City

About Us

Today's Index
Front Pagearrow Curtain falls on summit
South Asian leaders at the conclusion of the two-day summit here yesterday adopted a 53-point Dhaka Declaration, pledging to draw a roadmap for the next decade, slash trade barriers from next year toboost
 arrow Roadmap for third decade Saarc drawn
New Saarc Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the leaders at the summit have designated the coming 2006-2015 decade as the "Decade of Implementation" and proclaimed it as the "Saarc Decade for Poverty
 arrow Afghanistan to be new member
The leaders of Saarc have decided to welcome Afghanistan as the South Asian forum's new member and accord observer status to China and Japan.
 arrow Shaukat for FTA with Bangladesh
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday said his country would like to enter into a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Bangladesh.
"Pakistan is a free-trade country...

 arrow Experts pin high hopes on Dhaka summit outcomes
International relations experts, economists, politicians and business leaders expressed optimism about the future of Saarc as the just concluded Dhaka summit took a number of steps towards economic and
 arrow Hasina meets Manmohan, Shaukat
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina held separate meetings with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Three major agreements signed
Saarc members yesterday signed three major agreements, all for facilitating intra-regional trade as the seven South Asian countries are going to launch a free trade area next year.
 arrow Next summit in India
The next Saarc summit will take place in India, new Saarc Chairperson and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia announced at the concluding session of the 13th summit meeting here yesterday.
 arrow Govt wasting huge money when people starving
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said the government is treating lakhs of starving people in the Monga-hit northern region inhumanely while spending crores to hold the Saarc Summit in the
 arrow Act, make Saarc true cooperation tool
New Saarc Chairperson Khaleda Zia has urged the Saarc leaders to assume respective responsibilities to make the regional body an effective instrument of cooperation benefiting the member countries and
 arrow Indo-Pak talks moving in right direction
Pakistan's prime minister yesterday said his country and arch-rival India are making progress in peace talks though they have still not resolved the thorny issue of divided Kashmir.
 arrow Nepal wants to use Mongla Port
Nepal wants to use Mongla Port and Banglabandha corridor for enhancing trade between Dhaka and Kathmandu.
 arrow Manmohan seeks 'democratic' Nepal
India yesterday renewed pressure on Nepal's King Gyanendra to speedily restore multi-party democracy in the Himalayan nation struggling to tackle a violent Maoist revolt and pro-democracy campaigns.
 arrow Pakistan yet to deliver on promise to stem infiltration: Indian PM
Pakistan has not yet delivered on its promise to stop militants infiltrating India from territory it controls, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.
 arrow Saarc leaders meet president
President Iajuddin Ahmed has said the Saarc countries will have to face collectively the challenges of socioeconomic development of the region.
 arrow Four leaders head home
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom left for home yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda holds bilateral talks with Ngedup
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her Bhutanese counterpart Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup last night held bilateral talks and discussed ways of strengthening trade and economic relations between Dhaka and Thimpu.
 arrow Nepal king for increased trade, Communications
Nepalese King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev expressed his country's desire to enhance trade and communications with Bangladesh for mutual benefit of the two countries.
 arrow BSF pushes in 21 Indians
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) pushed in 21 Bangla speaking Muslims early yesterday.
 arrow WB board defers it as cabinet yet to pass draft procurement law
The World Bank (WB) has decided to defer tabling the issue of clearing the $200 million third tranche of its Development Support Credit (DSC) to Bangladesh at its November 17 board meeting as the cabinet
 arrow Tk 30 lakh stolen from Sonali Bank vault
Burglars stole Tk 30 lakh breaking into the vault of Sonali Bank Nabinagar branch at Bandar upazila.
 arrow Enayetullah to be laid to rest today
Body of Enayetullah Khan, editor of the daily New Age and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Holiday, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka at 6:20am today by a British Airways flight.
 arrow UK minister due today
British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dr Kim Howells arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit.
 arrow Briton world's first to beat HIV
A British man is believed to have become the first person in the world to get rid of the HIV virus, newspaper reports said yesterday.
Andrew Stimpson, 25, was diagnosed as HIV-positive in August 2002.

 arrow Japanese robot lost in space mission
A miniature robot released by a Japanese space probe to a small asteroid circling the Sun was lost before it was able to land on the asteroid's surface, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported
 arrow WHO set to probe bird flu death
World Health Organisation experts will travel this week to the central Chinese province of Hunan to investigate whether bird flu caused the death of a 12-year-old girl and infected two other people, a
Businessarrow Borrowing from banks helps govt cut interest expenditure
With net sales of savings certificates gradually coming down in recent years, the government borrowing from the banking system has increased helping it (government) reduce the interest expenditure.
 arrow Economic activities almost come to a halt in 3 days
Government's tight security measures during the Saarc Summit have virtually halted all the economic activities of the country causing a loss of economy and affecting the earnings of the low-income groups.
 arrow SEC disposes of more complaints last year
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has disposed of more investors' complaints against listed companies and brokers/dealers in the last fiscal year compared to the previous year.
 arrow Airbus, Boeing vaunt their new feats
Aeronautics giants Boeing and Airbus stepped up their bitter battle for supremacy this week when the US manufacturer pulled off the longest ever non-stop flight on Thursday and its European rival landed
 arrow KDS Packaging achieves ISO certificate
KDS Packaging Industries Ltd recently achieved ISO 9001:2000 certificate from Certification International (UK) Ltd for complying with stringent quality, management system and process approach.
 arrow New chairman of Fidelity Assets & Securities
Abdul Matlub Ahmad, a leading industrialist, has recently been elected chairman of Fidelity Assets & Securities Company Ltd, a non-banking financial institution.
 arrow CSE closes higher
Trading at Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) closed higher yesterday with the gainers dominating the losers.
The CSE All Share Price Index increased by 25.90 points or 0.75 percent to close at 3458.

 arrow India-US in farm cooperation
India signed a joint declaration with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Saturday to energise agricultural research between the two countries ahead of the visit of US President, Mr George W Bush
 arrow China, Chile to sign free trade pact: Report
Chile and China will sign a free trade agreement on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum underway here, Yonhap news agency said Sunday.
 arrow Apec warns WTO talks could fail
Asia-Pacific nations warned Sunday next month's WTO meeting in Hong Kong could fail and called on all nations involved in troubled global trade talks to make concessions.
 arrow Bush to push for more trade concessions from China
The United States and China may have secured a hard-fought deal on textiles, but President George W. Bush still has a battery of complaints to level on the trade front when he visits Beijing next weekend.
 arrow US pressures Opec to up production
US Energy Secretary Samuel Bordman urged Opec on Saturday to take measures to increase production at its next meeting, expressing hope Gulf countries would work hard to expand their output capacity.
 arrow Japan ministers reiterate need for sales tax hike
Key Japanese cabinet ministers reiterated yesterday that the government would eventually need to raise the nationwide consumption tax to improve its debt-burdened finances, a move widely regarded by analysts
Sportsarrow Cricket: Excitement is back
After a humdrum and quiet few seasons, the cricket transfer market has come alive this year with the assurance of national players' maximum participation in the most coveted Premier Division Cricket League.
 arrow Football: Spain, Switzerland virtually thru
Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic all moved a step closer to the World Cup with victories on Saturday while Australia kept their hopes alive despite losing in the first leg of the final playoffs.
 arrow Cricket: Stand-in stands up
Stand-in captain Marcus Trescothick cracked a robust century as England tightened the screws on Pakistan in the opening Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Chanderpaul calls for patience after draw
Captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has called on his West Indies team to curb their batting flamboyance ahead of the second cricket Test against Australia, starting in Hobart on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Owen denies Argentina
Michael Owen wrote another incredible chapter in the history of England's clashes against Argentina as he led a remarkable last-gasp fightback to secure a morale-boosting victory ahead of the World Cup
 arrow Football: Brazil flood Uae
World champions Brazil put eight goals past United Arab Emirates and Germany drew 0-0 in France in Saturday's friendlies for next year's World Cup hopefuls.
 arrow Football: Pekerman curses his luck
Argentina lost a match they led until the dying minutes after a two-goal England burst that did not reflect the bulk of the game, said coach Jose Pekerman.
 arrow Tennis: All-French finale
Mary Pierce beat world number one Lindsay Davenport, and Amelie Mauresmo ousted defending champion Maria Sharapova on Saturday to set up an all-French final at the WTA Tour Champion-ships.
 arrow Football: Al-Ahly African kings
Egyptian giants Al-Ahly lifted their fourth African Champions League trophy Saturday after a comprehensive 3-0 drubbing of Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel in front of a jubilant home crowd.
 arrow Cricket: England U-19s arrive today
The England Under-19 cricket team will arrive in Dhaka this morning for a month-long tour to play a one-day series against their Bangladesh counterparts and a tri-nation series also involving Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Who's Dhoni
South Africa's coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday said his team was not worried about big-hitting Indian batsman Mahendra Dhoni ahead of their five-match one-day series.
 arrow Football: BFF to get land at Cox's Bazar
The Cox's Bazar district administration has agreed in principle to provide land for a modern football training centre following a request from Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Cricket: India still seventh
Having closed in on their rivals with a crushing 6-1 success against Sri Lanka, Rahul Dravid's India would be looking to waltz past them in the International Cricket Council ODI team rankings with a repeat
 arrow Football: Iran's answer to Korea
Furious over Seoul's opposition to their nuclear programme, Iran has ditched the South Korean sponsors of a friendly football tournament and are using the event to promote their atomic ambitions.
 arrow Football: Best loses four stones
Football legend George Best has shrunk to just "skin and bones" in his fight to stave off serious illnesses which left him close to death, his agent told a Sunday newspaper.
 arrow Football: Zidane calls for improvements
France are falling short of their best and need to improve to do well at next year's World Cup, Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane said on Sunday.
"It's way too short for the moment.

Metropolitanarrow Biman to ferry 18,000 ballottee Hajj pilgrims
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will ferry 18,000 ballottee Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia under government management at a cost of US$ 950 per person.
 arrow Proposal to set up Saarc parliament
Former president and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh Chief Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury paid a courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at his hotel suit in the city yesterday.
 arrow Domestic help rescued from confinement
A teenage housemaid, confined in a house for last two days, was rescued by the police in the city yesterday.
 arrow JMB man taken on remand in Sylhet
Police have started interrogating a cadre of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) who was arrested on Thursday in connection with the bomb attack on the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal judge.
 arrow Abbas struggles with Arafat's Palestinian legacy
At least one change is evident in the Palestinian corridors of power since Yasser Arafat died a year ago -- the new coat of paint.
 arrow Trial of killers demanded
Leaders of Samajik Protirodh Committee, a women's rights group, yesterday demanded immediate trial of the killers of Advocate Dilruba Haque Papia, a rights activist.
 arrow Unloading of rotten wheat starts at Ctg
Local agents yesterday started unloading imported rotten wheat from 24 lighter vessels that remained stalled for nine months in the outer anchorage of Chittagong port.
 arrow Varnish factory, godown of electrical goods gutted
A varnish factory and a godown of electrical goods were gutted and five people were injured in separate fire incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Spouses of Saarc leaders visit fair
Spouses of South Asian leaders yesterday spent their leisure time listening to music and buying Bangladeshi handicrafts, sarees and clothes from a fair at Padma State Guest House in the city.
 arrow Woman 'murderedí
A young housewife was allegedly murdered for dowry on Saturday night at Uttara area in the city.
 arrow JMB man admits involvement
An activist of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday gave a confessional statement before the court admitting his involvement in the August 17 countrywide blasts.
 arrow SPGRC to lay siege to Pak HC Nov 16
Leaders of Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee (SPGRC) yesterday protested the non-holding of a meeting between its delegation and Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz for resolving their
 arrow GP to donate mobile phones to paramedics
The GrameenPhone (GP) has agreed to donate mobile phones to skilled paramedics currently piloting home-based safe-delivery services as part of the USAID-funded NGO Service Delivery Programme (NSDP).
 arrow Lunch for journos
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday hosted a lunch in honour of journalists of print and electronic media from home and abroad, who attended the 13th Saarc summit.
 arrow Galib relieved of charges
Asadullah Al Galib, leader of Ahle Hadith Movement, and seven others were yesterday relieved of the charges of bomb attack on Brac office early this year.
 arrow Withdrawal of RU admission form price hike demanded
Leaders of Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded withdrawal of increased price of the admission forms under 2005-2006 academic sessions.
 arrow Smarter kids may live longer: study
Smarter children may enjoy longer lives, the results of a new study suggest.
 arrow Manmohan's wife visits Sikh temple on DU campus
Gursharan Kaur, wife of Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, yesterday visited Gurudwara Nanak Shahee, a Sikh temple located on the Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Mathbaria journos to boycott AL programmes
Journalists of Mathbaria upazila in the district yesterday decided to boycott all Awami League programmes as local Al leaders misbahaved with two local newsmen on Saturday night.
Nationalarrow Poor yield marks start of Aman harvest in N-dists
Harvest of early varieties of Aman paddy has started in high lands in northern districts but the farmers are not in smiles. Full swing harvest is still more than two weeks away.
 arrow August 17 blasts taking toll on Kuakata tourist spot
The August 17 serial bomb blasts in the country has started taking its toll on tourism in Kuakata, the most attractive tourist spot with a vast sea beach.
 arrow Guest birds bring life to lakes but fear for humans
Guests birds have started arriving in different lakes in Rangamati, adding beauty and life to the picturesque hill region but causing worry to officials.
 arrow Shohag Daktar's message spreads beyond Kulaura
A medic-turned-farmer has changed the fate of an entire village in Kulaura, Maulavibazar by farming fish, raising livestock and planting medicinal and timber plants.
 arrow Cops take note of B'baria triple murder
The August triple murder in which a contractor, his wife and only daughter were killed in Brahmanbaria town was placed on the list of sensational cases at a meeting of the district law and order committee,
 arrow Hill village fully sanitised
Deppuachhari, a hilly village, inhabited by 400 indigenous people of Chakma community, in Sapchhari union of the Sadar upazila, has been brought under cent percent sanitation.
 arrow Schoolboy's body exhumed in Narail
The body of SM Ehsanul Haque Mahin, a class eight student of BAF Shaheen College, Jessore, was exhumed yesterday after 55 days of his burial.
 arrow 10 cocktails found at BAU
Ten 10 cocktails were recovered from the campus of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow When the earth shakes and man trembles
Above the valleys and mountains in Kashmir, above the limitless stretches of wrecked homes and human lives, rises a rending cry, a soulful moan, thrown up in unison from a million hearts: why? An unbearable
 arrow Will Natwar sing?
Natwar Singh has exhausted his capacity to hurt himself. But he has not exhausted his capacity to hurt the Congress. The story of the ex-foreign minister of India confirms an old view of mine.
 arrow Lessons from other regions for Saarc
The trend of our times is economic development through regional cooperation. This is true of South Asia as it is for Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and the rest of Asia.
Culturearrow Of days gone by
The dedicated artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) used to sing and compose songs to inspire the freedom fighters.
 arrow Lokonatyadal theatre festival ends
A three-day theatre festival arranged by Lokonatyadal ended on November 12. The festival included three of Lokonatyadal productions directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky: Majhrater Manushera, Kanjush and Shiddhidata.
 arrow An artistic trio exhibit their works
A trio of artists are holding an exhibition of their works at the Art & Soul Gallery in Gulshan.
 arrow New programme on TV
A new programme for Bangladeshi youth, titled Hey Tarunnyo, made its debut on Channel-i from November 12.
Generalarrow Text of Dhaka Declaration of the 13th Saarc Summit
Dhaka Declaration
Thirteenth SAARC Summit
13 November 2005
The Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Her Excellency Begum Khaleda Zia; the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan,

Internationalarrow Nepali journalists fear crackdown
Journalists affiliated with 10 Nepalese media groups appealed to the UN's human rights body to take urgent steps to prevent a fresh crackdown on the media after the Supreme Court upheld an anti-presslaw.
 arrow Coordinator of Delhi blasts detained
The suspected key coordinator of last month's serial bombings in New Delhi that killed 62 people has been arrested, police said yesterday.
 arrow Polling peaceful in Bihar
A provincial poll in India's lawless state of Bihar ended relatively peacefully yesterday, officials said, despite earlier shoot-on-sight orders to police amid fears of attacks by Maoist rebels.
 arrow Lankan polls campaign winds down today
Sri Lanka yesterday banned liquor sales and political rallies ahead of this week's presidential vote as monitors described campaigning so far as the most peaceful in decades.
 arrow Christians hold mass in open after Pak churches torched
Hundreds of Christians worshipped yesterday in the open air after a Muslim mob in eastern Pakistan burnt down churches over allegations that a Christian had desecrated the Koran, officials and witnesses
 arrow Ex-commanders, Taliban win seats
Final results of Afghanistan's legislative elections show several former commanders of military factions, three old Taliban officials, women activists and several ex-communists won seats in the new parliament.
 arrow UK troops may quit Iraq by 2006
British troops could leave Iraq by the end of 2006, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in a television interview to be broadcast yesterday.
 arrow Curfew fails to quell French riot
Police in the French city of Lyon have used teargas to disperse youths throwing stones and attacking cars, the first rioting in a major city centre.
 arrow Iran confirms rejection of nuclear compromise
Iran confirmed yesterday it would not accept a compromise on its disputed nuclear programme that involved sensitive uranium enrichment activities being conducted outside the country.
 arrow UN immunises kids in Pak quake zone
Health authorities Saturday launched a two-week campaign to immunize 800,000 children in divided Kashmir to prevent infectious disease from thriving in the crowded and sometimes squalid tent camps for
 arrow Saddam lawyers vow to stay away from trial
Saddam Hussein's defence team has insisted it will not take part in the deposed Iraqi leader's trial to protest what it calls a lack of adequate protection following the murder of two lawyers.
 arrow Rice urges Saudis to do more to fight terrorism
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday urged Saudi Arabia to do more to fight terrorism and prevent incitement but the kingdom said it was doing everything it could to fight the scourge.
 arrow Peretz threatens to topple Sharon govt
New Labour Party chief Amir Peretz threatened yesterday to bring down Ariel Sharon's coalition government next week unless the prime minister meets him quickly to agree on a date for an early election.
 arrow Concerns over Bush powers used at Guantanamo
The Senate has allowed the Bush administration discretionary power to treat accused terrorists according to its wishes by withdrawing their right to appeal their detention in the civilian justice system,
 arrow Pak army selling organs of quake victims: JKLF
JKLF has claimed that some criminals and Pak army men were taking away the vital organs from those killed in the killer quake in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to make a quick buck.
 arrow 6 killed in Kashmir gunbattles
Six people, including four Muslim rebels, were killed in two gunbattles in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir while police fired tear gas to quell anti-government protests, police and witnesses said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka astrologers see better times after vote
Sri Lankan astrologers have predicted their fortunes will rise after Thursday's presidential election and see the opposition leader as the candidate with the stronger horoscope.
 arrow al-Qaeda brands British queen 'enemy of Islamí
Ayman al-Zawahiri, number two in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda global terror network, named Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as "one of the severest enemies of Islam" in a video seen by the Sunday Times.
 arrow Blair admits colleagues gang up against him
British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted yesterday he was facing a rough ride but insisted he would fight on as colleagues gang up against him.
 arrow PLO calls for UN probe into Arafat's death
A senior Palestinian official has called for a UN investigation into the death of Yasser Arafat, reiterating allegations that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by Israel.
 arrow Jordan identifies four Iraqis as hotel bombers
The Jordanian government yesterday gave the names of three Iraqi men and an Iraqi woman who took part in the suicide attacks against luxury hotels in Amman.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka Declaration sounds visionary
True, the 13th summitry exercise of Saarc in Dhaka took place at an auspicious stage in the evolution of the regional economic cooperation grouping.
 arrow Editorial: De-linking trade from politics
For those like us who have been stressing the need for economics to drive our politics and not the other way round, the Prime Minister's call at the Saarc banquet to de-link trade from politics, muststrike
 arrow Enacting public procurement law
Enactment of a law on public procurement to replace the Public Procurement Regulations (PPR) 2003 has been in the news for over a month.
 arrow MDGs and poverty reduction
I am very pleased to see the recent articles published in national dailies about poverty and poverty reduction.
 arrow Bird flu: Not just a flu
For more than a century, bird flu has circulated among birds, particularly domesticated fowl, but recent attention has been called to avian influenza, since some strains have infected humans.
Letters to Editorarrow Go for balanced development
The political leaders and people of Bangladesh are always talking about development of Bangladesh, calling it an "Emerging Tiger" of South Asia.
 arrow Passing away of an icon
When celebrities die their deaths are followed by obituaries with glowing tributes. Those who die are no doubt remembered and missed by their near and dear ones.
 arrow AL bashing
This is in reference to a letter in your daily of the 1st November written by Mr. Masud. Awami League bashing is the order of the day.
 arrow Government living in a make-believe world?
If the Press reaction to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's 10 October Radio and Television speech to the nation is any indication, she may have lost touch with people and is living in a world of virtual reality
 arrow Pawns
Can't a soldier say, "I love peace not war," can't he say, "I love my mother more than my blood." He can.
 arrow Leadership and management
The letter 'Sheikh Hasina' (1 Nov) prompts me to write this and point out that leadership and management are two distinct and different functions.
 arrow Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks died on October 30, 2005, at the age of 92. She was known as the mother of civil rights movement.
 arrow An oppressed lot
The Bengalees are a people who have been dominated by the British and by the Pakistanis. They were oppressed by both of them. And today we are known for our poverty alone.
 arrow Managing Biman
Biman is in a 'Catch 22' situation as stated by Erfan Chowdhury (Nov 2).
 arrow Scholastica and traffic jam
I write here in reply to all the comments made by some of your readers regarding Scholastica and the traffic jam in front of it.
 arrow Hanging weight (!)
No tigress, animal, human, or living creature would be comfortable with a 2 kg electronic gadget hanging on the neck for a life time (news item on death of a Sundurban tigress DS 31/10).
 arrow PMO office
Reading newspaper commentaries, it appears that the powerful PM Office has apparently created a lot of non-transparency in governance.
 arrow Crucial moment
We are helpless in the face of natural calamities. We can't go against nature. Tsunami, Hurricane Catrina, Wilma and the devastating earthquake in South Asia prove the point.
 arrow National identity card
This write-up is in response to "Plea for a national identity card" by Tayeb Hussain. To begin with, the population of Sweden is under 10 million and that of Bangladesh is approximately 147 million.
 arrow Newspaper holiday
I would like to point out that we have not yet been able to embark on rational decisions regarding the Newspaper Holidays and distribution system in this country.
Star Cityarrow Grown before childhood withers
Thirteen-year-old Russel, (not his real name) was roaming round the Kamalapur Rail Station looking for customers.
 arrow Guest birds reduce in quantity, species
With another winter about to set in, authorities have not taken concrete steps to stop the open sale of migratory birds in the city.
 arrow Pre-paid cards play pranks with public
Jyoti Chowdhury sat at his computer with a pre-paid Internet card he had just bought at Tk 100 from a nearby stationery store. He had some urgent e-mailing to two of his cousins abroad.
 arrow City dwellers to enjoy the beauty of Dhaka
City dwellers will not be deprived from enjoying the gorgeous look the capital wears thanks to the Saarc summit as the mayor has ensured that they will be able to feast their eyes on the illuminationas
 arrow Subscribers face hassle in paying utility bills
Subscribers of electricity, telephone, water and gas have been facing problems in paying the utility bills through banks since the introduction of two-day weekly holiday and new office timing in government
 arrow Last Man Standing

© thedailystar.net, 2005. All Rights Reserved.