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Front Pagearrow Farm output may be hit as fertiliser supply stopped
Uncertainty looms large over this year's agricultural production, as fertiliser importers have stopped supplying the key agricultural input to 3,000 dealers across the country protesting the finance ministry's
 arrow Terror talks limp along on boycott, condition
The national dialogue that began last week amid boycott by the opposition alliance seems to be heading nowhere as it drags on with a reported condition being applied to the invitees that Jamaat-e-Islami
 arrow Textiles lost free access for high competitiveness
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday claimed that Bangladesh's textile exports were excluded from duty-free and quota-free market access in the latest WTO declaration because they are too
 arrow Political promotions hamstring admin
Promotion of public servants on political considerations ignoring merit and seniority has bred frustration and resentment in the civil administration, resulting in inertia at different levels of the administration.
 arrow US lists actions for Dhaka to check terrorism
A high official of the United States government yesterday expressed 'concern' about Bangladesh's future and spelt out the measures the US expects Dhaka to take if it is to become a 'full partner' in its
 arrow Final talks on Bimstec FTA start today at Kathmandu
The Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) begins a weeklong meeting in Kathmandu today to conclude negotiations
 arrow Pvt universities exact way too high charges
In the absence of a regulatory framework, the private universities are exacting extremely high charges, making it especially difficult for the middle and lower-middle class students to continue theirstudies.
 arrow Gradual encroachment

 arrow 9 JMB men held
Law enforcers arrested nine suspected members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including a financier of the banned Islamist militant outfit, in different parts of the country on Monday nightand
 arrow PM opens new digital telephone exchange at Ctg
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the newly installed digital telephone exchange, which will provide connections to 83,300 subscribers, in Nandankanon in the port city.
 arrow JCD leader, another killed in city
Two youths, including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, were gunned down while two others were bullet-hit in separate incidents in Mohakhali and Tejgaon of the city last night.
 arrow Drive restarts next week
A regular mobile court resumes food drives next week to check adulteration of different food items after a halt of two months.
 arrow PM addresses BNP rally at Paltan today
The ruling BNP holds a grand rally in the city's Paltan Maidan today to register its protest against the militants and 'anti-democracy' forces.
 arrow 8 killed in road crashes
Eight persons were killed and over 50 were injured in four road accidents in Cox's Bazar and Gopalganj in the last three days.
 arrow JCD men beat up customs staff over tender deadline
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday beat three customs officials up and ransacked the office of customs superintendent at Satkhira over tender.
 arrow Tk 6,000cr audit objections show BCIC's graft, JS body observes
A parliamentary body yesterday observed that the outstanding audit objections involving Tk 6,000 crore against the Bangladesh Chemical and Industries Corporation (BCIC) suggest the corporation indulges
 arrow Two robbers lynched in Munshiganj
Two robbers were lynched and two others arrested at Tongipara, Noadda in Munshiganj, yesterday.
The dead robbers were identified as Kalu Miah, 35 and Suman, 30.

 arrow Locals suspect involvement of minister's brother
Locals point an accusing finger at a minister's brother for the killing of a contractor at a wedding party, but police speculate professional rivalry on the motive.
 arrow 2 cops sued for extortion
A rickshaw garage owner in Mirpur yesterday filed an extortion case against two policemen and their three informers with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka.
 arrow Correction
The caption of a photograph of the widows of slain journalists, published on the front page of The Daily Star yesterday, inadvertently mentioned Manik Saha's widow.
Businessarrow Banglalink reaches 1m subscribers
Banglalink's subscribers' base has crossed one-million mark and the cellphone service provider hopes to reach three million users by end 2006, officials announced yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Int'l plastic goods fair begins tomorrow
A four-day international fair of plastic goods will begin at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka tomorrow aiming at expanding export market for Bangladeshi plastic goods.
 arrow Citigroup plans to hold financial edn summit in Bangladesh
Citigroup plans to hold an international financial education summit in Bangladesh.
 arrow IMF urges poorer nations to stick to WTO goals
IMF chief Rodrigo Rato called on developing countries not to retreat behind a wall of protectionism as he urged WTO members to wrap up a global trade deal next year.
 arrow Tokyo exchange chief, executives resign over system failures
The president and other executives at Japan's largest bourse have resigned following two massive computer system failures, including one that caused massive losses at a major brokerage house, the Tokyo
 arrow New brokerage house starts operations
Primet Securities Limited (PSL), a new brokerage house, yesterday started operations, committing to providing most modern online share trading services on Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited (DSE).
 arrow SEC warns 15 depository participants
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned 15 depository participants (DPs) for keeping their clients' shares in the clearing accounts on the record date instead of keeping those shares in clients'
 arrow Natural disasters cause record losses for insurers in 2005
Natural disasters caused about 225 billion dollars (187.
 arrow Traders stop import of fruits from Bhutan
Prices of orange and apple have shot up by about 20 percent in the last three days following a sudden strike enforced by fruits importers on Saturday.
 arrow Bank Asia signs deal with CDBL
Bank Asia Limited yesterday signed an agreement with the Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) in Dhaka.
 arrow DCCI gets new president
MA Momen has been elected president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for the year 2006.
 arrow HK CR Airways orders 40 new Boeing planes
A Hong Kong charter airline CR Airways on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to buy 30 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft and 10 B787s in a deal worth 3.31 billion US dollars.
 arrow Soft drink 7Up Ice launched
New menthol-flavoured soft drink, 7Up Ice, was launched in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
GQ Chowdhury, executive director of Transcom Beverages Ltd, formally launched the new product at afunction.

 arrow Oil prices rebound
World oil prices rose on Tuesday, but the upturn may only be technical, given forecasts of warmer weather in major energy consumer the United States, analysts said.
 arrow China's GDP revision both blessing and curse
A jump of nearly 300 billion dollars in the worth of China's economy confirmed long-held suspicions that Beijing's statistics were wildly inaccurate as analysts warned Tuesday the change was both a blessing
 arrow Multi-brand store of Singer opens in Dhaka
Singer Asia President and CEO Gavin Walker formally inaugurated Singer's first large format multi-brand store at Nikunja in Dhaka on Monday, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Football: BU storm into Super Six
After two demoralising draws in the previous rounds, Brothers Union returned to their belligerent best at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday when they thrashed Bangladesh Army 4-0 in their final
 arrow Football: It's Ronaldinho again
Brazil and Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho picked up his second successive World Player of the Year award from soccer's governing body FIFA on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Rudolph denies Australia
Test draftee Jacques Rudolph earned his stripes here Tuesday, staunchly defying Australia's attack and salvaging a gallant draw for South Africa in the opening cricket Test at the WACA ground.
 arrow Cricket: India bury SL under runs
India virtually knocked Sri Lanka out of the third and final Test and the series on Tuesday after a seven-wicket haul by Harbhajan Singh and a blistering half-century from Yuvraj Singh.
 arrow Cricket: Premier cricket's 4th round today
The fourth round matches of the Premier Division Cricket League will take place at six different venues across the country today.
 arrow Football: 2nd JFA Cup from today
The Second JFA (Japan Football Association) Cup Under-16 football tournament begins at different venues across the country today.
 arrow Football: Blatter thinks otherwise
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, facing court action by clubs angry at receiving no compensation for players injured in international matches, said Tuesday clubs should be paid for releasing players.
 arrow Cricket: English pride at stake
England will play for pride and points in the international rankings in the fifth and final one-day match against Pakistan here on Wednesday after losing the series.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants hard, bouncy pitches for India Tests
Pakistan will look to prepare hard and bouncy pitches for the Test series against India next month, according to Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq.
 arrow Football: OZ scramble for tickets
Thousands of Australian football fans inundated officials with requests for tickets for next year's World Cup in Germany after the tickets went on sale Tuesday morning, officials said.
 arrow Football: A class apart
Ronaldinho's second successive award as world player of the year here on Monday simply confirms him as head and shoulders above the rest and sits easily with the European award he picked up last month.
 arrow Football: Festive snub fuels fire
Jose Mourinho apparently refused to shake Arsene Wenger's hand after Chelsea's 2-0 win on Sunday because the Arsenal manager had refused to respond to a Christmas Card.
 arrow Cricket: India okay Karachi as Test venue
India has conditionally cleared the national cricket team to play a Test in Karachi during their tour of Pakistan starting next month, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Figo hopes big
Inter Milan star Luis Figo is confident that Portugal, runners-up in Euro 2004, can win next year's World Cup in Germany.
"As a player I expect to take part in a great championship.

 arrow Tennis: Hingis set to return in Jan
Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis will make a return to professional tennis in an Australian hardcourt tournament in early January, opening the way for a place in the Australian Open,
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Sagar slammed his second ton as Young Pegasus registered a massive 94-run victory over Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow SA Archery C'ship in Dhaka
The First South Asian Archery Championship will be held in Dhaka from February 8.
 arrow Football: Pak booters in town
The Pakistan football team arrived in the capital yesterday to play their Asia Cup qualifying away match against Bangladesh.
The game will be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.

 arrow Cricket: India cricket team worth 70m dollars
India's cricket team will be sponsored for a whopping 3,130 million rupees (70 million dollars) over the next four years, an official said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies make two changes for 2nd Test
Australia have made two changes to their squad for the second Test against South Africa starting in Melbourne on December 26 following an injury to veteran opener Justin Langer.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul released from hospital
Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid was discharged from a hospital Tuesday morning after being treated for gastroenteritis.
 arrow Handball: School h'ball
Scholastica moved into the semifinals of both boys and girls' events in the 15th Bata school handball tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Hagi escapes jail term
Former Romania international Gheorge Hagi escaped jail Tuesday when a court gave him a suspended fine for kicking and spitting at a referee in a Turkish league match four years ago.
 arrow Football: Di Canio gets his due
Controversial Lazio star Paolo Di Canio has been banned for one match after performing a Nazi salute to fans for the second week in succession.
 arrow Football: Curse of the 17th
Fiorentina striker and Serie A top scorer Luca Toni has blamed supernatural forces for his inability to score his 17th goal of the season.
 arrow Hockey: V-Day hockey
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Police won their respective matches in the Victory Day hockey competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Integrate human resources with economic, military strength: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed proper integration of the country's huge human resources with its economic and military strength to attain a prestigious position on the world map.
 arrow An effective way to teach poorest children
The method is innovative, low-cost, participatory and pro-poor.
 arrow Conspiracy on to foil Rajshahi grand rally
Amid much enthusiasm among people and huge preparations for holding Rajshahi divisional grand rally of the Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine tomorrow, the co-ordinating committee yesterdayraised
 arrow Govt has no right to stay in power: Badruddoza
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said Khaleda-Nizami alliance government has no right to stay in power even for a moment as it has failed to ensure securityof
 arrow Ainjibi Forum splits over leadership: Huda
Communications Minister and leader of a faction of the BNP-led Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum Nazmul Huda said the forum was divided due to conflict over leadership.
 arrow 25 injured as JCD factions clash at DU
At least 25 people, including a journalist and activists of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatradal (JCD), Dhaka University (DU) unit, were injured following a clash between two rival groups of JCD on thecampus
 arrow Govt seeks SC vacation of stay on Mig-29 case against Hasina
The government yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court to vacate its earlier stay on proceedings of the Mig-29s purchase corruption case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow 250 houses gutted in Ctg
A devastating fire gutted some 250 houses damaging property worth around Tk 30 lakh in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Arrest of Khatme Nabuwat leaders demanded
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism, and Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee yesterday condemned the threat of the religious fanatics to attack Ahmadiyya mosque at Bakhshibazar
 arrow New well starts gas production
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday inaugurated a gas well at Brahmanbaria Titas Gas field, which will daily pump 20 million cubic feet (CFT) of gas to the national grid.
 arrow Jamaat-Shibir blamed for bomb blasts
Leaders of Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM) yesterday said it is now clear to all that Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir are linked to bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow BDR guns down drug-trafficker in Dinajpur
A drug trafficker was killed early yesterday as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) opened fire at the Hilli land port in Dinajpur.
 arrow TIB fellowships for research on corruption, governance
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has for the first time offered five fellowships for research on corruption and governance.
 arrow Duta election today
Election of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) is being held today.
 arrow One gets death
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth to death for killing Taposh Poddar, a gold trader in Munshiganj in April last year.
 arrow British HC closed on Dec 25, 26, Jan 1
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on December 25 and 26 for Christmas and Boxing Day.
Nationalarrow 21 out of 29 chargesheeted militants still evade arrest
Tangail police are yet to nab 21 out of 29 chargesheeted JMB cadres including its 'district commander' Abdullah Taslim and nine other front ranking leaders .
 arrow RU VC's remarks against newsmen spark protest
Journalists at Rajshahi University yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus by covering their faces with black cloths in protest against the Vice Chancellor's 'objectionable remarks' against them
 arrow 7 JMB men chargesheeted in Dinajpur, one held in Barisal
Seven alleged JMB activists were chargesheeted in Dinajpur while a youth was nabbed in Barisal suspecting his involvement with the Islamist militant outfit yesterday.
 arrow Thousands block road, stage sit-in
Several thousand residents of Abhaynagar, Monirampur and Keshabpur blocked the Jesssore-Khulna highway at Nawapara and staged a sit-in in front of the office of Abhaynagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO)
 arrow Ershad's nephew blames Ranga for assault
Expelled organising secretary of Rangpur town unit of Jatiya Party Asif Shahariar yesterday alleged that party's central joint secretary Moshiur Rahman Ranga MP led Monday's assault on him at party chief
 arrow Farmers besiege Panchagarh sugar mill
Several hundred sugarcane farmers under Panchagarh Sugar Mill zone laid a siege to the mill yesterday protesting price hike of chemical fertiliser and insecticides by the mill authorities.
 arrow Teletalk to cover Barisal division in a month
All the 32 upazillas in Barisal division will be brought under Teletalk network within January next year.
 arrow Pabna JMB 'commander' repents
Pabna 'area commander' of JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) Nurul Haque alias Kawsar, arrested from Khetlal in Jaipurhat district on Saturday, was taken on five days' remand here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Iraq's elections: What next?
On December 15, ten to eleven million eligible Iraqis are reported to have voted for the country's landmark election for a four year Parliament.
 arrow Do we really need to build a cancer hospital now?
From some time on there has been a serious effort from a charity organization in the country to build a cancer hospital to offer treatment to thousands of cancer patients of the country.
 arrow Climate change: After Montreal what?
Montreal seems to be the right place for the purpose of holding difficult international conferences on environmental matters, which after long negotiations finally end in success.
Culturearrow Bangladesh Short Film Forum launches 9 day film festival
The Bangladesh Short Film Forum (BSFF) has arranged a nine-day international short and independent film festival, which will run from December 22-30, says a press release.
 arrow Images that ignite passion
The cornucopia of paintings, prints and photographs, on display at Zainul Gallery-2, since December17, is a veritable feast of art pieces. Organised by Laila Sharmeen, the display is called The Taruntula.
 arrow Ei Ghar Ei Boshoti to be staged today
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum, Ganayan Natya Sampradaya will stage Ei Ghar Ei Boshoti today.
 arrow A treat of Abu Hena's songs
Songs by lyricist Professor Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal created a sensation in the mid-60s and are popular till date.
 arrow Celebrating the Victory Day
To celebrate the Victory Day of Bangladesh, Eastern Command of Indian Army arranged a three-day programme at Fort William, Kolkata, says a press release.
 arrow Asha plans an RD surprise
Barely a few weeks after a Grammy nomination for her collaboration with the American band Kronos Quartet, Asha Bhosle is all set to pay another homage to Rahul Dev Burman.
Generalarrow Project correct, objective history to people
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the historians to project the correct and objective history to the mass people in a convincing way.
 arrow 'Charging high price for bottled water a violation of human rights’
Marketing bottled water in excessive price is one kind of human rights violation, observed speakers at a seminar in the port city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iraq rejects Sunni call for polls rerun
Iraq's Electoral Commission rejected yesterday a call from the biggest Sunni Arab bloc to rerun last week's vote in Baghdad after partial results showed the ruling Shia Alliance with a big majority in
 arrow Mediators urge Tigers to end violence
The co-chairs of a group monitoring Sri Lanka's peace process called on Monday on the island's Tamil Tiger rebels to put an immediate end to violence, warning of unspecified serious consequences otherwise.
 arrow 7 more Indian MPs caught in camera
The Speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee yesterday asked seven lawmakers not to attend the House pending an inquiry after they were caught in a sting operation by a television news channel highlighting
 arrow US House passes torture ban, war funding
The US House of Representatives early Monday passed final legislation to ban the torture of detainees and voted to advance the Pentagon $50 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 arrow Nepali arms deals worry India
India is worried about reports that regional rivals China and Pakistan are giving Nepal military help, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee was quoted by an Indian newspaper Tuesday as saying.
 arrow 20 killed in plane crash off Miami Beach
A seaplane crashed just off Miami Beach within sight of the city's high-rises Monday, killing all 20 people aboard.
 arrow Pakistan, India begin talks on 4th bus link
Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India yesterday began two days of talks on launching a fourth cross-border bus service as part of their peace process, officials said.
 arrow 5 US soldiers jailed for abuse of Iraqi inmates
Five US soldiers from an elite unit were sentenced to between one and six months detention -- and in two cases discharged from the army -- over the abuse of Iraqi detainees, the military announced.
 arrow Gunmen storm city hall in Bethlehem
Palestinian gunmen briefly seized Bethlehem city hall, overlooking the Church of the Nativity, yesterday in a jarring interruption to Christmas preparations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
 arrow US to reduce troop level in Afghanistan
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has signed orders that will reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan to 16,000 from 19,000 by next spring, The New York Times reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bimstec potential unfolding
THE Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, acronymed Bimstec, may be a new comer to the sub-regional grouping lexicon, but it is already jelling.
 arrow Editorial: Killers yet to be brought to justice
AS many as 14 journalists have been killed during the tenure of the present government. No culprits have yet been arrested. We believe that this is mainly due to the prosecution process being faulty.
 arrow Alternatives to crossfire
Like many other aberrations in our body-politic, the phenomenon of the 'Crossfire' and the resultant deaths are not giving rise to appropriate corrective reaction and sadly enough such abnormalcy is threatening
 arrow Lankan peace process hits snags
The prospects of resumption of the peace dialogue between the government and the Tamil rebels in the island state of Sri Lanka following the election of a new president in the country seems somewhat bleak
 arrow What SAARC offers to the region?
Against the backdrop of a series of bomb blasts and political squabble between Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, the two-day 13th Summit of South Asian Association
Letters to Editorarrow Police and public trust
The recent series of scandals involving junior police officers cause concern to the law abiding citizens of the country.
 arrow Bomb attacks
Bombs destroy life, wealth and the image of our country. If their leaflets are true, they are bombing to establish Islam in our country.
 arrow Face the winter
People of the northern region in our country know what is real winter. They face the wrath of the winter.
We should come forward to help these people in distress.

 arrow Bill Gates
We all have seen the picture, Bill Gates smiling with the backdrop of mildew infected wall in the house of a Bangladeshi woman of very modest means.
 arrow Not 'Alems' but 'Ulama'
Nowadays I see people are using the word "Alems" to describe the plural of the word "Alem" Actually in Arabic language it does not work like in English where you add "s" or "es" to make plural.
 arrow Question leakage of 27th BCS
The present government did the right thing by cracking down on copying in public examinations. It's not evident to me how this menace got entrenched in our education system .
 arrow Is hartal going to help?
The country observed another day of hartal. This time it was called by the lawyers in protest of the suicide bomb attacks in Gazipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Haripur fatwa
It is good to hear that the so-called fatwa in Haripur has been strongly resisted by common people. However, I have some points to make.
 arrow BTV autonomy
Recently BBC Bangla London broadcast a lively, lucid and informative programme on corruption in Bangladesh. Those who have listened the programme enjoyed and liked it.
 arrow Punish the corrupt
Bangladesh is champion in corruption for the last three years. But we are doing nothing to improve the situation. Corruption is increasing day by day, because the corrupt elements are not punished.
 arrow Is it Islam?
We know Islam means peace. But nowadays some masked people by the name of Islam are trying to prove Islam as a religion of disorder. They think, by creating disorder, they can establish Islam in Bangladesh.
 arrow Local community radio
Some good news in the DS of Dec 6: local community radio broadcasting stations are being set up across Bangladesh by a group of NGOs, supported by GoB and UN agencies.
 arrow Terrorism
The country is riddled with JMB terrorism in the name of establishing Islam. But Islam does never support indiscriminate killing of men, women, and children.
 arrow Corruption-- root cause of poverty
In a recent discussion with fellow Bangladeshis, we were asking them to express what in their opinion is the most crying need for Bangladesh, in terms of priority, for the optimum development and rebuilding
 arrow Iran president's remarks
The recent anti-Israel comments by Iran's firebrand President should be condemned by the international community.
 arrow Earthquake
Following the 8 October massive earthquake, which claimed more than 50,000 lives, we need to seek forgiveness of God, for earthquake is totally unpredictable and there is no way to contain its fury with
 arrow Who will guide us?
This is in response to H Hossain's letter on October 29. He raises some very important points regarding our country. I share his opinion on Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh: Next Iran?
This is in response to a letter by Tishan Mahfuz on 12-12-2005.
 arrow Victory Day
December 16, 1971 is one of the most memorable days in our history. On this day we achieved victory at the cost of millions of lives.
 arrow Bird flu, a red alert
Bird flu is now considered the great menace rocking the thoughts of health conscious people from Europe to Asia. The disease has already manifested itself even in some European countries.
Star Chittagongarrow People avoid footbridges as they are in bad shape
Thousands of pedestrians cross the busy thoroughfares risking their lives in the port city due to lack of sufficient footbridges and miserable states of the existing ones.
 arrow NMC last resort for poor patients
The Nuclear Medicine Centre (NMC) on the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) campus in Chittagong is different in many ways.
Star Cityarrow Passengers helpless at terminals
The passengers at city's bus and launch terminals and railway stations are held hostage by the taxi and CNG autorickshaw drivers who decline to take short trips and charge higher than metered fare ifthey
 arrow New building rules for Dhaka
The government is going to enforce a set of comprehensive rules for building construction in the capital city in the face of inadequacy of existing rules and rampant violation of such rules in private
 arrow Ring, ring, why do you give me a call?
Shakila had just completed revising around 1:00 am for an exam she was to appear for in the morning and got under the bed covers rather exhausted.
 arrow Geneva Camp -- hope fades away
In a congested quarter in Mohammadpur, behind an alley of shops lays a single line of toilets and tubewells.
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