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Front Pagearrow Gas sector in a quagmire
While the gas sector fetches the government over Tk 3,300 crore in revenue a year, its administration system is crumbling due to lack of manpower, frequent changes at the top level, disruption in thechain
 arrow No sign to end crisis over subsidy bills
With the fertiliser strike entering into second week amidst misery of farmers in the peak boro season, Agriculture Minister MK Anwar expressed surprise at finance ministry's reluctance to release thesubsidy
 arrow Govt firm not to join it despite economic loss
Despite the risk of losing the opportunity of huge economic benefit from the Asian Highway, the government is determined not to join the giant road network unless the proposal for including an alternative
 arrow Xmas celebrated amid tight security
Christian priests and leaders yesterday prayed for peace and social harmony as the community celebrated its biggest religious festival, Christmas, the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, across the country.
 arrow Violence erupts in Mirpur as trader shot by toll-takers
Criminals shot a businessman at Mirpur yesterday sparking angry protests by locals who damaged several vehicles and shops and disrupted vehicular traffic in the area for an hour.
 arrow 4 hurt as bomb explodes near int'l trade fair
At least four people including a couple were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded on Mirpur Road near the venue of Dhaka International Trade Fair last night.
 arrow Dhaka trying for Bush slot during S Asian tour
The government began hectic diplomatic efforts to bring US President George W Bush in Bangladesh, even if for a brief time, during his tour to South Asia early next year.
 arrow Shibir man held with Laden CDs
A Rab team from Rajshahi has arrested an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist in Pabna with video CDs containing al-Qaeda chief Osama-bin-Laden's speech and armed training.
 arrow Dialogue on militancy resumes today
The national dialogue on militancy resumes today with the prime minister's sitting down with Anwar Hossain Manju led Jatiya Party at her office after a seven-day recess.
 arrow Elephants wane in Bandarbans
Lack of favourable environment, scarcity of food and, above all, human resistance have forced elephants to leave Bandarban, once considered to be its safe sanctuary surrounded by high mountain rangesand
 arrow Thousands swindled out of over Tk 2cr
The chairman and staff of a Jatrabari-based multipurpose cooperative society in the city have allegedly swindled at least Tk 2 crore savings of a few thousand poor.
 arrow Defence policy snails for two years
The country's first defence policy could not see the light nearly two years into the formation of a high-profile council that works at a snail's pace to draft the policy.
 arrow 1 killed in Rab 'crossfire' in Barisal
A listed criminal was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between his accomplices and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members in Bakerganj upazila of Barisal early yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi, wife held in Agartala with arms
Indian police on Saturday night arrested a Bangladeshi along with his wife at a hotel in Agartala, the capital of the Indian State of Tripura, for possession of an illegal firearm and trespassing, UNI
 arrow Criminals hurl bombs on Rab to evade arrest
Several gangsters yesterday dodged arrest by hurling four bombs at the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) after a gunfight with the elite force at Gangni in Meherpur, but no one was reported injured.
 arrow 70 shops in Patharghata market gutted
A fire burnt down a market in Barguna early yesterday injuring at least 50 and damaging goods and structures worth Tk 20 crore.
 arrow Man takes his life after killing grandmother
A grandson in Narsingdi committed suicide yesterday after chopping his grandmother's head off on Saturday night.
 arrow Pro-Tiger MP shot dead at Christmas mass
Sri Lankan legislator allied with Tamil rebels was gunned down during Christmas Mass yesterday, the latest in a series of bloody attacks that international mediators fear could signal a return to war.
 arrow Rumsfeld's visit to Iraq bolsters handover strategy
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld left Iraq on Christmas Eve confident that his cautious strategy to hand over security responsibilities to Iraqi forces -- a critical component for eventually declaring
 arrow Cabinet may okay 3rd round bidding today
The cabinet is likely to endorse a policy at its regular meeting today on the third round bidding for the offshore gas exploration.
Businessarrow Certificate cases against 26 officials of 6 firms in 2005
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed certificate cases against 26 officials of six listed companies in 2005 for their failure to pay penalty money in time.
 arrow Listed firms decry changes to rights issue rules
Listed companies have raised strong objection to some amendments to the rights issue rules, saying the changes will complicate the rights share issue process.
 arrow Int'l plastic goods fair ends on a high
With huge response from visitors, the four-day fair of plastic goods concluded in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 18 from Malaysia among world's top Muslim firms
Eighteen Malaysian companies were among the top 100 businesses in the Muslim world in the second annual ranking of Dinar Standard, a business strategy e-magazine.
 arrow Garment makers of China, Japan, Italy form alliance
China's top textile manufacturer Youngor is to join hands with its Japanese and Italian counterparts Itochu and Marzotto in developing the international high-end market, according to the president ofthe
 arrow Ziska Pharma's production plant inaugurated
Ziska Pharmaceuticals Ltd held a function in Dhaka Saturday to mark the inauguration of its production plant at Shafirpur in Gazipur.
 arrow Malaysia to begin use of biofuel on roads next year
Malaysian state-owned diesel-powered transport vehicles, army trucks and the plantation industry will begin to use biodiesel on a trial basis, local newspaper reported on Sunday.
 arrow S Korea to allow foreign firms to hold IPOs
South Korean financial authorities said yesterday they had eased listing rules to allow foreign firms to hold initial public offerings on the country's bourse.
 arrow China, N Korea agree on offshore oil development
China and North Korea on Saturday signed an agreement to develop offshore oil resources jointly, Chinese state media said.
 arrow ROK consumers confident about economic rebound
Consumer sentiment picked up in the fourth quarter, a Bank of Korea survey showed Friday, suggesting that a rebound in consumption is gaining enough momentum to sustain the one-legged economy.
 arrow China to abolish age-old farm tax
A motion on abolishing the regulation concerning the agricultural tax was submitted to a legislative session of China's top legislature, for deliberation and approval on Saturday, according to Xinhuastate
 arrow Indian PM wants fast industrial growth
India's manufacturing sector is expanding too slowly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, warning his Communist allies that more reform and new labour laws were needed to stimulate job creation.
 arrow Xmas eve sales slower than predicted
US retailers faced slower-than-expected traffic in stores on the last shopping day before Christmas as extended hours and steep discounts failed to draw a big crowd of shoppers.
 arrow Emirates to begin direct flights between Dubai and Cambodia
Emirates airline of the United Arab Emirates will begin flights from Dubai to Cambodia, becoming the first airline to open a direct route between the Middle East and the Southeast Asian kingdom, officials
Sportsarrow Cricket: Biman's last-over landing
Mushfiqur Rahman pulled off an exciting two-run victory for Bangladesh Biman against Sonargaon Cricketers in their fifth round match of the Premier Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Football: Cruciani goes for changes
Bangladesh will try something different when they face Pakistan in the crucial return-leg match of the Asian Cup pre-qualifier in Karachi today.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis in, Kemp out
South Africa all-rounder Justin Kemp has been ruled out of the second Test with Australia in Melbourne on Boxing Day after failing a fitness test.
 arrow Cricket: Indian safety officials arrive in Pakistan
A five-member Indian delegation arrived here Sunday to assess security at cricket grounds before their team's tour of Pakistan next month.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman prepares for first century
India batsman Vangipurappu Laxman plans to practice on pitches similar to the ones in Pakistan in a bid to score his first century against the team during next month's tour.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath hopes to hit form
Sri Lanka's former captain and ace all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya Sunday said he was hoping to make a mark during upcoming one-day series in New Zealand and Australia.
"New Zealand is a nice country.

 arrow Cricket: How come?
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) vice-president Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen has been named as a winner of the National Sports Awards for 2005.
 arrow Cricket: BCB seeks better response from Indian board
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary Mahbubul Anam said that they were expecting better response from Sharad Pawar-led Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before a final decisionabout
 arrow Cricket: It's now Aktel Premier Cricket League
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally got a title sponsor for the Premier Division Cricket League two weeks after the glamorous domestic competition started amidst bitter criticism.
 arrow Football: NFL Super Six begins today
The Super Six round of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League kicks off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today with defending champions Brothers Union taking on Mohammedan Sporting Club at 4pm.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Gazi Tank
Gazi Tank Cricketers earned a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Jatrabari KC in Sunday's lone First Division Cricket League match at the Dhaka University ground.
 arrow Tennis: Sania looks to New Year
Having completed a fruitful training stint with renowned coach Tony Roche, Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza is ready to return to the courts with renewed vigour.
 arrow Football: Owen prepares for Anfield return
Michael Owen will be hoping for a festive welcome when he returns to Anfield with Newcastle on Monday.
Liverpool's game with the Magpies is the pick of a full Boxing Day Premiership programme.

 arrow Cricket: Gul could be in Pak side: Inzy
Pakistan cricket captain Inzama-mul Haq had some good news for Umar Gul, the discarded young medium-pace bowler, on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Beauty in the Beasts
It's difficult to spot a diamond in the rough. It's even harder to see the beauty in, say, a pig.
 arrow Football: Brazil 'best ever'
The legendary Brazil side which won the 1970 World Cup has been voted the greatest team of all time by BBC Radio Five Live listeners.
 arrow Football: Di Stefano seriously ill
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano will require bypass surgery to deal with the serious consequences of the heart attack he suffered in the early hours of Saturday morning.
 arrow Football: Seven reach zonal final
Gaibandha, Rangamati, Satkhira, Tangail, Manikganj, Bagerhat and BKSP moved into the zonal final of the JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament at different venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo seeks WC record
Brazilian forward Ronaldo told Brazilian television on Saturday that he wants to set a new World Cup goal record at the Germany 2006 World Cup.
Metropolitanarrow Repair faults at plants for uninterrupted power supply
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hasan Mahmud yesterday asked the Power Development Board (PDB) engineers to find out and repair the faults at the power plants in Chittagong to ensure uninterrupted power
 arrow Saifur doubts if AL to get more than 38 seats in next polls
Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday doubted whether Awami League would be able to get more than 38 seats in the next general election if the government could complete the rest of the
 arrow 'Include PPRP staffs in revenue budget'
Leaders of Palli Poverty Reduction Programme Samannaya Parishad (PPRPSP) at a rally in the city yesterday appealed to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to include Palli Poverty Reduction Programme (PPRP) inrevenue
 arrow Supply fertilisers at subsidised prices
Leaders of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) yesterday called on the government to supply adequate fertilisers to genuine farmers at subsidised prices immediately.
 arrow Quarantine problem delays Dhaka Zoo's bid to collect giraffes
A project of Dhaka Zoo to collect giraffes is being delayed mainly due to quarantine problems.
The finance ministry also remains reluctant to sanction money for the project.

 arrow JMB threat a direct assault on women
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the threat issued by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to confine women to their homes is a direct assault on women.
 arrow Mejban held in festive mood
The Chittagong festival 2005 and traditional Mejban organised by the Chittagong Samity, Dhaka was held in the city yesterday in a festive mood amid tight security.
 arrow Loan defaulter arrested
Gulshan police arrested a businessman on Thursday on charge of forgery in taking loan from a private commercial bank.
 arrow Khaleda to lay foundation of Dhaleswari Bridge tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will visit Nagarpur of Tangail tomorrow to lay foundation of the bridge to be built over the river Dhaleswari.
 arrow 9 shops gutted
Nine shops and a house burned down in a devastating fire at Jhaotala Bazar under Double-mooring thana in Chittagong early yesterday, fire brigade sources said.
 arrow Food inspectors begin strike today
Inspectors of the Food Department across the country go for a three-day work abstention from today to press for their 14-point demands.
 arrow Photo exhibition on tsunami, quake begins today
To commemorate the victims of tsunami and recent earthquakes, Drik Picture Library has organised a two-week photography exhibition titled 'Nature's Fury' beginning in the city today, says a press release.
 arrow President hosts reception for Christians
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Professor Dr Anwara Begum yesterday hosted a reception for the members of country's Christian community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Christmas.
 arrow 400 mobile sets, cash stolen from mobile centre in Ctg
Around 400 mobile phone sets and Tk 20 thousand were stolen from a mobile training and service centre at a shopping mall here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Students begin protest tomorrow
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a platform of several student organisations, will launch a series of demonstrations tomorrow to protest the distortion of the history of liberation war and the rise of militancy.
 arrow Huge Indian medicine seized
Members of Rab-5 seized huge quantity of Indian medicines along with 65 bottles of phensedyl and 100 liters of liquor from a passenger train at Gopalpur railway station under Lalpur upazila of Natoredistrict
 arrow I am burdened with cases: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad said the judiciary of the country is now passing through a critical juncture.
 arrow BSF kidnaps Bangladeshi
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) kidnapped a Bangladeshi from Jhenigati frontier area on Saturday evening.
 arrow Man chopped to death in Keraniganj
A man was chopped to death at Emar Gaon village in Keraniganj yesterday. The victim was identified as Mohor Chan, 35, son of Bashir Chan of Luter Char.
 arrow Bangla Vision kicks off test transmission
Bangla Vision, a new satellite television channel in private Sector, begins its test operations at 6:00pm yesterday Shyamol Bangla Media Ltd, the operator of Bangla Vision, promised to present objective
 arrow Bazlur new president of Uttara Club
Bazlur Rahim has been elected president of Uttara Club defeating his contender Fazlul Haq.
The election to 11-member executive committee of the club was held yesterday amidst enthusiasm.

Nationalarrow Militant threats reduce train passengers in Western Zone
Bomb attacks by Islamist militants in different areas of the country and their threats to blow up trains and railway installations have reduced passengers in Bangladesh Railway's Western Zone.
 arrow Bomb scare slashes NGO activities in Khulna
The fear of suicide bomb attack has created a panic among local officials of non-government organisations (NGOs), forcing them to cut their programmes by about forty per cent.
 arrow 3 JMB cadres held in Bhomra, Khulna
Three JMB suspects were arrested from Satkhira and Daulatpur in Khulna district yesterday and the night before.
 arrow Disabled demand soft bank loan
Physically retarded men and women have demanded loan on easy terms from all public and private sector banks for their self-employment.
 arrow IRRI-Boro farming in Nilphamari faces setback
Farmers in the district are facing a problem in cultivation of IRRI-Boro paddy at the very beginning of the season due to artificial crisis of chemical fertiliser.
 arrow Move for good primary education in Satkhira
A laudable program has been launched by a local NGO-- Satkhira Unnayan Sangstha (SUS)--in three upazilas of Satkhira to improve quality of primary education and ensure 100 per cent enrolment of children
 arrow Bid for clean, safe Mymensigh
A programme styled Sustainable Mymensingh Initiative (SMI) has been launched to make Mymensingh town a clean and safe place to live in by motivating its people and taking up various programmes.
 arrow Supplementary charge sheet filed
CID ASP Moula Baksh has submitted a supplementary charge sheet in Daily Runner Editor RM Saiful Alam Mukul murder case, accusing two more persons -- Staff Reporter of Dhaka-based daily Ittefaq FarajiAzmol
 arrow AL activist killed in Pabna
A union level Awami League (AL) activist was killed by armed miscreants in a crowded bazaar in Akdanta union of Atghoria upazila Sunday morning, police and eyewitnesses said.
 arrow Shilpacharya's birthday today
The 91st birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin will be celebrated here today.
Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (gallery) has chalked out a two-day programme to mark the day.

 arrow Biman resumes Dhaka-Barisal flight Jan 1
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume its Dhaka-Barisal flights from January 1.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman, Manik Shah get Ahmedul Kabir Gold Medal
The Ahmedul Kabir Memorial Gold Medal has been awarded to two slain journalists--Shamsur Rahman of Jessore and Manik Saha of Khulna.
 arrow UPDF founding anniversary observed
The 7th founding anniversary of the United People's Democratic Front (UDDF) was observed here and different parts of the district yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The tragedy of American human rights abuse
In the effort to combat terrorism while holding on the world's good will, it was a grave mistake for the Bush administration to deny Geneva Convention rights to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay and prisons
 arrow The Moghul Empire on the written page
A few days ago I was asked to recommend the name of a book which would provide a brief overview of Mughal history. The name that came instantly to mind was The Mughal Empire by John F.
 arrow Refusal of millennium aid to Bangladesh
The process of getting aid from international and polygonal agencies has become almost a ritual lately. The multilateral organizations, such as the IMF, World Bank, ADB, etc.
Culturearrow A musical career of distinction
Selim Ashraf, a talented music composer has been involved with BTV since it was launched in 1964. Although he began as a singer, today he is well known as a music composer for different TV channels.
 arrow Kuli: A moving film on child labour
The premiere of Kuli, a 10 minutes 17 seconds-long documentary by Shahiduzzaman Badal, was held at Biswa Shahittya Kendra on December 24.
 arrow A new TV channel starts transmission today
Rtv, a private satellite TV channel, begins its official transmission today.
 arrow Gantobya: A political satire
Today Kathak Theatre will stage Gantobya in the theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong.
 arrow New episode of Ontoraler Kotha
TV serial Ontoraler Kotha's latest epsiode, Neetu, like its predecessors is based on a true story.
Generalarrow China dumps chemicals to clean toxic river
China is dumping chemicals into a southern river to try to neutralise a toxic spill and contain the second environmental disaster to hit the country in as many months, a local official and state media
 arrow NGO office torched in Bhola
Miscreants set fire to a local NGO office at Sakuchia Kroralia Bazar in Manpura Upazila on Saturday night.
 arrow Five journos honoured
Chander Hat, a national child and juvenile welfare organisation, has honoured five journalists of a news agency and four national dailies, and two local newspapers for promoting child rights and focusing
 arrow Diabetics with pneumonia fare poorly
Outcomes for people with diabetes who develop pneumonia are worse than for non-diabetics, according to a report from Spain.
Internationalarrow Israel edges away from Palestinian vote ban
Israel yesterday edged away from a ban on voting in east Jerusalem for next month's Palestinian parliamentary election in order not to give leader Mahmud Abbas a pretext to delay the ballot.
 arrow Shias reject calls for fresh polls in Iraq
Hundreds of Shias spilled into Baghdad streets on Sunday to support their governing coalition, which took a large lead in the Dec. 15 elections and has been the target of opposition vote-rigging accusations.
 arrow Tsunami failed to bring peace in Lanka
Last year's tsunami, which devastated Indonesia's Aceh province and killed 131,000 people there, served as a catalyst for the government and separatist rebels to end one of the longest wars in modernhistory.
 arrow Tsunami prayers mark Christmas in Thailand
Simple Buddhist ceremonies marked Christmas Day in Thailand's tsunami zone yesterday as relatives of victims remembered their loved ones on the eve of the Indian Ocean disaster's first anniversary.
 arrow Asian children tell harrowing tales
Swedish and Asian children who survived last year's Indian Ocean tsunami are recounting their harrowing ordeals in a museum exhibit opening in Stockholm on the first anniversary of the disaster.
 arrow US assails conviction of Mubarak rival
A court convicted leading government opponent Ayman Nour of forging petition signatures Saturday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States, which called the verdict a blow to the rule of law in Egypt.
 arrow Iran rejects Russian nuclear offer
Iran rejected an offer from Russia for the Islamic republic to conduct uranium enrichment activities on its soil, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
 arrow Pope sees signs of hope in ME
Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas Day message yesterday that signs of hope in Iraq, the Holy Land and Lebanon need to be reinforced by actions on the ground.
 arrow Zawahri praises Taliban in new audio tape
Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri praised the Taliban, saying the Islamic movement still controlled large parts of Afghanistan, according to an audio tape aired by Al Arabiya television on Saturday.
 arrow Quake shakes Pakistan's capital
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake shook Pakistan's capital and the northwestern region yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The quake shortly after 1 p.m.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Overdue uniform grading system
We are heartened by the fact that as many as 75 vice-chancellors of universities, both public and private, have agreed, in principle, to implement the University Grant Commission (UGC)'s recommendations
 arrow Editorial: Stop the effluence, save the rivers
Rivers are the lifelines of the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Suicide bombers in Bangladesh and beyond
The term suicide bombing dates back to the 1940s, when it was used in reference to certain German and Japanese war tactics, but did not gain its present meaning until 1981.
 arrow The Bush fade
The best thing about 2005 is surely the fact that it has reduced one year from the term of President George Bush.
 arrow Another private Islamic university!
The decision reported in the press to grant permission for setting up a new private Islamic university puts a bold question mark on the government's good faith about its educational goals and strategies.
Letters to Editorarrow Month of victory
This is the month of December, the month of victory, glory and dignity. But the ultimate victory of the people, i.e.
 arrow Painful apathy
Two main political parties of the country seem engaged again in their perennial business of mud slinging.
 arrow Guest Birds
The honourable Planning and Finance Minister while inaugurating the Plastic Goods Fair, made his observation towards the migratory birds terming them a menace for the country and suggested killing them
 arrow Enemy at the doorstep
The politicians, law enforcers and bureaucrats are to blame for the birth of Bangla Bhai, a common name on everyone's lips these days.
 arrow Biman flights
Your article about Biman Bangladesh desperately sought more chartered aircraft to ferry pilgrims for Hajj. Biman is still operating losing flights to New York.
 arrow Indiscriminate use of loudspeakers
The motive behind all inventions is to make human life comfortable. But if they are not used properly, they become the source of discomfort. The use of loudspeaker is part of modern life.
 arrow Road in bad shape
Our municipality needs waking up and as private appeals to their office have had no effect, perhaps a little publicity will have no effect, perhaps a little publicity will do no harm either.
 arrow Anti-social activities
Anti-social activities in our locality are on the increase day by day. We are victims of terrorist activities of a few armed men.
 arrow Bangladesh Bank and EEF
As per agreement on December 26, 2000 with the government, Bangladesh Bank has set up the Equity and Entrepreneurship Fund [EEF] to encourage the entrepreneurs to invest in the risky but promising sectors
 arrow Anti-war rally in US
Recently, Cindy Sheehan-the mother of a US soldier-killed in Iraq, the mother who became the face of the US anti-war movement together with other anti-war protesters, urged US President George W Bush
 arrow Uni-track education system
I'm a victim of the Multi-track Education System. When I was in class IX, I had a lack of interest in classroom education. That is why I was a casual student in school.
 arrow Ideal MP- an appeal
With the next election in the corner and the political parties polarising and preparing themselves for national election we would like to portray the image of an ideal MP that the majority of the population
 arrow Opposition's role
The opposition party AL has failed in all its responsibilities and in its role as the supporting party in the process of nation building and parliamentary activities.
 arrow Tele-tapping
The freshly incorporated amendment to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Act 2001 has stirred up thought-provoking arguments and counter-arguments in different spheres.
 arrow Our helplessness
Asking for something means asking for pressure. Raising our heads and moving hands forward we asked for toys to our fathers in childhood.
 arrow Cancer hospital
While I agree with Dr. Manzur Morshed about training our doctors and nurses in cancer management (Do we really need to build a cancer hospital now? D.S., Dec.
 arrow War criminals
The renowned war criminal hunter Simon Wiesenthal died recently.
 arrow India's role
Its disappointing that, though India played such a major role in Bangladesh's liberation, nothing has been mentioned or discussed in your V-Day special supplement.
 arrow Terminate JMB!
To kill innocent people is forbidden in our religion. But the JMB did carry out bomb attacks in Bangladesh and still threaten to blow up the cities.
Star Cityarrow PM's directive for a green park ignored
Despite the prime minister's directive to develop a green park at the Gulshan South parkland, Dhaka City Corporation seems unbending to use the open space for commercial purpose.
 arrow No steps to curb air pollution
Air pollution caused by diesel-run vehicles has reached an intolerable height as the authorities concerned have failed to take proper steps and implement laws on the issue.
 arrow Desperation forces Mandis from Madhupur to city
More people from the Madhupur Mandi community are forced to migrate to Dhaka because of poverty and displacement caused by landlessness, forest destruction and biodiversity changes.
 arrow National Museum in a state of disorder
Inadequate information about artefacts on display and incoherent arrangement of the objects and labels mislead the visitors to the National Museum at Shahbagh while some of the antiquities are exposed
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