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Front Pagearrow Huge arms haul in Bandarban forest
Security forces yesterday captured three Arakan rebels and seized a big cache of arms and ammunition, including light machine gun (LMG), AK47 and M16 automatic rifles, from a den in the remote forests
 arrow Govt gives flimsy report to HC
Government is playing hide-and-seek, as it makes public almost nothing of the probe findings into the bomb attacks and keeps the High Court (HC) in the dark about the key features of the progress in investigations
 arrow Hindu areas in Ctg still out of listing
Most of the predominantly religious minority populated areas in the port city have yet to be visited by the enumerators although three days have passed since the start of work for controversial freshelectoral
 arrow BNP fully focused on elections
While facing the opposition's oust government movement politically, the ruling BNP is embarking on a series of programmes as part of its year-long preparations for the coming general elections.
 arrow HC orders on writs today
The High Court (HC) is likely to pass its order today on the two writ petitions challenging the validity of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz's unilateral decision to prepare a fresh voter
 arrow Tk 18 lakh looted from 13 bookshops
Extortionists yesterday vandalised computer accessories at a private firm office at Paltan and looted around Tk 8 lakh while thieves stole books and cash worth around Tk 18 lakh from 13 bookshops at Banglabazar
 arrow Top two leaders hampering probe
Lawmakers of the ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) at a meeting yesterday blamed each other's leaders for hampering investigations into the blast incidents and drives against the Islamist
 arrow Security upped at Shahjibazar gas field after JMB threat
The authorities have beefed up security in and around Shahjibazar gas field in Habiganj following Monday's JMB threat to blow up the field.
 arrow Indian home minister visits Tinbigha
Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday visited the Tinbigha corridor in Coochbehar district of West Bengal and crossed over to Panbari check-post in Patgram in Bangladesh where he met senior officials
 arrow PM talks voter list with three ministers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday met three of her senior cabinet colleagues to discuss the case in the High Court concerning the voter list and the latest developments in the political arena.
 arrow Brac engineer gunned down in Afghanistan
Gunmen shot dead a Bangladeshi aid worker Monday after his prayers at a mosque in volatile southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said yesterday.
 arrow Agora fined Tk 1 lakh by mobile court
A mobile court yesterday fined Agora chain shop Tk 1 lakh for selling date-expired food items, products without BSTI label, and for barring the court from doing its duty.
 arrow Garos release first-ever album of Mandi songs
Braving unspeakable poverty and lack of government patronage of the indigenous culture, the Garos of Modhupur forest have released the first-ever album of Mandi songs to hand their language, culture
 arrow Blasts rock Nepal after truce ends
A series of explosions rocked Nepal yesterday with one blast erupting in the popular tourist town of Pokhara, just hours after Maoist rebels called off a four-month truce, raising fears of a resurgence
 arrow PM opens textbook distribution
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday formally inaugurated the distribution of primary and ebtedayee levels textbooks and the marketing of secondary level textbooks for 2006 academic session that has just
 arrow 14-party defers Dhaka long march to Feb 5
The 'Dhaka long march' sponsored by the Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine as part of their oust-government movement has been deferred to February 5 from January 22 in view of Biswa Ijtema.
 arrow Govt hiding info about bombers to protect Jamaat
The Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday alleged the government is hiding information about the arrested Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) bombers to protect Jamaat-e-Islami even after the arresteesclaimed
 arrow BSP-NOAB meet today to discuss price hike of newsprint
An emergency meeting of Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) will be held today at 3:00pm at the Jatiya Press Club.
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 arrow 2 cops, their informers jailed
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two policemen and their two informers to four years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for snatching ornaments and cash from two jewellery employees on July 20 last year.
 arrow Four bombs blasted in Kushtia
Unknown men exploded four bombs at separate spots in the city within 10 minutes' time yesterday evening, but no one was reported injured.
 arrow Sunny supplied explosives for N'ganj blasts
A member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide squad yesterday told a court their military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny supplied 10 kilograms of ammonia nitrate for explosion in Narayanganj
Businessarrow Remittance clocks 22pc growth in six months
Remittance inflow hit a record high in December as it grew by over 22 percent in the first half of the current financial year. Non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) sent US$2,170.
 arrow Banks' operating profits grow 48pc in 2005
The Nationalised Commercial Banks (NCBs) and Private Commercial Banks (PCBs) registered 48 percent growth in operating profits in 2005.
 arrow Sliding law and order hurts Bangladesh's FDI
A high-level team of Bangladesh-born members of UK's Tower Hamlets Council yesterday said deteriorating law and order is hindering Bangladesh's foreign direct investment growth.
 arrow Dhaka should aspire to be mid-income nation in 15-20 years
Bangladesh should aspire to become a middle income nation in the next 15 to 20 years, said a World Bank publication launched yesterday.
 arrow SEC asks DSE to delist Eagle Box
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday directed the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) to delist Eagle Box and Carton Manufacturing Company within two months.
 arrow Air Sahara offers Delhi-London return trip at Rs10,000
Imagine flying to London from Delhi and back in just Rs 10,000 (about 250 US dollars).
 arrow Khulna chamber gets new president
Shaharuzzaman Martuza, also a BNP leader of Khulna, has been elected unopposed the president of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
 arrow Saifur to lead Bangladesh team
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman will lead Bangladesh delegation in the first Bangladesh-Vietnam Joint Commission meeting in Hanoi early next month.
 arrow Japan seeks free trade pacts with India, Australia, China: Report
Japan plans to begin talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with India and Australia in 2007 and with China in 2009, in a bid to play a leading role in bringing about a propsed East Asian economic grouping,
 arrow Oil prices up
Oil prices rose Tuesday, extending year-end gains after a brief cut in Russian natural gas supplies to Europe rattled traders and threatened to drive up demand for oil-based heating fuels.
 arrow China to retain control of big state banks
China will retain control of its big state banks to help ensure financial stability, despite efforts to reform the lenders through stake sales and share listings, the official Financial News said Tuesday.
 arrow Sípore Q4 growth up
Singapore powered to an estimated 7.7 percent growth in the fourth quarter from a year ago, boosting the city-state's economy by an overall 5.7 percent for 2005, the government said Tuesday.
 arrow Samsung makes fastest downloading mobile
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it had developed what it claims to be the world's fastest multimedia-downloading mobile handset.
Sportsarrow Football: The 4th that shook Reds
Muktijoddha Sangsad completed an expected semifinal lineup of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League with a 4-0 drubbing of Bangla-desh Army yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Astle gives NZ series win
Nathan Astle shrugged off the blues that have dogged him in recent innings to score an unbeaten 90 Tuesday, giving New Zealand a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka and an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match
 arrow Cricket: Weather may play foul with Pak pitch plans
Wet and foggy weather may wreck Pakistan's plan to prepare hard pitches during this month's home cricket series against rival India, Pakistan's chief curator said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage South Africa
South Africa amassed a huge first innings total and rocked Australia with three late wickets to seize the momentum in the final cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Trouble won't leave Sourav
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly courted trouble once more ahead of the upcoming Pakistan tour when he was suspended from bowling in a domestic match on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Nirala century guides Partex
Nirala hit a hundred as Partex Sporting Club thrashed Dhanmondi Club by 87 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab expected quick recovery
Bangladesh international Aftab Ahmed is expected to make a quick recovery from jaundice than expected.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya may tour Bangladesh in early February
Kenya cricket team are likely to visit Bangladesh in the first week of February to play three one-day internationals against the Tigers.
 arrow Cricket: Hanif hammers double century in LOM
Hanif Hossain made a stunning double century in a limited-overs match (LOM) of the Under-15 Dhaka Metro age-group cricket tournament as his side Nabin Sangha pulled off a massive 224-run victory against
 arrow Football: Bolton end Liverpool run
English Premiership champions Chelsea were left 14 points clear at the top of the table on Monday after a 3-1 win away to London rivals West Ham at Upton Park.
 arrow Football: Chelsea victim of double standards
Jose Mourinho angrily accused the football authorities and British media of double standards in their treatment of Chelsea after the Premiership champions and leaders beat London rivals West Ham 3-1 at
 arrow Football: German turns WC rubbish into gold
Interior decorator Matthias Blume says he has received a winning bid of 11,250 euros ($13,300) for a scrap of paper labelled 'Germany' which was found in a rubbish bag after being used in the World Cup
 arrow Football: No quick fix for Owen
Graeme Souness has warned there will be no speedy return to action for Michael Owen after watching Newcastle United struggle to a 2-2 Premiership draw against North-East rivals Middlesbrough without their
 arrow Cricket: Watch out for new Zaheer!
Having forced his way back into the national squad, Zaheer Khan is banking on his "new bowling style" to deliver the goods during the gruelling tour of Pakistan which he admits could be the turning point
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya slips in bathroom, tour looks over
Veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya is unlikely to play any further part on the cricket tour of New Zealand after dislocating his shoulder in a bathroom mishap.
 arrow Cricket: Wife puts Warne in multi-million dollar spin!
Australian cricket's "spin king" Shane Warne is facing a 10 million dollar (7.3 million US) divorce claim from his wife, reports said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil going Europe-wise
Brazil are considering moving their domestic season next year to match the major European leagues.
 arrow Football: Robson wants Kanu to go later
West Bromwich coach Bryan Robson is urging the Nigerian football authorities to allow striker Kanu to delay his departure later this month for the African Nations Cup in Egypt.
 arrow Football: Mourinho awaits wife's permission
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho will only watch the Barclays Premiership showdown between Manchester United and Arsenal if his wife gives him permission! The Portuguese coach watched his side go 14 points
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan call up Raffatullah for India camp
Pakistan included uncapped opener Raffatullah Mohmand in their provisional squad of 18 players for a pre-India series camp starting this week, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania expects tougher 2006
Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza warned on Tuesday that she was expecting a tougher season ahead after her breakthrough 2005.
 arrow Football: Cicinho's Real debut delayed
Real Madrid signing Cicinho will not make his debut in Tuesday's King's Cup match against Athletic Bilbao because the club has yet to receive his transfer documents from the Brazilian Football Federation.
 arrow Football: Narayanganj in zonal final
Raju Mia's 67th-minute strike took Narayanganj into the zonal final of the Second JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament with a 1-0 win over Sylhet at the Chandpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Div I handball
Prime Sporting Club and Bhratritto Samaj Kalyan Sangha won their respective matches in the Bactrol First Division Handball League at the outer stadium handball ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Come up with farsighted plans to build skilled manpower
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will have to come up with a firm commitment and farsighted plans to build up skilled manpower, which
 arrow Govt to welcome suggestions from opposition
The government has no plan to bring any reform to the electoral system, but if the opposition makes suggestions regarding free and fair elections, the government would welcome those, said Law Minister
 arrow Unite to face WTO challenges
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called upon the developing countries to be united as non-aligned countries did, in order to confront the challenges of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
 arrow 3 BCL leaders assaulted
Three leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Jagannath Hall unit of Dhaka University were injured when activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) beat them yesterday.
 arrow Consequences to be dangerous if CG, EC run by partisan men
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday cautioned that consequences would be dangerous if caretaker government and the election commission are run by partisan people.
 arrow 'Country needs leaders like Kibria'
The country today needs dedicated, honest and patriotic leaders like former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria to tackle the present crises and safeguard the nation from the clutches of the defeated forces
 arrow AL opposing voter list in fear of losing polls: Tarique
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday said Awami League is opposing the fresh voter list as it knows new voters being listed will not vote its candidates in the next general elections.
 arrow Create 5 posts for doctors in each hospital Suggests JS body
The parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare ministry yesterday recommended creating at least five posts of doctors, including a female doctor, in every hospital.
 arrow 48 youths rescued from slavery
Coastguards of Mongla station rescued 48 youths on Monday from confinement at fishermen's colonies at Dublar Char, Alorkol, Shelachar and Narkelbaria.
 arrow Attempt to rape DMCH staff protested
The city unit of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the emergency gate of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in protest of an attempt to rape a femaleemployee
 arrow Obaid, Khoka hospitalised
BNP Standing Committee member KM Obaidur Rahman MP and DCC Mayor and city BNP President Sadeque Hossain Khoka have been hospitalised after they fell ill.
 arrow CEC's unilateral move to erode foundations of polls: 11-party
The left-leaning 11-Party alliance yesterday said the Chief Election Commissioner's (CEC) unilateral decision to create a fresh voter list using BNP-Jamaat activists will erode the foundations of election
 arrow IOM clinic to check UK visa seekers' health
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) yesterday inaugurated the first of three IOM clinics in the city in association with Medinova Medical Services Limited under the United Kingdom Pre-Departure
 arrow Daily Star reporter Porimol wins PIB-Unicef Award
Porimol Palma, staff correspondent of The Daily Star, has won the Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB)-Unicef Award 2005 for his report titled 'Harrowing Tales of Azad's 10 Years as Camel Jockey.
 arrow Agreement with China to convert 34km rail track
The conversion work of 34 km metre gauge railway track into dual gauge from Gazipur to Dhaka will start soon to establish direct communication with the western part of the country.
 arrow DUJ New Nation unit election held
M Hemayet Hossain and M Sahidul Islam were elected unit chief and deputy unit chief of the New Nation Unit of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ).
 arrow Police Week 2006 begins today
Police Week 2006 will begin today with expectations of a better service from police in ensuring security of public life and property.
Nationalarrow Law and order slide in S-W dists worries police
Law enforcers apprehend further deterioration in law and order in outlaw infested Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhenidah and Chua-danga districts following the spate of murders by the breakaway faction of outlawed
 arrow Agitation in Nilphamari for arrest of rapist
Freedom fighters, joined by people, brought out a procession in Nilphamari town, held a rally in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office and handed over memorandums yesterday demanding arrest and punishment
 arrow Sylhet region at high AIDS risk
Greater Sylhet region including Moulvibazar faces the risk of large scale HIV/AIDS prevalence, according to doctors and experts.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 3 in Sirajganj
Three people died and over 500 others were attacked with diarrhoea, pneumonia and cold related diseases in the district in last one week.
 arrow Withdrawal of Satkhira forest official demanded
Local government leaders in Shyamnagar upazila have demanded withdrawal of Satkhira Range Officer of the Sundarbans, alleging that he has filed false cases to harass innocent people for protesting his
 arrow Top criminal Tutul of Dhaka held in Jessore
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) here has arrested Tutul, one of the 23 listed top criminals in Dhaka and accused in many cases including one for a double murder.
 arrow Cattle truck looted in Jessore
Armed highwaymen hurled bombs on a cattle-carrying truck and looted about Tk 4 lakk from traders in Barondali Palbari in Keshobpur upazila in Jessore district on the Jessore Kolaroa road Monday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh police: A tale of admonitions and inactions
The largely ritualistic 'Police Week' is being celebrated from today.
 arrow The view from Phnom Penh
This has not been a good year at all for the opposition Sam Rainsy Party though it has turned out to be much better than expected for the dominant Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen and
 arrow A guide to guard investment in stocks
Some say it's the quickest way to make money, while others who have brunt their fingers say it's the fastest way to doom.
Culturearrow Dance through the eyes of Minu and Sharmila
Odissi exponent Minu Haque and the versatile Sharmila Bandopadhyay, who is well versed in Manipuri, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and creative dance, share an easy rapport.
 arrow ntv to air TV play Ghurey Daranor Swapno
As part of the Eid-special programmes, Ghurey Darano Swapno, a single episode play, will be aired on the third day of Eid. The play revolves around Asad, a retired service-holder and his family.
 arrow Theatre Festival begins in New Delhi
The National School of Drama (NSD) is presenting the eighth chapter of its Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Delhi.
 arrow Sisimpur goes to Berlin
A Sisimpur live action film was selected from over 3, 600 global applicants as a finalist in the Berlinale Talent Campus, 2006, in Berlin, says a press release.
 arrow On tonight's episode of Shukher Lagiya
In tonight's episode of mega serial Shukher Lagiya, Neel and Zahid talk about the apparent distance between them. Neela tells Zahid she is trying to minimise the gap but it's a two-way effort.
Generalarrow Sweden keen to expand trade relations
Sweden is keen to strengthen bilateral trade relations with Bangladesh.
 arrow Four-day PWD conference begins
The annual conference of the Public Works Department (PWD) began at the Purta Bhaban in the city yesterday with a call to implement different projects within the stipulated time.
Internationalarrow Israel halts campaigning in east Jerusalem
Israeli police stopped two leading candidates from canvassing in occupied east Jerusalem on the first day of the Palestinian election campaign yesterday, prompting new threats to cancel the whole ballot.
 arrow Monitors start reviewing Iraq vote results
A team of international monitors yesterday started to review contested results from Iraq's December general elections following accusations of fraud by Sunni-based and secular parties.
 arrow Southern India on high terror alert
Police put hundreds of officers on the streets of this southern Indian city yesterday following the arrest of two suspected Islamic militants and warned residents to be prepared for attacks.
 arrow 10 Germans killed as ice rink roof collapses
An ice rink roof collapsed onto dozens of skaters after heavy snowfall in the Bavarian Alps on Monday, and at least 10 people were believed dead, with other victims feared trapped between debris and the
 arrow Iraq had no WMD, but CIA ignored the information
A new book on the government's secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anaesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure inSaddam
 arrow Aid flights grounded for third day
Relief flights were grounded for a third-straight day in northern Pakistan's earthquake zone yesterday and aid workers scrambled to help cold, wet survivors after two days of heavy snow and rain.
 arrow Pakistan in talks to buy Chinese N-reactors
Pakistan is in talks to buy up to eight nuclear power reactors from China for between $7 billion and $10 billion, Britain's Financial Times reported yesterday.
 arrow '5 students shot dead by Lankan troops'
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused troops of shooting dead five Tamil students in the restive northeastern port town of Trincomalee.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Inflation rate still rising
Since 1998-99 fiscal, the rate of inflation had started increasing following devastating floods, but the upward trend continues even to this day. What was 7.
 arrow Editorial: For an independent EC
The news that the government has no plans as of now to make the Election Commission independent must come as a shock to all those who would like to see a strong democracy flourish in Bangladesh.
 arrow Suicide bombings: Who is responsible?
The rise of Islamic militants in Bangladesh, including suicide bombing by misguided youths in various places to achieve their cherished twisted goal, appears to be based totally on misunderstanding and
 arrow Counting progress in economic and social sectors
Since independence, Bangladesh has made some remarkable progress in a number of economic and social sectors.
 arrow Conspiracy about torture?
The third Geneva Convention on prisoners of war (POWs) spells out very categorically that POWs should not be subjected to cruel treatment, torture, outrages upon personal dignity and humiliating treatment.
Letters to Editorarrow Our security
We are a peace-loving nation. At any cost we want peace. But now we are going through a serious crisis. This crisis revolves around our security.
 arrow Students and politics
It is a matter of great regret that a large number of students of our country are now involved in politics. Most of them are not grown up.
 arrow State of the nation
It is depressing to read the newspapers these days. The government cannot even monitor the education sector properly.
 arrow Repression on domestic workers
It is deplorable that repression on child domestic workers is rising alarmingly (Source: DS, December 12, 2005).
 arrow Photo session
I am drawn to a four-column spread photograph published recently in your daily.
 arrow Collaboration required
Today, the whole nation is grief stricken because of grisly grenade attacks, and the newly added suicide bombing.
 arrow Politicians and militancy
The JMB is capable of carrying out widespread, organised attacks. That is where the real threat lies.
 arrow Use environment-friendly pesticides
The present drive is against the use of chemical pesticides because these cause serious damage to the environment, which creates health hazard for both humans and animals.
 arrow New education system
A new education system known as "Unitarian Education" is being introduced in the country.
 arrow Traffic jam
Traffic jam is one of the big problems of modern times. The causes of traffic jam are many. This problem is the result of rapid growth of population and the increasing number of vehicles.
 arrow Tax net
The Hon'ble Finance Minister has been campaigning for realising taxes of various names and natures from the 'public'. He has made all out efforts to net even the small fries.
 arrow Jamaat and politics
Thanks a lot, Mr. Humayun Haider, for your letter on Jamaat. I appreciate your feelings. I do also support your right to express your opinion on any national issue.
 arrow Lynching of garment worker
Seventy six percent of our total national income comes from the garments industries. One hundred per cent of this contribution comes from the workers. But the owners and managers always maltreat the workers.
 arrow Terrorism in Bangladesh
Terrorism is taking a pernicious form in Bangladesh. It has spread and entered every vain of this society.
 arrow New Year
If we make an exhaustive calculation on the political situation of our country we will see that it will witness a tough battle for power this year.
 arrow Bhutan: On the way to democracy
The tiny Himalayan Kingdom is heading towards democracy after nearly a century of absolute monarchy.
 arrow Politicians and the tools of their trade
Each professional group has its own tools physicians have medical equipment, carpenters woodworking instruments and so on. In the same way politicians have their own tools speeches.
Star Chittagongarrow Steps to conserve Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary
Department of Forest has taken initiatives to conserve the Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary, a reserved forest that is disappearing at an alarming rate.
 arrow City passenger sheds under illegal occupation
Most of the city passenger sheds have long been under illegal occupation of vendors, vagabonds, tea stall, phone-fax shop owners and miscreants.
Star Cityarrow Uttara Lake turned into dumping ground
Mindless release of untreated waste water, sewage and effluents into the Uttara Lake through scores of drains is fast killing the natural water body.
 arrow Cattle markets begin sales today
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has permitted temporary cattle markets in the city from January 8 to 10; but many have already started functioning while the others are likely to start trading in a day or
 arrow Sewerage water brings Shantibagh to standstill
The lives of residents of Shantibagh in the Malibagh area have almost come to a standstill as the over flown stagnant sewerage water has restricted their movement.
 arrow Wildlife Rescue Centre at JU
Jahangirnagar University's (JU) Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) of the Department of Zoology is the only animal life rescue centre in South Asia confirms Sri Lankan zoologist, Professor Padma Kumari de Silva,
 arrow Pilgrims' plight at Hajj Camp
Over 3,000 intending pilgrims are suffering immensely from mismanagement at the Hajj Camp due to the irrespo-nsibility of the travel agents and the authorities concerned.
 arrow Rejoinder from National Museum
This is in response to the article "NATIONAL MUSEUM IN A STATE OF DISORDER" that was published on December 26 in Star City.
 
   
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