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Front Pagearrow Govt faces music in JS for fuel crisis
Ruling coalition and Ershad-led opposition Jatiya Party (JP) lawmakers in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) yesterday launched a broadside against the government for the ongoing fuel crisis.
 arrow Boro farming comes to an abrupt halt for diesel crisis
Thousands of irrigation pumps have remained idle across the northern region due to an acute diesel crisis, forcing millions of farmers to stop planting in the peak Boro season and casting a shadow over
 arrow Biswa Ijtema ends with prayers for peace
The three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims on the bank of Turag river, ended through Akheri Munajat (final prayer) at 12:40pm yesterday seeking divine blessing for the
 arrow Govt to seek 4 more months
The government will appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) for the 22nd time on February 1 to extend the deadline for separation of the judiciary by four more months, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Capacity to treble as 4 cranes kick off today
Four sophisticated gantry cranes today come in commission at the Chittagong Port, which the authorities hope will soon treble the handling capacity of the country's premier seaport.
 arrow 3 Kansat leaders refused bail
A magistrate's court yesterday rejected bail to three Pally Bidyut Samity Subscribers' Development Association (PBSSDA) leaders of Kansat in Chapainawabganj, sparking fresh tension in the locality.
 arrow NCBs asked to open fuel LCs
In the wake of the prevailing fuel crisis, a meeting between the finance and the energy ministries yesterday asked the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) to open letters of credit (LC) for petroleum
 arrow 60 officials called back to Dhaka 4 days into transfer
Only four days after their transfer to district-level posts, 60 senior assistant secretaries were called back to the establishment ministry yesterday.
 arrow Govt playing with voter list to retain power
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government is playing with the voter list and the election process to retain power as they are facing low tide.
 arrow Home going devotees....


 arrow Schoolgirl dies after hit by police van
A schoolgirl was killed as a police van rammed her in Adabar in the city, just 27 hours after a schoolboy was killed in front of his father in another road accident in Naya Paltan.
 arrow Show cause notice issued against Barisal magistrate, cop
A Barisal court yesterday issued a show cause notice to a magistrate and policeman for violating higher court order over bail cancellation.
 arrow 15 killed as bus, truck collide
At least 15 people were killed and 25 injured, 12 critically, as a bus and a truck collided head on in Mahishbhanga in Baraigram upazila last night.
 arrow Two rapists jailed for 30 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two youths to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for raping a 15-year-old garments worker in January 2002.
 arrow Risky job....


 arrow Proceedings of 2 'graft' cases against Hasina stayed till Apr 6
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed until April 6 the proceedings of the two cases against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina for 'corruption' in purchase of frigates and appointment of foreign lobbies
 arrow Saddam walks out in Iraq trial uproar
The setback-plagued trial of Saddam Hussein descended into chaos under its new judge yesterday, as the former Iraqi president left the court, his half-brother was ejected and the entire defence team walked
 arrow Federer wins Aussie Open
Roger Federer won his seventh Grand Slam final and his second Australian Open title with a commanding four-set victory over unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis here Sunday.
 arrow Hamas mulls using militants in army
The leader of Hamas suggested Saturday that the Islamic group could create a Palestinian army that would include its militant wing responsible for scores of deadly attacks on Israelis in the aftermath
 arrow Law on financial reporting by corporate bodies on the cards
Consultants have been selected to formulate the Financial Reporting Act and the Financial Reporting Council, an independent regulatory body, to regulate accounting practices in the corporate sector, World
 arrow Uncared....


 arrow 2 Ctg JMB men give confessional statements
Two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives, including the outfit's Chittagong divisional chief Mohammad alias Javed Iqbal, yesterday gave confessional statement before a court.
 arrow 66 killed in Poland roof collapse
The number of people killed when an exhibition hall roof collapsed in southern Poland has risen to 66, rescue officials said yesterday.
 arrow WB endorses PRSP
The World Bank executive board has endorsed Bangladesh's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), official sources said yesterday.
 arrow 200 shanties gutted in N'ganj fire
At least 200 shanties and a kitchen market were gutted in a fire at the Chadmari slum near Charasha in Narayanganj yesterday leaving hundreds of people homeless.
 arrow Cops asked to execute arrest warrant against Inquilab publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Sutrapur Police Station to execute an earlier issued arrest warrant against former publisher of Inqilab ASM Bakibillah.
Businessarrow $800m FDI received in 2005
Declaring a bright prospect of foreign direct investment and higher economic growth in the country, Board of Investment Executive Chairman Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said an increased amount of US$ 800
 arrow 41.27pc revenue earned in 6 months
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday informed the Jatiya Sangsad that 41.
 arrow Corporate Bazaar kicks off today
In a bid to showcase all types of products and services necessary for running a business, a three-day exhibition of corporate houses begins today at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in
 arrow Jessore farm starts marketing eggs with expiry dates
Jessore-based Afil Agro Ltd started marketing its eggs bearing expiry dates on Wednesday.
 arrow Govt spending key to 8pc growth in India
India has identified public spending in rural infrastructure and rural employment generation as well as foreign direct investment (FDI) as the key to achieving eight percent growth rate.
 arrow US, S Korea to launch free trade talks soon
The United States and South Korea will launch free trade negotiations soon as Seoul has removed a major hurdle to the talks by opening wider its film market, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Nat'l furniture fair in April
With a view to introducing local furniture to visitors, a five-day national furniture fair will begin in Dhaka in April.
 arrow Global trade talks seek care
Global talks on cutting down trade barriers will come under close care over the coming months while top-level political attention is sought to help nurse the stuttering WTO negotiations through to completion
 arrow Kuwait asks Opec not to cut oil production
Kuwait's oil minister called Sunday on fellow members of the Opec oil cartel to avoid cutting oil production due to high world crude prices.
 arrow India, Vietnam agree to start direct flights to boost trade
Vietnam and India have agreed to start direct flights to promote bilateral trade between the two countries, a trade official has said.
 arrow Malaysia's low-cost air hub to take off in March
Malaysia's low-cost aviation hub will begin business early March, ahead of rival Singapore's budget terminal to become Southeast Asia's first dedicated no-frills terminal, officials said.
 arrow Microsoft chief vents optimism on India, China
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates on Friday expressed optimism on India and China as they were showing tremendous changes in technology.
Sportsarrow Cricket: New year new hopes for Bashar
Habibul Bashar wants to make a fresh start in the New Year after getting an extension as national captain for another three series.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist ton takes Australia to final
Adam Gilchrist burst back to his swashbuckling best here Sunday, blasting 116 runs as Australia crushed Sri Lanka by six wickets and wrapped up a berth in the finals of the triangular series limited-overs
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan fight back after Pathan hattrick
Kamran Akmal smashed 113 to rescue Pakistan after Indian seamer Irfan Pathan had grabbed a hattrick in a dramatic start to the final Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: 7-star Federer
An emotional Roger Federer won his seventh Grand Slam final and his second Australian Open title with a commanding four-set victory over unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: 'I won't bet against him'
Tennis great Rod Laver says he won't be betting against Roger Federer becoming the all-time Grand Slam winner.
 arrow Cricket: MSC-DOHS face off today
Mohammedan Sporting Club will seek revenge as well as giving a last shot to the title race when they take on holders Old DOHS in a crucial Super Six match of the Aktel Premier Cricket League today.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka Bank to sponsor U-19s
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officially announced on Sunday that Dhaka Bank Limited will sponsor the national Under-19 team for one year.
 arrow Football: Joy for Pharaos
Egypt swept into the African Nations Cup quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Ivory Coast that also dumped 2004 finalists Morocco out of the tournament on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Atletico on the rise
A rejuvenated Atletico Madrid provided further evidence they have turned the corner under new coach Pepe Murcia as they clinched a 3-2 win over Deportivo Coruna at the Calderon on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho out of England running
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has warned the Football Association (FA) against approaching Jose Mourinho to take over as the next England manager.
 arrow Football: Sampdoria trip up Milan
AC Milan's hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were dealt a potentially fatal blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Sampdoria on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: A dream come true
India left-arm bowler Irfan Pathan justified the faith of his captain, coach and teammates on Sunday by becoming the first man to take a hattrick in the opening over of a Test.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis, Bhupathi mixed doubles champs
Martina Hingis added another Grand Slam trophy to her collection Sunday when she teamed with India's Mahesh Bhupathi to win the Australian Open mixed doubles final.
 arrow Tennis: Record crowd at Aussie Open
Crowds flocked to the Australian Open in record numbers this year, munching through 2.5 tonnes of curry and more than 37,000 buckets of hot chips in the process, tournament organisers said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy will return for ODIs
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said on Sunday it was tough to sit out the final Test against India due to back injury and vowed to return for the subsequent one-day series.
 arrow Football: National booters get back to action again
The national footballers return to action today when they begin preparation for next month's Asian Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan.
 arrow Football: Rafiq treble takes Tangail into final
Mohammed Rafiq slammed a hattrick as Tangail stormed into the final of the Second JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament with a 4-0 thrashing of Rangamati yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Mostafa-Sagar play-off for title
Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan and Minhazuddin Sagar were set to compete in a play-off match today for the title of the BASIC Bank 27th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship.
 arrow Football: BFF calls 34 eve booters
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday called 34 women footballers for the Under-19 national squad which will take part in the AFC U-19 Women's Football Championship qualifiers in new Delhi.
 arrow Football: 24 teams to compete in Meril Cup
The Fourth Meril Cup Media Football Tournament organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) will begin today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer recalled for one-dayers
The Indian selectors have recalled paceman Zaheer Khan for the five-match one-day international series at the end of their Test tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Real don't need Ballack, says Butragueno
Real Madrid appear to have cooled their interest in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack with club vice-president Emilio Butragueno claiming the current squad is strong enough.
Metropolitanarrow 6 killed in road crashes
At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla, Khulna and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow 'Fair should be fair of publishers, not sellers'
Ahead of 'Amar Ekushey Boi Mela' starting on February 1 in the city, a group of publishers at a press briefing yesterday urged the authorities to implement the 'Boi-Mela' policies formulated by the Bangla
 arrow Govt turns country into prison: Menon
Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat- led coalition government has turned the whole country into a "prison" through its repression on the opposition leaders and workers.
 arrow One lakh city slum dwellers get safe water, sanitation in two years
Over one lakh slum dwellers in Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) have been brought under the safe water and safe sanitation coverage in last two years.
 arrow Quality education a must for skilled manpower
Not only the spread of education but also its quality is equally important, said Vice-chancellor of National University Prof Wakil Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Develop new varieties of rice to expand HYV
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar asked the scientists of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) to develop appropriate varieties of rice to expand HYV cultivation in fair weather or foul.
 arrow 4,000 X-ray films recovered at DMCH, 2 arrested
Police yesterday arrested two persons, including a Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), employee and recovered 4,000 pieces of X-ray films from their possession.
 arrow Report on Electricity (Amend) Bill placed in JS
A report of the parliamentary standing committee on a bill titled "The Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2005" was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow 15 injured as JCD factions clash at Jessore Polytech
At least 15 people were injured during a clash between the two factions of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) over the upcoming students' union election of the Jessore Polytechnic Institute.
 arrow 3rd Int'l Film Festival begins in city Mar 1
The third International Film Festival of Bangladesh begins in the city on March 1. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the fortnight- long festival at Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Two commit suicide
Two people committed suicide by taking poison in two separate incidents -- one at Shri Nagar in Munshiganj and another at Keraniganj -- last night.
 arrow Zahir Raihanís 34th death anniversary today
Today is the 34th death anniversary of renowned filmmaker and author Zahir Raihan who was murdered by Pakistani soldiers and collaborators when he went to search for his martyred brother Shahidullah Kaiser,
 arrow 'Family under pressure to withdraw case'
Some Chinese Embassy officials, including Chinese national, are allegedly pressuring the family members of the slain day-labourer Nur Nabi to withdraw the murder case in exchange for money.
 arrow Khulna Jubo Dal leader threatens journos
Md Amjad Hossain Golder, president of Paikgachha upazila Jubo Dal, threatened the journalists with dire consequences if they do not stop writing on his trip to the Sunderban with the OC of PaikgachhaPolice
 arrow Report on Censorship of Films (Amend) Bill placed in JS
A report of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of information on "The Censorship of Films (Amendment) Bill 2005" was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Indian in guise of woman held
Patrolling BDR men arrested an Indian man, who entered Bangladesh in the guise of a woman wearing saree, this morning from Tentulia frontier in Panchagarh district.
 arrow 1,540 arrested
Police arrested 1,540 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Shamser Mobin's mother passes away
Tahmidunnahar, mother of Bangladesh ambassador to the USA Shamser Mobin Chowdhury, passed away due to old-age complications at a city clinic yesterday evening at the age of 88.
 arrow Matin, Kajol elected KUJ president, secy
Syed Abdul Matin of the Dainik Probaho and photojournalist Anwarul Islam Kajol of the Dainik Purbanchal have been elected president and general secretary of Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ) yesterday.
 arrow DUJ general meeting today
The biennial general meeting of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will be held at the National Press Club auditorium in the city at 10:00am today.
 arrow World Philosophy Day tomorrow
World Philosophy Day will be observed in the country tomorrow with due importance.
 arrow JU opens four new deptts
Four new departments have been opened at Jahangirnagar University to meet the increasing demands for launching more time befitting courses for higher education.
 arrow Moon Sighting body meets today
The National Moon Sighting Committee will meet at the Islamic Foundation auditorium in the city today to review the news of sighting the moon of Muharram month.
 arrow Appeal for help
Abir Mahmud, a student of standard one at the city's Biam Laboratory School, has been suffering from cancer for last few months.
 arrow Photo exhibition on climate change begins February 2
A month-long photo exhibition title "My World, My Future" will begin at British Council on February 2.
Nationalarrow 50-acre land recovered from Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has recovered 50 acres of land illegally occupied by Indians in Ramgarh border in Khagrachhari district.
 arrow JMB recruited over 200 activists from Kalihati
Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) recruited over 200 activists including six suicide squad members from different areas of Kalihati upazila in Tangail district, inhabited by a large number of Ahle
 arrow Exportable handicrafts from dry palm leaves, wheat straw
Dry palm leaves and wheat straw are no more useless.
 arrow Aug 17 blast trial in Khulna begins
Trial of August 17 serial bomb explosion cases filed separately with Khulna and Daulatpur police stations in Khulna city began yesterday in the court of District and Sessions Judge AKM Ishtiaque Hossain
 arrow Lakes, other water bodies in Khagrachhari disappearing
Natural lakes, canals and other water bodies in picturesque Khagrachhari town are disappearing fast as land grabbers are illegally filling up those and constructing buildings and makeshift structures.
 arrow Arrested Hanif discloses names of 50 suicide bombers
"Sir, my son Hanif is a dangerous person because he is an ehsar of JMB.
 arrow Temporary oil depot opens at Kazirhat
To overcome the ongoing fuel shortfall in northern districts, BPC, IWTC and BIWTA jointly opened a temporary oil supply depot at Kazirhat in Pabna yesterday.
 arrow JMB death threat to Barisal PP
Advocate Majibur Rahman Nantu, Special Public Prosecutor of Barisal Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, received a death threat from JMB (Jaamatul Mujahidine Bangladesh) for not following the 'law of Allah'
Point-Counterpointarrow How do you like your democracy now, Mr. Bush?
The stunning victory of the militant Muslim fundamentalist Hamas Party in the Palestinian elections underlines the central contradictions in the Bush administration's policies toward the Middle East.
 arrow The president speaks
In pursuance of Article 73(2) of the constitution of Bangladesh, President Iajuddin Ahmed addressed the eighth parliament's first session of 2006 on January 23.
 arrow Spanish perspectives on immigration
According to a report published by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics on January 17, 8.6 percent of the Spanish population is now of foreign origin. The total population has jumped from 39.
Culturearrow Culling sculpture through the decades
At the opening of the new art gallery, Dots Contemporary Arts Centre, two noted artists dominated the inaugural ceremony, viz. Aminul Islam and Rafiqun Nabi.
 arrow A timeless story of love
To celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Sunbeams, the dance-music club of the school presented Rabindranath Tagore's dance-drama Shyama.
 arrow Silver Jubilee of Nijera Kori
NGO Nijera Kori celebrated its 25 years with a two-day cultural programme held at The Rabindra Sarobar Stage, Dhanmondi Lake, beginning from January 27.
 arrow Musical soiree arranged by Srijon
Promising radio and TV singers rendered songs of yesteryears in a musical soiree titled Fele Asha Diner Gaan, arranged by Srijon.
Internationalarrow Lull in Lankan fighting, but peace still far off
Fighting in Sri Lanka's strife-torn north and east has fallen off since the government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed last week to hold fresh talks in Geneva, but peace still appears a long way off.
 arrow Dearth of candidates in Nepal election
Almost a third of the seats in Nepal's controversial municipal polls are going begging due to a lack of candidates, the election commission said yesterday.
 arrow Indian PM brings new faces in cabinet
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh carried out a major reshuffle in his council of ministers yesterday keeping external affairs ministry for himself.
 arrow Congress loses power in Karnataka
India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is finally all set to wrest power for the first time in the southern Karnataka state in alliance with Janata Dal (Secular) which parted company with Congress
 arrow Maldives to charge dissidents ahead of reform talks
The Maldives is to prosecute 10 anti-government activists ahead of key all-party talks on constitutional reform in the Indian Ocean archipelago, a government official said yesterday.
 arrow West tries to close ranks with Russia, China
The United States and the three major European powers meet with Iran's allies Russia and China in London today to bridge differences over how to deal with an Iranian nuclear programme the West fears hides
 arrow No immunity for Hamas leaders if remain violent: Israel
Israel will accord leaders of the radical Islamist movement Hamas no immunity if they persist in waging "terrorist" attacks against the Jewish state, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said Saturday.
 arrow North Korea warns of nuclear war
North Korea warned of nuclear war Saturday and vowed to strengthen its deterrent forces as it demanded that Washington show evidence backing its allegation that the communist regime is counterfeitingUS
 arrow 19 Iraqis, GI killed in attacks
Nineteen Iraqis and a US soldier were killed in a series of rebel attacks ahead of the resumption of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein's trial, police said.
 arrow 'Blair to hand over power to Brown within 2 yrs'
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has reached a "new understanding" to hand over power to his finance minister Gordon Brown within two years, a close ally and former minister said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: All roads led to the Turag
The bank on the river Turag was yet again, like the last forty-one years, filled with almost two million devotees, a large number of whom were from overseas, to participate in the three-day annual congregation,
 arrow Editorial: The tell-tale superabundance of OSDs
In recent times, there has been a large-scale promotion of government officials, not to any physically available vacancies but to mere designations, albeit with higher salary bill implications.
 arrow Right to information in Bangladesh
Information is power, and the spirit of democracy and the right to information is considered as a fundamental human right everywhere in the world.
 arrow Congress still groping for strategy
Just when the Congress seemed ready to re-enact the script originally written for Rajiv Gandhi's succession in 1983, Mr Rahul Gandhi decided not to accept a position in the party leadership.
 arrow The mystery behind the West's climb down on Iran
Even if the Americans were hounded out of Iran in the aftermath of its 1979 revolution, they seldom abandoned the hope of regaining influence in the country that was once one of the vital pillars of US
Letters to Editorarrow No hartal, please
'There must be some other means to express your disagreement- without harming others' minimal rights and security'. - I am quoting from Mr. Zakir's post on 'Time to rethink about Hartal'.
 arrow SAMS Kibria
It was a most wonderful gesture on the part of The Daily Star to bring out a special issue in remembrance of the late Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow Mobile phone
As per the DS issue of 16-Jan, the mobile phone operators have strongly criticised the recent order of the telecoms regulator that asked the companies to discontinue their free-call facilities late into
 arrow Nondito Norokey
After the disappointment of "Shongkhoneel Karagar", I was apprehensive of another Humayun Ahmed classic being cellularised by anyone other than the author himself.
 arrow Bush to visit Pakistan and India
President Bush has planned to visit India and Pakistan in March. Apparently, his visit to the region does not include Bangladesh.
 arrow Tribute to Mozart
With Europe and America (27 January 2006), I am also paying tribute to the great musician Mozart on the occasion of his 250th birth anniversary.
 arrow Learn from Three Mile Island and Chernobyl
As Iran is trying to develop nuclear power, it should take a look at catastrophic nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.
 arrow Middle Eastern democracy
In one single day the world's most important leaders may have got confused, thinking what they will say in front of the journalists.
 arrow Insecure all the way
It is hard to remember that I ever went to college without being troubled. I am pretty much insecure like other girls. On the road, even on the bus, nowhere are we secure.
 arrow Moral issues
Earlier people used to follow the morality and the ethics as those were followed by their mentors. Those were followed accordingly for the sake of good and prosperity.
 arrow Probashi letters on Bangladesh politics
Today again you have published a letter from an America based Non Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) commenting on which of the two main political parties to choose for the next election.
 arrow Bureaucracy
I read the article 'Bureaucracy: Points to ponder' by Kazi S M Khasrul Alam Quddusi published on 23 January in DS.
 arrow "None of the Above"
Zafar Sobhan makes a compelling argument about adding a "None of the Above" option on the voter slip (DS 27/01/06).
 arrow Protect environment
I am delighted to see that efforts by a group of people in the country imbued with the spirit of saving natural eco-systems like lakes, rivers wetlands and forests that still exist have drawn attention
Star Cityarrow Construction awaits final feasibility report
Officials said that the work on the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover might start within a few months if the project authority gets the final report on feasibility of its construction, by February without relocating
 arrow Families under constant threat
Family members of the two Mirpur traders who were killed by extortionists recently are in extreme fear as the perpetrators continue to threaten them regularly with death.
 arrow Free calls -- good or bad?
Mixed reactions from young subscribers and parents on Bangladesh Telecommunica-tions Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) action asking all mobile phone operators to discontinue free-call facilities at night
 arrow Decline in foreign students at DU
The number of foreign students at Dhaka University (DU) has declined alarmingly over the last 10 years because of the direct influence of the political unrest and its negative image.
 
   
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