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Front Pagearrow Demra turns battleground
Shanir Akhra in Demra turned turbulent yesterday as clashes erupted between locals and the police after the law enforcers swooped on the agitating people from different areas who blockaded Dhaka-Chittagong
 arrow Fatality rate 50 times higher than in West
The death rate in officially recorded transport accidents in Bangladesh is at least 50 times that in the developed countries.
 arrow Target terrorism, trafficking
Terrorism and trafficking of humans and drugs will figure high in the forthcoming meet of the Saarc home ministers in Dhaka.
 arrow Outstanding business leaders honoured
The Bangladesh Business Awards 2005 were presented in Dhaka yesterday to entrepreneurs and enterprises who achieved outstanding performance last year.
 arrow 50 hurt in Barisal as tempo workers try to defy transport strike
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between bus and three-wheeler tempo workers on the Barisal-Patuakhali highway at Bakerganj under Barisal district yesterday.
 arrow Present job benefits fail to woo doctors
The Army Medical Corps (AMC) is facing a crisis of officers as over half of its demand for recruitment of doctors remains unmet each year.
 arrow Hasina blasts govt over crises in utility service
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina said yesterday an 'anarchic situation' is prevailing in the country due to acute crises of electricity, water, fertiliser, oil and gas arising out of the four-party
 arrow Human chain

 arrow Merry ride ends up in tragedy
Seven-year-old Meemusa at last made it to her village home. But cold on the shoulder of her father who had just seen her being mowed down by a killer truck.
 arrow 2 'snatchers' killed in Rab firing
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) shot dead two alleged snatchers at Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday. Rab also arrested a taxicab driver who was injured during the incident.
 arrow They're criminals of AL, not the common people
Ruling BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed termed aggrieved Demra-Shyampur people 'criminals' and said he did not know that water and power crisis in his constituency was so acute.
 arrow Power-hungry people storm Palli Bidyut office
Four people were injured when an angry mob stormed the complaint centre of Palli Bidyut in Batiaghata upazila of Khulna last night.
 arrow Talk directly with Iran over nuke concern
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the United States on Thursday to enter direct talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, saying this step could lead to an acceptable resolution of the crisis.
 arrow Bangla Bhai, his wife drafted in charge sheet
Netrakona police submitted a charge sheet against six persons including the JMB second-in-command, Siddikul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, and his wife Fahima Chowdhury in the December 8 bomb blast case.
 arrow Bimstec vows to soup up fight against terror financing
Bimstec countries -- India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Nepal -- yesterday decided to strengthen cooperation on combating financing of terrorism and illicit drug traffickingand
 arrow Saifur taken to hospital in Hyderabad
Bangladesh Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman, who is in India to attend the annual ADB meet in New Delhi, was hospitalised in Hyderabad yesterday following complaints of breathlessness.
 arrow Pirates throw 18 fishermen into Meghna
Armed pirates swooped on two fishing trawlers and looted valuables, throwing 18 fishermen into the Meghna in Monpura area on Thursday night.
 arrow Blair dumps ministers after local polls rout
British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacrificed two top ministers in a major cabinet shakeup yesterday after his Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in
 arrow JCD leader shot dead
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was killed and another was bullet-hit in two separate incidents at Tejgoan and Mirpur in the capital last night.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi fisherman and injured another at frontier Goalgochh village under Tentulia upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow 3 US soldiers killed in Iraq blast
Three US soldiers were killed yesterday when their vehicle was blasted by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad, the US military said in a statement.
 arrow 2 shot over toll refusal
A group of unidentified criminals shot and injured two security guards at a recruiting agency for overseas jobs in Banani in the capital on Thursday night allegedly after being refused toll money.
 arrow 1 killed in Ctg cylinder explosion
A man was killed when the cylinder of an air-compressor machine went off near Bandar Police Station in the port city yesterday.
 arrow UN anti-torture body scrutinises US record
The UN's top anti-torture body opened its first public examination yesterday of the US government's record on torture since the United States began its "war on terror" following the September 11 attacks.
 arrow 16,000 species face extinction
Polar bears and hippos are among more than 16,000 species of animals and plants threatened with global extinction, the World Conservation Union said on May 2.
 arrow Abbas calls Israeli PM to resume peace talks
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas phoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday and urged him to resume peace talks quickly now that his government has assumed power.
Businessarrow Hats off to corporate leaders
A spectacular laser show and dance with music marked the beginning of the gala event at the Ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow India concerned over global current account disparities
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday expressed concern over the current global imbalances reflected in huge current account disparities of different countries.
 arrow Winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2005
Business Person of the Year
Fazlur Rahman, chairman of City Group, received the 'Business Person of the Year 2005'.

 arrow Gold hits new 25-year peak
Gold glittered on Friday as investor interest buoyed by firm oil and geopolitical worries pushed the metal to a new 25-year high, just $15 away from the next big target of $700 an ounce.
 arrow IMF battles to avert cash crunch
The International Monetary Fund took action Thursday to stave off a cash crisis, having ironically fallen victim to stability and prosperity among its member nations.
 arrow Oil prices rebound to above $70 in Asian trade
Oil prices rebounded to above 70 dollars in Asian trade Friday after falling more than two dollars overnight following a surprise increase in US petroleum stockpiles, dealers said.
 arrow Steel price to continue to rise in Q2
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) predicts that steel prices will keep rising steadily in the second quarter of this year.
 arrow India calls for Asian free trade area
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh envisaged Friday a vast free trade area driving Asia's future economic growth in his opening address at the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s annual meeting.
 arrow Lankan private tea factories in trouble
As a result of excessive taxes and levy imposed on both large and small scale tea producers, the future existence of private tea factories seems to be very slim, according to Private Tea Factory Owners
 arrow S'pore, Pakistan end third round of FTA talks
Singapore and Pakistan on Friday completed a third round of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA), the city-state's trade ministry said.
 arrow Australia's trade deficit widens
Australia's trade deficit rose sharply to a worse-than-expected 1.5 billion dollars (1.
 arrow G7 statement on Asian currencies downplayed
Finance ministers from China, Japan and Korea have expressed grave concerns about the excess volatility of Asian currencies but downplayed the significance of a recent statement issued by the Group of
 arrow Brac Bank to collect Canadian visa application fees
Canadian visa applicants in Bangladesh will be able to deposit their visa application fees exclusively at the Brac Bank counter in the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) centre.
 arrow US economy shows weak job creation in April
The US economy last month created its lowest number of new jobs since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but wage growth took off, government data showed.
 arrow Vietnam WTO team to visit US this month to strike deal
Vietnam will shortly send to the United States a team of negotiators to try and strike a deal with Washington over its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a ministry official said Thursday.
 arrow Singapore warns Asean against job protectionism
Singapore warned fellow Southeast Asian countries Friday against resorting to European-style protectionism in order to shield domestic jobs from global market forces.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Apr 30-May 04, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was stable this week and USD remained almost unchanged against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow Sanofi Q1 earnings beat forecasts
Sanofi-Aventis, the world's third largest drugmaker, reported higher-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Friday as a boost from currencies made up for US generic rivalry dampening sales growth.
Sportsarrow Cricket: India remain elusive
The ICC's (International Cricket Council) next six-year future tour programme (FTP) has already been approved but frustratingly, it missed the much awaited first ever Bangladesh tour of India.
 arrow Football: Stabile, the pioneer
World football's first great scoring hero, Argentina's Guillermo Stabile left an indelible mark on World Cup history by finishing as top scorer at Uruguay 1930, having scored a remarkable eight goalsin
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Star trio overlooked
Reuters, Madrid

Spain coach Luis Aragones has named a 27-man squad for a World Cup get-together on May 8, leaving out Valencia winger Vicente, Real Madridmidfielder

 arrow Football: Counting on Messi, Riquelme
Germany could once again go down as a watershed in Argentine football.
 arrow Cricket: Alamgir brings Kalindi title
Kalindi High School became surprise champions of the Dhaka Metro zone when they defeated BKSP by 44 runs in the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Jangalia HS ride on Sumon treble
Sumon slammed a hattrick as Jangalia High School drubbed Ashulia High School 4-0 at the Sirajganj Stadium in the second phase of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Championship which began yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini destroys NZ
New Zealand collapsed against South Africa's pace attack when they were bowled out for 119 after being sent in to bat on the first day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies look to win series early
West Indies look to close out their limited-overs international series with Zimbabwe, when the two sides meet for back-to-back contests on Saturday and Sunday at Bourda Oval.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters in last four
Kim Clijsters claimed her 10th consecutive victory over Italy's Francesca Schiavone to reach the semifinals of the Warsaw Open on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Moya, Nalbandian move on
Former French Open champion Carlos Moya and top seed David Nalbandian both had to fight off determined outsiders to advance into the quarterfinals of the Estoril Open Thursday.
 arrow Football: Lippi's Italy full of desire
Italy coach Marcello Lippi is not a man given to the melodramatic or sentimental statements so common in Italian football so it is surprising to hear him refer to his two years in charge of the Azzurri
 arrow Football: The firsts of World Cup
Lucien Laurent, who combined football with a job working for car manufacturers Peugeot, made a name for himself when he scored the first ever World Cup goal in his side's 4-1 win over Mexico.
 arrow Football: McClaren sees bright future
Steve McClaren will start his reign as the next England manager brimming with self-confidence and the belief he can lead his team to trophy success.
 arrow Football: Phone scandal in Italy
The Italian Football Federation is investigating the content of tapped telephone conversations involving Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi talking of refereeing appointments for Serie A games.
 arrow Football: Gunners closing on Spurs
Two goals from Jose Antonio Reyes gave Arsenal a 3-1 win at Manchester City on Thursday and closed the gap on Tottenham Hotspur to a point in the battle for the final Champions League qualifying spot.
 arrow Football: Real go second
Real Madrid regained second spot in the Spanish first division with a 3-2 win at Racing Santander on Thursday, but had to survive a late fight back as the struggling hosts got two goals in the last 15
 arrow Football: Title beckons for Juve
Juventus could wrap up their 29th Serie A title in front of their own fans on Sunday if they win their final home match of the season against Palermo and closest rivals AC Milan fail to beat Parma.
 arrow Doha ready for Asiad
The capital of the gas-rich state of Qatar is a work in progress, with massive construction underway everywhere you look. It is all about being ready for its three weeks in the spotlight.
 arrow Cricket: Jones blow for England
England suffered yet another injury setback ahead of next week's first Test against Sri Lanka when fast bowler Simon Jones was ruled out Friday for six weeks with a knee problem.
 arrow Cricket: Cooley boosts Aussies
Fast bowling guru Troy Cooley has returned home to begin shoring up Australia's pace attack ahead of the much-anticipated Ashes cricket series with England here later this year.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin chases new world record
Olympic champion sprinter Justin Gatlin of the United States will run his first 100-meter sprint of the season here this weekend with his sights set on smashing the world record.
 arrow Cricket: Lewis reminds selectors
Jon Lewis bolstered his prospects of playing in next week's first Test against Sri Lanka by taking six wickets for England A on the opening day of their match against the tourists at New Road here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Penalties if season extended
A postponed Spanish league match between Barcelona and Sevilla is causing a fixture conflict due to FIFA's directive that the season must end by May 15.
 arrow Football: Mourinho after Tevez?
Corinthians denied that Chelsea were chasing striker Carlos Tevez after Jose Mourinho, coach of the English champions, was among the crowd for their game against River Plate on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan say no to tri-series
Conflicting signals continued to emerge from Pakistan Cricket Board with regard to the Abu Dhabi tri-series, with Chairman Shaharyar Khan saying the board had changed its mind and was not interested in
 arrow Cricket: Now appeal twice!
Teams may be allowed to appeal against umpires' decisions to the third umpire during one-day games under a proposal to be discussed by a committee of the International Cricket Council this weekend.
 arrow Cricket: Zim officials rebuke ICC
Zimbabwe's provincial cricket bosses are calling on International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed to resign.
 arrow Cricket: India lobby for Gibbs, Boje
India's cricket board is to lobby the government to allow South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje to play in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan unhurt after accident
West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has passed himself available for this weekend's one-day international double-header against Zimbabwe in his homeland following a traffic accident.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan hire Jonty
Pakistan has hired former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes to boost its squad's fielding skills ahead of an important tour of England, officials said Friday.
 arrow Football: Fowler extends L'pool contract
Robbie Fowler has extended his contract at English Premiership giants Liverpool for another season after agreeing to sign a new one-year contract.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie back in action
Andrew Flintoff is set to make his first appearance of the season for Lancashire this weekend with the England all-rounder wishing he could do more for the Old Trafford-based side.
 arrow Cricket: Asif stars for Leicester
Leicestershire were indebted to their Asian stars away to Essex in the English County Championship on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Dr Kamal calls for greater unity against corruption
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged political parties, civil society members and student organisations to form a greater unity against corruption.
 arrow Eight killed in road crashes
At least eight people were killed in separate road accidents in four districts yesterday.
 arrow 'Keep spirit of liberation war alive'
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri yesterday said the spirit of the liberation war will have to be kept alive in the minds of the peoples of India and Bangladesh.
 arrow Nandigram upazila achieves 100 pc sanitation
Nandigram upazila has achieved cent percent sanitation in Bogra district. Local administration recently declared Nandigram as the first upazila in the district having hundred percent sanitation coverage.
 arrow Export thru' Akhaura land port suspended for 3 days
Bangladesh's trade with India through Akhaura land port remained suspended for the third consecutive day yesterday as Indian customs officials continued their indefinite strike.
 arrow 'Investigate sources of political parties' income'
Jatiya Kar Ainjibi Samity, a platform for tax lawyers, yesterday demanded proper investigation into the sources of income of all political parties and former and present ministers and lawmakers.
 arrow Saarc tourism ministers' confce in Cox's Bazar from May 20
The first conference of tourism ministers of Saarc countries will be held in Cox's Bazar on May 20 and 21.
 arrow Transport strike in 13 south-western districts continues
Transport strike in 13 south-western districts continued for the third day yesterday with no sign of breaking the deadlock.
 arrow Australia announces new scholarship programme
Australia has announced a new scholarship programme titled 'Australian Leadership Awards', targeting current and future leaders from the Asia-Pacific region with a view to developing human resource capacities
 arrow Second unit of Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital opens
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said people and health sector in Bangladesh would benefit if foreign doctors are allowed to practice here without any restriction.
 arrow Attack on people condemned
Different political parties yesterday condemned attack on people by the cadres of BNP and police when locals of Shanir Akhra in the city were demonstrating for water and electricity supply.
 arrow 'Krishak Bachao-Desh Bachao' launched
Bangladesh Krishak League, peasant wing of main opposition Awami League (AL), launched an audio album titled 'Krishak Bachao-Desh Bachao' in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ruling party men ransack NGO office in Kathalia
An NGO office was ransacked allegedly by the activists of ruling BNP and its front organisations in Kathalia upazila yesterday.
 arrow Two children's parks to be built in city
Public Works department will construct two children's parks at Basaboo in the city.
 arrow UNFPA official to visit Dhaka on May 14
Thoraya A Obaid, executive director of the UNFPA and under secretary general of the United Nations, is scheduled to visit Bangladesh from May 14 to 16.
Nationalarrow Appointment of Jamaat man as principal sparks agitation
Tension mounted in Jaldhaka as the All Party Students Alliance is agitating for cancellation of appointment of a local Jamaat-e-Islami leader as principal of Jaldhaka Degree College.
 arrow Illegal sand lifting from Monu under the nose of officials
Illegal sand lifting from Monu riverbed by using a dredger is threatening the Moulvibazar town protection embankment.
 arrow 3 Jamaat leaders sued for defrauding bank
Three Jamaat leaders and a former manager of Islami Bank here have been sued for allegedly misappropriating Tk 16 lakh of the bank.
 arrow Delete fake voters from list
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday claimed that there is a large number of fake voters in the new list and demanded its correction.
 arrow 4 hurt in Narail bomb blasts
Four persons were injured in bomb blasts at Gobra Bazar under Sadar upazila in Narail yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Needed experimentation in police
The cynics may say that Bangladesh Police is beyond socially desirable repair and that it should be allowed to drift rudderless till our tolerant society including its incorrigible politicians are knocked
 arrow They are polls apart
"I have learnt certain things in life and I am going to introduce them to the body politics of my country." P.N. Haksar would say this when he was Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's principal secretary.
 arrow Watching the watchdog during polls
The battle for the next general election has already begun despite some confusions due to opposition alliance's demand for reforms in the Caretaker Government system, Election Commission and electoral
 arrow Building or destroying institutions?
NOBEL laureate German writer Gunter Grass visited Bangladesh in the latter half of 1980s. He was asked by someone (I cannot recall now) what was the main task before this rather new nation.
Culturearrow A festival for theatre lovers
To observe the centennial death anniversary of legendary Norwegian playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828-1906), Ibsen devotees from all over the world will congregate in Dhaka.
 arrow TV personalities honoured by Nattashabha
Cultural organisation Nattashabha celebrated its 31st anniversary by honouring 40 TV personalities. The theme for the ceremony, held recently at the National Museum, was 'Celebrating 40 years of BTV'.
 arrow BRAC University celebrates Shakespeare's birthday
Shakespeare's birth anniversary (April 23, 1564) was celebrated with gusto in many countries.
 arrow Books Express: New treat for booklovers
Books Express, a new trendy bookstore at Banani, was inaugurated on May 4. Chairperson of Electra Bangladesh Pvt Ltd, Yasmeen Murshed inaugurated the outlet next to Coffee World.
Internationalarrow Lanka navy, air force sink LTTE boats
Sri Lanka's navy and air force sank two Tamil Tiger rebel boats in battle yesterday, officials said, further straining a battered 2002 ceasefire and possibly putting peace talks further out of reach.
 arrow Maoists, Nepali govt edge towards peace talks
Nepal's new government took a tentative step towards peace with the Maoist rebels yesterday after the militants agreed to take part in talks to end their decade-old insurgency.
 arrow IAEA still central to solving Iran crisis
The international community should continue to focus on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saidFriday.
 arrow Video shows Zarqawi fumbling with rifle
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is shown wearing American tennis shoes and unable to operate his automatic rifle in video released by the US military as part of a propaganda war aimed at undercutting the image of
 arrow New Israeli PM looks to US for backing to redraw borders
Newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert set his sights Friday on a visit to Washington to win US support for his plan to redraw Israel's borders and leave parts of the West Bank.
 arrow Hurriyat wants militants to join peace talks
Kashmir's main separatist political alliance said on Friday it wanted to invite Islamist militants fighting in the disputed region to join new peace talks with New Delhi.
 arrow EU to aid Abbas in plan to avert PA collapse
A European Commission proposal to "avert or delay" the Palestinian Authority's collapse calls for pooling donor funds and using President Mahmoud Abbas's office to funnel them to provide basic services,
 arrow Hostile war critics confront Rumsfeld
Already under fire from some retired military brass who want him to resign, Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was greeted at a speech in Atlanta by unusually hostile anti-war protesters.
 arrow Big Darfur rebel faction strikes peace deal
The biggest of three rebel factions from Sudan's Darfur region accepted a peace deal with the government yesterday but two other factions rejected it, casting doubt on whether the agreement would be workable.
 arrow 3 die in Indian courtroom shootout
A suspected gangster wanted for 18 cases of murder and looting was among three people killed in a shootout with police in a crowded court, police said yesterday.
 arrow Army restores peace in Vadodara
Curfew has been temporarily lifted for women and children in Vadodara. Although no incidents of fresh violence have been reported but tension still hangs in the air.
 arrow Kashmir closes to protest sex scandal
A strike and protests to force the government to reveal names of people caught up in a prostitution scandal paralysed the summer capital of Indian Kashmir yesterday and injured 20 people.
 arrow Suharto's organs are failing
Doctors treating former Indonesian dictator Suharto said yesterday that his organs have partly failed, but ongoing blood transfusions have improved his condition slightly.
 arrow Unclean fuels kill 15 lakh people a year: UN
Half the world's population burns wood, coal, dung and other solid fuels to cook food and heat their homes, exposing them to dangerous smoke that kills 15 lakh people a year, the UN health agency said
 arrow Saturn's moon Titan has dunes
Saturn's moon Titan has huge regions covered with dunes, possibly made out of ice crystals, sand or some other unknown material, international space scientists reported on Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Power minister explains
After four years of dishing out various prescriptions, the state minister for power has finally came out with the statement in parliament on Thursday that the problem of load-shedding will not end even
 arrow Editorial: Indiscriminate filling of water bodies
Filling up of the city's lakes and water bodies including even the river tributaries encircling the city has been going on for years.
 arrow Creating a community flood management programme
I was reading an interesting article the other day about the possible future effects of global warming and climate change.
 arrow Sri Lanka again on the brink of civil war?
Of late, the situation in Sri Lanka has unfortunately nosedived to such an extent that hostilities have flared up between the Tamil militants and government troops leading many to believe that the fragile
Letters to Editorarrow 'How patriotic are we?'
My letter refers to Mr. Shamsher Chowdhury's thought-provoking post editorial 'How patriotic are we?" To me, the word 'patriotism' is jargon over-used by clever politicians for mobilising common people in their favour and realising their goals.
 arrow Wake up Bangladesh
I was born and raised for 15 years in U.A.E. but then unfortunately I had to come to my motherland Bangladesh. After six years in Dhaka it seems that people don't mind suffering from blackouts or load-shedding.
 arrow May Day and us
The first day of May was observed as the day for upholding of the dignity of the working people or just the dignity of labour across the globe.
 arrow Can armed uprising in Nepal lead to democracy?
In western countries like France, USA etc armed struggles by mainly their own people for abolishing monarchy or for independence ended in democracies but there is not a single instance in Asia where it
 arrow Quota in govt. job
Every year thousands of students secure their degrees and start looking for jobs. But it is very difficult finding a decent job-now-a-days. Especially quota in the govt job is making it even worse.
StarTecharrow First-ever local 3D anaglyphs unveiled
For the first time in the country, a team of animation experts has started creating animated 3D anaglyphs -- commonly known as 3D movies.
 arrow Intel's $400 laptop for developing countries
Intel unveiled its notebook for schools in developing countries on last Wednesday, with CEO Paul Otellini calling on governments to spread technology's reach around the world.
 arrow Japanese 'device art' brings technology to life
From virtual water that you stir in a real bowl to little digital dwarves to play with, the latest trend from Japan is making technology both fun and thought-provoking.
 arrow Fuel Cell

Literaturearrow Growing Up With Rabindra Sangeet
One of the earliest memories I have of my father is of him coming out of his bedroom, transistor radio in hand, eager to share his delight about a Tagore song being broadcast in Dhaka or Calcutta radio
 arrow A Poet at Large: Rabindranath Tagore's Travel Writings
Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.--Lawrence Durrell
 arrow Banshi (Flute Music)
Kinugoala Lane
A two-storey house

Ground-floor room, bars for windows
Next to the road.
On the rotting walls patches of peeling plaster,
The stains of damp and salt.

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