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Front Pagearrow Country reels under frequent outages
Frequent power snaps and low-voltage supply have put a tremendous burden on the people, disrupting their normal life and hampering agricultural, industrial, and commercial activities across the country.
 arrow City swells in anger at water, power crises
People across the city are seething at the persistent water and power crises, and locals of different areas have started taking to the streets and demonstrating against the misery, following the leadof
 arrow Future on a slippery path
As oil prices remain volatile, different scenarios are emerging about its impact on Bangladesh economy -- whether the foreign exchange reserves can withstand the price surge, whether inflation will hit
 arrow Another round of launch disasters looms large
Despite a number of catastrophic river mishaps in the recent years, faulty vessels continue plying the river routes, threatening the country with yet another round of disasters in the coming monsoon.
 arrow Internal management key to economic health
Internal management, not external factors, plays the pre-eminent role in keeping the economy stable and growing, said Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, president of Bangladesh Economic Association.
 arrow Price hike, law and order slide create instability: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said price hike of essentials, dwindling investment, retrenchment of workers, militancy and deteriorating law and order under the present government have
 arrow 2nd regional dialogue in Jessore today
The second regional dialogue on "National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development" will be held in Jessore today.
 arrow Meril-Prothom Alo awards for 2005 given
The Meril-Prothom Alo Awards for 2005 were handed over to the winning singers, models, and TV and film artistes in a colourful programme yesterday.
 arrow Pakistanis in Khulna protest their listing as voters
Twenty-two thousand out of 36,000 stranded Pakistanis living in Khulna Metropolitan city are on the draft voter lists published last week.
 arrow 40kg bomb found in water body
Police recovered a 40-kg bomb from Khama beel (a large water body) in Pakundia upazila under the district on Thursday afternoon.
 arrow 2 killed while making bombs in Satkhira
Two people were killed and at least four others injured in a blast while making bombs at a house in Kaliganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow 4 electrocuted in city
Four people, including a father and son, were electrocuted at Shyampur and Sutrapur in the capital within a span of 13 hours, ending at 8:30am yesterday.
 arrow Pirates take hostage 70 fishermen
Some 70 Bangladeshi fishermen are being held hostage in the Bay of Bengal by pirates demanding Tk 1,00,000 each for seven boats they captured, police said yesterday.
 arrow Yunus nominated for World Information Society Award
Prof Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, has been nominated for the World Information Society Award 2006 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
 arrow Traditional rite

 arrow Rains swamp city areas
The capital and different parts of the country yesterday experienced downpour that disrupted normal life, economic activities and road communications in many areas.
 arrow Kushtia journalists demand withdrawal of case by BNP MP
Kushtia journalists yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases filed against three journalists by ruling BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam and another leader of the same party.
 arrow Dhaka-Sylhet long march today
Jatiya Oikya Mancha, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation will launch a Dhaka-Sylhet long march today in protest against grenade attack at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal, price
 arrow AL-BNP clash leaves 40 hurt in Comilla
At least 40 people were injured in a clash between Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at Choumohani in Muradnagar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Father, son stabbed to death in Pabna
Miscreants stabbed a father and his son to death at a village under Bera upazila of Pabna on Thursday night. The dead are Moazzem Uddin, 65, and his son Yeakub Ali, 24, of Brishalika village.
 arrow Mortar shell found at shrimp bed
Police recovered an 18-inch-long unexploded mortar shell yesterday from a shrimp enclosure at Beel Dakatia under Dumuria upazila of Khulna district.
 arrow 5 SUST students hurt in police firing
At least five students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet (SUST) were injured when police fired rubber bullets on 300 students.
 arrow 200 killed in Lagos oil pipeline blast
Up to 200 people burned to death in a fireball Friday when a vandalised fuel pipeline blew up at a beach village near Nigeria's economic capital Lagos, police said.
 arrow Hamas edges toward recognising Israel
Hamas edged toward recognition of Israel, a key international demand, in an agreement worked out by Hamas and Fatah leaders in an Israeli prison, mentioning a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza
 arrow US must talk directly to Iran: Annan
The United States must talk directly to Iran about its disputed nuclear programme because Tehran will not negotiate seriously if Washington is not involved, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday.
 arrow 4 US Marines killed in Iraqi accident
Four Marines drowned when their tank rolled off a bridge and plunged into a canal, the military said yesterday, adding that while the accident occurred in a Sunni insurgent stronghold, it was not theresult
Businessarrow Grameen digital centre gives locals a stir
Sending a family photograph through internet to the near and dear ones living abroad is still a dream for the rural Bangladeshis.
 arrow Ctg IT fair draws crowd but little business
The three-day regional information technology (IT) fair titled 'IT Mela 2006' being held at Banani Complex community centre at Agrabad in the city, pulled a huge crowd yesterday.
 arrow Turkish textile millers keen to relocate plants to Bangladesh
Turkish textile entrepreneurs have expressed interests to relocate their industrial units to Bangladesh to take the benefit of low production cost here, industry sources said.
 arrow IEA cuts forecast for '06
The International Energy Agency (IEA) lowered on Friday its forecast for global oil demand this year and said an increase in Iraqi exports had helped boost worldwide production in April.
 arrow Vienna meet may be last chance for WTO talks
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva warned Friday that a summit of European Union and Latin American leaders under way in Vienna is "one of the last chances" to break deadlock in global trade
 arrow Asean, ROK prepare to sign FTA today
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) hopes to sign a free trade agreement with South Korea when economic ministers meet here today on in the central Philippine resort island of Boracay.
 arrow Soaring trade surplus highlights China's 'lopsided' economy
China's inflation stayed low in April, while the trade surplus more than doubled, showing how hard it is to make the economy depend less on exports and rely more on consumption, analysts said Friday.
 arrow Japan sounds alarm on rapid yen rise
Japan's government showed growing concern Friday at the recent rapid appreciation of the yen, with ministers warning it would undermine economic growth and corporate profits.
 arrow Citigroup in 100 best corporate citizens
The Business Ethics Magazine recently listed Citigroup, the owning company of Citibank NA, among the 100 best corporate citizens in its spring 2006 issue.
 arrow Mittal, Arcelor look to future as takeover battle hots up
Steel giants Mittal and Arcelor issued upbeat outlooks Friday despite reporting drops in first-quarter profit, with Mittal also hailing expected US approval for a proposed but contested takeover of its
 arrow US-Vietnam talks on WTO entry drag on
Former wartime enemies the United States and Vietnam extended into late Thursday talks on the communist country's bid to join the WTO, with the prospects for an imminent deal looking dim.
 arrow Malaysia to certify halal cosmetics
Malaysia is to certify cosmetics that meet Islamic laws, religious authorities said Friday while denying that imports would be banned from the mainly Muslim country if they do not qualify.
 arrow US trade deficit shrinks to $62b
The US trade deficit unexpectedly sank to 62.0 billion dollars in March, from 65.6 billion in the month before, the Commerce Department said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD remained almost unchanged against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Hockey: Bangladesh get better
Bangladesh put up a much better performance to record their second consecutive victory in the Jamuna Bank Asian Games Qualifying tournament when they blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Football: Ferenc Puskas: The Galloping Major
Indisputably one of the best left-footed players in the history of the game, Ferenc Puskas best-rode the Hun-garian football scene throug-hout a golden period in the early 1950s like a colossus.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Totti returns
Reuters, Milan

Italy's Francesco Totti returned to action on Thursday after almost three months out when he came on as a substitute for AS Roma in the second legof

 arrow Football: Can Henry rise to the occasion?
Thierry Henry might be the most versatile forward at this year's World Cup -- and among the most feared. The France striker scores with regularity, assists on dozens of goals and rarely is injured.
 arrow Football: The Asian battle
When Japan coach Zico boldly declared recently that he was aiming to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, it struck a raw nerve.
 arrow Football: Ghana ring the changes
Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic revealed several surprises when he named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals on Friday, the first of the five African representatives to do so.
 arrow Football: The stadium name game
Ask anyone in this northern German city how to get to the AOL Arena and they'll gladly point the way.
 arrow Football: Croatia squad as expected
Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar announced on Friday an expected 24-man squad for the World Cup in Germany next month where he said he hoped his team would reach the second round at least.
 arrow Cricket: Rajin sinks Netrokona
Kishoreganj squeezed past Netrokona by two wickets in the Dhaka Bank U-19 National Youth Cricket Championship at Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Three schools in final round
Kanial Khata High School won a thrilling tie-breaker against Islami Boys High School to clinch the zonal title in the banglalink tiger trophy National Schools Football tournament at the Nilphamari Stadium
 arrow Volleyball: Jessore go in front
Jessore lead the three-team final round of the NCC Bank inter-district volleyball tournament after they defeated Satkhira by 3-2 sets at the Kushtia Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen at his best
Kevin Pietersen equalled his best Test score as England built an imposing first innings total of 551 for six declared, their highest against Sri Lanka, on the second day of the first Test at Lord's here
 arrow Cricket: Dravid calls for consistency
Skipper Rahul Dravid said on Thursday that India needed to be consistent in order to enhance their chances of winning a Test series in the West Indies for the first time in 35 years.
 arrow Cricket: Windies eye clean sweep
West Indies are eyeing a clean sweep, when they contest the last two one-day internationals in their seven-match series against Zimbabwe on Saturday and Sunday at Queen's Park Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Time to move on
Marcus Trescothick wants to put the controversy of his early return from the tour of India behind him after marking his comeback to international cricket with a century on the first day of the first Test
 arrow Tennis: 50-0 for Nadal
Rafael Nadal clinched his 50th successive victory on clay here on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain's Tim Henman to reach the Rome Masters quarter-finals as he closed in on Guillermo Vilas's all-time
 arrow Football: Inter retain Coppa Italia
Inter Milan won the Italian Cup on Thursday after a 3-1 second-leg win gave them a 4-2 aggregate win over AS Roma.
 arrow Football: Chelsea strive to keep Gallas
Chelsea have ruled out selling William Gallas despite the French defender announcing that he was determined to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
 arrow Football: Sevilla target Champs League
UEFA Cup winners Sevilla have their eyes on a place in next season's Champions League when they host champions Barcelona on Saturday, in their rescheduled Primera Liga match from last month.
 arrow Football: Gerrard seeks Cup tonic
Steven Gerrard claims lifting the FA Cup for Liverpool on Saturday will give him the perfect platform for the World Cup after his marathon season at Anfield.
 arrow Football: This Cup needs a refill
Useless Cup? That's what many think of the UEFA Cup, particularly the bigger nations in Europe.
 arrow Football: Entire Juventus board resigns
The entire board of Serie A giants Juventus resigned Thursday over the phone tap scandal that has rocked Italian football.
 arrow Football: Warne to deliver FA Cup final ball
Australian cricketer Shane Warne will deliver the FA Cup final ball to referee Alan Wiley on Saturday in Cardiff.
 arrow Football: Ballack's mind on Chelsea
Germany captain Michael Ballack has "no doubts" that he will move to Chelsea after finishing his fourth season at Bayern Munich on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Alonso boost for Reds
Xabi Alonso appeared to be winning his battle to be fit for Liverpool's FA Cup final meeting with West Ham.
 arrow Football: Queiroz staying at United
Manchester United's assistant coach Carlos Queiroz, who has been cited as a likely candidate to take the helm of Benfica, said Thursday he was staying put at the English club.
 arrow Football: Shearer ends with a goal
Alan Shearer brought the curtain down on his playing career on Thursday by doing what he has always done -- scoring a goal.
 arrow Cricket: 'Listen to 'em'
Do not gag them but heed the complaints of the likes of Virender Sehwag and Shahid Afridi about fears of player burnout, some leading voices in the world of cricket said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: County stint for Sourav?
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is in talks with English county Northamptonshire about playing for them for five weeks from June, it was reported on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Moody wary of Sanath return
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody gave a cautious welcome to the prospect of veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya coming out of Test retirement to join the squad ahead of this month's second Test against England.
 arrow Patterson passes away
Floyd Patterson, the first world heavyweight champion to lose the crown and then reclaim it, died here on Thursday at his home at age 71.
 arrow Cricket: WI, India to play in USA
West Indies and India will contest between three to five one-day internationals in the United States and Canada later this year, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss scare for England
More injury concerns have hit England's side. This time it's the turn of Andrew Strauss who has gone to hospital to have an X-ray on his ankle.
Metropolitanarrow 9 killed, 30 injured in road accidents
At least nine people were killed and 30 others were injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Comilla, Chandpur, Chittagong and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Gen Aurora
People of Bangladesh and India are bound together by the bond of blood, said the speakers at a discussion in the city yesterday.
 arrow Punish those using chemicals in foods
Speakers at a rally yesterday called upon the authorities concerned to stop using chemicals and colours in all sorts of foods including fruits, vegetables and fishes.
 arrow Bhuiyan renews call for talks
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the opposition to sit across the table to resolving current political problems to ensure a free and fair general election.
 arrow 30 hurt as BCL factions clash in Tangail
At least 30 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the organisation at Govindashi area in Bhuapur yesterday.
 arrow 10 injured as sweepers clash in city
At least ten people were injured during a clash between two groups over an election of a local sweepers' club at Hajaribagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow 40 hurt in clash over cricket in Satkhira
At least 40 people were injured in a clash between the supporters of two cricket clubs over a cricket match at village Basantapur in Debhata upazila yesterday.
 arrow Mugging on rise in Uttara
The incidences of mugging are on rise at Uttara in the city as local police allegedly are not playing their due role. The muggers travel by Pajero, private cars and motorbikes.
 arrow International Mother's Day tomorrow
International Mother's Day will be observed in Bangladesh tomorrow as elsewhere in the world. The day will be observed to honour mothers through giving gifts and greetings.
 arrow Fake notes, phensidyl seized
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 38 counterfeit notes and a huge quantity of phensidyl from Satkhira and Jhenidah on Thursday.
 arrow US hospital ship Mercy sets sail for Bangladesh
The US hospital ship Mercy, which acquitted itself admirably after the tsunami in Indonesia, has set sail on a five-month humanitarian assistance mission for four Asia-Pacific states, including Bangladesh.
 arrow Humayun Kahn Panni to be laid to rest today
Former deputy speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Humayun Khan Panni will be laid to rest at his family graveyard at Korotia in Tangail today.
 arrow Attack on BTTB union leader protested
Several hundred people of Wireless Colony of city's Maghbazar area yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally protesting attack on the Bangladesh Telejogajog Sramik Karmochari Union President
 arrow Two shot over land dispute in Tangail
At least two people were hit with bullets in a clash over land dispute between two cousins at Nagarpur upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Kushtia gas link body meets today
A meeting of 'Gas Link Implementation Committee' (GLIC) Kushtia will be held today at the conference room of Kushtia Chamber's of Commerce (KCC).
 arrow Fire breaks out at Shamser Jute Mill: Huge jute gutted
A huge quantity of jute that kept in five godowns was gutted in a devastating fire in Shamser Jute Mill at Kararchar area in Narsingdi yesterday.
 arrow Two get life for abduction
A court in Narail on Tuesday sentenced two peoples to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for abducting a madrasa student.
 arrow Lightning kills one in Khulna
A teenager was killed in lightning on Thursday at West Terokhada village under Terokhada upazilla in Khulna. The deceased was identified as Ohidul Islam alias Jahir, 18, son of Ikramul Haque.
 arrow UNFPA executive director Obaid arrives today
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations arrives in Dhaka today on an official mission to Bangladesh, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Heat wave claims 6 babies in Thakurgaon in 2 days
A heat wave now sweeping Dinajpur and Thakurgaon district killed at least six infants in last three days.
 arrow Cry for water, power can't be suppressed
Central Awami League (AL) leader Asaduzzaman Noor yesterday said the BNP-led four party alliance government has no right to stay in power as it has failed to resolve any of people's problems and ensure
 arrow Tension mounts in Jaldhaka as rivals parties hold rallies
Tension is mounting in Jaldhaka over appointment of a Jamaat-e-Islami man as principal of Jaldhaka Degree College.
 arrow Farmers joint 'dialogue' on agri-budget
It was a unique experience for farmers at remote Garpara village in Manikganj. They took part in a dialogue on ĎAgriculture Budget, Farmersí, Farmersí Budget, organised by Channel I, a private TV channel.
 arrow 2 accused in Kalidas Boral murder case join BNP
Two chargesheeted accused in prominent Awami League leader Kalidas Boral murder case have joined BNP in Bagerhat.
 arrow All accused acquitted
A special tribunal here acquitted all the 11 accused including a Union Parishad (UP) chairman of their charges in a time bomb recovery case.
 arrow Four fishermen missing in Bay 24 rescued
Four out of 28 fishermen were missing as two fishing trawlers capsized in the Bay, 50-kilometre south of Char Montaz and 100 km off Galachipa upazila town.
 arrow Tk 50 lakh smuggled goods seized from covered van
Indian smuggled goods worth about Tk 50 lakh were recovered from a covered van on the Dhaka-Bogra highway in Soydabad area.
 arrow Meeting today to launch agitation
A meeting of the newly formed Kushtia Gas Line Implementation Committee (GLIC) will be held today at the conference room of Kushtia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to chalk out an agitation programme
Point-Counterpointarrow Ignominy of 'illiberal democracy'
The Bangladesh political scenario abundantly shows that a political culture conducive to stability is yet to emerge.
 arrow Immigrants assert in America
Well organised demonstrations all over the US in April by undocumented immigrants and a day without an immigrant on May 01, 2006 also coupled with massive demonstrations to register protests against proposed
 arrow Helping the ultra-poor to help themselves
Hoodwinking the supposed risks NGOs of late are extending microcredit to the ultra-poor and in the process are trying to establish the credit worthiness of the extreme poor groups.
Culturearrow Festival begins with conference, theatre and film screening
The main events of Ibsen commemo-ration '06, Bangladesh, a festival to celebrate the centenary death anniversary of Henrik Ibsen, began on May 11 at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
 arrow A painter with a penchant for landscapes
Tracing his artistic career, Alakesh Ghosh says, "I embarked on this path at the then Art College of Arts and Crafts in 1967. From then on I've been concentrating on painting, drawing and sketching.
 arrow Cultural enthusiasts form human chain in Comilla
A human chain was formed recently at the Pubali Chattar in the town in demand of holding the national programme of Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 107th birth anniversary in Comilla.
 arrow Blaine removed from water-bubble
Magician David Blaine was unconscious and having convulsions when he was rescued from his 8-foot aquarium during a breath-holding stunt, his trainer said last Tuesday.
Generalarrow Third term debate shows cracks in African democracy
A crop of African leaders changing constitutional rules to cling to power -- from Uganda to Chad and perhaps also Nigeria -- shows democracy is still struggling to take root in many parts of the world's
 arrow Debate likely to resume next week
The debate over immigration reform and legalising the status of illegal immigrants in the United States, stalled for over a month, is likely to resume next week in the Senate, Majority Leader Bill Frist
 arrow Israel resumes fuel supplies to Gaza
The Israeli company that provides fuel to the West Bank and Gaza Strip resumed supplies Friday after a three-day stoppage that led some gas stations to run dry, a Palestinian official said.
 arrow Former Fiji PM charged with inciting military mutiny
A former Fijian prime minister and coup leader appeared in court yesterday accused of inciting a military mutiny in 2000 in which eight soldiers were killed, as voting neared an end in parliamentary elections.
 arrow Iran urges Russia to speed up N-plant work
Iran has pressed Russia to speed up work and quickly finish constructing a controversial nuclear reactor that it is building in the south of the Islamic republic, a top nuclear official said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Tigers threaten monitors after naval clash
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have told Nordic truce monitors they travel aboard navy ships at their peril after the worst military confrontation since a 2002 truce halted two decades of civil war.
 arrow 4 ex-ministers loyal to Nepal king arrested
Four ministers appointed by Nepal's king during his 14 months of absolute rule were arrested and detained for 90 days on the orders of the new government Friday, relatives, police and media said.
 arrow Fate of Indo-US nuke deal hangs in balance
Growing differences between the Bush administration and the Congress appear to have created an uncertainty over the fate of the landmark Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.
 arrow Congress to tie up with Bodo rebels to form govt in Assam
India's ruling Congress party said yesterday it would rely on former separatist rebels to form a government in Assam state in the restive northeast after losing its majority there.
 arrow Indian airports to mount vigil against 'human bomb'
A "human bomb" could attempt to hijack a plane in India, intelligence agencies have warned, prompting security forces to seek state-of-the-art body scanners, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Party quits tortuous Iraq govt talks
A small but influential Shia Islamist party said it was pulling out of talks on forming a new Iraqi government yesterday, complaining of US interference.
 arrow Heatwave kills 51 in Pakistan
A scorching heatwave in central Pakistan has killed at least 51 people in the past week, with temperatures rising as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), officials said yesterday.
 arrow Rice, Rumsfeld block access to secret detainees: ICRC
The United States has again refused the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects held in secret detention centres, the humanitarian agency said on Friday.
 arrow 'Qaeda escapee' urges strikes in Europe over cartoons
A man believed to be a top al-Qaeda militant who escaped from a US airbase in Afghanistan urged Muslims in an Internet video to launch attacks in Europe as revenge for cartoons that lampooned ProphetHazrat
Editorialarrow Editorial: Combating terrorism and drug trafficking
The pledge taken by the home ministers of Saarc member countries to work closely in various areas is commendable indeed. The message that emanates from within is that this time the forum means business.
 arrow Editorial: Shanir Akhra spectre again!
Sometime ago, the mayor of Dhaka and the agitators' representatives at Shanir Akhra sued for peace on an understanding that the latter's demand for water and electricity will be met within a week's time.
 arrow A controversial voters' list
Anyone who has had the pleasure and the pain of being a bureaucrat in Bangladesh will also know that government statistics in this country need to be treated with care.
 arrow Can democracy return to Pakistan?
When General Ershad was ruling Bangladesh, both Khalida Zia and Sheikh Hasina were agitating for restoration of democracy. But, at the same time, they were fighting against each other.
Letters to Editorarrow NBR's directive needed on PSP interest
We had purchased Protirakkhya Sanchaya Patra (PSP) i.e. Defence Savings Certificates in the Fiscal Year 1996-97 with a maturation period of eight years.
 arrow Crop based ethanol and bio diesel
In the context of the global rise in oil price and its consequences on our economy, I wonder whether government is considering agro-based solutions like ethanol mixes or bio diesel.
 arrow What is the fault of the common people?
We are feeling deeply troubled by the recent events in our country. What happened on May 5, 2006 at Demra on Dhaka-Chittagong highway is an example of it.
 arrow Improving Chittagong port
I am a merchant navy officer served at sea for long 22 years, out of which more then 12 years as Captain in various ocean going ships (including container ships).
 arrow Regarding power crisis
Power shortage has become acute in recent time and we have seen two unfortunate incidents at Kansat and Sonir Akhra. But it seems that nobody has any solution to this power problem.
 arrow Double standard in politics
Few years back Awami League had closely worked on a common platform along with Jamaat for anti-government movement. In fact it is AL who have virtually rehabilitated them in the organisational politics.
StarTecharrow Local whiz comes up with 2 wonder cars
Leepu has finally got some recognition for his distinctive car-making venture but it was not from the government; it came from a foreign TV channel.
 arrow What is it and why you should care
Twenty-seven years ago, the inventors of the internet designed an architecture which was simple and general. Any computer could send data to any other computer. The network did not look inside the data.
 arrow Game controllers steal next-gen console spotlight
Once considered an after-thought to eye-popping video game graphics, console hand controllers commanded center stage this week at the game industry's annual expo and opened the door for a new age of interactive
 arrow World's lightest VR goggles

Literaturearrow The Year of Return -- Part I
Like so many people my age, and from a country like mine, I too lived abroad as a young man.
 arrow Confronting empire, passionately
It must have been in 1997--around the time when Arundhati Roy was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for her first and only novel The God of Small Things -- that I saw her on BBC's "Hardtalk.
 arrow Jamini's Take on the Art of Installation
The March 2006 issue of the ace art journal Jamini makes installation art its focal point.
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