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Front Pagearrow BD Foods boss held
Police yesterday arrested Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen, chairman of BD Foods Limited, following the confessions of his two accomplices to have smuggled 22.5kg heroin to the UK at his command.
 arrow VC resigns amid violent protests by students
The vice-chancellor (VC) of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) resigned from his post yesterday as agitated students vandalised his official residence after hearing the death news of
 arrow Extortionists go on rampage
One person died and at least five were injured as a few extortionists sprayed bullets inside the office of a manpower agency at Hatirpool in the capital yesterday evening.
 arrow Draft voter list to get larger still
The number of voters will rise further as many people who were left off the draft list published on May 3 are now applying for inclusion in the register.
 arrow Special tax facilities for foreign investors to go
Foreign investors in future will not enjoy any special tax facility, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman announced yesterday.
 arrow Alleged question leak spawns first-class boom
Question-paper leak may have acted behind the first-class boom in the master of social science (MS) examinations 2002 held in 2004 in the political science department of Dhaka University (DU), sources
 arrow Akbar seeks Hasina's help to resolve Ctg port crisis
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday sought intervention of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina for resolving the ongoing crisis at the Chittagong port where a tense situation is prevailing following
 arrow 57 expelled on the first day
Fifty-seven examinees were expelled for copying yesterday, the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations.
 arrow Dhaka assured of continued WB support
World Bank Vice-President Praful C Patel yesterday reiterated the bank's continued support to Bangladesh's ongoing development efforts.
 arrow HC stays all proceedings of Kibria killing case
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed all proceedings of the Kibria killing case now pending at the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Hassan's counsel gives alibi to HC
Hassan, one of the convicts in the sensational Shazneen murder case, was attending a wedding ceremony in a city community centre when the killing took place, the defence counsel claimed yesterday before
 arrow Nasreen's murder was pre-planned, says CID IO
The killing of ActionAid country director Nasreen Perveen Huq was a 'pre-planned' one, the CID officer investigating the case remarked before taking her driver on a fresh three-day remand yesterday.
 arrow US denies Biman to land in NY for safety flaw
A Biman flight on the Dhaka-New York route got stranded at Montreal in Canada with 230 passengers after the US authorities denied it permission to land in New York.
 arrow 13 militants handed life term
A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced 13 militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh (Ahab) to life imprisonment in an August 17 serial blast case in Joypurhat.
 arrow No polls under 'fake' voter list
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday decided to resist any election in the country without implementation of its reform proposals and cancellation of what it termed the 'fake voter list'.
 arrow Sonali Bank fined for failing to provide info
Bangladesh Bank yesterday fined Sonali Bank Tk 10,000 for not informing it the account details of a suspected Islamist militant.
 arrow Govt asked to go if unable to resolve utility crises
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday asked the BNP-Jamaat alliance government to step down if they feel they cannot bring immediate solutions to ongoing power, water, gas crises
 arrow Chakma royal palace resurfaces in Kaptai Lake
The remains of a century-old royal palace of the Chakma dynasty resurfaced for the second time in the Kaptai Lake after its submersion nearly forty-six years ago as the lake's water level fell down drastically
 arrow Cabinet body for upgrading madrasa edn
The cabinet committee on upgrading Fazil and Kamil certificates to degree and master's levels yesterday asked the authorities concerned to revamp the madrasa education system.
 arrow Part of Sheikh Rehana's house allocated to ex-CJ Hasan
A portion of the Dhanmondi house allotted in 2001 to Bangabandhu's youngest daughter Sheikh Rehana has been allocated to former Chief Justice KM Hasan who will head the next caretaker government, sources
 arrow PM may go to UAE May 23
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to pay a two-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from May 23 at the invitation of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed-al-Nahyan.
 arrow CJ seizes tape from ATN Bangla camera crew
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain seized a videocassette from a camera crew of private TV channel ATN Bangla yesterday when the latter was filming on the Supreme Court (SC) premises.
 arrow Rights group serves legal notice on govt
A rights group served the government with a legal notice demanding cancellation of the process to award any contract based on the unsolicited proposal of the Cadogan Manning Group, UK for setting up the
 arrow 22 injured as traders clash with toll-takers
At least 22 people were injured, three of them critically, in a clash between traders and extortionists at Songachha in Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal asks for judicial probe
Jatiya Oikya Mancha (JOM) President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded judicial inquiry into the police firing at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet, which has claimed
 arrow Move to look into 'illegal' exploration
The foreign ministry will be asked to take up the matter of hydrocarbon exploration by India and Myanmar in Bangladesh's territorial waters violating the international law.
 arrow 35 killed in spate of Iraq attacks
At least 35 people were killed in a spate of attacks yesterday, including 14 dead in a double suicide bombing near Baghdad airport, Iraqi and US security officials said.
 arrow Nepal parliament set to slash royal powers
Nepal's new parliament is set to pass a proclamation drastically curtailing the monarch's power and bringing the army under parliamentary control, officials said late Saturday.
Businessarrow High interest on savings tools, deposits hurts capital market
As the country's bourses have been witnessing a downtrend in indices since January, Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor yesterday expressed concern over high interest rates on deposits and savings instruments,
 arrow Withdraw 10pc AIT on interest of term deposits
The non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) once again have urged the government to withdraw 10 per cent advance income tax (AIT) on interest of term deposits as the AIT is affecting their business.
 arrow EC seeks proposals from non-profit firms
The European Commission (EC) has sought proposals from Bangladeshi non-profit organisations for their small projects in a bid to help those through giving up to 90 percent financial assistance under a
 arrow 'Tata steel project no threat to local firms'
Amid reports of protests from industry associations in Bangladesh, the Tata Group yesterday sought to assuage the feelings of local producers, saying its upcoming steel production facility would be complementary
 arrow Asean economic ministers meet in Manila today
Economic ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will gather in Manila today for a three-day meeting with economic integration and trade issues topping the agenda.
 arrow BGMEA team leaves for USA
A three-member delegation of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday left for USA to lobby for duty-free access of Bangladeshi apparels to the US market.
 arrow Microsoft, Google gear for titanic clash
Microsoft and Google are girding for battle for supremacy over the information technology sector, a duel watched closely by others in the sector.
 arrow Global economy shrugs off soaring commodity prices
The prices of commodities such as oil, copper, aluminium, platinum and sugar are smashing records -- and will head higher owing to fierce demand from economic powerhouses India and China, analysts say.
 arrow Crab exporters seek measures to boost earning
Country's crab and eel fish exporters yesterday sought government intervention in easing the process of getting no objection certificate (NOC), reducing export duty and allocating adequate space in flights
 arrow Vietnam, US reach deal on WTO
Vietnam and the United States have reached an agreement in principle that should enable Hanoi to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), state media reported Sunday.
 arrow Philippine telecoms firm wooing Malaysian partner
Philippine's smallest mobile operator Sun Cellular is wooing two Malaysian telephone companies in its search for a strategic partner here, a report said Sunday.
 arrow StanChart launches soccer credit card
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) recently launched a limited-edition 'Soccer Card' in Bangladesh, which is also the official credit card for the 2006 FIFA World Cup to be held in Germany.
 arrow China's auto imports up
China imported 72,000 motor vehicles in the first four months of 2006, doubling the figure in last year's same period, according to a news release from the General Administration of Customs (GAC).
Sportsarrow Hockey: Bangladesh almost there
Mamunur Rahman Chayan slammed the first hattrick as Bangladesh continued their winning run in the Jamuna Bank Asian Games qualifying round with a 5-3 victory over Iran at the Maulana Bhasani NationalStadium
 arrow Sports awards handed over
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Sunday directed the authorities to be more careful in selecting delegations for participation in international sporting events abroad so that any embarrassing situation for
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful's poor batting on
Mohammad Ashraful's batting woes continued as he scored just 25 for his English club side Rainhill Cricket Club in the Merseyside and Southport Cricket Alliance First Division at the Worsley Club ground
 arrow Cricket: Thakurgaon win big
Narayanganj won a low-scoring thriller against Manikganj in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 Youth Cricket Championship at the Faridpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Lucky 13 For Just Fontaine
A third-choice striker for France going into the 1958 World Cup, Just Fontaine was to set the tournament alight with a record-brea-king performance.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Theo selection was a stunner
Afp, London

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted on Sunday that his shock decision to take rookie Theo Walcott to the World Cup surprised his

 arrow Football: Barthez No 1, Giuly out
Fabien Barthez has won the battle to be France's first choice goalkeeper at next month's World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Van Basten opts for youth
Dutch coach Marco van Basten plumped for a youthful look when he announced his final squaud for the June 9-July 9 World Cup in Germany on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Sweden 1958: Interesting snippets
Absence: The World Cup took place for the first time without its founding father Jules Rimet. The Frenchman died in Paris on October 16, 1956 at the age of 83.
 arrow Football: Mexico put hopes in Europe-based players
Mexico announced its 23-man World Cup squad Saturday, including Europe-based players such as FC Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez and Bolton striker Jared Borgetti.
 arrow Football: The science of penalties
Way back in September 1891, when Wolverhampton Wanderers' John Heath, in a match against Accrington Stanley, stepped up to take the world's first penalty, the spotkick was a simple case of hoofing the
 arrow Football: Liverpool lift FA Cup
Liverpool won one of the most dramatic FA Cup finals in the competition's 134-year history on Saturday with a 3-1 penalty shootout win over West Ham United after a heart-stopping match ended 3-3 after
 arrow Tennis: Federer-Nadal finale
Top seed Roger Federer and world number two Rafael Nadal will renew their thrilling rivalry when they clash in the Rome Masters final on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Angola name squad
Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves' 23-man World Cup squad shows just four changes to the one that he named for the African Cup of Nations.
 arrow Cricket: ICC okays WI & India deal
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given its blessing to the new profit-sharing agreement, which will see the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
 arrow Cricket: Now Sabina Park's turn
The history of Sabina Park might be littered with instances of great West Indian fast bowlers hammering hapless opposition, but when India play their opening two one-dayers next week, the only hammering
 arrow Cricket: Mahela holds SL together
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jaywardene completed his 14th Test century and his second at Lord's on Sunday with an innings of monumental patience on the fourth day of the first Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Hoggard only the 10th Englishman
Matthew Hoggard couldn't hide his pleasure after becoming only the tenth England bowler to take 200 Test wickets.
 arrow Football: Italian scandal -- no new phenomenon
Italian football is being dragged through the mud once again as four leading Serie A teams are being investigated over match-rigging allegations.
 arrow Football: Zidane blasts Perez tactics
France World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane blamed the policies of former president Florentino Perez for the demise of Spanish giants Real Madrid in an outburst on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bremen snatch second spot
Werder Bremen snatched second place and direct qualification into the Champions League with a thrilling 2-1 victory at Hamburg SV on the final day of the Bundesliga season.
 arrow Football: Sevilla beat Barca backups
Newly-crowned UEFA Cup winners Sevilla stayed in contention for a Champions League place when they took advantage of a weakened Barcelona to win 3-2 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Zico rues missed chances
Japan coach Zico was once again left scratching his head after the Asian champions were held to a 0-0 draw by a below-strength Scotland side on Saturday.
 arrow Alonso reigns in Catalunya
Renault's Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso soaked up the adulation of a 130,000-strong crowd on Sunday after becoming the first Spaniard to win his home Grand Prix.
 arrow Football: 'Ballack to join Chelsea'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Sunday that Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack will join the club ahead of next season.
 arrow Football: Berlusconi demands Juve's titles
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi said on Sunday his soccer club should be awarded league titles that went or are set to go to Juventus, due to match fixing allegations, news agency ANSA reported.
 arrow Football: Cisse desperate to remain a Red
France striker Djibril Cisse scored for Liverpool in their FA Cup final victory but admitted it still might not have been enough to convince boss Rafael Benitez to keep him.
 arrow Tennis: Justine replies in style
Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne made her racquet speak more eloquently than a thousand words when she outplayed Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final of the German Open.
 arrow Athletics: Perfect startfor Marion
Former Olympic sprint queen Marion Jones ran the year's second fastest 100 metres on her seasonal debut, clocking 11.06 seconds to defeat ex-world champion Torri Edwards at Veracruz, Mexico on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain the spoilsport
A match that promised much following Runako Morton's second one-day international hundred for West Indies delivered very little when rain forced a no-result in the sixth one-day international againstZimbabwe
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam praises appeal proposal
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has welcomed International Cricket Council's proposal to allow players three appeals per innings against umpiring decisions. "It will prove to be a good proposal.
Metropolitanarrow Engrs urged not to compromise on standard in construction work
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday advised engineers not to compromise on standard in construction work and to be cautious so that there be no allegation of their involvement in corruption.
 arrow Diesel-run vehicles responsible for 80pc air pollution in city
The diesel-run vehicles are responsible for more than 80 percent of the air pollution in the capital as most of them have failed to comply with the approved emission standard.
 arrow 50 hurt as cops, BNP cadres attack AL rally in Keraniganj
At least 50 people were injured yesterday when police and ruling party cadres jointly attacked a procession of Awami League demanding supply of adequate water and uninterrupted electricity in Keraniganj.
 arrow Rab raids my house
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) allegedly raided the Kattali house of City Awami League leader Khorshed Alam Sujan yesterday in search of anti-social activities but the Rab source did not confirm
 arrow Strengthen network to deal with price hike of essentials
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday asked the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to strengthen its intelligence network to deal with price hike of essentials, abuse of drugs, extortion
 arrow Moyeen calls for promoting IT education for women
Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan has called upon private sector organisations to help promote IT (information technology) education for women empowerment.
 arrow Mobile sets worth Tk 61 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officials at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized mobile sets worth about Tk 61 lakh from incoming passengers of Bangladesh Airlines yesterday.
 arrow Prof Yunus receives 'Freedom from Want Award'
Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, received the Franklin D. Roosevelt "Freedom from Want Award" in Middleburg, the Netherlands on Saturday.
 arrow Dr Kamal visits injured SUST students
Gono Forum (GF) and Jatiya Oikya Mancha (JOM) President Dr Kamal Hossain along with General Secretary of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan went to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital
 arrow 30th anniversary tomorrow
The 30th anniversary of the historic Farakka Long March Day will be observed at Bhuapur in Tangail tomorrow.
 arrow 14-party calls hartal in Bogra today
The 14-party opposition combine Bogra unit called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Bogra today in protest against filing of cases against the opposition activists to harass them.
 arrow Punishment to killers demanded
Teachers and students of geology and mining department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday took out a silent procession and held a rally on the campus demanding arrest and punishment to killers of Prof
 arrow Bail petition of JMB leader Saifullah's wife rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Taslima Begum, wife of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Majlish-e-Shura member Khaled Saifullah arrested in connection with the August 17 bomb
 arrow Lions Clubs Int'l Dist 315 A1 executives
Ln Shahab Uddin Khan PMJF of Lions Club of Dhaka Rajanigandha Rajdhani and Ln Shah Zakir Hossain PMJF of Lions Club of Dhaka Rajdhani were elected District Governor and Vice District Governor of Lions
 arrow Buet exams begin June 3
The term final examinations of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will begin on June 3 instead of May 27.
 arrow Journo Aflatun passes away
Senior journalist and writer Aflatun passed away after prolonged illness at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 72.
 arrow Work resumes at Akhaura land port
After 12 days of suspension, export and import of goods through Akhaura land port resumed yesterday.
 arrow 2 outlaws held with explosives in Jhenidah
Jhenidah police recovered huge bomb-making materials and books of an outlawed party from a government rehabilitation project area and arrested two people including a woman on Saturday.
 arrow Seminar on Henrik Ibsen begins
A two-day international seminar on life and work of Henrik Ibsen began at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday, a DU press release said.
 arrow Rajshahi Forum meets
A meeting of Rajshahi Divisional Development Forum was held at a restaurant at Maghbazar in the city on May 13, says a press release.
Nationalarrow One lakh Rohingya refugees on draft voter list!
Around one lakh Rohingya refugees have been included in the draft voter list in six upazilas of Cox' Bazar district, leaders of different political parties and locals claimed.
 arrow At long last they learn Bangla
A band of youths in Saidpur town ahas initiated a pre-schooling programme for poor children of Urdu speaking families. They teach Bangla language so that the kids can be enrolled in local schools.
 arrow Playing the role of torchbearer
Khandura Dishari Mahila Unnayan Sagnsta is true to its name. It is showing distressed and divorced women the path to self-reliance and honourable living.
 arrow 38 Bagerhat BNP leaders, workers resign in protest
Thirty-eight BNP leaders and workers including its president and general secretary in Ward no 19 in Bagerhat have resigned in protest against joining of two chargesheeted accused in Awami League leader
 arrow 2 vital Brahmaputra projects ignored
Once mighty Brahmaputra, which was a lifeline for people of Mymensingh and Jamalpur districts, is virtually dead now due to deposit of silt and garbage.
 arrow Agitation mounts for pipeline gas to S-W dists
Agitation for pipeline gas supply to south-western districts is mounting as several committees formed in the region are holding programmes including meetings and seminars to press the demand.
 arrow HuJi leader Sufian arrested in Magura
Police arrested a top trainer of banned militant Islamist outfit Harkat-ulJihad (HuJi), Abu Sufian, 47, from his Khamarpara village home in Sreepur upazila in Magura district Saturday night.
 arrow 2 Rab men hurt in fight with drug peddlers in Dinajpur
Two members of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) and an alleged drug peddler were injured a clash at Sadipur village in Dinajpur Sadar upazila Saturday night.
 arrow Road march for reopening tea gardens
Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) yesterday started as 'road mach' from Juri Bazar to Srimangal to press reopening of all closed tea gardens in the country including the Rutna Tea Garden.
 arrow Kushtia journos form human chain, submit memo
Journalists in Kushtia yesterday formed a human chain and submitted a memorandum to the prime minister protesting against the cases filed against three journalists by BNP lawmaker Sahidul Islam and his
 arrow AL cancels programme as BNP calls meeting at same venue
Shivalya Upazila Awami League (AL) yesterday cancelled a scheduled party meeting as BNP called another meeting at Teota Satghar here at the same time.
Point-Counterpointarrow "In any democratic procedure election is very important"
Masayuki Inoue was born in Tokyo in October 1948.
 arrow In search of knowledge idols
Recent times have seen a good deal of interest in our part of the world in searching for young talents.
Culturearrow In memory of Shawkatuzzaman
Seven young artists of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, held an exhibition in memory of their teacher Shawkatuzzaman.
 arrow The lady from the sea: Of love and existence
Ibsen's play The Lady from the Sea crystallises a collision of desires: that for stability and the comfort of reliable love and that for something unfathomable and mysterious.
 arrow In conversation with Mitsuya Mori
Professor Mitsuya Mori teaches theatre in the Department of Art Studies at Seijo University, Japan. He is a scholar on Scandinavian drama.
 arrow Water is glistening, deep and moving
While theatres overseas run Deepa Mehta's Water with little fanfare, the film caused a huge uproar in India.
 arrow Shamimun 'Lipi' Nahar undergoes surgery today
Shamimun 'Lipi' Nahar, who launched her debut album Neshar Kajol last month, is undergoing surgery today at the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital, according to a press release.
Generalarrow Help project positive Bangladesh to world: Mohiuddin
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury urged all to help project a positive Bangladesh to the world. "The independence we enjoy now is hard-earned.
 arrow Venezuela lauds success in women edn, micro-credit
Ambassador Rafiq Ahmed Khan presented his credentials to Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel at a ceremony recently.
Internationalarrow Tigers vow to use navy
At least 19 people have been killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka, officials said yesterday, as Tamil Tigers vowed a "war" to deploy their navy even though truce monitors say it violates a ceasefire.
 arrow Iran rejects incentives to halt enrichment
Iran's president said yesterday that any European proposal that demanded an end to his country's uranium enrichment activities would be unacceptable.
 arrow Thailand prepares for election
Thai courts and election officials are to begin planning new elections this week, but analysts warn an end to months of turmoil could still be a long time coming.
 arrow Maoists storm relief centre in Chhattisgarh
Four special police were killed and five people were injured Saturday when hundreds of Maoist rebels stormed a relief centre in central India sheltering those fleeing guerrilla violence, officials said.
 arrow Rahul steps into spotlight
The clamour is growing for Rahul Gandhi, scion of India's most powerful political dynasty, to step into the spotlight after steering his mother Sonia Gandhi to a landslide by-election win.
 arrow Politics quashed facts about Iraqi WMD
A year after Bush administration claims about Iraqi "bioweapons trailers" were discredited by American experts, US officials were still suppressing the findings, says a senior member of the CIA-led Iraq
 arrow Bush to push today for immigration reform in televised speech
President George W. Bush will address Americans on the heated immigration debate today in a televised speech in which he may announce the deployment of troops to the border with Mexico.
 arrow India ready for test of longest-range missile
India's longest-range ballistic missile is ready for a test launch, the country's top military scientist announced yesterday. "We are technically ready for the test-firing of the missile,"
 arrow Israeli court upholds unification law
Israel's high court Sunday narrowly upheld a controversial law that bars West Bank Palestinians from joining spouses and children living in Israel.
 arrow Aamir Khan slams Modi for Vadodara violence
Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who had to face the ire of BJP and Congress workers in Gujarat when he had joined the protest against Narmada Dam in April, has slammed the Narendra Modi government for itsalleged
 arrow Tarun Gogoi sworn in as Assam CM
Incumbent Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was on Sunday sworn in for his second consecutive term, ushering in Assam's first coalition government headed by the Congress.
 arrow Indian doctors strike over caste-based quotas
Medical services across India were hit yesterday as doctors at state-run hospitals staged a strike against plans to set higher quotas for disadvantaged students at leading universities.
 arrow Militants behead govt official in Baluchistan
Suspected tribal rebels kidnapped and beheaded an administration official in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Sunni militant group claims Iran roadside killings
A hardline Sunni militant group has claimed responsibility for the execution-style murders of 12 people in Iran's restive southeast, a police official was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow Thousands flee homes in Indonesia
Thousands of people fled the fertile slopes of Indonesia's most dangerous volcano Saturday as glowing lava oozed down the side and ash and rock spewed from the mountaintop, leading authorities to warn
 arrow Witnesses to appear defending Saddam
The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused is due to resume on Monday with the testimony of defence witnesses in connection with the killings of 148 Shias in the 1980s, prosecutors and defence said.
 arrow Cheney pushed for widening domestic spying: NYT
Vice President Dick Cheney argued in the weeks after the September 11 attacks that the National Security Agency should intercept domestic telephone calls and e-mails without warrants as part of its war
Editorialarrow Editorial: What's going on?
Private universities have image problem. Exceptions are there, and of middling quality would be some, but by and large, on a closer look, they would disentitle them as university by the sheer reason of their substandard per-formances.
 arrow Editorial: War portents in Sri Lanka
It is disconcerting to see the ominous signs of violence returning to Sri Lanka. While the 2002 cease-fire truce has not been rescinded by either of the signatories, events of the last one month indicate that the ceasefire agreement exists in paper only.
 arrow Enacting a new law on contempt
The much-talked-about Contempt of Court Bill (CCB), 2006 was tabled in the last session (21st session) of parliament on May 2, proposing enactment of a comprehensive law on contempt of court, repealing
 arrow When power becomes means of pillage
The ugly vulture eats the dead
Guiltless of murderers' taint
The heron swallows living fish
And looks like an ascetic saint.
-- Anonymous
As we suffer through our everyday ordeal -- that of water and electricity as well as sky-rocketing prices of the essentials -- the authorities simply come up with an innocent face, thus disarming us of our anger and putting an end to the boiling river of lava running through our veins.

 arrow The infernal modernity of Dhaka
Fretting inside a car and trying for hours to trek an impossibly traffic-inflicted urban passage --from Dhanmondi to Gulshan -- paradoxically offers me a prism onto Dhaka's urban life.
Letters to Editorarrow BSF firing
With great pain and a bleeding heart, I write to you that BSF continues killing Bangladeshis along our common border. BSF killed two more peasants in our northern district, Dinajpur, a few daysago.
 arrow Prices of essentials
The government should try to have control over the market, as its erratic behaviour has become a source of great trouble to the people in general.
 arrow Our Rights
Nowadays, we hear a great deal about "rights". But no one has answered one question satisfactorily: do rights exist?
 arrow Face the challenge
There is criticism, from time to time, that the letters page is dominated by "BNP or Awami League haters" and their ilk. Indeed, it is known in some circles as the losers' page.
 arrow Bangladeshi Star
It's very good to see the Bangladeshi star Nagar Baul James performing in the movie Gangster, presented by Mahesh Bhatt production.
 arrow Dangerous!
There are obnoxious HIV positive carriers around us. They will intentionally inject you with a HIV virus contaminated needle, without your notice.
 arrow Life style is important
Every morning we wake up from our sleep refreshed and ready to do our daily chores. No one really knows what sleep is or what exactly causes it or exactly why it is needed. The process can only be described.
 arrow Draft voter list
We fail to understand why it was necessary to go ahead with the preparation of voter list pending decision of the SC.
 arrow EC
In a democratic country, EC contributes a lot towards the development of democracy. EC has to keep itself above all sorts of controversies. And it has to work independently.
 arrow Patriotism
I cannot call myself patriotic by any standards (Letter, May 06). The constitution proudly proclaims "nationalism" as one its main pillars.
 arrow Lofty promises
This forthcoming election would change the political situation of Bangladesh. The situation could be worse than now or it could be a bit better. Everything depends on our political masterminds.
 arrow Two letters
Two letters on 6 May drew my attention. One came from India, while the other was from right here in Dhaka. Entirely independent of each other, yet they felt similarly.
 arrow Honest politicians
Politicians have to be self-less in the first place to steer the nation forward. They ought to rise above their self-interest to fight corruption, nepotism and other ills.
 arrow Listen!
After a lot of unnecessary bloodshed and muscle flexing on the part of the police and security forces, the general people of Kansat got relieved.
 arrow Drive as you please!
I was riding a bus on the national highway, built with ADB's funding, supposedly the best in the country though no way fits the highway criteria.
 arrow Buy natural gas from Myanmar
In the recent days we have been seeing reports appearing in both print and electronic media that we have enough natural gas that will last till the year 2020, if no new gas fields are discovered.
 arrow Savings Certificate
Last year, the government started the Pensioners Savings Certificate with an interest rate of 11%, which was higher than the interest rate of other instruments at that time, and duration of 5 years.
Star Cityarrow No sign of new plants in near future
The city dwellers will continue to face water crisis in the next four or five years as there is no plan in sight to set up new water treatment plants which according to experts is the only solution to
 arrow Rickshaw eviction: Is it the only solution?
Rickshaws carry a major section of passengers and it is not prudent to evict them from city roads, said speakers at an 'exchange-of-views' programme organised by Manusher Jonya Rasta (Roads for people)
 arrow Give and take -- well placed
This is a story of 'system' as the rickshaw pullers call it. A total of 50 to 60 rickshaw pullers ply only in between the Maghbazar and Bangla Motor intersections.
 arrow Mushroom production: Self-employment indoors
A glance and then a look away! Externally it appears like a fungus but not everyone knows about the nutritious qualities of mushrooms.
 arrow Plastic surgeons sans burn treatment training
Four plastic surgeons from the July 2003 MS course of Dhaka University (DU) have just passed out without the minimum of six months' training 'burn treatment', a policy not even adopted by developed countries.
 arrow Empty bottles...

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