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Front Pagearrow Crimes rise as gangland swings back into action
Law and order has sharply deteriorated over the last few months in the capital and elsewhere, and the trend is continuing despite instructions from State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar to
 arrow Right to information left in the cold
The proposed right to information act, an essential and practical anti-corruption measure, has been kept on ice since 2002 while Bangladesh ranked the most corrupt country for the last five consecutive
 arrow EC busy on weekend to retrieve 899 forms
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat officials were busy even on the weekend yesterday trying to retrieve the controversial 899 voters' registration forms.
 arrow Industrial wastes defile Savar environs
Around 300 industries set up in and around 20 square kilometre areas around Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar are causing serious environmental hazards due to lack of sewerage and drainagefacilities.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon agree to resolve issues amicably
Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday agreed to amicably resolve the outstanding issues as the foreign secretaries of the two countries discussed maritime boundary, Rohingya repatriation, border security and
 arrow Safe water scarce in hill districts
It was late in the afternoon when Mrinalini Chakma, a middle-aged indigenous lady of Meghla in Sadar upazila, had just fetched a pot of water from a stream more than one kilometre off her house.
 arrow Final nod to project faces further delay
Phulbari coal mine development by British company Asia Energy will be delayed by about a year as a government expert committee has failed to submit its report despite repeated extension of deadline.
 arrow Advantage of slack supervision

 arrow 2 RIHS staff ejected from country
The top suspected donor to Islamist militants in the country, Bangladesh chapter of Kuwait based NGO Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), sent back two of its foreign officials to the headquarters
 arrow Submarine cable landing station opens tomorrow
Cox's Bazar, the resort town that boasts of the world's longest sea beach, is all set to connect the country with the global information superhighway with a high-speed international telecom link.
 arrow 144 imposed after Ahmadiyya area renamed
Local administration imposed section 144 in the district town yesterday amid high tension between the Ahmadiyya and Sunni communities over renaming of an area.
 arrow Double murder in Shyampur
Two people, one of them a re-rolling mill worker, were shot dead near Dhaka Match Factory in the city's Shyampur area last night in what seemed to be a desperate terrorist act.
 arrow 6 killed in lightning
Six people were killed and 12 others injured by lightning in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon districts yesterday.
In Dinajpur, lightning killed four people and injured 12 others in four upazilas of the district.

 arrow N districts still without power although nat'l grid recovers
The northern districts of Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, and Panchagarh are still without power since Dinajpur power station became temporarily out of order following a lightning in the sky yesterday morning although
 arrow Moudud tells of fake voters in his constituency
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday alleged that the draft voter list has had fake voters in his constituency, adding to the controversy over the new voter list.
 arrow Legal experts accuse EC of committing crime
Country's legal experts yesterday accused the members of the Election Commission (EC), including Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz, of committing criminal offences by making "false" voter
 arrow One killed in 'encounter' with cops
A leader of Panna Bahini, the Padma char-based gang in Rajshahi, was killed in an encounter with police and his accomplices at Bangali Char in Bagha upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 42 including Bangladeshis dead in Turkey truck crash
A lorry carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh crashed into a parked transport truck in southern Turkey yesterday, killing at least 42 people and injuring six others.
 arrow Banking info of 12 companies under probe
The CID-led five-member team investigating heroin smuggling to the UK started scrutinising banking information of 12 business houses, including BD Foods Limited and its nine sister concerns, on Thursday
 arrow 3rd regional dialogue in Comilla today
The third regional dialogue titled 'National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development' will be held in Comilla today.
 arrow Sutrapur Police Station besieged over murder of schoolboy
Hundreds of locals yesterday besieged Sutrapur Police Station (PS) in the capital demanding punishment of two police officials for gross negligence of duty.
 arrow EU to slap terror tag on LTTE
The European Union has agreed in principle to blacklist Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels as a "terrorist" group, EU diplomats said yesterday, in a move the rebels said would only lead to war in the country.
 arrow 2 street urchins hurt in wrapped bottle bomb
Two street urchins were injured in an explosion as one of them unsuspectingly tried to throw a wrapped bottle into the Buriganga at Sadarghat in the city yesterday noon.
 arrow Opposition's campaign in north starts today
Awami League-led 14-party combine begins a three-day mass campaign in the northern districts today to garner support for their demands for electoral reforms, cancellation of "fake" voter list and uninterrupted
 arrow Kushtia lawyers sue an editor for defamation
Leaders of Kushtia Bar Association (KBA) filed a defamation case against the founder, editor-publisher and the acting editor of a Kushtia based daily.
 arrow India to join US-backed gas pipeline project
With Iran playing tough on gas pricing, India has decided to join the United States-backed 3.
 arrow 3 Neptune-size planets found
Astronomers reported they had found three enticing Neptune-sized planets orbiting a distant star, in a discovery that marks a further step towards the goal of finding another Earth.
 arrow 3 killed by outlaws
Criminals allegedly belonging to an outlawed party killed three people in three different incidents in Meherpur and Rajbari on Thursday night.
Businessarrow Action against syndicate by June, says Hafiz
The government will identify the people responsible for spiralling prices of essentials, including sugar, and take stern action against the syndicate by June, Commerce Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed said
 arrow Saarc nations differ over non-tariff barriers
Differences have surfaced among seven members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) over the issue of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and safeguard measures after they tried to defend
 arrow Tata Motors, Videocon plan Rs 2,150cr investment in West Bengal
West Bengal's Marxist Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee could not have asked for a better beginning in his second successive stint in the top post as two major Indian industrial houses-- Tata Motors
 arrow Top central bankers to advise IMF on fund-raising
The IMF said Thursday it had appointed an illustrious panel of advisors, including former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan, to come up with ideas to avert a cash crisis for the global lender.
 arrow Japan's economic growth slows but beats forecasts
Japan said its economic growth slowed in the first quarter from the fast pace of late last year as consumer spending cooled and imports rose but it was still a better performance than expected.
 arrow Oil prices continue to rebound
Oil prices rebounded on Friday as concerns resurfaced over major crude producers Iran and Nigeria, dealers said.
In London, Brent North Sea crude for July delivery advanced by 18 cents to 69.

 arrow China steelmakers in emergency meeting over iron ore prices
Chinese steelmakers held an emergency meeting Friday after major Japanese and European steel groups agreed to a sharp rise in the price of iron ore that is likely to force China's mills to follow suit.
 arrow Poland, India sign deal to boost trade
Poland and India signed a cooperation agreement Friday aimed at boosting trade and investment between the two countries, officials said.
 arrow StanChart launches 'Business Account'
Standard Chartered SME Banking recently launched 'Business Account' in Bangladesh, which is a hybrid deposit account with unique features and benefits, especially developed to cater to the financial needs
 arrow S'pore launches new service to boost SMEs
Singapore's SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Credit Bureau launched a new service, the Singapore Business Toolkit, to help SMEs finance, Minister of State for Education and Trade and IndustryChan
 arrow Toyota eyes 8th plant in North America
Toyota Motor Corp is considering building an eighth North American plant as it looks to expand production on US soil to try to avert trade spats with Washington, a report said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 14-May 18, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD declined slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow Mittal boosts Arcelor bid to $32.94b
Mittal Steel said on Friday that it had raised its hostile takeover bid for Arcelor to 25.8 billion euros (32.94 billion dollars) from 18.6 billion euros.
 arrow IMF chief nominates new deputy
International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato Thursday nominated a new deputy to succeed Anne Krueger, who is stepping down after five years in the job.
 arrow Reckitt Benckiser declares 42pc dividend
Reckitt Benckiser (Bangladesh) Ltd has declared a 42 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Best among minnows
Ashraful Islam Shishu and Rasel Mahmud Jimmy produced spectacular late goals as Bangladesh handed a 2-0 defeat on Hong Kong to become unbeaten champions in the Jamuna Bank Asian Games qualifying round
 arrow Football: Mexico 1970: The height of brilliance
Despite their vic-tory in the preceding World Cup and an ensuing record that had seen them lose just four out of thirty-five games in four years, England were not the favourites when the World Cup came
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
$5,000 for a goal
Reuters, Luanda

Angola's Banco Internacional de Credito (BIC) has promised to give 5,000 dollars to every national team player who scores at the World Cup,state-owned

 arrow Football: Football and fashion
World Cup fans are accustomed to the yellow of Brazil, the blues of France and Italy and the stripes of Argentina and Paraguay.
 arrow Football: The English ministry of defence
Italy has long been regarded as the spiritual home of the art of defending but John Terry believes this summer's World Cup will prove the balance of power has moved to England.
 arrow Cricket: Tamim fires for Ctg
Chittagong moved to the group finals after they crushed Feni by eight wickets in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Championship at the Comilla Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Laxminarayan Cotton Mill High School of Narayanganj reached the regional final, after a goalless draw against Darul Islam Madrasa, in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football tournament at
 arrow Cricket: CWAB's talent hunt on
Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) launched the talent hunt programme titled "Shombhabona Tomar Majhe" at the Gurudayal college campus here yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Inter-district v'ball
Dinajpur emerged as the district winners after defeating Naogaon in straight sets 25-22, 25-17 and 28-26 in the NCC Bank inter-district volleyball championship at Naogaon yesterday.
 arrow Football: Speed is the name of the game
It was on June 30, 1998, in St Etienne that Michael Owen announced himself to the world with a spellbinding goal.
 arrow Football: Rooney-less England good enough for Pele
Pele believes England can reach the final of this year's World Cup even if striker Wayne Rooney fails to recover from injury.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid outshines Gayle
Rahul Dravid hit his 12th one-day international hundred to overshadow Chris Gayle's for West Indies and lead India to a five-wicket victory in the rain-affected first ODI at Sabina Park on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Top class knock: Chappell
India coach Greg Chappell paid tribute to Rahul Dravid after the captain's 105 inspired a five-wicket victory in the opening one-dayer against West Indies.
 arrow Tennis: Safina downs Clijsters
Determined Dinara Safina slammed the door on any chance for Kim Clijsters to return next week to world number one, dumping the second seed out of the Rome Masters 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) on Thursday.
 arrow Football: A heroes welcome
Barcelona were greeted by hundreds of thousands of fans on Thursday when they paraded through the city on an open-top bus to celebrate winning the Champions League.
 arrow Football: A case of sour grapes
Knowing how to win is important if you want to have a trophy room full of silverware. Knowing how to lose, however, is crucial if you don't want your postmatch reaction to overshadow and tarnish yourachievements.
 arrow Football: Henry staying at Arsenal
Thierry Henry on Friday signed a new four-year contract with Arsenal after revealing that he could not bear to quit "the club I love" in favour of a new challenge with Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Lippi quizzed over Moggi scandal
Italy coach Marcello Lippi was questioned by magistrates for three and a half hours here Friday as part of their investigation into the dealings of football agents GEA.
 arrow Football: Cisse eager for Marseille
France international striker Djibril Cisse is ready to join French giants Marseille from FA Cup winners Liverpool should they launch a new bid he told La Provence newspaper on Friday.
 arrow Football: Jose won't let Drogba leave
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho says striker Didier Drogba is not leaving Stamford Bridge while Andriy Shevchenko, a Chelsea target, is unlikely to leave AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Blanc in frame for Auxerre job
France World Cup winner and former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc is in the running to succeed Jacques Santini as manager of Auxerre, the French club's vice-president Gerard Bourgoin announced
 arrow Football: Ze Roberto to leave Bayern
Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto will leave German champions Bayern Munich after the World Cup following the breakdown of negotiations on a new contract, the club said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Juve appoint new managing director
Juventus, whose entire board quit last week over match-fixing allegations, named Carlo Sant'Albano as their acting managing director on Friday.
 arrow Olympics: Zafar's death anniversary today
The second death anniversary of the former secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association Zafar Imam will be observed today.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin unsure of WI tour
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday it was too early to say whether he would be available for the upcoming Test series in the West Indies as he is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
 arrow Cricket: Ton up Tharanga
Opening batsman Upul Tharanga did his case for keeping a place in Sri Lanka's Test team no harm at all with a gritty 140 as the tourists scored 283 for four come stumps on the first day of four against
 arrow Cricket: Zim win again
Zimbabwe crushed Bermuda by 194 runs at Queen's Park Oval in a low-key dress rehearsal for Saturday's tournament final.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie gets more support
Andrew Strauss has insisted it was England's fielding not the captaincy of Andrew Flintoff which cost the home side the chance of going 1-0 up in their three-Test series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Udal wants to play
Shaun Udal believes he could play in next week's second Test despite missing out on England's development squad.
 arrow Tennis: Maria out of Istanbul Open
Russia's Wimbledon 2004 champion Maria Sharapova was forced to withdraw from next week's Istanbul Open on Friday because she has failed to recover from a right ankle injury.
 arrow Football: Cicinho robbed
Real Madrid's Brazilian international Cicinho was robbed on his arrival at Guarulhos airport here on Thursday, police reported.
Metropolitanarrow 'Solve water, power crises immediately '
Demra-Shyampur Pani-Bidyut Sangram Committee yesterday demanded immediate solution to prevailing water and power crises in the area.
 arrow Security stepped up as mass agitation feared
Security measures have been stepped up at Goalpara Power Plant and Khulna Power Supply Office since Thursday night fearing attack from angry people who are seething with discontentment owing to frequent
 arrow Five killed in road crashes
Five people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
JU Correspondent reports: a man was killed in a road accident at Savar yesterday morning.

 arrow Bangladeshi restaurant wins Tiffin Cup in London
The Taj Mahal, a Bangladeshi restaurant in Pembrokeshire, won the Tiffin Cup 2006 at the first-ever culinary event held on Tuesday at The House of Commons where over 70 MPs celebrated South Asian cuisine
 arrow 'Demarcate maritime boundary to protect natural resources'
Expressing concern over the exploration of oil and gas by neighbouring countries within the Bangladesh maritime boundary, the environmentalists yesterday demanded of the government to initiate formaldiscussions
 arrow Police, polytech instt students clash in Bogra: Seven injured
At least seven people, including a police official, were injured in a clash between the police and students of Bogra Polytechnic Institute yesterday.
 arrow Protest processions in Sylhet
Agitating traders and locals of South Surma brought out a mourning procession in the area after Juma prayers yesterday protesting killing of a young trader by JCD cadres.
 arrow 88 appointed against 53 positions in Islamic University
A syndicate meeting of Islamic University, Kushtia, yesterday finalised appointments of 88 people in different wings of the university including administration against a vacation of 53 positions.
 arrow Former BCL leader killed in Lakshmipur
A former Chhatra League leader was killed by a group of alleged BNP cadres at Ramganj in Lakshmipur on Thursday night failing to realise toll money.
 arrow Dowry claims yet another life
A housewife was strangled allegedly by her husband and in-laws over dowry at Bhabki village in Muktagachha Thursday night.
The victim was identified as Sahera, 20, wife of Harun.

 arrow Husband beats wife to death in Sirajganj
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband at Dhangara Pramanikpara village in Raiganj yesterday morning.
The victim was identified as Selina Khatun, 24, wife of Raushan Ali.

 arrow 14 phensidyl bottles recovered, doctor held
Prominent physician Dr ATM Nurul Kabir was arrested by DB police on Thursday night from his house at Sonadanga area.
DB police recovered 14 bottles of Indian phensidyl from his possession.

 arrow 54 injured in clash over land dispute
Fifty-four people were injured in a clash between two rival groups at 8:30am yesterday at Hatbari village under Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district.
 arrow Two more credit card racketeers arrested
Police arrested two more members of an international racketeers' syndicate, along with seven credit cards of a local bank, during a raid on Motijheel, Sutrapur and Pallabi areas in the city on Thursday.
 arrow Graft, political polarisation pose threat to society
Chairman of the US House International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Congressman James Leach has said Bangladesh has made impressive strides in some key areas, including agriculturalproduction,
 arrow Eyewitness succumbs to injuries
One of the eyewitnesses in judges' killing case succumbed to his injuries at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Debate festival held in Mymensingh
A two-day debate festival and workshop ended at Mymensingh on Thursday where sixty students from ten different educational institutions were trained in different techniques of debate specially language
 arrow 150 shanties, six shops gutted in Ctg
A fire yesterday gutted at least 150 shanties, six shops and damaged properties worth over Tk 5 lakh at Hajipara of Agrabad in the port city leaving around 1,000 people homeless.
 arrow Robbery at Savar Bank Colony
Robbers looted gold and valuables worth Tk 2 lakh from a house at Bank Colony in Savar on Thursday night.
 arrow Some apes, birds can think ahead, studies show
Apes that remember to carry the right tools to retrieve treats and jays that hide food a second time when they think a rival is watching prove animals can think ahead -- a trait once believed to be uniquely
 arrow Govts worldwide fail to stop overfishing
Governments worldwide have failed to prevent overfishing in the oceans, where a proliferation of bottom-trawling threatens to wipe out deep sea species, conservation groups WWF and Traffic said yesterday.
Nationalarrow Turning to God as govt inactive
Thousand of erosion victims of Shaghata upazila gatherted on the bank of Jamuna and joined a prayer seeking mercy from the almighty to same them from further erosion as government remained inactive to
 arrow Govt planning polls 'engineering,' use of muscle power: Hamid
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Jatiya Sangsad advocate Abdul Hamid yesterday said the government has created a state of uncertainty and instability in the country in a planned way to cling to power.
 arrow My son's killers threatening us, says Iffat's mother
Killers of London expatriate Iffat-bin-Mahbub are threatening his family with death if they proceed further with the case, his mother Farida Rahman alleged at a press conference at Rangpur Press Clubyesterday.
 arrow BNP lawmaker among 17 sued in Satkhira
Seventeen people including a BNP lawmaker were sued yesterday for allegedly appointing a BNP man the vice-principal of a college by violating the official rules.
 arrow Truckers guard their vehicles from robbers
Jaldhaka unit of Nilphamari District Truck, Tank Lorry Workers' Union has formed escort teams to ensure safe plying of trucks moving at night to and fro Burimari port.
 arrow Miscreants burn school in Chandpur
Miscreants have burnt a junior secondary school in Hajiganj.
Property and valuables worth Tk 30 lakh were gutted, according to the headmaster of the school.

 arrow Indigenous people want security in Joypurhat
National Aadibasi Council, an organisation of indigenous people, at an emergency meeting held at Shantinagar here recently, expressed their grave concern over increasing incidents of repression on indigenous
Point-Counterpointarrow The dilemma in price adjustment for petroleum products
Before the Kansat episode could be erased from the memory of our people, the issue of imminent price increase of petroleum products is sending chilly reverberations among the public at large.
 arrow Lengthening caste shadow
I have tried my best to find out what made Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh issue a circular to the cabinet secretariat to provide reservation for the 'Other Backward Classes' (OBC) incentral
 arrow The economy and voting
A political party in a representative democracy competes in elections in order to win governmental power so that it can make public policies and take control of larger state machine.
 arrow Expatriate workers need greater attention
Bangladesh has become one of the major manpower exporting countries in recent years and the size of its people working abroad will be about 4.
Culturearrow Winner of the Ibsen Award '06
Norwegian director-playwright Terje Mærli is one of the two winners of the Ibsen Award provided in the Ibsen Commemoration Festival '06, Bangladesh.
 arrow Bhittiprostor: An Anya Chetana production
A realistic 'living room' ambience was created on the stage, and when the action began the audience saw Krishnadas Halder (Shankar Bhattacharya), an MLA of West Bengal, busy with his political, business
 arrow Celebrating memorable Bangla songs of last 100 years
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) celebrated the excellence in Bangla music of last 100 years through a musical soiree in February this year.
 arrow Documentary on Ferdousi Majumdar to be aired today
National Award winning documentary Jibon O Abhinoy: Ferdousi Majumdar will be aired today at 1:05pm on ATN Bangla.
Internationalarrow US groups warn against 'dangerous' military aid to Nepal army
The United States said Thursday it was ready to resume military aid to Nepal more than a year after cutting supplies of lethal weaponry to the Himalayan kingdom but rights groups cautioned against what
 arrow Iran promises cooperation with UN inspectors
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani promised that Tehran would cooperate with UN inspectors, in a meeting late Thursday in Vienna with UN atomic agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
 arrow Clashes erupt as Hamas deploys gunmen in Gaza
Two Palestinian policemen were wounded early yesterday in the first clashes since Hamas deployed gunmen in the Gaza Strip, amid US warnings that rival paramilitaries are creating a dangerous situation.
 arrow Maoists back clipping Nepal king's wings
Nepal's Maoist rebels yesterday backed sweeping cuts of the king's powers but said the changes should not overshadow planned talks to end their one decade-old insurgency that aims to overthrow the monarchy.
 arrow Top UN envoy meets Myanmar opposition
A top United Nations envoy tasked with pressing military-run Myanmar on reforms met members of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party yesterday amid fresh US pressure on the junta.
 arrow Pakistan ridicules UK, Afghan charges of sheltering Taliban
Pakistan yesterday angrily rejected allegations by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a top British army officer that it was letting Taliban militants infiltrate Afghanistan to carry out attacks.
 arrow UN body urges US to shut Guantanamo
The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law.
 arrow Israel, US at odds on nuclear treaty draft
Israel and the United States are at odds over a draft US international treaty that would ban the production of plutonium or enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Saddam novel hits stores in Japan
Japanese readers looking for a slightly different tale can now curl up with "Get Out of Here, Curse You" -- a novel by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Bush renews Myanmar sanctions
US President George W. Bush on Thursday renewed economic sanctions on Myanmar for another year, saying military rulers of the Southeast Asian nation posed a threat to US national security and foreignpolicy.
 arrow Annan in China with N Korea, Iran on agenda
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was due to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on the first day of his visit here yesterday, with North Korea, Iran and East Asian tensions expected to be on the agenda.
 arrow 4 US troops killed as Iraqis wrangle on forming govt
A roadside bomb near Baghdad killed four US soldiers on Thursday and Iraq's leaders fought last-minute battles for jobs in a much delayed national unity government before a parliament vote scheduled for
 arrow India promises more university seats to quell anti-quota stir
Indian officials promised more university places for all yesterday as a medical strike against a new affirmative action plan entered its second week with fresh clashes between police and students.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Draft voters' list controversy
Ever since the draft voters' list has been made public by the Election Commission (EC), we have been regularly reporting flaws that existed in it.
 arrow Editorial: Names of land grabbers
It takes us by surprise that the land ministry failed to supply the list of people who have grabbed government land to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land Ministry even after being specifically
 arrow Left leads, Congress and DMK follow
I was in Calcutta during the recent Indian State Assembly elections and watched with interest the unfolding political drama.
 arrow Dialogue or demonstration: Which way now?
In every democracy, liberal or otherwise, the political temperature rises during the election year. In the last three general elections this also had been witnessed in Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Police reform
Needless to say, the police force of Bangladesh is in shambles. For the betterment of the nation, some corrective measures should be taken to rectify the stigmatised police force of the country.
 arrow Modern viceroys!
Pakistan is said to have a secret godfather viceroy, according to the analysis of a veteran Indian columnist (DS, Feb 8).
 arrow Battle of non-issues!
As a voter for over 50 years in three nations, I cannot buy the unique concept of temporary caretaker government to take care of the general elections practiced no where in the world!
 arrow Election propaganda by the EC
Election Commission should take the responsibility of election propaganda for the candidates instead of the candidates themselves.
 arrow Myanmar-India gas pipeline
StarTecharrow Local company develops vehicle-tracking system
Recently, some promising young technologists of a local company showcased a prototype vehicle tracking and monitoring system.
 arrow Yahoo opens new front doors
Internet search titan Yahoo unveiled new "front doors" to the world with the online debut of its revamped web portal, customized for the cultures of each of its markets based on the search patterns of
 arrow UV LED to bring in next-gen optical tech
A trio of Japanese scientists say they have invented an ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diode (LED) that could open the way to a new generation of optical discs with very high data-storage capacity.
 arrow VAIO type U & A

Literaturearrow The Year of Return -- Part II
Six months went by since Badshah had solved my problem. I had seen little of him for weeks. I had taken a trip to Los Angeles to see my daughter, who was growing up with aching rapidity.
 arrow In Janus's Footsteps
The philosopher, Diogenes, was known to have an undisguised contempt for any distinction between Greeks and foreigners.
 arrow 1390*
Kushtia, Rasulpur; red earth, an ochre ornament;
sleep wakes to crawl and sit at the verandah's edge.

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