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Front Pagearrow Power minister shown the door over crisis
Amid widespread public protest against severe power crisis, the government replaced State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Saturday night with State Minister for Finance and Planning Anwarul Kabir
 arrow Why order to include them not illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government and Election Commission (EC) to explain within four weeks why the orders directing an assistant registration officer of Mohammadpur area to
 arrow Bangladesh logs on to submarine cable
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the submarine cable at its landing station opening up a new vista of opportunities for providing the cheapest ICT services in all sectors.
 arrow No, no, an emphatic no
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday brushed aside the allegation of the Election Commission's (EC) failure to make a flawless voter list.
 arrow Tiles factory set up to cover up smuggling
The detained proprietor of Green Haven Enterprise, Abul Bashar, yesterday confessed that he and Kazi Zafar Reza, owner of Rainbow Enterprise, smuggled 54kg heroin hidden in floor tiles to the UK between
 arrow Bus counter has 21 voters, entire village only 3
While a ticket counter of an inter-district passenger coach service has 21 voters, only three voters live in an entire village, reveals the draft voter list.
 arrow PM for joint tourism effort in S Asia
The Prime Minister and Saarc Chairperson Khaleda Zia has called for joint efforts to make South Asia a common tourist destination by pooling resources, ensuring human resource development and facilitating
 arrow Hotel staff attack mobile court
Members of a Dhaka City Corporation mobile court led by Magistrate Tapan Kumar Biswas came under attack by restaurant employees as the court was conducting a hygiene drive on Topkhana Road in the capital
 arrow Myanmar won't explore within Bangladesh waters
Myanmar authorities have assured Bangladesh that they would never encroach on Bangladesh's territorial waters, saying that they believe in good neighbourly relations as the two countries have agreed on
 arrow Saarc environment ministers meet in Dhaka Mayl 24
Bangladesh will place a five-point proposal in accordance with the 'Green South Asia Programme' at the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) environment ministers' meet in Dhaka beginning
 arrow British envoy disappointed at no progress in probe
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday expressed his disappointment as the grenade attack on him and others in Bangladesh that killed or maimed many people still remained unresolved.
 arrow Registration staff confined for hours over fake roll
Several hundred people, whose names had been excluded from the draft voter list, demonstrated at Shyampur in the capital and confined the local assistant registration officer (ARO) for hours yesterday
 arrow JMB chief charged
A charge sheet was submitted to the Sylhet district headquarter magistrate court yesterday against the chief of outlawed JMB, Abdur Rahman, and his accomplices in connection with an explosives case.
 arrow Jubo Sangram to besiege EC Secretariat today
Jubo Sangram Parishad (JSP) will lay siege to the Election Commission Secretariat and district election offices today demanding immediate cancellation of the draft voter list and resignation of the chief
 arrow Hartal cripples Sylhet life
Business establishments remained shut and traffic movement was halted in Sylhet city as Awami Juba League, youth front of main opposition Awami League (AL), enforced a half-day hartal yesterday protesting
 arrow Shanta's case against cops dismissed
A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed the case of Shahin Sultana Shanta, victim of police brutality during a protest programme of the 14-party opposition alliance on March 12.
 arrow Gunshots fired at building housing Saber's office
Hooligans last night fired several gunshots at the ground floor of a building in Shantinagar in the city which houses the office of Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to opposition leader Sheikh
 arrow President asked to sack CEC within a week
Awami League-led (AL) 14-party opposition combine yesterday asked the president to sack chief election commissioner (CEC) and two other 'politically' appointed election commissioners within a week.
 arrow IU closes academic works until June 10
Islamic University authorities yesterday closed all academic activities including classes and examinations of the institution till June 10 and asked the students to leave their residential halls by today.
 arrow Outlaws kill Naogon JMB leader
Members of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP)- Red Flag faction killed a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader at Banshbaria of Raninagar in Naogaon yesterday.
 arrow Judges take a swipe at law ministry
Judges of the lower courts yesterday accused the law ministry of suppressing them in various ways.
 arrow Bombs rock Iraq as new cabinet meets
At least 20 people were killed in insurgent violence yesterday, 13 of them in a Baghdad restaurant bombing, as Iraq's new national unity government met on its first full day in office.
 arrow Militants attack Cong rally in Kashmir
Eight people including two militants were killed and 20 wounded when a gunfight broke out at a rally in the heart of Indian Kashmir's main city yesterday, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Rejoinder
The housing and public works ministry has sent a rejoinder to the photo caption of a swamp in the city's Khilgaon area The Daily Star ran on May 16.
Businessarrow RMG makers for continuation of tax holiday, cash incentives
The country's apparel exporters yesterday urged the government to continue tax holiday and cash incentives facilities for the sector to help boost exports.
 arrow Industrial parks for textile mills needed to ensure power, gas supply
Separate industrial parks for textile mills will help the government ensure smooth supply of utility services to the factories, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said yesterday.
 arrow Carton exporters want change to customs act
Bangladesh Corrugated Carton and Accessories Manufacturers' and Exporters Association (BCCAMEA) has demanded amendment to the Customs Act 1969 to legalise selling of carton and accessories from bonded
 arrow Thai medical tourism business drives profits
Medical tourism in Thailand is projected to earn the country Bt36.4 billion (US$952 million) this year as 1.
 arrow ROK warns of economic uncertainties
The South Korean government has cautioned that the economy is facing growing uncertainties, triggered by a strengthening of the local currency and persistently high oil prices.
 arrow Health info service soon for GP subscribers
The country's leading mobile phone operator GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd will soon introduce 'Health Information Service' (HIS) for its subscribers.
 arrow Vietnam aims for world's no1 rice exporter
Thai exporters are keeping a close watch on Vietnam's rice production amid concerns their Vietnamese counterparts could emerge as the world's leading supplier in the near future.
 arrow Kallol Group opens showroom for Swiss brand watches
Kallol Group of Companies, distributor of different renowned watch brands, opened a new showroom --Time Zone-- at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 5th raffle draw of 'Coca-Cola Fun Island' programme held
The fifth raffle draw of 'Coca-Cola Fun Island' under the 'Crown Program 2006' was held Saturday in Dhaka under the aegis of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust.
 arrow Economic policymakers converge in Paris for OECD forum
Ministers from 30 countries and key economic policymakers meet in Paris this week for the annual conference of the OECD, with the incoming secretary general, Mexico's Angel Gurria, set to take the reins.
 arrow Asian markets prop up struggling GM, Ford
As they struggle to reignite their ailing North America operations, both General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are depending on profits from operations in new markets across Asia to keep them afloat.
 arrow Foreign-funded enterprises gain $200b in profits in China
Foreign-funded enterprises have recorded more than 200 billion US dollars in post-tax profits in China since the 1990s, a senior Chinese commerce official said.
 arrow Discounts on hi-end Philips TVs
Transcom Electronics Ltd has offered discounts from minimum Tk 25,000 to maximum Tk 1,00,000 on purchase of any Philips hi-end television sets.
 arrow Total inks deal to build oil refinery in Saudi Arabia
France's Total inked a deal on Sunday to build an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of six billion dollars in a joint venture with state oil conglomerate Saudi Aramco.
 arrow Islamic Finance & Investment okays 5pc stock, 10pc cash dividends
Islamic Finance and Investment Ltd has declared a five per cent stock dividend and a 10 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh to tour Zimbabwe in July
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has finally agreed to host Bangladesh in July-August for a five-match one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: WI clinch a thriller
In the twinkling of an eye, Dwayne Bravo was transformed from villain to hero, when he bowled Yuvraj Singh with the third last ball of the second one-day international on Saturday at Sabina Park to hand
 arrow Football: Last chance saloon for Czech old guard
A clutch of Czech stars are intent on proving that life begins at 30 when the World Cup gets underway next month.
 arrow Football: Donovan has a point to prove
US playmaker Landon Donovan, a disappointing Bundesliga flop last year in a three-month stint at Bayer Leverkusen, has something to prove when he returns to Germany next month for the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Chittagong in final round
Brilliant bowling by Ripon helped Chittagong move to the final round when they coasted to a seven-wicket win over Laxmipur in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Championship at the Comilla
 arrow Cricket: BCB calls up 55 for camp
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday called upon 55 young cricketers for a camp at BKSP.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar best of 2005
Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) on Sunday announced its award recipients for the years 2002 to 2005 recognising their performance during the period and contribution to their respective
 arrow Football: West Germany 1974: Rusted Clockwork Orange
Brazil lost the World Cup almost as soon as they regained it. The Jules Rimet trophy, theirs to keep after winning it for the third time, was sto-len and never seen again.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Giuly blasts Domenech
Reuters, Paris

Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly says he feels robbed after being left out of the France squad for the World Cup finals by coach Raymond Domenech.

 arrow Football: Ferdinand wants to banish the past
Rio Ferdinand believes he can put two of the most traumatic experiences of his career behind him by performing well in the World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Football: Becks prepare lavish bash
England captain David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria were preparing Sunday to host a World Cup party for the rest of the squad and masses of celebrities.
 arrow Football: Lampard driven by past upsets
Four years after the pain of failing to make England's 2002 World Cup squad, Frank Lampard is revelling in the chance to be a match winner in Germany.
 arrow Football: Mexico seek divine intervention
Mexico's religious leaders blessed the national soccer team on Saturday before the players left for Europe to prepare for the World Cup finals.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar the silent crusader
Sachin Tendulkar is a silent crusader when it comes to charitable works undertaken by him.
 arrow Cricket: Asia Cup now in 2008
The Asia Cup had been postponed for another two years as hectic international cricket schedules did not allow the biennial event to be held in Pakistan this year, the Asian Cricket Council said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sporting Dravid
India's captain Rahul Dravid admitted that Saturday's dramatic one-run defeat to West Indies hurt in the second one-day international, but there was plenty for his side to gain from the experience.
 arrow Cricket: India to warm up at Antigua
India will prepare for next month's first Test against West Indies with a two-day fixture against Antigua and Barbuda.
 arrow Cricket: Lara asks mates to learn from it
West Indies captain Brian Lara wants his side to learn from their sensational one-run victory in the second one-day international against India on Saturday at Sabina Park for future use in tight matches.
 arrow Cricket: Bold and Bravo!
Dwayne Bravo admits that being entrusted with the final over of Saturday's second One-day International between West Indies and India at Sabina Park was daunting.
 arrow Cricket: Harper wants more for Kenya
Roger Harper has said more needed to be done for Kenya cricket to return to international level and even achieve Test status.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis gets better of Venus
Martina Hingis stormed back after a stuttering start as she overwhelmed longtime rival Venus Williams 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Rome Masters to reach the second final of her 2006 comeback campaign Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea for life: Ballack
Chelsea's new addition Michael Ballack says he wants to end his career at the Stamford Bridge club.
 arrow Football: Lippi Job on the line?
Calls for Italy coach Marcello Lippi to resign over a football scandal clouded the national team's World Cup preparations on Sunday, three weeks before they start their campaign in Germany.
 arrow Football: Eto'o claims Pichichi
A virtually second-string Barcelona ended their stunning double-winning season in inglorious fashion with a limp 3-1 defeat at mid-table Atletico Bilbao on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bremen sign up Brazilian tyro
Highly-rated Brazilian international midfielder Diego signed for German giants Werder Bremen on Sunday from 2004 Champions League victors FC Porto.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan not a worry
Chairman of English cricket selectors David Graveney insists the England hierarchy are not worried about Michael Vaughan's future.
 arrow Cricket: Steve given more rest
England chose not to recall Stephen Harmison when they named a 12-man squad here Sunday for next week's second Test against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Tennis: Ancic finally stopped
Comeback king Mario Ancic was finally halted in the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters Saturday, beaten 7-5, 6-4 by eighth-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
 arrow Tennis: Martina sets her eyes on Paris
Martina Hingis capped her remarkable return to tennis and set her sights on the French Open after overcoming late resistance from Dinara Safina to win the Rome Masters here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle's plot!
Brian Lara has revealed that it was Chris Gayle who suggested that Dwayne Bravo bowl a slower ball right at the death, the delivery that sealed the match and sent the carnival crowd at Sabina Park into
 arrow Cricket: Debutant hits ton against SL
A 20-year-old all-rounder making his first-class debut hit 101 for Sussex on Day Three against Sri Lanka at Hove.
Metropolitanarrow AL won't participate in polls without electoral reforms
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday told the outgoing Russian ambassador that her party would not participate in the next general election if the proposed electoral reformsare
 arrow Country's urban population will reach 50m by 2015
The urban population of the country will reach 50 million by 2015 owing to migration of rural poor to urban areas.
 arrow AL demands judicial inquiry
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded a judicial inquiry into the police and ruling party cadres' attack on its leaders and activists in Netrakona on May 10.
 arrow Yangon won't encroach on our territorial waters
Myanmar authorities have assured that they would never encroach on Bangladesh territorial waters, saying that they believe in good neighbourly relations, as the two countries agreed on a number of issues
 arrow 'Enact law to ban import handloom goods'
Bangladesh Handloom Board (BHB) urged the government to enact a law banning import of handloom goods.
 arrow 'Super bumper' Boro output this year likely
The country is expected to achieve "super bumper" production of Boro crop this year although farmers and agriculture officers had fear earlier of low output due to some problems during the peak season
 arrow 2 to die for killing N'ganj BNP leader
A court here yesterday sentenced two persons to death and two others life in prison for murdering a BNP leader two years ago.
 arrow 2 shot dead in city
Two youths were gunned down at Mohammadpur and Mirpur in the city last night.
 arrow Darul Ihsan Trust wants to grab Tk 7cr university building
A Bangladeshi expatriate in US yesterday alleged that both factions of Darul Ihsan Trust are now in the race to grab his six-storey building in the city in the name of Darul Ihsan University.
 arrow Child parliament leaders meet Daily Star editor
As part of the preparation for National Child Parliament Session 2006 to be held on May 28-29, the executive committee of child parliament met with Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star,
 arrow Direct air links to be set up
Saarc Tourism Ministers' Meet ended here yesterday through adoption of a 12-point declaration, including setting up of direct air links among member countries.
 arrow Memo to PM demanding cancellation of CHT accord
Somo Adhikar Andolon (SAA), an organisation of local Bangalees, yesterday sieged the office of the deputy commissioner (DC) in the hill town Khagrachhari.
 arrow Students demand removal of acting principal
Students of Wills Little Flower School and College damaged windowpanes of classrooms yesterday to press their demands, including removal of acting principal.
 arrow $3.86m deal signed to fight TB
Brac has signed a 3.86 million dollar agreement with nine reputed development agencies yesterday to fight Tuberculosis (TB), says a press release.
 arrow 27 students injured in CU clashes
At least twelve students of Chittagong University (CU) were injured in a pitched battle and stampede at the university bound shuttle train yesterday.
 arrow Rakta Joba to be screened at 59th Cannes Film Festival
A short film titled 'Rakta Joba' the red flower directed by Bangladeshi Director Makbul Chowdhury will be screened at 'Shot film corner' at the 59th Cannes Film Festival.
 arrow Workers' rally for arrear payment in Khulna
Over 10,000 workers and employees of eight closed jute and textile mills of Khulna-Jessore Industrial belt held a rally at Khalishpur yesterday demanding payment of their arrear wages and salaries.
 arrow All services under CPA declared essential
The government yesterday declared all services under Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) "essential".
 arrow Walkathon to raise fund, awareness
A walkathon was held in the country yesterday under the auspices of World Food Programme (WFP) as elsewhere in the world to raise fund and awareness among people to end hunger by 2015.
 arrow 1400 bottles of illegal foreign liquor seized in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered over 1400 bottles of foreign liquor imported illegally in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Area confce of Zonta Int'l Dist 25 held
Area conference of Zonta International District 25, Area 2, with the theme "synergic of women power" was held at Kurmitola Golf Club on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow Feeder vessel MV Reo Loren leaves Singapore for Chittagong
Newly introduced feeder vessel MV Reo Loren in Singapore-Chittagong route with carrying capacity of 1155 TEUs (Twenty Equivalent Units) of containers on its maiden voyage left Singapore for Chittagong
 arrow 7 robbers get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven robbers to life in jail for killing Delwar Hossain Dilli, a brickfield caretaker at Fatullah in Narayanganj in May 2004.
 arrow Seminar on holding fair polls tomorrow
The Peshajibi Samannay Parishad (PSP) will hold a national seminar on "Free, Fair and Impartial Election: Preconditions of Peoples' Empowerment" at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre tomorrow.
 arrow US envoy calls on Tariqul
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis made a courtesy call on Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam at the latter's office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Muhaddes made PIO
The government has appointed M Muhaddes as Principal Information Officer (PIO) on a contact basis for a period of one year with effect from his date of joining.
 arrow Rakta Joba to be screened at Cannes Festival
A short film titled 'Rakta Joba' the red flower directed by Bangladeshi Director Makbul Chowdhury will be screened at 'Shot film corner' at the 59th Cannes Film Festival.
Nationalarrow Nazrul university ready for inauguration
May 25 will be a memorable day for Nazrul fans in Trishal. Kazi Nazrul Islam University will be opened at Nampara near the banyan tree under which boy Nazrul used to play flute.
 arrow Wildlife in grave peril
Forests in Moulvibazar including the Lauachhera Reserve Forest are losing their bio-diversity, leaving the wildlife in grave peril.
 arrow Juicy lichee smiles on Magura growers
Lichee cultivation has smiled on farmers in 12 villages in Magura Sadar upazila. They have raised 800 orchards, which have brought them fortune.
 arrow One judge for six courts in Moulvibazar 3,500 cases pending
Trial of cases is being greatly hampered, much to the sufferings of litigants, as there is only Senior Assistant Judge for six courts of Assistant Judge in Moulvibazar district.
 arrow Nolka-Panggashi flood protection dam opens soon
The Nolka-Panggashi road cum flood protection dam on the western bank Fuljor river, a Jamuna tributary, is nearing completion. It will be opened before the ensuing monsoon.
 arrow Doctors demand removal of UNO
Doctors in Rangamati have demanded withdrawal of Naniachar Upazila Nirbahee Officer (UNO) for his alleged abuse of power, corruption and ill treatment with doctors.
 arrow WFP programme observed in CHT
The World Food Programme (WFP) in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) observed its child hunger resistance day in Rangamati yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Burma: UN visit raises hope
The United Nations envoy's visit to Burma has raised hopes that the ruling junta may be prepared to renew contact with the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
 arrow Helping the ailing to be hale and hearty
Nursing is recognised all over the world as one of the vital components of all healthcare systems.
 arrow Continuing price spiral: How to tame it?
During four and half years of BNP-led four-party alliance (FPA) government Prime Minister Khaleda Zia removed two Commerce Ministers and an advisor from their jobs ostensibly for failure to curb price
Culturearrow Arup's pulsating collage
ARTIST Shahadat Hossain, visiting from Paris, had high praises for Arup Kumar Barua's painting exhibition, being held at the gallery of Alliance Francaise.
 arrow The end of a successful festival
A 10-day theatre festival, beginning May 11, was arranged to mark the centenary death anniversary of the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen.
 arrow Fakir Alamgir's four decades in music
Fakir Alamgir an exponent of Gono Sangeet (songs of the masses) celebrated his 40th year in music at the TSC auditorium, recently. Minutes before the show the auditorium was overflowing with fans.
 arrow Docudrama Ontoraler kotha on channel i
The docudrama Ontoraler Kotha, based on gender violence, has so far telecast 25 episodes on channel i. This week the episode will feature a true story on Mahima, of Kusumpur, Mymensingh.
Internationalarrow EU ban may derail Lankan peace move: Tigers
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels warned on Saturday an impending European Union ban on the group may keep them away from any future peace talks as low intensity clashes with the military continued in
 arrow Nepal king should be tried, say Maoists
The leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels has called for King Gyanendra, who handed back power last month after weeks of protests against his absolute rule, to be ousted and tried in court.
 arrow Military distrust dogs Indo-Pak glacier talks
India and Pakistan hold a new round of talks this week to try and end their bitter conflict over the Siachen glacier in the Himalayas, but lingering distrust between their militaries may stall a breakthrough.
 arrow Factional fighting must not turn into civil war
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned yesterday that the raging power-struggle between Palestinian factions must not deteriorate into civil war.
 arrow 'Washington ignores democratic values in quest for cheap oil'
The United States, eager to find new sources of oil at the time when petroleum prices are skyrocketing, is increasingly giving up its strategy of promoting democracy, analysts here say.
 arrow 9 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban territory
Nine Afghan soldiers who were trapped in Taliban-held territory following an ambush were killed after holding out against the rebels for nearly a day, an army commander said yesterday.
 arrow Manmohan govt to walk tightrope in 3rd year
As his government enters its third year in office on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may be bracing himself up for more tightrope walking with a rejuvenated Left clamouring for a brake on reform
 arrow Kashmir rebels threaten to disrupt peace meet
Kashmiri militants threatened on Saturday to disrupt a Kashmir peace conference in the disputed Himalayan region next week that will be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 arrow Split emerges in West's front against Iran
The European Union and Washington are split over an EU proposal to offer Iran a generous package of incentives including nuclear reactors and security pledges if it stops enriching uranium, diplomatssaid
 arrow Suu Kyi meet aimed at blocking UN action
Myanmar, under international pressure for reforms, has allowed a top United Nations envoy to see detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in an effort to block UN Security Council action, analysts said
 arrow Iran big beneficiary of US-led Iraq war
Iran has benefited most from the US-led war in Iraq and would make further gains if the daily bloodshed ended up dividing the country, former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright said Sunday.
 arrow Pass bill on immigration this month
President George W. Bush pressed the US Senate on Saturday to pass an immigration overhaul bill before the end of next week, when it begins its Memorial Day holiday break.
 arrow FBI raids House of Representatives office building
FBI officers raided a House of Representatives office building on Saturday night, and NBC television said it had searched the offices of Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson.
 arrow Naga rebels to hold more talks with govt
Separatist rebels in India's northeast and New Delhi agreed to meet for fresh negotiations after the latest round of peace talks in Amsterdam at the weekend, a militant leader said yesterday.
 arrow Taliban leaders are living in Pakistan
Afghanistan's foreign minister claimed Sunday that Taliban leaders are living in Pakistan and coordinating terror strikes against Afghanistan from there.
 arrow India to brief 45 NSG countries on nuke deal
As the India-US civil nuclear deal makes it to the top of the agenda at the plenary meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in Brazil on May 29, New Delhi plans to brief each of the 45 NSG countries
 arrow Typhoon kills 37 Vietnamese sailors
Typhoon Chanchu killed at least 37 Vietnamese fishermen in the South China Sea but Chinese rescue ships have saved 330 sailors, state media in the communist countries reported yesterday.
 arrow China mine flooding traps 44 miners
Forty-four coal miners were trapped in a flooded pit in north China and several managerial staff had been arrested for trying to cover up the disaster, state media said yesterday.
 arrow India angered, split by university affirmative action plan
An affirmative action plan by India's government to force top universities to select half their students from disadvantaged groups has stirred a storm of protest and polarised the nation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CJ's important observations
The Chief Justice must be complimented for his bold and forthright articulation on the plague that is eating into the very core of our nation- corruption.
 arrow Editorial: Police firing one too many
To say that one million garment factory workers by the sweat of their brow are contributing 75 percent of forex earning through export of apparels is no overstatement.
 arrow Of anarchy and terrorism
The establishment's refrain that the opposition is culprit for anything going wrong in the country gets louder as the government's term comes to an end.
 arrow How much impact can Benazir and Sharif have on Pakistan politics?
Clearly, Pakistan's politics is heating up slowly centering next year's general elections and the recent understanding between two former exiled prime ministers on country's democracy has introduced a
 arrow WB's assistance strategy for Bangladesh
The World Bank (WB) has launched its new Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Bangladesh on May 15, showing that the government in 2004 severely underperformed in six areas of governance compared tothe
Letters to Editorarrow Demonstration or devastation?
The political parties are organising demonstrations. But what we watch is devastation. Because the demonstrators burn vehicles and destroy valuable national assets .
 arrow BAEC needs detailed website
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), the national organisation for the peaceful use of atomic energy, is a pioneer research organisation of the country.
 arrow Why this violence?
The little girl was returning from school with her mother. They were waiting at north gate of Baitul Mukarram.
 arrow Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is playing Test and one day cricket for the last seventeen years. Sachin picked up a heavy bat at a very tender age and played the first Test match in Pakistan some 17 yearsago.
 arrow Music maestro Naushad
The article on Naushad by Shahnoor Wahid was very enjoyable and brought old memories back. Here I would like to mention a few facts, which his memory might have betrayed.
 arrow Transparency in politics
Transparency increases the acceptance of any subject to people and if it is a political issue there is no alternative to it, because that is related with every aspect of our national interest.
 arrow Lessons from West Bengal
Like many Bangladeshis, I was closely following the elections in two of the states of India that border our country, namely West Bengal and Assam.
 arrow A Biman flight
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. This is your Captain Mahmud: Welcoming both seated and standing passengers on board "Biman".
 arrow B. Choudhury's house on fire
The house of the former President of Bangladesh, former Secretary General of BNP and present chief of Bikalpadhara, Prof. B.Choudhury, was set on fire.
 arrow Bangladeshi passport
Ministers and civil servants have talked about a programme to introduce machine readable passports (MRP) several times over the years.
 arrow Wanted: better service
Thanks to your website I am abreast of happenings back home. It is a dismal picture that you paint, albeit true, of the state of affairs in Bangladesh regarding corruption.
 arrow Violent protests
Horrible!! Outrageous!! My heart has been shattered looking at these pictures on the newspapers. I believe many of you feel the same way I do.
 arrow A malady
Apparently, making missed calls has become a malady. This is an extremely disturbing thing that cell phone users should avoid.
Star Cityarrow Better late than never
A number of fatal deaths in Shahbagh and Bangla Motor intersections has finally jolted the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) into starting procedures to construct two under passes at these points, along with
 arrow Stamford University still in limbo
An awkward calm is prevailing at the trouble-torn Stamford University that reopened on Saturday but the authorities are yet to take any step to resolve the stalemate.
 arrow Duty imposed on food for thought
High duty on imported books makes them dearer day by day and readers attracted to imported books cannot afford to buy them as price have increased by at least 39 percent.
 arrow Illegal markets play games with DCC
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has started an eviction drive to rid the city of unauthorised kitchen markets that outnumber the authorised ones.
 arrow Expats step in to aid 'fight for sight'
Sporting affectionate messages on Bangladesh flag wristbands, five expatriate women aided by locals held a charity event to raise funds for the Islamia Eye Hospital and M A Ispahani Institute of Ophthalmology
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