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Front Pagearrow Black Tuesday for industry
One person was killed and at least 100 people were injured while over 250 factories and 200 vehicles were ransacked yesterday, as garment workers in tens of thousands rampaged through the city and its
 arrow SC asks EC to update current voter roll
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) directives and observations over the Election Commission's (EC) preparation of a voter list for the next general elections with modification
 arrow Angry factory owners take to the streets
Leaders and members of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday took to the streets and blocked the VIP Road at Hotel Sonargaon roundabout in the capital, protesting
 arrow UAE to supply oil at low prices
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday assured that it would recruit more Bangladeshi workers, provide development assistance and supply oil at concessional prices.
 arrow Trade bodies ask govt to deploy army, BDR, Rab
Leaders of different trade bodies yesterday asked the government to deploy armed forces, along with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and paramilitary BDR, in industrial belts, specially in textile and garment
 arrow No need for army, situation under control: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday claimed that the government has brought the garment factory violence under control and there is no need to deploy army.
 arrow Bhuiyan smells local, foreign conspiracies
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said local and foreign conspiracies might be behind the sudden outbreak of violence in the garment industry, saying that the perpetrators must be detected.
 arrow Hasina slates govt for creating anarchy
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the four-party alliance government of setting fire to garment factories in and around the capital to create anarchy in the Readymade Garment (RMG)
 arrow Tk 60 crore goes down the drain
Most of the Tk 60 crore already spent from the public exchequer for preparing a fresh voter list seems to have been wasted as the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) directives for
 arrow Jamaat leader accused of leading attack on indigenous community
Over two hundred people, most of them of the Munda community, held a rally in Satkhira town today protesting an attack on the members of the indigenous community by a local leader of Jamat-e-IslaaamiBangladesh.
 arrow Iajuddin ill, admitted to CMH
President Iajuddin Ahmed was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka yesterday afternoon, said a press release issued from the Bangabhaban.
 arrow Local firm gets $50m water management job
Asia Energy awarded its first contract of a $50 million water management programme at its Phulbari coal mine to a Bangladeshi company.
 arrow Involvement of Minu, Parveen in conspiracy not proved
The counsel for convicts Minu and Parveen yesterday told the Death Reference Bench of the High Court in Shazneen murder case that the prosecution could not prove that the two were involved in the conspiracy
 arrow JS body recommends Biman hajj fare at $1,050 for all
A parliamentary body yesterday suggested the government to fix the airfare of Bangladesh Biman for both ballottee (under government management) and non- ballottee hajj pilgrims at US $1050.
 arrow Malaysia lifts ban on Bangladeshi workers after 9yrs
Malaysia has lifted the ban on recruiting Bangladeshi workers after nine years.
 arrow ACC to warn officials, politicians of poll-related graft
Agreeing with the Nagorik Committee demand, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to warn the government officials and politicians of punishment if found guilty of election related corruption.
 arrow Wahiduddin for management review, Debapriya for quick control
Expressing concern at the ongoing troubles in the Readymade Garment (RMG) sector, eminent economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud said it needs to be examined if mismanagement by some 'incompetent' garment owners
 arrow BD Foods chairman on fresh remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed BD Foods Chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen, arrested on charge of smuggling heroin to the UK, on a fresh five-day remand.
 arrow ACC asks bank peon to explain wealth secret
An office peon of a bank owns a skyscraper, two large houses in Dhaka city and other properties worth several crore taka.
 arrow 14-party's Dhaka siege now on June 11
Awami League-led (AL) 14-party opposition combine in an emergency meeting yesterday decided to defer its June 5 Dhaka siege programme to June 11 as it coincides with the A level examinations.
 arrow Security upped in CEPZ, Ctg RMG units
In the wake of widespread ransacking and arson attack on garment units in Dhaka for the last two days, precautionary measures and security were tightened in all the garment factories in the port cityincluding
 arrow India, Pakistan start talks on glacier troops cut
Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan started a fresh round of talks yesterday over the Siachen glacier in Kashmir, where thousands of troops are holed up in freezing temperatures in a costly standoff.
 arrow Why cabinet secy won't be terminated
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to terminate the contractual service of Cabinet Secretary ASM Abdul Halim for his "political links"
 arrow Correction
In our yesterday's report headlined "EPZ workers go berserk: 2 RMG units set ablaze, 100 damaged, 1 killed," it was inadvertently mentioned that garment worker Rana killed in the violence was a worker
Businessarrow High oil prices, power crisis may hurt growth
High oil prices and power crisis may affect the country's growth prospects as well as hamper new employment opportunities, Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud said yesterday.
 arrow Allocate Tk 25cr in budget for women entrepreneurship development
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) yesterday demanded allocation of at least Tk 25 crore in the budget for 2006-07 for women entrepreneurship development.
 arrow Germans keen to invest more in Bangladesh
German trade team yesterday showed keen interest to invest in different sectors in Bangladesh.
 arrow Gillette, P&G start combined operations in Bangladesh
As part of the integration between the world's top two consumer goods companies, Gillette and Proctor and Gamble (P&G) formally started their combined operations in Bangladesh yesterday.
 arrow BGCCI arranges meet for German trade team
Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI) arranged a meeting for the visiting German trade team at a hotel in Dhaka Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow Asian oil producers, consumers aim to boost cooperation
Officials from 28 Asian countries meeting in Qatar Tuesday will discuss boosting energy cooperation and hear a call for oil producers to invest their petrodollars in the economies of the Asian consumers.
 arrow US hopes to sign Vietnam trade pact at Apec meet
The United States hopes to sign a groundbreaking trade deal with Vietnam next week despite strong objections from some American manufacturers, a senior US official said Monday.
 arrow World economy punches towards 3.1pc growth this year: OECD
Industrialised economies are growing at 3.1 percent this year, the OECD said Tuesday, warning that the United States may have to raise interest rates further but that the European Central Bank shouldwait.
 arrow S'pore moves to gain market share in Asia's growing cruise industry
Singapore said Tuesday it has set up a 10 million Singapore-dollar (6.3 million US) fund to enable the city-state to capture a bigger share of Asia's growing leisure cruise industry.
 arrow Bank Asia, AKTEL sign deal on mobile phone banking
TM International (Bangladesh) Ltd (AKTEL) will offer mobile phone banking services to clients of Bank Asia Ltd under the name 'THUMBPAY'.
 arrow China urges US to drop 'Cold War thinking' on high-tech exports
China urged the United States Tuesday to abandon its "Cold War thinking" and loosen curbs on the export of high-technology products.
 arrow BA announces 620m pre-tax profit
British Airways (BA) has announced a 620 million pre-tax profit for the year to March 31, 2006 (2005: 513 million profit).
 arrow Indian shares end three-day losing streak
After three days of heavy losses, Indian shares closed more than three percent higher Tuesday as domestic mutual funds bought leading shares.
Sportsarrow Football: Johan Cruyff: The King without a crown
Very few players have earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath as Pele, Beckenbauer and Diego Maradona.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
No divisions
Ap, Serbia-Montenegro


Montenegrins will play for Serbia-Montenegro's World Cup team despite the tiny Balkan republic's secession from its larger neighbour.

 arrow Football: Tough ride for Africans
Africa's best hope at this year's World Cup was drawn into the tournament's toughest group.
 arrow Football: Time to kill racism
Nigerian Adebowale Ogungbure's dream of a professional soccer career in Germany has turned into a nightmare.
 arrow Football: Portugal duo in hot water
Officials in Portugal are investigating Benfica duo Armando Petit and Nuno Gomes after they were seen in a television report taking what appeared to be counterfeit films to a World Cup training camp.
 arrow Chess: Better day for women
There were reverse outcomes for Bangladesh in the second round of the 37th Chess Olympiad as the men's team lost their boards and women bounced back from their first round defeat at Turin, Italy on Monday.
 arrow Football: School soccer qtrs from Friday
The quarterfinals of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship begin at Pabna and Comilla on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi progress
Rajshahi completed the final round line-up of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Cricket Championship when they outplayed Thakurgaon by 118 runs to become group champions at the Bogra Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pacers' camp from May 27
A national pace bowlers' camp will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur from May 27. The selected pacemen have been asked to report to Shahidul Islam with their kits at 5pm on May 26 at thevenue.
 arrow Football: From beyond the boundary
Like others who come to watch Iran's national soccer team prepare for the World Cup in July, they join in the chants and wave their flags.
 arrow Football: Raul dons forbidden colour!
Spanish striker Raul was torn off a strip by coach Luis Aragones when the country's World Cup squad gathered to begin preparations for next month's finals after arriving in a yellow surfer-style t-shirt,
 arrow Football: Ljungberg might miss group stages
Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg would be better off resting during the group stage of the World Cup to fully recover from a foot injury, says national team doctor Anders Valentin.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo in shape
Ronaldo is expected to be in good physical condition when Brazil begin their pre-World Cup training this week. "Ronaldo is not injured anymore," Brazilian team doctor Jose Luis Runco said.
 arrow Football: South Korea held by Senegal
World Cup finalists South Korea were held to a 1-1 draw here Tuesday by Senegal, the gifted African side who failed to qualify for the finals starting next month in Germany.
 arrow Football: Smolarek to complete family double
Euzebiusz Smolarek heads for the World Cup finals seeking to emerge from the shadow of his father Wlodzimierz, a hero of the Polish side which took third place in Spain in 1982.
 arrow Football: Shareef Ali takes the TV
The readers of Dhaka ran away with top prizes of Round One of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz 2006 with MM Shareef Ali becoming the luckiest person.
 arrow Tennis: Federer best again
Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer was named Laureus World sportsman of the year for the second straight year here on Monday with the women's honour going to Croatian skier Janica Kostelic.
 arrow Cricket: 'Defeat was shattering'
Yuvraj Singh has admitted that losing the second one-dayer at Jamaica, by a one-run margin, had been a "shattering" experience.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar ruled out
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series in the West Indies after failing to recover from shoulder surgery.
 arrow Football: Zidane screened at Cannes
As World Cup fever mounts around the world, Cannes critics Monday got to see French player Zinedine Zidane as he's never been seen before: in a 'documentary' portrait of the Real Madrid star which trained
 arrow Football: Germans too soft for sport?
Jan Ullrich, who won the Tour de France in 1997, and former world champion swimmer Franziska van Almsick say Germany's younger generation of athletes lack the courage and commitment to succeed in sport.
 arrow Football: Czech Rosicky joins Arsenal
Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky has joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund, the London club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Athletics: King Hicham bids adieu
Moroccan athletics legend Hicham El Guerrouj announced his retirement from the sport here on Monday admitting that he would sleep easy over his decision.
 arrow Football: Beautiful game in danger
Europe's politicians and football authorities must act quickly to stop the game falling into the wrong hands, an independent report said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: It's Brazil to win -- or is it?
Academics have pored over the form books, analysed the results of 4,500 international matches, ranked teams according to their attacking and defensive capabilities -- and come up with the not so startling
 arrow Football: Ruud fancies leaving United
Dutch international striker Ruud van Nistelrooy said on Monday that it might be better if he were to leave English Premiership giants Manchester United after falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
 arrow Football: Rui Costa set for Benfica move
AC Milan's Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa, who has one year left with the Italian side, is set to return to Lisbon-based Benfica, Portugal's sports media reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Berlusconi set for Milan presidency
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is to regain the presidency of Italian giants AC Milan he announced on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Water-loss worries India
Indian cricketers are going through a urine test before every match on the present Caribbean tour, an exercise which is intended to ensure that they do not suffer cramps or other injuries because of dehydration.
 arrow Cricket: Full-strength Pak side for friendlies
Inzamamul Haq will lead a Test-strength Pakistan eleven against an Asian team for two exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia in an effort to promote the game there, organisers said on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Coria pulls out of French Open
Argentina's 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria withdrew from this year's tournament because of a right elbow injury, organisers announced on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Aravinda bats for Lasith & Sanath
Former Sri Lanka star Aravinda de Silva says paceman Lasith Malinga and opener Sanath Jayasuriya should both play in the second Test against England.
 arrow Football: Toni unsure of Fiorentina stay
Italy's top scorer Luca Toni said he was not certain to stay at Fiorentina next season unless certain things were resolved at the club.
 arrow Cricket: Boycott fears for Vaughan
Geoff Boycott has expressed fears for Michael Vaughan's future because of the England captain's struggle to recover from recurring knee problems.
Metropolitanarrow Give befitting reply to anti-country campaign
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to project the real picture of the country by giving appropriate reply to anti-Bangladesh activities and false campaigns.
 arrow Govt pushes country to the brink of ruin
Leaders of Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said the four-party alliance government has pushed the country to the brink of ruin through widespread corruption, politicisation, religious
 arrow SC verdict foils govt plot to win election
Welcoming the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) on new voter list, three opposition parties Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Gono Forum and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation yesterday demanded the resignation of
 arrow Exhibition of bronze and brass statues begins today
A ten-day exhibition of statues made of bronze and brass begins at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in the city today, aiming to promote the glorious heritage of Bengal.
 arrow Six pirates to die
A court in Narayanganj yesterday sentenced six pirates to death in robbery with murder case and seven-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) to another with a fine of Tk1 lakh.
 arrow JS body for 100pc salary hike by June
The Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances yesterday asked the government to increase the salary of the non-government teachers from present 90 per cent to 100 per cent within next month.
 arrow 3 die in Ctg road mishaps
Three people were killed and two others injured in two road accidents on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Sitakunda in the district yesterday.
 arrow 'Citizens should carry out some duties of state'
The citizens should carry out some of the duties and responsibilities of the state, rather than leaving all the responsibilities with the government, said The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Awami Swechchhasebok League yesterday vowed to launch legal battle as well as street agitation to ensure immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to those responsible the killing of its three leaders
 arrow Hearing on acceptability of case June 5
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed June 5 for hearing on the acceptability of the case filed against state minister for home affairs and 52 others in connection with the death of Jubo League leader Masudur
 arrow Proshika observes 'Protest and Resistance Day'
Proshika, a centre for human development, observed the 'Protest and resistance Day' on Monday to mark the second anniversary of the arrest of its President Dr Qazi Faruque Ahmed and a number of workers
 arrow US embassy team visits Kansat
A three-member team of US embassy in Dhaka yesterday visited Kansat in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj. During the visit, the team met Golam Rabbani, leader of Kansat Palli Bidyut movement.
 arrow Beheaded body of man found in city
Police recovered a decapitated body of a man from a ditch adjacent to his house in the city's Badda area yesterday. Neighbours found a body of a man and the victim's elder brother identified him.
 arrow Over Tk 2.11 cr received for cancer hospital in April
Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) received Tk 2 crore 11 lakh and 80 thousand in cash donations in the last month while there were commitments for another Tk 2 crore and 15 lakh from two donors,says
 arrow BNP protest against unrest, violence today
The ruling BNP will stage demonstrations across the country today protesting unrest and violence in the country.
 arrow CPD roundtable today
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) will organise a roundtable on 'The future challenges of development' at the Brac Centre Inn Auditorium at 9:00am today, says a press release.
 arrow Zakaria Milan passes away
Senior journalist Zakaria Milan passed away at his Uttara residence early yesterday at the age of 58. Family members of Milan said he had been suffering from cardiac diseases and diabetic.
Nationalarrow Lobby for nomination of 'clean' candidates
Gono Forum President Dr. Kamal Hossain has said the Election Commission should work independently, free from any political influence, for holding free, fair and credible elections.
 arrow Onslaught on coastal reserve forests
Reserve forests in coastal areas of Patuakhali area are facing an onslaught by organised gangs of thieves who are stealing timber trees indiscriminately.
 arrow Khulna BNP bigwig to join Bikalpadhara?
An influential BNP lawmaker in Khulna is likely to join Bikalpadhara soon along with a large number of party leaders and activists including former general secretary of now-dissolved city BNP Nazrul Islam
 arrow 2 UP leaders abducted in Mohalchhari
Tension mounted in Mohalchhari following abduction of Sadar Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Arkimidies Chakma along with a UP member and another indigenous man on Sunday.
 arrow Man takes life failing to repay NGO loans
A poor rickshaw van puller has allegedly committed suicide night as he failed to pay loan installments of two NGOs. The victim has been identified as Abdus Sattar, 40 of Chelatati village in sadarupazila.
 arrow Pabna JMB 'commander' remanded
Pabna regional commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Nurul Haque alias Kawser was taken on two-day fresh remand, court sources said.
 arrow Sakhipur UNO withdrawn
Sakhipur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mokabbir Hossain has been withdrawn in the face of agitation against him.
Point-Counterpointarrow Galbraith and the decline of American liberalism
JOHN Kenneth Galbraith was one of the more brilliant representatives of modern American liberalism.
 arrow Biman's dismal approach
As I write this piece following up from my article published on May 9, 2006, a number of events have taken place surrounding our very own Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
 arrow A joke of the affluent
In 2004, American private giving through foundations, corporations, voluntary organisations, universities, colleges, religious organisations, and immigrants sending money to families back home totalled
Culturearrow Celebrating the musical genius
Bangla as a language had existed for many centuries, but with the genius of Nazrul, it was born again and assumed a new meaning.
 arrow TV highlights on Nazrul birth anniversary
To mark the birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, TV channels will air special programmes on May 25.
 arrow Images on the move
At the ongoing photography exhibition being held at Goethe-Institut Dhaka, images from four worlds, by four individuals are on display.
 arrow Two Bangladeshi plays go overseas
Binodini, a Dhaka Theatre production, and Aleekbabu, a Nattyajan production, will be staged in Philippines and India respectively.
Internationalarrow Amnesty blames war on terror for abuses in Asia
Nations across Asia used terrorism to justify curtailing human rights last year, watchdog Amnesty International said yesterday in a new report outlining abuses in the region.
 arrow UN nuclear chief seeks compromise on Iran
UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei may be carrying a message from the Iranians on his visit to Washington this week amidst the crisis over Tehran's atomic ambitions, diplomats told AFP.
 arrow Chaos dims Palestinian independence hopes
As violence in Gaza spirals out of control amid an escalating power struggle between rival factions, Palestinians fear the prospect of realising their dream of independence is growing ever more distant.
 arrow Kashmir capital sealed off for PM's trip
Indian troops sealed off large parts of Kashmir's summer capital following random grenade attacks and murders ahead of a visit today by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 arrow Nepali Maoists won't tolerate monarchy
The chief negotiator for Nepal's rebel Maoists said yesterday there would be no early handover of weapons and set the stage for further political clashes over the role of the monarchy.
 arrow 22 killed in Iraqi drive-by shootings, bombings
At least 22 people were killed yesterday in attacks including a car bombing on a busy Baghdad street, marring the first week of Iraq's new cabinet which has set restoring security as top priority.
 arrow Norway worried about Lankan violence
Peacebroker Norway is "extremely concerned" about the high level of violence in Sri Lanka, Oslo's ambassador said yesterday after meeting a top Tamil guerrilla leader.
 arrow 19 more killed in fresh Afghan violence
Angry villagers dug graves yesterday to bury dozens of suspected militants and civilians killed in one of the deadliest US airstrikes since the American-led invasion in 2001.
 arrow Pakistan seeks to boost nuke ties with China
Pakistan is working to boost nuclear cooperation with long-time ally China to improve technology for power generation, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Monday.
 arrow US challenges Myanmar junta to release Suu Kyi this week
The United States on Monday welcomed a rare meeting between a top UN envoy and Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi but called on the Southeast Asian state's military junta to release
Editorialarrow Editorial: Violence cannot redress grievances
The series of incidents that have shaken the garment sector in the last two days have been most unfortunate, regrettable, shocking and highly deplorable, to say the least.
 arrow Editorial: Strengthening the police
Our police have been at the centre of considerable criticism for their role in society, so much so that when they do some good pieces of work these are likely to be obscured in an otherwise negative image.
 arrow Who failed in Bangladesh -- the people or the leadership?
The Foreign Policy, a prestigious monthly of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Fund for Peace, an independent research organisation, both based in Washington DC, have once againranked
 arrow America is losing its influence on Latin America
While the Bush administration focuses its policy on Iraq and war on terror, it has not been able to pay adequate attention to its backyard, Latin America.
 arrow Hold on and pause: Where are we headed?
National polls are scheduled for 2007 -- err 2008. Many would approach them with hope and some with trepidation. Let's remember there are good uses and misuses of elections.
Letters to Editorarrow Dialogue, the only way out
I am no lover of BNP or, for that matter, the various components of the opposition. Whether anyone likes it or not, the present government of Bangladesh is a coalition.
 arrow Aids Alert!
I am writing about this recent trend at Dhaka, that in public places many people (especially women) are being injected with blood which have AIDS virus.
 arrow May Day
We remember the sacrifices made by the workers all around the world to assert their rights to work with safety and dignity.
 arrow BSF atrocities
I am totally outraged to read in newspapers that BSF members are frequently killing innocent Bangladeshi citizens and pulling their dead bodies inside their territory.
 arrow Rising fuel prices
Globally, almost every country today is facing the fuel price crisis. Everyone is dealing with this actively. It's not surprising that the Bangladesh government is facing a similar crisis.
 arrow Jalil's trump cards
Awami League General secretary Md. Abdul Jalil seems to be an asset to the party, he is also the co-ordinator of 14-party opposition alliance.
 arrow Shakespeare's birth anniversary
William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 at Stratford. He is considered the greatest playwright who ever lived. The dramatist wrote 37 dramas in all, along with a good number of sonnets.
 arrow Private universities
Spending almost two years in a private university in Dhaka, I ask this question today-- do private universities focus only on catering to the needs of the private sector of Bangladesh, or do they play
 arrow Rich & energy pricing
The IMF official Thomas Rambaugh has observed that 'low' prices of diesel, gas etc. in Bangladesh are benefiting the rich only, not the poor. He is partially right.
 arrow Why no BCS exams in London ?
The BCS examination has been postponed in London centre from the year 2005. This is a poor decision of the Bangladesh government .
 arrow Vehicle smashing
Juba Sangram Parishad, a youth forum of the opposition, observed the besiege programme to protest against the power crisis. The agitated activists got very crazy to break vehicles.
 arrow Stop blame game!
It's nothing new in our political culture! Both the parties -- the govt.
Star Chittagongarrow CU yet to have sports complex
Chittagong University (CU) authorities could not start construction of the proposed sports complex even after 30 years of sanctioning budget for it. The government approved a project worth Tk 1.
 arrow Children deprived of proper education
Around 1.50 lakh children in Khagrachhari are deprived of proper education as the primary schools here lie in a miserable state.
Star Cityarrow People run for cover amidst violent demo
Khaleda Islam, a teacher of a government college in Nilphamari, arrived at Gabtoli bus terminal on Tuesday morning when thousands of garment workers were staging violent demonstrations on the roads against
 arrow Operative but ineffective
University Grants Commission (UGC), the watchdog of higher education in the country, remains ineffective as it does not have executive authority to take action against private universities most of which
 arrow Beggars, vendors, sex workers rule most footbridges
Almost all the 38 footbridges in the city remain uncared for and are occupied by sex workers, vendors and beggars making it difficult for the use of pedestrians.
 arrow Whimsical sales of Tk 50 prepaid mobile card
City dwellers allege that the Tk 50 mobile pre-paid cards are sold at a price higher than fixed price, and mobile phone service operators are yet to control or monitor such retail sales even after many
 arrow They need love, not hate
"They could not stand my sight, and shunned me from their midst, but I crave for love and understanding, not hatred," said a desolate 12-year old Tania Begum (not her real name) who discovered she was
 arrow Meditation: Refreshing body, mind and spirit
Coaching centres offering academic courses are generally known, but nowhere would one have heard of a centre offering a course on meditation.
 
   
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