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Front Pagearrow Bureaucrats' rat race for 4-party tickets
In flagrant violation of service rules, a good number of top bureaucrats including the cabinet secretary have joined a rat race to consolidate their position for getting BNP-led four-party coalition ticket
 arrow Uncertainty, fear still haunt them
The closure of Universe garment factory in Savar has affected the daily life of its workers who cannot even buy essentials as shopkeepers refuse to sell items to them on credit.
 arrow AL blames minister, lingering discontent for garment unrest
The Awami League (AL) Parliamentary Committee yesterday blamed State Minister for Labour and Employment Amanullah Aman's lack of foresight, and workers' accumulated discontent for the recent ransacking
 arrow President's cardiac surgery successful
Ailing President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed had a successful cardiac surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday.
 arrow Mystery shrouds triple murder
Mystery shrouds the Thursday's triple-murder at Uttara as intelligence agencies are not ruling out the killing's link with insurgents of a neighbouring country.
 arrow Extortionists gun down anti-crime leader
Criminals gunned down the vice-president of a crime resistance committee and also a leader of local BNP reportedly for refusing to pay toll at Tejgaon in the capital yesterday while another person was
 arrow Hasina's remarks about president's illness indecorous
LGRD Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan criticised the opposition leader and her party colleagues yesterday for what he termed their outrageous, indecorous and imbalance remarks about
 arrow Six killed in 'encounters' with law enforcers
Six criminals and robbers were killed in separate encounters between law enforcers and their accomplices in Dhaka, Chittagong, Satkhira and Khulna early yesterday.
 arrow 1,200-year-old brick-built road

 arrow Fourth regional dialogue in Barisal today
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Prothom Alo, The Daily Star and Channel i jointly organise their fourth regional dialogue on 'National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development'
 arrow Fresh discontent over Kansat compensations
Fresh discontent stirred up among the people at Kansat of Chapainawabganj over distribution of compensations to the people injured in police excesses.
 arrow AL postpones June 5-6 extended meeting
Awami League (AL) has postponed its June 5-6 extended meeting and called for making "Dhaka siege" on June 11 a success.
 arrow Lightning kills 5 in Satkhira
Five people were killed and six others injured in separate incidents of lightning in Assasuni, Kaliganj and Sadar upazilas of Satkhira district yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow Make Rohingya camps liveable
The Dhaka office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is under pressure from its headquarters in Geneva to improve the living standard in Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar as overall situation
 arrow 20 hurt as BNP factions clash in Chandpur
At least 20 people, including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Shahrasti Police Station, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling BNP at Doyabhanga crossing in Shahrasti upazila yesterday
 arrow Save party, do not nominate Saifur
A number of BNP leaders of Sylhet yesterday appealed to the BNP secretary general to take immediate measures to save Sylhet BNP from ruination and not to nominate Finance and Planning Minister SaifurRahman
 arrow CCC security guard stabbed to death
Criminals stabbed a security guard of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to death at the city's Panchalaish area yesterday.
 arrow Rule nisi on Rajshahi mayor, 10 others
A High Court (HC) division bench issued a rule nisi against the Rajshahi mayor and 10 government officials including three secretaries for their failure to conserve Rajshahi Town Protection Dam putting
 arrow Failure to rescue 3 indigenous UP men slated
Four union parishad (UP) chairmen criticised the authorities concerned for failing to rescue the three indigenous local government members abducted at Lemuchhari in Mohalchhari upazila on May 21.
 arrow Heavy rain in Ctg, flights delayed
Torrential rainfall inundated a large area of the port city yesterday while the inclement weather forced cancellation of a Chittagong-Dhaka flight and delayed three others, including two to Kolkata.
 arrow 5 murdered in 4 days in Kushtia
Law and order in Kushtia made a sudden nosedive this week with at least five people killed between Monday and Thursday.
 arrow Millions will get a chance for US citizenship
Senators are challenging House Republicans to give ground on their enforcement-only fix for the country's immigration problems and consider offering citizenship to millions of immigrants illegally inthe
 arrow Murdering Blair morally justified
Killing British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a suicide bombing would be morally justified as revenge for the war in Iraq, firebrand lawmaker George Galloway has said.
 arrow Bush, Blair admit mistakes in Iraq
More than three years after sending their troops to invade Iraq, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair cannot escape questions about their decision to go to war even as they acknowledge
 arrow Nepal opens talks with Maoists
Nepalese government negotiators launched peace talks with Maoist rebel leaders yesterday confident of success in ending a deadly decade-long insurgency after clearing the way for a new constitution.
 arrow Bomb kills 9 in Baghdad
A powerful bomb exploded yesterday in an outdoor market in a majority Shia part of east Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding 30, police said, as Iraq's prime minister expressed hope twokey
 arrow Myanmar removes barriers around Suu Kyi's home
Myanmar police removed barbed wire barriers from around Aung San Suu Kyi's home late Friday, as the military was set to review her house arrest amid an international clamour for her release.
Businessarrow Sonali's paid-up capital raised to Tk 500cr
Sonali Bank's paid-up capital has been raised to Tk 500 crore as a part of the ongoing reform of nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
 arrow Authorities asked to fix glitches within 7 days
Energy Adviser yesterday asked three authorities concerned of Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) to find out and fix its major and minor technical glitches within seven days during his official
 arrow India forms body to look into flexible labour laws in textile units
Seeking to grapple with the contentious issue of flexible labour laws in textile industry, the Indian government has set up an official panel to examine this issue, Textile Minister Shankersinh Vaghela
 arrow Oil prices rise in Asian trade
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Friday as the market revisited longstanding concerns over Iran's nuclear programme and the start of the US summer driving season, dealers said.
 arrow BGMEA leaders visit affected RMG factories
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) leaders yesterday visited at least 15 affected readymade garment (RMG) factories in Ashulia, Savar, the DEPZ and Gazipur.
 arrow US prefers to see WTO deal with Russia before G8 meet
US Trade Representative Rob Portman said Thursday he would be happy to clinch a WTO deal with Russia before a July summit of the Group of Eight nations in Saint Petersburg.
 arrow Gold rallies above $650
Gold rallied above $650 an ounce on Friday, lifted by buyers looking for a bargain, but analysts said the market remained vulnerable after its recent fall from 26-year highs.
 arrow US clashes with Chirac as WTO talks founder
The United States Thursday attacked a hardline position taken by French President Jacques Chirac on the WTO's deeply troubled campaign to free up world trade.
 arrow HSBC results better than previous year
Europe's biggest bank, HSBC Holdings Plc, said on Friday its first-quarter results were better than those achieved in the same period last year.
 arrow German trade delegates visit Eskayef plant in Tongi
A high-level German business delegation led by Peter Clasen visited the pharmaceutical manufacturing plant of Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd (SK+F) at Tongi in Gazipur on Thursday.
 arrow Square Consumer to export $2m products to Kuwait
Square Consumer Products Ltd will sell its 'Radhuni' and 'Ruchi' brand products worth US$ two million to M Al-Meshal Co, a Kuwait-based business enterprise, which has already made an advance payment of
 arrow Bank of China sees double-digit growth over next 3 years
Bank of China, whose 9.7 billion dollar Hong Kong IPO attracted huge interest, said Friday it expects its corporate loan business to record growth of 10-12 percent yearly over the next three years.
 arrow New MD of Premier Leasing International
Kazi Emdadul Hoque recently took over as the managing director of Premier Leasing International Ltd.
 arrow Raffle draw of 'Singer Baishakhi Blast' held
The raffle draw programme of a promotional campaign of Singer Bangladesh Ltd styled 'Singer Baishakhi Blast' was held on Thursday in Dhaka.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 21-May 25, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow Garment sector in Vietnam sews up profits
Vietnamís garment exports sizzled in the early days of this month with projected sales reaching about US$15 million per day.
Sportsarrow Football: Mexico 1986: The Hand of God
At first glance, it looked as if FIFA weren't entirely to blame for revisiting Mexico's heat and altitude (Colombia, the original choice, and Brazil both pulled out) -- but the truth was murkier thanthat.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Japan off to Germany
Reuters, Tokyo

Japan's World Cup team left for Germany on Friday amid flashing cameras and seen off by around 300 fans at Narita airport.

 arrow Football: Rooney out of group stage
Wayne Rooney will travel with England to the World Cup despite being told that he will be unable to resume full training before June 14 at the earliest, four days after his country's opening match.
 arrow Football: Beware of voodoo!
Dried, crushed animal parts are not yet outlawed as performance-enhancing substances in the sporting world.
 arrow Football: Old mistakes may haunt Spain
For a country that prides itself on being one of the traditional powerhouses of European football, Spain has consistently disappointed in major tournaments.
 arrow Football: Alim hits hattrick
Yunus Ali High School of Pabna hit five past a hapless Mominpur Secondary School of Meherpur in the second round of the banglalink tiger trophy National Schools Football tournament at the Pabna Stadium
 arrow Chess: Draw order of the day
The Bangladesh men's team drew with Bosnia-Herzegovina in the fifth round games of the 37th Chess Olympiad at Turin, Italy yesterday.
 arrow Football: 4 foreigners per match in PFL
A maximum of four foreign players will be allowed to play in a match for any club in the Professional Football League (PFL) beginning in September after a decision was taken at a meeting between the league
 arrow Volleyball: Bangladesh in the lead
Bangladesh swept aside Nepal 25-16, 26-24 and 25-17 in the first volleyball Test match at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium yesterday. Bangladesh lead the three-match series 1-0.
 arrow Cricket: Seven more old boys caught
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) barred seven more players from participating in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket competition yesterday.
 arrow Football: End it like Beckham: A possible swansong
David Beckham is no longer England's main man.
The 31-year-old midfielder -- known as much for his glamorous lifestyle, fashion sense and tattoos as for his bending free kicks -- has been eclipsed as his country's key player.

 arrow Football: Vonlanthen keeps fingers crossed
Young Swiss striker Johan Vonlanthen looks almost certain to miss the World Cup finals in Germany after suffering a torn thigh muscle earlier this week.
 arrow Football: 'Scandal won't bother us'
Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi says Marcello Lippi's World Cup squad are trying to keep a soccer scandal out of their minds and insists morale is high.
 arrow Football: 2nd casualty for USA
Defender Cory Gibbs will miss the World Cup with a right knee injury and will be replaced by Gregg Berhalter, US Soccer announced on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Del Horno's fate in the balance
Spain defender Asier del Horno's chances of playing in the World Cup finals hung in the balance on Thursday after he picked up an ankle injury.
 arrow Football: Hard work key for Hiddink
Guus Hiddink will continue to pump the work into his Australian players in a weeklong training camp as he builds on transforming the Socceroos into a competitive force at next month's World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Tennis: Luck smiles on Federer
Roger Federer gained an early psychological edge in his eagerly-awaited French Open duel against Rafael Nadal when he enjoyed the lion's share of fortune in Friday's draw.
 arrow Football: Belarus beat England reserves
An upbeat Sven-Goran Eriksson put a positive spin on an embarrassing start to England's World Cup countdown after an experimental 'B' side went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of ten-man Belarus.
 arrow Football: Senderos ready to soar
At the age of 21, Swiss international defender Philippe Senderos's commanding talent with Arsenal is conjuring up comparisons with his iconic English predecessor Tony Adams.
 arrow Football: Pressure on men in black
If the best referees are those who are barely noticed until they blow their final whistle, the men in the middle of the action at next month's World Cup finals are hoping to be virtually invisible.
 arrow Cricket: Murali puts brakes on Eng
Muttiah Muralitharan halted England's progress with a six-wicket haul after Kevin Pietersen's second hundred in as many Tests looked to be guiding the hosts into a commanding position at Edgbaston here
 arrow Football: Ankle scare for Ballack
German international captain Michael Ballack suffered an injury scare ahead of the World Cup after picking up an ankle knock in a warm-up match in Geneva.
 arrow Football: Green World Cup
Germany aims to host the most environmentally friendly World Cup ever thanks to a programme called "Green Goal" designed to make the soccer showpiece as climate neutral as possible.
 arrow Football: 'Support Eng? No way'
Scotland boss Walter Smith re-ignited old rivalries with their neighbours on Thursday by admitting that he will not be supporting England at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Morientes switches to Valencia
Valencia said on Friday they had an agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of striker Fernando Morientes but they had not yet agreed terms with the player.
 arrow Football: 'Give Klinsmann a break'
Brazilian legend Pele has told the critics to lay off Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann, claiming he has done a fine job with the hosts ahead of next month's World Cup.
 arrow Football: Lippi's son under investigation
Davide Lippi, son of Italy coach Marcello Lippi, was placed under judicial investigation in a new twist to the country's football scandal on Friday though the head of the Italian delegation said thiswould
 arrow Football: Shevchenko keeps Chelsea waiting
English champions Chelsea must wait to see whether or not AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko will be moving to Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: South Korea beat Bosnia
South Korea, strengthened by the return of their Europe-based players, beat Bosnia 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up match on Friday.
 arrow Football: Houghton set for India job
Indian football officials were shortly expected to appoint Englishman Bob Houghton as their new national coach, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Players scared of Flintoff: Boycott
Former batsman Geoff Boycott says England players refrained from criticising the captaincy of Andrew Flintoff in the drawn Test against Sri Lanka as they were scared of losing their places in the team.
 arrow Cricket: Anti-Dalmiya meeting held
In the first indication of an anti-Jagmohan Dalmiya combine taking shape ahead of the elections of the Cricket Association of Bengal in July, the city police commissioner and several former Ranji Trophy
 arrow Cricket: Laxman looks for WC place
Indian batsman Vangipurappu Laxman says his omission from the one-day side touring the West Indies has motivated him to excel in the Test series and force his way into contention for next year's World
 arrow Cricket: Sourav signs county deal
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly agreed on Thursday to join English county side Northamptonshire on a short-term deal to replace Chris Rogers who has been selected for Australia A.
 arrow Tennis: Pierce misses French Open
Former French Open winner Mary Pierce has been forced to pull out of this year's tournament, which starts in Paris on Sunday, because of injury.
Metropolitanarrow Road accidents claim eleven lives
At least 11 people were killed in separate road accidents in five districts yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow Academics reject UGC plan, terming it 'anti-poor'
Academicians at a roundtable yesterday rejected '20-year-long Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Bangladesh: 2006-2026' prepared by University Grants Commission (UGC) in a bid to reform country'shigher
 arrow 'Form regulatory commission to monitor RMG sector'
Nagarik Sangati, a citizens' group, urged the government to form separate regulatory commission comprising representatives of the government, owners, workers and civil society for monitoring the garment
 arrow Minister suggests one-stop service at Mongla Port
Shipping Minister Lt. Col. (retd.) Akbar Hossain yesterday suggested introduction of one-stop service at Mongla Port to ensure transparency and accountability in its service.
 arrow 'Set up waste treatment plant at every factory'
Environmentalists yesterday demanded establishment of waste treatment plant at every factory immediately in order to protect the environment.
 arrow Bangladesh elected member of UN Peace-Building Commission
Bangladesh has been elected a member of the newly established Peace-Building Commission at the United Nations, set up as a result of a decision reached by the world leaders in New York in September last.
 arrow Programmes on 25th death anniversary of Zia
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has chalked out 10-day programmes to observe the 25th anniversary of death of former President Ziaur Rahman on May 30.
 arrow NSDL blamed for irregularities in its execution
Bangladesh Federation of Rural and Urban Poor yesterday alleged that North South Property Development Ltd (NSDL) has resorted to corruption and irregular activities in implementing Bhashantek Rehabilitation
 arrow Pirates loot 10 fishing trawlers
Armed pirates swooped on 10 fishing trawlers in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday afternoon and looted fish, fishing nets and cash money from the trawlers after throwing 13 fishermen on board into the water.
 arrow Robbery at night coach in Jhenidah
A gang of robbers looted cash and valuables worth over Tk 1 lakh from the passengers of a night coach after stabbing the driver and two passengers in Jhenidah on Thursday night.
 arrow DRU accords reception to 17 senior members
Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) accorded reception to its 17 senior members on the occasion of the 11th founding anniversary of the organisation.
 arrow Transport strike on Dhaka-Sylhet highway begins
A non-stop transport strike called by transport owners and workers began here yesterday, causing immense sufferings to thousands of travellers.
 arrow 15 shops gutted in Comilla
At least 15 shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Daudkandi Bazar in Comilla on Thursday night.
 arrow One injured in gas cylinder blast in Khulna
One was severely injured in an explosion of ammonia gas cylinder yesterday morning in Lockpur Frozen Fish processing company at Lockpur village under Rupsha upazila of Khulna district.
 arrow 2 drug peddlers held in Khulna
Detective police arrested two drug peddlers from Banargati area under Sonadanga yesterday. They were identified as Babu and Mizan. Two grams of heroin were recovered from them.
Nationalarrow Voter enumerators throng election offices
Hundreds of voter enumerators on Thursday thronged six upazila election offices of the district to inquire about their unpaid remuneration.
 arrow Intensify agitation to oust 'failed' govt
Awami League (AL) central leader and former minister Talukdar Abdul Khaleque MP yesterday said the government has created a state of uncertainty and instability in the country in a planned way to cling
 arrow Hartal in Gaibandha town for Monday
The Gaibandha Nagirik Committee yesterday announced a day-long hartal in Gaibandha town on Monday to protest the death of a youth in custody and attack on its rally by ruling party activists.
 arrow Lawmaker sued for 'killing' husband
Esrat Sultana Elen Bhutto, a BNP lawmaker from Jhalakati district, has been sued along with her private secretary and brother for "killing" her husband Zulfikar Ali Bhutto six years ago.
 arrow Zainul celebrations begin in Mymensingh
A three-day programme began yesterday on the premises of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallary) in Mymensingh town marking the 30th death anniversary of the great artist.
 arrow BSF abducts 4, returns 2 bodies in two dists
Indian Border Security Force picked up four Bangladesh stone quarry labourers from near the zero line in Jafflong stone quarry in Sylhet on Thursday.
 arrow Doctors' strike for UNO's removal
Doctors and other staff of Rangamati General Hospital observed work abstention for two hours on Thursday demanding removal of Naniachar Upazila Nirbahee Officer (UNO).
 arrow Truck kills 2 in Rajshahi
Two day-labourers were killed when a truck knocked them down near Shishitala BDR camp in Charghat upazila yesterday. The killer truck sped away. Ershad, 27 and Mohammad 29 died on the sport.
 arrow 2 killed for dowry
Two housewives were killed allegedly by their husbands last night in the district for dowry.
Point-Counterpointarrow A people's victory and some unanswered questions
Yes, the brave people of Kansat wonthe government almost fully accepted their 14 demands and signed an agreement to that affect.
 arrow Recipe for patriots
Our world all of a sudden looks to be running short of patriots and politicians all over have taken it as one of their prime responsibilities to produce new patriots, as well as protect this already endangered
 arrow It's all about profit
Political parties are utilising parliament like the holy Ganges to purify their dirt and defrauds.
 arrow Attack on garment factories
It is very easy to blame the garment workers who are poor, who do not have any backing, no political support (!) or education and legal knowledge about the rights of the workers or international standards
Culturearrow Close to the roots
TO the TV and radio audi-ence of '70s and '80s Kaderi Kibria is a familiar name. Kibria shot to fame with his refreshing style of rendering Tagore songs.
 arrow Showcasing the Sundarbans
Ahmed Nazir had gone for a trip to the Sundarbans in 2003. "I found the place most interesting and inspiring. I do abstract work myself but mind you we take our forms from nature.
 arrow Sohel's solo art exhibition in Rajshahi
Young artist Abu Kalam Shamsuddin Sohel held his two-day long first solo art exhibition at Nanking Darbar Hall in Rajshahi recently.
Generalarrow Subtropic warming could mean bigger deserts
Earth's atmosphere is warming faster over the subtropics than anywhere else, which could mean bigger deserts and more drought from Africa to Australia to the Middle East, researchers said on Thursday.
 arrow Pak-Afghan bus service opens after 27 years
Pakistan and Afghanistan resumed bus service yesterday between their two border cities after 27 years, officials said.
 arrow 'World food production must double to feed Asia'
World food production must double in 50 years to feed Asia's growing population, the father of the "Green Revolution" told an Asian Development Bank (ADB) conference yesterday.
Internationalarrow Norway moves to avert full-scale war in Lanka
Norway's top peace envoy held lengthy talks with Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday in a fresh bid to stop the island from drifting back to war, diplomats said.
 arrow Hamas militia off streets after Abbas's challenge
The Hamas-led Palestinian government ordered its militia off Gaza's streets yesterday in the wake of clashes with President Mahmoud Abbas's rival Fatah movement that stirred fears of civil war.
 arrow Behave or you're history
Humbled King Gyanendra must "behave" or he has no future even as a ceremonial monarch, Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat told AFP, revealing a royal spending spree before absolute rule was broughtto
 arrow Iran rejects Iraq talks with US for now
Iran has decided not to take up an offer from Washington of direct talks over the future of Iraq for the time being, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on a visit to Baghdad yesterday.
 arrow Probe films underwater volcanic eruption
An unmanned probe got within feet of a violent underwater eruption in the Pacific Ocean, returning with the clearest footage ever captured of seismic activity under the sea, a team of Japanese and USresearchers
 arrow UN slams Nepal army for disappearances
The United Nations yesterday accused Nepal's army of torturing people detained in its war against Maoist rebels and "disappearing" many prisoners.
 arrow Bush admn rules out new conditions on N-deal
Dismissing suggestions that the Indo-US civilian nuclear accord was in serious trouble, the Bush administration has said that though it was ready to show some flexibility to accommodate the views of Congress
 arrow Kashmiri militant vows to fight until secession
The Pakistan-based chief of an alliance of Kashmiri militant groups fighting New Delhi's rule in Kashmir said the guerrillas would continue their struggle until the region secedes from India, a report
 arrow US offers India help to fight Maoists
The United States has offered to help an Indian state remove thousands of mines planted by Maoist rebels and train its police force to battle the insurgents, a senior official said on Friday.
 arrow 10 Taliban killed in Afghan fighting
Taliban insurgents attacked a police vehicle in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing a policeman and setting off an hour-long battle in which 10 militants were killed, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Normalcy returns to garment factories
It is good news that some garment factory owners have already opened their units located in the city and in Dhaka EPZ despite thin presence of workers after the three-day carnage.
 arrow Editorial: A price regulator in wilderness
The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) is today a mere shadow of its former self. It is thoroughly mismanaged, has gone into the red and virtually maintains a signboard existence.
 arrow Two contrasting democracies
The staggering success of the left front in the recently concluded State Assembly elections in West Bengal has left a deep imprint on the discerning political observers in many countries including Bangladesh.
 arrow Japan's relations with China and India: Future prospects
The entire world has been following with great interest the rapid rise of both China and India.
 arrow TATA's revised proposal and price of gas
In the revised investment proposal of TATA many attractive ingredients have been added which have made the proposal an lucrative one.
StarTecharrow The rise of 'clip culture'
In recent times, the huge popularity of the websites that allow people to share short video snippets is leading to the worldwide rise of an online "Clip culture".
 arrow The outstanding Opera Mini
Probably by now you have tried browsing the internet with your EDGE/GPRS enabled mobile. The internet sites that are compatible in mobile phones are known as WAP sites (WML/WAP 1.0/WAP 2.0).
 arrow Microsoft unveils VS 2005 in local market
Microsoft Bangladesh customers, partners and specially the developer community gathered on May 24 to show their support for the launch of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Lenovo Tech

Literaturearrow Buying Books
No matter how much we joke about a time-wasting clerk, any observant person will agree what a difficult task it is to catch a fly.
 arrow Letter from Toronto: Of Global Warming and Polar Bears
As I was reading through the online version of The Daily Star, I was struck by the news that Bangladesh was on the cover of the Time magazine.
 arrow Notes on Dublin
Don't fly into Dublin at 5:30am on a shoestring budget. The city centre buses don't start running til 8:45am, and so first you'll stand outside for a good half hour, stamping your feet in the April chill, finally read the fine print on the schedule, and then spend the next two hours nodding off in the airport lounge.
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