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Front Pagearrow Area around mine subsides by 1ft
About 1.2-square kilometre area of four villages around Barapukuria Coal Mine in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur has subsided by up to one foot while untreated chemicals, waste and water from the mine has inundated the area, posing serious health hazards to thousands of people and threatening aquatic life and soil fertility.
 arrow Tk 26,000cr ADP for next fiscal okayed
The National Economic Council yesterday approved a Tk 26,000 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year, increasing its allocation by 23 percent from the current year's revisedADP.
 arrow ILO decries low wages in RMG sector
Minimum monthly wages in garment sector of Bangladesh has made it impossible for workers to lead a decent life, says a recent survey of International Labour Organization (ILO).
 arrow BNP clips Sylhet lawmakers' wings
The fierce rivalry between BNP lawmakers Saifur Rahman and M Ilyas Ali finally compelled the ruling party yesterday to dissolve the convening committee of its Sylhet district unit.
 arrow Hunt on for survivors
Rescue workers dug desperately through rubble yesterday for survivors of Indonesia's earthquake as weeping relatives buried victims and the death toll jumped to 4,611.
 arrow No change of heart against privatisation
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury said he did not retreat from the demand for cancelling the process of privatisation of the newly built New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) adjacent
 arrow Project yet to take off for faulty design
The 900-metre-long Karnaphuli bridge project is facing further delay as its financier, the Kuwait Fund, is holding back the approval for the award of the contract to a Chinese company due to the faulty
 arrow Bomb blast kills BNP leader at Khulna hospital
Narail BNP leader Mofizul Biswas was killed in a bomb attack on a second-floor cabin of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) at about 9:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Time ticking away as EC sits on voter list
With time running out fast for preparing the voter list, the Election Commission (EC) is still sitting idle without initiating any step to revise the existing electoral rolls according to the SupremeCourt
 arrow 3 killed in 'crossfire' with cops
Three criminals including two leaders of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) were killed in separate incidents of 'crossfire' with police in Kushtia, Jhenidah and Narayanganj early yesterday, while
 arrow 10 garment workers hurt in clash over arrears
At least 10 workers were injured in a clash over salary arrears at a knitting factory in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (EPZ) yesterday morning, in a fresh flare-up of trouble in the apparel sector.
 arrow PM shocked at quake loss
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep shock and sadness at the huge loss of life and property in Friday's devastating earthquake in Java, Indonesia.
 arrow Financiers halt Tk 291cr loan to Jubok Phone
Financiers have postponed the disbursement of a Tk 291-crore syndicated loan to Jubok Phone, a sister concern of Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok) which is allegedly involved in unauthorised banking
 arrow Bangladesh to get $2m from donors to fight bird flu
The World Bank (WB) and other donors are providing Bangladesh assistance worth $2 million to help initiate activities to check Avian Influenza (AI).
 arrow Dhaka elected to UN peace commission
In a resounding recognition of its contribution to UN peacekeeping mission, Bangladesh has been elected to the newly established Peace-Building Commission of the United Nations.
 arrow 15 Bangladeshi peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously
The United Nations for the first time will honour 124 peacekeepers including 15 Bangladeshis posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal this year.
 arrow Judgement in Jhalakathi judges' killing case today
The judgment in the sensational Jhalakathi judges' murder case will be delivered here today amid tight security in and around the court area.
 arrow JMB arrestee discloses vital information
The investigation officer (IO) of the case filed for attempting to murder late Dr Humayun Azad told a Dhaka court yesterday that he gathered important information from an arrested Jama'atul Mujahideen
 arrow Biman to run NY flight for 2 more months
Bangladesh Airline Pilots Association (Bapa) yesterday expressed concern over the Biman Board of Directors decision to continue the Dhaka-New York flight for at least another two months.
 arrow Garment owners decide to fix minimum wage for workers
A board meeting of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Sunday unanimously decided to settle the minimum wage for the workers as early as possible to keep the apparel sector
 arrow DB examining info found in victim's computer
The Detective Branch (DB) inquiring into Thursday's triple murder at Uttara are scrutinising information about several businessmen as stored in the computer of Sanjay Sinha, one of the three victims.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Another Bangladesh died in Indian Boarder Security Force (BSF) firing near the Ratnai border of Baliadangi upazila yesterday raising the total to three deaths in 24 hours.
 arrow Pry teachers go on hunger strike
Teachers of non-government primary schools yesterday began a 48-hour hunger strike following a demonstration in the capital demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Prothom Alo editor, publisher granted bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to the editor and publisher of daily Prothom Alo in a defamation case filed by Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas.
 arrow EU likely to put LTTE on its terror list
The European Union is expected to put Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on its list of terrorist groups next week, a spokesman for the EU's Austrian presidency said Saturday.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) in a rejoinder protested a report headlined "2 RIHS staff ejected from country" which was published in The Daily Star on May 20, saying RIHS has no relations
Businessarrow Delay in 'approval' frustrates investors
Delay in 'approving' the investment proposals of Tata and Asia Energy is frustrating foreign investors in Bangladesh, Australian envoy in Dhaka said yesterday.
 arrow 45pc of ADP executed in nine months
Implementation of the annual development programme (ADP) during the July-March period of the current fiscal year has been even slower than what it was during the same period of the last fiscal year.
 arrow Malaysians keen to invest in Bangladesh
A high-profile Malaysian trade delegation will arrive here on June 3 with significant investment proposals for sectors like port, infrastructure and chemical fertilizer.
 arrow 'Made in India' phones set to tap global markets
India, already the world's fastest growing wireless services market, is set to become a handset manufacturing and export hub as giants such as Nokia and LG churn out millions of phones to tap voracious
 arrow CPD to carry out studies on int'l trade negotiations
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) is going to undertake a number of new studies to strengthen Bangladesh's trade negotiations capacity in the WTO as well as for regional and bilateral free trade agreements,
 arrow HSBC arranges Tk 70cr term loan facility for Eskayef
The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh on Tuesday announced a syndication of Tk 70 crore term loan facility for Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, says a press release.
 arrow Africa's growth to take centre stage at WEF meeting
The annual World Economic Forum on Africa opening in Cape Town on Wednesday will take stock of Africa's strongest growth in three decades and the impact of China and India on the continent.
 arrow India stock market bull run stalled as foreign funds get jitters
Just over two weeks ago, Mumbai's stock market was looking unstoppable as it moved by leaps and bounds to new record highs.
 arrow Las Vegas Sands wins bid for Singapore casino
Singapore picked Las Vegas Sands Corp to build and run what will be the world's most expensive casino at a cost of more than S$5 billion (US$3.2 billion), sending the U.S.
 arrow Dollar slump may spur closer economic ties in Asia: Experts
The dollar's slide against Asian currencies could provide a catalyst for greater regional economic cooperation in an effort to avoid another financial crisis, experts said.
 arrow African countries battle 'oil curse'
Experts call it the "oil curse". In Africa's oil exporting countries, only a tiny fraction of revenues is used to fight poverty, and in many cases black gold has actually become a hurdle to development.
Sportsarrow Cricket: New faces in Tigers camp
Cricket selectors brought in two new faces into the national fold when a 19-member preliminary squad was announced yesterday for Bangladesh's upcoming tours of Kenya and Zimbabwe in July-August.
 arrow Football: ITALIA 1990: German efficiency prevails
No-one was unduly surprised when Italy became the first European country to host the World Cup more than once.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Zambrotta injured
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Italy left back Gianluca Zambrotta injured his right thigh during a training match at the national team's training base at Coverciano early Sunday,

 arrow Football: BUET succumbs to WC pressure
Under-siege Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Sunday suspended all academic activities of the institution from May 29 to July 14.
 arrow Chess: Bad day for Bangladesh
There was no good news for Bangladesh in the sixth round of the 37th Chess Olympiad as both men and women's teams lost their boards on Saturday at Turin, Italy.
 arrow Cricket: N'ganj ride on Tamiz
Narayanganj defeated a strong Chittagong side by six wickets in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful shines in lost cause
Mohammad Ashraful returned to a semblance of some form with a rapid 42 in his English club side Rainhill's loss to Alder CC in the Merseyside Southport Alliance First Division in the club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: School soccer
David Barua scored twice as Ramu Khijari Ideal School of Cox's Bazar trounced Sylhet's Kakardia Teradal High School 4-1 in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship at the Comilla
 arrow Volleyball: Bangladesh win volleyball Tests
Bangladesh volleyball team won the second Test match against visiting Nepal 3-1 at the Mirpur Indoor Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: A rivalry that runs deep
The Netherlands will head to the World Cup next month with a simple mantra hammered into them by their expectant fans: "Don't lose to Germany.
 arrow Football: Zidane angry at fans
France skipper Zinedine Zidane lashed out at fans who "scandalously" jeered and whistled teammates including goalkeeper Fabien Barthez during Saturday's friendly win over Mexico.
 arrow Football: Easy ride for big guns
Germany fired a World Cup warning shot with a seven-goal demolition of Luxembourg as Europe's big guns rumbled into action on a busy night of international friendlies Saturday.
 arrow Football: No place for sulkers
Brazil's players seem determined to prove that the days when a place on the bench resulted in a sulk and public criticism of the coach are buried in the past.
 arrow Football: Holders woo locals but at a price
Brazil chose the idyllic lakeside village of Weggis in the Swiss Alps for some peace and quiet before the World Cup, only to find that it has been turned into a mini Rio de Janeiro.
 arrow Football: Ukraine's century-old dream comes true
Ukraine will finally get the chance to appear in a World Cup for the first time -- despite a proud footballing history that stretches back over a century.
 arrow Football: Spain's boy-wonder
If there's one player the fans of Spain and England will be keeping an eye on at this summer's World Cup, it has got to be Arsenal's talented midfielder Francesc Fabregas.
 arrow Football: World Cup begins at Disney
Gregg Berhalter was riding the monorail at Disney World in Florida on Thursday, enjoying a vacation with his wife, two children and niece. "I couldn't really hear the phone with all noise," he said.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho has a vision for double
Brazil star Ronaldinho wants to complete a dream season by adding a World Cup winners' medal to his Champions League crown with Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Women united against soccer
A group of Dutch women, fed up with their partners' obsession with soccer, have joined forces to revolt against the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Del Piero a likely starter
Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero appears to have won his battle with fit-again Francesco Totti for the playmaking duties in Italy's World Cup campaign.
 arrow Tennis: Federer labours through
Roger Federer made hard work of his opening match at the French Open on Sunday before claiming an error-strewn 7-5, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Argentine qualifier Diego Hartfield.
 arrow Cricket: Eng win easily in the end
Liam Plunkett's rapid three-wicket haul provided the platform on Sunday for England to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test here at Edgbaston and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
 arrow Football: Ballack set to miss Japan game
Germany captain Michael Ballack and defender Roberth Huth are both doubtful for the World Cup warm-up against Japan at Leverkusen on Tuesday through injury, team chiefs said.
 arrow Football: Aragones fears World Cup flop
Spain coach Luis Aragones fears his team could be heading for another World Cup of under-achievement after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Russia.
 arrow Football: Ono puts team glory first
Japan's Shinji Ono has resigned himself to a place on the bench for his country's World Cup opener against Australia.
 arrow Football: Dutch expect a fit Van der Vaart
Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, the only man missing from Dutch coach Marco van Basten's first-choice line-up in a 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon on Saturday, should be fit for the World Cup, his team
 arrow Swimming: BAF aquatics
Najim won gold in the 50m backstroke in the inter-base swimming and water-polo competitions of the Bangladesh Air Force at the Naval Swimming Pool in the city yesterday. Rajib won the 100m free-style.
 arrow Cricket: India drop in ranking
India paid a heavy price for their series defeat against the West Indies as they dropped two places to fifth in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
 arrow Football: Economy on hold
Football-mad Brazilians will put business on the backburner next month when Brazil defends its World Cup crown and competes for a record sixth championship title in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Practice ties for Shoaib
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to arrange two special practice games to enable paceman Shoaib Akhtar to prove his fitness for the tour to England.
Metropolitanarrow Give more emphasis on child health
It was an extraordinary parliament indeed.
Child representatives from all the 64 districts, being elected by their fellow colleagues, gathered at a parliamentary session in the city yesterday to highlight the problems of the children in their respective areas.

 arrow UN reform, Iran's N-plan to figure in Nam meet
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left for Malaysia yesterday morning to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau (NamCoB) Ministerial Meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow '13000 die a year due to delivery complications'
Rahela Khatun, a 30-year-old housewife of Bhaluka in Mymensingh district, had to suffer long three days to give birth to a baby that she had craved for long 13 years.
 arrow Polluted surface water poses threat to health of one crore city dwellers
Surface water pollution in and around the capital, especially the waters of the rivers Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Tongi canal, has been threatening the supply of safe drinking water and public healthof
 arrow Hasina meets grassroots leaders from June
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will begin view exchange meetings with the party leaders of district, upazila and municipality units from the first week of next month to strengthen anti-government
 arrow 'Ensure right to trade union at garment factories'
Samaj Anushilon Kendro expressed their solidarity with the movement of the garment workers at a meeting in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow UN commitment to war-free world reaffirmed
Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan has reaffirmed the world body's firm commitment to building a world free from the scourge of war.
 arrow Charges against JMB military commander Sunny not framed
A Dhaka court could not frame charges against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and four others in two cases as two of them, including Sunny, were not produced
 arrow 14-party rally today
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine will hold a rally at Mohammadpur in the city today demanding adequate water and uninterrupted power supply and protesting price hike of essentials.
 arrow Sex workers demand right to funeral
Despite being citizens of the country, sex workers have yet to gain social recognition for their right to funeral after their death.
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people, including an Ukranian citizen, were killed and 15 injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Gazipur, Chittagong and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow 'Hundi trade behind double murder'
Police investigating the Saturday's double murder at Paltan suspect that hundi trade, gold smuggling and manpower business might led to the killings.
 arrow Jute workers withdraw barricade programme
Jute Mill Workers and Employees Action Committee has at last withdrawn its today's daylong road and railway barricade programme.
 arrow AL advisory body meets today
A meeting of the advisory council of Awami League (AL) will be held at its Dhanmondi office in the city at 5:00pm today with party President Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
 arrow Enamul Kabir new envoy to Vietnam
The government has decided to appoint M Enamul Kabir, currently serving as Bangladesh Ambassador to Bhutan, as the next Ambassador to Vietnam.
 arrow Roundtable on quality teaching
A roundtable on teaching quality improvement (TQI) under the secondary education project (SEP) was held at Bangladesh Open University (BOU) in Gazipur yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Resignation of CEC demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University unit and city unit staged a demonstration at Shaheeb Bazar Zero Point yesterday demanding resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and
 arrow 'Hold Ducsu election'
Bangladesh Chhatra League (JSD) staged a sit-in programme in front of the office of the vice-chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanding election to Ducsu hall units and departmentalunits.
 arrow PM Gold Medal distribution ceremony postponed
The Prime Minister Gold Medal Award-2006 distribution ceremony, scheduled to be held on June 1 at the Prime Minister's Office here, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Workshop on safe driving
A two-day long workshop on safe driving to create awareness among drivers and helpers was held at the Bikalpa Awareness Development Organisation (BADO) seminar hall in the city on May 26 and 27, saysa
Nationalarrow Outlaws still out of control in 3 southwestern districts
Despite several anti-crime drives and death of at least 200 'cadres' in 'cross fire', there is no sign of a let up in murders and other crimes by the Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist
 arrow Raised homesteads ease life
Fatema Akhter's family in Chatir Char Purba Para village in Kishoreganj haor (marshy) area will not leave home in the coming monsoon to take shelter on a high land.
 arrow Caged fishery in open water
Altafunessa of Hasilkandi village in Shaghata upazila is among 1218 men and women who do not worry for protein needs.
 arrow Hartal today in Gaibandha
Gaibandha Nagorik Committee has called a day-long hartal in the town for today protesting the recent death of a youth in custody and demanding punishment to the police men allegedly responsible for this.
 arrow RU recruiting 200 more 'controversial' staff
The Rajshahi University authorities are going to recruit more 200 people in lower grade jobs, allegedly on political considerations.
 arrow Another home of delicious mangoes in the making
Char Anandipur and nearby villages in Mymensingh Sadar upazila have all the reasons for producing good quality and delicious mangoes.
 arrow Hartal observed in Sylhet
A half-day hartal was observed in Sylhet city yesterday at the call of the local unit of Bangabandhu Shainik League to protest the attack and foiling of its rally in the city allegedly by the JCD menon
 arrow UNO's office besieged for arrest of killers
Several hundred people including students and teachers laid a siege to Raiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer's office in Sirajganj yesterday protesting to the killing of young school teacher Shikha Khatun and
Point-Counterpointarrow What if the CEC and his partners do not resign?
Much have been written and talked about the resignations of the CEC and his "partners of the crime," especially following the verdict of the full bench of the appellate division of the Supreme Court.
 arrow MDG's success depends on critical initiatives
When the Asian leaders gathered in London to discuss regional development under the title "Asia 2015," the famous maxims issued by Mao in 1958, which set China's goal to "surpass Britain and catch upwith
 arrow The price-hike and the poor
The price-hike has attained the ever-highest graph level. But until before even the Hon'ble Prime Minister was of the opinion that there was little or no hike rather, she believed it was the cooked up story of media.
 arrow Garments industry calls for serious attention
Nothing happens in this world without any cause. The sleeping fire in the garments sector has burst into flame. It was so abrupt that nobody could imagine or guess its advent.
Culturearrow Touching the 18th year milestone
Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha celebrated its 18th anniversary on May 27 at the Natmondol Auditorium, Dhaka University.
 arrow Songs of bygone days
Since 2002 Srijon, a cultural organisation, has regularly arranged Phele Aasha Diner Gaan, a musical soiree on songs of yesteryears.
 arrow Cultural evening of Bishwa Kala Kendra
Bishwa Kala Kendra organised a cultural evening at the TSC auditorium on May 27. The programme, titled Anjali Loho Mor, marked the certificate giving ceremony of the second and third batch of the organisation.
 arrow A touch of Carnatic music
Making slow but steady steps to bridge the cultural divide and popularise a relatively less known genre--Carnatic or South Indian classical music--is Sarva Sree Foundation, Carnatic Music Centre.
 arrow Jackson makes rare appearance in Japan
Pop star Michael Jackson appeared in public in Tokyo on Saturday for the first time since his acquittal on charges last year, accepting a music award and thanking "all the people who believed in me.
Internationalarrow Hospitals overwhelmed in quake zone
Hundreds of traumatised patients are crammed into every available space at the Panti Rapih Catholic hospital, and the parking lot has become a giant open-air waiting room.
 arrow Help slow to come
Tugio and Marianto, whose tiny hamlet was flattened by the Indonesia quake, are tired and frustrated -- and waiting for help they said was slow to arrive.
 arrow Lanka peace hopes dim
Hopes of ending Sri Lanka's ethnic bloodshed have hit rock bottom after peacebroker Norway failed to arrange talks on saving a collapsing ceasefire, diplomats and officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal may ask UN to monitor Maoist truce
Nepal's new multi-party government and Maoist rebels said yesterday they may request the United Nations to monitor a ceasefire in the Himalayan nation after holding further talks.
 arrow Peace first, reform later
Nepal's finance minister has ruled out any immediate radical market reforms as the price for political stability in the impoverished South Asian nation.
 arrow East Timor violence raises civil war fear
Youths with machetes, slingshots and spears rampaged across East Timor's capital Saturday, attacking people, burning houses and deepening a crisis that has sent thousands fleeing in terror despite the
 arrow Quake survivors search for food
Thousands of survivors dug through their crumpled homes Sunday in search of food and clothing Sunday after a powerful earthquake killed more than 4,600 people in Indonesia's densely populated Java island.
 arrow Asian nations lead swift aid for quake victims
Asian countries sent medical teams and joined worldwide pledges of aid Sunday as Indonesia reeled from a powerful earthquake that killed some 4,300 people and left 10,000 injured.
 arrow Iran, Palestinian crises to dominate NAM talks
The Iranian and Palestinian crises are expected to dominate talks among foreign ministers from the 114-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) bloc of developing nations here this week.
 arrow Israel strikes Lebanon after rocket salvo
Israeli warplanes yesterday bombed bases of a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in Lebanon, including positions near Beirut, after militants fired a rocket salvo deeper than ever before inside the Jewish state.
 arrow Top Russian officials hold nuke talks in Iran
Top Russian officials were Sunday holding high-level talks in Iran over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme amid a fresh drive to find a diplomatic solution to the worsening crisis.
 arrow Corruption, failure fuel Afghan insurgency
A worrying upsurge of Taliban-linked violence in southern Afghanistan is being fuelled by government corruption and lack of development, analysts say.
 arrow More quakes show power of Pacific 'Ring of Fire'
The Pacific's volatile "Ring of Fire" unleashed two more earthquakes yesterday, a day after a temblor in Indonesia left more than 4,300 dead in one of the world's most seismically active regions.
 arrow 60 children detained as prisoners at Guantanamo
More than 60 minors, some as young as 14, have been held as prisoners at the US detention facility for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a London-based human rights group claimed in a report
 arrow Comatose Sharon moved to long-term care clinic
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a stroke in January, was moved on Sunday from a Jerusalem hospital to a long-term care clinic near Tel Aviv, a hospital spokesman said.
 arrow Hindus, Muslims clash in Gujarat
At least 30 people were hurt in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state, witnesses and police said. Police official B.C.
 arrow Iran files lawsuit against Saddam
Iran has filed a lawsuit against ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for his regime's 1980s war against Tehran, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in a joint statement with his Iraqi counterpartpublished
 arrow Pitt, Jolie have a baby girl
Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have had a baby daughter, People magazine said on Sunday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We can't take it any more
Nothing, but nothing can justify the unbridled killings in the hands of RAB that the government chooses to explain away as encounter deaths.
 arrow Editorial: Java tragedy
We are deeply shocked at the huge loss of lives and destruction of property in Java. Our sympathies are with the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones, and with the injured.
 arrow Vandalism in garments industry: Causes must be removed
The readymade garments (RMG) industry of the country has faced a sudden spurt of unprecedented vandalism.
 arrow War on Iran not necessarily inevitable
The Bush Administration is obsessed with Iran today as President George Bush was about Iraq in the early years of the supposed American century with the dream of a new Holy Roman empire -- by the US this
 arrow Anti-quota stir is misguided: In defence of affirmative action
As students from India's privileged educational institutions continue their protests against reservations for the lower castes (OBCs), it becomes clear that the agitation is an organised affair.
Letters to Editorarrow Garment sector in turmoil
Garment workers perhaps vowed to establish their rights. They have been protesting vehemently in the streets.
 arrow Ahmadinejadís strategy
Iranian President Ahmadinejad' s handling of the nuclear crisis that his country is passing through is interesting.
 arrow Nazrul our pride
Bangla literature progressed to a great extent with the emergence of Nazrul. Without Nazrul Bangla literature would have remained incomplete.
 arrow What a mess!
It seems that anarchy rules the country nowadays. No news is good news sans the SC rejects the appeal of CEC. Two days of vandalism in RMG sector gave the country a bad name.
 arrow Dormant ACC
Ever since the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was formed in November 2004, the people of Bangladesh thought that the Commission would soon be able to take a firm stand against corruption.
 arrow Politics of disruption
Political parties in Bangladesh put their party interests so much above those of the people and the nation that they do not hesitate to disrupt the public life or cause damage and destruction to public
 arrow Translate words into action
The other day the hon'ble law minister disclosed that more than one ombudsman would be appointed shortly, which is very encouraging and inspiring as well.
 arrow Tk 60 crore wasted
It is a very serious matter that the fresh voter list, prepared in violation of court orders and public sentiments, has cost the nation and ultimately the taxpayers a huge sum of Tk 60 crore.
Star Cityarrow City witnesses sudden rise in crime
The city is experiencing a killing spree for the last few days, indicating an alarming rise in crimes and slide in overall law and order situation. Five people were murdered within 24 hours last Thursday.
 arrow Gono Bishwabidylay conducts courses in unauthorised subjects
Gono Bishwabidyalay, a private university, has been running courses in a number of unapproved subjects for the last couple of years.
 arrow Mobile courts come under attack
Hotel and restaurant owners of Topkhana Road opposite the National Press Club, have alleged that mobile courts of Dhaka City Corporation are harassing them every month in the name of drive against adulterated
 arrow The creative world of graphic designers
Colours in various illustrations blended with animation against vivid backgrounds in either the print, electronic or film media are no doubt effective ways of communication.
 arrow Cosmetic surgery: A new way to change looks
Beauty is said to be skin-deep, but its presence or absence can make a big difference in one's life.
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