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Front Pagearrow Policy takes U-turn with polls in sight
The government has drastically increased the number of projects in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) keeping in mind the elections ahead, taking a U-turn from its policy of planning a manageablenumber
 arrow Is resignation threat real or a bargaining chip?
Centring the prevailing volatile situation in Sylhet BNP, it is now a much-talked-about issue whether Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman is being removed from or is himself leaving the cabinet,
 arrow BNP cadres force halt of publication on Kushtia daily
Ruling BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam's cadres yesterday attacked a press and stopped the publication of a local daily for continuing to run reports against the lawmaker in Kushtia.
 arrow Kuwait fund agrees to provide Tk 350cr
A mission of the Kuwait Development Fund in a meeting with Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday agreed in principle to provide Tk 350 crore in the Tk 550crore project of the long-waited third
 arrow Accords with workers hardly implemented
Garment factory owners are yet to implement fully any of the agreements signed between Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and workers' unions at different times.
 arrow Govt to ask SC to form special bench for cases against militants
The government decided to ask the Supreme Court (SC) to form a special bench in the High Court (HC) for quick disposal of the cases, especially death references, against militants.
 arrow Tributes paid to Zia
The ruling BNP and its front organisations paid rich tributes to president Ziaur Rahman on his 25th death anniversary yesterday.
 arrow 5 militants in Patuakhali jailed
Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, Patuakhali, yesterday sentenced five people rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life and fined Tk 5,000 each, in default they have to serve one more year's RI,
 arrow Govt won't sell Sonargaon Hotel
The government has decided not to sell Sonargaon Hotel at this moment to the Kingdom Group of Saudi Arabia because the hotel is now a profitable concern. "This chapter is closed...
 arrow 2,500-year-old artefacts lie neglected
A large number of antiques, including an earthen stove of 500 BC, excavated seven years ago have been kept at the Mahasthan Museum without any scientific preservation.
 arrow Four repairmen killed as bridge collapses
Four construction workers were crushed to death and four others injured when an under-construction bridge collapsed at Amjhupi of Mujibnagar upazila in Meherpur yesterday.
 arrow Judge for more arguments before verdict
The judgments of the sensational Udichi bomb blast cases were not delivered on the scheduled date yesterday, as the judge sought more legal explanations and arguments from both sides.
 arrow 3 killed in 'encounters'
Three people including an outlaw were killed in two separate 'encounters' with law enforcers in the capital and in Meherpur district early yesterday.
 arrow ACC sends letter to govt
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a letter to the government formally stated yesterday its stand against the proposed ACC organisational structure with 650 posts as prepared by the Cabinet Division.
 arrow Tk 40.71cr draft budget prepared for next fiscal
The Parliament Secretariat has prepared a Tk 40.71 crore draft budget for fiscal year 2006-07 which is 14 per cent less than the revised budget of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Pry teachers start fast unto death
Failing to realise the one-point demand for nationalisation of their jobs even after observing 48-hour hunger strike, Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association began hunger strike unto death
 arrow 12 companies vie for power project
Twelve private power companies yesterday submitted their pre-qualification (PQ) documents to win the bid for the proposed 450MW Sirajganj power plant.
 arrow Boishakhi TV director files criminal case against Abbas
One of the directors of Boishakhi, a private satellite channel, yesterday filed a criminal case against public works minister and the channel's managing director (MD) for threatening him with death to
 arrow EU puts LTTE on terror list, slaps sanctions
Sri Lanka's president yesterday ruled out military action against Tamil Tigers while police probed a reported massacre of 12 civilians by the rebels as they were outlawed in Europe.
 arrow China, India sign military accord
China and India signed an agreement yesterday to expand defence ties, the Chinese foreign ministry said, in a deal that is expected to see the neighbours conduct more military training exercises.
 arrow Pakistan, India open talks on terrorism
Pakistan and India opened talks in the Pakistani capital yesterday on combating terrorism and drugs trafficking as well as on practicalities for the exchange of civilian prisoners, officials said.
Businessarrow Improved rural infrastructure key to escaping poverty
Investment in rural infrastructure came into sharp focus at the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics here on Monday as it was pointed out that improved rural infrastructure is the key to escaping
 arrow Microentrepreneurship awards 2006 of Citigroup launched
The Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, will award microentrepreneurs and microfinance institutions in five categories for their outstanding performances in Bangladesh.
 arrow Non-tariff barriers high on agenda
Removal of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and trade disputes will be high on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of Bangladesh-India trade taskforces to be held here on June 4.
 arrow US asks India to reduce trade barriers
The United States has asked India to cut tariff and non-tariff barriers to boost bilateral trade and said the authorities look forward to movement in talks on Doha round of World Trade Organisation.
 arrow More wage-based jobs needed to eradicate poverty
It is not possible to eliminate poverty only through microcredit but increase in wage-based employment is needed to eradicate poverty, economist Wahiduddin Mahmud said yesterday.
 arrow NCCBL okays 20pc dividend
National Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd (NCCBL) has approved 20 per cent -- 10 per cent cash and 10 per cent bonus share -- dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Oil higher in Asian trade on Iran concerns
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Tuesday after the long Memorial Day weekend with the market still concerned about Iran's row with the West over its nuclear programme, dealers said.
 arrow Trade ministers set for WTO talks by end of June
Trade ministers are set to hold a crunch meeting next month in an effort to keep on track plans to complete WTO talks on tearing down barriers to commerce by the end of this year, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow S'pore pressing for open skies deal as part of FTA
Singapore is pressing to incorporate a full "open skies" deal into a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia following Canberra's recent refusal to grant Singapore Airlines access to the lucrative
 arrow Japan's factory output up
Japan's industrial output rose by 1.5 percent in April from the previous month, a second consecutive monthly gain and roughly in line with market expectations, official figures showed Tuesday.
 arrow Bangladesh Lamps declares 27.50pc dividend
Bangladesh Lamps Limited, the official licensee of Philips Electronics NV Holland for lighting products and manufacturer of Philips electric bulbs, has declared a 27.50 per cent cash dividend.
 arrow EU strikes deal on services sector reform
The 25-nation European Union reached agreement late Monday on a highly controversial reform of Europe's vast services sector.
 arrow Taiwan to impose extra tariffs on China towel imports
Taiwan will impose extraordinary anti-dumping tariffs on towel imports from China starting June 1, the finance ministry said Tuesday. Tariffs will range from 107.3 percent to as high as 237.
Sportsarrow Football: USA 1994: Brazil conquer the New World
If FIFA hoped that awarding the World Cup to the land of the dollar would at last crack the supposedly lucrative United States market, it was a triumph of hope over experience.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
VDV injured again
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Rafael van der Vaart suffered a fresh ankle injury when the Netherlands resumed their World Cup preparations on Monday.

 arrow Football: The secret signals
If the play gets boring at the World Cup, watch out for the secret signals between the match officials running the game.
 arrow Football: Watching the World Cup on TV
Jerzy Dudek is a world-class goalkeeper, Martin Demichelis is a top midfielder and Clarence Seedorf is the only man to have won the Champions League with three teams.
 arrow Football: Keeper headache for Argentina
Goalkeeping Argentina-style has mixed brilliance with controversy and heroism at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Time running out for Sven
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has given himself less than a week to find a World Cup winning formula that does not involve Wayne Rooney.
 arrow Football: Nakata urges teammates on
Japan midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata is telling his teammates to get serious ahead of a pre-World Cup friendly with hosts Germany.
 arrow Football: Fake merchandise could be costly
The sale of fake World Cup merchandise could cost legitimate businesss millions of dollars, according to officials at a special seminar on fighting pirated goods.
 arrow Cricket: Close call for Barisal
Chandpur endured the heartbreak of not reaching the semifinals despite beating Sylhet by 20 runs in the final round of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Chess: Men's team winning
Bangladesh men's team continued their winning run when they beat Venezuela 2.5-1.5 in the eighth round of the 37th Chess Olympiad at Turin, Italy on Monday.
 arrow Football: Faridpur likely to be dropped
Faridpur are likely to be thrown out from the country's first-ever Professional Football League (PFL).
 arrow Football: School soccer
Laxminarayan Cotton Mills High School of Narayanganj moved into the semifinals with a 4-3 win in tiebreaker over Chhagalnaiya Pilot High School of Feni in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football
 arrow Football: Students go on rampage for TV sets
Students at a Bangladesh university ransacked their dormitory and burned furniture to pressure officials to buy two new televisions in time for the soccer World Cup.
 arrow Football: Santa Cruz battling to be fit
Paraguay's star striker Roque Santa Cruz is nearing full fitness from a injured right knee but is still unable to play a full part in training, the team doctor has said.
 arrow Football: Jewish group to protest in Iran match
The Central Council of Jews in Germany is planning to hold a protest at the World Cup football match between Iran and Mexico in Nuremberg on June 11, the German press reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Indians missed Sachin: Brian
West Indian captain Brian Lara rated his team as a better one-day outfit than India but admitted that Sachin Tendulkar's presence would have made a big difference.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal's clay party on
Defending champion Rafael Nadal set a new record of 54 successive winning matches on clay on Monday when he defeated Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 to reach the French Open second round.
 arrow Cricket: Contrasting captains
England captain Andrew Flintoff insisted his side still had plenty of room for improvement after a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka saw them head into the final Test of the three-match series, starting
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib now twists ankle
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been advised to rest after twisting his ankle during a conditioning camp for Pakistan's tour of England, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid blames it on fielding
Indian captain Rahul Dravid said going back to experienced cricketers may not help his side's fielding which he termed as the critical reason for the 4-1 defeat in the one-day series against the WestIndies
 arrow Football: Test of character for Italians
Italy will get an idea of how much the match-fixing scandal engulfing the country's top clubs has affected their World Cup hopes when they take on Switzerland here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Saviola leaving Sevilla
Argentina striker Javier Saviola is not staying at Sevilla after the end of his one-year loan from Barcelona, his agent Alfredo Cabrera Brizuela said. The UEFA Cup winners had an option to buy Saviola.
 arrow Football: Asia buzzing with World Cup fever
Asia is buzzing with World Cup fever and nowhere more than in pubs and clubs, which are poised for a bonanza from hordes of football fans watching the games, drink in hand, on big screen TVs.
 arrow Football: Kalou moves to Chelsea
English champions Chelsea have reached agreement with Feyenoord for the purchase of striker Salomon Kalou.
 arrow Cricket: More sorrow for Indians
India's 4-1 ODI series loss to the West Indies has been a sobering experience for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan as the two dropped down in the latest ICC players rankings.
 arrow Cricket: Simmo's wrist not alright
Andrew Symonds was due to have surgery in Melbourne on Tuesday on a minor but long-standing wrist problem.
 arrow Cricket: KP on a high
England batsman Kevin Pietersen entered the top ten of the ICC Test batting rankings for the first time after notching consecutive hundreds in the home series against Sri Lanka.
Metropolitanarrow '1385 hectares of land will be devoured in next one year'
Around 1385 hectares of land and 264 hectares of settlement on both sides of the mighty Brahmaputra-Jamuna river will be devoured in next one year.
 arrow No cooperation from govt in holding dialogue: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has alleged that her party did not get genuine cooperation from the government side in holding dialogue with the ruling party on electoral reforms.
 arrow Eight killed in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and several others were injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow FM urges NAM leaders to address economic issues
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has urged the leaders of Non-Aligned Movement to address economic issues and challenges of the 21st century more vigorously in order to build a more cohesive and dynamic
 arrow Trial of killers of Jubo League leader demanded
Family members of a city Jubo League leader who was allegedly killed in crossfire by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in May last year, have demanded immediate trial and punishment of those responsible
 arrow US envoy not happy with probe progress
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis expressed her disappointment at no development in the investigations of grenade and bomb attacks on dignitaries like British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury,
 arrow High quality seeds to be imported from Holland
Several varieties of high quality potato seeds will be imported from Holland to resolve the crisis of potato seeds in the country and these seeds have already been sent to the Seed Board of the Agriculture
 arrow India plans to set up 8 trade centres along Tripura border
India plans to build eight trade centres along its border with Bangladesh in northeastern Tripura state to boost business with its neighbour.
 arrow 15 injured in clash at Bhawal college
At least 15 people were injured in a series of clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Bhawal Badre Alam Government College yesterday over naming of a newly
 arrow Trader, security guard shot in city
A trader and a security guard were shot and injured in separate incidents at Pallabi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two electrocuted while another two die in lightning
Two people were electrocuted in Satkhira and another two were killed in lightning in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 35 fall sick after having dinner at dormitory
At least 35 people fell sick after dining at a dormitory of Chittagong Government College on Monday night in Chittagong.
 arrow US condemns attack on journalists
Condemning the "senseless act of violence" against journalists in Kushtia on Monday, the US Embassy in Dhaka has urged the police to bring the attackers to justice.
 arrow 2 restaurants fined Tk 80,000 in Chittagong
A mobile court here yesterday fined the owners of two well-known restaurants and realised Tk 80,000 after sealing one of them off temporarily at Agrabad.
 arrow Rab picks up Jatiya Gono Front leader in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday picked up a leader of Jatiya Gono Front for his alleged involvement in the recent ransacking of garment factories in the capital and its peripheries, sources said.
 arrow Decision to bring fazil, kamil at par with honours, masters degrees protested
Progotishil Chhatra Jote, a combine of left-leaning student organisations, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the education ministry demanding cancellation of its decision to bring fazil and kamil degrees
 arrow BBC World to encrypt signal from June 15
BBC World, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, will encrypt its digital broadcast TV signal to South Asia on June 15, says a press release.
 arrow 17 pc cancer patients suffer from breast cancer
Of the total female cancer patients in Bangladesh, 22 to 29 per cent is suffering from cervical cancer and 13 to 17 per cent from breast cancer.
 arrow President improves steadily
President Iajuddin Ahmed, who underwent bypass surgery on Friday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, continued to improve steadily.
 arrow World No Tobacco Day today
The World No Tobacco Day 2006 will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the world today.
 arrow Mill worker beaten to death
A mill worker was beaten to death by criminals at Gazipur village in Benapole on Monday night. The dead was identified as Shajahan, son of Sabed Ali.
 arrow Probe body asks for information
The probe committee formed to investigate the masters' results of political science department of Dhaka University (DU) urged all to cooperate with the committee by providing information, a DU press release
 arrow Four wounded in BSF firing at Benapole
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing at Agrabhulot village yesterday afternoon, leaving at least four people wounded. Three other people were reported missing.
 arrow Ontorjatra - new film by Tareque and Chatherine
Ontorjatra, a feature film by Tareque Masud and Chatherine Masud, will be released at the Star Cineplex in Bashundhara City on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow 15 houses gutted in Comilla
Fifteen houses were gutted in a fire at Kaptan Bazar in Comilla in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Soroptimist Club AGM held
The 23rd annual general meeting (AGM) of Soroptimist International Club of Dhaka was held at Gulshan Club in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Nepal Maoists call for drastic land, army and social reform
Drastic land reforms, army restructuring and more social inclusion for women and ethnic minorities are needed in Nepal, a senior Maoist said Monday.
 arrow Rise of migrants is damaging planet
The growing number of people who migrate from developing countries to over-populated Western states in search of a better life is damaging the planet and could be avoided, a think-tank said yesterday.
 arrow 5 soldiers abducted in Assam found dead
Five Indian paramilitary soldiers and a civilian were found shot to death by unidentified gunmen after they were abducted last week from the northeast state of Assam, police said yesterday.
Nationalarrow Rain triggers flash flood in Netrakona, Sylhet
Downpour in last three days and onrush of water from across the border has triggered flash flood in four upazilas in Netrakona and three in Sylhet.
 arrow Power station, oil depots in Khulna on alert
Goalpara power station at Khalishpur; Padma, Meghna and Jamuna oil depots at Daulatpur and Khanjahan Ali Bridge (Rupsha Bridge) at Labonchora in Khulna city have been put on 'red alert' fearing sabotage
 arrow Protests on against attack on newsmen
Journalists, joined by civil society members, yesterday continued protests against attacks on media men by political cadres and terrorists.
 arrow Defamation suit by RU teacher against VC, four others
A court in Rajshahi has issued show cause notices on Rajshahi University vice-chancellor and four others following filing of a Tk 45 lakh defamation suit by a teacher.
 arrow 2 trains derail within a span of one hour
Train movement on Sylhet-Dhaka and Sylhet-Chittagang routes was disrupted for about 11 hours from 1am to 12 noon yesterday after two trains derailed at Maijgaon and Baramchal stations in Akhaura-Sylhet
 arrow Folk singer abducted
A folk singer was abducted from the local bus stand Monday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Of diminished kings and vanishing empires
Monarchies are anachronistic affairs, in these times of growing modern sensibilities.
 arrow Price spirals and possible remedies
Price spiral, a feedback loop in which wage hikes due to inflation cause firms to raise prices which in turn lead to demand for further wage increases, perpetuating the cycle.
 arrow Stalemate in Palestine
A stalemate is being witnessed in the internal politics of Palestine as well as in Israel. There are no signs that the stalemate is going to be broken any time soon.
 arrow Calling for an SME revolution
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the spirit of this nation's economy.
Culturearrow Delving deep into the soul
Aponarey chintey parley rey
Jabey achenarey chena

-- Lalon
Like many prophets and philosophers, legendary mystic bard Lalon Shah in his verses urged human kind to 'know the self first'

 arrow Moulding visions
The pottery exhibition titled 'Clay with Carve' at Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) features ceramics by two young artistes.
 arrow Nazrul's 107th birth anniversary celebration ends in Trishal
A three-day celebration at national level, marking the 107th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam concluded at Darirampur, Trishal recently.
 arrow Kabori to host talk show Amar Nayokera
Filmstar Kabori will be seen in a new avatar. The popular actress will host a new TV programme titled Amar Nayokera. Channel 1 will air the talk show beginning from June 1 at 8:15pm.
 arrow Four aspiring actors makes it to ATN Taroka finals
The talent hunt ATN Taroka Tarokader Taroka is moving towards its finale.
Generalarrow Subcontinent a major worry in AIDS pandemic: UN
The Indian subcontinent is a major cause of concern in the global AIDS epidemic, with India alone accounting for two-thirds of HIV cases in the whole of Asia, according to a new report by the United Nations
 arrow Witness claims Saddam 'victims' still alive
A defence witness in Saddam Hussein's trial over the killings of Iraqi Shia villagers claimed many of those allegedly executed were still alive and said the prosecution case was built on bribes.
 arrow Kuwait emir calls for aid to poor Muslim nations
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah yesterday opened a two-day meeting of the board of governors of the Islamic Development Bank with a call for more assistance to poor Muslim nations.
 arrow Monsoon leads to flooding in S India
Three people died and two were missing at sea as annual monsoon rains yesterday caused floods in India's south that saw parts of Kerala state flooded and fishing in the Arabian Sea curtailed, reportssaid.
Internationalarrow Survivors cry for aid
Thousands of desperate Indonesian quake survivors were still waiting for aid yesterday as they prepared for a fourth night under makeshift tents, despite pledges help would come quickly.
 arrow Iran ready to restart talks with EU-3
Iran is willing to restart immediately negotiations with the European Union over its nuclear enrichment programme, its Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said yesterday.
 arrow End violence or risk aid
Sri Lanka's foreign donors warned the government and Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday that their conflict was unwinnable and urged them to end mounting violence or risk losing international support.
 arrow Mobs torch homes as Timor violence rages
Machete-wielding mobs torched homes and ransacked buildings yesterday as desperate residents scuffled over scarce food and the government showed the first signs of unravelling.
 arrow Israeli troops kill 7 in Gaza, WB raids
Israeli soldiers killed at least seven Palestinian militants in overnight raids on Tuesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, fighting a gun battle inside Gaza for the first time since quitting the territory
 arrow Gunmen kill 4 Afghan staff of aid group
Armed men shot dead yesterday an Afghan man and three women working with international aid group ActionAid, police said.
 arrow Quake may awaken nearby volcano
Geologists warned yesterday that simmering Mount Merapi volcano could blow its top in the wake of the powerful quake that devastated swathes of Indonesia's main island of Java.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Heinous attack on journalists
There is no word strong enough to express our condemnation of the shameful and cowardly attack on the journalists and central media leaders in Kushtia on Monday allegedly by the goons of the local MP.
 arrow Editorial: Welcome verdict
We welcome the verdict in the trial of the killings of two Barisal judges.
 arrow Why did it occur and what needs to be done?
On 22nd and 23rd May, workers ran amok in Ashulia, Savar, Gazipur, Uttara, Mirpur, Kafrul, Tejgaon industrial area and old Dhaka and reportedly ransacked (including burning), 250 factories and damaged
 arrow Enron and corporate governance
On May 25, in a landmark verdict, both Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, former chief executives of Enron, were found guilty of fraud and conspiracy by the jury.
 arrow Who will bell the cat?
Every one says he is for democracy and dictatorship is unacceptable. Dictatorship in the Twentyfirst Century is a disgrace; people feel diminished. Rule by one man is an obscenity that had better go.
Letters to Editorarrow Myanmar-India gas pipeline
From the recent media reports, it appears that Bangladesh is going to miss an opportunity of earning a huge amount of money as transit fees of gas.
 arrow Ignored rights, inflated coffers
We have been discussing the problems of garment industries without taking into consideration the most important issue of this sector. It is the implementation of Labour Laws.
 arrow Celestial Shakespeare
In my house, there is a framework upon which the following lines are engraved: 'World is a stage, Time is a period, Man is actor, God is director.' This is a saying by William Shakespeare.
 arrow Violence cannot redress grievances
I was disappointed to read the editorial “Violence cannot redress grievances” of the 24/05/06 regarding the recent protests by garment factory employees.
 arrow Doctors and commission
A doctor at my university medical centre wants me to go to a certain diagnostic centre. But I am ever reluctant to do so since I can easily go to a better one in Chittagong city.
 arrow Load-shedding hindering progress
Joypara, an ideal village of Dohar upazila in Dhaka district, is undoubtedly a developed village in all aspects. It has many schools, colleges, a madrassah and government offices and banks.
 arrow Agitation and agony
The country has a history that shows that whenever there was a political or social crisis people would come on to the road to protest or agitate to fulfil their demands.
 arrow Anti-drug law
I know that an European girl faced death sentence because she was found carrying drugs through Kuala Lumpur airport on her way to Australia. Anti- drug laws in Malaysia are tough and they mean business.
 arrow Mobile pornography
It's noticeable nowadays that besides CD, VCD & DVD, pornography through mobile phone is very common and popular (!) among youngsters as they find it easy to download porn clips by using their handsets
 arrow Forex bungling
A few forex booths of different banks have been functioning inside the arrival hall of the Zia International Airport to facilitate the passengers as well as air crew members to convert their foreigncurrency
 arrow Listen, politicians
Several instances of people's no-confidence against the government give us one clear message that these incidents are the outcome of our poor politics. Generally, we are a peace-loving nation.
 arrow Shocked or saddened?
No one will live forever. Death is inevitable. Some die young, some old, from diseases or accidents. When one dies in old age, though painful, everyone accepts it as a natural phenomenon.
Star Chittagongarrow Rain stops concreting Chaktai canal bed
Renovation and concrete soling of Chaktai Khal (canal) have been suspended due to rain aggravating waterlogging in the port city.
 arrow Construction work going on...

 arrow One-Stop Crisis Centre yet to start functioning at CMCH
The One-stop Crisis Centre (OCC) is yet to start functioning even after six months of its installation at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
Star Cityarrow Metropolis sees a rise in mercury level
The annual average temperature of Dhaka City has increased about two degrees Celsius in last five decades and this rate of increase can be dangerous for all living things and the echo system, expertscautioned.
 arrow Child MPs condemn physical punishment at schools
"My teacher asks me to pluck grey hairs from his scalp when he is supposed to teach me lessons," said a member of a parliament in a room packed with parliamentarians across the country.
 arrow DCC's dispensaries are not charitable anymore
Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) charitable dispensaries have ceased to provide treatment to the city's poor because of short supplies in medicine, in addition to negligence and less or no attention paid
 arrow Crisis at Darul Ihsan University takes complex turn
The row over vice-chancellorship of the city's Darul Ihsan University took a complex turn with a High Court bench issuing a rule on the matter.
 arrow PM to inaugurate construction on Sunday
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the construction of Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover, the third flyover in the city on Sunday, June 4.
 arrow Death Trap

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