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Front Pagearrow DEPZ factories to be opened tomorrow
Foreign and local investors at the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) will open their factories tomorrow after keeping them closed for four days but warned the government that they do not want to see
 arrow No extra tax burden likely as polls ahead
The government is mulling a budget for the next fiscal year with an ambitious revenue target but without imposing any additional tax burden on people, keeping in view the national election ahead.
 arrow Text of SC order finally prepared after 14 days
The full text of the Supreme Court's May 23 order on voter list was prepared yesterday, 14 days after its pronouncement, removing the uncertainty over the preparation of the electoral roll as per theverdict.
 arrow Another project to go to inept company
The government is likely to award contract for yet another power project -- the 240 megawatt peaking power project in Siddhirganj -- to inefficient Chinese company Harbin although it was found financially
 arrow Cop training cut with polls in sight
After curtailing the basic training programme at Sardah Police Academy last year, the police administration has this time shortened field-level training for assistant superintendents of police (ASPs)allegedly
 arrow JS budget session from today
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into budget session today amid a volatile political situation centring the next parliamentary election and opposition demands for discussion on various crucial issues in the House.
 arrow RMG buyers to warn govt over unrest
Foreign buyers of ready-made garments (RMG) are planning to issue a strong warning to the government saying that they will be compelled to take their business elsewhere if the government fails to immediately
 arrow SOE losses shoot 78pc
The loss in state owned enterprises (SOEs) has increased by 78 percent in 2005-2006 fiscal year compared to the last fiscal and the main contribution to this huge amount of loss came from Bangladesh Petroleum
 arrow Organogram of ACC approved
National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganisation (Nicar) yesterday approved the much-awaited organogram of the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to carry out its function
 arrow Boishakhi TV director suffers heart attack in the dock
MNH Bulu, a director of private satellite television Boishakhi, yesterday suffered a heart attack when he was standing in the dock in a Dhaka court during hearing of his remand prayer in connection with
 arrow Militant case to get priority in regular HC bench
Four regular benches of the High Court are empowered to hear the death references on priority basis and so no special bench will be formed for hearing the death references of the May 29 Jhalakathi case
 arrow I will win in polls for news against me
Ruling BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam yesterday said the news, which are being published against him regularly in dailies, will not affect his political career or influence polls in his constituency.
 arrow 1,200-yr-old temple, road dug out
The Archaeology Department has discovered a Buddhist temple and a brick-soled road dating possibly between the seventh and eighth centuries at the historic Mahasthangarh site in Bogra during a Bangladesh-France
 arrow CJA condemns attacks on newsmen
The Bangladesh chapter of Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) at a meeting yesterday expressed deep concern over the recent spate of attacks on journalists.
 arrow New code of conducts for candidates, voters mulled
The Election Commission (EC) is contemplating new code of conducts for candidates and voters in a bid to make the upcoming general elections more transparent.
 arrow World stars to grace WC football opening
Pele, Diego Maradona and more than 170 players who have won the World Cup will be the stars of the glittering opening ceremony for this year's tournament here on Friday, the organisers said on Tuesday.
 arrow Ctg contractor shot dead by extortionists
Extortionists shot dead a construction contractor at Aminaish village of Satkania upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Gangster Panna killed in Rab 'crossfire'
The chief of notorious Panna Bahini (gang) at Padma Char areas was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Bagha upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Court orders to investigate ex-DIG's 14 children claim
A Dhaka court on Monday ordered the Badda police to investigate former DIG of police Anisur Rahman and his wife Anwara Rahman's parenthood claim of 14 children, including the septuplets.
 arrow Prof Muzaffer rebuts reports on honorarium
Eminent economist Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday refuted media reports that alleged he drew money without conducting a proposed research at the Dhaka University.
 arrow Charges framed against Sunny, 3 others in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and three others in an arms case filed with Sabujbagh Police Station in December
 arrow China ponders steps to reduce trade gap
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday assured that his country would actively consider further preferential measures to increase its imports from Bangladesh to reduce the current trade deficit.
 arrow Nuclear proposal handed to Iran
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana yesterday handed Iran an international proposal aimed at coaxing the Islamic republic into halting sensitive nuclear work.
Businessarrow Exports clock 20.17pc growth in 10 months
Export earnings recorded 20.17 percent growth in the last 10 months of current fiscal year over the same period of the last fiscal year.
 arrow CPA takes counter measures against feeder operators
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) here yesterday took counter measures against the feeder vessel operators who imposed congestion surcharge on Chittagong Port-bound containers.
 arrow Ensuring governance key to development
Maintaining good governance ahead of the national elections in the next few months is the key challenge for the development programme of Bangladesh, said World Bank Bangladesh's Country Director Christine
 arrow Benefit of higher growth should reach the poor: BB
Higher economic growth will not bear advantages for the country unless its benefits can reach out to the poor people, said Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Release cash incentives soon
Agro-processors yesterday urged the government to release due cash incentives immediately to protect the industry.
 arrow Bangladesh trade fair in KSA gets Tk1200cr order
The Bangladeshi companies and organisations have got Tk 1200 crore spot order and booking from the recently concluded Bangladesh single country trade fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Indian Left parties decry fuel price hike
India's Left parties, which extend crucial outside support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, and their trade unions yesterday hit the streets across the country demanding a roll back of the
 arrow Eskayef focuses on Indonesian pharma market
Eskayef Bangladesh Limited, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and exporter of Bangladesh, focuses on Indonesian pharmaceutical market as part of its massive business expansion in international arena.
 arrow IBM to invest $6 b in India
IBM, the world's largest computer services company, announced on Tuesday plans to invest nearly $6 billion in India over three years, underscoring the country's growing importance as a global hub forinformation
 arrow 7-Eleven to run all Shell stations in S'pore
Oil giant Shell has roped in convenience store operator 7-Eleven to run its network of 70 petrol stations here, three years after its rival ExxonMobil's tie-up with FairPrice.
 arrow Pakistan budget receives lukewarm welcome
Pakistan's new budget got only a lukewarm welcome Tuesday as unlikely to boost economic growth significantly nor narrow a widening gap between rich and poor despite a massive increase in spending.
 arrow ROK, Myanmar to establish direct air link
Myanmar and South Korea will establish direct air link beginning October this year with the state-run Myanmar Airways to fly between Yangon and Seoul, according to air industry sources Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Ronaldo comes of age
Only occasionally can the bare facts and figures of a player's career convey the sheer talent that they possess.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Missing tickets located
Afp, Paris

A batch of more than 500 World Cup tickets which disappeared during delivery to a football league in north-eastern France has been found, the

 arrow Football: Of luxuries and dilemmas
One forward or two? The unfit star or the gifted but untried youngster? These are just a couple of the quandaries facing the 32 coaches as they make their final preparations for the biggest sporting extravaganza
 arrow Football: Retro look in vogue
The days of shiny textures and complex, garish designs are over -- football fashion has gone back to basics and the World Cup finals, which kick off on Friday, showcase a return to simple styles.
 arrow Football: Spain will benefit from rest
Spain and England have the potential to play major roles at the World Cup finals because their players are better rested and prepared than they were in 2002, said Franz Beckenbauer on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rooney-mania mounts
Wayne Rooney worked out separately from his England team-mates Tuesday at their idyllic Black Forest training camp amid a surge of optimism that he could be fit for the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Laxminarayan school champs
Laxminarayan Cotton Mills High School of Narayanganj won the inaugural banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship when they comfortably defeated Younis Ali High School of Pabna at the
 arrow Hockey: MSC form new hockey body
Abdul Aziz has been nominated as the chairman of the newly-formed hockey committee of the Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday. Former captain Sajed A Adel was selected as the secretary once again.
 arrow Football: National soccer to be delayed
The Jubok Phone National Football Championship looks set to be deferred by five days. The tournament has now scheduled to start on July 20 across the country.
 arrow Football: Some respite for Iraqis
World Cup fever may be sweeping the world, but many war-weary Iraqis fear they will miss out on the spectacle.
 arrow Football: 'Mexico can be champs'
Perennial underachievers Mexico can finally deliver the success their expectant and passionate supporters crave and carry off the World Cup in Germany, goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez said Monday.
 arrow Football: It's cold in Germany
The Ecuadoreans have colds. The Angolans are shivering. Trinidad and Tobago players stuffed their hands deep in their pockets as they took the field for an exhibition game.
 arrow Football: England aim to break opening match jinx
Gary Neville has called on England to banish their opening-day hoodoo when their World Cup quest finally kicks off against Paraguay on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Germans eye auld enemy
Germany have already started thinking ahead to possible opponents in the second round of the World Cup and it has escaped no one's attention that they could be about to renew their old rivalry with England.
 arrow Football: Better news for Italy
Italy received a welcome World Cup boost with the news that defenders Gianluca Zambrotta and Alessandro Nesta were both recovering well from their injuries.
 arrow Football: Swap beers for prayers
Churches across Germany are encouraging soccer fans to swap their barstools and pints for a pew and a prayer, hiring big screens to broadcast World Cup games to their congregations.
 arrow Football: Summer on the way
Warmer weather is on the way for the World Cup finals after a shivering start to June, one of Germany's leading meteorologists said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil coach hopes for strict refereeing
Brazil's World Cup coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has appealed to referees to clamp down on violence and protect his players.
 arrow Cricket: Controversy at Antigua
A day of high drama on Monday ended with West Indies chasing 392 for victory in the opening Test against India at the Antigua Recreation Ground.
 arrow Tennis: Venus, Martina exit
Teenager Nicole Vaidisova continued her dream run at the French Open by knocking out Wimbledon champion Venus Williams Tuesday to reach her first ever Grand Slam semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: Lara sent Dhoni off the field?
India wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni disclosed that West Indies captain Brian Lara asked him to walk and he did after he was controversially caught on the fourth day in the opening Test atthe
 arrow Cricket: Murali spins Eng around
Muttiah Muralidaran took eight wickets, including all of England's top seven, as Sri Lanka won the third and final Test by 134 runs at Trent Bridge here Monday and so levelled the series at 1-1 with more
 arrow Cricket: Fresh Akhtar scare
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been told he cannot bowl for three weeks and his selection for the tour of England rests on the recommendation of a medical commission, a senior Pakistan Cricket Board official
 arrow Football: Cech the best Czech
Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech received a boost ahead of the World Cup finals in Germany when he was named Czech footballer of the year.
 arrow Football: Veron back at Estudiantes
Former Argentina star Juan Sebastian Veron announced Monday that he has re-joined his first club Estudiantes de La Plata from Italian giants Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Koller signs for Monaco
Czech striker Jan Koller signed a two-year contract on Monday with French league club, AS Monaco, his agent, Pavel Paska, announced in Prague.
 arrow Football: Czechs boosted by Rosicky return
Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky announced Monday that he has recovered from the thigh injury troubling him since the end of May and said is ready for the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Pioli appointed as Parma coach
Parma have named Stefano Pioli as their new coach, the Serie A club announced on its website. Pioli, 40, replaces Mario Berretta, who quit last month to take charge of Siena.
 arrow Football: Mexicans favour Brazil
Mexican fans may have high expectations for their own team at the World Cup in Germany, but they still don't believe they will beat Brazil.
Metropolitanarrow Nominate politically active candidates for election
Grassroots level leaders of the main opposition Awami League yesterday strongly criticised at least three party lawmakers for not playing an active role in local politics at Mymensingh and Kishoreganj
 arrow ACC for easy pension system for teachers
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday asked the government departments concerned to simplify the system of paying the pension money to the retired government teachers so that they can get itwithout
 arrow PM for high-level visits to deepen ties with Russia
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed exchange of visits by high-level delegation between Bangladesh and Russia for deepening the bilateral relations.
 arrow 2 killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Demand for rice stands at 23.5m tonnes
Country's present demand of rice now stands at 23.5 million tonnes, this was revealed by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) recently.
 arrow Move to shift Ramna Kali Mandir slated
Leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad yesterday condemned the government's move to shift Ramna Kali Mandir (temple) from its present location in the city.
 arrow Tk 111 crore Italian loan for Madunaghat water project
Bangladesh and Italy have signed an agreement for implementing the long-cherished Madunaghat Water Supply Project in Chittagong.
 arrow Four journalists receive ASF Media Award
Four journalists were awarded ASF Media Award 2004 and 2005 at a function in the city yesterday.
 arrow Mobile phone shop employee robbed of Tk 2.7 lakh
A gang of muggers looted Tk 2.70 lakh from a salesman of a mobile phone shop after injuring him with gunshots at Central Road in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Mob gouges out eyes of 4 pirates in Bagerhat
An angry mob gouged out the eyes of four pirates of Sundarbans at Rampal upazila in Bagerhat district yesterday.
 arrow World Cup fever grips Khulna
Tension is prevailing among the students of Khanjahan Ali Hall of Khulna University over the hoisting of flags of Brazil, Germany and Argentina on the occasion of World Cup Football that begins on June
 arrow Japan to continue support for development
Japan's Ambassador to Bangladesh Masayuki Inoue yesterday reiterated his country's commitment to continue its supports towards the development of Bangladesh.
 arrow Day labourer shot dead at Satkania
A day labourer was shot dead by unidentified miscreants at Satkania upazila in Chittagong district yesterday. The victim was identified as Delwar Hossain, 35, son of Mantu Shekh of Islampur village.
 arrow Jubo League blames Tarique for plundering crores of taka
Jubo League leaders yesterday blamed Tarique Rahman, son of the Prime Minister, for plundering hundreds of crores of taka making the country an empty vessel.
 arrow BNWLA demands fair probe
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) yesterday condemned the incident that led to the death of Bushra Ahmed, a student of Manarat International School and College, on June 4, says apress
 arrow Selim undergoes angiograms
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) General Secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim underwent angiograms at the Max Devki Devi Heart and Vascular Institute here on Monday night, doctors said.
 arrow Crisis in Mitford Hospital takes new turn
The crisis in Mitford Hospital took a new turn yesterday as the third and fourth class employees and nurses demanded punishment to agitating intern doctors who vandalised different offices at the hospital
 arrow Youth stabbed to death in city
Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from a place inside a housing project area at South Badda in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Change in business hours for American Citizen Service
Business hours for the American Citizen Service unit of the US Embassy have been changed to 9:00am-11:30am only for tomorrow for administrative reasons, says a press release.
 arrow Nuta executives
Election of the National University Teachers Association (Nuta) for the next one year was held recently, says a press release Associate Professor Dr Fakir Rafiqul Islam and Assistant Professor Mohammad
 arrow Afghans seek more Pak help to fight terrorism
Afghanistan wants more help from Pakistan in dealing with terrorism, which it blames for security problems in the southern part of the country, its foreign minister said yesterday.
Nationalarrow RU students attack railway station, ransack market
Agitated students of Rajshahi University Monday night vandalised and torched the university railway station following 'mysterious' death of a student under the inter-city train Silk City near the railway
 arrow Khulna jute mill workers demand promised funds
Workers and employees of eight state-owned jute mills in Khalishpur and Atra industrial belts brought out a procession yesterday in Khalishpur in protest against the government's failure to allocate the
 arrow Mirzapur industrial workers put off agitation for 15 days
Workers and employees of different mills and factories in Gorai industrial area in Mirzapur have put off their agitation programme for 15 days following assurance of meeting their demands.
 arrow Landless agitate for rights
Over 200 landless people brought out a procession staged road barricade in the town yesterday ahead of the Land Rights Day on June 10.
 arrow Villages renamed after local lawmaker
A BNP lawmaker in Tangail Sadar upazila has renamed after him two villages in his area.
 arrow Mohalchhari UP chairman, 2 aides still missing
Whereabouts of abducted Mohalchhari Sadar Union Parishad (UP) chairman Arkimidis Chakma and his two aides could not be traced a fortnight into their missing.
 arrow National Dalit Youth Parishad formed
An 11-member National Dalit Youth Parishad convening committee headed by Ratan Das as its convenor was formed at the National Dalit Youth Conference held at Laxmanpur village in Tala upazila recently.
 arrow 30 airguns recovered from covered van
Chowgachha police seized 30 smuggled airguns from a covered van at Isapur road intersection yesterday and arrested two persons.
 arrow Four held with fake notes
Four people were arrested with fake notes in Bogra, Natore and Naogaon on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow 7 June 1966: Revisiting the Six Points
FORTY years ago this week, the Bengalis of what then constituted the eastern province of Pakistan observed a full and unequivocal general strike as a way of demonstrating their support for the Six-Point
 arrow What will be the benefit to Bangladesh?
THE billion dollar question for the three billion dollar investment is, what will be the benefit of Bangladesh from such investments by Tata? It is being said that billions of dollars will be received
 arrow Looking beyond the conspiracy theory
THERE was a news item in some dailies on Monday that the garment factory owners have agreed to meet the demands of the agitating workers in a month's time.
Culturearrow An actress comes of age
UNLIKE many, I didn't contemplate taking up acting as a profession while growing up. My passion for the art is a gradual progression," says Sumaiya Shimu.
 arrow Departure into Russian realism
It was a delight to see so many moving reproductions of realistic paintings from yesteryears. These were Russian paintings seen at the Russian Culture Centre recently.
 arrow Four aspiring singers make it to ATN Taroka finals
With just the grand finale left, the show ATN Taroka Tarokader Taroka has become extremely competitive.
 arrow Zombie to resurrect Halloween
Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie is resurrecting Michael Myers, one of the big screen's favourite horror villains.
Generalarrow India's tigers in losing battle against poachers
On a routine patrol of a vast jungle in India's central highlands in April, forest guards came across a gruesome scene.
 arrow HSBC cleans Dhanmondi Lake area
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh held a daylong cleaning programme at Dhanmondi lake area in the city on Monday to mark the World Environment Day, says a press
 arrow Afghan bomber rams US convoy
A Taliban suicide car bomber rammed a US coalition convoy in the southeast Afghan province of Khost on Tuesday, wounding some troops, a US military spokeswoman in Kabul said.
Internationalarrow PLO endorses Abbas plan for referendum
Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas was headed for a showdown with the Hamas government after winning the green light yesterday to hold a referendum on implicitly recognising Israel.
 arrow Maoists to go back to war if Nepal not made republic
Nepal's Maoist leader has warned that the rebels will go back to war unless Nepal is made a republic following constituent assembly elections, local media reported yesterday.
 arrow India placed on US special watch list
The US has placed a dozen countries, including India, on its Special Watch List against modern-day slavery for the third consecutive year due to their alleged failure to show evidence of increasing efforts
 arrow Severed heads found in Iraqi fruit box
At least nine people were killed yesterday in attacks across Iraq, including mortars fired at the interior ministry, as police found nine severed heads in a box used to carry fruit.
 arrow Devil theories spread across Internet on '666'
Satanists celebrated with rock concerts, Christian groups prayed against evil, betting shops cashed in and the Internet hosted a devilish debate on Tuesday, 6-6-6, the reputed Biblical reference to the
 arrow Cops admit they have failed to find any evidence
British anti-terror police said Monday that they have removed documents and computers from a London house they raided last week but admitted they have yet to find evidence of their key concerns.
 arrow Bomb blasts rock Lanka navy base
Sri Lanka accused Tiger rebels of exploding bombs outside a naval base near the capital yesterday, two days ahead of a meeting between the two sides amid moves to salvage a collapsing ceasefire.
 arrow US troops accused of new murders in Iraq
US troops yesterday faced fresh accusations of unlawful killings of civilians in Iraq as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the release of 2,500 detainees in a gesture to promote national reconciliation.
 arrow 8 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting
Indian troops yesterday shot dead eight Kashmiri rebels along the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the army said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Teachers' demand
IN the backdrop of the primary teachers' demands the PM has declared a package of benefits relating to their pay and allowances, including a 10 percent rise in the government contribution to their salary.
 arrow Editorial: Black money blips red alert
LET'S not go into the details of why black money holders this year were a shade more forthcoming, compared to other years, in whitening their undisclosed currency notes.
 arrow Dilemmas of foreign currency reserves
ON May 8, I received an email from one widely respected senior BNP lawmaker who wrote (selected excerpts): "I read your article ...(The Daily Star). I feel every country wants to play with us.
 arrow Is there a way out of this syndrome?
IT'S a recurring pattern: Man-on-horseback arrives, overthrows a nominal or weak democratic system and takes over. The politically aware protest. The General ignores and attracts collaborators.
 arrow The CEC must resign
MUCH to the relief of the general public and the opposition political parties the appellate division of the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of Justice M A Aziz, the Chief Election Commissioner,
Letters to Editorarrow Garment sector
We are watching with deep anguish and despair the mayhems, which are taking place in our country. First Kansat, then Demra and on May 23, 2006 there was violence at Savar and Tajgaon.
 arrow Music: old and new
In our country band music is very popular, but traditional music is a matter of heritage.
 arrow Finance minister's stance
Whatever might be the causes behind the rift in the BNP, it was indeed a sad sight on the TV channels when Finance Minister Saifur Rahman was being interviewed.
 arrow Power crisis
Load-shedding is a very common phenomenon in our country. Everybody knows that demand for power is increasing day by day. You may compare that demand with the runaway population growth.
 arrow World Cup football 2006
It seems the World Cup is getting closer and closer to our homes. It has not started yet, but the fever is running high. The supporters of the top teams have already become very active.
 arrow Political maelstrom
We, the general people of the country, are passing our time with great trepidation. It is totally uncertain that the next national election will be held smoothly.
 arrow Learning English
I have gone through a nicely written article under the caption " Integrating ICT into the teaching of English" in your paper by S.
 arrow Campus violence
All the colleges and universities have become mini cantonments, which are full of lethal weapons and ammunitions. The educational campuses have turned into fertile ground of violence and terrorism.
 arrow Nuclear energy
I was reading Dr. Anwar Hussain's mail about Chernobyl tragedy, published on May 25.
 arrow Voter list on website
Lots of controversies are going on about the preparation of voter list by the Election Commission.
 arrow Where does the truth lie?
If political principles strive for disrupting, not focusing on analytical appreciation, a country and its people don't attain anything but zilches.
Star Chittagongarrow KEPZ starts allocation of plots
Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) has started allocation of its plots developed under first phase of its Tk 84 crore project.
 arrow Dark age still rules Semanapara
Kalidas Karbaripara popularly known as Semanapara, a remote and inaccessible village, is still detached from the civilisation of the present day world.
Star Cityarrow Flags fly high as World Cup draws close
"My two little girls, 8 and 3, have been nagging at me everyday, till I returned home one day with national flags of their favourite team," said Mamunur Rahman, a private service holder, whose daughters
 arrow Benarasi: A dying craft
Benarasi weaving factories are heading towards extinction because of increased production costs, decreasing number of weavers, changing customer preferences and cheap duplicates.
 arrow Pvt universities running unauthorised subjects
At least 15 private universities in the city are running courses in more than 50 unauthorised subjects, according to sources at the University Grants Commission (UGC).
 arrow Abuse, low wages scare domestic helps away
Middle class families in the city are now finding it very difficult to get a domestic help as the poor girls are losing interest in this job due to minimal wage, rising incidents of repression and feudal
 arrow Fake notes rife in the city
Counterfeit currency notes of Tk 100 and Tk 500 denominations are in regular circulation in the city causing panic among the dwellers.
 arrow Cow-carts, a mean of transport

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