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Front Pagearrow EC officials to revise voter list sitting in their offices
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to revise the existing voter list but its officials will not go from door to door to get the job done.
 arrow Govt, RMG workers, owners sign formal agreement
Following the severe labour unrest in the country's premier export-earning garment sector, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday by the government, garment owners and workers' leaders
 arrow 36-hr hartal starts today
The 14-party opposition combine enforces a countrywide 36-hour shutdown from 6:00am today to 6:00pm tomorrow to press home its demands for electoral reforms, resignation of the chief election commissioner
 arrow 30 hurt as workers fight with officials at DEPZ factory
At least 30 people were injured in clashes between workers and officials of Youngone Group in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday over beating up of a worker by a mid-level official.
 arrow Chaos in parliament over remark against Hasina
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed a pandemonium for about 15 minutes over a BNP lawmaker's remarks on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Thousands face cases after wholesale arrest
Police filed more than 20 cases against some 250 opposition leaders and activists, who were picked up during the Sunday's Dhaka-siege programme, as well as against several thousand unknown others.
 arrow Experts slam decision
In the wake of the Election Commission's (EC) decision to revise the existing voter list without going from door to door, election experts yesterday termed the decision unrealistic and said it will trigger
 arrow Cahill zaps Japan
Tim Cahill made history in dramatic style, scoring Australia's first goals in a World Cup finals with a brace in the last six minutes to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Japan in their Group F opener on
 arrow Rosicky ravages USA
Tomas Rosicky scored twice as the Czech Republic enjoyed an impressive 3-0 victory over the United States in their World Cup opener on Monday.
 arrow Italy win in style
Goals from Andrea Pirlo and Vincenzo Iaquinta gave Italy a 2-0 victory over Ghana in an entertaining World Cup Group E match on Monday.
 arrow Block allocation bloats to adjust oil impact
The government has kept aside in the FY 06-07 budget a block allocation, which is 28 per cent more than that of the current original budget, mainly to assist the poor and farmers affected by possibleadjustment
 arrow Nagorik Committee discusses outline of vision paper
The Nagorik Committee 2006 yesterday discussed the broad structure and outline of its proposed vision paper.
 arrow Mobile court seals off bakery in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday sealed off an unauthorised bakery for using rotten eggs in its products.
 arrow Writ petition was likely to be rejected
Justice Naimuddin Ahmed observed that the writ petition filed against the opposition's Dhaka siege programme was likely to be rejected summarily by the court for delayed submission, if submitted without
 arrow Decision today whether Harbin gets project
The board of the Electricity Generation Company Bangladesh Ltd (EGCB) will decide today whether it should award the 240-megawatt Siddhirganj peaking power plant project to incompetent Chinese companyHarbin
 arrow HSC exams of June 13-14 deferred
The HSC examinations, scheduled for today and tomorrow (June 13 &14) under all education boards, have been shifted to June 24 and 25 due to unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Contempt charge hearing against officials deferred
The hearing of the contempt charge brought by the Supreme Court (SC) against 13 bureaucrats regarding the separation of judiciary case has been further deferred until June 26 due to a time petition filed
 arrow BB terms Jubok's deposit collection 'illegal banking'
A Bangladesh Bank (BB) investigation report termed Jubo Karmasangsthan Society's (Jubok) collection of money enticing people into depositing high profit as 'illegal banking' while Jubo KarmasangsthanSociety
 arrow British envoy worried over political violence
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury yesterday expressed concern at the surge in violent incidents in the run-up to the general elections in Bangladesh.
 arrow Army, Rab raid kills 10 Indian insurgents
Ten alleged Indian insurgents are believed to have been killed in a joint raid by the army and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on a remote dense forest at Baghaichhari in Rangamati yesterday, according to
 arrow EU concerned over slow implementation of CHT accord
The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the slow progress in implementing the CHT Peace Accord that was signed in 1997.
 arrow Half-day hartal observed in Rajshahi
Awami League (AL) Rajshahi district unit enforced a half-day hartal in the city yesterday protesting police attack on city AL General Secretary AHM Khairuzzaman Liton during Dhaka siege programme at Saver
 arrow US calls on Iran to grab diplomatic opportunity
The United States called on Iran yesterday to halt uranium enrichment and grab an "enormous diplomatic opportunity" as the UN nuclear watchdog opened a meeting here.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A leader of an outlawed party was killed during a "shootout" between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Joykhan area under Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district early yesterday.
 arrow Israel steps up threats against Palestinian PM
A senior member of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's party threatened Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas with assassination yesterday if the group renews suicide bombings inIsrael.
Businessarrow Domestic borrowing to hit hard private sector credit: BEA
Dependence on domestic borrowing as envisaged in the proposed budget will have an adverse impact on the private sector credit besides a further rise in inflation, opined country's prominent economists
 arrow Form natíl policy on child labour
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to formulate a national policy on child labour and include this issue in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
 arrow Businesses stress utilisation of duty-free facility
The trade deficit between Bangladesh and Thailand could be reduced through proper initiatives and utilisation of the already-existed duty-free access facility of a large number of Bangladeshi goods to
 arrow Dollar climbs as market awaits US inflation data
The dollar rose on Monday as investors awaited key US inflation data later this week that could have a bearing on whether the US Federal Reserve raises interest rates again this month, dealers said.
 arrow Pakistan faces US aid cut
Facing a cutback in financial aid from the United States for cited failure to usher in sufficient democratic reforms, Pakistan has denied the $250 million reduction was aimed at it specifically.
 arrow BB's new dept to check forex forgery
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has set up a special department to investigate forgery and fraudulence of foreign currencies in export and import.
 arrow HSBC plans expansion in India
HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations, plans to expand its activities in India with the opening of its branches in Raipur, Jodhpur and Lucknow in the next few months,
 arrow Renata declares 50pc cash, 20pc stock dividends
Renata Ltd, a pharmaceutical company, has declared a 50 per cent cash dividend and a 20 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Banglalink offers free talk-time for new connection
Mobile phone operator Banglalink has announced a new offer styled 'Budget Bonus' under which subscribers will get Tk 100 free talk-time with every new connection.
 arrow Jakarta to ask for Yogya quake loans
Indonesia is expected to ask its main international creditors to redirect loans to help rebuild quake-devastated central Java, the World Bank said Monday.
 arrow New chairman of BLFCA
Anis A Khan, chief executive officer and managing director of Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh, has been elected the new chairman of Bangladesh Leasing and Financial Companies Association
 arrow Indian industrial output up
India's industrial output picked up in April, rising 9.5 percent after an increase of 8.1 percent in the same month a year ago, official data showed Monday.
 arrow GP BCI Fair postponed
The GrameenPhone BCI Fair 2006, scheduled to be held between June 15 and 19 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, has been postponed due to some unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow Oil eases in Asian trading
Oil prices were easier in Asian trade Monday, with the market waiting for the next lead on tensions over Iran's controversial nuclear programme after a fresh spike Friday, dealers said.
 arrow Malaysia, US kick off trade talks
The United States on Monday kicked off free-trade talks with Malaysia, signalling it will press for concessions in the protected automotive industry and the finance sector.
 arrow Ericsson sells defence unit to Saab for $521m
Swedish telecom giant Ericsson said Monday it would sell its defence unit Ericsson Microwave Systems and its 40-percent holding in Saab Ericsson Space to aeronautics group Saab AB for 3.
Sportsarrow Football: Comeback Aussie style
Australia stormed home with three goals in the final eight minutes for a stunning 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Japan in their Group F World Cup match in scorching temperatures here Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Negative' press irks Scolari
Portugal coach Luis Felipe Scolari was in feisty mood after watching his World Cup side struggle to a win on what proved to be a testing opening night against spirited minnows Angola.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
A story of twins
Ap, Germany

When it came to soccer, Philipp Degen was always a few steps ahead of his identical twin David.

 arrow Football: Quest for Hexa starts
Brazil launch their bid for a record sixth World Cup title when they face Croatia on Tuesday in the Berlin stadium where they aim to return in four weeks' time to lift the trophy.
 arrow Football: Mission: Exorcise 2002
France takes on neighbours Switzerland in their opening World Cup skirmish in Stuttgart on Tuesday eager to atone for their tepid title defence four years ago.
 arrow Football: Afro-Asian battle
South Korea aim to show that their glory run to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals was neither a fluke nor FIFA-assisted with a repeat performance in Germany starting with a win over rudderless debutantsTogo.
 arrow Football: Big Swiss
The Swiss want respect and manager Koebi Kuhn is eager to get it by beating former world champion France in their World Cup opener.
 arrow Football: Adebayor: Turmoil is normal
Togo's star player Emmanuel Adebayor dismissed claims on Sunday the chaos surrounding his team's preparations for their opening match in their first World Cup finals would affect them.
 arrow Tennis: Roger regrets Slam slip
World number one Roger Federer admitted Sunday that he let a golden opportunity to complete his Grand Slam collection slip through his fingers.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal the king of clay
Rafael Nadal joined the ranks of clay court legends when he successfully defended his men's title at the French Open on Sunday beating world number one Roger Federer.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
Colour was what dominated the headlines in Day 3 of the World Cup as the Dutch painted Leipzig a sea of orange while the green and red of Mexico and Iran respectively provided a perfect contrast.
 arrow Football: Rooney poised for T&T return
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is poised to unleash Wayne Rooney upon Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday as his team seeks to wrap up qualification from Group B.
 arrow Football: Saudi desert sons killed by kindness
Saudi Arabia embark on a fourth World Cup finals campaign on Wednesday with fears that the vast sums of money lavished on the game in the kingdom could prove fatal to its long term health.
 arrow Football: Argentines relieved
Buoyed by their hard fought victory against a tough Ivory Coast side, Argentina's players found added cause for relief Sunday after Group C rivals the Netherland's 1-0 defeat of Serbia.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after the Japan-Australia match on Monday:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), Klose (Germany), T Cahill (Australia), Wanchope (Costa Rica)
1 - Aloisi (Australia)

 arrow Football: WC Briefs
World Cup coaches leave no stone unturned, or more importantly any blade of grass unmeasured, in their quest for the ultimate prize in football.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo eyes 'Der Bomber'
Records are made to be broken and in World Cup terms they don't come tumbling down more often than when Brazil are in town.
 arrow Football: No holy water for Lippi
There will be no 'holy water' on Italy's bench when they fight it out for the illusive fourth title in Germany.
 arrow Football: Lavolpe owes Bravo one
Mexico scored twice in three second-half minutes to beat Iran 3-1 on Sunday and give a massive boost to their bid to go past the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: India in driver's seat
Three hundreds and three early West Indies wickets, including the prized scalp of Brian Lara, placed India in an impregnable position in the second Test on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ash cracks double ton
Mohammad Ashraful got back in the runs with a massive 202 in a second round one-day match of the David Kaufman Memorial Trophy against St. Mary's College Old Boys at their club ground on June 4.
 arrow Football: Chelsea marksmen firing
If anyone doubted Roman Abramovich's money was ill spent on his strikers then the opening matches of the World Cup would have blown those apart.
 arrow Football: Strangers in a strange land
They're surrounded by the tightest security, quizzed about lukewarm support back home and constantly questioned over whether they can reprise a surprisingly successful run in the last World Cup.
 arrow Football: Blessed from heaven
Two days after attending his father's funeral in Guadalajara, Mexico's Oswaldo Sanchez fell to his knees as he tasted World Cup joy in front of a mass of his country's fans at the Frankenstadion.
 arrow Football: Winning is what matters
They won, 1-0, and that's what counts.
 arrow Football: World Cup is hazardous!
From Mogadishu to Kabul to Baghdad, watching the World Cup is proving to be bad for your health. Sometimes it's fatal.
 arrow Football: Unhealthy World Cup
Football fever gripping South Korea ahead of the team's World Cup debut against Togo on Tuesday has taken an unhealthy turn, according to some critics here.
 arrow Football: When life comes to a halt
When Brazil take the field in Berlin on Tuesday for their first game of the 2006 World Cup, this continent-sized country of 185 million people will grind to a halt.
 arrow Football: Spotlight on Robben
Arjen Robben was hailed in the same category as Brazilian star Ronaldinho after dismantling the armour-plated defence of Serbia and Montenegro in the Netherlands' vital 1-0 World Cup win.
 arrow Football: 'It's just a game'
Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves took issue with legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly's famous remark that football's not about life and death, it's more important than that.
 arrow Football: Italians in doubt
Italian media and fans, disillusioned by a domestic soccer scandal, were divided on Monday over whether to support the national team in their opening World Cup match with Ghana.
 arrow Football: Ji-Sung supremely confident
South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung believes that his fame will act as a magnet for Togo's defence leaving room for his team-mates to exploit in their opening Group G match on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Trezeguet aims Platini record
Juventus striker David Trezeguet is gunning for Michel Platini's record of scoring 41 goals for the national team.
 arrow Football: Follow the leader
The much-travelled Dick Advocaat said he found the perfect job when he became coach of South Korea because the players never question his decisions.
 arrow Football: Togo in disarray
Togo, with one day to go before their World Cup debut against South Korea in Frankfurt on Tuesday, were left to sort out a pay row and a mess over who would coach the side.
 arrow Football: Hosts enjoying sunshine
Summer has finally arrived in Berlin and the sunshine seems to have brought the Californian out in Juergen Klinsmann.
 arrow Football: Pfister is back
German coach Otto Pfister is to return to coach the Togo team just three days after he walked out over a dispute concerning player's bonuses.
 arrow Football: Group of Death is alive
Whenever there is a World Cup, there is talk of a difficult group that stands out from the rest and is almost impossible to predict.
 arrow Football: Happy time in Germany
Despite political tensions between the United States and much of the world, US players at the World Cup have received a warm reception from their German hosts and supporters of rival nations.
 arrow Football: Olic boosts Croatia
Croatia received a welcome boost ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Group F opener against five-time champions Brazil on Saturday when it was revealed striker Ivica Olic would be fit to play.
 arrow Football: Gallas a Linekar fan
Asked for his favourite FIFA World Cup player and moment, France defender William Gallas came up with unexpected answers.
 arrow Football: Ghana love 'Pap'
Ghana's players love their coach Ratomir Dujkovic so much, they call him "pap", team captain Stephen Appiah said on Sunday. "He is more like a father to us than a coach.
 arrow Football: Perplexed Trezeguet
Striker David Trezeguet said on Sunday he found it difficult to understand why he was not an automatic starter for France.
 arrow Football: A monk-ey of rules
The chief monk in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Monday warned his charges away from the World Cup, but said that if they must watch matches, they should do so quietly.
 arrow Football: Lemerre extends Tunisia contract
Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre looks like having a happier ending to the 2006 World Cup than the previous one as he extended his contract by another two years with the 2004 African Nations Cup championson
 arrow Football: Wanchope eyes Roma switch
Costa Rican star Paulo Wanchope, who scored his team's two goals against Germany in the World Cup's opening match, said Sunday he wants to play for Italian Serie A club AS Roma.
 arrow Football: Swedes in brawl again
Swedish captain Olof Mellberg and teammate Fredrik Ljungberg had a bustup after a disappointing World Cup draw against Trinidad and Tobago, the Swedish press reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Keane hangs up his boots
Roy Keane, the midfielder who was instrumental in Manchester United's dominance of English football throughout the 1990's, has announced his retirement from football because of injury.
Metropolitanarrow People to resist AL if it continues anarchy
BNP leaders at a rally in the city yesterday said people would resist opposition Awami League if it continues anarchy in the name of agitation.
 arrow No credible polls possible under present CEC: Jalil
Reiterating combine opposition's demand for resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil said no credible election is possible under the supervision
 arrow 'Govt deceives people with mathematical jugglery'
Leaders of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation yesterday termed the proposed budget for 2006-07 fiscal 'anti-people', saying that the government has deceived
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Cox's Bazar, Sirajganj and Chapainawabganj yesterday.
 arrow 'Political commitment a must to eliminate child labour'
Political commitment and formulation of a national child labour policy is a must to eliminate hazardous child labour, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Saifur pledges to continue working for Sylhet
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said he would continue to work for his Sylhet region, the country and the party until the last day of his political career.
 arrow PM seeks Filipino support for nurses' training
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought Philippines support for nursing training by sending trainers to train nurses at Nursing Training Institutes.
 arrow Police action on journos protested
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) have strongly condemned the police attack on newsmen during the 14-party's Dhaka siege programme on Sunday.
 arrow Satkhira lawyers boycott court
Lawyers of Satkhira Bar Association yesterday boycotted all district courts, brought out procession and held rally protesting the government's decision to shift the court of third additional judge toBagerhat
 arrow SCBA protests police attacks during Dhaka siege programme
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday condemned the police attacks on people during the Dhaka siege programme of 14-party opposition combine on Sunday.
 arrow Apply knowledge for betterment of the downtrodden
China-Bangladesh Friendship Conference Centre wore a festive look yesterday as hundred of graduates, teachers and guests wearing convocation gowns took part in the 10th convocation ceremony of Independent
 arrow Results of asstt teachers' appointment published
The final results of "Assistant Teachers Appointment-2005" were published in the city yesterday.
 arrow Removal of Dinajpur Vet College principal demanded
The students of Dinajpur Government Veterinary College formed a human chain in front of Dinajpur Press Club to press home their seven-point demand, including removal of the principal of the college.
 arrow Attack on Gen Shafiullah protested
A group of retired army officers yesterday condemned the "police attack" on former army chief Major General (Retd) KM Shafiullah during the Dhaka siege programme of the 14-party opposition combine.
 arrow Biman to hire two aircraft to avert any crisis
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is going to hire two aircraft to avert any crisis during the operation of Hajj flights.
 arrow 37 Dohar BNP men get bail in AL leader killing case
A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to 37 BNP leaders and activists of Dohar thana unit, accused of killing Khalil Kazi, a Awami League (AL) leader of the same area.
 arrow Charges framed against Sunny, five others
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and five others in two cases.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Bangladesh Mohila Parishad yesterday demanded punishment to the culprits responsible for assaulting a female student inside a female dormitory atdormitory at Jahangirnagar University.
 arrow BCL attack on journos at DU condemned
Former founder members, presidents and general secretaries of Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA) in a statement yesterday strongly condemned the attack on journalists by some unruly Bangladesh
 arrow Withdraw scope for money whitening
Tax lawyers yesterday urged the government to withdraw the opportunity for money whitening through buying plots, apartments, flats and cars in the proposed budget as it would promote the interests ofcorrupt
 arrow Rab informant shot in city
A gang of criminals shot and injured an informant for the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Sabujbagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow BOU viva voce rescheduled
The viva voce of the Bangladesh Open University (BOU) MBA Programme of 061 semesters under Dhaka Regional Resource Center (RRC) has been resheduled due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University (DU) authorities postponed all the examinations scheduled for June 13 and 14 due to unavoidable reasons, a DU press release said yesterday.
 arrow Polite Britain gets tough on anti-social behaviour
Preacher Philip Howard used to yell "be a winner not a sinner" at passers-by through a megaphone on London's Oxford Street. But not everyone appreciated his high-volume evangelising.
Nationalarrow BSF kills 10 in ten days on southwestern border
At least 10 Bangladeshis were killed and 60 injured in BSF fire in ten days since June 1 in southwestern border areas.
 arrow SUST teachers urge President to intervene
Academic life of about 6,500 students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has become uncertain as there is no move from any quarter to end the stalemate, created following resignation
 arrow Poor catch marks start of Hilsha season
The Hilsha season began weeks ago but traders in Barisal are frustrated as they did not got a single 'Hilsha-day' yet. The poor catch of Hilsha has worried traders in Barisal wholesale fish market.
 arrow Ex-OC among 12 sued in Sajid murder case
Twelve policemen including a former officer-in-charge (OC) of Gaibandha Police Station were sued in connection with alleged murder of Sajedur Rahman Sajid in custody.
 arrow Scheduled flag meet not held
A scheduled flag meeting between BDR and BSF to discuss the situation following Friday's skirmishes on Chuadanga border was not held yesterday.
 arrow JCD men cut tendons of BCL activist
JCD cadres hacked Chhatra League activist Shuva Das and cut his left hand tendons in Gournadi Sunday night. Locals took him to Barisal Shere Bangla Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
 arrow 3 get life for murder
All three accused in Mostafizur Rahman Sharif alias Lal Sharif murder case were sentenced to life term here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh and fuel pricing
The last few days have witnessed comprehensive exchange of views in the media not only over the implications of the new budget proposal but also about the decision to raise fuel prices.
 arrow Perception is reality
The hope for discourse among the workers and the owners of the garments factories seems to be waning fast.
 arrow Liberalisation of monetary policy creates environment for investment
As the globalisation process is advancing rapidly, most of the developing nations are intending to adopt a flexible monetary policy to ensure the least disequilibrium in macroeconomic variables.
Culturearrow Seventh Children's Theatre Festival begins
Hundreds of colourfully clad children brought out a grand procession from the Bangladesh Shishu Academy premises yesterday.
 arrow Dance drama by Bangladesh Ballet Troupe
A dance drama is a dramatic form in which the elements of dance, music and dramatic pieces are fused together. It is a mirror held against the artistic and social ethos of the region and the times.
 arrow Gala round of ATN Taroka - acting
The third episode of the gala round (western classical acting) of ATN Taroka Tarokader Taroka will be aired tonight at 8.40pm on ATN Bangla, says a press release.
 arrow Maqsood's new talk show Bishwocup Protidin
Musician and vocalist Maqsoodul Haque, launched a football-centric show, Bishwocup Protidin from June 9 on Banglavision, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Maoists, Nepal PM to hold peace talks soon
Nepal's Premier Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist rebel leader Prachanda will soon hold historic peace talks, a senior insurgent said yesterday, as the government pledged to release hundreds of jailedMaoists.
 arrow 7 al-Qaeda 'terrorists' killed in US air raid
The US military said seven "terrorists" linked to al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq were killed during an air strike yesterday near the restive Iraqi city of Baquba. The strike also left two children dead.
 arrow 27 Taliban killed in Afghan clashes
Afghan and coalition troops killed 27 suspected Taliban, including a man believed to be related to the movement's leader, in clashes in Afghanistan, a military general said yesterday.
 arrow 5 die in Pakistani bomb blast
At least five people were killed and 17 wounded when a powerful bomb exploded yesterday outside a grocery shop in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.
 arrow 5 killed in Israeli train collision
Five people were killed and more than 70 others wounded in a train crash Monday near the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, police said.
 arrow Lanka accuses Tigers of 'intransigence'
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Monday accused the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of intransigence after the recent breakdown in talks between the two sides.
 arrow US drives world military spending to new high
Global military spending shot to a record high in 2005, with the United States accounting for nearly half the total, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said yesterday.
 arrow 'US-led war on terror increases risk of terrorist attacks'
The US-led "war on terror" is increasing the risk of terrorist attacks and distracting governments from greater threats to global security such as climate change, a think-tank warned in a report yesterday.
 arrow Lanka's new air chief follows in father's flight path
Air Vice Marshal Roshan Goonetileke took command of Sri Lanka's air force yesterday, 25 years after his father retired from the post.
 arrow 11 people killed in Kashmir violence
Eleven people died and dozens were injured in violence across Indian Kashmir yesterday, including eight labourers shot dead by suspected Islamic militants, police and army spokesmen said.
 arrow India, US seek to finalise nuke deal draft
Indian and US officials began talks yesterday in an attempt to finalise the draft of a landmark civilian nuclear agreement that is struggling to win the approval of the US Congress.
 arrow Rights group blasts China's 'irresponsible' arms trade
A leading human rights group has called China one of the world's most reckless arms exporters with one billion dollars in annual trade fuelling violence in countries like Sudan, Nepal and Myanmar.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police belligerence against journalists
It was painful sight indeed to see members of the law enforcing agencies pouncing on newsmen in the streets during the political programme of the opposition on Sunday, which left several of the latter
 arrow Editorial: Punishing the people, all over again
Hartal doesn't serve its stated purpose, far less a 36-hour long one, which actually recoils on the caller. It works as an instrument of punishing the people.
 arrow Liberalisation and food security
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) organised a workshop on "Trade Liberalisation and Food Security in South Asia: The Lessons Learnt".
 arrow The dilemma of a new 'oldest' nation
One of the significant changes that Japan had gone through at the beginning of the twenty-first centuray is to become the 'oldest' nation in the world, not in terms of being the land of an ancient civilisation,
 arrow Constraints in the path to peaceful co-existence
On the mini screen of the electronic media the other day the whole nation watched a frantic effort on the part of the Chief Election Commissioner to convince the press that indeed he was not a bad man.
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