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Front Pagearrow EC decision illegal
The Election Commission's (EC) recent decision to revise the existing voter list in the office without going door to door contradicts the High Court (HC) directives as well as the commission's own decision
 arrow Clashes mark first day of 36-hr hartal
Sporadic clashes between police and pro-hartal activists in the capital and elsewhere in the country left over 100 people injured on the first day of the 36-hour hartal from 6:00am yesterday enforcedby
 arrow The trio and their election 'subversion' ploy?
Seldom, if ever, there has been a chief election commissioner (CEC) so bent upon creating obstacles to the process of holding a free and fair election than our venerable Justice M.A. Aziz.
 arrow Many may miss new roll
Experts fear that huge number of eligible people will be deprived of their constitutional right to franchise in the next parliamentary elections, as the Election Commission (EC) for the first time has
 arrow 3 DEPZ garment units closed
Three factories in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) were closed yesterday following workers' unrest and untoward incidents while Youngone Group could not resume production in their factories in the
 arrow 8 of the dead still unidentified
Bodies of the 10 suspected Indian insurgents killed in a gunfight between them and a joint team of army and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on remote Bhuichhari Mukh frontier at Baghaichhari in Rangamati
 arrow EC's another appallingly illegal step
Former election commissioner Justice Naimuddin Ahmed has said the Election Commission (EC) has taken yet another appallingly illegal step by deciding "to revise the existing voter list but its officials
 arrow No compensation 9yrs into blowout
Today is the 9th anniversary of Magurchhara gas well explosion.
 arrow Rusty start for France
A lacklustre France failed to tame Switzerland in their World Cup opener yesterday, having to be content with a 0-0 draw from a tight, tactical battle at the Gottlieb Daimler Stadion.
 arrow Korea survive Togo scare
South Korea were given an almighty scare by Togo on Tuesday before a second-half revival earned them a 2-1 victory to launch their World Cup campaign.
 arrow Brazil ride on Kaka
A first-half moment of magic by AC Milan star Kaka gave defending champions Brazil a 1-0 win over Croatia in their opening World Cup Group F match at the Olympic Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Statements of Hasina, Moshiur expunged
Monday's heated exchange that took place in the parliament between Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and ruling BNP lawmaker Moshiur Rahman has been expunged from the records of the day's parliamentary
 arrow 1 BSF man dies in shootout on Satkhira border
At least one member of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was killed during a fierce shootout between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the BSF in the bordering river Ichhamati on Monday night nearPadmashakhra,
 arrow Govt forms 15 teams to watch implementation
The government yesterday formed 15 teams to ensure implementation of the tripartite agreement signed on Monday by the government, garment owners and workers' leaders to ensure labour rights and peaceful
 arrow Over 1 lakh to get Tk 200 each a month
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday launched an allowance programme for the insolvent physically challenged.
 arrow Govt asked to reconstitute EC
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday urged the government to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC) with capable and non-partisan persons on the basis of a national consensus.
 arrow JS approves supplementary budget
Jatiya Sangsad yesterday approved a Tk 2,516 crore supplementary budget for the current fiscal, allocating most of it to the agriculture, defence, and home ministries.
 arrow Bulu gets bail in ex-wife torturing case
A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad interim bail to MNH Bulu, a director of private satellite television Boishakhi, in connection with the case filed for torturing his ex-wife for dowry.
 arrow No plan for new banks, mergers on cards: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the government does not have plans to give permission for opening any new banks, but it is considering merging two or more banks, which are in bad condition.
 arrow Criminals fire on house of EC Rahman
Criminals shot bullets at the first floor of Election Commissioner (EC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman's house at Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday dawn.
 arrow 3 missing as boat capsizes in Buriganga
Three people went missing as a boat capsized in the river Buriganga yesterday.
 arrow Eyes of BNP leader gouged out over toll
An angry mob gouged out both the eyes of a ruling BNP leader of Morrelganj upazila in Bagerhat on Monday night.
 arrow Hearing on Paban's bail tomorrow
A Dhaka court shifted yesterday's scheduled hearing on the bail petition of Aktar Hamid Paban, son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, arrested on charge of carjacking, to tomorrow following the defence
 arrow 5 boys rescued from traffickers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday rescued five boys while they were being trafficked to India through Banapole border.
 arrow Bush makes sudden trip to unquiet Iraq
At least 32 people were killed yesterday in Iraq, including 18 in five car bomb attacks in the oil city of Kirkuk, after warnings by al-Qaeda of vengeance for the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
 arrow 11 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike
Eleven people, including two children, were killed in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday in the deadliest air strike this year by the Israeli military in the territory.
 arrow British police 'shot without warning’
A British man shot by police seeking a possible chemical bomb in a London home, and later released without charge, said yesterday the officer gave no warning before pulling the trigger.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Youngone Group has contradicted some information mentioned in a report headlined "30 hurt as workers fight with officials at DEPZ factory" published in The Daily Star and similar news item carried
Businessarrow Remittance crosses $4b in July-May this fiscal
Remittance inflow crossed a record four billion US dollars mark growing by over 25 percent in the first 11 months of the current financial year.
 arrow Biman introduces e-ticketing system soon
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is going to introduce e-ticketing system instead of conventional system as part of its modernisation process to ensure an effective coordination with modern airlines.
 arrow Avail of liberal regime to invest in Bangladesh
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has urged the Danish businessmen to invest in Bangladesh, which have a more liberal investment regime in South Asia.
 arrow Nokia plans Dhaka-based expansion in emerging Asia
Considering Bangladesh as one of the most exciting markets in Asia, Nokia, one of the largest cell phone producers in the world, plans to expand its business and services in 'Emerging Asia' with headquarters
 arrow Cushion covers have export potentials in Canada
As decorative products like cushion covers are in great demand in Canada, there is a potential market for Bangladesh made cushion covers in the Canadian market, according to a study.
 arrow Robust growth forecast for Gulf economies
The oil-rich Gulf monarchies, which boasted strong growth in the past three years thanks to record oil prices, are forecast to show another year of robust growth in 2006, despite a painful correctionin
 arrow Malaysia cautious on US trade deal
Malaysia said Tuesday it was proceeding cautiously with negotiations for a free-trade deal with the United States which began this week, and would not act against the national interest.
 arrow Nissan, GM to seal Russia car factory deals
Japanese carmaker Nissan is to sign a deal with Russia on Tuesday to build a factory near the northwest city of Saint Peterburg, officials said, as US auto giant General Motors prepares to launch construction
 arrow GP Grahak Katha programme held in Manikganj
To enhance customers service as well as to build direct relationship with the customers community, GrameenPhone recently conducted its 'GrameenPhone Grahak Katha' programme at Ghior and Harirampur police
 arrow New executives of Shahjalal Islami Bank
Sajjatuz Jumma, founder chairman of Shahajalal Islami Bank Ltd., was unanimously re-elected chairman at the 67th meeting of the bank's Board of Directors at the bank's office Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow HK gold falls thru’ key $600 level
Hong Kong gold prices extended losses and had fallen below the key 600 US dollars level in midday trade Tuesday. Gold was quoted at 598.70-589.
 arrow Global economy faces increasing risk: IMF
The global economy faces increasing "downside risks" including rising oil prices, falling stock markets and trade imbalances, the head of the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday.
 arrow World, Opec oil supplies rise: IEA
World oil supplies rose by 445,000 barrels per day in May to 85.
 arrow India, China to meet in Tibet to revive Silk Road trade
Officials from India and China are scheduled to meet in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa at the weekend to finalize dates to reopen trade along the ancient Silk Road, an official said Tuesday.
 arrow Vietnam eyes bigger export of electronic products
Vietnam has targeted an annual earnings growth of 27 percent in exporting its electronic products between 2006 and 2010 with the revenue reaching 4.
 arrow EU hopes to move into top gear on energy policy
European Union leaders will endeavour to move into overdrive on energy policy this week ordering the EU commission to quickly lay the groundwork for a comprehensive agreement with Russia.
 arrow Iraq eyes rapid trade deal with EU
Iraq's new government plans to start immediately negotiating a trade and cooperation deal with the European Union, its foreign minister said Monday hailing a "new chapter" in ties with the bloc.
Sportsarrow Football: Super-sub Ahn rescues Korea
Talismanic striker Ahn Jung-Hwan came off the bench to score the winner for South Korea as they came form a goal down to beat 10-man Togo 2-1 in their Group G World Cup opener here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Vidic's WC over
Reuters, Billerbeck

Serbia & Montenegro defender Nemanja Vidic will miss the rest of the World Cup after picking up a knee injury in training, a team official said

 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Millions of German fans but also their counterparts across the globe are doing their surreptitious best to sneak a quick view of as much of the World Cup as they can during office hours.
 arrow Football: Relief for hosts
Boosted by the return of their inspirational captain Michael Ballack hosts Germany have the chance to book a place in the second round of the World Cup when they face Poland in Dortmund on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Doubts over stars
Group H favourites Spain could be given an unexpected boost ahead of their opener against Ukraine - if Andriy Shevchenko decides to sit out Wednesday's afternoon match in Leipzig.
 arrow Football: Arabs seek to end drought
Neither Tunisia or Saudi Arabia have particularly impressive records at the World Cup, but both have an opportunity to burnish their statistics when they meet here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after the Togo-South Korea match on Tuesday:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), Klose (Germany), T Cahill (Australia), Wanchope (Costa Rica), Rosicky (Czech Republic)
1 - Aloisi (Australia),

 arrow Football: Third Eye
Day 4 might have thrown up a genuine contender for the World Cup title as the Czech Republic turned in an absolute master-class to dispatch of last time quarterfinalists USA by three goals to nil.
 arrow Football: Aussies go wild
"Goal! Goal! Goal!" screamed a headline after the Socceroos' come-from-behind 3-1 World Cup victory over Japan sparked street celebrations across Australia early Tuesday.
 arrow Football: The grass to blame
After the ball, the weather and a lack of water, struggling World Cup stars have started blaming the grass for lacklustre displays.
 arrow Football: Cahill the toast of Aussie football
Teammates have acclaimed substitute Tim Cahill's second goal world-class as Australia partied long and hard after their first ever victory at the World Cup over Japan.
 arrow Football: Diet danger for OZ
Australian men were warned Tuesday that their unhealthly World Cup diets would result in them "blimping out", as the nation's interest in the tournament soared after the Socceroos' victory over Japan.
 arrow Football: Domenech blasts 'spy' press
France coach Raymond Domenech criticised his country's media for helping World Cup opponent Switzerland by revealing details of his likely line-up.
 arrow Football: Casillas wants to end Spanish pain
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is confident a win against Ukraine in their Group H opener in Leipzig on Wednesday could help kickstart a new era for international football's biggest underachievers.
 arrow Football: Spain's Hall of Shame
Spain's World Cup history is littered with dashed hopes and false dawns.
 arrow Football: I'm With You...

 arrow Cricket: Rain obstructs India
India were looking to deliver the knockout punch when it rained on their parade in the second Test against West Indies on Monday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
 arrow Football: Poland's battle for life
When Poland take on Group A leader and historical foe Germany in Dortmund Wednesday, the red and whites will be playing for their World Cup lives and trying to salvage national honour after a disastrous
 arrow Cricket: Marcus whacks neighbours
Marcus Trescothick hit a superb 113 as England ran up a total of 301-7 in their 50 overs in the inaugural one-day international against Ireland here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil's media under pressure
The World Cup pressure on holders Brazil was reaching boiling point in the hours counting down to Tuesday's Group F encounter with Croatia in Berlin.
 arrow Football: Pushed around
When it came down to game time, the Czech Republic were the schoolyard bully, and USA were the wimpy kid in the corner handing over his lunch money.
 arrow Football: A foreign affair
If things had worked out differently, Germany would have drawn 2-2 with Costa Rica and Mexico may well have ended level with Iran. As for Tunisia, they may not have been here at all.
 arrow Football: Blokhin adamant about success
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin will be forgiven if he is suffering from a case of debutant's delusions, but the former Soviet great is adamant his side can punch well above their weight at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: All tickets valid
Spectators who buy World Cup tickets on the black market will still be allowed into the stadiums even if they are caught by security guards, the organisers said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: A match for Europe
Who said Asian football was no match for Europe? Australia's all Asian Football Confederation (AFC) clash with Japan was one of the most enthralling matches of the World Cup so far and a great advert
 arrow Football: Humble Rosicky
Tomas Rosicky scored twice in the Czech Republic's World Cup opener with the United States on Monday and then said he was no great goalscorer.
 arrow Football: Pfister's dream comes true
German coach Otto Pfister returned to coach the Togo team just three days after he walked out over a dispute concerning player's bonuses.
 arrow Football: Break the European voodoo
Germany's clash with Poland on Wednesday provides a chance for the World Cup hosts to end a decade-long run of failure against European teams in the finals of major tournaments.
 arrow Football: Age is an asset
Still at the heart of Tunisia's stingy defence, Ali Boumnijel is the oldest player at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Pressure on Al Montashiri
Central defender Hamad Al Montashiri will need to show the qualities that made him 2005 Asian Footballer of the Year if Saudi Arabia are to reach the World Cup second round.
 arrow Football: Pirlo proves critics wrong
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo's goal in Monday's 2-0 Group E win over Ghana did more than break the deadlock in a tricky test for the Azzurri -- it cast aside the many doubts over the playmaker's form.
 arrow Football: Things going Lippi's way
Italy coach Marcello Lippi sat back and smiled broadly as he reflected on his side's solid 2-0 victory over Ghana in their opening Group E World Cup match here on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Ref apologised over goal'
Australia's players said Egyptian referee Esam Abd El Fatah had apologised for allowing a disputed goal against them in their 3-1 over Japan in World Cup Group F on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Kamikaze football for the fans'
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has defended Germany's policy of all-out attack at the World Cup saying it is home fans who demand attractive football.
 arrow Football: Czech papers have field day
The Czech Republic's 3-0 football World Cup triumph over the United States was celebrated enthusiastically with photos and front page coverage in all Czech newspapers.
 arrow Football: 'Red Devils' on streets
More than a million South Korean soccer fans were Tuesday set to take to the street of Seoul and other cities to cheer on the national squad in its World Cup opener in Germany, police said.
 arrow Football: Saudis offered cash incentive
Saudi Arabia's players could earn up to 600,000 riyal ($160,000) each if they reach the last 16 of the World Cup, a team spokesman confirmed on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Tunisia are tensed: Lemerre
The Tunisian football coach Roger Lemerre said on Monday that his squad were paralysed with fright just 48 hours ahead of their opening World Cup Group H match with Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Football: Crouch to hang up dancing feet
England striker Peter Crouch has sent the 'robot' into retirement and will only revive it if England win the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Tunisia replace second player
Reserve defender Mehdi Meriah has withdrawn from the Tunisian World Cup squad due to an injury and will be replaced by forward Haykel Guemamdia, the Tunisian team's Web site said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Hamann considering Bolton move
Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says he will decide this week about a possible move to Bolton Wanderers.
Metropolitanarrow 'Around 8 pc suffer from thalassemia in S Asia'
HSBC-Red Crescent Thalassemia Research Centre, first of its kind in the port city, was inaugurated here on Monday.
 arrow Donors to help tackle city flood, waterlogging during this monsoon
The World Bank (WB) is working closely with other donors to assist the government to provide a better urban environment for its citizens through improved water supply, sanitation and drainage services,
 arrow 'Numerical method can improve weather forecast'
A five-day workshop on Numerical Weather Prediction using the Florida State University Model was held at Bangladesh Computer Council in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow 2 die in road mishaps
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Chandpur and Bagerhat yesterday.
 arrow UCEP, Shishu Kallyan Trust sign MoU
UCEP Bangladesh and Shishu Kallyan Trust (SKT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 'Extended SKT Programme for Skill Development' in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Indian HC expresses concern
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka has expressed concern about the reports concerning the BSF that appeared in the local media, says a press release.
 arrow Two JMB men arrested in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the police separately arrested two JMB men from Bagmara in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Attack on garment workers at DEPZ condemned
Two human rights organisations yesterday condemned the attack on garment workers including a pregnant woman at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar on Monday.
 arrow 600 flats to be distributed today
The National Housing Authority (NHA) will distribute 600 flats located at Mirpur Housing Estate in the city to 600 persons from among the 7,649 applicants through lottery.
 arrow Tk 23.82 lakh received for AMCH in May
Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) received over Tk 23 lakh 81 thousand from 18 new donors in May, says a press release. They are -- Dr Aminul Huq and Chhabi Amin, Tk 6 lakh 89 thousand 109.
 arrow BNP to stage countrywide demonstration tomorrow
The ruling BNP will stage demonstration across the country tomorrow to protest "derogatory remarks" made by Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina against Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in parliament on Monday.
 arrow Cop commits suicide in city
A traffic police constable allegedly committed suicide in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow AL, BNP clash in Bagerhat:10 hurt, 35 held
At least 10 people were injured and some party offices, shops and houses ransacked in series of clashes between Awami League and BNP activists in the town on Monday night.
 arrow JSD demands resignation of CEC
Left leaning Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu and General Secretary Syed Jafar Sajjad yesterday protested the Election Commission (EC) decision of updating the voters' roll without
 arrow Garment workers for tripartite agreement
Leaders of '16-Garment Workers' Associations' demanded a tripartite agreement between the government, owners and workers in 72 hours otherwise they would launch a tougher movement, including strike, says
 arrow Certificate course on multilateral system begins
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and North South University (NSU) organised the inaugural ceremony of a two-month certificate course on 'The Multilateral System and Its Impact on Bangladesh' at the
 arrow Screening of three films suspended
Bangladesh Film Censor Board has suspended screening of three Bangla feature films in all cinema halls for showing censored indecent and objectionable scenes.
 arrow Appeal for help
Mosharraf Hossain Pigu, a former student of Bangladesh Agricultural University, has been suffering from chronic kidney disease, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Flood hits Sylhet, Moulvibazar
Heavy rain in last three days and onrush of water from hills across the border triggered flash flood in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts, leaving at least 30,000 people marooned and disrupting road links
 arrow Satkhira lawyers start court boycott today
Members of Satkhira Bar Association will boycott all courts from today protesting a government decision to shift the Third Additional Judge's court from the district to Bagerhat.
 arrow Magura voter enumerators stage sit-in for payments
Several hundred voter enumerators in Mohammadpur upazila in Magura district staged a sit-in yesterday in front of the upazila election office, demanding payment of their remuneration.
 arrow Pneumonia kills 4 children, attacks 800 in 2 districts
Pneumonia claimed at least four children and attacked 780 others in Nilphamari and Dinajpur in the last one week.
 arrow Indefinite transport strike in Moulvibazar from today
Three bus owners associations of the district will go on an indefinite transport strike today.
Point-Counterpointarrow Resurgent Garcia, purged Deng and comeback politics
ALAN Garcia's resurgence in Peruvian politics raises once more the old question of politics coming full circle, in certain circumstances.
 arrow A Damascus diary
The sun rises at 4.30. It is already high by 7.30 and will fade only at 7.45 in the evening. The sun puts in a 15-hour day, but Amman begins to take it easy after a latish lunch.
Culturearrow Godor Protikkhay: A translation of Beckett's play
The curtains go up on an empty stage with a tree at the middle --this is a typical approach to Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Waiting for Godot. And the burnt sienna set suggests lifelessness.
 arrow Ranikuthir Baki Itihash: A visual delight
Samia Zaman's long-awaited directorial venture Ranikuthir Baki Itihash was recently released in movie theatres.
Generalarrow Chinese asked to prepare for the worst
Chinese officials urged residents to prepare for the worst as torrential rains move inland from China's southeast, where storms over the past two weeks caused the worst flooding in 30 years, state media
 arrow Memories still fresh for witness of Hitler's last days
There is nothing left of the underground bunker where Hitler committed suicide.
 arrow German peace groups to protest Bush visit
German peace groups are banding together to protest US President George W Bush's visit next month, organisers said yesterday. Under the motto "Not Welcome, Mr.
 arrow Zarqawi death may strengthen rival rebel groups
The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of al Qaeda in Iraq, may boost other groups drawing support from the once-dominant Sunni Arab minority, including Saddam Hussein loyalists with more nationalistic
 arrow Blast damages Pak railway line to Iran
A bomb blast damaged a southwestern Pakistani railway line to Iran yesterday, but no one was injured, a railways official said.
 arrow No progress in ROK-Japan territorial talks
Japan and South Korea wrapped up two-day talks over a long-standing territorial row with no breakthrough, a news report said yesterday.
 arrow Japan sees no imminent missile test by N Korea
Japan does not believe North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile any time soon, the top government spokesman said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Fatah gunmen torch Hamas offices
Fatah gunmen torched Hamas offices yesterday as violence escalated between followers of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and rival Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
 arrow China, Russia reject joining West
China and Russia have rejected joining the West in a joint statement urging Iran to halt uranium enrichment, in diplomatic manoeuvring yesterday ahead of a debate at the UN nuclear watchdog.
 arrow More Kashmir protests against Indian forces
Five rebels were killed yesterday, the Indian army said, as violence continued in Kashmir including clashes between security forces and villagers over the alleged desecration of a mosque.
 arrow Suicides highlight needs for Guantanamo closure
The suicide of three inmates at the US "war on terror" detention centre at Guantanamo Bay came as little surprise and highlights the need to shut down the controversial facility, the United Nations' human
 arrow Saddam trial judge declares last day of defence testimony
The judge in the trial of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants on crimes against humanity declared that Tuesday would be the last day of defence witness testimony.
 arrow Nepal frees 190 jailed Maoist rebels
Nepal freed 190 jailed communist rebels yesterday after withdrawing terrorism cases against them as part of efforts to forge peace with the insurgents, official said.
 arrow Left parties take to Delhi streets
Top leaders of India's Left parties, which provide crucial outside support to the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, yesterday courted arrest here and their trade unions enforced a general strike
 arrow S Afghanistan tense after Taliban strikes
Southern Afghanistan remained tense yesterday after 37 Taliban fighters were said to have been killed in major strikes by Afghan and coalition troops.
 arrow New treatment puts children's diarrhoea on the run
Researchers in the United States say they have identified a drug that is effective against rotavirus, a diarrhoea-inducing bug that kills around half a million children a year.
 arrow Humans must go into space: Hawking
The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned scientist Stephen
Editorialarrow Editorial: Finally, an MOU
A redeeming feature of the otherwise horrifying month-long labour unrest in our garment industry has been the three-party MOU that seeks to redress the grievances of the workers and address the concerns
 arrow Editorial: Child labour is a shame
A common thread ran through the sentiments voiced by the ILO, Unicef, Bangladesh government, media representatives and trade union leaders on World Day Against Child Labour observed Monday characterised
 arrow Indian defence minister's visit to China:Implications
The recent visit of Pranab Mukherjee, India's Defence Minister, to China is significant in many ways. Mukherjee is reported to have met the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on 30th May.
 arrow The budget, poverty alleviation and missing links
The budget proposals of 2006-2007 FY placed before the Parliament on 8th June, 2006 was the 36th budget of the country.
 arrow On the way to populism
Announced in the National Assembly a few hours after it was deliberately leaked to the media, the thrust of Federal Budget points to a turn to populism.
Letters to Editorarrow Blind hatred and religious fanaticism
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas are both elected by the Palestinian people.
 arrow Killing of Zarqawi
Why does America have to hide facts and even put out lies to befool people around the world? Does it really think people are that simple to believe whatever is given out by America? Certain governments
 arrow BSF atrocities
BSF personnel have been killing Bangladeshi people like birds, showing a thumb to the "International Border Act". On an average they gun down one Bangladeshi every day.
 arrow Rights of workers
If wages and working conditions are the reasons for violence, then I would like to believe that the expenses to meet the workers' demand would have been much less than the damage caused.
 arrow Child like simplicity
Child like feelings are the feature of a child. Children do not understand many important aspects of life.
 arrow Bangladeshis harassed
Recently, two British young men of Bangladeshi origin were arrested for alleged possession of chemical weapon.
 arrow Our MPs
The more we read about our MPs in the media the more horrified and alarmed we become.
 arrow Football is good, but...
BUET has played the pioneer role in technological education and earned fame at home and abroad. Recently, its students forced a postponement of their exams for two months to watch the World Cup.
 arrow "Tarokader Taroka"
I was watching the other day "Tarokader Taroka" competition on ATN Bangla. The four participants were rendering Nazrul songs on that day.
 arrow Minting money
I never harboured any ills against the myriad of coaching centres dotting our country like bees in a hive, most of which devoid of any standard, alluring naive students and vying to make money alone
 arrow Who will pay for the loss?
It appeared in the news that Tk 60 crore went down the drain due to mishandling of the electoral matters.
 arrow Electoral reform
In Bangladesh, the past regime's initiatives are frequently and indiscriminately given up by the next regime.
Star Chittagongarrow Tk 225 crore CDA projects to develop city roads
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has taken three projects worth Tk 225 crore for developing roads to maintain hierarchy of road network and open up new urban area in the port city.
 arrow Pollution reduces in Chittagong port areas
Pollution has remarkably reduced at Chittagong port and its adjoining areas following the continuous anti-pollution drive by Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) magistracy throughout the year.
 arrow Malaysia to recruit 11,000 Bangladeshis
Malaysian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday said process is underway to recruit some 11,000 workers from Bangladeshi for Malaysia soon.
Star Cityarrow Chance for all to watch the games
Football fans across the city hailed Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) decision in installing large screens in 16 points of the city to watch World Cup matches.
 arrow Battle over supporting favourite teams
With the beginning of the World Cup 2006, the people of Dhaka have been divided into groups supporting their favourite teams, especially Brazil and Argentina.
 arrow Doing good business!
The World Cup Football Championship has given rise to a boost to plenty of the city's business sectors like TV repairing, satellite connections, sports and card shops.
 arrow Deserted streets mean match is on
As soon as the World Cup matches begin in the evening, the streets of Dhaka looks empty with all eyes glued to the television screen to watch the excitement of the world's biggest sports carnival that
 arrow Rajuk reluctant to fight legal battle
Rajdhani Unnyan Kartri-pakkhya (Rajuk) appears reluctant in fighting a High Court ruling that made one of its decisions ineffective though it took an unusual hasty stand.
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