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Front Pagearrow Chinese firm getting job at cost inflated by 345pc
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has dramatically inflated the cost of a Karnaphuli river dredging project by a staggering 345 percent to Tk 255 crore, and is set to award contract for the projectto
 arrow Cops go marauding as 36-hr hartal ends
Over 150 people including 20 policemen were injured in violent clashes between police and hartal supporters in the capital yesterday as the 36-hour shutdown enforced by the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party
 arrow EC now says it won't use information of fresh voter list
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday cancelled its decision to use information of the controversial fresh voter list for updating the existing electoral rolls but stuck to the other decision not tovisit
 arrow 3 bombs hurled at CEC's house
Unidentified miscreants yesterday hurled three cocktails at Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz's house in Ramna in the capital where he used to live five months ago.
 arrow Workers demonstrate at DEPZ for security, factory GM's removal
Hundreds of workers of Redpoint Jackets Ltd (RJL) in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday demonstrated in front of the factory demanding removal of its general manger (GM) and security of the
 arrow Minister Khurshid Zahan Haque passes away
Women and Children Affairs Minister Khurshid Zahan Haque died at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city at 10:50am yesterday. She was 67.
 arrow Hosts clinch last minute win
Oliver Neuville put Germany within reach of the last 16 with a last-gasp goal to beat Poland in Dortmund on Wednesday night.
 arrow Spain too good for Ukraine
Spain made their best start to a World Cup finals, demolishing 10-man Ukraine 4-0 on Wednesday on a scorching afternoon the debutants would rather forget.
 arrow A dramatic all-Arab draw
A stoppage time header from Radhi Jaidi earned Tunisia a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia after a thrilling finish to their World Cup Group H opener on Wednesday.
 arrow EC's move may make next polls uncertain
Former election commissioner M M Munsef Ali has said the procedure adopted by the Election Commission (EC) to revise the voter list is impracticable and impossible to implement.
 arrow Prison staff resent new rules for recruitment
A new recruitment rule of the Prisons Directorate has created strong resentments among jail officers who think it will block the passage of their promotion and create vacuum in the posts of senior rank,
 arrow BDR-BSF firing again in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) again exchanged fire on Satkhira border early yesterday.
 arrow 14-party declares fresh agitation
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday announced fresh agitation programmes, including siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat and road-rail-waterway blockades, to compel
 arrow Two outlaws killed as their bombs go off
Two activists of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed and another was critically wounded as bombs possessed by them exploded at Laxmipur Beel Jhikra under Abhoynagar upazila in Jessore
 arrow Angry football fans attack power supply offices
Angry football enthusiasts attacked Paikgachha and Batiaghata Palli Bidyut Samity offices in Khulna on Tuesday night, as they could not watch World Cup matches due to power outage.
 arrow Indian High Commission concerned
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday again expressed concern over the 'killing' of a BSF personnel by the BDR on the river Ichhamati in Satkhira on Monday night.
 arrow Accused in Jamaluddin abduction case held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an absconding accused in the sensational BNP leader Jamaluddin Ahmed Chowdhury abduction case at city's Kalurghat area early yesterday.
 arrow Teacher shot dead in Pabna
Unidentified assailants gunned down a headmaster of a primary school in the classroom in Ataikula upazila yesterday.
 arrow Truck damages Teesta Bridge, traffic halts
Movement of train and other vehicles over the Teesta Railway Bridge came to a halt at 7:00pm yesterday as the bridge was partially damaged.
 arrow Ctg sergeant sacked over extortion
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday sacked a traffic sergeant on charge of extortion.
 arrow Bali blast convict freed from jail
Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir walked out of a Jakarta jail yesterday after serving time for links to the 2002 Bali bombings, calling on jubilant supporters to join forces for the spread of
 arrow Coalition, Afghan forces kill 26 militants
Coalition and Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants yesterday in fighting in eastern mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops prepared for their biggest offensive sincethe
 arrow 3 killed as Tigers clash with troops
Tamil Tigers clashed with Sri Lankan soldiers who were laying mines deep within rebel territory, killing at least one trooper but losing two of their own, a pro-rebel website said yesterday.
 arrow Scientists urge G8 not to ignore global warming
World leaders must not allow concern for energy security to distract them from taking promised action on global warming, top world scientists said yesterday.
 arrow 50 die in Indian road crash
Fifty people were killed in the tiny northern Indian state of Uttaranchal when the truck they were in crashed on Tuesday, officials say.
 arrow India mull laws to stop female infanticide
India plans to tighten laws banning tests to determine the sex of unborn babies in a bid to curb the killing of thousands of female fetuses, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Wednesday.
 arrow 121m yrs old spider found in amber
Spiral orb webs, which to many people typify spiders, were catching insects in their sticky silk while the dinosaurs still walked the Earth.
Businessarrow Ensure uninterrupted supply of power, gas or face closure
Local steel and re-rolling mill owners and producers have threatened to close all factories sine die from June 25 if the government fails to ensure uninterrupted power and gas supply to the factories.
 arrow GSM leads with 2b cellphone users
The worldwide number of GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) mobile phone users will touch two billion mark by this weekend, announced the GSM Association (GSMA) on Tuesday in New Delhi.
 arrow BASIS demands more allocation for IT sector
Expressing dissatisfaction over negligence at IT and IT service sectors in the proposed national budget, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) urged the government to revise
 arrow Southern African countries poised for bumper harvest
Food security prospects in southern African countries have brightened amid indications that most countries in the region are poised for a bumper harvest this year.
 arrow India, Kuwait to sign 3 deals during emir's visit
India and Kuwait will sign three agreements to boost ties during Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah's five-day visit here, an Indian official said Wednesday.
 arrow Etihad launches flight to Kuwait from July 1
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is continuing its rapid flight network expansion and has announced that it will commence services to Kuwait from first July of this year.
 arrow Russia toughens talk on foreign access to energy reserves
A new Russian energy law will restrict by more than expected foreign access to the country's massive energy reserves, Russia's natural resources minister said on Tuesday.
 arrow Workshop on PC, internet held
A three-day workshop on PC (personal computer) and internet for women entrepreneurs concluded in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow US oil reserves down but gasoline pool swells
US reserves of gasoline rose in the past week but crude oil stocks fell, the Department of Energy reported Wednesday.
 arrow Saudi to build $8b economic city in north
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday unveiled plans to build a northern economic city at a cost of eight billion dollars (6.4 billion euros), the latest massive project in the oil-rich kingdom.
 arrow Japan urged to look at 'new India'
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath Wednesday urged Japanese industry to look at the "India of today" which is open to foreign investment and -- unlike China -- democratic.
 arrow Greenback falls from recent 7-week highs
The dollar slipped from recent seven-week highs against the euro and the yen on Wednesday as investors adjusted positions ahead of key U.S. inflation data.
 arrow Singapore Airlines to buy Boeings amid friction with Airbus
Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Wednesday announced an order for 20 Boeing 787 aircraft worth an estimated 4.5 billion US dollars, with options on 20 additional planes.
 arrow AB Bank approves 10pc stock dividend
Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Ltd has approved a 10 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow China to reform farm tech promotion
The State Council of China's central government has decided to change the way it promotes new farming technologies to its 900 million rural population.
 arrow Westpac plans outsourcing jobs to India
Australia's leading bank Westpac on Tuesday said it was scrutinising the possibility of outsourcing jobs to India.
 arrow Rangpur Foundry okays 16pc dividend
Rangpur Foundry Ltd (RFL) has declared a 16 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Krishi Bank, Saudi firm sign remittance deal
Bangladesh Krishi Bank and Saudi Al-Raji Banking and Investment Corporation have signed a remittance agreement recently.
 arrow Correction
The photo caption of First Security Bank Ltd published on page 9 of The Daily Star yesterday omitted inadvertently the name of the chairman of the bank's Board of Directors, Md Saiful Alam.
Sportsarrow Football: Flying start for Spain
Perennial under-achievers Spain kickstarted their bid to top Group H with a blast here Wednesday with a resounding 4-0 win over World Cup debutants Ukraine.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Scots backing Trinidad
Afp, London

British bookmakers said Wednesday they were bracing for the biggest betting mismatch in World Cup history, with only a handful of Scots backing

 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he "suffered" as Brazil struggled past Croatia by the only goal.
 arrow Football: Quest for redemption
After getting a dose of self-inflicted humiliation in early with a frustrating goalless draw against ultra-minnows Trinidad and Tobago it's time to deliver for Sweden as they bid for redemption against
 arrow Football: Crunch time for Ticos
Striker Paulo Wanchope has called on Costa Rica to show the same spirit that gave mighty Germany a World Cup scare when they face Ecuador in a do-or-die Group A clash here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Time to turn on the style
David Beckham has pledged England will turn on the style as they attempt to secure their passage to the World Cup second round with victory over Trinidad & Tobago here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Brazil 'planned' slow start
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said that his team were operating at around 60 to 70 percent of their capabilities in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Croatia, which is exactly how he had planned it.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
For millions of Brazil fans, the World Cup virtually started on Tuesday. But not the way they had expected although Brazil set a new record by winning consecutive eight World Cup matches.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup top scorers on Wednesday after the Spain-Ukraine game:
2- Bravo (Mexico), Klose (Germany), Rosicky (Czech Republic), T Cahill (Australia), Villa (Spain), Wanchope (Costa Rica)
1- AhnJung-hwan

 arrow Football: Last chance for old guard
Ecuador are only playing in their second World Cup yet key members of their squad already see Thursday's match against Costa Rica as a chance to end their careers in style.
 arrow Football: 'Don't cry over spilt milk'
Paraguay can't afford to waste time being miserable and need to pick themselves up for their next game after losing to England, star striker Roque Santa Cruz says.
 arrow Football: World Cup Love...


 arrow Football: Up against his heart
Should World Cup minnows Trinidad and Tobago pull off another upset against England on Thursday, expect the Caribbean islands to party like never before.
 arrow Cricket: A complete washout
India hopes of victory may have been dashed, and West Indies' chances of salvation enhanced, when not a ball was bowled on the scheduled fourth day in the second Test on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Henry flatters to deceive
This time Thierry Henry blamed hot grass and bad refereeing for France's 0-0 draw against Switzerland.
 arrow Football: Home away from home
Tens of thousands of Poles heading west to Dortmund on Wednesday to watch Poland face World Cup host nation Germany will find a bedrock of support when they arrive.
 arrow Football: Beckham blasts tabloid
England captain David Beckham has hit out at a German tabloid's portrayal of his family but is resigned to more of the same abuse if his team progresses to the later stages of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Germans rediscover identity
Germans have rediscovered their flag and are waving it with pride during the World Cup, freeing themselves of the historical guilt that once made gestures of patriotism a taboo.
 arrow Football: Pressure mounts on Zico
Embattled Japan coach Zico is under pressure following the 1-3 loss to Australia to boost his attack in order to survive the first-round cut at the World Cup and salvage his reputation.
 arrow Football: Deutsch Head...


 arrow Football: We can beat Sweden: Ruiz
Paraguay can beat Sweden in their next match and take a huge step towards taking their place in the second round of the World Cup claimed the South American side's coach Anibal "Maño" Ruiz on Monday.
 arrow Football: Sweden deny bust-up claims
Sweden have strongly denied media reports on Monday that suggested a rift within their camp ahead of their crucial Group B game against Paraguay on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Critics sharpen Ronaldo knives
Ronaldo's subdued display for Brazil against Croatia in the champions' World Cup opener has rekindled the debate about whether he is fit enough to keep his place in the lineup.
 arrow Football: Press lambasts sorry France
The French press on Wednesday were typically scathing in their assessment of Les Bleus' performance in their opening World Cup match, a 0-0 draw with Switzerland.
 arrow Football: Les Blues not panicking
Nobody in the France team seemed too concerned after a dull opener against Switzerland left the former champions waiting for a goal on the World Cup stage after nearly eight years.
 arrow Football: Heat taking its toll
Even coaches who had prepared for every eventuality have been caught out at the World Cup by unexpectedly high temperatures in Germany.
 arrow Football: World Cup Quotes
What they are saying at the World Cup:

"Ronaldo says he's yet to reach his ideal level of fitness.

 arrow Football: Tostao blasts bureaucratic Brazil
The Brazilian press on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the nation's footballers following their narrow 1-0 win over Croatia in their opening World Cup clash the previous evening.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs's tips for Bhaji
Legendary West Indian off-spinner Lance Gibbs spent some time with Harbhajan Singh, advising him how to bowl the straighter one without changing his action.
 arrow Football: WC awaits Messi
Hailed by Beckenbauer, blessed by Maradona, endorsed by a sporting goods maker and venerated by supporters as football's new messiah, Argentina's gifted teenage hope Lionel Messi is raring for a crack
 arrow Football: Becks wary of old mate
David Beckham is an old friend of Dwight Yorke and knows his game inside out, which is why the England captain is wary of the threat he poses despite being 34.
 arrow Football: No smoking on the bench
Football is tense enough especially if your job depends on it, but Mexico's chain-smoking coach Ricardo Lavolpe has been firmly told that cigarettes are not the answer.
 arrow Football: A nightmare for 'keepers
What's the biggest threat at the World Cup? Ronaldinho's magical feet, Beckham's free-kicks or Henry's dazzling runs? Ask any goalkeeper here and they are minor irritations compared to those
 arrow Football: Total recall!
Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, who briefly blacked out after a freak training ground accident, could be recalled for his team's World Cup clash against Paraguay.
 arrow Football: 'Colin Powell is my hero'
Ecuador coach Luis Fernando Suarez said he was fascinated by great leaders and was spending time between matches reading about former U.S. military chief and secretary of state Colin Powell.
 arrow Football: Ecuador wary of dangers
Ecuador say they are alive to the "danger" posed by World Cup Group A rivals Costa Rica, whom they face Thursday in Hamburg in a game which could propel them into the last 16.
 arrow Football: Guimaraes denies fielding injured player
Costa Rica has denied that defender Gilberto Martinez played injured in his team's 4-2 loss to Germany in the opening match of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Extra time' for sex workers
Sex workers in Berlin have gone into extra time at the World Cup and are doing double shifts to cash in, a German newspaper said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No mystery this time
Observers claim that Argentine team officials like to cultivate an aura of mystery during Argentina's major international outings.
 arrow Football: Croats hailed by media
The Croatian press on Wednesday hailed its footballers for their "bravery" against Brazil after a narrow 1-0 loss to the world champions in their opening World Cup clash the previous night.
 arrow Bad guys busted
Australian police said they smashed an Asia-based illegal World Cup betting operation Wednesday after arresting eight people in raids in Sydney.
 arrow Cricket: England beat neighbours
England won their inaugural one-day international against Ireland by 38 runs at Stormont at Belfast on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: A cheeky bet
Should hosts Germany win the World Cup then the secretary general of the Finnish social-democratic party Maarit Feldt-Ranta will honour a bet and tattoo the German flag onto her bottom.
 arrow Football: Kempes tips Crouch for glory
Argentina's 1978 World Cup winning star Mario Kempes believes England's title hopes hinge more on Peter Crouch than Wayne Rooney.
 arrow Football: States viewership reaches new height
The United States lost their first 2006 World Cup match to the Czech Republic, but the clash was a ratings winner for ESPN2 television. The match on Monday earned the highest rating (2.
 arrow Football: Dutch want pitches watered
The Dutch team, unhappy with the state of the pitch during their game against Serbia and Montenegro in Leipzig, have demanded that football's governing body, FIFA, water pitches before matches.
 arrow Tennis: Sania survives early hiccup
India's Sania Mirza was given a tough first-round game at the DFS Classic in Edgbaston by Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko before coming through 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
 arrow Football: Pfister dodges queries
Togo's veteran German coach Otto Pfister on Tuesday issued an angry rebuke to questions about why he had walked out on the west African World Cup debutants only to return three days later.
 arrow Football: Petit lured by United
Portuguese international midfielder Petit revealed on Tuesday that he is a target for English Premiership giants Manchester United.
 arrow Football: The cardboard fan
Three England fans and a cardboard cut-out were invited to the team's training camp in the Black Forest and it is a day they'll never forget.
 arrow Football: Croatia match sparks violence
A man was seriously wounded by gunshots and six policemen were injured in clashes early Wednesday between Croat football fans and Muslims in an ethnically divided Bosnian town, police said.
 arrow Football: More water for players
Football's governing body FIFA have promised to give the 32 teams at the World Cup more opportunity to take in fluids to combat the searing heat sweeping through Germany.
 arrow Football: Gudjohnsen moving to Barcelona
European champions Barcelona reached an agreement Wednesday to buy Iceland captain Eidur Gudjohnsen from English Premiership champions Chelsea, according to the Spanish club.
 arrow Football: The local World Cup
The first-ever BRAC Bank Cup -- a five-a-side football tournament -- is to get underway at International School Dhaka's (ISD) indoors facilities on June 16.
Metropolitanarrow 'Only reforms in CG, EC not enough for free, fair polls'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for reforms in all sectors such as administration, education and business, saying that bringing reforms only to the caretaker government systemand
 arrow Invest more in Bangladesh
Newly appointed Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masayuki Inoue paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office in the city yesterday.
 arrow 293 Bangladeshis killed by BSF since Oct 2001
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and armed Indian gangsters have killed seven Bangladeshis on an average every month since October 2001.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Shun anarchic activities
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the Awami League-led opposition combine to refrain from announcing programmes like hartal, barricade and blockade, saying that such programmes
 arrow Kushtia Jubo Dal leader on the run
Md Matiur Rahman Rabbi, a Jubo Dal leader in Kushtia, yesterday alleged that the local ruling party lawmaker and his cadres have been harassing his family members and even issued death threat to him over
 arrow 7 get life in N'ganj
Seven people were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of a college student as a sequel to dispute over property in the town two years ago.
 arrow Petition for stay of DNA test of ex-DIG, wife rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the petition for stay of conducting the DNA test of the former DIG Anisur Rahman, his wife and 14 children, including the septuplets.
 arrow JCD factions stage showdown
Panic gripped the students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday as two groups of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) staged huge showdown on the campus over beating of a student.
 arrow Move to amend CrPC protested
Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) yesterday formed a human chain protesting the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill-2006, says a press release.
 arrow Reception to 3 Biranganas
Narikantha Foundation, an NGO working for women empowerment and socio-economic development, has accorded a reception to three Biranganas of the liberation war and awarded 32 personalities 'Begum Rokeya
 arrow Removal of Khagrachhari DC demanded
Khagrachhari Parbatya Zila Nagorik Committee and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) demanded removal of Deputy Commissioner Humaun Kabir for his controversial comments on the indigenous communities
 arrow New bus service hits Ctg roads on Saturday
A new bus service will hit the port city on Saturday with a view to making hassle-free movement for the passengers.
 arrow Krishak League launches tree plantation campaign today
Bangladesh Krishak League, a front organisation of Awami League, will launch a three-month tree plantation campaign today.
 arrow 'Buddha Bihar set on fire in Khagrachhari'
A Buddha Bihar was set on fire in the early morning of yesterday, said Zila Nagorik Committee and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in separate press releases.
 arrow Prof Nuruddin appointed SUB VC
Prof AJM Nuruddin Chowdhury has been appointed vice-chancellor of Southern University, Bangladesh (SUB), says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Salma Ahmed, a schoolteacher who has been suffering from blood cancer, is now fighting for her life, says a press release. She needs immediate bone marrow transplant to save her life.
Nationalarrow Tk 17cr embankment collapses within month of construction
About 100 meters of the Padma River Left Bank Protection Embankment at Tangon have been washed away within a month of its construction.
 arrow One lakh marooned in Moulvibazar
The flood situation deteriorated in Moulvibazar yesterday where about one lakh people were marooned in 80 villages in Juri and Baralekha upazilas while it remained unchanged in Sylhet.
 arrow Protecting Cox's Bazar shores
Students from Japan have come forward to protect life and property in Cox's Bazar shore areas from natural calamities like tidal surge and tsunami.
 arrow 20 hurt as Jubo League factions clash in Sylhet
At least 20 activists were injured in a clash between rival factions of Awami Jubo League during a post-hartal rally in Sylhet city yesterday.
 arrow 9 sued for protesting shady appointment at college
Nine people including the founder of Shaheed Smriti College at Banshdah in Sadar upazila were sued following a row between a Jamaat lawmaker and the governing body members and teachers of the institution.
 arrow Freedom fighter killed in Pabna
A freedom fighter and headmaster of a primary school was hacked to death during school hours yesterday on its premises. The incident took place in Atairula upazila in Pabna district.
 arrow Body formed for uplift of Mymensingh shoal areas
A new forum has been launched here aiming at balanced development of seven underdeveloped shoal unions of the Sadar upazila.
 arrow 4 get life for murder in Patuakhali
Four persons were given life term yesterday for murdering a youth in 2003.
 arrow Satkhira lawyers begin court boycott
Satkhira Bar Association members yesterday began their five-day court boycott programme in protest against a government decision to shift the Third Additional Judge's Court to Bagerhat.
 arrow 11 hurt in BCL factional clash in Gaibandha
Eleven people including two police constables were injured as two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed in Gobinda-ganj yesterday.
 arrow Train derails in Mymensingh
Train communication between Kishoreganj and Mymensingh was disrupted as a goods train derailed near Sohagi Railway Station in Mymensingh yesterday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow How far is the election?
IN the light of Bangladesh Elections-2007, the Election Commission and specially the Chief Election Commissioner continue to be in the eye of the storm. Since he took office Justice M.A.
 arrow The budget and the hard-pressed people
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman placed the proposed budget for the financial year 2006-07 at the Jatiya Sangsad on the 8th June. There was great curiosity in the minds of the people about this budget.
 arrow Bangladesh-US relations
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in August, 1972 between Bangladesh and the United States, bilateral relations have been growing, both in depth and dimension, in spite of occasional twists
Culturearrow Mingling visuals with songs
KHALID M Mithu began his career in music-video direction in 1995. He had brought in some artistes from Rangamati, including people of Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Tongchonga and Lushai origin.
 arrow SI Tutul's song glorifying football
Capitalising on the World Cup football fever, Twintees Entertainment has created an invigorating music video, entitled Koti Praner Swopno for ntv, says a press release.
 arrow Eminem to return to big screen in Western
Eminem will return to the big screen in an updated version of the television Western Have Gun - Will Travel.
 arrow Gregory Peck: Story of a legendary hero
"I put everything I had into it-- all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children.
 arrow Workshop on performing arts
The Kishoreganj Shilpakala Academy is abuzz with activity. In progress is a fortnight-long training programme on music, dance and drama which began on June 13.
Generalarrow EU offer is 'very positive'
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday described a new EU offer of incentives to encourage Tehran to stop uranium enrichment as "very positive".
 arrow Indonesian volcano spews gas, debris
Large eruptions of searing hot gas and debris forced more than 1,000 villagers to flee Mount Merapi's slopes yesterday, and authorities raised the volcano's alert level to its highest status again, just
 arrow Solar power competes with diesel in Himalayas
The Tibetan monk fingers his beads as he climbs up the stone steps of a 1,000-year-old monastery perched on a hilltop spur overlooking the Himalayas.
 arrow Indian floods kill 12, displace 1.6 lakh
Thousands of villages in northeastern India have been submerged by floods which have already killed 12 people and displaced nearly 160,000, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Japan may keep its troops in Iraq longer
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said yesterday that Japan may not pull its non-combat troops from Iraq until after he is scheduled to step down in September.
 arrow Toll rises to 50 in Indian road accident
The death toll from a truck accident in the tiny northern Indian state of Uttaranchal rose to 50 on Wednesday following the deaths of another 10 people in hospital, officials said.
 arrow Pak prison lets inmates stay up for World Cup
Authorities in one of Pakistan's biggest jails are letting football-mad inmates, including hundreds of foreigners, stay up late to watch World Cup soccer matches.
 arrow 11 prisoners shoot 2 guards, escape from Filipino jail
Eleven prisoners, led by a communist guerrilla, escaped from a provincial jail in the eastern Philippines after killing two guards and wounding two others, police said yesterday.
 arrow 42 injured in Lankan train collision
Two trains collided in southern Sri Lanka, leaving at least 42 passengers injured, police and hospital officials said.
 arrow Indian state says 'no sir' to nursery rhymes
An Indian state has decided to drop popular nursery rhymes like "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep" from text books for first-graders for being too Western, reports said Wednesday.
Internationalarrow Iraq-US crackdown to tame Baghdad rebels
Thousands of Iraqi and US troops descended on the streets of Baghdad Wednesday as the authorities imposed a security clampdown as part of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's plan to thwart insurgent attacks.
 arrow European states partners in crime in US rendition: AI
Amnesty International on Wednesday accused seven European countries of complicity in US rendition of security suspects and demanded that the EU launch an immediate crackdown.
 arrow Palestinian House stormed for non-payment of salaries
Palestinian government employees protesting against the non-payment of salaries stormed the Hamas-dominated parliament building in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday.
 arrow US suspends all military trials at Guantanamo
The Defense Department has suspended all military trials for "war on terror" suspects at the Guantanamo prison camp, where three detainees committed suicide over the weekend.
 arrow London cops under fire for 'fruitless' anti-terror raid
Many London police officers have been shocked by an anti-terror raid in which two brothers were arrested, including one who was shot, before being freed without charge, a police officer said late Tuesday.
 arrow British 'torture victims' lose right to sue Saudi officials
A landmark ruling that gave four men the right to sue foreign officials who allegedly tortured them while they were held in Saudi Arabian jails was overturned by Britain's highest court on Wednesday.
 arrow Koirala thinks king should retain role
Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala believes sidelined King Gyanendra should retain a ceremonial role in the troubled Himalayan nation, party officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Pak forces kill five in raid on rebel base
Pakistani forces backed by helicopter gunships destroyed a rebel base in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, killing five militants and capturing seven, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Smokers with wrinkled faces more at risk of lung disease
Middle-aged smokers who have heavily wrinkled faces are five times likelier to suffer from chronic lung disease than smooth-faced counterparts, according to a study published on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC breaking the law twice over
The Election Commission's decision to revise the existing voter list without engaging its enumerators in a door-to-door enlistment drive, as has always been the practice, constitutes a violation of law.
 arrow Editorial: Distracting remarks in Parliament
Ruling party MP Moshiur Rahman's remarks against Sheikh Hasina were not only patently uncalled for, and unparliamentary, these were also derogatory to the image of the opposition leader.
 arrow Can't we make our defence budget more transparent?
Surely we can, but not until we stop treating it as a holy cow and attaching an aura of mystery to defence, something that was done during the pseudo-democratic rule.
 arrow NATO's new role
On June 8 met the NATO Defence Ministers to chart out their future course, technical re-organisation and the expansion of NATO's area of interest. This came amidst publicity about NATO's new expandedrole.
 arrow Let us take a stand against corruption
The pervasiveness of corruption in third world countries has led many to relate corruption with poverty.
Letters to Editorarrow Enough is enough
To the political parties and leaders of our country, enough is enough. We get your point. We understand. You can bring the whole country to a standstill, for several days if you want.
 arrow Guantanmo Bay
Did you know that the three deaths in Guantanamo Bay Prison do not represent any 'asymmetrical act of war' (as the Americans outrageously claim), rather an act of absolute desperation! Over 460 Muslim
 arrow Introduce inheritance tax
To curb the instinct of greed and dynastic accumulation of wealth, the Bangladesh government must introduce an inheritance tax like the U.K. Recently, Princess Margaret's estate was valued at £7.
 arrow Voter list controversy
Now the EC has decided to revise the voter list. The process seems to be new and innovative. What a drama? One will not be unfair to say that the EC has failed to perform its task.
 arrow Governance
It is extremely frustrating to watch Bangladesh drifting into a blind alley. We consider the process as complete disrespect of democratic norms. The country is said to be following parliamentary democracy.
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Land grabbing by the political and social power houses started in the sixties, when African countries were getting rid of their colonial masters and becoming independent.
 
   
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