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Front Pagearrow Mismanagement mars ICDDRB's reputation
The only international centre of its kind in developing countries, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) is fast losing its reputation due to alleged anomalies
 arrow Bepza warns owners against poor wages
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) yesterday warned owners of factories in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) of stern actions against those who are not following its instructions regarding
 arrow Chief whip's son stays out of justice despite criminal charges
Chief whip's son Akhtar Hamid Paban is not only an accused in at least a dozen criminal cases but also blamed for other offences, including arms and drug dealing, land grabbing and extortion.
 arrow HC approves militant cases' priority hearing
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted government application seeking preparation of the 'paper book' on a priority basis for hearing of the death reference in the verdict on Jhalakathi judges killingcase.
 arrow Jubok, Mosaddek Ali make inroads into IFIC control
Control of IFIC Bank went further to Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok), ruling BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali and a DSE member with their recent purchase of the bank's 1.
 arrow Pry teachers set for non-stop strike
Teachers of government primary schools will go on an indefinite strike across the country from tomorrow demanding elimination of wage discrimination and introduction of school-based examination system
 arrow Denmark to take note of political parties' anti-graft stances
Denmark will be closely looking at how political parties place the corruption issue in the campaign for next general election and what promises they make in addressing graft.
 arrow AL stages walkout after BNP MP's comment on Hasina
Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday once again staged a brief walkout from parliament protesting 'indecent' remarks by a BNP backbencher against Leader of the Opposition and AL chief Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Sweden send Paraguay packing
Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg fired Sweden to the brink of the second phase of the World Cup yesterday, his late header sending Paraguay home in a 1-0 win.
 arrow England crawl into R 16
England stuttered into the round of 16 of the World Cup here Thursday after late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard handed them a flattering 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.
 arrow Germany, Ecuador in last 16
Ecuador strolled past Costa Rica 3-0 and into the second round of the World Cup yesterday for the first time in their history.
 arrow CEC Aziz says 'no comment' on blasts
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday declined to comment on Wednesday's bomb blasts on his residence but the acting secretary to the EC Secretariat claimed the attack strengthened the position
 arrow Forest minister acquitted of Runner editor murder case
Additional District and Sessions Judge of Jessore Md Shafiqul Islam acquitted Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam in the Dainik Runner Editor RM Saiful Alam Mukul murder case yesterday.
 arrow Hasan proven mastermind of killing
The prosecution in the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday said it was proved in the trial court that Hasan masterminded the rape and killing of Shazneen which the circumstantial
 arrow 3 criminals killed in 'crossfire' with Rab
Three alleged criminals were killed in 'crossfire' between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in the capital and Barisal early yesterday.
 arrow Owners seek security of RMG factories
Garment factory owners yesterday demanded that the government ensure security at their factories for a three-month period from June 12 during which minimum wages for the workers would be finalised.
 arrow Teenagers slit throats of 3 classmates
Three teenage boys cut throats of their three classmates and looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from a Mirpur house in the capital yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Moudud rebukes AL for talking voter list, EC issues in JS
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday criticised the Awami League (AL) lawmakers for discussing in parliament the issues of voter list preparation and removal of the chief election commissioner and twocommissioners.
 arrow Govt trashes Indian claims
A foreign ministry spokesman yesterday dismissed as "baseless" the allegation made by the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh that the BDR personnel provided protection to cattle smugglersa complaint
 arrow HC judge quits bench differing with junior
A senior judge on a two-member division bench of the High Court (HC) yesterday left the Bench due to difference of opinion with a junior judge on the bench over giving an order on a writ petition.
 arrow Bulu implicated in another case
Boishakhi television channel "director" MNH Bulu could not come out of jail even after securing bail in all the three cases filed against him as he was implicated in another case yesterday.
 arrow Hearing on writ petition against HC ban June 19
The High Court, which had imposed a ban on the opposition's Dhaka siege programme on June 11, yesterday adjourned until June 19 the hearing of the public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition, challenging
 arrow NY avenue corners to be named after Bangladesh 9/11 victims
The Council of the City of New York (NY) has decided to rename the southeast corner of the 3rd Avenue and Ovington Avenue after Shakila Yasmin and Nurul Haque Miah, two Bangladeshi victims of the 9/11.
 arrow DNA test could not be done
The DNA test of former DIG Anisur Rahman, his wife Anwara Begum and seven children could not be carried out yesterday, as Anwara Begum was absent due to her illness.
 arrow JMB chief, Bangla Bhai remanded again
Jama,atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, its second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and three other Majlish-e-Shura members were again placed on a four-day fresh remand yesterday
 arrow Mine blast kills 64 on bus in Lanka
A landmine which ripped through a bus Thursday killed 64 passengers and injured 39 in the deadliest attack on civilians in Sri Lanka since a 2002 truce, sparking military strikes on Tamil rebel positions.
 arrow Hamas govt says it wants cease-fire
The Hamas government wants a cease-fire with Israel and is willing to ask Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets from Gaza into the Jewish state, a spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Construction of Karnaphuli bridge okayed
The Cabinet Committee on Purchase at a meeting yesterday approved seven projects, including construction of the 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge, in Chittagong.
 arrow Two more bomb makers die in Jessore blast
Two bomb makers, who were injured in a blast at Nawapara in Jessore on Tuesday, died of their injuries on Wednesday and yesterday.
Businessarrow Provide policy support for light engineering industries
Approximately 40 thousand light engineering units in Bangladesh that employ five lakh people are lagging behind due to improper capital financing and unfavourable tariff policy of the government, thesector
 arrow DSE General Index dips to 1300 points mark
As bearish trend continues in the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), the DSE General Index yesterday dipped to below 1300 points mark for the first time since July 2004.
 arrow Over 3000 SMEs benefited by BB refinance scheme
Over three thousand small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have got the benefit of Bangladesh Bank's (BB) refinance scheme receiving about Tk 2.
 arrow Iranian economists caution over inflation
A group of 50 prominent Iranian economists wrote an open letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday, criticizing his government policies for promoting skyrocketing inflation.
 arrow Kinetic to drive products into Bangladesh
Leading Indian motorcycle manufacturer the Kinetic Group is set to drive its products into Bangladesh market under the local Walton brand.
 arrow Int'l telecoms fair begins
Bangladesh International Telecom Fair-2006 began here Thursday with leading cellphone providers and handset importers taking part in it.
 arrow IIDFC to arrange Tk 186m for AM Energy
AM Energy Ltd has signed a Tk 186 million syndicated lease finance facility agreement with four banks under lead arrangement of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Ltd.
 arrow Germany to help improve SMEs' competitiveness
Germany will provide assistance to the BGMEA in strengthening its research cell, improving the regulatory framework conditions for SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in the RMG (readymade garment) woven
 arrow Citibank NA capital raised $12.3m in Bangladesh
Citibank NA Bangladesh has augmented its capital in Bangladesh by US$12.3 million.
 arrow New ADB policy targets corruption
Fighting corruption will be a key priority for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under a revised medium-term plan to reduce poverty in the world's most populous region, the Philippines-based lender said
 arrow World Economic Forum opens in Tokyo
The World Economic Forum began a two-day Asian meeting in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss concerns ranging from the environment to regional integration.
 arrow India eyes FTA with Japan this year
India said Thursday it hoped to strike a free-trade agreement with Japan by year end as the countries said they would encourage smaller Japanese businesses to invest in manufacturing.
 arrow US lawmakers vote to stop foreign airline buyers
US lawmakers voted late Wednesday to stop foreigners from buying up US airlines.
 arrow Cooperative Bank seeks govt nod to work as commercial bank
Bangladesh Cooperative Bank Ltd sought government approval to act as a regular commercial bank at its 29th annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Oil rises back towards $70
World oil prices extended gains Thursday on ongoing supply concerns and prospects of higher Chinese demand for energy, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Football: Ecuador on higher plains
Ecuador beat Costa Rica 3-0 here on Thursday to clinch qualification for the second phase of the World Cup for the first time in their history.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
No family ties
Afp, Berlin

US World Cup coach Bruce Arena has family ties to Italy but very little links the 54-year-old manager to the homeland of the team his squad faces Saturday

 arrow Football: Germans rejoice late relief
Germans celebrated deep into the night after the hosts notched a late 1-0 win over rivals Poland on Wednesday to all but cement their place in the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Dutch aiming to ride Elephants out
The Netherlands go into Friday's Group C match against Ivory Coast seeking a win that would almost certainly book their passage into the second round of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Quick qualification the goal
Mexico will hope to seal their place in the World Cup knock-out phase with victory over Angola on Friday.
 arrow Football: South Americans look to consolidate
Two-time World Cup winners Argentina on Friday aim to build on their promising start when they take on a Serbia and Montenegro side weakened by the loss of defensive pillar Nemanja Vidic.
 arrow Football: Sorin, the unsung hero
Argentina's captain Juan Pablo Sorin cuts an eloquent dash off the pitch with an ear for the telling quote and an incisive one on it with an eye for the ball.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
There's no time even to sleep at the World Cup -- at least if you're a Dutch fan who won a Radio Caz! competition to see who could stay awake the longest.
 arrow Football: An Angolan success story
Joao Silva's entrepreneurial mind went into overdrive when he heard Angola had qualified for the World Cup. It's already paying off.
 arrow Football: 'Points are vital'
Dutch playmaker Giovanni van Bronckhorst said the Netherlands were aiming to ease their passage into the second round from the World Cup's group of death with a win over Ivory Coast on Friday.
 arrow Football: Fonseca to the fore
Two weeks ago, Francisco Fonseca's gripes about a lack of playing time made him the target of Mexican coach Ricardo Lavolpe's wrath.
 arrow Football: Angola turn to psychologist
Away from the traditional pre-match preparations, Angola are using a psychologist ahead of Friday's World Cup Group D game with Mexico.
 arrow Football: Van Basten still wants to play
Hailed as one the legends of his footballing generation, Marco van Basten admitted Tuesday that it was more enjoyable to savour the World Cup as a player and not a coach.
 arrow Football: Go Deutscheland

 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Thursday's Ecuador-Costa Rica game:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), C Tenorio (Ecuador), Delgado (Ecuador), Klose (Germany), Rosicky (Czech Republic), T Cahill (Australia), Villa

 arrow Football: Third Eye
Luis Argones's much vaunted Spanish inquisition passed off with flying colours as Spain, who have so often flattered to deceive, turned in a performance worthy of champions to dispatch of Ukraine andsend
 arrow Cricket: Another WI escape act
Brian Lara collected his 32nd Test hundred to earn West Indies a hard-fought draw in the rain-marred second Test against India on Wednesday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
 arrow Football: Stumbling Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko's reputation as one of the world's most lethal strikers failed to shine through as Ukraine ended an historic first World Cup match with a 4-0 defeat to Group H favourites Spain Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Night is still young
It's another hot night in St. Pauli. Even without World Cup fever raising temperatures and other things, most nights are sizzling in this party district of sex shops, nightclubs and prostitutes.
 arrow Cricket: 'It taught me a lot'
Brian Lara was celebrating a return to form Thursday after his century in the second innings of the second Test against India saved the West Indies from defeat.
 arrow Football: Serbs cry for Vidic
Serbia & Montenegro assistant coach Goran Stevanovic said the withdrawal of Nemanja Vidic had left his defensive plans in ruins.
 arrow Football: Young generation shines
When German Jurgen Klinsmann was still around as a player, not the 1990 World Cup-winning incarnation but the striker who was part of an aging 1998 squad which earned infamy back home for a quarter-final
 arrow Football: Spain dispel striking doubts
Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres dispelled any doubts about Spain's lack of punch up front as they scored three of the four goals in their crushing opening victory over 10-man Ukraine on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Roger wins on grass
Roger Federer won his first grass court match of the season, beating Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.
 arrow Football: Mauro sparks controversy
Mauro Camoranesi's loyalty to Italy has been called into question after the Argentina-born midfielder explained why he doesn't sing the national anthem before matches.
 arrow Football: Africa struggles to fulfil Pele prophecy
Pele's 1990 prediction that an African team would soon win the World Cup has again been made to look wildly optimistic after what already looks to be another wholesale failure by the continent.
 arrow Football: Eriksson hails Aussies
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was impressed with Australia's performance against Japan and has tipped them to beat Brazil.
 arrow Football: Korea's 'Vacuum Cleaner' out to suck up France
The 'Oxygen Tank' wants to show he has more lung power than Claude Makelele and the 'Vacuum Cleaner' will be looking to sweep up the midfield threat posed by Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira.
 arrow Football: Siesta turns to fiesta
Spain's impressive 4-0 demolition of Ukraine in their opening game of the World Cup finals on Wednesday has set expectations soaring back home.
 arrow Football: Brazil attempt to calm Ronaldo health fears
Brazil insist that troubled striker Ronaldo, who has been dogged by injury and fitness problems, still has a future at the World Cup despite being taken to hospital complaining of dizzy spells.
 arrow Football: Pirlo fearful of backlash
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes the United States' desperate need for three points will make them dangerous opponents in Saturday's Group E World Cup match in Kaiserslautern.
 arrow Football: Rebel stars man the barricades
There's revolution in the air at the World Cup and France, the Dutch and Serbs are amongst those who have players manning the barricades.
 arrow Football: Henry puts brave face on poor French start
If Thierry Henry was concerned about his and France's spluttering start to the World Cup the Arsenal legend certainly wasn't showing it as he walked into the lion's den here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Arena vows changes
USA players went through their most intense World Cup practice Wednesday, the pressure increasing after coach Bruce Arena promised changes following an opening 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
 arrow Football: Gonzalez expects to feature
Luis Gonzalez is likely to start for Argentina in Friday's World Cup Group C match against Serbia & Montenegro, giving his team a more attacking option in midfield.
 arrow Football: No gift for Lemerre
Frenchman Roger Lemerre could be forgiven for wondering what it is about him and roller-coaster rides of hope and disappointment at the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Nakata blasts negative press
Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata has blasted the media for being pessimistic, telling them not to write off the Asian champions' hopes of World Cup survival.
 arrow Football: Al Jaber joins Pele, Maradona
Saudi Arabian striker Sami Al Jaber joined an elite group of players that include Pele and Diego Maradona when he scored against Tunisia on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo says he is ok
Under-pressure Brazilian striker Ronaldo insisted on Thursday that his World Cup campaign will not be derailed by his latest worrying health scare.
 arrow Football: Gay icon CRon
Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been anointed the pin up boy of the World Cup by Dutch gay magazine 'Gay Krant.
 arrow Football: Ubiquitous Kaiser takes to the skies
As a co-organiser and one, moreover, who has lifted the trophy both as player and coach German legend Frank Beckenbauer is keen not to miss out on any of the action.
 arrow Football: War easier than soccer
Polish football fans on Thursday lamented their side's 1-0 loss to Germany, with one supporter wondering on the Internet why Poland could "win a war against the Germans but not a soccer match.
 arrow Football: Streakers in full flight
The World Cup organisers said they were doing everything in their power to stop streakers or pitch invaders after young men ran onto the playing surface at two matches in two days.
 arrow Football: Cine refuge for Bosnian wives
Bosnian cinemas are offering refuge to the wives and children of the country's football-mad men during the World Cup with a series of "soft" films.
 arrow Football: Juventus picks new board
Juventus, the Italian football club at the centre of match-fixing allegations that have plunged the country's top league into crisis, on Wednesday announced a new nine-member board.
 arrow Football: A shrine of soccer
A Swedish man gripped by World Cup fever painted his whole house in the blue and yellow colours of the national flag while his wife was at work.
 arrow Cricket: Bad news for Naved
Pakistan fear seamer Navedul Hasan will miss their four-match Test series against England starting next month due to a serious groin injury, an official said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to play WI this winter
West Indies will play three Tests and five one-day internationals in Pakistan in November and December, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Racist assault on cricketers
A group of teenage Indian cricketers were chased and threatened by racist thugs in Belfast city centre, and Police today said they are investigating a racist motive to the incident.
 arrow Football: Gunman shoots down noisy fans
Thai police were Thursday hunting for a gunman who shot dead two noisy World Cup fans at point-blank range after they ignored his request to be quiet, a police official said.
 arrow Football: Left foot worry for Messi
Argentina's teenage star Lionel Messi, who has not played in the World Cup yet, has a painful left foot following training on Wednesday, a team source said.
 arrow Football: German and Polish fans clash
More than 300 people were rounded up by police in this German city overnight after German hooligans sparked fighting before the World Cup match between Germany and Poland.
 arrow Football: Hamburg sign Guerrero
HSV Hamburg have swooped to sign Peru international Paolo Guerrero from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, the German champions announced Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rangers reject Barthez
Fabien Barthez may be France's number one stopper but he is not good enough for new Rangers manager Paul Le Guen, according to the player's agent.
 arrow Football: Chilavert cleared of jail sentence
A French appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a six-month suspended jail sentence against top-scoring goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, over a false document used in a compensation wrangle with his former
 arrow Football: Saudi coach criticises 'weak' Ukraine
Saudi Arabia coach Marcos Paqueta boldly criticised Ukraine as "weak" on Wednesday after they were hammered 4-0 by Spain.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh fans enraged
Police will be deployed outside electricity board offices in southwestern Bangladesh during World Cup matches after an attack by hundreds of furious fans who missed Tuesday's Brazil v Croatia game due
 arrow Cricket: Farveez thinks the world of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's new generation of cricketers will have re-established the island as a force in the one-day game in time for next year's World Cup in the West Indies, all-rounder Farveez Maharoof believes.
 arrow Cricket: KP ready for Twenty20
Kevin Pietersen is likely to face Sri Lanka in Thursday's Twenty20 game after overcoming a hamstring injury.
 arrow Erratum
In Star Sport's issue of June 15, mistakenly both in the report under heading 'The local World Cup' and the caption BRAC Bank's managing director was named as Imran Ahmed. Actually his name is Imran Rahman.
 arrow Notice
Dear readers,
Due to unavoidable reasons, the draw of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz 2006 Round 3 in Sylhet cannot be held today as scheduled. It will now be held on June 20.

Metropolitanarrow Govt destroys environment in the name of beautification
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the alliance government has destroyed the country's environment by cutting trees in the name of beautification project from where they
 arrow Ensure highest security to VVIPs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the SSF to ensure highest security to the VVIPs keeping in mind the necessity of their contact with the people.
 arrow Budget anti-people
Leaders of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation at a rally yesterday rejected the proposed budget for 2006-07 fiscal, terming it 'anti-people'.
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Tangail on Wednesday night and yesterday.
 arrow Morshed flies to Azerbaijan tomorrow
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka for Azerbaijan tomorrow to attend the 33rd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) to be held in Baku on June 19-21 against the backdrop of major developments
 arrow Transport strike called off
The transport owners and workers yesterday called off their June 18-19 countrywide strike following a fruitful discussion with the government.
 arrow 17 top posts held by officials on contract
A number of top posts in important offices of the government, including Prime Minister's Office, cabinet division and different ministries, are held by officials appointed on contract.
 arrow Sector commanders to exchange views tomorrow
Sector commanders and Liberation War heroes will exchange views at a press conference in the city tomorrow with regard to a notice served by the government to vacate the house allotted to the wife of'K'
 arrow Seminar on Bangladesh elections to be held in UK
A seminar on 'The elections in Bangladesh: Security, human rights and a level-playing field' will be held at the King's College, University of London, in the UK on July 15, said press release issued by
 arrow Flood situation remains static in Sylhet
The overall flood situation in Sylhet remains static as there had been less rainfall since Wednesday evening.
 arrow Construction of 3rd Karnaphuli bridge okayed
The Cabinet Committee on Purchase at a meeting yesterday approved seven projects, including construction of the 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge, in Chittagong.
 arrow Police need to change their mindset: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said all members of the police force need to change their mindset, with the social changes taking place due to globalisation.
 arrow Hearing on charge framing against 19 JMB men adjourned
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Khulna yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing against 19 JMB men in two cases, out of five cases, as five accused, including militant kingpins Shaikh Abdur Rahman,
 arrow Probe body again invites information
The probe committee, formed to investigate the masters' results of political science department of Dhaka University (DU), has again invited information from all concerned.
 arrow City Bus Service enforces 12-hr strike in Ctg
Drivers and workers of Special City Bus Service yesterday enforced a 12-hour strike protesting the punishment of 17 drivers by a mobile court for reckless driving and violating traffic rules.
 arrow Kitchen market gutted in city
A kitchen market of a shopping complex was gutted in a fire at Uttara in the city yesterday.
 arrow 14-party protest today
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine will demonstrate in the city by holding a rally at Muktangan at 3:00pm today demanding reforms in caretaker government, resignation of election commissioners
 arrow BNP slams AL for violating HC order
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday alleged the opposition is out to make parliament ineffective and its movement is designed to work against democratic institutions, people and the high
 arrow Comilla University invites applications for admission
The Comilla University has invited applications for admission to the first year honours course of four faculties for the 2006-07 academic session.
 arrow 44 prisoners donate blood in Rajshahi
Some 44 prisoners of Rajshahi Central Jail donated blood voluntarily on Wednesday on the occasion of International Blood Donor Day.
 arrow Two schoolgirls drown in Gazipur
Two schoolgirls drowned yesterday while bathing in a pond at Sripur in Gazipur.
 arrow Concern over gang rape of garment worker
Karmajibi Nari expressed deep concern over the incident of gang rape of an employee of Syntex BD Limited at Savar on Wednesday.
 arrow Scholastica support for treatment of Nazifa Taj
Scholastic donated Tk 1.28 lakh to the TRY Foundation for the treatment of Nazifa Taj, a student of Maple Leaf International School, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Moving beyond the logjam
Given the way the Election Commission is behaving and the police atrocities being meted out to protesting people demanding electoral and governance reforms or access to legitimate services such as electricity
 arrow Global terrorism and its remedies
Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but it has taken a central, if not the pre-eminent, role at the global level as one of the main threats to international peace and security in the world today.
 arrow Monetary policy and investment
I have read the article by Mr Ashraf Ali Faruk on 'Liberalisation of Monetary Policy' (The Daily Star, 13 June) with some interest.
Culturearrow Illuminating the small screen
Born in a family with an impressive tradition in acting, Subarna Mustafa has established herself as the leading lady in Bangladeshi TV plays.
 arrow An evening of soothing classical music
On June 11, after a politically turbulent day in the city, music lovers of Dhaka flocked to Bengal Shilpalya in Dhanmondi to listen to the presentation of Sarathi Chatterjee an exponent of Indian classical
 arrow Showcasing Bengali classics
Etcetera, the snazzy shop down Gulshan Avenue, is holding Oitijjho Boi Utshob, a book fair. Publication house, Oitijjho has organised the event.
 arrow The 'rise and fall' of King Kong
Terror is the name of the beast. Terrifying are the scenes of its fights with prehistoric animals. And terrified is the audience in the dark theatre hall.
 arrow Kotha Chhilo Anyorokom set to air soon
Written and directed by Chayanika Chowdhury, TV play Kotha Chhilo Anyorokom follows the story of a journalist, her past and twists that change the course of her life.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Don't waste time anymore
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and his office never cease to surprise us by its twiddle de twiddle dum positioning on the voter list.
 arrow Editorial: Vigil over garments sector
No industry worth its name can survive if its workforce remains in a continuous state of agitation over their very basic rights.
 arrow Back to the future
It never seems the right time to focus on the long-term future for Bangladesh.
 arrow Good governance for corruption free society
Good governance is governance for the people and for welfare of the people. Again in that the government is accountable to the people for its activities.
 arrow Persecution of journalists in a democracy
On December 14, 2003, New York Times published an editorial titled, "Risk of journalism in Bangladesh" in which Bangladesh was portrayed among the world's most dangerous countries for journalists.
Letters to Editorarrow No violence, please
Just a few days after the violent labour unrest in the country's garment sector, we had this 36-hour general strike.
 arrow On police & policing
"Never get tangled with police!" When growing up in rural Bangladesh, we often listened to this wise advice. We eyed the khaki-clad, from a distance, with a weary awe.
 arrow A disappointing Brazil
The whole world was waiting with great enthusiasm to enjoy the match of Brazil, which is considered the country of football artists. They are the top seeded and hot favourites this year.
 arrow New Budget
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman proposed the budget of Tk 69,740 crore for the FY 2006-07 in the parliament on June 8.
 arrow Poor pay and corruption
The all-pervasive corruption prevailing in the bureaucracy of Bangladesh largely emanates from poor pay. Poor pay is the cause corruption the effect.
 arrow Our leaders
The leaders of our country baffle me.
 arrow Tata's investment plan
I fully support the views of AFM Moinul Islam expressed in his letter, published on June 13, 2006.
 arrow Why not a mega serial on 1971?
The nature of entertainment in the electronic media is changing in accordance with its commercial needs . Sometimes the contents of a single drama are being stretched to un-ending episodes.
 arrow Tata's steel plant proposal
Much is being written on the subject in your letters column, which is not technically accurate.
 arrow Political turmoil
The main opposition Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance marked the Dhaka siege programme with panic, tension and terror.
 arrow Rights of people
I wish to write in agreement with the letter of Salahuddin Ahmad about the status of the indigenous people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Corruption at the top level
It is no longer a secret that we are the most corrupt nation in the world. But every malady has a remedy. We are fortunate that corruption is not an incurable disease like AIDS.
 arrow Dirty democracy!
Since the victory of the right wing Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary election, the so called free world and democratic powers started taking revenge on the people of Palestine.
 arrow An appeal to the opposition
I'm a student currently appearing in my A-Level examinations under the University of London, United Kingdom. Our exams are currently being held in Dhaka and other major cities in the country.
 arrow Road accidents
There should a comprehensive road and transport policy in Bangladesh. The road policy should follow the construction method of developed countries and take into account the current situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Good defence!
The match Trinidad & Tobago vs. Sweden was an example of how defensive play could help the weaker side hold their own.
Environmentarrow Why unabated deforestation?
While inaugurating the National Tree Plantation Movement 2006 and National Tree Fair 2006 in Dhaka city on June 5, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia urged each of the families of the country to plant 10 wood,
 arrow Each city flooding brings an assurance
Flooding of Dhaka city, in recent times, throughout the wet season has become a major concern for all. Fifty years back the far tinier Dhaka had no such problems of flooding or drainage.
 arrow Plastic waste to liquid fuel
Plastic has become a part of our daily life. It is employed in many areas of industrial and domestic uses.
Urbanarrow Detailing an impending disaster: Are we prepared?
That Dhaka is vulnerable to an earthquake is well known. That a major earthquake will severely shake Dhaka or some other densely populated area in the country is also generally known.
 arrow Seismic Microzonation of Dhaka City
The 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India, the 2003 Bam earthquake in Iran and the 2005 Muzafarrabad earthquake in Pakistan and India revealed the vulnerability of "non-earthquake-proof" cities and villages
Worldarrow South Asia: Five dead in 'terrorist' attack on Pak police
Gunmen on motorcycles ambushed a police car in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Thursday, killing four policemen, including a deputy jail chief, and a pedestrian, police said.
 arrow South Asia: At least 10 dead in Afghan bomb attack
A powerful bomb tore apart a minibus carrying Afghan labourers to a US military base in on Thursday, killing about 10 amid growing violence before NATO takes over from US troops in the volatile south.
 arrow South Asia: Maoists and govt hold peace talks
Nepal's Maoist rebels and the government began their second round of preliminary peace talks in the capital Thursday, witnesses said.
 arrow South Asia: India-US make ‘good progress’ on nuke talks
Senior officials of India and the United States reported "good progress" on reaching a common position on the proposed bilateral nuclear agreement as they wound up first round of talks here.
 arrow South Asia: Floods hit more than 250,000 in northeast India
More than 250,000 people have been displaced by floodwaters in India's northeast where at least 13 people have died since the monsoon hit a fortnight ago, officials said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan, China start first bus service
Pakistan and China launched their first passenger bus service Thursday, linking the northern Pakistani town of Gilgit with the western Chinese city of Kashgar, officials said.
 arrow Abbas and Hamas try to ease fears of civil war
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh agreed in principle on Wednesday to integrate a Hamas militia into the security forces, in a move intended to end clashes that have fanned fears of civil war.
 arrow Bush rejects calls for pullout from Iraq
President Bush, just back from Iraq, dismissed calls for a US withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.
 arrow US arrest 2,000 in criminal immigrant sweep
US customs officials arrested more than 2,000 illegal immigrants, gang members and other fugitives in a nationwide sweep, the head of the US Immigration and Customer Enforcement agency said on Wednesday.
 arrow More Iraqi prisoners freed
About 200 Iraqi prisoners were released on Thursday under a national reconciliation plan announced by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki last week to free a total of 2,500 inmates, witnesses said.
 arrow Top policy adviser leaving White House
One of President George W. Bush's top policy advisers and former chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.
 arrow US marine sorry for Iraq deaths song
A US marine has apologised after a video spread on the internet of him singing a song about the killing of Iraqi civilians.
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