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Front Pagearrow Number of landless triples in 5 decades
The number of landless people in the country has tripled in the last five decades but the government is not taking any effective measure to distribute khas lands among them.
 arrow Bulu finally freed on bail
Boishakhi television channel's 'director', MNH Bulu, was finally released from jail yesterday after an arrest warrant against him had been disputed by an additional district magistrate of Barisal.
 arrow Senior-junior fueds to take toll on BNP
Lingering internal feuds among the senior and junior leaders of the ruling BNP will harm the party in the next general elections, said party insiders.
 arrow 14-party vows to force govt to accept reforms
Leaders of the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday announced to lay siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat on June 20 and set up road-rail-waterways blockades on July
 arrow No trace yet of three teenage offenders
Police are yet to trace the three teenagers who cut the throats of three others and looted valuables from the house of one victim on Thursday.
 arrow No end to ordeal of arrest victims
Relatives of the victims of recent mass arrest in the capital are still facing lot sufferings and harassment to get their detained relatives released from jail.
 arrow Eminent citizens dismayed at move to defame Prof Muzaffer
Nine eminent citizens in a joint statement yesterday expressed their dismay and distress at the recent character assassination of Professor Muzaffer Ahmed by a television channel and several newspapers
 arrow Birthday celebration

 arrow Pry teachers go on strike today
Teachers of government primary schools go for an indefinite strike across the country today to realise their 21-point demand, including elimination of salary discrimination and introduction of school-based
 arrow Fifth regional dialogue in Sylhet today
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Prothom Alo, The Daily Star and Channel i are jointly organising their fifth regional dialogue on National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development
 arrow Argentina warn the world
Two-time champions Argentina underlined their World Cup threat yesterday with a 6-0 drubbing of Serbia-Montenegro in Gelsenkirchen.
 arrow Holland, Argentina thru'
Holland booked a place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a thrilling 2-1 win over a spirited Ivory Coast in a Group C match here Friday.
 arrow Criminal case filed against ex-DIG 'father'
A human rights organisation yesterday filed a criminal case against a former deputy inspector general (DIG) of police and his wife, who have been in the centre of a controversy for claiming to have given
 arrow 10-man Angola hold Mexico
Angola held Mexico in a dull 0-0 draw on Friday, leaving both teams still with a chance of qualifying for the World Cup second round from Group D.
 arrow Conspiracy on to foil polls, says Hasina
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the alliance government is conspiring to foil the next election apprehending their defeat due to corruption,
 arrow Terrorism, Islamophobia among major issues
Combating international terrorism and Islamophobia, Arab-Israel conflict and the issue of Palestine, situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, the problem of refugees in Muslim countries and reform in the UN
 arrow 15 return home after 15 months in Indian jail
Fifteen Bangladesh nationals returned home yesterday morning after languishing in Amritsar Central Jail in Indian state of Punjab for 15 months.

 arrow UNDP team to study pre-poll environment
A two-member team from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) New York headquarters will be studying the pre-election environment in Bangladesh in the next couple of days and finalise its reportbefore
 arrow 2 top outlaws killed in 'crossfire' with Rab
Two top leaders of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP M-L) were killed in an encounter between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their cohorts at Singchhara village in Atrai upazila
 arrow 10 gunned down in Rangamati were Indian criminals
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar told the BBC Bangla Service yesterday that the 10 people who were killed during a joint operation by army and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Baghaichhari
 arrow DMC teacher killed in road accident
The head of the Department of Forensic Medicine of Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Prof Akteruzzaman was killed in a road accident at Azimpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow $111 m WB loan to better local governance
The World Bank (WB) has approved a $111.5 million credit to support the government's programme to develop an accountable local governance system.
 arrow Arms trader held in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested an arms trader and recovered two guns from his possession in the city Thursday afternoon.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunfire
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded gunfire on Hakimpur border under Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Storm, heavy rain in city
A storm accompanied with heavy rain swept the city last night, damaging hundreds of trees and roadside billboards.
 arrow 40 Taliban rebels killed in Paktia bombings
Coalition and Afghan troops continued their push against the Taliban Friday after killing 40 insurgents in an air and ground strike and as NATO warned it would deal "robustly" with rebels.
 arrow Nuke incentive offer a step forward
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday the international incentive offer to curtail his nation's nuclear program was a "step forward" that would be carefully considered.
 arrow Nepal govt, Maoists reach deal on ending insurgency
Nepal's government and the country's Maoist rebels said Friday they had reached an agreement aimed at ending a decade-long insurgency after a day of unprecedented meetings between the two sides.
 arrow Environment factors behind diseases that kill 13m a year
Almost a quarter of global disease is caused by avoidable environmental factors, with a toll of 13 million lives a year, the World Health Organisation said in a new report Friday.
 arrow White House says Zarqawi successor still unclear
The White House on Thursday said the identity of the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq killed in a US bombing raid, was still unclear.
 arrow Vietnam PM asks National Assembly to accept resignation
Vietnam's Prime Minister Phan Van Khai on Friday officially asked the National Assembly to accept his resignation one year before the end of his term.
 arrow Suu Kyi's relative files petition with UN HR council
A family member of Myanmar's jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday filed the first petition with a new UN human rights council, challenging her detention by the country's military junta.
 arrow Iran wants "unconditional" talks on nuclear package
Iran wants to hold "unconditional" talks with Western powers on a package of incentives and penalties aimed at inducing it to abandon its nuclear program, its deputy foreign minister said on Friday.
 arrow G8 to close ranks on crime, terrorism
Group of Eight (G8) law enforcement leaders called here Friday for closer cooperation among member states in combatting terrorism, information crime and protection of public transport.
 arrow US military opens probe of three deaths in custody
US military said on Friday it had started an investigation into the deaths last month of three men in the custody of US-led forces in Iraq.
Businessarrow Non-tariff barriers seen main obstacle
Despite having a huge demand for Bangladeshi products, local exporters have failed to make debut in the north-eastern Indian (NEI) market due to different non-tariff barriers imposed by the Indian government.
 arrow BB mulls maintaining restrictive credit policy
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is expected to continue its existing restrictive credit policy for the first-half of the fiscal year 2007 in a bid to bring down inflation from its existing average level of 7.
 arrow Agrani Bank, IDLC arrange Tk198cr loan for BSRM Steels
Agrani Bank and IDLC (Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Ltd) jointly arranged a syndicated term loan of Tk 198 crore for BSRM Steels Ltd, a new unit of H Akberali Group, to set up the
 arrow China may invest in RMG, textiles in Philippines
The Philippine government remains optimistic that more Chinese companies will invest in the (Philippine garments and textile, said the Philippine News Agency PNA) Friday.
 arrow France boosts purchase rates to spur renewable energy
France on Thursday announced major increases in rates for energy from renewable sources that has to be purchased by the state-owned electricity provider, EDF.
 arrow Kushtia chamber seeks zero duty on capital machinery
The Kushtia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has urged the government to withdraw the 5 per cent duty as proposed in the national budget for the 2006-07 fiscal on imported capital machinery, spare
 arrow Seminar on marketing fine quality rice held
A seminar on producing, exporting and marketing fine quality and sweet-smelling varieties of rice and role of mill owners, traders and exporters in this regard was held here on Thursday.
 arrow Proton unveils new car
Malaysia's struggling national automaker Proton unveiled a new model Friday to reverse declining sales as Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi warned of stiff competition in the global auto industry.
 arrow Tea auction witnesses good demand
The weekly tea auction held here on Thursday witnessed a fairly good demand, but prices were generally lower compared to the quality.
 arrow Current account deficit narrows in US
The US current account deficit, the broadest measure of trade and investment flows, narrowed to 208.7 billion dollars in the first quarter from 223.
 arrow New MD of Nat'l Life Insurance
Habibur Rahman Sikder has been appointed managing director of National life Insurance Company Ltd effective from June 1, 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Commodity investors seek refuge from tumbling prices
Investors are eager not to get their fingers burned as global economic fears have helped to send prices of raw materials -- particularly metals -- reeling since mid-May.
 arrow Oil prices spike above $70 on renewed Iran concerns
Oil prices climbed higher in Asian trade Friday on fresh concerns Iran will not bow to Western pressure to curb its controversial nuclear program, dealers said.
 arrow Asean chief rejects excluding US
The emerging East Asian community will not exclude the United States even as China seeks a larger role in Southeast Asia, the chief of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 11-June 15, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Football: Awesome Argentina
The general consensus after this tournament's first series of matches was that only Argentina, Spain and the Czech Republic had shown the fizz, finesse and fearsome finishing of potential world champions.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
US team moved to air base
Ap, Hamburg

The U.S. soccer team decided to spend two nights at Ramstein Air Base because of safety concerns with the designated FIFA hotels in the Kaiserslautern area.

 arrow Football: Sweden relieved
Swedish star Freddie Ljungberg doesn't often score with his head -- but Thursday's effort in the dying moments of his country's 1-0 victory over Paraguay in Group B will be worth a place in his scrapbook.
 arrow Football: Wary of backlash
Italy fear that the United States' determination to keep their World Cup hopes alive will make them dangerous opponents here in Saturday's Group E match.
 arrow Football: Aiming for improved showing
Portugal will aim for a vastly improved performance against Iran after struggling to a win in their opening game against Group D minnows Angola.
 arrow Football: Black Stars look to rebound
Ghana will be looking to transform their stylish play in the 2-0 defeat by Italy into goals when they take on the Czech Republic here on Saturday in their second Group E clash.
 arrow Football: Half-nil will do: Scolari
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari would settle for a half-nil win over Iran in Saturday's Group D match, he said on Friday.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Many German fans, and certainly the media, weren't too sure about taking on the untried Jurgen Klinsmann as coach despite his goalscoring exploits as a player on the way to glory in 1990.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
If you had thought that the performance of South American team Ecuador was a flash in the pan, then think again.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Friday's Argentina-Serbia and Montenegro match:

2: Bravo (Mexico), C Tenorio (Ecuador), Delgado (Ecuador), Klose (Germany), Rosicky (Czech Republic), Cahill (Australia),

 arrow Football: 'It will be a final'
Playmaker Luis Figo said on Thursday that Portugal's World Cup game against Iran would be "like a final" with both teams desperate to get the full three points albeit for different reasons.
 arrow Football: Iran pose more problems
Portugal midfielder Costinha said Iran will be a tougher challenge than their first Group D opponents Angola, with their determination and strength in midfield and attack requiring special attention.
 arrow Football: Celebration to Ecuador

 arrow Football: Arena expects improvement
Playing mighty Italy after a disappointing World Cup defeat is just the sort of challenge needed for the United States to prove the team's character, US coach Bruce Arena said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Italy ready for America's war
If the United States considers its next game "war," Italy is ready. Even if the Azzurri believe statements made by US forward Eddie Johnson were a little over the top.
 arrow Football: WC wins over cricket
Cricket is the new football. Well, some pundits in England were saying as much 12 months ago when Ashes fever gripped the nation.
 arrow Cricket: SL win a thriller
Sri Lanka kept their nerve to beat England by two runs at the Rose Bowl here Thursday in what was the tourists' first Twenty20 international.
 arrow Tennis: Maria eases thru'
Maria Sharapova is on course for a third straight DFS Classic title after a 6-2 6-4 third round win over Na Li.
 arrow Football: Sweden fans cheers

 arrow Football: Parreira wary of Aussies
Australia could prove to be the wild card team in world champions Brazil's World Cup Group F warned the five-time title winners coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Goal drought puzzles France
France could tell you that relying on two of the finest marksmen around is no guarantee you will score on the World Cup scene.
 arrow Football: Glamour and soccer
Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Rooney are facing unexpected competition at the World Cup from a global army of scantily-clad Ophelies, Olgas and Oanas.
 arrow Football: Rooney relief for English media
England's newspapers shrugged off concerns about the national side's lacklustre World Cup form on Friday as they celebrated qualification for the 2nd round and Wayne Rooney's return to action.
 arrow Football: England can't dampen soca spirit
Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup heroes may have lost to England but that did little to dampen celebrations at home over the side's performances in Germany.
 arrow Football: World Cup a hit with world leaders
The White House and European leaders are preoccupied with a very grave matter these days.
 arrow Football: Janas has no regrets
Polish coach Pawel Janas said Thursday he had "no regrets" about managing the Poland team his way, despite their early exit from the World Cup. "I regret nothing. I took my decisions and that's it.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss not too worried
Interim England captain Andrew Strauss has refused to see England's Twenty20 defeat to Sri Lanka as an omen for the one-day series which begins on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Focus on Ecuador
Jurgen Klinsmann refused to be drawn on Germany's potential opponents in the last 16 of the World Cup, saying topping the group with a win over Ecuador was the priority.
 arrow Football: Tin to Gold
From the Andes via an unglamorous southern English port to headline-maker at the World Cup might be one of the more circuitous routes to stardom in the tournament's recent history.
 arrow Football: Spain genuine contenders
Spain striker David Villa said the 4-0 demolition of Ukraine in their opening match has proved they are serious contenders to win the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Best yet to come!
David Beckham admits England have yet to play at their best, but said getting three points against Trinidad and Tobago was what mattered most.
 arrow Football: The woes of being Ronaldo
Forget all the talk about proving everybody wrong at this World Cup. Ronaldo wasn't even able to get in shape for Brazil's opening match.
 arrow Football: Raul facing WC wilderness
Spain returned to their team base here Thursday still on a high after their impressive 4-0 win over World Cup Group H rivals Ukraine but with star striker Raul down in the dumps.
 arrow Football: Pressing matters for coaches
National football coaches don't just have to plan their tactics for the next game at a World Cup they have to also think long and hard on how to play against their domestic press.
 arrow Football: Brazil disappoint Cruyff
Johan Cruyff, twice a World Cup finalist with the Netherlands in 1974 and 1978, said Thursday he had been "pleasantly surprised" by the opening games of this World Cup but disappointed by Brazil.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho targets triple crown
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho dreamt at the start of the season that he would win three titles and he believes it's his destiny to make the World Cup the final leg of his personal triple crown.
 arrow Football: T & T prove they belong
Trinidad & Tobago, the smallest nation ever to compete in a World Cup, have proven why they qualified for the biggest spectacle in world soccer.
 arrow Football: Totti fit
Italy striker Francesco Totti will be fit for their second Group E World Cup match against the United States on Saturday, team doctor Enrico Castellacci confirmed Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Corporate soccer on
IDLC coasted to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Dhaka Sheraton in the opening match of the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the indoor facilities of International School, Dhaka (ISD) yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ivankovic will ring the changes
Iran coach Branko Ivankovic will make changes to his line-up as he attempts to keep his team in the World Cup when they face Portugal in Frankfurt on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo quarantined
Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo trained separately on Thursday, casting doubt on whether he would be fit for his country's next World Cup Group D game against Iran.
 arrow Football: Separate training for Deco
Midfielder Deco, already doubtful after clashing with teammate Costinha last week, trained separately from the rest of the squad on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Captain charisma
Portugal captain Luis Figo commanded respect and admiration from his players despite being the oldest member of the World Cup squad, midfielder Costinha said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names U-17 squad
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) picked 19 players for the preliminary camp of the under-17 team for the tour of Malaysia. The team is scheduled to tour Malaysia over July 7-16.
 arrow Chess: Women's chess get a boost
Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Begum Laila Alam on Thursday to hold a women's chess tournament.
 arrow Chess: Ex-chess champ Akmol no more
Former national chess champion Dr. Mirza Akmol Hossain died at his residence at Uttara early Friday morning. He was 66.
 arrow Cricket: BD A take on Zim A today
Bangladesh A cricket team launch their Zimbabwe tour with a four-day match against the local A team at the Mutare Sports Club from today.
 arrow Football: Ghana still feel the pain
Ghana's players are still down days after their 2-0 World Cup Group E defeat by Italy in Hanover. "It's been two days now and I can't go to bed.
 arrow Football: 'Africans must be united'
Angola's coach called for African nations to cooperate to improve their football after a winless opening week for the continent at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Sponsorship choices criticised
Health experts criticised organisers of the World Cup on Friday for choosing a fast food giant, a brewer and soft drinks maker as official sponsors of soccer's showcase event.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly set to face Pak heat
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will begin a short-term stint at Northamptonshire on Monday and is set to face Pakistan when they visit the English county at the end of next month.
 arrow Football: Costly miss
Hundreds of football fans in Kaunia upazila in Rangpur attacked the local power office as they could not watch the match between Argentina and Serbia and Montenegro due to electricity outage Friday evening.
 arrow Football: English tactics predictable
Trinidad & Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker swallowed his disappointment in eloquent style on Thursday by giving England free advice on how to succeed at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Fredrik The Great'
Pictures of an ecstatic Freddie Ljungberg dominated Friday's front pages of Swedish newspapers after he scored the winning goal in Sweden's World Cup 1-0 Group B victory over Paraguay on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Spector joins Hammers
American left-back Jonathan Spector has joined English Premiership club West Ham from Manchester United in a 500,000-pound (925,000 dollars) transfer.
 arrow Football: Italians ignorant about Americans
Italy face the United States in World Cup Group E on Saturday but Marcello Lippi's players admit they have little clue about who they will be up against.
 arrow Football: Barcelona to let Saviola go
Argentina international striker Javier Saviola has been told he is not wanted by Barcelona, the Spanish champions confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Time off for good show
Spain coach Luis Aragones rewarded his players by allowing them to spend Friday with their wives, girlfriends and children before resuming training in the early evening.
 arrow Football: Berlusconi re-elected Milan president
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been re-elected as president of Serie A side AC Milan, the club confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Hands off Lahm
German giants Bayern Munich on Thursday told English champions Chelsea they have no chance of signing Germany defender Philipp Lahm.
Metropolitanarrow 'Diversify crops to meet nutrition deficiency'
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday stressed the need for crop diversification to address nutrition deficiency of people in the country.
 arrow More playgrounds for children demanded
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded more playgrounds for children in the capital as well as across the country.
 arrow Japan identifies 12 sectors to help reduce poverty
Japan has identified 12 priority sectors, including private sector and power sector development, under its new country assistance programme to help reduce poverty in Bangladesh.
 arrow Prices of essentials continue to rise
Despite announcement of reduction of tax by 5 percent on some daily essentials in the proposed budget, prices of imported commodities and vegetables marked a sharp rise this week.
 arrow Wife beaten to death for dowry
Sharmin Akhter, 19, wife of scrap iron trader Hanif Molla, was allegedly killed by her husband at about 11:00pm on Thursday.
 arrow 13 Bangladeshi fishermen freed from Indian jail
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday sent back some 13 Bangladeshi fishermen to Bangladesh through Benapole land port. They were imprisoned in India for a long time.
 arrow Italian envoy hosts lunch for top AL leaers
Key Awami League (AL) leaders had a lunch with western diplomats at the Gulshan residence of Italian Ambassador Pietro Ballero yesterday and exchanged views on various aspects of the coming elections,
 arrow Heroine worth Tk one crore recovered
Police recovered one kilogram heroine and liquors and arrested four drug traders from several places in the city on Thursday, says a DMP press release.
 arrow Trafficked girl returns home from India
A teenaged Bangladeshi girl, who was trafficked to India six months back, was handed over to the members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Benapole border on Thursday.
 arrow Five inter-dist dacoits arrested in Rangpur
Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested five members of an inter-district gang of robbers from different areas of the district in separate drives on Thursday.
 arrow Ctg port container auction June 20
Chittagong Customs Authority is going to put several thousand containers on sale in the biggest-ever auction in Chittagong port on June 20.
 arrow Death anniversaryof Akikunnessa Ahmad today
The 24th death anniversary of Akikunnessa Ahmad, a noted writer and pioneer in progressive women movement in late 40's, will be observed today, says a press release.
 arrow Roundtable on economic growth of Ctg today
A roundtable will be held in Chittagong today to discuss different aspects of economic and business activities.
 arrow Two killed in Gazipur road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents at Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in boiler explosion
Two female workers were killed and two others seriously injured in a boiler explosion at a rice mill at Shahagola Bazar under Atrai upazila of the district on Thursday.
 arrow Healthcare camp on hypertension, cancer held
A daylong healthcare camp and awareness programme was held in the city yesterday to help resist breast cancer and hypertension, says a press release.
 arrow Punishment to killers demanded
Leaders of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday condemned the killing of one Sourav Kumar Saha in Magura and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.
 arrow 500 gm cocaine recovered, one held in Bogra
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested one person with 500 gm of cocaine worth about Tk 50 lakh at Puranapoul area in Panchbibi, Joypurhat, on Thursday.
Nationalarrow Flood situation worsens in three districts
Flood situation deteriorated in five upazilas of Netrakona, two upazilas in Moulvibazar and four upazilas of Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow Creating awareness about neem tree
A fair at Jaldhaka has created awareness among people about the medicinal and environmental benefits of jaat neem (Azadirachta indica).
 arrow Punishment to killers of landless demanded
Hundreds of landless people including a large number of women yesterday brought out a procession here protesting killing of Abul Hossain Sardar, a landless man, by a group of miscreants on June 3.
 arrow A school for underprivileged children
This is the remarkable story of a valiant freedom fighter and idealistic orthopaedic surgeon who decide to open a residential model school at a remote village of Chirir Bander upazila in Dinajpur, his
 arrow 'Birds coming back to forest'
The population of Jungle Fowl and Puff Throated Babbler, two key indicator bird species, is increasing in the protected forest areas of Moulavibazar and Habiganj.
 arrow Crackdown on pirates in three coastal dists
A crackdown on the listed pirates of the coastal areas of Bhola, Patuakhali and Barguna will be launched soon to ensure safe fishing in the Bay of Bengal.
Point-Counterpointarrow The pathos of mass arrest
The heart-rending cries and the anguishes of the hapless friends and relations of the scores of people who were arrested by the police in the wake of opposition political parties programme of Dhaka siege
 arrow Primary education in disarray
If the recent events are anything to go by, our partners in the development process of the country, namely the World Bank, ADB and DFID are not impressed by the government rhetoric.
 arrow A blemish on Muslim image
The unveiling of a plan to attack key installations in Canada by home grown terrorists has created a sensation not only within north America but has also attracted world wide attention from the international
Culturearrow Lalon songs reverberated at Shilpakala Academy
Department of Music and Dance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a four-day Lalon festival at the Plaza of the National Art Gallery of BSA.
 arrow Searching for the essence of poetry
Laila Afroz, who has been reciting poems at cultural prorgrammes for two decades, says that every person should have a world apart from the workplace where he/she can pursue dreams and express the innermost
 arrow "Bengal Bikash" contestants perform in Jessore
The talent hunt by Bengal Foundation, Bengal Bikash, has completed its pre-finals.
Generalarrow DNA test to clear up Confucius confusion
Chinese claiming Confucius for an ancestor can now use a genetic test to prove a direct blood connection to the grandfather of Chinese social mores, a state newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Eating less may cut Alzheimer's symptoms
Eating fewer calories may help prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, researchers reported yesterday.
 arrow Scientists create hybrid butterfly species in lab
Scientists said on Wednesday they have created a distinctive red and yellow butterfly in the laboratory by interbreeding two different species in a way similar to what they believe has occurred in nature.
 arrow Indian army sees first suicide of lady officer
The Indian army saw the first suicide of a female officer, who shot herself at her camp in the troubled region of Kashmir, police and army officers said yesterday.
 arrow US Congress rebuffs bid to recall troops from Iraq
The Senate on Thursday rebuffed a call to withdraw US forces from Iraq this year as both chambers of Congress engaged in high-stakes election-year debates over the unpopular war.
 arrow Thousands of weapons surrendered in knife amnesty in Britain
Thousands of knives, machetes and axes have been handed over to police in an amnesty on weapons prompted by fears of a knife-crime epidemic.
 arrow North Korea preparing missile test: US
North Korea is accelerating preparations for testing a missile that has the potential to strike the United States, a US government official said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Suicide bomber kills 11 in Iraq mosque
At least 19 people were killed across Iraq, including 11 in Baghdad when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a massive Shiite mosque despite a security crackdown in the capital, police said.
 arrow Sri Lanka bombs rebels but vows peace
Sri Lanka's president has vowed not to allow the killing of 64 bus passengers derail the island's peace process as the air force bombarded Tamil Tiger positions for a second straight day.
 arrow Hu meets Ahmadinejad, calls for closer ties
Chinese President Hu Jintao called Friday for closer ties with Iran as he met his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the first time, while the United States followed events in Shanghai warily.
 arrow Family outraged at delayed reports
The family of an innocent Brazilian man shot dead by police in London last year expressed their frustration on Friday at continued delays to an invesigation into the police handling of the case.
 arrow East Timor rebels surrender arms to foreign troops
East Timor's rebel soldiers began surrendering their weapons Friday to Australian-led international peacekeeping forces, obeying an order from President Xanana Gusmao.
 arrow Party offices to quit Delhi's colonial heritage zone
The Indian cabinet Friday approved a plan to winkle political parties out of their grand offices in New Delhi's stately heritage zone built under the British Raj, a minister said.
 arrow Tetanus kills 21 people in quake-hit Indonesia
Twenty-one people have died from tetanus in the aftermath of last month's earthquake in Indonesia's central Java island, the health ministry said Friday.
 arrow Pakistani mob kills teacher, beats mullah for blasphemy
A frenzied mob beat a teacher to death when he tried to help a Muslim cleric in a row over the alleged desecration of the Koran, a local police chief said Friday.
 arrow India officially joins race for UN top job
India officially nominated Thursday UN Undersecretary General Shashi Tharoor for the world body's top job which it said should rightfully come to Asia when Kofi Annan ends his term this year.
 arrow South Africa marks Soweto uprising anniversary
South African President Thabo Mbeki led commemorations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising, a watershed in the anti-apartheid struggle, when hundreds of children protesting at the forced
 arrow Rainstorms, flash floods kill 52 in southwest China
Persistent rainstorms and flash floods in southwestern China have killed a total of 52 people and left another 20 missing, state media reported Friday.
 arrow US retracts terrorist warning in China
The United States retracted Friday a warning of possible terrorist attacks against US interests in China following a joint investigation with Chinese authorities on the potential threat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Once again teachers take to the streets
It is disconcerting news indeed that the teachers of the government primary schools are all set to go on a strike across the country for an indefinite period from today (Saturday) for the eliminationof
 arrow Editorial: Police pitted against opposition
With three opposition lawmakers and scores of pickets including policemen receiving injury in violent clashes in the city, the 36-hour hartal came to an end, undoubtedly to the relief of all.
 arrow Our political arena requires spring cleaning
In the northern hemisphere, as a matter of rule, all households undertake a form of housecleaning with the advent of spring in April of each year. This is something everyone looks forward to.
 arrow An impaired system
India should not take its democratic system for granted. The nation has lost it once. It was not the army to bring it about as it is the practice in Pakistan. An elected Prime Minsiter did it.
 arrow Is Election Commission a post box?
The recent remark of the Chief Election Commissioner that 'Election Commission is a post box' sparked great deal of controversy amongst conscious citizens as to the capability of the Election Commission
StarTecharrow Technologies@World Cup
At this year's World Cup 2006 tournament, cutting-edge technologies are being used on a massive scale.
 arrow Dal dulls other networks with lucrative services
Dalnet was the first major IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network that provided several convenient services that made it popular among IRC users.
 arrow Gates to give up daily role at Microsoft
Bill Gates isn't leaving Microsoft, he's just leaving his day-to-day responsibilities there. That was the message Microsoft Corp.
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Literaturearrow What Will The Poet Do Now? Part-II
The next eight days the poet spent in trying to collect the seven-eight hundred takas. And on the evening of the eighth presented himself again at Red Dots Graphics.
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W N Herbert is considered a leading Scottish poet, one who moves comfortably and easily between Scots and English. His poetry is distinguished by humour, tight forms and metrical structure.
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