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Front Pagearrow Cry for infrastructure development in Ctg
Lack of foresight of the successive governments and absence of a business and investment-friendly policy for the premier port city holds back Chittagong from contributing to the country's overall economic
 arrow BB worried over sliding Oriental Bank health
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has given the government three choices on how to deal with the ailing Oriental Bank that has gone through repeated change of ownership.
 arrow Petrobangla to stay in grip of controversial contractual top brass
The government is set to extend contract service of one director and give contractual appointment to another director of Petrobangla ignoring allegations of corruption and incompetence against them, establishment
 arrow 'Neutral EC must for electing honest candidates'
Speakers at the fifth round of regional dialogue of civil society initiative for accountable development at Sylhet yesterday said honest and competent candidates cannot be elected without a proper voter
 arrow 3 DEPZ units closed
Three garment factories in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) were closed sine die yesterday following a meeting between workers' representatives and chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zone
 arrow No polls before CEC resigns
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday vowed to resist any polls before resignation of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and two other "politically" appointed commissioners
 arrow Barapukuria plant trips again
Production at the 250 megawatt Barapukuria Coal Power Plant remained suspended since Friday as it tripped again due to technical glitches.
 arrow Forensic expert got threat calls for days
A son of Prof Akteruzzaman, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Dhaka Medical College, filed a case with Lalbagh Police Station on Friday alleging that his father might have been 'killed' in
 arrow Dr Wahiduddin for merger of bad private banks
Noted economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday suggested merging of bad performing private banks with others to save the depositors.
 arrow Red rules bad-tempered tie
Italy and the United States slugged out a bruising 1-1 draw in the most controversial match of the World Cup so far in which three players were sent off in their Group E clash early today.
 arrow Ghanaians stun Czechs
Ghana pulled off the biggest upset of this World Cup and might have helped the United States along the way.
 arrow Portugal move to next round
A stunning strike from Deco and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Portugal a 2-0 triumph over Iran on Saturday, sealing their place in the World Cup second round.
 arrow BDR, BSF exchange fire in Satkhira
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Gazipur border in Sadar upazila during early hours yesterday.
 arrow Primary teachers starts non-stop strike
Teachers of government primary schools began an indefinite strike across the country yesterday to realise their 21-point demand, including elimination of salary discrimination and introduction of school-based
 arrow Morshed calls for tolerance to defuse border tension
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday called for tolerance and patience to defuse tension on the Indo-Bangladesh border in the wake of skirmish in the past few weeks.
 arrow One killed in billboard collapse
One person was killed in Friday night's storm in the capital when a billboard collapsed on a filling station at Pragati Sarani.
 arrow Bridge on Manu named after Saifur's wife
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday inaugurated a newly constructed bridge on the Manu river in Moulvibazar named after his late wife Durre Samad Rahman.
 arrow Fire breaks out at garment unit
Officials of a garment factory at Pallabi confined seven reporters and photographers for about 12 minutes yesterday when the newsmen went there to cover a fire break out on the unit's top floor.
 arrow Cops arrest 3 Mirpur teenage offenders
Mirpur police arrested the three teenagers yesterday who slit throats of three Monipur Cadet School students and looted valuables from one of the victims' house on Thursday.
 arrow Sundarbans robber killed in 'crossfire'
A notorious robber of the Sunderbans was killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices around 2:20am yesterday at Kadamtala of Swarankhola upazila in Bagerhat district.
 arrow Grenade found at Chuadanga village
Police recovered a grenade from Osmanpur village in Alamdanga upazila of the frontier district on Friday night.
 arrow Coalition men amassed huge wealth to buy votes: Hasina
Suspecting a vote-rigging plot of the coalition government, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that it amassed a huge amount of money to buy vote in the forthcoming general elections.
 arrow 5.5kg heroin seized in Rajshahi
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized Tk 5 crore worth heroin weighing 5.
 arrow Iraq attacks kill 31
Bomb and mortar attacks killed at least 31 people in and near Baghdad yesterday in violence that showed no sign of easing despite a security crackdown against al-Qaeda in the Iraqi capital.
 arrow 51 killed as Lankan troops take on LTTE
At least 15 Sri Lankan naval troops, 30 Tamil Tiger rebels and six civilians were killed in major sea and land battles along the island's northwestern coast yesterday, officials said.
 arrow Canada finds bird flu case
Canada has detected a case of H5 avian flu in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island and plans further testing over the weekend to determine whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, government
 arrow Koirala leaves for medical treatment in Bangkok
Nepal's ailing Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala left for medical treatment in Bangkok Saturday, a day after hammering out a deal with Maoists that will see the rebels join an interim government.
Businessarrow Desco makes debut on both bourses today
Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) will make debut on DSE and CSE today.
 arrow Find long-term solution to power crisis
Speakers at a seminar yesterday suggested organising a national dialogue with all political parties and energy experts participating in it to find out a concrete long-term solution to the country's power
 arrow Dry cell battery export to India faced with difficulties
Exporters of dry cell battery are facing difficulties to reap benefit of duty free facility for the item's export to India due to a discrepancy between notification of Indian government and its customs
 arrow Starbucks targeted over high-fat products
Starbucks Corp may be next on the target list of a consumer-health group that this week sued the operator of the KFC fried chicken restaurant chain for frying foods in oils high in harmful trans fat.
 arrow China hikes reserve ratio to cool economy
China's central bank on Friday ordered major commercial banks to set aside more money as reserves in an effort to slow lending growth and to cool its break-neck economic growth.
 arrow Ford to upgrade three Mexican plants
Ford Motor Co. said on Friday it will revamp three factories in Mexico over the next several years as part of its North American restructuring plan.
 arrow Air India offers less fare for some int'l routes from today
Air India is offering reduced fares for several international destinations from Dhaka marking the first anniversary of its resumption of operation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Advocacy session on WTO, trade issues for journos held
An advocacy session for journalists on different trade-related issues was held yesterday in Chittagong, says a press release.
 arrow Australian banana crisis results in fruit hustlers
Some three months after a fierce cyclone destroyed most of Australia's banana plantations, reports have emerged of thieves stealing fruit worth thousands of dollars from unaffected farms.
 arrow Correction
The news item on Agrani Bank and IDLC, published yesterday on page 8 of The Daily Star, inadvertently stated Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed as the managing director and CEO of IDLC of Bangladesh Ltd.
 arrow Trade pact with US to allow Malaysia to compete with China
Malaysian manufacturers on Friday said a trade pact with the United States would allow the local industry to compete against China which enjoys a lower cost advantage.
 arrow Big banks could feel World Cup pinch
Leading South Korean banks are looking at the World Cup in Germany with unusually close interest, knowing that the better the national team performs, the worse their bottom lines could turn out to be.
 arrow Japanese minister warns economy still shaky
Heizo Takenaka, the minister leading a privatization drive under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, said Friday that Japan's economy was still shaky despite its heralded recovery.
 arrow Canadian economy set to remain strong: IMF
Canada's economic outlook is "broadly favorable," with growth likely to remain around the country's potential and inflation subdued, the International Monetary Fund said Friday.
 arrow Philips to buy US medical tech firm
Dutch electronics giant Philips said it agreed to buy US firm Intermagnetics, which makes components and accessories for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems, for one billion euros (1.
 arrow India's biggest distiller to buy French winemaker
India's biggest distiller, United Breweries Group, said Friday it will acquire winemaker Bouvet-Ladubay, a subsidiary of French champagne group Taittinger that it sought to buy earlier, for 15 million
 arrow ROK game makers eye global expansion
South Korea, home to the world's most sophisticated online games, is preparing an assault on North America, Japan and Europe, setting the stage for an international scrum in an industry poised to nearly
 arrow Oil prices slip on positive news on Iran
World oil prices dipped on Friday as traders were reassured over positive developments concerning the Iranian nuclear energy crisis, dealers said.
 arrow Slovenia gets green light from EU to join eurozone
European Union leaders gave Slovenia a green light Friday to join the eurozone next year, launching a new wave of expansion for the 12-nation single currency club, EU sources said.
 arrow $500m WB loan for Egyptian financial reforms
The World Bank has announced a 500-million-dollar (395-million-euro) loan to Egypt for planned reforms to its fiancial sector.
Sportsarrow Football: Portugal break the jinx
Portugal qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time in 40 years on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Iran.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Storm sweeps Germany
Afp, Berlin

Violent storms swept across Germany, currently hosting the World Cup, causing millions of euros of damage and leaving several people injured by

 arrow Football: Angola stay alive
Angola's coach called for more ambition from his team after a battling draw with Mexico gave the World Cup make-weights a shot at an unlikely place in the last 16, second round.
 arrow Football: Injury worries plague preps
Fitness fears gripped both Japan and Croatia as they geared up for a must-win match here on Sunday to keep alive their World Cup targets of at the very least surviving the first round.
 arrow Football: Victory is a must
Anything less than victory against table toppers South Korea on Sunday will leave France perilously close to crashing out of the first round for the second successive World Cup.
 arrow Football: Another chance for Hiddink
Coach Guus Hiddink says the big-match occasion of facing champions Brazil demands the strongest Australian team he can field for Sunday's enthralling Group F World Cup game of contrasts here.
 arrow Football: Big boys reasserting
A generational shift is under way among the players but it is increasingly clear there will be no big shake-up in football's world order as the major powers reassert their authority after the shocks of
 arrow Football: Champs relishing challenge
Ronaldinho is braced for a clash of styles when Brazil face Australia in their World Cup Group F clash in Munich on Sunday.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
David Beckham is a reason why England have not shone in two laboured wins to date, according to Argentine 1978 world champion Osvaldo Ardiles.
 arrow Football: Thuram reaching 'unwanted' record
Lilian Thuram was never particularly interested in Marcel Desailly's national record of 116 caps, which he should match on Sunday when France play South Korea in their second World Cup Group G game.
 arrow Football: Lee promises heroics
Masterful shot-stopper Lee Woon-Jae has pledged to put his body on the line to prevent the Thierry Henry led French attack from scoring against South Korea in their vital Group G encounter on Sunday in
 arrow Football: Her Wish Fulfilled...

 arrow Football: Third Eye
With the way the world is nowadays, too often terms like 'perfection' are used to describe even half-way decent performances by teams.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after the Iran-Portugal match on Saturday:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), T.

 arrow Cricket: Tharanga ton boosts SL
Upul Tharanga's one-day international best of 120 was the centrepiece of Sri Lanka's 257 for nine against England at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Imran leads from front
Tushar Imran led from the front with a brilliant hundred as Bangladesh A made a bright start to the opening four-day match against Zimbabwe A at the Mutare Sports Club yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF-TFA camp on
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and Tata Football Academy (TFA) of India have jointly organised a training camp for the top four finishers of this year's school football competition at the Birshreshtha
 arrow Football: Nippon ready to attack
Japan coach Zico has added two attack-minded players to his line-up in a bid to get the goals he needs to keep the Asian champions's World Cup hopes alive in their second game against Croatia here onSunday.
 arrow Football: Japan lack maturity: Troussier
Philippe Troussier, who coached Japan to the second round in their last World Cup, said Friday the struggling team still lacked the maturity and "aggressiveness" needed to play internationally.
 arrow Football: Nakata talks the talk
Japan's midfield star Hidetoshi Nakata, who acts like a drill sergeant for the struggling Asian champions, also talks no nonsense with media off the pitch.
 arrow Football: WC quotes
"Defeated and humiliated."
Headlined in Politika newspaper, after Serbia and Montenegro were thrashed 6-0 by Argentina.
"We were playing six-a-side football.

 arrow Football: The artiste and architect
Argentina's artistic midfielder Juan Riquelme seemed like a discrete presence in the 6-0 drubbing of Serbia-Montenegro but it was enough to earn the Man of the Match award in a game brimming with talent.
 arrow Football: Eastern hopes fading fast
Thank God for the Czechs is the cry from the former Eastern bloc after a disastrous set of results so far at the World Cup which signals a further decline in their once powerful footballing fortunes.
 arrow Football: France were tensed
France felt pressure in their World Cup opener because they feared a repeat of their 2002 fiasco, defender Willy Sagnol said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Time-out for cricket
As soon as practice ended Friday, Stern John broke out the cricket bat and began a lighthearted game with his Trinidad and Tobago teammates.
 arrow Football: Security breached
Beximco Pharma annihilated Securex by a massive 20-0 margin on the second day of the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the International School Dhaka's (ISD) indoor facilities yesterday.
 arrow Football: Lahm keeping feet on the ground
Both Diego Maradona and Pele, arguably the two greatest ever footballers, have showered high praise on Philipp Lahm but the Germany left back vowed to keep his feet rooted to the ground for the WorldCup.
 arrow Football: Marco hails fighting spirit
Dutch coach Marco van Basten hailed the fighting spirit of his young team after they scraped past a gallant Ivory Coast for a 2-1 win here that ensured the Oranje a passage to the last 16.
 arrow Football: Argentina eye path to glory
Argentina are cautiously eyeing the path ahead in the 2006 World Cup despite a dazzling display to secure qualification from Group C with a 6-0 humiliation of Serbia-Montenegro.
 arrow Football: Xavi enjoying spotlight
Argentina's crushing 6-0 defeat of Serbia and Montenegro could have a positive effect on the ambitions of fellow World Cup contenders Spain, according to Barcelona midfielder Xavi.
 arrow Football: Fiesta in Argentina
World Cup fever really has hit Argentina. Soccer-mad Argentines rallied gleefully in the streets and whipped up a blizzard of confetti after their team scored the most lopsided victory in Germany, a 6-0 rout of Serbia-Montenegro on Friday.
 arrow Football: A place in the sun
Brazil came to the World Cup with a clutch of stars so numerous the joke was their reserves could, given the opportunity, make a decent fist of defending the title.
 arrow Football: All about nicknames
Germany and England beware. Ecuador are about to unleash Bam-Bam, Long Legs, Kangaroo and The Infallible as they plot their way through the World Cup second round.
 arrow Football: Becks a model dad
England football captain David Beckham is an ideal role model for modern fatherhood, the leader of the world's Anglicans said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmannia sets in
Franz Beckenbauer has been at every match so far in the World Cup, but for the moment his thunder is being stolen by national coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
 arrow Football: Journo receives death threat
A local journalist has received death threats due to his report on a World Cup ticketing fraud in which he said some 1,000 Croatians living in Germany were cheated, his daily said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's plea ignored
An appeal from West Indies captain Brian Lara for more teeth in his bowling attack has again fallen on deaf ears.
 arrow Cricket: ICC refutes Asian claim
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is offended by claims it is biased against Asian countries, chief executive Malcolm Speed said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ahn eyes stardom
Goalscoring hero Ahn Jung-Hwan believes South Korea can frustrate France in their vital Group G encounter on Sunday and then hit them on the break.
 arrow Football: 'We need flair'
France need to add a touch of Gallic finesse to their trademark defensive displays if they are to go a long way at the Word Cup, coach Raymond Domenech said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Malouda fit for debut
France midfielder Florent Malouda, whose World Cup adventure started in pain, said on Friday he was fully fit and ready to play.
 arrow Football: Serbian press laments
Serbia-Montenegro's 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Argentina at the World Cup was received as a national catastrophe at home Saturday, with newspapers slamming the side across their front pages.
 arrow Football: Ibrahimovic doubtful
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be forced to miss his country's Group B decider against England because a groin injury is not responding to treatment, coach Lars Lagerback said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Brazil vulnerable: Viduka
Brazil showed in their hard-pressed 1-0 World Cup win over Croatia that they are vulnerable, Australian skipper Mark Viduka said here Friday.
 arrow Football: Cahill wants a shot at Brazil
Australia's two goal hero from their opening 3-1 victory over Japan Tim Cahill begged coach Guus Hiddink on Friday for the chance to face five-times champions Brazil in Sunday's eagerly-awaited GroupF
 arrow Football: Vieri fuels Sampadoria speculation
Monaco striker Christian Vieri has reportedly e-mailed crisis-ridden Italian club Sampdoria expressing his interest in a move to the Serie A side, the club claimed on their website.
 arrow Football: Gerrard vows for improvement
England midfielder Steven Gerrard admitted that his side have no chance of winning the World Cup unless they improve quickly.
 arrow Football: Health scare for Nakamura
Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura gave the Japanese camp a scare on Friday when he went down with a cold two days ahead of the crucial World Cup tie against Croatia.
 arrow Football: Bosses under pressure
Australian bosses came under pressure Saturday to give bleary-eyed Socceroos fans a day off work next week after Australia's early morning World Cup clash with Brazil.
 arrow Football: Arena dismisses war analogy
An analogy by USA reserve forward Eddie Johnson comparing the World Cup to war has been exaggerated, USA coach Bruce Arena said here Friday on the eve of a must-win match against mighty Italy.
 arrow Football: Condoleezza calls for better show
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice doesn't know much about non-American football. But she does know USA better raise their game if they hope to stay in the World Cup hunt.
 arrow Football: It's simply Kahn-tastic!
Uzbekistan may not be playing at the World Cup but two fanatical football fans completed a remarkable 6,500 kilometres bike journey to Berlin to get the autograph of their hero Germany goalkeeper Oliver
 arrow Football: Maradona fined for speeding
Argentinian legend Diego Maradona was fined by German police for speeding as he drove back to his hotel after watching his nation thrash Serbia and Montenegro in the World Cup, a report said on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Implement tripartite MoU for peace in RMG sector'
Participants at a roundtable yesterday urged the government and owners of garment factories to implement immediately the tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) to restore peaceful atmosphere ingarment
 arrow 'Adopt protocol for smooth return of non-intruders to home country'
Thirteen fishermen, who returned home from India on Friday nine months after their trawler sank in the Bay of Bengal, have urged the Saarc countries to adopt a protocol to ensure that the non-intruders
 arrow Budgetary allocation for haor areas demanded
Environmentalists yesterday demanded special budgetary allocation for the development of haors (water bodies) and establishment of fish sanctuaries in order to protect biodiversity.
 arrow Formulate National Adolescent Policy for their comprehensive development
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for formulating 'National Adolescent Policy' for comprehensive adolescent development covering 23 per cent of the total population in the country.
 arrow 'Publish writings of Neelima Ibrahim'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for compiling all the writings of Dr Neelima Ibrahim, late founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Samity, to spread her ideology among people.
 arrow Make best use of knowledge, talents for welfare of country
The annual graduation ceremony of Chittagong Grammar School (CGS), a leading English medium school in the port city, was held yesterday amid festivity and enthusiasm.
 arrow Tax cut on two-stroke 3-wheelers protested
Citizens' Rights Movement (CRM), an initiative to save environment yesterday protested reduction of tax in importing two-stroke three wheelers.
 arrow Robbers loot money, valuables worth Tk 8 lakh in Sunamganj
Armed robbers looted money and valuables worth about Tk 8 lakh from a house at a remote village in Sunamganj district early yesterday.
 arrow Community pry teachers begin fast-unto-death today
Wearing shrouds, the community primary schoolteachers will begin fast-unto-death at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city today to press their five-point demand, including removal of salary discrimination,
 arrow Nat'l Fan workers agitate for permanent jobs
Several hundred workers of National Fan agitated at the main entrance of the factory in Bscic industrial area at Tongi yesterday morning demanding that their jobs be made permanent.
 arrow Two children killed in road accidents
At least two children were killed in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Narsingdi yesterday.
 arrow Train derails in Gazipur
Rail communications on Dhaka-Mymensingh route remained snapped yesterday after two carriages of a Mymensingh-bound goods train from Kamlapur derailed at 5:00pm near Sreepuer Station at Gazipur.
 arrow Publication of 'Khagrachhari 2001-05' slated
Parbatya Chattagram Janasanghati Samity (PCJS) yesterday protested the publication of a booklet titled 'Khagrachhari 2001-2005' in which the deputy commissioner (DC) of Khagrachhari termed the Jumma people
 arrow Qulkhwani of Khurshid Jahan held
Qulkhwani of Women and Children Affairs Minister Khurshid Jahan Huq was held at her Banani residence after Maghrib prayers yesterday for salvation of her departed soul.
 arrow Brac University Club Fair held
Brac University (BU) yesterday held Club Fair Summer 2006 in its indoor games room, says a press release.
 arrow 'Take stern action against plagiarists, book pirates'
Puthipatra, a publishing company, yesterday urged the government to take stern action against plagiarists and book-pirates to ensure quality education in the country.
 arrow Power-sharing deal in Nepal widely welcomed
A landmark deal between Nepal's authorities and Maoist rebels which will see parliament dissolved and power shared in a new interim government was hailed in the troubled Himalayan kingdom Saturday.
 arrow Bodies of detainees repatriated to S Arabia, Yemen
Bodies of three detainees who committed suicide at detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been repatriated to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Pentagon said Friday.
Nationalarrow A hospital where patients contract new diseases!
A baby admitted to Kishoreganj Sadar Adhunik Hospital for treatment of pneumonia is now attacked with diarrhoea also. Three-month old Asadullah was admitted to the pediatric ward on June 12.
 arrow Soccer fans torch power station in Sylhet
Football fans ransacked power supply offices in Bgerhat and Jessore Friday evening as they could not enjoy the Argentine-Serbia match on TV due to power outage.
 arrow WTO protects interests of rich countries
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday alleged that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is protecting interests of developed countries at the cost of developing countries like Bangladesh.
 arrow 16 BNP men acquitted
A court in Sherpur acquitted all the 16 accused BNP men of their charges in BCL leader Abdur Rashid murder case.
 arrow Fair polls not possible under present CEC, Inu says
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Hoque Inu yesterday demanded resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz and and reform to the caretaker system to hold the next parliamentary electio
 arrow Drug addict son kills mother
A drug addict son killed his mother following her refusal to give him money for purchasing drug in Nagarpur upazila.
 arrow Man trampled by elephant
An artiste of circus party was trampled to death by an elephant at Nimgasi Gopalpur in Raiganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Seminar held on role of NGOs
A seminar on Role of NGOs in National Development was held at a community centre here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Should NGOs get involved in Politics?
A few days ago, the local office of the World Bank released its report entitled "Economics and Governance of NGOs in Bangladesh." The newspapers reported that after the presentation of the report, Dr.
 arrow For science to serve society
In the modern day world, we are surrounded by the inventions of science and technology (S&T). Even as a developing country we can not escape the ever stronger influence of S&T.
 arrow Our bridge to the world
The viewer in front of the television screen has the power of a sovereign. There are over 70 channels waiting to come alive at the mere push of the programme button.
Culturearrow A boost to dance
Eminent dance historian, researcher, a critic of Indian classical dance and vice president of World Dance Alliance, Asia Pacific, Dr Sunil Kothari was in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Anwar Parvez no more
Composer of invaluable patriotic songs, Anwar Parvez, who was suffering from cancer, died at the National Heart Foundation, at the early hours of June17.
 arrow Eight-day theatre festival begins in Chittagong
To mark the 15th anniversary of Nandimukh, one of the most popular theatre troupes in Chittagong, the group has arranged an eight-day theatre festival at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong from June 23.
 arrow Ninth volume of The World of Theatre launched
The ninth volume of The World of Theatre, the regular publication of International Theatre Institute (ITI) on the contemporary global theatre scenario, was launched in Bangladesh on June 15 atthe
 arrow Liberation War through the eyes of youngsters
Hassan Hussain ER Maa Kande Baro Mash is based on the true stories of mothers who have lost their sons in the Liberation War of 1971.
Internationalarrow Chechen rebel "president" Saidullayev beheaded
The self-declared Chechen rebel "president", Abdulkhamid Saidullayev, has been killed, officials in the Moscow-backed Chechen government said yesterday.
 arrow 'Britain bribed Saudis to buy arms in 70s'
A former British defence secretary claimed Friday that Britain paid bribes to encourage Saudi Arabia to buy his country's arms in the 1970s.
 arrow Italian prince arrested for links to criminals
Prince Victor Emmanuel, son of Italy's last king, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of links to criminals involved in corruption and prostitution, the Ansa news agency said.
 arrow India to sign convention against N-terrorism
India has acceded to an international convention against nuclear terrorism drafted by the United Nations, a government statement said.
 arrow Blair's partymen want him quit by late 2007: poll
Two-thirds of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's governing Labour Party members want him to quit before late 2007, according to a poll published Saturday in The Guardian newspaper.
 arrow Koizumi, Bush to declare stonger security ties
Tokyo and Washington plan to declare stronger security ties later this month to help combat threats such as global terrorism, Japanese media reported Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Landlessness is a serious issue
It is extremely worrying to note that the number of landless people in the country has increased three times in the last 50 years.
 arrow Editorial: Historic moment for Nepal
The recent agreement between the government of Nepal and the Maoists is a very welcome development.
 arrow Mr. Wind & grabbing fiesta
There is a fiesta of grabbing going on in the Land of Hope.
 arrow Democratisation of Pakistan
French political analyst Frederic Grare has debunked the fear of the West, particularly of the US, that an overthrow of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, his replacement by an Islamist regime andconsequent
 arrow OIC: The reform fad
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) appears to have realised the necessity of reform.
Letters to Editorarrow Cycle of strikes
Bangladesh is once again in the grip of a nationwide strike marked by violent confrontations with the police.
 arrow World Cup
With thirty-two teams vying for the top honours, it is quite interesting to watch and enjoy. As an Asian, I would very much love to see an Asian team climbing to the semi-final.
 arrow World Cup and electricity
It is quite intriguing that the government is hell bent upon providing uninterrupted electricity during the World Cup matches, while it failed to show that 'smartness' and efficiency while the HSC and
 arrow Fuel pricing and taxes
I have read the article entitled "Bangladesh and Fuel pricing" by former secretary Muhammad Zamir. I feel like making some comments on it.
 arrow Serve the country
We urge the government and the political parties to be a little more patient, to love the country a little more, to pay a little bit of respect to those hard working people who always vote for you.
Star Healtharrow A non-invasive method to detect coronary artery lesion
SPECT stands for "Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography". Gamma ray emissions are the source of information here, rather than X-ray transmissions as used in conventional computed tomography.
 arrow Pacemaker in the treatment of heart diseases
We have only one heart but it has the risk of suffering hundreds of diseases. There are different ways of treatment for each of these diseases.
 arrow Trumps to bid drugs bye
Addiction is a biological disease. Alcohol dependence and addiction to drugs such as Methamphetamines (Yaba and Ice) or opiates including heroin, smack or brown sugar, opium, cough syrups, Proxyvon, Spasmoproxyvon, Fortwin, Morphine and Tidigesic injections are dreaded problems all over the world today.
 arrow Simple measures to prevent pulmonary embolism
A lung embolus (pulmonary embolism) is a condition that occurs when a blood vessel supplying the lung becomes blocked up.
 arrow Not enough sleep associated with weight gain
Women who fail to get enough shut-eye each night risk gaining weight, a Cleveland-based researcher reported at a medical conference in San Diego recently.
 arrow Artery disease seen with sleep-breathing disorder
Otherwise healthy middle-aged people with obstructive sleep apnea -- a disorder in which they frequently stop breathing for brief periods while they sleep -- show early signs of hardening of their arteries,
 arrow Hospital management software installed at USTC
Bangladesh Internet Press Limited (BIPL) an ISO 9001:2000 certified software company developed and installed an Integrated Hospital Management System in Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital, USTC -- says a press
 arrow Your Doctor
On coming issue "Your Doctor" will respond to problems of fertility and reproduction.
Star Cityarrow Construction inside graveyard sparks controversy
Construction, amidst much controversy, of a road across the Azimpur graveyard is going on despite a verbal order by the City Mayor forbidding the work.
 arrow Nirob -- a silent caterer since 1956
"Many customers ask me why the name of the restaurant is 'nirob' ('silent' in Bangla). My answer is this place becomes 'shorob' ('lively' in Bangla) only for two hours at lunch time -- from 1:30 to 3:30pm.
 arrow New shelters to reduce commuter-sufferings
Rehana Sultana, a service holder, had been waiting for a bus for over an hour at an electronics shop in Farmgate for the incessant rain to stop.
 arrow Rajuk's eviction drive foiled by settlers
Illegal occupiers of nearly three acres of prime government land, to the south of the National Shooting Federation, returned within two hours of eviction on June 8, to re-erect their makeshift structures.
 arrow Reducing chemical use in vegetables
To ensure high quality of vegetables and fruits, the Ministry of Agriculture has launched a project with its own fund titled Integrated Quality Horticulture Development Project (IQHDP).
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