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Front Pagearrow Govt aims to execute militants before tenure's end
Banking on people's expectation of punishment to the militants, the government aims to carry out the execution of top militant leaders before its tenure ends by quickly disposing the cases filed against
 arrow Cops club agitating workers at DEPZ
More than 100 people were injured as police charged truncheons and lobbed teargas shells on workers' demonstrations at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday.
 arrow Only 6,353 to revise voter list of 7.74cr
The Election Commission (EC) assigned only 6353 officers at the field level to accomplish the mammoth task of revising the existing voter list, and the commission will hold a meeting today with the cabinet
 arrow Costly deal to buy Navy patrol boats
Amid allegations of bid manipulation, Bangladesh Navy is purchasing six high-speed patrol boats for Tk 14.5 crore although it procured the same for only Tk 9 crore last year, competent sources said.
 arrow 14-party plans tougher agitation
The 14-party opposition combine is planning more vigorous movements in addition to besieging Election Commission (EC) Secretariat tomorrow to compel the alliance government to remove the CEC and two "politically
 arrow Intra-party feud may cost AL polls results
Intra-party feuds along with some top local leaders' stand against the party in the election may result in defeat for main opposition Awami League (AL) in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, grassroots
 arrow 1 lakh marooned as 50 Moulvibazar villages flooded
About one lakh people of 50 villages have been marooned as more areas of Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar were inundated while the flood situation in Juri and Baralekha upazilas remained unchanged.
 arrow 432 eminent citizens for Suu Kyi's freedom
Four hundred and thirty two eminent citizens of the country including leaders of political parties and socio-cultural, professional, and rights organisations, civil society leaders and editors of national
 arrow 16 RMG labour bodies declare 7-day agitation
Sixteen garments workers organisations jointly declared a week-long agitation programme beginning from Tuesday for realising their eight-point demand including 30 per cent dearness allowance until announcement
 arrow BB still undecided on Oriental's takeover details
High officials of the Bangladesh Bank (BB) could not come to a decision regarding how to bail Oriental Bank out of the crisis it is in, despite holding several rounds of meetings yesterday.
 arrow 2 die in Rab 'crossfire'
Two criminals were killed in incidents of 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the gangs accomplices in separate incidents in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga yesterday.
 arrow Primary school teachers continue hunger strike
Teachers of community primary schools wearing shrouds continued their fast-unto-death strike in the capital yesterday keeping their educational institutions across the country under lock and key in support
 arrow Brazil fight their way thru'
Five-time champions Brazil advanced to the second round of the World Cup with a hard-earned 2-0 Group F win over Australia here on Sunday.
 arrow France score at last but can't win
France were held to a 1-1 draw by a dogged South Korea side on Sunday that left Group G wide open after the former champions missed a series of late chances.
 arrow Japan, Croatia share points
Croatia missed a penalty and were held to a 0-0 draw by Japan yesterday, leaving both sides with a chance of World Cup survival.
 arrow Diarrhoea, pneumonia claim 15 lives in a week in Thakurgaon
An outbreak of diarrhoea and pneumonia claimed 15 lives, mostly children, in Thakurgaon district in last seven days while 500 more are suffering from the diseases.
 arrow Teenager confesses to have slit throats of three boys
One of the three teenagers, who slit throats of three Monipur Cadet School students and looted valuables from one of the victim's house at Mirpur on June 15, confessed to the crime to a magistrate yesterday.
 arrow Prosecution claims Hasan had Shazneen murdered
The prosecution in the death reference hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday said convicted Hasan had Shazneen murdered in cold blood to keep his image untarnished to Latifur Rahman as he had tried
 arrow BNP men vandalise godown, loot firm
Ruling party men vandalised a godown at the direction of BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Pintu and looted valuables of a construction firm on a piece of land owned by Awami League (AL) leader Haji Mohammad Selim
 arrow HC orders DNA test in S'pore
The High Court yesterday ordered the ex-deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, who became a 'disputed' father to send his wife and septuplets, to go to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for DNA
 arrow ADB to give $230m for gas sector development
Aiming to expand the country's natural gas infrastructure and delivery system, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Bangladesh yesterday signed agreements for $230 million in loan.
 arrow Boishakhi TVdirector faces yet another arrest warrant
Yet another arrest warrant against Boishakhi television's 'director' MNH Bulu was issued yesterday in connection with a murder case filed with Anwara Police Station in Chittagong.
 arrow JMB men remanded in Prof Yunus killing case
A court here yesterday granted a three-day remand for two more JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) cadres in Rajshahi University (RU) Prof Muhammad Yunus murder case.
 arrow UP chairmen, members submit memo to Speaker
Elected representatives of union parishads (UP) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Speaker of Parliament to press home their nine-point demand for making the local government 'strong and effective'.
 arrow 2,000 AL menget 6-month ad interim bail
The High Court yesterday granted a six-month ad interim anticipatory bail to over 2,000 leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations who were implicated in different cases during
 arrow Angry football fans ransack electricity office
Angry football enthusiasts attacked Kolaroa and Shyamnagar Palli Bidyut Samity offices in the district last night as they could not watch world cup matches due to power outage.
 arrow Family says it's a planned road accident
Prof Akteruzzaman, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine of Dhaka Medical College (DMC), might have been killed in a planned road accident as a vested quarter had been threatening him in case of
 arrow al-Qaeda planned gas attack on NY
Businessarrow SoE losses to take toll on economy
Huge losses incurred by state-owned enterprises (SoEs), especially by Bangladesh Biman and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), will have an adverse impact on the country's overall economy, said economists
 arrow Poor credit supply, rising costs of bldg materials to stymie property growth
Despite strong demand for housing, a poor credit supply and rising costs of building materials indicate that the country's construction sector will be under pressure in the coming months, raising theprospects
 arrow India mulls removing non-tariff barriers to Bangladeshi goods
India is working towards dismantling the non-tariff barriers imposed on goods from Bangladesh, the 'Indian Express' newspaper reported Saturday quoting Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh.
 arrow High Court suspends Desco share trading
The High Court yesterday ordered suspension of Desco (Dhaka Electric Supply Company) share trading for three weeks.
 arrow Delhi keen to help Dhaka develop Mongla Port
Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri yesterday said her country is keen to help Bangladesh modernise Mongla Port.
 arrow Two i Mobile sets launched
Thai cellphone manufacturer i Mobile International Co Ltd yesterday launched two new handsets in local market.
 arrow China moves to reduce risk of economic overheating
China's economy continued to expand at breakneck speed in May, prompting the central bank to tighten monetary policy amid fears that excessive investment and credit could lead to overheating.
 arrow Cambodia extends tax holiday for garment sector
Cambodia will extend a tax holiday for its garment sector until late next year to protect it from Vietnamese competitors and the expiry of US and EU safeguards in 2007, an official said Sunday.
 arrow Britain embraces Islamic finance
"You may have heard stories about cash under pillows," said Islamic scholar Abdul Kadir Barkatulla, recalling a time when British Muslims preferred to keep their money in the bedroom rather than in abank
 arrow Grameen Shakti, Rahimafrooz win global energy award
Among the eleven projects from across Africa, Latin America and Asia, Grameen Shakti and Rahimafrooz Batteries Ltd of Bangladesh jointly won the first prize of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
 arrow Malaysia may raise natural gas prices
Malaysia will consider raising the price of subsidised natural gas to relieve some of the pressure on state-owned firm Petronas, the country's energy minister said.
 arrow Volkswagen denies plans to cut extra 10,000 jobs
The situation at German carmaker Volkswagen is serious, a senior executive said, although he denied a report that the company could cut an extra 10,000 jobs at its core VW brand.
 arrow China premier's visit to test textile strains in S Africa
South Africa's trade relations with juggernaut China will be put to the test this week when Premier Wen Jiabao jets into Cape Town for talks centred around China's mighty textile industry.
 arrow Haiti, IMF launch aid talks
The IMF said Haiti has a "unique historical opportunity" to improve its political and economic situation, as talks opened here on a three-year aid program for the Caribbean nation.
 arrow 8th raffle draw of 'Coca-Cola Fun Island' programme held
The eighth raffle draw of 'Coca-Cola Fun Island' under the 'Crown Program 2006' was held recently in Dhaka under the aegis of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust (BMKT).
Sportsarrow Football: Kawaguchi keeps Japan alive
Japan and Croatia battled to a goalless draw here on Sunday which left both nations with a slim chance of reaching the second round of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Low Klinsmann's successor
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Jurgen Klinsmann has backed his assistant Joachim Low to succeed him as Germany coach should he decide to step down from the post after the

 arrow Football: An African revival?
Ghana's Black Stars stunning 2-0 dismantling on Saturday of the highly-regarded Czech Republic side lifted the gloom that had swiftly descended onto the African challenge at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Africans aim to derail juggernaut
French-born coach Roger Lemerre has said that Tunisia have both the physical strength and tactical savvy to derail high-flying Spain in their World Cup Group H clash here Monday.
 arrow Football: Looking for improvement
Switzerland will be favoured to grab the points when they take on Group G minnows Togo in Dortmund on Monday.
 arrow Football: Shevchenko the key
Ukraine are looking for a return to form for star striker Andriy Shevchenko to get their stuttering World Cup campaign back on track against Saudi Arabia in a Group H game here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ghana deliver the shocker
Ghana delivered Africa's first victory in this World Cup with style. The Black Stars stunned the Czech Republic -- ranked second in the world -- 2-0 Saturday.
 arrow Football: FIFA persues Togo to play
FIFA intervened on Sunday to persuade Togo's players not to boycott their World Cup game with Switzerland as unrest simmers in the Togolese camp.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
England's World Cup-winning right back George Cohen says coach Sven Goran Eriksson should think about dropping captain David Beckham, saying his performance had become too limited in a side which is "poor,
 arrow Football: Professions many but the passion is same
What do a Uruguayan parrot breeder, a Mexico lawyer, a stamp collector from France and a Slovakian vascular surgeon have in common? Give up? Here's a clue.
 arrow Football: Aragones denies rift with Raul
The Spanish camp have poured cold water on a reported clash between their coach Luis Aragones and talismanic striker Raul ahead of Monday's Group H test with Tunisia.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Sunday's Japan-Croatia match:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), T Cahill (Australia), Crespo (Argentina), Delgado (Ecuador), Klose (Germany), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina),

 arrow Football: American fan cheers

 arrow Football: Third Eye
When Eddie Johnson of the United States said in the build-up to their match with Italy that it would be a war, he only meant it figuratively. Or so we thought.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka ride on Tharanga
Upul Tharanga's one-day international best of 120 was the centrepiece of Sri Lanka's 20-run victory in the first one-day international against England here Saturday as the tourists went 1-0 up in thefive-match
 arrow Tennis: James snaps Andy streak
American James Blake defeated Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4 to hand the three-time champion his first loss at Queen's club since 2001 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lippi makes excuses
Italy are determined to make amends for their disastrous display against the USA by defeating the Czech Republic in their final first round match and reaching the World Cup's last 16.
 arrow Football: Cesc happy to play
Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas left his fellow Spaniards bamboozled here Saturday two days before Spain bid to seal their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over Group H rivals Tunisia in Stuttgart.
 arrow Football: 'Refs favour superpowers'
United States coach Bruce Arena believes the world's established footballing powers still get an easier ride from match officials.
 arrow Football: Owen unfazed by 'goal-drought'
A defiant Michael Owen dismissed fears over his World Cup form here Sunday and insisted he could still make a major impact for England at the tournament.
 arrow Football: Ukraine optimistic about dogfight
Ukraine's star striker Andriy Shevchenko is optimistic his side can still make it into the last 16 despite suffering a shock 4-0 drubbing in a Spanish master class of attacking football.
 arrow Football: Lampard slams critics
Frank Lampard has lashed out at ex-international players who have criticised England's start to the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann's positivity infects German fans
When Germany crashed out of the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal without winning a match, not even the most optimistic fan thought lifting the World Cup two years later was possible, but all of a sudden there
 arrow Football: Little Italy turns big
"Go USA" or "Viva Italia?"
Who do you root for in New York when the Americans and Italians face each other in the World Cup? Scores of adoring and frustrated Italians flocked Saturday to LittleItaly

 arrow Football: Take it game by game
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to get ahead of himself after taking Portugal into the World Cup knockout stages for the first time since 1966.
 arrow Football: Professor's Failure!
Iran's Croatian coach Branko Ivankovic was bombarded with criticism Sunday as the Iranian press unanimously declared him -- and not the players -- responsible for their limp exit from the World Cup.
 arrow Football: De Rossi apologises
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi apologised for catching U.S. striker Brian McBride with his elbow in Saturday's 1-1 draw in World Cup Group E.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul puts BD A on top
Enamul Haque ripped through Zimbabwe A first innings to put touring Bangladesh A in a commanding position on the second day of their first four-dayer at the Mutare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Beximco, IDLC keep winning
Beximco Pharma continued their winning run when they struck nine past a hapless Asiatic in the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the International School Dhaka (ISD) indoor facilities yesterday.
 arrow Football: Fan miles of smiles
As the opening phase reaches a climax, it's turning into the well-behaved World Cup with millions of fans seemingly happy to follow the FIFA maxim that it's "a time to make friends.
 arrow Football: Celebrating in their own way
Goals. They bring joy for some and tears for others, but everyone has his own way of celebrating making his mark on the World Cup stage.
 arrow Football: End of the road for Daei?
He has a goal-scoring record that not even Pele could match, but age may finally be catching up with Iran's evergreen striker Ali Daei.
 arrow Football: Togo players miss flight
Togo did not leave their team base Wangen on Sunday on time for a planned departure to their next World Cup group match.
 arrow Football: Saudis want hot weather to return
Saudi Arabia coach Marcos Paqueta said on Friday that rain and falling temperature in Hamburg could be as damaging for his team as stifling heat was for Ukraine when they were thrashed in their opening
 arrow Football: Rebrov wants Sheva reunion
Sergiy Rebrov thinks if he's reunited with Andriy Shevchenko up front, Ukraine has a good chance of salvaging some pride following its embarrassing 4-0 loss to Spain in its World Cup debut.
 arrow Football: Gusev a doubt
Ukraine midfielder Oleg Gusev injured his left knee in Wednesday's 4-0 defeat by Spain and could miss the team's second Group H match against Saudi Arabia on Monday, a team spokesman said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin back for charity matches
Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar is set to make his comeback after surgery on his left shoulder.
 arrow Cricket: Rookies go to India today
Young fast bowlers Ziaur Rahman and Sajidul Islam leave Dhaka for southern Indian city of Chennai to receive training at the world famous MRF Pace Bowling Foundation today.
 arrow Football: Crowd overrun screen areas
The 300 big screen areas set up across Germany to watch World Cup games have been overrun by such massive crowds that FIFA wants them expanded.
 arrow Football: Suarez offered new contract
Luis Suarez' success in steering unheralded South American side Ecuador to an historic second round place at the World Cup has earned him an offer of a new four year contract it was announced on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'A Victory in a Tie'
US media were aglow Sunday after the USA team -- at the bottom of the Group E standings -- managed to keep alive their World Cup hopes by holding on for a 1-1 draw against European giants Italy.
 arrow Football: Carlos shrugs off Argentina threat
Brazilian veteran Roberto Carlos has rubbished talk of Argentina as World Cup favourites after their bitter South American rivals romped to a 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro on Friday.
 arrow Football: Scolari denies tears of joy
Tough-guy coach Luiz Felipe Scolari denied showing a softer side as he celebrated Portugal's qualification for the World Cup knock-out stages on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Milan interested in Cassano
Italian club AC Milan are interested in signing Real Madrid's Antonio Cassano, according to Spanish newspaper reports on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Roeder lobbies for Owen
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has urged England coach Sven Goran Eriksson to keep off-form striker Michael Owen in his side for the World Cup.
 arrow Football: A family affair
Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has put three more of his children on to the club's board, the English Premiership team said on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Malnutrition in Bangladesh one of highest in world
Coordination among the government and non-government organisations is crucial to address the issue of nutrition in the country, speakers at a sharing meeting said yesterday.
 arrow DU statute to streamline financial mismanagement from July 1
Dhaka University (DU) is going to introduce a financial statute to streamline its financial management.
 arrow Trader shot dead at Keraniganj
A trader was gunned down by criminals at Keraniganj near Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Refrain from action that harms national interest, economy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon journalists to perform their duties to protect country's interest refraining from any action, which might harm the national economy.
 arrow Parenting programme needed to make children skilled manpower
Speakers at a workshop in the city yesterday underscored the necessity of parenting programme in order to make children skilled manpower.
 arrow Germany keen to help in health, energy and market reforms
Germany wants to help Bangladesh in health, energy and market reforms to boost the country's socio-economic advance.
 arrow 5 killed in road accidents
At least five people, including a traffic constable, were killed and 35 others injured in separate accidents in Dhaka, Gazipur, Sirajganj and Bandarban yesterday and on Saturday.
 arrow Govt conspires to rig polls: Amu
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Amir Hossain Amu has accused the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government of conspiring to remain in power through vote rigging in next parliamentary election.
 arrow Lawmakers for short session, uninterrupted electricity
An Awami League (AL) lawmaker at parliament yesterday demanded uninterrupted supply of electricity during the World Cup football.
 arrow Bangladesh team leaves for Ethiopia today
A team of professionals from Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) and Shishu Bikash Network (SBN) will leave Dhaka today for Adis Ababa to provide technical assistance to Ethiopian government for conducting
 arrow OT opens at DU Medical Centre
Dhaka University (DU) Medical Centre yesterday launched an operation theatre for its students, teachers and employees.
 arrow Pry Education Week from today
"The Primary Education Week" will be observed across the country from today aiming to create awareness among the people on the necessity of primary education.
 arrow 50-member Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi body formed
A 50-member committee of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi, a pro-government lawyers' body, was formed at a meeting of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi on Saturday night at the residence of BNP Secretary General Abdul MannanBhuiyan,
 arrow 5 addicts, drug peddler held in Chittagong
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five addicts and a drug peddler with heroin from a local market here on Saturday.
 arrow One dies after inhaling poisonous gas in Gazipur
A man died after inhaling poisonous gas in Gazipur municipality area yesterday.
 arrow Property worth Tk 20 lakh gutted in Ctg
At least eleven houses and property worth around Tk 20 lakh were gutted and a cargo vessel was damaged in two separate incidents of fire here in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Painting exhibition to raise funds for Najifa Taj
A painting exhibition of reputed painters of the country will be held at Gallery Chitrak at House No 21, Road No 4 at Dhanmondi in the city on June 20-23.
 arrow Death of Prof Akteruzzaman condoled
Two organisations yesterday condoled the death of Prof Akteruzzaman, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine of Dhaka Medical College, says a press release.
 arrow Haji Selim gets bail in 4 cases
The High Court yesterday granted interim bails to Haji Selim, city committee joint secretary of Awami League (AL), in four cases filed by Lalbagh police.
Nationalarrow Rickets take heavy toll on children
Rickets is spreading in Cox's Bazar at an alarming rate. The number of children attacked with the disease can be as high as one lakh, who face threat of being crippled for life.
 arrow Madhupur reserve forests disappearing fast
Reserve forests in Madhupur upazila in Tangail are shrinking due to indiscriminate cutting of trees and encroachment of forestlands.
 arrow Booster for Tanguar Haor
After success of a two and half years' 'interim management' by Sunamganj district administration, Tanguar Haor, is going to be under a 6-year intensive management programme soon.
 arrow Fish farming changes days of day-labourers in Patuakhali
Only four years ago, poor Harun Majhi had to work dawn to dusk as an agriculture labourer for survival. Illiterate Harun had no crop land.
 arrow 98 BNP men resign in Kolaroa
Ninety-eight leaders and activists of ruling BNP and its front oganisations in Kolaroa resigned en-masse yesterday protesting 'attack, torture and false cases' against them filed by rival factions.
 arrow Five to die for kidnap, murder
Five persons were sentenced to death yesterday for killing a shop keeper for refusing to pay toll.
 arrow 8 ancient coins recovered: Four nabbed in Bogra
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Saturday recovered eight ancient coins and arrested three persons in this connection at Gokul in Sadar upazila.
 arrow Repeal of 8th amendment demanded
Speakers at the Hindu-Bouddho-Khristan Oikya Parishad, a unity council of the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities, triennial conference here demanded repeal of the eighth amendment and restoration
Point-Counterpointarrow The primary education dilemma
Primary school teachers are marching on the street again demanding better salaries. Demonstrations and protests by teachers have been an on-going phenomenon.
 arrow Why disabled people are crucial to development
Indian researcher and activist Minal Doshi has a mission: to get the world's policymakers to pay attention to disabled people.
 arrow Should Iran abandon its nuclear programme?
The recent standoff over Iran's nuclear programme has put the world communities between two fires.
 arrow War on terror: Are we on wrong track?
We have many things to do. Among those we need to prioritise the things according to comparative importance. This is true in all spheres of our life.
Culturearrow Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's endeavour falls short
The four-day Lalon Festival '06 ended on June 17. The Department of Music and Dance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged the festival at the Plaza of Department of Fine Arts at its premises.
 arrow Shurer Uttorshuri: A musical treat on Father's Day
Keeping 'Fathers Day' in mind, Impress Audio Vision has released a unique album titled Shurer Uttorshur.
 arrow Gopal Bhar's shenanigans delight the audience
On the sixth day of the ongoing Seventh Children's Theatre Festival, Chander Haat Children's Theatre from Faridpur staged Gopal Bhar.
 arrow Cell phone cinematographers make feature debut
The theme may be familiar but the technique is new: A standard cell phone camera to shoot an entire feature-length documentary on love and eroticism.
Generalarrow ICDDR, B hospital saves 20,000 lives a year
Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said Bangladesh has the best diarrhoeal disease hospital in the world, second to none that saves 20,000 lives a year.
 arrow Central Asia rediscovers Muslim roots
In Soviet days, people walked past the Khoja Ahmed Yasawi mausoleum, a holy Muslim site in the steppe of southern Kazakhstan, and pretended it wasn't there.
Internationalarrow Securty alert in Lanka as Tigers vow to retaliate
A security alert was in place across Sri Lanka yesterday after Tamil Tiger rebels vowed to retaliate for air attacks following a day of fierce battles on land and sea that left more than 50 people dead.
 arrow British troops kill 6 Taliban attacking power plant
British troops said Sundaythey had killed six Taliban rebels who had been firing mortars at one of Afghanistan's few functioning hydro-electric dams.
 arrow Dropping of missile in Japan to be regarded as 'attack’
Japan warned North Korea on Sunday it would view any test-fired missile that landed on Japanese soil as an attack, after reports the secretive nation was preparing to jangle international nerves witha
 arrow Slovak left-wing Smer party wins elections
Slovak left-wing opposition Smer party came top in Saturday's legislative elections with 29.
 arrow Suu Kyi to spend another birthday alone
Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who turns 61 today, will spend another birthday alone, under house arrest imposed by a junta that has ignored an international outcry for her freedom.
 arrow Chinese city opens restored Great Wall to tourists
Tourists to the Great Wall of China more often than not get a decidedly modern view of the ancient structure, walking along stretches rebuilt and repaved to handle millions of visitors every year.
 arrow Delhi nominates Tharoor for top UN post
India has nominated UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor for the world body's top post which it said should rightfully come to Asia when incumbent Kofi Annan's term ends in December this year.
 arrow True identity of al-Masri still an enigma
The true identity of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the man said to have succeeded the slain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, remains an enigma in his reported homeland of Egypt.
 arrow Army called to fight toad invasion
An Australian state government called Sunday for the army to be deployed against an invasion of toxic toads.
 arrow Daring Egyptian actress calls Iran 'role model’
Young Egyptian actress Hanan Turk, known for her daring roles in a conservative society, caused a stir when she recently called Iranian cinema a "role model" and donned the Islamic headscarf.
 arrow New Paris museum for tribal arts
Europe's newest museum, dedicated to celebrating tribal arts and cultures, will be inaugurated on Tuesday by French President Jacques Chirac, the culmination of an 11-year personal quest.
 arrow Hanoi pilot held in Australia with suitcase full of dollars
A Vietnam Airlines pilot was held in Australia after being caught with a suitcase full of hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have come from drug trafficking, state media said Sunday.
 arrow 'Money can delay life and death'
Money might not buy love, but it can delay both life and death, according to two Australian economists.
 arrow One killed, six hurt in troubled Thai south
A Thai businessman was shot dead Sunday and a bomb blast wounded six people, including four police, in the latest violence to hit the country's insurgency wracked south, police said.
 arrow Nasa for next Discovery launch July 1
NASA said Saturday it would forge ahead with its space shuttle program, announcing a July 1 launch of the Discovery, while admitting that certain safety issues have not been resolved.
 arrow 23killed as truck plunges into Kashmir gorge
At least 23 people were killed and an equal number hurt Sunday when a truck filled with workers plunged into a gorge in the Himalayan region of Indian Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Philippines arrests two aides of coup plotter
Officials arrested two former colonels linked to a fugitive former senator, a military spokesman said Sunday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: White elephants within the govt
As the tenure of the present government is coming to a close, scandalous prodigality on the part of some ministers is coming to light.
 arrow Endangered professionals
The nature of death of the head of the forensic department of Dhaka Medical College demonstrates the degree of threat that professionals in our country are exposed to.
 arrow The nation held hostage to its political aberration
It produces a heady brew when the power and pelf go together and the wielders of power are invariably addicted to its intoxication.
 arrow From Sangh Parivar to Sleaze Parivar
So sordid is the Bharatiya Janata Party's crisis that even insiders describe its recent progress as a journey from "India Shining" to "India Snorting" -- i.e.
 arrow An oversized, unrealistic and politically expedient budget
Presentation of the budget is a major for a government. The budget is government's past and proposed financial dealings.
Letters to Editorarrow Hartals
Students are considered the backbone and future of a country, so their welfare should get first priority.
 arrow Secularism in Nepal
Nepal has huge geographical and social diversity. The different peoples who live here have different languages, cultural traits as well as religious and philosophical concepts.
 arrow US policy
The United States, the self-styled watchdog of the whole world, is always very much concerned about democracy, terrorism, human rights etc.
 arrow Father's Day
In the modern busy world, we are always on our toes to do our own work and can't get ample time to show our love for others.
 arrow BAPA and trees
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) has been one of the active environmental stewards of our country for the past several years.
 arrow Yellow fever!
Their fans cheered, screamed vehemently with joy, as if their team had won the match. But the fact is that their team lost the match against Brazil.
 arrow A timely commentary
The commentary entitled "The trio and their election 'subversion' ploy?" published on the June 14 issue of The Daily Star was very timely and appropriate.
 arrow Voter list
At the moment a lot of argument is going on about the voter list. After the verdict of the High Court, there is not much time to revise the list. However, there is no need to get frustrated.
 arrow New leadership
The world is moving ahead and everything is very dynamic. The old way of thinking is not enough to take us anywhere.
 arrow CEC
I have read your article about the CEC. I am an expatriate Bangladeshi living in the U.K.
 arrow Eliminate crime, not guns
There are countries where citizens are well protected from criminals either by the support and services of their governments and law enforcement agencies and/or by having their own capacity such as having
 arrow Ministry of NRB affairs
In a recent article titled "Ministry of NRB Affairs" in the Daily Star (May 19, 2006), Mr.
 arrow London police blunder
As a Bangladeshi/British resident of London I am outraged at the recent shameful and arrogant manner in which two young Bangladeshi men were arrested from their home in East London.
 arrow Voter list
Lots of controversies have arisen over preparation of a draft voter list by the EC.
 arrow Safety standards in factories
I do not think that there is any country in the world which takes " Safety" so lightly as we do. I am a seaman and had the opportunity to visit many countries of the world.
 arrow Bureaucrats dabbling in politics
This is to refer to your editorial "Bureaucrats dabbling in politics--put a caveat on the immoral practice".
 arrow Saleswomen in shops
The Saudi government is struggling to implement a decree issued more than a year ago aimed at providing more jobs for women.
ICT Specialarrow The emergence of Web 2.0
In 1448, the "next big thing" was the invention of the Gutenberg Press, which enabled media to become mass media.
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Jamiatul Mudarreseen, an association of Madrasah teachers, possesses 8.10 bighas of prime public land in the city's Mohakhali commercial area without registering the deed of lease for the past 25 years, according to Rajuk sources.
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Frequent power failure and careless road digging have given rise to the malfunctioning of the traffic signal system, said officials of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and the traffic wing of the Dhaka
 arrow Little baby awaits her fate
The infant smiled in her sleep. Her tiny hands and legs moved as if she was trying to break free -- as if she was choking inside the incubator.
 arrow Road safety still far fetched
Lack of traffic consciousness, education, campaigning, and training for professionals, effective traffic management policies and faulty road network designing has made the road safety fragile in Bangladesh.
 arrow Lack of awareness increases risk of Tuberculosis
Salma, a 22-year-old housewife of Comilla, has been divorced by her husband after she was diagnosed with tuberculosis of advanced level.
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