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Front Pagearrow BB dissolves Oriental Bank board
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday removed the managing director of Oriental Bank and dissolved the bank's board of directors to safeguard the interest of depositors.
 arrow Tall order to be a voter
People applying for being registered as voters will have to submit receipts of municipal tax or house rent or payment to local guards, and affidavit on age or attested copy of SSC certificate with their
 arrow Pintu's obscene remarks on Hasina create chaos in JS
The Jatiya Sangsad once again witnessed pandemonium over BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu's obscene remarks about Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina's 'private and family life.
 arrow Cops ready to foil 14-party's EC siege
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition is scheduled to lay siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in Dhaka and to district election offices across the country today demanding immediate
 arrow EU stresses flawless voter list
Ambassador of the European Commission to Bangladesh Dr Stefan Frowein has stressed the need for preparing a fair voter list as a key element for ensuring a free and fair election.
 arrow Govt pry teachers haven't seen pay hike in 32 years
Although teaching is a noble profession and the education sector always gets the highest allocation in the national budget, the abysmally low scale of salary for the teachers of government primary schools
 arrow Law needed to prevent syndicated trading
The government should build a strong institutional capacity within the framework of free market economy to control prices, a post-budget discussion was told here yesterday.
 arrow Door-to-door visit not possible: CEC
Amid controversy over the preparation of the voter list, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said it would not be possible to visit door to door for the task as per court order.
 arrow Primary teachers continue strike
Government primary schools and community primary schools remained closed across the country for the third consecutive day yesterday as the teachers continue their indefinite strike.
 arrow Spain ride on Torres
Late strikes from Raul and a Fernando Torres double saw Spain come from behind to claim a dramatic 3-1 win over Tunisia that clinched a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.
 arrow Ukraine crush sloppy Saudis
Ukraine revived their hopes of advancing to the World Cup's second round with a crushing 4-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in World Cup Group H on Monday.
 arrow Swiss show Togo the door
Switzerland 2 Togo 0
Switzerland overcame a stiff challenge from World Cup debutants Togo on Monday before ending the African side's hopes with a battling 2-0 win.

 arrow Hasan's murder plot proved in trial court
The prosecution of the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday said the witnesses' accounts in the trial court undoubtedly proved Hasan plotted to kill Shazneen with the help
 arrow 25 villages flooded as embankment washed away
Some 25 villages of Kazipur upazila in Sirajganj were flooded as strong currents of the Jamuna broke through a part of an embankment in Polashpur area on Sunday night.
 arrow JS body to discuss patrol boat issue
A parliamentary body yesterday decided to discuss in details the allegation of bid manipulation in purchasing six high-speed patrol boats for Bangladesh Navy.
 arrow Another DEPZ factory closed
A factory was closed in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday as workers refused to work until their demands were met. The closure of Paddocks Jeans Ltd came only a day after it resumed operations.
 arrow AL men ransack vehicles in city
Awami League (AL) activists went on a rampage in the capital last night following ruling BNP legislator Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu's remarks in the parliament about Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasinayesterday.
 arrow Iajuddin returns today
President Iajuddin Ahmed, who underwent heart bypass surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on May 26, returns home today.
 arrow Why siege won't be declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on five top opposition leaders to explain within three weeks why the programmes in the name of aborodh (siege) and strike declared by them should not be declared
 arrow Paban denied bail again
A Dhaka court yesterday again rejected the bail petition of Aktar Hamid Paban, son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, arrested on charge of carjacking.
 arrow Nasreen Huq's body exhumed, autopsy done
Doctors carried out autopsy on the body of Nasreen Pervin Huq, the deceased country director of ActionAid Bangladesh, after the body was exhumed yesterday about two months into her mysterious death.
 arrow Sacked security guards shoot 5
Sacked private security guards allegedly attacked ansars on duty at Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) and shot five people in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Criminal killed in crossfire
A top criminal was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Bajrajogini area of Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi farmer on Poladanga border in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow Talks start on drafting Nepal's interim constitution
A committee which will draft a temporary constitution for Nepal -- paving the way for rebel Maoists to join an interim government -- has started consulting the rebels and civil society leaders, officials
 arrow Iraq PM announces first coalition troop pullback
Coalition troops are to quit the southern Iraqi province of Muthanna next month, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced Monday, in the first such handover to the fledgling Iraqi security forces.
 arrow Purchase body okays 20MW barge-mounted plant at Sylhet
The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase at a meeting yesterday approved another barge-mounted power plant in private sector.
 arrow Myanmar could be referred to Security Council: UN deputy chief
UN Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown said Monday that Myanmar could be referred to the world body's Security Council over its repressive policies and failure to release Aung San Suu Kyi.
Businessarrow Desco shares get tepid response from block market investors
Although Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) made its debut on the country's bourses on Sunday, the state-owned company did not get expected response from the investors in the block market trading.
 arrow Economy facing 14 problems: BUP
The non-government research organisation, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), identified 14 problems in the Bangladesh's economy.
 arrow Nokia, Siemens to merge telecoms activities
Finnish telecoms giant Nokia and German Siemens yesterday announced a merger of their telecoms equipment and network activities.
 arrow Lack of skills key reason for unemployment of youths, women
Top business leaders and labour experts at a seminar yesterday identified lack of proper training and professional skills as key reasons for unemployment of women and youths in the country.
 arrow China's middle class going for total makeovers
Image is everything in modern China and in a drab-looking office in the capital, a steady stream of housewives, single women and even men file through its door daily to seek a complete makeover.
 arrow Citigroup awards nomination closes July 7
The last date of receiving nominations for 'Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards' is July 7, 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Indian May exports grow 29.6pc
India's exports surged by 29.6 percent in May from the same month a year earlier to 9.36 billion dollars but the trade deficit swelled on rising oil import costs, the trade ministry said Monday.
 arrow 'Europe has no alternative to Russian energy'
The European Union has no reliable alternative to Russia for energy imports, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Monday in a speech that emphasized Russia's role as a stable energy supplier.
 arrow Vietnam state telecoms giant targets US market
State-owned giant Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications group will open a branch in the United States hoping to provide a wide range of services there soon, an official said Monday.
 arrow Navana launches Fortuner vehicle in local market
Navana Limited, the sole distributor of Toyota brand vehicles in Bangladesh, yesterday launched Fortuner, a new model Jeep-type passenger vehicle, in local market.
 arrow Philippines raises forecast for farm sector growth
Better rice yields and favorable weather this year should lead to a five percent rise in Philippine farm sector output, better than the government's initial four percent forecast, Agriculture Secretary
 arrow Japan lifts ban on French poultry imports
Japan on Monday lifted a ban on imports of French poultry including foie gras following a four-month suspension due to concerns about bird flu.
 arrow China, India to resume ‘Silk Route’ border trade next month
China and India have agreed to resume frontier trade next month through a Himalayan pass that was closed 44 years ago following a border war, state media said Monday.
 arrow Nestle to buy Jenny Craig for $600m
Swiss food giant Nestle has bought Jenny Craig, the US weight loss company, for around 600 million dollars (475 million euros), Nestle said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Swiss come to the party
Switzerland kept their World Cup dream well and truly alive with a 2-0 win over troubled but lively debutants Togo here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Baros resumes training
Afp, Westerburg

Czech striker Milan Baros will resume training on Monday after missing his country's first two matches in the World Cup, team spokesmanLukas

 arrow Football: Aiming to break jinx
England have vowed to end their 38-year winless streak against Sweden here Tuesday -- even if the reward is a World Cup second round showdown with host nation Germany.
 arrow Football: Fight for top spot
Hosts Germany are ready to run the risk of suspensions and fatigue as they go all out to finish top of their World Cup group with a win over Ecuador in Berlin on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Soca Warriors aim for R16
Tiny Trinidad and Tobago are bidding to cause an upset and create World Cup history when they face Paraguay in what promises to be a nail-biting Group B decider here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Only pride at stake
Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes and his Polish counterpart Pawel Janas know their teams are out of the World Cup but on Tuesday they will wage a personal battle for survival.
 arrow Football: Latinos not liking the baton
Brazil have insisted all along that they do not want to pick up the baton of favourites -- their form to date suggests that could be a wise ploy -- and now Argentina are doing the same.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Monday's Togo-Switzerland match:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), T Cahill (Australia), Crespo (Argentina), Delgado (Ecuador), Klose (Germany), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Rosicky

 arrow Football: The Long Kiss Goodbye

 arrow Football: Janas gets reprieve
Polish football chiefs said on Friday they would wait until mid-July before deciding on the future of coach Pawel Janas after the eastern Europeans' first round exit from the FIFA World Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Bring on the English'
Michael Ballack insists Germany will not fear England, should the two teams meet in the second round.
 arrow Football: Ecuador sans stars
Ecuador are set to take on host nation Germany in their Group A decider on Tuesday without striker Carlos Tenorio and midfielder Luis Valencia and forward Agustin Delgado is said to be a doubt.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
Brazil came out without any bruises (ask Ronaldo, he will show you 'a la adidas' stripes on his leg from the spikes of an opposition boot) from their group to reach the knockout stage.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Japanese Princess Hisako watched her home side, the Asian champions, battle Croatia in their second World Cup match here Sunday for survival in the first round.
 arrow Tennis: Roger on par with Bjorn
Roger Federer equalled Bjorn Borg's record for consecutive grass court victories when he won his fourth successive Halle title on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Duncan asks for calm
England coach Duncan Fletcher has asked for understanding from fans for the rest of the one-day series against Sri Lanka after his side lost the opening game.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul takes BD A closer to win
Bangladesh A require a further 78 runs to win after another brilliant spell of bowling from Enamul Haque in the third day of the first four-day match against Zimbabwe A at the Mutare Sports Club ground
 arrow Football: ISD, Sonargaon on right track
International School of Dhaka (ISD) coasted past Interspeed by 3-1 in the BRAC Bank five-a-side football tournament at the ISD indoor facilities yesterday.
 arrow Football: The best yet to come
Two wins out of two, a maximum six points and early qualification for the last 16 would be enough for most teams. Brazil are different though.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann's future in his own hands
Whether Jurgen Klinsmann stays on as German coach after the World Cup is down to him alone, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'We will do it for Zidane'
France's struggling World Cup stars have insisted they still have a chance of reaching the last 16 despite a second successive draw which leaves their hopes in the balance.
 arrow Football: Birthday wish for McBride
US forward Brian McBride celebrated his 34th birthday here Monday by starting workouts for what might be his final World Cup match, hoping to delay the farewell beyond Thursday's showdown with Ghana.
 arrow Football: Tattoos in vogue
FIFA directives to keep their shirt on after scoring might keep many of them under wraps, but the World Cup brings together a swathe of players who don't mind getting the needle - for the sake of sporting
 arrow Football: England striving for clean sheet
Few can argue that England has one of the best defensive lines around and keeping a clean sheet in the World Cup is what is driving players like John Terry.
 arrow Football: 1958 inspiration for Eriksson
Sven Goran Eriksson is a keen student of history and England will be hoping he can have the same impact on their football team in his swansong here at the World Cup as an Englishman had on the Swedish
 arrow Football: Miracle on mind
Japan may have only the slimmest of chances of beating Brazil for survival in the World Cup, but the Asian champions have not ruled out a "miracle win" over the five-time holders.
 arrow Football: Dick gives licence to thrill
Delighted coach Dick Advocaat allowed South Korea time to savour their heroic 1-1 draw with 1998 winners France before knuckling down for the Group G crunch match with Switzerland.
 arrow Football: Socceroos to go for the kill
Australia's Socceroos say it will be a dangerous mindset to play for a draw in their 'Cup final' with Croatia on Thursday to advance to the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Blame it on 'deeper role'
The cheeky flicks and backheels are there but the absence of the ever-present grin indicates that something is not quite right.
 arrow Football: Keeping the fingers crossed
Desperate fans across Japan were left praying Monday for a repeat of their miracle win over Brazil at the 1996 Olympics, with hopes of remaining in the World Cup now resting on beating the title holders.
 arrow Football: Aussies proud of Socceroos' show
The sleep-deprived green and gold army cheering Australia on through the early hours in their homeland on Monday were disappointed but not dejected at the Socceroos' battling 2-0 loss to Brazil.
 arrow Football: Soccer language is born
Is the goalkeeper a fliegenfanger? Was that goal a Maradona? Should the ball be passed to the porteur d'eau or the trequartista? No comprendo? Then you're obviously not fluent in socceranto, a football
 arrow Football: France in despair
France's lacklustre 1-1 draw with South Korea drew negative reaction from the country's press on Monday with the front page headline of l'Equipe summing things up with headline: "Despair.
 arrow Football: Park goal triggers rush-hour frenzy
Thousands of bleary-eyed South Koreans trooped to work Monday tired but happy after staying up all night to watch their team draw 1-1 with France in the World Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Rooney return the key'
Michael Owen believes the return of Wayne Rooney could hold the key to ending his World Cup goal-drought as the two strikers prepare to resume their partnership against Sweden.
 arrow Football: WC Quotes
What they are saying at the World Cup:
"I have left him to boil in his own soup.

 arrow Football: FIFA wants 100% guarantee
FIFA will not consider using video evidence or other goal-line technology to determine if a goal has been scored until it is 100 per cent reliable, spokesman Markus Siegler said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Klose, Podolski getting on well
Germany's top World Cup marksman Miroslav Klose has denied having a fall-out with his junior strike partner Lukas Podolski.
 arrow Football: Polish look to blood youth
Poland could go for youth in their final Group A game with Costa Rica despite an improved performance in Wednesday's defeat by Germany.
 arrow Football: Paraguay will exit with pride: Ruiz
Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz said on Friday that he was proud of his eliminated World Cup team and expects them to produce a solid farewell performance against Trinidad and Tobago before flying home.
 arrow Football: Ballack won't hold back
Michael Ballack said on Sunday he would play his usual aggressive game against Ecuador in Germany's final group game, even though he is threatened by suspension after picking up a yellow card.
 arrow Football: Recognition near impossible
Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann admits the people in the United States do not recognise him when they see him in the street and believes that will not change even if he guides the hosts to World Cupglory
 arrow Football: Israeli flag waver sparks fury
Ghana defender John Paintsil's waving of an Israeli flag to celebrate his team's World Cup goals drew a barrage of insults and furious reactions in Monday's Egyptian newspapers.
 arrow Football: Metzelder fit for Ecuador
Germany can call upon centre-back Christoph Metzelder for Tuesday's World Cup encounter with Ecuador in Berlin, assistant coach Joachim Low said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Gray ruled out
Trinidad and Tobago defender Cyd Gray will miss their final World Cup Group B match against Paraguay on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kewell to face disciplinary panel
Australia striker Harry Kewell will face a FIFA disciplinary panel over his rant at German referee Markus Merk after Australia's 2-0 World Cup defeat to Brazil, FIFA said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Neville feared World Cup KO
England defender Gary Neville feared his World Cup was over when he suffered a calf injury, his brother Phil said on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Ruling party 'land grab' policy leads to environmental disaster
'Land grab' policy of the BNP-Jamaat ruling alliance has not only created political and economic crises in the country but also led to the environmental disaster, said Awami League leaders at a pressconference
 arrow BNP men patronise criminals to foil CHT peace accord
Awami League (AL) leaders of three hill districts at a meeting with party President Sheikh Hasina in the city yesterday alleged that some ruling party men including Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan MP are patronising
 arrow 'Gender budgeting not reflected in nat'l budget'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said gender budgeting is not reflected in the proposed budget for 2006-07, although it was highlighted in the budget speech.
 arrow 8.4 m refugees across globe
The World Refugee Day will be observed in the country as else where across the globe today with a message of keeping the 'flame of hope' alive among the uprooted people.
 arrow 'Produce more non-traditional fruits with medicinal values’
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for massive production of non-traditional fruits having medicinal and nutritional values.
 arrow Six killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Natore and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Bodies of 8 Bangladeshis lying in Saudi mortuary for 3 months
The bodies of eight expatriate Bangladeshis have been lying in a mortuary in Saudi Arabia for the last three months as Bangladesh's national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines is lingering to carry those
 arrow 2 cases against JMB Gazipur commander transferred to Speedy Tribunal
Two cases against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) regional commander of Gazipur Enayetullah Jewel have been transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka for its quick disposal.
 arrow Bullet-hit Mirpur trader dies at hospital
A Mirpur businessman who sustained bullet wounds on June 14 succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Landless blame Bangla Bhai, Jamaat leaders
Landless people of Bagmara in Rajshahi yesterday accused 10 militants, including JMB's operations commander Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai of extortion and looting their crops.
 arrow Sufia Kamal's 95th anniversary of birth today
The 95th birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal will be observed today. "Sufia Kamal is unquestionably one of the most prolific bards.
 arrow Schoolboy, shop employee murdered in city
An employee of a shop was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals in the city on Sunday night. Police identified the victim as Elahi Ashraf Robin, 28, a staff of Ayesha Shopping Complex at Malibagh.
 arrow Workers of Bata shoe demand regularisation of jobs
Hundreds of workers of Bata shoe factory at Tongi yesterday formed a human chain and demonstrated inside the factory demanding regularisation of their jobs and higher wage.
 arrow Immediate release demanded
Myanmar nationals living in Bangladesh formed a human chain in front of the Foreign Ministry in the city yesterday marking the 61st birth anniversary of democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been
 arrow Hunger strike for borrower-friendly loans
Borrowers of House Building and Finance Corporation (HBFC) will observe a token hunger strike at Muktangon in the city tomorrow and submit a memorandum to the PM for making the loans borrower-friendly.
 arrow Listed criminal held in Bagerhat
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a listed criminal on Sunday at Nagerbazar under Sadar Police Station in Bagerhat. The arrestee was identified as Siddiqur Rahman alias Bomaru Siddique, 40.
 arrow Bangladesh Contingent trains 200 Liberians
Bangladesh Contingent deployed in United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided training to 200 Liberian youths under Human Resources Development Project (HRD Project), says a ISPR press release.
 arrow Poet Sufia Kamal memorial lecture today
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad will hold a memorial lecture and cultural function today to mark the 95th birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, says a press release.
 arrow Aliwardy new BTTB chairman
Engineer Aliwardy Khandkar joined yesterday as the new chairman of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), says a press realse.
Nationalarrow Gaibandha town threatened, village in Moulvibazar goes under river
Gaibandha town is being threatened while a portion of a village in Moulvibazar has gone under the river due to development of breaches at two flood protection embankments in the areas.
 arrow People suffer as busy road at Bogra not built in three years
People in Bogra town and the adjoining areas are suffering a lot due to non-completion of construction work of the busy Kabi Nazrul Islam Sarak for over three years.
 arrow 2 lakh Rohingyas yet to be enrolled as refugees
About two lakh Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban are yet to be enrolled as refugees officially. The refugees are among those who were displaced from Myanmar in last 15 years.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 3 in Khagrachhari
At least three people including a child died of diarrhoea in four upazilas as the disease broke out in an epidemic form in the district during the last few days, local sources said.
 arrow 'Reform law to protect environment'
Discussants at a discussion held here stressed on reforming law for protection of environment.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tethering in the twilight of war and peace
Nepal today stands at a critical juncture of its history. April revolution has ended the days of absolute monarchy ushering the hope for a restructured Nepali state embracing the ideals of democracy, pluralism and secularism.
 arrow A ludicrous election commission
The Election Commission (EC) headed by Justice MA Aziz (CEC) is heading towards another mess in the wake of their decision to revise the existing voter list without engaging its enumerators for door-to-door
 arrow Private universities in rural Bangladesh
The University of South Pacific (USP) serves the Pacific Islands region in and through its 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribatis, Marshal Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Soloman Islands, Tokelau,
 arrow The OIC foreign ministers conference: A routine affair
The annual OIC Foreign Ministers Conference is currently being held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
Culturearrow Classical dance and music come together
Eminent classical dancers Minu Haque, Shubhra Sengupta, Kochi Rahman, Tamanna Rahman, Belayet Hossain Khan, Mun Mun Ahmed along with their students staged different genres of classical dance on June 18.
 arrow Of myths and fancies
Ronni Ahmmed, one of the leading surrealist painters in town, will have his solo exhibit at Bengal Gallery from June 21.
 arrow Bengal Bikash contestants perform in Chittagong
The talent hunt by Bengal Foundation, titled Bengal Bikash, has completed its pre-finals.
 arrow Fizzy drink imbroglio in India
One of Bollywood's upcoming actors, John Abraham has refused to kowtow to pressure from India's Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and quit promoting fizzy drinks.
Generalarrow Evolve environment-friendly shrimp cultivation to protect bio-diversity
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for evolving environment-friendly shrimp cultivation to protect the biodiversity.
 arrow Rohingya repatriation uncertain
Repatriation of remaining 21,000 Rohingya refugees living in two camps in Cox's Bazar has become uncertain as some issues remain unsettled between the government and the United Nations High Commission
 arrow Talks start on drafting interim Nepal constitution
A committee which will draft a temporary constitution for Nepal -- paving the way for rebel Maoists to join an interim government -- has started consulting the rebels and civil society leaders, officials
 arrow Malaysian team in city to finalise formalities
A Malaysian team arrived in Dhaka on Sunday night to finalise the formalities for recruitment of workers from Bangladesh.
 arrow Taliban kill 32
Taliban militants killed 32 friends and relatives of an influential lawmaker in southern Afghanistan and 10 others are missing, the member of parliament said on Monday.
 arrow GrameenPhone Zainul-Quamrul painting contest
The opening ceremony of the exhibition of GrameenPhone-Zainul-Quamrul International Children Painting Competition was held recently, says a press release .
 arrow 2628 bottles of phensidyl recovered in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday arrested three people and seized ganja and 2628 bottles of phensidyl.
 arrow National fruit exhibition held
National fruit exhibition and award distribution ceremony was held at Khamar Bari of Tejgaon area in the city on Friday as part of the National Fruit-bearing Tree Plantation Fortnight-2006 campaign.
 arrow Call to strengthen talks
Bangladesh yesterday told the opening session of Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) here that the international community must strengthen dialogue and cooperation for nuclear disarmament and
Internationalarrow Pak-born man guilty in Sydney 'jihad' plot
A Pakistan-born architect accused of plotting a "jihad" bombing campaign in Australia was convicted on three terrorism-related charges Monday and could face a life sentence.
 arrow Chief prosecutor demands death penalty for Saddam
The chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein on Monday demanded the death penalty for the ousted Iraqi president and two other defendants.
 arrow New UN rights body kicks off
The United Nations' reformed Human Rights Council began its first-ever session Monday, with high hopes that it will do more for the victims of abuses and avoid the political horse-trading of the past.
 arrow Sri Lanka invites Tigers to talks
Sri Lanka Monday invited Tamil Tiger rebels to negotiate peace and save their collapsing ceasefire as two more soldiers were reported killed in a weekend of violence that left over 50 people dead.
 arrow Two ex-Nepal royal ministers freed
Nepali Supreme Court has freed two former ministers appointed by the monarchy who had been detained for five weeks by the new government that took power in April, a court official said Monday.
 arrow Nepal's SC to review case of Sobhraj
Nepal's Supreme Court is to review the case of notorious French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who was given a life sentence for murder after being arrested here in 2003, his lawyer said Monday.
 arrow Two burnt to death in Indian riots
Two girls were burnt to death in sectarian rioting between Hindus and Muslims sparked by the death of a youth in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, police said Monday.
 arrow US warns of sanctions if N Korea fires missile
United States could consider new sanctions against North Korea if it goes ahead with plans to launch a long-range missile, US ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer said Monday.
 arrow Time to curb gun trade,says Kalashnikov
Mikhail Kalashnikov, father of the famous assault rifle better known as the AK47, has called for curbs to the international gun trade, The Times reported Monday.
 arrow Rent-a-wife business!
A shortage of eligible single women has prompted some poverty-stricken husbands in western India to rent out their wives to other men on a monthly rate, according to a news report Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's advice for journalists
While speaking with a delegation of the newly elected members of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), the prime minister is reported to have called upon journalists to refrain from doing
 arrow Editorial: Fishermen's ordeal
We are relieved by the return home of 13 Bangladeshi fishermen from India which hosted them for nine months under extraordinary circumstances.
 arrow EC contriving crisis?
The on-going agitation movement of the Awami League-led 14 party alliance seems to be set for a right cause. At the initial stage, however, it was suspected as an act of 'opposition for opposition's sake'.
 arrow How big is Togo?
How big is Togo? How small is Togo? How big is India? How small is the Indian? How petty is the mind that manages Indian sports? How minuscule is the pride that a nation should have in its sports team?
 arrow Of rationale behind the govt primary school teachers' strike
No sooner had eighty thousand teachers of twenty thousand registered non-government primary schools left the street than the government primary school teachers replaced them.
Letters to Editorarrow Who gains from hartals?
We had a 36-hour hartal, but we have not assessed it achievements for the country . If I look back, I would find few public buses , mini buses, cars, vans, baby-taxis on the streets.
 arrow Budget
Every year after the national budget is placed in the parliament, opposition political parties term it anti-people. The ruling party, on the other hand, calls it a pro-people budget.
 arrow e-friendship
Gone are the days of pen-friendship: Now, as I would like to call it, e-friendship or electronic-friendship has taken the place of pen-friendship through perpetuation of e-mail and SMS culture.
 arrow ACC
The length and depth of corruption cannot be measured in the context of Bangladesh. We have been 'glorified' as the most corrupt country in the world several times.
 arrow Private universities
The number of private universities is increasing day by day. It is true that nowadays people have confidence in private universities.
 arrow Rights of people
I received the following letter in mysterious circumstances. Its views are not mine, of course, but the writer has a similar point of view expressed in one of your letters ("Why call them indigenous?", June 11, 2006)
 arrow Rare example of honesty
The tale of the honesty of a laundry businessman from Goalanda, Rajbari, was published in DS last month (April 1, 06).
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