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Front Pagearrow Demand for EPZ in Sylhet
Business leaders and academicians of Sylhet stressed the need for immediate establishment of an export processing zone (EPZ) or an industrial park in the greater Sylhet region for boosting trade withthe
 arrow JS body to complain against Akbar to PM
A parliamentary body decided yesterday to lodge a complaint with the prime minister in seven days against Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain for corruption in purchasing a new ocean-going ship.
 arrow Share trading halted to stop owners' securities sell-out
The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday suspended trading of Oriental Bank's shares to prevent the banks' owners from selling out their shares in an effort to escape the probe of the investigators.
 arrow Primary teachers ignore PM's call
Government primary schools and community primary schools remained closed for the fifth consecutive day yesterday as the teachers vowed to continue their indefinite strike till their demands for better
 arrow Debate in JS over 'two presidents'
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed a brief debate between the lawmakers of the ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) over the current status of presidency.
 arrow RU ready for another controversial hiring
Over 350 employees are being recruited in the Rajshahi University (RU) allegedly on political considerations and through bribing, sources said.
 arrow CEC rigid on no door-to-door visits
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz remains rigid on his decision not to conduct door-to-door visits for preparation of voters' list.
 arrow Ahmadiyyas seek PM protection
The Ahmadiyya community yesterday appealed to prime minister for protection in wake of threat by religious fanatics to attack their mosque in Uttara tomorrow.
 arrow Iajuddin to be released from CMH 'June 24'
It is still uncertain when President Iajuddin Ahmed will take charge of his office although he returned to the country on Tuesday after his treatment in Singapore.
 arrow 10 killed in Trishal road crash
Ten people were killed and six others injured when a truck carrying them fell into a roadside ditch at Birrampur Beltoli on Trishal-Balipara road in Trishal upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Prosecution hopes HC to uphold lower court verdict
Prosecution in the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday said the High Court (HC) may uphold the lower court judgment of the capital punishment to the accused basing onthe
 arrow Dutch hold Argentina
Two-time World Cup winners Argentina drew 0-0 with the Netherlands here Wednesday to finish top of Group C and line up a last of 16 clash with Mexico on Sunday.
 arrow Ivory Coast win a 5-goal thriller
Ivory Coast fought back from two goals down to beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-2 and secure their first World Cup win in an entertaining and fiercely fought battle on Wednesday to avoid ending bottom of Group
 arrow Portugal progress in style
Portugal sealed top spot in World Cup Group D on Wednesday by beating a battling Mexico 2-1 in Gelsenkirchen thanks to a Maniche goal and a Simao Sabrosa penalty.
 arrow Khoka, BNP leader surrender after 9 yrs, relieved of charges
A Dhaka court yesterday relieved Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and another BNP leader of an explosion case filed against them over nine years ago after the two surrendered to the court.
 arrow Employer beats house help's kid to death
An employer beat the three-year-old child of his house help to death at Monipuripara while police recovered four bodies from Shyampur, Uttara and Kamalapur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Nicholas Burns lauds govt for actions against terrorism
US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns appreciated the Bangladesh government for 'decisive and impressive action' in combating terrorism.
 arrow Banks, NGO get threat mails from 'JMB'
Sonali, Agrani and Grameen banks, and Swanirbhar Bangladesh, a non-government organisation in Sadullapour upazila of Gaibandha received threat letters yesterday from the outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul
 arrow Rajuk knocks down illegal structures by Gulshan Lake
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) demolished several roadside structures near the shooting club adjoining the Gulshan-1 link road to recover more than five acres of land.
 arrow Govt employees threaten tough agitation for DA
The third and fourth class government employees across the country threatened to go for tougher movements to realise their five-point demands, including 50 per cent dearness allowance (DA).
 arrow Hasina meets Manmohan tomorrow
Bangladesh Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina arrived here last night on a five-day visit during which she will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow evening and Congress President Sonia Gandhi
 arrow Pension for urban senior citizens on cards
Following the 'success' of the senior citizens' pension scheme at the rural level, the government is now considering a similar programme at urban level, especially in the metropolitan areas of the country.
 arrow Outlaws kill 3 rivals in Meherpur
Cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Communist War) killed three of their rival party men at Gangni upazila in Meherpur early yesterday.
 arrow Robber killed in 'encounter' with police
A robber leader was killed in an "encounter" between his gang and the police at Nazirhat in Anwara upazila in the small hours yesterday.
 arrow Saddam lawyer killed after kidnapping
A lawyer for ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was found dead on Wednesday after being kidnapped from his Baghdad home, the third member of the defense team to be slain.
 arrow More pandas in China than first thought
Scientists using DNA samples have doubled their estimates of the wild panda population in a nature sanctuary in China, in a finding they say bodes well for the survival of one of the world's endangered
 arrow Britain not pulling out from Iraq: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has again insisted that his country's troops will remain in Iraq despite widespread daily sectarian violence there.
 arrow Nine killed in Nepal plane crash
Nine people were killed Wednesday when a small plane of the privately-owned Yeti Airlines crashed while coming in to land in Nepal's mountainous west, officials said.
Businessarrow Provide fair wage for garment workers
Commerce Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday reiterated his call to the garment factory owners to provide fair wage for their workers.
 arrow False online reservation of tickets costs airlines huge revenue
A number of travel agencies in Bangladesh are making false online reservation of tickets of major airlines in connivance with a section of officials of online ticket reservation system providers known
 arrow India may allow FDI from Bangladesh
India might consider allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Bangladesh to boost greater bilateral economic ties, Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh has said.
 arrow Oil prices drift lower before US energy report
World oil prices dipped on Wednesday as traders geared up for the latest weekly update on energy stockpiles in the United States, a major consumer, analysts said.
 arrow Severstal sweetens tie-up deal with Arcelor
Russian steel group Severstal proposed new terms for a merger with European producer Arcelor, offering to reduce its stake in a merged company to placate Arcelor shareholders hostile to the deal.
 arrow BGMEA asked to pay Tk 2.62cr arrears to EPB
The government has directed the BGMEA to pay Tk 2.62 crore to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) in arrears as the association purchased a patch of land way back in 1998 from the EPB.
 arrow Calls grow for Bank of Japan chief to quit
A day after Japan's top banker acknowledged he had made a hefty profit from a scandal-tainted investment fund, calls for his resignation rose a notch Wednesday in this nation where symbolic and graceful
 arrow Four firms buy bid schedules to purchase Rupali Bank
Four local and foreign companies have bought tender schedules from Privatisation Commission to purchase Rupali Bank.
 arrow Phulbari coal mine to contribute $15.5b to GDP
Asia Energy's proposed open pit coal mine at Phulbari will contribute an estimated $ 15.5 billion to gross domestic product (GDP) and $ 7.
 arrow Singapore PM remains upbeat on economy
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he remains upbeat about the city-state's economic performance but high oil prices are a concern. "The outlook is good ...
 arrow Bangladesh gets $1.23 lakh order in Saarc fair in Pakistan
Bangladesh has received spot and prospective orders worth $123,000 in the 7th Saarc Trade Fair-2006 held in Pakistan recently.
 arrow Bush hopes for WTO breakthrough on farm subsidies
US President George W. Bush hopes European leaders will improve their offer on agricultural trade to help bring about a breakthrough in stalled global trade talks, a White House official said Tuesday.
 arrow China agrees to 19pc iron ore price hike
China has finally agreed to a 19 percent iron ore price hike from the world's three biggest steel mills but only because it was undercut in the "flawed" negotiations, state press reported Wednesday.
 arrow BATB okays 30pc dividend
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) Company Ltd has approved a 30 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow BA customers can now book, pay for tickets online
British Airways (BA) customers in Bangladesh will now be able to book and pay for their tickets by simply visiting the website, ba.com.
 arrow Peoples Ins director gets SEC warning
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned a director of Peoples Insurance Company Ltd for violating securities laws.
Sportsarrow Football: Mexico thru' despite loss
Ten-man Mexico scraped into the World Cup second round on Wednesday despite a chaotic 2-1 loss to a second-string Portugal.
 arrow Football: Angola going home
Angola scored the first goal of their short World Cup history but a 1-1 draw with Iran in their final Group D match on Wednesday signalled the end of their remarkable journey in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar to lead in WC
Habibul Bashar has been re-appointed as captain of Bangladesh until the end of the World Cup in the West Indies in 2007, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed in an executive committee meetingheld
 arrow Football: Do or die
Italy believes Czech Republic midfielder Pavel Nedved poses the biggest threat to their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: An ancestral showdown
Skipper Mark Viduka had an abiding suspicion that Australia's improbable qualification for the last sixteen at the World Cup would come down to the final group match with Croatia here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Sentiments take back seat
Despite having already reached the last 16, Brazil will show no mercy for struggling Japan in their World Cup clash on Thursday even though Zico, one of the South American country's favourite sons, coaches
 arrow Football: Africans dream big
Ghana's shock World Cup upset of the Czech Republic has put a bit of a fright into the US team. That's music to the ears of the Africans' 60-year-old coach, who wants the Americans to suffer Thursday.
 arrow Football: Owen England's tears
Injury-plagued England striker Michael Owen hobbled away from the World Cup Wednesday and admitted he was devastated that his dream had ended in pain and frustration.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Chinese students protest
AFP, Beijing

Students at a Chinese university shouted obscenities and hurled bottles after school authorities cut electricity during a World Cup match,

 arrow Football: Bonkers About Ballack

 arrow Football: Czech-mate for Nedved?
France may be fixated about whether Zinedine Zidane has played his last match for Les Bleus but similar sentiments will be expressed round the Czech Republic as to whether Thursday's Group E clash with
 arrow Football: We need to be more Italian: Cannavaro
Fabio Cannavaro said Tuesday that his Italy team need to revert back to their old ways of cynical defending if they are to go further at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Brazil have put in place a movable consular service to accompany their thousands of fans as they travel around Germany.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
With all due respect to Trinidad & Tobago, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Poland, there were only two matches worth watching yesterday.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup top scorers after Wednesday's Group D matches:
4: Klose (Germany)
3: Fernando Torres (Spain)
2: Bosacki (Poland), Bravo (Mexico), T Cahill (Australia), Crespo (Argentina), Delgado (Ecuador),

 arrow Cricket: Sanath show at Lord's
Sanath Jayasuriya's 122, his 20th one-day international century, provided the platform for Sri Lanka's 46-run victory against England here Tuesday that saw them go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Another draw or a result
International Cricket Council pitch consultant Andy Atkinson has a reputation for producing result-oriented surfaces, and West Indies and India would love nothing better when they face each other in the
 arrow Football: 'Brazil no monster'
Japan coach Zico has told his players to have no fears when taking on mighty Brazil in their make-or-break World Cup match in Dortmund on Thursday. "We are not confronting an awful monster," Zico said.
 arrow Football: Soca Warriors eye 2010
Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker admits his Caribbean side still lacked the competitive pace to keep up with some of the world's top sides.
 arrow Football: Aim for the goalpost!
Anyone can find the goals on either end of a World Cup pitch. They have white posts and a net on the top, sides and back. Players often crowd around the front. Teams poke a football inside to score.
 arrow Football: Croatia firing blanks: Kalac
Croatia's failure to score so far at the World Cup is unsettling them and given Australia a mental edge in their World Cup decider, Aussie goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: A battle of friends
Australia's Croatian community says it can't lose in the crunch World Cup match between the two countries on Thursday because the Socceroos are stacked with players of Croatian descent.
 arrow Football: Yorke looks back in despair
Trinidad and Tobago talisman Dwight Yorke said he was still in the dark over his future after the West Indians' dramatic exit from the World Cup on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Relying on a secret weapon
With England's striking options set to be seriously curtailed by the loss through injury of Michael Owen their last 16 rivals Ecuador scent a potential shock on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Brueckner praises Italians
Czech Republic coach Karel Brueckner praised Italy's defensive play on Tuesday ahead of their World Cup Group E match.
 arrow Football: Klinsi not content yet
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmannn on Wednesday saluted his young side for coming through Group A with three wins which enabled them to avoid England in the last 16, but he insisted they still needed toimprove
 arrow Football: Some solace for Janas
Two goals from defender Bartosz Bosacki -- his first for his country -- gave Poland a comeback 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their nothing-at-stake Group A encounter here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: The loyal Alex
Brazilian-born Japan wing Alex cannot be accused of divided loyalties when it comes to playing the country of his birth and on Thursday in Dortmund he hopes to play a role in what would be one of thegreatest
 arrow Football: WC Quotes
What they're saying at the World Cup on Wednesday:

"Here, it's Scolari or Big Phil. Not Felipao."
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari chides a journalist for using his Brazilian nickname.

 arrow Football: FIFA's solution for cheated children
FIFA said on Wednesday it has found seats at the World Cup for 350 English children who fell foul of a ticket scam following a call for help from British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 arrow Football: Minnows whine over refs
World Cup referees are intimidated by big name reputations leaving the smaller teams reduced to the status of second-class citizens.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's mind on Muller mark
Brazil star Ronaldo says he has brought his shooting boots with him to the World Cup and fully intends to overhaul German legend Gerd Muller, whose 14 World Cup goals are a record.
 arrow Football: Press snap at England
England faced some flack from the pundits Wednesday after their 2-2 draw with Sweden put them on track to meet "minnows Ecuador" in the ongoing World Cup tournament in Germany.
 arrow Football: 'Be realistic'
Gianluca Zambrotta has appealed to the Italian media to be realistic about their team's chances at the World Cup, rather than build them up as potential champions one day, and then shoot them down the
 arrow Cricket: Sachin back with a ton
Sachin Tendulkar marked his return from three months out of cricket by smashing a quickfire 155 for the Lashings World XI in a match against Cambridge University on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: HSBC win a thriller
Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) won by the odd goal in nine against Group 4 in the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the International School Dhaka (ISD) indoor facilities
 arrow Football: Goal No. 2000 Allback's
Marcus Allback of Sweden scored the 2000th World Cup goal on Tuesday, equalising early in the second half after Joe Cole had sent England in at the break 1-0 up in their Group B meeting.
 arrow Football: Juninho expects harder battles
Juninho Pernambucano doesn't expect things to get much easier for Brazil at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Simunic has no regrets
Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell represent half of the Australian team at the World Cup such is their huge influence, Croatia's Australian-born defender Josip Simunic said here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Referee with common sense!
Captain Mark Viduka has appealed for common sense refereeing from Englishman Graham Poll in Australia's potentially stormy World Cup clash with Croatia which will decide a place in the second round.
 arrow Football: Abedi Pele proud of Ghana
Abedi Pele, one of Africa's finest footballers and the inspiration behind Ghana's team for more than a decade, said he was proud to see the Black Stars finally competing at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Blair happy with English fans
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday praised the behaviour of England fans at the football World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Football: 'We'll do it for Owen'
England captain David Beckham has vowed to win the World Cup for a devastated Michael Owen who will play no further part in the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Merkel turns soccer expert
The World Cup is challenging Germans' image as reserved people, in particular that of Chancellor Angela Merkel who has turned into a committed cheerleader for the national side.
 arrow Football: German hooligans detained
Police arrested 45 German hooligans in the western city of Cologne early Wednesday after they had scuffled with and taunted foreign fans after England's 2-2 draw with Sweden in a World Cup match.
 arrow Football: Gambling arrests in Thailand
More than 300 people have been arrested in Thailand for illegal gambling on football matches during the first 11 days of the World Cup, police said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Deschamps keen on Juve return
Former France captain Didier Deschamps said Wednesday that he was optimistic of coaching Serie A champions Juventus next season even if the club were to be relegated from the top flight as a result of
Metropolitanarrow Lack of recognition main cause of domestic violence
Experts at an opinion-sharing meeting pointed out lack of recognition of domestic violence in national life as the main reason behind different forms of domestic abuse.
 arrow ‘Use more clean fuels to save lives’
Expressing concern over the existing indoor air pollution (IAP) situation of the country, health and environment experts yesterday suggested use of more clean fuels and improved stoves for cooking tosave
 arrow 'More budgetary allocation needed to support women entrepreneurs¿
A gender-sensitive budget and more budgetary allocation for women are a must to encourage women entrepreneurs, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 'Make probe reports public'
Journalist union leaders at a discussion yesterday demanded that all reports of investigations into the incidents of repression of newsmen, including the one that took place at the National Press Club
 arrow PM seeks Japan's leading role in construction of Padma Bridge
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped that Japan would take leading role in the construction of the Padma Bridge, recalling its massive contribution towards major infrastructure development in Bangladesh.
 arrow Court asks jail authorities to produce Sunny, 6 others July 9
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on arguments of two cases against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others, as Sunny was not produced before
 arrow Bangladesh completes 3 Polio NIDs
Bangladesh has successfully completed three Polio National Immunization Days (NIDs) with 96 per cent of children under five being reached through the three rounds, says a press release.
 arrow 8 Buet students awarded gold medals
A total of eight students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) were awarded gold medals for their outstanding academic performance yesterday.
 arrow SSC results on D-Net today
For the second time, Development Research Network (D-Net) has taken the initiative to post the SSC results on its website, says a press release.
 arrow Japan to provide Tk 48.79 crore
Japan will provide Tk 48.97 crore for the project for improvement of Digital Mapping System of Survey of Bangladesh.
 arrow Tk 286.81 cr KCC budget announced
Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman yesterday announced a budget of Tk 286.81 crore for Khulna City Corporation (KCC) for the financial year 2006-2007.
 arrow HBFC borrowers submit memo to PM
Borrowers of House Building and Finance Corporation (HBFC) submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister (PM) yesterday to make the loans of the corporation borrower friendly.
 arrow Protest today
Leaders and workers of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad will stage a rally in front of the National Museum today at 3:00pm protesting a move to shift Ramna Kali Mandir and Anondamaee Ashram.
Nationalarrow Pilot projects to combat 'monga' in N dists
Brac, a prominent NGO and North West Focal Area Forum, a development body of 12 organisations, have undertaken two pilot projects to combat 'monga', a near famine situation during pre-harvest period of
 arrow Tk 544.88 cr Sylhet City Corporation budget announced
Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran yesterday announced a Tk 544.88 crore budget for the 2006-'07 financial year.
 arrow BCL activists damage 5 vehicles on campus
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists yesterday damaged five vehicles on the Islamic University (IU) campus on the first day of their indefinite strike yesterday.
 arrow 11 hurt in separate incidents in Moulvibazar
Eleven people were injured in separate incidents at Shamsernagar in Kamalganj upazila and Rangunia in Srimangal upazila Tuesday night.
 arrow Aug 17 serial blasts in Gaibandha: Charge framing date July 10
The date of framing charge against four accused of August 17 serial bomb blast case here has been fixed on July 10.
 arrow Arson at Magura village: 400 HSC answer scripts burnt
At least 400 answer scripts of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination under Jessore Education Board were burnt as rivals set on fire to nine houses at Binodpur village in Mohammadpur
 arrow Journalists Oppression Day observed in Jessore
Speakers at a discussion held at Jessore Press Club yesterday demanded of the government to punish the culprits who were involved in attacking the journalists.
 arrow Bogra youth sets example by selling mushroom products
An enterprising youth has set an example by cultivating mushroom and selling its products in the town.
 arrow FFs urged to be united
Awami League (AL) Liberation War Affairs Secretary Capt (retd) A B Tazul Islam yesterday called upon all the freedom fighters (Ffs) to be united to build a non-communal democratic country.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is it safety or political will?
The June 12 report in The Daily Star (TDS) that Kuwait has agreed to finance a 450-megawatt power plant in Chittagong and to sell fuel on deferred payments is a hopeful sign for a country mired in and
 arrow Georesource exploitation for socio-economic emancipation
Georesources such as coal, industrial rocks and minerals, oil and gas, are nature's gift bestowed upon a nation. Exploitation of something is making full use of it and deriving benefit therefrom.
 arrow A petty response to big challenges
Like all military regimes before it, this too has accumulated popular discontent and much opposition. The desire for a true change is patent.
Culturearrow A gesture of compassion by artists
An exhibition of paintings by well known artists is being held at Chitrak Gallery to raise funds. This is to help Najifa Taj, a school going girl suffering from cancer.
 arrow Bengal Partition: Reflection on culture
The Partition of Bengal in 1947 was a traumatic event with far reaching emotional and political consequences at personal as well as collective levels of identity formation.
 arrow Classical music at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
"Classical music is the heritage of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will arrange more effective progra-mmes for the preservation and promotion of classical instrumental music.
 arrow Paul McCartney: 64 and still going strong
" When I get older, I'm losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm 64?"
-- Lyrics from a famous Beatles' song
Sir Paul McCartney, the singer

Generalarrow Media now enjoys highest level of freedom: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the media is now enjoying the highest level of freedom, compared to the tenure of previous governments.
 arrow Mirersarai AL leader hacked to death
An Awami League leader was hacked to death by a gang of miscreants early yesterday while he was returning home after watching World Cup football match between England and Sweden at a local hotel at Mirersarai
Internationalarrow Iran must respond by Aug, N Korea stop missile test
US President George W. Bush warned Wednesday that Iran must respond before August to a proposed deal on its nuclear program, and urged North Korea not to go ahead with plans for a missile test.
 arrow 40 killed as violence rages in Afghanistan
There will likely be more significant fighting in southern Afghanistan in the coming months, the US-led coalition said Wednesday as 40 people, mostly Taliban, were killed in fresh violence.
 arrow More than 100 dead in Indonesia floods
Floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 110 people in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province and left a further 100 missing, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow N Korea offers US missile talks
North Korea offered the United States talks on its missile launch plans Wednesday, indicating it might put off a flight test that has raised tension and drawn sharp international warnings.
 arrow East Timor PM likely to resign
East Timor's Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri will "most probably" resign after receiving a demand to do so from the president, a senior official from Alkatiri's office said Wednesday.
 arrow Iraqi forces capture top rebel in Baghdad
A leading insurgent was captured Wednesday by Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad's mainly Shiite Kadhimiyah district in a raid during the ongoing security clampdown in the capital, the US military said.
 arrow Suspect in Pak sectarian killings held
Pakistani police said Wednesday they had arrested a senior leader of an outlawed Sunni Muslim extremist group wanted for killing more than 150 people, mainly rival Shiites.
 arrow No interim govt before Maoists lay down arms
No interim power-sharing government will be formed with Maoists in Nepal until the rebels lay down their arms, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said Wednesday.
 arrow Maoist rebels kill 4 in India
Suspected Maoist rebels killed a ruling party leader with an axe and shot dead another three people in central India, police said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Compliance is the issue here
We note with a touch of dismay that even after signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoU) among factory owners, workers and government soon after the recent carnage, pockets of trouble exist in the sector.
 arrow Editorial: The tirade against Ahmadiyyas again
It is a matter of great worry that the Khatme Nabuwat Andolon (KNA), a fiercely anti-Ahmadiyya outfit, is again planning to attack a mosque of the beleaguered community in Uttara next Friday.
 arrow All eyes on Nepal
No wonder that is so. And it is so not only because of the stupendous developments in the political landscape of the Himalayan kingdom, Shangri La to many western travellers, since 6 April 2006, but because of the way those changes have been tackled and the manner in which a prospective long drawn affair successfully concluded, with the potential of lasting peace in the country.
 arrow Respecting and implementing MOU in national interest
It is heartening to see that 'a 10-point memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 12 June between the government, and workers and owners of the apparel industry towards institution of minimum wages
 arrow Character assassination: Who is next?
Over the last ten years, in my humble way, I have contributed to this daily mainly on the issues of Bangladesh's contemporary politics.
Letters to Editorarrow Strike by primary teachers
The primary teachers' strike over the last few weeks has drawn my attention. I find it absurd that a primary school teacher is paid a monthly remuneration of Tk 750 only.
 arrow Import duty on raw sugar
The current budget (2006-07) has not provided any incentive to the newly established raw sugar refining industries in Bangladesh.
 arrow Food bank
We need food bank to feed our people. We have banks for every service. There are vulnerable people who have no means to feed themselves. The government should consider setting up a food bank.
 arrow Why import duty waiver on drum seeders?
In order to promote agriculture the proposed budget has made import of drum seeders duty free.
 arrow On Tata's investment offer
Letters appearing in your daily suggest that Tata's offer for investment in Bangladesh should be rejected.
 arrow US First Lady's stand
According to an AFP despatch from Washington which was published in a section of our local Press, American First Lady Laura Bush disagreed with her husband President George W Bush saying that she found
 arrow What's going on?
Politicians have been continuously failing us in ways that are by no means the expectation of the nation.
 arrow On being AWOL!
In the early 80's, I had a posting as medical officer in rural Sylhet.
 arrow Fake rickshaw licence
Nowadays the number of rickshaws has increased manifold. It is very easy to buy a rickshaw and run it with a fake licence.
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