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Front Pagearrow 59pc pass SSC exams
The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations showed an improving trend with a pass-rate of 59.04 per cent against 52.57 per cent of last year and 49.74 per cent of 2004.
 arrow Brazil bid Japan WC bye
Brazil wrapped up their World Cup Group F campaign with a 4-1 win over Japan here on Thursday as an energised Ronaldo emerged from his shell to score the two goals that made him joint all-time World Cup
 arrow CEC says no to AL-BNP call to 'go door to door'
Both the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday reiterated the demand for preparing the voter list by visiting door to door but the chief election commissioner (CEC) rejected the demand
 arrow Ties with neighbours should not be an issue of domestic politics
A wide range of bilateral relations and regional issues, including terrorism and connectivity among Saarc countries, came up for discussion in a meeting between Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and
 arrow ADB nod sought for unfit company
The Electricity Generation Company Bangladesh Ltd (EGCB) is seeking the approval of Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the controversial selection of an incompetent Chinese company, Harbin, to build the
 arrow Italy, Ghana go ahead
Italy clinched top spot in World Cup Group E yesterday, eliminating the 10-man Czech Republic with a 2-0 victory in Hamburg.
 arrow 400 DU teachers busy with off-campus jobs
Academic activities of Dhaka University (DU) are being hampered as more than 400 out of 1,492 teachers are engaged in private consultancy and part time jobs in NGOs, private universities and donor funded
 arrow Pry schools kept shut for 6th day
Government primary schools and community primary schools remained closed across the country for the sixth consecutive day yesterday as the pro-Awami League Bangladesh Community Teachers Association remained
 arrow Iajuddin advised rest for 4 more weeks
President Iajuddin Ahmed is unlikely to take charge of his office immediately after his return to Bangabhaban from the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka tomorrow, as he has been advised to take
 arrow GPA-5 scorers increased 100 times in 5 yrs
The number of grade point average (GPA) 5 achievers in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) level public examinations has reached a record high this year, as the figure is about 100 times higher than
 arrow Pass rates go up in SSC (Vocational), Dakhil exams
The percentage of passed students in the Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board improved this year like it did in the previous few years. This year a record of 75.
 arrow Kewell takes Socceroos to last 16
Australia fought back twice to advance to the last sixteen of the World Cup with a pulsating 2-2 draw against Croatia early today.
 arrow 16 RMG labour bodies sign deal with owners
Sixteen garments workers organisations yesterday suspended all their agitation programmes announced, on June 18, following the singing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the owners.
 arrow Hasan's crime proved beyond doubt
Prosecution in the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday said accused Hasan plotted to execute his plan to rape and kill Shazneen on April 23 night as he knew that a party
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Following the publication of our report, "Mismanagement mars ICDDR,B's reputation" on June 16, we received the following rejoinder from Dr David A Sack, executive director, ICDDR,B which we publish
 arrow Security upped to reign back zealots
Dhaka is bracing for a clash as religious fanatics march today to capture an Ahmadiyya mosque and evict Ahmadiyyas from Uttara in the capital, while law enforcers and civil society members gather there
 arrow Lankan president due July 12
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will pay a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 12 and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow PM urged not to shift Ramna Kali Mandir
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia urging not to move the historic Ramna Kali Mandir (Temple) from its century-old location.
 arrow Delhi not giving state protocol during Hasina's tour
Indian government has declined to provide official status to Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina during her tour to India as New Delhi wants to maintain balanced relations both with BNP and Awami League
 arrow AL's founding anniversary today
Awami League will observe its 57th founding anniversary today. On this day in 1949, East Pakistan Awami Muslim League was founded at historic Rose Garden in Old Dhaka.
 arrow FBI director praises Dhaka's anti-terror campaign
US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S Muller lauded Bangladesh government for its efforts and success in combating terrorism.
 arrow Another case filed against Bulu
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Boishakhi Director MNH Bulu after a businessman filed a case following the bounce of a cheque Bulu had written.
 arrow Ex-official of BB, 2 others held with heroin
A former high official of Bangladesh Bank (BB) and two others were arrested with 1 kg heroin at Pallabi in the capital on Wednesday night.
 arrow Widening the road...


 arrow Two brothers among three electrocuted in city
Three people died of electrocution in the capital yesterday in two separate incidents.
 arrow Top Petrobangla posts still vacant
The government yesterday appointed Managing Director of Bangladesh Gas Field Company Ltd (BGFCL) Nazrul Islam as director in-charge of finance in Petrobangla, leaving people senior to him behind.
 arrow Israeli PM apologises for civilian deaths
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologised yesterday for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in recent Israeli army airstrikes after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an informalbreakfast
 arrow Saddam on hunger strike, protest lawyer's murder
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has gone on hunger strike to protest the killing of his lawyer, his lead lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said.
 arrow Extortionists shoot one dead
Extortionists last night shot dead the cashier of a bakery and looted cash at Dania in the capital. The dead is Azizul Hakim, 30, cashier of Prime Bakery.
 arrow 4 injured as bomb hurled at bus counter
Two unknown criminals hurled a bomb at a ticket counter of an intercity bus service on KDA Avenue in Khulna city yesterday leaving four people injured.
Businessarrow Performance targets set for 3 NCB top brasses
A performance target has been set for the managing directors of three state-owned banks under the banking reform initiatives as prescribed by the World Bank and these top officials are to publish financial
 arrow Make uniform duty structure to save leather sector
A three-tier duty structure and abuse of bonded warehouse facilities for importing leather chemicals are affecting the country's leather sector badly, observed Bangladesh Chemical Importers and Merchant
 arrow Nat'l door fair kicks off
In a bid to introduce latest models of doors to the customers, a six-day national door fair started in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Two web-based market-analysing tools launched
Two web-based market-analysing tools styled 'Trade Map' and 'Product Map' were officially launched in Bangladesh yesterday in a bid to help local exporters to provide with information of different aspects
 arrow Belgian firm to expand plant in Dhaka EPZ
The Belgium owned garment manufacturing company, M/S. Satexco Ltd, is going to expand its manufacturing plant in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), says a press release.
 arrow India to import wheat, sugar
India has halted the export of lentils and allowed private companies to import wheat and sugar to offset a steep rise in food prices, the finance minister said Thursday.
 arrow IEA stresses clean tech to halve world energy consumption
Oil and electricity consumption across the world could easily be cut by half, with major benefits for the environment, if clean energy technologies that are currently available were applied, an international
 arrow East Asia leads in using digital home products: survey
East Asian countries lead the world in embracing digital home products, led by high-tech powerhouses Taiwan and South Korea, a US research firm said Thursday. Taiwan scored 8.
 arrow Airline sector in new price-fixing probe
British Airways said Thursday that it is under investigation by Britain's Office of Fair Trading and the United States Department of Justice as part of a probe into the possible fixing of fuel surcharges
Sportsarrow Football: Italy send Czechs home
Italy moved into the last 16 of the World Cup and sent the Czech Republic home after defeating their Group E rivals 2-0 here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ghana over the moon
Stephen Appiah scored on a penalty kick in the second minute of first-half injury time Thursday to give Ghana a 2-1 World Cup victory over the United States, advancing the Africans to the second round.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Blatter ponders plastic pitches
Afp, Berlin

Matches at the 2010 World Cup could take place on synthetic pitches, the president of FIFA Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

 arrow Football: Moment of truth
Juventus striker David Trezeguet is set to get the call up to help France seal World Cup qualification from Group G against already eliminated Togo here on Friday.
 arrow Football: All to play for
South Korea will have to conjure up more of their 2002 magic to pull a last 16 place out of the hat with victory over Switzerland in their Group G crunch match here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Time to boost confidence
Spain's Iker Casillas has called for a confidence-building show of strength when they face Saudi Arabia in their final Group H match here Friday.
 arrow Football: Another goal glut?
Ukraine's twins of terror Andriy Shevchenko and Sergiy Rebrov believe they have the necessary firepower to shoot their team past Tunisia here on Friday and into the World Cup second round.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Thursday's Group-E matches:
4 - Klose (Germany)
3 - Fernando Torres (Spain)
2 - Bosacki (Poland), Bravo (Mexico), T Cahill (Australia), Crespo (Argentina), Delgado

 arrow Football: Local boys impress
After only a six-day training stint under the Tata Football Academy (TFA) coach, the selected players from the just concluded National School Football competition showed impressive performance against
 arrow Football: Holding the national flag


 arrow Football: Revamped Spanish squad
Spain coach Luis Aragones is set to prepare for their World Cup second round clash against France, Korea or Switzerland by resting all his key starters against Saudi Arabia here Friday.
 arrow Football: Braving the monsoon
More than a million South Koreans were expected to ignore a monsoon downpour and take to the streets early Saturday for the World Cup soccer showdown with Switzerland.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
As it so often happens, the premier did not live up to the billing.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
For Japan's Brazilian-born winger Alessandro "Alex" Santos, listening to the national anthems in a match-opening ceremony must be a moment of mixed feelings -- especially when Japan are up against Brazil.
 arrow Football: Turks delight in German success
Turkey did not qualify for the World Cup, so Germany's Turks are backing Michael Ballack's "Mannschaft" - for the form, the fun and the off chance that one day one of their boys will play for their adopted
 arrow Football: Reserves make Basten happy
Dutch coach Marco van Basten said he was satisfied with his team's goalless draw with Argentina that saw them line up a game against Group D winners Portugal in the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Big Phil's perfect 10
England are through to the World Cup's last 16, but London football chiefs will be looking wistfully at Group D where their former target Luiz Felipe Scolari is giving Portugal the full benefit of his
 arrow Football: Iran in a dilemma
Iran were left to find new leadership on Thursday, a day after their hopes for at least one victory at the World Cup were shattered by finishing bottom of their group with one point.
 arrow Football: Croat hooligans sent back
German police on Thursday said they turned back five known Croatian hooligans at the country's southern border with Austria ahead of the World Cup match between Croatia v Australia.
 arrow Football: Mind over matter
Sports psychology has come a long way from the advice once offered by a coach when told his struggling star striker had been knocked unconscious and had forgotten his name.
 arrow Football: Century-maker wants to stop Swiss
Goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae will literally put his body on the line to ensure his 100th appearance for South Korea ends with a victory over Switzerland in delicately balanced Group G here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho willing to sacrifice party tricks
Ronaldinho on Thursday said that he might appear to have less of a central role for Brazil than for Barcelona while stressing that the team's overall shape and form was paramount.
 arrow Football: A tale of two Owens
Michael Owen's injury might be a devastating blow to England, but it could be a blessing in disguise for Owen Hargreaves.
 arrow Football: Euro Transfers
Lyon sign Squillaci
AFP, Lyon

Lyon are set to sign Sebastien Squillaci from Monaco, the reigning French champions announced Wednesday.

 arrow Football: Deja vu for Lemerre!
Roger Lemerre and France could both be leaving the World Cup after the group stage for the second successive time on Friday - only this time it won't be the Frenchman's fault.
 arrow Football: Food is the secret!
Like a conquering army, South Korea are marching towards the knock-out stages of the 2006 World Cup on their stomachs.
 arrow Football: Pharma win in Beximco battle
Beximco Pharma trounced Beximco Textiles 3-1 in the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the International School Dhaka (ISD) indoor facilities yesterday.
 arrow Olympics: Olympic Day Run today
The Olympic Day Run, organised by Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA), will be held today in the capital as part of the celebration of the International Olympic Day.
 arrow MSC election on June 29
Mohammedan Sporting Club's annual general meeting and election, which were slated to be held on June 24, will now be held on June 29 at the club premises, announced club authorities yesterday.
 arrow Football: Big boys enquire about Klose
Several of Europe's top clubs have asked about Germany's World Cup striking sensation Miroslav Klose, his agent said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Costa Ricans heckled
After losing all their World Cup final matches in Germany, a disheartened and jet-lagged Costa Rican World Cup squad returned home to face taunts from angry hecklers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Seol spurred by growing interest
South Korea winger Seol Ki-Hyeon is being linked with a move to English Premiership side Spurs where he would join up with international teammate Lee Young-Pyo.
 arrow Football: Adu hopeful of bright future
Freddy Adu dreams of hoisting a World Cup trophy for the United States one day, but the football phenom left the door open to playing for his native Ghana and plans to play for a European club.
 arrow Football: Serbia to build on failure
Serbia and Montenegro bowed out of international football with the weakest record in the 2006 World Cup, hoping to rise from the ashes of the tournament as plain Serbia before the first Euro 2008 qualifiers
 arrow Football: Mexicans irk Pekerman
Mexico will be tough opponents in the last 16 of the World Cup, said Argentina coach Jose Pekerman, after his side battled to a 0-0 draw with the Netherlands to finish top of Group C.
 arrow Football: Vieira wishes for Henry goals
Patrick Vieira turns 30 when France play Togo in their final Group G match on Friday and wants some Thierry Henry goals as a present.
 arrow Football: Michel to leave Elephants
Veteran coach Henri Michel announced on Wednesday he would not be seeking a new contract with Ivory Coast and would instead be taking up the reins at an unnamed Qatari club.
 arrow Football: Chelsea start defence against City
Chelsea kick off the defence of their Premier League title at home to Manchester City on Aug. 19 before facing their first major test against Liverpool in mid-September.
 arrow Football: English Premier League Fixtures For August
Aug 19: Sheffield United v Liverpool West Ham United v Charlton Athletic Arsenal v Aston Villa Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea v Manchester City Everton v Watford Manchester United
 arrow Football: 'More midfield aggression'
Striker Andriy Shevchenko said Ukraine needed the midfield to drive them to victory over Tunisia on Friday, even though a draw is likely to be enough to seal a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: The fastest football fan on the planet
On the eve of the US athletics championships, sprint star Justin Gatlin was sporting an orange replica jersey of the Netherlands' football team.
 arrow Cricket: Hick's century of centuries
Batsman Graeme Hick made history on Thursday after becoming the first Worcestershire player to hit 100 centuries for the county.
 arrow Football: WC pitches 'disappointing'
The World Cup organisers admitted on Thursday that they were disappointed by worn-looking pitches, but blamed unseasonably cold weather in Germany in May for the problems.
 arrow Football: No additional damage to Owen
Newcastle moved quickly on Thursday to end fears that the club's England striker Michael Owen had suffered a worse injury than initially thought.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo secret spilled
A great Brazilian mystery long shrouded in secret has been resolved. Ronaldo weighs 90.
 arrow Football: Messi's big birthday!
Lionel Messi turns 19 on Saturday and is determined to make it a double celebration by outfoxing Barcelona teammate Rafael Marquez and firing Argentina into the World Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Angola: One for the road
Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves predicted on Wednesday that African football was on the march after his minnows completed a World Cup campaign that defied all expectations.
 arrow Football: Lavolpe plotting a coup
Mexico's coach talked up their chances against Argentina after booking a second-round meeting with the World Cup favourites.
 arrow Football: Palancas negras hailed
Angola's sole newspaper on Thursday hailed the national team for scoring the first goal of their short World Cup finals history in the game against Iran even though they failed to make it through to the
 arrow Cricket: Pak players get pay rise
Pakistan's top cricketers received a 25 per cent pay rise and the promise of performance bonuses for their next three series and the 2007 World Cup, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib unlikely for England: Woolmer
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer on Thursday said Shoaib Akhtar was unlikely to take any part in the upcoming cricket Test series against England as speculated.
 arrow Cricket: A new look
Umpires, line judges and ball boys and girls at this year's Wimbledon will all be decked out in navy blue and cream outfits carrying the logo of US fashion company Polo Ralph Lauren.
Metropolitanarrow Govt conspires to foil polls: 14-party
Leaders of Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday alleged that the ruling four-party coalition government is conspiring to hand over power through unconstitutional means to foil the forthcoming
 arrow Fix minimum wage at Tk 3,000 for RMG workers
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday reiterated the need to fix the minimum wage at Tk 3,000 for the workers of garment factories immediately.
 arrow 'Raise budgetary allocation for people with disability’
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for increased allocation for people with disability in the proposed budget for FY2006-07.
 arrow Jubilant faces of SSC examinees


 arrow Currencies worth Tk 2.45cr seized
Foreign currencies worth over Tk 2.45 crore were seized from a passenger at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Wednesday night. Two people were arrested in this connection.
 arrow Non-govt high school, college teachers warn of agitation
Teachers and employees of non-government high schools and colleges yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Speaker of the parliament demanding immediate realisation of their six-point education agenda,
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank support to HIV positives
For the second consecutive year, Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has come to the aid of HIV/AIDS patients.
 arrow 56.52 pc pass under Sylhet Board, 385 get GPA-5
A total of 17,568 students out of 31,084 came out successful in the SSC examinations under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Sylhet this year. The percentage of pass is 56.52.
 arrow 3725 get GPA-5
The pass rate and the number of GPA-5 achievers in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination held under Chittagong Education Board (CEB) this year are the highest in last five years.
 arrow Bill on nat'l accreditation board placed
A bill was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday proposing to form a national accreditation board, which would accredit laboratories, license issuing bodies and training institutions.
 arrow Girl commits suicide failing SSC exams
A girl student, who appeared in the SSC examination this year, committed suicide at her house at North Goran in the city yesterday as she could not pass the exam.
 arrow Wife demands trial under speedy tribunal
Wife of slain Mahbubur Rahman demanded transfer of the case to a speedy trial tribunal and death penalty to the persons responsible for the killing of her husband.
 arrow Ashim on 2-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Anthony Ashim Gomes, accused of killing a child, on a two-day remand.
 arrow Concern over move to stop HTNF activities
Indigenous leaders and human rights activists yesterday expressed deep concern over the government's move to stop the activities of the Hill Tracts NGO Forum (HTNF), the main representative body of the
 arrow SAFMA dialogue begins tomorrow
South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) will hold a dialogue titled 'Rising Above the Divide' in Dhaka on June 24 and 25.
 arrow Dr Zakir receives Oman university Research Award
Dr Mohammad Zakir Hossain, an assistant professor of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, has been awarded the 'Distinguished Research Award' by the university recently, says a press release.
 arrow Probe into death of journo demanded
Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra (NSK) and Bangladesh Mohila Parishad (BMP) demanded proper investigation into the unnatural death of Journalsit Shanta Sultana, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Needed administrative reforms
The administrative system that is currently in practice in Bangladesh is a legacy of the colonial past inherited from the British Raj.
 arrow Central bank chief refuses to surrender
Toshihiko Fukui has until recently been widely regarded in Japan as the instrumental figure who had skillfully guided the nation out of a prolonged economic slump.
 arrow A new death trap?
One person was crushed and several others injured when a huge billboard collapsed on them at a CNG fuel filling station at Pragati Sarani in the city on June 16 night.
 arrow Iraq war syndrome and Zarqawi
The orchestrated wide scale publicity, both in print and electronic media, on the assassination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by a US air raid on the outskirts of Baghdad, on June 7, gives an impression ofvictory
Culturearrow Bipasha and Tauquir on their favourite teams
"I am such a football illiterate that when the last World Cup took place in 2002 I actually asked my husband which team would be playing first!" confesses Bipasha.
 arrow TV play: Ahh Football Bahh Football
World Cup football is the most watched event all over the world. Ahh Football Bahh Football is the title of a single episode TV play based on human triumph in the backdrop of the game of football.
 arrow On the learning curve
"At an age when kids are surrounded with toys, my constant companions were books," says actress Farhana Mithu.
 arrow Theatre Festival in Chittagong begins today
An eight-day theatre festival begins today at the Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong.
 arrow "A dance critic should be sympathetic to an artiste" --Dr Sunil Kothari
Dr Sunil Kothari is a leading dance historian, scholar, author, and critic of Indian classical dance. He has to his credit several books on Indian classical dance forms.
 arrow The Man of Steel returns
Way back in 1976, when director Richard Donner began work on Superman: The Movie, casting for the lead role was a tough choice: Robert Redford, Arnold Schwar-zenegger and Paul Newman were among
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sylhet deserves better
Sylhet has tremendous untapped potential, not merely worthy of being harnessed for its own development but also for the growth of the national economy at large.
 arrow Editorial: An act of extreme cruelty
The news of the dastardly killing of a 3 year- old toddler has shocked us beyond measure. The entire society is dumbfounded at the extent of the cruelty with which the murder was carried out.
 arrow Living on the front-line
Last week, I wrote about the environment in general and the need for our policy-makers to understand that if they do not balance development and industrialization with environmental sustainability, then
 arrow Why lag behind the race for the next UNSG?
The UN has an informal agreed regional rotation system which dictates that this is Asia's 'turn' to have a UN secretary general.
 arrow Will govt-Maoist dialogue end Nepal's woes?
The much awaited high level important talks between the government and ultra leftist Maoists in Nepal took place on a positive note and rather unexpectedly, but happily, produced tangible results.
Letters to Editorarrow Challenge for RMG sector
The recent unrest and disorderly conduct of the labour force of the garment industries must be a worrying factor for Bangladesh.
 arrow Bush visits Iraq
George W Bush recently visited the worn-torn Iraq. He might have wanted to see the bleeding condition of the land and its suffering people firsthand.
 arrow US election rigged?
A new investigative report "Was the 2004 election stolen?" by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, raises serious questions about the validity of the 2004 U.S.
 arrow Recognising Israel
This is a response to a letter written by Mr. Oniel Osman on this subject.
 arrow For a better life...
From the very beginning, I have been watching the pathetic condition of our compatriots and our country, my dearest Bangladesh. Now, it is more than 35 years old. It is not a short time to make progress.
 arrow Gone are the values
Three seventh graders robbed and tried to kill three of their long time buddies. Sharp knife was used to cut throats, their hands were swift and thinking clear.
 arrow Democracy in Bangladesh
Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln gave the most lucid definition of democracy-- 'Government of the people, by the people and for the people'.
 arrow Heritage Park
Heritage Park at Ashulia enchants me highly. I am a person not very familiar with our past. In fact, I have very little knowledge of our heritage.
 arrow Recruitment of nurses
I am highly pleased to notice the recruitment procedure of nurses as reported in your June 18 issue.
 arrow Combating corruption and terror
Bangladesh has made noticeable progress in its economy in recent years, with an average six percent growth of GDP per year.
 arrow Opposition options
Although I am not a supporter of the indiscriminate hartal culture, I believe it is the only political option that the opposition can resort to when all other means of discussion with the government
Environmentarrow How important is biodiversity conservation for attaining MDGs?
In the recent Biennial Conference of the Zoological Society of Bangladesh (ZSB) the theme was "Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Management of Environment".
 arrow Sound around our everyday life
Sound pollution has occupied a significant part of our everyday life contributing a lot to health hazard.
Worldarrow South Asia: India holds talks with northeast rebel groups
Indian negotiators were Thursday holding separate talks with representatives of two powerful rebel groups in a bid to end decades of bloodshed in its remote northeast, an official said.
 arrow South Asia: Sri Lanka bishop relates terror in church
Sri Lankan navy personnel opened fire and hurled grenades in a church packed with frightened Tamils, killing six men and women and injuring dozens, a church leader has complained to the Vatican.
 arrow South Asia: Maoists refuse to disarm, accept UN supervision
Nepal's Maoist rebels said Thursday they are not prepared to disarm but are willing to put their army and their weapons under the supervision of the United Nations.
 arrow South Asia: Zawahiri urges Afghans to fight ‘invaders'
Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri called on the people of Afghanistan to rise up and fight foreign forces after a surge in violence between US-led forces and rebels, in a new Internet video Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: One killed in grenade attack on Kashmir dervish's home
One person was killed and 16 injured Thursday in a grenade attack on the home of a so-called dervish in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan confirms arrest of missing journalist
Pakistani police said Thursday they had arrested a journalist for a private television news channel who went missing in March while allegedly filming a military base used by US forces.
 arrow South Asia: Tibetan exiles to protest China's new rail link to Lhasa
Tibetan exiles said Thursday they will protest next month's opening of the world's highest railway which links the Himalayan plateau with the rest of China.
 arrow South Asia: Complaint filed against Aamir Khan
Joining the band wagon, the Bramha Samaj of Porbandar on Thursday filed a police complaint against actor Aamir Khan, Yashraj Films and owner of Amber Theatre of Jamnagar in connection with the death of
 arrow US marines charged with murdering Iraqi civilian
The military on Wednesday charged seven Marines and a Navy medic with premeditated murder and other crimes in the April 26 killing of an Iraqi civilian in a village west of Baghdad, the US Marine Corps
 arrow Israel to continue Gaza raids after botched strikes
Israel vowed Thursday to continue air attacks in the Gaza Strip, despite a global outcry over the killing of civilians in botched raids, as the Israeli and Palestinian leaders met in Jordan.
 arrow US confirms Heathrow hijack plot
An official US report has confirmed al-Qaeda planned to hijack flights from Heathrow and fly planes into the airport and a Canary Wharf skyscraper.
 arrow Landslides kill over 200 in Indonesia
Indonesian rescuers scoured mud-filled homes for bodies and some survivors suffered diarrhoea and skin diseases after landslides and floods on eastern Sulawesi island killed 210 people, officials said
 
   
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