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Front Pagearrow Four Bangladeshis killed in BSF firing
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed three Bangladeshi cattle traders from Satkhira and injured another one in a village of 24 Parganas district in West Bengal on Thursday night while a housewife
 arrow BNP looking for 'more loyal' president
The ruling party BNP is looking for a new president as its policymakers are convinced that the health of President Iajuddin Ahmed will not allow him to continue.
 arrow Zealots call for hartal, vow to shut down ZIA
Religious bigots yesterday announced a weeklong programme including dawn to dusk hartals in northern Dhaka on Sunday and Monday and a shut down of Zia International Airport on Thursday to force the government
 arrow Vieira inspires France
Man of the match Patrick Vieira helped lift France into the last 16 with a 2-0 win over Togo in their concluding World Cup Group G fixture here on Friday.
 arrow Go door to door for voter list update
Nagorik Committee, a citizens' group of noted personalities of the country, yesterday sent an open letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz urging him to take steps for door to door visitsfor
 arrow Blast injures JCD cadre while making bomb at RU
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre of Rajshahi University (RU) unit was critically injured in an explosion while making a bomb in his Nawab Abdul Latif Hall room early yesterday.
 arrow Matiur's remains to be flown in today
After 35 years of independence, the remains of Birsreshtho M Matiur Rahaman, one of the most valiant martyrs of the liberation war in 1971, are coming home today from Masroor Air Force Base in Pakistan.
 arrow Builder favoured, interest of commuters ignored
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) signed an agreement with a joint venture infrastructure development company for constructing the longest flyover in the country between Jatrabari and Gulistan in the capital
 arrow Tk 1.85 cr evaded in only 6 cases
The customs intelligence in a recent investigation has found out a section of unscrupulous importers guilty of large-scale evasions of taxes through under-invoicing.
 arrow Hasina holds talks with Sonia, Pranab
Regional security, including a wide range of terrorism and extremism issues, and relations between Awami League (AL) and India's ruling party Congress dominated Sheikh Hasina's meetings with Sonia Gandhi
 arrow CEC's steps may create crisis: Nazmul Huda
Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the decisions being taken by Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz regarding the voter list might create a political crisis ahead ofthe
 arrow Hasina won't receive award in Kolkata
Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina is not going to Kolkata to receive the Mother Teresa Lifetime Achievement Award today.
 arrow Spain top Group H
Spain ensured they went through to the last 16 of the World Cup as winners of Group H when they eased their way to a 1-0 victory over a toothless Saudi Arabia in Kaiserslautern on Friday.
 arrow Korea crash to Switzerland
Switzerland swept into the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of South Korea with a controversial 2-0 victory over the 2002 semifinalists in Group G here on Thursday.
 arrow Shevchenko lifts Ukraine
An Andriy Shevchenko penalty gave Ukraine a 1-0 victory over 10-man Tunisia in World Cup Group H on Friday, assuring the east European side of a place in the last 16.
 arrow Govt pry school teachers start fast-unto-death in city today
Teachers of government primary schools will start hunger strike until death at Muktangon in the capital today demanding elimination of the 'wage discrimination'.
 arrow Militants have no foreign link, Babar says in NY
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar has said the militants in Bangladesh have no international link.
 arrow 2 Africans held for links to currency forgery
Detective Branch of police arrested two Africans at Pallabi in the capital early yesterday for their alleged involvement in making and trading in forged foreign currencies.
 arrow Procession, rally mark AL's 57th founding anniversary
Awami League (AL) brought out a colourful procession in the city yesterday marking the 57th founding anniversary of the party.
 arrow Garment worker stabbed to death at Khilgaon
A garment worker was stabbed to death inside the factory at Khilgaon in the capital on Thursday night.
 arrow CPI (M) proposes int'l observers to monitor Bangladesh polls
Senior CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury yesterday met Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and proposed appointment of international observers to monitor the upcoming polls in the neighbouring country.
 arrow Protesters damage structure for road thru' graveyard
Around 3,000 locals and relatives of those buried in Azimpur Graveyard demolished structures made for building a road over several thousand graves.
 arrow Moni Swapan threatens to resign
Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan has threatened to resign if the secretary of his ministry is not removed immediately.
 arrow Another tremor jolts Ctg
A mild tremor measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale jolted the port city and its adjoining areas yesterday afternoon. The tremor started at 1:00:49pm and lasted for 26 seconds.
 arrow Arms recovered in Rangpur, 4 arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a sub-machine gun (SMG) from a Shenpara house on Thursday midnight and arrested four people including a woman in this connection.
 arrow Saddam ends hunger strike
Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has ended his hunger strike launched to protest the killing of a member of his defense team, the US military said Friday.
 arrow 6 al-Qaeda suspects killed in Saudi shootout
Six alleged members of the Al-Qaeda terror network and a policeman were killed early Friday in a pre-dawn shootout at a militant hideout in the capital Riyadh, the Saudi interior ministry said.
 arrow Keep watch on 13 king's men, Nepal govt told
A commission probing atrocities committed during Nepal's "people's movement" against the king wants 13 former ministers and royal advisors to be placed under surveillance, an official said Friday.
 arrow Two bombings in Iraq kill 22
At least 22 people were killed in two bombings in Iraq on Friday, including one targeting a Sunni mosque on the day of Muslim prayers, as authorities imposed a sudden curfew in Baghdad.
 arrow US secretly probing financial records to track terrorists
The US government has secretly probed a vast number of international financial transactions since shortly after September 11 in its counter-terrorism effort, leading US newspapers said Friday.
 arrow Khulna blast:2 cases filed
Two separate cases, one under Explosive Substances Act and another for attempted murder, were filed yesterday with Khulna Police Station without naming anyone as accused of the bomb attack on Hanif Paribahan
Businessarrow FBCCI's accords with trade bodies of 20 countries ineffective
The FBCCI's more than half of the cooperation agreements with the trade bodies of various countries remain ineffective due to lack of proper communications and follow-ups.
 arrow National budget for FY2006-07: A CPD analysis
The National Budget for the fiscal year 2006-07 (FY07), the last budget of the present government, has been placed at a critical juncture both from political and economic perspectives.
 arrow India's inflation picks up on hikes in food, fuel prices
India's inflation rate has picked up sharply, rising above five percent for the first time in a year, government figures showed Friday.
 arrow Iran to ration petrol, stop imports
Iran is to stop importing petrol and introduce petrol rationing from September 23, Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh said Friday.
 arrow Thousands strike over equity sale in India's state-run aluminium maker
Thousands of workers at India's second largest aluminium maker went on strike Friday to protest a government decision to sell 10 percent of the state-run firm's equity, officials said.
 arrow Bata okays 120pc cash dividend
Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Ltd has declared a 120 per cent cash dividend comprising a final dividend of 20 per cent and an interim dividend of 100 per cent for the year 2005.
 arrow ACI declares 45pc dividend
Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Ltd has declared a 45 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow National Bank okays 30pc bonus share
National Bank Ltd has declared 30 per cent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Beximco Pharma declares 15pc cash dividend
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd has declared a 15 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow India asks EU, US to forge compromise
India on Thursday urged the United States and the European Union to forge a compromise on agricultural trade to help break the impasse in stalled global trade talks.
 arrow Dollar higher ahead of US rate decision
The dollar climbed against rivals on Friday before next week's interest rate call by the US Federal Reserve, which could see borrowing costs hiked by as much as 50 basis points according to some analysts.
 arrow Fisons declares 50pc dividend
The annual general meetings (AGMs) of Sanofi-aventis Group of Companies comprising Aventis Ltd, Fisons (Bangladesh) Ltd and Hoechst Marion Roussel Ltd were held in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 18-June 22, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Football: Ukraine ride on Sheva penalty
A dubious penalty won and taken by Andriy Shevchenko was enough to see Ukraine through to the next round of the World Cup at their first attempt as they beat 10-man Tunisia 1-0 here on Friday.
 arrow Football: All-win Spain
World Cup hopefuls Spain secured their objective of finishing top of Group H with a stuttering 1-0 win over whipping boys Saudi Arabia here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Kofi Annan to attend WC final
Afp, Berlin

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will attend the World Cup final in Berlin on July 9, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkelsaid

 arrow Football: Battle of the Americas
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: Cautious Klinsmann
Juergen Klinsmann is basking in the affections of a nation but the coach knows a slip against Sweden on Saturday would make him responsible for one of the least successful World Cup campaigns in German
 arrow Football: Pekerman pleased with squad strength
Argentine coach Jose Pekerman goes into Saturday's World Cup second round match against Mexico in Leipzig knowing he has a solid first-choice defence with equally reliable back-up.
 arrow Football: A prospective classic
Swedish tourists were refused petrol in West Germany, their national flags were taken down and Scandinavian food was scratched off restaurant menus as a "Cold War" broke out after the World Cup semi-final
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
German, Polish and English football fans are planning to take time out from the World Cup to lay flowers at the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, near the southern city of Munich, on Friday.
 arrow Football: Phenomenon touches Bomber
Brazil's Ronaldo confounded his many doubters with a predatory double against Japan which leaves him a goal away from becoming the top World Cup goalscorer of all time.
 arrow Football: Cheering national team

 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Friday's Group-H matches:
4 - Klose (Germany)
3 - Fernando Torres (Spain)
2 - Bosacki (Poland), Bravo (Mexico), T Cahill (Australia), Crespo (Argentina), Delgado

 arrow Football: Third Eye
The trademark twists and turns are back. So is the Phenomenon. Good news for Brazil.
 arrow Football: 'We can beat Argentina'
Mexico's coach has talked up their chances against Argentina after booking a second-round meeting with the World Cup favourites.
 arrow Football: Only Swede on the menu
Hosts Germany have been nothing but friendly to the Sweden team since the fierce European rivals discovered they would meet in the World Cup second round -- but the Swedes are taking no chances.
 arrow Football: Goal was divine justice: Materazzi
Defender Marco Materazzi described his first ever goal for Italy on Thursday as "divine justice", saying it would answer his critics once and for all.
 arrow Football: Players on a mission
Stricken England striker Michael Owen has become just the latest footballer to become the focus for his team's mantra of "We are going to win the World Cup for...".
 arrow Cricket: Gs give WI solid start
Chris Gayle and Daren Ganga hit half-centuries to help West Indies make a confident start to the third Test against India on Thursday at Warner Park.
 arrow Football: Aussies acclaim hero Kewell
Coach Guus Hiddink and teammates Friday paid tribute to Harry Kewell whose most important career goal lifted Australia into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time.
 arrow Football: Tearful Japan face harsh reality
Japan bowed out of the World Cup in tears although with few excuses after fleetingly threatening to achieve the impossible against mighty Brazil.
 arrow Football: 'Japan have a long way to go'
Japan's coach Zico said the Asian champions have a long way to go in world football after they bowed out of the World Cup with a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of five-time champions Brazil.
 arrow Cricket: BD A make solid start
Centuries by Mehrab Hossain Jr and Alok Kapali put Bangladesh A in a strong position on the opening day of the second four-dayer against Zimbabwe A at the Mutare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Party time in Ghana
Ghanaians poured on to the streets of the capital Accra on Thursday, jumping on car bonnets, dancing and singing after the African country reached the last 16 of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over United
 arrow Football: Reyna calls it a day
U.S. captain Claudio Reyna has called time on his international career after their World Cup exit on Thursday and could soon be followed by striker Brian McBride and maybe even coach Bruce Arena.
 arrow Football: Bangladeshis protest for more coverage
Members of a Bangladesh sporting association formed a human chain Friday demanding that the state-owned television station show more World Cup matches.
 arrow Football: Spider's place at stake
Guus Hiddink is expected to recall goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for Monday's World Cup last 16 match with Italy after his bold selection gamble with Zeljko Kalac almost ended Australia's dream.
 arrow Football: Czech dreams peter out
The Czech Republic's early exit from the World Cup has marked the last chance for the team's ageing players to win an international title after years of near misses.
 arrow Football: There's always a next time
Heartbroken and sleepless Japanese fans tried to put the World Cup behind them Friday after the Asian champions failed to secure a single victory in Germany.
 arrow Football: Shift in balance
Japan's long reign as Asia's number one team is under threat after they crashed out of the World Cup while rivals Australia made the last 16 for the first time ever.
 arrow Football: FIFA chief baffled by ref blunder
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday it was incomprehensible that match officials did not intervene when blundering English referee Graham Poll gave Croatia's Josip Simunic three yellow cards.
 arrow Football: Eruption down under
Wild celebrations erupted across Australia Friday after the Socceroos secured a vital draw in their do-or-die match against Croatia to reach the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time.
 arrow Football: End of an era
When United States captain Claudio Reyna lost possession, allowing Ghana to score the first goal in the final Group E match on Thursday, eventually winning 2-1, the Americans must have felt this was the
 arrow Football: 'Becks not untouchable'
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted he would be prepared to axe captain David Beckham if it improved his team's chances of winning the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Joy and tears in Italy
The Italian press was split between joy and despair on Friday as the national side's achievement at reaching the World Cup last 16 was overshadowed by a new twist in the Serie A match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Beckham unfazed
England captain David Beckham shrugged off questions about his World Cup form here Friday after coach Sven-Goran Eriksson warned he would be prepared to replace him if necessary.
 arrow Football: Borgetti is back
Mexico got a huge boost here on Thursday when leading all-time scorer Jared Borgetti was passed fit for the World Cup second round match with two-time champions Argentina.
 arrow Football: Ayala critical of recovery time
Veteran defender Roberto Ayala complained on Thursday about the short time Argentina had to prepare for their World Cup second-round match with Mexico on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Burdisso misses out
Two-time champions Argentina suffered a blow on Thursday when defender Nicolas Burdisso was ruled out of the World Cup second round clash against Mexico here on Saturday because of a ankle injury.
 arrow Football: Zlatan making progress
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injured groin has improved further and he could be ready to play against Germany after training for more than an hour on Wednesday, coach Lars Lagerback said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Germany work on set-pieces
Germany's set-pieces have not been good enough at the World Cup and must improve against Sweden, assistant coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Sweden seek revenge
Sweden are relishing the chance of knocking hosts Germany out of the World Cup and gaining belated revenge for their semi-final defeat on their own soil at Euro 92, coach Lars Lagerback said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Overshadowed by the fairer sex
Juergen Klinsmann's team have enjoyed their best start to a World Cup in 36 years yet one expert observer fears they are heading out in the quarter-finals -- Germany's women's World Cup-winning striker
 arrow Football: Merkel, Blair & Brown not alone
Whenever France take to the field, President Jacques Chirac's office lets it be known that he is "in his office watching the game" having made patriotically sure his agenda was clear at that time.
 arrow Football: Serie A giants indicted
Italian football heavyweights AC Milan, champions Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina were all charged on Thursday over alleged match-fixing.
 arrow Football: 'Les Bleus reflect French woes'
With the French football team facing a crucial game against Togo Friday after two disappointing performances, a Paris newspaper said the squad's difficulties are a perfect reflection of the current state
 arrow Football: De Rossi banned for four games
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been banned for four international matches for elbowing US striker Brian McBride in the face in the World Cup Group E match last week, FIFA said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Sevilla sign up Hinkel
Sevilla have signed VfB Stuttgart's right back Andreas Hinkel on a four-year contract, the UEFA Cup winners said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Annan sad to miss Ghana match
United Nations chief Kofi Annan missed out on watching his native Ghana as they played a decisive World Cup match against the United States on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Mass upsurge a must to end govt's misrule: CPB
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday said a mass upsurge is a must to get rid of the misrule of BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government.
 arrow Four killed in separate incidents in Ctg
Four people were killed in separate incidents while three street boys were injured in a bomb blast here in the city yesterday.
 arrow Call to observe Santal Hul Day at state level
The 151st anniversary of Santal Hul will be observed across the country on June 30 demanding constitutional recognition of indigenous people in the country.
 arrow 'Realise compensation from Niko'
Today is the first anniversary of Tengratila blowout, but the government could not realise any compensation from the Canadian company Niko for the inferno at the gas field which damaged the ecosystemof
 arrow Call to remove discrimination between general, tech education
Bangladesh Technical College Teachers' Association has demanded elimination of all discriminations between general and technical education at secondary and higher secondary level.
 arrow Non-govt teachers to stage hunger strike tomorrow
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) will observe a daylong hunger strike tomorrow on the premises of Central Shaheed Minar, demanding fixed budgetary allocations for the teachers and employees.
 arrow 'Govt to rebuild temple soon’
Hindu leaders and clerics yesterday said a section could not accept the government's decision to rebuild the historic Ramna Kali Mandir (temple) thinking it 'their political defeat'.
 arrow Mobile phone users warned of lightning strike risk
People should not use mobile phones outdoors during thunderstorms because of the risk of being struck by lightning, doctors said yesterday.
 arrow Cheney warns Congress against delaying Indian nuclear deal
US Vice President Dick Cheney warned Congress Thursday against delaying approval of a landmark civilian nuclear deal with India, saying it would risk squandering a critical opportunity of building a strategic
 arrow Mill manager killed in Narsingdi
A mill manager was killed by assailants allegedly hired by the mill owner in Chowala industrial area in the town on Thursday night.
 arrow Six shops gutted in Gazipur
Six shops were gutted at Akmal Market at Board Bazar in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow Paintings invited for Berger art competition
Paintings are invited from young artists for the 11th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition 2006, says a press release. The organisers have increased the prize money of the competition this year.
 arrow Coast Guard DG gets promotion
Commodore Sarwar Jahan Nizam, director general of Bangladesh Coast Guard, has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and reappointed as DG of Coast Guard on June 21, says a press release.
 arrow Special programme at Boibazaar
Boibazaar, the book distribution house of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has started a special programme yesterday at Dhanmondi in the city as part of its service month, says a press release.
 arrow Hawkers' samity executives
Mostofa Kamal and Md Sobhan were elected president and secretary of a 12-member managing committee of Dhaka Sangbadpatra Hawkers Bohumukhi Samabaya Samity Ltd yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Hospital waste poses health hazard in Dinajpur
Disposal of medical waste by hospitals and diagnostic centers in open places in the town is polluting the environment and creating health hazard.
 arrow Vigilance heightened in B'baria border area
BDR and police in border areas of Brahmanbaria are on high alert and the district administration has taken all out steps to prevent inflow of bird flu germ following reports of outbreak of the deadlydisease
 arrow Prices under control, says Saifur
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday said prices of essentials except those of some imported ones like sugar and onion are under control. He said the country's economy is on a firm footing.
 arrow Dinajpur dist BNP body dissolved
The BNP district committee has been dissolved by the party high command, party sources said.
 arrow Magistrate sued by wife for demanding dowry
A magistrate of Munshiganj Collectorate was sued by wife for allegedly torturing her for dowry.
 arrow Gambler son kills father
A gambler son killed his father and injured his mother as they refused to give him money for gambling. The incident took place at Betal village in Kotiadi upazila in Kishoreganj district.
 arrow Correction
In our story titled 'Booster for Tanguar Haor' published on National page on June 19, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was referred to as a Swedish organisation.
Point-Counterpointarrow State action, civil society and human security
The concept of security, especially human security, is relevant for regions like South Asia where states like Bangladesh are still grappling with issues like nation-state formation.
 arrow Is the country heading towards a disaster?
The unilateral appointment of Justice M.A. Aziz as CEC and two other commissioners of the EC, one belonging to the commission itself in some capacity and whose unflinching loyalty to some power blocks has always been an epic story
 arrow Terrorism and its glorification
Prominent terrorist Abu Musaab Zarqawi was killed recently in Iraq and the provincial legislature in Pakistani province of Punjab held prayers for him.
 arrow An appeal
After a lapse of long 35 years the mortal remains of Bir Shrestha Ft. Lt. Shaheed Matiur Rahman are about to come to the soil of his dear Bangladesh.
Culturearrow A mélange of contemporary and traditional art
DROPPING by at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi any day, chances are that one will get to see delightful art exhibitions, enchanting music soirees, workshops, seminars and discussions.
 arrow Children's theatre festival in full swing
A children's theatre festival, arranged by People's Theatre Association, is on in full swing.
 arrow Bela Shesher Galpo to be staged today
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Nandimukh, to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the troupe will stage Bela Shesher Galpo at Shilpaka Academy Auditorium, Chittagong .
 arrow Mission: Impossible III hits town
The highly anticipated action-thriller of 2006, Mission: Impossible III is running successfully in Dhaka, according to a press release.
 arrow Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti in Tangail
The Baisakhi Kachi Kanchar Mela in Tangail observed Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti, organising day-long programmes at Public Library Auditorium in the town recently.
 arrow Mehreen charms online chat fans--
Singer Mehreen Bhuiya was in the news recently. The event? An on-line chat session that she joined at the music channel of Bangla-deshinfo.com--banglalink Music Zone's chat room.
Generalarrow China offers model for sustainable city
Amid dire warnings of cities in crisis, China, which suffers from pollution and many other modern day ills, has come up with its own city of the future, the UN World Urban Forum was told Thursday.
 arrow India records 53 cases of polio, fuelling fears of resurgence
India has recorded 53 cases of polio since January, a government official said, raising fears of a resurgence of the crippling disease affecting children.
 arrow Pakistan offers free school to one-child families
Pakistani families that have only one child will have that child's education paid for by the government under a novel plan to try and bring down the country's rapid population growth.
 arrow Health ministry provides Tk 5 cr to AMCH
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain handed over a cheque for Tk 5 crore to Chief Executive of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Kazi Rafiqul Alam on Thursday in medical equipment support
Internationalarrow 7 arrested in apparent terror plot in Chicago
The US Justice Department was expected Friday to provide details of an alleged plot to attack the Chicago Sears Tower skyscraper, in which at least seven people were arrested in Miami.
 arrow Ahmadinejad's growing popularity after a year
He may be viewed in the West as a pariah figure, but Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to enjoy a strong stature at home, analysts say.
 arrow Earth's temp at 400-year high
The Earth is the hottest it has been in at least 400 years, probably even longer.
 arrow Thousands in East Timor demand PM's ouster
Thousands of East Timorese rallied Friday to demand the resignation of their prime minister, as supporters of President Xanana Gusmao urged him not to follow through on a threat to step down.
 arrow Search for survivors in Indonesia
Indonesian rescue workers Friday trawled through remote villages and scoured islands for bodies and survivors from floods and landslides in South Sulawesi as the death toll rose to 216.
 arrow Five kidnapped Iraqis found dead as US accuses Iran
Iraqi forces have found five bullet-riddled bodies of government employees abducted two days ago as the top US military chief in Iraq accused Iran of fomenting terror in the war-torn country.
 arrow India, Pakistan fail to reach pact on water
Pakistani and Indian officials ended their two-day talks on Friday without reaching an agreement on the ongoing dispute over a barrage that India is constructing on the river Jhelum in the Kashmir region.
 arrow Taliban behead four Afghans accused of being US spies
Taliban militants beheaded four Afghans they accused of spying for the US military in southern Afghanistan, a local government official and the insurgent group said Friday.
 arrow Hunt begins to find historic Mandela handgun
A historian is leading a search for a handgun that Nelson Mandela buried at a farm outside Johannesburg before his arrest by apartheid police in 1962, the owner of the site said Friday.
 arrow Sonic booms cause panic in Sri Lanka's capital
Sri Lanka's capital Colombo was thrown into panic Friday after sonic booms caused by jet fighters were mistaken for bomb blasts off the coast, the military and police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: SSC examination results
We congratulate the students who have come out with flying colours in the SSC examination this year. Not only that the pass rate is 59 per cent against 52.57 of last year and 49.
 arrow Editorial: Banned Harkatul Jihad still active
The detailed report of the activities of Harkatul Jihad, a religious extremist organisation, published in the local print media the other day, is not only alarming but also raises serious questions.
 arrow Do we have a security policy for Bangladesh?
Review of the security needs of Bangladesh has become essential within the current strategic environment in this region.
 arrow A journey to nowhere
If the number of buses started between India and Pakistan were to be the criterion, the relationship would have been normal.
 arrow It's time they must quit
With MA Aziz in the chair this Election Commission cannot deliver a credible election to the nation.
StarTecharrow Linux: spoiled for choice!
Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
 arrow New feature-rich version released
Opera Software has released the ninth version of its popular web browser last week.
 arrow Microsoft upgrades instant messenger
Microsoft Corp.'s latest instant messaging program is ready for prime time, the company said Monday. Windows Live Messenger, which had been available in test form, will officially launch Tuesday.
 arrow Communicasia 2006

Literaturearrow Finding East
This island poses no significant problems. In this place, I never have trouble finding east.
 arrow Desis, blings and rudeboy finesse
Londonstani starts with a punch. Then a kick, then a punch, then a kick. Then the violence really starts. But by then it's not a physical assault, it's a linguistic one.
 arrow A Survey of the Performing Arts scene
Jamini, the journal of art that comes out once every three months, orients itself to a single theme in each issue. For the June issue the theme was performing arts.
 arrow Love
Technically love
is the raw material,
not so much
the finished product.

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