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Front Pagearrow CEC sticks to his guns
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday brushed aside the question of his resignation on grounds of triggering controversy over the preparation of the voter list and apprehension about holding
 arrow AL wants JS body to probe problems
The main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday in the Jatiya Sangsad questioned the present state of the presidency and demanded formation of a parliamentary body to look into what problems
 arrow Hasina finally receives Kolkata award
Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday after receiving the Mother Teresa Lifetime Achievement Award for 2005 at a simple function at a hotel in Kolkata, setting aside all speculations.
 arrow Portugal prevail in card-fest
Portugal booked their place in the World Cup quarterfinals with a bruising and bad-tempered 1-0 win over Netherlands at the Franken Stadion here on Sunday.
 arrow Twin German terrors rule
Germany's youthful attack dogs Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose are on the loose with seven goals between them in a young team which has rapidly blossomed in reaching the last eight.
 arrow HSC exams deferred as teachers stop work
Government college teachers yesterday refrained from work across the country forcing the Dhaka Education Board to defer all scheduled Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations.
 arrow Hero laid to rest at home
It was 11:40am yesterday when the members of Bangladesh Air Force slowly lowered the national flag covered coffin containing the remains of Birsreshtho Matiur Rahman into the grave at Martyred Intellectuals
 arrow MP Pintu sues Prothom Alo editor, publisher for defamation
A Dhaka court issued summons upon the editor and the publisher of the daily Prothom Alo to appear before it following a defamation case filed by the ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu yesterday.
 arrow Bigots driven out of Uttara streets
Police yesterday kept the anti-Ahmadiyya bigots at bay who attempted to enforce hartal in five northern police station areas in the capital and on its outskirts in a bid to pressurise the government to
 arrow Economy not doing well as it could
The US ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis identified poor governance as the single largest obstacle to economic stability and growth in Bangladesh.
 arrow Allocation for mosque-based edn shot up by 130pc
Allocation for mosque-based mass education programme has been increased by 130 per cent in the fourth phase of the programme, state minister for religious affairs said in parliament yesterday.
 arrow Hasan planned, others executed the crime
Prosecution in the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case yesterday said the witnesses' accounts and circum stantial evidences indicate that the accused maintained a three-part division
 arrow Burnt oil tanker remains submerged
The BSC oil tanker MT Banglar Sourabh that caught fire on Saturday remained submerged in the bay at Charley (C) point of the outer anchorage of Chittagong port yesterday.
 arrow Minister Akbar passes away
Veteran freedom fighter also Shipping Minister Lt Col Akbar Hossain (Retd) passed away following a massive cardiac arrest yesterday night. He was 64.
 arrow Donors doubt budget's full utilisation in FY07
The donor community expressed scepticism about the government's ability to achieve the development goal of the next year's budget despite the fact that it had successfully implemented many key actionplans
 arrow Shifting to hurt religious sentiment
Leaders of Puja Udjapan Parishad of Ramna Kali Mandir and Anandamoyee Asram yesterday said a certain quarter's bid to shift the temple and sanctuary from its original location is unwanted and it willhurt
 arrow Khaleda alerts people to a conspiracy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the people to make right decision at the forthcoming general election, which will determine whether the country would march forward or be subservient to
 arrow Jamaat in '71 labelled Matiur as betrayer
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh had labelled Birsreshtho Matiur Rahman as a betrayer in 1971, Awami League (AL) lawmaker Asaduzzaman Noor told the House yesterday.
 arrow Workers' unrest at DEPZ again
Several thousand readymade garment (RMG) workers of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) came out of their workplace once again yesterday and demanded immediate resumption of operations at all units.
 arrow RU appoints 7 teachers
Rajshahi University (RU) Syndicate appointed seven teachers in the Department of Law and Justice ignoring recommendations of the department's planning committee and a decision of the university selection
 arrow Moni Swapan not resigning on assurance by high-ups
Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan changed his decision to resign from the ministry over disputes with his secretary as party high-ups assured him of resolving the problems.
 arrow Two US soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraq
Two US soldiers have been charged withvoluntary manslaughter and assault in separate incidents concerning Iraqi civilians, the US military announced Sunday.
 arrow Thousands rally against Taiwan president
Thousands of slogan-chanting protesters rallied here Sunday to push for the resignation of Taiwan's embattled President Chen Shui-bian ahead of a key vote on his political fate this week.
Businessarrow Malaysians may shift $1.53b investment plans elsewhere
Malaysian investors are likely to shift their investment proposals worth $1.53 billion to other countries if Bangladesh government continues its delay-dallying tactics in approving the projects, Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz, Malaysian high commissioner in Dhaka, said yesterday.
 arrow India bans export of sugar, pulses to Bangladesh
Indian government has imposed a ban on export of sugar, wheat and pulses to Bangladesh from June 22. As per a central government directive, the Indian customs authority enforced this ban.
 arrow Indonesia, Singapore ink economic zones deal
Indonesia and Singapore on Sunday signed an agreement to work together to establish special economic zones (SEZs) on three Indonesian islands.
 arrow Australia's trade with China booming
Australian Prime Minister John Howard's visit to China this week rides on the back of a booming trade relationship between the two countries.
 arrow India hit by backlash over British outsourcing
India has reaped the benefits of foreign companies switching jobs and resources to the country over the last five years -- but recent developments have pointed towards a backlash.
 arrow Quality Fair 2006 begins today
In a bid to introduce quality management system (QMS) to different organisations in Bangladesh, a three-day fair styled 'Quality Fair 2006' begins today at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre
 arrow Katalyst to assist BEI's CSR centre
Katalyst will provide support for the CSR centre at Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) to develop its institutional capacity to improve CSR practices in Bangladesh.
 arrow Chaos in Rupali Bank EGM
Some unruly people in the guise of shareholders yesterday created chaos in the extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) of Rupali Bank to stop the bank's privatisation process.
 arrow Malaysia's Maxis eyes telecoms licence in Lanka
Malaysia's top mobile phone operator Maxis Communications is bidding for Sri Lanka's fifth mobile operator's licence along with major firms from Singapore and India, a report said Sunday.
 arrow German envoy visits DEPZ
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Mayke Frank expressed his satisfaction over the measures taken by Bepza to keep working atmosphere and congenial investment climate in the zone.
 arrow MindShare wins top agency award in Asia
MindShare, a leading advertising company in the country, has been recognised as the top agency across Asia.
 arrow Trading nations face crucial test in WTO talks
Trading nations will face a crucial test when they gather this week to try to revitalise the WTO's struggling Doha Round, which aims to liberalise global commerce in a way that helps the developing world.
 arrow Web portal for car search launched
A web portal, based on information about cars and vehicles available in Bangladeshi market, was launched on Saturday in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Football: England eliminate Ecuador
England captain David Beckham fired his team into the World Cup quarterfinals here Sunday, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Ecuador.
 arrow Football: Focus on Ghana
Breaking the all-time record for goals in the World Cup is not top of Brazil striker's Ronaldo's list but beating African side Ghana in Tuesday's second round clash is.
 arrow Football: Goliath v David
The last 16 of the World Cup has thrown up a potential giant killing with three-time champions Italy taking on unfancied Australia here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Battle of the forwards
Ukraine and superstar striker Andriy Shevchenko break new ground when they face a young and hungry Switzerland in the last 16 of the World Cup here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Italians rally around Totti
Italy's players have jumped to the defence of forward Francesco Totti after his place in the side was questioned by Italian media.
 arrow Football: Frei the big cheese
Switzerland coach Kobi Kuhn is tipping the in-form Alexander Frei to be the big cheese amongst the goalscorers at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: R factor returns
Tracking his every move in the last 20 minutes of Brazil's 4-1 win against Japan last Thursday was like watching a microcosm of the great Ronaldo debate. A highlights show.
 arrow Football: Jose's high-ball headache
Argentina coach Jose Pekerman said he was confident his side could beat Germany in Friday's mouthwatering quarterfinal clash after seeing them scrape through past a gallant Mexican team.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
More than 22 million people in Germany watched the national side oust Sweden 2-0 and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals with a whopping 86.3 percent share of the home television audience.
 arrow Football: Alles Deutschland

 arrow Football: Buenos Aires wild
Celebrating Argentines poured into the rain-splashed avenues, screaming, singing, dancing, blowing horns and setting off firecrackers after their team secured a 2-1 World Cup win over Mexico on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Saturday's two Round of 16 matches:
4: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany)
2: Bosacki

 arrow Football: Third Eye
First thing is first. After the conclusion of the first two matches in the Round of 16 (both exciting spectacles in and of itself) we have ourselves a peach of a quarterfinal tie.
 arrow Football: Perrotta wanted Brazil
Italy midfielder Simone Perrotta would rather have faced Brazil in the second round than Monday's opponents Australia, he said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Political failure, sporting success
Oleg Blokhin will probably survive the cull of World Cup finals managers having taken Ukraine to the last 16 in their first appearance and a winnable tie on Monday with Switzerland.
 arrow Football: Carlos not worried about subs role
Brazil's Roberto Carlos said on Saturday he was not worried about the prospect of sitting on the bench, saying it was the coach's decision.
 arrow Football: England, Germany fans clash
Riot police detained a group of around 100 rowdy England soccer fans in a square in the centre of Stuttgart on Saturday after they had clashed with German fans, throwing bottles and chairs and trading
 arrow Tennis: It's Wimbledon time
Maria Sharapova believes she can reclaim the Wimbledon title by rediscovering the fearless approach that brought her the title as a 17-year-old.
 arrow Cricket: Jaffer battles for India
Opening batsman Wasim Jaffer hit a half-century and shared two vital stands to help India make a strong reply in the third Test against West Indies at Warner Park here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela leads from front
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene's seventh one-day international hundred saw his side to an eight-wicket win over an outclassed England at the Riverside here Saturday as the tourists went an unbeatable
 arrow Football: Kahn reopens debate
Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn has said Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann still owed him an explanation for replacing him as first-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup, though he did not expect to get one.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann making headway
Juergen Klismann has only been in the managerial game two years, but the Germany coach is belying his lack of experience, guiding the hosts to the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Sweden.
 arrow Football: Beer, bratwurst & German joy
Munich was a sea of black, red and gold ahead of the game The hospitality and organisation of this World Cup for visitors without match tickets has been well documented.
 arrow Football: Domenech hails fan power
France coach Raymond Domenech paid tribute on Saturday to the contribution made by the fans in helping France seal their second round qualification against Togo.
 arrow Football: Turks become 'Deutsch'
Turkey never made it on to the pitch at the World Cup finals but the soccer frenzy could prove a chance for its countrymen living in Germany to strike up a whole new relationship with their host nation.
 arrow Football: Parreira recalls time in Ghana
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira remembered the early days of his career on Saturday which included camping out in army tents during a stint as coach of Ghana.
 arrow Cricket: Mehrab strikes second ton
Mehrab Hossain Jr hit back-to-back centuries as Bangladesh A tightened their grip on the second four-dayer against Zimbabwe A on the third-day at the Mutare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam eyes winning Eng swansong
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said he would love a win on his final England tour as his side flied out Sunday for a tough two-and-a-half month tour.
 arrow Tennis: Federer shows respect for Agassi
World number one Roger Federer spoke of his admiration for Andre Agassi on Sunday following the American's announcement that he will retire after this year's US Open.
 arrow Football: Out but not down
Mexico may have crashed out of the World Cup in the second round, but coach Ricardo Lavolpe took solace from his side's battling performance against Argentina.
 arrow Football: Aragones warns France
"All respect to the French, but I am sure we will get past them to reach the quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Kewell in doubt
Australia's goal hero Harry Kewell missed training here Sunday as he continues to battle a groin injury ahead of Monday's knockout second round match with Italy.
 arrow Football: Italy unfazed by critics
Italy couldn't care less if they don't entertain like the Azzurri teams of old as long as they end up holding aloft the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Ukraine need more class
Ukraine acknowledge they need to play a better class of football than they have shown in some group matches if they are to progress any further in the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Superbuehler silences critics
Switzerland's Pascal Zuberbuehler was delighted to prove his critics wrong on Friday, after becoming the only unbeaten goalkeeper in the World Cup's opening group stage.
 arrow Football: Wicky doubly motivated
There is more than one reason Switzerland midfielder Raphael Wicky wants to beat Ukraine in the Round of 16 in Cologne on Monday night.
 arrow Football: Mexico mourns
Mexicans cried on Saturday after exiting the World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Argentina but took heart from a display that forced one of the tournament favourites to struggle into extra time.
 arrow Football: Germany now believes
German fans were dreaming of reaching the World Cup final on Sunday after their side dismissed Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to set up a quarterfinal match-up against South American giants Argentina.
 arrow Football: Chelsea, United chase Torres
Premiership rivals Chelsea and Manchester United are both racing to sign Spanish World Cup star Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid, according to reports here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Japanese fan hangs himself
A Japanese man hanged himself in Taiwan Sunday after the Asian champions failed to secure a single victory in the World Cup, a report said.
 arrow Football: Fearless Ballack
Germany captain Michael Ballack says the host nation are playing so well that they should not fear any team at the World Cup -- including their next opponents Argentina.
 arrow Football: Robinho pulls up in training
Brazil striker Robinho ended training early on Saturday after suffering a twinge in his right thigh, team doctor Jose Luis Runco said.
 arrow Football: Zokora set for Spurs move
Ivory Coast international midfielder Didier Zokora revealed Sunday that he will play for English Premiership side Tottenham next season.
 arrow Football: Crespo awarded Argentina's goal
Argentina's equaliser against Mexico in the last World Cup 16 match has been attributed to Hernan Crespo, FIFA said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Van Nistelrooy pledges Ruud awakening
Ruud van Nistelrooy has vowed to step up his game amid rampant speculation that he will be dropped for the Netherlands' crunch World Cup second round clash with Portugal, his coach said.
 arrow Football: Chavez silence!
Colourful Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that the pressing matter of the World Cup meant there would be no Sunday edition of his television and radio talk show, "Hello, Mr. President.
Metropolitanarrow 'Promote objective journalism for better Indo-Bangla ties'
Bangladesh-India Editors' Dialogue on 'Rising above the Divide' ended yesterday with a fresh vow to promote objective journalism, particularly in the fields of security, illegal migration, water and trade
 arrow Children's involvement in drugs increases alarmingly
As a wholesaler of writing slate in old Dhaka, once he had sufficient income from his business, but now he has nothing.
 arrow 13 killed, 63 injured in road accidents
At least 13 people were killed and 63 were injured in separate road accidents in different districts yesterday.
 arrow Take right decision in next polls to foil conspiracy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the people to take the correct decision in the forthcoming general election.
 arrow 6 abducted by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted six Bangladeshi nationals, including two women, from near Challishpara border point at Daulatpur in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Jahanara Imam's anniversary of death today
Today is the 12th death anniversary of Jahanara Imam, popularly known as Shaheed Janani (mother of the martyrs).
 arrow Santal Hul anniversary observed
Hundreds of indigenous people yesterday observed the 151st anniversary of Santal Hul [revolution] in a festive manner in Godagari upazila calling upon all to prepare for a new revolution to establishtheir
 arrow Owners of rehab centres demand amendment to proposed rules
Owners of private sector rehab centres yesterday demanded amendment of the newly proposed rules on establishment and operation of drug addiction rehabilitation centres under private authority.
 arrow Tipai Mukh Dam will not harm Sylhet region
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Veena Sikri has said it will take time to start the physical works of Tipai Mukh Dam although the foundation stone of the mega project has already been laid down
 arrow Quader protests Bhuiyan’s comment
Awami League (AL) acting General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition has finalised all ‘conspiracies’ to remove the incumbent President from his post to cling to power.
 arrow Properties worth Tk 1 cr gutted in Mymensingh
A devastating fire at Crown Wear Private Ltd at Jamirdia in Bhaluka upazila here destroyed properties worth over Tk one crore in the early hours of yesterday, Fire Brigade sources said.
 arrow BNP protests on June 30
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will hold rallies and processions across the country on June 30, protesting terrorism, anarchy and all ill attempts to destabilise the nation, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Rift in Dinajpur BNP widens, party office under lock
Crisis in Dinajpur BNP has deepened, creating possibility of a rift in the party here.
 arrow A band of brothers join hands to combat drugs
An initiative by some youths has raised great hopes among townspeoeple in Mymensingh.
 arrow On road to women's empowerment
Mandi village, six kilometres from the district town, is now alive with working women. The illiterate poor women coming from faraway areas produce garments in a tin-shed room.
 arrow Thwarting recurring floods
A long cherished dream of several lakh people Dhubarua upazila in the district has been fulfilled.
 arrow Rampant rubber theft from govt gardens
Theft of raw rubber from state-run gardens in Sylhet region increased in recent months. Organsied gangs enjoying blessings of political quarters are engaged in the theft for long.
 arrow Santhia UP leaders boycott Nizami's meeting
Santhia Pourasabha chairman and nine Union Parishad (UP) chairmen have boycotted Industries Minister and Jamaat Ameer Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami's programme in the upazila town on Saturday.
 arrow School indeed
No student from 15 schools passed in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations held this year under Jessore Education Board.
 arrow Diarrhoea: 3 killed, 200 attacked in Khagrachhari
At least three people including a child died and 200 others were attacked with diarrhoea in Khagrachhari in last 4 days.
 arrow Runta tea garden reopens June 27
Production will resume at Runta tea garden on June 27 after about two and a half years' shutdown.
 arrow Rangamati BNP demands removal of CHT Affairs secy
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and it front organisations jointly held a protest rally in front of Rangamati Deputy Commissioner's office and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the
 arrow Tea testing council held in Srimongal
The annual 'tea testing open council' of Bangladesh Tea Research Institute (BTRI) was held yesterday at the institute in Srimangal with great enthusiasm.
 arrow Hunger strike in Rangpur July 5 to press demands
Rangpur Unnyan Parishad (RUP), a citizen's committee here, called upon the people to make its July 5 mass hunger strike programme at local press club ground a success.
Point-Counterpointarrow How to resolve the political conflict
The main issue today in Bangladesh politics is how to have a smooth transition of power from one elected government to another. The present alliance government has come to the last leg of its term.
 arrow Let's renegotiate Phoolbari
The exploration of natural resources, in particular, minerals and petroleum, is vital for accelerating economic growth, meeting domestic energy demands, reducing dependency on import of energy, localelectricity
Culturearrow A day in the life of Sufia Kamal
We may not be able to see Sufia Kamal anymore. We have, however, Proshanta Karmakar Buddha's exhibition of photographs tracing a day in her life at Gallery Chitrak.
 arrow Yet another venture by Srijon
In Srijon's earlier musical soirees titled Phele Asha Diner Gaan, the younger singers rendered mostly songs of yesteryears originally sung by the eminent singers of Kolkata.
 arrow Neel Mayurer Jouban to be staged today
Barisal-based theatre troupe Shwabdaboli will stage Neel Mayurer Jouban today at an eight-day theatre festival arranged by Nadimukh at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong.
 arrow Anti-drug cultural campaign in Rajshahi
A three-day campaign began in Rajshahi recently. The campaign was held in observance of the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
 arrow Kishore Khudiram wins applause
"Ek bar biday de ma ghurey ashi .." There is hardly any Bengali who is not familiar with the inspirational song written on martyr Khudiram who fearlessly stood up against the British raj.
 arrow TV producer Aaron Spelling dies at 83
Aaron Spelling entertained generations of television viewers with shows like Charlie's Angels and Beverly Hills 90210 and left an indelible stamp on pop culture.
 arrow Kidman walks the aisle, again
Church bells rang to mark Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman's own special love story when she married country music singer Keith Urban in a traditional Catholic ceremony at a cliff-top chapel in Sydney
Generalarrow 'Double budget allocation for safe water, sanitation'
Allocation for Safe Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) is insignificant in the proposed national budget for 2006-2007 fiscal year, which will not be able to meet the target of the Millennium Development
 arrow Special train on BMA President's Parade
The President's Parade, marking the commissioning of the Gentlemen Cadets (GC) of the 54th BMA Long Course and 25th BMA Special Course will be held at the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at Bhatiary,
Internationalarrow Maliki finally offers 'olive branch' to Iraq rebels
Iraq's hardline Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday presented parliament with his long-awaited national reconciliation plan aimed at ending the violence plaguing the country.
 arrow UN confce to curb small arms trade opens today
A major UN conference kicks off here today to assess international efforts to choke off the illegal global trade in small arms which kill an estimated 1,000 people a day.
 arrow More Saudis sent home from Guantanamo
Saudi Arabia said Sunday that 13 of its nationals who were held at the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned home.
 arrow Two soldiers,48 Taliban killed in Afghan battle
Two coalition soldiers and up to 48 rebels have been killed in southern Afghanistan where the biggest anti-Taliban operation since the hardliners were ousted in 2001 is under way, the military said Sunday.
 arrow Tehran stands firm on uranium enrichment
Iran repeated on Sunday that it will not suspend uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks on its disputed nuclear program, state television reported.
 arrow Wen clinches raft of deals during African tour
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao returned to Beijing Sunday after clinching a raft of agreements during his seven-nation African tour to shop for resources for his fast-growing Asian country.
 arrow Abbas, Haniya hold pivotal meeting
Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas held a pivotal face-to-face meeting Saturday in a bid to halt a deadly power struggle.
 arrow Japan begins withdrawal from Iraq
Japan began withdrawing its forces from Iraq Sunday five days after deciding to end its first overseas military deployment since World War II in a country where hostilities are under way.
 arrow First US troop cuts in Iraq in Sept: NYT
The top US commander in Iraq foresees a major reduction in US forces there by the end of 2007, and the first cuts in September, The New York Times reported Sunday.
 arrow Iran warns of using oil as weapon
Iran's oil minister has warned that the country would use oil as a weapon if its interests are attacked, state television reported Sunday.
 arrow Taliban abduct three health workers
Taliban insurgents in northeastern Afghanistan have abducted a provincial health officer and two health workers, including one with a Swedish group, police and the rebels said Sunday.
 arrow Sri Lankan president for direct deal with Tigers
Sri Lanka's president is bypassing peace broker Norway to seek a deal with Tamil Tiger guerrillas which halts weeks of killings in return for keeping a breakaway rebel faction in check, reports said Sunday.
 arrow E Timor minister quits to protest at Alkatari
East Timor's foreign and defence minister Jose Ramos-Horta resigned Sunday in protest at embattled Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, a senior official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Healthcare in the doldrums
THE findings of a recently held The Daily Star roundtable on healthcare in Bangladesh indicate that the less fortunate of the Bangladeshis find themselves between the devil and the deep sea when it comes
 arrow Editorial: A disaster in the making
IN our context it appears that nothing seriously hurting would nudge us, not even those in the vicinity of wrong doing, unless newspapers cast their eyes on it bringing it up as an issue of public concern.
 arrow An albatross around the nation's neck
The road to election 2007 is becoming increasingly bumpy, with the CEC continuing to defy the public trust with his arcane and arbitrary stances with regard to the commission's functioning.
 arrow Indian elite's lovefest with the US
India poses a peculiar conundrum: even as the image of the United States takes a severe beating globally, it remains bright in India.
 arrow Parliament in danger of losing its sanctity
The nation once again witnessed a sordid drama in the national parliament on June 19, when an elite lawmaker of BNP Nasiruddin Ahamed Pintu fired salvoes against journalists and the leader of the opposition
Letters to Editorarrow Muslims slaughtering fellow Muslims
Why are Sunni extremists systematically murdering the fellow Shiite Muslims in Iraq? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas are both elected by the Palestinian people.
 arrow Violation of norms
I read in some newspapers how an MP made vulgar personal remarks about the opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Garment sector in disarray
I witnessed live and followed closely on the international news outlets the horrific developments in and around some of the world's best garment factories in Dhaka.
 arrow Agitating teachers
Primary school teachers are agitating for the fulfilment of their legitimate demands. My request to the government, please fulfil their demands. They really deserve what they are asking for.
 arrow GPA 5
It has been reported (DS, June 23) that the new GPA system was introduced in 2002 and at that time the number of GPA 5 achievers was 330.
 arrow Attention: BNP
Let me introduce myself. I'm a Bangladeshi who lives in the United States for the last 15 years. I'm neither affiliated with nor a member of any political party.
 arrow Smoking and celebrities
We, particularly the young people, have some models that we like to follow in our life. In this media-dominated society, people lean towards celebrities.
 arrow Higher education
Teaching has long been regarded as the noblest of professions. And those assigned with this job are regarded as nation builders.
 arrow Recruitment of nurses
The letter by Dr. Lailun Nahar in support of nurses' recruitment was really admirable.
 arrow Controversial EC
We understand that to update the voter list the EC followed the normal procedure of going door to door in the past. It is difficult to understand why the EC will not follow the laid down procedures.
 arrow Primary school teachers
We are concerned about the primary school teachers' tough programmes organised by their association at the Central Shaheed Minar. They arranged a rally & meeting. Thousands of govt.
 arrow Fruitless appeal
The fervent appeal by Khorshed Alam (DS: 24 June) unfortunately falls on totally deaf ears.
 arrow Democracy in party leadership
The party leader should be elected democratically. If one individual remains the leader of a major political party for 10/20 years, then it is not democracy at the party level.
 arrow What is happening ?
Do we have the right to know? What are the actual motives of two major parties behind the EC issue? Are they really sincere to sit together and find out a solution? Both the parties are accusing each
 arrow Voter list
The CEC says that the Supreme Court has not asked the EC to update the voter list by sending enumerators door to door.
 arrow Pronounce the names correctly
The name of Ghana is usually pronounced as "Ghaana" not "Gaana" as it should be, which creates a jarring sensation on our auditory senses, particularly when World Cup football is on.
Star Cityarrow Endless wait at jail gate to secure freedom
Relatives of many detainees, arrested during the mass arrest drive two weeks ago, are still waiting in front of the Dhaka Central Jail gate for the release of their close ones.
 arrow Taking care of orphans
Ratul's father left him and his mother and married another woman before he was even born.
 arrow Disabled passengers deprived of rights
On 21 June, Anwar Hossain, a student of Dhaka University with disability on his left leg, was trying to board Gulistan-Mirpur Volvo bus number-04311 owned by Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC),
 arrow Rajuk forces illegal occupiers out
Though Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkhya (Rajuk) appears successful in taking possession of its land at the east end of Gulshan-Mohakhali link road evicting illegal occupiers, some influential land grabbers
 arrow Borshar Boimela -- a unique book fair
Borshar Boimela, a book fair arranged for the first time in the rainy season, is going on at Bashundhara City shopping complex in the capital.
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