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Front Pagearrow EC now decides to send staff to villages
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to send its officials even to villages now to revise the voter list, but people will still have to come to them to get enlisted, instead of them going to
 arrow 'Spies' posted in jails to watch corruption
The Prisons Directorate introduced 'spies' in prisons across the country to monitor 'corrupt' jail staff and unlawful activities in 66 jails.
 arrow Graft thrives on poor governance
An environment of impunity created by lack of governance and accountability of the government coupled with an environment of resignation by the people, has encouraged corruption hampering the development
 arrow Switzerland shot out
Man-of-the-match Oleg Gusiev slotted home the decisive penalty early today to book debutants Ukraine a place in the World Cup quarter-finals as they beat Switzerland 3-0 in a penalty shootout after adull
 arrow Pry education in disarray as teachers' strike goes on
Thousands of teachers of government primary and community primary schools across the country are now at Muktangon and on the premises of Central Shaheed Minar in the capital as they continued their hunger
 arrow High revenue target, but no new taxes
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday announced a Tk 1,505 crore budget for FY2006-07, which is Tk 768.21 crore higher than the revised budget of FY2005-06.
 arrow Hasina for protecting presidential institution
Strongly criticising the presence of "two presidents" in the country, Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged lawyers to take legal action to protect the presidential institution and the
 arrow Reports on 'confinement' of president 'baseless'
A spokesman for the Bangabhaban yesterday dismissed reports and remarks about "confinement of the president" or "two presidents" in one country as baseless and a figment of imagination.
 arrow Prosecution ends argument with plea to uphold verdict
The prosecution in the death reference and appeal hearing of Shazneen murder case completed their argument yesterday saying justice is yet to be delivered even eight years after her killing.
 arrow Klinsmann not after US job
Germany manager Juergen Klinsmann has laughed off suggestions that he would be tempted to become coach of the United States team so he could be close to his California-based family.
 arrow No goal till lemon break
Three-time champions Italy were being held 0-0 by unfancied Australia in their second round World Cup clash at the Fritz-Walter stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Bigots not seen on Uttara streets to enforce hartal for 2nd day
The Khatme Nabuwat Andolan Bangladesh called two-day 'hartal' ended yesterday without any effect as none of the anti-Ahmadiyya bigots took to the streets after their chief got injured in Sunday's police
 arrow 30 hurt as cops try to stymie workers
At least 30 workers of Youngone Group (YG) at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) were injured yesterday in clashes with the police as the workers continued their demonstration for the second day demanding
 arrow Sangsad adopts condolence motion on Akbar
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday unanimously adopted a condolence motion paying tribute to late shipping minister Akbar Hossain, who died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday night.
 arrow Akbar laid to rest in Comilla
Shipping minister Lt Col (retd) Akbar Hossain was laid to eternal rest with state honour at his family graveyard at Sharifpur village in Laksam at 5:30pm yesterday.
 arrow 2 Bangladeshis in UAE burnt alive
Two unidentified Bangladeshis were burnt alive and five others injured in a fire, which broke out at a house behind Fairmont Hotel at Satwa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early Saturday.
 arrow Provision to control use of black money inadequate
Election Commissioner SM Zakaria yesterday termed inadequate the existing legal provisions for controlling the use of black money in the elections and suggested introduction of rigorous punishment for
 arrow Japan to fund $218m in 3 projects
Japan will provide $218 million or approximately Tk 1,462.5 crore in loan for implementing Karnaphuli water supply and two other projects.
 arrow Top general, 3 others killed in Lanka attack
One of Sri Lanka's top generals was assassinated yesterday by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber who rammed his motorbike into an army convoy near the capital, officials said.
 arrow Seven killed in suicide attack on Pak army
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber blew up his car at a checkpost in a restive tribal area, a day after militants there announced a truce.
 arrow Bush slams leak of terror finance story
President Bush yesterday sharply condemned the disclosure of a program to secretly monitor the financial transactions of suspected terrorists. "The disclosure of this program is disgraceful," he said.
Businessarrow Quality control a must to face post-MFA era: FM
Ensuring quality control at every level in production process is a must to survive in the tight and protective market following the expiry of the multi-fibre arrangement, said the minister for foreign
 arrow Hafiz sees no adverse impact on Bangladesh
Commerce Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed has said India's decision not to export wheat, sugar and pulses will not make any adverse impact on Bangladesh market.
 arrow South Asia can reduce poverty by two-thirds in a decade: World Bank
South Asian countries like Bangladesh will be able to reduce poverty by two-thirds in less than 10 years riding on recent strong economic growth, says a World Bank report.
 arrow Give private sector chances to ensure good governance
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to offer opportunities to private sector so that it can play a role in establishing good governance.
 arrow Regional cellphone summit opens targeting market expansion
A fast-buck growth of mobile telecommunications in Bangladesh raises the number of subscribers to at least 12 million by the yearend, which indicates a large business market of 300 million dollars for
 arrow Nokia values Bangladesh as emerging market
Bangladesh is one of Nokia's most important emerging markets, said a high official of the mobile phone giant at a press briefing at a hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow BASIC Bank declares 24.07pc dividend
Bangladesh Small Industries and Commerce (BASIC) Bank Ltd has declared a 24.07 per cent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2005. Of the dividend, 16.67 per cent is stock dividend and 7.
 arrow Beximco Synthetics okays 5pc cash, 10pc stock dividends
Beximco Synthetics Ltd has declared a five per cent cash dividend and 10 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow BenQ-Siemens mobile handsets launched
Siemens Bangladesh Ltd on Sunday unveiled its new consumer brand BenQ-Siemens mobile handsets in the local market.
 arrow BGMEA opens eye unit
An eye unit has been set up at the BGMEA Health Centre at Malibagh in Dhaka to offer eye treatment to garment workers free of cost.
 arrow Japan, Brunei begin FTA talks
Japan and Brunei launched Monday their first round of talks toward signing a bilateral free trade agreement as Tokyo seeks more such pacts in Asia.
 arrow Arcelor okays Mittal bid to form steel titan
Arcelor SA yielded to a sweetened bid from Mittal Steel Co. on Sunday, ending a bitter five-month takeover battle in a deal to create a steel titan with nearly 10 percent of the global market.
 arrow India hails steel mega merger
Indians Monday hailed businessman Lakshmi Mittal as leading the way for the country after he bagged a deal with European steel maker Arcelor to form the world's biggest steel company.
 arrow BASIS team meets telecoms minister
Post and Telecommunications Minister Md Aminul Hoque assured software and IT enabled services (ITES) companies of providing internet bandwidth for them at low price.
Sportsarrow Football: Controversial final kick sees Italy thru'
Substitute Francesco Totti converted a controversial penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give 10-man Italy a dramatic 1-0 win over Australia and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals here
 arrow Football: Scolari stays undaunted
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Portugal still had enough firepower for their World Cup quarterfinal with England despite the ravages of the stormiest match in World Cup history.
 arrow Football: A battle of samba kind
Brazilian star striker Ronaldo is unsure who will start alongside him when the defending World Cup champions meet Ghana here Tuesday, but he and his squad know the African upstarts are a serious threat.
 arrow Football: Old foes clash
Spain face off against France here Tuesday confident of victory and claiming the prize of a quarterfinal date with either Brazil or Ghana.
 arrow Football: Brazil aiming higher
Brazil's mighty World Cup dynasty bids for more history and a quarterfinal berth here Tuesday against Ghana, a shocking African debutante talking tough about toppling the South American squad.
 arrow Football: Blow out Spanish lights
The French were blowing out candles in honour of birthday boys Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira on the team coach heading back to their secluded chateau, which serves as their World Cup headquarters
 arrow Football: Ivanov the terrible
Russian referee Valentin Ivanov was given a resounding vote of no confidence by players, coaches and even FIFA president Sepp Blatter after he lost control of Portugal's 1-0 win over Netherlands on Sunday.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
The stadium door at Leipzig which French star Zinedine Zidane kicked in anger after being substituted during the 1-1 group draw with South Korea is to be kept in its damaged state as a "souvenir" of his
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Monday's Australia-Italy match:
4: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany)
2: Bosacki (Poland),

 arrow Football: A test for Sagnol & co
The mettle of France's iron defence will undergo its sternest test yet against free-scoring Spain in today's World Cup second round game.
 arrow Cricket: BD A scrape with draw
Bangladesh A survived a scare to manage a draw against Zimbabwe A on the fourth and final day of the second four-day match at the Mutare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
When I turned on the TV the other day to watch England take on Ecuador in the Round of 16 of the World Cup, I was completely shocked to find after a little while that it was not England and Ecuador that
 arrow Football: Gelsenkirchen pitch partly replaced
New turf has been laid in the goalmouths at the Gelsenkirchen stadium where England will face Portugal in a World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday, the organisers said on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon's wet start
After a month of blazing sunshine over Britain, grey skies and drizzle heralded the start of the Wimbledon Championships -- but tennis lovers insisted nothing could dampen their enthusiasm.
 arrow Football: Ghana won't miss Essien
Facing the biggest match of their lives with their star player banished, Ghana's Black Stars are nonetheless confident they can shock five-time champion Brazil without Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.
 arrow Football: France don't mind underdog tag
France, automatic favourites against anyone not so long ago, feel they will be the underdogs when they face Spain in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday and like it that way.
 arrow Cricket: Third Test nicely poised
West Indies have been left to rue their questionable decision not to enforce the follow-on, after losing four wickets in their second innings in the third Test against India at Warner Park here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Penalty wrong, groans Guus
Australia coach Guus Hiddink said the penalty for Italy which knocked his team out of the World Cup 1-0 here on Monday should not have been awarded.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman ready for the truth
Stylish batsman VVS Laxman, who gave his detractors a resounding reply with an invaluable century, says he could still not take anything for granted, especially when the middle order slot was crowdedin
 arrow Football: Record not on Ronaldo's mind
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: 'French midfield the best'
France defender Eric Abidal, who returns after suspension, reckons France will have the edge over Spain in Tuesday's last 16 clash in a number of key departments.
 arrow Football: 'Brazil don't have teamwork'
Defending World Cup champions Brazil has weak spots, including teamwork from their all-star lineup, that Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic said his Black Stars can exploit to pull off a second-round shocker.
 arrow Football: Lose to Ghana? R u kidding?
Five-time champions Brazil will not lose to African upstarts Ghana in their World Cup second round match was the confident prediction of their veteran left back Roberto Carlos.
 arrow Football: England stumble on to greater challenges
England's critics have been made to hold fire after a 1-0 victory over Ecuador booked Sven-Goran Eriksson's stuttering side into the World Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Spain up against history
A quick glance at the history books suggests the World Cup second round showdown between France and Spain is balanced on a knife edge. Spain have won 11 of their previous 27 meetings and France 10.
 arrow Cricket: Gough days are over
Steve Harmison believes England should consider recalling Darren Gough for the World Cup only as a last option.
 arrow Football: A nightmare for Basten
Fuming Dutch coach Marco van Basten hit out at the referee and "time-wasting" by Portugal after a World Cup defeat marked by 16 yellow cards and four dismissals.
 arrow Football: Zico's warning for Japan
Coach Zico bade farewell to Japan on Monday with a warning that the Asian champions, who were humiliated in the World Cup, face an uphill battle making up for their physical shortcomings.
 arrow Football: Portuguese fans pour on to streets
Raucous celebrations erupted in Portugal on Sunday after the country beat the Netherlands 1-0 to reach the last eight of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Press hails heroes of Nuremberg
Portuguese papers on Monday hailed the national side as heroes following their hard-fought 1-0 win over the Netherlands that took them into the World Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: FIFA seeks explanations from Iran
FIFA said Sunday they are writing to the Iranian Football Federation to ask the organisation to explain its dismissal of the president Mohammad Dadkan in the wake of the national team's first-phase World
 arrow Football: Becks bites back
David Beckham hit back at his critics with a trademark free-kick against Ecuador that took England into the World Cup quarterfinals, and he was revelling in his moment of glory.
 arrow Football: A touch of colour
Brazil bring colour, rhythm, panache and exotic fans to the World Cup, all good reasons to make them almost everyone's second favourite team.
 arrow Football: Africans unite behind Ghana
African rivals have shown their support for Ghana's World Cup squad, with visits from star players and letters of support encouraging the Black Stars ahead of a second-round match with mighty Brazil.
 arrow Football: Beckenbauer & Maradona
Franz Beckenbauer and Diego Maradona crossed swords twice in World Cup finals with the end result being 1-1 and here on Friday one will be left smiling as their two great footballing nations, Germanyand
 arrow Football: British press cheers
British newspapers celebrated England's 1-0 win over Ecuador in the second round of the World Cup with front-page pictures of jubilant captain David Beckham.
 arrow Football: Robinho out of Ghana clash
Brazilian striker Robinho is out of today's World Cup second round meeting with Ghana as the five-time world champions bid to reach the quarterfinals, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said Monday.
 arrow Football: Cafu on verge of record
Brazil's evergreen captain Cafu said on Saturday he would be very proud to break the World Cup record for appearances and games won when the five-time champions play Ghana in a second round clash in Dortmund
 arrow Football: Intriguing midfield battle
Spain's players reckon the secret to beating France in their last 16 showdown on Tuesday will be to keep their opponents' ageing midfield on the move and deprive them of the ball.
 arrow Football: Cesc faces his mentor
Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas put his former master Patrick Vieira in the shade last season when he helped orchestrate Arsenal's victory over Juventus in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Behave or leave!
Aggressive and intimidating behaviour would not be tolerated, a German police chief said on Sunday, after more than 520 England fans were held in the two days before the World Cup match against Ecuador.
 arrow Football: Poles in last 8!
Polish players are through to the quarterfinals, Polish tabloid Fakt screamed in a double-page headline on its inside pages Monday.
 arrow Football: Figo free to face England
Portugal captain Luis Figo is free to face England in the World Cup quarter-finals after FIFA said he was highly unlikely to face any action for headbutting Dutch player Mark van Bommel.
 arrow Football: It's all Ukrainian!
Journalists hoping to find out Ukraine coach Oleg's Blokhin's thoughts ahead of his side's World Cup game against Switzerland were left baffled on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Spaniards run for cover!
Spain were forced to cut short their evening training session when a thunderstorm struck their World Cup base in Kamen on Sunday.
 arrow Sports science seminar ends
A three-day long international seminar on recent trends in sports science ended at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh, Nepal keen to expand trade
Bangladesh and Nepal expressed interest in taking necessary initiative and steps to increase trade and commerce between the two South Asian countries.
 arrow '25pc still extreme poor'
Extreme poverty still affects approximately 25 percent of the population despite good progress in poverty alleviation, said the speakers at a press conference.
 arrow 7.9 m engaged in 13 worst types of child labour
A total of 7.9 million children in Bangladesh are engaged in at least 13 worst types of child labour, said speakers at a dialogue quoting an ILO study yesterday.
 arrow Combined efforts a must to curb human trafficking
Experts at a meeting yesterday called for combined efforts of all stakeholders and awareness raising campaign to effectively combat human trafficking in the country.
 arrow 8 killed, 88 hurt in road mishaps
At least eight people were killed and 88 others injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj, Manikganj, Chittagong, Khagrachhari and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Call to raise awareness about drug abuse
The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in the country yesterday with a call to build a society free of drug abuse.
 arrow UNEAD team meets B Chy
A delegation of the United Nations Election Affairs Division (UNEAD) made a courtesy call to Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at the latter's Baridhara office in the
 arrow Body of abducted Gazipur trader exhumed
The body of a businessman of Gazipur was exhumed from a grave at Sonargoan in Narayanganj yesterday 38 days after his abduction. The dead was identified as Mohsin Alam ,37.
 arrow Thai Festival begins
A weeklong Thailand Festival 2006 began at Sonargaon Hotel in the city yesterday with a view to strengthening cultural relations between the two countries.
 arrow Journo Balu's 2nd death anniversary today
Today is the second death anniversary of slain journalist Humayun Kabir Balu.
 arrow Monajatuddin's anniversary of birth today
Today is the 61st birth anniversary of renowned and veteran journalist Monajatuddin. On this day in 1945, he was born in Rangpur district.
 arrow 3 JMB men held a day after their release on bail
Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday arrested three members of the banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) a day after they were released on bail in an August 17 serial
 arrow 3 shot in city
Three people were shot by miscreants in separate incidents within the span of seven hours in the capital on Sunday.
 arrow Two commit suicide in city
Two persons committed suicide in two separate incidents in the city yesterday. In one incident, police recovered the body of a schoolboy from the city's Khilgaon area in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Doa mahfil for Birsreshtho Matiur tomorrow
A doa mahfil for the salvation of the departed soul of Birsreshtho Matiur Rahman will be held at his youngest daughter's home after Asr prayers tomorrow.
 arrow Obituary
Mizanur Rahman, editor of the 'Mizanur Rahmaner Troimasik Patrika', a literary magazine, passed away at a clinic in Kolkata in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Two children drown in Ctg
Two children drowned in a pond in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
A father has sought financial assistance for the treatment of his two daughters suffering from thalassaemia for the last 15 years, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Agitation for compensation mounts again as govt mum
Agitation by affected people around Tengratila gas filed in Sunamganj is mounting again as neither the government nor the Canadian company settled payment of compensation to them, a year after the second
 arrow Unite to eradicate man made problem
The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in districts yesterday through various programmes to create awareness about the vice.
 arrow Ctg city AL council today after 9 years
The much-talked-about triennial council of Chittagong city Awami League will be held today after nine years. It will begin at the Engineers Institute auditorium of at 10 am.
 arrow Cries for road repair ignored for long
Trucks carrying exported goods were stranded along the vulnerable Burimari-Paglapir road connecting Burimari Land Port following heavy shower for two hours yesterday.
 arrow Cancel Kendua BNP confce
Hundreds of BNP activists of two upazilas yesterday took to the streets here demanding cancellation of Kendua upazila BNP conference scheduled to be held today.
 arrow Birsreshtha Matiur's memory recalled
Speakers at a discussion held at Raipura in Narsingdi recalled the bravery of Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, Bir Sreshtha, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
 arrow Khulna STT defers charge framing
Charge framing against 11 JMB men including its three top leaders in two bomb attack cases in Kushtia was adjourned yesterday by Judge Abdus Samad of Khulna Special Trial Tribunal (STT).
 arrow 7 Bangladeshis returned by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over the seven Bangladeshi nationals including two women to BDR after a flag meeting held at Thotarpara border point on Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow A Bangladeshi Secretary General?
I must first of all thank Mr. Abdul Hassan for his article: "Why Lag Behind the Race for the Next UNSG?" in The Daily Star of June 23.
 arrow Being sighted without eyes
"We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others" - Helen Keller.

Bring the light to the blind (ondhozone deho alo).

 arrow Festival of equality
The Hindu festivals, feasts and fasts, rites and rituals, pilgrimage and holy baths and observance of sacred days are part and parcel of the great cultural heritage of Indian civilization.
Culturearrow Visions yet to be realised
One was a noted poet, writer, organiser, feminist and activist; the other also a writer, educationist and political activist but widely remembered for her endeavour to bring war criminals of the Liberation
 arrow Thai cultural bonanza in town
A high point in the city's cultural scenario was a Thai performance on June 25, at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Today's play Duur Rajonir Swapno
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Nandimukh to mark the 15th anniversary of the troupe, Nandimukh will stage Duur Rajonir Swapno.
Generalarrow Govt conspiring to hand over power through unconstitutional means
Criticising 'existence of two presidents' in the country, the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat coalition government has been conspiring to hand over
 arrow Open-pit mining will be disastrous for country
Open-pit mining for lifting coal in massive scale will be disastrous for the country, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Trial of collaborators to be held someday
Trial of the collaborators of 1971, as initiated by Jahanara Imam, popularly known as Shaheed Janani (mother of the martyrs) through mass court and investigation, will be held on someday on this soil.
 arrow Rathjatra festival begins in Dhamrai today
An 11-day Rathjatra Utsab, a religious festival of Hindus, will begin at Rathkhola Prangon in Dhamrai today amid festivity and enthusiasm.
 arrow Obituary
Freedom fighter Mohammad Ali Jinnah Pathan passed away at his home here yesterday at the age of 65. He had been suffering from paralysis.
 arrow IPMB executives
Alhaj Anwarul Azim and Mohammad Shahjahan have been elected president and secretary general of the Institute of Personnel Management, Bangladesh (IPMB), says a press release.
 arrow ESTCDT executives
Industrialist Towhid Samad and Ambassador CM Morshed have been elected chairman and vice-chairman of the Education, Science, Technology and Cultural Development Trust (ESTCDT), the founding Trust of Independent
Internationalarrow US Cong set to clear Indian nuke deal in first vote
US lawmakers are expected to give conditional backing this week to a US civilian nuclear deal with India in the first congressional vote on the controversial agreement since it was first adopted nearly
 arrow East Timor's embattled premier steps down
East Timor's Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri resigned on Monday, caving in to weeks of pressure to step down in a move expected to ease tensions in the impoverished nation.
 arrow Russian hostages slain as Iraq PM talks peace
Four Russian hostages were brutally executed in Iraq by Al-Qaeda insurgents even as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki talked of peace with rebel groups in a national reconciliation plan.
 arrow Global drug control effort working
Worldwide efforts to fight the use of illegal drugs are working but this positive result could easily be reversed, a United Nations drug report said on Monday.
 arrow Buffett to give away 85pc of wealth to charity
Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man, on Sunday announced plans to give away an estimated 85 percent of his estimated 44 billion dollar wealth to charity.
 arrow Tigers warn of war if Norway quits peace process
Tamil Tiger guerrillas Monday warned that Sri Lanka would descend into full-scale war if peace broker Norway quit, as the killing of a top army general ended a week-long lull in violence.
 arrow Nepal's rebel chief in Kathmandu to push peace talks
Maoist leaders have returned to Nepal's capital to push forward talks on drafting an interim constitution to share power with political parties ahead of national elections, a rebel spokesman said Monday.
 arrow AK-47 to remain world's favorite killing machine for next 20 yrs
The Kalashnikov assault rifle will remain the world's favorite killing machine in conflict zones for at least the next 20 years because its production is poorly regulated, a report released here Monday
 arrow US plans to deploy Patriots in Japan
The United States is considering deploying Patriot interceptor missiles in Japan amid fears North Korea will launch a long-range missile, the Defense Agency said Monday.
 arrow Murdoch named most influential Australian ever
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been named the most influential Australian of all time in a list of 100 candidates that includes athletes, entertainers and murderers.
Editorialarrow Editorial: As much a question of legality as of credibility
The Chief Election Commissioner's insistence on running the affairs of the important office of the Election Commission in a lopsided, whimsical way clearly borders on absurdity.
 arrow Editorial: Teachers' continuing agitation
At first it was the teachers of the community primary schools, thereafter teachers of the government primary schools and now teachers of the government colleges have waged a movement pressing for an early
 arrow Dilemma for private TV channels
It was reported in the media last week that prime minister and chairperson of BNP Khaleda Zia summoned three of her party's top brass, the housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas, the Dhaka city
 arrow Just a bit of security
Every government has a mid-life crisis as well as a sell-by date. The trick is to ensure that the latter does not precede the former.
 arrow The inflation fallacy
During a recent TV interview, the Minister of Finance told his audience that if the country produced essential goods in greater quantities, their prices would come down, and this would help tame the inflationary
Letters to Editorarrow Sheikh Hasina's trip to India
We were led to believe that Sheikh Hasina was to be the recipient of an award in Kolkata, and since she was visiting India, she would also meet the Indian leaders.
 arrow Israel issue
This is in response to Mr. Sameer Ahmad Khan Mojlish's letter urging all sane countries not to establish ties with an illegal state like Israel. I will ask Mr.
 arrow Pele and Maradona
There are some people who compare the King of Football Pele with Maradona; it is ridiculous. It usually happens during the World Cup.
 arrow On intra-party democracy
Transition from fiefdom, kingdom, dictatorship etceteras understandably is rife with turbulence. It is a hard slog.
 arrow What is wrong with us?
Political unrest with continuous hartals, violent agitation by garment workers, unbearable load-shedding during the hot summer days and nights, unabated corruption etc are some of the characteristicsof
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