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Front Pagearrow Graft rarely on JS body agenda
Most parliamentary bodies of the current parliament have ignored the Rules of Procedures in holding meetings and hardly discussed the corruption and irregularities in the ministries, said a Transparency
 arrow PM, please don't change the President
We would like to still believe, though it's becoming harder by the day, that all we are hearing about changing the President are mere rumour.
 arrow CEC hits the roof as 3 parties ask him to go
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz took a swipe at three political parties that met him and two election commissioners yesterday, demanding their immediate resignation on grounds of losing people's
 arrow France set Brazil clash
An inspired France marshalled by Zinedine Zidane swept to a 3-1 win over Spain here on yesterday to set up a dream World Cup quarterfinal date with Brazil.
 arrow Ronaldo shoots into glory
Brazil striker Ronaldo said he hoped he had given his countrymen and women cause to start partying after his goal in a 3-0 canter over Ghana made him the top scorer in World Cup history.
 arrow Teachers end strike, but crisis not over
Community primary teachers, who were observing hunger strike for ten consecutive days, suspended all agitation programmes yesterday while government primary teachers postponed theirs on late Monday night
 arrow Fresh manpower export to Malaysia stalled
Kuala Lumpur may not allow fresh manpower from Dhaka soon unless the latter gives approval to some major investment proposals from Malaysian companies, highly placed sources in the government fear.
 arrow FM accuses diplomats of violating norm
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday criticised foreign diplomats severely for violating diplomatic norms and poking nose into Bangladesh's internal affairs of politics, election and system of government.
 arrow Focus back on Shibir as JMB men deny charge
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday completed interrogating three militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with two of them denying their involvement with the murder of Prof Yunus.
 arrow 3 killed in Rab 'shootouts'
Two underground operatives and a fugitive criminal were killed during "shootouts" between their cohorts and the members of Rapid Action Battalion in Barisal, Barguna and Kushtia districts early yesterday.
 arrow Hearing ends, verdict July 4
The Death Reference Bench of the High Court has fixed July 4 for delivering the verdict on the sensational Shazneen murder case.
 arrow Opposition asked not to confuse people over EC, presidency
Against the opposition lawmakers' apprehension about a 'conspiracy' against parliamentary democracy, senior ministers yesterday told parliament the main opposition is creating 'unnecessary issues' targeting
 arrow Govt makes import of sugar, pulse easy
The government yesterday relaxed rules for import of sugar and pulse through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in a bid to cool down the market prices of the two essential commodities.
 arrow Mosaddek now IFIC Bank chairman
Mohammad Mosaddek Ali, a ruling party lawmaker, has been elected chairman of International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Limited.
 arrow Anwar may be asked to manage shipping too
The government is yet to give the charge of the shipping ministry to anyone after the sudden death of Akbar Hossain on Sunday night.
 arrow Rath Jatra

 arrow Sultan-era mosque left in neglect
The Darasbari Mosque of the Sultan Period in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district has been ruining due to lack of proper maintenance and supervision.
 arrow PM not trusting anyone with presidency
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her conviction that Prime Minister Khaleda Zia wants to become the president of the country to rig the upcoming parliamentary election scheduled
 arrow Court rejects Bulu's case against Abbas
The case filed against Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas and the managing director (MD) of the private satellite television channel Boishakhi for threatening another director MNH Bulu with
 arrow Paban's bail prayer rejected
cA Dhaka court yesterday again rejected the bail petition of Aktar Hamid Paban, son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, arrested on charge of carjacking.
 arrow Sweet-water crocodile

 arrow Saifur tells JS of 'militant' accounts with Islami Bank
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman told parliament yesterday that some suspected militants' accounts with the Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited have been detected.
 arrow 3 hurt in bomb attack on AL leader's car
A bomb attack on prominent Awami League leader Sheikh Akram Hossain's private car left three people severely injured on Monday at Shiromoni under Khan Jahan Ali police station in Khulna city.
 arrow New Hamas-Fatah plan recognises Israel
The rival Hamas and Fatah movements agreed on a plan implicitly recognising Israel, a top Palestinian official said yesterday after weeks of acrimonious negotiations aiming to lift crippling international
 arrow Bike bomb kills 22 Iraqis watching World Cup football
Twenty-two Iraqis, including children, were killed when a motorbike bomb exploded in a market square where villagers were watching a World Cup football match Monday, according to a new toll Tuesday.
 arrow Israeli forces mass near Gaza
Israel massed tanks and troops near Gaza yesterday for a threatened offensive against Palestinian militants and said it would target Hamas leaders if an abducted soldier was not freed.
 arrow 2 Britons, 12 rebels die in Afghan clash
Two British soldiers were killed and one wounded in a clash in which 12 Taliban militants also lost their lives in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials said.
 arrow BNP lawmaker sues Jugantor editor, publisher for defamation
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned the editor of Dainik Jugantor, its publisher, news editor and another reporter to appear before the court following a defamation case filed by the ruling BNP lawmakerAbdul
Businessarrow NBR to launch drive to identify black money from July 1
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will launch a vigorous drive to identify black money after the expiry of money whitening provision fromJuly 1, 2006, NBR Chairman Khairuzzaman Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Stakeholders allege abuse of Money Laundering Act
Bankers and businessmen yesterday alleged massive abuse of the Money Laundering Act and said it could adversely affect the country's economy.
 arrow More businesses keen to achieve ISO certifications
As the export market of the country is expanding day-by-day, more business and export-oriented organisations are showing interest in achieving international management standards certification mainly to
 arrow Local businesses urged to take part in Fatex trade fair in Paris
Organisers of an international trade show for global sourcing and France-Bangla chamber have urged Bangladeshi industry people to take part in the exhibition, saying the participation in a bigger waywill
 arrow Billions of dollars in remittances bypass Asian banks
Billions of dollars of remittances by maids and other migrant workers in Asia's wealthier economies bypass the region's banking systems, according to an Asian Development Bank study released Tuesday.
 arrow India's Reliance announces $6b retail investment
India's biggest private company Reliance Industries said Tuesday it would invest nearly six billion dollars in the fast-growing retail sector and hire thousands of new employees.
 arrow Govt mulls new law against hoarding of essentials
Commerce Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday said the government is considering enacting a new law against hoarding of essential items.
 arrow Oil prices higher in Asian trade
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Tuesday as the market revisited a series of longstanding concerns, ranging from Iran's nuclear program to the prospect of bad weather for the US Gulf coast region, dealers
 arrow Summit Power okays 10pc cash, 10pc stock dividends
Summit Power Ltd has approved a 10 percent cash and a 10 per cent stock dividends for the shareholders for the fiscal year ending on December 31, 2005.
 arrow HSBC opens new branch at Uttara
Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh opened a new branch at Uttara in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Regional, bilateral trade pacts threaten to weaken WTO
Regional and bilateral trade pacts forged outside the scope of the World Trade Organization are increasingly attractive, undermining the WTO just as it struggles to stitch together a new global deal to
 arrow KL to protect own interests in trade talks with US
Malaysia will not sign a free trade deal with the United States unless its interests are protected, the trade minister said.
Sportsarrow Football: Ronaldo on target, Brazil in qtrs
Brazil striker Ronaldo became the all-time World Cup scoring leader with 15 career goals, helping the defending champions defeat Ghana 3-0 on Tuesday to secure a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Rising from the shadows
Chelsea forward and Argentine star Hernan Crespo is enjoying life at the World Cup all the more with his three goals having done much to draw a line under the days when he used to play second fiddle to
 arrow Football: Germany winners!
British assumptions about their superiority in matters of economy and governance have been sorely shaken by Germany's snappy organisation of the World Cup, according to one commentator.
 arrow Football: Debutants' delight
Man of the match Oleg Gusiev slotted home the decisive penalty after goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi had saved two spotkicks here on Monday to book debutants Ukraine a place in the World Cup quarterfinals
 arrow Football: Both plan early hit
Germany have launched into their World Cup campaign on the basis of flooring opponents by putting them under pressure and scoring early goals.
 arrow Football: Germany and Argentina connected thru' history
Teutonic, never-say-die organisation and Latin heady flair and guile - it has to be the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Frings warns Argentina
Germany midfielder Torsten Frings has warned Argentina that the World Cup hosts are a much stronger outfit than the team they faced at the Confederations Cup last June.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
An autograph book containing all the signatures of the 736 players and coaches of the 32 World Cup teams is up for auction to help raise money for the SOS Children's Villages project and for FIFA.
 arrow Cricket: Another tame draw
West Indies and India both failed in their bids for victory in the third Test that ended in a predictable draw at Warner Park here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Aussies shocked but proud
Shell-shocked Australian football fans watched in disbelief Tuesday as Italy ended the Socceroos' World Cup dream in cruel fashion with a penalty goal in stoppage time.
 arrow Football: Ivanov laments card-game
The under-fire Russian referee who dished out a record number of yellow and red cards in the Portugal-Netherlands second round clash denied Tuesday that he was the one at fault.
 arrow Tennis: A stylish Swiss start
Roger Federer and Martina Hingis provided Switzerland with the perfect World Cup hangover cure with stylish, winning starts to their Wimbledon campaigns on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
From Beijing to San Francisco, every single person who is an Australian or of Australian persuasion by whatsoever means will follow a common train of thought.
 arrow Football: Penalties settle in
The World Cup was dominated by penalties on Monday which saw inspirational coach Guus Hiddink fail to repeat his heroics with South Korea in 2002 as Australia were beaten 1-0 by Italy in their secondround
 arrow Football: Who will whistle the final?
Who is going to be the man in the middle when the eyes of the globe are on the World Cup final here on July 9? A handful of the leading candidates appear to have ruled themselves out with blunders,
 arrow Football: Commentator loses objectivity
The dramatic climax of Italy's 1-0 victory over Australia on Monday proved too much for China's most popular television commentator, who departed from his normal objectivity with a passionate paean to
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Tuesday's Brazil-Ghana match:
4: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany), Ronaldo (Brazil)

 arrow Football: Coaches learn to cope
Coaches under pressure from the heavy expectations of fans and media back home have found a wide variety of ways to cope with tension on the touchline at the World Cup -- smoking, jumping, cursing and
 arrow Football: England unfazed by performances
Rio Ferdinand has defended England's slow start to the World Cup and is confident they will raise their game against Portugal in Saturday's quarter-final showdown.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann understands Kahn frustration
Germany's back-up goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has every right to be frustrated by his substitute role at the World Cup, German manager Jurgen Klinsmann said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Berne, Santiago... Nuremberg
A hail of cards - nine yellows and two reds for Portugal and seven and two respectively for The Netherlands showed the violent side of the World Cup on Sunday in the dirtiest match of the tournament to
 arrow Cricket: Footballers inspire 'em
England's cricketers will look to follow the example of their football counterparts as they try to end their one-day losing streak against Sri Lanka here at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Lamps vows to get touch back
Frank Lampard's goal-scoring touch has deserted him at the World Cup, but he has vowed to rediscover it in the quarterfinals against Portugal.
 arrow Football: Frustrations of a reserve
Oliver Kahn's outburst at being second string goalkeeper for Germany reflects the frustrations of being a reserve at the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Ballack, Klose miss training
Skipper Michael Ballack and top scorer Miroslav Klose missed Germany's training session on Tuesday but are expected to be fit for Friday's World Cup quarter-final with Argentina.
 arrow Football: 'Riquelme a marked man'
Juan Roman Riquelme has been a marked man at the World Cup but Argentina expect the playmaker to escape his shackles when they face hosts Germany in Friday's quarter-final in Berlin.
 arrow Football: Germany have got the belief
Germany have the strength to beat Argentina and bring their "black series" against top class opposition to an end, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Ref deserved a yellow card'
World Cup organiser Franz Beckenbauer on Tuesday added his voice to the criticism of refereeing at the tournament, saying match officials were failing to keep a grip on matches.
 arrow Football: French official blames Blatter
A leading French referee has slammed the "catastrophic" officiating at the World Cup and blamed FIFA President Sepp Blatter for putting politics before football in choosing referees.
 arrow Football: Inter chasing Riquelme
Italian Serie A club Inter Milan are prepared to pay up to 18 million euros (22.6 million dollars) for Villarreal midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme, Spanish sports daily Marca reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Kiev's toast for heroes
Ukraine toasted its hero footballers Tuesday after the team defied expectations to secure a place in the quarterfinals of their first-ever World Cup by beating Switzerland 3-0 in a penalty shootout.
 arrow Football: Bell ringing for change
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed bin Hammam has called for an overhaul of domestic clubs and leagues to make regional sides more competitive after a poor World Cup.
 arrow Football: Not winning friends, but ...
Italy may not be winning many friends for their dogged World Cup performances, but who cares when you're in the quarterfinals? 'Conta solo vincere' (only winning counts) has been the Italian players'
 arrow Football: Socceroos for the right man
Australia's heartbroken players say it's imperative for a big-name international coach to carry on Guus Hiddink's football revolution.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh unlikely to achieve target
With 30 per cent drop out rate from the primary schools, Bangladesh is unlikely to meet the target of Education for All by 2015, said speakers at a press briefing yesterday.
 arrow Any rise of third force to be disastrous: US envoy
Any rise of the third force would bring about disaster in the country, said US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis yesterday.
 arrow At least 2 camps to be set up in each ward of DCC
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday directed election officers in the capital to set up at least two temporary camps in each ward of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ensuring eligible people
 arrow 'Ensure workers' rights to boost garment industry'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the garment industry cannot thrive as a booming industry unless the rights of the workers are ensured.
 arrow Tk 126 cr DU budget
Dhaka University (DU), the country's premier public university, yesterday proposed an allocation of only 1.16 percent of its annual budget for research in 2006-07 fiscal.
 arrow Poly materials worth Tk 70 lakh seized
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department Monday seized polypropylene, raw material to produce polythene, worth around Tk 70 lakh during an attempt to sell those in the open market in Demra.
 arrow Journo Sheikh Mohiuddin passes away
Sheikh Mohiuddin, a prominent journalist and freedom fighter, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at the National Heart Foundation hospital in the city yesterday morning at the age of 60.
 arrow Mohiuddin, Danu Ctg city AL president, secy
After more than two decades, Chittagong city unit Awami League braced new leadership at its much-talked-about triennial conference yesterday with incumbent General Secretary ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, also
 arrow Judgement in Udichi blast cases today
The verdict of Udichi bomb blasts cases will be delivered today seven years after the grisly act left 10 people dead and over 200 injured.
 arrow Youngone units to reopen today
Youngone Group at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in a press release announced yesterday that work in all their six readymade garment units is to resume today.
 arrow Danish envoy meets PM
Outgoing Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Niels Severin Munk made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
 arrow US Navy hospital ship arrives in Ctg port July 1
The US Navy hospital ship arrives in Chittagong port on July 1 under a humanitarian assistance programme.
 arrow Nepal good friend of Bangladesh: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Nepal would be deepened in the days to come.
 arrow One shot dead in Ctg
An unidentified person was shot dead by a gang of robbers at Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Convicts with death threaten to kill SPP Latif
A special public prosecutor (SPP) yesterday filed a general diary (GD) with Kotwali Police Station mentioning that some convicts with death are planning to kill him.
 arrow Slain Gazipur trader buried
Mohsin Alam, a businessman who was killed after abduction, was buried yesterday at Mirzapur, Gazipur. The 37-year-old businessman went missing on May 17 from Mohammadpur, Dhaka.
 arrow Schoolgirl killed in Sirajganj road accident
A schoolgirl was run over by a speeding bus at Nukali area on Bogra-Nagarbari highway at Shahzadpur upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Use of words 'Acting President' not correct
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said use of the words 'Acting President' is not correct.
 arrow Police action on female workers condemned
Karmajibi Nari condemned the police of their atrocity on female garment workers at the Youngone Factory of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) on Monday.
 arrow Concern over condition of primary schools
Bangladesh Mohila Parishad expressed concern over the condition of primary schools across the country following the fast-unto-death by the community and government primary school teachers.
Nationalarrow Animal feed for prisoners!
About 7000 kilograms of rotten and putrid ankor pulse, generally used as animal feed, were recovered during raids at Rajshahi Central Jail godown since Sunday night.
 arrow Rift in Mymensingh AL widens
Rift in Awami League (AL) units in most of the upazilas are widening as the next general election is drawing nearer.
 arrow Protesters give deadline to meet 6-point demand
Agitating affected people from nearby villages yesterday locked the main gate of the Tengratila gas field office for six hours as part of their movement to press their 6-point demand including payment
 arrow Fodder from maize plants
An additional 8,84,400 tons of fodder can be produced annually from maize plants, thanks to innovation by the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI).
 arrow Satkhira women raise voice against drug abuse
It was a different event for the people of Satkhira town as women took to the streets yesterday to raise voice against drug abuse so that the menace can be eradicated from society once for all.
 arrow Wide-bodied plane to land in Sylhet airport from Sept
State minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mirza Fokhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said landing of wide bodied aircraft in Sylhet Osmani International Airport from UK will resumed in September this year.
 arrow CCTV cameras installed in Khulna jail
Three close circuit TV cameras have been installed in front of the main gate, visitors' room and on the roof of Khulna District Jail.
 arrow 'We want clean candidate'
People in a remote village at a meeting yesterday urged political parties to nominate 'clean candidates' in the next parliamentary election.
 arrow BM College canteen ransacked by JCD
BM College canteen was ransacked and six Chhatra League activists injured allegedly by JCD men yesterday.
 arrow Recruitment stopped again by HC order
The process for recruitment of 17 third class and 85 fourth-class employees at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (BSMCH) has been postponed for the second time by the High Court.
Point-Counterpointarrow The caretaker conundrum
Does the constitution permit for the President or the current Chief Election Commissioner to be the Chief Adviser of the non-party caretaker government under certain circumstances? This question is currently
 arrow Countering drug trafficking in Bangladesh
South Asia is wedged between the world's largest illicit opium producing areas, the Golden Triangle (Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos) and the Golden Crescent (Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan).
 arrow The perils of confrontational politics
It has become abundantly clear that there cannot be any understanding between the two major political parties (AL and BNP) about the need for establishing viable democratic institutions in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Reflections of Khayyam in Nazrul's works
Cultural Counsellor of Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Iran and Nazrul Institute, Dhaka jointly organised a seminar titled 'Omar Khayyam's philosophy reflected in Nazrul's works'.
 arrow Karigor: A translation of Ibsen's play
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Nandimukh, Dhaka-based troupe Kanthashilon will stage Karigor, a translation of Norwegian legendary dramatist Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder,
 arrow Making waves with documentary films
A glimpse of award-winning documentary film, Tale of Gypsy Children: Leaving their makeshift and dilapidated homes on boats, gypsies ply their trade as snake charmers, magicians, faith healers,
 arrow A TV play on World Drug Free Day
Kishor Chhabi Ankte Parey, a special play written by Amitavo Reza and directed by Abid Mallick, highlighted the perils of drug abuse.
Generalarrow Plant trees to protect environment: Tariqul
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) launched its free sapling distribution programme 2006 at Krishibid Institution at Farmgate in the city yesterday.
 arrow JU female students demand security
Female students of Jahanara Imam hall at Jahangirnagar University staged a demonstration in the dormitory yesterday and on Monday night as authorities concerned failed to trace the male intruder, whoinjured
 arrow Ragib elected NSU Foundation chairman
Ragib Ali, a founder-life member of North South University (NSU) Foundation and a distinguished industrialist, has been unanimously elected chairman of the foundation, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Saddam genocide trial set for Aug 21
The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on charges including genocide for a brutal campaign against Kurds in the 1980s that left 100,000 people dead was set Tuesday for August 21.
 arrow Chen apologises to nation for scandals
Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian apologised to the nation for the corruption scandals dogging his family and called Tuesday for dialogue with his opponents and China after surviving a parliamentary vote
 arrow Kuwaiti women eye parliament seats, but chances slim
Kuwaiti women hope to make a historic leap into parliament when they take part in legislative polls for the first time on Thursday, but the chances of women being elected are seen as slim.
 arrow New Vietnam PM, president take over
Vietnam on Tuesday chose a new prime minister and president in a generational leadership change for the communist country heading fast into an era of closer integration with the world economy.
 arrow Nepal rebel leader for new council to replace parliament
Nepal's Maoist rebel leader has proposed that a council comprising political leaders, Maoists and members of civil society be implemented to replace parliament, politicians said Tuesday.
 arrow 7 killed in violence in Thailand's south
Seven people have been killed by suspected Islamic insurgents in attacks in southern Thailand, including a bombing that left five security officers dead, police said Tuesday.
 arrow 450 detainees freed in Iraq
About 450 detainees held in US and Iraqi prisons were freed Tuesday under an amnesty as part of a national reconciliation plan aimed at ending the bloodshed.
 arrow Hyderabad Nizam to pay ex-wife $1m in alimony
The grandson of the last ruler of India's princely state of Hyderabad has been ordered by a court to pay his third wife, a former Miss Turkey, one million dollars as part of a divorce settlement.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC's antics continue
What is the Chief Election Commissioner up to? We have been asking this question ad nauseam and instead of receiving a plausible response we are only presented with more of his unintelligible and extremely
 arrow Editorial: Malaysian investment
Malaysian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz while speaking at a meeting of Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) gave a friendly reminder about his country's
 arrow A CEC, two presidents and a ubiquity of questions
Chief Election Commissioner M.A. Aziz enlightened us last week on his legal acumen.
 arrow The twin crises
The Musharraf regime is facing a serious crisis. Musharraf has to organize two elections between October 2007 to February 2008: one national general election and another to the office of the President.
 arrow Goodbye Iraq!
Sending Japanese soldiers to Iraq to help Tokyo's closest ally, giving the Iraq invasion a multi-national coloring was probably the most controversial of all decisions taken by Japan's present government
Letters to Editorarrow Bir Sreshtha Matiur Rahman
I was overcome by emotion to learn that the remains of our hero, Bir Sreshtha Matiur Rahman, are now back where they belong, to rest in our motherland for eternity.
 arrow Grand tamasha!
The CEC headlines and the interesting cartoon alongside (DS: 26 June) are amusing.
 arrow Bleak future?
We are bewildered and feeling very upset by the situation in the country. Suddenly, we are being assailed by unthinkable problems.
 arrow A tribute to Bangladesh
In April this year, my family and I had to say goodbye to Bangladesh our home for the last four years.
 arrow Football war!
This is a war sans weapon of mass destruction, but not without bloodletting. This is the war which is jolting the whole universe. Here adrenaline plays the crucial role.
 arrow Muslims vs. Muslims
This is in response to Mr. Mahmood Elahi's concern "But no one seems to have any idea how to stop Muslims from slaughtering fellow Muslims". I have an idea, which is not political.
 arrow Overbridge needed at Rampura
We, the people of Rampura, have to cross the busy road in front of TV centre. At times we have to wait for a long time to get a suitable chance to cross over the road.
 arrow Voice of reason
Finally one voice of reason and maturity amidst all the posturing over the RMG crisis. Mr. Wasim Rahman has brilliantly highlighted the factors that just about everyone has ignored.
 arrow A matter of focus
It was end-1957, to recall. In one of those evenings, the then chief Minister of East Pakistan Ataur Rahman Khan hosted a reception in honour of the newly installed Prime Minister of Pakistan Sir Firoz Khan Noon at the sprawling lawn of his official residence on Bailey Road of Dhaka city.
 arrow A bureaucrat's diary
Though "Amlar Dinlipi", the diary of an erstwhile secretary Mr. Kazi Fazlur Rahman was published in 2001, I only just came across it. After reading it, I was moved enough to pen these thoughts.
 arrow Indo-Bangla relations
The news item on Sheikh Hasina's meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh as reported in The Daily Star on 23rd June, 2006 drew my attention. Mr.
 arrow Corruption at ZIA
The customs officials at Dhaka International Airport can cause a lot of trouble to the travellers.
 arrow AL and Jamaat
A few weeks after the 2001 general elections, a lengthy interview of Jamaat leader Golam Azam was published in a daily wherein he had been asked whether he had ever met Sheikh Hasina personally towhich
 arrow Primary school teachers' demands
Is our education ministry, government paying any attention to the demands of the primary schools teachers? How long they have to be on the road under the open sky starving for their legitimate demands?
Star Chittagongarrow Khagrachhari rivers hiss with the onset of monsoon
At least 1,500 houses and more than 5,000 acres of land, including crop land of 20 villages in six upazilas have been devoured due to river erosion in the district in the last five years, official and
 arrow CMCH X-ray service for outdoor patients suspended
The X-ray service at the Radiology and Imaging Department of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) has remained suspended for the poor outdoor patients for the last four months.
Star Cityarrow DCC to bring down unauthorised billboards
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to bring down all unauthorised billboards in the city if the owners do not remove those by the end of this month.
 arrow First Bangladeshi mountaineers on Frey peak
Musa Ibrahim and Sajal Khaled went down in the books of history to become the first ever Bangladeshi mountaineers to reach a mountain peak.
 arrow Enjoying the hustle bustle of Shankhari Bazar
Emerging through the archway out of the bright sunshine and into the shaded thin streets of Shankhari Bazar, we were immediately greeted by a canopy of bright flags.
 arrow Miseries of primary school teachers
It has been now twenty years since Khairunnesa started teaching as the headmistress of Binna Danghi Government Primary School in Shingair, Manikganj.
 arrow Thousands living in the open
The demolition of around 3,500 shanties at Bhasantek in the city by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) on June 15 to widen a road, without any prior notice has made over 15,000 people homeless.
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