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Front Pagearrow All 23 accused let off the hook
A Jessore court yesterday acquitted all 23 accused in the sensational case for bomb attacks on an Udichi conference seven years ago in the district that killed 10 people and injured over 150.
 arrow MPs urged to disclose assets to check graft
Opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday in parliament called for disclosure of assets by the prime minister, opposition leader, ministers and lawmakers to check all-pervading corruption in society butthe
 arrow PM asks EC to prepare flawless voter list
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to prepare a flawless voter list including the names of all eligible people for holding the next parliamentary elections in time.
 arrow Stage set for big time games
The "big guys" are coming says Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira of the World Cup quarter-finals which see a mouth-watering quartet of big occasion games.
 arrow UN for talks between key political parties
A UN mission, which visited Bangladesh to assess the pre-election environment in the country, expressed grave concern about high level of political violence here.
 arrow Udichi unhappy over verdict, wants judicial investigation
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi reacting to the verdict on the Jessore Udichi blast case yesterday demanded the government initiate a judicial probe into the murders.
 arrow Rare species of cactus

 arrow Home sits on approval for pressing charges
With home ministry delaying its approval for pressing charges in Prof Dr S Taher Ahmed murder case, three of the arrested accused have submitted prayers to court to withdraw their confessional judicial
 arrow BDR, BSF trade shots on Jakiganj border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunshots for over five hours early yesterday, forcing the locals to flee their houses at bordering Amolshid village of Jakiganj.
 arrow I don't want to be president
Refuting repeated allegation by her arch political rival Sheikh Hasina about "grabbing the post of the president," Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that she has no intention to take up the post.
 arrow SC bar decides to meet Iajuddin
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday decided to meet President Iajuddin Ahmed to know his physical condition and take necessary legal steps to protect the constitutional dignity and rights
 arrow Reforms must before polls
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament called on the public to stay alert so that the ruling alliance cannot 'plot to rig' the upcoming elections.
 arrow Crises in edn institutions continue to brew
Teachers and employees of non-government high schools and colleges yesterday announced going for indefinite strike from July 9 demanding immediate realisation of their six-point demand including 100 per
 arrow 3 killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals and an underground operative were killed during "shootouts" between their accomplices and the law enforcers in Chittagong and Kushtia early yesterday.
 arrow Finance bill approved
The parliament yesterday approved the Finance Bill 2006 bringing an amendment to the import duty structure of raw sugar.
 arrow Delhi wants Dhaka to back its UN bid
India has sought Bangladesh's support to her candidate for the post of secretary general of the United Nations (UN).
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 BNP men
Outlaws belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) gunned down two BNP men and injured another in separate incidents in Mirpur upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Israelis bomb camp, cut power, water in Gaza Strip
Israel turned up the pressure on Palestinian militants to release a captive soldier yesterday, sending its warplanes to bomb a Hamas training camp after knocking out electricity and water supplies for
 arrow Nepal's parliament sworn in as king sidelined
Nepal's parliament and ministers were sworn in yesterday at a ceremony which for the first time did not include the king but ill-health forced the prime minister to skip the event.
 arrow 5 sailors killed in Lankan clash
Five Sri Lankan sailors were killed and three wounded in an exchange of fire with Tamil Tiger boats in the island's northwest, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Businessarrow Section of importers creates crisis to raise prices
Taking Indian government's ban on pulses export to their advantage, a syndicate of importers is trying to make an artificial crisis of the essential item in domestic market, increasing the prices.
 arrow Knitwear export to Germany grows 51pc in July-April
Bangladesh's export of knitwear to Germany, a major knitwear export destination, continued to maintain a robust growth without any restriction against a competitive country like China during the post-MFA
 arrow Call for quality in business
Quality Fair 2006 concluded yesterday amid a call for ensuring quality in all strata of business, commerce and economic activities.
 arrow Farmersí unions reject WTO market access proposals
Farmers' leaders warned on Wednesday that they could not accept that cuts in agricultural tariffs proposed by the G20 group of developing countries should form the basis of a global trade agreement.
 arrow Small business to cut Indonesia poverty: WB
Small businesses, which employ millions of Indonesians, could become major engines of economic growth in this cash-strapped country and help reduce poverty, the World Bank said Wednesday.
 arrow China taking market share of other exporters
China has taken control of half of the US apparel market in areas where quotas have been removed, gaining much of it from other developing countries, a US textile group said Monday.
 arrow Ctg customs to sell goods of 500 consignments
Chittagong customs authorities under the second phase of its largest-ever auction here yesterday put imported goods of 500 consignments on sale.
 arrow Roundtable on enhancing leather industry's competitiveness
Paying greater attention to the process of skinning of animals and ensuring maximum value for hides are key to enhancing competitiveness of leather industry in the country, Gopal Bhattacharya, director
 arrow National Housing Finance approves 20pc dividend
National Housing Finance And Investments Ltd has approved a 20 per cent dividend, including a 10 per cent interim dividend already paid for the year 2005.
 arrow New chairman of SMC
Syed Shamim Ahsan has been elected chairman of Social Marketing Company (SMC).
 arrow New MD of BASF Bangladesh
Saria Sadique has been appointed the new managing director (MD) of BASF Bangladesh Ltd, a subsidiary of German chemical conglomerate BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, effective from May 29, 2006.
 arrow WTO warns delays at trade talks may scupper deal
WTO chief Pascal Lamy on Wednesday warned trading nations who are trying to revitalise talks on global commerce that they must settle key differences over coming days or they could jeopardise a finaldeal.
 arrow Air passenger traffic in Asia up 4pc: AAPA
Asia-Pacific airlines flew 10.5 million passengers in May, up four percent from a year earlier, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said Wednesday.
 arrow Speed Life corporate office opens tomorrow
Speed Life Export Import Limited will open its corporate office at Bara Moghbazar in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Hyundai Motor chairman freed on bail
Chung Mong-Koo, the head of South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor, was freed on bail of one million dollars Wednesday, two months after he was jailed on corruption charges, his lawyer said.
 arrow Square Pharma gets Bankers' Forum Award 2005
Square Pharmaceuticals Limited has received the Bankers' Forum Award 2005 in recognition of the company's ethical and socially-responsible business practices and smooth operation with their bankers.
 arrow Nokia sues Chinese rivals for copying phone design
Mobile phone maker Nokia said Wednesday it was suing two Chinese rivals for copying the design of its 7260 mobile phone model.
 arrow Indo-Bangla trade fair to begin in Sept
A 10-day Indo-Bangla trade fair styled 'Sharadiya Mela' is going to be organised in India from September 1 to display and sell household products.
Sportsarrow Football: Clash of the titans
It does not come much bigger than Germany versus Argentina -- a match-up steeped in World Cup history that will bring the host country to a standstill on Friday.
 arrow Football: Order re-established
The World Cup in Germany has confounded predictions that the power base of football has shifted and made the 2002 tournament in Asia look like a quirk of history.
 arrow Football: Spanish curse strikes again
They came to the World Cup billed as the great underachievers.
 arrow Football: Ghana Africa's watershed
Ghana's World Cup dreams were shattered by reigning champions Brazil, but the Black Stars played well against some top football teams and served notice of what might happen on African soil in 2010.
 arrow Football: Domenech hails golden oldies
France coach Raymond Domenech playfully poured scorn on the notion that his team of aged stars should be more concerned about pipes and slippers than facing Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: French press praise heroes
The French press on Wednesday hailed their national team's achievement in rolling back the years and qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Spain.
 arrow Football: Football infects tennis!
The glory of victory, the agony of defeat: Wimbledon's top stars are going through all the extremes of emotion.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Germany's all-action midfielder Torsten Frings says he is planning on adding to his already extensive collection of tattoos.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup scorers after end of the round of 16 on Tuesday:
4: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany), Ronaldo (Brazil), Villa

 arrow Football: The Only Raymond Fan?

 arrow Football: Talent hunt's 2nd round from July 15
The first round of the countrywide cricket talent hunt programme titled 'cricket medhar khoje' ended at Manikganj last Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria annihilates Anna
Maria Sharapova insisted she was intent on seizing back her Wimbledon crown from Venus Williams after she blasted her way into the second round here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela whacks Eng again
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene scored his second hundred in as many matches as the tourists made 318 for seven in the fourth one-day international against England at Old Trafford here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
Youthful vigour is always cherished but to fulfil its dreams, you need a touch of experience. Ask the 'fat' Ronaldo or an 'old' Zinedine Zidane, they will tell you with a smile that 'class is forever'.
 arrow Football: Nesta ruled out
Italy's central defender Alessandro Nesta confirmed Wednesday he will not play in their World Cup quarter-final against the Ukraine after failing to recover from a groin injury.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf ensures good Pak start
Pakistan began their UK tour by beating Scotland by five wickets in a one-day international at The Grange here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Argentina won't change style
Argentine stars Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez said Tuesday the team will not change their style when they go up against three-time champions and hosts Germany in Friday's quarterfinal.
 arrow Football: Merkel wants Klinsmann to stay on
German Chancellor Angela Merkel heaped praise on national football coach Jurgen Klinsmann in an interview published on Wednesday and predicted Germany would reach the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Football: Muller salutes Ronaldo
Gerd Muller, world champion in 1974, and whose 32-year 14 goal record Ronaldo broke only yesterday saluted the hotshot from Rio.
 arrow Football: Interesting WC facts
* Switzerland exited the 2006 World Cup without conceding a goal! After defending for 390 minutes (270 mins in 1st round and 120 mins in the 2nd) they lost to Ukraine in the tie-breakers.
 arrow Football: Sex, sleep and diet
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has put his excellent World Cup form down to a good diet, plenty of sleep and a healthy sex life.
 arrow Football: 'Roly Poly' and 'Pensioner' show their class
Two of the most criticised players during the World Cup finals knocked another nail into the coffins of their critics on Tuesday as Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo boosted France and Brazil into the quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: DP, Zambrotta visit Pessotto
Italy players Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluca Zambrotta flew back to Turin on Tuesday to visit Gianluca Pessotto in hospital after the former international's apparent suicide attempt.
 arrow Football: Mr. Motivator vs Mr. Magoo
Sven-Goran Eriksson insists he will not be motivated by revenge when he comes up against old foe Luiz Felipe Scolari yet again. And that, say the critics, is part of his problem.
 arrow Football: The Marseille Scarface
There was a sense of the baton passing on in France's dynamic last 16 win over Spain as Frank Ribery proved just why he was being talked about as the new Zinedine Zidane.
 arrow Football: 686km for bet!
A Frenchman made a 686-kilometre (426-mile) round-trip from Paris to London and then back again purely to place a 10,000-euro (6,900-pound, 12,600-dollar) bet on Brazil to win the World Cup, British bookmaker
 arrow Football: Messi won't betray Barca
Argentine World Cup midfielder Lionel Messi will never betray his club Barcelona by jumping ship to arch-rivals Real Madrid, his father said in a report on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Depression pushed Pessotto over the edge
Work depression drove former Italy international Gianluca Pessotto to try to commit suicide, his wife said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Revenge the French way
France say the way Spanish fans whistled during the playing of their national anthem the Marseillaise before Tuesday's last 16 game only served to give them added incentive to win the match.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka, Delhi must overcome narrow, parochial outlook
Both India and Bangladesh must overcome the narrow and parochial outlook to improve the bilateral relations, said eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.
 arrow 'Turn safe food movement into social movement'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for amendment to the new laws on food adulteration imposing stringent punishment to the responsible traders.
 arrow 6 killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and five injured in separate road accident in Dhaka, Satkhira and Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow $111.5m WB credit for strengthening local governance
The World Bank (WB) will provide a US$ 111.5 million credit to Bangladesh to strengthen the local governance system by providing community services through a transparent fiscal transfer system.
 arrow Denmark wants free, fair polls in Bangladesh
Danish Ambassador Niels Severin Munk yesterday discussed issues like polls, politics, corruption and development with Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
 arrow Tk 521 cr budget for public universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh announced a budget of Tk 521.
 arrow Pro-opposition DU senate members boycott lunch
Senate members of pro-opposition Blue and Pink panels of Dhaka University (DU) boycotted a lunch sponsored by the Islami Bank on the final day of the two-day senate session yesterday.
 arrow 'Adopt strategies to combat both rural, urban poverty'
Urban poverty is directly related to the unplanned urbanisation of the country, said speakers at a press conference organised by Coalition of Urban Poor (CUP) at Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Tk 10cr Japanese grant for obstetric care services
The government of Japan yesterday approved the utilisation of Japanese Counterpart Fund, amounting to Tk 10 crore, for the project of strengthening the Emergency Obstetric Care (EOC) Services througheffective
 arrow FF Mohiuddin buried without state honour
Veteran journalist and freedom fighter Sheikh Mohiuddin was laid to rest in his family graveyard at Rajpasha Shekherhat village under Sadar upazila of Jhalakathi district yesterday morning without any
 arrow Tk 46.20cr Buet budget okayed
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Buet) has approved its Tk 46.20 crore budget for 2006-2007 fiscal year, says a press release.
 arrow JU probe body takes seven more days
The probe body formed to investigate the June 7 intrusion of two unknown men into Jahanara Imam (JI) hall, a female dormitory at Jahnagirnagar University (JU), has taken seven more days to publish report,
 arrow Left Front for resignation of CEC
Leaders of Left Democratic Front, a platform of leftist political parties, yesterday demanded electoral reforms and immediate resignation of election commissioners, including the Chief Election Commissioner.
 arrow 1,420 arrested
Police arrested some 1,420 people from across the country on various charges in last 24 hours ending 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow $ 10m Saudi food aid for drought-hit African states
The government of Saudi Arabia has allocated 10 million US dollars in food assistance for the drought-affected people in six African countries, says a press release issued by the Royal Embassy of Saudi
 arrow Thai envoy's residence to be shifted
The Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka will shift its Chancery and Ambassador's Residence to 18 and 20 Madani Avenue, Baridhara from July 1, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Mysterious disease kills schoolboy
A mysterious disease killed a schoolboy and attacked 12 girls at Sabdalpur High School in Sreepur upazila in Magura district. The 12 girls are now improving at Magura Sadar Hospital, doctors said yesterday.
 arrow Jail super stand-released, sent to Lalmonirhat
The acting deputy inspector general and senior superintendent of Rajshahi Divisional Central Jail Rezaul Karim was stand-released and transferred to Lalmonirhat district jail yesterday for alleged irregularities
 arrow 14 pass Dakhil without exam in Chandpur!
Fourteen students passed Dakhil examination without appearing at the examination this year, held under Comilla Board. All of them appeared from Faridganj Alia Madrasa centre.
 arrow College principal, wife face death threat in Khulna
Outlaws belonging to PBCP Janajuddho faction has demanded Tk five lakh as toll from Prof Saidul Hasan, principal of Daulatpur Government BL University College.
 arrow BNP-Jamaat bid for rally foiled again
BNP lawmaker Shahjahan Mia postponed his public meeting at Kansat for the second time yesterday due to resistance by villagers under the banner of Pally Bidyut Unnayan Sangram Parishad (PBUSP).
 arrow Charge framing deferred again
Charge in the August 17 bomb blast case in Kishoreganj could not be framed yesterday as Jamaatul Mujadideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, its second in command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla
 arrow Supporters of municipal chairman, commissioners clash: 65 hurt
At least 65 people including pedestrians were injured, six of them critically, in a clash between supporters of municipality chairman and wards commissioners in Sirajganj town yesterday.
 arrow RU pro-Jamaat teachers' removal demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Samajtantrik Chhtara Front (SCF) yesterday staged separate demonstrations on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus demanding immediate removal of two 'controversial'pro-Jamaat
 arrow 'No more lower wage for same work'
Women at a remote village in Satkhira raised voices against gender discrimination and protested lower wages than men for same work.
 arrow Samo Adhiker demends removal of Moniswapan
Samo Adhiker Andolon, an organisation agitating for establishment of equal rights of Bengali settlers in CHT, in a press statement issued here on Tuesday, demanded immediate removal and punishment toCHT
 arrow Kendua BNP council held amid boycott by a faction
Council of Kendua upazila BNP was held on Tuesday with a faction in the unit boycotting it. The council was held at Joyhori High School premises in Kendua town in the face of opposition by a rivalfaction.
 arrow Documents lost from Bogra BRTA office
Documents of hundreds of driving licenses were lost or damaged from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office here due to lake of proper preservation and maintenance, officials said.
 arrow Dog saves baby from jackal
A street dog saved a baby boy from a jackal's clutches at Lahuria village in Lohagara upazila in Narail district in the early hours of yesterday. The injured boy was admitted to a clinic in Maguratown.
 arrow Runty tea garden reopens
Rutna Tea Garden in Juri upazila in Moulvibazar district has been reopened after two and a half years' closure and labourers and other garden staff have joined work, sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow How unstable is the BNP-Jamaat alliance?
From a game theory perspective, a political alliance, in many of its facets is similar to a cartel such as Opec (designed to cut production and raise prices).
 arrow New king of steel
In January, Mittal Steel, a Rotterdam-based steel conglomerate launched a hostile takeover bid against the Luxembourg-based steel giant Arcelor.
 arrow The issue is energy security
I carefully read a recent two-part article: "Assessing Tata's investment proposal" by Justice Golam Rabani, Nuruddin Kamal, et al., in The Daily Star (June 6-7).
 arrow Weakness in the budget
the budget in Bangladesh is a huge media event. For a day or two the Minister of Finance replaces the Ronaldos and Aisharyas as the favoured star of the ubiquitous box.
Culturearrow The aftermath of exodus
Mother squats weeping & points to her sons
Standing thin legged like elderly nuns
small bodied hands to their mouths in prayer
Five months small food since they settled there
On Jessore

 arrow Baichal to be staged today
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Nandi-mukh to mark its 15th anniversary, Baichal will be staged today at Shilpakala Academy Auditorium, Chittagong.
 arrow Palakar's play Mangula staged
The 9th production of Palakar's new play Mangula was held at the Experimental Theatre Hall recently.
 arrow Rukmini Devi: The legend lives on
Illustrious dancer Rukmini Devi (February 29, 1904-February 24, 1986) lives on in the public memory for her dedication to this performing art form and particularly Bharatnatyam.
Generalarrow 150 students fall ill with unknown disease
About 150 students of two secondary schools at Tongibari in Munshiganj and Jibannagar in Chuadanga fell ill with unknown disease yesterday, causing panic among the students and guardians.
 arrow US must check nationalists who clash with Islam
The United States must check the internal voices of nationalism that are promoting a "clash of civilizations" with Islam, the head of the Arab League said Tuesday.
 arrow Wall collapses on tin-shed house in city: One injured
One person was injured critically when a wall of an under-construction six-storey building collapsed on his tin-shed house at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Nasa to replace aging shuttle
NASA is already looking to the future with a new-generation spacecraft to replace its aging shuttle fleet and take astronauts on an ambitious mission to Mars after returning to the Moon.
 arrow 21 dead, 36 hurt in China mine blast
At least 21 miners were killed and 36 injured after a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine Wednesday in northeastern China, state press said.
 arrow 67 cadets pass out of BMA
A total of 67 cadets formally passed out of the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at a glittering ceremony at Bhatiary, Chittagong, says an ISPR press release yesterday.
 arrow Chen's troubles far from over
Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian survived an opposition bid to oust him over a series of corruption scandals, but analysts warn his troubles are far from over.
 arrow US suspends aid to Gambia
The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the USA yesterday agreed to suspend The Gambia's eligibility for aid, citing a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC's selection
 arrow Saudi Arabia to learn from West's mistakes
Saudi Arabia will learn from the mistakes of the West in developing its own democratic system, the kingdom's ambassador to the United States said Tuesday.
Internationalarrow US Congress body backs nuclear deal with India
A controversial civilian nuclear energy deal between India and the United States cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday, easily winning approval by a US Congress committee.
 arrow Tigers destroy naval patrol craft
Tamil Tiger rebels destroyed a naval patrol boat and mortared military positions in the restive northeast Wednesday as schools in the capital shut amid fears of bomb attacks, the government said.
 arrow Kuawit elects new parliament today
Kuwaitis elect a new parliament today after a highly charged campaign, with analysts predicting a strong showing by reformists that will set the stage for a showdown with the government.
 arrow 'Saddam trial unfair without US security for lawyers'
Former US attorney general Ramsey Clark said Tuesday that his client, Saddam Hussein, could not receive a fair trial in Iraq without US protection for defense lawyers, three of whom have been murdered.
 arrow Khamenei says 'no use' talking with US
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday he saw "no use" in negotiating with the United States over its nuclear program and signalled again that Tehran was unwilling to freeze sensitive
 arrow Muteiri grabs her chance in history
It was not long ago that Fatma al-Muteiri, scion of an ancient bedouin tribe, was just another Kuwaiti woman.
 arrow Pierre Cardin to stage a comeback as he turns 84
Sixty years after launching himself into the world of fashion, French icon Pierre Cardin has nothing to prove, but next week he will return to centre stage during men's fashion week, staging his first
 arrow 8 suspected Maoists killed in Andhra
Police Tuesday gunned down eight suspected Maoist guerrillas in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, a report said.
 arrow Quail feared extinct sighted after 74 yrs
A quail feared to have become extinct has been spotted for the first time in 74 years in Indias northeast, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow US Senate turns down ban on flag burning
The Republican majority in the US Senate failed by just one vote Tuesday to amend the US Constitution to ban desecration of the American flag.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A useful message from TIB study
The parliamentary standing committees on the ministries, which could at least hold meetings with participation of opposition MPs even when they were boycotting JS sessions, have not performed as effectively
 arrow Editorial: The bane of 'mass' recruitment
This administration's tenure is scheduled to end in about four months' time. There has been talk of curtailing the size of the government for quite sometime now. Already there are budgetary constraints.
 arrow Caretaker government, president and the armed forces
Along with the demand of the opposition for electoral and caretaker government (CTG) reforms, a related issue has been the political control of the armed forces during the interregnum.
 arrow The demise of objectivity
The fag end of the 20th century saw freedom of the press run on a fail-safe line in many first world countries. One of the major casualties of the 21st century is objectivity in (and of) the media.
 arrow Why can't South Asians play football?
Football fever is currently sweeping the globe, and not surprisingly, Bangladesh too is very much engulfed in this great sports enthusiasm, which comes only once every four years.
Letters to Editorarrow Hero laid to rest
The acting President took part in the ceremony of showing respect to the mortal remains of Birsreshtha Matiur Rahman. Why didn't the President Dr.
 arrow A stubborn CEC
We, the ordinary people of this country, are entirely disappointed at the way CEC is viewing the upcoming general election.
 arrow Some thoughts on budget
1. The budgets are usually a routine affair-- as we have resource constraints and less tax return there is not much room for new things.
 arrow FLYOVERS, not enough
Yet another flyover will be completed in the next three years to ease the traffic logs.
 arrow Strong civil society
A strong civil society is the mirror of the nation. They are also the representative of the various interest groups within the society. A vibrant civil society pulls the nation towards the positivedirection.
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