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Front Pagearrow Voter list revision set to bite the dust
The Election Commission (EC) starts the month-long task for updating the voter list tomorrow but many have doubted the success of the attempt for preparing a flawless electoral roll by following strict
 arrow Ministers in JS under fire for price hike, crimes
Opposition lawmakers in parliament yesterday fired a broadside against the ministries of commerce, home and primary and mass education for price spiral of essentials, deteriorating law and order and irregularities
 arrow Opposition to snap rail, road, river links
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine will seek to halt road, rail and river communications across the country on July 2 to press home its demands for electoral reforms and resignation ofthe
 arrow Big boys ready to roll
The World Cup returns with a bang on Friday after a two-day break as the hosts kick off the first of the heavyweight quarterfinal battles.
 arrow Budget passed in AL's absence
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the national budget for the fiscal year 2006-07 in the absence of the main opposition Awami league (AL) as they had walked out of the House.
 arrow Staff unwilling to do voter listing again
Over a hundred field level officials in the capital, who were recruited last year and employed during the preparation of the controversial 'fresh voter list' from January to May this year, yesterday expressed
 arrow Local firm chosen to build Dhaka subway
The Ministry of Communications selected local firm Contech Limited for constructing a 52 kilometre long underground railway system in the densely populated capital and sent the proposal to the government's
 arrow JCD man, outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel and his accomplices at Alurtal area of Sylhet city early yesterday while an outlaw waskilled
 arrow Last day to whiten black money today
All commercial banks and income tax offices will remain open today to carry on the government's revenue collection activities.
 arrow Over 100 trees felled to widen Gulshan road
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials chopped down over 100 age-old trees along Gulshan Road-71 with the excuse of widening the road and ensuring 'smooth flow of traffic' in the quiet residential area.
 arrow Tariffs on 4,271 items to decreaseas Safta takes effect tomorrow
Bangladesh will reduce tariffs on 4,271 items by five per cent on average by December 31, 2008 under South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement taking effect tomorrow.
 arrow Bar Council, SC Bar denied president's appointment
Bangabhaban yesterday refused to entertain the applications of Bangladesh Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) seeking to meet President Iajuddin Ahmed.
 arrow Babar blames AL for weak charge sheet
State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said in parliament that the previous Awami League (AL) government did not properly prepare the charge sheet in the 1999 Udichi blast case.
 arrow No dialogue with war criminals
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil has said the inclusion of BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in the government panel of negotiators for the dialogue on electoral reforms will not
 arrow AL MP sues police officials
Awami Laegue (AL) lawmaker Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj yesterday filed a criminal case against 16 police officials for torture on him and his party workers during the 14-party opposition's Election Commission
 arrow Fast unto death

 arrow Man dies of 'police torture'
A man died yesterday allegedly of police torture in the capital.
 arrow 2 officials killed as truck rams Rab vehicle
Two Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) officials were killed and three others including two Rab sources were injured when a sand-laden truck rammed their vehicle at Rajarbagh in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Woman to die for keeping 4kg heroin
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a woman to death and fined Tk 5 lakh for possessing 4kg heroin.
 arrow BSF abducts 7 women
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) kidnapped seven Bangladeshi women from Daulatpur border area yesterday and the day before.
 arrow 160 victims of extra-judicial killings in 6 months
One hundred and sixty one people fell victims to extra-judicial killings by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in the last six months, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).
 arrow Agrani Bank in Bogra looted
Robbers looted around Tk 2.5 lakh in cash, a gun and 11 bullets, as there was no security guard on duty at night at Agrani Bank Damaziny Branch on Wednesday night under Shajahanpur Upazila in the district.
 arrow Israeli troops seizes Hamas legislators
Israeli troops rounded up dozens of ministers and lawmakers from the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party yesterday, including the deputy prime minister, while forging ahead with a military campaign in Gaza
 arrow Hasina trashes PM's assurance over presidency
Sharply reacting to Wednesday's speech of the prime minister in parliament about the speculations over the presidency, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has said the prime minister does the opposite ofwhat
 arrow Charges framed in journo Belal killing case
A Khulna court yesterday framed charges against six accused in the sensational journalist Belal murder case.
Businessarrow Local businesses not ready as Safta comes into force tomorrow
As the Safta comes into force tomorrow, local businesses at a roundtable yesterday said they are not ready for trade under the regional agreement.
 arrow 4 IPOs get SEC clearance
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the initial public offerings (IPOs) applications of four companies to raise a total of Tk 53.2 crore from the capital market.
 arrow Share extra production costs as labour wages rise
The country's knitwear exporters yesterday urged the buyers to share the additional expenditures for production that resulted from increase in labour wages and implementation of compliance issues.
 arrow Free trade spurs growth but widens inequality in Asia
Free trade has spurred record economic growth in the Asia-Pacific but also widened income inequality as unskilled workers are left behind by globalization, a UN report said Thursday.
 arrow Lankan trade fair to begin in Dhaka July 13
In a bid to boost trade relations between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, a four-day single country 'Sri Lanka Trade Fair 2006' will begin in Dhaka on July 13.
 arrow Etihad Airways opens Abu Dhabi sales outlet
Etihad Airways, the national flag carrier of United Arab Emirates, has opened a new sales outlet in Abu Dhabi to help its customers purchase tickets and make enquiries easily.
 arrow Novartis launches new drug
Novartis has launched a calcium and vitamin D supplement named “Sandocal-D”. Vitamin D stimulates intestinal calcium absorptions and enhances the bone building process itself, says a press release.
 arrow HSBC Asia Pacific CEO visits Dhaka
Michael RP Smith (OBE), president and chief executive officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC Asia Pacific) and chairman of Hang Seng Bank, visited Bangladesh between June 25
 arrow Rehab fair in New York begins July 7
Inspired by off-the country sales from housing fairs since 2001, Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) is going to organise another fair in New York from July 7, the association general
 arrow BGIC okays 15pc stock dividend
Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC) Ltd has declared a 15 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow China expands free trade pact with HK
China expanded its free trade pact with Hong Kong on Thursday, further liberalising trade in goods and services between the mainland and the former British colony.
 arrow US posts 5.6pc growth in Q1
The US economy expanded at 5.6 per cent pace in the first quarter, the government said Thursday, revising upward its last estimate of a 5.3 per cent growth rate.
 arrow WTO nations joust over Doha Round deadlock
World Trade Organisation (WTO) nations on Thursday jousted over the enduring deadlock in negotiations on a treaty that would tear down barriers to global commerce.
 arrow US weekly jobless claims rise 4,000
The number of people filing first-time claims for US unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to 313,000 in the latest week, the Labor Department said Thursday, but a key indicator fell to a four-month low.
Sportsarrow Football: As big as it gets
Germany and Argentina were responsible for one of the worst World Cup finals ever played when they last met at this level in 1990 in Rome.
 arrow Football: Sheva targets Italian hearts
Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko is the main threat to Italy's hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals but at least they know all about him.
 arrow Football: Lippi extremely 'lucky'
Italy have been slammed by the international press for their unspectacular World Cup performances, but the three-time champions are unruffled by their detractors.
 arrow Football: Klins-men ready
Jurgen Klinsmann says his Germany team are fighting fit for Friday's quarterfinal tie with Argentina and hopes his side can land the knockout blow in the battle of footballing heavyweights.
 arrow Cricket: Sakib, Forhad likely to get the nod
All-rounders Sakib Al Hasan and Forhad Reza are set to break into the national team for Bangladesh's tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya next month.
 arrow Football: Poll, Ivanov red-carded
FIFA on Wednesday announced the referees to take charge of the World Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Ballack confident
Germany captain Michael Ballack believes the hosts are slight favourites for Friday's World Cup quarterfinal against Argentina and said they were far from intimidated by the South Americans.
 arrow Tennis: Brilliant Agassi showing
Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova showed why they have the right to call themselves Wimbledon champions as they cruised into the last 32 of the men's and women's singles on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Lanka further clear
Mahela Jayawardene's second hundred in as many matches was the backbone of Sri Lanka's 33-run one-day international victory against England at Old Trafford here Wednesday as his team went 4-0 up in the
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin was European footballer of the year and deservedly so in 1975 after picking up top honours with Dynamo Kiev and making more than a century of appearances for the former Soviet
 arrow Football: Friendship can wait
There's friendship and there's football - and, at least at the World Cup, never the twain shall meet until the final whistle has sounded.
 arrow Football: France-Brazil brings back old memories
From damage inflicted by a 17-year-old named Pele to a masterful performance by Zinedine Zidane on the greatest night of their lives, France fans have vivid memories of World Cup clashes with Brazil.
 arrow Football: Rooney ready to rough it
Wayne Rooney has declared himself ready for anything Portugal's tough-tackling defence throw at him as he prepares to spearhead England's World Cup quarterfinal challenge on Saturday.
 arrow Football: The Story so far after 56 games

 arrow Football: Klinsi plays mind games
With the help of a team psychologist, Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has been tapping into a vein of national euphoria for short but potent doses to get the best from his World Cup players.
 arrow Football: Berlin bubbling
More than one million people will throng the German capital on Friday to watch or just be part of the experience when the host nation face Argentina in the biggest match of the World Cup so far.
 arrow Football: Ukraine make their mark
World Cup debutants Ukraine go into Friday's quarterfinal against Italy knowing that whatever the result they have already made their mark.
 arrow Football: Saviola 60% sure
Argentina striker Javier Saviola said beating Germany in Friday's World Cup quarterfinal in Berlin would be the biggest achievement of his career and spur his country towards the title.
 arrow Football: Portuguese fear for English set pieces
Portugal will clamp down on England to avoid giving away free-kicks and corners, defender Nuno Valente said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Henry hits back
France striker Theirry Henry insisted on Wednesday that he did not cheat to help clinch his country's World Cup win over Spain.
 arrow Cricket: Teams to go for broke
Lara was speaking ahead of the fourth and final Test, which opens on Friday at Sabina Park with the series level after three matches.
 arrow Football: Practising penalties
Argentina ended their practice on Thursday shooting penalties but coach Jose Pekerman said they aim to win their World Cup quarterfinal against hosts Germany without having to go to a shootout.
 arrow Football: Nesta counter-attacks
Defeating underdogs Australia, especially with a dubious last minute penalty, was never going to make Italy popular but the Azzurri have not taken kindly to criticism of their second round performance.
 arrow Football: Italian job in reach
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin and star striker Andriy Shevchenko on Wednesday insisted they believed the World Cup debutants could pull off an upset by reaching the semi-finals at Italy's expense.
 arrow Football: This is called obsession
A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday's World Cup match between France and Spain.
 arrow Tennis: A lucky toilet
Thai tennis star Tamarine Tanasugarn lifted the lid on her Wimbledon success on Thursday, putting her run to the third round down to a lucky toilet.
 arrow Cricket: Imran supports appeal system
Former Pakistan great Imran Khan Thursday backed a proposal to allow teams to appeal against umpiring decisions, saying it could help minimise controversies in cricket.
 arrow Football: Bookmaker's favourites
Argentina, Brazil, England and Italy are the favourites to reach the World Cup semi-finals, according to English bookmakers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Zagallo seeks revenge
Brazil football legend Mario Zagallo said on Wednesday he hoped that Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal with France would be the final match for Zinedine Zidane, his nemesis from the 1998 final.
 arrow Football: Brazil below par: Silva
Defender Gilberto Silva has joined the chorus of those who say that Brazil are under-performing at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: C'Ron back in training
Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo resumed training here Wednesday after picking up a thigh injury in the second round win over the Nethlerlands on the weekend.
 arrow Football: 'I won't forget Hanover'
After all the flak directed at him Raymond Domenech would only be human if he hadn't felt at least a tremor of self-satisfaction at France's fine second round triumph over Spain.
 arrow Football: Buffon on Pessotto tragedy
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has admitted he is struggling to concentrate on the World Cup following the apparent suicide attempt of his Juventus teammate Gianluca Pessotto.
 arrow Football: Germans shed anthem shame
German fans and players have finally dusted off their long-taboo national anthem for the football World Cup, no longer ashamed to belt it out, loud and proud, to cheer on the home team.
 arrow Football: Football frenzy in Ukraine
No longer do kids playing football in the backyards of Ukraine argue over who is going to be Ronaldo and Beckham. Today they fight over who is going to be 'Sheva', Voronin and Kalinichenko.
 arrow Football: Serie A tribunal opens
Italy's biggest-ever sports trial opened on Thursday before a panel of judges trying four leading soccer clubs on match-fixing charges which could force them out of the nation's top league and European
 arrow Football: Calderon wants Robben & Kaka
Real Madrid presidential candidate Ramon Calderon claimed on Wednesday that he will bring Dutch winger Arjen Robben and Brazilian midfielder Kaka to the club if he wins the election on July 2.
 arrow Football: Nothing unites like football
The Battles of Berne, Santiago and now Nuremberg at World Cup finals does not suggest football can serve as an example of peace to the rest of the world, but strangely that is exactly the case.
 arrow Football: Dhorasoo in Rangers link
Rangers manager Paul Le Guen has been told he must act immediately if he would like to bring France's World Cup star Vikash Dhorasoo to the Scottish giants.
 arrow Football: Get off our backs Domenech tells Le Pen
France coach Raymond Domenech has defended his players against comments from far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen who claimed that they lacked support from the fans back home.
 arrow Football: Goal drought at Germany 2006
The 2006 World Cup finals could finish with one of the lowest goal ratios on record, according to FIFA statistics.
 arrow Football: Sepp slams Sven style
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has taken a swipe at England coach Sven Goran Eriksson for playing with a sole striker in the 1-0 second round win over Ecuador.
 arrow Football: Kaiser's bet on fatherland
Two-time World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer said on Thursday he was confident Germany would be able to beat Argentina in the quarterfinals and said home advantage could be the key.
 arrow Football: Maradona boost for Argentina
Diego Maradona visited the Argentina squad here on Wednesday night just two days before they play hosts Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals in Berlin.
 arrow Notice
Dear readers,
Due to unavoidable reasons, the draw of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz 2006 Round 4 in Chittagong cannot be held today as scheduled. It will now be held on July 4.

Metropolitanarrow Reform Village Court Ordinance to ensure justice
Legal experts at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to bring reforms to the Village Court Ordinance 1976 to make the village courts more effective in order to ensure justice for local people.
 arrow Concern over sexual exploitation of street children
Child rights activists yesterday expressed concern over the sexual exploitation of street children, saying that vested quarters are using them in pornographic movies.
 arrow FFs threaten agitation, submit memo to PM
Country's freedom fighters will take to the streets to compel the government to realise their 11-point demand.
 arrow Fresh probe demanded
Different organisations demanded reinvestigation of Udichi killing and exemplary punishment to the culprits who killed 10 people and injured more than 100 by a deadly bomb blast.
 arrow Charges framed against Gazipur JMB commander Enayetullah Jewel
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangaldesh (JMB) regional commander of Gazipur Enayetullah Jewel in two cases filed with Joydevpur Police Station in January last year.
 arrow Work together to attain MDGs
The two-day Model United Nations Session 2006 on 'Quality Education and Millennium Development Goals' ended in the city yesterday with a call for working together to attain the Millennium DevelopmentGoals
 arrow Woman commits suicide with child in her lap
A woman, along with her one and a half-year old child, committed suicide jumping before a speeding train at Khilgaon Rail Crossing in the capital last Wednesday evening.
 arrow BNP protest today
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will demonstrate and hold rallies throughout the country today, protesting anarchy, terrorism and subversive activities.
 arrow Trial of four cases against Ershad adjourned
The trial of four cases filed against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was adjourned yesterday.
 arrow 11 lawyers sued for contempt of court
Eleven lawyers were yesterday sued for contempt of court for staging demonstration on the Supreme Court premises on June 11 when the opposition enforced Dhaka siege despite a ban on the programme.
 arrow BOU to introduce BBS programme
Bangladesh Open University (BOU) is going to introduce Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) programme to expand the opportunity of business education at degree level through its distance education system.
 arrow BCS '84 Forum formed
Khalid Mahmood of BCS Administration and Mosud Mannan of BCS Foreign Affairs were elected president and general secretary of BCS 1984 Forum FOR 2006-07 at a meeting at the Officers' Club in the city recently,
 arrow Court Reporters' Assoc executives
Monzur Alam of The Daily Independent and Mohammad Mahbubul Haq of The Daily Sangbad have been selected president and general secretary of Court Reporters' Association for 2006-2007 on Wednesday.
 arrow Delwar wins air ticket to Germany
The winners of 'Pran Football Challenge: Chumuke Germany' received prizes at a ceremony at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
A father has sought financial assistance for the treatment of his son who has been suffering from thalassaemia, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow What need for a gender-friendly budget?
A budget without a long-term goal and a futuristic vision is nothing more than an unimportant register book that becomes a piece of junk after the current year.
 arrow Charity of the heart
"I believe that with great wealth comes great responsibility.
Culturearrow Those were the days...
At the Dhaka University, friends would often refer to Syed Abdul Hadi as "Bhomora" --meaning a bumblebee.
 arrow Celebrity quotes on World Cup '06
Ferdausi Rahman
Celebrating her birthday on June 28, veteran artiste Ferdausi Rahman said, "I'm not a football expert and not a die hard fan of any certain team either.

 arrow Curtains go down on Seventh Children's Theatre Festival
The Seventh Children's Theatre Festival came to an end on June 28. The festival, which kicked off on June 12, featured 80 children's theatre groups from all around Bangladesh.
 arrow Khudhito Pashan, the last show of the festival
The final show of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Nandimukh, Khudhito Pashan, Dhaka based theatre troupe Shubochan Natya Shongsad production, will be staged today at 7 pm at the Shipakala
 arrow A gripping saga
Padatik Natya Sangsad staged Palli Kabi Jasim Uddin's timeless tale Beder Meye at Bangladesh Mahila Samity Auditorium recently. The play is directed by Irene Parvin Lopa.
 arrow Bangla feature film Porom Priyo to be premiered today
Porom Priyo is a Bangla feature film penned by Ismail Mohammed. Scriptwriter Noor-Ul-Alam directs the film.
Generalarrow Participation of grassroots artists emphasised
Speakers at a meeting titled "Development Drama and Participation of Grassroots Artists" at the Chittagong Press Club auditorium yesterday emphasised on developing the quality of culture and finding out
 arrow Tk 43cr JU budget
The senate of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday passed a Tk 43.00 crore budget for fiscal year 2006-07. Treasurer Prof Abdul Hai placed the budget before the senate at 4:00pm.
 arrow BDR protests BSF acts at Amolshid
The BDR yesterday sent a letter to Indian BSF protesting its provocative acts at Amolshid border on Wednesday morning.
 arrow TK 3 lakh realised in fine
A mobile court in separate drives awarded punishment to two fuel stations for cheating consumers with measuring units and a firm for marketing substandard groceries in the port city in last two days.
 arrow UN action against Myanmar junta demanded
Human rights campaigners from more than 30 groups in 20 countries on Wednesday demanded action by the United Nations to counter the hardline rule of Myanmar's military junta.
 arrow NSU Fashion Idol Contest July 1
North South University Social Services Club (NSUSSC) initiated NSU Fashion Idol Contest in association with National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) and Media Eight Communications, to be held on July
 arrow Pakistani jailed for life in Denmark
A Danish court jailed a Pakistani man for life for his part in the so-called honour killing of his daughter after she married without her family's consent, Ritzau news agency reported Wednesday.
 arrow Train movement suspended for 5 hours
Train movement on Dhaka-Chittagong and Chittagong-Sylhet routes remained suspended for five hours yesterday due to the bending of railway track near Akhaura junction.
 arrow Vietnam president, PM to lead defence body
Communist Vietnam's new president was confirmed yesterday as chairman of the powerful National Council for Defence and Security by the national assembly, with the new premier serving as his deputy.
 arrow US Senate confirms Paulson for Treasury
The US Senate confirmed Goldman Sachs chief executive Henry Paulson as US treasury secretary on Wednesday less than one month after he was named to replace John Snow. President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No guidance in PM's speech
What was there for the nation in the speech of the prime minister given in parliament on Wednesday night, especially when the country remains bogged down on a crossroads of confusion? She has gone many
 arrow Editorial: For a ban on hartal
There was one redeeming feature to Wednesday's otherwise tempestuous parliamentary proceedings.
 arrow The only acceptable outcome
Barrister Harun ur Rashid's Daily Star op-ed piece on June 28 was something of an eye-opener for me, and also, I suspect, for most of the people who took the time to read it.
 arrow Saudi Arabia: Unity in royalty
The royal family stands united as a single body, as a single hand," the Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, went out of the way and out of the context, in declaring this at the annual award giving
 arrow What does the budget really promise for us?
I run a family where I am a micro-economist and make an imbalanced budget almost every month.
Letters to Editorarrow Tipaimukh Dam
The Indian High Commissioner has again made a statement that Tipaimukh Dam will not adversely affect the greater Sylhet areas, but Bangladesh shall rather be benefited in early monsoon and leanperiods.
 arrow Bangladeshi mountaineers
I congratulate the two Bangladeshi mountaineers, Ibrahim and Khaled, on their recent conquest of Grey's Rock in the Himalayas.
 arrow New visa policy
The Daily Star recently reported that the State Minister for Home Affairs Babar had said that a new visa policy would be announced simplifying the visa process and helping detect those overstaying inthe
 arrow Plant more trees
The World Environment Day was observed throughout the globe recently and Bangladesh was no exception. There were seminars and symposiums all over the country putting emphasis on the vital points.
 arrow Patricia Coveney
I applaud Patricia Coveney who sacrificed her career for the destitute children of Bangladesh. Though she is an Irish, but I think now she has taken our country as her second home for those children.
 arrow SSC results: some thoughts
This year's first and largest public examination results have been published, showing a pass percentage of 59.04 against 52.57 last year.
 arrow SSC examinee's appeal
I appeared in this year's (2006) SSC exams. Though I expected a Golden GPA- 5, I scored only 4.88. At first when I saw my result, I was speechless.
 arrow This cannot continue...
We are dismayed by the controversy over the voter list though there should not be any. For a free and fair election, door-to-door visit by the election officials is a must; there cannot be any other option.
 arrow Election Commission circus
The tenure of the present government is going to be over before long. Every party is working out its election strategy. For acceptability of election results, elections must be free and fair.
 arrow Dear Mr. Nurul Huda
I have been trying to get through the pile of papers on my desk before my holiday (I am sure you know the feeling!) and there was your article of June 2nd 'Making the ACC functional' - not the most thrilling
 arrow Indecent football
The Portugal versus Netherlands match in the Second Round of FIFA World Cup 2006 appalled us all. Russian referee V. Ivanov needs to be lambasted for his abysmal performance.
 arrow Corruption and governance
Your staff correspondent's write up on the subject identified the lack of government will to undo corruption.
 arrow OSD culture at its best!
There are more than five hundred of them, OSDs they are called, rambling in the streets and thronging the corridors of the Bangladesh Secretariat corridor for the last five years in the hope of getting
 arrow Cause of cancer
As you know chemical released by plastic water bottles can cause cancer (It is not the water that affects you but the chemical released from the bottle) How to avoid: Check the bottom of the bottle,
 arrow Student visa
An ever-increasing number of students from Bangladesh are going for higher or further education programmes around the world, especially to the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan.
Specialarrow Rickshaws in the new millennium
Rickshaws have been an important part of transportation in the whole of Asia and remain so in the Indian subcontinent.
Environmentarrow For saving the city water bodies
If a city has a memory, then the Thames would be always a part of the London's eternal psyche. For Paris, so would the Seine be.
 arrow Our dry season water needs
Bangladesh is situated in the delta of one of the world's largest river systems dominated by three mighty rivers -- the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna.
Worldarrow South Asia: Top court strikes down S Korean media bills
South Korea's constitutional court struck down new media bills yesterday, saying parts of the legislation were geared to muzzling press freedom.
 arrow South Asia: Truce monitors hold crisis talks
Five Nordic nations went into crisis talks here Thursday to try to salvage Sri Lanka's faltering ceasefire, as the slaying of a top army general underscored the threat of full-scale war.
 arrow South Asia: US-India nuke deal faces next crucial vote
Indian officials were upbeat yesterday after a controversial civilian nuclear energy deal with the United States sailedthrough a Congress committee, but were keeping their fingers crossed ahead of anequally
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan hangs 4 who gang-raped Christian girl
Four Pakistani Muslims convicted of gang-raping a 14-year-old Christian girl were hanged Thursday after losing a six-year legal battle against the death sentence, an official said.
 arrow South Asia: Briton jailed for double murder in Singapore
A British businessman was sentenced to 24 years in prison Thursday for killing his Singaporean chauffer and the driver's Chinese girlfriend.
 arrow Police kill six Maoists in Chhattisgarh
Indian police shot dead six Maoist guerrillas and arrested three others in a raid on a rebel hideout in central India, police said Thursday.
 arrow Iran tops agenda at G8 FMs' meeting
Foreign ministers of the Group of Eight countries began talks here yesterday expected to raise pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme, as Moscow sought to prevent next month's G8 summit becominga
 arrow Kuwaiti women flock to historic polls
Kuwaiti women turned out in force yesterday to vote for the first time in parliamentary elections in the oil-rich Gulf state after a heated campaign focused on electoral reform and corruption.
 arrow 7 killed in US floods, 200,000 evacuated
Flooding killed at least seven people and forced hundreds of thousands across northeastern United States to evacuate Wednesday in what the New York governor called the area's worst natural disaster of
 arrow Iran,EU official to talk nuclear crisis next week
Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani will meet EU foreign policy Chief Javier Solana next week to discuss an international plan to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, with the West
 arrow Belgium awaits autopsy results after 3 girls found dead
Belgian authorities were Thursday studying autopsy results on the bodies of two girls found dead nearly three weeks after disappearing, as the key suspect in the case faced fresh questioning.
 arrow 9 injured in Iran quake
Nine people were injured in a moderate quake which hit southern Iran early Thursday, causing a power blackout on a tourist island, state television reported.
 arrow Discovery lifts off tomorrow
The Discovery shuttle lifts off tomorrow in Cape Canaveral, Florida for a nearly two-week mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the second flight since the February 2003 Columbia tragedy.
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