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Front Pagearrow Hosts face Italy in semis
Luca Toni scored twice as Italy beat Ukraine 3-0 in the World Cup quarterfinal here yesterday to set up a mouth-watering last four clash against hosts Germany.
 arrow BTRC messes up mobile licence for operator
Despite paying the highest licence fees, Warid Telecom's entry into the fast growing mobile phone scene in Bangladesh seems poised to be jeopardised due to the telecoms regulator's repeated procedural
 arrow EC admin limps as vital posts vacant for long
With the parliamentary election around the corner, the Election Commission's (EC) administration is having a hard time to carry out its duties due to vacancies in a large number of crucial posts bothat
 arrow Protesters pull down structures again
Several thousand people from all over the capital again demonstrated yesterday and demolished the structures made for construction of a road over a few thousand graves in Azimpur Graveyard.
 arrow Huge arms seized in Haluaghat
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered a huge quantity of firearms and ammunition from Monikura village in Haluaghat upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Govt conspiring to revive presidential system: Hasina
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government is hatching a new conspiracy to switch over to presidential form of government by bringing amendment to the constitution.
 arrow Non-govt school, college, madrasa teachers' daylong strike today
Teachers and employees of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas will observe a day-long strike today, protesting no allocation in the budget for fiscal 2006-07 to provide 100 per cent oftheir
 arrow Israel pounds Gaza, setting interior ministry ablaze
Israel blitzed Gaza from the air overnight, setting the interior ministry ablaze and killing a Palestinian fighter in the latest offensive aimed at freeing a soldier held by Palestinian militants.
 arrow Road accident in Dinajpur kills 8
At least 13 people died and 31 others were injured in road accidents in Dinajpur, Chittagong and Faridpur yesterday. Of them, eight died in Dinajpur, three in Chittagong and the remaining two inFaridpur.
 arrow Angry soccer fans ransack two power stations
Football fans last night attacked and ransacked two power distribution stations in old Dhaka and in Keraniganj protesting power cuts during the Germany-Argentina World Cup Match.
 arrow Govt let real culprits off, says Udichi
Raising questions over the government's sincerity in investigating the bomb attack on an Udichi conference in 1999, leaders of the cultural organisation demanded that the government net the real culprits
 arrow Safta comes into being today
The agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) becomes operational today under a pre-set tariff-cut roadmap aimed at boosting regional trade among the seven-nation grouping.
 arrow Damage of Teesta Bridge causes traffic halt
Road and railway communication with Lalmonirhat and Kurigram with other parts of the country over Teesta Bridge was suspended for 16 hours as an overloaded truck damaged railway sleepers on the bridge.
 arrow Skop to enforce 24-hr strike on July 31
The Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday said it would enforce a 24-hour countrywide strike at factories and all mode of transport on July 31.
 arrow Recognise rights of Santals
Indigenous Santal leaders yesterday upheld the ethnic minority group's demands for constitutional recognition, right to ancestral land, primary education in their own language, equal opportunity in job,
 arrow Shawkat Ali passes away
Former lawmaker and eminent lawyer Barrister Shawkat Ali Khan passed away at a hospital at Mirzapur in Tangail on Thursday night at the age of 82.
 arrow Outlaw hurt in 'crossfire' dies in Rajshahi
A leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) died at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) on Thursday night, four days after he was shot while exchanging gunfire with Rapid Action
 arrow Bush, Koizumi go tough on N Korea
US President George W. Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi warned North Korea over its weapons programs as they highlighted their close relationship at a White House finale for the Japanese leader.
 arrow Rich and developing nations clash over WTO reforms
Old wounds reopened Friday when developing and rich countries accused each other of trying to hijack the elusive Doha Round of multilateral trade talks amid differences on how to remove trade barriers.
 arrow Nepal's Maoists won't go back to war
Nepal's Maoist leader vowed Friday in an interview with AFP the rebels would not go back to war but warned they could call protestors back on to the streets if talks with the government broke down.
 arrow Bank robbers loot Tk 2.5 lakh in Keraniganj
Armed robbers took away Tk 2.5 lakh from Ruhitpur Bazar branch of Sonali Bank early yesterday. Police said a gang of 12 arrived at the Bazar at about 2:30am and tied up three night guards of themarket.
 arrow Dhaka can import sugar originating in third country
Despite India's ban on export of Sugar, pulses and wheat, Bangladesh can import sugar from India, which originates in any third country.
 arrow Iraq fight will go on despite Zarqawi death
Osama bin Laden warned that jihad (holy war) will go on in Iraq despite the death of local Al-Qaeda chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to a new message attributed to the fugitive leader of the terror
Businessarrow DSE plans roadshows abroad to woo NRBs
The country's premier bourse plans to organise a series of roadshows abroad to woo non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) into the capital market.
 arrow Coal import from India thru' Sylhet border stops today
Import of coal from India through all border points of Sylhet will be stopped from today at the directive of the government for non-availability of coal with approved sulphur content.
 arrow Ericsson wins transmission deals from Telenor
Norwegian state-owned telecoms service provider Telenor has engaged Ericsson for a two-year global frame agreement to supply microwave transmission solutions covering all its majority-owned subsidiaries
 arrow Indian market surges 4pc on optimism over US rates
Indian shares prices rose by as much as four percent in early trade Friday along with firmer Asian markets after the US Federal Reserve signaled it may pause in its rate hiking cycle, dealers said.
 arrow US gives Japan high marks on economic reforms
The United States on Thursday gave Japan high marks for progress in economic reforms but called for more effort as the leaders of the world's two biggest economies met in a final Washington summit.
 arrow China electricity prices up
China on Friday raised retail electricity prices for the first time in over a year to offset increased costs, the government's economic planning body said.
 arrow HSBC plans to acquire Pak bank
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has decided to expand its operation in Pakistan and started negotiation to acquire Pakistani Prime Commercial Bank (PCB), a Pakistani newspaper reported
 arrow India's Videocon inks oil deal with Oman
A consortium led by India's Videocon Industries has signed USD 340 million worth exploration and production sharing agreements (EPSA) with Oman, seeking to enhance overseas oil reserves that can be earmarked
 arrow Lanka eyes 8pc growth
Sri Lanka's central bank forecast Friday the economy would grow by eight percent this year, up from six percent in 2005, despite high oil prices and fears of a return to a bloody civil war.
 arrow Dubai group to buy 40pc stake in Malaysia's Bank Islam
The Dubai Investment Group will acquire a 40 percent stake worth some one billion ringgit (277 million dollars) in Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd, officials said Friday.
 arrow Citibank NA workshop on Islamic banking products
Citibank NA Bangladesh organised a workshop on 'Islamic Banking Products' on Wednesday.
 arrow China lifts ban on US beef
China has lifted a ban on imports of selected cuts of US beef that was put in place in 2003 after an outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States, the agriculture ministry said Friday.
 arrow Thailand proposes oil joint ventures with Russia
Thailand has proposed setting up oil joint ventures with Russia in a deal that could turn the country into an energy hub in Southeast Asia, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Friday.
 arrow Volvo Cars to invest in hybrid technology
Volvo Cars, a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company, said on Friday it would invest 10 billion kronor (1.4 billion dollars, 1.
 arrow US refuses to give in to pressure from EU, developing nations
The United States refused to budge Friday despite pressure from the European Union and key developing economies to put more on the table and help salvage the World Trade Organisation's struggling Doha
 arrow NZ to welcome more immigrants
More new migrants will be welcomed under the New Zealand Residence programme during the next 12 months in response to continued skill shortages, Immigration Minister David Cunliffe announced Friday.
 arrow In Tech Online approves 15pc bonus share
In Tech Online Ltd, an internet solutions company, has approved a 15 per cent bonus share for the year 2005.
 arrow Eastland Insurance okays 30pc dividend
Eastland Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 10 per cent cash dividend and a 20 per cent stock dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Karnaphuli Ins okays 12pc stock dividend
Karnaphuli Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 12 per cent stock dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Green Delta Ins declares 40pc bonus share
Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 40 per cent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2005.
Sportsarrow Football: Germany shoot Argentina out
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was the toast of Germany as the hosts progressed into the semifinals of the World Cup with a sensational 4-2 penalty shootout win over Argentina here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Scolari warns England
Portugal will play with England in Saturday's quarterfinal clash with fire in their belly, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari warned.
 arrow Football: Old score to settle
Brazil have been far from the consummate defending champions at the Germany World Cup but should they rediscover their missing spark against France here Saturday their chase for a record sixth world crown
 arrow Football: Looking to break Scolari jinx
England are determined to strike it third time lucky here Saturday by hurdling Portugal and their charismatic coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to reach the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Football: Gerrard wants freedom
Steven Gerrard has called on coach Sven Goran Eriksson to stick with the 4-5-1 formation so he can play the way he does with Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Berlin on fire
Hundreds of thousands of people were gathering here and millions across the country were preparing to watch the host nation take on Argentina in the most eagerly awaited match of the World Cup so far.
 arrow Football: Chief defends his refs
The head of FIFA's Referees Committee denied accusations of poor officiating at the World Cup finals on Friday saying the standard had never been higher.
 arrow Football: Only passing on his mind
World Player of the Year Ronaldinho says he only thinks about passing the ball to the strikers and not scoring goals when he is playing.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
A football fanatic is selling his role as best man on the ebay Internet auction site so he can watch TV coverage of England's quarterfinal match against Portugal on Saturday.
 arrow Football: World Cup Catwalk

 arrow Football: Down memory lane
If Thierry Henry only plays one second of France's quarterfinal with Brazil it will be longer than he managed in the two countries last World Cup meeting in the 1998 final.
 arrow Football: 'It's more than a Zizou-Ron show'
The Brazil and France World Cup quarterfinal is not just about the clash between former Real Madrid teammates Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane claimed Brazilian midfielder Juninho on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Captain confident
England captain David Beckham is tipping a physical game with tackles flying against Portugal on Saturday, and is quietly confident his team will prevail.
 arrow Football: History beckons Portugal
Portugal have not made a World Cup semifinal since the days of the great Eusebio in 1966, but current captain Luis Figo insisted his team was focused on only getting a win against England in Saturday's
 arrow Football: English worry
Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo have been fingered as the main danger men by England as they prepare to take on Portugal in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Drop Beckham!
David Beckham should be dropped from Sven-Goran Eriksson's England team, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Tea and cricket scores at 'Camp England'
If there is one place at the World Cup finals where you are sure to find a dearth of happy sporting internationalism it is at the England training camp and media centre.
 arrow Football: 'Players should share blame'
Franz Beckenbauer thinks players who simulate fouls should share the blame for the high level of discontent with World Cup referees.
 arrow Football: Brazil don't impress Tostao
It's been 36 years since Tostao stood alongside Pele at the World Cup, helping Brazil win its third World Cup title.
 arrow Football: Low on goals, high on drama
Even with scoring down, there's been no shortage of drama at the World Cup. That was the view of FIFA's top technical analysts Thursday.
 arrow Football: Lampard, Neville will play
Frank Lampard and Gary Neville were both declared Friday and will take their places in England's starting lineup for their World Cup quarterfinal showdown with Portugal.
 arrow Tennis: Federer 'free' until final
Roger Federer was left with a clear run to a fourth successive Wimbledon final on Friday when dangermen David Nalbandian and James Blake both crashed out in the third round.
 arrow Tennis: A generations game
When Andre Agassi made his Wimbledon debut in 1987, Rafael Nadal had just celebrated his first birthday.
 arrow Football: 'We've to raise our game'
France played their best football for some years to beat Spain in the second round, but Lilian Thuram says they'll have to improve further if they are to have any chance of derailing Brazil's title defence
 arrow Cricket: Eng to play for pride
England have a last chance to salvage a measure of pride from the one-day series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet at Headingley on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to settle appeal issue
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will decide whether to allow players to appeal against decisions to the third umpire at a two-day meeting of its chief executives starting at Lord's on Sunday.
 arrow Cycling: Ullrich, Basso thrown out
Pre-race favourites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are out of the Tour de France after both were named in an anti-doping investigation in Spain.
 arrow Cricket: Eng in captaincy crisis
England selectors will be considering during the next week that they will choose to replace Michael Vaughan as captain for the rest of the summer.
 arrow Football: Robinho aims to close ZZ
Brazil will try to finish off Zinedine Zidane's career without a hint of a flourish for the Frenchman when they meet France today in the World Cup quarterfinals, in what could be Zidane's last match if
 arrow Football: Eusebio gets his chance
Portugal's World Cup quarterfinal with England may give Sven Goran Eriksson the chance to avenge the Euro 2004 defeat but for Portuguese footballing legend Eusebio it represents a possibility of revenge
 arrow Football: Henry a Brazil fan!
France striker Thierry Henry is a self-confessed fan of Brazilian football.
 arrow Football: All to grab for Ukrainians
Win or lose against Italy in the quarterfinals Ukraine's stars are set to profit handsomely from the tournament, with major clubs hovering over them and waiting to pounce.
 arrow Football: Kaiser wants UEFA job
Franz Beckenbauer said on Thursday he would be interested in running for the job of UEFA president, but ruled out a bid to become president of FIFA in the foreseeable future.
 arrow Football: WC boost for German economy
Whether selling them beer or World Cup souvenirs, German businesses have been working overtime to ensure soccer fans get what they want during the tournament, and the economy seems to like it.
 arrow Football: Now or never: Neville
Gary Neville believes it's now or never if England are to end their 40-year wait for World Cup glory and avoid being remembered as the nearly men of international football.
 arrow Football: Juninho, Silva set for start
Brazil are set to start with Juninho and Gilberto Silva in midfield in their quarterfinal with France with Kaka and Emerson both carrying injuries, following Thursday training.
 arrow Football: Brazil's injured trio improving
Brazilian midfielders Emerson and Kaka, who are being treated for pain in their right knees, improved significantly on Thursday, team doctor Jose Luis Runco said.
 arrow Football: No qualms over ref
The quality of the refereeing has been a hot topic at this World Cup and further fuel was added to the flames, for conspiracy theorists at any rate, with the appointment of a Spanish referee for France's
 arrow Football: Figo hoping for victory
Portugal captain Luis Figo has vowed to put his personal friendship with his England counterpart David Beckham to one side when the two teams clash in Saturday's quarterfinal match.
 arrow Football: WC gaff takes toll on Poll
English referee Graham Poll revealed on Thursday that he has retired from officiating at international tournaments.
 arrow Football: Poland coach Janas resigns
Polish coach Pawel Janas has resigned rather than wait for an official decision on his future in two weeks, senior football association (PZPN) official and member of parliament Ryszard Czarnecki saidon
 arrow Football: All for the hotel room!
Germany wanted to beat Argentina and stay in the World Cup because the players had become attached to their five-star hotel and did not want to leave it, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann joked on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Not America's game
If you look west from Germany these days you'll see America stifling a yawn at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: British police expect behaviour from fans
The head of a British police team working in Germany said on Friday he was confident there would be no trouble from England fans in Gelsenkirchen as the supporters were spread out over a large area.
 arrow Tennis: What they say at Wimbledon
Who's saying what at Wimbledon:
"Scotland sorry. Oh God, I just shot myself in the foot. It's gonna be everywhere. Excuse me. Scotland, I knew that.

 arrow Cricket: Clarke wants McGrath to play Ashes
Australia batsman Michael Clarke is convinced veteran seam bowler Glenn McGrath will play in this winter's Ashes series against England.
 arrow Football: Friendship the best gain
The enduring legacy of the World Cup in Germany will be the friendships forged by fans at matches and in the highly popular fans areas, the chief organiser Franz Beckenbauer said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: A man of principle
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Friday that his principles had stood in the way of him accepting to become the English coach.
 arrow Football: Aragones stays
Luis Aragones is to stay on as coach of Spain despite their elimination by France in the second round of the World Cup, a source close to the Spanish Football Federation said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho outvoted by Ronaldo
Ronaldinho is the worst Brazilian player to date at the World Cup after under-performing so far, whereas Ronaldo has made the critics eat their words, a poll by the Datafolha group said Friday.
 arrow Football: Viduka, Yakubu staying at Boro
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that strike duo Mark Viduka and Yakubu will not be leaving the English Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Pernia joins Atletico
Atletico Madrid announced the signing of Spain international defender Mariano Pernia from Spanish first division rivals Getafe on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal cleared over Beveren probe
Arsenal were cleared of any breach of club ownership rules on Thursday after FIFA said it was satisfied with the Football Association (FA) probe into the team's relationship with Belgian side Beveren.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's goal takes life in Ghana
A Ghanaian fan died suddenly as his country conceded their first goal against Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup second round clash.
Metropolitanarrow Dr Kamal calls for integration of mass people into agitation
A secular democratic society will not be established unless the mass people are integrated into the mainstream of the agitation, said Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.
 arrow Prices of lentil, rice, potato rise further
The price of lentil marked further rise yesterday with the retailers found selling the essential item at Tk 65-68 a kg against Tk 62 a day before at Karwan Bazar in the city.
 arrow Withdraw blockade programme
Ruling BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday urged the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine to withdraw the blockade programme scheduled for tomorrow, saying
 arrow New drug policy won't serve users' interest
The new drug policy, formulated last year, will serve the interest of drug manufacturers and traders, and not the interest of consumers, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Heroin addicts involved in mugging in city bus stands
At least 200 heroin addicts are active in and around major bus stoppages in the capital, snatching valuables from the passengers in buses and minibuses, intelligence sources said.
 arrow Social afforestation changes lot of many people in Rajshahi
Thousands of small and marginal farmers and rural poor people have attained economic emancipation in the region following smooth implementation of the ongoing participatory social afforestation programme.
 arrow Attack on BNP leader's motorcade in Gazipur
Seven BNP activists, including its central executive committee member Khandaker Abdus Salam, were injured in an attack on Salam's motorcade at Baliadi in Kaliakoir upazila yesterday.
 arrow BFUJ protests remarks of PM, FM about media
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and its front organisations yesterday condemned and protested the remarks about the media made by the prime minister and the finance minister in the Jatiya
 arrow TK 63 cr CU budget
The Chittagong University proposed a budget of TK 63 crore and 39.70 lakh for 2006-07 fiscal at the 18th annual meeting of the Senate yesterday.
 arrow Adv Elina Khan made PP
The government has appointed eminent human rights activist Advocate Elina Khan as the public prosecutor and two other activists Advocate Zia Habib Ahsan and Advocate Nazmul Alam Chowdhury Noman as additional
 arrow Navy Qirat, Azan competition concludes
The Annual Qirat and Azan Competition of Bangladesh Navy concluded at the Sailor's Colony Mosque in Dhaka Cantonment after the Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow US hospital ship arrives today
The 'USNS Mercy', a hospital ship of the United States, arrives in Bangladesh today on an eight-day goodwill visit to share experiences and impart training on treatment assistance.
 arrow LGRD ministry to implement RMP from today
After 23 years of successful implementation of the Rural Maintenance Programme (RMP), CARE Bangladesh handed over implementation responsibilities of the programme to the Ministry of Local Government,Rural
 arrow Anis, Tipu new president, GS of CJFD
Anis Alamgir, current affairs editor of private satellite channel Baishakhi and Sayem Tipu, editor of private news agency News Net, were elected unopposed the president and general secretary of Chittagong
 arrow Five trafficked girls return from India
Five Bangladeshi girls, trafficked to India two years ago, were sent back to the country through Benapole check post yesterday.
 arrow Bullet-hit trader dies in city
A bullet-hit trader succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning.
 arrow Death of Shawkat Ali condoled
Different political and professional bodies yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of eminent lawyer Barrister Shawkat Ali Khan.
 arrow Seminar on Cedaw held
A seminar on 'Cultural barriers to implementing Cedaw in Bangladesh', organised by the Forum for Culture and Human Development (FCHD), was held in the city on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Charity for Labib appeals for help
Charity for Labib has sought financial assistance for treatment of a 12-year-old boy named Labib who has been suffering from Acute Limphoblastic Leukemia for the last six years.
 arrow Opposition gains but no women elected in Kuwait polls
Kuwait's Islamist-led opposition has gained a parliamentary majority in historic elections in which women took part for the first time although no female candidate won a seat, official results said Friday.
Nationalarrow Thousands marooned as Teesta crosses danger mark
At least 10,000 people have became marooned in Teesta shoals and low lying areas of Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas as the river swelled following opening of all gates of Gajoldoba barrage in the upstream
 arrow Rangpur sugar mill reopens tomorrow after two years
Rangpur Sugar Mills in Mohima-ganj, the lone heavy industry in Gaibandha district, will reopen tomorrow after closure for about two years.
 arrow No water supply in Patuakhali town for 10 days
About 70,000 people are suffering a lot as there is no water supply in the town for the last 10 days.
 arrow Ruling alliance plans presidential form of govt: Nasim
Former home minister and Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim yesterday said there will be no election in the country without reforms to the caretaker system and the election commission proposed by
 arrow 11 get life in Pabna double murder case
Rajshahi Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced 11 persons to life term imprisonment in a double murder case of Ataikula in Pabna.
 arrow Tk 80 lakhtrees sold at Tk 9 lakh in Bogra
Some officials of forest and roads and highways (R&H) departments have illegally sold a large number of timber trees in Bogra, said a district administration official.
 arrow Attack on newsmen protested in Rangamati
Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela held a protest rally and formed a human chain in front of the Deputy Commissioner's (DC) office here condemning attack on 20 journalists including The Bangladesh Observer
 arrow Toll demanded from two high officials in Khulna
Outlaws belonging to Janajuddho faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) have demanded tolls from two high ranking government officials in Khulna city.
 arrow Patuakhali tops the list in Barisal board
Patuakhali topped the list in this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination from Barisal Education Board.
 arrow Workshop on media role held in Mymensingh
A two-day workshop 'Role of media in expanding fish farming', organised by Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI), Mymensingh, concluded here on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Changing mindset : Why only police?
While it may not be far from truth to say that the public servants of Bangladesh do not perform their assigned functions in a salutary manner thereby rarely deserving plaudits from the population, they
 arrow Court judgments, EC decisions and controversies
The Election Commission's (EC) decision of June 12, 2006 to revise the electoral roll as per the recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) has evoked a great deal of controversy.
Culturearrow Jatra queen's endeavour for the welfare of artistes
Once jatra, a form of folk drama combining acting, songs, music, dance, characterised by stylised dialogue delivery and exaggerated gestures and orations, was an important form of entertainment.
 arrow Recitation programme at Liberation War Museum
Bangladesh Abritti Samanway Parishad held a recitation programme titled Jalao alo apon alo on June 29 at the open stage, Liberation War Museum.
Generalarrow Elderly population ratio in Japan now world's highest
Japan, struggling to deal with a falling birth rate and an aging population, said on Friday its ratio of elderly people to total population was now the world's highest, surpassing that of Italy.
 arrow Youth abductions haunt Lanka as violence rises
Dozens of young men have been rounded up and abducted in eastern Sri Lanka, the United Nations and residents say, probably to train as fighters for rival ethnic Tamil groups.
 arrow Expat Pakistanis head home for makeover
Fancy a tummy tuck or face lift? How about a hair transplant? Such surgical procedures are de rigueur in the West, but the trend is now also catching on in an unlikely country -- conservative Pakistan.
 arrow Pakistan rejects 'outside advice' on elections
Pakistan has said it does not need outside advice on its democratic process following comments by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on elections due next year.
 arrow Pepsodent-BDS Oral Health Day observed
Unilever Bangladesh and Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) jointly observed the 'Pepsodent--Bangladesh Dental Society Oral Health Day 2006' yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Bush refuses to abandon military tribunals
US President George Bush has refused to rule out military tribunals for inmates at Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
 arrow Manmohan promises help for farmers
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised Friday his government will do all it can to help farmers in India's main cotton belt where crippling debts and falling prices have pushed many to suicide.
 arrow Blair loses popular lead for first time
A poll in Britain revealed on Friday that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is less popular than his main rival for the first time in 12 years.
 arrow US House backs Bush on secrecy
The House of Representatives has backed President George W. Bush in a tussle with US media over the secrecy of banking surveillance meant to stop terrorists.
 arrow Indonesians rampage over compensation
Dozens of residents from a quake-ravaged village in central Java vandalised a government office Friday over fears they would not receive adequate government compensation, local media reported.
 arrow 'I want you, I need you, I love you’
At the close of his visit to the White House, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi summed up Japan's policy toward the United States with the words of an Elvis Presley song.
 arrow 17 dead, 18 hurt as bus falls into gorge in India
At least 17 people died and 18 were injured when a bus plunged into a gorge in India's Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, police said Friday.
 arrow Malaysia's ruling party trying to fix leaders' row
Malaysia's ruling party was trying to mend the sour ties between Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his unhappy predecessor Mahathir Mohamad, a senior minister said Friday.
 arrow Dutch govt collapses
The collapse of the Dutch center-right government over immigration policy will lead to an opposition Labour victory in early elections likely to be held in a few months, an opinion poll showed on Friday.
 arrow Myanmar condemns US for raising pressure at UN
Military-run Myanmar on Friday condemned the United States for using the United Nations to increase international pressure against the nation, one of the world's most isolated and poorest countries.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC continues to vitiate
Instead of tendering his resignation which self-respect demanded since both the High Court and Supreme Court found his decisions unlawful, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) decided to script yet another
 arrow Editorial: Newspapers publish imaginary tales?
Media once again got a tongue-lashing from the gov-ernment. And this time it came from none other than the prime minister of the country while delivering her speech at the current session of the parliament.
 arrow Election Commission continues its short-sightedness
For a change, the Government and the Opposition appear to have agreed on one thing. Both sides feel that the Chief Election Commissioner should gracefully leave his post.
 arrow What ails India?
Rashtrapati Bhavan is not a court of appeal. But over the years, it has become a forum where concerned citizens have sought the attention of the highest in the land to the problems which the government has failed to notice, much less tackle. The President has no authority to redress wrongs. He has to work through a government.
 arrow Communicative method of teaching English : Does it deliver?
The state of teaching and learning English in Bangladesh, barring the cases of a few English medium schools, is appalling, to say the least.
StarTecharrow Latest dot pattern tech from local grounds
Imagine a solution, where inputs for a computer can be anything other than the only two commonly accepted forms, the keyboard and mouse.
 arrow Google launches online payment system
Google launched a much-anticipated online payment system in the United States, in a move that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market.
 arrow EWUIPC 2006 on July 28-29
East West University (EWU) is going to arrange an inter university programming contest on July 28 and 29, says a press release.
 arrow Tech snippets
Sony starts making tiny USB Drives
Remember back in the old days we had to carry flimsy floppy disks for our data? Now tiny pen drives with much greater capacities have replaced them everywhere.

 arrow Vaio UX

Literaturearrow Goodnight, Mr. Kissinger

The first time I met Henry Kissinger, I was shocked at how frail he appeared. Of course, "met" is a strong word when you are a waiter.

 arrow Hello Montreal, Goodbye Toronto
As I pack my things, again, I find many still in their original packings as brought from Bangladesh.
 arrow On maintaining standards and catechistic listing
As we all know, it is hard to maintain standards; it can be doubly hard to do so in the case of literary journals, which eventually can settle for being something rather less than is announced with fanfare
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