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Front Pagearrow Lukewarm response to voter list updating
Amid lukewarm response from the people, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday began its month-long work of updating the voter list as controversy continues over its opting not to go door to door forthe
 arrow CEC, 2 commissioners must go right away
Legal experts and civil society members yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and the two election commissioners on grounds of losing people's confidence in
 arrow Strict security blanket planned in city
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition is scheduled to blockade the country's highways, railways and waterways today demanding electoral reforms, and resignation of the chief election commissioner
 arrow Henry shows Brazil door
A Thierry Henry goal handed France a deserved 1-0 win over lacklustre defending champions Brazil in a World Cup quarter-final here early today.
 arrow Last dash for making black money white
A number of parliamentarians, directors of private television channels, bureaucrats and defence officials, a newspaper owner, and a large number of businessmen and professionals thronged the banks onFriday
 arrow Non-govt school, college teachers threaten strike
Jatiya Shikkhak-Karmachari Front, an organisation of non-government school, college and madrasa teachers and staff, yesterday announced to go on an indefinite strike from July 8 to press home their eight-point
 arrow RMCH interns start indefinite strike
Interns at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) yesterday began an indefinite strike protesting attack on the president of the RMCH unit of Intern Doctors Association by some locals on Thursday
 arrow Khairuzzaman may become tax ombudsman
Chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR) Khairuzzaman Chowdhury is likely to become the first-ever tax ombudsman of the country this week.
 arrow Shujan to upload existing voter list on web
Shujan (Shushashoner Janney Nagarik) has taken up a task for uploading the existing voter list to the web. Anyone interested can browse the voter list sitting at home or office by visiting www.shujan.org
 arrow SC bar to boycott court today
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will boycott the both divisions of the court today to protest a contempt of court case filed against its leaders for such previous court boycott programme.
 arrow Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday sent Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and its second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai to Dhaka Central Jail on completion of their 10-day remand in
 arrow RMG workers block city road for hours
Garment workers blockaded Rokeya Sarani at Sheorapara in the city yesterday and halted vehicular movement for four and a half hours protesting the expulsion of 28 workers from their factory and suspension
 arrow 2 top bureaucrats sent to retirement
The government last week sent on forced retirement two senior bureaucrats recently appointed as envoys to the Philippines and Brunei, fearing they might be brought back and reappointed in the administration
 arrow Football fans ransack electricity offices
Angry soccer fans on Friday night attacked and ransacked Palli Bidyut Samity offices in Comilla and Sirajganj protesting power cuts during the Germany-Argentina World Cup quarterfinal.
 arrow Jail guards take revenge on football fans
Residents of Nazimuddin Road and its adjacent areas yesterday alleged angry jail guards ransacked their houses to take revenge after agitating football fans attacked them as the fans could not watch a
 arrow 5 sergeants closed for toll-taking
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) have closed five sergeants and one constable on charges of extortion.
 arrow 6 bombs found in Satkhira house
Police on Friday night recovered six bombs from a house at Kuchpukur village in Sadar upazila.
 arrow BDR quizzing 3 arrestees
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) interrogating three indigenous people arrested in connection with the seizure of huge arms and ammunition at Monikura village under bordering Haluaghat upazila on June 30 is yet
 arrow Pirates loot 22 trawlers, abduct 35 crews
Pirates looted at least 22 trawlers, abducted 13 fishermen along with three trawlers and left 35 crews wounded in the Bay during hours between Friday noon to early Saturday.
 arrow Car bombing kills 66 in Baghdad market
At least 66 people were killed and 114 wounded yesterday when a car bomb struck the Baghdad Shia district of Sadr City, ripping through a massive security crackdown in the Iraqi capital.
 arrow Palestinian PM's life 'at risk' if Israeli not freed
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya's life will be at risk if the wounded Israeli soldier detained by militants in the Gaza Strip is not freed, a senior Palestinian official warned yesterday.
 arrow Lankan navy averts harbour attack
Sri Lankan forces sank a Tamil rebel boat as it approached a strategic harbour in the island's north, rebuffed an attack on an army patrol, and killed a suspected guerrilla in the east, the military said
 arrow Nasa space shuttle set to launch today
For the first time in almost a year, Nasa was set to launch a space shuttle today on a mission that will test whether the space agency has reduced the risks of flying in the 25-year-old vehicles.
Businessarrow Experts suggest removal of non-tariff barriers
Identifying non-tariff barriers as the main bottleneck in implementing Safta agreement, the country's experts expressed their mixed reaction over the benefit Bangladesh can reap from the deal, which came
 arrow Dhaka calls for immediate enactment of TRADE Act
Bangladesh made a strong plea that the US Congress would enact the TRADE Act at the earliest to help the least developed countries (LDCs) of the Asia-Pacific region adjust to the emerging new tradingregime.
 arrow Future of clothing exports from Bangladesh: Disaggregated scenario
The year 2005 witnessed a restructuring of the global supply sources of clothing following the withdrawal of all quantitative restrictions (quota system) imposed under the Multi Fibre Arrangements (MFA).
 arrow Warid Telecom opts for Ericsson's charging, value added services solutions
Warid Telecom has chosen Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERICY) real-time charging and value added services (VAS) solutions to be deployed in its Bangladesh network project.
 arrow Katalyst signs MoU with four district chambers
Katalyst, a project that works in the field of SME (small and medium enterprise) promotion, has signed a one year MoU with four district chambers in a bid to improve public services for business growth.
 arrow Oil prices near $74
World oil prices climbed towards 74 dollars per barrel on Friday due to jitters over motor fuel supplies before a long holiday weekend in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow Global markets fail to bridge rich-poor divide: UN
The United Nations said in a report on Friday that globalisation has failed to narrow the glaring inequalities between rich and poor nations and called for developing countries to be given more spaceto
 arrow Russia makes currency fully convertible
Russia lifted currency controls Saturday in a sign of new-found economic confidence less than eight years after defaulting on its massive domestic debt, devaluing its currency and wiping out its people's
 arrow WTO gathering fizzles out
A crucial World Trade Organisation session fizzled out Saturday, as a long-standing rift between rich and poor countries appeared to deepen in the Doha Round negotiations on tearing down barriers to global
 arrow Developing countries form united front
About 100 developing countries in the World Trade Organisation on Saturday formed a united front to defend the development thrust of global trade talks, but said they were optimistic that agreement could
 arrow WTO has two weeks to settle spats: EU
Trading nations are running out of time to salvage the floundering Doha Round talks on liberalising global commerce, European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson warned on Saturday.
 arrow Pioneer Ins approves 15pc cash dividend
Pioneer Insurance Company Ltd has approved a 15 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 25 June 29, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Football: Portugal send penalty-chokers England packing
Ten-man England were sent crashing out of the World Cup here Saturday, losing a penalty shoot-out to Portugal after a controversy-packed quarterfinal battle.
 arrow Football: Red-faced Rooney
Wayne Rooney's World Cup fell apart on Saturday when he joined teammate David Beckham and Ray Wilkins as the only England players ever to be sent off in the finals.
 arrow Football: Argentines lament bad luck
Argentina lamented their poor luck on Friday after losing their World Cup quarterfinal to Germany on penalties, a loss which saw coach Jose Pekerman resign amid mutual ill-feeling which boiled over at
 arrow Football: Argentina betray attacking style
Argentina played some of the best football of the World Cup and became the most feared team yet ultimately paid the price for a lack of belief in a potential match-winner like Lionel Messi.
 arrow Football: Ugly scenes follow quarterfinal
Players and officials from both teams clashed on the pitch and an Argentine substitute was given a red card after Germany beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday.
 arrow Football: Riquelme change decisive?
Juan Roman Riquelme came to the World Cup as a potential player of the tournament but his slow march off the pitch with 20 minutes to go foreshadowed Argentina's quarterfinal defeat to hosts Germany on
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Former foreign minister Joschka Fischer says the "wonderful" World Cup has changed Germany to the extent that his countryfolk could now almost pass for being from the Mediterranean.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after Friday's quarterfinals:
5: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany), Ronaldo (Brazil), Villa

 arrow Football: We deserved it: Ballack
Germany captain Michael Ballack said on Friday that the hosts deserved to beat Argentina after winning their quarterfinal 4-2 in a penalty shootout. 'That was sensational,' said playmaker Ballack.
 arrow Football: No Need To Worry Against Ukraine

 arrow Football: Bierhoff shrugs off Italy
Germany's Euro 96 hero Oliver Bierhoff, now team manager, says Italy will be afraid of the hosts heading into Tuesday's World Cup semi-final in Dortmund.
 arrow Football: All quiet on D'mondi front
As the rain trickled from a fiery sky, a deafening hush descended upon Dhaka on Friday night as Jens Lehmann saved the crucial fourth spot-kick struck by Esteban Cambiasso.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
If we were playing word associations and you happened to mention the word quarterfinal, the most prompt reply would probably be 'intense.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal finishes off Agassi
Andre Agassi's epic Wimbledon journey, which began in misery in 1987 and peaked with his 1992 title triumph, came to an end on Saturday when Rafael Nadal sent him crashing out on his farewell appearance.
 arrow Cricket: Trueman passes away
England fast bowling great Fred Trueman has died at the age of 75, his wife announced Saturday. "We lost Fred at 12.15pm (1115GMT) this afternoon," Veronica Trueman said.
 arrow Cricket: Marcus powers England
Marcus Trescothick's hundred was the centrepiece of England's 321 for seven against Sri Lanka as they looked to avoid their worst limited overs series whitewash, at Headingley here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Taylor troubles India
Jerome Taylor chose the occasion of a Test on home soil to capture five wickets in a Test innings for the first time, and helped West Indies make India rue their decision to bat first in the fourth and
 arrow Football: Pekerboys not men enough
Jose Pekerman may have led Argentina to three under-20 world titles, but at senior level it was not to be for Argentina as they slid out of the World Cup on Friday, beaten by Germany on penalties.
 arrow Football: European dream alive
Germany raised its arms towards the heavens and rejoiced as Argentina stared down at the floor in utter dejection.
 arrow Football: Victory Tastes Sweet

 arrow Football: Lehmann the toast of Germany
Germany's victorious goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had his picture plastered over German newspapers on Saturday after saving two spot-kicks in Friday's 4-2 penalty shootout triumph over Argentina as the hosts
 arrow Football: Defeated, not disappointed
Ukraine on Saturday forgave its footballers a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Italy in a World Cup quarterfinal, just grateful the team had gotten to the last eight in their debut appearance.
 arrow Football: Friendly win counts for nothing, says Lippi
Italy humiliated Germany in a friendly four months ago, but Azzurri coach Marcello Lippi insists that result will have no bearing on the mouth-watering World Cup semi-final between the two teams.
 arrow Football: Blatter furious over Berlin brawl
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has vowed to take tough action against those responsible for the free-for-all that marred the end of the Germany v Argentina World Cup quarterfinal.
 arrow Football: Klinsi wants more suspense!
Watching Germany's World Cup quarterfinal victory over Argentina was like sitting through a nail-biting film for Juergen Klinsmann but the coach said he always knew there would be a happy ending.
 arrow Football: Sheva laments lack of quality
Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko said his side lacked a playmaker like former AC Milan team mate Andrea Pirlo after bowing out of the World Cup to Italy on Friday.
 arrow Football: Lifeless game planning leads to a lifeless game
This was a game that DID deserve to go to penalties. It was awful.
 arrow Football: 'Ukraine's future is bright'
Oleg Blokhin said Ukraine were leaving their first World Cup with their heads held high after Friday's 3-0 quarterfinal loss to Italy.
 arrow Football: Beautiful game fails to win over Americans
If you look west from Germany you will see the United States stifling a yawn at the World Cup. Despite a doubling of television ratings for the first-round matches this month, before the U.S.
 arrow Football: Germany warned by Italian press
After weeks of criticising their team's lukewarm performances, Italy's media finally got behind the Azzurri after a 3-0 win over Ukraine on Friday set up a semifinal against host nation Germany.
 arrow Football: England Allover

 arrow Football: Mental strength the key
Michael Ballack could hardly walk during extra time against Argentina on Friday but the Germany captain showed unflagging strength of character to haul his team into the World Cup semi-finals.
 arrow Football: Friend indeed
Diego Maradona was not in Berlin's Olympiastadion to see Argentina's World Cup quarterfinal defeat to Germany because a member of his entourage was not allowed in, FIFA said on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: I'll come back stronger, says beaten Hingis
Martina Hingis believes she still has a Grand Slam winning future despite a shattering third round defeat at Wimbledon.
 arrow Football: Klose-ing in on Klinsmann
Germany striker Miroslav Klose now stands seventh in the all-time World Cup goalscorer list with ten after scoring a vital equaliser that helped the hosts go on to win Friday's quarterfinal with Argentina
 arrow Football: Not so neutral
The German World Cup organisers were left red-faced on Saturday after admitting that the announcer for the Olympic Stadium here had been replaced after encouraging Germany in the quarterfinal.
 arrow Football: Zidane didn't do it
France midfielder Zinedine Zidane has refuted allegations that he kicked a dent in a door at a World Cup stadium in France's draw with South Korea in the first round.
 arrow Football: Owen's knee surgery in US
England striker Michael Owen revealed on Friday he will undergo surgery on his knee ligament injury in America next week.
 arrow Football: French seek to spice up domestic action
French football chiefs on Friday revealed a plan to make their country's top two divisions more entertaining.
 arrow Football: ETimor TV station lifts WC threat
East Timor's tiny television network Friday lifted its threat to pull World Cup matches from screens on the half-island following a mob attack on its offices.
 arrow Football: Drogba's transfer being scrutinised
Didier Drogba's transfer from Marseille to Chelsea is being investigated after the French club had its offices searched on Friday, according to a source close to an inquiry into the Mediterranean club.
 arrow Football: Dosek joins FC Thun
Swiss club FC Thun confirmed on Friday they have signed Czech Republic international defender Lukas Dosek from Sportfreunde Siegen.
 arrow Football: No foul so far!
Brazil defender Lucio entered Saturday's quarterfinal match against France with a chance to surpass the mark for most consecutive minutes played in a World Cup without committing a foul.
 arrow Football: Science fiction!
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin said one of the most interesting things about his country's run to the World Cup quarterfinals on their debut was what people were saying about him and his team.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh set to get ARF membership
Bangladesh is poised to be officially admitted into the prestigious ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at its 13th Foreign Ministers' meeting in Kuala Lumpur on July 28.
 arrow 'University curriculum needs to be reformed'
Dr Belal E Baaquie, a teacher of National University of Singapore (NUS), yesterday said current university curriculum in Bangladesh is strongly biased towards specialised knowledge.
 arrow 'Some pvt varsities fail to provide quality edn'
Private universities, except a few ones, have been playing an important role in providing quality education at higher level, as the public universities could not accommodate the increasing number of students,
 arrow 8 killed in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and 43 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong,Joypurhat and Gaibandha yesterday and Friday night.
 arrow I might be killed any time
Khulna City Awami League President and lawmaker Talukder Abdul Khaleque said his life is at stake as the government is yet to provide him any security.
 arrow Tk 74.55 crore RU budget approved
Rajshahi University authorities approved a Tk 74.55 crore budget for the financial year 2006-2007 on Thursday night.
 arrow Follow ideologies of Manik Miah
Speakers at a seminar at the National Press Club yesterday urged to follow the ideology of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah, the founder editor of the Daily Ittefaq, in order to establish a balanced and democratic
 arrow US hospital ship arrives
US Navy hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, arrived and anchored off the coast of Cox's Bazar yesterday to provide humanitarian and civic assistance to the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Rickshaw owners, workers' ultimatum to govt
Owners and workers of rickshaw van will lay siege to the prime minister's office on July 31 if their seven-point demand is not met by July 29.
 arrow Train derails in Lalmonirhat, 10 injured
Three compartments of a local passenger train derailed in between Burimari and Patgram stations yesterday, leaving 10 people injured.
 arrow Uninterrupted power supply demanded
Diehard supporters of Brazil and Germany have warned authorities of Western Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) of a dire consequences in case of power failure during semi-final and final
 arrow Doa mahfil for Birshrestha Matiur
A doa mahfil for Birshrestha Flight Lieutenant Shaheed Matiur Rahman was held at the Falcon Hall of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) in the city after Maghrib prayers on Friday.
 arrow 'Shawkat was strong voice against fundamentalism'
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee expressed deep shock at the death of Barrister Shawkat Ali, a member of its Central Advisory Council.
 arrow Countrywide CPB protest today
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will stage countrywide demonstrations today to press its 53-point demands, including electoral reforms and resignation of the chief election commissioner and two other
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University (DU) scheduled for today have been postponed due to unavoidable reasons. However, schedule of other examinations will remain unchanged.
 arrow Mahfuz Ullah IUCN national committee chair
Mahfuz Ullah, an environmentalist and secretary general of the Centre for Sustainable Development (CFSD), has been re-elected chairperson of the Bangladesh National Committee of IUCN unopposed for a two-year
 arrow Dr Serajul joins Eastern University
Dr Serajul I Bhuiyan, professor and director of mass communications and journalism at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, USA has joined Eastern University as a visiting professor of business for summer
Nationalarrow None enrolled in Nilphamari, officials mum in Khulna
Not a single new voter was enrolled in Nilphamari district yesterday, the first day of updating the voter list.
 arrow 2cr affected by unplanned shrimp farming in S-W dists
Speakers at a day-long workshop here yesterday stressed the need for evolving environment friendly shrimp cultivation to protect the bio-diversity as unplanned cultivation destroys the ecological imbalance.
 arrow RU reopens amid fear of violence: Police deployed
Rajshahi University reopened yesterday after a 38-day summer vacation amid fear of violence. The university halls were opened Friday. As usual, police remained deployed on the campus.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills four in Gaibandha
Diarrhoea has claimed four lives including two children and attacked 50 others in remote shoal areas of Shaghata and Fulchhari upazilas in last two days.
 arrow Illegal signboards cause accidents in Sirajganj
Over 100 illegal signboards erected on the both sides of Dhaka-Bonpara highway in Hati Kamrul area in Sirajganj are causing problem in vehicular movement and road accidents.
 arrow Day long strike by RMCH interns
Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) internee doctors yesterday observed a strike and stayed off from their duties causing immense sufferings of patients.
 arrow Nagorik Committee demands withdrawal of Khagrachhari DC
Khagrachhari Parbattya Zila Nagorik Committee, a citizens' committee, at a meeting held at its office here yesterday gave an ultimatum to the government for withdrawal of the Deputy Commissioner (DC)by
 arrow 200 fall sick after taking food at Matlab temple
Over 200 Hindu devotees yesterday fell sick after eating fruits served as 'prasad' at a Roth fair at Locknath temple at Kaladi village in Matlab upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Good governance: Does it start midway?
It is an undeniable fact that in recent times the uproar for good governance has approached unprecedented proportions in Bangladesh.
 arrow Barrister Shawkat Ali Khan
The high pitched laughter will not be heard any more. My wonderful friend Barrister Shawkat Ali Khan has said good bye to this world.
 arrow RMG buyers are migratory birds
The ready-made garments manufacturing (RMG) business started in this country back in the late seventies. With the help of the Late Mr.
 arrow Presidency: Endless smokescreen
In the just concluded budget session of the parliament, the prime minister and the opposition leaders exchanged rather humorous remarks regarding our presidency.
Culturearrow The 'soul' searching artist
My music is my soul and my soul sings my music." Those were the words of Nasim Ali Khan -- composer and co-vocalist in one of Bangladesh's most popular bands Souls. The band was formed in 1973.
 arrow ntv turns three
The channel ntv celebrates its third anniversary. Kicking off on July 2, viewers will be treated to an array of tele-films, a feature film, single-episode plays, talk shows and musical soirees.
 arrow Homage to Debu Bhattacharjee by Swapnokuri
On June 30, cultural and literary organisation Swapnokuri organised a musical soiree along with a discussion session. The venue: Narigrontha Probartona, Mohammadpur.
 arrow Musical performance by finalists of Bengal Bikash
Bengal Foundation organised a reception to the upcoming talents of Bengal Bikash at the District Council Auditorium in Rajshahi on Thursday last.
 arrow Quiz competition on AIDS awareness
The lucky winner in a recent AIDS awareness raising quiz competition was Maksuda Farzana Rani.
Generalarrow Kyoto climate pact backers waver as emissions rise
Five years after berating Washington for pulling out, many backers of the UN's Kyoto Protocol are wavering in the fight against global warming.
 arrow India unveils cash plans to stop farmer suicides
India on Saturday announced millions of dollars in one-time handout and debt relief to cotton farmers after thousands killed themselves unable to repay loans taken for their crops.
 arrow Sri Lankans dying daily, but no big war for now
Someone is killed almost every day in the crossfire of Sri Lanka's undeclared war with Tamil Tiger rebels, but the island is likely to be tormented by low-intensity attrition rather than all-out war --
 arrow Politics impedes WMD controls: Russia
Russia's defence minister, in an apparent swipe at the United States, said Friday that international efforts to rein in the spread of weapons of mass destruction are being impeded by politics.
 arrow Violence kills 1,000 Iraqis in June Officials say
At least 1,009 Iraqis, including civilians, soldiers and policemen, were killed in rebel attacks in June, government officials said Saturday.
 arrow Philippines, Spain sign defence accord
The Philippines and former colonial masters Spain signed an agreement yesterday aimed at boosting defence ties and at increasing cooperation in the fight against terrorism and international crime.
 arrow US warships dock in former Saigon
Two US Navy warships docked yesterday at Vietnam's southern port of Ho Chi Minh City, a month after US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited Hanoi to reinforce military ties.
Internationalarrow Pakistan, India spar over prisoner swap
Pakistan and India accused each other yesterday of not releasing enough prisoners under an exchange agreement concluded earlier this year.
 arrow US hints changes in nuke deal with India
The US State Department said Friday it was pleased with two congressional committees' quick approval of a controversial nuclear deal with India, but hinted changes in the law may be made before it takes
 arrow Arabs slam world inaction over Israeli offensive
Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territories drew fierce criticism Friday from Arab countries, which also lambasted world leaders' inaction amid fears of a regional conflict.
 arrow US rebuffs Iranian calls for more time
The United States rejected on Friday Iranian calls for more time to study an offer of incentives to curb its nuclear fuel programme, insisting Tehran must respond by a G8 deadline next week.
 arrow Guantanamo ruling heralds political showdown
Democrats see the Supreme Court's Guantanamo ruling as repudiation of a power-hungry White House. Republicans say it shows how tough President George W. Bush is on terrorists and voters will eat it up.
 arrow US brushes off new Laden tape warning
The CIA authenticated a new audiotaped message Friday in which al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden vows to wage holy war in Iraq and Africa, while the White House brushed off the message as old news.
 arrow China opens 1st train service to Tibet
The first train service to Tibet opened Saturday on the world's highest railway, an engineering feat protesters say could threaten the restive Himalayan region's environment and Buddhist culture.
 arrow Thai election could be delayed
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday that the country's election, tentatively set for October 15, could be delayed due to the political crisis facing his party and its rival.
 arrow N Korea ready to counter US aggression
North Korea accused the United States of driving tensions on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war," and said it is fully prepared to counter any US aggression.
 arrow Saboteurs narrowly miss blowing up Pak train
Saboteurs blew up yesterday part of a railway track in troubled southwestern Pakistan just 20 minutes before the arrival of a train heading for neighbouring Iran, officials said.
 arrow Ex-Japan PM Hashimoto dies
Former Japanese prime minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, an outspoken politician who jousted with US officials over the auto trade and brought "Big Bang" financial reforms to Tokyo, died on Saturday at the age
 arrow Japan passes Italy as most elderly nation
Japan said Friday it had surpassed Italy as the world's most elderly nation, fuelling concerns over the effects of a rapidly aging population on the world's second-largest economy.
 arrow US offers $5m reward for info on al-Qaeda leader
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has authorized a reward of up to five million dollars for information leading to wanted al-Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, in Iraq.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arms haul once again
The law enforcing agencies and the paramilitary forces, particularly the BDR must be commended for unearthing another cache of arms and ammo, this time in the border region of Haluaghat.
 arrow Editorial: Wanton Israeli aggression
ISRAELI overland incursion into Gaza since Wednesday assumed a lethal character two days down the line by her 30 air raids on Hamas installations along the strip.
 arrow Strange indeed is this land ...
Alexander the Great allegedly uttered the words: "Strange indeed is this land, Selucus," while observing the behaviour of the people of the land called Bengal.
 arrow Colour of the world
At least five times in the last three weeks I have been told that the world is gray. Black and white are the primary colours of the moral universe, but the world is primarily a blend.
 arrow China's growing influence in Latin America
While Rome was burning, Nero was playing his fiddle. That is exactly what has been happening in Latin America these days.
 arrow Parallel paradigms
LONG-term acute financial hardship permanently affects our thinking patterns. Even among the wealthiest, memories of financial hardship live large.
Letters to Editorarrow Bir Sreshtha Matiur Rahman
I am very pleased and happy to see that finally the remains of Bir Sreshtha Flt. Lt. Matiur Rahman's body has been brought to Bangladesh.
 arrow Dr. Yunus as next FM
Whichever the party or alliance comes to power in Bangladesh in the next general elections, Dr. Muhammad Yunus as their Finance Minister can be given serious thought. Dr.
 arrow Israel issue
In response to Oneil Osman's latest submission, I must correct some of his statements. It is true that Israel's electronics industry is one of the best in the world, but they are certainly not a richnation.
 arrow HSC and hartals
On 13 and 14 June our HSC-exams (Geography 1st and 2nd paper) were cancelled because the Opposition did not care to call off hartal on these days.
 arrow "Dilemmas of foreign currency reserves"
I am a Chinese citizen living in Dhaka and a loyal reader of your valuable paper. I want to draw your attention to the article titled “Dilemmas of foreign currency reserves" by Dr. Abudul A.
Star Healtharrow Treatment recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis
Today, we are blessed with a deeper understanding of the pathogenesis and characteristics of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and the availability of safe and effective medications that can alter the natural
 arrow Sugar is not always sweet
All health information to keep you up to date

Too much sugar in the diet can make you put on weight and it is not good for health.

 arrow Facts about pleural effusion
A pleural effusion is a collection of fluid between a lung and the chest wall. The pleura is the thin membrane that covers the lungs.
 arrow Glucose control exercise
Sometimes, it may seem easier to pop a pill or even take a shot than to put on your walking shoes and hit the trail.
 arrow Counseling better than drug treatment for insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a counseling method that emphasises the role of thinking and behavior modification, is more effective than zopiclone for the short- and long-term treatment of chronic
 arrow Health News
Dr Mazharul Mannan has recently joined CRP (Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed) at Savar as consultant Neurologist -- says a press release.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I have been suffering from chronic gastric ulcer for the last 12 years. Following the advice of gastroantrologist I have done endoscopy, conoscopy, CBC, IgG. H.

Star Cityarrow Rickshaw lifting rampant in city
Rickshaw lifters have become very active in the city snatching the three-wheelers. There have been incidents of even killing or injuring the rickshaw-pullers to snatch the vehicles.
 arrow Some trying to make rules ineffective
The much-awaited Dhaka City Building Construction Rules gazetted on April 16, will remain useless for an uncertain period, as the government has further extended effectiveness of the 1996 rules.
 arrow Festival of many shades, countries
Kalapahar, Lalpahar, Dobaz, Churidar, Petkata, Chumki, Pankhiraj and Prajapati -- these are the names of some of the kites made by Sona Mia, a kite maker of Hazaribagh.
 arrow Ship of the desert in the city
For a first timer inside an alley behind Bangladesh Bank, you would be taken aback by a signboard that reads 'camel milk for sale'.
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