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Front Pagearrow Dhaka-Ctg expressway okayed
The cabinet yesterday approved the construction of a second highway between Dhaka and Chittagong with private investment.
 arrow Rules bent, yet voters shy away
A number of assistant registration officers (ARO) in the capital have unofficially relaxed the strict procedure for submitting a raft of weird documents with applications for registration as voters but
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine enforces a dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal today, protesting the death of an opposition activist in police action during the blockade programme on
 arrow Big four to lock horns
The World Cup semifinalists -- Germany, Italy, France and Portugal - were gathering their forces and plotting their tactics for Tuesday and Wednesday's games in Dortmund and Munich.
 arrow Iajuddin was fit on return from S'pore
President Iajuddin Ahmed returned to the country after receiving treatment in Singapore and with physical fitness to do normal work.
 arrow Cops kill woman over grandson's marriage
Three policemen were suspended yesterday after preliminary investigation found them guilty of murdering a 65-year-old woman at Bagnibari in Birulia of Savar on Sunday night.
 arrow Little response across country
Many district and upazila election officers yesterday expressed their doubts about the success of the Election Commission's (EC) controversial method of updating the voter list.
 arrow 25 lakh trees face axe for Phulbari mine
Implementation of Phulbari coalmine project by British company Asia Energy will require felling of about 25 lakh big and small trees, forest department sources say.
 arrow Inflation rate goes up
The government's failure to dismantle the influence of traders' syndicates on the market and below target production of crops account for the current upward trend in inflation rate.
 arrow Massive promotions of deputy secretaries
The government yesterday promoted 153 deputy secretaries to joint secretary superseding seniors and depriving around 100 eligible officials.
 arrow Conjoined twins born at DMCH
A pair of female conjoined twins were born at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday who are joined at their chest and abdomen.
 arrow HC verdict today
The High Court (HC) will deliver the verdict on the sensational Shazneen murder case today.
 arrow Debate in JS over minister's comments on Hasina
Ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers locked in an unscheduled debate in parliament yesterday over a statement by Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas against Opposition Leader
 arrow Ershad keeps alliance choice for polls open
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will jointly contest the next general elections either with BNP or Awami League (AL) led alliance.
 arrow HC halts further construction of road through graveyard
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain within four weeks why the decision to construct a road through Azimpur Graveyard will not be declared illegal.
 arrow When road to DMCH is off limits
It was about 4:45pm yesterday as I was passing Ramna Park through Minto Road.
 arrow SC stays DNA test on ex-DIG's wife, kids
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for a month the operation of a High Court (HC) order asking the ex-DIG of police to send his wife along with her septuplets to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore
 arrow Bhuiyan doubts opposition's desire for polls
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday alleged that the opposition is creating confrontation intentionally by holding whimsical and violent programmes.
 arrow Chief whip hospitalised
Chief Whip Khondkar Delwar Hossain was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and Hospital with lung infection yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader on the border yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Gaza groups set Israel deadline
Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier captive issued a 24-hour ultimatum yesterday for Israel to free prisoners after the army kept up its military assault on the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Truce monitors asked to quit SL by Sept 1
Truce monitors from Denmark, Finland and Sweden must quit Sri Lanka by September 1, a top Tiger rebel told AFP yesterday, as fresh violence on the island nation left seven more dead.
Businessarrow Dhaka to raise concern over Delhi's ban on export of essentials
Bangladesh will push the interests of the business community at the fourth meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group (JWG) on trade that begins in Agortala, India tomorrow.
 arrow Bourses witness bearish trend in FY06
The country's bourses witnessed a bearish trend in the just concluded financial year due to tight monetary policy of the government, analysts said. In FY 2005-06, DSE General Index lost 350.
 arrow $150m IFC loan to Cairn for alleviating energy shortage in Bangladesh, India
Cairn Energy PLC will receive US$150 million loan from International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help alleviate energy shortage in India and Bangladesh under a project.
 arrow WTO has slim chance of overcoming crisis by new deadline
Trading nations are now in a race to another last-ditch deadline 28 days away to overcome weekend failure in Doha Round negotiations to free-up trade, but prospects for a deal and ending "crisis" forthe
 arrow Tehran unveils major privatisation plan
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has unveiled plans for a major privatisation of state industries apart from companies in oil and other critical sectors, press reports said Monday.
 arrow Geneva talks failure hits MDGs: UN official
The failure of a crucial WTO meeting to revitalise cuts in trade barriers is a big blow to global targets to reduce poverty by 2015, a senior UN official warned on Monday.
 arrow Benapole customs posts 10pc revenue growth
Benapole Customs House earned Tk 1238.66 core in revenue in the fiscal year 2005-06, achieving 99.9 per cent of its revenue earning target and posting a 10 per cent annual growth.
 arrow Industrial park for plastic products soon
An industrial park for plastic products will be set up at Maowa under Louhajang thana in Munshiganj district soon.
 arrow Oriental Bank exempted from maintaining CRR, SLR for 2 years
The government is going to exempt Oriental Bank from maintaining mandatory cash reserve ratio (CRR) and statutory liquidity requirement (SLR) for a period between July 2005 and June 2007 to help the bank
 arrow Oil price hits almost $74 in London
The price of oil reached almost 74 dollars per barrel in London trade on Monday, closing in on a historic high owing to supply concerns, dealers said.
 arrow ICAB seminar held
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) organised a seminar on Bangladesh Accounting Standards (BAS)-37, provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Lanka goes tough on loan defaulters
Sri Lanka's central bank Monday promised bigger fines for local and foreign banks that fail to report influential defaulters to the Credit Information Bureau (CRIB).
 arrow India carries out mock trading today
India will carry out mock trading today at Nathu La along the historic Silk Route two days before the Himalayan outpost reopens for trade with China after 44 years, officials said.
 arrow Indonesia sees tourism fall after Bali attacks
Foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia fell to 332,445 in May, down 3.33 percent compared to a year earlier led by slowing arrivals in Bali, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday.
 arrow Unemployment rate in Eurozone falls to 7.9pc
The unemployment rate in eurozone eased in May to nearly a five-year low point of 7.9 percent of the workforce from 8.0 percent in April, according to data published Monday by the EU's Eurostat data agency.
Sportsarrow Football: History against hosts, ground in favour
Germany may have the whole country behind them, but Italy are confident they can cope with the host nation's 12th man here in Tuesday's eagerly anticipated World Cup semifinal.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Bild newspaper gave England some charitable advice on how to take spotkicks after Germany's rivals lost, as usual, on penalties.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup scorers after the quarterfinals:
5: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Henry (France), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany), Ronaldo (Brazil),Villa

 arrow Cricket: Sakib, Forhad new Tigers
Young all-rounders Sakib Al Hasan and Forhad Reza got the final nod when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 15-member squad on Monday for the Tiger's tour of Kenya-Zimbabwe this month.
 arrow Football: Ctg warms up for Round 4
Hundreds of sports lovers brought out a colourful procession in the port city yesterday to mark The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz Round-4 draw.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe A square 4-day series
Alok Kapali smashed a scintillating hundred but it was not good enough for Bangladesh A to avoid a seven-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe A in the third and final four-day Test at the Queens Sports Club
 arrow Football: Long waiting game
Just as national economies move in cycles so does football -- and the current World Cup downturn is proving a long slog for Argentina, who with their quarterfinal loss to Germany must now be classed among
 arrow Football: Epic memories invoked
The World Cup semifinal between Germany and Italy here on Tuesday rekindles memories of their two epic battles in previous tournaments.
 arrow Football: Coaches need to be lucky
Napoleon said that all he wanted from his generals was that they were lucky -- the four coaches still standing in the World Cup will need that and more.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova struggles into last eight
Maria Sharapova struggled with searing summer temperatures as well as the stubborn resistance of Italy's Flavia Pennetta to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: India break Caribbean jinx
Leg-spin bowler Anil Kumble captured six wickets to bowl India to a historic win inside three days in the fourth and final Test on Sunday at Sabina Park.
 arrow Football: No Frings in semifinal
German midfielder Torsten Frings has been suspended for the World Cup semifinal against Italy on Tuesday, FIFA said on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Don't revel in Argentina win'
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes it is vital that the hosts do not revel in the glory of Friday's sensational World Cup quarterfinal penalty shootout win over Argentina, saying they can only be
 arrow Football: 'Germany have no chance'
Recent history shows Germany have no chance of beating Italy in the semifinals of the World Cup, captain Michael Ballack joked on Monday.
 arrow Football: Media at loggerheads
Germany midfielder Torsten Frings was in the middle of a heated debate between German and Italian media on Monday over his role in a quarterfinal punch-up which could lead to a World Cup ban for him.
 arrow Football: Zambrotta's inspiration
Italy defender Gianluca Zambrotta said the plight of his former Juventus teammate Gianluca Pessotto inspired him to score his first international goal for two years.
 arrow Football: Terry in line for captaincy
John Terry is the red-hot favourite to take over the England captaincy, bookmakers said Monday, after David Beckham quit the role in the wake of his side's disappointing World Cup campaign.
 arrow Football: Nakata hangs up his boots
Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata, one of the most famous Asian players of his generation, has announced his retirement from professional football, his website said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar to play tsunami charity
Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar is to play for an international XI next week in a fund-raising match for victims of the Pakistan earthquake, organisers announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Nesta likely to miss out
The chances of Italy's central defender Alessandro Nesta being fit to face Germany in the World Cup semifinals are "very remote", Azzurri chief press officer Antonello Valentini said here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ambiguous Maradona
Argentine legend Diego Maradona says he is not going to throw his hat into the ring to replace coach Jose Pekerman, who resigned after the World Cup quarterfinal loss to Germany.
 arrow Schumi reduces gap on Alonso
Michael Schumacher won the US Grand Prix on Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that slammed the brakes on Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso's run of success.
 arrow Tennis: Henin-Hardenne appointed UNESCO ambassador
Belgian tennis star Justine Henin Hardenne has recently been appointed a UNESCO Champion for Sport entrusting her with a special mission to promote the fight against doping in sport, said a UNESCO press
 arrow Football: FIFA suspends Greece
Football's world governing body FIFA on Monday announced that they had suspended the Greek Football Federation for allowing political involvement in their running of the sport.
 arrow Football: Car crash injury toll climbs
German police has said that the number of people injured when a car ploughed through the Fan Mile area for football World Cup supporters at the weekend had risen to 25 after more victims came forward.
 arrow Football: Aussies hunt Houllier
Australia are continuing talks with Gerard Houllier about the possibility of the Frenchman replacing Guus Hiddink as the Socceroos' next head coach.
 arrow Football: Rooney must explain 'stamping'
England striker Wayne Rooney has until Thursday to explain his actions in stepping on the groin of Portuguese player Ricardo Carvalho in the World Cup quarterfinal, FIFA said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow WB urges govt to expedite process
The World Bank (WB) has urged the government to expedite corporatisation and modernisation of Bangladesh Railway (BR) to make the sector vibrant and competitive for rendering better services.
 arrow Dhaka proposes UN working group to monitor HR situation
Bangladesh proposed that the newly formed United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) form a working group "immediately" for periodic review of human rights situation in the member countries.
 arrow 100pc registration by 2 years
Ensuring citizens' rights and protecting children from early marriage, child labour, child prostitution and youth detention, the government is going to implement the Birth and Death Registration Act 2004.
 arrow Dhaka hopes to consolidate ties
Acting President Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia felicitated President George W Bush on the occasion of the Independence Day of the United States, reaffirming the importance
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
Three people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Chittagong in the last two days.
 arrow Victory at UN CEDAW body reflects int'l recognition: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh's win in election as member of the UN CEDAW Committee is an international recognition of the country's achievement in women's welfare and rights.
 arrow Hearing on July 5
Three indigenous people who were arrested in connection with the seizing of huge arms and ammunitions at Haluaghat in the district on June 30 were produced before a court here yesterday.
 arrow 28 fishermen still missing in Bay
At least 28 fishermen remained missing after eight fishing trawlers with 110 people on board capsized in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday night.
 arrow ‘Project taken to increase tigers in Sundarbans’
The government has undertaken a project aimed at increasing the number of Royal Bengal Tiger with financial and technical assistance of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
 arrow Garment worker killed in clash with hired cadres of owners
A garment worker was killed and 20 others were injured in clashes between hired cadres of owners and agitating employees at Damgora in Savar last night. The dead was identified as Abu Bakkar, 20.
 arrow Govt choses path of killing to stay in power: CPB
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a rally yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government has chosen the path of killing and torture in order to stay in power.
 arrow Japan provides Tk 18.46 crores to DCC for sodium light
The government of Japan approved the utilisation of Japanese Counterpart Fund (JCF), amounting to Tk 18.
 arrow WB wants Indo-Bangla rail link
Multilateral donor agency World Bank expects an inter-country railway link between Bangladesh and India to accelerate economic growth of the two countries.
 arrow Robbers kill 70-yr-old
Robbers killed an elderly person and looted valuables worth over Tk 5 lakh at Raozan upazila in the district during early hours yesterday.
 arrow Tk 390 crore CCC budget
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) proposed a budget of Tk 390 crore and 81.27 lakh for 2006-07 fiscal yesterday. Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury placed the proposed budget at the CCC auditorium.
 arrow B Chowdhury visits Matiur's grave
President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday visited the grave of Birsreshtho M Matiur Rahman at the martyrs' intellectual graveyard in Mirpur in the city, a BDB
 arrow HC stays fresh surcharge collection by feeder operators
The High Court yesterday stayed for two months the collection of congestion surcharge imposed by Chittagong feeder vessel operators on Chittagong Portbound containers.
 arrow Unesco offers 15 fellowships
Within the frame work of Unesco Co-Sponsored Fellowships Scheme Loreal has declared 15 fellowships for promotion of young women who are carrying out research in the life sciences all over the world.
 arrow Security guard shot in city
Extortionists shot and injured a security guard at Mirpur in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Outlaws kill 1 in Jhenidah
Cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) shot dead a person in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah Sunday night.
 arrow Shibir postpones celebration of 'mastermind's' bail
A large number of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) men of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday postponed a celebration of Mahbubul Alam Salehi's getting an interim bail in the murder case of Prof S Taher.
 arrow Make headscarves mandatory for female students
More than 200 women rallied in the Pakistani capital on Monday demanding the government make it mandatory for female students to wear Islamic headscarves or hijab in schools and colleges.
 arrow US Ambassador calls on Harris Chowdhury
US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Patricia a Butenis yesterday made a courtesy call on Prime Minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury at the latter's office.
 arrow Honorary consul general of Yemen calls on Morshed
Newly appointed Honorary Consul General of Yemen to Bangladesh KM Mozibul Hoque called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office in the city yesterday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University (DU) scheduled for today have been postponed due to unavoidable reasons, says a DU press release yesterday. Schedules of other examinations will remain unchanged.
 arrow 2 PBCP cadres arrested in Jessore
Two cadres of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were arrested in the town on Sunday night. He arrestees are Shimul and Hadiuzzaman Chima.
Nationalarrow Dry fish traders cry for storage facilities
A huge quantity of dry fish get damaged here every year due to lack of storage facilities in Moheshkhali and Teknaf, the two main hubs of dry fish trading.
 arrow 26 fishing trawlers with over 300 still missing
At least 26 fishing trawlers with 335 crew members and fishermen are still missing in the Bay of Bengal yesterday.
 arrow Sylhet-Dhaka regional highway remains a distant reality
A proposal for Sylhet-Dhaka regional highway via Sylhet-Fenchuganj-Jagadishpur-Moulvibazar remained a distant reality for the last 33 years.
 arrow Mohalchhari UP chairman, 2 others still untraced
Abducted Mohalchhari Sadar Union Parishad (UP) chairman Arkimidis Chakma and his two companions are yet to be traced after 40 days of the incident.
 arrow Bridge on Dakatia awaits opening
Construction of the much awaited bridge over Dakatia river connecting old and new parts of Chandpur town has been completed.
 arrow A unique day for Satkhira villagers
It was a unique day for villagers in Romjan Nagar union in Shyamnagar upazila close to the Sundarbans.
 arrow 2 electrocuted in Katiadi
Two youths were electrocuted while repairing the electric line of a rice mill at Baliagaon under Katiadi Upazila of the district on Sunday.
 arrow Killing of Sechhasebak League leader protested
Two units of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) here yesterday held a joint rally at Shaheb Bazer in Rajshahi protesting killing of Sechhasebak League leader Golam Mostafa Milon during Sunday's blockadeprogramme.
 arrow Tk 1.20 crore Faridganj poura budget
The newly-created Faridganj Pourasabha announced its first budget on Friday at the office of its administrator Manjil Hossain.
 arrow Two drown in Cox's Bazar
Two children drowned while diving in the Bakkhali river here Sunday.
 arrow Hashish seized in Jessore, Jhenaidah
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 900 grams of hashish and arrested two persons from separate places in this connection on Sunday.
 arrow Youth beaten to death in Pabna
A young man was beaten to death in Bera upazila Saturday midnight.
Point-Counterpointarrow Food security and domestic market reforms
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently organised a workshop on "Trade Liberalization and Food Security.
 arrow Ministry of NRB Affairs: A closer look
In a recent article titled "How About a Ministry of NRB Affairs" in the Daily Star (May 19, 2006), Mr.
 arrow In praise of VP Singh
If one were to identify five leaders who have decisively shaped Indian politics since Independence, Mr Vishwanath Pratap Singh will surely figure among them.
 arrow Crying out for leadership
The fate of people, destinies of nations, and history itself are determined to a substantial extent by political leaders.
Culturearrow Nacholer Rani: A tale of indomitable courage
BASED on the tumultuous years (early 1950s) of Ila Mitra's life, Nacholer Rani, a feature film directed by Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond and produced by Pankowri, was released in theatres recently.
 arrow The many faces of Ashura
Focusing on the occasion of Ashura, five young members of Muktachokh, a photography club are holding a group exhibition at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Four finalists to take part in ATN Taroka - acting
The sixth episode of the gala round (acting) of ATN Taroka Tarokader Taroka, a primetime show on ATN Bangla will be aired tonight at 8.40pm, says a press release.
 arrow Folk Festival in Washington showcases diverse cultures
In spite of days of pouring rain, the National Mall was ready last Friday for the opening day of the annual Folklife Festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.
Generalarrow List of newly promoted joint secretaries
The government yesterday promoted 153 deputy secretaries to the post of joint secretary.
 arrow Kashmir mosque siege ends: 6 killed
Indian troops shot dead five suspected Kashmiri militants, two of them near a mosque in Indian Kashmir where they had holed up after a raid by government troops, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Flood, landslides kill 45 in China
Torrential rains in China since late last week have triggered flooding and landslides that have left at least 45 people dead and up to nine missing, state press reported yesterday.
 arrow Pak flood kills 12
A rain-swollen mountainside canal burst Monday, triggering a mudslide and flooding in a village in northwestern Pakistan that killed 12 people, police said.
 arrow China restricts Internet cafe access
China has launched a campaign to enforce curfews at Internet cafes before schools let students out on summer vacation, a news report said on Monday.
 arrow Mexico stumbles towards crisis in chaotic election
The spectre of political chaos hung over Mexico's young democracy on Monday after two rival presidential candidates both claimed victory in a bitter election that divided the country between left andright.
 arrow Biofuel from catfish fat to run diesel engines
Vietnamese catfish processor and exporter Agifish plans to turn catfish fat into fuel to run diesel engines, a company official said on Monday.
 arrow Koizumi stick to Israel visit
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is still scheduled to visit Israel and the Middle East later this month, despite escalating violence there, the chief Cabinet spokesman said on Monday.
Internationalarrow Captured Palestinian officials to be tried
Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Sunday that his country would prosecute Palestinian government officials captured in connection with the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier.
 arrow Muslims mull action over Lankan conflict
As violence rages between Sri Lanka's government and ethnic Tamil Tiger rebels, the island's Muslim minority says it is caught in the middle, and there is talk of an armed "Jihad" group emerging if war
 arrow 20 militants killed in Afghanistan
US soldiers battled insurgents who ambushed a military convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing up to 20 militants, the coalition said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi Shias divided over amnesty to insurgents
Iraq's dominant Shia leaders appeared divided yesterday over Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's much-touted national reconciliation plan that aims to curb violence by offering amnesty to rebels.
 arrow Mistrust of Muslims on the rise in Britain
In a picture recently published in British newspapers, a Muslim woman wears an England flag headscarf as she cheers on the England football team.
 arrow N Korea warns of nuke war if attacked
North Korea will respond to a pre-emptive US military attack with an "annihilating strike and a nuclear war," the state-run media said yesterday, heightening its antagonistic rhetoric.
 arrow Bombing of Iran would fail
Senior military officers have warned the US administration that bombing raids against Iran would likely fail to destroy the country's nuclear programme due to a lack of reliable intelligence, the NewYorker
 arrow Nepali Maoists asked to stop extortion
Nepal's Maoist leader said yesterday that rebel cadres should stop extortion, but that "voluntary donation schemes" such as collecting money from businesses to feed troops would continue.
 arrow Britons tired of cruel, vulgar US: Poll
People in Britain view the United States as a vulgar, crime-ridden society obsessed with money and led by an incompetent president whose Iraq policy is failing, according to a newspaper poll published
 arrow Rains flood homes, rail lines in Mumbai
Monsoon rains flooded homes, submerged rail lines and forced hundreds of thousands of people to wade through muddy streets in India's financial capital yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Where are we heading?
We are deeply concerned over the fast deteriorating violent political situation in the country.
 arrow Editorial: Heritage sites under threat
We are concerned at the reports of regular pillaging of invaluable artifacts such as ornamental terracotta pieces and antiques from various heritage sites in the country.
 arrow Hasina's trip: Unnecessary brickbats
SHEIKH Hasina has had more than her fair share of criticism scripted by some self-indoctrinated India bashers (the present day world having no place for cold war driven camp-based brain washing) for her
 arrow Sixteen years of political brinkmanship
WHAT we have been witnessing these days on the streets and inside our imposing parliament house is an all too familiar spectacle.
 arrow Suicides still up despite brightening economy
A very important question that as human beings we are yet to find a definite answer to is the riddle of our existence.
Letters to Editorarrow AL politics and the new generation
Positive thinkers (from the older generation) of the country are more inclined towards the AL than any other party in Bangladesh. Perhaps, this is due to AL's historical role during our War of Liberation.
 arrow Hartal continues
It is not just a story of the upcoming elections, but has become a continuous process of political development.
 arrow Begum Rokeya
There is a special part in annual sports of every school, that is, "Dress as you like.
 arrow Drug trafficking
The prosecution and the death sentence passed on Rabeya Khatoon for possession of heroin underline the tragedy of the criminalisation of drug business.
 arrow Save historical monuments
The centuries old Darasbari mosque in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabgonj district is in bad shape due to lack of proper maintenance and supervision.
 arrow Afghan suspects in Guantanamo
I wonder if I might inquire as to why these people have had their properties and possessions removed and been forced to retire to this particular concentration camp with scarcely sustenance sufficient
 arrow Earth-carrying truck
In Bangladesh, we do not have any specific guideline as how to carry earth, mainly clay soil and sand, from one place to another.
 arrow Israel issue
I do not agree with Mr. Oneil Osman's reasons for which Bangladesh should recognise Israel. Israel is an illegal, Zionist state.
 arrow World Cup: fickle fortune
It was in the darkest part of midnight but the lights of most houses were still on as the greatest show of earth was going on. When the match Brazil vs.
 arrow Dynastic politics
Like Tarek Zia, Joy is also joining politics. So, can we call our political system a monarchy? Not probably, because there are still parliament, election, political parties etc.
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