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Front Pagearrow Italy in fourth heaven
Italy won the World Cup final on penalties Sunday after a dramatic final destined to be remembered for the sensational sending off for French captain Zinedine Zidane in his farewell match.
 arrow EC to update voter list in only 20 days
The Election Commission (EC) decided to start sending its officials for door to door visits after July 20 to update the voter list and it intends to complete the task in 20 days.
 arrow Gazipur garment workers go berserk after accident
At least 30 people including six policemen were injured when garment workers clashed with law enforcers and blockaded Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for three hours after rumours spread that their three colleagues
 arrow Dengue strikes in city
The number of viral fever patients, including the dengue-affected, has gone up recently in the capital, in some cases almost doubling the number of patients hospitalised the previous week.
 arrow Tax ombudsman to start work in six months
The newly appointed tax ombudsman will start receiving complaints and other tax related grievances from taxpayers within the next six months.
 arrow Iajuddin back to work
President Iajuddin Ahmed returned to work yesterday after 45 days and agreed to give an appointment to Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina to meet him in person at noon today.
 arrow Govt says wait but Tata pushes on
While top ministers of the ruling alliance yesterday were of the view that the government needs more time to take a decision on Tata's investment proposal, the Indian industrial giant said it cannot wait.
 arrow Heated debate in JS on TIB report
Parliament yesterday witnessed a heated debate between the ruling party and the main opposition party, Awami League (AL), legislators over the report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and
 arrow CEC confident of success, critical of legal experts
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said he is confident of conducting the next general election successfully, while he slammed legal experts accusing them of undermining the image the
 arrow Bangladesh a success story in reproductive health
Bangladesh has been a success story in population and reproductive health programme looking at the socio-economic and demographic indicators but it still has to go a long way, observed Suneeta Mukherjee,
 arrow US envoy worried at political violence
The US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis yesterday expressed deep concern over the political violence in the country, and inadequacy of investigation into those saying that the guilty should be brought
 arrow Delivery of verdict resumes today
The High Court Death Reference Bench on Shazneen murder case resumes delivering its verdict today regarding the appeal of the convicts against the lower court's death penalty.
 arrow PM for promoting honest, efficient officers in army
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need for selection of honest, efficient, patriotic and professional officers for promotion to the senior level of the army.
 arrow Teachers, staff strike continues
Most non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas remained closed yesterday as the teachers' and employees' indefinite strike continued yesterday.
 arrow Children must be tried in juvenile court
The High Court (HC) in a verdict yesterday said if the accused is a child under the Children Act, 1974, they must be tried in a juvenile court and not any other court irrespective of the offence alleged.
 arrow Mob lynches 1 suspected mugger
A mob beat up three people at Malibagh in the city yesterday killing one after the three allegedly attempted to mug Tk 9 lakh of officials from a garment factory firing and injuring two of them.
 arrow AS Mahmud's 72nd birthday today
Today is the 72nd birth anniversary of AS Mahmud, founding managing director of the Mediaworld Limited and the first publisher of The Daily Star.
 arrow Babar asks for list of wanted criminals in 7 days
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday asked the law enforcement agencies to prepare within seven days a list of the wanted criminals and runaway convicts of sensational cases while
 arrow Shia gunmen kill 42 in Baghdad rampage
Roving bands of masked gunmen went on a rampage yesterday in a predominantly Sunni Baghdad neighbourhood, killing at least 42 Sunni Arabs in a gruesome sectarian attack despite a massive security crackdown,
 arrow 150 killed in Siberian airplane crash
A Russian passenger plane ran off the runway on landing early yesterday, hit a concrete barrier and burst into flames, a government spokeswoman said.

 arrow Astronauts may inspect shuttle tiles
Nasa managers could decide Sunday whether a piece of fabric filler sticking out from thermal tiles on space shuttle Discovery's belly needs to be plucked out by astronauts during a spacewalk this week.
 arrow Embankment washed away as Dharla bursts its banks
About one kilometre area of the 1.5km Dharla river flood control embankment was washed away at Charboraibari point in Sadar upazila of Kurigram district in last two days.
 arrow Portfolios of 2 state ministers changed
The government yesterday made a minor reshuffle in the cabinet transferring two state ministers to other ministries.
Businessarrow Safta success hinges on non-tariff barrier removal
Effectiveness of Safta (South Asia Free Trade Area) largely depends on removal of non-tariff barriers, Commerce Minister M Hafiz Uddin Ahmad said in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Islamabad braces for legal wrangle with Delhi over Safta
A day after India approached the Saarc Secretariat against Pakistan's decision to limit trade to a few items under South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), Islamabad Friday indicated that it might move to
 arrow Europe for level playing field as China competition grows
As Chinese companies cut into their market share at home, European businesses are stepping up demands for China to open its own vast markets and ensure a level playing field with local firms.
 arrow GP introduces int'l MMS
GrameenPhone Ltd has introduced international MMS (mobile multimedia service) enabling all GP subscribers to send and receive MMS from subscribers of some selected foreign mobile phone operators.
 arrow Warid selects Motorola to deploy 2.5G GSM network in Bangladesh
Warid Telecom International has selected Motorola to deploy a new 2.5G GSM network in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Syeduzzaman becomes member of IRRI Board of Trustees
M Syeduzzaman, chairman of Bank Asia Ltd, has been appointed member of the Board of Trustees of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in Manila, the Philippines.
 arrow Citigroup awards nomination submission date extended to July 23
The submission deadline for sending nominations for 'Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards' programme has now been extended to July 23, 2006.
 arrow ONE Bank chairman re-elected
Sayeed H Chowdhury has been re-elected chairman of ONE Bank Ltd for a one-year term with effect from June 29, 2006.
 arrow Asia going nuclear amid rising oil prices
Led by fast-growing China and India, Asia is going nuclear in a big way to feed its ravenous appetite for energy. The strains of economic growth are already showing.
 arrow EU to force cellphone operators to slash roaming charges
Despite a fierce lobbying campaign by the telecoms industry, the European Commission is poised to force operators to slash the cost of mobile phone calls while abroad, officials say.
 arrow G8 makes strides with debt relief, drags feet elsewhere
One year since leaders of the G8 countries declared their "Marshall Plan for Africa", aid groups have acknowledged the progress made with debt relief while highlighting shortcomings in other areas.
 arrow US team arrives in South Korea for FTA talks amid protests
US trade negotiator Wendy Cutler arrived Sunday in South Korea for new talks on striking a bilateral free trade pact and was met with immediate protests demanding an end to negotiations.
Sportsarrow Football: Germans feel like champions
Unable to achieve their goal of becoming world champions, host nation Germany hailed themselves as the people's champions after ending their World Cup campaign on a high with a 3-1 victory over Portugal
 arrow Football: Deutsch delight in consolation
Tens of thousands of fans streamed into Berlin Sunday to send off the German team after its 3-1 triumph over Portugal, as Germany basked in the praise of a World Cup that 'beat all expectations'.
 arrow Football: Germany await Klinsi decision
Germany may not have achieved their goal of winning the World Cup but coach Juergen Klinsmann has helped the country regain respect among their peers by guiding the hosts to a creditable third place with
 arrow Football: Portugal welcome their heroes
Thousands of flag-waving fans welcomed Portugal's national team on their return home Sunday from the World Cup in Germany where they finished fourth, their second-best performance in the history of the
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Former England coach Terry Venables blasted outgoing England coach Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup tactics saying they involved a "failure to think ahead" while the selection of Arsenal teen Theo Walcott
 arrow Football: Scolari's men hailed at home
Portugal's media congratulated Luiz Felipe Scolari's team on Sunday after it finished fourth in the 2006 World Cup; it's second-best performance in the history of the tournament.
 arrow Football: Ballack's WC dream over
Germany captain Michael Ballack admits his dream of lifting the World Cup is all but over as he will be almost 34 when the 2010 World Cup in South Africa comes along.
 arrow Football: Gotcha

 arrow Football: Third Eye
It is hard to understand the clamour surrounding the proposed cancellation of the third-place final in the World Cup, when it is a perfectly good spectacle, that is not only enjoyable for the fans but
 arrow Tennis: Federer's 4th on the trot
Magical Roger Federer won his fourth successive Wimbledon title on Sunday as he finally broke free of Rafael Nadal's iron stranglehold.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo has Midas touch
Amelie Mauresmo believes her ability to transform demons into angels inspired her Wimbledon triumph.
 arrow Cricket: Sami adds to injury woes
Mohammad Sami gave Pakistan fresh cause for concern in the run-up to the first Test against England when he sustained a knee injury while fielding against England A here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak fan base for English
Cricket fan Zahoor Qurashi, like a growing number of British Pakistanis, will sport the red and white of England rather than the green of Pakistan when a new Test series swings into action this week.
 arrow Football: Pauleta hangs up his boots
Portuguese striker Pedro Pauleta announced Saturday that he was ending his international career after his side lost the World Cup third-place playoff 3-1 against Germany.
 arrow Football: Bastian revels in glory
Bastian Schweinsteiger proved a point with two of the hardest-hit goals of the World Cup when Germany swept aside Portugal 3-1 on Saturday to earn third place.
 arrow Football: Kahn calls it a day
Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn announced here on Saturday after his country won the World Cup third-place playoff against Portugal that he was ending his international career.
 arrow Football: Figo quits finally
Portugal said goodbye to one of its greatest heroes here on Saturday as winger Luis Figo bowed out of international football in his country's 3-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup third place play-off.
 arrow Football: Third Place Suffices Her!

 arrow Football: A new look Germany
The biggest discovery of the World Cup has perhaps been the emotional, happy side of the host nation, but foreigners are wondering whether Germans have changed or just their perception of them.
 arrow Football: Eriksson turns down Jamaica
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has knocked back separate offers to coach a Champions League team on the continent and the Jamaican national team, his agent Athole Still said Sunday.
 arrow Football: McLaren red cards WAGs
New England manager Steve McLaren has banned WAGs, players' wives and girlfriends, from future tournaments, it was reported here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo wants to leave England
Manchester United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, a hate figure in England after his involvement in Wayne Rooney's sending-off at the World Cup, said Saturday he wants to leave the country.
 arrow Football: Campbell to quit Arsenal
Arsenal defender Sol Campbell announced on Saturday he will leave the English Premiership club this summer.
 arrow Football: Kenya street soccer champs
A team from Kenya on Saturday won the first World Cup street football title in the competition which has been played alongside the main World Cup.
 arrow Football: Pessotto won't watch final
Juventus team manager Gianluca Pessotto's condition has improved slightly 12 days after jumping from his office window in a suicide attempt, said a spokesman at Turin's Le Molinette hospital.
 arrow Cricket: Bell back to English fold
Ian Bell, the Warwickshire batsman, has earned a recall to the England squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Bryan brothers' career Slam
American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan clinched a career Grand Slam of men's doubles titles here when they won the Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic.
Metropolitanarrow Evolve hybrid minor crops to meet nutrition requirement
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday called upon the researchers to evolve hybrid minor crops like vegetables and pulses along with major crops.
 arrow 'Youths need proper guidance and training'
The youths are an asset and they can bring about a positive change in society if they are given proper guidance and training, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow RMG workers reiterate demand for Tk 3000 as basic salary
Leaders of garment workers at a view exchanging meeting yesterday reiterated their demand for Tk 3000 as basic salary for garment workers saying this is the minimum amount for a worker to keep body and
 arrow Tariqul challenges TIB allegation
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday challenged Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) to prove the allegation of misappropriation against his ministry.
 arrow 2 killed, 31 injured in road accidents
At least two people were killed and 31 injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj and Rajshahi yesterday Our Staff Correspondent from Rajshahi reports: One person was killed and 30 others wereinjured
 arrow Verdict in two cases against Sunny, six others July 17
A Dhaka court will deliver verdict of two cases on July 17 against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others.
 arrow 4 of a family killed in wall collapse
Four people of the same family were killed when a wall collapsed on their thatched house in Noyapara of Maheshkhali upazila in Cox's Bazar yesterday during heavy downpours.
 arrow Krishak Dal leader shot dead in Satkhira
Armed cadres of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) killed a Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal leader at village Dudlia in Tala upazila last night.
 arrow Tk 41 crore Japanese grant for portable steel bridges
Japan will provide 700 million yen, approximately Tk 41 crore, grant assistance to Bangladesh for constructing portable steel bridges in rural areas.
 arrow Boishakhi TV Director Bulu's estranged wife gets bail
Boishakhi TV Director MNH Bulu's estranged wife Hosne Ara Naznin yesterday obtained bail in a cheating case filed against her by one Monir Hossain on July 6.
 arrow Punishment to killers demanded
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday condemned the killing of a woman staff of a hospital in the city after gangrape on Friday night.
 arrow War heroes accorded reception
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Jubo Command accorded a reception to district level commanders of the Liberation War in the city yesterday.
 arrow Mass piracy continued in Bay of Bengal
Properties worth more than Tk one core were looted from about hundred fishing trawlers in the Bay of Bengal in the first nine-day days of July.
 arrow Cop atrocities protested
Rajshahi unit of the 14-party opposition combine staged a demonstration at Shaheb Bazar zero point in the city yesterday, protesting police atrocities, killing of one of its leaders during the July 4countrywide
 arrow Japanese envoy meets Hasina
New Japanese Ambassador Masayuki Inoue yesterday made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina and discussed future planning of socio-economic development in Bangladesh.
 arrow JMB member arrested in Mymensingh
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a member of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Muktagachha, Mymensingh on Saturday.
 arrow CEC seminar on human resource dev
Continuing Education Centre (CEC) organised a seminar on 'Human resource development of SMEs in the area of accounting and financial management' in the city on Saturday, with Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury, executive
 arrow 'Form EC, CG on the basis of consensus'
Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu on Saturday said both the Election Commission (EC) and the caretaker government should be constituted on the basis of consensus.
 arrow Election Olympiad starts in Rajshahi today
Election Olympiad, a countrywide knowledge-based competition for creating awareness about politics and elections, starts in Rajshahi today.
 arrow 54th ACAD begins
The 54th Advanced Course on Administration and Development (ACAD) begins at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) at Savar yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 6th bridge with Chinese aid under construction
China has assisted Bangladesh in building five friendship bridges in the country since 1980s and the sixth is now under construction by China Road and Bridge Company Limited.
 arrow Top criminal arrested at Fatikchhari
Omar Faruq alias Kala Faruq, a top-notch criminal of Fatikchhari upazila was arrested in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 60 held on charge of snatching mobile sets
The Detective and Criminal Intelligence Branch arrested 60 suspected members of organised mobile set snatching gangs, raiding different parts of the city in the last two days.
 arrow BDR rescue five from traffickers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members rescued five people including a child from traffickers at Mirganj border in Charghat, Rajshahi yesterday.
Nationalarrow Encroachers turn Louhajang river into a narrow stream
The Louhajang river flowing through Tangail town has turned into a narrow canal due to encroachment of its bank and shoreline by land grabbers.
 arrow A decade-long demand falls on deaf ears
Durgapur, a tourist spot in Netrakona having mineral deposits, is virtually isolated from the rest of the country as construction of two vital bridges could not be completed in over 11 years and two others
 arrow Outlaws moot new plan at 'secret' meets in Khulna
Top leaders of four underground parties held two secret meetings in last 15 days inside a state-owned jute mill at Khalishpur.
 arrow Topple protectors of militants
Gono Forum President Dr. Kamal Hossain has called upon all opposition political parties and progressive forces to intensify the ongoing movement to topple the government.
 arrow EC to assist flower growers to tap export potential
The European Commission (EC) will assist flower farmers to improve skills in production of exportable flowers.
 arrow Top Khulna outlaw murderd
Sonadanga police yesterday morning recovered the bullet-hit body of a top outlaw from Pujakhola area in the city.
 arrow Police hunt for top outlaw 'Dada' Tapan
A security blanket has been thrown in Khulna city following an intelligence information that founder of PBCP Janajuddho Abdur Rashid Malitha alias Dada Tapan has been staying here in disguise to raise
 arrow Freedom fighter laid to rest
Freedom fighter Md. Mozahar Ali, 60, killed in a road accident in Natore on Thursday was laid to rest on Saturday in Dinajpur.
 arrow 2 criminals held with hashish
Detective police arrested three 'listed criminals' from in front of the main gate of Khulna district jail Saturday evening and recovered one and a half kiloghrams of hashish from their possession.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tribute to AS Mahmud
On the occasion of the 72nd birth anniversary of AS Mahmud, we pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of this newspaper and a man who pioneered private television in this country that had given by
 arrow No more hartals, no more sieges
The treasury bench and the opposition, in a welcome development on June 28 have agreed to open talks on political reform and also to sign an agreement to refrain from enforcing hartals in the future.
 arrow Towards knowledge societies
Are we on the threshold of a new age -- that of knowledge societies? The scientific upheavals of the 20th century have brought about a third industrial revolution, that of the new technologies, which
 arrow Need for corporate governance
The expanding role of the private sector and the recent global financial crises have generated much discussion on competition and corporate governance in developing countries.
Culturearrow Carvings on clay
Terracotta is one of the oldest of our arts. Sagar Chandra Das' solo exhibition 'Amar Mrittika' at the Zainul Gallery is a reflection of what our young artists can do in the field of ceramics.
 arrow Classical music concert mesmerises audience
The Department of Theatre and Music of Dhaka University arranged an evening of classical music on July 8, at the Nat Mondol Auditorium in Dhaka University.
 arrow "My priorities have changed" -- Shovon
Zahid Hossein Shovon has had a long stint as an actor.
Generalarrow N Korea's Kim: cagey, defiant and operatic
North Korea's Kim Jong-il has vexed regional neighbours for years with his pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles that may one day deliver them.
 arrow CA admission test results

 arrow Five pro-king officials forced to resign in Nepal
Five senior Nepalese officials, accused of aiding King Gyanendra during his authoritarian rule, stepped down yesterday following threats of impeachment in Parliament.
Internationalarrow New Nepal govt presents policies in parliament
Nepal's new government presented its annual policies in parliament yesterday at a ceremony, which for first time did not include the king, and the prime minister was absent to poor health.
 arrow N Korea braces for 'all-out war': Kim
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il vowed no compromise and said he was braced for "all-out war" as tension mounted yesterday ahead of a UN vote on whether to impose sanctions on Pyongyang for its missile
 arrow India tests N-capable ballistic missile
India yesterday test-fired its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Agni III, which can hit targets deep within China, a senior defence ministry official said.
 arrow Israel to keep on Gaza offensive until GI freed
Israel will push forward with its offensive in the Gaza Strip until Palestinian militants release a captured Israeli soldier and halt their rocket attacks, top officials said yesterday, rejecting international
 arrow US to dangle nuclear deal in exchange for Russia's help on Iran
The United States said it is beginning negotiations with Russia on a potentially lucrative nuclear energy accord, but made clear any deal would be conditional on Moscow's full cooperation in US attempts
 arrow 5 more US soldiers charged in rape, murder of Iraqi woman
The US military said yesterday it has charged five more soldiers in connection with the case of the rape and murder of an Iraqi woman and the killing of three of her family members.
 arrow Pakistani forces kills 20 rebel tribesmen
Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships have killed more than 20 rebel tribesmen and destroyed their hideoouts in the troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Canadian soldier among 23 killed in Afghanistan
A Canadian soldier was killed during an assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan yesterday as a Peruvian soldier and 21 rebels died in other weekend violence, officials said.
 arrow 21 killed as Islamists rid Somali capital of brutal warlords
Hardline Somali Islamic militants on Sunday declared "absolute" victory over the remaining warlords in the lawless capital Mogadishu after deadly clashes that claimed at least 21 lives, marking the end
 arrow Saddam trial enters last phase today
The turbulent trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity enters its last phase today as defence lawyers make their closing arguments without a key member of their team.
 arrow Blair lines up replacement for embattled deputy Prescott
British Prime Minister Tony Blair intends to replace his scandal-hit deputy, John Prescott, with environment minister David Miliband, according to press reports yesterday.
 arrow Iraq security meeting wraps up in Iran
Officials from Iraq and its neighbours yesterday wrapped up a two-day conference aimed at improving security in the violence-stricken country, amid an Iranian campaign for the withdrawal of foreign troops
 arrow Koizumi heads to ME in throes of crisis
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi heads to the Middle East this week to try to help calm the worst crisis in the region in months and urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to negotiations.
 arrow Pope winds up Spain trip defending family
Pope Benedict wound up a quick trip to Valencia on Sunday, implicitly condemning some key social legislation of Spain's Socialist government, stressing that marriage had to be heterosexual and for life.
 arrow DR Congo militia frees Nepalese peacekeepers
Militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Saturday released five Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers taken hostage last month, the UN mission in the country said.
 arrow Lanka appoints temporary army chief as Fonseka recuperates
Sri Lanka has appointed a temporary army chief to fill in for Sarath Fonseka who is in Singapore for medical treatment after surviving a suicide bomb attack in April, the army said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC is at it again
The CEC, by two of his latest comments on the voter list, has brought the credibility of both the Commission as well as his own further down, if that were at all possible.
 arrow Editorial: IGP's words
We welcome the new Inspector General of Police Anwarul Iqbal on his assumption of office.
 arrow Time to bury the hatchet
Even if the country's dominant political discourse is now focused on a possible dialogue over the opposition's reform proposals with regard to election commission and caretaker government, the streetis
 arrow High-flying rumours
Every lie must be denied; otherwise it becomes an attachment to the truth. I am not equally sure that rumours deserve similar attention, because a denial tends to live in the same haze as the rumour.
 arrow Pyongyang's provocation
The words were in the air for quite sometime.
Letters to Editorarrow Why blame them?
The article "Modern day kids" Published on July 4, according to the author, was based on the research that was done with a group of students going to English medium schools.
 arrow 420-Oil tanker disaster
This refers to the letter in your issue of 3rd July on the subject by Z. Rahman, along with the picture of the stricken ship, "Banglar Shourav".
 arrow Music and religion
I commend Pope Benedict XVI for pulling the plug on electric guitars and modern music in the church.
 arrow Rokeya Sakhawat Swarani Samity
I went through Ms. Rubal Abdullah's letter on Begum Rokeya published in The Daily Star on 4th July 2006. Please allow me to add a few more words to bring out the real achievements of Begum Rokeya.
 arrow AL and new generation
I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Anwarul Kabir for his intellectual explanation of the relation between the Awami League and the new generation, and he is right.
 arrow North Korea
The last thing we need is war. Yes, the North Koreans have carried out missile tests. But the United States should not react to it aggressively.
 arrow Telephone users in trouble
We are businessmen from Mohakhali new DOHS and have been facing many problems with telephone lines, which remain cut off frequently despite regular payment of telephone bills.
 arrow Bangladesh passport
I have read the news today regarding the machine-readable passport scheme.
 arrow Tata investment plan
In response to queries from the BBC reporter, the adviser of the ministry of petroleum expressed the opinion that it would not be possible to finalise Tata's proposal in view of the limited time available
 arrow Tata investment
I was greatly dismayed when the newspaper started speculating that the TATA investment proposals are dead.
 arrow Jatiya party
Both the BNP and the Awami league want the Jatiya Party in their coalition. But I don't think the Jatiya Party has much support anymore to make a big difference in the election results.
 arrow Most entertaining TV program!
If someone asked me to name the most entertaining TV program these days, I have to confess that I find the TV coverage of the political activities on the streets most entertaining.
 arrow Learning English
I've read articles and letters published in DS on learning English and standard of Bangladeshi learners' English.
 arrow Why the expressway?
The proposal of building an expressway between Dhaka and Chittagong that will cost $889 million to shorten the path or to save time stunned me.
Specialarrow Governance
It is true that the first and foremost precondition for any democracy to function properly is to hold regular elections in order to ensure rule by the majority and to make the elected accountable to the
Star Cityarrow Slow legal process delays justice for victims
Legal experts have stressed the need for speeding up legal procedure to ensure justice in the acid throwing cases to reduce the alarming trend of such crime.
 arrow Faulty launch, high fare
As thousands of launch passengers flock to Sadarghat launch terminal every day, one disturbing thought invariably bugs every passenger boarding a vessel.
 arrow Right to water is a life-saving entitlement
Government must not turn water into a commercial commodity because of pressure from international trade bodies or multinational companies, said speakers at a roundtable discussion on 'Right to Water as
 arrow Illegal occupation continues
No effective measures have been taken by the authorities of Jagannath University to free its 12 hostels from illegal occupation that commenced over 20 years back.
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