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Front Pagearrow 160 dead as serial blasts rock Mumbai rail network
Bombs exploded on packed commuter trains and stations in India's financial hub, Mumbai, on Tuesday, killing over 160 people and wounding hundreds, officials said.
 arrow 28 killed as train hits bus in Joypurhat
At least 28 passengers of a bus were killed and 30 others were injured when a train rammed into the bus standing on a level crossing due to engine failure at Akkelpur in Joypurhat yesterday.
 arrow Rookie firms among pre-qualified bidders
The Power Cell has pre-qualified around seven companies for the tender of the 450 megawatt Sirajganj power plant and included two novice companies that used false claims of serious nature to fit intothe
 arrow AL walks out of JS twice amid chaos
Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday walked out of the parliament twice protesting the speaker's refusal to allow them to talk during points of order on different issues.
 arrow BB appoints observer for IFIC to monitor its operations
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday appointed an observer for IFIC Bank under its 'early warning system' in the wake of significant changes in sponsor shares of the bank.
 arrow EC to 'display' updated voter list, but says it won't publish draft
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to make the updated voter list, prepared through door to door visits, open to the public for inspection before publishing the final list.
 arrow Conspiracy on to sack 60 army officers
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina accused the alliance government yesterday of conspiring to fire around 60 army officers on political grounds ahead of the next parliamentary elections as part of its "conspiracy
 arrow TIB refuses to withdraw graft reports
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday refused to withdraw its corruption index reports on two ministries that threatened to sue the organisation terming the reports "baseless" and "untrue".
 arrow Teachers keep on agitating for pay hike
The striking teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions yesterday came out on the streets in the capital demanding 100 per cent basic salary from the government exchequer, as their
 arrow Govt seeks quick hearing of death reference
The government yesterday moved a prayer before the High Court (HC) for priority to hearing on the death reference case of seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders including militant kingpin
 arrow Tata's proposal not rejected
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told the parliament that the government has not rejected the investment proposal of Tata Group, the leading industrial house of India.
 arrow Om Prakash, 2 others jailed for 4 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced alleged Hundi trader Om Prakash Chowdhury and two others to four years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined them $80,000 each for embezzlement of Tk 41 lakh.
 arrow List of people whitening black money won't be made public
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday said the list of people whitening black money will not be revealed in any circumstances, even in case of instructions from parliament.
 arrow Bill passed to ensure transparency in MFIs
As parliament yesterday passed a bill for establishing a regulatory authority to ensure transparency and accountability of micro-credit institutions, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman harshly reprimanded
 arrow 16 charged with Jamal Uddin murder
A charge sheet was submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court here yesterday, accusing 16 people of killing business magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Workers' strike at garment factory
Several hundred workers of Radiance Fashion Ltd in Ashulia refrained from work yesterday demanding regular payment of their wages.
 arrow Mob lynches 1 during robbery attempt
A mob lynched one and injured another in the city's Motijheel area yesterday for allegedly trying to commit robbery at house at Arambagh in the capital.
 arrow Violence kills 36 in Iraq despite PM's unity call
At least 36 people were killed across Iraq in bombings, shootings and gunbattles yesterday, including 10 Shias gunned down in an apparent sectarian attack in Baghdad.
 arrow Israel batters Gaza with more air strikes
Israel battered the Gaza Strip with fresh air strikes yesterday as troops stood poised to launch more incursions in a deadly offensive that has killed more than 50 Palestinians in a week.
 arrow G8 to tacitly approve Indo-US nuclear deal: Diplomats
G8 leaders meeting this week are likely to give tacit approval to a controversial deal giving India access to US nuclear technology, despite fears this could undermine non-proliferation efforts, diplomats
Businessarrow Foreign aid drops 12pc during July-April
Bangladesh witnessed a 12 percent drop in foreign aid in the first 10 months of the just concluded fiscal year due mainly to slow pace in projects' implementation, resulting in government's enhanced dependence
 arrow NRBs urged to invest in SMEs
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday called upon non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) to invest in the country's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as the sector holds a huge potential.
 arrow Pressure on G8 to embrace emerging economies
As G8 leaders prepare to meet at their annual summit this weekend, one question being asked is whether their exclusive club should become the G11 by integrating Brazil, China and India.
 arrow Drop 'Cold War mindset' on high-tech exports
China has urged the United States not to pursu e a "Cold War mindset" when it comes to more strategic controls on trade in high-tech products, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow Call for enhanced Bangla-Pak trade
Bangladesh Minister of State for Finance Shah Abul Hossain, who is now on a visit to Pakistan to attend the Saarc Finance Ministers Conference, made a courtesy call on Omar Ayub Khan, Minister of State
 arrow China's bank lending down
China's bank lending fell 22 percent last month, suggesting official efforts to cool off the sizzling economy are taking effect, state media reported Tuesday.
 arrow Rokia member of World Islamic Businesswomen's Network task force
Rokia Afzal Rahman, chairman of Arlinks Group and president of WEA (Women Entrepreneurs' Association) and WISE (Women In Small Enterprises), has become a member of the task force of World Islamic Businesswomen's
 arrow Applications to be sought from NRBs for selection of CIPs
Applications will be sought from non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) through newspaper ads on August 1 for the selection of expatriate CIPs (commercially important persons).
 arrow Local finished fabric plant soon in Adamjee EPZ
Yassma Knitting and Dyeing Limited, a fully Bangladeshi owned company, will set up a knitted and dyed-finished fabrics plant in Adamjee Export Processing Zone. This local company will invest US$ 2.
 arrow Singapore's Raffles Hospital offers special rates to GP staff, subscribers
Raffles Medical Group of Singapore will offer special corporate rates to all members of the staff, premium and general subscribers of GrameenPhone, the leading cell phone operator in the country.
 arrow IMF proposes emergency liquidity cushion for emerging economies
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is proposing an emergency liquidity facility to help Asian and other emerging economies deal with any financial crises.
 arrow Toyota announces new Ontario parts plant
A division of Japanese auto giant Toyota will build a new auto parts facility in Canada's Ontario province, officials announced Monday.
 arrow India's Reliance plans 1m jobs
One of India's leading businessman, Mukesh Ambani, says he plans to create a million new jobs through an agrarian and retail revolution by building an Indian version of Wal-Mart, the world's largest store
 arrow Pepsi Bottling quarterly profit beats estimates
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc on Tuesday posted higher-than-expected second-quarter profit and raised its 2006 outlook, citing strong volume growth in noncarbonated drinks such as Tropicana juices and Lipton
Sportsarrow Football: Azzurri celebrate in style
One million Romans faced a tough morning Tuesday after losing themselves in festive frenzy for their victorious World Cup football team, which wrested the title from France.
 arrow Football: Zidane the winner in losing finale
The 2006 World Cup final will be remembered more for a headbutt than the fact Italy won the world's most desirable sporting prize for the fourth time, press reports suggested Tuesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA will probe Zidane send-off
FIFA announced on Tuesday it had opened a disciplinary investigation into the actions of French skipper Zinedine Zidane who was sent off in the World Cup final for head-butting an Italian opponent.
 arrow Football: Defending Zidane
Franz Beckenbauer, the World Cup chief organiser, was convinced that Materazzi must have insulted Zidane to cause him to react in such a manner. "Something must have been said to Zidane.
 arrow Football: Domenech extends France contract
France football coach Ramond Domenech has been given a new contract in charge of the team he took to within a penalty shoot-out of World Cup glory.
 arrow Football: WC Roll Of Honour
Year Champions Runners-up
1930 Uruguay Argentina
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia
1938 Italy Hungary
1950 Uruguay Brazil
1954 West Germany Hungary
1958 Brazil

 arrow Cricket: Tigers likely to start African trip Jul 23
The Bangladesh cricket team are likely to leave Dhaka on July 23 to play a five-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Second win for U-17s
Bangladesh registered their second victory in the Golden Hope International Under-17 Cricket Challenge competition when they handed a massive eight-wicket defeat on hosts Malaysia in the third match yesterday.
 arrow Football: PFL transfer delayed
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) postponed the July 15-August 15 players' transfer for the first-ever Professional Football League (PFL).
 arrow Football: Vinnie Jones hits the stage
Vinnie Jones is to make his West End debut in a Stephen Sondheim musical, the former football hardnut-turned-actor revealed Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Lippi taking time
World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi postponed a meeting with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Grosso, Ribery & Lahm catch the eye
In a tournament short on star quality, a Frenchman who could dribble, an Argentine who hit the shot of his life and an Italian defender with a knack for the spectacular were among the handful of revelations.
 arrow Football: Algerian leader hails Zidane
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika hailed Zinedine Zidane as a footballing hero Tuesday, as he revealed in London that he had sent a "consolation" letter to the French side's captain after his humiliating
 arrow Football: Lack of lasting memories
Italy's victory over France in Sunday's World Cup final brought the curtain down on one of the best tournaments ever staged, despite some negative thinking from coaches and continual cheating from players.
 arrow Football: And the LCD TV goes to Liton
The World Cup 2006 may have ended two days ago but it still has its effect on life.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul hails Sachin return
Indian captain Rahul Dravid welcomed Sachin Tendulkar's return to fitness after watching him make an unbeaten half-century in a charity match in London.
 arrow Cricket: Stand up: Kevin to bowlers
Kevin Pietersen has told England's novice bowlers to "stand up and be counted" as the team prepares for its Test series against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison in upbeat mood
Stephen Harmison has insisted England's injury crisis cannot be used as an excuse when the team take the field for the first Test of a four-match series against Pakistan at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Cycling: Freire does the double
Spaniard Oscar Freire of the Rabobank team dominated some of the world's fastest sprinters to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: SL tri-series in chaos
A bitter battle to control Sri Lanka's cricket establishment has wrecked the schedule for next month's limited-overs tri-series against India and South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Impressive Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar took another step on his road to recovery from a shoulder injury by scoring 50 not out for an International XI, against Pakistan, in a Twenty20 game at The Oval on Monday.
 arrow Football: Poland pick Beenhakker
Leo Beenhakker, the Dutchman who led tiny Trinidad and Tobago into the World Cup finals, has been named the new coach of Poland, private news television station TVN24 reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: WC official attempts suicide
Berlin's top World Cup official shot himself in the head hours after the tournament ended on Sunday night but survived his apparent suicide attempt, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Winners take trophy to stricken Pessotto
Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro and fullback Gianluca Zambrotta have shown off their newly acquired World Cup trophy to former team mate Gianluca Pessotto, hospital sources said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Deschamps pens Juventus deal
Former French World Cup winner Didier Deschamps has been named new coach of Juventus, in the wake of Fabio Capello's departure to Real Madrid, the club announced Monday.
 arrow Football: Hasselbaink joins Charlton
English Premiership club Charlton signed former Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on a free transfer on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern close in on RvN
Bayern Munich are ready to speak to Manchester United about signing Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said. "The player wants to come to us.
 arrow Football: Arsenal chase Ribery
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has launched a bid to sign France winger Franck Ribery from Marseille, according to reports on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Cisse joins Marseille
French striker Djibril Cisse has joined Olympique Marseille from Liverpool on a season's loan, a source close to the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Fast growing population a big problem for Bangladesh: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for strengthening the health sector programmes by effectively involving the youths in the activities for quick achievement of the desired goals.
 arrow 'Take up risk reduction plan ahead of flood season'
Experts at a roundtable yesterday called for taking up a flood risk reduction programme through institutional preparedness ahead of the flood season.
 arrow 'Ensure healthcare of RMG workers to up output'
Ensure healthcare of workers in RMG (Ready Made Garments) sector to increase productivity in garment units, said the speakers at a gathering in the city yesterday.
 arrow India to withdraw special passports
Because of growing security concerns, India has decided to withdraw the 34-year-old special passport scheme, under which the people of northeastern Indian states could use the document to travel onlyto
 arrow Mother cries for justice
A mother yesterday demanded punishment to officer-in-charge (OC) of Chakaria Police Station in Cox's Bazar as he allegedly gunned down her son on January 11 of last year for refusing to do illegal jobs
 arrow KMP makes fresh list of criminals, special operation on cards
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) has made a fresh list of hardened criminals and operatives of underground parties.
 arrow Bring back stability in RMG sector
Leaders of the garment workers' associations at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday reiterated their demand for bringing back stability in the garments sector.
 arrow Dumb man found dead
The police recovered the body of a dumb man in the city's Shabujbagh area yesterday. The victim was identified as Abdul Hannan, 30, a resident of Rasulpur in Kamrangirchar.
 arrow Flood insurance can help affected people
Speakers at a seminar at a city hotel yesterday said flood insurance can potentially play an important role to help the flood affected people to cope with the recurrence of flooding.
 arrow Road barricade programme observed
United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday observed a daylong road barricade programme on Rangamati- Khagrachhari Road to protest Monday's killing of its three activists at Natun Karetchhari under
 arrow Intern doctors go for indefinite strike again
Intern doctors of Rangpur Medical College Hospital have gone for indefinite strike from yesterday once again as their demands were not realised by the authorities within the stipulated time.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Narayanganj and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow Prof Zakir gets Meher Kabir Science Literature Award
Naturalist and bird expert Prof Kazi Zakir Hossain was awarded 'Meher Kabir Science Literature Award 2005' by Bangla Academy for his contributions to science literature at a formal function at the seminar
 arrow DU observes World Population Day
Dhaka University (DU) yesterday observed World Population Day with a daylong programme that included rally, debate competitions and open discussion on the campus with an objective to raise awareness regarding
 arrow Indian HC airs concern over media reports
The High Commission of India in Dhaka has expressed concern over the news report carried in several local papers alleging that the BSF was responsible for firing along Komorpur and Bhatshala border points
 arrow Dengue claims one in Ctg
A dengue patient died yesterday morning at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) while the number of patients suffering from pneumonia and malaria is increasing in the port city.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq's anniversary of death today
Today is the third death anniversary of Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court and former advisor to a caretaker government, says a press release.
 arrow Rejoinder
Mohammad Amir Hossain Bhuiyan, a lecturer of the environmental science department, Jahangirnagar University, has protested a report headlined 'JU teacher blamed for 'indecent' behaviour with female students'
 arrow Medical equipment donated to cancer centre
Badrul Amin, an expatriate businessman of Bianibazar in Sylhet and now living in London, donated medical equipment worth Tk 7 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Detection Centre and Hospital, Mirpur yesterday
 arrow 2 bodies recovered from Buriganga
Police recovered two bodies floating in the river Buriganga yesterday afternoon. The deceased are a thirty-year-old woman and a young girl of nine, both unidentified.
Nationalarrow Unwritten restriction on cultural activities?
Kazi Nazrul Islam Auditorium at Rajshahi University, which used to hum with life, is silent and desolate for months as the authorities allegedly imposed an 'unwritten restriction' on holding programmes
 arrow Port shifted 5 times but no move to stop erosion
Erosion by the mighty Brahmaputra in Fulchhari and Kamarjani river ports on its western bank continued to devour areas while boulders and concrete blocks brought for protection of the river bank are piled
 arrow None arrested, no case filed yet
None has been arrested in connection with Sunday's attack on houses of some Hindu families at Dulai village in Tala upazila in the district.
 arrow Samples of rotten roots sent to laboratories for test
The century old, rare and 'endangered' Chlorophora excelsa tree at Lawachhara Reserve Forest, locally known as 'chloroform' tree, fell as its roots got rotten, forest officials said.
 arrow BSF kills one in Kulaura
One Bangladeshi was killed in BSF firing in Chatlapur frontier in Kulaura Monday evening. Two others are missing since the firing.
 arrow Border meet in Joypurhat not held
A scheduled District Magistrate level boarder conference at Joypurhat Circuit House was not held yesterday as the Indian team did not come.
 arrow Train movement stalled for 3 days in Dinajpur
Train movement from Dinajpur to Thakurgoan and Pancagharh is stopped for three days after a goods train derailed 200 meters off Thakurgaon railway station on Sunday.
 arrow Nominate 'clean' candidates in coming polls
Speakers at a day-long workshop yesterday urged political parties not to nominate corrupt and inefficient candidates in the next parliamentary election for the sake of development and consolidation of
Point-Counterpointarrow Zidane has been punished, why not Materazzi?
Watching the tragedy that unfolded in the 110th minute of last Sunday's World Cup final, I was reminded of a line from the 1965 movie, "Lord Jim," based on Joseph Conrad's 1900 novel of the same name,
 arrow A man of law
NEARLY three years ago from now, one of the brightest luminaries in the legal profession of our country left us for his heavenly abode.
 arrow China and India re-open the Silk Route
INDIA and China, the two most populous nations in the world and once bitter rivals, are getting closer day by day due to current global political and economic environment.
Culturearrow As young eyes view the world...
The prize giving ceremony and the inauguration of painting exhibition of the 4th International Children-Art Biennale Competition'06 organised by Bangladesh Shishu Academy (BSA) in association with Unicef
 arrow Vignettes of nature, life and architecture
The ongoing exhibition at BTA Tower, North South University (NSU) features works by young photographers with keen eyes.
Internationalarrow Lanka offers cash, devolution to end ethnic bloodshed
Sri Lanka's president yesterday offered 1.25 billion dollars to rebuild embattled regions and asked his advisors to come up with a power-sharing plan to end decades of ethnic bloodshed.
 arrow Troops kill 30 Taliban as Rumsfeld visits Kabul
Afghan and coalition security forces involved in a massive anti-Taliban operation killed 30 more rebels yesterday as US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited the country.
 arrow 8 tourists killed in Kashmir grenade attacks
Eight tourists were killed and 39 people injured yesterday in a series of grenade attacks targeting holiday areas in the main city of revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Iran, EU start nuclear talks under pressure
Iran's top nuclear negotiator launched fresh talks yesterday with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, amid renewed pressure for Tehran to accept an offer to end its standoff with the West.
 arrow N Korea missile crisis stirs up discord
North Korea's missile tests stirred up more discord yesterday among its Northeast Asian neighbours, with South Korea and Japan jousting over Tokyo's suggestions of pre-emptive strikes against the North.
 arrow Atomic power can help fight global warming
Britain must build new nuclear power stations, generate more electricity from wind and waves and curb domestic demand in the battle against global warming, Trade Secretary Alistair Darling said yesterday.
 arrow Sudan world's most dangerous place for children
Sudan, Uganda and Congo are the world's three most dangerous places for children due to wars that have brought death, disease and displacement to millions, a Reuters AlertNet poll showed yesterday.
 arrow Palestinians on edge without power, fuel
"What it took six years to build was bombed in a week," seethes Mustafa Mahmud, telling customers he has no generators left, two weeks after Israel bombed the only power station in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Iraq plagued by signs of looming civil war
Iraq is developing all the symptoms of looming civil war, with communities feeling victimised, a terrible cycle of tit-for-tat attacks, and Sunnis and Shias alike withdrawing into ghettoes.
 arrow Somali Islamists scour Mogadishu for arms
Somali Islamists scoured southern Mogadishu for arms yesterday as the city's last secular warlord fled after deadly clashes that killed at least 77 since the weekend, witnesses and militia said.
 arrow Polish president names identical twin as PM
Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Monday nominated his brother Jaroslaw as prime minister, paving the way for a world-unique double act, which would see identical twins holding the top two state posts.
 arrow India will not be in nuclear club: Rice
The Bush administration is hard at work to win legislative approval for the Indo-US nuclear deal before the US Congress goes into summer recess on August 4.
 arrow Nepali Maoists reveal strength for first time
Nepal's Maoists have revealed for the first time how many soldiers they have -- 36,000 -- in remarks published on Tuesday, a week after Kathmandu invited the United Nations to monitor arms of insurgents
 arrow India, Pakistan ink quake aid pact after 9 months
India yesterday approved a donation of 25 million dollars to buy building materials for Pakistani Kashmir nine months after a major earthquake killed 73,000 people there.
 arrow Rice meets Pak FM amid Afghan border row
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri met US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday, and said he had offered "concrete proposals" to temper a row with Afghanistan over border security.
 arrow Indian SC refuses to halt dam project
India's Supreme Court has refused to halt work to raise the height of a controversial dam after a plea by the prime minister that the project is important for development, a lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow Indonesia passes Aceh autonomy bill
Indonesia's parliament yesterday passed a draft law granting tsunami-lashed Aceh wide-ranging autonomy as part of a peace deal signed last year with separatist rebels, a lawmaker said.
 arrow Tape claims 3 GIs killed over rape-murders
An al-Qaeda-linked group posted a Web video yesterday purporting to show the mutilated bodies of two US soldiers, claiming it killed them in revenge for the rape-slaying of a young Iraqi woman by American
 arrow Other 'major powers' deserve UNSC seats
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday certain "major powers" should play a bigger role in the world body but declined to name favourites for any new permanent seats on the Security Council.
 arrow Saddam boycotts trial
Saddam Hussein and his defence counsel boycotted his trial for crimes against humanity for a second day on Tuesday, forcing a two-week adjournment to give court-appointed lawyers time to prepare final
Editorialarrow Editorial: Politics gets the better of economics
The suspension of Tata's $3 billion investment proposal for steel, energy and fertiliser sectors of Bangladesh comes as a rude shock.
 arrow Editorial: Dubious banking transactions
AS early as in June, a CID-led team had forwarded dossiers on 12 companies allegedly involved in drug smuggling based on intelligence information provided by UK for verification by Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow A brief history of Bangladesh's presidency
THERE is a kind of thrill in knowing that we have, once more, just one president in the country.
 arrow CEC carrying on: Political crisis looming large
A justice is supposed to be an honourable man with high sense of dignity. But whosoever has chosen the present Chief Election Commissioner has certainly not done justice to the nation.
 arrow ISI out of control
THESE were two or three incidents that were quite unrelated to each other. They were symptomatic.
Letters to Editorarrow World Cup frenzy
The greatest football festival almost changed the lifestyle of people who went crazy if they missed even a single minute of a game. That's football at its best.
 arrow Machine readable passport
I write in response to the letter by R. Khondakar of July 10.
 arrow North Korea's missile diplomacy
North Korea declared with great fanfare the testing of its long-range Taeopodong II missiles, which could reach the shores of Alaska.
 arrow Opposing hartal
Mr. Sanjoy of Chittagong has written a very apt letter of protest against the hartals and disruptions in society by both the government and the opposition. I salute him for his thoughts.
 arrow Zidane's sad exit
Zidane ended his long and glorious career by being expelled in extra time, costing France the World Cup. Zidane will be criticised badly for his ugly attack on an Italian player.
 arrow Beware of 'assassinators'
The article in your daily entitled 'Character assassination: who is next?' published on 22/06/06 is a timely endeavour to arouse the conscience of the members of the civil society against this sort of
 arrow Meeting with President
I find the issue of whether Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar was the acting president or the president because, as he said, "The president and in case of anybody who discharges duties to the post of the
 arrow Prove me wrong, politicians
I liked the article Govt says wait but Tata pushes on.., as it brings out the true reason for not finalising the Tata investment by the present government.
 arrow BTTB lagging behind
Land phone service rendered by BTTB is still the most dominant one, despite the availability of and easy access to the various mobile phone services.
 arrow Tata's investment plan
After graduating from Dhaka University in 1980 we came to the USA. All of us studied Geology and finished higher studies in Geology but the crude oil price went down to $12 per barrel.
 arrow Public toilets
We need more public toilets - and it's the responsibility of various shopping centres and related places to have such facilities.
 arrow Brave boatmen
We were all shocked at the tragic incident of 24 June that happened in our territorial water at anchorage "Charlie' of Chittagong anchorage of the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Prices of essentials
These days prices of essentials have gone beyond the affordability of common people. Prices of essentials were never so high in the last two decades.
Star Chittagongarrow Khagrachhari under massive afforestation plan
The government plans to bring over three lakh acres of unclassified land under participatory afforestation at eight upazilas in the hilly district of Khagrachhari.
 arrow State of primary education deplorable in Ctg
Around 150 villages under 20 police stations have no primary schools to give an impression how deplorable the state of primary education in Chittagong is.
 arrow A miserable condition

Star Cityarrow Lack of water bodies increases flood risk
Dhaka may experience floods and water logging in more severe form in near future due to unabated filling up of water bodies, experts cautioned.
 arrow Hard work, determination bring victory
Exhaustion of a full day's work, little scope of further education and emerging responsibilities towards their families were no obstacles to them.
 arrow Mobile public toilets - a welcoming idea
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Cleantech Limited, a private organisation will together set up 50 mobile public toilets in different spots in the city by the end of this month.
 arrow Awareness, facilities help detect more premature babies
An infant lies inside a brightly lit incubator in ward no.3 of the Dhaka Children Hospital (DCH), while being fed with breast milk through nasal tubes and intravenous saline.
 arrow Rajuk accepts late appeal in approving plan
Rajuk's appellate authority has decided to restore a building plan, cancelled in March this year, hearing the appeal three and a half months after the cancellation order that raised question about the
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