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Front Pagearrow New organogram makes ACC dysfunctional
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) organogram prepared by the government has rendered the commission dysfunctional as it does not allow appointment of at least 50 per cent staff of the abolished Bureau
 arrow Zia's three colleagues dispute allegations against Muzaffer
Colleagues of late president Ziaur Rahman yesterday disputed the allegations levelled at Prof Muzaffer Ahmad by two senior ministers and said the TIB chairman had resigned from the Zia government dueto
 arrow Israel widens Beirut bombing campaign
Israel struck Beirut airport again yesterday and bombed Lebanese roads, power supplies and communication networks in a widening campaign after Hizbollah guerrillas seized two Israeli soldiers and killed
 arrow Top outlaw Kamrul, aide Jhunu killed
Two top leaders of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Lalpataka faction were killed in a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the outlaws' cohorts in Pabna early yesterday.
 arrow Quality education cannot be ensured with poor pay
Academicians yesterday emphasised the need to raise teachers' salaries and other benefits as it is very important to attract brilliant and talented people in the primary teaching profession to ensurequality
 arrow Security major concern for 52pc SMEs in 7 dists
Security is a major concern for 52 percent of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in seven districts in the country and each of them spends nearly Tk 500 a month on an average on security purpose,
 arrow Japanese FM to visit Dhaka July 24-25
A warm welcome awaits the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso who will be visiting Dhaka on July 24-25 at the invitation of Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan.
 arrow Govt unmoved, turns a deaf ear to their demands
Ten days into the indefinite strike enforced by teachers and employees of non-government schools, colleges and madrasas across the country, the government is yet to take any initiative to meet their demand
 arrow 8 bombs found in Faridpur, Satkhira
Eight bombs were found in Faridpur town and a bordering village under Kolaroa upazila of Satkhira yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow Boundary talks with India from tomorrow
Bangladesh-India Joint Boundary Working Group will meet in Dhaka July 16-17. The joint secretary-level working group will discuss the longstanding issues of demarcating 6.
 arrow Dipu, Azad on fresh remand
Two alleged muggers--Dipu and Azad-- were again placed on a three-day remand yesterday on expiry of their six days' remand.
 arrow 14-party's 6-day road march from July 25
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine last night announced a six-day road march from July 25 to press home its demand for reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission
 arrow Mob beats up 4 taking them for robbers
A mob beat up four people taking them for robbers when they went to the Mirpur house of a manpower-recruiting agency broker to ask for returning the deposited money yesterday.
 arrow Regional dialogue in Rangpur today
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Prothom Alo, The Daily Star and Channel i are jointly organising their eighth Regional Dialogue on "National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development"
 arrow Nayan's family smells a rat
The autopsy report of Nayan Banu, who was murdered allegedly by police in Savar on July 2, was not published as of yesterday -- 12 days into the killing.
 arrow Two Jubo Dal men shot dead in Kushtia
Two Jubo Dal activists were shot dead at Khalishakundi in Daulatpur upazila last night.
 arrow 'Pakistan must rein in terrors to keep peace process alive'
India's premier Friday warned it will be hard to make peace with Pakistan unless it cracks down on militants, and said those behind the deadly Mumbai train bombings had support "from across the border".
 arrow US vetoes UN resolution to halt Gaza offensive
Israel pressed on with its air assault on Gaza yesterday in a bid to retrieve a soldier abducted nearly three weeks ago and stop rocket attacks but troops withdrew from the centre of the territory.
 arrow Case against 2 vessels in Ctg for damage to fertiliser
An importer yesterday filed a case against two vessels demanding Tk 3 crore as compensation for alleged damage to 3500 tons of fertiliser.
 arrow Malaysia plans fresh crackdown on illegal immigrants
Malaysia on Friday announced plans to arrest up to one million people in its latest crackdown on illegal immigrants.
 arrow Fresh violence kills 26 in Iraq
At least 26 people were killed across Iraq yesterday, including 13 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on their checkpoint near the northern oil hub of Kirkuk, security officials said.
 arrow Pakistan terms report on phone calls 'frivolous'
Pakistan yesterday said reports that Indian police are tracing telephone calls to Pakistan and Bangladesh following the Mumbai train bombings were "frivolous".
 arrow One identified as iron trader from Barisal
The identity of one of the three bodies found inside barrels in front of Pre-cast Concrete Industries Ltd at Mehrabari in Mymensingh on Thursday was revealed yesterday.
 arrow Freedom fighter commits suicide
Kalandiar Kabir, 54, freedom fighter and brother of noted journalist Shahriar Kabir, committed suicide at his house in city's Mohakhali area sometime around midnight Thursday.
 arrow Pakistani Shia leader killed in suicide attack
A senior Pakistani Shia leader and his young nephew were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the cleric's house in Karachi yesterday, sparking fears of sectarian revenge attacks.
 arrow Oil prices hit record highs above $78
Oil prices hit record highs above 78 dollars in Asian hours yesterday, continuing to test unchartered territory as Israel's offensive in Lebanon and the Iran nuclear issue sparked fears of a wider Middle
 arrow US, major allies differ on response to Israeli attack
Major US allies yesterday condemned the ferocity of Israel's military attack on Lebanon, revealing a clear split with Washington's moderate call for restraint.
 arrow White House sends mixed signals on detainee trials
The Bush administration is sending Congress conflicting signals on how to try foreign terrorism suspects despite earlier calls for Congress to ratify the current system struck down by the US Supreme Court,
 arrow Nepal arrests 2 Pakistanis, probes links to Mumbai blasts
Police in Nepal are probing possible links between two Pakistani men arrested here on explosives charges and the serial train blasts in Mumbai that killed 179 people, an official said yesterday.
 arrow William, Harry 'saddened' by Italian photos of Diana death
Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry expressed regret yesterday at the publication in Italy of a picture of their mother Princess Diana in the wreckage of the car crash that took her life.
Businessarrow 12.11pc fall in ceramic tableware export in 10 months of FY06
Country's export earnings through ceramic tableware has reduced by 12.11 percent over target during the July-April period of the 2005-06 fiscal due to persisting power and gas crisis, said industry insiders.
 arrow Cellphone operators to cut charges soon
Mobile phone users will no more have to pay for incoming calls from BTTB land phones as cellphone operators at long last have agreed to withdraw the existing tariff and sign a deal with the state-runtelecom
 arrow China to allow foreign exploration in key oil, gas blocks
China will allow foreign companies a rare chance to conduct exploration for oil and gas in parts of the resource-rich Tarim Basin in the northwest of the country, the country's top energy company said
 arrow Asia stocks down sharply on record oil prices
Asian stock markets were hit badly Friday as escalating violence in the Middle East pushed oil prices to record highs and added to a litany of geo-political concerns sapping investor confidence.
 arrow US, Russia confront major differences on WTO deal
US and Russian negotiators were locked in talks Friday to overcome "important" differences holding up a deal enabling Russia to join the WTO, a senior US official said.
 arrow Safa intíl confce begins today
An international conference of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA) begins in Dhaka today. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the conference at BCFC Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Malaysia Airlines announces further route cuts
Malaysia Airlines on Friday announced further cuts in its routes, dropping some flights to China, Indonesia and Japan as part of cost-saving measures aimed at reversing its flagging fortunes.
 arrow Global Insurance approves 10pc cash dividend
Global Insurance Ltd has approved a 10 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Pakistan plans to buy 1000 MW power from Central Asia
Around 1,000 MW power would be imported from Tajkistan and Turkmanistan via Afghanistan within a period of four to five years.
 arrow US-ROK FTA talks end inconclusive
Free-trade talks between the United States and South Korea ended in stalemate Friday as US negotiators boycotted discussions in protest at South Korea's new medical policy.
 arrow New chairman of Jalalabad Telecom
Nasir A Chowdhury has been made chairman of Jalalabad Telecom Ltd.
 arrow Skyrocketing oil prices set to complicate G8 summit
Skyrocketing oil prices threatening the pace of global growth could complicate this weekend's G8 summit, deepening an already sharp disagreement on energy between host Russia and the West.
 arrow Nepal seeks to be labour source country for ROK
A South Korean delegation has arrived in Nepal to conduct a feasibility study on appointing Nepal as one of the country's labour source countries, The Kathmandu Post reported Friday.
 arrow Samsung's Q2 earnings weakest in three years
Samsung Electronics, South Korea's high-tech giant, Friday posted its lowest quarterly profit in three years due to a strong won and weaker sales in its microchip, display panel and handset operations.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 09-July 13, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in this week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: BD promises great opening ceremony
An exhibition match between perennial rivals India and Pakistan would be one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC World Cup, which will be staged in Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: No pressure on Babloo
Hasanuzzaman Babloo will have to rely on the senior players when he will line-up the national football team against the fancied Qatar in next month's Asian Cup 2007 qualifying match.
 arrow Cricket: England surge ahead
Paul Collingwood's Test-best 186 was the centrepiece of England's innings as the hosts reached 495 for seven at tea on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's here Friday.
 arrow Football: Colman leaving
Bangladesh national football team's Argentine trainer Ariel Colman will leave Dhaka on July 18 after fulfilling his one-year contract with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Football: Matrix provides evidence
Marco Materazzi on Friday gave FIFA his version of the incident that saw French captain Zinedine Zidane sent off for a head butt on the Italy defender in the World Cup final last weekend.
 arrow Football: Chirac believes Zidane was provoked
President Jacques Chirac called Zinedine Zidane's head-butt in the World Cup final "unacceptable" on Friday, adding that something must have provoked it.
 arrow Football: Serie B for Juve, Lazio & Fiorentina?
Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio will be relegated to the Italian second division, according to a report in the Gazetta dello Sport newspaper on Friday.
 arrow Football: Donadoni takes Italian reigns
World Cup winners Italy have appointed former AC Milan midfielder Roberto Donadoni as their coach to replace Marcello Lippi.
 arrow Football: Woodward slams England flop
England were ill prepared for the World Cup and will not win the trophy until the Football Association undergoes radical changes, said an Englishman who has lifted the top prize in rugby.
 arrow Cycling: Popovych wins 12th stage
Ukrainian Yaroslav Popovych of the Discovery Channel team won the 12th stage of the Tour de France here Friday to deprive the hosts of a coveted victory on Bastille Day.
 arrow Football: Premiership refs wired for sound
Referees and their assistants will be wired up and in a move which reflects the recent World Cup, should be in constant radio communication during every Premiership match of the coming season.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch level with China
Netherlands and China drew 1-1 at the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament here Thursday. Hong Xia Li gave China the lead in the second half before Eefke Mulder levelled for the hosts.
 arrow Cricket: Waqar points at Lord's effect
Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis put his side's poor catching down to first-day nerves after England batsmen Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood were both dropped on the way to making hundreds on the
 arrow Tennis: Few stars for Fed Cup
Belgium and France face crucial Fed Cup ties this weekend stripped of Wimbledon finalists Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo who have withdrawn after their All England Club exploits.
 arrow Alonso fires out a warning
Renault's world champion Fernando Alonso fired off a warning to his Formula One rivals on Friday by lapping comfortably quicker than them in French Grand Prix free practice.
 arrow Cricket: Pak trio still out
Pakistan went into the opening Test here at Lord's without three of their key players and it remains uncertain whether the injured trio would be fit in time for the second match at Old Trafford laterthis
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers to run SLC
Sri Lanka's World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga is among four cricketers recommended by ex-players to run the sport in the island nation, sources told AFP on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies to play Champs Trophy
Australia confirmed its participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in India in October, allaying fears that teams might pull out due to security reasons due to the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai.
 arrow Football: Co-hosts told to gear up preparation
With just under a year to go for the AFC Asian Cup 2007, AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam has requested the four co-hosts to step up a gear to make the event a grand success.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh A win one-day series 4-1
Bangladesh A strongly bounced back to complete their Zimbabwe tour on a high note when they defeated Zimbabwe A by 58 runs in the fifth and final one-day match at the Kwekwe Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: AFC chief concerned
The AFC Technical Committee expressed its concern on Thursday over the poor performance of Asian teams in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany and acknowledged the urgent need to improve
 arrow Cricket: Talent hunt moves to 2nd round
As many as 73 cricketers were picked for the second round competition of the Pink City Cricket 'Medhar Khoje', said the organisers at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Friday.
 arrow Kabadi: Dhaka reach final round
Dhaka trounced Munshiganj to emerge zonal champions of the Banglalink IGP Cup National Youth Kabaddi Tournament at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Spikers off to Chennai
A seventeen-member Bangladesh Volleyball team left for Chennai in India on Thursday night to play practice matches as part of the preparation for South Asian (SA) Games in Colombo to be held from August
 arrow Football: MTN to sponsor FIFA 2010 WC
South African mobile telecommunications operator MTN said Thursday that it would pay 65 million dollars over the next four years to become Africa's first global sponsor of the 2010 football World Cup.
 arrow Football: Berlin's 'Mr World Cup' dies
The top World Cup official in Berlin has died four days after shooting himself in the head just hours after the final, the German press reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: Unenviable task for Loew
Germany's new coach Joachim Loew has the unenviable job of stepping into the shoes of a man who could do no wrong for the past month.
 arrow Football: Head-butt iconic moment for US
The United States, where football is still a second-tier sport, was nonetheless fascinated by the saga of French star Zinedine Zidane and his fateful head-butt in the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Croatia sack Kranjcar
Zlatko Kranjcar was sacked as Croatia's coach on Friday following a disappointing early exit at the World Cup finals in Germany, the state radio reported.
 arrow Football: Bayern in for Ribery
The race to sign France star Franck Ribery is hotting up with Bayern Munich reportedly registering their interest Friday.
 arrow Football: Leg op for Ronaldo
Brazil striker Ronaldo will undergo minor surgery on his left leg here Saturday, the national team doctor Jose Luiz Runco said.
 arrow Football: Zuberbuehler joins West Brom
Switzerland's record-setting World Cup goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuehler signed for West Bromwich Albion on Friday, the English club said.
 arrow Football: 'Soccer is new to States'
US First Lady Laura Bush on Thursday explained the winless US flop at the World Cup by saying that soccer has yet to catch on in the United States. "Americans really are just learning about soccer.
 arrow Football: Benfica aiming for membership record
Benfica launched a membership drive on Thursday with the aim of smashing Manchester United's title as the world's most widely-supported football club by the end of the year, club officials said.
Metropolitanarrow 'Politicisation puts union level democracy at stakeí
Politicisation, influence of ruling party lawmakers and subsequent corruption have put democracy at union level at stake.
 arrow GB honours five senior doctors
Five senior doctors were honoured for their contribution to medical science and teaching at a function at Gono Bishwabidyalaya (GB) in Savar yesterday.
 arrow 'Alliance govt will be forced to accept reform proposals'
Leaders of Workers' Party of Bangladesh yesterday at a meeting said the BNP-led coalition government would be forced to accept the reform proposals before handing over the power to the caretaker government.
 arrow Implement city building code immediately
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa), an environmental organisation, formed a human chain and held a rally in front of the National Museum in the city yesterday demanding immediate implementation of Dhaka
 arrow People will reject opposition in the next election
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khondokar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said people will again reject the opposition in the next general elections for its anti-democratic activities.
 arrow Humidity raises heart attack risk in elderly
High humidity can increase the risk of a heart attack in the elderly even in relatively mild climates, according to research published on Thursday.
 arrow 'Stability won't return unless workers' demands are met'
Swadhin Bangla Garment Sramik Karmochari Federation yesterday formed a human chain in the city demanding immediate implementation of the tripartite agreement signed between the government, garment owners
 arrow Extortionists stab bank officer, his brother in Munshiganj
A gang of extortionists stabbed a bank officer and his brother at Purbo Deobhog in the town yesterday, leaving them critically injured.
 arrow Mumbai blasts condemned
Bangladesh-Bharat Sampriti Parishad has condemned the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed about 200 people and injured several hundreds, says a press release.
 arrow Eight shops gutted, 20 injured in Patuakhali fire
A devastating fire ripped through the Power House market in the town on Thursday night, destroying eight shops and injuring at least 20 people, including five fire fighters.
 arrow Three killed in cab-covered van collision
Three people were killed and three others, including a BNP lawmaker, were injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Gopalganj yesterday.
 arrow Token strike for gas in Rajshahi today
Rajshahi Gas Andolon Parishad, a social body, called 15 minutes token strike from 11:00am today demanding supply of gas through pipeline in Rajshahi city in the tenure of the current government.
 arrow Prisoner dies of cardiac arrest at Joypurhat jail
A prisoner undergoing life imprisonment for murder in Joypurhat District Jail died of a massive cardiac arrest on Thursday night.
 arrow 30 cellphone sets, 250 wristwatches seized at Ctg airport
Mobile phone sets, wristwatches and contraband spray worth over Tk 6 lakh were seized at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport here yesterday.
 arrow Discovery astronauts wrap up space station work
Discovery's astronauts prepared Friday to inspect the shuttle for micrometeorite impacts before heading back to Earth from a crucial mission for US space ambitions.
 arrow Tk 9.7 lakh received in donation for AMCH in June
A total of over Tk 9.69 lakh was received in donations from 11 people and one organisation for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital in June last, says a press release.
 arrow Hasina condemns attack on Bogra AL office
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has strongly condemned and protested the 'attack' on the party office in Bogra on Thursday night.
 arrow Khaleda greets Kuwaiti PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia congratulated her Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, on his reappointment as the Prime Minister of Kuwait.
 arrow Old man killed in road accident
An old man was killed as a motorcycle hit a rickshaw he was travelling in at Mirpur-12 bus stand in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Gold smuggler arrested
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested a gold smuggler and recovered 39 Tola gold ornaments and Tk three lakh cash from Mouchak intersection in the city on Wednesday night, says a CID pressrelease.
 arrow 36 Khulna ward committees of Jubo League dissolved
All the 36 ward committees of Jubo League under five thanas of Khulna metropolitan city including Khulna city committee were dissolved on Thursday evening.
 arrow Obituary
Ohider Nesa, mother of Aiyub Bhuyian, chief reporter of the daily Bhorer Kagoj, passed away on July 11 due to old-age complications at her house in Feni at the age of 90, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Victims give July 22 deadline to meet demands
Villagers affected by the Tengratila blowouts have given the authorities a July 22 deadline to meet their 6-point demand and threatened of tougher agitation for non-compliance.
 arrow A problem ignored for long
It is a perennial problem, ignored by the government for long. Two-thirds area of Patuakhali town go under water during high tide, mainly in the wet season from June to October.
 arrow Three to die for carjacking, killing driver, helper
The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal has given death sentence to three persons for a double murder in Habiganj in January last year.
 arrow Demonstration for smooth power supply
People under the banner of Sachetan Nagarik Samaj, a civil society body, brought out a procession and held a rally at Shyamnagar upazila headquarters yesterday protesting frequent load shedding and demanding
 arrow 2 sisters fight for life at Osmani Hospital
Two minor sisters are fighting for life at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital with serious acid burn injuries. They were admitted to the hospital Thursday morning.
 arrow Newsman takes life
Noapara correspondent of the Daily Ajker Kagoj, Krishna Basu, 34, committed suicide by throwing himself under the wheels of a running train yesterday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Public participation and cost-effective policing
There is no denying that there exists a need for ensuring a system of law enforcement commensurate with the requirements of self-sustained economic growth.
 arrow Universal literacy must for manpower development
Perhaps nobody is going to deny that education is the process which unlocks the door to modernisation.
 arrow Curtain drawn on a great event
WITH the curtain falling on the Football World Cup in Germany after full one month, when the world remained spell bound, a great event has come to a close.
 arrow Cowardice act of extreme cruelty
The coordinated bomb blasts of 11 July in Mumbai Railway Transport Network is a grisly and cowardice act by any count.
Culturearrow Modern and moving
FIFTY paintings are on display at Shilpangan in the exhibition titled "Contemporary Indian Art".
 arrow The refreshing rhythm of tabla
In a departure from the norm, tabla player Meher Hossain often performs 'solo' at the classical instrumental music soirees in the country.
 arrow Selim Al Din's work comes to the small screen
Playwright Selim Al Din's work has a distinctive style and quality. He is known as one of the most talented playwrights in Bangladesh.
Generalarrow Dutch museum recalls Nazi use of Rembrandt
His face is one of the best known in the art world, and as the Netherlands celebrates the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth, his life and work retain few secrets.
 arrow Most Americans plan to vote for Democrats
Republicans are in jeopardy of losing their grip on Congress in November.
 arrow Heart failure may run in family: Study
The children of parents with heart failure have an increased likelihood of developing the condition themselves, new findings from the Framingham Offspring Study suggest.
 arrow EU demands opening of Egypt-Gaza border for aid
The European Union yesterday called for the border between Gaza and Egypt to be opened, saying it was deeply concerned by the poor conditions facing Palestinians stranded there.
Internationalarrow Tigers kill 22 soldiers in Lankan firefight
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said yesterday they killed 22 soldiers in a firefight in potentially the worst military clash since a 2002 truce, but the army said the number of fatalities would be far
 arrow Iran warns Israel against extending conflict
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted yesterday that Israel is not powerful enough to take on Iran after warning the Jewish state not to attack regional ally Syria.
 arrow US unwavering in support of Israel
The United States blamed Syria and Iran for Lebanon's worst explosion of fighting for years, and showed no sign of reigning in Israel in its two-front battle with Islamic militants.
 arrow Nepali Maoists to hold talks with top leaders of 8 parties next week
Nepal's Maoist rebels are slated to meet the country's prime minister next week for a second round of high-level peace talks aimed at ending a decade-long bloody insurgency, their leader said yesterday.
 arrow Quiet fear hangs over Mumbai Muslims
It appears like any other day in Bhendi Bazaar, one of Mumbai's predominately Muslim quarters.
 arrow Bush, Cong struggle with terror issues
The Bush administration and Congress are struggling to resolve three election-year issues that colour US and international perceptions of the war on terror: detainee treatment, military tribunals andgovernment
 arrow Japan hangs tough for UN sanctions on North Korea
Japan held out yesterday for a UN resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea for its missile tests, and said an alternative resolution proposed by China and Russia did not go far enough.
 arrow 400,000-yr-old DNA found in bear tooth
A Swedish-led team of scientists has discovered 400,000-year-old DNA in bear teeth, the Uppsala University in Sweden said yesterday.
 arrow Ex-CIA officer sues Cheney over leak
Former CIA officer Valerie Plame is suing Vice President Dick Cheney, presidential adviser Karl Rove and other White House officials, saying they orchestrated a "whispering campaign" to destroy her career.
 arrow F-16 sale to Pakistan hits snag in Congress
US lawmakers, fearful of any warplane-technology leakage to China, are demanding more safeguards for a potential $5 billion sale to Pakistan of F-16 fighter jets and weapons systems, a key congressman
Editorialarrow Editorial: Business leaders' proposal
We welcome the proposal of the top leaders of the country's business sector for holding talks between the general secretary of the ruling BNP and that of the main opposition Awami League in order to end
 arrow Editorial: Block allocation released
Arrangements are in place to spend the huge amount of public money set aside as 'block allocation' in the last budget. The ECNEC has given green signal to as many as eight projects and allotted Tk.
 arrow Present politics and our future
Politics today defines the course of a nation for tomorrow, and each generation of politicians during their time commands a step toward the future direction of a state.
 arrow Problems continue in Iraq
Paul Pillar, the former deputy chief of the US Central Intelligence Agency, has published an interesting article on Iraq in 'Foreign Affairs' in its March/April, 2006 issue.
 arrow Achieving national interest
President Abraham Lincoln of America said in 1863 at Gettysburg where 7000 died during civil war that "these dead shall not have died in vain".
StarTecharrow Linux without the hassle
A few weeks back, we introduced you to many of the popular Linux distributions out there. Linux has come a long way in the recent years, being more and more user-friendly and powerful.
 arrow Firefox 2.0 Beta released
Firefox is becoming more popular everyday. It has long outgrown its older brother Mozilla and already has a 10 percent market share on the web.
 arrow HP unveils Business InkJet printers in Bangladesh
Hewlett-packard (HP), one of the world's leading printer manufacturers has recently introduced HP Business InkJet (BIJ) printer line-ups for the Bangladesh market, says a press release.
 arrow Tech snippets
Self-Stirring Mug, for the spoonless
Surely there are people out there who don't just like spoons, right? Because besides being extremely lazy, spoonless ness is the only reason to own a gadget

 arrow The Romantic Genius

Literaturearrow Changes
"Why do you want to have a career?" Lamia's father asked, his words muffled by the blue golf shirt he was pulling over his head. He placed it on the green bedspread to air out and turned to his daughter.
 arrow Freight-train sentences
When I first settled down to read Nisha da Cunha's collection of short stories I was lulled into a false sense of tranquility by the title The Quiet of Birds.
 arrow Guerilla of Prose Fiction
I was home on my summer vacation and the editor of Star Literature generously had given me more time than is usual to finish a review.
 arrow Memory Game
A dark Chaitra day. Boishakh's rainstorm.
Sitting down with snakes and ladders. What, no dice?
Very well, then, a memory game!
Chaitra month. Closed doors.

 arrow Notice
Due to unavoidable reasons the literature page will not be published on the following dates: July 22, 29, and August 5. It will resume publication from August 12.
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