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Front Pagearrow 31,000 criminal cases pile up a year
Slow-paced investigations, lengthy disposals of cases and undersized judiciary result in a backlog of 31,000 criminal cases on average every year.
 arrow Hezbollah rockets Haifa, Israel bombs Beirut
Rockets fired by Hezbollah guerrillas killed eight people in the Israeli city of Haifa yesterday and bombs shook Beirut as Israel pursued a five-day-old assault in Lebanon killing 16 more civilians.
 arrow Draft law proposes to make national ID card mandatory for all
The home ministry is seeking approval of the cabinet purchase committee today for a Tk 1,561 crore programme on machine-readable passport (MRP), visa and national identity card (NID) along with a draft
 arrow Voter listing to begin with no funds ready
The field level task for updating the voter list by visiting door to door is set to begin after completion of recruitment of over one lakh assistant officers by July 20.
 arrow Gas tariff for Tata won't be lesser than prices offered by IOCs
The government negotiation committee on Tata's proposed plants in the country recommended yesterday that the gas price at no point of time will be less than the prices offered by international oil companies
 arrow Talks start in city to smooth tension
Bangladesh and Indian officials started their deliberations in Dhaka yesterday to settle longstanding issues of border demarcation, exchange of enclaves and adversely held territories and some other related
 arrow Foods turn costlier over a week
Prices of essentials including egg, green chilli, potato, salt, lentil, onion, and tomato have shot up over last week, causing sufferings for the people of lower and middle income groups.
 arrow Technical glitches cut output by half
The power generation of 250 megawatt (MW) Barapukuria Coal-Powered Plant has come down 50 per cent as it developed technical glitches.
 arrow Opposition plots to grab power thru' backdoor
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday charged her political opponents with plotting to grab power through the backdoor by disrupting the upcoming elections.
 arrow 4 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Four criminals were killed in 'crossfire' incidents between their accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police at Jessore, Feni and Chuadanga yesterday.
 arrow Charges framed against 5 JMB men in Dhaka
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against five Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders and activists in two cases filed in January this year.
 arrow Allegation of stealing seized money against Rab men
Controversy emerged after Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two youths carrying more than Tk 18 lakh tied to their bodies at Savar. The arrestees alleged the Rab men embezzled Tk 2.
 arrow Bangladeshi nationals in Lebanon safe
Bangladeshi nationals living in Lebanon, especially in Beirut, are safe, a foreign ministry spokesman said in Dhaka yesterday as Israel continued military strikes on the neighbouring country.
 arrow Biodiversity Conservation Project
An estuarine crocodile is seen incubating 23 eggs she laid earlier in captivity at a breeding centre at Karamjal set up under Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation Project.
 arrow 17 students hurt in fights among Shibir, JCD, BCL
At least 17 students of Jagannath University were injured in a triangular clash between Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday.
 arrow Foreign ministry reacts to Indian media reports on Mumbai blasts
A Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday sharply reacted to the Indian media reports that explosives used in the Mumbai bomb blasts were supplied from Bangladesh.
 arrow Workers, cops clash at DEPZ again, 15 hurt
At least 15 people including two policemen were injured in a clash between garment workers and police at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
The communication ministry in a rejoinder differed on some points in The Daily Star report headlined "Karnaphuli Bridge: Ministry forcing RHD to sign construction deal despite faulty design" published
 arrow TIB clarifies its source of fund
Against the backdrop of adverse comments and questions about the source of funding following publication of corruption index by the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the organisation has come
 arrow Cops swoop on striking teachers' procession again
Several teachers received minor injuries in clashes with police as the latter prevented teachers and employees of non-government schools, colleges, madrasas and technical colleges from laying siege to
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots on Shibganj border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded gunshots for about two hours on Kironganj border in Shibganj upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Ahmadiyyas demand protection
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat once again urged the government to protect the minority sect in the wake of religious extremists' recent threats of holding them incommunicado at their houses and spreading hatred
 arrow UN slaps sanctions on North Korea
The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday for a resolution requiring nations to prevent North Korea from obtaining dangerous weapons and demanding Pyongyang halt its ballistic missile programme.
Businessarrow CAs urged to be more responsible to better corporate governance
Bangladesh Bank governor yesterday urged the chartered accountants to be more responsible in improving corporate governance, saying concealing information has become one of the major problems in business
 arrow New BGMEA chief vows to ensure compliance in RMG units
The new president of the apparel sector's apex trade body has voiced his determination to ensure compliance in garment units in the interest of retaining the world market share of Bangladeshi apparel
 arrow G8 splits on nuclear energy
The Group of Eight industrial nations approved a statement on "Global Energy Security" on Sunday that acknowledges splits over nuclear energy and climate change among the world's top economies.
 arrow US economy may face bigger risks due to oil
The upsurge in Middle East violence and resulting spike in crude oil prices poses new risks to the US economy, which is already cooling from higher interest rates and other factors, experts say.
 arrow Thailand to export 7.5m tonnes of rice
The Thai Foreign Trade Department has given an assurance that the country will export at least 7.5 million tonnes of rice by the end of the year after reaching its target of 3.
 arrow EC launches Asia-Invest Call
The European Commission has recently launched the Asia-Invest Call for proposals 2006-2007 on the EuropeAid Co-operation Office web site -- http://ec.europa.eu/comm/europeaid/cgi/frame12.pl.
 arrow World markets wary over Japanese interest hike
Japan's milestone decision on Friday to end its era of zero interest rates boded well economically for the Asian giant, but analysts held their breath over the risk of ripple effects on world markets.
 arrow Cheap labour draws foreign companies to China's far west
Cheap labour and lower start-up costs are luring foreign companies to Chengdu, helping to revitalize an ancient city in western China determined to close the gap with the more prosperous east.
 arrow Crisis to make Airbus stronger, says Boeing head
The head of aviation giant Boeing said Sunday that the current crisis of his rival Airbus and its parent company EADS would only make both stronger in the long run.
 arrow Lanka opens lubricant market to new investment
Sri Lanka Sunday invited both local and foreign companies to invest in the island's lubricant market as part of an effort to open up the petroleum sector.
 arrow Toyota eyes alliance with GM
Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor is considering proposing an alliance with General Motors to prevent its US rival from forming a three-way tie-up with Renault and Nissan, BusinessWeek magazine has reported.
 arrow Shell mulls selling Dominican assets
Royal Dutch Shell PLC will consider selling its Dominican assets, including a 50 percent stake in the Caribbean nation's sole oil refinery, the company said Saturday.
 arrow G8 sets a month's deadline for WTO accord
G8 leaders have given WTO negotiators one month to reach agreement on a broad outline for liberalising world trade, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Sunday.
 arrow Thai auto market slumps after years of record growth
Thailand's hopes for another record year of auto sales are looking shaky after half-year volume plummeted due to high oil prices and the prolonged political crisis, analysts say.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers in tune for Zimbabwe
Aftab Ahmed looked set to reach prime form ahead of the Zimbabwe tour after he hammered a run-a-ball 116 as the national outfit picked up a 37-run victory over the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National
 arrow Cricket: Youngsters' delight
Among the young prospects Mehrab Hossain Jr undoubtedly hogged the spotlight during Bangladesh A team's recently concluded tour of Zimbabwe, but there were reasons for Sakib Al Hasan and Forhad Reza to
 arrow Cricket: Advantage England
Leg-spinners Shahid Afridi and Danish Kaneria both took key wickets as Pakistan checked England's progress in the first Test at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya tour confirmed
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to play the three-match one-day series against Kenya on a fresh schedule in August.
 arrow Football: Solskjaer reincarnated
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored his first goals for Manchester United since 2003 as the English Premiership club cruised to a 4-0 friendly tournament victory against Orlando Pirates here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mission impossible
New Juventus coach Didier Deschamps admitted on Saturday that it was practically impossible for the Italian giants to regain their Serie A place at the first attempt following their match-fixing demotion.
 arrow Football: Wenger wants Cole to stay
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted on Saturday that he wants Ashley Cole to stay at the English Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Serbia still searching
Serbia's soccer team are without a manager a month before their first international match as an independent nation following the split with Montenegro.
 arrow Football: Venables not interested in England job
Terry Venables has ruled out any prospect of him taking over once again as England national coach.
 arrow Cricket: Revenge in Murali's mind
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran today said his team was keen to avenge its drubbing on Indian soil last year in the upcoming one-day cricket tri-series in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Imran backs Freddie
Pakistan legend Imran Khan believes Andrew Flintoff has what it takes to become a "great captain" for England.
 arrow Football: Colombia to bid for 2014 WC
Colombia is to launch an official bid to host the World Cup finals in 2014, the country's president Alvaro Uribe announced on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela to continue
Mahela Jayawardene will continue as Sri Lanka captain for the home Test series against South Africa because of the continuing absence of Marvan Atapattu.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey transfers from July 27
The three-day inter-club players' transfer for the Premier Hockey League will begin on July 27 and it will be followed by the First Division transfers.
 arrow Schumacher crashes record
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher made Formula One history in France on Sunday, becoming the first driver to win the same grand prix eight times.
 arrow Cricket: Lara faces probe
West Indies skipper Brian Lara faces an investigation after he bitterly hit out at cricket authorities following India's first series win in the Caribbean in 35 years.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath eyes Champs Trophy
Glenn McGrath is eyeing the Champions Trophy in India in September to make his return to international cricket.
 arrow Cycling: Stage 14 Fedrigo's
Pierrick Fedrigo of the Bouygues Telecom team handed the hosts their third stage victory on the Tour de France when he won the 14th stage here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Sabatini, Rafter in Hall of Fame
Patrick Rafter, Gabriela Sabatini were inducted as players Saturday to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
 arrow Hockey: Germany owe Argentina one
Argentina came to Germany's rescue by defeating the Netherlands 3-2 in the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Red Devil Vieira?
Manchester United are understood to have made initial moves to bring Patrick Vieira back to the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Noise makes 'Shrek' sleep
For some it's a tot of whisky, for others it's a milky drink, but Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney can't get off to sleep without the whir of a vacuum cleaner or his girlfriend's hairdryer.
 arrow Football: Pablo apologises for Real blunder
Atletico Madrid's Spain defender Pablo Ibanez has asked for the fans to forgive him after he agreed to a possible move to bitter city rivals Real during their presidential election campaign.
 arrow Football: Valeron resumes training
Deportivo Coruna's Juan Carlos Valeron was given the all clear by team doctors on Saturday after six months out with a knee injury.
 arrow Football: Not so fast, Ronaldo
Record World Cup goal scorer Ronaldo faces a year's driving ban after racking up more than a dozen traffic offences, press reports in Brazil said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Al Ahli's unbeaten run ends
A first half header from CS Sfaxien defender Issam Merdassi ended a run of more than two years without defeat on African soil for defending champions Al Ahli of Egypt at the start of the group phase of
Metropolitanarrow Remain alert to conspiracy against edn system: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said country's education system had faced conspiracy several times that caused deterioration of the standard of education and blocked the nation's progress.
 arrow Govt dev project staffs to begin fast-unto-death today
Bangladesh Government Development Project Employees' Welfare Council will begin a fast-unto-death at Muktangan in the city today to press its five-point demand.
 arrow 'Solidarity between Bangalees, hill people a must for CHT dev’
Speakers at a seminar here have underlined the need for solidarity and confidence building between hill people and Bangalees to ensure peace and development in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Form Jukta Front to oust alliance govt: B Chy
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said a popular government must be brought to power through the next election by forming a 'Jukta (United) Front'.
 arrow Govt urged to give nod to make Ctg a vibrant city
Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday reiterated his pledge for establishing a 'City Government' in Chittagong to make it one of the most vibrant, viable and liveable mega cities of the world in future.
 arrow Mass preparedness stressed to face quake aftermath
Speakers at a project focusing meeting here yesterday stressed the need for adopting a sustainable and comprehensive mass casualty management preparedness to face the aftermath of earthquake.
 arrow 'A List of Offences' launched
A List of Offences, a novel by Bangladesh born Swedish writer Dilruba Z Ara, was formally launched at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow Four JCD men injured in gunfight at RU
Tension prevailed on Rajshahi University campus yesterday after a preparation for gunfight by two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal over Saturday's gun battle on the campus.
 arrow ‘Resolve power crisis to save mills, factories in Khulna’
President of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shaharuzzaman Martuza has urged authorities of West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDCL) to resolve load-shedding problem immediately
 arrow Power crisis to worsen
The ongoing power crisis will take a turn for worse in coming days as the authorities will shut down a number of power generating units for emergency maintenance, a PDB press release said.
 arrow Arrest warrant against Jugantor editor, publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrant of arrest against the editor and publisher of the daily Jugantor in a defamation case filed by the ruling BNP lawmaker Abdul Mannan.
 arrow Amendment to water-body policy 2005 demanded
A four-member team of Bangladesh Khudra Matshajibi Samity, a platform of fishermen, yesterday submitted memorandums to the deputy minister for land and the director general of Fisheries Department topress
 arrow ZIA customs officials seize goods worth Tk 1crore
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized mobile phone accessories and electronics goods worth around Tk 1 crore from cargo complex area yesterday.
 arrow Journo leaders demand justice
Journalist leaders at a discussion yesterday demanded justice in Shamsur Rahman murder case. The discussion was organised by Jessore Union of Journalists (JUJ) at Daratana Square.
 arrow Muggers stab one to death in Mymensingh
Snatchers stabbed a youth to death and injured two others seriously in front of the gate of Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) morgue at about 5:00am yesterday on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.
 arrow BRTA introduces high security driving licenses
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has introduced high security driving licenses for professional and non-professional drivers with a view to increasing road safety by resisting cheating of driving
 arrow NSI official arrested
A National Security Intelligence (NSI) official was arrested along with a physician for harassing the owner of an IT firm at Dhanmondi last night.
 arrow Coast Guard-Navy joint drive against pirates in Bay
More than 3,000 members of the Coast Guard and the Navy have launched joint operations to capture pirates in the Bay of Bengal in the wake of increasing criminal activities by sea robbers.
 arrow Salesperson shot dead in city
Local criminals last night gunned down a salesperson, also brother of one of the most wanted criminals of Dhaka Bihari Munna, at Shershah Suri Road in Mohammadpur.
 arrow Haji Selim's car vandalised
A group of BNP activists allegedly vandalised the private car of Awami League leader Haji Selim in the old part of the city yesterday.
 arrow Bail order prompts prosecution lawyers to stage protest
A group of prosecution lawyers staged a protest at the CMM's Court in Dhaka yesterday after a magistrate granted bail to two accused in an attempted murder case.
 arrow Robbers loot postal orders
A gang of robbers swooped on the main post office of the town on Saturday night and looted postal orders worth Tk 5.25 lakh.
 arrow PM donates Tk 2 lakh to family of deceased cop
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday donated Tk 2 lakh to the family of police sub-inspector Abul Bashar Munshi, who was killed near the capital during opposition's road-rail-waterway blockade programme
 arrow President assents to five bills
President Professor Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday gave his assent to five bills passed in the just-concluded 22nd session of the parliament.
 arrow Garment worker stabbed to death in Ctg
Unidentified miscreants stabbed a garment employee to death at Chittagong College Road in the port city on Saturday night.
 arrow Police hand over Rab member to Rab-10
Demra police yesterday handed over Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Corporal Bazlur Rashid, one of the nine accused of looting goods worth Tk 73 lakh, to the Rab-10.
 arrow Buddhist Youth Federation executives
Dolon Barua and Rahul Barua have been elected president and general secretary of the newly formed Bangladesh Buddhist Youth Federation, says a press release.
Nationalarrow IU deadlock: No light yet at the end of tunnel
A virtual deadlock is prevailing at the Islamic University in Kushtia after Vice-chancellor Prof Rafiqul Islam left the campus on May 19 in the face of agitation by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), students
 arrow Preparing wards of the ultra-poor for schooling
"I can read and write Bangla alphabets and can also recite rhymes", Mohammad Belal said proudly while playing at the school. Belal will be six soon.
 arrow Bamboo shoots becoming too costly to dish up
Bamboo, a valuable forest resource, is shrinking in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHR) due to indiscriminate cutting of shoots despite a ban on its extraction from June to September.
 arrow Pineapples rotting in Ghatail orchards
Huge quantities of pineapples are being damaged in orchards in Ghatail upazila in Tangail district due to an unidentified disease.
 arrow Students boycott classes, lock teachers' rooms
Several hundred of students of Marketing department of Rajshahi University yesterday locked up all teachers' rooms in the department and abstained from classes and examinations in protest against selection
 arrow Defeating poverty, she gets GPA 5
Teachers bought her books and neighbours often supplied kerosene as Jesmine's day labourer father could not afford them. Their support to the brilliant girl has proved worthy.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman's anniversary of death observed
Leaders of jounnalists' unions yesterday urged the government to punish killers of journalist Shamsur Rahman. They also criticised law enforcers for inducting six journalists in the charge sheet.
 arrow Couple electrocuted
A couple was electrocuted in Kishoreganj Sadar upazila yesterday. The victims were identified as Abdur Rashid, 50 and his wife Halima Khatun 40, of Paradha Korerpar village of Baulai union.
Point-Counterpointarrow Civil service shame
THE BNP-led coalition government, at the fag end of its tenure, is allegedly going for mass promotion of civil servants on political considerations, turning the civil administration into a political one.
 arrow After the Agni-III crash
WHAT a dramatic coincidence! Two Indian rockets, meant to escape the earth's atmosphere under the trust of their powerful engines, crash into the sea one after another. Both are built by prestigious institutions.
 arrow CEC's exit can facilitate things
CHIEF Election Commissioner (CEC) Mr. Aziz's speech, in a press briefing on July 9, 2006, is, I think, a funny combination of futile war cry and wishful thinking.
Culturearrow Language of the lens
I'm a short story writer. Illusion and imagination are like twins in my stories where having a 'third eye' is more convenient for the readers than healthy vision to realise the inner voice.
 arrow An adaptation of "The Three-penny Opera"
Bertolt Brecht's The Three-penny Opera is his most financially rewarding play and the work with which he is most closely identified.
 arrow Pandit Aloke Chattapadhyay performs in Mymensingh
Pandit Aloke Chattapadhyay, a classical musician from India, gave a captivating performance at a function held recently in Mymensingh.
 arrow A workshop-based production by Palakar
What do we see around us? Is this the ideal situation to live in? Is this hell or earth? Through the conversation of five female characters in Chardeyal, a workshop-based studio theatre production
Internationalarrow India puts off peace talks with Pakistan
India has put off peace talks with Pakistan due this week following Mumbai train bombings as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for Saint Petersburg in Russia yesterday to attend the G8 summit seeking
 arrow Major anti-Taliban drive on in Afghanistan
British, Canadian and US troops in Afghanistan pushed on with their biggest joint operation in decades Sunday as officials announced 37 rebels, six Afghan soldiers and a coalition soldier died in newviolence.
 arrow Hundreds of Pak tribal militants surrender
Some 600 rebel tribesmen have surrendered to the authorities in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government spokesman said on Sunday.
 arrow 'Pak Jihad poses threat to regional peace'
Pakistan could jeopardise peace in South Asia by clinging to a "Jihadi option" despite a high-profile crackdown on Islamic militants by President Pervez Musharraf, analysts say.
 arrow Pressure mounts on Mumbai cops to produce results
Indian police said yesterday they have two suspects in the Mumbai train bombings that killed 181 and injured 900 as pressure mounted for results in the huge investigation.
 arrow Nations step up Lebanon evacuation plans
Governments across the world stepped up measures yesterday to evacuate their nationals from Lebanon as the violence there intensified.
 arrow Syria, Iran vow tough response to Israel
Syria warned yesterday it would respond directly and by all means necessary to any Israeli attack on its territory, in its first official reaction to Israel's offensive on neighbouring Lebanon.
 arrow Arab FMs declare ME peace process 'dead'
Rebuffed by the United Nations and the United States, impotent against militant groups fighting Israel, and often unpopular at home, Arab governments have made a joint appeal for urgent assistance.
 arrow UN keeps eyes closed on raging ME conflict
The UN Security Council on Saturday again rejected pleas that it call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon after the United States objected, diplomats said.
 arrow Rainstorms, flooding kill 88 in China
The death toll from severe rainstorms and flooding across China in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bilis has risen to 88, state media said yesterday.
 arrow British soldier, 17 others killed in Iraq
A British soldier was killed and three others wounded in two different attacks near Iraq's main southern city of Basra yesterday, while 17 people were killed in rebel violence across the country.
 arrow India develops local bird flu vaccine
India announced yesterday it has successfully developed a vaccine against bird flu in poultry.
 arrow UN nuclear referral 'not constructive'
Iran said yesterday sending its nuclear file back to the UN Security Council undermined prospects for talks over its atomic dispute with the West.
 arrow Lanka presses rebels to free captive soldier
Sri Lanka pressed for the release of a soldier captured by Tamil Tiger rebels following a heavy mortar duel at the weekend that killed at least 16 combatants, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Battles for US Senate seats fierce, costly
A Maryland Republican contender for the US Senate is fast outpacing the fundraising of his Democratic challengers in a state that usually leans toward Democrats. In Montana, incumbent GOP Sen.
 arrow UN sanctions on North Korea a clear message for Iran, says US
The UN Security Council's unanimous adoption Saturday of a resolution condemning North Korea's missile launches will help send a powerful message to Iran, the US ambassador to the United Nations said.
 arrow Taliban could exploit Afghan hunger as drought hits crops
Millions of Afghans are facing hunger after drought destroyed much of the wheat crop, and a resurgent Taliban are likely to take advantage of the misery to bolster their insurgency, Afghan and foreign
 arrow Malaysia to warn people of dangers of marrying illegal immigrants
A controversial Malaysian volunteer force is to warn people of the dangers of marrying illegal immigrants as the government initiates a crackdown on them, a senior official said.
 arrow 4 villagers killed in Kashmir violence
Four villagers were killed and eight others injured in the latest separatist-related violence in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow Ex-Labour leader urges Blair to quit
A former deputy leader of the British Labour Party yesterday urged Prime Minister Tony Blair to quit at the party's conference in September.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Non-government teachers' woes
We find it very difficult to understand the psyche of our policemen insofar as it relates to maintenance of public order.
 arrow Editorial: Children among dengue victims
Over the weekend, 53 people afflicted by dengue fever got themselves admitted into city clinics and hospitals.
 arrow Russia and China teaming up in Central Asia?
Chinese and Russian interests seldom converged in history. They frowned at each other even when they were ideological allies.
 arrow Terror and Sensexocrats
The anguish of terrorism breeds a thousand questions, each troubling, one more difficult than the other. Anger is inevitable, but insufficient.
 arrow Koizumi's hollow Middle East visit
In the holy city of Jerusalem there stands an ancient wall where the Jews grieve for the destruction of a temple that once stood at the site, and pray for its restoration.
Letters to Editorarrow Mumbai bombing!
Bombing by terrorists linked to Al Qaeda of India's greatest city Mumbai has shown the dastardly nature of religious fascists who are terrorising the world in the name of religion.
 arrow Cycling in Japan
Cycling is a very chummy word to us. But do we cycle often? Well, not in Bangladesh, but it is absolute must in Japan.
 arrow Why only Zidane?
It was a pity to see the golden career of a great genius like Zidane's coming to such a terrible end. It is believed that Materazzi called Zidane son of a terrorist.
 arrow Crisis in the education sector
Following some successes in 'Andolans' by different groups over their accumulated grievances early in the year, the teachers and employees of all levels of schools joined in phases the election year feast
 arrow Shazneen murder case
Like any other individual of this country I appreciate the High Court verdict on Shazneen murder case, which has confirmed the capital punishment of five main convicts.
 arrow From 'tata' to 'bye-bye'?
Tata's offer is hanging between "the devil and the deep blue sea", thanks to our political culture, which allows politics to play the vital role in economics and investment decisions.
 arrow Procrastination on Tata
Thanks to our Government's indecision (to put it mildly!), Tata has now decided to shelve its massive investment plan in Bangladesh.
 arrow Selling gas
Thanks to Eram Mahboob and The Daily Star for discussion of a subject that is related so deeply with our national interest.
 arrow Stop terrorism
In recent days we feel outraged to see the dreadful terrorist attacks in different parts of the world.
Star Cityarrow College admission proving tough for students
Students who passed SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinations this year are awaiting a tough battle for admission as the total number of seats in colleges is 23 percent lower than that of the total
 arrow The harassment goes on...
Harassment of passengers using CNG run three wheelers or taxicab in the city has reached its peak as drivers continue to demand more than the mitered fare and refusing short-range trips.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What memorable event about Dhaka you will never forget?
Serajul Islam Chowdhury (SIC): The most memorable event of our generation was February 21,

 arrow Drivers reluctant to use bus bays
Bus drivers who do not use the newly built bays on the road side, are causing traffic jam on the busy roads of the city thanks to the reluctance and irresponsible behaviour.
 arrow Nam village facilities weigh over jute research institute
Parliament Secretariat and Public Works Department (PWD), ignoring the speaker's verbal instructions for postponement, remain rigid to take the land where the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI)
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