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Front Pagearrow More taken out than pumped in thru FDI
Foreign investors have taken out more money than they have pumped into Bangladesh in the last five years mainly through profit repatriation and repayment of loans with foreign banks.
 arrow Counting from desk continues too to justify expenditure
Along with its latest decision to update the voter list by visiting door to door, the Election Commission (EC) is also determined to continue the ongoing procedure for the same task sitting at offices
 arrow SC Bar mulls going to president, CJ to raise its objection
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) is contemplating taking up with the president and the chief justice its opposition to confirmation of some of the 19 additional judges of the High Court appointed
 arrow Search on for tsunami survivors
Rescuers yesterday desperately sifted through wreckage for survivors of a tsunami that killed more than 340 people and left scores missing when it slammed into Indonesia's Java coast.
 arrow Investigators trace Hundi operation
Investigators probing heroin smuggling to the UK has found that BD Foods Ltd had brought Tk 80-90 lakh every month since 1995 up to March 2005 into the country from various foreign countries including the UK through
 arrow Filth fills up Buriganga banks
Encroachers are adopting a new technique to slowly fill up the Buriganga banks with household and industrial rubbish on the pretext that they have no alternative as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) garbage
 arrow Opposition parties hail Nagorik Committee recommendations
The main opposition political parties yesterday welcomed the Nagorik Committee's recommendations on electoral and political reforms and said they reflect the people's views and aspirations.
 arrow Development rice ends up in corrupt pockets
At least 1,000 tonnes of rice was misappropriated from 25 development projects in Dhanut and Kahaloo upazilas of Bogra district during the last two financial years, according to the district administration.
 arrow Oil tanker Shourabh's fate to be decided tomorrow
The fate of public oil tanker Banglar Shourabh, which caught fire last month at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port, is likely to be decided tomorrow whether it will be repaired or scrapped.
 arrow 19 injured as Shibir attacks BCL rally
Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) yesterday attacked a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) protest rally at Govt BL University College in Khulna that left 19 students injured.
 arrow Saifur says no to EC plea for fund
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman refused to allocate fresh fund for the Election Commission (EC) to update the voter list when the EC officials met him yesterday and sought the new fund.
 arrow SC stays HC verdict for 3 months
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court's (HC) verdict on sensational Shazneen murder case for three months.
 arrow 4 kids hurt in explosion at videogames shop
Four children were injured in an explosion in a videogames store on Walter Road at Sutrapur in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow Lashkar-e-Qahar warns of more blasts in Delhi, Mumbai
A little-known militant group that claimed responsibility for Mumbai's train bombings warned of more attacks yesterday, as investigators questioned Muslim preachers in India's remote northeast about the
 arrow Jagannath calm, tension in fear of further clash
The Jagannath University campus was unusually calm yesterday after two days of violence as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and a number of left-leaning students' fronts
 arrow State minister denies pressure from high-ups
The State Minister for Power Anwarul Kabir Talukder denied being under pressure from government high-ups or any quarters while taking decisions on implementing power projects.
 arrow 11 Bangladeshi migrants held in Ukraine
Ukrainian border guards detained 14 Pakistanis, 11 Bangladeshis and an Afghan overnight as they were preparing to cross the border into Slovakia, the border service said yesterday.
 arrow Prothom Alo journo barred from reporting Hasina's meet
Security personnel at the Dhanmondi office of Awami League (AL) yesterday barred a Prothom Alo reporter from covering AL President Sheikh Hasina's view-exchange meeting with the party's grassroots level
 arrow 4 JMB men get life in Aug 17 blasts case
A court here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to four activists of outlawed Jama'atul Mujaheedin Bangladesh (JMB) for their involvement in serial blasts in the district town on August 17 last year.
 arrow Richard Boucher due on Aug 2
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher is expected to arrive on a two-day visit to Bangladesh on August 2.
 arrow WB to provide $275m for Siddhirganj power plant
The World Bank (WB) will provide about $275 million for the Siddhirganj Peaking Power Plant (SPPP) Project to help the government overcome nagging power crisis.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader at village Swarupdaha under Swarupnagar Police Station of 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, on Monday night.
 arrow Hartal observed in Phulbari to protest coalmine project
A half-day hartal was observed yesterday at Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur protesting open-pit mining at the Phulbari coalmine. Phulbari Protection Committee called for the hatral earlier.
 arrow Israel refuses to rule out Lebanon invasion
Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon yesterday, killing at least 31 people, as diplomatic efforts brought no signs of an early end to the week-old assault as Israel's army refused to rule out a massive ground
 arrow Car bomb in Iraq's Shia town kills 59
A car bomb hit a group of labourers after they boarded a minibus in a market in a Shia city in Iraq yesterday, killing 59 people and sparking clashes between protesters and police, witnesses and officials
Businessarrow Exports clock 20.89pc growth in 11 months
Export earnings reached US$ 9.410 billion with a 20.89 percent growth in eleven months of the 2005-06 fiscal, thanks to continuous good performance by knitwear, woven garments, leather and textile fabrics and use of advanced technology in production to satisfy buyers.
 arrow Central clearing house in the offing to benefit Asian exporters
Central banks of the member states of Asian Clearing Union (ACU) have taken an initiative to set up a central clearing house (CCH) to strengthen monetary transaction facilities and benefit of exporters
 arrow Easy loans, separate policy sought
The government should give light engineering units access to loans at low interest rates to help them contribute to economy in a bigger way, speakers at a function said yesterday.
 arrow Experts link sustainable growth to infrastructure development
Infrastructure development is a prerequisite to sustain as well as accelerate the country's economic growth, speakers said at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Samsung eyes 60pc growth in export to Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the key South Asian markets Samsung Electronics, the South Korean consumer durables major, is banking on to drive its exports, according to R Zutshi, Deputy Managing Director of Samsung
 arrow Saudi prince's delegates in Dhaka to buy Rupali Bank
A four-member investment team from Saudi Arabia arrived here yesterday to participate in an international bidding floated by the government to sell off the state-owned Rupali Bank.
 arrow Oil prices rise on fresh air raids in Lebanon
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Tuesday as Israel launched more heavy air raids on Lebanon in its continuing offensive against the militant Hezbollah group, dealers said.
 arrow Emirates signs for 10 Boeing 747-8 freighters
Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing international airlines, yesterday signed a heads of agreement for 10 of Boeing's new 747-8F aircraft, to be powered by General Electric's GEnx jet engines,
 arrow Nissan's second biggest parts export base in Thailand
Nissan Motor said Tuesday that Thailand will become its biggest parts export base outside of Japan when a major new facility begins operations early next year.
 arrow StanChart strikes forex derivative deal in Bangladesh
Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh has successfully concluded the first foreign exchange derivative deal in the country, says a press release.
 arrow G8 leaders come together on trade
Leaders from major world powers at a just-ended summit here launched a tentative bid to end the carnage in Lebanon and Israel, injected fresh urgency to global trade talks and agreed to promote open energy
 arrow Dollar firms in Asia amid Mideast uncertainties
The dollar firmed against major currencies Tuesday as investors looked for a safe haven to cope with global uncertainties amid Israel's offensive in Lebanon, dealers said. The dollar was higher at116.
Sportsarrow Football: BFF recalls eight for Qatar match
Bangladesh will look to the veterans as eight footballers were recalled to the national team for their Asian Cup 2007 qualifying match against Qatar next month.
 arrow Football: Nat'l soccer from July 21
The 23rd edition of the National Football Championship -- the former Sher-e-Bangla Cup -- will begin across the country from July 21 with a new name.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam bats until draw
Pakistan, despite the efforts of left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, eased their way to a draw in the first Test against England at Lord's here Monday.
 arrow Football: Booters unhappy
Deferment of the inter-club booters' transfer cast a negative impact on the SA Games camp of the U-23 booters, who were demanding declaration of the transfer date before their departure for Colombo next
 arrow Cricket: It's between Andrews
Stand-in skipper Andrew Strauss insisted he'd have no problems handing the England captaincy back to Andrew Flintoff after guiding the team to a draw in the first Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar fit to play
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar is set to return to international cricket in August after a four-month absence due to shoulder surgery, an official said on Tuesday.
 arrow BSWA rally today
Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) will bring out a rally today go mark the World Sports Journalists Day, which was observed worldwide on July 2.
 arrow Cricket: Mushy poised for comeback
Veteran leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has received the backing of Pakistan selectors for a possible recall to the injury-hit side for the second Test against England next week.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistanis gain in ICC rankings
Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq and first Test double centurion Mohammad Yousuf both feature in the top five of the world's leading batsmen, according to the latest International Cricket Council rankings.
 arrow Tennis: Patty survives scare
Swiss star Patty Schnyder's title defence got off to a rough start as she posted a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) win over Lilia Osterloh in the opening round of the Western and Southern Financial Group Open.
 arrow Football: Larsson hangs up int'l boots
Sweden striker Henrik Larsson called time on his international career on Monday. 'I'm quitting now. It feels right.
 arrow Football: Fergie eyes Juve stars
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson saw his transfer kitty boosted on Tuesday and immediately set his sights on the potential clear-out of players at scandal-hit Italian giants Juventus.
 arrow Football: Fiorentina fans block railway
Almost 2,000 Fiorentina fans brought chaos to the country's railway system as they protested their team's demotion to Serie B as punishment for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Cycling: Schleck tops 15th stage
CSC rider Franck Schleck of Luxembourg claimed the coveted 15th stage of the Tour de France held over 187km between Gap and the summit finish of the Alpe d'Huez here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan not downcast
India bowling prospect Irfan Pathan believes his disappointing performance on the recent tour of West Indies was just a minor setback and he is confident of returning to his best form soon.
 arrow Cricket: I'll do it my way: Prince
Ashwell Prince, recently announced as South African captain for the Test series in Sri Lanka, says his style of captaincy is a world apart from the man he replaced.
 arrow Football: RVN deal to be finalised today
Manchester United's Dutch international Ruud van Nistelrooy was Tuesday due to finalise his 14-million-euro (18 million dollars) transfer to Real Madrid, Marca sports daily reported.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo reveals retirement date
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo revealed on Monday he will retire at the end of the forthcoming season.
 arrow Football: India's ex-captain commits suicide
Former India football captain V.P. Sathyan committed suicide on Tuesday by jumping in front of a speeding train near the southern city of Chennai, local media reported.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan drops Peshawar as int'l venue
Pakistan have dropped the North-Western Frontier Province city of Peshawar from their list of international venues this season after complaints from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Anil's Surrey spot at stake
India leg-spinner Anil Kumble faces a battle to force his way into the Surrey team after the English county found themselves with an embarrassment of slow bowling riches.
 arrow Basketball: FIBA-Asia refs' clinic concludes
The two-day FIBA-Asia Basketball referees' clinic concluded at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Wenger steers clear of bargains
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday the Gunners won't get involved in the race to pick up bargain buys at scandal-hit Juventus because they can't afford it.
 arrow Football: Atletico won't sell Torres
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Fernando Torres despite speculation that the Spain striker will leave the club during the close season.
Metropolitanarrow 15 lakh women, children to get healthcare services
With a view to reducing maternal and newborn deaths and improving the health of mothers and newborns, ACCESS programme was launched yesterday.
 arrow Make Hajj policy public
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to make the Hajj policy public for facilitating the pilgrims to perform the holy Hajj smoothly.
 arrow Govt using Rab to cling to power
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government has been using members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)
 arrow Contribute to nat'l dev efforts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the retired officers and employees to contribute to the national development efforts from their respective positions.
 arrow Meet with non-govt teachers in 4 days
Teachers and employees of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas who are observing indefinite strike, yesterday agreed to sit for a dialogue with the education minister.
 arrow RMG unit closed after labour unrest
Several hundred readymade garment workers went on a rampage at Waqfi Knit Fabrics (Pvt) Ltd at Konabari inside the BSCIC Industrial Area as they did not receive their pay hike and overtime that the authorities
 arrow Participation of private sector stressed
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for private sector participation for preparing the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project (PMBP), construction of which is expected to begin in 2009 at an
 arrow Property worth Tk 25 lakh gutted
Valuables worth Tk 25 lakh were gutted in a fire at Hotel Rajmoni Isha Khan in the city yesterday morning. The fire originated from room no.
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Chittagong and Mymensingh yesterday and on Monday night.
 arrow Security beefed up in Khulna
Security measures were beefed up in Khulna City from noon yesterday following information that Khulna Citizens' Forum (KCF) will lay a siege to Khulna Power Station at Khalishpur to prevent state minister
 arrow RMG workers seek CPB support
Leaders of 16 garment workers' organisations yesterday exchanged views with the leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) as part of their programme to mobilise support for proper implementationof
 arrow Jugantor editor, publisher asked to appear before court on Sept 21
A Dhaka court yesterday issued summons upon the editor and publisher of the Jugantor to appear before the court on September 21 after the Bashundhara Group filed a defamation case against the Bangla daily
 arrow 772 employees threaten to immolate tomorrow
A total of 772 officials and employees of a project titled 'Development of Poor Women Without Food Security' under the Directorate of Women Affairs have decided to immolate themselves tomorrow if their
 arrow Nizami perplexed at JCD joining BCL in fight against Shibir
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami has urged the senior BNP leaders to seriously look into the incident at Jagannath University where JCD and BCL jointly stood against Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS).
 arrow Flood Forecasting, Warning Centre website updated
Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) has recently updated its website, which will disseminate flood-forecasting informations and alert the countrymen three days ahead of flood.
 arrow Resignation of RU VC demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Progotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) of Rajshahi University yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus yesterday demanding resignation of the vice-chancellor for appointing
 arrow PM lauded for introducing free edn for girls
UN Under Secretary General Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said that free education and stipend for girls up to 12th class, introduced under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, will improve socio-economic
 arrow RMCH female staff caught with huge hospital valuables
A female staff member of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) was held at a ward with huge bandage, syringe and medicare materials of the hospital on Monday night.
 arrow Course on 'TV Journalism' ends
The concluding and certificate awarding ceremony of a month-long training course on 'Television Journalism', organised by Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR), was
 arrow Seminar titled 'Building Links with Bangladesh' in UK today
A seminar titled 'Building Links with Bangladesh' will be held at The John Hartshorne Lecture Theatre, Hulme Hall of Victoria Park Campus in The University of Manchester in the UK today, says a pressrelease.
 arrow UK Shadow Secy of State visits Grameen Bank
Andrew Mitchell, the United Kingdom's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, paid a two-day visit to Bangladesh on July 17-18 to observe and discuss development
 arrow Asian University students continue agitation
The students of Asian University at Uttara in the city have been demonstrating for three consecutive days boycotting classes to press their 24-point demands.
Nationalarrow Outlaws plan united action
Top leaders and cadres of outlawed parties in south-western region have decided to gear up activities under the joint banner of 'Naxalite movement' after takeover by the caretaker government.
 arrow Teachers in dists vow to realise demands
Striking school teachers brought out processions and held rallies in district headquarters yesterday in a run up to their July 23 'grand rally' in the capital to press their 10-point demand.
 arrow Zia fertiliser incurs loss of Tk 85 cr in a year
Zia Fertiliser in Ashuganj Factory incurred a loss of Tk 85 crore in the last financial yearTk 55 crore on count of production loss and Tk 30 crore for selling urea at prices lower than production cost.
 arrow Dissolve MP's 'pocket' bodies
Several hundred BNP activists took out a procession in Kendua upazila headquarters Tuesday evening and held a rally in front of the Press Club demanding dissolution of newly formed BNP committees in Kendua
 arrow RU students continue agitation
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Progotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) staged separate demonstrations at Rajshahi University yesterday demanding resignation of vice-chancellor Prof Altaf Hossain for appointing
 arrow 'Gulshan house of Khaled Mosharraf's wife auctioned by AL govtí
BNP held a rally in front of its party office in the town protesting a recent statement made by Awami League (AL) Presidium member Dr.
 arrow Father, son electrocuted
A father and his son were electrocuted at Monoherpur village in Gaibandha Sadar upazila as they came in contact with a snapped live wire of Power Development Board (PDB) that fell on their cropland earlier.
 arrow BNP leader tortured by party rivals
Ruling BNP leader and chairman of Ghoraghat upazila was tortured by his party rivals last night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Did the bombers target India's upper-class?
On July 12, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India's financial capital, was severely rocked by bomb blasts in seven separate trains, taking toll of at least 183 with another 663 injured.
 arrow From the cradle to the grave
Birth and Death Registration Act, 2004 passed by the Parliament of Bangladesh on November 30, 2004 was made effective from July 3 through a notification in the official gazette.
Culturearrow Musical programme on rain at Bengal Shilpalaya ends
Bengalis celebrate each season with gusto. Endless songs and literary works about the six seasons attest to that. Among the seasons, however, Borsha (season of rain) holds a special significance.
 arrow Olot Palot: An adaptation of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors
Based on William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, a new drama serial Olot Palot is being aired on ATN Bangla from July 16. The play has been adapted and directed by Arun Chowdhury.
 arrow Abida Sultana as guest artiste in Amar Chhobi
Renowned singer Abida Sultana will be the guest artiste in the next episode of the cine magazine Amar Chhobi, to be aired on Channel i on July 20 at 6:20pm.
 arrow 'Yes' to promising singers
Twelve promising songsters got Yes Cards in the selection round of the country-wide Close Up 1- ntv talent search programme that ended here in the port city on Monday.
 arrow Aniston opens door to 'Friends' reunion
Jennifer Aniston says she would like to reprise her role as Rachel Green in a reunion show of TV's most famous group of 'Friends.
Generalarrow Fish trader hacked to death in Ctg
A gang of miscreants hacked a fish trader to death in the district yesterday. He was identified as Nazim Uddin, 28, of Kutubkhali village under Banskhali Police Station.
 arrow Prof Karim appointed acting VC of IU
Prof Dr Anwarul Karim has been appointed as the acting Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Islamic University.
 arrow Seminar on English held in Natore
A seminar on 'Learning a second language: English in Bangladesh' was held in Abdulpur Government College in Natore on Monday.
Internationalarrow Annan fleshes out plans for Lebanon force
UN chief Kofi Annan fleshed out plans for a UN force for violence-wracked Lebanon yesterday, saying it could help Beirut get a grip on Hezbollah militants behind the upsurge of clashes in the Middle East.
 arrow Nations mobilise for mass evacuations
Tens of thousands of foreigners were fleeing Israeli bombardments of Lebanon yesterday, as outside powers organised helicopters, warships, ferries and buses in a vast campaign of evacuation.
 arrow Taliban threatens major offensive
Taliban militants vowed yesterday to intensify their insurgency with fresh attacks and suicide bombings, saying they would shortly take control of southern Afghanistan.
 arrow Israel vows to fight Palestinians until end of terror
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed Monday to fight the Palestinians until terrorism stops, as Israel ploughed on with its Gaza offensive, bombing the foreign ministry to ruins and killing two people.
 arrow Pacific 'Ring of Fire' unleashes yet another disaster
The earthquake that rocked Java and unleashed another deadly tsunami was the latest disaster in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" that has seen a burst of seismic and volcanic activity this year.
 arrow Couple makes false body claim for cash in India
An Indian couple falsely claimed and cremated the body of a victim of the Mumbai train blasts to collect more than 2,000 dollars in compensation, according to reports yesterday.
 arrow Rlys now prime terrorist targets
More Mumbai-style train attacks are inevitable, particularly in Asia and Africa, as terrorist groups target vulnerable rail networks because of heightened airport security, say analysts.
 arrow Kenya sinks deeper in corruption
A government inquiry does not know the real names of two men it is investigating, nor their nationality, nor whether they are brothers as they claim.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bangladesh-India boundary talks
We would like to share the optimism expressed by the delegation heads of the two countries at the end of the two-day meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Border Working Group (JBWG) that was constitutedfour
 arrow Editorial: Dialogue with teachers
It is with a sense of relief that we take the news of the prime minister directing education minister, state minister for education, prime minister's political secretary and education secretary to engage
 arrow The life and principles of Tajuddin Ahmed
Tajuddin Ahmed would have been eighty-one this month. The tragedy of our collective national life is that he was not destined to live to a ripe old age.
 arrow Do we need a new constitution?
Many groups and parties have demanded a new constitution because the present one, and also the earlier to 1973 basic law ones, have not worked and have served as the instruments of military dictatorsto
Letters to Editorarrow Rights of Palestinians
So Mr. Arifur Rahman, the world is built on inequalities -- when you are rich you have some advantages and rights - something which the poor don't have.
 arrow Sufferings of people during hartal
During the recent Aborodh (seize) and Hartal (strike) programmes of the opposition, the media gave a good coverage of the pickets and police action on them.
 arrow High rise apartment buildings
Just recently a friend forwarded me some information on a project incorporating some fifteen storey high rise apartment buildings being designed and scheduled to be built by the government exclusively
 arrow Field candidate for UNSG
I fully endorse the views expressed by Abdul Hannan and Talukdar Maniruzzaman for fielding a candidate for the post of the UN Secretary General.
 arrow CEC, politics and government
Do they have the right to waste time and money of the people? Do they have any right to make one constitutional institution a farce? Talking about the CEC and his activities! Let me start withthe
 arrow Disgraceful comments
The Italian Senator, who made such derogatory comments about the French football team, is a disgrace to the image of Italy.
 arrow Fantastic, but...
People of the world are getting closer day by day. We are now getting the opportunity even to share our emotions instantly through a little gadget called mobile phone.
 arrow Sharia laws
I think people who call for amending Sharia laws cannot fully grasp the belief in the Hereafter. The Holy Quran & Sunnah are the final divine guidance & laws for Muslims until the end of time.
 arrow Finance minister's statement
I have read with interest the following statement by the Finance Minister published in DS, July 12.
 arrow Help Justice Rahman
Your staff correspondent's report (DS: 14 July) on Justice Rahman's plight has moved me profoundly.
 arrow Subway in Dhaka city
Dhaka city saw many initiatives to ease its transportation problem. But the situation has not improved.
 arrow Enjoyable articles
Two articles in 'Point Counterpoint' page written by Professor Manzur Rahman of San Diego University, California, were very interesting and enjoyable and might I say relaxing.
 arrow Muslims pitted against Muslims
On the eve of Mumbai bombing, it comes to mind another bombing a year ago when a group of young British Muslims of Pakistani origin carried out a dastardly bombing of the London subway, killing 52, including
 arrow Exorbitant price of guava
It has been reported in a Bangla daily that this year there has been a bumper production of guava in the southern districts. The price of around 40 kg guava in Barisal is Tk. 150 to 160.
 arrow Awami league and Islamic parties
The Awami League and the BNP have almost same characteristics. For example, they both believe in capitalist democracy. But when it comes to the election, the BNP is always one step ahead.
 arrow A sad finale...
Italy has won the World Cup, but it has not been a glorious win because I think Italy have played dirty tricks on France.
Star Chittagongarrow Huge fish resources in Bay untapped
Absence of necessary policy is hindering proper management, expansion and exploration of marine resources in the vast 1.66 lakh square kilometre area of the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh territory.
 arrow Move to modernise lone seismic centre
The government has taken initiatives to modernise the country's lone seismic observatory centre as it is unable to identify the epicentre of the earthquake properly.
Star Cityarrow CNG-run autorickshaws exceed limit
The number of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) run autorickshaws is two and a half times higher than the number of taxicabs in Dhaka, the latest vehicle count under the Strategic Transport Planning Project
 arrow DCC drive against unauthorised billboards
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has started tearing down illegal billboards on a special drive following the recent collapse of a number of unauthorised hoardings, killing two, and tax default by advertising
 arrow Quadruplets exposed to risk of infection
The quadruplets born at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on Saturday are in stable condition, but doctors and the babies' relatives are worried as they are exposed to infection
 arrow No steps to reduce noise pollution
Sound pollution at alarming level continues to bother city dwellers in the absence of an effective enforcement of regulations against it.
 arrow Deadline to stop soaring price ignored
Despite changing the commerce minister three times since assuming power in 2001, the government has not been able to control the price hike of essentials.
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