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Front Pagearrow EC makes a bad start
The much talked about work of updating the voter list by going from door to door got off to a dull start yesterday with most of the field-level election officials staying home on the weekend.
 arrow EC under fire for hiding facts, behaving unfairly
Legal experts, former advisers to caretaker government, former election commissioners, eminent citizens and senior journalists yesterday blasted the Election Commission (EC) for what they said was concealing
 arrow Israel mobilises troops for ground invasion
Israel waged deadly strikes against Lebanon for the 10th day yesterday and mobilised more troops after warning it could launch a full-scale ground invasion -- despite mounting international calls fora
 arrow 14-party to discuss polls strategies, seat sharing
Senior leaders of the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine will meet AL President Sheikh Hasina this week to discuss strategies for the next election, seat sharing, and 'dispute' within the
 arrow 3 of notorious Panna Bahini killed in Kushtia Rab action
Two members of infamous 'Panna Bahini' were killed in an encounter with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Daulatpur upazila in the district early yesterday while another, critically injured during his
 arrow Malaysia to hire workers thru' private sector
With the withdrawal of ban on Bangladesh manpower export to Malaysia after a decade, Kuala Lumpur has now decided to hire workers through the private sector Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting
 arrow Japanese FM to hold talks with president, PM and FM
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso will arrive in Dhaka on Monday on a two-day official visit to exchange views on enhancing Japan-Bangladesh relations and other topics.
 arrow Govt has to take blame for unwanted situation, says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina firmly said yesterday no election will be allowed to take place unless the proposed reforms in the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) are implemented.
 arrow Striking teachers won't join any informal talks
Teachers and employees observing indefinite strike at non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday said they will not sit in a dialogue with the government unless they get formal letter
 arrow Declare trial, execution of Taher a wrongful act
Eminent US journalist Lawrence Lifschultz asked the state and judicial authorities yesterday to publicly declare that the trial and execution of Colonel Abu Taher was a wrongful act.
 arrow Case delayed as no autopsy report yet
The delay in publication of the autopsy report of Nayan Banu, killed allegedly by a police sub-inspector in Savar on July 2, is obstructing all legal procedures regarding the incident.
 arrow UPDF activist killed in Khagrachhari gunfight
Gunfight between the Jana Sanghaty Samity (JSS) and United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) and consequent action by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) left a UPDF activist killed and a BDR member injured at Logung
 arrow Criminal killed in Raozan 'shootout'
A listed criminal was killed reportedly in a shootout between police and his cohorts at Raozan upazila in the district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Regional dialogue in Khulna today
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Prothom Alo, The Daily Star and Channel i are jointly organising their ninth Regional Dialogue on "National election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development"
 arrow Jagannath varsity extends closure
The Jagannath University authorities have decided at a meeting Thursday to extend the university's closure till July 24 fearing further clashes among the feuding student organisations.
 arrow Delivery of fuel oil resumes
Delivery of imported fuel oil resumed yesterday afternoon, ending a suspension for 10 days.
 arrow JCD assaults, drives away SCF activists
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) female leaders yesterday physically assaulted and drove away a number of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) female activists from Monnujan Hall of Rajshahi University (RU).
 arrow Urea seized in Jessore
A joint task force of police and district administration seized some 7,321 sacks of urea fertiliser from a cargo ship at Noapara river ghat in Abhaynagar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow 4 arrested over Mumbai train bombings
Three men have been detained in India and a senior suspected terrorist pickedup in Kenya in the first arrests in connection with the Mumbai trains blasts that killed 183 people, officials said yesterday.
 arrow JCD musclemen beat 2 BCL activists at JU
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) musclemen beat up two student activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Shaheed Salam Barkat hall on Thursday night.
 arrow Bangladesh 41st in 'Happy Planet Index'
Bangladesh has ranked 41st among 178 countries in the "Happy Planet Index" leaving behind many advanced and most advanced countries of the world, including the UK and the USA.
 arrow Musharraf warns India against 'blame game'
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf urged India Thursday to avoid a "blame game" after the Mumbai bombings, saying it would hand victory to terrorists who oppose peace moves by the two countries.
 arrow Curfew extended amid Baghdad violence
Iraqi authorities extended a daytime curfew on Baghdad yesterday in an apparent effort to prevent violence after one of the bloodiest weeks this year.
 arrow European powers circulate revised draft on Iran
Britain, France and Germany on Thursday circulated a revised draft resolution in the UN Security Council that legally requires Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities.
 arrow Pakistani gets 30 years in US for aiding al-Qaeda
A Pakistani man convicted of participating in an Al-Qaeda plot to blow up gasoline stations in the United States was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a US federal judge on Thursday.
 arrow 300 tribal rebels surrender in Pakistan
Three hundred tribal militants surrendered to authorities yesterday in southwest Pakistan, where President Pervez Musharraf says an insurgency is dying down, officials said.
Businessarrow Foreign aid drops 10.44pc in 11 months
Bangladesh witnessed a 10.
 arrow Surcharge slapped on Lanka sea port amid go-slow
Ships using Sri Lanka's main sea port have raised cargo tariffs to compensate for losses incurred by an 11-day go-slow by dockers which has held up over 30 vessels, officials said Friday.
 arrow Oil prices rise above $74
Oil prices edged firmer above $74 a barrel on Friday, ending a weeklong slide from record highs sparked by the Lebanon conflict, after Israel's army called up reservists.
 arrow Economic growth provides little for world's poorest
Snowballing urbanisation and economic growth in the world's poorest nations are creating too few opportunities for their citizens, leaving them vulnerable in the face of competitive and increasingly open
 arrow FTA with US seen to boost ROK's electronic industry
South Korea can become one of the world's top three electronics manufacturing countries through a free trade agreement with the United States, experts say.
 arrow Indian weekly inflation rate eases
India's inflation rate fell on a weekly basis Friday but analysts said they still expected the central bank to hike its trend-setting interest rate at a policy review next week.
 arrow Economic imbalances may hit global growth: OECD chief
OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said Friday that global economic balances were casting a shadow over an otherwise benign outlook for the world economy.
 arrow China hikes bank reserve ratio to cool economy
China's central bank on Friday ordered major commercial banks to set aside more money into reserves in an effort to reduce excessive lending and cool the runaway economy.
 arrow Dollar slips against major rivals
The dollar eased against the euro and the yen on Friday as the foreign exchange market continued to bet that the US Federal Reserve will take a softer line on interest rates, dealers said.
 arrow US Congress clears Oman free trade pact
US lawmakers Thursday narrowly approved a free trade pact with Oman, boosting the White House's drive to foster commerce and democratic reforms in the Middle East.
 arrow Rupali Insurance declares 15pc stock dividend
Rupali Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 15 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow AirAsia to buy 100 planes in 5 years
Malaysian AirAsia Bhd will have a hundred A320 aircraft within five years. AirAsia group CEO Datuk Tony Fernandes said Thursday an average of 20 aircraft would be delivered annually over the period.
 arrow Japan to resume US beef imports next week
Japan will give the final green light next week to resume US beef imports banned over mad cow disease, ending a long rift with its closest ally, a report said Friday.
 arrow Citigroup wins 'Best Trade Bank in Asia' award
Citigroup has been awarded 'Best Trade Bank in Asia' by Trade Finance magazine (June Issue), for a second year in a row, says a press release.
 arrow Malaysian bank on aggressive expansion in HK, China
Malaysia-based Public Bank Bhd, which reported a 24 per cent increase in its second quarter net profit from a year earlier, is embarking on an aggressive expansion of its banking business in Hong Kong
 arrow Vietnam's tea export may rise this year
Vietnam is expected to reap 110 million US dollars from tea export this year, up 10 percent from last year, according to sources from the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Friday.
 arrow Contract of EXIM Bank MD renewed
The Board of Directors of Export Import (EXIM) Bank of Bangladesh Ltd has renewed the contract of Mohammed Lakiotullah, managing director of the bank, for a further two-year period with effect from July
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 16-July 20, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Dimming hopes in athletics
The last time Bangladesh had won an athletics gold medal in the SAF Games was in 1995. It was unheralded sprinter Mahbub Alam who made the country proud by winning the 200m gold at the Madras Games.
 arrow Swimming: Sonia, Nazmul put BKSP on top
After the first day's evenly poised battle, BKSP took absolute domination over Bangladesh Ansar in the medal hunt of the 22nd Keya Cosmetics National Age-Group Swimming Championships yesterday.
 arrow Football: Shariatpur in 2nd round
Hosts Shariatpur knocked Faridpur out in the tiebreaker in the opening match of the qualifying round of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff's return in doubt
England captain Andrew Flintoff's hopes of returning to international action in next week's second Test against Pakistan suffered a major setback Friday as his ankle injury flared up again.
 arrow Cricket: Pak openers struggle
Pakistan's fallible openers both had another innings to forget as their problems continued on the opening day of a three-day tour match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 doesn't interest Lara
West Indies skipper Brian Lara says he is not fascinated by the twenty20 version of cricket because it does not test the ability of a player but agrees the new format has spectator value.
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna back to roots
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said on Friday his love for the sport forced him to resign from the post of deputy minister in the government.
 arrow Cricket: Focus firmly on cricket
South Africa's first non-white cricket captain Ashwell Prince says his team is not worried about playing in violence-wrecked Sri Lanka on the current tour.
 arrow Football: Lama at Kenya helm
Former France goalkeeper Bernard Lama on Friday vowed to inject professionalism into Kenyan football in his new role as the national team's coach.
 arrow Tennis: Andy given a fright
Andy Roddick had to work to get past journeyman Jeff Morrison 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 here Thursday, losing the battle of aces but still advancing into the quarterfinals of the ATP Indianapolis Open.
 arrow Tennis: Clinical Serena thru' to qtrs
Serena Williams swept to her second clinical win since returning from injury as she reached the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Open.
 arrow Cricket: Canada refuse to host series
India on Friday cancelled a proposed one-day series against the West Indies in Canada in September because neither the rivals or the hosts seemed interested.
 arrow Hockey: Hosts tipped for gold
Spain are favourites to win their second Champions Trophy gold medal at the men's field hockey tournament starting here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Materazzi ban causes outrage
FIFA's decision to hand Marco Materazzi a two-match suspension for insulting Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final drew fierce criticism from the Italian press on Friday.
 arrow Cycling: Tosatto claims 18th stage
Quick Step's Matteo Tosatto saved Italian blushes on the Tour de France after winning a two-man sprint to claim victory on the 18th stage here Friday.
 arrow Football: Barcelona bag Juve duo
Barcelona have signed a deal with troubled Serie A club Juventus for Italy defender Gianluca Zambrotta and France defender Lilian Thuram, the Primera Liga club said on their website on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Parreira close to S Africa job
Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira could be handed the job of leading South Africa at the 2010 World Cup finals, it was reported here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Milan sound positive
AC Milan believe they can still snatch the Italian League title despite being handicapped by a 15-point penalty for their part in the country's match-fixing scandal. "We want to win the title.
 arrow Football: FIFA defends decision
FIFA on Friday defended their decision to ban Italy defender Marco Materazzi for insulting Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Vieira set for Inter move
French defender Patrick Vieira will join Inter Milan from Juventus for about 13 million euros, the Italian press reported on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Langer lives his dream
Justin Langer broke legendary West Indies batsman Viv Richards's Somerset record score when he made 342 against Surrey at Guildford in the County Championship on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer happy with batsmen
Problems with Pakistan's top batsmen were refuted by coach Bob Woolmer who said he had faith that his players would come good.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib prepares for Leeds
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has recovered from a stress fracture to his ankle and is likely to be available for the third test against England, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told Reuters on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Rookies get a lift
England bowler Matthew Hoggard insisted on Friday his country's raw attack is improving all the time despite their failure to finish off Pakistan.
 arrow Athletics: Asafa Powell unprofessional!
Stephen Francis, coach of sprint star Asafa Powell, Thursday denied that "unprofessional conduct" was to blame for Powell and three other Jamaican runners missing a meeting in Greece.
 arrow Cycling: T-mobile sacks Ullrich
Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich, excluded from this year's race because of links to blood-doping, has been sacked by his T-Mobile team, SID news agency reported on Friday.
 arrow Golf: Duval makes the cut
David Duval's long march back to respectability passed another milestone here Friday when he made the cut for the weekend at the British Open.
 arrow Football: Japan unveil Osim
Former Yugoslav coach Ivica Osim signed a contract on Friday to become Japan's new national coach as the Asian champions seek to rebuild after their early exit from the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Barcelona set for election
Barcelona have been ordered to hold an immediate presidential election by a Spanish judge who upheld a complaint from three club members that Joan Laporta had already served four years.
 arrow Football: Bergkamp backs Arsenal challenge
Dennis Bergkamp believes this coming season will see Arsenal push London rivals and reigning champions Chelsea all the way for the Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Fowler not finished yet
Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler insists he still has a major role to play at Anfield despite the arrival of Wales international Craig Bellamy.
 arrow Football: Gunners hope to fly with Emirates
Arsenal flung open the doors of their spanking new 390-million-dollar, state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium on Thursday hoping it will help launch a new golden era.
 arrow Football: Clemente targets Euro qualification
Former Spain manager Javier Clemente took over the reins of Serbia on Thursday and stated his goal was to take the former Yugoslav republic to Euro 2008.
 arrow Football: Hamburg snub Kluivert
German club Hamburg have snubbed a move for Patrick Kluivert because of the Dutch striker's suspect fitness.
 arrow Football: Arnold Australia's interim coach
Graham Arnold was Friday announced as interim national coach for Australia's two Asian Cup qualifying matches next month.
 arrow Football: Abbondanzieri relishing Liga challenge
Argentina's World Cup goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri said on Thursday he was looking forward to his new challenge in the Spanish first division with Getafe after joining from Boca Juniors in a 1.
Metropolitanarrow Accommodation crisis grips JU dormitories
Most of the students, who got admission to Jahangirnagar University (JU) this year under 2005-2006 academic sessions, will not avail themselves of accommodation facilities at the university dormitories
 arrow Call to strengthen social afforestation movement
A 10-day three fair began in the city yesterday with a call to strengthen the social afforestation movement by bringing more fallow lands under the programme for maintaining ecological balance.
 arrow 8 killed in road accidents
Eight people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday. Two people, including an elderly man, were killed in separate road accidents in the capital.
 arrow Keep Karnaphuli bridge issue above politics
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday urged all, particularly the people of Chittagong, to keep the 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge issues above politics.
 arrow 'Withdraw suspension order on BGEF chief'
Leaders of Bangladesh Government Employees' Federation (BGEF), a national organisation for third and fourth class employees of the republic, yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the suspension order
 arrow 12000 cervical patient detected every year
Specialists at a scientific seminar here on Thursday revealed that some 12,000 cases of cervical cancer are being detected every year in the country.
 arrow G-8 leaders condemn Mumbai blasts
The leaders of G-8 and other countries have condemned the recent serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and expressed solidarity with the Indian government.
 arrow Bank officer taken into police custody
An officer of Jamuna Bank Limited was taken into police custody on Thursday night for his alleged involvement in an embezzlement of Tk 32 lakh from three accounts.
 arrow GP launches Rajshahi City Beautification Project
The country's largest mobile phone operator Grameen Phone yesterday launched Rajshahi City Beautification Project, aiming at luring visitors and presenting the city dwellers a nice view.
 arrow Vegetable prices up
Prices of various vegetables went higher this week while green chilli price which experienced an abnormal rise during the last few weeks, fell remarkably in different city markets.
 arrow 58 dogs killed on JU campus
Fifty-eight dogs were killed on the campus of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday in a drive to kill stray dogs sparking huge resentment among the students on the campus.
 arrow Three commit suicide in city
A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide on Thursday after being teased by local goons at Pallabi, while two others committed suicide in separate incidents in cantonment and Badda areas in the capital
 arrow Djuice lifestyle fair begins in Rajshahi
Rajshahi Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday inaugurated a three-day 'lifestyle fair', organised by Djuice, a package designed for youths by mobile phone operator Grameen Phone, at Rajshahi tennis complex.
 arrow Housewife killed for dowry, husband arrested
A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband at Chardheki village under Pakundia upazila of the district on Thursday night, police and local sources said.
 arrow Khaleda to meet field-level party leaders twice a week
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has decided to exchange views with her party's district, thana and pourashava leaders and MPs twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays at the PM's office at 30 Hare Road.
 arrow Housewife electrocuted
A housewife was electrocuted at her rented house at Koroitola Bazar in Ramgati upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Democracywatch holds workshop on UP budgeting
Democracywatch in association with Swapno Sahajjya Shongstha organised a daylong workshop on participatory planning and budgeting of Union Parishad at the auditorium of Jagoroni Chokro at Jessore yesterday,
 arrow USA unit of Jubo Dal formed
A 151-member new committee of the USA unit of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was formed on Thursday after dissolving the convening committee of the unit.
 arrow Robber beaten to death
A man was beaten to death at Mokamtola area under Shibganj upazila of the district for his involvement in a night coach robbery in the early hours of yesterday.
Nationalarrow IU teachers place 3-pt demand, seek PM's intervention
Islamic University Teachers Association (IUTA) has put forward a three-point demand and urged the authorities to meet those immediately to solving the prevailing deadlock in the university.
 arrow Land grabbers asked to vacate coastal Parabon forests
The district administration has ordered illegal occupants to vacate grabbed lands in Parabon, a man-made forest in coastal Sonadia and Ghatibhanga in offshore Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Khulna clinic sealed as baby dies, doctor flees
Police have sealed an unauthorised private clinic in Khulna city after a baby died during caesarian operation on Thursday, done allegedly under candle and torch light due to load shedding.
 arrow Intra-party feud deepens in Satkhira BNP
Dogged by intra-party feud, Satkhira district BNP could not form a full fledged committee even after two years of formation of a convening committee by the party high command.
 arrow Fresh 3-day agitation begins today
Affected villagers around Tengratila gas field begins a fresh three-day agitation programme today for compensation and some other demands.
 arrow Pneumonia kills 8 in Kushtia
Pneumonia killed at least eight children and attacked several hundred in Kushtia in a week.
 arrow Two minor brothers electrocuted
Two minor brothers were electrocuted yesterday.
The tragic incident took place at Dighir Par village near Benapole. The victims were Ashiqul Islam, 7 and Taufiqul Islam, 5, sons of Aminul Islam.

 arrow 44 tonnes of green chilli imported in five days
Forty-four tonnes of green chilli were imported from India through Benapole and Bhomra land ports in last five days.
 arrow School student killed in wall collapse
A school student was killed and two others were seriously injured when a wall of Zahangir Smrity Sebasharm market at Shantikunja intersection in Tangail town collapsed during rain yesterday.
 arrow Four cops among 9 hurt in gunfight with dacoits
Five alleged dacoits and four police men were injured in a gunfight at Harabhanga village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur district in the early hours of Thursday.
 arrow Workshop for newsmen in Khulna
A three-day training workshop for reporters that began at Khulna Press Club Wednesday concluded yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Israel's arrogance may lead to its own peril
If I were an Israeli I would have certainly asked my leaders as to what future does Israel have when it could not come to terms with Arab neighbours even after 57 years of its existence in the region.
 arrow Bombing investigations and unsavoury questions
Justifiable worries have been ventilated about the fate of investigation of bombing incidents in Bangladesh with particular reference to 'Udichi' tragedy of March 1999.
Culturearrow Laila's vision of truth and beauty
Laila Sharmeen is holding a solo exhibit of her mixed media work at the Bengal Gallery. It is under the title 'Truth, beauty and me'.
 arrow Folk music programme and discussion
Bangladesh Lok Sangeet Parishad (BLSP) organised a musical evening to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the folk maestro Abdul Alim.
 arrow 'Nirontor' to be premiered on Channel i
Based on noted novelist Humayun Ahmed's work Janam Janam, the film Nirontor will be premiered on July 28 on Channel i.
Internationalarrow US, UK singled out for blocking ME truce
French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie yesterday accused the United States and Britain of blocking a United Nations call for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East.
 arrow Asia calls for intervention, mulls sending troops
Indonesia and Malaysia said they could send troops as part of a UN deployment to the Middle East as Asia showed mounting concern yesterday and urged the international community to intervene.
 arrow Nepali peace talks postponed
A meeting between Nepal's top Maoist leaders and seven political parties set for Friday has been postponed, delaying a slow-moving peace dialogue aimed at ending a bloody, decade-old revolt, officials
 arrow Thousands of Lebanon evacuees flood into Cyprus
Thousands of tired, frightened evacuees fleeing Israel's bombardment of Lebanon flooded into Cyprus yesterday, sparking warnings by officials that the small island may not be able to cope with the influx.
 arrow 4 Palestinians killed in Gaza explosion
A Hamas activist and three relatives were killed yesterday in an explosion at his home in Gaza City, hospital officials said. Palestinians said the house was hit by an Israeli tank shell.
 arrow Let truce monitors stay
A Swedish envoy visited Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels in their northern base yesterday to urge them to reconsider their decision to oust EU truce monitors, amid fears it could destabilise the islandas
 arrow Pak tribal militants hold talks to broker peace deal
Pakistani tribesmen held a rare meeting yesterday to try to broker a peace deal between the government and Taliban and al-Qaeda militants operating near the Afghan border, officials said.
 arrow Experts warn of Asia's 'hidden cancer' risk
Asian women must not ignore the danger of cervical cancer, experts told a Bangkok conference yesterday, labelling it a "hidden cancer" that kills more women in Asia than anywhere else in the world.
 arrow Recovery dreams wiped out in Lanka's surf capital
Sitting on a bed in a surf shack overlooking the Indian Ocean, 33-year-old rickshawpuller AL Salaheen watches the handful of surfers catch the morning waves.
 arrow Former Khmer Rouge chief Ta Mok dies at 80
Former Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok, known as "The Butcher" for his extreme brutality, died Friday aged 80 before he could be put on trial for the genocide of up to two million Cambodians.
 arrow Gloom descends on Iraqi leaders as civil war looms
Iraqi leaders have all but given up on holding the country together and, just two months after forming a national unity government, talk in private of "black days" of civil war ahead.
 arrow Drug mistakes injure 1.5 m in US a year
Medication errors hurt 1.5 million people every year in the United States and cost at least $3.5 billion, according to a report issued on Thursday.
 arrow Thai king okays new elections for Oct 15
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has signed a decree setting new elections for October 15, ending weeks of speculation over when the polls would be held, the government announced yesterday.
 arrow Tiger habitat shrinks by 40 pc in 10 years
Tigers have 40 percent less habitat than they did a decade ago, due to intense poaching and the rise of an Asian middle class that puts pressure on the big cats and their environment, wildlife experts
 arrow Children need more exercise to cut heart risk: Study
Children need to do more exercise than recommended in international guidelines to reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a team of researchers said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lebanon bleeds
We cannot but be alarmed at the escalation of aggression in Lebanon with Israel apparently planning for a full-scale invasion.
 arrow Editorial: Tragedy in Indonesia
In 2004 the Indian Ocean Tsunami had killed over 168,000 people. It has hit the coasts of Java once again.
 arrow Remittances facilitate economic development
Figures speak a thousand words. Statistics not only enable us to understand issues but also help us to view things in their proper perspective.
 arrow Jaw-jaw better than war-war
I am somewhat worried by the lack of out-of-box thinking within the Indian and Pakistani media.
 arrow Pragmatic leadership need of the hour
Russia, Winston Churchill once said, "is a riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma". So, it seemed, were the health details of the President of Bangladesh for a couple of weeks past.
StarTecharrow Helping the mentors of mentally challenged
As a milestone in the history of social welfare in the country, Therap (BD) Ltd, a subsidiary of the USA based Therap Services, LLC, has step forward in improving the quality of life for people mentally
 arrow Paralysed man moves cursor through thought
A Paralyzed man using a new brain sensor has been able to move a computer cursor, open e-mail and control a robotic device simply by thinking about doing it, a team of scientists said on Wednesday.
 arrow Samsung's NV3 lets users point, click, rock out
THEY say the only successful converged device is the clock radio. Samsung is hoping to prove that false with a combination digital camera and music player.
 arrow Microsoft, Yahoo link their online IM systems
Yahoo and Microsoft released software that built a bridge between their previously exclusive online instant messaging (IM) systems.
 arrow Soyuz-2

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