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Front Pagearrow Govt's borrowing from banks exceeds all limits
The government's bank borrowing in the last fiscal year crossed the revised budget limit eight days before its end mainly due to revenue shortfall and decline in foreign aid.
 arrow 'Special security' for JMB kingpins under question
Questions arose as the government has kept Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) kingpins Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam Banglabhai in a sub-jail in Mirpur instead of secured cells of a prison.
 arrow Field reports do not match CEC's claim
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday claimed that the voter list updating by visiting door to door has been in full swing since Friday, but information gathered from the field does notsupport
 arrow Israel, Hezbollah lock in tit-for-tat battle
Israeli jets blitzed Lebanon yesterday and Hezbollah fired off more deadly rockets in a new bout of tit-for-tat attacks as the conflict continued to spiral despite international efforts for a ceasefire.
 arrow Hotelier shot dead in reception lobby
Armed assailants gunned down an hotelier at the hotel's reception in city's Hatirpool area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Govt fears subversive activities in pre-poll political programmes
The government apprehends that Bangladeshi criminals who are hiding by crossing the border may carry out subversive activities when there will be more political programmes of the ruling and opposition
 arrow Aziz thinks those who doubts his work want to create anarchy
With the demand for his resignation mounting in a cross section of people, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday smelt a rat in it and said some people want to create anarchy in the country
 arrow Dhaka to seek Tokyo help for deep-sea port
Dhaka will seek Tokyo's assistance for construction of a deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal near Chittagong and the planned Padma multipurpose bridge as Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso arrives here
 arrow 200 Bangladeshis seek evacuation from Lebanon
About 200 Bangladeshis have reported to an international migration agency seeking to evacuate from conflict-stricken Lebanon, the foreign office spokesman said Sunday.
 arrow A Rare Sight

 arrow Production resumes after a month
Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) resumed production in full capacity on Saturday after it had shut down with technical glitches on June 25.
 arrow EC Secretariat clarifies its fund use to finance ministry
The EC Secretariat yesterday sent its 'clarification' to the finance ministry on the expenditure for preparing the controversial fresh voter list.
 arrow Land phone fee halved
The government has decided to slash land phone connection fees by 40 per cent in Dhaka, Chittagong and by 50 per cent in other parts of the country with effect from August 1.
 arrow Govt to take help of locals to fight grabbers
The government is taking new steps to free the Buriganga of encroachments by mobilising locals and enhancing monitoring of the shores on a regular basis, the State Minister for Shipping Quamrul Islamsaid
 arrow Nine retired military officers join BNP
Welcoming nine former military officers in her party, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the leaders and workers of ruling BNP must work together to ensure victory in the next election.
 arrow Writ petition filed seeking stay order on construction
A public interest litigation writ petition was filed at the High Court (HC) yesterday seeking a stay order on the construction of the pillar-based third Karnaphuli Bridge.
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 in Pabna
Extremists killed two persons including a local Awami League (AL) leader in Ataikula upazila under the district on Saturday.
 arrow No move yet to negotiate with striking teachers
Four representatives of the government, entrusted by the prime minister to negotiate with the teachers on strike, are not initiating any move in this regard to resolve the crisis.
 arrow 3 yrs in jail, waiting for start of trial
Sheer negligence and incompetence of court staff in Dhaka shed three years of youth from a 22 year-old person's life, as he was not produced before court.
 arrow 3rd bidding within present govt's tenure
Energy Ministry Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said the government will complete the 3rd round bidding of gas blocks within its tenure.
 arrow Tk 2.36 lakh looted from Kurigram Bank
Robbers looted Tk 2.36 lakh from Agrani Bank Bhurungamari branch sometimes between Friday and Saturday night.
 arrow Bombers deal blow to Iraqi peace hope
Bombers struck a bloody blow against Iraq's fledgling hopes for peace yesterday, killing at least 64 people just one day after the government launched national reconciliation talks.
 arrow Quake triggers tsunami alert in Sulawesi
Indonesia yesterday started a massive operation to clear debris from the tsunami-hit south coast of Java, as a strong earthquake rattled Sulawesi island, triggering a fresh tsunami alert.
 arrow Hunger-striking Saddam hospitalised
Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein was hospitalised yesterday due to the effects of a hunger-strike and will not be able attend the next stage of his trial, chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Musawi told AFP.
 arrow 8 suspected Maoists shot dead in Andhra
Eight suspected Maoist rebels, including four women, were killed by security forces in a shootout yesterday in Andhra Pradesh, police said.
 arrow 'US will give Israel another week for Lebanon attacks'
Israeli officials believe they have approval from the United States to keep up attacks on Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon for at least another week, an Israeli newspaper said yesterday.
Businessarrow Oriental Bank resumes partial credit operations
Oriental Bank resumed credit operation partially yesterday, a month after its taking over by the central bank.
 arrow Bangladesh, Chile to form bilateral economic body
Commerce Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed and visiting Vice Minister of Economy and Executive Vice President of Foreign Investment of Chile Carlos Eduardo Mena have agreed to form a bilateral economic committee
 arrow 28 listed firms fined in FY06
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined 28 listed companies in the last fiscal year due to their non-compliance with rules and regulations.
 arrow Business stutters back to life in tsunami zone
Soldiers and workers were still clearing up the rubble, but businesses in Pangandaran were stuttering back to life almost a week after a tsunami devastated the beach resort.
 arrow China eases capital controls on overseas investment
China's foreign exchange authority has granted 4.8 billion dollars in overseas investment quotas as part of efforts to allow the greater convertibility of the yuan, state press said Sunday.
 arrow Saifur leaves for Iran to attend JEC meet
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday left Dhaka for Iran to lead the Bangladesh delegation to the 4th meeting of Bangladesh-Iran Joint Economic Commission (JEC) scheduled for July 24-25
 arrow Japan may end US beef ban Aug 3
The government is expected to officially decide on August 3 to reopen the nation's ports to US beef, which had been suspended since risky backbone matter was found in a shipment in January, it has been
 arrow Spain spurs EU drive towards renewable energy
Even as Britain, following a detailed review, mulls the need for increased nuclear capacity, Spain has the bit between its teeth as it champions renewable energy.
 arrow Padma Textile Mills okays 5pc cash, 10pc stock dividends
Padma Textile Mills Ltd has declared a 5 per cent cash dividend and a 10 per cent stock dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Local company to set up RMG unit in Ctg EPZ
A fully Bangladeshi owned company will invest US$ 606,000 in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (EPZ) to set up a garment manufacturing plant.
 arrow Beximco Pharma makes debut in Cambodia
As part of its growth strategy, Beximco Pharmaceuticals has started exporting drugs to Cambodia, says a press release.
 arrow Japan cancels Ethiopia's all commercial debts
Japan has signed an agreement with Ethiopia to cancel 100 percent of the country's outstanding debt amounting to 14.4 million US dollars.
 arrow Sri Lanka port limps back to normal after 11-day go-slow
Sri Lanka's main port slowly returned to normal Saturday after the government agreed to higher wage demands for its workers, ending an 11-day union work-to-rule campaign, officials said.
 arrow WTO heavyweights try yet again to break Doha Round deadlock
Key negotiators were on Sunday locked in talks as they made yet another attempt to break a deadlock in the World Trade Organisation's floundering Doha Round.
 arrow Honda to build new plant to boost hybrid output
Honda Motor plans to build a new manufacturing plant to produce key components to be used in its hybrid cars, a Japanese business daily reported Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Selectors on a spot of bother
The recent allegations in the media against a national selector regarding a sponsorship deal dominated the discussion in a working committee meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday.
 arrow Football: Saiful bails out DU
A 33-minute strike by Saiful Islam saved the blushes of title contenders Dhaka University with a scrappy 1-0 win over BKSP on the opening day of the Education zone qualifiers of the Jubok Phone 23rd National
 arrow Hockey: BHF names final 18
Bangladesh Hockey Federation yesterday named an 18-member final squad for the hockey competition of next month's SA Games in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Jamie steps in for Freddie
Uncapped spinner Jamie Dalrymple was added to England's squad for the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Thursday as the side faced up to life without star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers off to Zimbabwe
The Bangladesh cricket team left Dhaka yesterday morning to play a five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Chess: Rani shares lead with four others
International Women's Master Rani Hamid shared the lead along with four other players after the end of the second round of the Prime Bank First Women's FIDE Rating Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Olympics: CTC prepares 226-man list for SA Games
The coaching and training committee (CTC) of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has submitted a 226-member list for the Bangladesh contingent for next month's SA Games in Colombo.
 arrow Football: United beaten by Kaizer Chiefs
Manchester United's South African tour was an investment in the club's future despite losing Saturday's Vodacom Cup final in a penalty shootout against Kaizer Chiefs, Sir Alex Ferguson said.
 arrow Football: Bergkamp bids bye
Dennis Bergkamp made no attempt to hide his emotions after his final appearance for Arsenal in a testimonial match at the club's new 390 million pounds (725 million dollars) Emirates Stadium here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Athers doubts Eng setup
Former England captain Michael Atherton fears history is in danger of repeating itself after Andrew Flintoff was ruled out for 12 weeks Saturday with a recurring ankle problem.
 arrow Hockey: Australia edge past Pakistan
Australia began their Champions Trophy defence with a 3-2 win over Pakistan while Spain and Germany drew 1-1 and Netherlands beat Argentina 4-2 in the men's field hockey tournament here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Vera shock for Serena
Vera Zvonareva ended Serena Williams' run in her first tournament in six months, beating the seven-time Grand Slam champion 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Western & Southern Financial
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Blake face-off
Andy Roddick used his strong serve to overpower Robby Ginepri 7-5, 6-3 Saturday and move into the final at the RCA Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Hard time awaits India
India may have a tough task in the one-day international cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka if past records are taken into account.
 arrow Football: Surma qualifiers from today
The Surma zone qualifiers of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship gets under way at the Habiganj Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Juventus plead for penalty reduction
The lawyer representing Juventus at the appeals trial in Italy's match-fixing scandal pleaded for leniency on Sunday, saying that last week's decision by a sports tribunal to relegate the club to thesecond
 arrow Cricket: Zim off to short SA trip
A 16-member Zimbabwe squad left for South Africa to prepare for the upcoming five-match series against Bangladesh that gets underway next Saturday.
 arrow Cycling: Landis after Lance
American Floyd Landis was crowned Tour de France champion after Sunday's parade on the Champs-Elysees ended in a sprint won by Norway's Thor Hushovd.
 arrow Football: Materazzi's clear conscience
Marco Materazzi, suspended for provoking Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in the World Cup final, has said he is a little bitter but has a clear conscience in his first comments since FIFA's ban.
 arrow Football: Turkish club alleged of match-fixing
The Turkish Football Federation on Sunday announced an investigation into allegations lagging first division club Denizlispor rigged a match to avoid relegation.
 arrow Cricket: David defends late surgery
Chief selector David Graveney has defended England's decision not to send Andrew Flintoff for surgery sooner.
 arrow Cricket: Rehman saves Pak blushes
Australia A fought back spiritedly in the field after posting just 122, but Pakistan A held their nerve to eke out a two-wicket win in a Twenty20 game in Cairns.
 arrow Cricket: Nel nails SL A down
South African paceman Andre Nel bagged four wickets to help bowl out a Sri Lankan second string side for 162 in a three-day practice game here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib still unsure
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said that Shoaib Akhtar's participation in the third Test at Headingley is unlikely and added that he was also doubtful for the fourth Test at The Oval on August 17.
 arrow Football: Gilondo win opener
Gilondo United Club blanked Jovat Sangha 3-0 in the opening match of the Shaheed Chan Mia Memorial football tournament at the Garpara Upazila Parisad ground here yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Bring on Gatlin
Asafa Powell says he is ready to take on Justin Gatlin whenever and wherever. The pair were due to go head-to-head in the 100m at the London Grand Prix in Crystal Palace on 28 July.
 arrow Obituary
Humaira Siddika, wife of Abdus Selim and mother of Rakibul Hasan (Sports Reporter of The Daily Jai Jai Din), died off jaundice at her Jessore residence on Saturday. She was 48.
 arrow Football: Football of presidents
Bolivia's President Evo Morales is training to get in shape for a football match with his presidential peers, he said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Park promises goals
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, back home in South Korea where he is a national idol, on Sunday promised to go for goals in the upcoming English Premier League season.
 arrow Football: Pellegrini slams players
Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini criticised his players' attitude and concentration after they were knocked out of the Intertoto Cup by Slovenian side NK Maribor 3-2 on aggregate.
Metropolitanarrow Anarchy prevails in health sector
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat- led coalition government has destroyed the country's health and medical education sector through corruption, irregularities and politicisation.
 arrow 'Bring killers to justice'
The best way to pay tribute to Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of the country, and all martyred national leaders is to bring the killers to justice, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 'Transfer employees to revenue sector'
Employees of education engineering department staged a sit-in on the Shikhha Bhaban premises in the city yesterday demanding transfer of 231 employees of five projects under the department to the revenue
 arrow Main accused still at large
Police could not arrest one of the key accused in the case of valiant freedom fighter Kalandiar Kabir's mysterious death even ten days after the incident.
 arrow 'Expedite research on minor crops'
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday asked the authorities to further expedite research works and extension programmes on minor crops to increase production, considering their growing demand in the
 arrow Three killed in Tangail road accidents
At least three people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Sadar and Kalihati upazilas in Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Hasina in Tungipara
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina along with her family members arrived at Tungipara, their ancestral home, yesterday afternoon on a three-day personal visit.
 arrow RU marketing deptt students call strike today
Students of marketing department of Rajshahi University (RU) will observe a strike on the campus today protesting the reported selection of a 'controversial' candidate as a teacher of the department.
 arrow Arrest of killers demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Rajshahi University (RU) unit, yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus demanding arrest and punishment of the killers of Prof S Taher Ahmed.
 arrow Six die in city incidents
Six people, including three women, died in separate incidents in the city on Saturday night and yesterday.
 arrow 15 students hurt in clash at Kushtia Tech College
At least 15 students were injured in a clash with police at Kushtia Technical School and College yesterday. Police also arrested five students during the clash.
 arrow Education fair begins today
A three-day exhibition styled 'Emerge Education Fair Chittagong-2006' will begin here today showcasing complete education solutions under one roof to the students looking for graduate and undergraduate
 arrow 2 get 31 years' RI for keeping heroin
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two persons to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing 100 grams of heroin in June 2002.
 arrow BCL memo to Ctg Edn Board chairman
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Chittagong City unit, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the chairman of Chittagong Education Board to press their 10-point demand, including cancellation of a decision
 arrow 'Bring culprits to justice'
Speakers at a demonstration yesterday demanded arrest of and punishment to the killers of Kamrul Islam Momin, a student of Dhaka Commerce College.
 arrow New ICU opens at Nat'l Cardiac Institute
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday inaugurated a new intensive care unit (ICU) at the National Institute for Cardio-Vascular Diseases in the city.
 arrow Khulna AL warns against mass arrest
Leaders of Khulna Awami League (AL) have warned of severe consequences if any mass arrest takes place ahead of the road march programme. The warning came from a rally in the city yesterday.
 arrow N'ganj-bound train derails in city
Rail communication between Dhaka and Narayanganj remained snapped for about three hours after a train derailed at Gandaria in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Call to make PR profession more effective
Bangladesh Public Relations Association (BPRA) organised a discussion at its office at Topkhana road in the city to mark its 27th founding anniversary yesterday.
 arrow Mosharraf visits ailing poet Shamsur Rahman
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday visited ailing Poet Shamsur Rahman at the National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases in the city.
Nationalarrow Teachers' sit-in holds back SUST appointment bid
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) authorities yesterday postponed the scheduled interview for appointment and promotion of teachers in two departments in the face protest by a section
 arrow Back to blessings of Mother Nature
Farmers in a remote village in Jessore are producing plenty of vegetables without using harmful insecticides and toxic materials.
 arrow Toxic mill waste polluting water bodies, croplands
Toxic water released by some mills in BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) in Sirajganj are polluting environment in the industrial estate and water bodies and croplands aroundit.
 arrow Kaptai-Ctg road link may snap any time
Road communication between Kaptai and Chittagong may snap any time as a portion of the road has eroded in hilly Bengchhari area due to downpour.
 arrow 12 hurt as Jubo League factions clash
Factional clashes marked with chase and counter-chase over formation of committee left at least 12 Jubo League activists injured, three of them critically, in the town Saturday evening.
 arrow IUTA leaders meet UGC chairman
Leaders of Islamic University Teachers association (IUTA) met with University Grants Commission's (UGC) Chairman Prof.
 arrow 3 rice trucks hijacked in three days
Panic gripped rice traders, mill owners and truckers as three rice-loaded trucks from Dhanbari in Madhupur upazila were hijacked in different areas of the country in the last three days and a truck helper
 arrow Token hunger strike at Tengratila
As part of the 3-day agitation, about 500 affected villagers including women staged an 8-hour 'token hunger strike' at the main gate of Tengratila gas field yesterday to press their 6-point demand including
Point-Counterpointarrow Beirut: Illusion of a silver Porsche
[Excerpt from the forthcoming essay "Invisible Migrants", to be published in Men of the Global South, Zed Books, Adam Jones ed.]
I have a ritual when I arrive in the hotel in a new city.

 arrow Fools rush in
It was announced in the news media a few days back that the government has approved construction of a second highway linking Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Free elections can end corruption
During the Pakistan days, before 1971, and even during the British period, sporadic false voting was not unknown.
Culturearrow Bengali soul, Latin beats
Rhythms have always attracted me. I developed a special fascination for the African beat when I watched the movie Tarzan.
 arrow Generating awareness on autism
Hans (Hello's Association Of Neophyte Students) organised a cultural programme on autistic children recently. The event was held at the Planning and Development Commission in Dhaka.
 arrow Humayun Ahmed's 'Noi Number Bipad Sanket' launched
Noted author Humayun Ahmed's latest comedy film Noi Number Bipad Sanket was launched on July 22, according to a press release.
 arrow Master chef Tommy Miah ventures into TV production
Internationally acclaimed Chef Tommy Miah is well known in Bangladesh for his exclusive cuisines. Now he is making a new appearance in the country as an entrant in the media business.
 arrow 'Corporate': Money, power and politics
When leading industrialist houses vie for a piece of the PSU (public sector unit) pie, it is a battle for profit.
Internationalarrow Iran warns UN against tough nuke resolution
Iran warned yesterday it would retaliate if the UN Security Council passed a resolution ordering it to stop sensitive nuclear work, but also made a fresh appeal for negotiations "without preconditions".
 arrow 19 Taliban killed in fighting
Afghan security forces yesterday killed 19 Taliban guerrillas and captured 17 others during a major operation against the rebels in volatile southern Afghanistan, a deputy governor said.
 arrow Pak militants extend ceasefire after talks
Pro-Taliban militants extended a ceasefire with Pakistani forces for another month on Saturday to give more time for tribal elders to broker peace in a restive tribal region, officials said.
 arrow North Korea will take centre-stage at ARF
North Korea will take centre-stage at a meeting of Asian and Western powers in Malaysia this week, but there is little optimism for a breakthrough in their standoff over the reclusive state's nuclearprogramme.
 arrow UN asks Nepal to resettle Bhutanese refugees
A senior UN official has called for Nepal's new government to resettle some of the 100,000 refugees living in camps here after being evicted from neighbouring Bhutan more than a decade ago.
 arrow Lanka placed on alert as LTTE marks Black July
Sri Lanka yesterday stepped up its already tight security arrangements in the capital as Tamil Tiger rebels marked "Black July," or the 23rd anniversary of anti-Tamil riots here, police said.
 arrow Rescuers fight to save child from hole in India
A huge rescue operation has been mounted in Haryana to save a five-year-old boy who slipped into a 50-foot hole two days ago and is being kept alive by pumping in oxygen and sending down milk and food.
 arrow Israeli bombing breaks humanitarian law
Israeli bombing of a Beirut neighbourhood where Hezbollah had its headquarters has breached humanitarian law, a senior UN official said yesterday.
 arrow Cyprus takes in more Lebanon evacuees
Cyprus braced to take in nearly 10,000 more fugitives from Lebanon yesterday as the United Nations appealed for urgent international aid for the far greater numbers of people left behind.
 arrow Diplomatic flurry in Israel over Lebanon offensive
Envoys from three European countries joined intensifying diplomacy in Israel yesterday aimed at ending fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah that has wrecked swathes of Lebanon and left hundreds
 arrow US military encourages abuse in Iraq: HR body
The group Human Rights Watch said in a report released Sunday that US military commanders encouraged abusive interrogations of detainees in Iraq, even after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal called attention
 arrow US rushing arms to Israel amid Lebanon bombings: Official
The United States is expediting a shipment of precision bombs to Israel from an arms deal struck last year amid the Jewish state's ongoing assault on Lebanon, a US official said Saturday.
 arrow Deadly scramble for shelter in Lebanon
On the side of the scarred rubble-strewn road just north of the smoking ruins in the southern Shia town of Bint Jbail, an aging barefoot woman has given up hope and just sits quietly.
 arrow Thousands protest Israeli attacks
Thousands of demonstrators marched through London and hundreds more gathered in Amsterdam and Chicago on Saturday to protest against Israeli attacks in Lebanon and the refusal of the US and British governments
 arrow N Korean leader takes new wife
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has taken a musician-turned-secretary as his new wife after his former spouse died of cancer two years ago, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Killings, horror rise in Lanka's war zone
Bodies dumped in wells, dead children hung from rafters and underage boys abducted to fight.
 arrow All eyes on Thaksin as Thailand goes ahead with polls
Thailand's decision to go ahead with new polls in October is a step toward easing months of political turmoil, but the question remains whether Premier Thaksin Shinawatra will run again, analysts said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Burning of newspaper
When the political parties are crying hoarse for democracy from their rooftops and fighting for access to information, we see the despicable act of some activists of a political party commandeering and
 arrow Editorial: Toll collectors target businessmen
Businessmen of the metropolis, especially shop and shopping mall owners, are being targeted by a new crop of young toll collectors, who have allegedly taken over the field operation when the listed major
 arrow The die already cast?
Even as a deadlock over much-touted dialogue between the BNP and Awami League still persists and the fate of electoral reform proposals proffered by the latter remains undecided, the countdown to Election
 arrow Lebanon overshadows G-8 summit
Leaders of top seven industrialized countries and Russiacommonly known as G-8 -- concluded their annual two-day Summit in St. Petersburg last Monday.
 arrow Beyond knee-jerk responses: Tackling terrorism rationally
From internal confusion to blaming "external" agencies. That's how the state responded to India's second worst serial-bombing incident.
Letters to Editorarrow Rights of Palestinians
This is a response to a letter written by a "Concerned Muslim" on the above topic.
 arrow Muslim world, US and Israel
Hezbollah's kidnapping was just another perfect opportunity for Israel to launch a tactical war on Lebanon.
 arrow Thanks to FM
I would like to thank our Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan for his straightforward comments on the ongoing invasion of Israel in Lebanon.
 arrow School teachers' demands
Private school teachers have called strike for fulfilment of some legitimate demands. We don't support their movement because they earn enough money from private coaching.
 arrow Bangladesh can show the way
The news item 'Seminar on English held in Natore' (19 July) drew my attention though it does not give details of the deliberations.
 arrow Rab
When the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was formed and they were performing their duty efficiently, we were delighted and looked up to them with gratitude.
 arrow Tale of under-privileged people
The rights of marginalised people are the same as my rights. I have the right to education, the right to protect my family, the right to healthcare and the right to practice my religion.
 arrow Interpretation of the holy book
My attention was drawn to a letter published in your daily on 20 July, 2006.
 arrow Student politics BUET model
Student politics in our country is chaotic. But I think BUET is the only university where student politics is peaceful and positive. Students are carrying out their political activities as well as studies.
 arrow Fitness of MPs
In the last 35 years the Bangladesh government has spent more than USD 100 million, both in local and foreign currency, for the treatment of MPs.
 arrow An opposition conspiracy?
I have always admired the anti-AL camp for their propaganda abilities. Last weekend, a friend of mine, a die-hard BNP supporter, was visiting me. He told me how sad he was because apparentlySk.
 arrow Front page rules
I prefer The Daily Star to update myself about the happenings around. I am not a psychologist but from the depth of my heart I believe that we should not start a day with negative impressions in ourmind.
 arrow Desa harassing customers
I wrote a lengthy letter in your newspaper on November 18, 2003 about Desa's tricks to harass its customers with the intention to bring benefits for some of its corrupt employees and union members.
 arrow Controversial voter list
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman on Tuesday refused to allocate funds again for updating the voter list (The Supreme Court on May 3 upheld the HC directives on voter list, dismissing the EC's appeal against
Specialarrow The trial of Colonel Abu Taher
Just over thirty years ago I stood outside Dhaka Central Jail. I had arrived early for a day that would become a "day to remember." It was June 28, 1976.
Star Cityarrow Operators ignore bus fare set by govt
A number of transport companies in the city are collecting higher fare assuring the passengers of improved services but hardly any of them actually provides better service.
 arrow Tunes from mridanga still survives
Mridanga, a two-faced drum played with hands is an ancient percussion musical instrument that is still surviving from the time of antiquity.
 arrow Dhaka: yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What memory of Dhaka do you cherish most?
Selina Hussain (SH): Before moving to Dhaka permanently in 1969, we would come to visit friends and relatives

 arrow Steps for safer waste disposal underway
Development of an eco-friendly and sanitary waste disposal means, a joint initiative of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) is currently in progress, said
 arrow Swiss artefacts at National Museum
To mark the 35 years of friendly relations with Bangladesh, Switzerland has donated some Swiss 'Arts and Crafts' to Bangladesh National Museum recently.
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