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Front Pagearrow Tokyo to double credit at 0.01pc interest rate
Attaching the highest importance to holding free and fair general elections in Bangladesh for consolidating democracy, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso yesterday said good governance and political stability
 arrow Illegal VoIP business hits BTTB earning
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) revenues have plummeted by Tk 100 crore in a year hitting a record five-year low due mainly to illegal business of Internet telephony.
 arrow Thousands join opposition road march on day 1
The first day's road march by the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine passed off peacefully yesterday as several thousand demonstrators marched from Tongi to city's Mohakhali with unprecedented
 arrow Secret move to get purchase body nod
In violation of government policy and rules, the power ministry is secretly seeking the cabinet purchase committee's approval for awarding an unsolicited contract to novice and unknown US-Irish jointventure
 arrow Voters not sure about enrolment
Eligible people applying for voter registration have no way to make claims if their names are not on the voter list as they are not being given any acknowledgement receipts against submission of registration
 arrow Medical wastes dumped freely
Most of the highly hazardous wastes generated in the 860 registered hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres in the capital are dumped on open spaces, into rivers and roadside bins.
 arrow Japanese help in Padma Bridge, subway sought
Seeking Japanese assistance for some major projects, including subway in the capital, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Japan's support extensively contributed to Bangladesh's development andadvances.
 arrow Fighting rages as Israel besieges guerrilla stronghold
Fierce fighting raged yesterday between Israeli forces and Lebanese guerrillas around the border town of Bint Jbeil, a Hezbollah military stronghold besieged by Israeli troops as they push deeper into
 arrow Teachers declare month-long agitation
The striking teachers will go for a month-long agitation programme from July 28 protesting what they said is government indifference to their demands.
 arrow Saarc ministers to talk disputes over Safta implementation
An emergency meeting of the commerce ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries will be held in Dhaka on August 1-2 to discuss trade disputes among member countries
 arrow Laxmipur bus plunge kills 15, injures 40
Death toll from the bus accident at Noroigachhtala in Laxmipur Sadar upazila Monday night rose to 15 as five more bodies were found when the bus was salvaged yesterday morning, about 12 hours after the
 arrow Deserted Nigerian boy likely to be handed over to rights body
Failing to contact any relative of the Nigerian boy allegedly deserted by his aunt at Zia International Airport (ZIA) Sunday, the police now plan to hand him over to a rights organisation.
 arrow Revised feasibility report finalised
Authorities finalised the revised feasibility report on the Dhaka Eastern Bypass, raising hopes that the 'second most important project in terms of national priority' may now be started, Bangladesh Water
 arrow Flawed probe denies Tania of justice
A Dhaka court while handing down the verdict in the sensational Tania rape case yesterday described the investigation as flawed and inadequate in sentencing the lone accused Obaidur Rahman Mora who is
 arrow 250 Bangladeshis couldn't be evacuated
The International Organization for Migrants (IOM) could not evacuate the 250 Bangladeshis out of Lebanon yesterday as the Lebanese authority did not allow them to leave the country without valid travel
 arrow One killed in mob beating
A youth was killed and another severely injured as a mob beat them up severely at Farmgate in the city last night suspecting them to be muggers.
 arrow 52 more dengue patients taken to hospitals
Another 52 people were admitted to different hospitals and clinics in the capital yesterday, raising the number of dengue patients to 606, according to a count by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow By-polls in Dinajpur-3, Comilla-8 on Sept 7
The by-elections to Dinajpur-3 and Comilla-8 parliamentary constituencies will be held on September 7, the Election Commission (EC) declared yesterday.
 arrow High-ups in dark over Tarique-Aso meeting
Senior ministers and high officials of the government are taken aback and have been in the dark over an exclusive meeting between the visiting Japanese foreign minister Taro Aso and Tarique Rahman, joint
 arrow PBCP cadre killed in Rab 'encounter'
An armed activist of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddho faction, Ripon Sarder, 30, was killed in an 'encounter' with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) during earlyhours
 arrow Ownership feud might be the reason
Police ruled out involvement of extortionists and suspect ownership feuds to be the prime reason behind the murder of hotelier Habibur Rahman.
 arrow India tightens border security after Mumbai blasts
India is stepping up vigil on its borders with Nepal and Bangladesh after investigations into the Mumbai bombings revealed militants and weapons were being smuggled from these areas, officials said on
 arrow Nepali Maoists won't surrender arms before likely polls
Nepal's Maoist rebels will not give up their arms before a likely vote next year to decide the political future of the restive Himalayan nation, rebel chief Prachanda has told United Nations Secretary
 arrow Parliamentary team from Turkey arrives in Dhaka
A seven-member parliamentary delegation of Turkey, led by Turkish Grand National Assembly Deputy Speaker Ismail Alptekin, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a five-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Businessarrow Immediate trade under Safta unlikely
Inter-regional trade under Safta is unlikely to begin immediately, as the member countries are yet to prepare specific rules for individual products under the rules of origin that determine tariff line,
 arrow Separate ministry needed to control prices of essentials
Commerce Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed has suggested formation of a separate ministry to protect consumers' rights and control price hike of essential commodities.
 arrow Saifur seeks Iranian investment
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has sought Iranian investment in Bangladesh's ICT, telecommunications, textiles and light engineering sectors, as the two countries are exploring opportunities to boost
 arrow E-marketplace over mobile phone
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd in association with CellBazaar Inc yesterday formally launched a new service connecting buyers and sellers in an electronic marketplace over mobile phone.
 arrow Asean urged to hasten economic integration
Southeast Asia should speed up the integration of its diverse economies, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday, a day after the collapse of global trade talks.
 arrow Oil prices rise above $75
Oil prices advanced on Tuesday, supported by violence in the Middle East, a big oil pipeline leakage in Nigeria, and concerns over refinery shut-downs in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow Training on WTO, trade policy for journalists ends
A two-week residential training on WTO and trade policy for journalists ended yesterday with a field visit to shrimp hatchery and processing plants in Khulna, says a press release.
 arrow India raises interest rate to 4yr high of 6pc
India's central bank raised its key interest rate by a quarter point to a four-year-high of 6.0 percent Tuesday, seeking to curb inflation in the face of strong global oil prices.
 arrow RanksTel, Warid sign deal on interconnectivity
Ranks Telecom Limited (RanksTel), a private PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) operator, recently signed an interconnectivity agreement with UAE-based mobile operator Warid Telecom International
 arrow Nat'l Housing chairman reelected
M Haider Chowdhury was re-elected the chairman of National Housing Finance and Investments Limited.
 arrow Lamy urges WTO players to try new tactics
The director-general of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy refused to talk on Tuesday of failure to reach a global deal, urging WTO countries to resume negotiations with new tactics.
 arrow Asia disappointed at WTO trade talks breakdown
Asian countries expressed disappointment at the collapse of global trade liberalization talks but insisted Tuesday a breakthrough remained possible, even if it took another five years.
 arrow Prize of Ruchi Chips offer handed over
The prize giving ceremony of a consumer promotion offer of Ruchi Chips, a product of Square Consumer Products Limited, was held at National Press Club in the capital yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashud to miss tour opener
Khaled Mashud will miss the tour opener practice match when the visiting Bangladesh take on Zimbabwe A in a limited-overs match at the Harare Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Football: DU almost in finals
Dhaka University (DU) all but ensured a place in the finals of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship from the Education zone when the favourites crushed Islamic University 3-0 at the Army
 arrow Cricket: Time to step up: KP
England batsman Kevin Pietersen warned he could not be expected to fill the void caused by injury to star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff ahead of Thursday's second Test with Pakistan.
 arrow Chef-de-Mission pretty pleased
Bangladesh contingent's 10th SA Games leader Maj Gen M Akbar Akter will leave Dhaka today to attend tomorrow's meeting of Chef-de-Missions in Colombo.
 arrow Football: Good news, bad news for BFF
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally got the nod from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to host Bangladesh's 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Qatar in Chittagong.
 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess begins
National sub-junior champion and top-seed Rezaul Islam Babu made a good start in the 8th Standard Chartered School Chess tournament which got underway yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dunga new Brazil coach
Former Brazil captain Dunga was appointed as the five-time World Cup winners' new coach here Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said.
 arrow Football: Cannavaro targets Champions League
Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro completed his move to Real Madrid on Tuesday when he signed a three-year contract.
 arrow Cricket: Where have India gone?
No sooner have the Indian team reassembled after an off-season that lasted less than three weeks and they're off again, to an undisclosed location for three days of team-bonding away from the scrutiny
 arrow Cricket: Not a man of emotion
Once in a generation sport throws up an oddity defying logic and the laws of probability.
 arrow Football: Staying will be Wright decision
Former England striker Ian Wright has urged his adoptive son Shaun Wright-Phillips to stay and fight for his place in the star-studded Chelsea team.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya now slams Bindra
In another rejoinder to Sourav Ganguly's scathing email, Jagmohan Dalmiya has claimed it was a witch-hunt devised by his detractors in the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).
 arrow Cricket: CA wishes sweeter win
Cricket Australia said Tuesday it wanted to help English Test stars such as Andrew Flintoff overcome their injuries -- because it would make defeating them to reclaim the Ashes so much sweeter.
 arrow Cricket: Coventry won't play for Zim
Charles Coventry has become the latest player to turn his back on Zimbabwe after he reportedly fell out with coach Kevin Curran and team manager Andy Pycroft, declaring that he will never play for Zimbabwe
 arrow Cycling: Town rejoices Floyd win
As Floyd Landis crossed the Tour de France finish line Sunday, his devout Mennonite parents were riding their own bicycles home from church.
 arrow Football: Platini FFF's man for UEFA presidency
The French football federation (FFF) officially submitted France legend Michel Platini as a candidate for the UEFA presidency on Monday.
 arrow Football: Bayern confident of RvN capture
German champions Bayern Munich are confident of capturing the signature of unsettled Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy within the next 10 days, a German press report said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Girls can play with boys
A British parliamentary committee has concluded that English football's governing body should abolish rules that prevent girls playing in mixed teams with boys after the age of 11, The Guardian said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Dunga a la Klinsmann
Brazil took a leaf out of Germany's book on Monday by putting a man with no previous coaching experience in charge of their national side.
 arrow Football: Gerrard wants the Premiership
England midfielder Steven Gerrard wants to banish his World Cup blues by leading Liverpool to Premiership glory.
 arrow Football: No bargain for Crespo
Chelsea insisted Monday they will not sell wantaway Argentina striker Hernan Crespo on the cheap, despite the player's desperation to return to Italy.
 arrow Jockey headbutts horse!
Jump jockey Paul O'Neill is being investigated after TV coverage showed him apparently headbutting his mount before a race at Stratford.
 arrow Football: No Lyon move for Trezeguet
Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas on Monday played down speculation of a possible transfer swoop for Juventus' French international striker David Trezeguet.
 arrow Cricket: I will be a yard faster: Shoaib
Pakistan strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar has vowed to bowl faster than ever if he recovers in time for the third Test against England later this month.
 arrow Football: Maradona's no to Boca
Argentinian legend Diego Maradona on Monday ruled himself out of the coaching job at his beloved former club Boca Juniors, saying he did not have enough experience.
 arrow Football: Torres keeps the faith
Spain striker Fernando Torres has ruled out a move away from Atletico Madrid. 'I am here for the pre-season just like last year and have no intention to leave.
 arrow Football: UEFA extends Italian deadline
UEFA has extended the deadline for the submission of the names of Italian clubs eligible to take part in the 2006-07 European club competitions until Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Glenn gets wife's nod
Australia paceman Glenn McGrath will demonstrate his fitness in front of selectors in Brisbane on Wednesday after six months away from competitive cricket.
 arrow Football: Rooney slams Moyes
Wayne Rooney's soured relationship with Everton manager David Moyes hastened his departure to Manchester United, the England striker has said in his autobiography.
 arrow Football: Bilic named Croatia coach
Former Croatian international Slaven Bilic was Tuesday named Croatia's new coach replacing Zlatko Kranjcar who was sacked after the national team failed to make the second round of the World Cup, thecountry's
 arrow Football: Under-strength Australia for qualifiers
Australia coach Graham Arnold said Tuesday he will be forced to field an under-strength Socceroos side in Asian Cup qualifiers next month because his overseas stars cannot escape club commitments.
 arrow Football: Thuram seals Barca deal
French defender Lilian Thuram has passed a medical and signed a two-year contract with Barcelona, the European and Spanish champions said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Nedved to decide this week
Czech international Pavel Nedved will decide whether or not to stay with scandal-plagued Italian giants Juventus by the end of this week, the player's agent said Monday.
 arrow Football: Chipperfield stays with Basel
Australian international Scott Chipperfield has pledged his loyalty to FC Basel by signing a three-year contract extension, the Swiss club announced Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Take part in all nat'l activities to establish true democracy
Renowned economist Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said true democracy would be established in the country when both the winning and defeated political parties participate in all national activities.
 arrow Poor governance hinders dev in Bangladesh
Holding of free and fair elections and good governance are essential for peace and development of Bangladesh, said David Wood, country chief of British Department for International Development (DFID)yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka a committed partner in int'l coalition against terror
Bangladesh is a willing and committed partner in the international coalition against terror, Foreign Affairs Advisor Reaz Rahman told a seminar in London on Monday.
 arrow 'Control private vehicles to reduce city traffic jam'
Speakers at a roundtable on environment issues yesterday stressed the need for controlling the uses of private vehicles to reduce city's traffic congestion, save petroleum and protect the environment.
 arrow Present govt's dev work won't be stopped if AL returns to power
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso that the development activities initiated by the present government would not be stopped if her party comes
 arrow Free, fair polls ensured under caretaker govt
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday expressed his confidence that free and fair elections would be held, as in the past, under the constitutionally guaranteed and time-tested caretaker government system.
 arrow 'Landless should unite to ensure right to khas land'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for a change in the government policy as well as the attitude of the government officials to ensure distribution of khas land among only the landless people.
 arrow Old man killed in road accident
An old man, who came to attend a patient at the Sadar hospital, was killed in a road accident in front of the hospital in the town on Satkhira-Khulna highway yesterday.
 arrow Wife of slain Kushtia BNP leader meets PM
Latifa Mamun, wife of a BNP activist who was shot dead by the criminals in Mirpur upazila of Kushtia nearly two years ago, called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
 arrow Journos receive compensation
Five out of 19 journalists who were injured and lost their cameras and other valuables in police action during the test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Chittagong Divisional Stadium on April
 arrow Bangladeshi TV production house launched in New York
The first television production house owned by two expatriate Bangladeshis was launched here on Sunday.
 arrow AL-BNP clash at Kalapara, 17 injured
Seventeen people were injured and 11 shops vandalised at Kalapara town during a series of clashes between the activists of the ruling and opposition parties on Monday night.
 arrow BNP announces anti-terrorism programme
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday announced a three-day programme protesting terrorism, anarchy and conspiracy against the next general election.
 arrow 3 restaurants fined Tk 1.2 lakh in Chittagong
A mobile court yesterday fined three restaurants Tk 1.2 lakh at the port and Agrabad commercial areas for preparing, preserving and serving unhygienic foods.
 arrow JS body finalises BSC (Amend) Bill
The 29th meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Shipping Ministry was held at the Sangsad Bhaban with Committee Chairman Golam Mohammad Siraj in the chair.
 arrow 9 pirates caught red-handed in Chittagong
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard caught nine pirates red-handed from the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port and seized two engine boats early yesterday.
 arrow Fertiliser stock, import reviewed
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Agriculture at a meeting yesterday reviewed the import, distribution, stock and production of fertilisers, including urea, and the process of appointment
 arrow Order on withdrawal of case Aug 22
A Dhaka court yesterday heard a government petition for withdrawal of the bomb blast case filed against BNP Joint Secretary General Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, DCC Ward Commissioner Mirza Khokon and five others.
 arrow AL leader Joli laid to rest
Body of Awami League (AL) leader Joli Kabir, who succumbed to injuries on Monday after a road accident on Friday, was laid to rest at the Shahjahanpur graveyard in the city yesterday.
 arrow One electrocuted in Kurigram
A youth was electrocuted at village Panchpara under Ulipur upazila in Kurigram on Monday, police and locals said.
 arrow 1716 more held
Police arrested some 1716people, including three listed criminals, from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Shibir joined by ousiders enforces strike at RU
Activists of Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS), joined by outsiders enforced a day-long students' strike at Rajshahi University yesterday demanding removal of a teacher of Law and Justice Department for his
 arrow Nitai Roy not allowed to attend party meeting
Intra-party rift in Sreepur upazila BNP has widened again over party nomination for the next election.
 arrow Sand lifting from Bongshai river on despite protests
Sand lifting from Bongshai river by some local influentials by using dredgers is threatening at least 15 villages in Mirzapur upazila with erosion.
 arrow 2 pirates killed in gunfight with coastguard
Two pirates were killed and six injured in a gunfight with coastguard at Khashiatana in Koira upazila in Khulna district yesterday.
 arrow 10 hurt as BDR, smugglers clash on Hili border
At least 10 people were injured as smugglers clashed with BDR on Hakimpur border in Hili in Dinajpur district early morning yesterday.
 arrow No water at hospital for eight days
Acute water crisis is causing untold sufferings to patients in Netrakona Sadar Hospital for the last eight days.
 arrow Join hands to fight rising corruption
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday urged people including the civil society members to join hands to uproot corruption from the society.
 arrow JCD activist gets life for murder
A court here yesterday sentenced Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal activist Delwar Hossain Dulu to life term for murdering a gate keeper of a cinema hall last year.
 arrow Correction
In a news item titled, '5 stripped of Tangail Bar membership,' published on this page yesterday, it was reported that Tangail Bar Association cancelled membership of five lawyers including three government
Point-Counterpointarrow The second invasion of Lebanon
The second invasion of Lebanon in twenty-four years should be a lesson to small and militarily weak nations all over the world.
 arrow Has Israel been trapped by Hezbollah?
ISRAEL always considers military solutions for political disputes because it has military muscle with the active support of the US. This had worked in the past but it seems that it may not work thistime.
 arrow ACC needs to act
THE Daily Star of July 15 carried a front-page report which said that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) organogram approved by the government had rendered the commission "dysfunctional" as it did not
 arrow Forget about taxing corporate profits!
EVERYONE in South Asia complains about the quality of public services, and everyone understands that schools and hospitals will not improve until teachers and doctors are paid living wages.
Culturearrow 'Ontorjatra' gets a nod at 8th Asian Cinefan Film Festival
Bangladeshi feature film Ontorjatra (Homeland), directed by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud, found a special mention by the jury at the 8th Asian Cinefan Film Festival, which concluded
 arrow Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble's upcoming production
Talking about his upcoming play, Jamaluddin Hossain, playwright-director of Khanchar Bhitor Achin Pakhi, said, "It's a satire on the misuse of religion for personal interests.
 arrow TV programme featuring different aspects of interior design
Grihoshaily, a TV programme on home-designing will be aired at 8:50pm on Rtv today.
 arrow Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss Universe, collapses
Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.
Internationalarrow UN accuses Israel of using excessive force in Gaza
UN humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland yesterday blasted Israel's strike last month on the sole power plant in impoverished Gaza as a "clear" example of disproportionate use of force.
 arrow Asean members call for immediate truce in ME
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led Southeast Asian countries in a chorus of condemnation yesterday against Israel's "excessive" military operations in Lebanon.
 arrow Humanitarian solution in Lebanon a priority
Improving the humanitarian situation in Lebanon and drafting a "solution package" to the conflict will be at the top of the agenda in Middle East crisis talks today in Rome, the EU's external relations
 arrow US lawmakers call for release of nuke report
Democratic lawmakers on Monday accused the US government of withholding a report containing information that could hurt chance of congressional passage of a US-India nuclear energy deal.
 arrow Hydrocarbon lakes on Titan
Scientists said Monday they have found the first widespread evidence of giant hydrocarbon lakes on the surface of Saturn's planet-size moon Titan.
 arrow ME fighting threatens Iran diplomacy
Iran insists it will not be drawn into the Middle East fighting between Israel and Tehran's Hezbollah clients but may be unable to avoid fallout on the already difficult diplomatic struggle over
 arrow Pakistan links reactor report to arms race with India
Pakistan has linked a US report suggesting that it is building a powerful nuclear reactor to its race with neighbour India, saying it was New Delhi, and not Islamabad, that introduced the nuclear weapons
 arrow Iraqi rivals discuss reconciliation
Representatives of Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups discussed ways to reconcile Tuesday and end the escalating sectarian violence threatening to break up the country.
 arrow Israel using cluster munitions in Lebanon
Human Rights Watch said Monday that Israel has used artillery-fired cluster munitions in Lebanon, killing a civilian, and called on the Jewish state to immediately cease the practice.
 arrow '600 militants killed in Afghan drive in 45 days'
More than 600 rebels have been killed in the past 45 days of the biggest anti-Taliban operation since the hardliners were removed from government in 2001, the US-led coalition said yesterday.
 arrow Somalia slides towards war
Neglected by the world for years, Somalia appears on the verge of a war that could escalate into a major regional conflict and play into the hands of hardline Islamists.
 arrow Heatwave in Europe, US, but is it climate change?
As large parts of Europe and North America once again bake in an exceptionally hot summer, many people are asking what has now become a perennial question: "Is this global warming?"
Editorialarrow Editorial: Five years of unlawful incarceration!
It is simply deplorable that a person was kept in custody for five years after the court had issued his release order.
 arrow Editorial: How safe is a train journey?
Not very long ago a train journey used to be an experience to remember. The comfort of the carriages and the laid back atmosphere of calm and ease was almost infectious.
 arrow Colonel Taher, Lifschultz and our collective guilt
Lawrence Lifschultz has been giving us much food for thought lately.
 arrow Is the UN going the League of Nations way?
Observe the helplessness of the UN in Iraq, Gaza and Lebanon. It reminds one of the 1930s when the League of Nations could not stop the aggression of Fascist states. The League soon died unwept and unsung.
 arrow Our dysfunctional democracy
How dare we pose as one of the most politically conscious nations of the world when the country is going to the dogs because of the fighting between two major parties, BNP and Awami League (AL), led by
Letters to Editorarrow Stop destroying Lebanon
As I write this hurriedly scribbled note, a few more apartment buildings, many more bridges, roads and warehouses, not to mention human lives are sure to have been the casualty in Lebanon in the intense
 arrow Rights of teachers
It is a matter of great regret that the teachers, who teach people to make them good citizens, responsible and patriotic, are being beaten up by law enforcers.
 arrow Drug addiction
Drug addition is now a global problem. This social cancer has spread its vicious tentacles in all directions.
 arrow The crisis of Muslim world
This is a response to the view of Mr. Mahmood Elahi published on July 11, 2006.
 arrow An appeal
The circular for holding examination for registration and certification of non-govt teachers has been published vide NTRCA Memo-BASINIK/PARIKHA-1/2006/108 dated 10.7.06.
 arrow Bangladesh power scenario
In any under developed country like Bangladesh, the demand for electricity is expected to go up at a compound rate of may be 10 percent per annum.
 arrow Relations with India
I used to think that it was not the common people but the politicians of India who were responsible for the negative foreign policy towards Bangladesh, but my idea was struck hard by the letter from
Star Chittagongarrow 77 bailey bridges in Khagrachhari run risk of collapse
About 77 bailey bridges on nine inter-district routes from Khagrachhari are too dangerous to use due to their dilapidated condition.
 arrow CMCH cancer ward: Born 4 decades ago, still limps
The cancer ward of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is crippled by shortage of equipment, medicines and manpower.
Star Cityarrow Danger of 'yaba' spreads rapidly among affluent youth
Addiction to yaba, a drug containing morphine and amphetamine that harms the brain cells has increased alarmingly in the city but the authorities have no plan to save the new generation from the
 arrow Family back at home after months of wandering
The family of Late Tajuddin Ahmed, the first Prime Minister (PM) of Bangladesh, has now come back to their ancestral four-storey home in Dhanmondi, after three months of living with relatives at different
 arrow To use or not to use
When Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) introduced speed breakers about a year ago on both sides of Manik Mia Avenue, the road in front of Jatiya Sangsad, those using the road regularly were taken aback.
 arrow Saarc convention should broaden the definition
South Asian nations must ensure effective implementation of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Convention to address human trafficking in a comprehensive manner, said NGO leaders
 arrow Saris sell like hot cakes; other items in demand too
Aiming at increasing the popularity of local handloom products among city dwellers, a month-long fair titled "Deshiyo Tantbastra Mela 2006" organised by the Bangladesh Handloom Board began in the city
 
   
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