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Front Pagearrow BNP's thorny way to getting Ershad
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday claimed that the government has assured him of withdrawing all corruption charges against him while the state minister for home affairs denied having any
 arrow Road march ends with call for electoral reforms
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition's six-day road march programme ended yesterday in a ceremonial mood as thousands of demonstrators sought votes for boat, the electoral symbol of ALin
 arrow Come polls, come shame
History seems to be repeating itself, unfolding events similar to those centring former autocrat Ershad in 1996 and 2001.
 arrow Splintered dreams, shell-shocked minds
Compelled to part with much of their earnings, the 132 Bangladeshis, who had been stranded in Lebanon during the recent Israeli attacks, returned home all shattered yesterday morning.
 arrow Massacre of children in Lebanon village
At least 56 people, more than half children, were killed yesterday in an Israeli airstrike that crushed a building, the deadliest attack of the campaign against Hezbollah. U.S.
 arrow Tigers bounce back
Bangladesh hit back from Sunday's loss with a 62-run win in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Sea polluted under authorities' nose
Despite the involvement of several government departments in the process of scrapping ships, the Sitakunda ship-breaking yards in Chittagong continue to operate in the most rudimentary way polluting the
 arrow Updated voter list may contain 'fake' names
The secretary of the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday expressed concern about the rise of additional voters on the list being prepared through updating the existing one, as people are 'not
 arrow Govt fails to buy scanners for ports in 2 yrs
The government fails to buy sophisticated scanners and install those machines at ports in two years to stop smuggling of firearms and explosives into the country.
 arrow BB to probe BD Foods' transactions
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) will ask 15 commercial banks to submit vouchers of 90,000 transactions carried out in the last three years by BD Foods Ltd, a company allegedly involved in heroin smuggling to
 arrow Rice to head home, Lebanon PM refuses to talk
Stymied in her diplomatic mission and rocked by an Israeli bombing gone awry, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice consulted Israelis in a tense atmosphere Sunday and planned to head home Monday.
 arrow Hasina mocks at Tarique's meeting Ershad
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman for going to Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad's house to win his support for the ruling four-party
 arrow Saarc foreign secretaries meet today
The Saarc Standing Committee comprising foreign secretaries of the member countries meets today to approve the regional forum's budget for 2007 and review the activities of different technical committees
 arrow PM likely to attend OIC emergency meet in KL
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to attend an emergency OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) summit in Kuala Lumpur on August 3 as the Muslim nations meet for brainstorming on the havoc of war
 arrow 30 hurt as students, cops clash over delaying exams
At least 30 people were injured when the students demonstrating for deferment of examinations clashed with the police on Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) campus last night.
 arrow Malaysia may take 1 lakh workers by Dec
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Malaysia would meet 50 percent of its worker requirements from Bangladesh after the Malaysian authorities withdrew restrictions on recruiting Bangladeshi
 arrow Ershad is good when with AL
Secretary General of the ruling BNP Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday scoffed at the opposition Awami League's (AL) paradoxical political remarks that Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad is good when with
 arrow City witnesses snarl-up havoc
Hundreds of commuters were stuck for hours in a huge traffic gridlock during the 14-party opposition combine's six-kilometre road march from Amin Bazar in Savar to Russell Square at Dhanmondi in the capital
 arrow US envoy lists factors to shy away investment
Suspension of Tata's investment proposal, taking discriminatory measures against foreign freight forwarders and PDB's move to unilaterally change contracts with power producers will discourage potential
 arrow Govt starts talks with agitating teachers
The government began talks with Shikkhak Karmachari Oikya Jote (SKOJ), a faction of representatives of striking teachers and employees of non-government secondary and higher secondary level educational
 arrow Skop to enforce strike today
Bangladesh Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) will enforce countrywide 24-hour strike and 12-hour road and railway blockade today demanding the implementation of the bilateral agreement signed between
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 10 lakh from Sonali Bank
Burglars broke into Sonali Bank's Comilla Education Board branch and stole over Tk 10 lakh in cash and a rifle at around midnight Saturday.
 arrow All but 13 satellite channels on air again
Cable operators, who switched off all foreign TV channels Saturday protesting a government order, resumed broadcast yesterday afternoon except 13 channels for which they do not have government permission.
 arrow Iran warns UN over nuke resolution
Iran yesterday threatened to bin an international proposal over its nuclear programme if the UN Security Council passes a resolution demanding that Tehran freeze sensitive uranium enrichment.
Businessarrow UAE investors keen to make Cox's Bazar a world class tourist spot
The visiting business delegation from the United Arab Emirates yesterday expressed keen interest to develop Cox's Bazar as an international standard tourist spot.
 arrow ICB declares dividends on eight mutual funds
Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) yesterday declared dividends on its eight mutual funds and unit fund for 2005-06 fiscal year, says a press release.
 arrow Traders rue bureaucrats at re-opened Silk route
Rugged traders finally allowed to cross a snowy Silk Road mountain pass between India and China that opened three weeks ago after a gap of 44 years now face a bigger hurdle - bureaucrats.
 arrow China to accelerate pace of rural financial reforms
China will accelerate the pace of financial reform in rural areas and provide more financial services for farmers, state media on Sunday quoted a senior Chinese banking official saying.
 arrow Asean visa pact hailed as a boon to tourism
A Southeast Asian pact to allow visa-free travel for citizens within the grouping has been hailed as a boon for the tourism industry as well as for dreams of regional unity.
 arrow HSBC opens first branch in Sylhet
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh formally inaugurated its first branch in Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow HSBC's first-half profit seen up 7.8pc
Global banking giant HSBC Holdings is expected to report a 7.8 percent increase in half-year profit on Monday, helped by steady growth in US consumer lending. HSBC will report a pre-tax profit of 11.
 arrow Minister for ensuring fair prices of farm products
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday called upon the authorities concerned to develop a marketing system to ensure fair prices of agricultural products.
 arrow Niger textile firm smothered by Asian imports
The sole Niger textile firm, Enitex, is facing serious difficulties owing to high production costs and competition from cheap fabrics that are flooding into the west African country from Asia.
 arrow WTO breakthrough possible
Top US and Brazilian negotiators said a breakthrough was still possible for a global trade accord despite the collapse of World Trade Organization talks earlier this week.
 arrow Gloomy outlook for US automakers
As plant-closing announcements piled up last winter, Detroit's automakers talked hopefully that warmer weather might bring signs of a turnaround.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Proteas force fifth day
South Africa captain Ashwell Prince hit an unbeaten 60 as the tourists waged a gutsy struggle to save the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Not a big issue: Mahbub
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary and chairman of the cricket operations committee Mahbubul Anam on Sunday denied to comment on the alleged involvement of the selectors in negotiating deals
 arrow Football: Salahuddin saves BFF blushes
Angry yet like a man possessed Kazi Salahuddin fulfilled the last wish of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) when he tendered his resignation to a spineless federation chief SA Sultan whom he publicly
 arrow Football: Khulna, Comilla zonal champs
Khulna and Comilla emerged zonal champions to book their places in the final round of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship by beating their respective opponents at different venues of the country
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces Academy team
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 14-member National Cricket Academy squad for next month's Pakistan tour.
 arrow Chess: Indians in the lead
Sandipan Chatterjee from Kolkata took solo lead in the Class VI-X group of the eighth Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament, securing six points after the sixth round matches yesterday.
 arrow Four to get the cut for SA Games
The Bangladesh contingent for the SA Games, to be held in Colombo over August 18-27, is likely to be trimmed as four members -- three from karate and one from archery -- are not fit to take part in the
 arrow Cricket: All's not lost yet: Bob
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer insisted all was not lost after his side went down to a crushing innings and 120 run defeat against England in the second Test here at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: England combine pace and spin to annihilate Pakistan
Monty Panesar and Stephen Harmison again proved a lethal combination for Pakistan as England won the second Test by an innings and 120 runs, with more than two days to spare, and went 1-0 up in the four-match
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin faces life ban
World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin faces a lifetime ban from athletics after failing a drugs test, the IAAF confirmed on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Monty's way into fans' hearts
Anyone meeting Monty Panesar off the field would probably think they had been introduced to a polite, almost shy, young man.
 arrow Cricket: Michael frets about career
Michael Vaughan has admitted "I might never play again" after surgery on his right knee, although he hasn't yet given up hope of making a "dream" return during England's tour of Australia starting later
 arrow Football: China win women's Asian Cup
China came from behind to beat Australia on penalties and win their eighth AFC women's Asian Cup in the final here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Selection not Wright
John Wright has expressed his frustration with the selection policy prevalent during his stint as coach of the Indian team.
 arrow Tennis: Kim-Patty showdown
Kim Clijsters took a little something off her inconsistent serve and turned her focus to placement over pace.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela on cloud nine
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawar-dene was in jubilant mood after eclipsing the world Test partnership record with his pal Kumar Sangakkara in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Security up for Sachin
Security for Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been tightened following reports of terrorist plans to target the country's leading figures, police said Sunday.
 arrow Schumacher blasts title race wide open
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher blasted the Formula One title race wide open on Sunday with a commanding one-two victory in his home German Grand Prix.
 arrow Cricket: Giles gives up his spot
England Ashes-winning hero Ashley Giles has conceded Old Trafford star Monty Panesar must now be recognised as the team's number one spinner.
 arrow Football: China win women's Asian Cup
China came from behind to beat Australia on penalties and win their eighth AFC women's Asian Cup in the final here Sunday.
 arrow Football: China win women's Asian Cup
China came from behind to beat Australia on penalties and win their eighth AFC women's Asian Cup in the final here Sunday.
 arrow Football: New injury for Valeron
Deportivo La Coruna's Spanish international playmaker Juan Carlos Valeron faces a four-month injury lay-off after suffering a knee injury during a pre-season friendly, the club said Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Ribery no-show a mix-up'
France winger Franck Ribery's agent quashed fears Saturday that his client had walked out on Marseille after the player failed to turn up for a pre-season friendly.
 arrow Football: Ledley King out injured
Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King will miss the start of the season after picking up a knee injury in training, the Premier League club said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hamburg, Schalke in League Cup semis
Hamburg qualified for the German League Cup semifinals on Saturday after a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin here. Belgian striker Vincent Kompany scored the only goal of the game on 52 minutes.
 arrow Football: Aimar signs for Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza have signed Argentine international Pablo Aimar from Valencia on a four-year contract, the Primera Liga club said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: India return to routine
After experimenting with unique training methods for three days, the Indian cricketers were back to the grind of a regular conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy here on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow ‘Free, fair polls to help attract foreign investment’
Germany, now leading Europe as the EU chair, called for free and fair elections in Bangladesh as they think the upcoming polls would send "decisive signals" to people abroad, encouraging foreign investment
 arrow Help build Karnaphuli bridge: Noman
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday called upon all not to make the Karnaphuli bridge an issue to reap political gain as he sought cooperation from all corner to help the government
 arrow Evolve new tech to remove poverty
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the scientists of the country to engage themselves in tougher struggle in the coming days with a firm commitment for implementing the nation's development aspirations.
 arrow 'Japan's observer status to add new dimension in Saarc'
An international conference on 'Japan-Saarc Cooperation' will be held in the city today. Some 500 delegates including 10 from Japan and 30 from Saarc countries will take part in the conference.
 arrow Bangladesh vulnerable to natural calamities
Bangladesh is extremely vulnerable to natural calamities and environmental degradation but it has little resources and technical knowledge to tackle them, speakers said yesterday.
 arrow Rab picks up 15 for creating obstacle
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday picked up 15 people from the Construction Maintenance Management Unit (CMMU) of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry allegedly for creating obstacles to buying
 arrow Girls outnumber boys in secondary schools
A recent survey by Campaign for Popular Education (Campe) reveals said girls now outnumber boys in secondary schools with spectacular growth in girls' enrolment.
 arrow BGMEA chief assures reinstatement of 33 workers
Garment Workers’ Unity Forum brought out a big procession from Uttara in the city yesterday and marched towards the office of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) at Karwan
 arrow Team goes to Malaysia to finalise manpower recruitment
A four-member high powered delegation led by State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad left Dhaka yesterday morning for Malaysia to attend a meeting at Putrajaya
 arrow Novera's qulkhwani held
Qulkhwani of Novera Deepita, a staff correspondent of The Daily Star, was held at her brother's residence at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Duty-free shop opens at ZIA
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated a newly built duty-free shop and a drinks corner at the Zia International Airport in the city yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda unwraps CD on War of Liberation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia formally unwrapped the cover of a multi-media CD on the history of the War of Liberation at her office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on Cambridge diploma in business
Intimate, Institute of Training Innovative Management and Technology, organised a seminar titled "Cambridge International Diploma (CID) in Business" recently in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Trial begins
A Khulna court began trial of the Journalist Belal murder case here yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Barrister Shawkat
In the fight against fundamentalism and communalism, the ideology and lifestyle of Barrister Muhammad Shawkat Ali would act as an inspiration, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Rab arrests 17 brokers
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested 17 brokers who used to cheat people by giving them false assurances of providing better facilities at private hospitals and clinics.
 arrow 6 shops gutted in Ctg fire
Six shops were gutted in a fire in the city yesterday.
 arrow Results of Sanskrit, Pali published
Results of Sanskrit, Pali Addya, Madhya and Upadhi examinations of 2005 under the Bangladesh Sanskrit and Pali Education Board, Dhaka, were published yesterday.
 arrow Narsingdi Awami Forum formed
A general meeting of the Narsingdi District Awami Forum, Dhaka, was held in the city yesterday with Imam Anwar Hossain in the chair.
 arrow All Community Club executives
Mohammed Shahidullah Azim, managing director of Classic Group and a philanthropist, was re-elected president of the All Community Club Ltd for 2006-2008, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Dearth of monsoon rain to cost farmers dear
Farmers in greater Rajshahi are worried as Aman seedlings can not be transplanted for lack of rain.
 arrow Sweet Saudi dates now in Motaleb's orchard
Motaleb waits anxiously for the auspicious day to pluck Saudi dates from trees planted on his yard. The day is not more than a month away when the Ramadan begins, he says.
 arrow Waste treatment plant idle for only Tk 2 lakh
A waste treatment plant, set up in the town to produce compost from garbage, is inoperative for about six months only for an equipment that costs not more than Tk two lakh.
 arrow Infighting in Khulna BNP erupts into mudslinging
The two rival factions of Khulna BNP are openly questioning each other's 'right to do politics' under the party banner. They are also casting personal aspersions.
 arrow Protests at RU continue
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Samajtantrik Chhtara Front (SCF) at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged separate demonstrations on the campus demanding resignation of the vice-chancellor for
 arrow Civic body in Khulna to press for smooth power supply
A civic body styled Biddut Adhikar Sangram Parishad (BASP) was formed in Khulna city on Friday to start agitation for smooth power supply in the city and in south-western districts.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai to appear before Ctg court
A Chittagong court yesterday ordered the jail authorities and the inspector general of police (IGP) to produce seven charge-sheeted JMB leaders before it on August 17 in connection with the last year's
 arrow Enact tougher laws to curb acid violence
Speakers at a discussion meeting here yesterday called for enacting tougher laws against acid violence and ensuring punishment to the culprits.
 arrow Prisoner dies at Comilla jail
A prisoner died at Comilla Central Jail yesterday. Zainal Abedin, 70, was declared dead after he was taken to Comilla Sadar Hospital from the jail at about 5:30 in the morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Demystifying VoIP
Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP is the name given to the technology that enables telephone calls over a computer network using Internet Protocol (IP).
 arrow Multi-polar world making a comeback?
The recently held G-8 Summit at St. Petersburg, Russia highlights a new world order: Russia is an equal partner of the exclusive club of very rich countries of the world.
 arrow Character assassination
Scandalising a person like Prof Muzaffar Ahmed is, in my opinion, akin to purposeful strangulation of the voice of a die-hard protagonist of ethical values in Bangladesh.
 arrow Middle East crisis deepens further
The killing of four UN staff at UN observation post in Southern Lebanon, by Israeli air strikes on July 25 has further complicated the fluid situation in war-torn Lebanon.
Culturearrow An evening of classic Bengali songs
As part of their regular monthly programme, cultural organisation Srijon arranged a musical soiree titled Phele Asha Diner Gaan at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum on July
 arrow Endangered beauty lurks in Lawachara woods
The hoolock gibbon (Hylobates hoolock) is the Indian subcontinent's only ape. It inhabits the closed-canopy forests of north-eastern India, eastern Bangladesh, South Yunnan (China) and Myanmar.
 arrow From the newsroom to music studio
"People relate to me largely as a newscaster on Channel i " says a smiling Mishu Rahman who also holds posts in the sister concerns of Channel i -- as head of operations in Impress Audio Vision Ltd and
Internationalarrow Lanka steps up attacks amid fears for truce
Sri Lanka yesterday intensified artillery and mortar bomb attacks against Tamil Tigers after declaring that four days of air strikes that killed at least 15 rebels was not a return to full-scale war.
 arrow India seeks results from Pak peace moves
India remains committed to making peace with Pakistan but the effort would mean little if it does not help curb the movement of Kashmiri militants across the border, India's defence minister said yesterday.
 arrow Thailand confirms 2nd bird flu outbreak
Thai officials Sunday ordered the slaughter of 300,000 chickens after the second outbreak this year of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was discovered on a farm in the northeast.
 arrow 'Nothing can justify' Israeli bombing of Qana: EU
The deaths of 51 civilians in Israeli raids on the Lebanese village of Qana yesterday fuelled anger at the Jewish state's military onslaught and gave tragic new impetus to ceasefire plans.
 arrow US plan for Lebanon force seen as 'folly'
US-backed plans for a stabilisation force to pacify Lebanon's border are nothing more than a "bandage" fix to Hezbollah's conflict with Israel, says Timur Goksel, a veteran of the region who served with
 arrow UNSC weighs ME truce
A draft resolution circulating Saturday among UN Security Council members would call for an immediate halt to fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and seek a wide new buffer zone in south Lebanon
 arrow 20 Taliban killed ahead of Nato's expansion in south
US-led coalition troops and Afghan security forces killed 20 militants and foiled a Taliban-led ambush in southern Afghanistan ahead of the scheduled expansion of Nato's presence in the restive region,
 arrow 16 Indian workers die in Bahrain fire
At least 16 Indians, all from Tamil Nadu, died of suffocation and seven others injured when a fire broke out in a three-storey building, housing over 200 expatriates, in Manama, capital city of Bahrain,
 arrow Kashmir militants planning to use mobile bombs
As part of a new strategy, terrorists were planning to strike targets in Jammu and Kashmir using "mobile bombs," a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist arrested recently has revealed.
 arrow Israel presses ahead with its Gaza attacks
With world attention focused on Lebanon, Israel pursued its second front against Palestinian militants yesterday, levelling two houses and wounding five people in the Gaza Strip a day after killing two
 arrow State Dept hid costs of Iraqi projects
The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion for reconstruction projects in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide cost overruns and failed to tell Congress about schedule delays, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Blair hit by cabinet backlash over Lebanon crisis
British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday appeared increasingly isolated over his handling of the Lebanon crisis after his former foreign secretary Jack Straw broke cabinet ranks to attack Israel's"disproportionate"
 arrow Congolese vote to end years of war
Congolese began voting yesterday in national elections designed to end years of war and chaos in the heart of Africa and that were protected by the world's biggest UN peacekeeping force.
 arrow Somali PM survives no-confidence vote
Somalia's Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi yesterday survived a vote of no-confidence on his 18-month-old government that is blamed for performing badly and illegally deploying Ethiopian troops.
 arrow Israel-bound US arms flights set to land in Britain
Two US aircraft carrying weapons bound for Israel were due to stop off in Britain with government approval this weekend, as demonstrators planned to protest Sunday against the controversial flights.
 arrow Indonesian Muslims want UN disbanded
Thousands of Indonesian Muslims on Sunday held a street rally in the Central Java city of Solo to protest Israel's actions in the Middle East and demand that the United Nations be disbanded.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tour for pleasure or for knowledge?
TAKA fifty lakh may not be a very big amount in the context of the national exchequer, but if it has the prospect of going down the drain in the way that amount is intended to be spent, then it is fifty
 arrow Editorial: Open sky policy impinged
THE abrasive manner in which certain popular foreign satellite television channels were ordered off the air by the information ministry has caused immense consternation and surprise among the television
 arrow Summer of our discontent
BANGLADESH is no stranger to turbulence and we are used to living with it. But the uncertainty and frustration now stalking the country are virtually without precedent.
 arrow Yo Singh
EVER since the G8 summit at St. Petersburg in Russia in late July, I have had a recurring nightmare. This summit will surely go down in history as the Open Microphone Extravaganza.
 arrow FDI on the wane
THE inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Bangladesh is showing downward trend despite the claim by the government of attracting huge FDI.
Letters to Editorarrow Israel and Arab world
Letters supporting wrong side of the Middle East conflict, please note: To sum up the 58 year old Middle East conflict here is the bottom-line: Israel was CREATED ILLEGALLY in Palestine by displacing
 arrow Decadent society
This has reference to the DS Editorial, published on 25 July.
 arrow Political polarisation!
The main two political parties, the Awami League and the BNP, are organising their houses to ensure election victory. Consequently, a number of factors are being analysed to work out election results.
 arrow Powerless people!
After a strenuous day of hard work, when get back home at 8 /9 o'clock at night, we start praying for electricity at home. But after reaching home we often find no electricity.
 arrow Correction
Kindly refer to The Daily Star, dated July 21, 2006. I would like to draw your kind attention on Para 3 of "Corruption in the communications ministry", here in your paper you have elaborated IMED as "The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Department".
 arrow Waste disposal
Drains are situated besides every road for the disposal of waste materials. These drains finally end up in the rivers carrying waste materials. People depend on the rivers for their daily activities.
 arrow Fresh or rotten apple?
Since the birth of Israel, it has described itself as the "fresh apple" in the Middle East. It got constant support from its western allies, rather than its neighbours.
 arrow Debating
Out of all the sports and pastimes that we Bangladeshis are familiar with (whether physical or intellectual) debating (in English) has been greatly successful.
 arrow Freedom fighters' quota
I refer to the letter ''Freedom fighters quota ''by M. M. Emrul Kayas published on 25 July.
 arrow Live and let others live
Time and time again, we ignore the fact that extremist Muslims who want to control every bit of our life in the name of religion are getting the sympathy of vast majority of us for their acts.
 arrow Indian visa
I would request the Indian High Commission officials to kindly ensure that the 'full name' (as in the passport including nick name) of visa applicant(s) is written on the visa issued from the HighCommission.
 arrow BSF atrocities
This is in response to Mr. Kashi Vishwanath's recent mail about BSF atrocities. He cited some seemingly obvious reasons. Let me refute them.
Star Cityarrow Bus operators violate route permits
Violation of route permits by city bus operators is causing sufferings to the commuters and increasing their travel cost and time.
 arrow Poorly paid working women forced into sex trade
Working hard for 18 hours a day as a garment worker, 21-year-old Sultana (not her real name) has to sell her body secretly to feed her two children.
 arrow Believing the unbelievable!
My dearest Novera Apu,
For the last three days I have been thinking a few things -- that is where are you, what are you doing, what are you thinking right now and if you can see what is going

 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What memory of Dhaka do you cherish most?
Mustafa Monwar (MM): The most memorable event about Dhaka is my involvement with the Shaheed Minar.

 arrow Even the young understand its gravity
On July 28, 12-year old Lokman, from Banasree, Rampura came to the Azimpur graveyard along with his parents.
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