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Front Pagearrow PM calls for faster Saarc integration
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for unlocking South Asia's true potential through faster and deeper economic integration so that this region can play its due part in this Asian resurgencein
 arrow 13 cases still pending as next polls near
With a new parliament election round the corner, 13 cases of 2001 election disputes still remain pending with the Supreme Court making the Election Commission's (EC) move for quick adjudication of the
 arrow BB to employ auditor to trace irregularities
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) decided to employ an external auditor to find out irregularities in the functioning of Oriental Bank and to take actions against the bank's top brass including members of theboard
 arrow Most JP lawmakers back Ershad
Most of the Jatiya Party (JP) lawmakers yesterday expressed support for party Chairman HM Ershad to press on with his move to join the ruling coalition.
 arrow Saleh in for Bashar
Bangladesh go into the third one-day international against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground today with a hope to take an advantage in the five-match series.
 arrow US, ROK, EU to get Saarc observer status
Foreign ministers of South Asian countries at their informal meeting yesterday agreed in principle to grant South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) observer status to USA, South Korea
 arrow Stable, secular Bangladesh needed for region
Indian State Minister for External Affairs E Ahamed yesterday hoped for a truly free and fair election in Bangladesh, saying that a stable and secular democratic Bangladesh is not only in the interest
 arrow PM flies to KL today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today to attend the special OIC summit on the Lebanon situation.
 arrow Bench starts hearing case against JMB top brass
Proceedings of the death reference case of seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders including militant kingpins Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai began in the High Court (HC)
 arrow Opposition coalition veers away from hartals, sieges
Seeing spontaneous participation of both the general public and party activists in the ongoing road march programme, the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition might not go for hard-lineprogrammes
 arrow Dhaka to lead LDCs in WTO again
Bangladesh has again been selected to represent the 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the next six months.
 arrow Striking teachers block roads, waterways
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday barricaded roads and waterways for an hour at the district headquarters across the country while the government sat with the teachers on strike
 arrow 14-party to enforce hartal Aug 15
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday decided to observe a countrywide half-day hartal on August 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, demanding immediate
 arrow Violation of the Wildlife Preservation Act

 arrow Israel widens ground offensive in Lebanon
Hezbollah guerrillas fought pitched battles with advancing Israeli forces in Lebanon yesterday after Israel decided to widen its three-week-old offensive despite accelerating international efforts tobroker
 arrow 5 bullet-hit as JCD factions clash at JU
At least five activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) suffered bullet injuries and 25 others including a teacher were injured in clashes between two factions of JCD at Jahangirnagar University (JU)
 arrow 79 more back home from Lebanon
Seventy-nine more stranded Bangladeshis returned home yesterday morning from war-battered Lebanon with assistance from International Organization for Migration (IOM).
 arrow EC may turn to PMO for fund
The Election Commission (EC) secretary yesterday said they would contact the Prime Minister's Office, if necessary, to get funds for expediting the task of updating the voter list.
 arrow Richard Boucher arrives today
US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Contempt rule issued against 11 SC lawyers
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a contempt rule on eleven Supreme Court lawyers to explain why proceedings of contempt of court should not be brought against them for violation of the HC's suo moto
 arrow Surgery forces Castro to cede power
An operation forced Fidel Castro to temporarily cede power to his brother for the first time in 47 years, abruptly ushering in a period of uncertainty in the communist island as the severity of his illness
 arrow 52 killed in fresh Iraq violence
Bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least 52 people Tuesday, including 24 people in a bus destroyed by a roadside bomb.
 arrow 2 killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals were killed in 'crossfire' during shootouts between their accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men in Khulna and Sirajganj yesterday.
Businessarrow $11.50b export target fixed for FY07
On the back of a huge success in export earning in the last fiscal year, the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has fixed $11.50 billion export target for the fiscal year 2006-07.
 arrow Feeder operators may lift extra surcharge soon
Singapore-based feeder operators are likely to withdraw additional surcharge on Chittagong bound container carrying vessels very soon.
 arrow Ineffective mechanism leads to increase in medicine prices
A strong syndicate of drug manufacturers has been active to make windfall profits by pushing up the prices of medicines in absence of effective mechanisms in the national drug policy to monitor the market,
 arrow Singer opens cable manufacturing plant
Singer Bangladesh yesterday opened a cable manufacturing plant at Savar with a view to substantiating the company's growth and diversifying its product range.
 arrow SEC warns 8 listed firms for defying rules
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned eight listed companies, their directors and company secretaries for violation of rules.
 arrow West Bengal signs $8.5b deal with Indonesia firm
The Marxist government in India's West Bengal state has inked a multi-billion dollar deal with a private conglomerate including the Indonesia-based Salim group to develop huge industrial parks, an official
 arrow New GM of Sonargaon hotel in town
Hidetaka Ishiyama, new general manager (GM) of Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel, arrived in Dhaka yesterday. Ishiyama will assume the position of outgoing GM Grant J Gaskin, says a press release.
 arrow Myanmar liberalises border trade procedure with China
Myanmar has liberalised some trade procedures dealing with border trade being carried out in Muse trade point with China to facilitate exporters and boost bilateral trade between the two countries, said
 arrow ADB lends $200m to China for road project
China is to get a 200 million-dollar loan from the Asian Development Bank to upgrade a key highway in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the Philippines-based lender said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil prices gain slightly
World oil prices rose slightly on Tuesday as the market focused on troubles in the Middle East.
 arrow Japan's overseas vehicle output surges
Overseas production by Japanese motor companies topped their domestic output for the first time in the year to March 2006, an industry group said Monday.
 arrow IMF chief warns against patchwork of trade deals
IMF chief Rodrigo Rato warned Monday against a patchwork of national and regional trade deals replacing a more ambitious reform of global commerce by the WTO.
 arrow ROK trade surplus dips
South Korea's trade surplus plunged 61 percent in July from a year earlier, with exports hit by strikes in the auto industry, official data showed Tuesday.
 arrow Dollar creeps ahead before new data
The dollar firmed but remained on a weak footing on Tuesday before a batch of data, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Football: Diego picks squad for SA Games
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 20-member Under-23 squad yesterday for the 10th SA Games to be held in Colombo on August 18-27.
 arrow Cricket: Tushar waits in the wings
The national selectors have decided about the replacement of injured Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar but will only send him if the team management ask for an additional player.
 arrow Cricket: SA in a state of shock
South Africa on Tuesday tried to unravel the mystery that has confounded the cricket world for years -- how to stop Muttiah Muralidaran from taking wickets.
 arrow Chess: Sandipan, Pallabi champions
The foreign players proved their supremacy in the eighth Standard Chartered School Chess Tourna-ment as Sandipan Chatterjee of Kolkata became champion in Class VI-X group and his compatriot Pallabi Roy
 arrow Football: BFF announces U-17 team
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) named 20-member Under-17 team for the four-nation AFF Under-17 Youth Football Cham-pionship to be held in Vietnam on August 12-16.
 arrow Football: Noakhali closer to final round
Thakurgaon moved to the zonal finals of the Jubok Phone National Football Championships when they edged past Nilphamari by a single goal at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to decide on Zim's fate
The International Cricket Council (ICC) delegation of Percy Sonn, the president, and Malcolm Speed, the chief executive, told journalists in Harare that they will hand-over their findings to the ICC board
 arrow Football: Basile back for Argentina
Alfio Basile has been appointed coach of Argentina for the second time, he told reporters on Monday.
 arrow Football: McClaren pledges revolution
England manager Steve McClaren arrived for the start of his new job on Tuesday promising a "totally different" approach to that of heavily-criticised predecessor Sven-Goran Eriksson.
 arrow Cricket: We're hurt: Younis
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan has admitted the tourists have been left feeling "hurt" and "angry" after their crushing second Test defeat against England here at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Carrick fits into Keane's shirt
England midfielder Michael Carrick completed his 18.6million pounds transfer from Spurs to Premiership rivals Manchester United on Monday after passing his medical.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss, Cook targeted
Australian paceman Glenn McGrath tempted fate Tuesday when he named England's stand-in captain Andrew Strauss and batsman Alastair Cook as his batting "bunnies" for the upcoming Ashes series.
 arrow Football: Wembley unlikely until 2007
The FA Cup final is unlikely to return to its spiritual home at London's Wembley Stadium next year after Australian developer Multiplex said major events were off the cards until June 2007.
 arrow Cricket: Ray of hope for Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly's hopes of an international comeback have been raised after a national selector said the sacked former captain is likely to be included in the provisional squad list for this year's ICC
 arrow Football: Libertadores heads for all-Brazil finale
South America's Libertadores Cup could produce an all-Brazilian final for the second year running if Internacional and Sao Paulo press home their advantages in their semi-final ties this week.
 arrow Tennis: Andre 'on his own terms'
Nostalgia strikes Andre Agassi at the oddest moments these days, but the eight-time Grand Slam champion is finding his impending retirement from tennis easier to cope with than he expected.
 arrow Cricket: Hick offered new Worcs contract
Graeme Hick is currently considering his future after Worcestershire announced Monday they had offered him a new contract for the 2007 season which would allow the former England batsman to extend his
 arrow Swimming: Laure dreams crushed
France's swimming star Laure Manaudou saw her dreams of winning eight titles at the European swimming championships dashed here on the first day as she failed to make the 400 metres medley final.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin sample given more value
A more sophisticated doping test than normal was used on the urine sample that showed reigning Olympic 100-meter champion and world record co-holder Justin Gatlin, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Pierce poised to return
Holder Mary Pierce is expecting few surprises as she returns to tennis for the first time since February, defending her title at this week's San Diego WTA tournament.
 arrow Football: Shanu passes away
Eminent sports organizer and former member of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Abdul Majid Shanu passed away yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Untimely test threw Hingis off
It's not the knock on the door that worries Martina Hingis - it's the timing.
 arrow Cricket: Kevin thinks the world of Monty
England's Kevin Pietersen says spinner Monty Panesar has the potential to be one of Test cricket's best spinners.
 arrow Cricket: Buddhadeb vows to continue fight against Dalmiya
An angry West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday used unusually strong language to lash out at Jagmohan Dalmiya, calling his re-election as the state's cricket boss as a "victory
 arrow Football: 'Money not motivation'
England midfielder Michael Carrick insisted Tuesday that his 18.6 million pound (27.2 million euro) transfer to Manchester United was about footballing ambition, not money.
 arrow Football: Plethora of talent at Basile's disposal
Alfio Basile, named Argentina's new coach, had only a few words to say after being appointed on Monday but one of his sentences summed up his decision to return for a second time.
 arrow Football: Magath shrugs off RVN snub
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath has brushed off the club's failure to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy, as well as the loss of Michael Ballack to Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Israeli clubs forced into neutral venues
Two Israeli clubs in the UEFA Cup will play their "home" qualifying matches in neutral countries.
 arrow Football: Lebanon pulls out of Asian Cup
Lebanon withdrew from the Asian Cup Tuesday blaming Israel's "barbaric attack" on the country, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said.
 arrow Football: Reyes pines for Real
Arsenal's Spain forward Jose Antonio Reyes has said if Real Madrid made an offer for him it would be difficult to say 'no', Spanish paper AS reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Jorginho named assistant coach
Former Brazil right back Jorginho was named assistant coach of the national team on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo delighted with return
Brazil's World Cup finals goalscoring record holder Ronaldo on Monday came through his first training session since undergoing an operation on his left tibia and declared himself delighted at how he felt.
 arrow Football: Milan's European future decided today
UEFA will announce on Wed-nesday at 1200 GMT whether to allow AC Milan to participate in this season's Champions League, it said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Rooney scores on return
Wayne Rooney last night scored his first goal since April in his first appearance for Manchester United since being sent off for England in the World Cup quarter-final.
 arrow Football: Senna keen to settle future
Villarreal's Spain midfielder Marcos Senna has said he is keen to know where his future lies with Manchester United looking to lure him to Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Valencia still hopeful of Simao
Valencia are still hopeful of signing Benfica's Portuguese international Simao Sabrosa, despite failing to clinch a deal when the player visited the Mestalla on the weekend.
Metropolitanarrow Substandard breastmilk substitutes pose threat to child health
The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2006 began in the country yesterday with a call to control the marketing of alternative baby foods.
 arrow Uneasy calm prevails at Buet
The campus of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) was unusually calm yesterday after some days of turbulence due to demonstrations of students for deferral of examinations.
 arrow 50 RMG workers hospitalised
A garment factory at Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ) came to a stand still as around 50 workers fell sick during the last two days due to the unhygienic environment inside the factory.
 arrow Safta a landmark achievement
Foreign Ministers of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka have termed Safta agreement reached in 13th Saarc Summit under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia as a landmark achievement.
 arrow Moudud for stern action against irregularities at pvt universities
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday urged the authorities concerned to take stern action against the private universities which are indulging in irregularities.
 arrow Ferry service may halt anytime
Ferry service in Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Nagarbari (Kazirhat) routes on the Padma and Jamuna rivers may be disrupted anytime as the water level is falling fast.
 arrow Joy won't run in next polls
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, on arrival at Zia International from USA, yesterday said he would not contest the upcoming parliamentary election.
 arrow 1830 learning centres for urban working children open
Over 45,000 urban working children will be benefited from 1830 new learning centres opened across the country yesterday.
 arrow Decomposed body of youth found in Rajshahi
An unidentified youth was found dead at Upashahar Housing Estate in the city yesterday.
 arrow Set up construction unit board
Commerce and Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday said skilled manpower is essential for development of the construction sector.
 arrow E Ahamed calls on Hasina
Indian State Minister for External Affairs E Ahamed made a courtesy call on opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence and discussed the forthcoming elections in Bangladesh.
 arrow $22m Saudi help for cancer, eye hospitals
The country will receive 22 million US dollar from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) for specialised hospitals and medical institutes to provide specialised treatment and medical facilities for patients
 arrow 4 Shibir men beaten at DU
Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and some other left leaning student fronts beat up four Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) men on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Bangalee Mancha lays siege to Betar, TV on Aug 10
Bangalee Sangskriti Mancha (BSM), a platform of the pro-Awami League cultural organisations, will lay siege to the state-run Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television offices on August 10 demanding that
 arrow 'Enact tougher law to control market'
Karmojibi Nari, an initiative for working women, staged a demonstration at Muktangan in the city yesterday protesting the skyrocketing prices of essentials.
 arrow 15 injured in Naogaon blast
A bomb went off at Mirzapur Bazar in Atrai upazila last night, leaving at least 15 people injured.
 arrow BCS (Agri) Assoc submits memo to PM today
BCS (Agriculture) Association Action Committee will submit a memorandum to the prime minister today to press their demand for higher grades in their jobs.
 arrow JU JCD leader threatens businessman
A businessman yesterday alleged that a JCD leader of Jahangirnagar University (JU) threatened him with dire consequences if he does not pay a toll of Tk 55,000 by August 10, a charge denied by the leader.
 arrow Unauthorised bulb factory unearthed in Chittagong
A mobile court here yesterday unearthed an unauthorised electric bulb factory and sealed it off for producing and marketing duplicate bulbs and held the factory owner.
 arrow One murdered in city
Police recovered body of an unknown male from the city's Demra area yesterday.
 arrow 2 BCL activists injured in feud at JU
Two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) were injured yesterday on the campus in an intra-party clash over formation of its full-fledged committee.
 arrow Ahmadiyya Youth Confce ends in Ctg
The five-day long second district Ahmadiyya Youth Conference concluded yesterday in Chittagong at Masjeed Baitul Baset, Chawkbazar.
 arrow Withdrawal of edn minister's remarks demanded
Naripakhha, a non-government organisation working for women' rights, yesterday expressed its grave concern over the education minister's decision to relax provision to appoint 30 per cent female teachers
 arrow Birth centenary of Satyen Sen celebrated in London
Satyen Sen School of Performing Arts celebrated the birth centenary of Satyen Sen, a socialist, cultural activist and founder of Udichi, in London on Sunday.
 arrow Docudrama on Khaled Musharraf
An initiative has been taken to produce a docudrama on the life and works of Maj. Gen. Khaled Musharraf Bir Uttam, a liberation war hero.
 arrow 44 more infected with dengue
Forty-four more dengue-infected patients were admitted to hospitals and clinics yesterday in the capital, raising the number of infected people to 910, according to sources at the Dhaka City Corporation
 arrow Decomposed body found at JU
A decomposed body of an unknown person aged about 30 was recovered from the bushy area near the main entrance of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.
 arrow SSKOP leaders join token hunger strike today
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will join a token hunger strike today to express solidarity with the striking journalists and employees of the daily Ittefaq.
 arrow Bangladeshi killed in US road mishap
Anika Yusufjai, second daughter of the president of International Farakka Committee Atiqur Rahman Yusufjai, was killed in a tragic road accident in New Jersey of the United States, yesterday.
 arrow Abu Sayeed's anniversary of death today
Today is the 18th death anniversary of former president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, says a press release. On the occasion, Qurankhwani and milad mahfil will be held at Nagbari in Tangail.
 arrow 1 killed, 30 hurt in Khulna road accident
One person was killed and 30 others were injured when two passenger buses collided head-on near Battala under Dumuria upazila of Khulna district yesterday.
 arrow Prof Hasan new NUB pro-VC
Prof Syed Rashidul Hasan, former treasurer of Dhaka University (DU), has joined Northern University, Bangladesh (NUB) on July 31 as pro-vice chancellor, says a press release.
 arrow Prof Sultan new UGC member
Prof Dr Md Sultan Hussain joined the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh as a member on July 27, says a press release.
Nationalarrow JP rejoices as Jamaat walks a tightrope in Nilphamari
Jatiya Party (JP) chief HM Ershad's move to join the four-party alliance has rejuvenated the party in Nilphamari but worried Jamaat-e-Islami leaders.
 arrow 'Execute Bangabandhu murder case verdict without delay'
Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday observed token hunger strike and brought out mourning processions in the districts demanding execution of the Bangabandhu Murder Case verdict.
 arrow Jute yield to exceed target in 8 northern districts
Jute production will exceed the target by 15 to 20 percent this year in eight northern districts in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur and the price may remain reasonably fair, agriculture officials here said.
 arrow Nurul Islam harbouring anti-socials, says Lobi
Khulna city BNP convener Ali Asghar Lobi MP yesterday accused party lawmaker M Nurul Islam of 'leading a group of misguided elements who are involved in anti-social activities including rampant toll collection
 arrow AL calls hartal in Jamalpur today
Jamalpur unit of Awami League (AL) called a half-day hartal in the district for today demanding release of an AL leader and a Jubo League leader, arrested by Rab on Sunday.
 arrow RU School and College locked as teachers on indefinite strike
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities Monday night locked the RU school and college and closed the institution indefinitely as its teachers and staffs continued their work abstention programme.
 arrow Sect 144 as AL leader Maya, his rival call meet in Matlab
The district administration here yesterday imposed Section 144 at Fatehpur High School ground and its adjacent areas in Matlab North upazila as Awami League (AL) leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya
 arrow Kishoreganj Poura chairman's removal demanded
Kishoreganj Chamber of Comm-erce (KCC) yesterday demanded removal of Kishoreganj Pourasa-bha chairman for collecting toll from buses and trucks in name of damaged roads in the municipality area.
Point-Counterpointarrow No provocation, please!
While speaking as the chief guest at a meeting with the garment owners at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) offices in Dhaka on July 24, Commerce Minister, HafizuddinAhmed
 arrow A pointer to what?
Several former lieutenant generals, MPs, ministers and some academics have written a letter to the president with copies to PPP and PML(N) chiefs.
 arrow My young friend and confidante
When I first saw Novera, I had no notion that we would become fast friends. Yet we were.
 arrow Karnaphuli Bridge III
Karnaphuli is not yet a woe to Chittagong as the Nile was to Egypt. But, if things continue the way they are going on now, those days are, perhaps, not far off when the adage might fit.
Culturearrow Joys and sorrows of indigenous people
Undulating hills, verdant forests, swift running rivers, joyous people lighting candles to pay obeisance to Buddha. All these elements go to comprise the rich culture of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. (CHT).
 arrow Barisal Natok's commitment to theatre
"Marching towards progress with values of Liberation War" is the motto of Barisal Natok, founded in 1972 by a small group of enthusiastic youngsters wanting to make a difference in society.
 arrow 'Brick Lane' film riddled with protests
A protest against the film version of Monica Ali's book Brick Lane has culminated with Bangladeshi residents of east London calling for the overall cancellation of the movie, saying that the story
 arrow Mel Gibson in firestorm of bad publicity
Getting drunk and mouthing off is nothing new in Hollywood, but Mel Gibson's weekend arrest has plunged him into a crisis that few could have imagined two years ago.
Internationalarrow EU still divided over ME ceasefire call
The European Union battled yesterday to hammer out differences over calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East, as Israel extended its ground war against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
 arrow Tigers hit Lanka's main naval port
Tamil Tigers shelled Sri Lanka's main navy base yesterday, killing four sailors and wounding 30, while military warplanes pounded rebel positions as a bloody battle for control of an irrigation canalentered
 arrow Syria puts forces on alert
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Syrian military on Monday to raise its readiness, pledging not to abandon support for Lebanese resistance against Israel.
 arrow Lebanese children bear scars of Israel's high-tech firepower
Nine-year-old Hussein Mahdi writhes in pain on a Beirut hospital bed, trying not to lie on burned parts of his body.
 arrow Atomic clock ticking for Iran after UN resolution
The UN Security Council order for Iran to suspend its nuclear activities set off a tense wait to see how Tehran responds and whether UN unity remains strong if sanctions need to be imposed.
 arrow Lone Communist clinging to power in Americas
Fidel Castro, who temporarily handed power to his brother Raul on Monday, has defied four decades of US attempts to oust him and has held on as the only Communist leader in Latin America.
 arrow Fidel Castro, socialist beacon or ailing despot?
Cuban President Fidel Castro, who handed over power provisionally to his younger brother after undergoing surgery, has thumbed his nose for four decades at the US government just 90 miles (145 km) away
 arrow Kashmiri women lift veil in silent awakening
Twenty-five-year-old Saima Farhad is a Kashmiri woman who has shunned the veil and set out to discuss dating in a region where cinemas showing Bollywood romances are hard to find and beauty parlours scorned.
 arrow BJP to take Left's help if necessary to oppose nuke deal
The BJP yesterday decided to totally oppose the Indo-US nuclear treaty in Parliament, taking the support of the Left parties if necessary.
 arrow Three British troops killed in Afghanistan
Taliban militants killed three British soldiers patrolling in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday in the first fatalities sustained by Nato forces since taking command of the insurgency-wracked region a day
 arrow Pak deluge kills 24
Heavy monsoon rains killed at least 24 people, including 14 children, and injured more than 50 in southern Pakistan, officials and rescue workers said yesterday.
 arrow Meteor shower lights up India
A meteor shower in the skies over western India prompted a hunt for celestial debris Tuesday after witnesses spoke of a "great flash".
 arrow Manmohan asks Jaswant to name US mole at PMO during Rao's rule
Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh yesterday found himself at the receiving end in the Rajya Sabha with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to name the 'mole' in the PMO during Narasimha Rao's regime
Editorialarrow Editorial: Buet in trouble
THE steady boat of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has been rocked -- by what should have been an avoidable storm.
 arrow Editorial: Govt contract grabbing spree
A pervasive phenomenon has been brought to light with the arrest of 17 persons who were trying to illegally land a government contract by forcibly keeping the genuine persons from putting in their bid.
 arrow The corrupt, the incompetent -- and the rest of us
POLITICS is, or should always be, a matter of ethics. It is never, contrary to how much faith you might have placed in the old cliche, a place where the strangest of bed-fellows happen to come together.
 arrow Fighting terror with unjust war?
PERHAPS never before has the Indian media wasted so many words and images on a complete Red Herring.
 arrow Does national interest of India coincide with that of the US?
AT the recent G-8 meeting in St Peterburg, President Bush warmly received India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Letters to Editorarrow Israel and the Arab World
This is a response to "Concerned Muslim's" letter on the following subject.
 arrow Indo-Bangla relations
In response to Md. Jamal U Tanin's letter, I as an Indian citizen wish to put forward a few points. We Indians have nothing against Bangladesh or its people.
 arrow Bangladesh Biman
We know there are many anomalies in Bangladesh Biman. There is corruption and insufficient service in this organisation.
 arrow Attracting tourists
We know Cox's Bazar is the largest sea beach in the world. But due to lack of proper measures the beach is losing its reputation and people are not interested in it like in the past.
 arrow In response to an editorial
I concur that the number of criminal cases awaiting disposal in Bangladesh courts is too high.
 arrow Participation in online survey
Through your newspaper; may I take this opportunity to request Bangladeshi citizens from home and abroad to participate in an online survey on Bangladesh's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) andits
 arrow DU
DU was known as the Oxford of the East. There were reasons for earning a reputation of that nature.
 arrow Islam in South Korea
Islam came to Korea during the Korean War through the Turkish troops who took part in that war.
 arrow Rainy season onion
Onion is an essential element with various eatables all over the world from prehistoric times. For us onion is preferable to heavenly foods. Onion is generally produced in Bangladesh as winter crop.
 arrow Election and ethnic minorities
A half-day workshop was organised on 26 July 2006 by RDRS Bangladesh in its conference room situated at Uttara as an Election Working Group (EWG) member.
 arrow Stop crossfire killing
My condolences to the bereaved families of those who were killed in crossfire. The people of Bangladesh should put an end to crossfire deaths.
 arrow Road in bad shape
Rajbari is a district town. The Rajbari-Jamalpur road starts from Rajbari district and ends at Jamalpur bazar. It is 15 kilometres long. The road has become unusable for lack of maintenance.
 arrow Indiscriminate use of loudspeaker
Quietness is natural and highly necessary for a peaceful living. But sound pollution is a major threat to our modern life. The authorities should come forward with a systematic plan to control soundpollution.
 arrow Nuclear power for Bangladesh
In a special article entitled "Nuclear Power for Bangladesh" (The Daily Star, July 28, 2006), Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr.
Star Chittagongarrow New rules frustrate brilliants
Many of the highest grade point GPA-5 achievers were deprived of admission to renowned government colleges this year due to new rules introduced by the education ministry.
 arrow Motel Saikat goes to private sector for profit
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has decided to give the Motel Saikat Complex in Chittagong to private entrepreneurs dropping its plan for constructing the motel on its own fund.
Star Cityarrow BGMEA violates rules in building new office
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has built a 15-storey office building while Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel is constructing an extention of the hotel building in the Begunbari
 arrow Lack of parking space causing traffic jam
As the number of vehicles in the city keeps growing incessantly, the cry for adequate parking space is rather desperate, with vehicles parked in lines along the main roads.
 arrow ... of charms and laughter
I was introduced to her three and half years ago, rather, the stern look in her eyes, stubborn chin and grim mouth. "Another arrogant journalist in the house!" I told myself.
 arrow Open air schools for street children
Nine year old Moushumi, a street child living in Railway Colony, Kamalapur never fails to attend her school. "I do not feel well if I do not come to school.
 arrow Subscribers face delays for new phone lines
Subscribers are unable to secure new land phone connection due to lack of network facilities though the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) issue demand notes in favour of them.
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