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Front Pagearrow Orion, ntv siphoned off money
Already facing an acute liquidity crisis, the Oriental Bank loaned nearly Tk 380 crore to different business enterprises in 17 months till May 2006 on orders from the bank's new owner and top management,
 arrow Govt risks $22m soft loan as power ministry sits idle
Due to inaction of the power ministry, the government by August 15 may lose 22 million dollars of conditional soft loan from the Czechoslovakian government for rehabilitation of two old power plants installed
 arrow No chance of fair polls under politicised EC
Local Consultative Group (LCG), a platform of donor agencies, yesterday held a high profile meeting with the leaders of different political parties including the ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami
 arrow Rags bring riches in rugs
The handloom rug of Ulipur in Kurigram is making its way into the world market, opening up great opportunities for hundreds of unemployed women in the locality.
 arrow Remove politically appointed judges
Appointments of judges in the country's judiciary system should be free from influence of partisan politics to ensure justice for the people, eminent citizens said yesterday at a discussion.
 arrow Israeli blitz kills dozens
Prime Minister Fuad Siniora made a tearful plea yesterday for an end to the near four-week-old Lebanon conflict as dozens of civilians were killed in a new blitz of Israeli air strikes across the country.
 arrow Uncertainty as owners stick to offer
While the garment owners are sticking to their position of offering Tk 1,300 as the minimum wage for the workers, the board formed to recommend the salary ended yesterday's meeting without reaching adecision
 arrow Success in democratic practices 'insignificant'
Eminent citizens of the country yesterday presented a vision for achieving a realistically defined goal to meet people's legitimate expectations by 2025 through a concerted effort, terming achievements
 arrow Experts for efficient, accountable govt
Speakers at the 2nd expert group consultation meeting of the Nagorik Committee 2006, formed for preparing a vision paper for Bangladesh 2021, stressed the need for an efficient, accountable, transparent
 arrow EC to ask for exemption from PPR to complete printing by Oct
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday decided to request the cabinet purchase committee to exempt it from the public procurement regulations (PPR) 2003 to enable it to complete printing of
 arrow Natwar files notice against Manmohan
Former foreign minister Natwar Singh filed a breach of privilege notice against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday for leakage of an inquiry commission report to the media before it could be placed
 arrow M-16, bullets recovered in Fatikchhari
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered two firearms including a sophisticated M-16 rifle and 373 bullets from a remote area in Fatikchhari upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Outsiders being enrolled, but many hill people left out
Thousands of 'outsiders' have been enrolled in the voter list while permanent residents of the three Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) districts are left out, Chairman of CHT Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriya
 arrow Dengue spreads outside capital
Dengue has been spreading across the country with more people hitting the hospitals after it had infected a significant number of people in the capital.
 arrow Garbage container left on road for three days
A wheeled garbage container of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) filled with garbage lay parked on a busy road for the last three days in the Farmgate area of the capital smelling horribly foul and causing
 arrow Bimstec FMs to meet in Delhi tomorrow
Foreign Ministers of Bimstec countries will meet in New Delhi tomorrow to finalise the agenda of the second regional summit to be held in the Indian capital in February next year.
 arrow HC rejects writ petition seeking stay order
The High Court (HC) yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition seeking a stay order on the construction of a pillar-based third bridge over the Karnaphuli River.
 arrow Cabinet okays draft overseas employment policy
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of overseas employment policy to protect the interests and rights of Bangladeshis working abroad.
 arrow 13 JCD men denied bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of all 13 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists who were arrested on charge of creating obstacles to participants in a tender at the Construction Maintenance
 arrow Community pry teachers continue fast unto death
Community primary teachers, wearing shrouds, continued their hunger strike until death at the Central Shaheed Minar for the second consecutive day demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Sylhet speedy tribunal runs out of cases
The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal is about to run out of cases, as only two cases are now under trial there which are expected to be disposed of within this month.
 arrow 4 killed in Savar road accident
Four people died and 30 others were injured when a bus crashed into a roadside tree at Dhamrai Bus Stand under Savar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Lanka launches fresh attacks on Tigers
Sri Lankan troops launched fresh artillery attacks against Tamil rebel positions yesterday, a day after the guerrillas warned that shelling could lead to all-out war, military officials said.
 arrow Boucher calls for US-India action to fight terror
A senior US State Department official called yesterday for joint action against terrorism, including against groups based in Pakistan.
 arrow Nepal peace talks stall on monarchy
Nepal's Maoists said yesterday that a ceasefire and peace talks with the government were headed towards collapse over the future of the monarchy and warned of a return to war.
Businessarrow Exports clock 21.63pc growth in FY06
Export earning reached US$ 10.53 billion with a 21.63 per cent growth in 2005-06 fiscal year, thanks to continuous good performances by knitwear, woven garments, leather and frozen foods.
 arrow Micro-finance regulatory law comes under fire
Grassroots level micro-credit practitioners at a regional workshop in Dhaka yesterday came down heavily on the government's newly introduced 'Bangladesh Micro-Finance Regulatory Authority Law'.
 arrow RMG makers seek solution to problems at Ctg port
Apparel manufacturers yesterday demanded the government to solve the problems at Chittagong seaport, including scrapping the congestion surcharge being exacted by feeder-vessel operators in disregardof
 arrow 3-day medical fair begins tomorrow
A three-day medical show styled 'Medical Fair-2006' begins at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Global IT giants to invest over $15b in India
It's raining dollars for the Indian IT sector with global giants like Microsoft, IBM and Intel announcing investments to the tune of over USD 15 billion (nearly Rs 70,000 crore) and thousands of new jobs
 arrow Both old, new Tk 100 notes to remain in market: BB
Both old and new 100-taka notes will remain in the market simultaneously, according to the Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow $ 418.9m remittance in July
In July, the first month of fiscal year 2006-07, Bangladesh received $ 418.90 million remittance sent by the expatriates. This remittance inflow recorded a 22.
 arrow Businesses asked to renew licences from BSTI within next 15 days
The 46th meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Undertakings yesterday asked the business organisations to renew their licences from the Bangladesh Standard Testing Institution (BSTI) within
 arrow Aureos-EBL accord to set up pvt equity fund in Bangladesh
UK-based Aureos Capital Ltd (Aureos) has signed a joint venture agreement with Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) recently to establish the first-ever private equity fund in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Premier Bank Launches CMS banking
Premier Bank Ltd has launched CMS (card message service) banking to dispel the difference between time and place in carrying out transactions with the bank, says a press release.
 arrow New oil, gas deposits discovered in Myanmar
Signs of new oil and gas deposits have been discovered off Myanmar's coast, the Myanmar Times newspaper reported Monday, raising the prospect of further foreign investment in the military-run country.
 arrow Oil soars above $77 on biggest US field shutdown
Oil surged above $77 a barrel in Europe as BP (BP.L) began shutting an Alaskan field that pumps 8 percent of U.S.
 arrow GP has now 310 int'l roaming partners
GrameenPhone now has 310 international roaming partner operators (GSM) across 115 countries in 6 continents.
 arrow Kuwait pledges $300m to Islamic poverty fund
Oil-rich Kuwait decided on Sunday to give 300 million dollars to a poverty fund set up by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to help poor Muslim nations, the state KUNA news agency reported.
 arrow China's textile exports to EU, US drop
The growth rate of China's textiles and apparel exports to the European Union and the United States dropped 45 and 70 percentage points respectively year on year, according to a report prepared by the
 arrow National Life Ins declares 15pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
National Life Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 15 per cent cash dividend and a 25 per cent stock dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Number of Wal-Mart unions rises to 4 in China
Workers at two more Wal-Mart outlets in China have unionised to bring the total number of trade unions at its outlets in the country to four, state media reported Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Booters' mission starts
Bangladesh under-23 football captain Feroz Mahmud Titu hoped his side's performance at the 10th SA Games in Colombo would be better than the last edition in Islamabad.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers Kenya-bound
After a heartbreaking Zimbabwe trip, Bangladesh cricket team flew for Nairobi yesterday to complete the second part of their African safari.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd Test on a knife-edge
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene and veteran Sanath Jayasuriya hit aggressive half-centuries to push Sri Lanka closer to a remarkable victory in the second Test against South Africa here on Monday.
 arrow Rubel to carry Bangladesh flag
South Asian Games gold medallist swimmer Rubel Rana has been chosen by the Bangladesh Olympic Association to carry the national flag at the opening ceremony of the 10th SA Games.
 arrow Cricket: BCB submits preliminary squad
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sent a 30-member preliminary squad to International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be held in October-November in India.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss ton & Pak fightback
England captain Andrew Strauss scored his second century of the series against Pakistan but his exit to the last ball before tea left the third Test finely balanced on Monday's fourth day here at Headingley.
 arrow Cricket: No hard feelings: Younis
Younis Khan was all smiles despite being involved in a run-out with Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on the third day of the third Test against England at Headingley here Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria breaks Kim jinx
Second-seeded Maria Sharapova beat Kim Clijsters 7-5, 7-5 here Sunday, taking her first triumph in five tries over the Belgian top seed to win a 1.34 million-dollar WTA hardcourt event.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo rests as Real travel
Real Madrid's on-field summer marketing operation swung into action Monday as the nine-times European champions headed out to the United States for two friendlies in Seattle and Salt Lake City.
 arrow Football: Giants fight for the big league
The long road to Champions League glory begins for some of the most famous names in European football Tuesday as the final qualifying rounds of the world's most prestigious club competition kicks off.
 arrow Cricket: Enough time for S Africa
Work on three of South Africa's new stadiums for the 2010 soccer World Cup can be completed in three years, though such a tight timetable would not have been feasible in bureaucratic Germany, says a German
 arrow Cricket: India plan foreign inflow
Indian cricket officials say they are keen to bring in foreign players in order to add a touch of glamour to otherwise dull domestic tournaments.
 arrow Tennis: Arnaud's first away title
Arnaud Clement won his first ATP title outside his native France, defeating blister-bothered British eighth seed Andy Murray 7-6, 6-2 here Sunday in the Washington Classic final.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies name initial squad
Australia Monday announced an initial 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in India in October. Selectors will reduce the squad to 14 on September 7 in line with ICC regulations.
 arrow Cricket: X-ray clears Inzamam
Inzamamul Haq was still suffering chest pain after an X-ray Monday cleared the Pakistan captain of a major injury.
 arrow Football: Gravesen axed from US tour
Midfielder Thomas Gravesen and defender Carlos Diogo head the list of players expected to leave Real Madrid after they were left out of the squad for the club's tour of the United States.
 arrow Football: Robson released from hospital
Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson was released from hospital on Monday, two days after falling ill whilst watching his former club Ipswich Town's season-opening game.
 arrow Football: Two games, two countries, same day!
Guadalajara, Mexico's most popular club, played two games in different countries on Sunday with coach Jose Manuel de la Torre in charge of the team at both.
 arrow Cricket: Pak WC stadium plan hits snag
Plans by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to construct a stadium in Islamabad for the 2011 World Cup have run into problems, a board official said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne told to attend camp
Shane Warne has been told by Cricket Australia that he must attend a pre-season camp in the Queensland bush later this month.
 arrow Chess: Kramnik clinches Dortmund title
Russia's Vladimir Kramnik won the Dortmund chess tournament for the seventh time on Sunday, one month before his showdown against Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov to reclaim the unified world title.
 arrow Cricket: Comeback game pleases Shoaib
Shoaib Akhtar was pleased with his form after emerging unscathed from his first match since February.
 arrow Football: Crespo back to Inter
Chelsea's Argentine international striker Hernan Crespo has signed a two-year deal with Serie A side Inter Milan, the Italian club confirmed Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Inquest into Cronje's death on
A South African court Monday began hearing evidence on whether anyone was criminally liable for a 2002 plane crash which killed disgraced former national cricket captain Hansie Cronje.
 arrow Football: Mellberg quits captaincy
Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg is to quit as Sweden skipper although he will carry on playing for his national team, the Swedish daily Expressen reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Ribery here to stay'
French World Cup starlet Franck Ribery may be determined to leave Marseille but seemingly no one has told coach Albert Emon.
 arrow Football: Van der Meyde poisoned!
Everton forward Andy van der Meyde was recovering in hospital on Monday after claims that the Netherlands international's drink had been spiked with drugs, police said.
 arrow Football: Veron makes winning return
Estudiantes gave former Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron a winning return on Sunday as they won 1-0 at Quilmes in the Apertura championship.
 arrow Football: Chivas hold Barcelona
Defender Diego Martinez scored in the 83rd minute to lift Chivas of Mexico into a 1-1 draw with European and Spanish champion FC Barcelona here Sunday in an international friendly.
 arrow Football: Mulee back at Kenya
Kenya have rehired former national coach Jacob Mulee to serve as assistant to their new French coach Bernard Lama, officials confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Football: Joe Cole faces season heartbreak
Joe Cole has suffered a knee-ligament injury that could disrupt Chelsea's entire season.
 arrow Football: Borgetti moves to Al-Ittihad
Mexico striker Jared Borgetti is set to join Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia after a bid for him was accepted by Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.
Metropolitanarrow Face opposition politically
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon her party's field-level leaders to face the opposition's movement politically if it really took place.
 arrow Underprivileged children need psychosocial care
First national level counsellors' conference on 'Psychosocial care for children and youth' began in the city yesterday to facilitate the support groups in providing psychosocial care to underprivileged
 arrow Govt trying to save killers of Bangabandhu
Demanding immediate execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case, the Awami League leaders yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat government has been dillydallying over the issue only
 arrow Bhuiyan renews call for talks
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday renewed his call to the opposition for a dialogue to resolve problems, if any. "We think any problem can be solved through discussions in Parliament.
 arrow Missing trader found dead in Buriganga
Police recovered the body of a missing garments waste trader yesterday from the Buriganga river at Kashipur of Fatulla in Narayanganj.
 arrow Lightning kills 4
At least four people were killed and seven others injured as lightning struck Jamalpur, Rajbari and Sunamganj yesterday.
 arrow 250 shanties gutted in Ctg
At least 250 shanties and valuables worth over Tk 5 lakh were gutted in a fire at city's Halishahar area yesterday rendering around one thousand people homeless.
 arrow President asks EC officials to update voter list properly
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday directed all concerned to do their job properly in updating the voter list accurately to ensure free and fair elections.
 arrow Hearing on bail prayer of chief whip's son tomorrow
A Dhaka court will hear tomorrow the bail prayer of Akter Hamid Paban, son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, arrested on charge of carjacking on June 7.
 arrow Myanmar citizens observe Democracy Day today
Different socio-cultural, professional and human rights organisations will form a human chain and hold a rally in the city today to express solidarity with the citizens of Myanmar struggling for democracy
 arrow Special programmes on Bangabandhu demanded
Joybangla Sangskritik Oikya Jote, a platform of several cultural organisations of the main opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Directors General (DGs) of Bangladesh Betar
 arrow 4 contestants accorded reception
Youth Ending Hunger, a voluntary organisation, yesterday accorded a reception to four students who took part in the 47th International Mathematical Olympiad in Slovenia last month.
 arrow Ex-MP Sirajul Islam passes away
Sirajul Islam former member of parliament from Gaibandha passed away due to old-age ailments on Sunday at the age of 86.
 arrow Five new police stations open in city
Five new police stations (PS) were inaugurated in the city yesterday, raising the total number of PS to 33. These are Shahbagh, Jatrabari, Tejgaon Industrial Area, Uttar Khan and Dakkhin Khan.
 arrow Tower Hamlet Mayor meets Khaleda
The visiting Mayor of Tower Hamlet of London, Shafiqul Haque, made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at the PMO yesterday.
 arrow Brac delegation calls on former Tanzanian president Mkapa
A delegation led by Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac Foundation, called on former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa at his office in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, yesterday, says a pressrelease.
 arrow 1,482 more held
Police arrested 1,482 people from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow Cases filed against 17 car owners
A special mobile court in a raid yesterday filed cases against 17 car owners and fined a total of Tk 6000 for violating Environment Preservation Act 1997, says a press release.
 arrow No progress in Jabbar murder case
Police yet to arrest any accused criminal in the case of Jabbar Ali, an employee of Latif Commercial Agency at Green road in the city, as of last night.
 arrow Conference on water issues Aug 9-10
The New York based International Farakka Committee (IFC) will hold a two-day international conference on "Transboundary water issues: South Asian Cooperation" at the LGED Bhaban on August 9 and 10.
 arrow Teenage girl murdered in city
Police recovered the body of a teenage girl floating in a ditch in the city's Gabtoli area yesterday. They suspect that the unidentified girl, aged about 15, was killed after rape two days ago.
Nationalarrow SUST reopens tomorrow amid strike call
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will reopen tomorrow after its closure for about three months.
 arrow Monsoon rain triggers flash flood in three districts
Heavy monsoon rain has flooded the low-lying areas in Barisal, Patuakhali and Barguna districts.
 arrow IU students to intensify agitation as deadline goes unheeded
The 'general' students of Islamic University (IU) yesterday decided to go for tougher agitation programmes including road block, locking of offices and departments as their deadline to resolve the 16-day
 arrow A little support can be of great help
If mobilised and trained, illiterate ultra poor women can have exquisite craftsmanship, earn bread for families and contribute to foreign currency earnings.
 arrow AL blasts govt for inaction
Awami League (AL) leaders at a meeting held here yesterday blasted the government for failure to arrest the culprits involved in August 7 grenade attack in 2004.
 arrow 2 to die for murder in Satkhira
A court here yesterday sentenced two people to death for killing a jewelry shop owner.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi cattle trader
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Sunday night handed over to BDR the body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader who was shot dead by the BSF on July 25 at Tarali, a bordering village in Swarupnagar thana under
 arrow Appeal for help
Shamsul Haque, a lecturer of statistics at Satbaria Degree College, Shahzadpur, Sirajganj is now fighting for life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Point-Counterpointarrow Immediate ceasefire is a must
THERE has been outrage all over the world, more so in the Arab and Muslim world, as a result of Israel's undeclared war against Lebanon and excessive and savage use of military force against a country
 arrow Victims twice over
WE are d5istressed over the raging conflict in the Middle East. Three weeks and more than 800 deaths later, the situation seems to be getting worse.
 arrow The Brick Lane controversy
MONICA Ali's Brick Lane was published and received international acclaim in 2003.
Culturearrow Call for peace
Hiroshima Day is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. The day marks the US' dropping atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
 arrow Tagore's 65th death anniversary observed
Tagore devotees remember the poet with reverence on August 6, his 65th death anniversary.
 arrow In sync: Dance at Alliance Francaise
Majid, an expert in folk dance from Russia, held a dance performance last weekend with his students.
 arrow Magura reverberates to a cultural function
To mark the 65th death anniversary of Tagore, a cultural programme was held at the Syed Ator Ali Public Library.
 arrow fan mail!
The Culture Page is starting a monthly fan mail section on cultural personalities based on questions sent by readers. Now you can ask the stars whatever you always wanted to know about them.
Internationalarrow UN powers frustrated by ME resolution delays
The United Nations resumes its battle yesterday to agree a call for an end to the Israel-Hezbollah conflict with key members expressing mounting frustration at the blockages to Security Council action.
 arrow Aid workers demand protection in Lanka
Tired and hungry aid workers labour ceaselessly in crowded refugee camps on the edge of Sri Lanka's conflict zone amid the thundering sound of artillery.
 arrow 3 GIs, 9 Iraqi soldiers killed in attacks
A roadside bomb killed three US soldiers southwest of Baghdad while nine Iraqi soldiers were killed in insurgent attacks, the US military announced yesterday.
 arrow Arab angers at their rulers grow
As their anger against Israel and America swells, protesters across the Middle East are also increasingly venting their frustration at their Arab rulers, especially in moderate countries whose governments
 arrow Expulsion of diplomats won't hurt peace with India, says Pakistan
Pakistan said yesterday the tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats by itself and India should not affect the peace process between the nuclear-armed nations.
 arrow Iran still plans reply to nuke incentives deal
Iran still plans to reply by August 22 to a big power offer of incentives to stop making nuclear fuel, an official said yesterday, but more senior politicians have already rejected the terms of the package.
 arrow Fresh violence in Kashmir kills 7
Seven people have been killed in continuing separatist violence in Indian Kashmir but Islamic rebels freed three civilians held hostage during a stand-off with the army, police said yesterday.
 arrow India steps up relief efforts in flood zone
Relief workers in four Indian states stepped up efforts yesterday to reach thousands marooned by flooding following heavy monsoon rains, officials said, as another 28 people were reported killed.
 arrow Climate change threatens Europe's power sector
Climate change could reshape Europe's energy sector as hotter and drier summers boost electricity demand and place new strains on its power stations.
 arrow Tribes stranded as India dam drowns valley
Kishore Solanki picks up a rock on the banks of India's swollen Narmada river, gesturing towards land, now submerged, where once he grew enough wheat and vegetables to make a comfortable living.
 arrow 28 more die in Indian floods
Relief workers in four Indian states stepped up efforts yesterday to reach thousands marooned by flooding following heavy monsoon rains, officials said, as another 28 people were reported killed.
 arrow Castro to return 'in a few weeks': Cuba
Cuba's vice president said Sunday Fidel Castro would return to work in a few weeks after intestinal surgery that forced him to hand over power temporarily to his younger brother.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lawmen are to protect, not kill
The ruling of the High Court on the government and some of its agencies is in fact calling to account the government's failure to protect people taken in the custody of the police and RAB.
 arrow Editorial: Encounter with Zimbabwe
The cricketers ended their Zimbabwe tour with an emphatic eight-wicket victory in the last ODI, thanks to a brilliant century by opener Shahriar Nafees.
 arrow Why this volte-face?
In an interview with a private television channel (ntv) on August 3, prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's eldest son Tarique Rahman, who is the senior joint secretary general of the BNP and
 arrow Nukes are a menace
Sixty-one years ago the US inaugurated the nuclear age by dropping a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki. The evil nature of the Bomb is obvious.
 arrow Education system in chaos
Unrest in education has swept across institutions, from primary schools to universities, and has kept millions of students, and hundreds of thousands of teachers out of their classrooms.
Letters to Editorarrow Think positive!
I know I'm not going to get that job. I need to lose weight, but I can't. Everyone keeps telling me walking and exercise will help me to lose it, but I know it won't work for me. Nothing works for me.
 arrow Israel issue
I really appreciate the views expressed by Mr. M M Haque in his letter on July 21. At the same time, I was disappointed with Mr. Minhaz Ahmed for calling me a Jew sympathiser.
 arrow JMB operatives
The law enforcers have done a commendable job. They have arrested a few more JMB militants.
 arrow Criminal cases
Criminal cases are proliferating in such a way that the trying magistrates are unable to cope with. Criminal cases constitute a big source of income to the police, lawyers and peshkers.
 arrow PRSP and the minister
I agree with the observations of our minister, when he says, "The PRSP has been formulated in keeping with the interest of the donors, not suiting people's needs".
 arrow "Brick Lane" controversy
Regarding your article 'Brick Lane Film Riddled With Protests' (The Daily Star 02/08/06), I must explain as a British Sylheti that Monica Ali's book 'Brick Lane' continues to court controversy amongst
 arrow Boucher's trip
Richard Boucher visited Bangla-desh to lecture us about fighting militancy, terrorism & democracy. And our leaders, mullahs & even widows had the time to listen to Boucher's baloney.
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