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Front Pagearrow Depoliticising admin poses a challenge
The next caretaker government will have to initiate a massive reshuffle to depoliticise the civil administration to ensure a level playing field for the upcoming election as a large-scale of promotions
 arrow Inflation keeps rising despite tight monetary policy
Despite the central bank's tight monetary policy, inflation rate increased by .69 percentage point to 7.17 per cent on an average basis in the last fiscal year that ended in June.
 arrow CPD trashes BoI chief's broadside
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday brushed aside the brazen remarks of the executive chairman of Board of Investment (BoI) that the think tank misinterpreted data from two international reports.
 arrow Marooned in cruel waters
Around five lakh people remain marooned as a vast area spread over Jessore, Khulna and Satkhira districts has become permanently waterlogged due to siltation of the local rivers, subsidence of the wetlands,
 arrow 50pc work done in Dhaka as time limit ends tomorrow
Worried by the slow progress of updating the voter list in the capital, the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday assigned its 90 officials to expedite the task.
 arrow Biman flight triggers bomb scare at Kolkata
Indian security agencies yesterday found three unclaimed packets in a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Chittagong to Kolkata carrying 67 people on board after it landed here amidst full emergency
 arrow CPD trustee board members shocked at BoI chief's remarks
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Board of Trustees has termed the remarks of the executive chairman of Board of Investment (BoI) 'very unfortunate' and said he has no idea about the trustee members.
 arrow Teachers gain little in conditional raise
Despite the government's announcement to provide cent per cent basic salary from the government exchequer, the teachers of the non-government high-schools, colleges and madrasas will not be benefitedas
 arrow Intelligence to watch hoarding, swindling
The government has decided to deploy different intelligence agencies in the market to check import syndication and hoarding ahead of Ramadan.
 arrow JCD attacks Mannan's motorcade
At least 12 activists of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) were injured when Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activists attacked a motorcade of BDB General Secretary Major (retd) Abdul Mannan in front of Noakhali
 arrow Lebanon battle rages, UN struggles for truce
Hezbollah fighters and Israeli ground troops battled in south Lebanon on Tuesday as diplomats struggled at the United Nations to find an workable resolution to end four weeks of bloodshed and destruction.
 arrow 20 injured as high-rise catches fire
A fire left around 20 people injured and trapped near three hundred people in a 10-storey commercial building at Motijheel in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Chopping down ancient tree

 arrow Protocol signed with US to avoid double taxation
Bangladesh and the United States on Monday signed a protocol to avoid double taxation and prevent income tax evasion.
 arrow Students lock IU offices, departments
Students of Islamic University (IU) yesterday locked all departments and offices of the institution demanding immediate resumption of their classes and examinations.
 arrow RMG workers clash with factory officials
Several thousand workers of SG Wicus (BD) Ltd at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Ashulia clashed with the factory officials yesterday morning and injured at least ten including the managing director
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Ministry of Home Affairs has contradicted some information in a report headlined "Flawed machine readable passport scheme shelved: Ministry asks for re-tender on MRP, visa" published Sunday in The
 arrow Condition of poet Shamsur Rahman unchanged
The condition of poet Shamsur Rahman, admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on Sunday, remains unchanged.
 arrow 3rd expert group consultation today
Nagorik Committee 2006 will organise its third Expert Group Consultation Session on the Vision 2021 for Bangladesh, Goal Three: To become a poverty-mitigated middle-income country at CIRDAP Auditorium,
 arrow 358 more to return from Lebanon soon
Some 358 more Bangladeshis will return home in a day or two from the war-torn Lebanon, a foreign ministry spokesman said here yesterday.
 arrow Attacks kill 31 in Iraq despite crackdown
Bombings and shooting killed at least 31 people, including seven Iraqi soldiers and wounded 80 in Baghdad yesterday, as a previous raid by US and Iraqi troops into a Shia militia stronghold stirred political
 arrow Tamil Tigers end water blockade
Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday lifted a water blockade at the root of the latest round of bloodshed in Sri Lanka, a rebel spokesman told AFP.
 arrow PM's visit to Saudi Arabia deferred
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was expected to pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia on August 12-14, has been deferred as Saudi King Abdullah will not be in Riyadh at the time.
 arrow 1 to die for keeping heroin
A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death sentence to a man and 31 years of rigorous imprisonment to three others for possession of one kg heroin in March this year.
 arrow 5 killed as truck rams taxicab
Five people died when a truck collided head on with a taxicab on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Araihazar upazila of the district early yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt forms women SME forum soon
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government will soon form Women SME Entrepreneurs Forum and SME Foundation for further development of the small and medium enterprises sector.
 arrow Thais keen to invest in core sectors
Thailand is keen to invest in some sectors like infrastructure, energy, oil refinery, RMG, tourism and healthcare.
 arrow Reduction in lending rate suggested
After a daylong brainstorming on development of women entrepreneurship, experts at the 'First National SME Women Entrepreneurs Conference 2006' yesterday recommended reduction in lending rate for women
 arrow India may lose US preferential trade benefits
India may be among one of the countries that could lose preferential trade benefits granted by the United States as the Congress complained that these countries were not adopting a stand that is beneficial
 arrow Singapore warns of global recession due to oil prices
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday raised Singapore's economic growth forecasts for this year, but warned that soaring oil prices could trigger a global recession if the Middle East crisis worsens.
 arrow Sylhet chamber chief suspended for 6 months
The Ministry of Commerce has suspended the president of Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Faruque Ahmed Misbah, from his post for 6 months on charge of misappropriation of funds.
 arrow Emirates to start additional flight on Dhaka-Dubai route from Sept 1
Emirates will introduce an additional flight on its Dhaka-Dubai route from September 1.
 arrow Lafarge Surma Cement starts trial production
Lafarge Surma Cement plant at Chhatak started its trial production of clinker yesterday upon successful operation of its kiln. Earlier, the vertical raw mill was put into operation.
 arrow Seminar for focusing on renewable energy
As natural gas, the main conventional energy source of the county, will be consumed in the next 15 years or so, Bangladesh should focus on renewable energy to face persisting power crisis, speakers at
 arrow Asean, East Asia group on track for free trade deal by 2016
A free trade agreement between Southeast Asia and the East Asia Summit grouping is on track to be signed within the next 10 years, Asean Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong said Tuesday. "It can be done.
 arrow Pak trade deficit surges to $12.112b
Pakistan's trade deficit has surged to $12.112 billion during July-2005 to June-2006 following the sharp rise in the country's imports.
 arrow Kazi & Kazi Tea launched
The launching ceremony of single-estate Kazi & Kazi Tea was held in Dhaka on Monday, says a press release.
 arrow New addl MD of EXIM Bank
Kazi Masihur Rahman has joined Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Limited (EXIM Bank) as additional managing director recently.
 arrow Nestle supports eye camp in Jibon Tari floating hospital
As part of its corporate social responsibility Nestle Bangladesh Ltd has provided support for one hundred cataract surgeries in Jibon Tari floating hospital at Monipura Bazaar of Raipura in Narsingdidistrict.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dav expects better show
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore still believes that his side can end its African tour on a high note when they meet Kenya in a three-match one-day series starting next week.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers noticed in Nairobi
The Bangladesh cricket team did not quite slip into Kenya as quietly as had been the case in Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans seal a thriller
Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene hit 123 as the hosts survived South Africa's dramatic fightback to record a tense one-wicket victory in the second and final Test here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Javed, Alok to catch next flight
Opener Javed Omar and all-rounder Alok Kapali will be sent back from Kenya as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) thought that there was no need to keep such a big squad for three matches against the hometeam.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh play Thai U-20s today
Bangladesh under-23 football team will play their only warm-up match as preparation for the 10th SA Games today when they take on Thailand's under-20 side at Pattaya, according o a message received here.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters leave for Vietnam today
The Bangladesh youth (under-17) football team will leave Dhaka tonight to play in the four-nation AAF youth football championship in Vietnam.
 arrow Football: Nat'l football finals to start on schedule
The final round of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship will start on August 18 as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to stick to its original schedule.
 arrow Cricket: Sajid sinks Pakistan
Sajid Mahmood took a Test-best four for 22 as England beat Pakistan by 167 runs on the fifth and final day of the third Test at Headingley here Tuesday.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh meet Sri Lanka in hockey opener
Bangladesh will take on hosts Sri Lanka in their first match of the 10th SA Games hockey competition on August 21.
 arrow Football: Summer soccer starts today
The first-ever summer football seven-a-side tournament, sponsored by Design and Associates Ltd and organised by the Dhanmondi Cricket Academy (DCA), begins at the club ground today.
 arrow Chess: Top guns winning
Top players continued their winning runs in the Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament second round boards at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Squash: Squash included
The squash team were finally included in Bangladesh's 10th SA Games contingent yesterday. The five-member team, including an official, will participate in the Games at their own cost.
 arrow Football: Zigic doesn't worry Milan
Veteran defender Alessandro Costacurta believes AC Milan can cope with the threat posed by Red Star Belgrade's giant striker Nikola Zigic here in Wednesday's crunch Champions League qualifier.
 arrow Football: Eastern threat keeps heavyweights wary
The heavyweights of European football rumble into action in the final round of Champions League qualifiers Wednesday but an Eastern bloc of upstarts are threatening to spring a suprise or two.
 arrow Cricket: Deano sacked over 'terrorist' sneer
Australian cricket commentator Dean Jones returned home in disgrace Tuesday after being sacked by his TV employers for calling a South African Muslim player a "terrorist" during a Test match in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Ribery in shock Arsenal move?
Arsenal will this week tie up the signing of the Marseille and France midfielder Franck Ribery in a deal that is expected to cost the Gunners a minimum £13.5m.
 arrow Cricket: John endorses Sachin fitness
Fears that Sachin Tendulkar was not completely fit were on Tuesday put to rest with Indian cricket team's physiotherapist John Gloster declaring that the batsman had passed a fitness test.
 arrow Tennis: Nalbandian falls at first hurdle
David Nalbandian lost his first ATP Tour appearance since Wimbledon in less than an hour, falling to Italian qualifier Davide Sanguinetti 6-1, 6-2 at the Rogers Cup on Monday.
 arrow Football: Martins in line for Premiership
Obafemi Martins has drawn interest from a host of Premiership clubs after he put in a transfer request yesterday following Hernán Crespo's two-year loan to Internazionale from Chelsea.
 arrow Football: C'Ron set for Utd return
Manchester United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo looked set Tuesday to make his first appearance for the club since an eventful World Cup in which he dazzled on the pitch but was roundly booedby
 arrow Athletics: Kluft rules Euro event
Defending champion Carolina Kluft was firmly in control of the heptathlon at the European Championships here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Joyous Jayawerdene
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawerdene paid tribute to his team's superb work culture after sweeping the two-Test series against South Africa here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Medina joins Barca presidency race
Lawyer Jordi Medina became the latest Barcelona member to declare his intention to stand against Joan Laporta in next month's presidential election when he unveiled his candidature on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket not the only sport
Cricket is not the only golden goose now. With the growing popularity of other sports in the country, corporate houses are ready to back other disciplines as well, according to a sports management firm.
 arrow Football: Reyes fate in the balance
If Spain forward Jose Antonio Reyes plays in Arsenal's Champions League third round qualifier against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday it will torpedo a possible move to Real Madrid, according to the player's
 arrow Football: Pompey will do for Sol
When Sol Campbell proclaimed in July that his desire to leave Arsenal was partially fuelled by the appeal of playing out his career abroad, the implication was that he was off to grace one of the world's
 arrow Football: Teams mourn mass exodus
Germany enjoyed a successful World Cup as hosts both on and off the pitch this summer but the tournament failed to entice any of the world's top players to the German league, which begins again on Friday,
 arrow Football: Barthez wants to carry on
Veteran France international goalkeeper Fabien Barthez insisted Tuesday that he would like to continue playing for another two years.
 arrow Football: Coupet eyes number one
Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet is determined to win back his place in France's starting line-up after losing out to old rival Fabien Barthez at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: No England return for Scholes
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes on Tuesday dismissed talk of an international return with England.
 arrow Football: Reggina in hot water
Serie A side Reggina have been ordered to appear before a sports tribunal to answer allegations of match-fixing in the latest twist to the scandal that has rocked Italian football, it was reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Arsene surprised at Sol's move
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is baffled by news that centre-half Sol Campbell is close to signing for Portsmouth.
 arrow Football: Day off is only reward
A Romanian first division coach will reward his players with days off rather than win bonus payments because of the club's poor finances.
 arrow Football: Dhorasoo ends France chapter
Paris St Germain midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo said on Tuesday he no longer wanted to play for France.
 arrow Football: Victor signs for Panathinaikos
Spanish international attacking midfielder Victor Sanchez has signed a two-year contract with Panathinaikos, the Greek club announced Monday.
 arrow Football: Takeover talks continue
Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis confirmed Tuesday that talks are ongoing regarding a possible takeover of the Premiership club.
 arrow Cricket: Lara best of T&T
West Indies captain Brian Lara has been presented with Trinidad and Tobago's International Cricketer of the Year 2006-07 award.
 arrow Cricket: WIPA, WICB make peace
The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have reached an agreement on player match fees for the upcoming tri-series in Singapore and Malaysia.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie rules out Aussie preps
Andrew Flintoff has ruled out playing grade cricket in Australia before the start of the Ashes series in November.
 arrow Cricket: Burnout worries Vaughan, Kallis
England captain Michael Vaughan has urged the game's administrators to keep player burnout in mind while scheduling one-day matches on the back of a gruelling Test series.
 arrow Football: Six Nigerian players die in crash
Six players of Nigerian non-league club Wunti FC of Bauchi, died in a car accident in northern Nigerian.
 arrow Football: Houllier warns Diarra suitors
Lyon boss Gerard Houllier on Tuesday warned Spanish giants Real Madrid that Malian international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is not for sale.
Metropolitanarrow Integrate indigenous people into mainstream
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for constitutional recognition of the indigenous people and ensuring their participation in mainstream development activities in order to establish their rights.
 arrow Opposition out to create anarchy
Failing to create breaches in the ruling 4-party alliance and oust it from power, the Awami League (AL) and its allies are now out to create anarchy and come to power by any means, said top ruling party
 arrow Ctg mayor ready to talk with govt
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said he is ready to sit for a discussion with the government over the construction of Third Karnaphuli Bridge.
 arrow Over 5000 Bangladeshis studying in Australia
More than 5000 Bangladeshi students are studying in Australia and the High Commission continues to receive huge number of student applications, said officials at the Australian Education Exhibition that
 arrow Posh food shops, clinic fined in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday in separate drives fined Tk 2 lakh to a private clinic, two pharmacies, two confectioneries and a hardware shop.
 arrow Contribution of Begum Mujib recalled
Bangladesh Awami League and its front organisations yesterday observed the 77th birth anniversary of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, across the country in a befittingmanner.
 arrow Cable operators seek govt intervention
Satellite TV cable operators are hostage to the whims of pay channel distributors as each of them put pressure on the operators to run only the channels they provide.
 arrow WB hands over computers to 3 educational institutions
The World Bank (WB) Dhaka Office handed over one hundred refurbished and well-functioning personal computers and laptops to three non-profit educational institutions at a ceremony recently, says a press
 arrow RU teacher gets death threat for second time
A Rajshahi University (RU) teacher received death threats for the second time yesterday from the same caller.
 arrow Two newborn babies found dead
Police recovered bodies of two unidentified newborn babies from Lalbagh and Shyampur in the city on Monday night. Identity of the babies could not be known immediately.
 arrow Youth stabbed to death in city
A gang of criminals stabbed a youth to death at Pallabi in the city on Monday afternoon. The victim identified as Muktar Hussain, 30, was stabbed inside a saloon at Morapara camp in Pallabi at 3:00pm.
 arrow Contraband medicine worth Tk 34 lakh recovered at ZIA
Customs authorities recovered contraband medicine worth around Tk 34 lakh from an abandoned bag at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow 'Poor nations worst victims of climate change'
Deliberate human activities are largely responsible for global change of climate destroying ecological balance, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Woman, daughter killed in Magura road accident
A pregnant woman and her three-year old daughter were killed in a road accident at Chhoto-bridge area in Magura Sadar upazila on Magura-Jhenidah highway yesterday.
 arrow Eastern University team wins first prize in Soft Fair
The computer science team of Eastern University won the first prize in the 7th Soft Fair held at Bashundhara City from August 3 to 5, says a press release.
 arrow Psychosocial care confce ends
A two-day 'National level counsellors' conference on psychosocial care for the children and young people' ended yesterday with the formation of a national level platform for psychosocial support providers.
 arrow Release of Suu Kyi demanded
South Asian People's Union Against Fundamentalism and Communalism, Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Arakan League for Democracy yesterday demanded immediate release of Myanmar's National League for Democracy
 arrow Obituary
Haji Delwar Hossain, a freedom fighter and social worker, passed away due to a cardiac arrest on August 2 at the age of 50, says a press release. He left behind his wife and son.
Nationalarrow No let-up in Janajuddho attacks in Jhenidah
There is no sign of let up in bomb attacks by Janajuddho cadres of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in Jhenidah despite launching of several anti-crime drives and death of at least 16
 arrow AL, Jubo Dal factions clash
Twenty people were injured as rival Awami League (AL) activists clashed in Bakerganj upazila town under Barisal district yesterday morning.
 arrow AL vows to try culprits in people's court
'We do not expect getting justice during the tenure of this government. When the pro-liberation forces return to power, trial of all these incidents will be done in the peoples' court'.
 arrow Road barricade to protest Rab action
Transport workers yesterday put up road barricades at many points in Sirajganj town protesting beating of a bus driver by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members.
 arrow CHT dists to observe Indigenous Day
The International Indigenous Day will be observed today in Rangamati and Khagrachhari.
 arrow Housewife killed for dowry
A housewife was killed yesterday allegedly by her husband for dowry at Churamankathi under Jessore Sadar upazila.
 arrow Divers fail to find body of KU student
Divers of Bangladesh Navy and Fire Service abandoned the search operation as they failed to locate the body of Khulna University (KU) student Mahmudur Rahman Noor.
Point-Counterpointarrow The High Court directive and the voters' right to know
During a BBC dialogue on local government in 2005, Mr. Helal Rahman, the elected Councilor of London's Tower Hamlets stated that before receiving the nomination he was given several examinations by his party to assess his knowledge, experience, skills and his intentions for running for office.
 arrow Syed Murtaza Ali
Syed Murtaza Ali, a top civil servant, renowned historian and distinguished literary personality of his time passed away on this day twenty-five years ago.
 arrow How good a friend is Israel?
The relationship between Israel and America dates back to 1948 when Israel declared unilateral independence following the withdrawal of Britain at the end of her mandate from occupied Arab lands.
Culturearrow Celebrating ethnic diversity
AUGUST 9 marks the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. The occasion goes back to 1994, when General Assembly of United Nations (UN) earmarked the day.
 arrow A mélange of artistic ideas
Using the indigenous materials of artist Shambhu Acharya, an artists' camp was held recently at the Jamuna Resort. This was arranged by Gallery Kaya's Gautam Chakraborti.
 arrow Three win 'yes card' at 'Closeup 1' Bogra audition
Housewife Farah Diba Brishti, Fahmida Sharmin Rahman Lisa and Md Harunur Rashid won 'yes cards' at Closeup 1 Bogra auditions out of 40 participants.
 arrow Street theatre festival concludes in Tangail
A three-day long street theatre festival concluded recently in Tangail. The festival had begun at local Shaheed Minar premises in the town on July 30.
 arrow Bonsai display at Rajshahi
A three day-long 7th bonsai exhibition ended at Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry gallery recently.
Internationalarrow Diplomats try to keep ME peace plan afloat
Battles between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas raged Tuesday across southern Lebanon as diplomats at the United Nations struggled to keep a peace plan from collapsing over Arab demands for an
 arrow Families blame army for aid workers' killing
Some family members of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers found executed blamed the army for the killings, as details emerged yesterday about the final hours of the team trapped in a town at the centre of fighting
 arrow Qana killings could be breach of int'l law
Israel's deadly attack on the Lebanese village of Qana could be part of "a pattern of violations of international law" in the Israel-Hezbollah war, UN chief Kofi Annan said in a report.
 arrow Nepali PM moves to rescue peace deal
Nepal's prime minister held meetings yesterday with political leaders in an effort to save the country's peace process a day after Maoist rebels said negotiations to end a decade-old insurgency were on
 arrow Aid group suspends Lanka mission
The French charity Action Against Hunger (Action Contre la Faim, ACF) said Monday it was suspending its mission to Sri Lanka following the massacre of 16 of its staff in the country.
 arrow BJP MPs boycott Lok Sabha
Lawmakers of India's main opposition BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) yesterday boycotted Lok Sabha protesting the "partisan attitude" of parliament Speaker Somnath Chatterjee against them.
 arrow Nuclear deal with India 'on track'
A senior US official said Monday a controversial US-India civilian nuclear energy deal was "on track," a report said.
 arrow Floods render 750,000 homeless in India
Rescuers are racing to get food and clean water to more than 750,000 people left homeless in four flooded Indian states, officials said Tuesday, as the death toll linked to lashing monsoon rains in the
 arrow WW2 consensus eludes Japan 61 years after defeat
Makoto Koga was 2 years old when his father, a soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army, died in battle on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Teachers' benefits
The government announcement to provide one hundred percent of the basic salary to the non-government teachers, an increase of 10 percent, should be commended, it having at least met the election promise
 arrow Editorial: Voter list preparation in CHT
The allegations made by Shantu Larma, Chairman of the CHT Regional Council concerning preparation of voter list for the hill districts need to be seriously looked into.
 arrow This is not Pakistan, and yet . . .
It is good to know that Reaz Rahman does not think Bangladesh is Pakistan.
 arrow US Middle East policy in ruins
President Bush has set certain goals in the Middle East and they appear to be as follows:
(a) Support democratic Lebanon to get rid of Syrian troops;
(b) Marginalize Syria and Iran to minimizetheir

 arrow The media business
In January 2002, a very famous TV personality interviewed a leading Indian industrialist and myself in New York for one of the world's better known channels on the subject of India-Pakistan relationship.
Letters to Editorarrow Middle East And Democracy
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair are sure that imposing democracy in the Middle East is the panacea to the all the problems there.
 arrow Diminished Ershad factor
Of late the fallen dictator appears to have become a darling to our media. The man is facing the press in new attires and a softer approach.
 arrow Let's help children
I don't know what to say or how to react when I read about a little boy made to drink acid, or about little boys and girls being beaten and their bodies all red and blue with bruises or when I read about
 arrow Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh
Selig Harrison's article in the Washington Post (on 8/2/06) is a well-timed grim reminder of the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalists in Bangladesh, though it contains no new information.
 arrow 'Longing for the soul'
According to a news item published in a vernacular daily, the Prince of Wales is going to introduce a motion picture titled- "Longing for the soul.
 arrow Bank robbery and banking transactions
I have been reading numerous reports in Bangladeshi newspapers on looting of cash money from staff members, managers, accountants, and payroll officers of companies while they were taking large sumsof
 arrow Whither commitment?
Commitment is a must for a human being. Commitment is responsibility. So there is no shortcut to reach the goal. The only way is to perform and proceed. Tricks can be played but that can't yield results.
 arrow Education: changing the world
Many people think about how their education can help them reshape the world, making it a much better place to live in. Others use it to get a job and live a happy and prosperous life.
 arrow Introduce democratic culture
Since the ouster of the autocratic regime in 1990, he nation has been passing through one crisis after another.
Specialarrow Crime and violence in Dhaka city
Dhaka city today faces a tremendous escalation of urban violence and Crime.
Star Chittagongarrow All about a 'city of bumpy roads, potholes'
The port city has become a city of potholes due to lack of proper maintenance of roads, causing untold sufferings to the commuters.
 arrow Cox's Bazar cries for gas
While natural gas from Sangu Gas Field at Kutubdia flows to millions in Chittagong, Feni and other parts of the country, the people of Cox's Bazar, next door from the field, cry for gas in their houses
Star Cityarrow Vested quarters delay formation of One Window Cell
Opposed by certain quarters, Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkhya (Rajuk) and works ministry have not yet been able to form the One Window Service Cell and Urban Development Committee envisaged for fair disposal
 arrow Dilly-dally makes installation uncertain
Although Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) intends to hand over Purbachal housing project plots by 2010, no plans have been set for developing utility service systems nor has it reached an effective
 arrow Dedicated to the art of worship
Small shops down the narrow lane of Shankhari Bazar are busy with artisans making idols of Hindu gods and goddesses.
 arrow DMCH children's ward running without incubator
The Children's Ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has been running its activities without an incubator for last four months as all six incubators are out of order.
 arrow Menace to Man

 arrow Heavy vehicles causing most accidents in city
Heavier vehicles are causing most of the road accidents in Dhaka, according to the recent records of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB).
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