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Front Pagearrow Arrest warrants against 5 eminent citizens
In a rare incident in the country, a Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against five prominent citizens who are also members of the board of trustees of an independent research organisation,
 arrow EC sits today to extend time limit for update
With the voter list not updated in many areas as yet, the Election Commission (EC) sits today for another round of extension to the time limit, which expires today, amid allegation of underage peoplebeing
 arrow Bimstec to speed up FTA talks before Feb
The Bimstec countries yesterday agreed to speed up talks to conclude Free Trade Area (FTA) before the next summit to be held here in February next year.
 arrow Implement HC verdict on voters' right to know
Legal experts and prominent civil society members at a roundtable yesterday demanded full implementation of the High Court (HC) verdict on voters' right to know about candidates in elections.
 arrow AL faces criticism from 14-party allies
Senior leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday came under severe criticism from their allies in the 14-party combine over AL leaders' presence in a meeting of the Local Consultative
 arrow Livelihood, ecology under threat
Waterlogging on a vast swath of land in Khulna, Satkhira and Jessore districts poses a serious threat to livelihood and environment while over 5 lakh people in the three districts have already becomemarooned.
 arrow Shock at case
Top business leaders, economists, bankers and civil society members were yesterday shocked at issuance of arrest warrant against five prominent citizens.
 arrow CPD protests distortion of Manzur Elahi's speech
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday strongly protested some daily newspapers' distorted version of some of the speeches delivered at the press conference on August 8 organised by CPD in response
 arrow TV footage shows Manzur Elahi didn't comment on Mahmudur
Syed Manzur Elahi's comment, which prompted the BoI executive chairman to file yesterday's defamation suit, was not at all about Mahmudur Rahman, but a mere jocular demonstration of how unthinkingly people
 arrow Jurists decry BoI chief's case, arrest warrants
Eminent jurists and lawyers' leaders termed the filing of the case and issuance of warrants against five eminent citizens as unfortunate and said the incident reminds how urgent is the separation of judiciary
 arrow Debapriya should not have right to live in country
Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI) Mahmudur Rahman said 'Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya should not have the right to live in thecountry'.
 arrow WB, IMF to increase assistance
The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have assured that they will increase their assistance to Bangladesh.
 arrow Fighting graft, rich-poor gap main challenges
Fighting corruption, making public institutions creditable, bringing transparency in utilitising national resources and reducing inequality between the poor and the rich are some of the challenges Bangladesh
 arrow 20,000 acres of land gobbled up in 3 dists
About 30,000 land grabbers have gobbled up over 20,000 acres of public land in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur districts, local administrations informed a parliamentary body yesterday.
 arrow 260 more to return from Lebanon Saturday
Another batch of 260 Bangladeshis will return home from the war-ravaged Lebanon on Saturday. Some 400 other Bangladeshis have completed their homecoming formalities in Beirut.
 arrow Khaleda hails political talk initiative by businessmen
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday welcomed the dialogue initiative taken by the business community to end the persisting political standoff between the government and the opposition.
 arrow Contempt rule issued on Prothom Alo editor, publisher
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a contempt rule on The Prothom Alo Publisher Mahfuz Anam, Editor Matiur Rahman and Reporter Zahid Hossain for publishing a report on harassment of justice seekersin
 arrow Govt issues work order
The government has issued work order for the third Buriganga Bridge at Basila, releasing Tk 33 crore fund for it, the project director said.
 arrow 32 Bangladeshis arrested in Mumbai
Thirty-two Bangladeshis suspected as illegal immigrants were arrested on Tuesday night in a neighbouring district of Mumbai, Indian satellite television channel Zee News reported yesterday.
 arrow Israel approves wider ground offensive
Israel's security cabinet yesterday approved a wider ground offensive in south Lebanon that was expected to take 30 days as part of a new push to badly damage Hezbollah, the prime minister's office said.
 arrow IU students block highway for 4hrs
Students of The Islamic University (IU) yesterday blockaded the Kushtia-Khulna highway halting traffic for about four hours during their second consecutive day of ongoing agitation demanding resumption
 arrow World oil prices rebound above 78 dollars in London
Oil prices rallied on Wednesday before the release of data which was expected to reveal that US energy inventories had fallen even before BP began shutting the biggest US oil field.
 arrow Congress suspends Natwar's membership
India's ruling Congress Party has suspended its veteran leader Natwar Singh, indicted by an inquiry into the Iraqi oil-for-food swindle, from primary membership of the party on charges of indiscipline.
 arrow 4th Expert Group Consultation today
Nagorik Committee 2006 organises its fourth Expert Group Consultation session on the Vision 2021 for Bangladesh at 2:30pm today at Cirdap Auditorium in the capital.
 arrow France says US has reservations over Lebanon resolution
French President Jacques Chirac insisted Wednesday on an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon but admitted the United States had "reservations" over the wording of a UN resolution to end the conflict.
 arrow Bangladesh lose warm-up tie
Bangladesh's preparation for the coming South Asian Games suffered a shock when they went down to Thailand Under-20 side in a warm-up match in Thailand yesterday.
Businessarrow Some essentials' prices may surge ahead of Ramadan
Prices of some of the essential commodities such as pulses and date may surge ahead of Ramadan as complexity arises in transhipment due to the Middle East war, importers apprehended.
 arrow Rail, road links with India thru' Birol land port to be developed
The government has decided to develop rail and road links connecting Indian networks through Birol land port for resuming import-export trade on a full scale through the border point.
 arrow SME sector seeks guidance to compete in global market
Exhibited notable dynamism in value added feature, the SME sector is holding 90 percent of industrial structure and 25 percent of GDP of total economy in the country.
 arrow Poor Asia-Pacific countries losing out to China
Despite trade expansion, the most vulnerable economies are being seriously challenged by their narrow range of exports amid strong competitiveness elsewhere.
 arrow CDBL launches online service for investors
Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), which operates central depository system (CDS) in the stock market, yesterday launched an internet-based service that will allow investors to know the status
 arrow Dollar rises in Asia
The dollar gained ground in Asian trade Wednesday as dealers voiced relief that the US Federal Reserve kept open the possibility of future rate hikes even though it halted its two-year tightening campaign.
 arrow Final round of chef of the year competition August 12
The final round of 'Monitor-Totalgaz Chef of the Year Competition-2006' will be held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on August 12.
 arrow Citigroup selects 20 finalists for awards
The Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards program launched by Citigroup Foundation and managed by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Citibank, NA, in Bangladesh has received significant response
 arrow Etihad pilots test fly world's largest aircraft
Pilots of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have recently had their first opportunity to test fly the new double-decker Airbus A380, which is said to be the largest passenger
 arrow US reviews Thailand over duty-free benefits
The United States said Tuesday it was reviewing whether to renew duty-free benefits to Thailand whose economy has grown rapidly since the trade favor program was launched 30 years ago.
 arrow NBR chief visits Benapole
NBR Chairman Abdul Karim Tuesday called upon the officials concerned to be tough to stop tax evasion as he visited Benapole land port.
 arrow China to use exchange rate to adjust economy
China's central bank said Wednesday it plans to use the exchange rate to adjust the country's economy but warned against the view that yuan appreciation was the sole solution to global imbalances.
 arrow New addl MD of National Bank
Md Abdur Rahman has been promoted to additional managing director of National Bank Ltd, says a press release. Prior to the promotion, he was deputy managing director of the same bank.
 arrow DHL gets signal to start business in Vietnam
The Vietnamese government has given the green light for German DHL express group to establish a joint venture with a local delivery company, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow Japanese machinery orders soar past expectations
Japanese private sector machinery orders in June rose 8.
 arrow Wal-Mart to allow unions in all China stores
Wal-Mart said Wednesday it would allow unions to be set up at all its outlets in China, although the nation's government-run labor organization maintained a hard line against the US retail giant.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB names probables
There was no surprise inclusion or exclusion when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) disclosed yesterday the list of 30 probables for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be held in India in October-November.
 arrow Saifur of no use
The M Saifur Rahman Stadium which was built with a staggering 7.5 crore taka, has been lying useless even after a year of its official unveiling, due to the poor condition of the playing area.
 arrow Football: Roxy upbeat about Vietnam tour
Bangladesh under-17 football coach Mahbub Hossain Roxy was happy that his boys would be able to play a warm-up tournament abroad as part of their preparation for next September's Asian Youth (u-17) Football
 arrow Cricket: No Pak complaints
Pakistan did not take the easy option after losing the third Test and the four-match series against England at Headingley on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares top spot
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman kept the top spot along with fifteen others after the end of the third round of the Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament at the federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Squash: GMG squash results
Top-seed Swapan Parvez dropped a set before beating Dilu 2-1 in yesterday's Premier League match of the GMG Open squash tournament at the Gulshan Club.
 arrow Cricket: Jones jibe 'unfortunate'
Indian cricketers and commentators on Wednesday described Dean Jones's "terrorist" jibe as "unfortunate", saying the Australian pundit should have been more careful.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies feel let down
Cricket commentator Dean Jones was accused of tarnishing Australia's reputation for racial tolerance Wednesday after labelling a South African Muslim player a "terrorist" during a Test in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Barca rake in millions from US tour
European and Spanish champions Barcelona said Tuesday they expect their United States tour to yield a fourfold increase in revenue compared with a previous Stateside visit in 2003.
 arrow Football: Arsenal sweep aside Belgrade
Arsenal all but guaranteed themselves a place in the group stages of the Champions League here Tuesday after cruising to a 3-0 victory away to Dinamo Zagreb.
 arrow Football: Japan beat T&T
Japan won their first game under new coach Ivica Osim on Wednesday, with Brazilian-born Alessandro Santos scoring twice early to sink Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in a friendly here.
 arrow Tennis: Serena's solid start
Serena Williams kept her comeback on track Tuesday, ousting 11th-seeded Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-1 to reach the second round of this 600,000-dollar US Open tune-up.
 arrow Athletics: Kluft-Obikwelu show
Francis Obikwelu of Portugal and home favourite Carolina Kluft lived up to their top billing at the European Championships here Tuesday, destroying their rivals to win the men's 100m and heptathlon respectively.
 arrow Football: Domenech rings the changes
Coach Raymond Domenech has left the door open for veterans Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram to return to the France fold despite omitting them from his 20-man squad for the August 16 friendly against
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer gives Eng Ashes chance
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer insisted England could mount a successful defence of the Ashes after they crushed his side by 167 runs here at Headingley.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti critical of UEFA
UEFA's harsh criticism of AC Milan over a match-rigging scandal was out of place, club coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: England second ranked Test team
England have moved into second place in the world Test rankings behind Australia after taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead over Pakistan in their four-Test series on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Benitez backs Gerrard
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is backing Steven Gerrard to succeed David Beckham as England captain ahead of new national boss Steve McClaren's announcement expected later this week.
 arrow Football: Cesc starts brightly
Cesc Fabregas gave Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plenty of reasons to be cheerful after a sparkling two-goal performance in the Gunners 3-0 Champions League romp over Dinamo Zagreb.
 arrow Football: Negativity irks Bayern
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath said he would like his team to play a more open, attacking style than in the past but feared it would not be possible because so many other teams are committed to spoiling
 arrow Football: Ronaldo shows character
Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off jeers from rival fans to star in Manchester United's 4-1 win over Oxford United in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Mexico condemns racist insult
The Mexican football federation condemned the racist insults aimed at a black player in a first division match at the weekend but said it was too early to announce any punishment.
 arrow Football: Lamps special seals win
Frank Lampard put his England woes behind him to score Chelsea's winner in a 1-0 pre-season victory over Feyenoord on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Auxerre fall at Belgrade
French side Auxerre were left with work to do to make it into the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup after losing 1-0 to Serbian side OFK Belgrade on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly in list of probables
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was surprisingly recalled on Wednesday, named in the provisional 30-player squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be played at home in October-November.
 arrow Cricket: Israelis to flee to airbase
The Israel cricket team was forced to move a European championship match to the security of a British airbase Tuesday after protesters disrupted their matches at venues in the host city of Glasgow.
 arrow Football: Reyes wants Real move
Arsenal's Spanish winger Jose Antonio Reyes said Wednesday that he was impatient to have his move to Real Madrid wrapped up as soon as possible.
 arrow Football: Lega Calcio has new boss
The Italian football league on Tuesday elected a new president to replace Adriano Galliani, who stood down in June after being charged in connection with the Serie A match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Dutch clubs cleared of fixing
Three first division clubs have been cleared after an investigation into alleged match-fixing in Dutch football, the ANP news agency reported Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Asif won't join Pakistan in England
Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif will not be travelling to England to join the team for the fourth Test at The Oval from August 17, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told this news agency on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sarfraz urges Inzy to quit
Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz said Inzamamul Haq should step down as captain after England scored their first home Test series win against the South Asian team in 24 years.
 arrow Football: Klose, Klinsmann top Kicker poll
Werder Bremen forward Miroslav Klose has been named German Player of the Year by Kicker magazine, with World Cup boss Jurgen Klinsmann picking up the coach's award.
Metropolitanarrow Vote for progressive democratic candidates
Ethnic people of the country celebrated the International Day of the World's Indigenous People yesterday amid festivity, with a call to ensure their rights to territory, land and natural resources.
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow Opposition, not govt, to face mass upsurge
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said there would be a mass upsurge against the opposition, not the government, as they are engaged in conspiracies.
 arrow BNP let loose goons on opposition: B Chy
Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has said fearing a debacle in next election, "BNP has let loose its pet goons" on leaders and workers of BDB and other oppositionparties.
 arrow Winners awarded
The winners of Nishorgo Support Project's Architectural Competition were awarded yesterday at a ceremony for designing a Visitor's Information Centre at Lawachara National Park in Srimongal.
 arrow Ensure equal rights to indigenous communities
Speakers at a rally yesterday called on the government to ensure equal rights to the indigenous people.
 arrow Opposition's road march begins in Bogra today
The district level road march programme organised by the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine begins today at Bogra.
 arrow Demolish old bldg, construct new one
Students of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) formed a human chain in front of the Arts Building on the campus yesterday demanding demolition of old building and construction of a new one.
 arrow Condition of poet Shamsur Rahman unchanged
The condition of poet Shamsur Rahman, who is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU), remains unchanged.
 arrow 13 govt officials promoted
The government yesterday elevated 13 joint secretary level officials, mostly belong to administration cadre, by superseding 15 eligible officials of 1981 batch.
 arrow Court order over acceptance of charge sheet today
The Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate's court will give his order today regarding the acceptance of the charge sheet in the sensational case of abduction and murder of Jamal Uddin Ahmed, a business magnet
 arrow Man killed in trawler accident
One man was killed in a trawler accident at Demra boat terminal in the city yesterday. Md Mostafa, 42, a day laborer of a boat, hailed from Mothbaria upazila of Pirozpur district.
 arrow Hearing on bail prayer of chief whip's son held
A Dhaka court yesterday heard the bail petition of Akter Hamid Paban, son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, arrested on charge of carjacking on June 7.
 arrow PM inaugurates Judicial Admin Training Instt Complex
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the Judicial Administration Training Institute Complex, the foundation stone of which she laid in May 2003.
 arrow Next hearing on Aug 15
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of the Journalist Gautam Das Murder case until August 15 following a time petition by the defence lawyers.
 arrow Tower Hamlets mayor councilor calls on Hasina
Mayor Councilor of Tower Hamlets of the UK Shafiqul Haque called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi office in the city yesterday.
 arrow 90 telephones go out of order at Mirpur daily
At least 90 telephones go out of order in Mirpur area alone everyday due to almost regular cable stealing, which the officials said cause immense sufferings to clients and to them as well.
 arrow JU students protest indecent behaviour of teacher
The students of 2000-2001 academic session of Economics department at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday submitted written complaint to the chairman protesting indecent behavior of a teacher of the
 arrow Appeal for help
Bushra, a three-year-old girl, has long been suffering from Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer, says a press release.
 arrow Woman mugged inside Midford Hospital
Three unidentified muggers snatched away gold ornaments of a woman from inside the Midford Hospital in the city yesterday.
 arrow Students ransack RU hall provost's room
Residents of Motiher Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday ransacked hall provost room demanding renovation of the hall. It was the first boys' residential hall established in 1960.
 arrow Agrani Bank gives Tk 20 lakh to Ahsania Cancer Hospital
Agrani Bank yesterday gave Tk 20 lakh to Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) for construction of its cancer hospital at Uttara in the city.
 arrow Correction
Margaret Goon, resident representative (a.i.), UNDP Bangladesh, signed a cooperation agreement with CRC-Bangladesh on August 2 in the city.
Nationalarrow SUST reopens as students agitate for VC's removal
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) reopened yesterday after three months amid an indefinite strike call by opposition-backed student organsitions.
 arrow BNP won't give Khulna-5 and 6 seats to Jamaat
BNP will not 'surrender' Khulna-5 and Khulna-6 constituencies to Jamaat-e-Islami in the coming election as was done in 2001, according to aspirants for party tickets in the areas.
 arrow Aborigines vow to protect land, traditional culture
The indigenous communities in different districts including Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) yesterday observed the International Indigenous Day with a vow to establish their rights on land and constitutional
 arrow People solve problem as lawmaker fails
As the local Jamat lawmaker did not fulfil his pre-election pledge, several thousand people irrespective of political opinions, have joined hands and started earth cutting to drain out stagnant waterfrom
 arrow Attack on landless to grab govt land
Over 200 landless people including women from Char Hadi, a remote shoal in Dashmina upazila, formed a human chain in front of Patuakhali Press Club yesterday protesting attacked on them allegedly by some
 arrow 5 witnesses examined by court in Gaibandha
Gaibandha District and Sessions Judge Court yesterday examined statements of five out of 40 witnesses in connection with the August 17 serial bomb blasts case.
 arrow Sultan's birth anniversary function at Narail today
Glowing tributes will be paid to legendary artist SM Sultan on his 82nd birth anniversary here today.
 arrow Tk 4 cr heroin seized in C'nawabganj
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized 4.200 kilogram of heroin worth Tk 4.25 crore from a passenger bus in Chapainawabganj. But the owner of the drug could not be found, BDR said.
 arrow Robbers ransack WDB office in Dinajpur
Robbers ransacked the Water Development Board (WDB) office in Dinajpur in the early hours of yesterday, according to police and WDB officials.
 arrow BSF yet to return abducted Bangladeshi
Indian border security force (BSF) were yet to return a Bangladeshi indigenous man --Poresh Sangma, 40-- abducted allegedly by some BSF men from Nakshi village near the Garo hills in Jhinaigati upazila
 arrow World Vision donates trolleys, sewing machines
The World Vision distributed 100 hand trolleys, 15 sewing machines, book and other materials at a simple function here on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Twilight of Lebanon's liberals
Walid Jumblatt is in a funk. The leader of Lebanon's Druze sect was never an upbeat kind of guy at the best of times.
 arrow Decentralisation facilitates democracy
Democracy is no doubt the most favoured word the world over.
 arrow Raising the bar in education
It was during my practice teaching at a secondary school in Toronto that I came across a painting done by a couple of high school students.
 arrow The voice of tomorrow
9:20 pm, Tuesday, August 1, marked the launching of an innovative talk show called "Agamir Kontho: The Voice of Tomorrow" on the satellite channel BanglaVision.
Culturearrow Landscape and familiar faces
At the ongoing photography exhibition at Alliance Francaise, Dhaka, Bangladeshi landscape, rural people at work and the interaction between the two have been highlighted.
 arrow "I would like to play the role of a prime minister," -- Shanta
Shanta Islam, actress, director and talk show host, stopped by to talk to The Daily Star about her life and career. In a rapid fire conversation, she came up with some interesting responses.
 arrow Cultural programme on indigenous people
Adivasi Unnayan Sangstha (AUS) of Rajshahi held a discussion, seminar and cultural programme on August 8 at Zilla Parishad auditorium to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.
 arrow CloseUp 1 in Mymensingh
Auditions for the popular talent hunt CloseUp 1 were held at Hotel Amir International on August 8.
Internationalarrow Nepal deal reached on arms, armies
Maoist rebels and the Nepal government said yesterday that they had resolved a dispute over monitoring the militaries of both sides that paves the way for the insurgents to join an interim government.
 arrow Rockets force first Israeli evacuation in 58 years
Terrified and exhausted by the daily rain of rocket fire, residents fled to the wail of sirens yesterday in the first evacuation of an entire town since the creation of Israel in 1948.
 arrow Lieberman defeat sends strong political message on Iraq war
Iraq loomed larger on the US political landscape yesterday after a prominent Democratic senator and former vice presidential candidate was denied renomination for a fourth term largely because of hissupport
 arrow Crops hit as Assam gets scant rain in monsoon
India's flood-prone northeast Assam state is suffering an unusual dry spell this summer that has hit farmers who depend on seasonal monsoon rains to sow rice and other crops, officials said yestersday.
 arrow The living and the dead trapped in Tyre
Doctor Adib Wazzani is at work outside the government hospital in the southern Lebanese port of Tyre, carefully assembling the plywood panels of a coffin.
 arrow Newsman, two others arrested for 'phone interceptions'
An editor of a tabloid newspaper and two other men faced charges yesterday for allegedly intercepting phone calls from staff close to Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.
 arrow N Korea seeks aid from South despite chills in relations
North Korea has for the first time appealed to South Korean groups for help in recovering from devastating floods despite chills in relations caused by its missile tests last month, aid officials said.
 arrow 3 more arrested in Mumbai blasts probe
Police have arrested three activists from a banned Islamic group for their suspected involvement in serial train blasts in Mumbai last month which killed 183 people, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
 arrow Verdicts in '93 case today
An Indian court is due to pass judgement today on 123 people, among them film star Sanjay Dutt, accused of 1993 bomb attacks in Mumbai that killed 257 people.
 arrow Thailand declares bird flu now a national threat
Thailand yesterday declared bird flu a national threat and vowed united efforts to tackle the deadly virus, which has claimed 16 lives since its first outbreak here in 2004.
 arrow Rebels blow up another Pak gas pipeline
Tribal insurgents blew up another gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province, the third such attack in less than a week, officials said yesterday Military officials meanwhile dismissed
 arrow Now accused of hurling abuse at soldiers
Two brothers at the centre of a high-profile British police anti-terrorism raid are under investigation for allegedly hurling abuse at soldiers outside a barracks, police confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Floods claim 200 in India, 140 in Pakistan
Swirling floodwaters inundated several towns and cities in western and southern India on Tuesday as the military deployed helicopters and boats to help hundreds of thousands of marooned people.
 arrow Lebanon land of choice for proxy warriors
Lebanon, engulfed in blood and destruction for the past four weeks, is once again caught up in a proxy war, this one pitting the United States and its ally Israel against Hizbollah's patrons Iran andSyria.
 arrow Nepal drafts constitution to include Maoists in govt
A panel in Nepal has finalised a draft for a temporary constitution, a key first step towards the formation of an interim government that will include Maoist rebels.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Price manipulation mischief
Considerable media focus is now on the possible machinations of some entrenched market manipulators geared to simulating price instability of essential commodities with an eye on high demand situation
 arrow Editorial: Minimum wage for RMG workers
The most contentious issue, namely, fixation of a minimum wage for garment factory workers that led to extreme unrest in the RMG sector, still remains unresolved.
 arrow 'A new hub for terrorism?'
Nothing that the article: "A New Hub for Terrorism?" appearing in the Washington Post of August 2, says has not been said in our press, in the last year and a half in particular, insofar as it relates
 arrow Nurturing the demon
Cats, they say, have nine lives. Bangladeshi politicians have many more, and among them, HM Ershad has the most.
 arrow WTO in peril
The Doha Development Round of the WTO is on life support after a meeting of six key players, Australia, Brazil, the European Union, India, Japan, and the US, on July 23 at WTO headquarters, Geneva, collapsed
Letters to Editorarrow Sufferings of the Lebanese
I write this letter knowing just too well that my humble letter will contribute absolutely nothing to the sufferings of the people of Lebanon or to stop the genocide committed by a country, which is often
 arrow Hartal
Hope our politicians will get this message. There were several surveys on hartal but our politicians never listen to the survey results.
 arrow Indo-Bangla relations
People who read this page regularly must have noticed the on-going debate on the relationship between India and Bangladesh.
 arrow Credit Card tax
I had written earlier, in concurrence with the comments made by the Managing Director of Pubali Bank, that the collection of income tax from purchases against Credit Cards, proposed in the Finance Act,'06,
 arrow Nudity and Indian press
I am an Indian worried about the nudity that comes with the daily newspapers at our homes.
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