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Front Pagearrow Survey detects possible oil reservoir in Bay
A scientific survey group has found for the first time in the Bay of Bengal a thick sedimentation of elusive oolitic carbonate, which promises prime underground reservoir of oil.
 arrow Hearing not held for single day in 5 yrs
Hearing of the Bangabandhu murder case suspended five years ago was not held for a single day during the coalition rule for judges' reluctance to hear and the government's unwillingness to dispose ofthe
 arrow Rigorous imprisonment to go from new jail code
The government is going to repeal the provision of backbreaking work for prisoners as part of a massive amendment to the Jail Code about to be implemented soon.
 arrow Poll manifestoes must incorporate local causes
Speakers at a regional dialogue here yesterday demanded incorporation of local causes in the election manifestos of political parties.
 arrow Sonali classified loans soar on BPC default
The classified loan of Sonali Bank increased by 83 per cent--or around Tk 4,300 crore--in the last six months as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) failed to repay its huge loan from the bank.
 arrow Flag meeting today to settle dispute
A sector-commander-level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) will be held at BSF Harinagar camp at 11:30am today to have discussions on 256 acres of disputed
 arrow Aid for Lebanon off to Damascus
A special flight with first consignment of Bangladesh government's relief for the war-ravaged people of Lebanon left Dhaka for Damascus yesterday morning.
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 arrow Tigers ease past Kenya
Bangladesh put their one-day series defeat in Zimbabwe behind them as they beat Kenya by six wickets in the first one-day international at the Nairobi Gymkhana ground yesterday racing to 170 with nearly
 arrow Salehi back to campus with cop protection
Amid protests by students, Rajshahi University Islami Chhatra Shibir leader Mahbubul Alam Salehi, a key suspect in Professor S Taher Ahmed murder case, returned to the campus and attended a Shibir programme
 arrow 252 more back home from Lebanon
Bangladeshi expatriates in Lebanon are now passing their days in mounting panic and uncertainty as air strikes, bomb blasts, destruction of buildings and roads and killing of civilians continue unabated
 arrow Hearing on charge framing against Ershad Aug 17
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 17 for hearing on charge framing against former president HM Ershad and five others in two graft cases.
 arrow Briton gave breakthrough on bomb plot
A British al-Qaeda suspect gave Pakistani agents critical details of an alleged plot to bomb US-bound jets, enabling Britain to smash the conspiracy, security officials said yesterday.
 arrow Hizbut Tawhid men to be quizzed by JIC
The seven suspected militants of Hizbut Tawhid arrested Thursday night will be sent to Dhaka for quizzing by a Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) team to unearth information on the organisation's activities,
 arrow Shibir clashes with JCD, other student bodies
At least 15 students and a sub-inspector of police were injured in a clash between All-Party Student Unity (Apsu) and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists at Kulaura Degree College yesterday.
 arrow Israel triples Lebanon troops after UN resolution
Israel poured thousands of extra troops deeper into Lebanon yesterday after launching a broad "open-ended" offensive despite a unanimous UN Security Council call for an end to the month-old war.
 arrow SCBA meets CJ, submits its proposals
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has submitted its objections and recommendations to the chief justice regarding the appointments of judges and constitution of benches.
 arrow Doctors permit family to take ailing Shamsur Rahman abroad
The nine-member medical team monitoring poet Shamsur Rahman's health gave consent to taking the poet abroad for further treatment if his family wishes but they said the travel might be risky for the poet
 arrow Bhuiyan to sit with Jalil if proposal comes
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has said he will sit with his opposition counterpart Abdul Jalil over the electoral reform proposals if he gets any formal
 arrow Shariakandi UNO sues 17 BNP, AL leaders, activists
Shariakandi Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) SM Ferdous Alam filed three certificate cases with a Certificate Court against 17 local BNP and Awami League leaders and activists for their alleged involvement
 arrow 127 killed as clashes flare up in Lanka
Fierce fighting between government troops and Tiger rebels in north and eastern Sri Lanka yesterday left at least 127 people dead and another 280 wounded, the military said.
Businessarrow Bacteria-detecting machine to prompt higher growth
Country's frozen food exporters are expecting a sharp rise in shrimp export to the EU market this fiscal with installing a machine within the next one month to detect bacteria in the exportable item.
 arrow CSE moves to popularise derivatives
In a bid to popularise derivatives among the brokers of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), the bourse organised a seminar on derivatives on Wednesday in the port city for the officials of CSE brokeragehouses.
 arrow Greenback up on trade data, British air scare hits pound
The dollar benefited from better US trade data Thursday while the pound suffered from a terror threat to flights headed from Britain to the United States. At 2100 GMT the euro bought 1.
 arrow WB blows whistle on graft scandal in Indonesia
The World Bank has exposed corrupt practices linked to three loans for infrastructure projects in Indonesia, cancelling them and demanding millions of dollars in refunds, a report said Saturday.
 arrow China's crude oil imports up 17.6pc in first half
China's net import of crude oil rose by 17.6 percent year on year in the first half of 2006, due to the rapid economic growth and booming automobile purchases, state media said Saturday.
 arrow China adopts buyout rules, further checks on foreign investors
China published on Thursday merger and acquisitions rules to permit share swaps in corporate buyouts but force foreign multinationals to jump through further bureaucratic hurdles.
 arrow Expansion of Islamic banking in rural areas stressed
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka on Friday stressed the need for involving Islamic scholars, financial institutions and bankers in generating proposals by sharing ideas and views for the developments of
 arrow Citigroup fined for claiming hedge funds customers were 'disabled'
Banking giant Citigroup has been fined 1.1 million dollars after dozens of its brokers gained waivers on mutual fund sales charges by falsely claiming their customers were disabled, the NASD securities regulator has said.
 arrow Boeing to get support in Russia: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed "a new level of cooperation" with US aerospace giant Boeing on Friday as the company announced a joint venture with Russian VSPMO-Avisma, the world's top titanium
 arrow Economists watch for terror plot impact
Failure of the plot to blow up U.S.-bound planes saved the weakening economy from a major jolt. Now economists are keeping close tabs on consumers and businesses for lingering fears.
 arrow New German N-power plants in Europe planned
RWE, the second-biggest power supplier in Germany, is considering building new nuclear power plants in Europe, but outside Germany, chairman Harry Roels said on Thursday.
 arrow Top Thai energy firm lifts profit on soaring oil prices
Thailand's top energy firm PTT said Friday its net profit in the three months to June jumped 72.5 percent year-on-year due mainly to soaring global oil prices.
 arrow BP to keep oil gushing from Alaskan field
BP said late Friday it would continue to pump oil from part of a giant field in Alaska, where a corroded pipeline sprang a leak last week, and aimed to raise output to 200,000 barrels per day.
 arrow Indonesian firm's $4.7b deal in India slammed
The decision by Indonesia's Salim Group to invest billions of dollars in an infrastructure project in the Indian state of West Bengal has angered many in Indonesia who say the money could have been used
 arrow Immigrants not stealing job from Americans: Study
As debate over immigration policy generates heat in the US, there seems to be no evidence that foreign-born workers have a negative effect on employment of natives, a new study has said.
 arrow Ex Wal-Mart vice chairman sentenced for theft
Tom Coughlin, the former Wal-Mart Stores vice chairman who admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from the company, was sentenced on Friday to 27 months of home confinement.
 arrow Monetary policy must not strengthen euro: France
Monetary policy in Europe must avoid making the euro stronger because it is now "full-valued", French Finance Minister Thierry Breton said Friday.
 arrow China for more FDI in high-tech sector
The Ministry of Commerce has said it would like to see more foreign capital pumped into research and development and hopes foreigners will look to China's central and western regions for investment opportunities.
 arrow Brazil's CVRD offers $18b to buy Canadian nickel giant Inco
Brazil's CVRD, the world's largest iron ore producer, announced on Friday an offer of nearly 18 billion US dollars to acquire Canada's Inco Ltd., global leader in the nickel market.
 arrow US retail sales rebound vigorously
US consumers opened their wallets and purses again last month triggering a better-than-expected rebound in July retail sales which rose 1.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful back in runs
Mohammad Ashraful put the finishing touches on a complete Bangladeshi team performance with a blistering half-century as the Tigers breezed to a six-wicket victory in the opening one-day international
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist keen to go on
Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist says he is looking at remaining in cricket beyond next year's World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: SA cross their fingers
South Africa hope several of their key players recover from injuries before the triangular series with Sri Lanka and India begin next Monday.
 arrow Badminton and shooting teams leave today
Chef-de-Mission Maj Gen M Akbar Aktar along with the badminton and shooting teams will leave Dhaka today for Colombo to take part in the 10th SA Games.
 arrow Football: Rajani joins camp finally
Defender Rajani finally joined the national football camp yesterday to play the 2007 Asian Cup qualifying round match against Qatar on August 16 at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
 arrow Football: U-17 footballers lose to Vietnam
Bangladesh under-17 football team suffered a 3-1 defeat against hosts Vietnam in their opening match of the AAF Youth Football Champion-ship in Hanoi yesterday. Vietnam dominated the first-half 2-1.
 arrow Football: Nat'l football's final round from Aug 18
Dhaka will take on Magura in the opening match of the final round of Jubok Phone National Football Championship on August 18 at the Sylhet Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Rashid stands behind Dean
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has called on the cricket community to forgive disgraced Australian commentator Dean Jones for his disparaging remarks about South African Muslim cricketer HashimAmla.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin fielding no issue: Jonty
Fielding guru Jonty Rhodes says Sachin Tendulkar is too good a player to be kept out of the team only because he cannot throw from the deep and that the Indian team must shield him with next year's World
 arrow Tennis: Serena, Maria in semis
Resurgent Serena Williams overcame a strong challenge from fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy to move into the Los Angeles Open semifinals with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 win on Friday.
 arrow Athletics: A great Belgian night
Belgium had a night to remember at the European championships here Friday, Kim Gevaert and Tia Hellebout winning golds in the women's 200m and high jump.
 arrow Chess: Zia alone atop
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained his solo lead in the Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament when he beat Mohammad Javed in the seventh round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Young Bayern off to bright start
Reigning champions Bayern Munich got their title defence off to a winning start defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 here on Friday in the curtain raiser to the 2006/07 Bundesliga season.
 arrow Football: McClaren firm over axe
New England boss Steve McClaren insists he will not be afraid to make more tough decisions after he swung the axe on David Beckham's international career.
 arrow Football: Gallas has future here: Chelsea coach
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said Saturday he is willing to give want-away French international defender William Gallas a fresh start with the Premiership champions.
 arrow Football: Rivals clash gets season underway
Old enemies Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez lock horns yet again this weekend as Chelsea and Liverpool compete for the Community Shield, the traditional opener to the English Premiership season.
 arrow Football: Senna, Sorin on way out
Villarreal hope to sell Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin and Spain midfielder Marcos Senna but are prepared to keep both players if they do not receive big enough offers.
 arrow We can match Chelsea: Bellamy
Liverpool can push champions Chelsea all the way this season, new Reds striker Craig Bellamy insisted on Saturday ahead of the clubs' clash in the Community Shield season opener.
 arrow Tennis: Roger continues US streak
Top-ranked Roger Federer withstood a scrappy performance by Xavier Malisse and earned a thrilling 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 quarterfinal victory at the Rogers Cup on Friday night.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar goes to Bangkok today
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar leaves Dhaka for Bangkok today for further checkup of the injured fifth metacarpal of his left hand.
 arrow Cricket: Perth not that fast
Perth's WACA cricket pitch, once regarded, as the fastest in Australia, will not be at its fearsome best for Australia's Ashes series with England in December, the ground curator said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Beckham sent into exile
One of the worst kept secrets in English football was confirmed on Friday as David Beckham's exile from the England squad was announced.
 arrow Football: El Tel relishing challenge
Terry Venables insists that he is relishing the challenge of helping new head coach Steve McClaren put England back on the winning trail.
 arrow Football: United won't be spendthrift
Manchester United will not be treated as "mugs" in the transfer market, Sir Alex Ferguson promised Saturday, despite the market inflation caused by Chelsea's massive spending.
 arrow Football: Real put on a show
Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid share a name and little else.
 arrow Football: Milan challenge penalty
AC Milan said Friday they will appeal their eight-point penalty for match-fixing, despite many commentators believing they have got off lightly.
 arrow Football: James moves to Portsmouth
Goalkeeper David James completed his 1.2-million-pound move from Manchester City to Portsmouth on Friday just hours after England coach Steve McClaren called time on his international career.
 arrow Football: Cassano likes Capello guidance
Italian striker Antonio Cassano believes the appointment of Fabio Capello as Real Madrid coach will give him the chance to show his true worth at the Primera Liga club.
 arrow Football: Park and Silvestre extend deals
South Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung and French defender Mikael Silvestre have both signed extended contracts committing themselves to Manchester United, the club said Friday.
 arrow Football: Isaksson joins City
Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson has signed a three-year contract with English Premier League club Manchester City, Swedish public television SVT reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juve win Birra Moretti
Juventus beat Inter Milan and Napoli to win the Birra Moretti preseason tournament on Friday.
 arrow Football: Kahn notches 500th appearance
Bayern Munich's veteran goalkeeper Oliver Kahn notches up another landmark here on Friday making his 500th Bundesliga appearance in the season's curtain raiser against Borussia Dortmund.
 arrow Football: Mourinho looking elsewhere
Jose Mourinho said Friday he is considering "other options" in defence after being unable to prise Ashley Cole from Arsenal for what he considers a fair fee.
 arrow Cricket: Leics through to Twenty20 final
Leicestershire captain Jeremy Snape played a major part in sending his side through to the Twenty20 final on Saturday with a four-wicket haul against Essex.
 arrow Football: Kehl blow for Germany
Germany's new coach Joachim Low received a bad piece of news on Saturday with Borussia Dortmund confirming their midfielder Sebastian Kehl would be out for up to a month with a knee injury.
Metropolitanarrow Parties sell nominations to corrupt people
Speakers at a seminar yesterday came down heavily on the political parties for nominating corrupt people for the general elections, saying that such trend would prevent honest people from being elected
 arrow 14-party condemns Israeli invasion on Lebanon
Condemning the ongoing Israeli invasion on Lebanon, the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday urged the international community for immediate implementation of the United Nations
 arrow 'Humayun Azad to remain alive thru' his writings'
The second death anniversary of eminent writer Prof Dr Humayun Azad was observed yesterday on the Dhaka University (DU) campus and at his village Rarikhal in Munshiganj with due respect to the unconventional
 arrow 439 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in 5 years
A human rights watchdog yesterday said a "humanitarian crisis" has been created on the border in the wake of unrelenting intrusion by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troops into Bangladesh territory,
 arrow No reform, no election
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday blasted a certain quarter of intellectuals saying they are misleading the people by giving ambiguous statements about the 14-party opposition combine's
 arrow Repeal of Official Secrets Act demanded
Speakers at a human chain programme on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanded repeal of Official Secrets Act and enactment of the Access to Information Act.
 arrow Help change attitude towards people with disability
Disability is not a problem or curse, rather it's a general human experience and anybody could be a victim of disability at anytime and at any stages of life.
 arrow Concern over filing of case against eminent citizens
Researchers of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) expressed deep concern over the filing of a criminal case against eminent researchers and citizens, says a press release.
 arrow 3 killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Narsingdi and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Monsoon depression forms at northwest bay
The well-marked low over northwest Bay of Orissa-West Bengal coast intensified into a monsoon depression over thesame area yesterday.
 arrow Student politics banned at Dinajpur Medical College
Student politics has been banned at Dinajpur Medical College to restore congenial educational atmosphere on the campus.
 arrow RU Fine Arts students call strike from today
At least 10 students of Fine Arts Department of Rajshahi University (RU) were injured as cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attacked them with hockey sticks yesterday noon.
 arrow Int'l Youth Day observed
Department of Population Science of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday observed the International Youth Day 2006.
 arrow Top terror held in Narayanganj
A notorious robber of Narayanganj was arrested with bullet wounds yesterday after four hours of frantic effort from the policemen at Kachpur union of Sonargaon upazila.
 arrow 2 commit suicide in city
A housewife allegedly committed suicide in the city's Lalmatia area yesterday. Mahima Zaman Chowdhury, 33, hanged herself from the ceiling fan with a scarf at around 8:00pm at her residence.
 arrow RU progressive teachers' memo to VC
Progressive Teachers Society of Rajshahi University yesterday besieged the university syndicate meeting protesting selection of eight teachers in the Department of Marketing against two advertised posts.
 arrow Youth found dead
Police recovered the body of an unknown youth from the city's Karwan Bazar area yesterday.
 arrow Call to raise awareness about right to information
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for raising awareness among the people about their fundamental right to information.
 arrow Six fishermen missing as two trawlers capsize
Six fishermen remained missing as two fishing-trawlers capsized in the Bay yesterday, amid rough weather for depression. Identities of the missing fishermen could not be known immediately.
 arrow 'Israeli attacks on civilians a flagrant violation of HR'
Bangladesh Permanent Representative in Geneva Dr Toufiq Ali said Israel's brutal use of force against civilians in Lebanon is a flagrant violation of human rights and international humanitarian laws and
 arrow Life to monitor upcoming election
Life, a non-government organisation, has decided to monitor the upcoming parliament elections in 10 districts, says a press release.
 arrow IU Shibir cadres ransack office of TSCC director
A group of Shibir cadres vandalised the office of the director of Islamic University Teacher Student Cultural Centre (TSCC) at around 2:30pm yesterday allegedly for insulting IU unit Islami Chhatra Shibir
 arrow 18 vulgar films seized in city
Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) seized 18 films containing vulgar and objectionable scenes from a house at Shantinagar in the city on Friday night.
 arrow CU officials' ultimatum to authorities
Chittagong University (CU) Officers' Association here yesterday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the university authorities demanding implementation of its 14-point demand.
Nationalarrow BNP aspirant vows to resist Nitai Roy in Magura-1
Central BNP leader Nitai Roy Chowdhury will be resisted if he is nominated from Magura-1 constituency in the next election, said a party nomination aspirant yesterday.
 arrow Victims start 3-day fresh agitation
People of villages in and around Tengratila gas filed began a 3-day fresh agitation yesterday to press their 6-point demand including payment of compensation for damage of property by blowouts duringdrilling
 arrow Southern coastal areas inundated
Tidal waves whipped up by strong wings under the influence of a depression has inundated vast areas in southwestern coastal region, disrupting ferry service on some routes.
 arrow Joy won't contest JS election
Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Awami League (AL) president and leader of the Opposition in Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated that he had no intention to contest in the next parliamentary
 arrow Party MP opposes campaign, BNP nomination seeker alleges
BNP leader Aurangajeb Belal, a nomination seeker from Mymen-singh-8 constituency (Iswarganj upazila) in the next election, yesterday alleged that men of party lawmaker Nurul Kabir Shaheen are obstructing
 arrow 15 hurt as JCD, Shibir clash in Kulaura
At least 15 people including a police sub-inspector were injured in a clash between the All Party Student Unity (APSU) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) at Kulaura Degree College yesterday.
 arrow Price hike of yarn, dye protested
Hundreds of handloom owners, weavers and traders of 35 villages in Sirajganj Sadar and Kazipur upazilas yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally at Bajgati Bazar here protesting abnormal price
 arrow Yunus, daughter visit temple in Cox's Bazar
Grameen Bank chairman Prof Muhammad Yunus and his daughter popular singer Monika Yunus yesterday visited Ramkut Mandir, a historic temple of the Hindu community in Cox's Bazar and exchanged views with
Point-Counterpointarrow Towards a new radical politics
Paige Austin of Mother Jones interviews Tariq Ali -- activist, author, historian, and producer -- on the war in Lebanon, US imperialism, and the prospects for reform in the Middle East.
 arrow The plight of the disabled
BANGLADESH is considered one of the least developed countries in the world in terms of average income, calories consumed per person, infant mortality rate and literacy rate.
Culturearrow The glitterati turn up in full strength
On August 11, the who's who of filmdom staged an entry at the film awards organised by Bangladesh Film Producers Distributors Association (BFPDA) at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.
 arrow A star studded evening
The Cultural Journalist Forum of Bangladesh (CJFB) Award, titled Grihayan-CJFB Performance Award '05 was distributed among the country's leading cultural personalities at a function at the Bangladesh-China
 arrow Tele film 'Ma-thin-e- Ashaye' premiered at Cox's Bazar
Tele film Ma-thin-e Ashaye, a timeless love story of a police officer Bhattacharya and a Rakhain girl Ma-thin, based in Teknaf, premiered recently to a packed audience.
 arrow Children's imagination at its best
Publishing house Somoy organised an art competition for children at AR Plaza, Dhanmondi, on August 11. The theme of the competition was 'Parents are our friends'.
 arrow Pakistan orders Indian film icon off billboards
Authorities in Karachi have ordered the removal of billboards showing film star Amitabh Bachchan in front of Pakistan's flag to promote a telephone quiz contest opening on the country's independence day.
Internationalarrow British Muslims urge Blair to change foreign policy
British foreign policy puts civilians at increased risk both at home and abroad and is fuelling extremism around the world, Prime Minister Tony Blair was told yesterday A total of 38 British Muslimgroups
 arrow String of Iraq rebel attacks follows arrest of al-Qaeda suspects
Iraqi insurgents killed eight civilians and a police captain in attacks around the country yesterday, as a joint Iraqi-US security operation arrested dozens of alleged al-Qaeda suspects in Baghdad.
 arrow Disruption starts easing at British airports
Air passengers in Britain faced a third consecutive day of disruption yesterday due to stringent security measures brought in after a police raid on an alleged plot to blow up US-bound aircraft.
 arrow Over 1,000 arrested in Britain since 9/11
More than 1,000 people have been arrested under British anti-terrorism legislation in the last five years but only 158 have been charged with terrorist-related offences, police said Friday.
 arrow Gunter Grass reveals he served in SS
Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass was drafted into Germany's notorious Waffen SS during World War II, he has told the Saturday edition of the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
 arrow 40 'Islamists' held in Italy
Forty suspects have been arrested in Italy during a police control operation launched after an alleged terrorist plot to blow up US-bound airplanes was uncovered in Britain, the Italian interior ministry
 arrow Nepal's airport bans carrying of liquids by passengers
Nepal yesterday banned passengers using the country's lone international airport from carrying liquids in hand baggage following a foiled plot to blow up airplanes leaving Britain for the United States.
 arrow 2 strong quakes shake Sumatra
Two strong earthquakes yesterday shook the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island but no casualties or damage were reported, the US Geological Survey and local meteorological officials said.
 arrow Castro's birthday party goes on as he recovers
Cubans hung flags and decorated the "Anti-imperialist Tribunal" stage for a concert within earshot of the US mission in Havana, all to celebrate the 80th birthday of Fidel Castro -- nowhere to be seen
 arrow Mahathir's letter claiming his right to speak
Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad yesterday began circulating a letter to the country's ruling party claiming his right to question the government amid alleged attempts to stifle him.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Exchanges of fire at the border
It is shocking that the two neighbours would be locked in exchange of fire for more than half a day, causing serious disruption to the lives and damage to public property in the area, as we saw done at
 arrow Editorial: Massive projects of little use
Despite undertaking some massive projects, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has not been able to end waterlogging in vast areas in South West region of the country that has made living an ordeal
 arrow Tale of borrowed fangs and claws
When a tiger tastes human blood for the first time, it keeps coming back to the localities where people live. It becomes more ferocious than before and kills with wanton desire.
 arrow Time for Bush to start listening
For the umpteenth time, the Bush administration's almost totally blind support of Israel was demonstrated at President Bush's August 7 press conference on the Middle East crisis.
 arrow Belligerence back with ferocity in Sri Lanka
Clearly, a full-blown conflict has returned to the South Asian island state of Sri Lanka even though a fragile truce remains in force.
Letters to Editorarrow Coalition to continue?
By all accounts, the concept of so-called 'Jote Sarker' (coalition government) has come to stay and it is expected that all the future governments in Bangladesh would be formed by one or the other Jote.
 arrow Teachers' demands
The demand for cent percent salary increase of non-government teachers has been raised for years even if they are crying in the wilderness (or in vain).
 arrow Why this case?
Filing of a defamation case based on newspaper reports by Mahmudur Rahman, the Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI), against the country's most distinguished and prominent citizens was
 arrow Let's be practical
A significant number of roundtable discussions and seminars were held recently, thanks to our civil society.
 arrow Character assassination
The article in your daily titled 'Character assassination: who is next?' published on 22/06/06 is a timely endeavour to arouse the conscience of the members of the civil society against this sort ofabominable
Star Healtharrow HIV/AIDS and violation of human rights
AIDS has emerged as one of the killer diseases of the world for last 20 years. In Bangladesh there are approximately 13000 HIV positive people which is an alarming situation.
 arrow Facts about oedema
Oedema is an observable swelling from fluid accumulation in certain body tissues. Oedema most commonly occurs in the feet and legs.
 arrow Aspirin can save stroke in the offing
I was inspired to write this article by a recent phone call from my sister-in-law Juin, who experienced dizziness and a numb feeling on the left side of her face.
 arrow Food that is good for oral health
Simply by improving your diet, you may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases -- tooth decay and periodontal disease.
 arrow Stopping overused painkillers may improve migraine
Patients with transformed migraine, also known as chronic daily headache, may revert back to the more tolerable, common type if they stop taking overused pain medications, Korean researchers report.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor,
I am 21 years old. I have had a salty taste in my mouth for several weeks.

Star Cityarrow DCC to demolish and rebuild old, fragile markets
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is finalising the procedure to demolish and reconstruct 15 risky markets in the city under its ownership.
 arrow Govt day-care centre staffs not paid since January
Sixty-six officers and employees of six government day-care centres are not getting their salaries for the last seven months as the government has not absorbed the staff in the revenue sector after the
 arrow Sales of postage stamps on decline
Postage stamps sales are on the decline while sales of revenue stamps are increasing with those of commemorative stamps remaining unchanged, said a source at the Bangladesh Post office (BPO).
 arrow A new dimension to history of Language Movement
A Bhasha Andolan (language movement) Museum to promote the spirit of the time and bridge the past and the future spirit of the movement is likely to be set up soon.
 arrow Old Dhaka

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