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Front Pagearrow BNP insiders confused over party positions
Many members of the ruling BNP's National Executive Committee (NEC) have no idea about their colleagues, even the total number of NEC members, while many party leaders and workers also do not know them.
 arrow EC berates some poll observers
The secretary of the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday slammed some of the election observers for not following properly the policy and guidelines on polls observation.
 arrow New survey shows fast poverty reduction
A draft report of Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) yesterday claimed poverty reduction in the country by 1.9 percentage point a year in the last five years, which has been questioned byeconomists.
 arrow Israel wreaks havoc on eve of UN truce
Israel carried out waves of deadly bombing raids on Lebanon yesterday, flattening homes, bridges and setting petrol stations ablaze even after UN chief Kofi Annan said a ceasefire in the devastating month-old
 arrow Dying rivers plundered by encroachers
Influential people continue to encroach banks of the rivers, even their beds, in the southwest of the country as quite a few of them have already silted up and many others are facing the same fate.
 arrow JS body sees strong debate over design
A parliamentary body yesterday saw a strong debate between the ruling and opposition lawmakers over construction of the third Karnaphuli Bridge in Chittagong.
 arrow Malaysia blacklists 16 Bangladeshi recruiters
Nearly 100 recruiting agencies, in connivance with some corrupt government officials of both Malaysia and Bangladesh, are engaged in forgery of passports and other documents and the unholy competition
 arrow BDR, BSF agree to pull out troops along Zakiganj border
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday decided to withdraw within 5:00pm today the troops they had deployed along the border during the recent firefight at Zakiganj
 arrow Tigers struggle to win first away series
Mashrafee Bin Mortuza revived his damaged reputation as an all-rounder in the making to ensure Bangladesh's first-ever away series victory as his well-composed unbeaten 43 took the Tigers to a narrowtwo-wicket
 arrow Poet Shamsur Rahman's condition turns critical
Poet Shamsur Rahman lapsed into a very critical condition yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Dhaka protests Indian HC's statement against BDR
Dhaka yesterday protested the Indian High Commission's statement accusing Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) of 'opening unprovoked fire' on Border Security Force (BSF) on Zakiganj border a few days back.
 arrow Two gunned down by BSF
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down two Bangladeshi nationals in the last two days in bordering areas of Dinajpur and Thakurgaon.
 arrow HC asks govt to ensure living, food for villagers
The High Court yesterday directed the government to ensure safe dwelling place, food, water, medicine and other essentials to the people of 144 waterlogged villages in Abhaynagar, Manirampur and Keshabpur
 arrow 14-party holds 25km road march in Kushtia
The main opposition Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine organised a 25-kilometre road march in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Zia, Khaleda backed killers of Bangabandhu
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said verdict of Bangabandhu killing case would not be executed under the present BNP-Jamaat regime as the killers of Bangabandhu got direct support from
 arrow Water pollution

 arrow BNP MP had lunch at criminal's house
A ruling BNP lawmaker's having lunch at the house of a wanted criminal on Saturday created resentment in his constituency.
 arrow White owls

 arrow Biman to hike domestic fares by 6pc
In wake of a price hike of jet fuel, Biman Bangladesh Airlines increased its domestic airfares by about six percent on an average. The increased fares will be effective from next Wednesday.
 arrow 5th Expert Group Consultation session today
Nagorik Committee 2006 organises its fifth Expert Group Consultation session on the Vision 2021 for Bangladesh, Goal Five: "To have a skilled and a creative workforce" at Cirdap Auditorium in the capital
 arrow Cabinet body approves jail code reform
The cabinet committee on jail reforms yesterday approved the draft amendment to the Jail Code to modernise the existing one which had been prepared by the British colonial rulers.
 arrow Mild tremor jolts Ctg
A mild tremor measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale jolted the Chittagong city and its adjoining areas early yesterday while another earthquake shook Sylhet five minutes later.
 arrow 25 injured in Shibir attack at Ruet
At least 25 students were injured as cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) beat them up on the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) campus on Saturday midnight.
 arrow Heavy Lanka fighting cuts off Jaffna
Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula has been cut off from the rest of the island as hundreds of residents try to flee heavy fighting in the area, military officials said.
Businessarrow RMG makers seek one month more to re-fix minimum wage
Country's garments factory owners have urged the government for allowing them another one month time to reach a decision on a minimum wage for the garment workers as the tenure of the Wage Commission,
 arrow China businesses urged to invest in Bangladesh
Bangladesh business delegation, now on a visit to Beijing, has urged the Chinese entrepreneurs to explore the potential sectors of Bangladesh for investment.
 arrow SE Asian neighbours reap gains from Thai crisis
Thailand's next government will have to win back foreign investors who have begun to turn to neighboring countries out of concern over months of political turmoil here, experts say.
 arrow Manila for collective efforts to save WTO talks
Worried about the total collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) round of negotiations in Doha, Qatar, Philippines President Gloria Arroyo called for "a collective response" from the country' counter
 arrow Terror threat raises risks for airline industry
The global airline industry can recover from the turbulence of a foiled terror plot in Britain last week, but it is not clear skies ahead as the sector faces higher security costs and passengers faceeven
 arrow Financial markets weather global turmoil
Global financial markets are seeing limited reactions to geopolitical jitters as investors become used to events such as the alleged plot to destroy US-bound passenger planes, analysts say.
 arrow Hamdard celebrates 100 years of operations
Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Limited, a herbal medicine manufacturer, yesterday celebrated its hundred years of operations.
 arrow Hotel Sarina gets 5-star status from govt
Hotel Sarina at Banani in the capital has received 5-star status from the government, hotel officials announced yesterday.
 arrow Brac Bank opens three branches in Sylhet
Brac Bank Ltd opened three branches in greater Sylhet area on Saturday.
 arrow Etihad Airways flies to Khartoum
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched its second international destination in a week with the inaugural flight reaching Sudanese capital Khartoum from Abu Dhabi International Airport,
 arrow Pak fruit exporters team due Wednesday
An eight-member delegation of fruits and vegetables exporters of Baluchistan, Pakistan is arriving in Bangladesh on Wednesday on a four-day tour, says a press release.
 arrow Honda to build new motorbike plant in India
Japan's Honda Motor Co. will build a new motorcycle plant in India through a joint venture in an attempt to expand its already dominant share of the fast-growing subcontinental market, a report said Sunday.
 arrow New DMD of National Bank
Azizur Rahman has recently been promoted to the rank of deputy managing director of National Bank Ltd. Earlier he was the executive vice president of the bank at its head office, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Football: Footballers open campaign today
Bangladesh under-23 football team launch their campaign in the 10th SA Games today when they take on Nepal in one of the three opening day matches at the Sugathadasa Outdoor Stadium in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Onus on Sri Lanka
Confident Sri Lanka, a nervous and wary India and injury-ridden South Africa launch the World Cup season with a limited-overs tri-series here from Monday.
 arrow Football: Shield Liverpool's
Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, putting the champions on notice that they are serious about stealing their English Premiership title.
 arrow 1st party off to Colombo
Bangladesh shooting and badminton teams left Dhaka yesterday for Colombo to take part in the 10th SA Games.
 arrow Basketball: BKSP baffle IUT
BKSP outplayed Islamic University of Technology (IUT) 79-37 in an exhibition basketball match at the IUT basketball gymnasium in Gazipur on Saturday. Takbirul Islam caged highest 24 for the winners.
 arrow Chess: Open chess
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman drew his eighth round board with International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib yesterday but still maintained his solo lead in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament.
 arrow Football: Barcelona slaughter Red Bulls
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho scored two goals and Lionel Messi added a goal and two assists as FC Barcelona beat the New York Red Bulls 4-1 in an international exhibition match Saturday night at Giants
 arrow Football: Gerrard slams Ronaldo
Steven Gerrard has labelled Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo a disgrace for his behaviour towards United teammate Wayne Rooney at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Zizou still people's choice
No buts about it, Zinedine Zidane is France's favourite personality.
 arrow Football: Hamburg, Schalke drop points
Title hopefuls SV Hamburg and Schalke 04 suffered an early blow in their bids to wrestle the title away from reigning champions Bayern Munich with both dropping valuable points in their opening fixtures
 arrow Football: Fergie sweats over Rooney fitness
England star Wayne Rooney could miss the start of the Premiership season as he struggles to shake off a groin injury, his Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said.
 arrow Football: Monty becomes Aussie target
Australia's batsmen will target rising England star Monty Panesar during the upcoming winter Ashes series.
 arrow Football: Japan drop Miyamoto
Japan coach Ivica Osim dropped captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto on Sunday when he named his 22-man squad for the midweek Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen.
 arrow Cricket: Amla endures more racist insult
South African middle-order batsman Hashim Amla, who was in the news recently after Dean Jones's "terrorist" gaffe, has been drawn into another racist controversy with a Johannesburg-based electronic goods
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib set for return
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar could return to action for the final Test against England next week, coach Bob Woolmer said, after coming through eight overs against a West Indies A side here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Dream final dashed
The prospect of a dream Los Angeles Open final between top seed Maria Sharapova and twice champion Serena Williams evaporated on Saturday when both players were upset in the semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Pace worry for Proteas
Injury-ridden South Africa may be without pace spearheads Makhaya Ntini and Shaun Pollock for Monday's tri-series opener against hosts Sri Lanka, captain Mark Boucher said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Same England for final Test
England named an unchanged 12-man squad Sunday for the fourth and final Test against Pakistan starting at The Oval on Thursday.
 arrow Athletics: Olsson does it easy
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva and home favourite Christian Olsson comfortably won golds in the women's pole vault and men's triple jump at the European championships here Saturday.
 arrow Oleg completes Russian WBC square
Oleg Maskaev sent Hasim Rahman staggering to the mat, and the Eastern block of title belts was complete. For the first time, all four heavyweight titles belong to fighters from the former SovietUnion.
 arrow Cricket: Speed bucks Windies up
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed gave preparations for the 2007 World Cup a vote of confidence on Saturday but warned there was still work to do.
 arrow Football: Madrid win battle of the Reals
Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrated his first goal since signing for Real Madrid with a first half penalty in the Spanish giant's 2-0 friendly win over Real Salt Lake here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Nancy on top
Monaco's troubled start to the season continued on Saturday as the Principality club tumbled to their second straight defeat, finishing once again with 10 men.
 arrow Football: Germany coach aims at Euro glory
Germany coach Joachim Loew believes the attacking momentum Germany achieved at the World Cup can carry them through to victory in Euro 2008.
 arrow Football: Thuram to master his own destiny
Veteran French defender Lilian Thuram said that he will decide whether he carries on playing international football and not coach Raymond Domenech.
 arrow Football: Venables the right man for Rooney?
England manager Steve McClaren believes right-hand man Terry Venables can unlock the dazzling talents of Wayne Rooney in the same way that he solved the Paul Gascoigne engima in the 1990s.
 arrow Football: Ayala facing Valencia rap
Valencia said they had opened disciplinary proceedings on Sunday against Argentine international centre-back Roberto Ayala for his criticisms of the club last week.
 arrow Football: Parreira's SA job in jeopardy
South Africa's hopes of tempting Brazil's former World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira to take over their national team have hit trouble, media reports claimed on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Porto lose Emanuel
FC Porto captain Pedro Emanuel will undergo surgery over the coming days after he tore his left Achilles' tendon Saturday while warming up for a pre-season friendly, the Portuguese champions said.
 arrow Squash: Bhola sails into final
Bhola Lal of Sonargaon Club romped into the Premier Division final of the GMG Open Squash Tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dhaka Club's Mahit Chauhan at the Gulshan Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to start media bid
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will initiate the process for sale of audio-visual rights of its events between the second half of 2007 and the 2015 World Cup, prior to the Champions Trophy in
Metropolitanarrow Proper policy a must to ensure poison-free food
Experts at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for a well-thought food policy that would meet country's increasing demand for food and ensure poison-free food for all.
 arrow Verdict on graft case against Ershad Aug 27
A Dhaka court will deliver on August 27 the verdict on the corruption case filed against former president HM Ershad in connection with allotting plots to 49 people when he was president.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Khulna, Comilla and Rangpur yesterday.
 arrow Take integrated policy for poverty reduction
Potential young people of the country cannot contribute to poverty reduction mainly due to backdated educational curricula, massive unemployment, political unrest and lack of government's integratedpolicy,
 arrow Dhaka shocked at BJP chief's comments
A foreign ministry spokesman yesterday expressed deep shock and surprise at Indian BJP president's comments that India should launch an attack to dismantle 'terrorist hideouts inside Bangladesh.
 arrow Rowshi's relatives demand arrest of docs
Relatives of three-year old baby Farzana Faiza Chowdhury Rowshi, who died allegedly due to wrong treatment of doctors in a private clinic in the city on August 4, yesterday demanded immediate arrest and
 arrow IO begs unconditional apology to court
A Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Inspector Anwar Hossain, also the Investigation Officer (IO) of the sensational abduction and murder of Chittagong business magnet and BNP leader Jamal UddinAhmed,
 arrow Ctg court may frame charges against 8 JMB men today
A Chittagong court here is likely to frame charges today against eight Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men, including its three top leaders Abdur Rahman, Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai and Ataur
 arrow Hearing not held as judge on leave
The hearing of the Mohammadpur 14-Murder Case was not held, as the conducting judge was on leave yesterday.
 arrow BNP men burn Prothom Alo, Janakantha in Tangail
Leaders of local Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal yesterday burnt copies of the daily Prothom Alo and Janakantha for publishing what they say 'false news reports' against State Minister for Expatriate
 arrow Two shot at city hotel as extortionists spray bullets
Two people were injured when the unidentified criminals sprayed bullets on them in a residential hotel near Gausia Market under New Market Police Station in the city yesterday.
 arrow IUTA demands punishment to Shibir cadres
The Islamic University Teachers' Association (IUTA) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres who vandalised the office of the director of the Teacher Student Cultural
 arrow Missing girl found dead in city ditch
The body of a four-year-old girl, strangled by unknown criminals, was recovered from a ditch in the city yesterday after two days of her missing.
 arrow Falling pipes kill pedestrian
A pedestrian died after casing pipes of a piling machine fell on him in the city yesterday.
 arrow One dies in Ctg wall collapse
A person was killed and another injured as a wall collapsed on them at West Bakalia in the port city yesterday morning.
 arrow 50 fishermen missing as 11 trawlers sink in Bay
About 50 fishermen have been missing in the Bay of Bengal since Saturday after a powerful storm triggered by a depression sank at least 11 trawlers, officials and survivors said yesterday.
 arrow 15 illegal structures bulldozed in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday bulldozed at least 15 illegal structures including a century-old sweetmeat house at Nandankanan area under Kotwali Police Station.
 arrow 95pc to leave begging if get alternative jobs
Around 95 percent beggars will leave begging if they are given alternative occupations, revealed a survey yesterday.
 arrow Drug peddler held with 1kg heroin in Joydevpur
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a drug peddler and seized one kilogram of heroin from a shop at Teknagpara of Joydevpur.
 arrow Tongi Palli Bidyut office besieged
Locals laid siege to the Palli Bidyut office of Tongi zone and blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for an hour in protest of frequent power snaps and load shedding in the area.
 arrow Fresh programmes today
The community primary school teachers, who are observing indefinite strike since August 1 demanding nationalisation of their jobs, will announce their programmes today, according to a press release.
 arrow Orphanage teacher gets 8 yrs' RI for raping girl
A Chittagong court here yesterday awarded eight years' rigorous imprisonment to a teacher of an orphanage for violating a minor girl.
 arrow ARMS Comilla reunion Aug 16
Associates of Residential Model School (ARMS), Comilla will hold its annual reunion at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University on August 16.
Nationalarrow JP to trigger off tug-of-war for tickets in greater Rangpur
Jatiya Party (JP) Chief HM Ershad's recent move to join 4-party alliance may force many probable BNP and Jamaat candidates to change their plans for the next parliamentary election in Nilphamari and four
 arrow AL faces tough task to 'please all' in Khulna
Components of 14-party alliance have demanded nominations from 19 out of of 37 constituencies in Khulna division but Awami League is reluctant to give them more than three seats to contest in the coming
 arrow Acid victim fights for life, family flees home in fear
A poor acid victim is fighting for life at Shahzadpur Upazila Health Complex while his wife and children fled home for fear of life.
 arrow Strike at RU protesting JCD bomb blasts,attack
Classes and examinations were not held at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday as students of Fine Arts department enforced a strike on the campus protesting the attack on students by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra
 arrow Protesters besiege Tengratila gas field office for 10 hours
Affected villagers in and around Tengratila laid a 10-hour seize to the gas field office, held a rally and brought out a procession to realise their 6- point demand.
 arrow Bagha saw no development because of MP's apathy
Leaders of ruling BNP from Bagha upazila at a press conference in the city yesterday blamed their party lawmaker for not doing any development work in the area during last 10 areas.
 arrow Nitai Roy faces boycott by college body members
Nine out of 14 members of the governing bpdy (GB) of Sreepur Degree College on Saturday boycotted the GB meeting demanding removal of central BNP leader Nitai Roy Chowdhuy from the post of its president.
 arrow 4 top outlaws handed over to police in Kushtia
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) handed over four top outlaws belonging to New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) including its 'second-in-command' in the region to police yesterday, two days after their arrest.
 arrow JCD-BCL clash leaves 20 hurt at Bhurungamari Degree College
At least 20 people including a college teacher were injured in a clash between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Bhurungamari Degree College yesterday.
 arrow Stop hijacking, robbery on highways
Three organistions in Dinajpur at a press conference here yesterday demanded immediate government steps to stop truck hijacking, robbery and toll collection on roads and threatened of strike for non-compliance.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let the election observation business be stopped
Though the ninth parliamentary election is imminent, still it is shrouded in uncertainty.
 arrow A personal memory of Shamsun Nahar Begum
This is a tribute to an extraordinary person, Mashima, who I knew for the last 56 years. I wonder how many of her close friends and family have heard the accounts of her life's extraordinary journey.
 arrow RMG needs good trade union
Our garment industry plays an important role in the world economy and thereby makes Bangladesh prosperous.
Culturearrow Capturing the cadences of the countryside
STRONG colours and bold lines are seen in Nurul Islam's ongoing exhibition Pathajatra at Shilpangan. The artist's human figures at times have heads as large as the bodies.
 arrow A Studio Theatre presentation by Shabdaboli
Shabdaboli, a leading theatre troupe in Barisal, staged its latest production Neel Mayurer Jouban at the Experimental Theatre Stage recently.
 arrow A boost for children's theatre
People's Theatre Association (PTA) organised a workshop on children's theatre recently.
 arrow Hong Kong opens first film festival on sex workers
Hong Kong's first sex workers film festival is set to kick off, showing movies about prostitutes' lives aimed at shedding light on a taboo subject in Chinese society.
 arrow The audition round Closeup 1
The audition round of the musical talent hunt competition Closeup 1 titled Gao Bangladesh Gao started in BIAM auditorium, New Eskaton, Dhaka at 8am yesterday and will continue till August
Internationalarrow Civilian deaths in Lebanon 'unacceptable': ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross on Sunday slammed the ongoing heavy civilian casualties in the conflict in Lebanon as "unacceptable".
 arrow Tigers deny offering fresh peace talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels denied yesterday offering to hold peace talks after Colombo announced they were willing to revive stalled negotiations despite heavy fighting in the island's north.
 arrow Terrorism has to go for Indo-Pak peace: EU
Terrorism has to be shunned if the India-Pakistan peace process has to move forward, says Neena Gill, a British member of the European Parliament (MEP) in charge of South Asia.
 arrow Gazans see no end to Israeli occupation
One year after Israel began its historic Gaza Strip pullout, Palestinians are bitter that the end of Jewish settlements never brought an end to occupation.
 arrow Britain reveals new terror threats
Britain said yesterday it had thwarted "at least" four major terror attacks since the July 7 bombings last year, while up to 24 separate threats were under investigation, as police probed the foiled bid
 arrow US involved in Lebanon massacre plot: New Yorker
The US government was closely involved in the planning of Israel's military operations against Islamic militant group Hezbollah even before the July 12 kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, The New Yorker
 arrow 'Mahathir out to topple prime minister'
Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad is out to topple his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as fears grow over divisions in the ruling party, reports said yesterday.
 arrow Indian security on edge for Independence Day
Alarmed by the Mumbai blasts, a terror plot in Britain and a US warning of a likely al-Qaeda attack, India has stepped up security to its highest levels in years for this week's Independence Day anniversary.
 arrow Cubans wish absent Castro happy 80th birthday
Cubans wished Fidel Castro a happy 80th birthday yesterday even though the ailing leader has not been seen or heard in public since ceding power to his brother two weeks ago after stomach surgery.
 arrow UK rejects foreign policy link to attack threat
The British government on Saturday rejected as "dangerous and foolish" accusations that its foreign policy heightened the threat of terrorist attacks after police foiled a plot to blow up transatlantic
Editorialarrow Editorial: More extremists in dragnet
THE arrest of seven members of an Islamic militant group called Hizbut Tawhid by the Chittagong metropolitan police is a fresh reminder of the presence of ideologically-charged fanatic religious groups
 arrow Editorial: New jail code
THAT a jail code of the British era, precisely dating back to 1864, is still operational, with minor changes over time, is an affront to our sensibilities as members of a civilised society.
 arrow A test case for the 'new Middle East'
CONTRARY to the conventional notion of war -- that at least two combatant states are involved in it -- in Lebanon only one state has been unleashing its military might against a non-state entity, a "terrorist"
 arrow Lost plot
So five years after 9/11 are we back to the beginning? Not quite. Complexity has been replaced by simplicity, but the magnitude of ambition remains steadfast.
 arrow Of eminent citizens and so-called patriots
No language is strong enough to condemn the shocking development that led to the filing of a criminal case involving five of the most eminent citizens of the country.
Letters to Editorarrow Dear Nur Hossain, please forgive us
Nothing about Bangladesh politics surprises me anymore. And I am quite sure most Bengalis or Bangladeshis (depending upon our identity politics) are like me. It is rare for us to get shocked by anything.
 arrow Mohammad Rafi
I don't agree with the article on Mohammad Rafi (Culture, 3/8/06) where your correspondent has put him on par with Kishorekumar and Mukesh.
 arrow Unplanned urbanisation
With the growing urbanisation projects taken up by developers and real estate agencies, Dhaka is losing the beauty of its past. The projects are further endangering the earthquake prone Dhaka city.
 arrow Shibir politics
The Islamic Chhatra Shibir is threatening to eliminate all their rivals, particularly the BCL from the academic arena.
 arrow Bridge over River Karnaphuli
I have been following the debate over the type of bridge to be constructed over River Karnaphuli with much amusement.
 arrow BoI chief-CPD encounter
I came to know from the BBC news last night (Aug 9, 2006) that the Chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI), Mr.
 arrow Poor service
Two months ago I fell into a big trouble in my career of service as Assistant Commissioner. At that time I had to face two difficult problems at a time.
 arrow IPM election-2006
The Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), Bangladesh has been contributing significantly in the improvement and development of both academic and operational sectors of personnel management in Bangladesh.
 arrow Forthcoming election
Nowadays, people are very watchful & determined to elect eligible candidates. They (people) are being influenced with lofty promises before the election by leaders.
 arrow Mosquito eradication in Dhaka
Refer to the letter by Mr. Chaam Jamal appearing in DS of 7 August .
 arrow Targeting expatriate Bangladeshis
A serious attempt to cheat us was made in my Dhaka house on 7 July morning, and I think I should share it with you so that you can guard against similar incidents.
 arrow How long will we suffer?
Two lifts/elevators out of four are inoperative since long in Jiban Bima Tower at 10 Dilkusha Commercial Area. Presently, three important departments of ministries are situated here.
 arrow Demerits of mobile phone
Mobile phone is a great invention of modern science. The number of users of mobile phone is increasing day by day. People are getting benefits.
 arrow Local TV channels
This is an answer to Mr. Minhaj Ahmed's letter on the local channels. He wrote that our local channels are not worth watching at all.
Star Cityarrow When lawmakers break the law...
Though formal campaign for the next parliament elections have not begun as yet, walls in the city are already covered with graffiti of potential candidates seeking people's mandate.
 arrow Child help line to help abused kids
A National Child Help Line, the first ever in the country, to succour children, subjected to abuse and harassment will be introduced very soon.
 arrow United for a Noble Cause

 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star: What memory you can't forget about Dhaka?
Aditi Mohsin: It's a bad one --I got mugged twice in the Dhanmondi area, the very place where I have grown up.

 arrow Construction of Bangla Academy building yet to start
The construction work of Bangla Academy building is yet to start even eight years after its foundation laying as the authorities could not relocate the tin-shed quarters at the construction site.
 arrow Deprived viewers can now watch favourite channels
Hostility between the satellite TV channel distributors has deprived the viewers of enjoying their favourite channels for weeks, even for several months.
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