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Front Pagearrow BNP, JP meet as court delivers verdict today
Leaders of the BNP and JP held meetings last night in a hectic move to pave the way for Ershad's joining the ruling alliance ahead of the judgement in a graft case against the deposed president today.
 arrow Foreign link, patrons still in shadow
Although investigators unearthed as startling information as the JMB's plan to attack army personnel and overthrow the government, they have done little to identify the political patrons and foreign links
 arrow Telecoms gives deal to 'blacklisted' company
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications approved a $3.
 arrow North dates with drought in monsoon
A drought persisting in the northern region, especially Rajshahi and its adjoining districts, has badly affected Aman cultivation, jute and other crops in vast areas.
 arrow Deep-sea port in Ctg must to be regional commercial hub
Bangladesh needs to establish a deep-sea port in Chittagong and utilise its strategic geographical location to become a regional economic and commercial hub -- leading economists, business leaders, and
 arrow Booters make road to semis a tough task
Bangladesh will have to beat archrivals India in their last group match to make sure they reach the semifinals of the 10th South Asian Games football competition.
 arrow Family urge govt to take poet to Singapore
The family members of poet Shamsur Rahman urged the government to take the poet to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for better treatment.
 arrow Half-day hartal called in Mirpur today
Awami Swechchhasebak League called a half-day hartal for today in Mirpur in the capital protesting the killing of its leader Monir Hussain Monu on Tuesday.
 arrow Community pry teachers lay siege to PMO today
The community primary teachers who have been observing hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar demanding nationalisation of their jobs since August 6 will lay siege to the Prime Minister's Office today.
 arrow Jamaat to work Ershad issue in its favour
Jamaat-e-Islami is now threatening its ruling partner BNP with putting up candidates in 40 seats against those of the alliance in the next election if BNP includes Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) in the coalition.
 arrow 14 fuel depots about to run out of diesel
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC)'s 14 fuel depots including Baghabari depot with 3.82 crore litres capacity are about to run out of diesel.
 arrow Hasina doubts fair polls under Justice KM Hasan
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a fair election is not possible under the probable head of the next caretaker government Justice KM Hasan, who had felt embarrassed to hold a hearing
 arrow Hard times for people in a waterlogged land
Grim-faced Dashrath Tikedar sits idle in his grocery shop on the lone dry spot at Dumurtola in waterlogged Abhoynagar upazila in Jessore.
 arrow Ershad won't compromise on seats in JP strongholds
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad will not compromise on the parliamentary seats in the JP strongholds while negotiating with the four-party alliance.
 arrow Mother, son killed in road crash
A woman and her son died in a road accident in the city's Pallabi area yesterday. The dead were identified as Kaleman Begum, 45, and her son, Mohammad Jamal, 30, of Birulia village in Savar upazila.
 arrow US-bound flight diverted over terror fear
Fighter jets escorted a diverted London-to-Washington, DC, flight to Boston's Logan airport yesterday after a distraught passenger pulled out a screwdriver, matches, Vaseline and a note referencing al-Qaeda,
 arrow A poacher ...

 arrow One jailed for 17 yrs for carrying bombs
A court here yesterday awarded 17 years' rigorous imprisonment to a man for possessing bombs and detonators.
 arrow 30 hurt as BNP factions clash in Noakhali
At least 30 people including two journalists and two policemen were injured yesterday in a clash between two factions of BNP at Chhatarpaia Bazar under Senbagh upazila.
 arrow Khelafat Majlish activists go on rampage
The activists of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, a component of Islami Oikya Jote, yesterday went on the rampage in the city's Muktangon area and damaged over 30 vehicles.
 arrow Israel sends mixed signals on pullout
Israel said yesterday it would stop withdrawing from south Lebanon unless Lebanese troops move there within days, as diplomats worked on plans for a stronger UN force to bolster the truce with Hizbollah
 arrow A source of stench...

 arrow Tamil targets bombed as Lanka goes back to war
Sri Lankan war planes bombed Tamil Tiger positions yesterday as troops hunted rebel infiltrators in northern Jaffna peninsula after resisting a guerrilla advance, officials said.
 arrow Billions face water shortage
A third of the world is facing water shortages because of poor management of water resources and soaring water usage, driven mainly by agriculture, the International Water Management Institute said on
Businessarrow BB eases conditions for foreign firms
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has relaxed the terms and conditions for borrowing from commercial banks by the foreign companies. This relaxation is also applicable for the joint venture ones.
 arrow High GDP growth linked to better public management
Bangladesh can achieve 9-10 per cent GDP (gross domestic product) growth if better management is ensured in administration and other government institutions, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh ad market offers opportunities
MindShare, a UK-based media and management services enterprise, sees opportunities in terms of investing in human resources, research, products and services in Bangladesh market, says Sundar Raman, managing
 arrow Incorporating sugar mill workers in wage commission demanded
Bangladesh Chinikal Sramik Kormachari Federation demanded immediate implementation of its seven-point demand that includes incorporating the sugar mill workers in the national wage commission.
 arrow Pakistani fruit exporters arrive in Dhaka
An eight-member delegation of fruits and vegetables traders of Baluchistan, a province of Pakistan, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit to explore more business potential.
 arrow Asia's dark side threatens economic miracle: ADB
Billions of Asia's poor are faring even worse in terms of health and education, a problem that could eventually undermine the region's economic miracle, the Asian Development Bank warned in a report.
 arrow India may hike kerosene price
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday hinted at raising the prices of kerosene and cooking gas in the face of surging global oil prices and made a case for better returns to farmers even atthe
 arrow Moscow seeks image boost with $27m makeover
Long known for its rich history and elegant marble-lined metro, Moscow has suddenly discovered that it has a bad rap among foreigners -- and is spending tens of millions of dollars to try and turn itaround.
 arrow British jobless claims highest for over 4 yrs
The number of people claiming jobless benefits in Britain rose for the sixth month in a row in July to reach the highest level since the start of 2002, official data showed on Wednesday.
 arrow China urged to stay away from rogue states for trade
A committee of British members of parliament has urged China not to do deals with countries that flout international law and commit human rights abuses in an effort to acquire its much-needed naturalresources
 arrow No fuel subsidy cuts planned in Indonesia for 07
Indonesia plans to maintain fuel subsidies next year to help economic growth, with no price hikes foreseen, energy minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Wednesday.
 arrow E Asia FTA to top agenda of Asean meet
Economic ministers will discuss the preparation of the East Asia Free Trade Agreement during the upcoming Asean meeting before seeking endorsement from leaders by the end of the year.
 arrow China firm to buy Rover brand name from BMW
The famous Rover brand name, the former flagship of British car making, is to be sold to Chinese auto maker Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) for just over 11 million pounds (16 millioneuros,
 arrow Oil prices fall for 3rd day in a row
Crude prices dipped on Wednesday as a fragile Middle East ceasefire entered its third day, and ahead of the latest market update on energy stockpiles in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow Pak expats send $4b home in 2005
Pakistanis in Bahrain and around the world sent over $4billion home last year, a "significant" contribution to their country's economy, said Pakistani Ambassador to Bahrain Iftikhar Hussain Kazmi.
 arrow Delhi, KL agree to sign MoU on manpower
India and Malaysia on Tuesday agree to initial a landmark MoU that would protect thousands of Indians seeking employment in this Southeast Asian country from unscrupulous agents and middlemen.
 arrow Dollar steady ahead of US consumer price data
The dollar held steady against major rival currencies on Wednesday as dealers readied for more US inflation numbers. The euro traded at 1.2793 dollars in midday European trading, compared with 1.
 arrow Singapore to advise Russia on special economic zones
Singapore will advise Russia on setting up special economic zones under a pact signed with Moscow, the the city-state's ministry of trade and industry said late Tuesday in a statement.
Sportsarrow Football: Lacklustre Bangladesh held by Afghanistan
Bangladesh put in yet another lacklustre show as they prodded to a goalless draw with Afghanistan in yesterday's first match of the 10th SA Games here at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
 arrow Football: Qatar complete formalities
Even a ten-man team was good enough for the visiting Qatar side to secure a comfortable 4-1 victory against Bangladesh at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Women's cricket: the untold stories
It was February 1982, and by then, women of our country had already established themselves in various outdoor sports like athletics, badminton, volleyball, handball and hockey.
With the local media still concentrating on cricket, organisers of the tenth edition of the biennial event can now look forward to get some attention.
 arrow Football: Sylhet ready for final round
Sylhet is all set to host the final round of the National Football Championship at the local stadium from tomorrow.
 arrow Football: U-17s end on a sour note
Bangladesh finished their campaign in the AFF Under-17 Football Championship with a disappointing note when they suffered a 3-1 defeat against Myanmar in the third and final match in Vietnam yesterday.
 arrow Football: DC Cup soccer from Aug 26
The Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament will begin from August 26 at the Khagrachhari Stadium. A total of eight upazila teams are expected to participate in the tournament.
 arrow Cricket: First 4-dayer today
BCB National Cricket Academy team launch their campaign today when they take on Pakistan Academy in the first four-day match at Karachi.
 arrow Second batch off to Colombo
Six teams -- boxing, table tennis, weightlifting, swimming, kabaddi, hockey left Dhaka yesterday to take part in the 10th SA Games in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar returns from Bangkok
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar returned home yesterday after check up on his damaged left fifth metacarpal in Bangkok.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas pull out
South Africa have pulled out of the limited-overs tri-series against India and hosts Sri Lanka due to security concerns after a deadly bombing, a Sri Lankan cricket official said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan hope to save grace
With the Oval Test always the last of an English cricket season, there have been many occasions in the past when a new player has been drafted in with the series lost in the belief that there's nothing
 arrow Tennis: Roger, Nadal fight hard
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal began with fighting victories at the ATP Cincinnati Masters here to take the first step toward another showdown on cement.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib counted out of Oval tie
Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar is out of the final Test against England, with the tourists reluctant to risk him at The Oval with limited match practice.
 arrow Cricket: Another washout
Sri Lanka's troubled tri-series reeled under another blow on Wednesday as slippery ground conditions forced the home team's game with India to be abandoned.
 arrow Football: Spain held to listless draw
Iceland held Spain to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a friendly in which Raul Gonzalez made his 100th international appearance.
 arrow Football: Euro journey commences
With the World Cup now consigned to the memory bank the international spotlight turns to the opening skirmishes on the long road to qualifying for the Euro 2008 finals staged on Wednesday.
 arrow Swimming: Natants to take part in world meet
Bangladesh will take part in the 63rd World Long Distance Swimming Competition to be held on August 27 at the Bhagirothi River in Murshidabad, India.
 arrow Football: Villa takeover not a done deal?
Wealthy US businessman Randy Lerner's still faces a fight to take over English Premiership side Aston Villa, a rival insisted Wednesday, despite Lerner's offer for the club being accepted.
 arrow Football: Eventful summer for champions
Summer break probably never felt so good for Italy's World Cup players, and it isn't over yet.
 arrow Football: Footwear conflict resolved
German footballers on Tuesday reached agreement with the German football federation (DFB) in a boots row which had threatened to scupper their international friendly against Sweden.
 arrow Football: Aussies qualify for Asia Cup finals
Australia scored two late goals to qualify for next year's Asian Cup football finals with a 2-0 win over Kuwait here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: France are stronger: Vieira
Patrick Vieira had a warning for France's Euro 2008 group qualifier rivals here on Tuesday, the World Cup star suggesting Les Bleus were stronger and more confident than two years ago.
 arrow Football: Ukraine massacre Azerbaijan
Andriy Voronin and Serhiy Nazarenko scored early in the first half and Ukraine beat Azerbaijan 6-0 Tuesday in a friendly match at Kiev's Dynamo stadium.
 arrow Football: Double blow for United
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were both banned Tuesday for three matches by the FA after losing claims for wrongful dismissal during a pre-season friendly against Porto in Amsterdam
 arrow Football: Dhorasoo film creates controversy
Paris Saint Germain midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo sought to reassure his manager and teammates on Tuesday after they expressed concern over a film he shot during France's World Cup campaign.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves weighs Utd move
Since Roy Keane left Old Trafford last November, Manchester United's search for his replacement has been like a protracted game of Guess Who? Now, however, it seems there are only two cards standing:Marcos
 arrow Football: Aragones under fire
Spain coach Luis Aragones said that his side's performance in their 0-0 draw against Iceland on Tuesday was one of their worst since he took charge two years ago.
 arrow Football: Super Cup derby kicks off season
Spanish and European champions Barcelona will have to hit the ground running in a frantic start to the season kicking off with a local derby against Espanyol in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Newcastle face fight for Kuyt
Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder admitted Wednesday that he has a big battle on his hands if he wants to win the race to sign highly-rated Netherlands striker Dirk Kuyt.
 arrow Football: Van der Meyde wants dog back!
Everton winger Andy van der Meyde has made an emotional plea after his pedigree dog was stolen at the weekend, saying he was prepared to pay anybody who secured the safe return of the seven-month-oldFrench
 arrow Football: Ismael injury shocker
Bayern Munich suffered a blow on Tuesday as French defender Valerien Ismael broke his tibia in training.
 arrow Football: Japan scrape to win
Defending champions Japan scrapped a 2-0 victory against Yemen Wednesday in an Asian Cup qualifier, their first official win under new coach Ivica Osim.
 arrow Football: Walcott scores for U-21s
Theo Walcott showed England fans what might have been at the World Cup finals when the 17-year-old scored within three minutes of the England Under-21 clash with Moldova.
 arrow Football: Knockout blow for Dempsey
Clint Dempsey, the only US player to score a goal in this year's World Cup, received a two-game Major League Soccer ban on Tuesday for elbowing World Cup teammate Jimmy Conrad in the face.
 arrow Football: Raul completes century
Spain captain Raul made his 100th appearance for the national team when he led his side to a disappointing 0-0 draw in a friendly international against Iceland in Reykjavik on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Qahtani rips India apart
Striker Yasser Al Qahtani scored a hattrick to spur former champions Saudi Arabia to a 3-0 victory over India in an Asian Cup Group A qualifier on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow 12 killed, 57 injured in road accidents
At least twelve people were killed and 57 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Narsingdi, Mymensingh, Cox's Bazar and Kishoreganj yesterday.
 arrow 25 percent visa seekers use forged documents
The British High Commission yesterday accused certain banks of providing forged documentation to Bangladeshi applicants seeking British visas.
 arrow Mugging at Gulshan was 'stage-managed'
Police yesterday revealed that the incident of looting of Tk 9.82 lakh that took place at Gulshan in the city on August 5 was 'stage-managed' by those who were carrying the money.
 arrow Zakiganj border tense
Tension erupted again on the troubled Zakiganj frontier as Indian BSF obstructed Bangladeshi farmers from cultivating their croplands in Amalshid and Uttarkul areas yesterday.
 arrow 'Vested quarter out to tarnish country's image'
A newly formed pro-BNP professional body led by Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said a vested quarter is out to tarnish the image of the country abroad by undermining the real development picture.
 arrow Factory worker succumbs to injuries in hospital
A factory worker, who was stabbed by unknown miscreants, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the city yesterday.
 arrow Bring killers of my husband to justice
A woman at a press conference yesterday urged the government and police administration to bring the killers of her husband to justice.
 arrow RU teacher narrowly escapes attempt on life
A Rajshahi University (RU) teacher narrowly escaped an attempt on his life on Tuesday night.
 arrow Blue for Peace Programme today
Family of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria will form a human chain as part of the Blue for Peace Programme demanding UN-investigation into Kibria murder case and trial of the killers of former
 arrow Janmastami celebrated
Hindus yesterday celebrated Janmastami, a religious festival marking the birthday of Lord Krishna, with religious fervour and enthusiasm across the country.
 arrow Shamsuddin new Honorary Consul of Indonesia in Ctg
Indonesian president has appointed AK Shamsuddin Khan, managing director of AK Group of Companies, as the New Honorary Consul of Indonesia in Chittagong by the Letter of Commission on May 10 in 2004,says
 arrow Hospital ransacked in Gaibandha
Sadullahpur Upazila Health Complex was ransacked following death of two minor girls at South Kazibari Santala village yesterday.
 arrow Five fishermen missing as two trawlers capsize in Bay
Five fishermen went missing as two trawlers with 28 fishermen on board capsized in the Bay yesterday. The missing fishermen could not be identified immediately.
 arrow Three gold smugglers held in Khulna
Police arrested three gold smugglers yesterday from city's Hotel Rose Garden at Cemetery Road and recovered five gold bars each weighing two tolas.
 arrow Indian govt extends Taslima Nasreen's visa by six months
The Indian government has extended by another six months the resident visa of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.
 arrow Two power sub-stations inaugurated in Natore
Two newly constructed sub-stations of Bangladesh Power Development Board have been installed here at a cost of Tk 10 crore.
 arrow President hosts reception to Hindu community
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Professor Anwara Begum yesterday hosted a reception to the members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Janmashtami.
 arrow Wife hacked to death at Chuadanga
Wife was hacked to death on Monday night at Chandpur village under Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district for protesting her husband's habit of smoking.
 arrow Appeal for help
Khobir Uddin, a second year student of Dhaka University, has sought financial assistance from affluent people for treatment to restore his hearing.
 arrow Applications for scholarships invited
Bangladesh Scholarship Council (BSC) invites applications for its 12th scholarship programme at the university level throughout the country for the year 2006-2007, says a press release.
 arrow Sirajul Alam Khan hospitalised
Eminent political analyst and philosopher Sirajul Alam Khan, who is currently residing in the United Kingdom, was admitted to London Chest Hospital (LCH) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow One run over by train in Ctg
An elderly farmer was run over by a train while he was crossing rail track at Barabkunda under Sitakunda upazila yesterday.
Nationalarrow 10 shrimp hatcheries closed in Cox's Bazar
At least 10 hatcheries have been closed here due to acute crisis of shrimp fry. The crisis has been created following indiscriminate fishing of mother shrimp in the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis in Syedpur made voters
Hundreds of stranded Pakistanis are being made voters outside 22 Geneva camps in Syedpur.
 arrow Hindu family passing days in panic in Pabna
Members of a Hindu family are passing their days in panic following an armed robbery at Majhdia village of Shara union in Ishawardi upazila on August 8 midnight.
 arrow Polythene bags still on use in Dinajpur
Polythene bags are being used here unabated creating environmental degradation although there is a government ban on it.
 arrow Security at Syedpur Airport tightened
Security in and around Syedpur Airport has been tightened. The measure has been taken following detection of sabotage plot abroad recently.
 arrow 5 JMB men held in Natore
Police arrested five militants of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Bariahati village of Naldanga thana in Natore in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Nasaka abducts 3 Bangladeshis
Three Bangladesh nationals were abducted by Myanmar border security force members, Nasaka, from Husairdia along the Naaf river in Hoikong union of Teknaf upazila yesterday. Their boat was also seized.
 arrow Flood, high tide damage roads in Patuakhali
Twenty major roads in Patuakhali Pourasabha area stretching about 55 kilometre (KM) have become unfit for use following flood and recurring high tide recently.
 arrow Production at Barapukuria suspended
Production at 250-megawatt Barapukuria Power Plant remained suspended since Wednesday after it tripped again due to technical fault resulting in massive power outage in the region, said officials in the
 arrow 10 BNP activists hurt in attack by AL workers
At least 10 BNP activists were injured, three of them critically, following attack on them by Awami League (AL) activists at Shantipur in Matiranga upazila on Tuesday night.
 arrow Tangail Jubo Dal burns copies of Janakantha
Jubo Dal leaders on Monday burnt all the copies of The Daily Janakantha here for publishing what they said 'false and fabricated reports' against State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment
 arrow Youth Day observed in B'baria
Speakers at a discussion here have demanded a drug free society to make youths good citizens.
 arrow Tk 47,560 urea seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized 4,756 kilogram (KG) of urea worth Tk 47,560 while being smuggled out to Myanmar through Bethboniya point of Teknaf border in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow UPDF protest meeting held
The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday brought out a procession and held a protest meeting at Ehenghi Square here demanding stoppage of oppression by security personnel at Kamal Chhariand
 arrow Body of college student found in Mymensingh
Kotwali Police here recovered the body of a college student from a jungle near his house at Chabagia in Sadar upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let us be realistic about RMG
THE country has for the first time experienced a turmoil in the garment sector at a time when the sector was flourishing in all respects. The turmoil is still continuing here and there at regular intervals.
 arrow Let the voice of moderation speak
HOW much aggression in our region has been justified by the mantra that western interests are under threat? The battle cries claim that all is at stake and every strike is a final defence of freedom and
 arrow Bigotry indeed!
WHO defamed whom and who rushed to the court to exhibit bigotry? Who used uncouth words such as "shameless liar," "conspirator," "kulangar," and so on? Admittedly, Bangladesh gained independence some
 arrow Expansion of port facilities
BANGLADESH is small country in size but we are the eighth most populous country of the world. Population density in our country is possibly the highest in the world.
 arrow The new space race
THE future of the space industry is a 70-square-kilometer piece of desert in New Mexico near the White Sands Missile Range, about an hour's drive from the nearest city, Las Cruces.
Culturearrow Printmaking exhibition at National Art Gallery ends
PRINTMAKING as an art form dates back by three decades. Within this short period, talented Bangladeshi artists have achieved recognition in printmaking both at home and abroad.
 arrow Sohana Saba: Fresh face in Bangladeshi cinema
Newcomer Sohana Saba's acting career is on the upswing.
 arrow Meryl Streep: Beauty and brains
She's got class, beauty and histrionic talent--it is seasoned actress Meryl Streep we are talking about.
Internationalarrow Iran now ready to talk nuke issue
Iran's foreign minister said yesterday his country is ready to discuss suspension of its sensitive nuclear enrichment work, a point categorically rejected by senior officials in the past.
 arrow Pakistan likely to extradite key British air plot suspect
The alleged key planner behind an airline bombings plot foiled last week may face extradition to Britain, Pakistani authorities say.
 arrow Fighting erupts in Iraq cities
Iraqi security forces fought with Shiite militias in several southern cities yesterday as the embattled government tried once more to impose its authority on the divided country.
 arrow Manmohan's move to clear air on nuke deal
India's prime minister will make a statement to parliament to try to allay concerns about a controversial civilian nuclear cooperation deal with the United States, a spokesman said yesterday Manmohan
 arrow Bush frustrated by lack of support for US in Iraq
President George W. Bush is frustrated by Iraq's slow progress and lack of support for the US military effort, The New York Times said yesterday quoting people who attended a private meeting with Bush at the Pentagon this week.
 arrow Grass ashamed of his SS past
German Nobel prize-winning author Gunter Grass has admitted he is ashamed of serving in the Nazis' notorious Waffen SS in the final months of World War II.
 arrow Golan occupation won't be allowed to last forever
Syria warned Israel yesterday that the occupation of the Golan Heights "cannot last forever" and said Syrians would emulate Hezbollah to recover their land.
 arrow Somali Islamists seize key port
Islamists controlling much of southern Somalia seized a key central port yesterday and said at least 100 government troops had defected to their side, in new blows to the weak administration.
 arrow 5 'infiltrators' shot dead in Srinagar
Five Islamic rebels were shot dead in Indian Kashmir by Indian soldiers yesterday after they sneaked across the de facto border from the Pakistani zone, the Indian army said.
 arrow Ex-Lashkar chief challenges house arrest
The former head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmiri militant group yesterday lodged a challenge in a Pakistani court against a month-long period of house arrest, his lawyer said.
 arrow Meat preserved with nitrites may cause cancer
The humble hot dog, and other meats preserved with nitrites, may cause genetic mutations known to cause cancer, said a study out Tuesday.
 arrow Most Israeli Jews favour Lebanon war probe
Two-thirds of Israeli Jews favour creating a commission to examine the government's handling of the war in south Lebanon, revealed two opinion polls published yesterday Between 67 and 69 percent ofpeople
 arrow Hizbollah defiance of Israel emboldens US foes
By surviving a ferocious month-long conflict with Israel, Hizbollah has foiled US-Israeli hopes of destroying the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group and emboldened its allies in Iran and Syria.
 arrow Indian brides seek protection from abusive grooms
Sonal Agarwal says her disfigured face is a constant reminder of the most terrifying night of her life -- her wedding night. "My husband just went crazy.
 arrow All work, no play for India's army of toiling children
Subhankar Baidya can't bring himself to discuss his ordeal as an abused domestic servant. Instead, the five-year-old boy draws pictures to show the beatings and humiliations he endured until his rescue.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Using government facilities
It has been reported that the ruling BNP is using state offices like the Prime Minister's Office, Prodhanmontri Bhaban and Jamuna (PM's evening office) for holding party meetings which fall outsidethe
 arrow Editorial: Private security service
Government has finalised the long-awaited private security service rules. These will come into effect after being cleared by the Law Ministry.
 arrow A year after
Today is exactly a year to the day the country was stunned by the resounding appearance, both literally and figuratively, of the religious militants in Bangladesh.
 arrow Exploiting (and rewarding) merit
The major difference between the public and the private sector is that the private entrepreneurs recognize merit as the touchstone for success, but in the public sector (as in bureaucracy) merit can often
 arrow From farce to tragedy
Future historians will rate the current Session of Parliament as one of its most raucous and unproductive.
Letters to Editorarrow Awami League politics
Although the Awami League has got a strong organisation and rich history it is not getting desired success in the election politics. There are several reasons behind that.
 arrow Israel issue
This is a response to the letter written by Mr. Oniel Osman on this topic. I am utterly disgusted to see his vehement support for the terrorist state of Israel. Mr.
 arrow Rice and Lebanese crisis
The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said she was 'deeply concerned' about the Lebanese people and what they are enduring.
 arrow Tree plantation: some questions
In this era of information technology, there is no doubt that everyone is conscious about deforestation and its ill effects on our life.
 arrow Poor transportation facilities
Prices of all commodities are going up as transportation remains a major problem.
 arrow Shocking news
We are flabbergasted at the news item published in most of the newspapers in Bangladesh-- 'Arrest warrants against 5 eminent citizens'. It all reminds me of the hegemony theory by Antonio Gramsci.
 arrow Corrupt linemen
We are businessmen from Mohakhali new DOHS area and are facing many problems with telephone lines, which remain cut off frequently, despite regular payment of telephone bills.
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