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Front Pagearrow Investigators still wait for bombers to walk into hand
The sensational August 21 grenade blast case seems to be going nowhere as the investigators wait for the fugitive criminals, accused of assassination attempt on Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina,
 arrow Govt sits idle as banned HuJi holds open rally
Banned Islamist militant organisation Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJi) that comprises Afghan war veterans is carrying out activities in the capital but the government seems not to bother at all.
 arrow Field level work ends today without scrutiny
The field level task of updating the voter list ends today without checking the authenticity of about two crore applications for inclusion and deletion of names and with many names of people eligibleto
 arrow Cancelled telecoms deals revived
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has revived two cancelled contracts totalling $15 million for two Chinese companies and forwarded purchase proposals to the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement
 arrow Parties should select candidates thru' voting at grassroots level
Speakers at the regional dialogue at Pabna yesterday emphasised direct election in seats reserved for women, selection of candidates through secret vote of local leaders and workers and bringing reforms
 arrow Roadside bins in city pose health hazards
Improper use and poor maintenance of 4,500 dumpsters in the capital, overflowing with mountains of garbage, are threatening the environment of the city and the health of its residents.
 arrow Booters lose to India, out of SA Games
Bangladesh bowed out of the 10th South Asian Games football competition with a 2-1 loss to archrivals India at the Sugathadasa Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Damaged minaret of Curzon Hall


 arrow Kabita Parishad declares weeklong mourning for Shamsur Rahman
Jatiya Kabita Parishad, a national forum of poets, yesterday announced a weeklong programme to mourn the death of its founding president poet Shamsur Rahman, beginning today.
 arrow Hasina finds Zia's link with killing of Bangabandhu
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her accusation against late president Ziaur Rahman and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia that they had link to the killing of Father of the NationBangabandhu
 arrow Makeshift sub-jail for arrested militants creates controversy
The government has declared a part of the second floor of Chandpur deputy commissioner's office as sub-jail to keep the top militants during trial, adding to the ongoing controversy on legal and security
 arrow Rift in Khulna BNP, Lobi's men occupy party office
Lawmaker Ali Asghar Lobi and Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman's faction of Khulna BNP occupied the party office in the city yesterday morning, obstructing their rivals to enter the office.
 arrow PM asks BNP grassroots leaders to work unitedly
Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged her party's grassroots level leaders to work together and gear up organisational activities as the general election approaches fast.
 arrow 3 of a family killed in road crash
Three members of a family died and three others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Bhaluka yesterday morning.
 arrow Zealots clash with cops in Narsingdi
At least 16 people including four policemen were injured in a series of clashes between law enforcers and religious zealots as the fundamentalists tried to swoop on a minority sect in Narsingdi.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A criminal was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between his cohorts and the police at Ramshankarpur Smashan (cremation) Ghat area of Bhairab upazila in Kishoreganj yesterday.
 arrow Constructing culvert


 arrow BSF kills 1
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Padma Sakhra border here early yesterday.
 arrow BNP thinking about Oli
BNP is thinking about its Standing Committee Member Oli Ahmed, but he is still in the party, said BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.
 arrow AL to observe grenade attack anniversary tomorrow
Awami League (AL) will observe a daylong programme tomorrow (August 21) as a mark of protest against the grenade attacks on its rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on this day in 2004 and to pay homage to those
 arrow 'Criminal' hurt in bomb explosion
An identified criminal was critically injured in an explosion when he along with his accomplices was making bombs in Uttarpara village in Dhamrai upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Israel kills 3 Hezbollah men in Lebanon raid
Israeli aircraft and commandos raided a Hezbollah bastion in eastern Lebanon and killed three guerrillas yesterday in the first big attack since a truce halted Israel's 34-day war with the Shia Muslim
 arrow Israel detains Palestinian dy prime minister
Israel seized Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Naser al-Shaer, a top official of the Hamas militant group, at his home in the occupied West Bank yesterday.
 arrow Zawahri's son-in-law mastermind of airliner blow up plot
A son-in-law of al-Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahri was the mastermind of a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners unearthed in Britain this month, a Pakistani newspaper said on Saturday.
 arrow 3 coalition troops killed in Afghanistan
Three US-led coalition soldiers were killed during a combat operation yesterday in eastern Afghanistan, a coalition spokesman said.
 arrow China drought causes water shortage for 18m
Hot weather and a severe drought have left over 18 million people short of drinking water, damaged millions of hectares of cropland and reduced water supplies for millions of livestock, Xinhua news agency
Businessarrow Minister cautions against ADB's high interest loans
The state minister for power yesterday criticised the Asian Development Bank as the multilateral donor agency offers high interest loans for power sector reforms.
 arrow Donors interfere in natíl policies
Alliance for Economic Justice Bangladesh (AEJB) yesterday blasted World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for interfering in the country's policy formulation and
 arrow Most commodity prices lower as oil slumps
Crude futures plunged this week, in line with many commodity prices, amid evidence of an economic slowdown in the United States and a lowering of tensions in the Middle East, analysts said.
 arrow Uttara Motors launches Swift of Suzuki series
Uttara Motors Ltd, a concern of Uttara Group of Companies and sole distributor of Indian Maruti Suzuki cars in Bangladesh, yesterday launched Swift car of Suzuki series.
 arrow Dollar recovers after US data
The dollar recovered against the euro Friday after a fall in the wake of weaker-than-expected US consumer confidence data proved short-lived. The euro stood at 1.
 arrow Indian inflation hits 4.82pc as manufactured goods costs rise
India's inflation rate jumped by more than a fifth of a percentage point to 4.82 percent as manufactured goods became more expensive, official data released Friday showed.
 arrow Wal-Mart battling to revive growth
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is fighting battles on multiple fronts after posting its first quarterly profit decline in 10 years, and analysts question whether the world's largest retailer can regain the feverish growth rates of its past.
 arrow ADB to give $1b for Pakistan's trade corridor
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide 1 billion US dollars for Pakistan's National Trade Corridor (NTC) project that would link Karachi to Gwadar and Khunjrab in Northern Areas, local
 arrow Bangkok okays GE's 25pc acquisition of Thai bank
Thailand's finance ministry said Friday it had approved a 430-million-dollar deal for a unit of US conglomerate General Electric to acquire a 25 percent stake in Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya.
 arrow City Bank, Alap Communication sign online banking deal
Alap Communication Ltd, a telecoms infrastructure facilities provider, has recently signed an agreement with The City Bank Ltd to provide online banking services for the bank's clients.
 arrow Japan to invest millions to promote regional trade
Japan is to announce a fund worth up to 100 million dollars for a proposed 16-nation East Asian economic partnership intended to promote regional trade, state Bernama news agency reported Saturday.
 arrow China hopes to start transit trade with Pakistan, 2 central Asian states
China hopes to start transit trade with Pakistan and two Central Asian states next year.
 arrow S African nations to speed up economic integration
A 14-nation southern Africa summit closed late Friday with a pledge to speed up regional economical integration, even as leaders expressed concern about crisis-plagued member-state Zimbabwe.
 arrow India supplies fertiliser to Nepal at subsidised rate
India has gave 25,000 metric tons of fertilizer to Nepal at a subsidised rate.
 arrow Ford to halt production at 10 plants
Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would temporarily halt production at 10 assembly plants between now and the end of the year, blaming high gas prices for pushing many consumers away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models.
 arrow Vietnam sets goal for export surplus by 2010
Vietnam should see an export surplus by 2010, according to the Ministry of Trade's strategy on socio-economic development.
 arrow Sípore hires US consultant to map out medical tourism strategy
Singapore has engaged US consulting firm McKinsey and Company to map out strategies to attract more foreign patients, also known as medical tourists, to the city-state, the government said Friday.
 arrow India's forex reserves decline
India's forex reserves decreased by USD 701 million to stand at USD 165.094 billion during the week ended August 11, 2006, as against USD 165.795 billion during the week ended August 4, 2006.
Sportsarrow Football: Booters crash out
Bangladesh footballers failed to cross the first round of the 10th SA Games when they crashed to archrivals India 2-1 at the Sugathadasa Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ritu rattles Joypurhat
Striker Majibur Rahman Ritu slammed a hattrick as defending champions Narayanganj made a flying start in the final round of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship with a 7-1 thrashing of Joypurhat
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan stay on top
England's bowlers belatedly found their form as Mohammad Yousuf's third hundred of the series came to an end but Pakistan remained in control on the third day of the fourth and final Test at The Ovalhere
 arrow Swimming: Shahjahan gets into pool today
Shahjahan Ali Rony will warm up for his pet event, 50m breaststroke, when the BKSP swimmer takes to the pool today in the longer version event of the 10th SA Games at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: BCB academy take the lead
The visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Cricket Academy took a slender lead of six runs over Pakistan Cricket Academy on the third day of the first four-day match at the TMC ground in Karachi
 arrow Bad day for TT, badminton too
Pakistani shuttlers smashed their way into the semifinals of the men's badminton team event with a 3-1 come-from-behind win against Bangladesh at the 10th SA Games here today.
 arrow Football: PFL on time: BFF
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has assured that the first-ever professional football league will begin on schedule.
 arrow Another batch off to Lanka
Three more teams -- karate, taekwondo and athletics -- left Dhaka yesterday for Colombo to take part in the ongoing 10th South Asian Games that began Friday in the Sri Lankan capital.
 arrow Cricket: Greg oblivious to offer
Greg Chappell has brushed aside suggestions that he could be the man to coach Australia's national team once John Buchanan's successful tenure ends after the World Cup in May 2007.
 arrow Football: Reds start with a stutter
Robbie Fowler salvaged a 1-1 draw for Liver-pool with a dubious second half penalty to deny Premiership newcomers Sheffield United a shock victory at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho rules out quadruple
Jose Mourinho says his side face an immediate disadvantage as Chelsea begin their Premiership defence and that, despite signing Germany's captain Michael Ballack and the top-scoring Andriy Shevchenko,
 arrow Football: United optimistic of Hargreaves capture
Manchester United defender Gary Neville said Saturday that he was still hopeful that agreement could be reached with Bayern Munich for midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick tames Murray
Nearly three weeks of top tennis caught up with Andy Murray Friday as the Scottish challenger lost a tight 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal to Andy Roddick at the ATP Cincinnati Masters.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis rides to semis
Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis reached the semifinals of the 1.34 million-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here Friday with a straight-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
 arrow Swimming: US dominate Day 2
The United States, led by multiple world record-holder Michael Phelps and rising star Katie Hoff, captured seven of eight gold medals on offer Friday at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Hafeez knew he'd be back
Mohammad Hafeez insisted he'd never doubted his return to Pakistan's Test side after marking his comeback match from a three-year exile with 95 in the fourth and final Test against England here at The
 arrow Football: Juventus appeal turned down
Disgraced Italian giants Juventus have failed in their bid to convince Italian football federation bosses that their demotion to Serie B, the country's second tier football league, should be overturned.
 arrow Football: Haan in charge of Cameroon
Dutchman Arie Haan was on Friday named as the new coach of Cameroon charged with reviving the fortunes of the Indomitable Lions who failed to reach the World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Simao sticking with Benfica
Benfica skipper Simao Sabrosa, reported to be close to signing with Spanish outfit Valencia, has opted to stick with the Portuguese side, club president Luis Filipe Vieira said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Two out of two for Nuremberg
Nuremberg made it maximum points from two games in the Bundesliga as an early diving header from Markus Schroth proved enough to give them a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.
 arrow Football: Fergie demands end to diving
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded an end to the "disease" of diving which is proving to be one of the controversial scars on the game.
 arrow Football: Chelsea swoop for Boulahrouz
English champions Chelsea bolstered their defence on the eve of the Premiership season on Friday when they bought Dutch international Khalid Boulahrouz from Hamburg.
 arrow Athletics: Powell equals WR
Jamaican Asafa Powell set the Golden League meet here Friday alight by equalling the world record of 9.77sec for the men's 100m he holds jointly with doping-tainted American Justin Gatlin.
 arrow Football: Villarreal to keep Senna
Villarreal president Fernando Roig said midfielder Marcos Senna will remain at the club after Manchester United failed to follow through their interest in the Spain international.
 arrow Football: Camoranesi heading for Juve exit
Italy international Mauro Camoranesi is set to become the next high-profile player to leave disgraced Italian club Juventus, who last month were demoted to Serie B for match-fixing.
 arrow Hockey: India name WC hockey team
India's selectors on Thursday recalled midfielders Ignace Tirkey and Nitin Kumar for next month's World Cup field hockey tournament in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: First ODI washed out
Heavy rain washed out the first limited-overs international between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club here on Saturday. A sharp thundershower around 10.
 arrow DRU sports from today
The Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) annual sports competition begins today at its premises.
 arrow Cricket: India not to host tri-series
India will not host a tri-series featuring West Indies and Sri Lanka in 2007 as originally planned, and will instead play separate bilateral series against both teams.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid writes off Wright claims
Indian captain Rahul Dravid has dismissed former coach John Wright's remarks regarding the controversial declaration in the Multan Test against Pakistan in 2004 as pure "guess work".
 arrow Cricket: A complete failure: Hoggard
Matthew Hoggard said England had failed to perform in all departments after being dominated by Pakistan during the first two days of the fourth and final Test at the Oval.
 arrow Cricket: CSA rejects SL criticism
South Africa's cricket board Friday rejected criticism by Sri Lanka for pulling their team out of the tri-series due to security fears following a deadly attack aimed at a Pakistani envoy in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Malik back for ODIs
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been declared fit for the five match one-day series against England, chief selector Wasim Bari said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SLC to demand compensation
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has invited Percy Sonn, the ICC president, to spend a few days in Colombo and assess for himself the security arrangements that are in place for touring teams.
Metropolitanarrow Electoral reforms a must as some rules go against free, fair polls
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said electoral reforms must be implemented as this government, after the 2001 polls, made some rules that
 arrow Healthcare services to figure agenda
The Dhaka Declaration containing present health concerns of South East Asia Region (SEAR) will be adopted at the SEAR health ministers' meeting scheduled to begin today in the city, Health Minister Khandakar
 arrow Alliance govt pushing country towards constitutional crisis
Top Awami League leaders yesterday said the alliance government is pushing the country towards uncertainty and constitutional crisis as it is unwilling to implement electoral reforms, which are a must
 arrow Govt nurtures militancy, terrorism
Speakers at a regional discussion yesterday suggested proper investigation of bomb blast incidents by trained persons and trial of cases as per law to curb security threat in Bangladesh.
 arrow 'Right-to-know law a must for strengthening democracy'
Speakers at discussion yesterday called for enactment of 'Right to Information Law' to strengthen democracy in society.
 arrow 2 students die in road accidents
A Chittagong University girl student and a Dhaka College student were killed in separate road accidents yesterday.
 arrow 'Make politics accountable, transparent'
An accountable and transparent politics can lead the nation towards attaining its cherished goal for which people of the land fought a bloody battle in 1971, said Air Vice Marshal (Retd) A K Khondkarat
 arrow "South Asian University concept needs to be pursued"
The South Asian Centre for Excellence, as proposed by Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, needs to be followed with seriousness since the concept, if materialised, will help intellectual advancement
 arrow Centenary of scouting to be celebrated next year
Bangladesh Scouts will celebrate the centenary of scouting through various colourful programmes on August 1 next year.
 arrow Nat'l strategy on infant young child feeding soon
Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf yesterday said a national strategy on infant and young child feeding (IYCF) will soon be introduced to help improve nutrition status of
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Hundreds of teachers, students and staffs of marketing department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus demanding punishment to the terrorists who had an attempt on
 arrow Jobaida Begum of Ctg gets first prize
Braving the elements, hundreds of people from around the city thronged the plenary hall of the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre yesterday to have a glimpse at the grand finale of a yearlong
 arrow Int'l conference on road safety at Buet Tuesday
A three-day 'International Conference on Road Safety in Developing Countries' begins at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) on Tuesday.
 arrow Dock worker dies in container collapse
A dock worker was killed instantly as the containers of a cargo ship collapsed on him while he was unloading these at the Container Terminal in Bandar Police Station yesterday.
Nationalarrow PSTU in deep crisis as UGC stops funding
The Patuakhali Science and Technology University is facing a serious financial crisis as the University Grants Commission (UGC) stopped fund disbursement due to alleged corruption and irregularities by
 arrow Forest expansion to make 400 indigenous families 'homelessí
At least 400 families of indigenous communities in seven villages in Ghilachhari union in Rajasthali upazila are passing days amid eviction threat as their lands and homesteads are allegedly being taken
 arrow Nilphamari tense as AL, BNP hold pogrammes
Police have been deployed at different points as tension mounted in Nilphamari town following clashes between activists of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League yesterday.
 arrow 11 BNP men to seek ticket, but back party nominee
A joint statement by 11 BNP leaders regarding party nomination for the coming election has surprised all including grassroots party workers.
 arrow BNP men sued for snatching accused from police custody
A case has been filed with Islampur police station in Jamalpur district against 172 local BNP leaders and activists for snatching an accused from police and assaulting a sub-inspector (SI) at the police
 arrow Hartal today in Gopalpur to protest murder of AL leader
Awami League (AL) called a day-long hartal in Gopalpur upazila for today protesting the murder of a Jubo League leader.
 arrow Menon blasts govt as culprits still at large
Bangladesh Workers' Party (WP) president Rashed Khan Menon has criticised the government for not bringing to book the culprits who attempted on his life on August 17 in 1992.
 arrow Suspected JMB man arrested
Chitalmari Police of Bagerhat yesterday arrested a suspected militant of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Bakerganj Bazar.
 arrow BSF hands over 4 to BDR
Four Bangladeshi nationals who were arrested by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on August 14 were handed over to the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Friday.
 arrow PCJSS mourns poet's death
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday expressed profound shock at the demise of poet Shamsur Rahman.
Point-Counterpointarrow The war that shattered Israel's invincibility myth
A ceasefire has finally taken effect in Lebanon from last Monday between Israeli and Hezbollah forces, in pursuance of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
 arrow A new man for the Middle East?
He appears, almost mystically, every decade or so in the Arab world -- a charismatic, militant figure who challenges Israel, defies the United States and rallies millions of Arabs to his cause, usually
 arrow The prime minister's constitutional power
As far as we ordinary citizens of Bangladesh know, the president of Bangladesh has the sole constitutional power to appoint the chief adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow Civil service and the younger generation
In moderating the second episode of the interactive discussion program Agamir Kontho: The Voice of Tomorrow, aired on Tuesday, August 8, at the usual time of 9:20 pm, on Bangla Vision, my objective was
Culturearrow Tagore's thoughts on the eternal journey
MITA Haq, a leading Rabindra Sangeet exponent talks about her love, respect and passion for the genre and for the maestro himself -- Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow BTV introduces target audience focused programmes
In view of public demand, taste and need, BTV has re-scheduled its current programmes.
 arrow Telefilm Bhrammoman Golpokar on Channel 1
A tele-film, titled Bhrammoman Golpokar, will be aired tonight at 8:15pm on Channel 1. The play is written by Ali Fida Ekram Tojo and directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim.
 arrow Talk show 'Citycell Tarokakothon' on Channel i
Citycell Tarokakothon, a talk show aired live on Channel i.
Internationalarrow French troops in Lebanon to boost UN force
About 50 French soldiers arrived by sea yesterday in the southern Lebanese coastal town of Naqura, the first troops to reinforce UN peacekeepers amid calls for France and other European nations to step
 arrow Jaffna cut off by battle
The government-held city of Jaffna, cut off by fighting between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger rebels, faced dwindling food supplies and soaring prices yesterday but no real panic, aid workers andwitnesses
 arrow Maoists will get party status only if they lay down arms: Koirala
Nepal's prime minister said Maoist rebels cannot be accepted as a political party unless they lay down their arms, state media said yesterday The Maoists "cannot be given the status of a politicalparty
 arrow Egypt warns against strike on Iran
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned against any military strike on Iran in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Ulfa declares truce
A leading militant group in northeastern Indian state of Assam said it will suspend its armed operations against Indian security forces in reciprocation of government's gesture in an effort to open direct
 arrow Indians drink seawater as it turns sweet
Thousands of Indians drank from a murky Arabian Sea creek after news spread overnight that its water had miraculously turned sweet and could cure illnesses, police said yesterday.
 arrow Airline employee accuses Bollywood star of abuse
An employee of state-run Air-India has complained to police that a Bollywood actress abused and threatened her for refusing to upgrade a friend on a flight, an airline spokesman and a newspaper said on
 arrow 7 Shia pilgrims gunned down in Baghdad
Seven pilgrims heading to a major Shia religious gathering were shot dead in a Sunni neighbourhood, while a vehicle ban aimed at preventing attacks during two days of ceremonies emptied Baghdad's streets
 arrow Buddhist enclave may hold key to Sino-Indian border row
At first sight, a 400-year-old Buddhist monastery, tucked deep in the Himalayas in a remote corner of India's northeast, hardly seems like a highly coveted piece of real estate.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Drive against outlaws
THE day after the wide media coverage of the killing of eleven outlaws in police encounter, the report on fresh anti-crime drive in ten districts by the relevant authorities came as welcome relief tothe
 arrow Editorial: Innovation in adult education
WE take great hope from the example set of a non-traditional approach to adult education called the community-learning programme which the Dhaka Ahsania Mission has introduced lately.
 arrow Making politics difficult, birthdays and ...
SOME of our national leaders once wanted to make politics difficult for others.
 arrow Life is for a cause
I do not know why Pakistan has overreacted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's reiteration that if cross-border terrorism remains unabated the supporters of the peace process would be weakened.
 arrow Need for donor accountability
SENIOR economists including a minister recently blasted the donors for imposing separate conditions under different aid programs after formulation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for the
Letters to Editorarrow Journey to moon
"Is it thy face that launched thousand ships?''--this saying is quite true about the moon.
 arrow English education
I do not like to say anything about the importance of English education in our country.
 arrow Encouraging corruption
I came to know from a well informed person that there is no bar to purchasing any number of apartment or any quantity of land. The buyer has to only pay a negligible amount of source tax.
 arrow FEMA's reply
FEMA notes with great regret that Mr.
 arrow Bush and democracy
President George Bush has taught us a new definition of democracy. Whatever does not satisfy him or fails to satisfy his greed is anti-democratic.
 arrow National Image?
I read the short letter under the title "Why this case?" published in your daily on 13 August'06. According to Mr.
 arrow Get the real picture
I am sorry but I will have to offend a few DS readers. Mr. Mohd.
 arrow Independence of the judiciary
Since our independence the issue of the separation of the judiciary from the executive has remained an unresolved question.
Star Healtharrow Infertility: Reasons & remedies
The best time for conceiving for the females is in their mid twenties. For conception, to take place and to continue, several events have to occur in precise order.
 arrow Why does my child not speak, doctor?
At birth, child cannot speak, but they can send a powerful message of their needs by crying. This is a child's first way of communication. This communication is however, largely unidirectional.
 arrow Angina may be painless!
Angina is commonly described as a chest pain. Chest pain is a common symptom which can be caused by different conditions.
 arrow Caring for your thyroid
All health information to keep you up to date

Thyroid diseases could affect thousands of Bangladeshis and many of them do not know it.

 arrow NY mayor to give his own cash to stop world smoking
Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ex-smoker, recently announced plans to donate $125 million to help the world stop smoking.
 arrow Your Doctor
Send your health related queries to Your Doctor, Star Health, The Daily Star, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka 1215 or e-mail your problem to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow A dream yet to be realised
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is yet to start construction of the Shahbagh underpass during the tenure of this government as it is waiting for the Planning Commission's approval.
 arrow From the fond memories of a great poet...
In the1930s, Ghoragari (horse carriage) was a common sight on the Dhaka streets. A little boy was mesmerised with galloping sounds and brightly coloured carriages with their big wheels.
 arrow Life on mountains brought to plains
"For a Mro woman getting married is not a problem. She can find a husband even if she has children.
 arrow Rajuk slaps penalty on BGMEA
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has decided to slap a penalty of Tk 12.
 arrow Rallies, demos cause commuting problems
Demonstration programmes, rallies at key traffic points in the city are causing a downslide in transport workers' daily income and increase inconveniences and sufferings for commuters and the trafficdepartment
 
   
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