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Front Pagearrow Govt won't be allowed to exert control
Patrons and leaders of Qawami madrasas yesterday said they will not allow any government interference in formulating curriculum or functioning of their madrasas even if the government commits funds for
 arrow HuJi leaders appeared after talks with government
Leaders of Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJi), who went into hiding after the government had banned the organisation in October last year, gathered in a rally at Baitul Mukarram mosque last Friday as a consequence
 arrow Upset Jamaat talks with BNP today on Ershad inclusion
The ruling BNP decided to include Jatiya Party (Ershad) in the ruling alliance and to take key ally Jamaat-e-Islami into confidence on the matter.
 arrow Six NGOs accused of misuse of funds
At least six non-government organisations (NGO) had allegedly misused funds meant for the task of monitoring Union Parishad (UP) polls in 2003.
 arrow Grabbers bring rubbish by boat to fill Gulshan Lake
Land grabbers are now filling up the Gulshan Lake with rubbish brought in by country boats by night to the eastern bank of the Gulshan-Karail part of the fast disappearing lake.
 arrow Hasina vows to bring culprits to justice if voted to power
Opposition leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina said the present government will not bring the perpetrators of the August 21 grenade attack to book as it directly backed the attack toeliminate
 arrow A disappointing day
Bangladesh's hopes of winning their first goal in the 10th South Asian Games suffered a shattering blow here on Tuesday when a high-flying Asif Hossain Khan fired blank.
 arrow HC order stayed for a week
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday suspended for a week the execution of the High Court's (HC) stay on the process of selling the state-run Rupali Bank.
 arrow BPC further curtails fuel supply to North
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) further curtailed distribution of diesel to the agents and dealers of Padma, Maghna and Jamuna oil companies in 16 northern districts.
 arrow Jute workers go on rampage in Khulna
Workers and employees of jute mills of Khulna-Jessore region went on a rampage as they were returning from a rally held at Hotel Royal Square in Khulna city around 6:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi wounded in BSF firing
A Bangladeshi national was wounded as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on Zakiganj border in Sylhet, while shots were traded between the Indian border guards and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)along
 arrow Hasina asks Jalil to take initiative for reform talks with govt
Leader of the Opposition also Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday instructed the AL general secretary to arrange a meeting of the 14-party opposition coalition today to finalise strategies
 arrow Bail bonds for 5 eminent citizens placed in court
Five eminent citizens yesterday appeared before the Additional District Magistrate's (ADM) Court, Dhaka and furnished their bail bonds in a defamation case filed by Executive Chairman of the Board ofInvestment
 arrow Service of 17 additional HC judges confirmed
The president has confirmed the appointment of 17 additional judges of the High Court division of the Supreme Court.
 arrow Academics decry recognition to Qawami madrasa
Academics and opposition political leaders yesterday said that recognition of Qawami madrasa education system will encourage religious militancy if its syllabus and curriculum are not changed.
 arrow Opposition out to foil polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the opposition is out to foil the coming general elections finding no chances of winning after doing arithmetic of vote, but the people want election, development and
 arrow JP to contest alone if AL boycotts poll
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday asked his party men to prepare for contesting the next elections in all 300 seats alone if the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine ultimately decides
 arrow Home secys meet in Dhaka tomorrow
Against the backdrop of clashes between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) along the border at a few places in recent weeks, home secretaries of India and Bangladesh will meet
 arrow 170 aboard killed in Russian plane crash
Russian passenger plane with 170 people aboard crashed yesterday in eastern Ukraine after hitting severe weather and declaring a fire on board, Ukrainian and Russian officials said.
 arrow Italy offers to lead UN force in Lebanon
Italy has offered to lead a peacekeeping force for Lebanon to shore up a tenuous UN-brokered truce, which was rattled further with the killing of two Hezbollah guerrillas by Israeli troops.
 arrow Mumbai cops foil terror attack
Police said they had foiled a possible terrorist attack in the financial hub of Mumbai after they shot dead a suspected Pakistani national and arrested another after a gun battle in the metropolis yesterday.
 arrow Jalil accuses govt of looting public money
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government has been engaged in plundering public money by hastily approving a large number of projects as theirtenure
 arrow Three to die for killing reporter
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a woman, her lover and another one to death for killing the woman's husband Nabil Abdul Latif, a reporter of the daily New Age in March 2004.
 arrow BSF abducts 2 Bangladeshi farmers
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday entered Bangladesh territory at.Chunarughat and abducted two farmers at gunpoint.
 arrow Indigenous people block highway to condemn firing by forest guards
Organisations of indigenous people yesterday barricaded the Mymensingh-Tangail highway for three hours protesting the firing by forest guards on their women that left one injured at Hayetkura under Madhupur
Businessarrow Local entrepreneurs to get WB soft loans
Local entrepreneurs will be provided with soft loans from the $50 million (around Tk 350 crore) World Bank fund for development of eight types of infrastructure development, including power sector.
 arrow GSP facilities unutilised on strict rules of origin
Bangladesh could not utilise more than one-thirds of the GSP facilities in clothing sector last year due mainly to strict rules of origin criteria and incompetence in high value garments.
 arrow FBCCI announces 7 SME awards in 3 categories
Country's apex trade body yesterday announced seven SME (small and medium enterprise) awards in three categories with a view to encouraging the sector entrepreneurs.
 arrow Workers blame dilly-dallying as owners seek more time
Garment workers at a roundtable yesterday said the implementation of the tripartite agreement for the country's garment industry is getting delayed as owners lack commitment.
 arrow Thai petroleum firm keen to invest in Bangladesh
A Thai state-owned petroleum company has offered to invest in Bangladesh's potential offshore and deep-sea gas blocks, in a quick move on a previous proposal.
 arrow Nokia launches new phones with Bangla text, voice features
Nokia, a world leader in mobile communications, has reinforced its strategy of bringing the benefits of mobility to consumers in Bangladesh with the introduction of comprehensive Bangla language support
 arrow Local RMG unit in Karnaphuli EPZ soon
Arrow Fabrics (Pvt) Ltd, a local company, will establish a readymade garment unit in the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone.
 arrow GP centre opens in Rajshahi
GrameenPhone Ltd (GP), the country's leading cellphone operator, on Tuesday set up a service centre at Dainik Barta Complex, Alupatti intersection in Rajshahi to offer one stop services to customers.
 arrow Ford to unveil new diesel engine
Ford Motor Co. will soon unveil a new series of large F-Series pickup trucks powered by an optional new clean-burning diesel engine, company officials said Monday. The new 6.
 arrow Dollar rises in Asia
The dollar rose in Asian trade Tuesday as traders locked in profit ahead of expected risks for the greenback with housing data set to provide clues on the future for US interest rates, dealers said.
 arrow BB appoints administrator of Oriental Bank
Bangladesh Bank has appointed its executive director Md Asaduzaman Khan as administrator to take over the charge of the managing director and the Board of Directors of Oriental Bank Limited.
 arrow Asean ministers agree to push for single market by 2015
Southeast Asian economic ministers agreed Tuesday to push for the creation of a single regional market by 2015, five years ahead of schedule, to avert the loss of foreign investment to China and India.
 arrow HSBC named best consumer bank
HSBC has been named as the "Best consumer bank" by the Global Finance magazine at its annual awards for the world's best banks, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices rise
Crude oil futures rose here Tuesday as traders awaited Iran's official response to an international offer of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment, dealers said.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined '4 tenders submitted to buy Rupali Bank' published on this page yesterday, Bank Muscat of Oman was mentioned inadvertently as one of the four bidders instead of Domestic Investors
Sportsarrow Asif fires blank
Asif Hossain Khan buckled under pressure of winning a gold medal for his country at the 10th South Asian Games as the star shooter failed to rise to the challenge of the second-string Indian marksmenyesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dav under scrutiny
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally realised that time has come to have a hard talk with their high-profile coach Dav Whatmore following some interesting observations in the manager's report.
 arrow Bangladesh buckle after break
Pakistan slammed four goals inside 12 minutes to hand Bangladesh a 5-2 defeat in yesterday's hockey competition in the 10th South Asian Games at Matale.
 arrow Football: Dhaka drown Navy
Late strikes steered Dhaka to a 2-1 victory against Bangladesh Navy and kept their semifinal hopes alive in the Jubok Phone National Football Championship at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Clear me or the tour is over: Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq issued a stark warning to cricket chiefs on Tuesday: Clear me of ball tampering or the tour of England is finished.
 arrow Football: BFF bids Cruciani bye
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) executive committee meeting was adjourned yesterday after it failed to find any solution over the present crisis regarding the starting of the first-ever Professional
 arrow Hockey: Hockey resumes after hiatus
The Senior Division Hockey League will roll into the field after a two-year break and resume at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today.
 arrow It's now or never
Bangladesh have only once failed to win a swimming gold medal in the Games of the Saarc nations since its inception in 1984 and the current crop of swimmers are desperate not to suffer the same ignominy
 arrow Cricket: Final 4-dayer from today
The second and final four-day match between the touring BCB National Academy team and Pakistan Academy side will start today in Multan.
 arrow Football: Chelsea fully focused
Chelsea captain John Terry insisted the Blues would be focused on sei-zing every chance to get ahead when they try to impose an early lead over their English Premier-ship rivals on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Cole left out in the cold
Ashley Cole, linked to champions Chelsea, will not be selected for Ar-senal's Cham-pions League qualifier second leg tie against Dinamo Zagreb here on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: Bayern threaten FIFA action
Bayern Munich have threatened to complain to FIFA if Manchester United persist in their bid to lure star midfielder Owen Hargreaves to Old Trafford.
 arrow Tennis: Ivanovic ends Hingis run
Ana Ivanovic overpowered Martina Hingis for a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the rain-delayed final of the 1.34-million-dollar Rogers Cup on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: ODI series hangs in the balance
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has warned the side could refuse to play in the upcoming one-day series against England if skipper Inzamamul Haq receives a lengthy ban as a result of the tourists' controversial
 arrow Cricket: Hair must prove or lose job: Imran
Umpire Darrell Hair 'has to prove' that Pakistani players tampered with the ball in the chaos-hit fourth Test against England or risk losing his job, Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan told the BBC on
 arrow Cricket: Pak press warn ICC
Pakistani newspapers Tuesday warned world cricket chiefs to produce conclusive evidence before punishing captain Inzamamul Haq or risk throwing the game into crisis.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh twins sides with Hair
Former Australia captains Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor defended umpire Darrell Hair's integrity in the wake of the Pakistan forfeit row Tuesday, as local media dubbed him "the bravest man in cricket".
 arrow Football: Gallas could be condemned
William Gallas faces a year in football oblivion after Chelsea's patience finally snapped over the France international's attempts to move out of Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Reggina lodge appeal
Serie A outfit Reggina appealed against the 15 point penalty inflicted on them because of their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: 'Beast' looks to roar
Brazilian midfielder Julio Baptista said he had no intention of leaving Spanish giants Real Madrid despite suggestions that coach Fabio Capello wants to get rid of him.
 arrow Football: Tale of two Diarra's
Lens' France international Alou Diarra is preparing to join Lyon but the move hinges on his namesake Mahamadou Diarra's sale to Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Smith elated at return
England striker Alan Smith declared himself happy on Monday with his comeback for the Manchester United reserves six months after suffering an horrific broken leg when playing for the first team.
 arrow Football: Magpies agree Martins fee
Newcastle United have agreed a fee with Inter Milan to sign Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Boavista appoint Petrovic
Feyenoord's former assistant coach Zeljko Petrovic was on Monday named as the new manager of Portuguese side Boavista.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho defends Eto'o walkout
Ronaldinho has defended his Barcelona team mate Samuel Eto'o for his decision not to celebrate Sunday's victory in the Spanish Super Cup after being replaced by new signing Eidur Gudjohnsen at halftime.
 arrow Football: Juve appeal rejected
An Italian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by two former top officials of Juventus who were found guilty of sporting fraud by a soccer tribunal which relegated the club to the second division.
 arrow Football: Gunners gun for Gallas
Arsenal have made an offer for Chelsea's unsettled French defender William Gallas, manager Arsene Wenger said.
 arrow Football: Fans offer coach kidney!
Dozens of Vietnamese soccer fans have offered to donate a kidney to the country's ailing national team coach to prevent him from losing his job.
 arrow Football: Larporta set for reappointment
Joan Laporta is expected to be declared president of Barcelona for the next four years after his rivals for the post were unable to raise the support of the required 1,804 club members in order to stand
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher the instigator?
A report in Tuesday's Daily Telegraph claims that Sunday's ball-tampering row was triggered by a visit by Duncan Fletcher, England's coach, to Mike Procter, the match referee, before the start of thefourth
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist out, McGrath in for tri-series
Australia will rest wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist for next month's one-day series against India and the West Indies in Malaysia, but will welcome paceman Glenn McGrath's return to international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan's match with Middlesex in doubt
Pakistan's one-day match against Middlesex on Thursday has been thrown into doubt following the fallout over the tourists' fourth Test forfeiture against England.
 arrow Cricket: Final 4-dayer from today
The second and final four-day match between the touring BCB National Academy team and Pakistan Academy side will start today in Multan.
Metropolitanarrow 'Set up doorstep legal services, bring reforms to village court'
Speakers at a convention yesterday called for immediate establishment of 'doorstep legal services' and reforms of the village court to curb domestic violence against women.
 arrow 'Stringent laws needed to check road accidents'
Systematic understanding of problems and implementation of pragmatic solutions are needed to address the road safety crisis in developing countries, speakers at a conference said yesterday.
 arrow Assault on female students on rise on JU campus
Due to indifference and negligence of Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities, a number of incidents of attack and assault on female students occurred on JU campus over the last several months leaving
 arrow Looking at all migrants with suspicion a grave mistake
Looking at all migrants with suspicion and seeking their link to terrorism will be a grave mistake, said Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Come forward to resist plots to rig polls
If election is meant to establish the rights of common people in the land, the commoners themselves should come forward to resist all evil plots of election rigging, said Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) President
 arrow CPA to set up port park to expand space
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) would set up a port park to expand the space and speed up the container handling capacity at the premier port.
 arrow Court re-fixes date for order
A Dhaka court yesterday did not pass the order on the government petition for withdrawal of the bomb blast case filed against BNP Joint Secretary General Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, DCC Ward Commissioner Mirza
 arrow Dhaka ready to expand transit facility
Bangladesh is ready to further expand the existing economic and transit facilities for Nepal, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan.
 arrow 5 killed, 50 hurt in Sirajganj road accidents
At least five people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in the district yesterday. The injured were admitted to sadar hospital and local clinic in the town.
 arrow 'Name corner at National Museum after poet Shamsur Rahman'
People from all walks of life yesterday gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city to pay tribute to eminent poet Shamsur Rahman who died on August 17.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 4.41 lakh looted in city
Robbers looted valuables worth Tk 4.41 lakh from a house at Prem Bazaar in the city's Dakkhin Khan area on Monday night.
 arrow Heroin worth Tk 50 lakh recovered, 3 arrested
Police arrested three and recovered heroin worth about Tk 50 lakh from a house at Buribazar in Ashulia on Monday night.
 arrow 13 ancient trees being felled in Rajshahi
An influential figure was felling some 13 large, ancient and precious trees at the government property at the Rajshahi Town Protection Embankment area yesterday.
 arrow HC orders release of elderly man languishing in jail for 12 yrs
The High Court yesterday ordered the release of an elderly Myanmar citizen who has been languishing in Cox's Bazar jail for the last 12 years after serving his two-year jail term.
 arrow BCS edn body submits memo to PM today
BCS General Education Associa-tion will submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister today demanding implementation of its eight-point demand, says a press release.
 arrow 2,757 bottles of phensidyl seized
Police and the Department Narcotics Control (DNC), in different drives, recovered 2,757 bottles of Indian phensidyl and arrested six people, including two women, in three districts on Monday.
 arrow 'Ban Jamaat-Shibir politics'
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU), a left wing student body, yesterday demanded a ban on politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS).
 arrow Nepalese DPM meets Hasina
Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Amik Sherchan made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence in the cityyesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi NGOs to lay siege to Indian HC today
Coalition for Local NGOs in Bangladesh (CLNB), a body of small NGOs, will lay siege to the Assistant High Commission of India in Rajshahi today.
 arrow No reforms, no polls
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine will not take part in the general election without the reforms in Election Commission
 arrow Action against whip Ashraf protested
Nine ruling party leaders of Khulna city yesterday protested the announcement of Whip of the Parliament Ashraf Hossain by some BNP leaders as unwanted in the district, says a press release.
 arrow 1st health debate contest begins today
In a bid to create awareness among the students and to connect them with the health movement, '1st Health Debate Competition 2006' begins today at Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Attack on indigenous woman condemned
Bangladesh Adivashi Adhikar Andolon, an organisation of the indigenous people, yesterday condemned the attack on an indigenous woman by forest guards of Modhupur Garh and demanded punishment to the responsible,
 arrow Technical instt teachers' 2-hr work abstention today
Bangladesh Technical School and College Shikkhak-Karmachari Forum, a platform of teachers and staffs of technical schools and colleges, will observe a two-hour total work abstention (from 11:00am to 1:00pm)
 arrow Denigration of poet Nazrul's mural condemned
Prof Dr M Shamsur Rahman, vice-chancellor of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, strongly condemned the denigration of a mural of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at Nazrul Square in Chittagong,says
Nationalarrow Fierce gunfight by rival activists in Rangamati
Six activists of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) were abducted allegedly by United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) from Horirumpur village in Naniachar upazila yesterday.
 arrow PDB office besieged in Sylhet for power
The Sylhet Bibhag Ganodabi Parishad, a citizens' forum, yesterday took out a procession in the city and laid a siege to the Power Development Board (PDB) office demanding smooth power supply.
 arrow 62 diagnostic centres out of 7I in CHT illegal
At least 62 pathological laboratories and diagnostic centers in Chittagong Hill Tracts are unauthorised and making a mink at the cost of patients.
 arrow BNP lawmaker accused of sheltering culprits
Family members of a Juba Dal leader killed earlier allegedly by party men yesterday accused the local ruling party lawmaker of giving protection to the killers.
 arrow Jute mill workers enforce strike
Qaumi Jute Mill workers and employees yesterday enforced a half-day hartal in Sirajganj town to press their 8-point demand including procurement of jute to keep the mill running and payment of arrearsalaries.
 arrow Three murdered in Kushtia, Jhenidah
Three persons were killed by the outlawed party cadres and criminals here and in Jhenidah in last two days. Ilyas Hossain was killed in Kushtia while Thandu and Bipul were murdered in Jhenidah.
 arrow Bus strike in 6 northern dists postponed till Aug 30
An indefinite bus strike in six northern districts was postponed till August 30 following fruitful talks yesterday.
 arrow PCJSS man held with pistol
An army team yesterday arrested a member of the Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) with a country made pistol at a remote village of Shuknachhai in Panchhari upazila.
 arrow Traders protest extortion
Traders in Dariyapur Bazar in Gaibandha Sader upazila brought out a black flag procession yesterday protesting toll collection by musclemen and police failure to arrest them.
 arrow Two drown as boats collide
Two persons drowned when two boats callided on Kurulia river in Sadar upazila Monday night. The dead are Rahima Begum, 17, and Mafiza Akter, 8 of Krishnanagar village in Nabinagar upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Rogue nation
Over the past month the world has been stunned by ferocity with which Israel attacked Lebanon, a country that has been going through the birth pangs of democracy.
 arrow The mistake of militarism
Amid many uncertainties about the tenuous truce between Israel and Hezbollah, the post mortem of the conflict continues unabated on America's TV screens.
 arrow Economic reform in Burma?
Burma's military rulers are planning a major economic reform program which is expected to be rolled out in the next few months.
Culturearrow 'Speechless': Coming together of avant-garde artists
An interesting collection of avant-garde paintings is currently on at the exhibition titled Speechless, held at the gallery of Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Laila: All that jazz...
Enter the candle lit environs of Le Saigon in Gulshan and the recorded music of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and others remind one of what is in store.
 arrow Selection round of Closeup1 ends in Dhaka
The ongoing Closeup1 musical talent hunt has created a buzz, like it did last year.
Internationalarrow Iran hands over reply to nuclear incentives
Iran yesterday handed over its reply to an incentives package by world powers aimed at allaying Western fears that Tehran seeks to build atomic bombs, Iran's state-run Arabic-language Al-Alam television
 arrow Warplanes bomb Tiger munitions dump
Lankan warplanes bombed a suspected Tamil Tiger munitions dump yesterday as a ship prepared to sail with food for tens of thousands cut off by fighting in the besieged Jaffna peninsula.
 arrow Israel vows to learn lessons from failures of Lebanon war
Israel yesterday vowed to learn the lessons from a litany of failures in its conflict in Lebanon as authorities prepared for a feared conflict with Iran or a "next round" with Hezbollah.
 arrow US nets suspected arms procurers for LTTE
Thousands of hungry Sri Lankan Tamils, trapped by a new bout of war between the Tamil Tigers and the military, desperately waited yesterday for aid to be shipped north, as suspected rebel arms procurers
 arrow 11 charged in plot to bomb UK planes
Suspects accused in the alleged plot to blow up US-bound airliners appeared in court Tuesday on terrorism charges. The first suspect was ordered held until his next court appearance in early September.
 arrow Kurds tell of gas attacks at Saddam trial
Saddam Hussein came face to face with Kurdish villagers yesterday who gave chilling court testimony that the ousted Iraqi leader's forces bombarded defenceless civilians with poison gas.
 arrow 'Blair's foreign policy makes UK a target'
Prime Minister Tony Blair's foreign policy has made Britain more of a target for terrorists, according to a poll on Monday, sentiment that is helping drive support for Blair's governing Labour Party to
 arrow Lebanon's development 'annihilated': UN envoy
Lebanon's 15-year economic and social recovery from civil war was wiped out in the recent Israeli offensive against Hezbollah, the UN development agency said Tuesday.
 arrow Israel presses new Gaza incursion
Three Palestinian militants were killed by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday, while tanks and troops pressed a fresh incursion in the north amid a two-month-old offensive.
 arrow Mexicans touch land after 9 months lost at sea
Three Mexicans who survived an epic voyage across the Pacific Ocean in a small fishing boat have arrived in the Marshall Islands, setting foot on land for the first time in more than nine months.
 arrow 9 Taliban killed in Afghanistan
British troops killed nine insurgents preparing an attack in southern Afghanistan while two Canadian soldiers were wounded in a Taliban ambush, the Nato-led force said Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Qawmi madrasa degree elevated
Bangladesh has a long tradition of madrasa education and there has been a clamour for modernising its contents in keeping with the times.
 arrow Editorial: Flurry of project approvals
The Cabinet Purchase Committee has approved as many as 17 projects, with irregularities identified previously in as many as 15 of them; according to some reports.
 arrow Secularism and this "moderate Muslim" state
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed surprised us the other day when he informed the country that the people of Bangladesh had never accepted secularism as a principle of state. And then he surprised us even more.
 arrow Where government ends and ruling party begins
The Daily Star of August 16 ran a story under the headline "State offices used for BNP activities" which said: (a) Khaleda Zia, prime minister and BNP chairperson, was using the prime minister's office
 arrow Lessons from Lebanon
While the ongoing Palestinians-versus-Israelis struggle cannot be downgraded, the Lebanese situation stands by itself. Hizbollah successfully challenged the much vaunted Israeli Defence Forces.
Letters to Editorarrow Passing of a doyen
The general people thronged in thousands to pay their last respect to Poet Shamsur Rahman, though the country's political leadership ignored one of its best sons.
 arrow Nuclear power generation
Dr. Anwar Hossain's (Chairman, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission) article in The Daily Star on the need for nuclear power technology to meet Bangladesh's growing power demand was very enlightening and timely.
 arrow Spreading hatred
I am writing with reference to letter: "Spreading hatred," by Sajid Chowdhury (August 21).
 arrow BJP leader's statement
We are stunned with shock and disbelief by the statement of Rajnath Singh, president of BJP, who demanded India attack Bangladesh and Pakistan, " To dismantle the terrorist camps".
 arrow Plan for higher education
Considering the inadequacy that prevails in the domain of higher education the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, with the help of well known 'experts', prepared a Strategic Plan aiming
 arrow Responsibility of the ruling party
I am very dismayed to see now that the ruling party ministers, including the prime minister herself, seem to be devoted 100% to activities of their political party and the next election, rather than
 arrow Dismal political scene
Arafat Islam's long discourse on the subject (DS: Aug 31) is a reflection on realities in Bangladesh. Political parties today have no principles to which they are committed.
 arrow Ershad
In the political arena the former deposed dictator Ershad is not the only one who was and is corrupt. If I am not wrong almost all the politicians except a few are corrupt.
 arrow Disabled management?
Firstly I congratulate fellow citizen NR Sinha for an insightful write-up on empowering the disabled (DS: Aug 7).
 arrow Sex education
While talking to a student of a reputed English medium school in the country, I was struck by the lack of knowledge with which a teacher of the school had beenin all sincerityeducating her students about
 arrow Press ethics
The media has no initiative to nurture or appreciate the positive sides of our nation, whatever we have. The TV channels do not present anything beyond entertainment.
 arrow News of an accident
I would like to inform you that when I was travelling to my residence at Khulshi, Chittagong, there was a road accident on 14 August at around 3.30pm at GEC intersection.
Star Chittagongarrow Two lakh live in high-risk areas of cyclone-prone Sitakunda
About two lakh people live in high-risk coastal areas of Sitakunda, which is prone to cyclone damage.
 arrow Tale of ailing Khagrachhari hospitals
Over five lakh people in Khagrachhari are deprived of proper healthcare services as facilities at the local health complexes have failed to keep pace with the growing needs of the people.
Star Cityarrow Illegal 'banking' on to con city's poor
A large number of cooperative societies and some social organisations in Dhaka are collecting deposits from people and providing them with loans violating the restriction on such activities.
 arrow Legal battle not over yet
Salma Khaled, widow of Liberation War hero Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf, Bir Uttam, has got a stay order from the Supreme Court on the High Court judgment declaring valid the government order cancelling
 arrow Dhaka: Home away from home
Dr. Peter A. May, Managing Director of Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO), who has been living in Dhaka for two and a half years shared his feelings about Dhaka.
 arrow In quest of fame
Nusrat Sharmeen, an honours student of Lalmatia Girls College has learnt only one song for two months and memorised only three, came to take part in a talent hunt for singers from around the country.
 arrow Will they really happen?
Construction of the five proposed gates at entry points to the capital remains far from reality, as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is yet to finalise the working design and is still in search of a funding
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