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Front Pagearrow Judges' confirmation draws strong protest
The 17 newly confirmed judges took oath yesterday amidst protest by a large section of lawyers at the government's ignoring the chief justice's recommended list in confirming services of the judges.
 arrow Jamaat says no to PM on alliance with Ershad
Jamaat-e-Islami, the key ally of ruling BNP, once again strongly opposed yesterday the move on possible inclusion of Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) in the ruling coalition at a closed-door meeting with Prime
 arrow Islam being used for political gain, again
Monday afternoon modernisation of Bangladesh suffered a major setback when Prime Minister Khaleda Zia announced that the highest degree awarded by the orthodox Qawami madrasa would be equated with the
 arrow FDI dipped 15pc last fiscal year
Foreign direct investment (FDI) declined by 15.16 percent last fiscal year (FY06) in stark contrast with a 107 percent rise in the previous year, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB) statistics.
 arrow Israel accused of war crimes in Lebanon
Israel committed "war crimes" by deliberately targeting Lebanese civilian infrastructure during the recent conflict with the Shiite Hezbollah militia, the Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow New burst of agitation if minimum wage not declared immediately
The garment workers' leaders at a discussion yesterday warned of a repetition of the outburst of workers' anger any time if the minimum wage for the sector is not declared immediately.
 arrow Jamaat must follow PM's decision
Opposing Jamaat-e-Islami stand against the inclusion of Jatiya Party (JP) into the four-party coalition, JP Chairman HM Ershad said Khaleda Zia is the leader of the alliance and Jamaat will have to follow
 arrow Judge appointed in Appellate Division superseding three
While many lawyers are protesting the appointment of 17 new judges ignoring the chief justice's recommendation, the government yesterday appointed a judge to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court
 arrow Home secys sit today to talk terror help
India will seek Bangladesh's help to nab some suspects in recent terrorist strikes in the country during the home secretary level talks beginning in Dhaka today.
 arrow Govt not interested in $40m conditional loans
To put a stop to financial misappropriation on the pretext of old power plant rehabilitation, the power ministry has chosen not to accept offers of two soft loans worth 40 million US dollars from Czechoslovakia
 arrow A grazing land...

 arrow AL settles candidature dispute in 200 JS seats
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's view exchange meeting with the grassroots level leaders since June 3 has been able to settle intra-party feuds in about 200 constituencies for candidature in
 arrow HC judgment on Aug 28
The High Court (HC) will deliver the verdict in the death reference of seven militants, including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai, on August 28 in Jhalakathi judges
 arrow 10 hurt as rival Sunamganj groups clash at AL meeting
Around 10 leaders and activists of Sunamganj Awami League (AL) were injured in a clash between the supporters of AL Presidium Member Suranjit Sengupta and the late presidium member Abdus Samad Azad in
 arrow Hearing on two more graft cases against Ershad today
A Dhaka court is to decide today whether charges would be framed in two graft cases against deposed president HM Ershad and five others.
 arrow Shahjahan brings gold
When Shahjahan Ali Rony -- draped in red and green national flag -- proudly walked towards the winners podium at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Swimming Pool, the band was getting ready to play the Bangladesh
 arrow Allies say Jalil should sit with Bhuiyan
The Awami League (AL) should sit at a secretary level meeting with the ruling BNP to discuss electoral reforms, said the components of the 14-party opposition combine at a meeting last night.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Baikari border under Satkhira Sadar upazila last night.
 arrow 9 JCD men's bid for bail denied
A Dhaka court yesterday again rejected the bail petitions of nine Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists arrested for preventing participants from bidding in a tender at the Construction
 arrow Ivy's death anniversary today
The second anniversary of death of veteran Awami League (AL) leader Ivy Rahman is being observed with due reverence and solemnity today.
 arrow Bigots block roads to stop setting up of digital screen
Bigots yesterday blockaded the busy Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue for over 15 minutes protesting the installation of an advertisement screen adjacent to a mosque, that created a traffic tailback stretching
 arrow PM tells rally of dev work
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to vote for the BNP-led alliance in the upcoming general elections to complete the development work initiated by her government.
 arrow Rajuk moves to evict Gulshan Lake grabbers
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday forced the owner of a lakeside plot in Gulshan to remove the structure he had built by illegally extending the original plot, following a story published
 arrow 'Indian' held over Pak terror bid
A suspected Indian national stole a railway engine in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi and tried to drive it into a passenger train in an attempted terror attack, police said yesterday.
 arrow Pak-born architect jailed for 20 years
A Pakistan-born architect accused of plotting a "jihad" or holy war bombing campaign in Australia was sentenced to 20 years in jail yesterday Faheem Khalid Lodhi, 36, was convicted of planning to blow
Businessarrow DSE turnover drops 49pc in two days
When turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) recorded its highest after 1996 on Monday, the turnover dropped by Tk 39.35 crore, or 49.26 per cent, just in two days.
 arrow ADP implementation rate slows down in FY06
Despite the government's efforts to put up the pace of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation, the rate of its implementation in the last fiscal year (2005-06) was slower by one percentage
 arrow Private sector seeks low interest rate
Potential entrepreneurs here yesterday said they find it difficult to avail of a World Bank fund for investment in the power sector for high equity participation and procedural complexities.
 arrow Economists foresee slight global slowdown
After two years of robust economic growth, prospects for the global economy dimmed slightly in the third quarter, an about face from more than a year of rosy forecasts, according to the latest World Economic
 arrow Special industrial zone soon to lure KL investment
A special industrial zone will be set up in Bangladesh with a view to luring Malaysians to invest, the Bangladesh trade and investment promotion delegation, now on a three-day visit to Malaysia, said
 arrow Nepal keen to set up pharma plant
Nepal is keen to establish joint- venture pharmaceutical factories in Bangladesh as the medicine industry has flourished here and so there is a wide scope for marketing.
 arrow T&T incoming free on all Banglalink connections
Banglalink now offers free T&T incoming calls facility to its customers. This facility is available on all pre-paid and post-paid standard and m2m plus connections, says a press release.
 arrow TM's Asian investment grows 38pc
Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), an emerging leader in Asian communications with operations in nine Asian countries including Bangladesh, has recorded an average compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of some
 arrow Air India changes hand baggage rules
Air India has recently taken a number of security measures after British authorities thwarted a suspected plot to blow up planes in mid-air using liquid explosives, says a press release.
 arrow Agora's 5th founding anniversary today
Agora, a leading chain supermarket in the country and a concern of Rahimafrooz Superstores Ltd, observes its fifth founding anniversary today.
 arrow New chief of Habib Bank's Bangladesh operations
Azmat Ashraf, executive vice president & regional general manager (Central & South Asia), has assumed the responsibility of Bangladesh operations of Habib Bank Ltd in addition to his regional responsibilities,
 arrow Asean urges WTO to resume trade talks by year-end
Southeast Asian nations said Wednesday that stalled global trade talks must resume before the end of the year, and that a way forward must be forged in agriculture and market access.
 arrow Navana's 'Fill & Fly' raffle draw held
The raffle draw of the 'Fill & Fly' programme of Navana Group was held in Dhaka on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Square Toiletries launches 'Spring' air freshener
A new brand of Square Toiletries Ltd named 'Spring' air freshener was formally launched through a press conference arranged at Pacific Motors Ltd in Dhaka on Sunday, says press release.
Sportsarrow Swimming: Swimmers save blushes
Bangladesh made an indifferent start to the final day's swimming competition at the 10th SA Games here yesterday, but Shahjahan Ali Rony's triumph in the 50m breaststroke turned the tide at the Sugathadasa
 arrow Hopes high for Mahfuz
The track at the Sugathadasa Stadium will come alive today when the athletics competition, the jewel in the crown of the 10th South Asian Games, gets under way.
 arrow Cricket: BCB investigation on
The fact-finding committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday quizzed Bangladesh cricket team coach Dav Whatmore, manager Shafiqul Haq Hira and stand-in captain Khaled Mashud in an effort
 arrow Cricket: Inzy hearing postponed
Pakistan tour manager Zaheer Abbas confirmed Wednesday the team's upcoming one-day series against England would go ahead after a disciplinary hearing involving captain Inzamamul Haq was postponed.
 arrow Football: Khulna qualify for last four
Defending champions Narayanganj became the first team to confirm their semifinal berth in the Jubok Phone National Football Cham-pionship when they registered a solitary goal victory against Khulna at
 arrow Cricket: BCB Academy start brightly
The BCB National Academy team thrived on two half centuries by Nazmus Sadat and Zahirul Islam to make a bright start on the first day of the second and final four-day match against a Pakistan Academyside
 arrow Chess: Zia & Niaz doing well
Bangladeshi Grand Masters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman secured three points after the end of the fourth round in the IGB 3rd Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Football: Cruciani might coach Abahani
Argentine coach Diego Cruciani accepted the fact calmly that Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will not renew his contract further.
 arrow Cricket: BCB backs Pakistan
Bangladesh became the latest Asian nation on Tuesday to pledge their support to the Pakistan cricket team following a ball-tampering row which led to the fourth Test against England to be forfeited.
 arrow Hockey: Wari beat Uttara
Wari Club beat Uttara Hockey Club by 2-1 goals in the opening match of the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Uncertain futures for Kaka, Ronaldo
Brazilian icon Ronaldo and his international teammate Kaka are at the heart of a bizarre tug of war between Real Madrid and AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Berbatov dazzles on home debut
Tottenham Hots-pur's new boy Dimitar Ber-batov scored one goal and set up the second on his Spurs home debut as they beat visitors Sheffield United 2-0 at White Hart Lane here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Draw sees Liverpool through
Liverpool scraped through to the Champions League group stages after a less than convincing 3-2 aggregate victory following a 1-1 draw against Maccabi Haifa here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Milan make the grade
Italian giants AC Milan may have received a huge slice of luck by being allowed to compete in this season's Cham-pions League but they made no mistake in reaching the group stage here on Tuesday beating
 arrow Cricket: ICC behind umpires
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed insisted Pakistan would have no right of veto over the appointment of Darrell Hair after the umpire ruled they had forfeited last week's
 arrow Cricket: Hair remains defiant
Veteran Australian umpire Darrell Hair stood by his decision to call Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq for ball-tampering in the fourth Test with England on Tuesday but accepted that if he was found to be
 arrow Tennis: Blake stunned by Spanish no-hoper
Unheralded Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo staged a remarkable comeback here on Tuesday to stun US defending champion and No.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin accepts 8-year ban
Olympic and World champion sprinter Justin Gatlin has accepted an eight-year ban for a second doping offence, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Valencia make return
Valencia believe they are back where they belong after earning a place in the group phase of the Champions League following their 3-1 aggregate win over Salzburg.
 arrow Football: Diarra completes Madrid move
Mali international Mahamadou Diarra completed his 26 million-euro ($33.4 million) move from Olympique Lyon to Real Madrid when he was unveiled to the media on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Injury list grows for L'pool
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez emerged from his side's successful Champions League test against Maccabi Haifa with mixed feelings on Tuesday after seeing his injury list grow.
 arrow Football: Champions League results
Results of Champions League third preliminary round second leg matches played on Tuesday:
At Valencia, Spain
Valencia (ESP) 3 (Morientes 12, Villa 31-pen, Silva 90+3) Salzburg (AUT) 0

 arrow Football: Italy succumb to FIFA
The Italian football federation on Wednesday bowed to pressure from football's world ruling body FIFA over its role in the aftermath of the Juventus match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Quaresma returns
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Tuesday recalled FC Porto striker Ricardo Quaresma, who he controversially overlooked for the 2006 World Cup, for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Finland next month.
 arrow Football: Germany name assistant coach
Germany manager Joachim Low has appointed former Bayern Munich player Hans-Dieter Flick as his assistant coach ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, the German Football Federation (DFB) said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: CL winners can net up to 100 million
The winner of this season's Champions League could earn up to 100 million euros ($130 million) on top of UEFA prize money and tournament gate receipts, a study said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Tevez angers Corinthians
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez is in hot water with his Brazilian club Corinthians after being spotted out partying while failing to show up at the club's training ground.
 arrow Football: Juventus sign Boumsong
France defender Jean-Alain Boumsong swapped one black and white striped shirt for another when he joined Italian giants Juventus from English Premiership side Newcastle United.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves to make Bayern plea
Owen Hargreaves will reportedly hold a news conference on Wednesday to say he wants to leave Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: La Volpe takes over Boca Juniors
Mexico's World Cup coach Ricardo La Volpe was named as the new coach of Boca Juniors, the most popular club in his native Argentina, on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rodriguez extends with Atletico
Argentina forward Maxi Rodriguez has agreed to extend his contract with Atletico Madrid until 2010, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: England name ODI squad to face Pakistan
The England selectors named a 16-man squad on Wednesday for the one-off Twenty20 match and following five-match one-day international series against Pakistan:
Andrew Strauss (captain),

 arrow Cricket: Woolmer wants scrapping of Law 42.3
Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, has called for the abolition of Law 42.3, which governs the condition of the ball and which was the centre of the controversy surrounding the forfeiture of The Oval Test.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI neutral until now
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday said it had not taken any stance yet over the ball-tampering incident at The Oval, which resulted in Pakistan's forfeiture of the match to
Metropolitanarrow 'Right to info law to strengthen democracy, curb corruption'
Speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday observed that ensuring the right to information would go a long way to strengthening democracy and curbing corruption through establishing transparency inthe
 arrow Accept reform proposals and let's see whom people want
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday has thrown down a challenge to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to hold a free, fair and neutral election after implementing reforms in the caretaker government
 arrow Strong, neutral EC a must for free, fair election
The electoral process should be reformed and a strong, independent and neutral Election Commission (EC) must be formed in order to ensure a free and fair election, speakers at a roundtable discussionsaid
 arrow Khoka for 50-year master plan to make city liveable
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday suggested formulating a 50-year master plan to expand the capital city by bringing Keraniganj, Savar and Gazipur under the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) with a view
 arrow Pro-BNP businessman plans to fell 21 trees
The self proclaimed occupier of the state owned Rajshahi Town Protection Embankment is now felling a total of 21 large, ancient and costly trees, locals said.
Earlier, he felled 13 trees.

 arrow Court closes deposition of witnesses
A Dhaka court yesterday closed deposition of witnesses in a bomb blast case filed against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka, DCC Ward Commissioner Mirza Khokon and five others following
 arrow Two to die, 3 others get life term
A court here yesterday sentenced two persons to death and three others to life term imprisonment in the college student Firoz Hossain Musa murder case.
 arrow Govt teachers against amendment
Teachers of government colleges under the banner 'BCS General Education Association' yesterday observed a sit-in-programme in front of the Shikkha Bhaban in the city protesting a move to amend the Absorption
 arrow Housewife burnt to death for dowry
A housewife succumbed to her burn injuries yesterday after fighting for life for seven days at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Non-govt teachers' sit-in postponed
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday deferred their grand rally and indefinite sit-in-programme from August 26 to September 20 considering the second term examinations
 arrow Private security agencies demand removal of some clauses from PSSR
Private security providers yesterday demanded removal of several clauses from the Private Security Service Rules (PSSR)-2006 with regard to the cancellation of registration, security deposit and renewal
 arrow Pakistan provides computer lab for Viqarunnisa Noon School
The government of Pakistan has provided a fully equipped computer lab for Viqarunnisa Noon School, Azimpur branch, says a press release.
The lab equipment included computers with printers and furniture.

 arrow Retired army officer seeks govt help to recover land
A retired army officer, whose land was allegedly grabbed by criminals, urged the government to take immediate step to help recover his land and save his life.
 arrow Properties worth Tk one lakh gutted in Ctg
Properties worth over Tk one lakh were gutted in a fire at Ashkerdighir Parr in the port city on Tuesday night.
 arrow Domestic help tortured in city
A domestic help, who was tortured allegedly by her employer at the city's Dhanmondi area, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday with several burn injuries.
 arrow Hanif returns home today
Former Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Hanif returns home today after six months treatment at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 1st death anniversary of Samia Jahan Shyama, daughter of Shahjahan, a guard of engineering department of Mohakhali Satellite Centre, says a press release.
Nationalarrow SUST crisis deepens as teachers go on strike
The crisis at Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) took a new turn yesterday with left leaning teaches declaring an indefinite work abstention demanding withdrawal of the Vice-chancellor
 arrow AL 'long march' ends in polls campaign
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine's long march on its third day yesterday virtually turned into a pre-election campaign with thousands of party men and people walking down the roads
 arrow 103 children admitted to Moulvibazar hospital
At least 103 children have been attacked with pneumonia following its outbreak in the district in an epidemic form within a couple of days, said child specialist Dr Jillul Haque.
 arrow Agitation for power in Joypurhat
People under the banner of Biddut Grahak Sangram Committee brought out a procession and held a rally in Joypurhat town yesterday protesting frequent power outage.
 arrow Silence of govt, major parties slated
Speakers at a workshop here alleged that the government and major political parties are silent wile people are protesting construction of the Tipaimukh Dam cum hydroelectic project at the upstream ofSurma
 arrow 32 fishermen missing in rough sea
At last 32 fishermen are missing as three trawlers capsized in the Bay Tuesday night due to gusty wind.
 arrow Verdict in Sajib murder case today
Verdict in the sensational 7 year-old Sajib murder case will be delivered today.
 arrow 12 bombs recovered from straw heap
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 12 bombs from a heap of straw at Raispur village in Sadar upazila Tuesday night. None was arrested in this connection, Rab and police sources said.
 arrow 2 convicts in Aug 17 blast case surrender
Two convicts of the August 17 serial blasts case surrendered before Rajbari Special Tribunal Tuesday afternoon. They are Golam Mawla and Faruk Hossain. Tribunal judge Md Sahidullah sent them to jail.
 arrow Fugitive ward commissioner held after gunfight
Police on Tuesday night arrested Farid Dewan, a fugitive ward commissioner of Rajbari Pourasabha from his Dewanpara house in Goalondo upazila after gunfight with his accomplices.
 arrow 3 bombs found at school gate
Three bombs were recovered from near the main gate of Cox's Bazar Government School yesterday. A cleaner saw three small packets wrapped with red tape and informed the headmaster, who called police.
Point-Counterpointarrow Ershad in, Oli out?
NEEDLESS to say that lots of political activities are going on in the BNP and JP camps.
 arrow How London's terror scare looks from Beirut
WHEN my electricity returned at around 3am yesterday, I turned on the BBC World Service television.
 arrow Is the Red Sun setting in Cuba at last?
AFTER some 48 years of shining in full grace the red sun is, at last, setting in the West (Cuba).
 arrow Private security service rules
MY attention is drawn to the enactment of Private Security Service Rules (PSSR) for Private Security Company (PSC) reported in various newspapers on August 16.
Culturearrow Mirana Zaman: Reminiscing on the past
The dedication and love that the yesteryear artistes had for their profession makes one look up to them with admiration and respect.
 arrow " I have always been keen to play the romantic role of Sophia Lauren in Sunflower"
--Dolly Zahur

Dolly Zahur is a name to reckon with on the small screen. Her launching pad was the TV drama Eishob Dinratri which won much acclaim. Dolly became the bhabi everyone adored.
 arrow Special programmes on ntv
The country is set to observe the death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on August 27. Ntv will telecast daylong special programmes on the occasion.
 arrow Learning the ropes of art forms
Eighty-four students have completed training on four sections of art forms -- theatre, dance, music and fine arts -- from Theatre Institute of Chattagram recently.
Generalarrow Western Australian govt keen to strengthen economic ties with Dhaka
Bangladesh and Australia can deepen their economic cooperation and the government of Western Australia is committed to further broadening the areas of cooperation between the two countries.
 arrow Effective govt-NGOs linkage stressed
Microfinance (MF) NGOs of Khulna division laid emphasis on more effective government and non-government organisations linkage for orientation of the government functions about microfinance and building
 arrow CT scan service suspended at CMCH
The Computed Tomography (CT) Scan service of the Radiology and Imaging Department has remained suspended at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for the last seven days due to shortage of films.
 arrow Cancellation of Phulbari Coal Project demanded
The National Committee on Oil Gas Mineral-resources and Power Port Protection will stage a demonstration and lay siege to Asia Energy Office at Phulbari in Dinajpur on August 26 demanding cancellation
 arrow Execution of killers demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday formed a human chain demanding execution of the murderers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family
 arrow Fazlur Rahman awarded 'Paul Harris Fellow'
The Rotary Club of Dhaka recognises the services of M Fazlur Rahman, chief national commissioner of Bangladesh Scout and former secretary of health ministry, for his contribution to society, especially
 arrow Law lexicon launched
The first ever English-Bengali law lexicon was launched at a city hotel yesterday.
Internationalarrow Israeli president grilled over sex scandal
Israeli President Moshe Katsav was being grilled by police yesterday over sexual harassment allegations in the latest scandal to hit the leadership, already reeling over failures in the Lebanon war.
 arrow Just because of our appearance
One of two Muslim students pulled off a British charter flight at gunpoint because other passengers feared they were terrorists said yesterday they were victimised because of their appearance.
 arrow First crack in Indian ruling coalition
In the first crack in India's ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, a small regional party, one of its constituents, quit the combine on Tuesday night protesting "delay" in carving a new state
 arrow Immigration issue grabs British front pages, divides opinion
News that more than 400,000 people from eight EU member states in eastern Europe have come to work in Britain since May 2004 dominated front pages of newspapers in Britain yesterday and divided opinion
 arrow UN watchdog finalising Iran nuclear report
UN nuclear inspectors are in the final stages of preparing a report that will dispel any doubts about Iran's stand on uranium enrichment, which makes nuclear fuel but also atom bomb material.
 arrow Israel buys N-subs 'to counter Iran threat'
In a bid to boost its military arsenal against a perceived threat from arch-foe Iran, Israel has signed a contract with Germany to buy two submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons, a newspaper report
 arrow Thai police arrest 175 N Korean migrants
Thailand has arrested 175 North Koreans who illegally entered the country and were found hiding in an abandoned home in Bangkok, police said yesterday.
 arrow 'West's support for Musharraf makes Pakistan seedbed of terrorism'
The West's support for Pakistan's military leader General Pervez Musharraf had made the country a "seedbed" of terrorism, according to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
 arrow India extends ceasefire with Assam rebels
The Indian government yesterday extended a ceasefire in the northeast by 15 days in a bid to jumpstart talks with the region's dominant separatist group.
 arrow Iraq war was not part of war on terrorism
For the first time since it began, most Americans believe the Iraq War it is not part of the war on terrorism, as US President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Any dialogue would be a step forward
ONE discerns a certain underlying inclination on the part of both the ruling party and the opposition towards commencing a dialogue at the secretary general level to begin a process of engagement.
 arrow Editorial: Lake turning into rubbish dumpyard?
ILLEGAL filling of lakes and water bodies in the city continues unabated. Encroachers on Gulshan Lake are now using a different tactic.
 arrow Much ado about the military
IT is heartening to note that the media is taking interest in what is going on in the military, particularly about the future planning and development of the armed forces.
 arrow The promise of e-governance
NEW theories and techniques are being evolved with the passage of time. E-governance is such an innovation, or rather eventuality, full of potentials.
 arrow The shock of stalemate
FOR the first time in its entire history since 1948, Israel walked away from the battlefield without scoring an outright and convincing victory, in effect a stalemate.
Letters to Editorarrow Our poet, our pride
A twinkling, glowing, bright literary star of Bangla literature is now away from us. Shamsur Rahman, the premier poet of Bangladesh, passed away on 17 August, 2006, leaving us all lamenting for him.
 arrow Israel and terrorism
Israel has shown again that it is the sole source of terrorism. Its barbaric actions against Lebanon have proved the point beyond any doubt.
 arrow Eliminating child labour
Child labour has not decreased in Bangladesh and is prevalent in many other countries.
 arrow Zafar Sobhan's article
As an Anglo-Bengali (whose mother immigrated from Dhaka to the UK and then to the US), I wish to applaud you for your write-up.
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