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Front Pagearrow None but Ershad freed from two corruption charges
A Dhaka Court yesterday discharged Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad from two graft cases filed over 15 years ago but decided to frame charges in the cases next month against five co-accused, including
 arrow Indo-Bangla team to visit enclaves in a month
Bangladesh-India Joint Boundary Working Group (JBWC) will visit enclaves and territories in adverse possession in next one month and submit report to their respective governments, Indian Home Secretary
 arrow BNP discusses election strategy tomorrow
The ruling BNP will decide on including Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) in their alliance after receiving opinions from grassroots level leaders and activists in its National Executive Committee meeting scheduled
 arrow Foreign investors should up equity
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the foreign investors to increase their equity and offload primary shares in the local stock market, with a view to contain higher outflow of profit from the country, the
 arrow 21 to die for killing Jubo Dal man Gama
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 21 people to death in connection with the killing of Jubo Dal activist Sabbir Ahmed Talukder Gama of Naldanga in Natore in February 2004.
 arrow Trafficked abroad, she finds father 23yrs later
The axiom -- truth is stranger than fiction -- so happily became a reality for Matiur Rahman who lost his daughter Rina in the late 80s and dramatically found her, along with her Dutch husband, when they
 arrow No medal for Bangladesh
The 10th South Asian Games saw its first day without rain in Colombo yesterday but the sun was not at all shiny for the Bangladeshi contingent.
 arrow Home secys start talks to ease border tension
Bangladesh and Indian officials led by their home secretaries began a four-day talks in Dhaka yesterday on the longstanding issues that frequently cause unpleasant situation along the border between the
 arrow Dialogue decries systematic violation of citizens' rights
Legal experts and academics at a dialogue in the city yesterday apprehended that ignorance about the urgency of protecting fundamental rights and preventing extra-judicial killings in the name of 'crossfire'
 arrow 11 killed in two road crashes
Eleven people, including seven retired army personnel, died and 30 others were injured in road accidents in Jessore and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Justice Joynul takes oath amid protests
Justice M Joynul Abedin yesterday took oath as a judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) amid protests of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) lawyers.
 arrow Shibir's death threat to Prof Hasan Azizul for talking secularism
Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Rajshahi University yesterday threatened Prof Hasan Azizul Haque with death for his speech on education and secularism at a seminar on August 21.
 arrow Recommendation to upgrade status of Fazil, Kamil finalised
The Cabinet Committee yesterday finalised the recommendation for making Fazil and Kamil degrees equivalent to graduation (pass) and master degrees of general education under the National University.
 arrow Law and order main challenge during polls
Secretary to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat Abdur Rashid Sarkar yesterday said maintaining law and order would be a major challenge in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
 arrow PM inaugurates Sadharan Bima Tower
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the 20-storied Sadharan Bima Tower with huge car parking facilities and United Hospital Limited, a modern private hospital, in the city.
 arrow 4 customs men suspended for mistakenly raiding IGP's house
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) suspended four customs officials yesterday, a day after they were arrested for 'mistakenly' entering the Uttara residence of the inspector general of police (IGP).
 arrow Hasina ridicules PM over graft
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has fuelled 'terrorism, corruption, price hike and looting' during the present regime.
 arrow US envoy hopes hurdles to go for fair polls
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis yesterday expressed her hope that all the impediments would be removed to make the coming national election free and fair.
 arrow Nat'l minimum wage to be announced by October
The long-awaited national minimum wage for the workers is likely to be announced by October, said Syed Shujauddin Ahmed, secretary of labour and employment ministry, yesterday.
 arrow AL objects to polls monitor by NGOs in question
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said election-monitoring by NGOs controlled by ruling party men and accused of financial corruption will bring no good result for democracy.
 arrow Shab-e-Barat on Sept 8
The holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of September 8, a press release of Islamic Foundation said last night.
 arrow VAT on mobile phone SIM card declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the supplementary duty and Vat amounting to Tk 1,628 on mobile SIM (subscriber identification module) cards imposed by National Board of Revenue (NBR) last
 arrow Israeli army chief admits failures in Lebanon
Israel's embattled army chief Dan Halutz admitted for the first time yesterday to failings during the Lebanon war amid increasing public discontent over how the offensive was handled.
 arrow Nepalese constitution ducks monarchy
The committee drafting Nepal's interim constitution said it would present the document today but Maoist rebels said they were angry it had sidestepped the central issue of the monarchy's future.
 arrow Iran heads for showdown at UN in nuke row
Iran appeared headed for a showdown at the UN Security Council next week over its nuclear programme, facing the threat of sanctions after failing to freeze key fuel cycle work.
Businessarrow Integrated strategy suggested to avail of WTO aid packages
Formulation of an integrated strategy is urgent to gain need-based and practical assistance from developed countries under the proposed WTO Aid for Trade packages, suggested trade experts and businesspeople
 arrow RanksTel launches Swadeshi Phone
Ranks Telecom Limited (RanksTel) yesterday launched a new packageSwadeshi Phone for the public call office (PCO) service providers. "PCO is a fixed phone service.
 arrow Tata Tea to buy 30pc stake in US firm
In the biggest overseas acquisition by an Indian company in non-oil commodity sector, Tata Tea, India's second largest branded tea manufacturer, has announced buy-out of a 30 per cent stake for $ 677million
 arrow Developers urged to consider clients' affordability
A three-day real estate fair titled 'Abasan Mela (BD-Red Fair) -2006' began here in Chittagong yesterday with a view to providing opportunity for the customers to choose their desired homes from a large
 arrow GPWorld re-launched
GrameenPhone Ltd, country's leading cell phone company, yesterday re-launched one of its value added services named GPWorld, a WAP portal adding huge contents through upgradation to provide more information
 arrow UCB dual mode credit cards hit market
Using credit card to buy something online is something close to impossible in Bangladesh as most of such cards are only valid here and not acceptable internationally.
 arrow Bangladesh takes part in German handicraft show
In a bid to let foreign buyers know about the diversity and latest developments in Bangladeshi handicrafts and gift items, nine local companies are participating in a five-day handicraft fair that begins
 arrow Agora’s 5th founding anniversary celebrated
Agora, a leading chain supermarket in the country and a concern of Rahimafrooz Superstores Ltd, celebrated its fifth founding anniversary yesterday with the theme-- 'beautifying lifestyles'.
 arrow Citibank opens transaction processing centre in Ctg
Citibank, NA recently opened its refurbished transaction processing centre in Chittagong to better serve its customers in the port city.
 arrow Asian mega-trade bloc proposal gets lukewarm response
Asian trade ministers on Thursday gave a lukewarm response to Japan's proposed giant free-trade zone, opting instead to focus on the web of trade deals they are currently negotiating.
 arrow Kay & Que okays 6pc dividend
Kay & Que (Bangladesh) Ltd, a manufacturer of carbon rod for dry cell battery, has declared a 6 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
Sportsarrow Athletics: One last shot at gold!
Bangladesh have a realistic chance to win their second and probably, the last gold medal at the 10th South Asian Games when hurdler Mahfuzur Rahman Mithu gets into action today, the second day of theathletics
 arrow Football: Keeper keeps SL on gold course
Goalkeeper and captain Sandun Devinda stopped four penalties including three in the shootout to keep Sri Lanka's hopes alive to win their first football gold medal in the history of South Asian Games.
 arrow Cricket: Speed on peace mission
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed was said to be flying in to London from the governing body's Dubai headquarters to help broker a deal that could keep Pakistan's tourof
 arrow Football: Dhaka ride their luck
Lady luck favoured Dhaka as they booked their place in the semifinal of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship as they won the toss against Magura in the Group A decider yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer staying put
Bob Woolmer said Thursday he would remain as Pakistan coach but admitted he had contemplated resigning in the wake of the ball-tampering row that has threatened to wreck the team's tour of England.
 arrow Cricket: Academy lose their way
The BCB National Academy team lost their way on the second day as Pakistan Cricket Academy took control of the second and final four-day match at Multan yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Bangladesh impress
Grand Master Niaz Murshed won his sixth round board against IM Jimmy Liew to share fourth position in the IGM 3rd Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship in Kuala Lumpur. Zia secured 4.
 arrow Cricket: CCL to start in October
The season's curtain raiser, the Corporate Cricket League will begin in the first week of October this year.
 arrow Cricket: Howard bats for Hair
Australian Prime Minister John Howard weighed into the Pakistan cricket controversy Thursday, saying the game would descend into "chaos" if umpires did not receive support when enforcing the rules.
 arrow Cricket: Practice tie rained off
Heavy overnight rain has forced the cancellation of Pakistan's preparations on Thursday for the one-day series against England.
 arrow Cricket: Row might split ICC: Pak boss
Pakistan's sports minister has warned that the ball-tampering row which blew up here last week could split cricket's world governing body.
 arrow Football: Barca aim for Super Cup double
Barcelona will be bidding for their second piece of silverware in less than a week when they take on UEFA Cup winners Sevilla in the all-Spanish European Super Cup in Monaco on Friday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho lashes his 'Blues'
Jose Mourinho attacked Chelsea's attitude as their bid for a hattrick of Pre-mier League titles suffered an early setback with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at their bogey team Middlesbrough here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Germany sans center-halves
Germany coach Joachim Loew will be without three of his four World Cup central defenders for the start of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign on Sept. 2 against Ireland.
 arrow Football: Wenger relieved at Emirates win
Arsene Wenger's pleasure at rea-ching the Champions League group stage was heigh-tened by relief at Arsenal's first win in their new Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Merk to be back
German referee Markus Merk has decided to return to work after mulling retirement in the wake of a disappointing World Cup.
 arrow Football: Vieira named French captain
Inter Milan's Patrick Vieira was confirmed Thursday as France captain despite the return to the squad of the country's most capped player, Liliam Thuram.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo talks stall
The anticipated transfer of Real Madrid striker Ronaldo to AC Milan appeared to stall on Thursday, the morning after Real coach Fabio Capello insisted the Brazilian ace was still key to his team.
 arrow Football: Nistelrooy in menacing touch
Real Madrid's new signing Ruud van Nistelrooy earned the plaudits of the Spanish sports press on Thursday after scoring twice in a pre-season friendly against Anderlecht.
 arrow Tennis: Right start for Justine
Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne returned from injury and began her bid for her first New Haven title here in Connecticut on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Spains Anabel Medina Garrigues.
 arrow Tennis: Federer up against unknown rival
Roger Federer will open the defence of his US Open crown by taking on Wang Yeu-Tzuoo of Taiwan.
 arrow Cricket: Raja dies on the pitch
Wasim Raja, the former Pakistan batsman who went on to become an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, died Wednesday while playing for Surrey Over-50s at Marlow in Buckinghamshire, southern
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan firm against Hair
Pakistan are pressing forward with their bid to make sure the cricket authorities sideline umpire Darrell Hair for any matches in which they are involved.
 arrow Doping at Sino sports school
Teachers at an athletics school in China have been caught injecting teenagers with performance-boosting drugs in a scandal that has caused fury in Beijing ahead of the 2008 Olympics, state media said.
 arrow Cricket: Father prays for Inzy
The father of Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq is praying his son will be cleared when he faces a disciplinary hearing, a newspaper report said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Fergie's fledglings flying
Sir Alex Ferguson believes his Manchester United youngsters are now mature enough to end Chelsea's Premiership dominance.
 arrow Football: Keane tipped for Sunderland job
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane could be unveiled as the new manager of Championship strugglers Sunderland in the coming days.
 arrow Football: Copenhagen stun Ajax
FC Copenhagen struck twice in the second half to score a stunning 2-0 win at Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday and qualify for the Champions League for the first time with a shock 3-2 aggregate win.
 arrow Football: Thuram to keep on playing
France's most capped international footballer Lilian Thuram is set to extend his record number of caps after announcing on Wednesday he is to prolong his career with the World Cup finalists.
 arrow Football: The Bavarian derby
Reigning champions Bayern Munich take on local rivals FC Nuremberg on Saturday in an unlikely top of the table clash at the Allianz Arena.
 arrow Football: Champions League results
Results of UEFA Champions League third preliminary round second leg matches on Wednesday:
At London
Arsenal (ENG) 2 (Ljungberg 77, Flamini 90) Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 1 (Eduardo 12)
Arsenal win 5-1

 arrow Football: Del Piero Juve's saviour again
Juventus may be down but they are clearly not out as club legend Alessandro del Piero came off the bench to score the decisive goal in their come from behind 2-1 victory over fellow Serie B outfit Cesena
 arrow Football: Ze Maria, Berson join Levante
Recently-promoted Spanish Primera Liga side Levante have announced the signings of Brazilian defender Ze Maria and French midfielder Mathieu Berson.
 arrow Football: Juventus unveil Boumsong
Juventus officially unveiled new signing Jean Alain Boumsong on Thursday. The 26-year-old central defender joined the Italian giants from English Premiership side Newcastle United on Tuesday for3.
 arrow Football: Roeder tips Martins for greatness
Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins is already being tipped as a Newcastle legend - even before he takes over the famous number nine shirt, last worn by Alan Shearer.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath looks to 2009 Ashes
Not content with making his international comeback in the upcoming Ashes series against England, Australian paceman Glenn McGrath has revealed he wants another crack at his old enemy in 2009.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to wait for Madugalle
Pakistan have dropped their plan to ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to hold a disciplinary hearing before Monday into captain Inzamamul Haq's actions in the fourth and final Test against England.
 arrow Snooker: Advani wins India's top award
Billiards and snooker star Pankaj Advani was awarded India's top sports prize, it was announced Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt afraid of fair polls
The road march of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine in Rajshahi yesterday turned into a human sea with thousands of party men and people walking down the roads to force the BNP-Jamaatalliance
 arrow 'Implement coordinated safety policy to reduce road accidents'
The three-day international conference on 'Road safety in developing countries' ended in the city yesterday with a call to implement an effective and coordinated safety policy and actions to prevent road
 arrow '12,000 children lose vision due to curable cataract'
A total of 12, 000 children are visually impaired due to curable cataract but most people are unaware of the simple eye surgery that could restore their eyesight, said the speakers at the launching ceremony
 arrow Commuters suffer as Ctg transport workers enforce strike
Thousands of commuters in the greater Chittagong and adjacent areas yesterday experienced immense sufferings due to a daylong transport strike.
 arrow Death threat to Prof Jafar Iqbal condemned
Different political parties and human rights organisations yesterday condemned the threat to kill Prof Muhammad Jafar Iqbal and other progressive teachers of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
 arrow AL leader Titu stabbed by party rivals in Jessore
Awami League leader Khaledur Rahman Titu was stabbed by his rivals in the party yesterday evening.
 arrow Vow to resist violence against women
Women's rights activists yesterday called on all to unite to resist repression on women in families and workplaces, state-sponsored violence and fanaticism.
 arrow Slain Khulna AL leader Imam's 3rd anniversary of death today
Today is the third death anniversary of slain Khulna city Awami League President Advocate Manjurul Imam. On the occasion, Khulna AL has taken different programmes.
 arrow 1 killed in road accident
A person was killed and five others were injured in a road accident at Dhaperhat on Bogra-Rangpur highway in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Construction worker falls from 6-storey building, dies
A construction worker died and another was injured after falling down from a six-storey under-construction building in the city yesterday.
 arrow Sex workers demand right to burial
Sex workers yesterday demanded the right to burial or cremation of dead workers as per social and religious norms.
 arrow Abductors free woman in Rangamati
United People's Democratic front (UPDF) yesterday freed a woman, one of the six people abducted from Horirampur in Naniachar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Election Olympiad held in Pirojpur
The Election Olympiad 2006, a countrywide knowledge-based competition on election and politics, was held in Pirojpur yesterday with a view to creating mass awareness of election and politics specially
 arrow Hartal observed in Joypurhat to protest outage
People in Joypurhat district observed a half-day hartal yesterday to protest frequent power outages.
 arrow Hanif returns home after treatment in Bangkok
Mohammad Hanif, president of Dhaka City Awami League, returned home yesterday after seven months' treatment at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.
 arrow Prof Anisuzzaman new IU VC
Prof Dr Anisuzzaman of Philosophy Department of Dhaka University (DU) has been appointed as the Vice-chancellor of Islamic University (IU), says a DU press release.
 arrow UNFPA poster contest today
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organises a poster contest for five-age categories today at the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University as part of its advocacy role, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow The problem with land policy
If we evaluate the policy of land administration in Bangladesh, in the wider political and economic context, we will notice that the way in which land is currently administered remains firmly rooted in
 arrow What will elections bring?
It is not fair to say that the people are suffering from election mania these days. A large majority of the public seems to be resigned to the misfortune of another round of stale elections.
 arrow Who is to blame for road accidents?
Recently World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that by 2020 road accidents will be the third leading cause of "disability adjusted life years" (DALY), putting road safety well ahead of wars, HIV/Aids,
 arrow If you want sharia law, you should go and live in Saudi
Scotland Yard described it as a plot "to commit mass murder on an unimaginable scale.
Culturearrow Heart to heart with Ferdausi Majumdar
Here is an opportunity for our readers to connect with their favourite cultural personalities. In the Culture page you can ask questions directly to your favourite star once a month.
 arrow New mega serial 'Bhober Haat' goes on air
Salahuddin Lavlu's new mega serial Bhober Haat begins from August 26 on Channel i, says a press release. The 104- episode depicts the colourful lifestyle of rural denizens.
 arrow 'Amake Bolte Dao' goes to Delhi Open Film Fest '06
Bangladeshi documentary Amake Bolte Dao, produced by Steps Towards Development and directed by Fauzia Khan, has been selected for screening at the Delhi Open Film festival '06.
 arrow Concert for a worthy cause
ALO (an organisation for drug awareness) with co-host djuice (Grameen Phones) will hold a concert at the Gulshan Youth Club grounds (behind Wonderland Park, Gulshan) today, says a press release.
 arrow Soumitra Chatterjee on Satyajit Ray
"Ray made Apur Sansar only after he met me," says well-known actor Soumitra Chatterjee as he talks about his relationships with theatre, cinema and Satyajit Ray.
 arrow Bob Dylan says modern recordings "atrocious"
Bob Dylan says the quality of modern recordings is "atrocious," and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc.
 arrow Special TV programmes on Nazrul's death anniversary
To observe the death anniversary of our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on August 27, Channel i, Rtv and Channel 1 will offer a combination of special TV plays, feature films, tele-films and magazine
Generalarrow 2 Ctg restaurant owners jailed
A mobile court in an anti-adulteration drive at the city's Sadarghat area yesterday fined two restaurants Tk two lakh and awarded imprisonment to the owners.
 arrow Opposition road march reaches Manikchhari
The road march of Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine virtually turned into a pre-election campaign on its fourth day yesterday as the marchers reached Manikchhari in Rangamati from Khagrachhari.
 arrow Four get life in Sajib murder case
Four people were sentenced to life imprisonment in the sensational Sajib Murder Case yesterday. Three others were acquitted as the prosecution failed to prove the charges brought against them.
 arrow PKSF-SDF jt initiative for Monga mitigation
Social Development Foundation (SDF) and Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) will launch the 2nd phase of 'Monga Mitigation Initiative Pilot Project (MMIPP)' this year to provide employment opportunities
 arrow None arrested yet
None has been arrested yet in Rana murder case, a college student who was beaten to death at Dhaka Dental College dormitory at Sobhanbagh for allegedly stealing a cell phone.
 arrow Huge contraband liquor seized in Chittagong
Narcotics control department (NCD) yesterday seized a huge quantity of contraband liquor including whisky, vodka and beer.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A sad day for the highest judiciary
We are greatly disturbed by the developments centring the confirmation of 17 additional judges of the High Court by the President on Wednesday.
 arrow Editorial: Curbing road accidents
The participants of an international seminar on "Road Safety in Developing Countries" organised by the Accident Research Centre of BUET emphasised the need for enactment of stringent laws and their strict
 arrow Marriage of convenience or true love?
One of the great unanswe-red questions of Bangladeshi politics is the exact nature of the relationship between the two main components of the ruling four-party alliance, the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami:
 arrow Many happy returns, Madame PM
A belated Happy Birthday to you, Madame Prime Minister. You are the most fortunate amongst us at this point in time, a gracefully aging housewife sitting at the helm of state power.
 arrow The PRSP: What was wrong with it?
It is almost three weeks now since the PRSP debacle surfaced. The Honourable ICT Minister's outburst against the paper is well known.
Letters to Editorarrow Ershad factor
Nothing is impossible in our politics. But this time around the entire nation is astonished and shocked.
 arrow Alarming drug abuse
According to a newspaper report (DS. 26/7/06) addiction to 'Yaba', a drug containing morphine and amphetamine, is alarmingly rising among the youngsters of the city.
 arrow Israel's war crime
After the ceasefire Israel again attacked some targets in South Lebanon. Which is a flagrant violation of the UN resolution.
 arrow Watching television
Today TV is the most important mode of entertainment to all classes of people. Even in villages, we see that wealthy persons have television sets.
 arrow BoI-CPD
Your commentary "Hail the Super Patriot " on Mahmudur Rahman's remarks against the five eminent citizens of this country and his filing of a defamation case against them appeared to be too mild as compared
 arrow Lebanon crisis
The Lebanese were crying and the big powers were watching their plight without taking any effective steps to put an end to their sufferings. The USA is always blind to Israel's activities.
 arrow Plight of garment industries
Like me, many were stunned by the violent demonstrations of the garment workers which were unprecedented in the history of any industry in Bangladesh.
 arrow Islamic banking
This is in response to Mr. Shah Abdul Hannan's article on the above subject, printed on the first page of the supplement of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited in your daily on August 12. First, Mr.
 arrow Smoking hero
An interesting letter on Shahrukh Khan was published in DS on August 21.
 arrow Misplaced priorities
In spite of being a small country, Bangladesh has a huge cabinet, but are we developed enough compared to other developed countries? In 1971, we got liberation after a long struggle and it was a dreadful
 arrow The rise of institutional racism in UK
Many of your readers may have heard about the latest racist incident orchestrated by a bunch of ignorant, hysterical, cheap British bigots vacationing in the south of Spain.
 arrow Who is spreading hatred?
In fact, spreading hatred (Letters page, The Daily Star/Aug21), religious intolerance, and spitting of venom were started by the Zionists back in 1948, when David Ben-Gurion, a terrorist and a member
 arrow Teachers' rights
Primary and secondary education is vital for the survival of our education system. The government has increased salaries of its employees but is silent about the teachers' rights.
Environmentarrow Dhaka: A choking city cries for relief
Over the last two decades the country has experienced a phenomenal urban growth.
 arrow Boat people of Buriganga
BANGLADESH has been going through difficult times from the beginning. Though condition has improved in certain areas it deteriorated in others. Poverty is an endemic problem yet to be overcome.
Urbanarrow Earthquake made easy
Sometimes we shy away from delving into an issue because it appears too complicated, beyond comprehension and 'not my cup of tea'. An earthquake is simple; it is the trembling of the earth.
 arrow The risks and the challenges
Bangladesh is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Although it is located in a region of significant seismic activity, most of the people do not perceive seismic risk to be of greatimportance.
Worldarrow South Asia: Sporadic fighting goes on as aid ship nears Jaffna
Sporadic artillery fire and airstrikes continued along Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula yesterday as an aid ship approached the besieged city for the first time in nearly two weeks, residents and officials
 arrow South Asia: Nepali Maoists to voluntarily confine soldiers, arms
Nepal's Maoist rebels said Wednesday they are pressing on with a plan to confine their fighters and weapons in countryside camps, a key part of a peace agreement with the government.
 arrow South Asia: 7 al-Qaeda members killed in Afghan clash
Seven suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in a clash in Afghanistan yesterday, the US military said, although Afghan officials said those killed were civilians.
 arrow South Asia: India suspends train service with Pakistan
India has suspended a cross-border rail service with Pakistan for a month after monsoon rains disturbed the track linking the two countries, officials yesterday said.
 arrow South Asia: India deflects Tamil calls to mediate
Their black gowns flapping in the traffic, scores of Indian lawyers form a "human chain" around the red-brick court building while other protesters burn Sri Lankan flags or stage symbolic fasts.
 arrow South Asia: Dutch cops net 12 on US plane bound for Mumbai
Dutch police arrested 12 passengers behaving suspiciously on a US Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai that was forced to turn back to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Pak opposition unites to challenge PM
Pakistani opposition parties united on Wednesday to lodge a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, accusing him of neglecting the poor and corruption.
 arrow Syria threatens to close Lebanon border if UN force deployed
Syria on Wednesday opposed deployment of an international force along its border to prevent arms shipments to Hezbollah, and Israel called the situation in Lebanon "explosive.
 arrow US in the dark over Iran
A congressional committee warned Wednesday of "significant" gaps in US intelligence on Iran, a scenario it said precluded confident assessments on Tehran's alleged weapons of mass destruction programmes.
 arrow Muslims alarmed over US racial profiling
A leading US Muslim group said Wednesday it was disturbed by reports that US authorities were racially profiling passengers at New York's Kennedy airport.
 arrow Israeli soldiers move into Gaza town
Israeli forces crossed into the Gaza Strip early yesterday in a raid that captured a local Hamas militant leader and left his brother dead near a Gaza border town, Palestinians witnesses and officials
 arrow EU struggles to hammer out troop contributions
Key European nations picked up the diplomatic pace yesterday in a bid to nail down commitments to an expanding UN force in Lebanon on the eve of a critical meeting with UN chief Kofi Annan.
 arrow Soyuz space capsule modified for first female space tourist
Russian space engineers are modifying a Soyuz capsule for the first female space tourist ahead of a launch for the International Space Station (ISS) next month, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Population-short Singapore to ease immigration rules: Official
Singapore plans to ease immigration rules in an effort to offset a population shortage, which officials have warned could threaten the country's long-term survival if not reversed, the government said.
 arrow 2 US soldiers killed in Iraq attacks
Two US soldiers were killed south of Baghdad, the US military said yesterday, while a series of attacks across the country left at least 11 Iraqis dead and several wounded.
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