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Front Pagearrow Govt to end tenure by not separating judiciary
The judiciary will not be separated from the executive during the tenure of the present government although it was a key election pledge of the BNP-led four-party alliance.
 arrow Thousands defy ban, stage protest
Thousands of locals took to the streets in Phulbari yesterday violating section 144 during a daylong shutdown protesting Saturday's police firing on demonstrators against an open-pit coal mine project
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi to fight border crime together
Bangladesh and India agreed to examine the possibility of quickly instituting a mechanism to combat terrorism and organised crime that often spill over the 4200km porous border the countries share assecurity
 arrow Prolonged drought frustrates farmers
Over 1,24,000 hectares of land for Aman cultivation lie fallow in 16 northern districts of the country due to lack of rainfall this year.
 arrow Option open for govt to make pro-people deal
The 1998 deal with Asia Energy dictates that the company must accept whatever rules and regulations related to mining are changed anytime, says former chief of the Bureau of Mineral Development (BMD).
 arrow 14-party calls hartal for Wednesday
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday called a countrywide dawn to dusk hartal on August 30 to protest the killing of seven people by the law enforcers at Phulbari in Dinajpur.
 arrow Expulsion of Asia Energy demanded
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of Phulbari coalmine project and expulsion of Asia Energy Corporation (AEC)
 arrow Energy adviser, Asia Energy CEO blame it on left parties
Energy ministry adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday blamed a 'small group of leftist parties without any influence whatsoever' for orchestrating the deaths and injury to people at the Phulbari coalminearea
 arrow Saudi prince offers highest $330m for Rupali Bank
Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saudi is poised to take over Rupali Bank as he bids $330 million for the state-run bank.
 arrow Young Turks ring changes in BNP
Junior leaders of ruling BNP backed by its Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman virtually won the race against senior rebel leaders over establishing supremacy within the party.
 arrow Destroying hill

 arrow Verdict of graft case against Ershad deferred
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed September 11 for delivery of verdict on the graft case against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad involving allotment of plots to 49 people when he was president.
 arrow Home orders enquiry into Phulbari firing
The home ministry yesterday ordered administrative inquiry into Saturday's firing on demonstrators at Phulbari in Dinajpur district, that left at least six people dead and more than 50 wounded.
 arrow Hasina against magistracy power of law enforcers on poll duty
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the 2001 rules that empowered the law enforcers including army personnel with magistracy power during their election
 arrow Mizanur clinches unlikely gold
Mohammed Mizanur Rahman bagged a surprise gold in middle weight taekwondo for Bangladesh on the penultimate day of the 10th South Asian Games at the St Joseph's College here yesterday.
 arrow EC goes for guideline to streamline poll monitoring
Irked by the poll observers' non-compliance with the Election Commission's (EC) policy for observing polls during the last parliamentary election, the commission yesterday decided to make the policy more
 arrow Saifur blames lack of monitoring by commerce ministry
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blamed the commerce ministry's lack of adequate monitoring of the market for the failure to check artificial price hike of essentials.
 arrow Bodies of six peacekeepers due in 3-4 days
The bodies of the six UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh killed in a road accident in Ivory Coast on Friday are likely to be flown into the country within three to four days.
 arrow JCD leader shot dead in city
Unknown criminals shot a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader dead and critically injured another at Government Suhrawardy College in the city early today.
 arrow 20 hurt as BNP factions clash before PM's Barisal rally
At least 20 people, including four policemen, were injured in sporadic clashes between two groups of local BNP yesterday over establishing control over the venue of a meeting to be attended by the prime
 arrow Dr Kamal talks with Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina had an exclusive meeting with eminent jurist and Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain at her Dhanmondi office last night.
 arrow HC verdict likely today
The High Court (HC) is likely to deliver today the verdict in the death reference of seven militants, including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai, who were awarded
 arrow Fazil, Kamil getting degree, master's status
The cabinet committee on madrasa education yesterday finalised its recommendations for upgrading Fazil and Kamil degrees of madrasas to degree and master's levels.
 arrow 8th Expert Group Consultation session today
Nagorik Committee 2006 will hold its eighth and last Expert Group Consultation session on the Vision 2021 for Bangladesh, Goal Eight: "To be a more inclusive and equitable society" at Cirdap Auditorium
 arrow Hartal observed in water-logged areas of Jessore
A half-day hartal was observed yesterday in Abhoynagar, Manirampur and Keshabpur upazilas of Jessore protesting the government's indifference to the Bhabadaha waterlogging problem.
 arrow 15 hurt as JCD men clash with Shibir
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Khulna Medical College (KMC) locked in a clash on Saturday night, injuring 15 people.
 arrow Addicted father kills infant over brawl with wife
A drug-addicted father killed his 20-day old daughter yesterday in the city following a quarrel with his wife.
 arrow BSF kills 1
A Bangladeshi young man was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Ghiba border in Jessore on Saturday night.
 arrow Riots in Pakistan after troops kill Baluch tribe leader
Pakistan was on high alert yesterday after security forces killed a prominent tribal rebel leader in gas-rich Baluchistan province, in a major operation that left scores more dead, officials said.
 arrow 49 killed in US plane crash
A passenger plane crashed early yesterday after take-off at an airport in Lexington, Kentucky, killing 49 people in the worst US air accident in nearly five years, Comair's president said.
Businessarrow Businesses for immediate Bangla-Pak FTA deal
Businesses of both Bangladesh and Pakistan yesterday agreed to persuade their governments to go for FTA deal as soon as possible to raise bilateral trade to US$ one billion by 2007.
 arrow Positive image key to luring tourists, investment
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for building a positive image of Bangladesh by improving governance and bringing corruption at a tolerable level besides presenting local culture
 arrow Tea production may fall short of target by 25pc
The country's tea production this year may miss the target by 25 per cent due to drought-like situation, industry people said.
 arrow Bangladesh's politics obstacle to FDI
Bangladesh's politics is an obstacle to attracting foreign investment in Bangladesh, Italian Ambassador in Dhaka Pietro Ballero said yesterday at the monthly luncheon meeting of Foreign Investors' Chamber
 arrow China enacts new bankruptcy law
China’s legislature adopted a new bankruptcy law on Sunday which for the first time includes private companies, not only state-owned firms, and is aimed at boosting investor confidence.
 arrow GP launches privilege service Thankyou Crown
GrameenPhone has launched a new privilege membership service "Thankyou CROWN" with effect from yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Chad orders Chevron, Petronas to leave
Chad's president on Saturday ordered oil companies Chevron Corp. and Petronas to leave the country, saying neither has paid taxes and his country will take responsibility for the oil fields they haveoverseen.
 arrow Energy tops agenda as Japan PM heads to central Asia
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi heads to central Asia this week on his first trip to the region as Japan steps up its rivalry with China and Russia to gain influence over the energy-rich region.
 arrow Merger to create Italy's largest bank
Banca Intesa SpA and Sanpaolo IMI SpA said Saturday they agreed to merge, creating Italy's biggest bank in what one official hailed as a sign of vitality in the economy.
 arrow Inter-Korean trade up 14.7pc
Trade value between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reached 668 million US dollars in Jan-July this year, up 14.
 arrow Carlson Wagonlit Travel acquires TQ3Navigant
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the world's second-largest travel management company, recently has acquired TQ3Navigant and through this acquisition the two organisations have officially become one company.
 arrow Europe data to show fall in business confidence, decline in inflation
Economic indicators for the eurozone to be released in the coming week will provide a snapshot of business and consumer confidence, inflation and unemployment in the 12-nation bloc.
 arrow KSA to raise crude oil supply to Japan
Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, will increase its supply of crude oil to Japan by at least 300,000 barrels per day (bpd), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Saturday.
Sportsarrow BOA in total disarray
As the curtains on the 10th South Asian Games fall today, the strong contingent of Bangladesh officials will gather at the Sugathadasa Stadium to do one last ritual correctly after their innumerable questionable
 arrow Cricket: Mehrab enters the fray, Bashar still uncertain
Mehrab Hossain was rewarded for his recent string of good form as the national selectors picked the young prospect in the 18-member preliminary squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in India in
 arrow Football: Scrappy win for Sylhet
Hosts Sylhet edged past Comilla by a single goal to mark a good start in the final round of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Silly of Akber
Eyebrows were raised as Bangladesh contingent's 10th SA Games Chef de Mission Maj Gen Akber Akter did not visit an ailing member of his team in hospital.
 arrow Cricket: BCB calls up 7 for sixes
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a seven-member squad for the Asian Super Sixes Challenge to be held in Karachi from September 13 to 18.
 arrow Football: Pakistan clinch football gold
A first-half strike by Adeel Ahmed helped Pakistan retain the football gold medal with a solitary goal win over Sri Lanka here late on Saturday night at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
 arrow Football: Mahalchhari on the right track
Mahalchhari scored in both halves to secure a 2-0 win over Matiranga in the DC Gold Cup football tournament at the Khagrachhari Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Speed fears Hair loss
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed believes that umpire Darrell Hair's Test career could be over after the controversy of the past week.
 arrow Football: F'ganj power past Victoria
Farashganj Sporting Club continued their winning run as they registered their second successive victory in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League when they beat Victoria Sporting Club3-0
 arrow Football: United set the pace
Manchester United continued their perfect start to the season on Saturday as potential English Premiership title rivals Arsenal flopped again.
 arrow Football: Morientes powers Valencia
Fernando Morientes consigned his ill-fated move to Liverpool to the history books on Saturday when he made a goal-scoring return to the Spanish League in Valencia's 2-1 win against Real Betis.
 arrow Football: Kuranyi makes his mark
Just over a year ago German international forward Kevin Kuranyi was one of the first names on the teamsheet for club and country but now he is trying to revive his flagging career at the age of just 24.
 arrow Basketball: Greeks end Sino run
China's dream of a best-ever finish in global competition was shattered at the World Basketball Championship here Sunday by Greece, which eliminated the Asian champions 95-64.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt to defy pain
Former champion Lleyton Hewitt said he would go through the pain barrier to compete at the US Open which starts on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Walcott no more
West Indies cricket legend Sir Clyde Leopold Walcott died in a Barbados hospital on Saturday at the age of 80.
 arrow Football: Derby draws a blank
Reigning champions Bayern Munich missed the chance to move top of the Bundesliga after a 0-0 stalemate with neighbours FC Nuremberg on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Babies for 'repair kits'!
Premiership footballers are storing stem cells from their newborn babies to use in case of their own career-threatening sports injuries, according to a report here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Wenger cool over Cole
Arsene Wenger insists he is not frustrated by the continuing uncertainty surrounding Ashley Cole's future despite Arsenal's stuttering start to their Premiership campaign.
 arrow Football: Lyon maul Nice
Five-in-a-row champions Lyon underlined their title credentials with a crushing 4-1 win away at Nice on Saturday which put them top of the French league table.
 arrow Cricket: Darrell did not panic
Darrell Hair said his decision to ask for 500,000 dollars to quit his role as an umpire following the Pakistan ball-tampering furore was not a panic reaction to events at The Oval last week.
 arrow Football: Bird on Inzy's side
Former Test umpire Dickie Bird believes Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq should be acquitted of the charges levelled against him following the controversial fourth Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: ECB may not buy Aussie ump idea
England are unlikely to support a plan to scrap neutral umpires for this winter's Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: Haq focused on cricket
Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq has decided to put behind the Oval Test row and bring his focus back on cricket with the start of the ODI series against England this week.
 arrow Cricket: Hair snubbed by county
Controversial umpire Darrell Hair now finds himself out of favour in English domestic cricket as well with the Players' Association and some sections of ECB questioning his credibility to stand in county
 arrow Massa makes it first
Ferrari's Felipe Massa celebrated an emotional first Formula One victory in Turkey on Sunday while Renault's Fernando Alonso won an epic duel with title rival Michael Schumacher.
 arrow Football: Metzelder out with injury
Germany coach Joachim Loew will be without all four of his World Cup central defenders for the start of their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign on Sept.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho out of Vigo clash
Spanish and European champions Barcelona will be without their influential Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho for their opening match of the season against Celta Vigo on Monday.
 arrow Football: Reyes wants out of England
Arsenal's Spanish international striker Jose Antonio Reyes insisted Sunday that his Premiership career is over.
 arrow Football: Rio to sit out qualifiers
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand looks certain to be ruled out of England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia after suffering a suspected broken toe.
 arrow Football: Betis bid for Odonkor
Spanish side Real Betis have launched a bid for Borussia Dortmund's German international winger David Odonkor, the German club confirmed Sunday.
 arrow Football: Keane closer to Sunderland job
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane took a step closer to taking over the helm at Sunderland, by visiting the club's training facilities on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Incidents like Phulbari to continue if 4-party govt remains in power
Leaders of Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said unfortunate incidents, such as Phulbari killings where police shot seven people dead, will continue across the country as long
 arrow Cop action condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned police attacks on Saturday's National Committee to Protect Oil and Gas rally in Dinajpur that left seven killed and 300 injured.
 arrow Parents seek justice
Parents of a school going girl yesterday appealed to the authorities concerned for the trial of those who forced their daughter to commit suicide on June 9.
 arrow GNG stations across country in phases
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said compressed natural gas (CNG) stations would be set up in phases across the country.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshis in Thakurgaon
Border Security Force (BSF) of India returned bodies of two Bangladeshi young farmers through a Company Commander level flag meeting held on Dharmagarh border under Ranishankoil upazila of Thakurgaondistrict
 arrow 'Militants issue death threats under govt shelter'
Seventeen eminent personalities of the country have strongly condemned the death threats to Prof Hasan Azizul Haque of Rajshahi University (RU) and Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science
 arrow Family members for transfer of case to DB
Family members of a housewife, believed to be killed or under unlawful confinement by her husband's family, yesterday called for transferring the case to detective branch (DB) of police.
 arrow Regional meet on trauma victims begins
The inaugural session of a four-day regional meeting of International Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (IRCT), started in the city yesterday aiming at making a powerful regional strategy in Asia
 arrow Islami Oikya Jote faction threatens to quit 4-party
Maulana Ijharul Islam Chowdhury, president of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote, yesterday threatened to quit the four-party alliance if their demand for sharing seats in the upcoming election is not met
 arrow BNP lawmakers blast foreign ministry
BNP lawmakers yesterday blasted the foreign ministry for the slow pace in implementing the recommendations made by a parliamentary body.
 arrow Explain why appointment of two DCs not illegal
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain why the appointment of deputy commissioners (DC) of Barguna and Chapainawabganj as district magistrate on May 18 should not be declared
 arrow Punishment to JCD men demanded
Students against Repression on Jahangirnagar University (JU) Campus, a newly formed platform to resist repression, brought out a procession on the campus yesterday demanding punishment to the Jatiyatabadi
 arrow One suspect arrested
The three-member committee comprising Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Detective Branch (DB) yesterday started investigation into Chowbaria five murder case taking in consideration the outlaws'
 arrow Nazrul's death anniversary observed
The 30th death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as Bidrohi Kobi (Rebel Poet), was observed across the country yesterday with due respect and tribute.
 arrow Trader robbed of Tk 12 lakh, 3 arrested
Muggers snatched over Tk 12 lakh from a businessman at Motijheel in the city yesterday.
 arrow President condoles death of peacekeepers
President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of six Bangladeshi peacekeepers in a road accident in Ivory Coast.
 arrow Strike in all educational instts today
Pragotishil Chhatra Jote, a combine of left-leaning student organisations, yesterday called a student strike in all educational institutions across the country for today.
 arrow Sri Lankan envoy calls on Hasina
New Sri Lankan High Commi-ssioner V Krishnamurti made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday.
 arrow DU examinations postponed
All academic activities including examinations and classes of Dhaka University (DU) scheduled for today have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Chevening Society executives
Afifa Raihana, coordinator of Knowledge Centre of SEDF, IFC World Bank Group, has been elected president and Abu Naser Rajib, lecturer of Media and Communication at Independent University, Bangladesh(IUB),
Nationalarrow Jhenidah CS office accused of taking Tk 1cr bribes
Alleged graft by Jhenidah civil surgeon's office in appointing people to 36 posts and written complaint to the parliamentary committee against the CS by three ruling party MPs in this regard is now atalk
 arrow Police put on high alert in south-western region
All police stations, outposts and temporary camps in Khulna metropolitan city and 16 other districts of south-western region were put on 'high alert' from Friday midnight in apprehension of subversive
 arrow Another election, fresh pledge
The villagers solved their problem, at least for the time being, as political leaders flouted their promises. This time are waiting to see whether the prime minister's pledge comes true.
 arrow Case finally filed against 27 Bhaluka militants
Four of the 27 alleged Islamist militants --Muhibullah, Abul Hossain, Omar Faruque, and Ibrahim arrested from Bhaluka earlier this month were produced in a court in Mymensingh yesterday after their 7-day
 arrow Rift in Magura AL widens
Intra-party rift in Magura distirct Awami League (AL) widened yesterday as two rival factions brought out separate processions and held discussion meetings in the town in observance of Bangabandhu's death
 arrow Shelter for 'repressed' AL men in Khagrachhari
The district Awami League (AL) has opened a 'camp' and a 'gruel kitchen' at the district town for about 200 party activist who fled homes in outlying areas allegedly due to repression by ruling partymen.
 arrow PSTU Vice-chancellor removed
Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wahid-uz-Zaman was removed yesterday.
 arrow BNP man seeks ticket saying party MP 'unpopular'
A BNP leader has called party lawmaker from Netrakona-1 constituency (Durgapur, Kalmakanda upazilas) 'inefficient and unpopular' and declared his candidature from the area in next parliamentary election.
Point-Counterpointarrow Urgency of demarcating maritime boundary with Myanmar
My attention has been drawn to the article "Of Bangladesh-Myanmar sea boundary" published on July 7 in the DS.
 arrow The paradox of development and prosperity
Development and prosperity might mean the same. But had these been synonymous then the most prosperous countries should have been the most developed.
 arrow Growing business prospect of Islamic banking
In the global banking industry, Islamic banking is considered one of the fastest growing segments, with multi-billion dollars worth of assets under management.
Culturearrow A torchbearer of Lalon songs
THESE days, whenever one is in a dilemma as to the authenticity of lyrics or tune of Lalon songs, one turns to Fakir Abdul Karim Shah to determine the authenticity of the songs composed by Fakir Lalon
 arrow Music to raise awareness on drug abuse
'Say no to drugs' was echoed by thousands of youngsters who vowed to launch a nationwide movement against drug abuse.
 arrow Srijon stages 50th musical programme
Noted music director Robin Ghosh was honoured on the last day of the two-day musical soiree titled Phele Asha Diner Gaan organised by Srijon at the National Museum. The event began on August 26.
 arrow Drive for drama in Rajshahi
A Natyo Abhijatra (drive for drama) began in Rajshahi theatre Padma Rangamancha recently. Eminent litterateur Proffessor Hasan Azizul Haque inaugurated the ceremony.
Internationalarrow Red Cross ferries 150 foreigners to safety
The Red Cross ferried 150 foreigners to safety from the besieged Jaffna peninsula Sunday as the Sri Lankan military claimed it killed 12 Tamil Tigers when repulsing a rebel attack on an army position.
 arrow No change to Indo-US nuke deal: Manmohan
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured top Indian nuclear scientists on Saturday that the country would not accept any significant changes to a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with theUnited
 arrow Coalition soldier, 10 Taliban killed
Insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan left one Nato-led coalition soldier dead and seven wounded yesterday, while police killed 10 suspected Taliban militants who struck a government compound, officials
 arrow US cities deploy fish to ward off terrorists
It’s no bait-and-switch scam: a California company has deployed a crack team of Bluegill fish to guard America's drinking water from potential terror attacks. Intelligent Automation Corp.
 arrow Pak rebels extend truce
Pro-Taliban militants have extended a ceasefire with Pakistani forces for two weeks in a restive tribal region on the Afghan border, officials said on Saturday.
 arrow New head prepares for mission impossible
The new head of Sri Lanka's truce monitors takes over a team cut by nearly half this week amid warnings by his predecessor of "mission impossible" to satisfy both sides in the vicious separatist conflict.
 arrow S Lebanon villages still without aid
Many villages in southern Lebanon devastated by clashes between Israel and Hezbollah are still without aid two weeks after an end to the fighting, a top European aid official said yesterday.
 arrow Israel PM faces tough choices on Lebanon war probe
Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert mulled yesterday whether to set up a powerful state commission to examine the conduct of the Lebanon war amid increasing calls for him to do so.
 arrow Iran test-fires missile
Iran yesterday test-fired a sub-to-surface missile in the Persian Gulf during large-scale military exercises, state-run television reported.
 arrow N Korea warns of 'counter-measures' against sanctions
North Korea has warned it will take "all necessary counter-measures" against US financial sanctions amid reports the communist state may be preparing for a nuclear test.
 arrow Bombs rock Baghdad
A car bomb blasted a state-run newspaper yesterday as police reported finding 20 bodies in Baghdad, one day after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki again called on ethnically and religiously divided Iraqis
 arrow Indian floods kill 93 in desert state
At least 93 people were killed and dozens more are missing in massive floods caused by monsoon rains that have swamped the normally drought-prone desert state of Rajasthan, reports said yesterday.
 arrow 'Indians prefer Sonia as PM over Singh'
Indians would prefer ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi as the prime minister to incumbent Manmohan Singh, who took up the job she refused, a poll published over the weekend said.
 arrow Kidnapped Fox News journalists released
Militants freed two Fox News journalists yesterday in the Gaza Strip, ending a nearly two week hostage drama in which one of the former captives said they were forced at gunpoint to make statements, including
Editorialarrow Editorial: Get rid of trigger-happy attitude
We note with concern the increasing tendency among the law and order forces to open fire on public demonstrations.
 arrow Editorial: We condole their deaths
We are greatly shocked to learn that six Bangladeshi peacekeepers were killed in a road crash in Ivory Coast on Friday.
 arrow A requiem for justice subverted
Mystery continues to surround the deadly grenade attack on AL's anti-terror rally two years ago -- thanks to the establishment's seemingly deliberate policy of obfuscating the truth, which can at once
 arrow End of the beginning
Washington: On Friday, August 25, the Washington Post published a startling story from its Baghdad bureau.
 arrow All in the name of God
Every religion proclaims God as a supreme authority who decides our fate and destiny.
Letters to Editorarrow Int'l Youth Day
Youth has been defined as the supreme strength of society. Youth is the token of a dream where the theme is novelty and creativity.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman
It's a sad day for lovers of literature in general and poetry in particular, regardless of geographic or political boundary, to have to say goodbye to poet Shamsur Rahman.
 arrow The roots
Jatra, an indigenous, open-stage popular play of rural Bengal, is now inhaling its last breathes due to negligence, cultural decay and fundamentalism.
 arrow Legal status of ‘living together'
The phrase 'Living together' goes with the sense of cohabitation between an adult male and a female who are not united by lawful marriage.
 arrow Racist umpire
The incident at the Brit Oval during the Pakistan-England match was a clear indication that racism is still a factor in world cricket.
 arrow Thanks, Mr. Lifschultz
Thanks to Mr. Lawrence Lifschultz for his write-up entitled "The Taher I knew" (DS, July 23).
 arrow BoI-CPD
I do not want to say that Mr. Mahmudur Rahman did the right thing.
 arrow Dramas and ads
I am quite shocked seeing some advertisements on Bangladeshi channels, which use offensive words. It is also noticeable that some TV drama serials use vulgar words.
 arrow Confused viewer
I was just watching a TV show in a private channel. It was about picking a very glamorous girl from a bunch and ultimately shooting her to stardom. These sorts of programmes are on the rise.
 arrow Transhipment of Indian goods
Bangladesh is almost totally surrounded by India from the west, north and east.
Star Cityarrow Anarchy reigns city public transport system
To the unrelenting suffering of thousands of commuters every day, city taxi drivers, three wheelers and buses have created an anarchic situation in the public transport system, either refusing to go to
 arrow No safety and compensation for the construction workers
Unsafe work conditions kill or inflict serious injuries to hundreds of construction workers every year in Dhaka without the victims receiving proper compensation.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What is your first memory of Dhaka?
Syed Manzoorul Islam (SMI): It was really a happy memory.

 arrow Sheraton adds to the epicurean delight
"Everybody likes to experiment and this is one good reason for the origination of British fusion food," said Partha Mittra.
 arrow Fuel crisis causes long queues
Long queues at compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the city are back again.
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