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Front Pagearrow Phulbari protesters block roads, railway
The indefinite strike in Phulbari of Dinajpur seeking ouster of the Asia Energy continued for the third consecutive day yesterday while the government has yet to take measures to meet the six-point demand
 arrow Law enforcers asked to follow CrPC
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed law enforcing agencies, with emphasis on Rapid Action Battalion, to follow the provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in cases of arrests of citizens.
 arrow Niko cashes in on misleading report
A misleading report on Bangladesh's losing a lawsuit at an US court against Niko for $250 million compensation in the Tengratila gas field blowout is helping the controversial explorer reap benefit at
 arrow Defiant Oli sticks to his guns
Ruling BNP's dissident leader Oli Ahmad defended his statements against the 'adulterers, corrupt leaders, and haughty plunderers' and urged the people to unite against them since there is no alternative
 arrow Innocent man on death row set free
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered immediate release of innocent Shah Alam Babu from jail, saving him from walking the gallows.
 arrow PM wants army's effective role in holding fair polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed her conviction that members of the armed forces will play their effective role in holding the forthcoming national election in a free, fair and neutral manner,
 arrow Magistrate forced to give firing order
Several witnesses to Saturday's carnage in Phulbari claim that the magistrate on duty did not want to give orders for firing on the demonstrators, rather the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel forced him
 arrow Man walks street in search of his son's body
A father was seen walking the streets of Phulbari in Dinajpur district yesterday with the front page of a national daily's August 27 issue featuring a photo of his 13-year-old son who died in BDR firing
 arrow Last date for voter list on display ends today
The time limit for keeping the updated voter list open for public inspection at local government and election offices expires today with many areas in the country yet to see the list displayed at these
 arrow Continued Violence...

 arrow 85percent in Khagrachhari turned voters
Believe it or not-- at least 85 percent of the total population in Khagrachhari district have become voters.
 arrow Malaysian govt's policy of outsourcing may violate labour rights
Two human rights organisations -- Malaysia-based Tenaganita and the Philippines-based Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) -- apprehend that the Malaysian government's policy of using outsourcing companies to recruit
 arrow Saudi bid for Rupali sent for PM's nod
The Privatisation Commission yesterday sent the bid of $330 million offered by the Saudi prince for buying 67.26 per cent shares of the state-run Rupali Bank to the prime minister for final approval.
 arrow Scrap deal with Asia Energy
Citizens' Commission on Gas, Oil and Coal yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the contract with Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) and suggested extracting coal only after formulating an acceptable
 arrow Commuters trapped in snarl-up
Thousands of commuters in the port city yesterday faced untold sufferings as a ban was imposed on vehicular movements on some main thoroughfares to ensure security of the prime minister, creating a severe
 arrow Delivery of judgment starts in HC
The High Court (HC) yesterday started to deliver judgment in the death reference case of seven militants, including banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and his deputy Siddiqul
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition alliance enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country today to protest the killing of five people by the law enforcers at Phulbari in Dinajpur on August
 arrow C&F agents ransack customs office at ICD
Angry clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents yesterday went berserk inside the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Kamalapur and damaged the customs office in protest at a serious backlog of container deliveries.
 arrow 3 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Three members of the infamous 'Lalchad Bahini' (gang) were killed in separate incidents of shootout between the criminals and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Daulatpur upazila of the district in the
 arrow FBCCI, BCI for scrapping Asia Energy deal
Country's top business leaders yesterday demanded cancellation of the current agreement with the Asia Energy for exploring the Phulbari coalmine site.
 arrow Saifur critical of local govt bodies for fund waste
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday criticised the local government institutions for their failure to ensure accountability and reluctance to raise taxes.
 arrow Hearing held on govt petition for withdrawal
A Dhaka court yesterday heard the government petition for withdrawal of the Constable Abu Naser murder case filed in February 2001 against Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas, his brother Dhaka
 arrow US renews threat of sanctions against Iran
Three days before a UN Security Council deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment or face possible sanctions, the United States on Monday again raised the prospect of unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
 arrow Iraq agrees to truce with Shia militias
Government forces agreed a truce yesterday with Shia militia fighters after violent clashes south of Baghdad, as Iraq reeled from a three-day bout of bloodshed in cities across the country.
Businessarrow Fate of law on consumer rights hangs in balance
Uncertainty now looms large over enacting a law to protect rights of the consumers, which is also aimed at maintaining commodity price at a tolerable level, during the tenure of the present government
 arrow Huge Pak investment in textile sector likely
Pakistani entrepreneurs expressed their keen interest to invest in Bangladesh textile sector, said FPCCI President Chaudhry Muhammad Saeed, leader of the visiting Pak 39-member business team, at a meeting
 arrow US firm to buy India's Matrix Lab for $736m
US generic drug manufacturing major Mylan Laboratories has announced the largest takeover deal in Indian pharmaceutical sector by agreeing to buy Matrix Laboratories for up to 736 million dollars in cash
 arrow Asian workers missing out on stellar growth: ILO
Asian workers are missing out on the region's stellar growth, facing longer hours and lower pay than elsewhere and this imbalance has to be addressed, the UN Labor agency said Tuesday.
 arrow GP Dear offer available until Sept 30
The special GP Dear package offer for "Thankyou Crown" members will be available from September 1 to September 30, 2006.
 arrow Emirates' special offers for Beijing
Emirates is ramping up the excitement for the launch of its services to Beijing with a range of special offers, says a press release.
 arrow China to spend $60b on better work safety
China plans to spend about 60 billion dollars over the next five years to make its notoriously dangerous industrial sector at least a little safer, state media said Tuesday. China counted 3.
 arrow $4.31m knitting, dyeing pant to be set up in Adamjee EPZ
M/s Maa Knitting and Dying Industries Ltd will invest US$ 4.31 million in Adamjee Export Processing Zone to set up a knitting and dyeing pant that will create employment opportunities for 233 Bangladeshis.
 arrow S'pore, Malaysia stand to gain from economic cooperation
Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said Tuesday cooperation between the city-state and Malaysia will be a boost to the economies of the two neighbours.
 arrow Thai airport fees to go up
Air passengers will be asked to pay heavier departure taxes from early next year, Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) said Monday. The international departure tax would be increased by Bt200 to Bt700 (US$5.
 arrow Malaysia to look at nuclear energy if oil hits $100
Malaysia may consider nuclear power generation if the price of oil goes over 100 dollars a barrel, Science and Technology Minister Jamaluddin Jarjis said in a report Tuesday.
 arrow Dollar weaker in Asia
The dollar was weaker against its major rivals in Asian trade Tuesday as the market awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve's August meeting and a survey of US consumer confidence, dealers said.
 arrow Unilever offloads frozen foods business to Permira
Anglo-Dutch food group Unilever said Monday it had agreed to sell much of its European frozen foods business to private equity firm Permira for 1.7 billion euros (2.2 billion dollars).
 arrow Oil steady above $70
Oil held above $70 a barrel on Tuesday as worries about Iran's determination to press ahead with its nuclear program helped to halt a steep sell-off.
 arrow China offers to help restart WTO talks
China is willing to help restart WTO talks but wants to see developed countries make "substantial contributions" first, a state news agency on Tuesday quoted China's commerce minister as telling a top
 arrow Seminar on CNG use
A seminar titled 'CNG as alternative fuel-helpful for environment and economy', jointly organised by Bangladesh CNG Filling Station & Conversion Workshop Owners Association and Rupantarito Prakritik Gas
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees talk of the team
Bangladesh cricket team's preparations for the upcoming ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy got underway yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and newly appointedvice-captain
 arrow Football: Sylhet upset DU
Sylhet managed to qualify to the semifinals of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship after an ill-tempered and ugly 1-1 stalemate with Dhaka University at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC cancels its meeting
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Monday that its emergency board meeting in Dubai on Saturday, called following Pakistan's forfeit of the fourth Test against England, had been cancelled.
 arrow SL, Maldives to host SAFF 2007
Sri Lanka and the Maldives will jointly host the next South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in October 2007.
 arrow Hockey: Wari, Nadim complete hattrick
Nadim Hossain struck the first hattrick of the hockey season as he guided Wari Club to their third win in as many matches in the Green Delta Insurance Metropolis First Division Hockey beating Combined
 arrow Cricket: Academy 1st one-dayer washed out
The first one-day match between the visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Cricket Academy and Pakistan National Academy was called off due to heavy rain at Sheikhupura yesterday.
 arrow Football: Showkat sinks Dighinala
Manikchhari reached the semifinals after they trounced Dighinala 4-0 in the DC Cup football tournament at the Khagrachhari Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Shadhinota KS drown Paihadi
A string of hattricks powered Shadhinota Krira Shangha past Paihadi Agragati Jubo Shangha 11-0 in the Pioneer Football League at the Bashabo Tarun Shangha ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Andre fights off Andrei
Eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi didn't quite make the opening statement he was looking for Monday but he still managed to survive a four-set marathon with Andrei Pavel at the US Open.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan issue warning
Pakistan put their off-field worries to one side by winning their inaugural Twenty20 international with a five-wicket success against England at Nevil Road here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Appeal setback for Milan
AC Milan failed to reach agreement with the Italian Football Federation at a court of conciliation on Tuesday, denting their hopes of overturning a punishment for their involvement in a Serie A match-fixing
 arrow Football: Makelele proud to play for France
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has insisted that he is not being treated by France coach Raymond Domenech like a slave, as claimed by his club coach Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: United table bid for Trezeguet
Manchester United have tabled a take-it-or-leave-it bid of 15 million pounds (28.5 million dollars) for Juventus' France international David Trezeguet, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB weighing Inzy selection
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to seek advice from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over whether to select captain Inzamamul Haq for the Champions Trophy, a senior official told Reuters on
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar glad to be back
Shoaib Akhtar said he was looking forward to playing his part in a "lethal" Pakistan one-day team during their forthcoming series against England.
 arrow Football: Georgia pins hopes on Toppmoller
Football-mad Georgia is hoping the combination of Teutonic discipline under new coach Klaus Toppmoller, technical skill and the creativity of its home-grown players will open the door for the country's
 arrow Cricket: Warne wants Aussie coach
Shane Warne wants Australia's next cricket coach to have international playing experience to bring on the country's next generation of players.
 arrow Football: Australia's football chief to quit
The man credited with playing a major role in putting the Socceroos on the world map, John O'Neill, will quit as Football Federation Australia chief executive next year, the organisation said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Donadoni tips Cassano to shine
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni predicted Monday that Antonio Cassano will shine again after almost 15 months in the international wilderness.
 arrow Football: South Africa funded $11 million
South Africa is to be handed 11 million dollars to fund an environmentally-friendly expansion of its public transport system for the 2010 World Cup, a world environmental agency said Monday.
 arrow Football: Kanu propels Pompey
Revived Nigerian international Nwankwo Kanu scored his second double of the season here on Monday as Portsmouth's outstanding start to the season continued with a 4-0 humbling of Middlesbrough.
 arrow Football: Sven was not 'expensive mistake'
Sven-Goran Eriksson was not an 'expensive failure' as England manager despite failing to get past the quarter-final stage of three major tournaments, his former employers the Football Association insisted
 arrow Football: Keane starts his new job
For a man renowned for his devotion to detailed preparation, Roy Keane can be remarkably spontaneous.
 arrow Football: Arsenal gunning for Tevez
Arsenal are set to make a 17 million pound move for want-away Argentina striker Carlos Tevez of Corinthians, newspapers reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'No chance' for Hargreaves to move
England international Owen Hargreaves has "no chance" of joining Manchester United from Bayern Munich before Thrsday's transfer dealine, his agent said.
 arrow Football: Forget about Downing: Southgate
England winger Stewart Downing will stay at Middlesbrough despite firm interest from Tottenham, according to his manager Gareth Southgate on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Chinese teenager for Inter Milan
Shanghai United's promising 17-year-old goalkeeper Wang Dalei left China on Tuesday for a week's trial at Italian club Inter Milan, the Shanghai Daily reported.
 arrow Football: Garcia moves on loan
Real Madrid announced Tuesday they have loaned their Uruguayan midfield stopper Pablo Garcia to fellow Spanish league side Celta Vigo.
 arrow Football: Drogba to Milan?
Chelsea striker Didier Drigba was spotted talking to AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliano in a Milan restaurant on Monday, sparking speculation in the Italian media of a possible move by the Italian
 arrow Football: Chappell the Mahisasura
With Sourav Ganguly's return to the Indian cricket team still uncertain, a local puja organiser from Kolkata is seeking divine intervention by depicting coach Greg Chappell as the demon 'Mahisasura' during
 arrow Cricket: Hair says sorry
Darrell Hair has apologised for the e-mail he sent offering to resign as an umpire in exchange for 500,000 dollars after the ball-tampering row which cut short the fourth Test between England and Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: Harmison out of Pak ODIs
England fast bowler Steve Harmison will miss the one-day series with Pakistan because of a nagging back problem.
 arrow Cricket: English fans taunt Inzy!
After facing umpire Darrell Hair's allegations over ball tampering, Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq is now the subject of taunts from England fans. 'Stop Scratching Your ...
Metropolitanarrow As election nears, PM tells lies in name of religion
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the prime minister (PM) for propagandising against her party in the name of religion for political
 arrow India keen to maintain good ties with neighbours
Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has said the main issue for India at the moment is to maintain good relations with its neighbours.
 arrow One third of countrymen have no access to media
Diversification of mass media is widening up the information gap between the rich and the poor, said the media experts at a national workshop yesterday.
 arrow Zia's dev plan for Ctg to continue: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the Shaheed Zia Smriti Complex at Kalurtghat from where Ziaur Rahman had proclaimed independence of the country.
 arrow Call to root out war criminals
Collaborators of the Pakistani army during the War of Liberation now carry the national flags in their vehicles, but days are not far away when they would be wiped out from this country, speakers at a
 arrow Hearing on petition for attachment of land Sept 28
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed September 28 for hearing on the petition filed by the decree-holder Uttara Bank Limited against Rawshan Ershad for attachment of 12 kathas of land along with its 14-storied
 arrow RMP to reduce poverty of 1.35 lakh haor people
A community based resource management project (RMP) of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) will reduce poverty of 135,000 poor households in Sunamganj haor (huge water body) area through
 arrow Project to prevent HIV, crime-related drug use
The home ministry and USAID formally launched a new collaborative tripartite project at a meeting in the city on Sunday to prevent HIV and crime-related drug use in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Non-machine readable passports to make no differences
Non-machine readable passports would make no differences to Bangladeshi citizens' chances of getting US visas, said Chief of Consular Section of American Embassy Elizabeth P Gourlay yesterday.
 arrow JCD cadres threaten JU cultural activists
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres who assaulted a female student and injured three others on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on August 21 have been threatening cultural activists who are carrying
 arrow Pro-Jamaat teachers' statement on Prof Hasan condemned
Two hundred one teachers loyal to Progressive Teachers' Society yesterday in a joint statement condemned the statement of 151 pro-Jamaat teachers who demanded withdrawal of a comment by Prof Hasan Azizul
 arrow Constable commits suicide in city
A police constable of Kafrul Police Station yesterday committed suicide at his residence at East Bhashantek in the city, police sources said.
 arrow College girl tries to commit suicide, now in coma
A college girl who made an attempt to commit suicide is lying in a coma at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) since Friday midnight.
 arrow Lawyers stage demonstration today
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad, a platform of lawyers, will stage countrywide demonstration today with a slogan 'Save the Court Save the Country' protesting ruling BNP-Jamaat alliance's recentmoves
 arrow NDI delegation arrives Sept 8
A three-member delegation of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs will arrive here on September 8 on a four-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Journalist Sunil Banerjee passes away
Noted journalist Sunil Banerjee died of cardiac arrest at his Mohammadpur residence in the city yesterday at the age of 59.
 arrow Minor domestic help tortured, confined to bathroom for five days
Family members of a Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) official allegedly kept a minor domestic help confined to a bathroom of their residence in Dinajpur for five days and the girl had to live only on water asshe
 arrow 1,475 more held
Police arrested 1,475 people from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Chemistry Olympiad from next yr
Bangladesh Chemical Society (BCS) will organise chemistry Olympiad annually from next year. The first such Olympiad will be held in next January.
 arrow 3,000 bottles of liquor seized
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard in an anti-smuggling drive yesterday seized around 3,000 bottles of foreign liquor worth over Tk 70 lakh with two engine boats from the outer anchorage of the Bay ofBengal.
 arrow Intra-party clashes foil AL procession in Chandpur
Intra-party clashes yesterday afternoon foiled a procession of Awami League (AL) in favour of today's daylong AL hartal in Chandpur town leaving at least 15 people injured.
 arrow Police action at Phulbari protested
Rajshahi University (RU) unit of the National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources-Electricity-Port yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus protesting Saturday's police attacks
Nationalarrow Appointment committee's meet postponed again
The crisis at Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has deepened and classes are not being held as the striking pro-opposition teachers are firm on their demand for removal of the Vice-chancellor.
 arrow Hizbut Towhid regrouping
Cadres of Hizbut Towhid, an Islamist militant outfit, are regrouping in remote areas of Tangail district.
 arrow Rift in B'baria AL widens further as election nears
Two rival factions of Awami League here are now engaged in mudslinging over nomination for the coming election, further widening the intra-party rift.
 arrow 14 hurt as AL, BNP clash over 'fake' voter list
At least 14 people including and a local Union Parishad chairman were injured in a cash between Awami League an BNP supporters in Tangibari over cancellation of fake voters.
 arrow One killed in stampede
An old man was killed in a stampede while trying to take ice distributed under VDG cards in Kazipara in the district yesterday.
 arrow Hartal observed in Alamdanga
A half-day hartal enforced by ruling BNP was observed in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district peacefully yesterday.
 arrow 2 Jubo League activists held
Police yesterday arrested two Jubo League activists in connection with attempt on former minister and Awami League (AL) leader Khaledur Rahman Tito.
Point-Counterpointarrow A look into the Public Procurement Act
It is widely believed that procurement, which means the purchasing, hiring or obtaining of goods, works and services by any contractual means, is the biggest source of corruption in the public sectorof
 arrow Jeopardising the judiciary
Polititicisation is out to eat into the vitals of our body politic. The last resort of justice that is the judiciary has also been inflicted severely in this surge of reckless politicisation.
 arrow A vanguard of secularism
August 28 was the 19th death anniversary of eminent philosopher and educationist Professor Sydur Rahaman.
Culturearrow 30th death anniversary of our National Poet observed
On the occasion of the 30th death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Nazrul Institute arranged a three-day long programme from August 27-29 at the Kabibhaban auditorium.
 arrow Upholding the tradition of Lalon's Akhra
In a large room adjacent to the Chhewria Lalon Dargah (shrine) in Kushtia district, now known as Lalon Academy Complex, live Fakir Bader Shah and his disciples-- Fakirani Shona Bibi and Bader's son Kanu.
 arrow Overlooked treasures of Shakhari Bazaar
A visit to Shakhari Bazaar can be a treat for architecture enthusiasts.
 arrow Final round of 'Bengal Bikash' to begin
The talent hunt programme of Bengal Foundation, Bengal Bikash has reached its final phase.
Generalarrow One killed in road accident
One person was killed and another injured critically in a rickshaw accident in the hill district.
 arrow Lightning kills one in Narsingdi
A boatman was killed and another injured by lightning at village Kacharikandi in Raipur upazila of Narsingdi on Monday. The deceased was identified as Abul Mia, 20.
 arrow Training for teachers of English medium schools held
Mike Anderson, senior training expert of Edxcel International, UK visited International Training Centre (ITC) at Bashundhara in the city recently to see the facilities and ICT-based training programme
Internationalarrow Troops halt advance amid fierce LTTE resistance
Sri Lankan troops facing heavy resistance halted an advance yesterday into territory held by the rebel Tamil Tigers, as the death toll from recent fighting hit 119, officials and guerrillas said.
 arrow Time for Israel to lift Lebanon blockade
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Tuesday it was time for Israel to lift a "humiliating" blockade on Lebanon and for the Lebanese to better secure their borders.
 arrow Katrina rebuilding 'long way off'
One year after Hurricane Katrina battered the US Gulf Coast and his political standing, President George W. Bush acknowledged on Monday that a complete recovery was still a long way off.
 arrow France ready to talk to Iran to end nuke crisis
Two days before a UN deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment, France offered on Tuesday to renew talks with Tehran to end the stand-off while still insisting it freeze sensitive nuclear work.
 arrow 1,500 rebels surrender in Baluchistan
Some 1,500 Pakistani tribal militants and their commanders surrendered to authorities in the southwestern province of Baluchistan yesterday, three days after the military killed a rebel chief, state media
 arrow Israeli PM under fire for 'fig-leaf' Lebanon war probe
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came under heavy criticism yesterday for announcing the creation of a committee of inquiry to examine the failures of the Lebanon war rather than a powerful independent
 arrow Ahmadinejad challenges Bush to TV debate
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday offered his US counterpart George W.
 arrow Nepali king to be questioned over crackdown
An inquiry panel will question Nepal's king about his role in the killing of pro-democracy activists in April, an official said yesterday, an unprecedented move in a nation which once revered its monarch.
 arrow Floods, landslides kill 31 in Nepal
Helicopters ferried people to higher ground in flood-devastated western Nepal after rains left at least 31 people dead, 63 missing and displaced tens of thousands, officials and media said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Phulbari flare-up
The very sad incident at Phulbari has raised a question mark on the competency of the government to handle a situation such as we witnessed there recently.
 arrow Editorial: ADP implementation hiccups
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman who has been the most articulate critic of recurrent pitfalls in the implementation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) is apparently faced with a problem
 arrow Of severed tongues and sliced human flesh
Picture the scene. Let your imagination come into play.
 arrow Killing Bugti was a mistake
The government claims that Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed by mistake. Even so it was a big political mistake.
 arrow Can the UN force hold peace in the Middle East?
The UN resolution 1701 of August 11 envisages the deployment of about 15,000 UN troops (UNIFIL) as peacekeepers between south Lebanon and Israel.
Letters to Editorarrow Fair election & democracy
Bangladesh is getting ready for another parliamentary election which is scheduled to be held in 2007. The credibility of this election will have an enormous impact on the future of the country.
 arrow New political front
I was very happy to see the news on Prof B. Chowdhury, President of Bikolpodhara, and Dr. Kamal Hossain, President of Gano Forum, finally launching a new front to contest the next elections.
 arrow National Women's Development Policy'97
National Women Development Policy'97 was a landmark event in our history for women's advancement. National Women's Development Policy (NWDP) was achieved through a long struggle launched by women.
 arrow Eminent modern poet
Poet Shamsur Rahman earned a permanent place in the hearts of Bengalees and will be remembered for his contribution to Bengali literature.
 arrow Buet in silence!
It has been a long time since Buet was closed indefinitely. The authorities are saying that they will announce no fresh date of exams before investigation into the vandalism on the campus is complete.
 arrow HM Ershad
I have the intuition that General Ershad is a formidable factor in national politics. His resilience has put him at par with good leaders.
 arrow BNP's political blunder
The BNP took a suicidal decision when they formed alliance with the Jamaat five years ago. Now, they are making another blunder by trying to bring Ershad and his party to their alliance.
 arrow Who will stop them?
While the month-long Shiite Hezbollah and Israel war in Lebanon caused 1000 Lebanese and 100 Israeli deaths, more than 3,000 Shiites were killed by the Sunni extremists in Iraq during the same period.
 arrow Civil Society and its adversaries
This refers to the recent deplorable events in which we have seen how people who think they are powerful went on to use that power only to expose themselves as paper tigers.
 arrow Campus
The Daily Star has started publishing a new magazine, Campus.
 arrow Good article
I would like to thank M Asadullah Khan for writing such a timely and down to earth piece on the calamitous situation of the capital. Today I can't recognise the city I came to 48 years ago.
 arrow David Beckham
Did he deserve to be in the English team or not? Steve McLaren did not keep him in the team. His view is to build the team for the next World Cup. He is the manager and has to take decisions.
 arrow Private and public universities
We cannot deny the great role of private universities in giving access to higher education to many deserving students who cannot be accommodated in the public universities due to seat shortage.
 arrow Secularism and this 'Muslim State'
I have carefully read the well-written article on the above subject. But I humbly submit that this discourse on Bengali versus Bangladeshi nationalism is just wastage of time and resources.
 arrow Road accidents
I fully endorse the views expressed by you in your editorial on road accidents. You have rightly pointed out that mini buses have become a menace in the city.
Star Chittagongarrow CDA plans to develop 900 more plots
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has started the process of implementing the second phase of project titled 'Kalpaloke Phase-II' at Bakolia along the river Karnaphuli.
 arrow Student wings set example for national leaders
While major political parties continue mudslinging, two leading student organisations here reach a rare consensus not to harass each other in their political activities.
Star Cityarrow Public funds down the drain
Millions of taka has been wasted by the Dhaka City corporation (DCC) in the name of unnecessary relocation of sewerage lines into Dhanmondhi Lake.
 arrow Defiance is the game!
Defying a High Court stay order, the occupier of Bangladesh Railway (BR) land in the Begubbari Canal has recently rented out portions of the land for commercial uses.
 arrow Dhaka: Home away from home
Louise-Georges Arsenault, Representative of United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), who has been living in Dhaka for the last ten months, shared his feelings about the city.
 arrow Stars Against Acid Violence

 arrow Ottis: An old name in creating fragrance
Meandering through the lanes of Armanitola and Mitford of Old Dhaka one's olfactory nerves will be tantalised from a strong and somewhat pungent smell emanating from a variety of perfume and chemicalshops.
 arrow Shaheed Anwara Park gets new lease of life
Shaheed Anwara Park, situated near the busy intersection of Farmgate, has recently turned into a safer place after renovation by the Public Works Department (PWD).
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