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Front Pagearrow Govt agrees to say 'no' to Asia Energy
Asia Energy will wrap up from Bangladesh and no open-pit mining will be allowed in the country, the government announced after a negotiation meeting in Parbatipur upazila yesterday as they agreed to meet
 arrow Islamic parties losing votes, forging alliance
Street level activities of Islamic political parties and organisations have been increasing over the last few years, but the Election Commission's (EC) documents show that the numbers of votes cast for
 arrow Gruelling hartal duty takes toll on cops' life
Exhausting duty for long hours without the minimum amenities often makes the life of policemen miserable while a few met the tragic end of life during the last couple of years.
 arrow BNP mulls action against Oli
The ruling BNP leadership plans to take action against its dissident leader Oli Ahmad soon for his 'aggressive' remarks against the party leadership on his return from abroad on Tuesday.
 arrow Launching of 'Jatiya Oikya Front' today
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Badruddoza Chowdhury, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain and Tarikat Federation Chairman Syed Najibul Bashar Maijbhandari will launch a new political alliance
 arrow IO plays down HC order, says he's right
The investigation officer (IO) of Liaqat murder case who was identified by the High Court (HC) as guilty for wrongly accusing innocent Shah Alam Babu in the name of Sundar Babu as a murderer said hisinvestigation
 arrow Sporadic clashes mark hartal
Sporadic clashes including an impromptu attack by picketers on Communications Minister Nazmul Huda's car with him in it in the capital marked yesterday's dawn to dusk countrywide hartal imposed by major
 arrow Confusion over cop's death during hartal
Confusion arose over the cause of death of an on-duty policeman during the hartal hours yesterday as the doctor concerned contradicted his own statement after state minister for home affairs visited the
 arrow Paralysed by hartal, locals still firm on preventing mining
Four days of continuous strike has virtually halted the economy of Phulbari town in Dinajpur but the locals still showed enormous zeal to prevent Asia Energy from extracting coal.
 arrow Time for voter list display extended till Sept 5
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday extended the display time of the updated voter list for public inspection up to September 5, as it failed to ensure displaying of the list in all areas within the
 arrow All vital samples damaged at Asia Energy sites
The Phulbari violence has extensively damaged all the valuable coal samples that Asia Energy had collected from various geological layers through drilling 108 test holes, sources said.
 arrow AL lawmaker walks out of JS body meet
Awami League lawmaker Abdus Shahid walked out of a parliamentary body meeting yesterday in protest of the Phulbari killing, saying the administration has failed to save the people.
 arrow 300-yr old temple left in ruins
The Jor-Bangla (twin-hut) Temple in Pabna, one of the most important archaeological sites of the country, has lost its ornamental beauty over the years due to lack of proper maintenance.
 arrow Loan default up 34pc in six months
The volume of defaulted loans in the banking system rose by 34 per cent to stand at Tk 23,465 crore in June this year from Tk 17,509 crore in December last year.
 arrow AL parliamentary team goes to Phulbari today
An Awami League (AL) parliamentary team goes to Phulbari in Dinajpur today to investigate Saturday's killing of demonstrators by police and BDR there.
 arrow Six to die for murder
A Speedy Trial Tribunal in Barisal yesterday handed down death sentences to six people and acquitted four others for the murder of one Sayedur Rahman Milon on February 24, 2005.
 arrow Devoted to world of creation
At a time when growing numbers of skilled traditional musical instrument makers are leaving their inherited profession, Kalipada Das of Dhamrai is a warrior against all odds and still holding on to the
 arrow Bangla Bhai's aide held in Rajshahi
Police yesterday arrested a close aide of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) linchpin Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai who is also a member of JMJB killing squad at Baghmara.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers' sit-in on Sept 17
Non-government primary school teachers demanding nationalisation of their jobs under the banner of Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association yesterday rescheduled their sit-in-programme from
 arrow 8,000 govt employees to get pay rise
The Cabinet Committee on salary fixation yesterday decided in principle to increase salary scales of around 8,000 government officers and employees including the district election officers.
 arrow Indian minister for settling enclave issue thru' talks
Indian State Minister for Home Affairs S Raghupathy yesterday stressed the need for resolving the enclave and outstanding border issues between Bangladesh and India through discussion.
 arrow Series of bombings in Iraq kills 74
Insurgents killed at least 74 Iraqis and wounded scores in a series of shootings and bombings on Wednesday, including one in a crowded Baghdad market and another at a military recruitment centre.
 arrow Israel rejects UN call to lift Lebanon blockade
Israel rejected a call by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday to lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon, saying it would only end the 7-week-old siege once all aspects of a ceasefire were in place.
 arrow Lanka troops killed 17 aid workers
Sri Lanka yesterday rejected as "outrageous" a ruling by independent ceasefire monitors that government forces were responsible for the massacre of 17 employees of a French charity.
Businessarrow NBR's move to resolve importers' harassment
In a bid to curb irregularities in PSI companies, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) sits today to decide on appointing an international audit firm to regulate the tasks of the pre-shipment inspection
 arrow First local clinker plant may go into production by Dec
Country's investment board chief has expressed pride in his role in encouraging foreign and local entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Relocation of Pak textile units to Bangladesh likely
The visiting delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) yesterday expressed interest to relocate their textile industries to Bangladesh.
 arrow Sonamasjid to function as full-fledged land port soon
Sonamasjid Land Customs station, the second largest revenue-earning land customs station in the country in Chapainawabganj, is going to function as a full-fledged land port soon.
 arrow 'Asia needs decent works to get rid of poverty'
Asia needs more than just jobs it needs "decent work" that can lift people out of poverty and provide basic labor rights, governments as well as business and labor groups said Wednesday at a U.N. conference.
 arrow Developing states to get IMF quota hike soon
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Rodrigo Rato said on Wednesday the China, South Korea, Turkey and Mexico could win increased fund quotas "in a few days" in a first stage of reforms
 arrow US poverty rate flat
The number of Americans living below the poverty line stabilised last year at 37 million after going up for the four years previously, the US Census Bureau said Tuesday. A total of 12.
 arrow Forex reserve crosses record $3.55b
The country's foreign exchange reserve crossed record US$3.55 billion mark yesterday.
 arrow Local firm to invest $4m in Adamjee EPZ
A local business house Scandex Group, also known as M/s Scandex Knitwear Ltd, is going to set up a knit garment unit in Adamjee Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 4 million.
 arrow HSBC to set up business development office in CEPZ
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh will set up a business development office in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) to promote and expedite export processing for
 arrow EBL launches debit, pre-paid cards for students today
With student file launched earlier, Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) now adds three new products under a financial package styled 'EBL Campus'.
 arrow New executives of IFFAB
International Freight Forwarders Association of Bangladesh (IFFAB) elected a new executive committee with Rafi Omar and Amiya Shanker Barman as its president and general secretary respectively.
 arrow Square Toiletries wins gold award for industrial excellence
Square Toiletries Limited has achieved gold award in the Saarc country category for industrial excellence in 2006.
 arrow India seeks FTA with EU
India wants to sign a free trade agreement with the European Union, Indian Trade Minister Kamal Nath said in an interview to appear Wednesday in the German newspaper Handelsblatt.
 arrow Oil prices up slightly
Oil prices rose slightly Wednesday as traders awaited the weekly U.S. inventories report as well as the upcoming U.N. deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment or face possible sanctions.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB in Bashar dilemma
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in a tight spot about the inclusion of injured captain Habibul Bashar in the 14-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in India during October-November.
 arrow Cricket: Hair in 'big trouble'
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has said umpire Darrell Hair is now in "big trouble" as the ball-tampering row took a new twist.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan restrict England
Mohammad Asif continued his fine form with an outstanding opening spell at Cardiff, removing England's three main batsmen as Pakistan took an early grip on the first one-day international at Sophia Gardens
 arrow Football: BFF postpones players' bourse
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally suspended the much-talked about players' transfer for the first-ever Professional Football League (PFL) which was to start tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: Academy's first loss
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Academy conceded a seven wicket defeat in the first one-day match against hosts Pakistan Cricket Academy at the Sialkot Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Hosts romp to final
Khagrachhari trounced Mohalchhari 3-1 to confirm their final berth in the DC Gold Cup Football tournament at the Khagrachhari Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters off to S'pore
Bangladesh Under-17 football team leaves for Singapore tomorrow morning to take part in the final phase of the AFC U-17 Football Championship to be held between September 3-17.
 arrow Cricket: Greg reduces Indian team into pieces!
India's cricket coach Greg Chappell has devised a novel method to improve his players' performance: divide the national squad in small pieces.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to film first-class matches
Dissatisfied with the system of rating umpires based on captains' reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to film all first-class domestic matches and some selected junior
 arrow Football: Eto'o calls for humility
Barcelona marksman Samuel Eto'o believes the Spanish and Eu-ropean cham-pions will have to knuckle down and start from scratch if they are to challenge for any of the trophies they won last season.
 arrow Football: 'Theo must wait'
England manager Steve McClaren has told teenage prodigy Theo Walcott he must gain more experience before he can expect an international recall.
 arrow Football: Lampard sharper than ever
Frank Lampard has put his poor World Cup form behind him and is sharper than ever ahead of England's opening Euro 2008 qualifiers, his Chelsea teammate John Terry claims.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho hits back at newspaper claims
Barcelona striker Ronaldinho has angrily denied claims by a Moroccan newspaper that he showed indifference to the suffering of Lebanese children killed in the recent war with Israel.
 arrow Football: Sevilla thrash Levante
UEFA CUP winners Seville, who shocked Barcelona last week to lift the European Super Cup, rolled over promoted Levante 4-0 on Tuesday to shoot out of the blocks in Spain's Primera Liga, Kepa Gonzaleznetting
 arrow Football: Loew pleads for earlier kick-offs
Germany coach Joachim Loew has launched an appeal for earlier kick-off times for their Euro 2008 qualifiers so that his players do not keep going to bed in the early hours of the morning.
 arrow Football: Milan courting Robinho
Italian giants AC Milan have had a 25-million-euro bid for Brazilian forward Robinho rejected by Real Madrid, according to AS sports daily here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Adios to six million
Zinedine Zidane has kissed goodbye to six million euros, the salary he would have received for the final year of his contract at Real Madrid before retiring at the end of last season.
 arrow Football: Rosicky elected Czech captain
Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky was elected captain of the Czech Republic team by his teammates for the duration of the Euro 2008 qualifiers it was announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Buffon slams FIFA
Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon on Tuesday slammed FIFA for the two-match ban they gave Marco Materazzi for his role in the dismissal of Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Ice cool Buffon
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes the Azzurri can handle the extra weight of expectation that comes with being world champions.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo makes light of bust-up
Cristiano Ronaldo claims reports of a bust-up with Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney after Portugal's World Cup quarterfinal win were, like England's penalties that day, wide of the mark.
 arrow Football: Celtic secure Gravesen
Scottish champions Celtic have signed Denmark midfielder Thomas Gravesen from Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA backs Makelele
Fifa has hinted that Chelsea's Claude Makelele could have gone through with his decision to quit internationals.
 arrow Football: Mido itching for action
Egypt striker Mido said Tuesday he can't wait to pull a Tottenham shirt back on after agreeing to rejoin Spurs from Roma.
 arrow Football: 'Knuckle down Owen'
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn has told teammate Owen Hargreaves to roll up his sleeves and accept the fact that his dream of joining English titans Manchester United is now over.
 arrow Football: Vieri joins Atalanta
Journeyman striker Christian Vieri has signed a one-year contract with Atalanta, the newly-promoted Serie A side has confirmed.
 arrow Football: Juve sure Trezeguet staying
Juventus director Alessio Secco insisted Tuesday that France international David Trezeguet will not leave the scandal-hit Turin club to join English Premiership giants Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Sorin close to Hamburg switch
SV Hamburg hope to pull off a major transfer coup before the transfer deadline with Argentina international captain Juan Pablo Sorin expected for a medical on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Villa complete Petrov swoop
Aston Villa signed Bulgaria midfielder Stilian Petrov from Scottish champions Celtic on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kohler at Ivorian helm
Former West Germany defender Juergen Kohler has been named Ivory Coast's new coach, charged with getting the team to the 2008 African Nations Cup finals, the Ivorian football federation said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pup eyes the runs
Michael Clarke says getting runs in October's ICC Champions Trophy in India is crucial to his chances of playing in the much-anticipated Ashes cricket series against England later this year.
 arrow Football: 'Criterion should be merit, not colour'
Kevin Pietersen says heartbreaking racial quotas forced him into making the biggest decision of his life, to quit his native South Africa and move to England.
 arrow Football: Cole urged to be positive
With the transfer deadline almost up Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has urged Ashley Cole to adopt the right attitude if his move to Chelsea falls through.
 arrow Basketball: Greece to face US stars
European champion Greece broke away in the final period for a 73-56 quarterfinal win over France on Wednesday at the World Basketball Championship, sustaining hope for a first-ever global medal.
 arrow Football: Bellamy can be Welsh ace
Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy can help Wales mount a serious challenge for a place at Euro 2008 according to his international teammate Danny Gabbidon.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs coming to India?
South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs is likely to travel to India for the Champions Trophy in October as significant efforts are being made to resolve any legal issues regarding his and Nicky Boje's questioning
 arrow Cricket: ICC confirms Pak request
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed Tuesday they had received a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold an inquiry into the conduct of Darrell Hair regarding the Australian
 arrow Cricket: Warne planning ahead of time
The Ashes are still almost three months away but Shane Warne is already busy plotting Australia's revenge.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies differ with Pak idea
Australia's cricketers are opposed to a Pakistan proposal to abolish the laws on ball tampering.
Metropolitanarrow Election to be held as per constitution: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her assertion that the upcoming general election will be held in time under the caretaker system in accordance with the constitution, as happened in the
 arrow Govt continues to violate constitution
The BNP-Jamaat alliance is making new records everyday with regard to the violation of the constitution and politicisation of the judiciary, said eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain at a protest rally yesterday.
 arrow 'Political influence a threat to efficacy of arbitration'
Growing political influence in rural areas is posing a threat to the efficacy of community arbitration, which is playing an important role in resolving local and family disputes, speakers at a workshop
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria and Rangpur yesterday and Tuesday night.
 arrow Recruit more seamen
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday requested Cyprus to recruit more Bangladeshi seamen for the seafaring European country.
 arrow Ctg customs officer strangled
Police recovered the body of a customs officer from Nasirabad Residential Area in the port city on Tuesday midnight.
 arrow Bakery, shop fined Tk 2.10 lakh in Ctg
A mobile court yesterday fined a bakery and a shop Tk 2.10 lakh in the port city for producing and marketing vermicelli without approval from Bangladesh Standard Testing Institute (BSTI).
 arrow Biogas plants can save Tk 400 cr a yr
Setting up of biogas plants can save Tk 400 crore annually in the energy sector, a recent study of the Ministry of Science and ICT said.
 arrow 14-party to hold countrywide rallies from Sept 10 to 15
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine will hold rallies in all thana and upazila headquarters across the country from September 10 to 15 to intensify the ongoing agitation for reforms in the
 arrow Hearing Sept 26 on dropping case against Mirza Abbas' brother
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed September 26 for hearing on the government petition regarding withdrawal of the rickshaw-puller Asadul Haq murder case filed against Dhaka City Corporation Ward Commissioner
 arrow BNP founding anniversary programme begins tomorrow
The ruling BNP has chalked out a three-day central level programme and a daylong programme at city, district and thana levels, marking its 28th founding anniversary on September 1.
 arrow 16 cocktails recovered, mugger held in Chittagong
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday recovered 16 cocktails in the port city and held a mugger in this connection.
 arrow Situation tense in Netrokona border areas
A tense situation has been prevailing at Netrokona border belt as BSF did not free the youth who was abducted by them on Monday.
 arrow Transfer of case to Speedy Tribunal demanded
Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists (KMUJ) yesterday submitted two memorandums to the prime minister and the state minister for home affairs demanding steps to transfer journalist Belal murder case
 arrow 79 AL men get bail in case filed by BNP
Some 79 local Awami League leaders and workers yesterday got anticipatory bail from the High Court in a case filed by BNP men on August 15 over a clash in Sharsha upazila.
 arrow President, PM felicitate Malaysian counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia felicitated their Malaysian counterparts on the occasion of the National Day of Malaysia today.
 arrow Two bodies recovered in C'nawabganj
Chapainawabganj sadar police recovered the bodies of two people from two different places of sadar upazila on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal in Rangpur today
Rangpur Unnayan Parishad will observe a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district today.
 arrow Observe Sept 4 as 'Phulbari Day'
Different political and social organisations and the National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources-Electricity-Port yesterday urged all for observing September 4 as 'Phulbari Day'.
 arrow 300 JCD men take meals without paying bills
Rajshahi University central cafeteria authorities yesterday alleged that more than 300 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists had their meals on Tuesday without paying bills.
 arrow Two unidentified bodies recovered in city
Police recovered two unidentified bodies including a beheaded one of a minor girl from two different places in the city yesterday.
 arrow 3 extortionists held in Khulna
Three extortionists were arrested on Tuesday night at Sher-e-Bangla road under Sonadanga Police Station in Khulna city.
 arrow Youth drowns in city pond
A young boy drowned in a pond at Azimpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Woman commits suicide in Khulna
Wife of a businessman committed suicide at her residence at Taltala Road in Khulna city yesterday, police said.
 arrow Prof Ehsanul joins UGC
Prof Dr Ehsanul Haque has joined the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh as full time member on August 28.
 arrow Prof Safiullah new Buet VC
Prof Dr AMM Safiullah was appointed vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday, official sources said.
Nationalarrow Alliance tickets for JP will be a big blow for Jamaat
Jamaat-e-Islami's plan to expand it's network in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur districts and bag more seats in the coming election by using BNP's 'shield' will be shattered if Jatiya Party joins the four-party
 arrow 37 sued as rivals ransack BNP office in Hizla
At least 37 BNP men were sued in Hizla upazila on Tuesday following ransacking of Kawria Bandar office of the party by the activists of another faction on Monday. Five people were injured at that time.
 arrow New Gaibandha AL body triggers protest
A section of Gaibandha district Awami League leaders and activists brought out a procession in the town Tuesday evening rejecting the newly formed 71-member district committee, saying dedicated leaders
 arrow A showdown aimed at next polls
Taking the advantage of countrywide hartal enforced by the 14-party combine, Rajshahi district Awami League president Tajul Islam Md Faruk and his followers yesterday staged a showdown in his constituency
 arrow HBFC engineer held for selling Phensidyl
An engineer of the House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) here was arrested on charge of selling Indian Phensidyl Tuesday midnight.
 arrow JP's Howlader to run in Patuakhali-1
Jatiya Party (Ershad) secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader yesterday said he would contest from Patuakhali-1 (Sadar, Mirzagonj and Dumki) constituency in the coming election as a candidate of the
 arrow Doctor denies removing kidney
A doctor here facing a charge for removing a kidney from a patient yesterday denied the allegation.
Point-Counterpointarrow From Plassey to PRSP: The anatomy of poverty creation
Recently, with much fanfare, and a stellar constellation of bureaucrats and "project academics", a seminar was held on Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
 arrow Good governance and eradication of poverty
Broadly speaking, good governance needs three things: (a) Capability of the state; (b) Responsiveness; and (c) Accountability.
 arrow No way out?
The present government has been in office for a full term of five years and we now stand on the threshold of an election.
Culturearrow Days in the lives of adolescent girls
'Girls should not be hefty and immodest.
Girls should not stay out after evening.
Girls should not come back from birthday parties late at night.
Girls should not raise their voices.

 arrow Lalon Fellow talks on the cult
Abdur Razzak is one of the five participants who successfully completed 'Lalon Mentor Fellowship' (1996-98) organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Bridging cultures with dots
Nilufar Jehan, whose exhibition began at the Bengal Gallery recently, is both a textile designer and an artist. She combines art with craft, painting and design. Her textile designing is like painting.
 arrow Masihuddin Shaker in Amar Chhobi
Eminent filmmaker Masihuddin Shaker is the guest speaker in today's episode of Amar Chhobi, a popular cine magazine on Bangladeshi cinema.
Internationalarrow 3 more appear in London court over terror plot
Three more suspects in an alleged plot to blow up US-bound passenger jets appeared in magistrates court in London yesterday after being charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
 arrow Egypt's Nobel author Nagib Mahfuz passes away
Nagib Mahfuz, Egypt's most celebrated author and the only Arab to win the Nobel prize for literature, died yesterday at the age of 94, several weeks after his health suddenly deteriorated.
 arrow UN watchdog to issue Iran nuke report today
The United Nations nuclear watchdog is expected today to confirm that Iran has failed to suspend strategic nuclear fuel work, opening the door to possible UN sanctions against Tehran.
 arrow Chavez hails Syria's shared rejection of US 'imperialism┐
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, hailed here as a hero for Arabs, began his first visit to fellow US arch-foe Syria yesterday saying both countries rejected American "imperialism and hegemony".
 arrow Six Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli fire
Six Palestinians were killed yesterday by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip, as Israel pressed on with a two-month old offensive against militants in the territory, hospital officials said.
 arrow Smart-1 set for death plunge
One of the most innovative missions in space exploration comes to a dramatic close on Sunday when Europe's first probe to the Moon crashes into the lunar surface in a suicide ride.
 arrow Pakistan again detains former Lashkar chief
The former head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmiri militant group in Pakistan has been detained a day after his release from house arrest, his spokesman said yesterday Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was picked up
 arrow China allows its Panchen Lama to visit home village in Tibet
China has allowed its own Panchen Lama to visit his village, state media said yesterday, in the latest attempt to give more exposure to the boy whom it is grooming to replace the Dalai Lama.
 arrow Vietnamese dissident released
Prominent Vietnamese dissident and pro-democracy activist Pham Hong Son was released early from prison yesterday as part of a presidential amnesty, his wife said. "He is in a car, on the way home.
 arrow Coalition troops kill 18 'rebels' in Afghanistan
Coalition troops killed 18 "extremists" in southern Afghanistan after dozens of the rebels attacked them with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, the force said.
 arrow Bleak future for war-ravaged Sri Lankans
Sheltering from the burning sun under a ragged awning in one of dozens of cramped refugee camps in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged east, 18-year-old Sharmila Rahim dreams of being a teacher and should be studying.
 arrow Flood-hit India boosts monsoon tracking skills
India is strengthening its skills to predict annual monsoon rains that spell the difference between riches and ruin for its farmers, but says 2010 is the earliest it will be able to advise them when to
Editorialarrow Editorial: Consumer rights draft law
Despite a growing feeling among the people that there should have been a law to protect the rights of consumers, the chances of such a law being enacted during the present government's tenure appear
 arrow Editorial: An eye opener verdict
The other day the High Court ordered stripping of the judicial powers of a lower court judge for wrongfully awarding death sentence to an innocent man.
 arrow 'Are western foreign policies responsible for global terrorism?'
The question has been posed by a member of the British cabinet in charge of steering the foreign policy of his country, Dr.
 arrow Handling Balochistan
No death in the world is a cause for celebration. Given the present geo-political and domestic circumstances, Nawab Akbar Bugti's reported demise is a moment of extreme concern for the nation.
 arrow Recycling Ershad
All indications are that deposed dictator HM Ershad may be a born-again president of Bangladesh.
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