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Front Pagearrow Death sentence to 7 JMB kingpins upheld
The High Court (HC) yesterday confirmed death sentences to seven militant leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) including its five kingpins for killing two judges in Jhalakathi as it foundthe
 arrow PM asks army to be alert against division
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged members of the armed forces to remain alert against any division, confusion and anarchy that can weaken the national unity and defence.
 arrow Govt's handling puts country in sticky stew
The BNP-led alliance government is caught between a rock and a hard place over the Asia Energy deal as its cancellation implies serious international reaction and arbitration but its continuation by going
 arrow Ex-bureaucrat made new EC
In a sudden move, the government yesterday appointed former bureaucrat Mahmud Hasan Mansur as an election commissioner, raising the number of members in the Election Commission (EC) to four.
 arrow New agitation from today as deadline expires
As the three-month deadline for fixing minimum wage for the garment workers ended yesterday without any settlement on the issue, different workers' organisations have announced fresh programmes including
 arrow Telecom Secy hid deal irregularities
The telecommunication secretary had misled the government by not revealing gross irregularities in the two deals that were slipped through the cabinet purchase committee on August 21.
 arrow New alliance Jatiya Oikya Front launched
A new alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF), made up of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), Jatiya Oikya Manch and Tarikat Federation, was launched yesterday.
 arrow Saudi prince plans to invest $500m
Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saudi has proposed to invest a total of $500 million in the state-run Rupali Bank, of which $330 million for buying the bank's 67 per cent shares and
 arrow Celebrations all around, but doubt about govt pledge
Phulbari people yesterday celebrated victory of their movement even though there was an air of doubt among them if the government would actually fulfil their demands which it agreed to on Wednesday night.
 arrow Babar sees good reasons for unrest, wants workers demands met
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said there were good reasons behind the recent unrest in the garment sector and urged the owners to meet the demands of the workers as per the
 arrow 550 shanties gutted in slum fire
At least 20 people were hurt and over 550 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at a slum at Basila in Mohammadpur in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow Revised voter list sent to BNP leader's house
Instead of keeping the updated voter list on public display at his office, as directed by the Election Commission (EC), a city ward commissioner has sent most of the revised roll of his area to the ward
 arrow Slain judge's wife wants quick execution
Pallabi Pandey Rita, widow of the killed judge Jagannath Pandey, expressed her satisfaction over yesterday's High Court verdict that confirmed the capital punishment of seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow SEC finds insider trading by Jamuna Bank directors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has found some sponsor directors of Jamuna Bank Ltd to be primarily involved in insider trading of shares of the bank.
 arrow 8 JMB men get life term
Eight militants of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were sentenced to life imprisonment in separate cases in Thakurgaon and Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Jamaat to decide on Ershad issue after Mujahid's return
Jamaat-e-Islami will decide on the inclusion of Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) in the ruling four-party alliance after its Secretary General and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid is back
 arrow Japan news agency ordered to pay Bangladeshi for false Qaeda report
A Japanese court yesterday ordered a leading domestic news agency to compensate a Bangladeshi man for falsely linking him to the al-Qaeda extremist network.
 arrow Asia Energy seeking clarification from govt
Asia Energy PLC said it is seeking clarification from the Bangladesh government on its proposed 1.4 bln usd open pit coal mine project in the northern town of Phulbari.
 arrow Huge gap between info of ministry, local admin
The land ministry officials in a meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land yesterday differed with the local administration on the information about the land grabbers in Dhaka, Narayanganj and
 arrow BNP' founding anniversary today
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) celebrates its 28th founding anniversary today. BNP has laid out a three-day programme on the occasion.
 arrow Unauthorised blood bank sealed off
A mobile court yesterday sealed off an unauthorised private blood bank in the capital and found around 50 bags of blood collected from professional donors.
 arrow 6 to die for killing son, mother
A court in Moulvibazar yesterday sentenced six people to death in a sensational double murder case. Two others in the same case were awarded life imprisonment and fined Tk 25 thousand each.
 arrow AL leader dies in cop custody
An Awami League (AL) leader was allegedly beaten to death in police custody here on Wednesday.
 arrow Stay order on 52 ACC officials' posting vacated
The High Court (HC) yesterday vacated a stay order on posting of 52 deputy assistant directors (DAD) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow One killed in Ctg gas explosion
A beggar was killed and two pedestrians were wounded when a serious explosion due to leakage of gas from the underground supply line blew up part of a footpath at the city's Station Road area yesterday.
 arrow US, EU get ready to push for sanctions on Iran
US and European officials appeared ready to push for low-level sanctions against Iran like travel bans yesterday as country's president made clear he would not compromise on the day of a UN deadline.
 arrow 22 bombs explode in Thailand: 2 killed
Nearly two dozen bombs exploded almost simultaneously yesterday inside commercial banks in southern Thailand, killing two people in a region bloodied by a Muslim insurgency, police said.
Businessarrow Handover of Ctg airport to Thai airline uncertain
Handover of the management of Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong to a foreign company, which was due today, has now become uncertain as the government is still undecided over the matter on
 arrow DSE turnover hits Tk 80.92cr
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday reached Tk 80.92 crore, the highest after 1996's bubble and bust.
 arrow NBR asks PSI firms to punish offenders
National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked the four pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies to award punishment to those officials who were involved in the recent container scam.
 arrow Good e-governance can help reduce corruption'
It will be possible to reduce corruption, improve efficiency and ensure transparency in the administration if there is a good e-governance, observed the principal secretary to the prime minister yesterday.
 arrow 6-day career, education fair kicks off
A six-day fair on education and career began at Bashundhara Expocentre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Saarc chamber to lead business team to WTO in Sept
The Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will lead a delegation of business representatives from South Asia to the WTO headquarters in Geneva in September to undertake a stock-taking of the multilateral
 arrow Tourism fair to begin in Dhaka Sept 7
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) will hold a three-day 'Bangladesh Tourism Fair 2006' in Dhaka to give a boost to the tourism industry.
 arrow Thai experts warn against early take-off for new airport
Bangkok's much-delayed new international airport is due finally to open next month, but following years of setbacks Thai travel industry experts still question whether it is really ready.
 arrow Regional co-op stressed to face Asian financial downturn
High oil prices and further spikes in US interest rates pose risks for robust Asian economies, a UN report said Thursday, calling for more regional cooperation to weather financial downturns.
 arrow Samsung sees higher global handset sales
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said on Thursday it sees global mobile phone sales growing faster than expected this year while its own handset sales would meet its target.
 arrow India to launch industrial research with Japan
India will launch a joint initiative with Japan for industrial research and development, aimed at bringing the industries of the two countries together to identify innovation driven projects.
 arrow UN predicts fragile growth for poor nations in 2006
Developing countries should post a high economic growth rate of 6.2 percent this year but the pace of their expansion needs to be sustained, the UN's trade and development agency said Thursday.
 arrow Djuice, Project Bangladesh to work jointly for better community
Djuice, the youth brand of GrameenPhone Ltd, and Project Bangladesh, an initiative to bring the youths of the country to work for a better Bangladesh, have recently joined hands to promote community service
Sportsarrow Football: Dhaka stun Noakhali
Dhaka reached the final of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship with a 2-1 win over star-studded Noakhali in the first semifinal at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India will support move to reduce umps' power
India will support any moves to dilute cricket umpires' powers following the forfeited Test between England and Pakistan, an official said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain saves England
Rain ended England's run of seven straight limited-overs defeats as the first one-day international against Pakistan ended in a no-result at Sophia Gardens here on Wednesday.
 arrow Olympics: Tata to sign MoU with BOA
Tata Steel Limited will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) on September 3 to boost sports relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
 arrow Cricket: Bond raring to go
Injury-prone New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond says he had fully recovered after breaking down on his country's tour of South Africa in April and was looking forward to spearheading his team's bowling
 arrow Hockey: Uttara thrash Mukta Bihanga
Bappi struck twice as Uttara Hockey Club thumped Mukta Bihanga Tarun Sangha 6-1 in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dighinala win on penalties
Dighinala forced their way into the final of the DC Cup football tournament after a penalty shootout against Panchhari at the Khagrachhari Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi from Sept 12
The 14th NZ Textile Mills school kabaddi competition, organised by Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF), will begin at the Kabaddi Stadium on September 12.
 arrow Cricket: They are not retiring
Australia's senior cricketers are playing down suggestions they might retire en masse if they win back the Ashes.
 arrow Tennis: Top two off the mark
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both took confident first steps towards an eventual third straight Grand Slam final showdown in the first round of the US Open on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: It's only rumours
Andy Roddick was not in party mood after marking his 24th birthday with victory at the U.S. Open, trying to put to rest rumors he is romantically linked with Russian Maria Sharapova.
 arrow Cricket: Bell tolls at right time
England may have been saved by rain from an eighth straight one-day defeat against Pakistan but at least they had the consolation of seeing Ian Bell come good against an impressive attack in the opening
 arrow Tennis: Open Secrets
Count Roger Federer among those against the idea of on-court coaching.
 arrow Basketball: NBA stars look to perk up
US stars know they must improve to beat Greece on Friday and qualify for Sunday's World Basketball Championship final, where either 2004 Olympic champion Argentina or title-hungry Spain will await.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal goes to Ground Zero
For Rafael Nadal, playing at the U.S. Open also presents an opportunity to make an annual visit to ground zero.
 arrow Football: Germans confident despite crisis
Germany have a defensive crisis as they prepare to face Ireland in their first qualifying match in almost three years on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Spain aim for flying start
Still smarting from the disappointment of yet another premature exit at a World Cup, Spain are looking for a convincing win against Liechtenstein in their opening Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'We have to be ruthless'
Steven Gerrard insists England must show no mercy against European whipping boys Andorra in Steve McClaren's first competitive match in charge of the national side.
 arrow Football: Gunners want Reyes exchange
Arsenal were last night on the brink of a swap deal that will see Jose Antonio Reyes move to Real Madrid in exchange for Julio Baptista, the Brazilian who rejected a move to the club a year ago.
 arrow Football: Portugal face FIFA sanctions
World football's ruling body FIFA could sanction the Portuguese football federation (FPF) for its part in the demotion of former top -flight side Gil Vicente, according to reports Thursday.
 arrow Football: Rossi a Toon on loan
Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi has gone to Newcastle on loan until January but will not be allowed to play against the Old Trafford club.
 arrow Football: Champs get together
Italy's opening Euro 2008 qualifier against Lithuania in Naples on Saturday promises to be as much a welcome back party for the World Cup winners as a competitive football match.
 arrow Football: Mood light in England camp
Steven Gerrard believes England will benefit from the light-hearted atmosphere encouraged by new coach Steve McClaren.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo - Adriano swap?
Real Madrid have agreed in principle a swap deal with Inter Milan with Ronaldo going back to his former Italian club and fellow striker Adriano going in the other direction, according to Cadena Ser radio
 arrow Football: Hammers pull off Tevez, Mascherano stunner
In one of the most surprising transfer deals ever sealed in English football, West Ham have signed coveted Argentina stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano - beating off competition from ManchesterUnited,
 arrow Football: Inter-Viola on day one
The Italian football league on Wednesday announced the fixture lists for the forthcoming Serie A and Serie B seasons.
 arrow Football: Japan head to Saudi Arabia
Asian champions Japan left Thursday for Saudi Arabia in their bid to retain the Asian Cup, adding under-21 international Shusaku Nishikawa and three other new players to the squad.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni doesn't mind a bit of tinkering
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is fully in line with the team management's move to experiment with players' positions in order to have the best team fielded at the World Cup in the Caribbean
 arrow Cricket: England stick to same side
England may not to replace injured Steve Harmison for the remainder of the one-day series with Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir case not forgotten
Pakistan have not given up hope of pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed playing international cricket again despite a 12-months ban for having an illegal bowling action, an official said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: CA defends cancelling tickets
Australian cricket organisers on Thursday defended a decision to cancel Ashes tickets sold for inflated prices over the Internet, saying they were trying to protect fans from scalpers.
 arrow Football: Ballack pays the penalty
German international captain Michael Ballack has been ordered to pay a 70,000-euro (90,000 dollars) fine for failing to declare goods he bought in Dubai, Landshut district court said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Basile plans big
Argentina's new coach Alfio Basile said he would settle for a 4-0 win over Brazil in his first match in charge on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Egyptian int'l dies
Egyptian international defender Mohammed Abdel Wahab died of a heart attack while training with his club, champions Al-Ahly, on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Brazil set Swiss date
World Cup finals flops Brazil have lined up another friendly which will see them play Switzerland in a friendly on November 15 in Basel it was announced by the Brazilian Football Confederation on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Thatcher handed six-match ban
Manchester City on Wednesday handed Ben Thatcher a six-match suspension and fined him six-week's wages for the horrific challenge that left Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes in hospital.
 arrow Football: Kohler turns down Ivory Coast job
West Germany's 1990 World Cup winner Juergen Kohler said Thursday he had turned down the chance to become the new manager of Cote D'Ivoire.
 arrow Football: Boro sign Huth & Woodgate
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate completed a double defensive swoop for Real Madrid's Jonathan Woodgate and Chelsea's Robert Huth on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Restore people's trust in medical service
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the health professionals to bring back confidence of the people in the country's healthcare system.
 arrow Suhrawardi Hospital staff observe work abstention
Medical and administrative works in Shaheed Suhrawardi Hospital, the third largest general hospital of the country, came to a halt yesterday causing immense sufferings to hundreds of patients following
 arrow 7 project employees hurt in police action
At least seven development project employees were injured when police charged baton on the agitating employees to disperse them during their road march towards Prime Ministers Office (PMO) yesterday.
 arrow Two sides agree to resolve major disputes thru' talks
A regional level Indo-Bangladesh Border conference ended in Shillong yesterday with officials of both the countries agreed to resolve the major disputes through discussions and timely actions.
 arrow 8th Annual Bonsai Exhibition begins
The 8th Annual Bonsai Exhibition began at the Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city yesterday with a view to popularising bonsai among people in the country.
 arrow All accused acquitted
All the six accused in businessman Mosharaf Hossain Anwar murder case were acquitted yesterday as the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against them.
 arrow JMB member granted bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member arrested in connection with a bomb blast case filed with Kotwali Police Station in the capital on August
 arrow No headway in customs officer murder case
No headway has been made in the investigation of Chittagong customs officer murder case. None was arrested so far for the killing of Akbar Saeed Chowdhury.
 arrow Two die by snakebite
Two people died by snakebite in the district yesterday. A snake charmer died by snakebite yesterday when he was performing snake show to people at Budhata Bazar in Assassuni upazila in the district.
 arrow Expat Bangladeshi files writ
Challenging the inaction of the Election Commission (EC) for including the expatriate Bangladeshi nationals in the voter list, an expatriate Bangladeshi in the United Kingdom filed a writ petition yesterday.
 arrow New series of 'Bangladesh Sanglap' begins tomorrow
The BBC Bengali Service kicks off a new series of debates and discussions titled 'Bangladesh Sanglap' tomorrow.
 arrow NGOs urge introduction of microcredit course
Leaders and representatives of Mircrofinance (MF) NGOs of Barisal division have underscored the need for a structured academic curriculum for microfinance through relevant disciplines under recognised
 arrow Health System Action Network launched
Thirty-one health system leaders from all over the world have agreed to launch a Health System Action Network (HSAN) to increase the understanding of health issues at both the global and national level
 arrow Culture of personal attacks should be changed: Reza Kibria
The mission of 'Blue for Peace' is to change the prevailing culture in Bangladesh politics of 'attacking someone personally', said Reza Kibria, son of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria atthe
 arrow Jamaat-Shibir leaders burn copies of Prothom Alo
Jamaat-Shibir leaders burned a large number of copies of the Prothom Alo at Bagmara yesterday protesting a news item.
 arrow Wife beaten to death in Satkhira
A housewife was beaten to death by her husband at village Rajarbagan in the town over quarrel with small amount of money.
 arrow Jalaluddin new president of East West University
Jalaluddin Ahmed has taken over as the president of the board of directors of East West University on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Hartal observed in Rangpur for gas supply
A dawn-to-dusk hartal, called by Rangpur Unnayan Parishad to press home its four-point demand, was observed in the district yesterday amid spontaneous participation of people from all walks of life.
 arrow Death anniversary of Justice Ahsan today
The 5th death anniversary of former president Justice AFM Ahsan Uddin Chowdhury will be observed today. On the occasion, a doa mahfil will be held at Dutabash Road Mosque after Juma prayers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Newton's third law
GORE Vidal is a gold mine of quips and zingers. And his vast knowledge of literature and history -- particularly American -- makes for an impressive figure. His razor-sharp tongue lacerates the powerful.
 arrow Railroad(ed) to death: The China-Tibet train
WITH the inauguration on July 1 by Chinese President Hu Jintao of the New Tibet railway which links Golmud to Lhasa, the assimilation of the "Tibetan Autonomous Region," as Tibet is known in the Orwellian
 arrow Digital Bangladesh
EACH day for Bangladesh should be part of a well-crafted national strategy, but the point is, who is there to make this strategy? More pertinently, will the masses buy into this grandiose plan of action?
Culturearrow Heart to heart with Bijori-Emon
While at the peak of her career, she tied the knot with music director Shawkat Ali Emon
Emon embarked on his career as a keyboard player. He is now an established music composer and director.

 arrow Tisha: Making waves on the small screen
From being a child artist to bagging the top model's award in Meril Prothom Alo, Tisha has achieved much in a very short time. Young, bubbly and energetic, she has her wings spread for much more.
 arrow Italian Fashion Night
JPR Events, in conjunction with the Italian Embassy, is to present the first ever Italian Fashion Night in Bangladesh, on September 6 at the Radisson Hotel. The mega fashion event is by invitation only.
 arrow Old wine, old bottle, tacky new label
For months, endless barrage of previews, clips and promos have built up a mass hype regarding Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar's latest production Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (title definitely checked
 arrow 'Teensho Bochhor Por': An adaptation of Tagore's 'Kudhito Pashan' on Channel i
Lux drama of the week Teensho Bichhor por will be aired today at 7:50 pm on Channel i. Directed by Asrafur Rahman, the play is an adaptation of Tagore's classic Khudito Pashan.
 arrow 'Citycell Let's Move' in Sylhet
The popular entertainment game show Citycell Let's Move is currently running on channel i. The programme includes lively, fun-filled games in locations throughout Bangladesh.
 arrow 'Black Dahlia' opens Venice film fest
Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia opened the 63rd Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, the first of 21 films vying for the coveted Golden Lion award that will also be making their world debuts here.
Generalarrow Road accidents kill 4
At least four people were killed and 50 others injured in two separate road accidents in Sirajganj district yesterday morning.
 arrow Channel i, Citibank make donations to Liberation
Channel i and Citibank N.A.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Phulbari decision
This is no commentary on the pros and cons of the Asian Energy coalmine project nor is it an attempt, overt or covert, being made to support the agreement that successive governments had reached withthe
 arrow Editorial: Police rigours
Policemen in general, particularly those in the lower ranks, have had long hours of duty, often stretching up to 14 hours under extremely pressured circumstances.
 arrow Time to choose
Amidst the tragedy of the five killed and 300 injured in the BDR firing on protesters demonstrating against Asia Energy Corporation's open-pit coal-mining project at Phulbari on August 26, and the subsequent
 arrow Let us go against the stream
Give it a name if you will, but we need to go against the stream. In 1989, people did that in Czechoslovakia, which ended the communist rule. They called it the Velvet Revolution.
 arrow The message is loud and clear
The US government officials are very important to us. We value what they say and think about us. To be frank, we consider them our "godfathers.
Letters to Editorarrow Israel, Palestine and Muslims
The Muslim world was seething with impotent rage as they were unable to stop the killing of the Palestinian and Lebanese Arabs and destruction of latter's civilian infrastructure by the Israeli armed
 arrow Hezbollah's victory--the flip side
Prof. Karim Makdisi, lecturer in the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration at the American University of Beirut, and Timur Goksel, former advisor for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, recently wrote.
 arrow No state honour for the poet
Bengalees around the world are deeply shocked at the death of poet Shamsur Rahman, the greatest name in contemporary Bengali literature.
 arrow Bismillah Khan
The towering musical personality and 'Shehnai' maestro, Bismillah Khan, has left us forever. The national flag flew half-mast in all the government offices of Uttar Pradesh in India.
 arrow Weapons of math instruction!
A public school teacher was arrested at Bergstrom International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a slide rule, and a calculator.
 arrow Indulgence or incompetence?
Headline news items (Aug 20) on the grenade attack investigation and HuJi's regrouping are very important eye openers for all of us.
 arrow Plight of an Air India passenger
Experiences of Bangladeshis travelling abroad by Air India have been far from satisfactory.
 arrow Our identity
We are proud citizens of independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
 arrow Election fever
At the moment the country is getting ready for the national elections.
 arrow Garment industries
It is not possible to develop our country overnight, rather we have to go ahead gradually for its development. Our garment industry is one of the most important sources of foreign currency earning.
 arrow A growing concern
A university teacher is a nation builder who helps produce worthy citizens. If such people, holding very respectable positions in society, become corrupt, then the country's image is shattered.
 arrow Don't distort history
Bangladesh is a small country, but indisputably it has a glorious history of independence movement.
 arrow Buet scene
Buet is drifting. The VC clearly failed to tackle the undue pressure of the students.
 arrow Politics and education
The recent decision of upgrading 'Dawra' as an equivalent degree to B.A. is politically motivated. The decision has been taken without any prior assessment and preparation.
 arrow Muslim countries
It is time the Muslim countries should really think whether to quit the UN, as it is no longer a neutral world body to deal with the problems and conflicts that are savaging this world every day.
 arrow Reform within the parties
The next general election will take place sometime in January-2007. The big political parties have already formed alliances to contest the election.
 arrow Disgraceful
The recent disgraceful act and utterances by a government high-up is a shame to the nation.
Environmentarrow Blood-stained coal of Phulbari
WE will not spare a single particle of our land. We shall protect Phulbari even with our blood. We will not allow anybody to destroy Phulbari in the name of implementing the so-called coalmine project.
 arrow Noise pollution: Need for appropriate laws
NOISE pollution is a growing concern nowadays, especially in the cities of Bangladesh. The inhabitants of Dhaka city are the major victims of this pollution.
 arrow The green devolution
THE Furnace Australia sailed into Chennai recently carrying a load of wheat and, some warned, ill tidings.
Worldarrow South Asia: UN threatens to halt aid work in Lanka
The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after truce monitors accused the security forces of executing aid workers.
 arrow South Asia: Disappearances up in Asia
Several hundred people in Pakistan have disappeared, apparently taken into detention in connection with the war on terrorism, human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan troops find tribal chief's body
Pakistani soldiers searching a cave found the body of a fugitive tribal leader whose death in a military raid sparked large-scale unrest, but it was pinned under a boulder and will take days to retrieve,
 arrow South Asia: India sees progress in battle against Maoist despite jump in toll
India is moving forward in its battle against Maoist rebels despite a sharp jump in casualties in the worst-hit state, a government official said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: 30 Indian drown as boat sinks in Ganges river
More than 30 people drowned after a crowded ferry capsized Thursday on the Ganges River in eastern India, officials said. The boat capsized 70km from Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar.
 arrow South Asia: Indian diplomat named special envoy for US nuke talks
India's top diplomat Shyam Saran was named yesterday special envoy for negotiations with the United States on their controversial civilian nuclear energy deal.
 arrow Annan blasts Israel over cluster bombs
UN chief Kofi Annan lambasted Israel Thursday for using cluster bombs during the war in Lebanon, on the latest leg of a mission to shore up a fragile truce between Israel and Hezbollah.
 arrow Iraq prepares to take charge of military
Iraqi insurgents killed at least 15 people yesterday and attacked a British diplomatic convoy, as Iraq took steps toward taking over operational military command from US-led coalition forces.
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