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Front Pagearrow Police go wild to thwart EC siege attempt
Riot police indiscriminately clubbed senior opposition leaders, lawmakers and the activists of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition to thwart their attempt to lay siege to the ElectionCommission
 arrow Cops tasked to survey ruling party candidate popularity
In a clear show of using state institutions for political purpose, the government has tasked the police with conducting a survey on the popularity of its aspirant candidates for the next general elections
 arrow An apology to Tarique Rahman
Mr Tarique Rahmn, senior joint secretary general of the BNP, has most rightly castigated the civil society initiative for organising countrywide discussions for electing honest candidates in the coming
 arrow Bangladesh 3rd best business place in S Asia
Bangladesh is the third easiest country in which to do business in South Asia, although as a whole is lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to reforms that could enhance business activity,
 arrow Farmers already fork out Tk 171cr on irrigation
The ongoing drought has already forced the farmers of 16 northern districts to spend Tk 171.32 crore for irrigating 16.
 arrow ADB forecasts 6pc GDP growth, cautions about inflation
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecasts six per cent GDP growth in the current fiscal year (FY), which is slightly lower than 6.7 per cent growth of the last FY.
 arrow Press politicians for dialogue, acceptable polls
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday urged the business community to mount pressure on the political leaderships so that they sit and resolve differences on political issues to hold
 arrow Polls very crucial for continuation of democracy : Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged people to get prepared for the next general elections to be held under a caretaker government and said the polls will be very important for continuation of democracy
 arrow Ministry asked to go ahead with proposal
The Private Infrastructure Committee (PICOM) yesterday enlisted a proposal for constructing a metro rail system in Dhaka city on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.
 arrow Scuffle on Streets
1. Police drag a woman onto a van from the gathering of the 14-party opposition during the EC Secretariat siege programme yesterday. 2. Opposition workers rescue an injured fellow activist. 3.
 arrow 'The day was fine,' says CEC
The chief election commissioner (CEC) and election commissioners (ECs) were busy with their usual tasks yesterday as opposition demonstrators were locked in fierce battle with law enforcers in theirbid
 arrow 14-party calls hartal for Sunday
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine has enforced a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Sunday protesting police atrocities on its leaders and workers during yesterday's Election Commission
 arrow Seoul Peace Prize goes to Prof Yunus
Microfinance champion Prof Muhammad Yunus was yesterday named as winner of the eighth Seoul Peace Prize.
 arrow Production stops at CUFL and Kafco
Production at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) and Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company (Kafco) was suspended yesterday evening as supply of power and gas suddenly snapped.
 arrow Open market sale of essentials from Sept 12
The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will launch open market sale (OMS) of essentials through its dealers on September 12.
 arrow Fuel strike called off
Fuel distributors and the tank-lorry owners and workers withdrew their indefinite strike enforced from Tuesday after a successful meeting with the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) yesterday.
 arrow 30 hurt as jute mill workers clash with cops
At least 30 people were injured, four of them seriously, in a pitched battle between police and agitated jute mill workers in Khalishpur and Daulatpur industrial areas of the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Muggers snatch Tk 21 lakh from garment factory staff in Ctg
Muggers snatched Tk 21 lakh from two staff of an apparel factory in the city's Oxygen intersection area yesterday.
 arrow NDI team due tomorrow to assess election atmosphere
A delegation of Washington-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) is to visit Bangladesh from September 8 to 11 to assess the preparations and observe the electoral atmosphere leading up to the upcoming
 arrow Door still open for talks on reforms
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government offer for discussion on reform proposals is still there and talks can be held any time if the opposition comes along.
 arrow Japanese experts in Mongla for study
A 13-member team including eight Japanese experts arrived at Mongla today to study the feasibility of establishing a deep-sea port at Akram point.
 arrow HSC results today
Results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations and its equivalent Alim, HSC (BM) and HSC (Vocational) examinations will be published today, a press release of the education ministry said
 arrow BSF kills 1 in Dinajpur
Indian border guards gunned down a Bangladeshi on their territory along the border here on Tuesday night.
 arrow Last-ditch EU talks on Iran postponed
Talks meant to give Tehran a last chance to avoid UN sanctions over its nuclear defiance were postponed yesterday, with a senior Iranian envoy saying "a procedural matter" had caused a delay of several
 arrow Japan's royal succession crisis ends as a boy is born in 40 yrs
Japan's Princess Kiko yesterday gave birth to the royal family's first boy in more than 40 years, easing a succession crisis and silencing calls to let a woman lead the world's oldest monarchy.
Businessarrow Only reasonable conditions to be entertained
Against the strict conditions set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for releasing sixth instalment of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facilities (PRGF) loan, Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed
 arrow Serve people's interests, not donors'
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday underscored formulating a sustainable economic strategy to serve people's interests by utilising foreign direct investment and evolve a system of monitoring activities
 arrow Tk 90cr syndicate loan for Dhaka Telephone
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) along with 10 other banks will provide Tk 90 crore as syndicate term loan for Dhaka Telephone Company Limited in a bid to expand the company's telecommunication network
 arrow Capital market performance seen below expectation
Performances of the country's capital market are still far below the expectations but there exists significant opportunities for utilising the market for raising long-term investment fund, observed Bangladesh
 arrow India scales up co-op with neighbours to reduce power shortage
India has scaled up its efforts for bilateral cooperation with its neighbours, including Bangladesh, in the electricity sector in order to help meet power shortage at home.
 arrow Higher growth forecast for Asia
Economies in developing Asia are expected to expand 7.7 percent this year, higher than the 7.
 arrow Bangladesh takes part in Malaysia int'l trade fair
Bangladesh is participating in the five-day Malaysia International Trade and Consumer Fair, which began yesterday at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Apec worried about global protectionism
Pacific Rim countries are worried about rising protectionism and want World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks on trade liberalisation to quickly resume, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday.
 arrow Dollar regains
The dollar regained some ground in Asian trade Wednesday as the market adjusted positions ahead of a Bank of Japan meeting on interest rates later in the week, dealers said. The dollar firmed to 116.
 arrow Tourism fair postponed
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the three-day 'Bangladesh Tourism Fair 2006', which was scheduled to start today, has been postponed, says a press release.
 arrow WTO warns China on free trade agreements
WTO chief Pascal Lamy on Wednesday warned that China's pursuit of separate bilateral and regional free trade agreements would harm its long-term commercial interests.
 arrow Oil prices decline
World oil prices fell on Wednesday, with Brent crude striking the lowest point for almost three months in London on easing supply concerns, analysts said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: More surprise for Nafees
It has been a week of surprises for Shahriar Nafees. First, it was the vice-captaincy and now, being chosen as one of the contenders to win the Emerging Player of the Year of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards that was announced yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Younis ton fashions win
Younis Khan's 101 was the center-piece of Pakistan's two-wicket win over England in the day-night third one-day international at the Rose Bowl here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: A three-batsman race
Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Mahela Jayawardene have been nominated for four International Cricket Council (ICC) awards, it was announced here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: BFF not to pay full salary to Cruciani
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) executive committee members unanimously decided not to pay Argentine coach Diego Cruciani his full salary for the last month at job.
 arrow Cricket: NCL prizes handed over
The prize distribution ceremony of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea Seventh National Cricket League took place at a local hotel yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh drawn against Hong Kong
Bangladesh will play Hong Kong in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games football pre-qualifiers in February 2007. The preliminary round draw for the 20 teams was held yesterday at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh crash out of AFC U-17 soccer
Bangladesh crashed out of the AFC Under-17 Football Championship when they went 7-0 down to Syria at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Rain ruins Day Nine
Rain washed out the ninth day of the US Open on Tuesday as one women's singles match was completed and two more main draw encounters started but were left in limbo.
 arrow Cricket: Coach irate at picky players
England coach Duncan Fletcher warned his players against picking and choosing their tours after opening batsman Marcus Trescothick withdrew Wednesday from the squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy
 arrow Cricket: Nafis opens new innings
National cricketer Nafis Iqbal began a new innings Tuesday night when he tied the knot with Taslima Makim Eva.
 arrow Football: Brazil too strong for Wales
Brazil coach Dunga maintained his unbeaten record as goals from Marcelo and Vagner Love clinched a 2-0 friendly international win against Wales in London.
 arrow Football: Scottish masseur England's secret
England's revival under new manager Steve McClaren is being boosted by the unlikely acquisition of a Scottish masseur who has become the squad's official joke teller and mascot.
 arrow Football: Thuram invites immigrants
French soccer star Lilian Thu-ram has invited 80 homeless immigrants to the national team's match against Italy in Paris on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Open secrets
There won't be too many surprises when Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt square off in a U.S. Open quarterfinal scheduled for Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam to lead Pakistan
Pakistan cricket selectors Wednesday announced a 14-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy in India, retaining under-scrutiny Inzamamul Haq as captain.
 arrow Cricket: 'Just picking dust'
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan insisted too much had been made of an incident showing team-mate Shoaib Akhtar working on the ball during the tourists' two-wicket win in the third one-day international
 arrow Football: S Korea blank Taiwan
South Korea found itself on the brink of securing a place at the 2007 Asian Cup on Wednesday after an 8-0 thrashing of Taiwan at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
 arrow Football: Basile defends Riquelme
Argentina coach Alfio Basile defended Juan Roman Riquelme after the playmaker was widely criticised for a lacklustre performance in the 3-0 defeat by Brazil.
 arrow Football: Gibraltar close to UEFA
Europe's 52 internationally-recognised football associations will make a decision on Gibraltar's controversial seven-year bid to join UEFA at the European governing body's Congress in January, a spokesman
 arrow Football: Fred banned for three matches
Brazilian striker Fred was Wednesday banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct playing for Melbourne Victory in an Australian A-League match last weekend.
 arrow Football: Germany eager to help SA
President of the German Football Federation, Theo Zwanziger, has offered his full support to hosts South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
 arrow Football: New dawn for Portugal
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admits it is time for a footballing revolution as Portugal attempt improve on their European championships final appearance two years ago, without two of their major lynchpins.
 arrow Football: No sleep for Dunga
Brazil coach Dunga has made a flawless start to his reign but management is still giving him sleepless nights.
 arrow Football: The weird and wacky
That old myth that Americans were not interested in 'soccer' has long been quashed; witness Randy Lerner's purchase of Aston Villa FC to join compatriot Malcolm Glazer in controlling a Premiership team.
 arrow Football: Tevez can be the new Rooney
New striker Carlos Tevez can be to West Ham what Wayne Rooney is to Manchester United, according to the Argentine's boss Alan Pardew.
 arrow Football: Serie B start under threat
The president of Italy's Football League has threatened to postpone the start of the second division Serie B season after the majority of clubs failed to reach agreement on a new television rights deal.
 arrow Football: Pessotto discharged
Former Juventus and Italy international Gianluca Pessotto, who suffered multiple fractures after leaping from his office window in an apparent suicide attempt, was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Eating Celtic colours
Football-mad Scott Campbell is taking sporting loyalty to a new extreme by pledging only to eat food in the colours of his team, Scottish Premier League champions Celtic, for the entire season.
 arrow Football: Ticket frenzy in Rimini
The visit of fallen giants Juventus to humble Serie B side Rimini is creating a mad rush for tickets in the east coast seaside town.
 arrow Cricket: Forensic test for Oval ball
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Wednesday forensic tests may be conducted on the ball used in the controversial Oval Test to ensure a fair hearing for Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq.
 arrow Football: Wari register sixth win
Wari Club recorded their sixth successive victory in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League beating Bachelors Sporting Club 3-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Swadhinata KC keep winning
A brace by Gafur and a lone strike by Harun helped Swadhinata Krira Chakra maintain their winning run in the Pioneer Football League central zone with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Khilgaon Jubo Sangha
 arrow Cricket: ICC extends Eng deadline
England will be given more time to name their squad for the Champions Trophy in India next month, after picking up several injuries during the current one-day series against Pakistan.
Metropolitanarrow 3,560 become literate thru' Reflective Circle
Punkharay Tripura of Chhoto Kumira in Shitakunda could not read and write. So he was unable to get a job. It was also difficult for him to lead the family only depending on Jhum cultivation.
 arrow Moudud rules out repeal of Constitution's 14th amendment
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday ruled out the possibility of repealing the 14th amendment of the Constitution that crushed the demand of women's rights groups for direct election to parliament.
 arrow 4 killed, 48 injured in road accidents
Four people died and 48 others injured in separate road accidents at Chittagong and Munshiganj yesterday.
 arrow Separate directorate for RPAP demanded
Leaders of Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (RPAP) of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) staged a daylong sit-in on the BRDB premises in the city yesterday demanding a separate directorate for
 arrow Police telecom office staff slaughtered
Unknown miscreants slaughtered an employee of Police Telecom Office in front of his residence in the city's Motijheel area yesterday.
 arrow 20,000 trafficked a year
Human trafficking, which is the third and most lucrative illicit business in the world, is an acute problem for Bangladesh.
 arrow Pro-AL lawyers observe 'Black Day'
Members of the Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) yesterday wore black badges in protest against the attacks on pro-Awami League lawyers by the ruling party-backed hoodlums on September 6 in 2003.
 arrow Mobile court seals off bakery at Ctg
A mobile court yesterday sealed off an unauthorised bakery for producing confectionery with adulterated raw materials.
 arrow Ctg-Dhaka rail link snapped as cargo train derails
Rail communications between Chittagong and Dhaka and a few other destinations were snapped after three compartments of a cargo train derailed near Faujderhat Railway Station yesterday morning.
 arrow Concert for Children at Sheraton on Sept 12
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel and NTV will jointly organise a charity concert to raise fund to help United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) to immunise about 700,000 children around the world against fatal childhood
 arrow 'Arrest killers of customs officer'
Customs, Excise and VAT Executive Officers' Associations demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the killers of customs officer Akbar Saeed.
 arrow Modhu Purnima today
The Buddhist community of the country will celebrate Modhu Purnima today.
 arrow Explosion of fireworks, crackers banned
Carrying of all types of firearms, explosives and other harmful objects, and exploding fireworks and crackers in the city from 6:00pm tomorrow have been banned until further order to maintain the sanctity
 arrow Chehlum
Chehlum of Novera Deepita, a reporter of The Daily Star, will be held at the residence of her eldest brother at Dhanmondi in the city after Maghrib prayers tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Cop drugged, robbed of mobile phone
A police constable was drugged and robbed of his mobile phone and some money inside a passenger bus coming from Narayanganj to Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Housewife strangled for dowry
A housewife was allegedly strangled by her husband for dowry in the city's Badda area yesterday.
 arrow Body formed to resolve boundary problem between Sirajganj, Jamalpur
A five-member committee was formed yesterday to resolve the longstanding boundary problem between Sirajganj and Jamalpur districts.
 arrow Surya Sen Bitarko Dhara executives
SM Maruf and Anwar Hossain have been elected president and general secretary of Surya Sen Bitarko Dhara, a debate organisation of Surya Sen Hall of Dhaka University (DU), says a press release.
Nationalarrow Jamaat MP declared 'unwanted', effigy burnt in Sundarganj
People of Shovaganj in Sundarganj upazila yesterday burnt an effigy of Jamaat lawmaker Abdul Aziz from Gaibandha-1 constituency and declared him 'unwanted' in the area, protesting shifting of a Janata
 arrow BNP MP calls party ticket seeker seasonal bird
Reza Ahmed Bachhu Mollah, BNP lawmaker from Kushtia-1 (Daulatpur) constituency yesterday said his men will resist any 'seasonal bird' who are trying to 'create feud' in the party in Daulatpur and 'mislead'
 arrow Sangskritik Jote at RU protests Shibir 'vandalism'
The Rajshahi University unit of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote yesterday protested vandalism by Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists and foiling of Anushilon Drama Group's cultural programme on the campus
 arrow Bombs go off at JP leader Ratna Amin's house
Five bombs exploded at the house of Ratna Amin, chairman of Bakerganj municipality and central vice-chairman of Jatiya Party in Bakerganj town at about 4 am yesterday.
 arrow 2 BNP leaders held for firing at Rab
Two BNP leaders who were arrested at Dhopar in Debhata upazila on September 2 for firing gunshots at the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members were sued on Tuesday.
 arrow Hartal today in Sirajganj
Awami league has called a half-day hartal for today in Sirajganj protesting the murder of Belkuch upazila Jubo League leader Jewel Hasan Monday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Phulbari: Less politics, more science, please!
WHILE camera crews were fixated upon a few youngster dancing with dhols at Phulbari, the mayor of divisional town of Rajshahi was saying no to the "anti-people deal" with Asia Energy.
 arrow The relevance of Naguib Mahfouz
IN 1988, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz "who, through works rich in nuance -- now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguoushas
 arrow Commonsense decision on Tata
WHEN I saw the headline of a recent article proclaim: "Let's make a commonsense decision on Tata" written by Nuruddin Mahmud Kamal in The Daily Star on August 22, I thought: "Great, now someone is coming
 arrow The mould is cast
THE mould is cast for Election 2007. Professor Iajuddin Ahmed as president, Justice K.M. Hasan as the chief of Caretaker Government, Justice M.A.
Culturearrow 'Bengal Bikash' talent hunt wraps up
The talent hunt Bengal Bikash organised by Bengal Foundation, wrapped up its finals on September 5 with Adhunik Gaan (modern songs).
 arrow Promising endeavours at Drik
To mark its 18th anniversary, Drik is holding an exhibition of photographs taken by the students of Pathshala.
 arrow Eyeing the jackpot... the nine finalists of Lux Channel i Super Star '06
Treasured memories, pleasant anecdotes and interesting incidents are an integral part of any beauty pageant. The Lux Channel i Superstar '06 (LCSS'06) is moving towards its finale.
 arrow Musical evening showcasing an array of Bengali songs
Bangladesh Performing Media Centre (BPMC) organised a musical evening on September 5. The event took place at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum.
 arrow Erratum
With a write up titled "'Brick Lane' filming finishes amid demonstrations and protests" published in the September 5 issue of The Daily Star, the photograph used was incorrectly captioned as "A scenefrom
Generalarrow NUF ultimatum to CEC to resign in 7 days
Leaders of National Unity Front (NUF), a newly formed alliance of several political parties, yesterday issued a seven-day ultimatum to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and three other election commissioners
 arrow Court orders fresh investigation
Parents of Naimul Hassan Badhon, one of the three victims whose throat was slit by his friends, appeared before a Dhaka court yesterday and submitted a written statement in response to the show causenotice
 arrow Int'l Confce on Asian Political Parties begins today
Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil MP left Dhaka for Seoul yesterday to attend the 4th International Conference on Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
 arrow 'Dr Ibrahim epitome of scientist'
Dr Md Ibrahim was the epitome of a scientist, a visionary leader, humanist social worker and above all a humble and pious man, said speakers at a memorial discussion yesterday to mark the 17th death anniversary
 arrow One killed in Habiganj clash
A young man was killed and 10 people were injured in a clash between two groups of residents of Pancharai village in Nabigang upazila yesterday. The dead was identified as Sirajul Haque, 28, of thevillage.
Internationalarrow Western prejudices are largely ill-founded
Evidence shows that certain prejudices about immigrants that prevail in the industrialised world are largely ill-founded, the United Nations Population Fund said in its annual report yesterday Theseinclude
 arrow Annan pushes 3-step process to lift Israeli blockade of Lebanon
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan outlined a three-step process he hopes will end with the lifting of Israel's blockade of Lebanon within 48 hours, in an interview with The New York Times published yesterdayThe
 arrow Stop abuse of migrant women
The United Nations appealed to world leaders yesterday to wake up to the widespread mistreatment of migrant women, a silent human army abused as everything from sex workers to domestic slaves.
 arrow Baluchistan on strike over Bugti's killing
Parts of the troubled southwest Pakistani province of Baluchistan were paralysed yesterday by a strike called by opposition parties to protest the killing of a rebel tribal chief.
 arrow No state funeral for Irwin, says grieving father
Wildlife TV star Steve Irwin's grieving father Wednesday turned down a state funeral for a son he described as "just an ordinary bloke", as a global wave of mourning astonished Australia.
 arrow British cops free 2 of 14 terror suspects
British police released without charge two of the 14 people arrested over the weekend in the latest anti-terror raid in Britain, a police spokeswoman said yesterdayThe two men, identified by police only
 arrow 5 more Australians to die in Indonesia
Five Australians have been sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Indonesia after a supreme court judge handed down tougher sentences in response to their appeals, a court spokesman said yesterdayAcourt
 arrow Launch of Atlantis delayed
The launch of space shuttle Atlantis has been delayed 24 hours, until today, due to a technical glitch, a NASA spokesman said.
 arrow Two Muslims remanded in Denmark
Two of the nine men arrested by Danish police on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism were remanded in custody for four weeks, a Danish court said yesterdayJudge Ingrid Therkelsen ruled that five others
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pushing the country towards brink
NOW the battle lines are drawn, even more clearly, between the ruling BNP and the opposition AL, with Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina taking diametrically opposite
 arrow Editorial: An artificial fuel crisis
FUEL distributors and the tank-lorry association have gone for an indefinite strike since Tuesday, demanding cancellation of rationing in the supply of petroleum products.
 arrow Five years on
SEPTEMBER comes as a painful reminder. It has become a time, each year since 9/11, to take a stock of how the world has fared since the fateful day of September 11, 2001.
 arrow Post-Akbar Bugti
IT was always on the cards that the government of Pakistan (GOP) would mishandle the situation arising out of the death of Akbar Bugti.
 arrow Have Indo-Pakistan CBM's suffered a setback?
THE on-going process of confidence building measures (CBMs) between two South Asian neighbours -- India and Pakistan -- seems to have suffered a setback in recent times owing to two incidents.
Letters to Editorarrow Our cricket : Crucial meet ahead
Despite occasional impressive performances in both versions of cricket, Bangladesh are still lying at the bottom of ICC ranking, primarily due to inconsistency and lack of winning habit.
 arrow Rootless girls
The present generation of youngsters will ultimately have to bear the responsibility of future leadership in all national activities. Actually, the children are the dream of the nation.
 arrow Changing Afghans
As I watch the television or read the newspaper, I am saddened by the death of the young British soldiers in Afghanistan. It appears that we are fighting an endless war.
 arrow Save the country
It will be an impossible task for anyone or any political party to save Bangladesh in the coming days. But one can always take a few steps, to at least give some relief to the common people.
 arrow Congratulations where it's due
I'll be failing in my duties if I don't write this letter congratulating your young columnist, Zafar Sobhan for his brilliant column on Phulbari issue ('Time to choose,' Straight Talk, September 01,2006).
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