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Front Pagearrow Cops go wild on marchers
Police brutally clubbed senior leaders, lawmakers and activists of Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine in Dhaka yesterday to foil their siege of Prime Minister's Office (PMO), injuring over 150
 arrow Phase-wise RMG wage increase proposed
The National Wage Board at its 24th meeting yesterday failed to reach a consensus on minimum wages for garment workers despite a hectic seven-hour long negotiation.
 arrow Chaos in JS over attacks on MPs, law and order
Yesterday's session in the parliament saw a pandemonium as lawmakers of the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) embarked on an unscheduled mud slinging, following which AL walked out ofthe
 arrow Dhaka set to sign energy cooperation deal with Bangkok
Thai energy minister Viset Choopiban will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow to participate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries on energy sector cooperation and manpower
 arrow PM opens Karnaphuli EPZ, 2 fertiliser units
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated two DAP (di-ammonium phosphate) fertiliser factories and a new export processing zone (EPZ) in Chittagong.
 arrow Jute mill workers withdraw rail blockade but strike on
The indefinite railway blockade enforced by Patkal Sangram Parishad (PSP), a platform of jute mill workers, was withdrawn at 9:00pm yesterday in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt but the indefinite strike
 arrow A three-minute neat job
The policemen and women looked bored. They had taken off their protective jackets and helmets. Many sitting on the road divider.
 arrow EU mission asks BNP leaders about electoral reform dialogue
Visiting members of the European Union (EU) Election Observation Exploratory Mission asked BNP leaders if a dialogue is possible between the ruling alliance and the opposition coalition on the issue of
 arrow Clashes sparked by attempt to besiege PMO
 arrow Butenis for polls with opposition participation
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis yesterday said her government wants the upcoming election in Bangladesh to take place as per the constitutional provisions and the opposition parties to participate
 arrow Home ministry for dropping 2 cases filed on 'political ground'
The government decided to withdraw two cases filed against two brothers in connection with the possession of 520 bottles of contraband Phensidyl saying the cases were filed with 'political motivation'.
 arrow Hartal called in Pabna, Nilphamari
District Awami League (AL) units in Pabna and Nilphamari yesterday called half-day hartal for today in the districts protesting police assaults on their local lawmakers Mohammad Nasim and AsaduzzamanNoor
 arrow Police barricades hassle commuters
Commuters in the capital yesterday experienced intolerable sufferings as police blocked major roads in the city and re-routed some of the vehicles to other roads during the 14-party opposition coalition's
 arrow Hartal victim fights for life
A cab driver, badly burned during the opposition's hartal on Sunday, has been fighting for his life in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Govt crackdown brings Proshika to grinding halt
Nationwide activities of Proshika, one of the country's largest non-government organisations (NGO), were at a standstill for the third consecutive day yesterday as most of its staff continued to refrain
 arrow Cops asked to take legal action
Police officers of the rank of sub-inspector and above have been empowered to take legal action against use of polythene shopping bags in the metropolitan areas and elsewhere.
 arrow Court quizzes JMB leader Sunny
A Dhaka court yesterday questioned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and four others in connection with two cases filed in December last year.
 arrow Gunmen try to take US Embassy in Syria
Militants attempted to storm the US Embassy in Damascus yesterday using automatic rifles, hand grenades and at least one van rigged with explosives, the government said.
 arrow Iran sets conditions for enrichment suspension
Iran has set a list of conditions in offering to consider a two-month suspension of uranium enrichment, but the United States has welcomed progress made in weekend talks between the EU and Iran.
 arrow 27 people killed in Iraq violence
Insurgents killed at least 27 people in Iraq yesterday, including six in a car bomb attack against a US convoy in Baghdad, security officials said.
 arrow 50 killed in stampede at Yemen election rally
At least 50 people were killed and 100 hurt in a stampede yesterday at a stadium in southern Yemen during an election rally by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a week ahead of polls already marred by violence.
 arrow Peace within reach in Kashmir: Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that peace was within reach in the divided region of Kashmir and challenged India to seize the opportunity to end the bloody conflict.
 arrow Pakistan has not done enough to control terrorism: Manmohan
Setting the tone ahead of his meeting with President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said Pakistan has not done enough to control elements like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Businessarrow Cabinet body sits today to decide on handover
Proposal for the sale of 67 per cent shares of Rupali Bank, including five conditions that the government has to fulfil before the bank's handover, looks set to be placed in a cabinet committee meeting
 arrow MCCI stresses raising productivity
Raising country's overall productivity to escape the poverty trap is strongly needed, said the Chamber News, a regular publication of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), in its editorial.
 arrow Private fixed telephone firms in great distress
Multiple problems have been crippling tremendous growth potential of the country's private PSTN (public switched telephone network) service.
 arrow Give SMEs access to loans
Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed once again has urged commercial banks and financial institutions to provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with access to finance by changing their attitude.
 arrow Beximco to raise fund again from overseas stock exchange
Beximco Group is once again going to raise funds from overseas stock market through global depository receipt (GDR).
 arrow Export licences of 4 shrimp factories cancelled
Export licences of four shrimp processing factories of Khulna have been temporarily cancelled due to the presence of a harmful chemical, Nitrofuran, in shrimps.
 arrow Wärtsilä to supply equipment for 34.92MW power plant of Summit
Wärtsilä will supply equipment for a 34.92MW power plant of Summit Power Limited to be constructed at Ashulia, Savar, says a press release.
 arrow A close look at Asian performance: Citigroup's economics takeout (Sept '06)

 arrow World economy at juncture: IMF
The world economy is at "an important juncture", International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato said Tuesday, mainly owing to the growing risk of a bigger-than-expected slowdown in the United States.
 arrow India firm on farm issues
Standing firm on agricultural issues in the suspended Doha Round of negotiations, India has underlined once again the need to correct the structural flaws in the world trade in agriculture arising out
 arrow Dollar holds steady against yen
The dollar held steady against the yen in Asian trade Tuesday after hitting a two-month high overseas on a rebound ahead of a Group of Seven meeting of finance ministers, dealers said.
 arrow France, Sweden find banned GMO traces in US rice
France and Sweden have discovered traces of a banned genetically modified substance in imported US rice, in tests which must be confirmed by EU laboratories, a European Commission source said Tuesday.
 arrow Volkswagen plans $540m car plant in India
Germany's Volkswagen AG plans to sell small cars in India by next year with an investment of 25 billion rupees (540 million dollars) to build a new manufacturing plant, a state official said Tuesday.
 arrow Videocon to buy Daewoo
India's biggest electronics firm VideoCon Industries signed an agreement Tuesday to buy debt-burdened South Korea's Daewoo Electronics for a reported 700 million dollars.
Sportsarrow Football: Clubs blast BFF
The clubs to take part in the inaugural Professional Football League (PFL) have accused the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) of being insincere about staging the tournament.
 arrow Cricket: And BCB it remains!
The cabinet approval on Monday to rename the country's most affluent sports federation as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in lieu of the Board of Control for Cricket in Bangladesh (BCCB) evoked more surprise
 arrow Cricket: Aussies see off WI scare
Australia returned to international cricket with a bang Tuesday, sparking an embarrassing West Indies batting collapse to win their opening DLF Cup one-dayer here by 78 runs. Set 280 to win at 5.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie to lead Ashes defence
Andrew Flintoff has beaten off competition from Andrew Strauss to captain England in the defence of the Ashes in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced when naming the squad here
 arrow Cricket: Tigers under the cosh
The Bangladesh cricket team, now preparing for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in India, had a lengthy training session yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Tennis: Bad day for local girls
All eight Bangladeshi participants crashed out of the girls' singles first round of the Sagufta ATF Under-14 Tennis Series yesterday at the Ramna National tennis Complex.
 arrow Football: Javed hattrick lifts Bachelors
A brilliant hattrick by Mohammed Javed enabled Bachelors Sporting Club to a facile 4-0 victory over Uttara Hockey Club in the Green Delta Metropolis First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani
 arrow Cricket: 9/11 cricket match held
Muslim imams and Christian clergy played each other in a friendly cricket match on Monday in a show of inter-faith unity to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
 arrow Football: Battle of Britain looms large
The all-British clash between Manchester United and Celtic at Old Trafford should ensure that Wednesday night's Champions League matches are not short of fireworks.
 arrow Football: Houllier unworried by Real
French champions Lyon begin what has become their annual quest to get past the quarterfinal stages of the Champions League against one of the competition's historic giants on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rooney to be unleashed
As Blackburn's Michael Gray will testify, Wayne Rooney suffers more than most from the pent-up frustration that afflicts professional footballers when they are prevented from plying their trade.
 arrow Football: Bayern top earnings list
Bayern Munich are the kings when it comes to earnings from the Cham-pions League, according to a report here Tuesday.
 arrow Hockey: Battle on for last four
Favourites the Netherlands defeated England 4-3 at the men's field hockey World Cup championship here Monday but their semifinal berth rests on the outcome of other teams' results.
 arrow Cricket: Not driven by racism
Darrell Hair, the Australian umpire at the centre of The Oval controversy last month, has hit out at suggestions that his decisions which led to the forfeiture of the Test were hasty, and, even worse,
 arrow Cricket: Inzy far from happy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq Tuesday termed his team's overall performance in England as "unsatisfactory", saying that the team badly needed to improve its fielding in one-day cricket.
 arrow Football: Legalised betting a possible solution
A legalised betting system is vital to winning the battle against match-fixing, according to Asian Football Confederation general secretary Peter Velappan.
 arrow Cricket: Imran slates ODI effort
Former cricket great Imran Khan Tuesday said he was dejected at Pakistan's poor performance in the one-day series against England's "weakest" outfit.
 arrow Cricket: Zim planning Test return
Zimbabwe coach Kevin Curran has revealed Zimbabwe are planning to return to Test cricket in November 2007, following their withdrawal at the start of this year.
 arrow National carrom from tomorrow
The three-day 4th National Carrom Championship will begin at the National Sports Council gymnasium tomorrow.
 arrow Chess: 5 share lead in women's chess
Tanima Parveen shared the lead with four others at the end of the second round of Begum Laila Alam Women's FIDE Rating chess tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: City crash at Reading
Premiership newcomers Reading notched up their second win of the season here Monday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over a toothless Manchester City side relegated to 10 men for the last 10 minutes.
 arrow Football: City crash at Reading
Premiership newcomers Reading notched up their second win of the season here Monday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over a toothless Manchester City side relegated to 10 men for the last 10 minutes.
 arrow Football: Hamburg test for Arsenal
Arsenal aim to finally get their season up and running on Wednesday when they travel to Germany to face SV Hamburg in the first Champions League Group G match.
 arrow Football: Only the world will do
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists winning the Champions League would not be enough to satisfy his desire for world domination.
 arrow Football: Aragones explains change of heart
Spain coach Luis Aragones has said he changed his mind about quitting because the Spanish Federation (RFEF) and his coaching assistants convinced him he had no reason to throw in the towel.
 arrow Football: Viduka to rejoin Socceroos
Socceroos captain Mark Viduka indicated Tuesday he would return to the Australian national team for next year's Asian Cup.
 arrow Football: Bus driver strands rowdy fans
A bus driver dumped his load of celebrating Marseille fans around 300km from home after becoming fed up with their rowdy antics.
 arrow Football: Rivals love to hate Chelsea: Boulharouz
Chelsea's recently signed Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz said he has been stunned by how rival players, and their cheeky fans, will behave to show their hatred of the London club.
 arrow Football: Diarra knowledge could be key
Mali midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is ready to use his inside knowledge to help Real Madrid avenge last season's Champions League defeat by his former club Olympique Lyon.
 arrow Football: Perrotta extends Roma contract
Roma midfielder Simone Perrotta has signed a two-year contract extension, the Serie A club confirmed on Monday. The 28-year-old Italy international's new deal will keep him at the club until 2010.
 arrow Football: Heinz signs for St Etienne
Former Czech international striker Marek Heinz will sign a three year deal with Saint Etienne, the French first division side said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: India PM pleads to Brazil
India will seek Brazil's help to improve football standards in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday ahead of a state visit to the South American nation.
 arrow Football: Eriksson pulls out of WC conference
Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is fed up with being branded a failure, according to UEFA president and fellow Swede Lennart Johansson.
 arrow Football: Jarolim, Kompany fit for Hamburg
Belgian defender Vincent Kompany and Czech midfielder David Jarolim have returned from injury to give SV Hamburg a timely boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Henry out of Hamburg trip
Arsenal will have to rely on young forwards Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie to lead the line in their crucial Champions League tie in Hamburg after Thierry Henry pulled out injured on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Pires needs another six months
Villarreal midfielder Robert Pires is recovering after undergoing a knee operation in the southern French city of Marseille, his Spanish club announced Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Today's inauguration by PM a political stunt
The scheduled inauguration of US$ 430 million Rajshahi Gas Project by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at Kharkhari on the outskirts of the city today is only a political stunt, said the leaders of local trade
 arrow 'Empowerment of EC a must for strengthening democracy'
The Election Commission (EC) has to be properly empowered for ensuring a formidable democratic system, speakers at a debate programme observed yesterday. "Reforms in the electoral system are a must.
 arrow Inadequate rainfall unlikely to hit Aman production
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday said the country would not face any setback in Aman production due to inadequate rainfall this year as the water crisis was already met through using deep tubewells
 arrow Set up nuclear power plant to meet growing demand
Academics yesterday suggested setting up of nuclear power generation plant to meet growing power demand in the country.
 arrow Develop tieswith Muslim nations
Jamaat Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami has called on the western societies to make fundamental paradigm shift in their attitude towards Muslims to make fruitful relations with the Muslim
 arrow Ebtedaee madrasa, community teachers to get same salary
Education Minister Osman Farruk yesterday said teachers of Ebtedaee Madrasas will soon get the same salary scale like the teachers of community primary school from the government exchequer.
 arrow Four labourers die in B'baria road accident
Four day-labourers were killed in a fatal accident at Bertala on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Sarail upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 13 DU students get Dean's Award
Faculty of Social Sciences of Dhaka University (DU) will give away prestigious "Dean's Award" to 13 students of different departments under the faculty for outstanding academic performance.
 arrow Duja annual seminar today
Annual seminar, 2006 of Dhaka University Journalists' Association (Duja) will be held today at Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Prof Shamsul Haque passes away
Prof M Shamsul Haque, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 80, says a press release. Prof Haque was also a former adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow Lightning kills 3 in Tangail
Three teenage boys were killed and five others injured seriously in two separate incidents of lightning at Kalihati and Gopalpur upazilas in the district yesterday.
 arrow Five get life for murder in Naogaon
The district court yesterday sentenced five men to life imprisonment for killing a co-villager at Tatarpur village in Mohadebpur upazzila nine years ago.
 arrow Two prisoners fall sick, die in hospital
Two prisoners of the Central Jail died at Sir Sallimullah Medical College Hospital in the city in the last two days. Krishnachandra Rajbankshi, 34, of Sutrapur, fell sick on Monday night, sources said.
 arrow Fabric worth Tk 1 crore seized
Customs officials unearthed an attempt to release cotton fabric worth about Tk 1 crore with fake documents and seized the fabric.
 arrow Put forward your demands to PMO as my initiative not enough
The members of BCS Economic Cadre, who placed their four-point demand at a meeting with Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman in the city yesterday, were advised to put forward their demands to the Prime Minister
 arrow Cop succumbs to injuries
A police constable, who received injuries during Sunday's hartal, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 546 RU staffs demand job confirmation
Five hundred and forty-six employees of Rajshahi University (RU), whose appointments have been mired in controversy, laid siege to the vice-chancellor's residence yesterday demanding confirmation of their
 arrow Information minister off to Jeddah
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam left here yesterday for Jeddah to attend a conference of information ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow EU team likely to arrive eight weeks ahead of election
The EU election observation team is likely to arrive in Bangladesh five to eight weeks ahead of the general election.
Nationalarrow Make position about Phulbari mine clear
Leaders of five Left parties at a rally in Phulbari yesterday urged the government to implement the agreement signed with the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources on August 30and
 arrow 12 to seek BNP ticket, back any party nominee but Nitai Roy
Twelve BNP aspirants yesterday said all of them would seek nomination from Magura-1 but would work jointly for any party nominee but former minister Nitai Roy Chowdhury.
 arrow Set up sessions judge's courts in CHT
Speakers at seminar here yesterday urged the government to take steps for creation of sessions judge's courts in the three hill districts as per the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regulation (Amendment) Act-2003,
 arrow Hartal observed in Moulvibazar for train service
A half-day hartal was observed in Kulaura, Juri and Baralekha upazilas in Moulvibazar district yesterday at the call of Sylhet Division Development Council to press reintroduction of Kulaura-Shahbajpur
 arrow Audit report submitted toUGC team
A five-member audit team of Patuakhali Science and Tech-nology University (PSTU) headed by its deputy controller Md Nizam Uddin on Monday handed over an internal audit report to the University GrantsCommission
 arrow Rangpur AL council today after 8 yrs
Rangpur district Awami League will hold its council today. The council was not held since 1997 due to intra-party feud, party sources said.
 arrow 6 pirates held with arms in Manikganj
Shivalya police arrested six pirates with two firearms from Alokdia area in the Jamuna Monday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Alarm bells are ringing'
Mike Moore, former prime minister of New Zealand and ex-head of the WTO, was in Dhaka from September 8-11, as one of the multi-national delegation organized by the NDI to assess the state of Bangladesh's
 arrow Food crisis in the offing?
The northern districts of the country suffered from prolonged drought during the rainy season of the current year.
 arrow The damage done
Barely a few days after ruling party secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's accusation that the opposition parties were making the country's constitutional bodies controversial, a judge was appointed
 arrow Teaching them a lesson
As long as the accumulated mint is there, monopoly in politics will be there. Being driven by this motto, politicians in the country erred, are immersed in blunders.
Culturearrow Films to inspire children
CHILDREN'S Film Society, Bangladesh had a programme of films at the Goethe Institut on 10th September. Films for children were also shown at the same premises on the 11th and the 12th.
 arrow Artifacts from brick kiln
Bashir is a self-taught artist, who is having his solo at the Zoom Gallery of Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Michael Moore takes on US health care
First, General Motors, then gun control, followed by George W Bush. Now rabble-rousing filmmaker Michael Moore has turned his irreverent camera on health care in America.
 arrow Sushmita Sen turns snake charmer
Beauty queen turned Bollywood actress, Sushmita Sen, doesn't just dazzle audiences, she charms snakes too.
 arrow Oitijhya bookfestival in eight district towns
A fifteen-day book festival organised by Oitijhya is on simultaneously at 8 different locations -- Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Narayanganj and Cox's Bazaar between September
 arrow fan mail!
In our monthly fan mail section this month we turn the spotlight on veteran film actor Razzak.
Internationalarrow Lanka govt, Tigers willing to talk, says Akashi
The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas have told Norwegian mediators they are willing to return to peace talks without conditions, Japan's peace envoy to the country said yesterday.
 arrow Developing states retool NAM for new era
Not aligned with whom? Developing countries in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) are working to make their Cold War-era group a united front with a sharper focus: countering not two superpowers, but one.
 arrow 25 civilians killed in Afghan offensive
At least 25 Afghan civilians are believed to have been killed and 7,000 families displaced in a major Nato operation against Taliban rebels, rights and government officials said yesterday.
 arrow New bird found in India after more than 50 yrs
A striking multi-coloured bird has been discovered in India's remote northeast, making it the first ornithological find in the country in more than half a century, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli court orders release of 18 Hamas lawmakers
An Israeli military court yesterday ordered the release of 18 Hamas lawmakers, including three Cabinet ministers.
 arrow Court convicts 4 for '93 Mumbai bombings
An Indian court yesterday found four members of a Muslim family, including a woman, guilty in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people, the first convictions in one of the world's longest
 arrow Militants kill couple in Kashmir
Suspected Islamic militants shot and killed a husband and his wife in a remote mountain village in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow NATO fight in Afghan south risks long-term aims
NATO troops have been sucked into bloody combat with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan that risks turning local opinion against them and undermining their ultimate goal of fostering reconstruction, analysts
 arrow Iran pledges help for security in Iraq
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, on his first official visit to Iran, yesterday won a pledge from the Islamic republic of unequivocal support in restoring security to the insurgency-plagued country.
 arrow 185 combatants killed in Sri Lanka in 6 days
A battle raging in northern Sri Lanka between government troops and Tamil rebels has killed 185 combatants over the past six days, government officials said yesterday.
 arrow Iran, Syria must work with int'l community to be accepted: Annan
Iran and Syria must work with the international community if they want to cease being isolated from world affairs, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said in an interview published in The Financial
 arrow Life in ruins after Guantanamo jailPakistani says
Mohammad Sagheer says the year he spent in prison in Guantanamo Bay has ruined his life. He has lost his saw-mill business, his family has sunk into debt and his children have had to quit school.
 arrow No let up in Kashmir rights abuse: HRW
Human rights abuses by security forces and Muslim militants continue unchecked in Indian Kashmir despite a three-year-old peace process between India and Pakistan, a global human rights group said yesterday.
 arrow Helicopter crash in Russia kills 11
At least 11 people, most of them high-ranking officers, died in a military helicopter crash near the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Brown moving into 10 Downing Street
British finance minister Gordon Brown, long tipped to take over from Prime Minister Tony Blair, is finally to move into 10 Downing Street -- even if he hasn't got the top job yet, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Quake shakes western China
A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook China's northwestern region of Xinjiang early yesterday, but there were no deaths or damage in the remote, unpopulated area, the government announced.
Editorialarrow Editorial: NDI's concerns
A National Democratic Institute (NDI) team from the United States, led by Tom Daschle, former Majority and Minority Leader of the US Senate, and composed of former Prime Minister of New Zealand Mike Moore,
 arrow Editorial: Water-logging woes
Incessant rains on Monday submerged many city streets and thoroughfares in the capital. It has caused immense suffering to the people all over.
 arrow Ah, yes, the constitution . . .
There are all these people in the government who are suddenly tempted to demonstrate their loyalty to the constitution.
 arrow Blairs's exit and Anglo-American relations
Prime Minister Tony Blair finally, under pressure, announced that he would leave office sometime next year.
 arrow Lebanese not out of the woods
Ceasefire violations in Lebanon continue taking place -- naturally from the Israeli side. To begin with, it is not the ceasefire proper.
Letters to Editorarrow The Muslim world
Muslims killing one another should simply be unacceptable to anybody who claims himself to be a Muslim.
 arrow Qawami education
I'm not against religious education. But I'm against low standard of education. Again, the government is playing with our education for power.
 arrow Shahjalal University
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, once known as the country's first Science and Technology University with its distinct curriculum and academic rigor, is about to lose its glorious image
 arrow Please don't threaten me
I have every reason now to live in fear and agony in my beloved country. I have every reason to verify myself as a Muslim. I have all the reasons to feel like a dead man. So, please don't threatenme.
 arrow Civic problems at Baridhara
I am forced to draw the attention of the highest authorities for the very simple reason that the officials at lower levels do not function at all without orders from the higher chain of commandunder
 arrow Science and life
There should be a human face of scientific ventures. History proves that science is not the ultimate means for human development.
 arrow Juvenile diabetes
Type 1 juvenile diabetes is becoming widespread in developed world and may hit Bangladesh soon.
 arrow "Let us go against the stream"
This refers to the above article written by Mohammad Badrul Ahsan published in your Friday, 1st September issue and I very much agree with most of the points raised by Mr. Ahsan.
 arrow Private universities
This in an undeniable fact that private universities of Bangladesh were once a matter of debate as they could not ensure quality education for the students.
Star Chittagongarrow Unplanned billboards spoil panoramic view of port city
Signboards and billboards erected in an unplanned way are spoiling the panoramic view of the port city and hampering public movement seriously.
 arrow Garbage problem turns concrete
Chittagong, the second largest city, is gradually losing its beauty and name as a clean one as the city corporation has turned a blind eye to garbage littering around city roads, streets and back lanes
Star Cityarrow Unlicensed blood banks pose threat to public health
Private blood banks and transfusion centres in the capital and elsewhere are running without licence, according to official sources.
 arrow A journey through 100 years
The few names that come to our minds when we mention Dhaka or Dhaka University (DU) -- Curzon Hall is one of them.
 arrow CNG cylinders need regular check up
The authorities' neglect of fitness monitoring of the CNG equipment installed in vehicles has resulted in fatal accidents in the city and elsewhere.
 arrow To a better, safer future...
Nurses and doctors were desperately trying to hold back their tears as the ceremony of handing over Shuchi took place.
 arrow Dhaka: Home away from home
When I first landed in Dhaka it was 11:30 pm. The flight was delayed for 20 hours. I got out of the airport and saw people hanging around outside it.
 arrow Dhaka: Home away from home
When I first landed in Dhaka it was 11:30 pm. The flight was delayed for 20 hours. I got out of the airport and saw people hanging around outside it.
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