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Front Pagearrow Bill gathers dust in JS for govt's apathy
The much-talked-about bill for separation of the judiciary from the executive has been gathering dust in parliament for over six months due to the government's insincerity towards Supreme Court (SC) directives
 arrow Heated debate in JS over Phulbari coalmine
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament locked horns with previous BNP government's energy minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain over the agreement on open-pit coal mining signed
 arrow Tougher movement if not reviewed
While workers organisations rejected the proposed pay structure for the garment sector, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday sought opinion from its members about
 arrow Indo-Bangla joint visit of erosion-hit areas from today
Water resources ministers of Bangladesh and India for the first time from today will start visiting jointly the trans-border areas affected by land erosion by the rivers shared by both countries.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 8 lakh from bank in Ctg
Armed robbers stabbed two cashiers and got away with Tk 8 lakh from a bank exploding cocktails in city's Halishahar area yesterday.
 arrow Proposal for opposition day in JS ignored in report
A parliamentary body has prepared a report recommending some amendments to rules of procedure of the Jatiya Sangsad, rejecting vital suggestions for introducing 'opposition days' in parliament and making
 arrow Babar backs cop action
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar threw his weight behind the cops yesterday, a day after the 'unprovoked' police action on Awami League lawmakers Mohammad Nasim and Asaduzzaman Noor during
 arrow Govt retreats from case dropping move
The government yesterday appealed to withdraw the petitions placed earlier for withdrawal of two cases filed against two brothers in connection with possession of 520 bottles of the contraband syrup Phensidyl.
 arrow Most hazardous, need national policy
Expressing grave concern over the environmental impact and hazardous working condition in the ship breaking industries in Chittagong, economists, academics and human rights activists at a national dialogue
 arrow Clashes mark hartal in Pabna, Nilphamari, Sirajganj
Police action and sporadic clashes marked yesterday's half-day hartal called by district units of main opposition Awami League (AL) in Nilphamari, Pabna and Sirajganj protesting Tuesday's police assault
 arrow SEC accuses Jamuna Bank top brass of insider trading
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a show-cause notice to Jamuna Bank Ltd, its directors, managing director and the company secretary in connection with concealing information from the
 arrow Rupali staff won't be retrenched
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the existing staff of Rupali Bank will not be retrenched despite privatisation of the bank.
 arrow PM threatens stern action against chaos, anarchy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday cautioned that any kind of chaos and anarchy in the name of movement would not be tolerated and that action would be taken under the law of the land if anyone took
 arrow FNB worried at Proshika staff arrests
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) yesterday expressed grave concern over the indiscriminate arrest of Proshika staff and asked the government to make public the reasons behind the recent crackdown
 arrow EU mission for talks to solve reform disputes
The visiting European Union (EU) mission yesterday stressed the need for dialogue among the political parties to solve disputes relating to reforms in the caretaker government and Election Commission.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshi citizens on Nimtola border under sadar upazila in Chuadanga and at Moheshpur border in Jhenidah in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow 2 unauthorised blood banks sealed off
A mobile court yesterday raided and sealed off two more unauthorised private blood banks where around 54 bags of hazardous blood had been collected from professional donors.
 arrow Foundation laid but no supply before 2009
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday laid the foundation stone for Rajshahi Gas Distribution Project, while the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources has no plan to supply gas to Rajshahi through
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout'
A man with criminal records was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Khilgaon in the capital in early hours yesterday.
 arrow Pumps overwork to irrigate Aman fields
Massive irrigation has been in operation round the clock to water over 17 lakh hectares of Aman paddy fields in 16 northern districts afflicted by prolonged drought in this rainy season.
 arrow Violence rages through Iraq; 65 bodies found
Police yesterday found the bodies of 65 men who had been tortured, shot and dumped, most around Baghdad, while car bombs, mortar attacks and shootings killed at least 30 people around Iraq and injured
 arrow World power split before crunch talks
The EU will resume crunch talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear work, officials said yesterday, as world power consultations at an atomic watchdog meeting betrayed differences over whether to crack
 arrow India,Myanmar to talk ways to stop arms supplies to rebels
India and Myanmar will discuss how to stop arms and supplies reaching Indian rebels who have bases in Myanmar, an Indian official said yesterday The four-day talks in New Delhi will also cover "effective
 arrow New Iran-EU talks set for today
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will hold new talks today with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, Solana's spokeswoman said.
Businessarrow Exports post 26.42pc rise in July of FY07
Export earning reached US$1.143 billion in the first month of the 2006-07 fiscal year posting a 26.
 arrow People's motivation stressed to mobilise internal resources
Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday called upon chartered accountants to motivate people for paying more taxes as it is a mandatory option.
 arrow Pran to export $1.5m products to Ghana
Pran Exports Ltd (PEL), a concern of Pran Group, will export products worth $1.5 million to Ghana in the next one year.
 arrow Salman to dispose of remaining stakes
Beximco Group Vice Chairman Salman F Rahman, also a sponsor director of International Finance and Investment Corporation (IFIC) Bank, has intended to dispose of his remaining 81,869 shares in IFIC Bank.
 arrow NGOs mull boycott of IMF, WB meet
Non-governmental organizations are discussing a boycott of the IMF and World Bank meetings in Singapore to protest the city-state's hardline stand against activists, organizers said Wednesday.
 arrow New trade body launches today
In a bid to provide better business advocacy to the country's businesspeople, a new trade body, International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB), is set to be launched today.
 arrow WB asks Nepal to punish loan defaulters
A World Bank official has urged the Nepali government to punish loan defaulters to justify the market economic system in the country, state-run The Rising Nepal reported here Wednesday.
 arrow Pakistan becomes Asem member
Pakistan has been admitted as a member of Asem, a club of European and Asian countries which aims at strengthening trans-continental ties.
 arrow Citibank seminar on Trade Risk Management
Citibank, NA Bangladesh organised a daylong seminar on 'Trade Risk Management' on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow US raises corn, soybean output forecasts
Productions of corn and soybean in the United States this year are likely to be bigger than estimated earlier, the Agriculture Department predicted Tuesday in its monthly crop report.
 arrow New chairman of Federal Ins
Md Lokman Chowdhury has recently been elected chairman of Federal Insurance Company Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow India for poor nations' greater voice in IMF
India urged yesterday finance ministers from the Commonw-ealth to make a united stand at next week's meeting of the Internation-al Monetary Fund, seeking a greater voice for poorer nations in the global
 arrow One Bank arranges Tk 26cr syndicated loan for ALLTEX
One Bank Ltd, as the lead banker, has arranged a syndicated term loan of Tk 26 crore for ALLTEX Industries Ltd, a 100 per cent export-oriented textile firm.
 arrow Oil eases back below $64
Oil dipped back below $64 a barrel on Wednesday as traders await the debate among members of the U.N. nuclear watchdog over Iran's atomic work.
Sportsarrow Cricket: CCL getting sick
There had been a lot of buzz when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) introduced a new competition to its domestic calendar named the Corporate Cricket League (CCL).
 arrow Football: PFL in dire straits
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will disregard the clubs' demand to postpone the proposed October transfer for the inaugural Professional Football League.
 arrow Football: Eve's football from today
Narayanganj will take on Shariatpur in the opening match of the first Inter-district women's football tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex today.
 arrow Tennis: Bangladeshis bow out
Chee Marcus of Malaysia upset top-seed Sinha Vishvesh of India 6-0, 6-3 in the boys' singles quarterfinal of the Sagufta ATF Under-14 Tennis Series at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch dump India
Australia thrashed their trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand 7-1 to gain the first semifinals berth in the men's field hockey world Championship here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Only way is to win
After the false start in Sri Lanka, India's season should finally get underway in the soothing surroundings of Kuala Lumpur's Kinrara Oval on Thursday afternoon.
 arrow Cricket: China next station: Huq
China is the next frontier in cricket's expansion and the world's most populous country is ready to take a giant leap forward, according to Asian Cricket Council chief executive Syed Ashraful Huq.
 arrow Handball: Sunnydale on fire
Sunnydale continued their good form as they put 19 goals past hapless Shishu Palli in the Sunnydale-Bexi Fabrics fourth Mini Handball tournament at the Women's Sports Complex in Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad slams Abbas ousting
Former captain Javed Miandad has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for removing team manager Zaheer Abbas in the wake of last month's Oval Test fiasco.
 arrow Cricket: Punter shocked at Freddie nod
Captain Ricky Ponting is surprised Andrew Flintoff got the nod to lead England in the Ashes but sees nothing in their squad to force Australia to alter its preparations.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky full of remorse
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has apologised for a "serious error of judgement" after confronting umpire Asad Rauf over a wide delivery in their one-day match against the West Indies here.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies fear Flintoff'
Australia "fear" Andrew Flintoff, selection chief David Graveney said Tuesday after unveiling the Lancashire all-rounder as the England captain for the defence of the Ashes.
 arrow Alonso blasts 'unsporting' Schumacher
Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso believes that for all his talent, German championship rival Michael Schumacher has been the most unsporting driver in the history of Formula One.
 arrow Hockey: Raju treble keeps Wari on track
Raju Sarker slammed a hattrick as Wari Club kept a perfect record in the Green Delta Insurance Metropolis First Division Hockey League thrashing Farashganj Sporting Club 4-1 at the Maulana Bhashani National
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi
The 14th NZ Textile Mills School kabaddi competition will begin at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court today.
 arrow Cricket: This Eng squad better: Warne
Australia spin wizard Shane Warne believes England's squad for the Ashes series is better than the one which earned England a series victory last year.
 arrow Football: Barcelona off to a flyer
Barcelona got their defence of the Champions League off to a flying start by giving out a 5-0 thrashing to Levski Sofia despite torrential rain, in their Group A match on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Fernando fires Valencia
Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes gave new club Valen-cia the perfect start in the Champions League on Tuesday with a hattrick in a 4-2 win in over Olympiakos Piraeus.
 arrow Football: Goalless start for Liverpool
Liverpool's bid to reclaim the Champions League trophy they won in 2005 got off to a solid start with a goalless draw away to PSV Eindhoven here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Roma breeze past Shakhtar
Roma rode their luck before sco-ring four goals in the last 23 minutes to secure an em-phatic 4-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening Champions League Group D match here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea off to a perfect start
Michael Ballack opened his goal-scoring account for Chelsea as his side began their bid for Champions League glory with a 2-0 win against Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho hints at hidden agenda
Jose Mourinho hinted that Chelsea were being targeted by European football's governing body UEFA after they earned four yellow cards in their 2-0 Champions League victory over Werder Bremen.
 arrow Football: Caneira shocker for Inter
Sporting Lisbon had a goal from Marco Caneira to thank for a crucial 1-0 Champions League Group B win over Italian giants Inter Milan, who had Patrick Vieira dismissed for two yellow cards.
 arrow Football: Too easy for Bayern
German champions Bayern Munich got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start with four second-half goals helping them to a comfortable 4-0 group victory over Spartak Moscow at the Allianz
 arrow Football: Makelele will answer France call
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele says he has no option but to answer his country's call again if France coach Raymond Domenech picks him for the next batch of Euro 2008 qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Lucio banned for three games
Bayern Munich's Brazil international Lucio was suspended for their three next cup matches by a German Football Federation (DFB) disciplinary commission on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann hints at return
Juergen Klinsmann dropped a sizeable hint that he may return to the managerial ranks in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
 arrow Football: Torres extends Atletico contract
Spain striker Fernando Torres has agreed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid until 2009, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: LeRoy appointed Ghana coach
Frenchman Claude Leroy has been named as coach of World Cup finalists Ghana, the country's football association confirmed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Tristan returns to Mallorca
Former Deportivo Coruna striker Diego Tristan has agreed a move to Real Mallorca, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Lennon recovers
Tottenham Hotspur's England winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from a knee injury and will travel to Prague for this week's UEFA Cup first-round, first-leg tie against Slavia Prague, the club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay prevails in heated battle
Defending champion Lindsay Davenport won her opening match while Daniela Hantuchova crashed to a 7-5, 6-2 defeat as the past came back to haunt the Slovak at the Wismilak International Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Take revenge for cop action on opposition men
Leaders of the 14-party opposition combine yesterday called upon the people to take revenge for Tuesday's police action on the protestors during the opposition's programme to lay siege to the Prime Minister's
 arrow 'Official Secrets Act, repression of journalists major obstacles'
Media experts at a seminar yesterday said Official Secrets Act, high tariff on newsprint and frequent repression of journalists are the main obstacles to ensuring freedom of the press and access to information.
 arrow Keep Tin Bigha corridor open round the clock
Residents of Dahagram-Angorpota enclave yesterday called on the government to take immediate measures to keep the Tin Bigha corridor open round the clock for their movement.
 arrow Two traders murdered in Meherpur, Chuadanga
Criminals allegedly belonging to outlawed party killed two traders in two separate incidents in Meherpur and Chuadanga for non-payment of extortion on Tuesday night.
 arrow Attendants of patients suffer
Hundreds of attendants of patients faced untold suffering following a restriction on their entry to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Govt urged to vote for arms trade control treaty at UN
With a view to sensitising the government in support for the control of arms business and arms terrorism, Bangladesh Development Partnership Centre (BDPC) and Bangladesh Network on Small Arms (BANSA)organised
 arrow UGC finds anomalies in Patuakhali Tech University
A four-member team of University Grants Commission (UGC) led by its Chairman Professor Dr M Asaduzzaman during a recent visit to Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) in Patuakhali found
 arrow Cop action on opposition leaders, workers condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the unprecedented police atrocities on the leaders and workers of the 14-party opposition combine during their Prime Minister's Office (PMO) siege program on
 arrow Field level health workers suspend hunger strike
Field level employees of the health sector have suspended their hunger strike programme till September 21 after the health secretary assured them of realising their demands within a week.
 arrow Hotel manager shot at Mirpur
Extortionists shot and injured a hotel manager at Mirpur in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Illegal ice-cream factory unearthed in Chittagong
A mobile court unearthed an illegal ice-cream factory at a residential area near Fakir Mohammed Road at Halishahar in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 7-day student strike called at RU
Students of Agriculture faculty of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday called a seven-day student strike from today on the campus to press their seven-point demand.
 arrow Independent inspectors to review state of sanitation
The local government ministry yesterday decided to appoint independent inspectors to review the country's sanitation situation as officials said 78.
 arrow Domestic help dies in rooftop fall in city
A domestic help died after falling from a six-storey building at Shantinagar in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Jahanara Begum, 24, of Banshkhali in Chittagong.
 arrow Hannan new envoy to Oman
The government has appointed M Abdul Hannan, currently serving as Deputy High Commissioner, Bangladesh, as the Ambassador to Oman.
 arrow RMG worker killed after rape in Gazipur
A garment worker aged around 18 was raped and killed at Boroichhuti village of Kaliakoir in the district on Monday night.
 arrow RU admission test Dec 3
The first year honours admission test of Rajshahi University (RU) for 2006-2007 sessions will begin on December 3.
Nationalarrow Opposition to cash in on 'flouted' polls pledges in Rangpur
In the coming election, Awami League and its allies will cash in on BNP-led alliance government's alleged failure in fulfilling its 2001 polls pledges on major local issues.
 arrow BNP, Jamaat face-off in B'Baria-4 constituency
Alliance partners BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are in a face-off over nomination from Brahmanbaria-4 constituency (Akhaura and Kashba upazilas) in the coming election.
 arrow Khagrachhari AL 'dumps' Kalpa Ranjan Chakma
Intra-party feud in Khagrachhari Awami League has deepened with majority of front ranking leaders opposing nomination of former minister and lawmaker Kalpa Ranjan Chakma from the parliamentary seat for
 arrow Abductors sue victim's father in Satkhira
The abductors who kidnapped two schoolboys here on September 6 are yet to be arrested.
 arrow 2 patients die at Cox's Bazar Hospital in 2 days Neglect alleged
Two patients died at Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital in last two days due to neglect by hospital staff, their relatives claimed.
 arrow Hearing deferred again in Khulna
The date for framing charges against 19 accused of the August 17 serial blasts cases here including Jamaat'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) kingpins Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and
 arrow Rangpur AL council now on Sept 21
Council of Rangpur district Awami League, scheduled to be held yesterday, will now take place on September 21.
Point-Counterpointarrow Crisis at Biman
Strat-e-gy [strat-e-jee] (plural strat-e-gies) noun. A carefully devised plan of action to achieve a goal, or the art of developing or carrying out such a plan. THERE you have it.
 arrow Invasion of the managers
INDIA has achieved global respect for its managerial talents and many Indians are enjoying top positions in the American corporate world.
 arrow Lost in translation?
ONE of the subtexts of Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation is to remind us in a very witty but subtle manner of the accuracy or truth being lost in the complex processes of crossing
Culturearrow Bangladeshi documentary going to Emmys
This is the third time a docu-mentary film produced by ATN Bangla has been nominated to participate at the Interna-tional Emmy Award, which will be announced on November 20 in New York.
 arrow Group art exhibition at Gallery Zainul
Art works of eleven graduates from the seven departments of Institute of Fine Arts (IFA), with an outstanding academic background, are on display at Gallery Zainul, IFA.
 arrow Adaptation of Humayun Ahmed's novel on ntv
Megh Bolechhe Jabo Jabo, a novel by celebrated author Humayun Ahmed, has been adapted into a 52-episode drama serial. The first episode of the serial will be aired today at 8:25 pm on ntv.
 arrow Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in Ami Tumi R...
In the next episode of Ami Tumi R..., a talk show featuring renowned cultural personalities from both Bangladesh and West Bengal, actor Sabyasachi Chakrabarty is the guest artiste.
 arrow Cultural programme at Loknath Ashram
Suchana Shilpi Ghosthi organised a two-day cultural function at Kalibari Loknath Ashram in the district town marking the 276th birth anniversary of Baba Loknath Brahmachari, noted spiritual man.
Generalarrow Sust academic activities yet to begin
Though Shahjalal University of Engineering and Technology (Sust) reopened on August 9 after about three months of unscheduled closure, it is still virtually closed, as academic activities have not begun
 arrow Lightning kills 9 in Kushtia
Nine people were killed and at least 25 were injured in separate incidents of lightning in Kushtia, Chuadanga and Meherpur on Tuesday.
 arrow Court decision today
A Dhaka court will give decision today on the government petition for withdrawal of a criminal case filed against 11 BNP leaders and activists saying the case was filed with 'political motivation'.
 arrow Two shot at Mirpur
Extortionists shot and injured a hotel manager and a construction worker in separate incidents at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow BCL strike at CU from today
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit will enforce an indefinite strike on the campus from today to press their three-point demand including withdrawal of a case against itsseven
 arrow Allowances for widows, divorcees increased
Allowances for the widows and divorcees have been increased by 21 crore to Tk 156 crore for helping the helpless women under a social safety net.
 arrow 2 RMG factories ransacked
ARC Garments and Oko Textile in South Panshail area in Gazipur were ransacked following a clash between the workers of the two garment factories yesterday morning.
 arrow Schoolgirl dies in road accident in Rangamati
A schoolgirl died in a road accident at Moghachhari under Kawkhali upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Chevening Unilever Scholarship
Unilever Bangladesh Limited and the British High Commission signed an agreement on September 11, 2006 to jointly fund a Chevening Scholarship titled the 'Unilever Chevening Scholarship' for a Bangladeshi
 arrow Pak HC gives 2 ambulances to Ctg health deptt
The high commissioner of Pakistan handed over two ambulances to Chittagong Divisional Health Department yesterday.
 arrow Police informer found dead
The police recovered the body of a DB police informer from Dhanmondi area in the city on Tuesday night.
Internationalarrow US arms experts press for tighter provisions
US weapons experts are calling on the US Senate to tighten provisions of a landmark civilian nuclear deal with India despite warnings by New Delhi that it cannot accept any more restrictions.
 arrow NAM summit calls for unconditional talks
Representatives from more than 100 developing nations meeting in Havana called Tuesday for unconditional negotiations to resolve the tense standoff over Iran's nuclear programme.
 arrow Maoists accuse Nepal's army of arms transport from India
Nepal's Maoist rebels yesterday accused the country's army of transporting arms from India, refusing to accept denials by ceasefire monitors and the military.
 arrow Top Israeli gen quits over Lebanon war
A top Israeli general resigned yesterday, becoming the first official to quit over the Lebanon war and fuelling calls for further heads to roll over the conflict that failed to achieve its main aims.
 arrow First big galaxies were forged 700m years after 'Big Bang’
Astronomers peering into deep space believe that the first big galaxies in the Universe were forged around 700 million years after the "Big Bang" that initiated the cosmos.
 arrow Saddam prosecutor demands trialjudge step down
The prosecutor in the genocide trial of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein demanded yesterday that the chief judge resign, saying he was too lenient with defendants who had threatened lawyers and witnesses.
 arrow Indian plane diverted after security scare
An Indian Airlines plane flying into Dubai was diverted to an air base in the Gulf emirate late Tuesday after a security scare which turned out to be unfounded, a civil aviation official said yesterday The
 arrow Jumping robot
Toyota said yesterday it has developed a robot leg that can jump like a human's, an evolution from today's stiff-jointed machines. The one-meter (3.
 arrow British police seize hundreds of guns during Kent raids
British police seized hundreds of guns during coordinated dawn raids in the southeast county of Kent, a spokesman said, adding that one man was arrested.
 arrow Atlantis crew lose second bolt during spacewalk
Two astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis lost a bolt during a spacewalk yesterday, the second day in a row a bolt has gone missing during a spacewalk, NASA said.
 arrow 'Iraq war was a mutated form of revenge'
US filmmaker Oliver Stone, who dramatised the horror of September 11 with "World Trade Center," yesterday condemned the Iraq war as a "mutated" form of revenge.
 arrow Don't say Pluto, say 134340
Once the proud outermost planet of the Solar System, Pluto has been consigned to the status of a small-town telephone number after the world's paramount astronomical body tore up its membership of the
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ruthlessness syndrome
By any previous standards, Tuesday's police beating of opposition activists was unprecedented in terms of ruthlessness that was clearly out of sync with standard police behaviour in a democracy.
 arrow Editorial: On billboards
Over the years there has been a marked proliferation of signboards and billboards in the city. Granted, it's a natural trend in a free market economy, but there is a flip-side to it.
 arrow United against terror -- are we?
The war against global terror initiated after 9/11 (second of its kind, the first was launched by Ronald Reagan) continues with no end in sight.
 arrow Patience at Phulbari
If democracy is for the people why should the people tolerate any governmental action which affects the people adversely in the name of "flood of development"? The reasons for choosing open-pit mining,
 arrow "People's" participation
The measurement of democratic norms is an inexact science that is often manipulated to suit the country, entity, or individual taking that measurement.
Letters to Editorarrow HSC results
This year's HSC and equivalent examination results were published on September 7 with some upward trend in the pass percentage and top graders. The result shows an overall pass percentage of 65.
 arrow The future of democracy
I read Mr. Badiul Alam Majumdar's column 'Elections and the future of democracy' on 'Point-Counterpoint' with great interest.
 arrow Violence during hartal
The police and pickets often get embroiled in bloody clashes during opposition programmes. This barbaric practice must come to an end in the interest of all.
 arrow Bangladeshi community in UK
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Mr. Md. Anwarul Kabir, Assistant professor of AIUB for his article entitled 'A Glimpse of the UK Bangladeshi Community' published recently in your daily.
 arrow Phulbari coal: some questions
While condoling the loss of lives at Phulbari, I cannot but praise the courage and unity of the people to protect their interest related to resources and the environment.
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