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Front Pagearrow Ice starts melting
The much-awaited dialogue between the ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) over electoral reforms now appears only a matter of time as the BNP secretary general yesterday gave his counterpart a
 arrow Power minister removed
State Minister for Power Major General (retd) Anwarul Kabir Talukder MP was removed from the post last night just hours into his announcement that he will resign today.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai file 'conditional' applications
Militant kingpins Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai yesterday filed 'conditional' applications seeking permission to appeal against their death penalty in the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday.
 arrow FDI in power sector falls but shoots up in telecom sector
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the power sector has declined by 30 percent a year on average in the last four years as the government failed to press through new power schemes for lack of decisions
 arrow Three small power projects set to open
When the country is reeling under more than 2,000 MW of load-shedding, the government is planning on formal inauguration of three power projects -- including a half megawatt one.
 arrow Prospects for free, fair polls in Bangladesh bleak
UK Parliamentary Human Rights Group said the prospect for free and fair general elections in Bangladesh is looking bleak with only a month to go before the caretaker government takes office.
 arrow More attacks on Power offices
Demonstrations by the people demanding uninterrupted power supply continued yesterday in different regions of the country while police filed cases against about 22,100 unidentified persons in the capital
 arrow RMG workers' ultimatum
Different workers organisations in readymade garment (RMG) sector yesterday gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the government and the factory owners for fixing wages of the workers.
 arrow Hosaf rejoinder and our reply
The Hosaf Group in a statement on The Daily Star news on Barapukuria Coal Mine published September 25 said neither Hosaf nor the CMC manipulated any government or agencies to get the coalmine projectunder
 arrow BCL leader murdered in Bogra
A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed by a gang of miscreants in front of his house at Fulbari in Bogra town early yesterday.
 arrow A night scene...


 arrow Billboard lights yet to be turned off
A good number of billboards in the city were found illuminated last evening although power supply authorities asked to put those out following the ongoing acute power crisis in the capital and elsewhere
 arrow Aziz retires as judge today
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz, who is also a sitting judge of the Appellate Division, retires from the Supreme Court (SC) today.
 arrow BSF kills youth in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed a Bangladeshi youth near Hardona border on Thursday night.
 arrow Cops beaten up in Ctg for extortion
A mob beat up four cops and damaged their vehicle reportedly for extorting money from innocent people in the city's Ambagan area early yesterday.
 arrow Kumari Puja today
Hindu devotees will observe Kumari Puja, worshipping the virgin form of devi (goddess) Durga, at different puja mandaps across the country today.
 arrow Jamaat sees no success if only AL, BNP hold reform talks
Jamaat-e-Islami, a partner of the BNP-led ruling coalition alliance, has shown negative attitude towards the initiative of secretary-general talks between the BNP and main opposition Awami League on the
 arrow British minister due today
British Chief Secretary to the treasury Stephen Timms MP arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit.
 arrow Thai junta picks retired general as new PM
Thailand's ruling junta has picked a former army chief to be the new prime minister, local media and a government official said yesterday, more than a week after the coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra.
 arrow US House approves Iran sanctions bill
The House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation to ramp up economic pressure on Iran, in an effort to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear programme.
 arrow Senate okays US detainee interrogation bill
Republicans succeeded this week in pushing through a key piece of President Bush's anti-terror agenda, passing along party lines legislation that would endorse the military programme to detain and interrogate
 arrow Musharraf had a crush on a Bangalee girl
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had a crush, in his teens, on a girl from erstwhile East Pakistan living in Karachi and even opted for an army unit based there so that he could spend time with her.
 arrow Rab recovers 4kg heroin in Bogra
The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 4kg heroin worth about Tk 4 crore from a Dhaka bound bus at Fultola on the outskirts of Bogra town yesterday noon.
Businessarrow Feeder vessel operators mull fresh surcharge
Singapore-based Chittagong Feeder Trade Committee (CFTC), a platform of feeder vessel operators, plans to impose additional surcharge again on Chittagong-bound cargo containers shortly due to heavy congestion
 arrow USAID to continue support for shrimp industry
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will continue its support for the development of Bangladesh's shrimp industry that is struggling to cope with quality shrimp exports to the West due
 arrow India cautions private air carriers against blind competition
Against the backdrop of mounting losses suffered by India's private air carriers, the government has cautioned them against blind competition, including fare war, and asked them to shore up their finances.
 arrow Maintenance to cut production cost, up output
Speakers at an international seminar yesterday stressed the need for maintaining production sector properly to boost output and avoid any untoward events, adding that proper maintenance can reduce production
 arrow India's Mahindra & Mahindra buys 67.9pc stake in German firm
India's leading company Mahindra and Mahindra has clinched a deal to buyout German forging firm Jeco Holdings AG in the biggest overseas acquisition by an Indian company in auto component sector.
 arrow EU seeks to attract more cartel whistleblowers
The European Union on Friday proposed new measures aimed at attracting whistleblowers within trade cartels, and to streamline the national and bloc-wide systems used to break them up.
 arrow Apec eyes stronger SME cooperation
Ministers of 21 Apec economies directed members of the regional forum's Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) to ensure that they more effectively experience, undertake high-quality research
 arrow Opec unlikely to meet before Dec
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has no plan to hold a meeting before its scheduled conference in December, an Opec official said on Friday.
 arrow Gulf group to build $43b city in Pakistan
Pakistan has allotted 12,000 acres of land to a Gulf construction group to develop two islands off the Karachi coastline at a cost of 43 billion dollars, officials said Friday.
 arrow Nepal's foreign employment up 25pc
Nepali people leaving the country for employment abroad recorded an increase of 25 percent in the first two months of the current financial year starting in mid-July.
 arrow China to grow 10.5pc in '06
China's growth is slowing marginally but the economy is still forecast to grow by a super-fast 10.5 percent this year, the central bank's research bureau said in a report published Friday.
 arrow UN aviation agency drawing up new list of banned items
The United Nations aviation agency is drawing up a new list of items passengers cannot carry on the board the aircraft in its continuing effort to make travel safe and thwart any attempt by terroristto
 arrow Unctad calls for speedy resumption of WTO talks
Underlining the need to open up the markets of developed nations to the poorer countries, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Secretary General Supachai Panitchpakdi has urgedthe
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
September 24-September 28, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Hockey: MSC set Usha clash
Goals by Mamunur Rahman Chayan and Maksud Alam Habul either side of the break helped Mohammedan Sporting Club emerge Group B winners in the Shah Sports Club Cup Hockey Tournament with a 2-0 win over Dhaka
 arrow Cricket: Rain threatens today's practice match
The chances of Habibul Bashar's men playing today's second practice game at BKSP looked remote due to inclement weather.
 arrow Chess: Zia closer to title
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman continued his dominance in the senior section of the Second University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess Tournament after end of the eighth round at the Chess Federation hall-room
 arrow Football: Football for indigenous people
Talthipara Jumo defeated Thirkupara Mitali Club 3-2 in the tiebreaker in the opening match of the Sargram Mazi Memorial indigenous football tournament at the Kakonhat high school ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Sana Sangha Div II champs
Sana Smriti Sangha lifted the Namira 2nd Division Football League title with a crushing 4-0 victory over Dautia Bulbul Sangha at the Shaheed Mirja-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Safety no issue: BCCI
India's cricket chiefs added a new twist to the Darrell Hair saga on Friday, insisting there were no security concerns that forced him off the Champions Trophy panel.
 arrow Cricket: Younis to lead Pakistan
Younis Khan will lead Pakistan's cricket team in next month's Champions Trophy in India after the ICC slapped a four-match ban on captain Inzamamul Haq, officials said.
 arrow Football: Five-month lay-off for Eto'o
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o will be sidelined for up to five months after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Primera Liga club said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Hair not leaving soon
Darrell Hair cut a lonely figure when he was brought to face the world's media at The Oval seconds after an ICC spokesman had revealed that he had been withdrawn from the Champions Trophy on "safety and
 arrow Cricket: Greats urge Hair removal
Former Pakistani Test cricketers and fans Friday called for Darrell Hair to quit as an umpire or be sacked after captain Inzamamul Haq was cleared of ball tampering.
 arrow Cricket: Guessing game proved costly
Umpire Darrell Hair was accused of "guessing" when he punished Pakistan for ball-tampering, according to a key witness at captain Inzamamul Haq's disciplinary hearing.
 arrow Hockey: Australia on top
Striker Nikki Hudson set up Australia's second win in the women's World Cup field hockey tournament here on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over the United States.
 arrow Cricket: More precious than Bush, Blair?
There were more than a few raised eyebrows last week when Darrell Hair told reporters that he was down to umpire in the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza follows Hingis
A day after she sent top seed Martina Hingis crashing out of the Korea Open, Sania Mirza was eliminated Friday by Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual.
 arrow Football: Easy sailing for British clubs
English Premier-ship clubs Tottenham, New-castle and Black-burn shrugged off their mediocre domestic form to reach the UEFA Cup group stages on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Palermo pound Hammers
Palermo reached the second round of the UEFA Cup after thrashing English Premier-ship club West Ham 3-0.
 arrow Football: Dogfight at the top
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia remain the only un-beaten teams in the Spanish first division after four games and the three Spanish giants will try to extend their streak this weekend.
 arrow Football: O'Neill faces Mourinho test
Jose Mourinho will cross swords with Martin O'Neill on Satur-day for the first time since getting the better of the Northern Irishman in a memorable and controversial UEFA Cup final in 2003.
 arrow Football: Spain drop Raul
Real Madrid's Spanish international captain Raul has been left off the squad chosen by national boss Luis Aragones for next week's Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden.
 arrow Football: Uncapped trio in German squad
Coach Joachim Loew has called up three untried players to Germany's squad for next month's matches against Georgia and Slovakia.
 arrow Football: Dutch call-up for Van Bommel
Bayern Munich playmaker Mark van Bommel has been given the nod by national boss Marco van Basten to return for the Netherlands for Euro 2008 qualifiers next week against Bulgaria and Albania.
 arrow Cricket: Gesture ignited forfeit
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq had made a gesture to upset umpire Darrell Hair which resulted in his walking out of a meeting to explore ways to rescue the fourth Test against England on the fourth day
 arrow Cricket: Bird expects law changes
Former umpire Dickie Bird believes the Inzamamul Haq affair will bring about a change in the laws on ball-tampering.
 arrow Cricket: Walter Hadlee passes away
Former New Zealand cricket captain Walter Hadlee, the father of bowling great Sir Richard Hadlee and two other Test players, died on Friday aged 91.
 arrow Cricket: WC officials warn of invalid tickets
World Cup officials have warned people buying tickets from internet auction sites that they will not be valid for the event in the Caribbean in March.
 arrow Football: Domenech to reign till 2010
France coach Raymond Domenech has been given a contract which will keep him with the world finalists until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
 arrow Football: Mido taunts Campbell
Mido has thrown a huge handful of spice into the build-up to Tottenham's Premiership clash with Portsmouth on Sunday by branding Sol Campbell "the easiest defender I've ever played against.
 arrow Football: Silvestre struck down
Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre will not play again until the middle of November because of a foot injury, United's assistant manager Carlos Queiroz said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Romario to play for Adelaide
Brazilian superstar Romario will play a four-match guest stint with Adelaide United, the club said Friday, in a coup for Australia's A-League.
 arrow Football: Bayern's time to cash in
With just five games gone in the Bundesliga season the table has a familiar look about it with reigning champions Bayern Munich staring down at the rest of the division.
 arrow Football: Lyon look to pull clear
Pride will be at stake for French giants Marseille who turn their attention back to domestic duty after their humiliating exit from the UEFA Cup by little Czech side Mlada Boleslav on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Make or break for Inter
Serie A leaders Inter Milan can ease some of the pain caused by a second successive Champions League defeat by taking three points from Sunday's league match at Cagliari.
 arrow Football: A study in contrasts
One club is the table-topping overwhelming favourite in Serie A, home of the world champions (well, most of them anyway).
 arrow Football: Bates cleared in 'race' row
Leeds chairman Ken Bates escaped a misconduct charge for his comments about former club, and English champions, Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Moratti to be quizzed
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti will be quizzed by Italian football federation (FIGC) investigators next week on the club's role in the Serie A match-fixing scandal, according to press reports hereFriday.
 arrow Football: Boro ban 'bung' agent
England coach Steve McClaren's agent Colin Gordon has been banned by Middlesbrough for the last five years, according to the English Premiership club's chief executive Keith Lamb.
 arrow Football: Asamoah sidelined
Schalke 04's German international striker Gerald Asamoah will miss most of the season after suffering an horrific double leg fracture during his side's 3-1 UEFA Cup defeat at Nancy on Thursday night.
 arrow Football: Mikel braced for Premiership start
Jon Obi Mikel is hopeful he can consign the acrimony that preceded his move to Chelsea to history by starting a Premiership match for the first time when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger concerned about English clubs
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday expressed his concerns about the number of foreign owners of Premiership clubs.
 arrow Football: Gourcuff out for three weeks
AC Milan midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is expected to be out of action for about three weeks after badly bruising a rib, the Serie A club said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Resist open-pit mining at Fulbari
Speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday called for resisting Asia Energy or any other company which will try to conduct open-pit mining at Fulbari in Dinajpur district.
 arrow Recognition given on political consideration
Academicians at a seminar in the city yesterday said curriculum and syllabus of the Alia madrasa and Qaumi madrasa must be thoroughly redesigned in a bid to modernise the madrasa education system.
 arrow 'None can be made CG chief if past political affiliation considered'
Energy Advisor Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said none could be made the chief of caretaker government if his affiliation with any political organisation during student life is considered.
 arrow DFID provides Tk 1,300cr for pry edn
The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing Tk 1,300 crore for the primary education development programme (PEDP)-II through a pooled funding arrangement managed by the Asian Development
 arrow Oct 1, 2001 a dark episode: AL
Bangladesh Awami League (AL) will observe the fifth anniversary of the last national election tomorrow, which they termed as a dark episode in the history of Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow British HC meets Hasina
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Shaikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence and exchanged views on the latest development in pre-election
 arrow 400 sacks of looted urea fertiliser recovered
Police yesterday recovered 400 sacks of urea fertiliser looted from the store of Lutfar Kazi, brother of Kazi Rafiq MP of Sariakandi.
 arrow Lancet prioritises reducing maternal deaths
The Lancet, one of the world's leading medical journals, has published a landmark series of research papers on reducing maternal mortality in developing countries.
 arrow Jubo Dal central leader held with pistol in Comilla
A central leader of Jubo Dal was arrested along with a licensed pistol from Dharmapur area in the town last night.
 arrow Depression moves northwestwards
The depression over northwest Bay and adjoining west central Bay moved northwestwards and was centred about 715-km southwest of Chittagong port, 695-km southwest of Cox's Bazar port and 510-km southwest
 arrow Army inter-area annual Qirat, Azan contest held
The prize distribution ceremony of the Inter-Area Qirat and Azan Competition-2006 of Bangladesh Army was held at the Army Central Mosque at Dhaka Cantonment after Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow Housewife hacked to death
A housewife was allegedly hacked to death by her husband at Garaber village in Kazipur upazila on Wednesday night. Police said Dudu Miah hacked Shefali, 24, to death following a family feud at 7:30pm.
 arrow 4 college teachers assaulted by Shibir men
Four college teachers were assaulted by the Shibir men on the Satkhira City College Campus Thursday.
 arrow Pak president to give proceeds from book sale to charity
Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf plans to give the proceeds from the sale of his new book, "In The Line of Fire," to a foundation or charity that promotes either women's causes or poverty alleviation,
Nationalarrow Feud shatters alliance hope in Netrakona-3
Feud over nomination has shattered BNP's prospect for retaining the Netrakona-3 Jatiya Sangsad seat in the coming parliamentary election.
 arrow PDB asks mosques, Puja bodies to buy generators
Power supply authorities in Nilphamari have advised committees at mosques and Durga Puja mandops to arrange generators during Tarabi and Puja.
 arrow No polls without reforms: Menon
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon has said the 14-party opposition alliance will not take part in election without reform of caretaker system and the Election Commission.
 arrow Century-old R&H tree axed in Kishoreganj
A century-old Mehagoni tree along the footpath near the residences of Kishoreganj Deputy Commi-ssioner (DC) and the Police Superintendent is being axed.
 arrow Section 144 clamped in Nabinagar
The district administration clamped Section 144 in and around Nabingar Pilot High School ground yesterday as two rival factions of Awami League (AL) called councils there at the same time.
 arrow 5 handed over to BDR at flag meeting
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a flag meeting at Munshipur border point yesterday handed over five abducted Bangladeshis to BDR.
 arrow Rangpur AL council today after 9 years
Rangpur district Awami League council will be held at the Town Hall today after nine years.
Point-Counterpointarrow How free is our civil society?
The Chairman of the Board of Investment withdrew the defamation case against the Trustees and the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue through the good or bad offices of some diplomats.
 arrow Are we advancing towards a fair election?
Recent political crisis stemming from the Awami League (AL)-led opposition's reform proposals for the caretaker government (CG) and the election commission is at its final stage.
 arrow Educate girls for social benefit
Begum Rokeya wrote in her 'Sultana's Dream', "We have no hand or voice in the management of our social affairs.
Culturearrow Wanted: Talented theatre actresses
Thirty-four years after the introduction of neo-theatre movement, we can boast of several achievements. However, there are certain problems which are affecting the Bangladeshi theatre.
 arrow Kafil's concert draws an exciting end to Kamal's exhibition
Music lovers at Alliance Francaise were treated with 15 songs of tenderness and courage by Kafil Ahmed on the occasion of closing of artist Kamal Uddin Talukder's 2nd solo exhibition Shey Amar Apon
 arrow Special TV programmes on Durga Puja
Trinoyona, a special programme of Durga Puja will the aired at 9:50 pm on October 1 on ntv. The programme starts with Rathindranath Roy's rendition of a hymn to the Goddess.
 arrow 'U.S. vs. John Lennon' reopens battle scars
"The U.S. vs. John Lennon" is for moviegoers who have been wondering what happened to a generation's anti-war movement.
Generalarrow BSF picks up 6 Bangladeshis
Indian Border Security Force at Mogalhat point arrested six Bangladeshi nationals yesterday and took them to India when they were fishing in the Dharla River, BDR sources said.
 arrow One to die, 5 get life in Bagerhat
District Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced a man to death and five others, including a woman, to life term in jail in a sensational murder case.
 arrow 'People's confidence in BNP further increases'
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said here yesterday people's confidence in BNP has further increased following various pragmatic programmes implemented by the government
 arrow 4 cops injured in B'baria gunfight
Four cops were injured in a gunfight with robbers at Kuti Dakhhinpara village in Kosba upazila early yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided the village to arrest a gang of robbers.
 arrow US under secy praises Bangladesh
Dr Paula Dobriansky, under secretary for democracy and global affairs, has praised the Bangladesh government for successful girls' education programmes, but observed more needs to be done to remove the
 arrow Fifth edition of BBC Sanglap begins today
The recording of the fifth edition of BBC Bengali Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will take place at the Media Centre of Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre today, says a press release.
 arrow Journo beaten by Jubo Dal activists at Keraniganj
A local journalist was beaten mercilessly by the Jubo Dal activists here yesterday over publication of a report.
 arrow JCD factions clash in Rajbari
Three people were injured, two of them seriously, in a clash between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Rajbari Govt College campus on Thursday.
 arrow Charfashion UZ comes under digital phone network
Charfashion upazila under Bhola district yesterday came under modern digital telephone network along with internet facilities.
Internationalarrow Potential row over Pak terror charges defused
British Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed Thursday to have defused a potential row with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf over claims that his country's intelligence services are backing Islamist extremism.
 arrow Lankan war imperils civilians, tsunami aid
A deadly new chapter in Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war is putting the lives of thousands of civilians at risk and derailing efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the 2004 tsunami, a senior UN envoy
 arrow Amnesty slams abuse of Pak terror suspects
Rights group Amnesty International condemned yesterday the abuse of terrorist suspects caught in Pakistan, saying hundreds had "disappeared," while others were tortured or sold on to US authorities.
 arrow Abe maps out Japan's foreign policy
Japan's new nationalist prime minister pledged Friday to make his country a decisive force on the international stage and push for a reduction of tensions with China and South Korea.
 arrow Palestinian unity cabinet efforts in jeopardy
Efforts to form a Palestinian unity government, seen as key to solving an unprecedented crisis, are in jeopardy over entrenched differences with Hamas, a Fatah party spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Militants enforce strike in Kashmir
Shops, businesses and schools shut down in the Indian portion of Kashmir yesterday to protest the upcoming execution of a Kashmiri man convicted of plotting a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament.
 arrow Russian officials pull out of Georgia in spying row
Russia began pulling out some of its diplomats and their families from Georgia on Friday as the small ex-Soviet state pressed spying charges against a group of Russian army officers.
 arrow Democrats want to 'cut & run from Iraq: Bush
Battered by Democrats over a new intelligence report, President George W Bush fought back on Thursday in an election-year speech, saying Democrats represented the party of "cut and run" from Iraq.
 arrow 'US far behind Iraq rebuilding goals'
The United States has slumped well short of its goals in rebuilding Iraq, with production in the critical oil sector still languishing below pre-war levels, a government audit warned Thursday.
 arrow First woman space tourist returns to Earth
The world's first female space tourist was greeted with fresh fruit and a bouquet of roses when she and the two crew members of the 13th International Space Station mission landed yesterday in the steppes
 arrow Brother-in-law, nephew of Saddam trial judge killed
The brother-in-law and the nephew of the chief judge in the Saddam Hussein genocide trial have been murdered by gunmen in Baghdad, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Bush concealing level of Iraq violence
The Bush administration is concealing the level of violence against US troops in Iraq and the situation there is growing worse despite White House and Pentagon claims of progress, journalist Bob Woodward
Editorialarrow Editorial: Public commotion over power outage
With the growing frequency of power outages people all over the country, including those living around the city are staging violent protests.
 arrow Editorial: Project approval galore
Usually the beginning of a financial year would be marked by a slow pace of project approval. In other words, the end part of the financial year would see a flurry of project approval activity.
 arrow The trauma of being a Bangladeshi
We are almost at the end of the tenure of the current BNP government. Five years later, the nation finds itself in a complex situation where the present state of governance is under question.
 arrow Musharraf's book: Eyes fixed on elections?
Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf is definitely figuring in discussions with much prominence at the moment both nationally and internationally for a variety of reasons.
 arrow Nepal: Democratisation of army!
The interim parliament of Nepal deserves kudos for the passage of a new law imposing tighter civilian control over the army.
StarTecharrow Rev up your digital studio software
Once upon a time I wrote an article titled -- 'Livening up your digital studio gadgets', a small piece on creating a digital music studio. Back then I promised to write more on music software.
 arrow Broadband over power line
We live in the broadband age. Advancement of broadband technology enables us to transfer massive amount of data over internet.
 arrow Intel to launch new quad core chip in November
Intel revealed that it was poised to release a powerful new computer chip packed with four microprocessors and the potential to wrest back market share from rival Advanced Micro Devices.
 arrow Meet Alex


Literaturearrow Asura Pond*
There was only one pond in Gobindapur, and everyone in the village used it. It was fairly large, covering ten to twelve batis, with banks ten to twelve arm-lengths high, and was known as AsuraPond.
 arrow Of palm and cactus
A few days ago, I received a new English poetry collection Body Loom by M. Athar Tahir in Lahore. He is a bureaucrat, scholar, poet, translator and calligrapher.
 arrow Well-honed satire and irony
Six Acres and a Third (Chha Mana Atha Guntha) by Fakir Mohan Senapati, translated from the Oriya by Rabi Shankar Mishra, Satya P. Mohanty, Jatindra K. Nayak, and Paul St.
 
   
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