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Front Pagearrow AL, BNP may agree on reconstituting EC only
At the planned talks with BNP, the opposition Awami League (AL) might stick to its objection to Justice KM Hasan as the caretaker government chief and MA Aziz as the chief election commissioner (CEC).
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai execution stayed
Although Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) kingpins Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai in their letters did not seek to appeal against death penalty, the Supreme Court (SC) registrar ordered yesterday to
 arrow Hasina spells out 5 musts for polls
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC), appointment of a non-partisan person as chief adviser to the caretaker government and using transparent
 arrow Harbin blacklisted for installing faulty plant
For installing a substandard power plant of a very small size and failing to comply with the contract, the Eastern Refinery Limited (ERL) has formally blacklisted the alliance government's favourite Chinese
 arrow Talukder's removal opposes constitution
The way Major General (retd) Anwarul Kabir Talukder was removed from the post of state minister for power on Friday night contradicts the constitution.
 arrow Sircar rejects all 162 opposition notices
Speaker of Parliament Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday rejected all notices from opposition lawmakers demanding discussions in the House on various issues ranging from much talked about electoral reforms to
 arrow Bijoya Dashami today
The largest religious festival of Bengali Hindus, Durga Puja, will end today with immersion of Durga idols all over the country including the capital.
 arrow Rallies bring traffic to standstill
Rallies held by the ruling BNP and its coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami caused a mess in Dhaka city traffic yesterday.
 arrow UK minister meets PM, hopeful of fruitful talks on reforms
Visiting Chief Secretary to the Treasury of the UK Stephen Timms yesterday said he is hopeful that the proposed dialogue between the secretaries general of the ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League
 arrow BNP doubts AL's sincerity about reform talks
Expressing doubt over Awami League's (AL) sincerity in the proposed secretaries-general level dialogue, BNP leaders yesterday warned the opposition not to engage in politicking over the talks.
 arrow All NGOs must obtain licence for micro-credit operations
All non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will have to obtain licences from the Micro-credit Regulatory Authority (MRA) by February 26, 2007 to run their micro-credit operations.
 arrow Aziz silent over possibility of AL-BNP consensus
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday termed the ongoing process of holding dialogue between the ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) on electoral reforms a good start.
 arrow ICC Champions Trophy

 arrow Govt gives in to traders' pressure against decision to cut power
The government has backed out of its decision to cut electricity supply to shopping malls during peak hours in the face of tremendous pressure from the shop owners.
 arrow Ordeal of 300 Bangladeshi youths at Spanish island
Around 300 Bangladeshi youths who went abroad illegally are leading an inhuman life at a refugee camp in Ceuta island of Spain.
 arrow 1 killed during cops' drive against gamblers
At least one man was killed and 10 others including a policeman were injured in separate incidents at Boalkhali under Dighinala upazila and Pancha Maile under the Sadar upazila in the district on September
 arrow Ex-army chief sworn in as Thai premier
Thailand's junta yesterday appointed a former army chief to become prime minister as they imposed a constitution that gives the military a tight grip over the new government.
 arrow Israel completes Lebanon pullout
Israel's army pulled out of south Lebanon early yesterday to complete a handover to the Lebanese army and UN peacekeepers under a ceasefire deal that ended a war with Hezbollah guerrillas.
 arrow Malaysia hunting down Bangladeshi agents
Malaysia has launched a crackdown on Bangladeshi labour agents who are illegally bringing workers from the Indian subcontinent into the country.
 arrow FM to talk direct road link in Myanmar
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will visit Myanmar on October 5-7 at the invitation of his Myanmar counterpart U Nyan Win.
 arrow India to give Pakistan proof of ISI role
India said yesterday it would give evidence to Pakistan about the alleged involvement of its spy agency and militant groups in the deadly Mumbai train bombings in July.
Businessarrow Govt borrowing from domestic sources shoots up 48pc in July
The government's borrowing from domestic sources shot up by 48 percent in the very first month of the current fiscal year due to decline in foreign aid and revenue collection.
 arrow Product show to help boost capacity of women entrepreneurs: Minister
Exposition of products by regional manufacturers will help boost capacity of women entrepreneurs in improving their quality and skill of production, Commerce and Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed
 arrow DSE turnover on the decline
Turnover on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) continued to decline as it dipped to Tk 25.21 crore yesterday. The turnover was Tk 30.07 crore on Thursday, Tk 38.64 crore on Wednesday and Tk 59.
 arrow BB Dy Governor Rumi Ali gets extension
The government has extended the service of Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor Mohammad A (Rumi) Ali until June 2007, the central bank sources said yesterday.
 arrow Malaysian minister woos tourists from Bangladesh
Visiting Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor yesterday invited Bangladeshi tourists to visit his country in 2007 as the Southeast Asian state is going to celebrate its 50years
 arrow First Dhaka int'l cellphone fair Oct 10
A week-long International Mobile Phone Fair-2006 will begin at Bhasani Novo Theater in the capital on October 10.
 arrow US law to harm trade interests: China
Beijing said Sunday that it had noted the postponement of US legislation aimed at slapping sanctions on China for undervaluing its currency, and again cautioned against new measures.
 arrow Row brews in India over spl economic zones
A major row is brewing in India over Special Economic Zones (SEZ) which have been touted by the government as a way to lure foreign investment and boost exports.
 arrow Citigroup made number one in Asiamoney poll
Asiamoney magazine, one of Asia's leading monthly financial magazines, has announced the results of its Asian FX poll for 2006.
 arrow Fruit left to rot as US farmers struggle with labour shortage
Tougher US-Mexico border controls are having an acute impact on American produce growers, farmers groups say, with tonnes of fruit and vegetables left rotting amid crippling labor shortages.
 arrow Japanese firms concerned over quality decline
Makers representing Japan's manufacturing prowess, including Sony Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp., have seen a decline in product quality since last year.
 arrow ROK exports record high in Sept
South Korea's exports jumped 22 percent year-on-year to hit a record high of some 30 billion dollars in September thanks to robust overseas demand, government data showed Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers in New Delhi
A 19-member Bangladesh cricket team reached Indian capital New Delhi yesterday to take part in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Champions Trophy squads
Squads taking part in the 10-nation Champions Trophy limited-overs tournament which starts in India on October 7:
BANGLADESH: Habibul Bashar (captain), Shahriar Nafees, Khaled Mashud,Mohammad

 arrow Hockey: Abahani meet Mariners in 1st semi today
Reigning champions Abahani will take on Mariner Youngs Club in the first semifinal of the Shah Sports Club Cup Hockey Tournament today.
 arrow Football: Adivashi soccer concludes
Striker Rupen Hasda scored the match winner as Adivashi Bikash Kendra defeated Panchgachia Sandhya Tara Jubo Sangha 1-0 in the Sagram Mazhi Memorial Football Tournament final at the Kakonhat playground,
 arrow Cricket: A test for the best
The Australian juggernaut may have been crushing all opposition with ruthless efficiency in various tournaments, but when it comes to the Champions Trophy it invariably gets stuck.
 arrow Cricket: Lara sees surprise winner
West Indies captain Brian Lara believes that the upcoming Champions Trophy one-day tournament in India could throw up a surprise winner.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela pledges better SL
Cricket fans in India will see a vastly improved Sri Lanka in the upcoming Champions Trophy one-day tournament, captain Mahela Jayawardene predicted here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Curran backs young team
Zimbabwe's coach Kevin Curran Saturday said his young team was a capable bunch and would prove its worth in the upcoming Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Tampering not unusual
Ball-tampering is commonplace in world cricket and there were suspicions about marks on the ball used by Pakistan at The Oval, claims analyst Simon Hughes.
 arrow Cricket: Atherton lashes at ICC
Former England captain Mike Atherton has accused the International Cricket Council of "fudging" the verdict in the Oval ball-tampering case so as not to upset the Asian bloc.
 arrow Cricket: A test for the best
The Australian juggernaut may have been crushing all opposition with ruthless efficiency in various tournaments, but when it comes to the Champions Trophy it invariably gets stuck.
 arrow Hockey: Australia sneak past Korea
Australia topped their pool in the women's field hockey World Cup here on Saturday following a 4-3 win over South Korea combined with Argentina only drawing 2-2 with South Africa.
 arrow Tennis: Eleni downs Ai for title
Greece's Eleni Daniiliduo won the 145,000-dollar Korean Open here Sunday in heroic fashion by beating fourth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-3, 2-6, 7-6.
 arrow Schumacher overtakes Alonso
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher swept to a sensational victory at a rain-soaked Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to seize the Formula One championship lead by the slimmest of margins.
 arrow Football: Valiant Villa hold Blues
Champions Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa, Liverpool lost 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal had to come from behind to beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 on a trying Saturday for the PremierLeague's
 arrow Football: Barca too good for Bilbao
Eidur Gud-johnsen and Javier Saviola proved Samuel Eto'o's absence may not be as painful as first thought when they both scored in Barcelona's 3-1 win at Athletic Bilbao in the Primera Liga on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lazio thrash Torino
Lazio, who started the season with minus 11 points for their involvement in the Serie A match-fixing scandal, moved closer to wiping out their deficit after thumping newly-promoted Torino 4-0, the Rome
 arrow Football: McClaren obsessed with Rooney
England manager Steve McClaren said on Sunday that misfiring Wayne Rooney will always be his number one choice even though the striker's goals have dried up.
 arrow Cricket: India worried for Hair safety: ICC
Crowd trouble concerns raised by hosts India influenced the removal of Australian umpire Darrell Hair from the panel for next month's Champions Trophy, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said onSaturday.
 arrow Cricket: ECB to seek $1.5m damages
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) may ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to pay damages up to $1.
 arrow Cricket: No more protests: Khan
Pakistan would accept an ICC decision allowing controversial Australian umpire Darrel Hair to stand again in international matches, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Indecent exposure
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton faces a police investigation into allegations he celebrated his side's late equaliser at Everton on Saturday by baring his backside at the home fans.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
An early strike by Hanif gave Bangladesh Sporting full three points in the Pioneer Football Super League yesterday with a 1-0 win over Maghbazar Krira Chakra at the Bishreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Football: Scholes's no to England
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has turned down two approaches from England manager Steve McClaren to come out of international retirement.
 arrow Football: Scolari in West Ham reckoning
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed on Sunday that he would consider working for West Ham if Kia Joorabchian completes his takeover of the English Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Wolves devour Bayern
German champions Bayern Munich slipped off the Bundesliga summit after a shock 1-0 defeat to lowly VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lyon march on
Champions Lyon beat Sochaux 1-0 for their fifth consecutive win away from home which left them top of the French league with 22 points out of a possible 24 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: S Africa need more money
South Africa faces a total cost of 8.352 billion rand (1.
 arrow Football: No love lost
Jose Mourinho jokingly predicted a heart attack for the animated Martin O'Neill after the Aston Villa manager led his side to a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Newcastle snub takeover bid
English Premiership club Newcastle have rejected a takeover bid from the Belgravia Group, according to reports on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Wenger hails prodigious Persie
Arsene Wenger has hailed the Robin van Persie strike that allowed him to celebrate 10 years in charge of Arsenal with a 2-1 win at Charlton as a "goal of a lifetime.
 arrow Football: 'Barca can cope with Eto'o absence'
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said the European champions would feel the absence of injured striker Samuel Eto'o but remains confident the team can cope without their leading scorer.
Metropolitanarrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed in separate road accidents in the city, Tongi, Brahmanbaria and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Ensure rights, welfare of children: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all to come forward at individual and organisational levels side by side with government initiatives to protect child rights and ensure their welfare.
 arrow 224 die in 'crossfire' in 9 months
Law enforcers killed 277 people across the country in last nine months of whom 224 met their end in 'crossfire', says a report of Odhikar, a rights organisation.
 arrow 'Govt misappropriates Tk 14,000 cr in 5 years'
During the last five years, BNP-Jamaat alliance government misappropriated around Tk 14,000 crore only through corruption in the power sector, said leaders of National Committee for the Protection ofOil-Gas-Power-Port
 arrow Check rapid growth of population at any cost: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said there is no alternative to check rapid growth of population calling the phenomenon as the main obstacle for "national progress and prosperity and threat to social
 arrow JCD men beat Bhola AL leader
JCD activists allegedly beat up Doulatkhan Upazila Awami League President Nasir Uddin Khan in Banglabazar area yesterday when he was campaigning for his party's district conference scheduled to be held
 arrow RU crop science deptt lapses one year
Crop science and technology department of Rajshahi University (RU) which was launched one year ago, is yet to start functioning for want of classrooms.
 arrow Malaysia proposes joint initiative for tourism dev
Visiting Malaysian Minister for Tourism Datuk Sari Tenku Adnan Tenku Mansur yesterday proposed joint initiative with Bangladesh in the area of tourism saying Bangladesh can be beneficiary of his country's
 arrow BDB to nominate Hindus in next polls where they are majority
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said his party will put up candidates from Hindu community in the next general election where they are majority.
 arrow Husband donates eyes of deceased wife to Sandhani
With noble intentions, a husband donated his deceased wife's eyes to Sandhani International Eye Bank, says a press release.
 arrow President fit for normal duties with limited outdoor activities
President Iajuddin Ahmed, who has undergone cardiac surgery recently, is "fit for normal duties", with limited outdoor activities.
 arrow Resist bid to establish two-party democracy
Any attempt to establish a two-party democracy will be resisted, said Jamaat leaders yesterday.
 arrow Food shops fined for selling adulterated Iftar items in Chittagong
A mobile court in separate anti-adulteration drives in different areas of the port city yesterday fined Tk 1 lakh and 52 thousand to seven food shops for producing, preserving and selling adulteratedIftar
 arrow One killed as villagers clash in Bhola
A man was killed and 25 others injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bilpara under Karimganj upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Contribution of journo Sunil Banerjee recalled
Speakers at a memorial meeting at the National Press Club in the city yesterday recalled the contribution of journalist Sunil Banerjee to journalism.
Nationalarrow Dump Jamaat, field BNP man in Dinajpur-6
BNP leaders and workers are demanding nomination of a party man from Dinajpur-6 constituency instead of fielding Jamaat candidate in the coming election.
 arrow Hurried road repair ahead of polls
There is a rush for road reconstruction work in Jhenidah-3 constituency ahead of the election.
 arrow Nizami faces protest in his own constituency
A programme of Jamaat Ameer and Industries Minister Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami was postponed in Bera upazila in his Pabna-1 constituency on Saturday due to protest by local people.
 arrow Police guard power offices as public wrath feared
The entire southwestern region including Barisal district reels under severe power crisis, affecting life and the economy and triggering demonstrations for smooth power supply.
 arrow Ghost mandops in Nilphamari
Hindu Welfare Trust men have allegedly misappropriated 2.2 metric tons of government allotted rice by including 22 fake spots in the list of puja mandops (pandals) in the district.
 arrow Rangpur AL body not formed as rivals clash
Awami League could not form its Rangpur district committee during its council on Saturday due to a brawl between two rival factions over how to form the body. The council was held after nine years.
 arrow Accused moving freely, alleges victim's brother
The main accused in the journalist Bellal murder case are moving freely under the nose of police because of their involvement in ruling party politics.
 arrow Abducted college girl yet to be rescued
Police could not rescue a college girl till yesterday, four days after she was abducted from Kaliakair upazila in Gazipur for Tk 2 lakh ransom.
 arrow Snatcher stabs cop
A policeman was stabbed by a snatcher at Kandipara here Saturday night, police sources said. While patrolling the town in plane clothes, Habilder Julmat arrested the snatcher named Masum.
Point-Counterpointarrow The power puzzle
A spectre of a greater power crisis looms large as 19 out of 61 power generation units went out of order and the nation experienced load shedding that hovered around 2,200 megawatts (mw) on September18,
 arrow Quality of democracy
There are different standards and strands of democracy. Democracy, minimally defined, is a form of government that guarantees political liberties based on the principles of equality and justice.
 arrow Branding Bangladesh
For quite a while now, we Bangladeshis have a common grievance that the country "Bangladesh" is not portrayed properly in the international forum.
Culturearrow Banglalink-Shaptahik 2000 Eid Fashion Competition held
The prize distribution ceremony of the Banglalink-Shaptahik 2000 Eid Fashion Competition was held on September 30, 2006 at the Spectra Convention Centre in Gulshan.
 arrow Shishuder Shomoy on child rights issues on ntv today
To observe Child Rights Week, ntv is airing Shisuder Shomoy, a series on child rights issues. The fourth episode of the series will be aired at 6:45 pm today.
 arrow Making a living through the flute
Though a simple musical instrument, the flute can reach heights of romanticism. The flute also plays a major role in our literature, songs and traditional folklore.
 arrow Miss Czech Republic crowned Miss World '06
Another major beauty pageant and the winner is Miss Czech Republic Tatana Kucharova.
Internationalarrow Indo-Pak peace talks strained yet again
India and Pakistan's slow-moving peace process will likely be strained but not derailed by charges that Islamabad's spy agency had a role in the Mumbai train bombings, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow 'Lanka heading for snap polls by year's end'
Sri Lanka's president has asked his party to prepare for general elections before year's end if the main opposition fails to back his minority government, a state-run newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Manmohan Singh honours Gandhi in South Africa
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday commemorated Mahatma Gandhi's work in South Africa, retracing the train trip that politicised the Indian independence movement icon.
 arrow Winter threatens survivors a yr after Kashmir quake
A year after a catastrophic earthquake ripped through South Asia, up to 60,000 survivors face another winter in tents despite some progress in rebuilding the shattered region.
 arrow India resigned to wait as Indo-US nuclear deal delayed
India sought to put on a brave face yesterday over an unexpected delay in the approval of a landmark nuclear deal with the United States amid nervousness in New Delhi that the controversial pact could
 arrow ISI under fire from all sides
Five years into a war on terrorism, abiding distrust of Pakistan among allies and neighbours was laid bare in the past few days through a series of accusations against its military secret service.
 arrow New Thai PM hopes to end southern unrest within a year
Thailand's new military-backed prime minister said yesterday he would try to heal the nation's political divisions and end an Islamic insurgency in the country's south within one year.
 arrow Nato to lead US troops in Afghanistan
Nato will take command of up to 12,000 US troops and the territory they control in Afghanistan in "few days," a spokesman for the alliance said yesterday.
 arrow Bus careens off bridge in China: 30 die
A bus careened off a bridge and plunged nearly 100 feet into a river Sunday, killing 30 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, a government news agency said.
 arrow Lebanon war a defeat for Israel, say analysts
Israel's war in Lebanon ended in failure for its leadership, stirred domestic discontent, exposed the menace of Iran and underscored the need to solve the Palestinian conflict, analysts say.
 arrow Karzai, Musharraf to lead tribal talks
President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that he and the Pakistani president will jointly lead a series of tribal gatherings along their countries' shared border to quell attacks on Afghanistan by Pakistan-based
 arrow Iran crisis overshadows Israeli-Palestinian row
The looming nuclear crisis with Iran is likely to overshadow timid efforts to rekindle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits the Middle East this week,
 arrow Iran denies offering nuke suspension in EU talks
Iran yesterday denied it had made any offer to suspend uranium enrichment in talks between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and its top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.
 arrow Asian-American Iraq war veteran challenges 'failed' Bush policy
Asian-American Iraq veteran Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth on Saturday accused the George W Bush administration of using empty slogans to mask its "failed" war policy, ahead of November's crucial midterm elections.
 arrow No sign of life at Brazil plane crash site
Military searchers parachuted down on Saturday to the wreckage of a Brazilian passenger plane that crashed a day earlier in remote Amazon jungle with 155 people on board.
 arrow Lula sweep uncertain as Brazilians go to polls
Brazilians lined up to vote on Sunday amid signs that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, though still the champion of the poor and workers, may have squandered his chances of a first-round victory because
 arrow 40 die as Nigerian dam collapses
At least 40 people were killed and 1,000 displaced when a dam collapsed near Gusau, capital of northern Nigerian Zamfara State due to torrential rains, a government spokesman said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Vandalism is highly reprehensible
Most people are in sympathy with the garment workers' legitimate demands for remunerative minimum wage and for an improvement in their working conditions and environs.
 arrow Editorial: Durga Puja
Durga Puja, the main religious festival of the Hindu community, has been observed with great fervour and grandiosity that are integral parts of the event.
 arrow A delicate choice before India
India has suddenly withdrawn into a brittle silence since the description recently by the US president of the men behind the Heathrow terror plot as "Islamic fascists.
 arrow Outbreak of peace
Any outbreak of peace between India and Pakistan should be handled with almost as much care as an outbreak of war.
 arrow Glimmer of hope in Sri Lanka?
Of late, light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. Some glimmer of hope has emerged for resumption of dialogue and cessation of hostilities.
Letters to Editorarrow Whither constitution?
The Prime Minister in a recent rally in the city underlined the basic principle of democracy and said that the country would be run according to the constitution, and not according to the whims
 arrow Biman - a bottomless basket
This refers to your editorial of 6 September. While agreeing to most of the contents, I am not sure why you are pleading to save Biman.
 arrow Dialogue, at long last
We became tired to the bones by the row over the dialogue between the government and the opposition political parties, it was going on and on.
 arrow 'Brick Lane'
As your readers may be aware, there seems to be a brewing controversy over the book entitled "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali, a female writer born to a Bangladeshi father and raised in Britain.
 arrow Sound pollution
Dhaka city is full of motorised vehicles. Some of these vehicles are using high-sounding horns that are creating sound pollution.
 arrow Tribute to Hrisikesh Mukherjee
Hrisikesh Mukherjee's films were a blend of artistic and commercial Hindi cinema. Bimal Roy brought him to Mumbai where he edited his 'Madhumati'. Hrisikesh was a product of 'Bimal Roy School' of direction.
 arrow Muslim world
I am writing with reference to the editorial: "Mounting violence in Iraq," and Post Breakfast: "Is Britain tired of its multiculturist mantra?" by Muhammad Zamir (September 2).
 arrow Fountain drying up!
The fountain at the crossing of Zia International Airport, which was constructed soon after the BNP came to power and inaugurated by the then Civil Aviation Minister Mir Nasiruddin, is now an abandoned
 arrow Campus politics
There are only 16 public universities in our country. And those are the highest educational institutions for students. There is always a rush for admission in the public universities.
 arrow What are we doing?
We need to be pragmatic and look over Return of Investment (ROI). Usually, ROI is based on years of operation and if we are sloth in processing big investment, I think none will invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Suffering pensioners
It's a matter of great regret seeing the aged pensioners who are over 65-70 years of age standing in long queues and waiting for hours just to withdraw their monthly pension-- the amount of whichis
 arrow Our bureaucracy
On August 8, 2006, the audience and hosts of Agamir Kontho (The Voice of Tomorrow) stated that in the future the quality of the bureaucracy would be mediocre, because meritorious students are reluctant
 arrow 'The voting right'
The 'voting season' has approached. It's not only our 'leaders' but also the common people who are exited about the upcoming election.
 arrow Gory images in newspapers
The recent trend of publishing gruesome, bloody pictures of dead bodies or severely injured persons in daily newspapers is unsuitable for the small children in a household.
 arrow Traffic jam
I am a permanent resident of Uttara. I face terrible traffic jams when I try to get out of my home. I face a huge traffic jam near Sector-1, where two new gas stations have been set up.
Star Cityarrow Pink Palace set to look pretty again
Century-old Ahsan Manzil, the majestic building once known as Pink Palace, is undergoing renovation after 13 years of its opening in 1992.
 arrow Child rights still an ignored chapter
Child rights activists and policymakers have expressed opposing views on the state of child rights and the barriers to establishing child rights in the country.
 arrow Vegetables turn harmful by toxic wastes
Most vegetables coming into the city from peripheral areas contains toxic residues harmful to humans, according to Dr Jasiumuddin Ahmad, environmentalist and Professor of Jahanghirnagar University.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Star City (SC): What is your first memory of Dhaka?
Aly Zaker (AZ): My first memory of Dhaka is one of Abhoy Das Lane in Wari where we came to live for a few months when

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