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Front Pagearrow Tk 596cr siphoned off by a few shareholders
A few politically powerful shareholders, their friends and top management of the Oriental Bank have defrauded the bank of Tk 596 crore through blatantly corrupt methods, said an interim investigationreport
 arrow Talks at Sangsad Bhaban by tomorrow
Clouds over the much-awaited dialogue on electoral reforms between ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) seem to have disappeared as both the parties yesterday decided to use the Jatiya SangsadBhaban
 arrow Condemned militants won't be hanged in this govt's tenure
The Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants condemned to death for killing two judges last year will not be executed during the tenure of the present government as all the convicts have sought
 arrow Speaker's new sense of time
Speaker of Parliament Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday did not allow opposition lawmakers to speak in the House about the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally and the killing of former finance
 arrow Babar regrets police beating of shooters
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday regretted Monday's police atrocities on shooters and employees of National Shooting Federation complex while physicians said Commonwealth Games
 arrow Khaleda-Hasina last face-off at JS today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina are likely to have their last face-off of the eighth parliament today when they deliver their winding up speech in the House.
 arrow Opposition shied away from dialogue
Prime Minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party wants to sit for discussion on reforms but the opposition does not want it.
 arrow Terrorists to take chance if talks do not go well
Reiterating his optimism about the dialogue between the ruling and opposition parties over the reforms issue, Chief Secretary to the UK Treasury Stephen Timms yesterday said a consensus should be reached
 arrow Ukil Abdus Sattar made new power minister
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assigned the Power Division to Ukil Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan -- who is also the State Minister for Land.
 arrow Butenis' tea turns cold
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis finally cancelled her scheduled plan to have tea in her residence with Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil and BNP Secretary General Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday.
 arrow Bleak future awaits them

 arrow US embassy clears the air
A spokesman for the US Embassy in Dhaka yesterday said they have no desire to mediate any political process but would support direct contacts between the ruling and the opposition parties to strengthen
 arrow Ex-cabinet secy Halim joins BNP
ASM Abdul Halim, who faced criticism for his involvement with political activities during his job as cabinet secretary, joined the ruling BNP yesterday formally just after a month of his retirement from
 arrow Morshed shocked at 'proposal' for talks at envoy's residence
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday deplored the proposal for a government-opposition dialogue on a "highly sensitive political issue" at an ambassador's residence.
 arrow Game over for Thai Rak Thai as Thaksin quits
Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra quit as head of the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party yesterday, signalling the de facto collapse of a political machine that had dominated the country until last
 arrow 8 US soldiers killed in Iraq violence
At least 17 US soldiers have been killed around Iraq since Saturday, including eight in a single day in Baghdad, the US military announced, saying the toll had brought "a tragic day".
 arrow Fatah faction threatens to kill Hamas leaders
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, threatened for the first time yesterday to kill Hamas leaders, including exiled political chief Khaled
 arrow Nobel Physics Prize goes to Big Bang backers
US scientists John C. Mather and George F. Smoot won the 2006 Nobel Physics Prize for their work on the Big Bang theory on the origin of the universe, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said yesterday.
 arrow Russia warns US on placing missile defence system in Poland
Russia warned the United States yesterday against basing elements of a planned missile defence system in Poland, saying this would undermine strategic stability and require a "corresponding" responsefrom
 arrow Millions at risk due to misspent aid in Africa
A leading aid organisation warned yesterday that millions of Africans are at risk of starving due to misspent emergency assistance by Western governments.
 arrow UN rights expert presses govts over 'war on terror'
A United Nations human rights expert yesterday pressed a host of governments, including the United States, to extend formal invitations to allow him to assess their record in the "war on terror.
 arrow Turkish plane hijackers surrender
Two Turks surrendered to Italian police yesterday after hijacking a Turkish Airlines plane amid conflicting reports over their motives, a civil aviation official said.
 arrow Washington Times calls on House Speaker to resign
The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper that generally supports Republicans, called on Tuesday for the resignation of House Speaker Dennis Hastert over his handling of a congressional sex scandal.
Businessarrow Board likely to finalise draft proposal tomorrow
The Minimum Wage Board is likely to finalise its draft proposal on pay structure for readymade garment (RMG) sector workers tomorrow. The draft was announced on September 12.
 arrow Share prices on DSE continue falling
Share price indices on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) continued to decline sharply yesterday for the second consecutive day. DSE All Share Price Index went down by 30.12 points or 2.
 arrow Generic drug prices may fall 92pc in Indian market
Prices of nearly 1,000 generic drugs in Indian market are set to fall sharply with the domestic pharmaceutical industry agreeing to government-suggested cap trade margins from today.
 arrow India, S Africa to triple trade by 2010
With the two countries deciding to treble bilateral trade by 2010, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked South African firms to invest in his nation and exploit its pool of scientific talentand
 arrow Oil drops more towards $60
Oil fell further toward $60 a barrel on Tuesday, extending Monday's steep drop on forecasts of a further increase in fuel inventories in top oil consumer the United States. U.S.
 arrow Jakarta wants more job-seekers to go overseas
Indonesia will encourage more of its unemployed to find work abroad because the domestic economy has been unable to create enough jobs, a top government official says.
 arrow Gold prices decline
Gold fell nearly one percent on Tuesday as a drop in oil prices on healthy fuel inventories in the United States reduced the metal's appeal as a hedge against inflation, dealers said.
 arrow NZ, China on track for FTA
New Zealand and China are on track to secure a free trade deal but there are tough issues to overcome, Trade Negotiations Minister Phil Goff said Tuesday.
 arrow Sri Lanka falls short of FDI target by half
Sri Lanka is set to miss its foreign investment target and attract only about half of its original estimate of a billion dollars, according to official figures.
 arrow World networking meet opens in S'pore Oct 30
Six hundred Indian innovators and entrepreneurs will take part in this year's edition of Global Entrepolis Singapore, an event that brings face-to-face people with business ideas and those who can fund
 arrow New executive director of BB
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday promoted ATM Nasiruddin as its executive director.
 arrow Dollar steady against major rivals
The dollar stabilised against leading currencies on Tuesday ahead of this week's European rate calls, which may crystalize widening interest rate differentials, analysts said. The euro dipped to 1.
 arrow Sony knew of faults in PC batteries
Sony Corp learned in December that a Dell Inc notebook computer fitted with one of its batteries had caught fire, but although it checked that type of battery it did not examine batteries in other makers'
 arrow Cambodia to set up court for trade disputes
Cambodia will next year set up a court to settle trade disputes, a move required under WTO rules that also aims to boost investor confidence in the impoverished country, officials said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Shooters uncertain for Asian Games
Even the most hardened individual can be moved by witnessing a mother's agony or a sister's tears and more so if their beloved ones have been tortured and humiliated by people whose duty it is to offer
 arrow Hockey: Old foes in final
An early strike by national forward Ariful Haq Prince sunk Usha Krira Chakra and propelled Mohamme-dan Sporting Club into the final of the Shah Sports Club Cup Hockey Tournament with a 1-0 win in thesecond
 arrow Ambassadors or punch bags?
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia recently tagged the sports persons as the country's ambassadors to the world.
 arrow Cricket: BCB talks money
In what appeared to be his farewell speech, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar said that he was pleased to leave the affluent sports federation on a strong financial footing.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' practice match today
Bangladesh may be facing a daunting task in their first qualifying match against Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy in Mohali on October 7, but pace spearhead Mashrafee Bin Mortuza is quite upbeatabout
 arrow Football: Army Stadium to host Asian Cup qualifier
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has changed the venue of the Bangladesh-Uzbekistan match of the 2007 Asian Cup qualifying round according to a decision of the Asian Football Confederation.
 arrow Cricket: Blasters behind stumps
Australia's Adam Gilchrist spearheads a pack of explosive wicketkeepers in the Champions Trophy, ensuring plenty of fast and furious entertainment.
 arrow Cricket: Faisal in for Inzamam
Batsman Faisal Iqbal will replace banned skipper Inzamamul Haq in Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad after the country received clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd boost for Windies
West Indian great Clive Lloyd will mastermind the campaign of Brian Lara's team during the Champions Trophy one-day tournament starting in India on Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch demolition of China
The Netherlands confirmed their status as favourites by thrashing China 6-1 to power into the finals at the top of Pool A in the Women's World Cup field hockey tournament here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Spinners are lurking
The world's best spinners, led by Muttiah Muralidaran, lie in wait for the star stroke-makers hoping to feast on placid Indian tracks in the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: England rely on Freddie
Andrew Flintoff is expected to bat, bowl, field, lead and win matches for England whose key players have been in and out of hospital doors since winning the Ashes last year.
 arrow Football: Stars inspire Donadoni
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni was optimistic the world champions would get their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign back on track after naming a star-studded squad for qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia.
 arrow Football: Tough ties for Brits
Tottenham and Newcastle were handed no favours when they were drawn in potentially tough groups for the UEFA Cup's next round on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Inquiry focuses on eight clubs
The head of an English Premier League inquiry said on Monday his investigation into alleged irregular payments in transfer dealings was now focused on eight top-flight clubs.
 arrow Football: Van Basten walking the gallows
The jury remains out on Nether-lands coach Marco van Basten following the refusal of two former national team players to join up with the squad for crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers.
 arrow Football: 'Hiddink poor man-manager'
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has criticised Guus Hiddink's man-management skills in the Australian team set-up at this year's World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Tennis: Record prize money for Aussie Open
A record prize money pool of 20 million dollars (15 million US) will be on offer for next year's Australian Open, Tennis Australia said here Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Tursunov wins Mumbai Open
Russia's Davis Cup hero Dmitry Tursunov completed a remarkable fortnight by winning his maiden ATP title at the inaugural Mumbai Open here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Moratti questioned over wiretrap
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti was questioned for two hours Tuesday amid allegations that his club requested the wiretaps that helped uncover the Italian match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Coach plays down Cassano omission
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni insisted Monday he did not leave Antonio Cassano out of his squad for the crunch Euro 2008 qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia because he feared the temperamental striker
 arrow Football: German woes worsen
Germany coach Joachim Loew was hit with another defensive problem on Monday as he prepared for two matches in the next 10 days when Borussia Moenchengladbach left back Marcell Jansen was ruled out with
 arrow Football: Bung inquiry extended
The inquiry into illegal payments in English football has been extended by two months, with former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens revealing Monday that 39 transfers will require further
 arrow Football: Sporting sail, Porto fail
Sporting joined champions Porto at the top of the Portuguese Premier League with a 2-0 home win over Uniao Leiria on Monday.
 arrow Football: Grosso misses out
World champions Italy are expected to be without Fabio Grosso for Saturday's crunch 2008 European championship qualifier against Ukraine.
 arrow Football: Fulham sting Hornets
Premiership newboys Watford saw their hopes of taking their first win of the season slip away on Monday as having led 2-0 they ended up drawing 3-3 with Fulham.
 arrow Football: Racism will hurt Germany: Asamoah
Germany international striker Gerald Asamoah, born in Ghana, admits he was deeply hurt by the racist monkey chants directed at him in a recent cup match and warned that Germany's image abroad could be
 arrow Football: Agents under microscope
Football agents could be forced to reveal details of their bank accounts by the Premier League's inquiry into allegations of corruption in football.
 arrow Football: Torres to Theatre of Dreams?
Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres is set for a summer move to Manchester United, according to a report here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: WC snub still hurts Coupet
France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet has said he still feels bitter about being a reserve at the World Cup and would not spend an evening out with coach Raymond Domenech. 'Mr. Domenech and Mr.
 arrow Football: Benfica unaware of racist chants
Benfica coach Fernando Santos said on Monday he has no knowledge that racist abuse and monkey chants were directed at some Manchester United players last week during a Champions League match in Lisbon.
 arrow Football: Court between Bellamy and captaincy
Craig Bellamy has been named as stand-in Wales captain for their upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers, despite having to appear in court on assault charges between the matches against Slovakia and Cyprus.
 arrow Football: Abraham and Pospech get Czech call
Czech manager Karel Bruckner on Tuesday called up midfielder Martin Abraham and defender Zdenek Pospech to his squad to fill injury gaps for upcoming Euro-2008 qualification matches against San Marino
 arrow Torino stand by Zaccheroni
Torino president Urbano Cairo said Tuesday he was not considering sacking Alberto Zaccheroni as coach, despite the club's poor start to the Serie A season.
Metropolitanarrow US supports democratic process, not any parties
Washington supports democracy and the democratic process in Bangladesh, not any particular political party, said a top official of the US Embassy yesterday.
 arrow Need for speedy trial of child violation cases underscored
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for building up skilled professionals to ensure care for sexually abused children.
 arrow Vow to resist 4-party alliance in election
Leaders of opposition political parties yesterday vowed to resist the four-party alliance in the next general election.
 arrow FM's Myanmar visit postponed
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan, who was scheduled to go to Myanmar on a three-day official visit on October 5, has postponed his tour. Morshed Khan told UNB that he has postponed his visit.
 arrow RU authorities urged to open BPEd course
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have failed to open Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) course even after its 53 years of journey despite availability of all infrastructural and academic facilities.
 arrow JS passes 6 bills
On the penultimate day of its last session, parliament yesterday passed six bills, including two upgrading madrasa education.
 arrow Distortion of history protested
Forum for Secular Bangladesh staged a demonstration in the city yesterday condemning distortion of history of our independence and the role of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in
 arrow Money, valuables worth Tk 7 lakh looted from city house
A gang of robbers looted money and valuables worth Tk 7.1 lakh from a rented flat at a three-storey building at Uttara in the city yesterday.
 arrow Distribution of JU admission forms begins on Oct 15
The distribution and submission of forms for admission into first year honours classes at Jahangirnagar University (JU) under 2006-07 academic session will begin on October 15 and it will continue upto
 arrow PM exchanges greetings with Hindu leaders
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday exchanged greetings with leaders of the Hindu community on the occasion of Bijoya Dashami at her office yesterday.
 arrow Veena Sikri calls on Morshed
Outgoing Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri made a farewell call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office in the city yesterday.
 arrow BSF abducts 2 Bangladeshis
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi nationals from Dhanua Kamalpur, a bordering area in Bakshiganj upazial, on Monday evening.
 arrow 8-yr-old boy found dead, domestic help commits suicide in city
Police recovered the body of an eight-year-old boy at his house at Kafrul in the city yesterday afternoon.
Nationalarrow Rebel camp clouds BNP hopes in Khagrachhari
Intra-party feud in BNP has taken a serious turn in Khagrachhari, threatening the four-party alliance's prospect of retaining the Jatiya Sangsad seat in the coming election.
 arrow None held yet for attack on puja mandop in Satkhira
Police till yesterday could not arrest any of the accused who attacked Khalsebunia Puja mandop in Shyamnagar upazila Sunday night.
 arrow Former SI gets life for arms trade
A former police sub-inspector was given life yesterday for illegal arms trading. Barisal Special Trial Tribunal handed down the punishment to Nur Mohammad Sikdar alias Nuru Daroga, 62.
 arrow Seven murdered in B'baria in a week
Seven people were killed and 150 others were injured in separate incidents in the district in the last one week.
 arrow PCJSS meets to decide stance in coming polls
A two-day meeting of central committee meeting of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), a regional platform of indigenous people in CHT, concluded here yesterday.
 arrow Father sells son,mother buys back
Believe it or not, a woman bought back her 8-year-old son who was sold at Tk 100 only by her gambler husband on Monday.
 arrow Sramik Dal leader held for 'aiding' Aug 21 attacker
Rab arrested a Jatiyatabadi Shramik Dal leader as a suspected aide to Mukul, one of the accused in August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally in Dhaka in 2004.
 arrow Listed criminal held in Barisal
A BNP cadre and main accused in an arms looting case here was arrested from Kaunia area in Barisal city Monday night.
 arrow Correction
In our story 'Heavyweights start campaign in Sylhet' published on page 6 on October 1, it was mistakenly written that AMA Muhith joined Awami League from HM Ershad's Jatiya Party.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reforms, but why for elections only?
Bangladesh's political setting may change as some essential reform could take place under strong initiation of the vibrant society.
 arrow Why no right to information law?
September 28 was the International Right to Information Day. In Bangladesh, the day passed off quietly. Available information suggests that the government did not chalk out any program to observe theday.
 arrow The brotherhood (Part 2)
Development economists have identified three factors which are largely contributing to the lopsided income gap between the world's richest and the poorest nations.
Culturearrow "I did not want to be superstar but a super actor" --- Alamgir
Alamgir, who has acted in over 300 films, has won several awards and accolades both at home and abroad.
 arrow 'Khowar': Street play satires contemporary politics
Once more Theatre Art Unit has produced a political satire on the contemporary scenario.
 arrow Channel Click

Generalarrow 3 killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed and 29 others injured in separate road accidents in Kurigram and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow Youth slaughtered in Keraniganj
A youth was slaughtered by his rivals at Balur math area here yesterday. The dead was identified as Shaheen,22, an employee of a furniture shop and son of Malek.
 arrow Prothom Alo appoints 9 female journos
The daily Prothom Alo appointed nine women journalists of the first batch of Salma Sobhan Journalism Fellowship on October 1.
 arrow Inter-Service Qirat, Azan contest begins
Inter-Service Qirat and Azan competition-2006 began at BAF Central Mosque at Kurmitola in the city yesterday.
 arrow Wallet lost
A Kuwait expatriate has lost his moneybag and necessary papers at Farmgate area in the city, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Tigers agree to peace talks in Oslo
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers told Norway's special peace envoy yesterday they are prepared to meet the government for crunch peace talks in Oslo in late October, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters,
 arrow 'Myanmar to crackdown on Indian rebels'
Myanmar is poised to launch fresh military operations aimed at evicting Indian separatists from its northern areas, a rebel leader said yesterday.
 arrow World alarmed as N Korea threatens nuclear test
World leaders reacted with alarm yesterday at news that North Korea plans to carry out a nuclear test, warning it could have serious consequences for the impoverished hermit nation.
 arrow Iran offers French nuclear role amid sanctions threat
Iran yesterday suggested France should lead a consortium to produce enriched uranium on Iranian soil, in a new attempt to ward off the threat of sanctions over its nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Rice urges Hamas to recognise Israel
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called yesterday for the Hamas-led Palestinian government to recognise Israel, saying at the start of a regional tour that innocent Palestinians were being hurtby
 arrow Two US soldiers, 10 Taliban killed in Afghan clash
Two US and four Afghan soldiers and 10 Taliban fighters were killed in separate clashes in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar and Khost, the US-led coalition force said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli jets fly over Lebanon despite troop pullout
Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanon yesterday two days after Israeli forces withdrew from virtually all of south Lebanon, witnesses said.
 arrow South Korea's FM on course to replace Annan
South Korea's Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon said on Tuesday he bore "a heavy sense of responsibility" after an informal ballot that virtually assured he would become the next United Nations secretary-general.
 arrow Gunman kills 5 US girls at Amish school
A dairy truck driver with a grudge burst into a one-room Amish schoolhouse on Monday and killed five girls execution style before committing suicide in the third deadly US school shooting in the pastweek,
 arrow Russia slaps sanctions on Georgia
A wave of sanctions by Russia against its southern neighbour Georgia came into effect yesterday in the wake of a spy scandal that has brought relations between the two ex-Soviet states to a new low.
 arrow 'Violence driving 9,000 Iraqis from homes every week'
The number of Iraqis fleeing their homes to escape sectarian strife is rising dramatically, and has now reached almost 9,000 per week, the International Organisation for Migration said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq leaders seek to flesh out peace plan
Iraqi leaders hope to flesh out a deal to end sectarian bloodshed in Baghdad when they meet again yesterday but conceded a four-point plan, drafted under US pressure, was still a long way short on vital
 arrow Indian president under pressure to pardon convict
Pressure mounted on India's president yesterday to pardon a Kashmiri man who was sentenced to death for involvement in a deadly attack on the parliament five years ago.
 arrow Rebels kill 3 Pak soldiers
Rebel tribesmen shot dead three Pakistani soldiers yesterday after ambushing their jeep in a mountainous region of southwestern Baluchistan province, an official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL's incredible suggestion
We are totally at a loss as to why the much-awaited dialogue between the Secretary General of the BNP and his AL counterpart did not take place yesterday, as was expected.
 arrow Editorial: Unbridled police arrogance
The incident in which police beat up a few leading shooters of the country at the Gulshan shooting complex falls in pattern with the highhandedness and brutality that the law enforcers have been showing
 arrow Talukdar and the politics of decency
It takes a brave heart in an individual entrusted with public responsibility to concede that he is in no position to defeat the enemies arrayed around him.
 arrow UN needs reforms to be relevant in the 21st century
The UN is 61 years old. It has 192 member-states. Although criticisms have been leveled against the UN, it has been credited with some achievements, too. It survived the Cold War.
 arrow President Musharraf goes to Washington
It is untrue that President Pervez Musharraf was engaged in personal diplomacy, and that the important part of his US journey was mainly to promote his own book.
Letters to Editorarrow Power crisis
The ruling duo of BNP and Jamaat is definitely playing a cruel game with the people whom they duped into voting for them in the last election.
 arrow A politician speaks
Thank you all for the inspiring messages of concern, good wishes and solidarity which applies, I believe, to a much greater extent to all those who almost on a daily basis exhibit extraordinary courage,
The sighting of the new moon has been creating confusion & uncertainties resulting in inconveniences, controversies & troubles for the Muslims at large.
 arrow Military takeover in Thailand
In Thailand, military intervention in politics is not something new. It has been happening for a long time. A strong democratic institution is not available in Thailand.
 arrow One candidate, five parliamentary seats
Our constitution allows a candidate to run for up to five parliamentary seats. While the tradition is a long-standing one, its merit is seldom scrutinised.
 arrow The holy month
People have started performing their religious rituals maintaining the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan.
 arrow Political impasse
The possibility of any solution to the present political impasse appears very remote to me. This impasse, which is not the doing of the people, is hurting them and damaging the economy of the country.
 arrow Pope's comments
Pope Benedict should have apologised for his speech, which offended our religious sentiment. His comments undermined a major religion.
 arrow Role of a copy editor
I must thank you for not publishing everything that I wrote in my letter on our political leaders. The copy editor edited it and the abridged published version teaches me much in an appreciable manner.
 arrow Traffic jam in Gulshan
The residential area Gulshan has become a busy commercial hub of the city; it has gradually lost its residential "characteristics".
Star Chittagongarrow Anti-adulteration drive intensified in Ctg
The anti-adulteration drive has been intensified in the port city during Ramadan against traders selling food items detrimental to public health.
 arrow Tale of an unattended beach
Kattali beach has been left uncared for for years though it draws huge visitors from the city and its adjacent areas everyday.
Star Cityarrow Opening Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban to public
Authorities are planning to open the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban to the public for organised visits by June next year with a view to project the architectural, historical and political value of this world famous
 arrow Home away from home
Kyle Scott, regional programme manager (South Asia) and national director, Habitat for Humanity (HFH), Bangladesh, who has been living in Bangladesh for the last 20 years, shared his feelings.
 arrow Bringing business to the fore
"It is tough to determine your position when you are a woman. It is not easy to transfer your wares as a woman trader while men take these things for granted," said Sagufta, owner, Sagufta Craft, Rajbari.
 arrow DCC sings the old tune
It was 5:20pm on last Sunday. A huge garbage lorry carrying waste from Karwan Bazar was going to dumping ground through Moghbazar intersection.
 arrow Spreading the message of peace in the world
An Indonesian motorbike rider Jeffrey Polnaja, who set out on a mission titled 'Ride for Peace' to spread peace worldwide, left Bangladesh last Tuesday for India, to send a message of peace of amity and
 arrow Iftar at hotels and restaurants

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