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Front Pagearrow Dialogue making progress
The second day of the dialogue over electoral reforms between ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday progressed a bit towards resolving several demands relating to the Election Commission
 arrow Over 30 garment workers missing in bus plunge
At least 35 people, mostly garment workers are feared drowned as a bus carrying them plunged into Bangshai river at Shalepur Bridge near Aminbazar yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh face Sri Lanka in opener today
Under a new format, the ICC Champions Trophy gets underway with a confident Bangladesh facing in-form Sri Lanka in the opening match of the preliminary round at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadiumhere
 arrow Sharing pains and woes of sufferers
Can we exactly feel the agony of one who knows that he has been suffering from a non-curable disease and that his days are numbered? Isn't it even more painful when doctors tell one such patient thatthey
 arrow No step yet to restore HR in Bangladesh
EU parliament members have expressed deep concern over police action on opposition rallies, saying that such actions will weaken the fragile democracy in Bangladesh.
 arrow Ship survey continues flouting rules
A section of marine engineers and captains are engaged in ship surveying activities without obtaining certificate from the Department of Shipping while some are working in private shipping companies after
 arrow Khatme Nabuwat bid to besiege Ahmadiyya mosque foiled
The religious bigots under the banner of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) yesterday once again made a vain attempt to oust the Ahmadiyyas from their mosque at Nakhalpara in the
 arrow Violent protests against power outage in two districts
Demonstrations, vandalism and barricades continued at Chuadanga and Rajshahi even at the weekend yesterday when the power consumption is much less than the usual weekdays.
 arrow Probarana Purnima

 arrow RMG workers still unhappy, declare fresh agitation plan
Rejecting the minimum wages in the readymade garment (RMG) sector that was declared on Thursday, different workers' bodies yesterday declared countrywide strike on separate dates and vowed to 'force'the
 arrow 50 hurt as AL, BNP men clash in Lalmonirhat
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between the activists of the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) at Alokdighi in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Thus spake Mayor Minu
Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday told Rajshahi city dwellers to wait for winter to get some relief from the acute power and water crises in the city.
 arrow Nagorik Committee to hold dialogue with young professionals
The Nagorik Committee 2006, as part of its initiative to formulate a vision paper for Bangladesh in 2021, will organise a dialogue with young professionals who are between 25-45 years on October 14.
 arrow Mufti Hannan placed on fresh remand
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (Huji), was placed on a five-day fresh remand on Thursday in the Ramna Batamul blast case.
 arrow Bombs were being made to blast at Hasina's meeting
Moulana Abu Sayeed, who was arrested at a madrasa in Uttara in the capital last month, admitted his links with the September 26, 2001 bomb blast that took place in a house of Sylhet city's Fazilchistarea.
 arrow Depression over Bay
The low over east central Bay and adjoining area intensified into a depression over the same area yesterday.
 arrow Nato commanders want their govts get tough with Pakistan
Nato commanders from five countries who have troops stationed in Afghanistan are demanding their governments get tough with Pakistan over its support for the Taliban militia, The Daily Telegraph reported
 arrow Hopes slim for any major decisions against Iran
Britain's foreign minister cast doubt yesterday on the prospect of immediate agreement on whether to slap sanctions on Iran over its nuclear plans, as key world powers arrived for crunch talks on thecrisis.
 arrow Japan's new PM rejects WWII 'war criminal' label
Japan's new premier Shinzo Abe risked new controversy yesterday ahead of a fence-mending visit to Asian neighbors, insisting World War II leaders tried by US-led forces were not "war criminals.
 arrow Benazir presses to return for elections
Former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto said on Thursday she wants to return to run in 2007 elections and accused the country's military ruler of failing to tackle religious schools that promote global
 arrow India close to missile deal with Israel
India is close to wrapping up a Rs. 1,800-crore deal with Israel for buying Spyder quick reaction air defence missile systems.
 arrow 11 killed in militant ambush in Assam
A militant group ambushed and killed 11 people, including seven paramilitary soldiers, in northeastern India's troubled Assam state yesterday, police said.
 arrow 17 killed in Pak sectarian battle for a shrine
Seventeen people have been killed during fighting between Sunni and Shia tribesmen over ownership of a shrine in northwest Pakistan, security officials said yesterday.
 arrow HR activists slam detention of migrants in Malaysia
Malaysian rights activists on Friday condemned the arrest of more than 200 alleged illegal immigrants including asylum seekers from Myanmar in a raid in the capital.
 arrow Graft busters to unveil Thaksin's assets
Thailand's corruption watchdog said yesterday it will publicly release hundreds of financial statements filed by ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and every minister who served under him.
Businessarrow 100 sick RMG units likely to get Tk 89cr govt aid
Some 100 sick garment factories are likely to receive Tk 89 crore assistance from the government.
 arrow Fuel, commodity prices may come down
The Daily Star has talked to Mamun Rashid, Citigroup country officer for Bangladesh, to get his views on the international currency and commodities markets.
 arrow Indian PM seeks financial market reform for higher growth
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Friday that India's financial markets must become more competitive and efficient to boost investment and help meet the government growth targets.
 arrow Nepal to host S Asia MDG forum Oct 11
Over 100 delegates from eight countries, including India, will meet here next week to attend the South Asia Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Forum to discuss ways to eradicate extreme poverty in the
 arrow EU seeks cooperation with India to resolve WTO deadlock
The president of the European Parliament called Friday on India and Europe to work on a free trade pact while trying to break the deadlock in the World Trade Organisation talks.
 arrow Spore's future financial hub takes shape
The massive financial and business centre to be built at Marina Bay took definitive shape on Thursday. With the launch of phase one, costing about S$2 billion (US$1.
 arrow Tokyo, Jakarta to hold new round of FTA talks next week
Japan said Friday it will begin a sixth round of talks with Indonesia next week on a bilateral free trade agreement, aiming to overcome differences in the faltering negotiations.
 arrow Marico launches 4 beauty soaps
Marico Bangladesh Ltd has launched four types of beauty soaps under the brand name of 'Aromatic Gold'.
 arrow HSBC says no plans to quit Britain
HSBC Holdings has no plans to move its headquarters from Britain for tax reasons, it said on Friday.
 arrow Oil prices fall back below $60
Oil prices fell below $60 a barrel in thin trading Friday as the market discounted hints that Opec would curb production to boost prices.
 arrow Nissan-Renault, GM call off alliance talks
The Nissan-Renault alliance and General Motors Corp. announced Thursday (Oct 5) they would terminate talks on a possible alliance, which began in mid-July.
 arrow ADB plans $3b for Vietnam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it plans to provide Vietnam with three billion dollars in assistance from next year to 2009 if the communist country maintains its economic reform course.
 arrow Dollar mixed
The dollar gained on the yen but slipped back against the euro in Asian trade Friday after a widely expected eurozone interest rate hike and ahead of key US jobs numbers, dealers said.
 arrow US adds 51,000 jobs in Sept
US employers added 51,000 jobs in September, the weakest payroll growth in a year, in a further sign of cooling economic growth, the Labor Department said Friday.
 arrow Apec ministers to meet in Feb
A flurry of ministerial meetings leading up to next year's Apec summit in Sydney will kick off in the Australian city of Perth in February, Prime Minister John Howard said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
October 01-October 05, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD fell slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers eyeing an upset
The presence of champion off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran and consistent left-arm paceman Chaminda Vaas seems to have instilled more spirit into the Tigers as they look to make a winning start in the ICC
 arrow Cricket: Opener Ash here to stay
Ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful will be given some time to settle in the opening position, the eternal headache of the Tigers.
 arrow Hasina beside shooters
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited the injured shooters and employees of the National Shooting Federation at the Metropolitan Hospital.
 arrow Cricket: A time to win: Punter
Australia have yet to win the ICC Champions Trophy but skipper Ricky Ponting believes this may be their year.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie inspired by injury
Andrew Flintoff insists his lengthy injury lay-off has given him the perfect motivation to lead England to Champions Trophy and Ashes glory.
 arrow Cricket: CCL begins today
Akram Khan's Beximco Group will start defence of their Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) title today when they take on newcomers Chittagong Port Authority in the inaugural match at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Hockey: Usha, Abahani in action on opening day
Usha Krira Chakra and Abahani will look forward to bury their failure in the Club Cup tournament when they start their Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League campaign today.
 arrow Cricket: Sixteen obtain scholarship
Sixteen cricketers will be provided with playing kits and educational facilities after they were chosen among 30 others in the Pink City 'Cricket Medhar Khoje' talent hunt programme.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf hopes for less chaos
New Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf vowed Friday that his side's chances in the upcoming Champions Trophy will not be affected by Younis Khan's controversial refusal to lead the team.
 arrow Cricket: Doctrove knew it beforehand
Umpire Billy Doctrove has no complaints about being left off the list of match officials for the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in India on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Mohali matches in jeopardy
Just two days before the Champions Trophy kicks off at Mohali, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has said it will not sign the Host Venue Agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) unless
 arrow Cricket: Coach wants change in outlook
Pakistan's cricketers must change their attitude to succeed, coach Bob Woolmer said Friday after Younis Khan's "sad" refusal to captain the side.
 arrow Cricket: PCB poor guardians: Iqbal
Former Pakistan skipper Asif Iqbal says the country's cricket bosses are to blame for the current captaincy furore.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch, Aussies in semis
The Netherlands maintained their unbeaten record in pool games after eeking out a 0-0 draw with Germany in the women's field hockey World Cup here on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer fights on
World number one Roger Federer dropped a set to a player ranked over 100 for the first time this season before beating local hope Takao Suzuki for a berth in the Japan Open semifinals Friday.
 arrow Football: End of a chequered career
Veteran France international goalkeeper Fabien Barthez announced his retirement on Thursday, the 35-year-old, who is out of contract at Marseille, breaking the news on French television.
 arrow Football: British coach in charge of young booters
Anthony Ferguson, a UK-based Jamaican football coach, yesterday took over training of 140 young footballers at BKSP as part of Canary Wharf's youth development programme.
 arrow Football: Time to turn it on
Midfield partners Andrea Pirlo and Genn-aro Gattuso insist Italy will show why they are world champions in Saturday's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier here against Ukraine.
 arrow Football: Reputations on the line
Sharp-shooters Wayne Rooney, Nicolas Anelka and Craig Bellamy spearhead a legion of star names determined to salvage battered reputations in Euro 2008 qualifiers on Saturday.
 arrow Football: England's double test
Three games into his reign as England manager and the honeymoon period is still going strong for Steve McClaren as he prepares for the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Macedonia here on Saturday
 arrow Cricket: No home pressure: Dravid
Skipper Rahul Dravid has brushed aside suggestions that Indian players would be weighed down by the pressures of performing in front of home crowd in the Champions Trophy, saying his team was lookingforward
 arrow Cricket: Back to 2 points
Absence of bonus points, a win fetching only two points as compared to four or five in a regular ODI series featuring more than two countries and a bowl out to determine the winners in case of a tie in
 arrow Cricket: Faisal given all clear
Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal has been cleared to replace banned skipper Inzamam-ul Haq in the squad for the ICC Champions Trophy starting in India on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Basile cautions Hammers duo
Argentina coach Alfio Basile said Thursday that international stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano should quit struggling English side West Ham to save their careers.
 arrow Football: Basten fails to soothe rebels
The withdrawal of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark van Bommel from the Dutch squad has cast a shadow over Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Bulgaria on October 7 and Albania four days later.
 arrow Football: Scots look France in the eye
Scotland boss Walter Smith believes France have improved since they lost to Italy in the World Cup final, but says his team can still triumph in their Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Revolt of England
England manager Steve McClaren has slammed suggestions of a player revolt ahead of his country's European Championship qualifier with Macedonia at Old Trafford on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Joaquin softens Spain slur
Valencia winger Joaquin, dropped from the Spain squad for Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden, has attempted to soften his inflammatory comments about the national side and coach Luis Aragones.
 arrow Football: Brazilians in Kuwait
Brazil were given a rousing reception when they arrived in Kuwait in the early hours of Friday morning for Saturday's friendly.
 arrow Football: Players union behind Barton
England's Football Association is facing a multi-pronged attack in the wake of their announcement of possible sanctions against Manchester City's Joey Barton.
 arrow Football: Forget Eriksson, look ahead
England defender Rio Ferdinand claims an over-cautious and rigid approach to this summer's World Cup cost them the chance of winning football's most coveted trophy.
Metropolitanarrow Nation to plunge into dark if reform dialogue fails
Welcoming the dialogue between Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, legal experts, academics and civil society members yesterday said the dialogue
 arrow 'Bangladesh ranks first in corruption due to graft by ruling party men'
The 'Janatar Adalat' (people's court), set up by the Chittagong unit of Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine, heard two more cases against 15 people, including the prime minister, on its second
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people, including a minor girl, were killed and 39 injured in separate road accidents in Cox's Bazar, Brahmanbaria, Khagrachhari and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 'Chaos to prevail if CG takes over without electoral reforms'
Leaders of Peshajibi Samannoy Parishad (PSP) yesterday demanded a free and fair election by implementing the reform proposals.
 arrow Launch united movement against distortion of history
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for a united movement against the distortion of history of the liberation war.
 arrow Noman slams Ctg mayor
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday strongly criticised the 'Janatar Adalat' initiated by Chittagong city Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
 arrow Convicted prisoner dies in Kishoreganj sadar hospital
A convicted prisoner of the district jail died in Sadar Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Rezaur Rahman passes away
Rezaur Rahman, eldest brother of late President Ziaur Rahman, passed away at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city on Thursday night at the age of 73.
 arrow Auto-rickshaw drivers call strike in city Oct 15-16
CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers will go on a two-day strike in the capital on October 15-16 to realise their 10-point demand, including implementation of their daily deposit of Tk 300 to their owners
 arrow Death threat to Sheikh Selim
Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP yesterday received a death threat through mobile SMS from unidentified people. Selim said he got five messages on his cellphone in themorning.
 arrow Medicines, foreign liquor seized at Zia
The Customs at Zia International Airport (Zia) yesterday seized contraband medicines and foreign liquor worth about Tk 30 lahk in separate drives.
 arrow 70 Jamaat, Shibir men sued in Comilla
A case was filed against 70 activists of Jamaat and its student wing Chhatra Shibir with Chauddagram Police Station on Thursday in connection with the killing of Jubo League worker Hedayetullah.
 arrow Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital staffs resume duties
Doctors and nurses of Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital resumed their work yesterday morning after 48-hour strike. Service in all wards of the hospital has become normal following their joining, sources said.
 arrow Brass scraps seized
Bangladesh Rifles yesterday seized huge brass scraps from a truck at Bhadra crossing. Tipped off, a BDR team searched the truck and found that it was loaded with sacks carrying brass scraps.
 arrow Recording of Bangladesh Sanglap today
Recording of the 6th edition of the BBC Bengali Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will take place at the media centre of Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre at 11:45am today.
 arrow Inter-sector BDR Qirat, Azan contests end
The concluding function of inter-sector Qirat and Azan competitions of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) was held at the central mosque of Pilkhana here yesterday.
 arrow Sharat Mela from Oct 8
A five-day Sharat Mela (Autumn Fair) of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) will begin on October 8 on its premises here.
 arrow One murdered in Rajshahi
Police recovered body of a driver of Bhutbhuti, rural human hauler, from a crop field at Durgapur municipal areas yesterday. The victim was identified as Manik 28, of the upazila.
Nationalarrow Most BNP leaders oppose Chunnu's joining party
Ahead of the prime minister's scheduled visit to Kishoreganj today, BNP leaders and workers brought out a procession in the town Thursday night protesting possible joining of former judge Rejaul Karim
 arrow Shahin's return to BNP may change political scenario in Kulaura
All eyes are riveted to prime minister Khaleda Zia's visit to Kulaura today as speculations are rife that 'rebel' BNP leader M M Shaheen who defeated the alliance nominee in last election may formally
 arrow Rivals join hands against BNP MP in Dinajpur-4
Rivalry in BNP over nomination from Dinajpur-4 constituency intensified yesterday when vice-president of district BNP Md.
 arrow 17 fishermen abducted by pirates
A team of trawler owners of Patharghata yesterday went to Khulna for release of 17 fishermen and crew of a fishing trawler abducted by pirates in Nar-kelbaria in the Sundarbans on Wednesday, according
 arrow One shot by BSF in Thakurgaon
A Bangladeshi youth was injured seriously when the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) fired gunshots at him in Tanaspur border of Pirganj upazila in Thakurgaon district yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in Kushtia
Three people including a woman were killed in the district within a span of 12 hours on Thursday. The dead are: Purnima 23, Shimul, 17, and Jhantu.
 arrow Miscreants burn houses
Unidentified criminals set fire to two tin-shed houses in absence of the house owners at Hizli of Jonasur under Kashiani upazila in the district recently.
Point-Counterpointarrow Police arrogance and those admonitions
The assault of a number of people including nationally famous shooters indicates that police highhandedness continues unabated and that pleadings for restrained behaviour by law-enforcers have fallenon
 arrow Self-interest the order of the day
Too many seminars, too many dialogues, too many analyses in electronic and the print media, too many prize-giving ceremonies, too many court cases, too many of our lawyers are fighting against one another
 arrow Hasan dilemma: Constitutional or political?
Article 58C, in particular sub clauses (1), (3) and (7) (b) markedly and unambiguously made the provisions for forming non-party, neutral caretaker government and provided required qualifications forbecoming
 arrow The forgotten shores
Bangladeshis eager to pursue the elusive American dream should start shifting their sights elsewhere.
 arrow Sustainable love
Do you know?
I do not know
What is sustainable love!
Ask the homing pigeon or the turtle-dove
Cooing, cooing and wooing its love.

Culturearrow Rock guru on his musical career and more
Younger people still hum several evergreen rock n' roll numbers of the 1970s such as Ami jare chai re, Ashi ashi bole tumi, Rail liner bostite, Abhimani tumi kothay, Shara rat jege jege and many
 arrow Reviving the dying tradition of 'pala'
To revive a virtually extinct culture, important palas from Mymensingh Geetika are being staged.
 arrow Nimai Bhattacharya's novel adapted for movie
Seasoned actor turned director Ahmed Sharif is all set to start his new telefilm Memshaheb. The film will be based on the much-acclaimed novel with the same title by Nimai Bhattacharya.
 arrow Fashion show by Anyadin
Anyadin, a magazine, recently held an Eid Fashion Show at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre, says a press release.
 arrow World's biggest book fair kicks off
The world's biggest book fair opened Last Wednesday, with Indian authors taking centre stage and a new scheme to protect writers' copyrights from Internet piracy creating a buzz.
Internationalarrow Fresh fighting erupts as Lanka peace bid stalls
Heavy fighting erupted Friday in Sri Lanka with the military reporting the recovery of 22 bodies of Tamil rebels after a Norwegian envoy failed to secure a deal to re-launch peace talks.
 arrow EU urges India to sign non-proliferation pact
The president of the European Parliament yesterday urged India to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, a move he said would make it easier for trade with Europe in civil nuclear technology.
 arrow World powers warn North Korea against nuke test
World powers neared consensus on a statement warning North Korea against a nuclear test yesterday amid speculation that the secretive state might detonate a device deep inside an abandoned mine as early
 arrow Rice urges Kurds to work for peaceful, unified Iraq
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met the leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region yesterday, urging them to cooperate with Iraqi Arabs in building a peaceful and unified country.
 arrow Democrats poised for Senate gains: Polls
Democrats are poised for US Senate gains in the November 7 election, but face an uphill battle to pick up the six seats they need for control, according to Reuters/Zogby polls released on Thursday.
 arrow Russia deports 'illegal' Georgians
Russia deported a planeload of Georgians accused of immigration offences yesterday, the latest retaliation by Moscow intended to bring its small southern neighbour to heel.
 arrow 'Monster' fossil found in Jurassic graveyard
Scientists have found a fossil of a "Monster" fish-like reptile in a 150 million-year-old Jurassic graveyard on an Arctic island off Norway.
 arrow Hundreds protest Bush policies
Hundreds of people called the Bush administration's policies a crime and held up yellow police tape in front of the White House on Thursday amid a nationwide day of protest against the president.
 arrow Straw dislikes all Muslim veils
Cabinet Minister Jack Straw has said he would prefer Muslim women not to wear veils at all.
 arrow "No" to more brides after tying the knot 201 times!
Sheltering from the scorching tropical heat in the cool shade of a mango tree, 68-year-old honeymooner Shehu Malami sat and pondered life with his four wives, after tying the knot 201 times.
 arrow Space debris hit shuttle
A piece of space debris punched a small hole in one of space shuttle Atlantis' radiator panels during its recent 12-day spaceflight, Nasa said on Thursday.
 arrow Conservatives face test to prove change
The Conservatives have changed their leader and their logo but need to convince voters they have undergone more than an image makeover to oust Labour.
 arrow Asian politicians plead for UN action on Myanmar
Asian politicians pushing for democracy and human rights in Myanmar appealed on Wednesday for the UN Security Council to take concrete action against the Asian nation's military government.
 arrow After five years of war, US military shows fatigue
Five years of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan have left signs of wear and tear on the US military, raising questions about its ability to sustain its current level of operations and confront potential
 arrow Putin's Chechen strongman protege comes of age
Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman whose personal militia runs Russia's Chechnya on the Kremlin's behalf, turned 30 on Thursday making him eligible to run for the region's presidency.
 arrow Dengue kills over 100 children in Cambodia
Dengue fever has killed at least 102 Cambodian children this year in one of the worst outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease since 1998, the government and World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Performance of the 8th parliament
The curtain on the 8th Jatiya Sangsad (National Parliament) came down on Wednesday, 4 October, keeping the nation wondering about its efficacy in solving some of the major national problems and bolstering
 arrow Editorial: Circular waterway
Last month's meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has deferred consideration of the second phase of the circular waterway from Ashulia to Demra.
 arrow Lack of power stokes fire of discontent
The general population of Bangladesh is fed up with the non-performance of the public utilities sector. The frustration is that much more for the ordinary housewife.
 arrow ACC: Physician, heal thyself
At a roundtable conference jointly organized by the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Reporters Against Corruption (RAC) at the Jatiya Press Club, on September 17, Dr.
 arrow Can we hope for better?
We are puzzled as to why a controversial KM Hasan should head the caretaker government.
 arrow Requisitioning private vehicles
I am not aware about the genesis authorising the police to grab or requisition vehicles privately owned by people. It is a direct infringement of one's democratic right.
StarTecharrow Beyond the reality we know
Imagine you could find an explanation for everything in the universe, from the smallest events possible to the biggest.
 arrow Google launches search service for computer code
Google Inc. is introducing a new search service that only a geek could love.
 arrow Latest Asus notebooks and PDA unleashed
Latest models of ASUS notebooks and an innovative PDA were recently unveiled for the local market, says a press release.
 arrow The Big Winners

Literaturearrow Process Of Writing Fiction
Creativity is an enigma to most writers because a great deal of time is spent in groping one's way through areas of darkness, with the occasional flashes of illumination.
 arrow Dhaka Publications
The British Council, Dhaka in 2003 began a program called Connecting Futures, to enable creative interaction among young British and Bangladeshi aspiring writers (the latter group was named Brine Pickles).
 arrow Abdul Karim Shahityabisharod: Rediscovering Bengal's pastoral traditions
You do not hear much about Abdul Karim Shahityabisharod (he was born in 1871 and his 53rd death anniversary fell this 30th September) these days.
 arrow Portrait of an Elderly Woman Eating Breakfast
She eats toast with marmalade.
Light streams through an open window,
her hair a flame, red with henna
gnawed between the grooves of her palms,

Urbanarrow Lasting modernism (not so Greek)
"The errors of master plans and regional plans are that they are two dimensional or, in the best cases, three dimensional. What we need are four dimensional programmes."

-- ConstantinosA.

 arrow The world of Doxiadis and Bagladesh
"We must find the proper solutions for schools, for houses, for all the many kinds of buildings and functions, which constitute our total architecture.
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