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Front Pagearrow Hope for settlement over Hasan issue
Wrapping up the third-round negotiations over electoral reforms yesterday, both the BNP and Awami League (AL) hoped for an amicable settlement of the dispute over Justice KM Hasan.
 arrow 24pc population live in extreme poverty
About 19 percent of the rural households cannot afford three meals a day while around 10 percent subsist on two meals or less for a number of months every year, reveals a study.
 arrow A little respect for truth would help
One significant feature that separates our leaders from those elsewhere is their total lack of accountability in practically everything they do including what they say.
 arrow Judicial enquiry ordered
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial enquiry into the attacks on three shooters including Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Asif Hossain Khan on October 2 after an official of the National Shooting
 arrow Feeder operators' coterie rules container carrying business
A group of five feeder vessel operators in the name of Chittagong Feeder Trade Committee (CFTC) has established a monopoly in container carrying business between Chittagong and Singapore and other connecting
 arrow Loan of top defaulters jumps by 23pc in June
The volume of classified loans of different commercial banks with their top 20 defaulters rose by 23 per cent to stand at Tk 10,129 crore in June this year, which is 43.
 arrow Fury at REB over controversial appointment
The government Thursday appointed a retired officer as member of finance in the Rural Electrification Board (REB) although the post was filled just two months ago under appropriate rules and regulations.
 arrow Bombs hurled at BNP MP's motorcade
Unknown criminals hurled two bombs at a motorcade of lawmaker Shahidul Islam at Mirpur upazila in Kushtia yesterday leaving at least eight people injured including a police constable.
 arrow CEC advises journos to learn journalism
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday advised the journalists to 'learn journalism' prior to making any questions.
 arrow People to foil 'conspiracy' against polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said people will thwart any "conspiracy" to disrupt the coming election and thereby help maintain democracy and development in the country.
 arrow No scope to compromise on reforms
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there is no scope to compromise in the ongoing dialogue over the electoral reforms to ensure a free and fair election in the country.
 arrow 3 Jubo Dal men shot dead in Jhenidah
Three Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activists were shot dead by unknown assailants in Sadar and Harinakundu upazilas on Saturday night.
 arrow 50 injured in AL-Shibir clash in Comilla
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between Awami League (AL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists in Chouddagram upazila headquarters Sunday after a Jamaat lawmaker came under "attack" during AL's
 arrow Power situation worsens as 3 units trip
Three power generation units tripped yesterday, dealing a severe blow to the efforts of the authorities to improve the supply situation as violent protests and demonstrations continued across the country
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'
Two outlaws were killed in separate incidents of shootouts between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and their accomplices in Khulna district on Saturday.
 arrow Mob beat 2 robbers to death
Angry villagers lynched two robbers in Banshkhali upazila early hours yesterday. The dead were identified as Mahmudul Islam, 28, and Nasir, 31, of Shilkup village in Banshkhali.
 arrow Gayle crushes Zimbabwe
Chris Gayle grabbed three wickets in 13 balls and hammered 41 off 34 balls as the West Indies whipped Zimbabwe by nine wickets in a Champions Trophy qualifying match here on Sunday.
 arrow Khaleda goes to Saudi Arabia Oct 14
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to go to Saudi Arabia on October 14 to meet King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and perform Umrah.
 arrow UNSC prepares Iran sanctions resolution
Iran yesterday urged world powers against using the "language of threats" over its nuclear programme as UN Security Council diplomats prepared to draft a resolution proposing sanctions against Tehran.
 arrow N Korean N-test plan worries China, Japan
A united China and Japan kept up the pressure on North Korea yesterday following landmark talks overshadowed by global jitters at the Stalinist regime's stated plan to test an atom bomb.
 arrow 30 killed as battle rages in Shia city
US and Iraqi troops killed 30 militants early yesterday in fierce fighting in the flashpoint southern Shia city of Diwaniya, the US military said.
Businessarrow Body formed to make deed documents
Privatisation Commission has formed a 12-member committee to prepare a 'deed of share sale and purchase document' for negotiating with the preferred buyer of state-run Rupali Bank.
 arrow Take lessons from Oriental Bank
The central bank governor yesterday called upon the chief executives of commercial banks to take lessons from the case of Oriental Bank Ltd where the owners shifted the responsibility of corrupt practices
 arrow PGCB share trading on bourses from today
Share trading of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), a state-owned power company, makes its debut on the country's both bourses simultaneously today.
 arrow PM inaugurates BGMEA bldg, lays foundation of FBCCI bldg
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the BGMEA building and laid the foundation of FBCCI building in Dhaka, saying her government is fully committed to helping business boost.
 arrow 5-day BSCIC fair opens
A five-day Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) autumn fair and handicrafts exhibition began at BSCIC Bhaban here yesterday.
 arrow Business chiefs eye warmer ties from China-Japan summit
Few people will greet Sunday's summit between China and Japan with more anticipation than the nations' business communities, long worried about the negative fall-out of political friction, analysts said.
 arrow Aviation investment seen vital for Asian growth
A glitzy new airport that opened recently in Thailand reflects Asia's need for investment to cope with a fast-growing aviation sector, industry analysts say.
 arrow Iran backs Opec moves for production cut
Iran, Opec's second largest producer, on Sunday threw its support behind moves by the cartel for an emergency meeting to cut a longstanding output quota to shore up slumping oil prices.
 arrow KL launches campaign to ease sugar shortage
Malaysia has launched an all-out campaign to overcome a severe sugar shortage as it embarks on a long festive season kicked off by Ramadan, mobilising the navy and opening a 24-hour hotline to contain
 arrow Poor workers in HK fight for minimum wage
Seventy-one-year old Wendy Chan works 12 hours a day, six days a week cleaning toilets in a glitzy Hong Kong office block.
 arrow Nepal's inflation hits 6-year high
Propelled by rising prices of cereal crops and petroleum products, Nepal's annual inflation rate accelerated to 8.
 arrow Thai property market hits slump
Thailand's booming property market is cooling off this year, with analysts expecting sales to remain flat due to rising interest rates and a general slowdown in the economy.
 arrow HP, Agora start Eid celebration programme
World's leading printer maker Hewlett-Packard (HP) has started Eid celebration programme with supermarket Agora, says a press release.
 arrow Foreign investors face tighter controls in China
China's open-door investment policy, the hallmark of the country's remarkable economic transformation, is being squeezed by a protectionist push that may make it tougher for foreigners to do business,
 arrow Airbus struggles to find crisis recovery path
The crisis at Airbus is to feature in a top-level Franco-German meeting in Paris this week amid a blur of uncertainty over cuts to pull the flagship A380 superjumbo out of trouble.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sakib plays cool
It is too early to say that Sakib Al Hasan has come to rule the middle order for a long time for the Tigers but his undefeated 67-run knock against inform Sri Lanka made many believe that the youngster
 arrow Cricket: Dav finds positives
Bangladesh might have lost their opening qualifying match in the ICC Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka, but coach Dav Whatmore preferred to look on the bright side of it ahead of the do-or-die battle
 arrow Cricket: Easy win pleases Lara
West Indies captain Brian Lara was pleased with the efficient way in which his side disposed of Zimbabwe in their ICC Champions Trophy qualifying game Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Acme, StarTel win
Nayeem Islam hammered the first century of the Grameen Phone Corporate Cricket League to spearhead StarTel to an impressive 64-run win against Channel F2 Advertising in a battle of two debutants while
 arrow Asif's family worried
The family of injured shooter Asif Hossain Khan feels that the Commonwealth and SAF Games gold medallist need foreign treatment for his quick recovery from pain.
 arrow Hockey: MSC ride on Prince treble
Ariful Haque Prince slammed a hattrick to give Club Cup champions Mohammedan Sporting Club an auspicious start in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League with a thrashing 4-0 win over Sadharan Bima at the
 arrow Cricket: Question mark on Mehrab
Whether all-rounder Mehrab Hossain would be given his international debut or not in the next match at Jaipur against West Indies has been the issue of the team think-tank.
 arrow Football: Exhibition match for Zidane
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will organise an exhibition football match in honour of French great Zinedine Zidane on November 7.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie focus on Trophy
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said on Sunday his team was not worried about the Ashes series later this year and they were aiming to do their best in the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Pigeon predicts 5-0 again
Australian seamer Glenn McGrath has once again predicted that England will suffer a 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes that starts in November.
 arrow Cricket: Imran, Javed for revamp
Former captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad despaired Sunday at the state of Pakistani cricket after a recent string of fiascos and said the way the game was run in Pakistan had to change.
 arrow Tennis: Federer takes Tokyo title
Reigning world number one Roger Federer showed Tim Henman no mercy on Sunday, taking apart the Briton's serve-and-volley game to win the men's singles title at the Japan Open in straight sets.
 arrow Football: Macedonia hold England
Steve McClaren suffered his first setback as England coach as his under-performing team were held to a 0-0 draw by Macedonia at Old Trafford on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bravehearts stun France
Scotland stunned France with a 1-0 victory over the World Cup finalists at Hampden on Saturday to go clear at the top of Euro 2008 qualifying group B.
 arrow Football: Azzurri back on track
Italy boosted their chances of qualifying for the 2008 European championships with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Ukraine.
 arrow Football: EURO 2008 qualifying results
Kazakhstan 0 Poland 1 (Smolarek 52)
Armenia 0 Finland 0
Serbia 1 (Zigic 54) Belgium 0
Portugal 3 (Ronaldo 25, 63, Carvalho 31) Azerbaijan 0
Faroe Islands

 arrow Alonso tightens title-grip as Schumi goes up in smoke
Defending drivers world champion Fernando Alonso celebrated like a man possessed on Sunday after he moved within a point of retaining his title by winning the Japanese Grand Prix.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela not happy
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is looking forward to a disciplined performance from his bowlers in the remaining qualifying matches of the Champions Trophy after making a winning start.
 arrow Cricket: Visiting the Rock Garden
"No visit to Chandigarh City can be completed without the trip of celebrated Rock Garden" is the slogan of the city's tourism department.
 arrow Hockey: Japan fifth
Japan clinched fifth place at the women's field hockey World Cup on Saturday with a 1-0 win over the United States which guaranteed them a spot in January's Champions Trophy in Argentina.
 arrow Football: Turkey keep perfect record
A well-crafted goal by Sanli Tuncay earned Turkey their second straight victory in Euro 2008 qualifying Group C, 1-0 over Hungary on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Basten happy despite draw
Marco van Basten saw his side grab a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria on Saturday as his Dutch side remained top of Euro 2008 Group G at the end of a week the former striking star would prefer to forget.
 arrow Football: More pain for Spain
Sweden maintained their perfect Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Spain which will heap further pressure on their under-fire coach Luis Aragones.
 arrow Football: Donadoni praises Azzurri spirit
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni heaped praise on his players for their sheer determination in Saturday's 2-0 victory here against Ukraine which gave their Euro 2008 qualification hopes a major boost.
 arrow Football: Little English, Superb Scots
British newspapers on Sunday slammed the toothless draw England eeked out against minnows Macedonia but hailed Scotland's against-all-odds defeat of World Cup runners-up France.
 arrow Football: Domenech blames ball boys
French manager Raymond Domenech launched an astonishing attack on Scottish ball boys -- blaming them for returning the ball too slowly during his side's 1-0 defeat at Hampden.
 arrow Football: Brazil outplay Al-Kuwait
Brazil stars rewarded some 20,000 spectators with a majestic display Saturday to defeat Kuwait's league champions Al-Kuwait Sports Club 4-0 in a friendly international.
 arrow Football: Italian media sigh of relief
Italy's media breathed a sigh of relief after the world champions beat Ukraine 2-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier to notch up their first victory since Roberto Donadoni took over as coach.
 arrow Football: Gerrard believes in Rooney
Steven Gerrard is backing Wayne Rooney to bounce back from his disappointing international return against Macedonia by proving his worth against Croatia on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo takes down Azerbaijan
Winger Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in their Euro 2008 Group A qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Easy win for Germany
Germany warmed up for Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia with a 2-0 friendly win over Georgia here on Saturday although the win was marred by the sending-off of Lukas Podolski for violent
Metropolitanarrow Keep city clean, beautiful: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the city dwellers to discharge their responsibility in keeping the city clean and beautiful. "As a proud resident of this city, do your own duty.
 arrow Dialogue, agitation to go on side by side: 14-party
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Abdur Razzak yesterday said dialogue and street agitation will go on side by side as Bangabandhu did against the Pakistani rulers in 1970-71 to realise the implementation
 arrow Countrywide internet service in 10 years
The government yesterday signed a deal with Always On Network (AON) under which the US-based IT firm will build necessary infrastructure and network in information communications technology sector for
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
At least four people, including two women, were killed in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Gazipur and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Memo submitted to PM
Samajik Protirodh Committee yesterday submitted a memorandum to the prime minister demanding restoration of the Women Development Policy 1997, says a press release.
 arrow Non-govt teachers' sit-in tomorrow
Non-government teachers and employees will stage a sit-in demonstration in front of the prime minister's office (PMO) tomorrow for inclusion of their names in monthly payment order (MPO) from the date
 arrow Cancel housing project, set up hospital, IT centre
The Association for the Welfare of Bangladeshi Repatriates from Iraq-Kuwait yesterday demanded cancellation of a housing project on its land at Baridhara in the city and establishment of a modern kidney
 arrow Contribution of Comrade Farhad recalled
Comrade Mohammad Farhad, former general secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), was one of the architects of the country's liberation war, independence and democracy, said the speakers at
 arrow Police officer drugged, robbed while travelling in bus
A police officer was drugged and robbed of his mobile phone and money in a passenger coach on Saturday night.
 arrow 'Withdraw price hike of CU admission form'
Progatishil Chhatra Jote Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday formed a human chain demanding withdrawal of increased price of admission form.
 arrow Sikri for regular Indo-Bangla dialogue
Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri yesterday stressed the need for regular dialogue to resolve the unsettled issues between Bangladesh and India for the sake of the peoples of the two countries.
 arrow Trader robbed of Tk 7 lakh
Muggers snatched Tk seven lakh from a businessman near the Savar bus stand yesterday. After a hot chase, pedestrians held one of the muggers, Idris Ali 32, while three others managed to flee.
 arrow Two masons fall to death
Two masons died and another received serious injuries after they fell from the fourth floor of a seven-storey underconstruction building at Banasree, Rampura, in the city yesterday.
 arrow Depression weakens
The depression over east central Bay and adjoining areas weakened into a well marked low over the same area at 6:00pm yesterday.
Nationalarrow Fresh threat to evict Tangail brothel inmates 'at any cost'
The 'brothel eviction committee' held a rally on Shaheed Minar premises in Tangail town yesterday vowing to go ahead with their programme and resist the opponents.
 arrow Once wild, orchids now a household word
Orchids produced in Phulbaria is gaining name and fame to become a new sources of foreign exchange.
 arrow BNP in bad book of indigenous voters, annoyed Jamaat
Apart from intra-party feud with senior BNP leaders, Post and Telecommunication Minister Aminul Haque will be facing facing strong opposition from alliance partner Jamaat-e-Islami in Rajshahi-1 (Tanore-Godagari)
 arrow BNP men rival for ticket, but united against JP
BNP leaders and activists are adamant not to accept any Jatiya Party (Ershad) man as alliance candidate in Tangail-5 (Sadar-Delduar) constituency in the coming election.
 arrow 'Dialogue's fate rests on Khaleda'
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday said success of the on-going dialogue between Awami League (AL) and BNP will depend on the good humour of BNP chief and Prime Minister
 arrow Bid to occupy college hostel in Satkhira
A female students' hostel of Kumira Women's College in Tala upazila was attacked allegedly by activists of Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal yesterday, injuring at least 20 students.
 arrow Worker hurt as 3 beams of RU building collapse
A construction worker was injured when three beams of under-construction Rajshahi University Teachers Students Cultural Center (TSCC) building collapsed yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 party rivals
Janajuddho cadres of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) killed two rivals belonging to PBCP-Lal Pataka in Ataikula thana early Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Three cheers for our farmers
Three cheers for the farmers of northern districts, the granary of Bangladesh! Braving all odds and proving all speculations of crop failure untrue, farmers of northern districts brought their aman paddy
 arrow The new arithmetic: 1+1= -53
Basic principle of democracy is the right to choose. Our vote is an indication of who we want to represent us in the Parliament and hence in the decision process that governs our life.
 arrow Biman: An insider's view
So often it is said that state-owned companies do not make profit.
Culturearrow Costume jewellery: An Eid add on for stars
Many artistes are fans of costume jewellery. Bonna Mirza has a fascination for silver jewellery. Her favourite shop is Aarong. Shanta Islam, in her turn, goes for antique jewellery.
 arrow "Nazrul songs do not provide a shortcut to stardom"-- Leena Taposhi
Nazrul Sangeet singer Leena Taposhi currently works as a faculty member and deputy director of Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology.
 arrow 'Ontoraler Kotha': Nancy's saga
Women's issues are focal in the docudrama Ontoraler Kotha. Produced by United Network Limited (UNL), the docudrama is being aired on Channel i.
 arrow Rabindranather Golpoguchchho

Generalarrow Action to be taken against corrupt officials
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday assured the employees of Bangladesh Biman of taking action against the corrupt officials of the organisation.
 arrow FM urges Norwegian cos to explore gas in Bay
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday called upon the Norwegian companies to come to Bangladesh especially for exploration of gas in the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow President assents to three bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to three of the bills passed in the just concluded 23rd session of the 8th Parliament.
 arrow Withdrawal of price hike of RU admission forms demanded
Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Pragotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ) yesterday met with RU pro-vice chancellor at his office demanding immediate withdrawal of the increased price of admission forms.
 arrow Varsity Students' Assoc of Raipura
The convening committee of University Students Welfare Association, Raipura (USWAR) was formed at Dhaka University campus recently.
 arrow Caretaker of city house found dead
Police recovered body of a caretaker from bathroom of Caneez Plaza, a house, at Bakshi Bazar in the old part of the city last night.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 21st death anniversary of Amin Ahmed Chowdhury, former assistant editor of the now defunct The Bangladesh Times.
Internationalarrow Nepali PM, Maoists meet to salvage peace process
Leaders of Nepal's ruling seven-party alliance and Maoist rebels began talks yesterday in a bid to rescue a peace process stalled by differences over disarming the guerrillas and the future of the monarchy.
 arrow Nato commander to talk with Musharraf
The commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan is to travel to Pakistan in the coming days for talks with President Pervez Musharraf over the Taliban insurgency, the Nato-led force said here yesterday.
 arrow India peacekeepers draw inspiration from Gandhi
In south Lebanon where Hezbollah militants fought with Israeli troops in July and August, India's UN peacekeepers draw inspiration from pacifist independence hero Mahatma Gandhi.
 arrow Myanmar vows to 'crush' opposition to charter talks
Myanmar's military rulers yesterday vowed to "crush" any opposition to their dragging constitutional talks, which are set to resume this week.
 arrow Dengue infects hundreds more in India
An outbreak of dengue fever has spread to more states with hundreds of additional cases of the mosquito-borne infection being reported, officials said on Saturday.
 arrow 7 militants, two soldiers killed in Kashmir
Indian troops yesterday shot dead seven Islamic militants in two gunbattles in restive Indian Kashmir, while a senior army officer and a soldier were also killed, officials said.
 arrow Two killed in Hindu-Muslim clashes in Indian town
Hindu-Muslim clashes over the slaughter of cows, which are revered by Hindus, have killed two people and wounded dozens in a southern Indian city, police said yesterday.
 arrow Lankan troops preparing major offensive: Tigers
Tamil Tiger rebels Sunday accused Sri Lankan government troops of bracing for a fresh offensive around the northern peninsula of Jaffna after both sides suffered losses in a battle elsewhere.
 arrow Hu to cement power as China's communist elite charts future
China's Communist Party elite convened yesterday behind closed doors for a four-day policy huddle that will shape the country's direction, with President Hu Jintao likely to use the occasion to consolidate
 arrow Pakistanis mourn on quake anniversary
Pakistan united in mourning yesterday in memory of about 73,000 people killed in an earthquake exactly a year ago, while survivors vented frustration over the pace of reconstruction.
 arrow Japan warns N Korea on nuclear tests
Tensions mounted over North Korea's threat to test its first atomic bomb, with shots ringing out Saturday along the border with South Korea and Japan warning of harsh sanctions if Pyongyang goes
 arrow 'Iran could benefit from N Korea's nuclear test'
Iran could benefit if North Korea goes ahead with plans to test a nuclear weapon without publicly developing and testing one of its own, Jane's Defence Weekly said Saturday.
 arrow Sex scandal, Iraq leave Republicans vulnerable in polls
A sex scandal and embarrassing revelations about the Iraq war one month before US legislative elections have left President George W.
 arrow New Thai cabinet list submitted to king
Thailand's new interim prime minister has submitted his post-coup Cabinet lineup to King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is waiting for a royal endorsement before unveiling it to the public, a spokesman said Sunday.
 arrow Nuclear renewal rooted in new political climate
Nuclear power is poised for a renaissance as governments turn to the technology to face down fears about global warming and energy security, the head of the Nuclear Energy Agency believes.
 arrow UNSC set to choose S Korean FM to succeed Annan
The Security Council meets today to formally designate South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon as its choice to succeed Kofi Annan as UN secretary general.
 arrow Boat accident kills 19 children in Vietnam
Some 19 children were killed on their way to school in central Vietnam when their boat capsized, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam lawyers to boycott genocide trial
Saddam Hussein's defence team will continue to boycott his trial on charges of genocide against Iraq's Kurdish minority when it resumes this week, his lead Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Biman's unbridled corruption
Incredible stories of the flag carrier's corruption and poor management are aplenty. Such stories no longer surprise us although it causes us distress.
 arrow Editorial: Export of manpower to Malaysia
Despite having tremendous potential for exploiting the manpower market in Malaysia, Bangladesh could make little progress in making the most of the opportunities because of bungling at our end.
 arrow It's still time for keeping fingers crossed
The people of this country must have rued the day they voted to power an unholy alliance only on its syrupy electoral pledge that it would give them a society free of terror and corruption -- the twin
 arrow Soft sell, hard luck
Aamir Khan is surely the finest actor in contemporary popular cinema.
 arrow 'Election, corruption and coup in Thailand'
I have read with interest the article, "Election, Corruption and Coup in Thailand" by Harun-ur-Rashid (September 27 DS).
Letters to Editorarrow Freedom of speech
The most talked about demand of people, especially the green intellectuals is the freedom of speech. The essence of freedom of speech is to express one's thoughts in any way.
 arrow It's our democracy
Whatever profession you are absorbed in, whatever may be your political inclination, you will certainly share the opinion that we ourselves must nurture our democracy.
 arrow Iraq situation
Three years after attacking Iraq, US President G.W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have realised that the invasion was a mistake.
 arrow Playgrounds for kids
Students in general of this generation are loaded with tasks innumerable.
 arrow Monalisa mystery
Monalisa's mysterious smile has long baffled historians, scientists, and 'ordinary' people alike.
 arrow Empowering the disabled
I had the opportunity to read the above captioned article by Mr. Nasir-ur-Rahman Sinha published in your daily of 7August 2006. Mr.
 arrow Clout of money
When I asked an American shopkeeper in New York a few years back, “Where is Baghdad, the depot (!) of weapons of mass destruction?”, he was looking at me in a strange way but answered me as usual with
 arrow Terrorism in Muslim countries
I am writing in response to Mahmood Elahi's letter "Terrorism in Muslim countries". The way Elahi wrote about Muslims was quite shocking.
 arrow World Bank
We hear much about giving impunity to the World Bank that advocates transparency and accountability.
 arrow Caretaker govt. --a huge task ahead
It is really a dream to see a free and fair election in Bangladesh....
 arrow Tyranny and turmoil
Sitting in the dark in a drawing room of my friend's house at Banani DOHS , I was having my iftar, cursing myself and groping for the guilt I might have committed in the past so that God has bestowed
 arrow The Muslim world
I follow all the letters of Mr. Mahmood Elahi with great interest and admiration. He has the courage of calling a spade a spade as far as the Muslim world is concerned.
Star Cityarrow Grabbing yet another playground
Local hoodlums in connivance with the National Housing Authority (NHA) officials have turned New Colony Playground in Lalmatia a paid parking place and a weekly car bazaar depriving youngsters and children
 arrow Millions prepare to leave city ahead of eid
Government transport authorities and private transport owners are preparing to face the huge pressure of passengers during Eid as millions of people are to leave Dhaka for celebrating the festival with
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What is your first memory of Dhaka? Kabir Chowdhury (KC): The first memory centres around my school days when I was studying at the Collegiate School.
 arrow BDR sales bring relief to city consumers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is selling daily commodities at what they claimed 'reasonable prices' through makeshift centres at various points in the city, bringing some relief to the consumers in the month
 arrow Preventing street accidents
Campaigners at a street demonstration urged the government to enforce traffic laws effectively and called on motorists and pedestrians to learn more about traffic laws and put them into practice to prevent
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