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Front Pagearrow One day gone, Aziz still mum on his decision
Neither the Election Commission (EC) nor the office of the president, Bangabhaban, was able to disclose till last night the decision of the chief election commissioner (CEC) regarding the presidential
 arrow BNP men attack LDP motorcade
Two persons were killed as they were run over by a jeep of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that came under attacks of armed BNP men at Badamtali intersection of Patiya upazila yesterday.
 arrow Activists dance, sing to second day blockade
Spontaneity and festivity were evident on the streets of Dhaka as people's participation in and support for the blockade increased further yesterday when the whole country reeled under the road-rail-waterways
 arrow 14-party demands EC reconstitution within assured 48-hr time
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday asked the caretaker government (CG) to implement their demands including reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC), removal of the chief electioncommissioner
 arrow Iajuddin seeks all-party support for timely polls
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday sought cooperation of the political parties and all concerned in holding the next general election in time.
 arrow Mufti Hannan details his blueprints of militancy
Islamist militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan of Harkatul Jihad (HuJi) in his confessional statement on Sunday narrated in detail the workings of his organisation and admitted to being involved in several
 arrow 4-party protests 'AL anarchy'
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday staged demonstrations in all thanas across the country protesting 'anarchy, killings and terrorist activities' by the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine,and
 arrow Small loans to poor can change world
Declaring credit a human right, Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus said on Monday that the successful micro-lending bank he launched in his native Bangladesh showed wiping out world poverty was a goal within
 arrow BNP govt falsely implicated him in gold smuggling case in 1991
Former president HM Ershad yesterday told a Dhaka court that the BNP government in 1991 had deliberately implicated him and made him an accused in the gold smuggling case as part of a conspiracy to harass
 arrow CA's apathy makes advisers meet separately
With the chief adviser reluctant to hold regular meetings of the advisory council, the advisers to the caretaker government meet informally for coordinating their activities themselves.
 arrow Hasina, Khaleda join Senakunja reception
The distance between them was hardly 15 yards, but the two major political figures did not even exchange looks.
 arrow Don't take any step beyond constitution
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government not to take any step which would violate the constitution.
 arrow BGMEA sit-in near Bangabhaban if CA fails to end deadlock by today
The leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday said they will hold a sit-in in the Bangabhaban area tomorrow if President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmedfails
 arrow Scanty transports bring plight for patients
People seeking treatment of illness and injuries caused by accidents had to undergo extra agony to get to the hospitals in the capital yesterday, as they faced extreme difficulties finding suitable transports
 arrow Education hampered as blockade lingers
Uncertainty has gripped the country's education system from primary to university levels as schools and colleges could not finish syllabuses and had to reschedule annual examinations due to politicalimpasse
 arrow BNP man shot dead, 4 others injured in city
A BNP activist was shot dead and four others including a Jubo League ward unit leader were wounded in separate incidents in the city last night.
 arrow CG won't cancel any more contractual appointments
The caretaker government will not cancel further contractual appointments of government officials except a few chief engineers working in different sectors.
 arrow Ctg container terminal still paralysed
Operations of vital Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) at the country's premier seaport have remained suspended since November 12 while different quarters have threatened the Chittagong Port Authority
 arrow India, China to promote nuclear energy
Taking their bilateral ties to a new height, India and China yesterday decided to promote cooperation in civil nuclear energy and speed up efforts to solve the boundary dispute.
 arrow London to help Dhaka fight terrorism
The government of United Kingdom (UK) expressed its strong willingness to extend support to Bangladesh for strengthening counter terrorism activities to ensure security in the region.
 arrow JCD attacks BCL procession on DU campus
At least two students were injured as police charged batons on the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) after the JCD men attacked a BCL procession on the Dhaka
 arrow Blockade...

 arrow Japanese envoy meets CEC, talks poll preparations
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Masayuki Inoue called on Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz at his office yesterday and discussed on election preparations.
 arrow Charmonai Pir to join 14-party movement
Pir of Charmonai Fazlul Karim has agreed to join the movement of the 14-party combine against the anti-liberation forces from one platform.
 arrow Reporters want ban to go by today
Newsmen will put on black badges from today protesting restriction on their entry to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat for news gathering.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in shootout
Three suspected activists of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddha faction were killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday afternoon at Dhopaghata village under
 arrow 21 deputy secys transferred
As part of the ongoing reshuffle in the administration, the government yesterday transferred 21 deputy secretaries (DS) to different ministries.
 arrow IFJ unhappy over lack of tolerance for media criticism
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said it is appalled by the lack of tolerance for media criticism and the eroding respect for press freedom in Bangladesh.
 arrow Verdicts in 3 cases against Col Faruk on Nov 28
A Dhaka court yesterday refixed November 28 for delivery of the verdict of three cases filed ten years back against Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Farukur Rahman, also condemned in the Bangabandhu murder case.
 arrow Biman, 4 foreign airlines to carry hajj pilgrims
Biman Bangladesh Airlines along with Saudia, Gulf Air, Emirates and Qatar airlines will carry about 51,000 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims to Jeddah this year.
 arrow Anti-Syrian Lebanese minister assassinated
Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in a northern Beirut suburb yesterday in the latest in a spate of attacks to target anti-Syrian politicians, a security source told AFP.
Businessarrow Business bears the brunt of political turmoil
Business communities from across the country have expressed their frustration and dismay over the ongoing political turmoil that has already taken a heavy toll on the economy.
 arrow Cabinet body to decide on remaining 26pc shares
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs will decide whether the government would sell out the remaining 26 percent shares of Rupali Bank to its Saudi buyer or not.
 arrow DSE gains despite political impasse
Despite political turmoil, share prices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), the country's premier bourse, posted significant gains yesterday, the second day of the nationwide blockade programme.
 arrow S Asia investment forum begins today
A 20-member high-profile Bangladesh delegation has left Dhaka for London to join a two-day meeting of the South Asia Trading and Investment Forum (Satif) beginning today.
 arrow ASA adjudged world's best MFI
ASA has been ranked as the best MFI (microfinance institution) in the world by the 'Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX).
 arrow US farm exports to India set to go up
US agri and food product exports to India are expected to get a big boost following high allocation of funds by Washington for their agri-trade bodies which have presence in this country.
 arrow Delhi may allow sugar export
India, the world's second largest sugar producer and the biggest consumer, may consider lifting a ban on its exports as the country is likely to witness a record production of the sweetener this year.
 arrow World halal market may grow by 10-20pc annually
World trade in halal products, which comply with Islamic standards, is expected to grow by 10-20 percent a year from an estimated 2.1 trillion dollars, experts said on Tuesday.
 arrow India, China to boost trade to $40b by 2010
India and China, the world's two fastest-growing economies, will work to double trade with each other in the next three years, their leaders said Tuesday after a summit in the Indian capital.
 arrow Tokyo office costs highest in Asia
Tokyo has Asia's most expensive office costs -- and the second costliest in the world -- with Hong Kong and Mumbai also in the world's top ten, an industry report said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil above $59
Oil prices edged 0.6 percent higher on Tuesday after bad weather forced a loading halt at Alaska's main export terminal and analysts forecast a drawdown in U.S. fuel stocks ahead of winter.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore takes guard
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore yesterday dismissed allegations that he alone had anything to do with the exclusion of ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful from the national squad for the first three one-dayers
 arrow Cricket: Sharif blows Ctg away
Mohammad Sharif continued his brilliant form as he helped revive Dhaka's fortunes on the opening day of the four-day match against Chittagong in the Ispahani Mirzapore 8th National Cricket League at the
 arrow Hockey: BHF revises Asiad squad
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday revised its squad for the Asian Games but still, Ariful Haque Prince was not picked by the selectors for the December 1-15 mega event in Doha.
 arrow Chess: Winning starts for Bangladeshi Gms
Bangladeshi Grandmasters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman both got off to auspicious starts beating their Indian opponents in the Commonwealth Chess Champion-ship 2006 in Mumbai on Monday.
 arrow Golf: Citigroup Cup Golf from tomorrow
The Citigroup Cup golf tournament will begin tomorrow at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
 arrow Cricket: Lara rips Pakistan apart
Brian Lara hit a majestic undefeated 196 on the third day of the second cricket Test to put his team in a commanding position against Pakistan at Multan stadium here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: The Clobbers' Club

 arrow Swimming: Thorpe signs off
Australian Olympic superstar Ian Thorpe, regarded as one of the greatest swimmers of all time, announced Tuesday that he was retiring from his record-breaking career at the age of 24.
 arrow Swimming: The Human Fish At A Glance
The following is a list of key facts and career landmarks in the life of Australian Olympic legend Ian Thorpe, who on Tuesday announced his retirement from professional swimming.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag likely for 2nd ODI
India's struggling batting line-up on Tuesday received a big boost with opener Virender Sehwag likely to play in the second cricket one-dayer against South Africa here today, having almost recovered from
 arrow Cricket: 4 bowlers enough: Gilly
Vice-captain Adam Gilchrist is confident Australia's balance of four bowlers will be successful again following Shane Watson's injury withdrawal from Thursday's first Ashes Test against England at the
 arrow Swimming: The Thorpedo trail
In eight giddy years Ian Thorpe dominated world swimming, smashing records and accumulating an astonishing tally of Olympic and world titles.
 arrow Cricket: Glenn doesn't need help
An indignant Glenn McGrath says Australia doesn't need an all-rounder to ease the workload on his 36-year-old body in Thursday's Ashes Test opener with England at the Gabba.
 arrow Football: Anxious times for champions
Holders Bar-celona would have expected to be safely installed in the last 16 of the Champions League by now instead of facing an anxious night in Bulgaria knowing anything less than victory could knock
 arrow Football: Bremen test for Chelsea
Chelsea go into Wednesday's Champions League clash at Werder Bremen knowing a point will secure them top spot in group A and manager Jose Mourinho has promised his team will not take their foot off the
 arrow Cricket: Here comes the Ashes
Cricket's time-worn rivalry, stemming back to 1877, fires up again here Thursday in the first of five much-anticipated Ashes Tests between traditional foes Australia and England at the Gabba.
 arrow Football: Icelandic takeover for West Ham
Eggert Magnusson, the head of the Icelandic consortium which has won its bid for control of West Ham, has promised Alan Pardew that his job is safe and that he will be handed funds for new players.
 arrow Football: Moratti thinking big
Inter Milan owner Massimo Morati is looking forward to Wednesday's Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon in the knowledge that the Serie A leaders are finally showing the consistency absent in some
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan goes down under
Michael Vaughan arrived here unannounced Monday and laughed at suggestions he will play for England in Thursday's first Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul's different debut
Former national cricketer Enamul Haque Moni will start his second innings in international cricket as he is set to make his debut as an umpire in the ODI arena.
 arrow Swimming: Respect from everywhere
Australians and admirers around the world saluted champion swimmer Ian Thorpe's decision Tuesday to end his record-breaking career at the age of 24.
 arrow Football: Carlos, Guti extend Real deals
Brazilian fullback Roberto Carlos and Spanish midfielder Guti have reached agreements to extend their contracts with Real Madrid, the Primera Liga side said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Last season for Maldini
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini says he is likely to retire at the end of the season.
 arrow Football: Knee injury derails Cruz
Inter Milan's Argentine striker Julio Ricardo Cruz faces a lengthy lay off after tests found he had suffered damage to the internal collateral ligament of his right knee.
 arrow Football: Levski vow to behave
Levski Sofia fans need to start behaving better and help the club to improve their image, owner Todor Batkov said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Hammam confident of joint hosting
Hosting a major football tournament in four different countries was never going to be easy but AFC president Mohammed bin Hammam is confident the 2007 Asian Cup finals will prove a big success.
 arrow Football: Surgery scare for Neville
Manchester United skipper Gary Neville may require surgery to cure his troublesome calf problem, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed.
 arrow Football: Sao Paulo claim Brazil title
Four years ago, Sao Paulo finished top of the Brazilian championship five points ahead of their nearest rivals.
 arrow Football: Nou Camp architect dies
Francesc Mitjans, the architect who designed FC Barcelona's famed Nou Camp stadium, has died Monday at the age of 97 years.
 arrow Football: Coach quits after invasion
Dutchman Frans Adelaar has resigned as coach of Dutch league strugglers Den Haag less than 24 hours after a pitch invasion halted their match against Vitesse Arnhem.
 arrow Football: Nike stops Pakistan orders
Nike is ending orders of hand-stitched soccer balls from a Pakistani company, citing labour violations.
 arrow Football: Al Ahli player banned
Al Ahli midfielder Amro Samaka has been banned for six months for failing a drug test, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow War of Liberation is greatest event in our history
President/Chief Adviser Iajudin Ahmed yesterday said the heroism and spirit of self-sacrifice of the brave martyrs are mingled with "all our developments and advancement.
 arrow Resolve political crisis to save RMG industries
Holding political unrest responsible for last few week's loss in country's garment sector, the leaders of garment workers at a press conference yesterday urged the president/ chief adviser to caretaker
 arrow Call for involvement of people in anti-corruption movement
The 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference has ended in Guatemala City with a call for a broader participation of citizens and youths in anti-corruption movement, says a press release.
 arrow Attack on sock workers for demanding salary hike
Workers of sock factories at Shyampur area have allegedly been attacked in a demonstration yesterday by miscreants hired by the factory owners for demanding a hike in their salary.
 arrow Form judicial council to remove CEC
Leaders of Combined Citizens Movement and Peshajibi Samonnoy Parishad yesterday urged the caretaker government to remove the Chief Election Commissioner by forming Supreme Judicial Council to save the
 arrow Man injured in blast while making bombs in Meherpur
A hand and a leg of a man were blown away as several bombs went off when he was making them inside his house at Khoksha village in Meherpur Sadar upazila last night.
 arrow Bangladeshi among four hanged in Kuwait
Two Pakistani nationals convicted of drug trafficking and a Bangladeshi and a stateless resident found guilty of premeditated murder were hanged in Kuwait yesterday, officials said.
 arrow 2 arrested with bombs from south gate of Bangabhaban
Police arrested two youths with two bombs from the south gate of Bangabhaban yesterday suspecting that the detainees might have a link to Monday's bomb explosions at the same area.
 arrow 'Take action against creators of anarchy'
BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday held a rally at Moni Chattar in the city protesting countrywide blockade of Awami League-led 14-party combine.
 arrow DUJ, BFUJ to stage sit-in today
Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) will stage a sit-in in front of the Election Commission today protesting the harassment and restriction on on-duty journalists
 arrow 'Uphold image of BSS'
Newly-appointed Managing Director and Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday called upon the journalists and employees to work sincerely for upholding the image
 arrow JSD for removal of Aziz, Zakaria
Leaders of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and Election Commissioner SM Zakaria must be removed from the Election Commission for the sake of free and fairelection.
 arrow Reshuffle admin to ensure franchise: CPB
People's right to vote cannot be ensured without a reshuffle in the administration, said the leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday.
 arrow Brother gets death
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his elder brother GM Gaus, a journalist of the Weekly Janakantha, in July 2004.
 arrow 'Reconstitute Election Commission'
Shadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (SCP), a pro-Awami League doctors' organisation, yesterday reiterated their demand for reconstitution of election commission including removal of Chief Election Commissioner
 arrow Investigation demanded
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad demanded proper investigation and trial of the people responsible for slaughtering five family members of Brahmanbaria Awami League Vice President Haji Rafikul Islam, says a
 arrow Restrictions on journos condemned
Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) yesterday condemned the restriction on duty journalists at the Election Commission (EC) and demanded immediate withdrawal of such restriction, says a press release.
 arrow Abu Bakar reappointed NUB treasurer
President and Chancellor of the Private Universities Iajuddin Ahmed reappointed M Abu Bakar Siddique as the treasurer of Northern University Bangladesh (NUB), says a press release.
 arrow Ibais University classes postponed
Ibais University authorities yesterday postponed all the classes and examinations of its all departments due to blockade programme, says a press release.
Nationalarrow AL factions hold programmes in Satkhira, Rangpur
Awami League factions held separate programmes yesterday in Shyamnagar in Satkhira and in Rangpur town, defying a central instruction to enforce the countrywide blockade under the banner of 14-party alliance.
 arrow Seed crisis to slim potato cultivation in 8 N-dists
Scarcity of potato seeds and its high price in current peak season is affecting cultivation of the cash crop in eight northern districts of greater Rangpur and Dinajpur.
 arrow LDP's Moni Swapan declares candidature from Rangamati
Former deputy minister for CHT affairs Moni Swapan Dewan yesterday declared that he would contest from Rangamati constituency as a candidate of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the coming election.
 arrow Shibir attack on JCD protested in Satkhira
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday brought out a procession here protesting attack on four leaders of its Satkhira City College unit by Shibir activists on Saturday.
 arrow No clue to Ashuganj 5 murders
Police could not trace any clue to Monday's murder of five people of a family at Charchartala village in Ashuganj.
 arrow Barisal Biman office locked for flights
Several hundred people under the banner of Barisal Bibhag Unnyan-O-Bastobyan Parishad, an association for development of Barisal division, yesterday locked the Biman office here demanding resumptionof
 arrow Top outlaw killed in Pabna by rivals
A regional leader of Lal Pataka faction of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed by party rivals in a crowded bazaar at Jalalpur in Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon.
Point-Counterpointarrow What is at stake
The eighth parliament completed its term on the October 27.
 arrow The truth about lies
After the reported lying of a responsible man in Bangladesh recently I have been thinking about lies.
 arrow Micro-credit comes of age
Breezing into Halifax last week, Bangladeshi micro-credit guru Muhammad Yunus and his followers had every reason to be in a buoyant mood.
 arrow Republicans rebuffed
Although a two-party system has been in existence in the United States since 1797, American voters, by and large, take the presidential elections, which take place in November every four years, seriously.
Culturearrow 'Nirontor' competing at the Int'l Film Festival of India
The 37th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is back on the sun-soaked sandy beaches of Goa on the Arabian Sea, the hugely popular tourist resort.
 arrow "Theatre is an active agent for social change" -- Chanchal Chowdhury
Chanchal Chowdhury, a talented actor in the theatre arena, displays considerable promise in his recent films, TV plays and commercials.
 arrow "Prithibir Pothey Pothey' : A travel show on small screen
Filmmaker Shakur Majid has travelled to countries in Europe, different states of US, UAE, Chile in Latin America, Malaysia, Scotland, Thailand, China, among others.
Generalarrow Construction of RU cultural centre uncertain
The construction and modernisation works of Teacher Student Culture Centre (TSCC) of Rajshahi University have become uncertain for its faulty design.
 arrow Cancer hospital receives around Tk 44 lakh as donation in Oct
A total of Tk 43 lakh 95 thousand 2 hundred and 38 has been received in the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) Fund in October, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Lanka air force pounds Tamil Tiger territory
Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger territory in the far north on Tuesday in what the military called a preemptive strike on a training base, but the rebels said it was an unprovoked attack neartheir
 arrow Hu aims to boost trust with India
Chinese President Hu Jintao said in New Delhi yesterday that he hoped to strengthen the centuries-old amity between China and India and build a trusting relationship between the world's two most populous
 arrow Pakistan hopes to boost arms exports
Pakistan, whose defence-related exports exceeded $200 million in the last fiscal year, is touting locally built tanks and other weapons to carve a niche for itself in the global arms market, a top army
 arrow Tibetans breach security at Sino-India talks
Police arrested more than a dozen Tibetan activists in separate incidents in New Delhi Tuesday after they tried to storm venues of meetings between Indian and Chinese leaders, in protests that drew arebuke
 arrow Syria, Iraq restore ties to combat militants
Iraq and Syria agreed to restore full diplomatic relations yesterday after a break of a quarter of a century, a move Iraq hopes may help stem what it says is Syrian support for militants.
 arrow Israeli forces launch deep Gaza raids
Israeli troops with tanks launched a deep raid into the Gaza Strip to strike a Palestinian militant stronghold yesterday, killing a gunman during clashes in which a woman also died, witnesses and hospital
 arrow Divided IAEA puts off ruling on N-aid to Iran
The UN nuclear watchdog has put off until Thursday a decision on whether to block a disputed bid by Iran for help in building a nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium for atom bombs, diplomats said
 arrow 8 children die in China bus crash
Eight primary school students in China were killed and another nine seriously injured after an overcrowded bus driven by an unlicensed driver plunged off a bridge yesterday, state press reported.
 arrow 'War on terror' could last 30 years or more
The fight against terrorism could last 30 years or more, according to a report published Monday by a British think tank that specialises in international security.
 arrow Six Imams kicked out of US flight: US Islamic group
Six Muslim imams were handcuffed and removed from a US Airways flight at a Minnesota airport over "suspicious activity," a US Islamic civil liberties group said yesterday.
 arrow Bush crosses time zones, eats many meals
Who eats two dinners in a day? President Bush for one, especially when he's crossing time zones.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Too many things on the president's plate
The President and the Chief Adviser (CA) has decided to keep yet another committee under him directly. As it is, as the Chief Adviser he has far too much on his plate.
 arrow Editorial: Violence during blockade
The death of two LDP supporters in Chittagong on Tuesday and some sporadic incidents of violence in a few places outside Dhaka on Monday marred an otherwise violence free period of blockade of the last
 arrow All the time President Iajuddin has lost
President Iajuddin Ahmed has been stumbling all the way through. Not everyone, though, will agree with such an assessment. To a very large number of people, it is something more serious.
 arrow How to replace the chief election commissioner
Under Article 118 of the constitution, the chief election commissioner and the election commissioners constitute the Election Commission.
 arrow Change in America?
November 7 mid-term elections in the US were decisive. US President George W Bush's policies cost his ruling party, Republicans or Grand Old Party dear: it lost the control of both Houses of Congress.
Letters to Editorarrow Politics: confused and confusing
With so many private TV channels, it's encouraging to see that the percentage of citizens (who are simply tired of both the political parties) is no longer insignificant.
 arrow Sindbad's Ghost!
It is really shameful that we have to request continually a justice, Justice Mr. M. A. Aziz, to leave the post of CEC.
 arrow We shall overcome
In many recent articles I have read that Bangladesh is a 'bottomless basket' as though this is what Henry Kissinger meant when he referred to Bangladesh many years ago as a 'basket case.
 arrow Help the man in distress
Bangladesh being a poor country, where nearly 50 per cent of the people live below poverty line, the number of the destitute proportionately could be quite large. It is not surprising.
Star Chittagongarrow Scenic Bandarban fails to attract tourists
Bandarban with its abundant natural beauty and exotic locations has failed to draw an optimum number of tourists due to lack of projection of its infrastuctural facilities, sources said.
 arrow Ctg Zoo visitors bored
Chittagong Zoo, the only place in the port city for the children to have glimpse of wild animals here, is yet to get a desired shape in its 17 years of journey.
Star Cityarrow Vanishing glories of Dhaka
Wildlife expert Khasru Chowdhury, who provided much of the information for this article, blames unplanned urbanisation for depletion of a rich reserve of wildlife from the city.
 arrow Rajuk to stop construction without approval
The Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), the city development authority, is likely to suspend Jagannath University (JU) from proceeding with any construction without Rajuk's approval of the buildingplans.
 arrow Tales of toiling men
Kanchon Miah works in Karwan Bazar as a day labourer and unloads products from the trucks that come every day from outside Dhaka.
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