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Front Pagearrow EC flouts law to start picking polling staff
The Election Commission (EC) has directed the district administration, which is still largely dominated by the immediate past government's appointees and its selection, to prepare a panel of polling officials
 arrow Anarchy, chaos forced CG to delay poll schedule
Hinting at Awami League (AL), BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said the caretaker government could not announce the election schedule timely, despite its willingness, due to the 'anarchy and chaos createdby
 arrow 14-party, allies heading towards movement on one-point demand
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition along with several other political parties is heading towards a one-point movement to force the Chief Adviser to the caretaker government (CA) Iajuddin Ahmed
 arrow 14-party to reject poll schedule before voter list correction
The 14-party coalition said yesterday it would reject the schedule for next general election if it is announced without correcting the voter list by excluding 1.40 crore fake voters.
 arrow 4-party calls activists to prepare for polls
Leaders of BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday called upon their activists to make preparation for the upcoming general elections.
 arrow 2,500 tonnes water wasted an hour for duplicate pump sets
The alarming depletion of subsoil water table in Barapukuria coal mine area could be easily halved if the mine and its power plant shared the same water pumps, instead of using separate sets and wasting
 arrow Jamaat's 'Islamisation' of village names
In an ominous development in Shyamnagar upazila, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh is quietly 'Islamising' the names of villages and educational institutions there, destroying the rich history, tradition and
 arrow 'Secret' meet of admin big wigs at ex-energy adviser's office
A group of former and in-service senior civil servants, who are known to be close to BNP, yesterday joined a secret party hosted by former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman in his business office in thecapital's
 arrow Brac brings internet to rural homes
bracNET, an affiliation of Brac, the world's largest non-government organisation, has recently launched e-Hut to give internet access to people in rural areas of Bangladesh.
 arrow Polling officers fear political pressure
The non-government teachers who work as presiding and polling officers fear they might not be able to perform their duties freely if individuals involved with the immediate past ruling alliance remain
 arrow Life returns to normal
Life came to near normality in the capital yesterday again after four days as the Awami League (AL) led 14-party alliance postponed its countrywide blockade programme.
 arrow Nabanna Utsab

 arrow Iajuddin, Shafi discuss poll preparations
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday held an hour-long meeting with Agriculture Adviser CM Shafi Sami at Bangabhaban.
 arrow Breeding ground

 arrow RMG owners' sit-in today to protest political crisis
The country's readymade garment unit owners and workers will stage a sit-in tomorrow in front of their factories across the country to protest the ongoing political impasse that has cast an adverse impact
 arrow President's speech failed to fulfil people's hope
President and Chief Adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) Iajuddin Ahmed's address to the nation on Wednesday has failed to fulfil the expectations of the nation.
 arrow Incomplete bridge!

 arrow 4-party to launch 3-day agitation on Sunday
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies will start a three-day long agitation programme on Sunday protesting 'anarchy and terrorism', and demanding immediate announcement of the election schedule.
 arrow Oikya Front sit-in near Bangabhaban Nov 28
Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) yesterday said it would stage a sit-in around Bangabhaban on November 27 and the Election Commission (EC) on November 28, simultaneous with the 14-party alliance's programme,demanding
 arrow Wadud's removal welcomed by CHT people
Former BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan's removal from the post of the chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Development Board has been welcomed by both indigenous and Bangla speaking people in the region.
 arrow Polluting the environment

 arrow Nizami slates professionals, EU for endorsing 14-party demands
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday blasted the lawyers, businessmen, journalists, intellectuals, and the European Union (EU) for endorsing the 14-party combine's demand for ElectionCommission
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate in a rejoinder on The Daily Star news headlined "Navy flouts rules in boat spares deal" published on November 19 said that Bangladesh Navy has followed
 arrow Hu promises 'new level' of ties with Pakistan
Chinese President Hu Jintao promised yesterday to bolster his country's strategic ties with Pakistan to a new level, saying strong relations between the old allies was conducive to peace in Asia.
 arrow Another bloody day for Iraq
The death toll in Thursday's Baghdad bombings rose to 202, police said as another 22 people were killed in a double suicide attack in the northern city of Tal Afar, heightening fears Iraq is sliding towards
 arrow Iran makes concession to IAEA investigation
Iran has agreed to hand over records of its uranium enrichment work in a boost to UN efforts to determine whether Tehran seeks nuclear weapons, but diplomats and analysts said more cooperation is needed.
 arrow Israel rejects Palestinian offer to halt rocket fire
A proposal from Palestinian factions to stop rocket attacks in exchange for an end to Israeli offensives in Gaza and the West Bank was rejected as inadequate by Israel yesterday.
 arrow Two outlaws held with explosives
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two outlaws with explosives at Noadapara and Choudia villages under Mirpur upazila of the district on Thursday night.
Businessarrow Syndicate responsible for price hike of imported essentials
A syndicate of unscrupulous traders hikes prices of imported essentials by creating artificial shortfalls, Bangladesh Consumer Goods Distributors Association (BCGDA) said yesterday.
 arrow DSE indices up 2.5pc
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) witnessed a bullish trend last week with indices rising by around 2.5 percent.
The DSE General Index shot up by 37.59 points, or 2.47 percent, to close at 1560.

 arrow Int'l cotton confce deferred for 3 months
The two-day international cotton conference has been deferred for three months in view of the ongoing political impasse in the country.
 arrow China's 'Go West' policy gets mixed results
If you build it, they will come -- except perhaps to China's vast, untapped western frontier.
 arrow India approves $6.4b Chinese investment
Rejecting Beijing's allegation of discrimination against its companies here, New Delhi said 90 percent of Chinese applications for investment have been approved and visas cleared for 1,800 of its technical
 arrow EU, Africa clinch pact on migration talks
European and African ministers meeting in Libya Thursday agreed a pact on illegal immigration that would match development goals to security measures.
 arrow Oil lower in Asian trade
Oil prices were lower in Asian trade Friday as the market got going again after the US Thanksgiving holiday with few new factors to inspire activity, dealers said.
 arrow Tata, CSN ready for Corus battle
The board of directors of Tata Steel met Friday to work on a strategy to counter the Brazilian steel maker CSN's higher offer to take over the Anglo-Dutch firm Corus.
 arrow Mittal to give 10 years' wages to families of dead Kazakh miners
Ginat steelmaker Mittal is to pay 10 years' wages to the families of workers killed in accidents in its mines in Kazakhstan in the past two years, a company official was quoted as saying Thursday.
 arrow Dollar near lows
The dollar traded close to a two-month low against the yen and near to its year low against the euro in subdued Asian trade Friday after the US Thanksgiving holiday, dealers said.
 arrow Japan stops poultry imports from S Korea
Japan said Friday it has suspended poultry imports from neighbouring South Korea after a suspected bird flu outbreak there.
 arrow S'pore's October industrial output slows sharply
Singapore's industrial production in October grew at a slower-than-expected pace of 1.5 percent, pulled down by declines in electronics and chemicals, the government said Friday.
 arrow Vietnam's export revenue surges
Vietnam is estimated to reap export earnings of nearly 36.3 billion US dollars in the first 11 months of this year, a year-on-year rise of 23.7 percent, according to a local trade agency Friday.
 arrow Mazda plans plants in Thailand, N America
Mazda Motor Corp plans to invest more than 50 billion yen ($430 million) to build a small-car plant in Thailand together with top shareholder Ford Motor, and later may bring a plant of its own onstream
 arrow ADB to lend Indonesia $428m for infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank said Friday it will extend more than 428 million dollars in loans and grants to Indonesia to help develop its infrastructure and spur economic growth.
 arrow IOM launches BenQ brand projectors
International Office Machines (IOM) Ltd has recently launched two models of BenQ brand digital projectors in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Thailand, EU agree to poultry quotas, tariffs
Thai and EU trade negotiators have agreed to new quotas and tariffs for Thai poultry imported by the European Union, the European Commission's delegation said Friday.
 arrow Malaysia's key rate remains at 3.5pc
Malaysia's central bank on Friday kept its key interest rate unchanged at 3.50 percent for the fifth time in a row in line with easing inflation and steady growth.
 arrow Foreign investment in Vietnam to hit all time high by year-end
Foreign investment in Vietnam recorded an almost 50 percent jump in November from a year earlier and should exceed an all time high by the end of this year, a ministry official said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
November 19-November 23, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Spin worry for Zim
Bangladesh's experienced spin attack seems to be the only worrying factor for Zimbabwe but the visiting skipper Prosper Utseya said they have taken adequate preparation this time to deal with it during
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka romp to big win
Dhaka put the icing on the cake of a memorable match for Mohammad Ashraful as they crushed hosts Chittagong in the Ispahani Mirzapore 8th National Cricket League third round by an innings and 126 runs
 arrow Cricket: Urge to build nat'l team in proper manner
Speakers at a seminar in the city on Friday emphasised on building the Bangladesh cricket team in a proper manner in addition to preparing for co-hosting the World Cup Cricket 2011 in Bangladesh.
 arrow Chess: Niaz loses too
Grand Master Niaz Murshed tasted his first defeat in the Commonwealth Chess Championship as he lost the fourth round board against local boy Arghyadip Das in Mumbai on Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Shakil atop alone
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil continued his winning spree in the Prime Bank 9th International Rating Chess Tournament when he won both the fifth and sixth round games at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia take charge
Glenn McGrath hit back at his ageist critics with two wickets in two balls to have England on the rack after the second day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Skipper backs Harmison
England captain Andrew Flintoff defended paceman Steve Harmison Friday after the misfiring strike bowler continued to self-destruct in the Ashes opener at Brisbane's Gabba.
 arrow Cricket: Shastri questions seniors
Former Indian captain Ravi Shastri has questioned the team selection as well as the commitment of senior players after India's "gutless" showing against South Africa in the second one-dayer at Kingsmead.
 arrow Cricket: Vengsarkar on a mission!
The Indian cricket board asked chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar on Friday to travel to South Africa amid stinging criticism following the team's bad start to the tour.
 arrow Tennis: India blank China
Local star Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna enabled top seeds India to blank China 3-0 in a league tie of the Asian Hopman Cup tournament here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: All-praise for Yousuf
West Indian captain Brian Lara hailed Mohammad Yousuf's match-saving innings in the second Test but urged his team to improve the sloppy fielding that keeps letting Pakistan off the hook.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh sets high mark for Ponting
Former Test skipper Steve Waugh believes Ricky Ponting will go on and make 50 Test centuries and be rated Australia's best batsman since the great Don Bradman.
 arrow Cricket: 'On your toes Dhoni'
As if Mahendra Singh Dhoni's batting woes were not disheartening enough, his wicketkeeping abilities are now being questioned by Syed Kirmani, the former Indian wicketkeeper.
 arrow Football: Tragedy strikes soccer
The race to reach the UEFA Cup last 32 on Thursday was overshadowed by the death of a French fan who died from gunshot wounds after a clash with police in Paris.
 arrow Football: British armada sail on
Newcastle, To-ttenham, Black-burn and Glas-gow Rangers all reached the UEFA Cup last 32 on Thursday but French giants Paris Saint Germain saw their season hit a new low after a 4-2 defeat by Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
 arrow Golf: Tiger's 7th Grand Slam
Tiger Woods fired a six-under-par 66 here Wednesday to surge past Jim Furyk and defend his title in the one million-dollar Grand Slam of Golf.
Woods, the world's No.

 arrow Football: The big showdown looms
Manchester United and Chelsea meet at Old Trafford on Sunday for a match where the symbolism, rather than the points, will count for much in the Premier League title race.
 arrow Football: Barca feeling the heat
Injury-hit Barcelona must put aside their fears of Champions League elimination and concentrate on facing Villarreal at the Nou Camp in the Spanish League on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara hints at Sarwan return
West Indies skipper Brian Lara says Ramnaresh Sarwan still has a great future ahead even though he was dropped for the second Test in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI may take the hard line
Amidst the furore over Indian team's poor performance in South Africa and demands for action, the Cricket Board on Friday said it might consider a suggestion for introducing performance-based payments
 arrow Football: Marquez gets Spanish passport
Barcelona's Mexican-born defender Rafael Marquez obtained dual Spanish citizenship on Friday, freeing the club to sign another player from outside the European Union.
 arrow Football: Hleb Belarus' best player
Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb was on Friday named Belarus Player of the Year, the country's sports weekly Press Ball announced.
 arrow Football: Santos wants Germany stay
Paraguayan international midfielder Julio Dos Santos has urged Bayern Munich not to send him out on loan outside of the Bundesliga saying he is happy in Germany.
 arrow Football: Bolton won't sell Anelka
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce insists France striker Nicolas Anelka is not for sale.
 arrow Football: Magpies baffle Roeder
Manager Glenn Roeder admitted he was baffled as to why Newcastle's form should be so much better in Europe than in the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Inter up against Palermo
Palermo may not consider themselves as genuine contenders for the Serie A title, but they are confident of undermining Inter Milan's challenge when the teams meet in Sicily on Sunday.
 arrow Football: No quarters to be given
Bayern Munich defender Daniel Van Buyten admits he is sad to see his old club SV Hamburg embroiled in a relegation battle but insists there will be no room for sentiment when the two teams meet at the
 arrow F1 getting new star
Lewis Hamilton, a 21-year-old Briton, will become Formula One's first black driver when he joins world champion Fernando Alonso at McLaren next season.
 arrow Football: Bleak winter for big guns
Struggling French side Auxerre would be forgiven for wishing they had the weekend off, ahead of their hosting of runaway league leaders Lyon on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Beckham's jeep at auction
A jeep stolen from former England skipper David Beckham has been found in Macedonia and will be sold at an auction, Macedonian television reported Thursday.
 arrow Football: Fabregas not yet content
Arsenal's teenaged midfielder Cesc Fabregas has made a major impact since his arrival in the Premiership three seasons ago but he insists there's still plenty of improvement to come.
 arrow Football: Wenger admits improper conduct
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday admitted an English Football Association charge of improper conduct following his touchline row with West Ham boss Alan Pardew.
 arrow Boxing: Pakistani boxers get doping ban
Pakistan's Asian Games medal hopes were badly hit when two of their leading boxers were banned for six months after testing positive for cannabis, officials said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Mayor threatens to cripple Ctg port
Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury here yesterday threatened to paralyse Chittagong port and to snap power, fuel, oil and gas supply unless atmosphere is created for holding a free and fair
 arrow BNP men set fire to platform, microbus
A faction of BNP activists last night vandalised and burnt the platform of its rival group and drove off the followers of former BNP lawmaker Salauddin Ahmed at Jatrabari in the city.
 arrow House of Lords airs doubt about free, fair polls
The House of Lords yesterday expressed its doubt whether the next general election in Bangladesh under self-appointed acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Mahfuzur Rahman would be free and fair.
 arrow Blockade forces street children into begging
Street children, who collect recyclable goods from the streets to make a living, were forced into begging as the streets were the arena for political violence over the past weeks.
 arrow MBBS admission seekers continue agitation
A section of students, who appeared for MBBS admission test on November 17, continued their agitation yesterday demanding cancellation of the results alleging that the question paper was leaked out.
 arrow RU defers reopening date for third time
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities extended the reopening date for the third time till November 28 fearing violence and political unrest on the campus. The university was scheduled to reopen today.
 arrow Resignation of RU VC demanded
Four syndicate members of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor demanding his (VC) resignation and cancellation of 'mass recruitment'.
 arrow DAB leader's suggestion to Khaleda
A leader of Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB), a pro-BNP organisation, told the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday that if she expresses regrets about the price spiral of essentials, the nation
 arrow AL files case against Tarique, Dulu
An Awami League leader filed a case with a Natore court yesterday against 95 BNP leaders and activists, including Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman and Natore BNP President Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar
 arrow BNP urged to nominate new candidate for Dhaka-9
A section of BNP supporters of Dhaka-9 constituency yesterday called on the party to field a new candidate for their constituency in the forthcoming elections.
 arrow ICDDR,B's new innovation Baby Zinc launched
'Baby Zinc', a life-saving treatment for young children suffering from diarrhoea innovated by International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has been launched in the country.
 arrow 14th National Immunisation Day inaugurated
Adviser for health and family welfare Prof Sufia Rahman formally inaugurated the 14th National Immunisation Day (NID) by administering polio vaccine to a number of children at a function held at the EPI
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker Khokon declared 'unwanted' in Narsingdi
A section of BNP activists declared former party lawmaker Khairul Kabir Khokon 'unwanted' in Sadar Upazila of the district.
 arrow 20 injured in Narsingdi clash
At least 20 people, including four women, were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over establishing supremacy at Gazipura village in Raipura yesterday.
 arrow JU admission tests resume tomorrow
The admission tests under 2006-2007 academic session for first year honours classes at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will resume tomorrow.
 arrow Mugger held, Tk 1.1 lakh recovered
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) here yesterday arrested a mugger and recovered Tk 1.10 lakh snatched from a trader in city's Kulgaon area on Thursday.
 arrow 3 vessels fined at Ctg port
A mobile court here yesterday fined a foreign vessel Tk 20,000 for polluting environment.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The recording of the 11th edition of BBC Bengali Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will take place at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre at 5:45pm today.
 arrow Injured alleged smuggler dies
An alleged gold smuggler, injured during a shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) 13 days ago, died at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Thursday.
 arrow Housewife dies in road crash in Satkhira
A housewife was killed and two others injured in a road accident here yesterday when a pick-up van knocked down a mechanised van at Gonali intersection in Tala on Khulna-Paikgachha highway.
 arrow Top criminal held in Barguna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) held a top criminal of the district along with arms from Jhilbunia village in Betagi upazila yesterday.
 arrow 1,043 arrested, 11 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,043 people, including an alleged listed criminal, from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Osman's man declared 'unwanted' in Kishoreganj-1
Intra-party feud in BNP in Kishoreganj-1 constituency took a new town yesterday when the party faction opposed to former minister Dr.
 arrow Don't nominate Mehedi again
The Yarn Merchant Association in Kumarkhali urged BNP chairperson Khelada Zia not to nominate immediate past lawmaker Syed Mehedi Ahmed Rumi from Kushtia-4 constituency again in the coming election.
 arrow 'Death threat' to Satkhira journo by former MP
Satkhira district BNP convenor and former lawmaker Habibul Islam Habib yesterday threatened Satkhira Prothom Alo Staff Correspondent Kalyan Bannerjee with 'death' for running a report in Thursday's issue
 arrow Attack on Bogra newsman protested
Journalists of Gaibandha, Sirajganj and Satkhira yesterday protested attack on The Daily Star journalist Hasibur Rahman Bilu of Bogra and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits immediately.
 arrow Reform EC before fixing polls date
Speakers at a view-exchange meeting here yesterday stressed implementation of seven demands including reconstitution of the Election Commission before announcing election schedule.
 arrow PCJSS council begins
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) chief Jyotirindriya Bodhpriya Larma alias Santu Larma yesterday urged his party men and people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to take 'right decision'
Point-Counterpointarrow The president should be rightly inclined
Power-game watchers are of the considered view that most heads of state or government as they appear in framed photographs in the corridors of power or the gorgeous palaces look grim and somber.
 arrow Literacy facilitators as teachers
In certain countries the number of adult illiterates outnumbers students attending primary education schools. This is the case in Bangladesh, but also in India, Pakistan and Nepal.
 arrow Make them aware of their rights
To protest and end brutality and violence against women the United Nations declared November 25 as the International Day to End Violence against Women.
 arrow A nation in crossfire
A nation in crossfire
A nation is all astir
Between autocracy and democracy
Between aristocracy and plutocracy
Between mobocracy and snobocracy
Between monocracy and bureaucracy

Culturearrow The house of music
Chhayanat, one of the leading music schools in the country, has been associated with nurturing the Bengali cultural and musical heritage since its inception.
 arrow Celebrating the season of harvest
Though 'Nabanna', the festival of the harvest, is closely connected to the agrarian culture, urban people are getting more and more involved with the festival.
 arrow Palakar's production of 'Dakghar'
Palakar, a theatre group, staged its 'studio theatre' production of Tagore's classic play Dakghar on November 23 at the group's theatre lab on Natok Sarani (Baily Road).
Internationalarrow Many fear Lanka on path to war
Renewed fighting in Sri Lanka's embattled northern and eastern regions has left at least 30 people dead, where many fear escalating violence will lead the country back to full-scale war.
 arrow Pak Senate approves rape law reform bill
The upper house of Pakistan's parliament Thursday passed a bill to amend the country's Islamic rape laws, paving the way for President Pervez Musharraf to sign it into a law, officials said.
 arrow Lanka seeks Indian help to patrol maritime border
Sri Lanka will seek India's help to step up patrols of their common maritime border to prevent drug and arms smuggling and cross-border terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapakse said yesterday.
 arrow Poor immunisation blamed for India polio outbreak
A poor immunisation drive and widespread filth in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh have fuelled a polio outbreak, killing about two dozen children and affecting nearly 450 this year, the health
 arrow US-led troops kill 7 Taliban in fresh battle
US-led coalition troops clashed with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan yesterday, killing seven of the militants, the US military said.
 arrow Low-caste girl burnt alive by alleged rapist in India
A Hindu low-caste teenage girl was burned alive in Madhya Pradesh by an upper-caste man after she refused to withdraw a rape charge against him, police said yesterday.
 arrow 7 killed in Muslim south despite Thai peace bid
Seven people were killed in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said Friday, despite the post-coup government's promise to boost the local economy in hopes of ending three years of unrest.
 arrow Iraqi president to seek Iranian help
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani visits Iran today for talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a bid to secure the eastern neighbour's help in stabilising war-torn Iraq.
 arrow Russian rocket deliveries to Iran started
Russia has begun deliveries of the Tor-M1 air defence rocket system to Iran, Russian news agencies quoted military industry sources as saying yesterday. "Deliveries of the Tor-M1 have begun.
 arrow 80pc of Israelis want defence minister out
Around 80 percent of Israelis want Defence Minister Amir Peretz to resign over failings from the war in Lebanon and unceasing Palestinian rocket attacks, surveys revealed yesterday.
 arrow Bitter winter for Iraq's swelling refugee camps
Summer was bad. Winter will be worse.
 arrow Thai generals say martial law could be lifted this year
Thailand's generals have said they might lift martial law at least partially before the end of the year, if they decide a feared anti-coup movement is no longer a threat.
 arrow N Korea rejects talks with Japan
A North Korean official yesterday rejected bilateral talks with Japan at upcoming six-way negotiations due to Tokyo's hard line after Pyongyang's nuclear test, a report said.
 arrow New human gene map shows unexpected differences
One person's DNA code can be as much as 10 percent different from another's, researchers said on Wednesday in a finding that questions the idea that everyone on Earth is 99.9 percent identical genetically.
 arrow Former killer sparks mayhem at Northern Ireland Assembly
A former paramilitary killer sparked chaos in Northern Ireland's Assembly yesterday by storming the building with a gun and throwing a device, protesting efforts to restore power-sharing in the province.
 arrow Earth hit by 'mass extinction' 250 million years ago
About 95 percent of the Earth's marine species and 70 percent of its land species were wiped out during a "mass extinction" about 250 million years ago, according to Australian and US researchers.
 arrow Russian 'evil forces' blamed for ex-spy's death
Friends of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko accused "evil forces" in Russia on Friday of being responsible for his death in London and said the poisoning of the ex-colonel was an act of revenge.
 arrow Rwanda recalls its ambassador to France
Rwanda yesterday recalled its ambassador to France and hinted it might break diplomatic relations with Paris in a row over arrest warrants issued by a French judge related to the 1994 genocide.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The Acting CEC
It must be said that there was something ungraceful about the way Justice Mahfuzur Rahman declared himself the acting CEC. It looked as if there was an empty chair and he rushed to occupy it.
 arrow Editorial: Economic loss of blockade
Whatever gains the leaders of the two major political alliances are claiming for themselves are no doubt costing the nation dearly.
 arrow Are we really out of the tunnel?
The last few days have witnessed blockades, but contrary to what happened towards the end of October, this time round, it has been generally peaceful barring stray minor incidents in different parts of
 arrow Chinese lesson for Pakistan
Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to New Delhi, within a space of 10 days of talks between foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, may be a coincidence. But it sums up our foreign options.
 arrow Depoliticisation of administration is imperative
Bangladesh is facing a political crisis that is quite different from other crises which it had faced in the past.
StarTecharrow Vista pros and cons
Microsoft's brand new operating system is coming out early next year, and for many interested users, it's now time to take a proper look at what the system offers and decide whether an upgrade is necessary.
 arrow Fighting cell phone viruses
Interlopers always desire a safe harbour in order to execute their notorious activities. PC or network without adequate protective measure are easily victimised by the blueprint of viruses makers.
 arrow A robot invention with a leg to stand on
A US scientist has created a robot that can find a way to keep working on its own after suffering damage, an invention that could prove useful for robotic space missions in distant planets, accordingto
 arrow CSL Introduces HP notebook
Computer Source Limited (CSL) has introduced the HP Compaq Presario C301TU notebook in the Bangladesh market, says a press release. Powered by 1.
 arrow Browsing In The Rain

Literaturearrow Characters in a Night Story
He felt sleepy.
Time to go to sleep.
If perchance he 'never woke up from this sleep,' it was okay by him.
Yes, why not have a rest for eternity, he thought as he began to fall asleep.

 arrow R. K. Narayan's Centenary Conference (Part I of II)
Tuesday, 10th October 2006
The R. K. Narayan centenary conference begins fifteen minutes late (subcontinental standard conference opening time!).

 arrow Tear, Idle Tears
Tears are signs. They signify emotion and they postulate a signified state of emotion.
 arrow Coma
My mother, your Dadi
didn't speak the last months of her life

my chhoto foofoo says one afternoon
as the fan sails lazily
on the dusty spring breeze
I stop writing and look up
the planes

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