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Front Pagearrow Highest ever nomination filing as parties can't pick candidates
The largest ever number of nomination papers were filed yesterday while the two major electoral alliances have yet to finalise and disclose the lists of their nominees in 300 constituencies for the January
 arrow AL shoots itself in the foot
What a tribute the Awami League has paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War in the very month of our victory.
 arrow Ershad asked to surrender, his appeal rejected
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad's petition for a stay on the December 14 High Court (HC) verdict sentencing him to two years in prison in a graft case and
 arrow 300 hurt in clashes on final day of nomination filing
Around 300 people were injured as supporters of BNP and Awami League (AL) locked in inter-party and intra-party clashes across the country yesterday, the last day of nomination paper submission.
 arrow All parties lob star candidates for city seats
Parliamentary parties and alliances filed 235 nominations for the eight constituencies of Dhaka Metropolitan City (DMC) on the last day for nomination submissions yesterday.
 arrow Sen, Yunus for utilising globalisation potentials
Nobel laureates Prof Amartya Sen and Prof Muhammad Yunus urged world leaders yesterday to utilise the potentials of globalisation to eradicate poverty and lift countless have-nots.
 arrow Protests on against AL deal with bigots
Different socio-cultural, professional and student organisations yesterday continued to condemn the deal signed between Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish (BKM).
 arrow Jamaat not happy with 32 seats, wants more
A discord between BNP and its major ally Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh over seat sharing is delaying disclosure of the final list of four-party alliance candidates for the next election, according to alliance
 arrow Shamim Osman files nomination
Awami League (AL) leader and former lawmaker Shamim Osman, ending a five-years of self-exile, finally returned to Narayanganj for submitting his nomination paper yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda, Ershad to vie from 5 seats, Hasina from 4
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad submitted nomination papers to contest the next parliamentary election from five constituencies each while Awami League (AL) President
 arrow 2 'militants' get AL tickets
The Awami League (AL) has nominated two Islamist militant leaders and four other forerunners in religion-based politics to contest the parliamentary elections slated for January 22 on behalf of the AL-led
 arrow LDP finally gets 31 seats from grand alliance
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday secured nominations for two more seats to contest in addition to the 29 seats that were allotted to them in Monday night's deal to run in the elections under the
 arrow Warne fells 700 barrier
Shane Warne -- acclaimed by an Ashes record crowd -- created Test history by becoming the first bowler to claim 700 wickets on the opening day of the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Tuesday.
 arrow 3 robbers killed in 'encounter' with Rab
Three robbers were killed in an encounter with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on the Dhaka-Khulna highway at Chengutia under Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore on Monday night.
 arrow 500 killed in Lagos pipeline blast
Up to 500 people were burned alive yesterday when fuel from a vandalized pipeline exploded in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, emergency workers said.
 arrow Iraq appeals court upholds Saddam death sentence
A panel of Iraqi judges has upheld the death sentence passed against Saddam Hussein, a spokesman for the court said Tuesday, in a decision that could see the ousted dictator hanged within 30 days.
 arrow US military deaths in Iraq pass 9/11 toll
The deaths of six more American soldiers in Iraq pushed the US death toll to at least 2,978 -- five more than the number killed in the September 11 attacks -- as bombs killed more than 20 people in Baghdad
 arrow Tsunami aims at Philippines after quake in Taiwan
A powerful earthquake struck off southwestern Taiwan yesterday, triggering a potentially destructive tsunami that was headed toward the Philippines on the second anniversary of the deadly waves that killed
Businessarrow BB identifies 7 risks in achieving growth target
The central bank yesterday identified seven risks, including rising inflationary pressure and obstacles to reforms in the election year, in achieving the GDP growth target.
 arrow Taka depreciation level down in 2006
The country's money markets saw a relatively higher level of volatility in the outgoing year (2006), but maintained a lower level of year-on-year depreciation of local currency compared to the previous
 arrow Microcredit not the only tool to alleviate poverty
Microcredit disbursement among the poor is not the only means to alleviate poverty, observed Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed.
 arrow China's textile export faces rising pressure from India
China's textile and clothing exports rose to record levels at USD 12.
 arrow Iran says oil industry hit by US pressures
Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh yesterday lamented that the development of his country's oil industry was suffering from US pressure, the semi-official news agency Fars reported.
 arrow Indian builders under tough tax rules
The real estate sector, which has been making millions in profits over the past few years, has now come under the scanner of income tax department.
 arrow BEI facilitates MoU between 5 varsities, Katalyst
Five private universities and a non-governmental organiation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) among themselves yesterday in Dhaka under the auspices of the CSR Centre at the Bangladesh Enterprise
 arrow Oil leaps above $63
Oil rose more than 1 percent to over $63 a barrel on Tuesday after Iran threatened to use oil exports as a weapon following the UN Security Council's decision to impose sanctions on its trade in nuclear
 arrow Polls spendingwon't impactinflationary pressure: BB
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the election-related spending during the next month would have no substantial impact on the inflationary pressure.
 arrow Railway pushes Tibet growth to 10-year high
A railway linking Tibet with China's densely populated east has helped push the Himalayan region's economic growth to a 10-year high, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow SEC issues show cause notices on 4 firms
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued show cause and hearing notices on four companies and their high-ups for violating securities laws.
 arrow Standard Bank MD reappointed
Mosharraf Hossain has been re-appointed for the 3rd consecutive terms as managing director of Standard Bank Limited recently, says a press release.
 arrow National Tubes declares 60pc cash dividend
National Tubes Ltd, an API pipe producing company, has declared 60 percent cash dividend for the year 2005-06.
 arrow Broadband revolution on the cards in India
After the exponential growth in the telecom sector, India is now going to witness a broadband revolution, thanks to the New Telegraph Act and the new technology which can provide seamless broadband connectivity
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Warne's beautiful day
Shane Warne created Test history by becoming the first bowler to claim 700 wickets as dispirited England collapsed on the opening day of the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Entertainment guaranteed
The Kai-Altech Premier Division Twenty20 League provided top-class entertainment during the Mohammedan-Sonargaon high-voltage encounter, laced with some brilliant individual successes, two days earlier
 arrow Football: BFF consolidates at AGM
With the coming election in sight, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday adopted a resolution in its annual general meeting that the present executive committee thinks would help them tostay
 arrow Tennis: Ching lifts V-Day title
Ma Hi Ching lifted the girls' under-16 of the Pacific Pharmaceutical Victory Day Tennis Competition when she defeated Sadia Hossain 6-1, 6-2 at the Ramna Tennis Court Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Astle hastens win
New Zealand waltzed to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their second and final Twenty20 cricket international here Tuesday to level the series 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: 'KP useless at number 5'
Shane Warne says Kevin Pietersen is wasted batting at number five for England in the Ashes Test series in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting urges Lee to lead
Ricky Ponting has called on Brett Lee to regain his devastating form and become Australia's leading fast bowler with the retirement of Glenn McGrath.
 arrow Cricket: WC visa mess likely
Mike Agostini, who had been Trinidad and Tobago's honorary consul in Australia since 1981 until his resignation earlier this month, has told Cricinfo that the shambles surrounding the decision to insist
 arrow Cricket: Better than a movie
Shane Warne said his final flourish as a Test great had turned out like a well-written script after claiming his 700th Test wicket on an astonishing opening day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test against
 arrow Cricket: Strauss defends toss-call
England vice-captain Andrew Strauss defended the decision to bat first after his side was routed for just 159 on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at the MCG.
 arrow Cricket: Crowd almost the best
The biggest-ever Ashes crowd turned out for the first day of the fourth Ashes Test here Tuesday, but the world record Test attendance set almost 50 years ago remains intact.
 arrow Cricket: Packer's noble initiative
Media tycoon James Packer Tuesday unveiled a 10-million-dollar (7.8 million USD) foundation to help both Australia's former and promising cricketers to mark the anniversary of his father's death.
 arrow Cricket: India dominate Day One
Ashwell Prince again stood firm for South Africa as India's bowlers took control on the first day of the second Test at Kingsmead Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Draw at the Bridge
Reading dealt a blow to Chelsea's title hopes when claiming an unlikely point at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis's back gives away
South Africa's Jacques Kallis has been ruled out of the second Test against India in Durban on Tuesday because of a back injury.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal wants to forget 2006
Rafael Nadal is determined to kick-off 2007 at full throttle and make up for the bitter disappointment of his injury-ravaged start to 2006.
 arrow Cricket: JU women beat teachers
Jahangirnagar University Women's team beat University Teachers and Officers combined team by five wickets in a friendly cricket match at the University playground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak stars off to Hajj
The growing inclination of Pakistani cricketers towards religion has led to an increased number of former and present players leaving for Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Football: Scolari sets leave date
Brazil's World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will leave his present post with Portugal after the Euro 2008 campaign is finished he announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Football against football
When it comes to level playing fields, it seems the Americans are flattening their European counterparts.
 arrow Football: Of Jose and a winter break
Everybody has opinions, but as we all know, sometimes it's a good idea to keep them to yourself.
 arrow Football: Cassano to leave Real
Wayward Italian international striker Antonio Cassano is set to end his nightmare year at Spanish giants Real Madrid it was reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Hunt shrugs off death threats
Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt, who received death threats after his challenge left Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech with a fractured skull earlier this season, says he has no worries about facing the Londoners
 arrow Football: Like father, like son at Monaco
At just 38 years old, Monaco coach Laurent Banide can call upon plenty of expert guidance if required - his father Gerard twice occupied the hot-seat at the principality club.
 arrow Football: Disgraced player sent home
Promising French footballer Garra Dembele who is facing trial here over raping an American student has been released and allowed to return to France.
 arrow Football: Baptista itching for a chance
Arsenal's Brazilian attacking midfielder Julio Baptista can see a future for himself in the Premier League, if he is given the chance to adapt to the English game.
Metropolitanarrow More awareness needed to tackle TB
Expressing concern over tuberculosis (TB) disease in Bangladesh becoming multi-drug-resistant, global financier and philanthropist George Soros yesterday stressed the need for raising awareness because
 arrow No Senate meet in last 5 years
No Senate meeting was held in Rajshahi University (RU) during the last five years although it is mandatory to convene at least one session a year.
 arrow Private sector can never deliver public health care
Nobel prize winner economist Amartya Sen yesterday warned Bangladesh against relying too heavily on private over public health care services as lessons from other countries suggest privatisation limits
 arrow Three robbers killed in 'encounter' with Rab
Three robbers were killed in an encounter with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on the Dhaka-khulna highway at Chengutia under Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore on Monday night.
 arrow RU urged to observe 'mourning day' Dec 24
Hundreds of Rajshahi University (RU) teachers under the banner of Progressive Teachers' Society (PTS) yesterday called upon the authorities to observe December 24 as 'mourning day', the day former Ruta
 arrow Jubo League leader among 4 killed in road crashes
At least four people, including a Jubo League leader, were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Domestic help killed: Housewife arrested
A teenage domestic help was killed at a house at Uttara in the city on Monday.
 arrow DU Film Society programmes
Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) will organise different programmes, including film show, slide show and discussion tomorrow to mark the World Film Day, says a press release.
 arrow Two pvt security guards held for wearing police uniform
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two private security guards at Gulshan in the city yesterday as their uniforms are very similar to the uniform of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
 arrow Arrest of Shibir cadres demanded
Chittagong University Journalists' Association (Cuja) gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the university authorities demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres
 arrow 'Sixth wage board soon'
Adviser to Information, Water resources and Religion ministries Mahbubul Alam emphasised the need for professional trainings for the journalists to develop their skills in their field.
 arrow Switzerland to provide support for free, fair polls
Switzerland Ambassador to Bangladesh Dora Rapold yesterday said that their government would give all out support to the Bangladesh caretaker government for holding a free and fair election.
 arrow National Youth Day today
National Youth Day-2006 will be observed across the country today with "Youths are Resources, Youths are Future" as its theme.
 arrow Ucep Bangladesh executives
AGM Shamsul Kamal and Lt Col (Retd) Hesamuddin Ahmed have been elected as chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively of Ucep Board of Governors for the term 2007- 08, says a press release.
 arrow Godown gutted in fire in Rangpur
A godown was gutted in a fire in Chamrapotti area in the town on Sunday evening.
 arrow Bangladeshi killed by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi near Naodapara border under Raumari upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow BRTC launches 462 buses for Eid-ul-Azha
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) launched 462 buses in 128 routes for smooth passenger movement on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, says a press release.
 arrow 'Infringement on franchise violates human rights'
An executive committee meeting of Human Rights International (HRI), Bangladesh was held at its office in the city yesterday. It was presided over by Dr Mohammad Salim, says a press release.
 arrow Book in memory of poet Shamsur Rahman published
Bangla Prakashani yesterday launched a memorial book in memory of poet Shamsur Rahman titled 'Shamsur Rahman -- Jibon Mongoler Kobi', edited by Mohammad Shahjahan, says a press release.
 arrow Correction
BNP activists laid siege to an NGO office, not CIDA office, at Kamrangirchar on Monday. But in the report published in The Daily Star yesterday, it was inadvertently mentioned that CIDA office was besieged.
Nationalarrow Farmers clash for fertiliser, chase dealers, officials
Fertiliser crisis during peak Rabi season is severely affecting farming in Rajshahi and surrounding districts, triggering demonstrations by farmers and clashes at places.
 arrow Discord in grand alliance over tickets in Satkhira
Difference among partners in Awami League-led 'grand alliance' intensified yesterday as several contestants from the component parties filed nomination papers from each of the five constituencies in the
 arrow BNP in big trouble as Minu, Kabir clash for Rajshahi-2
BNP in Rajshahi is facing a crisis once again centring nomination as two bigwigs filed nomination papers from Rajshahi-2, threatening to split the party.
 arrow New faces, ticket for JP frustrate Tangail AL
Nominations by Awami League-led 'grand alliance' in the district have created great discontent in AL rank and file in four constituencies.
 arrow Hunger strike for BNP ticket
BNP nomination seeker from Kishoreganj-5 (Itna-Methamoin-Astogram) constituency Principal Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan began a hunger strike at Kishoreganj Press Cat at 9 am yesterday protesting nominationof
 arrow Try killers of Prof Yunus
Several hundred teachers of Rajshahi University under the banner of Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) yesterday brought out mourning procession on the campus and demanded immediate submission of charge
 arrow 5 AL men vie for ticket in Khagrachhari
Intra-party feud in Awami League (AL) has intensified here following submission of nomination papers by its five leaders yesterday to vie for Khagrachhari seat in the forthcoming election.
Point-Counterpointarrow An open letter to Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil
Dear Mr Abdul Jalil: Ever since this morning, I am feeling very sick to my stomach. I feel like vomiting all day.
 arrow When justice falters
Inever was much of a TV watcher. The other day, however, while watching a local channel, my ears pricked when they were breaking the news of charges having been pressed against Dr.
 arrow Added importance of international election observation
The importance of international observation of the ninth parliamentary election has gained added dimension because of the partisan attitude and continued mismanagement, and willful as well as motivated
 arrow Bush still clueless
Absolutely, we are winning ...We are winning, and we will win, unless we leave before the job is done," said US President George W.
Culturearrow Celebration of Shilpacharya's 92nd birth anniversary
Marking the 92nd birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) embarked on a two-day programme.
 arrow Musical bonanza at Bengal Shilpalaya
Bengal Foundation has organised a six-day CD launching festival Gaaney esho praner manush at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi. Starting from December 23, the festival will end on December 28.
 arrow An array of photographs at Jahangirnagar University
A snapshot can tell a story. A series of snapshots can capture communities, livelihoods and lifestyles.
 arrow Special telefilm on Eid: 'Chowkidar'
Chowkidar, an Eid-special telefilm, written by Rawnak Hasan and directed by Abdullah Rana will be telecast on the second day of Eid-ul-Azha at 12:50pm on ntv.
Generalarrow 'Formulate law on domestic violence'
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday underscored the need for formulating a specific law on domestic violence.
 arrow Anti-corruption concert December 29
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) is going to organise the first ever anti-corruption concert in the country on December 29 with a view to inculcating anti-corruption values in younger generation.
 arrow LDP candidate finds his name as dead in voter list
A Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate on Monday found his name struck off and mentioned as dead in the voter list.
 arrow Adviser Shafiqual says Prof Yunus' proposal to create problems
Adviser Shafiqual Huq Chowdhury yesterday said Prof Yunus' proposal to form all-party committee in all polling centers is not acceptable, as it will create various problems "I don't agree with him,
 arrow Father donates daughter's eyes
A father donated his deceased daughter's eyes to Sandhani International Eye Bank yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 'Stop money game in polls'
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to follow the electoral procedures strictly to stop money game in the upcoming election.
Internationalarrow Pakistan to fence, lay mines on Afghanistan border
Pakistan will fence and land mine parts of its border with Afghanistan to prevent cross-border militancy, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Iran House mulls limiting IAEA cooperation
The Iranian parliament yesterday started debating a bill that would require the government to reduce its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog after the sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
 arrow 36 Iraqis killed in blasts
At least 36 Iraqis died yesterday in bombings, officials said, including a coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad.
 arrow Somalia fighting kills more than 1,000
Fighting in Somalia over the past week has left more than 1,000 people dead and 3,000 wounded, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said yesterday.
 arrow UN slams Lanka warring parties over slow tsunami recovery
The United Nations slammed Sri Lanka's warring parties for stalling tsunami reconstruction efforts yesterday as the island marked the second anniversary of the disaster.
 arrow Silence, tears as Asia remembers tsunami
Thousands lit candles, visited mass graves and observed two minutes of silence yesterday two years after a tsunami pulverised villages along Indian Ocean shores and killed or left missing about 230,000
 arrow Israel okays WB homes for Gaza settlers
Israel's defence minister has approved plans to turn a former army base in the occupied West Bank into a settlement for 30 Jewish settler families evacuated from the Gaza Strip last year, Israel Radio
 arrow Nepali king forced to cancel holiday
Nepal's isolated King Gyanendra has cancelled a planned holiday after the prime minister advised him against travelling outside the capital due to fears it could spark trouble, a newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Christmas Day fire kills 25 in Philippines
Twenty-five Christmas shoppers were killed, including a pregnant woman and two babies, when a fire swept through a packed store in the central Philippines, the Office of Civil Defence said yesterday.
 arrow 27 quake survivors killed in Indonesian landslide
At least 27 people who escaped a deadly earthquake were killed and six remained missing in a landslide that buried dozens of houses on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, reports said yesterday.
 arrow Timor PM sends Christmas message to 'brother' Laden
East Timor Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said yesterday he hoped Osama bin Laden had tuned in from his mountain hideout to hear his Christmas message of peace directed at the feared terrorist leader.
 arrow Nepal's mystery 'Buddha boy' reappears
A mysterious teenaged boy believed by some to be a reincarnation of Lord Buddha has reappeared in eastern Nepal after vanishing for nine months, a witness and a television channel said on Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arms recovery drive
The law enforcing agencies should straightaway launch a campaign to recover illegal arms and weapons. It will not be a day too soon to commence the operations today in view of the forthcoming election.
 arrow Editorial: Sen and Yunus echo similar concerns for women
Visiting Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has lauded the role of women's agencies of Bangladesh for their efforts in opening new vistas for establishing equal rights for women in society.
 arrow Beyond the frills, let's have real reforms
Beyond all these vexing questions of credible elections being an imperative, across all this endless talk of who might ascend to power and who might fall behind, there is the very crucial question ofwhat
 arrow All's well that ends well
The Awami League and its allies have decided to participate in the general election of members of parliament scheduled to be held on January 22, 2007.
 arrow West Bengal on the wrong track?
As the deadline for handing over land for Tata's proposed small car factory approaches, the conflict at Singur in West Bengal is coming to a head.
Letters to Editorarrow Election at long last
The Awami League is going to participate in election but the crisis is still not over. Every politician is speaking in such a way that he/she is trying to pacify the current agitated state.
 arrow 'Stop AIDS, keep the promise'
The slogan of the World AIDS Campaign in 20012010 remains "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise". As part of this, World AIDS Day 2006 emphasises the theme of accountability.
 arrow Defending Razakars
The man I am talking about received compliments from the general public during the General Ershad's era because of his writing power and he showed for sure that the pen is mightier than the sword.
 arrow Advisers and journalists
The BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia made an allegation against the advisers to the caretaker government that they (advisers) talk too much with the journalists. I do not think the advisers talk too much.
 arrow A suggestion
During the pre-election period, it is not uncommon to witness politicians vehemently promising how they will bring about economic and social developments, if elected.
 arrow NDI
With reference to the constant presence of the America-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the political scenario in Bangladesh, I would like to point out something that's often not apparent.
 arrow Advisers didn't 'hit back'
The news that "Advisers hit back, say they talk to press for free polls" did contain most of their comments in original, but was not probably a 'hit back' event (in my view).
 arrow Role of Dr. Yunus
I would like to put emphasis on the opinion expressed by Dr Shah Alam (New Age 2-12-06).
Star Chittagongarrow Growing CU commuters add to suffering
Sufferings of students have increased manifold with the enrollment of 3000 more in first year honours classes as they are to struggle in transports to go to Chittagong University (CU) everyday.
 arrow Halishahar lacks civic amenities
Over one lakh inhabitants of Halishahar Housing Estate and its adjoining areas have been suffering much for long as the locality lacks amenities of a city.
Star Cityarrow No step yet to reduce pollution
The government is yet to adopt any firm policy to reduce pollution arising from tanneries, pharmaceuticals, chemical and dyeing factories releasing highly toxic untreated wastes every day contaminating
 arrow Fund constraint stalls breeding program
The Dhaka Zoo has maintained an excellent breeding management of animals but lack of money holds the authorities back from going for further breeding.
 arrow Rajuk evicts encroacher from Gulshan Lake
Following a story published in Star City about fresh encroachments of Gulshan Lake, Rajuk officials on Monday demolished the fence that demarcated a large chunk of the fast disappearing water body.
 arrow DCC embarrassed but fails to find the switches
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials is still waiting for the Roads and Highways Department (R&HD) to hand over the maintenance of the Mahakhali flyover lights in a bid to switch those off.
 arrow Azam Khan: Songs from a brave heart
Azam Khan, the pop 'guru', went to the battlefield in 1971 with the dream of an independent Bangladesh in his eyes and music in his heart.
 arrow Unfair fare hike ahead of Eid
Hundreds of thousands of Dhaka dwellers are now preparing to leave the city for their villages to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones.
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