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Front Pagearrow Boycotting parties to blame if polls lose acceptability: Khaleda
Blasting the Awami League-led combine for staying away from the January 22 election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the boycotting parties, not the participating ones, would be responsible
 arrow Hundreds held ahead of two-day blockade
Police have started mass arrest in the capital and elsewhere in the country ahead of the Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance's countrywide blockade slated for tomorrow and the day after.
 arrow Non-stop siege for 10 days if demands not met: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said if the grand alliance's demand for fair election is not fulfilled by January 8, a non-stop siege for 10 days will be enforced to resist "vote thieves.
 arrow Cold spell kills 35 more as dense fog paralyses life
The cold wave sweeping most areas of the country claimed 35 lives in 24 hours till 6:00pm yesterday with the death toll rising to 76 in the last four days, most of them children and elderly people inthe
 arrow Act swiftly, impartially to create conditions for all-party polls
The United States has urged the caretaker government and the Election Commission of Bangladesh to act "swiftly and impartially" to create conditions under which all parties can participate in the parliamentary
 arrow 6 out of 7 power deals set to go to pro-BNP men
The Power Development Board (PDB) plans to sign by the middle of this month seven small power rental deals for 15 years which were pushed by the immediate past BNP-led alliance government risking a 15-year
 arrow Grand alliance demonstrates, vows to resist Jan 22 polls
The Awami League (AL)-led grand electoral alliance during their countrywide demonstrations yesterday vowed to build all out resistance against holding the January 22 polls and asked President Iajuddin
 arrow Scrap communal deals, minority leaders urge political parties
Minority leaders yesterday demanded that the political parties cancel all communal pacts including the five-point deal between the Awami League (AL) and Khelafat Majlish to safeguard the spirit of the
 arrow EC prints ballot papers but can't say their exact numbers
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday started printing ballot papers for the ninth parliamentary election without assessing the exact number of voters and the number of ballot papers.
 arrow LDP announces 10-day blockade from Jan 12
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday announced consecutive blockade across the country from January 12 to 22, demanding resignation of Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed and cancellation of the generalelection
 arrow Predators turn protectors of Lauachhara forest
Even a couple of years ago most men of Dolubari Muslimpara, a village adjacent to Lauachhara forest, used to live by illegal tree felling.
 arrow New outlaw group kills 4 in Kushtia
Two alleged underground operatives and two 'sources' of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) were killed by a new faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) in Mirpur and Gangni upazilas under
 arrow Farmers block highway for fertiliser
Several thousand farmers of Birganj took to the streets to protest fertiliser crisis and blocked the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway for two hours yesterday.
 arrow 50 injured in BNP-grand alliance clash in Rangpur
At least 50 activists of BNP and the Awami League-led grand alliance were injured in a series of clashes at Keranihat in Rangpur-3 constituency yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Five dead in Lanka bus blast
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a powerful explosion on a bus, killing at least five people and wounding 50 others near Sri Lankan capital Colombo, defence ministry said Friday.
 arrow Two held for preaching 'armed revolution'
Police yesterday arrested two persons from a mosque in Nilphamari while they were preaching sermon "for an armed revolution to establish an Islamic state.
 arrow Bush names new spy chief with Iraq speech looming
US President George W. Bush yesterday named a new spy chief and filled a critical diplomatic vacancy as he put the last touches on a retooled Iraq strategy that critics charge may escalate the war.
 arrow US sanctions on arms suppliers to Iran, Syria
The US government has imposed sanctions on Chinese, Russian and North Korean companies for selling missiles and other weapons to Iran and Syria, the Washington Times reported yesterday, citing US administration
 arrow Activity spotted at North Korea nuclear test site
South Korean officials said yesterday activity had been spotted near a suspected nuclear test site in North Korea but there was no evidence to suggest Pyongyang was about to test another atomic device.
 arrow Oil prices at lowest level since 2005
Oil prices traded at their lowest levels since mid-2005 in Asian hours Friday as the market reacted to high US stockpiles and unusually warm winter weather, dealers said.
 arrow Basque airport evacuated after bomb alert
Basque police received a telephone warning in the name of armed Basque separatist group ETA of a bomb at Bilbao airport yesterday, prompting the facility's evacuation as a precaution, the regional interior
 arrow Democrats take control of US Congress
Democrats took control of the US Congress on Thursday, promising ambitious reform and tough new oversight of Republican President George W. Bush's policy in Iraq.
Businessarrow Ctg port seeks change in rules to cut container congestion
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has requested the shipping ministry to bring a change in existing rules so that traders cannot keep their imported goods on port premises for a longer period.
 arrow Sonamasjid land port paralysed for 10 days
Activities at Sonamasjid land port have remained halted for 10 days following a row between traders and port management.
 arrow China hikes bank reserve ratio to cool economy
China's central bank on Friday ordered major commercial banks to set aside more money in reserves in a renewed effort to slow its red hot economy, the first such cooling measure of 2007.
 arrow China's trade surplus with Indiaset to cross $4b this year
China's trade surplus with India is set to cross the USD four billion this year, enabling the Communist trading giant to enjoy a favourable trade balance for the first time in Indo-Sino bilateral trade.
 arrow Vietnam okays joint offshore oil exploration with China
Vietnam's prime minister has given the go-ahead for joint oil exploration between Chinese and Vietnamese state oil companies in the Gulf of Tonkin, state media reported Friday.
 arrow India's Videocon makes new offer to buy Daewoo
India's biggest electronics firm Videocon Industries Ltd has made a fresh offer to buy South Korean giant Daewoo Electronics after differences arose over pricing, a news report said Friday.
 arrow Lanka raises petrol prices by 5pc
Sri Lanka said Friday it was raising petrol prices by five percent following sharp gains in world crude early last year which have since subsided. Petrol at the pump will now cost 97.
 arrow Nepal's trade deficitcontinues to widen
Nepal's trade deficit continues to widen during the first four months of the current fiscal year, local newspaper The Himalayan Times reported Friday.
 arrow India's Videsh to drill gas, oil in Sri Lanka
India's state-owned Oil and Gas Corporation Videsh Ltd. has announced that it will explore for oil and gas in Sri Lanka's Mannar basin very soon.
 arrow Thai tourism hit by New Year's eve blasts
Up to 15 percent of the four million tourists expected to visit Thailand in the first three months of the year may cancel their trips after deadly bombings in Bangkok, a leading think-tank said Friday.
 arrow US auto industry braces tough '07
The US auto industry heads into its annual party facing intensifying pressure from Asian rivals and an economic slowdown that threatens to worsen its financial woes. General Motors Corp.
 arrow ROK to stop discrimination against aged job-seekers
South Korea--faced with a rapidly ageing population--plans a law that will ban companies from discriminating against elderly job-seekers, the labour minister said Friday.
 arrow Six Japanese bourses may merge by '09
The Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc (TSE) and five other stock markets in Japan are considering to merge and reorganise by 2009, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 03-January 4, 2007

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

Sportsarrow Cricket: Spotlight on Mashud
The Bangladesh cricket squad that will tour Zimbabwe to play four one-day internationals next month would virtually be the team for the World Cup to be held in West Indies in March-April.
 arrow Football: 3 more booters for Olympic squad
Bangladesh Olympic football team's technical adviser Abu Yusuf has included three more footballers to the squad yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Kabaddi team final for WC
Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF) has finalised the national squad for the second Kabaddi World Cup to be held in India later this month.
 arrow Cricket: India lose their grip
India lost four wickets for 31 runs as their grip on the third and final Test against South Africa was loosened on the fourth day at Newlands Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England Aussie-washed
Australia hammered England by 10 wickets in the final Test to complete a 5-0 Ashes series clean sweep for the first time in 86 years at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: I'm satisfied: Ponting
Ricky Ponting admits he shed a tear as the realisation dawned that three of his long-term teammates -- Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer -- had played their last Test match for Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Langer's amazing end
Australian opener Justin Langer said a tearful farewell to Test cricket Friday after a seesawing career in which he was repeatedly dropped by selectors then earned redemption to retire on his own terms.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin barred from batting at number 4
Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was prevented by match officials from batting in his usual position on the fourth day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands Friday because he
 arrow Cricket: Martyn snub 'just a myth'
A close friend of Damien Martyn has strenuously denied that he retired from cricket after a bust-up with teammates in the aftermath of the second Test at Adelaide.
 arrow Tennis: Russia win Hopman Cup
Russia added another team title to their growing collection when they won their first Hopman Cup by beating Spain in the final of the unique mixed teams event here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Abject, pitiful England
British newspapers hailed Australia's all-conquering cricketers and heaped scorn on England after the tourists' crushing 5-0 Ashes defeat on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden picked for ODIs
Matthew Hayden has been handed a limited-overs lifeline and Cameron White has been rewarded for his domestic form after both were named in Australia's 13-man squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series.
 arrow Cricket: Warne won't miss it
Shane Warne doubts he will suffer from "spotlight withdrawal" after his farewell from Test cricket in Australia's overwhelming 10-wicket fifth Ashes Test win over England here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Exodus won't hit hard'
Australian cricket is in far better shape to withstand the retirements of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer than it was 23 years ago, Warne said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie looks to 2009
England captain Andrew Flintoff told his players Friday to use the humiliation of losing the Ashes in the first series whitewash for 86 years as motivation for their next series with Australia in 2009.
 arrow Football: Beckham mulling his options
As many people embark on their resolutions for the forthcoming year, David Beckham is likely to be puzzling over one of the biggest decisions of his sporting career.
 arrow Football: A new beginning for Real?
Real Madrid have the option of using new signings Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuain on Sunday when they try to end a 15-year hoodoo at Deportivo Coruna in their first league game of 2007.
 arrow Football: Ince takes aim at Chelsea
Former England international Paul Ince is dreaming of maintaining his excellent start as manager of Macclesfield Town by knocking Premier League champions Chelsea out of the FA Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis through to final
Top seed Martina Hingis got an armchair ride into the final of the Australian Women's Hardcourt tennis championships here Friday when her opponent, Tathiana Garbin, retired due to illness.
 arrow Cricket: Boycott's MBE goes to his cat!
After Shane Warne sledged Paul Collingwood on the third day at the SCG for being "awarded an MBE for scoring 7 at The Oval", Geoff Boycott weighed in to the debate over the honours awarded to the England
 arrow Cricket: This is better, says Holding
England's 5-0 drubbing may have been their first at the hands of the Australians for 86 years, but the last occasion came much more recently than that.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's latest capture
Real Madrid's Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo got more than he bargained for when he went to see a dentist in Rio de Janeiro.
 arrow Football: No more excuses: Magath
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath has told his players they can have no more excuses after returning to training on Friday following the German winter break.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt's coach quits
Lleyton Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed on Friday announced he had quit his role with Australia's former world number one. In a statement, Rasheed said he and Hewitt could no longer work together.
 arrow Football: Figo signs for Al Ittihad
Portugal World Cup star Luis Figo has signed a one-year contract to play for Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad next season, club chairman Mansour al Balwi told AFP on Friday.
 arrow Football: Mascherano all set for Liverpool
Liverpool have agreed to sign Javier Mascherano from West Ham United until the end of the season with a view to a longer-term deal, though there still appears to be a major obstacle to overcome if the
 arrow Football: Hammers seal Boa Morte deal
West Ham on Friday began the process of strengthening their squad for the fight to avoid relegation from the Premiership with the capture of Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte.
 arrow Football: Money makes the ball move
Emerson is fed up of Real Madrid and wants some Milan. Milan want some of Massimo Oddo, and possibly a family-size striker like Vincenzo Iaquinta, to score some goals.
 arrow Football: Smith poised for Rangers return
Rangers are set to name Scotland boss Walter Smith as their manager for a second time, with the club's former star striker Ally McCoist joining him as back-up, the BBC reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: Race dictates managerial choice?
Former England captain Paul Ince has criticised the absence of black managers at leading clubs and pointed the finger at ageing chairmen.
 arrow Football: Benfica to appeal Assis ban
Portuguese giants Benfica are to appeal the one-year doping ban imposed Thursday on midfielder Nuno Assis by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
 arrow Football: Charlton open to Bent offers
New Charlton manager Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that his plan to save Charlton from relegation involves selling the club's prize asset, striker Darren Bent.
 arrow Tennis: Jittery Maria reaches final
Russian ace Maria Sharapova shrugged off a less than convincing start to her Australian Open preparations with a three-set semi-final win Friday over compatriot Elena Dementieva in Hong Kong.
 arrow Football: Sociedad sign Savio
Real Sociedad have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian forward Savio on loan from Flamengo until the end of the season, the Primera Liga side said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Five killed, 58 injured in road accidents
At least five people were killed and 58 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Gaibandha, Mymensingh, Patuakhali, Sylhet and Brahmanbaria yesterday and on Thursday.
 arrow People suffer as bus service disrupted
Short supply of diesel has led to the suspension of several bus services on various routes in the northern region, causing untold suffering to people trying to reach their destinations after celebrating
 arrow Grand alliance forced to boycott election
A team of European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) yesterday met Grand Alliance's Chittagong divisional leaders at its office in the port city and discussed various election-related issues.
 arrow 17 shops gutted in 2 districts
At least 17 shops were gutted in Jhalakati and Kishoreganj yesterday. Jhalakati correspondent adds: A devastating fire gutted 10 shops at Niamoti Bazar in Bakerganj upazila in Barisal early yesterday.
 arrow Prices of rice, vegetables fall in city markets
Prices of vegetable and rice fell in the city markets this week while prices of pulses and other items remained at previous levels.
 arrow Jafar Chy quits AL to contest Jan 22 polls
Awami League (AL) leader Jafar Ahmad Chowdhury resigned from the party yesterday protesting the party's decision to nominate LDP Executive President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed as grand alliance candidate in
 arrow Comrade Aruna Sen passes away
Veteran communist leader Comrade Aruna Sen, wife of late Shanti Sen and mother of Gono Sanskriti Front leader Chanchal Sen, passed away due to brain haemorrhage yesterday morning at the age of 96.
 arrow Khulna in grip of acute power crisis
Electricity generation in 110-MW power plant remains suspended as a big fire broke out due to leak in its turbine on Thursday midnight.
 arrow Indigenous woman, bus helper found dead in city
An indigenous woman and a bus helper were found dead on roadsides at Jatrabari and Mirpur in the city in the last two days.
 arrow Reception to Prof Yunus in Chandpur on Jan 12
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus will be accorded a grand civic reception in Chandpur on January 12.
 arrow Arrest of former state minister demanded
District Awami League President Dr Shamsul Hoque Bhuiyan has urged the local administration to arrest ex-state minister for education ANM Ehsanul Hoque Milon for launching an attack on Kochua unit ofBangladesh
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the culprits who attacked journalist Zahirul Haque Titu in Pirojpur.
 arrow Widow chopped to death after rape in Meherpur
A woman was chopped to death after rape by miscreants in Meherpur district on Thursday night. She was identified as Mabia Khatun, 36, daughter of Zobed Ali of Mujibnagar village. She was a widow.
 arrow 10 injured in clash over cultivation of shoal in Padma
At least 10 people were injured, three of them critically, in a clash between the two groups of farmers on the outskirts of the city yesterday.
 arrow Pro-BNP lawyers protest British envoy's remark
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, a platform of pro-BNP lawyers, yesterday protested a statement of British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury regarding the current political situation.
 arrow Tribute paid to Satyen Sen
Udichi Shilpi Gosthi yesterday paid tribute to the memory of its founder Satyen Sen, an eminent litterateur and journalist, on the occasion of his 26th death anniversary.
 arrow Resignation of Iajuddin as CA demanded
Awami League-led grand alliance staged a demonstration in the town yesterday demanding resignation of Iajuddin Ahmed as Chief Adviser to Caretaker Government for holding a free and fair election.
 arrow Rehana leaves for London
Sheikh Rehana, sister of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, leaves Dhaka for London today. Rehana came here with her children on December 20.
Nationalarrow Tk 88cr flood control dam constructed in Sirajganj
A long cherished demand of 18 lakh people of four upazilas was fulfilled following completion of a 300-metre long road cum flood control embankment on the western bank of the Fulzor, a tributary of the
 arrow Record number of tourists flock to Rangamati
A record number of tourists have thronged here to enjoy the beauty of the hill town during the Eid holidays.
 arrow Saying goodbye to poverty
'These are my dreams, my future, Majeda Khatun of Surjodia village of Nartima union in Moheshpur upazila, Jhenidah, happily points to the flock of chickens frolicking in her poultry farm.
 arrow Grand alliance demonstrates in Satkhira
Hundreds of Awami League (AL) led grand alliance leaders and activists here yesterday brought out a broomstick procession demanding realisation of their various demands.
 arrow 'Realise 4-ptdemand of UPDF'
The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), a regional political party here, has put forward its 4-point demand for holding a free, fair and neutral election.
 arrow Internet service launched at Kutubdia
Internet service would be provided to students and rural youths in the remote island of Kutubdia following opening of Grameen Gayn Kendra, a home of knowledge.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dance of the scorpions
The decision of the Grand Alliance to boycott and resist the holding of the January 22 elections to the Jatyo Sangshad has put the two alliances directly on the path of confrontation.
 arrow When it comes to economy, AL-BNP play a politics of consensus
The decision of Awami League-led Grand Alliance not to participate in the election has thrown our politics into another round of confusion and antagonism.
 arrow Never forget Kathmandu
There was no guillotine, no storming of Bastilles, no Madam Therese Defarge to knit the names of oppressors in the scroll she wove throughout the day.
Culturearrow Nrityadhara: A kaleidoscopic journey
The camaraderie between the five dan-cers was obvious as they engaged in bantering and even burst into a patriotic song Dhano Dhanya Pushpo Bhora.
 arrow Success breeds success
Sheikh Afzal, who has had accolades and achievements galore, held his solo exhibit recently at Hamail Art Gallery, Lahore.
 arrow A Hindi production of 'Nati Binodini'
Legendary 19th century Bengali theatre actress Binodini Dasi was one of the pioneering women in the sub-continent.
Internationalarrow Abbas, Haniyeh agree to defuse tensions in Gaza
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said yesterday he and President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to keep gunmen from their rival Hamas and Fatah factions off Gaza's streets after clashes in which eight
 arrow Leftists to campaign against Indo-US deal
India's main communist party, which shores up the federal coalition, said on Thursday it would launch a campaign against a controversial nuclear deal with the United States, saying it was not in the country's
 arrow Nepali rebel, govt arms registration to begin mid-January: UN
The United Nations will be ready to start registration later this month of Maoist and army weapons as part of an historic deal to end Nepal's decade-long civil war, a UN official said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam could have been hanged in a 'more dignified way': Bush
US President George W Bush said Saddam Hussein could have been hanged in a "more dignified way" and one his closest Arab allies said yesterday a video of Shia officials taunting him on the gallows was
 arrow Kids with toy guns worry Nato troops in Afghanistan
The Nato-led force in Afghanistan has urged parents to tell their children not to play with toy guns around military patrols, warning they could be mistaken for the real thing.
 arrow Iraqi PM accuses Sunni clerics of fuelling tension
Iraq's prime minister accused a leading Sunni Muslim clerics' group on Friday of stoking tension by saying that militias were preparing attacks on Sunni neighbourhoods in Baghdad.
 arrow 10,000 Chinese domain names vanish amid web chaos
Nearly 10,000 Chinese website operators have lost the use of their .com internet addresses due to telecom problems caused by last month's earthquake near Taiwan, state media reported.
 arrow No breakthrough after Israel-Egypt talks
Overshadowed by an Israeli raid into the Palestinian territories, a summit between Israel and Egypt achieved little in reviving the long-stalled Middle East peace process, highlighting instead the disagreements
 arrow Chirac slams Iraq war as boost to terrorism
French President Jacques Chirac on Friday unleashed a torrent of criticism against the US-led war in Iraq, saying the conflict, which he fiercely opposed, had boosted the spread of terrorism.
 arrow 8 killed in Iraq attacks
At least eight people were killed in insurgent and sectarian attacks in Iraq on Friday, including five when a series of mortars slammed into a Baghdad neighbourhood, a security official said.
 arrow Full-fat dairy products linked to lower weight
The health-conscious often shun whole milk but a new study suggests that adults who favour full-fat dairy gain less weight over time.
 arrow 20 feared dead in Pak Kashmir landslide
More than 20 people were trapped and feared dead yesterday when a landslide triggered by recent rain hit their vehicle in the Pakistan-administered zone of Kashmir, officials said.
 arrow China's largest lake may vanish in 200 yrs
China's largest lake, holy to Tibetans but suffering from global warming and desertification, may vanish in two centuries even as the government pledges 870 million dollars to stop it shrinking, Xinhua
 arrow Blair's comment on Saddam's execution next week
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday he will comment next week on Saddam Hussein's execution after his long silence triggered criticism from within his governing Labour Party.
 arrow Nepali king spurns salary
Nepal's embattled King Gyanendra and his family have not drawn their annual salary since the new government slapped tax on the royals' income in May, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Libya to build statue of Saddam
Libya has said it will build a statue of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, executed in Baghdad on December 30.
 arrow Archbishop-to-be was communist collaborator: church
Stanislaw Wielgus, who is poised to be sworn in as Catholic archbishop of Warsaw, collaborated with Poland's hated communist-era secret police, a church investigative commission said yesterday.
 arrow ROK watchdog chief arrested
South Korean prosecutors have arrested a financial watchdog chief on suspicion of accepting bribes from a former department store owner, official South Korean media reported yesterday.
 arrow Hawaiian canoes set for epic Pacific journey
Two Hawaiian outrigger canoes are due to embark on an epic 2,300 mile (3,700 kilometres) voyage from Hawaii to Micronesia today using only the stars and sun for navigation.
 arrow 'IEA must do more to engage China, India'
The International Energy Agency (IEA) must do more to engage heavyweight oil consumers China and India if it is to remain relevant, its next executive director said Friday.
 arrow Lanka jets destroy rebel navy base
Sri Lankan air force jets staged a fourth straight day of raids Friday against Tamil Tiger positions in the north of the island, a military spokesman said.
 arrow al-Qaeda calls for Jihad in Somalia
al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri called for Muslim fighters to head to Somalia and deploy guerrilla tactics used in Iraq following the rout of the Islamic courts, in an audio message released yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Siege programme again
It is with a great degree of despondency we notice that instead of witnessing the proverbial 'light at the end of the tunnel' the nation is destined to withstand yet another round of oborodh (siege) programme
 arrow Editorial: The cold wave casualties
The news of at least 40 people already dying in cold is poignantly tragic because such fatalities could have been avoided with precautions.
 arrow Degeneration of the caretaker concept
There is no denying that few Bangladeshis could be credited with positive innovative ideas that have beneficially determining economic impact on the society.
 arrow A dictator's last defiance
Last Saturday, as Iraq and most of the Muslim world celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice, Saddam Hussein, former strongman of Iraq met his destiny at the gallows.
 arrow Unending predicament
It seems the penultimate Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and now Ambassador in Washington has done a good job at least for his country's head of the caretaker government.
StarTecharrow Tech success stories 2006
The last year was an exciting year for technology. So many new techs and gadgets came out that it was really hard to keep track of them.
 arrow A fragile system threatened by natural disaster
The earthquake off Taiwan on December 28, 2006 that shattered internet connections for millions in Asia demonstrated starkly how vulnerable the vital network is to interruptions.
 arrow Futuristic tools and toys at world's largest consumer electronics show
A mind-bending array of futuristic gadgets tailored to the internet and home life will be unveiled this weekend at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Literaturearrow Father and They
Saleha Chowdhury
(Translated by Sabreena Ahmed)
Father is reading in the study. Rumki brushes aside the curtain and peeps in. He is absorbed in a book. The coffee cup on the side table is empty.

 arrow Of Paan, Parineeta and Parvati
Rebecca Sultana
My 'Women and Nationalism' class was an eye opener.

 arrow The skies promise nothing
Syed Badrul Ahsan
No God In Sight
by Altaf Tyrewala; Delhi: Penguin Books; 2006; pp. 171.
These are the tales of the ordinary, those who constitute life as it is.

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