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Front Pagearrow New advisers assert protecting rights
The newly formed council of advisers to the caretaker government yesterday started searching for ways to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC), and to update the voter list for holding the next parliamentary
 arrow EC to invite 2 major alliances for dialogue
The Election Commission (EC) will invite the two major political alliances to discuss how to hold the ninth parliamentary election peacefully after all activities of the January 22 poll were postponed
 arrow We can be repressed but not silenced
Most regrettably, the newly formed caretaker government headed by Dr. Fakruddin Ahmed seems to be headed in the direction of a confrontation with the independent media, both electronic and print.
 arrow Toxic ship barred from Chittagong Port
The government yesterday denied ocean liner MT Apsheron entry to Bangladesh until it is decontaminated first somewhere outside the country's boundary.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet against 13 lawyers
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted the charge sheet of the case filed against eminent lawyers Dr Kamal, barristers Amir Ul Islam, Rokanuddin Mahmud and 10 others for vandalising on the Supreme Court (SC)
 arrow AL, BNP want free, fair polls the soonest
The two political rivals of the country--Awami League (AL) and BNP--both want to see a free and fair election and handover of power to an elected government as soon as possible.
 arrow Hand over power to elected govt as soon as possible: BNP
Immediate past ruling party BNP yesterday hoped that necessary steps would be taken to hand over the power to the elected representatives as early as possible to end the state of emergency that the president
 arrow Secretary Akhtar turns into deputy secretary
Power Division Secretary ANH Akhtar Hossain finally landed three notches down to deputy secretary yesterday after he was elevated to the prestigious post under the presidential quota during the immediate
 arrow Economy to grow 7pc despite unrest
Despite recent disruptions caused by the pre-election political unrest, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) estimates a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth of seven per cent in the current fiscal year (FY07).
 arrow Ctg port back to life, container jam eases
Chittagong port sprang to life with delivery of about 4,000 containers in the last three days thanks to different steps taken by the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to ease congestion.
 arrow 1,500-yr old temple discovered
The remains of an old temple have been discovered at Behar Dhap of Shibganj upazila in Bogra recently, according to the officials of the department of archaeology.
 arrow Photojournalists detained at BOU for taking snaps of tree felling
The authorities of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) yesterday held and locked up two photojournalists in an office room on its Gazipur campus for around seven hours as they were taking pictures of valuable
 arrow 3 wounded as criminals spray bullets while looting shop
Armed criminals sprayed bullets injuring three people and looted valuables from a motor decoration and accessories store at Bijoynagar in the capital yesterday.
 arrow US, UK deny role in domestic politics
The United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) yesterday disagreed with some notion that they had favoured the state of emergency in Bangladesh as a means to resolve the impasse over the general elections.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade heavy gunshots
Tension is mounting along the border areas of Panchagarh, Naogaon and Joypurhat districts following exchange of heavy gunfire between Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) overnight,
 arrow 3 JMB cadres held with 28kg power gel
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists from different places of the district and also recovered 56 packs (28 kgs) of power gel from one of the arrestees
 arrow 2 outlaws killed by rivals
Members of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Red Flag faction allegedly hacked and shot two rival party members to death at Ataikula upazila in Pabna on Saturday night.
 arrow Poush Sankranti

 arrow Demolishing a fountain...

 arrow DU student strike finally postponed
Chhatra Sangram Parishad (CSP), an alliance of 14-party backed student organisations, yesterday postponed its indefinite student strike at Dhaka University (DU), "taking into account the greater interest
 arrow HC asks law enforcers not to harass Mamun, his wife
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the law enforcement agencies not to arrest or harass Gias Uddin Al Mamun, managing director of a private television channel, Channel 1, and his wifeShahina
 arrow Pakistan, India renew peace vow
Pakistan and India renewed their commitment to carry forward a peace dialogue during talks between their foreign ministers here Saturday, but no breakthrough emerged on major issues.
 arrow No 'temporary' Palestinian state
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday that he opposes the establishment of a provisional Palestinian state within temporary borders.
 arrow Iraq president flies to Syria for security talks
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrived in Syria yesterday on the first such high-level visit in three decades to a country accused by the United States of fuelling the violence in his homeland.
 arrow Rejoinder
Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday protested a report carried in The Daily Star on Saturday.
 arrow India to host global energy confce today
Energy ministers from 10 oil-producing countries were expected to attend an oil and gas conference starting today in New Delhi against a backdrop of tumbling oil prices, officials said.
Businessarrow DSE turnover hits new high as political tension eases
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday reached Tk 92.
 arrow Asean, China sign key economic deal
China and Asean signed a landmark economic cooperation deal Sunday that will further open market access in key services sectors.
 arrow Jute yarn, twine export on the rise
With robust growths in jute yarn and twine exports during the last five years, earning from the spinning sub-sector is on the rise, giving a boost to the jute industry.
 arrow US, S Korea resume free trade talks today
The United States and South Korea resume long-running free-trade talks on Monday with hopes receding of a deal between two countries whose annual trade already tops 70 billion dollars.
 arrow Thailand struggles to maintain economic credibility
Poor timing and backtracking by Thailand over amendments to its foreign ownership rules could damage both the economy and the government's credibility, analysts warned.
 arrow Asian leaders may pledge oil alternatives today
Leaders across Asia will endorse a pledge today to move toward nuclear and other alternative energies to help cut the region's dependence on fossil fuels.
 arrow WB warns India againstfull float of rupee without safeguards
The World Bank and industry chamber Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) have warned the government against full float of rupee without putting in place necessary safeguards.
 arrow BracNet launches free online classifieds
bracNet, a joint venture between Brac, and US-based gNet DDH LLC, recently launched an online classifieds section on its web portal bracnet.net, says a press release.
 arrow Honda to set up second plant in India
Japan's Honda Motors plans to set up a 200- million-dollar car plant in India to take advantage of the South Asian country's rapidly-growing vehicle market.
 arrow Nine in 10 Singaporeans fear losing jobs to foreigners
Nearly nine out of 10 Singaporeans fear foreign professionals will take their jobs, and oppose efforts to woo them to the city-state, the Sunday Times reported.
 arrow Tibet to subsidise low-income people
More than 230,000 farmers and herdsmen in Tibet with an income of less than 800 yuan (100 U.S. dollars) a year will receive subsidies in 2007, according to local authorities.
 arrow Factory in Karnaphuli EPZ to employ 2,025 locals
China and Japan will invest US$ 6.598 million to set up a finished leather footwear and leather goods and related component plant in Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone.
 arrow India's paperindustry poisedto grow 100pcin 10 years
The Indian Paper Industry is poised to grow from 7.2 million tonnes in 2005-06 to 13.
 arrow Venezuela to nationalise whole energy sector
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday the country's entire energy sector had to be nationalized, reinforcing his socialist revolution and possibly giving himself more targets for state takeover.
 arrow Singer to use resource planning software of Swedish firm
Singer Bangladesh Ltd will use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application of Industrial & Financial Systems (IFS), a Swedish company that develops business software.
 arrow Venezuela, Iran seek Opec oil cut
Venezuela and Iran strengthened their growing ties on Saturday with a stream of anti-US statements, various commercial agreements and a pledge to push for a cut in world oil supplies to counter plunging
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Contrasting wins for old foes
Arafat Sunny pulled pacer Sirajullah Khadem for a six in the last over to take Moha-mmedan Sporting Club to an exciting two-wicket victory over City Club in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League at the
 arrow Football: Abahani's B. League prep begins
Abahani began their training camp yesterday for the inaugural Professional Football League -- the B. League -- which kicks off on February 15.
 arrow Cricket: Slim lead for Pakistan
Left-arm spinner Paul Harris took three wickets as Pakistan struggled to set a defendable target on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion Park Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies roll over Kiwis
Australia produced some brilliant fielding as they thrashed New Zealand by 105 runs to remain unbeaten in the triangular one-day series on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Best back with vigour
Focus is the buzzword for Tino Best during the 2007 season. The West Indies fast bowler has bounced back with an impressive start to the new regional season after the disappointment of last year.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj eyes last 2 ODIs
Yuvraj Singh, the Indian middle-order batsman, has targeted the last two one-dayers against West Indies to stage his international comeback, three months after he tore a ligament in the knee while training
 arrow Cricket: Ponting firm on KP issue
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has sought to defend his team's action in the wake of criticism that none of his players rushed to check on Kevin Pietersen's well-being when he was struck in the ribs
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer quizzed
The uneasy relationship between Pakistan Cricket Board and Bob Woolmer was highlighted again on Sunday with some of its officials questioning the authority of the foreign coach.
 arrow Cricket: Mixed messages from Dubai
So Darrell Hair has been appointed to stand in the triangular one-day series in Mombasa next week, the first time he will don the white coat since that gloomy Sunday afternoon at The Oval in August when
 arrow Cricket: Joyce to be himself
Ed Joyce insists he will not try to replicate the exploits of Kevin Pietersen when he replaces the injured batsman in the England middle-order.
 arrow Cricket: We're not biased: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has responded to charges in a local newspaper of nepotism and cronyism among journalists while asserting that Nasim Ashraf, chairman of the board, remains committed to
 arrow Football: United keep their distance
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said it was critical the Premier-ship leaders did not become distracted by title talk after a 3-1 win against Aston Villa saw them stay six points clear atthe
 arrow Football: Rampant Inter set record
Inter Milan won 3-1 at Torino on Saturday to set a new Serie A record of 12 consecutive victories and open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.
 arrow Football: Invincible Inter
Inter Milan won 3-1 at Torino on Saturday to set a new Serie A record of 12 consecutive victories and open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.
 arrow Football: Real axe stuns Beckham
David Beckham admitted on Saturday that he was stunned by Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello's decision to call time on his career at the Spanish giants.
 arrow Tennis: Roger, Kim favourites
Roger Federer, a rare loss to Andy Roddick notwithstanding, is all the rage to chase down his third Australian Open title over the next fortnight.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to complain against Nel
The Pakistan cricket team is unhappy with the antics of South African pacer Andre Nel and is planning to lodge a formal complaint with the match referee after the first Test at the Centurion.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas may tour Lanka
South Africa are likely to visit Sri Lanka later this year to make up for abandoning the tri-series (Unitech Cup) with India and Sri Lanka in August last year.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting pleased
Skipper Ricky Ponting was pleased with Australia's resounding win over New Zealand but insisted there was still room for improvement.
 arrow Football: Mancini plays down record
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has played down the significance of his team's record-breaking 12-match winning streak.
 arrow Football: Terry firmly behind Mourinho
Chelsea captain John Terry firmly backed manager Jose Mourinho to say he was the best in the business and that senior players would do their best to ensure he stays with the Premiership champions.
 arrow Football: Davids set to follow David
Tottenham's Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids is following David Beckham's path to the United States, signing with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, La Opinion Spanish language newspaper reported Saturday.
 arrow Football: England snub drove Becks: Robson
Former England manager Bobby Robson has claimed it was David Beckham's ousting from the national side which resulted in him moving to semi-retirement with Los Angeles Galaxy.
 arrow Football: Espanyol rule Catalunya
Reigning Spanish and European champions Bar-celona crashed to their worst defeat of the season when they went down 3-1 to local rivals Espanyol on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger elated with Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paid tribute to his team's commitment as they continued their amazing start to the New Year with an impressive 2-0 victory away to Blackburn Rovers.
 arrow Football: 'Crisis, what crisis?'
Jose Mourinho dismissed talk of a crisis at Chelsea after his side's 4-0 win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Lyon slump, PSG free-fall
Lyon slumped to only their second league defeat of the season on Saturday as the five-time French champions as well as fallen giants PSG caught a severe winter chill.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard admits wake-up call
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard tried to look on the bright side of life on Sunday after the reigning Spanish and European champions' worst defeat of the season less than 12 hours earlier.
 arrow Football: Cech poised for comeback
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is poised to make his long-awaited comeback from serious injury, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Saturday. "On Monday I have a 50 million pounds ($96).
 arrow Football: Liverpool takeover soon
Dubai International Capital (DIC) should complete its takeover of English Premier League club Liverpool soon, club chief executive Rick Parry said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: MLS, Mexico to square off in SuperLiga
Major League Soccer and the Mexican First Division announced the formation of SuperLiga, a tournament involving four clubs from each league that will compete for a one million-dollar first prize.
Metropolitanarrow 2 brothers strangled in Keraniganj
Two brothers were strangled by their cousin following an altercation with their mother over a sewing machine in Keraniganj on Saturday night.
 arrow Incorporate indigenous people's issues into election manifestoes
Leaders of indigenous community have called on the political parties to incorporate the issues of the constitutional recognition of the ethnic people and separate land commission for them into election
 arrow 4 die in road crashes
At least four people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj, Keraniganj and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow 5 murdered in 24 hrs
A trader was shot dead, two brothers were strangled and two others were found dead in Savar, Keraniganj and Dhaka within a span of 24 hours.
 arrow 'Work overtime to offset losses'
International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) yesterday urged all business organisations, including ports, banks and industries to work overtime to recoup the losses caused by recent political programmes,
 arrow Juta polls uncertain
Election to Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (Juta), scheduled to be held on January 27, has become uncertain due to probable rules being formulated by the government to impose a ban onthe
 arrow Schoolgirl found dead in Satkhira
A schoolgirl was found dead in a beel of Nakipur village in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday noon.
 arrow Ex-commissioner held by army
Army men yesterday arrested Motiur Rahman Mashik, a locally influential political leader, but the reason of his arrest could not be known.
 arrow RMP employee held, 30 bullets seized
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday held an employee of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) and seized 30 bullets of shotgun from him.
 arrow Unanimous 'development prescription' to emerge
Cellphone operator Grameenphone and Channel-i are jointly producing and airing a fortnightly talk-show programme on development issues of Bangladesh.
 arrow Six muggers on 3-day remand
Six muggers who snatched Tk 17 lakh from the manger of Bulbul Textile Mills Ltd inside a bank in Motijheel were taken on three-day remand yesterday. Of the amount, Tk 2.
 arrow Recruitment process of edn project suspended
The recruitment process of Secondary Education Sector Development Project (SESDP) has been suspended following The Daily Star report headlined 'Move on to recruit 782 in education project on political
 arrow Guardians protest admission fee hike
Guardians of the students of Motijheel Ideal School and College yesterday staged demonstration in front of the school protesting the increase of admission fees for class six.
 arrow Cotton, property worth Tk 9.5 lakh gutted in Chittagong
Around 100 bales of cotton and property worth around Tk 9.5 lakh were gutted in a fire at a cotton mill here yesterday.
 arrow BNP-backed UP chairman arrested in Ctg
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a BNP-backed union parishad (UP) chairman, who is accused in more than one dozen of criminal cases, with a pistol and bullets from Raozan upazila
 arrow 'Enact laws to protect HR of indigenous people'
Adibashi (indigenous) leaders yesterday demanded enactment of appropriate law to protect their human rights including culture and heritage.
 arrow 'Help cold-hit people'
Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) yesterday called upon benevolent people to extend their helping hand to cold-hit people by donating warm clothes and cash.
 arrow Newly married couple donate Tk 1.45 lakh to cancer hospital
Rezwan Sharif and Rupsha Iqbal, a newly married couple, have set a wonderful example by donating the money they received from the guests at their wedding reception to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH),
 arrow 1518 arrested
During countrywide raids in last 24 hours, members of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested 1518 people for having direct involvement in criminal activities.
 arrow OIC hails Fakhruddin's appointment
Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has welcomed the appointment of Fakhruddin Ahmed as the new chief adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow JU classes resume today
Academic activities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will resume today after a 17-day vacation on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Azha.
 arrow Trader robbed of Tk 8.5 lakh
Miscreants snatched away Tk 8.5 lakh from a trader in Chittagong city yesterday morning.
 arrow Schoolboy murdered in Khulna
Police recovered a body of a school student yesterday from the bank of Kobadak River near Agarghata bazar under Paikgacha upazila of Khulna district. His hands and legs were found tied up with rope.
 arrow Fishing boat with urea seized
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized a fishing boat with 230 sacks of urea fertiliser while being smuggled to Myanmar early yesterday.
 arrow Coast Guards strengthen security
Bangladesh Coast Guards have strengthened their security measures across the country to combat crimes through water ways. They conducted search operations in 235 cargo boats in last 72 hours.
 arrow NU exams rescheduled
The National University has rescheduled its postponed examinations, says a press release.
 arrow Former AL MP Bari passes away
MA Bari, former Awami League lawmaker, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka on Sunday morning at the age of 70.
 arrow Birth anniversary of Mohiuddin Ahmed today
Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of late Mohiuddin Ahmed, a language movement veteran and organiser of the Libera-tion War, says a press release.
Nationalarrow BPC fuel depots in Balashi, Chilmari empty for 3 weeks
Two floating fuel depots in Gaibandha and Kurigram districts are dry for about three weeks as oil tankers can not approach them because the Jamuna channel has silted up.
 arrow Unabated illegal sand lifting from Meghna, Titas river beds
Illegal sand lifting from Meghna and Titas river beds near Brahmanbaria town is threatening the river banks with erosion and damaging the ecology.
 arrow Hide traders in Rangpur, Dinajpur hostage to Dhaka tanners
The quality of hides and skin collected in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur districts during Eid-ul-Azha this year may fall as local traders were compelled to preserve those in traditional unscientific process
 arrow Rais Uddin's Tk 60,000 fish
Rais Uddin came to the traditional fish fair again this year. From his boyhood, he never missed the annual fair on the bank of Kushiyara at Sherpur, about 22 kilometers from Moulvibazar district town.
 arrow Ex-state minister Milon among 129 sued
At least 129 leaders and activists of Kochua BNP and front organisations including former state minister for education A N M Ehsanul Hoque Milon were sued in three separate cases filed with a magistrate
 arrow Another injured in BSF firing dies
border in Tetulia upazila in Panchagarh district Friday morning, died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the early hours of Saturday, BDR sources said here yesterday.
 arrow HSTU classes now to begin on Jan 21
First year Honours classes at Haji Danesh Science and Technology University (HTSU), scheduled to begin yesterday, will now begin on January 21.
Point-Counterpointarrow Political bankruptcy: A threat to state sovereignty
Our major political parties, only because of their lust for power, have thrust the nation into a state of emergency.
 arrow President Bush's irreconcilable attitude on Iraq
I cannot resist the temptation to offer my hats-off to the president of the United States, George W Bush for his steadfast and unshakeable determination to continue the course in Iraq, whatever mightbe
Culturearrow A multifaceted artiste
Anational award winning actress and dancer, Chandni was a student of Viqarunnessa Noon School and College and is currently completing her Masters in marketing.
 arrow Austro-Bangla book on lyrics
An interesting bilingual book-- a collaboration by the Austrian poet of renown, Manfred Chobot and Bangladeshi poet, Anisur Rahman --was recently launched at the BRAC Centre.
 arrow 'Bhalobasha Mondobasha' on ntv
Mega-serial Bhalobasha Mondobasha will be aired tonight at 9:50pm on ntv. In Bhalobasha Mondobasha, every character is in search of love, peace and happiness in life.
 arrow 'Kath Koylar Chhobi' on ATN Bangla
Based on Selina Hossain's story, 17th episode of the drama serial, Kath Koylar Chhobi will be aired tonight at 8:00 pm. An expatriate Dulal returns to Bangladesh to find his mother.
 arrow Bollywood glitz in a Times Square debut
The red-carpet event for the movie Guru was a rare American treatment for a feature from Bollywood, the Mumbai-based film industry.
Internationalarrow Asean urges N Korea to desist from further nuclear tests
Southeast Asian nations urged North Korea yesterday to cancel any plans for a second nuclear test and to address the world's humanitarian concerns about the secretive country.
 arrow China, Japan , S Korea find common ground on N Korea, mending ties
China, Japan and South Korea yesterday held their first summit together in two years, finding common ground on North Korea and on mending their own fractured relations.
 arrow 11 killed in Sri Lanka as Tigers, troops trade fire
At least five soldiers and six civilians were killed in Sri Lanka as Tamil Tiger rebels and government troops traded long-range artillery fire in the island's restive east, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nato-Afghan operation kills 30 Taliban
A military operation in which a British soldier died in Afghanistan at the weekend left about 30 Taliban fighters dead, Afghan police said yesterday.
 arrow Maoists in Nepal set to enter parliament
The transformation of Nepal's Maoists from rebels to mainstream politicians moved closer yesterday after the cabinet approved an interim constitution giving the ultra-leftists seats in a new parliament.
 arrow Troops raid Somali rebel hideouts, seize arms
Troops carried out fresh raids on suspected rebel hideouts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu yesterday after the transitional government was handed the power to impose martial law.
 arrow Asia on high alert for bird flu resurgence
Four bird flu deaths in Indonesia and a spate of new poultry outbreaks in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia are signs the virus could make a resurgence this northern winter, health experts warn.
 arrow Myanmar continues to dog Asian diplomacy
Myanmar has once again dogged the best efforts of Asian diplomacy after Southeast Asian leaders bridled at US attempts to have the UN Security Council condemn the army-ruled state.
 arrow Hillary Clinton in Afghanistan
US Senator Hillary Clinton was in Afghanistan yesterday for talks with President Hamid Karzai including discussions on whether more US troops should be sent to fight the Taliban insurgency, officialssaid.
 arrow 10 ex-Nazis convicted in Italy
An Italian military court Saturday convicted 10 former Nazi SS officers and soldiers for the massacre of 955 people in a northern Italian town during World War II.
 arrow New genetic clue to Alzheimer's found
Researchers have identified a second gene responsible for the most common form of Alzheimer's disease, a development that may make it easier to screen for, and ultimately treat, this devastating brain
 arrow Buddhist man beheaded in Thai south
A Buddhist man was beheaded after he and his wife were gunned down early yesterday in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said.
 arrow Bomb hits petrol tanker in Pakistan
A bomb attached to a petrol tanker travelling from Pakistan to supply US forces in Afghanistan exploded yesterday but caused no casualties, officials said.
 arrow Hindus swarm to Ganges to wash away sins
Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees plunged joyfully into the frigid Ganges river yesterday to cleanse away their sins on an auspicious day at a huge religious festival in northern India.
 arrow India swears in first 'untouchable' chief justice
India yesterday swore in its first Supreme Court chief justice from the oppressed group at the bottom of India's caste hierarchy once known as "untouchables".
Editorialarrow Editorial: Press censorship
We notice with a sense of regret and serious concern that attempts are being made to censor the press.
 arrow Editorial: Carry on with the raids
The drive by the army, Rab and police against some listed terror elements, black money holders and sponsors of criminal elements, better known as godfathers, has indeed gone down well with the publicas
 arrow Oh, those meddling foreigners ...
We are not happy at all. On the contrary, we are now very, very angry at the turn of events.
 arrow Anger mismanagement
Winter is no longer the only season of discontent. April is going to be cruellest month, and for the same reason.
 arrow The rape of Iraq
Iraq is not just a US electoral issue. It's human tragedy of celestial proportions. The time has arrived when it will be quite in order to situate the tragedy in a historical context.
Letters to Editorarrow Place the country above politics
The four-party alliance and the grand alliance are not working for the welfare of the people of Bangladesh, rather they are more interested in grabbing power for the next five years so that they can rob
 arrow Iraq needs its own Gandhi
US president George W.
 arrow Death of a sacred ideal
The AL has put coffin on the greatest ideal for which Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman struggled all his life.
 arrow Ershad factor
Former President H.M. Ershad was deposed 17 years ago. Several cases were filed against him. Some were resolved and he endured jail sentences.
 arrow Election-a suggestion
Today (10. 1.07) I was reading the newspaper with a heavy heart. We live so far away from our family and relatives that every time something is happening in our country, it makes us worried and sad.
Specialarrow Rise all the brave warriors of sal forest
Once there was no chu in habima's (motherland) Mandi locality in the natural sal forest. Chu is the traditional drink (liquor) of the Mandis.
Star Cityarrow Govt decides to build approach road
The government has in principle decided to construct an approach road from the Rayerbazar embankment to Satmasjid Road to facilitate movement of vehicles from the city to the 3rd Buriganga Bridge at Basila,
 arrow Coldest winter in years
Last week was the coldest for dwellers of Dhaka in recent years as spells of cold wave enveloped the whole country.
 arrow Dug Up And Abandoned

 arrow Dark streets pave haven for muggers
To the sufferings of thousands of commuters and locals, streetlights on a stretch of 5 kilometre-long road between Malibagh and Mugda are still not operational although the lights were installed in March
 arrow A glimpse of hope for slum children
When politics takes centre stage, glimpse of hope beacons at Kathalbagan area of the city. At Free School Street, around 250 slum children find their way to education.
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