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Front Pagearrow Corrupt politicians, civil servants, magnates--none will be spared
Army chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said the armed forces are assisting the government in its crusade against corruption that has eaten up the vitals of the nation.
 arrow Prof Yunus to run in next election
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said he would take part in the next parliamentary elections even as an independent candidate in case he fails to complete the process of launching his party
 arrow Relief goods found in raid on Tarique's 'Bogra residence'
The army-led joint forces last night arrested former BNP lawmaker Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu from his house in the Bogra town on charge of corruption and then raided a nearby house, reportedly owned by
 arrow Major shake-up in police admin
The government yesterday made the director general (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) OSD (officer on special duty) and in a major reshuffle transferred nine deputy inspectors general (DIGs) and 65superintendents
 arrow Arrest warrant against Partex Group's chief Hashem, family
A mobile court yesterday realised Tk 750,000 in fines and issued arrest warrants against former BNP lawmaker and chairman of Partex Group MA Hashem, his wife and three sons as their company Partex Sugar
 arrow Delhi for more land ports to boost trade with Dhaka
The Indian high commissioner in Dhaka yesterday placed before the finance adviser a package of proposals aiming to boost trade between the two countries.
 arrow Brig Sakhawat made election commissioner
Brigadier General (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain was appointed as an election commissioner yesterday.
 arrow Joint forces seek info on Salman's investment in stock market
The joint forces have approached the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for information about Salman F Rahman's investment in the capital market.
 arrow Rly land 'grabbed' by Abbas family freed
Bangladesh Railway authorities with the assistance of the joint forces yesterday recovered around eight acres of land allegedly grabbed by former BNP lawmaker Mirza Abbas and his family for about 35 years
 arrow Polls sought as soon as possible
A non-elected government cannot stay in power for an indefinite period of time under the constitutional provisions, said former adviser to the caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday.
 arrow UNDP pledges support in political reform
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday assured the caretaker government of all-possible support to carry out its political and economic reforms.
 arrow India, Pakistan eager to help in poll affairs
Both India and Pakistan yesterday expressed their interest in providing support for election affairs in Bangladesh and sharing their experiences of electoral process.
 arrow US envoy calls for reforms in parties
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis yesterday stressed the need for reforms in political parties to go with the changed political scenario and public demand.
 arrow BNP bigwigs sit today to review situation
More than a week into the first round of arrests of former ministers and lawmakers by the joint forces, the national standing committee (NSC) of BNP, the highest policy making body of the party, willmeet
 arrow Mashud left out of WC cricket team
The axe fell on long-serving wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 15-member World Cup squad yesterday.
 arrow Oil prices may be adjusted up to int'l rates
The caretaker government considers adjusting petroleum prices up to international market rates and cutbacks in duties on fuel imports to bail out the loss-incurring Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).
 arrow Tk 87 lakh looted from 2 houses
Armed raiders looted cash, jewellery and other valuables worth an estimated Tk 87.5 lakh from two houses in the city's Dhanmondi and Lalbagh areas yesterday.
 arrow 2 robbers killed in clash with cops, villagers
At least two robbers were killed and 11 villagers injured as police and villagers clashed with a gang of armed robbers at Purbo Gopalpur village of Nalchhity upazila in Jhalakathi yesterday.
 arrow Goods burnt in garment factory fire
Fire gutted huge amount of fabrics and 2.5 lakh pieces of ready-made clothes at a garment factory at Panchabati of Fatullah in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow 8 schoolchildren hurt as bus rams into van
Eight schoolchildren and a van puller were injured critically in a road accident at Talma intersection of Nagarkanda upazila here at around 7:00 am yesterday.
 arrow Celebrating Pahela Falgun...

 arrow US House resolution slams Iraq troop plan
US House of Representatives Democrats unveiled a resolution on Monday opposing a troop buildup in Iraq, setting up a confrontation this week over President George W Bush's war strategy.
 arrow N Korea agrees to nuke disarmament
North Korea agreed yesterday to shut down key nuclear facilities within two months in exchange for badly needed fuel, part of a broad agreement aimed at ending the regime's controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Emergency declared in Guinea
The president declared a state of emergency, announcing in a broadcast on state radio and television that he has ordered the army to "take all necessary measures" to restore order after three days ofviolent
 arrow Myanmar extends Suu Kyi's house arrest by a year
Myanmar's military rulers yesterday extended the house arrest of Tin Oo, the octogenarian deputy to democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior official said.
 arrow Pak ruling party eyes ban on forced marriage
Pakistan's ruling party introduced a bill yesterday aimed at outlawing the forced marriage of women and practices preventing them from inheriting property.
Businessarrow US asks India to open up consumer sector
US Trade Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told India on Tuesday to open its booming consumer sector to foreign investors and "fight back the temptation" to build economic walls.
 arrow Bush pitches free-trade policies
Free-trade policies that make it easier for US companies to sell their products are important to the economy's vitality, President Bush said Monday as he projected a year of good though somewhat slower
 arrow US 2006 trade deficit at record $763.6b
The US trade deficit surged to a record 763.6 billion dollars in 2006 owing to new highs for oil prices and the country's commercial shortfall with China, the government said Tuesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Exit Mashud, enter Rahim
The national selectors came up with a pack of surprises on Tuesday when they announced a 15-member Bangladesh squad for next month's World Cup, raising more questions than answers.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-players stunned
Several former Bangladesh captains expressed their shock over the exclusion of long-serving wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud from the 15-member World Cup squad that was announced yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan keep Akhtar, Asif
Pakistan selectors Tuesday included Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in their World Cup squad despite warnings that the pace duo could still have banned substances in their systems.
 arrow Cricket: Iftikhar likely to play
Rao Iftikhar Anjum, one of several back-up seamers called to South Africa during Pakistan's troubled tour, looks set to get the call-up into the starting eleven for the final one-day international atthe
 arrow Cricket: Simmo, Tait included
Defending champions Australia will take injured all-rounder Andrew Symonds and unpredictable paceman Shaun Tait to next month's cricket World Cup and leave Ashes bowling hero Stuart Clark at home.
 arrow Football: Football takes a young life
Omar Sharif will not kick a football any more.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh U-23s meet HK today
The Bangladesh Under-23 football team will take on Hong Kong in the second leg of the men's Olympic pre-qualifier in Hong Kong today with no hopes to advance further in the competition.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid backs Sehwag
As pressure builds up on an out-of-form Virender Sehwag to deliver the goods, Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Tuesday sought to motivate the Delhi batsman, saying he was just one innings away from recapturing
 arrow Local Snippets
Sixty teams from six districts will take part in the first-ever Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Challenge Club Cup tournament, said BCB yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Danish surprised, relieved
Danish Kaneria was surprised and relieved after being included in Pakistan's 15-man World Cup squad but ultimately confident that he could repay the late faith selectors have invested in him.
 arrow Cricket: Protest worth it?
Henry Olonga began his international cricket career as a raw 18-year-old fast bowler, the youngest and the first black man to represent Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Tuffey surprise for NZ
The New Zealand cricket selectors on Tuesday remained loyal to the established members of their one-day cricket squad for the World Cup in the West Indies, despite a disappointing summer.
 arrow Cricket: Minnows name squads
Scotland's cricket selectors have named an unchanged side for next month's Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean following a successful build-up in Kenya over the last few weeks.
 arrow Football: Arsenal face bogey team
Bolton Wan-derers have the opportunity to cause more agony for Arse-nal on Wed-nesday when they welcome the Gunners to their Reebok Stadium home for an FA Cup fourth round replay.
 arrow Football: Title up for grabs
British, Spanish and French sides dominate the field in the UEFA Cup last 32 round which begins on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Fashionista Dunga
Brazil coach Dunga said the row over the unusual shirt he wore during last week's game against Portugal showed that football was a sport averse to change.
 arrow Football: Owen elated to be running
England striker Michael Owen on Tuesday voiced his delight at being able to run for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury during last summer's World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Robinho 'unhappy' at Real
Brazil forward Robinho has become the latest Real Madrid player to voice his discontent at his lack of opportunities under coach Fabio Capello.
 arrow Cricket: School boys on rampage!
Happy Times International School authority yesterday complained that coach and players of BCSIR School, their oppositions of Saturday's match in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket
 arrow Football: Five cruise to JFA Cup finals
Dhaka, Khulna, Kishoreganj, Chuadanga and BKSP yesterday booked final round places in the 3rd JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship as zonal champions.
 arrow Cricket: Kaif fans burn Pawar effigy
Supporters of cricketer Moham-mad Kaif here burnt effigies of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar and selection committee chairman Dilip Vengsarkar to protest the non-inclusion
 arrow Golf: Lancer Cup golf ends
The 24th Lancer Cup Golf Tournament-2007 concluded on Saturday with the handing over of prizes to the winners at a gala ceremony held at the Kurmitola Golf Club at Dhaka Cantonment.
 arrow Football: Livorno to play in empty stadia
Livorno are almost certain to play Wednesday's UEFA Cup tie against Spanish side Espanyol behind closed doors.
 arrow Football: 'United on track'
Manchester United's Gary Neville believes the club is on the brink of ending its three seasons without the Premiership title and being crowned champions of England once again.
 arrow Football: A Beckham dream
David Beckham's future Los Angeles Galaxy teammates began their pre-season workouts for the Major League Soccer season here Monday with two survivors from an open tryout among those taking training.
 arrow Football: Beckham's MU return
David Beckham will play against his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since he left them in 2003 in a gala European match next month.
 arrow Football: Brown pledges WC bid support
The British government will back any potential bid by the English Football Association (FA) to host the 2018 World Cup, Finance Minister Gordon Brown has said.
 arrow Football: QPR assistant suspended
Queen's Park Rangers on Tuesday suspended their assistant manager Richard Hill following his arrest in connection with the brawl that marred last week's match against China's Olympic team.
 arrow Football: Clubs slow on the uptake
Six Serie A clubs have yet to start work to bring their stadium security in line with government regulations, according to Tuesday's Gazzetta dello Sport.
 arrow Football: Figo's summer goodbye
Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo said Monday that he plans on ending his top level career when his Inter Milan contract runs out at the end of the year.
 arrow Football: 'Real move wrong for C'Ron'
Manchester United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo would not be better off if he left the English club for Spanish giants Real Madrid, Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz has said.
 arrow Football: Nantes sack Eo
Nantes have parted company with coach Georges Eo and replaced him with his assistant Michel Der Zakarian and sports director Japhet Ndoram, club president Rudi Roussillon said Monday.
 arrow Football: Parma appoint Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new coach of Parma, the struggling Serie A club confirmed on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Euro 2008's budget set
The provisional budget of Euro 2008, which will be co-hosted by Switzerland and Austria, is set at 147 million euros, Martin Kallen, head of organisers Euro SA, said Monday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool target 'brand' promotion
Liverpool are expected to play friendlies in Asia this year as new American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett target the Far East to promote their "brand" and capitalise on their investment.
 arrow Football: Referee attacked in Italy
A football referee at a youth tournament in the Italian seaside town of Viareggio was attacked by Argentine players after sending off five of their team.
 arrow Football: Redknapp charged by FA
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was charged Monday with using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following his side's win against Manchester City at the weekend.
Metropolitanarrow Road crashes kill 8
At least eight people were killed in separate road accidents in Keraniganj, Gazipur, Tangail and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 'Massive reforms a must to curb corruption'
Leaders of Bangladesh Nagorik Samaj yesterday stressed the need for massive changes in country's political, economic, educational and social systems to get rid of corruption that shrouds almost everysector
 arrow CG to take steps to enact law
Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said the caretaker government would initiate steps towards enactment of the Right to Information Act, says a press release.
 arrow Eden girl stabbed to death in city
A student of Eden College, who was stabbed by her husband on Thursday, succumbed to her injuries yesterday morning.
 arrow 'Enforce tobacco control law strictly'
Madakdrabya O Neshanirodhak Sangstha (Manash), a voluntary organisation, yesterday urged the caretaker government to take steps to strictly enforce the tobacco control law.
 arrow Youth beaten to death in Tangail
A youth was beaten to death at Basail upazila in the district on Monday night. The victim was identified as Mohammad Babul Miah, 30, of Bathhulee Purbo Para village under Basail upazila.
 arrow Singer Mujib Pardeshi arrested
Singer Mujib Pardeshi was arrested from his house at East Jurain in the city last night on charges of swindling.
 arrow Anwarul Tareq sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered to send businessman Anwarul Islam Tareq held for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition, to jail rejecting a bail petition.
 arrow Release of Uttaran chief demanded
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and five US-based organisations have urged the caretaker government (CG) to take steps for immediate and unconditional release of ShahidulIslam,
 arrow Academic activities hampered
Academic activities of Biam Model School and College in the city are being hampered severely due to conflict between teachers and 'president' of the governing body.
 arrow Foreign, local currencies worth Tk 2 cr seized at airport
Customs officials at Zia International Airport yesterday foiled an attempt to smuggle Bangladeshi and foreign currencies worth about Tk 2 crore. They also arrested two Pakistani nationals in this connection.
 arrow Graft case against Rajuk chairman, engr
One of the owners of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Bhaban filed a graft case against Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) chairman and one of its engineers with a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Move to make political parties' registration compulsory hailed
The Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (Fema) yesterday hailed the caretaker government for its decision to enact a law providing for compulsory registration of all political parties with the ElectionCommission.
 arrow Students' memo to chief adviser
Residential students of Rajshahi University (RU) urged the caretaker government to withdraw the increased seat rent imposed by RU authorities last month.
 arrow Businessman robbed of Tk 2 lakh
A gang of muggers robbed a businessman of Tk 2 lakh after stabbing him at Tipu Sultan Road in old part of the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 40 shanties gutted in city
Fire gutted 40 shanties at city's Mohammadpur Geneva Camp area yesterday noon.
 arrow Saarc Car Rally starts from Cox's Bazar tomorrow
The First Saarc Car Rally 2007 will begin from Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh tomorrow with a view to demonstrate the commonalities in South Asia.
 arrow 17 muggers held in city
Police arrested 17 muggers from different places of the city on Monday.
 arrow Dhaka welcomes Hamas-Fatah peace deal
Bangladesh yesterday welcomed the peace agreement signed recently between Hamas and Al-Fatah groups in Palestine, hoping that the deal would stop the conflict between the two groups.
 arrow NDC team visits Armed Forces Div
A 39-member National Defence College (NDC) team led by its Commandant Major General Abu Tayeb Muhammad Zahirul Alam visited Armed Forces Division at Dhaka Cantonment as part of their Course Curriculum
 arrow SWID's committee dissolved
The Ministry of Social Welfare yesterday dissolved the national executive committee of the Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled (SWID), Bangladesh and formed a caretaker body to runits
 arrow DU 'Gha' unit admission test results published
Results of the first year honours admission test under 'Gha' unit of Dhaka University for the sessions 2006-2007 were published yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Meleisea New Unesco director
Malama Meleisea was appointed new director and country representative of Unesco Bangladesh, says a press release. He replaces Wolfgang Vollmann.
 arrow Appeal for help
The father of Purabi Roy, a promising singer, has appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of his daughter who has been suffering from kidney diseases.
Nationalarrow Charge sheet soon as CID completes probe
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Dhaka yesterday concluded interrogation of four policemen, complainant and witnesses in connection with the alleged custodial death of Sajedur Rahman Sajid.
 arrow Clash over control of newly emerged shoals in Rajshahi: 50 hurt
At least 50 people were injured in clashes between land grabbers' musclemen and landless people and aborigines over occupation of newly emerged lands in Beel Kumari at Dhantoir village in Tanore upazila
 arrow A service to farmers recognised
Agriculture scientist Dr. Shahab-uddin Ahmed runs across the length and breadth of the country, introducing to farmers some new value-added crops he evolved. His tireless efforts have borne fruits.
 arrow Khagrachhari AL leader arrested
Matiranga police arrested a union Awami Leauge president yesterday from Belchhari under Matiranga upazila in the hill district khagrachhari as a part of their anti crime drives.
 arrow Two arrested for bank forgery
A man and a women were arrested on Sunday night on charge of swindling Rangpur branch of Islami Bank of Tk 3,41,000. They are Akter Jahan Sima of Adarshapara and Mahbub Morshed of Dhap in Rangpur.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dr Muhammad Yunus and his political journey
Except a very few skeptics, none will disagree that no other person has been adorned with as many awards and honourary degrees as Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the teacher-turned-banker.
 arrow Everyone needs a love bond
Maximizing profit and not ruining investment are the hard and fast rules of business.
 arrow Globalization hits road bumps in India
Despite the hype in the international media about India's global integration, economic reform has been halting and hesitant.
 arrow Dr Yunus's open letter: My response
Since Dr Muhammad Yunus has written an open letter to all Bangladeshi nationals, I assume both at home and abroad, I am writing this in response to his letter seeking our opinion on whether he shouldjoin
Culturearrow Spring and love in the air
Amar e janmo shohor uthechhey heshey
Legechhey bashonti rong taar dhushor shottaye aaj...

-- Shamsur Rahman --
To late risers 6:30am is crack of dawn.

 arrow Bashonto Utshab vs Valentine's Day
There is an air of gaiety and optimism as the first spring breeze sets in after the gloomy winter nights. Welcoming the first day of Bashonto (spring) has been a part of our culture for centuries.
 arrow Anti-Valentine: Hating love and all that jazz
It's that dreadful time of the year: the Hallmark-pushed occasion when lovers around the world douse (or at the very least are expected to) the objects of their affection with TLC.
Generalarrow 'Good governance a must for democracy'
Speakers at a seminar on Sunday stressed the need for good governance to ensure an expected democracy where rule of law and accountability to the parliament will be established.
 arrow LDP leaders embarrassed over Oli's comment
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leaders feel embarrassed for a recent interview of its executive president Oli Ahmed.
 arrow Bosunia's death anniversary observed
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League, yesterday observed the 23rd death anniversary of its leader Roufun Bosunia on Dhaka University (DU) campus, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Nepali Maoists call for end of monarchy
Maoist leader Prachanda vowed yesterday to push to abolish the monarchy and create a "new Nepal" as he addressed tens of thousands of supporters in his first public speech in the capital in 25 years.
 arrow Bush trashes talk of Iran attack plan
US President George W Bush on Monday warned of the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran but dismissed talk of a likely US attack on Iran as "noise" from his critics.
 arrow Hamas readies unity govt
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya is preparing to resign at the helm of his Hamas government and form a unity cabinet despite continued Western reluctance to lift a crippling aid boycott.
 arrow Gates seeking more effort in Afghanistan
Defence Secretary Robert Gates has asked Nato allies and colleagues for more effort in Afghanistan, but it is too early to tell whether his lobbying will pay off.
 arrow US has made major concessions
The United States made major concessions to secure a deal yesterday on curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons programme partly to offset foreign policy problems elsewhere, analysts said.
 arrow 3 killed in Lebanon bus bombings
Bomb blasts tore through two buses in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing three people as the deeply divided nation prepared to commemorate the murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri two years ago.
 arrow Millions vote in India's Punjab state polls
Millions braving heavy rains voted Tuesday in the northern state of Punjab in a poll which analysts say will test the popularity of India's ruling Congress party.
 arrow 10 dead in 2 US shooting sprees
A gunman armed with a pump-action shotgun killed five people in a shooting spree through a crowded shopping mall here, as four others died in a separate shooting in a different US city.
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL scraps deal with BKM
The decision by the Awami League to come out of its pre-electoral deal with the Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish will have surely come as a relief to its members and followers alike.
 arrow Editorial: Parliamentary waste recalled
At a recently held press briefing a senior TIB researcher revealed that as much as Tk. 20 crore went down the drain because of quorum crisis in the recently dissolved parliament.
 arrow A brief history of alternative politics
There is hardly any question about the seriousness Muhammad Yunus brings to his thoughts on politics.
 arrow Amending the RPO
The Representation of the People Order (R.P.O.) 1972 is the primary law for holding elections.
 arrow Growing terrorism
Terrorists are rampant in north western Pakistan. They have now attracted the Nato's 'right of self defence' to hit targets inside Pakistan.
Letters to Editorarrow An open letter to Prof. Yunus
I have read Dr. Yunus' open letter to all citizens and finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel. I have talked to a number of people regarding his letter and have heard mixed reactions.
 arrow Good performance
As I write here, the caretaker government led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed has completed its first month in office.
 arrow Thanks, caretaker government
Today we are very happy to have a competent caretaker government after much struggle. Its method of solving political problems has been appreciated highly by everyone.
 arrow VoIP and expatriates
I praise the government initiative to crackdown on illegal activities, VoIP being one of them. But the government has to take into consideration the viewpoint of non-resident Bangladeshis as well.
 arrow Corruption in PSC
Greetings for playing a significant role in the changing environment of Bangladesh! We, like many other Bangladeshis, are very pleased to see that two major commissions (EC & ACC) have been reshuffled
 arrow The V-sign
Shahnoor Wahid's write-up on use of V-sign by the arrested bigwigs is very interesting. These people are escorted with 'jamai ador' by smartly dressed officials.
 arrow Big fish netted
Kudos to the joint forces for netting small and big fishes of corruption. However, the history of the country did not witness any event where big criminals were brought to justice in time.
 arrow Passport office
I'm a Non-Resident Bangladeshi, living in Britain for the last 4 years. Now I'm in Bangladesh and recently went to the passport office for my wife's passport.
 arrow Unhygienic condition at park
We the dwellers of Gulshan and Niketon were delighted to see the eviction of the unauthorised slums and turning of the place into a park by the City Corporation, that is situated opposite the Shooting
 arrow Congratulations!
Your front page multicolour cartoon of 12 February was excellent. It justifies the belief that a picture depicts more than a thousand words can. The cartoonist deserves great appreciation.
Star Chittagongarrow Japan dev partner returns with Tk1380cr projects
The coordinated drive against encroachment that hindered expansion of the city streets encourages a foreign development agency to come forward with financial assistance for infrastructural development
 arrow Row over routes increases suffering
Row over routes to streamline traffic movement keeps around one third of the city buses and human haulers off the roads, causing untold suffering to the commuters in the port city.
Star Cityarrow DU disfigures famous central library building
The Dhaka University authorities have recently made a deal with a private mobile telephone company to erect a huge transmission tower on the rooftop of the central library building, sparking widespread
 arrow DCC begins computerised birth registration
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) launched computerised birth registration from February 11. Till July 2, 2008 the corporation will provide the certificate free of charges.
 arrow An hour in Karwan Bazar kitchen market
Spending an hour in Karwan Bazar kitchen market, the largest of its kind in the city, revealed that the price difference between retail and wholesale prices of vegetables has shrunk considerably.
 arrow Pahela Falgun welcomed
Spring is in the air. People clad in yellow and red outfit greeted the day with songs and merrymaking on the Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Street children's own savings bank offers hope
Nurul Huda is one of the few fortunate street children in Dhaka who has been able to manage his own money, depositing it in a daily savings scheme that has brought him a small measure of financial security.
 arrow Holiday markets yet to shape up
New holiday markets set up on five city streets to rehabilitate evicted street vendors so far received poor response from both street vendors and buyers.
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