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Front Pagearrow Roaring inferno at Karwan Bazar
Three people died and at least 50 were injured as a devastating fire swept through the 11-storey Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) Bhaban in the city's Karwan Bazar yesterday morning.
 arrow Sonali Bank CBA don Bakir finally held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday said they arrested Sonali Bank trade union leader BM Bakir Hossain along with his two associates while joint forces made three arrests -- the CBA president of Jalalabad
 arrow New anti-terror law soon for quick trial
The government is going to promulgate an anti-terrorism ordinance to hold trial for criminal offences within six months through special tribunals.
 arrow Five graft suspects sent to jail
Five graft suspects including two former ministers, a lawmaker and a bureaucrat arrested on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office premises on Sunday were sent to jail yesterday with their bail prayers
 arrow ACC accepts Iqbal's wealth report from wife
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday received former Awami League (AL) lawmaker HBM Iqbal's wealth statement from his representative following a High Court (HC) order though the deadline for
 arrow Electric fault fire source?
The devastating fire at BSEC Bhaban yesterday originated from the first floor, witnesses and employees of different offices said.
 arrow Living horror
"Tongues of fire all around me! I am being roasted alive! Help!" These were the last words Maksuda Begum (45) sent to her husband over her mobile. Then the set went silent, in an eerie way.
 arrow Lack of right gear delays rescue
Firefighters and rescue workers were bogged down due to lack of proper equipment delaying evacuation during yesterday's fire at BSEC Bhaban in Karwan Bazar in the capital even though their sincerity in
 arrow The Bravehearts
As Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue was covered in black smoke, it was lit up with the rare courage of men who came forward to put up a massive rescue effort to evacuate over 1,000 people from the burning building.
 arrow President, CA, Khaleda, Hasina shocked
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have expressed deep shock at loss of life and property in a devastating fire at Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation Bhaban in the capital
 arrow AL high-ups wary of 'unwanted' deals
The Awami League (AL) high-ups have reached a consensus that every important decision should be taken after discussion with all high-ranking leaders to avert incidents like signing of the Memorandum of
 arrow 6 tonnes of rotten fish dumped into river
The joint forces destroyed around six tonnes of rotten fish at Mohipur in Patuakhali yesterday while a mobile court in the capital unearthed three factories producing fake electrical goods and fined them
 arrow Credible voter list still a big hurdle
The Election Commission (EC) is facing difficulties in improvising ways for the preparation of a credible voter list while it has no alternative but to update the electoral rolls of 2000 again to comply
 arrow Emergency gave Yunus chance to join politics
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said that the state of emergency declared on January 11 gave him the opportunity to consider joining politics.
 arrow SC asks govt to correct flaws in CrPC rules
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday asked the government to correct a number of flaws in the four newly framed rules and the amendments to Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) related to the separation of thejudiciary
 arrow Falu's bail petition withdrawn
Defence lawyers of detained businessman and former BNP lawmaker Mossaddak Ali Falu yesterday withdrew the bail petition submitted earlier to a Dhaka court in a criminal case filed in connection with misappropriating
 arrow Discrepancies in two wealth statements of Hafiz Ibrahim
Several changes and omissions have been detected in the second wealth statement of former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim, which he submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday.
 arrow ACC act to be amended soon
The government will soon amend the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Act, 2004, a source said.
 arrow Pro-AL teachers decide to boycott convocation
Pro-Awami League (AL) and progressive teachers at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday decided to boycott the 43rd convocation tomorrow as the authorities ignored their demand that the president and chancellor
 arrow Detention of ex-MP Kamal Majumder declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention order against former Awami League MP Kamal Majumder and three others under the Special Powers Act.
 arrow HC stays graft case against ex-PMO secy Nurul Islam
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the further proceedings of a graft case filed against former secretary at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) AHM Nurul Islam.
 arrow 70 acres of grabbed safari park freed
Forest department recovered around 70 acres of its land from encroachers in a three-day drive ending yesterday in Dulahazra Safari Park area of Chakoria upazila in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Allotment of 686 Rajuk plots stalled
Housing and public works ministry has postponed the allocation of 686 plots by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) in the city's five areas.
 arrow Cheney asks Pakistan to tackle al-Qaeda
US Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday paid a surprise visit to Pakistan to urge President Pervez Musharraf to step up the fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants along the Afghan border.
Businessarrow Forex reserves reach record $4.09b
Foreign exchange reserves reached record levels yesterday, exceeding $4.09billion, boosted by continued export growth and huge inflows of remittances.
 arrow Safta ministerial decides to address non-tariff barriers
The Safta Ministerial Council (SMC) has directed the sub-group on non-tariff measures (NTMs) to submit their recommendations by September this year when the next meeting of the Safta Committee of Experts
 arrow More trade skills needed to speed exports
A daylong workshop on international trade rules for letters of credit (LC) was held yesterday, aimed at raising the skills of local officials thereby making business easier for the country's exporters.
 arrow Govt to create atmosphere to facilitate honest business
Industries Adviser Geetiara Chowdhury yesterday urged the entrepreneurs to play an effective role in creating a situation so that people could feel proud of the nation.
 arrow New website offers access to local, int'l jobs
Aiming to link local jobseekers with international companies, JobStreet.com, an internet recruitment website covering several Asia-Pacific countries, formally launched its office in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow EU needs to boost free trade in services and farming: WTO
The European Union must break down remaining barriers to trade in services and in agriculture to ensure its economic recovery is durable, the World Trade Organisation said on Monday.
 arrow Asian economies face new threats, warns UN
Asian economies face new threats that could destabilise the region, despite the current boom that resulted from success in overcoming the 1997 financial crisis, a top UN official said Monday.
 arrow China wants more housing for poor
China has pledged to make more housing available for poor families, even as it struggles to control soaring property prices, state media said Monday.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi willing to expand trade
Bangladesh and India have expressed their willingness to expand their bilateral trade by utilising the existing potential in both the countries.
 arrow Stocks slide as fire breaks out
Share prices on the country's premier bourse slumped yesterday after a devastating fire broke out at the high-rise BSEC building in the capital's Karwan Bazar commercial area.
 arrow India unveils rail budget, cuts fares
Come April, train fares across India will be cheaper.
 arrow Islami Bank to issue Tk3000m bond
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited has decided to issue Mudarabah Perpetual Bond for Tk 3000 million including Tk 1500 million by private placement and Tk 1500 million by public offer, says a press release.
 arrow Banglalink offers lifetime validity for pre-paid connection
Mobile phone operator Banglalink has offered lifetime validity for pre-paid connections, says a press release.
 arrow Nissan joins $900m Indian car venture with Renault
Japanese automaker Nissan on Monday tied up with French partner Renault's Indian venture to build a 902 million dollar plant, joining a race with rivals Toyota and Honda for a slice of the South Asian
 arrow Lanka to raise $300m to fund deficit
Sri Lanka Monday raised its overseas borrowing target by 50 percent to 300 million dollars to fund a growing budget deficit fuelled by costs related to the island nation's bitter ethnic conflict.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers start well
Bangladesh demonstrated that a significant gulf in class exists between them and the genuine minnows of the World Cup, as they cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Bermuda at St John's in Antigua on
 arrow Cricket: Tons galore in Round 8
Batsmen excelled on the first day of the eighth round matches of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League with four scoring hundreds at three venues across the country yesterday.
 arrow Shamsuddin fastest man
Mohammad Shamsuddin emerged as the fastest man of Bengal when he won the 100m sprint gold at the first Indo-Bangla Games -- competition of athletes from Bangladesh and West Bengal, India -- at the Salt
 arrow Cricket: 1983: Indian summer
The 1983 Cricket World Cup began with the same format -- two groups of four as in 1979 -- but this time, though, each team played the others in their group twice, not once, to determine the semifinalists.
 arrow Cricket: Lara wants to reach semis
West Indies captain Brian Lara believes his team have the ability to reach at least the semifinals at the 2007 World Cup which gets underway on home soil next month.
 arrow Chess: Parag shocks French GM
Bangladeshi FIDE Master Mehdi Hasan Parag pulled off the biggest upset in the Kolkata Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament when he secured a quick victory over French Grandmaster Oliver Renet in the first
 arrow Tennis: Pakistan edge Bangladesh
Bangladesh failed to make most of their advantage in the Junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania zone pre-qualifiers when the hosts went down to Pakistan 2-1 in the opening game yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL want to repeat '96
Sri Lanka's cricketers want to play aggressive cricket, like they did in 1996, to secure their second World Cup success, captain Mahela Jayawardene said Monday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Prantic KC pulled off an exciting last-ball victory in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League yesterday when they defeated Jatrabari KC by two wickets at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Getting bigger & bigger
Gone are the days when a batsman would plod for 60 overs to make a measly 36 in a one-day match as India's Sunil Gavaskar did in the inaugural World Cup in 1975.
 arrow Cricket: Smith puts past behind
Graeme Smith will lead from the front in his role as South Africa's World Cup captain and aggressive opening batsman and he insists his team will not be haunted by past failures.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock at his peak
Two years ago his long-term future was questioned; now Shaun Pollock is the world's leading one-day bowler and a key to South Africa's hopes of success in the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies target stars
Australia will gear their World Cup training sessions towards targeting star rival batsmen, coach John Buchanan said Monday, as alarming statistics reveal their bowling woes.
 arrow Cricket: 30 banned from WC
Around 30 people so far have been denied entry to the Caribbean with two weeks to go before the official opening ceremony of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Eto'o proves his worth
Samuel Eto'o made a goal-scoring return as Barcelona put daylight between themselves and their Spanish title rivals by thrashing Athletic Bilbao 3-0.
 arrow Football: Chelsea win fiery final
Didier Drogba fired Chelsea to League Cup final glory as his late winner clinched a 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter demolish Catania
Inter Milan notched their 17th successive Serie A victory with a 5-2 win at Catania on Sunday. Catania resisted stubbornly until just before the interval, when Walter Samuel headed in from a corner.
 arrow Cricket: Two schools suspended
The technical committee of school tournament came down heavily on two participating teams in the ongoing Standard Chartered Young Tigers School Cricket Competition.
 arrow Table Tennis: Ansars clinch team title
Bangladesh Ansar clinched the women's team title in the Palolic 28th National Table Tennis Championships with a 3-0 victory over Jessore at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Canada seal easy victory
Canada warmed-up for their three-nation international series against fellow World Cup finalists Bangladesh and Bermuda with a five-wicket win over Antigua and Barbuda in a practice match at the Antigua
 arrow Cricket: Simmons next Ireland coach
Former West Indies Test player Phil Simmons will take over from South African Adrian Birrell as Ireland coach after the World Cup, the Irish Cricket Union (ICU) said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bookies hit hard
Chelsea's 2-1 League Cup final victory over Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday cost the British betting industry more than a million pounds, according to one leading firm.
 arrow Football: Cagliari, Torino sack coaches
Serie A strugglers Cagliari and Torino both sacked their coaches on Monday and replaced them with former bosses.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho keen to prove critics wrong
Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has admitted he was keen to prove wrong critics who said he was overweight, after his side's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Spaletti keeps faith with Totti
Roma captain Francesco Totti will continue to take penalties for the Serie A club despite missing his sixth spot-kick of the season.
 arrow Football: Derby ref admits mistake
A Spanish referee admitted on Monday he blundered in disallowing an Atletico Madrid goal in Saturday's local derby with rivals Real Madrid which ended in a 1-1 draw.
 arrow Football: Schalke take a tumble
Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 slumped to their fourth league defeat of the season on Sunday when they were beaten 1-0 by Bayer Leverkusen.
 arrow Football: Nancy hold Lens
A last-gasp goal from Nancy's Youssouf Hadji held second-placed Lens to a frustrating 2-2 home draw as Paris Saint Germain's revival proved short-lived as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne in
 arrow Football: Adebayor baffled by red
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor insisted he should not have been sent off after the mass brawl that marred his side's 2-1 League Cup final defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho rues lack of luck
Jose Mourinho believes Chel-sea will struggle to overhaul Manchester United in the race for the Premiership title unless they start to get as much luck as the league leaders.
 arrow Football: Terry survives massive scare
England and Chelsea captain John Terry escaped serious injury after being knocked out when he was accidentally kicked in the face by Arsenal's Abou Diaby during the League Cup final on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool snap up Voronin
Ukrainian star Andriy Voronin has signed for English Premiership giants Liverpool on a four year contract the club announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Brawling clubs face censure
Arsenal and Chelsea face disciplinary action from the English Football Association after the mass brawl that marred their League Cup final clash on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Viola sign Lupoli
Fiorentina have signed Italy under-21 international Arturo Lupoli from English Premiership side Arsenal on a five-year contract, the Serie A club confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Football: FIFA punishes Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso have been found guilty of using two over-age players in an Olympic qualifier and had their 2-0 win over Ghana turned into a 3-0 defeat, world soccer's governing body FIFA said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Most fertilisers contaminated, substandard
The government should immediately launch a massive drive against the fertiliser manufacturers, importers and their agents to save the country's agriculture as most of the fertilisers that are being used
 arrow Programme on sustainable energy from Mar 1
German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) is gong to launch its new programme titled 'Sustainable Energy for Development' in the country on March 1.
 arrow Six to die, 3 get life
A court in Laxmipur yesterday convicted nine people and awarded six of them death penalty and three others life-term imprisonment for killing a woman.
 arrow Mosquito menace increases in city
Mosquito menace has increased in the city during the last few days despite the special drive launched by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) against the hazards.
 arrow Dismissal of 34 RDA staffs challenged
A Rajshahi court yesterday issued a show cause notice asking the Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) to explain why the dismissal of its 34 employees would not be declared unlawful.
 arrow Profound shock at loss of lives
Leaders of different political parties and organisations have expressed profound shock and sorrow at the loss of lives and damage of property in yesterday's fire at Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation
 arrow TIB welcomes ACC chairman, commissioners
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday welcomed newly appointed Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury and Commissioners M Habibur Rahman and Abul Hasan Manzur Mannan of the Anti-Corruption Commission
 arrow Student bodies urge Yunus not to join DU convocation
Student organisations and a section of general students yesterday protested the decision of Dhaka University (DU) to confer honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Nobel laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus at the
 arrow RU academic activities lose momentum
Academic activities of all the 47 departments of Rajshahi University recently lost momentum as the tenure of the deans of the seven faculties have expired.
 arrow One killed in Khagrachhari road accident
One person was killed and seven others were injured in a road accident at Gamaridala under Sadar upazila in Khagrachhari yesterday. Police and hospital sources said the accident occurred at 3.
 arrow 4 Chhatra Mukti activists held
Police picked up four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Mukti, student front of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, from Dhaka University (DU) premises yesterday morning.
 arrow 4 arrested for offering bribe to police
Four people were arrested at Raiganj Police Station yesterday for offering bribe to a police officer.
 arrow Release of Uttaran chief demanded
Over 400 teachers, students, social-workers, civil society members and NGO activists of Jessore, Satkhira and Khulna have appealed to the chief adviser (CA) to caretaker government for immediate release
 arrow Police action on NSU students
Police swooped on students of North South University (NSU) during an eviction drive against illegal structures at Banani in the city yesterday afternoon, leaving at least 15 students injured.
 arrow Appointment of Ruhul Amin as new CJ hailed
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday hailed the appointment of Justice M Ruhul Amin as new Chief Justice of Bangladesh, with the hope for a better day.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 4.32 lakh looted in Ctg
Armed robbers looted gold ornaments, cellphone sets and cash worth around Tk 4.32 lakh from a house at Sitakunda yesterday.
 arrow 2 children die in wall collapse
Two children were killed when a boundary wall collapsed on them in city's Saraipara area in Pahartali yesterday morning.
 arrow Book on right to information launched
Onkur Prakashani published 'Totthyer Odhikar' (Right to Information), a book containing some 60 essays on right to information, at Amar Ekushey Book Fair yesterday.
 arrow Shamsul Islam gets Bangla Academy Award
Poet Shamsul Islam won the Bangla Academy Award for his contribution to poetry, says a press release. He will receive the award today.
 arrow Padashkhep-64 executives
Nargis Mannan and AKM Rezaur Rahman have been unanimously elected as president and general secretary of the executive committee for the years 2007 and 2008 of Padashkhep-64, an organisation of the post-graduate
Nationalarrow Giant WDB irrigation project fails
About 29,000 acres of IRRI-Boro lands in three upazilas in Nilphamari district are deprived of irrigation as the Buri Teesta Irrigation Project has become ineffective allegedly due to wrong planning.
 arrow Students demand VC's removal
Students of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh yesterday locked the administrative building for two hours from 9am and staged demonstrations on the campus to press
 arrow Mayor seeks action by ministry
Khulna city Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman has asked the LGRD ministry for action against three absentee ward commissioners.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded heavy gunshots across the border in two upazilas Sunday night, BDR sources said.
 arrow Gas cylinder blast kills one
One person was killed and two others were injured as a gas cylinder blasted at an ice plant in Kuakata Sunday evening, witnesses said. The dead is Farhad, 35, manager of Mridha Ice Plant, they said.
 arrow Outlaw killed in Pabna
An alleged activist of the outlawed Purba Banglar Sharbahara Party was killed by party rivals at Jagannathpur village under Failzana union in Chatmohor upazila Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow New impetus to Bangladesh-India ties: Challenges ahead
The Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee paid a day trip to Bangladesh last week, primarily to invite the Bangladeshi leadership to attend the forthcoming Saarc Summit in New Delhi on April
 arrow Clearing old debris
The precisely calibrated brains of professional soldiers are not suitable for the subtleties of politics.
 arrow For a fair political culture
Yes, politics is a different ball game. Many have, thus, expressed caution while responding to Professor Yunus' initiative to form a political party. The civil society people have opted to observe.
Culturearrow 'Manik Pirer Gaan' staged by Zahirul Islam and his troupe
The world's earliest report of a dramatic production comes from the banks of the Nile, which is known as Egyptian Passion Play.
 arrow Kranti honours Farida Parveen
Cultural organisation, Kranti awarded Lalon exponent Farida Parveen on their 41st anniversary.
 arrow 'Matir Moina' closes conference in Kolkata on Ekushey February
On Ekushey February, Tareque Masud's acclaimed film Matir Moina was shown at a special screening at Nandan in Kolkata, at the closing ceremony of the 6th International Cinema Conference, organised jointly
 arrow Martin Scorsese finally gets his Oscar
Martin Scorsese's mob epic The Departed won best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday and earned the filmmaker the directing prize that had eluded him throughout his illustrious career.
Generalarrow Most of city dwellers ignore RDA rules
Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) has failed to operate effective drives against unauthorised establishments and buildings that are not approved by RDA.
 arrow China wants free, fair, neutral polls in Bangladesh
The Chinese government wants free, fair and neutral elections to establish a democratic government in Bangladesh, Chinese Ambassador Chai Xi said here yesterday.
 arrow 2 CCC officials suspended
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday suspended its two officials and two drivers because of their involvement in pilfering transport fuel.
 arrow 'Issues of contemporary politics' launched
A book titled 'Issues of Contemporary Politics' by ambassador Kazi Anwarul Masud was launched at a ceremony in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Jasmine wins 'Best Achar of the Year'
The prize giving ceremony of Pran Prothom Alo Jatiya Achar Protijogita 2006 was held at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
 arrow JU students postpone siege programme
The siege programme enforced by left-leaning student organisations of Jahangirnagar University (JU) to stop realising 'illegal' fees from admission seekers by the respective departments, has been postponed
 arrow No decision yet about culprit
The syndicate of Jahangirnagar University (JU) sat yesterday to decide the fate of the teacher of Bangla department suspended after alleged sexual harassment.
 arrow Minor girl raped at Keraniganj
A paedophile was arrested for raping a minor girl at Suvadda Paschimpara yesterday.
Internationalarrow US renews offer of talks with Iran
On the eve of a big-power meeting on Iran, the United States reaffirmed its offer of direct talks with the Islamic Republic, if it suspends its work on uranium enrichment.
 arrow Srebrenica massacre was genocide, rules UN court
The International Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the 1995 massacre of nearly 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica was genocide, as it considered the question of Serbian responsibility.
 arrow 14 Iranian troops killed in helicopter crash
Fourteen Iranian military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash last week during an operation against rebels close to the Turkish border, the Revolutionary Guards confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Gore's Oscar sparks new presidential speculation
Flush with an Oscar for his environmental jeremiad "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore faces growing speculation whether he might ride the winds of political climate change to a new bid for the presidency.
 arrow Nepal to seize royal property: Minister
Nepal's government will seize the property of King Gyanendra and punish him after he publicly defended his decision two years ago to grab absolute power, a minister told AFP Monday.
 arrow Iraqi VP, minister hurt in bomb attack
Iraq's vice president and its public works minister were both slightly hurt yesterday when a bomb hidden in the ceiling of the ministry building exploded, a lawmaker in their party said.
 arrow Afghan dist governor held for links to Taliban
Afghan authorities have detained a district governor and his police commander for alleged links with the Taliban after militants briefly captured the area a week ago, the government said yesterday.
 arrow ‘6 bombs planted on Indo-Pak train’
Detectives probing the deaths of 68 people aboard the India-Pakistan "Friendship Express" have found that a total of six bombs were planted in three carriages, a report said yesterday.
 arrow British foreign secy meets Musharraf
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett held talks with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday amid concerns about the spiralling Taliban insurgency in neighbouring Afghanistan, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fire at highrise
The morning business activities in entire Karwan Bazar came to a standstill on Monday as fire raged through the BSEC building for hours.
 arrow Editorial: Pilferage of relief goods
Hundreds of sweepers in Rajshahi have expressed their resentment against Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu over his failure to provide them with CI sheets as test relief towards a planned renovation of theircolony.
 arrow To finance or not
There may not be two opinions that political parties in a democratic country are like any other organization that needs funds to function.
 arrow Another Armageddon in the gulf?
As the February 21 deadline for Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program expires, with Iran defying it, both Tehran and the Western capitals are preparing themselves for possible moves by the other
 arrow A Bangla language of government
I am writing in the middle of the night, overpowered by the emotion of the flower laying and mournful music playing at Dinajpur's Shahid Minar.
Letters to Editorarrow Monument of corruption?
I do not know whether it is right to use this term "monument of corruption" in its usual sense or meaning.
 arrow Some suggestions for Dr. Yunus
The day has now come in Bangladesh.We must be ready to take the opportunity to work with you for a new essential course, that you are so capable of providing to the nation.
 arrow Hasina's reference to Dr. Yunus
Sheikh Hasina's oblique reference to Dr. Yunus in a recent meeting with cultural activists is condemnable. Is Dr.
 arrow This government should stay
After a long time, it seems there is a proper government in our country. We are very pleased with the present government and their activities.
 arrow A pertinent question
Could someone enlighten me as to the reason we call Ekushey February by the name of a month in the English calendar, rather than the date in the Bangla calendar? It seems ironical in the extreme.
 arrow The army and ID cards
It is good news that our army is confident of preparing voters' identity card, electoral roll or national identity card for all citizens of Bangladesh within a few months with a reasonable budget that
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