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Front Pagearrow Tarique says he has bank accounts in five countries
Tarique Rahman has admitted to having bank accounts in five countries--Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa and Switzerland.
 arrow Powerful taskforces get legal cover
Soon after the taskforces put on the legal vest yesterday, the all-powerful corruption and crime busting forces vowed to spare none, not even the top two political leaders-- Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina,
 arrow CA orders arresting price hike of essentials
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged the field-level civil and military officials to take effective measures to keep prices of commodities at tolerable level through ensuring adequate supply
 arrow Politicians finally find time for family
With a ban on indoor politics, leaders of major political parties are passing their time reading, writing, getting more involved in respective professions and business, doing social work, and giving more
 arrow Sobers ready to set the Caribbean alight
West Indies legendary all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers will officially open the World Cup later Sunday at the culmination of a two-hour, 45-minute ceremony.
 arrow Nazmul Huda, Falu denied bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained former communications minister barrister Nazmul Huda in connection with the case filed against him for extorting Tk 2 lakh in 2004.
 arrow CU issues gazette
The Chittagong University (CU) authorities yesterday published a gazette notification cancelling the LLB certificates of 49 examinees including controversial High Court judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee fortampering
 arrow Loss on environmental damage 4pc of GDP
Environmental damage accounts for economic losses equivalent to more than 4 percent of Bangladesh's GDP, says a World Bank (WB) report.
 arrow Govt drafts policy on stocking essentials
An inter-ministerial meeting arranged by the commerce ministry yesterday drafted a proposal defining the amount and period for hoarding of nine essential items including paddy, rice, wheat, lentil, sugar,
 arrow Detention of SQ Chy declared illegal
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the detention of former lawmaker Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury under the Special Powers Act, 1974.
 arrow India responds positively to power import plan from Bhutan, Nepal
Bangladesh has received a positive response from India regarding the plan for importing electricity from Bhutan and Nepal, as a measure for tackling the prevailing crisis, Power and Energy Adviser Tapan
 arrow Kamal, Amir, Rokan asked to appear in court April 19
A Dhaka court yesterday directed lawyers Dr Kamal Hossain, barrister Amir-Ul Islam, barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud and 10 others to appear before it on April 19 in connection with a case filed for vandalism
 arrow EC to study feasibility
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) will study the feasibility of introducing electronic voting system in parliamentary election.
 arrow Yunus goes on 20-day trip today
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus leaves Dhaka today on a lengthy tour to the USA and Europe.
 arrow CID to probe extortion by Jatrabari cops
A Dhaka court yesterday directed an additional inspector general of police of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe the allegation of extortion against the officer-in-charge (OC) of Jatrabari
 arrow Falu's deer taken away from retreat
Officials of the forest department and Dulahazra Safari Park yesterday confiscated eleven deer, which were being raised illegally in a vacation home of Mosaddak Ali Falu at Ashulia near the capital.
 arrow Over 57-yr old dockers of Ctg port being sent on retirement
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) started the process of sending dockworkers aged over 57 years into retirement yesterday.
 arrow Two UPDF men held in killing of army captain
The joint forces arrested two listed criminals, who are also accused of Captain Gazi killing, with arms and ammunition from remote Maischhari area under the Sadar upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow Utter negligence...

 arrow JMB member held with arms
A member of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was arrested and a firearm along with six rounds of cartridges was seized from his possession by police in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow South Asian University to be set up in India
The South Asian University under the auspices of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will be set up in India.
 arrow UN watchdog chief leaves for N Korea to underpin atom pact
The UN nuclear watchdog chief left for North Korea yesterday to broker a return of inspectors to the secretive Stalinist state under a precarious six-party pact to dismantle its atomic bomb program.
 arrow Bombers kill 29 in Iraq after talks
Suicide bombers killed 29 people in Baghdad yesterday, after a meeting of officials of world powers, Iraq and neighbouring states agreed it was vital to all to stop sectarian violence spreading across
 arrow Bush seeks 8,200 more troops for wars
President Bush asked Congress on Saturday for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more US troops needed in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he announced in January.
 arrow Chirac poised to end political career
French President Jacques Chirac is expected to announce his retirement from frontline politics yesterday after a 45-year career that was strong on symbolic gestures but short on concrete reforms.
 arrow Correction
There was an inadvertent mistake in the headline of our yesterday's report "2 journos arrested in Barisal." It should read "2 journos arrested in Moulvibazar." We regret the mistake.
Businessarrow Businesses for ombudsman's power to punish offenders
The office of the tax ombudsman should have the authority to take legal action against the offenders of irregularities, observed business leaders yesterday.
 arrow IFC to unveil new project for emerging markets
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is going to introduce a new project to emerging markets to develop business environment, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh to be presented as attractive foreign investment destination
The two-day international investors' conference, due in May in Dhaka, would attract foreign investment here reducing dependency on foreign aid in the country's economic development, according to organisers.
 arrow China to focus on making economy benefit 1.3b
If there is an overall theme for this year's gathering of 3,000 lawmakers in the heart of Beijing it must be the challenge of making the economy work to the benefit of all 1.3 billion Chinese.
 arrow Bush, Lula see a Doha trade pact urgent
Brazil and the United States emphasized Saturday the need to achieve an agreement in World Trade Organization negotiations in the first half of 2007. One day after US President George W.
 arrow Price indices fall sharply on both bourses
Share price indices on the stock exchanges fell sharply yesterday due mainly to price adjustment of Pubali Bank and Dhaka Bank after their corporate benefits. The DSE General Index went down by 60.
 arrow Myanmar signs gas deal with Malaysia, S'pore firms
Myanmar has signed another contract with two foreign firms to explore for natural gas in offshore waters, state media said Sunday.
 arrow Nokia unveils new handset in local market
Nokia Bangladesh unveiled its new handset --Nokia 6300 -- at a formal ceremony in Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow IBM, Indian tech firm devise smart card for poor
US giant IBM and an Indian technology firm said Wednesday they had devised a smart card to help poor entrepreneurs access credit from institutions that lend to the "unbanked.
 arrow Wolfowitz under fire at World Bank
Two years after he was named to take over the World Bank, former Pentagon deputy chief Paul Wolfowitz is under broad and sustained fire for his leadership of the powerful global lender.
 arrow China lawmaker wants US coffee vendor Starbucks ousted
A Chinese lawmaker revived calls for the removal of a Starbucks coffee shop from Beijing's famed Forbidden City, saying its presence was a smear on China's historical legacy, the official Xinhua NewsAgency
 arrow India seeks new tourist horizons at world's biggest fair
India is confident of a further boost to its growing tourist trade after a week of hard promotion at the world's biggest tourism fair here where it was the guest of honour.
 arrow China to build 37 airports in remote west
China plans to invest 52 billion yuan (6.7 billion dollars) in building 37 new airports and expanding 31 others in the west of the country over the next four years, the People's Daily said Saturday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar's warning to India, Sri Lanka
Bangladesh skipper Ha-bibul Bashar is quietly confident that his side would be more than a match for two of the formidable teams from the sub-continent, India and Sri Lanka, when group matches of thecricket
 arrow Cricket: BD A win at last
The spinners finally brought some solace for Bangladesh A as they guided the home team to a five-wicket victory against England A in the third and final one-day match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Cricket: WI look for consistency
The winners of the first two World Cups, West Indies are looking to become the first host team to win the competition but to do so they will need to turn around over a decade of decline.
 arrow Cricket: Dav sees bright future
An unbeaten run in the World Cup warm-ups could fulfil coach Dav Whatmore's prophesy that Bangladesh were not far off from shedding their tags as perennial underdogs.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab's injury not serious
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday that national cricketer Aftab Ahmed's injury, which he suffered during the last official warm-up match against Scotland in Barbados, was not serious.
 arrow Cricket: NCL decisive round starts today
The title deciding tenth and final round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League begins today at two different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Lalmatia Club edge CCS
Despite brisk half-centuries by Jewel Hossain and Rakib, CCS remained winless in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League when they suffered a three-wicket defeat to Lalmatia Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashud to tour Sri Lanka
National discard wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud has been picked in the 16-member Bangladesh A squad to tour Sri Lanka this month for a two-match Test (4-day) and three-match one-day series.
 arrow Football: Classic El Clasico
Barcelona teenager Lionel Messi hit a spectacular hattrick to save the Catalan club's blushes in the 3-3 draw with bitter rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.
 arrow Football: C'Ron saves United
Cristiano Ronaldo kept Manchester United in the FA Cup with a second half penalty that earned a 2-2 draw in the quarterfinal at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo scores but Milan lose derby
Two timely pieces of intervention from Argentina forward Julio Cruz overshadowed Ronaldo scoring against his old club as Inter Milan recorded a come from behind 2-1 victory over AC Milan in the Milanderby
 arrow Football: Dida extends Milan contract
AC Milan goalkeeper Nelson Dida ended speculation about his future on Saturday by signing a contract extension with the Italian Serie A club.
 arrow Football: Cole targets comeback
Injured midfielder Joe Cole could be fit to return for Chelsea in time for the Champions League quarterfinal clash with Valencia next month.
 arrow Cricket: Right time for Pakistan
A few weeks ago in South Africa, Pakistan looked as if they would struggle to beat a team of performing seals.
 arrow Cricket: Easy wins worry Rahul
Skipper Rahul Dravid hopes that India's two comfortable wins over the Netherlands and the West Indies will not backfire on them when the serious business of the World Cup gets underway.
 arrow Cricket: Minnows eye a day in the sun
When Dwayne Leverock bowls to Sachin Tendulkar in the World Cup, it will be more than just a contest between a spinner carrying extra flab and a batsman having extra strokes.
 arrow Cricket: Bowling NZ's concern
After a week divided between highs and lows during the World Cup warm-ups, New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming can be forgiven for wondering what lies in store when the event proper starts.
 arrow Local Snippets
Narinda Government School will take on BAF Shaheen School in the boys' final of the 16th Bata School Handball Tournament today.
 arrow Rumi fondly recalled
The memory of Masud Ahmed Rumi, a valiant Freedom Fighter and a renowned sports journalist, was fondly recalled by his fellow colleagues and friends at a function here today.
 arrow Cricket: Leave Sehwag alone: Dravid
India captain Rahul Dravid launched a passionate defence of under-fire teammate Virender Sehwag on Sunday following the opening batsman's struggle to find World Cup form.
 arrow Cricket: Lara denies late night partying
West Indies' troubled World Cup build-up suffered another blow on Sunday when skipper Brian Lara faced rumours that members of his team had been partying until the early hours on the eve of their nine-wicket
 arrow Football: Schalke stuttering
Schalke 04 striker Halil Altintop finally broke his 12-match goal drought as the Bundesliga leaders took their first points in three games on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Spain hails the Messi-ah
Lionel Messi assured himself of a place in Barcelona history with all three of their goals in the 3-3 draw with rivals Real Madrid and the Spanish media were not slow to acclaim him on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Boateng faces action
Middlesbrough skipper George Boateng faces a Football Asso-ciation charge after suggesting referee Rob Styles is singling him out for unfavourable treatment this season.
 arrow Football: Henry vows strong return
Thierry Henry admitted he was devastated to be ruled out for the rest of the season, but the Arsenal captain is determined to return better than ever.
 arrow Football: Long layoff for Gomez
The Bundesliga's top scorer this season, VfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez, will be out of action for six weeks after injuring knee ligaments in Saturday's goalless draw against VfL Wolfsburg.
 arrow Football: Brescia thump Juve
Juventus' promotion hopes were dented after a 3-1 defeat against Brescia in the Italian second division on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Villareal beat Levante
Goals from Uruguay striker Diego Forlan and Denmark international Jon Dahl Tomasson handed Villarreal a 2-0 Primera Liga win at struggling Levante on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Iran assures cooperation in petrochemical sector
Iran has assured Bangladesh of considering cooperation in oil and petrochemical sector, particularly in the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector.
 arrow 25000 poor women to be empowered by 2010
Firoza was simply a housewife even a few years back and she was plunged into darkness one day when her husband returned home after losing his job.
 arrow RU increases admission and certificate fees
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have decided to increase admission fees and certificate fees to be effective from current academic session (2006-07) and from March 15 respectively.
 arrow AL, BNP want reforms before polls
Leaders of Awami League (AL) and BNP have said they want the next parliamentary election to be held after carrying out necessary reforms and creating a level playing field so that the poll is held ina
 arrow 'Melting of Himalayan glaciers poses threat to Bangladesh'
The glaciers of the Himalayas are melting fast which, in course of time, will gradually dry up the source of water in the Ganges and Bangladesh will suffer the most as an agricultural country, said Dr
 arrow Establish dignity of indigenous women
Though it seems that the indigenous women enjoy more dignity compared to that of the women in greater society, in reality that dignity is yet to be established, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Jack and Beth Meyer contribute $1m to AUW
Chairman of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation Jack R Meyer and his wife Beth Meyer have contributed $1,000,000 to the work of building the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong,
 arrow Parents, son get life for killing man
A court in Sylhet has sentenced three members of a family to life imprisonment for murdering a man in Habiganj district in 2004.
 arrow WB to assist in poverty cut
World Bank has expressed its willingness to provide assistance in poverty alleviation and education of poor children in Bangladesh by providing vocational training.
 arrow Comrade Abdul Hye passes away
Comrade Abdul Hye, member of Narsingdi unit of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and vice president of Bangladesh Krishak Samity, passed away yesterday at the age of 80.
 arrow Abu Sayeed, Abul Hayat win Sheltech Padak
Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed and Actor and Dramatist Abul Hayat won the Sheltech Padak 2006.
 arrow Fake cosmetics factory unearthed in city
A mobile court unearthed a fake cosmetics factory at Lalbagh in the city yesterday and jailed four people while two other mobile courts fined two restaurants and thee bakeries under pure food ordinance.
 arrow House caretaker shot in city
Suspected extortionists shot the caretaker of a house at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Case filed against Lobi
A Bangladesh-born British national filed a case against former BNP lawmaker Ali Asghar Lobi, his wife Khorsheda Akhter, and two others with Gulshan police station early yesterday accusing them of forcible
 arrow Arrested Biman employee dismissed
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday dismissed Ashiqur Rahman, a mechanic of GSE (Ground Support Equipment) at Chittagong International Airport, who was arrested by the joint forces.
 arrow 3 arrested on charges of rape
Three people were arrested on charges of violating a housewife in Tejgaon Industrial Area in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow Amini gets anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini, former MP and chairman of a faction of Islamic Oikya Jote, for three months in connection with a criminal case of grabbing
 arrow IBA to launch EMBA in May
The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University is going to launch an Executive MBA (EMBA) programme in May.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 5th death anniversary of Advocate M Abdur Rahim, an eminent lawyer of the Supreme Court, says a press release.
 arrow Dilruba Rahman
Today is the second death anniversary of Dilruba Rahman, wife of eminent filmmaker Badal Rahman, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Ex-BNP MP in Kushtia faces seven cases
Alleged corruption by former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam and atrocities by a section of his party men is a talk of the town in Kushtia.
 arrow A 'beauty spot' falls to land grabbers
Beri Lake in Moulvibazar town is shrinking as encroachers have grabbed major portions of the natural water body by filling earth on all sides.
 arrow Amropali creates new hope for CHT farmers
Amropali, a new variety of hybrid mango, is showing signs of a bumper production this year in Khargachhari.
 arrow Villagers do a great job as cries fell on govt's deaf ears
Failing to draw government's attention, villagers joined hands and did a great job voluntarily.
 arrow Tk 100cr rly goods decaying in Gaibandha
Costly water transports and pontoons of railway marine department worth over Tk 100 crore are decaying after railway ferry service between Balashi and Bahadurabad ghats across Brahmaputra river was closed
 arrow 4 illegal pumps seized from Hakaluki haor
Officials of the Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday seized four pumps while those were being used to remove water from Hakaluki haor in Baralekha upazila.
 arrow Prof Taher's family seeks speedy filing of charge sheet
Family members of slain Rajshahi University teacher Prof Taher Ahmed yesterday met with the university vice-chancellor and requested for taking steps for trial of the murder.
 arrow 'Mongla port still under control of mafia gang'
Action is yet to be taken against eleven members of a 'Mafia group' who virtually controlled all activities at Mongla sea port till last year.
 arrow 3 of a family given life for murder
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday gave life term imprisonment to three members of a family for a murder in Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj district.
 arrow Wife beaten dead for cooking late
A housewife was beaten to death at Pokkhiaya village in Madarbunia union in Patuakhali Sadar upazila. The victim has been identified as Kohinoor Begum, 26, wife of daylaborer Jahangir Hossain.
 arrow One held with arms
Joint forces arrested Sanjib Kar, manager of BNP leader and Jhalakati municipal chairman Abdul Halim Gazi yesterday. Halim Gazi was arrested and relief materials were recovered from the house on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Of politics as usual
By January 11, Bangladesh was at the brink of being a failed government, if not a failed state.
 arrow Time to make the change
In economics comparative disadvantages are thought to be roots for innovation and counters for those who are comparatively in advantageous positions.
 arrow The Kosovo quandary
If the countries of the Contact Group show goodwill, we are less than half a step from a lasting solution and historical agreement between Serbs and Albanians," said Vuk Draskovic, Serbian foreign minister,
Culturearrow Slices of life
To celebrate International Women's Day the Russian Cultural Centre recently held a photography exhibition by Elizabeth Bass.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
As part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival, Tirjak Natya Goshthi staged Sattandha on March 10 at Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Seminar on Int'l Mother Language Day in Beijing
A daylong seminar on International Mother Language Day was held on March 9 at Beijing Language and Culture University, for the second time in China, says a press release.
 arrow 'Cyclewala' staged
On the other hand Natyachakra staged Cyclewala at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow 'Ebong Cinemar Gaan' set to score 1000
Ebong Cinemar Gaan, a musical show based on Bangladeshi cinema, is currently running on Channel i daily at 1:05pm (except Fridays). The programme will observe its milestone 1000th episode today.
Internationalarrow Thousands flee homes as troops,Tigers clash
More than 40,000 civilians have fled their homes in eastern Sri Lanka amid renewed clashes between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels that have left 12 dead, both sides said yesterday.
 arrow Abe denies any plan for cabinet reshuffle
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised yesterday to keep his current cabinet despite wide-spread predictions of a reshuffle, as he struggles to overturn his sagging popularity ahead of national elections.
 arrow C'wealth has a crucial role to play
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon insisted the organisation has a crucial role to play in bolstering democracy and development across the globe, as members mark Commonwealth Day today.
 arrow Converts in Malaysian state can now retain surnames
Malaysian Muslim converts in the northern state of Perlis will now be allowed to retain their family names, instead of changing it to "Abdullah" following a state religious edict, reports yesterday said.
 arrow Ahmadinejad wants to defend Iran's position at UN meet
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to defend Iran's position in person when the UN Security Council meets to discuss the controversial Iranian nuclear programme, state television reported yesterday.
 arrow Five Buddhists killed in restive Thai south
Five Buddhists have been killed in shootings throughout Thailand's Muslim-majority south, where Islamic separatists have battled the government for three years, police said yesterday.
 arrow Eight Afghan cops killed in ambush
Taliban insurgents ambushed a police patrol in southern Afghanistan killing eight officers, a police commander told AFP Sunday, in one of the bloodiest such attacks in weeks.
 arrow Middle East, Africa need water reform: WB
The World Bank yesterday urged governments in the Middle East and North Africa to speed up improvements to water resources and said water availability per person in the region was set to drop by halfby
 arrow Palestinian militant killed in fresh infighting
A Palestinian militant was killed in a gunfight between rival factions in the Gaza Strip early yesterday, underscoring the simmering tensions that threaten the formation of a unity government.
 arrow Berlin reviewing Islamist group's video threat
The German foreign ministry said yesterday it was reviewing a new video in which Islamist militants threaten to attack Germany and Austria if they do not pull their troops out of Afghanistan.
 arrow EU can be green model for US, India: Merkel
The European Union's adoption of measures to fight climate change this week could set an example for the United States, China and India, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.
 arrow After 3 decades, Indian POW families have some hope
For more than three decades, Damayanti Vijay Tambay has been longing, and perhaps dreading, to undertake this journey from India.
 arrow Exhibit considers Nazis' deadly medicine
Adolf Hitler used the theory of eugenics in his quest to create a master race, legitimising the murder of thousands deemed unfit for the German race and culminating in the genocide of six million Jews.
 arrow Jews partly responsible for their troubles
Britain's Second World War prime minister Winston Churchill argued that Jews were "partly responsible for the antagonism from which they suffer" in an article publicised for the first time yesterday.
 arrow UN to decide fate of Kosovo as talks fail
As Serbian and ethnic Albanian negotiators failed to agree over the UN envoy's proposal for the future status of Kosovo province this weekend, the ball is now in the court of the UN Security Council.
 arrow Want a better memory? Stop and smell roses
People who want to learn things might do better by simply stopping to smell the roses, researchers said.
 arrow Policeman kills 5 colleagues at Delhi bank
An Indian police officer shot dead five of his colleagues yesterday after an argument outside the bank they were guarding, officials said.
 arrow Iraqi court denies Al-Jazeera report
The Iraqi High Tribunal yesterday denied reports that the judge who sentenced former dictator Saddam Hussein to hang for crimes against humanity has fled to Britain to seek political asylum.
 arrow Russia regional vote to confirm Kremlin's power
Up to 31 million Russians voted yesterday in regional elections expected to reinforce the dominance of two big pro-Kremlin parties ahead of nationwide parliamentary polls in December.
 arrow Egyptian boy tests positive for bird flu
A four-year-old Egyptian boy has contracted the deadly bird flu virus, bringing to 24 the number of Egyptians who have tested positive for the disease, health ministry and World Health Organisation officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: War on corruption must go on
Finance and Planning Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam has underlined the need to be on guard against any 'adverse' effects that might result 'from the war against corruption'.
 arrow Editorial: Pristine beach under threat of grabbers
The stories of land grabbing by some former lawmakers under guises of various projects have been hitting the headlines every now and then.
 arrow Hummer, Jaguar, BMW for poverty alleviation
The large and luxurious cars and jeeps, worth three crore, two crore and one crore, that the last two governments allowed their MPs to import were actually meant to be used for alleviation of povertyin
 arrow The other side of the coin
The two large political parties, the beneficiaries of a people's movement that ended the 9-year military rule of Ershad, are, or were, in a hurry to hold national parliamentary elections.
 arrow Hyderabad blues
Something does not quite gel in this extraordinary tale of hawala transactions by a certain Hasan Ali Khan, once of Hyderabad and now of Pune.
Letters to Editorarrow No emergency escape
Thanks to Mr. Tawfique Ali for the article "City high-rises ignore emergency escapes" (DS, 5th March, 2007). The article pointed out some of the gross violations of the fire safety code in buildings.
 arrow Child workers in hazardous occupations
In Bangladesh, out of the economically active children about 3.2 million are employed in various farm and non-farm sectors. Of those, 2.4 million and 0.
 arrow No more flyover - think rationally
Dhaka needs a more thoughtful solution to solve the chronic traffic problems.
 arrow Billboards in Dhaka
One can easily name Dhaka city as the "City of hoardings and billboards". At Gulshan, emergence of indiscriminate structures of hoardings and billboards has turned the area into a most ugly looking one.
 arrow Good decisions
Commuting within Dhaka city is getting worse day by day and creating havoc for us.
 arrow Phasing out rickshaws
I am no moron as to suggest the withdrawal of rickshaws from the city overnight. I am aware of the hardships and the sufferings that these poor rickshaw-pullers shall have to undergo.
 arrow Allotment of residential plots
I refer to the news-item, captioned "Construction of residential plots for government officers" published with three photographs on the last page of a Bangla daily on 24-02-2007.
 arrow Mother of all tenders!
Shahnoor Wahid's satirical article on the subject lucidly described tender process manipulation by politicians as an established route to wealth.
 arrow NGO sector
After the liberation war many people of Bangladesh and abroad came up with ideas to reconstruct the ruined country, save people's lives and help the citizens of the new country survive.
 arrow CU students' demand
I have read with interest Professor M. Zahidul Haque's (Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka) letter to the editor on the subject. The letter appeared recently in a number of dailies.
 arrow Televise trials
I was astonished to read about the level of corruption that the ministers of the immediate past government indulged in. No wonder, Bangladesh was branded as the most corrupt country in the world.
 arrow Looking forward
The situation in our county changed from the day when the new caretaker government took office. I think people will agree with me on the point that we are better placed now.
 arrow Ensure good governance
The EC, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and other constitutional bodies have already been reshuffled or going to be reconstituted.
 arrow Be courteous
We as a society take everything for granted from the people who work under us, especially domestic helps, drivers, peons, and guards. We need to eradicate this attitude.
Star Cityarrow Activities in most Wards come to standstill
Local government activities in most of the 90 Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) wards have virtually come to a standstill owing to the disappearance of a number of ward commissioners following the recent anti-corruption
 arrow Rajuk drowns in its own sin
Instances of approving designs of buildings on the main road without any provision for car parking came out recently in a number of cases.
 arrow Young man returns to life from hell
Inner strength alone helped Mohammad Edris give up his excessive drug addiction and return to a normal life.
 arrow An Unwanted Public Toilet

 arrow Promoting gender equality, human rights and good governance
The first ever 'Gender and Communication Fair' was held at city's Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban in the city with a view to promote gender equality, human rights and good governance through different communication
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