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Front Pagearrow ACC for arresting suspects without court's permission
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has prepared an amendment proposal to toughen up the ACC Act that will empower the anti-graft body to arrest corruption suspects without the court's permission.
 arrow Single list of remaining graft suspects on cards
The Council of Advisers has reached a consensus on publishing a list of remaining graft suspects at a time. "If a single list of all corruption suspects is published, it would be better for all.
 arrow Banks find low deposit, credit demand
Credit in commercial banks decreased while deposit showed a slight growth in the first two months of the year, and the bankers relate it to the recent spree of anti-graft drives for the unusual trend.
 arrow Titas gas field stares at disaster
The country's biggest gas field Titas in Brahmanbaria continues to face a possible disaster due to leakage of a dangerous amount of gas mixed with water and oil through thousands of holes and cracks on
 arrow NGOs for emergency until reforms are done
NGO representatives yesterday said the state of emergency should be there until the ongoing reforms are done.
 arrow Huge unusable arms, ammo found in pond
Police yesterday recovered a huge cache of abandoned and unusable World War II era heavy artillery ammunition including mortar shell, anti-tank projectiles along with several thousands of machinegun and
 arrow 40 spotted deer seized in Thakurgaon
Rangpur Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized 40 spotted deer from a business establishment at Chhit Chilarong Daroga slum under Thakurgaon district.
 arrow UGC to probe CU certificate scam, other irregularities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday formed a committee headed by its member Prof Sultan Hussain to probe into various irregularities at Chittagong University (CU) including the LLB Certificate
 arrow EC aims at finishing poll reforms by July
The Election Commission (EC) intends to complete the task of electoral reforms by July, Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain said yesterday.
 arrow BDR destroys poppy field at frontier village
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday destroyed a large poppy field at a frontier village in the district and detained a farmer in this connection.
 arrow Nat'l coordination body for watertight steps against corrupt
The newly formed National Coordination Committee for crackdown on the corrupt and criminals has directed the officials concerned to work in such a way that they do not lose any legal fight against them.
 arrow CA opens Saarc car rally today
In a landmark mega-event in the South Asian forum's history, SAARC Car Rally will kick-start from Cox's Bazar bay resort today to showcase the oneness and diversity of the region.
 arrow Detained tax official, chief engr handed over to police
Detained Joint Commissioner of Taxation Harunur Rashid Bhuiyan and two others were handed over to Paltan police yesterday.
 arrow Ponting leads Aussie charge
Captain Ricky Ponting stroked his fourth World Cup century yesterday to propel world champions Australia to 334 for six against Scotland in their opening Group A match.
 arrow Star editor, 4 journalists granted bail
The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam along with four other journalists of the daily yesterday obtained bail in a defamation case filed by former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman on February 6.
 arrow Cadogan-Manning informed of govt decision to cancel negotiations
The power ministry last week formally conveyed to US-Irish joint venture Cadogan-Manning the government decision to cancel the unsolicited negotiations on Meghnaghat-3 power project.
 arrow E-immigration to be made mandatory at ZIA soon
As part of speeding up the immigration procedure and checking travels with forged documents, Immigration Police will make the e-immigration procedure mandatory for all air passengers at the Zia International
 arrow Low voltage...


 arrow SQ Chowdhury denied bail in extortion case
A court here yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained BNP leader Salahuddin Qader Chowdhury in an extortion case filed against him by a former UP member.
 arrow Indian PM sends letter to Hasina
Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday called on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence and handed over a letter of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 arrow Khoka meets Khaleda
Dhaka city Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her cantonment residence.
 arrow JMB cadre held in Gaibandha
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in a joint drive yesterday arrested a listed cadre of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Barokona village under Shaghata upazila.
 arrow Six cases filed against ex-BNP MP Hafiz
Six cases were lodged on Tuesday against Hafiz Ibrahim, a former BNP lawmaker (Bhola 2) and brother of Giasuddin Al Mamun, on various charges including murder, rape, arson, extortion, toll collection,
 arrow Total to take over 2 gas blocks from Tullow
French oil giant Total SA will take over the country's two gas blocks from Irish company Tullow under an agreement signed between Tullow and the government yesterday.
 arrow 6 killed in Indian cop firing
Police opened fire yesterday on a mob protesting the planned building of a Special Economic Zone in eastern India, killing six and injuring around 50, police said.
 arrow Detention of Janakantha editor declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain in ten days why the detention of Atiqullah Khan Masud, editor of the daily Janakantha, should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Iran defiant as more UN sanctions loom
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday dismissed the growing threat of more UN sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme, saying it was Western powers that were isolated and not Tehran.
 arrow 2007 watershed year for Indo-Pak peace
Top Indian and Pakistani diplomats said yesterday that 2007 could be a "watershed" year for their peace process, with real hope of resolving their rancorous dispute over Kashmir and other issues.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Chairman of Hyperion Builders Shamsul Alam in a rejoinder sent to The Daily Star on a news item titled "Partying on the beach" published on March 11 claimed that they are not constructing any apartment
Businessarrow Container services at land ports, riverways to reduce NTBs
Introduction of container services at land ports and riverways would help reduce to a large extent the non-tariff barriers (NTBs) now exist in the Indo-Bangla trading, suggested the Indian high commissioner
 arrow Bepza to rent out 70 godowns in CEPZ to private importers
Private importers will get the 70 large godowns in Chittagong belonging to Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) for keeping foodgrains in exchange for a monthly rent of Tk4 per square
 arrow Strong monitoring stressed to speed poverty cut
Economists and development experts at a workshop yesterday recommended strong monitoring and coordination of the social safety net programmes to rein in their flaws and speed up the poverty alleviation
 arrow Nilufar's bat scoring low for lack of power
Absence of electricity at the village of Binna in Pirojpur district is holding back the cricket bat manufacturing prospects, says Nilufar Yasmin, who ventured into the unconventional trade of bat production
 arrow India may offer duty concessions for LDCs
India has said it is formulating a package of duty and quota concessions for the least developed countries (LDCs) which occupy the lowest rung in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
 arrow NGOs for expansion of direct tax net
NGO (non-governmental organisation) representatives yesterday urged the government to expand the net of direct tax and collect it properly as poor people are affected by indirect tax.
 arrow Stock prices continue marginal rise as govt goes soft on businesses
Prices of stocks continued to rise marginally for the second day as investors were encouraged by the government's softened stance on businessmen in its anti-corruption drive.
 arrow Asian, European stocks plunge
Asian stocks plunged Wednesday and European shares opened sharply lower after Wall Street chalked its second-biggest point drop in four years and rattled already nervous markets worldwide.
 arrow Govt urged not to punish sick industries under money loan court law
Bangladesh Sick Industries Association yesterday urged the government not to take action against sick industries under the law of money loan court and assess them under bankrupt law.
 arrow S'pore keeps status as least corrupt in Asia
Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, but it is increasingly vulnerable to graft problems in the region, a Hong Kong-based risk consultancy said Tuesday.
 arrow NSU VC made president of management dev instts assoc in S Asia
Hafiz GA Siddiqi, vice chancellor (VC) of North South University (NSU), has been elected president of Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).
 arrow Indian firms eye Japanese bourses
Indian companies are gradually evincing interest in getting listed on the Japanese capital markets, according to Mr Yoshihiro Hasegawa, chief representative of Daiwa Securities Co in India.
 arrow StanChart awaits nod for China expansion
Standard Chartered is expected to increase the number of its branches and sub-branches in China from the present 22 to 40 this year and upgrade its three representative offices to branches right after
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: West Indies floor Pakistan
West Indies got the 2007 World Cup off to a flying start on Tuesday by sending a packed Sabina Park crowd into raptures with a 54-run win over Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy left fuming
West Indies captain Brian Lara believes his team has conquered the stage fright which threatened to cripple their campaign to become the first host nation to win the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Onus on Zimbabwe
Under-strength Zimbabwe and debutants Ireland may look like a lightweight contest in a World Cup group which also includes mighty West Indies and Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Easy start for SL
If ace Sri Lan-kan spinner Muttiah Mu-ralidaran sends down a 'doosra' in the opening World Cup Group B match here on Thursday, many Bermudian batsmen will struggle to read it.
 arrow Cricket: Title race still alive
The title race hung in balance after third day's play of the decisive tenth and final round matches of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mum's pride
The mother of giant Bermudan spinner Dwayne Leverock has warned his World Cup rivals to stop making fun of her son's size.
 arrow Football: Arambagh split points with Rahmatganj
Rahmatganj and Arambagh picked up their first points in the B. League when they shared a goalless draw on the final day of the second week.
 arrow Local Snippets
Arju slammed a hundred as Kalatia High School outclassed Mohammadpur Government High School by 214 runs in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament at the Kalindi cricket
 arrow Cricket: 'India ready to play'
India coach Greg Chappell says his team are gearing up for their World Cup campaign in the Caribbean with a confident and relaxed frame of mind.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath eyes Akram feat
Australian paceman Glenn McGrath wants to finish his career in record-breaking fashion by overtaking Pakistan's Wasim Akram as the World Cup's most successful bowler.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid's memo to 'mates
India captain Rahul Dravid has told his teammates to soak up the World Cup atmosphere in the Caribbean, but without losing focus. "The World Cup is about working hard and preparing right.
 arrow Cricket: Smith opens battle
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith opened the psychological battle with Australian rival Ricky Ponting on Wednesday by insisting that being the best in the world does matter.
 arrow Cricket: Skipper wants more from Smith
West Indies captain Brian Lara said he expected more of the same from all-rounder Dwayne Smith after he led his side to a 54-run win over Pakistan in the World Cup opener at Sabina Park.
 arrow Shukur passes away in NY
Bangladesh-born sports journalist Abdus Shukur died last Saturday in New York after long suffering from liver diseases. He was 50.
 arrow Cricket: Brothers up in arms
Brothers Niall and Kevin O'Brien will enjoy a slice of history on Thursday when Ireland make their World Cup debut against Zimbabwe at Sabina Park here.
 arrow Cricket: Bollywood cash in on Cup
India's film industry is to take advantage of World Cup fever to release a pair of cricket-themed movies in the coming weeks, according to production houses in Mumbai.
 arrow Cricket: Mickey warns of minnows
South African coach Mickey Arthur Tuesday warned his team not to slip-up in their matches against minnows Netherlands and Scotland before they take on Australia in the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Gazi hold Surjo Tarun
Gazi Tank stayed atop Group B when their crucial Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League match against Surjo Torun ended in a tie at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bob's time up?
Has Bob Woolmer finally decided to call it quits with the Pakistan Cricket Board? This question is making the rounds in cricket circles of the country ever since Woolmer vacated his room at the National
 arrow Cricket: A new hangover
The Caribbean woke up on Wednesday with a hangover.
 arrow Football: Charity stays at home
A double from England striker Wayne Rooney inspired Premiership leaders Manchester United to an exciting 4-3 win over a star studded Europe XI side here at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Loew rocked by injuries
Germany coach Joachim Loew will on Friday unveil an injury-hit squad for a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic later this month.
 arrow Football: Abramovich in second split
Russian tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has divorced his second wife Irina, but insisted his businesses will not be hit despite reports Wednesday that the split could cost him a fortune.
 arrow Football: Argentina on top of the world
Argentina have moved into top spot in FIFA's world rankings list for the first time, dislodging world champions Italy whose reign at the top of the table lasted just a month.
 arrow Football: Navarro gets lengthy ban
Valencia's David Navarro has been banned for seven months for sparking the brawl at the end of the Champions League match with Inter Milan eight days ago.
 arrow Football: Juve bite back
Italian second division leaders Juventus put their promotion bid back on track with a slender 1-0 home win over Treviso on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Beckham cherishes United days
Former England captain David Beckham told tens of thousands of jubilant Manchester United fans on Tuesday that his time at the club was "the best of my career.
 arrow Football: Bridge undergoes knee surgery
Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge underwent knee cartilage surgery late on Tuesday, putting him out of action for several weeks, the Premier League champions said.
 arrow Football: Ramos's assailant arrested
A Real Betis fan alleged to have thrown a bottle which knocked Sevilla coach Juande Ramos unconcious during a recent Spanish Cup derby was arrested by police here on Wednesday, said Spanish media.
 arrow Football: Italian stars in paparazzi scam
An Italian paparazzi photographer has been arrested on suspicion of blackmailing Serie A footballers with compromising photographs.
Metropolitanarrow Four of a family among 10 killed in road accidents
At least ten people, including four of a family, were killed in separate road accidents across the country.
 arrow Some owners reconstructing demolished parts
The ongoing drive against illegal structures by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) may end in failure as some owners are reconstructing the structures few days following the demolition, Rajuk officials
 arrow '30pc medical equipment non-functioning'
Thirty percent of medical equipment in Bangladesh are non-functioning due to behavioural and cultural practice, according to a survey conducted by ORBIS Bangladesh.
 arrow Take steps to check dumping of toxic waste into rivers
Environmentalists yesterday urged the caretaker government to launch a drive to check dumping of untreated industrial effluents into rivers and water bodies in order to avert environmental disasters.
 arrow Ethiopia keen to recruit Bangladeshi teachers
Ethiopia has shown interest in recruiting teachers from Bangladesh, as the African country wants expansion of the bilateral relations.
 arrow CDA orders to evict Premier University bldg
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday issued an eviction notice against Premier University Unit No.
 arrow Form medical board for Mohiuddin
Hasina Mohiuddin, wife of Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, has appealed to Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed to take steps to form a high-powered medical board for the treatment of her ailing husband who is
 arrow 2 get 14 years' RI for carrying Phensidyl
A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced two persons to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment for carrying Phensidyl bottles.
 arrow Bail of arrestee triggers mixed reaction
A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to a person arrested for running an unauthorised voice over internet protocol (VoIP) business, even though he gave a confessional statement to a magistrate.
 arrow Jhut godown owner sued
Fire Service and Civil Defence, Chittagong filed a case accusing one Mobarak Hossain in connection with the fire that left 21 people burnt alive at a slum at Boubazar in the city on March 6.
 arrow Domestic help succumbs to injuries
A domestic help, who received burn injury in a fire originated in water reservoir, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Three ACC DGs appointed
Joint Secretary of the health and family welfare ministry Syed Mustafizur Rahman, Joint Secretary of education ministry AZM Shafiqul Alam and Joint Secretary of CHT affairs ministry Rowshan Ara have been
 arrow More relief CI sheets seized
Joint forces yesterday seized 20 pieces of corrugated iron sheets after dislodging them from Sultanganj Union Parishad office at Kamrangirchar in the city, as the sheets were allocated for relief.
 arrow One gets 17 yrs in arms case
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a person to 17 years' imprisonment in an arms case. District Sessions Judge ANM Bashirullah handed down the verdict to Md Hossain of Madanhat in Hathazari upazila.
 arrow Justice Karim to hold office in absence of Chief Justice
The president yesterday gave charge of the office of the chief justice to the senior most judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim, in absence of Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin
 arrow HIV prevention programme in Jessore, Gazipur jails soon
A pilot programme will be launched soon in Jessore Central Jail and Gazipur District Jail to address HIV prevention among incarcerated substance users as per a plan of action prepared in a training workshop,
 arrow Aleem-Al-Razee's death anniversary today
Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Dr Aleem-Al-Razee, noted parliamentarian, jurist and educationist.
Nationalarrow Rotation system again on Dhaka-Barisal river route?
Launch owners have decided to resume the rotation system in operating vessels on Barisal-Dhaka route, defying a BIWTA order to follow timetable and conditions of route permit.
 arrow 3,000 out of 4,550 CI sheet bundles stolen in Bogra
BNP led four-party alliance leaders and activities here have allegedly stolen 3,000 out of 4,550 corrugated iron (CI) sheets by preparing fake documents, district administration sources said.
 arrow 5 hurt at Crescent Jute Mills
Five people were injured in a fierce clash between workers and security guards of Crescent Jute Mills at Khahishpur yesterday morning.
 arrow Two BADC godowns sealed in Barisal
An investigation team of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) from Dhaka led by its joint secretary Khorshed Alam on Tuesday sealed two BADC godowns with six tones of urea and five
 arrow 70 sacked from Milk Vita Co in Baghabari
At least 70 workers and employees of Baghabari Milk Vita company were retrenched on charge of political appointment, official sources said.
 arrow 7 BNP, JCD men in Sylhet given one month's detention
Seven leaders of BNP and JCD including Sylhet city JCD president Ziaul Gani Arefin Zillur and secretary of Roads & Highways Contractors Association and BNP leader Milad Ahmed were sent to jail hajat
 arrow Tension on Benapole border
Tension mounted on Salkona Bajitpur border in Benapole yesterday when BDR resisted an attempt by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to construct a road by digging soil near the main pillar no.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Obama factor
The American presidential race is perhaps the most enthralling and riveting political drama that attracts the attention of billions of people across the globe.
 arrow Let justice roll down like water!
The colossal misfortune of our nation has been that many of our people with authority and power have amply proved the truth of the saying by Lord Acton that "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts
 arrow The politicians deserve a sabbatical and no one should grumble
Unlike other countries, politicians of every shade in Bangladesh are, in a way, a very dedicated and hard-working lot.
Culturearrow Justice for Nurjahan
Just give me my daughter back. That's all I ask..." reads a caption accompanying the grainy, black and white image of a feeble elderly man; rage and despair in his eyes.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
Indigenous performing art form palagaan (narrative folk ballad) is a well-used form in the contemporary urban theatre.
 arrow 'Bibhajon' staged
On the same evening Habiganj district-based theatre troupe Jibon Sanket staged Bibhajon at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow 'Oz-er Jadukar': A timeless tale revisited
Choroibeti Children's Theatre School (CCTS) staged Oz-er Jadukar (The Wizard of Oz), recently.
 arrow Cultural programme at Scholastica
The middle section of Scholastica School held their annual function recently at the school's senior section in Uttara, says a press release.
 arrow Iranians outraged over hit movie '300'
The hit American movie 300 has angered Iranians who say the Greeks vs. Persians action flick insults their ancient culture and provokes animosity against Iran.
 arrow Erratum
In the March 12 issue of our Culture page the photographs of Sattandha and Cyclewala have been inadvertently misplaced. We regret the error.
Generalarrow Ayurvedic co, two Zarda factories, oral saline manufacturer fined
Mobile courts fined one Ayurvedic medicine company, two Zarda (chewing tobacco) factories and one oral saline manufacturer in the city in separate drives yesterday.
 arrow 3 JMB men held in Rangpur
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men in Rangpur yesterday.
 arrow ‘Highway linking Bangladesh, Myanmar, China under plan’
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said a highway linking Bangladesh, Myanmar and China is being constructed for enhancing cooperation among the eastern countries.
 arrow Six NGO men sued for misappropriating Tk 2 crore in Barisal
Development of Ideal Muslim in Bangladesh (DIMB), an NGO, allegedly misappropriated Tk 2 crore of 2300 members at Hizla in Barisal.
 arrow Workshop on risk reduction feature writing begins
A two-day workshop on 'Risk Reduction Feature Writing', organised by the Advocacy Component of the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) under the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management,
Internationalarrow N Korean negotiator 'too busy' to meet IAEA chief
The chief of the UN nuclear watchdog held the agency's first negotiations with North Korea in more than four years in Pyongyang yesterday but was told the North's top nuclear negotiator was too busy to
 arrow Kabul says Pakistan fencing border
Pakistan has started fencing parts of its border with Afghanistan, the Afghan defence ministry said Tuesday as the government raised objections, saying the unmarked frontier was disputed.
 arrow Musharraf's tough line on judiciary could backfire
President Pervez Musharraf's decision to fire Pakistan's chief justice has played into the hands of his opponents, who are now more unified than ever, analysts say.
 arrow Lankan offensive may last another 3 years
Sri Lanka's latest military campaign against the Tiger rebels could go on for another three years, senior defence officials said this week, as experts warned the conflict was taking its toll on the economy.
 arrow Thousands of Nepali rebels, arms still unregistered?
The United Nations mission in Nepal said Tuesday it was concerned about media reports quoting the Maoist leader as saying that thousands of former rebel fighters and weapons remained outside UN monitored
 arrow Mortar attack on Somali president house kills 8
At least eight people were killed during a mortar bomb attack on Somalia's presidential palace, hospital officials said yesterday.
 arrow Two held over India-Pakistan train bombing
Two men were arrested in India yesterday on suspicion of links to last month's bombing of an India-Pakistan train which killed 68 people, a senior police official told AFP.
 arrow Bush pledges to push for immigration reform
US President George W Bush on Tuesday promised his Mexican counterpart to seek change in US immigration policy, which affects millions of Mexicans and strains bilateral ties.
 arrow Pak censorship on TV coverage condemned
A global media watchdog condemned the Pakistani government yesterday for allegedly censoring the coverage of protests against the sacking of the country's chief justice.
 arrow Iran has 'lost interest' in nuclear plant Says Russia
Iran appears to have "lost interest" in completing the nuclear power plant which Russia is helping it build at Bushehr, Russia's top nuclear official said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam's sons buried next to him in their home village
The remains of Saddam Hussein's two sons were exhumated and reburied next to the executed ex-president in a hall in their home village of Awjah in northern Iraq on Tuesday, a relative told AFP.
 arrow 9 Buddhists massacred in Thai south
Nine Buddhists were massacred Wednesday after separatists ambushed their bus in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, highlighting an escalation in the insurgency.
 arrow "Arc of radical Islamism" in north Africa: French judge
Extremist groups in north Africa are being merged into an "arc of radical Islamism" under the leadership of the main Algerian Islamist organisation, France's top anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere
 arrow 8 arrested for rhino poaching
Eight men, including a former airline pilot and an army officer, have been arrested on suspicion of poaching rhino in one of Nepal's most important national parks, reports said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Massive anti-pollution drive in offing
We welcome the government's decision to go tough with industrial polluters wreaking havoc on environment.
 arrow Editorial: World Cup exuberance
The World Cup has generated, as it always did in the past, a tremendous amount of enthusiasm among the countless cricket lovers in Bangladesh and elsewhere, as it brings together almost all the cricket
 arrow National Security Council -- need of the time
The National Security Council (NSC) has come to be a subject of public discourse in Bangladesh once again.
 arrow The US has failed in Iraq
The United States' failure in Iraq will have terrible consequences for the world. And the US seems to be failing -- badly.
 arrow Enactment of consumer protection law brooks no delay
While addressing a discussion titled "Immediate Economic Challenges for the Caretaker Government" organized by Economic Reporters' Forum on February 15 at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity, Mirza Azizul Islam,
 
   
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