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Front Pagearrow Bangabandhu killer Mohiuddin held in US
AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, condemned to death for killing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family, was arrested in the United States Tuesday, report agencies.
 arrow Licences available in lightning fast speed
Ten private satellite television channels, all owned or backed by leading BNP figures including former ministers, received their licences at lightning speed during the last BNP-led government's rule,taking
 arrow Storing time for nine essential goods fixed
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday finalised a proposal defining hoarding and setting storing time for nine essential goods at the levels of import, wholesale and retailing.
 arrow If voted to power, AL would legitimise CG's activities
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the AL, if voted to power, would legitimise the activities of the present caretaker government as it has earned the confidence and appreciation
 arrow CA kicks off car rally for Saarc tourism
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for intensifying Saarc efforts to promote the South Asia region as a common tourist hub. "South Asia has a rich history...
 arrow 7 private TV channels shut down
The government yesterday asked seven private television channels to immediately stop broadcasting for their alleged faulty inception.
 arrow Bail sought for Tarique, hearing on April 4
Defence lawyers of detained BNP Senior Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday sought bail from a Dhaka court in connection with the general diary (GD) filed with Kafrul Police Station for his alleged
 arrow NBR starts survey in city on Mar 29 to expand tax net
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will launch a survey on March 29 to gather financial information about the Dhaka city dwellers, seeking to bring more people under the tax net.
 arrow ACC to sue 6 top corruption suspects Sunday
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will file cases against six top corruption suspects on Sunday, ACC Commissioner Abul Hassan Manzoor Mannan said in a press briefing yesterday.
 arrow 320 election officers have to take exam again
The highly controversial 320 upazila/thana election officers, appointed in 2005 through the Public Service Commission (PSC), will have to appear in an examination next month to prove their ability todo
 arrow Raid on Arafat Rahman's firm
The joint forces last night raided the office of Coco Navigations, owned by former prime minister Khaleda Zia's youngest son Arafat Rahman and Tarique Rahman’s business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun, atBanani
 arrow Legal framework on cards to bring honest people to politics: CA
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the caretaker government is formulating legal framework so honest and dedicated people can come to the frontline of politics in the changed scenario.
 arrow Faizee files writ petition against his certificate cancellation
High Court Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee yesterday filed a writ petition with the court he serves challenging the validity of the Chittagong University (CU) action in canceling his LLB certificate on charge
 arrow Fakhruddin to visit graves of Bangabandhu, Ziaur Rahman
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will visit the graves of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and president Ziaur Rahman to pay homage to the two late national leaders.
 arrow BDR sets up 17 'open markets' as measures to check price hike
As part of the government's initiatives to check price hike of essentials, the members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday installed 17 makeshift open markets in the capital.
 arrow Rejoinder
The authorities of the Generation Next Fashion Ltd (GNFL) in a rejoinder on a news headlined "Vast swath of Savar farmland washed with toxic waste" published on March 14 in The Daily Star said that The
 arrow Probe finds 30 fake students at DU
At least 30 students got themselves admitted to three departments of Dhaka University in 2004-2005 session through forgery.
 arrow Finance adviser asks bankers not to harass clients
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday asked bankers not to harass their clients by taking advantage of the sense of uncertainty triggered by the ongoing anti-corruption drive.
 arrow 53 Indian cops die in Maoist attack
Maoist rebels in central India have killed 53 policemen in one of the worst ever attacks of their 40-year-old insurgency, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Qaeda man claims 9/11 responsibility
al-Qaeda suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has claimed he organised the September 11 attacks on the United States and a string of others, according to the transcript of a military hearing at the US detention
 arrow 2,600 acres of govt land freed from grabbers in 2 dists
The joint forces have so far recovered around 2,600 acres of government land worth Tk 122 crore, which were grabbed by influential quarters, in Mymensingh and Netrakona districts following the promulgation
 arrow Lankans cruise
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene and lynchpin Kumar Sangakkara thrived to score half-centuries on missed chances by debutants Bermuda in the opening game of Group B of Cricket World Cup at the Queen's
 arrow Hindu rituals for success of Tigers
A social organization of Hindu youths in Moulvibazar will organise a "Jagyo," (oblation) today to seek divine blessings for the Tigers ahead of their World Cup match against India on Saturday.
 arrow Jt forces exchange views with local admin, leaders
The joint forces yesterday held meetings to exchange views with the civil administration, business leaders and newsmen on several issues including the spiralling price of daily essentials, recovery of
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 arrow SCC chief engr sent on 30-day detention
A Sylhet court yesterday sent the chief engineer of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) to jail on a month's detention.
 arrow 2 Rab killing suspects killed in 'crossfire'
Two people who were suspected to have links with the killing of two Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel at Amin Bazar on March 3 were killed in crossfire during a shootout between their accomplices
 arrow BOU VC Bari removed for corruption
Bangladesh Open University (BOU) Vice Chancellor Dr Ershadul Bari was removed yesterday following a University Grants Commission (UGC) report against his irregularities and corruption.
 arrow Mobile courts fine food shops, restaurants
Mobile courts in the capital yesterday fined a number of food manufacturers, a restaurant, a hospital and a kerosene seller for a range of irregularities.
 arrow Detention of ex-minister Mosharraf declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain in ten days why the detention of former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain should not be declared illegal.
 arrow World powers agree on new Iran sanctions
A proposed new package of sanctions against Iran for enriching uranium appeared headed to the UN Security Council after ambassadors for six world powers resolved remaining differences.
Businessarrow Nat'l payment systems council in the offing
A national council for payment systems will be established to help define a long-term strategy and implement priorities for a modern payment environment with legal regulatory structure, Bangladesh Bank
 arrow Oil prices higher ahead of Opec meeting
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Thursday ahead of a ministerial meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Counties in Vienna, dealers said.
 arrow Entrepreneurs urged to invest in motor parts industry
As a three-day motor show began in Dhaka yesterday, the industries adviser urged entrepreneurs to invest in automotive component industry.
 arrow Date for final deal to be announced by Mar 19
The Privatisation Commission is likely to fix a date by March 19 for signing the final sales and purchase agreement (SPA) to handover Rupali Bank to its Saudi buyer, sources said.
 arrow Indonesia may shut some airlines
Indonesia's new air transport chief could shut down some domestic airlines after the fiery crash of an airliner killed 21 people last week, a report said on Thursday.
 arrow Free bonus minutes for Banglalink subscribers
Mobile phone operator Banglalink has offered bonus minutes to its 'Desh' and 'Ladies, first!' pre-paid subscribers to make calls free of cost to any numbers of the same operator.
 arrow Samorita Hospital approves 10pc cash dividend
Samorita Hospital Ltd has approved a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Novartis tops Fortune's ranking
Fortune magazine has ranked Novartis as the number one pharmaceutical sector leader within its 'World's Most Admired Companies' ranking, says a press release.
 arrow Asian stocks bounce back on Wall Street's tail
Asian stock markets bounced back Thursday after a rebound on Wall Street helped to restore some calm to jittery global bourses following another round of heavy losses.
 arrow DSE president reelected
Abdullah Bokhari was reelected president of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday.
 arrow New Acer PC launched in local market
It giant Acer yesterday launched a new PC in Bangladesh.
 arrow British Airways website updated
The website of British Airways now has an even more user-friendly layout with enhanced navigation tools that enable customers to book online with ease.
 arrow Airbus workers to strike across Europe against job cuts
Tens of thousands of Airbus workers are expected to walk off the job Friday in a rare show of Europe-wide union power against the struggling aircraft manufacturer's plans to slash 10,000 jobs.
 arrow BoJ chief denies rate hike behind stock slump
The Bank of Japan's interest rate rise last month was not the trigger for the recent sharp falls on world stock markets, central bank governor Toshihiko Fukui said Thursday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka regain title
Dhaka Divi-sion rega-ined the first-class cricket title after one season when they recorded a three-wicket win over Khulna at home after a dramatic comeback in the tenth and final round match of the Ispahani
 arrow Cricket: Smith thinks of Dutch
South African captain Gra-eme Smith refused to be drawn into a slanging match with Australia, claiming his focus is on playing the Netherlands and Scotland before facing the world champions.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis seek revenge
New Zealand captain Ste-phen Fleming will have revenge very much on his mind when the Black Caps open their World Cup campaign against England here at Beausejour on Friday.
 arrow Football: Argentines set for debut
Abahani will bring Argentine flavour to the B. League when this season's top-budgeted side host an impressive Chittagong Mohammedan at the start of the third week at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: 70-foot bat & 1m signs
A Bangladeshi firm has sent what they say is the world's biggest cricket bat on a signature tour to drum up support for the national team at the Caribbean World Cup, a company official said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: It's elementary for the Dutch
Not many World Cup teams can boast a link to Sherlock Holmes.
 arrow Cricket: Gul & Naved picked for dope tests
The International Cricket Council (ICC) picked Pakistan fast bowlers Umar Gul and Navedul Hasan for random dope tests after the opening match of the World Cup against West Indies at Sabina Park on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Hard work will save Pak'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer pledged his team would put in the 'hard yards' to salvage their World Cup campaign which suffered a setback at the hands of the West Indies in the tournament opener.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul serious about Tigers
Rahul Dravid has warned India not to underestimate Asian rivals Bangladesh when the two sides meet in the World Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sree looks forward
Indian fast bow-ler Shantha-kumaran Sreesanth is determined to overcome his struggles with form and fitness to make a major impact at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Smith's riposte
Dwayne Smith repaid the West Indies' selection panel's faith in him when he starred with bat and ball to inspire his side to victory over Pakistan in their World Cup opener.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting pummels Scots
Ricky Ponting hammered his 23rd one-day century and Glenn McGrath took three wickets to give Australia a thumping World Cup 203-run win over Scotland here on Wednesday, the second biggest win in the tournament's
 arrow Cricket: Tikolo thrashes Canada
Kenya captain Steve Tikolo led from the front as his side beat fellow minnows Canada by seven wickets in the opening Group C World Cup match here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky 31 runs away
Ricky Ponting edged closer to confirming his membership of the world 10,000-run club on Wednesday when his 23rd one-day century sparked Australia to a 203-run win over Scotland in their opening WorldCup
 arrow Cricket: 'It just didn't click'
There were few happier people in the early stages of the last World Cup in 2003 than Canada's John Davison.
 arrow Local Snippets
Tarek cracked 92 to steer Azad Sporting Club to a comprehensive six-wicket win over Bangladesh Boys in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Pushkin's death anniversary today
The second death anniversary of sports organiser and hockey player Zahidur Rahman Pushkin will be observed tomorrow.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup Dhaka's
Dhaka came from a goal down to edge BKSP 2-1 to lift the 3rd JFA Cup Under-15 football championship title yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer may stay put
Bob Woolmer could stay on as Pakistan coach beyond his current contract which expires in June, the country's cricket board chairman said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson now breaks finger
England suffered a World Cup setback on Wednesday when it was confirmed that fast bowler James Anderson had broken a finger.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath closes in on Akram
Glenn McGrath moved closer to becoming the most successful bowler in World Cup history on Wednesday with three wickets in Australia's 203-run demolition of Scotland.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya captain glad at win
Kenya captain Steve Tikolo admitted he was glad to have come through all his off-field battles after leading from the front during his side's convincing seven-wicket win in their World Cup opener against
 arrow Football: Spurs ride on Berbatov
Two clinical finishes from Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov took twice winners Tottenham Hotspur through to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Happy milestone for Arsene
Arsene Wenger celebrated his 400th Premiers-hip game in charge of Arsenal with a 1-0 victory at Villa Park on Wednesday night as his team maintained their unbeaten league start to 2007.
 arrow Football: Chelsea narrow gap
Frank Lampard turned up the heat on Man-chester City boss Stuart Pearce with a first-half penalty that sealed a 1-0 victory for Chelsea and lifted the champions to within six points of Premiership leaders
 arrow Football: Schalke seek a fix
Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 need a win to steady their nerves when they host third-placed VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld to stay at Bayern
Ottmar Hitzfeld will stay on as coach of Bayern Munich for at least another season, the Bundesliga club announced on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Marca predict C'Ron arrival
Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in talks to extend his contract at Manchester United, will quit Old Trafford for Real Madrid at the end of the season, Spanish sports daily Marca predicted on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Platini hits out at Wenger
UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Wednesday for remarks the Gunners coach made blaming Thierry Henry's injury-plagued season on poor management by the France national
 arrow Football: Bielefeld turn to Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp is returning as coach of Arminia Bielefeld on a contract running until 2008, the struggling Bundesliga club announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Alonso against night racing
World champion Fernando Alonso has come out against plans to stage Formula One grand prix races at night.
 arrow Football: Financial boost for Juventus
The board of fallen Turin giants Juventus on Wednesday approved a capital increase of 100 million euros which they hope will ensure their best players stay at the club.
Metropolitanarrow 'Include women journalists in policy-making level'
Women journalists should be included in policy-making level in the media organisations to recognise their full dignity as professionals, Women and Children Affairs Adviser Geeti Ara Safiya Choudhury said
 arrow Groom children, adolescents with human qualities: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed has called for grooming children and adolescents with human qualities, including patriotism, for making them ideal citizens of the country.
 arrow Poster exhibition on urban conservation, regeneration begins
A poster exhibition on urban conservation and regeneration titled 'Old but New, New but Old' that brings together one set of posters from the UK and three sets from Bangladesh, began at British Council
 arrow Two confess to crime
Two people arrested on charge of killing Tahmina Sharmin alias Tania, a teacher of Shaheed Babul Academy in Dhaka, confessed to the crime to Superintendent of Police (SP) Abu Kalam Siddiq at his office
 arrow Produce quality drugs in affordable prices
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to take measures to stop unethical drug promotion in the country.
 arrow 31.4m euro to check erratic power supply
German donor agency KfW will provide 31.4 million euro for the upkeep of the newly created Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) for improving the erratic power supply in the capital.
 arrow 'Abbas Uddin Square' inaugurated at Paltan
Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday unveiled the newly built "Abbas Uddin Square" at city's Purana Paltan crossing.
 arrow Tk 62 lakh Japanese grant for arsenic mitigation
Japan will provide a grant worth Tk 62 lakh to a Bangladeshi NGO for implementing a project on arsenic-free safe water.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 25 lakh looted from Ctg trader's house
A daring robbery was committed at the house of a businessman in the city in broad daylight yesterday.
 arrow Husband burns wife to death
A cruel husband burnt his pregnant wife to death at Kawla in the city as she did not tolerate his extra-marital affairs.
 arrow Five ex-Islami Bank officials arrested
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested five former officials of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited from their houses in the city yesterday in connection with a case regarding misappropriation of
 arrow Barisal-Dhaka Route Launch owners continue rotation system
The launch owners association has continued to follow its self-imposed rotation system on Barisal-Dhaka-Barisal routes.
 arrow Two outlaws injured while making bombs
Two members of outlawed Lal Pataka (red flag), a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML), were injured in a blast while making bombs at Meghna village of Bheramara upazila in the district on
 arrow Yunus invited to BFA conference in China
Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), a non-government organisation of Asian countries, has invited Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus to its annual conference in China on April 19-22.
 arrow Automobile showroom owner kills self
An automobile showroom owner allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his licensed pistol inside the showroom at Banani in the city yesterday.
 arrow Muggers shot NGO official, snatch Tk 1 lakh
Muggers shot an NGO official and snatched away Tk 1,10,000 from him in Gazipur district yesterday.
 arrow Partial solar eclipse on Monday
A partial eclipse of the sun will occur on Monday. It will start at 18 seconds 38 minutes past 6:00am (Bangladesh time) and will end at 54 seconds 24 minutes past 10:00am, said an ISPR release.
 arrow Bandar Sramik League leader held
Members of joint forces held General Secretary of Bandar Jatiya Sramik League Shamsul Haq Shafi yesterday. Shafi was held from a house in the city's Halishahar K-block area at around 10:15am.
 arrow 2 PBCP men get life
A court in Rajshahi yesterday sentenced two men to life imprisonment for killing Muhammad Golam Mostafa, deputy registrar of Rajshahi University (RU), in 2004.
 arrow Road crash kills 1
One woman was killed and seven others were injured in a road accident on Patuakhali-Kuakata road here yesterday. The dead was identified as Rasheda Begum, 40, of Ghatkhali under Amtali upazila.
 arrow Former JCD central leader held at RU
Joint forces arrested former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) central vice-president Anwar Hossain Uzzal on the Rajshahi University campus yesterday.
 arrow Ex MP Prof Khorshed Alam passes away
Prof M Khorshed Alam, a former lawmaker, died of old age complications at Comfort Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 86, said a press release.
 arrow Uniform grading system at NU from 2006-07 session
Uniform grading system will be introduced in all colleges and educational institutions under the National University (NU) from 2006-2007 academic session.
Point-Counterpointarrow Clipping the wings
For four consecutive years since 2001, we topped the charts.
 arrow India's new pragmatism
New Delhi's newly pragmatic turn has been confirmed with off-the-record praise for the Army-backed political dispensation currently sweeping Bangladesh.
 arrow Broaden the vision: Meet our people's aspirations
The next Saarc summit will be held in New Delhi in a matter of weeks.
 arrow Minnows no longer
March 16: The Cricket World Cup has finally started. We've endured the "razzle-dazzle" of the opening ceremony and seen the back of endless speculation.
Culturearrow Bring on the swingers, hitters and spinners!
ICC World Cup 2007 is in full swing. Cricket-buffs all over the world will be glued to the TV screen for over a month. Bangladeshi cricket fans have always been passionate about the game.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
Over the years several experiments have been done on Rabindranath Tagore's works. Manoj Majumdar has dramatised Tagore's poem Puroshkar included in Shonchoita.
 arrow Classical music soiree at Shilpakala Academy
A four-day classical music soiree at the Plaza of the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) ended yesterday.
 arrow 'Anya Gazir Anya Kissa' staged
On the same evening Natyajan staged Anya Gazir Anya Kissa by Alok Basu at the National Theatre Stage. The play is set against the backdrop of the plague epidemic in Barisal in 1920.
 arrow Mira Nair and the 'fluidity' of cultures
Mira Nair's next film will be the biggest she has ever tackled, with Johnny Depp as the lead and a budget of about US $100 million.
 arrow 'Onnyo Nari': Showcasing the women's struggle
In observance of the International Women's Day, Dhaka Photographic Institute, premiered a documentary, titled Onnyo Nari, directed by Shahiduzzaman Badal, at the German Culture Centre, says a press
Generalarrow Mobile courts fine food shops, hotels
Mobile courts in the capital yesterday fined a number of food manufacturers, a restaurant, a hospital and a kerosene seller for a range of irregularities.
 arrow ‘Enact law to protect indigenous people’s culture, language’
The three-day Baha (flower) Festival, one of the biggest festivals of indigenous Santal community, ended at Sundarpur village of the district yesterday with a call for enactment of laws to protect indigenous
 arrow Top JMB man held in Pabna
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top leader of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Pabna on Wednesday night.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC reforms by July
It is good news that the Election Commission (EC) is poised to complete the much-needed reforms by July 2007.
 arrow Editorial: Assault on judiciary is an affront to law
General Pervez Musharraf might live to rue the day when he decided to move against the country's chief justice.
 arrow What next?
The political situation in Bangladesh becomes ever more opaque by the day.
 arrow The zoo and the prison
Meet the Animal Man, a fictional character created by writer Dave Wood and artist Carmine Infantino in the mid-1960s.
 arrow Breaking the taboo and status quo
The polity has been undergoing an interesting metamorphosis although the contour of a new order is amorphous at the best.
Letters to Editorarrow State of our politics and new generation
I remember reading the stories of Salam, Barkat, Rafique, Jabbar during my school days; the stories of the seven Bir Sreshtha, and how they sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country.
 arrow Election and corruption
The major political parties are pressing for early election. But democracy in the wrong hands could be worse than autocracy and dictatorship.
 arrow Doctor's malady!
Your correspondent's report (DS:Mar,4) on the subject depicts a cruel type of corruption practised by a doctor at the DMCH. These are cases for the ACC and the CTG to seriously investigate.
 arrow The Top Ten Events
There are so many events in our history that make indelible marks on our memory. I am sure there will be disagreements about the order that I am listing my "Top Ten".
 arrow Liberation War Museum
A few days ago, I went to visit our 'Muktijuddho Jadughar' (Liberation War Museum) located in a narrow lane in Shegunbagicha (as if in whole Bangladesh we had found no larger place than this tiny plot
 arrow Deep seaport off Chittagong
The project for the deep seaport has not yet been taken up. For years, lack of efficiency has choked us at our ports.
 arrow World Bank operations
Through the recent months, it is increasingly becoming clear from analyzing media presentations, both print and electronic that the bank (World Bank) has been losing incrementally its aggressive culture
 arrow To Dr. Yunus...
It was a great honour for a country like us to have you as a citizen. We are proud to say that by getting the Noble Peace Prize you glorified our national image in the eyes of the entire world.
 arrow NGO's and Emergency
As a regular reader of your paper my attention was drawn to a news item on page 15 of your Thursday March 15, 2007 issue captioned "NGOs for emergency until reforms are done" quoting UNB, Dhaka.
 arrow Democracy within the parties
Both the BNP and the AL are eager to have election as early as possible to uphold democracy, and it is clear to the people of the republic that the democracy these parties want to have is no good for
 arrow Application of law
The president has declared a state of emergency. As the emergency law states, during the period of emergency all kinds of political meetings, discussions, processions are banned.
 arrow Gas supply at Baunia Bandh
The government allotted 2,600 plots in Baunia Bandh 17 years ago. There are all urban amenities like water-supply, electricity in our locality.
 arrow Seasonal work
In Bangladesh, we have six seasons, each comprising two Bangla calendar months.
 arrow Your commentary
I read your commentary (9.3.07) with curiosity and found it distressing not so much for the content, but for the timing.
 arrow Dreaming of a corruption free society
It is for people like Tarique Zia and the rest of his accomplices that the country is in its present condition.
 arrow Support for Yunus
I strongly support Dr. Yunus' coming to politics. During the regimes of the BNP and the Awami League the political situation of Bangladesh deteriorated drastically.
 arrow Twice is enough
The caretaker government should a make a law that one person can never be prime minister or president more than twice. That will ensure change of leadership in the major parties.
Environmentarrow Feeling the impact at home
Global warming is now a grim reality. Atmospheric gases like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane in the atmosphere effectively trap the heat from the sun and keep the earth warm.
 arrow The threat of transboundary trade
It is often said that the whole civilisation is becoming chemical, as the society is depending so much on various chemicals being produced by industries world wide.
Worldarrow Palestinians unveil new unity cabinet
Palestinians unveiled a new unity cabinet yesterday they hope will usher in a new era by stopping months of deadly factional violence and ending a crippling international aid boycott.
 arrow 14 Indian farmers die in police firing
Farmers angry over plans to build an industrial park on their land set fire to a government office yesterday in a second day of unrest in eastern India, authorities said, as the death toll from violence
 arrow Nepal to halve numbers of royal palace staff
Nepal's government said yesterday it had decided to halve the number of staff working at the royal palace, where embattled King Gyanendra is struggling to hold on to his throne.
 arrow Iraq in some ways in civil war: Pentagon
The US military for the first time Wednesday said in a new report that some of the violence in Iraq can be described as a civil war.
 arrow Ahmadinejad brands UNSC 'illegitimate'
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday slammed the UN Security Council as lacking any legitimacy as the world body prepared a second package of sanctions over Iran's disputed nuclear programme.
 arrow N Korean disarmament drive gathers steam
The top US negotiator on North Korea said yesterday the United States had done what it could to overcome a key stumbling block to a deal on dismantling the communist state's nuclear arms drive.
 arrow Blair refuses to say sorry for Iraq war
British Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted yesterday that the US-led coalition is doing the right thing in Iraq, stressing the country is not at civil war despite mounting violence there.
 arrow Iraq confirms Saddam aide's death sentence
An Iraqi appeals court yesterday confirmed the death sentence on Taha Yassin Ramadan, former vice president to executed dictator Saddam Hussein, for crimes against humanity.
 arrow Clouded leopard declared new species
A clouded leopard found in the rainforests of Indonesia's islands of Borneo and Sumatra is a new species of big cat, conservation group WWF said yesterday.
 arrow 3 Pakistanis stoned, shot dead for adultery
Two Pakistani men and a woman were stoned and then shot to death for committing adultery after Islamist activists said they caught them in a compromising position, an official and residents said.
 arrow Numbers of Lankan refugees go up: UN
The UN said yesterday the number of refugees fleeing fighting in eastern Sri Lanka has jumped to 130,000 and appealed for immediate funding, saying there was hardly any money to help them.
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