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Front Pagearrow SC now can form bench for hearing after six years
Proceedings in the historic Bangabandhu Murder Case may resume any time after about six long years, as the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) now has enough judges who could hear the case.
 arrow Scope now for wide institutional reforms
Visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Donald C Mckinnon yesterday said the opportunity has come for the caretaker government to carry out fundamental and institutional reforms in the electoral process.
 arrow Housing sector saps on anti-graft drive
The country's booming housing sector has hit a huge snag as flat and land plot sales plummeted following the government's move to collect information about the buyers' sources of income.
 arrow Teen-powered Tigers take on Lanka today
Giant-killers Bangladesh are counting on their teenagers to deliver yet again when they clash with experienced Sri Lanka in their second World Cup match here on Wednesday.
 arrow CPD sees common ground for Saarc agri cooperation
The premier non-governmental research organisation, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), has identified five major areas to strengthen agriculture cooperation among the South Asian countries.
 arrow Trees on 250 acres burnt in Sundarbans
A devastating forest fire swept through Chandpai range near Nangli Forest Office in the Sundarbans destroying trees and animal habitat in almost 250 acres of the jungle on Monday.
 arrow HC issues rule on Tarique's detention
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain why the detention of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman should not be declared illegal and without lawful authority.
 arrow 5,000 paid JMB cadres active in country
A suspected military commander of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned Islamist outfit, Mostafizur Rahman Shahin, disclosed today that about 5,000 paid cadres are still active across the country.
 arrow Indigenous people of Madhupur protest death of leader in joint Forces’ custody
The indigenous community of Madhupur continued their agitation yesterday demanding investigation of the questionable death of one of their leaders allegedly in the custody of the joint forces.
 arrow Rain holds SA back
South Africa were well on their way to a thumping win against Scotland when rain halted play after 19 overs at Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday.
 arrow Rajuk knocks down parts of unauthorised buildings
The eviction team of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished a number of structures on Mirpur Road as the owners violated the Rajuk-approved designs for those buildings by not keeping
 arrow Huda denied bail in foreign currency case
Law enforcement agencies in separate drives arrested 1,519 people, including a Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ward commissioner, on various charges during their countrywide drives in the last 24 hours ending
 arrow CG should set timeframe for polls
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the caretaker government should set a timeframe for holding the stalled parliamentary elections.
 arrow Victims of the government's eviction drives

 arrow Saddam VP hanged on invasion anniversary
Saddam Hussein's former vice president was hanged for crimes against humanity early yesterday, the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein from power.
 arrow ACC files case against CBA leader Firoz
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a corruption case against Firoz Mian, a CBA (collective bargaining agent) leader of BTTB, for acquiring huge properties illegally.
 arrow Washington for strategic ties with Dhaka for best use of its location
The US wants to build strategic relation with Bangladesh to utilise the crucial geographical and demographical position of the country.
 arrow Beefed up security

 arrow Army, Brac selected for Swadhinata Padak 2007
The government has nominated Bangladesh Army and Brac, a non-governmental organisation, for Swadhinata Padak-2007.
 arrow 6 deer seized from Harris Chy's Kanaighat residence
Forest officials have seized six spotted deer from the Kanaighat residence of Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow People's Saarc confce begins in Kathmandu March 23
The People's Saarc Conference will begin on March 23 in Kathmandu with an objective of developing interaction among the citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries.
 arrow Fire at nursing home in Russia kills 63
A fire swept through a nursing home in southern Russia on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people, emergency officials said.
 arrow Ganges among 5 most threatened Asian rivers
Five rivers in Asia serving over 870 million people are among the most threatened in the world, as dams, water extraction and climate change all take their toll, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said
 arrow Reinvestigation ordered for 2003 Banshkhali carnage
A court here yesterday asked the inspector general of police (IGP) and district police administration to reinvestigate the Banshkhali carnage that left 11 members of a family dead in 2003.
 arrow Drug store fined, arrest warrant against owner
A mobile court yesterday issued arrest warrant against owner of a drug store in the capital, jailed two salespersons of the store and fined them Tk 5,00,000 on various counts of offences including carrying
 arrow Mohiuddin Chy denied bail
A court here yesterday rejected the bail prayer of City Mayor and Awami League leader ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury. Metropolitan Sessions Judge AKM Anwar Hossain rejected the bail prayer submitted onSunday.
 arrow Thai bus fire kills 29
A double-decker bus burst into flames and careered down a central Thailand hillside yesterday, killing at least 29 people, as desperate passengers scrambled through windows to escape, police said.
 arrow 6 rebels, 2 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir battles
Six suspected Islamic militants and two Indian army soldiers, including an officer, were killed during two gunbattles in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Tuesday.
Businessarrow Re-fix registration fee of property at 5pc
The housing industry leaders have demanded re-fixation of property registration fee at 5 percent from the existing 15 percent to save the industry.
 arrow Small investors to get opportunity to raise stakes in banks
Small investors will soon get the opportunity to raise their stakes in the banking industry as a move is underway to increase paid-up capital of the commercial banks.
 arrow Westin Dhaka set to start journey by May
A new five-star hotel, Westin Dhaka, is set to make a foray into the Bangladesh hospitality market by May this year, the top official of the hotel has said.
 arrow New passenger airline eyes to fly by July
A Kuwait-based company has joined Bangladesh's leading air-cargo operator to launch the country's second private passenger airline, a company official said yesterday.
 arrow CCCI seeks 150-day storage time for imported goods
Chittagong chamber in a fax message to the Chief Adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) yesterday recommended for incorporating a provision of at least 150-day storage time for imported commodities
 arrow Remittance grows 18pc in Jul-Mar
Foreign remittance from wage earners registered a robust growth of about 18 percent to US$ 4,096 million during July 1 to March 15 period of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period last
 arrow Local apparel firms get $15.1m orders from Las Vegas show
Bangladesh's RMG and knitwear firms received confirmed export orders worth $15.1 million at the 4-day ASAP Global Sourcing Show held in Las Vegas, USA from February 12.
 arrow DSE for widening tax gap between listed, non-listed companies
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), the country's main bourse, yesterday urged the government to widen the tax gap between the listed and non-listed companies.
 arrow SQ Group signs joint venture agreement with Stevensons UK
SQ Group, one of the leading export-oriented sweater manufacturers of the country, has signed a joint venture agreement with Stevensons UK, a concern of Quantum Clothing Group.
 arrow EU mulls its own version of US Green Card scheme
Inspired by the famous American "green card" scheme, the European Commission is considering introducing its own "blue card" system to attract more qualified immigrants.
 arrow S'pore Health Services to set up office in Dhaka
Singapore Health Services Pvt Ltd, the largest healthcare group in Singapore known as SingHealth, is going to set up an office in Dhaka in a bid to broaden clinical collaborations with Bangladesh's doctors.
 arrow Deep sea port opens in Pakistan
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Tuesday inaugurated a multi-million-dollar Chinese-funded deep sea port in southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said.
 arrow S'pore cancer clinic launches liaison office in Bangladesh
The West Clinic Excellence Cancer Center, a Singapore-based healthcare service provider, has set up a liaison office in Bangladesh.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Win this one for Bob'
The colourful and controversial Inza-mamul Haq brings the curtain down on his one-day career here on Wed-nesday as Pakistan end their tragedy-hit World Cup with a match against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer remembered
Pakistani cri-cketers Mon-day joined the cricket world in mourning the death of their coach Bob Woolmer, remembered as a fatherly figure by captain Inzamamul Haq and his teammates.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan eye Wright?
Bob Wool-mer's tragic death, Inza-mamul Haq's retirement as a one-day player and the team's disastrous World Cup has left Pakistan with a host of problems as they seek to regain their place as a serious
 arrow Cricket: Freddie no alcoholic
Andrew Flin-toff has deni-ed having a drink problem after losing the England vice-captaincy at the World Cup after a night of boozy antics saw him dropped for the match against Canada.
 arrow Another Step

 arrow Cricket: Batsmen give in
A disappointing batting performance saw Bangladesh A struggling against Sri Lanka A after the end of the second day of the first four-dayer at the Colts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Barisal take lead
A brilliant unbeaten 186 by Raqibul Hasan guided Barisal as they strongly bounced back against Sylhet on the third day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League at the Fatullah Stadium
 arrow Football: Dimas steers Arambagh to third place
Kenyan striker Nico Dimas celebrated his Dhaka debut with a brace to help second-from-bottom Arambagh climb up to the third place in the B.
 arrow Local Snippets
Dhaka Wanderers Club beat Uttara Sporting Club by four wickets in the lone match of Kai-Altech First Division League at the BKSP ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs, Sobers recall 6 feats
West Indian cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers and South Afri-can Herschelle Gibbs remembered their feats of six sixes in an over during a charity function here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sunny regrets himself
Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar has apologised for referring to David Hookes's death when criticising the Australian team's on-field behaviour.
 arrow Cricket: Smith easy on barrage
South Africa captain Graeme Smith insists he won't be rattled by the Australian verbal barrage which will surely come his way when the two bitter rivals meet on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Widow for post-mortem
Bob Woolmer's widow, Gill, has given permission for the post-mortem to take place and results are expected within the next 24 hours, revealed Mark Shields, Jamaica's police deputy commissioner.
 arrow Cricket: India make records roll
Virender Sehwag roared back into form with a blazing century as record-setting India thrashed debutants Bermuda by 257 runs in their second World Cup match here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: WI into last eight
West Indies became the second side to book a place in the Super Eight quarterfinals of the World Cup after beating Zimbabwe by six wickets in their Group D match here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Real test awaits'
Rahul Dravid has told his India team that their World Cup dreams are still on a knife-edge despite the record-breaking 257-run win over hapless Bermuda.
 arrow Cricket: King not impressed
West Indies coach Bennett King has demanded his team discover a killer instinct if they are to win the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors quit & president follows?
Pakistan's chief cricket selector and the rest of the national selection committee have resigned following the national team's humiliating exit from the World Cup, a statement said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pawar slams part of media
President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Pawar has slammed sections of the country's media for stirring up unrest following the national team's shock defeat to Bangladesh in
 arrow Cricket: 'Effigies get burnt everyday'
India captain Rahul Dravid has called on his players to stay strong and ignore the boorish behaviour of their supporters back at home.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj just played his 'shots'
Flamboyant Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh said he was delighted with his World Cup 46-ball 83 against Bermuda which included seven massive sixes.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid decision vindicated
Rahul Dravid, the Indian captain, was delighted with Virender Sehwag's return to form against Bermuda and hopes for more match-winning knocks from him in the tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket to unite 'em
More than 140,000 people are expected to play cricket in Australia on Wednesday in a celebration of "Harmony Day", which aims to bring the country's races, cultures and religions closer together.
 arrow Cricket: G-force in play
West Indies opener Chris Gayle smashed three successive sixes in one over on Monday and admitted he had wanted to equal Herschelle Gibbs's record of six-in-a-row.
 arrow Cricket: Utseya admits to pressure
Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya has admitted feeling the pressure of being a young, inexperienced captain at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Chelsea oust Spurs
Frank Lampard revealed his horror at being attacked by a Tottenham fan as he celebrated Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup quarterfinal replay win, thanks to Andriy Shevchenko who finally showed his true quality with
 arrow Football: United in semifinals
Cristiano Ro-naldo's second half penalty was enough to secure Man-chester United a single-goal victory over Middlesbrough in their FA Cup quarterfinal replay.
 arrow Football: C'Ron defends diving storm
Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off his latest diving controversy by suggesting he attracts criticism "because I'm too good.
 arrow Football: Rafa warns Eng
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says England will not develop international class players in future unless they allow top clubs to play reserve teams in lower divisions.
 arrow Football: Barcelona big guns to stay
Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has quashed speculation about the future of the club's leading players including Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o by insisting they will remain at the Nou Camp.
 arrow Football: Portugal to miss Deco
Barcelona midfielder Deco has withdrawn from Portugal's squad for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia in order to have surgery on his right hand.
 arrow Football: FIFA forgot about German army?
The German army never received thanks from world football body FIFA for its work at last year's World Cup, the parliament's special commissioner for the military said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: FA will probe pitch invasion
The Football Association confirmed Tuesday they are investigating incidents at the end of Chelsea's FA Cup quarterfinal win at Tottenham.
 arrow Football: McClaren calls up Nugent
Preston striker David Nugent on Monday was called into the England squad for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra this week.
 arrow Football: Juventus enjoy handsome lead
Juventus cruised six points clear of Napoli at the top of the Serie B on Monday after a 5-1 drubbing of Triestina.
 arrow Football: Benfica have to pay Porto
A Portuguese judge on Tuesday ordered Benfica to pay 600,000 euros in compensation to bitter rivals Porto for Hungarian striker Miklos Feher, who died in 2004.
 arrow Football: Becks still hopeful
Real Madrid midfielder and former England captain David Beckham insists he has not given up hope of convincing Steve McClaren to recall him to the national squad.
 arrow Football: Zyryanov, Borodin in Russian squad
Russia coach Guus Hiddink on Tuesday called up Saint Petersburg midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov and Torpedo Moscow goalkeeper Dmitry Borodin for next weekend's Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia after
Metropolitanarrow ADB assessing needs to back anti-crime drive
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is in a process of assessing Bangladesh's needs, including institutional capacity building, to support the country's ongoing drive against corruption and improve governance.
 arrow Poultry waste can generate 6MW electricity a day
As much as six megawatt electricity can be generated everyday from poultry excrement at Gazipur poultry zone, also known as the 'Poultry capital', experts said at a seminar in Gazipur. Around 2.
 arrow Ex-JCD chief constructs CNG filling station on grabbed land
A former president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has begun construction of a CNG filling station at Aminbazar in Savar.
 arrow Jewellery workshop owner held for cheating customers
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 2.
 arrow 'Form Nat'l Broadcast Commission'
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in its recent report recommended formation of a permanent and independent national broadcast commission to regulate the broadcasting media.
 arrow ACC should appoint experienced officials
Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan) wants the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to appoint officials with experiences of dealing with financial corruption in different sectors.
 arrow 'Form S Asian Peace Commission'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the heads of the governments of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries to form a 'South Asia Peace Commission'.
 arrow Conjoined twins die soon after birth
Conjoined male twins were born at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday. The twins with joined head, chest and abdomen, however, died one minute after their birth.
 arrow Int'l Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination today
Bangladesh reaffirms its unequivocal support for the efforts of the United Nations and international community towards the elimination of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related
 arrow Rab nabs 2 JMB men in Rangpur
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two alleged members of Jama' atul Mujahideen of Bangladesh (JMB) from Gangachara upazila of the district on Monday night.
 arrow Fake Rab members held in Jamalpur
Police arrested two fake members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from Jamalpur Sadar upazila on Monday night.
 arrow Eight get life
A Mymensingh court yesterday sentenced eight people to life imprisonment in a murder case.
 arrow Eid-e-Miladunnabi on April 1
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi on April 1.
 arrow EX-AL lawmaker Dr Abu Yusuf passes away
Former Awami League lawmaker Dr Kazi Abu Yusuf passed away due to old-age ailments at Ibn Sina Clinic in the city on Monday night at the age of 83.
 arrow Smiling Sun clinic opens in Moulvibazar
A community healthcare centre has recently been inaugurated at Kalapur union in Srimangal, Moulvibazar, near the Chevron Bangladesh's gas field, says a press release.
 arrow Ensure citizens' right to information
A daylong seminar on 'Access to information and prevention of corruption' was held at International Training Complex (ITC) of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) at Savar yesterday,
 arrow NDC team visits BRRI
A team of 46 members from National Defence College (NDC) visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Jubo League urges CG not to harass innocent leaders
The Jubo League yesterday expressed concern over the filing of charge sheet against its leaders in various cases filed by the immediate past BNP-led four-party government, says a press release.
 arrow New JICA resident representative
Nobuko Suzuki Kayashima joined as new Resident Representative of Bangladesh Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on March 18, says a press release.
 arrow Oxford Int'l School distributes Academic Excellence Award
Oxford International School yesterday distributed 'The Academic Excellence Award' to its students who achieved highest marks in the world and Bangladesh in different subjects in the GCE O Level Examinations
Nationalarrow 'Sudden sharp' rise in taxes annoy Syhet city dwellers
A sharp rise in holding tax by Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) has sparked commotion among city dwellers.
 arrow JCD activist turns big gun, earns quick buck
The party in power came as a magic lamp for JCD activist Khairul Murshed. He became a millionaire allegedly by virtue of being a personal assistant (PA) to former state minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar.
 arrow Hindu girl 'forced' to be a convert, get married
A case was filed with sadar thana accusing seven people including four lawyers of judge court yesterday allegedly for abducting and raping an adolescent Hindu girl.
 arrow 9 diagnostic centres and hospitals closed in Sylhet
Nine diagnostic centres and private hospitals in the city were closed yesterday for operating without licencse.
 arrow 300 fall sick in Satkania
About 300 people were food poisoned in Satkania upazila Monday night.
 arrow Action against 2 OCs, SI for taking bribe
The Officer-in-Charge and a sub-inspector of Khagrachhari police station were closed yesterday for taking bribe while the OC of Charvadration police station in Faridpur was stand-released on the previous
 arrow 5 'outlaws' held in Bagmara
Police arrested five 'listed' outlaws belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in Bagmara upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on sanitation held
The District administration, Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS), an NGO, and Water Aid, a British charity organisation, jointly organised a workshop on 'Implementation of Water Supply and Sanitation
 arrow Correction
The Daily Star in a news item "A 'beauty spot' falls to land grabbers," published on March 12 inadvertently wrote 'acre' in place of 'kear.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tight versus easy money
The present generation open economy approach to macroeconomic management in more developed and developing nations alike prefers monetary policy interventions over fiscal policy mechanisms.
 arrow Fiasco in Middle East
Thousands of anti-war people around the United States came out in the streets on March 17 to raise their voice of protests and demonstrate against the continued war in Iraq which started when the US-led
 arrow Challenging corporate control of water
People in Bangladesh and around the world are drawing attention to the global water crisis -- and promoting solutions that ensure that water is a public good, not a commodity to be bought and sold.
 arrow Spare a thought for the coach
The tragic death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer will have cast a pall over all the squads and support staff in the Caribbean as it has done for many of us watching the World Cup.
Culturearrow Window to the world
The ongoing exhibition at National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, titled "Aktel International Inter University Photography Exhibition 2007" is an attempt where young photographers have culled out images
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
Set against the backdrop of the post World War I, Rabindranath Tagore wrote the play Muktodhara which features misuse of technology, and urges that through sacrifices man has to free himself from
 arrow Cultural programme in Rangamati
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Rangamati unit (which provides legal aid free of cost to the poor in the Chittagong Hill Tracts), SAS, Ashika and Community Development Library (CDL),jointly
 arrow 'Kalapani' staged
On the same evening Padokkhep, a Gaibandha based theatre troupe, staged Kalapani at the National Theatre Stage.
Generalarrow 300 people fall ill after feast in Chittagong
Around 300 people fell ill with "food poisoning" after feasting at a mejban function at Satipara village in Satkania upazila yesterday morning, official sources said.
 arrow Road crash kills two
Two bicyclists were killed in a road accident on Kuakata-Dhaka highway in Patuakhali on Monday night.
Internationalarrow Elections on time, no state of emergency
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Monday elections due this year will be held on time and ruled out imposing an emergency to end the uproar over government moves to sack the country's chief
 arrow 30 die as Uzbek militants, Pak tribesmen clash
Uzbek al-Qaeda militants and local tribesmen in northwestern Pakistan fought pitched battles that left 30 people dead including four children, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US troops want to quit Iraq
For US troops from 9th Cavalry Regiment bumping around the dangerous streets of Baghdad in Humvees after dark on Monday, news that their deployment in Iraq could be extended fell like a hammer blow.
 arrow Russia issues ultimatum to Iran over nukes
Russia has warned Iran it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran's atomic power plant unless Tehran suspends uranium enrichment as demanded by the UN Security Council, the New York Times reported Tuesday,
 arrow Russian rescuers struggle to reach trapped miners
Rescuers yesterday tried to reach four miners still missing underground at a Siberian coal mine after a gas explosion killed at least 106 people including most of the pit's top managers.
 arrow US official meets minister of Hamas-led cabinet
A senior US official yesterday met with an independent member of the new Palestinian unity government as world powers mulled how to deal with a cabinet led by the Islamist Hamas movement.
 arrow Pakistan's ancient ruins fast disappearing
Many Pakistani archaeological sites from its thousands of years of rich history are crumbling away as officials tussle over who should look after them.
 arrow Muslim protest as UK schools allowed to ban veils
Britain yesterday gave school headteachers the right to ban the Islamic veil and other religious clothing from classrooms, re-igniting a debate over multi-culturalism and triggering Muslim anger.
 arrow US grants 39 visas for Iranian leader, aides
The United States has granted visas to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and 38 aides and bodyguards so he can address the UN Security Council when it votes on a new sanctions resolution to curb his
 arrow India drops demand for last Mughal emperor's remains
India has decided not to pursue a half-century-old request for Myanmar to return the remains of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, the government said yesterday.
 arrow British troops target Taliban chiefs
British troops in Afghanistan have changed tactics, targeting top Taliban leaders in order to counter their switch to a new wave of bombings and suicide attacks, a senior commander said on Tuesday.
 arrow UN envoy seeks independence for Kosovo: report
The UN chief mediator for Kosovo is proposing independence for the Albanian-populated Serbian province in his final report to be presented to the UN Security Council next week, the French daily Le Monde
Editorialarrow Editorial: On human rights
The government's decision, in principle, to form a National Human Rights Commission ought to come as positive news for the country.
 arrow Editorial: Lessons galore four years into Iraq invasion
An opinion poll commissioned by BBC and ABC news of USA suggested that the Iraqis are more pessimistic about their future four years into US-led pre-emptive invasion of their country.
 arrow Of bigotry, severed heads and writers' rights
Somewhere in India, a Muslim bigot has decreed that Taslima Nasrin be beheaded.
 arrow March 25: National vigil night
Every nation has glorious and black, or dark, days in its history. For example, Londoners observe "Blitz Day," when German aircraft bombed London in September in 1940, in September every year.
 arrow Collateral of CJP case
The authority has put a blanket ban on media reports in the chief justice of Pakistan case; it is claimed to be sub judice, and commenting on it is punishable.
Letters to Editorarrow Tigers make us proud
The Tigers made us proud once again. They have put Bangladesh gloriously on the world map. The victory against the mighty Indians is a dream come true.
 arrow Revive true democracy
The caretaker government, led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmad, has taken good care of the country at a time when political squabbles between the two main parties -- BNP and AL -- threatened to destablise Bangladesh.
 arrow Formalin menace
We heard alarming news on the electronic media from an expert of the Environment Pollution Control Dept.
 arrow Tigers rock the world!
Our Tigers' convincing five-wicket win over the mighty Indians at Queens Park Oval last Saturday was probably the greatest victory in the history of Bangladesh cricket for many a reason.
 arrow Roaring Tigers
First of all, thanks to the Almighty who blessed us with this wonderful win against India which is one of the favorite teams in this World Cup.
 arrow Brilliant showing
What a spunky performance from the Bangladesh team in the World Cup! We now have another gritty, spirited and match winning team worthy of respect! Hope we will have some good cricket in future.
 arrow Footpath issue
With great interest I read in the papers about the misuse of car park space and footpaths in front of many shopping malls.
 arrow A job for the CTG
The quick popularity of the caretaker government is surely due to the fact that it meant business not mincing words like the hitherto incompetent and corrupt governments.
 arrow Amartya Sen's philosophy
This refers to the responses of two readers (26/02/2007) following publication my letter under the above title (DS, February 19, 2007). Thanks to the first respondent Mr.
 arrow Changing for the better
The declaration of the state of emergency totally changed the entire situation in the country.
 arrow An appeal to Saarc leaders
It is now more than two decades that Saarc leaders are holding summit meetings every alternate year, yielding no benefit for the common people of the region.
 arrow Anti-crime drive
My spirit is absolutely buoyant at the initiatives taken by the government to combat corruption at all levels of the society.
 arrow Tannery wastes
Tannery wastes contain large amount of toxic substances as well as heavy metals, which are a threat to both public health and the environment.
 arrow CTG and our expectations
At first I would like to thank Dr. Fakhruddin and his team for their drive against corruption in every sphere, which indeed amounts to fulfillment of people's dream.
 arrow Wipe out corruption
At last we have started to think that we still have a chance to develop our country as we deserve. A few days ago we were a hopeless nation.
 arrow Well done
The recent caretaker government has shown how law and order can be maintained and how the efficiency of the people can be boosted.
 arrow Bangla calendar and Ekushey
To reform the Bangla Calendar, the then East Pakistan government formed a committee headed by eminent littérateur Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah in 1966.
Star Chittagongarrow Most CCC projects come to a standstill
Implementation of over 90 per cent of projects under Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has come to a halt following the arrest of Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on March 7.
 arrow Fire incidents haunt Ctg slum dwellers
Around 30, 000 people are living in 600 slums in densely populated South Bakalia area in the port city, risking their lives as fire breaks out here every year.
Star Cityarrow Horn-happy motorists still play havoc
Residents of Dhaka still have to put up with deafening noise of vehicular horns and they do not feel the difference in noise quality despite the recent clamp down on horn-happy motorists.
 arrow DCC move to build high-rises without approval
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has embarked on construction of three commercial and residential high-rise buildings in Gulshan and Banani without approval from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).
 arrow DoE asks brick kiln owners to adopt new technology
The Department of Environment (DoE) is planning to replace all traditional brick kilns by the year 2010 with modern and environment friendly technologies.
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