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Front Pagearrow HC asks govt if Khaleda confined
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to inform it about the present state of former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, including whether she is confined or not.
 arrow Hasina flies in UK amid govt bar on home return
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday reached London with a hope to return home on April 23. She will take a British Airways (BA) flight to Dhaka from Heathrow on April 22.
 arrow EC proposes stringent rules for poll campaign
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday unveiled a set of proposals for introducing stringent provisions in the parliamentary election code of conduct for the political parties and candidates.
 arrow Tigers fall apart
Bangladesh were set to sign off from their best-ever World Cup campaign on a sour note when the Tigers were reeling on 48-5 in 20 overs chasing a challenging West Indies total of 230 in their final Super
 arrow Situation improves a little at Titas gas field
The threat of a catastrophic blowout at Titas Gas Field in Brahmanbaria has finally been subdued as the authorities managed to reduce the amount of uncontrolled gas discharge from 15-18 million cubicfeet
 arrow Final Khaleda family reunion before exile likely today
The family of former prime minister Khaleda Zia are likely to have their final reunion with Tarique Rahman today before flying out of the country.
 arrow Kazi Zafarullah, Ashim Ukil sent on one-month detention
Awami League (AL) presidium member and former lawmaker Kazi Zafarullah and AL deputy publicity secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil were sent to jail yesterday with government proposals for one-month detention.
 arrow Govt to act if Hasina returns
The government would take steps if Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina returns home, Communications Adviser M A Matin said yesterday.
 arrow Anti-hoarding drive disrupting supply
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday said the law enforcers' drive against hoarding is disrupting the entire supply system and adversely affecting the inflation.
 arrow Next budget to eye higher revenue
The government will set a higher revenue target in the upcoming national budget to reduce the state's dependency on borrowing from banks, Finance and Planning Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.
 arrow Development partners assure support to CG
Appreciating the caretaker government's performance, Bangladesh's major development partners have evinced interest to extend assistance in various fields, including holding of elections, in reform agenda
 arrow 5th century Gupta era relic found
The archaeology department recently found cement-like ancient building material, known as "vajralepa", dating back to the Gupta era, during an excavation at Bhair Dhap site in Shibganj upazila of Bogra.
 arrow Mamun confesses to extortion of Tk 53 lakh
Giasuddin Al Mamun, detained close friend and business partner of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, yesterday confessed to his involvement in an extortion of Tk 53 lakh.
 arrow 4 jute mills in Khulna closed after clashes
Four state-owned jute mills in Khalishpur industrial belt have been closed and its employees laid off amid violent labour unrest for the last three days over arrear payments of last 14 weeks.
 arrow Declaration of N'ganj daily cancelled
The district administration yesterday cancelled the declaration of local daily "Ajker Narayanganj".
 arrow US closely monitoring situation
The United States is closely monitoring the developments in Bangladesh following the government restriction on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's return to the country.
 arrow UK assures support in polls, anti-graft drive
Britain has assured all-out cooperation in holding a credible election and carrying out anti-corruption drive in Bangladesh.
 arrow PID cancels 1,609 date-expired accreditation cards
Press Information Department (PID) has cancelled 1,609 date-expired press accreditation cards to prevent any illegal use of such cards.
 arrow Five alleged militants arrested
Police arrested five alleged militants of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) during raids in Kurigram and Rangpur early yesterday.
 arrow 7 Bangladeshis abducted, tortured by BSF
Brutalities on seven Bangladeshi cattle traders abducted by Border Security Force (BSF) of India landed them in hospitals.
 arrow 100 shanties gutted in slum fire
A devastating fire gutted around 100 shanties of a slum at Kachukhet in the capital yesterday. Besides, Abdul Latif, 60, a slum dweller, suffered burns during the incident, fire fighters said.
 arrow 27 Taliban killed in Afghan battle
US-led coalition and Afghan forces clashed with Taliban fighters and called in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, leaving 24 suspected militants dead and two coalition soldiers wounded, the coalition
 arrow Space race heats up in Asia
Japan is set to launch its first lunar orbiter this summer, but exploring the moon is just part of the mission. The other goal is to catch up with China, the new leader in Asia's space race.
 arrow UNSC team to hold Kosovo talks next week
A Security Council mission will visit Belgrade and Pristina next week to discuss the UN plan for the supervised independence of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, Britain's UN envoy said yesterday.
 arrow EU nations agree to new racism rules
European Union nations agreed yesterday on new rules to combat racism and hate crimes across the 27-nation bloc, including setting jail sentences against those who deny or trivialize the Holocaust.
 arrow Nato chief cannot confirm Iranian arms in Afghanistan
The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, US General Dan McNeill, said yesterrday he was unable to confirm the interception Iranian-made mortars and explosives in the country.
 arrow Russia, India to hold joint naval exercise in Sea of Japan
Russia and India are to hold a four-day counter-terrorism exercise in the Sea of Japan, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported yesterday.
Businessarrow BB governor suggests affordable lending rate for housing sector
Laying emphasis on alternative financial sources for housing of the middle-income group, the central bank chief has suggested that the commercial banks should come forward to finance the housing sector
 arrow Bangladesh needs to study market access promises
The permanent representative of Bangladesh to the WTO has said Bangladesh needs to conduct a study how it can reap benefit from the changed scenario following the resumption of Doha round of WTO talks.
 arrow India lifts service tax on all exports
India yesterday announced abolition of service tax on all exports, hit by appreciation of the rupee, extended duty sops to special economic zones and included more farm items for incentives while setting
 arrow 15 lakh GP prepaid users benefit from 'thankyou' scheme
More than 15 lakh Grameenphone prepaid subscribers received free talk-time under the 'Thankyou Bonus' scheme during the three-month period ending March 31, 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladesh to buy 1.2 lakh tonnes of diesel annually from India
Bangladesh has agreed to buy 1.2 lakh tonnes of high-speed diesel per annum from India in a move that could see strengthening of energy cooperation between the two countries.
 arrow PR training for women entrepreneurs concludes
A five-day training on public relations for women entrepreneurs organised by Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) in collaboration with Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE)
 arrow BGMEA signs MoU with Anglo-Bangla chamber
Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) will highlight the Bangladesh's garment industry and its image in UK and the European markets under a MoU signed here yesterday.
 arrow India's Essar to buy US steel firm
Two days after acquiring the Canadian steel firm Algoma for 1.
 arrow New MD of Janata Bank
Mukter Hussain has joined Janata Bank as its Managing Director (MD) recently. Prior to his new assignment, he served Bangladesh Shilpa Bank as MD, says a press release.
 arrow China grows at blistering pace as PM warns of overheating
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called for steps to prevent fast growth from leading to an overheated economy, the government said Thursday, as first quarter GDP came in at a blistering 11.1 percent.
 arrow Ailing dollar sees no relief, sterling hits 26-year high
The struggling dollar faced renewed selling pressure Wednesday as sterling jumped to a 26-year high and the euro topped 1.36 dollars amid fresh concerns about US economic prospects.
 arrow Nokia profits slip 7pc in Q1
Nokia, the world's leading maker of mobile phones, said on Thursday its net profit slipped by seven percent in the first quarter due to restructuring costs, but sales rose by four percent.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dav will have the final say
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) desired that national coach Dav Whatmore stay for the upcoming home series against India to be held next month.
 arrow Cricket: Cracker of a match
New Zealand captain Ste-phen Fle-ming insists he won't co-py Sri Lanka's controversial tactics and rest key bowlers for Friday's World Cup clash against champions Australia.
 arrow Football: Reds blank Brothers
Muktijoddha came alive in the second half as Brahim Bozziber and Saiful Islam Moni complimented each other to score a goal apiece in their 2-0 win over Brothers Union in yesterday's B.
 arrow Cricket: Young team on the cards
Ageing warriors Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are likely to be retained but a few other senior cricketers may not be so lucky when the Indian team for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh is picked here
 arrow Cricket: Farveez stakes claim
Seamer Farveez Maharoof gave Sri Lanka a World Cup semifinal selection headache on Wednesday when he claimed four victims in his team's Super Eights eight-wicket win over Ireland.
 arrow Cricket: Jinx is still on
It appears that the best way to win the World Cup is not to host it.
 arrow Cricket: Malik made captain
Pakistan Thursday appointed Shoaib Malik as captain of the national cricket team, hoping the young all-rounder can revive the country's fortunes after their dismal World Cup.
 arrow Football: Messidona!
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has drawn further comparisons with Diego Maradona by scoring a near replica of the former Argentina captain's most famous goal.
 arrow Cricket: Pak triumph on Trent's mind
Ireland captain Trent Johnston said not even an eight-wicket World Cup defeat by Sri Lanka could erase the memories of the reception his team received after their win against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Mushy bowls away misery
Mushtaq Ahmed, last seen sobbing over Bob Woolmer's death at the World Cup, returned to the familiar surroundings of sleepy Hove on Wednesday and did what he does best -- bamboozle batsmen.
 arrow Cricket: Fighting pace with pace
There are few more thrilling sights in cricket than watching a fast bowler in action.
 arrow Cricket: Malinga up for semi
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is confident of having fast bowler Lasith Malinga fit for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal in Jamaica.
 arrow Cricket: Door ajar for Marvan
The wretched form of Sri Lanka's left-handed opener Upul Tharanga has opened the possibility of former captain Marvan Atapattu making a comeback in the semifinal clash with New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher to quit after WC
Duncan Fletcher will quit as England coach after their last World Cup match against West Indies in Barbados on Saturday, the BBC reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan's second date in Chittagong
Mohammedan will face Abahani in today's B. League match but not their perennial foes from the capital.
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l athletics from today
The 32nd National Athletics Championships begin today at the newly laid athletics track at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: B'link cricket in Pabna
The banglalink Tiger Cup Cricket Tournament will start today here at the Pabna Edward College ground.
 arrow Cricket: Selector cuts all-rounders
Pakistan's new chief cricket selector has delivered a snub to the squad's all-rounders, saying his priority will be to pick specialists to improve performance, reports said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea keep up chase
Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Chelsea have been able to maintain their relentless pursuit of Premiership leaders Manchester United because every player feels part of Jose Mourinho's family.
 arrow Football: Totti conquers Inter
Francesco Totti inspired Roma to a 3-1 victory over Inter Milan to put the Serie A title celebrations on hold Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal will retain Wenger
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has assured Arsene Wenger and supporters that the club wants him to stay on as manager even after his current contract expires next year.
 arrow Football: Huge challenge for co-hosts
Poland and Ukraine will have their work cut out preparing for Euro 2012, facing a mammoth task of getting their stadiums, transport and hotels up to scratch, as well as overcoming a legacy of hooliganism
 arrow Football: Owen 50-50 for Chelsea
Newcastle striker Michael Owen has a 50-50 chance of being handed the opportunity to wreck Chelsea's Premiership title hopes on Sunday, Magpies boss Glenn Roeder revealed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Maradona stable
Ailing Argentine football star Diego Maradona is in stable condition and will be discharged from hospital when he recovers from his latest bout of hepatitis, his doctors said.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart book final spot
VfB Stuttgart booked their place in the German Cup final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium next month with a convincing 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: Marseille reach final
Marseille set up a clash with Sochaux in next month's French Cup final with a 3-0 win over Nantes in their semi-final tie here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Poland vows corruption clean-up
Polish Sports Minister Tomasz Lipiec on Thursday vowed to make Polish football graft-free by the time the country hosts the Euro 2012 championships with Ukraine.
Metropolitanarrow ACC to begin submitting charge sheets from next week
The Ant-Corruption Commission (ACC) will begin submitting charge sheets from next week against the listed corrupt suspects for whom first information reports (FIRs) were filed earlier by the anti-graft
 arrow 'Launch movement to eradicate poverty'
Speakers at a reunion programme yesterday urged all to initiate a social movement to eradicate hunger and poverty from the country.
 arrow Take stern action against polluters, encroachers
Environmentalists yesterday urged the caretaker government to take stern action against the encroachers of the Buriganga and those dumping domestic and industrial waste into the river.
 arrow Steps for rehabilitation of evicted slum dwellers soon
Law, Information and Housing and Public Works Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said all possible steps will be taken for immediate rehabilitation of the evicted slum dwellers in the city.
 arrow TIB extends deadline for submitting entries
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has extended the time frame of submitting reports carried out in print and television media for its Investigative Journalism Award-2007 to May15, 2007, says
 arrow Bangladesh to sign UN Convention
Bangladesh has decided to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
 arrow 10 clinker-laden vessels fined for overloading
A mobile court in Chittagong yesterday fined 10 clinker-laden lighter vessels for overloading which might have caused serious accident.
 arrow Ayon released as allegation against him found baseless
A Dhaka court on Wednesday released Kausar Islam Ayon, a former junior reporter of The Daily Star, as the police investigation found that the allegation of his demanding money from a private service holder
 arrow Ansar, VDP start selling food items at 10 city centres
Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) has started selling rice and other essentials at 10 city centres under 'Operation Nityapanya Programme'.
 arrow ACC collects papers for verification of AL MP's assets
A four-member task force of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday collected 80 documents from the office of District Registrar in Khulna for verification of the property of Awami League (AL) leader
 arrow BDR, BSF men exchange fire
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged some 20 rounds of bullets in Paanchbhulot border area in Benapole yesterday.
 arrow Timber trader beaten to death in Ctg
A timber trader was beaten to death at a village in Fatikchhari upazila early yesterday. The victim was identified as Nurul Islam, 48, of village Khiram under Abdullahpur Union.
 arrow Tk 66.56 lakh donated to cancer hospital in Feb, Mar
Donations for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) amounted to about Tk 66.56 lakh in February and March 27, says a press release.
 arrow Concern over labour unrest in Khalishpur
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) has expressed deep concern over the situation in Khalishpur industrial area in Khulna.
 arrow Campaign for signing of disability rights convention
The Action on Disability and Development (ADD) along with its partners has launched a solidarity campaign for the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Cambridge varsity honours Maissa Karim posthumously
Cambridge University's prestigious Judge School of Business has announced the establishment of Director's Maissa Karim Scholarship to honour Maissa Karim, a member of the MBA class of 2005-06 sessionand
Point-Counterpointarrow He remains our voice of conscience
When in November 1981, Kamal Hossain challenged Justice Abdus Sattar for the presidency of Bangladesh, there were many among us who truly believed that he had a good chance of taking charge of the country.
 arrow Feats of a Bangladeshi scientist
Recently Dr Abul Hussam, a Bangladeshi born professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, US, made news when he was named the winner of the million dollar Grainger Challenge awarded by the
 arrow Pakistan-US relations
The military regime headed by General Pervez Musharraf remains a close ally of the United States, and the US remains unwilling to criticize Musharraf out of fear of losing his cooperation.
Culturearrow Adibashi Loko Utsab in Rajshahi
Indigenous cultural diversity in Bangladesh was celebrated with music, dance, photo exhibition and discussion at the Adibashi Loko Utsab held recently in Rajshahi.
 arrow An artiste bares her soul
Kazi Krishnokoli Islam aka Krishnokoli is not new to the creative sphere. Born and raised in Khulna, she was introduced to the world of music by her mother, Meherun Nesa.
 arrow Satyajit Ray film session from April 23
To commemorate the 16th death anniversary of Satyajit Ray, the Rainbow Film Society, in association with the Indian High Commission, Dhaka, is organising a seminar and a film session from April 23 to25
 arrow 'Turup': A portrayal of our society
The premiere of the short film 'Turup' was recently held at Alliance Francaise. The event marked the inauguration of the newly renovated auditorium at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow 'Panchyo Kobir Gaan' on Channel i
Channel i will telecast Panchyo Kobir Gaan, a musical programme featuring songs of five great poets of Bengal --Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Atul Prashad, Rajanikant Sen and Dwijendra
Generalarrow Swedish envoy visits Batiaghata upazila
Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Brit F Hagstrom, who arrived in Khulna on Wednesday on a four-day visit, yesterday visited Batiaghata upazila of the district.
 arrow Abducted girl rescued in Munshiganj
The police rescued an abducted schoolgirl from a house at Purbo Burdia village in Louhajang, Munshiganj, and arrested the kidnapper.
 arrow Meteorological radar to be inaugurated at Cox's Bazar
A new meteorological radar will be inaugurated at Cox's Bazar on April 22, says a press release.
 arrow One dies in train accident
An unidentified youth, aged about 28, was crushed under a speeding train in Horischandra-Padwoa area on Dhaka-Chittagong railway at Laksam in the district early morning yesterday.
 arrow Jessore road crash hurts 50
At least 50 people were injured when a bus fell into a roadside ditch at Baulia in Jessore yesterday morning.
 arrow City diagnostic centres fined Tk 3.80 lakh
A mobile court yesterday raided some diagnostic centres adjacent to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Hospital in the city and fined Tk 3.80 lakh for unhygienic condition and inefficient manpower.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Moves about Hasina, Khaleda
Politics in the country has taken a sudden, unexpected turn with the government's decision to bar Sheikh Hasina from returning to the country.
 arrow Editorial: A forthright admission
We appreciate the candid admission of the chief of the National Coordination Committee on Combating Corruption and Crime (NCC) that the caretaker government's cardinal objective of stemming corruption
 arrow The general's comments are germane
It would not be improper to say that the Chief of Staff, Bangladesh Army, Lt.
 arrow A river in the World Bank
This week I am afraid I am in the mood to give a judgment on mankind.
 arrow Extortion case
The move to discredit and screen out leaders from the country's political landscape has been growing since the current "state of emergency backed interim government" (EBIG) was installed.
Letters to Editorarrow Saarc rekindled
Saarc is the regional body of I.4 billion people. For more than a decade, it was known as the 'community of poor'.
 arrow America and war
The victory is generally associated in our minds with war, and calls up visions of battles, bloodshed, and conquest by force. We think of war as a glorious thing because of victories and splendid triumphs.
 arrow Our captain
I was totally shocked to see the performance of Bangladesh cricket team in the match against Ireland. The whole blame goes to one man-- that's Habibul Bashar.
 arrow Shia-Sunni conflict
I am writing with reference to "The Iran Card," by Harun ur Rashid (April 4). Mr.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina
As AL President Sheikh Hasina called upon her party activists to get to the streets with sticks on 28 October 2006, incidents of bloody street clashes all around the country occurred for several days
 arrow Anti-corruption drive
As an expatriate Bangladeshi, I am observing the anti-corruption drive in Bangladesh with cautious optimism. Today one of the biggest threats that Bangladesh faces is from the murderous religious zealots.
 arrow Irresponsible doctors at Suhrawardy Hospital
On March 31, I went Suhrawardy Hospital for treatment. According to the procedure, I took two tickets for two doctors. First I went to a doctor for wrist pain.
 arrow Where is JMB godfather?
Six top militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were executed for killing two Judges. The family members of the judges and people in general were happy.
 arrow BNP's misrule
Banning a political party is an extreme measure in a democratic system.
 arrow Good decision
I fully appreciate LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser's decision not to allow any new construction on Begunbari canal and convert the 265 acre canal into a lake.
 arrow General's observations
It is a pleasant break from listening to stories by the major political parties where they were busy making their opponents look bad in front of the general people and not bothering to tell the nation
 arrow "No" to elective democracy
The army chief has made an excellent point to say NO to elective democracy. We have experienced democracy in the past 36 years and we do not want to go on experimenting with and experiencing it forcenturies.
 arrow Letter in response...
A letter entitled 'Power Shortage' by Siraj Haque, Houston, Texas, USA was published on 26 March, 2007. It deserves praise.
 arrow A good initiative
We welcome the present government's initiative to ban politics of students and teachers on the campus.
 arrow Rules and alternatives
Firstly, I quote a line from Star City of 11 February 2007-- "Rajuk's building inspectors and other officials have long been cashing in on gross irregularities and fattening their wallets by overlooking
 arrow Catch the real culprits
I was expecting some reactions on the column written by Mr. B Sen in the Prothom Alo on 29 March 07. Surprisingly, I've seen none or it may have skipped my attention.
 arrow Reforms by interim govt.
I have been observing the political developments of Bangladesh from Montreal, Canada for a while now.
 arrow Take need-based steps
Soon after the emergency declaration in Bangladesh, if people were being asked, "are they better off?", Perhaps, the overwhelming majority would say yes.
 arrow Running schools
Every year we see the guardians and students rushing into some particular schools and falling victim to great hassle and monitory loss for admission of their children in a good school for good education.
 arrow Caretaker government
I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart the present caretaker government for giving the country's people a congenial environment.
 arrow Dealing with corruption
We have been watching and enjoying the fruits of the actions being taken by the CTG.
 arrow Illegal structures
Structures are still standing in public land as monuments of corruption, mocking the ongoing anti-corruption drive, and reminding us that corruption is part of the fabric constituting the nation.
Worldarrow Nuke deal with India at risk, says US
A landmark nuclear energy deal between the United States and India is in jeopardy because New Delhi wants key clauses rewritten, a senior US official told the Financial Times daily yesterday.
 arrow Pak, Afghan troops clash over new border fence
Afghan troops tore down a new anti-Taliban fence erected by Pakistani soldiers on the border between the two countries yesterday, sparking a gunbattle, which caused no casualties, officials said.
 arrow Gunman's video assaults US campus again
Two days after the worst killing spree in modern US history, the shooter again assaulted Virginia Tech though this time it was in videos and photographs.
 arrow Kashmir separatist spurns Delhi talks
A prominent separatist in Indian Kashmir said yesterday he was boycotting direct talks with New Delhi, saying such a meeting would be pointless without the participation of Pakistan.
 arrow Nepali anti-graft body summons 10 royalists
Nepal's anti-corruption commission has summoned 10 royalist former ministers to answer allegations they misused power and state funds during King Gyanendra's rule, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Civilians increasingly targeted by Taliban
The Taliban are stepping up their attacks on Afghan civilians as part of their spring offensive against government and Nato-led forces, Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow Dozen more killed in Baghdad
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates flew into Iraq for talks with US commanders on Thursday after bombers killed more than 200 people in a savage blow to a US-backed security plan.
 arrow Diplomacy with Iran progressing: Gates
Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that diplomatic efforts to resolve the standoff with Iran over its nuclear programme are working and should get a chance to succeed.
 arrow Lankan war planes bomb Tiger posts
Sri Lankan war planes bombed suspected Tamil Tiger gun positions in the island's north for a third straight day yesterday, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Nepali Maoist ministers walk out of cabinet meeting
The cabinet meeting slated for Wednesday morning could not take place as the Maoist ministers in the government left the meeting venue soon after their arrival.
 arrow Bhutan to hold practice run of democracy
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is to stage mock polls this weekend as a practice run for its planned transformation from absolute monarchy to democracy, officials said Thursday.
 arrow US makes 4-point offer to Russia on missile cooperation
The United States has made a four-plank offer to Russia to help ease its fears about US plans for a missile shield in Europe, a Nato official said yesterday.
 arrow 12 killed in Somali fighting
At least 12 people were killed yesterday during fighting between Ethiopian troops backing Somalia's fragile government and insurgents in the capital, said witnesses, hours after an Ethiopian militarytruck
 arrow 6 killed, 71 injured during Myanmar water festival
Six people were killed and 71 injured during Myanmar's four-day water festival that ushered in the Buddhist New Year holiday, state media reported yesterday.
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