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Front Pagearrow Govt's 'minus two' plan faces crucial tests in next few days
The next few days will be crucial for Bangladesh and are expected to be full of suspense, as the military backed interim government's new 'minus two' formula of politics will be tested through its success
 arrow Khaleda may dissolve party's standing, executive bodies
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to dissolve the party's Standing Committee and National Executive Committee and an announcement in this regard will be made in a few days.
 arrow Trader sues Tarique for drowned cattle
A trader filed a compensation case against Tarique Rahman yesterday for 31 cattle that drowned over four years ago when the trawler carrying those capsized after Coco-3, a launch on Dhaka-Barisal route,
 arrow Turag gets a new lease of life
A project taken up by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) for making the Turag river navigable and wider has been completed, and the contractor for the job is planning to officially conclude
 arrow Hasina holds meetings with British MPs
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, facing restriction on her return to Dhaka, had a series of meetings with members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords yesterday and on Thursday.
 arrow 8 Hizbut Touhid men sued under arms act in Meherpur
Eight Hizbut Touhid men including Meherpur district chief of the militant Islamist outfit arrested recently have claimed to law enforcers that they have no links with any organisation other than their
 arrow 'Modernise agri sector for food security'
The food security of the country would be at stake within 10 ten years if the agriculture sector is not developed and the production of rice is not increased, speakers at the award giving ceremony ofChannel
 arrow Foreign expert examines Titas well-3
Foreign consultant Robert Din Bob Grace, a gas well blow-out prevention expert, arrived at the troubled Titas Gas Field's well-3 in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow 50 years of selfless tree planting
Enthusiastic tree planter Kartik Pramanik, who spent almost 50 years selflessly planting different kinds of trees in a vast area of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj, was awarded the Channel i Agriculture
 arrow Nation will come out of darkness thru' consensus
Stepping into 70, eminent jurist and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain got a pleasant surprise yesterday evening as members of the civil society, leading politicians, cultural personalities, colleagues,
 arrow Matin Mehdi, 3 others on 5-day remand
The four militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), arrested in Kurigram early Thursday, were placed on a five-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Whatmore to quit after India series
Coach Dav Whatmore will end his stint with Bangladesh cricket after next month's home series against India, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday.
 arrow 5 killed as bus falls into ditch
Five people died and 50 others were injured, 41 of them seriously, in a road accident on Netrakona-Mymensingh Road in Phulpur upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Queue...

 arrow Aminul, his brother sued on charge of land grabbing
A case has been filed against former post and telecommunications minister Barrister Aminul Haque and his brother on charge of grabbing a piece of land in Godagari upazila.
 arrow SQ Chy taken to NICVD
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former prime minister Khaleda Zia's parliamentary affairs adviser, was taken to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) from Dhaka Central Jail yesterdaywith
 arrow Lara bids farewell to int'l cricket
West Indies captain Brian Lara will bring the curtain down on his 17-year, record-breaking, international career on Saturday, ending speculation over his future following his team's dismal World Cup campaign.
 arrow Australia crush New Zealand
Matthew Hayden's third century of the tournament helped champions Australia extend their unbeaten run at the World Cup to 27 matches with a 215-run Super Eights thrashing of fellow semifinalists New Zealand
 arrow Mob damages vehicles as road mishap kills 1 in city
Traffic on the Rokeya Sarani was disrupted for an hour yesterday as an angry mob damaged a number of vehicles following a road accident that killed one person and injured three others.
 arrow Father kills two daughters, attempts suicide
A father strangled his two minor daughters and tried to commit suicide by taking poison at Mirpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Khulna newsman chargesheeted in bribery case
Khulna Bureau chief of Dainik Inqilab ATM Rafique has been chargesheeted in a bribery case.
 arrow New lists of Naogaon, Rajshahi criminals
Fresh lists of criminals, especially militants of JMB and PBCP outlaws, are being prepared in seven police stations of Rajshahi and Naogaon districts.
 arrow No move yet to salvage Bogra old books
There is no move yet to salvage more than 17 thousand old books and manuscripts facing decay in the old building of Bogra Woodburn Public Library.
 arrow Develop affordable IT devices for the poor
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has urged the Information Technology (IT) designers to develop affordable IT devices for the poor so they could use those for their own economic development.
 arrow BSF man held in Satkhira freed after flag meeting
Villagers and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel detained an armed Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel after he entered Bangladesh territory crossing the border near Taluigachha in Satkhira yesterday
 arrow BHBFC offcial kills himself
A Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC) high official allegedly committed suicide at his Tajmahal Road residence at Mohammadpur in the capital early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 7 suspected JMB militants held in Khulna, Jamalpur
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested seven suspected cadres of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Jamalpur and Khulna yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow WB directors turn up heat on Wolfowitz
World Bank directors yesterday promised urgent action over a pay scandal engulfing the development lender's president, Paul Wolfowitz, as calls mount from senior staff for his resignation.
 arrow Aishwarya, Abhishek tie the knot
Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were married Friday in traditional Hindu ceremony, capping three days of celebrations for Indian cinema's hottest couple.
 arrow Pakistani forces blow up pro-Taliban rebel HQ
Pakistani authorities blew up the headquarters of a pro-Taliban group in a remote tribal area after the extremists set up an Islamic court and a private jail, officials said Friday.
 arrow Starlet attempts suicide ahead of Abhishek's wedding
A "mentally disturbed" and little-known Bollywood starlet attempted suicide over the wedding of film star Abhishek Bachchan and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, reports said yesterday.
 arrow India bans exports to N Korea, Iran
India has banned all imports and exports of products to North Korea and Iran that could aid their suspect nuclear programmes, a report said Thursday.
Businessarrow Automated clearing system in BB early next year
The introduction of an automated clearing system in Bangladesh Bank will slash the time it takes to settle payments and give a major boost to commercial activities in the country, according to officials
 arrow Bangladesh should go for 3G mobile technology
Bangladesh should plan to introduce 3G or third generation mobile technology as it is very cost efficient, said Carl-Henric Svanberg, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ericsson, a leading
 arrow Economic prospect not bleak: BB governor
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the country's economic prospect is not bleak, as the achievement so far is not bad.
 arrow Microsoft discounts student software in developing countries
Microsoft is offering a low-cost, scaled-down version of its student software in developing countries to help billions of poor people access computer technology, the company said Thursday.
 arrow WTO to intensify tariff talks despite impasse among main players
WTO member states decided Friday to intensify talks on lowering customs tariffs despite the absence of agreement between the four key players, the United States, the European Union, India and Brazil,known
 arrow Newsletter of engineering industry owners' assoc launched
Bangladesh Engineering Industry Owners' Association (BEIOA) and SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), the advisory services of International Finance Corporation (IFC) for South Asia, havejointly
 arrow NCC Bank Foundation formed
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Ltd has formed 'NCC Bank Foundation', which will get one percent of the bank's profit every year, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
 arrow Citibank workshop on uniform customs
Citibank NA Bangladesh recently organised a workshop titled "UCPDC 600 (Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credit) - What's Awaiting" in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) as part of global
 arrow Siemens supervisory board chief quits
Siemens' former chief executive and current supervisory board chief Heinrich von Pierer is to quit next week, the German engineering giant said late on Thursday, as the company sinks ever deeper intoa
 arrow Bank of America profits eclipse Citigroup's
Bank of America posted better-than-expected quarterly profits Thursday totaling 5.26 billion dollars, gaining a fresh edge over arch-rival Citigroup which has seen its profits ebb in past months.
 arrow Washington strangely silent in face of dollar slide
The dollar's slide against the euro and sterling has left US authorities silent, with analysts saying the weak greenback may be a benefit for Washington and its preoccupation with Asia.
 arrow Junior Chamber International VP due tomorrow
Ditri Kemala Rizki Abdullatief, vice president (Area B) of Junior Chamber International (JCI), is expected to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a two-day visit.
 arrow Sony Ericsson boosts profits with mobile phone boom
Sony Ericsson, which makes mobile telephones, reported a leap in first-quarter profits on Friday owing to a 63-percent surge in the number of telephones sold.
 arrow Google sees 69pc rise in Q1 profit
Google Inc has flashed its financial prowess once again, reporting a 69 percent increase in first-quarter profit to surpass analyst projections by 38 cents per share.
 arrow China, Australia to push for FTA
Australia and China will push for progress in free-trade talks ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Sydney in September, Australia's trade minister said here on Friday.
 arrow Automakers display new products in China
Global automakers are putting their hottest new products on display in Shanghai, counting on design, quality and technology to give them an edge against newcomer Chinese car makers in the world's fastest-growing
 arrow Toyota profits expected to hit new record
Japan's top auto company, Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to report a record operating profit of 2.25 trillion yen (19 billion dollars) for the year to March, up 20 percent, a report said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 15-April 19, 2007
Local FX Market
The demand for US dollar was stable against the Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers keep promise
Despite a frustrating end, Habibul Bashar's men can claim that they have fulfilled their target by reaching the Cricket World Cup Super Eights. It was a promise the Tigers had made before leaving thecountry.
 arrow Cricket: India tinker with flops
India's cricket selectors on Friday dropped five World Cup flops, including veterans Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, for next month's one-day series in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Of a mortal immortal
And so it ends. Fitting, though, that perhaps the greatest and most glorious of all cricketing careers will bid its final hurrah at the scene of its greatest achievement.
 arrow Cricket: All set for a fitting farewell
West Indies captain Brian Lara will be keen to cap his last international match with a win against England when the two under-performing teams clash in the World Cup here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan tame Ctg Abahani
Mohammedan's second trip to Chittagong was fruitful when the Dhaka giants recorded a 3-1 victory against local Abahani in yesterday's B. League clash at the MA Aziz Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer inquiry postponed
The inquest into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer has been postponed because of "significant developments" in the case.
 arrow Cricket: Lara divides opinion
Former greats on Friday paid glowing tributes to retiring batting genius Brian Lara, saying he leaves behind a great legacy.
 arrow Cricket: Moores to replace Fletcher
England have named Peter Moores as the permanent successor to departing head coach Duncan Fletcher. Moores, currently the National Cricket Academy director, will start on 1 May.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan proves a point
Ramnaresh Sarwan made the perfect case to be the next West Indies captain on Thursday when he smashed a majestic 91 to lead his team to a convincing World Cup win over Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: PCB clears team of match-fixing
An inquiry into Pakistan's shock exit from the cricket World Cup has found no evidence that any players were involved in match-fixing, the head of the probe said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram to train Pak pacers
Pakistan bowling legend and former captain Wasim Akram is to help train fast bowlers for the national team, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB denies Jamaica call
Pakistan Cricket Board officials have denied getting any request from investigating authorities in Jamaica to send any Pakistani player there in connection with investigations into the death of coachBob
 arrow Cricket: Malik wants to emulate Wasim
New Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik said Friday that he wants to be an aggressive leader like his hero Wasim Akram.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in last four
Roger Federer distinguished himself as a 30-million-dollar man in tennis winning his 500th match on Friday to coast into the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l Athletics under way
Jasmine Akhter of BJMC won the gold medal in the women's 100 metre hurdles in 15.35s on the inaugural day of the 32nd National Athletics Championships yesterday.
 arrow Football: Footballers unhappy over Dein departure
Suggestions of mass discontent among the players have come hot on the heels of a perceived crisis at Arsenal following vice-chairman David Dein's decision to leave the club.
 arrow Cricket: Bacher believes in SA's chances
Former South Africa captain Ali Bacher on Friday said Graeme Smith's men can win the World Cup if they maintain the ruthless form they showed in their destruction of England.
 arrow Cricket: Glamorgan reject Fletcher return
Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has ruled out the possibility of Duncan Fletcher returning to take charge of the Welsh county.
 arrow Cricket: Wright interested in Pakistan job
Former India coach John Wright has expressed his interest to take over as the coach of Pakistan team, a top Cricket Board official said today.
 arrow Football: Lampard up for battle
Chelsea might be struggling to hang on to Manchester United's coat-tails in the final stages of the season, but Frank Lampard insists he is relishing the closest Premiership title battle in years.
 arrow Football: Barca hope for Messi magic
Barcelona got a lucky break last weekend when they scraped a home win over Real Mallorca to move four points clear at the top of the table after Sevilla and Real Madrid both lost.
 arrow Football: Inter seek winning return
Inter Milan will be gunning to get back to winning ways and for AS Roma to slip up to finally seal the Serie A title on Sunday at Siena.
 arrow Football: Kahn demands Stuttgart win
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn has demanded 100 percent from his side in Saturday's make-or-break tie at VfB Stuttgart with the crucial third Champions League place at stake.
 arrow Football: Psychiatric treatment for Maradona
Ailing football legend Diego Maradona will be transferred from a hospital to a psychiatric clinic next week to be treated for alcohol abuse, his physician said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Hosts promise perfect Euro 2012
The Polish and Ukrainian prime ministers vowed Thursday to work together closely to deliver a 'perfect' European Championships in 2012.
 arrow Football: Galaxy rake in Becks bucks
Los Angeles Galaxy have already earned millions of dollars from the signing of David Beckham, who has yet to kick a ball in anger for the Major League Soccer club.
 arrow Football: AFC pledges big bucks to India
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has pledged one million dollars a year over the next four years to help lift the sport out of its current dire straits in cricket-mad India.
 arrow Football: Australia-Argentina match postponed
Australia's clash with Argentina has been postponed so the South American giants can field a full-strength team in Melbourne, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said Friday.
 arrow Football: Abidal set for Madrid
Spanish champions and current league leaders Barcelona are set to sign Lyon defender Eric Abidal, according to Spanish sports daily Marca.
 arrow Football: Man Utd to tour Asia
Premier League leaders Manchester United will warm up for the 2007-2008 season with a tour of Asia that takes them to Japan, South Korea, Macau and Malaysia.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka, London to work together on climate change, counter-terrorism
Bangladesh and Britain have agreed to work at both bilateral and international levels to reduce adverse impacts of climate change and increase cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
 arrow Acquire knowledge about country's history
President Iajuddin Ahmed has called on the students to acquire knowledge about the country's history and tradition alongside their study so that they can grow up as worthy citizens.
 arrow Four students of Barisal polytech held
Police arrested four students of Barisal Polytechnic Institute yesterday noon in connection with abducting a student of Barisal City College and demanding ransom on Thursday evening and the victim was
 arrow Joint forces nab 10 dacoits with looted goods at Mirkadim
Joint forces yesterday recovered looted goods from a boat on Ichhamoti river at Mirkadim in the district and arrested 10 dacoits in this connection.
 arrow One killed in Netrakona road accident
A passenger was killed and 25 others were injured in a road accident in Netrakona yesterday. The dead was identified as Achhor Ali, 50, of village Deoli under Barhatta upazila.
 arrow Swedish envoy visits Sundarbans
Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Brit F Hagstrom yesterday visited the Sundarbans.
 arrow Drug-peddler arrested after shootout
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a drug-peddler after a shootout with a group of drug-runners at Talaimari areas in the city yesterday.
 arrow College principal arrested in Bhola
Joint forces yesterday arrested Principal of Ilisha Islamia Model College Nizam Uddin in connection with forgery of certificate and misappropriation of funds.
 arrow Vow to uphold dignity of mother language
The final round of 'HSBC-Prothom Alo National Language Competition' was held in the city yesterday with several hundred students making a vow to uphold the dignity of mother language.
 arrow 'Ensure safe movement of water transports'
Nagorik Sanghoti (NS), an environmental group, yesterday urged the government to set up inland shipping safety administration (ISSA) to ensure safe travel by inland water transports.
 arrow JU zoology deptt celebrates 20 yrs of its journey
The Zoology Department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) celebrated its 20 years of journey yesterday on the campus with festive mood, says a press release.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 27th edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Two killed in lightning in Dinajpur
Two men were killed in lightning at Tangbua village in Khanshama upazila yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Mohammad Nabidur Rahman Rubel, a Class 10 student of Kolokakoli High School, has been suffering from kidney disease. He is now undergoing treatment at Holy Crescent Hospital in Chittagong.
 arrow Criminal held in Chittagong
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) held a criminal in Chittagong yesterday. Syed Osman Gani alias Sona Babu was arrested from his village at Nanupur under Fatikchhari upazila in the afternoon.
 arrow Jabbarer Boli Khela in Ctg on Apr 25
The traditional wrestling competition and Baishakhi fair named after renowned social worker Abdul Jabbar Sowadagar will be held at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong on April 25.
 arrow 4500 kg smuggled urea seized
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized over 4500 kilograms of smuggled urea fertiliser from Anwara upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Children art show begins tomorrow
The four-day 3rd Children Art Exhibition will begin at the Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of National Museum in Dhaka at 3:30pm tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Jute workers protest lay-off of four Khalishpur mills
Workers and employees of jute mills brought out a procession in Khalishipur yesterday evening in protest against lay-off of four state-owned jute mills.
 arrow Seven BNP leaders sued in Satkhira
Seven BNP leaders including two Union Parishad (UP) chairmen of Kalaroa and Sadar upazilas were sued for their alleged involvement in cheating, extortion, looting shrimp and felling down trees on Thursday
 arrow Ex-MP Shahidul's nephew arrested in Khulna
Former BNP lawmaker Sahidul Islam's nephew Lablu Malitha, who was wanted in several cases including some for murder, was arrested in Khulna along with an accomplice Thursday night.
 arrow Salaries stopped at 3 Barisal educational institutions
The authorities declined to sign the monthly payment orders (MPO) of two colleges and a madrasha in Barisal as they were set up in government land and without following rules.
 arrow Several meetings on arrear payment held in Dhaka
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) Chairman Md Ataharul Islam faxed a letter to Khulna Divisional Commissioner and KMP Commissioner on Friday explaining the real situation regarding allocation of
 arrow 8 hurt in Sirajganj bus robbery
At least eight bus passengers were injured and cash and valuables worth Tk 7 lakh looted from a bus by armed robbers on the Dhaka-Kushtia Highway in Hamkuria area in Tarash upazila early yesterday, police
 arrow BNP leader held
Joint forces yesterday arrested BNP leader and Durgapur Pourasabha chairman Saidur Rahman Mantu on charge of corruption, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Whither democracy within the political parties?
Political parties, publicly ever vocal about democracy and democratic rights, may be questioned about the practice of democracy within their own parties.
 arrow Preventing blowout at Titas gas field
Titas gas field is one of the largest gas fields in the country having more than four and half Tcf of proven gas deposits. This field has produced more than two Tcf gas since 1968.
 arrow Global warming: No time to waste
The latest reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February and April, this year, make compelling reading.
 arrow Pesticides harming human health
Scientists all over the world are concerned about contamination by the organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) of corps or foodstuffs during processing or storage or transport or while using treated seeds as
 arrow A Corridor for peace
Around the round-about ten roads are converging
But none, none of them has got a zebra crossing
The pedestrians have got no right of way.
They have no scope even to go astray.

Culturearrow Transition of an artist
When asked about the response to his second solo exhibition Safe Passage at Dhaka's Alliance Francaise Zoom Gallery, artist Mohammed Solaiman Kabir Reeshe smilingly says that, "It elicited theexpected
 arrow Celebrating spring and its splendour
Eminent as well as young and upcoming singers and dancers of Bangladesh, many of whom are trained in India performed at the Osmani Memorial Hall on April 19.
 arrow Chalachchitram celebrates S D Burman's 100th anniversary
To celebrate S D Burmab's 100th birth anniversary, Chalachchitram Film society arranged an album launch programme at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture on April 19.
Internationalarrow Lankan rebels vow fierce resistance
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will fight back with their "full capacity" if government forces try to take their northern strongholds, their political chief said Thursday.
 arrow Pro-Pakistan tribal leader 'would shelter Laden'
A pro-government tribal leader hailed by Pakistan for expelling foreign militants from a troubled frontier region said yesterday he would protect Osama bin Laden if he sought shelter with him.
 arrow US takes firm line in nuke talks with India
The United States on Thursday ruled out bending its laws to allow India to retain the right to resume nuclear weapons testing under a civilian nuclear energy deal being negotiated by the two governments.
 arrow UN demands probe into Nepali ethnic massacre
Nepalese police failed to stop the massacre of at least 27 Maoist supporters by ethnic activists last month, the United Nations human rights body said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq war 'lost', says top US Democrat
A top Democratic lawmaker declared on Thursday that the war in Iraq "is lost," pointing to the sustained bloodshed there even as President George W Bush urged patience with his strategy.
 arrow Iran, EU to resume N-talks on April 25
Iran's lead nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani agreed in a telephone call with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana Thursday to resume their talks on April 25, state television said.
 arrow Global youth toll from road crashes equal to major war
More than 1,000 young people each day die on the road, a worldwide toll that inflicts indescribable yet avoidable suffering as well as spiralling economic costs, a UN report released on Thursday said.
 arrow Mourning for Virginia victims
As experts pored over Cho Seung Hui's twisted writings and his videotaped rant, parents and officials urged people to instead focus on the victims of the deadliest rampage by a lone gunman in modern US
 arrow US will not stay in Iraq for ever, says Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates yesterday urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to seek national reconciliation, and warned that American troops would not fight on in the country indefinitely.
 arrow 2 NATO soldiers, 3 rebels killed in Afghanistan
Two Nato soldiers were killed yesterday in separate blasts in southern Afghanistan, while three Taliban rebels died when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely, officials said.
 arrow 'Bomb, bomb, bomb' Iran, US senator sings
Republican US presidential contender John McCain turned to popular music to illuminate the debate on the Middle East, singing at the suggestion that the United States "bomb, bomb, bomb" Iran.
 arrow Thousands of China's dams are 'time bombs' waiting to burst
Thousands of reservoirs in China are 'time bombs' waiting to burst, an official was quoted as saying yesterday, a day after a dam collapse forced the evacuation of 1,700 people.
 arrow Norway aims to be 'carbon neutral' state by 2050
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday proposed to make Norway the first "carbon neutral" state by 2050 and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 30 percent by 2020.
 arrow Japan eyes tighter gun control rules
Japan's government said yesterday that it will consider tightening gun control rules after the murder of Nagasaki's mayor, as a new gun death rattled the country.
 arrow Mystery yacht found without crew off Australia
A yacht has been found drifting off the Australian coast with computers running and a table laid for a meal -- but no sign of the crew, puzzled officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Proposed rules for election campaign
The Election Commission has put across a set of draft amendment proposals to the existing code of conduct for the political parties and candidates for the parliamentary elections taking a step forward
 arrow Editorial: A public park bulldozed!
The other day the only green space in block H of Mirpur section II, was bulldozed felling over one thousand trees. This place was earmarked as a "green space" in city's master plan.
 arrow Establishing a human rights commission is just the first step
Human rights could be generally defined as those rights, which are inherent in our nature and necessary for us to live as human beings.
 arrow Voter list with photo and national ID card
After the declaration made on the other day by Chief Election Commissioner regarding their decision of preparing voter list with photograph and National ID card simultaneously, it is questioned from the
 arrow For reconstructing the PSC
The caretaker government has successfully reconstructed the Election Commission, which constitutes the basic structure of democracy.
StarTecharrow Bringing providers, users closer
Nowadays it's almost impossible to imagine a day without any means of telecommunication.
 arrow HP ties up with Trust Solutions
Hewlett-packard (HP), one of the world's largest information technology corporations, has tied up with Trust Solutions (a concern of Thakral group, Singapore) recently in an effort to strengthen its local
 arrow .org, .info domain fees to go up
Wholesale prices for internet addresses ending in '.org' and '.info' are going up 2.5 percent in mid-October, about the same time fees for '.com' and '.net' are increasing.
 arrow Tiny display has 4 times better contrast
With more people watching TV on their cell phones, Sharp Corp. is unveiling a tiny liquid crystal display that boasts four times better contrast than the best products commercially available today.
 arrow Strong Enough

Literaturearrow A bicycle at wartime*
Rafiq covetously eyes the bicycle store in Doratana Road every so often. He really needs a bicycle: although he hadn't managed to save the money to buy one, he constantly felt its need.
 arrow On local little magazines
On my way to Khulna University, I usually drop by Cafe de Salam, a small tea stall named after the owner Salam Bhai.
 arrow Book Review: An Exchange
Criticism is a very popular word. But what is criticism or book review? Why is it essential? How should it be? Let us now have a look at a few possible answers.
 arrow Love Blues
The tide rises
The tidal surge of desire
And that's why the heartless body
Gives itself up wholeheartedly
To the pretense of love.

 arrow Azfar Aziz replies:
Dear critics of my review, did you read the book at question, i.e.
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