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Front Pagearrow Khaleda, Hasina have Tk 2-3cr each in banks
Commercial banks so far have reported that former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina each have up to Tk 3 crore in bank accounts, said banking sources.
 arrow British consultant dies 430m down Barapukhuria mine
A British mining consultant died most likely from air poisoning inside the hazardously heated Barapukuria coal mine at a depth of 430 metres yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda steps out after 24 days; meets family
Khaleda Zia, who was under tremendous pressure over last one week for going into exile, stepped out of her cantonment residence last night for the first time in 24 days of reported confinement and said,
 arrow Hasina to return in first week of May
The Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will return home in the first week of May, she said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star last night.
 arrow Govt unwilling to free EC sectt from PMO
The chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday said the caretaker government does not want to free the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat from the control of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) since itrequires
 arrow Where graft reigns supreme
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) which is tasked with supervision of secondary schools, intermediate colleges and madrasas has turned into a centre of corruption where teachers
 arrow Mamun confesses to extortion again
Detained controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, a close friend of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, yesterday confessed his involvement in the extortion of Tk 1.
 arrow Tigers return smiling
After a successful World Cup mission, the Bangladesh cricket team returned home yesterday.
 arrow Bhuiyan trashes controversy over Khaleda's leadership
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday dismissed any controversy over the leadership of Khaleda Zia.
 arrow 2 killed as nor'wester lashes capital
Two youths were killed and three others were injured as a nor'wester with thunderbolts lashed the capital last evening.
 arrow Mainul sees govt courage in lifting bar on Hasina
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government showed courage in withdrawing the restriction on Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's homecoming.
 arrow ADB for big IPP plants to mitigate power crisis
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Hua Du yesterday stressed the need for setting up big plants of Independent Power Producer (IPP) to mitigate the power crisis in Bangladesh.
 arrow Pacifying workers

 arrow Two generals to become ambassadors
Services of two top-ranking serving army officials have been placed under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for appointment as ambassadors on deputation.
 arrow Upazila edn officer held for bribery
Upazila education officer (UEO) of Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila and his two associates were arrested yesterday by joint forces for taking bribe from a retired primary school teacher.
 arrow Govt asked to explain detention of Zafarullah
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why the detention of Awami League presidium member Kazi Zafarullah should not be declared illegal.
 arrow US House okays deadline for Iraq troop pullout
Ignoring President George W Bush's staunch vow of a veto, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a war funding bill that includes a timetable for pulling US troops out of Iraq.
 arrow Partial payment of arrears of jute mill workers begins
Eight state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jessore industrial areas yesterday started making partial payments of the arrears to the employees. The government has allocated Tk 19.74 crore for thepayments.
 arrow Cop, govt staff among 10 doped, robbed
At least 10, including a policeman and a government employee, fell victim to robbery by drugging and hospitalised in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Tiger kills 1 in Sundarbans
A Royal Bengal tiger killed a honey collector near Haridhali canal in the Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon.
 arrow ACC set to sue ex-state minister Salahuddin for Tk 1cr bribery
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to sue former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed for allegedly taking Tk 1 crore in bribe from a contractor of Roads & Highways Department
 arrow Star reporter acquitted in fertiliser dealer's case
A Nilphamari court yesterday acquitted EAM Asaduzzaman Tipu, Nilphamari correspondent of The Daily Star, of a case filed by a local fertiliser dealer.
 arrow 30 killed in Iraq bloodshed
At least 29 people were killed across Iraq on Thursday, including 10 Iraqi soldiers who died when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle against a checkpoint north of Baghdad, security officials said.
 arrow Customs officer held at ZIA while taking bribe
A customs inspector was arrested while allegedly taking bribe from a passenger at Zia International Airport yesterday evening.
Businessarrow BKMEA expects Yunus to join Washington public hearing
Knitwear manufacturers are expecting Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus' participation in a public hearing in the American capital city Washington on May 16 that would elicit opinion on allowing dutyand
 arrow Update intellectual property acts to woo FDI
Terming the existing intellectual property related laws very old, speakers at a seminar in Dhaka have urged the government to update those for protection from piracy and intellectual property infringement.
 arrow Poor infrastructure holds back tourism
As a three-day international tourism fair began in Dhaka yesterday, speakers at the inaugural function said Bangladesh fails to tap tourism potential due to poor infrastructure and lack of promotional
 arrow Footwear component show begins tomorrow
A two-day exhibition of footwear components begins tomorrow at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka to boost footwear export.
 arrow Under-pricing causes huge revenue loss
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday alleged that under-pricing of lands or apartments during registration that ultimately caused revenue loss to the government.
 arrow Safe workplace fair begins tomorrow
A series of shows titled 'Nirapad Karmakhetro Mela', or safe workplace fair, the first of its kind, begins tomorrow at Wiseghat in Old Dhaka in a bid to create awareness about safe workplace.
 arrow Global majority backs globalisation
Globalisation has been a force for good but environmental and labor standards need stronger protection from unfettered trade, according to a US survey of 18 countries released Thursday.
 arrow BASF global VP in Dhaka
Dr Udo Bergmann, global vice president and head of Global Business Unit of Polyamide and Intermediates of BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Germany, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Dhaka needs to take part in all WTO talks
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday suggested Bangladeshi officials' direct participation in all trade negations at the WTO headquarters in Geneva for the benefit of the country.
 arrow Politics keep WTO in waiting game
The WTO hopes to wrap up a global trade deal by the end of this year but the political calendar, especially in the United States, is encouraging some of the major actors to play a waiting game.
 arrow Euro flirts anew with all-time dollar high
The euro came within a whisker of a new all-time high against the dollar Wednesday as traders shook off the latest upbeat economic news from the United States and bet on weakness ahead.
 arrow Toshiba posts record earnings
Japan's Toshiba Corp.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers home, set new target
On a tranquil morning, the Bangladesh cricket team landed at the Zia Interna-tional Airport yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia fire into final
Glenn McGrath and Shaun Tait struck it rich as Australia stormed into a fourth succ-essive World Cup final with a crushing seven-wicket win over South Africa here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dav, tired and out!
After two months and seven days in the Caribbe-an, it took a 40-hour jour-ney for Habi-bul Bashar's men to return home.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque firm on Bashar
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has poured cold water into speculations of an immediate change in one-day captaincy by saying that it would be unwise to unstable the team ahead of next month's home series
 arrow Football: Minnows meet today
The B. League enters the ninth week today with bottom-table sides Rahmatganj and Chittagong Abahani pitted against each other at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: A brief respite
Sri Lanka's surge into cricket's World Cup final this weekend has raised hopes of a peace dividend on an island united by sport but divided by conflict, even if no one is showing long-term optimism.
 arrow Cricket: War minus shooting
Sport is war minus shooting, said George Orwell and Sri Lanka's cricketers are doing their part in keeping the guns silent.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting can't wait
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting admitted that he couldn't wait for Saturday to come when his all-conquering team take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup final.
 arrow Cricket: Stage-fright blamed
The latest chapter in South Africa's sorry World Cup history was put down to a case of stage fright by former stars Wednesday as the Proteas once again suffered semifinal heartache at the hands of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: WC to clear WI debts
The profits from the World Cup may entirely clear the debts of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
 arrow Cricket: 'Bring on Murali, Vaas'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting insists his world champions are ready to face down Sri Lanka's veteran bowlers Muttiah Muralidaran and Chaminda Vaas in Saturday's World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Chelsea take slim advantage
Joe Cole scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea emerged from the first leg of their Cham-pions League semifinal with a 1-0 advantage over Liverpool to take to Anfield.
 arrow Cricket: DCA 3rd Div champions
Dhanmondi Cricket Academy emerged champions of the Kai-Altech Third Division Cricket League when they beat Rayer Bazar by seven wickets at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Gazipur, Comilla win comfortably
Gazipur thrashed Sherpur 5-0 in the most one-sided match on the second day of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Howard ready for parade
Prime Minister John Howard said Thursday he would "amazed" if Australia failed to bring home cricket's World Cup after the semifinal win over South Africa edged them closer to a third straight title.
 arrow Cricket: Dilhara faces final axe
Struggling pace bowler Dilhara Fernando is likely to be axed from Sri Lanka's team for Saturday's World Cup final after his disastrous performance in the semifinal win over New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell attacks Tendulkar
Ian Chappell, who received considerable flak in India when he suggested recently that Sachin Tendulkar should retire, has said that the Indian master batsman was now playing the game for "wrong reasons".
 arrow Cricket: No place for Inzy in Tests?
Having recently retired from one-day cricket, Inzamam-ul Haq's future in Pakistan's Test team now looks in jeopardy with a top PCB official indicating that he would be dropped for the home series against
 arrow Cricket: Clarke excites Buchanan
Australian coach John Buchanan has tipped upcoming young batsman Michael Clarke to become captain after Ricky Ponting's time was up if he made right choices in that direction.
 arrow Football: Jose rues missed chances
Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea had blown a chance to put the outcome of their Champions League semifinal clash with Liverpool beyond doubt after his side emerged with only a 1-0 lead to take into
 arrow Football: Saviola set to defect
Barcelona's Argentine forward Javier Saviola is set to defect to arch-enemies Real Madrid, sports newspaper Marca said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann shuts door on clubs
Former Germany boss Juergen Klinsmann has accepted a job with German TV, apparently ruling himself out of becoming coach of English Premiership champions Chelsea, a report said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Gerrard certain of Reds chances
Steven Gerrard has insisted that Liverpool are capable of overturning a 1-0 first leg deficit against Chelsea to clinch a second Champions League final spot in three years.
 arrow Football: Bayern Klose-ing in
Werder Bremen's German international striker Miroslav Klose held talks with out of form defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich according to Thursday's edition of Bild.
 arrow Football: Nadal carries on clay charisma
Rafael Nadal extended his record run on clay to 69 straight wins as he moved a step closer to a title hattrick at the 900,000-dollar Barcelona Open on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ranson steps up City bid
Ray Ranson has stepped up his bid to secure control of Manchester City by submitting revised takeover proposals to the Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Podolski out for three months
Bayern Munich's drive for a Champions League place suffered a massive blow on Thursday with the news German international striker Lukas Podolski is out for six months.
 arrow Football: Lehmann stays with Arsenal
German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann extended his contract for another year with Premiership side Arsenal, he told German daily Bild on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United, Roma both fined
Manchester United and AS Roma were both fined by UEFA on Wednesday over the violence which erupted during their Champions League quarterfinal in Rome this month.
 arrow Football: Pires considering Metz return
Villarreal's Robert Pires said Wednesday that he is considering ending his career at his first club, Metz in France.
 arrow Football: Essien denies drink charge
Chelsea's Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien was not contrary to reports arrested on a drink driving charge this week, one of his entourage told AFP on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Cut illegal connections to save 300MW power a day
Experts at a seminar yesterday called for disconnecting all illegal and unpaid electric connections by imposing heavy penalty throughout the country.
 arrow 'Cancel corrupt agreements on mineral resources'
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday urged the caretaker government to cancel all the 'corrupt agreements' concerning oil, gas and mineral resources with foreign companies.
 arrow One languishes in jail even after expiry of prison term
Even after the expiry of his prison term a convict has been languishing at Satkhira jail.
 arrow 'Radical change in judicial system a must to ensure justice'
Lawyers at a seminar yesterday said justice cannot be ensured if radical changes are not made in the existing judicial system.
 arrow 4 customs men held at ZIA on charges of taking bribes
Members of the joint forces arrested four customs men, including two officials, at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday on charges of taking bribes.
 arrow 'Debate helps students think in constructive way'
The first Women's Debate Festival 2007 was held at Eden Girls' College in the city amid huge enthusiasm yesterday.
 arrow 'Appoint victim support officer at all police stations'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for appointing a officer at each police station to ensure better and more effective victim support services, as victims, particularly women, often do
 arrow Sher-e-Bangla's 45th anniversary of death today
The 45th anniversary of death of Sher-e-Bangla Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq, a great leader of the Bangalees, will be observed today.
 arrow Khulna power plant trips again
The 110-megawatt power plant in Khulna went out of order just three hours after it restarted at 7:45 pm on Wednesday following a repair.
 arrow Jamalpur BNP leader sued in cheating case
A cheating case has been filed against a former convener of Jamalpur district BNP and former deputy minister for health Sirajul Haque.
 arrow CPA transfers 13 top officials
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday transferred as many as 13 senior officials as part of its ongoing effort to bring about reforms and dynamism in the port activities.
 arrow Five firearms recovered in Comilla
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered five firearms and six rounds of cartridges and arrested five arms peddlers in this connection from a residential hotel at Shasangacha in Comilla on Wednesday
 arrow Armed cadre of Wadud Bhuiyan arrested in Khagrachhari
Police arrested a topnotch criminal from his residence at Shalbagan in the district yesterday.
 arrow Illiteracy major obstacle to creating awareness
Illiteracy is the major obstacle in creating awareness among the workers about their rights and duties, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Flight Lt Fuad gets 'Chief of Air Staff's Trophy'
The certificate award ceremony of No. 74 junior command and staff course of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) was held at the BAF command and staff training institute at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
 arrow Prof Farid made BOU VC
Prof M Farid Ahmed and AKM Ruhul Amin Akand have been appointed Vice-Chancellor and Treasurer respectively of Bangladesh Open University (BOU), says a press release.
 arrow British Council Education UK Week from May 6
British Council will organise an Education UK Week for prospective students in Bangladesh from May 6 to 10 at the British Council in Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Appeal for help
Students of Kingshuk Participatory High School has appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of their fellow student Mominur Rahman Ayon who has been suffering from kidney diseases, says a press
Point-Counterpointarrow Let's import gas from Myanmar
Fast growing economies like India, China, and Thailand have been importing natural gas, and will continue to do so in the future to keep the wheels moving.
 arrow Now it's our turn
The time has come for those people who were never in Bangladeshi politics to play a role.
 arrow Time for citizens to step up
I still remember the moment when I read in an email that Dr Yunus had announced his willingness to form a political party -- I was studying with a group of classmates who were left bewildered as I left
Culturearrow Lalbagh Kella in focus
Light and sound shows at historic monuments and forts in many big cities are major attractions to tourists from all corners of the world.
 arrow Shishir Kumar: A mask-maker striving to keep his art alive
Shishir Kumar Paul, who comes from a long line of mask-makers in Rajshahi, is desperately seeking ways to save his craft, which is currently on the verge of dying out.
 arrow 'Swapnodanay': Dreams, deception and disconnect...
Cine-club activist and film festival organiser Golam Rabbany's debut film Swapnodanay (On the Wings of Dreams) is ready for release.
 arrow A mélange of paintings and sculptures
Abdul Gaffar Babu and Shamira Khanum, young artists from the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA), DU, are currently having an exhibition at Zainul Gallery.
 arrow Drew Barrymore is People's 'most beautiful'
She was born with her acting family's classic beauty, but Drew Barrymore credits her fun-loving approach to life for her No. 1 spot on People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" list.
Generalarrow Road crashes kill six
At least six people were killed and 46 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Sirajganj and Kishoreganj yesterday Our correspondent from Manikganj adds: One was killed and four others
 arrow Dhaka-Seoul bilateral trade should increase: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed has underlined the need for enhancing bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Republic of Korea (ROK).
 arrow BDR-BSF meet agrees to settle disputes thru' dialogue
A battalion-level flag meeting between the BDR and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at no man's land near Ghojadanga in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, opposite Bhomra land port in
 arrow Bridge collapses as overloaded truck hits railing
A bridge collapsed when an overloaded truck crashed into its railing in Majherchor area at Sonargaon in the district early morning yesterday.
 arrow Training on gender & HR held
A three-day training workshop on 'Gender & Human Rights', conducted by Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK), concluded in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 11 clinics, labs fined in Gazipur
Five clinics, six diagnostic centres and several drug stores in Gazipur were fined Tk 2.75 lakh yesterday for selling date-expired medicines and not having registration and licence.
 arrow Novartis Community Partnership Day observed
Novartis (Bangladesh) associates observed the Novartis Community Partnership Day in the country yesterday, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Government's move is well-advised
With the military-backed interim government having decided to rescind its earlier steps regarding Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, the political atmosphere has become a lot clearer.
 arrow Editorial: Nor'wester fury
The 19 minute nor'wester that lashed the districts of Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga, Rangpur, Kurigram and Brahmanbaria early this week wrought death, injuries and destruction in a vast tract of land.
 arrow Risk assessment
The fiasco surrounding the so-called "minus two" plan to send Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia into exile seems to indicate that the current interim government shares at least one trait with its predecessor
 arrow Begums bounced back
Who could ever think that things were going to turn so sharply and the two powerful begums would first go out of power and then be marked to go out of country? Last week, one begum was ready to leavethe
 arrow Press cartoons and freedom of expression
It seems that cartoons and satirical sketches have become a litigious issue for the current interim government.
Letters to Editorarrow World Cup cricket
The debacle of India and Pakistan in the current World Cup disheartened millions of cricket lovers, especially the people of the sub-continent. The attraction of the World Cup has decreased.
 arrow Wrong information in textbook
In the English Text book of NCTB, meant for the students of class 11and 12, there is a Unit titled World Heritage which includes a lesson ''A Testimony of Mughal Architecture''.
 arrow City Streets
If we think about the roads and highways of Bangladesh, we can easily visualize lanes, by lanes and highways that are not so smooth and spacious.
 arrow Not a good decision
The government has allowed the shopping malls to remain open all the seven days of the week.
 arrow Pakistan and Saarc spirit
The Saarc summit ended in New Delhi. A joint statement has been issued and a rosy picture has been painted. The leaders have promised many wonderful things.
 arrow Don't occupy open spaces
We used to enjoy gathering in open fields in the afternoon. Boys and girls were playing their various games and sports. It helped them to grow up with a strong physical and mental health.
 arrow Politics as usual?
Is the honeymoon of trust and hope coming to an end? The glorious battle against corruption that promised a new beginning was vastly diluted, if not put under question mark, when a confirmed young brigand
 arrow National dress
This issue has been debated for a long time. I believe we can adopt the dress worn by Prof. Yunus at the Nobel Prize giving ceremony. We may adopt it as the national dress.
 arrow Political developments
Recent events in Bangladesh have turned me into a begrudging pessimist with respect to establishment of a democratic civil society providing basic economic security and dignity to the country's poor.
 arrow Voting right for expatriate Bangladeshis
The news that the Election Commission is considering giving right to the Bangladeshi expatriates to vote in the election must be taken with a grain of salt.
 arrow US Ambassador's comments
I am again dumbfounded by the statements of the US Ambassador in Dhaka, Patricia Butenis, at a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner.
 arrow Attention: BCB
This is an open letter to the BCB. We Bangladeshis often react prematurely and act out on our emotions.
 arrow Factory in a residential area
Rajabazar under PS Tejgaon is a densely populated residential area.
 arrow Weaknesses of the caretaker govt.
With Fakhruddin Ahmed taking over as chief adviser to the caretaker government, a focus on the country's successes and failures may be considered timely.
 arrow US visa for Bangladeshi students
I have carefully gone through a press release recently issued by Ms Elizabeth P. Gourlay of the US Embassy, Dhaka which was published in a number of English language dailies.
 arrow Save "Binod Bibi Mosque"
It is well documented and known, that the Binod Bibi Mosque, which was constructed by Bakht Binat, daughter of Marhamat was built in 1457.
 arrow CA's visit to Bangabandhu's mazar
In the last five years, the BNP-led alliance government made it one of their agenda how to delete Bangabandhu's name from the pages of history and denigrated him in all possible ways without any scruple.
 arrow To the top two...
Through this daily I would like to earnestly request the two very respectable leaders of AL and BNP to resign from their parties and take a permanent leave of absence from politics.
 arrow Anti-graft drive
The government's anti-corruption drive lacks experience.
Urbanarrow Humanising an inhuman situation
Quite often we come across news that construction workers have been killed by falling from heights during construction of buildings.
 arrow Building construction in Bangladesh: Safety issues
Building construction has every chance to be a dangerous and hazardous. Accidents can happen at any time, almost any where and to anybody.
Worldarrow Iran-EU nuclear talks progressing
Iran's top nuclear negotiator said yesterday that talks with a senior EU official had brought them closer to "a united view" of how to break a deadlock over Tehran's defiance of a UN Security Councildemand
 arrow South Asia: Pak relations with India improving: Musharraf
Pakistan's relationship with India, strained over a long-standing dispute over Kashmir, are gradually warming, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday during a visit to Spain.
 arrow South Asia: C'wealth pushes for change in Pakistan
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon said Wednesday the group was keeping watch on Pakistan for signs of democratic progress ahead of a year-end deadline for change.
 arrow South Asia: US detains top Tamil Tiger fund raiser
The leader of the US-arm of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers had been arrested in New York for supporting "terror" activities on the island, the US embassy in Colombo said in a statement Thursday.
 arrow 'Palestinians ready to stand by truce'
Palestinian factions are prepared to stand by a fragile truce, which Hamas had declared over this week after firing rockets into Israel, an Egyptian official said yesterday.
 arrow Nato commits to arms treaty
Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer affirmed yesterday the alliance's commitment to a Cold War-era arms treaty limiting military forces in Europe, after Russia threatened to abandon it.
 arrow South Asia: Attacks kill 19 in Afghanistan
Fresh attacks in Afghanistan killed 19 people, including six soldiers in a roadside bombing, officials said Wednesday, as the Taliban stepped up its campaign against the government.
 arrow South Asia: Indians mull new strategy to counter Maoist threat
Top officials from more than dozen Indian states met in New Delhi Thursday to construct a new strategy to counter a decades-old but worsening Maoist insurgency, home ministry officials said.
 arrow Putin won't seek 3rd term
President Vladimir Putin charged yesterday that foreigners seeking to thwart Russia's resurgence are increasingly interfering in its affairs.
 arrow South Asia: Court issues arrest warrant against Gere, Shilpa for kissing
A court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty yesterday for kissing at a public function, news reports said.
 arrow Myanmar, North Korea re-establish ties
Myanmar and North Korea, two of Asia's most repressive regimes, signed an agreement Thursday to resume diplomatic ties during a visit to Myanmar by the North Korean vice foreign minister, an officialsaid.
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