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Front Pagearrow Current budget set to be downsized 5.9pc
The government is going to downsize the current budget by 5.9 per cent due to declining foreign aid, poor revenue collection and slow implementation of Annual Development Programme (ADP).
 arrow ACC's first charge sheets against 5 in graft cases
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against three detained ex-state ministers and two of their family members in connection with three graft cases filed for amassing huge wealth
 arrow Project delayed further as third tender cancelled
The Power Cell yesterday cancelled the third tender of the Sirajganj 450 megawatt power project.
 arrow Project proposal to be ready in two months
The work of preparing a project proposal for a voter list with photographs and for national identity cards is likely to begin next week, a month after the 18-month timeframe for voter registration was
 arrow HC refuses to accept Hasina's writ petition
The High Court (HC) yesterday refused to accept a writ petition seeking a directive for the authorities not to arrest or harass Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on her return home.
 arrow Khaleda yet to get Umrah visa
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not get visa for Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah as of yesterday.
 arrow Hasina won't attempt to avenge move to keep her in exile
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she has no plan for seeking revenge against the military backed caretaker government which tried to block her return to Bangladesh.
 arrow Proposal sent to EC for ban on party-affiliated student bodies
The caretaker government has sent a set of proposals to the Election Commission (EC) for banning party-affiliated student organisations and trade unions, Law Adviser Mainul Hosein said yesterday.
 arrow Finance adviser dismisses controversy over budgeting
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday dismissed any controversy or constitutional crisis over budgeting by the interim government despite the fact that the next budget will not get through a
 arrow Probe on into 21 major crimes, says Matin
The national coordination committee against major corruption and crime is investigating 21 cases of major crimes, said MA Matin, chairman of the committee and adviser for the Ministry of Communications.
 arrow It'd need 20yrs to remove irregularities, says CJ
The irregularities in appointment of judges in the past will need at least 20 years to remove, observed Chief Justice Ruhul Amin yesterday.
 arrow Burglary at Indian diplomat's Baridhara house
Burglars snuck into an Indian diplomat's residence at the highly secured Baridhara diplomatic zone in the capital in the early morning yesterday and made off with valuables worth around Tk 3 lakh.
 arrow 511 juvenile accused still kept in jail flouting HC order
Even four years into the High Court order for keeping the juvenile accused in correction centres, as many as 511 children are still languishing in 57 jails across the country and the number is growing.
 arrow No foot over-bridge or underpass

 arrow BB sends finds to ACC for action against Ctg businessman
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday sent the findings of its preliminary inquiry into the alleged defrauding of several banks by a businessman in Chittagong to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for in-depth
 arrow Hearing in Mamun's arms case May 16
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 16 for hearing on charge framing against controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in the case filed for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Mayor Minu gets anticipatory bail in extortion case
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to Rajshahi City Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu and two other BNP leaders in connection with an extortion case.
 arrow 2 more PWs give depositions in graft case against Ershad
Two more prosecution witnesses of a graft case filed against former president HM Ershad gave statements before a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow 20 to die for murder
Twenty people were sentenced to death yesterday by a district court for murder of businessman Hasan Ahmed 15 years back.
 arrow Overflowing

 arrow Murder case against Patal filed
A murder case was filed in Natore against former state minister Fazlur Rahman Patal and 16 BNP activists yesterday.
 arrow US pounds Baghdad after Karbala carnage
American forces fired an artillery barrage at targets in southern Baghdad yesterday following deaths of nine more US troops while Iraqi rescuers scoured wreckage for the victims of another deadly carbomb
 arrow Tigers bomb Colombo fuel facilities
Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a fuel refinery and gasoline storage facility near the Sri Lankan capital early yesterday, and authorities cut power to the city, officials said.
 arrow US may hold talks with Iran at Iraq conference
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday she would not rule out a meeting with her Iranian counterpart on the sidelines of a multinational conference on Iraq security next week.
 arrow EU proposes tripartite talks on Iraqi refugees
The European Union's development and humanitarian aid commissioner said on Sunday that he has proposed joint talks with Damascus and Baghdad to discuss the plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria.
 arrow Kidnapped Chinese workers freed in Ethiopia
Seven Chinese workers captured in an attack last week on an oil plant by separatist rebels in eastern Ethiopia in which 77 people died have been released, their kidnappers told AFP yesterday.
Businessarrow Graft ups cost of doing business in Bangladesh
Corruption leads to higher cost of doing business in Bangladesh, observed the Dutch envoy in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow BoP surplus reaches $577m in 8 months
Despite slow pace in FDI and foreign aid flow into the country, the overall balance of payment (BoP) surplus reached $577 million in the first eight months of the current fiscal year (2006-07), thanks
 arrow ACU board meet in Dhaka May 14-16
Bangladesh Bank will host the 36th meeting of the Board of Directors of Asian Clearing Union (ACU) in the city on May 14-16 for the second time in the last seven years.
 arrow Wolfowitz opposition growing firmer
Paul Wolfowitz encountered stiffening opposition Saturday to staying on as World Bank president amid allegations he showed favoritism in arranging a promotion and pay package for his girlfriend.
 arrow StanChart, DBBL sign deal on sharing ATM network
Standard Chartered Bank and Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) yesterday signed an agreement on sharing their ATM network, under which customers of both the banks can withdraw cash from over 150 ATM (automated
 arrow Brac Bank, S'pore's airline, healthcare group team up
Brac Bank Ltd organised a press conference in Dhaka yesterday to highlight the features of a new service of the bank styled 'Medical File', the first of its kind in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Mittal tops Britain's rich list again
Indian-born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal on Sunday again topped the list of Britain's richest with a fortune estimated at 19.25 billion pounds (28.23 billion euros, 38.46 billion dollars).
 arrow Bangladesh trade fair in KSA June 30
A six-day single country Bangladesh trade fair will begin in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia on June 30.
 arrow Bank holiday May 1-2
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on May 1 and 2 on account of the May Day and Buddha Purnima, said a central bank release.
 arrow NCC Bank approves 22.5pc dividend
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Ltd has approved 22.5 percent dividend (10 percent cash and 12.5 percent bonus share) for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow US-EU leaders aim to boost economic ties
US and EU leaders gather Monday at the White House to boost economic ties but harbor little hope of striking an accord on the increasingly divisive issue of global warming and how to combat it.
 arrow Chavez offers oil to leftist allies at 50pc discount
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez late Saturday offered guarantees of cheap energy supplies to his leftist allies from Latin American and the Caribbean, saying his country was "putting its oil reserves
 arrow China hikes reserve ratio to slow economy
China's central bank on Sunday ordered major commercial banks to set aside more money in reserves in an effort to slow its economy after higher-than-expected first-quarter growth figures.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
Retiring Aus-tralia coach John Bucha-nan said it was his nation's destiny to be at the cutting edge of cricket after they'd won a third straight World Cup title.
 arrow Cricket: The McGrath exit
Glenn Mc-Grath said linking up with old com-rade Adam Gilchrist was the perfect way for him to take his last wicket in international cricket after Australia had won their third successive World Cup final
 arrow Cricket: SL fans satisfied
Disappointed Sri Lankan cricket fans drew solace Sunday from their team's performance despite seeing them lose to Australia in the World Cup final.
 arrow Cricket: The final dilemma
It may have rained sixes and fours in the World Cup final be-tween Aus-tralia and Sri Lanka here, but the tournament still awaits the first really competitive finale in more than a decade.
 arrow Cricket: Tushar likely to return
The national selectors are expected to discuss on one change when they meet this morning to finalise the one-day squad for next month's home series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Ticketing rights go to AB Bank
The AB Bank is going to get the ticket selling rights for Bangladesh's upcoming home series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Rajapakse hails team
Sri Lanka's president Sunday congratulated the national team's World Cup effort and pledged to help the side prepare for the future after their finals loss to Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Bob's body reaches SA
The body of Bob Woolmer, the murdered coach of Pakistan's cricket team, arrived in South Africa on Sunday morning, six weeks after his body was discovered in a Jamaican hotel room.
 arrow Cricket: Picking up the World Cup pieces
1. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza takes out Virender Sehwag during the epic encounter in Port of Spain. 2. Ireland players parade around Sabina Park after their St. Patrick's Day stunner against Pakistan. 3.
 arrow Cricket: Smith sidesteps politics
South African cricket captain Graeme Smith said on Sunday he would not use politics as an excuse for South Africa's performance in the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha to play today
The B. League match between Muktijoddha and Arambagh will kick off 24 hours ahead of schedule due to the May Day holiday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies extra special'
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene believes that Australia have that something extra which separates champions from the others.
 arrow Cricket: Chaos in Colombo
Tamil Tiger planes struck fuel depots around Sri Lanka's capital early Sunday, briefly plunging Colombo into darkness and sending cricket fans watching the World Cup final running for cover.
 arrow Football: Eight teams in zonal finals
Eight teams emerged group champions yesterday to advance to the zonal finals of the Western Union National Youth (Under-18) Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Coaching option open for Glenn
Glenn McGrath has spent more than a decade keeping Australia's bowling stocks strong and he has been offered the chance to make sure they remain healthy after his retirement.
 arrow Basketball: BKSP cagers win two titles
The BKSP basketball team won two school tournaments in India recently.
 arrow Cricket: Academy cricket final today
Bangladesh Cricket Academy will take on their Pakistan counterparts in the final of the tri-nation tournament at BKSP today.
 arrow Football: Joaquin brace fires Valencia
Two goals in three minutes from Joaquin Sanchez gave Valencia a vital 2-0 win over Recreativo Huelva and moved the 2002 and 2004 Spanish champions up to fourth place in La Liga on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bayern stumble again
VfB Stuttgart coach Armin Veh was delighted by his side's "thankless" 1-0 victory at bottom-side Borussia Moenchengladbach which took them up to second and in sight of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Revamped Milan get win
Rejuvenated Dutchman Clarence Seedorf fired a superb solo strike to secure a fifth win on the trot for a slimline AC Milan side with a 1-0 win over their hosts Torino on Saturday.
 arrow Football: PSG boost survival hopes
Paris St Ger-main continued their late season fight-back by edging further away from the drop zone with a precious 3-1 away defeat at Toulouse on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Gattuso fit, Maldini doubt for MU tie
AC Milan's tigerish midfielder Gennaro Gattuso will be fit for next Wednesday's Champions League semifinal, second leg at home to Manchester United after recovering from a right foot injury.
 arrow Football: Ballack undergoes ankle op
Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has undergone an operation on his left ankle, the German football federation (DFB) announced on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juninho, Coupet set for Lyon stay
Lyon's Brazilian midfielder Juninho and international goalkeeper Gregory Coupet are set to extend their contracts until 2010, club president Jean-Michel Aulas said Saturday.
 arrow Football: EPL won't tempt Strachan
Manager Gordon Strachan won't be tempted to quit Celtic for a move to the English Premiership, the Scottish champions' chief executive Peter Lawwall claimed on Sunday.
 arrow Football: FA probe Leeds pitch invasion
English football's ruling body the Football Association (FA) on Sunday announced it was holding an investigation into the pitch invasion by Leeds United fans at Elland Road on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow UN Convention retification to benefit 1.40cr people with disability
Different organisations working with the persons of special needs hailed the decision of the government to sign and ratify the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disability (PWD).
 arrow Work according to STP for better city transport system
Different government bodies should work in an integrated way according to the Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for a better transport system in Dhaka city to meet the future challenges in this sector.
 arrow Do not hand over power without reconstituting public bodies
Freedom fighters at a roundtable yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) not to handover the power without reconstituting some public bodies like Election Commission (EC), High Court, Anti-Corruption
 arrow Adolescent empowerment project changes lives of thousands
Thousands of adolescents across the country have been equipped with knowledge on social issues and life skills-based education through the 'Kishori Abhijan' project supported by the UNICEF.
 arrow 'Recover mangrove forests to save coastal areas from disaster'
Disaster management experts and environmentalists yesterday demanded that the government recover all the mangrove forests grabbed by various quarters in the coastal areas since the independence of the
 arrow Kidnapped boy rescued in Ctg
A boatman's intelligence helped police rescue a kidnapped boy in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Maj Akhtar declared persona non grata in cantonments
Army headquarters has declared former BNP lawmaker Maj (Retd) Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman persona non grata in all the cantonments as well as the areas under the cantonments.
 arrow 'Ban children's involvement in political programmes'
Involvement of children in political programmes should be totally banned.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned the body of a Bangladeshi after a company commander level flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday, BDR sources said.
 arrow Iftekhar condemns attack on Pak interior minister
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday strongly condemned as cowardice the attack on Pakistan Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao.
 arrow Formulate guideline to stop widespread use of billboards
The corporate bodies and the government should formulate a guideline in order to prevent widespread use of billboards in city streets, speakers observed at a forum yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Mamun Hasan, a meritorious student of class nine, is suffering from kidney disease, says a press release.
 arrow Social movement a must to combat violence against women
Violence against women hinders establishing women's empowerment and their rights, speakers at a discussion said yesterday, adding that initiating a social movement is a must to combat such violence.
 arrow 3rd Nat'l Debate Festival 2007 May 18-19
National Debate Federation Bangladesh (NDF BD) in association with Kushtia District School will organise 'NDF BD 3rd National Debate Festival-2007' on May 18-19 in Kushtia, says a press release.
 arrow Victims get Tk 4.25 lakh
The government distributed Tk 4.25 lakh among the families of 27 victims of the February 26 Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) blaze in the city.
 arrow NSU student commits suicide
A student of North South University (NSU) committed suicide at his residence at TNT colony at Maghbazar in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Obituary
Ashrafur Rahman (Munna), son of late Wing Commander (Retd) Badiur Rahman, passed away in Moscow, Russia on April 23, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 31 Pabna AL, BNP leaders on the run
Thirty-one leaders of Awami League and BNP in Pabna including two former lawmakers are on the run to evade arrest, top police officials said.
 arrow Tea prospects better with favourable weather
With favourable weather conditions, prospect of tea production seems better this year than that of last year, according to tea experts and producers.
 arrow Madhutila Eco-Park becoming attractive tourist spot
Madhutila Eco-Park in Sherpur district has become an attractive tourist spot with sufficient breathing spaces and scopes for amusement.
 arrow Tomato rotting in Dinajpur
At least 50 mounds of tomato are rotting in wholesale markets Dinajpur a day due to lack of preservation facilities and poor transportation system.
 arrow Satkhira BNP man sued for 'land grabbing'
A case has been filed against detained Sadar upazila BNP president and Labsa Union Parishad (UP) chairman Abdul Alim allegedly for grabbing 21 bighas of land of a minority community by forcing the land
 arrow Joint border patrol in B'baria agreed upon
A battalion commander level flag meeting between BDR and Indian BSF was held at Kashba railway station ground in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow 2 Jubo Dal leaders held in Kurigram
Kurigram Sadar police arrested district Jubo Dal joint secretary Shahanur Ashraf Juel and vice-president of its municipal unit Ahshan Kabir Likhan in the town yesterday.
 arrow Training for crew begins
A two-day training course for crew of water vessels, ansars and fire fighters began at Barisal port yesterday. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) organised the training.
 arrow NDC team visits Khagrachhari
A team of National Defence College (NDC) visited Khagrachhari yesterday. Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) welcomed the NDC team at a meeting held at its conference room.
 arrow CI sheets recovered in Barguna
Joint forces, in two separate drives, conducted in Pathorghata under Barguna upazila recovered 139 pieces of CI sheets from the houses of a poura commissioner and a union parishad (UP) member.
Point-Counterpointarrow From zero to hero
Can there be anything more bizarre than the emergence of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia as oppressed heroines in our long national nightmare? As soon as the story of Hasina's barring from a British Airways
 arrow Emergency Action Plan
Emergency action plans (EAP) give detailed information on what to do if you have an accident or emergency in high-rise buildings.
Culturearrow Celebrations in Chittagong
Adance programme was held in the port city on Saturday (April 28) evening as part of the weeklong countrywide celebration of the 3rd National Dance Festival.
 arrow Poetry festival in Rajshahi
A regional poetry recitation festival was celebrated with much enthusiasm featuring a rally, recitation, discussion and workshops in Rajshahi on April 27 and 28.
 arrow Indonesian melodies take centre stage
The weeklong programme by the 'Indonesian Culture and Tourism Promotion Week 2007' came to an end with a splendid performance that took place at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
 arrow Tribeca Film Festival opened by Al Gore
The sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival opened last Wednesday at a gala hosted by former US Vice President Al Gore as the festival expanded its social mission with a slate of global warming-themed films.
Generalarrow Acute water crisis in Rajshahi city
Rajshahi city dwellers are suffering from acute water crisis though there is no frequent power crisis in the city.
 arrow ‘Disaster plan should be grounded on geo-cultural realities of coastal areas’
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said disaster management plan should be grounded on the geo-cultural realities of the coastal region and should be part of regional development planning rather thanad
 arrow Behavioural change of street users a must to curb road accidents
To reduce road accidents, pedestrians should be given the utmost priority in the streets while highways should be kept open for fast moving vehicles, experts said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Two touchstones worth Tk 33 crore recovered
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-12 recovered two touchstones worth around Tk 33 crore in two separate drives from Raiganj upazila of Sirajganj district on Saturday night.
Internationalarrow Million rally in Turkey for secularism, democracy
More than one million people took part in a mass rally here Sunday in support of secularism and democracy amid a tense stand-off between the Islamist-rooted government and the army over presidential elections.
 arrow Hamas leader justifies rocket attacks
A leader of the militant Hamas justified recent rockets attacks on Israel as "self defence," while the camp of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday urged the preservation of a 5-month-old
 arrow Pak-Afghan leaders in fence-mending talks
A summit between Pakistan and Afghanistan aiming to cool bilateral tensions in the fight against the Taliban insurgency is going ahead as planned, officials here said yesterday.
 arrow US high-fliers in dock over sex racket
The resignation of a senior US State Department official has put the spotlight on an alleged Washington call-girl ring and pending trial of its madam who claims powerful men were among thousands of clients.
 arrow Larijani meets Maliki in Baghdad
Iran's top national security official Ali Larijani arrived in Baghdad yesterday on a previously unannounced three-day visit and opened talks with senior officials, state television reported.
 arrow Democrats woo voters with Bush bashing
Wooing influential California Democrats, presidential contender Barack Obama vowed to "turn the page on this Iraq disaster" while Hillary Rodham Clinton denounced President Bush's conduct of the
 arrow Australian parties say no to uranium supply for India
The opposition to uranium exports to India continues, even though the Australian Labour Party (ALP) has officially dumped its 25-year-old no-new-uranium-mines policy in annual conference.
 arrow US forces net 72 al-Qaeda suspects
US forces captured at least 72 suspects linked to al-Qaeda and seized bomb-making materials in a series of raids in two Iraqi provinces yesterday, the military said.
 arrow Raid kills 4 Afghan militants, 2 women
Hundreds of angry protesters chanting "Death to Bush" and "Death to Karzai" demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after US-led coalition and Afghan forces raided a suspected car bomb cell early yesterday,
 arrow Govt forms probe body, toll rises to 28
Pakistan's government has formed a team to investigate a suicide blast that targeted and injured the country's interior minister and killed 28 others, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nine killed in fresh Kashmir violence
Eight suspected Muslim militants and a civilian were killed in continuing separatist violence in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, the army and police said Sunday.
 arrow Karzai heads to Turkey talks with hope for peace
Afghan President Hamid Karzai headed to Turkey yesterday for talks with his Pakistani counterpart over the Taliban-led insurgency, saying he had a "tremendous desire" for peace.
 arrow Freed French hostage arrives home
A young French woman freed by the Taliban after 24 days in captivity in Afghanistan arrived back in France early yesterday, a source said.
 arrow Militants kill two 'US spies' in Pakistan
Suspected militants shot dead two Pakistani men accused of spying for US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Malians vote for next president
Malians went to the polls yesterday in presidential elections expected to hand the incumbent a second five-year term and boost the west African country's democratic credentials.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Removing restrictions on VoIP
We welcome the government's decision in principle to remove restrictions on VoIP operations.
 arrow Editorial: Cricket World Cup
The curtain has come down on the cricket World Cup 2007 on 28 April amidst rain and some swashbuckling performances from top class cricketers of the world.
 arrow In quest of sobriety in our politics
Even as the present caretaker dispensation sets out on an uncharted course after assuming office on January 11, the contour of its agenda gradually came into clear relief with the policy pronouncements
 arrow Up and down
When you can't win, the best thing to do, naturally, is to change the definition of victory. Since no political party can win in Uttar Pradesh, all of them are in the process of redefining success.
 arrow Cairo chronicle
In attempting to promote democracy in the Middle East, the United States and its coalition of the willing is concentrating on just one tiny country, Iraq.
Letters to Editorarrow Our police
"Never get tangled with police!" When growing up in rural Bangladesh, we often listened to this wise advice. We eyed the khaki-clad, from a distance, with awe.
 arrow Consigning monga to the museum!
Monga is still a very serious problem which is affecting an alarmingly high number of people mainly living in greater Rangpur every year. Serious interventions to specifically address monga were veryrare.
 arrow Habibul Bashar
This is very simple. After the Bangladesh vs.
 arrow Whither Saarc?
Saarc is two decades old. But its evolution shows neither statesmanship nor political craftsmanship. Rather, the hollowness of its goal, commitment and sincerity evokes childish bewilderment.
 arrow Library
I want a library. I want people to read books. I want my next generation to understand the differences between right and wrong. I want to watch a little kid laughing and wondering reading a magical story.
 arrow Tide of truth
Being a proud Bangladeshi who is based in the USA for over quarter of a century, I have been monitoring news from afar on our home front via the internet and other available media.
 arrow Press notes
I would like to share my opinion with you.
 arrow The govt. must succeed
Our present caretaker government must not fail in any way. They have started a crusade against all sorts of corruptions that have engulfed our nation. We do not find any place corruption-free.
 arrow Role of Jamaat
The caretaker government is on the right track. The steps that are being taken by the CTG are really important and supported by the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow E-governance
I would like to appreciate the government's crash programme against corruption. Along with other approaches E-governance should help a lot to establish a sustainable, transparent and accountable system.
 arrow IT in Bangladesh
What have we achieved in the IT sector? We are more than 50 years behind the developed countries. One of the most important reasons of backwardness is our poor education system.
 arrow Changed circumstances
I am a computer engineer, presently an Australian immigrant. I have been following all the political proceedings in Bangladesh with keen interest.
 arrow Top Two
The way the former prime ministers of the country are being treated is a matter of grave concern, especially if this is an indication of things to come.
 arrow "How many times can one be prime minister?"
I found the post-editorial “How many times can one be prime minister?” by Syed Badrul Ahsan to be lacking in giving a thorough review of the idea of term limits. While Mr.
 arrow Writing from abroad
It is easier to write to a English language newspapers, because many of us don't have Bangla font.
 arrow Minus-Two theory
The recent drive against corruption by our military-backed Interim government has been supported by different segments of our society.
 arrow "Animal Farm" syndrome?
Though I have not read the book in many years, I have a vivid memory of the scene which ends the first chapter in George Orwell's Animal Farm; where the farm animals in revolt chase away their wickedhuman
Star Cityarrow Sorry state of bypass stymies traffic
The Water Development Board (WDB) has received only Tk 50 lakh to repair the bypass connecting the old part of the city with Savar road in Gabtoli, which has remained in a dilapidated state with ditches,
 arrow 'We have not learnt begging, we want work'
Like every day yesterday Dulal, Abdul Motaleb and Ratan, three well-built day labourers from Badda Post Office slum woke up early in the morning and walked a short distance with their spades and baskets
 arrow Experts reject Rehab's claims for developers
Environmentalists and urban experts have reacted sharply against the private developers' suggestion to accommodate in Rajuk's Detailed Area Plan (DAP) all the ongoing housing projects many of which are
 arrow "City Express"
The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness.
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