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Front Pagearrow Special graft courts start rolling
In a major development in the interim government's campaign against graft, four of the five special courts designed to try the corrupt suspects got down to work yesterday.
 arrow Inflation spiralling
Inflation rate is rising incessantly with a 0.
 arrow Govt sits on EC call for lifting ban
The caretaker government still remains silent about the Chief Election Commissioner's (CEC) request for withdrawal of embargo on indoor politics allowing the EC to hold talks with political parties seeking
 arrow Hasina returns today
The military backed-caretaker government yesterday gave permission for 10 Awami League (AL) leaders to receive their party chief Sheikh Hasina at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) today.
 arrow CG asked to draw up time-bound roadmap
The caretaker government needs to draw up a time-bound work plan to reassure the public of a well-planned strategy towards re-establishing democracy in the country, urged advisers to past caretaker governments
 arrow Steps underway to kill burning Titas Gas well
The government is expected to sign a contract with US company GSM in the next two weeks to effectively kill the third well of Titas Gas Field that had been leaking huge gas for many months and was about
 arrow Experts' body clears 5 power projects
The caretaker government's experts' committee on power sector cleared five deals, initiated by the immediate past BNP-led alliance government as the experts found no major irregularities in those projects.
 arrow In scorching heat...


 arrow Shady trade thrives on no-scope for fun
A group of shady businesspeople have been cashing in on the absence of entertainment in the capital and making a quick buck by luring hormone-driven youngsters to indecent activities under the shadowof
 arrow Writ petition filed in HC challenging legality of CG
A writ petition was filed in the High Court (HC) yesterday challenging the legality of the present caretaker government.
 arrow Indian cricket team arrive today
India cricket team are due to arrive in Dhaka today on a three-week trip to play three one-day internationals and two Test matches.
 arrow Sarkozy wins presidential election of France
Right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy scored an emphatic victory in the French presidential election yesterday, trouncing Socialist rival Segolene Royal to win a clear mandate for his tough economic and social
 arrow CA pledges full freedom of press
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his caretaker government believes in full freedom of the press and so, despite a state of emergency in the country, it is enjoying freedom.
 arrow 17 'JMB men' held
Law enforcers yesterday arrested 17 militant suspects of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from different parts of the country.
 arrow Quack's delivery led to 10 babies' death
The quack from Bhairab yesterday confessed to killing ten newborns by mutilating them during birth.
 arrow Congestion eases, but travel takes longer time
The first day of the enforcement of one-way traffic movement in Dhanmondi saw relatively less traffic congestion in the area yesterday, but the regular commuters complained that under the new system,it
 arrow Crime boss Joy captured in Kolkata
Dreaded crime lord Khandakar Tanvir Islam Joy, who is on the Bangladesh government announced list of 23 most-wanted criminals, was arrested in Kolkata, India, local newspapers reported yesterday.
 arrow Mufti Hannan sent to jail in 2 blasts cases
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (HuJi), and Abdur Rouf, another party leader, were sent to the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday in connection with two cases
 arrow Judicial probe into defamation cases against Hasina stalled
Three Dhaka metropolitan magistrate's courts yesterday again adjourned judicial inquiries into three separate defamation suits against Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and two others until July 5
 arrow 2 Shibir leaders expelled from DU dorm
The administration of Zahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University temporarily expelled two Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders from the dormitory last night on allegation of beating a student attached to the dormitory
 arrow Hannan Shah sued for attack on AL procession
An Awami League (AL) leader of Kapashia upazila yesterday filed a case with a Gazipur cognisance court against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Avdiser Brig (retd) ASM Hannan Shah accusing him of carrying
 arrow Printers propose to complete voter list with photo in 9 months
A printers' forum comprising about 200 printers yesterday submitted a proposal to the Election Commission (EC) for preparing voter list with photographs in nine months.
 arrow High-level body formed to frame VoIP policy
The government has formed a high level committee to formulate the much-awaited VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) policy to legalise Internet telephony in the country.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A leader of a local criminal group was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Nagar Mohammadpur under sadar upazila of the district on Saturday
 arrow BSF abducts 2
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi citizens from Sardarpara border in Atwari upazila of Panchagarh district yesterday morning.
 arrow 59 people killed in Iraq carnage
Insurgents killed at least 37 people in car bombings in Baghdad yesterday, shattering a short-lived lull in sectarian violence in the Iraqi capital as 59 people died in a spate of attacks.
 arrow Sacked Pakistan chief justice blasts 'dictators'
Pakistan's sacked top judge yesterday declared the "era of dictatorship is over" to cheers from tens of thousands as he took his battle with President Pervez Musharraf to the eastern city of Lahore.
Businessarrow Take measures to lift embargo on Bangladesh's investment in India
Country's top business leaders have urged the government to take immediate move for the withdrawal of Indian embargo on acceptance of Bangladesh's investment in India.
 arrow Yunus agrees to join public hearing in Washington
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has consented to participate in a public hearing in Washington on May 16 to elicit opinions on allowing duty and quota-free market access of products from the leastdeveloped
 arrow Indian state may open up power distribution sector
The UPA government is likely to open up the power distribution sector and allow multiple global and domestic private firms to deliver power directly to consumers.
 arrow Women entrepreneurs' product show begins
Industries adviser yesterday urged women entrepreneurs to be hard working to succeed in business as a three-day fair of goods produced by women began in the capital.
 arrow DSE turnover hits Tk100cr
After a break of 47 trading days, turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) crossed Tk 100 crore mark yesterday amid a growing confidence among the investors. >The total turnover was Tk 103.
 arrow Thais keen to invest in textile, tannery
A high-profile Thai business delegation yesterday expressed keen interest to invest in Bangladesh's textile, tannery and processed food sectors.
 arrow ROK, EU launch FTA talks
South Korea and the European Union on Sunday declared the formal launch of free trade talks to combine Asia's third largest economy and the world's largest trading bloc.
 arrow ADB wins support for overhaul
The Asian Development Bank won support Sunday for its plans for an overhaul but member countries also urged the lender not to forget its core goal of poverty reduction.
 arrow Japan pledges $100m for clean energy
Japan on Sunday pledged 100 million dollars to support clean energy projects in Asia, as rapid economic growth brings rising emissions of greenhouse gases.
 arrow Iran to open doors for foreign banks
Iran's Central Bank has adopted a directive that would allow foreign firms to set up branches in the Islamic republic and buy stakes in Iranian banks, state media reported on Sunday.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafe raring to go
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza gave just a little in-dication, du-ring the practice match at the Mipur Sher-e-Ban-gla National Stadium, that he is well tuned to strike blows against the touring Indians in thismonth's
 arrow Cricket: Akram's new innings
Former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan has been appointed as a member of the national selection committee to replace Golam Nowsher Prince who resigned from the post on personal grounds.
 arrow Football: Abahani fight back
Abahani relieved their Argentine coach Diego Cruciani off his duties and bounced back in the B. League title race with a comfortable 2-0 win over Arambagh at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India turn to yoga
What's common between the Indian cricket team and the All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby team? What does Sachin Tendulkar share with Ryan Giggs? Yoga, the ancient Indian art.
 arrow Cricket: BCB shortlists Whatmore successors
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has short-listed the names of Dav Whatmore successor.
 arrow Cricket: Tickets on sale from today
The tickets for the upcoming home series against India will go on sale today from different branches of the AB Bank Limited.
 arrow Football: Cruciani sacked or relieved?
Abahani parted with Argentine coach Diego Cruciani after 11 weeks as both parties felt it was the right thing to do.
 arrow Cricket: 'Just be patient'
India's cricket manager Ravi Shastri on Sunday went to the defence of the country's star veterans, saying they are not finished yet and raring to score big after their World Cup disappointment.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid fit to tour
Rahul Dravid will be fit to lead India on their tour of Bangladesh despite suffering a facial injury.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho guides Barca
League leaders Barcelona threw down the gauntlet to their main rivals for the Spanish title, and pushed Real Sociedad closer to relegation, with a 2-0 win over the Basque side on Saturday.
 arrow Football: United hold off celebrations
Sir Alex Ferguson has slapped an alcohol ban on his players until after Wednesday's trip to Chelsea, regardless of whether they have clinched the Premiership trophy by then.
 arrow Football: Tevez beats Bolton
Sir Alex Ferguson has the Pre-miership title in his sights but the Manchester United manager is more concerned about his next round of golf.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters announces retirement
Belgian tennis star and former world number one Kim Clijsters has announced her immediate retirement from the sport, according to a statement on her personal website on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Schalke still top
Kevin Kuranyi kept Schalke 04 on course for a first Bundesliga crown since 1958 with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Nuremberg on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fergie wants Mourinho stay
Alex Ferguson admits he would be sorry to see the back of arch-rival Jose Mourinho despite the two managers' recent war of words.
 arrow Football: Kalle hits back at Kaiser
German football icon Franz Beckenbauer was told on Sunday to cease criticising the management of fallen German champions Bayern Munich by the club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
 arrow Football: EPL to probe Utd-Everton tie
English Premier League bosses are set to investigate an "arrangement" between Manchester United and Everton which left goalkeeper Tim Howard on the sidelines for their clash at Goodison Park.
 arrow Football: Sir Bobby Robson in fifth cancer fight
Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson said Sunday he had been diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time.
 arrow Boxing: Mayweather edges epic
Floyd Mayweather remained undefeated by winning a 12-round split decision over Oscar de la Hoya Saturday to take the World Boxing Council super-welterweight title in an epic slugfest of US rivals.
 arrow Cricket: Tamim enters fray
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has renewed the six months and rookie contracts for the year of 2006-07.
 arrow Cricket: Mehrab, Nazim ensure draw
Captain Mehrab Hossain and Nazimuddin made sure Bangladesh Cricket Academy drew the first four-day match with Sri Lanka Academy at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani play DOHS on May 14
Leaders Abahani will resume their Premier League surge when they take on defending champions Old DOHS at the Fatullah Stadium on the opening day of the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket Super League on May 14.
 arrow Football: Youth football finals from May 14
The final round of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship will begin on May 14 in Satkhira.
 arrow Motabber no more
Motabber Hossain Babu, sports organiser and ex-member of Metropolis Football League Committee (MFLC) died of kidney ailments at a local hospital yesterday. He was 55.
 arrow Football: Rangers win prestige tie
Rangers may have won their second consecutive Old Firm league match on Saturday but they are still playing catch up with Celtic for next season -- according to Walter Smith.
 arrow Football: Sunderland back to Premiership
Sunderland will return to the Premiership as winners of the Championship after Roy Keane's side completed a remarkable season with a 5-0 win over Luton on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Takahara serves a warning
Japan striker Naohiro Takahara has issued a warning ahead of the Asian Cup finals in July that he is looking to boost the defending champions' feeble firepower.
 arrow Football: 'Fulham not safe yet'
Fulham caretaker-manager Lawrie Sanchez insists his latest success over Liverpool does not guarantee Premiership survival.
 arrow Football: A lifeline for Chievo
Chievo came through their must-win clash against fellow relegation battlers Parma with a 1-0 win on Sunday to move them out of the Serie A drop zone with three games to go.
 arrow Moody set for talks
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody is set to decide his future in the next week. He is currently on holiday in England and due back in Sri Lanka to meet with the board on May 14.
 arrow Football: Wide salary disparity in MLS
David Beckham's 6.5 million-dollar 2007 salary from the Los Angeles Galaxy dwarfs the wages of his new Major League Soccer colleagues, figures released by the MLS Players Association show.
 arrow Cricket: Fan gets hold of Dhoni
An over-enthusiastic woman caused a flutter by managing to hug Mahendra Singh Dhoni while the Indian cricket team was boarding a bus back to the hotel after the conclusion of a conditioning camp for Bangladesh
Metropolitanarrow New courses of frontier rivers changing Bangladesh map
Bangladesh's geographic map is gradually changing with the change of course by frontier rivers for intervention in natural flow of waters.
 arrow RMG factory executive gunned down in city
Unknown assailants gunned down an executive of a garment factory in city's Mirpur area yesterday.
 arrow One killed, 30 injured in Aminbazar road crash
At least one person was killed and 30 others were injured when a passenger bus turned upside down and fell into an around 30 feet-deep ditch near Aminbazar in Savar on Dhaka-Aricha highway yesterday.
 arrow Fire Service, Civil Defence Week 2007 begins today
Fire Service and Civil Defence Week 2007 begins today with a view to create awareness among people about the devastation of fire, as fire incidents have been increasing gradually, claiming a lot of lives.
 arrow Probe against Jamaat leader Mujahid, five others begins
Police yesterday started investigation of extortion case against Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Md Mujahid, former Jamaat lawmaker from Sylhet-5 (Zakiganj and Kanaighat) Moulana Farid Uddin
 arrow UN fails to adequately address issues of poverty: Shafi Sami
Former adviser to the caretaker government CM Shafi Sami yesterday said that the United Nations (UN) is failing to adequately address the issues related to poverty because of its projects' lack of focus
 arrow BSF abducts 2 Bangladeshis in Panchagarh
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi youths from Koatganj borders under Atoari upazila in Panchagarh district yesterday morning.
 arrow Workshop on letter grading, semester system held at DU
The Faculty of Arts of Dhaka University (DU) organised a workshop on 'Guidelines for Letter Grading and Semester System' at the Senate Building auditorium on the campus yesterday.
 arrow Comments represent views of 14 Euro MPs
The European Commission is fully aware of the remarks made by several members of the European Parliament, which constitute a "further perspective" on Bangladesh's present circumstances, said a spokesperson
 arrow Show cause on female students protested
Student and cultural organisations of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday protested issuance of show cause notices on seven female residential students of four women's halls for their alleged violation
 arrow HC issues rule on govt
The High Court yesterday issued rule upon the government to explain why direction should not be given to take legal actions against the offenders for compelling hilla marriage in violation of the Muslim
 arrow 4,289 arrested in 72 hours
Police, in separate drives, arrested 4,289 people on various charges across the country in 72 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on letter grading, semester system held at DU
The Faculty of Arts of Dhaka University (DU) organised a workshop on 'Guidelines for Letter Grading and Semester System' at the Senate Building auditorium on the campus yesterday.
 arrow Rab nabs 3 fake BRTA license manufacturers
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-4) arrested three members of a gang of manufacturers of fake BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) licenses in the city on Saturday evening.
 arrow Ahsanullah Master's death anniversary today
Today is the third death anniversary of slain Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow Madrasa student found dead in Munshiganj
A madrasa student was found dead in a bush adjacent to the madrasa at Madhupur village under Sirajdikhan upazila in Munshiganj yesterday morning.
 arrow Formation of probe body hailed
Different rights organisations yesterday hailed the government for forming a judicial probe commission to investigate the unnatural death of Chalesh Risil.
 arrow 3 children hurt in Munshiganj bomb blast
Three children were injured following a bomb blast in Munshiganj yesterday. The injuredHashem Dewan, 10, Hossen Dewan, 9, and Aminul, 11, were admitted to a local hospital.
 arrow Appeal for help
Fatema, a young housewife of 20, has been suffering from kidney disease for the last two years, says a press release.
 arrow Zinc treatment to save lives of 50000 children a year
Zinc treatment could save the lives of about 50,000 children in Bangladesh and 400, 000 children worldwide every year, said the speakers at the inaugural session of a two-day conference titled 'Scaling
 arrow 'Retain residential character of Dhanmondi'
Residents of Dhanmondi in the city yesterday urged the caretaker government for taking a comprehensive plan to retain residential character of the area.
 arrow Solar energy plant to be set up in Khulna
A solar energy plant will be set up in Khulna at a cost of Tk five crore with the financial assistance of European Union (EU).
 arrow Rabindra mela tomorrow
The first ever 'Electronic Rabindra Mela' will be held tomorrow in the city.
 arrow Two top govt officials transferred
Post and Telecommunications Secretary Mia Mustaque Ahmed and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation Chairman Sheikh Khurshid Alam have been transferred and given new postings, as part of the ongoing reshuffles
 arrow Ramendu, Muneer made Ad Assoc president, secy
The Advertising Agencies Association of Bangladesh (AAAB) has elected a new executive committee for the next two years with Ramendu Majumdar (Expressions) as president and Muneer Ahmed Khan (Unitrend)
Nationalarrow Bamboo forests withering away in Rangamati hills
Bamboo clusters on vast areas of Rangamati are withering away after flowering and bearing fruit. Indigenous people of different communities said this is an ominous sign in the hills.
 arrow Scorching heat driving Monpura deer to death
A good number of deer died in Monpura island in Bhola due to lack of food and water in the wake of on-going heatwave.
 arrow Violence against women marks rise in SW dists
At least 78 women were killed in 10 southwestern districts in last four months as violence against women increased in the area. The number was 58 in previous four months (September-December).
 arrow JMB cadre Shahidullah remanded for 7 days
JMB leader Shahidullah alias Mahbub, prime accused in Rajshahi University professor Mohammad Yunus murder case, was placed on seven days' remand yesterday.
 arrow Passport official arrested in Rangpur
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested an official and two employees of Rangpur Passport Office on charge of taking bribe from four passport seekers The arrested are additional
 arrow Prime accused remanded
Al-Amin, prime accused in May 1 bomb blast at Sylhet railway station, was placed on three days' remand yesterday.
 arrow GrameenPhone search for rock stars
GrameenPhone yesterday started a two-day divisional level program styled D-Rock Stars on Sunday at Barisal Club auditorium in search of band music performers.
 arrow 30pc FFs' quota in RU jobs
Rajshahi University (RU) Syndicate, in its 411th meeting held on the campus recently, decided to preserve the existing quota of freedom fighters.
 arrow Fugitive held in Jessore
Benapole Port police yesterday arrested fugitive life term convict, Abdul Hamid from Raghunathpur village in Jessore district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Are your intentions honourable?
What we had over the last 15 years can be described in many ways, e.g., quasi-monarchy, kleptocracy, elected dictatorship, and so on. There is a common thread among these epithets -- viz.
 arrow Corruption is a mental disease
Unlimited greed for money and wealth is a kind of mental disease which causes white collar people to get involved in corruption.
 arrow Making the reforms stick
As the roar of reforms gets stronger, the Election Commission is about to make some sweeping changes in the electoral laws that can have far reaching positive impact in our country.
Culturearrow The indigenous tradition of 'Patachitra'
To mark the Golden Jubilee of the European Commission (EC), an exhibition of Pata or scroll paintings by Shambhu Acharya is being organised at the Alliance Francaise, Dhaka by the EC Delegation to Bangladesh.
 arrow Palakar to celebrate Tagore's birth anniversary
To celebrate the 146th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, theatre troupe Palakar has arranged a five-day studio theatre festival at its lab.
 arrow 'Ontoral-er Kotha': Gritty tales of crime
Women's issues take centre stage in the TV series Ontoraler Kotha', aired on Channel-i. Produced by United Network Limited, the latest episode will be aired tonight at 6:20pm.
 arrow Indian films to be celebrated at Cannes
The 60th year of Indian cinema will be celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival in France beginning next week with the screening of eight films including acclaimed director Rituparno Ghosh's Dosar
 arrow 'Spider-Man 3' breaks one-day record
Spider-Man 3 has set a new box office record for first-day takings, earning US $59 million in North America last Friday, according to its film studio Sony.
 arrow 'Rabindra Mela' on Channel-i
On the occasion of Rabindra Jayanti, Channel-i will air live a daylong programme on May 8, at its Tejgaon office says a press release.
Generalarrow Programme for poor cleft-lipped boys, girls held in Dinajpur
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) organised a three-day plastic surgery operation from Friday to Sunday in Dinajpur under its "Smile-Brighter" Programme for the poor cleft-lipped boys and girls at thebank's
Internationalarrow High turnout in vote for French president
French voters turned out in force yesterday to choose a new president with rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy the clear favourite against Socialist Segolene Royal in their duel to win a mandate for sweepingchange.
 arrow Pakistan must reveal positions on glacier
India said Saturday it will not agree on the withdrawal of troops from a glacier in disputed Kashmir until Islamabad reveals its positions there, the Press Trust of India reported.
 arrow Turkey parliament fails to elect president due to quorum crisis
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, the sole candidate in presidential elections, said yesterday he would withdraw after parliament failed for the second time to vote him into office.
 arrow 15 Afghan policemen die in Taliban attacks
New attacks reported in Afghanistan Sunday took to 15 the number of police killed in a weekend of violence, including in the country's west, which has seen a surge in unrest.
 arrow Palestinian leaders to talks US security plan
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas was set to meet Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas to discuss a proposed US security plan that the Islamist movement has already rejected, an official told AFP.
 arrow Ten killed in fresh Lankan fighting
A landmine detonated by Tamil Tigers killed three police commandos in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday while seven suspected rebels died elsewhere in the embattled region, military officials said.
 arrow Russian partnership with West in peril
Russia and the West are at odds over a growing number of issues, from Kosovo to the US missile shield, and the discord may undermine their cautiously built post-Cold War partnership, Nato diplomats say.
 arrow Taliban trash Pak-Afghan 'peace jirga'
The Taliban dismissed yesterday a planned traditional gathering between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the insurgency, saying it was an attempt to "deceive" ordinary Afghans.
 arrow Scotland's nationalists in coalition talks
The Scottish National Party, which backs pulling Scotland out of the UK, was to continue talks on forming a coalition government Sunday, despite an early setback in its search for a willing partner.
 arrow al-Qaeda No 2 mocks American 'failure'
A new video of al-Qaeda's No 2 leader released on Saturday mocks President Bush and US legislation requiring the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, saying the bill would rob the group's fighters of the
 arrow Ex-Iranian nuke negotiator charged with spying
A former Iranian nuclear official who was part of a moderate negotiating team has been charged with spying on Iran's controversial atomic programme, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
 arrow Taliban hostage deadline 'after French govt formed'
Afghanistan's Taliban said it would decide on the fate of a French man and three Afghans after a new French government is formed, following presidential elections underway yesterday.
 arrow 15 dead in China coal mine blast
Fifteen miners have died in a gas explosion in a northern China coal mine, state media reported on Sunday, in the latest accident to strike the country's notoriously dangerous coal mining industry.
 arrow Tornado kills 9 in Kansas
The eerie beeping of battery-operated fire alarms buried beneath mounds of debris punctured the silence that fell over this community as hundreds of rescue workers pulled out of town.
 arrow Search on for plane in Cameroon
Fog, thick forest and an unexplained silence from an emergency transponder hampered search efforts Sunday as rescuers combed a remote area for a Kenya-bound flight that crashed with 114 people on board.
 arrow UN report upbeat on climate change
After two grim warnings on the impact of climate change, the world's top experts were unusually upbeat in assessing ways to protect the Earth, but said that national leaders have no time to waste.
 arrow Gunmen kill 2 Pak Shiite clerics
Gunmen shot dead two Shiite clerics in suspected sectarian violence in a central Pakistani town overnight, police said yesterday.
 arrow Japan pledges $100m for clean energy
Japan yesterday pledged 100 million dollars to support clean energy projects in Asia, as rapid economic growth brings rising emissions of greenhouse gases.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Admission forgery
Twenty-four new cases of forged admissions have been detected at Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Editorial: Cheating of overseas job seekers
We are concerned at the increasing rate of incidences of corrupt elements cheating job seekers in the name of getting them employment abroad.
 arrow Towards burying the hatchet in the Gulf?
In January 1945, four and half years before they seized power in 1949, Mao Zedong and Chou Enlai expressed their desire to talk in person with President Franklin D Roosevelt.
 arrow Time to have a baby
A remarkable coincidence has taken place in the last five years. Two surprising decisions from asymmetrical orbits have coalesced to put two honest men into the highest positions of the country.
 arrow Reform of political parties
Nothing as lavish as the lifestyles of some of the politicians has been revealed since proclamation of state of emergency on January 11.
Letters to Editorarrow Shakespeare
William Shakespeare's 434th birth anniversary has been observed with due reverence here in Bangladesh and across the globe.
 arrow Electoral and political reform
1. Registration of political parties must be made mandatory. No political party should be allowed to contest the next election without registration.
 arrow Woes of migrant workers
The Daily Star of 7th April 2007 published a report "Unskilled Job Seekers Abroad". The reporter who disclosed the fact on the basis of a study report run by Mr.
 arrow To the Chief Adviser...
It is very sad that confusion about the 27th BCS has been created deliberately by certain quarters using the print media. What they are writing is unscrupulous, unjustifiable and far from the actuality.
 arrow An interesting story
The caretaker government has taken many bold steps to put our country on the track but it has yet to take any initiative about the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow Favourite columnists
Banker Mohammad Badrul Ahsan, Shahnoor Wahid, Zafar Sobhan and Praful Bidwai are my favourite columnists.
 arrow "Animal Farm" syndrome
Loan defaulters are getting a windfall opportunity, notorious murderers are getting amnesty.........
 arrow Top two
It came to me as a shock---the news of blocking AL chief Sheikh Hasina from coming to Bangladesh and letting BNP chief Khaleda Zia to leave the country.
 arrow Be discreet
Shiekh Hasina and Khaleda Zia are the two most powerful women in the country. The dichotomy between the two is who did what.
 arrow Counter productive
The recent attempt to get rid of the leaders of the two main parties by the interim government will hinder democracy in this country. By this act the advisers themselves are meddling in politics.
 arrow Dr. Yunus' decision
Dr. Yunus declared a few months ago that he would form a political party to change the picture of Bangladesh politics and eliminate poverty and corruption from society.
 arrow Good decision, Dr. Yunus
Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank founder Dr Muhammad Yunus has declared that he will discontinue his plan of forming a political party. It is a very good decision.
 arrow Congratulations!
I would like to congratulate you on being elected chairman of ANN. Keep up your good work.
 arrow Corruption
The remarkable courage and zest that the caretaker government is showing in arresting corrupt politicians is to be highly commended.
 arrow Electoral process
I would like to welcome the activities of the caretaker government in guiding the nation and preparing the country for the next election when the time is ripe. I would like to put forward a few suggestions.
 arrow Reform issue
Unlike most of the opinions expressed in this daily in the last few days, I would like to hail the present government's effort to reform the EC and, more importantly, the effort to reform the political
 arrow Political crisis
The downfall of the BNP is not merely due to corruption, but their attempt to rewrite the history of the liberation war in 1971.
 arrow We don't know!
Further to our political crisis in Bangladesh, I would like to appeal to the government that, if the culprits have committed any crime they should be punished or it should be proved first what theyhave
Star Cityarrow Faulty lights cause traffic havoc
Random malfunctioning of automatic traffic signal lights is causing havoc in the traffic management system of the capital.
 arrow Rehab's bid to restore prestige
Leaders of Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) in a press statement said that the association did not intend to justify any illegal activities of real estate sector in the advertisements
 arrow A little push opens doors to success
When Toslima was a little girl 28 years ago, it was uncertain that she would be able to go to school as her family at that time was facing serious financial crisis.
 arrow Working to provide healthcare for the poor
When the city's poor hardly have any access to good healthcare a hospital in one of the city's most rundown areas provides modern facilities and healthcare in Matuail.
 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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