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Front Pagearrow EC plans to complete voter list in 8 months
The Election Commission (EC) intends to finish preparing the voter list with photographs in 8 months and assesses that the number of voters will not exceed 7.
 arrow Khaleda will go to S'pore for treatment
BNP yesterday formally announced that its chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia along with some of her family members will soon go to Singapore for treatment and will return by the end ofthe
 arrow Major parties ask EC to reconsider voter listing from camps
Major political parties including Awami League (AL) and BNP yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to reconsider its decision to prepare the voter roll and national identity cards at camps instead
 arrow 3 killed, 50 missing as cyclone Akash makes landfall
Three fishermen were killed in Saint Martin's Island while at least 50 others went missing in the bay as cyclone Akash crossed the coastal area yesterday morning and weakened into a land depression.
 arrow List of more graft suspects soon
Chief Coordinator of the National Coordination Committee Maj Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury yesterday said they have more corrupt suspects on the list, which is to be published soon.
 arrow Charges framed against Huda, Nasir, Salahuddin
Separate Dhaka courts yesterday framed charges against detained former ministers Nazmul Huda, Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin, BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed and one of their family members in connection withtwo
 arrow Held robber killed in Rab 'crossfire'
The suspected robber arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday after he allegedly shot a top Rab official was killed in "crossfire" between his accomplices and Rab personnel at Mugdapara in the
 arrow Mamun sent to jail after 50 days in custody
After 50 days in police custody, detained controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun was finally sent to jail custody yesterday.
 arrow 85pc wants reforms in political parties
Political parties need reforms for the betterment of the country's democratic process, speakers yesterday said at a seminar on the outcome of a survey in which over 85 percent participants supported all
 arrow 7.5pc GDP growth can see Bangladesh in middle-income group
Bangladesh can become a middle-income country by 2016 if it raises its GDP growth a little more to a sustained 7.5 percent a year, the World Bank (WB) country director said yesterday.
 arrow 7 killed in road crash
Seven people were killed and 32 others injured in a road accident on the Rangpur-Kurigram road in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow UK seeks consular access to its nationals held in Sylhet dragnet
The British government has formally sought consular access to the British nationals who were arrested in Sylhet on Monday for allegedly holding a meeting in a house violating the rules of state of emergency.
 arrow Recovering Gulshan Lake

 arrow Body formed for appointment of VC, pro-VC
The government has formed a seven-member committee, headed by the education secretary, for appointment to the posts of vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor and treasurer of the public universities.
 arrow Final ODI rained off
Heavy rain coupled with cyclonic weather forced the third and final one-day international between Bangladesh and India to be called off here at the Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow HC agrees to hear graft case against Hasina
A division bench of the High Court yesterday ordered inclusion of the Meghna Ghat Power plant corruption case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the cause list for hearing today.
 arrow CRP founder Valerie sidelined by board
The board of trustees for the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) yesterday "arbitrarily" removed the organisation's founder and main promoter Valerie Taylor from her position as coordinator.
 arrow Meeting at presidential

 arrow Kamal vows to rally for RMG woman workers without umbrella
Renowned lawyer and politician Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said he will stage sit-in demonstrations in front of garment factories if he sees woman garment workers coming out of any factory without umbrella
 arrow Two gunned down in city
Two people were gunned down by a gang at Sayedabad in the city last night. The victims were identified as Muhammad Badol, 30, a grocer, and Babu Miah, 25, a bus driver.
 arrow Ex-PM Khaleda's assignment officer sued
Dr Firoz Hasan Mahmud, assignment officer of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, was sued for extortion.
 arrow Wolfowitz readies his defence
Embattled World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz is expected to fight to keep his job yesterday after an investigation found he put his "personal interests" above bank rules and jeopardized the very mission
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 25 in Peshawar hotel
A suicide bomber blew himself up at hotel in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday killing at least 25 people, mainly Afghan refugees, and injuring dozens more, officials said.
 arrow Gujarat bus fire kills 29
The death toll from a head-on smash between a passenger bus running on compressed natural gas and a chemical tanker rose to 29 yesterday, the Press Trust of India said.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Two Bangladeshis were shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Lalmonirhat and Jessore districts yesterday.
 arrow Body formed to probe assault on journos
The one-member body formed by the education ministry to probe Monday's incident of assault on journalists at Technical Education Board (TEB) in Agargaon submitted its report yesterday with recommendation
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Islami Chhatra Shibir sent a rejoinder to a The Daily Star report headlined "Shibir's Secret Training of DU Students" published on May 12, 2007.
Businessarrow ACU mulls multi-currency settlement options
Members of eight-nation Asian Clearing Union (ACU) mull introducing multi-currency settlement options in the organisation's transactions.
 arrow Adopt cautious policy to face inflationary pressures
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday advised the central bank to adopt a cautious monetary policy and control budgetary borrowing with a more flexible exchange rates management to mitigate inflationary
 arrow Four firms get SEC nod to float IPOs
One bank and three non-banking financial institutions got go-ahead from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday to raise a total of Tk102.
 arrow China hopes talks may ease trade friction with US
China said Tuesday it hopes next week's high-level trade talks with the US can help smooth out frictions between the two economic giants.
 arrow SoE buyers to get now 20pc rebate on full payment
From now on, buyers of the state-owned enterprises (SoEs) will get 20 percent rebate instead of previous 35 percent in case of full payment at a time to the government.
 arrow Bangladesh to take part in 'Asia on Show' in Sydney
Bangladesh is going to take part in the 'Asia on Show', one of the largest exhibitions in Sydney, beginning at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour on May 17.
 arrow Etihad Airways opens new office
Etihad Airways Bangladesh opened its new office at Gulshan in Dhaka yesterday. Khalfan Battal Ali Al-Mansouri, the UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh, inaugurated the office, says a press release.
 arrow Thomson buys Reuters for 8.7b pounds
British financial information group Reuters agreed to be bought by Canadian group Thomson Corp. for 8.7 billion pounds on Tuesday in deal creating the biggest global force in the sector.
 arrow US opposition mounts over policy on textiles from Vietnam
Opposition is growing in the US over the import monitoring programme imposed on Vietnamese textiles as lawmakers and senior executives urge greater restraint.
 arrow Japan's economy seen growing at slower pace
The Japanese economy likely grew in the first three months of this year but at a slower pace as households and companies find their wallets cannot sustain recent heady expansion, analysts say.
 arrow Al-Arafah Islami Bank okays 35pc stock dividend
Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd has declared a 35 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow Unilever opens Vietnam's largest centre
Consumer goods giant Unilever has opened Vietnam's largest distribution centre, a 10-hectare (25 acre) site that will service the booming country and 18 other nations, the company said Tuesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar mum on retirement
When it began drizzling at half past nine yesterday morning, the answer to a 24-hour long speculation was given: a match was not on the cards.
 arrow Cricket: Of soppers & sweepers
The previous night was full of howling and hissing wind around Chittagong so it was not entirely a surprise that the large canopy on the roof of the Divisional Stadium was dangling as the crowds formed
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni proves a point
Long-haired Indian star Mahendra Dhoni was not only relieved to be back among the runs after a tumultuous time at the World Cup, but was also pleased that he starred in a country where he made his debut
 arrow Football: First leg ends today
Abahani and Sheikh Russel will go into today's B. League match with a view to replace Mohammedan atop of the table at the end of the first leg.
 arrow Cricket: BCB CEO criticises Dav
The chief executive officer of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Mahmudur Rahman took the spotlight by making comments on outgoing coach Dav Whatmore.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM to seek BCB's help for domestic crisis
Title contenders Abahani and Mohammedan had to remain satisfied with one point each after both their Kai-Altech Premier Cricket Super League openers were washed out yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF election deferred to June 23
The election of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will be held on June 23 instead of the scheduled June 9, it was decided at the federation's executive committee meeting last night.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle blasts curfew
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle believes the curfew imposed on the team during their tour of England is an unnecessary restriction but he has said he will obey it all the same.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan eyes quick return
Michael Vaughan is confident he will be back to lead England in the second Test against the West Indies next week after opting to miss the series opener to ensure he recovers fully from a broken finger.
 arrow Cricket: When WC minnows talk big
...then it not only appears out of place but also smacks distinctly of bad taste. The recent utterances of a visiting cricket team manager went thus, "We will show no mercy. We will not take any prisoners.
 arrow Football: FIFA joins in Tevez affair
World football governing body FIFA confirmed Tuesday they will investigate whether West Ham should have been docked points for breaching Premiership rules over the signings of Carlos Tevez and JavierMascherano
 arrow Football: Scalping a streaker
The lawyer of Britain's top serial streaker accused the police of "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut" after they banned him from baring all at Wednesday's UEFA Cup final in Glasgow.
 arrow Football: Sevilla's treble mission
Reigning champions Sevilla will be looking to fire the first shot in their bid for a hattrick of titles this season when they take on Espanyol in the UEFA Cup final in Glasgow on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Woolmer was not strangled'
A top British pathologist has concluded that Bob Woolmer was not strangled, a disclosure which has further strengthened the theory that the Pakistan cricket coach died of natural causes during the World
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff in doubt for first Test
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff faces a battle to be fit for the first Test against the West Indies this week following a recurrence of the ankle problems which have dogged his career.
 arrow Cricket: ICC must be modern: FICA
Cricket's governing body has been urged to modernise by leading cricketers who say they have lost confidence in it.
 arrow Football: Magath aims big
Former Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath ended speculation Monday that he has joined VfL Wolfsburg, insisting that he wants a job with an elite club outside Germany. "I'm keen on a move abroad.
 arrow Football: Newcastle appoint Allardyce
Newcastle United announced on Tuesday the appointment of former Bolton coach Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a three-year contract.
 arrow Football: Gerrard close to new deal
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard revealed Tuesday that he is close to signing a new contract with the Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Egypt axe 'Mido'
Tottenham Hotspur striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam has been axed by African Nations Cup title holders Egypt.
 arrow Cricket: Aus-Zim tour off
Australian cricket chiefs said Tuesday that a suggestion that a banned tour of Zimbabwe could proceed at a neutral venue had been scrapped after the host nation's top cricket official rejected the idea.
 arrow Official match ball for the AFC Asian Cup 2007...

Metropolitanarrow OIC activities must evolve around dev issues
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said development issues must be at the centre of activities of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Pledge to promote honest journalism
Shaptahik 2000 stepped into its tenth year yesterday with due festivity and commitment to honest journalism.
 arrow Six killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Comilla, Tangail, Khulna and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Appoint national ombudsman to ensure good governance
Civil society members at a seminar yesterday underscored the need to appoint national as well as sector-wise ombudsmen in order to ensure good governance and accountability at every level of public life.
 arrow Farmers to produce more rice using less water in near future
With the commencement of 'water saving technology', farmers will be able to produce more rice using less water in near future, hoped the researchers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Family rejects charge sheet as CID drops name of OC Rafiq
Family members of murdered Kamrul Islam Momin yesterday rejected the charge sheet of the case as police dropped names of prime suspect OC AKM Rafiqul Islam and 20 others, who were accused in the first
 arrow Ctg Mayor Mohiuddin sent to BSMMU for better treatment
Chittagong city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was sent to Dhaka for better treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
 arrow Newborn found abandoned on DU campus
A newborn was found abandoned near Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 'Protect rights of people with disability'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to adopt a national action plan in the light of UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities.
 arrow Probe body recommends removal of TEB chairman, secy
The one-member body formed by the education ministry to probe Monday's incident of assault on journalists at Technical Education Board (TEB) in Agargaon submitted its report yesterday with recommendation
 arrow 161 weapons seized in last 30 days
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), police, army and BDR recovered 161 illegal weapons, 71 hand grenades, 38 cocktails, 1515 bullets and 136 cartridges, a rocket launcher shell, five electronic detonators and
 arrow 3 foreign ministry officials promotedto addl secretary
Three foreign ministry officials were promoted to additional secretary.
 arrow One killed in gas cylinder explosion
A CNG filling station worker was killed and three others were injured as a gas cylinder of a CNG-run bus exploded at Chandra in Kaliakoir upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
Nationalarrow 9 Dinajpur BNP men sued for 'extortion and robbery'
Nine leaders of Dinajpur district BNP including its secretary and organising secretary have been sued for their alleged involvement in extortion and robbery, according to police sources.
 arrow 5 villages reel under water as Kobadak breaches dam
Five villages in Koira upazila in Khulna district were inundated rendering a large number of people homeless as an embankment of Kobadak river constructed by WAPDA collapsed yesterday.
 arrow Three Indians jailed for illegal entry
A court here sentenced three Indians to one year's jail yesterday, about four years after they were arrested for illegal entry into Bangladesh with goods.
 arrow Sylhet businessman arrested on Tk 20cr extortion charge
Haji Helal, an influential real estate businessman, was arrested here yesterday in connection with Tk 20 crore extortion case filed by Chowdhury Matiur Rahman with Kotwali Police Station on Saturday.
 arrow 2 bombs recovered, another explodes
Police recovered two live bombs after a bomb went off at a poor woman's house at remote Joypur Mastarpara village in Sapahar upazila in Naogaon district yesterday.
 arrow Govt-NGO efforts needed to combat AIDS
Speakers at a discussion held here yesterday stressed on coordinated efforts of government and non-government organisations to combat HIV/AIDS all over the country.
 arrow Engineer sent to jail for bribery
Executive Engineer Abdul Munim of National Housing Authority (NHA) under the Public Works Department arrested Monday for allegedly taking Tk 5,000 bribe from a contractor at his office was sent to jail
Point-Counterpointarrow Ambassador Sobhan goes to Washington
On a beautiful spring day, some of the who's who of Washington DC and representatives of many of the most established institutions in the state capital had assembled at the Carnegie Endowment for International
 arrow Musharraf digs in
Recent events indicate that General Pervez Musharraf has no intention of becoming the first ruler in the history of Pakistan to relinquish power, without first trying to hold on to it by all means, fair
Culturearrow 'Mukti': Group art exhibition at Liberation War Museum
Artworks by 30 prominent and promising artists of the country are on display at the Liberation War Museum. The paintings were created at an art camp arranged by the museum as part of an annual programme.
 arrow An evening of poetry by Jiyonkathi
Jiyonkathi, a cultural organisation held a recitation programme at Natmondol, Dhaka University campus on May 14.
 arrow 'Horlicks Genius Bangladesh' back on ntv
Horlicks Genius Bangladesh is back again on ntv after a successful run of four years, says a press release. The objective of the programme is to discover budding geniuses from across the country.
 arrow 'Nacholer Rani' acclaimed in Kolkata
Based on the tumultuous years (early 1950s) of Ila Mitra's life, Nacholer Rani, directed by Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond was released in theatres in Bangladesh last year (June 30).
 arrow Maria Bello replaces Rachel Weisz in 'Mummy 3'
Maria Bello will replace Rachel Weisz in the third instalment of The Mummy franchise.
Generalarrow E-governance a must for better public services
Speakers at a workshop yesterday put emphasis on expansion of e-governance in the national administrative process for providing better services to people.
 arrow Pakistan should apologise to Bangladesh
Secretary General of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has demanded that Pakistan should come up with an apology for what, he said, the crimes committed against the Bangladeshi
 arrow Time for selling, delivary of AJM structures extended
A meeting of the Advisory Council on Econimic Affairs yesterday approved a proposal for enlisting the investor-cum-operator appointment project in the Private Infrastructure Project under the Rehabilitation-Operation-Transfer
 arrow Entries wanted for Bimstec postcard design contest
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand will organise a design competition titled the "Discover Bimstec Postcards" as part of series of communicative activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment
 arrow 'Improve condition of indigenous people'
The caretaker government (CG) can take necessary steps to improve the socio-economic as well as human rights situation of indigenous people, said the speakers at a function in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Victim of domestic violence cries for justice
A woman who fell victim to domestic violence has demanded punishment to her husband, alleging that he has been torturing her since their marriage about 15 years ago.
 arrow Medicine looted from city hospital
A gang of robbers looted a huge quantity of medicine from the storeroom of the railway hospital at Shahjahanpur after stabbing a security guard in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Huge arms seized
Army recovered huge arms and ammunition from a terrorist den at Madhya Kanchanpur under Laxmichhari upazila in Khagrachhari district yesterday.
 arrow DIIT denies UGC allegations
Daffodil Institute of IT (DIIT), which was declared illegal by the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently, yesterday denied the allegations and claimed that the institution is being conducted legally.
 arrow Lions Clubs Int'l chairman arrives today
Dr Ashok V Mehta, chairman of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), will arrive on a three-day visit to Bangladesh today at the invitation of Lions Multiple District 315 Bangladesh, says a press
Internationalarrow 8 killed in Gaza ambush as Palestinian fighting spirals
Eight Palestinians were killed yesterday in an ambush on a presidential guard camp that was blamed on Hamas, as deadly factional fighting threatened to spiral out of control in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Police say 60 Taliban killed in strikes, army says 11
Air strikes on Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan killed about 60 fighters, a provincial police chief said yesterday, while the defence ministry issued a much lower death toll of 11.
 arrow Sarkozy fine tunes govt as Chirac bids adieu
French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy was putting the finishing touches to his broad-based government yesterday as Jacques Chirac prepared to bid farewell in a nationwide address.
 arrow Pak court official slain for his ties to chief judge, lawyers say
A top court official shot dead at his home was targeted because of his ties to Pakistan's suspended chief justice and had come under pressure from the government, lawyers for the judge said yesterday.
 arrow Rice, Putin hold tense talks in Moscow
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met President Vladimir Putin yesterday on a visit aimed at allaying Russian complaints of American interference in both the military and political spheres.
 arrow Call to establish indigenous people's rights to lands
The Sixth Session of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues began on Monday at the UN Headquarters in New York with a call for establishing indigenous people's rights to their lands and natural
 arrow Legal action over Shetty, Gere kiss shelved
India's Supreme Court suspended legal action against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty yesterday over enthusiastic kisses bestowed on her by Hollywood heart-throb Richard Gere.
 arrow Mahathir recovering well: son
Malaysia's ailing former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is recovering well after being admitted to hospital suffering breathing difficulties, his son and an aide said yesterday.
 arrow Malaysia mulls action over absconding foreign maids
Malaysia is considering stern action against maid agencies that encourage foreign housemaids to abscond from the homes where they are supposed to work, a minister said yesterday.
 arrow Vietnam jails dissident
A Vietnamese court yesterday sentenced a dissident to five years' prison for spreading propaganda against the communist state and for disrupting security, the sixth activist to be jailed in a week.
 arrow Italy to beef up military contingent in Afghanistan
The Italian government yesterday announced it was beefing up its military presence in Afghanistan, sending five new helicopters, 18 armoured vehicles and 145 additional troops.
 arrow Clashes with Pakistan to harm ties
Clashes between Afghan and Pakistani border guards that left more than a dozen dead will further strain ties between the two neighbours, Kabul said yesterday.
 arrow India unveils draft law to curb road deaths
India yesterday unveiled a draft law to discipline reckless motorists and try and restore order on its chaotic roads, where tens of thousands die in crashes every year.
 arrow India tackles sex trafficking with maid ban
India will ban women under 30 from emigrating to work as domestic help in the Gulf and parts of Africa and Southeast Asia in a bid to curb sex trafficking, a report said yesterday.
 arrow 30 Suu Kyi men arrested in Myanmar
Some 30 supporters of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were arrested yesterday as they headed to pagodas around Yangon to pray for her release from house arrest, a party spokesman said.
 arrow Exhibition highlights need to protect sea lanes
Asia Pacific naval forces kicked off the region's biggest sea defence exhibition in Singapore yesterday, highlighting the need to protect the world's key shipping lanes from extremist threats.
 arrow Russia to build N-centre in sanctions-hit Myanmar
Russia said yesterday it had agreed to help build a light-water nuclear reactor and research centre in Myanmar, an Asian state run by a military junta that is under European and US economic sanctions.
 arrow Toll climbs to 29 in Indian bus fire
The death toll from a head-on smash between a passenger bus running on compressed natural gas and a chemical tanker rose to 29 yesterday, the Press Trust of India said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter list and ID cards
It is encouraging to see some headway being made in the matter of the general elections.
 arrow Editorial: Outrageous behaviour
The other day two senior reporters, Siddiqur Rahman of the New Age and Musharraf Hossain of Janakantha were beaten up at the office of the Chairman of the Technical Education Board.
 arrow Of courage arising in twilight moments
Demonstrations of courage that come after the moment for boldness has passed are quite pointless.
 arrow Why is the US pressing for early election?
In recent weeks, the Bush administration has been pressing the caretaker government (CTG) for holding an early election in Bangladesh.
 arrow Follies old and new
After the emergence of the 1/11 army backed civilian government Bangladesh is being tracked on the radar screen of the global media.
Letters to Editorarrow Eradicating poverty- a wild goose chase?
In recent months great optimism has been aired by various intellectual and political quarters about eradicating poverty from Bangladesh. Prof.
 arrow Poor captaincy!
What kind of a captain would lose a winning match by placing his fielders in all the wrong places? Which captain would not ask his bowlers to deliver short balls when the striking batsman is relying on
 arrow The top two...
This is to remind all those who are yet to know what these ladies have in common (Hasina and Khaleda):
a) When the opposition wins, the election is always a farce.
b) Never tolerate the opposition.

 arrow Police And People
The police have been using mobile phones. It is good news for us that we can communicate with them rather easily. We can call the police whenever needed and give them information about the bad elements.
 arrow Well prepared Indians
I have been reading in the Indian newspapers about the preparations taken by the Indian team.
 arrow VCs of universities
There are currently 22 public universities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Executed JMB militants
Under the title "The truth, twisting in the wind", Mr. Naeem Mohaiemen expressed his feelings and opinion on the JMB militants in an article that was published in The Daily Star on 8 March 2007.
 arrow Good-bye, Inzi
Inzamam-Ul-Haq, one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, said good-bye to ODI cricket during Pakistan's last one day game against Zimbabwe in the World Cup.
 arrow Roads & Highways Department
Mr. Iqbal Mahmood, Associate Engineer, Petra Geotechnical, Inc.
 arrow 27th BCS: Do justice
The 27th BCS is acceptable to all because of its novelty and reliability. It was held on the basis of a new procedure and modern syllabus.
 arrow Leadership bankruptcy
What's the difference between political governance in the LDCs, DCs, and the developed 'first world' [never mentioned officially by the Western institutions]? How England was governed during the age of
 arrow Frayed notes
The Tk. 2 note is in a dilapidated condition all over the country. The authorities concerned should immediately address the issue.
 arrow Extortionists at work
Recently, a family residing in Farmgate was receiving threatening calls over telephone by some unidentified criminals who were demanding a huge amount of money.
 arrow Politicians
Politics should be practised by people who have intelligence, self-motivation, creativity, honesty, courage etc.
 arrow 27th BCS
It is totally unacceptable if there is any corruption in the selection of candidates for any govt. job.
 arrow Thanks to EU leaders
Convey my thanks to the leaders of the EU for supporting the CTG and its actions, to make Bangladesh a corruption-free country.
 arrow "Pragmatism prevails over utopianism"
I agree that Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia are national icons.
 arrow Money laundering & tax evasion
Money laundering & tax evasion has been a problem for decades-- not new to Bangladeshis. Our past corrupt governments added fuel to an inferno by allowing these culprits to succeed in their ghastly missions.
 arrow Frequency of Letters Page
For some times past, it is noticed that you have reduced the frequency of publication of the Letters Page.
Star Chittagongarrow An eager wait for spawns ends
Eager wait of hundreds of fishermen ends as the indigenous fish species like Ruhi, Katal and Mrigel started releasing spawns at the river Halda yesterday afternoon.
 arrow First phase of work completed ahead of schedule
The development work of Karnaphuli EPZ under first phase has been completed ahead of schedule that expires on June 30, drawing an astounding response from the investors.
Star Cityarrow Corruption shakes city foundation
A section of officials of Dhaka Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project (DUIIP) of the National Housing Authority (NHA) were allegedly involved in corruption and irregularities in allotment of plotsunder
 arrow Wasa prepares to tackle water logging
Dhaka Wasa's drainage circle will soon be equipped with modern equipment to keep the city,s 250-kilometre network of underground sewerage flowing and to reduce water logging, Wasa sources said.
 arrow Drugging victims to rob
Incidents of mugging by drugging commuters or pedestrians have been rising sharply in the city.
 arrow Khoka's Corner

 arrow Existing CNG autorickshaws not enough for city dwellers
The existing fleet of 13,000 CNG autorickshaws is not enough to meet the need of the 14 million residents of Dhaka.
 arrow Utility service providers getting active
Arman Hamid (not real name), officer-in-charge of a police station in the city, gets a call in his mobile phone in the middle of a busy street. A constable from his office called on his mobile phone.
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