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Front Pagearrow Govt looks to ways beyond constitution
The law ministry might suggest the caretaker government an alternative way to expand the cabinet as the constitution does not provide for pushing the number of advisers beyond 10.
 arrow Taskforces list 22 for formal probe
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) is now all equipped to launch formal investigations against 22 of the 50 top graft suspects named on the second list of such suspects, unofficially released on March
 arrow RMG worker killed as cops open fire; 16 hurt
A female garment worker was killed and 12 other workers were injured as police opened fire and charged baton on the workers demonstrating for overtime arrears and monthly salaries in front of their factory
 arrow Special court's first verdict against Harris today
Judgement of a graft case filed against Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, will be delivered today by a special court in Dhaka.
 arrow Millers account for 23pc of rice value chain
The rice mill owners account for almost 23 per cent of the entire value chain of rice price, although they spend only 2.
 arrow 84 more fake students detected at DU
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have identified 84 more students at the Department of International Relations (IR) and Institute of Social Welfare and Research, who got admitted by fraudulent means.
 arrow Torture marks found on victim's body, protests go on
Thousands of locals brought out a procession at the Rajshahi city suburb of Chhotobongram Purbopara yesterday as the body of Quamrul Islam Majnu, who was allegedly tortured to death by Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow Tarique finally spills the beans
Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's detained elder son Tarique Rahman admitted to his involvement in large-scale corruption that he claims was largely the workings of his close friend Giasuddin
 arrow Investment package good enough for oil companies
Outgoing Chief of Chevron Bangladesh Andrew L Fawthrop believes that Bangladesh's investment package is good enough to attract oil companies in the third round bidding -- but it would have to ensure an
 arrow CG wasting time in the name of reforms: Hasina
Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that the caretaker government is employing 'delaying tactics' and wasting people's time in the name of electoral reforms.
 arrow AL to go tough on its leaders accused of graft, crime
In a bid to bring reforms within the party, Awami League (AL) high-ups said they will take action against leaders accused of corruption and criminal activities and black money holders soon after the ban
 arrow Stagnant rainwater

 arrow AL expresses reservations, BNP silent
The Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed reservations about the Election Commission's (EC) proposal for introducing a system for casting "no votes" while the BNP kept mum on the issue.
 arrow Protesting the death...

 arrow Khaleda sick
BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia is suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes.
 arrow Dastagir sues Zafrullah
Gazi Golam Dastagir filed an extortion case against detained Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Kazi Zafrullah on Saturday night.
 arrow Polls within 2008
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the general election could be held within 2008 as per the chief election commissioner's announcement for the possible time requisite for preparing voter ID
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Abul Hossain sent to jail
Barisal Divisional Special Tribunal yesterday sent Abul Hossain Khan, Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal vice-president and former BNP lawmaker, to jail for failing to deposit the ammunition of his pistol within the
 arrow Threat to bomb BSMMU
Law enforcers conducted a massive two-hour search in four buildings and the prison building of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) last night after an unknown phone caller threatened to
 arrow Third day rained off
Rain continued to play havoc with the first Test as play was called off without a single ball bowled on the third day at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 8,000 chickens culled for bird flu
District administration in collaboration with joint forces culled around 8,000 free ranged fowls and layer chickens at around 400 households of eight villages and in three poultry farms in Domar upazila
 arrow 7 US soldiers killed in Iraq bombing
Seven US soldiers and their interpreter were killed by two different roadside bombs in Iraq, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Benazir vows to return for Pak elections
Exiled former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto vowed to return to the country for the forthcoming elections, in an interview published yesterday, despite President Pervez Musharraf ruling it out.
 arrow Nazmul Huda's brother held with pistol
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Kamrul Huda, younger brother of detained former minister barrister Nazmul Huda, with a pistol and two rounds of bullet in Mymensingh on Saturday night.
 arrow Files show postwar woes of Nazi victims
Looking back at the first weeks after World War II, a French lieutenant named Henri Francois-Poncet despaired at ever fulfilling his mission to establish the fate of French inmates of the Bergen-Belsen
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Power Development Board (PDB) has sent a rejoinder to a news item published in The Daily Star on May 13 under the headline '16 town power distribution project, PDB spends Tk 271 crore without approval'.
Businessarrow DSE turnover hits all time high at Tk 160.71cr
Total turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday hit all time high at Tk 160.71 crore, surpassing the previous highest of Tk 159.20 crore on February 5 this year.
 arrow Joint body on overseas employment issues likely
Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are likely to form a joint committee on monitoring and implementing the issues relating to manpower export under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) thatis
 arrow RMG exporters hope to save crores of taka
Welcoming the new decision relating to terminal handling charges at Chittagong Port, garment manufacturers and exporters yesterday said they can save hundreds of crores of taka a year.
 arrow South Asians need to strengthen human development: WB official
Banking on the current pace of growth, South Asians need to strengthen human development and improve governance to put an end to extreme poverty in the coming decade, a top official of the World Banksaid
 arrow GP starts safe motherhood, infant care programme
Grameenphone, the leading cell phone operator, has launched a programme named 'safe motherhood and infant care' in association with Pathfinder International to provide free comprehensive primary healthcare
 arrow Reduce gap between lending and deposit rates
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed has urged the commercial banks to reduce the gap between lending and deposit rates.
 arrow AIMS to float another mutual fund
AIMS of Bangladesh Limited, the only asset management company in the private sector, has applied to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registration of the third mutual fund of the country
 arrow Bangladeshi exporters get over $1m orders in Sydney show
Bangladeshi exporters obtained spot orders of more than million dollars as well as some queries which would eventually lead up to few more million dollars worth of orders from Australian importers inSydney
 arrow Dhaka to welcome Pak investment
Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said Dhaka would welcome Pakistani businesses to invest in Bangladesh in a business-friendly environment.
 arrow Bengal Meat starts export
The country's export basket has got a new item 'Halal meat' as Bengal Meat Processing Industries Limited (BMPIL) has started exporting it to the Middle East.
 arrow Russia rules out EU agreement before WTO entry
Moscow will not renegotiate a key co-operation agreement with the European Union until Russia secures entry to the World Trade Organization, a top minister said Sunday in a rebuff to Brussels.
 arrow Radisson official awarded
Saeed Ahmed, director of Sales & Marketing of Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka, has been awarded 'Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year 2006' in the Carlson Hotels Worldwide 2007 Business Conference
 arrow Developing states seek G8 help to eradicate poverty
A summit of G11 developing countries on Saturday agreed to push for cooperation with G8 industrialised nations and boost multilateral ties in a bid to lift millions of people out of poverty.
 arrow China trade, currency policy to come under US scrutiny
The United States is expected to prod China to step up economic and financial reforms during high-level dialogue this week where Chinese trade and currency practices will come under scrutiny.
 arrow Myanmar trade volume leaps 40 percent
Trade volume in military-run Myanmar, which is under US and European economic sanctions, leapt 40 percent to 7.93 billion dollars in 2006-2007, a semi-official newspaper reported Sunday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Shahadat earns praise
'You can swim here but you can't play cricket' was the comment from the frustrated curator as the ground at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium apparently looked like a swimming pool following heavy overnight
 arrow Cricket: Either too hot or it rains
India's ill-timed tour of Bangladesh at the start of a gruelling year-long schedule for its cricketers drew sharp criticism on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar wants players' input
Sachin Tendulkar says India's players should be involved in deciding who becomes their next coach.
 arrow Cricket: Cook extends hosts' lead
Alastair Cook followed up his first innings 105 with an unbeaten 52 as England moved further ahead of West Indies in the first Test at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: What should Tushar do?
Tushar Imran was in a dilemma on whether he would take rest or return to club duties after the middle-order batsman was released from the national team on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Just for Sachin
Sudhir Kumar, an Indian cricket fan, never hesitates to spend his hard-earned money to watch the batting of master batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to reveal new coach on June 2
Bangladesh Cricket Board will take decisions on the new national team coach and captain for next month's Sri Lanka tour in its June 2 executive committee meeting.
 arrow Cricket: Doubts grow over autopsy
While news regarding the ongoing investigation into the death of Bob Woolmer is hard to come by, there are increasing suggestions that the Jamaican police jumped the gun in launching a murder enquiry.
 arrow Local Snippets
Rajbari, Dhaka, Faridpur and Madaripur posted wins in the Grameen Danone Nations Cup Football Championship at the Manikganj Government High School ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer halts Nadal
Roger Federer produced an astonishing turn-around to beat Rafael Nadal for the first time on clay courts in the final of the Hamburg Masters on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Hoggard set to miss Test
England's Matthew Hoggard seems certain to miss the rest of the first Test against the West Indies after tearing a thigh muscle on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bravo not surprised
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo admitted he wasn't surprised that England fast bowler Stephen Harmison was "so bad" during the ongoing first Test at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Mourinho staying
Jose Mourinho gave Chelsea supporters double cause for celebration after their dramatic FA Cup triumph over Manchester United by moving to quash any lingering suspicion that he could leave London this
 arrow Football: Lamps salutes spirit
Frank Lampard hailed Chelsea's never-say-die spirit as his side snatched the FA Cup from Man-chester United.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart springs a surprise
Although VFB Stuttgart were crowned Bundesliga champions for the third time on Saturday, it was not a smooth ride for Armin Veh's men whose early-season form showed little title-winning potential.
 arrow Football: Juve back in the big time
Juventus reclaimed their place in Serie A after one season in the second division following their 5-1 win at Arezzo on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SLC won't rush
Sri Lanka will not rush into appointing a new coach but will bide their time before naming Tom Moody's successor, said Jayantha Dharmadasa, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief.
 arrow Cricket: Pak make 313
Pakistan piled up an impressive 313-9 at the end of their 50 overs in their second ODI against Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Valencia move into third
Joaquin Sanchez's late goal shot Valencia to a 1-0 victory at Real Mallorca and into third spot in the Spanish first division table on Saturday night.
 arrow Football: Nedved mulling future
Juventus's Czech midfield star Pavel Nedved will decide by the end of June whether to end his top-flight football career, the Czech agency CTK reported Sunday.
 arrow Football: Billy bids goodbye
AC Milan veteran Alessandro Costacurta scored in his last home match before hanging up his boots but his goal could not prevent the Champions League finalists from losing 3-2 to Udinese in Serie A onSaturday.
Metropolitanarrow OIC needs reforms to meet challenges
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday criticised the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) saying it is limited to 'political platitudes' and is becoming moribund in the absence of effective
 arrow Implement PRSP to ensure gender equality
Implement Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) to eliminate all kinds of violence against women and ensure gender equality, said human rights leaders at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Women's empowerment can take nation towards progress
Speakers at a daylong training workshop here yesterday said proper economic empowerment of women could be a means of taking the nation towards progress.
 arrow Legal process against corrupts to continue
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said legal process against the known and suspected corrupts would continue until actions are taken against them.
 arrow 'Call to write oral history of liberation war'
Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday urged all to launch a coordinated move to write oral history of the liberation war across the country to preserve the untold truth of unsung heroes' struggles in the war.
 arrow Special court blames prosecution for failure to produce accused
A special court yesterday came down heavily on the prosecution for its failure to produce the accused facing trial after fixing the dates for deposition by the prosecution witnesses (pws).
 arrow Concern over torturing of housewife
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed deep concern over torturing of a Rohingya housewife by issuing fatwa (religious edict).
 arrow Self-assessment of NGOs stressed
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) at its 4th annual general meeting in the city on Saturday underlined the need for correct and positive perception of NGOs in the society in commensurate with
 arrow Wife's appeal to chief adviser
Wife of Chittagong city mayor yesterday made an appeal to the chief adviser to the caretaker government for withdrawal of detention order and returning the confiscated passport to help send Mayor ABMMohiuddin
 arrow Father files naraji petition against CID charge sheet
Father of the slain Kamrul Islam Momin yesterday filed a naraji (no-confidence) petition against the charge sheet submitted earlier dropping name of suspended Officer-in-Charge (OC) AKM Rafiqul Islamof
 arrow Robber beaten to death in N'ganj
A robber was beaten to death by angry mob while he and his seven accomplices were fleeing away after a crowd had suspected their movement at Chanpara bus stand under Araihazar upazila on Saturday night.
 arrow JCD cadres beat 2 RU students
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres of Rajshahi University unit severely beat up two general students of chemistry department at a cultural programme organised as part of the freshers' reception
 arrow Nazrul Sangeet Sammelon begins tomorrow
A two-day Nazrul Sangeet Sammelon begins in the city tomorrow marking the 108th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow Ensure copy-free public exams
Education Adviser Ayub Quadri made surprise visits to a number of examination centres in the city and spoke to the examinees and the invigilators, an official release of the education ministry said.
 arrow Marine ports still under Signal No 3
The north Bay of Bengal has continued to remain rough as squally weather is still prevailing due to deep convection churning out clouds there, since the Cyclone Akash made the landfall on May 15.
 arrow Commodore Faruq made CPA chairman
Commodore M Faruq of Bangladesh Navy was appointed chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) on deputation yesterday.
 arrow Couple kills man with hammer
A couple killed a man with hammer at Tejgaon in the city on Friday night. Police arrested the couple Golap Miah and his wife Rokeya Begum.
 arrow Waterlogged...

 arrow Body to help acid victims, disadvantaged freedom fighters
A group of SSC exam-appeared students formed an organisation named TRUE yesterday with a view to helping acid victims and disadvantaged freedom fighters.
 arrow Road crash kills NSU Foundation ex-chairman
ABM Kamal Uddin Khan, founder life member and former chairman of board of governors of North South University Foundation and former president of Gulshan Club, was killed in a road accident yesterday,says
 arrow Two alleged Rab sources held while taking bribe
Detective Branch (DB) of police caught two alleged Rab sources red-handed while taking bribe from a Jubo Dal leader's wife at Water World Park at Sayedabad in the city yesterday.
 arrow NSU summer orientation held
The summer semester orientation ceremony of the newly enrolled undergraduate students of North South University (NSU) was held at Bashundhara Convention Centre in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Bhaluka factory waste poses health hazards to villagers
Untreated water discharged from industries in Bhaluka is polluting the environment and affecting agriculture and fishery.
 arrow Teesta shoals used to train JMB men
The arrested JMB militants, now on remand disclosed that Joyprotap Madrasa in remote shoal area of Teesta river in Pirgachha upazila was used as a JMB militant training camp.
 arrow Teachers, officials submit evidence to UGC team
The University Grants Commission (UGC) probe into alleged irregularities in Shajalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) during the past government will continue today.
 arrow Hundreds to get jobs at DEPZ, BGMEA units
The authorities of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have taken a move to combat monga (femine-like situation) in five northern
 arrow No headway on reopening of 8 jute mills
The six-member BJMC team led by its chairman yesterday held a meeting with high officials of eight laid-off state owned jute mills in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt.
 arrow Detention of 6 Pabna BNP, AL leaders extended
Detention order of six out of nine front ranking BNP and Awami League (AL) leaders here has been extended by another 90 days.
 arrow 2 SIs jailed for taking bribe
Rajshahi Speedy Trial court yesterday jailed two sub- inspectors (SI) of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police for taking bribe. They are SI Modasser Hossain and SI Sohel Rana.
 arrow Woman files GD against ex-Jamaat MP
A woman who earlier filed a cheating case against former Jamaat lawmaker Riasat Ali, his son Zulfiqar Ali and three others lodged a general diary (GD) with Sadar Police Station last night seeking protection.
Point-Counterpointarrow The matador
Interestingly, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in his recent interview compared our upcoming parliamentary election to a Spanish bullfight.
 arrow Frequently asked questions to people who criticize the CTG
Q. Are you better off than you were 6 months ago?
A. Depends on whom you ask. The slum dwellers who got evicted, or the 150,000 people who are in the jail without charges, are not.

 arrow Deaths in Rajshahi hospital
Many patients were seen leaving the hospital yesterday morning after failing to receive any care as four patients had died without any medical care earlier between 12:00 am and 6:30 am.
 arrow Hyderabad blast: Wake up call for secular India
The people of secular sovereign India have stood strong and more resolved to peace and amity, even at the wake of repeated attacks on religious places.
Culturearrow Stolen Forests
In the last few decades our forest landscapes have changed radically.
 arrow 'Matir Moina' aired on Turner Classic Movies
Matir Moina, the internationally acclaimed film directed by Tareque Masud and produced by Catherine Masud, was aired on May 17th on the US TV channel Turner Classic Movies, as part of a special
 arrow International recognition for Rafi Haque
Rafi Haque's prints are on display at an ongoing Italian print bienalle. The exhibit also includes works of 125 artists from 50 countries.
Generalarrow Seven bodies recovered
The unidentified bodies of seven victims of last week's cyclone were recovered in last two days from Cox's Bazar.
Internationalarrow Peres urges Arabs to talk ME peace plan
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres urged Arab governments yesterday to hold talks with the Jewish state on their revived Middle East peace plan.
 arrow Bomber kills 14 in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber on foot detonated himself in a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan yesterday just after a US convoy drove by, killing at least 14 people and wounding 31, officials and witnesses said.
 arrow Endangered stork egg hatches in wild
An endangered white stork egg laid in the wild has hatched naturally in western Japan for the first time in more than 40 years, a local stork museum announced yesterday.
 arrow Violence erupts at Tata Motors plant
Violence erupted at the Tata Motors plant site in Singur on Sunday when police fired rubber bullets and teargas at Krishi Jami Rakhsha Committee activists when they hurled bombs and brickbats in a bid
 arrow 600 killed in Lanka battles in 4 months
Nearly 600 combatants have been killed in military operations against separatist Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka's restive north in the past four months, the military said yesterday.
 arrow 24 die as Lebanese troops battle militants
Fierce gunbattles erupted in Lebanon on Sunday between soldiers and shadowy Islamic extremist fighters accused of links to al-Qaeda, leaving 24 dead in the bloodiest such clashes in years.
 arrow 'US pays Pakistan $1b a yr to hunt down terror suspects'
The United States pays Pakistan about one billion dollars a year for its participation in counterterrorism operations along the border with Afghanistan, The New York Times reported on its website Saturday.
 arrow Nuclear issue off limits in US-Iraq talks: Iran
Iran said yesterday its nuclear standoff with the West will be strictly off the agenda when Iranian officials hold rare talks this month with US diplomats in Baghdad over Iraq.
 arrow Pak cops released in exchange for extremists
Hardline clerics said yesterday that they had released two Pakistani policemen held hostage at a mosque here, after a deal was struck with authorities to free four extremists.
 arrow US hunt for Laden yields no results
A major hunt for al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden launched by the US Central Intelligence Agency last year has produced no significant leads on his whereabouts, The Los Angeles Times reported on its website
 arrow Indian police seek clues into bombing
Calm returned to the southern Indian city of Hyderabad yesterday, with shops reopening and people flooding into the streets as fears of religious violence following the bombing of a 17th century mosque
 arrow Thousands of secular Turks stage rally
Thousands of Turks demonstrated in this Black Sea port city yesterday against the Islamic-rooted government, which they fear is undermining Turkey's secular system.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EC-media consultation
The unveiling of electoral reform proposals by the Election Commission (EC) and the media persons' responses to these have yielded a set of recommendations that seem worthy of adoption when the time comes.
 arrow Editorial: Death in Rab operation
The most recent incident of a young man in Rajshahi allegedly done to death by plain clothes Rab personnel who had gone to rescue a kidnapped person in the middle of the night has been very disquieting
 arrow How passive a 'pacifist' Japan?
Between 1860 and 1938, when Japan was beginning to assert itself as contender for dominance of at least half the world, most Japanese military personnel still carried swords and spears.
 arrow Dynasty should not be destiny
A slowly but surely chan-ging scenario has surfaced in our political arena following the crackdown on the corrupt political bigwigs by the joint forces.
 arrow Mayawati's stupendous feat
Ms. Mayawati has engi-neered a major political shift in India by pulling off what most pollsters thought she would never be able to do: win an unambiguous majority in Uttar Pradesh's 403-strong Assembly.
Letters to Editorarrow Paradigm shift in Latin America?
Though personally I don't believe in reincarnation or metempsychosis, it seems Late Saddam Hussein has started speaking out through the vocal cord of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.
 arrow Voters' ID & EC
I have been told that an expert is a person who knows more and more about less and less while a layman knows less and less about more and more subjects.
 arrow Communicative teaching
English deserves a special place as a language because of its global importance. There is no doubt that the communicative teaching approach is very effective for language learning.
 arrow Deaths at RMCH
I am absolutely appalled as to how the medical interns could deny care to the sick and dying patients at the RMCH. They have violated the Hippocratic Oath their actions were inhuman and unethical.
 arrow Road link with Myanmar
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to establish road communication. This is an important development and the plan should be implemented immediately.
 arrow Letter from US Senators
Your editorial on 18 May characterises the tone of the US Senators' letter as unfortunate and unacceptable.
 arrow 27th BCS
First of all, we congratulate the caretaker government for taking the bold steps against all forms of corruption. Hopefully, they will be able to wipe out the roots of corruption for good.
 arrow Democracy and discipline
I remember while going through a paper published from Hong Kong 20 + years back I came to know that a visiting statesman from Singapore was requested to comment on the democracy established by the president
 arrow Press freedom
Press freedom is the precondition for democracy. Democracy depends on the collective wishes of the people.
 arrow Bac and ACC
I had an opportunity to work at the Bureau of Anti-Corruption as an officer for about two years. I have retired from government service. As I worked for Bac, I came to now about its officials.
 arrow Business leaders
There are so many leaders of FBCCI and other chambers who have cases of bank loan default against them.
 arrow Black money
Before going deep into the matter, I think it will be better if I try to explain what back money is and how it is made.
 arrow Khaleda Zia
Khaleda Zia has forgiven all BNP leaders. When I heard this news some questions sprung up in my mind.
 arrow Dr. Yunus' decision
It is good news that Dr. Yunus has finally understood that politics is not his cup of tea. He can perform much better in the economic field.
 arrow Irregularities in health ministry
Readers' attention has been drawn to a news item on ' Corruption, irregularities and indiscipline' in the Health Ministry, published in a Bangla daily.
 arrow Corruption
The government is trying to do a lot of things to get rid of corruption.
 arrow New society emerging
Old Golden Bengal [now Bangladesh] is getting back its humour. The previous phase, 1971-2006 has ended. This type of regeneration [or reincarnation] is not new.
 arrow Thanks, Dr. Yunus
I am very happy to learn about Dr Yunus' decision of withdrawing from politics. That is undoubtedly a profound and pragmatic decision.
 arrow Maintain the status of Dhanmondi
Dhanmondi was developed as a posh residential area in the fifties mostly for the senior government servants and high level professionals. Since then it continued as a serene residential area.
 arrow Investors' conference
Investment, both from domestic and external sources, is the engine of accelerated pace of industrialisation.
 arrow Honesty
We have seen that the rich and educated people have the tendency of falling into the trap of corruption in Bangladesh.
 arrow Scarcity of drinking water
A huge quantity of water is available on our planet, almost 1500 million cubic cms, but most of it is useless for us as it contains too much of salt.
Star Cityarrow Gulshan Lake Development Farce
After long-drawn futile attempts for over a decade to save and develop the city's Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake, the project appears as a farce today with no tangible progress of the proposed draft plan.
 arrow WASA project brings misery to residents, commuters
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority's (Wasa) move to clean up the underground drainage system of Bashabo have virtually left thousands of local residents struggling with acute transportation problems every
 arrow Film festival offers education on trees
A weeklong documentary film festival and photography exhibition on the life of people living in the forests and forest destruction is taking place at city's Drik Gallery depicting the appalling stateof
 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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