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Front Pagearrow ACC to ask 21 more today to submit wealth report
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will serve notices today on 21 new graft suspects including former premier Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman and her brother Shamim Iskandar.
 arrow Photo not a must for enrolment now
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday suddenly disclosed that eligible citizens will be registered as voters even if their photographs are not available.
 arrow BNP reforms stuck in dynastic quagmire
Chances that the BNP will take initiatives to bring reforms soon are slim as party Chairperson Khaleda Zia categorically said on Friday that they will start working on the reforms when the ban on indoor
 arrow Dhaka-Kolkata train likely to start in Aug
The Dhaka-Kolkata direct passenger train via Darshana might start operating from August.
 arrow Power import move from Myanmar
Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to import electricity from Myanmar and a delegation is scheduled to visit Yangon early
 arrow AL for specific poll timeframe, lifting ban on indoor politics
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded the caretaker government and the Election Commission (EC) specify the time for holding the next election and lift the ban on indoor politics without delay.
 arrow Govt makes U-turn to allow 38 foreign TV channels
Making a U-turn from its earlier position the government yesterday gave permission to restore transmission of some 38 foreign TV channels that had been blacked out for the previous six days.
 arrow India win Test series too
India clinched the two-match Test series 1-0 with a massive innings and 239-run win over Bangladesh in the second and final match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Five robbers beaten to death in N'ganj
A mob beat five robbers to death as they were trying to get away after robbing two cloth traders at Sonargaon in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Very weak structure led to subsidence
The five-member inquiry committee formed to probe the subsidence of the six-storey building at the city's Dayaganj found the concrete structure of the building 'very weak' after primary investigation.
 arrow Row over bird flu compensation
Poultry farm owners have expressed dissatisfaction over fixation of the compensation provided by the government for the chickens and eggs that have been recently culled due to bird flu virus infection.
 arrow BNP asks govt to ease ban on it on Zia's death anniversary
A BNP delegation led by one of its vice-presidents, MK Anwar, met Law Adviser Mainul Hosein in his Baridhara residence last night and requested him to allow holding a discussion and a feast for the poor
 arrow Judicial body for recruitment of 200 judges
Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC) has recommended recruitment of 200 assistant judges for manning an independent judiciary.
 arrow Khelafat chief Shaikhul Aziz sued for land grabbing, violence
Two separate criminal cases were filed yesterday against Khelafat Majlish Chief Shaikhul Azizul Haq, his four sons, and Mufti Sahidul Islam, a former lawmaker from Islami Oikkya Jote, a component of the
 arrow Chinese worker dies while extracting coal
A Chinese worker died and a local worker was seriously injured at the Barapukuria coal mine while extracting coal on Saturday night.
 arrow Hijbut men threaten judge over leader's remand order
Activists of an Islamist group, Hijbut Tawhid, threatened Magistrate Abu Sayeed for placing the group's district commander Jasim Uddin on a five-day remand.
 arrow Extortionists shoot shop employee
Armed extortionists shot at a shop employee in the city's Kathalbagan area while muggers stabbed a plastic goods wholesaler at Shyamoli yesterday.
 arrow Chopping down trees to build market

 arrow Ctg mayor sued for using CCC funds to set up TV channel
Chittagong city Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and three others were sued yesterday for causing Tk 1.47 crore loss to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) in their illegal bid to set up a TV channel.
 arrow Essentials' prices lower than neighbours'
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday claimed that prices of essentials are lower in Bangladesh than in neighbouring countries.
 arrow Hearing on Tarique's bail prayer June 14
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed June 14 for hearing on a bail petition of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in connection with a case filed against him for extorting Tk 4.
 arrow Gridlock

 arrow Charges framed against Alamgir
A special court yesterday framed charges against detained former state minister for planning and Awami League (AL) leader Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in connection with a graft case.
 arrow Ex-MP Naser, wife sued for concealing info in wealth report
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a graft case against former BNP leader and lawmaker M Naser Rahman, son of former finance minister Saifur Rahman, and his wife Rizina Naser yesterday.
 arrow Gunrunner killed in Rab 'shootout'
A notorious arms and drug dealer was killed during a "shootout" between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and armed cohorts of the dealer at Kalizira on the outskirts of Barisal city early Sunday morning.
 arrow Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha Drive

 arrow 8 more US troops killed in Iraq
Iraq's prime minister and two top American officials flew to the blistering western desert Saturday in a rare joint outing to highlight gains there in the fight against insurgents, hours before the military
 arrow US troops free 41 from 'Qaeda torture camp'
US forces raided an al-Qaeda prison camp north of Baghdad yesterday and rescued 41 Iraqi captives showing signs of having been tortured or mistreated, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Donnelly said.
 arrow Probe report on Hasina to be submitted today
A probe report on the involvement of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and 45 others with the Paltan killings on October 28 last year will be submitted today.
 arrow Israel pledges more strikes on Hamas
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday pledged more attacks on Hamas after a rocket from Gaza killed an Israeli, and brushed aside efforts by Egypt and Palestinian moderates to negotiate a new truce.
Businessarrow DSE turnover surges to new high on Premier Bank debut
Huge levels of trading in Premier Bank, which made its debut on the DSE and CSE yesterday, pushed turnover on the Dhaka bourse to a new all time high with almost 1 million of the bank's shares changing
 arrow New cargo handling system soon at Mongla Port
The Dock Workers Board of Directors at Mongla Port will be abolished and a new cargo handling system introduced soon to smooth operation of the country's second largest seaport, which has been underused
 arrow Govt should not offer hedge against business risks to foreign investment
The government should provide a stable exchange rate to encourage foreign investment to the country, but it should not provide a hedge against business or industry risks, said Foreign Affairs AdviserIftekhar
 arrow CPD's diagnostic study on price of daily essentials: Recommendations
The recommendations to control the prices of essentials are extracted from the study titled 'Price of Daily Essentials: A Diagnostic Study of Recent Trends', which was conducted by the CPD (Centre
 arrow Leaders must break with past to reinvigorate Saarc
The region's leadership must break with the past in order to reinvigorate Saarc, an orgnisation whose real progress has been slow and unimpressive, Mainul Hosein, adviser to Ministry of Law, Justice and
 arrow More budgetary allocation for farming, power, local govt
The finance and planning adviser has spelt out the plan to up budgetary allocation for the sectors that impact the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
 arrow Govt to get tough against defaulter RMG owners
The government would get tough with garment-factory owners to make them pay the recommended minimum wages to their workers if they want to run their business, the finance and commerce adviser warned Sunday.
 arrow Unilever gives support to Asian University in Ctg
Unilever Bangladesh Limited signed an agreement with the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUWSF) yesterday to create a fund for two scholarships titled the "Unilever Bangladesh Scholarships",
 arrow OIC $10b poverty fund soon
The 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference on Sunday announced it will launch a 10-billion-dollar fund to fight poverty in the Islamic world.
 arrow World Islamic Economic Forum meets in Malaysia today
Government leaders and top business executives will meet from Monday at the annual World Islamic Economic Forum, aimed at boosting cooperation among Muslim communities, event organisers said.
 arrow Apec energy meeting begins in Australia
Senior Apec energy officials began meeting in the northern Australian city of Darwin on Sunday for talks which will focus on energy security and climate change, an official said.
 arrow Candidates to replace Wolfowitz spark debate
The White House has begun searching for a successor to outgoing World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz amid questions about the tradition that allows Washington to name an American as the development lender's
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Another Bashar surprise
One would be inclined to think that fielding after winning the toss was the most shocking decision in the second and final Test but even that was overshadowed by Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar's decision
 arrow Cricket: Dav parts with fond memories
Dav What-more's beginning and end as coach of the Bangla-desh team can best be su-mmed up as a study in contrast.
 arrow Cricket: Effort pleases Dravid
After a torrid few months, India captain Rahul Dravid felt relieved to have left Ban-gladesh with wins under his belt.
 arrow Cricket: Mohammedan runners-up
Mohammedan Sporting Club finished runners-up in the Kai-Altech Premier Cri-cket League when they recorded a 25-run win over Abahani yesterday to spoil the league champions' celebration party.
 arrow Football: BKSP oust hosts to reach final
BKSP set a final clash against Tangail when the Savar sport institute came from a goal down to thrash hosts Satkhira 4-1 in the second semifinal of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship
 arrow Football: Chittagong kids going to France
Chittagong will represent Bangladesh in the Danone Nations Cup to be held in France this June-July when they emerged champions in the qualifying competition (10-12 years) organised by Bangladesh Football
 arrow Alonso rules Monte Carlo
Spain's two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso won his second successive Monaco Grand Prix here on Sunday to record his McLaren team's 150th success.
 arrow Football: Nuremberg spoil Stuttgart party
Danish midfielder Jan Kristiansen was the toast of Nuremberg on Saturday night as his goal in extra-time ended his side's 45-year wait for the German Cup with a 2-1 win over 10-man VfB Stuttgart.
 arrow Football: Set for a photo finish
The Spanish title chase reached boiling point Saturday as both Real Madrid and Barcelona scored key home wins to stay level on points with just two games to go.
 arrow Football: Juve capture Serie B title
Mighty Juventus added an unlikely honour to their overladen trophy cabinet on Saturday when the famous Turin club were crowned champions of Serie B.
 arrow Football: Reo-Coker demands transfer
Nigel Reo-Coker is set to leave West Ham after handing in a transfer request.
 arrow Cricket: Rain delays inevitable
Rain came to West Indies' aid when the first two sessions of the third day's play in their second Test against England here at Headingley on Sunday were washed out.
 arrow Cricket: Percy Sonn no more
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Percy Sonn has died aged 57 the governing body announced in a statement from its Dubai headquarters on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Safin sends Vicente packing
Heavy rain and biting cold brought havoc to the opening day of the French Open on Sunday with only former world number one Marat Safin managing to book a place in the second round.
 arrow Cricket: Tributes flow in
Tributes flowed in after International Cricket Council president Percy Sonn's death.
 arrow Cricket: Death threats against Dravid, Dhoni?
Indian police are investigating a letter written by Maoist rebels threatening to kill cricketers Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Dhoni, a newspaper reported Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Reefat start well
Grandmasters Ziaur Rahman and Reefat Bin Sattar won in the opening round of the eighth United Insurance and Leasing Grandmasters Chess tournament at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad can still coach Pakistan
Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad is ready to give a serious thought to coaching the national team again if the cricket board offered him the job.
 arrow Football: Toulouse makes UCL
Toulouse's 3-1 win over Bordeaux on the final French League day of the season Saturday ensured their place in the Champions League next campaign.
 arrow Football: Top flight drug free
Germany natio-nal coach Joac-him Low insisted on Sunday he has never seen an example of drug-abuse in German football, despite the current torrent of confessions rocking cycling.
 arrow Football: Tevez all set for exit
Carlos Tevez, West Ham's controversial Argentine striker, is keen to leave the club because of differences with manager Alan Curbishley.
 arrow Football: Celtic complete double
Celtic completed the domestic double by defeating Dunfermline 1-0 in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday - courtesy of Cameroon defender Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe's late winner.
 arrow Football: Galaxy frets over Becks
Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexei Lalas has said he is concerned David Beckham's recall to the England team might interfere with his appearances for his new Major League Soccer club.
 arrow Football: Toulouse mayor breaks ankle
Toulouse mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc broke his ankle when thrown into their football club's bath in celebration of their qualification for the European Champions League.
 arrow Football: Deschamps resigns
Didier Deschamps has resigned as coach of Juventus, the Turin club confirmed on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lennon ruled out
Knee-victim Aaron Lennon will not appear in forthcoming England matches against Brazil and Estonia following the results of a scan.
Metropolitanarrow Future US-Bangla relations hinge on CG's success
Former US ambassador William Milam yesterday said Bangladesh's future relations with the United States hinge on whether the caretaker government (CG) is successful or the military takes over in future.
 arrow Road accidents kill 7, injure 56
At least seven people were killed and 56 injured in separate road accidents in Feni, Sylhet, Brahmanbaria and Pirojpur yesterday.
 arrow Possibility of inflation going down slim
Former adviser Dr Akbar Ali Khan said people of fixed income group will continue to suffer in the coming days as possibility of decrease in inflation is slim.
 arrow Govt to assess medicine market soon: Health adviser
Government will inspect the medicine market soon to verify the prices, Health and Family Welfare Adviser Maj Gen (Retd) ASM Matiur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Tk 100cr another project for drought-prone Barind likely
The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has been supplying arsenic-free safe drinking water among the people of drought-prone Barind area for the last couple of years.
 arrow WB okays additional $8m interest-free credit
The World Bank approved an additional finance worth 8.0million US dollar in interest-free credit to sustain and expand the activities under the Social Investment Program Project (SIPP) in Bangladesh.
 arrow Press freedom can't exist in isolation from democracy
Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said freedom of press cannot exist in isolation from democracy and fundamental rights.
 arrow Munshi Faiz new envoy to China
The government has appointed Munshi Faiz Ahmad, present Bangladesh envoy to Singapore, as Bangladesh Ambassador to China, said a Foreign Ministry release yesterday.
 arrow SI sent to jail for keeping phensidyl
A police sub-inspector of Bogra sadar police station was suspended and arrested yesterday on charge of possessing phnsidyl.
 arrow Three beams of sub-registrar office collapse
Three beams of the roof of the sub-registrar office collapsed at Shrinagar upazila in Munshiganj yesterday. No casualties were reported at the scene.
 arrow Compartment of goods train derails
A compartment of a goods train derailed after a CNG run three-wheeler auto-rickshaw hit the train at Tejgaon level crossing in the city yesterday.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Students of Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) demanded proper investigations into the atrocities of JCD activists and BNP-backed teachers on general students on May 29, 2005.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Gaborda, a bordering village in Swarupnagar police station in West Bengal, India, opposite to Baikari border insadar
 arrow Nanak, Azam, 15 others asked to appear in court on June 21
A Dhaka court yesterday directed Bangladesh Awami Jubo League chairman, its general secretary and 15 others to appear before it on June 21 in two criminal cases filed against them.
 arrow Training course for prison personnel ends in city
A two-day training course for prison personnel aiming at reducing crime, drug dependence and preventing the spread of HIV concluded in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow Illegal cable factories unearthed in Chittagong
A mobile court yesterday unearthed two factories that were manufacturing duplicate electric cables of Eastern Cables and BRB Cables at Askarabad area in the port city.
 arrow Tahmid, Ziaul new president, GS of DUDS
Tahmid Alam Amit and Ziaul Haque Sheikh have been elected as president and general secretary of Dhaka University Debating Society (DUDS) for the years 2007-2008, says a press release.
 arrow Body found in city
The body of an unidentified person was found at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Lions multiple dist secy
Cabinet Secretary of District 315 B-2 Ln ASE Delwar Jagloo has been elected multiple district secretary unanimously at the annual convention of Lions Multiple District 315 Bangladesh held at Bangladesh-China
Nationalarrow Two laid-off Khulna jute mills resume partial operation
State-owned Crescent Jute Mills and Star Jute Mills, two of the four mills laid-off earlier, resumed partial operation yesterday.
 arrow Industrial waste turning croplands barren
Untreated waste released from industrial units in Nandanpur BSCIC industrial estate in Brahmanbaria is polluting the environment and damaging croplands in vast areas.
 arrow Nor'wester kills 4 in 3 districts
Four people were killed when a nor'wester lashed Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Kurigram districts yesterday morning.
 arrow Nazrul varsity at Trishal begins classes June 3
Academic activities at Jatiya Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam Biswabidylaya (JKKNIB) will start on June 3 with 180 students in the first batch.
 arrow Another extortion case against Satkhira BNP leader
An extortion case was filed yesterday against nine BNP men including detained Satkhira Sadar upazila BNP president Abdul Alim for allegedly demanding Tk 3 lakh as toll.
 arrow Arms seized from AL leader's house
Joint forces recovered two revolvers from the house of Debhata upazila Awami League (AL) president Golam Mostafa at Kulia village in the upazila Saturday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh's image and country rating
Bangladesh has a mixed image in the eyes of the international community. In 1971, the nation surprised the world with its fighting spirit against a well-equipped and organized Pakistan army.
 arrow Sacrificial wolf
It's not the act itself, it's the hypocrisy. That's the line on Paul Wolfowitz, coming from editorial pages around the world.
 arrow Nuclear power with feet of clay?
Backed by nuclear weapons and the seventh largest standing army in the world, Pakistan has the ability to project its power externally, but lacks the strength of an effective state at home.
 arrow A tribute to Nurjehan Murshed
There are leaders and leaders. Some announce themselves as leaders and cultivate a following. They dominate relationships, and impose their ideas and their ways of doing things onto others.
Culturearrow National celebration of Nazrul's 108th birth anniversary
Ministry of Cultural Affairs arranged a two-day programme (on May 25 and May 26) to celebrate 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Chief Adviser Dr.
 arrow Dancing to Nazrul's tunes
Khaled Mahmood Mithu has been directing and shooting films and other programmes for TV for quite a while now.
 arrow Lending a hand to a theatre activist
Four shows of The Birthday Party will be staged at Natmandol, DU, starting from today.
 arrow Homage to Nazrul by Udichi Shilpi Goshthi
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi arranged a special programme marking the 108th birth anniversary the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on May 25.
Generalarrow 'Ata powerful novelist of modern era’
Alokito Nagari (Enlightened City) held a discussion on 'Uponnas Samagra' by eminent novelist Ata Sarkar at National Press Club in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Courts must be free
The country's chief justice returned to the Supreme Court Saturday for the first time since being suspended by President Gen Pervez Musharraf, making his way through jubilant crowds before deliveringveiled
 arrow 3 Afghan aid workers released by Taliban
The Taliban released three Afghan aid workers yesterday who were kidnapped with two French colleagues nearly two months ago, a Taliban spokesman and relatives said.
 arrow Taliban launches new Afghan operation
The Taliban has launched a new operation targeting government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, a spokesman said Sunday, as two policemen died in an ambush in the volatile south.
 arrow Imran banned from travelling to Karachi
A prominent opposition lawmaker and staunch critic of President Gen Pervez Musharraf was banned from travelling to Karachi yesterday because of his "provocative" statements about deadly violence in the
 arrow 'Lanka set for more bloodshed’
A new wave of air and naval combat is likely in Sri Lanka as government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels step up battles that have killed more than 5,000 people since peace talks collapsed, analysts say.
 arrow Suu Kyi supporters rally in Yangon
Hundreds of pro-democracy activists supported by foreign diplomats rallied Sunday near the home of Myanmar's detained Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, lighting candles to mark the election her party
 arrow Bhutan takes another tilt at election
The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan takes another swing at the art of voting this week, undeterred by the challenges of reaching remote villages and a marked reluctance to abandon the monarchy.
 arrow Palestinian factions hold truce talks
Egyptian officials met members of the secular Fatah faction of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas yesterday, the first in a series of talks with rival factions aimed at cementing a fragile truce in Gaza,
 arrow Lebanon sets deadline to end camp standoff
Lebanon has given Palestinian groups until the middle of the week to negotiate an end to a deadly standoff between troops and an Islamist militia holed up in a squalid refugee camp.
 arrow Thousands flee Lebanon refugee camp, says UN
A majority of families from a besieged Palestinian refugee camp caught in the crossfire between Islamic militants and the Lebanese army have fled but thousands remain trapped inside, a UN official said
 arrow Washington, Tehran to hold first substantial talks in 27 years
Washington and Tehran open their first substantial talks in 27 years in Baghdad today, with both countries setting modest goals and limiting discussions to ways to quell the chaos in Iraq.
 arrow Ukraine rivals agree on early elections to end crisis
Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko on Sunday announced a deal with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to hold early parliamentary elections, declaring a political crisis in Ukraine "finished.
 arrow Western spy networks discovered: Iran
Iran said Saturday it has uncovered spy rings organized by the United States and its Western allies, claiming on state-run television that the espionage networks were made up of "infiltrating elements
 arrow Syrians vote for Assad in no-contest referendum
Syrians were voting yesterday in a no-contest referendum to give President Bashar al-Assad another seven years at the helm, in the face of an opposition boycott and a crackdown on dissidents.
 arrow Pakistan's 'disappeared' stir up anger at Musharraf
When Adeela Munir finally got permission to see her brother at a secret location in Rawalpindi city, she says she found him in a pathetic state.
 arrow N Korean leader grooming sons as successors
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il is grooming two of his sons as potential successors and testing which of them is fit to head the Stalinist state, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Kuwait switches weekend to Friday-Saturday
Kuwait yesterday decided to switch its weekend to Friday-Saturday from Thursday-Friday, starting on September 1, State Minister Faisal al-Hajji told the official KUNA news agency.
 arrow Thailand to beef up security ahead of key party ruling
Thailand plans to beef up security in the capital ahead of a crucial ruling on whether the kingdom's two largest political parties should be dissolved, Bangkok police said yesterday.
 arrow Malaysian wives wary of Chinese maids
The women's wing of one of Malaysia's ruling parties has urged the government to rethink a plan to recruit domestic helpers from China, arguing they could seduce local married men, state press reported
 arrow Two more die in fresh Kashmir border violence
Indian troops yesterday shot dead two suspected Islamic militants along the heavily-militarised border with Pakistan, a day after rebels killed two soldiers, the army said.
 arrow Thailand unhappy over extension of Suu Kyi's house arrest
Thailand's army-installed government yesterday said it was "disappointed" with neighbouring Myanmar's decision to extend the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Editorialarrow Editorial: New rank badges for service chiefs
The explanation given for the elevation of ranks of the chiefs of three services sounds eminently logical.
 arrow Editorial: BDR in trade?
The government in its anxiety to contain the price spiral has been employing all kinds of methods.
 arrow France's right turn and beyond
The French have just elected a new president in one of the most closely contested elections ever in France, where an estimated 85 percent of the electorate cast their votes.
 arrow A New Zealand diary
Auckland takes its beauty for granted.
 arrow The Iranian nuclear knot
On May 23, IAEA Director General Mohammed El Baradei sent the Report on Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement in Iran to the IAEA Board of Governors and the UNSC. The Report has not been made public.
Letters to Editorarrow A democratic government
A good government elected in a free fair election is the desire of the fourteen crore people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Save the playgrounds
A few weeks back, I happened to know about a recent initiative taken by the National Housing Authority to demolish a beautiful playground in Mirpur-2 for establishing a shopping complex in the area.
 arrow Credible election
The Daily Star editorial of 13 May emphasizes the need for quick holding of election. It focuses, as I understand, on a credible election, not a traditional election that we experienced in the past.
 arrow Electricity conservation
At long last, the PDB , the sleeping giant (Electric power wise), has waken up to the acute paucity of power(15May).
 arrow Tejgaon College
The situation at the Tejgaon College is very unclear now.
 arrow US Immigration Bill
No. The majority of Americans do not support the current so-called immigration bill that's in the Senate.
 arrow A success story
Have you ever considered publishing feature stories to introduce those Bangladeshis (such as myself) who have successfully attained and secured a major leadership stand on a foreign soil? This question
 arrow Optimal strategy
It is quite evident that what has happened since 11th January 2007 is nothing short of a revolution. It is an upsurge of popular sentiment against corruption.
 arrow Bangladesh first
Corruption, deception, exploitation, lack of respect for the law etc are all well entrenched among the most privileged class of the nation. Without force, this habit will never change.
 arrow ID cards
It is quite baffling to read the news that the voter list and the National ID could be produced in 5-6 months by the army.
 arrow Habibul Bashar
Bangladesh cricket's non-performing skipper, Bashar, has struck again! After all the excuses he made about how he is a Test batsman and not a one-day player, he played a highly irresponsible stroketo
 arrow Tourism promotion
Why don't you pursue the govt.
 arrow Dhanmondi roads
I am glad that Dhaka Metropolitan Police has decided to make certain roads in Dhanmondi one-way. That is something I had suggested in a letter to your newspaper after a visit to Dhaka back in 2004.
 arrow Billboards removed
During my recent visit to the port city, it was truly a pleasant surprise to see changes for the better on the streets of Chittagong caused by removal of all the billboards.
 arrow 27th BCS
I guess specific allegation(s) had been received by the competent authorities which caused the health check-up being postponed in the midway for the successful candidates of the 27th BCS.
 arrow Education
The key components of education are 'Teaching' and 'Learning'. Students never stop; they are learning, though the procedure may not always be right.
 arrow Hats off to Mashrafe
I believe, never before in the history of Bangladesh cricket, tail enders salvaged a big international match, against a top team of the world, by their batting, avoiding an inevitable-looking followon
Star Cityarrow DCC's garbage trade pollutes air, land and water
Unscrupulous conservancy employees are dumping rubbish to fill up low-lying land along the flood protection embankment, causing serious air, land and water pollution in the area.
 arrow The problem lies elsewhere, say traders
The interim government's various initiatives including the planned import of several food items to control price hike of daily essentials would have little impact on the current market, alleged wholesale
 arrow Underpass in shabby state
Authorities' sheer negligence has put the Karwan Bazar underpass in a woeful state as poor maintenance from the concerned authorities continues to taint the underpass premises.
 arrow Sweltering in Stuffy Metropolis
Afternoon rain and Kalbaishakhi fails to bring a sigh of relief in the city. Sweltering heat and intense humidity in the air has made life miserable during the past few days.
 arrow DCC sleeps over car park
The planned car park in the city's Karwan Bazar commercial area is yet to be built despite site selection and handover of the land to the authorities concerned.
 arrow BRTA revises rules to go tough on reckless motorists
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) is revising the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1983 with a view to impose tougher penalties on motorists violating traffic rules.
 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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