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Front Pagearrow Jalil, Babar, Sheikh Selim, Altaf, Mintoo, others held in massive drive
The army-led joint forces yesterday in a sudden move took Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil, former minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, former state ministers Lutfozzaman Babar and FazlurRahman
 arrow Polls by end of 2008
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the general election will be held by the end of 2008 in accordance with the timetable set by the Election Commission.
 arrow Hasina lashes out at government
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday strongly condemned the detention of her party's General Secretary Abdul Jalil and said the government's ongoing drive seems to be against politics,not
 arrow Cracks develop in yet another DCC building
A five-storey building in the Dayaganj sweeper colony has developed cracks due to the 'forced vibration' following the subsidence of the adjacent under-construction building, putting more than 500 residents
 arrow Politicians surprised
Arrest of Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil, who had just taken initiative for reforms in the party, has come as a surprise to the political leaders.
 arrow Govt appeals to HC to resume MiG-29 case against Hasina
The government yesterday appealed to the High Court (HC) to resume the hearing of the MiG-29 and frigate purchase graft cases filed against former premier and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina during the
 arrow Jalil's arrest surprises politicians
Arrest of Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil, who had just taken initiative for reforms in the party, has come as a surprise to the political leaders.
 arrow All photos within polls timeframe not possible
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is trying not to be rigid on the issue of having photographs on the voter list as it is impossible to compile
 arrow Obaidul's firm misses another deadline
Scamster Obaidul Karim's shell company BON Consortium yesterday missed the deadline for financial closure for the 450-megawatt Meghnaghat-2 power project.
 arrow Body to sit first time in 7 years for review
The advisory committee on the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord is going to hold its first meeting on Thursday to review the implementation process of the peace accord.
 arrow Cracks in Dhanmondi condo
The families living in the 15 flats of the faulty Green Jasmine, an apartment building of Amin Mohammad Foundation in Dhanmondi, evacuated while nearby South Breeze English medium school moved its junior
 arrow Army chief meets president
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed made a courtesy call on President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed at the Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Passport office for end to police verification
The Directorate of Passport and Immigration (DPI) has recommended that the home ministry should abolish police verification system in issuing passports as it says unusual delay in getting the police report
 arrow ACC does not serve notices due to bureaucratic complexities
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) could not serve notices yesterday on 21 top corruption suspects, including former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman, due to some bureaucratic complexities.
 arrow 150 BNP men allowed to visit Zia's grave
The government finally decided to allow a maximum of 150 leaders and activists of BNP to accompany party Chairperson Khaleda Zia during her visit to the grave of late president Ziaur Rahman to offer Fateha
 arrow President to visit graves of Zia, Mujib
President Iajuddin Ahmed will visit the grave of president Ziaur Rahman on his 26th death anniversary tomorrow.
 arrow Charges pressed against Moudud for possessing liquor, beer
Police yesterday pressed charges against former law minister Moudud Ahmed for possessing 32 cans of beer and 16 bottles of other alcoholic beverages.
 arrow Banks asked to freeze accounts of ex-NBR member, wife
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has asked all commercial banks to freeze bank accounts of one its former member and his wife on suspicion of tax evasion and corruption.
 arrow Dhaka asks G-8 nations for duty-free entry
Bangladesh sent separate letters to the G-8 countries yesterday asking the world's most powerful group of nations to give duty-free access to exports from least-developed countries (LDCs).
 arrow Inqilab Khulna bureau chief jailed for 4 yrs
Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced Khulna bureau chief of Dainik Inqilab and former president of Khulna Press Club ATM Rafique to four years' rigorous imprisonment and fined him Tk 10,000
 arrow Govt explains reasons for price hike
The government yesterday held high prices of certain commodities in the international market and narrow opportunity for duty evasion responsible for the spiraling prices of essentials.
 arrow Ex-MPs Mosharraf, Munshi sued again, Faruk on remand
Another case was yesterday filed against former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and 26 others for foiling an Awami League meeting in June, 2006.
 arrow US presses Iran to stop supporting Iraqi militias
The United States told Iran yesterday to stop supporting violent militias in war-ravaged Iraq, during the highest-level direct official talks between the arch-foes in 27 years while a truck bomb killed
 arrow Industrialist Golam Dastagir returns home
A habeas-corpus petition filed with the High Court (HC) for "detainee" Gazi Golam Dastagir, the owner of Gazi water-tank, ran out of steam as he showed up at his home midnight Sunday.
 arrow Bush pays tribute to fallen US troops
President Bush paid tribute yesterday to America's fighting men and women -- "a new generation of fallen leaders" - in a solemn Memorial Day visit to the national burial ground for war heroes.
Businessarrow Bad loans up 5.59pc in 3 months
The volume of bad loans in the country's banking system has increased by Tk 1,125 crore or 5.59 percent in three months to reach Tk 21,223 crore on March 31, 2007 from Tk 20,098 crore on December 31,2006.
 arrow Allow import of up to 6-yr-old used vehicles
Reconditioned vehicle importers have demanded of the government to allow them import of used vehicles up to six years old.
 arrow Japan aims to reinvigorate Tokyo as global finance hub
Faced with growing competition from Hong Kong and Singapore, Japan aims to reinvigorate Tokyo as a global financial hub with a lofty goal of developing a new foreigner-friendly high-rise banking district.
 arrow $4.5b forex reserve: Kudos to unsung heroes
Our foreign exchange reserve crossed the US$ 4 billion mark for the first time in early March, now stranding at almost $4.
 arrow Wolfowitz blames media for resignation
Departing World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz in a radio interview broadcast Monday blamed an overheated atmosphere at the bank and in the media for forcing him to resign.
 arrow Khulna investors now under CSE network
As part of its nationwide expansion programme, Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday launched its online trading facilities in Khulna through its broker branch office ICB Securities Trading Company.
 arrow Beximco Pharma starts exports to Papua New Guinea
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd has started supplying medicines to Papua New Guinea, one of the five LDCs of Oceania, says a press release.
 arrow 27th branch of Bank Asia opens at Mohakhali
The 27th branch of Bank Asia was inaugurated yesterday in 82 Mohakhali Commercial Area, Dhaka, says a press release. Power, Energy & Mineral Resources Adviser Tapan Chowdhury inaugurated the new branch.
 arrow Berger Paints approves 110pc cash dividend
Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd yesterday approved 110 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Pakistan to post 7pc growth
Pakistan's economy is set to post robust growth of 7.02 percent in the fiscal year to the end of June, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Monday. The figure compares with 6.
 arrow Google chief to talk business in S Korea
The chief of the world's top Internet search engine Google will visit South Korea this week to discuss business cooperation with local partners, officials said Monday.
 arrow India's economy to overtake Japan by 2025: BoJ
India's economy will overtake the Japanese economy by 2025 to rank third in the world after the United States and China in terms of purchasing power parity, Japan's central bank chief predicted Monday.
 arrow Dollar subdued in holiday trade
The dollar was slightly weaker against other major currencies in Asian trade Monday following Friday's worse-than-expected report on US home sales, dealers said.
 arrow Oil prices edge lower in Asia
Oil prices edged lower in Asian trade Monday as Nigeria's oil unions suspended a two-day-old strike over the weekend, relieving concerns of possible disruptions to shipments, dealers said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Time to go home
Bangladesh cricketers gave outgoing coach Dav Whatmore a farewell gift before the team dispersed from their temporary residence yesterday at the conclusion of the series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Mere speculation: Dav
Bangladesh's outgoing coach Dav Whatmore on Monday denied as "mere speculation" reports he had been offered a job with India, saying nothing had been finalised yet.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' selection dilemma
The much-talked about home series against India ended on Sunday leaving more questions to answers, especially in Test cricket, ahead of Bangladesh's next assignment in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Bangladesh-india Test & Odi Series Averages

 arrow Cricket: England closer to win
Ryan Sidebottom inflicted further misery upon West Indies as England moved closer to an innings victory in the second Test at Headingley here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Local coach for SL tour
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will appoint local coaches for the Tigers' Sri Lanka tour in June-July.
 arrow Football: Aslam, Kaiser made NSC ambassadors
The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday wrested responsibilities on former national footballers Sheikh Mohammed Aslam and Kaiser Hamid to find a united and workable committee for the Bangladesh Football
 arrow Cricket: Acting ICC boss soon
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will soon appoint an acting president in place of Percy Sonn, who died of complications from a colon operation.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav in for Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of the Afro-Asian Cup starting on June 6. He will be replaced by Sourav Ganguly in the 14-member squad.
 arrow Local Snippets
Abdullah Al Rakib posted solo lead in the 8th United Insurance and United Leasing Grandmasters Chess Tournament when the local International Master won his second match in a row yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: More tributes to Sonn
International Cricket Council president Percy Sonn had a vision for cricket becoming a genuine world sport, Cricket Australia said Monday, following the South African's death.
 arrow Cricket: 13 eye the Pak job
Pakistan said Monday it has received 13 applications from as far afield as England and Australia for the job of national cricket coach following the death of Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Cricket: ECB had to take Donald
England coach Peter Moores said the chance to bring Allan Donald in to advise their fast bowlers was one they had to take after the South Africa great was effectively given a five-week trial.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-Aussie Test player Archer no more
Australian cricket Monday mourned the death of another Test cricketer with the passing of all-rounder Ron Archer over the weekend.
 arrow Football: Inzaghi gets Italy recall
AC Milan forward Filippo Inzaghi has been recalled to the Italian side after scoring two goals in the Champions League final against Liverpool last week.
 arrow Football: Sevilla still in the hunt
Sevilla kept their dreams of a first Liga title in 61 years alive on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Real Zaragoza, Luis Baiano and Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Freddy Kanoute on target.
 arrow Football: Pires transforms Villarreal
Robert Pires missed the first seven months of the season with a knee injury after joining Spanish outfit Villarreal from Arsenal last summer.
 arrow Tennis: Henin, Serena sail thru' in rain
Triple champion Justine Henin and Serena Williams, the 2002 winner, reached the French Open second round on Sunday as Roland Garros shivered in rain and biting cold.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam hails Sonn's role in Oval dispute
Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq Monday praised late International Cricket Council president Percy Sonn for his handling of the Oval Test controversy last year.
 arrow Cricket: Setback for Flintoff
England allrounder Andrew Flintoff suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury after he was ruled out of Lancashire's one-day match against Leicestershire on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Series could be over for Sarwan
West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has conceded he may miss the remainder of the tour of England after damaging his shoulder in the Headingley Test.
 arrow Football: Metzelder moves to Real
German international defender Christoph Metzelder will leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund to join Spanish giants Real Madrid next season, Dortmund coach Thomas Doll revealed on Sunday.
 arrow Football: FIFA's altitude ban
FIFA on Sunday announced a ban on international matches at stadia situated at over 2500m altitude.
 arrow Football: Lyon set to appoint Perrin
French champions Lyon are set to name former Portsmouth coach Alain Perrin as their new manager replacing Gerard Houllier, L'Equipe sports daily reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Reggina's amazing escape
Reggina executed a remarkable escape act on Sunday, their 2-0 win over Champions League winners AC Milan helping them avoid relegation on the final day of the Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Nakamura injured
Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, who helped Celtic complete a Scottish league and cup double, has injured his right foot ahead of Japan's campaign to win a third straight Asian Cup in July.
 arrow Football: Inamoto quits Galatasaray
Japanese midfielder Junichi Inamoto has decided to leave Turkish club Galatasaray and is looking for a new club, preferably in Europe, a press report said Monday.
 arrow Football: I'm staying: Crouch
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has assured towering striker Peter Crouch that he has a future at the club according to the player.
 arrow Football: Giants in Peace Cup
English Premier League clubs Bolton and Reading will join French champions Lyon and Argentine giants River Plate in contesting the Peace Cup in South Korea in July.
Metropolitanarrow We can't assure availability of water due to climatic reason
The 36th meeting of the Indo-Bangladesh joint committee on implementation of Ganges water treaty and sharing of Ganges water at Farakka concluded here yesterday expressing satisfaction over the jointassessment
 arrow Govt urged to allocate budget
Trade union leaders and rights activists yesterday demanded that the government allocate budget for Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation and formulate rules and regulations to run its activities for welfare
 arrow 50 hurt in clash over cricket in B'baria
More than 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over playing cricket at Sohagpur village in Ashuganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Recording depositions of PWs completed
A special court yesterday completed recording depositions of prosecution witnesses of a graft case filed against controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun for not submitting his wealth statement within
 arrow 10 hurt in Munshiganj clash
At least 10 people were injured in a clash over transaction of a counterfeit note in Madankhali village under Shrinagar upazila in Munshiganj yesterday.
 arrow 12000 mothers die, 2 lakh face long-term ailments a year
Around 12000 mothers die and about two lakh others face long-term ailments due to pregnancy-related complications every year in the country, said the speakers at a programme yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure access to skilled birth attendants for women'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need to ensure access to skilled birth attendants for women to make every childbirth safe.
 arrow Prepare yourselves as productive members of society
In the wake of degradation of social and moral values, President Iajuddin Ahmed asked the student community to prepare themselves as ethical human beings and a productive force in society.
 arrow 'Private varsities playing important role in providing higher education'
The private universities are playing an important role in providing higher education for students as the public universities could not accommodate the increasing number of students seeking to pursue higher
 arrow Court seeks probe report by July 1
A Dhaka court yesterday again asked the investigation officer (IO) to submit the probe report on involvement of former prime minister and Awami League (AL) Chief Sheikh Hasina and 45 others with the last
 arrow Ashraf Jute Mills workers urge govt to pay arrears
Employees of now defunct Ashraf Jute Mills at a press conference yesterday urged the caretaker government to take steps for payment of their arrears that amounts to Tk 71 crore.
 arrow Unknown caller threatens to kill DU teacher
A miscreant, identifying himself as a top-listed criminal, yesterday threatened to kill General Secretary of Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) Prof Dr MM Anwar Hossain if he fails to pay him
 arrow Why cases against Hannan Shah, his son should not be quashed
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why the extortion cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah and his son should not bequashed.
 arrow Examine birth certificates during marriage
Birth certificates should be examined during the registration of marriage to resist early marriage, said human rights activists at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Pushcart driver killed in road accident in Ctg
A pushcart driver was killed and his helper was injured in a road accident on city's Dewanhat Over Bridge yesterday afternoon.
 arrow British HC staffs' help to build homes for the underprivileged
Staffs of the British High Commission visa section have set a noble example by donating Tk 90,300 to the Habitat for Humanity, Bangladesh, a non-government organisation that builds homes for the underprivileged.
 arrow Memo to UGC chairman
A group of Rajshahi University (RU) teachers under the banner of Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) met the chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) on Sunday and demanded exemplary punishment of
 arrow Barura OC, two others jailed in Comilla
Three people, including the Officer-in-Charge of Borura Police Station, were awarded four years rigorous imprisonment by a tribunal here in an extortion case on Sunday.
 arrow Former US envoy Milam calls on army chief
Former US Ambassador to Bangladesh William B Milam called on Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed at the Army Headquarters yesterday.
 arrow ActionAid convention begins in Cox's Bazar
A two-day convention of Society for Participatory Education and Development (SPED) and the reflect development unit of ActionAid Bangladesh began in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Death anniversary of Anjuman Ara today
Today is the third death anniversary of vocalist Anjuman Ara Begum, a versatile artiste in the cultural arena, says a press release.
 arrow 3 top CDA officials suspended
Three high officials of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) were suspended yesterday on charge of irregularities and negligence in their duties.
 arrow New trains from June 1
Two new trains on Khulna-Rajshahi-Khulna route are going to be introduced from June 1, says a press release.
Nationalarrow CHT leaders for full implementation of peace accord
Indigenous and Bangalee leaders in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) have welcomed the caretaker government's decision to hold a meeting of the CHT affairs ministry advisory committee.
 arrow Workers refuse to join duty before arrear payment
None of the workers of Crescent Jute Mills and Star Jute Mills joined duty at the sacking sections of the mills yesterday in protest against non-payment of their arrear wages and other financial benefits.
 arrow Eight camel jockeys get compensation
Eight Bangladeshi children who were trafficked to Dubai to work as camel jockey got compensation from its government at a function held here yesterday.
 arrow JMJB cadre held in Bagmara
Police arrested a leader of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) from Borobihanali village in Bagmara upazila yesterday.
 arrow One bullet-hit, 2 hurt by BSF
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was bullet-hit Sunday night when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on Ghona border in Satkhira Sadar upazila. BDR also replied with shots.
 arrow Extortionist beaten dead
An alleged extortionist was beaten to death at Faridpur upazilla in Pabna when he went to collect toll yesterday morning.
 arrow Attacker on witness to Aug 17 blasts remanded
Abdul Aziz, arrested on Friday night for allegedly hacking Rawshan Ali, the lone eye witness to August 17 serial blasts in Satkhira, was placed on a five-day remand yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Inflation: Don't fight the market
One of the burning issues of recent times has been the soaring prices of commodities. Especially the escalating prices of food items have dogged the caretaker government (CTG) from the beginning.
 arrow The feast of Pentecost
May 27 was Pentecost Sunday.
Culturearrow Homage to GA Mannan and Gaohar Jamil
Department of Production, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged a two-day dance programme at the National Theatre Stage as a tribute to two dance legends of Bangladesh: GA Mannan and Gauhar Jamil.
 arrow Maksud's art displayed in India
Artist Maksudul Ahsan has had several shows of his works recently in several Indian cities. The first one was at Dhumimal Art Gallery in New Delhi.
 arrow Veteran filmmaker Rebeca terminally ill
Rebeca, the first female filmmaker (Bindu Thekey Britto) of the country has been hospitalised with serious kidney ailment. The terminally ill filmmaker is now at Dhaka Community Hospital, Maghbazar.
Generalarrow 'Health status reflects discrimination against women'
Around 13,000 women die every year due to pregnancy and delivery related complications in the country, said speakers at a discussion.
 arrow High-powered body formed for upgrading railway
The caretaker government formed a six-member high-powered committee yesterday to recommend a package programme for upgrading the Bangladesh Railway.
 arrow Kushtia journo held on charge of extortion
Police arrested a local journalist last night in an extortion case filed by a BNP cadre in 2005. The arrested journalist is Shamsul Alam Swapan, Kushtia correspondent of the daily Amader Somoy.
 arrow Huge current nets, jatka worth Tk 71 crore seized
Bangladesh Navy Ship Shaheed Farid seized huge current nets and 'jatka' worth Tk 71 crore in different raids in the Hilsa breeding areas of the country recently, says an ISPR press release.
 arrow 29 girls among 44 held from 2 city hotels
Forty-four people, including 29 girls, were arrested from two hotels at Maghbazar in the city yesterday for their alleged involvement in anti-social activities.
 arrow International UN Peacekeeping Day today
The International United Nations Peacekeeping Day will be observed today with due solemnity and acclamation of the forces policing peace in different troubled corners of the world.
 arrow Orientation of DU science, law faculties held
The orientation programme of science and law faculties of Dhaka University was held at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Domestic help commits suicide in city
A minor domestic help committed suicide at Khilgaon in the city on Sunday night. The victim was identified as Shuma Akhter, 11, daughter of Mohammad Babul.
 arrow IUB, Katalyst sign MoU regarding course on business journalism
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Independent University of Bangladesh and Katalyst for initiating the project of introducing a course on Business Journalism in the existingsyllabus
Internationalarrow 9 die as Afghan cops clash with protesters
Nine people were killed and 32 wounded in northern Afghanistan yesterday when police opened fire to break up a violent protest by a warlord's supporters, a doctor and a witness said.
 arrow Pak PM warns against criticism of military
Pakistan's Prime Minister yesterday warned against criticism of the army after the country's suspended top judge issued a veiled attack on the military rule of President Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow 6 killed in Pakistan militant violence
Taliban insurgents shot dead a military commander and a soldier in northwestern Pakistan on Monday hours after police killed four rebels in a firefight, officials said.
 arrow Thousands of low-caste Hindus convert to Buddhism in India
Thousands of low-caste Hindus seeking to escape the oppression of India's rigid caste system on Sunday embraced Buddhism in a mass conversion.
 arrow 380 civilians killed in Afghan violence this year: UN
Up to 380 Afghan civilians have been killed in fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan and international forces this year, the United Nations said yesterday.
 arrow Six people killed in Lanka blast
At least six people were killed and 21 others wounded in a powerful roadside blast Monday near a key military base just outside Sri Lanka's capital, hospital sources said.
 arrow Bhutan holds mock elections
The isolated kingdom of Bhutan took another step toward democracy Monday as voters lined up for the final round of a mock parliamentary election, officials said.
 arrow US negotiator in India to iron out nuke accord
The lead US negotiator in a landmark deal to allow civilian nuclear technology sales to India arrives in New Delhi this week to try and resolve nagging differences over the pact, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Gunfight breaks lull at Lebanon camp
Sporadic firefights erupted yesterday at a battered refugee camp in Lebanon where the army is besieging Islamists, amid efforts to end the bloodiest internal clashes for decades.
 arrow Curfew slapped on Bhutan refugee camp in Nepal
A curfew was imposed yesterday at a camp in southeast Nepal for Bhutanese refugees following riots that left one dead in police firing at the weekend, a local official said.
 arrow Olmert nominates Peres for Israeli presidency
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday that Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres would be his party's candidate for the largely ceremonial post of president.
 arrow India rejects greenhouse gas limits
India yesterday said it would reject proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions at a summit meeting of the world's leading economies next month because stricter limits would slow its booming economy.
 arrow Nato reassures Russia over eastern moves
Nato's chief fended off Russian concerns over the bloc's expansion and a new US missile defence system, insisting both would mean greater security.
 arrow Indonesia calls on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
Indonesia yesterday accused Myanmar of tarnishing the reputation of its Southeast Asian neighbours by extending the house arrest of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow Chinese woman endures 64 yrs with bullet in brain: report
A Chinese farm woman complaining of a 64-year headache was surprised when doctors told her the cause was a Japanese bullet in her brain, state press reported yesterday.
 arrow Seven killed in Thai south
Three Muslim men were shot dead by suspected separatist rebels in Thailand's restive south, where a powerful bomb later hit a market killing four people, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter list preparation
While the election commission (EC) must be thanked for its latest decision to have enumerators visit door-to-door to collect voter particulars, (a shift from its previous plan) frankly, we are still confused
 arrow Editorial: Suu Kyi's continued captivity
The military regime in Myanmar has once again spurned appeals from the outside world for freedom to be granted to democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow Politicians -- already in demanding mode
As soon as the caretaker government opted to show leniency to politicians, and allowed them to talk on various issues, some of them began to do what they do best demand.
 arrow When the state turn lawless
The detention in Raipur of noted human rights activist Binayak Sen under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 (PSA) has rightly attracted nationwide condemnation.
 arrow Bush's attempts were doomed from the start
I am writing with reference to: "Taking stock of realities," by Kazi Anwarul Masud (DS, May 27). Mr. Masud has raised some important issues about American efforts to promote democracy abroad.
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