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Front Pagearrow Jalil, Babar remanded; Altaf, Patal sent to jail
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and former BNP lawmaker and Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem were remanded in custody last night by a Dhaka
 arrow Arrests designed to divert attention
Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the government of trying to suppress "people's wishes" and diverting focus away from the government's failure to rein in rising prices of essentials
 arrow Mamun alleges he was threatened with 'crossfire'
Giasuddin Al Mamun, the detained businessman friend of Tarique Rahman, yesterday told the court that he could not submit his wealth statement in time since he was in the joint forces' custody from January
 arrow Master manipulator of state power
Arrested BNP leader Lutfozzaman Babar virtually enjoyed the power of a full minister while serving as a state minister for home affairs, and played dubious roles in the investigations of major terrorist
 arrow Govt reclaims Harris house
Despite showing the highest level of deceivability, now convicted political secretary to a former prime minister Harris Chowdhruy finally lost his ill-gotten palatial house, which he had acquired from
 arrow 21 graft suspects asked to submit wealth reports in 7 days
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday served notices on 21 new graft suspects including former premier Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman and her brother Shamim Iskandar.
 arrow Forest boss held with tucked away Tk 1cr
Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Osman Gani was arrested yesterday at his Uttara house with Tk 1 crore in cash that he had hidden at some unusual places in his house.
 arrow HC sets hearing dates in Aug for 2 graft cases against Hasina
The High Court (HC) yesterday set August 1 and 7 for hearing on Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's petitions for quashing two graft cases against her regarding the purchase of MiG-29 fighters
 arrow Zia's death anniversary today
The 26th death anniversary of founder of BNP and late president Ziaur Rahman will be observed across the country today rather modestly with programmes curtailed because of the state of emergency.
 arrow Discharge duties with dedication, honesty
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the members of the armed forces and the police, working at home and abroad, to continue their duties with the highest degree of professionalism,
 arrow Proposal to set up rental power plant at Bogra okayed
The advisers' committee on purchase yesterday approved a proposal for setting up a 20-megawatt (MW) rental power unit in Bogra under private initiative.
 arrow Bashundhara deposits Tk 77cr 'ill-gotten money' to govt exchequer
Bashundhara Group, the country's one of the largest conglomerates, yesterday deposited Tk 77 crore to the government exchequer allegedly earned through illegal means.
 arrow 2 Jubo League top leaders detained in Agartala
Jubo League Chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanak and General Secretary Mirza Azam, also an ex-lawmaker, were detained at Sonamura in Agartala of the Indian state of Tripura Monday, said sources from across the
 arrow Prof Yunus urges govt again to set up mega seaport
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has suggested the government again to cash in on the unique geographical location of the country by setting up a mega seaport, which will become communication hub of
 arrow British CDC to sell 3 power plants to Malaysian firm
British company CDC Globeleq is selling out the Haripur 360MW, Meghnaghat 450MW and the NEPC 110MW power plants to Malaysian investment company Tanjong Public Ltd Co.
 arrow Arrestees should know about charges against them: US
A US embassy spokesman in Dhaka yesterday said those who are arrested should be informed about the charges for which they have been arrested and allowed to defend themselves.
 arrow Dhaka unhappy about Delhi's allegations
Bangladesh yesterday expressed its 'disappointment' at an Indian junior home minister's comments that United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) is being 'nourished' here and Dhaka is 'weak and reluctant'
 arrow Jadid threatens to bomb ZIA, secretariat
The so-called Islamist militant outfit Jadid al Qaeda yesterday issued threats to bomb important national installations, including Zia International Airport and the Bangladesh Secretariat, if its arrested
 arrow Govt won't work on diktat of politicians
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government is not bound to work at the instruction of politicians as, he said, it assumed power with people's mandate to hold a fair election.
 arrow Ex-MP Nadim Mostafa asked to surrender in 3 days
A Rajshahi court yesterday asked former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa to surrender before it within three days in connection with an extortion case filed against him with Durgapur Police Station.
 arrow ACC secretary transferred
The government has decided to transfer Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Secretary Delwar Hossain, a much-talked about bureaucrat in recent times for his role in the ongoing anti-corruption drive.
 arrow 3 killed in 'actions' with Rab, cops
A suspected criminal was killed in city during an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) while two others, including a regional leader of an outlawed party, were killed in "crossfire" between police
 arrow ETV on list of approved channels
Ekushey Television Ltd (ETV) has been put in the list of the approved satellite TV channels, said an information ministry handout yesterday.
 arrow Twin bombings kill 33 in Baghdad
Four Westerners were reported kidnapped in Baghdad yesterday amid an explosion of violence that killed at least 33 people in attacks at a prayer hall and busy square in the heart of the Iraqi capital.
 arrow Russia test-launches new ballistic missile
Russia yesterday test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile, apparently developed secretly, that a top government official said could penetrate any defense system, Russian news agencies reported.
Businessarrow Bourses shake off concerns over new detentions
Dhaka and Chittagong bourses rose yesterday despite concerns that the fresh wave of arrests of political and business leaders may rattle investors' confidence.
 arrow Increased trade, work opportunities focus for Dhaka-Seoul talks
Economic cooperation and employment opportunities for Bangladeshi workers in South Korea will figure high in talks between Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and senior South Korean ministers
 arrow Media, commerce links needed for positive business environment
Speakers at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday advocated for an enabling business environment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Malaysians should consider relocating industries to Bangladesh
Industries Adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury has said Malaysian entrepreneurs should consider relocating their labour intensive industries to Bangladesh to take advantage of lower cost levels.
 arrow Basel II preparedness: Challenges and opportunities
Banks are in the business of accepting and managing different types of risks.
 arrow Bangladesh holds huge growth potential
SAP, the world's leading provider of business software, has identified Bangladesh as an economy with huge growth potential, business leaders were told at a seminar in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow Citigroup high official in Dhaka
Anthony J. Nappi, managing director and Citigroup's Asia Pacific Region Head of Global Transaction Services, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit, says a press release.
 arrow GlaxoSmithKline okays 10pc dividend
GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Limited has approved a 10 percent final dividend i.e. Tk 1.00 per share of Tk 10.00 each for shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow LankaBangla Finance okays 10pc dividend
LankaBangla Finance Ltd approved a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders, says a press release.
 arrow Japan's jobless rate hits nine-year low
Japan got a double dose of good news on the economy Tuesday with the jobless rate hitting a nine-year low and consumer spending up for a fourth straight month.
 arrow Apec energy ministers meet in Australia
Apec energy ministers launched a meeting in Darwin Tuesday aimed at finding a balance between the region's booming energy demands and the need to cut carbon emissions and reduce global warming.
 arrow Oil prices lower in Asia
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Tuesday after Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, insisted the market was well supplied, dealers said.
 arrow Oil prices lower in Asia
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Tuesday after Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, insisted the market was well supplied, dealers said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Leaving on a high
When Dav Whatmore leaves Dhaka on Friday it will mark the end of his almost four-year assignment as Bangladesh coach. The peaceful departure of the Sri Lankan-born-Australian is unique in many ways.
 arrow Football: Minnows come alive
With just one day remaining in the mid-season window, the B.League clubs finally came alive at the two-week transfer scene.
 arrow Cricket: Eng inflict WI record defeat
England inflicted West Indies' worst Test defeat of all time, breaking a 50-year-old record, as they won the second Test by an innings and 283 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-match series with more than
 arrow Football: BKSP unbeaten champions
BKSP deservedly clinched the Western Union National Youth (Under-18) Football Championship title when they brushed aside Tangail 4-0 in the final yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram rules out permanent Pak coaching role
Pakistan's former captain and bowling great Wasim Akram has ruled out a permanent coaching role with the national team, saying his other international commitments did not allow him the luxury of a long-term
 arrow Cricket: Lone warm-up for India in Australia
India will have to make do with just one warm-up match on their gruelling year-end tour of Australia after the cricket board Tuesday ruled out any extra games.
 arrow Cricket: Captain cheers Steve on
England captain Michael Vaughan was hopeful Old Trafford would again inspire Steve Harmison after the fast bowler failed to fire for much of the side's record-breaking innings and 283 run second Testwin
 arrow Cricket: Dav tops Pak list
Dav Whatmore remains top of Pakistan's coaching wishlist as the search to replace the late Bob Woolmer enters its final stages.
 arrow Cricket: Win pleases Vaughan
Michael Vaughan praised his side's "ruthless" performance after they beat West Indies by an innings and 283 runs at Headingley here Monday, a result that saw him become the joint most successful England
 arrow Tennis: Federer off to a rollicking start
Roger Federer's latest bid to add the French Open to his glittering collection of 10 Grand Slam titles got off to a winning start at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Canas happy to be back
Guillermo Canas insisted on Tuesday that even during the darkest days of his drugs ban he always knew he would return to play another Grand Slam.
 arrow McLaren 1-2 under scrutiny
McLaren claim they are confident an investigation into their team tactics in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix will clear them of breaking the rules.
 arrow Football: Morales hits out at stadia ban
FIFA has been urged to reconsider its ban on international matches played at stadia like La Paz in Bolivia situated over 2500m above sea level.
 arrow Chess: 4 join Rakib atop table
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib lost solo lead in the 8th United Insurance and United Leasing Grandmasters Chess Tournament and shared the top position with four others after three rounds yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas's eyes on 2011 World Cup
Sri Lanka's most experienced opening bowler says he has no plans to retire until the next Cricket World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh media clinch series
Bangladesh media team fought back to win the three-match Media Cup Cricket Series 2-1 against the Indian media team at the Dhanmondi Cricket Academy ground on Monday night.
 arrow Cricket: No good news for Flintoff
England allrounder Andrew Flintoff's prospects of returning to Test cricket at his Old Trafford home ground next week appear to be diminishing.
 arrow Football: Poborsky hangs up his boots
The Czech Republic's most capped ever footballer Karel Poborsky retired from the sport on Monday.
 arrow Football: Fiorentina confirm Toni's departure
Italian club Fiorentina announced Monday the departure of their star forward, Luca Toni who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Corradini in charge of Juve
Giancarlo Corradini will be in charge of Italian giants Juventus for their final two matches of the season it was announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Barca appealing Ronnie's red
Barcelona said Monday they were appealing against the red card earned by striker Ronaldinho in Saturday's 1-0 win at the Nou Camp over Getafe.
 arrow Football: Gascoigne in emergency surgery
Troubled former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has undergone emergency surgery on a perforated stomach ulcer, his agent said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Derby back in top flight
Stephen Pearson fired Derby into the Premiership as his second half goal clinched a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Championship play-off final on Monday.
 arrow A tale of two deputies
While England's Steve McClaren and Germany's Joachim Loew had a similar journey to become national coach of their countries, they have trod different paths of success on the road to Euro 2008.
 arrow Tennis: Jankovic wants to end Serbian gloom
Jelena Jankovic is fed-up of Serbia forever being associated with the dark days of civil war, political assassinations and UN sanctions.
 arrow Football: Vogts slams Nigerian football
Nigerian coach Berti Vogts on Tuesday slammed the country's football board for the national team's poor training ahead of this weekend's 2008 African Nations Cup Group 3 qualifier in Uganda.
Metropolitanarrow Road accidents kill six
At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail, Rangpur, Patuakhali and Sirajganj yesterday and on Monday night.
 arrow Jalil's release demanded
Different political parties yesterday protested arrest of Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil by the joint forces and demanded his immediate release.
 arrow 2 held for torturing domestic helps
Police rescued two domestic helps and arrested two people for allegedly torturing them at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Global warming a threat to country's existence
Climate change is not a 'far-off topic' any more, and the global warming is not only a 'hot topic' for a country like Bangladesh, but also a question of existence, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Progress made in Indo-Pak peace process
Internationally reputed Pakistani scholar Dr Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema yesterday observed that there has been much progress in the peace process between India and Pakistan and that the economic issues arenow
 arrow Harnessing solar energy for supply to grid
Department of Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering of Dhaka University yesterday demonstrated a model to harness solar power and supply it to the grid.
 arrow Training of hospital, fire service men stressed
Experts at a workshop yesterday underscored the need for proper training of hospital and fire service personnel about disaster preparedness and management.
 arrow Reinstate Valerie Taylor as CRP coordinator
Shishu Bikash Network, a team of physicians, psychologists, therapists, social workers and special educators, yesterday called on the government to bring back Valerie A Taylor, founder of the Centre for
 arrow Concern over control of culture by fanatic groups in South Asia
South Asian Human Rights (SAHR) has expressed its concern over the cultural control exercised by fanatic groups in some countries of the region.
 arrow UN Peacekeepers Day observed
The fifth International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed in the city yesterday with due solemnity as elsewhere across the world.
 arrow Red Cross partnership meet begins in city
A two-day Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Partners meeting began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Reflect convention held in Cox's Bazar
A two-day 'Reflect Convention 2007' jointly organised by the Reflect development unit of ActionAid Bangladesh, the Society for Participatory and Development (SPED) and the Reflect Practitioners Forumof
 arrow Powerful bomb recovered at Benapole
Police recovered a powerful bomb from a pond adjacent to a primary school at Gazipur village under Benapole Port Police Station yesterday. None could be arrested in this respect.
 arrow Top criminal arrested in Tangail
Tangail police arrested Munna, a top criminal of Mohammadpur area in Dhaka, from Mirzapur in Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Body recovered in city
Police recovered the body of a youth from a ditch at Shyampur in the city in the early hours of yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Mohsin, 25.
 arrow Two criminals arrested with pistol, 129 bullets
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two criminals with a foreign-made pistol and 129 rounds of bullets at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
 arrow UPDF leader arrested in Khagrachhari
Milton Chakma, coordinator of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), Naniarchar wing, was arrested from Chengipur area of Khagrachhari district yesterday.
 arrow Chittagong urea factory shut down due to technical glitch
Urea production at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) came to a halt yesterday morning due to a technical glitch developed in the compressor of its ammonium plant.
 arrow Russia keen to be associated with 2nd phase
Russia is eager to be associated with the energy sector of Bangladesh, particularly the second phase of Siddhirganj Power Plant.
 arrow Toll collection policy soon
The government will formulate an integrated toll collection policy to easily collect toll from vehicles plying various roads and bridges.
 arrow Abed awarded honorary doctorate from Yale University
Yale University has conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac, for his pioneering work in alleviating poverty and human suffering, says
Nationalarrow 4 ex-MPs among 18 leaders on the run in Jhenidah
Three former BNP lawmakers including a whip and 13 other front ranking leaders of BNP and Awami League (AL) and their front organisations in Jhenidah are on the run to evade arrest, according to police
 arrow Joint team visits Indian enclaves in Lalmonirhat
A high level joint Indo-Bangla team yesterday morning started visiting enclaves of both the countries to have a first hand knowledge on problems of the people of enclaves.
 arrow Vast areas inundated as dam collapses in Shyamnagar
A portion of the Kholpetua river embankment collapsed at Patakhali point in Shyamnagar upazila Monday night, inundating vast croplands and displacing at least 25 families.
 arrow Sugarcane farmers demonstrate for arrear payment
Thousands of sugarcane farmers yesterday brought out a procession in Bheramara town and locked the sub-zone office of Kushtia Sugar Mill demanding payment of their dues.
 arrow Create awareness to protect child rights
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday called for creating public awareness to protect child rights.
 arrow 16 AL men sued for extortion in Rajshahi
An extortion case has been filed against 16 Awami League leaders and activists in Durgapur upazila in Rajshahi district.
 arrow Former PP held for bribery in Kulaura
Former special Public Prosecutor (PP) Jaynal Abedin was arrested by joint forces in Kulaura yesterday for bribery.
 arrow Madrasa principal held in Satkhira
Joint forces yesterday arrested the principal of Satkhira Alia Madrasa on charge of misuse of fund and certificate forgery, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow The times of General Ziaur Rahman
On May 30, 1981, Lt. Gen. Ziaur Rahman, president of Bangladesh and its first military ruler, was assassinated in Chittagong. He had earlier survived eighteen attempted coups d'etat.
 arrow Price hike, inflation, and price control
With the price increase of essentials capturing headlines of our national newspapers almost everyday, there has been no shortage of soul-searching for finding the reasons and no shortage of "economists"
 arrow EC secretariat: Past and present
Before the dismemberment of Pakistan, the election secretariat was independent of the government, and had the status of a ministry.
Culturearrow Jago Art Centre's tribute to Gaohar Jamil
Artistes of Jago Art Centre, one of the leading dance schools of the country, founded by noted dancer Gaohar Jamil in 1959, paid homage to their guru by staging his compositions on May 28 at the National
 arrow Kalidas Karmakar receives French grant
Celebrated artist Kalidas Karmakar has been awarded a special grant from the French government, which will allow him to learn and research on stained glass art at the famous atelier (studio) Maison du
 arrow Bangladesh through Russian eyes
To mark the International Day of Child Protection, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture is holding a weeklong photo exhibition featuring works by Alexander Komorov Sasha.
 arrow Shikha Rouf: A promising Nazrul singer
Talented upcoming Nazrul singer Shikha Rouf started taking music lessons in her school days. She completed a five-year course in Classical and Nazrul songs in 1986 from Chhayanat.
Generalarrow Safe Motherhood Day observed in Narsingdi
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) jointly observed the Safe Motherhood Day with various programmes in Narsingdi on Monday.
 arrow CityCell Mother's Day Contest
CityCell hosted the prize giving ceremony of weeklong 'CityCell Mother's Day Contest' at Pacific Centre on May 27, says a press release.
Internationalarrow EU, Asia agree on Iran, differ on Darfur, climate
European foreign ministers yesterday tried to forge a common approach with Asian nations to the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises and the Darfur conflict ahead of next week's G8 summit.
 arrow Sharif senses 'sinking ship' of Pak military rule
Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted eight years ago as Pakistan's prime minister by General Pervez Musharraf, senses the "sinking ship" of military rule in Islamabad offers him a chance to return home soon.
 arrow 9 injured in car bomb blast near Pak court
A car bomb exploded outside a court in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday, wounding nine people and sparking a protest by hundreds of angry lawyers, officials said.
 arrow Colombo on alert after blasts kill 11
Troops and police stepped up security in the Sri Lankan capital yesterday after two bomb blasts by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the past 24 hours killed 11 people, officials said.
 arrow Caste clash leaves 11 dead in India
At least 11 people were killed yesterday in clashes between police and thousands of people demanding government aid in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, officials said.
 arrow Deliberations begin on fate of key Thai parties
Senior Thai judges began deliberating Tuesday on whether to dissolve the kingdom's two main political parties as thousands of troops were put on alert amid security fears ahead of the court verdict.
 arrow Bush imposes fresh sanctions on Sudan
The United States slapped fresh sanctions on Sudan over the Darfur conflict yesterday as it seeks a tough new UN Security Council resolution to punish Khartoum.
 arrow Bomb kills 9 Nepalis
A bomb exploded yesterday killing nine people inside a house in southwest Nepal, officials said. The blast was reported from the remote village of Gothadi in Palpa district, 160km from Kathmandu.
 arrow Migrants want to settle in UK
A growing number of migrants coming to Britain from Eastern Europe may be intending to stay, a survey suggests.
 arrow Greenpeace urges G8 action on climate change
Activists from the environmental pressure group Greenpeace yesterday took to the summit of Turkey's Mount Ararat -- the presumed resting place of Noah's Ark -- to urge G8 action on climate change
 arrow Sweden aims to cut emissions by 30pc by 2020
Sweden plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020, bettering the EU's proposal to cut emissions by at least 20 percent, Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jalil's arrest confusing
Let us make our position clear at the outset. We at the Daily Star have been supportive of the political reform measures undertaken by the caretaker government.
 arrow Editorial: Farewell to Dav Whatmore
Under the able coaching of Dav Whatmore our cricket team played as many as 89 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 46 Test matches since 2003. Of the 89 ODIs we achieved victory as many as 32 times.
 arrow The lost aesthetics that was football
Let us speak today, in fond memory, of a game that once was played with gusto in the towns and villages and hamlets of this country. We speak, of course, of football. Or you could call it soccer.
 arrow Coal policy revisited
Will the endeavour to exploit coal to meet our future energy needs mean that we would lose the gains made so far. The answer may be yes or no. No, if our effort remains pro-people.
 arrow What is the relevance of World Bank after the scandal?
President Dr. Paul Wolfowitz (63) of the World Bank had to announce his resignation on May 18 under extreme pressure.
Letters to Editorarrow US loses credibility
Re "Silence is better," by Husain Haqqani (May 23). After the botched-up US invasion of Iraq to dismantle its non-existent weapons of mass destruction, US President George W.
 arrow Next election
I would request the American politicians to focus more on stopping the bloodbath in Iraq and elsewhere, rather than devoting time to a quick election in Bangladesh.
 arrow Minimum wages
It is good news that the Bangladesh government has enacted a law relating to minimum wages. Because if we want to ensure minimum standard we must try out the practice.
 arrow Overseas calls
It is encouraging news that the govt. has asked the relevant ministry & departments to expedite legalisation of VoIP by issuing licence to deserving firms.
 arrow Long queues
We see long queues, wastage of time and energy of the members of public/consumers for payment and receipt of electricity, Wasa, gas and telephone bills.
 arrow Names of establishments
There should never be any resentment if a private establishment is installed and named whatever its owner thinks suitable. But the situation is different when an establishment is created by the state.
 arrow ETP issue
The recent CTG directive to close down an industry if ETP (effluent treatment plant) is not installed before Oct 31 2007 will not bring any tangible results.
 arrow Woolmer's death
Rumours spread regarding the sudden death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer during the WC '07.
 arrow Safety first
Without indulging in the blame game of who gave permission, who went for building a vertical type instead of horizontal type of factory or who was involved in the money whitening process for a high-rise
 arrow RMCH
I have read the news of the deaths of four patients at RMCH over the strike of the intern doctors there in the online edition of your paper.
 arrow Indian envoy's remarks
I am surprised by the Indian envoy's recent remarks on the practice of secularism in Bangladesh.
 arrow US lawmakers
I am a Bangladeshi residing in Montreal. I am, of course, observing the political situation in Bangladesh and I am quite concerned.
 arrow CRP
I read the article in May 16 edition of your newspaper regarding Valerie Taylor being sidelined at the CRP and the increasing costs of treatment at the CRP with great dismay.
 arrow Graft
A tale saddens me terribly while skimming through some national dailies that the government employees are generally in jeopardy at the end of a month simply because a little amount of their salaryis
 arrow Lack of analysis
I have been reading the sports columns of your newspaper over the past month and have closely followed Bangladesh cricket team's performance during the World Cup tournament.
Star Chittagongarrow Five-phase CDA drive to bring back past city heritage
The massive drive launched by the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) against illegal structures and occupation or extension last week has created a great scope and hope for bringing back the pastunique
 arrow Seasonal fruits fail to attract consumers
Supply of seasonal fruits is abundant in the port city but they have failed to attract optimum number of consumers due to high price and substandard quality of fruits.
Star Cityarrow Telltale accounts of negligence, defiance and corruption
Use of substandard construction materials and negligence in treating the foundation soil might have caused the structural failure of the newly built six-storey building on Friday night in Dayaganj sweeper
 arrow All that glitters is not good!
Do not be fooled by the alluring sight of ripe mangoes, jackfruits, lychees, juicy watermelons, pineapples, papayas and bananas that are flooding our markets now.
 arrow Washing laundry in polluted Buriganga
Severe water crisis in Mitford area forces the 1000-bed Mitford Hospital authority do the hospital washing in the stinking contaminated water of the river Buriganga.
 arrow Khoka's Corner

 arrow Taxicabs, CNG three-wheelers always defiant
Authorities' efforts to streamline the public transportation system in Dhaka have done a little to ease public sufferings as drivers of taxi and CNG-run three-wheelers continue to defy rules, charge outrageous
 arrow Over 20 percent vehicles out of order
About 20 percent of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) vehicular fleet is out of order, which is seriously disrupting day-to-day municipal services.
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