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Front Pagearrow Tk 20cr Bashundhara bribe recovered from Babar
The joint forces have recovered Tk 20 crore, which arrested former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar received from Bashundhara Group in exchange for not implicating the conglomerate's boss' son
 arrow Sheikh Selim, Mintoo remanded
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and former FBCCI president Abdul Awal Mintoo were sent to three and four days of remand in custody respectively by a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Govt asks PSC to cancel viva voce
Council of advisers to the caretaker government yesterday requested the Public Service Commission (PSC) to cancel the viva voce of the controversial 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations and
 arrow More wealth found with forest chief
The joint forces yesterday recovered about 289 tola gold ornaments from a bank locker of Chief Conservator of Forests Osman Gani and Tk 6.
 arrow Six die as mercury hits new high
With the country having experienced the hottest day of this summer yesterday, death toll from heat wave rose to six in last two days while hospitals are crammed with patients of diarrhoea and other diseases
 arrow WB hails reform bids, okays $200m credit
Appreciating the government's initiatives for reforms, the World Bank (WB) board on Tuesday approved $200 million Development Support Credit (DSC) for Bangladesh.
 arrow Leaders gather at Zia's grave under strict vigilance
The 26th death anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman was observed across the country yesterday in limited scale due to government restrictions on political gatherings under the state of emergency.
 arrow Budget papers to be available on website for people's input
The national budget for the fiscal year 2007-08 will be announced on June 7 and the budget documents will be made available on the website for incorporating suggestions from people, Finance Adviser AB
 arrow Ershad's graft case resumes
Trial of a graft case filed 16 years back against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and five others began at a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Hasina thinks present drive aims at her
Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present drive of the joint forces is aimed at her.
 arrow Tales of the 'untouchables'
It is hard to believe but even today some people get sacked from jobs or are not allowed to drink water from the same glass other people use just because they belong to the lower caste.
 arrow Edible oil importers pledge 'no-profit' for 3 months
The edible oil importers in a meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday promised to run their business "without profit" for the next three months to face the current "crisis situation".
 arrow KEPZ gets licence
Following a fresh decision taken late last month, the government yesterday handed over the operating licence of the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) to Youngone.
 arrow Foreign adviser confirms Tripura arrest
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said he received a report from the Bangladesh mission at Agartala, Tripura regarding arrests of two Bangladeshi politicians including a former
 arrow Bogra ex-BNP MP sued for extortion
Former BNP lawmaker from Bogra-3 constituency Abdul Momin Talukder and 15 others were sued for extorting Tk 6 lakh from a brick kiln owner and forcing him to shut down the business.
 arrow Milam sees govt working hard to make country more democratic
Visiting former US ambassador to Bangladesh William B Milam yesterday said the people now in the current caretaker government are working hard to make the country much more democratic.
 arrow Bush names Zoellick as WB chief
US President George W Bush yesterday nominated former diplomat and trade chief Robert Zoellick to head the World Bank after a favoritism scandal that forced Paul Wolfowitz to resign.
 arrow Experts' team quits over non-payment
The Buet experts team appointed by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to examine the construction of the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover is leaving its job as it had not been paid for the last one year.
 arrow Bodies of two jewellers found in city dustbin
Police recovered bodies of two jewellers dumped in sack and drum from a dustbin near the Daira Sharif shrine at Azimpur in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow HC declares detention of Mosharraf, Abbas illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention orders of former ministers Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and Mirza Abbas.
 arrow Tax evasion case against Lobi sent to special court
The case against detained former BNP lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi for evading Tk 17 crore income tax filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) was transferred to a special court yesterday for its quickdisposal.
 arrow Khelafat leader Maulana Habib given 1-month detention
The controversial madrasa principal Maulana Habibur Rahman has been given a month's detention.
 arrow BSF guns down cattle trader
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Tarali village near Kakdanga border under Swarupnagar Police Station of 24 Parganas district early yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Putin to meet in July
With US-Russian relations under heavy strain, President Bush and President Vladimir Putin will meet July 1 and 2 in Kennebunkport, Maine, administration officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow Janata, Agrani banks now public limited companies
Janata and Agrani, two nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), yesterday got licenses from the central bank to become public limited companies.
 arrow $812m BoP surplus in Jul-Mar
Boosted by a surge in remittances and strong exports the balance of payments surplus reached US$812 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (2006-07), despite a fall in foreign direct
 arrow Manpower export doubled
A record number of 2.50 lakh workers went abroad with employment during the last five months, which is double of the last year.
 arrow Image problem blamed for failure to attract tourists
Political instability, poor air links and the image of a nation in crisis are the reasons for the failure of Bangladesh to develop its tourist industry, tour operators claimed yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh RMG exports to EU: Is the success sustainable?
The European Community has been a major trade partner for Bangladesh for several decades. Over the years, however, the pattern of trade has changed significantly.
 arrow $6b package for Indian farm sector
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced a six billion dollar package to revive the country's slow-growing farm sector hit by a combination of low productivity and high debt of farmers, many
 arrow China clothing makers hit by order slump from Wal-Mart
Chinese clothing manufacturers, suppliers of the bulk of Wal-mart's orders, are suffering from the slower sales of their products in the US and inventory pile-ups, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Bangla-Belarus deal on economic cooperation
Bangladesh and Belarus have signed an agreement for expansion of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries through increased contacts at different levels.
 arrow Prizes given to winners of 'Aktel World Cup Challenge'
Mobile phone operator Aktel yesterday gave away prizes among the winners of an SMS-based quiz organised by the cellphone operator during the last world cup cricket contest.
 arrow WB warns China of share market risks
The World Bank warned Wednesday the risk of a sharp correction in China's stock market could rise if share prices continued to soar but argued the impact on the overall economy would be limited.
 arrow Canada talks free trade with China
Canada's Trade Minister David Emerson pressed the idea of Canada signing a free trade pact with China after meeting with his Chinese counterpart, local media said Tuesday.
 arrow Britain to sell part of British Energy
Britain outlined proposals on Wednesday to sell part of its holding in British Energy, the nuclear power station operator, which could earn it 2.19 billion pounds (3.22 bilion euros, 4.33 billion dollars).
 arrow Myanmar trade zone to up fish export to Bangladesh
A trade zone has been set up in Myanmar's western border town of Maungtaw in Rakhine state linking Bangladesh to mainly export marine products to the neighbour, fishery business circle said yesterday.
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon launches SME loan product
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd launched an SME (small and medium enterprise) loan product styled 'Probriddhi' on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Bata Shoe okays 235pc cash dividend
Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Ltd has declared a 235 percent cash dividend comprising a final dividend of 105 percent and an interim dividend of 130 percent for the year 2006.
 arrow Premier Leasing International changes name, declares 15pc cash dividend
Premier Leasing International Ltd, which has changed its name to Premier Leasing & Finance Ltd, declared a 15 percent cash dividend for the year 2006, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: More to what meets the eye
The recently concluded and eminently forgettable Test series has thrown up more questions for Bangladesh cricket than answers of any kind.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova conquers pain
Second seed Maria Shara-pova of Russia showed no signs of the shoulder inju-ry that has dogged her for most of this year as she made a winning start to her French Open campaign on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Testing time for booters
The tackles of opposition players apart, the footballers will have to face another adversity when the second leg of the B. League begins today during one of the hottest summers in recent times.
 arrow Cricket: 'Wish he was Aussie'
Justin Langer has said Australia "would love" to have England's Kevin Pietersen in their side.
 arrow Cricket: Another PEC meeting held
It was yet another routine work when the performance evaluation committee (PEC) of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) talked with the national team management to get the post-mortem report of the just concluded
 arrow Football: Season over for Aminul
National football captain Aminul Haque will miss the entire season after the number one goalkeeper of the country was ruled out for the rest of the inaugural professional football league.
 arrow Chess: Ghaem joins 5 others on top
Iranian Grand Master Ghaem Maghami Ehsan joined previous round's five leaders atop the table of the 8th United Insurance and United Leasing Grandmasters Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Simon could be back
Simon Jones could be back bowling by Sunday after seeing a specialist in Loughborough over his knee problems.
 arrow Cricket: Players want foreigner
Who will be India's next coach is very much an open question.
 arrow Cricket: Classy Blewett retires
Greg Blewett, who was a semi-regular member of the Australia team during the late 1990s, has retired from first-class cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan out of tour
West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan was ruled out on Tuesday of the remainder of his side's Test and one-day series in England after injuring his shoulder in the second Test at Headingley, tour manager
 arrow Tennis: American men slump
Robby Ginepri was left with the task of saving the reputation of American men's tennis on Wednesday after eight out of nine compatriots crashed out in the French Open first round.
 arrow Football: McClaren pays tribute to Becks
England coach Steve McClaren has not seen David Beckham play since he dumped him from the national team after the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Six points a must for Loew
Germany's head coach Joachim Loew insisted on Tuesday his injury-hit side have a duty to take six points from their double-header Euro 2008 qualifiers against San Marino and Slovakia.
 arrow Cricket: Series in doubt for Flintoff
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff could miss the rest of the series against the West Indies after being told he needs surgery on his troublesome left ankle.
 arrow Athletics: Powell shines in season opener
Jamaica's 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell impressed on his opening race of the season here on Tuesday winning in a time of 9.97 seconds to record the first time ever under 10sec in Serbia.
 arrow Cricket: Kerr dies at 96
Jack Kerr, who played seven Tests for New Zealand in the 1930s and later went on to become the president of New Zealand Cricket, died in Christchurch on Sunday at the age of 96.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI-Zee fallout
India's one-day series with South Africa in Ireland next month is in doubt following the cancellation of a deal between the Indian cricket board and the broadcast rights holder, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho gets one-match ban
Barcelona star Ronaldinho on Tuesday received a one-match suspension from the Spanish league's competition commission for the red card he received after kicking out at an opponent in Saturday's win over
 arrow Bridge meet from Friday
Worldwide Bridge Pairs competition will begin at the Bangladesh Bank Club on Friday. The tournament will start at 3pm and the entry fee for each pair is Tk. 200.
 arrow Football: Giggs to retire
Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs will announce his retirement from international football with Wales on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern capture Toni, now after Ujfalusi
Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi is the latest target hunted by German giants Bayern Munich as they step up their recruitment drive for next season, a source close to the club revealed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ali Daei hangs up his boots
Iranian footballer Ali Daei, the talisman of the national side over the past decade and holder of the world record for international goals, has finally decided to retire from the game.
 arrow Football: Adebayor denies lift of ban
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has denied that his suspension from the Togolese national team has been lifted.
 arrow Football: Torres blow for Atletico
Atletico Madrid's hopes of bagging a UEFA Cup place were dented on Tuesday with the news that star striker Fernando Torres had to pull out of training with the Spanish national squad with ankle ligament
 arrow Football: Zidan switches to Hamburg
Egyptian international Mohamed Zidan has switched from relegated Mainz 05 to Bundesliga side Hamburg and is set to sign a four-year contract worth five million euros, it was announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza makes French breakthrough
Sania Mirza enjoyed a French Open breakthrough on Tuesday when she won her first ever match at Roland Garros.
 arrow Football: Pompey break bank forMuntari
Portsmouth have completed the signing of Ghana international midfielder Sulley Muntari from Udinese, the Premiership club's website said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Betis coach to be replaced
The French coach of Real Betis, Luis Fernandez, is set to be replaced with the man who has made Recreativo Huelva one of the Spanish league's surprise teams, according to a report Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Solskjaer out of Euro qualifier
Manchester United's veteran striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is out of Norway's European Championship qualifier against Malta on Saturday after suffering a knee injury, the Norwegian federation said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Defensive woes for England
Embattled England manager Steve McClaren suffered two injury blows on Tuesday ahead of Friday's friendly with Brazil and next week's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier with Estonia as both Rio Ferdinand andMichael
Metropolitanarrow Huge stolen govt medicines seized in Rajshahi
Joint forces yesterday seized huge quantity of stolen government medicines and medical equipment of two upazila health complexes, while another team of the forces launched drive against illegal clinics
 arrow Saarc lawmakers meet in Shimla on Saturday
Lawmakers of eight Saarc countries, including Bangladesh, will assemble in Shimla on Saturday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and reduce tensions in the South Asian region.
 arrow 'Political recruitment taints bureaucracy'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said political and dishonest recruitment of public servants and the quota system are primarily responsible for tainting the image of bureaucracy as an institution.
 arrow Allocate 40 pc of development budget for Union Parishad
Union Parishad Oikya Jote, a platform of 2700 public representatives elected to Union Parishads across the country, yesterday demanded allocation of 35 to 40 percent of the total development budget for
 arrow Gender equality a must to achieve MDGs
Leaders of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, a leading women's rights organisation, yesterday said women empowerment and gender equality are a must to achieve UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) within the
 arrow Form accreditation council for varsities to ensure quality edn
Educationists at an international workshop yesterday called for formation of an accreditation council for the universities in order to ensure quality education in the country.
 arrow Six get life for murder in Ctg
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced six accused to life term rigorous imprisonment in a murder case.
 arrow 'A Golden Age an eye-opener for younger generation'
A local bookshop yesterday held 'Meet the author' session with writer Tahmima Anam whose novel 'A Golden Age' has been on the bestseller list in England and has received rave reviews from the Britishpress.
 arrow 26th Death Anniversary of Zia Observed

 arrow JP leader Sheth sent to jail
A court yesterday sent Jatiya Party (Ershad) city unit President and Central Vice Chairman Solaiman Sheth to jail after he appeared before the court to surrender in a murder case of the year 2004.
 arrow SMS service launched to locate containers at New Mooring Terminal
To help the port users locate containers within seconds, an SMS (Short Message Service) system was launched at the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) of Chittagong port yesterday.
 arrow UNO arrested in Habiganj
Joint forces arrested Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) AKM Lutfur Rahman yesterday on charge of misappropriating rice of test relief.
 arrow SCC changes decision within hours
Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) authorities changed its decision of replacing the SCC acting mayor just after hours of the previous declaration yesterday.
 arrow Chevening fellows receive certificates
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury hosted a reception on Tuesday to present certificates to the Chevening Fellows who participated in the 2006-07 British Chevening Fellowship courses, says a press
 arrow Dag Hammarskjold Medal for families of dead peacekeepers
The families of 47 Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who died while working in UN peacekeeping missions, were given the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjold Medal yesterday.
 arrow Road crash kills woman
A woman was killed in a road accident on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh road at Kachubari in the district yesterday noon.
 arrow 50 rickshaws, 36 CNG-run autorickshaws seized in Ctg
Traffic Department of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) launched a drive here yesterday against illegal rickshaws and CNG-run autorickshaws.
 arrow Another accused held in Satkhira
Satkhira pourasava ward commissioner Shahidul Islam was arrested yesterday for his alleged involvement in the attempt to kill Rawshan Ali, a witness to the August 17 JMB serial bombing in the town in2005.
 arrow Bomb squad exercise at US Embassy Chancery in city
Bangladesh police in cooperation with US Embassy officials conducted a bomb squad exercise at the American Embassy Chancery in the city yesterday.
 arrow Duta concerned at death threat to its secretary
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday expressed concern over the death threat to its General Secretary Prof MM Anwar Hossain and his family members by a gang of criminals.
 arrow Addict expelled from DU hall
Authorities of Sergeant Zahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University (DU) expelled an addict yesterday.
Nationalarrow Workers stay away from duty, place 4 demands
Partial production in sacking sections of state-owned Crescent Jute Mills and Star Jute Mills could not be resumed till yesterday as workers did not turn up for duty.
 arrow Former deputy minister Pintu, 12 others sued in Tangail
A case was filed against former deputy minister for information Abdus Salam Pintu, his younger brother JCD vice-president Sultan Slahuddin Tuku, Gopalpur municipal chairman Kader Kabir Uzzal and 11 others
 arrow BNP factions in Khulna hold separate programmes
Two factions of Khulna BNP held separate programmes in the city yesterday in observance of 26th death anniversary of the party's founder and late president Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow 4 JMB suspects held in Chandpur
Four suspected militants of banned Jama'tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested by police from Kochua and Hajiganj upazilas yesterday afternoon, police said.
 arrow 'Journalists oppression day' observed in Kushtia
Journalists here observed 'Journalists Oppression Day' on Tuesday. On this day (May 29) last year, BNP cadres attacked a journalist's convention here leaving 25 journalists injured.
 arrow SI sued in Satkhira
A Sub-Inspector (SI) of Assassuni Police Station and another person were sued here yesterday on charge of taking signature of a plaintiff on a blank sheet of paper giving a threat to kill him in 'crossfire'.
 arrow EU team discusses project with Khulna Mayor
A four-member team of European Union (EU) yesterday called on Khulna city Mayor Sheikh Toyebur Rahman at his office and exchanged views on a project for promotion of renewable energy in Khulna.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh cricket
The second test of the two Grameen phone test match series between Bangladesh and India, held at Dhaka Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla stadium last week (May 25- 29), has been a nightmare for Bangladesh cricket.
 arrow Much ado about voter list
The Constitution gives the Election Commission the mandate to prepare an authentic and verifiable voter list, without any exclusions, for each constituency.
Culturearrow Jatra Pala-e Bibeker Gaan
Introduced in 1894 the character "Bibek" (conscience) has become an indivisible part of Jatra Pala: A form of folk drama combining acting, songs, music, dance, characterised by exaggerated gestures
 arrow Sudhin Das and Shahabuddin Ahmed honoured
To celebrate the 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Shanskritik Kormi Shangha (BSKS), a platform for artistes from different medium, arranged a programme on May
 arrow Srijon commemorates National Poet's birth anniversary
Srijon, a cultural organisation promoting Bengali songs of yesteryears, arranged their 58th monthly programme at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on May 29.
 arrow "Working": An entertaining musical by Dhaka Stage
As the title suggests, "Working" charts the daily grind of a wide spectrum of workers.
 arrow Miss Japan crowned Miss Universe
Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from Japan who hopes to someday open an international dance school, was crowned Miss Universe 2007 last Monday night.
Generalarrow Preparedness needed for disaster risk reduction
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday underscored the need of adopting disaster preparedness policy and creating awareness among people to reduce losses caused by natural disasters, says a press release.
 arrow ‘Settle disputes through healthy, participatory management approach’
Sramik Nirapotta Forum, a network of 17 organisations working to promote and protect the safety of workers and defend their rights, has called for setting up a system to settle disputes between garments
 arrow Schoolboy commits suicide at hostel in city
A sixth grader of Holy Flower School & College at Lalmatia committed suicide yesterday at the school hostel in the city.
 arrow HC rule on UGC for declaring 4 universities illegal
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the University Grants Commission (UGC) to explain why inclusion of four educational institutions, including Bhuiyan Academy, in its public notice as illegal
 arrow Training for officials begin
A training workshop for officials of the pilot project for voter list preparation with photos and national ID card began at Sripur Upazila Parishad auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Boy dies in rooftop fall
A 10-year old boy died after falling from a roof of a six-storied building at Shabujbagh in the city yesterday. The boy was identified as Mohammad Russel, 10, son of Mohammad Badshah of Manda area.
 arrow DU summer vacation begins tomorrow
A month-long summer vacation of Dhaka University (DU) will begin from tomorrow. Academic activities of the university will resume on July 1, said DU public relations department.
Internationalarrow Larijani rejects nuclear freeze ahead of talks
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said yesterday Iran would not halt uranium enrichment, on the eve of talks with the EU foreign policy chief over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Thai Democrat Party won't be dissolved
Thailand's oldest political party did not commit election fraud and will not be dissolved, a top court ruled yesterday, easing tensions in the kingdom which was bracing for unrest ahead of the verdict.
 arrow Norway most peaceful country, Iraq least
Norway is the most peaceful country in the world and Iraq the least, according to a study launched yesterday, which notably puts Japan near the top and Russia and Israel close to the bottom.
 arrow US to make counter-proposal on climate change at G8 summit
The United States will call at the upcoming G8 summit for a new accord on climate change that binds only the countries that contribute most to the phenomenon, the German press said yesterday.
 arrow One-child policy violence flares again in China
Thousands of villagers in southern China have attacked government offices and fought police in renewed violence over a harsh population control crackdown, witnesses and state press reported yesterday.
 arrow 3 Pak journos get bullet 'warnings’
Three Pakistani journalists working for international news organisations found bullets placed in their cars late Tuesday in what a local media group said was an attempt to intimidate them.
 arrow Troubles deepen for PM
Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday for the funeral of Japan's corruption-tainted farm minister, who committed suicide, as political woes widened for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
 arrow Peres to run for presidency
Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres said yesterday he will run for president, the second try at the ceremonial post by the man respected abroad but often dismissed as a perennial loser at home.
 arrow Edict against Indian army in Kashmir
A top Muslim cleric has issued an edict against the Indian army for renovating mosques in Indian Kashmir and urged Muslims to resist such moves "tooth and nail.
 arrow Four killed in Baluchistan gunfight
Four people were killed and another four injured when suspected insurgents traded fire with security forces and pro-government tribesmen in southwest Pakistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Notorious slum up for sale
One of Asia's most notorious slums went up for sale yesterday in a 2.3-billion-dollar project to raze thousands of ramshackle homes and create one of the world's hottest building sites.
 arrow 4 held for murder of Pak CJ's aide
Pakistani police have arrested four alleged burglars for the murder of a court official with close ties to the country's suspended chief justice, sources said yesterday.
 arrow Tamil language wins official recognition
Tamil, one of India's ancient Dravidian languages, is to have its own government-funded institute, Tamil Nadu state's chief minister said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Zia's legacy
The observance of President Ziaur Rahman's death anniversary yesterday brought back memories of how important a personage he is in our national history and how much of his legacy has been lived up toby
 arrow Editorial: International Peacekeeping Day
Bangladesh joined the international community in celebrating the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on May 29.
 arrow Blessed are the peacekeepers
The world community knows Bangladesh for many things but most of all for its peacekeepers.
 arrow Is the way out barred?
For many, the Musharraf regime is at the end of its tether, and will have to depart soon.
 arrow Price spirals and austerity
Finance adviser Mirza Azizul Islam on May 27 claimed that there was no price spiral and the observed upward price fluctuations were due to increasing income and population.
Letters to Editorarrow Who after Wolfowitz?
Created in 1945, the poverty fighting institution World Bank with 185 member countries is now poised to enter a new chapter with its new chief due on July 1 after Wolfowitz's departure.
 arrow Preparing voter list
The present government had decided to prepare a new voter list by setting up camps, instead of going house-to-house. I didn't find any problem with this decision.
 arrow A few suggestions
We would like to draw the attention of the present government to the following suggestions for solving our burning problems. Power crisis remains our number one problem.
 arrow To Chief Adviser
While the Chief Adviser has expressed dissatisfaction (May 14 UNB News) over power situation; we the pro bono public are just fed up; to say the least! While the news item has given out a list of power
 arrow Current politics
The question is whether we will lease our country to political parties like the AL and the BNP for doing politics. I agree with the views of the CPD analyst Dr.
 arrow One child policy
When I was an eight-year-old boy in 1973, we started living in Tajmahal Road, Mohammadpur.
 arrow Arrest of Abdul Jalil
Sheikh Hasina is condemning the current government for arresting Awami League General Secretary, Abdul Jalil, and suggesting that the present government focus their anti-corruption drive on the real
 arrow Thanks
I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to Shahnoor Wahid, Senior Assistant Editor, for his very thought-provoking write-up in The Daily Star.
 arrow Tale of two Begums
Much has been said about the "Two Begums of Bangladesh" in the national and international press. They both had their time under the sun but failed to shine.
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