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Front Pagearrow Driving downpour deluges Dhaka
Rainfall of 103 millimetres in six hours paralysed the capital yesterday with the city's streets turned into virtual canals and passengers abandoning stranded vehicles to struggle through knee high waters
 arrow EC test case launched amid rain, enthusiasm
The Election Commission's (EC) pilot project to gather field level experience of preparing simultaneously a voter list with photographs and national identity cards began in Sreepur municipality of Gazipur
 arrow Falu remanded for first time
Detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu was for the first time placed on a three-day remand in a criminal case while Chief Conservator of Forests Osman Gani taken on a three-day fresh remand.
 arrow Tarique, uncle Shamim submit wealth reports
Six more top corruption suspects including former prime minister Khaleda Zia's detained son Tarique Rahman and her brother Shamim Eskandar submitted their wealth statements to the Anti-corruption Commission
 arrow Call for global efforts to fix minimum wage
Adviser for foreign and expatriates welfare ministries Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has proposed a global collective effort to set minimum wages for migrant workers at different levels of skill and experience.
 arrow Blacklisted Harbin set to get deal
Power Development Board (PDB) is set to sign a deal with controversial and blacklisted Chinese company Harbin Power Engineering (HPE) on June 12 for setting up 150 megawatt Chandpur Power Project Phase-1.
 arrow Each farmer to get minimum Tk 100 as diesel subsidy
The government will provide a minimum diesel subsidy of Tk 100 for each farmer through the local block supervisors, according to a draft guideline prepared by the agriculture ministry.
 arrow Coal policy to be finalised by July
Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the much-awaited coal policy would be finalised by next month.
 arrow Reforms, polls within next year: Mainul
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein firmly believes that reform of the political parties would be completed and general election held within next year.
 arrow Mayor Minu flees on bail
Rajshahi Mayor and ex-BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu went into hiding soon after a district and sessions judge had freed him on bail yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Depression over the Bay...

 arrow Prof Yunus slams G8 over climate
Prof Muhammad Yunus has vented his disappointments over the failure of the rich nations of G8 to deal with trade issue effectively and reach a firm decision on climate change, which affects Bangladesh
 arrow Govt to make getting passport easier
The home ministry yesterday decided to recruit passport agents and set up 17 more regional offices to make passport issuance and renewal process easier.
 arrow BDR starts drive today against selling sugar at higher price
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) launches a drive in the city today against those who would charge higher price of sugar than the usual rate.
 arrow Inadequate parking in skyscraper evokes traffic jam scare
A 25-storey under-construction commercial building adjoining Gulshan-2 intersection in the capital is likely to worsen the existing traffic congestion in the residential area as the building lacks sufficient
 arrow AL monitoring voter listing scheme closely
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party is closely monitoring the process of preparing national identity card plus voter list with photographs.
 arrow IGP talks tough against corrupt policemen
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad yesterday sought cooperation from the people in developing good policing and urged them to be watchful of police activities.
 arrow Extortion cases filed against MAH Selim
A contractor last night filed two extortion cases against detained former BNP lawmaker from Bagerhat MAH Selim with Gulshan Police Station.
 arrow Hanif's son Khokon picked up by joint forces
The joint forces picked up Dhaka City Awami League leader Syeed Khokon from his Banani residence early yesterday.
 arrow A poisonous fish...

 arrow Journalist Zahirul Haq no more
Noted journalist and former director general of external publicity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zahirul Haq died of heart attack in Dhaka yesterday. He was 62.
 arrow Charge hearing on graft case against Nasim deferred again
The charge hearing on a graft case against former telecommunications minister and Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim was further held back today for non-appearance of his counsel, who has apparently crossed
 arrow 4 of a bridal party killed in bus crash
Four people of a bridal party, including the groom, were killed on the spot when the microbus carrying them collided head-on with a speeding truck on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Sonapahar area under Mirsarai
 arrow NGO worker abducted for ransom
A gang of criminals has demanded a Tk1 lakh ransom for the release of an NGO worker they had abducted early yesterday from Kulbaria village of Gangni upazila in Meherpur.
 arrow Garo leader Ritchil's body exhumed
Indigenous leader Chalesh Ritchil's body was exhumed yesterday and sent to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.
 arrow Woman trampled to death by wild elephants
Wild elephants trampled a tribal woman to death at village Dhopajuri in Haluaghat, a frontier upazila of the district on Saturday night.
 arrow Nadal tramples on Federer's dream
Rafael Nadal destroyed Roger Federer's historic Grand Slam dream for another year by capturing his third successive French Open on Sunday.
 arrow Karzai escapes Taliban rocket attack
Taliban militants fired up to six rockets near a gathering where President Hamid Karzai was giving a speech yesterday in central Afghanistan, but no one was hurt, officials said.
 arrow Truck bomber kills 9 Iraqi policemen
A suicide bomber killed nine Iraqi policemen and wounded dozens more yesterday as he exploded his truck outside a police post near the northern hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.
Businessarrow $2.8b investment proposal for energy, petrochemical
Vinod Mittal, brother of one of the world's richest businessmen, Lakshmi Mittal, arrived in Dhaka last night, to launch a $2.
 arrow $2.3b investment offers from NRBs
The Board of Investment (BoI) has signed a total of 36 memoranda of understanding (MoU) for investment proposals worth US$ 2.3 billion from non-resident Bangladeshis across the globe.
 arrow An Analysis of the National Budget for FY2007-08

 arrow Price spiral casts shadow over rise in poor allowance: Shamunnay
The pace of price spiral has cast shadow over the government's generous proposal to increase allowances for the poor in the budget 2007-08, says an analysis by a non-government research body.
 arrow BB chief seeks full autonomy of central bank
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for full-scale autonomy of his organisation for smooth functioning of the banking sector.
 arrow Nitol launches two Tata brand vehicles
Nitol Motors Ltd, the sole distributor of Tata brand vehicles in Bangladesh, yesterday launched in Dhaka two new environment-friendly commercial vehicles that are run by diesel and converted naturalgas
 arrow Bank directors asked to submit info about relatives
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked directors and sponsor directors of the commercial banks to submit information about their close relatives to the central bank by June 25.
 arrow SMC's new chairman
Jalaluddin Ahmed, has recently been made the chairman of Social Marketing Company, says a press release.
 arrow Duty-free benefit for essentials praised, 'anti-domestic industry bias' resented
Business leaders continued to express their reaction to the proposed budget for the 2007-08 fiscal. Finance and Planning Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam made the budget proposal Thursday.
 arrow Union Capital declares 15pc cash dividend
Union Capital Ltd has declared a 15 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006 subject to approval of Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Course okay, coaches not
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) hastily called up twenty-five local coaches for Level Two coaching course, a project under its expensive development programme with Cricket Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Rain keeps Tigers indoors
Persistent rain forced the Sri Lanka-bound national cricketers train indoors at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan breach code of conduct!
Having criticised the referee in the media for his role during their second leg match against Muktijoddha, Mohammedan have violated the code of conduct of the B. League.
 arrow Football: Junior hattrick stirs Brothers
Brothers Union took sweet revenge of their home defeat to Khulna Abahani when the Dhaka giants stormed to a 5-0 win in the two sides' return-leg match in the B. League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni, Jayawardene flay Africa
Spinners Mohammed Rafique and Harbhajan Singh shared five wickets between them as Asia XI got a stranglehold on the third and final one-day international against Africa XI in Chennai yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ford India's new coach
Two months after Australian Greg Chappell quit as coach of the India cricket team following its disastrous show in the World Cup in the West Indies, South African Graham Ford was appointed to the post
 arrow Football: Ruud's boots are Real gold
Ruud van Nistelrooy will be aiming not only to clinch the Spanish title for Real Madrid next Sunday but also get sole possession of the European Golden Boot award.
 arrow Football: Real-ity bites Barca
The Spanish title race will go right down to the wire after league leaders Real Madrid drew 2-2 at Real Zaragoza while their bitter rivals Barcelona were also held 2-2 draw by Espanyol on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Capello cautious
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello continued to sound a note of caution on Saturday, despite the Spanish giants only having to beat Real Mallorca on June 17 to clinch the La Liga title.
 arrow Football: Bayern make Klose bid
Big-spending German giants Bayern Munich revealed on Sunday they have made a "generous" bid for Werder Bremen's World Cup top-scorer Miroslav Klose.
 arrow Football: Maradona to kick off Copa America
Troubled Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has said that he will kick-off the Copa America in Venezuela on June 26, Argentine agency Telam reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Stoner wins in Catalunya
Australian rider Casey Stoner won the Catalunyan MotoGP here on Sunday to record his fourth victory in seven races this season.
 arrow Football: Allardyce fears Owen exit
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce admitted Sunday that he feared Michael Owen would quit the Magpies.
 arrow Football: Wenger to see out his contract
Arsene Wenger pledged on Sunday to see out the year remaining on his contract with Premiership giants Arsenal ending speculation that he would leave because of the stunning departure of vice-chairmanDavid
 arrow Football: Young booters honoured by British HC
Thirty-four graduates of the Canary Wharf Football Academy in Bangladesh received a commemoration for their achievements from British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury at his residence in Baridhara yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: C'paul keeps WI in hunt
Shivnarine Chanderpaul cashed in on being dropped by Monty Panesar to lead a West Indies fight back on the fourth day of the third Test at Old Trafford here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Fernando sinks Africa
Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando grabbed four wickets as Asia clinched the Afro-Asia cricket series with a 31-run win over Africa in the second one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Kent wishes for Ford
India's newly-appointed cricket coach Graham Ford flew back to England on Sunday facing delicate negotiations with his current employers over switching jobs.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
The Destiny International Rating Chess got underway yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
 arrow Swimming: Long distance swimming on June 16
The Keya Cosmetics 9th National Long Distance Swimming Competition will be held in the Shitalakkhya river in Narayanganj on June 16.
Metropolitanarrow Form Food, Drug, Cosmetics Authority to protect consumers' rights
Experts at a workshop yesterday proposed that the government form an autonomous 'Food, Drug and Cosmetics Authority' (FDCA) to protect consumers' right.
 arrow Road accidents kill five
At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra, Mymensingh, Brahmanbaria and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Situation tense in industrial belt
Situation in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt is likely to turn violent as 94 workers of state-owned Aleem Jute mills and 245 of Eastern Jute mills received their termination notices on Saturday night.
 arrow Factory gutted in city
Raw materials and machineries of a factory were gutted at Shyampur industrial area in the city yesterday noon.
 arrow Protect arable land, water bodies
Bangladesh should protect its arable land and water bodies from the adverse affect of globalisation, said Justice Ghulam Rabbani at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow ADP achievable
Former governor of Bangladesh Bank (BB) M Farashuddin Ahmed yesterday said although ambitious, the ADP (annual development programme) is achievable.
 arrow Death of journo Zahirul condoled
Different organisations and political leaders condoled the death of eminent journalistDifferent organisations and political leaders condoled the death of eminent journalist Zahirul Haq, former president
 arrow Rain Paralyses City Life

 arrow Hotelier shot dead
A hotelier was killed while another person suffered critical injuries as unidentified criminals sprayed bullets on them in Maghbazar in the rainy evening of yesterday.
 arrow CA plants saplings
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed planted two saplings on the premises of the Chief Adviser's Office and his 30 Hare Road official residence yesterday under the ongoing National Tree- planting Movement 2007.
 arrow Armed police beat Nigerian IUT student
A group of 10-12 foreign students of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) yesterday put up a barricade on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Board Bazar in Gazipur for an hour demanding immediate action against
 arrow Geeteara Safiya leaves for Uganda
Women and Children Affairs, Social Welfare, Jute and Textiles and Industries Adviser Geeteara Safiya Chowdhury left Dhaka on Saturday night for Uganda to attend the four-day 8th Commonwealth Women's Affairs
 arrow Turkish Hope School team returns home
A team of International Turkish Hope School (ITHS) returned home on Saturday after participating in the 5th International Turkish Olympiad, says a press release.
 arrow Chinese envoy meets Ershad
The newly appointed Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka, Zheng Qing Bian, made a courtesy call on Jatiya Party Chairman and former President HM Ershad at his Baridhara residence yesterday.
 arrow Charges to be framed against Wadud Bhuiyan on June 13
A court here yesterday took into cognizance a charge sheet against Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, a former BNP lawmaker from Khagrachhari, and fixed June 13 for framing charges in presence of the accused.
 arrow 'Strategic transport plan not pro-people, cost effective'
Urban transport experts yesterday at a seminar said the recommendations made in "Dhaka Strategic Transport Plan" (STP) will not benefit common people because they are not cost effective.
 arrow Inadequate fund hampers DU research works
The research centres of Dhaka University (DU) have been unable to take up any major work because of insufficient budget. The 25 centres had a total budget of only Tk 147.
 arrow Separate gender identification for hermaphrodites demanded
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded separate gender identification for hermaphrodites to ensure their proper recognition in the society.
 arrow Be vocal against any wrongdoing of police
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad yesterday sought cooperation of common people in developing good policing and called upon them to keep vigil on police activities.
 arrow SB police quashes UAE visa rumour
Special Branch (SB) Police yesterday asked the people concerned not to be confused over a news item in a newspaper that said the photocopy visa that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sends for the Bangladeshis
 arrow Hearing of charge sheet on June 26
Hearing of the charge sheet in the case of grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury will be held on June 26, court sources said yesterday.
 arrow Fawzul Kabir Khan appointed power secretary
M Fawzul Kabir Khan has been appointed secretary to the power ministry on president's quota for two years.
 arrow Habib gets Chand Sultana Literacy Prize
M Habibur Rahman, director, Education Sector, Save the Children USA, has won Chand Sultana Literacy Prize 2006 for his contribution in developing non-formal education in Bangladesh, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Cases against Mayor Sarwar to be re-investigated
Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) will soon start reinvestigation of some cases including four for murder filed earlier against City Corporation Mayor Majibor Rahman Sarwar.
 arrow The lure of Madhabkunda can be fatal for tourists
Madhabkunda waterfall in Baralekha in Moulvibazar often becomes a death trap for tourists.
 arrow Violence against woman on rise in Kushtia
At least 19 women were killed in Kushtia district last month due to alleged domestic violence. Most of the victims were housewives and demand for dowry was the main cause.
 arrow Mobile use rampant in Banderban despite ban
Brisk cell phone business is going on in Banderban district though its use is banned in the three hill districts for security reasons.
 arrow SI closed in Satkhira
Sub Inspector Sarwar Hossain of Kalaroa police station who assaulted and threatened two inspectors at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office on Saturday was closed to Satkhira police lines
 arrow Two outlaws killed by rivals
Two cadres of Janajuddho faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed at Azampur village in Mirpur upazila Saturday night, police said.
 arrow BNP leader jailed for extortion
Kamalganj Upazila BNP general secretary and chairman of Kamalganj Pourasabha Hasin Afroze Chowdhury has been sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for extortion.
 arrow Body recovered from hotel
Police yesterday recovered body of an unidentified person from a residential hotel here, police sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Heiligendamm G8 Summit -- nothing spectacular
The annual summit of the eight richest countries, G8, has just ended (6-8 June) in the German Baltic resort of Heiligendamm.
 arrow Insatiable power knows no shame
Bangladesh is going through the most trying time -- the present transition period may perhaps be defined as the most significant watershed since its liberation in 1971 from the Pakistani shackles.
 arrow Apolitical budget of non-political government: What does it mean for inflation?
Joseph Levine, a Hollywood movie director, once said that: "You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough!" He could not possibly have known how literally
Culturearrow Chhayanat's homage to the National Poet
Chhayanat arranged a cultural programme to mark the birth anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The event was held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium on June 9.
 arrow Rabindra-Nazrul festival in Pabna
The contributions of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam to our literature are immense.
 arrow Saying it with miniatures
Waseem Ahmed from Pakistan recently held a miniature workshop for Britto Art Trust.
 arrow Drama serial "Chokkor" on ntv
Drama serial Chokkor will be aired tonight on ntv at 8:15pm. The story revolves around a family. The head of the family is awaiting retirement.
 arrow Sean Connery says no to "Indiana Jones 4"
The next Indiana Jones film will not be another father-son affair. Sean Connery says he will not return to play dad to Harrison Ford's globe-trotting adventurer Indy.
Generalarrow Teaching package for dev, training launched
M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, secretary (in charge) of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education said the primary education is the stage when the tender children take their first lesson with keen interest
 arrow 'Friends of Bangladesh' formed in European Parliament
A group called 'Friends of Bangladesh' has been formed in the European Parliament recently to focus on the country and 'establish relationship with its people and government.
 arrow Enhance acceptability
Information and Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the acceptability of Bangladesh Television (BTV) would have to be enhanced by disclosing the truth to people.
 arrow Another jute worker dies of ‘starvation’
Another worker of laid-off state-owned Peoples Jute Mills died of starvation on Saturday.
Internationalarrow Cracks emerge in Musharraf regime
Pakistan's military ruler President Pervez Musharraf is battling serious dissent within his own party, weakening a crucial cornerstone of the US-led "war on terror," analysts and party officials say.
 arrow Lanka says sorry for evicting Tamils
Sri Lanka's prime minister yesterday apologised to ethnic minority Tamils for evicting them from the capital, promising there would be no repeat of the controversial operation.
 arrow Pakistan joins fight on nuke terror
Pakistan will join an international initiative aimed at keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
 arrow Kashmir militants reject al-Qaeda presence claim
A Muslim militant alliance Saturday said al-Qaeda has no presence in Kashmir after a masked gunman in a video CD claimed that the network had launched an Indian unit.
 arrow 11 killed in Manipur rebel violence
Authorities have issued shoot-at-sight orders in a Manipur town after 11 people were killed and half-a-dozen wounded in violent clashes between two separatist groups belonging to different ethnic communities,
 arrow 'Rang De Basanti' wins best film award
"Rang De Basanti" was named best film Sunday at Bollywood's version of the Oscars, a star-studded, spectacular celebration of song, dance and stagecraft.
 arrow Floods leave 66 dead in China
Floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in southern China have killed at least 66 people, left 12 others missing and forced nearly 600,000 from their homes, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow 5 die as ferry catches fire in Philippines
Five people were killed when a ferry with more than 200 people on board caught fire Sunday in waters off the central Philippine island of Mindoro, the coast guard said.
 arrow Heat wave claims 26 lives in Pakistan
A scorching heat wave in Pakistan has killed 26 people in central Punjab province, where the temperature has soared to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit), a health ministry official said yesterday.
 arrow India 'bigfoot' sightings prompt official probe
Authorities in India are to investigate claims by terrified villagers that "bigfoot"-type hairy giants are roaming the jungles of the remote northeast, a local official said.
 arrow Asian immigrants win short respite as reforms collapse
Asian immigrants have won a short respite as US immigration reforms, which they attacked for giving priority to skills over family ties, collapsed in Congress last week.
 arrow Gunfights in Lebanese camp after 15 killed
Lebanese soldiers and diehard Islamist militants entrenched in a refugee camp fought gunbattles yesterday after at least 15 people were killed in an operation to storm rebel positions.
 arrow New doubts on Iran's talks with US
The Iranian Foreign Ministry cast doubt yesterday on whether a second round of US-Iran talks on the situation in Iraq would take place this month, saying no decision had been taken on a second meeting.
 arrow Israeli jets pound militant targets
Israeli aircraft fired on militant targets in Gaza City in predawn airstrikes yesterday, hours after Palestinian gunmen breached Israel's heavily fortified Gaza border and tried to capture an Israeli
 arrow Sarkozy set for fresh victory in French polls
The French headed back to the polls yesterday in parliamentary elections tipped to tighten President Nicolas Sarkozy's grip on power and give him the mandate he needs to push through his ambitious reforms.
 arrow Daughter of Brunei sultan weds
Diamonds sparkled and cannons boomed yesterday as a daughter of one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, the Sultan of Brunei, wed a civil servant in a lavish traditional ceremony.
 arrow 6 people shot dead in Wisconsin
Six people were found shot dead in a resort community in the midwestern US state of Wisconsin, US media reported yesterday.
 arrow Deadly storms hit Australian city 'like a quake'
Rescue workers urged thousands of people to evacuate their homes yesterday after deadly storms lashed Australia's east coast, leaving parts of one city looking like an earthquake had struck, officials
 arrow US tech sector eyes immigration bill revival, cites worker shortage
US high-tech industry leaders say they will maintain a fight in Congress to address what they claim is a critical shortage of skilled workers, despite the collapse of an immigration overhaul bill this
 arrow Taliban 'radio boss' joins Afghan peace scheme
The former head of the Taliban regime's radio station and spokesman for its leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, met the media yesterday after surrendering to the Afghan government under an amnesty scheme.
 arrow Belgians go to polls, PM facing defeat
Belgians went to the polls yesterday in legislative and senate elections widely expected to hand defeat to Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, dashing his hopes for a third term after eight years in office.
 arrow 12 killed in Pak road crash
Twelve people were killed and eight injured yesterday when a minibus they were travelling in fell into a ravine in northwestern Pakistan, a security official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Troika mission
The continued interest of the European Union (EU) in the overall progress of Bangladesh found expression in the recent visit to Dhaka of the EU Troika delegation.
 arrow Editorial: Chargesheeting in UK High Commissioner's case
At long last headway seems to have been made in the case of grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet.
 arrow The political casualties of Iraq war
The war in Iraq continues to exact its heavy toll in the battlefields. Even four years after "mission accomplished" dozens of deaths remain the daily norm for the coalition forces.
 arrow Past forward
On the morning of the results of the elections for president of India in 1969, Mrs.
 arrow Penance and political predators
My heart went out to Dr. Kamal Hussain when he volunteered to express penitence for the misdeeds of the politicians. It was a call of gentlemanly conscience to own up to the collective guilt of his fraternity.
Letters to Editorarrow Garment workers' wages
At long last, and at least two months after the CTG's correction drives started; this gross violation of Minimum Wages law by the rich garment factory owners came as front-page news in many dailies on
 arrow Environment
In Bengali, there is a common proverb "udor pindi budor ghare" (to blame someone who is not responsible for the wrong).
 arrow Our man Mashrafe
A simple congratulation or a letter of thanks would not be sufficient to acknowledge your contribution to our national cricket. You know that you have plenty of fans in our country.
 arrow Power crisis
Power collapse, if we term it so in our extremes of despair, has been obstructing our day to day life that includes, most threateningly, the worst for the Higher Secondary examinees.
 arrow Travel tax
Some mysterious things are going on in the Benapole checkpost regarding the Foreign Travel Tax which an individual has to pay before travelling to India.
 arrow Praiseworthy move
That two important organisations are going to be made autonomous by the present interim government is a significant development.
 arrow Good write-up
I am an avid reader of Mr. Badrul Ahsan's column Cross Talk which appears in your weekend issue. His recent one entitled "Gates of Busyrane" is truly outstanding.
 arrow Anti-corruption drive
I have been following the anti-corruption drive in Bangladesh as reported in the media with a certain degree of skepticism.
 arrow How serious is AL?
Finally, the AL is talking about sycophancy! How serious, really, was Saber Hossain Chowdhury when he zoomed in on the topic at the last BBC Sanglap? Will we feel the difference? For the past
 arrow Democracy and tolerance
This is with reference to a TV-show titled 'Shongbad Protidin' (CDL-sponsored) broadcast on Banglavision.
 arrow Corruption vs. kindness
Some bizarre & amusing arguments are being put forward by certain groups in favour of the "successful" candidates against the backdrop of the gross corruption charges in the 27th BCS.
 arrow 27th BCS
It is highly appreciated that at last the CTG has requested the PSC to take fresh viva of the successful 27th BCS candidates with a view to establishing transparency in the recruitment process andbringing
 arrow Postal department
Sometimes back I visited my village home and I came to know that being in Munshiganj, just about 25 miles from Dhaka, letters reach them in days not in hours.
 arrow Leader's responsibility
During his time at the White House, President Harry Truman used to keep a plaque on his desk that read "The buck stops here"; in plain English the phrase meant that the ultimate responsibility for the
 arrow Science and technology
Science and Technology is not an issue anywhere in Bangladesh, not in national budget discussions, not in newspapers and talk shows of TV channels, not also in the scientific communities etc.
 arrow What about the deprived?
My attention was drawn to the news that 248 out of 302 Upazila Election officials failed to get the pass marks, which justifies the allegations brought against them.
 arrow 'Minus two'
The government's 'Minus two' plan was much talked about. I strongly believe that it would have been a wrong step on the part of a sincere government. The law should take its natural course.
 arrow Positive impact
The present caretaker government took charge of the country while the nation was passing through a critical situation.
 arrow Allocation for ICT
In the 2006-07 budget, there was no separate allocation for Information and Communication Technology. It has been put together with education budget.
Star Cityarrow A chilling reminder for retention ponds
With the monsoon showering the city with 103 mm of rain in just six hours' time from 6am yesterday, the city dwellers once again knew they did not have a drainage system working.
 arrow Beware of thunderbolts!
Dhaka dwellers are extremely vulnerable to electrocution through thunderbolts due to lack of awareness and flimsy preventive measures against such natural calamities.
 arrow Khoka's Corner

 arrow Private operators to run business
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) will hand over its five vehicle inspection centres (VIC) to private operators within next two years. Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing Tk 3.
 arrow A matter of forgotten technology
Once upon a time telegram was a vital mode to send message overseas and within the country quickly. With the passage of time that role of telegram is almost nonexistent.
 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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