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Front Pagearrow Landslide death toll rises to 106
Rescuers yesterday dragged out 20 more bodies from the ruins left by Monday's devastating landslides in Chittagong as the death toll rose to 106.
 arrow SSC pass rate falls
Pass rate in this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination has declined to 57.37 percent from last year's 59.04 percent but more students secured GPA-5.
 arrow Hasina got Tk 1cr in MiG-29 deal
Businessman Noor Ali is claimed to have admitted to the joint forces that he gave Tk 1 crore to Awami League (AL) chief and the then prime minister Sheikh Hasina, and three flats to her cousin SheikhHelal
 arrow Babar talks about illegal VoIP network
Most of the ministers' sons used to run illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business and make a profit of up to Tk 5 crore a month during the BNP-led alliance rule.
 arrow Over 100 houses buried under mud
Large chunks of earth and mud, sliding of a soaked hill that had been cut earlier for a now abandoned government housing project, buried some 100 houses fully or partially at Kalatali in Cox's Bazar town
 arrow Private credit dips
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked all commercial banks to increase credit flow as growth in private sector credit shrunk by 3.33 percentage point during the first four months of this calendar year.
 arrow CA warns against illegal hill cutting
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday sounded a strong warning against illegal hill cutting in the port city and said persons involved in such an act would be punished.
 arrow Low quality foreign university branches 'selling' degrees
Due to a lack of specific rules and regulations, no action has been taken yet against 56 branches of foreign universities in the capital and in four other cities, which were declared illegal by the University
 arrow Khaleda, Tarique, 12 others sued for non-submission of service return
Immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman and 12 other BNP leaders, who were directors of Daily Dinkal Limited, were yesterday sued for not submitting service return of the
 arrow Rescue operations go on after disaster
1. Army personnel continue rescue drive in Chittagong Cantonment area for the second consecutive day 2.
 arrow Viqarunnisa, Ideal, Monipur school on top
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College , Ideal School and College and Monipur High School came out first, second and third respectively in terms of securing the highest number of GPA-5 in this year's Secondary
 arrow Number of GPA-5 holders up by 7pc
The number of highest grade point average holders in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) public examination saw a moderate rise of 7.07 percent compared to the previous year.
 arrow Bhuiyan, Tofail hold separate meetings on reforms
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Tofail Ahmed held separate 'secret' meetings at their respective residences in the city last night.
 arrow Babar, Mamun sent to jail after remand
Detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and Giasuddin Al Mamun, close friend of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, were sent to jail yesterday on completion of theirremands.
 arrow Tarique granted division in jail
Detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman was yesterday given division in Dhaka Central Jail.
 arrow Ex-minister Zia owns Tk 11cr properties
Former state minister Ziaul Haque Zia, one of the 21 corruption suspects served with notices on May 29, submitted his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka expects Kuwait may regularise irregular Bangladeshi workers
Bangladesh expects Kuwait to regularise Bangladeshi irregular workers or extend for them the two-month amnesty period it declared in April allowing foreign illegal workers to leave the country without
 arrow Butenis for lifting ban on indoor politics
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis has urged the caretaker government to lift the ban on indoor politics so that the parties can contribute to the electoral reforms.
 arrow Nadim Mostafa, wife sued for cheating
Former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and his wife Nurun Nahar Parul were yesterday sued for misappropriating Tk 10.5 lakh and issuing a false bank cheque.
 arrow Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad deferred again
The verdict of the gold smuggling case filed against former president and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad was deferred for the sixth time yesterday.
 arrow Deadly fighting drives Gaza closer to civil war
Hamas fighters armed with guns and rocket launchers besieged two Fatah security headquarters yesterday as deadly clashes threatened to topple the government and drive Gaza closer to civil war.
 arrow 7 Afghan cops killed in gunfight with US troops
Seven policemen were killed in a gun battle with US soldiers after troops attacked their post in eastern Afghanistan following a "misunderstanding," government officials said Tuesday.
 arrow US 'war on terror' suffers yet another judicial setback
The US government's "war on terror" suffered a new legal setback Monday when judges ruled that an alleged al-Qaeda sleeper agent could not be held without charge on US soil.
 arrow Rebel Kurds declare cease-fire in Turkey
Kurdish separatists declared a "unilateral cease-fire" in attacks against Turkey yesterday and said they were ready for peace negotiations, but the group maintained the right to defend itself.
 arrow Italian police recover ancient temple
Italian police have recovered an ancient Greek temple dug up in southern Italy by a construction crew who had dumped or looted the prized artifacts and begun to pour cement over the ruins, authorities
Businessarrow Tk700cr tax dodging if duty on handsets increased
On implementation of the supplementary duty proposed in the national budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal, mobile phone manufacturers and importers fear, there will be a tax dodging of Tk 700 crore through
 arrow SEC to allow stock dealers, brokers to do brokerage, dealership activities
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to bring about changes in rules for allowing both the stock dealers and brokers to do brokerage and dealership activities.
 arrow Incorporate CSR issues in business schools' curricula
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed incorporating corporate governance issues in the academic curricula in business schools of the country in order to make future corporate managers sensitive oncorporate
 arrow Developing countries stand by key demands in WTO talks
Developing countries vowed Monday to stand their ground on key principles in deadlocked global trade talks, a week before four World Trade Organisation powers are to make yet another bid to unlock the
 arrow DSE tumbles amid late rush by individual investors
Shares at Dhaka Stock Exchange fell sharply for the second consecutive day yesterday amid late rush by individual investors after institutional investors.
 arrow Benapole trade suspended as Indian traders enforce strike
Export-import through the Benapole land port remained suspended yesterday as the Indian traders observed strike in response to call of ruling CPM in West Bengal.
 arrow Protection of ME migrant workers from slavery demanded
A conference on migration has called for Middle East countries to adopt measures to protect migrant workers from modern-day slavery, especially Asians on whom many states are reliant.
 arrow Oil prices lower in Asia
Oil prices were lower in Asian trade Tuesday after sharp gains overnight on fresh concerns over US gasoline (petrol) supplies, dealers said.
 arrow Etihad plans non-stop Singapore-Abu Dhabi service
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, will begin non-stop services to Singapore in September, the carrier said Tuesday.
 arrow HeidelbergCement declares 21pc dividend
HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Ltd has declared a 21 percent dividend (16 percent cash and 5 percent stock) for the year 2006.
 arrow Islamic Finance approves 12.5pc cash dividend
Islamic Finance and Investment Ltd has approved a 12.5 percent cash dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow Citibank's workshop on int'l trade management
Citibank NA Bangladesh recently organised a workshop on 'International Trade Management' in Chittagong Export Processing Zone in a bid to make local trade practitioners well equipped for facing the global
 arrow New SEC member appointed
Mansur Alam has been appointed a member to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a three-year term, according to a notification of the establishment ministry.
 arrow China warns of counter action over US trade bill
China warned Tuesday of unspecified countermeasures if the US Congress adopts a bill on Beijing's foreign exchange regime that could lead to higher US tariffs on Chinese imports.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafe focuses on SL
The Tigers had another rain-interrupted day in training yesterday but there was no shortage of exuberance, especially in presence of the energetic Mashrafe Bin Mortaza at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Cricket: BCCI goes to Borde
India's cricket chiefs on Tuesday appointed former player Chandu Borde the manager-cum coach of the national team for the upcoming tours of Ireland, Scotland and England.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag left out
Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel have been left out of both India's Test and one-day teams for the tour to Ireland and England, starting later this month.
 arrow Cricket: 'Woolmer died of natural causes'
Former Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered but died of natural causes, Jamaican police said Tuesday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed will distribute the National Sports Award-2006 among 10 sports personalities and organisers at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium here on June 21.
 arrow Cricket: Pace the new game
India has always been considered cricket's land of slow bowlers, men with supple wrists dedicated to the beguiling and mysterious art of spin.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya to host last Afro-Asia
Kenya will host the third and final Afro-Asia Cup series in June 2008, local cricket officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Harmy deserved success'
England captain Michael Vaughan believes fast bowler Stephen Harmison is on his way to once again becoming a major force in cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Wright wants NZ place
John Wright has confirmed he would like to work with New Zealand Cricket but he expects John Bracewell to keep his job as the national coach.
 arrow Football: Asia's season begins now
The football season might be all-but over in Europe but Asian fans can look forward to a feast of soccer action over the coming weeks as the world's top players make a beeline for the region.
 arrow Football: Agent dismisses Henry's Barca link
Thierry Henry's agent on Tuesday categorically denied reports that the Arsenal striker has agreed terms with Spanish giants Barcelona.
 arrow Football: L'pool rubbish crisis talks
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, has demanded actions rather than words from the new owners at Anfield, but with the club's summer being dominated by unrest behind the scenes rather than the top-class
 arrow Football: England, Italy struggle
Leroy Lita missed an 88th-minute penalty as England were held to a goalless draw by the Czech Republic in the European Under-21 Championship Group B opener.
 arrow Football: Drogba wants away?
Chelsea's Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba admitted Tuesday that he was tempted by a move to either Spain or Italy.
 arrow Football: Mexican stint for Barthez?
France's World Cup winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez signed for Mexican club Necaxca Aguascalientes on Monday according to the team president.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan proud of 'character'
England captain Michael Vaughan praised his side's character after their 60 run victory in the second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford here on Monday, saying they would learn more from a close
 arrow Cricket: Panesar leaps to 12th place
Monty Panesar's outstanding performance in the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford has lifted him to a career-best 12th position in the ICC rankings for bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Monty can't stay quiet
Monty Panesar has said keeping his emotions under control is proving one of the biggest challenges of his soaring Test career.
 arrow Athletics: Darsha retires
Sri Lankan sprinter Damayanthi Darsha, a three-time Asian gold medallist, announced her retirement here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Army training for Pakistan
Military personnel at the 'conditioning' camp being held in the northern city of Abbottabad are training Pakistani cricketers.
 arrow Football: No stadium ban on Denmark
European football's governing body UEFA will allow Denmark to play its next four matches at home, easing sanctions imposed after a fan attacked a referee in a game against Sweden, Danish news agency Ritzau
 arrow Football: Thaksin still keen on City
Thailand's ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra still plans to buy English Pre-miership side Manchester City despite authorities freezing 1.5 billion dollars of his assets, his lawyer said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: How Sir Bobby's luck finally ran out
(Following is an excerpt from Brian Glanville's new book, England Managers, the Toughest Job in Football, in which the doyen of football writers gives his verdict on Bobby
 arrow Football: Buchwald for Aachen
Former World Cup-winner Guido Buchwald said on Tuesday he is delighted to be given his first coaching role in his native Germany after he was revealed as the new coach of relegated Alemannia Aachen.
Metropolitanarrow Tk 130cr Japanese grant for development in Bangladesh
Bangladesh will receive 2213 million yen equivalent to Tk 130 crore as grant assistance from Japan under three agreements signed in Dhaka for three development projects, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Concern over arrest of innocent people in anti-graft drive
Speakers at a high profile seminar on Bangladesh have lauded the caretaker government's anti-corruption drives but expressed concern that innocent people are also being caught up in the wave of arrests.
 arrow Cops feel unsafe to keep forest boss' wealth
Uttara police are anxious about safety of the TK 1.50-crore moveable property kept in their station since seizure from the residence of now sacked chief conservator of forests (CCF) Osman Gani on May29.
 arrow None passes from 248 institutions
Not a single examinee in 248 educational institutions, including 165 Dakhil madrasas, could come out successful in this year's SSC or equivalent examinations while a total of 774 educational institutes,
 arrow Punishment to abductor of Kalpana demanded
Hill Women's Federation yesterday demanded of the caretaker government to make public the investigation report of abduction of its former leader Kalpana Chakma and exemplary punishment to the abductor.
 arrow More allocation sought to ensure safe water for all
Include Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) sector as a separate sector in the national budget as it is a priority component of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), said the speakers at a pressconference
 arrow 20-member body to meet UGC chairman today
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities formed a 20-member committee headed by the vice chancellor to convince the University Grants Commission (UGC) and approve the salaries of more than five hundred controversially
 arrow Road accidents kill three
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail and Thakurgaon yesterday.
 arrow Four shanties gutted, 2 hurt
Two people sustained burn injuries in a fire that also gutted four shanties, including one that was used for producing fake engine oil, at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow 3 muggers held with 28 mobile sets
Police arrested three muggers, including a woman, with 28 mobile phone sets at Shahbagh in the city on Monday night.
 arrow Australia to fund Brac's poverty reduction project
The Australian government will provide AUD 2.1 million (Tk 12.2 crore) for the Brac's Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction -- Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR-TUP) Programme, says a press release.
 arrow Army men start probe
A team of army personnel visited the Concept Tower at Green Road in the city yesterday in connection with the Monday's incident in which a resident of the Tower was allegedly beaten up by an army captain
 arrow British minister concerned at loss of life
British Foreign Office Minister Dr Kim Howells MP expressed his deep concern at the loss of life and injury following Monday's devastating landslide in Chittagong.
 arrow 'Rural women deprived of health care services'
Speakers at a meeting said health care system in the country lacks uniformity in access and rural poor women are deprived of health care services.
 arrow Lack of monitoring obstacle to eliminating child labour
Absence of hard data and effective monitoring system is a major obstacle to eliminating child labour from the country, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow HIV prevalence rises among drug users
HIV prevalence have increased from 4 percent to 7.
 arrow Electoral assistance for people with disability stressed
A roundtable on "Electoral Assistance for the people with disability" organised by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) was held at the Spectra Convention Centre in the city
 arrow GP launches children's painting competition
The Grameenphone Zainul-Quamrul International Children's Painting Competition 2007 was launched at the Grameenphone (GP) head office in the city yesterday.
 arrow '107 killed by law enforcers since emergency'
As many as 107 people were killed during operations by law enforcement agencies since the declaration of the state of emergency in the country on January 11, said a report of Odhikar, a human rights organisation.
 arrow Commissioner Ariful, bodyguard Auto on 5-day remand
Dhaka City Corporation Ward Commissioner Ariful Islam and his bodyguard Auto Bokhari were placed on a five-day remand for each yesterday in connection with the killings of headmistress of Siddheshwari
 arrow Hasina goes to Chittagong tomorrow
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will go to Chittagong tomorrow to see the victims of Monday's landslides.
 arrow Youth run over by train in city
A youth was killed as he was run over by a train at the Cantonment Railway Station in the city yesterday. The youth was identified as Manjurul Hossain Moni, 17.
 arrow Prof Abu Saleh new VC of BUBT
Prof Md Abu Saleh has been appointed as the vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) for four years, says a press release.
 arrow Ruhul Amin made envoy to France
Bangladesh Ambassador to Bahrain M Ruhul Amin has been appointed Ambassador to France.
Nationalarrow Flood situation worsens in Bogra, Faridpur
The flood situation slightly improved in Gaibandha and Ramngpur districts as rains tapered off but it deteriorated in the central districts of Bogra and Faridpur.
 arrow Charge framing against Aminul, Ruhul Kuddus and Nadim Mostafa now on Sunday
The third court of Rajshahi District and Sessions Judge yesterday shifted again the date for charge framing against former minister Barrister Aminul Haq, deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar and lawmaker
 arrow Former Barisal lawmaker Abul Hossain freed on bail
Abul Hossain Khan, central Jubo Dal vice president and former BNP lawmaker from Barisal-6 (Bakerganj constituency), jailed for seven years under Arms Act by a Barisal court, was released on bail fromBarisal
 arrow SI suspended in Satkhira
Sub-inspector Sarwar Hossain, who was closed to the police lines on June 10 for allegedly assaulting and threatening two police Inspectors on June 9 at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office
 arrow Fresh autopsy of Tangail garo leader done
Indigenous leader Chalesh Ritchil has been buried at his Magunthinagar village in Modhupur upazila after autopsy for the second time at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH).
 arrow JMB man on fresh remand in Barguna
Alleged JMB activist Mostafa Hossain Nomanee was placed on a seven-day fresh remand yesterday. Police said Mstafa confessed to his involvement in August 17 serial blasts in 2005.
 arrow Top criminal flees from police custody
A handcuffed gang leader of inter-district robbers fled from police custody in Chuadanga on Monday.
 arrow One gets life term for rape, murder
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal yesterday sentenced one person to life term imprisonment and fined Tk one lakh on charge of raping and killing a minor girl in Nilphamari.
 arrow Snapshots of Chittagong Devastation

Point-Counterpointarrow Water-logging in the city takes a menacing turn
Dhaka is used to rains. It is also used to stoppages. Several times every monsoon, the city's workforce find itself gridlocked or stranded.
 arrow Stop hazardous child labour
Child labour in Bangladesh is a major problem. It is a great hindrance to development, as a large number of children are engaged in various types of economical activities instead of attending school.
 arrow Stereotypes true and false
There is some truth in stereotypes. Take the term "hujuge (impulsive) Bangali" for example.
 arrow Sin tax and luxury tax
The decision to raise the minimum income to be under taxation is a good one, but doesn't go far enough to be meaningful.
Culturearrow Abstractions in pristine white by Ali Akbar
Ali Akbar, based in USA, has studied in California College of Arts and Crafts and South Eastern Oklahoma State University.
 arrow "Swopnodanay" goes to Shanghai Film Festival
Swopnodanay, directed by Golam Rabbany Biplob and produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd, will have its Asian premiere at the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival.
 arrow Underexposed talent needs tapping
A boat ride away from Mohakhali is a group of shanties located in Korail. Here is a group of 35 lively girls in the age group of 11-18 years.
 arrow "Lil' Bush": A cartoon take on the US president
Like most political satire, Lil' Bush pinpoints the logical extreme of real life. Take its title character.
 arrow Rome Reborn...

Generalarrow Hasina offers prayers at Bangabandhu's grave
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina offered special prayers at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj yesterday.
 arrow HC order on Wonderland Park stayed
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for 45 days the High Court order asking the authorities concerned to remove all the establishments of Wonderland Amusement Park in the city's Gulshan area.
 arrow Tk 10 lakh more support for cancer hospital
Social Welfare Secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Nurun Nahar Ahmed yesterday donated Tk 10 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Tiger saboteurs target Lankan power supply
Tamil Tiger saboteurs came close to cutting off a large chunk of Sri Lanka's electricity supply yesterday by skirting tight security and setting off a bomb against a key power line, officials said.
 arrow Iran ready for Iraq talks with US
Iran yesterday warned that the United States would be made to "regret" its detention of five Iranian officials in Iraq but said it was still ready to consider continuing talks with its arch foe.
 arrow Thaksin can return from exile: Junta
Thailand yesterday gave ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra the green light to return home for the first time since last year's military coup and fight to regain 1.5 billion dollars in frozen assets.
 arrow US to maintain close links with Musharraf despite criticism
Washington said Monday it would continue its close links with Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf's administration despite a call by a leading US newspaper to distance itself from the embattled general.
 arrow WB plans int'l fund to fight deforestation
The World Bank is planning an international fund of at least 250 million dollars to fight deforestation, which contributes to global warming, a bank official said Monday.
 arrow Pakistan presses tribesmen to expel al-Qaeda rebels
Pakistani authorities yesterday issued a fresh appeal to tribesmen in a rugged region bordering Afghanistan to expel Taliban and al-Qaeda rebels and their supporters.
 arrow Afghanistan going same way as Iraq
British Prime Minister Tony Blair voiced concern yesterday that Afghanistan could descend into the same spiral of violence as Iraq.
 arrow India accuses Pakistan as death toll mounts in Kashmir
India yesterday accused arch-rival Pakistan of continuing to push Islamic militants into its part of disputed Kashmir following fresh clashes along the heavily militarised border.
 arrow Shootings, bombing kill 6 in Iraq
Insurgents killed six people in Iraq yesterday, four in shootings and two in a roadside bomb attack in central Baghdad, security officials said.
 arrow Former Croatian Serb leader jailed for 35 years
The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted a wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs of murder, torture and persecution Tuesday and sentenced him to 35 years in prison for a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign
 arrow Five charged with stealing Tutu's Nobel Peace prize
Five men were charged yesterday with stealing the Nobel Peace prize of South Africa's leading anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu during a burglary at his home in Soweto, police said.
 arrow Bush to press for immigration bill
President Bush, wading deeper into an issue that bitterly divides his party, hopes a personal appeal can help persuade sceptical Republicans to resurrect and pass his immigration bill.
 arrow Solzhenitsyn gets with top Kremlin award
Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded a top state honour to ex-dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn yesterday, lauding his devotion to the "fatherland" at a lavish ceremony in the Kremlin.
 arrow Sri Lanka to study critical rights report
Sri Lanka's president has called for "careful study" of a critical report that said the island is failing to investigate grave human rights abuses, a spokesman said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rains and mudslide in Chittagong
The disaster which took place as a result of heavy rainfall in Chittagong on Monday must be good cause for a review of why such a tragedy had to occur.
 arrow Editorial: Child labour concerns
Magnitude of child labour in the country has reached the 4.7 million-mark with 1.3 million being engaged in hazardous occupation.
 arrow The perils of power, and of losing it
Power energises some men, even if they do not deserve to have such power. And when they lose it, it is not just the energy that seeps out of them. It is a pathetic state they are reduced to.
 arrow Bangladeshi criminals in India: What do we expect?
It has been reported in the media that dangerous criminals/militants, including alleged murderers, from Bangladesh have been able to escape by crossing the border to India.
Letters to Editorarrow Voter list
I fail to understand what is the problem if voters application forms are distributed to all municipalities and city corporations holding numbers with request to residents to submit the voters forms duly
 arrow Price hike & governance
The CTG has miserably failed to contain prices of essential foods for the already hard-pressed citizens of the country.
 arrow Womanhood - A state of being
I am a 'woman', and I am proud to be one are you? Maybe not.
 arrow Budget
The interim government is free from corruption and people expect good things from the government. Every year the govt. declares a budget with lofty goals, but it does not bring welfare to people.
 arrow Garment factory
A garment factory was established with two buildings at Indira Road with a few hundred employees working there.
 arrow Let's rebuild the country
Many things are happening right now all over the world, but you should think about the country first. We must say in one voice "yes" to this government, now or never-- we trust you for your honesty.
 arrow Begum Zia's comment
Recently, BNP chairperson Begum Zia claimed that there was no dynastic politics in her party! An AL leader has termed it the joke of the year, and rightly at that.
 arrow DSE index
The Dhaka Stock Exchange index reached 2003.58484 at the trading hours on Thursday indicating strong performance in the country's prime bourse. On the day there was trade of Tk 170.
 arrow The WB issue
I am shocked to know that a corrupt man like Mr. Wolfowitz was at the helm of a reputable organisation like the World Bank. The WB is the largest source of multilateral finance.
 arrow PSC
I'm very happy with the latest decision taken by the advisers' council on the 27th BCS. We can symbolize it as the "resurrection" of PSC.
 arrow Ready to wait
People are happy with the caretaker government. People are ready to wait patiently, they want to give the interim government as much time as is needed to hold a free and fair election.
 arrow Leaders at fault?
A letter written by Mr. Ahmed from Boston, USA, questioning 'Sheikh Hasina's argument' appeared in The Daily Star of May 25, 2007.
 arrow Pregnancy allowance
The proposed Tk. 300 allowance for pregnant mothers will help to increase the already high birth rate in our densely-populated country. It will encourage destitute women to have more children.
 arrow An appeal
Is it possible on the part of the City Corporation to remove the garbage container stationed at College Gate on Mirpur Road (entrance of SAU) in the interest of public health and environmental safety??
 arrow Dealing with graft
In the United States the courts have handed down long jail sentences for corporate graft. Some of the convicted senior executives of big companies will spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
 arrow VIP status in jail
I read in one of the newspapers that the court had ordered the govt. to give VIP status to Tarique Rahman. But my question is, why should the govt.
 arrow Good decision
After a long controversy, the government has finally decided to cancel the 27th BCS viva voce. It is a very good decision. Allegation of corruption against the 27th BCS viva voce has been proved.
 arrow For a better image
During the 24 years of Pakistan and 36 years of Bangladesh, our nation has seen gradual progress in political, economic, social and religious harmony.
 arrow Our cricket
The progress of Bangladesh cricket team was unimaginable a few years ago, but now it is a reality. They are now trying their best in every match.
 arrow Politicians' misdeeds
I do not really understand how I should express my deep shock at what I have read, heard and seen recently in the newspapers.
 arrow Good governance
Human development and civilized living always depended on good governance. Nothing has changed so far as the importance of developing good institutions is concerned.
Star Chittagongarrow Crimes on rise in port city
Incidents of mugging, burglary and robbery have increased sharply in recent months in the port city.
 arrow Date-expired medicines on sale in Ctg markets
Sale of date-expired and contraband medicines continues unabated in the port city by a section of unscrupulous traders under the nose of administration.
 arrow Threat to life...

Star Cityarrow WASA oiling rusty pumps to tackle waterlogging
Engineers of Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) are now trying to repair hundreds of mechanical pumps for jetting out billions of litres of rainwater out of the city's flood protection embankments in
 arrow Bashabo residents fear catastrophic monsoon
Waterlogging remains as a major concern for the thousands of people living in the vast low-lying region of Bashabo in the city's eastern part.
 arrow Syndicates' incredible grip over prices
Vegetable prices in Dhaka's retail market are more than three times the prices in Shibpur, 80 kilometres off the city, as a syndicate of middlemen makes exorbitant profit, according to study by the Consumers
 arrow Drivers, owners as defiant as ever
More than a month after new regulations were enforced to improve the efficiency of CNG-run auto rickshaws, passengers continue to face unreliable services and extortionate prices.
 arrow Dhaka zoo goes tough on smoking
Smokers are no longer welcome in Dhaka zoo as the authority announced the zoo premises a smoking free zone and soon they will enforce ban on polythene and other plastic bags.
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