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Front Pagearrow Killer Mohiuddin sent to jail on arrival
AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, condemned to death for killing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family on August 15, 1975, was brought back to the country yesterday, after over a decade on the run
 arrow No initiative yet to bring back killers
There has been no government move for bringing back the convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman absconding abroad, the issue overlooked by most of the previous governments.
 arrow Khaleda welcomes reform proposals
BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has said she would welcome any suggestions from her party leaders and workers across the country to reform the party.
 arrow Reformists now want Hasina in the move
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's readiness to delve deeper into party reforms going beyond the 21-point proposal by some senior party colleagues seems to have prompted many of the pro-reform
 arrow Pro-reform BNP leaders agree to ask Khaleda to quit as party chief
Pro-reforms leaders of BNP have agreed on principle to ask BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to step down from the party-chief position.
 arrow Charges framed against Moudud
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against detained former law minister barrister Moudud Ahmed in connection with a case filed for possession of 32 cans of beer and 16 bottles of other alcoholic beverages.
 arrow NGOs want EC to relax rules for their officials to contest polls
Leaders of non-government organisations (NGO) at a meeting with the Election Commission (EC) yesterday opposed its draft proposal imposing restriction on NGO officials to contest parliamentary election
 arrow No move for hearing despite having adequate judges in SC
There has been no move for hearing of the Bangabandhu Murder Case in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) in last three months despite having adequate judges for the hearing.
 arrow Chaktai canal recovery drive starts
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) and Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) started a joint eviction drive against the encroachers of the Chaktai Khal (canal) yesterday.
 arrow Last tranche of PRGF loan uncertain
Bangladesh's agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Poverty Reduction Growth Facilities (PRGF) loan expires today, making the release of the last instalment of the loan uncertain.
 arrow US envoy discourages forming political party 'under pressure'
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis has said Washington does not want to see any sort of military involvement in Bangladesh politics, as they think it will be a mistake.
 arrow 3 murdered in city
Unidentified gunmen shot two youths dead in Malibagh in the capital yesterday while an employee of a dry cleaning shop was murdered in Dhanmondi.
 arrow On the street...

 arrow Ex-lawmakers face more criminal cases
Former BNP lawmakers Mossaddak Ali Falu, Syed Mehedi Ahmed Rumi, Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen and MAH Salim, and former Jamaat MP Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher were sued yesterday on various criminal charges
 arrow Obaidul Quader, Kamal Majumder submit wealth statements
Detained Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader submitted his and wife's wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday showing movable and immovable properties worth
 arrow Driver, staff were drugged
The probe body formed to investigate the Sunday incident of a Dhaka-bound passenger train running for half an hour with its driver, assistant driver and a sub-assistant engineer nearly unconscious yesterday
 arrow Minu's aide with criminal charges held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a BNP leader and close aide of the arrested Rajshahi mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu from the city early yesterday.
 arrow Inundated area...

 arrow Dhighinala UNO held for bribery
The army-led joint forces yesterday arrested an upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and two of his staff for their alleged involvement in taking bribes from a timber trader.
 arrow 36 killed in fierce battle in Iraq
Iraqi and British forces fought a fierce battle with Shia militiamen while conducting house-to-house searches early yesterday south of Baghdad, and Iraqi police and hospital officials said 36 people were
 arrow Nepali PM urges king to step aside
Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has urged the embattled king to abdicate before upcoming polls, state media said on Sunday, increasing the pressure on the once revered monarch.
 arrow Palestinian cabinet gets to work amid aid hopes
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's emergency cabinet met for the first time yesterday since Hamas's bloody seizure of Gaza, with signs a crippling Western aid freeze may soon be lifted.
Businessarrow Govt's debt service liability doubles in 5 years
Government's debt service liability (DSL) has almost doubled during the last five years.
 arrow Lack of strategy, exposure holds back Bangladesh IT
Although Bangladesh has potential to emerge as an offshore destination for international IT companies, it is lagging far behind due mainly to lack of proper strategy and exposure, remarked a Danish information
 arrow Singapore investors seek special economic zone
Singapore sought a special economic zone (SEZ) in Bangladesh for the Singaporean entrepreneurs to boost investment.
 arrow Latest devices, services unveiled at Nokia Connection 2007
Mobile phone giant Nokia unveiled its latest range of devices, solutions, applications and services with a vision to connect the people across the world who do not have telecommunications facility asNokia
 arrow Probe into irregularities in Malaysian jobs ordered
The government has instructed the labour wing of Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia to investigate issues such as low and irregular payments and unemployment of Bangladeshi workers there.
 arrow NBR rewards 63 income tax officials
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) awarded Tk 1.18 crore to sixty-three employees of income tax department for better performances in revenue collection and checking tax dodging.
 arrow Mandelson urges EU nations to show flexibility in WTO talks
European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson urged the 27 EU nations on Monday to show flexibility at an upcoming meeting with major negotiating partners or risk the collapse of WTO talks.
 arrow Shipping Corp to build 30-storey building in Dhaka
Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) at a meeting here on Sunday approved a project to build a 30-storey commercial building in Dhaka.
 arrow Export earning marks 18.5pc rise in Jul-Apr
Country's export earnings in the first 10 months of the current fiscal 2006-07 stood at US $9912.79 million against the target of US$9990 million.
 arrow IMF reforms exchange-rate policies
The International Monetary Fund said Monday it is tightening the monitoring of exchange-rate policies, putting new focus on destabilizing risks to the global economy.
 arrow Shanghai set to overtake S'pore as world's busiest port
Shanghai is set to overtake Singapore as the world's busiest port in 2008 as the Chinese economy continues with its stellar growth, an executive of the city-state's port operator said in remarks published
 arrow Renata declares 50pc cash, 20pc stock dividends
Renata Ltd has declared 50 percent cash and 20 percent stock dividends (bonus share 1:5) for the year 2006.
 arrow Oil hovers at 9-month peak
The price of oil traded close to a nine-month peak in New York on Monday owing to concerns about fuel supplies in the United States where the summer driving season is underway.
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairman of Mutual Trust Bank
Samson H Chowdhury has been elected the new chairman and Dr Arif Dowla vice-chairman of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd.
 arrow Japan, Brunei sign free trade deal
Japan and Brunei on Monday signed a bilateral free trade agreement as Tokyo seeks stable energy supplies from the oil- and gas-rich country.
 arrow East African presidents in summit to expand trading bloc
Presidents from the East African Community (EAC) on Monday gathered in the Ugandan capital a one-day summit to oversee the expansion of the trading bloc to five members.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Football: Vintage Alfaz act
Alfaz Ahmed was inspirational in Muktijoddha's 3-1 win over Rahmatganj with a goal of his own and assists for Saifur Rahman Moni and substitute Saiful Islam yesterday as the Reds took pole position in
 arrow Cricket: WC 2011 will be friendly
The South Asian nations hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup promised on Monday to hold a spectator-friendly tournament with affordable ticket prices.
 arrow Football: BFF switches channel
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with satellite TV channel ATN Bangla in a bid to promote football.
 arrow Football: Russel keep winning
Sheikh Russel maintained their winning run in the AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League when the holders blanked Wari Club 3-0 yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: C'wood gives Eng lead
Paul Collingwood's unbeaten hundred on his Durham home ground steered England to a first innings lead in the fourth and final Test against the West Indies at Riverside here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: By now Vaughan knows it
England captain Michael Vaughan's future as a one-day international cricketer is due to be settled by a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) at Riverside here Monday after stumps on
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu in for trouble
Former Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu could face disciplinary charges after refusing to play in next week's home Test series against Bangladesh, officials said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Tait to have elbow op
Australian pace bowler Shaun Tait expects to be back in action by mid-August after he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Glory, glory Real Madrid
Real Madrid captured a record 30th Spanish League title on Sunday with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Real Mallorca.
 arrow Football: Capello hits jackpot
Fabio Capello guided Real Madrid to the Spanish title on Sunday but the big question now is: will the Italian coach be at the helm of the Spanish giants next season? Capello has gone from hero to villain
 arrow Football: The 'comeback kings'
The front page of the Spanish sports daily Marca said it all on Monday, above a picture of the Real Madrid squad celebrating their Spanish title win.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick touches record
Andy Roddick won a record equalling fourth Queen's title with a hard-fought three-set victory over unseeded Nicolas Mahut on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lawson feels honoured
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson said Monday he was honoured to be a candidate to coach Pakistan, saying it was one of the top jobs in world cricket.
 arrow Tennis: Maria's eyes on Wimbledon
Maria Sharapova believes her grass court game is shaping up well a week ahead of Wimbledon despite her defeat in the Birmingham final at the hands of Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.
 arrow Chess: Another feather in Rajib's cap
Enamul Hossain Rajib had the last laugh when the International Master lifted the title of the Destiny International Rating chess tournament on the final day at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
 arrow Cricket: Umps & refs for Scotland ties announced
Umpires Mark Benson, Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar will stand in the upcoming cricket matches in Ireland which will also see India and South Africa in action.
 arrow Football: 'We threw it away'
Barcelona had to settle for second best on Sunday in the first Spanish title race to finish level on points since 1994, despite handing a 5-1 thrashing to bottom club Gimnastic Tarragona.
 arrow Football: A Real fairytale
David Beckham brought the curtain down on his Real Madrid career on Sunday and described the team's Spanish title triumph as one of his greatest achievements.
 arrow Football: Scuffles mar celebrations
Pitched battles between police and some Real Madrid supporters marred the Spanish football club's league title celebrations in the early hours of Monday.
 arrow Hamilton's second in a row
Britain's Lewis Hamilton has played down his chances of becoming Formula One's first rookie world champion, despite an extraordinary start to his career.
 arrow Football: Tevez waiting for Real Madrid
West Ham's Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has been contacted by Real Madrid, but is still awaiting a concrete offer from the newly-crowned Spanish champions, his agent Adrian Ruocco claimed Monday.
 arrow Football: Borgetti lifts Mexico
Jared Borgetti scored in extra time as Mexico advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica at Reliant Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Nakamura in Japan squad
Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, the most valuable player of the 2004 Asian Cup, will return to defend Japan's title next month, spearheading the squad announced here Monday.
 arrow Football: Blatter in SA for inspection
FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived in South Africa on Monday for talks with organisers of the 2010 football World Cup and for his first on-site inspection of work to build and upgrade the stadiums.
Metropolitanarrow Enact and enforce right to information law
Legal experts, media leaders and academics yesterday called for the promulgation of a 'Right to Information Bill' to improve access to state information, but warned it would be ineffective unless there
 arrow Establish e-governance for easy access to govt info
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for establishing e-governance to ensure people's easy access to information about the services of different government agencies.
 arrow United efforts needed to reduce maternal mortality
Integration of traditional birth attendance into modern rural health delivery system, and accountability of both the birth attendants and service providers to local government can reduce maternal mortality
 arrow Seminar on interoperability to enhance expertise of local officials
Microsoft Bangladesh yesterday organised a seminar on interoperability, first of its kind in the country.
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Gazipur and Barguna yesterday.
 arrow Wasa inspector caught while taking bribe
An inspector of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) was caught red-handed by Army personnel while taking bribe at Fakirapul Wasa Office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dreadful disaster if hill cutting continues in Ctg
Speakers at a press conference yesterday warned of dreadful disaster in not-too-distant future if the ruthless hill cutting and unplanned urbanisation cannot be stopped immediately in Chittagong cityand
 arrow China, Japan, Myanmar, Latvia shocked
China, Japan, Myanmar and Latvia have expressed shock at the loss of life and property caused by catastrophic rain and landslides in Chittagong.
 arrow Multi-sectoral approach needed to address reproductive health issues
Although the country has achieved impressive successes in some fields of healthcare, a few unfavourable Reproductive Health (RH) indicators are still persisting, experts at a consultation meeting said
 arrow Statement of PW recorded
A Dhaka court yesterday recorded statement of a prosecution witness in connection with a graft case filed against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.
 arrow Withdraw VAT, tax on private varsities
The Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh (APUB) yesterday called upon the government to withdraw value added tax (VAT) on tuition fees and tax on private universities as proposed in the national
 arrow Tk 67.77cr CU budget approved
Chittagong University (CU) Finance Committee (FC) and Syndicate yesterday approved the proposed budget of Tk 67.77 crore for the financial year 2007-08 with a deficit of Tk 2.66 crore.
 arrow Workshop owner robbed of Tk 1 lakh
Muggers took away Tk 1 lakh from a workshop owner after stabbing him at Badda in the city yesterday.
 arrow Freedom fighter leaders hail Dr Kamal
Leaders of Bangladesh Mukti-joddha Gono Parishad hailed Dr Kamal Hossain's call for 'unity of honest citizens' as timely and logical, says a press release.
 arrow Former lawmaker Shaheen sued
An extortion case was filed against former lawmaker and ex-vice president of Bangladesh Cricket Board Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen and seven others.
 arrow 25pc work of Karnaphuli Bridge completed
Twenty-five percent work of the under construction Third Karnaphuli Bridge here has so far been completed.
 arrow Trader shot by muggers in Bagerhat
Muggers shot a shrimp fry trader and snatched away Tk 52,470 at Pakhirmore under Fakirhat Upazila yesterday.
 arrow Cellphone shop owner hacked to death in Narsingdi
A mobile shop owner was hacked to death by unknown assailants at a remote village of Shibpur upazila early yesterday. Police arrested two suspected killers Rabi, 22, and Kabir, 25.
 arrow Dilruba to take over as Zonta Int'l director on June 22
Dilruba Ahmed will take office as director of Zonta International on June 22, says a press release. She will serve as the director from June 22, 2007 to June 30, 2009.
 arrow Govt to import rice, wheat to increase stock
Adviser for Food and Disaster Management Tapan Chowdhury said yesterday the country has now adequate stock of foodgrains. To increase the stock, the government will import 2.
 arrow Dilruba to take office as Zonta Int'l director on June 22
Dilruba Ahmed will take office as director of Zonta International on June 22, says a press release. She will serve as the director from June 22, 2007 to June 30, 2009.
 arrow President visits ailing DU teacher
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Dr Anwara Begum visited ailing Dhaka University teacher Prof Dr AKM Mohsin at United Hospital in Gulshan yesterday.
 arrow BSS, MetroNet sign deal on data transfer
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and MetroNet Bangladesh Limited signed an agreement on data communication solution at the BSS Head Office in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow DCC ledger keeper held while taking bribe
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ledger keeper (Tax) on charges of receiving bribe from his office at Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow 4-day workshop begins in Cox's Bazar Thursday
As part of the ongoing cultural festival of Dhaka University (DU), a four-day workshop of the primarily selected participants will begin at Cox's Bazar on Thursday.
 arrow 'Promote use of mother tongue in literacy programme'
Experts at an international workshop yesterday said the use of mother tongue and national language in literacy programme must be promoted in order to reach the Millennium Development Goal of 'Education
 arrow 1,298 more held
Police arrested 1,298 people on various charges in countrywide drives in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday. During the drive, they also recovered 11 firearms, 17 bombs and 39 bullets.
Nationalarrow Thousands marooned as fresh areas flooded in 3 Sylhet dists
Three days' downpour and onrush of water from across the border swelled all the rivers in Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Sunamganj, flooding fresh areas in the three districts.
 arrow Khulna STT could not record statement as complainant, witnesses did not turn up
Judge Abdus Salam Shikder of Khulna divisional speedy Trial Tribunal could not record statement of any of the 40 prosecution witnesses in five cases filed with Satkhira Sadar police station against 19
 arrow Export of 9 items thru' Akhaura port resumes today
Export of nine items through Akhaura Land Port will resume today as their prices were reverted to previous rates.
 arrow Civic bodies appeal for payment of arrears
Leaders of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) and Civic Right Group 'Udbigno Nagorik Samaj in separate statements yesterday appealed to the government for allocation ofmore
 arrow Two held for bribery in Thakurgaon
Joint forces yesterday arrested a project implementation officer (PIO) and the head clerk of his office for allegedly taking bribe.
 arrow 2,577 poultry birds culled in Lalmonirhat
About 2,577 poultry birds were culled in two days in Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat district following detection of avian virus (bird flue) in the bodies of two chickens.
 arrow BSF returns two bodies
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India handed over bodies of two Bangladeshi to Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) in Kushtia and Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow 3 criminals arrested in Benapole
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), in a raid conducted yesterday at Kanyadaha village under Sharsha upazila in Benapole, arrested three 'top' criminals and recovered arms and ammunition from there.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'What I did appriciate was how politically conscious and aware Bangladeshis are'
Patricia A. Butenis has had a proactive presence in Bangladesh as US ambassador to this country.
 arrow The plight of rickshaw pullers
I had been contemplating writing about the plight of the rickshaw pullers of Bangladesh. Two recent issues have made me share my views in this regard.
Culturearrow An evening of songs by popular bands
On the evening of June 17, leading and promising bands of the country rocked the audience at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
 arrow Learning with "Meena"
Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Sylhet, began a four-day programme based on "Meena", the popular cartoon character, to generate awareness among children on various issues, including the importance of education.
 arrow India's costliest film "Sivaji" opens
Rioting for tickets to the first show, frenzied fans bathing their hero's cut-out in milk -- India's most expensive film Sivaji -- The Boss opened to huge anticipation last Friday, and it's not from Bollywood.
 arrow "Art Camp 2007"

Generalarrow ACC chairman happy with commission's pace of work
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday expressed satisfaction over the pace of work being carried out by the commission and hoped that the cases would go to
Internationalarrow US-led airstrike kills 7 Afghan children
Seven children were killed in a US-led coalition airstrike targeting suspected al-Qaeda militants in eastern Afghanistan, a coalition statement said yesterday.
 arrow EU moves to bolster new Palestinian cabinet
The European Union prepared yesterday to inject funds into the fragile Palestinian emergency government and send aid to people in the strife-torn Gaza Strip, urging Israel to follow suit.
 arrow Shekhawat, Patil set for vote battle
With battlelines drawn for the Presidential elections, the NDA yesterday came out in support of Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat as an independent candidate against UPA-Left nominee Pratibha Patil,
 arrow Benazir claims Sharif agreed to a verbal power-sharing deal
Exiled former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto said in an interview published on Monday that she had reached a "verbal" agreement with fellow exiled political rival Nawaz Sharif in which she would
 arrow Sarkozy’s party wins, but not in landslide
President Nicolas Sarkozy's party won a clear parliamentary majority Sunday in elections seen as crucial to his vision for opening up France's economy, although the opposition thwarted a landslide victory
 arrow Iran considering fresh US talks on Iraq
Iran is considering an Iraqi request for fresh talks with arch-foe the United States on security in the war-torn country, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said yesterday.
 arrow First case against Thaksin heads to court
The first corruption charges against ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra are set to go to court later this week, Thailand's attorney general told state-controlled television yesterday.
 arrow India halts suspect's extradition to Britain
A New Delhi court yesterday suspended the extradition to Britain of a suspect wanted for the rape and murder of a teenage girl after his lawyers lodged an appeal.
 arrow Thai PM hints at early elections
Thailand could bring forward a post-coup referendum and general elections scheduled for later this year, army-installed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said yesterday.
 arrow France's Royal splits from partner
Defeated French Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal said on Sunday she has split from her partner, party leader Francois Hollande, after accusing him in a new book of having an affair.
 arrow India heat deaths prompt prisoner release
An Indian court on Monday ordered an overcrowded prison to free 600 inmates after sweltering conditions caused at least seven deaths.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Stopping 'nomination business'
Coming on top of earlier moves toward political reforms, the new proposal regarding nomination of parliamentary candidates advanced by the Election Commission certainly calls for objective study.
 arrow Editorial: Chittagong hillslide
The Chittagong mudslide, which claimed 123 lives, has brought to the fore a host of issues relating to environmental degradation, especially razing of hills in the port city.
 arrow Sorry tale of hill cutting and water logging
The people who died in the mudslide at the foot of some decapitated hills in Chittagong were not close relations or friends of any politician or bureaucrat or CIP (Commercially Important Person).
 arrow Our politics without the top two
Many newspaper reports are suggesting that there has been a move to free our politics from the two top leaders -- Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.
 arrow The plight of rickshaw pullers
I had been contemplating writing about the plight of the rickshaw pullers of Bangladesh. Two recent issues have made me share my views in this regard.
Letters to Editorarrow A billion trees!
When I was a child, I knew that a 'Mahogany tree' in our house belonged to me. I felt like something inexpressible in my mind when I watched the growing of the tree along with me.
 arrow Our rivers
Once Bangladesh was known as the land of rivers that formed a web-like pattern. These days most of the rivers --especially the major ones --are in a sickly condition.
 arrow Overseas branches of political parties
Bangladesh should never allow any political party to have an overseas branch for two simple reasons.
1. This will allow political parties to siphon money out of the country or bring in foreign money.

 arrow Election rules
I would like to request you as a general citizen to include the following provision in the reform agenda of the Election Commission.
 arrow Leaders' statements
When we read some statements of ex-government leaders saying they are working for the people of Bangladesh and the CTG should arrange for a fair and free election as early as possible because people want
 arrow Dr. Kamal Hossain's apology
Certain apologies come from the heart and others from the brain, the one not accepted by the people comes from the brain and doesn't deserve to be accepted.
 arrow Rules are different for us
I write to you, to every conscious, patriotic citizen of Bangladesh, that I have started to feel we are slowly inching towards our same old nature and "corrupt" schemes and designs, waiting to find 'free
 arrow Budget 2007-08
The proposal in the budge to realise Advance Income Tax at source at the rate of Tk 1,000 at the time of issuance & renewal of trade licence by the City Corporation is a financial burden, particularly
 arrow Smoking in public places
Enacting anti-smoking laws and organising a social movement, as called by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, are not enough to curb smoking.
 arrow Bashabo residents' woes
Thanks to Rizanuzzaman Laskar for his write-up "Bashabo residents fear catastrophic monsoon" bringing the sufferings of Bashabo residents to light.
 arrow Foreign university branches
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