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Front Pagearrow Duty withdrawn on capital machinery for export plants
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday approved the budget for fiscal year 2007-08 without imposing the duties proposed on computer accessories, mobile phone sets, and export-oriented capital machinery.
 arrow Govt to sue some former ministers, MPs for fraud
The military-backed caretaker government is going to sue several former ministers and lawmakers for cheating the government institutions to make staggering fortunes.
 arrow Dhaka canals exist only in documents
All the open natural canals in the capital's southern part from the Buriganga to Bangla Motor area have disappeared for the "development" of the city over the years although many of them still exist in
 arrow Tigers slumped
After fighting boldly on the previous day, Bangladesh lost their last five wickets in less than half an hour on the fourth morning to suffer their biggest defeat against Sri Lanka -- by an innings and
 arrow Sheikh Selim gets parole as mother dies
Asia Khatun, mother of detained Awami League (AL) leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, died of old age complications at ZH Shikdar Medical College Hospital in the capital yesterday. She was 89.
 arrow Khaleda yet to receive copy of BNP reforms
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is greatly annoyed with the party's reformists, is yet to receive the copy of the 15-point reform proposal that apparently aimed to dislodge her, as the cantonment authorities
 arrow EC ready to sit with parties to talk reform
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is ready to talk with the political parties about the draft proposals for electoral reforms despite the ban
 arrow Birdem docs call off strike till tomorrow
The striking doctors of Birdem Hospital yesterday postponed their programme till tomorrow after getting assurance from the authorities that their demands will be met.
 arrow BGMEA Bhaban should be demolished
Local Government Adviser Anwarul Iqbal has once again said the 15-storey BGMEA Bhaban built on Begunbari canal in the capital should be demolished as it did not have Rajuk approval.
 arrow Dulu sued for forgery in taking Rajuk plot
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday filed a case against BNP leader and former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu for taking a Rajuk plot through false affidavits.
 arrow 250 Bangladeshi cop peacekeepers in Ivory Coast get UN medal
Some 250 members of Bangladesh police, who are engaged in peacekeeping in Ivory Coast, have been given United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Medal, according to a message received in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Govt to bring back siphoned out money
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the government is trying to bring back the fortunes siphoned off to other countries by corrupt politicians and business magnate.
 arrow Licences for pvt land phones in Dhaka by Jul 15
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is set to finally award licences to private land phone operators in the much-coveted Dhaka metropolitan zone by July 15.
 arrow Luxury vehicle imported, sold by ex-MP seized
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday raided a businessman's house at Baridhara in the capital and seized a Porsche jeep that detained former BNP lawmaker Mahmudul Haque Rubel sold to the businessman.
 arrow Ex-state minister Talukder Abdul Khaleque held
Police arrested Khulna City Awami League President and former state minister Talukder Abdul Khaleque and six other people last night at a house on Gagan Babu Road in the city.
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker Matiur Talukder gets 3yrs in jail
A court in Barguna yesterday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Matiur Rahman Talukdar to three years rigorous imprisonment in a cheating case.
 arrow Good news for coin savers
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is considering an offer of monetary incentives for those who save metal coins. The offer aims at getting back the huge number of coins from market.
 arrow Verdict of Mir Nasir's graft case July 4
Judgement of a graft case against detained former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and his son barrister Mir Mohammad Helal Uddin will be delivered on July 4.
 arrow Danida driver rescued, official still untraced
One of the kidnapped Danida staff was rescued yesterday from a jungle near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border after three days of the kidnap.
 arrow 2 more cases filed against Ctg mayor
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed two more cases against Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and seven others for embezzlement of Tk 85.
 arrow CA greets Brown
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has congratulated Gordon Brown on his assumption of office of the prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
 arrow 21 killed as Baghdad bus stop bombed
A rush-hour car bomb attack at a Baghdad bus stop killed 21 people and wounded dozens yesterday, hours after the British military lost three soldiers in a pre-dawn roadside bombing in southern Iraq.
 arrow UN inspectors visit North Korean nuke reactor
A team of UN inspectors travelled yesterday to North Korea's key atomic reactor to assess the size of the task they will face in monitoring its shutdown under a nuclear disarmament deal.
 arrow Wasa drive

 arrow Redwan sued for extortion
An extortion case was filed against detained former state minister and LDP leader Redwan Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow No fertiliser crisis in the country
The government in a press note yesterday said there is no fertiliser crisis in the country.
 arrow Deep depression over Bay
The monsoon depression over west central Bay and adjoining northwest Bay intensified into a deep depression.
 arrow 2 more forest officials suspended
Two more top forest officials were suspended yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinders
Md Nuru Safa, proprietor of SA Electronics, has sent a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined "Houses up for grabs" published on June 6.
Businessarrow No place for defaulters, tax dodgers, criminals in trade body polls
Loan defaulters, tax evaders and persons convicted of crimes from now on will not be able to contest elections to any trade bodies including the apex trade body, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce
 arrow Lanka exports hit as shipping lines drop Colombo
Sri Lankan exporters are being squeezed as fewer container ships heading west call into Colombo, with global shipping lines moving more business to India and its booming economy.
 arrow IMF fights for legitimacy 10yrs after Asian financial crisis
Ten years after playing a controversial role in the Asian financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now in the midst of its own identity crisis.
 arrow Aviation forum hails India, China air travel boom
Aviation industry figures and politicians on Thursday hailed a boom in air traffic in India and China, with operators keen to cash in on growing numbers of passengers travelling to the regional giants.
 arrow India readies plan for ailing agriculture sector
India plans an ambitious project to boost flagging agricultural output by 11 percent over the next four years and reduce the need for imports, a top official said on Thursday.
 arrow Australian court clears Citigroup of insider trading
An Australian court on Wednesday cleared Citigroup of insider trading charges brought against the world's biggest bank by the local corporate regulator.
 arrow EU to ban all Indonesian airlines
All 51 Indonesian airlines will be banned from flying to the European Union from next week after EU air safety experts deemed them to be unsafe, the European Commission said Thursday.
 arrow Course on laboratory accreditation
The certificate-giving ceremony of a course on laboratory accreditation for auditors, the first of its kind in the country, was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Eastland Ins declares 10pc cash, 21pc stock dividends
Eastland Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 10 percent cash dividend and a 21 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow StanChart, HSBC targeted in China forex crackdown
HSBC and Standard Chartered confirmed Thursday they were among banks targeted in a crackdown by China's foreign exchange regulator on speculative capital inflows.
 arrow Green Delta Ins declares 30pc cash dividend
Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 30 percent cash dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow Arab National Bank, NCC Bank team up on remittance
Bangladeshi expatriates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) can now easily remit their money to home using TeleMoney of Arab National Bank, KSA through NCC Bank Ltd, says a pres release.
 arrow Pioneer Ins approves 20pc cash dividend
Pioneer Insurance Company Ltd has approved a 20 percent cash dividend for the year that ended on December 31, 2006.
 arrow Oil rises further
Oil prices extended gains on Thursday as the market focused on renewed supply concerns in the United States, the world's biggest consumer of energy, traders said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Loss that means nothing
Despite all the success in recent years, Sri Lanka are hungry to improve as a team and in terms of individual achievements even against a bottom-ranked side like Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Imran fumes after debacle
Undoubtedly the time span of over six years is nothing close to a long time in Test cricket.
 arrow Football: A great escape
Five days after their 7-0 demolition of Rahmatganj, Abahani struggled to find the back of the net against their Chittagong namesakes and needed an 87th strike from Pranotosh Das to collect full points
 arrow Cricket: Sreesanth ruled out
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been ruled out of India's second one-day international against South Africa here at Stormont.
 arrow Cricket: Speed irked at Zimbabwe
A report by the BBC's Mihir Bose claims that Malcolm Speed does not believe Zimbabwe should be allowed to resume playing Test cricket in November, and that there the board's accounts have been "deliberately
 arrow Tennis: Mirza, Henman bow out
Sania Mirza of India crashed out of the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday in a straight sets defeat to Russian number 11 seed Nadia Petrova.
 arrow Football: Mexico blank Brazil
Mexico masterminded a stunning 2-0 win over defending champions Brazil in the opener for both teams at the 2007 Copa America championship on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer sets up Safin clash
Roger Federer stroked his way to a 50th straight win on grass and took another graceful step towards matching Bjorn Borg's five consecutive Wimbledon titles.
 arrow Football: Real get rid of Capello
Newly-crowned Spanish champions Real Madrid on Thursday sacked their Italian coach Fabio Capello, sporting director Pedja Mijatovic announcing the board had made a unanimous decision.
 arrow Football: Fenerbahce move recharges Carlos
Brazilian fullback Roberto Carlos has said that his move to Turkish champions Fenerbahce from Spanish titleholders Real Madrid has given him a new lease on life and he expects to play for another four
 arrow Football: Altitude ban to be rethought
FIFA said on Thursday it would decide within days whether or not to allow World Cup qualifiers to be played in Bolivia's high altitude capital, La Paz, after a request from Bolivian President Evo Morales.
 arrow Football: Too old to coach
Veteran French football coach Guy Roux's contract to coach first division side Lens next season has been overturned by the Professional Football League on the grounds that he is too old.
 arrow Tennis: Sania wants Israeli Peer
India's Sania Mirza is braced for another political and religious storm after agreeing to renew her doubles partnership with Israel's Shahar Peer at Wimbledon.
 arrow Cricket: Arthur keen on Steyn
Mickey Arthur believes the ongoing series against India here in Belfast will help South Africa find the answers to questions regarding their one-day bowling attack.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle to fight WICB
West Indies' under-fire captain Chris Gayle has said there is "no love lost" between himself and the West Indies Cricket Board and he has vowed he will fight his bosses every inch of the way as the team's
 arrow Cricket: Majola slams Aussie sway
The ICC's future tours programme (FTP) has turned Australia into a cricket superpower, according to Cricket South Africa's chief executive Gerald Majola.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman shrug off Armanitola
Title contenders Biman defeated Armanitola 3-1 in yesterday's AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis super league match at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium.
 arrow Hockey: Rajshahi win big
Rajshahi got off to a flying start in the super league of the 27th National Hockey Championship yesterday when they drubbed Mymensingh 8-1, thanks to Rimon who struck four goals including a hattrick.
 arrow Cricket: Kapil shuns high-profile coach
Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev says the team arriving in England in early July for a nine-week tour must show more individual responsibility.
 arrow Football: Aussies shift favourites tag to Japan
Lucas Neill and Harry Kewell have pinpointed Japan as favourites to win the Asian Cup, not Australia, but said the Socceroos have the desire and hunger to win.
 arrow Tennis: Qureshi dreams of a nation transfixed
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi said on Thursday he hoped his performances at Wimbledon would inspire his fellow Pakistanis to put down their cricket bats and try out a tennis racket.
 arrow Football: FIFA gets Visa
Football's world governing body FIFA on Thursday announced a new 170 million dollar sponsorship deal with credit card group Visa International.
 arrow Football: Gamblers on the prowl
Betting on major sporting events is illegal in much of Asia but it remains rampant, and police across the region are on full alert ahead of the Asian Cup finals.
 arrow Tennis: Au revoir red knickers
Tatiana Golovin is determined to keep her underwear firmly in the public spotlight -- despite being forced to pack her bright red knickers away after only two matches at Wimbledon.
Metropolitanarrow Lack of proper planning creates urban problems
Absence of proper planning is causing various problems like housing shortage, traffic congestion, inadequacy of basic services and degradation of environment in urban areas, especially in Dhaka and Chittagong,
 arrow CA for media publicity about agri incentives, subsidies
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed suggested extensive publicity over mass media to make farmers aware about government incentives and subsidies for agriculture and application of viable technologies forcropping.
 arrow 'Create social awareness to protect girl children'
Only a high level of social awareness can protect girl children from physical and mental violence, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Bring corrupt political leaders to book
Ferdous Ahmad Quarishi, chief convener of the proposed new political party, yesterday called for bringing all corrupt political leaders to book in the light of charges brought against them.
 arrow 'Introduce skill training programme for migrant workers'
Experts at a roundtable yesterday suggested introducing employable skill training for workers going abroad for jobs, saying that skilled workers send much more remittances than unskilled ones.
 arrow Give priority to national interest for corruption-free motherland
Summer Graduation President Parade marking the commissioning of Midshipmen 2005 'B' batch of Bangladesh Navy was held at the Bangladesh Naval Academy parade ground in Chittagong on Wednesday, says anISPR
 arrow Home ministry to finalise citizens' charter
A coordination meeting of the home ministry yesterday decided to finalise the citizens' charter aiming at providing quick service to the people.
 arrow The Daily Star VDC debate contest begins
The Daily Star Viqarunnisa Noon Debating Club 3rd Children's, 6th Inter-School and 6th Inter-Club Debate Championship 2007 was inaugurated on Viqarunnisa Noon School and College campus in the city yesterday.
 arrow Road accidents kill 4
At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Dom-inno MD, two others arrested
The army-led joint forces yesterday arrested the managing director and two other top officials of Dom-inno Development Limited, a property developing company, for forgery in constructing buildings.
 arrow Kazi Awal made law secretary
The government yesterday appointed Kazi Habibul Awal as acting law secretary after consultation with the Supreme Court.
 arrow ACC secretary to join BCS Admin Academy
Delwar Hossain, secretary of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), left his post yesterday to join as director general of Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy following an administrative reshuffle
 arrow Rajshahi militant suspect sent to Dhaka for quizzing
A suspected militant arrested in connection with planting bombs on the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) campus was sent to Dhaka yesterday for quizzing by a taskforce interrogation
 arrow Bangladeshi girl shot by BSF
A Bangladeshi girl was shot by Border Security Force (BSF) of India in the bordering area of Roumari upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow Dr Kamal leaves for London
Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday left for London en route to the Hague to attend a meeting of an international arbitral tribunal, says a press release.
 arrow 10 business firms fined Tk 3 lakh
A mobile court in a drive in the last two days here fined ten business firms Tk 3 lakh for encroaching a large drain and ordered the firms to clean the drain immediately on their own.
 arrow Baby burnt alive in Khulna
A one-year-old baby was burnt alive in a fire at Haji Mohsin Road in Khulna Sadar on Wednesday. The victim was identified as Siam Munshi, son of Nurul Islam Munshi, a tea stall owner.
 arrow Hoarded rice seized, 1 held
Detective branch of Khulna Metropolitan Police recovered 6,228 kilograms of rice allocated for 'Food-for-Works Programme' from Khan Brothers at Barho Bazar in the district and arrested its proprietoryesterday
Point-Counterpointarrow Only if politicians were angels ...
Back in 1965, while on training at Comilla Rural Academy, we met for the first time the charismatic Akhter Hameed Khan, the then vice-chairman of Kotwali Thana Central Co-operative Association.
 arrow Plans to salvage Biman: A drift off-course
With 10 days to go before Biman turns into a Public Limited Company, a high-powered inter-ministerial meeting was held on June 20, chaired by the Adviser for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Mr. M.A. Matin.
Culturearrow Reminiscing exodus '71
No one becomes a refugee by choice, yet currently there are around 10 million refugees worldwide. People become refugees when they are subjected to violence or persecution in their homelands.
 arrow Molla Sagar and his three daring documentaries
Three of Molla Sagar's documentaries were recently screened at Alliance Francaise. These are interview-based films. Dudh-Koyla, a 22-minute film, took him nine months to complete.
 arrow Kuchipudi dance at National Museum
Ustad Momtaj Ali Khan Sangeet Academy arranged a cultural programme on the occasion of certificate giving ceremony among the participants of a workshop on Kuchipudi dance.
 arrow Book on Ferdousi Majumdar
Pioneering theatre actress (Neo Theatre Movement in the post-Liberation War era) of the country Ferdousi Majumder, was recently presented with the publication of Pothikrit Nattyajon Ferdousi Majumdar.
 arrow A tribute to dancer Hari Das in Sylhet
To pay homage to dance Guru Sri Hari Dash, (a pioneering figure in dance in the Sylhet region) on his 12th death anniversary, Bangladesh Dance Artiste Organisation, Sylhet, arranged a programme at Sarda
 arrow Photos that Changed the World
In celebration of Magnum's 60th birthday this spring, Magnum and Slate present a selection of photos that have informed the world of stories best told via images that capture the political and cultural
Generalarrow 'Monitor catching of mother fishes at Halda'
Speakers at dialogue here on Wednesday emphasised monitoring on catching mother fishes and destruction of river bends to save the natural fish-spawning centre of the Halda.
 arrow Impose permanent ban on hill cutting
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to impose a permanent ban on hill cutting to protect the country from natural disasters like landslides.
 arrow 36 prisoners become voter in Gazipur
A total of 36 prisoners and convicts registered on the voter list when a team of the pilot project on voter list and national ID card visited two jails in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow KNM properties to be handed over today
All movable and immovable properties of Khulna Newsprint Mills (KNM) will be finally handed over to Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) by Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation
 arrow 'IDUs in Dhaka have high prevalence of HIV'
Bangladesh is a low prevalence country for HIV/AIDS but is exposed to all sorts of vulnerabilities to an HIV epidemic, Health Adviser Maj Gen (retd) ASM Matiur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Alleged JMB activist held
District Special Branch (DSB) police yesterday arrested a man from College Gate area in Khagrachhari district on charges of involvement with JMB activities.
 arrow Sarbahara Party man held in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Sarbahara Party man wanted in police post looting and three murder cases in the city's Shanir Akhra area on Wednesday night, Rab officials said.
 arrow Indian HC officials visit Satkhira jail
Two officials of Indian High Commission (HC) to Bangladesh yesterday visited Satkhira jail to meet four Indian nationals who have been languishing there even after the completion of their prison terms.
 arrow Stan Chart assumes non-immigrant fee collection
Standard Chartered Bank will take over the fee collection responsibilities for non-immigrant visa ($100 in Taka equivalent) for the United States of America with effect from Monday, says a press release
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tony Blair goes into twilight
The old order has, somewhat, given place to the new in Britain.
 arrow Editorial: Trouble in Birdem
The striking doctors at Birdem have withdrawn their strike, resorted to since Monday, until June 30 allowing the authorities a leeway to meet the demands for regularisation of their contractual jobs and
 arrow Minus them all
As the reform controversy is gaining momentum, it is beginning to look like an exercise in numeration.
 arrow Tony Blair's leadership
British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will be resigning from his post soon. During the past week, the media's spotlight has been on his leadership over the last decade, his achievements and his failings.
Letters to Editorarrow Of child labour
It is nice that people these days are vocal about child labour and abuse of the labourers.
 arrow To Stadium managers...
I have been going to Dhaka stadium from 1978.You have made several changes inside the field, but you have hardly given any thought about the common people. I went to watch the Mohammedan-Abahani match.
 arrow The budget
The annual budget is a very important document for any government. A sense of time and place is essential in politics.
 arrow Palestine
 arrow National ID
Like many other developed countries, having a national ID card for every valid citizen of our country has become a top priority.
 arrow Singapore visa
I am a Bangladeshi and currently living in Indonesia as my wife works here for one of the UN organisations. Last month we planned to go to Thailand and Singapore.
 arrow US-led wars
The US-led wars since the Sept 11 have strained its relations with the European countries, considered by Washington as its backyard, with the exception of the UK, a close English ally willing to playa
 arrow Caretaker government
I, on behalf of a lot of well-wishers of our country, would like to say that the present caretaker government is a blessing for the nation.
 arrow Ugly face of communalism
It is a matter of great regret that communal forces are still very active in the country.
 arrow Doctors exempted
The law is not equally applicable to all in Bangladesh! And a classic example can be seen in medical services.
 arrow Political leaders' claim
We were surprised to see the comment of a political leader that appeared in your daily -- " The nation is in a suffocating situation".
 arrow Diplomatic interference
From time to time we observe that some foreign diplomats, leaders and visitors poke their nose into the internal matters of our country.
 arrow Rethinking needed
I think time has come to rethink about everything and hope that people will reconsider their responsibilities and try to fulfill those with sincerity.
 arrow Commuters' plight
The word 'people' has some synonyms based on their activities or situation. Of course the common and well-known terms are citizens, customers, consumers and commuters.
 arrow New PSC members
I must congratulate the CTG for taking the initiative to clear the PSC of questionable characters. The current CTG has appointed two new members.
 arrow DCC's role?
In regard to Sultana Alam's letter on DCC's role in Dhanmondi, I am amused somewhat by the expectation we have of our City Corporation.
 arrow Extortion and fund raising
Sheikh Hasina keeps saying that she never asked for money from anyone and everyone gave her money out of loyalty to the AL. I would like to remind her that people are not gullible.
 arrow "Reform or retreat"
I really enjoyed Shahnoor Wahid's article with the above title (June 27). We read so many articles on the current political situation, but so many good writers miserably fail to say what Mr.
Environmentarrow Fighting greenhouse effect without curtailing amenities
Environmental scientists are now certain that global warming poses a threat to mankind.
 arrow Bearing the burden of global warming
Global Warming is a phenomenon where the temperature of earth's surface rises as a result of human activities when there is collection of Green House Gases (GHG) in the atmosphere which trap and prevent
 arrow Destroying hills: Disasters yet to follow
While I joined as a young lecturer of the Department of EEPC SUST Sylhet in 1997, I was struck by the indiscriminate destruction of those beautiful hills along Sylhet region.
Worldarrow Pakistan rules out early elections
Pakistan's government yesterday ruled out holding early elections amid growing speculation that a crisis over President Pervez Musharraf's ouster of the chief justice could force snap polls.
 arrow Asians must understand each other's concern
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Asian countries to look at each other through "borrowed eyes" for greater understanding and cooperation among themselves.
 arrow Blair quizzed again
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has been questioned by police a third time over party political corruption allegations, the Press Association news agency said yesterday, quoting unnamed sources.
 arrow Indo-US nuke deal to be implemented this year
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that a "historic" nuclear energy pact with India could be clinched this year with enough commitment from both sides.
 arrow Brown names cabinet vowing change
New British Prime Minister Gordon Brown unveiled his senior ministerial team yesterday, appointing a loyal and trusted ally as finance minister and the youngest foreign secretary for 30 years.
 arrow Bad weather halts Pak cyclone aid effort
Bad weather prevented helicopters yesterday from ferrying aid to hundreds of thousands of flood-stricken people after a cyclone lashed Pakistan's southern coastline, officials said.
 arrow Immigration bill faces US Senate showdown
The Senate's revived legislation to legalise millions of unlawful immigrants faces a critical test Thursday after surviving potentially fatal challenges.
 arrow Arabs scornful of 'biased' Blair
The Arab world poured scorn on Tony Blair as new Middle East envoy yesterday, dismissing him as a biased lackey of US President George W Bush, incapable of easing Palestinian hardship or bringing peace
 arrow Afghan floods kill over 50
Floods in eastern Afghanistan triggered by unseasonal downpours have left around 56 people dead with about 100 plucked to safety overnight with the help of Nato helicopters, officials said yesterday.
 arrow ‘Norway meeting will help revive Lankan peace process’
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said yesterday he was optimistic that a meeting of top donors this week would help to revive the island nation's moribund peace process.
 arrow Landmine blasts kill Pak soldier
A soldier was killed and seven other people wounded in two separate landmine blasts in Pakistan's insurgency-hit Baluchistan province, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Lockerbie bomber wins right to new appeal
Scottish legal authorities yesterday granted a Libyan man jailed for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland the right to appeal for a second time.
 arrow Myanmar releases dozens of dissidents
Myanmar's military regime has released dozens of activists detained last month after marching in processions to pray for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition confirmedThursday.
 arrow Jail changed life, says Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton told CNN's Larry King she would never again drink and drive and that her time in jail was "a time-out in life.
 arrow Tibet envoys head to China for talks on autonomy
Two envoys of the Tibet government-in-exile in India will head for China on Friday for a sixth round of talks on greater autonomy for the Himalayan region, the exiles' foreign minister said yesterday.
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