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Front Pagearrow Next two projected budgets likely to be more pragmatic
The budgets projected for the two fiscal years starting from 2008-09 seem more pragmatic than that for the year beginning tomorrow.
 arrow Councils being planned in a way that drops 2 party chiefs
The pro-reform leaders of the BNP and Awami League (AL) plan to hold national councils in a way that won't allow the party chiefs--Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina--to be present at those.
 arrow Sweeping changes in AL reform proposal
Reformists of Awami League (AL) have brought some amendments to their 25-point party reform proposal, making it a much more sweeping proposal for overall political reform instead of a mere party reform.
 arrow BNP reformists to seek permission for council
Reformist leaders of BNP are planning to seek permission from the government soon to hold a party council amid the state of emergency to bring changes to the party constitution.
 arrow Wasa turns canals into box culverts ignoring impact
Despite negative impacts of box culverts, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has been continuing to convert canals into box culverts in the capital ignoring recommendations of several expert committees.
 arrow Patients suffer as doctors on strike
Doctors at Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital went on an indefinite strike from Thursday night following an attack on an intern.
 arrow Tortured abroad, cheated at home
Another Bangladeshi female worker, subjected to inhuman treatment by her employer in Dubai, returned to the country yesterday only to be robbed of her savings.
 arrow Major parties unwilling to sit with EC
Major political parties--the Awami League (AL), the BNP and the Jatiya Party (JP)--yesterday looked unwilling to sit with the Election Commission (EC) for dialogue on proposed electoral reforms as long
 arrow Ban on indoor politics to go soon, polls to be held by '08
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the ban on indoor politics will be lifted at an appropriate time in near future and parliamentary elections will be held before the end of 2008.
 arrow KCCI president arrested for double passport
Police yesterday arrested Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Shaharuzzaman Martuza at his residence at Bhairab Strand road under Khulna Sadar Police Station on charges of holding
 arrow Commandos join Thanchi operation
Commandos of the army were deployed yesterday in the remote Thanchi upazila of Bandarban to strengthen the search and rescue efforts for kidnapped Danish International Development Agency (Danida) staff
 arrow Mahi, Khokon for election without symbols
Young politicians Mahi B Chowdhury and Sayeed Khokan yesterday proposed holding of the next election without using electoral symbols as people are emotional about the existing party symbols and do not
 arrow Angry relatives ransack clinic
Relatives of a patient yesterday ransacked a hospital in the city's Mohammadpur area following his death.
 arrow Revenue office at work...

 arrow Dhaka to present success story at Geneva meet
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations has selected Bangladesh and Cambodia as models of poverty alleviation policies to present their success stories at its ministerial-levelmeeting
 arrow Modern vessel deployed for faster service
A brand new container vessel equipped with modern facilities was deployed on the Chittagong-Singapore route yesterday with a view to providing faster and reliable shipping services to the country's trade.
 arrow Rail links cut as goods train derails in Lalmonirhat
A freight train derailed near Tushbhander Railway Station in Lalmonirhat early Friday snapping rail communication between Pathgram, Tushbhander, Hatibandha and the rest of the country while two engineers
 arrow Benapole dead because of truck strike
All kinds of export and import with India through the Benapole land port in Jessore have remained suspended for the last couple of days as truck labourers on the Indian side called strike on importing
 arrow Talukder Abdul Khaleque sent to Khulna jail
Khulna City Awami League (AL) president and former state minister for relief and disaster management Talukder Abdul Khaleque and seven others were sent to Khulna district jail early yesterday as theywere
 arrow Moitree Express ready to run to Kolkata
The Moitree Express, the first-ever international train service between Bangladesh and India, is now ready for operation as it will start running between Dhaka and Kolkata from the middle of next month.
 arrow Accused snatched from police in Narayanganj
Criminals snatched an accused in double-murder case from police at Ragunathpur under Futullah Police Station yesterday.
 arrow 2 alleged outlaws beaten to death in Pabna
A mob beat two alleged outlaws to death at Hatkhali of Shujanagar upazila in Pabna Thursday night after the criminals attempted to rob a house.
 arrow 10 hurt as train, truck collide in Habiganj
Train communications on Dhaka-Sylhet and Chittagong-Sylhet routes were disrupted for about six hours following a train-truck collision at Teliapara in the district yesterday, leaving at least 10 people
 arrow 11 Myanmar men arrested in Bandarban
Army personnel arrested 11 Myanmar nationals at Sualak Bazar under Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow RU Syndicate expels 9 students admitted through forgery
The Rajshahi University (RU) Syndicate Thursday night expelled eight students, who got admitted through forgery, and suspended an employee of the Department of Social Work of RU for his involvement in
 arrow Depression crosses Orissa cost
The monsoon deep depression over northwest Bay moved northwestwards and crossed Orissa cost of India near Puri at noon yesterday.
 arrow Wife meets Tarique at jail
Dr Zubaida Khan Rahman met her husband Tarique Rahman at Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow London cops thwart terror attack
British police yesterday defused a car bomb composed of gas cylinders, petrol and nails in London's entertainment district, sparking a security probe into possible international links, including Iraq.
 arrow Blow to Bush as Senate blocks immigration bill
The US Senate piled more political woe on President George W Bush Thursday, derailing a landmark immigration bill he hoped would boost his legacy and likely killing reform efforts on an issue splitting
 arrow 5 more US soldiers die in Iraqi attacks
Five US soldiers were killed and seven wounded in an attack on their combat patrol in southern Baghdad, the US military said yesterday.
Businessarrow Bank, financial firm deposits rise 10.8pc in July-February
The overall deposits of banks and financial institutions marked a 10.8percent rise, while credit rose 8.
 arrow Oil nears 10-month high
World oil prices climbed on Friday, with London and New York futures close to ten-month highs above 70 dollars a barrel on supply concerns in the United States, the world's biggest consumer of energy.
 arrow Japan's economy sends mixed signals
Japanese data on Friday painted a mixed picture of the economy with stubborn deflationary pressures lingering despite a tightening labour market and rising consumer spending.
 arrow India, Iran, Pakistan closer on gas pipeline deal
Representatives of India, Iran and Pakistan are set to meet for a second day on Friday here amid reports they were getting closer to a deal on a multi-billion dollar pipeline to transport gas from energy-rich
 arrow US eyeing Apec trade deals if WTO fails
The United States will pursue free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region if talks on a global trade deal fail, US trade envoy Susan Schwab said in an interview published Friday.
 arrow Rato to quit early as reform effort struggles
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Rodrigo Rato, said Thursday he will step down in October for personal reasons, casting a cloud over the major internal reform effort he launched.
 arrow BB considering incentive to bring out coins from household savings
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is actively considering to offer incentive to bring out coins of Tk 5 and Tk 2 denominations from household savings.
 arrow Tech heads go gaga waiting for Apple's iPhone
Tech-heads camped overnight outside Apple electronics stores in US cities aiming to be the first to own an iPhone, marketed as the coolest gadget on the planet, when they go on sale Friday.
 arrow National Housing Finance approves 17.5pc stock dividend
National Housing Finance and Investments Ltd has approved 17.5 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Intech Online approves 10pc bonus dividend
Intech Online Limited has approved 10 percent bonus share for the shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Jakarta to restrict govt bank account
The Indonesian finance minister has called on banks to refuse to open any new government accounts without her consent in a bid to curb the practice of opening secretive government accounts, local press
 arrow Prime Finance chair re-elected
Aminul Haque has unanimously been re-elected chairman of Prime Finance and Investment Limited for the third time.
 arrow Indian inflation falls to 14 months low
India's inflation fell to a 14-month low, according to data released on Friday, easing pressure for a further interest rate hike.
 arrow China signs expanded trade pact with Hong Kong
China signed a new free trade pact with Hong Kong here Friday, further opening the mainland markets to the former British colony two days before the 10th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 24-June 28, 2007
Local FX Market

The US dollar/BDT market was liquid and BDT gained ground against the USD in the week. The dollar showed a downward trend against the Bangladeshi Taka.

 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Learning the hard way
The early finish in the first Test of the three-match series gave Bangladesh team an additional day off.
 arrow Cricket: BCB's last meeting today!
With speculations rife about disbanding the executive committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) early next month, it's meeting today is likely to be the last of the elected body.
 arrow Football: Khulna Abahani host Russel today
Title aspirants Sheikh Russel look forward to return to winning ways during their Khulna trip as they meet local Abahani in today's lone B. League match.
 arrow Tennis: Henin, Krajicek move on
Anna Chak-vetadze suffered a final set meltdown as the eighth seed crashed out of Wimb-ledon against Michaella Krajicek on Friday.
 arrow Football: Flying start for Argentina
Hernan Crespo struck twice while Pablo Aimar and Carlos Tevez added late goals as hot favourites Argentina began their Copa America campaign with a 4-1 win against a youthful United States 4-1 here Thursday
 arrow Cricket: Van Wyk rescues SA
Morne van Wyk's career-best innings and a late rally from Mark Boucher helped South Africa reach 226 for six against India in the second one-day international at Stormont here Friday.
 arrow Football: Mixed day for Bangladesh U-12s
Bangladesh held defending champions Reunion Island 0-0 in their opening match of Group B on the inaugural day of the Danone Nations Cup in Lyon, France yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Smiths make WI smile
West Indies put their tour blues behind them as they outperformed England in every department to win by 15 runs in the first of two back-to-back Twenty20 internationals at a packed Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam eyes county cricket
Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Friday that he wants to play English county cricket in a bid to improve his fitness and keep his place in the national Test side.
 arrow Cricket: Dyson applies for India job?
The Indian board has restarted the process of searching for a national coach, according to a report in The Times of India.
 arrow Cricket: C'wood stays happy
Paul Collingwood was encouraged even though his first game as England captain ended in defeat, claiming his side would learn from the experience.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle lets cricket talk
After several days of off-pitch wrangling, it was a relief for Chris Gayle at last to let cricket do the talking.
 arrow Cricket: Home away from home
Many years have passed since it was considered fitting that Kensington Oval in Barbados and Kennington Oval in South London were separated only by a letter.
 arrow Sports Journalists Day on July 2
Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) will observe the World Sports Journalists Day on July 2.
 arrow Hockey: Faridpur get nasty on BKSP
Dhaka routed Mymensingh 7-0 while a rough and tough Faridpur held BKSP 2-2 in yesterday's super league matches of the 27th National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Respect Murali, urges CA
Cricket Australia has urged home fans to treat Muttiah Muralidaran with respect when the Sri Lankan off-spinner tours Down Under in his bid to become the highest wicket-taker in the longer version ofthe
 arrow Cricket: Durani rues lack of all-rounder
Former Test cricketer Salim Durani believes Indian team will miss a genuine all-rounder on their next month's series against England. "The series will be very challenging.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman men stay atop
The AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis title race intensified when contestants Biman and Sheikh Russel maintained their winning run in the super league.
 arrow Football: Cruz rocks Colombia
Roque Santa Cruz slammed a hattrick as Paraguay humiliated Colombia 5-0 in the opening match of Group C of Copa America 2007 on Thursday evening at the Jose Encarnacion 'Pachencho' Romer Stadium.
 arrow Tennis: Rolling back the years
Jonas Bjorkman and Wayne Arthurs are proving that while young bucks spring about the court, the oldest swingers in town can still creak their way through the Wimbledon draw.
 arrow Football: Schuster poised for Real hotseat
Bernd Schuster, the German coach of Spanish top flight outfit Getafe, said in an interview with sports daily AS on Friday he expected to be installed within days as Fabio Capello's successor at Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Spurs break bank for Bent
Tottenham smashed their transfer record on Friday to sign England striker Darren Bent in a 16.5 million pounds deal from relegated Charlton. The 23-year-old cost the club 5.
 arrow Football: Lampard hints at Chelsea exit
Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to speed up negotiations over a new contract as rumours of an impending bid from Barcelona intensify.
 arrow Football: Barca secure Abidal
Catalan giants Barcelona's spending spree continued on Friday as they signed French international defender Eric Abidal from French champions Lyon for 15million euros on a four-year contract.
 arrow Football: Becks joins Galaxy on the 13th
English football star David Beckham will take his place as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy next month on Friday the 13th, a day notorious in American culture for bad luck.
 arrow Tennis: Tennis stars in charity auction
Major tennis stars are auctioning off rackets and pieces of clothing to benefit two Austrian tennis players and twin sisters recently diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer.
 arrow Football: Tudor splits up with Juve
Croatian international defender Igor Tudor on Thursday signed a two-year contract with Hajduk Split, where he started his carrier 12 years ago. Tudor arrives from Juventus, whom he joined in 1998.
 arrow Football: Sociedad close in on Coleman
Relegated Real Sociedad said Thursday they have lined up former Fulham boss Chris Coleman as their new coach after Miguel Angel Lotina resigned last week to join Primera Liga club Deportivo La Coruna.
 arrow Football: Redknapp after Makelele
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp said on Friday that he wants to sign Chelsea's France midfielder Claude Makelele. "We could do worse than signing Makelele," said Redknapp.
Metropolitanarrow Two-stroke autorickshaws still ply Ctg city streets
A good number of two-stroke autorickshaws ply the streets of port city escaping eyes of the authorities concerned till date.
 arrow 'Modernise teaching method to develop talents of students'
The teaching method of the country should be changed in order to develop the inner skills and talents of students.
 arrow Tk 67.76 cr CU budget to be placed today
The Tk 67.76 crore budget of Chittagong University (CU) would be placed at the annual Senate meeting today.
 arrow Road crashes kill 5
At least five people, including a minor boy, were killed in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Jhenidah and Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow 'Jamboree on the Train' inaugurated
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday hoped that the members of Bangladesh Scouts would play a vital role in establishing peace and friendship in the South Asian region through the Scout movement.
 arrow Dhaka University Day tomorrow
The Dhaka University Day will be observed tomorrow amid huge enthusiasm and celebrations by the students, teachers and other concerned of the university.
 arrow Harry Potter festival held
A Harry Potter festival was held at Public Library in the city yesterday as part of an ongoing book fair.
 arrow 'Recovery of natural canals a must to solve city waterlogging'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday underscored the need for immediate recovery of natural canals which have been grabbed by unscrupulous people and organisations over the years to help solve the
 arrow Two housewives suffer burns
Two housewives sustained severe burns as they fell victim to domestic violence in separate incidents in Dhaka and Mymensingh in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Sheikh Selim's mother laid to rest
Asia Khatun, mother of detained Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, was buried at the Banani graveyard in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Handover of KNM properties to BSCIC postponed
Movable and immovable properties of Khulna Newsprint Mills (KNM) could not be handed over to Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) yesterday due to objection from the managing director
 arrow Bullet-hit criminal arrested in city
Police arrested an alleged criminal after he was shot and injured during a raid at Pallabi in the city early yesterday.
 arrow One held for offering bribe at ZIA
Immigration police at Zia International Airport detained a China-bound passenger on charges of offering bribe to an immigration official yesterday.
 arrow Education officer arrested for taking bribes
Joint forces arrested an assistant education officer of Sadar upazila while he was taking bribes from a teacher on Thursday.
 arrow Youth stabbed to death in city
An unidentified youth aged around 25 was stabbed to death at Uttara in the city last night. Patrol police recovered the body of the youth at Road # 10 at Uttara Sector # 4 at around 11:00pm.
 arrow Security guard shot by extortionists
Extortionists shot a security guard of an under-construction building in Kafrul area in the city yesterday as he obstructed them of entering the building.
Nationalarrow Ensure transparency in local govt bodies
Speakers yesterday at a unique budget session held at Sonakhali High School ground in Romjannagar, a remote union in Shyamnagar upazila, urged the Union Parishad (UP) leaders to ensure transparency and
 arrow Erosion makes 2,000 families homeless
Jamuna erosion has taken a serious turn rendering 2,000 families homeless in Kazipur, Sirajganj Sadar, Belkuchi, Shahzadpur and Chowhali upazilas.
 arrow 'Enact law to ensure rights of lower caste community'
Members of lower caste community yesterday at a meeting held at village Kharnia in Dumuria upazila called upon the government to enact laws to ensure their basic rights.
 arrow Party in power came as a magic lamp for BNP man
Joint-forces arrested an outlaw-turned-BNP leader of Magura Sadar thana from his hideout in Jhenidah town.
 arrow 'Protect child rights'
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday stressed on protection of child rights.
 arrow Once slow learners now meritorious pupils
Tumpa Akhter, Shahnaj Parveen, Muneera Khatun, Sharmeen Khatun, Zannatul Ferdous and Urmi Rahman, six second graders at Belkati Non-Government Primary School in Panjia union of Keshabpur upazila in Jessore
 arrow Money distributed among laid off jute mill workers
Leaders of Jatiya Tran Committee (National Relief Committee) yesterday distributed Tk 1,36,000 to 68 families of four laid off jute mill of Khulna industrial belt.
 arrow Santal revolution day observered
152nd anniversary of Santal Hul (revolution) was observered yesterday in Kakonhat upazial in Rajshahi with a fresh call for a new revolution to establish the rights of indigenous people in the society.
 arrow 2 criminals arrested in Khagrachhari
Joint forces yesterday arrested 2 criminals from Kalabagan under Sadar upazila and Matiranga Bazar under Matiranga upazila in Khagrachhari. Those arrested are Md Abdul Mannan, 29 and Khorshed Alam,25.
 arrow Death condoled
Various socio-cultural organisations here yesterday condoled the death of Waliar Rahman Piodhan, a reputed personality in the district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reform drill and servile politics
The recent spate of political reform-oriented activities should surprise all thinking people because it required a military-backed and allegedly non-representative government to awaken the mainstreampolitical
 arrow Politics, plunder and sovereignty
Politics has always seemed to me something unpleasant. Whenever someone says there is politics in it, it means something twisted -- not straightforward -- even foul and dirty.
 arrow People's participation in budgeting: Why and how
Posting the proposed national budget of Bangladesh for 2007-2008 FY in websites for feedback is a remarkable move.
 arrow Overcoming poverty with microcredit
Microcredit is not the panacea for poverty eradication. There is no panacea as such. But microcredit is an effective tool for poverty alleviation. And of course there are other tools as such.
Culturearrow Winner of Honourable Mention Award at National Art Biennale
Tariq Julfiker is one of the three winners of Honourable Mention Awards at the 17th National Art Biennale '07, arranged by the Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honours seven artistes
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy honoured seven artistes on June 28, for their contribution to the fields of music and dance. Each artiste received a crest and BDT 10,000.
 arrow "Pratnonari" on Ekushey Television tonight
Ekushey Television is currently airing the 13-episode TV serial Pratnonari on Saturdays at 8:00pm. The story revolves around Sajed. Sajed loves a girl but she does not reciprocate.
 arrow Piano concert by young musicians
The young members of Ecole de Musique will delight the audience this evening at Alliance Francaise, Dhaka as part of the ongoing Fête de la Musique 2007.
Generalarrow JU students vow to fight corruption
Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have vowed to stand against corruption at the inaugural session of a concert held on the university campus recently, says a press release.
 arrow 2 boys electrocuted in Sherpur
Two boys were electrocuted at Machhpara village in Sadar upazila yesterday. The boys were identified as Nurnabi Brishti, 12, son of Alfaz Mondal, and Nurul Amin, 16, son of Fajal Haq.
 arrow Holiday market...

 arrow Tk 57.7 cr BOU budget placed
Bangladesh Open University (BOU) has announced a Tk 57.70 crore budget for the fiscal 2007-08.
 arrow Five juvenile correctional centre inmates escape
Five prisoners escaped from the Juvenile Correctional Centre at Tongi in the early hours of yesterday, but one of them was arrested in Savar at noon.
 arrow Workshop on folk culture ends
A three-day workshop titled 'Role of proverbs and maxims in folk knowledge' concluded in the city on Thursday with a call to enrich the folk culture through quality research at the grassroots level.
Internationalarrow IAEA, North Korea strike N-plant closure accord
The UN nuclear watchdog and North Korea have reached an agreement on how the agency will monitor and verify shutdown of the country's main nuclear reactor, a top official said yesterday.
 arrow Int'l community to ask Lanka, LTTE to talk peace
The international community overseeing Sri Lanka's battered peace process will be asking Colombo and the Tamil Tigers to start talking again to end renewed bloodshed that has claimed thousands of lives.
 arrow US, Myanmar hold rare talks in China over Suu Kyi's release
The United States held rare talks with the Myanmar military junta in Beijing to press for the release of the Southeast Asian state's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Department said Thursday.
 arrow Taliban creep back into Afghan district
Fighters of the Islamist Taliban movement have infiltrated a strategic region of Afghanistan previously thought to be secured by US forces fighting the resurgent group, a US commander there said.
 arrow US voices concern over disappearance of 350 Lankans
The United States has voiced concern about the fate of 355 Sri Lankans who "disappeared" in recent months amid an escalation of the island's ethnic conflict, the government here said yesterday.
 arrow UN names 22 global cultural and natural treasures
Twenty-two sites -- ranging from a Roman palace to a modernist university campus to the embattled Iraqi city of Samarra -- have been granted the coveted World Heritage status by Unesco, the UN's culture
 arrow Palestinian killed as Israel ends two-day West Bank raid
Israeli troops yesterday shot dead a Palestinian man as the army wrapped up an extensive two-day operation in the flashpoint West Bank town of Nablus, security sources said.
 arrow ICRC slams mass abuse in Myanmar
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) vigorously denounced yesterday what it called widespread and systematic human rights abuses by Myanmar's military regime.
 arrow Bush won't supply subpoenaed documents
President Bush, in a constitutional showdown with Congress, claimed executive privilege Thursday and rejected demands for White House documents and testimony about the firing of US attorneys.
 arrow UN chief holds talks with Karzai in Afghanistan
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a fleeting visit to Afghanistan yesterday for talks with President Hamid Karzai and leaders of the Nato-led force helping to fight a Taliban insurgency.
 arrow NAM still relevant, says India
India has cautiously responded to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's remarks questioning the relevance of non-aligned movement in the post-Cold War world saying it's commitment to the NAM is "well-known.
 arrow Mars rover to make risky crater descent
Nasa's aging but durable Mars rover Opportunity will make what could be a trip of no return into a deep impact crater as it tries to peer further back than ever into the Red Planet's geologic history.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ban on indoor politics
Some top leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party having put across their 15-point reform proposal, reformists in the party are trying to broaden the proposals to cover a wider ground of opinion within
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka's open canals
There was a time when all excess water from Dhaka city used to end up in various adjoining rivers through numerous open canals crisscrossing the capital.
 arrow Being more serious about water logging and the environment
Nature has its own way of dispensing justice. This is becoming apparent on a general scale throughout the world.
 arrow Putting the cart before the horse
There is a saying in Punjabi: Pind vasay nahin shareek phela e aagaye (villages have not yet taken roots but the claimants have come first).
 arrow For the sake of the nation
It is rather noticeable that every time there is any news item which says the government is about/ready to make decisions on foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals that have remained stalled for months,
StarTecharrow Opportunities for digital convergence
Like everything disciplined in Singapore, the thousands of attendees at CommunicAsia 2007, the 18th instalment of the region's information technology exhibition and conference, had a clear idea aboutthe
 arrow A potential solution for subscribers
In this competitive world people always look for all-in-one solution to make their lives easier.
 arrow Virtual reality meets virtual feeling
Ever dreamed of being drawn close to a smiling Marilyn Monroe or feeling the muscles of fitness guru Billy Blanks? A Japanese firm on Wednesday unveiled a system that enables you to feel "the shape and
 arrow Artificial hand with 'muscles'
A Japanese robot maker on Tuesday unveiled what it called the world's first prototype of an artificial hand with "air muscles" that can do even delicate work like picking up a raw egg.
 arrow Digital Aquarium

Literaturearrow Now Stay
who are we, he asked
lovers, she said
to his wrinkling nose
it's not enough, he replied
not even close

The red glow of the lights inside the Princeton Club made everything seem both

 arrow Where art thou, Feroz?
Feroz Ahmed-ud-din is not a familiar name in poetry circles in Dhaka. He studied English at Dhaka University in the late '60s and early '70s.
 arrow Book Review
The latest issue of Kali O Kolom (July 2007, editor Abul Hasnat; published by IceMedia Limited of Bengal Group) underlines our abiding love affair with Rabindranath Tagore, with the opening article by
 arrow The Dhobi Poem
In the morning the washed
undergarments smelled of water
in the roadside ditches and
thin bamboo poles fixed
crosswise over the whole of the land of India.

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