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Front Pagearrow EC will now wait until parties complete reforms
The Election Commission (EC) will not sit in dialogue with any political parties on its proposed electoral reforms until the much-talked intra-party reforms are completed, Election Commissioner Muhammed
 arrow 10 low-tariff small power schemes get govt nod
The caretaker government's purchase committee yesterday approved awarding of contracts for 10 small power projects with a total production capacity of around 200 MW at a better tariff rate than that in
 arrow No atmosphere for council: Khaleda
The atmosphere in the country is not congenial enough right now for holding a party council where the councillors could speak without fear, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday.
 arrow Tofail comes up with his reform proposal
Another presidium member of Awami League (AL), this time in Tofail Ahmed, has come up with reform proposals, identical to those unveiled by Abdur Razzak.
 arrow 2nd Test from today
Long-serving wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud was dropped as Bangladesh, smarting from a heavy defeat in the first game, made three changes for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting here today at the P
 arrow Over 200 hill plunderers identified in Chittagong
Department of Environment (DoE) has primarily identified 155 hilly areas in Chittagong Division that were subjected to illegal hill cutting, and listed over 200 individuals, organisations and business
 arrow Govt to show zero tolerance for illegal tree felling: CA
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government will show "zero-tolerance" to stopping indiscriminate felling of trees and destruction of forests in the country.
 arrow Half of fertilisers on sale is spurious
Fifty one percent of fertilisers available in the market are substandard, according to a report submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture by the Soil Research and Development Institute (SRDI).
 arrow Govt to allot 7 acres of land to rehabilitate evicted slum dwellers
The government has decided to allot seven acres of land of Public Works Department (PWD) in Mohakhali and Mirpur in the capital to construct buildings to rehabilitate the evicted slum dwellers.
 arrow Verdict in Mamun's arms case today
Judgement of a criminal case against controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition at his residence will be delivered today.
 arrow A blind eye...

 arrow Pintu sued for plundering relief materials
Police filed two cases against former BNP lawmaker from Lalbagh Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu on Sunday for misappropriating government relief material while another case was filed against former BNP lawmaker
 arrow ACC asks 17 to submit wealth reports by 7 days
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday issued notices to 17 corruption suspects, including former ministers Moudud Ahmed and Aminul Haque, directing them to submit their wealth statements within seven
 arrow Rawshan, Anisul at loggerheads over JP chairmanship
Jatiya Party (JP) is on the verge of a division as two of its senior politicians, barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud and Rawshan Ershad, are at loggerheads with each other over the supreme post of the party.
 arrow BB for tougher strategy to check money transfer scam
Bangladesh Bank is adopting a tougher strategy in selecting remittance houses for channelling expatriates' money in the wake of a recent money- transfer scam.
 arrow Dulu's trial in looting case begins in Natore
Trial of former BNP deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu and 93 others for arson and looting three villages in Naldanga upazila in 2004 started in Natore yesterday.
 arrow Health hazards...

 arrow PCJSS leader gets 17yrs in jail in arms case
A court here yesterday awarded 17 years imprisonment to Satyabir Dewan, general secretary of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), in an arms case.
 arrow Danish detective makes field visit
The Danish detective who arrived in Bandarban on Sunday started field level investigations yesterday by visiting Thanchi -- from where Danida (Danish International Development Agency) project officerHossain
 arrow Sony-Rangs showroom robbed
Robbers broke into a showroom of Rangs Electronics Limited (Sony-Rangs) at Uttara in the capital and made off with electronic appliances worth Tk 8.22 lakh in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow UK keeps up terror hunt amid fear of fresh attack
Police arrested two more people yesterday over a weekend car bombing at Glasgow airport, bringing to seven the number of suspects detained after three failed attacks which have put Britain on maximumalert.
 arrow 5 more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Five more US soldiers have been killed in fighting in Baghdad and the western Iraqi province of Anbar in a single day, the military said yesterday.
Businessarrow Exports clock 16.45pc growth in 11 months
The country's exports rose by 16.45 percent to US$ 10,958.62 million in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2006-07. According to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), the country fetched $ 10,958.
 arrow Bourses greet new fiscal year
The capital market yesterday started the new fiscal year 2007-08 with an upward trend in price indices. The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, DSE General Index, increased by 41.
 arrow NBR warns against underhand dealing in revenue collection
Sounding warning against any sort of underhand dealing in the revenue activities, National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Badiur Rahman has instructed the revenue officials to encourage payment of taxes
 arrow Drop in poverty in Asia accompanied by rising inequality
Rapid economic growth has lifted millions in Asia out of extreme poverty, but the continent has at the same time experienced a dramatic rise in income inequality, the United Nations said in a report Monday.
 arrow Bangkok Asia Forum looks at challenges, trends in aviation sector
The fast growing economies of China and India will largely shape the future of aviation in the Asian region and the world, as consumer demand continues to grow in these countries.
 arrow Fate of billions hangs on global trade deal
The heads of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation on Monday both urged a successful conclusion to long-stalled global trade talks in order to lift billions of people out of poverty.
 arrow UN calls for renewed efforts to meet MDGs
Governments, aid agencies and other international bodies must make more efforts to ensure the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are met on schedule by 2015, the UN said on Monday.
 arrow Benapole customs fails to achieve revenue target
Benapole customs failed to achieve the revenue collection target set for the last fiscal year.
 arrow Asian Monetary Fund may be needed to deal with future shocks
Asia may need to establish its own monetary fund if it is to cope with future financial shocks similar to that which rocked the region 10 years ago, a regional forum was told here Monday.
 arrow Warid offers daily bonus talktime, prizes for prepaid users
Warid Telecom has introduced incentives for users of its prepaid package Zem on daily basis. Zem users can get bonus talktime and win attractive prizes everyday, says a press release.
 arrow Euro hits 6-week high against dollar
The euro spiked to a six-week high against the dollar on Monday following the release of positive economic data from the eurozone, dealers said. The euro struck 1.
 arrow ICC-B team to attend 5th World Chambers Congress
A 14-member delegation of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-Bangladesh led by its President Mahbubur Rahman left Dhaka for Istanbul to attend the 5th World Chambers Congress (WCC) of World Chambers
 arrow Oil prices dip
World oil prices slipped on profit-taking Monday after New York crude struck a 10-month high last week, though the market remained supported by tight energy supplies in the United States, traders said.
 arrow Citigroup HQs sold for £1b
Citigroup's European headquarters in London has been sold to a consortium led by an Irish private-equity company for 1.0 billion pounds (1.48 billion euros, 2.01 billion dollars), the buyers said Monday.
 arrow New MD of City Bank
Kazi Mahmood Sattar has recently taken over as the managing director and chief executive officer of The City Bank Ltd.
 arrow Bank Asia MD reappointed
Bangladesh Bank has approved the appointment of Syed Anisul Huq as the president and managing director of Bank Asia Ltd for the third time.
 arrow India software exports head for $60b mark
India's exports of software and related services are expected to almost double in three years to 60 billion dollars, maintaining the country's lead over rivals such as China, the industry said Monday.
 arrow Financial expo to begin Aug 23
In a bid to develop the existing relations between the financial institutions and the people from all walks of life, the three-day 'Bangladesh Financial Expo-07' will begin in Dhaka from August 23.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Gloves go young
Bangladesh are set to draft young Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stump for the second Test ending a 7-year reign of veteran wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud in the five-day contest.
 arrow Cricket: Lasith lets his hair down
Lasith Malinga has been considered as a 'surprise package' in Sri Lanka cricket. The 23-year-old hardly had any reputation in the domestic circuit before entering the national side.
 arrow Football: Biddyut Reds' super sub
A late strike by Ajmal Hossain Biddyut salvaged a lacklustre Muktijoddha with a solitary goal victory against Brothers Union in yesterday's B. League.
 arrow Cricket: New BCB this month: Tapan
Sports Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday reiterated that the government will disband the current executive committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) this month.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela presses for better show
Although there was heavy rain here yesterday and the weather forecast predicts more, but the Sri Lankans were not taking it up as a major issue as they looked to confirm a series victory against visiting
 arrow Cricket: India clinch decider
Yuvraj Singh's unbeaten 61 saw India to a six-wicket win over South Africa at Stormont here Sunday to take the three-match one-day international series 2-1.
 arrow Cricket: Vaas won't play third Test
Chaminda Vaas is returning to England at the end of the second cricket Test against Bangladesh to reunite with his family and also resume his county contract with Middlesex.
 arrow Football: Robinho fires for Brazil
Robinho scored a hattrick as Brazil kept their Copa America hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over Chile in Maturin on Sunday evening.
 arrow Tennis: Federer the exception
Four-time champion Roger Federer could afford to relax and watch the pretenders to his Wimbledon throne play catch-up on Monday as All England Club chiefs hoped for an end to the torrential rain which
 arrow Tennis: Venus's date with Maria
Triple champion Venus Williams set up a potentially explosive Wimbledon fourth round showdown with Maria Sharapova on Monday as women's tennis unveiled a new teenage talent.
 arrow Football: Robben Real-bound
Dutch winger Arjen Robben is to quit Premiership giants Chelsea for Real Madrid, who will shell out 20 million euros (26 million dollars) on the winger, Spanish media said Monday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh win Fair Play trophy
Bangladesh won the "Best Fair Play Team" trophy in Danone Nations Cup 2007 which concluded in Lyon, France on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Police quiz Wiltord
French international striker Sylvain Wiltord was briefly questioned by police on Monday in connection with a road-traffic violation, police said.
 arrow Tennis: Money doesn't lure Tamira
Sixteen-year-old Tamira Paszek marked her debut Wimbledon on Monday by reaching the fourth round but insisted that the 100,000 dollars she has already pocketed means nothing.
 arrow Football: Arsenal sign Da Silva
Arsenal have signed striker Eduardo da Silva on a four-year deal from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb to boost their strike-force following the transfer of Thierry Henry to Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Costa joins Wolfsburg
Portuguese international defender Ricardo Costa has moved to Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg from FC Porto in a transfer worth four million euros (5.4 million dollars), the German club confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Youth pleases Kallis
South Africa stand-in skipper Jacques Kallis said the way in which younger players had made their mark eased some of the pain involved in a 2-1 one-day international series defeat against India.
 arrow Cricket: CAS drops WADA case
Pakistani cricket chiefs said Monday they had been vindicated after international sport's top court dismissed an appeal against reprieves for Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in a doping case.
 arrow Cricket: Murali's WR dilemma
Muttiah Muralidaran said Monday he will tour Australia later this year amid the possibility of being crowned Test cricket's most successful bowler on Shane Warne's home soil.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l Hockey Musa, Masum notch trebles
Musa Mia fired all five goals as Faridpur brightened their chances to reach the final of the 27th National Hockey Championship with a 5-1 defeat of Mymensingh at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium
 arrow Table Tennis: Russel, Abahani retain TT titles
Biman's bid to regain the men's and women's titles in the AB Bank Metropolis Table Tennis League failed as both their teams lost on the final day of the competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Promote Shiv, says Gayle
West Indies captain Chris Gayle revealed that Shivnarine Chanderpaul could move up the batting order in the wake of their defeat by England in the first one-day international at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Japan count on Nakamuras
You could be forgiven for thinking you're seeing double when Japan go for goal from free kicks in their Asian Cup defence -- if Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura doesn't line it up, another Nakamura will.
 arrow Football: Soccer may unite Iraq
One thing is certain. If Iraq beat the odds and shine at the Asian Cup as they did at the Asian Games last year, football will again spark a rare source of shared joy in the divided sectarian nation.
 arrow Football: West Ham fetch Faubert
West Ham confirmed Sunday they have signed rising French star Julien Faubert from Bordeaux. The 23-year-old midfielder has penned a five-year contract worth 6.
 arrow Football: Vietnam refs jailed for match-fixing
A court in Vietnam on Monday gave jail terms of up to seven years to referees and officials after finding them guilty of taking and giving bribes to fix matches, a court official said.
 arrow Football: Klose close to perfection
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld set his sights on winning back the Bundesliga title after hailing a virtually flawless goal-scoring debut by Miroslav Klose.
 arrow Football: Magpies set to sign Geremi
Newcastle United were expected to complete the signing of Chelsea utility player Geremi on Monday.
 arrow Football: Houllier keeps options open
Top-rated coach Gerard Houllier said he has "plenty of options" but is undecided on his future after leaving French champions Lyon.
Metropolitanarrow Terror attack on Glasgow airport an act of cowardice
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday condemned the Saturday's terrorist attack on Glasgow airport in the UK as an 'act of cowardice'.
 arrow Family demands proper investigation
Family members of slain housewife Farjana Jahan Shashi yesterday demanded that the murder case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for proper investigation into the murder and
 arrow Road crashes kill 5, injure 84
At least five people were killed and 84 others injured in separate road accidents in Savar, Magura and Dinajpur yesterday.
 arrow Publish list of anti-liberation forces
Freedom Fighters People's Council yesterday urged the caretaker government to publish a list of collaborators during the liberation war and bring them to book, says a press release.
 arrow Fresh outbreak will spell disaster: Experts
There is no difference between avian influenza and bird flu, said UNICEF communication officer at a press briefing yesterday.
 arrow Clash for collecting poisoned fishes in N"ganj: 35 held
Around 35 people were arrested as they locked into a series of clashes yesterday with law enforcers to collect poisoned fishes from the lagoons of Dhaka Wasa in Pagla.
 arrow Five arrested, bldg owners fined in Ctg
A mobile court unearthed incidents of pilfering of Wasa-supplied water in several multistoried buildings in the city in the last two days.
 arrow Air chief calls on president
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure supply of safe water for better health'
The chemistry department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday accorded a reception to its alumnus Dr Abul Hussam, a winner of the Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability, 2007.
 arrow Orientation on flood warning dissemination held in city
An orientation on Community-based Flood Early Warning Dissemination Through Website of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) was held at the conference room of the Directorate of Relief and Rehabilitation
 arrow Charge sheet against Ctg AL leader, 6 others
The police submitted charge sheet against Awami League leader Engineer Afseruddin Mohammad Ali and six others in an arms case on Sunday night.
 arrow 170 bullets found on city roadside
A total of 170 bullets were found abandoned on roadside at Uttara in the city yesterday. The bullets were wrapped in newspaper beside a boundary wall of a house at Road No-18 in Sector 4.
 arrow Govt wants credible polls
The present caretaker government wants to hold a credible election so that an honest, competent and accountable government may come to power.
 arrow 2 youths run over by trains
Two unidentified youths were run over by trains on same rail track at Mohakhali in the capital in the last two days.
 arrow Project agreement signed with DPOs
Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Samity (BPKS) and 29 Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) signed a project agreement at Uttara in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Father Philip Sujit Sarker passes away
Father Philip Sujit Sarker, a Catholic priest, passed away due to cancer in Khulna on Sunday at the age of 53, says a press release.
 arrow 2000 fans seized in city: 24 held
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday nabbed 24 people for manufacturing electric fans illegally and seized more than 2000 pieces of fans and huge fan-making materials from a factory in the
 arrow Lightning kills one
Lightning killed a man on the spot and injured another at Namaz village in Benapole yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Sadat Salim new NCC president
Sadat Salim has been elected the president of Nature Conservation Committee, a national organisation for environment, nature and wildlife conservation, at its annual general meeting recently, says a press
 arrow KCCI president Mortuza released on bail
President of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shaharuzzaman Mortuza was released on bail yesterday.
 arrow Holy Hajj on December 19 likely
Holy Hajj will be observed on December 19 subject to the sighting of Zilhaj moon, said an official handout yesterday.
 arrow 'No Australian edn institutions operate off-shore campus in Bangladesh'
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Douglas Foskett has said Australian universities have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.
 arrow Rezaur Rahman appointed DU acting registrar
Sayed Rezaur Rahman has been appointed as the acting registrar of the University of Dhaka with effect from June 30, says a press release.
 arrow Censor certificate of 'Khuni Bou' cancelled
The government has cancelled the censor certificate of full-length film 'Khuni Bou' for exhibiting in addition to some vulgar and off scene footages.
 arrow Maj Gen Ishtiaq new envoy to Turkey
The government yesterday announced its decision to appoint Major General Mohammad Ishtiaq, ndc, psc, as Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey.
Nationalarrow Party men for punishment of outlaw-turned BNP leader
The party in power came as a magic lamp for outlaw-turned BNP leader Ali Ahmed Biswas.
 arrow Another extortion case against ex- Pabna BNP MP Anwarul
Another extortion case has been filed against former BNP lawmaker KM Anwarul Islam. Local BNP leader Wares Ali filed the case with Pabna Cognisance Court-2 on Sunday.
 arrow Outlaw Pulin Sarkar among 10 chargesheeted
Ten people including Pulin Bihari Sarkar, a 'regional leader' of outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP Janajuddha) were chargesheeted yesterday in Jatiyatabadi Matsjibi Dal Mirza Masud Jewel murder
 arrow Top outlaw Abdur Rahman brought to Khulna
Wanted outlaw Abdur Rahman, arrested in Dasgram in Bianibazar upazila in Sylhet Sunday night, was brought to Khulna at noon yesterday.
 arrow Iranian vessel now safe in Bay
The Iranian vessel MV Mir Damad is now out of danger as about 75 per cent of water has been pumped out of its engine room by the crew, said Mongla Port Authority Member (operation) Lutfor Rahman of.
 arrow Ex-Khulna city Jubo Dal president held
Joint forces yesterday arrested former president at Khulna city Jubo Dal Sheikh Tariqul Islam Jahir from his father's residence at Municipal Road under Khulna Sadar thana.
 arrow Journo jailed for bribery
A local journalist was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment for taking bribe in Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow Agoiljhara Jubo Dal leader arrested
A Jubo Dal leader has been arrested from his residence at Agoiljhara upazila town.
 arrow 2 fish traders rescued from pirates on Meghna
Two fish merchants have been rescued from the clutch of pirates in the Meghna.
 arrow Arrest warrant against cop
A warrant of arrest has been issued against a police official for failure to appear before a court as witness in connection with a child murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow Minorities in the civil service
The Bangladesh Civil Service examination (BCS) conducted by the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) is the gateway for entry into the civil service of the republic.
 arrow Remand, reform or retire
At this time, the politicians of the two major political parties of Bangladesh have one of three options available to them.
 arrow Restricted political activity perplexing
Only a short time ago, there was almost a clear indication that emergency would be lifted to allow open political activity by July 2007, but the prospect is dimming with the passage of time.
Culturearrow Ability and inclusion
On the occasion of Helen Keller's 127th birth anniversary (June 27), Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) is holding a photography exhibition at Shilpangan, Dhanmondi.
 arrow Fading memories of Ustad Alauddin Khan in Shibpur
Places and edifices, holding memories of Sur Samrat Ustad Alauddin Khan, are in shambles at his native village in Shibpur, Brahmanbaria.
 arrow Fourth anniversary of ntv
Satellite TV channel, ntv turns four today. On the occasion, ntv will air several special programmes -- including TV plays, musical programmes, talk shows, films and more -- today and tomorrow.
 arrow British princes honour Diana with a grand concert
An international line-up of pop stars paid tribute to Princess Diana last Sunday at a marathon memorial concert watched by her sons William and Harry and a crowd of 60,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Generalarrow Navy to plant 2 lakh saplings this year
Bangladesh Navy yesterday launched a massive Tree Plantation Campaign at all naval bases and other shore establishments in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Mongla, Kaptai, Cox's Bazar and various places ofcoastal
 arrow English training course for high school teachers
In a bid to improve English language teaching skills of teachers at Bangla medium schools across the country, British Council (BC) Bangladesh yesterday started a training programme at its Fuller Roadoffice
Internationalarrow Iran using Hezbollah in Iraq fight: US
Iran is using the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah as a "proxy" to arm Shia militants in Iraq and Tehran's elite Quds force helped militants carry out a January attack in Karbala in which five Americans
 arrow UK Muslims offer help in bombs probe
British Muslim leaders urged their communities yesterday to help fight extremism after three failed car bombings, amid signs that the new government may be better able to win over their "hearts and minds.
 arrow Pakistan readies new plan to fight Taliban
President Pervez Musharraf held a special meeting with top Pakistani officials yesterday to discuss a new strategy to curb "Talibanisation" along the Afghan border, officials said.
 arrow 'Al-Qaeda planning spectacular terror attack’
A secret US law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, has warned that al-Qaeda is planning a terror "spectacular" this summer.
 arrow 600 civilians killed in Afghanistan this year
The United Nations said yesterday it estimated that about 600 Afghan civilians were killed in insurgency-linked violence this year, just over half of them by pro-government forces.
 arrow Top Republican wants orderly Iraq pullout
Pressure on the US administration to start pulling out of Iraq deepened Sunday with one of the Senate's most respected Republicans calling for an "orderly" withdrawal of troops in the months ahead.
 arrow ‘Capitalism is bad for men's health’
Communism may be oppressive, but it seems as though capitalism is bad for men's health, according to a recent study which found significant increases in mortality rates after the collapse of the Soviet
 arrow Controversy as N-powered US ship docks off southern India
A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier docked off the coast of southern India yesterday, an official said, as leftist parties denounced its presence in Indian waters.
 arrow US is still a 'killing machine', says Castro
Fidel Castro said Sunday that the US government continues to be a "killing machine" after revelations that nearly 50 years ago it tried to use American mobsters to kill him with poison pills.
 arrow North Korea still a threat: US Gen
The top US military commander in South Korea on Monday criticized last week's missile test launches by North Korea, saying the country remains a threat despite its recent moves toward dismantling itsnuclear
 arrow Thailand to extend emergency rule in Muslim south
Thailand will extend a state of emergency in its southern provinces, a government official said yesterday, as separatist violence in the Muslim-majority region continues to claim lives almost daily.
 arrow Iran, Venezuela seal anti-US alliance
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez sealed their anti-American alliance Monday by laying the foundation stone of a joint petrochemical plant.
 arrow Global confce on Afghanistan opens in Rome
A two-day global meet on the state of law in war-battered Afghanistan opened in Rome yesterday, due to be attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Nato head Jaap De Hoop Scheffer.
 arrow Differences cool Bush-Putin ties
US relations with Russia are on simmer, so President Bush's meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be judged on how respectfully the two leaders agree to disagree.
 arrow Bomb blast kills 7 Afghan cops
Seven Afghan policemen were killed yesterday when a remotely detonated bomb exploded underneath their vehicle in southern Afghanistan, police said.
 arrow Sex offence case against Israel president delayed
Court proceedings against Israel's outgoing president Moshe Katsav for sex offences risked further delay yesterday as the prosecution sought extra time to justify a plea bargain slammed as too lenient.
 arrow 35 hurt in clash with cops in Kashmir
Thirty-five people were hurt yesterday when thousands of villagers chanting, "Death to killers," clashed with police in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, accusing them of gunning down innocent civilians.
 arrow UN offers Pakistan aid as 600 die in South Asia rains
The United Nations and other agencies offered aid and helicopters to Pakistan yesterday after floods unleashed by a cyclone and days of torrential rain devastated 1.5 million people.
Editorialarrow Editorial: 'Limited' indoor politics on the anvil
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein has spoken of a possible allowing of indoor politics on a limited scale.
 arrow Editorial: Spilling the beans
The extent of anomalies, irregularities and corruption in Rajuk, the government agency for developing housing facilities in the city, as revealed by the taskforce appointed to look into its affairs, is
 arrow Should political parties be banned for wholesale corruption?
There is no denying that people in general continue to feel deeply hurt and angered by the way politicians have performed in the last fifteen years in the name of governance.
 arrow The long goodbye
One must not be harsh: it is not true that liars do not have a conscience.
 arrow Indo-Bangladesh talks in Dhaka
The two-day meet (June 25 and 26), at foreign secretary level, between Bangladesh and India appears to have gone well according to the media.
Letters to Editorarrow Middle East and the US
Edward B. Luttwak, an adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, recently wrote an Op-Ed in Toronto's National Post: "It's best to ignore the Middle East.
 arrow Ashraful & Co.
It is a frustrating a reality that Bangladeshi cricketers, whom we fondly call the Tigers, have again conceded an innings defeat to Sri Lanka, though they've been, this time, able to extend the playing
 arrow Student politics
It's refreshing to see the giant political parties opting for internal reforms. But I am more concerned about student politics.
 arrow Birdem strike
Your staff correspondent's report (June 27) on the problems with contract based employees (doctors and staff) seems to have been triggered by "misunderstanding " and an "unauthorised" letter being issued
 arrow How much land....
Ever since the creation of the good earth, millions of people have been born and millions have passed away. Today's six billion world population will also be gone with the wind one day.
 arrow Our cricketers
The progress of Bangladesh cricket team was unimaginable a few years ago, but now it is a reality. They are trying their best in every match. But the real problem is that their performance is not consistent.
 arrow ICB and small investors
I am a small investor and have one account with ICB for many years.
 arrow Prevent smoking
Everybody admits that smoking is harmful for health, but smoking is still continuing openly even in public places. Govt actions to contain it are inadequate.
 arrow "Top two"
This is the proper time that the top two leaders of the top two parties voluntarily leave politics and make room for other leaders to come and prove their mettle in governing the country.
 arrow Bangladeshis in Kuwait
I would like to draw the attention of the interim government of Bangladesh, the caretaker government, to our plight. We, Bangladeshis in Kuwait, are facing a real dilemma here.
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