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Front Pagearrow Army chief feels need for constitution review
Army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said the constitution should be reviewed through a "constitution commission" for preparing new laws and mechanisms to ensure accountability and effective governance.
 arrow 50 militants, 8 soldiers dead as troops seize Red Mosque
Pakistani troops seized Islamambad's Red Mosque yesterday and attempted to flush out the remaining militants entrenched inside a women's religious school in fierce fighting that left at least 50 militants
 arrow Farmers line up for urea at dealers' shops
Thousands of farmers in 12 upazilas of Bogra have been lining up at fertiliser distribution outlets in their frantic effort to buy urea for their crops.
 arrow Eminent persons tell court Alamgir honest
For the first time since the special courts started functioning in May to try high-profile corrupt suspects, two eminent citizens and a foreigner yesterday appeared in one court as defence witnesses.
 arrow NCBs recover only 3pc of target in 3 months
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) have managed to realise only 3 percent of the year's targeted defaulted loans from the top 20 defaulters in the first three months of the year.
 arrow Two trips a week from September
Dhaka and New Delhi primarily decided to operate two passenger trains, with two trips each a week, between Dhaka and Kolkata from September this year.
 arrow Breaking down border with peace
Within two years of establishment, the Bangladesh Centre in Zuenoula prefecture of Ivory Coast in West Africa has become the only tourist spot to around 1.
 arrow Tax evasion case against Tuku family shifted to special court
The tax evasion and graft cases filed against detained former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku, his wife, son and daughter were transferred yesterday to a special court for quick disposal.
 arrow Khaleda denied permission to visit Sabina
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia could not visit ailing iconic singer Sabina Yasmin yesterday as the authorities did not permit her to go the hospital on grounds of security concerns.
 arrow Restrictions on movements of Khaleda, Hasina to be tightened
The interim administration has decided to tighten curbs on the movements of Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina as the two took dig quite frequently at the military-backed government during their recent visits
 arrow FBCCI election postponed
The biennial election of the country's apex trade body Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has been postponed.
 arrow Another Biman flight delayed for 22hrs
In around three days, another Biman flight, this time to London, was delayed for about a day at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) due to technical glitches in the aircraft.
 arrow Kandy Test from today
With Sri Lanka taking a 2-0 unassailable lead, the three-match Test series against Bangladesh is all but over but the third and final Test starting here today is as important as any other game for the
 arrow Zillur criticises Mainul for his comments on Hasina, Khaleda
Awami League (AL) presidium member Zillur Rahman yesterday protested Law Adviser Mainul Hosein's remarks terming Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia 'failed leaders' and his call to the people to boycott the
 arrow Sabina now in better condition
Condition of ailing Sabina Yasmin has improved slightly and she might fly to Singapore today for better treatment.
 arrow Duta rejects move to enact common law for universities
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday rejected the government's proposed Umbrella Act 2007 for the country's 28 public universities terming it a "new version" of the University Ordinance
 arrow Prof Yunus wants direct aid to people c
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, yesterday called for donors to give money directly to cash-strapped people so they can help themselves.
 arrow Ex-whip Suja sued for not submitting wealth report
Former whip Mostafa Rashidi Suja has been sued along with his family for not submitting wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) by the deadline.
 arrow Cross-examination of complainant complete
Defence lawyers yesterday completed cross-examination of the complainant of a graft case filed 16 years ago against former president HM Ershad and five others.
 arrow Monthly charge for cable TV fixed at Tk 300
The government has fixed monthly fees for the cable TV subscribers on the basis of area and number of channels.
 arrow Rab arrests 'JMB man' bullet-hit during raid
An alleged activist of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday received bullet injuries during a raid by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at a house in the city's Mirpur area and was later
 arrow 286,000 held since emergency declared
Around 286,000 people, including former ministers, lawmakers, political leaders and business tycoons, have been arrested across the country on charges of crime and corruption since the state of emergency
 arrow 3 killed as bus rams rickshaw
Three people were killed when a speeding passenger bus rammed a rickshaw on English Road in Old Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Fear of dengue outbreak in city
Fears of a dengue outbreak are growing following the appearance of a number of cases in the capital.
 arrow 17 civilians killed in Afghan suicide blast
Seventeen civilians, including children, were killed and about 30 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a Nato convoy in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, police told AFP.
 arrow Dozens of Indian troops, Maoist rebels killed in jungle battle
Dozens of Indian troops and Maoist insurgents have been killed in one of the biggest clashes to date in the revolt-hit centre of the country, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Al-Qaida threatens UK over Rushdie honour
Al-Qaida's No. 2 issued a new audiotape yesterday threatening to retaliate against Britain for honouring the novelist Salman Rushdie, a U.S.-based monitoring group said.
Businessarrow BTRC won't issue licences to new mobile phone companies
BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) will not issue any licence to new mobile phone operators in the country, telecoms watchdog chairman said yesterday.
 arrow Adviser decries insurers' 'unethical' practices
Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam has blamed the insurance companies for practicing 'unethical means' to attract more business and dodge tax.
 arrow Govt should consider helping local industries
As there is no political pressure, the caretaker government should seriously consider helping local industries to come up and compete in global market place to rejuvenate the economy and improve the growth,
 arrow United Airways starts journey
United Airways (Bangladesh) Ltd, a private sector airline founded by non-resident Bangladeshis, went into operation of its domestic passenger flights yesterday.
 arrow Islami Bank gets SEC nod to float Islamic bond
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd got approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to float Islamic bond styled Mudaraba Perpetual Bond worth Tk 300 crore.
 arrow IMF should open up top job to non-Europeans: British FM
The International Monetary Fund should launch an "open and transparent" process to choose its next head and not limit the field to Europeans, British finance minister Alistair Darling said on Monday.
 arrow Promotion of 17 bank officials as GM still undecided
Although the posts of 17 general managers (GM) in different government banks and financial institutions are lying vacant for a long time, the process of promotion of some bank officials to these posts
 arrow Malaysia set to be oil hub
Malaysia is to become a hub for oil trading, futures and securitization involving Islamic oil-structured financial derivatives in East Asia after a 7 billion US dollars Trans-Peninsular Oil Pipeline (TranPen)
 arrow India-led consortium wins bid to manage Istanbul airport
A consortium led by India's GMR Infrastructure won a 2.7-billion-dollar (1.93 billion euro) deal on Tuesday to manage the second airport in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.
 arrow Square launches programme to promote 'Radhuni' spices
Radhuni, a powdered spices brand of Square Consumer Products Ltd, yesterday launched a promotional programme styled 'Cholo Radhunir Ghor Sajai'.
 arrow Danone bids $16.8b for Dutch baby food maker
Groupe Danone SA, the maker of Dannon yogurt and Evian waters, is strengthening its baby food business with a bid Monday to buy Royal Numico NV for $16.8 billion.
 arrow Warid Telecom launches int'l roaming services
In 60 days of its commercial operations, Warid Telecom International Ltd in Bangladesh has successfully launched international roaming services with 60 operators across 30 countries, says a press release.
 arrow Dhaka Mercantile Co-operative Bank chairman reelected
Group Captain (retd) Abu Zafar Chowdhury was reelected unopposed chairman of The Dhaka Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd for three years at a meeting in Dhaka on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow Japan, Thailand expand currency swap pact
Japan said Tuesday it had doubled the amount of foreign currency reserves it makes available to Thailand to shield against a possible financial crisis.
 arrow Euro surges to historic high of 1.3698 dollars
The euro raced to an all-time peak of 1.3698 dollars on Tuesday, as investors snapped up the European single currency amid high eurozone interest rates and concerns over the US economy, dealers said.
 arrow Currency

 arrow Correction
The headline of a news item, 'GP subscription base to reach 50m in 2 years', published on this page yesterday was wrong when it comes to the number of subscribers of an individual mobile phone operator.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ash happy at No. 5
If anybody takes Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayewardene's recent observations about the batting order of Bangladesh into account and expects it to be reflected in the third and final Test, he is making
 arrow Football: Eyes on Emily, Junior
Abahani will look to cement their place in the B. League table when they meet Brothers Union in today's crucial match.
 arrow Cricket: Murali still a learner
Muttiah Muralidaran may have taken 688 wickets but he is not ready to take anything for granted. Be it against Australia or Bangladesh, it's all the same for him.
 arrow Tennis: Jekyll & Hyde dads
Where once there were lawsuits and restraining orders, now there are tearful tributes and emotional reconciliations. There can never have been a better time to be a tennis dad.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh play UAE today
Bangladesh women's cricket team will take on UAE in one of the opening day's matches of the ACC Women's Cricket Tournament at the Institute Perguruan Temenggong Ibrahim ground in Malaysia.
 arrow Cricket: Stanford series raises concern
National cricket boards have "genuine concerns" over a 20-million-dollar Twenty20 series planned for West Indies, says the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Pak preliminary squad for T20 World C'ship
Pakistan on Tuesday announced their 30-man preliminary squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September:
Shoaib Malik (captain), ShahidAfridi,

 arrow Football: U-16 trial on July 13, 14
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has called an open trial for selection of the under-16 national football team.
 arrow Cricket: DRU cricket
Khabarpatra handed a four-wicket defeat to Banglabazar Patrika at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday to ensure a quarterfinal berth in the DRU-Pepsi six-a-side cricket tournament for
 arrow Football: China restore order
China broke the curse of the Asian Cup in emphatic style on Tuesday when they thrashed lowly Malaysia 5-1 to become the first favoured team to win so far in the competition.
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna surprises Dav
Dav Whatmore has expressed his surprise and disappointment at reports that Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lanka captain, has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against hiring him as their next
 arrow Football: S Korea hosts EPL sides
English Premiership sides Bolton and Reading begin their preparations for the new season at the Peace Cup in South Korea this week, working on fitness levels and fine-tuning tactics.
 arrow Cricket: Eng thinking of Marcus
England are weighing up whether to give an international recall to Marcus Trescothick.
 arrow Football: Mourinho convinced Malouda
Chelsea's new signing Florent Malouda said yesterday that he turned down Liverpool because he was persuaded that Jose Mourinho wanted him more than Rafael Benitez.
 arrow Football: Europe Fergie's goal
Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to rotate his squad like never before as the Manchester United manager looks to make up for missing out on European glory last season.
 arrow Football: The Old Lady returns
This time last year the 'Old Lady' was on her knees, her legs buckling under the strain of Calciopoli, Italy's biggest ever match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Dream start for Indonesia
Star striker Bambang Pamungkas's 64th minute winner gave co-hosts Indonesia a dream start to their Asian Cup campaign here on Tuesday as they shocked Bahrain 2-1 in group D.
 arrow Cricket: West Indies dump Dutch
Netherlands proved no match for a confident West Indies side as they went down by 10 wickets in the opening match of the quadrangular series at the Clontarf Cricket Club ground in Dublin yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Giles unsure about future
England spinner Ashley Giles admits his cricketing future is in the balance as he fights to regain fitness after a third hip operation.
 arrow Football: Malouda now Chelsea's
Chelsea confirmed on Tuesday the transfer of France international Florent Malouda from Lyon on a four-year contract.
 arrow Football: Madrid rope in Pepe
Spanish champions Real Madrid have struck an agreement to sign FC Porto's Brazilian central defender Kleper Laveran Lima Ferreira, otherwise known as "Pepe," the clubs said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'Iran go home'
Youngster Aziz Haydarov delivered a cheeky message to Uzbekistan's opening Asian Cup opponents on Tuesday: "Iran go home.
 arrow Football: Koumas joins Wigan
English Premiership side Wigan have confirmed the signing of Jason Koumas on a four-year deal, the north-west side announced Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt to formulate policy on involuntary resettlement
The government is going to formulate a national policy on involuntary resettlement and bring changes to Land Acquisition Ordinance 1982 soon for the rehabilitation of people who are displaced due to development
 arrow Introduce appropriate curricula
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the universities, both private and public ones, to introduce appropriate curricula suiting the needs of the society so that the students can face the challenges
 arrow Reducing rate of maternal, child morality still a great challenge
The World Population Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere around the globe with a call to men's involvement and participation for ensuring maternal health.
 arrow Extortionist held with Tk 90,000
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an extortionist and recovered Tk 90,000 from his possession at Tejgaon Industrial Area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Wasa supply line of factory cut, 5 held
A mobile court in a drive against water pilferage and wastage of water found numerous irregularities at an industry at Faujdarhat and arrested five people in this connection.
 arrow Kushtia daily editor, TV reporter held in extortion case
Police arrested the editor of a local daily and the local correspondent of a television channel in an extortion case last night.
 arrow Ensure best use of medical equipment: Health adviser
Health and Family Welfare Adviser Dr ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday called on physicians to ensure the best use of available medical equipment in the hospitals of the country.
 arrow City hotelier killed
A hotel boy allegedly killed a hotelier and took away Tk 25,000 from the cash box in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Pro-Jamaat RU dy registrar threatens staff for not signing false bill
A deputy registrar of the legal cell of Rajshahi University (RU) allegedly threatened the deputy accounts director of the university as he did not sign a 'false' bill.
 arrow Prime suspect arrested
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested the prime accused in Arefin Alam Rusho murder case from a super market at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Concern over increase of oil, gas price
Bangladesh Workers Party has expressed its concern over the latest initiative by the caretaker government to increase the price of oil and gas.
 arrow Road renamed after Dr Muhammad Shahidullah
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has renamed a city road from Doel Chattar to Babupura police camp after Dr Muhammad Shahidullah in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Bangla literature.
 arrow Inu visits ailing Sabina
JSD President Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday visited the ailing noted singer Sabina Yasmin at the Labaid Hospital in the city.
 arrow ‘Stop harassment of Elina Khan’
A total of 154 lawyers of Chittagong District Bar yesterday appealed to the government to stop harassment of Advocate Elina Khan, a human rights activist, says a press release.
 arrow Shoes worth Tk 9 lakh gutted
Shoes worth Tk 9 lakh were gutted in a fire at a godown of Bata Shoe Company at city's North Nalapara yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Novo Theatre closed July 16-18
Bhashani Novo Theatre will remain closed for three days from July 16 for regular maintenance work of machinery and weekly holiday.
 arrow BIHR condemns killing of Anjan
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has expressed deep shock at the killing of Tanvir Hasan Anjan, 22, the youngest son of late Saiful Alam Mukul, former editor of Daily Runner, a local newspaper
 arrow LGRD adviser hailed
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday hailed the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Adviser Anwarul Iqbal for taking the project of lifting the water level in the Buriganga by piping
 arrow Gold ornaments worth Tk 5.5 lakh looted in Ctg
Robbers looted valuables, including gold ornaments worth over Tk 5 lakh and shot three people at Hathazari in the district early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Maj Gen (retd) Muzammel Hussain passed away at the CMH in Dhaka due to a cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 71, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 2 JMB militants get 10-yr RI in Sylhet
A speedy trial court here yesterday sentenced two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) each in the August 17 serial blasts case.
 arrow 31 more terminated, 3,505 get notices
Thirty-one more permanent workers at Platinum Jublilee Jute mills at Khalishpur were terminated on Monday.
 arrow No clue yet toAnjan 'murder' in Jessore
Jessore police could neither recover the arms used by the assailants to 'kill' Tanvir Hassan Anjan, nor find any clue to the incident involving his death.
 arrow Satkhira Jubo Dal leader, 12 others sued for 'extortion'
An extortion case was filed with Shyamnagar police station Monday night accusing 13 people including Nasim Farooque Khan Mithu, general secretary of district Jubo Dal and Iswaripur union parishad (UP)
 arrow Husband to die for killing wife for dowry
A court here on Monday awarded death penalty to a man for killing his wife for dowry on July 31, 2004.
 arrow BSF guns down Bangladeshi in Joypurhat
A Bangladeshi was shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) of India in Hatkhola border under Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat district Monday night, BDR sources said.
 arrow 3 JMB leaders remanded in Pabna
A court here Monday granted one day remand for three top leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for investigation into their involvement in August 17 country wide bomb blast, court sources said.
 arrow Allar Dal leader arrested
Jhenidah police Monday night arrested a leader of Allar Dal from a shop of phone-fax near Paira Chattar here.
Point-Counterpointarrow Coddling religious extremists for political gains
The recent newspaper headlines in Pakistan and elsewhere have put Lal Masjid -- a mosque and seminary in Islamabad -- and its denizens on the world map.
 arrow Population: From explosion to implosion?
Three unprecedented shifts are taking place in world population. Before 2000, the young always outnumbered their elders: for some years now it has been the other way around.
 arrow Aga Khan's golden jubilee
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Aga Khan's becoming the Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
Culturearrow Profile of a flutist
M Moniruzzaman is one of the leading flutists in the country at present.
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony of Prachyanat School
Students of the 12th batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design staged noted playwright Selim Al Deen's comedy Muntasir on the occasion of their certificate giving ceremony at the Mahila Samity
 arrow Centre for Asian Art and Culture: Working towards cultural decolonisation
While most cultural organisations carry out their activities around programmes and performances, Centre for Asian Art and Culture (CAAC) is a specialised organisation that works at the discourse level.
 arrow "Forde Folk Music Festival"

Generalarrow Road accidents kill 3
Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Pabna and Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow More donation for cancer hospital
Mofizur Rahman Foundation has donated Tk 10 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Army tree plantation campaign begins
Bangladesh Army has undertaken a massive programme to make the National Tree Plantation Campaign-2007 a success, says an ISPR release.
Internationalarrow Pak parents in agonising waiting game for children
With explosions and machinegun fire rattling in the background, the distraught parents of children trapped inside the Red Mosque could only gaze helplessly towards the trails of black smoke.
 arrow Tigers slow Lankan advance on key jungle base
Tamil Tiger rebels in the east of Sri Lanka are showing stiff resistance and have slowed a military advance on a strategic jungle base, defence authorities here said yesterday.
 arrow 'Musharraf had to tackle mosque for Pak future'
al-Qaeda-linked militants in control of an Islamabad mosque posed a threat to the very fabric of Pakistan and President Pervez Musharraf could not allow such a challenge to his authority.
 arrow Iraq govt missed all targets: US official
A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the US-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reforms, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning
 arrow 3rd US aircraft carrier heads to the Gulf
Another US Navy aircraft carrier is heading towards the Middle East, boosting the number of the giant warships in the region to three, the navy said in a statement yesterday.
 arrow Will Turkey invade northern Iraq?
Reports that Turkey has massed a huge military force on its border with Iraq bolstered fears that an invasion targeting hideouts of Kurdish rebels could be imminent.
 arrow Abbas calls for int'l force in Gaza
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas yesterday called for an international force in the Gaza Strip, which is now controlled by the rival Hamas movement.
 arrow China executes ex-food and drug chief
China executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog on Tuesday for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash, the strongest signal yet from Beijing that it is serious about tackling its
 arrow Thai court to hear Thaksin graft case
Thailand's Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear a corruption case against ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife in a multimillion-dollar land deal, and ordered the couple to appear before
 arrow UK terror suspect worked in aviation
Officials confirmed yesterday that an Indian suspect in the failed car bombings in Britain had worked as an aeronautical engineer at a company contracted by the biggest names in aviation.
 arrow N Korea nuke talks to resume next week
International talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament will resume in Beijing next week, a report said Tuesday, as the UN's nuclear watchdog prepared to return to the North to oversee the promised shutdown
 arrow Al-Qaeda threatens 'response' to
Al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri said yesterday the group is preparing a "precise response" to Britain's decision to bestow a knighthood on author Salman Rushdie.
 arrow Iraq to take over security in Basra in Sept
Iraqi forces will be ready take charge of security in the southern city of Basra from the British military in September, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told British lawmakers on Tuesday.
 arrow Fujimori extradition ruling this week: judge
A Chilean judge will rule this week on whether former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori should be extradited to Peru on corruption, criminal and human rights charges, the magistrate said yesterday.
 arrow Democrats renew call for pullout of Iraq
Anti-war Democrats yesterday called for a withdrawal of most combat troops from Iraq to begin within four months and completed by the end of next April.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Six months of caretaker government
The caretaker administration headed by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed completes six months in office today. The time is therefore right to make an assessment of how it has performed during this period.
 arrow Editorial: Manoranjan's release
The release of Manoranjan Roy, the 85-year old man from Nilphamari, who was jailed for failing to pay back a small amount of agricultural loan, certainly assuaged the feeling of discomfort that people
 arrow History is not a patchwork of compromises
It is not very cheering raising old arguments again and again. There is a point beyond which settled issues need not be prised open, or exhumed.
 arrow The bhodroloke revolution and its discontents
A bhodroloke revolution is said to have taken place in Bangladesh. At least that is how the events of January11 were advertised to an international audience by the foreign affairs advisor Dr.
 arrow Pensioning off the politicians
Weeks before Sheikh Hasina proposed a 60 years age limit for AL politicians to hold important party portfolios and elected offices, I was struck by the same idea after watching BNP's Major General Shawkat
Letters to Editorarrow Naming 1971 mass killing sites
A few days ago I was reading a newspaper article: Auschwitz is officially stamped as 'German' (The Independent, London, 29-06-2007).
 arrow Hamas and Fatah
Both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas have been elected by the Palestinian people.
 arrow Mr. inconsistent!
I have to admit that Ashraful and Rahim have played a gem of an innings during the second innings on the 3rd day's play of the second Test against Sri Lanka, as their vigorous and resilient batting made
 arrow Dhanmondi Eidgah
We thank the reporter for writing on construction of a 'temporary' market near the Dhanmondi Eidgah.
 arrow "A Golden Age"
Our joys know no bounds when our country comes to limelight for any good piece of work or achievement of its people living at home and abroad.
 arrow Our politicians
Those who study political science, or have a little education, should know that the duty of humans is to do some good for their parents, for themselves and for the nation as a whole.
 arrow Caretaker govt.
The present government is doing a commendable job. The anti-corruption drive has attained people's support. Still, what hurts us is its double standard in this regard.
 arrow Information superhighway
I would like to focus on the important issue of fibre optic network and its current position.
 arrow William Carey
The write-up on Reverend William Carey by Rubab Abdullah (4 July) was quite justified and perhaps long overdue.
 arrow Teaching English
Much has already been written on the topic of the abysmal standard of English of the mainstream educational institutions--say, the schools and colleges.
 arrow Reform issue
Talks are rife these days of reforms within the political parties.
 arrow Hasina and Gandhi
Dr. Mozammel H. Khan's comparison of Sheikh Hasina with Mahatma Gandhi (July 3, 2007) didn't sound at all logical.
 arrow Desco disorder
Recently, Desco staff came to my apartment and asked for the bills paid. At that time I was in my office. As I live in an apartment, my receptionist rang me and described the situation.
 arrow Electoral rules
The Election Commission should be the most powerful independent institution to control democratic culture of political parties. "Towards free election" by Mr.
 arrow Unholy business
The holy majars (shrines) of our country have now become a safe sanctuary of corruption.
 arrow Corruption
Rampant corruption and shameless nepotism totally destroyed the medical education system in the country during the previous jote regime.
Star Chittagongarrow GPA-5 achievers scuffle for admission
Many achievers of the highest Grade Point Average (GPA)-5 in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations under Chittagong Board will not have opportunity to get admission to the renowned government
 arrow CDA moves raise hope for a planned city
The drive against illegal structures and a move for revival of 19 primary canals and Chaktai Khal by the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) have raised the hope of a planned city in Chittagong infuture.
 arrow Busy road turns into a ditch during the rainy season

Star Cityarrow Ban on rickshaw, bus causes untold suffering to commuters
No form of public transportation facilities exists for thousands of commuters travelling from Notun Bazar to Gulshan 2 on the long stretch of Madani Avenue.
 arrow Lead acid battery: Thousands cry for training on safe handling
Several thousand people once involved in the lead acid battery recycling sector are now jobless as the battery dismantling units were shut down a few months ago as a measure to check environmental pollution.
 arrow Tales of two workers
Tin recycling was another vibrant recycling sector situated mainly in the chars of the river Buriganga near Kholamora, Kamrangirchar. But these melting units are now almost nonexistent.
 arrow Safety at workplace improves, shows study
Workplace safety level in Dhaka has improved a bit due to greater awareness and law-abiding attitude of business owners during the state of emergency, experts conducting a survey said.
 arrow Rab evicted hawkers at Karwan Bazar

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