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Front Pagearrow No step yet to stop choking of 2 major flood outlets
The government is yet to take any step to stop "development" work in Hatirjheel and Begunbari canals despite experts' recommendations and the government's earlier commitment for saving the two adjoining
 arrow Crucial coal policy draft put under microscope
As the sixth draft of a national coal policy has drawn a lot of criticism for being anti-investment and self-contradictory, the energy ministry has formed yet another committee to review and finaliseit.
 arrow Sircar violated basic standard of financial propriety
Section 10 of the General Financial Rules says: "Every officer incurring or authorising expenditure from public funds should be guided by high standards of financial propriety.
 arrow HSC admission fees alarmingly high in top city colleges
Renowned colleges in the capital are charging up to Tk 25,000 as fees during admission of the intermediate students, ignoring the June 22 government circular that fixed Tk 152 as the regular fee for admission
 arrow Kumar, Mahela rule
There were spells of sporadic rain but those could not stop a full day's action, unlike the last two days, on the third day of the final Test as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene put the Bangladesh
 arrow Reforms with a 'motive' won't bring good
BNP Joint Secretary General Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, who has all along been siding with Khaleda Zia on the issue of intra-party reforms, yesterday met pro-reform leader and Secretary General Abdul Mannan
 arrow Lanka may be last recipient of Buddha's hair
The hair-relic of Gautam Buddha, to be presented to the Sri Lankan government later this month, might be the last Buddhist relics to be given away, as Bangladesh's own stock of such relics is now very
 arrow 'Coffins no proof that they became Christians'
The rumour that the nine persons of a family who committed suicide in unison on Wednesday in Mymensingh had converted to Christianity is not true, claimed a close relative of the family.
 arrow Rajuk surveyor held with fake seals, cheques & passports
The joint forces on Thursday night arrested a suspended surveyor of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) at his residence in Uttara.
 arrow Hasina hassled on way to pay respect to dead colleague
Former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday went through a slew of troubles in her effort to go pay her last respect to her deceased party colleague Dr Moazzem Hossain.
 arrow Gaziul Haq can forget all but the days of '52
Language movement veteran Gaziul Haq is gradually losing memory and the ability to speak but his affection for the mother tongue and the memories of the movement still remain intact.
 arrow Names of martyred...

 arrow Production at KHM comes to a halt
Production at Khulna Hardboard Mill (KHM) at Khalishpur industrial belt remained suspended closed since Thursday, making the fate of 105 workers and employees uncertain.
 arrow Extortion case against ex-BNP MP in Jhenidah
An extortion case has been filed against former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam and his nine associates.
 arrow Canada to take 79 more refugees in Bangladesh
The government of Canada has selected 73 Rohingya refugees from two camps in Cox's Bazar and six Somali urban refugees for resettlement in that country this year.
 arrow Fugitive accused of twin murder held with arms
Police arrested a fugitive accused of double-murder and seized three foreign-made pistols and 16 bullets from a house at Sayedabad in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 boys drown in Ctg pond
Two boys drowned in a pond in Eshaker Pool area under Bakolia Police Station yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Illegal Vendors ...

 arrow Treatment of Sabina starts in Singapore
The condition of ailing singer Sabina Yasmin improved hours after she was admitted to National Cancer Centre of Singapore General Hospital on Wednesday. Sabina is being treated under Dr Toh Han Chong.
 arrow Faizee has little chance to go back to legal practice
Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee of the High Court division of Supreme Court (SC), who resigned on Thursday, wants to resume his legal practice but there is little chance for him to do so, as the Bangladesh
 arrow 1,500 fowls culled in Naogaon
Some 1,500 domestic fowls were culled in the district town on Thursday night following detection of avian influenza.
 arrow BDR recovers 8 Bombs in Kushtia
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel recovered eight bombs from frontier Jamalpur village in the district yesterday morning.
 arrow College student murdered in Comilla
Police found the body of a college student with his throat slit by Aluya-Monoharpur road in Burichang upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Pirates loot 18 trawlers, kidnap 25 fishermen
Pirates looted fish, fishing nets and other valuables worth over Tk 13 lakh from 18 trawlers on the Bay adjacent to Narikelbaria area of the Sunderbans on Thursday night.
 arrow Musharraf vows to wipe out extremism
President Pervez Musharraf vowed Thursday to wipe out extremism from Pakistan, saying in a defiant address to the nation that the raid on Islamabad's Red Mosque was necessary to save the country.
 arrow US House votes for Iraq troop withdrawal
The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill requiring a withdrawal of most combat troops from Iraq starting within 120 days, to be completed by April 1.
 arrow US forces gun down 6 Iraqi policemen
US troops in Iraq captured an alleged Iranian-backed militant leader yesterday, as a New York Times reporter became the second journalist slain in as many days in the violent Iraqi capital.
Businessarrow 5 bodies restructured, 2 formed to up capacity in WTO negotiations
In a bid for capacity building in trade negotiation to yield maximum benefits, five working groups on WTO have been restructured and two new groups constituted at a high profile meeting recently, according
 arrow India allocates Rs 1400cr to compensate exporters
Faced with serious problems in exports triggered by a sharp rise in Rupee value, Indian government on Thursday came out with a Rs 1400-crore relief package to exporters.
 arrow Coolmax fabric launched in local market
US-based INVISTA, one of the world's largest integrated fibres and polymers businesses, has launched its latest Coolmax brand fabrics in Bangladesh's apparel market, says a press release.
 arrow No limit for Thais on FDI
Listed companies will be allowed to invest unlimited amount overseas, as the latest measure to ease pressure on the baht, which has relentlessly appreciated against the US dollar.
 arrow IEA predicts easier oil market in 2008
The International Energy Agency predicted Friday that tightness on the global oil market would ease next year, forecasting that supplies will exceed robust demand.
 arrow KL gets $800m loan for bridge project from China's Exim Bank
The Export-Import Bank of China has given Malaysia a 800 million-dollar loan for the construction of a second bridge linking northern Penang island to the peninsular, state media said Friday.
 arrow SKorea hopes for quick FTA with EU
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun called Friday for a quick free trade deal with the European Union, describing it as another golden opportunity to make the Korean economy more competitive.
 arrow Euro strikes record high at $1.38
The euro shot up over 1.38 dollars here Friday for the first time since its creation in 1999, as weaker-than-expected retail sales in the United States compounded concerns about the country's economy.
 arrow China RMG makers' first entry at Paris Show in Sept
China's clothing industry makes a debut appearance in Paris next September, with around 150 companies teaming up for a special trade fair in the world's fashion capital.
 arrow Vietnamese rank 1st in tech spending
Vietnamese people fall on the top of the list when it comes to buying new technology after covering essential living expenses, according to the 1st Half 2007 Nielsen Global Online Consumer Survey.
 arrow Inflation rises
India's inflation rate rose for a second week in a row on the back of higher food prices, according to official data on Friday, but economists did not expect the central bank to raise rates.
 arrow Remittance sent by Filipino workers up 21.9 percent
Cash transfers by the Philippines' large overseas work force rose 21.9 percent from a year earlier to 5.9 billion dollars in the five months to May, the central bank said Friday.
 arrow US telecom NextWave to enter Japan's mobile market
US telecom firm NextWave Wireless is set to become the second foreign company to enter Japan's crowded mobile telephone business after agreeing to buy a controlling stake in IP Mobile.
 arrow Nippon Steel, Arcelor Mittal reinforce alliance
Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. said Friday it has agreed to reinforce a business alliance with global giant Arcelor Mittal and consider expanding their joint activities in North America.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 08-July 12, 2007
Local FX Market

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

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers' leather hunt
The way this series has been for Bangladesh, more play has equated to more humiliation. The only difference have been the sufferers sometimes it has been the batsmen and sometimes the bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Women ease into semis
Bangladesh made their way to the semifinals of the ACC Women's cricket tournament after another easy victory over Singapore by 10 wickets at the Johor Cricket Academy in Johor yesterday.
 arrow Football: Adeanka brace lifts R'ganj
Adeanka struck twice but was sent off in the dying moments as Rahmatganj beat Chittagong Abahani 2-1 in the B. League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s in deep trouble
Bangladesh Under-19 team were 34 runs short of Sri Lanka U-19s first innings total after being forced to follow on, on the second day of the second three-day match at the Police ground in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Seven matches took place on the opening day of Spectra Group inter-district women's Kabaddi competition at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib slates new rule
Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar Friday urged cricket's governing body to reconsider a new bowling rule which allows a free hit in case of a no-ball, saying it is harsh on bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle commends Scots
West Indies might have beaten England in the recent one-day series, but an old and unwelcome ghost briefly reappeared on Thursday at Clontarf in Dublin as Scotland ran them desperately close in the third
 arrow Cricket: An ad man's dream
It says much for the emergence of Mahendra Dhoni that his face is almost as visible on advertising hoardings as Sachin Tendulkar.
 arrow Cricket: Khan, Powar strike down England A
A fiery spell from Zaheer Khan was complemented by loopy offspin from Ramesh Powar as the Indians clawed their way back against England Lions at Chelmsford.
 arrow Football: 'Gunners better without Henry'
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Arsenal will be a better side next season even though they will be without star striker Thierry Henry.
 arrow Cricket: Mastering Monty
The England-India Test series comes replete with its many sub-plots and battles within battles but the one that looks most intriguing will be between Monty Panesar and the Indian batsmen.
 arrow Football: Gullit questions youth development
Former Dutch international and Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit called Thursday on top clubs to concentrate on developing their youth academies rather than buying in star players on big money transfers.
 arrow Cricket: 'Freddie the difference'
Sourav Ganguly feels England cricket team was vulnerable against India in the upcoming Test series in the absence of its star all rounder Andrew Flintoff, who makes a "huge difference" to the home side.
 arrow Cricket: England face Scotland next year
England will face Scotland in a one-day international for the first time in 2008, as part of a deal securing the Scots' participation in county cricket.
 arrow Football: Boateng set for Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur have had a bid accepted for the midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng by Hertha Berlin .
 arrow Cricket: Murali stands by Whatmore
Muttiah Muralidaran came in support of former coach Dav Whatmore when he rated him 'as a great coach' and said that any country could hire him and test his capabilities.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle pulls WI thru'
West Indies captain Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 85 as his side just did enough to beat Scotland in the last over of their quadrangular one-day international here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ZC insists on Taibu return
Sources close to Zimbabwe Cricket have confirmed that former captain Tatenda Taibu is on the verge of signing a new contract with the board.
 arrow Cricket: Malik eyes Twenty20 crown
Shoaib Malik wants his Pakistan side to go through the Twenty20 World Championship unbeaten and lift the trophy. The inaugural tournament of this kind will take place in South Africa during September.
 arrow Football: Iraq scalp Australia
Australia were booed off the field with their Asian Cup hopes in tatters after a disastrous 3-1 defeat to Iraq here Friday.
 arrow Football: Cesc staying put
Cesc Fŕbregas, the Arsenal and Spain midfield player, told Real Madrid late last night that he would not be joining them this summer.
 arrow Football: Beckham in America
Footballer David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria were met by a welter of fans and photographers at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, the night before his introduction as a member of the
 arrow Football: Benitez betting on Babel
As a procurer of young talent, Rafael Benítez's record has been somewhat hit and miss since he took over as Liverpool manager three years ago.
 arrow Arrest warrant for Tevez agent
Brazil have issued a warrant for the arrest of Kia Joorabchian, the agent of Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez, and the former head of club Corinthians, on suspicion of money laundering, judicial sources
 arrow Football: Youngster sorry for jibe
Uzbek youngster Aziz Haydarov has apologised for the cheeky "Iran go home" message he showed to media ahead of their Asian Cup opener, his coach said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Bianchi moves to City
Sven-Goran Eriksson made his first signing as manager of Manchester City on Friday when Reggina striker Rolando Bianchi joined the former England coach at Eastlands.
 arrow Football: Sevilla borrow Boulharouz
Chelsea's Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz has been loaned to Spanish outfit Sevilla for a year, the Premiership club confirmed Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters ties the knot
Belgian former world number one Kim Clijsters has married American basketball player Brian Lynch in a civil ceremony in her home town here on Friday morning, ahead of the religious ceremony on Saturday.
 arrow Indianapolis struck off F1 menu
The United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis was wiped off the 2008 Formula One schedule after eight years at the historic speedway circuit.
Metropolitanarrow 52pc burn injuries caused by electrocution
Around 52 percent of total burn injuries in the country is caused by electrocution which takes place due to lack of people's awareness and proper management of electrical wires, according to the admission
 arrow Save capital from environmental disaster
Environmentalists yesterday said existing parks, open spaces, ponds, wetlands, canals and surrounding rivers must be preserved and the lost ones should be restored immediately to save the capital from
 arrow Criminalisation main obstacle to women's political empowerment
The political empowerment of women could not be achieved because of political criminalisation and indifferent attitude of the previous governments towards them, speakers at the inaugural ceremony of a
 arrow Road crashes kill 8
Eight people were killed and 24 others injured in separate road accidents in different parts of the country in the last two days.
 arrow Steps to be taken to protect Sirajganj
Water Resources Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman has said permanent measures will be taken soon to protect Sirajganj from erosion by the river Jamuna.
 arrow 'Faizee's resignation to enhance image of SC'
Syndicate members and teachers of Chittagong University (CU) have appreciated the resignation of Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee from the High Court division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday.
 arrow Team provides dental treatment to persons with disabilities at CRP
A voluntary dental research team provided dental treatment for over 100 persons with disabilities at the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Reopen jute mills, reinstate workers: CPB
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded reopening of jute mills, reinstatement of workers and adequate supply of fertilisers across the country.
 arrow BCL protests Mainul's remarks on Hasina
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday condemned Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein's comments on Sheikh Hasina, a press release said.
 arrow Militant suspect held in Habiganj
Police arrested a young man on suspicion of his link with a militant outfit from Madhabpur upazila of the district yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Hafez Abdul Matin, 35, of Mollah Village.
 arrow Decision to raise fuel prices protested
Leaders of Bangladesh Workers' Party yesterday condemned the government decision to raise the prices of petroleum, gas and electricity, adding that the looming price hike would only cause more suffering
 arrow Jamalpur JCD leader arrested with hemp
President of Melandaha upazila unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was arrested along with 50 kgs of hemp on Thursday night.
 arrow Train derails near Bhairab Rail Station
Rail communications between Akhaura and Mymensingh was disrupted for four hours after a compartment of a cargo train derailed at Shambhupur Rail Station near Bhairab Rail Station yesterday noon.
 arrow 11000 CDs worth Tk 6 lakh seized
Police yesterday seized 11,000 Indian Compact Discs (CD) worth about Tk 6 lakh and 20 litres of wine and 20 bottles of phensidyl in separate incidents at Benapole and arrested three smugglers in thisconnection.
 arrow President, CA greet French counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed congratulated the French President Nicolas Sarakozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon on the occasion of the National Day of the country today.
 arrow War Museum programmes
Liberation War Museum organises a programme at Slaughters' Den at Mirpur in the city today where Amirunnisa, wife of martyred freedom fighter Abdul Hakim and Shariful Islam Babul, who narrowly escaped
 arrow Juja to celebrate 37th founding anniversary in Aug
The 37th founding anniversary of Jahangirnagar University Journalists' Association (Juja) will be celebrated on the first week of August, says a press release.
 arrow 13 muggers arrested in city
Thirteen members of Molom Party and Aggyan Party were arrested in the city.
 arrow Two masons,housewife electrocuted in city
Two masons and a housewife were electrocuted in separate incidents in the city's Tejgaon, Rayer Bazar and Kamrangirchar areas in the last two days.
Nationalarrow Extortion case against four former Satkhira lawmakers
An extortion case has been filed with Khulna Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court against 10 people including three former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmakers--Abdul Khaleque, Riasat Ali and Gazi Nazrul Islam--and
 arrow Charge framing against Naser Rahman, Ariful Haque now on July 22
The District and Sessions Judge's court here has fixed 22 July for charge framing of the Tk 2 crore extortion case against former finance minister M Saifur Rahman 's son Moulvibazar district BNP chief
 arrow Workers defy order to vacate mill colony
Workers and employees of closed Peoples Jute Mills in Khulna have refused to vacate their houses in the labour colony until they get arrear wages, salaries and other benefits.
 arrow Court order to record case after three years
A court in Tangail has order the Officer-in-Charge of Modhupur police station to record Piren Slan murder case.
 arrow Students recover school land in Moulvibazar
The students of Juri High School in Juri upazila have recovered four decimals of land of their institution from illegal occupation.
 arrow Sylhet editor acquitted in extortion case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal here on Thursday acquitted editor of a local daily and general secretary of Sylhet Press Club Ahmed Noor in an extortion case.
 arrow Journalist jailed for extortion in B'baria
A court here sentenced a local journalist to five years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for extortion.
 arrow Lightning kills 3 in Rangpur
Lightning killed three people including a minor boy and injured seven others in two separate incidents here yesterday.
 arrow HSTU classes start on July 15
Classes of July-December semester at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) will start on July 15, a HSTU press release said.
 arrow Lonely tigress...

Point-Counterpointarrow Retiring from politics and all that
A highly decorated general of the United States armed forces, who, in his time, might have become a presidential contender, is credited with the famous saying that "old soldiers do not die, they justfade
 arrow Educating women imperative for development
The portrait of the country that leaders envisioned and the pledges they made to the people during all these years have burst into an illusion.
 arrow 'Stop monga' in Bangladesh
"Hunger is exclusion exclusion from the land, from income, jobs, wages, life and citizenship. When a person gets to the point of not having anything to eat, it is because all the rest has been denied.
Culturearrow Discussants call for new dimensions in theatre
On the inaugural ceremony of the Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07, arranged by Mahakal Natyasampradaya to celebrate its 24th anniversary, discussants urged for a change in the contemporary theatre
 arrow Abstractions emanating from nature
Rashid Amin, whose ongoing solo exhibition of prints is being held at Shailpangan, says, "Print-making is something I'm passionate about and I studied it in China, and here at the Institute of Fine Arts.
 arrow Theatre troupe Natukay begins its journey with "Abimisra Ashundar"
Yet another troupe Natukey made its entry into theatre scene of Dhaka last Thursday (July12) at National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow TV play "Gaari" on Channel-i tonight
The first episode of the mini series Gaari directed by actor Bapparaj will be aired tonight at 10pm on Channel-i. The play features a couple, both NGO workers, on the way to a remote village on work.
Generalarrow CA's wife visits school for children with disability
Begum Neena Ahmed, wife of Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, visited Ashar Alo, a school for disabled children run by Bangladesh Navy Family Welfare Association (BNFWA) in Chittagong on Thursday, says an
Internationalarrow Bush admn grilled over support for Musharraf
US President George W Bush's administration came under intense grilling in Congress Thursday over its unconditional support for Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow N Korea wants direct military talks with US
North Korea's military proposed yesterday holding direct talks with US forces, an unusual plea amid recent progress on the nuclear standoff between the two countries.
 arrow Rising concern about India's bloody Maoist insurgency
The killing of 24 Indian troops this week by Maoist rebels has raised concerns over whether security forces can successfully battle the insurgents, officials and analysts said yesterday.
 arrow Pak Islamists call for Musharraf destruction
Thousands of Islamist protesters vented their fury at Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf at mass rallies yesterday, some vowing to "destroy" him to avenge this week's deadly raid on the Red Mosque.
 arrow Victory elusive in 'war on terror'
Six years into the US "war on terror," al-Qaeda is gaining strength in its Pakistani sanctuary and Iraq is a fertile breeding ground for global extremism, according to bleak new assessments.
 arrow Indian peacekeepers in DRC accused of gold trafficking with rebels
Indian UN peacekeepers have been accused of gold trafficking with Rwandan Hutu rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to UN documents and witnesses.
 arrow Benazir backs mosque storm
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto backed the decision to storm a radical mosque in Islamabad this week, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph published on Friday.
 arrow Nepali Maoists accuse govt of deception over royal fund
Nepal's Maoists accused the government of deception yesterday after it said King Gyanendra would still get an allowance even though the budget made no provision for him.
 arrow Powerful typhoon injures dozens in Japan
Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan's southern island of Okinawa Friday, grounding hundreds of flights and injuring at least 34 people, reports said.
 arrow al-Qaeda works to plant US operatives
al-Qaeda is stepping up its efforts to sneak terror operatives into the United States and has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here, according to a new US intelligence assessment,The
 arrow Landslides kill 26 in Nepal
Landslides in two mountainous districts in Nepal killed at least 26 people Friday and injured 17 more, officials said.
 arrow 5th suspect held over NY airport attack 'plot'
A fifth suspect has been arrested over an alleged plot to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at New York's John F Kennedy International airport, the Dutch ANP news agency reported yesterday.
 arrow Autographed letters of Gandhi auctioned in London
Less than ten days after India acquired a rare manuscript of Mahatma Gandhi before it was to be auctioned, handwritten drafts of a series of articles and autographed letters of the 'Father of the Nation'
 arrow Security situation improving in Haiti: UN spoekswoman
Security conditions in Haiti are improving, although more work remains to be done, a UN peacekeepers' spokeswoman said Friday.
 arrow Iran to allow IAEA visit to heavy water reactor
Iran will let UN inspectors this month visit a reactor being built which could produce plutonium, the UN atomic agency said Friday, announcing measures to clear up questions about Tehran's nuclear work.
 arrow India to monitor pregnancies to check girl foeticide
India plans a national mandatory registry of pregnancies and abortions to stem selective abortions of girl fetuses, a minister said, according to a report Friday.
 arrow Mogadishu residents flee feared attacks on peace talks
Hundreds of Somali families fled Mogadishu yesterday, ahead of a peace conference they fear could spark a wave of insurgent attacks across the city.
 arrow 70,000 birds killed at Czech farms
Around 70,000 birds have been killed at two Czech poultry farms where the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is potentially fatal to humans, was confirmed this week, veterinary authorities said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fertiliser supply
What has gone wrong in the fertiliser distribution system? It couldn't be streamlined even after what happened in Nachole a few days back.
 arrow Editorial: Truant teachers
Our concern and disappointment become profound when we hear of teachers in an educational institute doing everything else but teaching.
 arrow Reforms and accountable leadership
Politics in Bangladesh is exasperating to say the least.
 arrow Are Muslims alone to blame?
Bangalore is a familiar dateline. Not long ago, reports of terrorism emanated from there. Lashkar-e-Toiba attacked the Indian Institute of Science, under tight security, one and a half years ago.
 arrow For a President who can take an initiative
There is no denying the fact that it is a call of the time, call of the people of all shades, that there must be a balance of powers between President and Prime Minister in our fledgling parliamentary
StarTecharrow Shaping the future of mobile phones
Who decides how your future mobile phone will look like? Is it the designers who work at the phone manufacturing companies? Well, in a sense yes, but what would be their designing method? Who will inspire
 arrow Priming telecom experts with an edge
Mobile South Asia', one of the prestigious international conferences in telecoms industry, was held in Dhaka from July 10-11 with the aim of creating ample opportunities for operators to upgrade their
 arrow ICE Technologies taps into mobile content market
ICE Technologies, a renowned telecoms solutions provider in the country, has recently teamed up with Hungama Mobile to increase mobile content entertainment in Bangladesh through its new brand, ICET4238.
 arrow Wii Fit

Literaturearrow Morning or Evening?
"What time of the day is it? Afternoon or evening? How long have I been sleeping? Have I slept at all?" The thick, long blue curtains drawn tightly across the window almost touch the floor.
 arrow Indigenous women liberation war fighters ignored by 'Ekattur' scholars
The publication, in 1998, 2000, 2005, of works on ethnic feminist nationalism by Selina Hossain etc, (in Sangrami Nari Juge Juge), Rokeya Kabir and Mojib Mehedi (in Mukti-Juddha and Nari), and more recently
 arrow Imtiaz Dharker's new book of poems
The Terrorist at my Table is Imtiaz Dharker's latest volume of poetry (2007).
 arrow Opaque
Why are these clothes
such solid, unrelenting things?

Who dictated they should be

Where did they get the right
to fight my outlines?

Why should they have weight?

 arrow The right way
You call this
Black brew, no sugar, raw milk?
Let me tell you how it should be.
Put the water in the pan.
Add sugar, more than that,
more. Then boil it
till it gets quite syrupy.

 arrow How to cut a pomegranate
'Never,' said my father,
'Never cut a pomegranate
through the heart. It will weep blood.
Treat it delicately, with respect.

Just slit the upper skin across four quarters.

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