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Front Pagearrow Voter list by Oct '08, poll by Dec
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced its comprehensive plan for holding the next election stipulating that a voter list with photographs will be ready by October 2008 and the parliamentary
 arrow Upazila polls in Nov-Dec '08
The caretaker government has planned to hold the long due elections to upazila parishads simultaneously with the ninth parliamentary elections next year.
 arrow Adviser defends plan to raise prices of fuel, fertiliser, power
The government yesterday came down heavily on the Centre for Policy Dialogue's (CPD) observation on the central bank's monetary policy and said price hike of power, gas, fuel and fertiliser is essential
 arrow Jalil might not say goodbye to politics
Detained Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said he himself wrote the much talked about letter to the chief adviser appealing for his release on grounds of his health.
 arrow BB's monetary policy to help check inflation
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday welcomed the Bangladesh Bank's contractionary monetary policy that has taken a lot of flak from different quaters, and said it will help to rein in inflation.
 arrow BNP reformists review committee members
Reformist leaders of BNP have started reviewing various organisational committees of the party to hold a council as soon as possible.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon to sign deal for study on hydropower plant
Dhaka and Yangon have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a joint feasibility study to build a large hydropower plant in Myanmar to feed Bangladesh's power-hungry national grid.
 arrow High-profile Lankan team arrives today
A Sri Lankan delegation comprising five ministers will arrive today on a bilateral visit, with Dhaka likely to focus on ways for Bangladeshi companies to tap deeper into the growing pharmaceutical export
 arrow Costliest power plant starts July 23
Country's costliest power project--the $120 million 70 megawatt (MW) third phase Mymensingh Power Plant of the Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL)--will start commercial operation from July 23.
 arrow Iajuddin holds office as he flies to S'pore
Despite his absence from the country, Prof Iajuddin Ahmed still holds the office of President as he left for Singapore Saturday night for medical check-up but did not delegate his power to the Speaker.
 arrow AL's Motia not happy, BNP's Ashraf hails
Awami League (AL) leader Motia Chowdhury yesterday said the Election Commission's (EC) roadmap for election is incomplete while BNP Joint Secretary General Ashraf Hossain welcomed the roadmap.
 arrow Mass hysteria affects 7 more students
Seven more students of Adiabad Islamia High School and College in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi fainted yesterday, raising the number of 'mass hysteria' victims at the institution to 84 since Wednesday,
 arrow Rejoinder to commentary on Speaker
The Speaker yesterday sent a rejoinder to the commentary titled "When a Speaker speaks the unspeakable" published yesterday in The Daily Star.
 arrow Speaker's rejoinder to my write-up
The Honourable Speaker termed my comments of yesterday as "confusing and misconceived." My contention, I again claim, is very clear.
 arrow Twin suicide attacks kill 43 in Pakistan
Suicide bombers killed nearly 70 people in three weekend attacks in Pakistan, police said yesterday, after Islamic militants called for holy war over a deadly army raid on a pro-Taliban mosque.
 arrow Judge Faizee's resignation letter sent to president's office
Controversial High Court (HC) Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee's letter of resignation was sent to the president's office yesterday.
 arrow BB asks banks to submit Sheikh Rehana's account information
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked all banks to submit within 11:00am today any account information they have of Sheikh Rehana, younger sister of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Logs from dead trees

 arrow Looting case filed against Mahi, Mannan
Liberal Democratic Party (B Chowdhury) secretary general Maj (retd) MA Mannan, Mahi B Chowdhury and nine others were sued yesterday for looting valuables from office of a rival faction.
 arrow Tuku, family indicted for graft
Detained former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku along with his family was indicted yesterday by a special judge's court for corruption.
 arrow Crammed with passengers

 arrow Khaleda likely to appear in court today
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to appear before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka today in connection with a case filed for not submitting service return
 arrow Govt to amend umbrella act for universities
Faced with strong criticism from public university teachers and the mass media, the caretaker government has taken initiative to amend the draft of the much talked about 'umbrella act' comprising unified
 arrow Wife, mother-in-law visit Tarique in Jail
BNP's detained Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman's wife and mother-in-law visited him at Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow Sheikh Selim denied bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail prayer of detained former health minister and Awami League (AL) leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim in connection with an extortion case.
 arrow Bin Laden praises martyrdom in video
al-Qaeda's fugitive chief Osama bin Laden, who has not been heard from for more than a year, appeared in an undated videotape posted on the Internet yesterday, in which he praises martyrdom.
 arrow 18 killed in series of attacks in Iraq
Eighteen people were killed in attacks across Iraq yesterday, including at least four civilians who died when a car bomb exploded in central Baghdad, security officials said.
 arrow Two murder suspects flee from lock-up
Two murder suspects who were arrested at Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat Saturday escaped from a lock-up in Gangachara Police Station in Rangpur the same day. Three policemen were suspended in this connection.
 arrow North Korea shuts Nuclear reactor
A North Korean diplomat said yesterday that Pyongyang is ready to start disabling its nuclear programmes now that it has shut down its sole operating reactor, as long as Washington lifts all sanctions
Businessarrow Tax on savings certificate income irks small savers
Small savers have expressed disappointment over the imposition of tax on savings instruments income.
 arrow DCCI concerned about tight monetary policy
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday expressed concerns over the tight monetary policy of the central bank.
 arrow IMF opens managing director race, but to a party of one?
The International Monetary Fund has opened the selection process for the next managing director, but it remains to be seen whether there will be more than one candidate.
 arrow Lanka tourist arrivals plunge in June
Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka plunged 30 percent in June compared to a year ago as fighting escalated in the country's bitter ethnic war, the tourism board said Sunday.
 arrow 4 get ICE Today-Aqua Paints Interior Design Award
Four interior designers have won ICE Today-Aqua Paints Interior Design Award 2007 in two categories for their outstanding performance in interior designing.
 arrow 7 banks to keep branches open Saturdays
Branches of seven commercial and specialised banks across the country will remain open on Saturdays, one of the weekly holidays, to facilitate transactions relating only to the government's ongoing food
 arrow Only 10pc of Myanmar's companies running
Only 10 percent of the companies registered in military-ruled Myanmar are actually operating, the acting prime minister said Sunday.
 arrow Videocon's semiconductor unit to be set up in India
Consumer electronics major Videocon has said it will set up a semiconductor unit in India with an initial investment of Rs. 25 billion and is currently working on finalising the location for the same.
 arrow REB signs deals with 2 firms to buy electricity
Rural Electrification Board (REB) yesterday signed separate agreements with two private firms to purchase captive power from them.
 arrow China's trade deficit with East Asia hits $87.5b
Although China has an overall foreign trade surplus, it had a deficit of $87.5 billion in 2006 with East Asian countries, said Liao Xiaoqi, vice minister of commerce, on Saturday.
 arrow China to invest $82b to expand urban rail systems
China will spend 620 billion yuan (82 billion U.S. dollars) building subways and urban railways in 15 major cities in the next ten years to ease traffic jams, according to the Ministry of Construction.
 arrow StanChart takes over US visa fee collection service
Standard Chartered Bank has taken over the Non-Immigrant Visa Fee Collection Service of US Embassy of US Embassy, says a press release.
 arrow China's roaring economy set to overtake Germany
China's economy grew so rapidly in the first half of 2007 that it is likely to overtake Germany as the world's third-largest by the end of this year, analysts say.
 arrow Brunei sultan urges SMEs to play bigger role
The sultan of Brunei called Sunday for small and medium-sized enterprises to play a greater role in the country, which observers say is debating how to secure its economic future amid dwindling oil and
 arrow NZ considers China workers for trade deal
New Zealand is prepared to consider increasing the number of Chinese workers in the country to help cement a better trade deal with Beijing, Trade Minister Phil Goff said.
 arrow Zimbabwe loses out in global gold rush
Skyrocketing inflation, erratic power supplies, a skills shortage and a dearth of foreign exchange have combined to ensure Zimbabwe is missing out on a global boom in gold prices.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees to stay
A half-century in his final Test innings in Kandy seemed to come as a blessing for Shahriar Nafees as the Bangladesh opening batsman was retained for the one-day series against Sri Lanka after being told
 arrow Football: Abahani back on top
It was a day of revenge for touring sides as the B. League completed its 18th week yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Women crush China
Bangladesh beat China by 87 runs yesterday as they kept their big-win habit intact in the ACC women's cricket tournament at the PT Ibrahim Institute ground in Johor.
 arrow Chess: Sharif, Saif stay on top
Two local players and two from India are on top of the StanChart 9th National Schools Chess tournament at the BCF conference room yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Dhaka lift kabaddi title
Dhaka clinched the inaugural women's Kabaddi competition when they beat Tangail in the final at the outer stadium Kabaddi court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin feeling fine
Sachin Tendulkar said he felt both very good and relieved after warming up for next week's first Test at Lord's with 171 against England Lions.
 arrow Cricket: PM salutes beloved son
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse saluted Muttiah Muralidaran as the strife-torn nation on Sunday celebrated the spin wizard's incredible feats.
 arrow Cricket: Shah, Strauss shine on Day 3
Two batsmen who had missed out in the first innings, Andrew Strauss and Owais Shah, managed good batting practice on the third day of the tour game against the Indians at Chelmsford.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi backs free-hit rule
Flamboyant Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday said he favoured the International Cricket Council's new rule of awarding a free hit to batsman after a no ball delivery in one-dayers, sayingit
 arrow Football: Peace at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Sunday that he and Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich have held clear-the-air talks in an effort to repair their stormy relationship.
 arrow Football: China, Iran share the spoils
Regional giants Iran and China fought to a 2-2 draw here on Sunday to leave Asian Cup Group C on a knife-edge.
 arrow Tennis: Sampras into Hall of Fame
American legend Pete Sampras, who captured a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: All-square between USA and Russia
Wimbledon champ Venus Williams survived some jitters and Francesca Schiavone posted an upset win as the United States and Italy split their opening FedCup semifinal matches against Russia and France.
 arrow Football: Robben coming, Cesc booked
Dutch winger Arjen Robben, touted for weeks as a Real Madrid target, is "very close" to quitting Premiership giants Chelsea for the Bernabeu, Spanish media said Saturday.
 arrow Football: FIFA overturns La Paz ban
FIFA have done an about-turn on their high-altitude policy by allowing Bolivia to play their 2010 World Cup qualifying matches in the capital La Paz, announced the South American football federation (Conmebol)
 arrow Pedrosa bags German GP
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa got back to winning ways for Honda here on Sunday when he cruised to victory in the MotoGP category at the German Grand Prix.
 arrow Cricket: Broad wins call-up
Uncapped pace bowler Stuart Broad was called up Sunday into England's 13-man squad for the first Test against India starting at Lord's on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: The man behind Murali
What makes Muttiah Muralidaran such a great bowler? The answer to that question was found at the Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium where the third and final Test was played between Sri Lanka andBangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid faces ultimate test
If cricket teams adopt the characteristics of their leaders, then India's understated arrival on these shores was entirely in keeping.
 arrow Cricket: Gooch backs old foe
Graham Gooch, the former England captain who played his last Test at the age of 42, has urged India's experienced middle-order batsmen to convert the final phase of their careers into a "golden one",and
 arrow Cricket: Fear of the future
The ICC has apparently accepted a request from its "members" to act as intermediary between the West Indies Cricket Board and Allen Stanford in discussions on the proposed Stanford 20/20 tournament in
 arrow Swimming: Army crush Air Force
Bangladesh Army thrashed Bangladesh Air Force 13-3 in the opening match of the Inter-Services Swimming and Water Polo competition that began at the Bangladesh Navy Swimming Complex in Banani yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland reach 222
Niall O'Brien's 72 helped Ireland to 222, which should be a competitive score on a slow wicket at Stormont. They need to win this match with a bonus point to share in the trophy.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's winning start to US tour
Chelsea had goals from captain John Terry and new signing Florent Malouda as the English Premiership club kicked off a pre-season US tour with a 2-1 victory over Club America of Mexico on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Shatskikh drubs Malaysia
Man-of-the-match Maksim Shatskikh struck twice as Uzbekistan hammered Malaysia 5-0 on Saturday to leave the Asian Cup co-hosts with no realistic hope of reaching the knock-out rounds.
 arrow Football: Heat gets to Asian Cup
After the first week of Asian Cup action nearly everyone is agreed on one thing: it's hot, very hot.
Metropolitanarrow Participation of grassroots' people a must to strengthen democracy
Development and institutionalisation of democracy is not possible without participation of the people at grassroots level and strengthening of the local government institutions with financial autonomy,
 arrow Reforms should be aimed at restoring people’s rights
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said eliminating one or more leaders from their party posts cannot be the aim of reforms initiatives.
 arrow Adulterated ghee worth Tk 10 lakh seized in Ctg
A mobile court seized around 3.6 metric tonnes of adulterated ghee worth about Tk 10 lakh that eight wholesalers of the city's Reazuddin Bazar surrendered before the court yesterday.
 arrow 5 robbers held at Benapole
With the help of villagers, Benapole port police arrested five robbers while they were trying to flee the scene after committing robbery in the guise of Rab members at Kagajpukur bazaar in the early hours
 arrow Ershad case hearing adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on arguments of the gold smuggling case filed against former president HM Ershad till August 14 following a time petition by defence lawyers.
 arrow 'Ensure access to IT'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for ensuring commoners' access to information technology and proper dissemination of global knowledge among the people to ensure their development.
 arrow Urea worth Tk 8.6 lakh seized
Coastguard members seized 179 metric tonnes of urea worth Tk 8.6 lakh from a cargo vessel at skid ghat in Khulna and detained 13 people yesterday .
 arrow IIBA Bangladesh chapter formed
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) has formed its Bangladesh chapter at a general meeting held at its office in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Extortion case filed against 3 journalists in Rajshahi
An extortion case was filed against three journalists with Boalia Police Station in Rajshahi on Saturday night.
 arrow Shop owner beaten to death
A stationery shop owner was beaten to death allegedly by his family members at their house in the city's Mohammadpur area on Saturday night.
 arrow Three children electrocuted in Nilphamari
Three children were electrocuted at Derirdanga village in Sadar upazila yesterday noon.
 arrow Gruel kitchen for jute workers
With the support from the people of all walks of life, the National Relief Committee will open a 'gruel kitchen' at Khalishpur in Khulna for starving jute mill workers and their families on July 19, says
 arrow Sven Lampell passes away
Sven Lampell, the Red Cross chief delegate to the then East Pakistan in 1971, passed away in Stockholm last week at the age of 86, says a press release.
 arrow Model police station opens in N'ganj
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad has said criminals would not be able to escape justice anymore as none is available now to protect them.
 arrow N’ganj town plunges into darkness
Severe power crisis engulfed two-thirds of Narayanganj town as control circuit of Shitalakkhya grid was burnt at yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Hilsa worth Tk 1.3cr seized
Members of Coast Guard yesterday seized three trawlers laden with hilsa worth around Tk 1.
 arrow Shab-e-Meraj on Aug 11
Holy Shab-e-Meraj will be observed in the country on August 11 as the moon of Rajab was not sighted yesterday.
 arrow Construction work at DU stopped amid student protest
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday stopped the construction work of a labourers' shed in front of Central Library in the face of agitation by students.
 arrow Rath Jatra today
The annual Jagannath Rath Jatra (chariot procession), a major religious festival of Hindus, will be celebrated across the country today. The country's biggest Rath Jatra will take place at Dhamrai.
Nationalarrow Interim councils take over in three hill dists
Chairmen and members of three interim hill district councils in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), selected by the caretaker government, took over yesterday in Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari districts.
 arrow Mindless sand lifting threatens Hardinge Bridge Guide Dump
Indiscriminate sand lifting from mighty Padma at Paksey in Ishwardi upazilla is threatening the guide embankment of Hardinge Bridge and the railway station.
 arrow BMRE plan overturned for unknown reasons
Deviating from an earlier plan for BMRE (Balancing Modernisation Rehabilitation and Expansion) of Ashuganj Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL), its authorities are going ahead with plan for repairing
 arrow DG health unhappy, warns of action
Director General (DG) of Health Directorate (HD) Dr Md Shahjahan Biswas paid a surprise visit to Magura civil surgeon's office, district reserve store (DRS) and the Sadar Hospital Saturday afternoon.
 arrow Gas production to start shortly
Production will begin in the newly drilled sixth well in Kailashtila gas field in a day or two.
 arrow Election goes, pre-poll pledge goes with it
An election pledge to construct a bridge on Kabodak river at Khordo made by political leaders on several occasions is yet to be fulfilled.
 arrow BSF kills cattle smuggler, abducts three
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down an Indian cattle smuggler near Satkhira border and abducted three Bangladeshi stone lifters from Laurergarh border in Sunamganj.
 arrow Jute worker in Khulna now begs
Arjan Ali (50), a worker of closed state-owned Peoples Jute Mill came to Khulna Press Cat 11-30 am yesterday to beg alms from journalists. "I have no money to buy food to feed members of my family.
 arrow 3 front ranking Bagerhat BNP leaders sued for extortion
Three top Bagerhat BNP leaders have been named as accused in an FIR of extortion case filed by a front ranking leader of the party's woman's front.
 arrow Expatriate's wife killed, farmer injured in bomb attack
An expatriate's housewife was killed allegedly after rape in Kushtia and a farmer was injured when fleeing 'abductors' threw bombs at him in Meherpur Friday night, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Turbulent times for Musharraf
The year 2007 has so far been rather difficult for General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan. His junta seems increasingly isolated.
 arrow Reverberation of popular demands
Arguably, Army Chief General Moeen U. Ahmed's deliberations regarding home-grown democracy created a bit of an apprehension.
 arrow Fighting inflation in Bangladesh
Few subjects invite as much public emotion as the topic of inflation.
Culturearrow Impact of French Revolution on world literature
It was a difficult subject, no doubt, to discuss and arrive at a conclusion because hardly any work has been done on the discernible impact of the French Revolution on world literature.
 arrow "Bou Boshanti" to be staged today
As part of the ongoing Citycell Mahakal Theatre Festival '07, arranged by Mahakal Natyasampradaya, Udichi (theatre branch) will stage Bou Boshanti today at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Artist Kanakchanpa receives Japanese award
Kanakchanpa Chakma recently received a "Sosiro" award at the 12th Art Miria International Contest in Japan.
 arrow Documentary on Hasan Hafizur Rahman
A documentary titled Hasan Hafizur Rahman: Life and Works was screened at Liberation War Museum on July 14. Hafizur Rahman Sangsad arranged the programme.
 arrow Artist Shafiqul Ameen turns 96 today
Eminent artist of the country Shafiqul Ameen turns 96 today, says a press release.
 arrow Performance by Fakir Alamgir at Shilpakala
Bangladesh Shipakala Academy (BSA) arranged a musical programme on July 14 at the National Music and Dance Centre.
 arrow "CDL Shangbad Protidin" airs 150th episode
Live news-based programme CDL Shangbad Protidin on Banglavision, aired its 150th episode on July 14.
Internationalarrow Tribal militants scrap peace accord with Pakistan govt
Pro-Taliban militants in a Pakistan tribal border region with Afghanistan said yesterday they had scrapped a controversial peace accord reached with the government last year.
 arrow US 'ready' to resolve issues
Washington said Satsurday it is "ready to resolve" the outstanding issues in the US-India nuclear cooperation agreement in talks next week with top Indian officials.
 arrow Kashmir could become symbol of Indo-Pak peace: Manmohan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the disputed Kashmir region could become a symbol of cooperation with arch-rival Pakistan as he promised to continue peace talks with Islamabad.
  arrow '16 Lankan troops killed in heavy fighting'
Tamil Tiger rebels killed at least 16 government soldiers for the loss of three of their own fighters in heavy clashes in northern Sri Lanka Saturday, the guerrillas said.
 arrow Fatah militants renounce attacks against Israel
Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said yesterday.
 arrow 8 dead in attacks in eastern Afghanistan
Eight people including five construction workers were killed in a series of weekend attacks in eastern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow India set to elect first female president amid mudslinging
India is set to elect its first female head of state in a two-way election this week, the run-up to which has been the most vitriolic in recent memory, analysts say.
 arrow Australia not extraditing Indian doctor
An Indian doctor accused of supporting the foiled car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow will not be extradited to Britain while he faces charges in Australia, the attorney general said yesterday.
 arrow Karzai slams Pak madrasas for teaching violent extremism
Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticised some madrasas in Pakistan for teaching violent extremism yesterday, as he forgave a teenager who said he was sent across the border to carry out a suicide attack.
 arrow Los Angeles archdiocese to pay $660m for abuse
The nation's largest Catholic archdiocese has settled its abuse cases for $660 million, by far the largest payout in the church's sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press has learned.
 arrow Iraq capable of handling security without US: PM
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shrugged off US doubts of his government's military and political progress on Saturday, saying Iraqi forces are capable and American troops can leave "any time they want.
 arrow Libyan families strike $400m compensation deal in AIDS case
Families of Libyan children infected with AIDS have accepted compensation topping 400 million dollars, a Libyan foundation confirmed on Sunday, which could lead to a death sentence on six foreign medics
 arrow Russia's treaty freeze puts pressure on Europe
Russia's decision to withdraw from a key European arms treaty ratchets up pressure on the European Union as an assertive Moscow tests Brussels' resolve, analysts said.
 arrow 'US will remain Britain's closest ally’
Foreign Secretary David Miliband insisted yesterday that the United States would remain Britain's most important ally under new Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
 arrow Britain urged to legalise illegal immigrants
Half a million illegal immigrants should be given the right to stay in Britain, a leading centre-left think-tank said yesterday, arguing that to do so would benefit the country's economy.
 arrow Typhoon misses Tokyo, loses strength
A typhoon expected to hit Tokyo missed the capital and moved toward northeastern Japan yesterday after leaving five people dead and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.
 arrow Most foreign insurgents in Iraq are Saudis
Most foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from Saudi Arabia, despite attempts by US officials to portray Syria and Iran as the main culprits of violence, The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Iran hopes to avoid more UN sanctions
Tehran will remain steady in pursuing its disputed nuclear program and hopes the UN Security Council won't approve further sanctions, Iran's foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Frenchman stages chopper escape from jail
A convicted killer who had already made one helicopter-assisted prison break and organised another, escaped by helicopter from a French prison Saturday for a second time.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Election roadmap
The much-awaited roadmap for holding a credible general election by December 2008 has been presented before the nation by the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Editorial: Tighter monetary policy, utility price hikes
Two statements, one made by Governor, Bangladesh Bank Dr Salehuddin Ahmed and the other by Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury late last week, created a stir of sorts.
 arrow New peace envoy to Middle East?
The talent and expertise of Tony Blair, a consummate politician who led his New Labour to three consecutive victories to become Britain's most accomplished performer-prime minister of his time, couldn't
 arrow Any questions?
Is the world under siege by Muslims or are Muslims under siege by the world? Now that the last hope of liberals, Indian Muslims, seem to have joined this world in Glasgow, or perhaps the world has reached
 arrow In search of transformational leadership
Recently, I was reading Pervez Musharraf's book on Pakistan, In the Line of Fire, when a paragraph jumped out at me. He wrote: "Financial corruption aside, the government was rife with nepotism and incompetence.
Letters to Editorarrow Environmental degradation
"Look after this planet, it's the only one we have". This is a personal message from worldwide fund for nature president, The Duke of Edinburgh.
 arrow War criminals
Bangladesh became an independent and sovereign state through a historic war for national independence. More than 30 lakh people sacrificed their lives for this independence.
 arrow Pray for Sabina Yasmin
We need such artistes who play an important role in the cultural arena. Sabina Yasmin is such an artiste whose songs have attracted, charmed and overwhelmed the music lovers.
 arrow Ban on smoking
Smoking openly, even in public places, has not come to an end. Govt. actions to stop it are limited to stopping ads.
 arrow Greeting with "Kadam"
I had an appointment with a VIP. On the way at the Bijoy Sharani traffic point, I saw some street children selling kadam flowers.
 arrow Save the barrage
A 14 kilometre long embankment was built from Zatramora to Golakandail in Rupgonj upazilla in Narayangonj district. It is called the NND embankment.
 arrow Financial trap?
Financial trap? Every now and then, the newspapers carry conditional tariff reduction ads from different mobile companies saying "Offer valid until further notice".
 arrow Party reform
The CTG must encourage good politicians from the AL and the BNP to carry out reforms in the parties as soon as possible.
 arrow Biman
The news of Biman flyers being stuck at ZIA is not surprising to me.
 arrow Black water
I have been following your story on black water in the Sundarbans. It amazes me that no one could give a good explanation for this occurrence.
 arrow In response...
The letter by Sami Abedin from California, USA was filled with some illogical views (I beg apology if the writer finds my language offensive).
 arrow Divorce
From time immemorial, women have been suffering from different types of oppressions in male-dominated societies.
 arrow Corruption in police dept.
Kamran Reza's investigative reporting in Star Weekend Magazine (July: 6) reflects all that is bad, corrupt and immoral with our police.
 arrow Begum Zia
Former PM Begum Khaleda Zia, so long in the doghouse with her party men, apart from the drama of her exit from the country, now seems to have jerked herself up and exuded confidence and self assurance
 arrow Johnston's kidnapping
BBC journalist Johnston's kidnapping shows how reckless a nation could be to be heard around the globe.
 arrow Optimism has no substitute
climate and culture. I must say that our country has a rich cultural heritage and great natural beauty that's hard to describe.
 arrow BTV
I enjoyed the lively interview of the former US Ambassador, Ms Patricia Butenis, on June 22, 2007 in the "Shomoyer Kotha" aired in BTV.
 arrow Overseas calls
In the last 6 days, I have lost more than Tk 400.00 for wrong connection of my calls to the US through EISD (012).
 arrow CTG's real test
News of scam is not new in the Indian subcontinent (India-Pakistan-Bangladesh). Our military backed caretaker government (or interim government) is fighting against corruption. We are pleasantly surprised.
 arrow For a better electoral system
There is lot of wastage in our election system. If those can be avoided, the country can use that money for meeting other crying needs.
Star Cityarrow Dress as you like!
Use of number plates of varying sizes and with decorative designs has become a common practice although any kind of alteration in the plates is strictly prohibited.
 arrow Heartless pir's beastly acid attack on a young girl
Salma Aktar sat on a bed of the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with her face down yesterday. The left side of her face was thoroughly bandaged.
 arrow Parents still long for the long arm of law
It has been two years since the gruesome killing of Iqbal Hossain Masum, a brilliant student of Jagannath University, took place, but mysteriously, police are yet to submit investigation report of the
 arrow Grabbing main flood outlet in Rupnagar for housing
Land grabbers are filling up the main drainage canal of Mirpur section 2 and Rupnager residential area and selling those illegally filled up plots with forged documents.
 arrow Blacksmiths: No time to rest, no end to woes
Rain or shine, their hands don't have the luxury to rest for a moment.
 arrow When Road Repair Brings Sufferings To People

 arrow "city express"
The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness.
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