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Front Pagearrow Govt goes for intense drive amid crime rise
The government yesterday ordered the law enforcement agencies to better coordinate and intensify their operations in the wake of deterioration of the law and order marked by the recent spate of high-profile
 arrow EC to knock now on voters' doors
The Election Commission (EC) has finally decided to assign its enumerators to make door-to-door visits for collecting particulars of eligible voters to simultaneously prepare the voter list with photographs,
 arrow BNP divide leaps to the fore
Trouble brews in the BNP as the ones loyal to Chairperson Khaleda Zia and those campaigning for reforms led by Secretary General Mannan Bhuiyan are poles apart over holding a council.
 arrow Rab drive soon to curb price hike
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will soon start a drive against those responsible for the soaring prices of vegetables in the retail markets of the capital.
 arrow ACC won't care about Hasina's letter
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has not accepted a letter from detained Awami League President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in which she said the notice served by the ACC asking for her
 arrow 6 British MPs for release of Hasina
Six British lawmakers yesterday demanded release of former Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on bail saying that she poses no 'conceivable' security risk or risk of attempting to evade justice as
 arrow Govt gets five weeks to complete job
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday granted the government five weeks for completing official formalities to implement separation of judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Khaleda warns against party rebels, corrupt leaders
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has warned of stern action against party leaders whose involvement in corruption will be proved and also those conspiring to break the party.
 arrow PWD staff confesses to killing lawyer Sayma
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday afternoon arrested a PWD staff who later admitted to his involvement in the killing of advocate Sayma on July 17.
 arrow SL clinch ODI series
Bangladesh continued their woeful batting, but for a change it was in trying conditions as Sri Lanka ran out five-wicket victors at the R Premadasa Stadium here yesterday to secure the series 2-0 with
 arrow Ivory Coast town proud of its Bangladesh Road
In a far off African country of 17 million people and over 60 ethnic groups who speak French and several indigenous languages, a signboard written in Bangla on a street will simply take you by surprise.
 arrow Grabbers, corrupt staff gobble up Tangail forests
Forests in Tangail all but disappeared in the last two decades.
 arrow Parents still believe uncle killed Nowshin
Parents of Sadia Nowshin Priyanka, who was found strangled to death inside her family residence at Moghbazar in the capital, stopped sending their son to school out of fear that his uncle might kill him.
 arrow Losing habitat

 arrow Ex-BNP MP in Kansat jailed for 5 years
A Chapainawabganj court yesterday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Prof Shahjahan Mia and two others to five years imprisonment in a case filed in connection with extorting Tk 70,000.
 arrow Plants mark record power generation
The country produced the highest amount of power in its history yesterday. A record 3,880 megawatt (MW) of power was generated leaving the previous record of 3,400MW well behind.
 arrow Biman turns public limited company
Bangladesh Biman finally turned into a public limited company (PLC) yesterday, starting anew its journey with the name Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.
 arrow Myanmar may lease 50,000 acres of land to Bangladesh
Myanmar is considering leasing out at least 50,000 acres of land in its Rakhine state to Bangladeshi private entrepreneurs for 'contract farming'.
 arrow Inundated

 arrow Properties of Harris Chy, Shajahan Siraj to be confiscated
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered to attach properties of Harris Chowdhury, former political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, and ex-minister Shajahan Siraj, his wife and son in money laundering
 arrow Joy's wife may arrive in Dhaka to provide legal aid to Hasina
US Attorney Kristine Overmire, also wife of Sajeeb Wazed Joy, is likely to arrive in Dhaka to provide legal aid for detained Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Petition seeking Hasina's bail likely in a week
Pro-Awami League (AL) lawyers may file a bail petition for Sheikh Hasina, AL president and former prime minister, with Dhaka Judge Court within a week.
 arrow Occupying passenger shed

 arrow Ex-Jamaat MP Shakhawat held for extortion
Former Jamaat lawmaker Maulana Shakhawat Hossain was arrested at his residence at Keshabpur upazila headquarters last night on charges of extortion.
 arrow PSC cautious as viva voce of 27th BCS exams starts July 29
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has taken a number of measures for viva voce of the controversial 27th BCS examinations scheduled to begin on July 29.
 arrow 65pc new doctors seek jobs abroad
A UN study finds 65 percent of all newly graduated Bangladeshi doctors seek jobs abroad and the country loses 200 doctors from the government sector each year.
 arrow UK cops probe collapse of money transfer company
British police are investigating the circumstances around which a money-transfer company used by members of the Bangladeshi community in London collapsed, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
 arrow Last Afghan king Zahir Shah dies
Mohammad Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan who returned from three decades of exile to bless his war-battered country's fragile course toward democracy, died yesterday, President Hamid Karzai said.
 arrow Taliban threaten to kill Korean hostages
A purported Taliban spokesman said that negotiations for the lives of 23 South Korean hostages had stalled and that militants would kill the aid workers Monday evening if the government doesn't free Taliban
 arrow US angers Pak govt over al-Qaeda claims
The United States was at the centre of a new diplomatic row yesterday after refusing to rule out military action against al-Qaeda leaders sheltering inside Pakistan, one of its closest "war on terror"
 arrow BSF kills cattle trader
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was beaten to death by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Gatipara frontier village in Sharsha upazila early yesterday.
Businessarrow Stringent conditions on export of 8m RMG pieces to India go
From now on Bangladesh is free to export the RMG products made of either Bangladeshi or any other country's fabrics to its neighbouring country.
 arrow EU urges greater China effort on product safety
The European Union's top consumer protection official on Monday urged China to move more aggressively against the makers of dangerous goods that have raised global fears over Chinese-made products.
 arrow China, Malaysia, S'pore vie for India's place as top outsourcing hub
India, which has emerged as the back-office of the world in recent years, is expected to face stiff competition from countries like China, Malaysia and Singapore even as the global outsourcing industry
 arrow Intel to tap India's rural heartland
Intel marketing veteran John McClure likes to tell the story of an unschooled Indian farmer who wanted to catch and store rain to water his crops but didn't know how to go about it.
 arrow US downplays trade deal with Asean
The United States is not ruling out a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Southeast Asia but it is too early to discuss the issue, Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in remarks published Monday.
 arrow Toyota, Mazda, Honda set to resume output
Carmakers Mazda and Honda and more than half of Toyota's shuttered assembly lines will restart at least some production over the next two days because a key parts supplier damaged by a major earthquake
 arrow Mandelson sees EU in 'strong position' in WTO talks
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson said Monday that the 27-nation bloc had gained a "strong position" in WTO free-trade talks after new proposals were made last week to break six-years of deadlock.
 arrow FBCCI team to attend meet of Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers
A business delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BFCCI) left Dhaka for Australia yesterday to attend the 73rd Council meeting of the Confederation of Asia Pacific
 arrow US gives up hope for Thai trade deal
The United States has given up hopes of a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Thailand because of the political situation since last year's coup, a US official told a Singapore newspaper.
 arrow Western Marine to expand its shipbuilding facilities in Ctg
Western Marine Shipyard Ltd, a local shipbuilding company, is going to expand its existing shipyard facilities in Chittagong, says a press release.
 arrow Sonargaon Textiles okays 10pc cash dividend
Sonargaon Textiles Ltd has approved a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Seoul, Delhi to discuss tariff cuts under FTA
South Korea and India will discuss proposed tariff cuts during another round of talks this week on a planned free trade deal, the South Korean government said Monday.
 arrow Brown rules out joining euro soon
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday again ruled out joining the euro in the near future, while calling on the European Union to look outwards, not inwards.
 arrow Laos tries to stabilise exchange rates
The Bank of the Lao PDR, the central bank of Laos, is trying to stabilise the exchange rate in the country as much as possible, hoping for a rate fluctuation this year of no more than 5 percent.
 arrow China's cotton sales up 48.4pc
The China National Cotton Reserves Corporation (CNCRC) said Monday that China's cotton sales had jumped to 6.05 million tons by July 18 up 48.4 percent from the same period last year.
 arrow Dollar hits new record low against euro
The dollar touched a fresh record low against the euro in Asian trade Monday, hit by jitters about US housing market problems and heavy falls on Wall Street at the end of last week, dealers said.
 arrow German growth slows in Q2
Growth of the German economy, the biggest in the 13-country eurozone, slowed in the second quarter because of a slight lull in the construction sector, the Bundesbank said in its monthly report on Monday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Coach states the obvious
Even for an optimistic man like Bangladesh interim coach Shaun Williams it was hard to find any positives from the Tiger's five-wicket defeat in the second one-dayer of the three-match series at the R
 arrow Football: Abahani stay ahead
Abahani closed in on the B. League title when they blanked Arambagh 3-0 yesterday to maintain their three-point lead over fellow title contenders Mohammedan in the table.
 arrow Cricket: Miscommunication?
The Bangladesh team management made a drama about sending their captain to the post-match briefing after Sri Lanka clinched the three-match series with a five-wicket victory in the second game at theR
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh U-19s down Sri Lanka
All-round performances by Mahmudul Hasan and Tapash Ghosh enabled touring Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka by 43 runs in the Under-19 tri-nation cricket tournament at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Dhaka eves finish third
Dhaka clinched third place in the BASIC Bank 18th National Women's Handball Championship when they defeated Faridpur 16-8 in yesterday's play-off at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Handball: BNS Dockyard Navy handball champs
BNS Dockyard lifted the annual handball championship of Bangladesh Navy when they came from a two-point first-half deficit to beat BNS Haji Mohsin 19-16 in the final on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bad light holds up hosts
Bad light threatened to give India a dramatic reprieve in the first Test as England's bid for victory was halted with them needing just one more wicket to go 1-0 up in the three-match series at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: ICL ropes in Lara
Brian Lara has become the first big-name signing for the Indian Cricket League (ICL), which announced on Monday that it has also contracted former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal to coach its Delhi teamand
 arrow Football: The power of bathing
When the going gets tough, the tough Shunsuke Nakamura gets going by diving into a bathtub to relieve his weary limbs at the Asian Cup here.
 arrow Football: Iran mocks 'the General'
Iran's press Monday pilloried national coach Amir Ghalenoei after his star-studded squad disappointed again by losing on penalties to South Korea in the Asian Cup quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Torres longs for stardom
Record Liverpool signing Fernando Torres on Monday said he hoped his big-money move would make him famous around the globe.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal's Stuttgart delight
World number two Rafael Nadal said he was pleased to win his sixth title of the year on Sunday when he beat unseeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in 6-4, 7-5 in the Stuttgart final.
 arrow Football: Barca to get tough
Spanish giants Barcelona will step up measures aimed at enforcing player discipline after a series of bust-ups that damaged the team's performance last season.
 arrow Football: Argentina win U-20 World Cup
Argentina won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup for the sixth time, rallying to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 Sunday on Mauro Zarate's goal in the 86th minute.
 arrow Football: Lawyers in Heinze's wake
Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez on Monday said the club's lawyers were working on ways to prise defender Gabriel Heinze away from Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Rafa's nocturnal ban
Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez on Monday said he would impose a strict nightclub ban on his players during their visit to renowned party capital Hong Kong.
 arrow Cycling: Vinokourov bounces back
Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov overcame the disappointment of losing any chance of winning the Tour de France by winning the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the second of three days in the Pyrenees,
 arrow Football: Ljungberg joins West Ham
Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has completed his move to fellow London club West Ham.
 arrow Real leave Cassano behind
Spanish champions Real Madrid headed to Austria on Sunday for a pre-season training camp without their unsettled Italian international striker Antonio Cassano.
 arrow Golf: Garcia laments cursed luck
Sergio Garcia insisted he would bounce back from the trauma of throwing away his chance to claim his first major title at a British Open he had led from the opening day.
 arrow Cricket: KP will always be there
Kevin Pietersen said there could be no question over his commitment to England following a hundred here Sunday which set up his side's bid for victory in the first Test against India at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: Gibson takes ten all
Former West Indies Test bowler Ottis Gibson created a little piece of history on Sunday when he took 10 wickets in an innings in an English county championship match.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya will let the cat out of the bag
Training his guns on the Sharad Pawar-led Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday asserted that he would go all the way to expose those who considered the board as their
 arrow Tennis: Chakvetadze wins Cincinnati crown
Top-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze captured her fifth WTA Tour title Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Japan's Akiko Morigami in the final of this 175,000-dollar hardcourt event.
 arrow Cricket: PCB hopes for the best
With Australia and South Africa raising concerns over touring Pakistan in the wake of an escalation in violence, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf said the situation had not reached such
 arrow Tennis: Sania-Bethanie pair triumphs at Cincinnati
Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek lived up to their top billing to clinch the doubles title after a nail-biting final at the 175,000-dollar Cincinnati Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
 arrow Football: United hit six
English Premier League champions Manchester United handed FC Shenzhen a footballing lesson with a 6-0 victory in Macau Monday, even though they were missing injured midfielder Paul Scholes.
 arrow Stoner wins US GP
Australia's Casey Stoner, on a Ducati, won the USA MotoGP in dominant style here on Sunday to extend his World Championship lead. Stoner won the 115.52km race in 44min 20.325sec, finishing 9.
 arrow Tennis: Stepanek stuns Blake
Radek Stepanek toppled second-seeded American James Blake 7-6 (9/7), 5-7, 6-2 here Sunday to capture his second career ATP title in the final of the 525,000-dollar Countrywide Classic.
 arrow Football: City to go private
Thailand's ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra has gained effective control of Manchester City football club and will delist it from the stock exchange, his lawyer said Monday.
 arrow Portsmouth eye European spot
Portsmouth are hoping to build on their top-10 Premier League finish and push for European football next season, their coach and captain said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow No chance of vote rigging in digitised voter list
The two election commissioners, who are visiting Rajshahi to see the preparations for the enumeration of the voter list with photographs, yesterday asked for cooperation of all in this regard.
 arrow Road accidents kill 6
At least six people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Manikganj, Rajshahi and Magura yesterday.
 arrow Punitive actions against 30 UP representatives
The government has taken punitive actions against 30 representatives of union parishads (UP) on various charges during the last six months, says a press release.
 arrow Simplify process to make slum dwellers voters
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for launching awareness campaign through media to make slum dwellers interested in becoming voters so that they can exercise their rights to franchise.
 arrow Indiscriminate use of antibiotics could be fatal to health
Indiscriminate use of antibiotics could lead to short and long term side effects which might be fatal to health, cautioned the experts at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Save local varieties of fish from extinction'
As a seven-day fish fair began in the city yesterday, Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam urged private sector entrepreneurs to come up with large investments to save local varieties of fish.
 arrow Int'l confce on human resource management begins today
The Seventh International Conference on Human Resource Management & Development - 2007 begins at Sheraton Hotel in the city today.
 arrow A novel way to check corruption
Police staffs at the Assistant Commissioner's (prosecution) Office at Chittagong court building have been asked not to carry over Tk 100 during their duty hours.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank-Daily Star debate begins in port city today
A five-day Mutual Trust Bank - The Daily Star Debate Contest '07 begins in the port city today.
 arrow Mugger caught red-handed
A traffic constable caught a mugger and recovered Tk 2.2 lakh from his possession at Khligaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Couple electrocuted in Gazipur
A couple was electrocuted at Bhogra Channa village in Gazipur Sadar on Sunday morning. The victims were identified as Akkas Ali, 65 and his wife Mamtaz Begum, 50.
 arrow Five Ctg firms pilfer Wasa water
A mobile court in its drive against water pilferage and tax evasion found numerous irregularities at five business establishments at Nasirabad and Bayezid areas yesterday and asked the Chittagong Wasa
 arrow 300 bullets found abandoned
Three hundred bullets were found abandoned in a drain at Mahakhali in the city yesterday. Receiving information, the police found a white bag containing the bullets in a drain at Road No.
 arrow Tasmima sued
A case was filed with Joydebpur Police Station against Tasmima Hossain, wife of Jatiya Party Chairman Anwar Hossain Monju, on Sunday night on charge of grabbing Roads and Highways (R & H) land at Chhoto
 arrow 4 members of 'Aggyan Party' jailed for 4 yrs
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four members of an 'Aggyan Party' to four years' rigorous imprisonment for looting Tk 5.70 lakh from a house at Savar in July 2004.
 arrow Polythene bags worth Tk 5 lakh seized, 4 held
Joint forces in a raid at Machhua Bazar in the district yesterday seized nine sacks of banned polythene bags worth about Tk 5 lakh and arrested four in this connection.
 arrow Moderate tremor jolts country
A minor earthquake, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, jolted the country yesterday morning. The epicentre of the tremor that was felt at about 5 hours 00 minutes 18.
 arrow Ctg shop owner strangled by miscreants
A shop owner was strangled by miscreants in the port city yesterday. The victim was identified as Imam Hossain, 18, son of one Abdul Alim of Momin Colony under Panchlaish Police Station.
 arrow Appeal for help
Annesha Kumkum Chupkatha, a child drama activist, has been suffering from blood cancer for the last one year.
 arrow Akbar Ali Khan made G4S adviser
Former adviser to the caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan has joined G4S Security Services Bangladesh as an adviser, says a press release.
 arrow Release of Hasina demanded
Bangladesh Non-government Vocational Teachers' Association in a statement yesterday demanded unconditional release of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, says a press release.
 arrow Leo Dist Council executives
The 12th Annual Conference of the Leo District Council, Lions Clubs International, District 315A1, Bangladesh was held at All Community Club at Gulshan-2 in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow JICA Alumni hold tree plantation programme
A tree plantation programme was organised by JICA Alumni Association on the campus of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) at Gazipur on July 21, says a press release.
Nationalarrow JMB regroups in Kishoreganj, adjoining five districts
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists are regrouping and recruiting members from haor (water body) areas of Kishoreganj and adjoining five districts.
 arrow Ancient Bengal treasures finally being flown to Paris for display
Finally, the 24 rare ancient Bengal treasures of Barind Research Museum (BRM) under Rajshahi University (RU) are being flown to Paris for display at a museum there for 'a great global exposure' of Bangladesh.
 arrow Verdict of case against Dulu, 93 others on Thursday
A court in Natore has fixed the date for pronouncement of verdict in a case filed against former BNP deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu and 93 others on Thursday (July 26).
 arrow Argument in two out of six cases starts Aug 26
Argument in two cases of the August 17 serial blasts in 2005 will be held on August 26 in Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Another extortion case filed against ex-Jhenidah MP
Another extortion case has been filed against former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master.
 arrow Joint forces raid RU dormitories
Joint forces raided different dormitories of Rajshahi University Sunday night and searched for Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists.
 arrow Poor facilities at hospital protested
People yesterday staged a demonstration in front of Shalikha Upazila Health Complex (SUHC) protesting poor treatment facilities at the hospital.
 arrow Assembly of over 5 barred in Khalishpur
Panic has gripped workers of laid-off state owned jute mills in Khalishpur industrial area since closure of two gruel kitchens on July 20 and law enforcers' presence in the area.
 arrow Budget session held at remote UP in Satkhira
An open budget session was held at Joynagar Union Parishad (UP), a remote union in Kalaroa upazila yesterday. Joynagar UP chairman Tapan Kumar Saha placed a Tk 11,86,633.10 budget for the fiscal2007-'08.
 arrow Transport leader held
Police yesterday arrested Sylhet Zila Paribahan Sramik Union general secretary Reazul Karim Rezwan for misappropriation of union fund.
Point-Counterpointarrow Unity, apology and the demon of divisive forces
The phenomenal power of words became evident this week.
 arrow India elects its first woman President
A presidential election for any country is an important national event, and if the country is large as is India it evokes keen interest among its neighbours.
 arrow Turkey elections
Turkey went to the polls on July 22 after months of tension between the ruling AK Party, which has strong Islamic ties, and secularists.
Culturearrow "I just want to go on with my dancing, nothing else..."
Starting a career as a model in her teens, Farzana Riya Chowdhury popularly known as Riya eventually became a successful dancer in the country. She is a busy model and has acted in many popular TV plays.
 arrow Swanan observes first death anniversary of Shamsur Rahman
At the Shawkat Osman Memorial Hall, Public Library, the audience witnessed mesmerising performances by the young artistes of the recital organisation, Swanan.
 arrow The hunt for a rock band continues
Popular talent hunt show dRockstar 2, the hunt for a rock band has entered a new phase. The programme aims at finding a rock band and is sponsored by djuice, Grameenphone's youth lifestyle brand.
 arrow Three-day film screening session begins
As part of its monthly World Film Manifestation Programme (WFMP), Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) has arranged a three-day film screening session at the Russian Science and Cultural Centre Auditorium.
 arrow 'Top Ten Baul' talent hunt wraps up
The talent hunt Top Ten Baul organised by Palli Baul Samaj Unnayan Sangstha wrapped up its final round recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Ruling party wins Turkey election
Turkey's prime minister pledged to work toward national unity and fight terrorism after the Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin.
 arrow US, Iran to hold direct talks on Iraq today
Arch foes the United States and Iran are to hold fresh talks in Baghdad today on the security situation in Iraq, marking only their second one-on-one encounter in 27 years.
 arrow Asia braces for new dengue outbreak
From rich and squeaky-clean Singapore to impoverished Cambodia, public health officials are warning of a possible epidemic of dengue fever in Asia this year.
 arrow Pakistan to demolish part of Red Mosque complex
Pakistan will demolish a battle-scarred Islamic girls' school in Islamabad's Red Mosque compound, where an army raid earlier this month left scores dead, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Militants vow 'gift of death' for Pakistani troops
Pro-Taliban militants yesterday warned Pakistani soldiers to quit fighting or face more suicide attacks, as peace talks faltered in the conflict-torn area bordering Afghanistan.
 arrow Benazir admits contact with Pak president
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto said yesterday she was in contact with President Pervez Musharraf but it was "unlikely" they would reach a power-sharing deal.
 arrow Taiwan to cut troop levels on islands near China
Taiwan's military is planning to dramatically reduce the number of troops stationed on a group of islands near China due to their waning strategic value, a local official and reports said yesterday.
 arrow Tigers still get arms from Cambodia
Tamil Tiger rebels are still getting weapons smuggled from Cambodia, which are fuelling spiralling unrest in Sri Lanka, a security journal reported.
 arrow Bombings, shootings kill 23 in Iraq
At least 23 people were killed yesterday in Iraq, including 12 in two car bomb attacks in Baghdad, security officials and medics said.
 arrow Thai king's adviser targeted in violent attack
Thai Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda, an adviser to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was barricaded inside his house late Sunday night (July 22) as anti-coup demonstrators threw a barrage of rocks,
 arrow Death toll rises to 11 in Japan quake
A man died of injuries yesterday sustained in a powerful earthquake that struck central Japan last week, bringing the death toll to 11, officials said.
 arrow US climber found dead in China
The body of an experienced American climber who had been missing since last year has been found in a remote, mountainous area of southwest China, state press reported on Monday.
 arrow Pak CJ welcomed back to work
Pakistan's chief justice was welcomed back to work by court staff yesterday after scoring a politically significant legal victory over embattled President Pervez Musharraf, officials said.
 arrow Two jailed in China for role in birth control riots
A Chinese court has jailed two men linked to fierce riots in May over the nation's controversial one-child birth policy for forging government documents, state press reported yesterday.
 arrow Global warming changes world's rainfall patterns: study
A study has yielded the first confirmation that global warming is already affecting world's rainfall patterns, bringing more precipitation to northern Europe, Canada and northern Russia but less to swathes
 arrow New crackdown on unIslamic fashion in Iran
Iran yesterday launched a new wave of a moral crackdown against women who "dress like models" and men whose hairstyles are deemed unIslamic, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Distressing deluge aftermath
Inundation of the capital due to heavy rains is not an unusual occurrence.
 arrow Editorial: A new president for India
The election of Pratibha Patil as India's president brings to an end a rather exciting phase in the modern history of the country. Part of the excitement has to do with the fact that Ms.
 arrow Tajuddin Ahmad: The lonely warrior
On Monday, the 82nd birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmed came and went by without making much of a noise.
 arrow Tomorrow's agenda
You can argue with success but can you win the argument? An argument is a conversation about detail, and the more minor the nuance the finer the argument.
 arrow Clean energy from fuel cell
Global warming is an unfortunate and dangerous by-product obtained from burning of hydrocarbon fuels.
Letters to Editorarrow Price hike
The present caretaker government headed by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed has completed its six months. Needless to say, this government has done some commendable jobs during this period.
 arrow SUST
Though the present caretaker government stands against all types of corruption but we say it with a heart full of regret that they have failed to control corruption at Shahjalal University of Science
 arrow Smoking continues...
Smoking kills millions around the world every year. The previous BNP government banned smoking in public places by introducing the "Anti-tobacco Act", which was welcomed by the people.
 arrow Woes of taxpayers
The NBR wants us to pay taxes on our past undeclared income with a 5% penalty. But is there none to understand what difficulties we face at the NBR. First of all, corruption is endemic.
 arrow Reforms
Whatever the pressure or demand may be, it's a good news that the political parties are now serious about reform. I am however surprised seeing a negative attitude towards the elderly.
 arrow 27th BCS
The caretaker government has taken the decision to retake the 27th BCS viva voce amid allegations of gross irregularities.
 arrow Not a great film
Noted writer and film director Humayun Ahmed is a household name in our country and people have high expectations from him.
 arrow Speaker's bill
It has been reported in your paper that "the Speaker said if the appropriate authority disagrees with his opinion and claims refund of the said money, he will abide by the decision....
 arrow Comments
Your editorial on Sheikh Hasina's arrest and temporary incarceration (pending trial) suggests that in your opinion some citizens are above the law by virtue of their political status. Sk.
 arrow VoIP
I'm a student in an American university working towards PhD degree. I have some family members I like to be in touch with.
 arrow Mobile phone and drivers
A speedy bus with passengers was running on a highway. Suddenly, a sound of ring was heard which was coming from the driver's mobile phone and the driver started talking.
 arrow Truly independent?
These days we hear a lot about "Shadhin Durniti-domon Commission (ACC)", "Shadhin Election Commission (EC)", "Shadhin Bichar Bibhag (Independent Judiciary)", " Shadhin BCS" etc.
 arrow Autism
Autism is a complex pervasive disorder that involves the functioning of the brain.
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