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Front Pagearrow Million marooned as rivers keep swelling
Continuous rise of water in almost all the rivers in the country's north, northeastern and middle parts left nearly a million people marooned causing immense sufferings to them and damage to crops.
 arrow Hasina challenges extortion case at HC
Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC), challenging the government move to bring the Tk 3 crore extortion case against her under the
 arrow Many women may not be interested in photo
The Election Commission (EC) is apprehending that women of families with persuasions of religious conservatism might avoid visiting voter registration centres to have their photographs taken for the voter
 arrow Tk 12,581cr stuck up in absence of PAC
The move to recover Tk 12,581 crore from individuals and organisations that were held responsible for the loss of public money faces uncertainty as there is no mechanism to monitor the progress in absence
 arrow Probe finds massive graft at BSMMU
A probe committee report submitted on Saturday identified a large number of corruption incidents and irregularities in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) while the committee members and
 arrow Govt denied Tk 6cr tax a month
An investigation by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) found that on an average importers evade government tax of Tk 6.
 arrow Outsourcing firms woes of Bangladeshi workers
The outsourcing companies are largely responsible for high migration cost and exploitation of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, a survey by a renowned human rights organisation of the Southeast Asian nation
 arrow Waterlogged, they see no end to misery
Wading through waist deep water, Rina Khatun, a middle aged woman of the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra dam area, angrily told this correspondent that she was not interested in talking to the media.
 arrow Moitree Express leaves for Kolkata
A train carrying a 35-member Bangladesh official delegation left Dhaka yesterday morning for India on a trial run for introducing Dhaka-Kolkata passenger train service.
 arrow Declare Aug 15 as national mourning day
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded that the government officially declare Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the father of the nation and August 15 as the national mourning day.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP GM Siraj sues Huda, Sigma for extortion
Former BNP lawmaker GM Siraj last night filed an extortion case against detained former communications minister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda. The case was filed with Dhanmondi Police Station.
 arrow BNP rebels bin Hannan's no support claim
Dissident BNP leaders once again claimed that most of the party councillors are in favour of the BNP secretary general's reforms proposal.
 arrow BB turns down Hasina's request
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday turned down detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's request for her bank account details, saying that the existing rules do not permit the central bank to provide
 arrow Yunus made adviser to provincial govt in China
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has been honoured as an adviser to the government of Hainan province of China.
 arrow SQ system to be introduced from 2010
In the face of objections from teachers, students and guardians, the education ministry has decided to introduce the structured question (SQ) style for the SSC examinations from the year 2010.
 arrow Alamgir Kabir, 36 JMB men sued for extortion
An extortion case was filed against former BNP state minister and LDP leader Alamgir Kabir and 36 suspected JMB activists yesterday.
 arrow PWD staff Faizul confesses to killing adv Sayma
Faizul Islam, the suspected killer of Supreme Court lawyer advocate Sayma Khanum, yesterday confessed to a magistrate court that he alone killed Sayma.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Shahidul sent to jail after surrender
A Patuakhali court yesterday sent former BNP legislator Shahidul Alam Talukder to jail, rejecting his bail petition, after he surrendered before it as he is an accused in a case filed in connection with
 arrow Schoolboy strangled to death in city
Police recovered a woman's body inside a sack at Uttara in the capital yesterday. Meanwhile, sources in the Dhaka Medical College (DMC) morgue said a 14-year-old schoolboy was strangled to death.
 arrow Charge framing against Dulu on Aug 13
Charges will be framed against former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu on August 13 for patronising Islamist militants.
 arrow 12,000 kg mangoes seized

 arrow HR bodies ask govt not to shut down jute mills
An alliance of 17 human rights organisations urged the government to withdraw its decision to shut down four jute mills and axe 18,000 workers.
 arrow Gen Jamali new BCB president
Putting aside all the guessing, a 12-member ad-hoc committee was announced yesterday to run the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) with Bangladesh Army's Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Sina Ibn Jamali named
 arrow Delhi offers 'gift' to Dhaka
India will give 40,000 metric tons of rice, 10,000 metric tons of wheat and 1,000 metric tons of milk powder as a 'gift' to Bangladesh.
 arrow Newspaper ads to ask Siraj, Harris to surrender
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities to publish advertisements in two national dailies asking former minister Shajahan Siraj, his wife Rabeya Haider and son Rajib Siraj to appear before the
 arrow Mass hysteria affects students in 3 districts
Mass hysteria affected 40 more students in three districts yesterday.
 arrow Despite ban...

 arrow Talks stalled over Korean hostages
Afghan officials yesterday reported no progress in talks with tribal elders to secure the release of 22 South Korean hostages held by the Taliban.
 arrow Benazir won't share power with uniformed Musharraf
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto insisted that she would not strike a power-sharing deal with President Pervez Musharraf so long as he remained the army chief.
 arrow Japan's PM suffers defeat in polls
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government suffered a crushing defeat in upper house elections yesterday but the conservative leader insisted he would stay in power.
 arrow Gunfire erupts after Iraq soccer win
Defying orders from authorities, revelers fired celebratory gunshots and poured into the streets after Iraq beat Saudi Arabia to clinch its first Asian Cup soccer championship yesterday.
 arrow Everest highway plans on hold
Environmental experts must conduct a study and give their approval before workers can build a planned paved road up to the Mount Everest base camp, a Tibet government official said.
 arrow New 'Red Mosque' springs up in Pak tribal area
Pro-Taliban militants have occupied a mosque in a Pakistani tribal area and named it after the radical Red Mosque where more than 100 people died in clashes between militants and security forces, residents
Businessarrow Dhaka needs to open up economy
Improving investment climate is not enough for Bangladesh to survive in the changed era of post-MFA, rather it needs to open up its economy, World Bank Country Director Xian Zhu observed.
 arrow SEC asks merchant banks to play more responsible role
In the wake of bullish trend in stock market, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday advised merchant banks to play more responsible role for the sake of stable capital market.
 arrow Japan's minicars selling big, eyeing emerging markets
Japanese carmakers are once more proving that small sells big.
 arrow Analysts see choppy markets but no systemic crash
The recent turbulence on world markets, sparked by fears of a global credit crunch, heralds some rough sailing ahead for investors rather than a systemic financial meltdown, analysts say.
 arrow US travel industry eyes $200m programme to woo visitors
The US travel industry and its allies are pressing Congress for a marketing program of as much as 200 million dollars to help restore America's "brand image" with international visitors.
 arrow BTRC realises Tk 2cr fine from Bangla Phone
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday realised Tk 2 crore fine from Bangla Phone Ltd, a private land phone operator, as the company has failed to fulfill a licensing condition.
 arrow BoI, LEIC sign MoU to help SMEs
Board of Investment (BoI) and Local Enterprise Investment Centre (LEIC) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow Finance adviser optimistic about 7pc GDP growth
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam is optimistic about achieving 7 percent GDP growth if private sector credit growth maintains its current pace. "The present credit growth is 15.
 arrow Textile machinery expo ends
The four-day international exhibition on textile and garment machinery, accessories, fabrics and related services ended yesterday in the capital. The participants said visitors' response was mixed.
 arrow Colombo hikes petrol price by 17pc
Sri Lankan oil companies said Sunday they had raised petrol pump prices by 17 percent, the sixth increase this year amid high crude oil costs. Petrol now costs 117 rupees (1.
 arrow SEC fines Saleh Carpet high-ups
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined four high-ups of Saleh Carpet Mills Tk 1 lakh each for non-compliance with securities laws.
 arrow India's central bank expected to leave rates unchanged
India's central bank is expected to leave interest rates on hold this week as fears that the country's fast-growing economy is overheating begin to recede, analysts say.
 arrow Bangkok calls for global co-op after Wall Street tumble
Thailand, the epicentre of the 1997 economic crisis, on Saturday called for global cooperation to cope with financial volatility following a regional stock sell-off sparked by Wall Street losses.
 arrow Dnata enters partnership with Chinese airport group
Dnata, the ground handling arm of Dubai's Emirates Group, has signed a joint venture agreement with China West Airport Group (CWAG) to provide airport ground handling services in Xi'an Xianyang International
 arrow Sri Lanka set for record growth
The recent escalation in fighting in Sri Lanka has not derailed the nation's economy, with the island on track to record its fastest growth in nearly three decades, according to the central bank.
 arrow India's jewellery exports up 13pc
Notwithstanding the complaints made by exporters from different sectors of the economy about the dampening effect of rupee appreciation, the country's gems and jewellery exports have registered a 12.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Football: Iraqi miracle
Skipper Younis Mahmoud's thumping headed goal crowned Iraq as Asian Cup champions for the first time with a stirring 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia Sunday that was welcomed in Baghdad by barrages of gunfire.
 arrow Football: Brothers finish fifth
Brothers Union signed off their inaugural professional football league campaign with a come-from-behind 4-1 win in an ill-tempered match against the local Abahani here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: New challenge for new body
The ad-hoc committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was finally announced yesterday to put an end to all confusions over the last few days.
 arrow Football: Abahani's last match today
B. League champions Abahani will give their fans the chance to watch their today's match against Muktijoddha for free. The last league match for both sides, which kicks off at 4.
 arrow Cricket: India keep a stranglehold
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly both missed out on hundreds but India were still well-placed in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar crosses another milestone
India's Sachin Tendulkar became only the third batsman in history to score 11,000 Test runs on the second day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Missed chance pains Karthik
Young India opener Dinesh Karthik is disappointed that he lost a golden chance to score a Test century against England after doing all the hard work in the second Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: C'Ron United's weapon
Cristiano Ronaldo could have gone in one of two directions at Manchester United last season.
 arrow Football: Bayern's title warning
Miroslav Klose struck for Bayern Munich as the Bavarian giants won the German League Cup with a 1-0 win over Schalke 04 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Qatar wins 2011 rights
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam vowed improvements to the Asian Cup as Qatar was officially confirmed Sunday as host country for the next tournament in 2011.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza on fire
Sania Mirza reached the final of the 600,000-dollar WTA Bank of the West Classic on Saturday with a three-set victory over eighth-seeded Sybille Bammer.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho dazzles Hearts
Ronaldinho scored twice as Barcelona beat Hearts 3-1 in a pre-season friendly watched by 57,857 people at Murrayfield on Saturday.
 arrow Cycling: Contador wins tainted tour
Spaniard Alberto Contador won the drug-tainted Tour de France here on Sunday when he held on to his 23sec lead overnight lead on Australia's Cadel Evans to secure the race's fabled yellow jersey.
 arrow Football: Kaiser boost for England
England's hopes of staging the 2018 World Cup received a major boost on Sunday from Franz Beckenbauer who insisted there was "only one serious candidate".
 arrow Football: Bonus for Iraqis
The Iraq football team has been given an extra 50,000 dollars for reaching the Asian Cup final with the Asian Football Confederation suggesting prize money will soon be introduced to the tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy could play in ICL
Inzamamul Haq, the former Pakistan captain, is the latest international star to have been approached by the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Blake ousted
Canadian Frank Dancevic toppled number one seed Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) Saturday to reach the final of the Indianapolis tennis championships, where the two top seeds crashed out.
 arrow Cricket: 'Sachin should do it'
Allan Donald backed Sachin Tendulkar to become Test cricket's leading run-scorer after the India star became only the third player in history to score 11,000 Test runs at Trent Bridge here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICL set to hit Lanka
A multi-million-dollar rebel league in India seems set to take Sri Lankan cricket by storm with several top players approached to join the lucrative series, sources said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Jose plots revenge
Jose Mourinho has found himself in the unusual position of being out-gunned in the transfer market, but he believes his decision to go back to basics will prove decisive in the race for the Premiership.
 arrow Tennis: Maria makes return
Defending champion Maria Sharapova makes her first appearance since Wimbledon at the San Diego Classic this week as she once again tests her long-standing shoulder injury.
 arrow Cricket: Monty sport personality of the year
England's only Sikh cricketer Monty Panesar has been chosen as Sport Personality of the Year at the Asian Achievers Award 2007.
 arrow Cricket: ECB weighing security in SL
A top English cricket official has arrived in Sri Lanka to assess the security of potential venues before a planned tour in the war-torn nation in October.
 arrow Football: Bent makes bright start
Club record signing Darren Bent scored twice as English Premiership club Tottenham brushed aside Orlando Pirates of South Africa 3-0 to lift the Vodacom Challenge Saturday.
 arrow Football: Beckham still sidelined
David Beckham's sore ankle meant the Los Angeles Galaxy's new star could again only watch Saturday as they fell 2-1 to Chivas Guadalajara in a SuperLiga tournament group match.
 arrow Football: 'I am better than Ribery'
VfL Wolfsburg's Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho insisted on Sunday he will be a bigger success for his Bundesliga club this season than French star Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich.
Metropolitanarrow Policing a must to stop cyber-crime
The country needs a strong cyber-policing system to adopt newer technologies and prevent cyber-related crimes that sometimes pose threat to national interests, experts said.
 arrow 'Formulate policy on refugee issue’
A daylong training programme on 'Refugee Law', jointly organised by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was held in Chittagong
 arrow Empower grassroots people to strengthen local govt
Democracy without representation of people at grassroots level remains fragile, said the experts at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Boy strangles 4-yr-old stepsister in city
A 10-year-old boy allegedly strangled his four-year-old stepsister in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Raise awareness about mass psychogenic illness'
Health Adviser Maj Gen (retd) ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday called on all to play an active role in raising awareness about Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPI) in order to prevent panic among people.
 arrow Biman starts making payments to staffs
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. yesterday started making payments to its officials and employees who took voluntary retirement.
 arrow 7 lighter vessels fined
A mobile court here yesterday fined seven lighter vessels over Tk 2 lakh on different charges.
 arrow Ashari Purnima celebrated in Chittagong
Ashari Purnima, a religious festival of Buddhists, was celebrated through a daylong programme at different monasteries of the port city yesterday with due enthusiasm.
 arrow Cop, 2 aides arrested on charge of cheating
A police constable and his two associates were arrested at Shialbari in the city's Mirpur area in the early hours of yesterday on charges of cheating.
 arrow UNDP project to ensure 'Justice for All'
With the vision of strengthening mechanisms for promotion and protection of human rights and the delivery of 'Justice of all', the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has initiated a new technical
 arrow Saarc technical body meet begins today
The second meeting of Saarc technical committee on women, youth and children begins at Hotel Sheraton in the city today.
 arrow Minor quake jolts Ctg
A minor earthquake, measuring 3.7 on Richter scale, occurred in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 15 JMB men get 10 years
A speedy trial tribunal yesterday sentenced 15 members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. Magistrate Shafali Begum also fined them Tk 10,000 each.
 arrow Harassment of cultural activists at RU protested
Sammilito Sangskritik Jote of Rajshahi University (RU) protested the harassment of cultural activists by police and university authorities yesterday.
 arrow President's support for ailing Sabina
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday donated Tk 2 lakh for treatment of the ailing noted singer Sabina Yasmin. The grant was given from President's discretionary fund.
 arrow Retired worker commits suicide
A retired worker of the laid off Star Jute Mills in Khulna committed suicide on Saturday night as he failed to buy medicines for gastroenteritis due to severe financial crisis.
 arrow Senbagh poura chairman gets four yrs’ RI
A Noakhali court yesterday sentenced Senbagh Pourasava Chairman and upazila BNP General Secretary Shah Alam Chowdhury to four years' rigorous imprisonment and fined him Tk 10,000 for embezzling relief
 arrow ICT awareness programme at Mymensingh
A two-day information and communications technology (ICT) awareness programme jointly organised by the ICT Business Promotion Council (IBPC) under the Ministry of Commerce and Bangladesh Computer Society
 arrow Road crash kills 1 in Gaibandha
One person was killed and 15 others were injured in a road accident near Gaibandha district jail on Gaibandha-Palashbari highway yesterday.
 arrow Maj Gen Roshde new envoy to Myanmar
Maj Gen Abu Roshde Rokonuddawla has been appointed the new ambassador to Myanmar, says a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 arrow CMC students demand immediate exams
Over hundred MBBS students of 45th and 47th batches of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) brought out a silent procession on the campus yesterday demanding the authorities should hold the supplement examinations,
 arrow Body of youth found floating in Isamati
The body of an unidentified youth was found floating in the river Isamati near Agrobhulot border in Benapole yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Workshop on UK visa Aug 16 in Ctg
The British High Commission in Dhaka will arrange a workshop on 'Easy UK visa procedure' on August 16 in the port city with a view to informing people about the UK visa system and other procedures.
 arrow Appeal for help
Kamal Uddin, a bright student of Chittagong University, has been suffering from cancer since 2005, says a press release. >He fell ill when he was taking preparation for his final examination.
 arrow Officers' Club executives
The election to the executive committee of the Officers' Club, Dhaka for 2007-2009 was held on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow Suspected extortionist arrested
Lawyers yesterday caught a suspected extortionist when he was demanding toll from a lawyer of the Supreme Court at his office at Court House Street in the old part of the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Cases filed to tarnish image of Tasmima’
Aegis Textile Mills Ltd.
Nationalarrow ACC probing case against Pabna Jamaat leaders
The Anti Corruption Commission has began investigation of case field against Moulana Abdus Shubhan and other Jamaat leaders for their alleged misappropriation of government relief materials, an official
 arrow 75 Khagrachhari villages still cry for water, sanitation facilities
At least two lakh indigenous people in 75 remote villages under eight upazilas in the district are suffering for want of drinking water and lack of proper sanitation.
 arrow Diarrhoea in Jhenidah kills 2, attacks 500
Diarrhoea took lives of two children and attacked 500 others in Jhenidah town in last three days.
 arrow Flood in districts

 arrow Rab man hurt in gunfight with criminals
A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) man received bullet wound as criminals opened fire on the team during a drive in Paksey of Ishwardi upazilla yesterday.
 arrow 8 women rescued from traffickers in Satkhira
Villagers Saturday rescued eight young women from Hijaldi, a bordering village of Kalaroa upazila of the district, when they were being trafficked to India.
 arrow The 'sick' animal needs immediate treatment

Point-Counterpointarrow Across the divide
Cornel West was on fire. Bobbing in his chair, his hands sweeping across the stage, the brilliant and bombastic scholar was lambasting Barack Obama's campaign.
 arrow A singular man
Dr. Qazi Motahar Husain was my maternal grandfather. He was from a very simple Muslim family who respected education and purity of all forms.
Culturearrow Bappa Majumder on Dolchhut's new album and more
After releasing their debut album Aah in 1997, Dolchhut, one of the leading contemporary bands in the country, is working on their fourth album. Their previous albums are Hridoypur and Akashchuri.
 arrow Ajit Roy and Shaheen Samad honoured
Kotha Lalitakala Academy (KLA), a cultural organisation, honoured seasoned artistes Ajit Roy and Shaheen Samad, on the occasion of its 14th anniversary.
 arrow Songs of yesteryears
Cultural organisation Srijon arranged it's monthly musical programme at Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on July 28.
 arrow Campaign against corruption through theatre
Shachetan Nagorik Committee (SNC), Satkhira district unit of Transparency International of Bangladesh (TIB), has started an innovative campaign to generate awareness among the people to combat corruption.
 arrow 'Ashadi Purnima' celebrated at Rajban Bihar
'Ashadi Purnima', a Buddhist religious festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour at the Rajban Bihar in Rangamati town last Saturday.
 arrow Recitation programme by Shangbrita
Cultural organisation Shangbrita arranged a recitation programme titled Chander Chhaya Epith Opith at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Public Library on July 28 to celebrate their second anniversary.
Generalarrow Search Committee reconstituted
The government has reconstituted the Search Committee in a bid to ensure transparency in the appointment of vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors and treasurers to the country's public universities.
Internationalarrow Musharraf in charge, peace process on course
The volatility and instability in Pakistan have neither dented President Pervez Musharraf's influence and credibility nor affected the peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad, National SecurityAdviser
 arrow Benazir warns of Islamist revolt in Pakistan
Exiled former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto warned of a looming Islamist revolution mounted from the country's religious schools, or madrasas, in a German magazine interview to be published today.
 arrow Draft US 9/11 law could harm relations: Pakistan
Draft US anti-terrorism legislation could undermine relations with Pakistan because of its allegations about terrorist safe havens and nuclear proliferation networks, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow Assam flood situation worsens, army called out for rescue mission
Soldiers have been called out to rescue marooned villagers in Assam after 15 people were killed in floods and landslides that have displaced over 1.1 million, officials said on Sunday.
 arrow OIC urges end to Pak 'cycle of blind violence'
The 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Saturday urged a halt to the "cycle of blind violence" in Pakistan, which it said contradicts the principles of Islam.
 arrow UN envoy calls for deployment of more Western troops
The senior UN envoy to Afghanistan said the country needed more Western troops to fend off the Taliban insurgency, and stated that a Nato pullout would amount to capitulation.
 arrow US tightens financial squeeze on Iran
The US government is escalating financial sanctions against Iran and ratcheting up pressure on Iranian companies suspected of supporting Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
 arrow US-led forces assault al-Qaeda across central Iraq
US-led forces killed eight alleged al-Qaeda militants and captured another 22 suspects in raids across central Iraq yesterday, the military said.
 arrow Asean to sign charter in S'pore summit
Asean charter drafters decided to defer their contentious issues of human rights to the decision of their foreign ministers who will meet formally on Monday.
 arrow 100 Palestinians stranded in Egypt head back home
Around 100 of thousands of Pale stinians stranded for weeks in Egypt left for home in the Gaza Strip yesterday through Israeli territory, security sources said.
 arrow N Korea reaffirms nuke halt vow
North Korea's new foreign minister reaffirmed his country's commitment to ending its nuclear weapons programme, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Anglo-US relationship could get even stronger: Brown
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Saturday gave the surest sign yet there will be no move to distance London from Washington under his watch, even suggesting ties could get stronger.
 arrow Indian doctor says he was never a terror threat
An Indian doctor detained in Australia over failed car bombings in Britain said Sunday he had never been a terror threat and that even police investigators did not know what to ask him.
 arrow 5 die in Kashmir tourist bus blast
Five people including two young girls died and more than a dozen others were injured Sunday in an explosion aboard a tourist bus in insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir's main city, police said.
 arrow Hezbollah rejects US vision of ME
Hezbollah's leader said Saturday that the militant Islamic group's war last summer with Israel has left the US vision of a "new Middle East" in shambles and claimed the guerrilla group was ready to strike
 arrow German hostage sick and forgotten, say Taliban
An ailing German engineer held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly two weeks is "not doing very well" and there are no talks under way for his release, the Islamic militia said yesterday.
 arrow 30 suspected insurgents rounded up in Thai south
The authorities in the deep south took 30 more suspects including five key militants into detention after a series of raid in southernmost Narathiwat province Sunday.
 arrow Cargo plane crash kills 8 in Russia
A Russian cargo plane crashed early on Sunday, killing at least eight people onboard. The plane hit the ground just after it took off from southeastern Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 04.
 arrow Israel cautious on US-Saudi arms deal
Israel adopted a cautious stance on Sunday over a reported 20-billion-dollar US arms package to Saudi Arabia and other regional American allies intended to counter the perceived threat from Iran.
 arrow British South Asians don't feel so British: Survey
More than a third of people of South Asian ethnic origin in Britain hardly feel British, according to a BBC survey out Monday.
 arrow Pakistan tightens security after mosque suicide blast
Pakistan boosted security on Saturday fearing further attacks a day after a suicide bombing during protests at Islamabad's pro-Taliban Red Mosque killed 14 people.
Editorialarrow Editorial: How golden is the handshake?
While presenting the national budget recently, finance and planning advisor Mirza Azizul Islam had focused on creation of employment opportunities as one of the interim government's prime goals.
 arrow Editorial: Curbing corruption
WE fully agree with Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin's observation that law alone is not enough to curb corruption; we do need a resurrection of moral values to banish this social ill.
 arrow Pakistan's 'milbus' under assault
Even a country virtually under military siege can, at times, catalyse events of historic proportion.
 arrow A Nilgiri diary
My name Kennedy, sir!" exclaimed the chauffeur of the black Ambassador driving me up to the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, from Coimbatore airport through blaring city, quiet woods andpicture
 arrow The row with Russia
The recent expulsion of four Russian diplomats from Britain and the tit-for-tat from Russia indicate the widening rift between Gordon Brown's Britain and Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Letters to Editorarrow Plight of workers
Jute , once known as the golden-fibre of Bangladesh, had and still has, many uses. This natural fibre is manufactured into different products --gunny-bags, thread, rope and so on.
 arrow Pratibha Patil
India elected Pratibha Patil as their first woman president recently in a vote that saw her victory to be the one for the millions of Indian women.
 arrow Brittle batting!
Our team's batting is woefully brittle.
 arrow Iraq war
In a strange way, Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq has a historical parallel with Hitler's war in the Soviet Union.
 arrow Fight against corruption
The CTG's current programmes aimed at eliminating corruption and cleansing the political parties are welcome and, indeed, necessary.
 arrow Lack of confidence!
The present military-backed caretaker government has chosen the confrontational course--arresting Hasina after declaring the roadmap for election.
 arrow Titas gas leakage
A few days ago there was a front-page news in your daily on Titas gas leakage. We are surprised to note that the gas was gushing out through the pipes of all tube-wells in two villages.
 arrow Fertiliser for farmers
Our farmers are facing tremendous problems in procuring fertilisers.
 arrow Hasina's arrest
I do not know by what process of reason or logic you conclude that the arrest of Sheikh Hasina constitutes an arbitrary use of law to stifle a political figure.
 arrow Situation mishandled
I do believe the Two Ex-PMs are beyond reformation and their departure from politics is a necessary step for a healthy growth of responsible politics.
 arrow CTG overstepping
It is sad and ironic that after 36 years since liberation, those now in charge of the country have adopted the same old Pakistani Army mentality in turning Bangladesh under similar facets of a dictatorial
 arrow Bangladesh politics
After the independence of Bangladesh, the Awami league, the BNP and the Jatiya Party ruled our country for over 36 years and helped to produce thieves only.
 arrow Khaleda and Hasina
How do they want to cling to power when no one wants them? Unfortunately, our nation's memory is not sharp enough.
 arrow Stop experimenting!
Like all great religions, the basics of all great constitutions are alike. When our constitution was written it was not drafted from scratch, rather it was drafted in line with other great constitutions.
 arrow Weak leadership
A nation can never progress under weak leadership. During their 15 years of rule they have proved beyond any doubt that they are weak.
 arrow Problem with visa extension
My son born to his Indian mother needs visa extension for his long stay in Bangladesh.
Star Cityarrow The name is Mitford Hospital Emergency
Potholed floors, absence of proper ventilation, insufficient medical equipment, and shortage of water and gas are the characteristics of the dilapidated Emergency section of the Mitford Hospital, city's
 arrow Traffic gridlock grips city at school hours
The city continues to experience the most chaotic and unbearable gridlocks during the school hours as roads around the schools remain choked with traffic for hours every day.
 arrow Right project at the wrong place

 arrow A piece of the past left behind
Hundreds of rickshaws and buses struggling to find their way through the congested roads and lanes; rickshaw-pullers bumping into each other and swearing; bus drivers honking every few seconds -- this
 arrow Stop destruction of Motijheel Park
The Save Environment Movement has appealed to the authorities to save the public park on the eastern side of the Bangladesh Biman office in Motijheel.
 arrow Collecting water from illegal WASA lines...

 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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