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Front Pagearrow Inflation stands at decade's highest
Inflation rate on a point-to-point basis in June stood at a 10-year high 9.20 percent, and threatens to reach a double-digit soon due to floods and the upcoming Ramadan.
 arrow Marooned people cry for drinking water
The flood situation continued to deteriorate in most flood-affected districts yesterday while scarcity of drinking water has become a serious problem for the marooned people exposing them to various water-borne
 arrow Govt appeals against Hasina's bail order
The government yesterday filed an appeal with the Supreme Court (SC) challenging Monday's High Court (HC) order granting ad interim bail to detained former prime minister Shiekh Hasina in an extortion
 arrow From heyday to doomsday
As trucks lined up yesterday at Banglabandh land port to carry jute goods to Nepal for its growing carpet industry, an opposite development took place in Bangladesh.
 arrow EC puts the cart before the horse in Rajshahi
The Election Commission (EC) has started the field level task for preparing a fresh voter list with photographs in Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) area without amending the existing electoral rolls ordinance,
 arrow Khaleda avails NBR amnesty
Ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday paid Tk 33 lakh to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) under an amnesty offered to tax dodgers to get their undisclosed money legalised.
 arrow City roads in bad shape
Almost all roads in the capital have turned into patchworks of potholes and craters due to substandard construction and torrential rain.
 arrow Another jute mill blows final whistle
As the authorities announced closure of the Peoples Jute Mills Ltd (PJML) in Khulna late Tuesday night, many of the employees gathered at the factory entrance broke down in tears.
 arrow 2 US congressmen write letter to CA
Two US Congressmen have contended that the recent high- profile arrests in Bangladesh, including that of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, only give credence to speculations that the caretaker government's
 arrow Govt steps unlikely to work
The government initiatives to control spiraling prices of essentials are unlikely to have any major impact in terms of dampening inflationary pressure, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday.
 arrow HuJi boss Hannan, 3 militants charged
A Sylhet court yesterday framed charges against Mufti Abdul Hannan, chief of the outlawed Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji), and three others for the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in
 arrow 1 member quits, defiant 3 others face axe
One of the five members of University Grants Commission (UGC) resigned yesterday following the request of education ministry while three other members would be sacked soon if they do not resign willingly,
 arrow Rebels want to exclude Khaleda
Blasting pro-reform BNP leaders for announcing reform proposals beyond the party constitution, Brig Gen.
 arrow Fabrics smouldering...

 arrow ACC has nothing to do with Hasina's letter
In response to former prime minister Sheikh Hasina's letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission chairman, the ACC secretary yesterday said they have nothing to do with it and she will have to submit her
 arrow Body formed to formulate new jute policy
The government has formed a high-powered committee to formulate a new jute policy to revive the jute industry, sources in the jute and textiles ministry said.
 arrow US for polls as stipulated in EC roadmap
The United States yesterday reiterated that it wants to see the parliamentary election in Bangladesh held by the end of next year.
 arrow Court orders attachment of Bashundhara chief's property
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered attachment of properties of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam and seven others in connection with a case filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR)
 arrow Ex-BCL secretary Iqbal arrested on extortion charge
The anti-crime taskforce members yesterday arrested former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) general secretary Iqbalur Rahim from the city's Shegunbagicha area and later he was charged in an extortion case,
 arrow 2 female RMG workers crushed under train
Two female garment workers were killed on the spot and another female worker was critically when run over by a train at Tejgaon in the capital last night.
 arrow DEPZ factory still smoulders
The Jon Sing Textile Mills inside Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) was still smouldering last night, around 30 hours after a fire broke out in the factory.
 arrow DU finds 37 more fake students
A fact-finding committee formed to investigate admission forgery at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday primarily identified 37 more fake students who got admitted to the university through fraudulent means.
 arrow Deadline now Sept 30 for legalisation
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday extended the deadline for legalising undeclared but lawful income till September 30, 2007.
 arrow Sanjay Dutt jailed for 6 years
An Indian anti-terror court yesterday sentenced Bollywood movie star Sanjay Dutt to six years in jail for illegal weapons possession in connection with serial bombings in Mumbai in 1993.
 arrow Benazir's aide may become deputy PM
A nominee of exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto may become Pakistan's deputy prime minister under a political deal being worked out with President Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow US diplomat for lifting ban on politics
US Charge d' Affaires Geeta Pasi yesterday urged to lift the ban on politics saying it is required to bring positive change in Bangladesh. "Dialogue is part and parcel of an effective reform process.
 arrow 15 militants killed in fierce Pak clash
Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 15 pro-Taliban militants in intense fighting in a troubled tribal zone bordering Afghanistan yesterday, the army said.
Businessarrow DSE moves again to activate secondary bond market
As the secondary market for government treasury bonds still remains inactive, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has once again initiated a move to activate it.
 arrow Derivatives, book building methods needed to bolster stock market
Speakers at a workshop in Chittgong on Monday backed 'derivatives' and 'book building' as two modern tools for bolstering capital market.
 arrow Govt urged to fix retail prices of 10 essentials
Leaders of Dhaka Metropolitan Shop Owner's Association yesterday urged the government to form a taskforce to fix retail prices of 10 essential commodities for every three-month period to control prices.
 arrow HK, Taiwan top Asian living standards
Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore households enjoy the highest living standards in the Asia-Pacific while those in emerging powerhouses China and India remain poor, according to an Asian Development Bank
 arrow Indo-Pak talks on transborder truck service to boost trade
India and Pakistan begin two-days of talks Tuesday to boost trade ties including a cross-border truck service to ferry goods, a government statement said.
 arrow Singapore's booming sectors to see pay hikes
Critical staff shortages in certain key professions in Singapore could lead to pay rises of up to 40 per cent in the next 12 months, a new survey has found.
 arrow Beijing warns local govts against price intervention
Local governments have been told not to intervene directly in market prices unless it is "necessary".
 arrow New president of employers' federation
Kamran T Rahman has been elected president of Bangladesh Employers' Federation for two years (2007-2009), says a press release.
 arrow Surveillance key to checking artificial crisis of essentials
Business community in Chittagong yesterday said government surveillance is needed to check any artificial crisis in the commodity market.
 arrow India hikes cash ratio, key rates unchanged
India's central bank moved Tuesday to cut money supply but kept short-term borrowing rates unchanged to balance concerns over inflation and a desire to maintain high economic growth.
 arrow Euro rebounds against dollar
The euro gained against the dollar in early European trade on Tuesday amid mixed eurozone data, while the US unit rose against the yen. The European single currency climbed to 1.3705 dollars from 1.
 arrow BTRC realises Tk 2cr fine from Jalalabad Telecom
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday realised Tk 2 crore fine from Jalalabad Telecom Limited, a private land phone operator, as the company has failed to fulfill a licensing
 arrow Shaky time for Bush economic aides
Gyrating stock prices. Shrinking nest eggs. Spiking foreclosures on home mortgages. Worries that credit will dry up.
 arrow Paulson for Chinese economic reforms
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson renewed efforts in meetings with top leaders Tuesday to persuade China to allow faster currency appreciation and wean itself off exports by adjusting consumption.
 arrow Etihad to launch flights to Nepal
Etihad Airways will start a four flights-a-week service from its Abu Dhabi home base to Nepalese capital Kathmandu in October, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices ease in Asian trade
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Tuesday on profit-taking after sharp recent gains sessions but expectations of continued strong demand will limit any slide, dealers said.
 arrow Doubts cast on Wal-Mart price war in China
Wal-Mart recently waged its largest ever price war since its presence in China 11 years ago. However, many consumers cast doubts on the real purpose of this retail giant's price campaign.
 arrow Bank Asia sets up 3rd computer learning centre at Lohagora
A computer learning centre funded by Bank Asia Ltd was set up at Lohagora in Chittagong recently, says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Football: Khulna Abahani depart with future uncertain
Khulna Abahani finished ninth in the B. League when the visitors crushed Rahmatganj 3-0 on the penultimate day of the inaugural professional football league at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB ad-hoc committee sits today
The first meeting of the newly appointed ad-hoc committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will take place this afternoon at the board's management office in Gulshan.
 arrow Badmintorn: Abir-Rabbi final today
Rajshahi's Abir will face Rabbi from Jessore in the final of the unde-14 group of National Junior and Sub-junior Badminton competition at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium today.
 arrow Cricket: India go one up
India beat England by seven wickets to win the second Test on the fifth and final day at Trent Bridge here on Tuesday and so go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer's sweet revenge
India's Zaheer Khan said he'd been inspired to produce his best Test match bowling figure by a bizarre England prank involving jellybeans.
 arrow Cricket: New tests for pace duo
Doping-tainted pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif featured in Pakistan's latest drug tests for the first time since they tested positive last year, an official said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Follow your mate'
India captain Rahul Dravid said fiery fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth ought to learn from the example of teammate Zaheer Khan if he didn't want to get into further trouble with cricket officials.
 arrow 'We didn't throw jellybeans'
England captain Michael Vaughan said his players had not dropped jelly beans about the crease on Sunday while India were batting in the second Test.
 arrow Cricket: 'Booze adds to SA misery'
Alcohol abuse by some of the South African cricketers was a cause of their poor performance during the recent ICC World Cup in the West Indies, observes Adrian le Roux, the former fitness trainer of the
 arrow Football: Barca head to Asia
Barcelona head to Asia on Thursday for a pre-season tour reinvigorated by their new signing Thierry Henry who scored during his debut last week for the club at an exhibition match in Scotland.
 arrow Football: Brazil bids for WC 2014
Brazil, the only candidate bidding to host the 2014 World Cup, is set to officially present its bid at the headquarters of world football's governing body FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: False start for Alex
The Brazilian defender Alex suffered an inglorious start to his new career in the Premiership with Chelsea when a mix-up over his documentation caused him to fly straight back to Brazil four hours after
 arrow Football: Chelsea feeling the strain
Chelsea's gruelling pre-season programme took its toll yesterday when another six players were added to their growing injury list ahead of Sunday's Community Shield clash against Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Reyes moves to Atletico
Spanish international winger Jose Antonio Reyes became the eighth player to join Atletico Madrid in the close season when he moved from English Premiership side Arsenal for a fee believed to be 12million
 arrow Football: Jury still out on Martins
The jury is still out on Obafemi Martins, who scored 17 goals in his first season at Newcastle United, but failed to convince all their supporters that he represents a worthy successor to the great names
 arrow Football: Blatter all praise for Iraq
President of world football's governing body (FIFA) Sepp Blatter on Tuesday praised the Asian Cup winning team of Iraq by saying they were proof of a "united football". "It was absolutely extraordinary.
 arrow Football: Atletico shifts to new stadium
Atletico Madrid will move to a bigger capacity stadium in 2010 under an agreement reached with the local council, the Spanish first division club's president and city officials said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Deco fancies Jose link-up
Barcelona midfielder Deco has admitted he would love to be reunited with Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Thaksin controversy continues
A human rights organisation has slammed the Premier League for allowing former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to buy Manchester City.
 arrow Football: Ribery, Klose fit for start
Bayern Munich's French international midfielder Franck Ribery said on Tuesday he had shaken off a knee injury and expected to be fit for his new club's Bundesliga kickoff on August 11.
 arrow Football: Ferguson confident
Sir Alex Ferguson remains confident that Manchester United will get the right results in their long-running transfer sagas over Carlos Tevez and Gabriel Heinze.
 arrow Tennis: Venus back to stretch win
Wimbledon champion Venus Williams returned to the WTA San Diego Classic for the first time in five years Monday, picking up where she left off with a victory.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid hails Khan
Captain Rahul Dravid said winning the toss was vital to India's seven-wicket win over England in the second Test.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar fitness scare
Pakistan manager Talat Ali soothed fears over Shoaib Akhtar's fitness after the bowler caused a minor stir by walking off the field in a practice match between Pakistan probables at a camp being heldat
 arrow Cricket: 'Pakistan can be No 1'
Pakistan's new coach Geoff Lawson plans to use his team's unpredictability as a surprise weapon against opponents in his bid to turn it into the world's No. 1 side.
 arrow Cricket: PCB warns Inzamam
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Naseem Ashraf on Tuesday issued a clear warning to former captain Inzamamul Haq, saying he would not be considered for national selection if he decides to play for thebreakaway
Metropolitanarrow Biman starts journey as public limited company
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday started its journey anew as a public limited company (PLC) named Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd with the signing of an agreement between Biman and the government.
 arrow Strengthening local govt a must for admin decentralisation
Strengthening local government is a must for administrative decentralisation which is needed to ensure the rights of people at grassroots level, said the experts at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow JMB patron Bagmara BNP leader sued
A case has been filed with Rajshahi magistrate's court against Bagmara upazila BNP vice-president and 25 others for torture, extortion and patronising Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow ACC seeks support from NBR, financial instts
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the commission needs documentary support from the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and banking and financial
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootout’
Two leaders of outlawed parties were killed in crossfire during a "shootout" between police and their cohorts early yesterday after police raided Khejurtala village of Kushtia Sadar upazila where twooutlawed
 arrow Declare Bangabandhu as Father of Nation
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of Awami League, demanded that the government declare Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the Father of the Nation and observe August 15 as NationalMourning
 arrow 2 to die, 3 get life for murder
Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday awarded death sentence to two persons and life term imprisonment to three others in a murder case.
 arrow SC judgement on govt appeal tomorrow
The Supreme Court delivers its judgement tomorrow on a government appeal against the High Court verdict on the dispute over the demolition of the 22-storey Rangs Bhaban.
 arrow Breastfeeding Week begins today
As elsewhere in the world, Bangladesh is observing the Breastfeeding Week from today.
 arrow 2 held after gunfight with Rab
Two youths were arrested after a gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang of criminals at Ramchandrapur in Savar yesterday morning that left two people, including a Rab man, injured.
 arrow New committee invites media at its meeting for transparency
Tasked with finalising coal policy, the new committee decided at its first meeting yesterday to allow the press to be present at its discussions for ensuring transparency.
 arrow Brac allocates Tk 50 lakh for flood relief
Brac, one of the country's leading development organisations, has made an initial allocation of Tk 50 lakh in relief for the people severely affected by floods across the country, says a press release.
 arrow Nine students fainted in Sherpur
Nine students of two schools and a madrasa in Sadar upazila fainted with symptoms of mass psychogenic illness yesterday morning.
 arrow Six arrested in city
Police detectives yesterday unearthed a den in the city where drivers have long been selling fuel oil of the vehicles of different government and private offices and private cars.
 arrow 3 officials of vessel fined
A mobile court fined three officials of a vessel Tk 2.25 lakh as the vessel was discharging oily sludge at Chittagong port channel yesterday.
 arrow 4 clinics fined Tk 2.4 lakh in Gazipur
A mobile court in a drive yesterday fined four clinics Tk 2.40 lakh and arrested three people, including one of the owners, for unhygienic environment and violating agreement in Gazipur.
 arrow Nokia's snap-a-story contest prize distributed
The prize giving ceremony of the countrywide Nokia's Snap-a-Story Competition was held at the Spectra Convention Centre in the city yesterday.
 arrow 8 killed in crossfire in July Says BSEHR report
Eight persons were killed in crossfire and 2712 fell victim to mass arrest in the last month, says a Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) report.
 arrow 20 top police officials transferred
Twenty top police officials were transferred and given new postings yesterday in a shake-up of the police administration. Besides, two of them were given promotion.
 arrow 2 DCC sanitary inspectors held on bribe charge
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two sanitary inspectors of the health department of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) as they were allegedly taking bribes from bakery owners in the city's
Nationalarrow Trial of extortion case against Minu begins
Trial of an extortion case filed against Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu began at the third court of Rajshahi Additional Sessions Judge yesterday.
 arrow Embankment being repaired to save Kuakata from erosion
The authorities have finally started repair work of the flood control embankment at Kuakata point last week.
 arrow 34 more attacked with 'mass hysteria'
About 34 students of Panchhari Bazaar School and College were attacked with 'mass hysteria' yesterday.
 arrow 3 RU transport staffers beaten
Unruly students of Rajshahi University (RU) beat up a transport staff, a driver and a helper of the university bus Monday night, campus sources said.
 arrow 'Listed' criminal killed by rivals
A 'listed' criminal was chopped to death by rivals at Khagorbaria village in Faridpur upazila Monday night, police said.
 arrow UP member gets 2-yr RI
A union parishad (UP) member was sentenced to 2 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 5000, in default to suffer 6 months more for misappropriating corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant for relief
 arrow Marriage of 2 adolescents stopped
Marriage of two adolescents has been stopped at Koira village in Khulna. Their marriage was stopped due to timely intervention of Koira Upazila Nirbahi officer (UNO) Mohammad Amin yesterday.
 arrow Flood in dists

Point-Counterpointarrow The first oil price shock
It does'nt need encyclopedic knowledge to remind us that in less than three decades after the Second World War (1945), the oil supply situation rose to the top of the agenda of issues before the world
 arrow The question of the president's political obligations
The words "President" and "Head of State" had first been used in the Constitution of India, that came into force in 1952, to make a clear conceptual distinction between elected and hereditary head ofstate
Culturearrow Contemporary Art of Malaysia
A five-day art exhibition titled "Contemporary Art of Malaysia" ended yesterday at the National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Saratchandra's "Shoroshi" on Channel-i tonight
Mini series Shoroshi's first episode will be aired at 10:00pm on Channel-i tonight. The TV adaptation of Saratchandra Chattopa-dhyaya's story is directed by seasoned film actress Rozina.
 arrow Ingmar Bergman, a master filmmaker
Ingmar Bergman, the master filmmaker who found bleakness and despair as well as comedy and hope in his indelible explorations of the human condition, died On July 30 at his home on the island of Faro,
Internationalarrow ‘Iran biggest threat to US interests in ME’
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned that Iran poses the biggest threat to US Middle East interests, as she begins a major regional tour.
 arrow Taliban set new deadline as 2nd S Korean killed
Afghanistan's Taliban set the government a new deadline of noon (0730 GMT) today to meet its demands in order to save 21 South Koreans, a day after a second hostage was killed.
 arrow Myanmar under fire at ARF meeting
Asian nations piled pressure on Myanmar while China pledged to be a good neighbour, as foreign ministers from across the region met on the eve of high-level security talks here yesterday.
 arrow 'New Red Mosque' rebels threaten suicide attacks
Pro-Taliban militants who seized a shrine and named it after Pakistan's radical Red Mosque said Monday they would retaliate with suicide bombings if troops tried to flush them out.
 arrow Nuke accord recognises 'real difference' between India, Pakistan: US
The United States says it considers relations with both India and Pakistan as important but the accord to implement India-US civil nuclear deal is a clear recognition of a "real difference" between them.
 arrow '1000 Maoists fighters fled Nepali camps’
Over one thousand Maoist Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) fighters, including two platoon commanders, cantoned at the Maoist Fourth Division in Nawalparasi have fled the camps over the past six months,a
 arrow Free elections will save Pakistan from failure: Think-tank
Pakistan is in danger of failing as a state unless the military government of President Pervez Musharraf restores democracy by holding free and fair elections this year, a think-tank said yesterday.
 arrow Putin backs Abbas to secure Palestinian unity
Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced support yesterday for efforts by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to end a bitter stand-off in the Palestinian territories.
 arrow India, Naga rebels extend ceasefire
Indian government negotiators and rebels from the northeastern state of Nagaland indefinitely extended a ceasefire yesterday, a joint statement said.
 arrow 69 trapped Chinese coal miners fed milk
Rescuers poured milk down a coal mine's ventilation pipes in a bid to save 69 workers trapped underground for more than 50 hours in central China, state media said yesterday.
 arrow Maldives heads for referendum on political system
The Indian Ocean tourist paradise of the Maldives will hold a referendum to decide the future role of its powerful presidency held by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom for the past 29 years, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Italian film legend Antonioni dies
Director Michelangelo Antonioni, one of the last great figures in Italian cinema, has died at the age of 94, ANSA news agency reported Tuesday quoting his family.
 arrow Turkey rounds up scores of illegal immigrants
Turkish security forces detained almost 90 illegal immigrants from Asia and the Middle East and three suspected Turkish traffickers during two raids here, Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.
 arrow Gunmen abduct Pakistani in Nigeria
Gunmen yesterday seized a Pakistani construction worker in the restive oil-rich southern Nigerian Rivers state, community sources said. A source said the kidnappers were in a speedboat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hasina's case
As we await the decision of the Appellate Division on Sheikh Hasina's petition, we would like to comment on some of the observations made by the High Court pertaining to the process and procedures followed
 arrow Editorial: Musharraf's meeting with Benazir
General Pervez Musharraf has lately been a troubled man.
 arrow Of distortions and intellectual dishonesty
Much talk has lately been going around about restoring Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to his proper place in Bangladesh's history.
 arrow Bangladesh needs a plan for gas import
A few years ago, when the BNP government was intent on implementing gas export from Bangladesh, a group of people, including members of IOC and a few of their local associates, was trying to sell a theory
 arrow A road map for Biman
It was with great interest that I read Mr. Qamaruddin's op-ed, "Biman PLC -- some suggestions," in The Daily Star editorial page on July 27, and would like to make a few comments.
Letters to Editorarrow Democracy in Bangladesh
The Roadmap of Election has been announced though it is too late. According to the Roadmap the next parliamentary election will be held by December next year. It is also too late.
 arrow Reforms in public universities
I have seen reports on the reforms in the public universities in Bangladesh in different daily newspapers. This has been long due and thanks to the caretaker government for taking this initiative.
 arrow Prices of essentials
The government with all its sincere wishes could not bring down the prices of essentials.
 arrow Palestinians and elusive peace
As former British Prime Minister Tonny Blair sets on his mission to bring peace among the Palestinians and Israel, he must first urge the Palestinians to stop slaughtering each other.
 arrow We mourn
We are deeply shocked at the demise of renowned historian and former vice chancellor of Chittagong University Professor Dr Abdul Karim.
 arrow Two leaders
These two ladies are now trying to play with public sentiment to hide their own faults and trying to put the CTG in an awkward position.
 arrow Load-shedding
Since 24 July night the people of Basabo-Goran-Madartek have been suffering immensely; we are experiencing load-shedding for the night. Overall, we receive electricity for 5-6 hours a day.
 arrow Hasina's arrest
As a Bangladeshi born British citizen living in the UK all my life, I was fortunate enough to spend the first few months of 2007 in Bangladesh and witness firsthand some of the changes occurring in the
 arrow Your commentary
Thank you for your commentary "This is no way to strengthen democracy". I agree with the comments you've made or the questions you've raised.
 arrow Price of coal
Way back in 1950-51, I first read the play "The price of coal" in Galsworthy's collection of "Nine Modern Plays" in college days.
 arrow DU teachers
As people say rot starts from the head, in our country the same thing happened.
 arrow Italian syndrome?
What is happening in Bangladesh is not at all unprecedented. Almost identical events occurred in Italy in the early 1990s.But we have to go back a bit. Mussolini had nearly destroyed the Mafia.
 arrow Surprising!
It's surprising that some enlightened people are also writing and shouting against the legal action taken by the authorities against the corrupt leaders.
Star Chittagongarrow Most of Ctg roads unfit for traffic
With cracks and potholes, most of the roads on the periphery of 60sq kilometre Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) have almost become unfit for traffic due to lack of maintenance.
 arrow CDA deadline to evict CCC illegal structures expires today
The time of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) eviction notice issued as part of its drive against illegal structures to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) commercial firms and markets expirestoday.
Star Cityarrow Pedestrian interest almost set aside
The proposed Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for the capital city has ignored the interests of pedestrians, environmental concerns and importance of non-motorised transports by suggesting allocation of
 arrow Preserving city's ageing trees
In the absence of proper preservation, old drooping branches and stag-headed dead trees make dangerous roadside denizens, threatening to drop on vehicles and passers-by on the city roads.
 arrow Jacuzzi, beware!
The recent case of a man who narrowly escaped fatal burns while using the Jacuzzi at Gold's Gym has brought to light safety lapses in the club's world famous facilities.
 arrow Nightlife of Old Dhaka
In the dead of night when most people are sleeping after the hustle and bustle of a hectic day, a certain part of the city wakes up with loud music blaring out from food outlets tearing the stillnessof
 arrow Dog-owners' doldrums
With so many people languishing in poverty and neglect, it may seem somewhat irrelevant to fret about dogs, but for most dog-owners, their pets are as important as any of their human friends and their
 arrow Rejoinder
In a rejoinder, the Air Quality Monitoring Project (AQMP) director Dr.
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