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Front Pagearrow BNP leaders' canal grabbing causes DND waterlogging
The severe waterlogging inside Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment project area has worsened as drainage system leading to a major canal is being choked up -- thanks to encroachment of the canalby
 arrow EC can draw voter list without photo
The Electoral Rolls Ordinance 2007 that makes it mandatory to prepare voter list with photographs has also empowered the Election Commission (EC) do the task without photographs if it is not possiblefor
 arrow My Lord, we beg to differ
Chief Justice (CJ) of Bangladesh Mohammad Ruhul Amin said in a speech on Saturday, "The Supreme Court played a role in the past at critical junctures of the nation.
 arrow 35,000 attacked with diarrhoea
At least 34,989 people contracted diarrhoea across the country and five died since July 30 and at least 3,017 people were diagnosed with the disease in 24 hours ending at yesterday noon.
 arrow IFC attempts to delay 2 power projects
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is putting pressure on the government to delay two major private sector power projects which are now in an advanced stage, and quicken the pre-mature Bibiyana
 arrow CA firm on holding polls by 2008-end
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his government is determined to implement its main agenda of holding a neutral, fair and acceptable general election free from unholy influences by December
 arrow Load shedding peaks as power generation drops by 600MW
The country has suffered 600 MW less power generation since August 2 following temporary shutdown of several power plants and units due to technical glitches, regular maintenance work and problems ingas
 arrow Due to "safety precaution"...

 arrow Laid-off, labourers try their hands at crime
At the dead end of night two workers of Crescent Jute Mills Ltd (CJML) went out of home to "earn" something for their family starving for the last couple of days.
 arrow Govt may ban private coaching by teachers
The government is considering imposing a ban on private coaching or tutoring by school and college teachers.
 arrow Rule of law vital for ending political divides
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called for a capable, honest and accountable administration and patriotic and responsible leaders, otherwise risk facing a dysfunctional and immature democracy.
 arrow Turbulent sea...

 arrow National Security Council under process: Iftekhar
The process of establishing a National Security Council is underway but the timeframe of its formation is yet to be decided, Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow SC Appellate Division to hear case tomorrow
Chamber judge of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday did not make any ruling on the government appeals against recent High Court (HC) orders granting Sheikh Hasina bail and staying the Anti-Corruption Commission's
 arrow BB stalls move to seek account info of 198 graft suspects
The central bank has suspended its move to seek account information of 198 alleged corruption suspects following a directive from the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Combating Corruption andCrime.
 arrow NBR to sue Mir Nasir, son for hiding income
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday decided to file cases against former state minister Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and his son barrister Mir Helaluddin for concealing real incomes in their income
 arrow Bhuiyan denies existence of factions in BNP
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday denied the existence of factions in his party.
 arrow AL won't join EC reform talks if ban on politics exists
Awami League (AL) would not participate in the Election Commission's planned dialogue with political parties on electoral reforms in September if the current ban on indoor politics remains, acting ALpresident
 arrow knocking down...

 arrow Matin sees brighter side of flood
Extolling the positive effects of the disastrous flood, Communication Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin yesterday said there would be a boost in agriculture produce after the flood is over.
 arrow Arrest warrant against Obaidul Quader's wife
A Dhaka court yesterday again issued an arrest warrant against Isratunnessa, wife of detained Awami League Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader, in connection with a tax evasion case.
 arrow Moeen again rules out army's role in politics
Army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday again ruled out the army's involvement in politics, saying that major task before the nation is to give succour to the flood victims.
 arrow Bangladeshi dies of fright in Saudi police custody
A Bangladeshi man died of fright after being arrested by Saudi Arabia's controversial religious police for washing a car instead of praying, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow 15 Bangladeshi workers freed after weeks' confinement
At least 15 Bangladeshi workers were locked up for several weeks in Malaysia until the police released them on Friday after being alerted by Weekend Mail, a Malaysian newspaper.
 arrow Court asks cops to submit probe report by Sept 2
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Tejgaon Police Station to submit the probe report of a Tk 3 crore extortion case against detained Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and
 arrow Biman airbus stuck at Dubai since Saturday
An airbus of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd remains stuck at Dubai International Airport since Saturday due to technical glitches.
 arrow Workers ransack RMG factory for arrears
Garment workers agitating for arrears yesterday ransacked their factory opposite to Dhaka College on Mirpur Road and took position on the road for one and a half hours creating huge traffic congestion
 arrow 5 of a family killed in Ctg bus crash
Five members of a family were killed and 10 others injured when a city service bus and a microbus collided head-on in the port city's Customs Bridge area yesterday morning.
 arrow Mother, 2 kids die in boat capsize
A woman and her two children died yesterday as their boat capsized in a swamp in Bajurbagh area in the district.
 arrow Cargo vessel sinks in Meghna
A cargo ship, carrying 800 sacks of urea fertilizer and 50 sacks of rice, sank due to inclement weather in the Meghna River in Borhanuddin upazila yesterday.
 arrow 5 US soldiers killed in Iraq
Five American soldiers have been killed in fighting around Baghdad, including four in a single attack, the US military said yesterday, as hundreds of Iraqis mourned an assassinated provincial governor.
 arrow Tribal leaders pledge to fight terror
Afghanistan and Pakistan pledged yesterday to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their respective tribal regions and fight the opium trade financing Islamic militants.
 arrow Hardline group rallies for world Islamic rule in Indonesia
More than 70,000 members of a hardline Muslim group held a rally in Indonesia that heard calls for a caliphate -- or Islamic rule -- to govern the world.
Businessarrow 29pc money come from NRBs in Saudi Arabia
Of the total remittance inflow into the country, the highest amount, or 29 percent, came from Saudi Arabia last fiscal. The non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) from Saudi Arabia sent US$ 1734.
 arrow Contractionary monetary policy may have negative impact on investment
The Bangladesh Bank's move to enforce IMF (International Monetary Fund) prescription for a contractionary monetary policy in order to tame inflation might have a negative impact on investment, cautioned
 arrow Sri Lanka cashes in on 'distressed' denim jeans
The denims look tattered and frayed, but shoppers in Europe and the United States are prepared to pay good money for "distressed" jeans and Sri Lanka is cashing in.
 arrow China seeks to dampen US dollar rumors
China sought Sunday to dampen speculation it will conduct a massive sell-off of U.S. dollar holdings, with a central bank official saying the dollar remains a mainstay of its foreign exchange reserves.
 arrow New India revels in 'trading superpower' dreams
When India comes to celebrate a century of independence it will be as a superpower, a trading giant straddling the world, just next to China -- according to conventional wisdom.
 arrow Selling pressure pulls down price indices
Selling pressure, especially from institutional investors, pulled down the price indices on the Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges yesterday.
 arrow BTRC fines GEP Telecom Tk 4cr
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday fined GEP Telecom Limited, a private land phone operator, Tk 4 crore, as the company has failed to fulfill a licensing condition.
 arrow New airlines plan to increase flight to Nepal
Nepal is fast turning into a hot destination for international airlines while the national flag carrier is reeling under lack of aircraft.
 arrow US federal deficit down to $157.3b
The federal deficit so far this budget year is running sharply lower, driven by record revenues pouring into government coffers.
 arrow Air travel in India set to be costlier
If the Indian airline industry has its way, low-cost carriers and super-low discount schemes will soon be a thing of the past.
 arrow Japan's growth seen slowing in second quarter
Japanese economic growth is expected to have slowed sharply in the second quarter of 2007, hit by slowing exports to the United States, analysts predict.
 arrow Cross-country investments seen key to Asean integration
Asean companies should not let potential controversy derail them from investing in each other's countries as this will work against economic integration, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
 arrow New MD of Central Ins
Md Zahid Anwar has been recently promoted as the managing director (MD) of Central Insurance Co Ltd, says a press release. Prior to his new assignment, he served the company from various capacities.
 arrow New DMD of Dhaka Ins
Khawja Manzer Nadeem has been promoted to the post of deputy managing director (DMD) of Dhaka Insurance Ltd recently. He joined the company in 2005 as general manager, says a press release.
 arrow The City Bank's new head of Treasury & Market Risk
Sheikh Mohammad Maroof has joined the City Bank Ltd recently as EVP & head of Treasury & Market Risk.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Football: Top players to go to Nehru Cup
Syed Nayeemuddin finally chose to take the best possible team to Nehru Cup in India as it had been expected.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers snorkel on Day 2
The second day of the Tigers' commando training programme in Sylhet has gone to plan, even though there was a slight injury to all-rounder Alok Kapali.
 arrow Cricket: India extend lead
Paul Collingwood took two wickets but couldn't prevent India extending their lead in the third and final Test at The Oval here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria pulls out
Maria Sharapova's bid for a second title in as many weeks ended with a whimper Saturday as the top-seeded Russian withdrew injured before her scheduled semifinal in a 600,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Fans can't take it!
Two years ago The Oval was the scene of wild celebrations as England won the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
 arrow Cricket: Athers now a Tendulkar fan
Sachin Tendulkar's impressive performances in the ongoing Test series against England has made Michael Atherton eat his words as the former cricketer has expressed "great admiration" for the Indian, admitting
 arrow Cricket: Graveney to tour with team
David Graveney will accompany England on tour for the first time in his decade as chairman of selectors.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib in for more penalty
Shoaib Akhtar may face more action from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his alleged outburst at the board's headquarters in Gaddafi Stadium on Friday, following the imposition of a fine of approximately
 arrow Cricket: Tatenda 'not after money'
Tatenda Taibu has insisted that money was not the motivation for his return to the Zimbabwe side, maintaining that it was a desire to play international cricket that made him go back.
 arrow Cricket: Yadav in line for ICL
Jai Prakash Yadav, the Indian all-rounder, has expressed an interest in joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
 arrow Football: Liverpool fire warning
Liverpool fired an early warning to their English Premiership title rivals as they made a gutsy winning start to the new season on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Gunners leave it late
Alexander Hleb ensured Arsenal began life without Thierry Henry in style as his dramatic late goal sealed a 2-1 Premiership victory at home to London rivals Fulham on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Sven slams critics
Manchester City's new manager Sven-Goran Eriksson fired a broadside at his critics after he got his English Premiership career off to the perfect start.
 arrow Football: Bayern dazzle in opener
Bayern Munich's 23 million-euro strikeforce Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose gave their employers an instant return as newly-promoted Hansa Rostock were beaten 3-0 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Toulouse sink Lyon
Johan Elman-der gave Toulouse a welcome boost ahead of their crucial Champions League clash against Liverpool in midweek with a last-minute winner against champions Lyon on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Record breaking start for Chelsea
Michael Essien ensured Chelsea's bid to regain the Premiership title got off to a record-breaking start as he sealed a thrilling 3-2 win against Birmingham on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Riquelme returns to Villarreal
Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme said on Saturday that he is heading back to Spanish First Division side Villarreal.
 arrow Football: Sol delight at England link
Portsmouth central defender Sol Campbell admitted Sunday he would jump at the chance to revive his international career for England. Campbell, 32, has not played since the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Ajax refuse Real ultimatum
Dutch giants Ajax on Sunday revealed they had refused to meet Real Madrid's three-hour ultimatum over the transfer of midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
 arrow Tennis: Djokovic halts Nadal
Novak Djokovic denied Rafael Nadal another installment of his rivalry with Roger Federer, ousting the Spanish world number two Nadal 7-5, 6-3 to book his own finals meeting with Federer at the Montreal
 arrow Cricket: Eng must back Prior
Peter Moores had a busy morning before the start of play on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Daily Star cruise to last 8
Two down and three more to go.
 arrow Football: Toni gamble pays off
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admitted on Sunday he was relieved his gamble to risk the fitness of striker Luca Toni paid off as the Italian star scored in their 3-0 victory over Hansa Rostock.
 arrow Football: Sevilla gain advantage
Sevilla moved a step closer to adding another new trophy to its collection after Luis Fabiano's 28th-minute penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Real Madrid Saturday in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.
 arrow Football: Big Sam a happy man
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce made a winning return to Bolton then launched a fierce attack on Phil Gartside, his former chairman at the Reebok Stadium.
 arrow Football: Fergie has faith in Heinze
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he can still count on Gabriel Heinze even if the defender's bid to force a move to arch-rivals Liverpool fails.
 arrow Football: Essien backs Nations Cup switch
Chelsea's Ghana midfielder Michael Essien wants to see a change in the international calendar which would allow the African Nations Cup to move to a new date.
 arrow Football: McCarthy out of hospital
Blackburn Rovers' South Africa striker Benni McCarthy was released from hospital Saturday after collapsing on the pitch during his side's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
Metropolitanarrow Observe Aug 15 at state level with due respect
Fifty-two eminent personalities yesterday called on the caretaker government to observe the 32nd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15 at the state level with due respect
 arrow No headway in investigation
The investigation into the attack on prolific writer Humayun Azad did not make any significant progress though three years have elapsed since the attack was carried out on him.
 arrow 9281 enlisted on second day
A total of 9281 voters were registered at 37 voter listing centres in 30 wards of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) on the second day yesterday. On the first day, 6393 voters were registered.
 arrow Relief operations continues
Different social, political, cultural and rights organisations yesterday continued to distribute relief materials among the flood victims across the country yesterday.
 arrow 2000 tons of WFP rice for flood victims
The World Food Programme (WFP) will soon start distributing 2000 tons of rice to flood victims as initial response to the need for emergency relief of flood-affected people of Bangladesh, reeling from
 arrow Dealing with terrorism requires special legislation: Lt Gen Masud
Dealing with terrorism requires special legislation beyond criminal law to provide the military and security forces with necessary legal authority and investigation tools to ensure the prosecution ofsuspected
 arrow Youths want to rid country of confrontational politics
Young professionals and students at a roundtable yesterday said they do not want the return of confrontational politics to the country.
 arrow Fresh probe into 2001 Sylhet bomb blast
The CID has started a fresh investigation into the bomb blast that took place just ahead of an election campaign of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in Sylhet on 26 September in 2001.
 arrow Two advisers reassigned
The government has reassigned two of its advisers for monitoring relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood-affected areas.
 arrow Woman dies as windowpane falls on her
A woman passer-by was killed and her two-year-old daughter seriously injured when a windowpane from a garment factory fell on them at Kamalapur in the city yesterday.
 arrow 4 new UGC members appointed
The government yesterday appointed four educationists as members of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the next four years.
 arrow Varsity student drowns in Turag boat capsize
Fire brigade divers with the help of local people recovered the body of a university student from Turag river near Amin Bazar bridge at Savar yesterday a day after he drowned in a boat capsize.
 arrow Confce on indigenous people, environment Dec 17-18
The first ever conference on indigenous people and environment will be held in the city on December 17-18, says a press release.
 arrow Traffic constable killed in city road crash
A traffic constable was killed when a passenger bus hit him in the Kamalapur area in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Al-Faruq, 32.
 arrow Appeal for help
Kawser Sheikh, a garment worker, has appealed for financial assistance for his treatment as both of his kidneys have been damaged, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Water bodies disappearing fast in Khagrachhari
Natural lakes, canals and other water bodies in picturesque Khagrachhari town are disappearing as land grabbers are illegally filling up those and constructing buildings and makeshift structures.
 arrow Park gobbled up for nursery business
Rangamati Poura Park, the lone park in the hill town, has virtually fallen to nursery business.
 arrow Court records plaintiff's deposition
Deposition of the complainant in the much talked about extortion case against former BNP lawmaker Naser Rahman was recorded yesterday in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge-III, Sylhet.
 arrow Probe body finds charges against ex-whip correct
An investigation committee has detected misappropriation of 200 metric tons (MT) of rice sanctioned for relief work in five unions of Banaripara upazila by former whip and BNP lawmaker Shahidul Huq Jamal.
 arrow Voter roll work begins in Khulna city Aug 19
Voter registration with photographs and preparation of national identity cards will begin in 31 wards of Khulna city on August 19.
 arrow More 592 jute workers get arrears
More 592 retrenched workers of closed People Jute Mills were paid their arrear wages yesterday.
 arrow Jhalakathi poura chairman gets 10 yrs' RI
A court here yesterday sentenced expelled BNP leader and Jhalakati municipality chairman Abdul Halim Gazi to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for posseing illegal arms.
 arrow EC to prepare correct voter list: Sahul
Election Commissioner Muhammad Sahul Hussain yesterday said here that the prime object of the Election Commission (EC) is to conduct a fair and neutral election by presenting the nation a sound and correct
 arrow Unscreened blood trader's den busted in Rajshahi
Joint forces yesterday seized 15 bags of unscreened blood and other equipment from a house of an illegal blood trader here.
 arrow NGO trains jute workers' families
Jagarani Chakra Foundation (JCF), a local NGO, has taken up a programme to help needy workers of state-round Jessore Jute Industries (JJI) at Rajghat.
 arrow Date-expired soft drinks recovered
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 4,220 cans of date-expired Crown drinks packed in 120 cartoons from a wholesale rice shop at Fariapotty in Barisal city in the early hou4s of yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Coal policy
The Coal Policy review committee needs to be thanked for making the draft coal policy available for comments. It is also nice to know that the committee plans to invite stakeholders to hear their opinions.
 arrow Managing foreign workers
In Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries on earth, with 152.6 million people cramped in a small space of 143998 sq km, we have many foreign workers. This is very surprising.
 arrow Our bizarre money market and the role of the Bangladesh Bank
The recently announced monetary policy statement contains some interesting quantitative information, but the critics and scholars were so involved in the debate regarding the type of monetary policy that
Culturearrow "Mastermoshai": Documentary on Santosh Gupta premiered
Esteemed journalist, writer and columnist Santosh Gupta inspired the people in all progressive movements, including the Liberation War in 1971.
 arrow An evening of rain songs by Nibedon
Cultural organisation Nibedon arranged a programme titled Shatoborsher Borshar Gaan at Natmandol, Dhaka University recently, to celebrate the rainy season.
 arrow Cartoons against corruption
The prize giving ceremony for the "Cartoon Contest against Corruption", organised by The Daily Star, was recently held at the National Press Club.
 arrow Docu-drama "Ontoraler Kotha" on Channel-i tonight
Docu-drama Ontoral-er Kotha will be aired tonight on Channel-i at 6:15 pm. Based on women's issues, this episode will feature the case study of Mila.
 arrow Aishwarya's wax model to be unveiled in New York
After her 'namaste' to London, Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai is coming to New York.
 arrow German Film Week at Goethe Institut begins
A five-day film screening session titled "German Film Week" with the slogan 'enjoy a diverse and versatile mix of the recent-release German films' began yesterday at the Goethe Institut.
Generalarrow ‘Protect Mehendiganj from erosion’
Mehendiganj Rakhkha Committee yesterday called upon the caretaker government to take immediate steps to protect the inhabitants of the nearly vanished Mehendiganj upazila from the erosion of the Meghna,
 arrow Two killed in Satkhira road crashes
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Shyamnagar and Tala upazilas yesterday.
 arrow US Embassy scholarships for madrasa students
US Chargé d' Affaires Geeta Pasi awarded micro-scholarships to 60 madrasa students for the study of English.
Internationalarrow Musharraf decries rise of militancy
Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf told more than 700 Afghan and Pakistani tribal leaders yesterday that the two countries have been mired in the rise of militancy, extremism and radicalism while
 arrow Lankan troop shortages hit push against rebels
Sri Lanka's military has been unable to push into Tamil Tiger strongholds in the north due to the threat of monsoon rains and a lack of manpower, defence officials and analysts say.
 arrow Exiled Pak leaders reject Musharraf's ‘no to return plea’
Pakistan's main opposition leaders have roundly rejected President Pervez Musharraf's call not to return home until after the forthcoming general elections, party officials said yesterday.
 arrow 'Musharraf met Benazir to negotiate a safe exit’
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf met former prime minister in exile Benazir Bhutto at Abu Dhabi recently to negotiate a deal for a safe exit, a senior opposition leader has said.
 arrow Imran links 'war on terror' to legacy of partition
Former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan linked the "war on terror" to the legacy of partition 60 years ago, in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow 4 Nato troops among 29 killed in Afghan fighting
A wave of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan killed 29 people, including four international soldiers and nearly two dozen militants, military officials said yesterday.
 arrow Millions still depend on aid
The millions of people hit by some of the worst flooding in South Asia for decades continued to depend on aid supplies of food and clean water on Sunday as the inundation slowly receded.
 arrow 'Military buildup seen hitting China's inroads in Asia'
China may be making huge strides in projecting "soft power" in Southeast Asia amid US preoccupation in Iraq, but the region remains wary of the Asian giant's military ambitions, experts say.
 arrow Fresh hopes for Korean hostage release
Two of the South Korean aid workers held hostage in Afghanistan were to be released within hours, a Taliban commander said yesterday, as new talks began over the three-week crisis.
 arrow Thai junta's popularity put to test in referendum
In Bangkok's downtown night market, Ratporn Supsong sells wooden statues of Buddha that the faithful believe will bring them good fortune and protect them from harm.
 arrow Hackers protest US, Israeli actions on UN website
The official website of the United Nations appeared to have been hacked early Sunday, and was displaying a message protesting US and Israeli policies in the Middle East.
 arrow Rebels gun down 4 more migrants in Assam
Suspected separatists in northeastern Assam state shot dead four migrants early yesterday raising the toll from a string of such attacks ahead of India's Independence Day this week to 34, police said.
 arrow Pakistan frees 100 Indian fishermen
Pakistan released 100 Indian fishermen, including 28 children, as a goodwill gesture yesterday, ahead of the South Asian neighbours' 60th independence anniversaries next week, officials said.
 arrow Pope calls on help for flood victims in Asia
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday called on the international community to assist victims of catastrophic flooding in southeast Asia.
 arrow Bacteria 'do not cut short life'
The theory that bacteria hasten our death has been questioned by research suggesting living in a sterile world would not boost life expectancy.
 arrow Lebanese army rejects siege surrender offer
The Lebanese army yesterday rejected a conditional offer of surrender by Islamist extremists in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in the north of the country, a mediator told AFP.
 arrow Taiwan presidential hopeful wants rival as running mate
Taiwan's ruling party candidate for the 2008 presidential election, Frank Hsieh, said yesterday he had invited former premier Su Tseng-chang to be his running mate, reports said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CJ has set a good tone
We are heartened by the speech delivered by Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin at a roundtable on judicial reform and independence organised by a forum called Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Flood relief operation
As floodwaters continue to pose widespread difficulties to human and animal lives, we find efforts being made to reach succour to the worst-hit people in some areas.
 arrow Charges delayed, crimes bypassed
The bulk of literature -- as most of public finance -- assumes that pecuniary gain constitutes the principal drive behind tax evasion.
 arrow Dependence Day
In July, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi took charge of an election that had suddenly become difficult, thanks to a candidate of her own choosing.
 arrow What's at stake with Blair at the helm of the peace caravan
Strange things can happen at times in international affairs.
Letters to Editorarrow August 6, 1945
Mankind suffered the worst barbarism on August 6, 1965, as America dropped atom bombs, for the first time in history, on the Japanese cities: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 arrow Flood victims
The plight of flood-affected people is getting worse day by day. Thousands of them have been marooned. Some of them are living at the flood shelters and under the open sky.
 arrow A new Bangladesh
The alternate regimes of the twin demoniac have been shattered, thanks to the initiative by the interim caretaker government. The new nation suffered from rules. Proxy leadership is phony.
 arrow Plundered Biman
It is tragic that the national airline should come to such a deplorable state, despite having so much of commercial potential both at home and abroad.
 arrow Save the public universities
I am in Japan for one year and doing research in Kumamoto University. Everyday I am learning about the disciplines, morals and patriotism of the Japanese.
 arrow Housing for middle class
We appreciate the central bank's decision to disburse Tk 300 crore against purchasing flats up to 1225sft for the lower and the middle class people. Housing is a basic need.
 arrow Ill-gotten wealth
Recently, the caretaker government (CTG) hit headlines for forcing certain sections of our countrymen who are corrupt and wealthy into disclosing their wealth.
 arrow The budget
Focusing on the budget speech thoroughly, actually I can only define it as the statement of World Bank or Asian Development Bank.
 arrow Mining options
Sarwat Chowdhury's prompt response (Aug.9) to your two-part report on open pit mining in Germany, does not appear very convincing or objective.
 arrow Social networking
When DeWolfe and Anderson launched Myspace, social networking was limited to chatting and instant messaging.
 arrow Computer education
Along with other subjects at the Primary Level, I feel that computer literacy also plays a pivotal role in students' career these days.
 arrow Political drama
At the outset, my apologies to your readers for expressing some political thoughts when our country is facing a humanitarian crisis due to onrush of floodwater, engulfing at least 42 districts and
Star Cityarrow Renovation of station, other works go on amid dampened spirits
The historical start of the Dhaka-Kolkata direct train service has once again hit snags, as the higher authority is yet to reach a final decision on when the service will start.
 arrow Is it beef you are eating?
City dwellers are unwittingly consuming buffalo meat in various hotels everyday, as a segment of unscrupulous butchers and meat sellers are regularly mixing buffalo meat with beef.
 arrow Temporary rehabilitation for hawkers

 arrow Fruits now a dream for low income group
Fruits, local or imported, are now a dream for many, especially the low-income group.
 arrow Orchid making its way into the city life
It looks like a flower fair when traders with a wide variety of flowers gather in the morning at the city's Shahbagh intersection. It has grown up as a hub of flower business over the last two decades.
 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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