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A Dhaka city corp big rig(truck) loaded with garbage spreads stench as it trundles a major thoroughfare of the capital during daytime. The photo was taken from Moghbazar intersection.

Shahanara Akhtar, wife of abducted businessman Abul Kalam, reads out a written statement at a press conference in Chittagong city yesterday, accusing law enforcement agencies of negligence in rescuing her husband

A rescue worker carries a little girl, just recovered dead, as thousands of people wait on the bank of the Buriganga after the MV Sourav 1, on board 200 passengers sank in the river in Dhaka on Thursday. In 30 years, 408 such accidents on river routes killed 3,657 people.

EC siege slows Dhaka to a crawl

Japanese town named Obama rejoices as its namesake wins US presidential election.

Iraqi men in Baghdad watch concession speech by John McCain

Afghan President Hamid Karzai salutes just before the gun firing which he survived during a celebration in Kabul April 27, 2008. REUTERS

Palestinian civilians and medical workers wheel a wounded man to the Naser hospital, Gaza

An indigenous Tharu woman drives a buffalo-cart in Kailali district in Nepal. This activity used to be male preserve until recently.

Asian stocks have tumbled following Wall Street losses as fears grew that Barack Obama is inheriting a sinking economy

An upsurge in piracy in Somali waters has made getting help to the country's poor a dangerous business. Duration: 01:57

Wall Street shed five percent overnight as investors shrugged off Barack Obama's election as US president

The European Central Bank cut its main lending rate by half a percentage point to 3.25 percent Thursday

Protesters rally against the arrival of US President George W. Bush in Lima in the lead up to the APEC summit

Multinational motoring giant Toyota has slashed its profit forecast as Asian stocks tumbled on fears over the US economy

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (right) made history by becoming the island's first leader to meet a senior China official

An Israeli soldier shoots tear gas at Palestinian youths throwing stones

Maoist leader Prachanda (L) is interviewed by Reuters correspondent Simon Denyer in Pokhara, 200 km west of Kathmandu, June 15, 2006, file photo. REUTERS

The Nerpa is pulled/towed by tug boats as it approaches the Bolshoi Kamen naval base in Russia

Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat (centre) reviews a guard of honour in Lima where he is attending the APEC summit

Women shelter from the rain as they wait for food

A group puts on a satirical political skit involving a bull and a bear outside the New York Stock Exchange

The National Intelligence Council (NIC) has said that Al-Qaeda's "terrorist wave" might be on the wane

Serbia's Novak Djokovic falls to his knees as he celebrates his victory

A damaged vehicle is towed away following a suicide bomb outside the Green Zone

Madonna will keep the bulk of her 300 million pound fortune

Liverpool's Ryan Babel (L) challenges Chelsea's Paulo Ferreira

Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married in a lavish ceremony at a Scottish castle in 2000

The Beijing Olympic flame burns in a lantern during a welcome ceremony upon its

arrival at Fairburn air force base in Canberra April 23, 2008.REUTERS

A patriotic motif is displayed in the back of a truck in Detroit

Afghan shepherds lead a herd of sheep along the road to the capital of Badakhshn province, northeast of Kabul, April 21, 2008. REUTERS

An upsurge in piracy in Somali waters has made getting help to the country's poor a dangerous business.

The oil tanker MV Sirius Star is pictured at anchor off the coast of Somalia

The Space Station's robotic arm removes the Leonardo Multi Purpose Logistics Module from Endeavour's cargo bay

A more aggressive military approach is the only answer to an escalation of piracy off Somalia

An Israeli tank maneuvers near an army watchtower on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

Gasoline prices also fell at an all-time rate, down 14.2 percent from September

Members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Black Knights aerobatic team perform during a media preview of the 25th anniversary of bilateral exercises between the RSAF and Royal Thai Air Force at a military airport in Bangkok April 22, 2008. REUTERS

A Tokyo cyclist watches share prices registering gains across the board in the Japanese capital

Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, which cut interest rates cut by 50 basis points

Traders in Sao Paulo where share values have rallied on a US Fed temporary currency "swap"

A digital share prices board at the Bangkok Stock Exchange where markets have soared following a Fed interest rate cut

An index board at the Korea Stock Exchange where share values rallied on an interest rate cut by the US Federal Reserve

Oil Rises Above $68 on Stock Market Rally

Barack Obama who has vowed to avert a "potential meltdown" in the clogged financial system as a key priority

The UN has accused the rebels of looting and burning refugee camps, sparking a new exodus of 50,000 refugees

Palestinian journalists hold up the damaged camera and flack jacket of slain Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana during a protest in Gaza April 22, 208, against the killing of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana. Shana, a 23-year-old Palestinian, was killed in the Gaza Strip on April 17, 2008 while covering events in the enclave for the international news agency. He had been filming an Israeli tank dug in about 1,000 yards (1 km) away. Gaza doctors said darts sprayed from a controversial missile used by Israel killed Shana. Israeli forces have not said whether one of their tanks fired the fatal shot. REUTERS

Recrimination about the floodlight failure on the front page of The Telegraph, April 22, 2008

Liverpool's John Arne Riise (R) scores an own goal@ AFP

Global markets have endured more gut-wrenching turns with Wall Street falling hard in volatile trade

A graph plots the decline and rebound of stocks at a private stock gallary in Kuala Lumpur


ACC had converted the anti-corruption issue into a witch-hunt opening a can of worms

hubris syndrome, hubristic , ignoramuses

Barack Obama is beating Hillary Clinton in nominating wins, the popular vote and elected delegates

Hillary Clinton is leading Barack Obama by 10 points in the latest Suffolk University poll

Reading's American Midfielder Bobby Convey (L) vies with Arsenal's Brazilian Midfielder Gilberto during their Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in North London, on April 19, 2008

Cristiane (L) of Brazil celebrates with a backflip as she scores a second goal for their team during 2008 Women's Olympics Football Tournament qualification play-off match between Brazil and Ghana at Beijing Workers' Stadium on April 19, 2008. Brazil leads Ghana 2-0 in first half.

Sourav Ganguly: "I was disappointed with the 85 I got. I was so close to getting a hundred. That was more disappointing than the first-ball duck"

Sourav Ganguly is carried off the field by team-mates, India v Australia, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day, November 10, 2008

The victorious Indian team take up vantage points on the car given to the Man of the Series, Ishant Sharma, India v Australia, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day, November 10, 2008

Displaced Sudanese children eating at the Sakali Displaced Persons camp in the city of Nyala

Scientists say rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns may be amplifying water scarcity

Soaring prices for basic grains have provoked protests in at least half a dozen developing countries

Pervez Musharraf (R) presents the change of command baton to General Ashfaq Kiyani

Vehicles swerve to avoid hitting the huge rolls of electric cables Dhaka Electric Supply Authority has kept on the road for installing near Moghbazar intersection. :The photo was taken yesterday.

India's Sania Mirza hits a shot to Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 15, 2008

A young man performs with fire for people celebrating the 'Poush Sangkranti' Tuesday.
Hawkers occupying the pavement and poorly parked vehicles along the road compel pedestrians to walk near the central reservation of a road close to Bangabandhu Square in Gulistan in the capital. Photo: STAR
Dublin city bomb scare 'an elaborate hoax'
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in the men's 400 metres during the Golden Gala IAAF Golden League at the Olympic stadium in Rome in this July 13, 2007 file photo. Three-dimensional images, which helped to show that double amputee Pistorius receives considerable advantages from carbon fibre blade attachments, have become a significant tool in the drive to improve athletic performances. To match feature TENNIS/IMAGES REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files (ITALY)
Members of the Thai bomb team inspect the scene of a bomb attack at a market in Thailand's Yala province, nearly 1,084 km (674 miles) south of Bangkok January 15, 2008. A time bomb hidden on a motorcycle wounded 11 people seriously at a busy market in Thailand's rebellious Muslim south on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

A model displays a creation from South Korean designer Lim Hyunhee's Fall/Winter 2008 collection during Hong Kong Fashion Week January 15, 2008

A handout photograph made available January 15, 2008 shows part of the skeleton of a Keichousaurus a small long-necked marine reptile from the Triassic period (around 230 million years ago). The fossil is part of an illegal haul of 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) of fossils imported into Australia and returned to China at a ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday. REUTERS/Australian Government/Handout (AUSTRALIA).

A handout photograph made available January 15, 2008 shows a teleost (ray finned) fish, from the early Cretaceous Period (around 120 million years ago). The fossil is part of an illegal haul of 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) of fossils imported into Australia and returned to China at a ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday.
A handout photograph made available January 15, 2008 shows four large rounded eggs of a sauropod dinosaur. The sauropods were giant long necked herbivores. The fossilised eggs are part of an illegal haul of 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) of fossils imported into Australia and returned to China at a ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday.
Hindu women worship before taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, about 150 km (93 miles) south of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, January 15, 2008. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti".
An Indian Sadhu, a Hindu holyman, chants before taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, about 150 km (93 miles) south of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, January 15, 2008. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti".

A Palestinian woman carries her child as she walks amid the ruins of destroyed houses

Iraqis remove blood stains and human flesh shreds from the ground

A Palestinian woman walks next to a gash caused by Israeli shell fire in Beit Hanun

An armed North Korean border guard checks documents of people on a boat in Sinuiju, North Korea

A combo of picture(fromL-R) England goalkeeper---hiding his head in shame after his clanger gave Croatia the lead which is quite in contrast to Maidan Patric’s euphoria after his late strike gave the Croats a deserved victory. An an England fan seems resigned to her fate following their failure to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals after their debacle at Wembley in London on Wednesday.

NOWHERE TO HIDE! England manager ----inexplicably under the shelter of an umbrella walks off after a listless first half performance from his charges during their Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia at Wembley on Wednesday.

They vow to resist sending artefacts to France.

Palestinan prisoners wait to be released in Ketziot

Palestinan prisoners line up to be released

The pack rides in the mountains during the ninth stage



Pakistani soldiers return after storming the Lal Masjid, or Red mosque, in Islamabad July 10, 2007. Pakistani forces killed a rebel Islamist leader and more than 50 militants on Tuesday at the climax of 15 hours of fighting in an Islamabad mosque compound to end a week-long siege.

Citizens of Huatajata push a reed boat in 2002 which they designed and built in hopes of being capable of carrying eight tons of stone 90 kms (56 miles) across Lake Titicaca. A team of explorers and a 10-ton reed boat aim to re-write the history books by sailing from America to Europe to prove that trans-Atlantic trade links existed as long ago as the Stone Age.(

Workers from the Rajasthan Armed Force work on a flooded road after heavy rains in Rajasthan July 9, 2007. Hundreds of thousands of people remained stranded with little food and water for a seventh day in eastern India, while heavy rains continued to pour in the west sparking more flooding, officials said on Tuesday.

Bosnian Muslim men weeps near coffins of Srebrenica victims displayed at the Memorial center of Potocari near Srebrenica, 120 kms northeast of Sarajevo on Tuesday, July 10, 2007. The 465 bodies were excavated from mass-graves in Eastern Bosnia and were identified as Muslims killed by Bosnian-Serb forces in the Srebrenica area. Bosnian Serb troops massacred up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men after capturing Srebrenica on July 11, 1995, during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The identified victims will be buried Wednesday July 11, 2007 in the Memorial Center Potocari, alongside some 2,600 victims of the massacre already buried there. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

An Indian train enters Dhaka's cantonment rail station July 8, 2007. India outlined security measures for the resumption of a rail service with Bangladesh during talks in Dhaka on Tuesday, including the construction of a fence at the border crossing, officials said.

As if all this was not enough, the authorities have deliberately reduced the number of rent-free beds at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barisal in complete disregard to the concerns of the poor.

If anything, the condition of the poor has worsened since January 11.


Vested interest quarters keep lobbying against move

A photographer looks at chickens suspected to be infected by bird flu at a poultry farm in Gazipur, near Dhaka in this March 24, 2007 file photo. Health workers in Bangladesh have culled 78,000 chickens over the past six days after bird flu spread to another district in the north of the country, an official said on Sunday.


People look at floodwaters in the southern Cox's Bazar district town, June 14, 2007. Rescuers dug out one more body on Friday to take the confirmed death toll to 128 following a series of landslides in Bangladesh's port city Chittagong, officials said.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) shakes hands with Chad's president Idriss Deby as Gabon President Omar Bongo (bottom left), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (top) and Senegal's president Abdoulaye Wade (C) look on after the signing of a peace deal during the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Dakar, March 13, 2008. Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby signed a peace agreement on Thursday meant to end cross-border rebel attacks in a region which includes Sudan's war-torn Darfur. The signing, witnessed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade, followed talks in Dakar meant to revive a string of bilateral pacts that have failed to end fighting on both sides of the Chad-Sudan border. REUTERS

Farmers work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura, in this March 8, 2008 file photo. According to official statistic, more than 150,000 Indian farmers committed suicide since 1997 unable to repay crop loans. The crisis has been building for years and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government came up with a plan in the 2008-09 budget: cancel debts of small farmers with loans overdue on December 31, 2007, and which remained unpaid up to February 29. But the write-off came with riders, beneficiaries can own up to two hectares (five acres) and only bank loans will be cancelled, which meant nearly a quarter of 40 million targeted farmers will not benefit because most

borrowed from rapacious moneylenders or they own larger tracts of land. REUTERS.

Swimmers from Italy compete during the synchronized swimming preliminary team free routine at the European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven March 13, 2008. REUTERS

(R to L) Canada's Maelle Ricker, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Switzerland's Olivia Nobs and Austria's Manuela Riegler compete in the women's Snowboard-Cross FIS World Cup Grand Finals 2008 in Chiesa Valmalenco March 13, 2008. Canada's Ricker won the Snowboard-Cross 2008 trophy. REUTERS


Visitors to the Australian Museum pass the skeleton of an adult Muttaburrasaurus langdoni dinosaur after the opening of Australia's first permanent dinosaurs exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney March 14, 2008. REUTERS
Marseille's players celebrate their victory at the end of the UEFA cup match against Zenit Saint Petersburg in Marseille on March 6. Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg denied that racist slogans were directed at players from visiting French side Marseille by local fans during their UEFA Cup match midweek. Photo: AFP
Graeme Smith with the series silverware, Bangladesh v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Mirpur, March 14, 2008 Photo: AFP
Air vice-marshal AK Khandoker speaks at a press conference Thursday at the Muktijuddha Museum, organised by the Sectors Commander Forum.

U.S. President George W. Bush makes remarks on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act at the White House in Washington, March 13, 2008. Photo: REUTERS

Some Islamist organisations demonstrate in the Baitul Mukarram area Friday protesting the women development policy.
Naijyo Banijya Jote awards prominent women contributors to the national economy at Rabindra Sarabor Friday.
Jugglers of Baobab circus from Africa perform during a show at Jorge Isaacas theatre in Cali, Colombia March 12, 2008. Picture taken March 12, 2008. REUTERS
An elephant displays it's tusks at the 2nd Elephant Festival held at Kaziranga National Park, 267 km east of Guwahati, January 30, 2004. Rising numbers of wild elephants are being illegally captured from the jungles of Assam and forced to work in temples and give tourists rides, conservationists say.

French band Daft Punk performs in Paris. The electronic music duo often perform masked or helmeted.

After heavy rains, students in China's southern province of Guangdong make their way through flood waters by boat.

Vehicles move along a flooded a street in Chittagong town June 11, 2007. Heavy rain caused further havoc in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong on Tuesday where rescuers have recovered at least 87 bodies but more feared missing following the biggest storm in decades.

Policemen examine the site of a bomb explosion outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad January 26, 2007. A suicide bomber killed a security guard and himself in an attack outside the hotel on Friday, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said.

The growth of the internet has made online fraud more common

Labourers seen near a thermal power plant in Kolaghat, 75km from Kolkata, in this August 14, 2002 file photo. Nuclear energy will remain a small part of India's power supply for the next 25 years even if the country seals a civil nuclear deal with the United States, a member of India's top policy making body said on Tuesday

china tax reform said ready for vote

Under the auspieces of BSS

An old man sleeps on the floor at the Mukti Bhavan hostel in Varanasi June 1, 2007. The hostel -- a short walk from the Ganges river in Varanasi -- is a final stopover for elderly Hindus hoping they will shortly end up on one of the hundreds of funeral pyres lit on the riverbank each day.

A swan grooms his feathers on the river Rhine near Breisach, southern Germany, as meteorologists forecast higher temperatures in the upcoming days.

Visitors browse yoga books and CDs at the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong

A guard yells down from a guard tower at Camp #4 at Camp Delta

6. Mourners pray over the bodies of five Palestinians killed following an Israeli air raid

US marines run out of their humvee vehicle

An Iraqi man listens to a interpreter (2nd-L) with US soldiers as they sweep their house

Iraqi army soldiers share a moment with Iraqi children

An Iraqi army soldier monitors the area at a checkpoint in central Baghdad

People in mini-vans flee Mogadishu

Armed Islamist militiamen in Mogadishu

Mogadishu residents stand among the debris of a settlement that was destroyed by Ethiopian forces

A woman carries tapioca seeds next to a gas flare fire near Warri

Former Bangladesh prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia speaks at a news conference in Dhaka January 5,2006. A supporter of Khaleda Zia lodged a petition in court on Thursday to block efforts by the army-backed government to send her into exile.

File photo of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina at a rally in Dhaka January 10, 2007. Sheikh Hasina has vowed to defy the army-backed interim government's bar on her return to the country, telling the BBC she planned to arrive in Dhaka next Monday. REUTERS/Ashikur Rahman

A Bhutanese refugee boy works at the Timai refugee camp in Nepal April 15, 2007. As the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan prepares for historic elections, many of the 100,000 refugees languishing outside the country are appealing for the chance to return and take part

Chickens are seen at a poultry shop in Kolkata August 14, 2006. India has told its border guards to prevent people illegally bringing in poultry from Bangladesh as part of a heightened vigil against bird flu, a top official said on Tuesday.

File photo of Bollywood film stars Aishwarya Rai (L) and Abhishek Bachchan arriving for the world premiere of their film "Guru" in Toronto January 11, 2007. Abhishek and Aishwarya's wedding celebrations kick off on Wednesday with a pre-marriage party featuring songs, dances and skits performed by close friends and relatives

Kashmiri villagers shout slogans during a protest against the killing of two civilians in Kakpora, 25 km south of Srinagar, April 16, 2007. Several thousand people demonstrated in Indian Kashmir on Monday a day after two civilians were found dead in an exchange of fire between militants and policemen, police and witnesses said.

Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim dives to catch the ball during a World Cup cricket practice session in Bridgetown April 14, 2007. Bangladesh will step up security when India visit next month to play two tests and three one-day internationals, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Sunday.

Aftab Ahmed was stretchered off after he top-edged a delivery from Jacques Kallis into his face

Yuan banknotes are counted at a currency exchange store in Hong Kong in this January 11, 2007 file photo. China on Saturday pledged to gradually increase the flexibility of its currency as part of broader policy measures agreed by five major economic players to address global economic imbalances

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming (L) leaves the pitch after being dismissed as South Africa's Shaun Pollock celebrates during their World Cup Super Eights match in St George's April 14, 2007. New Zealand exploited favourable early bowling conditions on Saturday to defeat South Africa by five wickets

Indian fans show their frustration after securing tickets for what was expected to be their team's clash with Pakistan

On January 24, we wrote that ‘clear-cut policies on recruitment and promotion of faculty members need to be put in place’ in the public universities to reverse the politicisation of and to re-establish meritocracy at these institutions. Steps to that effect by the government are, therefore, commendable.

Sperm whales pause for breath off the coast of Mauritius January 24, 2008. Today, even in the internationally agreed whale sanctuary of the Indian Ocean, sperm whales are rarely seen because they tend to stick to deeper waters. Picture taken January 24, 2008. To match WITNESS-WHALES/ REUTERS/Vassen Kauppaymuthoo/Handout (MAURITIUS)

A South Korean protester holds a candle during a rally in Seoul

Protesters stage a sit-in protest as riot policemen block their march

A US soldier stands guard his cellblock post at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo

Two overs later he breaks that record when Aftab Ahmed becomes his 56th victim courtesy of a fine catch by Bracken

Soon after, Glenn McGrath bowls Shahriar Nafees to become joint top wicket-taker in World Cups alongside Wasim Akram

South Korean riot police stand guard with water canons to block anti-FTA protesters.

Protesters wear masks during a candlelight vigil denouncing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Seen through splintered bullet-proof glass, US soldiers examine their damaged Humvee in Baghdad

Marine One lands at the White House with George W. Bush and Laura Bush on board

UN Security Council members vote unanimously in favor of broader sanctions against Iran

Ricky Ponting comes in and looks in good touch, hitting a run-a-ball 35 before Ramnaresh Sarwan's direct hit runs him out

Michael Clarke and Hayden survive several run out near misses as they move the score past 100 without further loss

Hayden's early patience pays off when he reaches his 31st ODI half century as Australia push on to 150-2

Australia opener Matthew Hayden finds the going tough early on and he faces 18 deliveries before getting off the mark

Daren Powell is causing most of the problems and he is rewarded when Adam Gilchrist edges behind on seven

Ishant Sharma's 4 for 41 helped cripple Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar got himself into form with a dazzling fifty

Sachin Tendulkar drives during his 54-ball 63

Gautam Gambhir helped himself to another half-century

Chamara Kapugedera helped Sri Lanka with a battling half-century

Dilruwan Perera is cleaned up by Ishant Sharma

Kumar Sangakkara works one during his 33

Sanath Jayasuriya showed a glimpse of form with 34

Praveen Kumar snapped up 4 for 31

Praveen Kumar kept it simple with his medium pace

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to bring in Praveen Kumar worked like a charm

Praveen Kumar cues another Indian celebration

The Herald Sun on another showdown

Brett Lee picked up his second five-for of the tournament

Mahendra Singh Dhoni added 98 with Gautam Gambhir

Harbhajan Singh plays an unorthodox shot to leg

Robin Uthappa scored a quickfire 51

England XI bundled out New Zealand Invitation XI for 146 before enforcing the follow on on the second day in Dunedin. The match ended in a draw

Matthew Hoggard has Matthew Bell caught behind for 0

A chastened Jesse Ryder faces the media

Steve Harmison unwinds in the nets after his late arrival

Ian Bell cuts through the covers

Daniel Vettori survives a caught behind appeal against James Anderson

Daniel Vettori chats with Billy Bowden as rain ends the final ODI

Owais Shah works through the leg side

The sun sets on England's chances in the one-day series

A relaxed Stephen Fleming in the field

David Beckham, seen here on February 20, fans may be in for a disappointment after the city's football authorities said they had not given approval for the star and his club to play here

Neil McKenzie and Makhaya Ntini do a few warm-up exercises

Jacques Kallis attempts a high kick during a game of football

Dale Steyn steams in to bowl

Mohammad Rafique trains ahead of his final Test

Mohammad Ashraful pulls off an athletic catch during training

Mark Boucher works on his catching in the nets

Dale Steyn gets all the attention in the middle

Hashim Amla and JP Duminy unwind at the hotel pool

Aftab Ahmed takes evasive action as Mark Boucher belts the ball

Mark Boucher and AB de Villiers return to the pavilion after finishing off the job

Shahadat Hossain fields off his own bowling

Shahadat Hossain in his follow through

Aftab Ahmed reacts after being hit by a Hashim Amla shot

Ashwell Prince steers one to the off side

Hashim Amla flicks the ball to the on side

Bayern Munich's players celebrate after their German Cup quarter final derby match against TSV 1860 Munich. Bayern Munich's dramatic German Cup quarter-final win over bitter rivals 1860 Munich was marred by 12 arrests, with four fans taken into police custody and two people injured. Photo: AFP

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham, center, does push-ups with his teammates during a training session in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008.

Jockey David Bouland rides his horse Maleehah past the finish line to win the Qatar International Equestrian Festival in Doha February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

Razor wire at the US maximum security facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

A boy is seen feeding chickens at a market in Dhaka in this March 23, 2007 file photo. Bangladesh said on Tuesday it is closely monitoring about 100 workers from farms where the H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed in poultry.

Captain Rahul Dravid is seen attending the presentation ceremony after India lost the World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain in this March 23, 2007 file photo. The Indian cricket board is to analyse the team's early World Cup elimination at a meeting next week which could lead to the sacking of the captain and coach.

Nurses tend to a gunshot victim at Kinshasa's Ngaliema Clinic

Kinshasa residents look at a discarded soldier's uniform

Bangladeshi workers are seen collecting chickens suspected to be infected by bird flu in Gazipur near Dhaka in this March 24, 2007 file photo. Bangladesh has called for international help to upgrade bird flu testing, an official said on Wednesday, as the country battles a large outbreak of the disease in poultry.


Argentina ends oil deal with Britain off disputed Falklands

File photo shows a woman picking tea leaves at a tea estate in West Bengal. At least 150 people have died of malnutrition in West Bengal in the past year after the closure of scores of tea plantations in what investigators say is a unique case of social breakdown in a heavily unionised sector.

British Royal Navy Vice-Admiral Charles Style gives evidence on the location where the British sailors were captured

A video grab shows Faye Turney (R) eating with the British sailors seized last week

Smoke rises in the horizon above the Towfiq neighborhood in Mogadishu

A man takes a number at an unemployment centre in Frankfurt/M

Sri Lankan Navy sailor is seen standing at the Colombo harbour in this January 27, 2007 file photo. Sri Lanka's navy said on Thursday it sank three Tamil Tiger boats off the island's northeast coast, killing at least 15 fighters, but the rebels denied they suffered any losses.

Marlon Samuels makes only a fleeting appearance before Gayle plays on when well placed for a half century

Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan respond well and put on 52 before the latter is caught by Brendon McCullum

Honking(blowing horn) from Shahbagh to Jahangir Gate banned

England win the toss and bat but lose Ed Joyce to Boyd Rankin after some poor shot selection in the second over

Rankin claims his second victim in the sixth over when Michael Vaughan edges into the gloves of Niall O'Brien for only six

Ian Bell plays a more steady innings and puts on 66 with Kevin Pietersen before Kevin O'Brien gets the better of him

Pietersen looks set for another good score until Kyle McCallan tempts him into the hands of William Porterfield at mid-wicket

Small plane crashes on suburban Chicago street villager walks near Umaid Bhawan, venue for the Indian-style wedding of British actress Elizabeth Hurley and Indian businessman Arun Nayar, in Jodphur, March 9, 2007. Hurley married Nayar on Friday in a traditional Hindu ceremony in the desert state of Rajasthan where the groom trotted down the aisle on a horse. Caribbean hors d’oeuvres should whet fans’ appetite Indonesian workers retrieve items from the crash site in Yogyakarta

West Indies skipper Brian Lara loses the toss and his counterpart Inzamam-ul-Haq decides to have a bowl

A woman walks past a sign showing the losses on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Traders on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Tata group chairman Ratan Tata speaks during a news conference in Mumbai in this January 31, 2007 file photo. Tata Group this week tried to revive its 2-? year-old plan for Bangladesh's biggest inward investment, opening talks with the new army-backed government, a company official said.

Graphic showing Japan's unemployment rate

Railway workers demonstrate Wednesday at Kamalapur Railway Station following the murder of one of their colleagues.

FBCCI administrator Syed Manzur Elahi speaks at a projection meeting of the FBCCI election board at the IDEB auditorium Wednesday.

A model displays a creation by Esther Noriega during the "Pasarela Castilla y Leon Autumn/Winter 2009" in Burgos, northern Spain, March 11, 2008. REUTERS

A weaver rolls up colourful threads in bobbins. Photo was taken from Rupganj in Narayanganj Wednesday.

Girls walk through a paddy field to school at Kanchan in Rupganj Wednesday.

BTMA chairman Abdul Hai Sarkar speaks at a meeting with Chinese textile delegates at his office Wednesday.

An undated handout photo shows the cast of contestants from the fourth season of reality food show "Top Chef". "Top Chef", the reality food show that serves up drama along with creative dishes each week, has gained the respect of culinary experts as well as a loyal following of foodies. Sixteen contestants will be vying for the top $100,000 prize in the fourth season of the show that begins on March 12, 2008. REUTERS

A man carries his belongings on a donkey cart as he flees from fresh wave of attacks in Rumuruti district, West Laikipia, March 11, 2008. Hundreds of Kenyans fled the remote Mount Elgon region on Tuesday and several people have been killed as army helicopters attacked a small rebel militia for the second day, witnesses and a legislator said. REUTERS

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen who were expelling the woman and some 200 other members of the Landless Movement from a privately-owned tract of land on the outskirts of Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon March 11, 2008. The landless peasants tried in vain to resist the eviction with bows and arrows against police using tear gas and trained dogs. REUTERS

Andre Nel channeled his feelings onto the field with a four-for against a feeble Bangladesh Photo: AFP

Melbourne Victory player Rodrigo Vargas (L) controls the ball in front South Korea's Chunnam Dragons player Victor de Oliveira in their AFC Champions League match in Melbourne. Teams from Japan, Australia and China stormed to winning starts in the opening group games of the AFC Champions League, but there was heartbreak for Southeast Asian hopes. Photo: AFP


Inmates sleep in shifts, line up in front of lavatory
Tourists rest on the beach of Cox's Bazar January 28, 2007. Bangladesh called on Thursday for tourism to be a top priority for the seven member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The sun rises over the damaged side of the Pentagon in 2001 The "Tribute in Light" illuminates the sky over the World Trade Center site Pedestrians look at the day's losses on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Chinese investors view a stock price board at a private securities firm in Shanghai Traders at the Manila Stock Exchange watch a share prices board. An Asiatic lion is shown resting in the Gir wildlife sanctuary in this December 23, 2006 file photo. Two rare Asiatic lions have drowned after falling into a well in the Gir wildlife sanctuary, their only natural habitat, officials said.

Mortgage troubles cloud ownership dreams ---- Hundreds of thousands of families who bought houses in the last two years are now losing them. Nathaniel Shields expects to lose his Chicago house to a foreclosure.

Giant CeBIT fair offers peephole to high-tech future
Motor show in the blues--
A glum mood has marked the second day of Dhaka Motor Show that started with relatively low-priced cars. Luxury cars such as Porsche, BMW and Mercedez-Benz stayed away

A businessman walks past an electronic share index in Seoul



Groom children with human qualities to make them ideal citizens

NSU holds digital, online librarianship programme

A model presents a bikini collection during Ski and Fashion Festival in the Faraya ski resort in Mount Lebanon

Models present a bikini collection

A house belonging to a Chinese family who refused to accept a compensation deal by a property developer

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard at the Great Hall of the People.

Pedestrians carry their winter jackets as they walk along a street in Beijing in February 2007

Satellite image showing anomalies in humidity levels attributed to El Nino

A man runs on a beach near Rome in January 2007

A Pakistani protester throws a tear gas shell towards police

Pakistani protesters throw bricks at soldiers during clashes in Islamabad

Srilanka motor along against Barmuda

Opposition activists gutted more than 10 passenger buses

A protester from the Maoist group holds a poster of the former Chinese leader Mao during a protest rally in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata March 1, 2006. Thousands of police poured into the dense forests of eastern India on Friday after Maoist rebels massacred 55 people in a makeshift police camp in the region

The shadow of a US soldier is cast on a wall

US soldiers conduct a patrol in Baghdad's Dora neighbourhood

A soldier walks on a platform at the Basra Oil Terminal

Fans shout slogans and burn an effigy of the Indian cricket team during a protest in Patna March 18, 2007. Former players, the media and fans rounded on the Indian team on Sunday, a day after their shock five-wicket defeat to neighbouring Bangladesh in a World Cup Group B opening match in Port of Spain.

De Leede spills a catch from Gilchrist but soon dismisses the Australian opener for 57 with the score 116-2

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov (Far L) chats with US envoy Christopher Hill (R) in Beijing North Korean negotiator Kim Kye Guan (R) looks at documents during six-party talks in Beijing Negotiators hold six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme A US soldier aims at rooftops as he searches for a sniper US soldiers scan rooftops looking for a sniper in Baghdad's Haifa Street

Drug packages are destroyed at a dump waste before the burning of 1,191 kg of cocaine, marijuana and heroin, 20 km north of Panama City, on October 6, 2006.

This picture taken from a Russian NTV broadcast shows miners at the Ulyanovskaya mine

A US soldier takes cover from sniper fire in Baghdad

An Iraqi commando walks past a shrapnel-riddled bus in Kirkuk

An Iraqi soldiers checks a vehicle minutes before the start of a curfew in Baghdad
The body of a pro-government militia member

Now 17, Alex Veith is a normal weight after taking Adderall for more than four years -- from age 11 until about 18 months ago

Elaborate floats, some of them carrying sinister characters, process pass the spectators as the atmosphere builds

Fireworks explode as dancers perform during the opening ceremonies for the Cricket World Cup in Trelawny, Jamaica, March 11, 2007

The organisers promise colour and spectacle and that is what they deliver at the World Cup opening ceremony in Jamaica

Dazzling costumes delight the crowds as the World Cup is launched in style at Trelawny Stadium

Inzamam-ul-Haq (right) browses his programme as he and his Pakistan team, finalists in 1999, enjoy the opening ceremony

A new way of playing a Shane Bond bouncer? It is unlikely any of the players will be following suit

The I-Threes - Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths - pay tribute to the late Bob Marley

Costumes reflect the nine Caribbean countries which will be staging matches - in this case, Trinidad

The England team makes its way onto the field, led by captain Michael Vaughan and star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff

Australia are on a hat-trick of World Cup wins and skipper Ricky Ponting (left) looks as if he would rather be playing

West Indies captain Brian Lara ponders the challenge facing his side - no team has ever won the World Cup on home soil

India's Anil Kumble captures events on camera as his side go into the tournament as one of the favourites

The Cup minnows are determined to enjoy the tournament and none more so than Trent Johnston and his Irish team

Sir Garfield Sobers officially opens the ninth Cricket World Cup - the hosts play Pakistan in the opening match on Tuesday

A displaced woman at the Sakali camp in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region


Indian business gives new budget a thumbs-down on fresh taxes

Cricketer Virender Sehwag arrives at the airport in Montego Bay in this March 1, 2007 file photo. Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar disclosed on Saturday that out-of-form batsman Sehwag was picked for the cricket World Cup only at the specific request of skipper Rahul Dravid.

Golan’s apples blossom in Red Cross hands
Atapi Mondol, whose husband was devoured by a tiger, stands in front of her house in Satjelia island, about 130 km southwest of Kolkata February 21, 2007. In the last five years, at least 50 people have been mauled to death by the 250 to 270 Royal Bengal tigers which stalk India's half of the Sunderbans Chirac keeps up French attack on EU trade chief Iditarod dog sled race Lance Mackey(2ndR) speaks with a videographer as his dog Hobo Jim eats salmon heads

A pedestrian passes before a share prices chart in Tokyo Brazilian stock traders negotiate the future of the dollar Investors react to the latest share prices at Philippine Stock Exchange in Makati. Unidentified business people walk past a financial information board in west London

Map locating the areas worst affected by tornadoes in the US

Russia a safe option for energy–starved Japan

Japan-Bangladesh trade growth decelerates

Emergency crews respond after a bus tumbled off an I-75 overpass Friday morning north of downtown Atlanta.

HBOS sees 2006 profits climb but outlook weak


Carrefour close to signing deal to enter India’s vast retail market
Shanghai Market Up: Few investors seemed rattled by the volatile price swings as the market there gained 109 points today.

File photo of homeless children waiting to collect free clothes at a local charity in Siliguri September 27, 2006. Behind the headlines of "Shining India" are worries that growth is failing to trickle down to the poor and the communist-backed government is concerned that rising inflation is making many people poorer.

A South Korean businesswoman walks past an electronic share index in Seoul

A Japanese businessman gazes at a share prices board in downtown Toyko

Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic share index in Tokyo

Traders look at the declining share prices at the Philippine Stock Exchange

We expect that the government would continue its efforts in this direction and ensure that all kinds of cooperation required for the transition is accorded fully and wholeheartedly and not allow the bureaucracy procrastinate on the court’s orders only to delay the process.

S’pore can join upper tier of First World in next 20 years’


Record output, export growth cheer India’s tea industry

Irfan Pathan attends a practice session in Ahmedabad February 24, 2007. Pathan was cleared on Sunday for the World Cup in the West Indies starting next month after proving his fitness and bowling form in a domestic one-day game.

Muslim residents pray beside the coffins of unidentified victims of the Samjhauta Express train blasts near Panipat town February 24, 2007. At a solemn ceremony on Saturday attended by officials and local villagers, India began burying the unidentified bodies of victims of bomb blasts on a train to Pakistan which killed 68 people.

The burnt out shell of the ferry Lavina

India's cricket captain Rahul Dravid (L) and coach Greg Chappell attend a news conference in Mumbai February 27, 2007. Chappell said on Tuesday Australia's chances of defending their World Cup title should not be written off despite losing their last five one-day internationals

Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal celebrate in Chandigarh February 27, 2007. The ruling Congress party was defeated in polls in Punjab and Uttarakhand on Tuesday, in elections reflecting wider voter anger about inflation and economic reforms

Bosnian Muslim woman prays in front of a grave in Sarajevo war cemetary

War damaged buildings in the center of Bosnian town of Gorazde

A wartime tank belonging to Bosnian Serb armed forces

China sets up task force to crack down on illegal share trading

High on speculation, low on articulation

Falu’s tin-sheds symptomatic of
exploitation of public wealth

Indian airlines set for consolidation as losses pile up

Giant credit bubble behind yen slide
Inflation rears its head as India booms

US govt to release new dollar coins

Migrant ship docks in Mauritania

The ship's engine failed in international waters

At least 90 killed on day marking Golden Mosque attack

An Iraqi gestures as he shouts at the site where a car bomb exploded

A paramilitary guard stands beneath a surveillance camera at the North Korean embassy in Beijing

Graphic on Japanese whale meat consumption

Autorickshaws drive passengers up the wall, ministry looks away

Thousands of Maoist activists and supporters march through the streets of Kathmandu

Members of Greenpeace protest against commercial whaling in Tokyo

An aerial view of Air India planes parked at Mumbai airport in this August 4, 2005 file photo. India has sent home at least 20 foreign pilots flying for its airlines in the past year as their poor English posed safety concerns, the country's civil aviation regulator said on Thursday.

Policemen on guard outside a court in Mumbai September 12, 2006. Prosecutors sought the death sentence on Thursday for 44 people convicted of carrying out a series of bombings in Mumbai in 1993, and life terms for another 45 for complicity




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