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Front Pagearrow $200m audit objections remain unresolved on Unocal apathy
Petrobangla's persistent efforts to resolve audit objections worth 200 million US dollars with Unocal, which was sold to Chevron-Texaco on Monday for 16.
 arrow Strings of co-op deals during Chinese premier's visit
Dhaka and Beijing are ready to strike a number of cooperation deals as Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao makes a state visit to Bangladesh tomorrow.
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads unusually early
The spread of diarrhoeal diseases this year, which started in early March, a month earlier than the usual time April, has marked an unusual rise across the country during the last few weeks.
 arrow Govt to update contempt law to stop its misuse
The government is going to amend the Contempt of Courts Act to check its indiscriminate use as well as to make it up-to-date.
 arrow Govt's stop order throws excavation into uncertainty
Uncertainty looms over the excavation in Wari-Bateshwar area of Narsingdi where archaeologists discovered artifacts believed to be about 2,450 years old following government orders to stop the digging.
 arrow Ex-CJ Mustafa Kamal against present rule
Former chief justice (CJ) Mustafa Kamal has said he is against the existing provision that the immediate past chief justice should be made the chief adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow US embassy says FBI not probing Kibria's killing
A spokesman for the US embassy here yesterday said the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is not investigating Kibria's death, independently or otherwise.
 arrow Alia Madrasa closed indefinitely
The residential hall of Dhaka Alia Madrasa was vacated yesterday morning as the authorities on Monday night declared the institution closed sine die following the two-day clashes between two student organisations.
 arrow Tender delays may jeopardise schedule
The country risks falling behind schedule in its efforts to connect to the information superhighway, as the telecoms ministry is taking longer than expected in its tendering process for a submarine link
 arrow Hasina for Asian anti-terror body
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday proposed establishment of an Asian anti-terrorist agency to effectively investigate terrorist acts in the region.
 arrow Banned yet found in plenty
Influential organised groups in connivance with the law enforcers have flooded the city with banned polythene shopping bags, posing a threat to sewerage system and environment in general.
 arrow Vatican gridlocked as hordes mourn
Hundreds of thousands of mourners intent on seeing their beloved Pope John Paul one last time have poured into the Vatican, jamming the narrow cobbled streets and filling them with song, prayer and sorrow.
 arrow Blair sets May 5 as election date
The general election in Britain will be held on 5 May, Prime Minister Tony Blair has formally announced.
 arrow Dhoni drives India 2-0 up
Mahendra Dhoni cracked a blistering maiden century to help India to a 58-run win over Pakistan in the second one-day international on Tuesday.
 arrow PM says president to remain till tenure ends
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made it clear that the president was elected "without anybody's mercy" and will remain in his position till the end of his tenure.
 arrow Mourning day for Pope today
Bangladesh observes mourning day today to show respect to Pope John Paul II, who died early Sunday in holy Vatican City.
 arrow Wrong identity costs him a year in jail
An innocent young man has lost about a year of his life in jail custody just because police wrongly identified him as a criminal.
 arrow Housewife found dead
Police recovered the body of a housewife at city's Lalbagh area and a mob beat a youth allegedly for attempting to abduct a child at Khilgaon yesterday.
 arrow 'Improper probe, faulty charges weaken case'
Lack of proper investigation and faulty charge sheet have weakened journalist Manik Saha murder case for punishment of the accused.
 arrow 2 accused in Ctg arms haul surrender
Two more accused in the Chittagong arms haul case surrendered to Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court yesterday.
Din Mohammad and Sanwar Hossain surrendered to the court at about 3:00pm.

 arrow ICRC demands probe into Iraqi prison riot
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) demanded an investigation into a riot at the US-run Camp Bucca prison camp in southern Iraq.
 arrow Los Angeles Times wins major Pulitzer
Gareth Cook of The Boston Globe won for explanatory reporting for his articles on stem cell research, while Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune won in the category of feature writing for her account of
 arrow Ancient Maya entrepreneurs made salt
Ancient Mayan entrepreneurs working along the coast of what is now Belize distilled salt from seawater and paddled it to inland cities in canoes, all without government control, researchers reported on
Businessarrow Businesses for joint body to determine tax evasion
As the National Board of Revenue (NBR) sits today with leading chamber leaders and financial experts at a pre-budget meet, the businesses are set to propose the formation of a joint committee to determine
 arrow GP starts laying high frequency network for better coverage
GrameenPhone Limited has started deploying 1800MHz frequency network to provide its customers with improved and seamless coverage.
 arrow Asian countries to focus on economic ties at Pak confce
Ministers from 26 Asian countries including Bangladesh will meet in the Pakistani capital this week to promote economic links and hammer out regional disputes.
 arrow Pakistan, China to sign trade agreements
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is due to begin his first visit to Pakistan Tuesday, during which the close allies will sign a raft of economic, trade and investment agreements, officials said.
 arrow Janata Bank forms 36 mobile teams to recover default loans
Weighed down with classified loans, state-run Janata Bank has formed 36 mobile teams under a crash programme to recover default loans and reduce its quantum to 12 percent by this year.
 arrow CRISL upgrades City Bank rating
Credit Rating Information and Services Limited (CRISL) has upgraded The City Bank Limited to 'A-' from its previous rating 'BBB-' in the long term and to 'ST-2' rating from ST-3 rating in the short term.
 arrow SEC fines five directors of Saleh Carpet
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined five officials of one company for not holding annual general meeting in 2003.
 arrow Standard Bank signs remittance deal with UK co
Standard Bank Ltd has signed an agreement on remittance with Taka Exchange Co (UK) Ltd.
 arrow State-run Sangu Valley Timber handed over to private owner
The state-owned Sangu Valley Timber Industry was Monday handed over to a private owner under the government's privatisation programme.
 arrow BRAC Bank, Transcom sign MoU
BRAC Bank Limited has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a new consumer credit facility titled 'NowLoan' with Transcom Electronics Limited.
 arrow DHL broadens import express service in Asia Pacific
DHL, a leading express and logistic company, has increased its import express service in the Asia Pacific, making the service available in 218 countries.
 arrow Asian jewellers stock up gold on price fall
Jewellers across Asia are building up gold stocks to capitalise on falling prices and seasonal demand among consumers in India and Thailand, dealers said Tuesday.
 arrow China slams US efforts to curb textile imports
China Tuesday slammed US efforts to reimplement quotas on Chinese textile imports as an unfair and unreasonable move running counter to trade liberalization and smacking of protectionism.
 arrow Oil cools from record highs as Opec calms supply concerns
Oil prices eased further in Asian trading Tuesday after the Opec cartel announced it had begun consultations to consider raising output by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd), dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhoni makes Pakistan poor
Mahendra Dhoni was a surprise hero with an explosive maiden century as India thrashed Pakistan by 58 runs in the second one-day international here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Grabbing the opportunity
Mahendra Dhoni's mai-den ton might not have taken place were it not for Sourav Ganguly's form slump, the India skipper revealed after his side won the second one-day international against Pakistan atVisakhapatnam
 arrow Cricket: Reza lords over Khulna
Host teams Rajshahi and Sylhet dominated Day One of their eighth round engagements of the National Cricket League yesterday but Barisal were finding visiting Dhaka a tough proposition.
 arrow Cricket: NZ pile on the runs
Hamish Marshall and Nathan Astle scored centuries and Brendon McCullum fell one short as New Zealand amassed a huge total of 561 on the second day of the first Test here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis denies Windies
Jacques Kallis completed a record-equalling 21st Test hundred to help South Africa salvage a hard-fought draw in the opening cricket Test against West Indies on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara there, but C'paul still captain
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was given a vote of confidence after leading West Indies to a draw in the opening Test against South Africa when he was appointed captain for the remainder of the series and the
 arrow Hockey: 'Golden' Rafiqul inspires Old Dhaka to glory
A 'golden goal' from striker Rafiqul Islam Kamal helped Old Dhaka Hockey Development Board to clinch the Independence Cup Hockey Tournament when they defeated Blue Berry Travels 2-1 at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Football: The Mourinho factor
Chelsea must beat Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals if they are to realise their Champions League dream but minus their outspoken manager Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: The derby divide
Inter Milan have lived in the shadow of AC Milan for the past decade and would love nothing more than to eclipse their city rivals in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
 arrow Chess: GM chess on
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman, International Masters Reefat Bin Sattar and Abdullah Al-Rakib and junior national champion Mehdi Hasan Parag won their respective first round games while Grand Master Niaz Murshed
 arrow Football: Bowyer, Dyer banned by FA
Newcastle pair Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were both banned by the Football Association (FA) Tuesday for violent conduct after their brawl during Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at St James' Park.
 arrow Football: The Pope of football
World football's governing body FIFA paid homage to Pope John Paul II, a goalkeeper in his youth, whose body was laid in state in St Peter's Basilica on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 16 picked for GP pacer training
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has named 16 players for the second phase of the GrameenPhone Pacer Training programme.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names 78 Young Tigers
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) game development committee has selected 78 players to play in the second round of the Standard Chartered Under-17 Young Tigers National School Cricket.
 arrow Athletics: Team leaves for Islamic Games today
A 21-member Bangladesh contingent leaves this afternoon to take part in the First Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Football: Independence Day football final April 16
The final of the Independence Day Gold Cup football tournament will be held on April 16 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Mukti meet Nebitchi today
Muktijoddha Sangsad will play their third round match of the AFC Cup against Turkmenistan's Nebitchi FC today.
The match will be played at Balkanabat, some 500 kilometres away from the capital Ashgabat.

 arrow Football: AFC Football Festival
Bangladesh continued their winning run in the AFC Under-13 Football Festival when they beat Bangladesh A 2-0 at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: RU athletics
The two-day inter-hall athletics competition ended at the Rajshahi University (RU) stadium on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Agarkar added to Indian side
India on Tuesday recalled all-rounder Ajit Agarkar for the next two one-dayers of the ongoing six-match series against Pakistan.
Metropolitanarrow Hold UZ, zila parishad polls
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the government to hold elections to upazila and zila parishads to make the local government system effective and build a corruption-free administration.
 arrow Cabinet to further scrutinise draft
The cabinet at its regular meeting yesterday discussed in detail the draft of Tax Ombudsman Law, 2005 to appoint tax ombudsman.
 arrow Experts suggest using alternative energy sources
The government should harness unconventional energy sources like solar power, wind, biomass and biogas alongside gas and oil resources to ensure maximum electricity coverage in the country, energy experts
 arrow 'Development not at cost of environment'
A two-day workshop ended in the city yesterday with a call to give more efforts for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
 arrow Schoolboy shot on DU campus
Four hoodlums yesterday opened fire on Curzon Hall premises of Dhaka University (DU) injuring a teenager and panicking other students and teachers.
 arrow Hasina calls on Filipino president
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on the Philippines President Gloria Macapagol Arroyo at the President's Palace and exchanged views on matters of bilateral interests.
 arrow Charges against accused proved beyond doubt
The prosecution lawyers in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday said it is the most gruesome killing in the history of Bangladesh.
 arrow Country highly vulnerable to HIV/Aids
The country is highly vulnerable to HIV/Aids, said Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at a meeting yesterday.
He said, "We are in a high risk zone and among the high risk group.

 arrow PM declares 2005 as 'Science Book Year'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has announced 2005 as "Science Book Year.
 arrow Interns begin strike at Osmani Medical College
The interns of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College went for an indefinite strike yesterday to press for their 8 point demands, including security during duty hours and withdrawal of the DG Health.
 arrow Skop curtails strike to 24 hrs
The Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) curtailed its countrywide 48-hour strike, which began at 6.00am yesterday, to 24 hours.
 arrow Bomb attack on BSS condemned
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday condemned the bomb attack on the office of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) calling it an attempt to stop
 arrow Book launching ceremony postponed
The launching ceremony of a book titled 'Muslim revolutionaries and the British' by late K Ali Afzal, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Hundreds still under open sky, survival their prime concern
Normalcy is still far away in the tornado ravaged areas in Gaibandha district even after a fortnight of the incident.
 arrow Anti-smoking law hailed in B'baria
People brought out a colourful procession in Brahmanabaria town yesterday hailing the government for enacting a law banning smoking in public places.
 arrow Spurious fertiliser: Farmer sued, not trader
A farmer has been sued, not the trader, in an incident of recovery of adulterated fertiliser in Kishoreganj upazila.
Farmer Laizul Islam is now in jail but the trader is absconding.

 arrow Chicken pox kills 2, afflicts 200
Two persons died from chicken pox and over 200 are now attacked with the disease in Hasanpur, Tatrakanda and Charanipara villages in Gouripar upazila in the district.
 arrow 303 get HDC stipends in Rangamati
Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) has awarded stipends and certificates to 303 primary school students in the district for good academic performance.
 arrow Landless demand khas land in Rangpur
Landless people held a rally and brought held a procession in Rangpur town yesterday to press their 5-point demand.
 arrow Patuakhali WDB office reopens under police protection
All rooms except that of the Executive Engineer were seen open and officials working at Patuakhali Water Development (WDB) office yesterday.
 arrow Party men demand Manikganj Jubo Dal leaders' arrest
Over 2000 leaders and activists of ruling BNP and its front organisations yesterday brought out a procession in the district town demanding arrest of the Jubo Dal district unit president Motaleb Hossain
 arrow New Magura AL body formed
A new committee of Magura district Awami League (AL) was formed at the triennial council, held here on Monday.
Culturearrow Rabindra Sangeet Festival comes to an end
The 24th annual conference of the Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Shammilon Parishad (RSSP) came to an end on April 4. RSSP arranged several events and a competition for emerging singers who practice Tagore songs.
 arrow Pratibimba: A message- oriented social drama
The rural denizens of Bangladesh are confronted with several problems such as gender inequality, polygamy and dowry. All these ills take a toll on these people.
 arrow Legendary actress Suchitra Sen turns 80
Today Suchitra Sen turns 80. The fact that this legendary actress is still amidst us, definitely delights her fans, but some of her ardent devotees have been quite downhearted for the last 30 years.
 arrow Streisand and Barry Gibb reunite
Streisand recently returned to films after an eight-year break Barbra Streisand is to reunite with Bee Gees star Barry Gibb on her latest album, due out in September.
Generalarrow EC plans to increase polling centres
The number of polling centres for the May 9 Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections may increase between 150 and 170 from the previous figure, sources said yesterday.
 arrow Saburunnesa Girls' College closed sine die
Saburunnesa Girls' College in the city was closed sine die yesterday as the teachers and students began agitation demanding reinstatement of acting principal Nazrul Islam.
 arrow Shirin, Nur Sramik Jote president, secy
Shirin Akther and Mohammad Nur Khan were re-elected president and general secretary of the Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik Jote (BJSJ) respectively for the next two years, says a press release.
 arrow Mannan laid to rest with state honour
Former home minister and Awami League leader Abdul Mannan was laid to rest with state honour yesterday at his family graveyard at Paradisepara Darbar Sharif.
Internationalarrow Poland to celebrate huge mass in honour of pope
Some 200,000 people from around Poland were expected to converge on the Polish capital Warsaw Tuesday for an open-air mass in memory of native son, Pope John Paul II, who died Saturday, aged 84.
 arrow Iraqi army general kidnapped in Baghdad
Gunmen kidnapped an Iraqi army general in western Baghdad, police said on Tuesday, the latest insurgent abduction of a top Iraqi official.
 arrow Aceh marks 100 days after tsunami
Thousands of people in Indonesia's Aceh province joined in prayers Tuesday to mark the 100th day since the tsunami, with a Muslim cleric saying the disaster had been a warning from God.
 arrow British govt condemned over torture-obtained intelligence
An influential group of British lawmakers roundly criticised the government on Tuesday for refusing to say whether it made use of intelligence obtained through torture, calling it "surprising and unsettling".
 arrow Troops defuse powerful landmines on Kashmir bus route
Indian troops Tuesday defused two powerful landmines on the highway to be used by a landmark bus service set to be launched this week to link divided Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Mystery shrouds identity of Pope's 'secret' cardinal
Pope John Paul II will take a secret to the grave when he is buried on Friday the identity of the last cardinal he named in 2003, which he said at the time he wanted to keep close to his heart.
 arrow China execution highest in world: Amnesty
China accounted for about 90 percent of the 3,797 legally sanctioned executions in the world last year in 25 countries, the human rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday.
 arrow Nine militants killed as Saudi clashes rage on
At least nine Islamist gunmen including two most-wanted Al-Qaeda leaders have been killed in fierce fighting with security forces that raged on in the kingdom for a third day Tuesday, officials and media
 arrow Chinese net portals ban tributes to pope for second day
Chinese Internet portals again Tuesday banned prayers and other comment on Pope John Paul II in what appeared to indicate government concern that his death might stirr up too much religious fervour.
 arrow Footage of 'public executions' in N Korea shown on BBC
The BBC has broadcast harrowing footage that purportedly shows people being publicly executed by a firing squad in North Korea for trying to flee the totalitarian regime.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Blowing some hot air?
IT appears that the intelligence cell at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has placed rich tax evaders under watch.
 arrow Editorial: A new trend
DISQUIETINGLY, a violent face-off between two groups of students at Alia Madrasa caused injuries to several of them, not sparing even some policemen on Monday.
 arrow Is Kofi Annan out of the woods yet?
The running of the Oil-For-Food programme ($64 billion dollar programme) by the UN for Iraq was very slack and raised many issues including conflict of interest of the Secretary General for involvement
 arrow Pattern of US actions vis-a-vis India and Pakistan
Clearly there are two prongs of US policy on India-Pakistan matters.
 arrow Saving the Marine Academy
The Marine Academy, a unique institution in the country's maritime sector, was established in Chittagong in 1962 to explore and recognize the country's potential seafaring talents, to properly train them,
Letters to Editorarrow Reanimation of folk songs
If you have a keen ear for music listen to ' Shona Bondhu' album composed, arranged and conceptualized by Bappa Mozumder, and 'Maya' by Habib.
 arrow Whiter US road map?
Due to their internal feud and hatred the Jews themselves had destroyed their own Jewish state of Israel in 721 BC. The Assyrians invaded and conquered Israel.
 arrow Female education
We want development, progress, proper utilization of our whole population, but it is nothing more than crying in the wilderness.
 arrow Hapless children...
Please help them. I often see on the way to my college that many children are engaged in laborious jobs. It is poverty that compelled them to do this kind of jobs. Poverty is a great barrier to education.
 arrow Karnaphuli Bridge
The news on ntv prompts me to write in this column of your daily. Other reactions appeared in other dailies too, but the administration seems keen to have this bridge on the Karnaphuli river.
 arrow Open University
Recently, I completed my HSC through Open University and this time the authorities concerned were really quick to publish the results.
 arrow 'Hijab Issue'
The letter published on April 04 under the heading "Hijab issue" by Ms. Cantara Wali Ruhi caught my attention.
 arrow Political scenario
I am not an expert who can express opinions clearly through newspapers. But what I am most concerned about is the situation in this impoverished country of 130 million people.
So I cannot keep quiet.

 arrow Rab
Many people were very happy, to my mind, to see Rab going into operation against terrorists, but recent reports are really disappointing as they are engaged even in snatching, which is one of theevils
 arrow Speaking in Bangla
"I get hungry when I try to speak in Bangla" or "My tongue hurts trying to say it in Bangla" as ridiculous as they may sound, these are a couple of excuses that two of our kids living in the westernworld
 arrow Abuse of anti-smoking law
I bring to your kind notice the extreme abuse of anti-smoking law by a section of police and mastans at various places.
 arrow Pronunciation
This is the response to the letter with the heading "Smart people's English'' published in the March 27 edition of the DS.
 arrow Woes of a young girl
Rozy, a young Bihari girl aged only 16, used to feel insecure in her daily life. She is tall, eye-catching and attractive. But these qualities are going to mar security in her life.
 arrow Registrar of Joint Stock Companies & Firms
A new registrar of Joint Stock Companies & Firms was appointed in March 2005.
 arrow The ruling class
Enjoyed the unusual article "The ruling class in Bangladesh" (DS Independent Day supplement).
 arrow An unkind statement
The deputy education minister Ehsanul Haque Milan has recently declared that the teachers helping the examinees in adopting unfair means in SSC exams shall be subjected to crossfire.
Star Chittagongarrow Poor navigability leaves Karnaphuli in lurch
Experts and members of the civil society called on the government to institute river training as per recommendations of the surveys to ensure navigability of the Karnaphuli.
 arrow Politics keep community clinics dysfunctional
Most of the community clinics in 14 upazilas of the district remained dysfunctional for the last two years, providing little or no services to the poor rural patients.
 arrow CCC Election Campaign at Peak
Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, bottom, and State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, up,wave to the crowd at mammoth projection meetings at Laldighi Maidanon
Star Cityarrow Fine Arts Institute plagued with decade-long session jam
Shiplu Mahmud, who enrolled at the Institute of Fine Arts under Dhaka University in 1999 for a bachelors programme, is going to appear for his third-year final exams this month, nearly six years intohis
 arrow Cornea Clinic's exemplary service
Three-year-old Sabbir Hossain was resting on his mother's lap with his eyes bandaged.
 arrow Bus operators at loggerheads with DCC
A conflict between Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and bus owners associations over the eviction of ticket counters from the streets has created sufferings to commuters.
 arrow Wasa targets reducing systems loss by 30 pc
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has targeted bringing down its systems loss to 30 percent by June this year.
 arrow Keep city clean or pay the price
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will enforce a penalty of a maximum fine of Tk 10,000 or six months imprisonment for indiscriminate waste dumping as well as 'dumping out of permitted time'.
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