Reforms in EC must for free, fair elections|
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for immediate reforms in the Election Commission (EC) to safeguard the electoral system and democracy.
JCD men run rampant at RU over VC panel|
A section of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men yesterday went on the rampage at Rajshahi University leaving three teachers and some 10 students injured and the vice chancellor's office badly damaged.
boat not under Akbar's jurisdiction|
Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday avoided responsibility
for the trawler that capsized in Madaripur with
75 passengers on Saturday morning, saying the engine
boat is not under the jurisdiction
graft to lure foreign investment in a bigger way|
US Deputy Assistant Secretary
John Anthony Gastright Jr yesterday urged for addressing
the issue of corruption to encourage foreign investment
in Bangladesh in a bigger way.
child's body found in 3 pieces in Gazipur jungle|
Police yesterday recovered
the body in three pieces of the beheaded child from
a jungle in Gazipur, a day after finding his severed
head at Shahjahanpur in the capital.
for all-party talks on caretaker reforms|
Convenor of the Jatiya
Oikya Mancha Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday asked the
government to invite all political parties to a
roundtable on reforms of the caretaker government
system and strengthening theElection
seek govt protection|
of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Munshiganj union in Shyamnagar
upazila in the district yesterday have sought the
administration's protection after receiving an eviction
threat from the International
Shift 600 inmates to Kashimpur|
Incidences of irregularities, disorder, and a thriving drug trade inside the Dhaka Central Jail has prompted a probe body to suggest shifting 600 inmates to the Kashimpur jail to stop such activities.
Faizee takes bench amid protests|
Additional Judge of the High Court Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee took the bench yesterday, 160 days after he had stayed off the judicial work amid a boycott by a large section of Supreme Court lawyers.
JS body asks for list of power thieves|
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the power ministry to send a list of the individuals, industries and organisations accused of power theft, a major reason for the financial losses of the state-owned
killed, 30 hurt in road mishap
Two people were killed
and about 30 others injured in a road accident at
Nuritala in Chandina upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong
highway last night.
200 wounded as cops, workers clash at Savar|
Some 200 people were wounded, 20 of them took bullets, as police clubbed and fired shots to quell a violent demonstration by the workers of a garment factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Savar yesterday.
Ward commissioner killed in 'crossfire'|
A municipal ward commissioner was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices in Kushtia early yesterday while police in Chuadanga recovered body a former union parishad (UP) member.
DCC removes makeshift stalls, bus counters|
By removing all the makeshift stalls and several bus ticket counters from the footpath of Tikatuli and Joy Kali Mandir area in the capital, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday started its 15-day
Nomination filing today|
BNP led 4-party alliance and Awami League-backed Chittagong Nagorik Committee are staging huge showdowns as their mayoral candidates -- Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury will submit
IOJ splits as Mufti Izharul forms faction|
Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ), partner of the ruling four-party alliance, split formally yesterday with the formation of a faction led by Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury.
Prof Yunus to help BGMEA get duty-free access to US|
Professor Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, has agreed to facilitate the move of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in getting duty-free access tothe
Ctg Jubo League leader arrested|
Kotwali police yesterday arrested Mashiur Rahman, general secretary of Chittagong city unit Jubo League, from his Kazi Nazrul Islam Road residence in Firingee Bazar of the port city.
Cairo seeks Dhaka's help for UN seat|
Egypt sought Bangladesh's support to its candidature for a permanent member of the UN Security Council, saying that Cairo reflects the aspiration of African, Arab and Muslim world.
Govt to enact anti-dumping law|
The government is going to enact an anti-dumping law in order to protect the interests of local industries, Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Khairuzzaman Chowdhury told a pre-budget discussion
Summit Power to go public soon to raise Tk 30cr|
Summit Power Ltd (SPL), the first independent power producer (IPP) in Bangladesh, will go public soon to raise Tk 30 crore.
Inter-American Development Bank opens meet with Asia focus|
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Latin America's main source of multilateral financing, on Sunday began its annual meeting in Japan with attention focused on global economic powerhouse China.
Dhaka seeks Chinese help in hybrid seed production|
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has sought stronger co-operation of China in technology transfer mechanism so that Bangladesh can develop parent line in hybrid seed production.
World's cheapest mobile phone service in India|
Call tariffs of mobile phones in India are now the cheapest in the world with the rates falling by 35 percent in the last fiscal while the subscriber base swelled to 5.21 crore from 3.
First meet of Dhaka-Jakarta jt commission in August|
The first meeting of Bangladesh-Indonesia Joint Commission will be held in Dhaka in August this year providing scopes for discussion on ways to reduce trade gap between the two countries.
Fair & Lovely Foundation to sponsor training for women|
Fair & Lovely Foundation, a social welfare concern of Unilever Bangladesh, will offer assistance to Faria Lara Foundation for implementing a supplementary education programme for women in Barguna district.
Agrani Bank MD explores remittance business during KSA tour|
Managing Director and CEO of Agrani Bank Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed has returned home recently from Saudi Arabia.
HSBC, Brac Concord Lands raise funds for autistic children|
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd Bangladesh, and Brac Concord Lands Ltd have jointly raised Tk 1.
Emirates' engineering centre under construction|
Emirates is constructing a new engineering centre beside Dubai International Airport to maintain the airline's aircraft.
China textile alarms rich, poor nations|
The flood of Chinese exports following the end of the global textile trade quota system has set off protectionist alarms in the West and threatened the jobs of millions of workers in poorer countries.
ROK won’t diversify forex reserves|
South Korea, Japan, China bank chiefs to meet in May South Korea's central bank will not diversify its huge foreign exchange reserves away from the dollar at present amid concern about the won's steep
BFF gets official home|
A year after its completion, the BFF Bhaban finally became the official headquarters of Bangladesh's football yesterday.
No Indian hopes for Shoaib|
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's chances of joining the Pakistan cricket team on the India tour were smoked out after he missed a domestic limited-overs cricket match with illness.
Smith approaches ton|
Graeme Smith was eyeing his ninth Test hundred for South Africa, but the late wicket of Jacques Kallis left the second Test against West Indies delicately poised after the second day on Saturday.
Australia lift title|
Australia beat India by 98 runs in the final of the women's cricket World Cup, to win their fifth title in eight tournaments, here on Sunday.
Cricketers can train indoors in peace|
At long last different national selections can train at a facility exclusively designed for cricketers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
PM hands over land deeds to two cricketers|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday handed over the documents of two plots of 'khas' land in Mymensingh to two national cricketers in recognition of their contribution to the country's victory in the
7-up Quadry Happy Times' hero|
Left-arm paceman Quadry's devastating seven-wicket haul powered Happy Times International to a 229-run victory over Nabakumar Institution in the Standard Char-tered Under-13 Young Tigers School Championship
Shekhar takes pole position|
Indian Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly defeated his Bangladesh counterpart Ziaur Rahman in a battle of co-leaders in the seventh round to take solo lead in the United Insurance and Leasing Grand Master's
Fighting Juve deny Fiorentina|
Juventus coach Fabio Capello said fighting spirit was in his team's blood after they came from behind three times to earn a 3-3 draw away to Fiorentina.
Bayern made to sweat|
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack was called a 'diver' in midweek but brushed off the criticism to produce an 84th minute winner as Bayern triumphed 2-1 over ten-man Borussia Monchengladbach Saturday
MU's Norwich nightmare|
Manchester United's dwindling English Premiership title hopes were finally extinguished with a shock 2-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Saturday.
BDR, Police in Pepsi h'ball final|
Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Police romped into the final of the Pepsi 17th National Men's Handball Championship at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
Swapan Parvez of Bogra Cantonment Club clinched the Premier Division title in the Partex Open squash tournament when he defeated host Gulshan Club's Bishu Nath 3-2 in an exciting final yesterday.
Abahani will organise a condolence meeting today in memory of former national football captain Monem Munna and hockey secretary Zahidur Rahman Pushkin.
Robinho closes in on Pele|
Robinho's latest standout performance moved the international striker closer to Pele's all-time scoring record with Santos in the Copa Libertadores.
Wenger feels Zidane will return|
The pressure is growing on Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane to come out of international retirement and help France qualify for the 2006 World Cup, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Slow over-rate costs Sourav match fee|
India captain Sourav Ganguly has been fined his entire match fee for the team's slow over rate in Saturday's third one-day international against Pakistan.
Indo-Pak hockey series postponed|
The three-match tsunami relief hockey series between Pakistan and India has been postponed, officials said on Sunday.
"The series has been postponed for reasons beyond our control.
Lindsay in final|
Top seed and defending champion Lindsay Davenport cruised past Russian seventh seed Nadia Petrova 6-0, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA claycourt tournament here.
President asks DCs to perform duties impartially|
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the Deputy Commissioners to perform their duties impartially following the laws and policies meticulously in order to establish rule of law.
No change in Biman fare|
Despite a price hike in jet fuel by Tk 5 a litre from yesterday, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will not increase in its passenger fare in any route.
'Ensure farmers' right to seed'|
The first national seed conference will be held at the Bangladesh Institute of Management auditorium in the city today.
Charge-framing in Ctg arms haul case deferred|
A court yesterday again deferred framing of charges in the Chittagong arms haul case after it granted a petition of Haji Yakub Ali, one of the prime accused, who sought time for giving his statement.
Sarker was implicated in case as part of conspiracy|
The lawyers of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Nurul Islam Sarker, the prime suspect in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case, yesterday said their client was implicated as part of a conspiracy
Guard shot dead, Tk 34,000 looted|
A gang of armed robbers stormed a garments factory and looted Tk 34,000 after shooting a night guard dead at Godnyle Azim market in Siddhirganj, Narayanganj, in the early hours of yesterday.
3 die in road accidents|
Three persons died and another injured in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
Pak NDC team meets army chief|
The delegation of National Defence College (NDC) of Pakistan, led by Brigadier Mohammad Aslam, called on Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chow-dhury at the Army Headquarters here yesterday.
HC stays orders on CCC secy|
The High Court (HC) yesterday served a rule on the government ordering it to explain why the transfer, stand-release and suspension orders on Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Secretary Mostafa Kamalshould
10-day agitation begins in Sylhet|
Dakshin Chhatak Unnayan Parishad began a 10-day agitation yesterday to protest the death of an expatriate Bangladeshi due to alleged wrong treatment by an intern at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College
Implementation of STP for greater Dhaka begins Oct|
The government has decided to implement the "Strategic Transport Planning" in six greater Dhaka districts, including the capital, from October.
Decision to enhance fee withdrawn|
The government withdrew its decision for a hike in tuition fees for post graduation courses following the protest and agitation by the doctors under the Post Graduation Doctors Association (PGDA).
Justice BB Roy passes away|
Justice Bimalendu Bikash Roy Chowdhury, a former advisor to a caretaker government, passed away at a hospital in Kolkata yesterday at the age of 70.
Strike hits problem-plagued Dinajpur Medical College|
Classes were not held and administrative activities remained suspended yesterday at Dinajpur Medical College.
Ahmadiyyas in Satkhira seek govt protection|
Leaders of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Munshiganj union in Shyamnagar upazila in the district yesterday sought administration's protection in view of the eviction threat by the International Khatame Nabuat
Joint strategy suggested to develop coastal areas|
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday called for joint efforts by the government, NGOs, professional bodies and socio-cultural and political organisations to prepare a 'sustainable resource management
BDR on alert in Dinajpur|
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is on alert along the 132 kilometre border in northern districts including Dinajpur following several push-in bids by BSF in the last few days.
Classes hampered as JU teachers busy in campaign|
Most of the classes were not held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday as teachers linked with political parties were busy in campaigning for election of university bodies.
The 13th amendment and Bangladesh politics|
Do we again, as we have done in the past,Ędismiss Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry's "strong concern over the recent wave of political terrorism in Bangladesh" as inconsequential? Do we again, as we
They deserve to be happy|
I was recently watching with keen interest a talk show regarding the marriage of Charles and Camilla.
Geetanjali presents sweet songs of spring|
"The branches of the wayside trees were aching with blossom.
Gay notes of the flute came floating in the warm spring air from afar.
The citizens had gone to the woods, to the festival of flowers.
In quest of peace and harmony|
SM Shamim, whose exhibition began at Shilpangan on April 8, has won many accolades from his teachers such as Mahmudul Haque and Md. Younus.
Bengal Foundation to celebrate Baishakhi|
The celebration of Baishakhi is an integral part of the Bangalee culture. Needless to mention, Baishakhi is commemorated with gusto by the Dhakaiites.
Colours of Life|
Spring is synonymous with colour.
Israel seals off Al-Aqsa Mosque compound|
Israeli police sealed off a Jerusalem shrine yesterday to foil a march by ultranationalist Jews which Palestinian militants had warned could scupper their ceasefire.
Anti-Japan rallies rock China cities|
Up to 20,000 anti-Japanese protesters took to the streets of two southern Chinese cities yesterday, as Japan demanded an apology for a violent rally outside its embassy in Beijing the previous day.
Maoists attack prison in Nepal: 2 cops killed|
Two policemen were killed when Nepalese Maoist rebels attacked a prison east of the capital and freed 33 prisoners including 15 rebels, a district official said yesterday.
Iran will never give up uranium enrichment|
Iran will not abandon uranium enrichment, despite its negotiations with the European Union on its nuclear program, a senior official said yesterday.
Britons want William to be next king|
Prince Charles' wedding to longtime lover Camilla Parker Bowles may have been a success -- but three polls yesterday showed the British want his son William to be the next monarch.
Moves in Lanka to salvage peace bid|
Tension has escalated in Sri Lanka's restive northeast even as peace broker Norway was set to launch a fresh attempt to keep the two sides engaged in talks, officials and diplomats said yesterday.
'Tareq Aziz will never testify against Saddam at trial'|
A former top minister in Saddam Hussein's cabinet, Tareq Aziz, will never testify against the ex-Iraqi president when he goes on trial in Baghdad along with other members of the toppled regime, his lawyer
Maoists kill 2 politicians in Andhra|
Maoist rebels in southern India have shot dead two politicians including an official of the ruling Congress party, police said yesterday.
PM's tough stance|
We welcome the Prime Minister's directive to go the whole hog against the illegal land grabbers to free large tracts of public and private lands from their control.
DCC drive encouraging|
We welcome the special 15-day long cleanliness drive Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has launched since Saturday to cleanse the city of its garbage spilling over to the streets and their nooks and crannies.
Palestinian State: Unpredictable as ever|
The slightest of pretexts is good enough for Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to shelve the peace initiative painstakingly carried forward to a point of fruition.
Savage contest over colonial crumbs|
Bangladesh, in fact, the whole world knew little about the Ituri region of Congo till the brutal ambush that killed nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers. This is the second UN tragedy in Congo.
Retrieving the country's image : Adroit handling needed|
Like many other least developed countries Bangladesh is beset with serious social, political and economic problems.
|Letters to Editor||
The recognition story|
Before Bangabandhu's return to Dhaka on 10 January 1972, only India and Bhutan had recognised Bangladesh in December 1971. On his return, country after country accorded recognition to Dhaka.
VAT on restaurants|
Recently, owners of exclusive restaurants (Chinese, Indian etc) are having hard time due to economic recession. Restaurants are playing a big role in giving jobs to the unemployed youths.
Timeless (!) fairness cream|
She was a girl with not-so-fair complexion. Her whole life was miserable.
Bangladesh has abundant coal reserves for a long time for use as energy for many decades. But we are going slow. One reason is the entrenched idea that coal pollutes the environment.
It happens in Bangladesh only|
I was surprised reading (and also seeing the picture) in your newspaper this morning (March 28) that the Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to equip Rab with armoured vehicles.
Rab or ROB?|
It's interesting, Mr. S.A.
On a TV serial|
I am writing to you to express my grave concern over the serial '69'. I wept watching 'Nal Piran' by Mr.
Slice wise power foolish|
This is a sequel to Farid Bakht's article (DS: April 02) and a front page report (DS: April 04) on the vagaries of investment in power proposals.
Well done, BTTB|
On March 31, BTTB commercially launched GSM mobile phone through a private company, Teletalk. It has launched pre-paid sim card with a very cheap rate.
What to expect?|
The finding by Dr. Abdul Barakat, that 75% of our MPs spent Tk 128 crore to get elected astounded me.
Powerless in the power sector!|
The Daily Star of March 29 is full of news on use, misuse, non-use, and waste of power, time, energy, money and patience.
Shopping centres ignore captive power request|
The city's supermarkets and shopping malls are continuing to use government-supplied power despite the request from the authorities to depend on generators during peak hours.
Vendors choke college entrance, make footpath a mini-mart|
Students of Eden Girls' College are facing problems entering and walking out of the college premises as hawkers have encroached the footpath along the college premises.
BIWTA introduces long-route launch services on circular waterways|
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) introduces long-route launch services from Gabtoli landing station today to make the circular waterways popular.
Renovations to Central Public Library progressing at snail's pace|
The renovations to the Central Public Library is progressing at a snail's pace due to bureaucratic tangles in the Public Works Department (PWD), sources said.