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Front Pagearrow JS body okays bill for blanket WB immunity
The parliament is likely to pass this month the much-talked-about bill proposing blanket immunity to the World Bank (WB) in Bangladesh, after a parliamentary watchdog yesterday okayed the bill amid strong
 arrow Decision on new pay scale deferred
The secretary-level committee tasked with evaluating the sixth Pay Commission's recommendations and drawing an implementation proposal yesterday tabled four alternative pay scales for government staffs
 arrow Mohammad Ali new Attorney General
Additional Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali has been appointed the 12th Attorney General of Bangladesh to replace Hassan Ariff who resigned on Thursday.
 arrow Govt out to snatch people's verdict in CCC polls
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Shiekh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government is preparing to rig the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election to snatch people's
 arrow PDB accepts junk from Russia
The Power Development Board (PDB) has accepted from a Russian company 1,400 tonnes of rusty power plant equipment, imported arbitrarily back in 2001, for rehabilitation of the 35-year-old Ghorashal-1and
 arrow US lists Harkatul as terrorist group
Praising Bangladesh's role in the war against terror, the USA has named Harakat Ul-Jihad-I-Islami, Bangladesh (HUJI-B) as a "terrorist group" operating in the country with links to the al-Qaeda network.
 arrow May Day today
Today marks International Labour Day, traditionally known as May Day. This year the day will be observed across the globe, including Bangladesh, with a fresh vow to institutionalise workers' rights.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet
A Habiganj court yesterday accepted the charge sheet in the murder case of Shah AMS Kibria and four others.
 arrow Md Rafique Cricketer of the Year
Cricket fans through SMS voted Mohammad Rafique the Pan Pacific Cricketer of the Year for 2004-05 for his outstanding performance both in bowing and batting.
 arrow Disabled to get Tk 175 allowance a month
The government will introduce a programme for monthly allowance of Tk 175 each for 50,000 disabled people in the next fiscal year.
 arrow Two CMP high-ups deny allegation
Two high officials of the Chittagong police administration yesterday appeared before the Election Commission (EC) and denied the allegation that they were favouring the ruling four-party candidate inChittagong
 arrow Nepal King ends emergency
Nepal's King ended a state of emergency two days early, the Palace said yesterday, but the sudden midnight proclamation does not reduce extraordinary powers he seized in February's royal coup.
 arrow Dhaka hails development in Nepal
Bangladesh yesterday welcomed as "very positive" the withdrawal of the state of emergency in Nepal, saying that any development that contributes to peace and stability in the region is encouraging.
 arrow Washington rules out any shift in ties with Dhaka
Washington has ruled out any shift from its present relations with Dhaka regardless of how the bilateral relationship between the USA and any other country proceeds.
 arrow Sit-in Tuesday if Faizee stays
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday warned of a sit-in demonstration at the chief justice's entrance to the Supreme Court on Tuesday if additional High Court judge Faisal Mahmud Faizeeis
 arrow 2 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals including a top cadre of outlawed Biplabi Communist Party (BCP) were killed in 'crossfire' between police and their accomplices in Dhaka and Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Munshiganj bigots now threaten govt
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) yesterday demanded that the government declare the Ahmadiyya community non-Muslim.
 arrow Ex-Inqilab TV MD gets bail as PP keeps mum
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to sacked managing director of Inqilab TV, Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury in a sedition case, while the public prosecutor (PP) did not oppose the bail petition despitebeing
 arrow Visitors' entry to PMO to be controlled by ICT system
Visitors' entry into the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will be processed through a computerised system to make the access simple and monitoring viable.
 arrow BGMEA receives 15 prayers for compensation
The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has so far received only 15 applications for compensation from relatives of the workers killed in Savar building collapse on April
 arrow Gas explosion kills 1, injures 6 in Khulna
One person was killed and six others were injured in an ammonia gas pipe explosion at an ice factory at Rahimnagar under Rupasha upazila of the district at about 7:30pm yesterday.
 arrow Mobile phone virus spreads to 20 countries
A virus that spreads from cell phone to cell phone has made its way to 20 different countries around the world, a Finnish anti-virus expert said on Friday.
 arrow Cabinet okays energy accord with China
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal giving effect to an agreement signed between Bangladesh and China on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Businessarrow US senators, congressmen assure BGMEA of support
US senators and congressmen have vowed to extend their support to pass a bill seeking duty-free access of all products from Bangladesh and 13 other least developed countries (LDCs) to the US.
 arrow US firm seeks to take coal mine field on lease
Global Vulcan Energy International LLC (GVEI), a US-based firm, has proposed the government to lease it a coal mine field for conducting an in-depth study to set up a coal-based mobile power plant.
 arrow PM's Vietnam visit to focus on trade
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia undertakes a 3-day official visit to Vietnam on May 17 with promotion of bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation on top of her agenda.
 arrow Incentives needed to promote women entrepreneurship
Speakers at a workshop yesterday underscored the need for increasing training and marketing facilities, sharing information, access to finance and other privileges to encourage women entrepreneurs.
 arrow China defends against copyright abuse allegations
China said Saturday it has "always worked hard" to protect copyrights, defending itself against a US decision to put it on a blacklist of countries allegedly guilty of "rampant" copyright abuses.
 arrow Asian finance chiefs meet at ADB as yuan talk swirls
Finance officials from Asia, which has two-thirds of the world's foreign exchange reserves, meet next week as speculation reaches fever pitch about a Chinese currency revaluation that could rock global
 arrow Ctg, Karachi chambers sign MoU
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Pakistan with a view to enhancing bilateral trade
 arrow Saifur leaves for Istanbul, Washington tomorrow
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman leaves Dhaka tomorrow for Istanbul and Washington on a 11-day tour to attend the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank and meet high officials of World
 arrow Speaker calls for setting up of agro-based industries in Rangpur
Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Jamiruddin Sircar has urged entrepreneurs to come up with initiatives for agro-based industries in greater Rangpur district.
 arrow Japanese co to invest $10m in Ctg EPZ
A Japanese company will set up a plastic car parts manufacturing plant in Chittagong Export Processing Zone.
 arrow Drug makers seek steps to up exports
Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) has sought measures in the next budget to exploit drug export potential in view a WTO deal on medicine.
 arrow Free car service week of Rahimafrooz CNG held
Rahimafrooz CNG Ltd conducted a "Free Car Service and Check Up Week" recently for compressed natural gas converted vehicles in different locations of Dhaka.
 arrow EU seeks views at start of China textile probe
The European Commission on Friday gave textile manufacturers, importers and consumers' groups three weeks to comment as part of its probe into a surge in Chinese imports, which is straining EU-China ties.
 arrow Oil tumbles, closes below $50 in NY
World oil futures slid Friday, closing below 50 dollars a barrel for the first time in more than two months in New York, as markets reacted to slower US economic growth amid rising oil inventories.
 arrow India's forex reserves up
India's foreign exchange reserves rose to $142.55 billion on April 22, from $141.55 billion a week earlier, the Reserve Bank of India said in its weekly statistical supplement Saturday.
 arrow Lamy stays on track to win WTO race
France's Pascal Lamy strengthened his bid to take over as head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Friday when he emerged a clear first in the latest round of soundings of members.
 arrow US consumer spending, incomes up
US consumer spending and personal incomes both rose by solid margins in March, according to a government report Friday released days before Federal Reserve policymakers meet.
 arrow Hindustan Lever quarterly profit drops 15pc
India's biggest consumer goods company, Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL), said Friday first quarter profit fell 15 percent, despite strong sales because of higher raw material costs.
Sportsarrow Football: Red-Orange again
A late strike by Monwar Hossain ensured a second Red-Orange final in a month after Brothers Union defeated Abahani 1-0 in the second semifinal of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup football tournament at the
 arrow Cricket: SA openers all day
Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers piled on the agony for the West Indies as both openers completed hundreds that helped South Africa reach 214-0 on a rain-affected opening day of the fourth and final Test
 arrow Cricket: Malik might be banned
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik faces a ban of one Test or two one-day internationals after admitting he threw a Twenty20 Cup match.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib fails to make Windies tour party?
Not satisfied with the fitness level of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan cricket selectors have decided to rest him for next month's West Indies tour while including former captain Moin Khan in a 17-member
 arrow Tennis: Bangladesh almost thru'
Bangladesh almost confirmed group championship to qualify for the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group-3 with their third consecutive victory in the meet in Yangoon yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi rout Chittagong
Rajshahi outplayed Chittagong by 131 runs in the Divisional U-17 Cricket Development tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SA 295-4
Chris Gayle struck on the last ball before lunch as South Africa were 295 for 4 at the interval on the second day of the fourth and final Test against West Indies at Antigua on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne stands his ground
Australian spin king Shane Warne launched a passionate defence of himself and his Hampshire team on Friday as the English county cricket sledging row showed no signs of slipping quietly away.
 arrow Cricket: 'WI gave up too early'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith said he was surprised at the West Indies' approach on the first day of the fourth Test in St John's on Friday.
Rain and bad light limited the day's play to just48.

 arrow Football: N Korea-Japan match at neutral venue
World football governing body FIFA on Friday punished North Korea for crowd unrest at their recent World Cup qualifiers and ordered the team to play its next home game against Japan on neutral territory
 arrow Football: Japan won't accept China
Japan's football chief said Saturday he would reject any move to stage North Korea's home World Cup qualifier in China, following crowd unrest at previous matches in Pyongyang.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart cricket
West Zone-4 defeated North Zone-1 by four wickets in the second round of the Standard Chartered Under-13 Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament at the Jagan-nath Hall Ground of Dhaka University
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff back among runs
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff smashed a breathtaking 83 off 101 balls to mark his return to first-class cricket in style on Friday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool want direct entry even if ..
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insisted on Friday that the Anfield giants must be allowed to defend the Champions League title next season should they capture the continent's most glittering prize.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand irks Ferguson
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been warned he must speed up his decision on a new contract offer if he wants to avoid further disappointing fans at the club.
 arrow Football: Campbell kept waiting
Arsenal defender Sol Campbell could be kept waiting to return to the starting eleven because of the impressive form of Philippe Senderos and Kolo Toure.
 arrow Football: Tevez plays different ball game with Marquinhos!
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez was involved in a fistfight with a teammate on Friday during a training session at their club, Corinthians.
 arrow Football: Iran unhappy with FIFA sanction
Iran has complained to FIFA over sanctions imposed for a fatal crush after a match against Japan on March 26, accusing the Japanese -- its main rival in the World Cup qualifiers -- of being behind the
 arrow Football: Brazil to miss Ronaldinho
Brazil striker Ronaldinho will not play in the 2005 Confederations Cup as his club Barcelona want him to front their lucrative summer tour of Japan, according to a report in Spiegel magazine.
 arrow Football: Sunderland promoted
Sunderland came back from a goal down to beat West Ham 2-1 on Friday to clinch The Championship title and celebrate promotion to the Premiership in style.
Metropolitanarrow Order to suspend IO, show cause DMP commissioner
The home ministry's monitoring cell yesterday ordered suspension of the investigation officer (IO) of Shahana Kabir Lili murder case for failing to make any headway in the probe.
 arrow NGO activities in quasi-political areas may create tension
Eminent economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday said that non-government organisations (NGOs) are now getting more and more involved in quasi-political areas, which may create tension in the future.
 arrow 29 killed by law enforcers in April
A total of 29 people were killed in the hands of law enforcers in April, and of them, 23 were killed in 'crossfire' across the country, reveals a report of Odhikar, a coalition for human rights, yesterday.
 arrow BR implements only 38.83pc ADP projects in 9 months
Only 38.83 percent of the railway projects under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) have been implemented in the first nine months of the current fiscal year.
 arrow FF seeks PM's help in fight against his eviction move
A freedom fighter crippled in the Liberation War seeks the prime minister's intervention in preventing an influential quarter from evicting him from his government-allocated house.
 arrow Foil evil designs of damaging country's image, stability
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all patriotic forces to foil evil designs of damaging country's image, stability and peace.
 arrow Spend funds by May to get enhanced allocation
The next budget is likely to allocate more funds for strengthening Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) and other agricultural research institutions to help produce high-yielding variety
 arrow Court asks IGP, DMP commissioner to take action against IO
A Dhaka Court yesterday directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner to take departmental action against a sub-inspector (SI) of Uttara Police Station
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara to launch its activities in Ctg May 4
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will formally launch its activities in the port city through a public meeting at Laldighi Maidan on May 4.
 arrow 'Provide more budgetary allocation for science edn'
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday called upon the young generation to concentrate more on science education and use their knowledge for the peace and humanity of the world.
 arrow Hasina goes to Ctg today to seek vote for Mohiuddin
Leader of the opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina is due today in the port city to drum up support for Nagorik Committee backed mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for the May 9City
 arrow Oust govt for fair trial of Kibria's killers: Tofail
Fair trial of the killers of Shah AMS Kibria, former finance minister and Awami League leader, will be held on this soil at any cost, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
 arrow National art competition held
Fast Corporation Pvt Ltd, the exclusive distributor of Faber-Castell Germany in Bangladesh, organised an art competition at Shilpakala Academy-Charukala Plaza in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Contractor killed in road accident
One person was killed and another injured in a road accident near Gabtoli bus terminal in the city yesterday.
 arrow Samad Azad's qulkhwani tomorrow
Qulkhwani of former Foreign Minister and Awami League leader Abdus Samad Azad will be held at his Lake Circus residence in the city after Asr prayers tomorrow.
 arrow 1,573 more held
Police arrested 1,573 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Kibria's 74th anniversary of birth today
Today is the 74th birth anniversary of late Shah AMS Kibria, former finance minister and a member of the Awami League Advisory Council.
Nationalarrow Ponds, water bodies being filled at will in Rajshahi
The number of surface-water reservoirs is rapidly decreasing because of their indiscriminate filling in the city.

The trend gives rise to the threat of water-logging and ecological imbalance.

 arrow Fresh hunt for 22 top outlaws of SW region
Law enforces have launched a fresh drive to trace whereabouts of 22 top extremists in the southwestern (S-W) region.
 arrow Bumper IRRI-boro in greater Mymensingh
Farmers in six districts of greater Mymensingh expect bumper production of IRRI- boro paddy this season due to favourable weather and availability of adequate seeds during the cultivation period.
 arrow Rangpur Koilashranjon High School celebrates centenary
It was a different day at Rangpur Koilashranjon High School.
Hundreds of former and present students of the school thronged the school compound to observe its 100th founding anniversary yesterday.

 arrow Diarrhoea situation alarming in three districts
Diarrhoea situation has taken a serious turn in different upazilas of Madaripur, Narail and Barisal districts.
 arrow Moulvibazar NAP leader dead
The General Secretary of the district committee of Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP-Muzaffar), Abdul Bari Chowdhury died here on Wednesday. He was 57.
Point-Counterpointarrow The view from Chiang Mai
I'LL say this for the government.I don't know about the efficiency of its execution, but it has the right idea with its Look East policy. Look East is a smart idea and a smart slogan.
 arrow An epitome of tradition and modernity
With the passage of time one gradually loses all those who belonged to the old times. It is an axiomatic truth and none can dispute that.
 arrow Some questions on May Day
The historic May Day is being observed today throughout the country and elsewhere in the World as a mark of respect to the workers, who shed their blood for the establishment of the rights of the working
Culturearrow Rejoicing with rhythm
The weeklong National Dance Festival '05 that started on April 23, ended on April 29 at the Jatiyo Nattyashala (National Theatre Stage), Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Natya Teertha presents Kamola Shundori
Mymenshingho Geetika is an integral part of our rich folk culture. Nowadays many directors are depicting their versions of such folklore for the modern audience.
 arrow Theatre's drama voyage-2: Discussion on King Lear
As part of the discussion of the remarkable productions by Theatre (Baily Road), the troupe has been arranging discussion sessions on its popular productions every Friday since last March.
 arrow Nrityadhara celebrates International Dance Day
On the occasion of the International Dance Day, dance school Nrityadhara organised a special programme at the Nat Mandal auditorium of Dhaka University on Friday last.
 arrow Bengal Bikash-- talent hunt by Bengal Foundation
Over the years, Bengal Foundation has worked effortlessly to uphold traditional Bangalee music.
 arrow Banglalink launches Habib's 3rd album Moina Go
As thousands of fans cheered, Moina Go, a new music album by Habib, was launched yesterday at a special function at Bashundhara City Shopping Mall.
Internationalarrow Nepal ends emergency, king retains extra power
Nepal's King ended a state of emergency two days early, the Palace said yesterday, but the sudden midnight proclamation does not reduce extraordinary powers he seized in February's royal coup.
 arrow Koizumi talks UN reform, non-proliferation with Musharraf
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi held talks here yesterday with President Pervez Musharraf on non-proliferation, counter terrorism and UN reforms at the start of a visit expected to mark a new
 arrow 'Time has come for Japan, India to renew Asian identity'
Declaring that time has come for Japan and India to renew and reinvigorate "our Asian identity, building on the commonalities of our interests, aspirations and values," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight
 arrow China arrests hundreds of petitioners ahead of new law: Rights group
China has arrested hundreds of petitioners ahead of a new law going into effect which aims to keep people with complaints about injustices from flooding the capital, a US-based human rights group said.
 arrow Insurgent attacks kill 10 Iraqis, 4 GIs
Insurgents launched fresh attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 10 Iraqis and wounding more than 30, officials said, in a second day of violence aimed at shaking the country's
 arrow Photo of planet outside solar system
Astronomers believe they have for the first time taken a picture of a planet in another solar system, European scientists said yesterday.
 arrow India welcomes Nepali king's move but wants more steps
Reacting cautiously to lifting of three-month emergency in Nepal, India yesterday described it as the "first step" towards the restoration of multi-party democracy which still required immediate release
 arrow Veto power not to be hindrance, says Japan
Japan has rejected a suggestion that it has made a mistake by aligning itself with India, Germany and Brazil in its bid for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council, but indicated it might not
 arrow Lynndie England to plead guilty
Pfc. Lynndie England, the Army reservist shown in some of the most notorious photos in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, will plead guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked global outrage against the United States and its military.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bridge the communication gap
The talk of an Indo-Bangladesh foreign secretary level meet which is likely to be held in New Delhi in June, marks a significant development in an otherwise rather murky current ambience of Dhaka-Delhi
 arrow Editorial: An inspiring day
The supreme sacrifice made by the workers of Chicago in 1886 in the shape of martyrdom courted for the sake of establishing fixed labour hours for the industrial wage earners remains a historic reference-point
 arrow Culture divide and value politics
Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution is not unduly worried that America seems deeply divided over moral and political values.
 arrow Secularism and democracy: A religious response
India is a secular democracy constitutionally, though there are several problems in practice. On the whole, India has given not so bad account of itself.
Letters to Editorarrow Building Code
Thanks for the investigative report "Rajuk unsure of faulty building numbers" and "Decides to start collecting information".
 arrow Oil price hike
The price of oil is on the rise. The sharp rise in its demand in countries such as China and India is putting pressure on the oil reserves. There seems to be an oil depletion fear.
 arrow Zia International Airport
This refers to a letter published on April 15, 2005 by Angela Robinson on her experience at ZIA.
 arrow Bangladesh, unforgettable
After spending two months and a half in Bangladesh, we are back recently to Canada. There are a couple of things in my memory that are worth sharing with DS readers.
Star Healtharrow Diarrhoea: A common disease during hot weather
The spread of diarrhoea in different parts of the country has sharply increased in recent days, triggering a sudden influx of patients into the hospitals, specially into different city hospitals including
 arrow Reducing cholesterol reduces the risk of heart diseases
"Hypercholesterolaemia", which is an increase in the blood cholesterol level, is one of the most frustrating of health problems we encounter in today's world.
 arrow Tips on Alzheimer's
Healthy lifestyle could reduce Alzheimer's risk
Regular exercise and a healthy diet could go a long way to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a medical expert said.

 arrow A comparison of home-and facility-based obstetric care
Efforts are being made to train and post professional birth attendants at the community level throughout Bangladesh.
 arrow Healthcare workers risk getting asthma on the job
Healthcare workers are at risk for occupational asthma, according to new data from a surveillance systems that monitored work-related asthma cases. Latex and disinfectants are the main culprits.
 arrow Zinc shortage linked to esophageal cancer
People with low levels of zinc in their tissues may be at increased risk for developing cancer of the esophagus, according to a research.
Star Cityarrow Water crisis worsens this summer
Hundreds of thousands of people in the city are facing acute water crisis in these hot summer days due to a drastic fall in supply caused by low voltage of electricity and gradual decline of groundwater
 arrow Private operator charging three times more for Sarovar
The Rabindra Sarovar amphitheatre on the bank of the Dhanmondi Lake, a prime spot for cultural performances, has recently been leased to a private company.
 arrow Teletalk still lies in dilemma
Subscribers of Teletalk Bangladesh Limited continue to face severe problems in making calls as private cellphone operators have refused to sign the interconnection deal.
 arrow DU dorms overloaded
Jeenal Rahman is a first year student of management at Dhaka University.
 arrow Free services bring hope to victims
Tania (not her real name), a 17-year-old garment worker, was devastated when she was raped and left to die on March 26 in Kalsi area of city's Mirpur.
 arrow National Theatre Stage staff not paid since July
Around 27 employees of the National Theatre Stage project have not been paid their salaries since July last year.
 
   
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