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Front Pagearrow All eyes on CCC polls
All eyes are set on May 9 Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls as the ruling four-party alliance and mainstream opposition parties have put in their full strength to ensure victory for their candidates.
 arrow Diesel price hike to harm agriculture
Any hike in diesel price will be a dour setback for the country's agricultural sector, which faces a fierce competition in the present-day liberalised trade regime, said speakers at a city dialogue yesterday.
 arrow Religious minorities under pressure
Religious minorities are allegedly facing threats and intimidation by the ruling four-party alliance men ahead of the May 9 Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls.
 arrow Govt to take care of axed staff, Tk 900cr bad loan
The government will take responsibility of all Rupali Bank employees who might be axed in the process of its privatisation as well as its Tk 900 crore bad loan, the Privatisation Commission (PC) decided
 arrow Dr Kamal sings Mohiuddin song
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged people of the port city to elect Awami League-backed Nagorik Committee mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the May 9 Chittagong City Corporation
 arrow 14 dummy candidates work for 2 main rivals
Two-thirds or 14 of the 21 mayoral candidates in the May 9 Chittagong City Corporation polls are only dummies set up to work in favour of the two prime contestants, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and Mir Mohammad
 arrow Stop extra judicial killing
Opposition leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked her arch political rival Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to stop extra judicial killing of her party men by elite Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow Tk 30 lakh of Islami Bank robbed in Ctg
Muggers looted Tk 30 lakh from a bank at the posh commercial area of Agrabad in the port city in broad day light yesterday.
 arrow BMA polls end amid claims of false votes
Patients suffered heavily at hospitals across the country as Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) went yesterday to election marked by allegations of false vote casting and influence by the civil surgeons
 arrow BMA Bhaban owner held, remanded
The owner of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Bhaban, arrested on charge of tampering with a court order to postpone the BMA election, was placed on a two-day remand yesterday.
 arrow India positive about new Saarc summit dates
India has responded positively to the new dates proposed by host Bangladesh for holding the 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka.
 arrow Agitation unto justice
The family of slain Shah AMS Kibria yesterday vowed to continue with peaceful programmes and, if need be, announce fresh ones until the killers and mastermind of the murder are brought to justice.
 arrow Millions vote to hand Blair third term
Millions of Britons voted yesterday in a general election widely expected to hand Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party an historic third successive victory, even though he has lost trust over thewar
 arrow Ducking Duty..

 arrow US energy company to invest $1.6b
Global Vulcan Energy International (GVEI), a US-based company, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bangladesh government for investing over $1.
 arrow Blasts rock British consulate in US
Two homemade grenades exploded outside the Manhattan office building that houses the British Consulate, shattering windows in the pre-dawn hours yesterday as voters went to the polls in a general election.
 arrow 25 killed in wave of Iraq attacks
Insurgents unleashed a series of ambushes and bomb blasts targeting Iraqi security forces in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 25 people in the latest attacks in a surge of violence that has rockedthe
 arrow 2 'criminals' killed in 'crossfire'
Two alleged criminals were killed in 'crossfire' during encounters of the gangmen with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in Barisal and Narail yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed in air force officers' mess wall collapse
A boundary wall of the Air Force Officers' Mess caved in on passers-by yesterday, killing two persons including a woman and hurting two others at Shaheenbagh in Tejgaon in the city.
 arrow Quayum finally appointed IGP
The government has finally appointed Special Branch (SB) chief Abdul Quayum as Inspector General of Police (IGP).
 arrow 6 Bangladeshi listed criminals held in India
Six most wanted criminals of Bangladesh and two of India were arrested at a hotel at Bongaon in the Indian state of West Bengal early yesterday during a joint operation by the BSF and police.
 arrow AL plans to form 2 units in Dhaka city
The Awami League (AL) high-command has planned to divide the party's Dhaka City unit into two parts to strengthen organisational activities in the capital and get rid of feud between top leaders of the
 arrow Bomb found at N'ganj Proshika office
Police on Wednesday seized a bomb from a local office of Proshika in Bandar Upazila Shahi Masjid area.

The seizure has created panic among the Proshika staff.

 arrow Aurora cremated with military honours
India cremated with full military honours yesterday retired Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora who was hailed as the architect of the 1971 war with Pakistan that led to the birth of Bangladesh asan
 arrow Tigers fly to England today
The Bangladesh cricket team will leave Dhaka today for London for their first ever Test series in England.
 arrow 2 abducted cops have been killed
Two policemen, who were kidnapped from Shakharpar area of Rajoir upazila in Madaripur on April 3, have been killed.
 arrow 15 hurt as cocktails explode at JP meet
At least 15 people were injured, seven of them critically, when a gang exploded cocktails at a meeting of Kasba upazila Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) at Natun Bazar at the upazila headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Families demand compensation be doubled
The families of those injured and killed in the garment factory collapse on April 11 at Savar yesterday demanded that they be given a minimum of Tk 2 lakh as compensation, saying that Tk 1 lakh is not
 arrow College teacher gunned down
Unidentified assailants shot a college teacher to death in Nazirpur upazila in Pirojpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow PM seeks relection
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to reelect BNP in the next general elections for continuing the current uplift drive.
Businessarrow Remittance registers 15pc growth in 10 months
On the back of strong flow for consecutive months, remittance registered a healthy 15 percent growth during July-April period of the current financial year.
 arrow Set up Securities Trading Corporation to stabilise capital market
A group of merchant bankers yesterday urged Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to set up a separate 'Securities Trading Corporation' to stabilise capital market volatility.
 arrow Bangladesh trade show in London from Sept 15
A three-day Bangladesh trade show will begin in London on September 15.
 arrow India's banking act amended to attract FDI
The Indian government has approved a slew of key economic legislation including an amendment to Banking Regulation Act that is aimed at attracting foreign direct investment and a much-awaited bill toset
 arrow Aamar PC launched in local market
Xenitis Infotech Private Ltd, the first brand PC maker in eastern India, formally launched its Aamar PC in Bangladesh market on Wednesday.
 arrow Dealers seek duty cut on import of new cars
Bangladesh Automobiles Distributors Association (Bada) has sought reduction of supplementary duty on import of new vehicles in the budget for fiscal 2005-06.
 arrow Key nations reach farm tariff deal
Key trading countries cleared a major obstacle in the Doha free trade round talks Wednesday by resolving a row over the mechanism for calculating agricultural import tariffs, the EU commission said.
 arrow Bangladesh assured of WB aid to cut poverty
A visiting World Bank delegation yesterday assured Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf of financial and technical assistance to cut poverty in the country .
 arrow ADB must lend more: China
China's Finance Minister Jin Renqing on Thursday called on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to boost its level of lending, telling participants at the bank's annual meeting in Turkey that it should listen
 arrow KL, Islamabad to sign FTA by year-end
Malaysia and Pakistan will likely sign a free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of the year, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday after talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz.
 arrow Women entrepreneurs launch mini bazaar at Gulshan
A mini bazaar and food court named "Arushi", run by some women entrepreneurs, was inaugurated in Gulshan in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Malaysia fuel price hike may hurt economy
Malaysia raised the price of petrol by seven percent and diesel by 23 percent Thursday in a bid to cut the soaring cost of government subsidies and the smuggling of diesel fuel but analysts warned the
Sportsarrow Cricket: His toughest Test
Dav Whatmore believes that the Tigers' first full series in England would be the toughest test for him as Bangladesh coach since his first assignment against Australia two years ago.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy believes they can beat WI now
After a successful tour of India, Inzamamul Haq has expressed confidence in his side's ability to beat West Indies in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Star cast for Lord's game
Star-studded line-ups will compete in the 50-overs-per-side charity tsunami match at Lord's on June 14.
 arrow Football: Milan survive PSV punch
AC Milan reached the Champions League final for the second time in three seasons on Wednesday as a late header by Massimo Ambrosini broke PSV Eindhoven hearts in a stirring semi-final second leg.
 arrow Cricket: Websites hear Shaheen's plea
While the country's cricket authorities preferred to remain silent, members of fan sites dedicated to the Bangladesh team and other independent contributors have come forward to help ailing cricket scorer
 arrow Football: Army, Sheikh Russel replay today
The Independence Day football tournament opener between Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Bangladesh Army was abandoned due to inclement weather and electricity failure here yesterday.
 arrow Jordan's men, Indian women in lead
The Asia and Middle East Regional Bridge Championships finals will resume today at Hotel Sonargaon with Jordan men's team and the Indian women's team leading in their respective finals.
 arrow Table Tennis: Nat'l TT from today
A record 53 teams will take part in the Meril 27th National Table Tennis Championships which begin today at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: It's Dhaka v Rajshahi
Dhaka Division will take on Rajshahi Division in the final of the Age-group Cricket Development Tournament (Under-17) as the teams won their respective semifinals (two-day match) by virtue of first-innings
 arrow Cricket: India to form panel to pick cricket coach
Nearly three weeks after John Wright relinquished his post, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday said it would appoint a committee in a couple of days to select a new coach for
 arrow Narain to be cheered on by Sachin
The first Indian driver in Formula One Narain Karthikeyan will have a high profile fan to cheer for him with Sachin Tendulkar scheduled to take his seat to watch Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit
 arrow Cricket: Mendis back to work
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Duleep Mendis resumed work on Thursday, a week after submitting his resignation amid a bitter row for control of the country's richest sports body, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI seeks PM's help
India's cricket chiefs sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to prevent the 2006 Champions Trophy tournament from being shifted to arch-rivals Pakistan.
 arrow Football: 'We are very lucky'
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said his side were very lucky to reach the Champions League final after surviving an onslaught from PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho for five more years
Chelsea's League Cup win and first Premiership title in 50 years are only the foundations for greater success at Stamford Bridge, manager Jose Mourinho claimed on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: India pursuing Bhaji's case
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was wholeheartedly backing off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who was reported for suspect action and was awaiting ICC's reply on reviewing his action, a topBCCI
 arrow Cricket: India wrap up blind cricket series 4-0
Spurred on by opener Ganesh Gamvit's brilliant 79, India wrapped up the Petro Cup series for blind cricketers with a seven-wicket win over world champions Pakistan in the fifth and last match here onThursday.
 arrow Cricket: Elliott can go to Victoria
Former Australian Test opening batsman Matthew Elliott was Thursday cleared by a Cricket Australia tribunal to switch states and play for South Australia in next season's domestic cricket competition.
 arrow Volleyball: South Breeze on song
The South Breeze boys maintained their winning run in the Shah Sports school volleyball tournament on the second day.
 arrow Football: Zagallo in hospital
Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning coach Mario Zagallo has been admitted to hospital suffering from nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains, a hospital spokesman said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Gerrard linked to Real
Real Madrid are reportedly putting together a bid topping 30 milion euros (40 million dollars) for Liverpool captain and England star Steven Gerrard, despite signs the player is set to stay on Merseyside,
 arrow Football: Another booter's mom kidnapped in Brazil
The mother of Brazilian defender Marinho, who plays for first division side Corinthians, has been kidnapped, local television reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Laporta's Chinese mission
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has flown to China to try and close the club's first ever shirt sponsorship deal with Chinese authorities, Spanish media reported on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Discriminatory provisions still exist in laws
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain yesterday said though the constitution of the country provides equality before the law and upholds the spirit of equal rights for men and women, some discriminatory
 arrow Moderate earthquake to cause 30 pc city bldgs to collapse
Non-compliance with building codes makes Dhaka one of the most vulnerable cities in the world in the event of a moderate or major earthquake, experts said at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow 10 killed, 40 injured in road accidents
At least 10 people were killed and 40 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Jamalpur and Rangpur yesterday.
 arrow Wasa plans more drives to clean canals
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday ended the city's canal cleaning drive, saying the remainder of the massive excavation, designed to bring back the flow of water in the city's canals,
 arrow 'Aurora was a sincere friend in need of Bangladesh'
Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, commander of Bangladesh-India Allied Forces at the final stage of the Liberation War in 1971, was a 'sincere friend in need of Bangladesh', speakers said at a condolence meeting
 arrow Ismat Jahan new envoy to Netherlands
The government has decided to appoint Ismat Jahan, currently a director general in the ministry of foreign affairs, as the ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
 arrow Driver vanishes with Tk 30 lakh in Comilla
Osman Gani, the driver of steel merchant Haji Md Shams, ran away with Tk 30 lakh in Comilla.
 arrow Republican King in Congressional Bangladesh Caucus
US Congressman Peter King, an influential Republican from New York, has formally announced his decision to join the Congressional Bangladesh Caucus.
 arrow Trial begins
Trial of the Sutrapur Triple Murder case began yesterday in the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka with deposition of the complainant.
 arrow Trade with India thru' Bhomra port resumes
Export-import between Bangladesh and India through Bhomra land port resumed yesterday as the Indian clearing and forwarding agents (C&f) called off their strike after 48 hours.
 arrow Foundation of condom plant laid in Khulna
The foundation stone of the country's first condom manufacturing plant was laid at Gilatala under Phultala upazila of the district yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Oversized cabinet serves no purpose
Small is beautiful. This does not mean that big is ugly. It is, however, difficult to manage anything big.
 arrow Parternships for urban development
Over the last four decades the world's population has doubled, with around half living in or near cities.
Culturearrow Cherished memories of the tinsel town
The present environment in the country's filmdom has left Sirajul Islam, a veteran actor- director with little option but to quit films.
 arrow The indigenous Poetry and Cultural Festival-2005
The indigenous Poetry and Cultural Festival-2005, held recently at the Rajshahi District Council Auditorium, was aptly a festival to mark the indigenous people's struggle to protect their culture.
 arrow The celebrity name game
How important is one's name? In fact, William Shakespeare in his timeless love tragedy Romeo and Juliet questioned, "What's in a name?" None in the Tinseltown, however, believes in that notion.
 arrow The offbeat allure of cult movies
What is a cult movie? This has been the crux of innumerable hot debates. A lot of movies are considered to be or promoted as "cult" movies, just because their story lines vary from the mainstream movies.
 arrow Baishakhi bonanza
Baishakh, the first month of the Bangla year, is in full force. Visible everywhere are the colourful and blooming Krishnachura, Radhachura and Jarul.
Generalarrow Nor'wester lashes three districts
At least three people were killed and 150 others injured when a nor'wester accompanied by hail storms and moderate to heavy rains swept over Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts on Wednesdaynight.
 arrow Pvt varsities to reach desired level soon
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday expressed the hope that the universities that still failed to reach the required standard would be able to achieve the desired level soon.
 arrow Equal provision for workers demanded
Bangladesh Obhibashi Mohila Sramik Association (Bomsa) urged the government to keep equal provision for male and female workers in the national migration policy.
 arrow HSBC Red Crescent Thalassaemia Centre
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh donated Tk 42 lakh to Bangladesh Red Crescent Society to set up the "HSBC Red Crescent Thalassaemia Centre" in Chittagong, says
 arrow N'ganj school headmaster sent to jail
A Narayanganj Court yesterday sent Aminul Islam Khondkar, former headmaster of Narayanganj High School, to the district jail in a corruption case when he surrendered before it for bail.
 arrow AL observes hartal in Meghna UZ
Meghna upazila Awami League observed a day-long hartal yesterday in Meghna upazila of Comilla district protesting the "killing" of its joint secretary Haji Mafijul Islam Dudu Miah by the Rapid ActionBattalion
Editorialarrow Editorial: Overzealous bureaucracy
Campaigning for the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls has reached its peak.
 arrow Editorial: PM's directives go unheeded
Where can we put our confidence in, knowing that even the Prime Minister's directives go unheeded? In spite of the fact that the issue of illegal acquisition of public land had been identified by thePM
 arrow The India question
India is the third rail of Bangladeshi politics. You touch the issue at your peril.
 arrow Three exits in one week
To speak in the general sense, three people quit public life within the same week. But specifically, one of them died, another left after his first term, and a third man stepped down for personal reasons.
 arrow Seeing through other's eyes: A perpetual malady
Pre-emptive words or actions at times can provoke immediate repulsion. They can come back as boomerang on the individual(s) used to such trick purported to beat down the upcoming truth.
Letters to Editorarrow Let's save UNO
The world went berserk, millions of people were killed in Europe, Africa and Asia, Germany was razed to dust, two atom bombs were dropped on Japan, hunger, want and disease spread all over and then the
 arrow Language and culture of ethnic minorities
Almost 46 ethnic minorities are existing in Bangladesh having diversity of language and culture.
 arrow Indian Idol finalists in Bangladesh
Indian Idol finalists Amit Sana and Rahul Saxena paid a visit to Bangladesh and performed at the Sultana Kamal Women's Complex.
 arrow General Aurora
General Jagjit Singh Aurora passed away, leaving behind a distinguished career.
 arrow May Day and garments workers
I think most of the workers in garments factories do not know much about May Day. They perhaps know that on this day they will get a holiday. Perhaps they may know this day is for them.
 arrow The Queen's English
There is an ongoing argument both in the academic circles and the press about the onslaught of Americanism on 'roper' English.
 arrow Rakkhi Bahini and Rab
Our politics is imitative. Earlier, the other major party (now in the opposition) introduced Rakkhi Bahini to control governance. Now the coalition regime has introduced Rab, with "cross-fire" killings.
 arrow Bangladeshi girl in US Federal custody
A 16 year old Bangladeshi girl has been put into US federal custody. She is suspected of planning to carry out a bomb attack in New York.
 arrow Where is the owner?
The police are yet to nab or take any action against the men responsible for the Savar building collapse which is unprecedented in our history.
 arrow Image problem
Bangladesh has an image problem. Actually image of a country is much like the reputation of a company or any individual. Nowadays our image problem has worsened all over the world.
 arrow Law and order
On April 13, 2005 one of our respectable teachers, while delivering his lecture on environmental chemistry, offered us some important suggestions on the overall situation in the country.
 arrow Learning English
I am writing to express how happy I am that my letters are now being published in your daily and all because of my mom, who inspired me to write in English.
 arrow Islamic cricket?
From my balcony facing the park, I watch a new phenomenon.
 arrow Survey on corruption
The TI-BD survey report (DS, April 21) confirms the all-pervasive presence of corrupt practices in the Bangladesh society, as revealed through field survey of over 20,000 households.
 arrow To NU authorities...
We are the third year students of the Department of English under National University. In the first and the second years we had two subjects namely-Basic Language skills and ME-901.
Environmentarrow GMO and biological pollution
Months back a renowned columnist cautioned us about the danger of cultivation of golden rice in Bangladesh and its direct impact on our environment.
 arrow Ozone hole in Earth's atmospheric environment
Our planet EARTH'S atmospheric environment is unique in nature. Ozone layer and ozone hole is a minor but important part of this unique nature.
Worldarrow South Asia: Escaped plotter of Musharraf killing attempt recaptured
Pakistani intelligence agents have recaptured a former air force man convicted of being part of a plot to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf, a senior security official told Reuters yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Delhi announces new Indo-Pak talks timetable
India announced yesterday a new timetable of talks with rival Pakistan, including meetings next week over the launch of a new bus service and later in May over a long-running glacier boundary dispute.
 arrow South Asia: Indian space rocket blasts off with 2 sats
An Indian rocket blasted off yesterday, carrying the country's ambitions to be a major global space power and two satellites that it launched into orbit.
 arrow South Asia: 9 Afghan soldiers killed in ambush
Militants killed nine Afghan soldiers in an ambush while the Taliban death toll from a battle with US and Afghan troops rose to at least 40 in a wave of violence sweeping southern Afghanistan, officials
 arrow South Asia: Indian SC orders search for soldier missing since 1971
India's Supreme Court ordered yesterday a search for a soldier missing since the country's last war with Pakistan in 1971, after his wife insisted her husband was being held in prison over the border.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal extends Deuba detention for a week
Nepal's powerful anti-graft commission Wednesday ordered former Nepalese premier Sher Bahadur Deuba held in custody for another seven days while it probes corruption allegations against him.
 arrow Fate of UK politicians hangs in the balance
The stakes are high for Prime Minister Tony Blair in yesterday's election as a loss or narrow win by his Labour Party may end his career, while a triumph will define him as one of Britain's politicalmasters.
 arrow Bulgarian MPs vote to quit Iraq by year end
Bulgaria's outgoing parliament yesterday voted for a withdrawal of all the country's troops from Iraq by the end of the year.
 arrow US can't account for $100m spent in Iraq
US government mismanagement of assets in Iraq, from the lack of proper documentation on nearly $100 million in cash to millions of dollars worth of unaccounted-for equipment, are setting back effortsto
 arrow Terror link a challenge for Philippines: US
Links between Muslim militants and global terror groups are making efforts to end a decades-old insurgency in the Philippines especially difficult, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said yesterday.
 arrow US, Iran nuke row stalling arms treaty work
A nuclear dispute between the United States and Iran is threatening progress at a UN conference on ways to strengthen a global treaty against the spread of nuclear arms, diplomats said on Wednesday.
 arrow Fatah, Hamas face off in municipal election
Palestinians voted yesterday in municipal elections with the corruption-tinged Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas facing a stiff challenge from the ascendant Islamic militant faction Hamas.
 arrow Plane crashes in DR Congo: 11 dead
Eleven people were killed and one survived when an Antonov 26 plane crashed while preparing to land in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) city of Kisangani, UN-sponsored radio reported yesterday.
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