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Front Pagearrow Fuel price hike again
Bowing to multilateral donors' insistence, the government yesterday increased the prices of diesel, kerosene and petrol only six months into the last price hike.
 arrow HC asks EC to collect info on MP aspirants
The High Court yesterday ordered the Election Commission (EC) to collect information on parliamentary election candidates' academic qualification, profession, source of income, criminal records, if any,
 arrow New CEC also wants free secretariat
New Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said he favours an independent Election Commission (EC) secretariat but has not looked into his predecessor's proposals about reforms to the ECand
 arrow HC asks why not probe by judge
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government why it should not be directed to form a commission headed by a sitting or a retired Supreme Court judge to inquire into the factory collapse
 arrow Bloated ADP finalised with polls in view
The government has finalised a Tk 25,290 crore outlay, 10.62 percent higher than the current one, for the next fiscal year's Annual Development Programme (ADP) and non-ADP.
 arrow SCBA mulls ways to continue agitation
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) is mulling going ahead with its agitation by modifying some of its aspects to take it out of the purview of the Supreme Court ban on agitation by lawyers on its
 arrow 50,000 marooned in Moulvibazar flashfloods
At least 50 thousand people of Kamalganj and Kulaura upazilas in the district have been marooned as 80 villages under 12 unions of the two upazilas have been inundated by flood water due to excessiverainfall
 arrow Hasina says Aziz picked to rig national polls
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has unilaterally appointed the new chief election commissioner (CEC) to clear the way for rigging the ballot in the coming generalelections.
 arrow Cops nab 566 in crime busting drive
To quash a sharp rise in robbery and mugging in recent months, the law enforcement agencies in special drives nabbed as many as 566 suspected criminals from different areas of the city in only 24 hours
 arrow Private firm in talks for financing consortium
A Dhaka-based private company began negotiations with public and private investors and financial institutions to set up an international consortium for financing the planned tri-nation Myanmar-Bangladesh-India
 arrow Nazrul's birth anniversary today
Today is the 106th birth anniversary of Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
To mark the day, the government as well as socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes.

 arrow Protest....

 arrow Satkhira bigots hold rallies defying ban
Religious bigots led by Khatme Nabuwat held two rallies in violation of the district administration's prohibition of assembly in Shyampur bazaar of Satkhira yesterday, causing panic among the local Ahmadiyyas.
 arrow 14 more cargo vessels seized
Fourteen cargo vessels were seized and fined yesterday, the second day of a government clampdown on unregistered and unlicensed vessels.
 arrow Car bombs kill 8 GIs, 6 Iraqis in Baghdad
A car bomb exploded yesterday near a Baghdad junior high school for girls, killing six people, and seven American soldiers were killed in two days of bombings in and around Baghdad, a day after 62 Iraqis
 arrow Indian home minister against hyping up illegal Bangladeshi issue
Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday said the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the country "should not be raised so much that it spoils relations with the neighbouring country".
 arrow Why 4 accused can't retract their statement
The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the government to explain in three weeks why four accused in the former minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case would not be allowed to retract their confessional
 arrow 16 fall sick of gas poisoning
At least 16 people including a newly wed couple fell sick after an incident of suspected gas poisoning at city's South Kattali area in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Rab asked to track down phone extortionists
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said 50 percent task of executive investigation has so far been completed to try the accused Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) members under theexisting
 arrow AL, BNP men's politics abroad tainting image
A parliamentary body yesterday observed that activists of the political parties, particularly the Awami League and the BNP, are tarnishing Bangladesh's image abroad by squabbling with each other on foreign
 arrow 3 killed in road crash
Three people including a Union Parishad (UP) member and a school teacher were killed when a passenger bus collided head-on with a truck on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway yesterday morning.
 arrow RU JCD men block highway for 2 hours
Activists of Rajshahi University Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal unit barricaded the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway near Kajla for two hours yesterday to get a Rajshahi University teacher's motorbike released.
 arrow Mob kills mugger, extortionist
An extortionist and a mugger died yesterday after being critically injured in mob beatings in city's Khilgaon and Kafrul areas.
Three muggers and an extortionist were also arrested during the incidents.

 arrow Judge, Shoaib,PP apologise to High Court
A Dhaka court judge, the public prosecutor (PP) and the sacked managing director (MD) of Inqilab TV appeared in person before the High Court to face contempt charges yesterday and tendered unqualified
 arrow Ghalib remanded
A court here yesterday placed four people, including Dr Asadullah Al Galib, leader of the outlawed Jamiatul Mujahideen, on a three-day remand in the Ullapara Grameen Bank blast case.
Businessarrow Tk 1 lakh fine against Premier Bank recommended
The Anti-money Laundering Department of the central bank has recommended a Tk 1 lakh fine against Premier Bank Limited for opening false accounts in its different branches.
 arrow Bangladesh trade show kicks off in Italy
In a bid to attract more foreign buyers and expand existing market, Bangladesh organised a three-day single-country trade show of its products that began at Milan in Italy on Monday.
 arrow Dhaka-KL jt commission meet to discuss trade, manpower
Investment, trade, manpower, visa, education and cultural cooperation will figure high in the long-overdue Bangladesh-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) to be held here on June 7.
 arrow Cross border listing of bourses key to growth in South Asia
The cross border listing of securities and investment opportunities should be given more attention to promote economic development in South Asia, observed Salman Shah, advisor to the prime minister of
 arrow Citigroup named best co in Forbes 2000 ranking
Citigroup, the owning company of Citibank NA, has been ranked the number one company in the world on Forbes Global 2000 list, which was published in Forbes special issue on April 18, 2005.
 arrow BISIC to arrange training course for unemployed
Bangladesh Institute of Small Industry and Cottage (BISIC) will organise a training programme for the unemployed educated people from June 4 to 16.
 arrow EU backs launch of talks with China on textile exports
The European Union went a step forward Monday towards imposing limits on some types of surging Chinese textiles after member states voted in favour of opening formal negotiations with Beijing.
 arrow Hundred millionth Volkswagen rolled off
The 100 millionth Volkswagen rolled off a German assembly line on Tuesday, taking the brand into an elite of four car companies whose output has stretched into nine digits, Europe's biggest carmaker said.
 arrow ECB rate cut may harm euro zone
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet dismissed calls for lower interest rates on Monday, saying a cut would only make the euro zone's problems worse.
 arrow China threatens to renege on tariff promise
China Tuesday threatened to renege on a promise to impose tariffs on 74 categories of textile products if the same items were subject to limits from US and European governments.
 arrow Japan to resume US beef import
The Japanese government took a big step Tuesday towards reopening Japan to US beef by asking the national food safety agency to ease a ban imposed 17 months ago after the discovery of mad cow diseasein
Sportsarrow Cricket: A pleasant surprise
The Bangladesh cricket team has come to England to pull off one or two surprises in their first full series against Michael Vaughan's vaunted side.
 arrow Cricket: Lord's waking up
It was business as usual at Lord's two days before the first Test between Bangladesh and England.
 arrow Cricket: Refreshing Rahim
It was around eight in the morning and it was typical English weather with clouds hanging over the restaurant of the Marriott Hotel at Maida Vale.
 arrow Football: BU hope to end on a high
National and Premier League champions Brothers Union will end their maiden campaign in an Asian club football competition today when they host Lebanon's Nejmeh FC in the last Group C match of the AFCCup.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison feels good
England paceman Steve Harmison admits they will be in a "no-win situation" in the two-Test series against Bangladesh.

"If we win in two or three days then we're expected to.

 arrow Football: Odds favour Italians, heart English
Liverpool will need to display the cunning and conviction that defined their European golden age if they are to upset predictions and beat a more accomplished AC Milan side in Wednesday's Champions League
 arrow Chess: Rajib clinches Open Rating chess crown
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib won the Open FIDE Rating Chess title with an unbeaten note when he shared points in the ninth and last round game against fellow IM Reefat Bin Sattar at the federation
 arrow Cricket: Alok's Reds win again
The two different selections for the trial of Bangladesh A team were forced to play another limited-overs match on a hockey turf due to unplayable ground conditions at BKSP yesterday following rain for
 arrow Football: Mohakhali beat Dhanmondi
Mohakhali Ekadash recorded their first win in the First Division Football League defeating Dhanmondi Club by a solitary goal yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Mariners lift title
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club clinched the Tibet Women's Handball League title with a 27-15 victory over Arambagh Krira Sangha in the last super-three match at the Outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Football: The Spain factor!
Liverpool's Champions League chances against AC Milan could turn on the tactical decisions of a manager from Madrid, the passing of a Basque midfielder and the inventive style of a Catalan forward.
 arrow Football: Born winners want more
With seven European Cup winners' medals between them, AC Milan's Paolo Maldini and Clarence Seedorf could be excused a degree of nonchalance ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final with Liverpool.
 arrow Football: A multinational final
Call it the United Nations final.
Players from 19 different countries will be represented Wednesday when AC Milan and Liverpool play in the Champions League final in Istanbul, Turkey.

 arrow Football: Agassi's early exit
Playing flat-footed and looking weary, Andre Agassi lost Tuesday in the opening round of the French Open for the second year in a row.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-BCB boss Manzar passes away
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary Neyamtullah Taher Manzar died on Monday at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The sports organiser, who served the Board in 1991, was 54.

 arrow Football: Brutal murder of Brazilian booter
A Brazilian footballer was shot repeatedly in the head and then dumped in the boot of his car in the north of Rio de Janeiro, police said here on Monday.
 arrow Kabadi: Ansar women's kabaddi champs
Ansar emerged champions in the Women's Kabaddi League when they beat Azad Sporting Club 54-26 in the last match at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
The winners led the first half 26-15.

Metropolitanarrow Unity of progressive political parties a must for rule of law
Dr Kamal Hossain, convenor of Jatiyo Oikya Mancha, yesterday said unity of progressive political parties is a must to establish the rule of law in the country.
 arrow New CEC is not acceptable
Leaders of different political parties yesterday said the appointment of Justice MA Aziz as the new chief election commissioner (CEC) is unacceptable.
 arrow DU senate polls today
The election of 35 teachers' representatives to the Dhaka University Senate, the highest policy-making body of DU, will be held today.
 arrow Unite under BNP to build prosperous country
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the people to unite under the banner of politics of development and production to build a prosperous country, forsaking politics of arson and destruction.
 arrow Moudud criticises AL for its 'adverse' reaction
Criticising Awami League for its 'adverse' reaction to the appointment of the new CEC, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday hoped that the opposition party would cooperate with the CEC in holding future
 arrow Project to rehabilitate rickshawpullers
The Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has launched a pilot project in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to help rehabilitate rickshawpullers affected
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara to nominate 200 candidates in next polls
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday announced that it would nominate candidates for 200 seats across the country in the next general elections.
 arrow Photography exhibition to raise funds for Chhayanaut Bhaban
A week-long charity photography exhibition titled 'Says Nothing' began at Zainul Gallery of the Institute of Fine Arts in the city yesterday.
 arrow Wasa to install 8 water pump stations in N'ganj
The Dhaka Water And Sewerage Authority (Wasa) will install eight more water pump stations in the district to reduce water shortage.
 arrow BCS Agri Cadre members stage demonstration
Speakers at a rally have expressed their resentment over the complication created by the establishment ministry for 534 posts of BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) Agriculture Cadre upgraded in 2001.
 arrow Mother poisons 3-yr-old son to death, kills herself
A poor mother killed her three-year-old son with poison and later she took the poison to kill herself at Radha-Krishanapur village under sadar upazila of the district.
 arrow Nor'wester kills 2 in Mymensingh
At least two persons were killed and 25 others injured, three of them critically, when a nor'wester hit 12 villages and the campus of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in the sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow President greets king of Jordan
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday conveyed felicitations to the King of Jordan, Abdullah-II Bin Al-Hussein, on the occasion of the National Day of the country.
Nationalarrow Zia Fertiliser makes loss for frequent mechanical faults
The Ashuganj Zia Fertilizer Company Limited (ZFCL) has turned into a losing concern, mainly due to frequent interruption in production resulting from mechanical breakdown.
 arrow Railway engineer arrested for Tk1.5 cr ‘forgery’
An Assistant Engineer of Bangladesh Railway has been arrested on charge of drawing Tk 1.5 crore from Bangladesh Krishi Bank by producing forged savings bonds.
 arrow Hundreds collect fish eggs from Halda
The Halda river wore a festive look on Sunday night when hundreds of fishermen collected fertilised eggs released by carps including Ruhi, Katla, Mrigel and Kalaboush.
 arrow Continue road projects for ultra-poor women in CHT
Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council (CHTRC) Chairman Jiotyrindriya Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma and Rangamati Hill District Council Chairman Dr Maniklal Dewan have urged visiting officials of
 arrow Arrested UPDF men sent to jail
The 15 leaders and activists of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), arrested in Khagrachhari town on Monday in connection with shooting an activist of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), were sent tojail
 arrow 7- year boy abducted for ransom
A seven year-old boy was abducted for ransom on Sunday from Dhankhali in Munshigonj union under Shyamnagar upazila.
 arrow Nazrul's birthday programme at Trishal
The Cultural Affairs Ministry and local administration have jointly organised a three-day national programme at Kazir Shimla and Darirampur in Trishal to mark the 106th birth anniversary of national poet
 arrow Death threat to newsman
A journalist received death threats from unidentified telephone callers during the last few days.
Point-Counterpointarrow Motor launches: Veritable death-traps
On May 15, MV Prince of Patuakhali was caught in a Nor'wester and capsized near Galachipa with nearly 200 passengers on board. At least half of them are reportedly missing or dead.
 arrow Don't push Myanmar into a corner
THE ongoing debate and speculation as to whether Myanmar would, or should, assume the chairmanship of Asean next year has, in a way, served to highlight again the rich and sometimes threatening diversity
Culturearrow Kazi Nazrul Islam
Kazi Nazrul Islam, our National Poet is rightfully an icon of the masses for his revolutionary ideas, secular philosophies and defiance against any socio-political injustice.
 arrow The role of media in invigorating mass interest in Nazrul's songs -- Fatema Tuz Zohra
Let me take this opportunity to say that I feel blessed to be a Nazrul singer. Nowadays we hear the complaint that the younger generation is not responsive to Nazrul songs or classical music.
 arrow Is Nazrul given due recognition as our National Poet? -- Khairul Anam Shakil
Talented Nazrul singer, Khairul Anam Shakil, is voluble on the subject of Nazrul as the National Poet. As he says, "Nazrul always spoke for the common people.
 arrow Current popularity level of Nazrul sangeet -- Nashid Kamal
Discussing the popularity of Nazrul sangeet, well-known singer Nashid Kamal said that in Bangladesh both BTV and private channels like Channel I and ATN are making efforts to popularise this genre.
 arrow Saving Nazrul's creations from distortion-- Salauddin Ahmed
Nazrul Islam, despite being the country's National Poet has had his work distorted perhaps more than any other of his peers.
 arrow How to generate interest in Nazrul songs among the newcomers -- Ferdous Ara
The responsibility of generating interest in Nazrul sangeet among the upcoming artistes lies with us, the singers, who are devoted into this genre," says Ferdous Ara.
 arrow Incorporating Nazrul effectively in the institutions -- Shumon Chowdhury
Before discussing how to incorporate Nazrul more effectively in our institutions, we have to overcome the obstacles in practicing Nazrul's songs accurately.
Generalarrow Strike in schools today, hartal May 30
Schoolchildren across the district observe a strike today demanding trial of the killers of schoolgirl Mili while Sammilito Nagorik Samaj and a child rights organisation yesterday called a daylong hartal
 arrow BDR pushes back 23 Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel pushed back 23 Bangla-speaking Indians to their country through Chamusha border under Bholahat Upazila in Chapainawabganj district in the early hours of yesterday.
Internationalarrow 'Pockets of repression' mar rights progress in Asia
Amnesty International said Wedne-sday Asia had recorded some progress on human rights but warned that "pockets of repression" remained, with many abuses committed in the name of the "war on terror".
 arrow Bush, Karzzai ink strategic partnership pact
US President George W. Bush and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai signed a "strategic partnership" Monday enabling long-term US involvement in Afghanistan's security as well as reconstruction.
 arrow Israeli, Palestinians fail to reach accord
Palestinian Interior Minister Nasr Yussuf and Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz failed to reach an agreement on Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said late Monday, as the
 arrow Japan-China ties nosedive again
An outraged Japan said yesterday that China needed to learn better manners after it stood up Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, as relations between the Asian powers worsened over memories of World War
 arrow 'Syria severs military ties with US'
Syria has severed military and intelligence cooperation with the United States, its ambassador to Washingt-on told The New York Times in an interview published on its Web site on Monday.
 arrow India to allow Hurriyat leaders' Pak trip
India will allow leaders of Kashmir's main separatist political alliance to visit Pakistan for talks on the disputed region's future, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview published
 arrow Manmohan drums up support to save tigers
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday promised to save endangered Royal Bengal tigers in India after he sighted one for the first time in his life in a national park under threat from poachers.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Winds of change over Kashmir
The palpable change in their Kashmir policy and the prospect of the oldest running cause of conflict between India and Pakistan at last ceasing to be so, fill us with optimism.
 arrow Editorial: Bridge on the river Rupsha
The more we think of it, the opening of Khan Jahan Ali Bridge since Saturday increasingly dawns on us as providing a vital communication link with a high potential for unlocking a whole range of possibilities
 arrow Uzbekistan's turmoil and the US response
The Bush administration, by all accounts, has made advancing democracy and human rights in the world the centrepiece of its foreign policy.
 arrow Quest for democracy, governance and social justice
Can we aspire to achieve democracy in a country without ensuring good governance and social justice for all? The answer to this question is perhaps a big "no.
 arrow Closer trade links with Pakistan
When we think about closer links with India or Pakistan we do not perhaps feel confident of the outcome because of our lack of mutual trust.
Letters to Editorarrow Desecration of the Holy Book
It all started from a report in Newsweek regarding desecration of the Holy Koran by some of the interrogators at Guantánamo Bay.
 arrow US and Islamic world
We always witness that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban President Fidel Castro give speeches against the US and President Bush's activities.
 arrow Women political activists
I am writing in protest of a statement that has been ascribed to Mr.
 arrow Launch capsize
Launch capsize is common news during the months of April and May . Hundreds of lives are lost for some insensible and unscrupulous people to whom lives mean nothing.
 arrow Melting ice hotel
In the picture we see the world-famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjaervi, outside Kiruna in northern Sweden, melting away on Saturday (21st May).
 arrow Flash points
No doubt, Soviet Union experienced dire consequences in the aftermath of being divided on 21 Dec. 1991. The UK lost colonial rule in the post WWII period.
 arrow Cannot we do better?
There seems to be a culture of "break, burn and destroy" pervading in our country. During hartals, vehicles are burned and people are attacked for trying to earn their daily bread.
 arrow English version of textbooks
The education boards introduced the English version of the traditional curriculum 10 years ago.
 arrow Progress of China
Prior to socialism the private sector was the primary economic strength of China.
 arrow Politics and religion
The Jamaat chief has come out publicly (press reports) with some sober observations about the long-term policy of the Islamic political parties in Bangladesh.
 arrow Our films
BFDC, Bangladesh Film Development Corporation. Yes, BFDC is now elaborated like this-- Blue Films Development Corporation. It is not too much.
 arrow Road accidents
During recent years, there has been a sharp increase in road accidents in Bangladesh.
 arrow Domestic helps
I was appalled to read the news of two minor girls being tortured brutally by their employers in the city. It is indeed a serious problem.
 arrow A new face
It is really good news that a 16 year old Bangladeshi boy played so well in the two matches against English county sides. Mushfiqur Rahim has really shown that there is nothing to fear.
 arrow Awami League and hartal
We resent your decision to call "Hartal" at the slightest pretext and we condemn your policy makers' such hasty decision in the strongest terms. Every time you call "Hartal", your vote bank dwindles.
Star Chittagongarrow CCC power plants may get govt nod
A five-year-old initiative of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) is likely to get nod from the government following a recent cabinet decision that allows construction of private small power plants.
 arrow CNG auto-rickshaws under metering system by June 30
Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) started bringing the CNG-run auto-rickshaws in the port city under metering system on Sunday.
 arrow Death-trap...

 arrow Loko Utsab Puratani Mela

Star Cityarrow Rampant illegal earth-filling on Hatirjheel
Owners of three CNG filling stations and a former ward commissioner are illegally filling up a large area on the Hatirjheel-Begunbari canal, the last remaining natural waterbody of Dhaka.
 arrow Pre-paid electricity meter on trial by July
Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) is going to introduce pre-paid meters by July this year to reduce harassment of customers and ensure smooth collection of bills.
 arrow Summer fruits too hot to touch
Summer fruits have started arriving in the city markets but the prices are beyond the reach of most customers.
 arrow Footpaths on BB Avenue occupied by hawkers
Pedestrians, shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Bangabandhu Avenue area are suffering because of hawkers who keep the footpaths occupied.
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