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Front Pagearrow Why EC Secretariat under PMO won't be illegal
The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the government and the Election Commission (EC) asking them to explain why the functioning of EC Secretariat under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister's Office
 arrow Inflation rate hits 8yr high in November
The point-to-point inflation rate hit a new 8-year high of 7.95 percent in November last, rising by 0.67 percentage points from October, due to a sudden leap in food prices.
 arrow Cabinet body nods to disqualified bidder
Brushing aside the Public Procurement Regulation (PPR) 2003, the cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved a flawed bid of a disqualified Chinese bidder for the 150MW Chandpur power plant.
 arrow Biman's Rome flight re-routed to Jeddah
Saudi authorities yesterday verbally assured the Bangladesh government of providing five more air-landing slots, which would enable Biman to resolve the protracted hajj flight crisis.
 arrow No plan yet to make EC independent
The government has no plans to make the Election Commission (EC) secretariat independent and separate from the prime minister's office (PMO) while the chief election commissioner (CEC) has yet to putforth
 arrow WB tags condition with $2.89b loan
The World Bank will provide $2.89 billion to Bangladesh in four years from the current fiscal under a new Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) on condition of 'reducing level of corruption' and improvement of the procurement process.
 arrow 40 percent of voters listed
The second day's work for controversial fresh voter list yesterday was marked by irregularities, people's ignorance of the ongoing process, and lack of coordination among the enumerators.
 arrow 3,000 doctors to be recruited soon
Some 3,000 physicians will be recruited through a special Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination as the government wants to post one doctor in each of the unions of the country, Prime Minister (PM)
 arrow Welcoming Wanna
The three-day harvest festival, Wanna, arranged by the indigenous Garo people of Modhupur, began yesterday with a view to uphold the ancient religious rites and rituals.
 arrow CPB, JP sue each other
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Jatiya Party (JP) have filed cases yesterday in connection with the Sunday's incident accusing each other of attacking and looting.
 arrow Purchase of $600m crude oil okayed
The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved the purchase of 14 lakh tonnes of crude oil at a cost of $600 million for the current year.
 arrow Boy gives up fight for life after 5 days
A seven-month-old child succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night, five days after it got hurt when the landlady tried to hit the child's mother at Adabar in the capital.
 arrow Workers install gas pipes...

 arrow 2 JMB men remanded
Two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members arrested on Saturday were placed on a seven-day remand yesterday.
 arrow AL won't quit parliament
Opposition strategists last night reached a consensus that Awami League should not quit parliament before the ongoing anti-government movement reaches the final stage.
 arrow Nepal rebels abandon unilateral ceasefire
Nepal's Maoist rebels yesterday officially ended a four-month unilateral truce despite pleas from political parties and the United Nations, saying army attacks had forced them back on the offensive.
 arrow Rajshahi interns threaten strike from today
Interns at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital yesterday threatened to start an indefinite strike from the afternoon today seeking implementation of their five-point demand.
 arrow Flash floods kill 31 in Indonesia
Flash floods triggered by monsoonal rains killed at least 31 people and swept away hundreds of houses in Indonesia's East Java, police said yesterday.
 arrow Gas supplies fall sharply in Europe
Gas supplies to much of Europe fell sharply yesterday in the fallout of Moscow's pricing dispute with Ukraine while several nations urged energy-hungry industries to switch to oil and rationing beganin
 arrow Rab, police mistakenly trade shots
A triangular gunfight occurred among the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), police and criminals when police opened fire mistakenly on Rab members engaged in a shootout with the criminals early yesterday.
 arrow Murder case sent to fast trial court
A case lodged in connection with the killing of the two judges at Jhalakati by the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide bomber has been transferred to the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT)
Businessarrow Move to stop smuggling of hides, extortion in cattle markets
The government has decided to deploy additional law enforcement agencies to stop extortion in cattle markets and control smuggling of hides of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Nepal implementing liberalisation of customs duty rate
Nepal, which has already set stride into the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta), is implementing the liberalisation of rate of customs duty on imported goods from coming August, state-run Radio Nepal
 arrow Slow pace of execution delays IDA credit disbursement
The disbursement of an IDA credit for the Central Bank Strengthening Project (CBSP) is being delayed due to slow pace of implementation of the US$ 46.
 arrow Delhi must play key role to ensure Safta benefits for all Saarc states
An apex group of Indian industries has said India should play leadership role to ensure that benefits of South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) are shared equally by all Saarc member countries.
 arrow China hails US decision on steel pipe trade
China welcomed on Monday a decision by US President George W. Bush to reject a request by some US manufacturers for curbs on imports of steel pipes.
 arrow BOL ships first export consignment of software
Bangladesh Online Limited (BOL), a leading software developer and internet service provider, has shipped its first export consignment of computer software worth US$ 1.
 arrow Minister assures BGMEA of solving sewerage problems in Savar, Ashulia
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday assured BGMEA of solving sewerage problems facing the garment factories in Savar and Ashulia areas, as the association leaders said maintaining
 arrow Hyundai to nudge $99b of sales in 2006
South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group said Monday it was aiming to sell over four million vehicles in 2006, boosting sales by nearly 18 percent to around 99 billion dollars.
 arrow Lanka to double license fees for lubricant sellers
Sri Lanka is to double the license fee for lubricant sellers and invite more players into the market, Energy Minister M. H. M. Fowzie said Monday.
 arrow Course on project finance held
The certificate giving ceremony of the ninth project finance course organised by Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) was held recently.
 arrow New DMD of IFIC Bank
Mohammad Abdullah has been appointed deputy managing director of IFIC Bank Ltd.
 arrow China grows faster than forecast in '05
China's economy grew 9.8 percent in 2005, a senior Chinese official was quoted as saying Monday, faster-than-expected after a major revision upwards last month of the size of the economy in 2004.
 arrow Samah Razor Blades launches disposable razor
Samah Razor Blades Industries Limited, a concern of GMG Group, launched a disposable razor, 'Adoro Shaver', in local market.
 arrow Indonesia's inflation eases in December
Indonesia's inflation rate eased in December after a government fuel price hike caused an alarming spike late last year, while the country's trade surplus narrowed, official figures showed Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: DOHS down Abahani too
Three days after their thrilling three-run victory over Mo-hammedan Sporting Club, defending champions Old DOHS pulled off yet another nervy nine-run win against proven giants Abahani Krira Chakra inthe
 arrow Football: Mohammedan in semis
Veteran striker Imtiazuddin Ahmed Nakib came on as a substitute to score twice and help Mohammedan Sporting Club seal a place in the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League semifinals with a 2-1 come-from-behind
 arrow Cricket: Punishments' two faces
Punishments played contrasting roles for Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sonargaon Cricketers in the eighth round of the Premier Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'I'm happy that '05 has passed'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said on Monday he was determined to revive his faltering fortunes in Pakistan after enduring the "worst" year of his career.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis, Prince steady SA
South Africans Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince blunted Australia's bowlers with a record century stand after the home team's early success, supporting skipper Graeme Smith's decision to bat in the final
 arrow Cricket: Hosts expect quiet tour
Pakistani cricket chiefs said Monday they hoped India's tour this month would go well after they changed the dates of two one-day internationals because of a religious festival.
 arrow Cricket: Now wait for Tondulkar!
An Indian schoolboy, whose name and insatiable appetite for runs bear a strong resemblance to superstar Sachin Tendulkar, is making waves in cricketing circles.
 arrow Cricket: NZ aim to wrap up series
The New Zealand cricket team returns to its happy hunting ground at Jade Stadium confident of wrapping up their one-day international series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak veterans clinch series
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif's scintillating unbeaten 124 and fast bowler Waqar Younis' four-wicket haul helped Pakistan thrash India by 121 runs in their fourth one-dayer of the veterans' cricket series
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka due on Feb 17
The Sri Lankan cricket team are expected to arrive in Dhaka on February 17, ten days ahead of the original schedule, to play three one-day internationals and two Tests against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Ton-up Swapan steers Prantik
Gazi Tank and Prantik Krira Chakra recorded comfortable victories in yesterday's First Division Cricket League matches in the city.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann's mind on WC final
Hosts Germany are so convinced they will reach the World Cup final in July that they have already booked hotel accomodation in Berlin, manager Jurgen Klinsmann has said.
 arrow Football: Di Stefano recovering
Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano is making progress following the heart attack he suffered on Christmas Eve, doctors treating him said Monday.
 arrow Football: Walkover again in JFA Cup
Walkover once again marred the Second JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament's qualifying rounds in Chandpur yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis wins on return
Former world number one Martina Hingis made a successful return to professional tennis with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi at the Australian hardcourt championships on the Gold
 arrow Basketball: Josephites champions
Josephites came from a three-point first-half deficit to lift the Victory-Day basketball title defeating Bangladesh Navy 56-46 in the final on Monday.
 arrow Handball: Menjis win big
Menjis Krira Chakra brushed aside Jatrabari Sporting Club 25-5 in the Bactrol First Division Men's Handball League at the Dhaka handball ground on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Taking percentage goes against medical ethics
Taking percentage from particular pharmaceutical companies by prescribing their medicines goes against the medical ethics of a doctor, said Prof MD Tahir, pro-vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib
 arrow India urged to abandon dam projects
Indian government should abandon all proposed dams including the Tipaimukh Dam project in the northeastern part considering the adverse effect on both India and Bangladesh, said the speakers at a seminar
 arrow Govt wants to use militants to cling to power: AL
The BNP-Jamaat alliance government wants to cling to power by using the militants, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Cancel uni-track edn, introduce science-based system
Citizens yesterday demanded cancellation of controversial 'uni-track education system' for the interest of the future generation, saying it is not enough to postpone the system for one year.
 arrow 'Fight together to establish rights of women, children’
The madrasa education system should be changed as a step to ensure justice for disadvantaged women, said President of Lahore High Court Bar Association Justice Fakhar un Nisa Khokher yesterday.
 arrow It was not intentional, says Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has regretted the Sunday's untoward incident at Paltan in the city.
 arrow CPB demands arrest of Ershad
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangaladesh (CPB) yesterday at a rally demanded immediate arrest and punishment of Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman H M Ershad and other JP activists for the attack on CPB rally
 arrow Two cops suspended for snatching money
Two police constables of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police were suspended yesterday for snatching money from a hundi trader.
Constables Akbar Ali and Masud Rana took away Tk 7.

 arrow Transport workers withdraw strike
The transport workers yesterday withdrew their 48-hour strike in the south and southwestern region of the country as the state minister for home affairs assured them of meeting their five-point demand.
 arrow World confce on 'upstream water diversion' Jan 4-5 in city
The International Farakka Committee (IFC) will hold a two-day International Conference on "Upstream Water Diversion: Disaster for Bangladesh" on January 4-5 in the auditorium of the Institution of Engineers
Nationalarrow JMB death threat to five journos in Kishoreganj
JMB yesterday issued death threats to five senior journalists in Kishoreganj while law enforcers arrested two cadres of the militant Islamist outfit in Tangail and Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Rab to probe case against JMB top cadre Sabbir
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has taken up the responsibility to investigate the case filed against Ziaur Rahman Shagor alias Sabbir, 'second-in-command' of outlawed JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh)
 arrow 2 cops among 12 injured in JCD factional clashes in Nilphamari
At least 12 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists including two police officials were injured in sporadic clashes here by two factions of the party yesterday and day before.
 arrow Punish my son, says father of HuJi top cadre Sufian
"Those who are killing innocent people with bombs are enemies of Islam and the people.
 arrow Stolen microbus found at Barisal Jubo League leader's house
A microbus, stolen from Dhaka by criminals in the guise of passengers in November last year was recovered from the house of a Jubo League leader in Barisal city yesterday.
 arrow Titas-15 well drilling starts next month
Bapex (Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company) will start digging Titas-15 gas well in Brahmanbaria in the first week of next month.
 arrow Four JMB men chargesheeted in Patuakhali
Police yesterday submitted charge-sheet against four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men for their alleged involvement in August 17 bomb blast incidents here last year.
 arrow 7th hearing on naraji petition tomorrow
There has not been any meaningful progress in the trial of murder of indigenous leader Piren Slan in Modhupur in one year.
Culturearrow Powerful print-maker and painter
Ahmed Nazir's oils and mixed media work have recently been on view at the Divine and Chitrak galleries. Here is an artist whose worldview goes beyond just Bangladesh.
 arrow Buzzworthy TV serials
This is apparently the age of the mega serials on television. Mega-serials are lucrative to the TV channels for a number of reasons.
 arrow A homage to Abbasuddin Ahmed
Bhawaiyan Academy, a cultural organisation commemorated the 46th death anniversary of Abbasuddin Ahmed recently, at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum.
 arrow Live Now: The album coming soon
After the resounding success of the two concerts, Live Now and Live Now II, Shabab Murshid Foundation is pleased to bring out Live Now the album.
Generalarrow Internet service on boats
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha (SSS), an innovative organisation, has been imparting education on information technology to the deprived and poor people in North Bengal on 12 boats equipped with computers
 arrow 'Private sector can turn population into human resources'
President Iajuddin Ahmed said yesterday that the private sector can play an important role in transforming the huge population into human resources for overall development of the country.
 arrow One killed in road accident
A young man was killed when he fell down from rooftop of a bus while he was travelling to Gonagari under Banshkhali upazila of the district yesterday, police and hospital sources said.
 arrow Red Crescent Society AGM held
The 33rd annual general meeting of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and the election to its managing board were held at the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College auditorium in the city on December
 arrow BCL founding anniversary tomorrow
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the opposition Awami League, will observe its 58th founding anniversary tomorrow.
 arrow 9th convocation of Buet today
The 9th convocation of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will be held today.
A total of 934 students, including three Ph.D. holders, will receive certificates at the convocation.

Internationalarrow Terror plot foiled in Hyderabad ahead of Manmohan's trip
Hours before the prime minister's visit to the city, police foiled the plot of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed to trigger bomb blasts, including suicide bombings, in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring
 arrow 18 killed in Iraq violence
At least 18 people were killed in Iraq yesterday, including seven new police recruits blown up by a suicide bomber as they travelled on a bus.
 arrow 'Indo-Pak war of words won't affect peace bid’
The recent war of words between India and Pakistan will not affect their peace process and both sides will push efforts to resolve dragging disputes through the next round of the composite dialogue talks,
 arrow Snow cuts off Kashmir highways
Heavy snow in Indian Kashmir yesterday shut down key highways and killed at least one man in areas hit hard by last year's earthquake, police and residents said.
 arrow 'Better Indo-China ties a determinant for Asian peace'
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday pitched for "greater substance to bilateral strategic partnership" saying Sino-India relations have implications for theworld
 arrow Palestinian cops storm offices in Gaza
About 200 policemen stormed government offices in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Monday to protest at the failure of the Palestinian Authority to fight growing lawlessness, witnesses said.
 arrow Oklahoma wildfires force evacuations
Wildfires fuelled by high temperatures and strong winds damaged several homes around Oklahoma City on Sunday and forced 15 to 20 families to evacuate as the flames neared their houses, officials said.
 arrow China sets up blacklist of bribers to fight corruption
China's prosecutors have set up an on-line blacklist of people convicted of bribing officials, in the country's latest attempt to fight rampant corruption, state media said yesterday.
 arrow Rajnath takes over as BJP chief
New BJP President Rajnath Singh on Monday identified four priority areas, including intensifying its agitation against the "anti-people" policies of the UPA government and further strengthening the NDA.
 arrow UN Hariri probe wants to quiz Syrian president
The UN commission investigating the assassination of a prominent Lebanese politician has asked to interview Syria's president and foreign minister, the panel's spokeswoman said Monday.
 arrow Orissa cops kill 6 tribals in clash over land
Six people were killed yesterday in a clash between police and tribals protesting the alleged occupation of their land by a private firm in the eastern state of Orissa, an official said.
 arrow Shiv Senas resign en mass, join Raj Thackeray
Former Shiv Sena leader Raj Thackeray, who had announced that he would be forming a new party, has received a boost with around 2,500 Shiv Sainiks led by a corporator quitting the Sena and joining him.
Editorialarrow Editorial: New voter list preparation
Let us start with a simple question: How important is it to have a voter list that is both accurate and above controversy? We feel that few would argue with the contention that a full and complete voter
 arrow Editorial: Hajj camp mismanagement
People intending to perform Hajj have had more than their due share of hassle and uncertainty this year.
 arrow A turbulent and tearful year!
Bangladeshis, by the very nature, are peace-loving people.
 arrow Today's terrorism: Where's the provenance?
Alarming outbreak of terrorism dictates that its root causes are brought to focus and ramifications fully analysed and understood.
Letters to Editorarrow Root cause of militancy
The enemy is getting more and more barbaric. They blasted deadly bombs in all corners of the country. They are very successful in spreading fear among the people.
 arrow Drive against militants
The drive against the militants appears to have lost steam. Initially, there was a strong response from the government on the issue.
 arrow New TV channels
It is good news that new TV channels are coming up.
 arrow A proposal
I'm a resident student in the UK. There are thousands of students all over the world like me. They actually call Bangladesh regularly by using lots of phone cards, most of which are illegal.
 arrow Curriculum of Private universities
From the very beginning private universities of our country opted only for the subjects having great demand.
 arrow Our football
Our football is losing its charm day by day. The performance of the national team in the SAFF Games was lacklustre .
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