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Front Pagearrow Revise present voter list
The High Court yesterday asked the Election Commission (EC) to prepare a voter list based on the existing one amid heating up politics and debates for and against preparing a fresh electoral roll forthe
 arrow A waste of Tk 60cr?
Most of the Tk 60 crore from public exchequer already spent for preparing a fresh voter list may go wasted as the High Court (HC) observation yesterday came against the task unilaterally decided by the
 arrow ADP projects turn slower than ever
Frustrating government efforts in recent years to speed up Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation, its pace has actually turned slower this fiscal year largely due to red-tapism.
 arrow Give no concession to bombers, patrons
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday ordered the police force to take all measures to bring the bombers and their patrons to book.
 arrow Sangsad goes into session Jan 23
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into opening session of the year on January 23 with a possibility of the return of the Awami League lawmakers, who are at risk of losing membership, after a year.
 arrow Graft, poor FDI dealing plague energy sector
Corruption and improper handling of foreign direct investment (FDI) are two prime plagues afflicting the energy sector, said the keynote paper of a dialogue in the city yesterday.
 arrow No question of general amnesty to bombers: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday ruled out the question of general amnesty for the bombers as she categorically said the "bomb terrorists" will not be pardoned anyway.
 arrow A temple of neglect
A 120-year-old Rakhine temple in Patuakhali is on the brink of collapse after years of neglect by the local administration, hindering the poverty-stricken indigenous community from performing religious
 arrow 30 killed in blast at Iraq funeral
A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people yesterday at the funeral for the nephew of a Shia politician, and 13 people were killed in other violence in Iraq, making Wednesday the deadliest day since the
 arrow Illegal Ctg salt factory razed
A mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday demolished an illegal salt factory that burnt 1,15,000 cft stolen gas a day from Bakharabad Gas Systems Limited (BGSL) in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hannan gets lawyer after 93 days into his arrest
Ninety-three days after Mufti Abdul Hannan's arrest, an assistant public prosecutor (APP) yesterday stood to defend the operations commander of the banned Harkatul Jihad's (HuJi) in connection with an
 arrow Trial of Piren killing in a quagmire
Two years into the killing of indigenous leader Piren Slan in Modhupur, there has not been any meaningful progress in the trial for the murder case.
 arrow Sedition case filed against lawyer
The Satkhira Bar Association general secretary filed a sedition case against a lawyer yesterday accusing him of sending threat letters to other lawyers using the name of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow Securing tickets

 arrow 2 stolen infants rescued, 2 held
Police on Tuesday recovered two stolen newborn infants from a housewife and arrested her at Chhayaneer in Khilgaon in the capital.
 arrow Fourth whale shark killed in a month
Local fishermen netted another whale shark yesterday in the Bay of Bengal, the fourth catch since December 17.
The 29-foot-long sea giant entangled itself in the drift net of a fishing trawler.

 arrow JS body asks for stern action against culprits
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over gross mismanagement of hajj flights and asked the civil aviation ministry to take stern action against those responsible for the crisis.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between his gang and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Demra in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow 200 feared dead in Indonesia landslide
A landslide unleashed by heavy rains in Indonesia's Central Java yesterday killed 16 people but hundreds were feared dead as rescuers called off a search for survivors amid safety concerns.
 arrow 2 killed, 50 injured in cop firing
At least two people were killed and 50 others injured when police opened fire on the subscribers of Palli Biddyut Samity at Kansat under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Charges framed against Galib in Bogra blast case
A Bogra court yesterday framed charges against the Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh (Ahab) Ameer Asadullah Al Galib and three others in connection with the bomb blast at Laxmikola village on January 14
 arrow 14-party rally at Paltan Jan 23
Awami League (AL) led 14-party combine will hold a rally at Paltan Maidan in the capital on January 23. The next programmes of the ongoing movement will be announced from the rally.
 arrow AL leader survives bomb attack
An Awami League (AL) leader survived a bomb attack in front of the party office at Phulbari ghat in Khulna last night.
Businessarrow Saifur asks insurance firms to go for merger
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has asked insurance companies to go for merger and acquisition among themselves to boost their efficiency.
 arrow Regional trade to reach $14b by 2010
Strengthening of infrastructure and implementation of tariff reduction under Safta agreement will lift the regional trade to US$ 14 billion from existing $ 7 billion by 2010, hope Indian business leaders.
 arrow Integrated transport policy key to railway development
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for formulating an integrated transport policy for the development of Bangladesh Railway.
 arrow LCs for petroleum import up 27.5pc
Spending on petroleum imports is on rise in the first five months of the current fiscal year as the opening of Letters of Credit (LCs) increased 27.5 percent.
 arrow Traidcraft president due today
Traidcraft President Paul Chandler and Member of the Board of Business Ethics, School of Business, Durham University, UK Prof Geoff Moore will be visiting Bangladesh from January 5-8.
 arrow Gold hits 3-week high above $535
Gold rose to its highest level in three weeks above $535 an ounce yesterday, lifting other precious metals with it as fund buying intensified, especially in Japan.
 arrow Emirates' new area manager in Bangladesh
Hanif Zakaria has been appointed the new area manager of Emirates Bangladesh.
Prior to this new assignment, he was the sales manager of Emirates Bangladesh, says a press release.

 arrow 20th branch of Bank Asia opens at Dhanmondi
Bank Asia Ltd inaugurated its 20th branch at Dhanmondi in Dhaka yesterday.
Chairman of the bank M Syeduzzaman inaugurated the branch with online banking facility, says a press release.

 arrow China reforms forex rate forming mechanism
China announced a further move to reform its exchange rate forming mechanism Tuesday, introducing an internationally prevalent price-finding mechanism in the inter-bank foreign exchange market.
 arrow IDLC opens branch in Bogra
IDLC of Bangladesh Ltd, a joint venture multiproduct financial institution, has opened a branch on Sherpur Road in Bogra.
 arrow Brac Bank to take part in Corporate Bazaar
Brac Bank Ltd will participate in Corporate Bazaar, an exhibition of corporate houses scheduled for January 30-February 1 in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Football: Will Abahani be third time lucky?
Abahani will look forward to reach their first final of the season when they take on an under-strength Muktijoddha Sangsad in the first semifinal of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League today.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh in Group F
Bangladesh have been drawn in Group F with Uzbekistan, Qatar and Hong Kong in the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Cricket: Scrap Mini WC: India
India is set to rock the cricket establishment when it tells the sport's governing body next week to abolish the Champions Trophy limited-overs tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting takes away Proteas' initiative
Ricky Ponting marked his 100th Test with a majestic hundred and Adam Gilchrist providentially found his form as Australia fought back to concede a first-innings lead of just 92 in the third Test against
 arrow Cricket: 'I'm not Greg's puppet'
India's cricket captain Rahul Dravid warmed up for the upcoming Pakistan tour by rubbishing suggestions that coach Greg Chappell runs the team by remote control.
 arrow Cricket: Mithali ton gives India 2nd title
Skipper Mithali Raj hit a brilliant century to lead India to an overwhelming 97-run win against Sri Lanka and a second successive Asia Cup title here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket League's ninth round today
After two nerve-wrecking wins, defending champions Old DOHS face another hurdle in the Aktel Premier Division Cricket League when they face Bangladesh Biman in the ninth round at BKSP today.
 arrow Football: President to grace NFL finale
President Professor Iajuddin Ahmed is expected to witness the final of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium as chief guest on January 8.
 arrow Cricket: Asia Cup cricket in Pakistan in Sept 2007
The Asia Cup one-day tournament will be held in Pakistan in September 2007, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chasing Pack further adrift
Arsenal and arch rivals Manchester United fought out a tense 0-0 draw on Tuesday that moved Chelsea closer to a second consecutive Premier League title.
 arrow Cricket: Khan speaks well of Akhtar
Pakistan's tearaway bowler Shoaib Akhtar is a more disciplined bowler now and is capable of running through the strong Indian batting line up in the forthcoming series, says Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
 arrow Football: Wenger, Ferguson concede title
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson have admitted they cannot match Chelsea's standard this season.
 arrow Football: Barca, Real win Cup ties
Barcelona started off the New Year on the same note as they ended the last one by beating gutsy third division outfit Zamora 3-1 in the first leg of their last 16 Spanish Cup tie here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: AFC president admits blunder
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Hammam admitted Wednesday it was a major blunder to allow the 2007 Asian Cup finals to be co-hosted by four countries.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly back amongst runs
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly scored a fluent half-century on Wednesday in a domestic match he was asked to play by selectors to prove his form for the Pakistan tour.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Rupali Bank registered their sixth victory in the First Division Cricket League with a three-wicket win over Cricket Coaching School (CCS) at the Jagannath hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM grants Eid vacation
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) has rescheduled the ongoing Premier Cricket League following requests from club officials.
 arrow Cricket: Research finds soccer most exciting
Soccer is the most exciting major sport to follow while American football is the most predictable, according to a scientific gauge of sporting competitiveness.
 arrow Football: Moroccan football in turmoil
Moroccan football was thrown into further turmoil just over two weeks before the African Nations Cup finals begin as their national federation's vice-president and secretary-general resigned on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Essien set to miss ACN
Ghana suffered a huge blow to their hopes of lifting the African Cup of Nations when star midfielder Michael Essien was ruled out by his club manager Chelsea's Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Sub-junior chess
Rezaul Islam and Saidul Islam maintained their winning runs in the 26th National Sub-junior (Under-16) Chess tournament beating their respective rivals in the fifth round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Div I h'ball
Menjis Krira Chakra and Bhrattritta Samaj Kalyan Sangha won their respective super-four matches of the Bactrol First Division Men's Handball League at the outer stadium handball ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Barisal reach zonal final
Barisal moved into the zonal final of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament with a 3-2 victory over hosts Chandpur in tiebreaker yesterday.
The match was locked goalless in the stipulated time.

Metropolitanarrow Confrontational politics, rise of militancy threaten sovereignty
Confrontational political culture and alarming rise of Islamist extremists paved the way for proliferation of small and illegal arms, threatening the human security, constitution and sovereignty of the
 arrow Comply with HC verdict
Congratulating the High Court Verdict on preparing voters' list, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said the Election Commission (EC) and the government should respect the verdict.
 arrow 'Form regional commission under UN to solve river issue'
India cannot go ahead with the river interlinking project ignoring international laws and the rights of its neighbour as its implementation will lead to the desertification of Bangladesh, speakers atan
 arrow Arsenic problem not being addressed properly
Experts from home and abroad yesterday expressed concern that the arsenic problem in the country is not being addressed properly.
 arrow Tipaimukh Dam only for power generation, flood moderation
Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday said the Indian government at several meetings of Joint Rivers Commission had conveyed that the Tipaimukh Dam is a multipurpose project meant for power generation
 arrow Three secretaries transferred
The government yesterday transferred three secretaries and extended the contractual appointment of another one.
 arrow Tower Hamlet Council team calls on PM
A three-member delegation of Tower Hamlet Council, led by its Mayor Doros Ullah, made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
 arrow Slain man in Afghanistan not Bangladeshi
The Foreign Ministry yesterday confirmed that Mir Wais who was gunned down at a mosque in Helmand province of Afghanistan on Monday was not a Bangladeshi.
 arrow Enumeration goes on in Ctg
The controversial voter listing process continued yesterday in a lax manner with enumerators appointed under political consideration.
 arrow Father kidnaps daughter!
A right organisation with the help of police yesterday rescued a child, who was allegedly kidnapped by her own father, from a house at Pallabi in the city.
 arrow Boy stabbed to death in city
A teenage boy was stabbed to death at Postogola in Shyampur in the city sometime between Tuesday night and yesterday morning.
 arrow President, PM condole death of UAE PM
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia expressed their deep shock at the death of Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of
 arrow Gold, valuables worth Tk 5.3 lakh looted
Robbers yesterday looted gold and cash valuables worth around Tk 5.3 lakh from a house at Shyampur in the city.
 arrow Special trains on Eid
Bangladesh Railway has arranged special trains on different routes for the convenience of homebound passengers on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Girl burnt to death in Keraniganj
A minor girl was burnt to death and five others were injured in a fire that also gutted seven shops and 28 tin-shed dwelling houses at Kaliganj Nayabari area on Tuesday night.
Nationalarrow Anomaly in voter enrolment in districts
Gross anomaly in enrolment of voters has been reported from many urban and rural areas in different districts.
 arrow BCL rallies vandalised in 5 dists
At least 50 persons were injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), students front of ruling BNP, vandalised rallies of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Barisal, Bakerganj, Bhola and Natore, marking
 arrow Jhalakathi judges' murder trial begins in Barisal STT
Trial of Jhalakathi judges' murder case began at the Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) yesterday.
 arrow 100 year-old bayan tree being axed
A 100 year-old banyan tree is being felled on the Khagrachhari Adhunik Sadar Hospital compound in the name of development projects despite protests by environmentalists, local NGOs, journalists and the
 arrow 40 hurt in two gangs’ gunfight in Kushtia
At least 40 members of two gangs -- Lalchad Bahini and Pannan Bahini--were injured when they were locked in a gun battle at remote Habirchar village in Daulatpur upazila in the district in the early hours
 arrow 4 JMB men on 12-day fresh remand in Ctg
Four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives including their Chittagong divisonal chief Mohammad alias Aman Ullah alias Jabhed Iqbal were placed on fresh remand for 12 days in two separate cases
Point-Counterpointarrow Democracy and parliament
Abraham Lincoln, the most famous president in the history of the US defined democratic government as "government of the people, by the people and for the people.
 arrow Can Bangladesh enjoy better governance?
A group of Bangladeshi experts are now trying to develop what they call an index of harassment to give better understanding of the suffering of ordinary people due to inefficiency and corruption.
 arrow Addressing the noise pollution problem
Noise is an undesirable by-product of our modern way of life. It is annoying, can interfere with sleep, work, or recreation, and in extremes may cause physical and psychological damage.
Culturearrow Of nature and life
Nasima Khanum Queenie, educated at Dhaka and New York, began her second solo exhibit at Shilpangan on January 3.
 arrow Sonai Bibir Pala staged
The focus in the selection of plays in the ongoing 8th National School of Drama (NSD) Theatre Festival, of NSD, has been given to productions featuring, myths and tradition as well as dealing with vital
 arrow " I actually find solutions in my dreams" -- Farida Parveen
Farida Parveen has established herself as the "numero uno" factor when it comes to Lalon Geeti. Lalon's entrancing message of Sufism comes alive through Farida's soulful rendition and conviction.
 arrow 2nd National Film Conference 2005 from January 5-7
Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) is all set to hold the National Film Conference 2005 from January 5-7 at the German Cultural Center, Dhanmondi, says a press release.
 arrow Seventh Bangladesh Film Festival to be held in London
To celebrate 50 years of our cinema, Rainbow Film Society is organising the seventh Bangladesh Film Festival in London, beginning from June 4, 2006, says a press release.
Generalarrow 3,043 killed, 2634 injured last yr
3,043 women were killed and 2634 injured in the last year owing to repression, according to a research report of Mass-line Media Centre (MMC).
 arrow 'Resist move to close Khulna Newsprint Mill'
Speakers at a public meeting at Khalishpur yesterday urged the people to be united to resist a move to close down the Khulna Newsprint Mill in the name of establishing a 'Shilpa Park'.
 arrow Swiss envoy meets Khurshid
The first Swiss Ambassador in Dhaka, Dr Dora Rapold, called on Women and Children Affairs Minister Khurshid Jahan Huq at her office in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Mine rescue turns to tragedy in US
Only one of the 13 US coal miners trapped for 41 hours underground has survived, the company which owns the mine said Wednesday, hours after it was announced that 12 men had survived.
 arrow Ukraine and Russia reach gas deal
Russian and Ukrainian officials have reached an agreement in their dispute over the price of gas. Under the deal, Ukraine will buy a mixture of Russian and Central Asian gas for $95 per 1,000 cubic metres.
 arrow Relief flights resume in Pak quake zone
Helicopters resumed relief flights in earthquake-ravaged Pakistan Wednesday after three days of rain and snow, as authorities said many survivors were descending from the mountains.
 arrow Saudi king offers to renovate Delhi mosque
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who plans to visit India this month, has offered to renovate the nation's largest mosque as well as provide money for education, The Times of India reported Wednesday.
 arrow China-Pak nuke deal should meet IAEA guidelines: US
The United States has said it has noted reports of Pakistan trying to acquire civilian nuclear reactors from China and stressed that Beijing "understands" its concerns vis-a-vis Islamabad.
 arrow German ice rink toll reaches 12
The death toll in the ice rink collapse in the German Alps rose to 12 on Wednesday after rescue workers found the body of a young boy in the rubble where three more people are believed to be trapped.
 arrow UAE premier Maktoum passes away
The ruler of the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al-Maktoum, died on Wednesday during a private visit to Australia.
 arrow Armed militants block Rafah border crossing
Angry gunmen allied to the ruling Fatah party Wednesday blocked the access route to the Rafah border crossing in southern Gaza to protest the arrest of a man over the kidnapping of three Britons, witnesses
 arrow Hindu soldier promoted after burial
The Malaysian government has posthumously promoted an ethnic Indian soldier whose Islamic burial despite being a Hindu had whipped up a storm of protest by minority groups last month.
 arrow US concerned over Nepal insurgency
The United States has expressed concern over the resumption of an insurgency in Nepal, urging Maoist rebels to abandon violence and calling for the restoration of democracy in the Himalayan kingdom.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Govt still lukewarm on terror information
The government has for long ignored the counsel of the media and civil society that it should make public facts of the investigations surrounding the bomb blasts since August 17 to increase public confidence
 arrow Editorial: Incidence of break-in and robbery
It's a case of an alarming come-back of a certain category of criminals who had gone into hiding or preferred a low profile in the face of lately intensified special force activism in Dhaka city.
 arrow What impedes a minimum understanding between AL and BNP?
When the people of the country are anxious about the rapid rise of militancy with the new dimension of suicide bombings by the misguided Islamic militants, when the people are worried about the fate of
 arrow Dams, why not to damn!
For a country blessed with many rivers, the unpleasant hometruth is that there is impending scarcity of water in Pakistan because of acute shortage of storage capacity.
Letters to Editorarrow New Year
New days come in our lives with lot of happiness, fun, excitement and also with anxiety, sorrow.
 arrow Ticketless travelling
Travelling without ticket is a bad habit which only dishonest people can think of. It should be treated as a crime.
 arrow Crop output in Bangladesh
The Rome based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in its recent report has said that Bangladesh and the Philippines are among the Asian countries that have increased theirrice
 arrow Promise not fulfilled
The government promised that it would contain terrorism. But the government's promise has not yet been reflected in its deeds. Bomb scare is running high across the country.
 arrow Introduce more buses
The cantonment bound passengers from Shahbag to Balughat via Farmgate, Jahangir Gate, Garrison and CMH face all sorts of trouble.
 arrow Victory Day
Our Victory Day is the symbol of our joy. It conveys the message of the supreme sacrifice that the freedom fighters made to liberate our country from the clutches of colonial rule.
 arrow Non-achievements
Our political masters, while pointing out the weaknesses of the opponents never devote any time during their public speeches on the problems the regime has not succeeding in solving.
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