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Front Pagearrow Voter listing continues ignoring HC directives
Amid clamour and confusion reigning the voter roll-making scenario, the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday continued the work ignoring Wednesday's High Court directives to revise the existing
 arrow Militant den busted, arms, grenade making materials seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night busted a militants' den at Moinartek in city's Uttara and seized five shotguns and materials that can be used to make a huge number of firearms, bombs and grenades.
 arrow 14-party rally asks PM to stop process
Leaders of the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition yesterday urged the prime minister to stop preparation of a fresh voter list now.
 arrow Warid Telecom eyes supremacy in 3-5yrs
Dubai-based Warid Telecom, which last month secured the sixth cellphone operating licence in Bangladesh, plans to climb to the top of the sector by the next three to five years.
 arrow Bangladesh ranks 141st in economic freedom index
Bangladesh has been ranked 141st among 161 countries in the 2006 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, a US-based research group.
 arrow 23 hajj pilgrims die as hotel collapses
A hotel outside the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city collapsed yesterday as millions of Muslims converged for the annual hajj pilgrimage, and Al-Jazeera TV said at least 23 people were killed and60
 arrow Suicide bombing near Imam Hussein's shrine
Two suicide bombers killed at least 120 people and wounded more than 200 in the Iraqi cities of Kerbala and Ramadi yesterday, the second consecutive day of concerted insurgent attacks.
 arrow People scramble for scarce Eid tickets
City dwellers preparing to go back to their village homes to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha are facing tremendous difficulties in getting tickets for their hone bound journey by bus, train and launch a day
 arrow Arrest terrorists immediately: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed police high-ups to immediately arrest armed terrorists along with their top leaders.
 arrow Pak-SL role at WTO comes under fire
The role of Sri Lanka and Pakistan against LDCs in the Hong Kong Ministerial meeting of the WTO came under criticism at a dialogue yesterday but diplomats of both the countries said Bangladesh would have
 arrow Ask govt to file detailed report
Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of Bangladesh Bar Council advocate ZI Khan Panna yesterday appealed to the High Court (HC) to direct the government to submit to the HC more detailed progress reports
 arrow BNP lawmaker beats college student
A local MP of the ruling BNP yesterday beat a college student for refusing to pay an extra amount of "examination centre fee" charged by his college.
 arrow Lying in a haphazard fashion...

 arrow A baul and the sea
In a stoic spring afternoon three years ago, he had left home for Kuakata to see the wide blue sea but its fascinating beauty held him back from returning home.
 arrow His first day at university never came
A university student was crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus near Mouchak Market at the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Palli Bidyut sues 3,000 villagers
About 3,000 people were sued yesterday on charges of damaging property of Palli Bidyut during Wednesday's clash that left two people dead and 90 injured.
 arrow Call money rate on rise
The interest rate in the call money market and dollar price in the foreign exchange market are on the rise with the Eid-ul-Azha approaching near.
 arrow One given for adoption
The parents of one of the two infants rescued Tuesday in the city gave the baby to Jharna Begum for adoption, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) sources said.
 arrow Mobile courts file cases against 102 outfits
Mobile courts filed cases against 102 diagnostic centres, hotels, restaurants, bakeries and petrol pumps in their drives in the city yesterday and ordered them to pay about Tk 9.3 lakh in fine.
 arrow Sharon in critical state
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was fighting for his life yesterday after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage, throwing the country into turmoil less than three months before a general election.
 arrow 16 CPB men get bail in JP-filed case
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail to 16 leaders and workers of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), including its President Manjurul Ahsan Khan, in an 'attempt to murder' case
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed in "crossfire" during an encounter between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday at Phultala upazila in Khulna.
Businessarrow Banks urged to focus on SME sector
Urging private commercial banks to focus on financing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed said the banks should not invest heavily in less-productive areas.
 arrow Lab facilities needed to up vegetable export
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to ensure laboratory facilities for microbiological tests for exportable vegetables and fruits.
 arrow Tk 26.50cr loans to develop 2 land ports
Four banks and a non-banking financial institution are going to disburse a syndicated loan of Tk 26.
 arrow Keep abreast of int'l trade tools
Mahbubur Rahman, president of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Bangladesh, yesterday urged banking professionals to be equipped with up-to-date international trade tools to avoid disputes.
 arrow US underlines strong opposition to Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline
The United States said it was "absolutely opposed" to a natural gas pipeline project linking Iran with Pakistan and India, even though it was seen as feasible by an Asian Development Bank (ADB) expert.
 arrow Emirates Cement starts operations in Bangladesh
Emirates Cement Bangladesh Limited, a subsidiary of UAE-based Star Cement, yesterday officially started its operations in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh firms get Tk 34.25cr export order
Bangladeshi participants at the 10-day 19th Industrial Indian Trade Fair in Kolkata bagged export orders worth Tk 34.25 crore, a press release of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) said.
 arrow New CEO of CityCell
Chye Hoon Pin was appointed the chief executive officer of CityCell on Sunday.
 arrow Oil prices fall
World oil prices eased on Thursday before the latest weekly snapshot of US crude inventories and after a New Year rally that had been caused by the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute.
 arrow Bank holiday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on January 10 to 12 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, said a Bank press release.
 arrow Bangas approves 12.50pc cash dividend
Bangas Ltd, a biscuit and bread maker, has announced 12.50 percent cash dividend for its shareholders at the company's 25th annual general meeting (AGM).
 arrow 'HP Festival' begins at Bashundhara
Daffodil Computers Ltd and HP Bangladesh have jointly organised a fair of HP products styled 'HP Festival' at Bashundhara City mall in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Football: Joy for Abahani
Goals by Arif Khan Joy and Abdullah Parvez in extra time helped Abahani knock last year's runners-up Mukti-joddha Sangsad out of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League and reach the final witha
 arrow Cricket: DOHS unstoppable
There was no stopping for holders Old DOHS as they ambled to their ninth straight win in the Aktel Premier Cricket League at the expense of Bangladesh Biman on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Refereeing blamed
Both Abahani and Muktijoddha officials criticised refe-ree Abdul Hannan for his 'faulty' handling of their yesterday's NFL semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: Rain dashes SA hopes
Rain hit South Africa's hopes of squaring their series with Australia after only 20 overs of play were possible on the fourth day of the third cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
 arrow Football: BU-MSC 2nd semi today
Defending champions Brothers Union face the last hurdle to reach the final of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League when they take on a desperate Mohammedan Sporting Club in today's second semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: 'Indo-Pak series is the biggest in the world'
India coach Greg Chappell said Thursday his team is looking forward to Pakistan's challenge in the upcoming Test series, which he described as the "biggest in world cricket".
 arrow Cricket: Pegasus snatch thrilling win
Prantik Krira Chakra came agonisingly close to put an end to Young Pegasus's all-win record in the First Division Cricket league but lost by two runs to the league leaders at the Dhaka University ground
 arrow Handball: Wins for Menjis, Bhratritto
Menjis Krira Chakra and Bhratritto SKS won their respective Super Four matches in the Bactrol First Division Men's Handball League at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Beware of reverse swing'
Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz feels that one of his innovations could be the deciding factor in the upcoming India-Pakistan Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Both NZ & SL look farther
New Zealand and Sri Lanka have an eye on future targets going into their fourth one-day international here Friday, with New Zealand having already wrapped up the five-match series.
 arrow Football: NATO planes for WC surveillance?
Germany is preparing a request to NATO to provide AWACS surveillance aircraft to patrol its airspace during this year's soccer World Cup, an interior ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho at Tussaud's
Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he does not expect a waxwork effigy of himself which went on display in Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London last month to last long.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi out of Aussie Open
Four-time champion Andre Agassi has announced his withdrawal from this year's Australian Open after failing to recover from an ankle injury.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath gets reprimand
Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath was officially reprimanded for his behaviour during the third Test against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis reaches last four
Former world No.
 arrow Cricket: India will stay in Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed rumours in the local media that the Indian team would return home after the first ODI in Peshawar on February 6 to avoid staying in Pakistan during the last
 arrow Football: Gunners fear Henry departure
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood revealed Thursday that he fears French striker Thierry Henry will leave Highbury at the end of the season.
 arrow Football: T&T earn full points
T&T Club defeated Bangladesh Boys Club 1-0 in the Second Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Thursday.
 arrow AWF annual sports today
The annual sports of the Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF) will be held today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex. The competition will start at 10am.
Metropolitanarrow Reform edn system to resist imperialism, fanaticism
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for bringing reforms to the education system in order to resist imperialism and religious fanaticism and to strengthen the democratic movement in the country.
 arrow 'Enact consumer rights protection act soon'
The government should enact the consumer rights protection act immediately to enable the consumers to take legal measures against the producers of sub-standard commodities and adulterated food, speakers
 arrow Smuggling of explosives dominates talks
The three-day meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India began in Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow 2 Killed in Ctg port accidents
Container handling at the Chittagong Port had been suspended for five hours after the death of a worker in an accident inside the Multi-Purpose Berth (MPB) Yard early yesterday.
 arrow Bring all anti-social elements to justice
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on the police force to bring all the anti-social elements to justice.
 arrow HC grants ad-interim bail to CPB chief
A High Court (HC) division yesterday granted ad-interim bail to CPB president and its 15 leaders and activists in a case filed by Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad).
 arrow Govt's successive failure causes people's miseries
Successive failure of BNP-led coalition government in all sectors is mainly responsible for present day miseries of the country, said Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury
 arrow Accused tries to commit suicide in court
An accused in a rape case yesterday made an attempt to commit suicide by stabbing himself in a court dock as a Dhaka court rejected his bail petition for the five consecutive dates.
 arrow BRTC special bus service on Eid, Biswa Ijtema
State-run BRTC will introduce special bus service on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and Biswa Ijtema.
 arrow College student shot dead
Unidentified assailants shot dead a college student at Tejgaon in the city last night.
 arrow 'Country needs leader like Moni Singh to establish secularism'
Country needs a dedicated leader like Comrade Moni Singh to establish secularism by combating present fanaticism, said the speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday.
 arrow Eskayef launches drug for prevention of bird flu
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd., a leading pharmaceutical company, has launched the drug oseltamivir for the first time in the country for the prevention and treatment of bird flu, says a press release.
 arrow Prof Miah's appointment to ACC valid
The High Court (HC) division bench yesterday rejected the writ petition which challenged the appointment of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Commissioner M Maniruzzaman Miah.
 arrow Journo Farazi gets bail in Runner editor murder case
The High Court yesterday granted bail to Farazi Ajmol Hossain, Senior Reporter of The Ittefaq, an accused in an editor murder case.
 arrow Attack on Jubo League leader in Bagerhat
A gang of criminals cut off the tendons of hands and legs of Bagerhat Jubo League leader Zahirul Islam alias Kana Litu on Wednesday night.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Khulna police outpost
Unknown criminals hurled a bomb at a police outpost under Khan Jahan Ali Police Station around midnight Wednesday in the Khulna city.
 arrow Bangladeshi awarded OBE
Dr Nazia Khanum, an expatriate Bangladeshi, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth recently for her services to community relations and to equal opportunities
 arrow Rajuk withdraws name of Dr Rabiul from case
The Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) authorities have withdrawn the name of Dr Tarafder Rabiul Islam from the list of persons accused of filling up Gulshan-Baridhara lake.
 arrow Free medical camp tomorrow
Manobota Bikash Kormosochi (Manobik) in cooperation with the Assistance for Blind Children (ABC) will organise a free medical camp at Jamurki union in Mirzapur, Tangail, tomorrow as part of its ongoing
Point-Counterpointarrow Importance and significance of Hajj
When the sacred lunar month of the Islamic calendar Zil-hajj knock at the door Muslims all over the world, particularly the eligible adult Muslims think of visiting the Holy Ka'ba, Harem Sharif and other
 arrow Far from Integrated?
The past two months saw racial riots in at least three Western countries, Australia, France and the UK.
 arrow Corrupt Indian MPs caught red-handed
What a shocking news! What a great fall on the part of some members of the parliament of the largest democracy of the world, considered as a model for the democracy-loving people around the world.
Culturearrow Women's role in the Liberation War
How did mothers, sisters, wives and daughters participate in our Liberation War? Was their role more passive than active? Has the nation been able to justly honour the valiant women who had sacrificed
 arrow A potential asset to our music industry
His story can inspire every Bangladeshi youth to dream big.
 arrow Homage to Poet Jasimuddin
On January 4, the Centre for Education Creative and Performing Arts (CECPA) launched an album of songs by poet Jasimuddin, titled Babu Selam Barey Bar.
 arrow Session of Nationalist Theatre
Victoria Memorial & Academy Theatre, Kolkata recently presented a session of nationalist theatre songs of colonial Bengal and Bangladesh.
 arrow A new honour for Baul songs
On the recommendation of an international jury, Unesco has proclaimed 43 masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage from all regions of the world.
 arrow In blissful hell...
Noted author and filmmakers Humayun Ahmed's stories, novels and films have been entertaining us and moving us to a range of emotions for years.
 arrow "I don't get advantages for being Aparna Sen's daughter" -- Konkona Sen
It all started with Mr & Mrs Iyer. But now, after films like Amu and Page 3, Konkona Sen is being ranked among the finest actors in Bollywood.
Generalarrow Outlaws kill 2, kidnap trader
The outlaws killed two people, including a jewellery shop owner, in Kushtia and abducted another for ransom in Meherpur on Wednesday night.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Take the HC's sane counsel
The most important emphasis in the High Court's ruling on the writs over whether we should have a voter-list de novo as pressed for by the CEC or an update of the previous one, is certainly laid
 arrow Editorial: Preserving heritage sites
The news that a temple of the Rakhine community in Patuakhali is in bad shape leaves us wondering about neglect that some of our heritage sites might have been subjected to, without our knowing it too
 arrow The Bangladeshi neo-cons
These days it seems as though everyone all over the world is familiar with the term "neo-conservative.
 arrow New Year's resolution
We are six days into the New Year, another round of beginning and end, another slice of eternity to count our days all over again.
 arrow Reckless politicisation: Some reflections
Thinkers say -- and rightly so -- nothing demoralises good public servants and destroys effectiveness more than favouritism and patronage in recruitment and promotion.
Letters to Editorarrow Be all smiles
We are passing through very bad times. We are caught in the vicious cycle of terrorism. We have forgotten to love, to smile. We are always engaged in negative thinking.
 arrow Reek of blood and cordite
Bomb blasts are a major problem in Bangladesh. The country, named Bangladesh, has become a heaven for terrorists. Bomb blast is now a daily affair.
 arrow Tourist spots...
Bangladesh offers ample tourist attractions. The facilities for tourists have also greatly improved compared to the situation prevailing only a few years ago.
 arrow Role of our intellectuals
We are very proud of our intellectuals because they play a key role in all-important matters. Their contribution to the Liberation War will ever be remembered.
 arrow National interest
The government of Bangladesh recently sanctioned one more holiday that made the total number two in a week. This is an attempt to reduce wastage of fuel by various government officials.
 arrow Reckless driving
I am shocked to know that a bus hit a college-going boy in Chittagong on 30 November. The boy was critically injured. Now in our country this kinds of accidents are almost daily occurrences.
 arrow Two children or one child
It is in response to the letter "One child family" by SN Mamoon published on December 30. The concept of one child family can be considered as an option in Bangladesh.
 arrow AL, BNP and Jamaat
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Moulana Matiur Rahman Nizami in his speech bitterly criticised the Awami League (AL). He urged the people to strengthen the four-party alliance for the next election.
 arrow Value of T-shirt
Somehow the death has occurred. “We will pay the victim's family compensation for the death at work.
 arrow Voter list
The general election was held on October 1, 2001 to the 8th National Assembly. The next election is due in December, 2006-January, 2007. There would be a gap of over five years since the last election.
 arrow Land grabbing
Land grabbing is a crime. The CS Mouza maps and lands records are regarded as authentic public documents. These maps clearly show the canals, wetlands, ponds, homesteads etc.
 arrow Dirty politics
Bangladesh is a green delta in the lap of the Bay of Bengal. We are proud of our country, which is blessed with huge and promising human resources, natural resources and a golden heritage.
 arrow Form national government
It is time to form a national government, as the nation is passing through an artificial crisis of identity. Some hidden minority groups are trying to impose some national philosophy by force and threats.
 arrow Music
Listening with rapt attention to soft instrument music often takes one to a silent zone out of the din and bustle of our daily life. Of course not all the compositions are soft, touchy and soothing.
 arrow Dream not fulfilled
We are proud to think that Bangladesh is a democratic country. In 1971, our freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the country.

But we have not lived up to their expectations.

Worldarrow World fears ME turmoil if Israel loses Sharon
World leaders sent wishes of recovery to critically ill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday, while foes and Arab and Israeli media raised the prospect of a profoundly changed Middle East ifhe
 arrow India, Pakistan begin talks on 2nd rail link
India and Pakistan began talks yesterday to finalise a second rail link connecting the two countries as part of confidence building measures for an ongoing peace process, an Indian foreign ministry official
 arrow Lanka for Norwegian pressure on Tigers
Sri Lanka said yesterday it wants a Norwegian peace envoy due later this month to put pressure on Tamil Tiger rebels to resume talks with the government on saving their troubled truce.
 arrow Car bomb kills 10 in Afghanistan
Ten people died and 50 were wounded yesterday in a suicide car bomb attack in central Afghanistan during a visit by the US ambassador, US and Afghan officials said.
 arrow Japan, India to start talks on nuke issue
India and Japan agreed on Wednesday to launch talks on nuclear issues under the framework of disarmament and non-proliferation in a move to help New Delhi smoothen its integration with the international
 arrow Nepali Maoists launch fresh attacks
Five people including three civilians were wounded as Nepal's Maoist rebels launched a string of attacks yesterday, days after they ended a four-month truce, police and witnesses said.
 arrow India begins counting tigers
Armed with radio collars and high-tech cameras, hundreds of wildlife experts fanned out across a vast mangrove in India's east on Thursday as part of the world's largest census of the endangered tiger.
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