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Front Pagearrow Commissioners to act to execute HC verdict
For four consecutive days, the Election Commission (EC) secretariat directed by chief election commissioner (CEC) continues non-compliance with the High Court (HC) directives on electoral roll by beginning
 arrow Dip in aid, high bank borrowing worrying points, says CPD
A decline in foreign financing that forced the government into increased borrowing from banks has become its Achilles' heel, observed the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
 arrow Unfit launches put into Eid service
About two hundred unfit launches have been put back on the water at Sadarghat Launch Terminal to ferry Eid passengers under the very noses of law enforcers despite strong warnings from the governmentagainst
 arrow 7 more Bangladeshis found dead
At least nine Bangladeshis including eight pilgrims have died in Thursday's hotel collapse in Makkah, with the death toll rising to 76 yesterday, a Bangladesh government official confirmed as information
 arrow Uncertainty hangs over third Karnaphuli bridge
The future of the proposed third Karnaphuli bridge has become uncertain as the communications ministry has slashed the time required by a bidder for geo-technical and site studies and designing such a
 arrow Muggings, extortions on rise before Eid
Incidents of extortion and mugging have significantly risen in the capital ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha as the law enforcers and intelligence concentrate their activities on arresting Islamist militants and
 arrow 60 highest taxpayers to enjoy VIP status
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has prepared a list of 60 companies and individuals to be treated as VIP taxpayers in the next fiscal year.
 arrow Stretching Business...

 arrow Biting cold kills 6 in Thakurgaon
A cold wave sweeping eight northern districts for the last two days has paralysed life and claimed six lives in Thakurgaon with hundreds attacked by cold related diseases.
 arrow Tk 3cr fake notes hit markets in a month
Targeting the holy Eid-ul-Azha, the forgers' syndicates have circulated a large number of fake notes equivalent to Tk 3 crore in just a month, police sources said.
 arrow Debapriya hits back at Saifur's criticism
In response to the finance minister's claim that the current fiscal year's GDP would exceed 7 percent mark, economist Debapriya Bhattachariya yesterday said the GDP growth should not be projected through
 arrow 30 hurt as BNP factions fight
At least 30 people were injured in a clash between two factions of local BNP over toll collection at Kalinagar village under Singra upazila of Natore yesterday.
 arrow Govt, Tata narrow gap on incentive
The government and the Tata Group yesterday significantly narrowed down the gap in the matter of incentive as the latter placed fresh proposal to have 10 years tax holiday facility instead of its earlier
 arrow Cheated hajj pilgrims hem in police station
The 49 intending pilgrims, who could not go to Saudi Arabia to perform the holy Hajj, yesterday laid a siege to Motijheel Police Station for hours.
 arrow Tigers blow up navy gunboat: 15 killed
Suspected Tamil rebels blew up a naval gunboat yesterday killing 15 Sri Lankan sailors in a suicide attack that caused the biggest military loss of life since a truce began four years ago, the military
 arrow Babar urges all to help catch Bangla Bhai, Abdur Rahman
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday called on the people to help the government to hunt down the top two absconding militant leaders, Bangla Bhai and Shaikh Abdur Rahman, terming
 arrow Ershad's JP splits again
The Jatiya Party (JP) led by former president HM Ershad faces another split as its "rebel" presidium member Shafiul Alam Prodhan yesterday announced floating of a new party that will be formally launched
 arrow Home spree...

 arrow 77 reported Bangladeshis held in India
Police in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have arrested 77 Bangladeshi who were trying to cross illegally to neighbouring Pakistan through the state's northern border district of Kathua, an Indian media
 arrow 14-party meet urges all to resist fresh voter list bid
The 14-party opposition combine yesterday urged people to resist the ongoing preparation of fresh voter list, terming it 'politically motivated'.
 arrow UN mission chief in Haiti found dead
The commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti has been found shot dead in a hotel room.
 arrow Doctors battle to save Sharon
Doctors battling to save the life of Ariel Sharon carried out a fresh brain scan on the Israeli prime minister yesterday as he remained in a deep medically induced coma at a Jerusalem hospital.
Businessarrow MCCI seeks special market access to India
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), the country's leading chamber, yesterday urged the Indian government to give Bangladeshi products special access to India on a preferential basis.
 arrow Sales pick up as Eid nears
Sales at the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) have picked up as Eid-ul-Azha is knocking at the door.
 arrow Bush urges Congress to okay tax cuts
Boasting that the economy is strong and growing, President George W Bush urged Congress on Saturday to save tax cuts from expiring and adopt the first spending restraints in nearly a decade on such benefit
 arrow Focus on macroeconomic issues at WTO meetings
Speakers at a training programme urged the government to focus on macroeconomic issues instead of microeconomic ones to reap maximum benefits from the upcoming WTO (World Trade Organisation) talks, scheduled
 arrow Indian cabinet okays oil reserve strategy
As part of its drive for energy security, the Indian cabinet on Friday approved the setting up of a strategic five million ton crude oil reserve at a cost of Rs 11,267 crore to insulate the fast-growing
 arrow India ratifies deal to fight piracy at sea in Asia
India on Friday gave its nod for ratification of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
 arrow Bush calls for WTO trade deal
US President George W Bush pledged Friday to press for a global agreement to liberalize trade under the WTO Doha Round and seek additional bilateral free-trade deals that he said boosted economic growth.
 arrow Thais slowly warm up to life coverage
The Thai Insurance Department initially planned for non-life and life premiums to reach 1.58 percent and 1.94 percent respectively of gross domestic product in six years.
 arrow Canada unemployment rise surprises experts
Canada's unemployment rate increased in December to 6.5 percent, up 0.1 points from the previous month, Statistics Canada reported Friday, confounding economists who had expected to see job growth.
 arrow Holcim signs deal with FE&A to supply bulk cement
Holcim Bangladesh Ltd will supply bulk cement to FE&A Ltd to run the latter's Ready-Mix Concrete (RMC) manufacturing plant at Ashulia in Dhaka.
 arrow Delta Life signs MoU with DBH
Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd (DLIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) recently to provide value added products for their clients.
 arrow US adds 108,000 jobs in December
US employers added 108,000 jobs in December, the government said Friday in a report weaker than expected by economists.
 arrow Malaysia's Tenaga to sell power to Indonesia
Malaysia's state-owned energy provider Tenaga Nasional will start laying submarine cables under the busy Malacca Strait before the end of the year to export power to Indonesia by 2008, a report said Saturday.
 arrow Google to launch online video store
Google Inc said on Friday the company is expanding into two new fields with an online video store and a computer maintenance service, moves that mark stepped-up challenges to its biggest computer andmedia
 arrow Wal-Mart keeps January sales forecast
Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Saturday maintained the January sales forecast it gave just two days earlier, and said demand for groceries outstripped general merchandise sales.
Sportsarrow Football: A dream final after 3 years
Bitter rivals Abahani and Mohammedan will face off in a major domestic football final after three years when they clash for the glory of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National League today.
 arrow Football: Liton, Arif punished heavily
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday came down hard on trouble-happy officials and players of Brothers Union and Muktijoddha for creating anarchy during the two semifinals of the Nitol-TataFifth
 arrow Cricket: Sachin shines in tour opener
Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Rahul Dravid showed early form as four touring batsmen hit half centuries against Pakistan 'A' at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'India tougher opponent'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer warned his team Saturday that India would be tougher opponents than England in both Tests and the one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: One last hurrah for little master in Pakistan?
Sachin Tendulkar plays possibly his last Test series on Pakistani soil this week, leading India's challenge in the country where his remarkable career began 16 years ago.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting in his prime
Ricky Ponting, celebrating his man-of-the-series role in Australia's 2-0 series win over South Africa, has been confirmed as the world's number one batsman by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Zim cricketers call off strike
Zimbabwe's cricketers suspended their indefinite strike on Saturday the day after the government appointed an interim board to run the game.
 arrow Football: Henry staying at Highbury
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has insisted he will stay at the club beyond next season.
 arrow Football: Country comes first: Weah
Liberia's former World and African Footballer of the Year, George Weah, has said that the continent's players should put their countries ahead of their clubs.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis target clean sweep
The New Zealand cricketers have no intention of easing up on Sri Lanka as they aim for a clean sweep in their one-day cricket series which ends here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Botha will know in 48 hours
The South African team is expected to get an ICC report on off-spinner Johan Botha's bowling action within the next 48 hours, a team spokesman said here Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters clinches HK title
US Open champion Kim Clijsters downed world number one Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 in a hard-fought Champions Challenge final here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Maniche wants permanent Bridge stay
Chelsea signing Maniche, who suffered a miserable three months with Dynamo Moscow, hopes to remain at the London club after his six-month loan.
 arrow Cricket: Tenth round of Premier Cricket today
The crucial tenth round of the Aktel Premier Division Cricket League will take place today at six different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Jatrabari Krira Chakra thrived on half-centuries from Rony and John to set up a five-wicket victory over Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dungarpur denies Ganguly lashing
A day after the controversial remarks that got India's tour of Pakistan off to the worst possible start, Raj Singh Dungarpur, the former BCCI chief who is manager of the squad, emphatically denied that
 arrow Tennis: Hingis to face Henin in Sydney Int'l opener
Martina Hingis will get a serious test of her comeback to the women's tennis tour in a first-round blockbuster with fellow former world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne at the Sydney International tournament.
 arrow Football: Hungary booter dead in Cyprus
Hungarian international and Apollon Limassol FC player Gabor Zavadszky was found dead in his Cyprus apartment shortly after midnight, Cypriot police said Saturday.
 arrow Handball: Maiden crown for Menjis
Menjis Krira Chakra clinched the Bactrol First Division Handball League title with a 38-23 victory over Bhratritta Samaj Kalyan Sangha in the last Super Four match at the outer stadium handball ground
 arrow Football: Narayanganj zonal champs
Mohammad Sohel scored a hattrick to take Narayanganj into the final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Garce fails dope test
Olimpo defender Ariel Garce has failed a doping test, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on its official website on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Tk 9,000cr loss if AEC extracts coal'
Bangladesh will count a total loss of Tk 9,000 crore excluding the loss of life and damage to environment if it allows Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) to extract coal from Phulbari mine.
 arrow AL to probe irregularities in health sector if voted to power
Accusing the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government of damaging the country's health sector through massive political appointment, leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said they would
 arrow Share experiences, expertise to tackle disaster
Bangladesh successfully handled a number of devastating natural disasters in recent years and became a model for other disaster-prone countries, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh grateful to Sheikh Maktoum
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman Friday visited Dubai to convey the condolences of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at the sad demise of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister
 arrow Enforce laws properly to ensure human rights
The law enforcement agencies should enforce the existing laws properly to ensure human rights, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow 5 agitating CUFL workers injured in police action
At least five people were injured yesterday morning at the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) area as police clubbed a demonstration of workers who were demanding wages and other benefits fromtheir
 arrow Asma Kibria stunned
Asma Kibria, widow of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, was stunned yesterday after hearing the news that two investigation officers of Kibria murder case have been rewarded with President
 arrow 3 JMB men on 14-day remand in two cases
Three Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants arrested by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Uttara on Thursday night and Friday were placed on 14-day remand in two cases.
 arrow Mirpur mosque khadem arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested the khadem (caretaker) of a Mirpur mosque in the capital and seized a pistol from the mosque's safe.
 arrow 'Take steps to remove waterlogging in S-region'
Speakers at a conference yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to remove waterlogging from villages in the southern region of the country.
 arrow Fish trader succumbs to injuries
The injured fish trader, who was chopped by his son and divorced wife on Tuesday in the city, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Apollo Hospitals hygiene standard satisfactory: Mobile court
A team of mobile court headed by Magistrate Md Abul Hasan along with Dhaka City Corporation officials suddenly visited Apollo Hospitals Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Rasul Nizam passes away
ORA Rasul Nizam, managing director of National Brokers Limited, Chittagong, passed away due to a massive heart attack in Dhaka yesterday afternoon at the age of 69, says a press release.
 arrow DU admission test under 'Ka' unit Feb 17
The admission test under 'Ka' unit of the Dhaka University (DU) will be held on February 17 instead of February 3.
Nationalarrow Women JMB activists evade arrest in Tangail
Female activists of banned Islamists militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Tangail are still active taking the alleged lenient view of police.
 arrow India agrees to help stop smuggling of arms, explosives
A Regional Indo-Bangladesh Border Conference ended here yesterday with officials of both the countries agreeing to resolve 'major disputes through discussions and by taking steps in time'.
 arrow Unite to resist acid violence
It was a unique event for the people in small Satkhira town. Irrespective of class and cast, they joined hands to resist acid violence and terrorism.
 arrow Resist voter list manipulation, Inu tells Bheramara meeting
Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu has said massive irregularities are being done in voter enrolment to allow the BNP-Jamaat alliance government retain power.
 arrow Satkhira BNP split ahead of Khaleda’s visit
Internal conflict in Satkhira BNP has again surfaced as the two groups held separate meetings in the town ahead of party chief and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit to the district today.
 arrow Manhunt for 188 listed bombers in Khulna
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) have launched operation to arrest 188 'listed bombers' in Khulna, including some women cadres.
 arrow AL men left out of voter list in Khagrachhari Leaders allege
Awami League (AL) leaders here alleged that more than 5,000 party men of the district were dropped from the voter list because of their long absence from homes.
 arrow 4 JMB suspects held in Jessore
Four banned Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) suspects were arrested by Jessore Kotwali police from four villages in Jhikargachha upazila on Saturday.
 arrow 2 killed in Sirajganj road mishap
Two persons were killed and five others injured when a bus collided head on with a truck at Jhaoil in Kamarkhand upazila on the Dhaka-Dinajpur highway yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dittrich Boulevard and Stasi consciousness
With the arrival of 2006, Bangladesh faces a new form of state intervention.
 arrow Reckless politicization
Thinkers say -- and rightly so -- nothing demoralizes good public servants and destroys effectiveness more than favouritism and patronage in recruitment and promotion.
 arrow The fascinating life and work of Charles Van Doren
I am attracted by any book which has the word "history" in the title so it was inevitable that I should find and read "A History of Knowledge: The Pivotal Events, People and Achievements of World History,"
Culturearrow Taher Shipon's TV play to be aired this Eid
Thailand is a popular destination for TV plays. Popular TV play director Taher Shipon has recently made a drama serial and a single-episode play in Bangkok.
 arrow Delving into the human psyche
Since the dawn of civilisation, human beings have tried to express their emotions and thoughts through different mediums. Artists from all over the world have found the land a rich reservoir of materials.
 arrow Bangladeshi photographers awarded
Photography is a strong medium with a universal appeal. This visual language crosses cultures, political divisions and time. Photographs can be understood by anyone, regardless of verbal literacy.
 arrow Selection round of Bengal Bikash Dhaka region held
To uphold and promote the traditional Bangla songs, Bengal Foundation has launched the talent hunt, Bengal Bikash.
 arrow Music is in her genes
One of the best-selling music albums of last year is Fuad's Re-evolution (not to be confused with "revolution"). Re-evolution created a buzz for some of the featured songs.
Generalarrow Nonprescription inhaler effective for asthma
In a small study of patients with nighttime asthma, a nonprescription inhaler containing epinephrine was nearly as effective as a prescription inhaler dispensing albuterol in terminating an acute asthma
 arrow AL programmes on Bangabandhu's Home Coming Day
The main opposition Awami League has taken elaborate programmes to mark the Bangabandhu's Home Coming Day on January 10.
 arrow BPSA executives
Additional Inspector General of Police Khoda Bux Chowdhury and Dhaka Superintendent of Police (SP) Bakhtiar Alam have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Police Service Association
 arrow AL leaders visit Mizan Chy at hospital
Awami League (AL) central leaders, including General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP, visited the ailing member of the AL Advisory Council and veteran politician Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury at Birdem Hospital in
 arrow School Info Day observed at Australian School
The Australian International Grammar School in Dhaka yesterday observed its 'School Information Day' for the second year after its establishment in 2004, says a press release.
Internationalarrow India plans to allow expats to vote: PM
India plans to allow millions of its nationals working in West Asia to vote for elections back home as they have a vital stake in the governance of the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.
 arrow US officials in talks with Iraqi insurgents: NYT
US officials have been talking with local Iraqi insurgent leaders to exploit a rift between homegrown insurgents and radical groups such as al-Qaeda, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow US defeated in Iraq
Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video aired on Friday that President George W. Bush's plans to withdraw troops from Iraq meant Washington had been defeated by the Muslims.
 arrow Arab govts largely silent on Sharon
The fight for life of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may have sparked intense concern in Western capitals but Arab governments have kept largely silent about the plight of a man still widely reviled
 arrow UN suspends Pak quake aid flights
The UN has stopped aid flights to some earthquake survivors in Pakistan administered Kashmir after dozens of people stormed two of its helicopters.
 arrow Musharraf offers to join fight against terror in Kashmir
Claiming complete support of the army to his peace initiatives with India, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has offered to join the fight against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir if New Delhi agreesto
 arrow Violence in Pakistan's tribal belt kills 16
Sixteen people, including eight paramilitary soldiers, were killed in Pakistan yesterday in separate incidents in its restive tribal belt on the Afghan border, officials and witnesses said.
 arrow Bomber strikes court in China: 5 killed
A farmer angry over a court ruling set off a bomb in a Chinese courthouse, killing himself and four other people, a news report said yesterday.
 arrow France blamed for violating int'l treaty
A committee appointed by the Indian Supreme Court on Friday accused France of violating an international treaty on movement of hazardous wastes by sending an asbestos-laden warship to be scrapped at an
 arrow Five shot dead in Thailand's south
Five people were shot dead yesterday in separate attacks by suspected Islamic militants in Thailand's restive south while a former Thai prime minister called for peace in the troubled region.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police work casualty of politicisation
What we have been calling for off and on, free the police of undue interference and influence of politics, has been articulated by none other than those that are feeling the pinch of this despicable tradition
 arrow Editorial: Extortion at Eid
Before the Eid holiday starts, the air is thick with tension and uncertainty, and for too many people it is simply not possible to find transportation to their family home at an affordable price, or even
 arrow JMB threat to kill DU professor
The JMB threat to kill a Dhaka University professor and his family members is certainly disquieting to say the least. The threatening letter states: "We are giving you 15 days.
 arrow Conversation with PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been always effusive and warm whenever I have discussed with him India-Pakistan relations. I have found him this time a bit distressed and disappointed.
Letters to Editorarrow Toll collection
Toll collection under political protection has become a bad culture in the Bangladesh society. The newspapers are full of it, including cases of violence and deaths (DS Dec 30).
 arrow A poor decision
The impromptu decision of the government to allow import of Cotton Yarn through land ports came as a bolt from the blue as it appears that reasons for its closure during the year 2002 have either been
 arrow Sound pollution
I appreciate the letter from Mr. Toufiqur Rahman titled 'Sound Pollution' dated 2nd January. May I add a couple of points to what appeared in that letter.
Star Healtharrow Prevention is the only way to combat thalassaemia
Thalassaemia is the most common genetic disorder in the world and varies in different population group in the world.
 arrow Vitamin D lowers cancer risk
Cancer researchers urged people to take more vitamin D to lower their risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancer, saying studies showed a clear link.
 arrow Rotavirus diarrhoea: A common problem in winter
Diarrhoea is a very common problem in our country which claims so many lives each day. Rotavirus is the commonest organism causing diarrhoea all over the world. Rotavirus mostly affects the children.
 arrow Be aware if your baby turns blue
Children can turn blue or be blue for many reasons including heart disease. Not all children who turn blue have a heart problem. Unfortunately, children can be born with a variety of heart defects.
 arrow Later bedtime after meal may ease heartburn
A shorter dinner-to-bed interval is significantly associated with an increased risk of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, according to researchers in Japan.
 arrow Tips on how to cultivate humor
Humor does not typically come to mind in the same breath as depression.
Star Cityarrow 20-year-old buses still on the roads
Despite the ban on 20-year-old buses plying the streets, most buses and minibuses are violating the ban, causing pollution as well as traffic congestion because of the decrepit conditions they are in.
 arrow Trainee artists display their products
Shilpi from Jessore participated in a training programme in Dhaka conducted by Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) five years back.
 arrow No respite from price hike
Middle class people in the city are struggling to cope with the latest hike in the prices of some essential commodities like sugar, edible oil and milk powder ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow 'Abandoned' high-rise project causes dilemma in BFDC
Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC) is in a dilemma over construction of a 15-storey building in Karwan Bazar, the site of which has been 'abandoned' after excavation where accumulated
 arrow Piranha, African catfish bred and sold in abundance
Dangerous piranhas and African catfish are now being bred in ponds and canals and sold abundantly in kitchen markets of the city in the absence of any restriction on breeding and selling of these alien
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