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Front Pagearrow 7 killed as cops fire on electricity hungry mob
Seven people were killed and more than a hundred injured when police opened fire to disperse a mob in Kansat Bazar in Chapainawabganj yesterday, 19 days into a similar incident that left two people killed
 arrow Dhaka to ask Delhi to help block routes
The government will ask the Indian government to help block the routes used by the militants to smuggle in explosives from India for subversive acts across Bangladesh in the last few months.
 arrow Unholy practices go on at cost of nat'l interest
The Power Development Board (PDB) is awarding the phase-2 Meghnaghat 450 megawatt power project to Belhasa-Orion-Steag (BON) consortium through gross manipulation of the tender process and approval of
 arrow President urges all to root out fanaticism
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appealed to the people and political parties to root out extremism and fanaticism from Bangladesh's soil and build a welfare state by institutionalising democracy, as
 arrow EU worried over rights abuse
A high powered EU delegation yesterday expressed concern over human rights abuse while a section of the civil society urged the team to monitor the whole election process in the next general polls instead
 arrow Govt not sure about arrest of Abdur Rahman in India
The government yesterday could not confirm the local media reports that police in the Indian state of West Bengal had arrested Shaekh Abdur Rahman, chief of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB),
 arrow First DNA lab starts
With the introduction of the national deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling laboratory yesterday in Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), there will now be better scope of justice for criminal acts
 arrow JS session starts with opposition staying away
The Jatiya Sangsad that went into session yesterday amid boycott by the main opposition will have 15 workdays with the leader of the opposition being at risk of losing her seat unless she joins the House
 arrow BB for further fuel price hike to fight fiscal pressure
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has suggested further adjustment in fuel prices to contain fiscal pressure and establishment of a central bonded warehouse to keep the country's ready-made garment industry competitive
 arrow Biman resumes ticketing thru' Amadeus
Hundreds of travel agents across the country heaved a sigh of relief yesterday with Biman resuming air ticket bookings through Amadeus, one of the four global distribution systems (GDS) in operation in
 arrow Thousands demand electoral reform
Thousands of people took to the streets in the capital yesterday demanding immediate resignation of the BNP-Jamaat led ruling coalition, and reforms in the system of caretaker government and the Election
 arrow RU teachers start 3-day work abstention
Rajshahi University teachers yesterday started a three-day work abstention, demanding cancellation of the appointments of 546 'controversial' employees, who went on the rampage on the campus on January
 arrow Mufti Hannan finally sent to jail
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Harkatul Jihad's (HuJi) Bangladesh chapter, was finally sent to the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday 112 days after his arrest.
 arrow Principal secy Kamal gets fifth extension
Principal Secretary to the prime minister Kamal Siddiqui got another year's contractual appointment yesterday. This is the fifth time Siddiqui's contractual appointment has been renewed.
 arrow Mirpur BNP leader shot dead
Criminals gunned down a ward-level BNP leader in Pallabi, while police recovered the slaughtered body of a housewife and the decomposed body of an unidentified man in the city.
 arrow Bangladesh among most dangerous areas for journalists
A total of 150 journalists were killed in 2005 -- the worst year on record -- with Iraq and the Philippines topping the list of the world's most dangerous countries, a media watchdog said yesterday.
 arrow Saifur finds media 'shy of country's achievements'
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday criticised the media for being "very shy" about the country's achievements in various sectors, especially the present trends of growing economy.
 arrow CID team visits Bangla Bhai camps
A Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team from Dhaka Sunday visited the abandoned camps of Bangla Bhai in Naogaon and Rajshahi and heard the horror of tortures during his infamous 'anti outlaw operations',
 arrow Kuwait cabinet declares new emir too ill to rule
Kuwait headed for a major showdown yesterday after the government declared the oil-rich state's new emir too ill to rule and asked parliament to start action to remove him, barely a week after he took
 arrow 3 die after taking spurious alcohol
Three people died and seven others fell sick after taking spurious alcohol at Kmarpara Bazaar in Sadullapur upazila of the district on Sunday night.
 arrow Iran trashes threats, calls for more talks
Mixing defiance with diplomacy, Iran said yesterday it did not fear Western threats over its nuclear programme and vowed to pursue uranium enrichment if taken to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
 arrow Veena Sikri for complete lift of ban on yarn import thru' Benapole
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri yesterday urged the Bangladesh government to lift completely the ban on yarn import through Benapole land port.
Businessarrow 11 PCBs reduce Tk 500cr classified loans
Some 11 private commercial banks (PCBs) have been able to reduce their non-performing assets by cutting Tk 500 crore classified loans in a single year.
 arrow UK investment to double if govt cuts graft
British investment in Bangladesh will double if the country cuts corruption and maintains political stability, British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury said yesterday.
 arrow Saifur urges banks to practise CSR
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday urged private banks to spend a portion of their profits on social development as part of corporate social responsibility.
 arrow HC stays operation of SEC order
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the operation for one month of an order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that had suspended the trading of M Abdul Rashid & Co, and fined it.
 arrow Banglalink offers tailor-made solutions for Ctg business houses
Banglalink's tailor-made business solution will now be available for Chittagong business houses, said Mehboob Chowdhury, chief commercial officer of Banglalink, while talking to press during a corporate
 arrow Pak trade ministry for granting MFN status to India
Notwithstanding the Pakistan commerce ministry's objections to signing Safta, which would entail free trade with India, the Ministry of Industries has recommended granting of the Most Favoured Nation(MFN)
 arrow Oil jumps above $69
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Monday on continued worries over security and political tensions in key producers Nigeria and Iran, dealers said.
 arrow China, Saudi Arabia set to discuss new energy tie-ups
Ahead of his state visit to India, Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia, arrived here on Sunday for a three-day trip to cement bilateral ties, including forging of long-term energy cooperation.
 arrow New DMD of One Bank
Shamim Ahmed Chaudhury has taken over as the deputy managing director (DMD) of One Bank Limited.
 arrow New DMD of City Bank
Dilwar H Choudhury has been appointed deputy managing director (DMD) of The City Bank Ltd.
 arrow Dollar falls in Asia
The dollar fell against major currencies in Asian trade Monday after a sharp fall on Wall Street as the market holds its breath for US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data out this week, dealers said.
 arrow Vietnam, Chile to boost trade
Vietnam and Chile are committed to increasing their bilateral trade, Chilean foreign minister Ignacio Walker said Monday in Hanoi as he was ending a tour of the communist nation.
 arrow EU ready for further trade concessions, but not alone
The European Union said Monday it was ready to make further offers, including on the sticky issue of agriculture, to unblock deadlocked world trade talks but insisted its partners had to move first.
 arrow China creates 9.7m new jobs for urbanites in 2005
China provided 9.7 million new jobs for urban residents in 2005, making the total employment population hit 760 million, a spokesman with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sonargaon smite DOHS
Sonargaon Cricketers came out with all guns blazing to give a wicked twist in the title race with an emphatic six-wicket win over runaway leaders Old DOHS in the Aktel Premier Division Cricket Leagueat
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni takes India to safety
Wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni and skipper Rahul Dravid hit contrasting centuries to pull India out of trouble in the second Test against Pakistan at the Iqbal Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis faces Clijsters next
Martina Hingis took another step on the comeback trail Monday, beating Samantha Stosur 6-1, 7-6 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns calls it a day
New Zealand's Chris Cairns announced his retirement from all international cricket Monday, putting an end to a stellar career spanning 15 years as one of his country's finest all-rounders.
 arrow Cricket: BD Academy easy victors
A blazing 87 by Sakib Al Hasan steered Bangladesh u-19 cricket team to an emphatic six-wicket victory over visiting United Arab Emirates in the first limited-overs match at the Shaheed Chandhu Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee can play for Indira
Mohammedan Sporting Club released ace paceman Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza to play for Indira Road Krira Chakra in the Aktel Premier Division Relegation League.
 arrow Football: Dhaka in JFA Cup semis
Jewel Rana slammed a hattrick as Dhaka moved into the semifinals of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament crushing Gaibandha 6-1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Young Pegasus & Partex earn promotions
Bijoy hammered 103 as Cricket Coaching School outplayed Gazi Tank by six wickets in the First Division Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rio leaps high on Liverpool
Rio Ferdinand's last-minute winner saw Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 at Old Trafford as the hosts cut Chelsea's Premiership lead to 14 points.
 arrow Football: A tale of two strikers
It was a tale of two strikers at the African Nations Cup on Sunday - one who covered himself in glory and the other in shame.
 arrow Football: Barca stay on course
Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the Primera Liga to 10 points with a 2-0 victory over basement side Alaves at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Cannavaro heads Juve home
Defender Fabio Cannavaro scored twice for Serie A leaders Juventus who came from behind to beat Empoli 2-1 and maintain their eight-point cushion on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer survives a scare
World number one Roger Federer survived a major scare to beat unseeded German Tommy Haas in a gripping five-set fourth round match at the Australian Open Monday.
 arrow Tennis: BKSP junior tennis on
The five-day BKSP International Junior Tennis Championships began at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Gymnastics camp
A nine-day gymnastics training camp began at the Dinajpur Gymnasium in here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Rafter, Sabatini in Tennis Hall of Fame
Two-time US Open champion Patrick Rafter and Gabriela Sabatini, the first female player from Argentina to win a Grand Slam singles title, have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
 arrow Football: Adu makes USA debut
Freddy Adu became the youngest footballer to play for the US men's team on Sunday, but his appearance as a substitute had no effect as the US played to a 0-0 draw against Canada in an international friendly.
 arrow Cricket: Donald wants England job
Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald said on Sunday he had applied for the vacant position of England bowling coach. Donald, who took 330 wickets in 72 Tests at an average of 22.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption, irregularities have come down
As part of drive against the reported corruptions, an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) team led by its Chairman Justice Sultan Hossain Khan yesterday separately met the stakeholders and officials of Chittagong
 arrow Rising fundamentalism obstacle to ensuring HR
Rising fundamentalism is the main obstacle to ensuring human rights and it has started to influence people's thought processes, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 20 hurt in clash at Opsonin factory
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between the hired goons of the authorities and the factory workers of Opsonin Chemical Industries Ltd in Barisal yesterday over realisation of the workers' demands.
 arrow 'Anti-terrorist unit to curb opposition movements'
The government is going to set up an anti-terrorist unit with the assistance of the United States to curb democratic movements of the opposition, said the leaders of Workers' Party at a press conference
 arrow Policy a must to modernise legal framework
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for formulating a policy to modernise the country's legal framework and institutions.
 arrow Ctg lawyers boycott ADM's court for his 'misbehaviour’
The members of Chittagong District Bar Association boycott the Court of Additional District Magistrate (ADM) today protesting what they said were 'his (ADM) misbehaviour and move to arrest a lawyer yesterday'.
 arrow Non-govt teachers submit memo to PM
Bangladesh Shikkhak Karmachari Oikya Parishad, an organisation of non-government teachers and employees, submitted a memorandum to the prime minister yesterday to press home its 17-point demand, including
 arrow Nanak, Haji Selim get bail in criminal case
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to four Awami League leaders, including Jubo League Chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanak and former lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim, in a criminal case filed by
 arrow Mizan Chy still in coma
Veteran politician and former Prime Minister Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury is still in a coma. Doctors continued their efforts to keep him alive with artificial respiratory system at ICU of the Birdem.
 arrow Publication ceremony of 'Sangsade Ja Bolechi' today
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Sangsade Ja Bolechi' (My speeches in the parliament) by Moudud Ahmed, minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs, will be held at Cirdap auditoriumin
 arrow One murdered in city
Police recovered a body of a young man at Khilkhet in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Executive engr, 3 Fatulla Desa officials suspended
Executive Engineer and three other officials of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) at Fatulla zone have been suspended for their involvement in the missing of five transformers.
 arrow 2 women killed in road accident
Two women were killed when a speeding micro-bus hit a tempo at Khariala Bus Stand on Dhaka - Sylhet highway under Sadar Upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow Results of social science faculty published
Chittagong University (CU) authorities yesterday published the results of admission tests of Social Science Faculty held under Gha unit on Saturday.
 arrow DU admission test date shifted
Admission test under 'Ka' unit of Dhaka University will be held on February 17 instead of February 3, says a press release.
 arrow Mass Upsurge Day today
Mass Upsurge Day commemorating the united movement of students and the mass people against the military rule of Ayub Khan in 1969 will be observed across the country today.
Nationalarrow Another JMB trainer held in Gaibandha
A JMB ehser (trainer) and 'regional commander' was arrested from a mosque in Gaibandha town in the early hours of yesterday and two live bombs and five books on Islamic 'jihad' were recovered from his
 arrow Villagers flee homes in Meherpur as police round up 36
Gangni police yesterday arrested 36 people from Bharat village in Meherpur for 'attacking police' on Sunday in which the Officer-In-Charge (OC) and a constable of the police station were injured.
 arrow Schoolboy Niloy murder case handed over to DB
The Niloy abduction and murder case was transferred to detective branch (DB) police yesterday.
 arrow ‘Hand over rly land to KDA for planned use’
Speakers at a discussion held here on Saturday stressed on planned use of 200 acres of fallow land of Bangladesh Railway.
 arrow Dealer held for selling urea in black market
A fertiliser dealer was arrested in Madan upazila headquarters yesterday allegedly for selling 122 tons of urea in black market.
 arrow 10 students hurt in clash with police
At least 10 students of Mymensingh Polytechnic Institute (MPI) were injured when they were locked in a clash with police yesterday morning.
 arrow Correction
In a story published in The Daily Star in National page on January 9 under the headline 'IT spurs rural uplift', it was mentioned that GDC ( Grameen Digital Centre) is a project of Grameen Phone.
Culturearrow Fusion player with panache
Kaiser Islam, who had come from Chittagong with his band to present a concert, brought together a combination of fusion and jazz at the Alliance Francaise recently.
 arrow Channel 1 starts transmission
Channel 1 is all set to begin its transmission today. On the occasion, tele-film Shuronjona, written and directed by Ferdaus Hasan, will be aired.
 arrow Documentary on mystic poet Manmohan Dutta
Legendary bard Manmohan Dutta's 128th birth anniversary is on the 10th of Bangla month 'Magh' (January 24).
 arrow Peter Malone talks about the 9th Dhaka Int¿l Film Festival
Father Peter Malone, speaking of the two Aussie entries in the Dhaka International Film Festival, says, "Hating Allison Ashley has not fared too well, as it dealt with Australian school girls'rivalry;
 arrow Black Jesus film creates buzz
Billed as the world's first black Jesus movie, Son of Man portrays Christ as a modern African revolutionary and aims to shatter the Western image of a placid savior with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Internationalarrow Deadly blast greets new US-Norway peace push
A powerful landmine killed three Sri Lankan soldiers yesterday as US and Norwegian envoys launched a new push for peace with Tamil separatist guerrillas, officials said.
 arrow Pak legislators call for expulsion of US envoy
Lawmakers in northwestern Pakistan yesterday demanded the government to expel the American ambassador to Pakistan in response to a US airstrike that killed 18 people.
 arrow 'India pursuing composite dialogue with Pakistan'
India is pursuing a composite dialogue process with Pakistan to resolve bilateral issues with the understanding that the two countries "shared a destiny," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Hyderabad
 arrow Fatah keeps lead as campaign concludes
The ruling Fatah party kept its lead over Hamas in a poll yesterday, the last day of the Palestinian election campaign whose outcome promises to have a profound impact on the Middle East peace process.
 arrow Police and students clash in Nepal
Police and students clashed in Nepal's capital Kathmandu yesterday as activists vowed more demonstrations against the king while party workers said four political leaders were freed from house arrest.
 arrow Pak HR group reports abuses in Baluchistan
Pakistan's top rights group on Sunday accused President Pervez Musharraf's military-led government of "gross human rights violations" in Baluchistan province, where it said a "war-like situation" prevailed.
 arrow Saddam blasts 'Iran's meddling' in Iraq
Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein blasted "Iranian meddling" in Iraq during a five-hour jailhouse meeting with his lawyers, one of his defence attorneys said in statements published yesterday.
 arrow Car bomber kills 3 near Baghdad Green Zone
A suicide car bomber killed at least three Iraqis yesterday near the Green Zone housing the US Embassy and Iraqi government, and the US military said two American airmen died in a roadside bomb blastnorth
 arrow Rahul rejects calls to take key party role
Rahul Gandhi, the new star of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty and son of the ruling Congress party chief, rejected yesterday calls for him to shoulder more responsibilities, saying he still had tolearn
 arrow Lawmakers urge US admn to raise terror alert level
US lawmakers on Sunday urged the US administration to raise the domestic terror alert level, following new threats by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eavesdropping over telephone
The government is disquietingly going about putting into place a comprehensive system that would enable it to listen in on mobile phone lines.
 arrow Editorial: Police highhandedness condemnable
The police action against demonstrators during Sunday's hartal amounted to a harsh impingement on the right to dissent or expression of political views.
 arrow Bangladesh-India trade: Tips from my travels
South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) is strongly committed to promoting regional and sub-regional cooperation in South Asia as well as fostering better understanding and cooperation between
 arrow The third round begins
After two full rounds, the Composite Dialogue would soon enter the third. The results so far have been disappointing. True, some Confidence Building Measures have been implemented.
Letters to Editorarrow Indian channels
We should stop watching Indian television channels that do not offer anything better than sleazy films and dramas. These have a negative impact on our culture and life.
 arrow Certification fee
We all expect the best care and service from our own embassy abroad. But surprisingly (may be it's usual) their services are not up to the mark.
 arrow NBR intelligence drive
At last, the National Board of Revenue has launched a drive to clean its house to augment revenue collection and has caught two small fries for obtaining undue cash benefit as per a report publishedin
 arrow Politicisation of health system
The politicisation of health system that started in early 1990 is likely to bring disaster in the long run unless it is stopped right now.
 arrow Nature's cruelty
From the book Pokamakarer Ghar Bashati of the eminent writer, Selina Hussen, we come to know how the inclement nature behaves with the poor people in the country's southern offshore areas.
 arrow Cricket
The Faisalabad Test is also following more or less the same course. The Pakistanis batted first and piled up a huge score. And the Indians replied with the same determination as they did in Lahore.
 arrow Police action
The way the demonstrators are treated these days reminds us of the distant and dark past when political dissent was considered a crime.
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