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Front Pagearrow Launch dialogue on electoral reforms
The European Union yesterday urged the country's two major political parties to initiate an active dialogue on electoral reform issues to establish a cross-party confidence in the caretaker government
 arrow BB plans to cut credit to private sector
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) in its first-ever Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) yesterday set a goal to contract private sector credit growth by 3.3 percentage points by June to fight inflation.
 arrow Hartal observed in Chapainawabganj
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed peacefully at Chapainawabganj yesterday amid continued public protests at Kansat where eight people were killed in police firing on Monday during the rural power users'
 arrow 'Sick' CEC stays home at night, returns to hospital in morning
Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz, who took admission to a hospital on Tuesday after cancelling a meeting with the visiting European Union's (EU) troika, stayed at home that night but returned to the
 arrow 6pc GDP growth achievable: MCCI
Despite some weaknesses, the country's economy in the first half of the current fiscal year showed some positive features and achieving six per cent GDP growth would not be much difficult, observed Metropolitan
 arrow EU troika meets Hasina, stresses need for free EC
The visiting European Union (EU) troika yesterday met Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and once again stressed the need for an independent Election Commission (EC) to ensure free, fair and credible
 arrow Tax bothers shoo off foreign charity groups
Uncertainty arises over humanitarian organisations' coming to Dhaka with free healthcare services as one such international group recently faced difficulties in releasing as well as taking back theirmedical
 arrow Opposition conspiring against country
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blamed her political opponents for trying to boycott or foil the coming elections in the name of movement.
 arrow 2 'Bangladeshis' caught in Delhi with explosives
Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two Bangladeshi nationals at an East Delhi locality with explosives and detonators, which they were reportedly planning to use for disrupting India's Republic Day celebrations
 arrow Charge sheet placed secretly last month
The charge sheet in the Banshkhali 11 murder case was submitted secretly about a month and a half ago accusing 31 persons including the 29 already arrested, but it does not contain the name of the suspected
 arrow Rocca due today
Christina Rocca, assistant secretary for South Asian Affairs of the US State Department, flies to Dhaka today on a three-day official visit to discuss issues of common interest with the government and
 arrow Hearing of govt petition today for dropping blast case against Pintu
A Dhaka court will hear today the government petition for withdrawal of a bomb blast case filed against the ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu.
 arrow 1 killed, 20 hurt in blasts at Kirtan
Two bombs were thrown at a congregation of Kirtan-- Hindu devotional songs--killing one and injuring at least 20 in Gangni upazila of Meherpur last night following an alleged argument between some local
 arrow Hili land port closed after BDR-BSF gunfight
Import and export activities through the Hili land port in Dinajpur were closed last evening in the wake of a shootout between the border guards of Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Causing trouble to the traffic...

 arrow Supreme Judicial Council on cards to probe alleged misconduct by EC Mohammad Ali
A three-member Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) headed by the chief justice awaits orders of the president to probe the allegations of 'gross misconduct' of Election Commissioner AK Mohammad Ali.
 arrow Indo-Bangla coastguard exercise ends
Bangladesh and India yesterday concluded the first-ever joint coastguard exercise in the Bay of Bengal on pollution control, search and rescue operations, anti-poaching and anti-smuggling.
 arrow Criminals burn man to death inside tea stall
An unidentified man was burnt to death inside a tea stall at a village in Sadar South upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Dump Iran or nuke deal will die
United States has warned that India's support to Iran could have a "devastating" effect on the future of the nuclear deal.
 arrow 2 burned workers die at DMCH
Two workers who suffered burns in a fire at a factory in Tejgaon on Friday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Iran accuses Britain of bombing link
Iran has accused the UK of co-operating with bombers who killed eight people in attacks in the restive south-western city of Ahwaz on Tuesday.
Businessarrow Govt orders impact study
Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) has been assigned to conduct an impact assessment study on the Equity Entrepreneurship Fund (EEF) following allegations of financial irregularities.
 arrow CSR key to sustainable development: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon corporate houses to make contribution to economic development by improving the quality of life of their workforce.
 arrow Media can play role to attract investors: Workshop
Chittagong business community has said media can play a vital role in flourishing business and attracting investors.
 arrow 'High growth rate needed to create adequate jobs'
The country's present economic growth rate is not enough to generate adequate number of jobs, economist Wahiduddin Mahmood said yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Younis misses 200 again as Test ends in a draw
Younis Khan scored a brilliant 194 and Mohammad Yousuf hit 126 in another Pakistan run feast before the second Test against India petered out in a draw here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Cruciani talks of fitness
After enjoying holidays for more than three weeks, Bangladesh's Argentine football coach Andres Cruciani returned to Dhaka on Tuesday night to prepare his charges for busy international assignments.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters halts Hingis
Martina Hingis found out she can still slug it out with the best of 'em. She also knows she has a lot of work to do.
 arrow Cricket: Aus-SL return tie today
Australia has dropped bowlers Brett Dorey and James Hopes for their return tri-series clash with Sri Lanka here Thursday after the pair were clobbered around the ground in their last encounter.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Kiefer in semis
World number one Roger Federer stuttered to an unconvincing error-strewn four-sets victory over Russian fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko to reach the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mamun invited or not?
When the much-talked about executive committee meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) takes place at city's five-star hotel on Saturday, mercury will go up for obvious reasons.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee to be back today
Ace paceman Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza returns to competitive cricket today after a four-month lay-off when Bangladesh A play their first limited-overs match against visiting United Arab Emirates at the Khulna
 arrow Football: AFC team due here on Feb 8
A four-member delegation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will arrive here on February 8 to discuss the sponsorship and other issues for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup.
 arrow Football: Rangamati through to semifinals
Rangamati completed the Group A semifinal line-up of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament when they drew 3-3 with Gaiban-dha in their last match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Eskaton thrived on a half-century by Tanhar to score a two-wicket victory over Kathalbagan GCC in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Aishwariya and Shahrukh to promote
The most glamorous of Bollywood, including superstars Shahrukh Khan and Aishwariya Rai, will be used to promote the Common-wealth Games to be held here in the year 2010.
 arrow Football: Ivory Coast into quarters
Ivory Coast became the first team to make it into the last eight of the African Nations Cup as they unconvincingly beat Libya 2-1 and Group A rivals Egypt and Morocco drew 0-0.
 arrow Football: African football in grips of 'slavery'
The slave trade by the West in Africans apparently died out a couple of centuries ago but according to Claude Le Roy it exists in a different form in agents conning the continent's footballers to come
 arrow Eriksson slams salary critics
Sven-Goran Eriksson on Wednesday hit back at those who claim he has not been worth his money.
 arrow Pakistan recall Naved & Gul
Pakistan opener Shoaib Malik has been left out of the squad for the crucial third and final Test against India after the death of his father.
 arrow Inzamam saved his bowlers for Karachi
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said he decided not to declare on Day Five of the second Test against India to keep his bowlers fresh for the final game.
 arrow Wigan guns Gunners down
Jason Roberts struck in the last minute of extra-time to send Wigan Athletic into the League Cup final, a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal on Tuesday putting the underdogs through on the away goals rule after a2-2
 arrow Tennis: BKSP tennis
The semifinal line-ups of the boys' and girls' singles in the SBSL-BKSP International Junior Tennis Tournament were finalised at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Jr chess
Minhazuddin Sagar and Abdullah Al Saif were sharing the lead in the BASIC Bank 27th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship after the end of the fifth round at the federation hall room yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 14 killed, 98 injured in road accidents
At least 14 people were killed and 98 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Sylhet and Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow BADC exempted from paying Tk 2,043cr in liability
The government bailed out the moribund Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) from a big burden of paying Tk 2,043 crore in Debt Service Liabilities (DSL) to foreign donors, incurred by
 arrow People's awareness a must to ensure health rights
People's awareness is a must to ensure their health rights from the health centres as the doctors can neglect the service receivers' rights due to lack of awareness, said speakers at a client association,
 arrow Deliver anti-militancy sermons at Ijtema
Against the backdrop of countrywide bomb attacks, State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday urged the Ulemas (Islamic scholars) to deliver anti-militancy sermons at the three-day Bishwa Ijtema
 arrow Asma Kibria urges people to observe 'Blue for Peace' programme today
Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday urged the people to observe the 'Blue for Peace' programme across the country from 10:00am to 10:30am today to protest all
 arrow President, PM greet Indian counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted their Indian counterparts on the occasion of the Republic Day of India to be observed today.
 arrow 2-day cultural programme begins Jan 27
Nijera Kori, an NGO working for the welfare of the landless people, will hold a two-day cultural programme beginning on January 27 in the city as part of its silver jubilee celebrations.
 arrow 'Oust govt to protect sovereignty'
Workers' Party leaders yesterday strongly protested the move to form an anti-terrorism unit with the assistance of the USA, saying that the government will use this unit to suppress the democratic movement
 arrow Women police barrack inaugurated at Rajarbagh
A women's police barrack offering accommodation for 500 personnel, the first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated at Rajarbagh Police Line in the city yesterday.
 arrow Robbers kill housewife
Armed robbers killed a middle-aged housewife and wounded five others of a family and looted valuables worth around Tk 2 lakh at Patiya in Chittagong in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Top terrorist arrested with LG in Comilla
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top terrorist and seized an LG during a predawn raid on a market at Monoharpur in Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Sub-regional parliamentary seminar on Aids begins today
The Second Sub-Regional South Asian Parliamentary Seminar on HIV/ Aids begins in the city today.
 arrow 'Raise awareness among youths to prevent HIV/Aids'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the religious and community leaders, parents and policymakers to play an effective role in raising awareness about HIV/Aids among the youths to prevent the spread
 arrow President, PM felicitate Australian leaders
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday felicitated Australian leaders on the occasion of the Australia Day.
 arrow BSF returns two Bangladeshi boys
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned two Bangladeshi teenaged boys on Tuesday after a commander-level flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Narayanpur frontier village in the district.
 arrow UAP signs MoU with Irish college
The University of Asia Pacific (UAP), Dhaka has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with Griffith College Dublin (GCD), Ireland, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Humayun Kabir, a noted industrialist and husband of Begum Rozy Kabir MP, passed away due to complicated diseases at his Sadarghat residence in the port city yesterday morning at the age of 66.
Nationalarrow Outlaws killed 16 in Jhenidah last year
MAGURA : Janajuddho faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) killed at least 16 people in Jhenidah district last year.
 arrow 'Govt influencing EC to snatch people's right'
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the alliance government has been conspiring against peoples' right since it took over power.
 arrow 'Those who vote me also give me note'
"Those who vote me also give me note".
 arrow Topple this govt, save country from fanatics
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu at a public meeting yesterday urged the people to unite to oust the BNP-Jamat alliance government to save the country and its people from theclutches
 arrow Sohrab Hossain's anniversary of death today
The 8th death anniversary of former minister and Liberation War organiser Sohrab Hossain will be observed here today.
 arrow Half-day hartal at Ullapara today
Awami League (AL) has called a half-day hartal at Ullapara today protesting killing of Ullapara upazila AL vice-president Saiful Islam, 40, Tuesday evening.
 arrow RU teachers discuss fresh programme
The three-day work abstention programme, called by Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) in protest against the attack on some teachers in January 21 by the 'controversially appointed' employees
 arrow 2 chargesheeted in Satkhira
Police on Monday submitted charge sheet under Section 4(1)5 of the Speedy Trial Act accusing two people including a lawyer in the case filed for sending letters to seven lawyers threatening to kill them.
Point-Counterpointarrow Love in the time of cell phones
Last week, the government launched another mini-salvo in their war against free speech.
 arrow Are YOU getting the message?
The age of blatant commercialization has arrived in full splendour. Or so it seemed to me when I came out of the Zia International Airport.
 arrow Why Goldman Sachs may be right about Bangladesh
Two recent lists show just how wide the gap is between Bangladesh's promise and its performance.
 arrow The long history of violence behind Hizb ut-Tahrir
The bearded and elegantly attired supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the fundamentalist Muslim group, like to emphasise the non-violent nature of their party.
Culturearrow Eric's irresistible jazz notes
Eric Lohrer's Jazz Quartet mesmerised the audience on January 24 evening.
 arrow Closeup1 stars join online chat session
The top three performers of Closeup 1, Nolok Babu, Razib and Beauty, are set to join a live online chat session.
 arrow Europe and US plan to celebrate 250th birth anniversary of Mozart tomorrow
"Up to now he is the most complete manifestation of musical giants. Every genuine musician looks up to him, happy and disarmed...
 arrow National Music Festival to be held soon
The Centre for Education, Creative and Performing Arts (Sangskriti Kendra) in association with UNESCO Dhaka and Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU) will be organising the National Music Festival,
 arrow Kathak dancer Shovana Narayan in town
Shovana Narayan, famous Kathak dancer (the recipient of the Padamashri and Sangeet Akademi awards) from India is set to visit Bangladesh from January 26-February 1.
Internationalarrow Norway ends Lankan peace deadlock
Norway yesterday broke a near three-year deadlock in Sri Lanka's peace talks by clinching a deal with warring parties to meet face-to-face in Geneva by mid-February.
 arrow US, Pakistan agree to boost 'war on terror'
Washington and Islamabad agreed Tuesday to coordinate more closely in their "war on terror" campaign following tensions over a US airstrike targeted at al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan but which left civilians
 arrow India on alert ahead of celebrations
Anti-aircraft guns were mounted on high-rise buildings in the Indian capital yesterday and hundreds of soldiers and police patrolled its ceremonial heart as the country prepared to mark Republic Day.
 arrow India, Saudi Arabia join hands to combat terror
India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday joined hands to combat global terrorism and signed four agreements that will impart a new strategic dimension to their burgeoning ties.
 arrow Pressure mounts on Nepal king
At least eight people were killed when Maoist rebels raided a major commercial town in west Nepal, setting off a string of explosions at government buildings and police posts as pressure mounted on the
 arrow Palestinians vote in elections
Palestinians voted yesterday in their first parliamentary elections in a decade, a ballot that could bring the militant Islamic movement Hamas into the government for the first time.
 arrow Thaksin rejects peace talks offer for south
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday refused an offer for peace talks over the restive south, as a Muslim man became the latest fatality in the Muslim-majority provinces.
 arrow Pakistan freezes accounts of suspected Taliban firms
Pakistani authorities have frozen bank accounts of two Afghan trading firms suspected of funnelling funds to leaders of Afghanistan's Taliban guerrillas, security officials said yesterday.
 arrow Landmine explosion kills 6 in Pakistan
A minibus struck a land mine in southwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing six passengers and wounding five, a government official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: EU on elections
We are heartened by the fact that the visiting EU delegation has come to Bangladesh to look into the question of free and fair elections, and that they have come up with a number of concrete and eminently
 arrow Editorial: EC appeal yet to come about
We note that the Election Commission (EC) is not filing an appeal against the January 4 High Court directives on voter list with the kind of promptitude that was expected, given the pressing nature of
 arrow Counter-terrorism bureau, unit, agency or what?
Stories have been making the rounds last week of the possibility of some sort of arrangement between the governments of Bangladesh and the US with regards to enhancing Bangladesh's capability of combating
 arrow The last nail in the coffin of democracy?
Two commissioners appointed to give the CEC majority", read the headline of the January 17 issue of The Daily Star.
Letters to Editorarrow Preparing voter list
It is necessary to have an accurate voter list for fair election. A list of voters can be prepared either by revising the existing list or by making a new list.
 arrow Dowry
My reverend grandfather left his village home in the depths of Cornwall and became a Christian minister in the slums of Merseyside in 1884 and I have his diary for his first 18 months in the ministrythere.
 arrow Mobile owner identification
At long last, we see an initiative from the government, as Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has asked cell-phone operators to collect personal details of existing subscribers or snap
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