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Front Pagearrow EC now to list voters till February 20
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday extended the time limit for the voter-listing job until February 20 amid opposition of the two election commissioners, who have all along been opposed to preparing
 arrow JMB's Tongi-Uttara chief held with huge explosives
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) organiser in Ashulia on Monday and recovered explosive materials and four guns from a den in Tongi yesterday.
 arrow Biman's NY plane stuck at Brussels for 50 hours
More than 50 hours after getting stranded at Brussels airport due to serious engine troubles, the DC10 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines' Dhaka-New York flight could not be repaired till last night
 arrow Next polls crucial for nation's sovereignty
Terming the next parliamentary polls very important for democracy, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the destiny of Bangladesh and its people will be determined through the elections.
 arrow Forget internal feuds, work for boat: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed her party leaders and activists to work for the party nominated candidates in the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Govt seeks 4 months more in 22nd appeal
The government yesterday filed an application with the Supreme Court (SC), seeking four more months' time to separate the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Black market in diesel on the rise
Amid a persisting fuel crisis, particularly in the northern districts, some dishonest dealers are cashing in on people's miseries by selling their quotas of diesel at high prices on the black market.
 arrow Graft check for M'singh Bypass project
The National Economic Council yesterday reiterated its instruction to the communications ministry to refer the Mymensingh Bypass project to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate some reported
 arrow Kansat arrestees freed on bail
All the nine arrested leaders of Kansat rural power subscribers were released from jail on bail last night at the intervention of the local Jamaat leaders following the prime minister's directive to end
 arrow 69 families fatwa victims last year
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday said that at least 69 families were the victims of fatwa (religious decree) during the previous year.
 arrow 2 kids among 3 killed in gunfight
Three people, including two children, were killed and 28 others injured during a gunfight at Moheshkhali upazila in Cox's Bazar yesterday noon.
 arrow Charge couldn't be framed against Sunny, six others
A Dhaka court could not frame charges against the military commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others in two cases as the jail authorities did not produce
 arrow Tougher action if govt disrupts long march
The 14-party opposition combine yesterday directed its leaders and workers to take up tough anti-government programmes if the ruling alliance bars them anywhere from participating its February 5 longmarch
 arrow Not just pollution...

 arrow Mirza Abbas to face trial in cop murder case
Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas and five others are going to face trial in the murder case of constable Abu Naser at Razarbagh Police Lines in Malibagh in February 2001.
 arrow Govt may import sugar through BSFIC, TCB
In a bid to contain the unusual price hike of sugar, the government is considering import of sugar through Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) and the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh
 arrow Hearing of Beximco case against SQ Chy's brothers refixed on Feb 2
Hearing of the case filed by Beximco Holdings against three brothers of Salauddin Qader Chowdhury, parliamentary affairs adviser to the prime minister, on charges of misappropriating Tk 95 crore of QC
 arrow EC secretary Khan relieved of his post
Secretary of the Election Commision (EC) Moniruzzaman Khan was relieved of his post yesterday due to the controversy about his close familial relations to the previous secretary and the present Election
 arrow Shyamoli traders fear reprisals for Pintu's arrest
Local businessmen of Shyamoli area in the capital are fearing reprisals from members of a local gang which has long been extorting illegal tolls from them, following the arrest of their alleged gang leader,
 arrow B Chy, Dr Kamal announce 27pt 'mass-manifesto'
The Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) in a meeting yesterday jointly announced 27-point 'mass-manifesto' based on general people's opinions.
 arrow 'Tonko Andolon' memorial...

 arrow Bombs, explosive materials seized from Pir's house
Police recovered two bombs and some bomb making materials from the premises of the house of a Pir in Khoksa upazila of the district and arrested the Pir and his five adherents early yesterday.
 arrow Hearing on Galib cases March 14
A Bogra court yesterday fixed March 14 as the next date for hearing on two cases against Asadullah Al Galib and four others.
 arrow Iran warns of end to nuclear diplomacy
Iran warned Tuesday that the referral of a long-running dispute over its nuclear programme to the UN Security Council will bring "an end to diplomacy," saying the move had no legal justification.
 arrow Israeli army kills militants in clash
Israeli troops killed two Islamic Jihad militants yesterday in the first deadly clash since a shock victory by Hamas in a Palestinian election that has thrown Middle East peacemaking into turmoil.
 arrow Musharraf to keep uniform even after 2007 polls
Pervez Musharraf will continue to be Pakistan's President and retain his post as the army chief even after the next general elections due in 2007.
 arrow Pakistan, India to restart train link
Pakistan and India yesterday signed an agreement to restart a second cross-border train service next month, the latest step in peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.
 arrow Bush to touch on Iraq, home issues
US President Bush will deliver his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday after arguably the worst year of his presidency, looking to reinvigorate confidence in his leadership and the U.S.
 arrow 'Meteor' falls on the ground
A 'meteor' from outer space fell with a big bang on a field in Singpara village of sadar upazila yesterday afternoon creating panic and curiosity among people.
Businessarrow Adamjee EPZ opens in a month
Adamjee Export Processing Zone will be opened within a month and it will be fully operational in a year, executive chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority said yesterday.
 arrow Corporate Bazaar draws huge crowd
The first-ever exhibition of corporate houses witnessed huge responses yesterday as a large number of visitors showed interest in services and products offered by companies.
 arrow Bimstec FTA's sensitive lists being fine tuned
With the July 1 deadline for implementation of Bimstec Free Trade Area fast approaching, efforts are on to fine tune the sensitive lists of items.
 arrow Ericsson sales grow in 2005 but margin slips
LM Ericsson AB, the world's largest cellular mobile network maker, continues to lead the market as its net annual income in 2005 rose to 8.54 billion kronor (US$1.1 billion).
 arrow India opens bids for privatisation of airports
India's Reliance Industries and its Mexican partner ASA Tuesday emerged as the highest bidder for New Delhi airport from among several international competitors, a report said.
 arrow China to enhance reforms in banking industry
China will publish the white paper on opening up of China banking industry to the outside this year, said Liu Mingkang, chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC).
 arrow Potato starch factory Flamingo set to start export
Potato starch factory Flamingo Agro-Tech Limited is set to start export to Thailand and Australia.
 arrow BKMEA biennial polls in April
The biennial election of Bangla-desh Knitwear Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) will be held on April 8.
 arrow Export accessories show from February 16
A four-day export accessories exhibition styled 'PACEXPO-Dime 2006' will begin on February 16 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center to showcase packaging products that earn foreign exchanges
 arrow Shipping agents vow to continue agitation
Bangladesh Shipping Agents' Association (BSAA) has vowed to continue agitation and refrain from taking berth at the Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) equipped with newly commissioned rail-mounted gantry
 arrow EU sees 'positive signals' for WTO talks
The European Union sees "positive signals" for a resumption in the Doha round of WTO trade liberalization talks, the head of the European Council of trade ministers has said in a statement.
 arrow Auditors urged to make authentic financial statements
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged auditors to collect relevant and appropriate audit evidences from company management to prepare authentic financial statements.
 arrow Oil prices fall
Oil prices skidded lower in Asian trade Tuesday as OPEC oil ministers were expected to keep current production ceilings, snubbing a call by Iran to cut output, dealers said.
 arrow BOC declares 50pc dividend
BOC Bangladesh Limited has declared a 50 percent dividend for the financial year that ended in September 2005, says a press release.
 arrow US only obstacle to Russia's WTO membership
The United States is "holding out" on agreeing to support Russia's membership in the World Trade Organisation even though virtually every other country supports it, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aussie team satisfied
The four-member team from Cricket Australia and Australia Cricket Association (ACA) expressed their satisfaction after having a close look of the two venues and other facilities including security measures
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan in driving seat
India's seasoned batsmen faced a test of character to save the series after Pakistan took a vice-like grip on the decisive third Test here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka fizzle after Jayasuriya sizzles
Sri Lanka's batting went from sizzle to fizzle as South Africa all but ended their hopes of playing in the limited-overs triangular series finals with a five-wicket win at the WACA ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: CA calls for lifetime bans on racist fans
Australian cricket's governing body has called for lifetime bans on supporters found guilty of racial abuse following reports that India's top lawyer has been called in to investigate ongoing complaints
 arrow Football: Travolta to pilot Socceroos
Negotiations are being finalised to have Hollywood star John Travolta pilot the plane taking the Australian team to this year's World Cup finals in Germany, reports said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Stage set for DOHS
Defending champions DOHS will be out to seal their second successive Premier Cricket League title when they meet Bangladesh Biman today at BKSP in a Super Six clash.
 arrow Football: Dhaka clinch JFA Cup
Goalkeeper Sultan Ahmed Shakil pulled off three saves to help Dhaka lift the Second JFA Cup Under-16 football title with a 3-2 victory in the penalty shootout yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Partex ride on James ton
Habib Moballik James struck a hundred as Partex Sporting Club registered an 80-run victory against Uttara Sporting Club in the First Division Cricket League at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dark night for champs
Monday was not a night for champions as reigning African Nations Cup holders Tunisia were trounced 3-0 by Guinea and ended up second in Group C While coach Roger Lemerre's gam.
 arrow Football: A bitter-sweet African connection
Claude Le Roy's managerial career has been forged in Africa and he has won the continent's premier trophy, the African Nations Cup, in 1988 with Cameroon.
 arrow Football: Another twist in Mikel saga
Chelsea have rebutted allegations of misconduct made by Manchester United in an eight-month-old letter to FIFA concerning John Obi Mikel that was leaked to the media on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting recalled
Australia are back at full strength for their last two VB Series group matches against South Africa with the return of captain Ricky Ponting.
 arrow Football: Channel i in last 8
Channel I became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Meril Cup Media Football Tournament when they blanked news agency ABAS 4-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Inter-college h'ball begins
Bir Shreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf Rifles College recorded an 18-8 win over Dhaka College on the opening day of the EXIM Bank inter-college men's handball tournament at the Outer Stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Jose's 12-yr deadline
Mourinho spoke of his long-term ambitions after being awarded the Ordem do Infante D Henrique - Portugal's highest civilian honour - at a ceremony in London.
 arrow Football: Sociedad sack Amorrortu
Twice Spanish champions Real Sociedad sacked coach Jose Mari Amorrortu on Monday following a dismal 3-1 home defeat against then-bottom side Alaves at the weekend.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy will get treatment abroad
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may send captain Inzamamul Haq abroad to see a specialist for his back problem.
 arrow Cricket: Zim cricket manager sacked
Zimbabwe's national cricket team manager Mohammed 'Babu' Meman was sacked by Zimbabwe Cricket authorities here Tuesday after 15 years in the position.
 arrow Cricket: Faisal wants to make a name for himself
Pakistan's Faisal Iqbal is determined to step out of the shadow of his uncle Javed Miandad after striking his maiden Test century on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Harper meets his charges
New Kenya cricket coach Roger Harper held a first face-to-face meeting with his players on Monday as part of a squad assessment ahead of the tour of Bangladesh in March.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam Pak cricketer of the year
Captain Inzamamul Haq was named 2005 Pakistan cricketer of the year on Tuesday in the inaugural awards chosen by the country's cricket board.
 arrow Football: Jaap Stam back home
Dutch AC Milan central defender Jaap Stam has signed for Ajax on a two-year contract starting this July, the top Dutch club said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow 50pc adult people carry TB bacteria
Around 50 percent adult people of the country carry tuberculosis (TB) bacteria, said the experts at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow WB suggests raising allocation for agri research
The World Bank (WB) yesterday called for raising the allocation for agricultural research, saying that poor spending in this field is hampering poverty reduction and food security initiatives.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair begins today
Month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2006, dedicated to the language martyrs who laid down their lives for the mother tongue in 1952, begins on the Bangla Academy premises in the city today.
 arrow Two get 30 yrs' RI for keeping heroin
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people, including a woman, to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing 200 grams of heroin 13 years ago.
 arrow India's nod to Mujib-Indira accord could resolve 90pc border problems : Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said if Indian Parliament had ratified the 1974 Mujib-Indira accord, 90 percent problems related to border between the two next-door neighbours
 arrow Ban Jamaat-Shibir politics to save constitution
Country's security and constitution will not be safe as long as the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and Shibir is not prohibited, said the sector commanders and freedom fighters at a rally in the city yesterday.
 arrow 14-party protests Kansat killing
Hundreds of leaders and workers of the 14-party opposition combine took to the streets in the city yesterday to protest the killing of eight farmers at Kansat in Chapai-nawabganj and demand justice and
 arrow Altaf, Faruq elected DUJ president, secy
Altaf Mahmud has been re-elected president and Omar Faruq elected general secretary of the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) for 2006-07.
 arrow BRTC to launch highway ambulance service
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will launch its first ever highway ambulance service in the country and also start courier service during its Service Week beginning tomorrow.
 arrow 2 muggers injured in police firing
Two alleged muggers were wounded in police firing at Tejgaon while two gangs of snatchers stabbed two people in separate incidents in Rampura and Banasree areas in the city in a span of 14 hours ending
 arrow BNP grand rally in Ctg tomorrow
Everything is set for holding the Chittagong divisional grand rally of the ruling BNP at the outer stadium here tomorrow.
 arrow Mathematics Festival held in Barisal
Barisal Divisional Mathematics Festival was held at the Barisal Govt Girls High School yesterday.
 arrow 2 bills passed in JS
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed two bills, one for freeing the film industry from obscenity and another for considering boys and girls up to the age of 18 years as children.
 arrow Ramp at Shaheed Minar for people with disability soon
A ramp is going to be built soon at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city for easy accessibility of the country's prime monument to the physically challenged people, says a press release.
Nationalarrow RU set to appoint 48 teachers on 'political considerations'
The Rajshahi University authorities have completed the process for recruitment of 48 teachers, allegedly on political considerations.
 arrow Opposition holds 'grand rally' in Sylhet today
Sylhet city wore a festive look yesterday, ahead of Awami League led 14-party opposition alliance's divisional 'grand rally' here today.
 arrow 'Long march' to start from Moulvibazar Feb 3
The 14-party opposition long march towards Dhaka from Sylhet division will start from Moulvibazar district town on February 3.
 arrow Danger of informing police about bomb
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet against a man who informed police about the bomb which was recovered from the house of a Jamat-e-Islami leader at Alipur village in the Sadar upazila.
 arrow Sustainable uplift plans stressed
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) team visited Kibuk Chhara and Sikdaer Para villages in the Sadar upazila yesterday, the last day of its four-day visit to review progress in implementation
 arrow PDB office besieged in Satkhira
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party alliance brought out a procession in the town and laid a siege to Satkhira Power Development Board (PDB) office yesterday protesting the killing of eight farmers inpolice
 arrow Rajshahi College student beaten to death
A student of Rajshahi Government College was beaten to death Monday night in Joynagar village under Durgapur upazila in a clash over land dispute.
 arrow Woman 'outlaw' arrested in Chuadanga
Chuadanga police arrested an alleged woman leader of outlawed Banglar Communist Party (BCP-Laltu) Sunday night.
 arrow BPKS warm clothes for disabled CHT indigenous men
Bangladesh Pratibandhi Kallyan Samity (BPKS), an NGO working for the disabled yesterday distributed warm cloths among 214 disabled men, women and children in five villages in Sapchhari union.
Culturearrow Capturing the essence of endless time
The serenity of nature as well as the hazards of metro life are the two major facets of a photography exhibition, titled 'Life Route'.
 arrow Marina's pristine paintings
Marina Goltyaeva's water-colour and pen creations, seen in her solo ongoing exhibition at the Russian Culture Centre, are lyrical and soothing.
 arrow Potho Natok Festival begins today
A seven-day potho natok (street play) festival begins today at two venues: Central Shaheed Minar premises and Rabindra Sarobar near Dhanmondi Lake.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair on TV
Through the years, the Ekushey Book Fair has become a manifestation of our national intellect, literature and creative energy. The event attracts eager readers of all ages throughout the month of February.
 arrow Bangladeshi documentary goes to Berlin International Film Festival
Bangladeshi documentary film Wishes from Bangladesh, by Mohammad Ali Haidar, is to participate in the competition section of the upcoming 56th Berlin International Film Festival.
Generalarrow Patients should know side effects of drugs
Doctors at a scientific seminar yesterday stressed that patients be informed of the possible side effects of drugs.
 arrow Young artists' exhibition begins Feb 3
A weeklong art exhibition of young artists begins in the city on February 3.
Internationalarrow World has stake in helping Afghanistan
The entire international community has a major stake in helping Afghanistan meet the "serious challenges ahead," UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned at a conference of world leaders in London Tuesday.
 arrow US will not give in to Carroll's kidnappers
The United States will not give in to the demands of the kidnappers of reporter Jill Carroll, a US military spokesman said on Tuesday, after a new video was aired in which she called for Iraqi women prisoners
 arrow Russia's entry into WTO blocked by US
The United States is "holding out" on agreeing to support Russia's membership in the World Trade Organisation even though virtually every other country supports it, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday
 arrow Hamas accuses West of blackmail
Hamas accused the West of blackmail Tuesday after the major players in the peace process told it to renounce violence and recognise Israel's right to exist or else see funding to the Palestinians cut.
 arrow Kenya outraged by Kiwi 'dog food' relief
Officials in drought-stricken Kenya reacted with outrage Tuesday to a plan by a New Zealand woman to send "dog food" for starving children, but she said her food is fit for people.
 arrow Iraq summons Danish ambassador over cartoon flak
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari summoned Denmark's ambassador Tuesday to hear Iraq's condemnation of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper deemed offensive to Islam, the ministry said.
 arrow Blast kills 100th British soldier in Iraq
A British soldier was killed by an explosion in southern Iraq on Tuesday, becoming the 100th British service member to die in the campaign since the US-led invasion in 2003.
 arrow Second US soldier found guilty of Afghan assault
A US military court found a second soldier guilty of mistreating detainees in Afghanistan in July and sentenced him to six months in detention, the US military said.
 arrow Opposition plans protests to mark Nepal king's takeover
Nepal opposition groups said they would mark the first anniversary Wednesday of King Gyanendra's seizure of power with protests and a mass rally, as police reported 20 women detained for staging a demonstration.
 arrow Myanmar constitution talks close until late 2006
Myanmar's military rulers on Tuesday adjourned constitutional talks until later this year, delegates said, as diplomats in Yangon questioned the junta's commitment to implementing any democratic reforms.
Editorialarrow Editorial: How long for a functional ACC?
While we commend the ADB for taking active interest in seeing the fledgling ACC functional, we wonder why it was one of our development partners and not the government from which the initiative had to
 arrow Editorial: What an anti-environment orgy!
An irreparable damage has been done to environment at Manohordi in Narshingdi, at least for some years to come.
 arrow What is behind Saudi Arabia's overture to India?
King Abdullah bin Aziz of Saudi Arabia, the country of the birth of Islam, was the chief guest at the India Republic Day on January 26.
 arrow In defence of the media
Admittedly, our political leaders have failed -- and failed miserably -- to give democracy an institutionalized shape.
 arrow Does the US favour maximalist democracy?
In its crusade to democratize the Muslim world, the Bush administration faces the challenges of maximalist democracy -- an all-inclusive conception of democracy that generates free and full electoralcompetition
Letters to Editorarrow Traffic sergeants
We live in a corrupt country. If we keep our eyes open we find that everywhere corrupt people are roaming around us.
 arrow CEC's role
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice M A Aziz has been 'found' sick for quite a long time. He could not talk to his long time colleagues in the EC even staying at home.
 arrow Prevention of accident deaths
Visits to our village home for Eid should be a time of great joy, but unfortunately, year after year, that joy is marred by needless deaths.
 arrow Students and politics
Our country has a rich history when it comes to the revolutionary steps taken by people, especially the students to liberate ourselves.
 arrow Attack on Islam
Terrorism shouldn't be confused with religious teachings. Attack on Islam is not a new phenomenon. It is a long-term plan of the enemies of Islam.
 arrow China, Russia and Iran
Why China and Russia are reluctant to impose sanctions on Iran? People may think they are the allies of Iran. But we should realise the overall situation.
 arrow Motherland and mother
The love for our mother cannot be defined by words. The words of praise and love can be written, but respect cannot be judged by any jury-- the respect that we all have inside us for our mothers.
 arrow For fair elections
"Suppose elections are free and fair and those elected are racists, fascists and separatists,..........
 arrow Only way left for us?
I was wondering about the best way to make our politicians pro-people. Newspaper, TV and other media tried their best, but failed in a massive way.
Star Chittagongarrow Privatisation makes lighter jetty profitable
The lighter jetty of Chittagong port might be put up as an example of turning a losing government enterprise into a profit making one through privatisation.
 arrow Road accidents on rise in city
The number of road accidents marked a sharp rise in the port city recently due to reckless driving..
Star Cityarrow Ready for the show
Although last year's fair seemed like yesterday, the Bangla Academy were putting final touches to the preparations of the annual month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Begum
 arrow Forged certificates worry parents
Frauds are producing fake certificates of education using latest technology and selling those to dishonest students with poor academic records applying for higher studies or job.
 arrow In desperate need of funds
Dearth of funds and inadequate manpower are hampering the activities of Nazrul Institute, an organisation established with the objective to preserve the memory, literary works and personal belongingsof
 arrow Historic Ramna Gate left uncared for
Thoughtless activities of people are destroying the architectural structures and monuments bearing the history of the 400-year-old city.
 arrow Rajuk order ignored by developer
Ignoring an order from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to stop construction work of a 12-storey building and demolish the constructed part of the illegal building at Lake Circus Kalabagan, the developer
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