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Front Pagearrow AL returns to JS today
Ending a prolonged boycott the main opposition Awami League (AL) returns to parliament today to place proposals for reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC) that may
 arrow Govt's fate depends on power ministry's job
Present government's fate in the next general election largely hinges on the performance of the power ministry, business leaders said in view of an impending crisis in the sector in the upcoming summer.
 arrow Govt loses crores to sluggish ADP
The implementing agencies of 34 donor-aided development projects could spend just 16 percent of their annual allocations in the first half of the current fiscal year (FY).
 arrow Mohiuddin confesses to involvement
Rajshahi University teacher Mia Muhammad Mohiuddin yesterday confessed to his involvement in the killing of Prof S Taher Ahmed and named RU unit Islami Chhatra Shibir President Shalehi as his accomplice,
 arrow JS to discuss cartoons on Prophet
The Jatiya Sangsad holds a general discussion and adopts a censure motion today on the issue of the Danish cartoons satirising the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM).
 arrow Trishal bigots barred from capturing Ahmadiyya mosque
Law enforcers foiled an attempt of the anti-Ahmadiyya zealots to capture Dhanikhola Ahmadiyya mosque in Trishal in Mymensingh on February 10.
 arrow Holiday at home turns sour for workers in ME
The delay in return flights of state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines has put a large number of expatriate Bangladeshi workers in the Middle East at risk of losing jobs for not reporting back on time.
 arrow Holy Ashura observed
The holy Ashura commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), was observed in the country on Friday with religious solemnity.
 arrow Erratic power supply serves another blow to boro
Erratic power supply for about 15 days coupled with supply shortage and high price of diesel has thrown out of operation a large number of power pumps for irrigating farm land in eight northern districts,
 arrow PM flies to Pakistan today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia flies for Islamabad today on a three-day state visit to Pakistan to conclude several deals in diverse areas to promote bilateral cooperation in trade, agriculture and tourism.
 arrow Main accused of Badda four-murder held
An accused in the sensational quadruple murder case in Badda and a regional leader of an outlawed party were killed in 'encounters' with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Badda in the capital and in
 arrow JMB men's confessions false: AL
The Awami League yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government is forcibly extracting 'false and fabricated' confessional statements from the kingpins of militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow Indian traders, truckers now call non-stop strike
Early resumption of export-import through Hili land port has become uncertain, as the Indian traders and truckers enforced a strike protesting the indefinite strike of Bangladeshi C & F agents and traders,
 arrow Robber lynched in Ctg
An alleged robber was lynched by a mob at Noapara in Rauzan upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Hanif taken to Bangkok
Dhaka city unit Awami League (AL) President Mohammad Hanif was shifted to Bamrungrad Hospital in Bangkok on Friday afternoon by an air ambulance for better treatment.
 arrow BSF kills 3 in Kushtia, Thakurgaon
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshi cow traders and injured one at Dharmadah border point in Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia early yesterday.
 arrow Judges sit today to draw up agitation plan
Lower court judges from across the country will hold an extended meeting today at the Judges Conference Room of Dhaka district court to decide their next course of action if the government does not fully
 arrow 2 killed in landslide
Two youths were killed in a landslide in Sutrapur in the capital last night.
 arrow Bird fair held at JU
Hundreds of bird lovers thronged the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on February 10 to take part in the daylong bird fair.
 arrow US accepts Russian move to contact Hamas
The United States said Friday it had accepted Russia's move to meet with the Palestinian group Hamas after Moscow gave assurances it would press the militants to renounce armed struggle against Israel.
 arrow Doctors struggle to save Sharon
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, incapacitated by a stroke on January 4, was undergoing emergency surgery for digestive complications yesterday and a hospital source said he was likely to die by the
Businessarrow Contractionary policy won't help curb inflation
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has criticised the Bangladesh Bank's contractionary monetary policy, saying the policy will not help contain rising inflation but will raise borrowing
 arrow G8 wraps up with warning on energy prices
Group of Eight finance ministers wrapped up Moscow meetings Saturday with a joint statement warning volatile energy prices threaten prospects for solid world economic growth in 2006.
 arrow US Senate starts hearing to avoid double taxation with Bangladesh
The US government has started the process of withdrawing double taxation in its trade regime aiming to boost investment in and trade with Bangladesh, as the country holds untapped business potential,officials
 arrow Saarc central bank governors' meet begins Feb 15
A two-day meeting of the central bank governors of the seven member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) begins here February 15 to discuss common micro-credit policies
 arrow Nathan Associates top executive due tomorrow
Paul Kent, vice president of Nathan Associates Inc, a US-based international economics consulting firm, will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Agrani remittance House opens in Kuala Lumpur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman Thursday inaugurated Agrani Remittance House, a subsidiary of Agrani Bank, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 arrow New restaurant opens in Dhaka
A new restaurant, 'Aristocrat', started operations in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow US trade show concludes
The three-day US Trade Show 2006 ended Friday at Dhaka Sheraton hotel amid good response from visitors. Some 5,500 people visited the fair, where 75 companies showcased their products and services.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Kapali called back
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recalled Alok Kapali on Friday when it announced a 15-member squad for the three-match one-day series against Sri Lanka later this month.
 arrow Cricket: Jr Tigers crash out
Bangladesh's maiden venture in the Cup phase of the ICC Under-19 World Cup turned into a nightmare when the junior Tigers suffered a five-wicket defeat against England at the P Saravanamuttu Stadium in
 arrow Cricket: Happy time for Barisal
The fourth round turned out to be a successful one for Barisal as the hosts pulled off a nine-wicket victory against Sylhet on the third day of their four-day match in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj puts India level with hosts
Dashing left-hander Yuvraj Singh smashed an impressive unbeaten 82 to help India beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Pharaos rule Africa
Hosts Egypt won the African Nations Cup for a record fifth time when they beat Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties in the final on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies in an unfamiliar situation
Australia have crashed from unbeatable favourites to facing a must-win match here Sunday against rejuvenated Sri Lanka to prevent losing a home triangular one-day cricket series for the first time in13
 arrow Football: Egyptians united in celebration
Thousands of Egyptians tore around their capital Cairo late Friday, horns blaring down slum alleys and bourgeois boulevards alike after their team's record fifth win in football's African Nations Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Dilshan run-outs Australia
Tillekeratne Dilshan threw Australia into a spin with four run outs to spearhead underdogs Sri Lanka to a spectacular 22-run victory in the opening triangular one-day series cricket final at AdelaideOval
 arrow Football: Wenger rejected England offer?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rejected an offer to manage England, the Frenchman revealed on Saturday as he doesn't believe the post should be held by a foreigner.
 arrow Cricket: King slams ICC's FTP
West Indies arrived in New Zealand on Friday for a five one-day international and three-Test series, but no sooner had coach Bennett King landed in Auckland than he became embedded in controversy, accusing
 arrow Football: Diego unhurt in car crash
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona was unhurt when a sports utility vehicle he was travelling in crashed into a telephone booth, local media reports said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Azad Sporting Club finished the First Division League campaign with a eight-wicket victory against Lalmatia Club at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow South Asian archery
Bangladesh earned one silver and one bronze in the team events of the men's and women's group respectively in the Banglalink South Asian Archery Championship at BKSP yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow UGC needs power to make it effective
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has demanded amendment of relevant laws to make it an effective body to regulate the activities of public and private universities.
 arrow 'Energy reserves to be exhausted by 2025'
Energy reserves of the country will be exhausted much ahead of 2025 if the government allows the Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) to export coal from Phulbari coal mine and sell coal from Barapukuria toTata,
 arrow Rab asked to step up intelligence efforts
In the wake of a resurgence of serious crimes in the capital, the home ministry has directed the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to intensify its intelligence efforts to keep law and order under control.
 arrow Husband stabs wife to death
Husband stabbed his wife to death following a feud over money in Narayanganj on Friday night.
 arrow 'Promote ethics in civil service for good governance'
Speakers at a book publication ceremony yesterday underscored the need for promoting ethics in civil service to ensure good governance and build a corruption-free society.
 arrow Thousands protest publication of cartoons on Prophet
Thousands of devotees took to the streets across the country on Friday to protest the publication of cartoons on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) by a Danish newspaper.
 arrow Journo Mukul passes away
Eminent journalist, columnist and freedom fighter Shafiqul Aziz Mukul passed away due to cardiac arrest at the Labaid in the city on Friday at the age of 60.
 arrow Stop violence against Ahmadiyyas
The three-day 82nd annual conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh, began on Friday at Central Ahmadiyya Complex at Bakshibazar in the city.
 arrow Interview under 'Kha' unit begins Feb 16
The interview for admission test under 'Kha' unit of Dhaka University will begin on February 16 instead of 15. The DU authorities rescheduled the date for the interviews due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Bangladeshi entrepreneur asked to leave the UK
A Bangladeshi entrepreneur living in the United Kingdom (UK) for 25 years has been asked by the Home Office to return to Bangladesh voluntarily despite his contribution to British economy and media, says
 arrow US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs formed
The US Department of State has expanded its Bureau of South Asian Affairs by including five central Asian countries and renaming the bureau as Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
 arrow Seminar on healthcare delivery system
The Northern International Medical College Hospital (NIMCH) organised a seminar on 'Healthcare delivery system in Bangladesh: Role of public and private sector' in the city on Friday.
 arrow One killed in road accident
A cloth trader was run over by a truck in poura area on Laxmipur-Raipur road on Friday.
 arrow Actor Zahurul Islam
Actor Zahurul Islam passed away on Friday morning at the age of 62, says a press release.
 arrow Maghi Purnima today
Buddhists will celebrate "Maghi purnima," a major festival, with traditional enthusiasm and solemn devotion today.
Nationalarrow Leasing of land in two hill districts protested
Indigenous people in Bandarban and Khagrachhari yesterday protested leasing of land to outsiders in the two hill districts.
 arrow 9 JMB leaders in Nilphamari remanded
Nine top leaders of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) were placed on a seven-day remand Thursday in Nilphamari for interrogation in connection with the arms and explosives recovery
 arrow Try Belal's killers
Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists (KUJ) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner demanding immediate trial of killers of Khulna Bureau chief of Dainik Sangram Shaikh Belaluddin
Point-Counterpointarrow The Danish cartoons and freedom of expression
Unsavoury characterization of Prophet Mohammed (SM) in the cartoons published by a Danish newspaper and reproduced by several European newspapers have brought to the fore the modern debate on limits of
 arrow Murder on RU campus
Killing is always a terrible crime. But killing a colleague, if the indictment is true, though please bear in mind that no one should be considered guilty until this is proven in a court of law, for mere seniority and little financial gain, as alleged, is truly shocking.
 arrow From Kansat to Paltan
These days, it seems, one must think twice before labelling the society we live in as a "democracy.
Culturearrow Celebrating 50 years of Bangladeshi films
To celebrate 50 years of Bangladeshi filmdom, Dhaka University Chalachitra Sangsad has organised a film screening session starting from yesterday.
 arrow Southern Glances: Serene images of the rustic coast
The scenic coastal locale of our country has amply featured in films, documentaries and photography.
 arrow Fame Jodi live in a musical extravaganza
Fame Gurukul captivated the hearts of millions on a roller-coaster ride of fierce competition, spectacular performances and stardom success. The show featured some of India's current singing sensations.
 arrow Bangalee Shamagra celebrates its second anniversary
Bangalee Shamagra, an organisation dedicated to the preservation of the works of eminent Bangalees in the different fields, celebrated its second anniversary on February 10.
Internationalarrow Iran may quit NPT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned yesterday the Islamic republic could leave the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if forced by the West to limit its disputed nuclear programme.
 arrow UPA govt to amend Foreigners' Act
With fresh assembly polls in India's Congress-ruled northeastern state of Assam round the corner, the Congress-led UPA government has decided to amend the Foreigners' Act to make it mandatory for a person
 arrow Nepal rejects foreign criticism of polls
Nepal yesterday rejected as "insolent" international criticism of local elections earlier this week that were boycotted by opposition parties.
 arrow 9 killed in clash with cops in Assam
Nine people were killed in a clash with police in India's revolt-hit northeast over the death of a rebel suspect allegedly in army custody, police said yesterday.
 arrow Muslims rally in Europe amid cartoon protests
Muslims were set to rally across Europe yesterday to vent their anger over satirical images of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM), a day after Denmark's ambassador to Syria temporarily left the country over
 arrow Hindu seer, 7 followers shot dead in India
A Hindu religious leader and seven of his disciples were shot dead by unknown killers in northern India, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cartoons of holy Prophet
We condemn in unequivocal terms the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that a Danish newspaper published, and some other newspapers in Europe reprinted.
 arrow Editorial: More irregularity at the EC
The Election Commission seems determined to keep itself embroiled in controversy.
 arrow The opportunity must not be missed
The Awami League (AL) lawmakers have at long last returned to parliament.
 arrow Confrontation with Iran over nuclear capability
The past few days have witnessed not only Muslim protests against deplorable cartoons denigrating Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) but also Iran's referral to the United Nations Security Council by the Board of
Letters to Editorarrow Facing reality in a nuclear world
Mr. Farid Zakaria recognised the ineffectiveness of American approach to Iran nuclear issue, then recommended to switch course: construct an (Arab) alliance to contain Iran (Time to face reality in Iran, DS Feb5, '06).
 arrow Valentine's Day
February 14 is observed all over the world as Valentine's Day. On this day the youths express their emotions, feelings of love. The way of expressing love is gradually changing.
 arrow Is it fair?
I think the fairness cream ads are going too far. Sometimes these ads are really harsh to watch. With the slogan "Tok er melanin dur kore" some people are making joke of some poor female customers.
 arrow Enemy of Islam
America is indeed an enemy of Islam. It is torturing Muslims in different places in the world. But America's success in Iraq is a disgrace. There are Muslims who are collaborating with America.
Star Healtharrow An effective approach to manage and prevent diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus is a complex metabolic disorder with disturbances of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism in which the body is unable to produce or properly use as well as store glucose.
 arrow Scopes of Bangladeshi doctors in Australia
In Australia, there are different kinds of professionals of Bangladeshi origin working in the pubic as well in the private sectors. One such group of professionals are medical doctors.
 arrow Roller coasters raise risk in heart patients
Keep your hands inside the cars may not be enough warning for people with heart disease who want to ride roller coasters, a new study found.
 arrow One third of cancer deaths avoidable
If people avoided major risk factors for cancer, more than a third of the 7 million annual deaths from the disease could be prevented, scientists said.
 arrow Head injury
Most head trauma involves injuries that are minor and don't require hospitalisation.
 arrow Some facts about bird flu
What is avian flu?
"Avian" refers to bird and "flu" is the common name for influenza. Avian flu is the influenza that infects birds.

 arrow Health News
Recently Hearing International, Bangladesh Chapter and Bisnupriya Hearing Centre, Narshingdi organised a daylong workshop on detection and treatment of deafness at Narshingdi.
 arrow Health News
A daylong seminar organised by National Healthcare Group, Singapore was held at a local hotel recently.
Star Cityarrow Where beggars sell their alms
Shahjahan Ali, 65, has just come to the Railway Colony grounds in Shahjahanpur to sell about 2 kilograms of rice he collected by begging all day long.
 arrow Cleaning, beautification work in progress
The government has undertaken a project to remove and revive the dirty and 'almost dead' lake in Khilgaon.
 arrow A chance to be self-dependant
In a corner of the Wasa Bhaban foyer at Karwanbazar, devoid of much light, around 20 street children could be seen learning the ABC of Bangla and English every evening.
 arrow Unauthorised buildings near ZIA pose risk to safe air traffic
Most of the unauthorised buildings in the landing approach of the Zia International Airport (ZIA) are yet to be demolished, posing a risk to safe air traffic.
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