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Front Pagearrow AL demands specific proposal from govt
The Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the government to send a written proposal specifying the terms of reference of the committee to be formed to discuss the opposition-proposed reforms in the caretaker
 arrow Construction yet another high-casualty sector
While media exposure, buyers' pressure and civil society's insistence have slightly improved the garment and ship-breaking workers' lot, those working in many other industrial sectors are still subject
 arrow Housewife to cringe for life at thought of cops
In severe pain and barely able to walk, Shahin Sultana Shanta, the woman victim of merciless police beating during the 14-party protest programme on March 12 shed tears murmuring, "I want to cry out as
 arrow Raid in B'baria, Sherpur to capture 2 Shura men
Law enforcers in their hunt especially for the two absconding Majlish-e-Shura members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) ran massive raids in Brahmanbaria and Sherpur yesterday and arrested sixJMB
 arrow Caretaker govt faced problems in dealing with armed forces
The caretaker governments faced difficulties in dealing with the armed forces before the parliamentary elections as the forces who play vital role in maintaining polls security are kept under the president
 arrow Project shelved over nature of financing
The initiative to set up 20kilometre elevated expressway from Kemal Ataturk Avenue to Jatrabari in the capital has been shelved as Dhaka and Bangkok failed to agree on the nature of financing and some
 arrow Eden in chaos as JCD leaders involved in murky business
Leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Eden University College unit have been taking money illegally from students seeking admission to honours first year classes in exchange for arranging their
 arrow EC delegation for open trial of Rahman, Bangla Bhai
The visiting European Commission (EC) delegation yesterday asked the government to ensure an open and transparent process of trial for militant leaders Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai.
 arrow EU hopes all parties to work constructively to reach deal
The European Union (EU) yesterday hoped that all political parties in Bangladesh would work constructively to reach an agreement on key electoral reforms to ensure a sound basis for next general elections.
 arrow Maimed by Bangla Bhai, then killed in 'crossfire'
"All hopes of our family have been shattered when my father, the main bread-earner, was killed in crossfire after Bangla Bhai left him maimed.
 arrow BNP leaders say ToR can't be specified before forming body
In response to Awami League's demand for a written and specific proposal mentioning the terms of reference (ToR) of the government-opposition committee to discuss reform agenda, the ruling party top brass
 arrow US suspends Peace Corps activities amid terror fear
The United States yesterday suspended indefinitely its Peace Corps activities in Bangladesh, fearing possible attacks on its volunteers in retaliation for recent capture of militant leaders.
 arrow Opposition alliance to hem in Wasa office today
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition coalition will lay siege to the Water And Sewerage Authority (Wasa) office in the city today protesting the poor water supply in the capital.
 arrow Court asks for probe report immediately
A Dhaka court on March 13 directed the investigation officer (IO) of another case filed against JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and nine others to submit the
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Rabitat Al-Alam Al-Islami in a rejoinder protested a portion of The Daily Star report "JMB's Covert Operations" published on March 10.
 arrow Disaster written on the wall
Some 954 people of 135 families, all of them stranded Pakistanis, are living amid high risk in two dilapidated Wapda buildings in Mirpur Section 11.
 arrow Private sector should manage economic side
US Charge d' Affaires Judith Chammas yesterday said initiative should be taken to hand over the management of all government bodies relating to economy, including Chittagong seaport, to private sector
 arrow Govt approves renewal of trade deal with India
The government has approved renewing for two years the bilateral trade agreement between Bangladesh and India to be signed during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's three-day visit to New Delhi beginning on
 arrow Oriental Bank fined over suspicious transactions
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday fined Oriental Bank Tk 1 lakh as the bank management did not report some suspicious transactions at one of its branches to the central bank as demanded by law.
 arrow Petrobangla okays Total's Tullow takeover
Petrobangla yesterday approved the takeover of Irish company Tullow's oil and gas exploration rights by the French oil giant Total in the offshore blocks 17 and 18.
 arrow Militants found teenagers easy to brainwash
Leaders of Islamist militant outfits used to recruit adolescent boys and train them up as die-hard cadres finding them easy to motivate.
Businessarrow EC team vows to support Dhaka's interests in WTO
The European Commission delegation yesterday vowed to continue its support for the interests of Bangladesh as a least developed country (LDC) in WTO negotiations.
 arrow Tata Steel plant to help Bangladesh better BoP
Tata Steel project will result in a positive change in Bangladesh's balance of payment (BoP) to the tune of around US$ 1 billion, as the company will be able to meet entire local demand for HR coil apart
 arrow FDI in services sector not helping economy much
Foreign direct investment (FDI) that Bangladesh received in last few years, was not much beneficial to the country’s overall economic growth, said Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director of Centrefor
 arrow SEC fines 2 stockbrokers
The Securities and Exchange Commission has fined Dhaka Stock Exchange's two stockbrokers -- Country Stock (Bangladesh) Ltd and Salam and Co -- Tk 1 lakh each for violation of securities rules.
 arrow SEC exempts SIBL directors from paying fines
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has exempted the 24 directors, managing director and company secretary of Social Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) from paying fines of Tk 100,000 each as the
 arrow Faruk Siddiqi takes over as new SEC chairman
Career bureaucrat Faruk Ahmed Siddiqi yesterday took over as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 arrow Thai exhibition from March 18
A three-day Thai export promotion fair titled 'Thailand Exhibition 2006' will be held in Dhaka on March 18-20.
 arrow EC president warns against protectionism in Europe
European Commission President Jose Mauel Barroso renewed a call Wednesday for EU states to resist the temptation of protectionism and said that he would protect competition in Europe.
 arrow 'Chinese inaction on trade fuelling US protectionism'
China risks a showdown with protectionists in Congress unless it gets serious about tackling rampant copyright theft, US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil eases in Asian trade
Oil prices eased in Asian trade Wednesday ahead of a weekly report expected to show an increase in United States crude inventories, dealers said.
 arrow India's 11-month export gains offset by rising oil import prices
India's merchandise exports rose 26 percent in the 11 months to February, but rising oil import prices led to a widening trade gap, the government said Wednesday. Exports for the period rose to 88.
 arrow GP opens customer centre in Barisal
Mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd has opened a customer centre in Barisal city to provide after-sales services for its subscribers.
 arrow China, India offer growth potential for saturated car market
Booming auto sales in China and India are offering huge growth potential for a largely saturated global car market, US credit risk evaluator Standard and Poor's said Wednesday.
 arrow Remittances keep Lanka buoyant
Sri Lanka's overall balance of payments showed a 100 million dollar surplus for the two-months to February thanks to increased private remittances, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh hope a better bargain from India
When the International Cricket Council (ICC) sits in Dubai next week to approve the Future Tour Programme (FTP) of the ten Test playing nations for the next six years, Bangladesh will expect a betterbargain
 arrow Cricket: Tushar to lead Bangladesh A
National selectors once again ignored former national cap Al Shahriar's tremendous batting form when they announced a 13-member Bangladesh A team for the first Test of the coming home series against Sri
 arrow Cricket: SA focus on Test series
South Africa's euphoria after their victory in what has been hailed as the greatest one-day game of all time was officially declared over by coach Mickey Arthur ahead of the first Test against Australia
 arrow Cricket: King's job safe for now
The committee appointed by the West Indies Cricket Board to review the tenure of Bennett King, the West Indies coach, and his staff has been unable to determine whether the Board are getting value for
 arrow Football: East left out in the cold
Just one of the venues and one of the teams in the soccer World Cup in Germany will be based in the former communist east, making the already depressed region a sure loser of the championship.
 arrow Cricket: No interest about ODI in Bogra
The excitement that gripped people of Bogra during Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh in February and earlier this month, has died down although the northern town is ready to host the first one-day international
 arrow Football: Hosts name sub-committees
The local organising committee of the AFC Challenge Cup yesterday named the 12 sub-committees for the 16-nation meet to be held in Dhaka and Chittagong next month.
 arrow Cricket: BCCB finally forms its committees
Almost seven months after being elected, the executive committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Control Board (BCCB) finally announced its 14 standing committees yesterday.
 arrow MCG hosts stunning opening
Giant koalas running amok, a flying tram and a performing duck took centre stage Wednesday as Melbourne staged an elaborate but light-hearted opening ceremony for the 18th Commonwealth Games.
 arrow Football: Inter home and dry
Inter Milan became the third Italian team to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League after they beat Ajax 1-0 here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting unsure on bowlers
Ricky Ponting is unsure who will get the nod as Brett Lee's new-ball partner in the first Test against South Africa starting on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Match-fixing plagues Bundesliga
The jailing of disgraced referee Robert Hoyzer in November was supposed to bring an end to the match-fixing scandal that rocked German football but a report on Wednesday claims Hoyzer was just the tip
 arrow Football: Inter confirm Italy's dominance in Europe
Inter Milan confirmed the strength of Serie A sides in Europe when they beat Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 to set up a Champions League quarterfinal against Villarreal.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis downs Davenport
Martina Hingis toppled Lindsay Davenport to reach the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open Tuesday, continuing a comeback that has amazed even her amazing compatriot Roger Federer.
 arrow Cricket: NCL 9th-round from today
Having sealed the one-day title of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League in the previous round, Rajshahi will look forward to cross the final hurdle in the first-class competition to achieve adouble
 arrow Cricket: SL lose trio for opening game
Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Ruchira Perera have been ruled out of the opening game of the three-match one-day international series against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Chelsea winning Ballack race
Bayern Munich admit they are resigned to losing German international captain Michael Ballack to Chelsea at the end of the season.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket talent hunt
5P Events, in association with Cricket Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB), will soon begin a programme called 'In search of cricket talent' across the country.
 arrow Football: Boro fan stabbed in Rome
Italian and English football fans clashed in Rome late Tuesday on the eve of a UEFA Cup match between Roma and Middlesbrough, with police reporting one stabbing.
 arrow Football: No curfew for WC parties
The German government has given partial permission for fans watching World Cup games on giant screens to continue celebrating - or drowning their sorrows - deep into the night.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre defeated Brave Heart Sporting Club comfortably by 64 runs in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Wrong decisions led to power crisis
Energy experts yesterday blamed mismanagement of power sector, system loss, flawed tariff structure and inefficiency of gas supply system for the acute power shortage, which has caused immense suffering
 arrow Present electoral system corrupt
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has said that present electoral system in the country is corrupt and a member of parliament (MP), elected through the system, can't reflect people's aspiration.
 arrow Govt urged to enact law for broadcast
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to enact law allowing the broadcasting of community radio (CR) in the country.
 arrow Islami Bank defends against BB accusation
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd. (IBBL) yesterday defended itself against central bank accusation of violating Anti-Money Laundering Act, saying nobody knows who is militant and who is not.
 arrow Water crisis hits Mirpur sec-10
About 40,000 residents at Mirpur section-10 in the capital have been facing acute water crisis for the last two months.
 arrow No difference between JMB and Jamaat
There is no difference between Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jamaat-e-Islami, speakers at a book publication ceremony said yesterday.
 arrow JCD's Grassroots Representative Meets begin on March 21
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, is going to hold its Grassroots Representative Meetings 2006 at six divisions across the country from March 21.
 arrow Malaysia urged to recruit more Bangladeshis
Newly appointed Malaysian High Commissioner Abdul Malek Abdul Aziz made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at Prime Minister's Office yesterday.
 arrow Nizami now demands deaths to Rahman, Bangla Bhai
Industries minister Matiur Rahman Nizami, who earlier denied the existence of Bangla Bhai saying he was a creation of the media, now changed his tone and demanded capital punishment to Bangla Bhai, Abdur
 arrow Sikder Hospital doctors perform major combined surgery
For the first time in medical history of Bangladesh, doctors at ZH Sikder Women's Medical College and Hospital has performed a successful combined heart, brain and leg revascularisation surgery.
 arrow BB can take action against militant-linked Islamic banks
If any Islamic bank is found to have links to the militants, Bangladesh Bank (BB) can take legal action against that bank, said Mukhlesur Rahman, secretary general of Central Shariah Board for Islamic
 arrow Ex-director gets bail in money laundering case
Former director of Islamic Foundation Moulana Fariduddin Masud yesterday obtained bail in one of the three cases filed against him with different police stations in the city.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 9.4 lakh looted
Armed robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and mobile phone sets worth about Tk 9.4 lakh from a house at Demra in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Programmes to observe birth anniversary of Bangabandhu
Awami League has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the National Children's Day marking the 87th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman tomorrow.
 arrow N'ganj poura chairman to face people today
For the first time in the country, a municipality chairman and ward commissioners will face the people of their constituencies today to answer their questions and listen to their grievances.
 arrow One arrested for torturing domestic help
A man was arrested for alleged torturing of his minor domestic help in the city yesterday. Police nabbed Humayun Kabir from his Khilgaon Chowdhury Para house in the morning and rescued 10-year-oldFaruk.
 arrow Outlaws kill BNP leader, old man
Outlawed Janajuddha cadres shot dead a BNP leader in Meherpur and hacked to death an old man in Chuadanga district last night.
 arrow Schoolboy killed in Ctg road accident
One schoolboy was killed when a speeding truck knocked him down at Chandanaish upazila yesterday.
 arrow New Canadian visa application centre opens
The Canadian High Commission opened a new Visa Application Centre in the city yesterday, operated by VFS (Bangladesh) Pvt Ltd.
Nationalarrow Salehi's property at RU, home yet to be attached
A court order for attachment of property of Rajshahi University Chhatra Shibir President Mahbubul Alam Shalehi has not reached Ulipur police in Kurigram district.
 arrow Try men behind militants
Awami League central publicity secretary Asaduzzaman Noor MP yesterday said the BNP-led four-party alliance government would be forced to accept opposition's proposed reforms of the caretaker system and
 arrow IRRI-Boro on 2000 hectares affected in Parbatipur
IRRI-Boro on about 2000 hectares in Parbatipur upazila is being seriously affected due to lack of irrigation as there is no water at many points in upstream portions of Dinajpur Canal of the Teesta Irrigation
 arrow Indigenous youths in Khagrachhari place 16-pt demand
The first council of Democratic Youth Forum (DYF), a newly formed organisation of indigenous youths, was held here yesterday with a vow to realise their 16-point demand including withdrawal of army from
 arrow Bring CHT under cell phone network
Journalists in Rangamati have demanded cell phone network to connect Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with rest of the country.
 arrow Convocation at KUET today
The first convocation of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) will be held today. President Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed, Chancellor of KUET, will be the chief guest at the ceremony.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh is not one of the world's poorest countries
Publications on Bangladesh by the World Bank and other agencies and organizations always say: "Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world.
 arrow The big nuclear deal
The euphoria among Indian supporters of the India-United States nuclear deal has not subsided even after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 9 page-long March 7 statement on the issue.
 arrow In quest of a credible election
The issue of reforms to ensure a free and credible election has brought the country to the brink of a deep political crisis.
Culturearrow Ahmed Nadalian, an artist with a unique perspective
Exhibiting at the 12th Asian Art Biennial is an 'interactive multimedia' display, titled Paradise by Iranian artist Ahmed Nadalian.
 arrow Kachher Manush to score 100
To observe the 100th episode of popular mega serial Kachher Manush, eminent Indian novelist Suchitra Bhattacharjee is in Dhaka.
 arrow New drama serial on Rtv
Based on the true accounts of the zamindar of Bhawal estate, Ramendra Narayan, several plays have been made.
 arrow Brokeback author bashes Crash
Annie Proulx, whose 1997 short story inspired the film Brokeback Mountain, has penned a scattershot blast in a British newspaper, unleashing her anger over the film's best-picture Oscar loss.
Internationalarrow Palestinian areas hit by general strike
The Palestinian territories ground to a halt under a general strike Wednesday to protest against an Israeli army raid on a West Bank prison, as the authorities braced for further violence.
 arrow 11 killed in US raid in Iraq
Eleven people, most women and children, were killed when a house was bombed during a US raid north of Baghdad early Wednesday, police and relatives said.
 arrow Iran urges Russia, China to defend nuclear work
Iran on Wednesday urged key UN Security Council members Russia and China to defend its nuclear programme as the world body meets to address the Iranian atomic case, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow WTC site rebuilding talks break off
Negotiations between the developer of the World Trade Center site and New York officials broke off on Wednesday after the sides missed a deadline to resolve who would construct which buildings at Ground
 arrow India gears up to tackle new bird flu outbreak
Indian authorities geared up Wednesday to begin a new mass slaughter of poultry after fresh cases of bird flu were found in the western state of Maharashtra.
 arrow Saddam calls tribunal a ‘comedy'
Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein took to the stand in his own defense on Wednesday and denounced his trial as a "comedy".
 arrow Pak troops blow up madrassa near Afghan border
Pakistani troops using explosives Wednesday destroyed an Islamic school suspected of being a hideout for militants in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
 arrow Nepal strike enters second day, transport crippled
A week-long road blockade called by Nepal's Maoist rebels seeking to topple King Gyanendra's royal government entered its second day Wednesday, affecting the transport of vital supplies.
 arrow 'Spiderman' sentenced to jail in Hong Kong
A Briton who brought traffic to a standstill in Hong Kong when he staged a daring anti-China protest dressed as Spiderman was sentenced to 21 days in jail, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Just a flicker of hope
We welcome the government's offer of a dialogue to form a cross-party committee with a view to discussing electoral and caretaker government reforms having been proposed and tabled by the opposition.
 arrow Editorial: Eden College fracas
Once again JCD cadres have been running riot on campus and once again the authorities and law enforcement have stood by and watched as these activists, many of whom have no right to even be on campus,
 arrow Do bilateral agreements really facilitate trade?
The Daily Star in its March 9 issue reported that Bangladesh is likely to sign a revised version of the trade agreement with India concluded in 1980 during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's forthcoming visit
 arrow Geo-political maturity
Taking on China along the McMohan Line in late 1962 ("PM Jawarharlal Nehru orders Jawans to throw the Chinese out," screamed newspaper headlines), India was itself evicted from North East Frontier Agency
Letters to Editorarrow Our youths
There is something wrong somewhere in the psyche of our youths that can well be noticed in the case of our young Tigers. Our youths have been failing us in their attempts every now and then.
 arrow Cartoon issue looms large
The western world has already launched a fresh and full-fledged war against Muslims in a naked way.
 arrow North Bengal suffers
North Bengal is bounded by the mighty Ganges-Padma River in the south, the Brahmaputra- Jamuna in the east and India in the north and west. About 1/3rd of our total population live here.
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