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Front Pagearrow JS body asks Desa to revoke Tk 10cr incentive bonus
Irked by financial irregularities and mismanagement in Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa), the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday asked the authorities to recover Tk10
 arrow NBR targets 200 big businessmen
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) launches a drive next month to ascertain the actual income and expenditure of 200 businessmen under its large taxpayers' unit (LTU).
 arrow Govt denies allowing transit to India
The government yesterday denied allowing transit to India during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's just-concluded visit and termed the visit a great success.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai, chargesheeted
Police yesterday pressed charges against nine top JMB leaders including its supremo Abdur Rahman and second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai for killing two judges in Jhalakathi on November
 arrow Shanta accusers traceless
The persons who filed two cases against Shahin Sultana Shanta, victim of March 12 police brutality during a 14-party protest progra-mme, used false addresses for their houses, which has triggered suspicion
 arrow Target of JMB attacks could be Americans, Westerners
A US State Department announcement has apprehended that the target of new JMB attacks could be Americans, other Westerners or Bangladeshis.
 arrow JMB chief won't seek bail from 'worldly' court
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman said he would not seek bail from a 'worldly' court when he was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) court in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Drive to punish fire hazard factories next month
The government will launch a countrywide drive on April 1 to identify and punish industrial units non-compliant with safety rules to eliminate fire-related accidents.
 arrow 'Akbar to bear blame for price increase'
A parliamentary body, which has already questioned the 'mysterious' increase in the cost of building an ocean-going ship, yesterday warned the shipping minister that he will have to bear the responsibility
 arrow Sonia quits as Lok Sabha MP over controversy
Congress party President Sonia Gandhi yesterday resigned from Lok Sabha in the wake of a political storm on the issue of the government's move to promulgate a controversial ordinance on redefining the
 arrow Farmers agitate for power, fertiliser
Hundreds of vehicles, including that of a state minister, were stuck for hours along the Dhaka-Rangpur-Dinajpur Highway yesterday as the farmers agitating for power and fertiliser put barricades on the
 arrow Mohiuddin sends letter to PM with recommendations
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chow-dhury yesterday sent a letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia protesting the government's decision to hand over management of New Mooring Container
 arrow Kenya lost in Rafique maze
A wily Mohammad Rafique claimed his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals as Bang-ladesh pulled off a thrilling 20-run victory against Kenya at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Lurking Danger

 arrow Authorities asked to stop scrapping of toxic ship
Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday urged the authorities concerned to take immediate action against the scrapping of MV Teem, a ship carrying harmful substances, without taking
 arrow Asia Energy warned not to interfere with policy decision
Energy Ministry yesterday warned foreign firm Asia Energy, the developer of Phulbari coal-mine project, not to interfere with policy decision of the government.
 arrow Work ban on Judge Chunnu extended again
The High Court yesterday further extended for six weeks the injunction order on discharging of judicial functions by Rezaul Karim Khan Chunnu, a divisional special judge of Dhaka.
 arrow China in accord with Russia on Iran
China said yesterday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin left Beijing, that Beijing and Moscow are in accord on Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.
 arrow US-UK forces rescue 3 Western hostages
US and British forces yesterday rescued three Western hostages held captive in Iraq for almost four months, amid an explosion of violence that left at least 56 people dead.
 arrow Bhuiyan set to reply to Jalil's letter
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan is expected to reply in a day or two to the letter of Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil on the prime minister-proposed joint committee to discuss opposition's
 arrow HC orders Deen Mohammad to surrender Mar 27
The High Court yesterday ordered Deen Mohammad, owner of the Phoenix building that collapsed last month, to surrender before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court for bail on March 27.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot a Bangladeshi dead at Durlavpur union of Shibganj upazila. The victim was identified as Shahidul (20), son of Abdul Malek. He hails from Charpaka village.
Businessarrow Cellphone firms seek stable regulatory environment
GSM Asia Pacific conference ended in Dhaka yesterday stressing the need for a supportive regulatory regime for mobile phone operators.
 arrow BB monitoring profit repatriation by foreign companies: Governor
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the BB has started monitoring profit repatriation by foreign companies, particularly cellphone operators, to contain volatility in the foreign
 arrow First-ever pottery trade fair kicks off
The first-ever pottery trade fair began at Bashundhara Exhibition Centre in Dhaka yesterday with a view to creating business opportunities for rural potters.
 arrow Leather service centre opens
Bangladesh Leather Service Centre (BLSC) was inaugurated at Bangladesh College of Leather Technology in Dhaka. Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury formally inaugurated the centre.
 arrow 55 vie for 27 directors of BKMEA
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturer and Exporter Association (BKMEA) election scheduled for April 8 will be a direct clash between the 'Knit Oikya Parishad' and the 'Sammilita Knit Forum'.
 arrow Lamy for concessions from big powers
The European Union, the United States and big developing countries must make concessions in global trade liberalisation talks, which are at a critical juncture, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said Thursday.
 arrow Protectionism clouds EU economic summit
EU leaders gather for an economic summit Thursday aimed at giving a shot in the arm to Europe's long-flagging economy, but resurgent protectionism will cast a long shadow over the talks.
 arrow Beijing accuses Washington of undermining world trade
China accused the United States on Thursday of severely undermining the world trade system and insisted US policies were to blame for the huge trade deficit between the two nations.
 arrow EU to offer 500m euros to LatAm water projects
The European Union (EU) has agreed to offer 500 million euros in aid for Latin American water projects, Spanish Minister of Environment Cristina Narbona said Wednesday.
 arrow New Singer Plus store in Dinajpur
Singer has expanded its sales network by opening a new Singer Plus store at New Town in Dinajpur on Tuesday.
 arrow Oil prices rally
World oil prices rose on Wednesday following news that US crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week, dealers said.
 arrow Malaysia Proton cars to be cheaper
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday that prices of cars built by national makers Proton and Perodua, and some foreign makes, will fall following a new auto policy.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers sweat to see off Kenya
As was widely expected, Bangladesh clinched the one-day series against Kenya with one match in hand but their 20-run victory in the third game at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Thursday was not a fitting
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka spoil Rajshahi's party
Champions-elect Rajshahi could not finish off their already successful one-day campaign with a win.
 arrow Cricket: FICA warns of burnout
The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has expressed surprise and disappointment with the ICC executive's decision to endorse the Future Tours Programme.
 arrow Cricket: Sunny joins in criticism
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar joined other leading stars of the game on Thursday in condemning a spineless performance by India's batsmen in the third and final Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Mubarak powers SL A
Jehan Mubarak led from the front as the opening day of the first four-day match belonged to Sri Lanka A yesterday. The visitors reached 304-4 at stumps against Bangladesh A at BKSP.
 arrow Cricket: Shaun boost for SA
Shaun Pollock, South Africa's leading wicket-taker, was set to take his place in the South African team for the second Test against Australia at Kingsmead on Friday after bowling without any injury worries
 arrow Chess: Rajib retains lead
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib regained his solo lead with 11.5 points after the end of the 12th round games of the final phase in the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship.
 arrow Kabadi: Nat'l Kabaddi
The semifinals of the 26th National Kabaddi Competition were held yesterday. In the first semifinal, Bangladesh Police defeated Khulna district by 53-12 with four lonas.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha Cricket
Brave Heart Sporting Club handed a six wicket defeat to Sapient Sporting Club in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League held at the Gaibandha stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Germans regain respect
World Cup hosts Germany crushed the United States 4-1 here on Wednesday for a much-needed morale boost ahead of this summer's footballing extravaganza.
 arrow Football: Kahn or Lehmann?
After rotating his two leading goalkeepers for 20 months Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann must now make a final decision before naming his 23-man World Cup squad on May 15.
 arrow India in drugs shadow
Jana Pittman reignited her love affair with the Australian crowd on Thursday but found her golden moment overshadowed by a drugs cloud engulfing the Indian Commonwealth Games weightlifting team.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo saves Real blushes
Ronaldo ended his goalscoring drought by grabbing a last-gasp equaliser to earn Real Madrid a dramatic 1-1 draw at Real Zaragoza on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea squeak into semis
John Terry kept Chelsea's bid for a league and Cup double on track with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Newcastle in their FA Cup quarterfinal here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: UEFA stands against G14
Clubs participating in European competitions could soon be asked to declare their support for the sport's administrators or face exclusion.
 arrow Cricket: Afghan catches Gatting!
Fast bowler Hafti Gulabid claimed the prize wicket of Mike Gatting as an Afghanistan side won their first ever match against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Palermo, Inter on advantage
Palermo came from a goal down to beat AS Roma 2-1 while Inter Milan beat Udinese 1-0 in their Italian Cup semifinal, first-leg matches on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Capello dreams of England
Juventus coach Fabio Capello says his dream is to coach England.
 arrow Football: Beckhams not for Bayern
Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath insists the German champions are not interested in bringing in glamour players, such as Real Madrid ace and England captain David Beckham, as they look to replace Michael
Metropolitanarrow Improving children's health a must for better future
Expressing deep concern over the poor health status of primary schoolchildren, medical experts and educationists at a roundtable yesterday recommended a comprehensive programme to improve children's health
 arrow Intensify struggle for democracy to make nation prosperous
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for intensifying the present struggle for strengthening the foundation of democracy and making the nation prosperous.
 arrow Reunite to uphold dignity of national flag
All pro-liberation and progressive forces have to be reunited to uphold the dignity of the national flag by resisting the anti-liberation elements, said the speakers at a unique flag rally in the capital
 arrow Unified grading system at DU from current session
Dhaka University (DU) is going to introduce unified grading system for all faculties and institutions from the current academic session (2005-2006).
 arrow 'Introduce mother language-based unified edn system'
Renowned educationist Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday called for bringing massive changes to the education system, saying that it is creating discrimination among the people and not highlighting the spirit
 arrow BNP to wipe out corruption if voted to power again
BNP has rooted out terrorism as per its commitment made prior to the previous election and it will wipe out corruption this time if voted to power, party Senior Secretary General Tarique Rahman said.
 arrow Acute power crisis in Chittagong
Frequent power outage in the port city for last few days is causing unbearable sufferings to city dwellers especially the students of on-going Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations and hampering
 arrow Kibria killers are in govt
Dr Reza Kibria, son of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday said that the killers of his father are in the BNP-led alliance government and now it is clear who they are.
 arrow Properties worth Tk 30 lakh gutted in Nilphamari
Four big business establishments were gutted and properties worth about Tk 30 lakh damaged in a devastating fire at Jaldhaka Bazar in Jaldhaka upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 of a family die after taking ayurvedic medicine
Two of a family died and three others fell sick after taking ayurvedic medicine from four fake Ayurvedic practitioners at Konabari village under Kazipur upazila of Sirajganj on Wednesday night.
 arrow Khulna shrimp exporter held on charge of car lifting
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested frozen shrimp exporter Abul Kalam Azad alias Biku Kazi on Wednesday night for his alleged involvement in theft of cars.
 arrow Pakistan to help Bangladesh grow wheat, cotton
Pakistan will help Bangladesh to grow heat resistant wheat and sort duration cotton under an agriculture cooperation agreement between the two countries.
 arrow DU teacher receives threat from extortionists
An unknown caller identifying himself as 'Kala Jahangir' issued a threat to Prof Md Selim Bhuiyan, a teacher of Dhaka University (DU), on Wednesday, saying that his family members would face serious danger
 arrow Lord Avebury keen to find out political masters of Bangla Bhai
Vice Chair of UK Parliamentary Human Rights Group Lord Avebury has expressed keenness to find out the political masters of militant kingpin Bangla Bhai.
 arrow By-election in Gaibandha-4 on May 9
By-election in Gaibandha-4 will be held on May 9, according to an Election Commission announcement.
 arrow 20 hurt as AL, BNP workers clash in Narsingdi
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between Awami League and BNP supporters at Ghorashal Urea Fertilizer Factory yesterday over the transfer of its two workers.
 arrow Girl killed after rape in city
The body of a teenage girl, believed to have been raped before killing, was recovered in the city yesterday. The identity of the girl, aged around 17, could not be known immediately.
 arrow One killed in road accident
One person was killed and six others were injured in a road accident on Chandpur-Comilla road at Shuapara area under Shahrasti upazila yesterday.
 arrow 70 prisoners to be freed on Independence Day
The government has decided to release 70 under-trial prisoners, who are detained for committing minor offences, from various jails in the country on the occasion of the Independence and National Day-2006,
 arrow Cop killed in road accident
A police constable was killed in a road accident near Nikunja in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
The dead was identified as Billal Hossain, 22, of the Armed Police Battalion.

 arrow British HC closed on March 26
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on March 26 on the occasion of Independence Day, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Mushtaque honoured
Dr Mustaque Chowdhury, deputy executive director of BRAC and dean of James P Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University, has been awarded the 'Social Innovator of the Year' award recently, saysa
 arrow Appeal for help
Shamsun Nahar Mahmuda, mother of a 13-year-old daughter, has sought financial assistance for her treatment as one of her heart valves has been damaged.
Point-Counterpointarrow Comments on Tata's proposal: Gas contract with Tata
[This piece is Part III of a 3-part series that contains the full text of a report prepared at the request of the Board of Investment, Government of Bangladesh.
 arrow Upright policing: Flashes from the neighbourhood
In our task-oriented society where admonishing is a much indulged practice, it has been a very familiar sight to see our public servants, in particular the police, being bombarded with advice and directions
 arrow Grammar of consultations
The conspicuous emergence of religious extremist forces in Bangladesh through deadly bombing operations has for long eclipsed a significant national agenda.
Culturearrow Freedom "on-the-air"
ASHFAQUR Rahman Khan, a retired Deputy Director General of Bangladesh Betar, was among the witnesses to the turbulent times of the 70s.
 arrow A museum of and for the people
On March 22, 1996 the Liberation War Museum was inaugurated; artistes were singing Muktir mandir shopan toley koto praan holo balidaan -- recalling the sacrifice of millions, the cost of our independence.
 arrow Pottery Trade Fair
The National Pottery Trade Fair 2006 began at Bashundhara City yesterday. There were 15 stalls and all presented clay items that are in everyday use.
 arrow Special TV Play on Independence Day
To mark Independence Day, the TV channels will air single-episode plays and tele-films based on the theme of the Liberation War and its impact on our lives.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The issue is water use
If we had any radar screen for observing the groundwater situation we would have seen two SOS signals bleeping in and away, both of them related to the overuse of subterranean waters lowering down their
 arrow Editorial: A vessel with poisonous cargo
Following a report in the media government had put an embargo on entry of the vessel S. S. Norway into the waters of Bangladesh because of its allegedly carrying hazardous cargo of asbestos.
 arrow Not a moment too soon
The big meeting that was held at the Dhaka Sheraton on March 20 to kick off the civil society initiative for clean candidates was significant, not so much for its subject matter -- though I am in favour
 arrow Please boycott those who get caught
It irked me when a former state minister recently appeared on television and talked about a national situation. It was good to hear his eloquent monologue, his clever response to defend the government.
 arrow India cannot match US-China economic relations
I am writing this with reference to the article "President Bush in India," by Kazi Anwarul Masud (DS March 19). President George W.
Letters to Editorarrow Save the farmers
Bangladesh is a country where most of the people live in villages. But farming, the main source of the villagers' income, is in big trouble now.
 arrow Management of ports
Recently, I had the opportunity of passing through the international airport of Dhaka and felt so bad.
 arrow Jatka trade
It was an excellent report on the subject by your reporter Mr.
 arrow Bangladesh and its future
You can positively think that Bangladesh has the potential and can achieve 10 percent GDP growth. The trickle down effect will be enormous.
 arrow Opposition leader's stand
We are really surprised by the words of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina concerning the arrest of the most wanted terrorist Shaikh Abdur Rahman.
 arrow Election pledges
By politics, I mean not conspiracies or intrigues but serving the people with dedication. The election pledges of any party should be as follows:
 arrow "Shangkhonad"
Bangladeshi film producers are making good films. The latest 'Shangkhonad' by Abu Sayeed is a good example of the quality films being produced here.
 arrow Identity crisis
I read the article 'Overcoming identity crisis' by AK Abedur Rahman.
 arrow Endangered plant
In Bangladesh presently we are losing a good number species of trees or plants which are endangered due to the deteriorating ecological balance.
 arrow Drug addiction
Drug addiction is not a new phenomenon in the history of criminal activities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Looking forward
We want to see the same victory in our financial field, boosting the telecom industry, stepping forward to clear the blockage in adopting fiber optic backbone.
 arrow DS sports news
I am a regular reader of DS sports pages.
Environmentarrow Local action for global challenge
The broad objectives of the Fourth World Water Forum of the world leaders and water professionals organised by the World Water Council, a think tank, in Mexico are (a) to actively promote the participation
Worldarrow South Asia: Maoists, parties try to turn up heat on Nepal king
The government calls it an "unholy alliance" but Nepal's Maoist rebels and political parties are working together for the first time to turn up the heat on King Gyanendra who seized power last year.
 arrow South Asia: Colombo endangering talks
The Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused Sri Lanka of endangering efforts to end ethnic bloodshed by imposing fresh conditions on their political activity.
 arrow South Asia: Afghans probe killings after Pak complaint
Afghan authorities have launched an investigation into the killing of 16 men an army officer described as Taliban but who Pakistan said were its citizens visiting Afghanistan for a holiday.
 arrow South Asia: 'India is a prime US foreign policy priority'
India now is a "singularly important" US foreign policy priority, a senior Washington official said Wednesday, pointing to flourishing economic and political ties and this month's landmark bilateral nuclear
 arrow South Asia: Tigers abducting fewer children, says UN
Children are still being kidnapped by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers to train as fighters, the UN children's agency Unicef says, but the abductions appear to be less frequent four years into a ceasefire.
 arrow South Asia: Asean envoy in Myanmar for HR inspection
Asean's special envoy to Myanmar arrived in the capital Yangon yesterday to press the military junta on democracy and human rights, according to security sources.
 arrow South Asia: Famed tortoise no more
Zoo officials in Kolkata said yesterday a famed 225-year-old tortoise brought to the eastern Indian city during the rule of the British East India Company has died.
 arrow South Asia: Arrest warrant issued for Indian artist MF Husain
A court has issued an arrest warrant for M.F. Husain, India's best-known artist, after he failed to appear in a case related to his depiction of a nude "Mother India", a report said yesterday.
 arrow Olmert issues warning to Israeli parties
Israeli Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published yesterday that any Israeli political parties that refuse to accept his plan of withdrawing from parts of the West Bank would not
 arrow Protesters give Thai PM deadline to quit
Thailand's embattled prime minister yesterday dismissed a threat from his opponents to step up their protest campaign to bring him down unless he resigned by the end of the day.
 arrow Chile bus crash kills 12 American tourists
A bus carrying cruise ship tourists plunged off a highway in northern Chile and tumbled 300 feet down a mountainside Wednesday, killing 12 Americans, US and Chilean officials said.
 arrow Heavy smokers 40pc likelier to be impotent
Men who smoke more than a pack of cigarettes a day are nearly 40 percent likelier to suffer from impotence than non-smokers, says a study published yesterday.
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