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Front Pagearrow CEC faces contempt for 'lacking confidence' in SC
The Supreme Court yesterday issued a suo moto contempt rule against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and BNP lawmaker Nurul Islam Moni apparently for lacking confidence in the apex court dealing
 arrow 9-yr low rainfall raises spectre of drought
For the first time in nine years, Bangladesh is going through a drought-like situation as in the rest of South Asia.
 arrow Farming gets hardly one-fourth of need
The parliamentary standing committee on power ministry yesterday expressed discontent over the deteriorating power situation and asked the Power Division to ensure adequate supply of electricity to the
 arrow Govt commits to 38pc job cut before sale
The government has committed to potential foreign buyers of Rupali Bank that it would reduce 38 percent of the existing workforce prior to sale of the bank.
 arrow Kuwait-based NGO using funds despite govt ban
Despite an embargo on its fund release due to alleged terror links, the Kuwait-based NGO Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) is using bank accounts to run official work without the government's
 arrow Owner gets bail after depositing Tk 1.2 crore as compensation
Deen Mohammad, owner of Phoenix building that collapsed last month, obtained bail along with five others yesterday from a Dhaka court after depositing Tk 1.
 arrow First unit resumes trial production today
The first 125MW unit of the country's first coal-based Barapukuria 250MW Power Plant, which was shut down for technical glitches in January, will resume trial production from today.
 arrow 3 customs men sued for Tk 24 lakh 'missing' cellphones
Sylhet Detective Branch of police on March 25 night filed a case against three customs officials on charge of misappropriating mobile phone sets worth about Tk 24 lakh from a department godown.
 arrow Tap water to sell as drinking water

 arrow Kamal blasts govt for politicisation of administration
Convenor of Jatiya Oikya Mancha Dr Kamal Hossain accused the government of violating the constitution through indiscriminate politicisation of administration.
 arrow Kuwaiti NGO chief now in Dhaka
Abdul Aziz Mal-ullah, country chief of Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), an NGO believed to have been funding Islamist militants, is now on a visit to Bangladesh since March 21.
 arrow PM okays AL allies' inclusion in committee
Ruling BNP is going to write back to the Awami League conveying its willingness that the proposed committee to discuss the opposition's reform proposals may include representatives of the AL's left-leaning
 arrow SC Bar demands judicial probe into 'crossfire' killings
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded judicial investigation into 204 extra-judicial killings in the name of "encounter" and "crossfire" in the last two years.
 arrow 6 killed, 4 hurt as bus rams three-wheeler
Six people were killed and four others injured, two of them critically, as a bus rammed a three-wheeler vehicle yesterday near Baghopara Mazar in the town.
 arrow Unbearable stench

 arrow Power-hungry farmers lay siege to MP's house, block road
Hundreds of farmers agitating for uninterrupted power supply for irrigating their Irri-boro lands laid a siege to the house of a lawmaker in Chapainawabganj and blocked a road in Jessore yesterday.
 arrow Total eclipse of sun tomorrow
A total eclipse of the sun will occur tomorrow and it will be visible allover Bangladesh if the sky remains clear. The eclipse will start at 1:36:48 pm and end at 6:45:36 pm (BST).
 arrow HC asks govt not to arrest, harass Shanta
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government not to arrest or harass Advocate Shahin Sultana Shanta in any case in 48 hours of the court order upon a writ petition filed by her.
 arrow Hearing of 2 cases against Sunny today
The hearing of two cases against the military commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny and four others will be held at a Dhaka court today.
 arrow Cops to get 317 more vehicles
The government yesterday approved a proposal for purchasing 317 more vehicles for the police department at a cost of about Tk 37 crore.
 arrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai to appear before Chandpur court April 16
The Special Tribunal Court yesterday directed the police to produce JMB Chief Abdur Rahman, second-in-command Bangla Bhai and its military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny before it on April 16 in the blast
 arrow 40 killed in attack on Iraqi army base
A suicide bomber yesterday killed 40 people waiting outside an Iraqi army recruitment centre as US forces defended themselves against charges of attacking a Shia mosque in Baghdad.
 arrow Thaksin's frantic offer for nat'l govt rejected
Opponents of Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday rejected his offer to form a national unity government if he wins troubled elections next weekend.
 arrow Hamas ready for int'l ME peace push
Incoming Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya pledged yesterday his Hamas government would spare no effort in striving for peace in the Middle East as MPs prepared to approve his cabinet line-up.
 arrow AL to force BNP accept reforms thru' talks, agitation
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP said they would force the government to accept the reforms in caretaker government and election commission systems through united movement alongsidedialogue.
Businessarrow Take initiative to privatise operation of New Mooring Container Terminal
Foreign investors in Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to take an immediate initiative to denationalise the operation and management of New Mooring Container Terminal of Chittagong Port.
 arrow Credit facility for maize farming pays dividend
Crossing the conventional banking line, a private commercial bank experimentally gave loans to maize farmers in remote areas in Lalmonirhat district in 2004.
 arrow BTRC plays foul with Dhaka's fixed telephone licences
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has stipulated several controversial and extra-legal conditions in the bids it has invited for private sector-operated fixed phone operating licences
 arrow Japan keen to support private sector development
Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Matsushiro Horiguchi yesterday said his country is keen to assist Bangladesh in developing trade and investment climate, economic infrastructure and human resources to facilitate
 arrow Campaign begins today to make RMG units efficient
A special campaign begins today to make garment units efficient to face fire incidents.
 arrow New office bearers of France-Bangla chamber
Syed Farhad Ahmed, managing director of Texax Resources Ltd, has been elected president of France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 arrow DBH awarded 'AAA' rating
Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) received long term 'AAA' and short term 'ST1' ratings, which are the highest levels of ratings, says a press release.
 arrow China says textile exports benefit US, EU
China's textile exports benefit the United States, the European Union and other developed countries, as the low-cost products help them save money, Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said Monday.
 arrow Banglalink holds musical evening for truck drivers
Mobile phone operator Banglalink and Jessore motor workers' association held a musical evening on Saturday for the members of the association.
 arrow Oil prices fall
World oil prices dropped on Monday, but remained close to 64.0 dollars per barrel in New York amid supply concerns.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rajshahi's delightful double
Rajshahi Division's pensive 24-hour wait was finally over yesterday afternoon when Chittagong crashed to a six-wicket defeat against Barisal only to confirm their maiden first-class title on the final
 arrow Football: Hosts ready for AFC challenge
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman on Monday said that Bangladesh would live up to its reputation as a hospitable host when the AFC Challenge Cup begins here next week.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag boost for India
Under-pressure India enjoyed a timely boost when aggressive opener Virender Sehwag was declared fit for the opening one-dayer against a resurgent England in the capital on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Asif helps Pak gain edge
Paceman Mohammad Asif and spinner Danish Kaneria shared seven wickets as Pakistan dominated the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Prolific Ricky leads Aus march
Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored two centuries in a match for the third time this season before setting Australia a victory target of 410 on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa
 arrow Football: Akhmedov for lively football
Indian youth coach Islam Akhmedov hopes his young side would make a semifinal appearance in next month's AFC Challenge Cup in Bangladesh, according to the AFC website.
 arrow Alo returns with team
Bangladeshi shooter Towfiqur Rahman Alo, who was arrested in Melbourne on Saturday during the 18th Commonwealth Games for sexually harassing a 24-year-old Australian girl at the Games Village, was expected
 arrow Football: The real Madrid returns
Real Madrid notched their first win in four games and moved back up to second place in La Liga after thrashing Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 in the Spanish Primera Liga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Catalan legend plots Barca downfall
Benfica coach Ronald Koeman is plotting the downfall of Barcelona in the Champions League Tuesday -- 14 years after inspiring the Catalan giants to their greatest victory in European football.
 arrow Football: Wenger wary of pupils
If Juventus wreck Arsenal's dream of Champions League glory this season, Arsene Wenger will have only himself to blame.
 arrow Football: Giggs motivates United victory
Ryan Giggs inspired Manchester United to a comfortable 3-0 win over Birmingham City as Sir Alex Ferguson's men made it seven straight victories at Old Trafford to leapfrog Liverpool back into second place
 arrow Cricket: Sachin admitted to hospital
Star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was admitted to the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth here on Monday for undergoing a shoulder surgery. The surgery will be done by Dr.
 arrow Cricket: Third day abandoned
Rain and a wet outfield forced match officials to abandon all play on the third day of the third and final cricket Test between New Zealand and the West Indies here Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania to lead India
Sania Mirza will lead India's campaign in the Fed Cup women's team tennis competition to be played in Seoul, Korea, next month.
 arrow Golf: Saniya wins Unilever golf title
Saniya Ebisawa and Shamim Inteqhab clinched the men's and women's titles respectively in the fourth Unilever Independence Day Golf Tournament-2006.
 arrow Football: Sheva rates Juninho
Brazil and Olympique Lyon midfielder Juninho is better at free kicks than compatriot Ronaldinho, says AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko.
 arrow Basketball: St. Gregory mini b'ball
Spurs won the seniors title while Celticks claimed it for the juniors in the daylong mini basketball championships of St. Gregory School on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha Cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club defeated Gorsthanpara Krira Sangstha by 54 runs in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Dust posing serious health hazards in urban areas
Dust hazard, especially in urban areas, is endangering public health by affecting human respiratory system, damaging vital organs like lung and obstructing normal breathing.
 arrow Southwestern region to face environmental disasters
Water experts yesterday warned that the southwestern region of the country would face massive environmental disasters very soon as lower Meghna is failing to prevent intrusion of saline water becauseof
 arrow Growth of mills, factories responsible for power shortage: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all sections of people, including professionals, to help continue the ongoing uplift activities of her government through the development-friendly governance.
 arrow Reopen dormitories within seven days
The students of Eden College yesterday issued an ultimatum to the college authorities to reopen the dormitories within seven days.
 arrow Live endoscopic brain surgery at DMCH
Endoscopic brain surgery, the most modern method in neurosurgery, is being conducted in the country since last one year.
 arrow Castro invites Khaleda to attend NAM Summit
Cuban President Fidel Castro formally invited Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to attend NAM Summit in mid-September in Cuba, saying his country is eagerly waiting to accord her warm reception.
 arrow NZ investors urged to invest in Bangladesh
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has called upon the investors of New Zealand for joint venture investment in Bangladesh for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
 arrow Tk 3.2cr Danish grant for Offshore Graphic Service Centre
As a part of the Danida Private Sector Development (PSD) Progra-mme, Niels Sever in Munk, Danish Ambassador to Bangla-desh, approved Tk 3.
 arrow BNP grand rally in Rajshahi tomorrow
A massive preparation for the March 29 divisional grand rally of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party is underway in full swing.
 arrow Workers Welfare Foundation Bill likely to be passed in next JS session
The Bangladesh Workers Welfare Foundation Bill 2006 is likely to be passed in the next session of the parliament to provide financial and other supports to the workers in the formal and informal sectors,
 arrow Female sweeper killed after rape in city
A female sweeper of Janata Bank was allegedly killed after rape in the city yesterday. The victim was identified as Nasima Begum, 40, of Chakbazar branch of the bank.
 arrow Body recovered
Police yesterday recovered body of an unidentified youth on a road near Ekata Housing at 4:00pm at Mohammadpur in the city. The miscreants slaughtered the youth, aged about 30.
 arrow One killed, 50 injured as villagers clash in B'baria
At least one person was killed and 50 others were injured in a clash over realisation of loan at Joydarkandi village under Sarail upazila in Brahmanbaria, police said yesterday.
 arrow 'Praney Esho Hey' by Rani Aklima launched
Praney Esho Hey, a compact disk (CD) on Tagore's song by Rani Aklima, was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow 15-minute token hartal observed in Rajshahi for gas
Rajshahi city dwellers observed a token 15-minute hartal yesterday to press home their demand for gas supply in the region before the next general election.
 arrow One killed in clash in Nawabganj
At least one person was killed and four others were injured in a clash over a trifle matter at Galimpur under Nawabganj upazila in Dhaka, police said yesterday.
 arrow 25 shops gutted in Nilphamari
Some 25 business establishments and shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Sutibari market in Dimla yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy killed in Magura road accident
A schoolboy was killed and 10 others were injured in a road accident at Madhabpur village in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Journo Gofran passes away
Executive Editor of the Independent Abdul Gofran passed away due to cardiac arrest at the Birdem Hospital in the city last night at the age of 64.
 arrow NDI delegation meets CEC
A delegation of National Democratic Institute (NDI) yesterday called on Chief Election Commissioner at his office to discuss the issues of voters' list, upcoming national election and election monitoring.
 arrow 34 students receive merit scholarship
The Merit Scholarship Awarding Ceremony of East West University for Spring Semester 2006 was held at the university auditorium in the city on March 23, says a press release.
Nationalarrow FFs boycott Independence Day programme in Magura
This year's Independence Day was observed here in a lacklustre atmosphere as most of the freedom fighters abstained from taking part in programmes protesting inclusion of names of two alleged Razakars
 arrow AL leaders to file defamation suit
Leaders of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations who were arrested and later falsely implicated in Mymensingh cinema blast cases are now preparing to file defamation cases against the government.
 arrow Two murdered in Kushtia, Rajbari
Two persons were murdered by outlaws and criminals in Kushtia and Rajbari on Thursday.
 arrow Star Readers Club arranges free blood grouping
The Daily Star Readers Club, Kushtia arranged a free blood-grouping programme at Kushtia municipality on Sunday.
 arrow Qulkhwani
The qulkhwani of Marzia Chowdhury Lulu, headmistress of Hatgobindapur Government Primary School in Kalmakanda upazila and wife of The Daily Star Correspondent in Netrakona, Jahangir Alam Sazal, will be
Point-Counterpointarrow Recapturing the spirit of the Liberation War
[This is Part III of a 3-part series that contains the full text of a speech given by Prof. Sobhan at the Liberation War Museum on March 22.
 arrow Bangladeshi peacekeepers do nation proud
At a time when we are desperately look for something to be proud about, I was surprised to find one far away from home, in the western African republic of Liberia.
 arrow Death for apostasy and Shariah
The latest spine chiller from Afghanistan is the revolting news about the sentencing of one Abdul Rahman to death for converting to Christianity, a capital crime as per the obscurantist Shariah law.
 arrow Mitigation of dollar crisis
In economics, the theory of demand and supply determines the price of a commodity. The commodity which has more demand than its supply in the market will be costlier.
Culturearrow Celebrations around the city
On March 26, the nation enthusiastically celebrated the 35th anniversary of its glorious Independence Day.
 arrow Of love and war on celluloid
Filmmakers have diversely depicted our Liberation War. By and large, the war has been portrayed either explicitly through direct war scenes or implicitly by featuring a story of that time.
 arrow Dwelling on the days of '71
Artistes and other cultural activists were at the forefront of the Liberation Movement. Among them is Bulbul Mahalanobish, familiar to the connoisseurs of Nazrul Sangeet.
 arrow Reviving folk art
"My art works incorporate a folk theme coupled with modern technology, such as copper plates, etching, woodcuts and engraving," said talented artist Md Muslim Mia, whose works were on display recently
Internationalarrow Govt seeks consensus to amend law
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government was poised to wrap up consultations yesterday with political parties to evolve a consensus on amending a law relating to office of profit in the wakeof
 arrow Olmert eyes victory in Israeli polls
Acting leader Ehud Olmert appeared well on course for victory in polls published on the eve of an election set for today to usher in an unprecedented drive to fix the final borders of Israel.
 arrow Nepal army attacks Maoist gathering
The Nepalese army yesterday attacked a Maoist rebel gathering with helicopter gunships and said ground troops were on the way to the scene.
 arrow Lankan rebel front warns of new attacks
A suspected Tamil Tiger front threatened yesterday to resume attacks on Sri Lanka's military, with the government and rebels seen unwilling to compromise weeks before talks aimed at averting renewed civil
 arrow Immigration debate heats up in Senate
The Senate tackles the hot-button election issue of what to do with the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants this week, with President Bush coming down on the side of letting many of them
 arrow Chinese village suffers second gas blast
A gas explosion has forced the evacuation of 11,500 people in an area of southwest China where a chemical disaster just over two years ago claimed 243 lives, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 9 killed in Philippine bomb blast
At least nine people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded yesterday in a bomb blast on the restive southern Philippine island of Jolo, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Less turn out of Thais overseas for Apl 2 polls
Number of Thais overseas who cast the ballots for April 2 election have dropped by about 30 per cent, partly because they were not sure as to how the political situation in Thailand would evolved, Foreign
Editorialarrow Editorial: Our home in the air?
The on-going saga of Bangladesh Biman's chronic under-performance and lack of profitability continues with no sign of improvement on the horizon.
 arrow Editorial: A three-in-one crisis
The denizens of the city are having to suffer an unprecedented scarcity of gas, electricity and water.
 arrow The economics of the economic pricing of gas
As a nation, we are proud of our natural gas endowments, but we are equally perturbed and pained at the sad state of affairs in the gas sector development of the country.
 arrow Misty mistakes
The Great Indian National Crisis that can trace its origins to Allahabad, was brewed in Delhi and made ears tingle across the world, was sandwiched between two incidents.
Letters to Editorarrow Dr. Dewan's article
I know a few economists who take more interest in literature and poem than economics.
 arrow Electing honest candidates
We have appreciated so much what you have done for the country's good and we stand beside you on the campaign for 'electing honest and competent candidates' in the next general election.
 arrow Bush Administration
The Bush Administration of course speaks for their own interest, and screams for others -- establishing freedom and democracy in the Middle East.
 arrow "Allah Hafez"
When I go through the messages on special occasions (for examples national days, celebrations, convocations etc), I discover that only the President & Prime Minister's messages contain the above term(wish)
 arrow Innovative beggars!
One day I was walking towards my coaching centre at Panthapath opposite "Bashundhara City" shopping mall.
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