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Front Pagearrow Downtown Dhaka turns into battlefield
Riot police clashed with hundreds of opposition protesters in the capital yesterday to foil a sit-in programme around Bangladesh Secretariat, firing tear gas shells and rubber bullets that left around
 arrow Market shaken as call money rate hits 150pc
The inter-bank call money rate yesterday skyrocketed to an all-time high of 150 percent, forcing the Bangladesh Bank (BB) to ride roughshod over its own norms and enforce a 40 percent rate cap for the
 arrow Voter-listing hangs in void now
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday wound up field level work of preparing the controversial fresh voter list without outlining the steps to follow in the voter-listing process.
 arrow 3 SoEs propose joint venture operation
For the first time, three state-owned energy companies have proposed a Tk 300 crore joint venture to develop Begumganj gas field, which reportedly has a proven gas reserve of 32.7 billion cubic feet (bcf).
 arrow Free militants or get killed
The outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday threatened to kill a district court judge in Dinajpur with his family and blow up the court if he failed to release JMB activists arrestedin
 arrow Opposition out to create unrest
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has blasted an opposition political party's destructive action and attack on police in the name of laying siege to the secretariat.
 arrow Commuters suffer as cops obstruct them on roads
Hundreds of people, mainly office-goers, passed a very difficult day in the city yesterday as police obstructed them around the Bangladesh Secretariat during the 14-party's planned sit-in.
 arrow Govt pushes country into conflict
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the alliance government has pushed the country towards conflict by slapping a ban on assembly around the secretariat to foil the opposition's peaceful sit-in
 arrow US offers training for security personnel to fight terrorism
The United States offered to impart training to high-level security personnel of Bangladesh to fight terrorism, as both sides agree that there is no room yet for complacency although many militants have
 arrow HC starts hearing appeal
The High Court yesterday began hearing the appeal of the six convicts sentenced to death in Shazneen Tasnim Rahman rape and murder case two and a half years ago.
 arrow Playground rented out for BCL nat'l council
Defying a High Court (HC) order and appeals from local residents and environmentalists, Dhanmondi Club authorities have rented out Dhanmondi playground to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), which has started
 arrow Bangladesh to get $3b from WB in 2006-09
The World Bank said yesterday it would lend three billion dollars to Bangladesh through 2009 and would put good governance at the heart of its aid programme.
 arrow BNP's reply to AL letter in two days
Ruling BNP is going to write back to the opposition Awami League (AL) within two days about the proposed committee to discuss the opposition demand for reforms in the caretaker government and electoral
 arrow 7 more officials suspended
Seven more Rupali Bank officials of the Nathullabad branch have been suspended in connection with the irregularities in sanctioning Tk 25 crore loans to 16 BNP leaders.
 arrow Bandage left in woman's abdomen after surgery
'Dereliction of duty' by a surgeon has left a woman dying at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) with a critical wound in her abdomen after she underwent an operation at a private clinic a month ago.
 arrow Tata to submit review report early April
Tata Group yesterday informed Bangladesh government that it will submit a review report on its $2.5 billion investment plan by the first week of next month.
 arrow Iran given 30 days to stop nuke activities
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called yesterday for a long-term strategy to thwart Iran's suspected nuclear arms ambitions as major powers met in Berlin after a UN Security Council breakthrough.
 arrow Outlaws kill 1, blasts injure 3
Criminals killed a man in Chuadanga while two boys and a woman were severely injured in two separate explosion incidents in Khulna and Meherpur yesterday.
 arrow 15 hurt as JCD factions clash at RU
At least 15 persons, including four policemen and a journalist, were injured in a clash between the law enforcers and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on Rajshahi University (RU) campus yesterday.
 arrow 3 get death for killing teacher after rape
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three people to death for murdering a woman after rape in the city's Pallabi area in March 2004.
 arrow Outages back in Rajshahi after PM's visit
Rajshahi was plunged into the woes of power outage yesterday as the entire North Bengal region suffered 200 MW load-shedding.
 arrow Robber killed in 'shootout'
A notorious robber was killed in crossfire during a "shootout" between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Beanibazar upazila in Sylhet early yesterday.
Businessarrow Bangladesh's growth below average in '05
The economic growth in Bangladesh was below the average growth of 6.6 percent in the developing nations in Asia and the Pacific in 2005, has said UN-Escap Economic and Social Survey.
 arrow Telex service goes into oblivion from today
The state-run telecoms operator is going to discontinue telex service from today as its deal with the British Telecom expires.
 arrow Nokia launches 3 phones for growth markets
Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, yesterday strengthened its offering for the new growth markets such as China, India, Southeast Asia and Africa and forecast the number of mobile subscribers
 arrow Charity versus corporate social responsibility
CSR- The Buzz Word
In today's corporate world, there is a great myth or rather a buzzword about Corporate Social Responsibility, in short CSR.

 arrow Citigroup donates $3.9m
Citigroup has announced a US$3.9 million grant to educate millions of poor people around the world about important financial concepts, says a press release.
 arrow Prime Bank declares 25pc stock dividend
Prime Bank Ltd yesterday declared 25 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow AKTEL launches mobile banking service with BRAC Bank
AKTEL, a leading cellular service provider, with BRAC Bank Ltd has launched a service titled 'Mobile Banking Service'.
 arrow EU trade chief sees no decision from WTO powers meeting
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson predicted on Wednesday that a weekend meeting of World Trade Organisation powerhouses would fail to nudge stalled global trade talks forward.
Sportsarrow Football: Sujan setback for hosts
Hosts Bangladesh suffered a setback just a day ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup when key centre-back Mohammed Sujan was ruled out for the tournament.
 arrow Football: Gala opening on the cards
The organising committees of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup have planned brief but gala opening ceremonies in Dhaka and Chittagong on April 1.
 arrow Football: Rousing from shadows of war
Cambodia football manager Lors Salakhan thinks that that football is waking up after the ravages of the civil war led to disintegration of the game, still very popular in the war-torn country.
 arrow Cricket: Visitors on top
Bangladesh A batsmen Nafees Iqbal and Tushar Imran struck half-centuries in reply to a huge first innings total by visiting Sri Lanka A on the second day of the second Test at the Shaheed Chandu stadium
 arrow Cricket: Maiden Malik ton saves Pak
Shoaib Malik ground out a big maiden Test century under pressure to help Pakistan draw the opening match against Sri Lanka after being set a mammoth target to win.
 arrow Football: Inter gain upper hand
Inter Milan recovered from the shock of going a goal down inside the first minute to beat Spanish side Villarreal 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne coming to town
Australia have announced an unchanged 14-member Test squad, the one that won the ongoing series against South Africa, for next month's two Tests against Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: Brazil's WC secret!
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira wants his team to play with a smile on their faces at this year's World Cup -- so has ruled out imposing a sex ban.
 arrow Football: Honours even at Lyon
French league leaders Lyon held Serie A giants AC Milan to a goalless draw in their Champions League quarterfinal here Wednesday, leaving the Italians marginal favourites to go through.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher backs the sweep
England coach Duncan Fletcher Thursday urged his batsmen to be careful using the sweep shot after his team's defeat in the first one-dayer against India.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies go for whitewash
Australia will aim to maintain their supremacy over South Africa when they play a "dead rubber" third Test starting at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Football: Gaucho sells better than Becks
Brazil and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho is the most commercially valuable soccer player in the world, followed by England internationals David Beckham and Wayne Rooney, a study of brand value said onThursday.
 arrow Football: 'Van Nistelrooy Europe's best'
Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Ruud van Nistelrooy "the best in Europe" and admitted the Holland striker had presented him with a major dilemma after marking his return to Manchester United's starting line-up
 arrow Cycling: Nat'l cycling begins
The 30th National Cycling Championships will begin in Patuakhali today.
 arrow Cricket: First Kashmiri for India!
A 20-year-old express paceman from a humble background in troubled Indian Kashmir is aiming to become the first from the Himalayan outpost to play international cricket.
 arrow Football: Germany warns hooligans
Germany said on Thursday it was ready to tighten border controls during this year's soccer World Cup and pledged to make life hard for potential troublemakers.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo 'D-Lists' fiancee
It was only a fleeting engagement but model Daniella Cicarelli quite literally left her mark on Brazilian football star Ronaldo. Now he's got rid of it.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gorsthapara Krira Sangstha defeated Sapient Sporting Club by 43 runs in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Sheva laughs off Chelsea reports
AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has rejected newspaper reports that he has agreed a move to English club Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Blatter to run for re-election
FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed Wednesday that he intends to run for re-election in 2007, providing he is still in good health.
Metropolitanarrow Economic performance a key factor for nat'l security: FM
In the wake of security threats emerging from non-military factors nowadays, such as socio-political unrest, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said that in the context of present globalised world,
 arrow Empower women to stop early marriage
Speakers at a workshop yesterday reiterated the need for women's empowerment and self-reliance to prevent early marriage.
 arrow 'Indo-Bangla relations get a boost during Khaleda's Delhi visit'
India's multidimensional relations with Bangladesh got a boost during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's recent visit to Delhi and the two countries have a "significant convergence of interests.
 arrow 'Govt nets militants for political gains'
BNP-led four-party alliance government has arrested militant kingpins Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai for political gains and not for eliminating religious militants, said the participants at 'Blue
 arrow Eden College reopens
The academic activities of Eden College resumed yesterday after a 16-day closure, but the presence of students was thin, as many students feared that the JCD activists might attack them again.
 arrow Two crore people suffer from kidney diseases
About two crore people suffer from kidney diseases in the country and 85 percent of them are deprived of treatment, which is highly expensive.
 arrow JCD leader succumbs to injuries
City Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Morshed Khan Ejaz succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Fake reporter arrested in Ctg
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) held a fake reporter at Patenga in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 8 injured in Bandarban road accident
At least eight people, including six teachers, were injured yesterday morning in a road accident at Hafezkhana area on the Bandarban- Ruma road.
 arrow Rab launches crackdown on outlaws, two PBCP men held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two members of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), including a regional leader, yesterday on the first day of its crackdown on underground outlaws in the southwestern
 arrow Viqarunnisa, NSU, Sunbeams become champions
Viqarunnisa Noon School, North South University (NSU) and Sunbeams School emerged as champions in the 5th English Inter School, Inter Club and 2nd Children's Debate Championship 2006 that ended yesterday.
 arrow Tank lorry owners' strike from tomorrow
The Tank lorry Owners' Association has decided to go for an indefinite strike from tomorrow protesting what it said non-implementation of a decision to raise transport fare of fuel oil.
 arrow 19 foreign crews held for illegal fishing
Members of Bangladesh Navy held nineteen foreign crews for illegal fishing in the Bay of Bengal inside Bangladesh territory in the early hours of Wednesday.
 arrow Supreme Court Bar election ends
The election of the Supreme Court Bar Association ended peacefully yesterday.
 arrow Miladunnabi April 11
The holy Miladunnabi will be observed across the country on April 11, as the moon of the month of Rabiul Awal was sighted yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on women empowerment held in city
A seminar on empowerment of women was held at RC Majumdar Auditorium of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday, said a press release.
 arrow Properties worth Tk 1 cr damaged Gournadi fire
Fifteen shops were gutted and properties worth Tk 1 crore damaged in a devastating fire at Mahilara Bazar on Barisal-Dhaka highways under Gournadi upazila here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Campaigning for clean candidates
At a dialogue on "National election 2007: Civil society initiative for accountable development efforts" organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Prothom Alo and The Daily Star on March 20 in
 arrow Palestine: After Hamas
The Hamas victory in the Palestinian legislative assembly elections must not have come as a surprise since it was the fifth straight win of an Islamist party in the Middle East in almost as many months.
 arrow Preparing for bird flu in Bangladesh
Since 2003, bird flu has killed 105 people around the world. Bird flu is caused by the H5N1 avian influenza virus, which primarily infects poultry and wild birds.
Culturearrow Becoming one with Romena
EVEN after 34 years, it still unnerves me when I think of the role I played in the movie on our Liberation War in 1972.
 arrow Banglavision goes on air today
Banglavision will begin live telecasting from 6:00pm onwards today. President Iajuddin Ahmed will inaugurate the channel at Hotel Sonargaon. The core slogan of Banglavision is "Dristi Jurey Desh".
 arrow Ranikuthir Baki Itihash gets green signal from Censor Board
TV personality Samia Zaman's debut directorial venture Ranikuthir Baki Itihash has received clearance certificate from the Censor Board, according to a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The phenomenal expropriation
This country has been no stranger to illegal and forcible acquisition of land, particularly forest property, since a long time back.
 arrow Editorial: BGMEA crash programme
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has started a serious programme, by the look of it, to prevent accidents taking place in garment factories.
 arrow Ready for prime time?
The BBC World debate: Bangladesh -- Can Demo-cracy Deliver? which was shot this week and will be aired in eight days, essentially introduces Bangladesh and our socio-political tensions to an international
 arrow Is Bangladesh blinking?
On March 26 we celebrated our Independence Day. It was the 35th anniversary of our nation to mark 36 years of its freedom.
 arrow Partial formalisation of informal income for good governance
Government is often seen as the mechanism of pulling back the strings of society.
Letters to Editorarrow Thoughts on March 26
I was watching Channel -i news where they were showing a special report on the negligence shown by the English medium schools regarding national interests & history of our liberation.
 arrow Birth of a Nation
The genocide that was unleashed upon the peace loving Bengalis initiated on the darkest hours of the night of 25th March 1971 by the Pakistani forces ultimately ended up in the glorious emergence of the
 arrow Sam Adams of our times?
Most Americans say that their founding fathers fought a War of Independence against Britain because they thought, "taxation without representation is tyranny." This is absolutely incorrect.
 arrow Lost spirit?
It only happened a week ago on what was just a regular day for Aboni, Aroni, Joyeeta and me. Tired from the schoolwork, we were returning home.
 arrow 'Kleptocracy and patriotism'
The comments by Mr. M Haque (DS March 27) under the above caption were misconstrued and off based.
 arrow Tax evasion
From The Daily Star of Friday , 24 March, 2006 , we have been informed that the National Board of Revenue (NBR) targets 200 big businessmen for Tax Evasion as NBR found that Directors of different companies
 arrow Family background in public service
Refer to 'Bureaucracy: Points to ponder' by Kazi S M Khasrul Alam Quddusi published in DS on 23 January in which he made a recommendation for the recruitment of candidates to public service as well
Worldarrow South Asia: Local election sidelines Lankan peace move
Sri Lanka yesterday voted at local elections after a lack-lustre campaign where even the usually divisive peace process was pushed to the background, officials and analysts said.
 arrow South Asia: Manmohan, Sonia to campaign in Assam
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be visiting Assam to give the ruling party a major push in the Assembly elections next month.
 arrow South Asia: Indian nuke thirst must follow int'l rules: Wen
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday he had no objection to India cooperating with other countries to develop nuclear power, provided nuclear non-proliferation protocols were followed.
 arrow Hamas govt takes over amid Western isolation
Hamas ministers began work yesterday after the Palestinian militant group's government took office, battling Western isolation and a crippling cash crunch.
 arrow Iran still ready for talks with US on Iraq: FM
Iran is still ready to hold talks with the United States limited to the situation in neighbouring Iraq, Iran's Foreign Minister Mounachehr Mottaki said yesterday.
 arrow Thai protesters want cancellation of polls
Thousands of Thai protesters marched on the offices of the country's election commission yesterday demanding the last-minute cancellation of this weekend's polls.
 arrow Kashmir rebels ready for talks, truce with India
A Pakistan-based rebel group fighting India over Kashmir said a ceasefire is possible if New Delhi recognises groups like his as a party to the dispute, according to a report published Thursday.
 arrow Crew lifts off for space station
A Russian Soyuz rocket streaked into the skies over the Central Asian steppe yesterday, launching a US-Russian-Brazilian crew on a mission to the international space station.
 
   
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