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Front Pagearrow Junk for money
The four-party alliance government's symbol of achievement in power sector, the 80 megawatt Tongi power plant has tripped over 75 times since it started operation in March last year --mostly due to very
 arrow Airport security to be upgraded
Waking up to the global terrorist threat, the government has decided to upgrade the security system at all the airports in Bangladesh and seal the loopholes in the existing system.
 arrow Govt faces SC wrath again over delay
The Supreme Court (SC) today will make its ruling on the contempt of court petition filed against 10 top bureaucrats for not implementing the apex court's directives on separation of the judiciary from
 arrow Jamaat issue may limit it to AL-BNP
In face of the Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine's staunch denial to Jamaat-e-Islami's participation, the proposed dialogue on caretaker government and electoral reforms may turn exclusivebetween
 arrow Dry spell casts long shadow over crops
A prolonged drought-like situation across the country that has already cast a spell over this year's boro farming worries the farmers who had to invest high due to input mismanagement.
 arrow 7-day agitation planned for power, fertiliser
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bangladesh Tariqat Federation jointly declared a weeklong agitation programme during April 7-14 demanding uninterrupted supply of power for irrigation
 arrow BGMEA launches awareness drive
The BGMEA launched an awareness-building campaign by conducting fire drills and inspecting fire fighting equipments in the wake of frequent fire incidents in factories.
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 arrow 50 injured as Shibir clashes with JCD
At least 50 students were injured as the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) clashed with the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Jessore Govt MM College yesterday.
 arrow OMS of sugar in Dhaka from tomorrow
As sugar price continues to rise hitting Tk 62 per kilogram, the government yesterday decided to sell a ton of sugar daily in each of the 90 wards in Dhaka city from tomorrow in a bid to stabilise the
 arrow Hearing on HC rule over CEC's holding 2 offices deferred again
The hearing on the High Court rule over Justice MA Aziz's holding simultaneously the offices of the Appellate Division judge and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) was deferred for a week yesterday.
 arrow PM asks DCs to keep madrasa students away from militancy
The prime minister (PM) urged deputy commissioners (DC) to motivate the students of madrasas and orphanages in their respective areas, to make sure that they do not get involved in militancy.
 arrow Chief whip sues 5 editors for 'defamation'
Chief Whip Khondaker Delwar Hossain yesterday sued editors of five dailies -- Prothom Alo, Janakantha, Sangbad, Jugantor and Ajker Kagoj.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Power Development Board (PDB) has claimed The Daily Star report headlined "PDB to incur colossal loss on costly plants" published Thursday is "misleading.
 arrow Ghorashal unit-3 trips to worsen load-shedding
A 210 MW unit of Ghorasal Power Station tripped yesterday due to a technical fault aggravating the power crisis across the country.
 arrow First nor'wester ravages 500 houses in Kurigram
A nor'wester with hailstorm yesterday night damaged various crops in six upazilas of the district while demolishing around 500 houses and uprooting many trees.
 arrow Charge sheet against Rahman being delayed
Charge sheet in one of the two cases filed in Sylhet against 11 people including outlawed JMB chief Abdur Rahman and his accomplices is being delayed to 'remove the flaws through further investigation'.
 arrow New US envoy arrives today
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis arrives today to take up her new diplomatic assignment.
 arrow JCD calls off strike at RU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) called off its indefinite strike at Rajshahi University yesterday after Rajshahi city mayor reportedly urged the ruling BNP's student wing to do so.
 arrow 4,385 Indian chicks seized in Sirajganj
Some 4,385 smuggled Indian chicks were seized from different poultry farms in two upazilas of the district on Saturday night.
 arrow Working without safety measures

 arrow Outlaw leader killed in Rab 'encounter'
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) was killed in an 'encounter' between members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices early yesterday at Bellabariavillage
 arrow Faridpur road crash kills 8
Eight people were killed when a passenger bus skidded off the road and fell into a ditch near Faridpur town on Faridpur-Barisal highway yesterday.
 arrow AL MP, 35 others hurt in clash with Chhatra Dal
At least 35 people including the local Awami League (AL) lawmaker were injured in clashes between the activists of the ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and AL's student wing Bangladesh
 arrow Thailand votes amid opposition boycott
Thailand's prime minister urged citizens to ignore an opposition boycott of snap parliamentary elections yesterday, saying the vote was crucial to ending the country's deepening political stalemate amid
 arrow Two US pilots die as helicopter downed
The US military yesterday announced the deaths of six of its troops across Iraq, including two pilots of a helicopter that was shot down by insurgents the day before.
 arrow 28 killed in Chinese factory explosions
At least 28 workers were killed and 10 missing in China after separate blasts ripped through two plants dealing with dangerous explosives, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow Iran to unleash terror strikes if attacked
US intelligence experts believe Iran would respond to US military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide, The
Businessarrow Rupali Bank 'road show' today in Dhaka to woo buyers
Three local companies have expressed interest to purchase Rupali Bank as the Privatisation Commission holds a 'road show' in Dhaka today to woo potential buyers of the bank.
 arrow Central bank continues withdrawing money
Bangladesh Bank (BB) continued withdrawing money from the market through reverse Repo (repurchase agreement) as it received Tk 1,271 crore yesterday, although the banks were facing liquidity crisis.
 arrow Regional grouping to form expert groups
The Forum for Regional Economic Cooperation among Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) has decided to form expert groups to draw up its proposals for cooperation in joint ventures based on value
 arrow SEC warns five firms
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday warned five companies for non-compliance of various securities rules, official sources said.
 arrow Single country knit expo in Germany in June
A single country exposition of Bangladeshi knitwear products will be held in Germany in June next, aiming at making the knitwear export base in the European country wider.
 arrow Five-day fair of cyber services to start April 25
A five-day fair of cyber services will begin on April 25 at Bhashani Novo Theatre in Dhaka.
 arrow KL faces tough task to achieve developed status by 2020
Malaysia has a difficult task in achieving its goal of becoming a developed nation by 2020, in the face of a continuing divide between its rich and poor, and inequality between the races, experts say.
 arrow WTO powers inch towards trade deal as deadline looms
Leading trading powers said Saturday after talks here that they had inched forward on crafting a WTO deal, but the global body still faces an uphill task to clinch agreement by the end of this month.
 arrow DHL expands time definite delivery service
DHL, a world leading express and logistics company, yesterday expanded the geographical reach of its time definite delivery (TDD) service to include Bangladesh.
 arrow Entrepreneurs fair starts at NSU
A two-day entrepreneurs fair began in North South University (NSU) premises in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Scandent Solutions launches SWIFT Service Bureau
Scandent Solutions, a broad-based IT and BPO (business process outsourcing) services company, has commissioned the first-ever 'SWIFT Service Bureau' for the Saarc region with the approval from the board
 arrow Pakistan, Lanka trade bodies ink MoU to set up jt business council
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to set up a Joint Business Council between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of both the countries.
 arrow Fair & Lovely cream safe for use: Unilever
Unilever Bangladesh Limited, the manufacturer of the Fair & Lovely brand skin cream, has said Fair & Lovely does not contain any quantity of hydroquinone or steroids in any form whatsoever and all the
 arrow China's GDP growth to lose marginal momentum in 2006
China's economy will lose momentum marginally, with the gross domestic product (GDP) projected to grow at a rate of about 8 percent in 2006, according to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and
Sportsarrow Football: Tajikistan maul Macau
Tajikistan got off to a flying start in the AFC Challenge Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of Macau in the opening Group D match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday while Pakistan upset Kyrgyzstan 1-0
 arrow Football: Bangladesh eye big win
Hosts Bangladesh and Palestine both will be eager to seal their places in the AFC Challenge Cup quarterfinals when they take on Group C rank outsiders in today's matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Clark brings Aussies back
Stuart Clark and Shane Warne bowled Australia back into contention after they conceded a first innings lead on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath's one last time
Just one more time Sanath. That must surely be the wish of any follower of the game of cricket, ahead of Monday's second Test at Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and the last for Sanath Jayasuriya; one more time.
 arrow Cricket: Eng bank on past success
England will have to be mentally tough to take on India in the third one-dayer of a seven-match series after losing the first two games, all-rounder Paul Collingwood said on Sunday.
 arrow Cycling: BJMC stay on top
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) won two more gold medals on the third day of the 30th National Cycling Championship here at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: BAF hockey on
The inter-base hockey competition of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) began at BAF Base Matiur Rahman yesterday. A total of six teams are taking part in this five-day tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Munshipara Krira Chakra won a closely contested match against Ghagot Krira Chakra by two wickets in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League in the local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'El clasico' ends all square
Real Madrid overcame the sending off of Roberto Carlos to frustrate bitter rivals Barcelona and secure a share of the spoils in the Spanish League's most famous grudge match Saturday.
 arrow Football: United close in on leaders
Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy hit a second-half winner for Manchester United at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday to cut Chelsea's lead to seven points after the champions were held 0-0 at Birmingham.
 arrow Football: Top two falter
Italian Champions League quarterfinalists Juventus and AC Milan failed to beat the bottom two clubs in Serie A on Saturday, with Milan suffering a humiliating defeat.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin sorely missed: Rahul
India skipper Rahul Dravid has said Sachin Tendulkar's presence in the dressing room was being missed as he was a huge motivating factor for the team. "Sachin is a huge factor.
 arrow Cricket: Eavesdropping annoys Hussey
Mike Hussey has said Australia were disappointed that pitch microphones had not been turned off between deliveries during the first two Tests at Cape Town and Durban.
 arrow Alonso wins dramatic Aussie GP
Renault's Fernando Alonso won an incident-packed Australian Grand Prix on Sunday to take a 14-point lead in the Formula One standings after three races.
 arrow Volleyball: Premier Div volleyball begins today
The UCBL Dhaka Metropolis Premier Division Volleyball League begins at the volleyball court today. Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman will inaugurate the league as the chief guest.
 arrow Tennis: Kuznetsova clinches Miami title
Former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova cruised past fourth seeded Russian countrywoman Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 to win the 6.9 million-dollar WTA and ATP Miami hardcourt title on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Capello expresses England interest
Juventus coach Fabio Capello admitted Saturday that he would be honoured to be offered the job of England coach.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti concedes title
Carlo Ancelotti said his AC Milan side are now focused on the Champions League and finishing second in Serie A after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Lecce left them nine points behind leaders Juventus with six
 arrow Cricket: Senior Hossain passes away
Mosaddeque Hossain, father of Bangladesh Under-19 cricketer Mehrab Hossain Jr., passed away in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Football: Zoro suffers another abuse
Messina's African defender Mark Zoro has urged FIFA, football's world governing body, to punish Inter Milan after their fans racially abused him for the second time this season.
Metropolitanarrow 'Adopt plan to supply water to meet city's demand after 20yrs'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday underscored the need for adopting a comprehensive action plan for water supply to meet the demand of 2.5 crore city dwellers after 20 years.
 arrow 9 killed in road accidents
At least nine people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Munshiganj and Mymensingh on Saturday night and yesterday.
 arrow Lingering of cases delays justice
Newly elected President of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Barrister Amir-ul-Islam yesterday said people are not getting proper justice from the courts due to lingering of cases.
 arrow Take fresh vow to free country from repression: Jalil
Awamil League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday called for taking fresh vow to make the country free from repression and corruption as dreamt by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
 arrow Close ranks to rout militancy
Speakers at a discussion said all democratic forces and professional groups must join hands to rout terrorism and militancy.
 arrow 'Womb to five years crucial for growth of children'
From womb to five years is a very crucial period for the children as apart from physical growth, their mental growth also takes place very quickly at this time, said the speakers at the launching ceremony
 arrow BCL council starts today
The much-awaited national council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), begins today with an indication that the elderly student leaders will be dropped
 arrow 'Selected Begum' launched
Speakers at a ceremony highly commended the role of weekly 'Begum', a popular Bengali magazine for women, for social advancement and women empowerment.
 arrow Punishment to cop demanded
Journalists at Rajshahi University (RU) formed a one-hour human chain in front of the Central Library yesterday demanding punishment to police who beat up Ali Asgor Khokon, RU correspondent of the daily
 arrow Agreement with Japan on safe motherhood
The Record of Discussion (RD) was signed between Bangladesh and Japan for "Safe Motherhood Promotion Project" yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 10 hurt as Nagordola collapses
Ten people were critically injured when a 'Nagordola' suddenly collapsed at Lengta Baba's Urs at Beltoli village in Matlab.
 arrow Dinajpur truck owners' 48-hr strike begins today
Dinajpur Truck Owners' Association will begin a 48-hour strike today protesting rampant hijacking of rice laden truck and killing of two people here.
 arrow Recital festival begins at JU
A five-day long recitation festival titled "6th recitation festival-2006", organised by Dhwani, a recitation group of Jahangirnagar University (JU), began yesterday.
 arrow China-Bangla Friendship Exhibition Centre to be set up
China will build an international exhibition centre at the Old Tejgaon Airport area on Rokeya Swarani in the city.
 arrow Security guard shot in city
Three unidentified armed criminals shot a security guard in the city yesterday. The victim was identified as Babul Akhter, 28, the security guard of a house at Dhanmondi.
 arrow Justice Murshed's 27th anniversary of death today
Today is the 27th death anniversary of former Chief Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed. President Iajuddin Ahmed gave message on the occasion of his death anniversary.
 arrow Janaza of DU teacher today
Namaz-e-janaza of Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, an assistant professor of International Relations (IR) Department of Dhaka University (DU) will be held at the DU Central Mosque after Asr prayers today.
 arrow Appeal For Help
Afzal Hossain, a meritorious student of Daffodil University, has been suffering from deadly disease cancer.
 arrow Michael arrives today
Michael Von Zitzewitz, Honorary Consul for Bangladesh in Frankfurt and the Chairman, Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt GmbH will call on important government and semi government officials as well as
Nationalarrow Sudden swell of Jamuna causes massive erosion
In an unusual natural phenomenon, the Jamuna river swelled during the current peak summer season, causing massive erosion along its banks in Sirajganj district.
 arrow Bidding bye to tobacco farming proves worthy
Farmers in some remote village in Jaldhaka upazila are happy though their lands are out of Teesta Irrigation Project's command area.
 arrow An upgraded hospital in degraded state
The 100-bed Patuakhali General Hospital was upgraded to a 250-bed 'modern hospital' about a year ago but there has not been any improvement in providing health services to patients.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's Muktagachha host on fresh remand
Chan Miah, who hosted JMJB chief Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and JMB cadre Abdul Hye at his house in Rampur village in Muktagachha were placed on five days fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Truck strike in Dinajpur from tomorrow
Dinajpur Truck Owner Association begins a 48- hour strike from tomorrow protesting rampant hijacking of rice laden truck and killing of transport workers on highways.
 arrow JCD leader sued on extortion charge
General secretary of Satkhira district Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Hafizur Rahman Mukul, has been sued by a bank official for extortion.
 arrow JMB suspect arrested
A suspected member of Jama'atul Mujahedeen, Bangladesh (JMB) was arrested by Enayetpur police from Goprekhi village in Balkua upazila in Sirajganj district Saturday night.
 arrow Govt forest land recovered in Shakhipur
Officials of Hotia Forest Range in Shakhipur upazila in Tangail have recovered 100 acres of government forest land from grabbers, says a press release.
 arrow Petrol dealers, lorry owners call off strike
Khulna Divisional Petroleum Products Dealers Association and Tank Lorry Association yesterday called off their indefinite strike.
Point-Counterpointarrow Social business entrepreneurs are the solution
Many of the problems in the world remain unresolved because we continue to interpret capitalism too narrowly.
 arrow Educational growth and the death of learning
Educational growth in Bangladesh has happened through multiple channels. Several new government-funded universities have emerged throughout Bangladesh.
 arrow Lessons from the case of the Afghan apostate
Islamic pluralism 1, Religious dogmatism 0. That is how I greeted the news that Abdur Rahman has been spared execution and freed by an Afghan court.
Culturearrow Mrinal's innovative sculpture wins Honourable Mention Award
Renowned sculptor Mrinal Haque is one of the winners of the Honourable Mention Award in the 12th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh. He has won the award for his sculpture titled Come for education...
 arrow Cultural events to aid an ailing theatre activist
Cultural activists of the organisations Boikuntha Abritti Academy, Swarokalpan Abrittichakra and Prachyanaut arranged a cultural event on April 1 at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Traditional art with modern forms
Denise Hudon, a French-Canadian artist residing in Dhaka, is having her solo "Empreintes" (Imprints) at the Alliance Francaise. She combines traditional art with modern forms.
 arrow Youth festival in Rajshahi ends
A youth festival wound up in Rajshahi recently.
 arrow Morol Bari: A telefilm with twists and turns
Morol Bari is a telefilm adapted from a play, Nabalok written by Kazi Monowar Hossain.
Internationalarrow Lankan ruling party may call snap polls
Sri Lanka's ruling party may call snap elections after its success in local polls gave it a chance to break away from hardline allies opposed to a peace process with Tamil rebels, analysts say.
 arrow Congress faces tough polls test in Assam
Voting begins in restive Assam today, kicking off polls in five states being seen as the biggest electoral test of the Congress party-led federal alliance since it won power in May 2004.
 arrow Militants attack Pak military base
Suspected militants attacked a military base in a tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, killing one soldier and injuring four others, an intelligence official said yesterday.
 arrow Hizbul derides Indo-Pak peace process
The largest Kashmiri militant group fighting Indian rule on Saturday derided a peace process between India and Pakistan and said separatists talking with the two governments were gaining nothing.
 arrow Russia supplies uranium for Indian power plant
India has received an initial shipment of enriched uranium fuel from Russia for a nuclear power plant in the western state of Maharashtra, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Rice, Straw in Iraq to break govt deadlock
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday to press Iraqi leaders to form a new government and avert a civil war.
 arrow Victory may not be enough for Thaksin
Even a resounding victory for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in yesterday's election may not be enough to quell the street protests against him, analysts say.
 arrow British govt to hold secret talks on Iran strike today
The British government is to hold secret talks with defence chiefs today to discuss the consequences of possible military strikes against Iran, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
 arrow Talks on new Israeli govt begin
Israeli President Moshe Katsav was to begin hosting talks yesterday on forming a new government amid a slinging match between the winning Kadima party and Labour, its most likely coalition partner.
 arrow Thousands protest US immigration reform
Thousands of demonstrators rallied in this conservative California town and in New York on Saturday to protest plans for a US legislative crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Universities without VC
It's a pity that out of 54 private universities in the country, as many as 30 have no vice-chancellor.
 arrow Editorial: Playing around with South Parkland
Gulshan South Parkland was handed over to the DCC by Rajuk several months back for developing it into a green park area.
 arrow The tectonic shift in South Asian Order
Although India, South Asia's core constituent had once been the 'Jewel of British Crown' the later day South Asia with its all other constituents remained more of the world's back water and graduallyslided
 arrow Government can claim credit for NGO achievements
Bangladesh has perhaps the most well developed and effective NGO sector in the world. The most respected, talented , and accomplished people in Bangladesh today are in the NGO sector; for instance, Prof.
 arrow Damage control over office of profit: Sonia's welcome resignation
Did Ms Sonia Gandhi press the "Escape" button by resigning from the Lok Sabha only to avoid the "Delete" function -- i.e.
Letters to Editorarrow 26 March unfulfilled dreams
Independence Day, one of the most shining moments of our history, was the final step towards the way to liberation which began to grow up in the Bengali nationhood from the colonial days of British rule.
 arrow Indo-Bangla relations
I am an Indian and a regular reader of your paper. I appreciate your neutral and non-partisan reporting, especially on South Asian issues.
 arrow Congratulations to our cricketers
Congratulations to our cricketers who have accomplished a wonderful feat by handing a 4-0 series defeat to the once mighty East African cricketing nation Kenya against whom Bangladesh never had such a
 arrow Dead and injured workers
We are deeply shocked at the loss of the lives of workers at KTS Garments in Chittagong due to the negligence of its management towards workplace safety measures.
 arrow Tipaimukh dam
The effects of withdrawal of river water upstream in India over the last 50 years has resulted in drying up of the Surma river in winter at about the point of its branching off from the Barak river and
 arrow Exemplary punishment
Exemplary punishment should be meted out to the terrorists who have done great damage to the country. The government doesn't have any other option.
 arrow Mahmood Elahi's article
Apropos to Mr. Elahi's assertion that India cannot match US-China economic relations. Probably he is forgetting a few home truths.
 arrow Death of rivers
Rivers contribute towards the development of trade and commerce, transportation, agriculture and so on. In Bangladesh, we had a nice heritage of rivers. But the situation is different now.
 arrow Vanishing sportsman!
I am a Bangladeshi national living here in Melbourne for the last three years. I took so much pride to be a Bangladeshi and worked my way out here in Melbourne.
 arrow Corruption award
It is a very big question to the new generation nowadays, are our politicians well-meaning? Which mentor is here to inspire us? Unpatriotic people are doing politics in our country.
Star Cityarrow Porno videos selling unabatedly
While passing Balaka Cinema at Nilkhet, people are often called by some pornographic video sellers who tempt them into buying the so-called "stash of goodies." "Come and check out our collection.
 arrow From bad to worse
Life in the city with 12 million people has now become a nightmare as people are facing acute problems all at a time, said some residents.
 arrow Film posters -- technology taking over hand painting
Anil Das, 29, paints intently on the white polyester fabric in a dimly lit garage of Wari in the old part of Dhaka, working away on a poster of a Bangla movie -- 'All-rounder'.
 arrow Unclean, unhygienic and uncared for
Siraj Uddowllah Park, at Naya Bazar, a place of historical value is losing its glory because of the negligence and mismanagement of authorities concerned.
 arrow A recurring problem
A severe crisis in water at Satarkul Road in North Badda has been persisting for over a month, causing unbearable sufferings to local residents.
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