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Front Pagearrow SC issues contempt rule on 4 secretaries
The Supreme Court yesterday issued a contempt rule against four secretaries including the principal secretary to the prime minister for not complying with its 12-point directive on separation of the judiciary
 arrow 5 Bangladeshi companies smuggled heroin to UK
An investigation report by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) found that five Bangladeshi business institutions are involved in smuggling heroin to the United Kingdom in the guise of exporting foods,
 arrow DCs echoed BNP grassroots voice
The deputy commissioners (DCs) have now described the crises of power and agricultural inputs the way the ruling BNP grassroots level leaders and lawmakers did on several occasions earlier, warning the
 arrow Babar irked by slow progress
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress of three cases filed in Mymensingh after JMB linchpin Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai's capture.
 arrow Saarc finance ministers' meet postponed
A meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) finance ministers scheduled for April 14-15 in Islamabad has been postponed due to pre-occupation of Indian finance minister at
 arrow Opposition to finalise draft letter to BNP today
A committee of the 14-party opposition alliance sits today to finalise draft of reply to the BNP secretary general's invitation letter for dialogue on reforms to the caretaker government and electoral
 arrow Thaksin claims victory but support drops
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra claimed victory yesterday in Thailand's snap election that failed to resolve a political crisis and he promised to set up an eminent persons group to find a way out of
 arrow Free education up to degree level if voted to power
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday pledged that her party will stamp out illiteracy from the country, make education free up to the bachelors level for both males and females
 arrow 500 trucks stuck on Dinajpur highway
A 48-hour strike by Dinajpur Truck Owners Association, which started yesterday, stranded at least 500 goods laden trucks from different districts on the Dinajpur highway.
 arrow Bangladesh in quarterfinals
Two late goals by midfielder Abul Hossain saw Bangladesh scratch a face saving 3-0 win over world's lowest ranked team Guam in their second match of the AFC Challenge Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Open Market Sale of sugar

 arrow Court dismisses case against IGP
A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed three criminal cases filed by Jubo Mahila League on March 21 against the inspector general of police (IGP) and 14 police officials due to lack of government approbation.
 arrow Season's first shower

 arrow Hasina's decision favouring young leaders drives elderly ones crazy
Senior leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), frustrated over Awami League chief's decision to elect students aged under 29 years to the BCL executive committee, beat a general secretary candidate
 arrow Thousands form human chain to slam fatwa, rape victims' caning
Thousands of people from different social and human rights organisations yesterday formed a kilometre-long human chain at Fulchari upazila protesting against the practice of fatwa and caning of a rape
 arrow EC keen to get Saarc observer status
European Commission (EC) has shown its interest to get observer status of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), foreign ministry officials said here yesterday.
 arrow Judicial probe commission finds evidence of cop beating
Primary investigation of a judicial inquiry commission found evidence of beating up Shahin Sultana Shanta by the police on March 12.
 arrow DCs asked to recover lands from grabbers
Minister for Environment and Forest Tariqul Islam has directed the deputy commissioners (DCs) to take initiative for recovering the government land occupied by grabbers.
 arrow New US envoy arrives in city
New US ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis arrived here yesterday morning to take up her new diplomatic assignment.
 arrow Local firm forms consortium with Sena Kalyan for logistic support
Local firm Contech Ltd, the pre-qualified bidder for construction of a 52-kilometre metro rail system in Dhaka city, formed a consortium with Bangladesh Sena Kalyan Sangstha for logistic support.
 arrow Islamist group threatens to foil charity concert
Tension is running high in Sylhet city over an Islamic group's threat to foil a charity concert at Sylhet Stadium at 3:00pm today.
 arrow Iran test-fires underwater missile
Iran successfully test-fired on Sunday a new high-speed underwater missile capable of destroying huge warships and submarines, a top military commander announced.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four American troops were killed by hostile fire in the volatile Anbar province, the military said yesterday, the largest number of American deaths in a single attack in more than a month.
 arrow US Supreme Court rejects war powers challenge to Bush
A divided US Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal from Jose Padilla, held as an enemy combatant without traditional legal rights for more than three years, sidestepping a challenge to Bush administration
Businessarrow Malaysians keen to relocate industrial units to Bangladesh
Malaysian entrepreneurs have shown their interest to relocate some of their industrial units to Bangladesh in the face of labour shortage.
 arrow Saifur for raising tax-GDP ratio
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked revenue officials to increase the tax-GDP ratio by 0.5 percentage point in the next fiscal year.
 arrow Alcatel, Lucent Technologies announce $13.40b merger
French Alcatel and American Lucent Technologies Sunday jointly announced a US$13.
 arrow CPD, SEDF to launch study on post-quota RMG sector in Bangladesh
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and the SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) have agreed to launch a study to track the changes in Bangladesh's export-oriented clothing and textile sector
 arrow 3rd national furniture fair begins today
A five-day furniture fair will begin at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka today.
 arrow Banglalink introduces 'i' cook service'
Banglalink subscribers will now get recipes of local and foreign dishes by sending SMS.
Sportsarrow Football: Palestine power into last 8
Palestine romped into the quarter-finals of the AFC Challenge Cup from Group C when they thrashed Cambodia 4-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
 arrow Football: Qtrs fights heat up
The battle for quarterfinals berths from Group D -- the only group of death in the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup -- intensifies today when Pakistan take on Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan play Macau in the second
 arrow Football: Cruciani far from being happy
Bangladesh coach Diego Cruciani has yet to smile in the ongoing AFC Challenge Cup as his boys put on another frustrating show in front of the home crowd.
 arrow Cricket: BD-SL first A ODI today
Bangladesh A will play their first one-day match against visiting Sri Lanka A at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra today. Both the Tests in the two-match series between the two sides ended in draw.
 arrow Cricket: Asif restricts Lanka
Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif bagged his maiden five-wicket Test haul to help restrict Sri Lanka on the opening day of the second Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvi, Irfan seal India win
Yuvraj Singh smashed a rapid century and Irfan Pathan grabbed four wickets as India beat England by 49 runs in the third one-day international here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia well placed
Michael Hussey and Damien Martyn shared a century stand to put Australia on top in the third and last Test against South Africa on Monday.
 arrow Football: Tricky night for Milan giants
The prospect of an unprecedented Champions League final between bitter rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan is at stake as the Serie A giants attempt to negotiate awkward quarterfinal ties Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Valencia win 8-goal thriller
Valencia reignited their challenge for a Champions League place by claiming their first win in seven matches with a thrilling 5-3 victory at home to relegation-threatened Cadiz in the Primera Liga onSunday.
 arrow Football: Fiorentina hold Roma
Fiorentina held on to fourth place in Serie A after drawing 1-1 at home with their closest challengers AS Roma on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Tendulkar will bounce back'
West Indies batting great Brian Lara today came out in support of a struggling Sachin Tendulkar, saying he was a class act and would bounce back to top form soon. "Form is temporary but class ispermanent.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to set up academy
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCCB) will set up a cricket academy soon for the development of the game.
 arrow Cricket: Tait not coming
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait will return home because of a back injury Wednesday and will miss the team's tour of Bangladesh.
 arrow Tennis: Federer wins yet another Masters
Top seed Roger Federer maintained his stranglehold over Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic with a 7-6 7-6 7-6 win to lift his second straight Nasdaq-100 Open title on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Messi misses Benfica clash
Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi has been ruled out of the Catalans' Champions League quarterfinal, second leg against Benfica, according to reports here Monday.
 arrow Football: Blanco out of Mexico squad
Mexico's gifted but volatile forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco will miss this summer's World Cup finals after being omitted from coach Ricardo La Volpe's provisional 26-man squad on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid pleased with victory
Captain Rahul Dravid on Monday said the Indian team had shown it had the depth to make up for the absence of Sachin Tendulkar and that it would become even better when the master batsman returned.
 arrow Cricket: WICB chief resigns
West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Roger Brathwaite has resigned with the board 20.6 million pounds in debt.
 arrow Cycling: BJMC clinch 11 golds
The 30th National Cycling Championships concluded in Patuakhali yesterday with BJMC the runaway leaders capturing 11 gold medals.
Metropolitanarrow Improve law and order
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the deputy commissioners to be active, alert and courageous for the improvement of law and order and perform their duties without fear or favour.
 arrow Radical change in BCL leadership likely
A dramatic change is taking place in student politics of the country, as young student leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), are going to hold
 arrow 5 killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur and Narayanganj yesterday and Sunday night.
 arrow Deposit personal collection to Nat'l Archives: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all concerned, particularly politicians and noted personalities, who have personal collection of documents, books, photographs and video clips on Bangladesh
 arrow 14 shot in Khulna clash over shrimp enclosure
Fourteen people were shot during a fierce clash between two rival groups on Sunday afternoon at Dhangmari under Dakop upazila in Khulna.
 arrow Smith new Dy Sec Gen of C'wealth
Ransford Smith, a senior public servant from Jamaica, has been appointed Deputy Secretary General (Economic) of the Commonwealth.
 arrow Bhuiyan asks DCs to concentrate on birth registration
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the Deputy Commissioners, the head of district administration, to concentrate on birth registration to avoid complexities in preparing
 arrow Abed Khan clarifies his position
Abed Khan, who recently resigned from the Jugantor as its editor, has given a clarification about his resignation from the daily.
 arrow 'Separate judiciary to curb corruption'
Speakers at a debate competition underscored the need for separation of the judiciary from the executive to curb corruption in the country.
 arrow Saarc home ministers' meet May 11
Saarc home ministers meeting will be held here on May 11 to strengthen cooperation among the Saarc member countries for checking terrorism and trafficking of women and children in South Asian region,official
 arrow Kala Jahangir, others acquitted of attempted murder charges
A Dhaka court on Sunday acquitted top criminals 'Kala' Jahangir, 'Killer' Abbas and five others on charges of attempted murder as the government failed to produce witnesses against the accused.
 arrow New private security co launched
With a view to providing all kinds of security service under one roof, a new private security company named 'Security and Management Services (SMS) International Limited' was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow Celebration of Francophonie begins in city
A weeklong festival began at Alliance Francaise in the city yesterday to celebrate Francophonie, a forum of world wide cultural and linguistic unity.
 arrow 1,103 more held
Police arrested 1,103 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow 19 top outlaws out of 20 in SW districts still at large
KUSHTIA: Nineteen out of 20 top outlaws of underground parties in Chuadanga and some other southwestern districts are yet to be netted though the government announced Tk 20 lakh bounties for their arrest.
 arrow BNP-backed rally demands arrest of Jamaat MP
People under the banner of newly formed Chhatra-Shikkhak-Shramik, -Janata Oikya Parishad (students-teachers-workers-people's unity council), held a big rally at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park and brought out
 arrow Lifeline of Kishoreganj being clogged to death
Once a lifeline, the Naroshonda river is now a sorrow for people in Kishoreganj town and nearby haor (water body) areas.
 arrow Boy, man hurt as bomb found in dustbin goes off
A 12 year-old boy and a man were seriously injured when a bomb went off at Damurhuda Bazar in Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga district yesterday. Police later recovered two bombs from a dustbin.
 arrow Abdul Mannan's first death anniversary today
The first death anniversary of Awami League leader Abdul Mannan, an organiser of the Liberation war and a close aide to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be observed here today.
Culturearrow We want to link our music with the rest of the world ---Azad Rahman
AZAD Rahman had music in his family, with his father being a singer.
 arrow Yet another award for Kanakchanpa
Kanakchanpa Chakma won the best prize in the recent exhibition at the American Museum of Art, Florida. This was to mark International Women's Day.
 arrow Dance is a way of life
Upcoming Bharatnatyam and Kathak dancer, Mehraj Haque (Tushar) has recently returned from Australia.
Generalarrow Bid to commit suicide for dues
Eight retired employees and workers of eight state owned jute mills of the Khulna-Jessore industrial belt tried to commit suicide by taking poison in front of the office of general manager of Platinum
 arrow Jessore Jubo Dal leader injured in bomb attack
Two persons were inured, one of them seriously, as unidentified criminals hurled bombs on them at Barandipara Banshakola area in Jessore town yesterday.
Internationalarrow Maoist rebels announce truce in Kathmandu
Nepal's Maoist rebels announced an indefinite ceasefire in the capital and surrounding valley yesterday in response to a call by political parties, days before their nationwide strike, local media reported.
 arrow Thai PM calls for reconciliation
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called for national reconciliation yesterday after weekend elections, which he looked set to win but which seemed unlikely to end months of political turmoil.
 arrow Assam votes in test for ruling coalition
Voters trudged through rain to heavily guarded polling booths in India's rebel-infested Assam, the first of five states holding elections that will be the biggest test for the federal coalition sincecoming
 arrow 23 die as storms batter 8 states in US Midwest
Thunderstorms battered eight states across the Midwest with tornadoes and hail as big as softballs, killing at least 23 people, injuring scores and destroying hundreds of homes.
 arrow Norway's new envoy launches Lanka peace mission
Norway's new peace envoy to Sri Lanka began work yesterday, discussing how to shore up a fragile ceasefire ahead of meetings with Tamil rebels and the government.
 arrow 5 killed in Pak bus blast
Five people including a woman and child died when a roadside bomb hit a minibus in a Pakistani tribal area, while troops killed two tribesmen carrying illegal weapons, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam's likely to face genocide trial in May
Saddam Hussein is expected to face trial as early as next month on charges of ordering genocide against Iraq's Kurdish population in the late 1980s, a prosecutor and a court official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Campaigning on official tour
In case there was any doubt in anyone's mind, the actions of the ruling alliance since the start of the year make it clear that its re-election campaign is in full swing.
 arrow Editorial: Our nationals in detention camps
It is disconcerting news indeed that as many as 150 Bangladeshi nationals have been passing days in uncertainty under harsh conditions in a detention camp at some remote area in Spain for the last ten
 arrow PM's appeal and anguished public
Amidst the fourteen party alliance's ongoing demand and agitation programs for the fulfillment of the reforms for Caretaker Government and Election Commission, Prime Minister (PM) Begum Khaleda Zia had
 arrow Walking through raindrops
There is a curious, perhaps inadvertent but certainly revealing, flaw in the Congress formulation of Mrs Sonia Gandhi as the Leader Under Siege.
Letters to Editorarrow IT needs attention
The IT industry is evolving very fast and gradually spreading to every nook and cranny of Bangladesh.
 arrow Good candidates for 2007 elections?
In a recent meeting of Nagorik Songlap held in Dhaka, political parties were urged to be careful in nominating their party candidates for the next general elections in 2007.
 arrow We, the youths
We, the youths, are now moving in different directions to reach the destination which is completely unknown to us. We think about our own lives. We have no time to think about the country.
 arrow Civil society and good governance
Observers on the socio-political dynamics of Bangladesh should be elated with the recently formed civil society body to elect "competent and honest people" in the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Police action on opposition activists
A couple of weeks ago we saw that the Awami League activists kept the roads of Dhanmondi blocked for many hours while holding a rally.
Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Developmentarrow Let more professionals participate in the process
Frustrating political climate has dumbfounded the conscientious citizens, particularly those who have changed their nationality three times in more than last five decades (i.e.
 arrow A few good men
The first thing that the members of the civil society ought to do, I think, is to get down from their SUVs (forgive me if you don't have one), and out of the air-conditioned comfort of Five Star Hotel,
 arrow Let's not put the cart before the horse
The civil society's initiative supported by CPD, the Daily Star and Prothom Alo for an accountable development process in the context of the upcoming national election is most welcome.
 arrow Few patriots among too many politicians
Good and a right move, although belated. The proposals made are certainly in the right direction, but to me it looks too utopian.
 arrow Evolve a system of control first
Politicians as well as political parties particularly in advanced democratic countries generally try to outwit the opponents in their political campaigns. Situation in Bangladesh is totally different.
 arrow It's the values and morality that matter
Development is the integrated indicator of quality life. It does not mean merely increase in the GDP or increase in the single variable like quality education, or decrease in the level of poverty.
 arrow We need a good governance system
Bitter pill to swallow. I would like to wholeheartedly thank The Daily Star, Prothom Alo and CPD for arranging this vital discussion about the future direction of the nation.
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