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Front Pagearrow Kansat stained with blood again
Three people were killed and some 100 others injured in a two-and-a-half-hour clash between BNP members and villagers demanding smooth power supply yesterday evening at Kansat, Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj.
 arrow Opposition proposes AL-BNP reform talks
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition alliance yesterday replied to the ruling BNP secretary general's letter, suggesting formation of the proposed committee for dialogue on electoral reformswith
 arrow ACC to probe, NBR says 'no' fearing fallout
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will investigate the allegation against lawmakers of misusing the privilege of importing duty-free cars while National Board of Revenue (NBR) will not go for any such
 arrow Political heat to dip GDP in FY07
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday predicted a lower GDP growth in the next fiscal year in Bangladesh due mainly to political uncertainty, but projected a significant boost in foreign direct investment
 arrow Held man not 'Saifullah'
The man Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) trapped early yesterday in Chapainawabganj as Majlish-e-Shura member of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Khaled Saifullah is in fact a mentally disabled
 arrow PDB incurs Tk 42cr loss a month
The chairman of Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday presented a grim picture of the board's financial performances wondering how it survives over the years incurring a net loss of Tk 42 crore every
 arrow India to skip Bangladesh to tap Myanmar gas
India has decided to bypass Bangladesh in its desperate bid to import natural gas from Myanmar and begun the process for an alternative route for receiving the hydrocarbon.
 arrow Essentials on fire

 arrow Dhaka-NY flight through Manchester from tomorrow
Biman Bangladesh Airlines reroutes its Dhaka-New York flight from tomorrow in a last-ditch effort to end a perennial financial damage.
 arrow Ershad, Manju talk to reduce differences
After a meeting between Ershad and Anwar Hossain Manju yesterday, Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) leaders said the two parties are heading towards an alliance. But Manju directly denied it.
 arrow 2 die, 25 hurt as nor'wester hits Jhalakathi
Nor'wester lashed three villages in Kushangal Union under Nalchiti upazila of Jhalakathi district in the early hours yesterday, killing two people and injuring 25 others.
 arrow Husband kills self to protest wife's rape
A rickshawpuller yesterday committed suicide inside an advocate's residence in Nabapalli area of the city in protest of his wife's rape allegedly by that lawyer and two others.
 arrow Hartal called in Rajshahi for gas supply
Rajshahi Traders' Alliance Council (RTAC) called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal on April 9 in the city demanding supply of natural gas through pipelines.
 arrow JCD leader files counter case for Mar 14 clash
A leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Eden University College unit yesterday filed a counter suit of attempted murder against more than a hundred students and a teacher of the college in connection
 arrow Next polls may be influenced by militancy
Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Barbara Richardson yesterday said the upcoming general elections in Bangladesh might be influenced by militancy if all the militant attacks were not fully investigated.
 arrow They are here

 arrow Patients suffer as interns' strike enters day 2
An indefinite strike enforced by intern doctors at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) entered its second day yesterday, greatly hampering treatment of patients and throwing them in a state ofuncertainty,
 arrow Khaleda snubs opposition for reform stance
Rebutting opposition insistence on electoral reforms, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday questioned why the Awami League did not reform the system of caretaker government while in power.
 arrow 40 militants killed in Pak fighting
Pakistani authorities said yesterday that up to 40 militants were killed by security forces in clashes a day earlier in a remote tribal region near the Afghanistan border.
 arrow Thaksin must quit politics completely
Opponents of Thaksin Shinawatra forecast yesterday that he would hold on to power despite stepping aside and vowed to keep up protests against the former Thai premier until he quits politics completely.
 arrow Murder case accused killed in 'crossfire'
A chargesheeted accused in the DCC ward commissioner Binoy Sarkar Bina murder case was killed in 'crossfire' during a gunfight between his associates and police Sutrapur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed a Bangladeshi youth at the bordering Taralia village under Swarupnagar thana in Chabbish Pargana yesterday.
 arrow Air chief gets one-year extension
The services of Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Fakhrul Azam have been extended for a year.
 arrow Deadly H5N1 bird flu found in UK
Tests have shown that a wild swan found dead in Scotland had the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, the British government said yesterday.
 arrow HC rule on edn secretary, Rajshahi Board chairman
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the education secretary and the chairman of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Rajshahi, to explain why the proceedings for contempt of court
 arrow Sunny, Awal remanded again
The investigation officer (IO) of an August 17 blast case said that JMB Military Commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and its Majlish-e-Shura member Abdul Awal gave important information on the last year's countrywide
 arrow Khagrachhari AL calls off hartal for April 9-10
Khagrachhari district Awami League (AL) yesterday cancelled their dawn-to-dusk hartal called for April 9 and 10, as an opposition parliamentary team starts visiting the district town tomorrow.
 arrow Iran, US talks on Iraq likely next week
Talks between Iran and the United States on the situation in Iraq will probably take place in Baghdad next week, the state news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed official as saying yesterday.
Businessarrow Exports grow 17.91pc in eight months
The country's overall exports grew by US$ 1006.09 million, or 17.91 percent, in the first eight months of the current financial year, thanks to continuous good performance by knitwear products.
 arrow President for developing tourism to boost economy
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for developing Bangladesh's tourism to boost economy.
 arrow Nokia to deploy UltraSite base stations in Warid's network
Nokia, the second largest mobile phone infrastructure maker, yesterday announced that it has won a turnkey contract bundled with various services to deploy a GSM mobile radio network for the Abu Dhabi-based
 arrow Govt role sought to ensure compliance in factories
The government should play a major role in addressing compliance issues in textile, shrimp, leather, ceramics and pharmaceutical units to help the industries become competitive in the global market, speakers
 arrow Int'l trade fair begins in Khulna
A month-long international trade fair styled 'Khulna International Trade Fair 2006' began here at the circuit house ground yesterday.
 arrow 'Low productivity, compliance issues major problems of RMG sector'
Low productivity, poor quality and compliance issues are some of the major problems facing the country's readymade garment sector, Annisul Huq, former president of BGMEA, said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow IDLC opens new branch at Uttara
Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Limited, a joint-venture multi-product financial institution, opened its sixth branch at Uttara in Dhaka yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ponting & co in town
Ricky Ponting's invincibles arrived in the city on Thursday morning to play their first full series in Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: Kyrgyzstan stay alive
Striker Andrey Krasnov's 20-minute goal kept Kyrgyzstan alive for a quarterfinal berth of the AFC Challenge Cup from Group D with a solitary goal win over an understrength Tajikistan, who made it to the
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee boosts Tigers
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member Test squad on Thursday with leading paceman Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza coming in the side to play a two-match Test series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: SL A level series
An unbeaten half-century by Malintha Gajanayake saw visiting Sri Lanka A record a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh A in the second one-day match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: AFC Challenge Cup fixtures revised
The organisers were forced to reschedule the AFC Challenge Cup fixtures yesterday due to the adverse weather conditions.
 arrow Cricket: Tickets for first Test on sale
Tickets for the first Test match of the GrameenPhone Australia tour of Bangladesh are in sale at different branches of The City Bank in Dhaka and Narayanganj.
 arrow Tennis: BD to play at junior ITF meet
Bangladesh will participate at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Davis Cup Asia-Oceania group in Malaysia from May 1. This is Bangladesh's first apperance in the competition.
 arrow Cricket: India romp to series win
Captain Rahul Dravid led from the front as India crushed England by four wickets here on Thursday to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series.
 arrow Football: Nervy Barca edge thru'
Barcelona reached the semifinals of the Champions League here Wednesday after goals from Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o saw the Spanish giants defeat Benfica 2-0.
 arrow Football: Gunners make history
Arsenal outplayed Italian champions Juventus for the second time in a week to march into the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time in their history.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard relishing Milan showdown
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard says his side will face a daunting task when they take on his former club AC Milan in the Champions League semifinals following their 2-0 aggregate win over Benfica.
 arrow Football: Sorin baffled at Veron's conduct
Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin does not know why midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron has apparently fallen out with him.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble eyes ODI spot
Prolific Indian spinner Anil Kumble said Thursday he had not lost hope of playing in next year's World Cup in the West Indies since he had plenty of cricket left in him.
 arrow Cricket: Meeting of legends
A meeting of cricket legends took place here yesterday away from the field of play when Sachin Tendul-kar met Brian Lara at a five-star hotel near the Mumbai airport.
 arrow Cricket: Fighting India impress Rahul
India captain Rahul Dravid said he had been impressed by the way his players had responded to difficult situations in the one-day series against England.
 arrow Football: Visa confirms FIFA deal
Visa said on Thursday it had signed an eight-year deal as the new financial services partner of football's world governing body FIFA.
 arrow Football: Italian press slams Juve
The Italian press ripped into Fabio Capello and his Juventus side after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Arsenal at the quarterfinal stage.
 arrow Football: Juve enforce media shut-out
Juventus' general director Luciano Moggi said Thursday the club would not be speaking to the media until further notice following their Champions League quarterfinal defeat to Arsenal.
 arrow Volleyball: Wari, PDB win
In a battle of two old Dhaka clubs, Wari Club defeated East End 3-1 in the United Commercial Bank Limited Premier League Volleyball at the Volleyball stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Ties with India now on solid footing
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Bangladesh-India relations are now on a solid footing, grounded in reality and motivated by a common desire to work for the welfare of the peoples.
 arrow Fundamentalism rises as war heroes are ignored
Fundamentalism has risen in the country as nation has failed to respect the country's real heroes and freedom fighters after the liberation war, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 'Police probe partial'
Former Justice KM Sobhan has termed the undergoing investigation of the murder case of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria as 'partial'.
 arrow Tajuddin's house declared 'risky'
Rajuk building inspectors yesterday declared the four-storey house of late prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed at Dhanmondi 'risky and unsafe' and asked its occupants to evacuate.
 arrow Help LDCs offset impacts of global climate change
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called on the developing countries to implement the Kyoto Protocol and help the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) offset the impacts of global climate change through
 arrow 18 extra-judicial killings in March: BILIA report
Eighteen people were killed by the law enforcement agencies across the country last month. This was revealed in a report of Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) yesterday.
 arrow Seven garments workers hurt in stampede
Seven garment workers were injured in a stampede triggered by a fire scare at a garments factory at the city's Chawk Bazar area yesterday.
 arrow Stolen car recovered in Khulna
Detective Branch of Police recovered a brand new Toyota Corolla Super Saloon car on April 4 night from Srifaltala village under Rupsha upazila here.
 arrow Noakhali University of Science and Technology inaugurated
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated academic activities of Noakhali University of Science and Technology (NUST) initially with five faculties, 17 departments and 50 courses.
 arrow They found their missing son finally, but not alive
After a frantic search for their missing son for over a year, a couple finally found him yesterday, but not alive.
 arrow World Health Day today
World Health Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today with the theme "Working together for Health" to overcome global health problems.
 arrow 40th anniversary of DU Rover Scout tomorrow
Dhaka University (DU) Rover Scout Group will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Teachers Students Centre (TSC) tomorrow.
 arrow Reception to newly elected BCL leaders
Former leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), accorded a reception to its newly elected president and general secretary on the Dhaka University
 arrow Hasina visits Jalil at hospital
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina visited her party General Secretary Abdul Jalil, MP, at Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital.
 arrow 58 houses, shops gutted in Ctg
At least 58 houses and shops were gutted and properties worth around Tk 5 lakh damaged in three incidents of fire in the port city yesterday. Fifty-four shanties were gutted at a slum near Foy'sLake.
 arrow 2 held with arms
Police in raids arrested two young men along with a revolver and a pipe-gun from Charghat upazila in the district on Wednesday.
 arrow Seminar on 'Repression on media' today
A seminar titled 'Repression on media during coalition rule' will be held at the National Press Club at 10:30am today.
 arrow BCL ultimatum to CU athorities
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the university authorities demanding release of one of its leaders arrested on Wednesday night.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 17th death anniversary of journalist Mohammad Hussain, former vice-president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Civil society movement, the Citizens' Group, and the context
Considerable curiosity, confusion, and speculations have emerged about the formation of a "Citizens' Group" on March 20 on the joint initiative of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the Prothom Alo,
 arrow Sushil Samaj fights back!
In the recently held, widely talked about debate organized by BBC, the first question that was thrown at the politicians was a revealing one.
 arrow ACC's anti-graft blitz
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at long last has launched its anti-graft blitz "trap case drive" against the bribe-takers.
 arrow Civilly shutting up the poor
Interestingly, the Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development is taking place at the same time as I write a rather critical paper for my own schoolwork on the failure of the visions and missions
Culturearrow Chitrangada: A quality presentation by the students of Sunnydale
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, one of the leading English medium schools, Sunnydale, staged Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore's dance-drama Chitrangada on April 4 and 5 at Shaheed Zia Auditorium,
 arrow Classical music at Shilpakala Academy
A four-day classical music soiree, arranged by the Department of Music and Dance, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), began on April 4 at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Na Bolona: A quintessential love triangle
Film producer turned director Didarul Alam Badal has been much in the news. He has directed a new film Na Bolona. Mohammed Rafiquzzaman is the scriptwriter of the film.
 arrow Solitude resonates in metal music
Four years after the release of their first album titled Anyo Shomoy, metal band Artcell has released its second album Aniket Prantor (no man's land) recently.
 arrow TV play Modhu Moyra on ntv
For four generations Modhu Moyra and his family have lived peacefully, making delicious rasgullas for the village market.
 arrow Ferdaus Wahid and Shaon to release albums
Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar, is celebrated all over the country with festivity. On this day, popular pop singer Ferdaus Wahid and actress Shaon will release two solo albums.
 arrow The name game
As in Hollywood, many aspiring Bangladeshi actors and actresses take on new names.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ACC's continuing travails
Several times in the past in this column we had dwelt on the lack of functioning of the Anti-corruption Com-mission (ACC) highlighting the shortcomings that have hampered the work of this very important
 arrow Editorial: Genuine students to head student bodies
While we have our position on the issue of student poli-tics being pegged to the mainstream political party-lines, Sheikh Hasina's decision to have the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) led by none other
 arrow Bangladesh shining
The fact that Time magazine was running a cover story on Bangladesh had not been a very well-kept secret, nor was the fact that, after what seemed to be a long line of negative stories, that the current
 arrow Issue of issues: What happens to neo-con designs?
Despite three raging crises in West Asia, fears of another war or military strike by the US and Israel combine, with or without consent from UNSC, Russia, China or even EU, or at least UN sanctions abound.
 arrow Divine intervention for national unity!
Again, as usual in this year's independence and national day message of Begum Khaleda Zia, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was absent.
 arrow Private healthcare service
Public healthcare service in Bangladesh is very poor -- that goes without saying. There are traditional, administrative and financial reasons for this.
Letters to Editorarrow Black Gold
May I draw your kind attention to a photograph of contract signed in Dhaka between Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and US Department of Energy and also to a news-report captioned "Deal with US for
 arrow Allah Hafez
Why Should We Adopt It?

I have followed with interest the controversies centring the use of the salutation of "Khuda Hafez' or 'Allah Hafez' in this column. I congratulate Mr Thomas Gomes Bhura for his letter of March 28.
 arrow Bypassing the architect?
While going through the Independence Day messages (DS 26/3/06) from the President and the prime minister it appeared to me that the president totally bypassed the contribution of the real architect of
 arrow No safety for passengers
Hijacking, mugging and stabbing are common incidents in the day to day life of Dhaka dwellers. Few, I think, could escape from these hazards.
 arrow The Peruvian economist
A friend of mine bought a plot of land at Gazipur back in 1977. He put a fence and four cornerstones around it.
 arrow Hamas and world at large
Immediately after Hamas won the Palestinian election, protest was registered against it, ignoring the people's desire or wishes.
 arrow Turbulent Eden College
Eden University College is a state-run higher education institution for girls.
 arrow Why this decision?
Intellectually disabled people are those who cannot express their feelings appropriately like normal people.
 arrow Suggestions to stop load shedding
a) All markets, commercial establishments, shops, industrial units must be closed by 8:00pm sharp except doctors' chambers, hospital, clinics, railway stations, bus stations, restaurants, recreation institutions
 arrow Ill-fated science students
A news titled, 'Students turning away from science study' published in 'The Daily Star' dated March 8, 2006, based on the statistics of Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (Banbeis),
Worldarrow Strike cripples Nepal
A fierce attack on a town by Maoist guerrillas left 17 people dead in Nepal, hours before a general strike over the king's grip on power shut down the Himalayan nation yesterday, authorities said.
 arrow Lanka govt offers safe passage for Tigers
Sri Lanka gave security guarantees to Tiger rebels travelling to Switzerland for talks on saving their faltering ceasefire, a Norwegian minister said here yesterday after talks with the president.
 arrow 'US N-bill rejection would affect ties with India'
If the US Congress rejects an amendment to proliferation control laws to facilitate the civil nuclear deal with India, it would affect the entire range of bilateral ties, the State Department has said.
 arrow Top Zarqawi aide captured
The US military announced yesterday it had caught a top aide to al-Qaeda's Iraq frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wanted over the kidnapping of Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena last year while 10 Iraqis
 arrow Israel briefly arrests Palestinian minister
The Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs in the Hamas-led government was briefly arrested by Israeli security yesterday on the outskirts of the holy city, Hamas and police sources said.
 arrow US diplomacy puts focus on Pak polls
During a visit to Pakistan on Wednesday the State Department's new overseer of US relations in South Asia stressed Washington's interest in seeing fair elections next year and an eventual return to civilian
 arrow 'Nepali Maoists hunt for arms in India'
Maoist rebels from Nepal are infiltrating the Indian border in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh to purchase weapons for their armed struggle, police said yesterday.
 arrow Advani starts 'yatra' with appeal to Muslims
Sixteen years after his landmark 'Ram Rath' yatra which changed the contours of Indian politics, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday embarked on his sixth yatra invoking Lord Ram and appealing toMuslims
 arrow Trial resumes in Saddam's absence
The trial of Saddam Hussein over the massacre of Shia villagers resumed yesterday in absence of the deposed leader, who in a fiery tirade the day before dismissed evidence linking him to the killings.
 arrow Pakistani Shia leader escapes assassination
A prominent Shia Muslim leader escaped an assassination attempt Thursday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, police said.
 arrow Olmert tasked with forming Israeli govt
Acting premier Ehud Olmert was yesterday tasked by President Moshe Katsav with establishing Israel's next government, ushering in a broad coalition set to redraw the borders of the Jewish state.
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