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Front Pagearrow Gathering ban in tense Kansat
Shibganj upazila administration yesterday banned any gathering in and around Kansat invoking Section 144, while the High Court in an ad-interim rule prohibited detention or harassment of any Palli Bidyut
 arrow Tk 96cr consultation goes down the drain
The World Bank (WB) has expressed dissatisfaction at the government for not implementing the recommendations of three foreign firms it commissioned as management consultants to revamp three nationalised
 arrow US lobbyists hired for image building, 'positive' reporting
The government has appointed three American lobbyists including an individual and two firms to arrange high-level interactions with the US government and build a "positive and correct image" of Bangladesh
 arrow Nafees stars in Tigers' terrific day in Test
Left-handed opener Shahriar Nafees cracked a magnificent maiden century as the Tigers at heart enjoyed the best field day in Test cricket at the Fatullah Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow DMCH bogs down with Home cases
The home ministry, which needs the autopsies most for investigating into police cases and framing charges, displays an uncalled-for callousness in managing the post-mortem process.
 arrow Govt covering up its corruption by corrupt measure
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said the ruling alliance has "secretly" appointed a lobbyist group in the US to cover up government corruption by "another corrupt measure".
 arrow Probe body fails to submit report
The inquiry committee on Saturday's "mysterious" fire inside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban failed to submit its report yesterday amid questions about its effectiveness due to the inclusion of the top security
 arrow US, Korea can't attend next summit
Afghanistan will join the next Saarc summit in New Delhi as the eighth member of the association while China and Japan will attend as observers.
 arrow CEC says rule doesn't say how they committed contempt
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and ruling BNP lawmaker Nurul Islam Moni in reply to the Supreme Court's suo moto contempt rule yesterday said the rule does not explain how they had committed
 arrow Sangsad goes into session April 27
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into session at 5:00pm on April 27.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday summoned the 21st session of the House.

 arrow Ad arches galore defying rule
Different business organisations, educational institutions and other establishments continue to erect overhead arches in the capital for advertisements defying the municipality ordinance, 1983.
 arrow High security planned for Pahela Baishakh
On the occasion of the Bangla New Year on Friday, the home ministry has designed stringent security measures for the capital, especially the main celebration venue Ramna Park.
 arrow AL to repeal law if voted to power
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said he fears that the law allowing the intelligence men to tap telephones might be misused while Awami League (AL) lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta said his party wouldrepeal
 arrow Water shortage

 arrow ACC appoints 13 lawyers to tackle cases
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has temporarily appointed one lawyer each for 13 districts to conduct the cases filed by the watchdog while a secretary was appointed to the ACC yesterday.
 arrow Barisal JCD men not happy with spiralling prices
Leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP, expressed concerns over the unchecked price hike of essentials at the divisional conference in Barisal yesterday.
 arrow 2 die as trawler sinks in Meghna
Two bodies were recovered and at least 15 others are still missing as a trawler sank in the river Meghna during a nor'wester Saturday evening in Bhairab upazila.
 arrow Waning business

 arrow Bangla Bhai remanded for 10 days
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai was placed on a 10-day remand yesterday in an arms case.
 arrow BD Foods Ltd wiggles to shake off stigma
The management of the company accused of smuggling heroin to the United Kingdom claimed their innocence yesterday at a news briefing.
 arrow Hundreds detained as Nepalese defy curfew
Nepalese police firing tear gas and rubber bullets clashed yesterday with thousands of pro-democracy protesters who defied a curfew despite warnings that violators could be shot, opposition parties said.
 arrow Qaeda not linked with London bombings
al-Qaeda played no part in the London bombings last July, instead they were planned on a low budget from information off the Internet, the leaked findings of an inquiry into the blasts revealed yesterday.
 arrow Iran shoots down spy plane
Iran has shot down an unmanned surveillance plane in the south amid reports that the United States is planning military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, a press report said yesterday.
Businessarrow DSE index dips to below 1,400 points
Following bearish trends in the last few months, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index yesterday dipped to below 1,400 points mark for the first time since January last year.
 arrow Bangladesh scenario and the role of Human Resources
Corporate governance is now a topic of considerable interest to a large and expanding cross-section of the community.
 arrow IMF asks govt to furnish data before finalising budget
International Monetary Fund (IMF) asked the government to provide it with the country's macroeconomic assumption and preliminary budget projection before finalising the annual budget for the year 2006-07.
 arrow Bangladesh exporting knitwear to China
Bangladesh has started exporting knitwear products to China.
 arrow India hopeful of deal with striking bank workers
India's finance minister said Sunday he hoped an agreement would be reached to end a week-long strike over pensions by employees of the country's largest bank, State Bank of India.
 arrow Fazlul-led panel sweeps BKMEA election
Knit Oikyo Parishad (KOP) led by incumbent president Fazlul Hoque swept Saturday's election to the executive committee of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), bagging 22
 arrow Holcim Group Chairman arrives Dhaka today
Rolf Soiron, group chairman of Holcim, arrives in Dhaka today on a 10-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow China strives to produce 6 MT of cotton in 2006
China will strive to produce more than six million tons of ginned cotton in 2006 by expanding the cotton-growing area and raising the per unit yield, according to the Advices on Cotton Production in 2006
 arrow New chairperson of Dhaka Bank
Jasmine Sultana has been elected chairperson of Dhaka Bank Limited.
The board of directors of the bank at its 11th annual general meeting in Dhaka recently elected her chairperson, says a press release.

 arrow China willing to talk with US, EU on auto parts
China said Sunday it is willing to engage in talks following European and American complaints that it is unfairly blocking foreign-made auto parts.
 arrow Comsumark launches new websites
Comsumark Limited and its sister concern Consumark Promotions Ltd have launched their newly developed websites.
 arrow 'Tang Nutritional Bundle' launched
Sajeeb Corporation, distributor of Tang brand products in Bangladesh, recently launched a new product --'Tang Nutritional Bundle' -- in the local market.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Better than imagination
Nothing could have been better than the way Bangladesh started their toughest home campaign against the Austra-lian cricket team at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees' motivation is Australia itself
For Shahriar Nafees playing against the best bowling attack in the world was the incentive to smash his maiden hundred as well as helping Bangladesh to touch a pinnacle in a day against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
What a day of cricket at the Fatullah Stadium! The Australians and rest of the cricketing world could not even dream of such a start to the series between Bangladesh and Australia.
 arrow Football: Nepal, Kyrgyzstan in semis
Nepal and Kyrgyzstan proved all calculations wrong when they showed the doors to the two top-ranked teams of the AFC Challenge Cup -- India and Palestine -- from the quarterfinals yesterday.
 arrow Football: Tough task for hosts
Bangladesh face a daunting task when they make their attempt to become the last team to reach the AFC Challenge Cup semifinals today.
 arrow Cricket: Guwahati turns violent after ODI cancellation
Police fired tear gas on fans after they turned violent after the fifth one-day international between India and England was abandoned without a ball being bowled here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea show true colour
Ten-man Chelsea took a giant stride towards a second straight Premiership title by overcoming the twin handicaps of going behind and having a player sent-off to beat West Ham 4-1 in dramatic style atStamford
 arrow Football: Real lose more ground
Valencia moved up to second in the Primera Liga on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo while Real Madrid slipped to third after drawing 1-1 in the Bernabeu with relegation-threatened Real Sociedad.
 arrow Football: Sinisa revives Inter
Inter Milan put their Champions League elimination by Villarreal behind them with a 2-1 win at Ascoli that moved them up to second in Serie A on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hiddink out of England frame
Guus Hiddink's agent on Sunday ruled the PSV Eindhoven and Australia coach out of becoming the next England manager and took a swipe at the Football Association over their handling of the affair.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming shines for Black Caps
Captain Stephen Fleming made a sparkling unbeaten 96 as the New Zealanders hit back on the second day of their four-day match against the Rest of South Africa at Willowmoore Park Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: India doubtful over Jamaica leg
The Jamaican leg of India's tour to the West Indies later this year might be scrapped or switched to another venue after fears that the ground at Sabina Park, Kingston, currently being spruced up forthe
 arrow Cricket: Pawar given the power
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has authorised its president, Sharad Pawar, to take a decision on former chief Jagmohan Dalmiya who has been accused of siphoning off funds from 1996 World
 arrow Football: Iran president not planning Germany visit
Iran on Sunday said football-loving President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would not be attending the World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Angry Martin "punishes" galacticos
Real Madrid president Fernando Martin dragged his under-performing galacticos back into training two and a half days early as punishment for their insipid display against Real Sociedad.
 arrow Volleyball: Premier Div v'ball
Bangladesh Rifles and Titas Club won their respective matches of the United Commercial Premier Division Volleyball League at the Volleyball Court adjacent to Bangabandhu National Stadium Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter players assaulted
Inter Milan president Giacinto Facchetti has condemned the group of fans who attacked several of the club's players at Milan's Malpensa airport in the early hours of Sunday morning.
 arrow Cricket: AR Knitwear champions
AR Knitwears beat Car Haat by 4 runs in the final to lift the fourth Dhanmondi Cricket Academy Twenty20 Cricket Cup at the Academy ground on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club defeated Ghagot Krira Chakra by 98 runs in the Super League phase of the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket league here at the local stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Form integrated body to address city problems
Lack of political commitment and consciousness among the citizens about their civil rights have created havoc in the administration of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Use of surface water stressed
Policy-makers and experts at a seminar yesterday attached topmost priority to harnessing surface water to save the fast depleting groundwater table in the country for sustainable agricultural growth.
 arrow Opposition threatens tougher anti-govt agitation
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition alliance will move to tougher anti-government movements if the ruling four-party coalition creates obstacles to the opposition's sit-in programme at Prime
 arrow 'Govt indifferent to women's empowerment'
The government is indifferent to women's empowerment although their participation in economic activities has increased significantly in the last few years, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Hartal observed in Rajshahi for gas thru' pipeline
The dawn to dusk hartal was observed in Rajshahi yesterday for supply of natural gas through pipeline.
Rajshahi Babosayee Oikya Parishad, a trader's body in Rajshahi, called the hartal.

 arrow FFs demand rise in honorarium, allowance
Freedom fighters and their family members at a press conference in the city demanded rise in their honorarium and other allowances by one hundred percent.
 arrow Jalil's condition improves
The condition of Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil, who is undergoing treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, has improved.
 arrow 'Mismanagement in hospitals obstacle to quality health service'
Medical experts, including the health secretary at a roundtable identified bureaucratic tangles, mismanagement in the hospitals and lack of efficient human resources in the health sector as major impediments
 arrow Map on CHT indicators to be launched today
A publication ceremony of “Mapping CHT census indicators 2001 and trends” will be held today at the LGED Bhaban in the city.
 arrow WFP launches urban food security study
World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday launched urban food security study to develop a food security profile and to have a better understanding of the nature and trends in the food security of urban poor
 arrow Kidnapped Gazipur college student found dead in city
A college student, abducted a week ago from Gazipur, was found dead at Sayadabad Bus Terminal in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Five killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Jamalpur, Comilla and Jhalakati yesterday.
 arrow President summons JS session on April 27
President Iajuddin Ahmed has summoned the 21st session of the 8th parliament on April 27 at 5:00pm at Sangsad Bhaban here, a parliament secretariat press release said yesterday.
Nationalarrow Bitter blow to Tangail honey producers
Tangail: Unbelievable though, about 50 tonnes of honey are lying unsold with commercial apiculturists only in Bhuapur upazila in Tangail district.
 arrow Pipeline water keeps life sweet
Unlike other areas, farmers in Fulbari village do not have any anxiety over irrigating their IRRI-Boro lands or scarcity of safe water for household work during the current summer season.
 arrow Coconut shell being used to produce mosquito coil
Brahmanbaria: Coconut shell is no more useless. It is now a raw material for producing mosquito coil.
Use of coconut kernel in preparing delicious cakes is a tradition in Bangalee culture.

 arrow Procession, rally protesting open pit mining
People, joined by political party activists and professionals yesterday brought out a big procession and held a rally in Dinajpur town protesting the proposed open pit mining of coal from Phulbari coal
 arrow Fishermen yet to get aid to survive during ban
Poor and jobless fishermen are yet to receive money allotted under 'Jatka Extinction Protection Programme' of the government.
 arrow One killed in clash over land dispute
A man was killed and 10 persons were injured in a clash over land dispute between two rival groups at Nawabgaon village in Jtna upazila yesterday.
 arrow 25 injured in Rangpur clash
At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people at Chatra village in Pirganj upazila yesterday over construction of a dam acrossa beel (water body).
 arrow UP member held with heroin
Bangladesh Rifles personnel arrested a Union Parishad (UP) member with six grams of heroin and 25 phensidyl bottles from Kadamtala Bazar in the Sadar upazila.
 arrow Computer fair ends in Sylhet
A week-long computer fair ended in Sylhet town, says a press release.
Held at R N Tower in Chowhatta intersection, the fair was organised by Flora Limited.

Point-Counterpointarrow Chinese currency manipulations and global economy
[This article deals with China's deceptive manipulations of foreign exchange rates.
 arrow 49.5 per cent of how much?
PARDON me, but I have this inconsiderate habit of looking at the wrong end of a statistic. Let me explain. When I hear the Honourable Arjun Singh declare that 49.
 arrow Thaksin takes time off to plan part two
THAKSIN Shinawatra may be down, but he is not out yet. He may step aside, but his regime is alive and kicking.
 arrow A response to Tata and GoB
THIS is in reference to Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmud's two-part analysis of Tata's investment in western Bangladesh, the pricing of gas, and Tata's response to Dr. Mahmud among others.
Culturearrow Saying it all with driftwood
Commenting on Ferdousy Priyabhashini's recent exhibition 'Jhorapata' at Shilpangan, Shahriar Kabir said, "This is a unique exhibition with cast off roots and barks.
 arrow Special attractions on Bangla New Year
On the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, first day of the Bangla New Year, ATN Bangla will broadcast special programmes, including TV plays, magazine shows and musical programmes among others.
 arrow Baishakhi celebrations to be aired live
Esho hey Baishakh, esho esho: That is how Rabindranath Tagore's song ushers in the Bangla New Year. Traditionally the Bangalees welcome the New Year on Pahela Baishak with this song.
 arrow Celebrities ushering in Pahela Baishakh
To celebrate Pahela Baishakh (the first day of the Bangla New Year), Channel-i will air a special programme titled Esho Baishakh on April 13 at 8:20 pm.
Internationalarrow Pakistan brands Baluch rebel group terror outfit
Pakistan has branded an underground militant group operating in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan a "terrorist" organisation, officials said yesterday.
 arrow No compromise on nuke deal with US
India's top foreign ministry official has denied that the country's nuclear weapons programme has been compromised by last month's nuclear deal with Washington.
 arrow Thai opposition fails to win hearts despite Thaksin ouster
Thailand's top opposition party scored a win by helping to oust Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, but this has done little for the fortunes of a party that lacks a vision for the kingdom's future, analystssay.
 arrow Karzai in India to boost ties
Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in India yesterday to boost ties with New Delhi that have blossomed after the fall of the Taliban regime, in a trip a nervous Pakistan will be closely watching.
 arrow Hamas wing vows to avenge Israeli raids
The armed wing of the governing Palestinian movement Hamas, under huge international pressure to renounce violence, vowed yesterday to avenge a weekend of Israeli strikes which has left 15 people dead.
 arrow 26 women killed in Pak stampede
At least 26 women and children were killed and 19 injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday, police and hospitals said.
 arrow US immigration reform trumped by election year politics: Experts
Immigration reform has fell victim to election-year politics, lawmakers and experts said, as a bill that would allow millions of undocumented workers to normalise their status floundered in the US Senate.
 arrow US military strike talk 'psychological warfare'
Iran branded as "psychological warfare" yesterday media reports that the US military was planning air strikes to force Tehran to abandon its controversial nuclear program.
 arrow Iraq, Iran fuming over Mubarak 'civil war' comments
Iraq and its powerful neighbour Iran were fuming yesterday over comments by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a major broker in Middle East politics, about Iraqi civil war and Shias' allegiance to Tehran.
 arrow Polls-bound Sonia quits Rajiv Gandhi Foundation post
In the aftermath of the office-of-profit storm, the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, has continued to be on resignation overdrive.
 arrow Canada to slap terror tag on LTTE
Canada has added to its list of terrorist organizations the Tamil Tigers, a group fighting for the autonomy of northeastern Sri Lanka, the National Post reported Saturday, saying an official government
 arrow US assault kills 8 Iraqi insurgents
US forces killed eight suspected insurgents in a raid west of Baghdad yesterday, while seven Iraqis, including a soldier, were killed in shootings and bombings.
 arrow Interpol issues tough notice on Dawood
Interpol has issued a special notice against India's most wanted criminal sought for the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed more than 260 people, the international police agency's Web siteshowed.
Editorialarrow Editorial: MP car privilege on sale!
The matter stems from a recent report in a leading Bangla daily centring around alleged gross misuse of the privilege of importing duty-free cars by MPs.
 arrow Editorial: The strike at CMCH
Internee doctors went on work abstention at Chittagong Medical College Hospital demanding, among a few other things, higher payment in allowances.
 arrow When excesses by law enforcers heighten a crisis
With the controversial Election Commission in place and the reforms in the Caretaker Government still a far cry, the country's political fever has heated up again.
 arrow US dilemma in engaging political Islam
Hamas's stunning success in the recent Palestinian election has brought afresh to the fore the question of political Islam in the context of America's war on terror.
 arrow French labour protests and globalisation
There is a tendency in certain quarters to ridicule the French students for protesting against their government's proposed youth employment law, whose main aim after all, is to create new job opportunities
Letters to Editorarrow Rebuilding Bangladesh
A nation long plagued by natural disasters, poverty, corruption and violence may finally be on the verge of a happier future.
 arrow Political dialogue
The very high degree of mistrust and animosity that exists between the two major political parties of the country do not augur well for the future of democracy. Most of our political leaders are irresponsible.
 arrow Rains and Dhaka streets
The WASA has been a silent watcher of miseries, stagnation of life and water, filth all around, causes for diseases and so on! The drains are the least cared for, because in their maintenance and ensuring
 arrow City of lakes
Dhaka may be declared a city of lakes. For this we have to develop, beautify and maintain the lakes. I don't know if any other city is lucky to have so many lakes.
 arrow Politics: aggravating public life?
It is well established that in Bangladesh politics is a dirty game.
 arrow Death of sweepers
I was shocked to read a news item published in The Daily Star on April 2, 1906.
 arrow NSU graduates
Please accept my sincere appreciation for your consistent efforts in publishing constructive and informative articles/news reports on the private universities of Bangladesh.
 arrow Demolition of slums
From DS of 17 March, I came to know about the demolition of slums at Demra in the capital. I am not among the kiths of those slum dwellers, but I am a citizen of Bangladesh.
 arrow Candle light shower, bubble bath
"Candle Light Shower" - you are probably thinking of something similar to a romantic candle light dinner with air conditioner. Well, I wish you were right.
 arrow Contain campus violence
It seems the colleges and universities have become mini armouries full of lethal weapons and ammunition, the educational campuses have turned into grounds of violent confrontations and terrorism.
 arrow NGOs and development
As a journalist every day you are carrying hundreds of news reports for me. Some are positive, encouraging and some are frustrating.
 arrow Governance at stake
As a senior citizen, I am disillusioned at the PR policy followed by the regime. The PM appears to be wrongly advised. She is, as usual, attacking the opposition, and playing up on 'achievements' of projects.
 arrow Magazine programmes
Like everybody else, I also enjoyed watching the last episode of Ittyadi on Friday.
It's a pity that other than Ittyadi, we have no more quality magazine programme to mention.

 arrow We are at fault
I suspect that our "leaders" do not take the media seriously and care a hoot for voter-feedback.
 arrow Tribal handicraft centre
One-stop Tribal Handicraft centres will encourage these communities' wider publicity.
Star Cityarrow Preparation on in full swing
It's time for getting into the festive mood. City dwellers are preparing to welcome Pahela Boishakh the first day of Bangla New Year, the biggest festival of Bengalis, with much fanfare and festivity.
 arrow Waterlogging before rainy season!
With the rainy season still two months ahead, the city dwellers have already started suffering from waterlogging, a perennial problem for them, after every spell of rain.
 arrow Are we safe at the hospitals?
Patients being treated at the National Institute of Kidney Dialysis and Urology (NIKDU) and their family members are gravely concerned about their well-being and recovery after seizure of date expired
 arrow Passenger sheds turned business houses
Makeshift shops, hawkers and agents of floating sex workers force the passengers to get off board onto the streets instead of the designated sheds.
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