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Front Pagearrow Voter list becomes iffy on legal tangles
The possibility of having a fair voter list for the next parliamentary election is fading fast. Time shortage is most likely to force the Election Commission (EC) to prepare a list in too much of a hurry.
 arrow Cops called off, rally ban withdrawn
Hundreds of locals of trouble-torn Kansat in Chapainawabganj started returning home yesterday afternoon following a primarily successful talks between the agitating locals and a high-powered government
 arrow Celebration turns into human sea
Resolved to uphold Bengali cultural heritage, thousands of people on Friday poured into the streets, parks and open spaces across the capital and elsewhere to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first dayof
 arrow 14-party names 5 AL leaders today
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition line-up sends a letter to the BNP secretary general today, nominating five representatives to his proposed 10-member government-opposition committee to discuss
 arrow AL, Jubo Dal leaders among 6 killed in city
Six people including two ward unit leaders of Awami League (AL) and Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader were killed in separate incidents in the capital on Friday.
 arrow Delhi barriers on Dhaka jute goods
India has restricted import of jute products from Bangladesh by pushing up import duties substantially and by imposing other non-tariff barriers.
 arrow Confrontational politics puts nation at critical juncture: ICCB
Some economic and political developments including high oil price, erratic power supply, declining law and order situation and above all confrontational politics have put the nation at a critical juncture
 arrow Niko's deal with Bapex 'unusual'
Canadian company Niko Resources -- which entered Bangladesh's energy sector through a controversial deal and recently said in a Canadian daily report the country has a 'vindictive' atmosphere -- now claims
 arrow Citizens' body discusses 15-yr Vision Paper for Bangladesh
The "Citizen's Group for a Vision for Bangladesh" at its first meeting yesterday decided on the scopes and modalities for preparing the Vision Paper for Bangladesh for the next 15 years.
 arrow BDR, BSF fight at Tentulia
A Bangladeshi citizen abducted by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India was killed during a more than four-hour long gunfight between the BSF and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Tentulia border in Panchagarh
 arrow Strike observed at DU to protest Kansat killings
A strike was observed yesterday at Dhaka University (DU) protesting the killings in Kansat and demanding trial of the killers.

No classes or examinations were held at the university.

 arrow Nominate honest candidates in elections
Emphasising the practice of democracy inside the political parties, speakers at separate discussions yesterday said honest and eligible candidates should be nominated in the upcoming general elections
 arrow Hartal observed to protest Nizami's Satkhira visit
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed partially in Satkhira yesterday to protest Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami's visit to the district.
 arrow Dr Kamal assures Kansat victims of legal aid
Representing members of the 11-member Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) probe committee on the Kansat killings Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday visited the troubled Kansat area in Chapainawabganj.
 arrow Turkey wants better trade with Bangladesh
Turkish President Ahmet Nejdet Sezer said on Friday Turkey would like to enhance bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh in all fields including trade, economic and commercial sectors.
 arrow US pushes for asset freeze, sanctions
The United States will push its allies next week to consider targeted sanctions on Iran that include a freeze on assets and visa restrictions, the State Department said on Friday.
 arrow Minister Selima Rahman hurt in road mishap
State Minister for Cultural Affairs Selima Rahman along with eight others were injured in a road accident yesterday in Mymensingh as she was returning to the capital from Netrokona.
 arrow Bangla Bhai to appear before Chandpur court
A first class magistrate's court yesterday granted permission to produce Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai before a Chandpur court in three cases
 arrow Grameen Bank to operate in India from next month
The Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, acclaimed worldwide for its success in micro-financing, is starting its operations in India next month.
 arrow Tigers' 2nd Test against Aussies begins today
Bangladesh will be under different kind of pressure when they face off against mighty Australia in the second and final Test at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium today.
 arrow Strike at CU
Chittagong University (CU) yesterday virtually came to a halt as Sadharan Chhatra Chhatri Sangram Parishad enforced a student strike protesting against acute water crisis and frequent power cuts.
 arrow Lankan rebels to pull out of peace talks
The Tamil Tigers said yesterday they would pull out of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government in Switzerland due to a dispute over the safe-conduct transport of rebel commanders.
Businessarrow Knit exporters demand 15pc cash incentives
Knitwear exporters have urged the government to increase cash incentives to 15 per cent from 5 per cent as they are facing stiff competition with the Indian manufacturers in the global market.
 arrow WTO chief seeks urgent US, EU concessions in trade talks
The director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Pascal Lamy, appealed on Friday for the United States and European Union to further slash agricultural subsidies and tariffs to unblock stalled
 arrow Suvastu shopping mall opens today
Suvastu Development Ltd, a leading real estate developer, inaugurates a shopping mall at Shahjadpur in Dhaka today.
 arrow Rancon Motors' free servicing campaign of Mercedes-Benz
Rancon Motors Ltd, general distributor of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles in Bangladesh, yesterday launched a weeklong free servicing campaign of the vehicles under the guidance of a German expert.
 arrow Cheney's income 12 times of Bush’s
US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife earned 8.82 million dollars last year, some 12 times the amount President George W Bush made, the White House said Friday.

But the Cheneys donated 6.

 arrow India invites Chinese firms to invest in power sector
Aiming to provide 'power to all' by adding 100,000 megawatt capacity by 2012, India Thursday invited Chinese power industry majors to invest in the country.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Apr 09-Apr 13, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was soft in this week and USD became weaker against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 2nd Test will be harder: Dav
It might not be an exaggeration to say that Australia are a wounded side following the stern challenge that Bangladesh handed them in the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: 'We'll bowl, bat better'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting, still haunted by Bangla-desh's dominance in the first two days of the first Test, was confident of a better showing this time around.
 arrow Football: Tajikistan-Sri Lanka final today
Sri Lanka will carry South Asia's hopes to keep the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup in the region when they take on Tajikistan in the final today.
 arrow Cricket: Young Indians crush Eng
A sparkling 86 by debutant Robin Uthappa guided India to a seven-wicket victory over England in the seventh and final one-day international on Saturday.

The hosts won the series 5-1.

 arrow Football: MSC, Brothers play AFC Cup ties Tuesday
Local giants Mohammedan Sporting Club and Brothers Union will be engaged in international commitment when they play home and away matches in the AFC Cup on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Cruciani likely to take over U-23s soon
National coach Diego Cruciani is expected to take charge of the under-23 team soon to prepare them for the SA Games in Colombo this year.
 arrow Cricket: Youth cricket's start delayed
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) pushed back the kick-off of the 23rd national youth cricket tournament from April 17 to May 10.
 arrow Cricket: Test tickets available in Ctg
Tickets for the second Test between Bangladesh and Australia are available at all branches of the City Bank Limited in Chittagong.
 arrow Football: Poisoned pens poised for Italy
When Italy open their World Cup campaign against Ghana on June 12 they won't be facing one set of adversaries but three.

First, they will have 11 Ghanaians to contend with.

 arrow Football: Kaladze settles Milan derby
AC Milan celebrated a 1-0 derby win over city rivals Inter thanks to a 70th minute strike by Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze in Serie A on Friday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea edge towards title
Frank Lampard, 12 months after his goals secured Chelsea's first Championship for 50 years, returned Saturday to the Reebok Stadium to claim the second in his side's 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers which
 arrow Cricket: Mills makes early inroads
New Zealand opening bowler Kyle Mills took three of the first four wickets as South Africa, struggled on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand at Centurion Park on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hiddink vows to return Russia to former glory
Dutchman Guus Hiddink promised on Friday to restore Russia to their former glory after signing a deal to become the national team's coach.
 arrow Cricket: Lara to become captain again
Brian Lara is in line to become West Indies captain for the third time in his amazing career.
 arrow Football: Barcelona almost home
Barcelona all but wrapped up their 18th Spanish league title on Friday with a 1-0 home success over fellow Champions League semifinalists Villarreal, Samuel Eto'o almost inevitably getting the decisive
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff wants captaincy in future
England stand-in skipper Andrew Flintoff has said he would be willing to do the job on a permanent basis in the future.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid defends Sehwag, Kaif
Indian captain Rahul Dravid jumped to the defence of non-performing teammates Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif on Friday, saying their poor form was a passing phase.
 arrow Cricket: SL hire Aussie spin coach
Former Australia off-spinner Ashley Mallett has been hired as a consultant spin coach for Sri Lanka.
 arrow Kabadi: Ansar & VDP, Mirpur Ideal champions
Ansar & VDP High School and Mirpur Girls' Ideal Institute emerged champions in their own categories of the MA Hamza Memorial Baishakhi Kabaddi Festival on Friday.
 arrow Volleyball: Premier v'ball
Sonali Bank continued their winning run with another impressive victory over Dilkhusha Sporting Club in the United Commercial Bank Limited Premier Division Volleyball League at the volleyball stadiumyesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Put govt in dock: Dr Kamal
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday strongly criticised the government for killing innocent people in Kansat who were demonstrating for uninterrupted power supply for irrigation purposes.
 arrow 14 killed in road accidents
At least 14 people were killed and 41 others injured in separate road accidents in five districts in the last three days.
 arrow Call for peaceful solution to Kansat crisis
A citizen's body styled 'Nagarik Sanghati' (Citizen's Solidarity) yesterday urged the government to resolve the crisis at Kansat peacefully by discarding its policy of coercion.
 arrow Trial begins at Jhalakathi court on April 18
Trial of the murder case of two judges by suicidal squad of JMB will begin at Jhalakathi district and sessions judge's court instead of Barisal speedy trial tribunal on April 18.
 arrow BNP-Jamaat cadres out to foil April 18 grand rally
Awami Jubo League yesterday accused BNP-Jamaat alliance government and their party cadres of harassing its activists at different parts of the country in a bid to foil its grand rally on April 18 at Paltan
 arrow Bhiuyan invites opposition to sit for discussion with open mind
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhiuyan called upon the opposition parties to sit across the table with an open mind to discuss their demands.
 arrow Kansat killings condemned
Jatiya Sramik League (JSL) strongly condemned the brutal killing of Kansat people agitating for smooth supply of electricity and attack on JSL General Secretary Roy Ramesh Chandra.
 arrow Special National Immunisation Day today
A special nationwide immunisation drive begins today to feed polio vaccines to some 2.10 crore children aged zero to five, as the deadly disease appears to have relapsed.
 arrow Hasina protests killing of 2 city AL leaders
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday condemned the killings of Dhaka City 76 ward AL president and former commissioner Alim Ullah and another AL ward leader Abdur Rauf Sarder.
 arrow SAHR urges Nepal govt to release political, rights activists
Expressing solidarity with civil rights movement in Nepal, the South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has demanded immediate release of all political and civil rights activists jailed by the government.
 arrow Bangladeshi doctor wins UN Population Award
A pioneering family planning doctor from Bangladesh and a major reproductive health foundation in Haiti have won this year's United Nations Population Award.
 arrow Couple held for stealing baby at Bogra hospital
A couple was arrested for their alleged involvement in stealing a seven-month-old baby from Bogra Mohammed Ali Hospital on Friday night.
 arrow BRAC School of Public Health features in WHO report
The James P Grant School of Public Health (HPS) at BRAC University has been prominently featured in this year's annual World Health Report (WHR) for its educational and training activities.
 arrow BIP executives
Dr Toufiq M Seraj, former president of Rehab, has been elected the president of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) on April 14, says a press release.
 arrow First year JU classes resume
The first year honours classes (2005-2006 session) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) resumed yesterday.
Nationalarrow Probe Kansat killings, punish culprits
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition yesterday held rallies and brought out processions in several districts protesting the killings in Kansat and demanding arrest and punishment to persons responsible
 arrow Hired goons fire shots, hurl bombs to evict landless
At least 20 people were injured in clashes as a gang of hired goons evicted over 400 landless people from government lands in Bairagirchak and Chingrikhali villages in Kaligonj upazila by firing shots
 arrow Pahela Baishakh Celebrated

 arrow 450 hospitalised in Mymensingh town in 3 days
Over 450 diarrhoea patients from different areas of Mymensingh town were admitted to Surjo Kanta (SK) Hospital, an infectious diseases ward of Mymensingh Midical College Hospital (MMCH), till yesterday
 arrow 4 Hizbut Tawhid men remanded in Jhalakathi
A court in Jhalakati yesterday placed the four arrested Hizbut Tawhid activists on a five-day remand.
 arrow 20 injured in clashes ahead of Galachipa poura polls
At least 20 people were injured as supporters of BNP and Awami League (AL) clashed in Galachipa under Patuakhali district Friday night and early Saturday.
 arrow Drilling of well 5 in Kailashtila begins today
Drilling of well no. 5 in Kailashtila Gas Field under state run Sylhet Gas Fields Limited (SGFL) will begin today.

State run Bapex will drill the well, official sources said.

Culturearrow Baishakhi celebrations 1413
Pahela Baishakh is a momentous occasion. To every Bangalee, irrespective of age, social strata and education, it is a time for joyous celebration.
 arrow Masks come into vogue
Mask making is an ancient art. This art form has played a role in social and religious functions, funerary and commercial uses, therapeutic, festive uses, in theatre and interior decoration.
 arrow Impress Audio Vision Limited lauched
Impress Audio Vision Limited (IAVL) has embarked on its voyage to bring a new momentum to music and drama. On this occasion a launching ceremony was recently held at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
Internationalarrow Nepalese cry 'hang the king' as opposition vows more protests
Thousands of Nepalese protesters shouting "Hang King Gyanendra" marched in the capital Saturday after opposition parties dismissed the monarch's new pledge of elections as a hollow offer.
 arrow 41 Taliban, 6 cops killed in major Afghan battle
Forty-one suspected Taliban and six policemen were killed in a major battle in southern Afghanistan in an area where the Taliban leader once lived, a governor said yesterday.
 arrow US bans business with Hamas
The US government said on Friday it barred American citizens, US companies and foreign companies operating in the United States from doing most business with the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, warning
 arrow Bomb blasts at Delhi Jama Masjid
Security was stepped up at temples and mosques in northern India Saturday to guard against reprisal attacks as police hunted for those responsible for blasts at the country's biggest mosque in which 14
 arrow Cheney income tops Bush 12-fold
US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife earned 8.82 million dollars last year, some 12 times the amount President George W. Bush made, the White House said Friday.

But the Cheneys donated 6.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Higher education plan
The news that an expert committee submitted a 20-year higher education plan to the prime minister last Monday and that she has ordered the formation of a monitoring cell to oversee its implementationsounds
 arrow Editorial: Spirited celebrations
People welcomed Pahela Baishakh with the kind of enthusiasm and aplomb that made the occasion a splendid point of convergence for all.
 arrow Tale of a Reckonuddowla and a Rubbani
It appears that in a faraway land called "Land of Hope," two persons have been causing lots of trouble lately in this otherwise peaceful country, which is half submerged in the waters of development.
 arrow Charioting the course of hate
An intelligence report says that LK Advani's rath yatra in 1990 caused the largest number of killings after the partition riots in 1947.
Letters to Editorarrow Expatriates need their own MP
The economy of Bangladesh depends mostly on the money sent by Probashi people living in the Middle East, America, Australia and Europe.
 arrow Elitism and civil society
Before a civil society can be credible, it must ensure the participation of majority of our people.
 arrow Hospital facing water shortage!
For the last few weeks there is acute shortage of water in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital.

A hospital should be the cleanest of all places.

 arrow Martyr Matiur's remains
I draw your attention to the report on "Family hopes for state honour for martyr Matiur's remains", by your staff correspondent on Sunday April 9, 2006

It is indeed a move in the right direction, that

 arrow "Import of vehicles from India"
Mr. Thomas Gomes Bhura wrote about import of vehicles from India on 6 April 2006.
Featurearrow A note from diaspora
Those of us who take the idea and practice of transformative politics seriously have good reasons to be encouraged by the recent formation of a citizens' group that emerged out of a joint initiative of
 arrow Pride and prejudice of Citizens' Group
My knowledge level about most of the luminaries of the civil society of Bangladesh, who took a very precious initiative recently by forming a "Citizens' Group" is shallow and newspaper-deep.
 arrow Media, civil society and 2007 election
THE conscious citizen of our country appreciates that the media has been playing a vibrating role in strengthening the democratic process.
 arrow What must be done
For an accountable development process we needs following steps to be the taken:


 arrow Who should be a parliamentarian?
The selection of "clean" and patriotic candidate for the national parliament is very difficult, but, not impossible task in our country.
 arrow Some modest proposals
In previous elections, we have seen that government servants participate in the national elections soon after retirement.
 arrow Some thoughts on the recently formed Citizens' Group
It is heartening to see some members from the highest socio-economic class in society of our country to take initiative to bring about changes in the election of public office mainly in the nationalparliament.
Star Healtharrow Management advances in recent times
Articular cartilage plays a vital role in joint morphology – it is strong, durable, and able to withstand shear and axial forces acting through a joint. Defects rarely heal spontaneously.
 arrow Hand washing could save a million lives each year
Each year, diarrhoeal diseases kill nearly two million children under the age of five years around world.

Just washing hands properly could save the lives more then a million children each year.

 arrow Common-sense strategies for stressed-out parents
A newborn will bring a whirlwind of activity and excitement to your home and plenty of stress and fatigue as well.
 arrow Risk factors for neonatal mortality in rural areas of Bangladesh
Neonatal deaths account for about half of all deaths among children under 5 years of age in Bangladesh.
 arrow Calcium, dairy may curb colon cancer risk
Men with high levels of calcium and dairy foods in their diet have a lower risk of colorectal cancer, research suggests.
 arrow Ginger, pepper treat difficult cancers
Ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells while the compound that makes peppers hot can shrink pancreatic tumors, researchers told a conference.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
My daughter is 4 years old. Her body weight and growth are okay. She has no disease now. She eats every kind of foods except rice.

Star Cityarrow Sir, are you real or fake?
The police, last month arrested four fake 'policemen' clad in Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) uniforms, including all accessories, from the centre of the city, who posing as members of the Detective Branch
 arrow Small industries in trouble for crisis of scrap metals
Chan Mia, owner of a small furnace at Islambagh, is sitting in front of his small factory with a blank look on his face.
 arrow Motorbikes lose parking slot at New Market
The tin-roofed shed set aside for motorcycle parking at New Market, opposite the car-parking slot has been demolished, alleged frequent shoppers.
 arrow A makeshift shop...

 arrow Land dispute puts Dental College Hospital into uncertainty
The fate of a 200-bed hospital of Dhaka Dental College has become uncertain as Dhaka City Corporation has claimed a portion of the land on which the hospital is being built.
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