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Front Pagearrow Future black money getting cleaned
An increasing number of people are now whitening their future black money by paying the mandatory low taxes, taking advantage of legal loopholes and fearing the government's black money whitening policy
 arrow CMP DC (Port) closed, sergeant suspended
Amid countrywide protests against Sunday's police attack on journalists during Bangladesh-Australia test match at the Chittagong stadium, the authorities yesterday suspended a police sergeant and closed
 arrow Media can publish news on judges' personal activities
The cabinet yesterday approved contempt of court bill allowing the newspapers to publish news on the judges' personal behaviours and activities.
 arrow Govt bans gathering on huge swath of city
The government yesterday imposed a ban on gatherings around the prime minister's office (PMO) for 24 hours from midnight today to thwart the 14-party opposition coalition's 11:00am to 1:00pm sit-in programme
 arrow Sonali gets a piffling portion of BPC dues
Sonali Bank is being paid only Tk 1,000 crore through bonds out of Tk 5,300 crore due with Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).
 arrow SC grants CEC's leave to appeal petition
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday granted leave to appeal filed by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz against the High Court's (HC) January 4 directives on voter list.
 arrow Rabbani vows to fight injustice
Palli Bidyut Unnayan Sangram Parishad led by Golam Rabbani yesterday vowed to continue their movement against bribery and injustice at the administration and police departments to make the area 'clean
 arrow Beautification scheme for the park

 arrow 14-party won't sit for talks if Jamaat men kept in govt side
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the 14-party opposition combine would not sit for any dialogues with the government on electoral reforms with Jamaat-e-Islami men at the table.
 arrow DU probe into first class galore stalls
The investigation of an unusual incident where 52 masters degree examinees of the political science department at Dhaka University (DU) in 2004 secured first class marks saw only a little progress since
 arrow NBR mulls JS monograms on doors
To check the frequent misuse of the privilege of duty-free cars by lawmakers, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is thinking of amending the relevant provision for the lawmakers with the privilege, sources
 arrow Probe body fails to identify culprits
The enquiry committee formed to probe the April 8 fire incidents at three places inside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban has failed to identify the culprits.
 arrow Pollution of the lake water

 arrow Govt decides to bury Matiur's remains in Dhaka Cant
In total disregard to Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman's family members' plea for burying the mortal remains of the gallant war hero at a public place the government yesterday decided to bury the remains on
 arrow BIWTC raises vessel fare
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has increased fare of all type of vessels, including passengers' vessels, ferries, cargoes, tankers and dredger services.
 arrow JCD men confine college principal for admission of their party men
The activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday confined the principal of Nilphamari Government College in his office along with some teachers allegedly demanding admission of their party men
 arrow Water festival

 arrow Bangla Bhai's wife gives info on Udichi office attack
Netrokona police extracted important information from Bangla Bhai's wife about the suicide attack on Udichi office at Azahar Road in Netrokona last December 8.
 arrow PM exchanges Bangla New Year greetings with diplomats
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia urged diplomats yesterday to inspire Bangladeshi people to advance on their own by recognising their successes in various fields.
 arrow Bombs found at shrine
Five bombs were recovered from the shrine of Hazrat Ainuddin Shah at Kaliajuri in Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Hartal called in Rajshahi today
Rajshahi Gas Andolon Parishad called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Rajshahi today for supply of gas through pipeline.
 arrow Yet to be repaired

 arrow HC asks govt to explain why victims shouldn't be compensated
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government to explain why it should not be directed to award compensation to the victims of minority repression after 2001 elections.
 arrow Iran set to ignore UN's nuclear freeze call
Iran's top nuclear official vowed yesterday that the clerical regime would press on with uranium enrichment work despite mounting international pressure to freeze its sensitive nuclear activities.
 arrow Tel Aviv suicide bomber kills 9
Nine people were killed and dozens wounded in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv yesterday when a Palestinian militant blew himself up in the deadliest suicide bombing of the last 20 months.
 arrow Tigers suspend Swiss truce talks
At least eight people were killed and many more wounded in a spate of blasts in Sri Lanka yesterday, hours after Tiger rebels suspended their participation in ceasefire talks, the military said.
 arrow Grand rally

 arrow Nepal deploys army to ensure food delivery
Nepal deployed the army to ensure food reaches the capital and threatened to impose a new emergency yesterday, the 12th day of a strike in which neither the king nor the opposition is backing down.
 arrow Sonia owns no car, has only Rs 20,000 in cash
Indian Congress President Sonia Gandhi owns no car and the money she holds in cash is just Rs 20,000, she declared yesterday in a statement.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Harbin Power Engineering Company Ltd in a rejoinder to The Daily Star April 3 story headlined "Junk for money" said since Bangladesh Power Development Board took over the Tongi power plant on August 24,
Businessarrow Mobile phone operators oppose new BTTB tariff rate
Mobile phone operators have strongly opposed Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board's (BTTB) new tariff rate to make calls from land phone to mobile phone without signing a revenue sharing contract.
 arrow China keen to import seafood, jute goods from Bangladesh
Chinese business leaders have shown their keen interest in importing seafood, rubber, jute and jute goods from Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka may seek duty-free access for 1,700 items at WTO meet
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said Bangladesh would seek duty- and quota-free access of 1,700 items to the global market at the upcoming WTO meeting in Geneva.
  arrow Prime Bank to open exchange house in S'pore next month
Prime Bank Limited will open an exchange house in Singapore by the first week of next month while the processing of opening another exchange house in London is going on.
 arrow Coca Cola launches 'Under The Crown' promotion
Coca Cola has launched an 'Under The Crown' (UTC) promotion for its consumers.
 arrow Citigroup reports record first quarter earning
Citigroup, owning company of Citibank, NA, reported first quarter revenue of US$22.18 billion and a record net after tax income for the three months ended March 31, 2006 of $5.64 billion.
 arrow FICCI for diversifying India-China trade
A high-level delegation of CEOs from Indian trade representative body FICCI is here to open up a track II diplomacy to help to diversify India's export basket to China and identify niche areas, crucial
 arrow China to keep policy of attracting foreign investment
China will maintain its policy of attracting foreign capital as a means to spur growth, an official was quoted as saying Monday, apparently seeking to refute reports of a less welcoming attitude.
 arrow Japan, Indonesia start 4th round of trade talks
Officials from Japan and Indonesia started a fourth round of talks Monday on a bilateral free trade agreement, with Tokyo expressing hope for a swift conclusion of the deal.
 arrow Oil hits $70
Oil prices touched 70 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Monday on concerns over tight US gasoline stocks and continued fears Washington could attack Iran's nuclear facilities, dealers said.
 arrow EC, MIDAS sign deal to conduct training
European Commission (EC) and Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services (MIDAS) signed an agreement recently for conducting a series of training courses on 'Entrepreneurship and Skill Development
Sportsarrow Cricket: Reporters shun Test for the second day
Shocked, insulted and disgruntled sports journalists held meetings and discussions all day yesterday with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and police high-ups in Chittagong as the newsmen boycotted thesecond
 arrow Football: Brothers host Al Ahed today
Dhaka league and Federation Cup winners Brothers Union will be pitted against Lebanon's Al Ahed in a do-or-die match of the AFC Cup Group A in Dhaka today.
 arrow Football: A lesson for minnows
The two best teams may have not featured in the final of the AFC Challenge Cup, the 16-nation meet designed for emerging nations, which concluded in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Mercury goes up in UAE
Pakistan are hoping to stop India's winning run when the arch-rivals clash in two off-shore matches at world cricket's newest centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Our protest goes on
Dear readers, we apologise to you for the second successive day for not providing you any coverage on the second Test between Bangladesh and Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Dream day for Afzal
A blistering double century by Afzal helped Residential Model School earn a massive 203-run victory over Dhanmondi Tutorial in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament at
 arrow Football: Media partner for school football
Web portal bangladeshinfo.
 arrow Cricket: New Zealand stay on top
New Zealand claimed the key wicket of Jacques Kallis shortly before tea as they stayed on top on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion Park Monday.
 arrow Football: Battle royale at San Siro
Barcelona take on AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal buoyed by the return of master midfielder Ronaldinho but missing some other key figures.
 arrow Cricket: Asia confident of hosting 2011 World Cup
South Asian cricket chiefs said on Monday that they were "hugely" optimistic that a joint bid by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to host the 2011 World Cup would succeed.
 arrow Football: Rooney keeps United in hunt
Manchester United kept their slim Premiership title hopes alive on Saturday, two goals from England superstar Wayne Rooney securing a hard-fought 2-1 win at Tottenham, meaning Chelsea's victory partyis
 arrow Football: Valencia stay second
Valencia hung onto second place in Spain with a convincing 4-0 win over Cup winners Espanyol on Sunday as their nearest challengers Real Madrid and Osasuna were both held to draws.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan will remain Eng captain
Michael Vaughan is set to continue as England's Test and one-day captain when he eventually returns from a knee injury, according to chairman of selectors David Graveney.
 arrow Tennis: Federer battles to victory
Top seed Roger Federer fought through to victory as he opened his 2006 clay-court season, overcoming spirited defence from teenaged Serb Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Monday to reach the second round of
 arrow Cricket: Best & worst ton of Oram
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram smashed a career-best 133 against South Africa on Sunday and then rated it as his best and worst century.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan out of England tour
Sri Lanka suffered a severe setback ahead of their England tour when captain Marvan Atapattu was sidelined with a recurring back injury, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Hockey: Germany clinch four-nation hockey title
World champions Germany beat Spain 1-0 to win the men's Four-Nations field hockey tournament here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Carboni rolls back the years
Valencia's Amedeo Carboni continued to defy the march of time and become the first 41-year-old to play in the Spanish first division here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: King faces WC agony
England's World Cup hopes have suffered a blow with the news that Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King has broken a bone in his left foot.
 arrow Volleyball: PDB, Titas win
Power Development Board defeated Sonali Bank Club by straight 3-0 sets in a match of the United Commercial Bank Limited Premier Division Volleyball League at the volleyball stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Nat'l security at stake due to politicisation
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for strong unity of people to save the country by toppling the alliance government.
 arrow Madrasa curriculum lacks basic skills, knowledge
Around 16 lakh students were enrolled at madrasas in 2005 where the curriculum lacks basic skills and knowledge, a study on the state of secondary education revealed yesterday.
 arrow JCD leader appears at exam from sick bed violating rules
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of Rajshahi University (RU) appeared at his MBA examination from sick bed on Sunday last violating university rules.
 arrow Woman strangled in city
A housewife allegedly killed her mother-in-law at Kalyanpur in the city yesterday over a property dispute.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Dhaka University (DU) teachers yesterday demanded punishment to those responsible for the killing of 20 people at Kansat, Chapainawabganj, and compensation to the families of the victims of police atrocities.
 arrow One to die, 10 others get 40 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a person to death and 10 others to 40 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing Sobhan, a Union Parishad (UP) member at Haluaghat in Mymensingh, in July 2002.
 arrow DCC blamed for selling tenders without public notice
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has been accused of selling tender schedules to a section of contractors without public notice.
 arrow Removal of DU teacher demanded
Students of fisheries department of Dhaka University (DU) submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor yesterday demanding removal of a teacher.
 arrow Hasina protests attack on Dohar AL leaders
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday strongly protested and condemned the barbaric attack on her party leaders and workers at Dohar in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow None arrested yet
Police could not arrest any employee of Nabisco Biscuit and Bread Factory yesterday in connection with the assault of the members of a mobile court and two photojournalists.
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
Three people were killed and three others injured in road accidents in Sirajganj and Gazipur districts in the last two days.
 arrow BEEN's coordinating office launched
The Coordinating Office of Bangladesh Earthquake Engineering Network (BEEN) was launched at the Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday.
 arrow FS leaves for Beijing
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin left Dhaka yesterday for Beijing to attend the 8th round of Bangladesh-China annual bilateral consultations. The Foreign secretary is leading the Bangladesh delegation.
 arrow Death of woman sparks violent protest
Local people went berserk after a woman was killed in a road accident at Malibagh level crossing in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Khadiza Begum, 50.
 arrow Trust Bank-Daily Star debate begins today
A weeklong debate competition titled 'Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star 6th Inter-School English Debate' begins in Chittagong today.
 arrow Web portal for Bangalees launched
A web portal -- www.ukbengali.com -- for the Bangalees across the world was launched in London on Friday, the first day of Bangla year 1413, says a press release.
 arrow Expat pledges Tk 20 lakh to cancer hospital
Hena Ahmed, a Bangladeshi expatriate living in London, yesterday pledged to donate Tk 20 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), says a press release.
 arrow 16 Japanese volunteers arrive
Sixteen new Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) arrived in Bangladesh yesterday to extend cooperation in different sectors such as community development, primary education, physical education,
 arrow Admission test result of Peace and Conflict Studies published
The result of admission test of MSS programme 2003-2004 of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Dhaka University, was published yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Bring culprit cops to book
Journalists across the country yesterday protested the uncalled for police action Sunday against the on-duty newsmen, injuring 20 of them, at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
 arrow Nominate candidate from BNP, not Jamaat
BNP leaders and activists in Shyamnagar yesterday formed a human chain demanding nomination of BNP leader from Shyamnagar constituency in place of the incumbent Jamaat lawmaker as a coalition candidate.
 arrow RU teachers demand punishment to killers
Progressive Teachers Association (PTA) at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday held a rally in front of Senate building to protest the killings at Kansat in Chapainawabganj.
 arrow 14 hurt as cops, gamblers clash in Netrakona
Ten gamblers and four policeman were injured in a clash at Monkanda Bazar under Kendua upazila Sunday night.
 arrow 6 shops gutted in Comilla
Six shops were gutted in a fire at Puskurinirpar market under Comilla Sadar upazila Monday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Adrift in a turbulent world
The most important strategic decision the United States will make in the next decade is not about Iraq, Iran, or North Korea. It is about China.
 arrow Choosing between rulers and leaders
With the elections looming on the horizon, once again the citizenry will be called upon to decide who is most likely to give them a better future.
 arrow Breaking free from Thaksin's democratic entrapments
Let us be clear, Thaksin Shinawatra is the failure of Thai democracy. It is not Thai democracy itself, which has taken 75 years to evolve, that has failed.
 arrow Empowering Bangladesh Bank: Lessons from the story of the US
The most influential institution in the American economy is the Federal Reserve System (widely known as the Fed), which is the central bank of the country.
Culturearrow A glimpse of Baishakhi celebrations around the country
Last Friday various socio-cultural, political, student organisations, trade bodies, business houses and educational institutions came together to celebrate Pahela Baishakh.
 arrow Popular talk show scores 1000
Grameen Phone Tritio Matra, a popular daily talk show currently running on Channel i, features discussions on contemporary issues.
 arrow Revelation of "First Light"
GMB Akash's career as a photojournalist began in 1996. He embarked into photography with his father's old Yashika FX3.
Internationalarrow 'Gulf states to oppose Iran attack'
Iran's influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said yesterday he was sure the Islamic republic's Gulf neighbours would not support any US assault on his country over its nuclear programme.
 arrow Voting in West Bengal amid tight security
More than a million people voted under tight security yesterday in India's Marxist bastion of West Bengal, where leftist parties are expected to win big and gain strength on the national scene.
 arrow Ill-equipped S Asia looks resigned to bird flu
Bird flu is spreading across one of the most crowded places on earth and, far from being brought under control, looks almost certain to remain a long-term menace in South Asian poultry, officials say.
 arrow Iraq crisis deepens
Iraq was thrown into deep political crisis yesterday after leaders cancelled a much-awaited parliament session following their failure to resolve a bitter dispute over the prime minister.
 arrow Saddam's handwriting scrutinised in court
Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused returned to court yesterday and proceedings focused on attempts to prove the ousted Iraqi president signed documents implicating him in crimes against humanity.
 arrow India will not commit to US on atomic testing
India said yesterday it would make no explicit commitment to the United States not to conduct fresh nuclear tests as part of a landmark civilian atomic cooperation agreement.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pro-democracy demonstrations in Nepal
Today will be the 13th day of a nation-wide general strike in Nepal that was initially called for four days.
 arrow Editorial: Journalist bashing in a pattern
The police assault on journalists at Chittagong stadium, which left 20 of them injured, is the latest example of their long arm getting a bit too long for anyone's comfort.
 arrow The Kansat carnage
While the BNP-Jamat alliance government had been spending tax-payers' money hugely to appoint American lobbyists to arrest its burgeoning "bad image" in the world, inside Bangladesh, police continuedto
 arrow Enough is enough
This is one "democratic country" where the worst sufferer happens to be its people. People continue to be deceived by the political leadership year after year with varying degrees.
Letters to Editorarrow Ethanol as alternative source of energy
According to a report published in The New York Times on 10 April 2006, Brazil has made a major breakthrough in meeting the domestic demand for energy by producing ethanol from sugarcane.
 arrow BBC programme
On the other day, I and I believe there were several other Bangladeshis who were proud to watch a discussion on BBC World titled "Bangladesh - Can Democracy deliver?" Excuse me, if any of the words
 arrow Cricket at Fatullah
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the sports news on the first page under the banner "Bangla Bunglers Australia Crumble".
 arrow Human Rights Commission
Human beings have some basic needs and the fulfilment of these are a matter of their right.
 arrow Massive change in climate
During the last few years, a massive change in global climate has become the issue of concern to the climate specialists. According to them, the change is more rapid than their earlier prediction.
 arrow Expatriate Gene scientist
Recently Shaptahik 2000 published an interview of Mr. Abed Choudhury, an expatriate Gene Scientist living in Australia. He seems to have a solution of blending Mr.
 arrow Writings on the wall
We had built a new wall in front of our house recently and painted it the colour of cement. One political party came and wrote their grievances in big red letters.
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