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Front Pagearrow Hasina vows to reveal her own, MPs' wealth
Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the civil society to make public the names of incumbent and aspiring lawmakers, who were involved in crimes and corruption, and have become rich overnight by pocketing
 arrow 100 hurt as BNP men, cops clash with Jubo League members
About 100 people were injured yesterday afternoon as a group of BNP cadres and then police locked horns with a few thousand Jubo League members and supporters at Lalbagh in Old Dhaka.
 arrow Contempt law aims to protect top officials
Eminent jurists yesterday strongly denounced the draft contempt of court law saying the government is framing this law apparently to protect certain top bureaucrats facing contempt charges.
 arrow 14-party sit-in today before PMO today amid ban
Awami League (AL) and its allies seek to stage a sit-in outside the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) today to press home the demand for electoral reforms while a ban on gathering around the PMO takes effect
 arrow Boycott of Test match coverage continues
Boycott of the second test match between Bangladesh and Australia by the media entered its third day yesterday.
 arrow Criminalisation of politics, political row allowed rise of militants: WB
The World Bank (WB) says criminalisation of politics and a confrontational relation between the two major political parties of the country have allowed extremist religious groups to indulge in the recent
 arrow Writ petition filed in HC for judicial probe
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) yesterday filed a writ petition in the High Court pleading for a judicial enquiry by a high court judge into the police attack on journalists in Chittagong
 arrow Opposition plans anarchy thru' agitation: PM
Terming opposition's agitation programme as 'anti-people' and 'destructive', Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said their real motive is to unleash anarchy and unrest to obstruct the country's developments
 arrow Corruption plagues Rangpur schools
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) reported that the condition of primary and secondary education in Rangpur is deplorable as the authorities concerned let loose corruption and violation of rules.
 arrow Bar council seeks HC order to ensure power to farm lands
The chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council's human rights committee yesterday submitted an application seeking issuance of directives from the High Court to the authorities to ensure immediate electricity
 arrow Shutdown enforced in Rajshahi in demand for piped gas
Rajshahi city witnessed a complete shutdown during yesterday's dawn to dusk hartal called to press home the demand for supply of natural gas through pipeline.
 arrow Body to be set up to settle trade barrier issues
Experts from Safta (South Asian Free Trade Area) countries decided to form a sub committee to settle disputes regarding non-tariff and para tariff barriers on trading among the member countries.
 arrow Richard Boucher due next month
Several key issues, including the next general elections, will figure high on the agenda of discussions between Richard A Boucher, the newly appointed US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of
 arrow House helps tortured
Two young house helps were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday after they were brutally tortured by a housewife.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two top leaders of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) were killed during separate incidents of 'crossfire' with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in Jhenidah and Khulna
 arrow Supplementary duty on sugar withdrawn
The government has decided to withdraw 20 percent supplementary duty on sugar in a bid to keep its price stable and its supply normal in the domestic market.
 arrow Testimonies of victim's sisters, husbands presented at HC
The testimonies of the victim's two sisters and one of their husbands which they had given to the lower court were presented before the High Court (HC) yesterday in the death reference and hearing ofappeal
 arrow Lawyers throw shoes at Rahman in court
Top leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai and others were produced yesterday before two trial courts in Jhalakathi for two separate cases.
 arrow Fine arts institute gets threat letter
An unsigned letter received by the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) of Dhaka University (DU) on April 16 threatened to blow up the institution if it did not stop making replicas of Indian national bird peacock
 arrow Improving communication

 arrow Saber to face trial although exempted earlier
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, is going to face trial in a case filed for attacking the then leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia's motorcade on
 arrow Ahab demands release of Galib
Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh (Ahab) leaders at a public meeting on Monday night threatened to launch tougher programmes if its four top leaders, including its chief Asadullah Al Galib, were not released
 arrow Cops raid five DU halls
Police picked up 29 people, mostly outsiders, in raids on five dormitories of Dhaka University (DU) early yesterday, but later released them after having undertakings.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot a Bangladeshi dead at Goeshpur in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow Manikganj-4 by-polls today
By-election in Manikganj-4 constituency, having 2,03,927 voters, will be held today.
 arrow Scavenging

 arrow Russia still opposed to sanctions on Iran
Russia said it remains opposed to sanctions against Iran, while China expressed hope for a negotiated solution as senior diplomats from six countries converged in Moscow yesterday to map out the nextstep
Businessarrow Gold glitters to new high
Gold prices in local market have hit an all-time high with guinea (21 carat) selling at Tk 16,000 and 22 carat at Tk 16,700 a bhori yesterday.
 arrow SEC seeks role from institutional investors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday asked institutional investors to play assertive role to regain the confidence of panic-stricken small investors.
 arrow Bangladesh holds potential to be developed country
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh has the potential to become one of the most economically developed countries if parties shun confrontational politics.
 arrow Tk 23,042.56cr revenue realised in 9 months
National Board of Revenue (NBR) realised Tk 23,042.56 crore in revenue in the last nine months of the current fiscal year, which is 65 percent of the target.
 arrow 1m GP pre-paid users benefit from 'Thank You' reward programme
More than one million GrameenPhone pre-paid subscribers have received free talk-time bonus of up to Tk 1000 at the end of the first quarter of 2006 as part of the ongoing "ThankYou" reward programme introduced
 arrow IMF chief wants slimmed-down body to police world economy
The International Monetary Fund must slim itself down while keeping a closer eye on global financial dangers and increasing the voice of emerging economies, IMF chief Rodrigo Rato said Monday.
 arrow Malaysia to keep ringgit stable
Malaysia will keep the ringgit stable and in line with regional currencies, central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil prices stay over $70
Crude oil prices crept closer to the record high of 70.85 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Tuesday after a suicide bomb attack in Israel compounded tensions over Iran's nuclear program, dealers said.
 arrow Sino-Indian trade may exceed $20b this year
Sino-Indian bilateral trade is expected to exceed 20 billion US dollars this year and the figure may even touch 100 billion US dollars in six years, senior trade officials from both side said here.
 arrow Workshop on trade negotiation skills ends
A two-day workshop on international trade negotiations skills concluded at the World Bank Dhaka office yesterday.
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers go down to Al Ahed
Brothers Union all but crashed out of contention for a quar-terfinal berth in the AFC Cup when the home side lost 3-1 to 10-men Al Ahed in a Group A match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: The citizen is always right
The focus of the nation quickly shifted from blood-spattered Kansat to bloody Chittagong.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini, Steyn turn the tables on the Kiwis
Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn bowled South Africa to within sight of victory on a weather-hit fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand at Centurion Park Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik restricts India
Pakistan off-spinner Shoaib Malik grabbed three wickets to boost Pakistan's chances of ending a dismal run against India as they restricted their arch-rivals to 197 in the first one-dayer here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: National school soccer from April 21
The Banglalink Tiger Trophy National School Football Championship will begin at different venues across the country on April 21.
 arrow Cricket: Test boycott continues
Sports journalists will continue to boycott the coverage of the second Bangladesh-Australia Test until the police personnel responsible for attacks on journalists are brought to book.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan's nightmare in Amman
Mohammedan Sporting Club returned to Asian club competition with a nightmare 7-0 defeat to Jordan's Al Wihdat in the Group C opener of the AFC Cup in Amman yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sunny doesn't buy it
Indian great Sunil Gavaskar scoffed at suggestions that excessive cricket was burning players out, saying the hard grind was part of the honour of representing one's country.
 arrow Football: Gunners eye win at Highbury swansong
Arsenal will play their last European match at Highbury on Wednesday with all eyes firmly fixed on the future rather than looking back wistfully at the past.
 arrow Bits and Bobs
Golden Ball for final
Reuters, Berlin
A golden ball will be used at the World Cup final on July 9, organising committee president Franz Beckenbauer said on Tuesday.

 arrow Cricket: BCB BRAC Bank Academy Cup sides named
National cricket selectors have chosen three squads to participate in the first BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BRAC Bank Academy Cup.
 arrow Football: United delay Chelsea party
Chelsea moved within a point of retaining their Premiership title on Monday with an easy 3-0 win against Everton, although Manchester United managed to at least delay the party by beating Tottenham.
 arrow Handball: BHF polls held
Asaduzzaman Kohinoor was re-elected as general secretary of Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) for another four-year term yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart nat'l school cricket
Rain forced all five matches to be curtailed in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament yesterday at different venues in the city.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar opts out of WI ODIs
Sachin Tendulkar has withdrawn from the one-day series of the West Indies tour and his availability for the Test series would be known after a fitness test on May 10.
 arrow Tennis: Amal, Ranjan reach qtrs
Amal Roy and Ranjan Ram progressed to the quarterfinals in the men's singles event of the MA Jabbar Memorial Tennis Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dinajpur sports
Binojnagar KKS became champions of the Nawabganj Gold Cup football tournament held at the local high school ground on Saturday. They beat Daudpur Eleven by a solitary goal in the final.
Metropolitanarrow Build a crime-free nation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called upon the probationary assistant police supers (ASPs) for maximum application of their merit and efforts to build a peaceful nation free from crimes.
 arrow Small countries should prefer multilateralism to bilateralism
Speakers at a discussion yesterday observed that small countries like Bangladesh should prefer multilateralism to bilateralism in dealings with big powers.
 arrow 'PWD officers loot valuables worth Tk 15 lakh from Kamal's quarters'
Family members of slain assistant secretary Ibrahim Kamal yesterday alleged that some dishonest officers of Public Works Department (PWD) in connivance with Ramna police looted almost all furniture and
 arrow 4 killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in three districts yesterday.
 arrow 'Allocate fund for nationalisation of non-govt teachers' jobs'
Non-government Primary School Teachers' Association (NPSTA) yesterday announced fresh programmes to press for their one-point demand for nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Fair investigation demanded
Family members of slain college student Kamrul Islam Momin yesterday demanded a fair investigation into Momin murder case.
 arrow Central lab to test water quality opens
The central laboratory of the Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) established with Japanese grant to examine quality of drinking water was inaugurated at Mohakhali in the city yesterday.
 arrow Court orders to produce JMB commander Sunny, 4 others
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to produce military commander of the banned Jama,atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny and four others before it on May 8 in two
 arrow 4 kidnapped teenagers rescued
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued four abducted teenagers including two girls and captured two abductors from city's Sayedabad bus terminal.
 arrow Project taken to ensure good governance
The Water Resources Ministry has initiated a System Management Unit (SMU) programme, a one-stop service for establishing good governance and ensuring transparency in the ministry, bringing all the water
 arrow 50 injured as farmers clash in B'baria
About 50 people were injured in a clash between two groups of farmers over irrigating croplands at Bareura village in Sarail yesterday.
 arrow BCL leader succumbs to injuries
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader of Suhrawardi College unit succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the city yesterday.
 arrow JCD, BCL clash in Khulna
Three people were injured when the supporters of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed on the Khulna MM City College campus yesterday.
 arrow Rab nabs two muggers in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two alleged hijackers from the city on Monday, Rab sources said.
 arrow DU Journalism Dept to stage protest today
Department of Mass Commu-nication and Journalism of Dhaka University (DU) will bring out a procession and stage a sit-in protesting police atrocities on journalists and photojournalists at ChittagongDivisional
 arrow 500 phensidyl bottles seized in Jessore
BDR personnel seized 500 bottles of smuggled Indian phensidyl from Bhaverbar village in Benapole on Monday.
 arrow Democracy Festival held in Khulna
The Fourth Democracy Festival was observed in Khulna yesterday with a call to work together for establishing a peaceful society.
 arrow Chand Sultana Literacy Prize for CAMPE
Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) has been selected for the award of Chand Sultana Literacy Prize-2005, says a press release.
 arrow Tenure of two ECs ends today
The five-year term of Election Commissioners AK Mohammad Ali and MM Munsef Ali ends today.
 arrow UPA welcomes new students
The University of Asia Pacific (UAP) yesterday welcomed its newly enrolled students of Fall 2006 at the Russian Cultural Centre auditorium, says a press release.
 arrow 'Nepali king must act to defuse standoff'
Nepal's king must act quickly to defuse an increasingly volatile standoff in the insurgency-hit country after nearly two weeks of crippling anti-royal protests, analysts say.
Nationalarrow Poor show as top criminals still remain out of dragnet
The fresh joint anti-crime operation by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police to net 42 'top criminals' and their accomplices in southwestern districts showed little success so far.
 arrow More protests against police excess in Ctg
Journalists across the country yesterday staged more against Sunday's police attack on media men in Chittagong.
 arrow Deep tube-well users demand compensation
Deep tube-well beneficiaries here have demanded compensation from the Rural Electrification Board (REB) authorities for damage of deep tube-well motors and irrigation pumps and loss in IRRI-Boro crops
 arrow Evicted landless in Kaliganj now under open sky
Over 400 of landless families evicted by hired goons from government lands in Bairagirchak and Chingrikhali in Kaligonj upazila on Saturday are under the open sky.
Culturearrow Resurrection: Portraying Ibsen as universal dramatist
An illusion was created on the stage through a silhouette effect on the huge curtain, where several universal characters such as Hedda, Nora, Rebecca and others talk with Norwegian legendary playwright
 arrow Exhibiting German film history of the era
Founded in 1917 the Universal Film Limited (UFA) was one of the largest movie companies in Europe. UFA has had a tremendous impact on the German movie history for decades.
 arrow CityCell Medha Bikash racing to 100th episode
With HSC exams around the corner, the young ones are gearing up to put their best foot forward.
 arrow Baishakhi celebration

 arrow 'Virgin-Aarshee Baishakhi Maton Dola'

Internationalarrow Nepali protests reaching a climax: Diplomats
Anti-monarchy protests persisted in the Nepali capital Kathmandu yesterday despite bad weather as diplomats said the movement against King Gyanendra appeared to be reaching a climax.
 arrow Training camps for rebels flourishing in Pakistan
Camps for training Kashmiri militants to fight Indian troops in Kashmir are "flourishing" in Pakistan, a senior Indian politician said yesterday.
 arrow Israel signals tough response to attack
Israel placed full blame on Hamas yesterday for the first suicide bombing inside the country since the Islamists shot to power, and ordered the military to step up pressure on the Palestinians.
 arrow US pressuring Russia to drop weapons sale to Iran
Russia is coming under US pressure to cancel a contract to deliver Tor-M1 mobile air defence systems to Iran due to concerns about Tehran's nuclear programme, a respected business daily reported yesterday.
 arrow Norwegian mediator 'frustrated' by Lankan parties
The main mediator in the Sri Lankan conflict, Erik Solheim of Norway, said yesterday he was frustrated by the government's and Tamil rebels' lack of flexibility, which he said was endangering talks aimed
 arrow Pakistan blocks part of its Afghan border
Pakistan has sealed a section of its western border with Afghanistan to stop militants fleeing a US-led offensive on the Afghan side from sneaking into the country, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Iranian official in Washington
The US State Department confirmed Monday a senior official from arch-US nemesis Iran was in Washington but would not say how he got into the country or what he was doing here.
 arrow Thailand extends emergency rule in violence-hit south
Thailand's government said yesterday it will extend a state of emergency in southern Thailand as part of measures to combat a Muslim insurgency that has left over 1,000 people dead.
 arrow Bus crash kills 63 in Mexico
At least 63 people died Monday after a bus they were riding veered off a mountain road in central Mexico and fell down a ravine, authorities said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Black money tyranny all engulfing
THERE will be few dissenting voices to the assertion that providing opportunity to whiten black money is in a way encouraging corruption.
 arrow Editorial: Emblazoning the car is no answer
THE National Board of Revenue (NBR) must be credited with having ruffled the murky waters of a sensitive domain, stirred the hornet's nest, as it were, insofar as spilling the beans about the MPs' brazen-faced
 arrow Can President Bush stop Iran's nuclear programme?
THE simple answer, in my view, to the question raised with the title of this article appears to be in the negative and the reasons thereof are described in later parts of the article.
 arrow Karachi carnage: What should we do?
ALTHOUGH it is hard to be sure of what caused April 11 carnage at Karachi's Nishtar Park, the fact that the leaders' platform survived intact knocks out theories of bomb(s) planted underneath it, as some
 arrow Rationalising income tax
At present the highest rate of income tax is 25 per cent, which is the lowest in the south-east Asia, probably in the world.
Letters to Editorarrow Kansat and government
We were watching the Kansat situation in two satellite television channels--ntv and ATN, and also listening to BBC radio for a third eye view.
 arrow This Ponting is that Ponting
Go Aussies go! Now it is time to say the same about Bangladesh, go Tigers go! Bangladesh started as an underdog but at the end of the opening day there was a mammoth total on the scoreboardof
 arrow Even neo-cons have changed
With many top former US generals calling for Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld to resign, the crisis in Iraq brought about by the US military intervention, first in the name of dismantling Iraq's weapons
 arrow Our cricketers...
Growing up in Bangladesh, I have always heard that it does not matter if you win or lose. The most important aspect is participation. It seems this ideology has been imprinted in our psyche.
 arrow Baisakh in Old Dhaka
The tradition of Pahela Baisakh celebrations in Old Dhaka has been changing with time. Old is always gold. The inhabitants who live here year after year have unusual traditions of their own.
 arrow Bangla Motor crossing
We are all aware of the recent death of a senior journalist at the Bangla Motor crossing. This was not the first time that such an accident took place.
 arrow TIN certificate and land registration
TIN certificate has become obligatory for registration of any land and building, whatever it may be, and the law ministry introduced it in 2004.
 arrow Chittagong airport saved!
Thanks to the Mayor of Chittagong for saving CTG Int'l Airport from foreign management.
 arrow Save us
The events are degenerating into a man made disaster for the country.
 arrow Keep an eye on teenagers
It would be tough to find out a single locality in the city without a cyber cafe. Still our high school level is not so much updated like in Europe.
 arrow What's going on?
How is it possible that in a democratic country people are being killed like birds? Perhaps the whole country is lost in a deep slumber; nobody is uttering a word.
 arrow Not the worst of times!
I am reluctant to question an educated reader who writes a letter to the editor but Dr. Ujjwal recently wrote: "Prof. Yunus is looking for honest men.
 arrow Politics and nation
I think if the political parties take the solution of every crisis as the nation's interest and seek for a resolution like the reform of electoral system and the caretaker government, it will be beneficial
Special Supplementarrow His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
On the eve of 19th April 2005, a white smoke was seen coming out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, indicating the election of a new Pope.
 arrow The Vatican City State
Origin and nature: Vatican City State is the spiritual centre of the Catholic Church and the governing centre of the Holy See. It is one of the smallest states in the world.
 arrow MESSAGE
It is a great joy for me to address a message to the People of Bangladesh on the special occasion of the first Anniversary of the election of the Pope His Holiness Benedict XVI.
Star Chittagongarrow Islanders face bleak future
Work for development of resorts and tourist facilities in Saint Martin's Island, the only coral-bearing island in Bangladesh, is going on at a snail's pace, giving rise to concern among local people.
 arrow Most CU students shuttle between city, campus
Lack of adequate dormitories at Chittagong University (CU) is hampering the smooth academic life of a large number of students.
 arrow CU records need care
Important records of Chittagong University (CU) are lying in a most neglected condition being exposed to damages as the authorities remain indifferent to the problems.
Star Cityarrow Dirty Wasa water causing diseases
Excessive presence of ammonia, impurities, bad odour and discolouring of water supplied by Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) have brought immense sufferings to the residents of the city.
 arrow Shops on footpath defying DCC
Owners of the present 25 shops housed in a single-storey building have put up a temporary market encroaching the footpath alongside the proposed multi-storey Ramna super market site allegedly in connivance
 arrow A place for fun, entertainment
The historic Victoria Park, renamed Bahadur Shah Park in 1957, has turned into a place for entertainment, cultural activities and physical exercise, by thousands of Old Dhaka residents.
 arrow Flying colours in the sky
"I have been making kites since I was ten years old," said Sona Mia, a renowned kite maker of Hajaribagh in old Dhaka.
 arrow A helping hand for floating sex workers
Tania (not her real name), a 16-year-old girl involved in floating sex trade, finds a respite from her hazardous job when she comes to a drop-in centre at Segunbagicha.
 arrow Road safety remains elusive
Insufficient signs on city roads and highways to guide drivers on the streets are a cause for the increasing number of accidents, observed speakers at a seminar on "Road Safety: Traffic Signs and Management"
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