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Front Pagearrow REB subscribers victims of 'unusual' expansion
While the government has miserably failed to increase power generation significantly, the Rural Electrification Board (REB) has doubled its consumer base to 3 crore from 1.
 arrow $9m spending unexplained
A Bangladesh Airforce report reveals at least $9 million expenditure remains unaccounted for in the recent procurement of 16 Chinese F-7 fighters.
 arrow Clashes mark hartal
Sporadic clashes between the police and pro-hartal activists in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country left over 100 people injured during yesterday's dawn to dusk shutdown enforced by the mainstream opposition parties.
 arrow Moudud explains need for updated law
As crosswalks of people including jurists are strongly criticising the government's move to protect its officials from strong punishment for contempt of court, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday opposed
 arrow Roadmap to reduce tariff okayed
The first Safta Ministerial Council (SMC) meeting approved the time-based roadmap suggested by the Committee of Experts (CoE) to start tariff concession under the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta)
 arrow Sunny gets 37-yr jail in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced military commander of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny to 37 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a case for possessing firearms and
 arrow Govt decides to form judicial probe body
The government yesterday decided to form a one-member judicial enquiry commission to probe the police atrocities on journalists at Bir Sreshtha Shaheed Ruhul Amin Stadium in Chittagong on April 16.
 arrow Grisly 'sacrifice'
She had a dream -- if she does not offer a child's blood to the six-storey house her husband was building, it would collapse.
 arrow Australia take series easily
Australia expectedly whitewashed Bangladesh 2-0 in the Test series when the world champions cantered to a massive one innings and 80-run victory in the second and final Test yesterday.
 arrow Allowance for disabled poor
Over 1.4 lakh physically challenged poor people of the country will get a monthly allowance of Tk 200 each from the current fiscal year once the programme taken up under the National Social Welfare Policy is approved.
 arrow Harvesting boro

 arrow Saifur blasts opposition for calling hartal
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday accused the 14-party opposition combine of obstructing the country's development programme by enforcing destructive political programmes like hartal.
 arrow Bhuiyan says Jamaat should be in dialogue
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami should be in the proposed dialogue on the opposition's reform proposals.
 arrow Nepali protesters defy king and curfew
Police shot dead three people and wounded scores more yesterday as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators defied shoot-on-sight curfew orders in Kathmandu, a doctor and witnesses said.
 arrow JCD men confine PSTU VC for three hours
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men yesterday confined the vice-chancellor (VC) of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) in his residence for three hours demanding his removal from office.
 arrow Oil hits new high above $74 on supply fears
Oil jumped to a fresh record high above $74 a barrel yesterday after a steep drop in US gasoline inventories fueled fears of tight summer supplies at a time of growing anxiety over Iran's exports.
 arrow Tigers put off talks indefinitely
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels pulled out of peace talks indefinitely yesterday, saying the island was heading for war and dashing hopes that a Norwegian peace mission could stem rising violence.
 arrow 51 killed as wedding party bus skids off road in India
At least 51 people were killed yesterday when a bus carrying a wedding party skidded off the road and slid into a pond in India's northeast, police said.
 arrow Morshed flies to Europe today on 10-day visit
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka today for Europe on a 10-day official visit to France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the EU Headquarters in Brussels.
 arrow CMCH interns threaten to resume strike from Sunday
Intern doctors of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday threatened to resume the indefinite strike at the hospital from Sunday as they were yet to receive increased allowance despite as
Businessarrow Indian investment can cut Dhaka's trade gap with Delhi
Attracting Indian investment to Bangladesh is the only way Dhaka can cut the huge trade gap with Delhi, India's State Minister for Commerce Jairam Ramesh said yesterday.
 arrow BB, EPB to carry out data reconciliation
Bangladesh Bank and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) will jointly carry out data reconciliation of export figures to minimise the discrepancies of data calculation between the organisations.
 arrow The world and Bangladesh economy
The year 2005 will be remembered for many shocking news. People, mostly civilians, continued to die in the Iraq quagmire. Terrorist attacks took place in many parts of the world, including Bangladesh.
 arrow Confce on development of Bangladesh begins in Hague tomorrow
A conference titled 'Remittances and Expatriates: Development of Bangladesh' will be held in The Hague, Netherlands tomorrow.
 arrow Nokia Q1 sales up 30pc
Nokia, the world's largest cellular mobile handset maker, yesterday stunned the market by announcing a strong first-quarter report of double-digit growth in net profit and sales causing increased market
 arrow Bangladesh gets Tk 2.60cr spot order in HK leather fair
Bangladesh received spot orders of Tk 2.60 crore in the Asia Pacific Leather Fair 'Fashion Access-2006' held in Hong Kong last month.
 arrow Mirza Azizul new chairman of Sonali Bank
The government has appointed Mirza Azizul Islam, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), chairman of the state-run Sonali Bank for a two-year term, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow US benefits from trade with China: Hu
Talks here Thursday between presidents Hu Jintao of China and George W.
 arrow Promotional offer for buyers of Whirlpool AC
Transcom Electronics has recently launched a promotional offer for Whirlpool AC buyers.
 arrow IOM appoints Rishit Computers, Accesses resellers
International Office Machines Limited (IOM), the exclusive distributor for Toshiba Notebook PCs in Bangladesh, recently signed an agreement with Rishit Computers Limited and The Accesses Pvt Ltd to appoint
 arrow Gold leaps to new high
The price of gold surged to a 25-year high on Thursday. The price of an ounce of gold reached 645.85 dollars in mid morning trading on the London Bullion Market, its highest level since November 1980.
 arrow EU, Japan to mull deadlocked WTO talks
The European Union and Japan will discuss deadlocked world trade talks at a summit in Tokyo next week, officials said Thursday, vowing to further boost cooperation between the economic powerhouses.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A series to remember
The series victory against Zimbabwe and a draw against the West Indies in the Caribbean put aside, the Test series against Australia would be remembered as Bangladesh's best ever performance at home or
 arrow Cricket: Mind is the matter
Thanks again to the psychophysical condition of our cricketers, not their ability, some of us were able to rise from a late breakfast and others could start preparing for lunch on the fifth day, which
 arrow Cricket: Honours shared in UAE
Skipper Rahul Dravid led from the front with a responsible 92 as India defeated Pakistan by 51 runs in the second and final one-day international here on Wednesday to level the series 1-1.
 arrow Football: Gunners' slim advantage
Arsenal were restricted to a 1-0 victory over Villarreal here on Wednesday but Arsene Wenger's men did enough to justify their status as favourites to advance to next month's Champions League final.
 arrow Cricket: Tushar takes Manzarul's place
Bangladesh have made one change in their one-day squad for the three-match series against Australia which begins in Chittagong on April 23.
 arrow Football: National school soccer starts today
The banglalink Tiger Trophy National School Football Championship begins today in the city with 130 institutes taking part in the inaugural nationwide event.
 arrow Football: U-14 booters off to Islamabad
The Bangladesh under-14 football team left for Islamabad yesterday to take part in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Festival of Football.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart nat'l school cricket
Abu Taleb High School defeated Mirpur Residential High School by two wickets in an exciting first round match of the Standard Chartered young tigers national cricket tournament at the City Club ground
 arrow Volleyball: Premier v'ball
Sonali Bank beat East End Club in straight sets in the United Commercial Bank Premier Volley-ball League at the volleyball stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
England fans urged to chant in German!
Reuters, London
England soccer fans are being encouraged to learn the German versions of well-known football chants before the World Cup.

 arrow Football: Mysterious Highbury squirrel
The fate of the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed pitch invader which stunned fans at a London stadium by bringing the Champions League semifinal to a standstill was shrouded in mystery Thursday.
 arrow Football: Wenger frustrated by lack of goals
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he had been left frustrated by his side's failure to secure more than a one goal lead to take to Spain for next week's Champions League semifinal second leg against
 arrow Olympics: Games power plant causes protest
Some 200 angry Chinese citizens have protested the construction of an electricity substation in northern Beijing that is expected to supply power for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela backs his players
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has backed his young team to shine on their tour of England starting this week.
 arrow Cricket: Kaif selected for WI ODIs
India's cricket selectors on Thursday retained out of form Mohammad Kaif in the fifteen man squad for a series of five one-day internationals in the West Indies next month.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan to postpone Zim ODIs
Pakistani cricket authorities are unwilling to host a depleted Zimbabwe side for a series of one-day internationals later this year, an official told this news agency on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real to move for Ancelotti, Henry
Ailing Spanish giants Real Madrid will next week unveil AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager - and Thierry Henry will head his list of transfer targets, Cadena Ser radio said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea agree Ballack deal
Bayern Munich's German international midfielder Michael Ballack will sign a four-year contract with English champions Chelsea, the ZDF television channel reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: WI face new contract row
West Indies cricket, dogged by problems on and off the field, is facing another split as another contracts feud returns to haunt the game.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya case questioned
The Mumbai High Court has questioned the motives and timing of the complaint against Jagmohan Dalmiya, in the case relating to misappropriation of funds during the 1996 World Cup, and cast doubts over
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni No. 1 batsman
India's Mahendra Dhoni has shot to the top of the ICC rankings for one-day batsmen after less than 18 months in the international arena.
 arrow Tennis: Enqvist hangs up his racket
One of Sweden's greatest tennis players, Thomas Enqvist, repeatedly hit by injury, is to retire from the professional game, reported Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt carrying out balanced dev: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government has been carrying out methodical and balanced development activities across the country with undeveloped areas getting the preference.
 arrow Govt pushing country towards conflict
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-led alliance government wants to save itself by pushing the country towards conflict.
 arrow Provide financial help to poor students
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday lamented that many students who pass SSC and HSC examinations with good results fail to pursue higher education due to financial constraints.
 arrow Vote against 4-party alliance
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged the Bangladeshi expatriates to cast their votes against BNP-Jamaat alliance in the next general election to save the nation
 arrow AL activist killed for refusing to pay toll
Criminals yesterday killed an Awami League (AL) activist at Lalnagar of Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia for refusing to pay them toll. The dead was identified as Kamrul Islam, 39, son of Mafizuddin.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's wife placed on fresh 5-day remand
Fahima Chowdhury, wife of JMB second-in-command Bangla Bhai, was placed under a fresh five-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Land phone call charge hike protested
Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) and Citizens' Rights Movement yesterday protested the government's decision to increase the charge of outgoing call from BTTB land phone to mobile phone by 500
 arrow JCD stages armed showdown on JU campus
Tension runs high at Jahangirnagar University (JU) as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) musclemen continued to stage armed showdown on the campus for third consecutive day yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in road crashes
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Tongi and Jessore yesterday.
 arrow Semi-finals of inter-school English debate in Ctg today
Semi-finals of a debate competition titled 'Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star 6th Inter-School English Debate' will be held in Chittagong today.
 arrow Jalil returns home today
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP returns home today from Singapore after two weeks of treatment.
 arrow Robbers kill microbus driver in Ctg
A microbus driver was stabbed to death and two others were injured by a gang of robbers at a market in Fatikchhari upazila of the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Body to probe Khulna power station fire incident
A four-member committee has been formed to probe the cause of a fire that broke out in the central power sub-station at Daulatpur in Khulna city in the early hours of Wednesday.
 arrow Boy dies as wall collapses on him in city
A minor boy died when a dilapidated boundary wall fell on him in the city yesterday. He was identified as Abul Hossain Mobin, 10, a student of class IV at Shaheed Lt Selim Shikkhaloy.
 arrow 4 JCD activists arrested for lifting sand from Meghna
Four Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were arrested from near the Meghna Bridge for lifting sand illegally from the river Meghna.
 arrow EWU celebrates Bangla New Year
Students of East West University (EWU) welcomed Bangla New Year with a daylong programme amid festivity on April 15, says a press release.
 arrow Smugglers attack BDR men in Dinajpur, 7 hurt
At least two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel and five smugglers were injured as a smuggling gang attacked a patrolling BDR team at Nayabad of Hakimpur upazila in Dinajpur yesterday.
 arrow Close Up 1 concert in Khulna today
The Close Up 1 team will stage a concert in Khulna today.
 arrow Poetry Festival begins in Tangail today
A two-day Bangla Kabita Utsab (Bengali Poetry Festival) begins in Tangail today. Organised by Tangail Public Library, the festival will be held at Bhasani Hall in the town.
 arrow Concert postponed
The Artcell concert featuring its latest album 'Aniket Prantor' has been postponed. Fresh date will be announced later.
Point-Counterpointarrow Civil and uncivil society in Bangladesh
The recent debates over the political role of civil society and the flurry of writings on this subject are positive developments and signs of the vibrancy of the civil society in Bangladesh.
 arrow Constitutional dilemma in Thailand
Let me be frank about it. I have always had a soft spot for Thailand, the only country in that part of the world, which was able to resist the brutal onslaught of European colonialism in the nineteenth century.
Culturearrow Capturing Ray in frames
An extraordinary woman, daring yet with a gentle placid smile, a woman who would make the 21st century liberated woman think twice about her pompous charade of modernity and equality.
 arrow Folk Music Festival '06 at Shilpakala
The treasure house of Bangla folk songs abounds in the spiritual lyrics of Lalon Shah, Hasan Raja, Bhawaiya, Chotka, Ghambhira, Maijbhandari and many anonymous lyricists.
 arrow Pre-finals of the talent hunt to begin
The talent hunt by Bengal Foundation, Bengal Bikash aims to uphold the traditional quality Bangla songs. Preliminary and regional rounds of the contest are over.
 arrow Golapjan hits a milestone
On April 21 Golapjan, a popular production of Theatre Art Unit, will put up its 100th show at Mahila Samity Stage.
 arrow Indigenous communities celebrate New Year
Discontent and protest marked the year's first-day celebration programme, jointly organised by different indigenous communities, titled 'Biju, Sanggaring, Bishu and Kaishuk Utsab' in Rangamati recently.
 arrow A tribute to Feroza Begum
Citibank, NA is holding a special reception to pay a tribute to Feroza Begum a living legend in our cultural arena and one of the foremost exponents of Nazrul songs.
 arrow 9/11 terror hits big screen
United 93, the first feature film about the September 11 attacks, is a movie fashioned from last words: what passengers on that doomed flight said by phone to their loved ones, the climactic struggle
 arrow TV serial celebrates 100th episode
Popular drama serial on ATN Bangla, Jol Porey Pata Norey is set to score its century on April 23. Due to its popularity the TV serial was extended from 104 to 156 episodes, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Nation concerned over growing violence
Mounting political violence is taking on ugly and sinister forms, which if not arrested soon enough, is sure to lead us to a path of self-destruction.
 arrow Editorial: Parting words of the retirees
For quite some time the image of Election Commission has been riddled with controversy, internal conflict and sheer mismanagement.
 arrow The day the government shut down the city
Not that it should come as much of a surprise to anyone, but in shutting down the capital city in a heavy-handed and ultimately self-defeating effort to foil the opposition's sit-in program, the government
 arrow Formula of honesty
Better late than never, and good to see it is happening. Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, has spelled it out. A citizen's committee has been formed to work on it.
 arrow Fielding honest candidates is illusory
The electors of Bangladesh vote the candidates into the Parliament hoping they (candidates) would do something to mitigate their (electors) sufferings that the candidates so lavishly pledge before the
Letters to Editorarrow Are we living in a police state?
I was devastated to read in Internet DS about the assault on Shamsul Haq Tanku and other journalists.
 arrow Kansat tragedy & relevant thoughts
Tragic incidents at Kansat that were triggered by an impatient police authority put the nation into deep shame.
 arrow Israel's plan
We know this for sure that as long as Israel exists peace will never be achieved. If there is indeed a terrorist nation it is definitely Israel.
 arrow Collision course
It seems to me that the stalemate in dialogue between the government and the opposition, situation at Kansat and Gherao of PM Office are all man-made situations from which all the political parties
 arrow Fair election and caretaker govt.
M. Inamul Haque, Director General, Bangladesh Haor & Wetlands Development Board, recently wrote that "Bangladesh had three parliamentary elections under caretaker government in 1991, 1996 & 2001.
 arrow No-confidence vote
A few days before the last general elections in 2001, I asked one of my friends who she would vote for.
 arrow A positive decision
The Awami high command took a praiseworthy decision that it handed over student leadership to the students themselves. This is a welcome development that other student organisations shouldfollow.
 arrow AL politics
Now the Awami League has come out with a stunt. They will not sit for reform dialogue with the BNP- coalition if Jamaat is included in the delegation.
Urbanarrow Cool can be hotter than cold
Fire safety has been able to draw some attention over the past few years; its reputation primarily ill gotten from fatalities in mainly the garment industry.
 arrow Safety and security of air-conditioned shopping centres of Dhaka city
Today no shopping centre in the developed world could be responsibly designed or executed without any special regard to design for safety and security in all its aspects.
Worldarrow Nepal king may make announcement soon to quell protests
India's special envoy to Nepal said yesterday he is hopeful King Gyanendra will soon make an announcement to quell two weeks of bloody mass protests against the monarchy.
 arrow Russia rebuffs US call to halt Iran nuke plant
The Russian foreign ministry rejected yesterday a US demand for Moscow to halt construction of a nuclear power station in Iran.
 arrow China to work with US to resolve Iran, N Korea nuclear crises: Hu
President Hu Jiantao said China was prepared to work with the United States through negotiations to resolve the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises.
 arrow China, Iran, Saudi & US main executioners
President Hu Jiantao said China was prepared to work with the United States through negotiations to resolve the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises.
 arrow Spectre of failed state looms over Hamas
A massive fiscal squeeze on the Hamas-led government has led to warnings that the Palestinian people could become residents of a failed state even before they achieve independence.
 arrow Scientists find rivers under Antarctic ice
Rivers as big as the Thames in England that may connect sub-glacial lakes have been found deep under the Antarctic ice, scientists said on Wednesday.
 arrow 8 Pak troops killed in clashes with militants
Militants ambushed a convoy of Pakistani troops yesterday, killing seven and wounding 22 in the deadliest attack for months in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
 arrow Pentagon releases extensive list of Guantanamo detainees
The Pentagon has released its most extensive list of foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, providing the names and nationalities of 558 detainees who went through a hearing process there.
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