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Front Pagearrow Govt set to raise oil prices again
The government is going to hike oil prices once again to cope with the soaring prices in the international market.
 arrow Govt confirms US citizen's deportation
The government yesterday confirmed the rounding up and extradition of Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, a 19-year-old US citizen of Bangladeshi origin.
 arrow Pickets fight with cops during hartal hours
Brickbat throwing opposition activists yesterday fought pitched battles with the police, burned litters on streets and damaged vehicles at different places in the capital and other districts during the
 arrow Long queue of ships for berthing dearth
Chittagong seaport is facing tremendous ship congestions with highest ever number of ships waiting at the outer anchorage for getting berthing space.
 arrow 10m heroin entered UK in 3 months
A frontline UK newspaper in an investigation report yesterday said in just three months, 10 million-pound heroin coming from Bangladesh has been intercepted at British ports.
 arrow Biggest investor Bapex to get smaller share
In the first ever joint venture between three subsidiaries of Petrobangla, the biggest investor Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) is going to be given a much smaller share
 arrow Airforce says it made mistake in figures
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) headquarters gave erroneous information to a parliamentary body about the recent purchase of 16 Chinese F-7 fighters, disclosed a BAF clarification on Saturday.
 arrow Playing in the mud


 arrow JCD leader held for beating up reporter
Police yesterday arrested Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Jagannath Hall unit general secretary Sagar Mojumdar for his involvement in beating up Dainik Ajker Kagoj staff reporter Minar Baidya on Friday.
 arrow Charges framed against Rahman, Bangla Bhai
A court in Jhalakathi yesterday framed charge against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and his deputy Bangla Bhai and six others for killing two judges in the district town last
 arrow 'Bacteria infected' fluid costs eyesight of 13
Thirteen aged people, including nine women, lost their eyesight after allegedly applying bacteria infected "ringer solution" during cataract operation in Naogaon.
 arrow BSF kills 1in Naogaon
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi farmer on Hapunia border of Sapahar upazila in Naogaon early yesterday.
 arrow 4 killed in nor'wester
Four people were killed and over 50 injured in storms that swept Jessore, Naogaon, Gazipur and Savar on Saturday night damaging houses and standing crops.
 arrow Fire in Ghorashal power plant, 2 units trip
Two units of Ghorashal power plant which generate 420 megawatts of power, tripped yesterday following a fire incident, official sources said.
 arrow US wants to work together with Bangladesh to check bird flu
The United States wants to work with Bangladesh to prevent bird flu in the country.
 arrow Bangladesh go down fighting
Despite a whirlwind 76 by Adam Gilchrist, Australia struggled against a fighting Bangladesh on way to a four-wicket win in the first one-day international of the three-match series at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Parties keep pressure on Nepali king to go
Sporadic clashes erupted after Nepal's beleaguered King Gyanendra imposed a fresh curfew on the capital yesterday as the opposition vowed to bring an end to his absolute rule over the Himalayan country.
 arrow Russian split with US on Iran widens
Anxious to be treated as a major world power, Russia now faces a stark cost-benefit dilemma as it weighs consequences of a widening split with the United States over how to confront Iran's nuclear ambition,
 arrow Sunny placed on 20-day remand
Ataur Rahman Sunny, military commander of the banned Islamist outfit JMB, was placed yesterday on a 20-day remand for interrogation about his involvement in bomb blasts in Jhalakathi district on August
 arrow 29 PBS staff withdrawn in C'nawabganj
Some 29 officials of Palli Bidyut Samity (PBS) have been withdrawn from the district following an understanding between the Palli Bidyut Unnayan Sangram Committee and the government.
 arrow BCL enforces student strike today
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), has called a student strike at all educational institutions across the country today in protest at killing one of
 arrow Separation of judiciary by this year
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said separation of the judiciary from the executive would be done during the tenure of the present government that expires in October next.
 arrow Charge sheet soon in Aug 17 blast case in Dhaka
The Detective Branch (DB) of police is going to press charges soon against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman, its Second-in-Command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and six others
 arrow Laden condemns Hamas isolation
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said the international isolation of the Hamas-led Palestinian government is proof of a "war by crusaders and Zionists against Islam," according to an audiotape attributed
Businessarrow BB drafts guideline to cut credit risk of banks
The central bank has drafted a guideline to reduce credit risk of banks and non-bank financial institutions in case of large loans.
 arrow Dhaka seeks access to China market to reduce trade gap
Dhaka has asked Beijing to reduce the huge trade gap by allowing duty-free access of Bangladeshi products to Chinese market.
 arrow China, India thirst for energy helps drive up oil prices
Home to one third of the world's population, China and India are essential factors in the interplay of forces that has driven global oil prices to their current highs.
 arrow GP opens day care centre
GrameenPhone Ltd has set up a day care centre in Dhaka recently for the children of its employees .
 arrow World Bank leaders focus on energy issues
World economic policy-makers are turning their attention to ways wealthy nations can help developing countries meet their energy needs while protecting the environment.
 arrow Iran-India gas link deal seen in June despite US opposition
Pakistan, India and Iran are likely to sign their $7 billion gas pipeline deal in June, in defiance of US pressure, Pakistan's and India's oil ministers told Reuters on Sunday.
 arrow Lakshmi Mittal tops British rich list
Indian-born, London-based global industrialist Lakshmi Mittal is Britain's all-time richest person after topping this year's Sunday Times Rich List, released Sunday.
 arrow IMF wins new powers to police global economy
The International Monetary Fund won new powers to police the world economy after its 184 member countries endorsed a new framework to monitor how the economic policies of one country affects others.
 arrow KSA may set up strategic oil reserve in China
Chinese President Hu Jintao has discussed with Saudi leaders during his current visit a proposal to set up a strategic oil reserve in China fed by Saudi supplies, a Chinese official told AFP.
 arrow McDonald's Q1 profit down 14pc
McDonald's Corp posted its largest quarterly earnings decline since 2002 Friday, a 14 percent drop that reflected a big tax gain a year ago and came as customers continued spending significantly moremoney
 arrow Rolls-Royce, Kawasaki to develop Airbus engine
Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries will work with British aerospace giant Rolls-Royce to develop a new engine for the new Airbus A350 passenger jet.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Spinners spare blushes
Adam Gilchrist at his belligerent best threatened to inflict a humiliating defeat on Bangladesh in the first one-day international at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
It was a good toss to win by the Bangladeshi captain as they were given a flying start by the two opening batsmen on a slow track with no grass or moisture.
 arrow Cricket: A bad day's business
Black-marketers who managed to get hold of a large number of tickets for the first ODI between Bangladesh and Australia, had a bitter experience yesterday during the match at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Cricket: Rakib hits hundred
Rakib slammed 139 runs to propel Rayer Bazar High School to an overwhelming 281 run victory over Dhaka Government Muslim High School in the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament at the
 arrow Football: 3 walkovers on Day 3
Kaeys and Ehsnaul each scored a brace to give Motherganj MB High School of Thakurgaon a 4-0 victory over Bangla Hili Pilot High School of Dinajpur in an incident-packed match of the banglalink tiger trophy
 arrow Cricket: Laxman rubbishes retirement talks
VVS Laxman has brushed aside suggestions that, at the age of 31, he is too old to play the game at the highest level and asserted that he remained a match-winner.
 arrow Cricket: Yasin shines for Lt Blue
Light Blue off-spinner Yasin Arafat picked up three wickets as Maroon team were reeling at 160 for 6 at stumps on the first day of the BCB BRAC Bank Academy Cup at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Clark unhappy at being dropped
Stuart Clark has revealed his disappointment at being dropped from the Australian Test side, after he played a vital role in their emphatic whitewash in South Africa.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Robson against Becks captaincy
Afp, London
West Brom manager and former-England captain Bryan Robson claimed Sunday that Real Madrid star David Beckham is too weak to captain the national

 arrow Football: Reds foil Chelsea dream
Liverpool reached the FA Cup final and foiled Chelsea's bid for the league-Cup double with a 2-1 victory in their semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Celta hammer Zaragoza
Celta Vigo hammered Real Zaragoza 4-0 at home in the Primera Liga on Saturday to move within two points of the Champions League places.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin 33 today
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 33rd birthday on Monday, battling injuries and an indifferent form but having lost none of the hunger to resurrect a phenomenal career.
 arrow Cricket: Ump's decision sparks violence
At least 23 people were injured in a clash between two groups, in connection with a cricket match at Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow Cricket: Bhaji sure of WI triumph
Harbhajan Singh has backed India to claim their first Test series triumph in the Caribbean for 34 years in June.
 arrow Cricket: It will not be easy for Asia
The battle to win the right to host the 2011 World Cup is likely to go down to the wire with Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, confirming that Australia and New Zealand have refused
 arrow Cricket: Hayden speaks highly of his skipper
Australian opener Matthew Hayden, who had famously hailed Sachin Tendulkar as God five years ago, has said the Indian's record of scoring highest number of Test centuries would soon be overtaken by his
 arrow Schumi wins San Marino
Michael Schumacher has ended his long drought without a competitive victory in Formula One when he held off a fierce challenge from world champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso to win the San Marino GrandPrix.
 arrow Football: Brazilian Lincoln Ballack's successor?
Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath said Sunday he is targeting Schalke 04's Brazilian playmaker Lincoln as a replacement for German international captain Michael Ballack.
 arrow Football: Nancy revive Platini days
Nancy turned to history for inspiration as they beat Nice 2-1 in the French League Cup final on Saturday to lift their first trophy in 28 years.
 arrow Cricket: Jason delays county debut
Fast bowler Jason Gillespie delayed his planned debut for Yorkshire against Derbyshire on Sunday because of travel weariness.
 arrow Football: Porto win Portuguese League
A second half Adriano penalty gave Porto a 1-0 win over relegated Penafiel on Saturday as they clinched their 21st Portuguese Premier League title.
 arrow Tennis: Spain, USA in Fed Cup semis
Jamea Jackson booked a place for the United States in the Fed Cup semifinals on Sunday as Anabel Medina handed Spain their third successive final four berth.
Metropolitanarrow Strengthen cooperative movement to reduce poverty: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for involving the cooperatives in various programmes of the government to reduce poverty to half by the year 2015.
 arrow Road accidents cause yearly loss of Tk 5000 crore
The annual economic cost of road accidents alone exceeds Tk 5000 crore, an expert told BSS in an exclusive interview yesterday.
 arrow Land ministry yet to receive list of sensitive cases
The government did not receive a single list of the sensitive cases relating to land from any of the 64 district commissioners despite passage of about four months since issuance of the government order
 arrow Cases filed against AL leaders, workers in Tangail
Two cases were filed against Awami League (AL) leaders and activists yesterday for defying Section 144 and snatching rifle during a clash with police at Dhanbari under Madhupur upazila in the district
 arrow 410 awarded death sentences by Speedy Trial Tribunals
Nine Speedy Trial Tribunals awarded death sentences to 410 people in different sensational murder cases since their formation in October 2002 while 24 convicts of capital punishment were executed during
 arrow Victims to get compensation cheques today
Compensation for death and injuries in the Phoenix building collapse will be handed over to the victims and their families today.
 arrow Bangladesh Health Watch launched
Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW), a civil society initiative, was launched in the city yesterday with a view to monitoring the progress towards achieving the goals of good health for all.
 arrow Photojournalist arrested on extortion charge
Police arrested a photojournalist on charge of extortion in Rajshahi city yesterday.
 arrow US envoy meets edn minister
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis yesterday made a courtesy call on Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk at his office.
 arrow Rickshaw van puller stabbed to death in Keraniganj
A rickshaw van puller was killed and two others injured early yesterday during indiscriminate chopping at West Barishur Muslimbad area under Keraniganj in Dhaka.
 arrow Army officer killed in road accident
Major Galib Chowdhury of Jessore Cantonment was killed in a road accident on Jessore-Benapole road at Jhikargachha on Saturday night.
 arrow Tk 60 lakh Indian sarees seized in city
Custom officials yesterday seized huge amount of illegal Indian sarees worth Tk 60 lakh from the city's Jatrabari area.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 2 farmers
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India handed over the bodies of two Bangladeshi farmers to the BDR following a flag meeting at Baragram bordering area in Dinajpur yesterday.
 arrow One beaten to death for stealing bulbs
A man died after security guards beat him up for allegedly stealing bulbs at Panthapath in the city in the early hours of yesterday. The dead was identified as Mohammad Raihan, 28.
 arrow 21 houses gutted in Ctg
Twenty-one houses were gutted damaging properties worth over Tk 20 lakh in two separate incidents of fire in Chittagong in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 8 robbers held
A band of robbers along with the ringleader were arrested yesterday morning while they were preparing to storm into different residential areas of Joypurhat and Naogaon.
 arrow Boy electrocuted
An eight-year old boy was electrocuted at Kamrangirchar in the city yesterday when he climbed a tree to pluck mangoes. The dead was identified as Hridoy, son of Hemayet Hossain of Borogram at Kamrangirchar.
 arrow Dr Kaafee found dead 10 hrs after 911phone glitch in US
Dr Kaafee Billah, a Bangladeshi immigrant in the United States, was found dead on April 19 at his Maryland workplace, 10 hours after he had called emergency services saying he needed medical help.
Nationalarrow Spending Tk 6cr a year on a white elephant
Magura Textile Mills (MTM) under BTMC (Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation) incurs a loss of about Tk 6 crore a year although it is officially shut down.
 arrow Brahmaputra sand lifting has become a cause for concern
A number of important installations including the Mymensingh town protection embankment, Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge and Muktijuddha Memorial are threatened due to indiscriminate lifting of earth
 arrow A blessing for ultra-poor women in Patuakhali
A Danida project has made life of over 20,000 ultra poor women easy by involving them in building rural infrastructures in Patuakhali.
 arrow JMB cadre held in Tangail
A cadre of banned Islamist militant outfit Ja'amatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), allegedly trained in Afganistan, was arrested by Tangail DB police yesterday.
 arrow School boys held with pipegun
Two students of Annada Government High School were arrested with a pipe gun at Datiara in Brahmanbaria town yesterday. The arrestees are Asadur Rahman Imon and Ahsan Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow JCD, Jubo Dal men threaten newsman
Gofran Biswas, Patuakhali Correspondent of English language daily The Bangladesh Observer has been threatened with death by some activists of Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal, fronts of ruling BNP in Kalapara
 arrow Adar Ali Finally Flees Satkhira
Resisted by women, drug peddler Adar Ali in Palashpole area in Satkhira town has left the area closing his 'business'.
 arrow Akhaura bypass rail track to open in May
The Akhaura by-pass track on Dhaka-Sylhet rail line is awaiting inauguration since its completion in January. The by-pass faciity will reduce the travel time by one hour.
 arrow Teens join Daily Star event in Brahmanbaria
The Global Youth Service Day was observed here yesterday through various programmes, participated by teenagers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Imperative for restoring peace in Nepal
NEPAL'S political situation has taken a serious and dangerous turn.
 arrow Currency manipulation and taka
THE first part of this article, published on April 10, dealt with China's currency manipulation for mercantilist advantage to make its exports cheaper worldwide and imports relatively expensive at home.
 arrow Nuclear showdown with Iran: Ominous signs on the horizon
The clock is ticking fast; Iran has less than a week to comply with the Security Council directive to end its nuclear enrichment program.
Culturearrow A soulful performance of Maijbhandari songs
WITH acoustics of indigenous instruments, dance and tune, the mystic Maijbhandari singers captivated the audience at the Plaza of National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) onApril
 arrow In search of an enlightened generation
The prize-giving ceremony of Bishwa Shahitya Kendra, Chittagong was held recently at Chittagong Municipal Model High School, according to a press release.
Internationalarrow King fights for throne
The King of Nepal's refusal to release his firm grip on power has helped unite a fractious opposition and threatened his survival as exalted head of the country, analysts said.
 arrow India voices support for Nepali parties
India expressed support on Saturday for Nepal's seven-party opposition political alliance in what analysts said was a face-saving exercise after New Delhi initially welcomed King Gyanendra's offer.
 arrow Lanka seeks EU ban on Tigers to save truce
Sri Lanka yesterday asked the European Union to designate Tamil Tiger rebels as terrorists, saying such a move could nudge them into resuming talks on a collapsing ceasefire.
 arrow Diplomats pessimistic over Iranian crisis
For the first time since the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme kicked off some three years ago, Western diplomats are saying the prospects for a negotiated settlement look extremely slim.
 arrow PM seeks Germany's support for Indo-US civilian nuke deal
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed optimism that Germany would respond positively to India's energy requirements by extending support to the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.
 arrow 4 killed as Pak tribals refuse to disarm
A paramilitary trooper and three tribesmen were killed on Sunday in a shoot-out in a restive Pakistani tribal region, as authorities tried to enforce a ban on carrying arms, officials said.
 arrow Fatah, Hamas gunmen clash in Gaza
The militant group Hamas and rival Fatah agreed early yesterday to work to end tension that erupted in violent clashes and mass protests across the Palestinians areas after a Hamas leader accused Palestinian
 arrow Blasts near green zone kill 7 Iraqis
Three explosions just outside the heavily guarded Green Zone killed seven Iraqi civilians and wounded eight yesterday while seven US soldiers were killed by roadside bombings, a US official said.
 arrow Fighting escalates in Afghanistan
Afghan security forces surrounded Taliban fighters hiding in a village in southern Afghanistan yesterday, launching a gunbattle that killed at least three militants and a police officer.
 arrow Tight security for Kashmir elections
Tight security was in place ahead of special local elections in four Indian Kashmir districts after militant separatists threatened to attack candidates and voters, police said Sunday.
 arrow Thais vote in by-polls that may reignite crisis
Thailand held by-elections yesterday amid tight security, but the polls threatened to leave unresolved the constitutional crisis that forced Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to step aside.
 arrow Six dead in Libyan military plane crash in Cameroon
A Libyan military cargo plane crashed Sunday in the Cameroonian town of Kousseri near the border with Chad, killing all six crew, the town's deputy mayor told AFP.
 arrow Two killed in Yemen market bombing
Two people were killed and 16 more wounded in a bomb blast in a crowded market in the Yemeni capital Sanaa yesterday, police said.
 arrow More troops head to troubled Solomons
Australia and New Zealand sent more troops to the Solomons yesterday to bolster security amid fears the opening of parliament could trigger further riots in the impoverished South Pacific island nation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Continuing Nepal tragedy
There cannot be a greater and stronger voice than the voice of the people. It is the will of the people that must in the end prevail and indeed that is what happens ultimately.
 arrow Editorial: The strange disappearance
Ever since Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was picked up from the capital by plainclothesmen and whisked away to USA reportedly by FBI a few questions have been haunting the
 arrow Three cheers for Kansat
The occasions for such hurrahs are indeed few and far between in this country.
 arrow What will this election solve?
The big issue for the next nine months is: who is going to win the elections. Really? Who cares? Powerful institutions certainly do care. You and I do.
 arrow Do Socialists have a future?
From a thundering beginning in Bombay to a whimpering end in Bihar after three stints in power in New Delhi. That sums up the career of George Fernandes, one of India's most colourful politicians.
 arrow A people's victory
For the last three months the government miserably failed in satiating the dissatisfaction and containing the anger of the people of Kansat and its adjacent areas.
Letters to Editorarrow Employing lobbyists
I read with interest the news articles that appeared on page 1 of your April 10 issue relating to hiring of lobbyists by the government to push its agenda among centres of power in the US capital.
 arrow Police friend or foe?
Police, who should perform the job of maintaining law and order of the country, have become a source of worry for us! Surely they are in the lead news of all the newspapers not for their routine activities
 arrow Bangladesh and its image
The prime minister has repeatedly complained that her enemies have been tarnishing the image of Bangladesh by calling hartals; alleging corruption on the part of BNP men and by sharing their complaints
 arrow Iran's nuclear plan
Iran has a nuclear plan that has made Mr. Bush angry. And the world's most powerful nation is planning to wipe off one more Muslim country from the world map like Iraq & Afghanistan.
 arrow Solar energy
In a country of large population scarcity of utility services is quite common.. In every region of our country, we have load shedding. But in this high tech world we have several substitutes for electricity.
 arrow Politics of personality cult
I noticed on news Prime Minister Khaleda Zia being greeted on her return from Turkey at 1:30am at night by not only the senior members of her cabinet but also the three chiefs of the armed forces and
 arrow Free medicine
Free sampling of medicine to the doctors is a common practice by the pharmaceutical companies.
 arrow Public memory
There is a saying that public memory is short lived and surpassed by new events. The political scene of Bangladesh is fast changing with new events surpassing old events in public mind.
 arrow Celebrating Pahela Baishakh
In a globalised world, where the dominant cultural practices are supplanting the local ones, the celebration of Pahela Baishakh is an act of self-assertion, courage and conviction on the part of the Bangladeshis.
 arrow Alternative energy resource
I totally agree with Mr. Syed Noor Hossain on the production and use of ethanol as a supplement to petroleum and CNG.
 arrow Civil servants or masters?
The government should pay more attention towards making the civil servants publicly motivated. The training institutes and courses are there, but motivation to serve the public interests has eroded.
 arrow Image of Bangladesh
When I go to web and search in Google or Yahoo with the keyword "Bangladesh", I most of the time get some links which just depict negative images of our country.
 arrow Indian TV channels
Through your daily let me propose a ban on Indian television channels in Bangladesh territory, to save our children from intrusion of foreign culture and ideas and to save our economy from the aggressive
Star Cityarrow Rajuk cancels its own order under pressure
In the face of objection raised by a section of its officials, the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has cancelled the approval for commercial use of a plot in the city's Banani area, according to
 arrow Osmani Udyan beautification going on in full swing
Development and beautification of Osmani Udyan is going on in full swing to turn it into an attractive recreation spot for the city dwellers.
 arrow No sign of planting new trees
No new trees have yet been replaced with the ones felled for the extension of roads from the Banani Staff Road level crossing to Bijoy Sarani fountain or near the Panthakunja Park.
 arrow Accommodation crisis brewing
The crisis faced by female students of Dhaka Dental College and Hospital, is likely to escalate with the rise in the number of seats to the college, but authorities have made no attempt to increase the
 arrow Soon to be a reality
The Dhaka University (DU) History Research Centre will finally gain ground after lingering for several years since the inception of its idea in 1988, assured SMA Faiz, DU's vice-chancellor.
 
   
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