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Front Pagearrow 3 secys apologise, one seeks exoneration
Three of the four top bureaucrats facing contempt rule for non-compliance with the Supreme Court's (SC) 12-point directive on separation of the judiciary yesterday apologised to the apex court for their
 arrow BAF trainee pilot killed as aircraft nosedives
A trainee fighter pilot of Bangladesh Air Force died as his aircraft went out of control and crashed into a paddy field in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah district yesterday.
 arrow Skid-mount plants too inadequate for huge power crisis
The government's much-delayed move to add around 140 megawatt (MW) power to the national grid using costly skid-mount power plants is too futile to address the power crisis this year or in the comingyears
 arrow IMF asks Dhaka for report on loss, remedy
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked the government to quantify its loss in energy subsidies for not adjusting fuel, power and gas prices with the international market.
 arrow US has no 'recipe' for ending discord
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis yesterday said her country has no remedy for the political discord in Bangladesh, rather the government and the opposition will have to work things out through
 arrow Fair polls, or Dhaka to miss a decade's dev
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury cautioned that if the next election does not turn out free, fair and acceptable, the country will lose a decade in development.
 arrow Nagorik Committee sets strategy
The Nagorik Committee 2006 will meet key officials of the Election Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission and National Board of Revenue, keeping in view the issue of creating public awareness about competent
 arrow Selling fish in candlelight

 arrow 44 killed so far but 50pc cases remain clueless
Inquiry committees formed by the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) headquarters failed to unearth reasons behind half of the deaths in BAF plane crashes due to lack of adequate evidence while yesterday's crash
 arrow Commerce minister Altaf loses portfolio
The government last night removed Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury from his current post following his failure to control prices of essentials and for failure to deal with some key international
 arrow Kansat, police action may dominate next JS session
The next session of Jatiya Sangsad (JS) scheduled for April 27 is expected to generate heat around various issues that include Kansat killings, police atrocities on journalists and opposition activists,
 arrow Slum dwellers besiege police station in Ctg
Over two hundred landless people who came from their Sitkakunda slums by two buses and several human haulers laid siege to and attacked Panchlaish Police Station (PS) yesterday noon to free their leader
 arrow Cabinet approves new pay scale for govt workers
The cabinet yesterday approved a new pay scale for the workers of state-owned industries, raising their basic salaries by maximum 85 percent.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia presided over the cabinetmeeting.

 arrow Ex-BD Foods staff on 7-day remand
Nazmul Haider, former employee of BD Foods, was shown arrested in a fresh case filled against him while a Dhaka court placed him on a seven-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Testimonies of 7 PWs placed before HC
Testimonies of seven prosecution witnesses were presented before the High Court (HC) yesterday during death reference and appeal hearing in the sensational Shazneen murder case.
 arrow Nasreen Huq meets a tragic death
Prominent social activist and the country director of Action Aid Bangladesh, Nasreen Pervin Huq, died yesterday following an accident yesterday at the car park of her residence in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Deputy secy commits 'suicide'
A deputy secretary of Ministry of Finance apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in the bedroom of his Dhanmondi home yesterday.
 arrow Student strike observed
Countrywide student strike enforced by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), was observed yesterday at most of the educational institutions.
 arrow JS body to probe Tk 100cr graft in CDA
A parliamentary body yesterday decided to investigate alleged irregularities involving Tk 100 crore in different development projects of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) under the housing and public
 arrow BSF kills 1 in Dinajpur
Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down a Bangladeshi farmer on Atapara border under Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district on Sunday night.
 arrow Accused in Rab killing dies in 'crossfire'
A gang leader, who was also accused of killing Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) constable Delwar Hossain in Tongi, was killed in an 'encounter' with Rab members early yesterday.
 arrow Five drown as boat capsizes in Jamuna
Five people, four of a family, drowned and two remained missing as an engine boat with 30 passengers aboard capsized in the Jamuna near Kodaldhoa of Ismapur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Nepali king agrees to restore parliament
Nepal's King Gyanendra agreed in a televised address last night agreed to reinstate the parliament that was dissolved in 2002 after 19 days of violent protests on the streets of the capital.
 arrow Iran rejects UN demand, threatens to quit NPT
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday rejected a UN Security Council demand to halt sensitive nuclear work and warned that the Islamic republic could quit the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Businessarrow Remittance, export growths lessen trade deficit
Growths in remittance and export have continued lessening Bangladesh's trade deficit in the first eight months of the current fiscal year, resulting in surplus current account balance.
 arrow BKMEA to introduce productivity service for factories
Bangladesh Knitwear Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) is going to introduce productivity improvement service for knit industry with financial support from European Union (EU), sources said.
 arrow First-ever show on quality management system to begin May 26
The first-ever exhibition on quality management system (QMS) will begin in Dhaka on May 26 to showcase QMS products and services for business houses.
 arrow Citigroup senior executive in Dhaka
Sim S. Lim, regional head of Citigroup Asia Pacific Emerging Markets Sales & Trading, arrived in Dhaka on a two-day official visit, says a press release.
 arrow Dhaka motor show kicks off Thursday
Dhaka Motor Show 2006 will begin on Thursday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.
 arrow EU trade envoy aims for global trade advance in coming months
European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson hopes a global commerce agreement can be reached in the coming months but warned Monday that it would require advances in several sectors.
 arrow DBH launches 'FlexiPlus Home Loan'
Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Lte (DBH), a housing finance company, has introduced 'DBH FlexiPlus Home Loan' for discerning clients, the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
 arrow Housing Group of Sylhet to hold fairs in Dubai, London
Real Estate and Housing Group of Sylhet (REHGS) is going to organise two housing fairs in Dubai and London in next June and July.
 arrow Bank Asia declares 30pc dividend
Bank Asia Limited has approved 30 percent dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Oil prices slip off record highs in Asian trade
Oil prices slipped off record highs above 75 dollars in Asian trade Monday on profit-taking after the market's unprecedented advance last week, dealers said.
 arrow India to double ADB borrowing to $2b
India will almost double its borrowings from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to two billion dollars this year, a minister said Monday.
 arrow Emirates opens new office at ZIA
Emirates recently opened its new office at Terminal 1 in Zia International Airport, Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka-Ctg poles apart!
It might sound a little harsh, but the Chittagong-leg of the Australia series was all the way a forgettable experience.
 arrow Football: MSC's mission impossible
Mohammedan Sporting Club will need a miracle to qua-lify for the AFC Cup quarter-finals when they host Jordan's Al Wihdat in today's last Group A match.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Scolari favourite for Eng job
Reuters, London

Portugal's Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari is emerging as favourite to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager, British

 arrow Football: Diego to stay at least until SA Games
The National Team Management Committee (NTMC) is looking forward to give Argentine coach Diego Cruciani a month's extension to see him guide the Bangladesh under-23 team through to the SA (South Asian)
 arrow Football: 4 hattricks in school soccer
Four-goal Fakhrul Alam inspired Islamia High School of Mymen-singh trounce Rajur Bazar Collegiate School of Netrokona 6-0 in yesterday's banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Players handed new deadline
The long-running contract dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) took another twist on Sunday when a new deadline was handed to players.
 arrow Cricket: Zim aim to turn around
Zimbabwe are adamant they can shrug off their political problems in time to face a crisis-hit West Indies team when the two sides clash in a seven match, one-day international series.
 arrow Football: Villarreal face tall task
Villarreal will have to do what none of Arsenal's European opponents have managed in the last nine games and breach their rock-solid defence if are to deny the English side a place in a first ever Champions
 arrow Tennis: Nadal masters Federer
Rafael Nadal forced Roger Federer out of his comfort zone to defeat the Swiss for the fourth time in five meetings with a 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters.
 arrow Football: Roy rescues Bayern
Roy Makaay gave Netherlands national coach Marco van Basten a timely reminder of his striking talents ahead of the World Cup by scoring twice in Bayern Munich's 2-2 draw with lowly Mainz 05 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Rain spoils Barca party
Valencia's David Villa and a downpour in Seville put a damper on Barcelona's championship celebrations on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hammers in final
A second half Marlon Harewood super strike gave West Ham a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB wants Afridi for Tests
The Pakistan Cricket Board will attempt to persuade key all-rounder Shahid Afridi to reverse his decision not to play Tests before the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Azharuddin rolls back the years
Disgraced former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin returned to high-profile cricket on Sunday, hitting 82 for India Seniors against Pakistan in Karachi.
 arrow Football: Blair hails Shearer
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a keen Newcastle United fan, paid tribute Monday to club legend Alan Shearer, who retired a few weeks earlier than planned due to a knee injury.
 arrow Football: Lamb sacrifice goes in vain
The sacrifice of a lamb by Bulgarian Second Division side Etar Veliko Tarnovo has failed to have its desired effect.
 arrow Football: Gerrard awarded England's best
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney picked up two more honours to add to their glittering collections on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hands in the wrong place
Werder Bremen midfielder Johan Micoud is at the centre of a German football federation (DFB) investigation after allegedly grabbing the genitals of an opposing player.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin spends quiet birthday
Sachin Tendulkar turned 33 today and had a quiet celebration at his residence.
 arrow Football: Iran ends taboo on women
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Monday that Iranian women can finally go to stadiums to watch sporting events, putting an unexpected end to a quarter-century ban.
 arrow Football: Makaay extends Bayern stay
Bayern Munich's Dutch international striker Roy Makaay confirmed Monday he has extended his contract with the German side by a year until 2008.
Metropolitanarrow Strengthen local govt to institutionalise democracy
Local government will have to be strengthened to institutionalise democracy in the country, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Enact code of conduct for NGOs'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for enacting a code of conduct for good governance of non- government organisations (NGOs) to ensure transparency and accountability of NGO activities in thecountry.
 arrow Sheba introduces fixed wireless phone in 31districts
Post and Telecommunications Minister Md Aminul Haque has said preparation for utilising the huge potential of the submarine cable has not been up to the mark although it will be opened shortly.
 arrow Case against five officials for misappropriating Tk 15 lakh
A case was filed with Khulna Police Station on Sunday night naming six people as accused in misappropriating Tk 15 lakh from the local branch of Al Arafa Islami Bank through forged documents.
 arrow Enhance bilateral trade, investment
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged Brunei to make the best use of the historical and excellent relations between the two countries for the welfare of two peoples through enhancing bilateral trade
 arrow 119 AL men get anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to 119 leaders and workers of Awami League and its front organisations in five cases filed by the government.
 arrow 68 pc under-5 rural children suffer from anaemia
Sixty-eight per cent of rural children under age five have been suffering from anaemia, according to a study carried out by a public-private partnership.
 arrow JCD cadres beat 4 BCL activists at JU
Four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) were injured in separate attacks by the cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) during yesterday's student strike.
 arrow Saarc Health Ministers' conference to focus on AIDS, Bird flu
Third Conference of Saarc Health Ministers will be held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in the city tomorrow focusing on the regional collaboration to prevent HIV/AIDS and Avian Influenza/Bird flu.
 arrow DU expels 3 JCD men
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday temporarily expelled three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists for beating up Dainik Ajker Kagoj staff reporter Minar Baidya at Jagannath Hall on April
 arrow Two robbed of cash, gold worth Tk 4.30 lakh
Two people, including a Bangladeshi expatriate, were robbed of cash and gold worth Tk 4.30 lakh by two gangs of criminals known as 'Agyan party'.
 arrow General Stackpole arrives tomorrow
Lieutenant General Henry C Stackpole, who led the massive relief mission after a devastating cyclone hit Bangladesh on April 29, 1991, will visit the country on the occasion of 15th anniversary of Operation
 arrow Magistrate asked to submit supplementary probe report
A Dhaka court yesterday directed a magistrate to submit within seven days the supplementary probe report on the incident of torture of Shahin Sultana Shanta by police during an opposition protest on March
 arrow BNP leader injured in Jhenidah
A local BNP leader was seriously injured in a bomb attack at Kabirpur village in Shailkupa on Sunday night.
 arrow Police action on women pickets protested
Bangladesh Mohila Parishad formed a human chain in front of the High Court in the city yesterday protesting police battering on women picketers on the streets during hartal hours.
 arrow US to extend tech help to ICDDR,B
The US government will give technical assistance to the ICDDR,B to combat avian influenza.
 arrow Victims receive cheques for Tk 55.5 lakh as compensation
The twenty-three injured and the families of 12 dead in the Phoenix building collapse received compensations of Tk 55.5 lakh in total yesterday.
 arrow Denmark to support road safety campaign
Danish Ambassador Niels Severin Munk will sign an agreement with BRAC for the road safety awareness campaign in Bangladesh on April 27, said a Danish embassy press release.
 arrow Hajong leader murdered in Netrokona
A gang of hoodlums beat a leader of Hajong community to death in Kolma Kanda in Netrokona on Sunday.
 arrow Shamsuzzoha passes away
Shamsuzzoha Khan, a renowned industrialist, politician and social worker, passed away due to old-age ailments at his Indira Road residence yesterday at the age of 75.
Nationalarrow Attack on jatra, NGO office in Delduar to be re-investigated
Delduar police have submitted a prayer for re-investigation into the bomb attack on a jatra, burglary at a local NGO office and murder of a medicine trader there following the recent confessions by Ataur
 arrow Dilly-dally in submitting charge sheet alleged
Udichi Shilpa Goshti in Netrakona, joined by leaders and activists of 14-party opposition alliance, formed a human chain in the town yesterday demanding punishment to killers of eight people including
 arrow Left parties' possible link with outlaws being probed
Investigation has been started to find whether any left political party has link with any underground party in the south-western region of the country.
 arrow A pourasabha without a waste dumping site
Although listed on grade one, Patuakhali pourasabha has no dumping site to dispose of waste collected from the town.
 arrow Housewife's body exhumed after 3 months
The body of housewife Shrabonti Khatun was exhumed yesterday following a court order after over three months of her burial at Dorgapara graveyard in Shahzadpur Pourasava in Sirajganj district.
 arrow 25 hurt in AL-BNP clash in Golachipa
At least 25 people including a former lawmaker were injured in a clash between ruling BNP and Awami League (AL) at Char Chandrail village in Golachipa upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Death traps on a road
The Brahmanbaria-Lalpur road has turned into a death trap as it is unfit for vehicular movement.
Point-Counterpointarrow The administration's war against the media
No language is enough to condemn the police atrocities on the journalists during the Bangladesh-Australia test match at Chittagong stadium on April 16.
 arrow Sierra Leone's quest for justice
CHARLES Taylor, former dictator of Sierra Leone, was one of the most dangerous war criminals of the world, still at large, not so in hiding but living in a luxurious palace in Nigeria, till recently.
 arrow In solidarity with the democratic uprising in Nepal
THE compromise proposed by King Gyanendra of Nepal on Friday, April 21 evening, which envisages his continuance as a constitutional monarch, is a last-ditch attempt to perpetuate the old order.
 arrow From Kansat to the information society
HOW far is Kansat from the information society? Is it hundred miles, thousand miles, or a light year away? May be or not. In fact it is difficult to quantify the distance because it is qualitative.
Culturearrow Concert for children with special needs
SOCIETY for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC) held a concert to raise funds for its school on April 23. The concert was held at the Ballroom, Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
 arrow Overcoming disability with art
An exhibition of paintings by differently-abled children began on April 23. The programme held at the National Museum, was arranged by Action on Disability and Development and the Society of Fine Arts.
 arrow Gala round of ATN Taroka
ATN Taroka Tarokader Taroka, a reality show on ATN Bangla, highlights aspiring singers and actors from all corners of the country. Competition will heat up in the music gala round on May 1.
Generalarrow Nine killed in road crashes
Nine people died and 14 others were injured in road accidents in Bogra and Comilla yesterday and on Sunday night.
 arrow Time for 6th Wage Board extended
The time of the 6th Wage Board for the newspaper industry has been extended for another six months (up to October 20), an official handout said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Six killed as Nepali Maoists raid town
At least five Maoist rebels and a Nepali soldier were killed when hundreds of rebels stormed an eastern town overnight, the army said yesterday, as a fresh curfew was clamped on the capital to thwartanti-king
 arrow Nepal must halt shoot-on-sight policy: UN expert
A United Nations human rights expert yesterday urged Nepal's government to halt a "shoot-on-sight" policy against anti-king protestors, saying it could constitute a crime against humanity.
 arrow Germany sidesteps Indo-US nuke pact
India and Germany agreed Sunday to deepen their cooperation on energy policy but sidestepped a dispute over a nuclear deal between New Delhi and Washington that Berlin has criticized.
 arrow 4 more killed in Lanka violence
Four people were shot dead in fresh Sri Lankan violence yesterday, while the killing of six Sinhalese farmers by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels the previous day raised fears of more ethnic riots.
 arrow Seven car bombs rock Baghdad
Car bombings and shootings killed 19 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad yesterday as Washington stepped up pressure for Shia premier designate Jawad al-Maliki to form a government and halt Iraq's
 arrow Efforts to counter human trafficking are deficient: UN
The United Nations on Monday condemned as uncoordinated and inefficient global efforts to counter human trafficking, saying the crime implicated nearly every country in the world.
 arrow 6 Philippine MPs, ex-senator, military trio face coup charges
Six Philippine legislators and a former senator were indicted Monday on charges of allegedly conspiring with communist rebels and rightwing soldiers to topple President Gloria Arroyo, the justice department
 arrow Tape a vexing reminder of US failure to find Laden
The White House said Sunday that al-Qaeda leaders were "on the run" as the emergence of a new tape from Osama bin Laden served as a vexing reminder of the US failure to track down the terror mastermind.
 arrow Abuse of prisoners in Iraqi jails continues
US and Iraqi inspectors have discovered abuse of prisoners in detention centres run by Iraq's Interior Ministry that were visited as recently as February, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chittagong port congestion
The fact that Chittagong seaport faces tremendous congestion and that ships have to wait for days to even receive berthing space is doing immense damage to the country's trading prospects, and the government
 arrow Editorial: Border fatalities
There have been deaths of Bangladeshi citizens in BSF firing recently. The last victim is a farmer killed on Sunday in Naogaon. Earlier on Friday, two farmers were gunned down on Borogram border in Dinajpur.
 arrow The development distress
Development in Bangladesh is commonly visualised as building of roads, bridges, schools, high-rise office blocks, or well-lit shopping malls.
 arrow What should we do?
Time was when it was useful for Pakistan to be a satellite of the US. The US has now changed; it cannot abide Islamic revolutionaries once the latter targeted the US mainland. Now they have to be fought.
Letters to Editorarrow A pattern emerging?
The mayhem at Bir Shresto Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium does not seem to be an isolated incident.
 arrow Space for social development
Regular readers like me have acknowledged your pursuit in the domain of objective reporting & publishing articles on various socio-economic issues.
 arrow Passing the buck
In this country called Bangladesh, are we all just playing a passing game? Each citizen is living life by somehow passing each day, each government department is passing on the responsibility (for our
 arrow Umpire's decision reversible?
Can anyone imagine an umpire making his decision following the 'orders' (well the body language speaks it all!) of one of the playing captains on the field? No way! Right? But we had to observe a far
 arrow The cruel month
With April, the cruellest month as TS Eliot once said, creeping into our life weather has been behaving in a hostile manner --- life has become simply unbearable because of the heat.
 arrow Where are we going?
I'm a Bangladeshi living in Australia. I often talk to the locals how we are moving ahead with our education, social development, literacy of women and, of course, cricket.
 arrow Image not decoupled from reality
Image is not decoupled from reality. Democracy is languid. Extra-judicial killing by a government-sanctioned outfit is rampant.
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