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Front Pagearrow Make 427 MPs pay their unpaid phone bills
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to realise within six months arrear telephone bills totalling around Tk 6 crore from 427 members of the fifth and
 arrow AL walks out of JS as obituary denied
Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out of the House protesting the Speaker's refusal to include the names of the people killed in police firing during the Kansat movement in an obituary reference adopted
 arrow Provision of district ministers illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared the government's provision of ministers in-charge of districts illegal and unconstitutional.
 arrow Mahmud for price hike of diesel, kerosene too
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday categorically said the government must raise the prices of all petroleum products, including diesel and kerosene, or subsidise them by direct budget allocations,
 arrow All 7 JMB Shura men had links to Jamaat, Shibir
All seven Majlish-e-Shura members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, who terrorised the country with suicide blasts, had once been involved with ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami or its student
 arrow 4-party to send names today
The ruling four-party alliance will send reply to the opposition's latest letter on dialogue today, nominating their leaders to discuss the much-talked-about electoral reforms.
 arrow Experts favour facility against package deal
Country's leading trade experts, economists and businessmen express their views in support of providing transit facilities to India.
 arrow Fair polls, HR, good governance vital: EC
The European Commission (EC) has said holding of next general elections in a free and fair manner, ensuring good governance and human rights are important for Bangladesh for building its image as a democratic
 arrow 4 to die, 4 get 41-year jail
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people including a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader to death and four others to 41 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing two policemen in June 2004.
 arrow Sadequee due back in NY court today
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, accused of making false statements linked to an ongoing federal terrorism investigation, is due back in the Federal Court in New York today.
 arrow Making space

 arrow Joy to help party in polls
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, expressed his desire to help the party rather than seek nomination for the upcoming polls.
 arrow AL-backed chairman candidate leading
Awami League-backed candidate Ajmatullah Khan is leading in Tongi Municipality chairman election held yesterday.
 arrow Occupying street

 arrow AL's Azmat re-elected chairman
Awami League-backed candidate Azmat Ullah Khan was re-elected chairman of the Tongi municipality yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Communist War) was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Alamdanga upazila
 arrow Bolts zap 3 to death
Three people were killed by lightning in Rangpur and Gaibandha while a boy was killed crushed under a collapsed house during a nor'wester on Wednesday night.
 arrow Cross-examination of witnesses begins
Cross-examination of witnesses in the Jhalakathi judges killing case started yesterday in presence of the seven accused including the Majlish-e-Shura member Khalid Saifullah.
 arrow Hartal observed at Chatmohor for smooth power supply
Rural power subscribers enforced a half-day hartal at Chatmohor upazila in Pabna yesterday in demand for uninterrupted power supply.
 arrow Lack of demand

 arrow India slaps tax on Bangladesh fish violating Bangkok pact
Indian government has imposed tax on Bangladeshi fish including hilsa violating the Bangkok pact of 1996.
 arrow Bangladesh take on Australia in final ODI today
Bangladesh will get one last chance today to finish their toughest home challenge on a high when they play the third and final one-dayer against Australia at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Koirala new Nepal PM
Nepal's King Gyanendra formally named Girija Prasad Koirala as new prime minister yesterday as Maoist rebels began a three-month ceasefire that brought hope of an end to decades of unrest in the Himalayan
 arrow Koirala made new Nepal PM
President of the main opposition party Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala was appointed Nepal's prime minister by King Gyanendra yesterday evening.
 arrow Iran poised to defy UN nuclear deadline
Iran's hardline leadership was yesterday poised to defy a UN Security Council deadline to freeze sensitive nuclear work, confident that it can escape any tough sanctions or US military action.
 arrow IOJ's Shaikhul Hadith faction unhappy over BNP's role
The Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) faction led by Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Azizul Haque yesterday regretted that they were not taken into confidence in taking major decisions of the alliance government.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 36 lakh in cash, goods from city house
Armed robbers looted over Tk 36.5 lakh in cash in local and foreign currencies and gold ornaments from a house at Shyampur in the capital early yesterday.
 arrow Gunmen kill sister of Iraqi vice president
Gunmen killed the sister of Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi in Baghdad yesterday, Interior Ministry sources and two officials in his party said.
 arrow Abbas calls on EU to keep Palestinian aid flowing
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday called on the European Union to continue channelling financial aid to the Palestinian people, even if it meant bypassing the Hamas-led government.
Businessarrow Saifur rejects cash subsidy demand of knitwear units
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday rejected demand for a 15 percent cash subsidy of the knitwear sector, saying subsidy erodes industrial competitiveness.
 arrow Bangladesh GDP to hit 8.5pc if telecoms, energy perform better
Better performance in energy and telecommunications sectors can push Bangladesh's GDP growth up to 8.5 percent from the present level of 6.5 percent, French trade and telecoms experts said yesterday.
 arrow Explore trade, investment potential in Bangladesh
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has urged the Dutch business community to explore trade and investment opportunities in Bangladesh for mutual economic benefit.
 arrow Dhaka Motor Show kicks off
With a view to introducing latest automobiles and auto-related services to Bangladeshi customers, a three-day exhibition styled 'Dhaka Motor Show' kicked off yesterday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference
 arrow Participants offer attractive discounts
Participants at Cyber Fair 2006 at Bhasani Novo Theatre are offering attractive discounts on their products and services as the five-day fair has started gaining pace.
 arrow EU promises more concessions
The European Union refused to give up hope on Wednesday for stalled global trade talks and vowed to cut its generous support of its farmers if its trade partners made similar sacrifices.
 arrow China raises interest rates to keep economy on track
China's central bank said Thursday it had raised its one-year benchmark lending rate by 0.27 percentage points to 5.85 percent in an effort to ensure "healthy and sustainable" economic growth.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers to play for pride
The excitement is all over, yet Bangladesh have a scope to prove their worth when they meet Australia in the third and final one-day international at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Hardtalk with Akram
In this part of the world Wasim Akram needs no introduction. The legendary former Pakistan all-rounder is currently in Dhaka to commentate on the ongoing series between Bangladesh and Australia.
 arrow Cricket: The good-mannered brute
Sun-cream smeared across his lips, dreadlocks and brutal strength. Andrew Symonds's attitude and outlook sets him apart from his peers. But true to an Aussie larrikin, he's humble.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Kahn number one in stickers
Afp, Berlin

Oliver Kahn may have lost the Germany goalkeeping position to rival Jens Lehmann, but according to the Panini World Cup sticker album he

 arrow Cricket: Belayet on cloud nine
Kamarpara High School routed Siddiqui's International School by nine wickets in the Standard Chartered National Schools Cricket tournament at the Iqbal Road ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Champs Trophy launched
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Ehsan Mani said Thursday he was confident top stars would take part in the Champions Trophy in India later this year.
 arrow Cricket: Blood clot found in Titu's head
Photojournalist Anurup Titu, injured in police attack at Chittagong Divisional Stadium on April 16 during the Bangladesh-Australia second Test match, underwent a CT scan at Bumrungrad Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ramu Khijari in finals
Ramu Khijari Adarsha High School of Cox's Bazar blanked their home town rivals Al-Bayan Institute 2-0 in the zonal final of the banglalink Tiger Trophy National School Football Championship at the Cox's
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l athletics from today
The 31st National Athletics Championships begin today at the Army Stadium with 29 teams confirming their participation in the two-day meet.
 arrow Cricket: Lara third time captain
Legendary batsman Brian Lara has been named captain of the West Indies for a third time, it was announced here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi to play Test cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his temporary retirement from Test cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Barca scale Milan peak
Barcelona booked a place in next month's Champions League final against Arsenal after drawing their semi-final second-leg 0-0 against AC Milan at the Nou Camp in a game that was nonetheless full of incident
 arrow Cricket: Fleming, Astle steady NZ
Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle steered New Zealand towards a solid total after the tourists were sent in on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands Thursday.
 arrow Football: Kaiser slams play-actors
Franz Beckenbauer wants heavy fines imposed to stop players from cheating, play-acting and taking part in other foul play that has become common in the German league.
 arrow Football: Messi suffers setback
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, still recovering from an injury to his right thigh, pulled up during a training session in his native Argentina on Wednesday, media reports said.
 arrow Football: 'Big Phil' new England coach?
Luiz Felipe Scolari is to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager, a series of reports said Thursday, sparking surprise -- and some protests -- that the job should go to a foreign coach for a second
Metropolitanarrow Elect legislators from all communities
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for introducing proportional election system to elect legislators representing all communities.
 arrow School Health & Nutrition to be expanded to 10 upazilas
School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Programme will be expanded to ten upazilas of Brahmanbaria following its success in a pilot project to improve health and nutrition status of school aged children.
 arrow JCD men attacks JU students
At least 25 students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) were injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres attacked students demonstrating against the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres' living on campus.
 arrow 'Govt insincere in holding dialogue'
Opposition leaders said the government seems insincere in holding dialogue on electoral reform agenda and so it is conspiring to avoid talks in the name of including Jamaat-e-Islami in their side.
 arrow 3 killed in stampede in Pirojpur
Three people were allegedly killed in stampede caused by police baton charge on those who went to collect 'blessed water' from a newly emerged Pir (religious guide) at Mathbaria upazila in Pirojpur district
 arrow 4,000 acres of govt land recovered in 15 months
Over 4,000 acres of government land worth about Tk 1,649.85 crore were recovered from illegal occupants across the country during the period from January 2005 to March this year.
 arrow Launch agitation against govt
Dr Reza Kibria, son of former slain finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday said Kansat incident has inspired the repressed people of the country to launch mass movement against the BNP-Jamaat-led
 arrow Shoib Chy granted bail again in sedition case
A Dhaka court yesterday again granted bail to sacked managing director of Inqilab TV Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury in a sedition case as the prosecution lawyers did not oppose the bail petition.
 arrow Tributes paid to victims of 1991 cyclone
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis and Lt General (Retd.
 arrow Inu granted anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Huq Inu in an arson attack case filed by the government.
 arrow 'Opposition conspiring to break alliance'
Leaders of ruling BNP-Jamaat coalition government yesterday said opposition 14-party alliance led by Awami League (AL) has been hatching conspiracy against the four-party alliance government to breakthe
 arrow BCL beat 10 Shibir men at DU
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of main opposition Awami League, beat up at least 10 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaving one of them critically injured on Dhaka University (DU)
 arrow Three killed in city road accidents
Three people died in separate road accidents that took place in the city on Wednesday night and in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow DUPDAA reunion
A daylong grand reunion of Dhaka University Political Science Department Alumni Association (DUPDAA) will be held on May 19 at the TSC on the university campus, says a press release.
 arrow Bomb recovered at Khulna college
Police recovered a powerful bomb on the compound of Ahsanullah College at KDA avenue in Khulna city at about 1:15pm yesterday.
 arrow Shahadat's art exhibition begins today
A 15-day solo art exhibition titled 'Existence' by Shahadat Hussain begins at Gallary Kaya in the city today.
 arrow Euro Kids launched
Euro Kids International Pre-School, a renowned institution operating in 29 countries across the globe, was launched in Dhaka yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Journalist bashing portends an ominous trend
It is hard not to be shocked and alarmed by the manner in which police excesses have exhausted the patience of the citizenry.
 arrow Nasreen, my heroine
This morning, twelve thousand miles away from where Nasreen, our friends, and I grew up together, I heard of her accident and passing away.
 arrow DNA test can help curb rape crime
The question which is being asked in different forums now is whether DNA test will help curb the growing rape crimes in Bangladesh.
 arrow Should US attack Iran?
Pulitzer prize winner journalist Seymour Hersh, famous for his report disclosing the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, quoting an unnamed Pentagon adviser and
Culturearrow Shakila's candid views on talent hunts
I did not learn music to become a star, it's embarrassing when I see others referring to me as one. All I want is to sing quality music for the country and for my fans.
 arrow Five flamboyant painters
'Exception', a young group of five artists, who had done their studies at BAFA, held their exhibition at Zainul Gallery recently.
 arrow Jewellery: An add-on for summer
This summer one can stop to pick up reasonably priced jewellery. Among the popular outlets are Aarong, Kumudini and Mayasir. Other venues are shops in Gausia and Chandni Chawk.
 arrow Beauty, Mehrab and Rumi come up with their maiden albums
Beauty, Mehrab and Rumi sang their way into the hearts of millions in the talent hunt Closeup 1. Through their debut albums, released recently, the emerging singers hope to entertain music lovers.
 arrow Shakespeare festival begins
Poet and playwright William Shakespeare's works have a universal appeal.
 arrow Mistress Of Spices bland?
A few years before they wrote and directed their 2003 hit film, Bend it Like Beckham, the husband and wife team of Paul Meyeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha were given a novel written by a new author,
Editorialarrow Editorial: Netting the absconding JMB cadres
The nation has surely heaved a sigh of relief at the news of the arrest of the last two Shura members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Editorial: Spare the media
Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz has joined the chorus of media bashing originally set afoot by some ministers apparently chagrined at what they deemed to be adverse publicity but in journalistic
 arrow Running out the clock
Is there anyone who believes that either the BNP or the AL are sincere in their efforts to come to some kind of agreement with respect to election reform? If so, I have some prime real estate in themiddle
 arrow Get rich, if you wish
It is fatuous to ask if you want to get rich, since everybody wants to get rich in this world. They know money cannot buy everything in life. They know the best things in life are free.
 arrow People's victory in Nepal
A remarkable democratic victory has been accomplished in Nepal, convulsed by a long-drawn people's agitation demanding restoration of representative government.
 arrow Hagarism: The story of a book written by infidels for infidels
The book titled "Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World," questions just about everything Muslims believe as historical truths.
Letters to Editorarrow Our politicians
Necromancy can surprise people, but it can't be applied to cure our rotten politics. Needless to say, politics is for those who could play trickery efficiently to subdue their rivals by hook or by crook.
 arrow Movement in Nepal
The movement against King Gyanendra to restore democracy is expression of public opinion against monarchy.
 arrow Hartal day
The number of hartals being called by the opposition is quite obnoxious, to say the least.
 arrow BSF firing
Bangladeshis are getting killed in the border areas every day. There is no solution in sight.
 arrow Colliding with the state!
Lisa Botos from Time Magazine in Hong Kong, had done most of the hard work. Permissions had been obtained and the protocol arrangements had been made. The shoot was on.
 arrow Smuggling
Smuggling is nothing new in this country and is parallel to the official trade.
 arrow ZIA: poorly managed
I am writing to bring to your attention the miserable maintenance standards of a public facility that has such international usage in our country.
 arrow The two parties
At present the two major parties are dominating the political scene. Since the 2001 general elections, the four- party coalition is ruling the country.
 arrow Language only?
Now it is important to have a skilled computer programmer in any organisation . Almost every CEO of an organisation is shouting that he needs a skilled programmer. Let me tell you some funny things.
 arrow Plane crash
The recent crash of a fighter plane of Bangladesh Air Force with its pilot flight cadet Taniul Islam dead on the spot drew our notice to the hazards associated with operating aircraft in our country.
 arrow Surprised passenger
A couple of days ago after passing my days pleasantly with my parents as well as my relatives, I was coming back to my working station.
 arrow Rotten sweetmeat
Just the other day as I was coming from Dhanmondi, I stopped by a sweetmeat shop in Shaat Masjid Road and bought some sweetmeats and yoghurt from it.
 arrow Journalists in trouble
The incident in Chittagong Stadium was very shameful for the nation as a whole. It was also a threat against journalism and the status of our press media.
 arrow Macabre policing
We were appalled at the barbaric police assault on the photojournalists in Chittagong. The police showed savage brutality to drive away the journalists from the stadium.
 arrow Cellular circus?
A leading service provider is putting up their ads for the "sensational" lower than one taka call-rate in such a way that the rate itself, in Bengali, is highlighted in the largest possible size of letters
 arrow Poorly crafted apology?
A few days ago the DMP commissioner apologised to a group of journalists for the shameful incidents at Chittagong Stadium prior to Bangladesh's second Test match against Australia.
 arrow On an advertisement
My attention has been drawn to an advertisement published on April 2 entitled "Wanted partners without investment." The advertisers claim themselves to be university teachers.
 arrow Draft coal policy
Mustafizur Rahman's article (DS: March 29) and Nuruddin M. Kamal's article in the fortnightly "Power & Energy" (March 16) raise the serious issue of Bangladesh's energy future.
Worldarrow South Asia: War fear haunts Lanka
Sri Lanka stopped bombing Tamil Tiger targets and reopened borders with rebel territory yesterday, but with the island teetering on the brink of war the police said a fragmentation mine blast killed two
 arrow South Asia: Confusion hangs over Nepal's future
Nepal's humbled King Gyanendra could block moves to rein his authority despite being pressured to recall parliament after weeks of street protests as a struggle for power among factions takes shape, analysts
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan, India to halt building army posts in Kashmir
Pakistan and India agreed at peace talks here yesterday they would not set up any new military posts along the heavily defended frontier in Kashmir.
 arrow South Asia: Voting on in West Bengal
Thousands voted yesterday in West Bengal where the ruling communists are expected to return to power with the unusual support of a new, well-heeled middle class.
 arrow South Asia: Bush admn slammed in Senate
Senate lawmakers criticised the US administration for not being transparent with lawmakers on a controversial civilian nuclear deal with India.
 arrow UNSC not in charge on Iran: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday the UN atomic agency and not the more politicised Security Council should take charge of efforts to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear programme.
 arrow Musharraf offers to pull troops back from Afghan border
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has told tribal chiefs that he would pull troops out of a restive region on the Afghan border if they expelled foreign militants and ended their militancy.
 arrow Blair under fire amid scandals
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced fresh calls to resign after three senior cabinet ministers floundered in political and personal crises in one of the government's darkest weeks.
 arrow SC meets to try to resolve Thai crisis
Thailand's Supreme Court met yesterday to consider invalidating snap elections held earlier this month, in a bid to resolve a months-long political drama that has forced out the prime minister.
 arrow Kadima, Labour clinch Israeli coalition deal
Israeli prime minister designate Ehud Olmert's Kadima party on Thursday reached a coalition deal with the Labour party on forming a government, which will aim at fixing Israel's final borders.
 arrow Angelina Jolie tops most beautiful list
She's got that pregnant glow, but it is Angelina Jolie's humanitarian efforts that make her most radiant, according to People magazine.
 arrow Myanmar offensive uproots 11,000
Myanmar troops waging their biggest military offensive in almost a decade have uprooted more than 11,000 ethnic minority civilians in a campaign punctuated by torture, killings and the burning of villages,
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