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Front Pagearrow Dash for fuel as petrol pumps run dry
Most of the country's petrol pumps yesterday ran dry of fuel oils, leading to widespread panic and uncertainty among the consumers.
 arrow Opening up oil sector could salvage BPC
The financial abyss created by oil import could have been easily avoided if the government had opened up the petroleum sector to the private sector for which it had initiated the process more than two
 arrow 14-party rejects BNP letter
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition line-up yesterday formally rejected the letter of ruling BNP nominating leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) for discussing the reform agenda.
 arrow Talks between political parties, civil society vital for clean candidates
Speakers at a regional dialogue on national election policy and the initiative of the civil society in Mymensingh yesterday demanded a provision of public funds for electioneering.
 arrow Firms trying to win bid through bribing
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Resident Representative in Dhaka Hua Du yesterday brought an allegation that some companies were trying to win contracts in the power sector through bribing.
 arrow Limited success against JMB underscores serious constraints
The Bangladesh government has shown to be suffering from serious institutional, resource and political constraints in countering militant acts of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the US State Department
 arrow Govt, ADB for hike in urban power tariff
Both the government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are in favour of increasing tariff for electricity in the urban areas.
 arrow World Dance Day

 arrow Cyclone Mala moves away from Bangladesh
The Bangladesh coast escaped the lashes of Cyclone Mala that formed in southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining Andaman Sea and moved north-northeastwards, hitting the Arakan coast of Myanmar yesterday.
 arrow Govt unwilling to probe afresh to protect mastermind: family
Expressing their deep resentment and frustration, former finance minister SAMS Kibria's family members alleged the government is unwilling to re-investigate Kibria's murder to protect the mastermind.
 arrow Sadequee denied bail in US
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, charged with lying to FBI agents, was denied bail on Friday after a US federal prosecutor alleged in a court that he and another US citizen videotaped the US Capitol and threeother
 arrow 25 Shibir men injured in clash with JCD
At least 25 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) were injured in an attack allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Government Tularam University College in the town yesterday.
 arrow Tata may place revised offer today
Bringing some significant changes in their original investment proposal, Indian industrial giant Tata Group is set to place its revised offer to the government today.
 arrow 13 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi road accident
Twenty-six Asians were killed and 19 injured when a bus transporting them to the Saudi holy city of Medina swerved off a bridge, a Saudi daily said Saturday without specifying their nationalities.
 arrow Lawyer killed by muggers
A lawyer was killed allegedly by muggers in the capital on Friday night.
 arrow Gridlock

 arrow Supplementary charge sheet submitted
A supplementary charge sheet in the case filed for planting bombs at Kotalipara in 2000 in a bid to assassinate the then prime minister Sheikh Hasina was submitted to a Gopalganj court yesterday.
 arrow Traffic sergeant closed on charge of extortion
A traffic sergeant of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) was closed yesterday on charges of taking money from a truck driver with the help of a collector at the port city's Barik Building intersection.
 arrow 14-party to observe 'Electricity Day' today
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition line-up will observe 'Electricity Day' today demanding uninterrupted power supply across the country.
 arrow Criminals kill Pabna Jamaat leader
A Jamaat leader was killed in an attack by armed criminals at Hatbaria Bowalmari Bazar in Santhia upazila yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 33 hurt in stampede
Two people were killed and 33 wounded in a stampede at a mosque here yesterday morning as hundreds of people huddled to have a glimpse of a religious leader.
 arrow Nepal parliament set to decide future of monarchy
Nepali political parties discussed the fate of the once-revered monarchy and proposals to set up a constituent assembly yesterday, just days after the king ceded power in the face of mass protests.
 arrow Western powers push for tough UN action
Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed yesterday to never give up Iran's disputed nuclear drive as Western powers pushed for tough Security Council action against the Islamic republic.
 arrow US raid rumours spark fear among immigrants
Thousands of illegal immigrants stayed home this week amid rumours of immigration roundups that federal officials say were unfounded, leaving some industries scrambling for workers.
 arrow Philippine volcano showers ash on surrounding villages
A Philippine volcano spewed a column of ash nearly a mile into the sky, showering surrounding villages with ash, vulcanologists said.
 arrow Bush praises Iraqi leaders for resisting Qaeda threats
President Bush praised Iraqi politicians yesterday for standing firm against videotaped threats by al Qaeda's leader in Iraq as they work to forge a unity government.
 arrow US army col charged in Abu Ghraib scandal
The US Army on Friday charged Lt Col Steven Jordan, who headed the interrogation center at Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail, with maltreatment of detainees, interfering with investigators and other counts, making
Businessarrow Govt loses Tk 700cr revenue a year
The government incurs a revenue loss of around Tk 700 crore annually in the form of tax exemptions.
 arrow Bangladesh, Switzerland eye deal on avoidance of double taxation
Bangladesh and Switzerland say they intend to sign a bilateral agreement on avoidance of double taxation, according to an announcement came after a high-level meeting in Bern on Friday.
 arrow Dearth of investment scope discouraging remittance
Bangladeshi expatriates in Europe have said high cost of sending money and dearth of investment opportunities at home are discouraging them to remit more.
 arrow Dhaka Motor Show ends on high note
The three-day 'Dhaka Motor Show' in Dhaka ended yesterday amid huge response from visitors. Participants and visitors expressed satisfaction about the fair.
 arrow New head of Corporate Communications of Siemens
Salahuddin Taimur has taken over as the head of Corporate Communications & Marketing of Siemens Bangladesh Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow Iran urges India, Pakistan to go for gas pipeline
A top Iranian oil official on Friday urged Pakistan and India to press ahead with a $7 billion gas pipeline project or face the prospect of buying one million barrels a day of imported oil.
 arrow China, Russia top blacklist in annual US trade review
The US government Friday turned up the heat on China for industrial-scale piracy of American goods in an annual trade review that also lambasted rampant counterfeiting in Russia.
 arrow Chevron's Q1 profit up 49pc
Chevron said Friday its first-quarter profit surged 49 percent from a year ago to four billion dollars, the latest of the big oil companies to show strong gains from surging energy prices.
Sportsarrow Athletics: Beauty, Masudul rule
Masudul Karim and Abdullah Hel Kafi spent an anxious hour to know about their fate after the most prestigious event of the 31st National Athletics Championships ended yesterday at the Army Stadium.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Rooney an injury doubt
Bbc Online, undated

England striker Wayne Rooney may be a doubt for the World Cup after suffering a foot injury for Manchester United in their loss at Chelsea

 arrow Football: Chelsea keep the crown
Imperious Chelsea were crowned champions of England once again when they emphatically crushed the distant title hopes of closest rivals Manchester United, beating them 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Azimuddin win big
A brace by Faruk helped Azim-uddin High School of Kishoregasnj trounce Rajurbazar Collegiate 5-1 in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh meet Tajikistan in opener
Bangladesh will take on Tajikistan in one of four matches on the opening day of the 15th Asian Games hockey qualifiers at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium on May 11.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l youth cricket to resume
After a gap of three years, the National Youth U-19 Cricket Championship, sponsored by Dhaka Bank Ltd, will begin at different venues across the country on May 10.
 arrow Football: Al Muharraq arrive today
Brothers Union will play their final home match in the AFC Cup on Tuesday when they host Bahraini football club Al Muharraq. The match will kick off at 4pm at the Bangabandhu national Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees fined for dissent
Shahriar Nafees, the Bangladesh opener, has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for dissent during the third one-day international against Australia at Fatullah.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies fly back home
A jaded Australian cricket team left Dhaka yesterday morning after a 23-day tour of Bangladesh. Four of the players who hail from Western Australia, left the capital on Friday night.
 arrow Football: Scolari pulls out of England running
Luiz Felipe Scolari on Friday sensationally pulled out of the race to become the new coach of England.
 arrow Cricket: 2011 WC Asia's rightful claim
South Asia is confident of securing the rights to host cricket's World Cup in 2011, saying every third edition of the mega event should be held in the cricket-mad region.
 arrow Football: Clash of tacticians
AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said that Barcelona-Milan was the real final of the 2005-06 Champions League, featuring the two sides that played the best football in the tournament, as wellas
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis strongly placed
Tail-ender James Franklin completed a maiden Test century and new cap Jeetan Patel took two wickets as New Zealand kept the pressure on South Africa on the third day of the first Test at Newlands on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Mehrab shines for Maroon
Mehrab Hossain scored an unbeaten 75 as Maroon struggled on the first day of the BCB BRAC Bank Academy Cup cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium at Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP ride on Asif
Asif Ahmed slammed another ton as BKSP dismantled Scholars School and College by 287 runs in the Standard Chartered National Schools Cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Kaiser awarded
FIFA World Cup Organising Committee President Franz Beckenbauer has been presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by German charitable organisation Sporthilfe.
 arrow Tennis: Junior tennis team off to Malaysia
A 5-member Bangladesh tennis team left Dhaka last night to play in the ITF Junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania qualifiers in Kuching, Malaysia.
 arrow Football: Kahn to quit in 2008
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn plans to play for his club for two years after the World Cup and then quit, he said in a newspaper interview on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Maldini under the knife
Italian legend Paolo Maldini has had an operation on his knee, according to his club AC Milan on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist goes to the top
In what is turning into a battle of the wicketkeepers, Adam Gilchrist has edged ahead of Mahendra Dhoni to recapture the top batsman's spot in the ICC one-day rankings.
 arrow Bierhoff extends Germany contract
Ex-Germany international Oliver Bierhoff has extended his contract as general manager of the national team until 2010, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Business-NGO cooperation a must for quality primary edn
Active cooperation between the business community and the NGOs is a must to ensure quality education at the primary level, said the speakers at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Netherlands to provide 54m euro
Dutch Ambassador Kees Beemsterboer and Brac Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed signed an agreement yesterday to launch a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme aimed at attaining the MDG targets.
 arrow 'Dubious allegiance obstructs their rehabilitation'
Expressing total allegiance to Bangladesh and denouncing all types of loyalty to Pakistan is the first step towards rehabilitating the camp-based Urdu-speaking people often termed as stranded Pakistanis,
 arrow Shibir threat forces JU students to cancel press confce
'Jahangirnagar against Jamaat-Shibir (JAJS)', a platform of general students against the activities of Jamaat-Shibir at JU, could not hold their scheduled press conference yesterday due to threat by unidentified
 arrow 5 killed in road crashes
Five people were killed and at least 40 injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj and Chapainawabganj districts on Friday night and early yesterday.
 arrow 'Form permanent pay commission'
Leaders of Bangladesh Government Employees Coordination Council demanded implementation of their five-point demand including extension of the retirement age to 60 years.
 arrow Bela demands expulsion of 'toxic' ship
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) has issued a legal notice to the authorities demanding immediate steps to expel MT Alpha Ship carrying toxic and harmful substances from the territorial
 arrow Bangladesh to attain faster dev, hopes Japanese envoy
Outgoing Japanese Ambassador Matsushiro Horiguchi yesterday hoped that Bangladesh would be able to attain faster development and strengthen democracy by overcoming current political standoff.
 arrow 'Alliance govt pushes country into crisis'
Left leaning Bangladesher Samyobadi Dal (BSD) said the four-party alliance government has pushed the country into a serious political crisis by nominating war criminal, anti-liberation war forces andpatrons
 arrow Businessman robbed of Tk 8 lakh
A real estate businessman was robbed of Tk 8 lakh while a hotel cook was critically injured in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cab driver murdered
A taxicab driver was murdered on Jogitola Road in the district town on Friday night. Locals found the body of Nur Mohammad, 26, lying on the driving seat of his taxicab with his throat cut.
 arrow 2 killed as train hits motorcycle in Tangail
Two people were killed when a train crushed their motorcycle at Elenga level crossing in Kalihati, Tangail, yesterday morning.
 arrow Memorial meeting on Nasreen today
A meeting in memory of Nasreen Pervin Huq, country director of ActionAid, will be held at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city at 5:00pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Khulna Divisional Press Club Federation formed
A new federation of press clubs styled 'Khulna Divisional Press Club Federation (KDPCF)' was formed at a meeting held here yesterday.
 arrow Boy drowns in water tank
A five-year-old boy drowned in the water tank of a house at Demra in the city yesterday. Safin drowned in the rooftop tank at around 12.00 noon while he was playing there.
 arrow Housewife rescued from traffickers
BDR jawans rescued a young housewife while she was being trafficked to India through Dainur border here on Friday.
Nationalarrow 'Fake' freedom fighters on memorial plaque
Freedom fighters and political parties will enforce a half-day hartal in Cox's Bazar town today to protest what they called 'distortion of history of Liberation War' by putting some fake freedom fighter
 arrow Govt will be forced to accept demand for reforms
Awami League central publicity secretary Asaduzzaman Noor MP yesterday said the opposition will realise reforms of caretaker system and the Election Commission through agitation.
 arrow Khulna Press Club rejects charge sheet
Members of Khulna Press Club have rejected the charge sheet of journalist Dip Azad bomb attack case, submitted to court on Friday.
 arrow Sukumar Barua honoured
Probas Prokashoni, a publishing house owned by some Bangladeshi immigrants in UK, has awarded its Shabdapat Medal-2006 to eminent rhymester Sukumar Barua for his contribution to literature.
Point-Counterpointarrow Nepal's people phenomenon
Hum dekhenge ...
Jab takth giraye jayenge
Sab taaj uchale jayenge*

Well, the virtuous people of Nepal saw to it that the crown was dashed.

 arrow Global economic imbalances and the G-7
In a recent article on the rapidly growing global imbalances, published in the International Herald Tribune of April 20, 2006, Mr.
 arrow Lobbyists for a facelift?
Lobbying, a professional service of public affairs advocacy, targets the US Senate, the House of Representatives, and state legislators to promote interests of corporations and political interest groups.
 arrow A more rational electricity pricing policy
Basic economics tells us that increasing electricity price will decrease the quantity demanded of electricity.
Culturearrow Keyboard replacing acoustic instruments
Alauddin Miah played the tabla and flute as a school student. After his SSC he developed a fascination for the violin.
 arrow An adptation of Moliere's Le Tartuffe
The 17th French theatre theoretician, writer, director and actor, Moliere is one of the masters of satire. Moliere's satires are not meant to generate juvenile humour.
 arrow Creating the ambiance for Sisimpur
Saidul Haque Juisse, the set-designer of Sisimpur, says that Sesame Street authorities came from New York to observe its Bangladeshi version in Dhaka.
Internationalarrow Tigers, army exchange fire amid war fears
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and the military exchanged fire across front lines yesterday, overshadowing efforts to return to long-delayed peace talks amid fears the country could slip into a renewed civil
 arrow Thousands of families displaced in Iraq
Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes, a top Iraqi official said, as six more Iraqis were killed in scattered violence on Saturday.
 arrow US again lashes Iran as terror sponsor
The United States on Friday again branded Iran the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism and said this made it doubly important to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.
 arrow Indian Maoists kill 15 civilians
Fifteen people kidnapped by Maoist rebels have been found dead in a forest in a Maoist-hit region of central India, police said yesterday.
 arrow 11,000 attacks in '05
The US war on terrorism has made the world safer, the State Department's counterterrorism chief said on Friday, despite more than 11,000 terrorist attacks worldwide last year that killed 14,600 people.
 arrow Pak military vows full control in Taliban infested tribal belt
The Pakistani army is in full control in the troubled tribal region of Waziristan, where 324 militants have been killed in operations over the past nine months, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Taliban holding hostage ask Indians to leave
Taliban militants threatened to kill an Indian engineer they were holding hostage unless all Indian nationals and companies leave Afghanistan.
 arrow Pakistan test-fires missile
Pakistan, keen to maintain the balance of power with nuclear rival India, yesterday test-fired a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km.
 arrow Zawahiri asks Pakistanis to remove Musharraf
al-Qaeda kept up its media offensive yesterday as its number two Ayman al-Zawahiri called on the people and army of Pakistan to fight the regime of President Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow 5 Nepalese soldiers killed in mine attack
Five soldiers were killed Saturday when a mine accidentally exploded inside an army barracks in Nepal, a military official said.
 arrow Thai court ruling raises chances of fresh polls
A Thai court ruling has fuelled speculation of new nationwide polls after months of political turmoil led Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to step aside, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Developing nations adopt resolution on UN reforms
Against strong opposition from rich nations, developing countries adopted a divisive resolution that could delay crucial UN management reforms and spawn a crippling budget crisis.
 arrow Manmohan to meet Hurriyat next week
Kashmiri separatists will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week before he heads for the revolt-hit region to discuss possible solutions to the conflict.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hazardous river routes
It is disturbing news that passenger launches are operating on 26 river routes identified by the shipping ministry as hazardous.
 arrow Editorial: HIV among drug users
A recent World Bank survey report gives us the bleak news that HIV virus is fast spreading among the intravenous drug users (IDUs) in Bangladesh and that it is gradually taking the shape of a concentrated
 arrow Committees, sub-committees and sub sub-committees
The other day I have had the opportunity to talk with the Minister for Law and Dilly Dally Affairs of that great country named Land of Hope for nearly one hour. We discussed many issues of national interest.
 arrow India's mumbling policy
Nepal has three power centres: the monarchy, the political parties and the Maoists. The current struggle against the monarchy once reduced the number from three to two.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladeshi doctors in UK
Over the last couple of years a huge number of Bangladeshi doctors came to UK, to complete post graduation and to gain valuable experience.
 arrow Factual error
In quoting John Locke, the article by Ikram Sehgal (April 29) states the years of his birth and death of as "1734-1802". In fact John Locke was born in 1632 and died in 1704.
 arrow Telephone defaulters
In Bangladesh, we have a law that bars loan-defaulters from contesting in general elections. Loan defaulters borrow money from state or private banks and do not return them in time.
 arrow Performance of commerce ministry
Usually, the commerce ministry plays the role of consultant, negotiator and representative of various trade and business related issues from the national to international level.
 arrow Tongi election
The local body election in Tongi Municipality, the adjacent one to Dhaka metropolis, has shown a definite trend in the formation of public opinion ahead of national polls.
 arrow Democracy and Bangladesh
I fully agree with Abed Choudhury and Rabeya Rahman. But I would like to focus on something relevant but different from what they have pointed out.
 arrow An appeal to past, present and future MPs
Our two main political parties have agreed to disagree on every issue of national interest, but there is no disagreement on every issue that goes against the national interest.
Queen's Day
National Day of the Netherlands
arrow Trade and investment
Bilateral trade relations between the Netherlands and Bangladesh have matured over three decades now and support through development cooperation from the Netherlands has exceeded Euro 1.5 billion.
 arrow MESSAGE
It is a great pleasure and honour for me to address the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of our National Day, the day that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix celebrates her birthday.
 arrow Netherlands Alumni Association Bangladesh about to take off
Since the independence of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Bangladesh have had intensive interactions.
 arrow Innovative water management in the Netherlands
Water is cause for concern everywhere in the world. Countries face problems with too much of too little water, or with polluted water.
Star Healtharrow Quality control in laboratories is badly needed
Accurate, reliable, timely delivery of diagnostic tests are essential for diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease and prevention of long term complications developing from the disease.
 arrow Bringing back hope and dignity
While the Australian cricketers are occupying the headlines in national newspapers and televisions, another team of Australians is about to slip into Bangladesh to make their mark.
 arrow Elderly assistance from cholesterol drugs
A study has found cholesterol-lowering drugs which are already a support of cardiac care for the middle-aged, also prevent heart attacks in elderly people.
 arrow Facts about scabies
Scabies is a itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites that dig tunnels underneath the skins surface. When scabies mites are fully grown, each mite is no bigger than the size of the point of a pin.
 arrow Hypertension and heart disease
Hypertension or high blood pressure is considered a silent killer, because many people with this disease have no symptoms.
 arrow Black eye
The so-called black eye is caused by bleeding beneath the skin around the eye.
 arrow Unhealthy dieting may fuel weight gain
Teens who try to control their weight by skipping meals or using laxatives are actually more likely to be overweight in later years, research indicates.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I am 26 years old. Suddenly I developed pain in my back above the hip. I also developed fever (1030 F) with vomiting and painful micturition.

Star Cityarrow Hostels turned homes for police and locals
The 12 hostels of Jagannath University, earlier Jagannath College, have been occupied by political and local influential leaders due to callousness, negligence and self-interest of a few high university
 arrow All set, all ready, but when will it begin?
Existing ambiguities regarding the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover have been resolved and authorities are ready to commence its construction.
 arrow Irregularities in private universities' accounts
Most of the private universities do not maintain accounts and audit of their income statement as per law, according to sources in the University Grants Commission (UGC).
 arrow Sleek Wheels on the Ramp

 arrow Towards a better tomorrow
Shilpi's father is a day labourer. Like other children of poor families she passed her time on the street 10 years ago.
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