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Front Pagearrow 10 killed, 90 hurt as experimental steam engine explodes
Ten people were killed and 90 others sustained injuries when a steam boiler exploded at Baropaika village under Gobindganj upazila in Gaibandha district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow RMG sector fears 50pc output fall
Prevailing diesel and power crises in the country are forcing ready made garment (RMG) manufacturers to keep their factories idle sometimes for five hours of a ten-hour working day, said leaders of the
 arrow Foundation laying in Aug but no project yet
The government plans a foundation-laying ceremony in mid-August of an underground railway, or a metro subway as Americans call it, in the densely populated capital, although it is yet to make a concrete
 arrow EC to publish draft voter list today
The Election Commission (EC) will publish the draft voter list across the country today while its appeal against the High Court directives on voter-listing remains pending with the Supreme Court.
 arrow 'Instability' from 'failure' of political parties worries them
Thirty-six eminent citizens yesterday expressed grave concern at the 'instability' in the country emanating from 'failure' of the major political parties regarding reform talks on caretaker government
 arrow AL walks out of JS to protest state minister's 'abusive' remarks
The main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday staged a stormy walkout of parliament, protesting 'abusive' remarks by State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman against AL leader Motia
 arrow RELIEF

 arrow Thai Airways issues ultimatum
Thai Airways International issued an ultimatum to the Bangladesh government for clearing the impediments delaying the takeover of management of Shah Amanat International Airport by the company by June
 arrow PM blasts AL for 'blocking' talks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blasted Awami League (AL) for blocking road to discussion on electoral reforms through raising the issue of Jamaat and trying to "disrupt" the next general election.
 arrow Hawa Bhaban allots Tk 2,000cr for polls
Hawa Bhaban, the unofficial hub of the ruling alliance, reportedly plans to invest Tk 2,000 crore to ensure a win in the next parliamentary election, alleged the left-leaning 11-party alliance yesterday.
 arrow Govt killing time to rig polls: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government is killing time over the issue of reforms in the caretaker government and the Election Commission (EC) with the motive
 arrow Bangladesh up 2 notches
Bangladesh was ranked 19th in the 'failed states' index, marking a slight improvement from 17th position last year, according to a study.
 arrow Malnutrition the silent killer
Half of the total deaths of children every year in Bangladesh is caused by malnutrition, a Unicef report said yesterday.
 arrow Employers' body concerned over wage hike in SoEs
Bangladesh Employers' Federation expressed its deep concern over the government's decision increasing wages and benefits for the workers employed in state owned enterprises (SOEs).
 arrow Police suspect arson at B Chy's house
The police yesterday said they believe Sunday's fire at the Baridhara residence of former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was not an accident, rather an incident of arson.
 arrow Rehabilitate Rohingyas in your countries
Bangladesh rejected a suggestion by the European Union (EU) leaders to accommodate and rehabilitated Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and requested European countries to rehabilitate the refugees in their
 arrow Authorities asked not to allow toxic Alfaship to proceed further
The High Court yesterday ordered the authorities concerned not to allow MT Alfaship, a toxic ship now waiting at the outer anchorage, to proceed further towards the Chittagong Port.
 arrow Cops seize 35,365 litres of fuel from hoarders
Police on Monday night seized huge amount of hoarded fuel from an unlicensed filling station at Abhoynagar in Jessore.
 arrow Aftermath

 arrow Arguments begin in HC
Arguments in the death reference and appeal hearing of the sensational Shazneen murder case began before the High Court (HC) yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A member of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in 'crossfire' during a gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts in Pabna early Monday.
 arrow Writ petition filed against use of Jamaat's poll symbol
A writ petition has been filed challenging the validity of using scales as an election symbol as they are the facsimile of the Supreme Court (SC) emblem that stands for justice.
 arrow Hafiz faces criticism in JS for soaring sugar price
Newly appointed Commerce Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday faced a tough time in the Jatiya Sangsad as opposition lawmakers made a blistering attack on him on sugar price.
 arrow 4 killed in city on Monday
Four people, including a four-year-old boy, were killed at Shyampur and Badda in the capital on Monday.
 arrow Huda demands probe into Beximco's loan
Minister for Communications Nazmul Huda yesterday demanded investigation into the scandal of Beximco group of companies' default on Tk 2,600 crore of loans.
 arrow Amini asked to appear in court for threatening Proshika chief
A Dhaka court yesterday directed lawmaker Maulana Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), to appear before it on June 11 in connection with threatening Proshika President
 arrow 2 foreigners held for 'making fake dollar'
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested two foreign nationals from a city hotel in Uttara on charges of making fake dollars.
 arrow 27 murdered in April, says Odhikar report
Twenty-seven people were killed by the law enforcement agencies across the country last month, a report of rights agency Odhikar said yesterday.
 arrow 1m immigrants skip work for US rally
More than 1 million mostly Hispanic immigrants and their supporters skipped work and took to the streets Monday, flexing their economic muscle in a nationwide boycott that succeeded in slowing or shutting
 arrow 35 Hindus slain in Kashmir carnage
India rushed hundreds of extra troops to hunt for Kashmiri militants in the remote mountains of Kashmir yesterday, after 35 Hindus were killed over two days in one of the worst massacres in the region
 arrow World Press Freedom Day today
With the slogan 'We will know, we will live,' for this year, the country will observe the 'World Press Freedom Day' as elsewhere in the world today.
 arrow Khaleda may visit Kuwait May 7-8
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to pay a two-day state visit to Kuwait from May 7 at the invitation of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jabir Al-Ahmad Al Jabir Al Sabah.
 arrow 2 bombs found at Dinajpur madrasa
Dinajpur police recovered two bombs at a madrasa in Shasra in Dinajpur Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Lightning kills 4 in C'nawabganj
Lightning killed four people and injured 15 others during a storm that lashed parts of Shibganj upazila yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Smuggling of petroleum products high on agenda
Bangladesh-India Joint Group of Customs starts its third meeting in Dhaka today to address a number of crucial issues including smuggling of petroleum products to India from Bangladesh.
 arrow India's $22b deal to buy LNG from Iran uncertain
India's largest-ever overseas deal worth over 22 billion dollars for import of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) from Iran yesterday appeared uncertain with Tehran indicating that it will not honour the contract
 arrow Local Enterprise Investment Centre's steering body meet held
The first meeting of steering committee of Local Enterprise Investment Centre (LEIC), a private sector development project, managed by IDLC of Bangladesh Limited with contribution from the Canadian International
 arrow Berger paints approves 100pc cash dividend
Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited has approved 100 per cent cash dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Advocacy session on WTO, trade issues for journalists held in Khulna
Media can play a significant role to strengthen Bangladesh's position at international trade forums, an advocacy session on WTO and trade issues for journalists observed yesterday in Khulna.
Sportsarrow Football: BU end losing streak
Brothers Union restored some pride when they held Bahrain's Al Muharraq to a goalless draw in their last home match of the AFC Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
FIFA confirms Rooney deadline
Afp, London

World football's ruling body FIFA have confirmed that England could replace injured star striker Wayne Rooney up to 24 hours before their

 arrow Cricket: Asia promises huge WC
Asia's cricket chiefs celebrated the award of the 2011 World Cup by vowing Monday a spectacular event that will be "as big as the one for football".
 arrow Cricket: Habib powers Dhaka Ideal
Habibur Rahman scored 128 to take Dhaka Ideal High School to the semifinals of the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful goes to Liverpool today
With a hope to gain consistency in batting, ace Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful leaves for England this morning to play minor county cricket.
 arrow Football: Fakhrul treble sinks Achmita
Islamia Government High School of Mymensingh won the zonal championship when they crushed Achmita George Institute of Kishoreganj 6-2 in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football tournament
 arrow Cricket: Kenya ready to welcome Tigers
Bangladesh are hoping to play three one-day internationals in Kenya en route to their tour of Zimbabwe which is due to happen in July and August.
 arrow Athletics: The real 'Forrest Gump'
A five-year-old child stunned onlookers when he ran a distance of 65 kilometres (40.3 miles) in seven hours in eastern India on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Fergie blasts Eriksson
England's World Cup plans were in total disarray on Tuesday after Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made it clear he would oppose plans to take an injured Wayne Rooney to Germany.
 arrow Football: Barca ready for party
Barcelona can become Spanish champions for the second successive year if they win at Celta Vigo on Wednesday. It will be the third opportunity for the Catalan club to clinch the title.
 arrow Football: Boots on the spotlight
If Wayne Rooney's latest injury has got England fans worried, the use of new, lightweight football boots by some of the world's top players could start alarm bells ringing.
 arrow Cricket: Second Test duly drawn
Ashwell Prince made an unbeaten century as South Africa preserved their series lead by drawing the second Test against New Zealand at Newlands Monday.
 arrow Cricket: WI improve to win big
West Indies heeded captain Brian Lara's demand for improvement and completed a tidy 98-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second limited-overs international on Sunday at the Antigua Recreation Ground.
 arrow Football: Lizarazu to retire
Former French international defender and World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu will quit football at the end of this season, the player said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi leads Ireland to shock win
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi led Ireland to a shock 47-run victory over five-times winners Gloucestershire in a dramatic C&G Trophy clash on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne rules out one-day return
Shane Warne has firmly rubbished rumours of an impending return to Australia's limited-overs squad.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan adopt rotation policy
Pakistan are introducing a player rotation policy to prevent burnout before next year's World Cup in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Windies WC tickets go on sale
Organisers on Monday started selling 800,000 tickets for the 2007 cricket World Cup and said Britain had immediately become the top buying nation outside the West Indies hosts.
 arrow Football: An untimely call
Olympique Marseille goalkeeper Fabien Barthez says he missed Saturday's French Cup final medals ceremony because he had to go and answer the call of nature.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming rues declaration timing
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said after a drawn second Test against South Africa at Newlands Monday that he declared too early when his side scored a massive 593 for eight in the first innings.
 arrow Cricket: West Indies extend side
West Indies have increased their squad to 14 for the third and fourth limited-overs internationals against Zimbabwe on Saturday and Sunday at Guyana's Bourda Oval.
 arrow Cricket: England suffer more injury blow
England fast bowler James Anderson will miss the Test series against Sri Lanka because of a back injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Five killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Blaze in B Chy's house protested
Different organisations yesterday held rally, formed human chain and brought out procession in the city protesting the arson in the house of former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
 arrow Cab driver murdered by muggers in Gazipur
A taxicab driver was slaughtered by a gang of muggers on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway near Kumar Khada in Gazipur Sadar on Monday.
 arrow 120 hurt in Sirajganj clashes
Sporadic clashes between two groups of people over distribution of a construction work of the pourasava left 120 people injured in two days.
 arrow Charge framing against 3 JMB men on May 16
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 16 for framing charges against three Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act with Uttara Police Station on January
 arrow Bomb making materials found at JMB den in Bogra
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a JMB member and recovered huge quantity of bomb making materials including detonator and bullets from Joynagar village in Sherpur upazila of the district
 arrow One killed as nor'wester lashes Rajshahi
One person was killed and several others injured as a nor'wester lashed Rajshahi city and Mohonpur and Paba upazilas last evening.
 arrow Ensure expats' voting right
Labour leaders at a May Day discussion urged the government to ensure expatriate workers' right to vote before the next general elections.
 arrow Protest against move to rename hospital
Awami League (AL) yesterday formed a human-chain in front of the High Court (HC) protesting against the four-party alliance government's move to rename the Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardi Medical College Hospital
 arrow May Day observed
The historic May Day was observed in Bangladesh on Monday, reaffirming solidarity with international labour movement for establishing socioecomic rights of the workers.
 arrow Baishakhi Expo begins
A two-day Women Entrepreneurs' Products Baishakhi Expo was inaugurated at the Business Lounge of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Aurora's first anniversary of death today
Today is the first death anniversary of Lt. General Jagjit Singh Aurora, commander of Bangladesh-India joint forces during the liberation war.
 arrow Attack on Adv Baset condemned
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday condemned and protested the attack on its former president Advocate Abdul Baset Majumder in Comilla on May 1.
 arrow CU Marine deptt students call off siege programme
Students of the Marine Science Institute of Chittagong University called off their indefinite siege programme yesterday after a fruitful discussion with the university authorities.
 arrow Prof Muzaffer new TIB chair, Hafizuddin treasurer
Prof Muzaffer Ahmad, an eminent educationist and environmentalist, has been elected chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) unanimously, says a press release.
 arrow Arrest of killers demanded
Teachers and students of the Department of Geology and Mining of Rajshahi University (RU) took out a silent procession on the campus yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the killers of Prof STaher
 arrow Memo submitted for publication of results
Third year students of the Department of Bangla, Dhaka University (DU), yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor (VC) demanding immediate publication of the results of their second year
 arrow Implementation of wage board demanded
Leaders of journalists at a discussion urged the authorities concerned to implement the wage board award in all newspapers, news agencies and TV channels immediately.
 arrow Jahanara Imam's anniversary of birth today
Today is the 77th birth anniversary of Jahanara Imam, a renowned writer and human rights activist.
 arrow Management of NCT, congestion of vessels discussed
The first meeting of Chittagong Port Maritime Council formed last month to enhance efficiency at both Chittagong Port and under-construction New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) was held here yesterday.
 arrow 'Gender Atlas of Bangladesh' launched
The country has achieved significant progress in some development activities and the trend of advancement would continue in future, said M Moniruzzaman Mia, commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission
 arrow ACD foreign ministers' meet begins May 22
The two-day fifth meeting of foreign ministers of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Qatari capital of Doha from May 22.
 arrow Saarc food ministers' meet in August
The first Saarc food ministers' meeting is scheduled to be held in Islamabad in August.
 arrow Appeal for Help
Haider Hossain has been suffering from serious kidney ailments and his two kidneys are currently dysfunctional, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Adibasi Forum demands arrest of 'real' killers
Leaders of Adibasi Forum and some socio-political organisations on Monday held a rally in Durgapur demanding an impartial probe into the murder of local indigenous leader Sattyaban Hajong and arrest of
 arrow Repairing one by damaging the other!
An embankment under Teesta Irrigation Project (TIP) is being repaired by using earth from the bank of a branch canal.
 arrow Uplift work stalled
Work on about 100 rural development projects is stalled for about a month in Saidpur due to official complexities as two persons are holding the post of Project Implementation Officer (PIO) in the upazila.
 arrow JMB kingpins to be produced in Satkhira court today
Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and its leaders Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and Ataur Rahman sunny will be produced before the court of Satkhira Additional District Judge OsmanHaider
Point-Counterpointarrow Transit and free trade with India
"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
 arrow A challenge for American Muslims
AMERICANS know more about Islam than ever before -- and they don't like what they see.
 arrow Rasul Nizam
I did not have an older brother, I was the eldest in my family. But I always longed for one. In his inscrutable ways Allah humours even the least devout.
 arrow Independent commission on freedom of the press?
DURING my six months in the US (2005-2006) as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar for some advanced studies and research on interpretative reporting, I had the opportunity to read some recent and re-read some
Culturearrow Portrait of a bayati
Rural bard Abul Sarkar is not the typical folk singer, who renders popular folk genres such as bhawayia, bhatiali and others.
 arrow Fantasia in the city's facade
In Bruno Ruhf's exhibition 'Dhaka Upside Down', one discovers the sensuality of forms, shapes and colours taken from the ordinary scenes of our streets, and displayed at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow May Day celebrations: Cultural scene livens up
Cultural organisations chalked out elaborate programmes at different venues to observe the May Day.
 arrow Blaine's stunt takes breath away
David Blaine's latest death-defying act is quite literally breathtaking. On Monday, the magician immersed himself in a human-sized goldfish bowl, an 8ft (2.
Internationalarrow US, Europe push for strong UN action against Iran
US and European officials pushed Tuesday for a tough, binding UN resolution against Iran ahead of key talks here on Tehran's nuclear programme, which the West fears could be hiding a drive for the atom
 arrow New Nepal PM names 7-member cabinet
Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala named a seven-member multiparty cabinet yesterday with the task of negotiating peace with Maoist rebels and curbing the king's powers.
 arrow US, Iraqi forces kill 100 insurgents
US and Iraqi forces killed more than 100 insurgents last week in the town of Ramadi in the rebel heartland of Anbar province, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka seeks truce talks despite bloodshed
Sri Lanka has stepped up moves to revive talks with Tamil Tiger rebels as eight more guerrillas were reported killed yesterday after the bloodiest month since a truce took effect in 2002, officials said.
 arrow 5 killed in sectarian riots in Gujarat
The death toll from sectarian riots in the western Indian state of Gujarat climbed to five yesterday when one person died of injuries suffered in clashes over the demolition of a Muslim shrine, police
Editorialarrow Editorial: Oil crisis handling
The air has been thick with intimation of an imminent oil price hike for quite sometime now.
 arrow Editorial: The blaze mystery
We are concerned at the nocturnal fire at the residence of former President Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury. At the time of incident, the entire family of Dr Chowdhury was inside the house sleeping.
 arrow Why the price hike in sugar?
The price of sugar recently exceeded Tk 60 a kg. But the government appeared to be little concerned about this unprecedented rise in the price of sugar.
 arrow Crises to cripple all corners
The country seems to be heading fast for serious crises on every front. Be it economic, political or social, ominous signs loom large on the horizon.
 arrow Indonesia-Australia relations on a bumpy ride
Australia's recent acceptance of 42 West Papuans as refugees has created a political storm between Australia and Indonesia, its northern neighbour. Indonesia's President Dr.
Letters to Editorarrow ZIA
Zia International Airport has set new standards in insensitivity to passengers' needs bordering on inhuman treatment and in utter violation of human rights of citizens.
 arrow Face the challenge
"Why is Bangladesh looked down by other nations as a weak and poor country?" This question has been buzzing in my mind for a long time.
 arrow Immigration law & President Bush
US President George W. Bush in his recent weekly radio address defended his plan to regularise some of the undocumented workers. This has sparked serious protest in Los Angeles.
 arrow Use of poison in fish
A TV news report showed a magistrate inspecting "Fish" at a Karwan Bazar shop and he fined the fish trader for using the poison "Formaline" in fish.
 arrow Re-orientation of politicians
An analyst has pointed out (DS supplement on Cities, 10 Feb) that the utter failure of political governance is due to the fact that the political leaders prefer governance through ideologies, than concentrating
 arrow Timely commentary
You deserve kudos for your commentary on the Kansat tragedy.
 arrow "Police and bribe"
This is in response to the letter of Shegufta Yasmin on "Police and bribe". She has described merely a little of the police activities. A friendly relation should exist between police and the public.
 arrow PM's interview
The PM's recent interview with the Time quoted her saying, "We did not know they were there. After the August 17 bomb blasts we know. And we cracked down on them.
 arrow Ancient settlement
I was pleased to read the news of the discovery of a 4,000-year old settlement in Narsingdi. Discovery of such old settlement is a very rare achievement for Bangladesh.
 arrow No mobile phone in border areas!
The recent directive by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to the mobile phone operators to withdraw coverage from border areas will deprive a large number of people living in those areas
 arrow Valuable minerals
Our eminent scientist Dr. Kudrat-e-Khuda discovered the valuable minerals in Cox's Bazar in the 1950s. I found vast deposits of the minerals in Cox's Bazar and its surrounding areas in 1970.
 arrow Problems of city mayors
It was amusing to read the interview of DCC mayor in the DS supplement on Cities (10/2/06). Governing the over-grown cities has became a severe management and administrative problem.
 arrow Yearning for a change
The balance sheet of achievements and failures of the last 35 years is not pleasant at all. During the period the expectations and dreams of the common people have been shattered in most cases.
Star Chittagongarrow CMC plunges into session jam
Chittagong Medical College (CMC) has plunged into a long-term session jam as a section of students refrain fellow students from appearing in the final professional examinations in the scheduled session.
 arrow 2nd bus service for women launched
The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) launched the second phase of special city bus service for women passengers on April 30.
 arrow Sufferings of the city dwellers...

Star Cityarrow Addicts doing it freely under nose of law enforcers
It was a blazing hot summer afternoon. The Town Hall kitchen market at Mohammadpur was almost empty except a few young men and women chatting under a Banyan tree, with three policemen patrolling nearby.
 arrow Anything to quench thirst in scorching heat
With the temperature reaching 37 to 38 degrees Celsius in the last few days, making the scorching summer heat getting unbearable, city dwellers have no choice but to drink various types of unhygienicdrinks
 arrow A ray of hope flickers in their lives
The Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF) organised a two-day handicraft exhibition to create awareness among parents, professionals, social workers and general public about autism and how autistic children
 arrow Open despite UGC order to close
The private universities recommended for closure are still running in the capital without any tangible academic activities, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC).
 arrow Drive against illegal gas connections
Titas gas transmission and distribution company authorities do not have a clue about the number of illegal gas connections that exists in houses in Dhaka.
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