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Front Pagearrow Draft voter list shows 22pc rise in number
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday published the draft voter list, enlisting a total number of 9,13,14,592 voters, but the lists were not posted at many selected places for public viewing.
 arrow Militants' patrons yet to be identified
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said it cannot be said right now who were the patrons behind the militant activities in the country.
 arrow Submarine cable delayed by another month
The launching of the submarine cable to digitally connect Bangladesh to the information superhighway and make internet connectivity very cheap is being delayed by yet another month due to glitches.
 arrow BB asks of banks all info about 12 suspect firms
As part of the ongoing investigations into the heroin smuggling to the UK, the central bank yesterday asked all commercial banks to report within a week all banking information of 12 business houses that
 arrow Export of vegetables grinds to a halt
The country's exports of vegetables, fruits and betel leaf to European and Middle Eastern markets have remained suspended since May 1 following a sudden rise in freight charges of Bangladesh Biman Airlines.
 arrow Long queue makes berthing costly
Bringing container ships to Chittagong port has become expensive due to a long queue of ships at the outer anchorage and for lack of space in the container yard.
 arrow HC bans entry of 'toxic' ship
A Bahamian-registered ship that environmentalists say is "toxic" and was due to be dismantled in Bangladesh has been banned from entering its territorial waters by the High Court, lawyers said yesterday.
 arrow 14-party trashes draft voter list
The 14-party opposition line-up has rejected the draft voter list published by the Election Commission yesterday, alleging that the fresh list was prepared for 'election engineering' bypassing a HighCourt
 arrow Govt planning to rig polls thru' fake voter list
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the lawyers to come up with ideas for taking legal steps to resist the "rulers' conspiracy" to rig the next elections.
 arrow Mobile court in action

 arrow Bangladesh on US watch list
A US government commission warned on Wednesday of rising religious persecution in Iraq and Afghanistan, two countries invaded by the United States in the past five years to free their people fromtyranny
 arrow Japan envoy hails citizens' movement
Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Matsushiro Horiguchi welcomed the citizens' movement named 'honest and competent candidate movement', as suggested by Prof Muhammad Yunus, and hoped that people of Bangladesh
 arrow Hearing on acceptability May 23
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 23 for hearing on the acceptability of the case filed against state minister for home affairs and 52 others in connection with the death of Jubo League leader Masudur
 arrow Trial held up as complainant seeks further investigation
Trial of former finance minister SAMS Kibria killing case could not be resumed yesterday in the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal following a petition filed by the complainant for further investigation
 arrow Govt to go tough on fuel dealers if strike enforced
Against the backdrop of the Bangladesh Petrol Pump Owners Association's strike programme from May 8, the energy ministry yesterday decided in principle to take tough action against those who will 'create
 arrow Convicts' lawyer points at delay in informing cops about murder
Lawyer of domestic help Shahidul Islam (Shahid), sentenced to death by a lower court for murdering schoolgirl Shazneen, told the High Court yesterday that she was killed but not raped.
 arrow Passengers suffer as bus owners start indefinite strike in 13 dists
Bus and minibus owners associations of Barisal and Khulna divisions enforced an indefinite strike on 175 routes of 13 southwestern districts yesterday demanding cancellation of BRTC bus services on these
 arrow Dhaka concerned over Delhi's duty on hilsa
Dhaka yesterday raised serious concern over India's latest decision to impose duty on importing hilsa from Bangladesh.
 arrow Summer fruit

 arrow Armenian plane crash kills 113
An Armenian passenger plane crashed in stormy weather yesterday off Russia's Black Sea coast as it was heading for a landing, killing all 113 people on board most Armenians.
 arrow Staffs urge govt not to offload Biman's shares
Employees of Bangladesh Biman yesterday urged the government not to offload 61 percent of shares in the national airline in the interest of Biman and its staffs.
 arrow Five children rescued from traffickers
Police rescued five children from trafficking and arrested a couple in this connection from Bara Bangram in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Dozens killed in Iraq as parliament meets
Dozens of people were killed across Iraq yesterday in bombings and execution-style sectarian shootings as parliament convened for its first working session since elections in December.
 arrow Six testify on judges killing at Jhalakathi
Six witnesses yesterday made depositions before the Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court in the November 14 judges killing case.
 arrow Traffic congestion

 arrow Cellphones worth Tk 25 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized cellphones worth around Tk 25 lakh at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow CID to probe Prof Yunus murder case
The investigation into the murder case of Rajshahi University Prof Muhammad Yunus was shifted to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Detective Branch (DB) yesterday.
Businessarrow FBCCI not happy with Tata's gas price offer
As the Indian industrial heavyweight Tata group has proposed new gas prices in its revised investment proposal, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday opposed
 arrow Govt may take steps to up wages for RMG workers
The government may soon take necessary steps to increase wages for workers in readymade garment (RMG) sector as foreign buyers are persistently creating pressures for improving the living standard ofthe
 arrow FBCCI demands clear concession from Pakistan in FTA
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday said Pakistan being the developing country between the two, has to make concession to Bangladesh, particularly with the
 arrow Banks to restrict deposit rate at maximum 12pc
Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB) yesterday decided to offer maximum 12 percent interest on term deposits and charge minimum 14 percent interest on commercial loans from June this year.
 arrow Dhaka gets $50m credit from WB
The World Bank Tuesday approved a US$50 million credit to help Bangladesh accelerate private sector-led growth by providing finance and building capacity for the private provision of infrastructure.
 arrow Etihad's Asia Pacific GM due today
Charles Phelps-Penry, regional general manager (Asia Pacific) of Etihad Airways, arrives in Dhaka today to kick off the inaugural flight of the airline.
 arrow ADB offers policy dialogue among Saarc nations
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday offered to facilitate a policy dialogue among finance ministers of Saarc countries, saying the association still has some 'internal conflicts'.
 arrow Protests erupt at ADB meet in India
Protestors took to the streets in southern India Wednesday as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) began its annual meeting to expand free trade in a region housing two-thirds of the world's poor.
 arrow Seminar on security solution to protect brand reputation
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for use of authentic system to stop counterfeiting of products.
 arrow BASIS to hold IT fairs in 5 cities
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) will hold IT fairs in five cities this year.
 arrow Raffle draw of Navana's 'Guess and Fly Quiz’
Navana Ltd, the sole distributor of Toyota brand vehicle in Bangladesh, conducted a raffle draw styled 'Guess and Fly Quiz' on Tuesday in Dhaka to mark the launch of Toyota Yaris car in local market.
 arrow Unilever seminar on new developments in skin whitening
In a recent seminar on new developments in skin whitening, Unilever scientists explained the safety and efficacy of 'Fair & Lovely', a skin care cream of the company, to renowned dermatologists of the
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cricket at BNS again?
The controversy over the possession of Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) was re-ignited when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Mohammad Ali Asghar on Wednesday expressed his desire to get back
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Eng looking at 'Plan B'
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Number two Tord Grip has admitted that England are devising a 'Plan B' for the World Cup after injuries to top strikers Wayne Rooney and

 arrow Football: USA unveil WC roster
USA manager Bruce Arena announced his team's 23-man roster for next month's World Cup in Germany on Tuesday, eight days before players gather to start preparations for the global football showdown.
 arrow Cricket: Khulna Zilla Champions
A brilliant all-round show by Rokonuzzaman helped Khulna Zilla School to become champions of the Khulna Division in the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Tajikistan pull out from Asiad
Bangladesh will play Indonesia in their opening match of the Asian Games qualifying round hockey tournament following the withdrawal of Tajikistan for financial reasons.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff the captain?
Another series, more injuries and another captaincy conundrum; when England's selection panel meets this weekend to finalise the squad for next week's first Test against Sri Lanka, not only will enough
 arrow Football: 'Rooney needs a miracle'
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Wednesday that striker Wayne Rooney had more than one break in his foot and would probably need a "miracle" to be fit for the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Magic quartet in Brazil opener
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira confidently named his starting line-up on Wednesday for his team's opening World Cup match against Croatia next month.
 arrow Cricket: 'Name will not count'
Brian Lara has warned his teammates that performance and not names will get them selected during his third term as West Indies captain.
 arrow Football: Champs caught off-guard
Republic of Ireland international midfielder Steven Reid secured Blackburn Rovers a place in next season's UEFA Cup with a first half header that brought Chelsea's title celebrations to an abrupt endas
 arrow Football: Hamburg keep title race alive
SV Hamburg kept the German title race alive on Tuesday thanks to a 1-0 victory over struggling FC Cologne.
 arrow Football: In fear of early England exit!
An England supporter has taken out a one million pound (1.5 million euros, 1.75 million dollars) insurance policy against England suffering early elimination from the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin to bat soon
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar is set to bat again in the next few days after undergoing shoulder surgery five weeks ago, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Searchin' in 'Paradise'
Former India fast bowlers Javagal Srinath and TA Sekar Wednesday concluded trials in revolt-hit Kashmir to select boys for a prominent pace bowling academy.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas wait on Pollock
A decision on whether or not to include Shaun Pollock to play against New Zealand in the third and final Test at the Wanderers on Friday will be left as late as possible.
 arrow Football: Chelsea, United fined in Kenya!
A Kenyan judge has suggested that arch-rival English football clubs Chelsea and Manchester United pay fines slapped on two men for a Nairobi barroom brawl during the two sides' weekend premiership decider.
 arrow Football: Soccer to build harmony
Christian ministers will tackle Muslim imams in a pre-World Cup friendly officiated by a Jewish referee as part of an initiative aimed at increasing understanding among religions, it was announced Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Cole volunteers for Rooney role
Chelsea forward Joe Cole said he will step in to fill the void created by Wayne Rooney should the Manchester United striker miss the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Magath hints at Bayern exit
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath said Wednesday he has a burning ambition to manage abroad after spending his entire career in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Australia name contracted players
Cricket Australia (CA) have named the men who will attempt to win back the Ashes from England next winter.
 arrow Cricket: Malik set to return for Eng tour
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has undergone successful surgery to correct his suspect bowling action and should be fit for the tour of England.
Metropolitanarrow 'Make list of those responsible for HR violations'
Prof Kabir Chowdhury, president of the advisory committee of Forum for Secular Bangladesh, yesterday blamed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan
 arrow Five killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed and 15 other injured in separate road accidents in three districts yesterday.
 arrow Freedom of press a must for strengthening democracy
The National Association of Unesco Clubs in Bangladesh yesterday awarded "Unesco Club Journalism Award-2006" to 17 young journalists from both print and electronic media for their outstanding contributions
 arrow Stern action to be taken against persons involved
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government will take stern action against those responsible for the heinous attack on the journalists in Chittagong recently.
 arrow Repression on minorities protested
Several hundred teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) formed a human chain on the campus yesterday protesting repression on minority community at different upazilas of Gopalganj and Madaripur
 arrow Long march toward Rajshahi today
The Jatiya Oikya Mancha, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation will start long march towards Rajshahi today protesting power, water, fertiliser and diesel crises and price hike
 arrow FM greets new Nepalese counterpart
Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan yesterday greeted KP Sharma Oli for being appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Nepal.
 arrow Full autonomy for local govt bodies demanded
Chairmen and members of different Union Parishads (UP) observed a token hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday demanding full autonomy for local government bodies.
 arrow Arson attack on NGO office condemned
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) has strongly condemned the arson attack on an office of Samata Unnayan Sangstha in Sirajganj and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
 arrow Free treatment for Kansat victims
Human rights organisations Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (BRCT) will provide treatment free of cost for the people who fell victim
 arrow BDR recovers arms left by BSF official
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered an SLR and 10 bullets left by a member of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) official yesterday from Maheshpur border of Jhenaidah district.
 arrow Youth slain in Keraniganj
A gang of unidentified criminals slaughtered a youth at a garden of Malanchha area under Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka, police said yesterday. The identity of the youth could not be known immediately.
 arrow Passer-by dies as billboard falls on him
A passer-by was killed at Shahbagh in the city yesterday as a heavy billboard fell on him.
 arrow Fire burns compartment of train
A fire burned down a compartment of a train while it was being repaired at Kamalapur Railway Station in the city yesterday.
 arrow Prof Talukdar new VC of Eastern University
Prof Dr Rahim B Talukdar joined the Eastern University as its vice-chancellor on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow JU council meet adjourned
The 116th academic council meeting of Jahangirnagar University (JU) was adjourned till today following the allegation of "unethical activities" against the Advanced Studies Committee (ASC) of Bangla department.
 arrow Nor'wester lashes Lalmonirhat village: One killed
A woman was killed nor'wester lashed Belervita village under Lalmonirhat sadar upazila on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Shahidunnesa, 65,wife of late Azhar Miah.
 arrow 5 shops gutted in Bandarban
At least five people were injured and five shops gutted early yesterday in a fire at Aziz Nagar Bazar in the hill district of Bandarban.
 arrow Lions Club of Ctg Central Jubilee
The 9th Charter Anniversary 2006 of the Lions Club of Chittagong Central Jubilee was held at St. Martin Hotel at Agrabad in Chittagong recently, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Repeal 'black laws', ensure security of media men
The World Press Freedom Day was observed in districts yesterday with a call for scrapping all black laws to ensure press freedom and security of media men in their professional work.
 arrow Two 'robbers' lynched
Two alleged robbers were lunched by villagers in Jhenidah and Sirajganj Tuesday night. In Kushtia, at least 15 people were injured in a clash with a gang of robbers in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow REB office besieged in Sirajganj
Several hundred villagers under the banner of Kamarkhanda Polli Biddyut Unnayan Sangram Parishad laid a siege to local Rural Electrification Board (REB) office at Kamarkhanda in Sirajganj yesterday to
 arrow Kushtia AL leader critically hurt in bomb attack
An Awami League (AL) leader was critically injured when criminals hurled two bombs on him near Bamandi Bridge in Gangni upazila in Meherpur Tuesday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Our woes as a nation
Nations do have their ups and downs. They have the best of their times to be proud of and also the worst of their times to bemoan.
 arrow Understanding Power
Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky unveils a new vista of knowledge that has been kept under dark for a protracted period.
 arrow The Koizumi legacy
If everything in coming months go ahead as expected, the Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is supposed to hand over power to his successor in little over four months time and is destined to take
Culturearrow Aiming at creativity
Speaking on the photographic exhibition on International Labour Day at Alliance Francaise, Dr Shahidul Alam said "I'm amazed with the overall standard of the work shown here which is indicative of the
 arrow Excelling in comic roles
Tushar Khan is one of the few TV actors to win appreciation for his comic roles.
 arrow Second and third top songs announced
According to BBC's survey of "greatest Bangla songs of all times", Manush manusher jonyo and Amar bhai-er roktey rangano ekushey February came second and third respectively.
 arrow Special tele-film on Tagore's birth anniversary
On the occasion of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary, Rtv will air a tele-film titled Drishtidaan on May 8.
 arrow Monet's 'Lilies' returning to public view
Daylight is again streaming onto Claude Monet's celebrated "water lilies" in a Paris museum where eight of the color-drenched canvases are returning to public view.
 arrow Shundori Bewla to be aired on Channel-i
Through the tragic tale of a snake charmer named Bewla, the state of the gypsy community in Bangladesh -- struggling for survival -- has been portrayed in the tele-film titled Shundori Bewla.
Internationalarrow Western powers make case on Iran to UNSC
US, British and French diplomats have drafted a binding UN Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop critical nuclear activities, the New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Violence overshadows Kashmir peace talks
Kashmiri separatists met India's prime minister yesterday for fresh peace talks on the future of Kashmir after 35 Hindus were massacred in an apparent attempt to thwart negotiations.
 arrow Torture 'widespread' under US custody
Torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in US-run detention centres in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials, Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal declares truce with Maoist rebels
Nepal's new interim government yesterday called a ceasefire in the nation's decade-long conflict with Maoist rebels, Deputy Premier K.P. Sharma Oli said.
 arrow Pramod Mahajan dies after tough battle for survival
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Mahajan, who was shot and wounded by his brother in a fit of rage, succumbed to his bullet wounds in Mumbai yesterday after battling for life for 12 days.
 arrow 2 die as gunmen storm Lankan newspaper office
Gunmen stormed a Tamil newspaper office in Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula killing two people and further raising the toll in the bloodiest month since a 2002 truce took effect, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Delhi aks Modi to curb violence in Vadodara
In a firm message to the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat, the Centre on Wednesday asked the state to take all necessary steps to ensure that violence ends in Vadodara, saying the Union Governmentwas
Editorialarrow Editorial: District ministership
The government has reportedly decided to appeal against the High Court ruling that declared the post of district minister null and void, as it has no constitutional sanction.
 arrow Editorial: Eminent citizens speak out
We wholeheartedly support the several recommendations made in a joint statement by thirty-six eminent citizens.
 arrow Who wants to become the next crorepati?
The state must be governed in a way to ensure reward for the good and punishment for the bad.
 arrow Trade and transit with India
When it comes to trade and transit arrangements with India, the government should learn lessons from the existing treaty of transit between India and Nepal.
Letters to Editorarrow Report on REB poles
I have seen your report in the October 5, 2005 edition entitled "Poles of Fortune" and in April 21, 06 entitled "REB subscribers victims of 'unusual' expansion".
 arrow Air force plane crash
On 24 April a young trainee air force pilot died in a plane crash due to technical faults.
 arrow Irregularities in power plant purchase
The recent newspaper advertisement by a company; be it a public or private sector entity is extremely unrealistic.
 arrow JMB story
Shamim Ashraf's report "All 7 JMB Shura men had links to Jamaat, Shibir" published on 28/04/206 tells us a very important family and political history of Abdur Rahman.
 arrow Weightless weights!
I refer to the above report published in your daily. I fully agree with it. Every time I visit Karwan Bazar, Dhaka to buy fish, vegetables, fruits, onions, sugar, rice etc.
 arrow Crime and politics
I was shocked to read that in the Tongi election, the candidate with the second highest number of votes is one suspected of involvement in a murder case, and one who is currently behind bars.
 arrow TV channels
In the recent years the number of private TV channels has grown significantly. At present there are more than five private channels operating in the country.
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