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Front Pagearrow Gaping hole in voter list
The draft electoral rolls show the number of voters in 20 districts each with more than 15 lakh electorate largely exceeds their highest possible population of eligible voters even if deaths and drop-outs
 arrow Terrorists can never use our soil: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said Bangladesh remains committed not to allow her soil to be used by any terrorist group for carrying out subversive activities in other countries.
 arrow India's exploration bid 'overlaps' block 21 in Bay
With an inter-ministerial technical committee failing to demarcate Bangladesh's deep sea boundary in two years, India presses on with its aggressive bidding for oil and gas in which at least two blocks
 arrow Pledge to fight terror together
Saarc home ministers vowed yesterday to work closely to bring peace and stability by combating terrorism that is damaging the lives and livelihood of the region's people besides strongly affecting economic
 arrow Two expatriates in UK found involved
The CID-led team investigating the smuggling of 75.5 kg heroin to the UK has found involvement of two expatriate Bangladeshis in that country in the drug running.
 arrow 11 women MPs get import permission in breach of rules
With less than six months left in the tenure of current parliament, 11 women lawmakers from reserved seats have been permitted to import duty-free cars, bypassing a circular of the National Board of Revenue
 arrow Stop spending govt funds on polls
Former finance minister M Syeduzzaman emphasised a prompt decision on energy pricing, scrutiny and cropping of revenue and development spending, and switching off expending budgetary resources through
 arrow 9 die as storms hit 4 districts
At least nine people were killed and 36 injured as violent storms lashed Sirajganj, Meherpur, Manikganj and Jhenidah districts last night and the night before.
 arrow Indian Communists win big in West Bengal
Indian Marxists scored two significant electoral victories yesterday, tightening their grip on power in their West Bengal bastion and defeating a Congress-led alliance in the southern Kerala state.
 arrow Govt should resign if fails to give solution
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday staged demonstrations in the capital for immediate solutions to ongoing power, water and gas crises and scrapping of what it said was the fake
 arrow Mahi for president's step to resolve fire mystery
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Organising Secretary Mahi B Chowdhury MP yesterday demanded the president's interference to unearth the mystery behind the fire incident at the house of former president
 arrow Indians, stranded Pakistanis, Myanmarese on voter list
A good number of Indians, stranded Pakistanis and Myanmar nationals and untraceable people were included in the Election Commission's much hyped draft voter list while many eligible Bangladeshi voters
 arrow 2 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals were killed in 'crossfire' in separate incidents of shootouts between the law enforcers and their cohorts in the capital and Bagerhat yesterday.
 arrow Demra people vow fresh agitation
Demra-Shyampur Water-Power Sangram Parishad once again vowed to go for agitations yesterday as the mayor's deadline to meet their demands ends today.
 arrow Sonia sweeps back to parliament
India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi swept to a massive victory yesterday in a by-election she provoked by resigning amid charges of holding two salaried posts, officials said.
 arrow London bombings linked with Qaeda
Two of the suicide bombers behind last year's deadly London transport attacks likely had contacts with al-Qaeda, but British security lacked resources to stop the atrocity, an official report concluded
 arrow Humayun Khan Panni passes away
Former deputy speaker of the 5th Jatiya Sangsad Humayun Khan Panni died of old age complications at Apollo Hospital in the city yesterday afternoon. He was 85.
 arrow Opposition to tour N-dists for reform support
Leaders of the Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine will launch campaigns in the country's northern districts to gather public support to their demands for electoral reforms, cancellation of "fake"
 arrow Buddha Purnima observed
Buddhists in Chittagong yesterday celebrated Buddha Purnima, the largest festival of the Buddhist community, with traditional enthusiasm and solemn devotion.
 arrow 2 RU teachers suspended for 'sexual abuse'
Two teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) have been suspended on charges of sexually abusing two girl students.
 arrow Iran says it's now ready to negotiate
Iran's president said yesterday he was ready to negotiate with the United States and its allies over his country's nuclear program but he also suggested that any threats against Tehran would make thedialogue
 arrow BNP men attack Netrokona AL office, shops
BNP cadres in Netrakona damaged the district Awami League (AL) office, personal office of a former AL lawmaker and ransacked about 20 shops in local markets in a nightlong rampage on Wednesday.
Businessarrow Production costs go up in N'ganj RMG units
Frequent power outage is hitting hard the apparel factories in Narayanganj, pushing production costs up, said manufacturers.
 arrow Steel plant won't hurt local firms: Tata
The proposed investment by Tata Group in steel sector will in no way hamper the interest of local manufacturers, according to the resident director of Tata Group.
 arrow IT fair kicks off in Ctg
A three-day information technology (IT) fair styled 'IT Mela 2006' began here yesterday.
 arrow Gold rises to new 25-year high above $725
Gold prices surged to a new 25-year high above $725 an ounce Thursday, on inflationary worries expressed by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
 arrow China to push forward currency reform
China said Thursday it would push forward gradual currency reforms in a "rational" way, in response to demands from Washington to take quicker steps to allow the Chinese yuan to appreciate.
 arrow UAE to resist US pressure to open telecoms sector
The United Arab Emirates will resist pressure in free trade talks with the United States to open its telecommunications sector to foreign investors, a minister said in newspaper reports published Thursday.
 arrow Oil prices higher in Asian trade
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Thursday as increased gasoline (petrol) demand offset news of healthy US stockpiles, dealers said In late-morning trade, New York's main contract, light sweet crude for
 arrow ROK central bank sees lower growth
South Korea's central bank said Thursday it may have to lower its 2006 growth forecast due to high oil prices and a stronger won and opted to keep its key interest rate unchanged at 4.
 arrow Bengal Meat to supply meat to Dhaka Sheraton
Bengal Meat will supply hygienic and halal meat to Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on a regular basis.
 arrow GSP Finance increases its paid-up shares
Paid-up shares of GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Ltd have been increased by 1,70,000 bonus shares (i.e. 10 percent of 17,00,000 shares) with effect from April 23, 2006.
 arrow Aramex opens new branch in N'ganj
Aramex International, a global express delivery company, opened a new branch office in Narayanganj on Tuesday with a joint venture with Narayanganj Express.
 arrow Russia moots full convertibility of rouble from July 1
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his government proposed to introduce full convertibility of the rouble from July 1 this year.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Bangladesh win shakily
Bangladesh recovered from a wobbly start to launch their Jamuna Bank Asian Games qualifying round campaign with a 3-2 victory against Chinese Taipei at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP become champions
The lone sports institution of the country Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pratishtan (BKSP) continued their dominance of school cricket when they emerged champions beating Kalindi High School by five wickets
 arrow Hockey: Tahir Zaman arrives here
Former Pakistan international Tahir Zaman said that he would look upon some special features during his stay as an advisory coach of Bangladesh team in the ongoing Asian Games qualifying round hockeytournament.
 arrow Football: School soccer
Shudeb struck twice as Alfadanga AZ Pilot High School of Faridpur thrashed Rajoir Gopalganj KJS Pilot High School of Madaripur in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football tournament at the
 arrow Volleyball: Inter-district v'ball begins
The NCC Bank inter-district volleyball tournament began at the Kushtia Stadium with Patuakhali and Jessore winning their matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mithun takes BKSP home
A breezy half-century by opener Mithun carried BKSP through to the final round of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Championship with a convincing nine-wicket victory over Jessore Education
 arrow Football: Germany 1954: Amateurs Overturn Invincibles
The 1954 World Cup was the first really representative World Cup just at a time when it didn't seem necessary. No tournament has had a stronger favourite. The Hungarians were coming.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Metzelder sidelined
Reuters, Berlin

Germany defender Christoph Metzelder could be out for two weeks after tearing a calf muscle in training but should be fit for the World Cup,

 arrow Football: Kaka eager to show his mettle
Buried deep on the bench, Kaka had little chance to show his ability in his first World Cup appearance for Brazil. Now he's ready to make a big impact.
 arrow Football: Bud to face tough test
Budweiser may be the "King of Beers" in the United States, but it's often laughed at in Germany, where it will be one of only two beers available in soccer stadiums during the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Balanced final squad for South Korea
South Korea coach Dick Advocaat named a balanced and versatile squad on Thursday for next month's World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Marcus anchors England
Marcus Trescothick eased himself back into international cricket with an unbeaten 95 as England coasted through the second session of the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's here Thursday
 arrow Cricket: Finals' venues yet to be fixed
A decision on the venues for the semifinals and final of the 2011 World Cup -- to be held jointly in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- will be made over the next three to four months, the Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: WI openers zap Zimbabwe
Unbeaten half-centuries from opening batsmen Chris Gayle and Sewnarine Chattergoon propelled West Indies to an overwhelming 10-wicket triumph in the fifth one-day International against Zimbabwe on Wednesday
 arrow Cricket: Greg's appeal
India coach Greg Chappell has urged his players to focus on improving their Test performance during the tour to the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Sevilla savour Euro success
Sevilla thrashed Middlesbrough 4-0 to win the UEFA Cup on Wednesday, kickstarting a Spanish fiesta in the Philips Stadium after the largest victory since the competition went to a one-match final.
 arrow Football: Kewell out to make amends
Liverpool's Harry Kewell hopes Saturday's FA Cup final helps erase the personal disappointment he suffered when they won the Champions League 12 months ago.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo happy at Madrid
Brazil striker Ronaldo looked to rebuild bridges with Real Madrid on Wednesday when he said he would be happy to stay at the Primera Liga club.
 arrow Football: Spain eye Euro double
Spain have their eyes on winning both of Europe's top club competitions after Sevilla crushed Middlesbrough 4-0 in the UEFA Cup final.
 arrow Football: Another Italian official quits
Italian Football Federation vice-president Innocenzo Mazzini has resigned as the scandal surrounding published telephone conversations continues to make waves through the game.
 arrow Football: Magath sees life after Ballack
Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath believes Michael Ballack's summer transfer to English champions Chelsea could actually help his team to play better football next season.
 arrow Football: Spurs' request turned down
The Premier League turned down Tottenham's request that its season-ending loss to West Ham to be replayed because of a suspected food-poisoning outbreak that affected 10 of its players.
 arrow Football: L'pool to replace stolen tickets
Liverpool have agreed to replace around 1,000 FA Cup final tickets that were stolen last week after Millennium Stadium officials refused to issue replacements on security grounds.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath head for England
Veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will join his Sri Lanka teammates in England later this week after reversing his decision to quit, chief selector Asantha De Mel said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to remain tech friendly
International Cricket Council (ICC) will continue to consider increased use of technology despite claims that some broadcasters have doctored TV replays.
 arrow Cricket: More Aus-Ind clashes ahead
Australia will play India in six series over the next five years under the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Program (FTP) up to 2012.
 arrow Football: Pearce wields the axe
Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce announced a clearout of 10 players including several major international signings on Thursday. The released men, including French defender David Sommeil, a 3.
 arrow Football: UEFA wins court battle
European soccer's governing body won a court case against Web site operators who illegally pirated highlights of Champions League matches for broadcast on the Internet.
Metropolitanarrow Poor have little access to better education
Principal Secretary to the prime minister Kamaluddin Siddiqui yesterday expressed deep concern over the division in education system saying its consequences will be dangerous if the division between the
 arrow 9 killed in road accidents
At least nine people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Feni, Brahmanbaria and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Recover lands grabbed by Bengali settlers
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded of the government to recover the indigenous lands including Shishughar, an orphanage for Buddhist children, grabbed by a group of Bengali settlers.
 arrow Bangladesh might be affected if timely measures not taken
A recent population-based study by ICDDRB said if appropriate measures are not taken in time, Bangladesh could be affected by the new strain of influenza A virus H5N1 commonly known as 'bird flu'.
 arrow Most detainees opposition leaders, activists
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), after a long break, began block raid on Wednesday night and detained 80 people, mostly leaders and activists of opposition parties, till early yesterday.
 arrow Irregularities alleged
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have recently finalised recruitment of four associate professors of psychology department against three advertised posts ignoring one internal and competent candidate.
 arrow FM in Bali to attend D-8 Summit
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan arrived in Bali in Indonesia yesterday to attend the fifth Developing Eight (D-8) Summit.
 arrow 2 children drown in Jessore
Two children drowned in a pool created by rainwater at Chhoto Sheikhhati village on the outskirts of Jessore town yesterday.
 arrow Dutch envoy for regional coop on water
Dutch Ambassador Kees Beemsterboer to Bangladesh yesterday stressed the need for regional cooperation for economic growth by making the best use of water on equitable basis.
 arrow No VAT or tax if robbery goes on
Jewellery traders threatened the government with non-payment of VAT and taxes if effective steps are not taken to end continuing robbery in the jewellery shops.
 arrow 14-party leaders to visit 29 dists
Central leaders of opposition 14-party will visit different districts and address meetings demanding adequate supply of power, water, oil and gas, cancellation of 'fake' voters' list and reforms in caretaker
 arrow Army man sues CityCell chief financial officer
An army man filed a case recently against DK Faisal Haider, chief financial officer of CityCell and a member of MBA association, accusing him of obstructing a military police on duty and attempting to
 arrow President hosts reception for Buddhists
On the occasion of the Buddha Purnima, President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife, Prof.
 arrow C'nawabganj- Rajshahi bus service suspended for 5 days
Bus communications on Chapai-nawabganj-Rajshahi route remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day yesterday due to a dispute between the motor workers of Chapainawbganj and Rajshahi.
 arrow SSC examinee drowns in city pond
An SSC examinee drowned in Police Battalion pond at Kafrul in the city yesterday.
 arrow Housewife electrocuted in Keraniganj
A housewife was electrocuted yesterday at Dakpara under Karaniganj upazila in Dhaka. The victim was identified as Kulsum, 45, wife of Shamsul Haque as well as mother of three kids.
 arrow Reading Zone opens at Boibazaar
Boibazaar, the Book Distribution House of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), yesterday opened a Reading Zone for the general public to encourage reading habit as well as marketing of books.
 arrow Four girls kidnapped in Khulna
Four teen-aged girls were abducted from Khulna city and Dakop upazila on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh in the UN Human Rights Council
On Tuesday, May 9, Bangladesh was elected to the newly formed Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations.
 arrow The 'Aloha' spirit
The East-West Centre (EWC) was established through an act of the United States Congress in 1960 to "promote better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of Asia and the
 arrow How inflation takes your money
Inflation in Bangladesh has been on the rise in the past four years. From 3.1% in 2002, inflation has risen to 5.6% in 2003, 6.0% in 2004, and roughly 6.7% in 2005.
Culturearrow Down memory lane with Fahmida Nabi
Fahmida and Samina, fondly known in close circles as Numa and Shuma are the two-multi talented daughters of one of Bangladesh's most gifted singers, Mahmud-Un Nabi.
 arrow Undisputed talent despite a low profile
"Bharatnatyam is a complete dance in the sense that it encompasses taal (rhythm), bhava (emotion), rasa (aesthetic sentiment) and abhinaya (acting).
 arrow Forms and flourishes with surpassing rhythm
'Harmony', an exhibition of contemporary art of Bangladesh and Europe was recently held at the Alliance Francaise gallery. The paintings, pulsating with colour and lines, were splendid indeed.
 arrow Ibsen reflected on canvas
Thirty-two prominent artists of Bangladesh have reconstructed the theme and characters of Henrik Ibsen's plays in their distinctive style.
 arrow The haunting tunes of Naushad
Chaley aaj hum jahansey, hui zindagi parayee
Tumhe mil gaya thikana humey maut bhi na ayee...

Editorialarrow Editorial: Thoughts on food sufficiency
Full marks to farmers of the country. They have raised food production to a level where critical dependence on import, on a year-to-year basis, is history now. The farmers have done their job.
 arrow Editorial: UNHR council membership
We rejoice at the news that Bangladesh has been taken aboard the 47-member Human Rights Council. The council's first election was held at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
 arrow Turning a blind eye to abuse
The plight of Bangladeshi workers overseas, most recently highlighted by the report released last week by the US-based National Labour Committee on the stomach-churning abuse of Bangladeshi garment workers
 arrow Hiding hands
The congregation broke as soon as the village imam wiped his face with his hands fanned out in prayer.
 arrow Iran and the NPT
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, which was first opened to signature in 1968, is an unfair agreement.
 arrow Can reporting to the House be made obligatory?
There is a popular debate among persons, well aware of parliamentary procedures, on whether it is mandatory for the Standing Committees on Ministries to report to the House.
Letters to Editorarrow Another Kansat!
Your editorial titled "Power minister explains" (DS: May 6) is not the real scenario.
 arrow Tagore's birth anniversary
Rabindranath Tagore's 145th birth anniversary was observed on Bengali 25th Boishakh May 8 in English calendar -- in the most befitting manner across the country.
 arrow Sugar price: a few suggestions
Much is being written about the high price of sugar in the retail market. It is now hovering between Tk.62 and 65 per Kg.
 arrow Indo-Bangla border issues
India has emerged as a major power in respect of both economy and defence. As a big power, India always wants to prove its superiority over the neighbouring countries.
 arrow Lessons from the CEC
We all know how our Chief Election Commissioner had condemned the journalists for projecting the 'negative image' of the country.
 arrow Ex-students problems
We are ex-students of Agricultural University, Mymensingh, doing our higher education in Australia.
 arrow Unhealthy games
Everyday the nation is witnessing unhealthy games of the Bangladeshi politicians, which are being played with only one aim in mind - to eliminate the rivals.
Urbanarrow In search of lotus in the cow dung
Hazaribagh tanneries, although contributing steadily and immensely to the national economy for decades, have been ill-reputed for the environmental degradation it caused to the area.
 arrow Redevelopment of Hazaribagh toxic grounds
"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.
Worldarrow South Asia: Tigers sink two navy gunboats: Monitors
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels sank two navy gunboats in separate incidents yesterday and were firing at a ferry transporting some 700 troops, a spokesman for the Scandinavian truce monitors said.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal sets free 2 Maoist leaders
Two top rebel Maoist leaders in Nepal walked free from jail yesterday after the new government dropped murder charges against them, marking the administration's first major release of militants.
 arrow South Asia: Blasts kill 6 Pak cops
At least six policemen were killed and 13 wounded on Thursday in five blasts at a police training school in Pakistan's troubled southwest, police and hospital sources said.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmir cops foil rebel raid
Kashmiri rebels yesterday shot dead two policemen at point-blank range in Indian Kashmir's main city while a soldier and two rebels died in gunbattles, police said.
 arrow South Asia: Lefts to mount pressure on UPA: CPI(M)
Upbeat over its poll successes in West Bengal and Kerala, an aggressive CPI(M) on Thursday said it will increase pressure on the ruling UPA coalition at the Centre, which it supports from outside, toimplement
 arrow Diplomacy hots up to halt Iran's nuke drive
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned yesterday that Israel will "one day vanish," ramping up the stakes in the midst of frantic international diplomacy over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Taiwan's independence could mean war
A top US administration official warned Wednesday that if Taiwan declares independence, the United States would be drawn into a war that it does not want between the island and China.
 arrow Bush pushes brother to run for presidency
Could there be a third President Bush? The current chief said Wednesday that younger brother Jeb would make a great one, too, and has asked him about making a run.
 arrow Men lose too much to impress women
Researchers at the University of Michigan claim that persistent male quest to impress their female counterparts cause them to die earlier than females.
 arrow Sun savages Taj Mahal
An Indian archaeologist is praying for a respite from a heatwave engulfing the Taj Mahal town of Agra, warning that heavy dust in the dry air could permanently scar the marble monument to love.
 arrow 120 killed in Somalia street fighting
At least 20 people, including a pregnant woman and her three children, were killed overnight in the Somali capital, a militia leader said yesterday, bringing the death toll in five days of fighting to
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