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Front Pagearrow Militant suspects can be detained for month
The proposed Anti-Terrorism Act will have the provision to put a suspected militant under preventive detention in the style of Special Powers Act.
 arrow Oil price hike must by Nov to get PRGF
The government will have to raise the oil prices by November in line with a pricing formula agreed with the World Bank (WB) in 2003, if it wants to get the last instalment of Poverty Reduction GrowthFacility
 arrow Trade, Rohingya to top talks with Myanmar
Border trade, cross-border communications, repatriation of Rohingya refugees and easing visa regime will be high on the agenda of the two-day maiden foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and
 arrow Proposed act gathers dust at home ministry
The University Grants Commission (UGC)-drafted proposed Private University Act - 2004 aiming at removing academic, appointment related and financial anomalies of the private universities is gatheringdust
 arrow Power-starved people hem in PDB offices
Several hundred electricity-starved people yesterday laid siege to the regional head office of Power Development Board (PDB) in the city demanding uninterrupted supply of power.
 arrow Petrobangla to take it over from DPRK firm
Petrobangla's subsidiary Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) is scheduled to take over the responsibility of completing the Tk 1,275 crore Madhyapara hard rock mining project this month from
 arrow Saifur suggests floating cellphone firms' shares on stock market
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the mobile phone operators should offload 20 per cent shares in the capital market to ensure public representation in the corporate houses.
 arrow Respite from the scorching summer heat

 arrow Alternative Dhaka-Ctg highway proposed
Azimat Consortium of Malaysian is vying to construct an alternative four-lane highway between Dhaka and Chittagong and the proposal is lying with the government for negotiation.
 arrow 3 reporters flee Kushtia facing 'persecution by BNP lawmaker'
Three Kushtia-based journalists had to flee the south-western district last week and take refuge in the capital in the face of what they said were death threat from a local BNP lawmaker and false cases
 arrow 8 JMB men relieved of charges
Rajshahi police on May 14 pressed charges against eight militants, including top three Majlish-e-Shura members of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and relieved eight other JMB cadres in an
 arrow Hafiz says prices of essentials would come down by June
Commerce Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday said that prices of essentials would come down by next month.
 arrow BD Foods boss admits to smuggling 'illegal goods'
BD Foods Limited Chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen, accused of smuggling 75.5kg heroin to the UK, yesterday admitted to smuggling 'illegal goods' to the UK in the guise of legitimate export items.
 arrow Hasina vows to continue her fight against misrule
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to continue her fight to free the country from what she said was misrule of the coalition government.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader killed in Dhaka
Unknown gunmen last night killed a ward unit president of BNP's youth front Jubo Dal at Gendaria in Dhaka.
 arrow JS body concerned over migration under student cover
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed concern over illegal export of labourers under cover of student visa and asked the ministries of home and education to find out the culprits involved in the business.
 arrow Students confine 2 Darul Ihsan VCs for 5 hours
The students of Darul Ihsan University yesterday confined its two 'vice chancellors' for five hours and demanded resolving internal problems of two groups of the university trustee board members.
 arrow No piece of land from Dhanmondi PS allotted to KM Hasan's family
No piece of land on the premises of Dhanmondi Police Station has been allotted to brothers and sisters of former chief justice KM Hasan.
 arrow India rejects troops pullout before talks
Indian officials yesterday rejected calls for an early withdrawal of troops from a Himalayan glacier or from the rest of Indian Kashmir, saying militancy was spreading from the disputed territory to elsewhere
 arrow Section 144 as 14-party, Jubo Dal announce rally at same place
Local administration imposed Section 144 in Dupchanchia pourasava yesterday afternoon as the 14-party opposition alliance and its front organisations and Jubo Dal, youth front of the ruling BNP, called
 arrow US govt official apologises to Bangladesh ambassador
The US government and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) have apologised for mistakenly barring Biman's New York-bound flight from entering American airspace on Sunday, as Biman Bangladesh Airlinesis
 arrow Posing threat

 arrow WHO confirms bird flu in Indonesian family
At least five members of an Indonesian family have been infected with bird flu, the World Health Organisation confirmed yesterday, after the case triggered widespread fears of human-to-human transmission.
 arrow Iran offers EU its own nuke deal
Iran yesterday offered greater European access to its economy if its nuclear programme was accepted, the exact opposite of a deal currently being put together by the European Union.
 arrow Hamas sends militant force into streets
Hamas announced yesterday that a new security force, which was initially vetoed by Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, had begun its mission to end the lawlessness pervading the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Gas pipeline blown up in Pakistan: 3 die
Tribal militants fighting for more autonomy blew up a natural gas pipeline in Pakistan's troubled southwest yesterday, killing a girl and wounding her mother and another relative, officials said.
 arrow India eyes Chinese help to protect tigers
Chinese help is critical to protect India's tiger population and Beijing needs to curb the market for big cat skins and body parts, a leading Indian conservation official said yesterday.
Businessarrow Gold keeps soaring
As gold prices in local market keep soaring, guinea (21 carat) was selling at Tk18,300 and 22 carat at Tk19,175 a bhori yesterday.
 arrow ICC-B urges BB to ensure safeguard mechanism
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) yesterday urged the central bank to ensure adequate safeguard mechanism and adopt sound monetary policy to avoid possible loss from foreign exchange
 arrow Plastic goods makers again seek govt support
As the government's assurance of looking into the demands of plastic goods manufacturers remains unheeded, industry stakeholders yesterday once again sought government support to help the sector flourish.
 arrow 'TRADE Act to herald socio-political changes in LDCs'
The proposed Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies Act of 2005 (TRADE Act) will act as a harbinger of socio-political changes in LDCs, Bangladesh Ambassador to US Shamsher M Chowdhury said
 arrow Chaos in Al-Arafah Bank's EGM, AGM
Some three hundred people yesterday tried to foil the extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) and annual general meeting (AGM) of Al-Arafah Islami Bank when the bank authorities did not elect two directors
 arrow NCC Bank to spend 1pc of pre-tax operating profit on social work
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank will spend 1 per cent of its pre-tax operating profit each year on social development work.
 arrow GP receives TeleLink award
GrameenPhone Ltd has been awarded with 'TeleLink Telecommunication Award-2006", says a press release.
 arrow EU hopes for Asean trade talks by next year
The European Union is hoping to launch talks on a free-trade agreement with Southeast Asia next year, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said here Wednesday.
 arrow Opec says high oil prices begin to bite
Opec cut its estimate for growth of world demand for oil slightly on Wednesday, saying that high oil prices were slowing demand in developed countries although Chinese demand remained dynamic.
 arrow Asian businesses stoking US economic growth: Poll
Asian businesses have emerged as key players in the US economy, chalking up an annual combined revenue of 326 billion dollars, the US Census Bureau said Tuesday.
 arrow India's Oil and Natural Gas signs services deal with Haliburton
India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp. has hired US-based Haliburton to help boost crude oil output in the rebel-hit state of Assam, the company chairman said Wednesday.
 arrow Honda unveils big expansion with new US, Japanese plants
Honda Motor unveiled plans Wednesday for a big expansion with new factories in Japan and North America to meet record sales as Asian automakers step up the pressure on embattled US rivals.
 arrow Gas pipelines crucial to global energy supplies
With energy prices riding high and global demand remaining strong, analysts argue that oil and gas producing nations have a key weapon -- the control of pipelines to transport their precious natural resources.
 arrow Singapore's key export growth slows
Singapore's key non-oil exports grew at 10.1 percent year-on-year in April, down from the previous month's 16.6 percent, the government's trade promotion agency said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Football: England 1966: Wingless Wonders
"Most certainly," said Alfred Ernest Ramsey using that phrase of his, "Most certainly England will win the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Lahm has surgery
Ap, Sardinia

Germany defender Philipp Lahm had elbow surgery Wednesday, but is expected to be fit for the World Cup next month.

 arrow Football: 'Asia's reputation on the line'
Asia's standing as a reputable footballing continent will be on the line at the World Cup, and AFC president Mohammed bin Hammam Wednesday rallied regional teams to stand up and be counted.
 arrow Football: Of football and politics
Soccer players are booed as they give the Nazi salute. Spectators jubilantly unveil a red and white banner sporting the logo of Poland's "Solidarity" trade union, whose goal was democracy for communist Poland.
 arrow Football: 'Zizou' wants a triumphant farewell
Zinedine Zidane has it all worked out: He will hoist the World Cup trophy in Berlin on July 9 and retire from soccer.
 arrow Football: A Didar day in school soccer
Didarul of Koyra Madinabad School slammed a double hattrick to sink Keundia Secondary School 7-0 in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football tournament at the Narail Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hasan takes Bagerhat home
Bagerhat won a thrilling group final against Magura by nine runs at the Khulna Divisional Stadium in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket competition yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Iran earn 1st point
Iran opened their account in the 15th Asian Games qualifying hockey tournament as they earned a draw against Singapore in a goalless affair at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Three to snorkel across Padma
Three swimmers from adventure group called Daccabasecamp are to cross the River Padma snorkeling on May 19.
 arrow Football: Jalalabad join Pro League
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday confirmed twelve teams for the first-ever professional football league slated to kick off in September this year.
 arrow Football: The beautiful death!
Health experts are sounding a cautionary note about the World Cup finals, saying that some matches could be quite literally heart-stopping.
 arrow Football: Germany have no chance: Pfister
Hosts Germany have no chance of winning the World Cup because of their lack of skill, according to Togo's German coach Otto Pfister.
 arrow Football: Stealth boots for Maki
Little known Japanese forward Seiichiro Maki, a surprise choice in Zico's World Cup squad, is plotting to become more invisible with "stealth" feet -- in a pair of all-green boots.
 arrow Football: Mascot maker files for insolvency
The German manufacturer of World Cup mascot "Goleo" has declared itself insolvent. German media reports said sluggish demand for the cuddly toy lion was partly responsible for the firm's problems.
 arrow Football: US drop ranking place
The United States dropped into a fifth-place tie in the May FIFA rankings, the last before next month's World Cup.
 arrow Football: 21 venues at terrorist risk
German security authorities believe 21 World Cup matches are at high risk of terrorist attack, Stern magazine reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: First WI-India ODI today
India off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been ruled out of Thursday's first one-day international against the West Indies due to an ankle injury.
 arrow Tennis: Venus hunts another Czech
Former champion Venus Williams rolled over her second Czech in as many matches Tuesday, then expressed her delight at victory as she spoke Italian to a national television audience at the Rome Masters.
 arrow Cricket: India start WI tour with win
India got their tour of the Caribbean off and running with a commanding 116-run victory over Jamaica in a limited-overs practice match on Tuesday at Jarrett Park.
 arrow Football: Real finish second
Two goals from England captain David Beckham, and another from Zinedine Zidane in his last official club match couldn't stop Real Madrid from going down 4-3 at UEFA Cup winners Sevilla on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: The Godfather is trapped
Luciano Moggi, the central figure in the Italian match-fixing scandal, was the Godfather of Serie A.
 arrow Football: From Gorlitz to London
Chelsea's new signing can at last shrug off German prejudice against his background in the old East says Christoph Bierman.
 arrow Football: Big price on Cesc
The agent of Arsenal's dynamic young Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas named a price if Spanish giants Real Madrid wanted to sign him on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Linesman sacked
A linesman who was due to officiate at Wednesday's Champions League final has been replaced after admitting 'stupidly' being photographed posing in a Barcelona shirt ahead of their showdown with Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Chelsea tracking Roberto Carlos?
Real Madrid full back Roberto Carlos has said English champions Chelsea are interested in signing him.
 arrow Football: Spurs sign Berbatov
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Bayer Leverkusen's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov for a fee of 10.9million pounds (16million euros).
 arrow Football: Favalli joins Milan
Former Italy international Giuseppe Favalli has joined AC Milan on a free transfer from their city rivals Inter Milan. AC Milan confirmed the signing on their website on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Nihat signs for Villarreal
Villarreal have agreed a five year deal with the Turkish international midfielder Nihat Kahveci, the Spanish first division club announced here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Auxerre axe Santini
Auxerre have dismissed coach Jacques Santini after his failure to get the Ligue 1 side into Europe.
 arrow Cricket: PCB attempts to scan chuckers
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will soon introduce measures aimed at identifying players with a suspect bowling action and force them to correct the problem before they step into international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Well Cook-ed
England batsman Alastair Cook believes he has proved he has what it takes to succeed in Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Warne ad breaks British rules
A hair-loss treatment advertisement featuring Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was found in breach of British advertising industry rules on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Veeru sides with BCCI
After being reprimanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for his comments on player burnout and Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag has said cricketers should abide by the guidelines of the BCCI
 arrow Cricket: 'Winning is contagious'
Brian Lara has labelled his team's shutout of Zimbabwe an encouraging build-up to face India in their series starting on Thursday in Jamaica.
Metropolitanarrow Make joint venture investments
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia here yesterday urged Morocco to import quality goods from Bangladesh and make joint venture investments, particularly in Export Processing Zones (EPZs).
 arrow 'Punish cops responsible for atrocities'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the policemen responsible for atrocities on people across the country.
 arrow 'Groom children to face challenges of globalisation'
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon all to groom children as human resources providing them with real education so that they can face the challenges of globalisation.
 arrow Garments worker killed after rape in Keraniganj
A garments worker was killed after rape early yesterday at Jinjira Islamabad area under Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka.
 arrow VCs' body demands judicial probe
Association of Universities of Bangladesh (AUB) demanded judicial probe and exemplary punishment to the people responsible for vandalising and setting fire to the official residence of the Vice-Chancellor
 arrow 'Make budget for 2006-2007 fiscal disabled-friendly'
The National Alliance of Disabled People's Organisations yesterday called on the government to make the budget for 2006-2007 fiscal disabled-friendly in order to bring the physically and mentally challenged
 arrow Judgement against 2 JMB men May 22
The first judgement in Dhaka of the case against two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members will be delivered on May 22.
 arrow BNP plunders country's wealth
The leaders and activists of ruling BNP are plundering wealth of the country through syndicates, said Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
 arrow PM launches 3 books on govt success
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday unfolded covers of three books on success stories and development activities of the government.
 arrow Rallies held peacefully
Putting an end to all tension and feared violence, the rallies of Chittagong city mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury and Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman were held peacefully here in the city
 arrow Removal of 'controversial' RU teacher demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Samajtantrik Chhtara Front (SCF) of Rajshahi University staged a demonstration on the campus yesterday demanding immediate removal of a 'controversial' teacher of the
 arrow Moniruzzaman made envoy to Belgium
The government has decided to appoint AHM Moniruzzaman, Secretary (Multilateral), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as ambassador to Belgium.
 arrow Students damage DU classrooms for publication of results
Masters students of the Department of Political Science, Dhaka University, broke down windowpanes of seven classrooms at the Arts Building yesterday protesting delay in publication of their honour examination
 arrow Tk 1 lakh DU compensation for Mobarak's family
Dhaka University (DU) authorities will compensate Tk one lakh to the family of Mobarak Hossain, a first year student of the Department of Management Studies, who died on Monday following a road accident
 arrow Fishing banned in Kaptai Lake
The Rangamati district administration on Sunday banned fishing in Kaptai Lake to allow spawning and breeding of fries. The ban will be effective till further notice, official sources said.
 arrow Lift operator kills self by jumping from Sectt bldg
An operator of a lift at the Secretariat allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop of a 20-storey building yesterday.
 arrow KOICA assures help in health sector
Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) President Shin Jang Bum yesterday assured Bangladesh of cooperation in health sector.
 arrow Int'l Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership programme
Farzana Chowdhury, a JCI Bangladesh Board member, has been selected to participate in 'Fortune/State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership' programme, says a press release.
 arrow CARE trains more female drivers
CARE Bangladesh, a humanitarian organisation, has trained four more female drivers and two auto mechanics, raising their number to 14 in one year, as part of its efforts to promote gender equity in its
 arrow Girl murdered
An unidentified young girl was murdered at Shyampur in the city yesterday.
 arrow IBA Alumni Assoc installation tomorrow
The installation ceremony of the new committee of IBA Alumni Association will be held at Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel tomorrow, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Magistrate, 5 cops among 30 injured in clashes
At least 30 people including a magistrate, five police men and some local political leaders were injured as demonstrators protesting eviction from government forestlands clashed with police at Shakhipur
 arrow Procession with body for punishment to killers
Hundreds of locals in Dhap area in Rangpur brought out a procession with the body of London expatriate Khondoker Iffat Elahi Mahbub yesterday demanding punishment to his killers.
 arrow Magura BNP falls apart
Dogged by internal feud, Magura district BNP has finally fallen apart. The two factions held separate programmes on Monday.
 arrow Transfer journo Goutam murder case to STT
Journalists at a meeting at Faridpur Press Club yesterday reiterated their demand for trial of the killers of Goutam Das, Faridpur bureau chief of Bangla national daily Samakal.
 arrow Bus strike in Sylhet
Plying of buses and mini-buses in all the routes of the district was suspended yesterday following enforcement of an indefinite strike by transport owners and workers.
 arrow Sit-in at three Moulvibazar upazila hqs
Sylhet Division Development Council (SDDC) yesterday organised sit-in demonstrations at Baralekha, Kulaura and Juri upazila headquarters and held a rally to press its demands.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is Sanir Akhra a dark foreboding of things to come?
Dhaka City is currently facing an acute water crisis. This happens regularly every year in the early summer months due to the high demand for water and the growing population.
 arrow The mirror next door
What happened at the recent state elections next door is so fascinating that it reminds me of Lalon Shah's immortal song Barir Kache Arshi Nagar (The Mirror Next Door).
 arrow Trials in Cambodia
More people in Cambodia have heard about Dame Silvia Cartwright in the last fortnight than at any time before, arguably, more than even when she was appointed the Governor-General of New Zealand in 2001,
Culturearrow Musical tribute to a living legend -- Shah Abdul Karim
THE 90-year old 'Baul' Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed about 1500 songs.
 arrow Putliki Ghar: Tale of a Nepalese 'Nora'
In a male dominated society, women are often objectified. Many women nowadays take the less beaten path and strive to carve a firm niche for themselves in society.
 arrow Ichchha Mrityu: A translation of Rosmersholm
The freethinker, critic and novelist Rebecca West is the passionate strong-willed leading lady of Henrik Ibsen's Rosmersholm.
 arrow Critics pan Da Vinci Code
A mixture of fiction, fact and faith, The Da Vinci Code has made its worldwide film debut, opening the Cannes Film Festival -- but while the book was a mega-selling hit, the critics largely panned
 arrow Simon Cowell makes his 'Idol' prediction
Simon Cowell predicts that the gray-haired Taylor Hicks will be the next "American Idol.
Internationalarrow US leads move to halt Lanka's slide to war
The United States is leading international efforts to halt Sri Lanka's slide back to war, diplomats and officials said yesterday as four more people died in fresh violence.
 arrow US, India try to rescue nuclear deal
Senior US and Indian officials plan to meet in London next week to try and rescue an imperilled agreement that would give India access to US nuclear energy technology for the first time in three decades.
 arrow US releases 9/11 video of Pentagon jet crash
Video images of a hijacked airliner slamming into the Pentagon taken by two security cameras on September 11 were released for the first time by the US government on Tuesday.
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 7 in Russia's southern region
A suicide bomber killed seven people including a top Russian policeman yesterday when he drove his car into a police convoy in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia.
 arrow Asbestos-laden French ship returns to home port
The giant aircraft carrier Clemenceau, once a proud symbol of France's naval might, returned to home port in Brest yesterday after failing to find a foreign country willing to dismantle its asbestos-contaminated
 arrow 'Netaji' dead, mystery alive
It is one of the enduring mysteries of India's freedom struggle, but a long awaited report on the fate of charismatic leader Subhas Chandra Bose has failed to solve the riddle of his disappearance more
 arrow Rebels try to kill Manipur CM, but fail
Separatist militants attacked a convoy in which the chief minister of Manipur was travelling yesterday but he was not wounded, police said.
 arrow Saddam back in court to hear witnesses
Saddam Hussein returned to court on Wednesday to hear testimony from defence witnesses for some of his lesser-known co-defendants, who like the ousted Iraqi president have denied crimes against humanity.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's counsel to Imams
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has exhorted the Imams and religious leaders to play an emphatic role in projecting Bangladesh as a liberal, non-communal and democratic country.
 arrow Editorial: Unheard in aviation history
In an earlier editorial on the subject of US Federal Aviation Authority's debarring a Biman aircraft from landing in New York, we had put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the management of the national
 arrow Is Bangladesh fighting over fencing?
Well, that is what some Indian scholars would have us believe.
 arrow Halt, who is sneaking in?
We now know what was implied in being a non-NATO ally of America. It includes not only NATO troops in Afghanistan, but also NATO offices inside Pakistan.
Letters to Editorarrow Power crisis looms large
Power crisis is a burning issue across the country. The present situation of blackout which we face everyday with hellish discomfort is nothing but a harrowing tale of an unfortunate nation.
 arrow Hazardous traffic
About one fourteenth of the 14 crore people of our country live in the small and congested areas of the capital.
 arrow The struggle continues
Watching Kolkata TV, sitting in our Dhaka drawing room, evokes ideas in self analysis on the growth and maturity of young Bangladesh, only 34 years old.
 arrow Not amazing!
If you think profoundly you will able to realise the implications of the incident that took place in Satkhira on 21 April. It was not amazing. Organised women staged demonstration against drug abuse.
 arrow Date expired medicines
Thank you very much for your news item (5.4.06 page 1) "Date Expired Fluid used for Kidney Dialysis Seized." Hospital is not a business as usual. People go to hospital with a hope to live.
 arrow Electro medical equipment
Modern electro medical devices are critical for proper diagnostic function in healthcare service. These equipment provide the needed diagnostic information and clue for the effective treatment of diseases.
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