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Front Pagearrow Why tele-tapping not illegal
The High Court in a rule yesterday ordered the government to explain within three weeks why Bangladesh Telecommunication (Amendment) Act 2006 empowering the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to
 arrow WB pins fuel, power price hike to loan
The World Bank (WB) has attached a string of conditions including adjusting the prices of oil, power and gas to the $150 million fourth tranche of its Development Support Credit (DSC).
 arrow 2 accused firm owners confess to smuggling another 64kg heroin
Apart from smuggling 54kg heroin to the UK, detained proprietor of Rainbow Enterprise Kazi Zafar Reza and Green Haven Enterprise owner Abul Bashar smuggled another 64kg heroin to the same country on different
 arrow Massive outage grips country as national grid trips
Almost half the country plunged into darkness as the national electricity grid tripped at nightfall yesterday, shutting down most of the power-generation units.
 arrow Protest at non-inclusion of names in voter list
Police were deployed at Dhaka district election office yesterday as aggrieved people rushed there to protest non-inclusion of their names in the draft voter list despite repeated appeals.
 arrow Poll official quizzed, threatened for making allegation
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday summoned the Assistant Registration Officer (ARO) of DCC ward no 41 Aminul Huq Bhuiyan who earlier told the press that he had been instructed by theelection
 arrow US wants fast enactment of law against terror finance
A visiting US high official yesterday urged the government to frame and enact an effective anti-money laundering law and take steps to curb financial crimes as part of the Bush administration's global
 arrow Graft, factional feud challenges to polls
Corruption and bitter intra-party rivalries are challenges to Bangladesh's general elections in 2007, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher has said.
 arrow Budget session from June 7
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its budget session on June 7. President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday summoned the 22nd session of the eighth parliament.
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 arrow Land ministry fails to give list of land grabbers to JS body
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land Ministry yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the failure of the land ministry to provide the list of the land grabbers across the country.
 arrow Saarc tourism ministers to meet in Cox's Bazar
Saarc tourism ministers will meet in Cox's Bazar on Sunday to discuss ways to encourage private sector participation in advancing tourism infrastructures in the Saarc region and develop the town as acommon
 arrow Arrest warrants issued against Prothom Alo editor, publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants of arrest against the editor and publisher of daily Prothom Alo in a defamation case filed by Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas.
 arrow 6 to die in Bogra for Sumi murder
A special tribunal in Bogra yesterday sentenced six people to death in connection with their involvement in the murder and rape of Shahanaz Akter Banu Sumi at Pranhnathpur in Adamdigi upazila.
 arrow India, Myanmar envoys summoned
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the allocation of undemarcated areas in the Bay of Bengal by India and Myanmar cannot be acceptable to Bangladesh.
 arrow 14-party demonstration

 arrow Verdict in Jhalakathi blast case May 29
A Jhalakathi court will deliver the judgement in the judges killing case on May 29.
 arrow Kuwait emir arrives next month
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will visit Bangladesh next month at the invitation of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Woman killed at Mirpur flat
Mystery shrouds the death of a pregnant woman apparently strangled to death at her flat at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hartal called in Sylhet to protest killing of Jubo League man
Traders and Jubo League activists staged demonstration after a Jubo League activist, injured in an attack by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on Wednesday night, succumbed to his injuries last
 arrow Water vessel workers call strike for May 24
Nou-Jan Sramik Federation will go for a countrywide strike on May 24 protesting against the government's indifference to extortion, robbery and criminal activities in country's inland waterways.
 arrow Body suggests compensation for 20 hurt journos
A government committee has recommended Tk 14,36,397 as compensation for 20 journalists who were injured and incurred losses during an unwarranted incident at Chittagong Stadium on April 16.
 arrow Rab man commits suicide
A member of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself inside a mosque at Banani in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 100 killed in Afghan fighting, blasts
Taliban militants fought fierce battles with coalition and Afghan forces in a dramatic upsurge of violence in southern Afghanistan, leaving up to 100 people -- mostly rebels -- dead, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal parliament clips king's wings
Nepal's reinstated parliament yesterday unanimously approved a sweeping plan to curtail the powers of the king and take away his control over the army.
 arrow Lower court judges irked as demands not met
Judges of the lower courts across the country are disappointed as their 11-point demand is yet to be fulfilled even after the assurance of the government.
 arrow Musharraf eyes another term okayed by parliament
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said he could be voted in for a second five-year term by the current parliament before its dissolution for general elections due at the end of 2007 or start of 2008.
 arrow SUST proctor, provost quit
Proctor of the crisis-stricken Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) Dr Abdul Hai Chowdhury and provost of its female students' dormitory Dr Mahfuza Ahmed resigned from their posts yesterday
 arrow Worker killed, 8 hurt in dying plant accident
At least one worker was killed and eight others were injured when a cotton-drying machine exploded at a factory in Baroipara area of Gazipur yesterday evening.
Businessarrow PM seeks united efforts for economic development
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called upon all irrespective of party and opinion to maintain political stability and discipline and work unitedly for the country's economic uplift.
 arrow MCCI, Ernst & Young launch HR Practices Survey 2006
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and Human Capital, the HR Advisory Services of Ernst & Young, yesterday jointly launched 'HR Practices Survey 2006' in Bangladesh -- the first of its
 arrow Good business practices key to economic growth
Ethical business practice in all areas including banking sector is a must for the overall development of the country, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Seminar calls for Bangla-Pak FTA
Speakers at a seminar here have put emphasis on signing a free trade agreement (FTA) between Bangladesh and Pakistan to boost bilateral trade.
 arrow Workshop on trade issues for media professionals launched
Unnayan Shamannay, a non-profit research organisation, yesterday launched a workshop on economic and trade issues for media professionals to facilitate the flow of relevant economic and trade information,
 arrow Mideast leaders gather in Egypt for economic forum
Arab and Israeli political and business leaders are to meet for three days in Egypt's resort of Sharm el-Sheikh from Saturday, only a month after the Sinai was hit by a fresh spate of suicide bombings.
 arrow RTV to offer news updates thru' GP cellphone
Subscribers of the mobile phone operator GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd will be able to listen to news updates from private satellite television channel RTV by dialing 4141 from the last week of May.
Sportsarrow Football: Barca bloom late
Late goals by Samuel Eto'o and substitute Juliano Belletti allowed Barcelona to overcome ten-man Arsenal 2-1 in a Champions League final of extraordinary drama at the Stade de France here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: The perennial gatecrasher
From Roger Milla and Cameroon's "Indomitable Lions" in 1990 to South Korea's Red Devils four years ago, upsets abound at the World Cup. At least one sleeper almost always emerges.
 arrow Football: The force behind the fever
It was the Brazilian star Pele who described football "the beautiful game" but many anthropologists tend more to the view of the great Dutch coach Rinus Michels: "Football is war.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
World Cup sparks prison riots!
Afp, Sao Paulo

Brazilian prison inmates who have staged riots in recent days have demanded the right to watch World Cup football, press reports said

 arrow Cricket: Piyer powers Barisal
A four-wicket win over Barguna enabled Barisal to move into the final round of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Championship at the Barguna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Probe committee submits report
The investigation committee to determine the damage of police atrocities on the on-duty journalists during the Bangladesh-Australia Test match in Chittagong last month, submitted the probe report to Information
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh winning
A solitary goal by Maksudul Alam Habul was enough for Bangladesh to edge out Singapore to maintain a solo lead in the Jamuna Bank Asian Games qualifying round hockey tournament at the Maulana BhasaniNational
 arrow Football: School soccer
Six matches were played across the country in the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football competition yesterday.
 arrow Football: RVN keen to shine
Ruud van Nistelrooy will be looking to catch the eye in football's ultimate shop window -- the World Cup -- after a miserable season that sees him heading for the exit at Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Barcelona erupts in ecstasy
For 76 minutes, Barcelona seemed like a ghost town, silence hanging heavy as fans watched their beloved team trail 1-0 to Arsenal in the Champions League final on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: British media lament defeat
Ten-man Arsenal's gallant 2-1 defeat by Barcelona in a controversial Champions League final was lamented by the British media on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Barca bury the ghosts
Barcelona finally laid to rest the ghosts of under-achievement in the continent's elite club competition on Wednesday by beating Arsenal 2-1 in a rain-drenched Champions League final.
 arrow Football: Wenger, Henry blast referee
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and captain Thierry Henry criticised referee Terje Hauge after losing 2-1 to Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League final.
 arrow Football: Spain celebrates European double
Spain was celebrating a rare European trophy double on Thursday after Barcelona recovered to overcome 10-man Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League final.
 arrow Athletics: Error spoils Gatlin feat
A timing mistake has stripped world and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of a stand-alone world record time in the men's 100m, world athletics ruling body announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Richards decries Lara captaincy
West Indian great Vivian Richards believes Brian Lara's return as captain was prompted by "commercial considerations" and may not prove a popular choice with teammates.
 arrow Tennis: Russian day in Rome
Former Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina played through a thigh injury to manage a patchy 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Italian Roberta Vinci to move into the third round of the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar back in Pakistan fold
Pakistan on Thursday named Shoaib Akhtar in their preliminary 21-man squad for next month's tour of England, marking the fiery fast bowler's return from injury.
 arrow Cricket: A blow for Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya has seen his chances of a Test recall dented after he was omitted from Sri Lanka's four-day game against English county Sussex that started on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng greats laud Sajid
Former England captains Alec Stewart and Mike Gatting are backing Lancashire fast bowler Sajid Mahmood as he tries to establish himself in the Test team.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar on track
The possibility that Sachin Tendulkar will join the Indian squad for the Test series against West Indies starting June 2 in Antigua has increased after yet another promising day -- his third in a row--
 arrow Football: 'Spirit of L'pool inspired Barca'
Samuel Eto'o said Barcelona had drawn inspiration from Liverpool to come from behind and beat Arsenal 2-1 to claim the Champions League title here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Referee admits mistake
The Norwegian referee in charge of the Champions League final between Barcelona and Arsenal admitted Thursday he was wrong not to have played advantage in a key incident early in the game.
 arrow Football: Wenger urges Henry to stay
Arsene Wenger is planning to sit down with Thierry Henry to try and persuade Arsenal's all-time top scorer to stay at the club.
 arrow Football: Police raid Juventus
Italy's financial police searched the offices of scandal-hit Serie A club Juventus on Thursday in the latest development in the fight against corruption in Italian football.
 arrow Football: Galasek signs for Nuremberg
Veteran Czech international midfielder Tomas Galasek has signed a two-year contract with German first division team Nuremberg, the club announced Thursday.
 arrow Football: Jancker signs for Shanghai
Former German international striker Carsten Jancker has signed a one-year deal with Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua, his team Kaiserslautern announced on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Wome joins Bremen
Cameroon international Pierre Wome has joined Werder Bremen from Serie A side Inter Milan on a free transfer. The 27-year-old defender has signed a two-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit.
Metropolitanarrow Programme to ensure food security
The government has undertaken a programme to strengthen the national food policy capacity in order to ensure food security for all, including the ultra-poor.
 arrow Citizens' participation a must for better health facilities
Citizens' participation is a must to ensure better health facilities in different public hospitals and healthcare centres, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow 'Imams can contribute a lot to development'
Islamic leaders can contribute immensely to the development of Bangladesh by disseminating development-related issues to the local communities, said Bridget Kustin, an American Fulbright Fellow, yesterday.
 arrow AL to participate in polls if demand met
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party will take part in the next national election only after the implementation of proposals for reforms in the caretaker government
 arrow Military rule still prevails in CHT: Shantu Larma
The jummo people (indigenous) living in greater Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are ready to sacrifice their lives again if necessary to establish their right to self-determination, said Jyotirindra Bodhipriya
 arrow No scope for rigging in next polls: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said there is no guarantee that fake voters will be able to cast their votes on the day of elections.
 arrow Two killed, 30 injured in road accidents
At least two people, including a girl, were killed and 30 others injured in two districts yesterday.
 arrow Attack on Kushtia, Sylhet journalists condemned
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and its affiliated unions yesterday condemned attack on journalists in Sylhet and Kushtia.
 arrow Int'l probe into all political killings demanded
People from all walks of life yesterday demanded international investigation into all political killings including that of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow 8 Jubo Sangram Parishad leaders get bail
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to eight leaders of Jubo Sangram Parishad, including Jubo League Chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanak and its General Secretary Mirza Azam MP, in an arson attack
 arrow Taxicab, CNG auto-rickshaw workers' strike on June 5
Taxicab, private car and CNG auto-rickshaw Sramik Oikya Jote has called a dawn-to-dusk strike in the capital on June 5 to press home their 8-point demand.
 arrow One to die, 3 others get 31 years' RI
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death and three others to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing Borhan Uddin, a businessman of Shyampur area in the city in March in 2000.
 arrow Delegation of UK Muslims arrives May 21
A five-member delegation of senior British Muslims will arrive in Dhaka on May 21 on a five-day visit to share views with Bangladeshis on the position of Muslims in modern Britain's multicultural andethnically
 arrow Time extended
The 9th solo exhibition of artist Nazia Andaleeb Preem titled 'United' has been extended by seven days, says a press release. The exhibition will now remain open for visitors till May 25.
Point-Counterpointarrow The police and the press
The relations between the police and the press are probably more embittered now in Bangladesh than ever before.
 arrow Integrating ICT into the teaching of English
With my twin experiences of being an English language student and as well as an English language teacher, I have always been intrigued by the English language.
 arrow Spying on Americans may prove costly for President Bush
Spying on citizens by administrations is not new. Governments around the world maintain extensive intelligence gathering network.
Culturearrow Tropical treat
Long weekend. Brilliant sun. Seemed like a perfect time to hop on a car and make the three-hour drive from Rangsit to Nong Nooch Tropical Garden near the Pattaya Beach in Bangkok.
 arrow International Museum Day celebrated
International Museum Day was celebrated on May 18 around the world. A day prior to the event, the Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh (LWM) held a discussion session.
 arrow Doing the balancing act
Tania Ahmed was in the genre of those models that changed the look of the Bangladeshi modeling scene.
 arrow An Enemy of the People: A Taiwanese production
Several theatre directors have presented Norwegian master playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen's popular play, An Enemy of the People in their distinctive styles.
 arrow Shei Tumi on ntv
TV play Shei Tumi will be aired on ntv on May 20 at 9:00 pm. Written by Dewan Shamsur Rakib and directed by Kaushik Shankar Das, the single-episode play revolves around a young couple.
 arrow A touch of Nepalese theatre
Nepalese director-actor-designer Sunil Pokharel is in town to participate in the Ibsen Commemoration '06, Bangladesh.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Regulatory framework for NGOs
It is time we got serious about NGOs. Since their inception in 1971 with the birth of Bangladesh, swathed in international sympathy for the new country, when a new idiom of developing from the scratch rent the air, the NGOs have come a long way.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists on the run
It sounds incredible that when people in power are grabbing every opportunity to talk about press freedom and human rights violation, journalists continue to be hounded by their hired goons.
 arrow How about a Ministry of NRB Affairs?
Last week I wrote about the millions of migrant workers who toil ceaselessly in every corner of the globe in order to remit billions of dollars back to their families here in Bangladesh.
 arrow Dear politicians
These are the words of wisdom from my village, which I am happy to share with you. Anybody who talks too much either tells lies or repeats himself.
 arrow The OECD and globalisation
On May 23, this year's ministerial meeting of the 30-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be held in Paris.
Letters to Editorarrow Is Iran bluffing?
Iran says it wants to develop nuclear power for peaceful purpose. Yet, in the same breath, Iranian President Ahmadinejad threatens to wipe out Israel from the face of earth.
 arrow Fibre optic
I am sure that the term 'fibre optic' has been part of many closed-room discussion which takes place among the IT professionals of this country when they sit together to tranquillise their hurt feelings
 arrow Police atrocities
The police in Bangladesh hardly ever enjoyed the reputation of being polite, helpful and courteous. They have a public image of abysmal corruption, tyranny, indiscipline and highhandedness.
 arrow Allow rickshaws
I strongly support the move to remove road restrictions on pedal rickshaw in metro Dhaka (NGO seminar, reported in DS 9/2).
 arrow Share holders in trouble
In Bangladesh most of the Entrepreneurs of Public Limited Companies who have taken money through IPOs are dishonest.
 arrow ZIA
I can hardly sympathise with Mr Sikander. You seem to be oblivious of the country that you live in. If you were talking about reforming the caretaker govt, yes we would listen to you.
 arrow Dearth of credibility
Politics of Bangladesh lacks reliability. There always prevails an acute discrepancy between the promises the politicians made to the mass people before the election and their actual endeavours after being elected.
 arrow Deprived of medical facility
People need medical facilities. Unfortunately, about two lakh people of Eadgong area under Cox's Bazar Sadar thana are deprived of health care facilities.
 arrow Judiciary
Is independence of judiciary necessary? The issue is an intriguing one, given its role all over the world.
 arrow New voter list
I strongly feel that the new voter list should have been published in the Internet, so that people could have checked whether they have been included or excluded.
 arrow Journalistic ethics
Today, many view freedom of the press solely in terms of overcoming government oppression and censorship.
 arrow Elitist society
Too many TV channels. Too many commericial breaks. The media is controlled by the business magnets. There are too many newspapers. Funding? Open secret. Therefore no competition.
 arrow Our heroes
Why the politicians (in power) have to decide whom to recognise as hero, and whom to honour? Why we neglect to pay tributes to pre-'71 heroes and great personalities ? Not fair.
 arrow Democratic governance
Election and political parties are inseparable in a democratic concept of government.
 arrow Government by rotation
The democratic system is good but the machinery to achieve it is defective and chaotic. Throughout the democratic world, elections are never found free and fair.
 arrow Battle of non-issues!
As a voter for over 50 years in three nations, I cannot buy the unique concept of temporary caretaker govt to take care of the general elections-practiced nowhere in the world!
 arrow Poor law enforcement
I am a service holder in a university. All of us know that in between Gulshan-1 & 2 rickshaws can ply in some restricted areas. On 26 April 2006, I was travelling by rickshaw at Gulshan -2 in the afternoon.
 arrow The Rohingya issue
The Rohingya issue has not received the attention that it deserves. As a result, the Rohingyas are suffering. The matter should be resolved as soon as possible.
Environmentarrow To save the haor crops
We have passed this year's dangerous period for haor crops. The boro crops are saved, harvesting being completed by the 10th of May.
Urbanarrow The bells they toll for us all
You must have heard of sitting on a tree branch and cutting it. If the cruel, conniving and corrupt annexation of the wetlands of Dhaka, and for that matter in other large urban centre of the country, continue we will also be able to experience the fate of the senseless, thoughtless, irresponsible, reckless and heedless, in short, stupid.
 arrow Wetlands of Dhaka: Alarming depletion
"The world that we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level as the level we created them at.
Worldarrow South Asia: Lanka urges donors to press LTTE for talks
A rebel sniper gunned down a soldier at a de facto front line in northern Sri Lanka, the army said yesterday as the country's foreign minister asked donor nations to pressure Tamil rebels to resume talks.
 arrow South Asia: US wary of Maoists despite Nepali truce
The United States remains sceptical about the commitment of Maoist rebels in Nepal to a cease-fire after a decade of brutal insurgency, the top US diplomat for South Asia told Congress on Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Top UN envoy to press Myanmar on reforms
A top United Nations envoy arrived in military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday, in the highest-level mission for more than two years to press the junta on democratic reforms.
 arrow South Asia: Buddhadeb sworn in as West Bengal CM
India's top industrialists cheered as veteran communist leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was sworn in to lead the world's longest-serving elected communist government in West Bengal yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Tribal leader's exit jolts BJP
India's main opposition BJP suffered a jolt when one of its prominent tribal leaders Babulal Marandi quit the party and his parliament seat, capping his strained ties with the party leadership.
 arrow South Asia: Age no barrier as 70-year-old scales Everest
A 70-year-old Japanese climber scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday, making him the oldest person in the world to achieve the feat, the climb organisers told Japan's Kyodo news agency.
 arrow South Asia: Falling trees, lightning strikes kill 16 in Andhra Pradesh
Falling trees and lightning strikes killed 16 people, including a nine-month-old girl, as storms lashed Andhra Pradesh, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinian civil war feared as factions flex muscles
The rival Hamas and Fatah factions staged mass shows of strength yesterday amid warnings that the Islamists' decision to deploy its gunmen on the streets of Gaza could trigger a Palestinian civil war.
 arrow Senate okays fencing of Mexico-US border
The Senate agreed to give millions of illegal immigrants a shot at US citizenship and backed construction of 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border Wednesday.
 arrow No security guarantees for Iran, says US
The United States will not give Iran security guarantees in exchange for forfeiting its nuclear programme, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Wednesday.
 arrow Last chromosome in human genome sequenced
Scientists have reached a landmark point in one of the world's most important scientific projects by sequencing the last chromosome in the Human Genome, the so-called "book of life.
 arrow Violence kills 19 in Iraq
At least 19 people were killed in violence across Iraq yesterday as last-minute political dealings continued on key security portfolios ahead of this weekend's expected unveiling of a new cabinet.
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