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Front Pagearrow Coalmine made nation's liability
Government officials under instructions from some of the policymakers during the BNP rule in early nineties had deliberately tampered with the economic basis of Barapukuria Coal Mine project showing it
 arrow Aziz must go for EC to regain its credibility
Election Observation Group (EOG), a mass of NGOs working as election observers, yesterday told the visiting EU exploratory mission that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz have to be removed for
 arrow US offers to mediate talks on electoral reforms
Requesting the main opposition Awami League (AL) to sit for negotiations with the government on the electoral reforms issue, US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis yesterday offered her country's readinessto
 arrow PM offers secy-gen level talk on reforms
In a latest political development, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday offered a dialogue on electoral reforms between the secretaries-general of the ruling and the main opposition parties to break the
 arrow Sangsad sees debate on reforms, Phulbari deal
The ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers were involved in a heated debate in parliament yesterday over the proposed electoral reforms and the open-pit coal mining agreement signed
 arrow Fundamentalist groups within govt responsible
Proshika officials yesterday accused the coalition government of unleashing torture and repression on the organisation to implement the blueprint of the fundamentalist groups within the ruling coalition.
 arrow RMG wage structure influenced by politics
Leading trade bodies in the readymade garment sector yesterday blamed the government and National Wage Board for announcing an "incomplete, one-sided and inconsistent" pay structure giving priority to
 arrow Mahasthangarh land gobbled up
Land at historic Mahasthangarh is being occupied illegally in the name of family graveyards and religious institutions while locals have been building houses and cultivating vegetables on the site, violating
 arrow Hasina to declare intense agitation from Sept 18 rally
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday directed its grassroots level leaders to prepare for the final round of anti-government agitation programme which they hinted would begin
 arrow Dhaka proposes to form 3 Nam expert groups
Bangladesh proposed that the Non-Aligned Movement should constitute three expert groups -- each comprising no more than twelve members -- on political and security issues, economic issues and human rights
 arrow Amini questioned for threatening Proshika chief
A Dhaka court yesterday questioned lawmaker Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), in a case filed in connection with threatening Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed.
 arrow IMF says NCB reform key to next instalment
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday said release of the sixth instalment of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loan will depend on the government's move for revenue mobilisationand
 arrow Mannan Bhuiyan hospitalised for chest pain
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan was admitted to the National Heart Institute yesterday following a chest pain.
 arrow Gang runs amok at apartment car park for tolls
Armed criminals yesterday stormed into the car park of a high-rise residential apartment building on New Eskaton Road in the city and fired indiscriminately wounding one person.
 arrow India actively 'exporting' polio to Bangladesh
India, which has suffered a resurgence in polio this year with 283 new cases, is "actively exporting" the virus to Bangladesh, Nepal and Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday.
 arrow Deal for offshore exploration signed with Thailand
Bangladesh and Thailand will jointly conduct a study to determine probable areas of collaboration prior to offshore hydrocarbon exploration in Bangladesh.
 arrow Tk 2cr illegally imported drugs seized in Ctg
Customs officials seized medicine worth over Tk 2 crore as it was illegally brought to Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday.
 arrow Hafiz off to India for river erosion talk
An 11-member Bangladesh delegation left for India yesterday for a four-day joint inspection in the trans-border areas affected by land erosion due to the rivers shared by both countries.
 arrow Man linked with 76kg bomb shown arrested in Ramna Batamul case
An accused in the 76-kg bomb recovery case, filed for an attempt to kill Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, was shown arrested in the Ramna Batamul carnage case and remanded yesterday for seven days.
 arrow Maj Mannan's motorcade attacked in Noakhali
The motorcade of Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan, secretary general of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, came under attack in Noakhali yesterday that left at least 20 leaders and activists wounded.
 arrow UN watchdog flays US report on Iran nuke
UN inspectors have protested to the US government and a Congressional committee about a report on Iran's nuclear work, calling parts of it "outrageous and dishonest," according to a letter obtained by
 arrow Iraq reels from bombs, drive-by shootings
Car bombs and drive-by shootings yesterday killed at least 17 people including two US soldiers in a series of attacks around central Iraq while Iraqi security forces killed a top aide of al-Qaeda in
Businessarrow Distribution gets further boost, generation ignored
The government yesterday approved various power distribution schemes involving around Tk 2,000 crore amid failure to set up new power plants in the last five years when the number of subscribers almost
 arrow Banglalink offers new pre-paid package
Mobile phone operator Banglalink yesterday launched a new pre-paid package that offers Tk 2.50 per minute call charge to any operator.
 arrow Karachi-Ctg direct shipping link in near future
Pakistani High Commissioner Alamgir Bashar Khan Babar at a view exchange meeting here yesterday hinted at establishment of a direct shipping line between Karachi and Chittagong port if bilateral trade
 arrow Ctg Customs to function on weekly holidays from today
To facilitate taxation and delivery of imported essential commodities for the month of Ramadan, Chittagong Customs House will function on weekly holidays from today to October 21, '06.
 arrow Suspension of Doha talks: Next steps for Bangladesh
Negotiations under WTO's Doha Development Round (DDR) had to be suspended in July 2006 mainly on the account of the impasse over negotiations on agriculture.
 arrow AKTEL pre-paid customers enjoying T&T incoming, outgoing calls
Now AKTEL's 41 lakh pre-paid customers are enjoying BTTB incoming-outgoing and ISD services in their mobile phones, says a press release.
 arrow Delhi mulls open sky accord with Asean
India is examining an Asean proposal for an open skies agreement to boost air connectivity between it and the economically-booming South East Asia.
 arrow World economy resilient but inflation threat looms: IMF
The world economy is headed for its strongest expansion for three decades but simmering inflation, sky-high oil prices and rising interest rates pose growing dangers, the IMF said Thursday.
 arrow Bose audio outlet opens at Gulshan
Graphics Information Systems Ltd, the authorised distributor of Bose brand audio products of the USA in Bangladesh, opened an outlet at Gulshan in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Wild calls Tigers
Taking a group of highly paid, celebrated national heroes to the wilderness and making them fend for themselves must be one of the boldest new endeavors in cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin back with huge bang
Sachin Tendulkar smashed a masterly 141 on his comeback from injury Thursday but it was to no avail as the West Indies beat India in a rain-affected DLF Cup one-day international here.
 arrow Cricket: Speed up China
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed is heading to China next week, excited at the prospects for the game in a country where interest is growing rapidly.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-servicemannew Tigers manager
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) turned back to a former armed forces official to take care of the national cricket team when it announced flight lieutenant (retd) Mohammed Harunoor Rashid Bhuiyan as
 arrow Hockey: WC semifinals today
Spain, Germany and South Korea all booked their berths in the semifinals of the men's field hockey World Cup championship here Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: Germans deny fix charge
Germany denied they had purposely played for a scoreless draw with South Korea here Wednesday, a result that put both teams through into the semifinals of the men's field hockey World Championship atthe
 arrow Cricket: Typical of Warne
Almost inevitably Shane Warne was never going to experience a mundane 37th birthday.
 arrow Cricket: First ODI today
South African coach Mickey Arthur saw nothing to worry his team when he watched Zimbabwe crumble to a nine-wicket defeat in a 20-overs match against the Eagles franchise team here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: A good night for Brits
English Premi-ership giants Arsenal and Manchester United enjoyed a successful night in their first group matches of the Champions League this season on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Lyon lesson for Real
French champions Lyon fired out a broadside at their Cham-pions League rivals here Wed-nesday, playing with considerable flair and defensive nous to outclass Real Madrid 2-0.
 arrow Football: Gourcuff gift for Milan
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed the contribution of rising star Yoann Gourcuff in Wednesday's comfortable 3-0 Champions League victory over AEK Athens.
 arrow Football: Riquelme quitting Argentina
Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme announced his international retirement on Wednesday at the age of 28, citing family reasons.
 arrow Football: Saha shrugs off Ruud comparisons
Louis Saha pro-ved there is life for Manchester United after Ruud van Nistelrooy with a double in their thrilling Champions League opener against Celtic.
 arrow Cricket: CCL players'bourse today
The three-day players' transfer for this season's Corporate Cricket League (CCL) begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Kabadi: BKF wish fulfilled
The opening ceremony of the NZ Textile school kabaddi tournament yesterday turned out to be an auspicious event for Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF), which finally got the assurance of laying a synthetic
 arrow Tennis: Koreans steal the show
South Koreans dominated both the boys and girls competition in the Sagufta ATF Under-14 Tennis Series at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rajshahi maul Narayanganj
Rajshahi got off to a flying start in the inaugural Intern-district women's football tournament with a thrashing 4-1 victory against Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Shishu Kishore, Victoria win
Shishu Kishore Sangha and Victoria Sporting Club won their respective matches in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Sunnydale win twice in a day
Sunnydale did the impossible as they won two games in a single day in the Sunnydale-Bexi Fabrics fourth boys' mini handball tournament at the Women's Sports Complex in Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Purna takes solo lead
Tanima Parvin Purna of Chittagong took solo lead with four points in the Begum Laila Alam Women's FIDE Rating Chess Tournament after the fourth round matches at the Bangladesh Chess Federation room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Domenech slams offside rule
France coach Raymond Dome-nech slammed the offside rule at a manager's seminar in Berlin on Wednesday, organisers FIFA said.
 arrow Football: Park out of the park
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has been ruled out of action for three months after suffering ankle ligament damage, the English Premiership club revealed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Sven missing football drug
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson told an Italian radio station here on Wednesday he is missing football despite being promised 3.
 arrow Football: Revenge on Fergie's mind
Revenge is a dish Sir Alex Ferguson expects to dine on in Lisbon at the end of this month.
 arrow Football: Wenger looking ahead
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was looking forward to Sunday's clash with Manchester United after seeing his team finally record their first win of the season with a 2-1 Champions League group G win over
 arrow Football: Spanish press blasts Real
Spain's unforgiving media on Thursday slammed Real Madrid after the nine-times winners meekly bowed 2-0 to French serial domestic champions Lyon in their opening Champions League outing of the seasonon
 arrow Football: Lippi rejects Italy role
Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has rejected the idea of a return the national team in a supervisor capacity.
 arrow Football: Mourinho's favourite restaurant bugged!
A tiny bugging device has been found at a Portuguese restaurant in London frequented by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, British newspapers reported Thursday.
 arrow Football: Puskas in ICU
Ailing Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskas was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Budapest hospital, state news agency MTI reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Strachan rues missed chance
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan claimed poor passing had cost his side the chance of a famous Cham-pions League victory over Manchester United here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Best jersey picks up 24,000 pounds
A jersey worn by Northern Irish football legend George Best in a famous Manchester United match 36 years ago was sold at auction Wednesday for 24,000 pounds (36,000 euros).
 arrow Football: Scaloni joins Santander
Argentine midfielder Lionel Scaloni has agreed to join Racing Santander on a one-year contract, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Formulate urban policy to avoid risks of becoming posh slum
Urban planners, engineers and developers yesterday suggested formulation of a national urban policy and detail area plan for all the major cities as those run the risks of becoming posh slums with fast
 arrow Deposit retirement fund at govt coffer
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday demanded to deposit the teachers' retirement fund at the government exchequer and release the retirement allowance through thedistrict
 arrow Court decision Nov 1
A Dhaka court will decide on November 1 on framing charges against 18 accused, including Taher Uddin Thakur in connection with the Mohammadpur 14 Murder Case.
 arrow Resignation of ECs demanded
Election commissioners, including the chief election commissioner must resign for the greater interest of a free and fair election, speakers said at a rally in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Set up commission to look into secret deals'
The two-day symposium on 'Global Economic Justice: Strengthening Social Movements and Challenging Neo-liberal Discourse' ended in the city yesterday with a call to establish an independent commissionto
 arrow Force govt to implement electoral reforms: 14-party
With a call to build up door-to-door resistance to force the government to accept electoral reform proposals, hundreds of leaders and workers of 14-party opposition combine yesterday took to the streets
 arrow 30 families worried about losing lands
Some 30 families at Kharkhari in Rajshahi where the foundation stone of Rajshahi Gas Distribution Project was laid are worried about losing their lands during acquisition of lands for the project.
 arrow Dhaka greatly values friendly ties with US: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed said Bangladesh greatly value close and friendly relations with US.
 arrow People to resist AL if it tries to foil polls
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday said BNP-Jamaat alliance is capable of facing Awami League (AL) politically and people will resist the party if it tries to foil the upcoming
 arrow Four on fresh remand in Sylhet
Sylhet Sadar Cognizance Court yesterday granted fresh remand for four people who were earlier remanded for 10 days in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury.
 arrow 13 receive DU social science faculty Dean's Award
Faculty of Social Sciences of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday conferred prestigious 'Dean's Award 2006' to 13 students of different departments under the faculty for their outstanding academic performances.
 arrow Coffin procession to protest Ctg clinic owners' behaviour
Hundreds of people took out a coffin procession in Chittagong yesterday protesting what they said inhuman behaviour of private clinic owners and high charges for treatment, unfair business practices in
 arrow Two brothers swept into sea
Two brothers have been missing after being swept into the sea while they were taking a bath on the beach in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Six CGS students achieve outstanding results
Six students of Chittagong Grammar School (CGS), a leading English-medium institution in the port city, have achieved outstanding results in O and A level examinations this year.
 arrow Govt has set all mechanisms for election engineering: Joy
Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has set all mechanisms for election engineering.
 arrow JCD activist assaulted by fellow men
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist was injured seriously as fellow men beat him up on Dhaka University (DU) campus.
 arrow WB delegation meets UGC chairman
The visiting three-member World Bank (WB) delegation led by its Knowledge Management Officer of South Asian Region Juan Blazquez Ancin called on Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof M Asaduzzaman
 arrow Huge medicine seized
A huge quantity of medicine was seized while being imported illegally through Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Concern distributes reliefs in Jessore
Concern Worldwide Bangladesh, an international NGO working in Bangladesh, recently distributed reliefs among some 3,275 families affected by water logging in Jessore district, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Two sides of the same coin? Really?
THE brutality with which Mr.
 arrow Is the middle-class unhappy?
IN all democracies, liberal or otherwise, a change in government takes place through general elections. Since 1991, this has also been occurring in Bangladesh.
 arrow The end of civility
IT was surrealistic in more than one sense.
Culturearrow "Acting is not mere pretence" -- Bonna Mirza
IT is a cliché that women in the entertainment industry are beauty without brains. Bonna Mirza, one of the leading actresses in theatre and television today, certainly goes against that cliché.
 arrow Hridoyer Kotha: A quintessential love story
Mainstream film Hridoyer Kotha is a contemporary love story, showcasing its ups and downs.
 arrow Swapner Bhuban: An experimental production
Today, People's Repertory Theatre, one of the few professional theatre troupes in the country, will stage Swapner Bhuban, a translation of Swedish playwright Staffan Westerberg's work.
 arrow A memorable unplugged concert in Chittagong
Nescafe 3 in 1, the popular brand of Nescafe, held a concert at the Chittagong Engineering Institute campus recently.
 arrow 'Murder' on small screen
Noted actor Al Mansoor will be seen on the small screen in an upcoming single episode play Murder. The play is scripted by Rumana Afroz and directed by Rakibul Hassan.
Generalarrow Sust teachers stage sit-in
The opposition backed teachers of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) staged sit-in in front of the Registrar building on the campus yesterday to press their demand for immediate
 arrow Reunion
The first-ever reunion of English department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be held on the campus on September 22.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Apathy towards judiciary separation
It is common knowledge that the government has taken a record number of time extensions seeking to implement the 12-point Supreme Court directive issued back in 1999 for the sake of separation of the
 arrow Editorial: Ship-breaking industry
Bangladesh has the second largest ship-breaking industry in the region after India. It employs over 20 thousand workers including child labour.
 arrow Welcome to the future
The sickening brutality that the police unleashed on the opposition Awami League during its siege program of the EC last week and PMO this week has given us a glimpse into the darker recesses of the ruling
 arrow The GPA progression
IF every cloud has a silver lining, every silver lining also has a cloud. This reversible dictum proved right in our diffidence last week when the students showed outstanding performance in the HSC results.
 arrow How far is foreign mediation acceptable in South Asia?
SEEKING the good offices of outsiders to break a political, or similar, impasse in a country is nothing uncommon in South Asia.
Letters to Editorarrow Microcredit and women's empowerment
Bangladesh is a global centre of excellence in micro finance and home of many successful micro finance institutions.
 arrow Catastrophic 9/11
Americans are remembering with the saddest scar on their minds the misfortune that befell upon and destroyed the Twin Towers, killing about three thousand people.
 arrow Cart before the horse?
The saga of Asia Energy fiasco is now in the floor of the parliament.
 arrow Good cricket ahead
England redeemed itself winning the Test Series and squaring the one day series against a strong but erratic Pakistan touring side, after an early summer disaster against the Sri Lankans.
 arrow Abraham Lincoln
We should not forget this great man. Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States. He was born in Kentucky in 1809.
 arrow Attack on Saber Chowdhury
The brutal attack on Mr. Saber Chowdhury should be condemned by all. The siege to the Election Commission office was supposed to take place in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Mr.
 arrow What's next?
In all other democratic countries, the election is held under the incumbent government. As our political parties do not trust each other, a new system was introduced which is the caretaker government.
 arrow Violent politics
I don't understand what is going on in the country. It seems neither side is interested in peaceful politics which could ensure development of the country the way people would like to see.
 arrow GP does it
After so many years Grameen has finally provided the EASY prepaid users with NWD, BTTB and ISD calls.
 arrow Most urgent passport
Passport application, classified as 'Most Urgent' on payment of a fee of Taka 5000/- each, is supposed to be disposed within 72 hours, subject to subsequent police verification, and the applicants
 arrow Akbar Bugti
The articles on Akbar Bugti published in your daily during the last few days made me recall what he said about Bangladesh and the Bengalees in course of an interview, sometime in April or May 1972,
 arrow Foreign funds and governance
I am a Bangladeshi citizen currently residing in Tempe, Arizona, USA being enrolled for Ph.D. programme in the department of Electrical Engineering of Arizona State University.
Environmentarrow Water: A challenge to agricultural development
The concept of watering regularly, at an optimum dose, the growing crop for increasing production was developed in 1960s as a component of the 'Green Revolution'.
 arrow Opportunity for the resource poor living on riverbanks
Practical Action-Bangladesh', a UK based international NGO, has recently tested and implemented an innovative low cost technology 'Pit Cultivation' to support the river-eroded people (communities) inGaibandha
 arrow Women should be at the centre of water supply and sanitation
Lack of basic sanitation and safe water is an acute problem for the women and girls who live in poor and overcrowded urban slums and in the rural areas of Bangladesh and other developing countries.
Worldarrow South Asia: 'Lack of cash pushes Lanka to peace talks'
Sri Lanka appears to be dominating Tamil separatists on the battlefield, but a dwindling war chest may have forced it to enter peace talks ordered by foreign donors, analysts and diplomats say.
 arrow South Asia: Poland pledges 1,000 troops for Afghanistan
Poland will boost its military contingent in Afghanistan from 120 troops to about 1,000 by next February, Defence Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said yesterday in Washington.
 arrow South Asia: NAM demands Israel's Gaza pullout
The Non-Aligned Movement demanded at a summit in Havana Wednesday that Israel withdraw its troops from Gaza, release jailed Palestinian officials and repair damage caused by its military operations.
 arrow South Asia: Few expectations from Indo-Pak talks in Cuba
A long-awaited summit meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan this week, their first in a year, is not expected to produce any dramatic breakthroughs with both sides facing domestic political
 arrow South Asia: US envoy sees Senate approving nuke deal with India
A controversial India-US nuclear cooperation deal is expected to be approved by a big majority in the Senate, which is likely to vote on it this month, Washington's envoy to New Delhi said on Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Congress gets boost as Munda quits as CM of Jharkhand
India's ruling Congress party and their allies were poised to strengthen their grip over the country's states yesterday after the resignation of a chief minister belonging to the main opposition party.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan delays bill to reform rape laws
The Pakistan government yesterday stepped up efforts to win larger parliamentary support for a bill to amend the Islamic rape laws, after delaying its presentation to the lower house for approval.
 arrow EU mulls resumption of aid to Palestinians
European Foreign Ministers meeting here Friday will hail the planned Palestinian government of national unity and take steps toward lifting the aid boycott imposed when the Islamist Hamas movement came
 arrow Dubai governor, Arab sheiks sued for using children as camel jockeys
A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in US district court alleging that the governor of Dubai and his son enslaved some 30,000 children over the past three decades for use as camel jockeys, the US attorneysannounced
 arrow Bush seeks Republican support for terror bills
President Bush faced a tough crowd yesterday as he stepped behind closed doors to ask a divided House Republican caucus to back more power to spy on, imprison and interrogate terrorism suspects.
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