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Front Pagearrow 21 killed in Ctg slum fire
Twenty-one persons, mostly women and children, were burned alive in a devastating fire at a slum in the port city in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow ACC probes alleged graft by ex-adviser Fazlul Huq
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has launched an inquiry into graft allegations against Justice Fazlul Huq, former law adviser to President Iajuddin Ahmed-led caretaker government.
 arrow ntv MD arrested, his Hummer seized
Joint forces yesterday arrested the managing director of private satellite TV station ntv Enayetur Rahman and former BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid, seizing Enayet's luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) --
 arrow Banks asked to report transactions of Falu, Hasnat Abdullah
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked banks and financial institutions to submit transaction statements of BNP leader Mosaddak Ali Falu and Awami League (AL) leader Abul Hasnat Abdullah and their families
 arrow Moudud terms it a bid to degrade him politically
Former law minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the National Board of Revenue's (NBR) letter directing banks to freeze his and his wife's accounts was to create sensation and degrade him politically.
 arrow ACC sues 3 ex-state ministers
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed cases against three detained ex-state ministers on charges of amassing huge wealth through corruption and abuse of power.
 arrow Unplanned buildings hamper fire fighting
Fire fighters faced extreme difficulties in extinguishing yesterday's blaze at densely populated Boubazar area in the port city where unplanned construction of buildings narrowed the roads.
 arrow SC Bar writes to president for steps to remove judge Faizee
Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) in a letter yesterday requested President Iajuddin Ahmed to take immediate measures to remove controversial High Court (HC) Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee to
 arrow Ex-minister Azad sued for 'cheating'
A cheating case was filed against former state minister and also BNP leader Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad with the first class magistrate's court in Tangail on Monday.
 arrow 93 die in Ctg fire incidents since Jan '06
Ninety-three people were burned alive in fire incidents in the port city since January 2006.
 arrow Historic March 7 today
Today is the historic March 7.
 arrow Condemned JMB leaders won't be allowed to talk to media
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government will not allow the six condemned JMB militants to speak to the media since there is no instance of allowing any convict to do so.
 arrow 2 Iraq bombers kill up to 90
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up yesterday in a crowd of Shia pilgrims streaming toward a shrine south of Baghdad, killing up to 90 people, police said.
 arrow BSC ship Gourab incurs Tk 7cr loss in 10 months
A cargo ship of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) incurred losses of Tk 7 crore only in 10 months from April 2006 to January 2007.
 arrow Huda denied bail in car registration case
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained former communications minister barrister Nazmul Huda in a criminal case filed for using a fake registration number for his sport utilityvehicle
 arrow Yunus for Saarc passport
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the countries of the South Asian region to introduce Saarc passport to facilitate easy movement of people across the borders.
 arrow 5 pythons found on Ctg roads
Five pythons were retrieved from City Gate and Ambagan areas of the port city yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda calls for immediate steps for polls
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called for immediate arrangement of the general election to allow people to exercise their voting rights to elect their representatives to run the country.
 arrow Rotten rice and wheat seized...

 arrow Mashrafe burst reins in Kiwis
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bowled his heart out to give Bangladesh a dream start in their first big challenge in the West Indies as he led the attack to shatter the New Zealand top order in their first World
 arrow Nagorik Shakti denies report on Yunus' meeting with Sirajul Alam
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus' political party Nagorik Shakti yesterday said reports carried by different dailies on a meeting between Muhammad Yunus and former politician Sirajul Alam Khan are baseless
 arrow Suspect killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal arrested on Saturday in connection with the killing of two Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in Savar was killed in Rab action yesterday.
 arrow Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad deferred again
The verdict of the gold smuggling case against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was again deferred to March 27 by a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow 5 JMB men held in Joypurhat
Police arrested five members of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at two villages of Khetlal upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Queue for collecting licence...

 arrow Detention of MK Alamgir, Lotus Kamal declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention of former state minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and former Awami League lawmaker AHM Mostafa Kamal alias Lotus Kamal.
 arrow 12 deer seized from JP leader's house
The joint forces yesterday seized 12 deer from the house of a Jatiya Party leader in Lauhajang upazila of the district.
 arrow 82 killed in twin Indonesia quakes
At least 82 people were killed yesterday in a 6.3 and 6.0-magnitude earthquakes that rocked Indonesia's Sumatra island, a spokesman for the UN children's agency, Unicef, said.
 arrow Indo-Pak panel talks ways to fight terror
After decades of distrust and blaming each other for fuelling militancy, Indian and Pakistani officials began their first ever talks yesterday on how to fight terrorism together.
Businessarrow Buyer seeks extra time
The buyer of Rupali Bank yesterday asked for extra time to complete the sale process, although the Privatisation Commission is ready to hand over the state-run bank this month.
 arrow Chinese firms may increase investment in Bangladesh
China likes to see its companies and investors make investment in Bangladesh in a bigger way availing of the advantage of the current stable situation and healthy investment climate in the country.
 arrow Exports up 21pc in Jul-Jan
Exports surged 21 percent in the first seven months of the current fiscal year led by the garment sector, despite fears that the turbulent political situation would disrupt trade.
 arrow Magura Textile Mills still struggles to make profit
After reopening for the fourth time in September last year state-run Magura Textile Mills (MTM) is still struggling to make a profit, incurring losses of Tk10 lakh in four months.
 arrow Microcredit fair pulls huge crowd
Sejuti Chakma from Chittagong Hill Tracts displayed embroidery products with a smile yesterday at the four-day microcredit fair at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow France says US should compromise on WTO
It is up to the United States to make key concessions to revive stalled global trade talks or for nations to take a break in the negotiations, French Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said Tuesday.
 arrow Traders to restart import of essentials
Business leaders in the northern and southern districts yesterday said they would soon restart importing daily commodities, including rice, lentil and onion, to ensure smoother supply in markets.
 arrow Set up separate container yard in Ctg: BGMEA
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) made a strong plea for establishing a separate container yard in Chittagong for efficient handling of apparel exports as the sectorfixed
 arrow Bank Asia recommends 25pc stock dividend
The Board of Directors of Bank Asia Ltd has recommended a 25 percent stock dividend (one share for every four shares held) for the year that ended on December 31, 2006.
 arrow Citi partners with FDC, BWTP to strengthen microfinance in Asia
Asia's microfinance industry will benefit from a new regional programme announced Monday by Citi, the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), and the Banking with the Poor Network (BWTP), says a
 arrow Global shares rally as Paulson salutes Asian economy
European and Asian share prices rebounded on Tuesday following recent heavy falls as US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson reassured that Asia's two biggest economies, Japan and China, remained sound.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla trade show to be held in Dhaka
Bangladesh and the Netherlands will jointly organise trade show here to strengthen trade communication between the two countries.
 arrow More China-HK FTA to boost yuan
China and Hong Kong may expand their free trade pact by the middle of the year, giving a boost to the yuan as a trading currency, Chinese state media reported Tuesday.
 arrow New MD of Crystal Ins
Md Abdul Latif Miah has recently taken over as the managing director of Crystal Insurance Company Ltd, says a press release. Prior to this assignment, he was a general manager of Sadharan Bima Coporation.
 arrow New executives of frozen food exporters' assoc
Kazi Belayet Hossain, managing director of Sobi Fish Processing Industries Ltd, has been elected the president of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) for the next two years.
 arrow Toshiba in talks on power plants in India
Japanese giant Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it was in talks with India's Larsen and Toubro Ltd. to enter the coal-fired power plant business in the growing South Asian economy.
 arrow HSBC enters India's insurance market
British banking giant HSBC Holdings on Monday tied up with Bangalore-based Canara Bank and another Indian lender to set up a life insurance business, entering a market fuelled by rising incomes and the
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg's maiden win
Saju Dutta bowled Chittagong to their first outright victory in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League as his five-wicket burst guided the home team to a four-wicket win against Khulna
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer glad at variety
Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Tuesday put a brave face on the absence of two key fast bowlers, saying his team had the resources to do well in the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels slams ton
West Indies clinched a 21-run victory over Kenya after Marlon Samuels smashed a century in a World Cup warm-up match on Monday at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium here.
 arrow Cricket: Press dine with Dwayne
The British press has a new pin-up: Bermuda's Dwayne "Sluggo" Leverock, the roly-poly left-arm spinner who dismissed two of England's best one-day batsman in their World Cup warm-up in St Vincent on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka do it easy
Sri Lanka cruised to a comfortable 172-run win over Scotland at the Three Ws Oval here on Monday in their opening World Cup warm-up match.
 arrow Cricket: India come on May 7
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday revealed the itinerary for India's tour of Bangladesh in May this year.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan's slow start
England captain Michael Vaughan was given a clean bill of health after his first World Cup warm-up innings here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Gul concern for PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board want assurances young pacer Umar Gul will not be overworked before they make a decision on a contract offer from English county side Gloucestershire for this year.
 arrow Cricket: First one-dayer at Bogra today
Bangladesh A go into a three-match one-day series against England A today with a hope to console their Test series defeat against the visitors.
 arrow Cricket: Hall saves SA blushes
Top-ranked South Africa suffered early batting blues before posting a 35-run victory over debutants Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: England sink Bermuda
England overwhelmed minnows Bermuda by 241 runs in their opening World Cup warm-up match here on Monday. Bermuda, chasing 287 for victory, were bowled out for 45 inside 23 overs.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh A go to Sri Lanka on March 16
Bangladesh A team will leave for Colombo on March 16 to play two four-day Tests and three one-day matches against their Sri Lankan counterparts.
 arrow Local Snippets
Zahid's five-wicket burst gave Islami Adarsha High School a 59-run win over Kalshi Islamia High School in a low-scoring affair of the Standard Chartered School Cricket competition at the Kalindi ground
 arrow Football: Lucky Russel win
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra scraped through to a 2-1 win in their home match against a spirited Chittagong Mohammedan in the B. League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 1999: The shift emerges
When the World Cup was last played in England in 1983, one-day cricket was small-time, slightly better than what Twenty20 cricket is like these days.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard loses his cool
Frank Rijkaard's legendary laid-back style deserted him for once as the Barcelona coach aimed a string of barbs at Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez on the eve of Tuesday's Champions League clash at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Lille seek United revenge
Lille will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky here on Wednesday when they attempt to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit in their acrimonious Champions League tie with Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Bayern hold the edge
Defender Willy Sagnol insists Bayern Munich are in a confident mood to make home advantage count when they host Real Madrid on Wednesday with a place in the Champions League last eight at stake.
 arrow Football: Gunners look down the barrel
Arsenal risk a third cup calamity in under two weeks when the troubled north London club host PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League first knockout round tie on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Niaz best among Bangladeshis
Bangladeshi Grandmasters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman ended on even grounds in the Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament that concluded at the Gorky Sadan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP, Mariners coast along
Fifties from Nadir Hossain and Mahmudul Hasan and a brilliant bowling display gave BKSP a 76-run win over Dhaka Wanderers in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Nimbus rouses BCCI into action
Barely a year after signing a telecast deal with the Cricket Board for a whopping 612 million dollars, Nimbus on Monday issued a notice to the BCCI threatening to pull out of the deal.
 arrow Football: Rooney fit for Lille clash
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been given the all clear for Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second-leg clash with Lille at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Marseille's European Cup stolen
An investigation has been opened into the disappearance of a European Cup replica from Marseille's Stade Velodrome, a police source said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Blatter backs Polish reinstatement
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has backed the decision to reinstate the Polish Football Federation (PZPN) after a two-month suspension for failing to act on alleged corruption in the game.
 arrow Football: Curbishley backed again
West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has given under-fire manager Alan Curbishley his "100 per cent" backing after the Hammers' weekend loss that left them languishing 10 points from safety in the English
 arrow Football: Galaxy not fearful over Becks injury
A fragile foundation to the American football universe was bolstered here Monday when Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said he was not worried about David Beckham's knee injury.
 arrow Football: Henry back for PSV crunch
Thierry Henry is set to return from injury for Arsenal's crucial Champions League second round, second leg clash against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho doesn't fear for his head
Jose Mourinho insists he does not feel under pressure to win the Champions League because he will walk away from Chelsea a rich man if Roman Abramovich decides to sack him.
 arrow Football: Bayern have a 'twelfth' man!
Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says his side's fans will act as a 'twelfth man' in their bid to cancel Real Madrid's slim advantage to book their Champions League last-eight berth.
 arrow Football: Milan favourites against Celtic
AC Milan have hit form at the right time and start strong favourites to eliminate Celtic from the Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Trophies rather than records
Didier Drogba is in the form of his life but the Chelsea striker would be happy not to score another goal if it means his side can win the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Tevez eyes Brazil return
West Ham's Argentine international forward Carlos Tevez celebrated his first goal for the Premiership side on Sunday by admitting on Monday he would like to return to Brazilian team Corinthians.
 arrow Football: Marseille top French fan-poll
Former European champions Marseille may be struggling on the pitch but they can still count on the largest fan base in France, according to a report published Monday.
 arrow Football: Cannavaro looking to hit form
Real Madrid's Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro insists that he can put his current slump behind him in Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second-leg clash at Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: West Ham probe racism claims
West Ham confirmed Tuesday that they have opened an investigation into allegations that some of their fans engaged in racist and anti-semitic chanting before the 4-3 home defeat to Tottenham at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Curbishley backed again
West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has given under-fire manager Alan Curbishley his "100 per cent" backing after the Hammers' weekend loss that left them languishing 10 points from safety in the English
 arrow Football: Lyon fan jailed
A fan of French league leaders Lyon has been sentenced to two months in prison for throwing a smoke bomb at rival St Etienne fans, the court here said Monday.
 arrow Football: Kaizer Chiefs axe coach
South African football giants Kaizer Chiefs have fired their head coach Ernst Middendorp following a dismal run of performances which has seen them ruled out of championship contention.
Metropolitanarrow 50pc pry children drop out
Almost half of the children drop out without completing primary education, revealed a report launched at Brac Centre auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow Body recommends 40MW power plant at CEPZ
The Economic Affairs Committee at a meeting yesterday sent back for revision of the proposal to set up a 10MW power plant at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).
 arrow 'Girls still subjected to violence, discrimination'
Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, Unicef Executive Director Ann M Veneman said yesterday on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on theStatus
 arrow 'Fishery resources dwindle everyday'
Speakers at a conference yesterday stressed the need for proper maintenance of the water bodies to boost fishery resources in the country.
 arrow 5 killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Comilla on Monday night and yesterday.
 arrow 'Strengthen cultural, media cooperation to dispel mistrust, suspicion'
Despite having a long and common history and cultural heritage, Bangladesh and India are still trapped in suspicion in their political relations, said Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday.
 arrow 'Women still repressed in Bangladesh'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said women are still repressed in the country although Bangladesh has signed a number of international charters to protect the rights of women since our independence.
 arrow Expats keen to invest $3b
A delegation of Greater Sylhet Council representing Bangladeshi expatriates in the UK yesterday said they are keen to invest around US $ 3 billion in education, health and civil aviation sectors in the
 arrow Indo-Bangla Rly meeting begins
A three-day inter-governmental railway meeting between Bangladesh and India began at Rail Bhaban in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 'Remove illegal structures along rivers'
Environmentalists yesterday urged the caretaker government to immediately launch a drive to remove all illegal structures along the rivers Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkhya.
 arrow Process of issuing visa made simple
British Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh Stephen Bridges has said the process of issuing visa for his country has been made simple and transparent.
 arrow Bangladesh, Japan students hold TV confce
A live television conference in participation of the students of Bangladesh and Japan was held here yesterday to acquaint one with the culture, lifestyle and education system of the other.
 arrow Tk 3.10 lakh looted, 4 shot in city
Miscreants sprayed bullets on four persons leaving them injured critically and snatched away over Tk 3 lakh in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Non-indigenous in RU indigenous quota list!
The indigenous students' organisations of Rajshahi University yesterday jointly submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor demanding cancellation of the erroneous list of indigenous quota in the result
 arrow 3 held in Khulna
Joint forces yesterday arrested three persons from jute exporting firm 'Khan Brothers' at Daulatpur of Khulna city for their involvement in tampering with metre for theft of electricity worth Tk 21 lakh
 arrow Janajuddho threatens journalist
Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has been threatening journalist Kanak Rahman for writing reports against its activities in the city.
 arrow Necessity of village court emphasised
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday emphasised the necessity of village court in ensuring justice, good governance and democracy, says a press release.
 arrow Necessity of village court emphasised
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday emphasised the necessity of village court in ensuring justice, good governance and democracy, says a press release.
 arrow Roundtable on development constraints
Coordination and collaboration between government and non-government organisations are a must for sustainable development, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on learning languages
Speakers at a seminar yesterday emphasised the need to learn foreign languages to develop global citizens.
 arrow TIB debate today
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) will hold a debate titled "Women Against Corruption" today on the occasion of International Women's Day .
 arrow Sanjay reelected IC president
Sanjay Saldanha has been reelected president of the International Recreation Club (IC) unopposed, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Teachers threaten to resign if VC does not step down
Teachers of Maolana Bhasani University Of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh continued their agitation on the campus yesterday to press their demand for resignation of Vice-chancellor Dr Mohammad
 arrow Harkatul Jihad 'commander'arrested in Dinajpur
Detective Police (DB) arrested a suspected activist of Jamatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) in Dinajpur yesterday and recovered a large number of 'jihadi' text books from his possession.
 arrow 23 chargesheeted in Tk 1 cr stamp forgery case in Satkhira
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet accusing 23 people in the sensational Tk one crore stamp and deed forgery case here.
 arrow Scouts campaign to preserve bio-diversity
Scouts, under the 4th National Comdeca-2007, are campaigning to create awareness among people about bio-diversity and protection of sea resources. The five-day programme will conclude today.
 arrow 6 Indians and a Bangladeshi held in Sherpur remanded
The six alleged Indian militants and a Bangladeshi indigenous man, arrested on Nalitabari border in Sherpur district on Thursday, were placed on a 3-day remand for interrogation.
 arrow Survey of 160-acre disputed land begins on Moulvibazar border
A joint commission of Bangladesh and India is surveying 160 acres of disputed land in Kurma frontier in Moulvibazar district from Saturday last. The lands are at Champonagar village in Kamalganj upazila.
 arrow Disabled demand special facility in transport services
A number of organisations of the disabled in the district yesterday demanded special facilities for the disabled in transport services.
 arrow Ensure rights of Harijans
Speakers at a workshop styled 'Finding Ways to Establish Human Dignity and Right of Harijan Community' yesterday urged the government to take steps for guaranteeing constitutional rights of Harijan community
Point-Counterpointarrow General election and non-party caretaker government
Two issues that have been lately raised by some political parties are: * How long can the non-party care-taker government (CTG) continue when the constitution says that an elected that government
 arrow Multiple candidature
The Election Commission (EC) has prepared a draft containing several changes in the Representation of people Order, 1972 (RPO, 1972), which will be discussed soon in an inter-ministerial meeting.
 arrow Building bridges
When the Pope landed in Istanbul early this year, it was his first visit to a Muslim nation. There were no cheering crowds, of course, as the Popes are used to when they visit Catholic countries.
 arrow Bangabandhu maps out road to freedom
As March 7 dawned in 1971, the gaze of the whole world was on Dhaka, the restive capital of East Pakistan where Bengali discontent had, for the past week, transformed itself into a non-violent non-cooperation
Culturearrow Music Festival at National Museum
The Centre for Education, Creative and Performing Arts (CECPA) organised a two-day music festival in association with UNESCO Dhaka.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
The biggest theatre gala, after the 37-day theatre festival in 2004, was inaugurated on February 5.
 arrow Celebrating women's zeal
To celebrate International Women's Day, 'Nirvana', an exhibition of women artists from world over, is being held at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Street Theatre Festival ends today
The ongoing Bangladesh Street Theatre Festival 2007, organised by Bangladesh Pothonatok Parishad, ends today at the central Shaheed Minar.
Generalarrow 55 houses gutted in Cox's Bazar
Fifty-five dwelling houses, including a cyclone centre and a madrasa, were gutted in a devastating fire in Huashia Para, Mondol Para and West Shikder Para villages of Nilah Union in Teknaf upazila inthe
 arrow 'Gender equality a must for sustainable dev'
A Gender and Development Communication Fair, first of its kind, began in the city yesterday with the theme 'social communication for social change'.
 arrow Mobile court realises Tk 2.2 lakh in city
A mobile court here yesterday fined a state owned filling station for cheating customers on weight and a lubricant wholesaler for not having the approval of power and energy ministry and fire department
 arrow CG to solve current problems Hopes Japan
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso has hoped that the caretaker government would be able to solve the current issues Bangladesh is now encountering.
 arrow Sweater factory gutted in city
A sweater factory was gutted in a fire at Khilkhet in the city yesterday.
 arrow Move to recover Tk 5.7cr from ex-lawmakers
State-run Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has taken steps to recover telephone bill arrears from lawmakers of three previous parliaments.
 arrow 5 get life in Rajbari
A court here yesterday sentenced five young men to life term imprisonment in a murder case. The lifers are Abu Taleb, Bablu, Raja Sheikh, Omar Ali and Sakhawat Hossain.
 arrow 25 Bogra transport owners, workers arrested
Joint forces last night arrested 25 leaders of transport owners and workers when distributing share of illegal tolls extracted from the transports.
Internationalarrow UN envoys consider new sanctions on Iran
In an effort to pressure Iran into suspending uranium enrichment, six key UN ambassadors began a week of negotiations on possible new sanctions but agreement was still elusive.
 arrow US, North Korea launch groundbreaking talks
The United States and North Korea have launched groundbreaking talks in a first step toward normalising ties and cementing Pyongyang's commitment to scrapping its nuclear arms programme.
 arrow Militants fight with Pak tribesmen: 15 killed
Foreign militants fought gunbattles with tribesmen in a lawless Pakistani region bordering Afghanistan Tuesday, leaving 15 people dead, officials said.
 arrow Lankan police, troops involved in abductions
Sri Lanka's police admitted yesterday that its own security personnel have been involved in kidnappings for ransom and vowed to crack down on mounting abductions and killings of civilians.
 arrow Nato launches major Afghan offensive
Nato launched its biggest offensive in Afghanistan since the 2001 war on Tuesday, targeting the Taliban and drug lords as hundreds of people rallied in the east against US soldiers killing civilians.
 arrow 'Asian pollution linked to stronger Pacific storm system'
Increasing levels of environmental pollution in Asia are changing atmospheric conditions over the north Pacific and may explain stronger-than-usual thunderstorms over this part of the ocean during winter
 arrow Nepal ethnic group widens strike
An ethnic Nepali group which organised an indefinite transport shutdown in large parts of the southern plains last week intensified its fight for autonomy yesterday by extending the strike to shops and
 arrow Olmert to meet Abbas within days: Officials
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as early as Sunday, before a unity government with Hamas is formed, officials said on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ignoring trained personnel
All too often, administrative specialisation in Bangladesh has been stymied by a wrong placing of people in responsible positions.
 arrow Editorial: Fertiliser question
Like in the previous years, our farmers, mostly of the northern part of the country, are short of fertiliser. This is the Boro season when the demand for it grows.
 arrow All the men who have done us wrong
Well, the truth is out.
 arrow How far is going too far?
The time we are passing through can prove to be a turning point in the history of our nation building. The present crisis is the culmination of years of drift in terms of governance and accountability.
 arrow Nature of the crisis
America's high officials, media and think-tank community are demanding what the Musharraf regime finds hard to do.
Letters to Editorarrow Iran next?
A British global security think-tank published a report stating that a pre- emptive military strike on Iran could accelerate Tehran's production of atomic weapons.
 arrow Wind of change
Even a year back, this would not have implications or applications at the national level. However, today, things have changed. For how long we do not know.
 arrow Iraq faces food shortage
Local and international aid flooded into Iraq in 2004, the year following the invasion, but much of the supply was blocked off after the kidnapping of many aid activists in the country.
 arrow Fertiliser crisis
As most of the people of the country are involved in agriculture, the government must put due emphasis on this sector and see to it that the farmers get essential items such as fertilisers, seeds andso
 arrow Elections and terrorism in India
If one were to blame the rout of Congress in the recently concluded elections when it tasted crushing defeat both in Punjab and Uttarkhand, while moderate defeat cum consoling win in Manipur, on the anti-incumbency
 arrow World Cup Cricket 2007
I believe Sri Lanka and South Africa are the top favourites. After that I would put India, Pakistan, Aussies and the West Indies in the same bracket as far as their chances are concerned.
 arrow Dr. Yunus
We are proud as a nation of Noble laureate Dr.
 arrow Jahangirnagar University
Natural beauty is the most distinctive feature of the JU campus. A number of trees, little animals and migratory birds add to the beauty. Many kinds of migratory birds land here in early winter.
 arrow Anti-crime drive
With the toll collection network smashed, and black money in hiding (along with the godfathers), cash-flow problem is faced by the criminal gangs.
 arrow Don't be impatient!
The present neutral caretaker govt. came to power just one month back and by this time they have made lots of efforts to put the champions of corruption behind the bar--which was unimaginable.
 arrow Pagla bridge and historical records
The Pagla bridge on Dhaka-Narayanganj road was constructed in 1660 by Mir Jumla, Subedar of Bengal under the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. French traveller Tavernier noticed it in 1666 as a fine brickbridge.
 arrow Setting things right
Bangladesh was identified as an archetypal example of so called failing / failed states.
 arrow Thinking beyond five years
One of Bangladesh's most popular political parties is drowning. In 2001, the BNP came to power for the second time under its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia with a vow to fight corruption and terrorism.
 arrow Change the rule
The newly reformed Election Commission is finally giving time and energy to bringing about reforms in the electoral laws. This was long over due and much wanted.
 arrow Convocation boycott
A section of DU teachers boycotted the 43rd convocation because Dr. Yunus was present there.
 arrow Reduced ISD call charge
We appreciate the BTTB decision to reduce telephone call charge for 30 more countries from Bangladesh. (ref: March 1 online edition of The Daily Star ).
 arrow Case for introduction of DST
Most of the developed countries take advantage of the available natural daylight by turning the clock forward. It is called daylight saving time or DST.
Star Cityarrow Victim of pathetic planning
The proposed circular waterway (CW) around Dhaka will remain incomplete and abandoned if the second phase of the project is not completed, said sources at Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).
 arrow Tangles of overhead wires cover city
A densely cluttered web of cables dangling between utility poles throughout the capital adds to the vision pollution in this city.
 arrow Internal feuds, greed mar reputation, threaten existence
The existence of Brahmo Samaj in the city is threatened due to divisions in the society and legal battles between confronting groups of its members.
 arrow Roads named after language heroes
Eight roads of Dhaka city have recently been named after language heroes. Last year in December road 9 and 10 of Dhanmondi were named Kazi Golam Mahbub Road.
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