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Front Pagearrow Right to bail curbed until trial ends
The government yesterday promulgated an amendment to the rules under Emergency Powers Ordinance 2007, suspending the rights to appeal for bail and seek redress from any higher court until a case is resolved
 arrow McKinnon for early lifting of emergency
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon yesterday said the state of emergency and the 'suppression' of political activities should be lifted without 'unnecessary delay'.
 arrow Anti-graft body seeks to bolster its muscles
To kick-start its activities effectively, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sought a number of facilities from the government and taken up a few measures on its own.
 arrow Corruption cases filed against Huda, Sigma, Nasim, Tuku, Lobi
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed graft cases against three former ministers and their families and a former lawmaker.
 arrow Tigers in deep trouble
Bangladesh lost half of their side for next to nothing as they were in pursuit of a massive 319-run target set by Sri Lanka in their Group B World Cup match at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain yesterday.
 arrow CA urges all to help curb price hike
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged all professionals, growers, suppliers, distributors and consumers, to play their wider role in controlling market price of the essential commodities.
 arrow Businessmen against steps that may lead to harassment
Leaders of the country's business community yesterday suggested the caretaker government not to take initiatives that might make way for harassment of business people.
 arrow Nat'l ID cards, voter list with photos on way
The Election Commission (EC) has finally decided to prepare simultaneously national identity cards and a voter list with photographs for holding the stalled ninth parliamentary election.
 arrow President's nod to form Supreme Judicial Council
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday gave consent to form Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to conduct an inquiry into the case of High Court Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee, highly placed sources said.
 arrow Govt shrugs off ADB suggestion for more power tariff hike
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has suggested further adjustment to power tariff to strengthen the financial position of the Power Development Board (PDB).
 arrow City air abuzz with mosquitoes after dusk
Mosquito menace continues in the capital, defying the efforts of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Four textile firms fined for polluting river
Department of Environment (DoE) along with the armed forces and a mobile court during their clamp down on severe environment polluters at Savar in the capital yesterday fined and disconnected utilityservices
 arrow Arrest warrant against Shibir leader Salehi
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Rajshahi yesterday issued arrest warrant against Mahbubul Alam Salehi, president of RU unit Islami Chhatra Shibir, the main accused in Rajshahi Universityprofessor
 arrow Star dist reporter held
The Daily Star's Nilphamari correspondent EAM Asaduzzaman Tipu was arrested yesterday morning in a case supposedly filed by a local fertiliser dealer who is not aware of any such case.
 arrow KM Obaid passes away
Veteran politician and BNP standing committee member KM Obaidur Rahman died at Apollo Hospital in the city at 11:35am yesterday. He was 68.
 arrow Rights bodies demand fresh investigation
Different human rights bodies yesterday demanded fresh investigation into the death of indigenous leader Chalesh Risil Sangma.
 arrow 4 vehicles of Orion Group seized
Joint forces yesterday seized four vehicles and various documents from an Orion Group office and its factory at Tejgaon industrial area in the capital.
 arrow Eviction of illegal structures...


 arrow Shoal-stuck vessels cause fertiliser crisis
At least 31 river vessels loaded with over 3 lakh sacks of urea grounded on different locations on the river Jamuna for the last ten days have been causing severe urea shortage in the north of the country.
 arrow 2 top aides of Bangla Bhai arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday held two other top aides of Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) kingpin Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai, from Raspur village in Dhamoirhat upazila of Naogaon district.
 arrow BDR's 25 more sales centres open tomorrow
Twenty-five more open sales centres by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in the capital will start operating tomorrow.
 arrow Italian president keen to set up institution like Grameen Bank
Italian President Giogio Napolitano is keen to set up Grameen Bank like financial institutions in his country.
 arrow RU teacher gets death threat from pro-Jamaat colleagues
The chairman of Language Department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday received death threat from his two Jamaat loyal colleagues.
 arrow Another extortion case filed against Aman
Yet another extortion case was filed against BNP leader and former state minister Amanullah Aman with north Keraniganj Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Another suspect killed in 'shootout'
A criminal, wanted in connection with the killings of two Rab members, was killed in an encounter with Rab in Aminbazar area early yesterday. He was identified as Raja, 25, of Manikganj district.
 arrow Pak tribesmen, al-Qaeda forces clash: 100 killed
Tribesmen loyal to the Pakistani government exchanged mortar and rocket fire with foreign al-Qaeda militants for a third day yesterday, leaving at least 106 people dead, officials said.
 arrow Thousands chant 'Go Musharraf, go'
Thousands of lawyers and Islamists called on President Pervez Musharraf to quit yesterday as fresh protests erupted over his removal of Pakistan's top judge, witnesses and officials said.
 arrow US concerned by Russian arms sales to Iran, Syria
The United States expressed concern yesterday about Russia's arms sales to Iran, Syria and Venezuela and accused Moscow of bullying its neighbors.
Businessarrow Business reduced to 50 pc
Government decision of pulling down shutters of different shopping malls in the capital by 7pm has led to around 50 percent fall in business, according to traders.
 arrow Be torchbearer of good governance
World Bank Country Director Xian Zhu has urged Bangladeshi youths to become torchbearer of good governance in the country.
 arrow Medixpo-2006 kicks off today
A three-day international medical equipment and healthcare services exhibition begins in Dhaka today.
 arrow Wolfowitz wins backing for new anti-graft drive
Under-fire World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz on Tuesday hailed unanimous support from the bank's board for his campaign against corruption, and played down tensions over the policy.
 arrow US sees FTA with ROK as key to opening up trade with Asia
The administration of US President President George W. Bush warned Tuesday that a failure to strike a free trade agreement with South Korea could damage US relations with East Asia.
 arrow Lankan firm introduces 'ethical' teas
A Sri Lankan company on Tuesday introduced two new "ethical" teas of the Ceylon variety, to promote responsible corporate citizenship around the world.
 arrow HSBC, StanChart, Citigroup get China nod
HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of East Asia and Citigroup have won approval to incorporate locally in China, making them eligible to launch full yuan services, state media reported Wednesday.
 arrow Onetel offers lower tariffs, discounted connection fee
Onetel, a land phone company serving in the country's Northwest zone, has recently reduced its tariffs and connection fees for the customers, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Autopsy inconclusive
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer may have been murdered at the World Cup, a team official said Tuesday, as police in Jamaica confirmed they were treating the death as suspicious.
 arrow Cricket: NZ to go for change
New Zealand are set to ring the changes for their final World Cup group match against Canada here Thursday after booking their place in the Super Eights with a thumping 148-run win over Kenya.
 arrow Cricket: Record-breaking Rokibul
Rokibul Ha-san scripted his name in the record book by hi-tting a triple century for Sylhet in the drawn Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League match against Sylhet at the Fatullah Cricket
 arrow Football: Russel on top
Touati Younes scored one and set the other goal for Lutfar Rahman Nayan to shoot Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra to the top of the B. League table after the third week with a 2-0 win over Rahmatganj yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB seeks India tour
Bangladesh authorities said Wednesday a comprehensive victory over India could pave the way for the national team's first Test tour to its mighty cricketing neighbour.
 arrow Cricket: 'Not my last WC'
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran is in no mood to give batsmen a breather, saying he would like to play in the next World Cup in the sub-continent.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh A in dire straits
Bangladesh A were on the brink of defeat in the first four-day Test against Sri Lanka A by close of third day's play at the Colts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Abahani will organise a commemorative meeting and a milad mahfil following daylong Qurankhwani at their club tent tomorrow to pay tribute to cricketers Manzarul Islam Rana and Sajjadul Hassan Setu who
 arrow Cricket: A thinking coach
Bob Woolmer was one of cric-ket's most innovative thinkers who became a pioneer in introducing modern technology into a centuries-old game.
 arrow Cricket: Tait not the weak link
Australian pace sensation Shaun Tait was all game for the clash against world number one South Africa, saying any pre-match talk of him being a "weak link" doesn't perturb him.
 arrow Cricket: Cup getting serious
South African captain Graeme Smith said his team were well tuned-up for the real World Cup business after cruising to the Super Eight stages with two victories from two games.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis fly into Super 8
New Zealand booked their place in the World Cup Super Eights with a 183-run win over Kenya here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Minnows' final
Scotland face fellow World Cup minnows Netherlands here on Thursday determined to avoid the wooden-spoon in Group A which has predictably been dominated by Australia and South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Smith leads from front
Captain Graeme Smith just missed out his first World Cup century but still led South Africa to a seven-wicket win over Scotland and into the World Cup Super Eights on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Wife puts Freddie in place!
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's wife Rachael and their two children will fly to the West Indies next week to be with the maligned cricketer at the World Cup, the Daily Mirror said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bari has a go at Inzamam
Pakistan's former chief cricket selector Wasim Bari Tuesday criticised captain Inzamamul Haq for not leading the side from the front and making wrong selections which led to their World Cup failure.
 arrow Cricket: Tikolo hopes for an upset
Kenya captain Steve Tikolo believes his side can deny England a place in the World Cup Super Eights when the sides go head-to-head for a qualification spot on Saturday despite his side's 148-run defeat
 arrow Cricket: 3rd time lucky
Daniel Vettori hopes his emergence as a world-class off-spinner can help propel New Zealand to a first World Cup title.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi regrets being banned
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said he regretted his actions that led to a four-match ban and subsequently forced him to miss his team's first two games of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Pick ready to quit
Canada coach Andy Pick will leave his post after their final World Cup Group C match against New Zealand on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Domenech urges against complacency
France coach Raymond Domenech urged his squad not to take victory for granted when they travel to Lithuania for a Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Loew confident about Czech clash
German coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday his side expect to poach a win from their arch-rivals the Czech Republic when they travel to Prague for Saturday's Euro 2008 crucial qualifier.
 arrow Football: Klose undecided on future
Germany striker Miroslav Klose is still undecided about where his future lies, his agent said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kahn apologetic
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn on Tuesday apologised for his behaviour during the post-match doping control after his team's Champions League first knockout round second-leg tie against Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Valeron to go under the knife
Spain international Juan Carlos Valeron must have another operation this week in a further setback to his career which has been hampered during the last year with a knee problem.
 arrow Football: Moratti receives threatening mail
An anonymous package containing a threatening letter, a gun case and some ammunition has been sent to Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti, the Corriere della Sera reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA extend Navarro ban
Football's world governing body FIFA banned Valencia defender David Navarro from all football for seven months backing up UEFA's decision to suspend him for breaking the nose of Inter Milan's NicolasBurdisso
 arrow Football: Sevilla thru' to semis
Sevilla beat Real Betis 1-0 on Tuesday night to qualify for the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup after playing the final 33 minutes of a match interrupted last month because of crowd violence.
 arrow Football: Van Bommel cleared for Milan tie
Mark van Bommel will be able to play in the second leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League quarterfinal against AC Milan after his two-match ban was reduced to one on appeal, Bayern said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Valencia, Inter appeal against penalties
Valencia and Inter Milan both filed appeals on Tuesday with European football's top governing body UEFA over penalties incurred after a mass brawl in their Champions League tie two weeks ago.
Metropolitanarrow Tk 47cr to be spent from Gram Sarkar allocation
The government has decided to spend Tk 47 crore from allocation of Gram Sarkar to ensure safe water and sanitation in rural areas this year, said Mohammed Anwarul Iqbal, adviser to the Ministry of the
 arrow Form body at every mosque to curb terrorism
Khatib of Baitul Mokarram Mosque Maulana Obaidul Haque has called upon the imams of all mosques to form a musalli committee at every mosque to watch and identify whether any individual or group spreads
 arrow 'Struggle that began in '71 yet to end as corruption prevails'
The struggle that began with the War of Liberation in 1971 is yet to be ended because of corruption, poverty and violation of human rights that are still prevailing in the country, freedom fighters and
 arrow 12 held for illegally selling groundwater to Sangu
A mobile court arrested 12 people, including the owner and staffs of an ice factory, in Char Pathaghata area in the city yesterday for lifting and selling groundwater to off-shore Sangu Gas Plant in violation
 arrow Amend Nat'l Water Policy '99
Experts at a workshop yesterday asked for amendment of National Water Policy 1999 in the present context of water crisis.
 arrow 'Concerted efforts needed for poverty alleviation'
Reduction of multi-dimensional poverty requires multi-dimensional approaches and an equal participation and collaboration among communities, local government, NGOs, private sectors and international agencies
 arrow Two die after taking rectified spirit
Two people died and another two were hospitalised after taking rectified spirit at Saturia in Manikganj yesterday early hours.
 arrow 584m yen Japanese grant for quake risk cut in S Asia
Japan will provide 584 million yen of grant assistance to the Earthquake Risk Reduction and Recovery Preparedness Programme for South Asian Region through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
 arrow Unite to prevent rise of evil forces
Renowned journalist and political analyst Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury yesterday called on newsmen to be united so that no evil forces can raise its ugly head in the country.
 arrow Six held while readying themselves for robbery
Six of a ten-member gang of robbers were held with firearms and booty while preparing for robbery here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow World Water Day today
Today is World Water Day.
With the theme 'Coping with Water Scarcity' the day will be observed in the country and across the globe.

 arrow Listed criminal Liakat's brother Nannu arrested
Detective Branch of police arrested Shaukat Hossain Nannu , brother of top listed criminal of Five Star Group Liakat Hossain , on Tuesday evening for his involvement in criminal activities.
 arrow Fake Rab, DB men rob trader of Tk 60,000
Five fake members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Detective Branch (DB) robbed a businessman of Tk 60,000 in the city's Banani area on Tuesday.
 arrow Discussion on combating trafficking
A discussion on 'Ethics and Norms' with regard to reporting on human trafficking issues was held at Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Extortionist handed over to Rab after mob beating
One extortionist after mob beating was handed over to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for looting Tk 1.25 lakh from a shop in Masdai area in Narayanganj district yesterday.
 arrow Bus robbery in city
A gang of robbers looted money and valuables from the passengers of a bus at Shyampur in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Road crash kills one, injures 33 in Munshiganj
One person was killed and 33 others were injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Mawa highway at Medinimandal under Lauhojang upazila yesterday.
 arrow Memorial meet on Waheedul Haque tomorrow
A daylong meeting in memory of journalist and Tagore song specialist Waheedul Haque will be held on Ati Bhawal High School premises under Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow JP (Monju) hails chief adviser
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Anwar Hossain Monju and Secretary General Sheikh Shahidul Islam congratulated chief adviser for offering Munajat at the mazar of Bangabandhu and showing state honour to thelate
 arrow Dipjol's wife arrested
Police arrested Rumana Monwar, the wife of film actor and DCC ward commissioner Monwar Hossain Dipjol, from her house at Mirpur in the city last night.
 arrow REB official removed on corruption charge
Rural Electrification Board (REB) yesterday removed Mohammad Yusuf Ali Akand, director of Pirozpur REB Area-9, on charges of corruption under Article-X, Section-3 of its bylaws.
 arrow Chinese PLA team leaves
The 11-member Chinese PLA delegation, led by its Deputy Chief of Academy of Military Science Major General HU Guangzheng, left Dhaka yesterday after a five-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Indian PM greets CA
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has greeted Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed on the occasion of the Independence Day.
Nationalarrow Trading on unsafe blood
Joint forces yesterday arrested eight members of a gang who collected unscreened blood from poor people and sold those at high prices to different hospitals and clinics in the town, risking life.
 arrow Probe body formed, LDP man held in Khagrachhari
A one-member body was formed yesterday to investigate the graft charge against the officer-in-charge and a sub-inspector of Khagrachhari police station who were closed to the police lines on Tuesday on
 arrow Tk 55 lakh goods gutted in Kushtia
Valuables worth Tk 55 lakh were gutted in a devastating fire in Kushtia town on Tuesday night, Fire Brigade sources said. The fire originated from short circuit at about 9.
 arrow 20 illegal clinics closed in Chandpur
At least 20 private hospitals and diagnostic centres were closed for running illegally here, civil surgeon (CS) office sources said.
 arrow Magura AL joint secy,BNP leader held
Joint forces Tuesday night arrested joint secretary of Magura district Awami League (AL) Abu Nasir Bablu and Sadar upazila BNP organising secretary ANM Shahed Hasan Tagor for their alleged involvement
 arrow Rejoinder
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist Khairul Murshed gave a rejoinder to the report headlined 'JCD activist turns big gun, earns quick buck' published on page 6 in The Daily Star on March 21.
Point-Counterpointarrow Barring bureaucrats
On March 15, major dailies reported that the Election Commission (EC) was planning to publish a booklet, which will enumerate the comprehensive electoral law reforms undertaken, by July this year.
 arrow Securing the nation: Pros and cons of NSC
I have lately been hearing a lot of chatter from Bangladesh about the imminent formation of a National Security Council (NSC).
 arrow Remembering MA Ispahani
This month marked the 21st death anniversary of Mirza Ahmed Ispahani, a business magnate and politician of the then Indo-Pak sub continent.
Culturearrow Remembering Abdul Latif
Bangladesh Loko Sangeet Parishad (BLSP) organised a discussion and folk evening in memory of revered folk singer, lyricist and music composer Abdul Latif recently.
 arrow Ethnic poetry festival in Rajshahi
Adivasi Kabya Shilpa Niketon observed the 4th Ethnic Poetry Festival amid enthusiasm at Barshapara Adibashi Gana Pathshala premises recently.
 arrow 'Matial': A saga of oppression
Matial opens with actors carrying wicker baskets and spades entering the stage.
 arrow Dwelling on space and emptiness
Wakilur Rahman, a visiting artist from Berlin, talks about his ongoing exhibit at Shilpangan: "This is a perception of space, emptiness, silence, motionlessness, meditation, flatness and minimalism in
 arrow 'Neel Samudrer Jhar' staged
On the same evening Cox's Bazar Theatre staged Neel Samudrer Jhar, a translation of William Shakespeare's popular play The Tempest at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Int'l Day for Children's Theatre celebrated
Peoples Theatre Association organised an array of programmes to mark the International Day for Children's Theatre on March 20 at Rabindra Sarobar.
Generalarrow Tk18 lakh seized from courier services in Sylhet
Members of joint forces in Sylhet seized Tk 18,04,225 in cash and other materials from three courier services in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Pak top judge abused position to favour son
Pakistan's top judge was suspended after strong-arming a series of promotions for his son, according to charges filed by President Pervez Musharraf and published for the first time yesterday.
 arrow Talks fail to end anti-Maoist strike in Nepal
A strike in Nepal over mafia-like Maoist violence entered its third day yesterday after business leaders said talks with the Himalayan nation's government had failed to ease their fears.
 arrow Myanmar fears more deadly bird flu outbreaks
Military-run Myanmar has slaughtered about 38,000 birds in efforts to curb the rapid spread of a deadly strain of bird flu, but fears further outbreaks, state-run media reported yesterday.
 arrow India readies law to punish sex harassment at work
India yesterday unveiled the draft of its first ever law aimed at protecting women from sexual harassment in the workplace, a decade after the Supreme Court ordered action following the rape of a social
 arrow Chirac backs Sarkozy as presidential candidate
French President Jacques Chirac gave his backing yesterday to right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, announcing that the interior minister would leave the government on March 26 to focus full-time
 arrow 3 more held in London teen killing case
Three more people have been arrested after the latest in a spate of fatal stabbings in London left a 15-year-old boy dead, police said yesterday.
 arrow Indonesia jails 3 militants for beheading schoolgirls
An Indonesian court yesterday jailed three Islamic militants for up to 20 years over the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls in a crime that drew international condemnation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voting right for overseas Bangladeshis
That the expatriate Bangladesh community of as many as 70 lakh remains out of the voter list, let alone participate in the national election, is indicative of an exclusionary nature of our elective democracy.
 arrow Editorial: Modernising brick kilns
The brick kilns around the city, which have long been identified as a major source of air pollution, are still using outdated technology which causes pollution well beyond the permissible limits.
 arrow Taking pride to air
Many newspapers, both local and international, printed on March 13 a photo of an Airbus A310 belonging to Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
 arrow Chaos in Pakistan
After a week of violent protests, marking the lowest point in his relations with the judiciary, the media and civil society, General Pervez Musharraf is currently in damage control mode.
 
   
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