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Front Pagearrow Election by end of 2008
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the ninth parliamentary elections would be held before the end of 2008 as the present caretaker government is committed to handing over power to an elected
 arrow Case brought out from hibernation
Investigators have resumed probe in the Ramna blast case following the home ministry instructions to speed up the investigation that was paid scant attention for reasons political in the last six years.
 arrow Khaleda stares down the barrel
The BNP faces the worst ever crisis in its history as a chasm has been formed within the party dividing its leaders regarding Khaleda Zia's usefulness as the chief.
 arrow ACC to glean info about Hasina
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to start collecting corruption and wealth- related information about former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, and if necessary will ask
 arrow JMB tops suspect list in PP murder
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is on top of the law enforcers' list of suspected killers of Jhalakathi district court Public Prosecutor Hyder Hossain although investigators did not find any clue
 arrow No plan to send Khaleda, Hasina abroad: Matin
Dispelling widespread speculations, Communications Adviser Major General (retd) MA Matin yesterday said the government has no plan to send BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh
 arrow Pahela Baishakh celebrations...

 arrow EC turns to foreign aid for voter project
The Election Commission (EC) is now looking for foreign aid to implement its mega project for simultaneously preparing a voter list with photographs, national identity cards and introduction of e-governance
 arrow ACC chief urges people to form anti-graft body at grassroots level
Vowing to tackle corruption in the country within six months, the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called upon people to form anti-graft committees
 arrow Army, Rab rated as 'most trusted institutions'
Armed forces and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are the most trusted institutions while the police, business community, government offices and political parties are the least rusted institutional actors.
 arrow Black clouds...

 arrow Court to hear charge-framing against Mamun April 15
A Dhaka court has fixed April 15 for hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman's close friend and controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in connection with
 arrow Kiwis under pressure
Scott Styris single-handedly helped New Zealand recover after early blows but still, the Kiwis stumbled to 156 for seven after 41 overs in their World Cup Super Eights match against Sri Lanka at the Grenada
 arrow Local scientists develop diarrhoea vaccine
Scientists in Bangladesh have developed a vaccine that can prevent diarrhoea caused by commonly found micro-organisms.
 arrow Arrest warrant issued against a dead man
A Dhaka court has issued arrest warrant against a dead man and ordered attachment of his properties, following extortion charges against the man who died six years ago.
 arrow Steps on cards to bring back money smuggled abroad by corrupt
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor yesterday said they have information about which countries some corrupt people smuggled out their money to and the BB is ready to initiate the process to get back the
 arrow Jalil hails CA for giving poll timeframe
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil has hailed Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed for mentioning in his speech a timeframe to hold the general election.
 arrow 3 close aides to Mamun held
Police arrested three close aides to Giasuddin Al Mamun, business partner of detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, with a pistol in the city's Gulshan area early yesterday.
 arrow 4 of a family burned to death
Four members of a family, including two children, were burnt alive in a fire at their house at Chiora village under Chouddagram upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi parliament blast kills 2 MPs
A bomb rocked Iraq's parliament building in the heavily fortified Green Zone yesterday, killing at least two lawmakers in a stunning security breach in the third month of a US-Iraqi crackdown on violence
Businessarrow Govt to recruit new MDs of Sonali, Janata banks thru' competitive process
The government is going to appoint new managing directors of Sonali Bank and Janata Bank through competitive process.
 arrow WB to release $300m dev support credit by June
Bangladesh will receive $300 million credit under the World Bank's budgetary aid package by June following the government's progress in reforming the power and financial sectors and reconstitution ofthe
 arrow FBCCI expects a budget free from political bias
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday expected a realistic budget for the next fiscal year, as the present government has no political stake to consider politically
 arrow Release Tk 700cr cash incentive immediately
Knitwear manufacturers yesterday once again urged the government to release the due cash incentive worth Tk 700 crore for knit industry immediately.
 arrow Credible polls to bring back stability for sustained growth
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh has suggested that holding a free, fair and credible election will bring back much needed stability in the country for sustained growth and prosperity.
 arrow Benapole port to remain open on Saturdays
Benapole Customs and Port authority yesterday decided to keep the customs and port open on Saturdays for quick offloading of imported rice, lentil and different food items.
 arrow Tk 300cr syndicated loan for Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom International Ltd has signed a security sharing agreement with 22 local lenders who participated in a syndicated deal for Tk 300 crore arranged by Industrial & Infrastructure Development
 arrow China's FDI on the rise
Foreign direct investment into China in the first quarter of the year totalled 15.9 billion dollars, a rise of 11.6 percent from the same period a year earlier, the government said Thursday.
 arrow US cautious on progress
The United States ruled out an immediate breakthrough in global trade talks here on Thursday and called on India and Brazil to assume a leadership role in ending the deadlock.
 arrow Indian chambers for firm stance to make success
As trade ministers from India, US, European Union and Brazil made another attempt to salvage the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations here yesterday, Indian business and industry chambers favoured
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Silky Shakib stands tall
Kwame Nkru-mah, the first president of Ghana, once warned his fellow Afri-cans of "squ-andering the golden oppor-tunities of independence".
 arrow Cricket: Was there a plan?
Having been lauded on a number of occasions for their vision, the Bangla-desh team management took their eye off the ball on Wednesday. Apparently there was no planning right from the word go.
 arrow Cricket: Poised for the semis
Australia are poised to storm into the World Cup semifinals without being seriously chall-enged as they take on debutants Ireland in their Super Eights match here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Facile win for local academy
Bangladesh Cricket Academy (BCA) took a 1-0 lead against Pakistan Academy in the two-match four-day series when they handed the visitors a 77-run defeat in the first match yesterday.
 arrow Football: Chittagong derby today
Port city rivals Abahani and Mohammedan will be pitted against each other in the first Chittagong derby of the B.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden eyes big one
Matthew Hayden's explosive start to the World Cup has put him on course to break Indian master Sachin Tendulkar's record of most one-day international runs made in a year.
 arrow Cricket: Time for changes: Gordon
Changes are already being made to the West Indies cricket team prior to their tour of England in May, according to West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Ken Gordon.
 arrow Cricket: Smith rallies for flair
South Africa captain Graeme Smith says playing with freedom and natural flair holds the key to his team's revived Cricket World Cup campaign.
 arrow Local Snippets
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib maintained his solo lead in the 33rd National Chess Championship after his 10th round win over FM Taibur Rahman at the NSC hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar revises target
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar conceded his team's World Cup semifinal hopes are doomed after a four-wicket defeat against England in the Super Eights match here.
 arrow Cricket: 'Hard nut to crack'
England captain Michael Vaughan saw his team labour to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh on Wednesday and admitted there was plenty of work to do if they are to make the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan looks to raise game
Skipper Mi-chael Vaughan hopes his own form and that of his fellow England batsmen improves in the crunch World Cup matches against South Africa and the West Indies.
 arrow Football: Milan showcase pedigree
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admitted his side were bitterly disappointed at their Champions League exit after suffering a 2-0 home defeat to AC Milan on Wednesday night.
 arrow Cricket: Bird irate at ECB
England and Wales Cricket Board's latest announcement that players would be able to challenge umpires' decision in a limited-overs tournament has irked Dickie Bird, who said it signalled the age of "glorified
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam slams hotel security
Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq criticised the security at the Jamaican hotel where coach Bob Woolmer was strangled during the World Cup last month.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds wants longer innings
Andrew Symonds might be suffering from a lack of batting time as Australia's top-order dominates at the World Cup, but he feels ready for a long innings if his teammates allow it.
 arrow Cricket: Marcus is back
England opening batsman Marcus Trescothick said on Wednesday he is desperate to play again for the national team which will come as welcome news for a squad currently struggling at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: TV footage sent to UK
Police investigating the murder of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer have sent CCTV images to the UK for analysis, Jamaican officials have said.
 arrow Football: 'Best is yet to come'
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti says there is more to come from his side after their 2-0 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night booked them a Champions League semifinal against Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Crouch completes formalities
Peter Crouch put Liverpool on course for a Champions League grudge match against Chelsea as his second half strike sealed a 1-0 quarterfinal second leg win over 10-man PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No love lost between old foes
Rafa Benitez has started the psychological war ahead of Liver-pool's Cham-pions League grudge match against Chelsea by claiming Jose Mourinho is only friends with managers he does not fear.
 arrow Football: More worries for Maradona
Diego Maradona faces treatment for alcoholism after being released from hospital, but the Argentine football idol still hopes to attend a major game of his beloved Boca Juniors team.
 arrow Football: England-Brazil in Wembley curtain-raiser
England will take on Brazil in their first match at the new Wembley Stadium on June 1, the Football Association (FA) confirmed Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kaiser braced for Hargreaves exit
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer revealed on Wednesday that the German champions would be ready to let Owen Hargreaves join Manchester United this summer if the price was right.
 arrow Football: Italians released
Four Italian men charged after clashes with police marred Manchester United's Champions League quarterfinal victory over AS Roma, walked free from court Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Full text of the speech of chief adviser
Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed addressed the nation yesterday marking the completion of his three months in office.
 arrow 'Lack of accountability breeds corruption'
Corruption breeds when accountability of public representatives is compromised for personal consideration, said Chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Prof Muzaffer Ahmad at a function
 arrow Set up big power plants to meet crying demand for energy
A multidisciplinary seminar yesterday recommended mixed energy system for the country with special emphasis on setting up big power plants to meet the crying demand of energy.
 arrow Debate helps generate leadership
A debate sharpens the thinking of students, nurtures their intellect and helps generate leadership among them, said the speakers at the inaugural ceremony of a debate competition at Viqarunnisa Noon School
 arrow Withdrawal of charge sheet against Hasina demanded
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a combine of 14-party-backed student organisations, yesterday expressed concern over the filing of a charge sheet against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and 45 other leaders
 arrow 3 labourers die in landslide
Three day-labourers died and 10 others were injured in a landslide in Munshiganj district yesterday.
 arrow Butenis visits Sundarbans
US Ambassador in Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday visited the Sundarbans.
 arrow Fares of water transports increased
Fares of water transports have been increased to Tk 1.00 per kilometre (km) from Tk 0.90 for a distance of up to 100km and Tk 0.80 per km from Tk 0.
 arrow Two outlaws get 3 years' RI in extortion case
Two armed cadres of outlawed PBCP (Janajuddho) have been sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 5,000 each in an extortion case. They are Mamun-ar-Rashid and Ali Akbar.
Point-Counterpointarrow Rebel with a cause
On an occasion when one is confronted with the lifetime popular works of such an outstanding scholar as Professor Sobhan, one is seized by an urge for introspection.
 arrow Protect our small farmers from bird flu
The problem: Bird flu has now spread from Biman's farm in Savar to seven districts. If the spread of this virus is not stopped, it will eventually wipe out all the small poultry farmers in Bangladesh.
 arrow Just fifty more
Ah, the Tebbit cricket test -- tersely put to Britain's Asian population by the Conservative MP: "Which side do you cheer for? It's an interesting test.
Culturearrow Soovas Dutt: Undying passion for filmmaking
Any account of Bangladeshi film history will not be complete without mentioning Soovas Dutt. He is one of those who have remained active in our film industry ever since its inception.
 arrow Amazing lines and colours in viscosity
Sounds of dhol and shanai heralded the conclusion of Kalidas Karmakar's print workshop at Alliance Francaise Dhaka. The Japanese ambassador, Masauki Inoue, was the chief guest at the occasion.
 arrow Special TV Programmes on Pahela Baishakh
On the occasion of Pahela Baishakh TV Channels will air special programmes, including TV plays, magazine shows and musical programmes.
 arrow HSBC launches second volume of 'Shotoborsher Bangla Gaan'
To celebrate the last 100 years of Bangla music, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) in Bangladesh held a musical soiree at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, Dhaka in
Generalarrow Deal with criminals with iron hand
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the members of the police force to deal sternly with terrorists, toll collectors and lawbreakers as well as their patrons.
 arrow Respectful bond can end problem
Speakers at a conference yesterday said respectful relationship and equal approach towards men and women can bring an end to domestic violence against women in the country.
 arrow Sweden supports roadmap to democracy, HR
Swedish Human Rights Ambassador Jan Axel Nordlander yesterday said Sweden supports Bangladesh government's roadmap towards establishment of full democracy and human rights.
 arrow Ctg Quick Prescription Service launched
Quick Prescription Service (QPS), a new concept of pharmacy, started its journey in the port city yesterday with a view to serving people in healthcare.
 arrow Doctor dies in rooftop fall
A doctor died in the city yesterday as he fell from the rooftop of a nine-storey building.
 arrow New Lions Club Int'l executives
Ln Md Nazrul Islam and Ln Engr Md Sohel Khan have been elected district governor and vice district governor of Lions Clubs International District 315B3, Bangladesh respectively for the term 2007-2008.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cases involving politicians
Forty six leading figures, mostly from the 14-party alliance and some from the Jamaat-e-Islami, have suddenly been charged with murder. The Awami League chief also stands accused in an extortion case.
 arrow Editorial: Murder of Jhalakathi PP
We condemn the gruesome killing of the Jhalakhati Public Prosecutor (PP), well known for prosecuting the JMB killers of the Jhalakathi judges.
 arrow The politicians should come forward
In the last election I voted for BNP, but I always believed that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the father of this nation. If anybody wants proof, I have none for the first.
 arrow Avoiding misstep
Corruption, denoting illegal transaction between holders of political and administrative powers and people sitting on the other side of the table seeking unfair advantages, is to be abhorred, and those
 arrow Tigers fight with honour
Respect -- that is what we have been demanding, and respect is what we have honourably acquired from the cricketing fraternity of the world.
Letters to Editorarrow Separation of Judiciary
It's a matter of regret that all the newspapers including yours are discussing about separation of the Judiciary from the Executive without attaching due importance to the problems associated with such
 arrow What a win!
It's an answer to them who call the 'Tigers' time & again minnows. It's an answer to the media who called the win against India a fluke.
 arrow Plight of Palestine
Under the auspices of Saudi King Abdullah, The Hamas govt and the Fatah Party head have agreed to forge a coalition government.
 arrow Talking only!
The mobile phone revolution has transformed our nation to a talking one. Nowadays people of all ages, classes and professions are seen with mobile phones on their hands and always busy in conversation.
 arrow Luxury cars
I totally agree with the suggestion made by the Army chief Gen. Moeen to sell off all the luxury cars that are being imported by the MPs under their duty free quota.
 arrow Victory of Bangladesh
This is the greatest victory for Bangladesh surpassing the triumph against Australia in Cardiff. The win against South Africa will be treated as a landmark in the cricketing history of Bangladesh.
 arrow Crusade against corruption
It is so nice to hear and see that this nation is undergoing a big surgical procedure for curing its manifold ailments like corruption and misrule.
 arrow Dr. Yunus and the future of Bangladesh
I passionately congratulate Abdullah Momen on presenting an excellent case for supporting Dr. Yunus politically ( The Daily Star 30/3/07).
 arrow National ID
Can't we share the Pakistani experience of how they implemented the national ID card project? If we can find out and use some of their experience it may help our Army to have an idea of where tostart
 arrow Priorities of the caretaker government
Of course the "popular" elected regimes won't admit to indirect sabotage through bad governance, but these are facts, as revealed by the bull-dozing actions of the non-political interim govt.
 arrow "Give due respect"
Thank you very much for the comment"Give due respect to our leaders and let the nation move on." It's timely and appropriate. I fully agree with your opinion.
 arrow Mandira, accept the truth
Sony Max has got the TV rights for this year's cricket World Cup for the Asian region. This channel is airing a special talk show "extraa innings" before, after & in the middle of a match.
 arrow General's statement
Regarding the recent statement by our Army Chief, I have to say something as a general citizen of the country. Any partisan statement should be avoided by a highly placed public servant.
 arrow Selling and buying dollar
And now that, at long last, the Central Bank has intervened and instructed the scheduled banks that the difference between the selling and buying rates of the US dollar should be lower than Tk.1.
 arrow Being human
The reward of being human out of 10-million or so species outweighs even the Noble Prize.
 arrow History of Bangladesh
Our children born after independence are deprived of knowing the correct history of Bangladesh.
 arrow Fare hike of CNG autorickshaws
I refer to the news item on the above issue appearing in your newspaper.
 arrow Bangladesh cricket matures
The convincing win over South Africa heralds the maturity of Bangladesh cricket. The team deserves our unqualified congratulations for their professional performance.
 arrow Upset?
I would like to draw your attention to the headline "Tigers Roar Again/ Ashraful hits strokeful 87 to cause the biggest World Cup upset against Proteus".
 arrow Think about Chappell
I think this is time for Whatmore to quit, we thank him for his effort to build up Bangladesh cricket to the current stage. Now it is time to go for someone else. The best choice is Greg Chappell.
 arrow Editorial on General's views
Here, I am referring to today's (5 April 2007) first editorial of DS. It was written in light of Lt. Gen. Moeen U Ahmed's views on democracy.
 arrow Nobody is above the law
During the regimes of Sheikh Hasina, HM Ershad and Begum Khaleda Zia, they said that they were working for the welfare of the country. They worked to root out crime and corruption.
Environmentarrow Urban forestry: Imperative for life in city
Over the last three decades, serious and growing concerns regarding the status and use of natural forests have emerged.
 arrow The right to water
In Bangladesh, like in all other developing countries, lots of people, particularly those among the poorest, do not have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
Worldarrow Lankan troops take key highway from Tigers
Sri Lankan forces have captured a strategic highway in the island's restive eastern province, which was under Tamil Tiger control for 15 years, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Pak tribesmen kill 300 foreign militants
President Gen Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that tribesmen have killed about 300 foreign militants during a weeklong offensive near the Afghan border and acknowledged for first time that they received
 arrow Two Canadians, 35 Taliban killed in Afghan violence
Two Canadian soldiers and 35 Taliban militants were killed in the latest violence to rock insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow al-Qaeda bombings kill 33 in Algeria
The death toll from al-Qaeda-claimed suicide bombings in Algeria rose Thursday to 33, the government said, as police rolled out in force in the shaken capital, establishing highway checkpoints to reinforce
 arrow Lanka uses anti-terror laws to crush media
Sri Lanka is using tough anti-terror laws to suppress democratic dissent and journalists who expose human rights abuses, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged yesterday.
 arrow Pak sectarian clashes leave dozens dead
Gunfights erupted again yesterday in villages near the Afghan border where clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslims have killed at least 55 people over the past week, an official said.
 arrow 'N Korea now ready to close N-plants'
After weeks of stalemate over a financial dispute, North Korea is now ready to shut down its main nuclear facilities and accept UN nuclear inspectors, US officials who visited Pyongyang said Wednesday.
 arrow Indian missile test fire successful
India successfully test fired a new missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads across much of Asia and the Middle East, a defence ministry spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Chinese PM offers friendship to Japan
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao offered Japan the hand of friendship Thursday in a call to put aside bitter memories of the past that have hobbled relations between the two Asian giants.
 arrow Pakistan, Russia agree to combat drug trafficking
Pakistan and Russia agreed yesterday to combat drug trafficking and boost cooperation in the fields of science, education and culture, officials said.
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