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Front Pagearrow Court suspends arrest warrant against Hasina
A Dhaka court yesterday suspended the operation of the arrest warrants issued against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and two others in connection with the Paltan killings on October 28 last
 arrow EC hopes ban on indoor politics to go by May 8
Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain yesterday hoped that the ban on indoor politics in the country would be lifted next month.
 arrow BNP leaders still back Khaleda
BNP leaders pledged their support for the continued leadership of Khaleda Zia and said the party will remain intact under any circumstances.
 arrow Move on in AL for leadership change
A number of key Awami League (AL) leaders have reportedly started working towards a change in the party's top leadership against the backdrop of a 'ban' on Sheikh Hasina's return to the country.
 arrow Major cut in ADP likely due to poor revenue collection
The government may make significant cuts in the budget for the current fiscal year, especially in the Annual Development Programme (ADP), due to poor revenue collection, and to reduce unnecessary spending.
 arrow Mamun confesses Tk 10cr extortion
Detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman was shown arrested in a Tk 53 lakh extortion case yesterday while his close friend Giasuddin Al Mamun confessed his involvement in extortionof
 arrow KEPZ to get licence on original terms
The government has taken a fresh decision to award operating licence to the country's biggest private export zone-- Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ)-- by dropping some terms and conditions that clashed
 arrow Khaleda's going abroad delayed for complications in getting visa
As complications over getting visa for Saudi Arabia still persist, no significant development took place yesterday regarding the ongoing drama over Khaleda Zia's going into exile.
 arrow Charges pressed against Aminul, Dulu, Nadim for patronising JMB
Police last night pressed charges against former post and telecommunications minister Barrister Aminul Haque, ex-deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu, former lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and
 arrow Sending 2 top leaders outside 'injudicious'
Leading intellectuals yesterday said that sending two former prime ministers outside the country is 'shortsighted and injudicious' and will not pave the way for establishing democracy.
 arrow Mainul, Matin mum on politics
Two influential advisers of the interim government, Barrister Mainul Hosein and MA Matin, yesterday did not speak to the media about politics, unlike they usually do.
 arrow Shibir leader Salehi finally surrenders, sent to jail
The prime accused in Rajshahi University (RU) professor S Taher Ahmed murder case and RU Islami Chhatra Shibir president Mahbubul Alam Salehi was sent to jail yesterday after he appeared before a court
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 arrow Direct passenger train service on cards
The governments of Bangladesh and India are closely working on introducing a direct passenger train service between Dhaka and Kolkata.
 arrow CA asks expats to invest at home
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged Bangladeshi expatriates to invest in the country's potential sectors to reap dividends of the prevailing ideal business climate.
 arrow HC extends bail for 14-party men for 6 weeks
The High Court (HC) yesterday extended by six weeks the anticipatory bail for Awami League-led 14-party alliance leaders and workers, including MA Jalil, Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Huq Inu and Shahara
 arrow First WC semifinal today
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming believes Sri Lanka's top-order is a weakness that his bowlers can expose during the first semifinal in Jamaica on Tuesday.
 arrow Govt body for reducing import duty
A high-powered government committee on monitoring prices of essentials yesterday recommended reducing the duty on imported edible oil aiming to cool off its price hike.
 arrow The nor'wester...

 arrow 80,000 tonnes of fertiliser to be imported
The advisory committee on purchase yesterday decided to buy 80,000 metric tons of fertiliser for the next aman season.
 arrow Ex-Russian president Boris Yeltsin dead
Boris Yeltsin, the first president of post-Soviet Russia, died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. He was aged 76.
 arrow 27 killed in Iraq suicide blasts
Three suicide bombers launched attacks in different parts of Iraq on Monday, killing at least 27 people and wounding nearly 60 on Monday, police and politicians said.
 arrow Musharraf to be re-elected
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will be elected for a second term by the sitting parliament in September or October before it is dissolved ahead of general elections, Premier Shaukat Aziz said.
Businessarrow Rajuk's delay in okaying new project designs stifles housing growth
Developers yesterday blamed city planners for unprecedented delays in approving new project designs, which has stifled growth in the sector.
 arrow Govt may cut discretionary power of tax officials
The government is actively considering curtailing the discretionary power of the customs and tax officials, the chief of the tax administration told businesspeople in the port city Sunday.
 arrow Finish pre-qualification process to appoint pvt firm in 10 days
Shipping Adviser M A Matin yesterday asked the officials of the shipping ministry to complete the pre-qualification process for appointing a private operator for new mooring container terminal (NCT) at
 arrow Foreigners, locals urged to up investment in yarn, fabric production
The textiles and jute adviser has urged foreigners and locals to increase investment in yarn and fabric production to ensure a smooth supply for the garment industry.
 arrow Dhaka Bank arranges Tk 68cr for new paper mill
A major paper mill will be set up at Shantapara of Ghorashal in Narsingdi district.
 arrow HSBC celebrates 'Greater China Trade Day' today
HSBC's trade teams across Asia-Pacific will celebrate 'Greater China Trade Day' today to promote the bank's capabilities to support trade with companies operating in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwanand
 arrow IFC gives $5m trade finance facilities to Southeast Bank
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, yesterday announced that local Southeast Bank is joining its Global Trade Finance Programme under which IFC isproviding
 arrow SEC fines 3 firm directors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has fined all directors of three textile companies -- Sripur Textile Mills Limited, Kashem Silk Mills Limited and Kashem Textile Mills Limited -- for violation
 arrow Wolfowitz must quit, say ex-World Bank executives
More than 40 senior former World Bank officials called Monday for the immediate resignation of its embattled leader Paul Wolfowitz, saying he had lost trust and respect.
 arrow China to boost oil reserves
China's future energy demands will rely more heavily on clean power such as wind and solar, but more oil would be stockpiled in case of emergencies, a top official said.
 arrow India may keep key rates unchanged
Under pressure not to halt rapid growth, India's central bank may keep key rates unchanged when it meets on Tuesday, even though inflation is well above its target zone, analysts said Monday.
 arrow Citigroup, HSBC launch retail business in China
US-based Citigroup and Britain's HSBC were among a group of banks that started providing local-currency retail services in China Monday after receiving the final green light, state media said.
 arrow SingTel eyes central Asia, Middle East
Singapore Telecommunications is eyeing investment opportunities in central Asia and the Middle East, but its business will primarily be focused in Asia, its new chief executive said Monday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Fleming targets SL top-order
New Zealand captain Ste-phen Fle-ming belie-ves Sri Lan-ka's top-or-der batting is a weakness the Black Caps can expose when the teams meet in Tuesday's first World Cup semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: Let mind games begin
Heavyweight hitters Jac-ques Kallis and Matthew Hayden kick-ed off the mind games ahead of Aus-tralia and South Africa's potentially explosive World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Maharoof to give 200%
Sri Lanka seamer Far-veez Maha-roof pledged to give 200 per cent if that's what it takes to defeat New Zealand in the World Cup semifinals here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Cruciani face to face with Nayeem again
About 16 months after losing the SAFF Championship final to Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin, Diego Cruciani will once again face his coaching rival when Abahani meet Brothers Union in the B. League today.
 arrow Cricket: Razzak in ODI top 10
Seven of the top 10 batsmen in the latest ICC rankings are from teams involved in this week's World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: SL keep faith in Tharanga
Sri Lanka will persist with out-of-form opener Upul Tharanga for the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, the country's chief selector said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Farashganj stun Ctg MSC
Farashganj Sporting Club rallied in the second half to crush visiting Chittagong Mohammedan 3-0 in yesterday's B. League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas leave '99 behind
Veterans of South Africa's 1999 World Cup insist they will not be haunted by the nightmare of their exit at the hands of Australia when they square up once again at the semifinal stage Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Watson stung by critics
Shane Watson has admitted to being hurt by criticism from the likes of former Australia captain Bobby Simpson but a desire to prove his doubters wrong has inspired the all-rounder to nail down a place
 arrow Cricket: India in a hurry
Three former India captains, including batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, were Monday named as members of a high-powered panel to select Greg Chappell's successor as national coach.
 arrow Cricket: King quits as coach
Bennett King has quit as coach of the West Indies after the team's dismal World Cup campaign, it was reported here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara worries over Tests
Brian Lara spent his first day in international retirement on Sunday fretting over the future of Test match and first class cricket.
 arrow Football: Barca leave it wide open
The see-saw season at the top of the Spanish first division continued with league leaders Barcelona going down 2-0 at Villarreal on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milan wary of United
When Man-chester United knocked seven goals past AS Roma in the last round of the Champions League, the Italian press was moved to voice concern over the humiliation Cristiano Ronaldo and co might inflict
 arrow Football: Inter insist title is legitimate
Inter Milan have insisted their latest Serie A title success is legitimate despite the lack of serious competition after the fall-out from last summer's Italian match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: C'Ron's delightful double
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo was on Sunday named the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
 arrow Local Snippets
Accounting and Applied Physics won their respective matches in the opening day of the Dhaka University Inter-Department Basketball competition at the Jahurul Haq Hall Court yesterday.
 arrow Mollah not in new ad-hoc committee
The National Sports Council (NSC) on Sunday approved the new ad-hoc committee of the Dhaka Divisional Sports Association.
 arrow Cricket: Officials for semifinals
Umpires for the World Cup semifinals have been announced by the International Cricket Council.
 arrow Cricket: WI, Eng fined
England and the West Indies have been fined for slow over-rates during their World Cup Super Eights match here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bracken wishes early wrap-up
Australian seamer Nathan Bracken said it was crucial to wrap up convincing wins over Sri Lanka and New Zealand to deliver a crucial psychological blow against potential World Cup final opponents.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland 10th best team
Ireland have been rewarded for their memorable World Cup debut by being confirmed as the 10th best team in the world.
 arrow Football: Maradona having mental treatment
Football legend Diego Maradona on Sunday marked his first day in a mental health unit where he is fighting alcoholism, his physician said.
 arrow Football: Queen an Arsenal fan
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has secretly been a lifelong supporter of English Premiership football giants Arsenal, The Sun newspaper said Monday.
 arrow Football: Celtic ride on Nakamura
Shunsuke Nakamura revealed he achieved a long-held ambition by abandoning his usual reserved demeanour and jumping into the Celtic support to celebrate his league winning goal.
 arrow Football: Refs irk Jose again
Jose Mourinho took managerial mind games to a new level when he suggested English football was now governed by a rulebook weighted heavily in the favour of title rivals Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Owen ready to return
England striker Michael Owen could make his long awaited debut this season in Newcastle's clash with Reading next Monday, according to his manager Glen Roeder.
 arrow Football: Al-Ahly's centenary plan
After clinching 99 titles in as many years, Egypt's Al-Ahly -- one of the most trophy-laden clubs in world football -- is set to celebrate its centennial in style by hosting Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Lyon held at Auxerre
Title-holders Lyon had to settle for a goalless draw at Auxerre on Sunday, a day after being crowned French champions for a record sixth time in a row.
 arrow Football: Japan hails its hero
Japanese dailies on Monday lauded midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura as history-making after his last-gasp goal gave Celtic the Scottish Premier League title.
 arrow Football: James breaks record
David James broke the record for Premiership cleansheets with a superb display that helped Portsmouth earn a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Deposed Thai PM eyes English team
Deposed Thai prime minister and football fan Thaksin Shinawatra, who once tried to purchase Liverpool, may be considering buying another English Premier League team, his lawyer hinted Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Free local govt from grip of lawmakers, bureaucrats
Union Parishad (UP) chairmen and civil society members at a roundtable yesterday expressed grave concern over the state of local government (LG), saying the system would be destroyed soon if it is not
 arrow Road crash creates negative impact on economy
Health and Family Welfare Adviser Major Gen (Retd) ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday said high speed and tendency for overtaking are the main reasons for road accidents that create negative pressure on national
 arrow Charge sheets against listed graft suspects in few days
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will start submitting charge sheets within a few days against the listed graft suspects against whom first information reports (FIRs) were filed earlier.
 arrow 'Enforce birth registration law to prevent child marriage'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for strict enforcement of birth registration law in order to prevent child marriage.
 arrow DU move to make admission process free from corruption
Dhaka University (DU) yesterday took some major decisions to make its admission process free from corruption at a meeting of all concerned with the vice-chancellor in the chair.
 arrow Tk 4.93 lakh looted, 9 hurt in city incidents
Nine people were injured and Tk 4.93 lakh was looted in four separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow BDR-BSF border confce begins in Ctg
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began a three-day meeting at a hotel in the port city yesterday to discuss border issues.
 arrow 'Nasreen Huq fought for women's empowerment'
Making society free from oppression is not possible until women achieve emancipation in the real sense and Nasreen Huq struggled throughout her life to ensure women's empowerment and their freedom.
 arrow Cop harasses woman in Ctg
An assistant commissioner (AC) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has been charged with harassing a woman bus passenger at City Gate under Pahartali Police Station on Saturday night.
 arrow Indian envoy meets ACC chairman
Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday called on Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury at his office and assured of Indian assistance to Bangladesh's
 arrow Lecture on empowerment
Empowerment of women should be gauged in terms of their capacity to make choices of their own. But the choices that do not reflect her welfare should not be considered as an indicator of empowerment.
 arrow Govt donations for BSEC Bhaban fire victims
The government has allocated donations for the victims of a fire that swept through the BSEC Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the city on February 26.
 arrow Deal with Switzerland soon
Bangladesh and Switzerland yesterday agreed to sign an agreement on avoidance of double taxation soon to enhance Swiss investments in Bangladesh.
 arrow Computer training for underprivileged children
Australian High Commissioner Douglas Foskett on Sunday inaugurated a project to provide vocational training on computer for underprivileged children and assist them in securing jobs in related fields.
 arrow Cop action on family members of jute workers condemned
Different organisations yesterday expressed grave concern over the police atrocities on family members of workers of different jute mills in Khalishpur industrial area in Khulna.
 arrow 2 listed criminals held in city: 4 firearms seized
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized four firearms and arrested two listed criminals in separate raids in the city yesterday.
 arrow Arrest of Hajong leader's killers demanded
Leaders of Bangladesh Hajong Unnayan Sangathan in a statement yesterday demanded arrest of the culprits responsible for the killing of Satyaban Hajong, former general secretary of the organisation, and
 arrow Youth found dead in city
The police recovered the body of an unidentified young man from a paddy field at Badda in the city yesterday.
 arrow Manjur made DG of CA's office
Manjur Hossain, member of Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA), has been appointed director general of the office of chief adviser, said a handout yesterday.
 arrow Indian visa centre closed for 2 days
The Indian Visa Application Centre at Gulshan shall remain closed today and tomorrow, says a press release of the High Commission of India in Dhaka. It will reopen on April 26, added the release.
Nationalarrow Extortion, cheating case against Satkhira BNP vice-president
An extortion and cheating case was filed against Satkhira district BNP vice- president Abdur Rouf yesterday.
 arrow Tk 10 cr defamation case against Kushtia daily editor
A former BNP lawmaker from Kushtia has filed a Tk 10 crore defamation case against an editor of a Kushtia daily for publishing news on his alleged corruption.
 arrow 110 MW Khulna plant silent again
The 110 MW power plant in Khulna again went out of order Sunday evening for the fourth time in the current month.
 arrow BJMC to make part payment to jute mill workers
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) is likely to make part payment of arrear wages of the workers by Thursday, said Crescent Jute Mill (CJM) general manager (GM) Shamim Ahmed, also acting coordinator
 arrow JMB cadre, 2 outlaws held in Bagmara
Police arrested an alleged JMB militant and two outlaws belonging to Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from Bagmara in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Woman killed, 50 hurt in Chandpur nor'wester
A nor'wester that lashed Faridganj uapzila area of the district Sunday night left a widow killed on the spot and about 50 others injured besides uprooting innumerable trees and damaging at least 250 houses.
 arrow Fugitive convict of triple murder case arrested
A fugitive convict of a triple murder case who was awarded death penalty by a court here earlier was arrested by the members of government railway police (GRP) in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Energy Security Beyond 2020
Power demand in Bangladesh is said to be rising at the rate of 10% or more per year. Indeed, this is a happy omen, since it is one of the indicators that say that the economy is not stagnating.
 arrow Practice of democracy and our political parties
Our politicians do not practice democracy within their parties.
 arrow Somalia in perpetual quagmire?
The increasing incidence of clashes and violence in different neighborhoods (including the worst-ever episode in 15 years that engulfed over 1,080 lives at the end of last month) and an unprecedented,
Culturearrow Portrait of an esraj player
The 200-year-old instrument esraj, a combination of sitar and sarangi, was found in the east-central India, particularly in Bengal.
 arrow An evening of Tagore songs by Nandan
Cultural organisation Nandan, recently arranged a special musical programme featuring Tagore songs.
 arrow Birishiri Upojatiyo Cultural Academy in dire straits
The aim of Birishiri Upojatiyo Cultural Academy in Netrakona is to preserve and promote the traditions and cultures of the ethnic groups in greater Mymensingh region.
Generalarrow Encourage British entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday urged expatriate Bangladeshis to encourage foreign investors, particularly the major British entrepreneurs, to invest more in manufacturing and
 arrow Shibir activists beat SCF leader on CU campus
Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Chittagong University (CU) unit beat and injured a leader of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) on the campus yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sri Lanka halts Norway envoy's peace mission
Sri Lanka stopped Nordic peace brokers from visiting Tamil Tiger rebel-held territory on Monday as warplanes bombed suspected guerrilla positions in the island's north.
 arrow Baghdad barrier to go on despite Maliki opposition
Iraqi and US officials on Monday defended a decision to build a three-mile (five-kilometre) wall around a flashpoint Sunni district of Baghdad, as street demonstrations erupted to condemn it.
 arrow Sarkozy, Royal in duel for French presidency
Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy holds an advantage over his Socialist rival Segolene Royal after the two advanced to the second round of France's presidential election, narrowing the vote to a choice between
 arrow Ruling candidate wins Nigerian election
Ruling party candidate Umaru Yar'Adua won Nigeria's presidential election yesterday, even as foreign observers slammed the credibility of the disputed poll that claimed at least 200 lives.
 arrow 6 killed at pro-Taliban protest in Pakistan
Security forces opened fire on pro-Taliban extremists who tried to storm the house of a rival Islamist leader in a Pakistani tribal region yesterday, killing six people, officials said.
 arrow Bombs kill 8 Afghan intelligence agents
Bomb blasts killed six Afghan intelligence agents and two policemen yesterday, while the decapitated body another agent was discovered in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
 arrow Malaysia hunting 20,000 visa overstayers
Malaysia is hunting down more than 20,000 foreign nationals who have entered the country as tourists before staying on to find jobs illegally, reports said Monday.
 arrow EU sanctions on Myanmar extended for another year
The European Union yesterday voiced new concern at "serious violations of human rights" in Myanmar and extended its sanctions against the military regime there for another year.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Road safety concerns
There is perhaps no other country where roads are more unsafe than ours. About 12000 people lose their lives every year in our country in road accidents.
 arrow Editorial: The French elections
The French have just been through the first round of their presidential elections.
 arrow The paradoxes of peace
Global military expenditure and arms trade form the largest spending in the world, over one trillion dollars per annum, and have been rising in recent years, close to the level that prevailed during the
 arrow Please tolerate no nonsense
The impending gas crisis in Bangladesh has the name and telephone number of the Titas gas field written on it.
 arrow Equilibrium between judiciary and executive
It is an anniversary of sorts. Thirty four years ago, on April 25, the then prime minister, Ms Indira Gandhi, superseded three Supreme Court judges, the first time in post-independent India.
Letters to Editorarrow Tigers, keep it up!
After the long tour of about two months in the West Indies, Bangladesh cricket team is now homeward and on behalf of all the fans (may be unlike some of them) I want to greet them, "Bravo Tigers!" Expectation
 arrow Violence in Virginia
The latest shooting by a young Korean student at Virginia Technical College killing 33 fellow students and professors brings to mind the 1991 mindless shootout at the Luby's Restaurant at Killeen, near
 arrow Adulteration of foods
The Star Weekend Magazine (April 6) has an article ("What's on Your Plate Today?") with elaborate description of the adulteration processes and methods in just about all-conceivable food items in this
 arrow Sheikh Hasina stuck abroad
Why has the government decided to bar Sheikh Hasina from returning to Bangladesh? What allegations are there against her? Is the government trying to establish democracy in a undemocratic way through
 arrow Case against Sheikh Hasina
Mr. M Hussain from Canada (18 Apr) is amazed that although the Jamaat (the victim party) had filed no charges against Hasina, she has been charged with murder.
 arrow Dr. Yunus' wealth statement
I am an expatriate Bangladeshi and a supporter of Dr. Yunus. I believe he possesses all the qualities to be the leader of "Future Bangladesh.
 arrow Unfair "deal"
Asking someone to leave his/her homeland is not the right response to crime and corruption.
 arrow Our politicians
Our bigwigs of politics have started to come out of their shells and it is time to see how dirty they are.
 arrow Army chief's observations
Gen. Moeen has proven himself to be an outspoken soldier. He has rightly depicted a picture of the present shabby situation of our country. But I wonder he has crossed the Rubicon.
 arrow Catch the corrupt
May I request Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed to bring the corrupt among the law enforcers to justice. We know that lots of SIs ( sub-inspectors) even ASIs (assistant sub- inspectors) of police are millionaires.
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