Vol. 5 Num 1036 Tue. May 01, 2007    
Today's Index
Front Page
Write to Editor

About Us


Today's Index
Front Pagearrow Judiciary clean-up on cards
The government is seriously considering options for restoring the image of the higher judiciary, which has been tarnished in the last five years through acute politicisation and appointments of judges
 arrow ADP revised down 17pc
The current Annual Development Programme (ADP) has been cut by 17 percent to Tk 21,600 crore due to poor revenue collection, donor conditions and inefficient and slow implementation of projects.
 arrow Early polls possible if voter list is ready before deadline
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the stalled ninth parliamentary election will be held earlier than announced if the voter list with photographs is ready before the expiration
 arrow Dhaka keen to negotiate tri-nation gas pipeline
Bangladesh is willing to negotiate the much-talked-about tri-nation pipeline passing through the country's territory for transmission of gas from Myanmar to India.
 arrow Shamim Osman jailed for 3yrs in first-ever graft case verdict
In the first-ever verdict in a case filed by the reformed Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), a Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced, in absentia, former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shamim Osman to three
 arrow Khaleda's brother made BNP vice-president
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger brother Maj (retd) Saeed Iskandar yesterday disclosed that he was made a vice-president of the party by the chief, amid widespread speculation that her stay abroad
 arrow Delay in getting SC stay order led to release of two convicts
Unusual and mysterious delay in reaching a Supreme Court stay order on the release of two persons who were condemned to death by a lower court judge for killing Rushdania Islam Bushra led to the recent
 arrow BB asks 10 banks why actions should not be taken against them
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday sent letters to 10 commercial banks, which gave loans to Chittagong-based businessman Nurunnabi against fake documents, asking why actions should not be taken against the
 arrow Constitutional basis of CG weak: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has said the constitutional basis of the incumbent caretaker government is weak and called for a specific date for holding the stalled parliamentary election.
 arrow CG tenure valid constitutionally until new govt takes over
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has said the tenure of the incumbent caretaker government is constitutionally valid until a new government takes over.
 arrow May Day today
The historic May Day will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world with a vow to establish the socioeconomic rights of the working class.
 arrow Children mired in hazardous jobs
A significant number of children in the country are still engaged in labour especially in hazardous jobs in the informal sectors, as the main reason behind child labour is yet to be addressed properly,
 arrow Charges framed against Harris Chy, Mamun in two graft cases
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, and controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in connection with two graft
 arrow Worn-out...

 arrow Farooq Sobhan may visit US as special envoy of CA
Former foreign secretary Farooq Sobhan is likely to visit the USA on May 3 as the chief adviser's special envoy to apprise US officials and congressmen of current situation of Bangladesh.
 arrow CNG 3-wheeler fare goes up from today
CNG-run three-wheeler passengers will be facing higher charges from today as the government introduces a new fare structure in the capital.
 arrow Buddha Purnima tomorrow
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhists, will be celebrated in the country as well as all over the world tomorrow, marking the advent, enlightenment and departure of Lord Gautam
 arrow Bashar captain for India series
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) kept faith in the World Cup squad when they announced a 14-member team yesterday for this month's home series against India.
 arrow Children's playground...

 arrow Sylhet mayor obtains bail in graft case
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail for two months to detained Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran in connection with the kitchen market graft case.
 arrow Clarification
Following a news report headlined 'Huge number of SIM, scratch cards seized for evading Tk 90cr VAT' carried on May 28 issue of The Daily Star, the Banglalink authority said in a clarification that it
 arrow Mufti Hannan placed on 5-day remand
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (Huji), was placed on a five-day remand yesterday in connection with a case filed for bomb explosions at Ramna Batamul
 arrow CU VC, three teachers get death threat
Chittagong University (CU) Vice Chancellor Badiul Alam and three other teachers received death threats through a letter sent by unidentified people.
 arrow Recovered...

 arrow Rebel attacks ground flights to Lanka
Three international airlines have stopped or changed their flights to Sri Lanka following air raids by Tamil Tigers near the capital's international airport, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 5 British bomb plotters jailed for life
A judge handed down life jail terms Monday to five men convicted of plotting an al-Qaeda bombing campaign in Britain, including one with links to the ringleader of the 2005 attacks in London.
 arrow 2 secretaries quizzed over abandoned house sale
Two secretaries, facing a corruption case for selling 18 abandoned houses in the city at much lower prices, were interrogated by an anti-corruption taskforce yesterday.
 arrow 47 inspectors promoted as ASPs
Forty-seven police inspectors were promoted to the posts of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) yesterday. The home ministry in a circular announced the names of the inspectors.
Businessarrow BD Welding shares manipulated by false Saudi investment plans
Officials of Bangladesh Welding Electrodes Ltd manipulated the share price of the company through spreading fictitious and fabricated information claiming a Saudi businessman was to invest in the company,
 arrow StanChart sees strong capital market growth in Bangladesh
Bangladesh's strong economic growth will increasingly force companies to look to capital markets to finance their expansion, said Sundeep Bhandari, managing director, head - global markets, South Asia,
 arrow S'pore firms take big stake in India's property boom
India is in the middle of a red-hot property boom, with Singapore designers and developers in the thick of the action, having landed millions worth of high-profile projects across the continent-sizedcountry.
 arrow Made-in India computers for around $100
While global computing giants like IBM and AMD are yet to give shape to their ambitious plans for a computer that costs USD 100 or less, an Indian company has already set its eyes on 10 million potential
 arrow Bank Asia declares 25pc stock dividend
Bank Asia Limited has declared a 25 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year ending December 31, 2006.
 arrow Emirates gets Airfinance Journal's award
Dubai-based Emirates airline has received Airfinance Journal's "Middle East Deal of the Year" award for the Singapore dollar bond, says a press release.
 arrow UBICO declares 4pc cash dividend
The UAE-Bangladesh Investment Company Limited (UBICO) has approved a four percent cash dividend for shareholders for 2006.
 arrow New chairman, vice chairman of Jamuna Bank
Nur Mohammed and Md Sirajul Islam Varosha have been unanimously elected chairman and vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Jamuna Bank Limited, says a press release.
 arrow Prime Finance okays 20pc cash, 10pc stock dividends
Prime Finance and Investment Limited has approved a 30 percent dividend comprising a 20 percent cash and a 10 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow IIDFC okays 22pc dividend
Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IIDFC) has approved 22 percent (12 percent cash and 10 percent stock) dividend for its shareholders for 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Key WTO players to meet in Paris May 17-18
The four key players in the WTO's long-running round of trade liberalisation talks -- the European Union, the United States, India and Brazil -- will meet in Paris on May 17-18, a European source said
 arrow Special bank panel to grill Wolfowitz
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, fighting to keep his job, is arguing that the poverty-fighting institution's ethics officials were aware of his role in helping secure a promotion and pay raise for
 arrow Myanmar-Thai trade up over 50pc in FY '07
Bilateral trade between Myanmar and Thailand increased by about 51 percent to 2.
 arrow Fareast Finance okays 12.5pc dividend
Fareast Finance & Investment Ltd, a leasing and financial company, declared 12.5 percent dividend in the form of bonus share for its shareholders, says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar captain, Ash deputy
Habibul Bashar was retained as captain and ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful appointed as his deputy for Bangladesh's three-match one-day home series against India this month.
 arrow Cricket: Captain contemplating quitting one-dayers
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar made it clear yesterday that he is on the verge of calling time on his one-day career.
 arrow Football: Munna puts Reds atop
Matiur Munna's first-half strike lifted Muktijoddha to the top of the B. League table with a hard fought 1-0 win over Arambagh yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' 'tour de farce'
They might have walked away with the coveted World Cup trophy, but Austra-lians were Monday sha-king their heads at the bizarre ending to the biggest event in cricket's one-day calendar.
 arrow Cricket: 'Lanka can return with heads high'
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody is confident that his team will be a major force in international cri-cket despite losing the World Cup final against Australia here.
 arrow Cricket: AB Bank to sell tickets
The tickets for the upcoming home series against India will go on sale from May 7 from different branches of the AB Bank Limited.
 arrow Cricket: Speed's back against wall
The ICC, under fire from a number of direction for its handling of the World Cup, received a broadside from Niranjan Shah, the Indian board secretary, for becoming "more and more bureaucratic" and costing
 arrow Cricket: Speed sorry for sad end
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed apologised Sun-day for the "very sad way" the World Cup final finished amidst farcical scenes.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan given WI captaincy
Seasoned middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been appointed the new West Indies captain, succeeding Brian Lara who quit international cricket after the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: 'Woolmer was poisoned'
Murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was poisoned before being strangled, rendering him powerless to fight back against his killer, the BBC will say in a programme on Monday.
 arrow Football: Reds aim for Chelsea jugular
John Arne Riise has warned his Liverpool teammates that patience will be the key to their chances of overturning a 1-0 deficit in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against Chelsea here
 arrow Football: Arsenal let Fulham feel it
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor plunged Fulham deeper into relegation trouble as his late goal set up a 3-1 win over Lawrie Sanchez's struggling side on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Kaka calls for character
Brazilian striker Kaka has called on AC Milan to reproduce the form which had Champions League semifinal rivals Manchester United in a half-time sweat during their first leg at Old Trafford last week.
 arrow Football: Status quo unchanged
Barcelona maintained their slender one point lead of the Spanish first division, thanks to a Samuel Eto'o goal in their 1-0 victory over Levante, as the top three teams in Spain all won.
 arrow Football: Russel officials punished heavily
The B.
 arrow Football: Abahani looking to mid-season transfers
With the B. League mid-season transfer window opening in two weeks, Abahani might go for new foreign players to strengthen their attack.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan Academy champs
Pakistan Academy snatched a five-run win against Bangladesh Academy from the jaw of defeat to win the triangular series title yesterday.
 arrow Football: Seven more in zonal final
Seven more teams Kurigram, Narayanganj, Jhenaidah, Gazipur, Comilla, Feni and Patuakhali -- reached the zonal finals of the Western Union National Youth (Under-18) Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Football: Barthez flees Nantes
France's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has quit his club Nantes for safety reasons following a violent post-match run-in with a group of disgruntled supporters.
 arrow Football: Peruzzi hangs up his gloves
Lazio's veteran keeper Angelo Peruzzi announced his retirement after Sunday's drab goalless draw against city rivals Roma. Immediately after the match, Peruzzi revealed he was hanging up his gloves.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard to shield Messi
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard admitted on Sunday that he might have to curb some of Lionel Messi's inspired and mesmerising runs in order to save him from further injuries.
 arrow Football: Lee new Bolton coach
Former Liverpool and England coach Sammy Lee has been confirmed as the full-time manager of Premiership side Bolton following Sam Allardyce's shock resignation.
Metropolitanarrow Women still bystanders in decision making
Finance Adviser Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the government is fully committed to ensure accountability and transparency in public expenditures.
 arrow Old parts of Dhaka, Ctg at high risk of tremor
The old parts of both Dhaka and Chittagong are the most vulnerable to earthquake due to narrow road, high density of population and buildings, experts at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 'Ban use of children in political activities'
Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday assured the National Children's Task Force (NCTF) of taking steps to prevent the use of children in political activities.
 arrow Touchstone statue of Ganesh worth Tk 3.5cr recovered
Police recovered a touchstone statue of Hindu god Ganesh worth Tk 3.5 crore from Boloi village under Tangibari upazila of the district last night. The one-foot-long statue weighs over 3 kilograms.
 arrow Injured jute mill worker dies in KMCH prison cell
A pump operator of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills succumbed to his injuries in the prison cell of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) at 4:00am on Sunday.
 arrow Madrasa student gets life, 3 others 14 years for killing boy in Sylhet
A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced a madrasa student to life imprisonment and three other students to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing a fellow student.
 arrow Mohsin Hall becomes champion
Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University emerged as the champion in The Daily Star 4th Inter Hall English Debate Championship 2007 while Suryasen Hall won the championship of the 7th Inter Hall Bangla
 arrow Prof Mannan passes away
Former vice chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) Prof Abdul Mannan passed away at his Gulshan residence in the city yesterday morning at the age of 76, says a press release.
 arrow Chief health officer among 4 RCC staffs held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested four officials and employees of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC), including the chief health officer, for selling out anti-rabbit vaccines ofthe
 arrow Kidnapper confesses to murder of boy
Khaled Hossain Zakir gave the confessional statement in the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court yesterday that he and his cousin Shamim killed Saidul, 7, after kidnaping him for ransom of Tk50,000
 arrow Housewife succumbs to burn injuries
A housewife died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, a day after her husband and his first wife poured kerosene over her and set fire to her body.
 arrow 213 incidents of women's repression in April
A total of 213 incidents of women repression took place across the country in April last, says a report of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, a rights group of women.
 arrow Manikganj municipal chairman sued
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed two separate cases against Manikganj municipal chairman and commissioner for allegedly misappropriating Tk 2,00,000.
 arrow 'Radical changes in prison management soon'
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said radical changes would be brought to prison management in order to help prisoners become productive members of society.
 arrow Fund in budget for Khulna dev demanded
Khulna City Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman has demanded that the caretaker government allocate necessary fund in the next national budget for implementation of different development projects of greater Khulna.
 arrow 8th World Hindi Conference July 13-15 in New York
The 8th World Hindi Conference will be held in New York on July 13-15, says a press release of the High Commission of India in Dhaka.
 arrow 4 more die
Four more people succumbed to their burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the last two days who were injured in the fire that broke out at an electric fan factory at Jatrabari on Wednesday
 arrow Aftab chairman of English Speaking Union of Bangladesh
Eminent business leader Aftab ul Islam has been appointed chairman of the newly-formed The English Speaking Union of Bangladesh.
 arrow Prof Tahir, Prof Majid new VC, pro-VC of BSMMU
Prof Mohammad Tahir and Prof MA Majid joined Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as the new vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellor on Sunday, say BSMMU press releases.
 arrow Prof Sharif made EWU VC
Prof Mohammed Sharif has been appointed vice chancellor of East West University, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Jamuna threatens flood control dam in Bogra
The Jamuna has threatened the right portion of flood control embankment at Talukderpara in Shariakandi upazila.
 arrow From destitute to garment worker
'I became a destitute when my father died 12 years ago,' said 25-year-old Sapna of Rupnagar area in Mirpur, Dhaka. As Sapna was devastated, she was compelled to become a domestic help at a house.
 arrow Kamalganj BNP leader arrested
Joint forces arrested Kamalganj Pourasava chairman Hasin Afroz Chowdhury, also Kamalganj upazila BNP general secretary, on extortion charge.
 arrow Four Indians languish in Satkhira jail
Four Indian nationals have been languishing in Satkhira jail, even after completion of their prison term within a period from July 10, 2006 to April 8 this year as the jail authorities failed to sendthem
 arrow Wife beaten to death in Pabna
A housewife was beaten to death for dowry by her husband at Masimpur village under Pabna Sadar upazilla. The victim was identified as Tota Begum, 22, wife of Jahangir Alam.
 arrow Police Service Delivery Centre opens at Syedpur
SYEDPUR: A police service delivery centre has been opened at Syedpur Police Station, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow May Day
"We are summoning our forces
From shipyard, shop and mill,
Eight hours for work
Eight hours for rest
Eight hours for what we will.

 arrow Buddha Purnima: It's significance and heritage
Today is the full moon of Vesakha, blessed by the birth (624 BC), enlightenment (589 BC) and Mahaparibibbana (544 BC) of the Buddha. It is most the sacred and significant day for the Buddhist world.
Culturearrow A platform for dancers
The 3rd National Dance Festival arranged by Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Shangstha (BNSS), ended at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 29.
 arrow Treading diverse tracks in the media
As a TV personality Raju Alim has become a household name. He produces programmes on diverse fields ranging from business, TV plays, films, cultural events, special programmes, educational and more.
Generalarrow Road crashes kill 6
At least six people were killed and 42 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur, Narayanganj, Rajshahi and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Demands of labourers still unattended
The demands of the labourers are still unattended although they play a significant role in country's economic, social and cultural sectors, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow RU Shibir cadres threaten freshers
Tension has been running high at the Bangabandhu hall of Rajshahi University (RU) as Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadres threatened 15 fresh residential students to drive them away from their dormitory
 arrow 1st batch of 210 workers leave for Malaysia
The first batch of 210 Bangladeshi workers, out of 10,050, left for Malaysia early yesterday under a special scheme for oil-palm plantation.
 arrow Khulna Shishu Hospital management body dissolved
Divisional Commissioner Kabir Mohammad Ashraf Alam yesterday dissolved the 12-member management committee of Khulna Shishu Hospital and formed a new nine-member committee to conduct affairs of the hospital
 arrow Illegal structures of hospital demolished in Ctg
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday demolished a large portion of a multi-storied private hospital at city's OR Nizam Road area for defying authorised design and building shops at the parking
 arrow Charges framed against five accused
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against five accused in connection with the killing of a young jewellery trader Turya Ghosh Roni in October last year.
 arrow Pubali Bank fulfils pledge to donate Tk 4cr to AMCH
Pubali Bank Ltd (PBL) has fulfilled its pledge to donate Tk four crore to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital by handing over the second installment of Tk two crore to the Mission at a simple ceremony atPubali
 arrow 10 compartments of train derail in Mymensingh
Ten compartments of Agnibina Inter-city Train bound for Jagannathganj ghat station from Dhaka derailed at Bidhyaganj railway station signal on Mymensingh-Jamalpur rail route under Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Rly Service Fortnight begins today
Bangladesh Railway will observe Railway Service Fortnight from today till May 15, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Democrats raise prospect of Bush's impeachment
A top US congressional Democrat has raised the possibility of George W Bush's impeachment in a bid to force the president to accept a compromise that would place conditions on continued US military involvement
 arrow 5 British bomb plotters jailed for life
A judge handed down life jail terms Monday to five men convicted of plotting an al-Qaeda bombing campaign in Britain, including one with links to the ringleader of the 2005 attacks in London.
 arrow US toll in Iraq crosses 100 mark in April
Four more US army soldiers and one marine have been killed in fighting in Iraq, the US military said yesterday, reporting casualties from incidents over the weekend.
 arrow Nato launches offensive against Taliban
Hundreds of British troops swept into the lush poppy fields of southern Afghanistan yesterday, drawing hostile fire at the start of a Nato operation to expel the Taliban from a valley stronghold.
 arrow Pak, Afghan leaders agree to fight terrorism, boost confidence
Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed here yesterday to step up coordinated efforts against terrorism and set up a committee to boost confidence-building measures between the two troubled neighbours.
 arrow Olmert, aides to blame for 'serious failure' of Lebanon war: Inquiry
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defence Minister Amir Peretz and former army chief Dan Halutz are to blame for the "serious failure" of the Lebanon war, said a government inquiry released on Monday.
 arrow Blind pilot flies halfway round the world
A blind British adventurer landed in Sydney on Monday completing a record-breaking journey that took him halfway around the world in a microlight aircraft.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Of student and labour politics
The law advisor has recommended a set of proposals related to party-affiliated student and labour politics to the Election Commission (EC). And both merit thoughtful consideration.
 arrow Editorial: May Day
The observance of May Day is fundamentally a reminder of certain values that men and women the world over are heir to.
 arrow Keeping EC in good heath & humour
Let me have the privilege of beginning this article with a pertinent question: How many people in this country knew about the nitty gritties of the organisation called The Election Commission (EC)? Not
 arrow Freedom on a knife's edge
The Iranian Artists' Forum is the kind of institution any country would be proud of -- a lively, pulsating place, with auditoria, seminar rooms and exhibition halls, where exciting events happen.
 arrow Finale to the Elysee palace
Regardless of the outcome, it is certain that French politics is destined to take a big swing after the May 6 run-off in the presidential election. The voters are in a fairly aggressive mood in France.
© thedailystar.net, 2007. All Rights Reserved.