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Front Pagearrow Govt set to induct advisers beyond 10
Destined for a lengthy stint in office, the caretaker government has turned to the Law Commission for ways to draft in more advisers in a desperate attempt to ease tremendous work pressure on the present
 arrow 22pc bigger budget planned for FY08
The budget for fiscal year 2008 is likely to be 22 percent bigger than the current one, largely to service the massive outstanding debt owed by Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to national commercial
 arrow Blasts in 3 cities alert lawmen to possible rise of militants
After three near-simultaneous explosions rocked railway stations in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet on Tuesday, law enforcers now rethink seriously if it was a new phase of the rise of the militants whocarried
 arrow Govt may renegotiate agreement with Asia Energy
The government may renegotiate the existing agreement with Asia Energy and consider new coal exploration proposals in the light of the new coal policy after the cabinet approves it.
 arrow Hasina may return home on May 7
Awami League (AL) President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to return home from London on May 7. "We have already booked tickets of Emirates Airlines for May 6.
 arrow Serial blasts spark protests, condemnation
Political parties, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and socio-cultural bodies have expressed grave concern over the serial bomb blasts in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet rail stations on Tuesday.
 arrow Heat wave likely to spread in couple of days
Persisting mild to moderate heat wave in several areas may sweep the rest of the country in a couple of days with temperature rising further, weather experts forecast yesterday.
 arrow A medical university turns ordinary hospital
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), which was supposed to be a centre of excellence in medical education in the country, is just operating like a general hospital as the institution saw
 arrow Dhanmondi roads made one-way
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has banned honking on a number of major rickshaw-free city roads and a few streets in Dhanmondi residential area from May 6 in a bid to minimise noise pollution.
 arrow Container handling in Ctg port marks record after latest reforms
A record 83,245 TEUs (twenty equivalent units) containers were handled at the Chittagong port last month thanks to a number of reform measures taken by the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA).
 arrow Most BNP leaders unhappy over Iskandar's appointment
Most of the BNP leaders feel 'embarrassed' by the appointment of Major (retd) Sayeed Iskandar, younger brother of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to the post of a vice president as they think the decision
 arrow Accused of Prof Yunus murder held in Bogra
Law enforcers yesterday arrested one of the prime accused in the Rajshahi University Prof Yunus murder case from Perihat of Gabtoli upazila.
 arrow US issues security alert for its citizens in Bangladesh
The United States has said the security situation in Bangladesh is fluid and urged its citizens to check with the US embassy for the latest information.
 arrow Govt to form monitoring body to identify price hike reasons
The government has decided to form a monitoring committee headed by the law adviser to identify reasons behind continuing rise in essential prices.
 arrow Trial of graft cases begins next week
Trial of graft cases begins next week as the government has set up six special courts at MP Hostel of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. The law ministry has already appointed five judges for the courts.
 arrow Prisoner killed by inmates at Dhaka jail
An under trial prisoner in Dhaka Central Jail (DCJ) fatally injured by five fellow inmates died Tuesday night, and the authorities have suspended three prison guards for neglect of duty.
 arrow India supports reforms in Bangladesh
India supported the reforms undertaken by the caretaker government in Bangladesh and said these were necessary, Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said in Washington on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Candle lights...

 arrow Rejoinder
M/S OrasInvest (Bangladesh) Ltd in a rejoinder yesterday said the report published in The Daily Star on April 28 headlined "Huge number of SIM, scratch cards seized for evading Tk 90 cr VAT" was incorrect.
 arrow VoIP equipment seized, 2 held
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a huge number of VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) equipment and arrested two businessmen from the city's Shyampur area.
 arrow Drug peddler killed in 'shootout'
An alleged drug peddler was killed in an 'encounter' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Monoharpur village under Charghat upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Two Bangladeshi farmers were shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near Chanduria border under Pirganj upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Storm kills 1in Jhenidah
A teenage boy was killed and another injured as nor'wester lashed Shailkupa upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Bush vetoes Iraq troop pullout bill
President Bush's veto of an Iraq war spending bill that set timelines for US troop withdrawals puts new pressure on Democrats in Congress to craft a compromise even as their caucus grows more fractious
 arrow Bush, Democrats to meet today on Iraq
President Bush showed little appetite for compromise, hours ahead of a session with congressional leaders aimed at crafting a new bill to fund the war in Iraq.
Businessarrow Local firm wins $4.25m order to build tug boat for Singapore
A Bangladeshi shipyard has won a $ 4.
 arrow Western Union plans cut in charges, service expansion
Western Union (WU), the world's leading money transfer company, plans to cut its charges and expand its services to remote destinations in Bangladesh, the company's regional head said on a recent visit
 arrow Combating financial crimes in Bangladesh
What is a financial crime ?
There is no internationally accepted definition of financial crime. Rather, the term expresses different concepts depending on the jurisdiction and on the context.

 arrow Dhaka, Delhi renew inland water transit protocol
India and Bangladesh on Tuesday renewed the protocol on inland water transit and trade for movement of vessels between the two countries.
 arrow Road show on Nepalese tourism held
Nepal Tourism Board organised a road show in Dhaka on Sunday with a view to promoting its tourism destinations in Bangladesh.
 arrow Asean economic ministers meet today
Southeast Asian economic ministers will meet in Brunei on Thursday and Friday to discuss progress on efforts to establish an economic community by 2015, the Singapore government said Wednesday.
 arrow Taiwanese trade mission due tomorrow
A trade mission of 30 Taiwan delegates will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day visit to conduct business meetings with their Bangladeshi counterparts.
 arrow Korean group to invest more $6.5m in DEPZ
M/s Savar Dyeing and Finishing Industries Limited, a sister concern of South Korean Youngone Group, will expand its project in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) with an additional investment of US dollar
 arrow Venezuela to quit IMF, WB
Venezuela is set to quit the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in a move announced by firebrand President Hugo Chavez as Latin American countries become increasingly wary of the two institutions.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Chittagong awaits
Cricket fans in Chittagong are awaiting the arrival of the Bangladesh team with open arms.
 arrow Football: Khulna Abahani upset Dhaka namesake
Lack of killer instinct cost Abahani their maiden defeat in the B. League when the Dhaka giants crashed 2-1 to unfancied Khulna Abahani yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India focus on F's
As the Indian cricket team began a five-day conditioning camp here today in the run up to the tour of Bangladesh, fitness and fielding would be key areas of stress.
 arrow Cricket: No 'no-confidence' motion for now
The Board of Control of Cricket in India has no immediate plans to table a no-confidence motion against the International Cricket Council, contrary to reports appearing in the media.
 arrow Tigers begin preparation today
The national cricketers will be back to business today in Mirpur after seven days of welcome break to prepare for this month's home series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh topple India, Pakistan
Indian team hit a new low by slipping below Bangladesh to be placed ninth in the latest Maruti Suzuki Cricket Ratings issued by ESPN STAR Sports.
 arrow Football: Eight qualify for finals
Dalim slammed all five goals for his side as Noakhali trounced hosts Feni 5-2 yesterday to qualify for the finals of the Western Union National Youth (Under-18) Football Championship as zonal champions.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar injured
Sachin Tendulkar bruised his ankle while batting at the nets today during the Indian team's preparatory camp in Kolkata ahead of the Bangladesh tour.
 arrow Cricket: Boost Power Cup from tomorrow
The Boost Power Cup under-13 cricket tournament will kick off tomorrow at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra ground.
 arrow Cricket: Umpires for India series
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday revealed the list of officials for the two-match Test and three-match one-day series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies blooding youngsters
Fresh from a record third World Cup victory, Australia's cricket authorities Tuesday turned their attention to replacing several retiring stars with young talent.
 arrow Cricket: Huge bill on closing ceremony
The closing ceremony of the World Cup cost taxpayers in Barbados more than US$750,000.
 arrow Cricket: Malinga 'sexiest man in cricket'
They were not good enough with the bat or the ball and now it turns out that the Men in Blue are not good looking enough either to feature in a "Sexiest Men in Cricket" poll.
 arrow Cricket: WI contract row worsens
The dispute between the West Indies board (WICB) and the players took another twist yesterday when Bruce Aanensen, the WICB's chief executive, said that it was prepared to replace any players who refused
 arrow Football: Fergie slams snobbish Mourinho
Sir Alex Ferguson hit out at Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho for snobbish comments made about star Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Reds book Athens ticket
Jose Reina sent Liverpool into the Champions League final at Chelsea's expense with two saves in a nerve-tingling penalty shoot-out at Anfield on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rafa revelling, Jose in mourning
Rafael Benitez has hailed Liverpool's Champions League triumph over Chelsea as even sweeter than their defeat of the Londoners at the same, semifinal stage two years ago.
 arrow Football: Spaniards up in numbers
Osasuna and Espanyol would not have been on anyone's list, apart from their most optimistic supporters, to line up in the UEFA Cup final but on Thursday they can defy their sceptics and ensure they will
 arrow Football: 'Ballack operation was unavoidable'
The German Football Federation waded into the row between Michael Ballack and English giants Chelsea on Tuesday over claims the German captain's operation in Munich on Friday was unnecessary.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer killer from outside Jamaica
The modus operandi of Bob Woolmer's murderer has convinced the Jamaican Police that the killer came from outside the Caribbean country.
 arrow Cricket: SL stars stranded in London
Sri Lanka's World Cup cricketers are stranded in London after their scheduled flight for home was cancelled following Tamil Tiger rebel air raids in Colombo, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden has big plans
Matthew Hayden landed back in Australia on Tuesday and immediately set his sights on building the next stage of the team's success.
 arrow Football: Klose agrees Bayern terms
Germany international striker Miroslav Klose has agreed terms to leave Werder Bremen for defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich either this summer or next, say reports in the German press.
 arrow Cricket: Manikganj Academy Div II champs
Manikganj Cricket Academy clinched the second division cricket league title with a two-wicket victory over Modern Club at the Manikganj Government High School playground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'ICC too professional'
The Cricket Board today took another dig at the degree of professionalism shown by the International Cricket Council by sarcastically saying the ICC was perhaps "too professional" which resulted in the
 arrow Football: Real foresee Liga glory
Real Madrid, without a trophy since their last championship success in 2003, believe they can finally end their drought and take this season's Liga crown if they can see off rivals Sevilla on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Development not possible without welfare of labour force: CA
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed on Tuesday called for improving labour conditions in the country with better wages of the workers, their regular training and improving owners-workers relations to keepthe
 arrow Enforce laws properly to check unplanned urbanisation
Environmental and human rights activists yesterday called on the government to take legal action against the developers who grabbed land illegally for their housing projects.
 arrow Road crashes kill 12, injure 60
At least 12 people were killed and 60 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Gazipur, Feni, Natore, Munshiganj, Patuakhali, Satkhira and Sirajganj yesterday and on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Take steps to bring war criminals to book'
Former army chiefs and civil society members at a discussion yesterday urged the caretaker government to take steps to bring the war criminals to justice.
 arrow Drug peddler killed in shootout with Rab in Rajshahi
A drug peddler was killed in a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and his accomplices at Monoharpur village in Charghat early yesterday.
 arrow 'Workers-employers' relations key to business success'
Bridging the gap between the employers and employees is the key to the development of any organisation, observed speakers at a seminar on Tuesday.
 arrow 'One crore children involved in hazardous work'
About one crore children, that is 23.5 percent of total population, are involved in hazardous work, reveals a study yesterday.
 arrow Listed criminal held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a top-listed criminal following a shootout at his home at Hoseniganj Bedpatty in the city yesterday.
 arrow Buddha Purnima celebrated
Buddha Purnima, the largest religious festival of the Buddhist community, was celebrated in the country yesterday.
 arrow World Press Freedom Day today
World Press Freedom Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the world today with a call for an end to the pervasive culture of impunity that surrounds violence against journalists.
 arrow JCD men beat DU journo
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday beat Dhaka University (DU) correspondent of a national daily for a report on recruitment of teachers on political grounds during the BNP-led alliance
 arrow No respite for workers of ship-breaking yards on May Day
Like previous years, thousands of workers of ship-breaking yards along the coast of Sitakunda in Chittagong could not enjoy the May Day holiday this year, although the day marks the emancipation of workers
 arrow Mugger with pistol held at Nat'l Memorial
Ansars caught a member of a notorious muggers' gang with a pistol and two rounds of bullet at the National Memorial Compound in Savar yesterday when the gang opened fire on them.
 arrow 'Wage board inconsistent with market price is unacceptable'
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) warned the government that the journalist community will not accept any wage board incompatible with themarket
 arrow One killed as ferries collide
One person was killed when two ferries collided head-on in the river Padma near Mawa-Kawrakandi ferry-ghat on Tuesday morning. The dead was identified as Sohel, 22.
Nationalarrow Boro on 7,500 acres reel under flood water in Kishoreganj
Ready-for-harvest Boro paddy on about 7,500 acres have reeled under water in Itna and Mithamoin upazilas as flash flood triggered by rains across the border breached the Bijoy dam at several points.
 arrow Top outlaw held, SMG recovered in Pabna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a front ranking leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-red flag) Kafil Mostafa, 52, from the capital on Monday.
 arrow Cancel lease of govt water body
A group of musclemen allegedly led by Satkhira district BNP general secretary Rahmatullah Polash are trying to evict about 400 people from their homesteads in Baintala village in Assassuni upazila tooccupy
 arrow 2 Jubo Dal leaders held in Rangpur
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Rangpur Juba Dal senior vice-president Najmul Alam Naju and party activist Kutub Uddin Tuesday night from the town.
 arrow Cattle trader tortured by BSF dies
A Bangladeshi cattle trader who was tortured by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on April 18 succumbed to his injuries at Khulna-250-bed Hospital Tuesday night, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow The media and the military
The press is the watchdog over the institutions of power, be they military, political, economic or social. Its job is to inform the people of the doings of their institution"-- B E Trainor.
 arrow Of truth against power
When you deal with the question of press freedom, you actually ought to be confronting its many dimensions. And then try to answer them as best you can.
 arrow Backsliders
Three nations in sub-Saharan Africa are among the places worldwide where press freedom has deteriorated the most over the last five years, a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found.
 arrow May 3: Press freedom webcast
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, DrikNews has organised a roundtable discussion and live webcast.
Culturearrow Past glory in frames
One of the best ways to document the exquisite grandeur of old buildings is to photograph them.
 arrow 'Platform', 'Shanki' and 'Jantob' staged
Three short theatre performances by Space and Acting Research Centre, Dhaka, were staged at Natmondal Auditorium, University of Dhaka, on April 29 and April 30.
 arrow Monthly musical soiree by Srijon
Srijon, a cultural organisation arranges a musical soiree titled Pheley Asha Diner Gaan every month. Srijon's musical programme on April 30 was held at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum.
 arrow Group Theatre Forum Festival '07 begins in Chittagong
A remarkable number of theatre festivals are taking place all over the country.
 arrow Ikebana by Jonaky Mahmud
A daylong exhibition featuring floral arranged in the Ikebana style by Jonaky Mahmud, a student of Dosokai School, Dhaka was recently held at Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU) Conference
Internationalarrow Turkey ruling party calls for early polls
Turkey's Islamic-rooted ruling party appealed to parliament yesterday to declare early general elections to be held June 24, opening the way for an easing of tensions with the secular establishment.
 arrow US, India eye nuclear breakthrough
The United States and India say they are inching closer to a breakthrough on nuclear cooperation to seal a new era in relations that, during the Cold War, were chilly for decades.
 arrow Olmert battles to stay on after war report
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert battled to retain his post yesterday as his own party urged him to quit over a damning Lebanon war report and amid reports the defence minister was stepping down.
 arrow Civilian casualties not acceptable: Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai summoned foreign military chiefs Wednesday after claims of new civilian deaths in anti-Taliban operations, saying afterwards these casualties were unacceptable.
 arrow French candidates hold TV debate
French presidential rivals, right winger Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segolene Royal yesterday held a face-to-face television debate that could seal their fate in Sunday's decisive vote.
 arrow Lankan Buddhist celebration marred by killings of 15
Two Tamil civilians and 13 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in northern Sri Lanka as the country marked the holiest Buddhist anniversary, military officials said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq probes reports of al-Masri's death
US and Iraqi officials chased reports Tuesday that the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq was killed by rivals north of Baghdad.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bomb blasts
The explosion of some crude bombs at the railway stations in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet is a harsh reminder of the fact that Islamic militants are trying to make their presence felt somehow after arelative
 arrow Editorial: The CJ's observations
Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin's very cogent and forthright remarks that the irregularities in the judicial appointments will take at least 20 years to remove has created a predictable reaction inthe
 arrow Right of return
The difficulties in barring a citizen from entering the country of origin arise from three aspects, namely:

  • notion of justice

  • breach of domestic law

  • breach of international
 arrow PPP-Musharraf deal
This is not about whether there is or there is not a deal between Benazir Bhutto and General Pervez Musharraf. One merely assumes, for comment making, that there is a deal.
 arrow Intra-party reforms and full democracy
In response to two transatlantic telephone interviews, on April 24 and 25, by Jerome Taylor of The Independent, London, I underscored that democracy in Bangladesh has never been tried with constitutionally
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