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Front Pagearrow Hasina arrives amid cheering crowd
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina finally returned home to a rapturous welcome by thousands of adoring supporters yesterday, 20 days after the military-backed interim government sought to force
 arrow EC to push political parties into reforms
Political parties will have to amend their constitutions to de-link professional bodies and student organisations to get registered with the Election Commission (EC) as part of electoral reforms the EC
 arrow Explain action against Khaleda
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to explain within four weeks why it shall not be directed to allow BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to move freely.
 arrow Guidelines given to free judiciary
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday directed the government to complete the process for implementation of separation of judiciary from the executive and to inform the court about its execution by July 19.
 arrow Hawa Bhaban active again to rule BNP
A group of people close to Hawa Bhaban and Tarique Rahman have taken initiatives to persuade the BNP chief to make changes in the upper echelon of the party in an attempt to re-establish their own supremacy
 arrow Dreadful ordeal
Over two thousand people, all sweating and exhausted, stood from morning till noon in queues zigzagging on the premises of the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) at Agargaon in the capital under
 arrow Khaleda hails Hasina's return
In a rare gesture in the country's politics, BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia last night welcomed her arch political rival Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's homecoming.
 arrow China plans to divert Brahmaputra waters
China plans to construct a dam at Yarlung Tsangpo point on the Brahmaputra River in Tibet province to divert 200 billion cubic metres of water annually to the Yellow River threatening a major ecological
 arrow Court to frame charges against Nizami today
A Dhaka court will frame charges today against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami and nine other leaders of the party and its student front in connection with the killing of a Workers Party activist
 arrow Aminul, Nadim Mosfata asked to surrender before Rajshahi courts
Three courts of first class magistrates in Rajshahi yesterday simultaneously asked former post and telecommunications minister Barrister Aminul Haque, former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa, Rajshahi BNP General
 arrow Hold talks before, after budget in absence of JS
Former adviser to a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan has suggested that the caretaker government hold consultation meetings before and after the budget declaration to fulfil the constitutions in the
 arrow Ex-state minister Salahuddin on 3-day remand in forgery case
Detained former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed was placed on a three-day remand yesterday in connection with a forgery case filed with Gulshan Police Station.
 arrow Indian cricket team in town
India arrived here yesterday morning to play three one-dayers and two Tests against the Tigers.
 arrow Major reshuffle in administration
Seventeen secretaries and joint secretaries have been given new postings by the caretaker government in its latest reshuffle in the administration.
 arrow Tagore's birth anniversary today
The 146th birth anniversary of Nobel-laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore will be celebrated today.
 arrow Fake TV sets, parts worth Tk 100cr seized
A mobile court yesterday seized fake television sets and parts worth over Tk 100 crore from two factories and a warehouse at Adabor and Kalyanpur in the city.
 arrow Nor'wester kills four
Four people were killed and more than 20 injured as nor'wester accompanied by rain lashed Rajshahi city and three other upazilas of the district yesterday evening.
 arrow Charges framed against Bangla Bhai's wife, 3 JMB men
Speedy Trial Tribunal Court-1 in Dhaka on Sunday noon framed charge against four JMB men including Fahima Farjana, wife of executed militant kingpin Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai, in the case filed for December
 arrow Rain trees in Ctg dying of rare fungus
The century-old rain trees at the city's Central Railway Building (CRB), Polo Ground and the Tiger Pass area might have been attacked by a rare and deadly fungal disease named dieback, said experts.
 arrow Saadat Hussain made PSC chairman
Former cabinet secretary Saadat Hussain was made chairman of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday.
 arrow Ahmadiyyas point at bigots
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh says Islamist organisations that had threatened the Ahmadiyyas on various occasions in the last few years might be behind the three concurrent bomb explosions in Dhaka,
 arrow HSC exam begins Thursday
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations, including Alim and HSC (BM), will begin across the country on Thursday.
 arrow Dhaka asks Delhi to send back Joy
Bangladesh requested India to send back dreaded crime lord Khandakar Tanvir Islam Joy, who was arrested by Kolkata police on Saturday.
 arrow Iraq reels from spate of blasts
Suicide car bombers killed 20 more Iraqis yesterday as Iraqi and American forces battled to regain the initiative after a day of carnage left eight US soldiers and a European journalist dead.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
An underground operative was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Ataikula upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Pakistani apex court suspends inquiry into sacked judge
Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday suspended a judicial inquiry into misconduct charges against the country's top judge that triggered weeks of nationwide protests.
Businessarrow Stevedoring system at Ctg port goes from May 16
The authorities at a meeting here yesterday decided to introduce single-point operation system at the Chittagong port replacing the old fashioned stevedoring system.
 arrow Rural businesses, farmers hit by lack of finance
Small businesses and farmers are unable to fully develop in rural areas due to the lack of access to finance, a study claims.
 arrow Japan, India agree to seek change to WTO farm trade proposal
Japan and India agreed Monday to seek change to a recent World Trade Organisation proposal on farm trade because it "lacked balance," Japanese officials said.
 arrow Grameenphone MD visits DSE
The managing director of Grameenphone, Erik Aas, yesterday visited the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) as speculation grows as to when Bangladesh's largest mobile will list on the bourse.
 arrow G8 labour ministers seek guarantee of social minimums
G8 labour and employment ministers began a summit on Sunday in the east German city of Dresden aiming to agree on ways to ensure a fairer distribution of the fruits of globalisation.
 arrow Global shoemakers hoof it to Asia
The footwear industry has a major opportunity to build exports and promote its position in the world market, said Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan, deputy secretary of the Leather Footwear Producers Association(Lefaso).
 arrow Standard Bank approves 20pc stock dividend
Standard Bank Ltd has approved a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Indian tourists more valuable to London than Japanese
Indian tourists to London in 2006 spent more than their Japanese counterparts for the first time, according to data released by the agency responsible for promoting London to visitors.
 arrow New BTTB chairman
Anwarul Azim has taken over as the new chairman of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) with effect from May 3, 2007.
 arrow New MD of Mutual Trust Bank
Kazi Shafiqur Rahman has been appointed as the managing director of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd (MTB), says a press release. Prior to joining MTB, Rahman was an additional managing director of NCC Bank Ltd.
 arrow Bangladesh Commerce Bank gets new MD
Mohammad Farhad Hossain has recently been appointed as the managing director (MD) of Bangladesh Commerce Bank Ltd (BCBL), says a press release.
 arrow ADB fails to reach consensus on reform agenda
The Asian Development Bank faces an uncertain future after failing to reach a clear consensus on how to reform in response to Asia's rapid but increasingly uneven economic growth.
 arrow Oil falls in Asia
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Monday to levels last seen in March on easing concerns over tight gasoline (petrol) supplies ahead of the US summer driving season, dealers said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: India promise 'hard, hard cricket'
Indian captain Rahul Dravid and new cricket manager Ravi Shastri were in contrasting moods while making on-arrival remarks yesterday over the Bangladesh series, which has got special attention following
 arrow Cricket: Consistency on his mind
Mohammad Ashraful was dismissed for a first-ball duck but thankfully in a practice match on Sunday at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. He was a run-out victim.
 arrow Football: Oldham youths in town
The young footballers of Oldham Athletic, who arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play three exhibition matches, will have to deal with a very hot summer during their stay in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Tickets go slow
Despite huge enthusiasm about Bangladesh's coming home series against India, the first day's response of ticket selling was not satisfactory.
 arrow Cricket: Murali has no retirement plan
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran said he intended to play Test and one-day cricket for at least another two years.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka cry foul over Gilly ploy
Sri Lanka believes Adam Gilchrist's use of a squash ball as a batting aid in the World Cup final was "unethical" and may take the matter up with world cricket chiefs, officials said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: New faces on Pak team
Pakistan Monday named two uncapped players in a 16-man squad for their three-match series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi later this month, aiming for a fresh start after a disastrous World Cup campaign.
 arrow Tennis: Henin lifts Warsaw title
Justine Henin claimed her third title of the year on Monday when she beat Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko 6-1, 6-3 in the rain-delayed final of the Warsaw Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Novak triumphs in Estoril
Serb Novak Djokovic rode a rollercoaster to his third title of the season as he outlasted Richard Gasquet 7-6 (9/7), 0-6, 6-1 to win the Estoril Open on Sunday.
 arrow Stoner rules in China
Sensational Casey Stoner powered his Ducati MotoGP to victory in the Grand Prix of China here Sunday, coming out on top of a fierce dogfight with seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi.
 arrow Football: Real prevail in a thriller
Real Madrid took over from Sevilla as the nearest rivals to league leaders Barcelona when they beat their fellow championship contenders 3-2 in a thrilling game on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The Ferguson masterplan
Sir Alex Ferguson rarely allows himself to dwell on his success.
 arrow Football: 2006-07 Timeline
How the 2006/07 English Premiership season unfolded: AUGUST: Having sold their main goalscorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Manchester United kicked off the season with most pundits suggesting they
 arrow Cricket: Flower named as assistant to Moores
Former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Andy Flower is to be Peter Moores's new assistant coach with the England national side in place of Matthew Maynard.
 arrow Football: Roeder steps down
Newcastle United confirmed on Monday that coach Glenn Roeder has resigned and the club has started the search for his successor.
 arrow Football: Maradona released from rehab clinic
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has been released from a Buenos Aires rehab clinic after a more than two-week stay for for alcohol abuse, media here reported, quoting his personal physician.
 arrow Football: Costacurta to assist Ancelotti
Veteran defender Alessandro Costacurta has been appointed assistant to AC Milan's head coach Carlo Ancelotti, the Champions League finalists confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Football: Bremen ride on Rosenberg
Werder Bremen thrashed 10-man Hertha Berlin 4-1 here on Sunday to keep alive their faint hopes of winning the German league title though that would require both Schalke 04 and VfB Stuttgart to slip up.
 arrow Football: Hammam slams 'disrespectful' MU
AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam on Monday launched a stinging attack on Manchester United, calling them "disrespectful" and demanding they cancel their Asian tour.
 arrow Football: C'Ron assured of greatness
By the time Carlos Queiroz left a secluded restaurant in Madeira and stepped into the searing afternoon heat last July, Manchester United's return to the pinnacle of English football was back on course.
 arrow Football: Card-happy Beckham
Observers will be closely watching the outcome of this week's meeting of the Spanish football federation's competitions committee after David Beckham was booked again on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ball in trouble
Manchester City's Michael Ball is under investigation by the English Football Association (FA) for stamping on Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo and a disciplinary hearing is likely to take place
Metropolitanarrow 5 Shibir leaders held from DU hall, sent to jail
Five Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders, who were arrested by police in the early hours of yesterday from Zahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University (DU), were produced before the court that sent them to
 arrow Probe going on at snail's pace
The investigation in the case filed in connection with the Friday Buriganga tragedy is moving at snail's pace as the law enforcement agency is still looking for witnesses, who were in the pleasure trip.
 arrow 187 more fire stations to be set up: Adviser
Adviser for Food and Disaster Management Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said that the government would set up 187 new fire stations across the country soon to expedite the nationwide fire fighting capability.
 arrow Joint forces arrest 13 RU students
Joint forces arrested 13 students, including two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and two Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists during their raids on different student halls of Rajshahi University
 arrow Incorporate disaster preparedness into school curricula
The issue of disaster preparedness should be incorporated into school curricula and teachers' training courses, experts at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Women leaders submit memo to CEC
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 38 women and human rights organisations, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda.
 arrow Domestic help files case against her employer
A 15-year-old domestic help filed a case against her employer on Sunday evening under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
 arrow Training workshop on governance issue begins
A three-day training workshop on governance issue began in the city yesterday, aiming to improve public services and the efficiency of service providers.
 arrow Two PBCP leaders among six outlaws arrested
Police held six listed outlaws of banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from Bagmara upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Two edible oil factories fined Tk 3.5 lakh in Ctg
A mobile court yesterday fined two edible oil factories Tk 3.5 lakh and seized 300 kg illegally manufactured palm oil for different irregularities at the port city's Kalurghat Industrial Area.
 arrow Cellphone use while driving to be banned
With a view to checking road accidents, the government will soon amend the Motor Vehicle Act to ban use of cellphone while driving.
 arrow Army chief presently has no plan to visit India: Army HQs
The Army Headquarters yesterday contradicted a report on the army chief's visit to India published in several national dailies.
 arrow 186 RU teachers demand foolproof security for Hasina
A group of 186 pro-Awami League (AL) teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday urged the caretaker government to ensure foolproof security of AL President Sheikh Hasina after returning home.
 arrow 15 JMB men remanded for 5 days
A Mymensingh court yesterday granted a five-day remand for 15 Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants detained on Sunday.
 arrow Workshop on e-govt held
An 'Awareness creation workshop on e-government and knowledge management' was held at LGED Bhaban in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Prof Nazrul new UGC chairman
Prof Nazrul Islam has joined the University Grants Commission (UGC) as its 10th chairman yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Indo-Bangla joint mountaineering expedition begins on May 12
A joint expedition of the mountaineers of Bangladesh and India to a mountain in the Himalayan region begins on May 12.
Nationalarrow Officials gobble up funds for distressed women
Misappropriation of a huge amount of money sanctioned for self-employment of distressed women under the Women Affairs Department in Saidpur upazila has come to light.
 arrow Extortion case against Ex-MP in Kushtia
An extortion case has been filed against former BNP lawmaker from Kushtia-1 Reza Ahmed Bachhu Mollah and 13 other BNP leaders and activist.
 arrow Property of 10 Khagrachhari BNP leaders being attached
Police have started attaching moveable property of 10 BNP leaders loyal to arrested former lawmaker Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan as they did not appear before court in a case for alleged land grabbing and evicting
 arrow Gaibandha BNP president on 10-day remand
Gaibandha district BNP president Hamidul Huq Chhana was placed on a 10-day remand yesterday. He was arrested on April 21 in an extortion case.
 arrow Tk 3 cr rly land recovered in Akhaura
Joint forces have recovered 53 decimals of land of Bangladesh Railway (BR) worth Tk 3 crore from illegal occupation in Akhaura upazila, railway sources said.
 arrow 6 Hijbut Tawhid activists held in Barisal
Barisal Metropolitan Police yesterday arrested six alleged members of Islamist militant group Hijbut Tawhid including four women and recovered some leaflets and books.
 arrow 'Killer' quack remanded
Quack Abdus Sadek, arrested on Saturday for killing at least 10 babies during birth in his clinic at Bhairab, was placed on a five-day fresh remand yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow CTG should focus on election
We all want the interim government (CTG) of Dr. Fakruddin Ahmed to succeed in holding a "free, fair, non-violent and credible election.
 arrow Forecasting economic growth
Economic growth is a difficult and fragile process. Often, it takes a very long time to hit upon the right conditions for accelerated growth.
 arrow Not a question of money
The other day I was spending a quality evening with my son when we lost power in our apartment. "How come the power goes out so many times?" my son asks.
Culturearrow From doodles to toast of Europe
Rabindranath Tagore is India's first modern painter. In his songs, drama, fiction and other creative work, he has always upheld the heritage of the subcontinent. Yet in painting he did not follow traditions.
 arrow Tagore in translation
"Films have to be liberated from literature"
-- Tagore in Pashchim Jatrir Diary
"Two-third of all feature films are based on previously published sources," says Sabbir Chowdhury.

 arrow Tagore plays and hurdles they face in contemporary theatre
The number of plays by Rabindranath Tagore is more than that of many world-renowned playwrights such as Shakespeare. Due to language barrier, his plays have not been staged the world over.
Generalarrow JMB member placed on 7-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member on a seven-day remand in connection with a case filed for bomb explosions at Ramna Batamul in 2001.
 arrow RCCI leaders place 4-point demands
Newly elected leaders of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) yesterday placed a four-point demand before the caretaker government at a view exchange meeting with journalists at the chamber
 arrow PDB CBA leader arrested
The joint forces yesterday arrested a local leader of Power Development Board (PDB) CBA and Jatiyatabadi Bidyut Shramik Dal on charges of taking bribe.
 arrow Journo jailed for extortion
A court here on Sunday sentenced the Sreemongal correspondent of daily Jugantor to two years' imprisonment for extortion.
Internationalarrow Lanka seeks new truce with Tigers
Sri Lanka was ready to negotiate a fresh ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels as the Norwegian-brokered truce had virtually collapsed, a government minister said yesterday.
 arrow Sarkozy vows to heal French polls wounds
Right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy, who had sought a mandate for radical reform, emphatically won France's presidential election on Sunday, but promised to heal the wounds of the bitterly fought campaign.
 arrow Iran weighs compromise at nuclear meeting
Iran's delegation consulted with its government Monday on whether to opt for compromise at a 130-nation nuclear meeting or continue opposing language of the conference agenda, even at the risk that the
 arrow Northern Ireland set for new dawn
After decades of sectarian violence and terrorism, Northern Ireland will inaugurate a historic power-sharing government today that it hopes will finally bring peace and stability.
 arrow Former minister shot dead in Pakistan
A former provincial minister and leader of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party was shot dead along with a relative in northwest Pakistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli PM faces no-confidence
Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was due to face motions of no-confidence in parliament yesterday, the latest backlash over a scathing inquiry into his handling of last year's Lebanon war.
 arrow N Korea ready to shut down nuke reactor
North Korea is ready to quickly shut down its nuclear reactor as soon as it receives funds that had been frozen in a banking dispute, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
 arrow Turkish govt seeks popular vote
Turkey's Islamic-rooted government, whose presidential candidate dropped his bid in the face of protests from pro-secular lawmakers, pushed Monday for a constitutional amendment that allows the president
 arrow Cops seek to seize MF Hussain's property
Indian police said yesterday they are taking steps to seize property from acclaimed Indian painter MF Hussain after he failed to appear in an obscenity case.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lift ban on indoor politics
The caretaker government should seriously consider lifting the ban on indoor politics without further ado.
 arrow Editorial: CA's assurances about press freedom
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's meeting with the editors of newspapers and the private electronic media chiefs has been marked by a useful dialogue.
 arrow 20 years to clean up the judiciary? Do it now!
So, it appears that as far as the judiciary is concerned we have been living in a fool's paradise (if, however, the place where fools live can be called anything but a paradise!).
 arrow Student politics and fundamental rights
Knowing full well what the reaction would be especially from the partisan politickers, who have been brazenly condescending towards student politics, and have contributed to academic indiscipline andcampus
 arrow Gujarat's killers in uniform
The Indian public has been shocked at the Gujarat government's chilling admission in the Supreme Court that its police killed a man (Sohrabuddin Shaikh) in cold blood on November 2005, faking it as an
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