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Front Pagearrow CA says his admin, not army, controls country
The head of Bangladesh's emergency government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, has said that his administration - not the military - is controlling the country.
 arrow AL, BNP press for lifting of ban soon
Both the Awami League (AL) and BNP urged the caretaker government to lift restriction on indoor politics soon so that they can have discussion with the Election Commission (EC) to expedite electoral and
 arrow Restriction on Hasina too
The military backed caretaker government yesterday imposed a virtual restriction on the movement of former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, only allowing a handful of herclose
 arrow Quickest polls now on mind
With the caretaker government now mulling over holding the parliamentary election early, the Election Commission (EC) is looking for ways to prepare the voter list with photographs in the shortest possible
 arrow Govt officials' income erodes 16pc in a year
Inflation has gnawed away 15.8 percent of the income in real terms of the government officials since 2005 when the last salary adjustment took place, a Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) study showed.
 arrow Sonadia best place for deep-sea port
A Japanese consultant firm in its first phase survey report submitted to the Ministry of Shipping yesterday recommended Sonadia Island in Cox's Bazar district as the most suitable place for setting up
 arrow Passport offices live in ancient age
When developed countries have already introduced biometric passports, citizens of Bangladesh continue to carry passports filled out manually and prepared with primitive technologies.
 arrow Student leaders at DU in arrest panic
Leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), even general resident students of 12 halls of Dhaka University (DU) are passing days amid arrest panic.
 arrow Special court sends Aman's wife to jail
A special court yesterday fixed May 14 for giving order on framing charge in a graft case against Giasuddin Al Mamun, business partner and close friend of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique
 arrow Tigers set to miss Mashrafe
The injury of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is set to force Bangladesh to think about a new combination when they launch the one-day series against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
 arrow Bank details of 7 politicians sought
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked commercial banks for all banking information of six politicians and a former bureaucrat by last night.
 arrow Negligence of Authorities

 arrow Jalil pledges to defend sued AL men
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said his party will take all necessary legal steps to defend party workers if the police bring charges against them for gathering to greet Sheikh
 arrow ACC files cases against Mamun, Hafiz
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed two graft cases against controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, his elder brother and former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim and their wives on Tuesday night.
 arrow JMB threatens Rangpur DC to bomb his office
Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) threatened the district deputy commissioner (DC) to bomb several establishments including his office in one or two days.
 arrow HSC exams begin today
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent Alim and Business Management examinations begin today under nine education boards of the country.
 arrow Extortion case filed against Mamun in Tongi power plant deal
A Tk 5 crore extortion case was filed against Giasuddin Al Mamun, business partner and close friend of Tarique Rahman, with Gulshan Police Station last night.
 arrow Salman gets bail in fraud case
Beximco Group Vice-Chairman Salman F Rahman, one of the corruption suspects in the first list of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), yesterday obtained bail in a cheating case.
 arrow New boss vows to restore PSC image
Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Saadat Hussain yesterday vowed to take stern action against politicisation of the PSC and restore its image. "I always oppose politicisation.
 arrow Yunus to testify at Senate on duty-free access
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will testify at Senate hearing on duty-free access of Bangladeshi textile products to the United States.
 arrow Govt committed to enact right to information act
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the caretaker government is fully committed to enact the Right to Information Act.
 arrow Afghan air raid kills 21 civilians
Airstrikes called in by US Special Forces soldiers fighting with insurgents in southern Afghanistan killed at least 21 civilians, officials said yesterday. One coalition soldier was also killed.
 arrow Iftekhar to go to Pakistan for ICFM meet
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury is likely to leave for Pakistan on May 14 to attend a three-day Islamic Conference of the Foreign Ministers (ICFM) in Islamabad.
 arrow Hannan's company sued
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd yesterday filed a case against Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah's business establishment Crown Wares Ltd.
 arrow 6 held for 'plot' against US base
Six suspected Islamic radicals have been arrested and charged with plotting to kill "as many soldiers as possible" at a US military base in New Jersey, US authorities said on Tuesday.
Businessarrow Fund managers look for new avenues in capital market
Managers in charge of billions of dollars of investment funds will meet in Dhaka today to learn about opportunities in Bangladesh's capital markets.
 arrow Warid Telecom launches operation today
Bangladesh's sixth mobile phone operator UAE-based Warid Telecom launches its commercial operation in the country today, aiming to gain 20 million subscribers within three years.
 arrow Adviser sees manpower export satisfactory
Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said some 1,91,806 unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers were sent abroad from Bangladesh in the past four months.
 arrow HSBC gives away Young Entrepreneur Awards
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd formally gave away prizes among the local winners of Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) 2006-2007 at a function in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Europe eyes China, India deals in absence of WTO breakthrough
The European Free Trade Association said on Wednesday it was seeking to broaden cooperation with booming countries such as China and India in the absence of any breakthrough in World Trade Organisation
 arrow US urged to press China harder on exchange rates
American manufacturing executives Tuesday urged the US government to get tougher with China on exchange rates, claiming the modest rise in the yuan has done little to ease the massive US trade deficit.
 arrow France calls for urgent WB meet on Wolfowitz's fate
France on Wednesday called for an urgent meeting of the World Bank board of directors to decide the fate of bank president Paul Wolfowitz accused of nepotism, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow Oil prices mixed in Asia
Oil prices were narrowly mixed in Asian trade Wednesday as the focus shifted from the recent attacks on the oil industry in Nigeria to upcoming weekly US energy inventory data, dealers said.
 arrow Asean urged to free up services sector
Southeast Asian nations should turn their attention to opening up the services sector after accomplishing much in removing tariff barriers to trade in goods, Singapore's trade minister said Wednesday.
 arrow ROK, German firms to build world's largest solar plant
A South Korean construction firm said Wednesday it would team up with a German company to build the world's largest solar power plant in South Korea.
 arrow SingTel net profit down 9.2pc
Southeast Asia's biggest telecom firm Singapore Telecommuni-cations Ltd (SingTel) said Wednesday net profit fell 9.
 arrow Lucrative lottery sales halted in Indian state
Thousands of lottery ticket vendors in a southern Indian state were forced to down shutters Wednesday after a court upheld a ban on the trade, which rakes in 3.5 billion dollars in annual sales.
 arrow Putin to visit Central Asia on energy quest
President Vladimir Putin travels to Central Asia Wednesday on a week-long quest to shore up Russian influence over the region's energy reserves amid competition from China and the United States.
 arrow Asian stocks roar ahead
Asian stocks charged further into record territory Wednesday, riding the momentum and driven by merger and acquisition themes against a backdrop of bouyant investor confidence, dealers said.
 arrow New chairman, vice chairmen of One Bank
Sayeed H Chowdhury has been reelected chairman of the Board of Directors of One Bank Ltd with effect from April 29, says a press release. He has also been reelected chairman of the bank's executive committee.
 arrow Toyota posts record profits
Toyota Motor on Wednesday became the first Japanese company ever to post a two-trillion-yen operating profit thanks to sizzling overseas sales that have put it in global pole position.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Time to prove
The much-talked Bangladesh- India series starts today in Mirpur with one team basking in the warm afterglow of success and another grudging in defeat.
 arrow Cricket: Dav gets emotional
He hardly showed any emotion over the last four years, but Dav Whatmore still lost his composure for a little while yesterday during a press conference at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: A cricketing haven
Today when the Tigers take on India, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium will complete a full circle by becoming the home of cricket from a football and athletics ground.
 arrow Cricket: 'Greg was a schoolmaster'
Indian cricket was plunged into fresh controversy Wednesday after a TV sting caught national selectors blaming ex-coach Greg Chappell and senior players for a disastrous World Cup campaign.
 arrow Football: First leg enters last week today
The final round of the B. League's first leg begins a day earlier with struggling giants Brothers Union meeting basement side Rahmatganj today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Oldham visit BKSP
Visiting English club Oldham Athletic spent about four hours at BKSP yesterday as part of their promotional works during the trip of Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: MCC stands by Gilchrist
Cricket's lawmakers have rejected Sri Lanka's complaints about Adam Gilchrist using a squash ball as a batting aid during the World Cup final.
 arrow Cricket: Malinga a misfit!
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, dubbed the World Cup's sexiest player, has sparked fierce debate in Sri Lanka where his body piercing, tattoos and bleached hair are not deemed "respectable.
 arrow Cricket: Walcott & Hall inducted into Hall of Fame
Two of greatest cricketers produced by Barbados and the West Indies were honoured for their outstanding contributions to the game on Sunday night.
 arrow Cricket: 'A storm in a glove'
Australian cricket officials Tuesday dismissed Sri Lankan claims that Adam Gilchrist's use of a squash ball as a batting aid in last month's World Cup final was unfair.
 arrow Cricket: Caribbeans cautioned
The riot act has been read to the West Indies cricketers, who have been warned that no form of indiscipline would be tolerated on the England tour.
 arrow Cricket: Vusi urges Australia to tour Zim
Test cricketer Vusi Sibanda has urged Cricket Australia to honour its commitment to Zimbabwe and play its scheduled three-match tour of the troubled southern African nation in September.
 arrow Tennis: Henin supports Clijsters decision
World number one Justine Henin said on Tuesday Belgian compatriot Kim Clijsters' decision to retire was the right one and praised her 23-year-old former rival for her contribution to tennis.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid wants to play
India captain Rahul Dravid shrugged aside all off-field issues as he urged the world to focus on their return to international cricket after a massively disappointing World Cup.
 arrow Football: The new Bosman?
Andy Webster was yesterday hailed as a pioneer by senior players' union officials after he became the first player to successfully invoke article 17 of Fifa's transfer regulations and buy out his contract
 arrow Football: 'Give, don't take, from Asia '
Top European clubs that tour the lucrative emerging markets of Asia need to do more to develop the game here instead of just turning up, taking the money and running.
 arrow Ballack settles rift
Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday took a swipe at José Mourinho by saying that he knew Manchester United could win the Barclays Premiership title the moment Chelsea signed Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko
 arrow Cricket: England in KP doubts
England's top batsman Kevin Pietersen has fitness doubts ahead of next week's first Test against the West Indies due to a calf muscle strain.
 arrow Cricket: JCF insists Bob was murdered
Jamaican police are insisting that Bob Woolmer was murdered amid reports that Pakistani investigators have suggested otherwise due to lack of conclusive evidence.
 arrow Football: Fergie certain of Milan triumph
Sir Alex Ferguson, whose Man-chester United side lost to Champions League finalists AC Milan in the semi-finals, said in comments published Wednesday he is "absolutely certain" the Italian side will defeat
 arrow Cricket: Abu Dhabi series on
The three-match ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has finally been confirmed after the organisers secured sponsors and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Pakistan Cricket Board
 arrow Football: Malays slam Man Utd
Malaysian Manchester United fans voiced anger and disappointment on Wednesday after a tour match featuring the newly crowned Premier League champions was cancelled.
 arrow Football: Mourinho plans with lean squad
Jose Mourinho has issued the strongest indication yet that he will be in charge of Chelsea next season by revealing his plans for the first-team squad.
 arrow Football: Royalty for FA Cup final
Britain's Prince William will attend the first FA Cup final to be played at the newly-revamped Wembley stadium later this month, a royal spokesman said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ball charged over C'Ron stamp
Manchester City defender Michael Ball faces a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct over a stamp on the chest of Cristiano Ronaldo during Saturday's Manchester derby.
 arrow Football: Berbatov pledges future to Spurs
Dimitar Berbatov is poised to kill off the possibility of a lucrative move to Manchester United this summer by pledging his future to Tottenham Hotspur for at least another year.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure healthcare services for the poor
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon physicians and investors not to make the medical services a profit-earning business only, but also ensure healthcare services for the poor.
 arrow Power sector runs with wrong data and statistics
Worried at the mismanagement and inefficiency in the power sector, Power and Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the power sector is running with wrong data and statistics.
 arrow Form anti-corruption bodies at local level
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need to form anti-corruption committees with neutral persons at the local level.
 arrow Ensure speedy delivery of commodities at Chittagong Port
Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Adviser Dr CS Karim ordered officials to ensure speedy delivery of imported essential commodities from Chittagong Port to avert any crisis or consequent price hike.
 arrow US supports steps to hold polls in Bangladesh
Visiting special envoy to the chief adviser of the caretaker government of Bangladesh Ambassador Farooq Sobhan met US under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns at his office in the State Department yesterday.
 arrow ACC probing graft charges against ex-whip Hasnat, wife
A four-member anti-corruption taskforce reached Barisal and started investigating graft charges against Abul Hasnat Abdullah, former chief whip and cousin of Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow BEN concerned at Titas gas field situation
Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a global network of pro-environment Bangladeshis, has expressed grave concern at the recent news reports on possible disaster at Titas gas field, which might lead
 arrow Dhaka won't allow anti-Indian activities
Bangladesh has assured that its territory would not be allowed to be used for activities directed against India, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said yesterday.
 arrow Saadat takes oath as PSC chairman
Former cabinet secretary Dr Saadat Hussain yesterday took oath as chairman of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow One gets 31yrs' RI for trying to smuggle currencies
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to 31 years rigorous imprisonment for trying to smuggle foreign currencies worth Tk 2.2 crore on June 10 last year.
 arrow Tk 2 lakh snatched in city
Armed muggers snatched over Tk 2 lakh and two cellphone sets from a resident of West Agargaon in the capital yesterday when she and her nephew returning home after drawing the amount.
 arrow Mominul Haque new MBUST VC
Prof Dr Mohammad Mominul Haque has been appointed vice-chancellor of Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST).
 arrow Boy missing
Sami Bin Mohammad Arnob, son of Dr Mohammad Ali, has been missing since Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Farhan Khaled, a student of class ten at Dhaka Residen-tial Model School and College, has been suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disease of the peripheral nervous system, which can lead to
 arrow AL leader Sattar Bhuiyan passes away
Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan, acting president of Dhanmondi unit of Awami League, died of a cardiac arrest at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 57.
Nationalarrow Top Jubo Dal leader chargesheeted in Azibar murder case
Central forest and environment affairs secretary of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal Modasserul Haque Huda and eight others were chargesheeted yesterday in the sensational Azibar Rahman murder case.
 arrow Complaint to ACC against ex-BJP MP in Satkhira
Complaints have been submitted to Anti Corruption Commission, Satkhira Deputy Commissioner and law enforcing agencies against former BJP lawmaker Kazi Alauddin for his alleged anomaly in distributionof
 arrow Top BNP leaders were behind attack on journos
The two arrested Jatyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders were sent to Kushtia jail yesterday on completion of two days' remand.
 arrow Dinajpur vet college teachers on strike
Dinajpur Government Veterinary College teachers and staff yesterday went on an indefinite strike protesting non-payment of their arrear salaries due to shortage of fund, official sources said.
 arrow Extortion cases against ex-MP in B'baria
Four extortion cases were filed against ex-MP Mushfiqur Rahman, adviser of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, with a Magistrate court in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow USAID official visits shoals in Sirajganj
USAID Mission Director in Bangladesh Roger D Carlson yesterday visited activities under the Shouhardo programme, implemented with USAID assistance to increase food security of vulnerable groups in shoal
 arrow Grenade found in madrasa
Police recovered a grenade from a madrasa in Shajadpur upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 8 fishermen feared drowned
At least eight fishermen are feared drowned in Paira river as their five trawlers sank in a storm Tuesday night, some survivors said yesterday.
 arrow UP chairman held in Rangamati
Joint forces arrested a Union Parishad (UP) chairman from his house at remote Ghilachhari village under Naniachar upazila. Amar Jiban Chakma, chairman of Ghilachhari Union Parishad was arrested onTuesday.
 arrow New VC of Bhasani varsity
Prof Dr Mohammad Monimul Haque joined Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) as vice-chancellor (VC) yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The plot against MKA : A son's protest
The much-publicized graft trials in summary courts have just begun.
 arrow China's new dam
This is in response to a news item published in Daily Star on May 8, where the map contains gross anomalies, and some information are not quite correct.
 arrow Getting serious about education
Half of the children in primary school and 80 percent of those enrolled in secondary school do not complete their respective stages of education.
Culturearrow Tagore's birth anniversary celebration at National level
The made his presence felt everywhere: Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet, author, playwright, lyricist, composer, painter and much more.
 arrow National Rabindra Sangeet Festival ends
The eighteenth National Rabindra Sangeet Festival organised by Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) ended on May 8.
 arrow Chhayanat's Rabindra Jayanti celebration
To celebrate Tagore's 146th birth anniversary, one of the leading music schools in the country, Chhayanat organised an evening of music and poetry at its Sangskriti Bhaban auditorium on May 8.
 arrow Celebration at Shilaidah Kuthibari
The two-day long celebration of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's 146th birth anniversary ended yesterday at the Shilidah Kuthibari, also known as Rabindra Kuthibari.
Generalarrow Road accidents kill six
At least six people were killed and 27 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Brahmanbaria, Sylhet and Gaibandha yesterday and on Tuesday.
 arrow Belongings worth Tk 3 lakh looted
Robbers looted belongings worth around Tk 3 lakh from several passengers on a Chittagong-bound train from Dhaka here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Extremist dies in encounter with police in Kushtia
An extremist was killed in an encounter between his accomplices and the police at Dighalkandi in Daulatpur early yesterday.
 arrow 50 fall victim to fatwa in four months
A total of 50 people of 29 families fell victim to fatwa across the country from January to April this year, a report of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad revealed yesterday.
 arrow Situation tense at RU
Tension is mounting at Rajshahi University (RU) following the recent arrest of at least 20 students in raids conducted by the joint forces on different student halls.
 arrow CU Islamic History students demand exam dates
Students of Islamic History and Culture department of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday have kept their classrooms under lock and key for four hours demanding immediate announcement of dates for their
 arrow Rani names 3 teasers
Forensic experts at Dhaka Medical College Morgue have found a suicide note under the clothing of the girl who committed suicide on Tuesday failing to endure teasing by derailed youths.
 arrow Case against Rab official, five others
A real estate businessman filed a case with a Sylhet Sadar cognisance court against six persons, including an official of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), on Tuesday, accusing them of ransacking hishouse
 arrow JU summer vacation from May 12
Month-long summer vacation of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin from May 12.
Internationalarrow Blair may announce his departure plans today
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a grilling from lawmakers over his departure plans yesterday, as he prepares to announce his resignation after 10 years in power.
 arrow 'Pak suspended judge a symbol of defiance against military rule’
Pakistan's top judge has become a symbol of popular defiance to military rule due to his vocal support for judicial independence after his suspension by President Pervez Musharraf, analysts said.
 arrow Sarkozy lashed for lux vacation
France's new right wing leader Nicolas Sarkozy hit an immediate political controversy yesterday over a luxury holiday taken on a yacht belonging to a billionaire friend.
 arrow Gunmen seize US oil workers in Nigeria
Gunmen seized four foreign oil workers, including at least three Americans, in Nigeria adding to a list of dozens of foreigners abducted in recent weeks, officials said.
 arrow Eight more killed in restive Thai south
Suspected separatist insurgents have killed eight people in Thailand's restive south, including four soldiers caught in a bomb blast, police said yesterday.
 arrow Truck bomb kills 14 in Kurdish capital
A powerful bomb exploded yesterday in Iraq's normally peaceful Kurdish capital of Arbil, killing at least 14 in a rare attack in a region usually sheltered from the country's turmoil.
 arrow Four held over 2005 London bombings
British anti-terror police yesterday arrested four more people in connection with the July 2005 London suicide bombings.
 arrow Peaceful vote in E Timor raises hopes
East Timor held a peaceful election for president yesterday, bolstering hopes that months of deadly political turmoil in one of the world's newest countries could be near an end.
 arrow India tests missile
India yesterday successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a site in the eastern state of Orissa, defence sources said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Project implementation story
The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning in a report on the so-called completed ADB projects for 2004-05 fiscal has highlighted the time and cost overruns
 arrow Editorial: A public interest issue
The problems that commuters were facing due to CNG autorickshaw drivers' charging exorbitant fares, and often refusing to take short distance passengers, appear to have been compounded by the steps taken
 arrow Where is the counter-terror strategy?
The religious militants continue to strike. It would be incorrect to suggest that they have struck anew.
 arrow The people have spoken
The welcome and love that Mr.
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