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Front Pagearrow PDB spends Tk 271cr without approval
Power Development Board (PDB) spent an excess of Tk 271 crore in a power distribution project without approval of the authorities while a severe power crisis persists in the country.
 arrow India clinch ODI series
Gautam Gambhir and debutant Piyush Chawla starred as India clinched the three-match one-day series against Bangladesh 2-0 with a convincing 46-run victory in the second ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Give Bangladesh high priority as US strategic partner
A US security delegation comprising a congressman and military veterans has asked President George W Bush to give Bangladesh "high priority" as a strategic partner in US foreign and national securitypolicies
 arrow UN offers help in holding fair polls
The United Nations (UN) will provide technical and financial assistance for holding a free and fair election in Bangladesh.
 arrow 34 killed in violence ahead of rally in Pakistan
Fierce gun battles between rival political activists left 34 people dead and 100 wounded yesterday in the worst violence since President Pervez Musharraf suspended Pakistan's top judge two months ago.
 arrow Bangladesh to sign deal with UAE on manpower export
Bangladesh will sign an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on exporting manpower to promote and regulate recruitment of Bangladeshi workers to the UAE, the second largest destination for Bangladeshi
 arrow Health services dipped for lack of proper policy
Lack of proper policy and monitoring and non-implementation of existing regulations have led to severe deterioration in the country's health services, medical experts and civil society members said at
 arrow Saifur for end to 'dynastic' politics
Senior BNP leader M Saifur Rahman yesterday called for an end to 'dynastic' politics and said a number of mistakes committed by the last BNP-led four-party government brought on the present situation.
 arrow Bribery goes on secretly despite vigilance
Although underhand dealings at Chittagong seaport seem to have ceased in the changed scenario, bribery still continues stealthily despite strict monitoring under the current anti-graft drive, says a private
 arrow CG's reform move good but delay will harm democracy
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the country's democracy will suffer if the military backed caretaker government stays in power for a 'long period of time', but they endorsed its reform initiatives.
 arrow UNDP official stabbed to death, mob kill three bandits
An official of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and three robbers were killed during a highway robbery in a bus on Tangail-Jamuna bridge road at Alenga in Kalihati upazila Friday night.
 arrow Khaleda still under pressure
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser Brig (retd) ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said Khaleda is still under pressure to leave the country, a charge that the government denied shortly afterwards.
 arrow Amnesty concerned at death, torture in custody
Amnesty International has expressed grave concern over the alleged "tortures and deaths in custody" since the declaration of the state of emergency in January 11 in Bangladesh, it said in a statement.
 arrow Worker's death in road crash sparks violence
A passenger bus was set ablaze and several other vehicles were vandalised at Jatrabari on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway following death of a garment worker in a road accident yesterday morning.
 arrow Wolfowitz broke ethics rules
The World Bank executive board has concluded that bank president Paul Wolfowitz broke ethics rules in arranging a pay rise for his girlfriend and will try to end his tenure next week, The Washington Post
 arrow 5 GIs killed, 3 others go missing in Iraq
Five US-led soldiers were killed yesterday and three reported missing after an attack south of Baghdad, the US military said, amid reports that the three troops had been captured.
 arrow Farm owner shot dead in city
Unidentified gunmen shot a dairy farm owner dead at Pallabi in the capital yesterday. The dead was identified as Mansur Mallik, 45, a resident of Mirpur-10.
 arrow Most fishermen denied govt help during fishing ban period
The government programmes to assist the seasonally unemployed fishermen are yet to cover most of them while the help provided in cash and kind is too scanty to meet the requirement, a survey report revealed
 arrow S Asian FMs reach consensus on launching Saarc dev fund
Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the Saarc finance ministers have reached a consensus on forming a Saarc development fund.
 arrow Fresh case filed against Hannan for harassing fishermen
A case under Speedy Trial Tribunal Act was filed Friday night against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah, his son Shah Rezaul Hannan and eight others with Kapasia Police
 arrow 8 held for visa,passport forgery
Immigration police yesterday arrested eight people from the city's Fakirapul area on charges of passport and visa forgery and sending people abroad illegally.
 arrow God will punish drug dealers
Pope Benedict XVI warned drug traffickers yesterday that they would face divine justice for the scourge of illegal narcotics across Latin America, telling them that, "God will call you to account foryour
Businessarrow Market capitalisation to hit $15b in 3 years
On government's move to list some 10 state-owned enterprises (SoEs) in phases on the Dhaka Stock Exchange, the prime bourse expects its market capitalisation to reach US$ 15 billion in the next two to
 arrow Electronic goods manufacturers seek protection
Seeking protection to domestic products, electronic goods manufacturers have demanded removal of duty anomalies.
 arrow Fiscal and monetary policies management in Bangladesh
Many of you have heard about the Great Depression in the 1930s.
 arrow KL firm to invest $12.57m in Karnaphuli EPZ
A Malaysian company is going to set up a garment manufacturing plant in Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$12.57 million.
 arrow Russia, C Asia leaders agree landmark gas pipeline deal
Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan agreed a landmark gas pipeline deal on Saturday in a victory for Moscow over European and US plans for the region.
 arrow RAKUB outstanding loan stands at Tk 2358cr
The outstanding loans disbursed by Rajshahi Krisi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) have stood at Tk 2358 crore, while the specialised agri-financing bank kept counting operational loses.
 arrow Bangla-Myanmar business council's new executives
Syed Mahmudul Huq was elected chairman of Bangladesh Myanmar Business Promotion Council (BMBPC) while SM Shamsul Alam elected secretary general at a meeting held on Wednesday in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Remaining stake in Maruti sold
The Indian government said Thursday it sold its remaining 10.27 percent stake in the country's biggest carmaker, Maruti Udyog, at 797 rupees (19.9 dollars) a share, well above its floor price.
 arrow China faces labour shortage in 2010
China's ample supply of low-cost labour, one of the mainstays of China's remarkable economic transformation, could start shrinking by 2010, a state press report said Saturday.
 arrow China overtakes Japan in int'l competitiveness
Japan fell to 24th place on a list of countries ranked by international competitiveness, being overtaken by 15th-ranked China for the first time, according to the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007 released
 arrow Sri Lanka in $60m train deal with China
Sri Lanka plans to buy 60 million dollars worth of locomotives and passenger coaches from China to modernise its Victorian-era network, the state-owned railway announced on Friday.
 arrow US names new farm envoy to WTO talks
The United States named Friday a new chief negotiator on agriculture issues for WTO Doha Round trade talks, as farm disputes continue to block completion of the international negotiations.
 arrow Lanka raises fuel prices for third time
The Sri Lankan government said that fuel prices have been raised with effect from midnight local time on Friday.
 arrow Pakistan permits import of Indian cotton thru' land route
In a bid to cut down costs for its dominant textile industry and make it more competitive, Pakistan has permitted the import of Indian cotton through the Wagah border.
 arrow New office bearers of women's federation
Haniara Khan and Zeenat Islam have been elected president and general secretary of National Women's Federation, Bangladesh (NWFB) in a recent election, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashud, Imran back for Tigers
After missing in action for the last five months, wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud is set to make an international comeback as the national selectors included him in the 14-member team for the two Tests against
 arrow Cricket: Dav not dissatisfied
India cricket manager Ravi Shastri issued a warning like he usually does after confirming the series with a 46-run victory in the second game yesterday in Mirpur that his boys will not show any mercytowards
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies can get better'
John Buchanan, the recently retired Australian coach, has said that Australia's series of losses before the World Cup had helped them fine tune their game and strategies.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid wants whitewash
India captain Rahul Dravid said yesterday that they are looking forward to whitewash Bangladesh in the one-day series by winning the third game at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium on May 15.
 arrow Cricket: Moores's debut today
England's first Test squad since Peter Moores's appointment as coach will be unveiled on Sunday, for the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on Thursday, and it will give the clearest indicationyet
 arrow Cricket: Make a new start: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday ordered the new-look team to get fit and develop a "work ethic" as they bid to recover from their World Cup disaster.
 arrow Cricket: Gough wants a chance
Darren Gough believes he could be the man to get England's struggling pace attack firing again.
 arrow Local Snippets
Udity Club beat Dhaka Hockey Club 2-0 in the Green Delta Insurance second Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Oldham hold Abahani
Abahani played out a goalless draw with touring English First Division Club, Oldham Athletic, in the third and last exhibition match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea eye home record
Chelsea always hoped the final act of their season would be decisive, but Jose Mourinho could never have imagined that it would be Everton sweating on the result of Sunday's Premiership match at Stamford
 arrow Tennis: Nadal disposes Djokovic
Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal swept into the Rome Masters semifinals with a ruthless 6-2, 6-3 win over up-and-coming Serb Novak Djokovic on Friday.
 arrow Football: Kaka opts out of Copa America
AC Milan's Brazilian striker Kaka has asked not to be included in the national side for this summer's Copa America because he is exhausted after a tough season.
 arrow Cricket: Pak camp
A special 19-day camp for fast bowlers and opening batsmen will be held at the Pakistan National Cricket Academy from May 16th onwards, under the auspices, among others of fast bowling champion WasimAkram.
 arrow Cricket: Farhat fined for dissent
Pakistan opener Imran Farhat has been fined and reprimanded for a phone call he made to the chief selector after he was not picked for a one-day series against Sri Lanka, officials said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Asia Cup over April17-May 3 next year
Asia Cup will be next held in Pakistan from April 17 to May 3 next year after a gap of two years, according to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
 arrow Cricket: 'Vaughan 'won't be ready' for first Test'
Injured England captain Michael Vaughan is set to miss the first Test against the West Indies, Yorkshire teammate Deon Kruis claimed Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd thinks he can convince Fletcher to coach WI
Clive Lloyd thinks Duncan Fletcher can revive the sagging fortune of Caribbean cricket and said he is ready to talk to the former England coach and convince him to take up the job.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard to ring changes
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard on Saturday promised to bring new blood into the Catalan side next season after the league leaders' humiliating Spanish Cup semifinal exit to Getafe during the week.
 arrow Football: Kewell targets final
Harry Kewell plans to put himself in contention for Liverpool's Champions League final as Anfield prepares to say an emotional farewell to striker Robbie Fowler on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Boro sweat on Viduka move
Middlesbrough have been told that Mark Viduka is irreplaceable. The curtain falls on the Premiership season this weekend with the Australian international's future very much undecided.
 arrow Massa pips Alonso for pole
Brazilian Felipe Massa upstaged home hero and double world champion Fernando Alonso on Saturday when he secured pole position for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
 arrow Hockey: Malaysia reach final
India lost 1-2 to Malaysia in the semifinal of the 16th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey here Friday. Indian players went into the match to redeem their past glory but failed to do so.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo, Petrova out of German Open
Second-seed Amelie Mauresmo and defending champion Nadia Petrova were the big name casualties from Berlin's WTA tournament on Friday.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo quits Olympiakos
Brazilian superstar Rivaldo announced bitterly Saturday that he is quitting Greek champions Olympiakos, saying the club did not keep its promises to him.
 arrow Football: UEFA upholds Lille fine
UEFA said Friday that it had rejected an appeal by French club Lille against their fine over incidents that marred their Champions League match against Manchester United in February.
 arrow Football: Berbatov sticking with Spurs
Dimitar Berbatov insisted Saturday that he was more interested in helping Tottenham break into the Premiership's 'Big Four' than a move to an elite club.
 arrow Football: Allardyce holds Newcastle talks
Sam Allardyce has moved closer to becoming Newcastle manager after holding talks with chairman Freddy Shepherd.
 arrow Football: Panama seeks Rinkon's extradition
Panama is preparing to formally request former Colombian football star Freddy Rincon's extradition from Brazil so that he can be tried on drug trafficking charges, officials said Friday.
 arrow Football: Derby close to Premiership
Steve Howard scored twice as Derby beat Southampton 2-1 in the first leg of their Championship play-off semifinal at St Mary's here Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Help free country from corruption
Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Lt General (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury has called upon the young generation to play a significant role in freeing the country from corruption.
 arrow CG activities not producing fair results for people
The activities of the caretaker government are not producing fair results for the people of the country in many ways, said Justice Ghulam Rabbani at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Nurses Day observed
International Nurses Day (IND) was observed across the country as elsewhere in the world yesterday marking the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
 arrow Remove misconceptions about cancer
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for cancer awareness programme at grassroots level to remove misconceptions about the disease.
 arrow 'Protect Halda river from pollution'
Environmental activists organised a unique boat procession in Chittagong yesterday with a view to protecting the Halda river, the lone natural breeding water-body for fish, from pollution and other acts
 arrow Hasina pays last respect to Ridoy
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday paid her last respect to Ridoy Kumar Saha, an office assistant of her party.
 arrow Yunus awarded Nichols Chancellor's Medal
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has called on Vanderbilt University students to help create a world where museums have exhibits on poverty because it is a thing of the past.
 arrow 'Launch social movement against acid violence'
Speakers at an award giving ceremony yesterday underscored the need to raise mass awareness to prevent acid violence against women and children.
 arrow Int'l Mother's Day today
International Mother's Day will be observed today as elsewhere in the world. The country has been celebrating the day on the second Sunday of May every year for the last few years.
 arrow Doctors clash at BSMMU: Two injured
Two doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) were injured following clashes between the pro-Awami League (AL) and pro-BNP doctors yesterday.
 arrow Criminal arrested with arms
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a criminal with a foreign-made revolver, one-shooter gun, two bullets and a sharp knife from Kotwali Police Station area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Book on history of railway launched
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to restore past glory of railway department.
 arrow 'Walk the World' to end child hunger today
In response to UN food agency WFP's global advocacy event 'Walk the World' to end child hunger, a walkathon, will be staged in the city today.
 arrow Two killed in Satkhira road accident
Two youths were killed as a bus rammed into a motorbike at Hadipur Kulpukur in Devhata upazila on Satkhira-Munshiganj road yesterday.
 arrow Decorator staff murdered in city
A decorator employee was murdered at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow 7 clinics, labs fined in Khulna
Seven clinics and diagnostic centres in Khulna have been fined Tk two lakh for unhygienic condition and inexperienced staffs.
 arrow Health adviser leaves for Geneva
Health Adviser Major General (Retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman left Dhaka for Geneva yesterday.
 arrow Odhikar Report
A total of 89 people were killed allegedly by law enforcement agencies in the last four months since January 12, according to a report of Odhikar, a human rights organisation.
 arrow Outlaw arrested in Rajshahi
Police arrested an activist of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (Lal Pataka) at Ramrama village in Bagmara upazila early yesterday.
 arrow East West University convocation tomorrow
The sixth convocation of East West University will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Jamuna devours hundreds of homesteads in 2 weeks
Sudden swelling of the mighty Jamuna has triggered massive erosion along its western bank in five upazilas of Sirajganj district.
 arrow Simple steps reduce neonatal mortality rate by 33pc
Some 'simple interventions' can drastically reduce neonatal mortality in remote rural areas.
 arrow MPO of 13 schools in Nilphamari Sadar suspended
Monthly pay order (MPO) of 13 secondary and junior high schools in Sadar upazila was suspended from the month of April following detection of misappropriation of stipend money in the schools.
 arrow Nor'wester lashes two districts
A nor'wester lashed Dinajpur and adjoining Thakurgaon yesterday morning injuring 20 people and damaging houses and crops and uprooting litchi and mango trees, according to officials in the departmentof
Point-Counterpointarrow The case against kawmi madrasas
How much longer will it take for our policy-makers to wake up to the reality that the so-called old-scheme -- "kawmi" -- madrasas are as anti-people and anti-social in nature as anti-Islamic in spirit?
 arrow Trouble ahead?
October 28, 2006 to January 10, 2007, everyday was a nightmare for the people On January 11 the public felt relieved with the hope that they will be able to move around hand in hand with family members/friends.
 arrow Living with the Master
When Rajiv Kaswani pushed his way through the crowd to take me to Guruji, he asked me "Kaha the tum? (Where were you?)" I told him that I was here all along waiting for him to call me.
Culturearrow 'Shadharon Meye': A tribute to Tagore
Reciting selected poems by the Nobel laureate poet, actor-recitor Nima Rahman paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore on the occasion of his 146th birth anniversary.
 arrow 'Ma ke Mon-e Porey' on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla will air Mother's Day special programme Ma ke Mon-e Porey today at 6:20pm. The programme will feature six mothers who will talk elaborately about their experience regarding theirchildren.
 arrow District town based theatre festival at Shilpakala
To encourage district town based theatre practitioners, Department of Theatre and Film of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has arranged a weeklong theatre festival at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Serenely painting -- with sand and sun in the backdrop
When Gulshan Hossain went to the Sharjah Bienniel in 2005, Emaar Properties of Dubai, that promotes art, asked her to send some of her art work.
 arrow 'Tomar Kachhe Phirey Ashi' on Channel 1
Mother's Day special TV play Tomar Kachhe Phirey Ashi will be aired tonight at 8pm on Channel 1.
Generalarrow Badrunnesa College Alumni Assoc scholarships distributed
Six students of Begum Badrunnesa College were awarded scholarships at a ceremony on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow BCL central leader held in B'baria
Members of joint forces arrested a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central leader at Sarkarpara in the town yesterday. Sanaul, 35, who was long in hideouts, was picked up from his home in the afternoon.
Internationalarrow Israel ready for 'serious' talks with Arabs: Peres
Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said yesterday that Israel is ready for serious discussions with Arab nations over a revived peace proposal, as shuttle diplomacy in the region continued apace.
 arrow 70 Taliban killed in offensive
Afghan security forces and international troops have killed 70 Taliban rebels in a week-long push to drive the militants from a southern district, an intelligence department statement said Saturday.
 arrow US is true nuclear proliferator: Iran
Iran on Friday accused the United States of being the true violator of the Nonproliferation Treaty as a global conference ended without managing to bridge conflicting priorities on how to tighten thepact
 arrow Indo-US nuke deal faces legal hurdle
India's Supreme Court is to hear a petition, which says the country's landmark civilian nuclear deal with the United States could threaten national security, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Brown declines to set Iraq pullout dates
Britain's likely next prime minister Gordon Brown said yesterday he intended to visit Iraq soon, but declined to set a timetable for withdrawing British forces from the country.
 arrow Afghan parliament sacks FM
Afghanistan's parliament voted to sack the war-torn country's foreign minister yesterday amid an uproar over Iran's forced return of thousands of refugees.
 arrow Roadside bomb kills 8 Afghan cops
Eight Afghan policemen were killed when a roadside bomb tore through their vehicle in the southern province of Kandahar yesterday, a police commander said.
 arrow Cheney on unannounced S Arabia visit
US Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday, the most senior US official to visit since King Abdullah railed at the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq.
 arrow Tiger attack costs Shell $700,000
The Sri Lankan unit of Royal Dutch Shell suffered damages of at least 700,000 dollars in an air attack by Tamil Tiger rebels last month, the company said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: 120 days of the Fakhruddin government
The caretaker government (CG) led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed has passed four months in office and it is a good time to take a stock of what has been its achievement so far.
 arrow Editorial: Tony Blair's departure
Tony Blair walks away from power convinced that he has ensured Britain's place in the world.
 arrow Time to choose
The debate currently raging in the political landscape in our country is how soon the postponed election to the parliament should be held, as the 18 months time thought to be necessary by the Election
 arrow Exit, polls
How much money can you make by selling a mirage? Quite a lot, actually, if you dress it up in jargon and put on a suitably pseudo-serious face before a television camera.
 arrow France elects Sarkozy: What lies ahead?
Nicolas Sarkozy, 52-year-old right of the centre Conservative, had a decisive victory over his Socialist rival Segolene Royal in the second round of the French presidential elections last Sunday.
Star Healtharrow Follow-up care for cancer survivors: What to expect
Follow-up care after cancer treatment is different for each cancer survivor. Congratulations on finishing your cancer treatment and becoming a cancer survivor.
 arrow Heartburn or chest pain: When is it heart attack?
Heartburn and chest pain are very different but can feel very much the same. Learn the difference and when to seek medical help.
 arrow Summer diarrhoea in children
Every year in summer, diarrhoea hits our country. Scorching heat and rush of diarrhoeal patients in different hospital, specially in ICDDR,B is a common scenario.
 arrow Health experts unite to combat the world’s leading vaccine-preventable killer
International experts in the fields of health and infectious diseases have joined forces to raise awareness and encourage global prevention of pneumococcal disease, the world's leading vaccine-preventable
 arrow Eggs will raise your cholesterol, and other myths
Avoid eggs. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Eating carbs will make you fat.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor
I am 26 years old. For a couple of months, I observed that there are dark circles under my both eyes. They stand in stark contrast to the rest of my appearance.

Star Cityarrow Rajuk starts drive to free Gulshan lake
The military-backed interim government has undertaken a comprehensive drive to free the city's Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake from the powerful wetland grabbers.
 arrow BIWTA focuses on goods transportation
Having failed to revive the Dhaka Circular Waterway Project (DCWP) the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is now focusing on more revenue income from goods transportation on the rivers
 arrow 40 percent city taxicabs out of order
Sufferings of commuters in the capital have mounted as around 40 percent of taxicabs plying the city streets went out of order while the condition of the remaining ones are also terrible.
 arrow Botanical Garden: Dhaka's Green Paradise

 arrow Women drivers: Breaking the traditional barrier
A professional chauffeur, Shahida Akhter, drove her four-wheel drive and negotiated skillfully all the odds of the city streets. Male drivers from other vehicles looked at her with interest.
 arrow Making buildings intelligent for security and safety
Urban experts and top bureaucrats at a seminar in the city on May 10 underscored that it is time to make today's buildings intelligent with complete automation for security, safety and efficient energy
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