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Front Pagearrow Khaleda cancels trip as Koko sued for extortion
An extortion case was filed yesterday against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, prompting his mother to postpone her scheduled trip to Singapore once again.
 arrow Voter list, nat'l ID card possible in 5-6 months
It is possible to simultaneously prepare the voter list with photographs and national identity cards in five-six months, an experts team of Bangladesh Army told journalists yesterday, demonstrating their
 arrow Give roadmap for polls in 2 months
Fifteen influential US senators have urged the caretaker government to announce within the next two months a roadmap towards free and fair elections as soon as possible.
 arrow RPCL faces Tk 200cr claim from LIPPS
Because of a damaging contract signed by its the then management in 2004, the Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL) is faced with an arbitrary international penalty of Tk 200 crore payable to a controversial
 arrow Butenis for lifting ban on political activities
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis has stressed the need for lifting the ban on political activities in the country so that the political parties can move towards reforms.
 arrow Money whitening may stay in different way
The government may introduce a provision for whitening black money, but the offer may be made through alternative measures, not the upcoming national budget, Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam gave hints
 arrow Hearing on graft case against Hasina July 25
The High Court (HC) yesterday scheduled July 25 for the hearing of a petition by former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina for quashing a four and a half years old graft case against
 arrow Graft charges framed against Aman, his wife
A special court yesterday framed charges against detained former state minister for labour and employment Aman Ullah Aman and his wife Sabera Aman in a corruption case.
 arrow Abduction case filed against ex-deputy minister Dulu, 8 BNP men
An abduction case was filed against 9 BNP leaders including former deputy minister for food and disaster Asadul Habib Dulu in a magistrate court in Lalmonirhat yesterday.
 arrow Khelafat leader Habibur held for militant 'link'
The joint forces detained Moulana Habibur Rahman, nayeb-e-ameer of a faction of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, from his father-in-law's house at the city's Jherjheri para early yesterday.
 arrow HC adjourns hearing for 2 days
The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned for two days the hearing of a writ petition filed on May 6 challenging legality of the present caretaker government, as the counsel of the petitioner is ill.
 arrow DCC drive

 arrow Mainul on letter of US senators
In reaction to the comments by 15 US senators, Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said Bangladesh has to solve its problems on its own, rather than listen to the foreigners.
 arrow Australian plastic surgeons to perform 60 free operations
A team of 11 Australian plastic surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses are visiting Bangladesh on a two-week tour to perform 60 operations for free and work with doctors at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
 arrow 41 Iraqis killed in fresh violence
A parked car bomb exploded near a market in a Shia enclave northeast of the capital, killing at least 32 people and wounding 50, police said Wednesday.
 arrow Wolfowitz begs for his WB job
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz on Tuesday begged the lender's board to let him keep his job, promising changes in his management style in the wake of a damaging favouritism scandal.
 arrow Iraq withdrawal move thwarted in Senate
The Senate, spending the spring mired in divisive debate on Iraq, sharply rejected legislation Wednesday to cut off money for combat operations after March 2008.
Businessarrow New system for cargo handling comes into force at Ctg port
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday introduced a new single-point system to replace the old fashioned stevedoring system for cargo handling at Chittagong Port.
 arrow FBCCI seeks specific duties on edible oil, baby food, raw materials
The country's apex trade body yesterday requested the government to impose specific duties on edible oil, powdered milk, baby foods, basic metal and raw materials in the next budget to keep prices ofthe
 arrow Govt okays deal with Switzerland to avoid double taxation
The caretaker government approved a ratified agreement between Bangladesh and Switzerland on avoidance of double taxation to further strengthen the existing economic relations between the two countries.
 arrow Bangladesh Army, Banglalink sign MoU
Bangladesh Army Overseas Operations Directorate and mobile phone operator Banglalink have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to commemorate the 'United Nations Peacekeeping Day 2007' on May 29.
 arrow Indian IT lobby demands more US work visas for tech professionals
India's tech industry on Wednesday demanded more liberal US visa rules for software and computer professionals in response to calls by US lawmakers to limit their entry further.
 arrow Migrant labour crucial for Asia: ILO
Migrant workers from developing Asian countries play a critical role in addressing labour shortages in the region's wealthiest economies, the International Labour Organisation told a regional forum here
 arrow WTO ministers struggle to salvage talks
Ministers from leading WTO members convene here on Wednesday in a fresh move to spur progress toward a global trade accord, working against the clock after six years of largely fruitless debate.
 arrow China pledges currency reforms
Premier Wen Jiabao pledged that China would further reform its currency controls and take steps to resolve problems ranging from the nation's growing trade surplus to its soaring foreign exchange reserves.
 arrow EU states, lawmakers strike deal on mobile roaming rates
EU governments and the European Parliament struck a deal on Tuesday to force mobile phone operators to reduce charges for calls from abroad, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Jakarta to privatise more state firms
The government hopes to add several additional state-owned companies (SoEs) to its privatisation program this year, in a bid to raise more cash to plug the budget deficit, the new state enterprises minister
 arrow Mittal's Q1 profits rise 28.8pc
Arcelor Mittal, the world's biggest steel producer, raised net profits by 28.8 percent in the first quarter to 1.717 billion euros (2.35 billion dollars) on strong fundmentals in the steel market.
 arrow Oil steady in Asia
Oil prices were steady Wednesday as traders weighed expectations of rising U.S. crude and gasoline stocks against concerns about oil production cuts following protests in Nigeria.
 arrow OECD invites Russia, 4 other states, to talk membership
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development invited Russia and four other nations to join OECD membership talks on Wednesday and said it would give priority to southeast Asia in future.
 arrow US property downturn to weigh on economy: IMF
Weakness in the US property market will continue to weigh on US growth, which is slowing down, International Monetary Fund Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky said here on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Youngsters raring to go
Chittagong was back under full sunshine as both Bang-ladesh and India enjoyed full-fledged training sessions here yesterday to bid goodbye to the cyclonic weather that dominated the port city for thelast
 arrow Cricket: Test-ing time for Tigers
Bangladesh play their first Test series in 13 months this week hoping to take their new-found confidence in one-day cricket to the traditional game.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav seeks a century
After consistently hitting half-centuries since his co-meback, Sou-rav Ganguly Wednesday said he would try to convert his fifties into hundreds if he got a chance in the two-Test cricket series against
 arrow Football: MSC first-leg champs
Abahani and Sheikh Russel shared points in a goalless draw yesterday to serve the B. League top spot to Mohammedan in a platter at the end of the first leg.
 arrow Cricket: Battle of problem sides
England and West Indies head into the first Test here at Lord's from today with some tricky problems still to be solved.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore to sue BCB?
Two days after this TV channel reported strained relations between out going Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Whatmore has decided to take legal action against BCB for
 arrow Cricket: BCB to increase players' fees
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking forward to increase salaries of the national and age-group cricketers, it was decided at a meeting of the Cricket Operations Committee yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Super League resumes tomorrow
The Kai-Altech Premier Cricket Super League will resume tomorrow as the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) decided to continue the league without further interruption.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar ready for Afro-Asia Cup
Shoaib Akhtar, the Pakistan fast bowler, is available for the Afro-Asia Cup to be held in Bangalore and Chennai in June.
 arrow Cricket: England wait on Flintoff
England are to wait until the morning of the first Test against West Indies before deciding if all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is fit to play at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: Malik not nervous
New Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik Wednesday denied he would be nervous as he tries to rebuild his beleaguered side after a disastrous World Cup.
 arrow Football: Injury woes haunt Chelsea
Chelsea's mounting injury problems could see manager Jose Mourinho using keeper Hilario as a substutute striker against Manchester United in the FA Cup final later this month.
 arrow Football: Magpies unveil Big Sam
Newcastle United on Tuesday unveiled former Bolton coach Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a three-year contract.
 arrow Football: Gaibandha and Rajshahi win
Gaibandha and Rajshahi earned full points with identical wins yesterday in the final round of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship here.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's still a murder case'
Jamaican deputy police commissioner Mark Shields said the Bob Woolmer case is being investigated as a murder despite reports the Pakistan cricket coach died of a heart attack.
 arrow Tennis: Federer survives a scare
Roger Federer was made to fight uncomfortably hard to survive his opening round match at the Masters Series and showed few signs during a three-set struggle with Juan Monaco that he is emerging from his
 arrow Football: PSV offloads Sun
Chinese defender Sun Xiang is heading home to Shanghai after Dutch club PSV Eindhoven cut him loose this week.
 arrow Cricket: No Murali at T20 WC
Muttiah Muralidaran will not play in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup from 11 September, meaning he will be available for Lancashire's season end.
 arrow Football: Schweini might miss qualifiers
German international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been forced to postpone his comeback from injury and could miss his country's two Euro 2008 games in June, Bayern Munich said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Neville ruled out of Cup final
Manchester United confirmed Tuesday that captain Gary Neville has been ruled out of the FA Cup final because of an ankle injury.
 arrow Football: Bradley set for US
Bob Bradley, named interim coach of the US national football squad five months ago while a job search continued, will be named to the post full time here on Wednesday, ESPN reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Tired Ronnie opts out of Copa
Brazil's hopes of recapturing the Copa America in July have been dealt a further blow with a request from midfield star Ronaldinho not to be considered for selection.
 arrow Football: Blatter calls for professionalism
Two weeks before standing unopposed for a third stint as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter on Tuesday warned the sport he heads that it must become more professional.
 arrow Football: Hoyzer begins jail-term
A former referee convicted for a match-fixing scandal that shook football in Germany before the 2006 World Cup will begin serving his jail sentence on Friday, he told a German magazine.
Metropolitanarrow Wage all-out movement against corruption
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday urged all to wage an all-out movement to resist crime and corruption.
 arrow 'Make probe reports on river accidents public'
Probe reports on river accidents should be made public and the persons responsible should be brought to book in order to prevent a recurrence of such accidents, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Exempt physically challenged people from tax
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to exempt the people with disabilities from tax up to a certain limit and reduce bank loan interest rates for them to ensure their empowerment.
 arrow Raw materials of sweater factory gutted in city
Huge quantity of raw materials of a sweater factory was gutted in a devastating fire at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cops yet to find out clue
Members of the law enforcement agencies could not find out any clue to the Tuesday double murder at Sayedabad until yesterday.
 arrow Falling iron railing kills minor girl
A minor girl died after an iron railing collapsed on her at Eskaton Garden road in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow HC stays UGC decision on four instts
The High Court yesterday stayed for two weeks the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to include four educational institutions in a list of 56 unauthorised universities.
 arrow Family members get death threats from suspects
Family members of slain plastic trader Mohammad Ali of Islambagh in Old Dhaka are passing their days in grave insecurity as some associates and relatives of prime suspect of the case are now threatening
 arrow US army pacific commander meets army chief
The visiting US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Commander Lieutenant General John M Brown paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Moeen U Ahmed at the Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment
 arrow Iftekhar meets Malaysian counterpart
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury had a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Bin Syed Jaafar Albar in Islamabad yesterday morning to discuss wide range of bilateral issues.
 arrow BTTB introduces computerised ledger system
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) yesterday introduced computerised ledger management system for the convenience of its subscribers, says a press release.
 arrow Woman killed in road crash
Amena Begum, mother of Ruhul Gani Jyoti, a senior reporter of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), was killed in a road accident at Barabari in Lalmonirhat on Tuesday at the age of 72, says a press release.
 arrow Nazrul exponent Shahabuddin passes away
Shahabuddin Ahmed, an exponent of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, passed away at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early yesterday at the age of 71.
Nationalarrow Launch all-out campaign against corruption
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt. Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called upon the civil society to launch an all-out campaign to resist corruption.
 arrow Hiding ex-BNP lawmaker to be tried in absentia
Former BNP lawmaker from Patuakhali-2 (Baufal) Shahidul Alam Talukder did not appear before the District and Sessions Judge court yesterday, the date for his surrender to court in an arms case.
 arrow Barisal BNP leader arrested
Members of the joint force yesterday arrested BNP leader and Barisal City Corporation (BCC) commissioner Syed Zakir Hossain Jelal, also brother of former lawmaker and Jubo Dal secretary Syed Moazzem Hossain
 arrow Ex-minister among 14 BNP leaders sued
Fourteen BNP leaders including former state minister Barrister Shahjahan Omar, Bir Uttom, were sued by a Jatiya Party leader yesterday for their alleged attack on his party office causing grievous injuries
 arrow JMB militant, outlaw held in Bagmara
Six people including a militant of Jama'tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested in Bagmara yesterday, police said. The arrested JMB militant is Mokbul Hossain, 38, of Hamirkutsa Dangapara village.
 arrow Boro on 5,000 hectares go under water in Netrakona
IRRI-Boro paddy on 5,000 hectares of land went under water yesterday morning as an embankment collapsed near Haizda haor in Khaliajuri upazila, sources in the Water Development Board (WDB) said.
 arrow Charge framing now on May 21
A court in Sylhet yesterday deferred charge framing against Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran and 17 others in the much talked about Kithcen market graft case to May 21.
 arrow Haji Helal on 5 days' remand
A magistrate court in Sylhet yesterday placed real estate businessman Haji Helal on five days' remand in the Tk 20 crore extortion case. Helal, arrested on Tuesday, was produced before court yesterday.
 arrow Sramik Dal leader sent to jail
Matiranga upazila Sramik Dal president Mohammad Sirajul Islam, arrested on Tuesday, was sent to jail yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Village chronicle
I have a habit of visiting my village every two, or sometimes less, months. I went there a few days ago, braving sweltering heat. It is not so easy to reach my village in the northern district of Bogra.
 arrow The unbearable temporality of Professor Yunus's political being
IT is no coincidence that the title of this piece on Professor Yunus's short-lived political life rhymes with that of the Czech writer Milan Kundera's classic novel: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
 arrow Now ban the brutal lathee
More than a century ago Bankim Chandra Chatterji lamented, in one of his famous novels, the demise, or rather the metamorphosis, of the lathee, the sturdy staff that was once as ubiquitous in Bengali
Culturearrow The best is yet to come
Amy Rahman is at her cre-ative best with Amy's Workshop which embraces a TV production house, boutique and dance school.
 arrow 'Ajon': An Aamuk Theatre production
Aamuk Theatre's production Ajon begins with hustle-bustle, where the actors are seen busy, harvesting during the month of Baishakh in a small village of Khagrachhari.
 arrow Katharine Hepburn: The iconic independent woman
"If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
 arrow Reception accorded to Polan Sarkar and Shamsuddin Sarkar
Polan Sarkar and Shamsuddin Sarkar of Bagha upazila, Rajshahi were accorded a reception at Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium, Rajshahi University (RU) on last Tuesday.
Generalarrow No UGC budget for salary of RU controversial staffs
The University Grants Commission (UGC) decided that it would not sanction budget for salaries of more than five hundred Rajshahi University (RU) teachers, officials and employees for their recruitment
 arrow 6 arrested on charge of encroaching PDB land
Six alleged land grabbers were arrested on charge of encroaching valuable lands of Power Development Board (PDB) at Bakalia in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 13 TIB suggestions to KCC mayor
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday placed 13 suggestions before KCC Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman urging him to take necessary steps to gear up services for greater interest of citizens.
 arrow World Telecom Day today
Bangladesh will observe the 39th World Telecommunication and Information Society Day today along with 189 member countries of International Telecommuni-cation Union (ITU).
 arrow Steps to ease traffic jam at Dhanmondi lauded
Rate Payers' Association of Dhanmondi Residential Area has lau-ded the steps taken by Dhaka Metro-politan Police to ease traffic jam and curb noise pollution in the area.
 arrow Road crash kills BCC mayor's gunman
Gunman of Barisal City Corporation (BCC) mayor was killed and a BCC official and driver of the official jeep of the mayor were injured in a road accident on Bhanga-Mawa road in Faridpur district on yesterday
Internationalarrow Gunbattles rage in Gaza shattering truce
Fourteen Palestinians were killed in Gaza yesterday as factional fighting raged for a fourth day, shattering a new truce and threatening to plunge the Palestinians into a new political crisis.
 arrow Chirac era ends as Sarkozy takes over
A new era opened in France yesterday as rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy took over as president from Jacques Chirac in a ceremony at the Elysee palace.
 arrow Sarkozy -a moderniser
France's president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy casts himself as a moderniser, championing a clean break with the country's traditional ruling elite.
 arrow Lanka will not depend on aid: President
Sri Lanka's president vowed yesterday not to depend on foreign aid after Britain said it would suspend debt relief to its former colony until Colombo improves its human rights record.
 arrow Pakistan tightens security after blast
Pakistan beefed up security amid fears of further suicide attacks yesterday after a bomber with a bag of explosives on his head and chilling notes taped to his legs killed 25 people.
 arrow EU to crack down on employers hiring illegal immigrants
European employers hiring black market workers could face sanctions ranging from fines to jail terms under a proposal made yesterday by the European Commission aimed at curbing illegal immigration.
 arrow India sees nuke accord on track ahead of talks
India said yesterday a landmark nuclear energy agreement it signed two years ago with the United States was on track ahead of a visit by the US envoy for further negotiations on the deal next week.
 arrow Pak govt asks SC to throw out top judge's petition
Lawyers for the Pakistani government asked the Supreme Court yesterday to throw out a petition by the country's top judge against his suspension, which has provoked a wave of deadly protests.
 arrow Myanmar junta rounds up Suu Kyi supporters
Myanmar authorities briefly held 15 supporters of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, bringing the number rounded up in just two days to 55, activists said.
 arrow Arroyo predicts polls victory
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo predicted a big victory for pro-administration candidates in the House of Representatives, but the opposition warned yesterday of possible plots to rig the snail-paced
 arrow 5 die as Taliban clash with Pak forces
Taliban militants fought running battles with security forces Wednesday in the Pakistani town of Tank, killing five civilians in a rocket blast at a bus stop, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The inflationary challenge
Bangladesh Country Director of ADB Hua Du and World Bank Country Director Zhu Xian voiced their concern over increasing inflationary pressure being endured by the Bangladesh economy.
 arrow Editorial: Cyclone passes off
Cyclone "Akash" crossed the coastal areas on Tuesday morning, leaving a trail of devastation, but the loss in terms of human lives, as reported so far, has not been high, thanks to a timely evacuation
 arrow Better late than never
One feels delighted to hear the words of wisdom from senior members of both the major political parties, on the need to reform both themselves and their respective parties, and to give politics in Bangladesh
 arrow Wanted: An opposition party
The country is chockfull of political parties. But there is no effective opposition party; most are safe, conservative ones whose economic and foreign policies were and are the same as the Musharraf regime's.
 arrow Correction
In Nuruddin Mahmud Kamal's "Chronicle" column of May 15, we inadvertently left out the word "not" from the following sentence: "Now, it is only natural that officials who enjoy many financial benefit/rewards
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