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Front Pagearrow Harris jailed for 3 years in fast-track graft court
An anti-graft tribunal yesterday sentenced Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to three years' imprisonment for not submitting wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption
 arrow Tarique, top BNP leaders may lose party posts
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman and some other top leaders will lose their party posts and be disqualified for contesting parliamentary elections ever on party nomination if they are
 arrow No let-up in price hike
Prices of daily essentials continue to rise despite the government's scramble to curb the spiral.
 arrow Give people desired service in short time
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked top civil bureaucrats to introduce an effective system so people could easily complain against harassment by officials and employees of service-providing
 arrow Action against rebel leaders mulled
The Awami League (AL) high-ups are planning organisational action against several of its central leaders for their alleged move to keep incumbent President Sheikh Hasina in exile in a bid to bring reforms
 arrow EU encourages polls before timeframe
The European Union (EU) will be happy if the election is held earlier than the time frame announced by the authorities, the European Commission delegation to Bangladesh said yesterday.
 arrow Bowlers bat for Bangladesh
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza combined with Shahadat Hossain to stage an outstanding fightback as Bangladesh recovered from a precarious position on the fourth day to bring the dead first Test against India alive
 arrow Budget to be placed before civil society on June 7
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam might place the budget for the coming fiscal before a gathering of fellow advisers, civil society members and journalists now that the parliament stands dissolved.
 arrow Sylhet mayor, 17 others charged with graft
Charges were framed yesterday against the mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) and 17 others in Divisional Special Judge's Court of Sylhet, in the much talked about kitchen market graft case.
 arrow CG now considers appointment of consultants, not advisers
The caretaker government (CG) is now considering appointment of some consultants instead of expanding the advisory council to avoid constitutional complications, Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein
 arrow Deal signed to protect workers' rights in UAE
Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure better working conditions and protect rights and interests of Bangladesh workers in the gulf
 arrow Heavy gunfight on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded over 1,300 rounds of gunfire across border areas in Sadar upazila in the district from 12:15am to 5:30am yesterday.
 arrow IO of case against Tarique Rahman closed
The police authorities in a sudden move yesterday closed the second officer of Gulshan police station who had been the investigation officer (IO) of an extortion case against former prime minister Khaleda
 arrow Rab captures 10 members of mall robbers' gang
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a series of raids yesterday arrested 10 members of an organised gang of robbers who confessed to having committed at least 15 big heists and robberies including those at
 arrow Aminul Haque, 2 ex-BNP MPs sued for extortion
Separate extortion cases were filed against former BNP minister Aminul Haque and former BNP MPs Nasirul Huq Sabu and Golam Mohammad Siraj in the last two days.
 arrow Mobile court drive

 arrow Militant group threatens to blow up Azadi office
Jamal-al-Jadid, an Islamist militant group, has threatened to blow up the office of local daily 'Azadi'.
 arrow CA wants no traffic trouble for commuters on his way
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has asked the authorities concerned to take measures so that people don't have to face any traffic inconveniences in their movement for the passage of the CA's motorcade.
 arrow Intact Egyptian tomb found
A tomb of an Egyptian courtier who lived about 4,000 years ago was discovered by Belgian archaeologists, Egyptian media reported on Sunday.
 arrow 6 Rab men, cops injured as gang beats them up
Three Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men and three policemen were injured as a gang beat them up at Sonapatil village of Malanchi union under Pabna Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow ACC seeks files of Hosaf Group power projects
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sought three files from the Power Division on power projects awarded to Hosaf Group by the immediate-past BNP-led alliance government.
 arrow 3 wounded as criminals spray bullets at hotel
Criminals opened fire at the reception counter inside a residential hotel at Paltan in the capital yesterday afternoon that left three people bullet-hit.
 arrow Kader Siddiqui files wealth report to ACC
Former lawmaker and Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddiqui yesterday submitted his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow Bird flu 'huge challenge' in Bangladesh
Bangladesh needs to step up its fight against bird flu, which is posing a "huge challenge" in the densely populated country, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said yesterday.
 arrow Lebanon troops pound Palestinian refugee camp
Lebanese troops pounded Islamist militiamen in a Palestinian refugee camp on Monday, the second day of the bloodiest internal fighting since the civil war that has now killed 55 people and raised deep
 arrow Mortar shell hits Iraqi parliament
A mortar shell struck the roof of Iraq's parliament inside Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone yesterday, shaking the building but causing no casualties.
Businessarrow Access to rural finance project to help farmers proposed
The World Bank (WB) has proposed a new project to increase access to finance for the small farmers and rural micro and small enterprises (MSEs) through reform in two government-run specialised banks for
 arrow Long-term plan for jute sector development underway
The government has conducted a study to find out problems of the jute mills in the public sector aiming to revive the mills, said Industries Adviser Geeteara Shafiya Choudhury.
 arrow Opec urged to pump more oil to avoid record prices
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) must increase supplies to avoid oil prices spiking to record levels, the Centre for Global Energy Studies said in a report published Monday.
 arrow Good corporate governance to boost investors' confidence
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for promoting effective corporate governance in the country to boost investors' confidence.
 arrow Indices slide on profit taking
After eight days of steady gains, price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) slipped back yesterday as investors rushed to take profits. The DSE General Index went down by 32.91 points, or 1.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank approves 20pc cash, 5pc stock dividends
Mutual Trust Bank Ltd has approved a 20 percent cash dividend and a 5 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow Square to export medicine to UK
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd has got permission to export medicine to the United Kingdom (UK).
 arrow UAE minister visits Warid Telecom office
Visiting Labour Minister of the United Arab Emirates Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al-Kaabi yesterday paid a visit to the office of Warid Telecom, the recently launched fifth private mobile phone operator of the
 arrow New chairman of sugar, food industries corp
Kabir M Ashraf Alam, additional secretary to the government, took over as the chairman of Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation under industries ministry on May 17, 2007.
 arrow AmCham's new president, vice president
Syed Ershad Ahmed has been elected the new president of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Bangladesh with effect from May 15, 2007.
 arrow Bangladesh Lamps declares 30pc cash dividend
Bangladesh Lamps Ltd, the official licensee of Philips Electronics NV Holland for lighting products and manufacturer of Philips brand electric bulbs, has declared a 30 percent cash dividend.
 arrow Trade talks collapse would boost protectionism: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Monday that the possible collapse of world trade talks would boost protectionism and said he was doing all he could to secure a deal.
 arrow Gulf single currency in doubt as Kuwait dumps dollar
Kuwait's decision to stop pegging its dinar to the dollar has only confirmed speculation that oil-rich Gulf states will not be able to meet a 2010 target to launch their single currency, economists said
 arrow Siemens names new boss
German engineering giant Siemens on Sunday announced it had hired an Austrian pharmaceutical specialist as its new chief executive, a surprise choice for the firm dogged by corruption scandals.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Eye to eye
Shahadat Hossain loves to give the batsmen a stare, no matter whether the man under the helmet is Sa-chin Tendulkar or Ricky Pon-ting.
 arrow Cricket: The Bangladeshi braveheart
After the end of the fourth day's play, held under brilliant sunshine, everybody simply forgot about the reckless batting of Habibul Bashar and his top-order for a while.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani stay on top
A depleted Abahani bounced back in the Kai-Altech Pre-mier Cricket League title race when the leaders thrashed Sonargaon Cricketers by five wickets yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Draw looms at Lord's
England and West Indies remained on course for a draw in the first Test at Lord's on Monday as the weather reduced both sides' prospects of victory.
 arrow Cricket: Dav favourite for India role
India's new cricket coach could be revealed as early as June 4, with Dav Whatmore the leading contender.
 arrow Local Snippets
Tangail and hosts Satkhira won their respective matches in the Western Union National Youth Football Championship final round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Now Afridi with the ball
Try as Sri Lanka might, keeping Shahid Afridi from tinkering with matches is proving beyond them currently.
 arrow Cricket: Kevin stands by Steve
England century-maker Kevin Pietersen insisted the hosts had no qualms about misfiring fast bowler Stephen Harmison leading their victory charge on the final day of the first Test against the West Indies
 arrow Football: A wise man's game
Didier Drogba backed his words with deeds as the Chelsea striker followed his inspirational pre-match speech with a FA Cup winning display.
 arrow Cricket: Pawar could be next ICC boss
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday claimed that it had enough support to get its president Sharad Pawar elected as the head of International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan set to return for 2nd Test
Michael Vaughan is set to return as captain for the second Test against the West Indies as the squad for Headingley was to be revealed later Monday.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves's MU switch confirmed
England international Owen Hargreaves will quit Bayern Munichand sign for Manchester United this summer, the German giant's president Franz Beckenbauer confirmed on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Loew ready to get tough
Germany coach Joachim Loew revealed on Sunday his plans for some tough tactics to make sure his players are in top condition in their bid to make the Euro 2008 finals next year.
 arrow Football: Romario claims 1,000th goal
Veteran Brazilian striker Romario claimed the 1,000th goal of his career late Sunday playing for Vasco da Gama against Recife Sport in a league game.
 arrow Football: Bellamy raring for a go
Craig Bellamy admits he will be heartbroken if he does not feature in Liverpool's Champions League final against AC Milan this week.
 arrow Football: No big signings for Chelsea
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said Sunday that the FA Cup winners would not be looking to make any major new signings during the close season.
 arrow Football: Giggs rues the lost goal
Ryan Giggs claimed Manchester United had been harshly treated in the FA Cup final after his extra-time effort was ruled not to have crossed the line.
 arrow Football: Terry committed to Chelsea
John Terry has given a clear indication that he will commit his future to Chelsea after playing down reports he was ready to demand a transfer.
 arrow Football: Trio secure UEFA Cup places
Fiorentina, Palermo and Empoli claimed the three UEFA Cup places available to Serie A clubs on Sunday. Fiorentina drew 2-2 at already relegated Messina, while Palermo beat Siena 2-1.
 arrow Football: Hildebrand to join Valencia
German international goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand will leave newly-crowned Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart for Spanish giants Valencia this summer, it was revealed on Monday.
 arrow Football: Stevie, Jamie await new deals
Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry insisted Monday that no announcement on new deals for England stars Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will be made until after their midweek Champions League final
 arrow Football: German referee for Champions League final
Germany's Herbert Fandel will referee the Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan in Athens on Wednesday, European football's governing body UEFA said Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Form committees at dist, UZ levels to check corruption
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called on the civil society members to form committees at district and upazila levels with neutral persons tomake
 arrow Road accidents kill 9, injure 23
At least nine people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Keraniganj, Nilphamari, Satkhira and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow 29m people exposed to arsenic
At least 29 million people of the country are exposed to arsenic and 60 percent of the exposed population are yet to have access to safe water, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow US duty structure 'very unkind' in case of import from Bangladesh
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has apprised the US senate's finance committee that their duty structure is 'very unkind' in case of import from Bangladesh.
 arrow Students forced to depend on private coaching
Students at the primary and secondary education levels are forced to depend on private coaching as the schools could not provide quality education due to shortage of government funds, according to a survey
 arrow Use quake-resistant tech in constructing buildings
UNDP Country Director Manoj Basnyat has called for using earthquake-resistant technologies in constructing buildings as a disaster preparedness tool to save lives in the event of any earthquake.
 arrow Police sue 2500 Gazipur RMG workers
Police filed a case yesterday against 2500 unnamed workers of Fortuna Apparels Ltd in Gazipur accusing them of vandalising factories and vehicles on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway and hindering the law enforcers
 arrow Prepare yourselves as efficient pharmacists
Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz yesterday called upon the students of Faculty of Pharmacy to prepare themselves as efficient pharmacists to make the country a premier medicine
 arrow Properties worth Tk 4.5 lakh gutted in Ctg
At least 10 houses, 11 shops, three schools and valuable properties worth over Tk 5 lakh were gutted in a fire at Bakolia in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow 5 members of 'Aggan Party' held in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five members of an 'Aggan Party' in the city yesterday.
 arrow Take steps to save CRP
Seventeen eminent personalities have expressed deep concern over the fate of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) as its board of trustees recently removed its founder and main promoter
 arrow HC orders BSS authorities to reinstate 18 dismissed journos, staffs
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the order dismissing 18 journalists, employees and workers of the state-run news agency BSS and directed the authorities to reinstate them within two months.
 arrow Govt waits for SC order for demolition of Rangs Bhaban
The government is waiting for clearance from the Supreme Court to demolish the much-talked about multistoried Rangs Bhaban in the city. "The demolition of Rangs Bhaban is waiting for a court order.
 arrow Duta demands punishment to those involved
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has demanded exemplary punishment to those responsible for admission of students by fraudulent means.
 arrow One shot by muggers in city
One person was shot when a gang of muggers opened fire on him at Uttara in the city yesterday. The injured Jahangir Alam Juboraj, 27, was rushed to the Chest Diseases Hospital as a bullet hit his back.
 arrow Killing of RMG worker condemned
Different women rights organisations and garment workers' bodies yesterday condemned the atrocities of law enforcing agencies that claimed the life of a woman worker and injured of at least 50 workers
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered the body of an old woman in the city yesterday. The victim was identified as Rezia Begum, 60, of Nayanagar Kazla at Demra.
 arrow 5-day programme of Nazrul Institute begins tomorrow
Nazrul Institute organises a five-day programme beginning from tomorrow in the city to mark the 108th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Akbar Ali made Gulshan Society president
Dr Akbar Ali Khan has been elected president of Gulshan Society, says a press release. A former civil servant Dr Khan was also a former adviser to caretaker government.
 arrow Appeal for help
Asif, a meritorious college student of Jessore, has been suffering from nerve diseases since 2002, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Shrimps on 2,500 hectares swept away, 5km dams damaged
The tidal surge that swept the coast last week washed away shrimps from farms covering about 2500 hectares and damaged five kilometers of Water Development Board (WDB) embankment in Cox's Bazar, according
 arrow Police finally accept case, arrest 3 JCD men
At last police Sunday night recorded a case in connection with alleged attacks on minority community people in Askor-Dusmi village in Agoiljhora by JCD activists after several hundred people brought out
 arrow Jadid al-qaeda suspect held in Barisal
 arrow Extortion case against former BNP MP
An extortion case was filed yesterday against former BNP lawmaker from Meherpur-2 constituency Abdul Ghani.
 arrow Arms recovered in Khagrachhari
Army recovered more arms and ammunition from Hazachhara area under Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari yesterday Acting on a tip-off, army raided Hazachhara, a remote area of Dighinala upazila and recovered
 arrow 20 hurt as train derails in Lalmonirhat
At least 20 passengers were injured when a Lalmonirhat bound train derailed at Votmari under Kaligonj upazila yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw held in Sirajganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested cadre of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) along with a pipe gun and four sharp weapons from Charmalshapara in Sirajganj town early yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Death by thousand committees
In the end, this is what it takes to create an inquest.
 arrow How the OIC can help development
Bangladesh has been a member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) since it was formed over two decades back.
 arrow The choice is ours
Is there any thing fundamentally wrong with "minus two" politics? One can be forgiven for thinking that these leaders actually own these parties as their corporations.
 arrow Alternative power
Many power generation companies in Bangladesh, including the foreign ones, now-a-days talk about installation of more new coal-based power plants for generation of electricity.
Culturearrow Buoyant abstracts in collage
The exhibition of collage -- comprising works of 16 artists -- guided by master printmaker Monirul Islam, is on at Bengal Gallery.
 arrow Aslam's impressive collection of rare musical instruments
Rezaul Karim Aslam (35) has a collection of some rare and antique musical instruments, some of which are not in use any more.
 arrow 10th Dhaka International Film Festival in January
"10th Dhaka International Film Festival will be held from January 10 to 18 next year at the National Museum and Central Public Library," said Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, the festival director, at a press conference
 arrow Daylong Nazrul Mela on Channel-i
To observe the 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Channel-i will telecast a daylong special programme titled Nazrul Mela on May 25.
Generalarrow TIB report biased
Khulna City Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman has rejected TIB report on his services terming it as biased and confusing.
 arrow RU vacation from tomorrow
Students of Rajshahi University (RU) started leaving the campus yesterday as a 39-day summer vacation starts tomorrow.
Internationalarrow Israel threatens to kill Hamas leaders
Israel threatened yesterday to hit Hamas political leaders unless rocket fire from lawless Gaza subsides, as four militants were killed in a new air raid in the impoverished territory.
 arrow Taliban attacks kill 14 Afghan policemen
New Taliban attacks killed 14 Afghan policemen, police announced yesterday, as the US-led coalition said its warplanes had bombed rebel compounds in hours of intense fighting that left 25 militants dead.
 arrow Judges rebuff Pak govt
Supreme Court judges rebuffed government arguments yesterday at a hearing on President Gen Pervez Musharraf's suspension of Pakistan's chief justice, a move that has stoked the worst political crisisof
 arrow Asian lawmakers call for Suu Kyi's release
Lawmakers from Japan and six Southeast Asian countries called Monday for the release of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi days before the junta decides whether to extend her detention.
 arrow No talks until fighting stops, says LTTE
Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil rebels on Sunday vowed never to return to peace negotiations unless the government halts a military campaign against them while four more killed in fresh fighting yesterday.
 arrow Arabs should back nuke plan: Iran
Iran urged Arab countries on Sunday to support its nuclear programme but received a cool reception at the World Economic Forum, particularly from US allies worried about Iran's growing regional influence.
 arrow 3 bombs discovered on train in India
Police discovered three bombs hidden in a train parked at Kolkata's main railroad station yesterday and safely removed them, police said.
 arrow More bad news for Nepal's king as statue 'sweats’
Hundreds of devotees are flocking to see a "sweating" statue of a Hindu deity, officials said yesterday, describing the phenomenon as a bad omen for the Himalayan nation's already embattled king.
 arrow Carter moves to temper row with Bush
Former US president Jimmy Carter yesterday tempered his biting criticism of serving President George W Bush after calling his administration "the worst in history.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Biman to be a PLC
The nation's flag carrier has been floundering progressively for many years and no one will question any kind of intervention that the government can conjure up to save it from total destruction.
 arrow Editorial: Death of RMG worker
The death of a worker in police firing at a garment unit in Gazipur on Sunday raises anew the question of the malaise the RMG sector has long been suffering from.
 arrow Dump date-expired politics
The commodity called 'Politics' that is still being sold in Bangladesh was made in the sixties and seventies. The date of manufacturing has long expired hence it has become unfit for human use.
 arrow Where is nowhere?
A sectarian simmer in Punjab bursts into violence; in the patterns of that fire, the shadows of an old ghost begin to dance. Slogans of Khalistan are heard, albeit from the margin.
 arrow When tigers become man-eaters
Karachi became a battleground on Saturday May 12, 2007.
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