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Front Pagearrow No chance for military involvement in politics
Army chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said power takeover by the military or their getting involved in politics is out of the question as the army is not the "proper institution" to run the government.
 arrow Govt successes
Army Chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday highlighted some successes of the caretaker government to the media, elaborating its achievements in recovering outstanding utility bills, money siphoned offshore
 arrow EC now mulls door-to-door voter info collection
The Election Commission (EC) is now actively considering sending its enumerators to door-to-door visits for collecting the particulars of prospective voters to start preparing simultaneously the voter
 arrow Male workers' earning goes up, females' down
Monthly income of the non-farm sector male workers marked a rise in the third quarter of the current fiscal year in comparison to the first quarter, but there is a decline in the earnings of their female
 arrow Charges pressed against Dulu for JMJB link
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet against 24 people including former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu in a Natore magistrate court for abetting Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh
 arrow EC's reform move facing problem due to ban on indoor politics
The Election Commission (EC) is facing problems to discharge its functions, particularly the task for electoral reforms, due to the ongoing embargo on indoor politics.
 arrow Autopsy report finds marks of torture
Police yesterday submitted the autopsy report of Quamrul Islam Majnu, killed in a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) action on May 18, to a Rajshahi metropolitan court that says injury marks were found on the
 arrow Through sewerage pipes...

 arrow Culprits at large as no legal action yet
Dhaka University (DU) authorities are yet to untangle the nexus behind the large-scale admission forgery incidents that a university probe committee recently detected.
 arrow NBR sues Lobi for dodging Tk 17cr tax
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday filed a case against detained former BNP lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi for evading Tk 17 crore income tax.
 arrow Pabna lawyer held for 'patronising' militants
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested Advocate MR Khan, brother-in-law of militant outfit Allahar Dal chief Matin Mehedi, from his house in the district town allegedly for patronising militants
 arrow A common sight...

 arrow Six engineers of Rajuk, PWD closed
Six engineers of Rajuk and Public Works Department (PWD) have been closed to the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, said a handout yesterday.
 arrow 14 arms seized from robbers of Sundarbans
The law enforcers in separate raids recovered 14 firearms and 180 bullets from the hideouts of two gangs of robbers in Bagherhat district yesterday.
 arrow Wet past on Mars found
The Mars rover Spirit has uncovered the strongest evidence yet that the planet used to be wetter than previously thought, scientists reported Monday.
 arrow Falu sent back to jail after check-up
Detained BNP leader Mosaddek Ali Falu was brought to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital from Kashimpur jail for medical checkup yesterday morning.
 arrow Mobile phones banned in main customs office
Bangladesh authorities have banned use of mobile phones in the nation's main customs house to stop traders offering bribes to government officials, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Mamun's wife brought to court to stand witness against him
Shahina Yasmeen, wife of businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, was yesterday brought to the special court to stand witness against her husband detained in a graft case, but the court couldn't take her deposition
 arrow Risking own lives...

 arrow Youth shot dead in city
A group of unknown criminals gunned down a young man at Pallabi in the city yesterday. The dead Mohammad Shaon, 18, was a Benarasi sari weaver at Mirpur.
 arrow BAF chopper makes emergency landing on char
An air force helicopter made an emergency landing on a char in Buriganga river in the city's Adabar area yesterday due to mechanical problems. However, the three crew members on board were safe.
 arrow Iraq attacks kill 9 US troops
Nine US troops were killed on a single day around Iraq, the US military reported yesterday, bringing to 85 the number of servicemen killed in one of the most violent months of the war so far.
 arrow US-led 'war on terror' dividing world
Fears stoked by the post-9/11 "war on terror" are increasingly dividing the world, Amnesty International said yesterday, while rapping rights abuses from China to Darfur and Russia to the Middle East.
 arrow Bush says Laden ordered attacks outside Iraq
Seeking to rally support for the war, President Bush released intelligence asserting that Osama bin Laden in 2005 ordered creation of a terrorist unit to hit targets outside Iraq, including the United
 arrow US Navy sends aircraft carriers near Iran
The US Navy staged its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline yesterday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 US Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced
 arrow UK pushes for ex-KGB man's extradition
Britain said yesterday it was pushing forward with an extradition request for an ex-KGB bodyguard sought in the poisoning death of a former comrade, despite Moscow's insistence that it will not comply.
Businessarrow BB for co-ordination of revenue, trade, monetary policies to curb inflation
The central bank chief yesterday suggested co-ordination between revenue, trade and monetary policies to keep checking soaring inflation.
 arrow Arrest warrants against BD Welding directors, MD, weekly editor
A Dhaka court has issued arrest warrants against the board of directors and managing director of Bangladesh Welding Electrodes Limited (BD Welding) and editor of a weekly following a case filed against
 arrow Investment mission goes to Canada, Europe tomorrow
In a bid to attract investment from expatriate Bangladeshis, a government delegation will leave for Canada and Europe tomorrow, according to official sources.
 arrow KCCI urged to help up local investment in Mongla EPZ
Executive Chairman of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority Brigadier General Ashraf Abdullah Yusuf called on the Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday to help increase local investment
 arrow Sugarcane farmers seek policies to up sugar output
Sugarcane growers yesterday called for policies to encourage sugarcane farming to increase sugar production.
 arrow Indian port users postpone agitation in Benapole port
Eight export-import organisations of India yesterday postponed their programme to suspend commercial activities for two hours through Benapole port following a meeting with authorities.
 arrow EU urged to take more responsibility for ship breaking in S Asia
The European Union was urged Tuesday to take more responsibility for breaking up old ships to reduce the pollution and safety problems that arise when they are dismantled in South Asia.
 arrow US, China clash over reforms
The United States told China Tuesday that it was becoming impatient with the Asian giant's lagging economic reforms but Beijing warned Washington against politicizing their trade relations.
 arrow China, India Asia's top merger, acquisition destinations
China and India are Asia's top destination for financial services mergers and acquisitions, a survey said Wednesday, underscoring the huge potential of their burgeoning financial sectors.
 arrow EC to give Bangladesh $270m in 4 yrs
European Commission (EC) Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Stefan Frowein Tuesday said trade and economic development would help Bangladesh meet the challenges of globalisation and lift more people out of destitution.
 arrow BIFC okays 15pc cash dividend
Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company Ltd (BIFC) approved a 15 percent cash dividend for the year 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Symantec, Huawei to form joint venture
Symantec Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Huawei) has announced to form a joint venture company to develop and distribute security and storage appliances for global telecommunications carriers and
 arrow Japan's Kobe Steel to start low-cost production in India
Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd. plans to launch Indian production of steel by 2009 using its technology to keep raw material costs down to a third of current levels, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Telenor to withdraw from Nasdaq
The Norwegian telecommunications operator Telenor said Tuesday it would withdraw from the US high technology stock market Nasdaq because US regulations were too expensive and burdensome.
 arrow India must deepen reforms to sustain growth: WTO
India must carry out further reforms in agriculture, and open up the country's maritime transport and energy sector to competition if it is to sustain its "impressive" economic growth, the World Trade
 arrow New chairman of Prime Bank
Azam J Chowdhury has been elected chairman of Prime Bank Ltd for two-year term with effect from June 1, 2007.
 arrow Samsung ties up with 4 firms to develop technology
South Korean semiconductor giant Samsung Electronics announced an alliance Wednesday with four other firms to develop new technology.
 arrow Singapore Airlines to buy 25pc stake in China Eastern
Struggling China Eastern Airlines is set to sell a 25-percent stake to Singapore Airlines, getting a much needed lifeline as one of the world's top carriers gains access to the huge Chinese market.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Teams watch a day go by
After a frustrating half Test-match in Chittagong due to rain interruption, Bangladesh and visiting Indian teams opted to relax on their return to Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Moody gifted with a win
World Cup finalists Sri Lanka gave their Australian coach Tom Moody an ideal goodbye here on Tuesday as they beat Pakistan by 115 runs in their third and final one day international.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan back for 2nd Test
Captain Michael Vaughan has been recalled to England's squad for the second Test against West Indies at Headingley starting on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Moore challenges Windies
West Indies coach David Moore has said drawing the first Test against England will count for little if they go down to defeat in the second game of a four-match series starting at Headingley here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani to play sans Tushar
Abahani's bid to have Tushar Imran for today's crucial Kai-Altech Premier Cricket Super League match against Victoria Sporting Club was turned down by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
 arrow Local Snippets
Shamima Akhtar earned a deserving victory over International Women Master Rani Hamid in the Prime Bank second Women International Rating Chess tournament at the federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Football: Tangail sneak into semis
Mohammed Raju fired four goals as Narayanganj trounced Khulna 5-1 in a Group B match of Western Union National Youth Football Championship final round at the Satkhira Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: The magnetic wonder
For a man who's made a reputation as a bit of a loudmouth, Matt Prior was close to speechless as he faced the media on the second evening of his debut Test at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: 'County hurting England'
Former Yorkshire coach Wayne Clark says county cricket needs a radical overhaul if England are to avoid a repeat of the poor performances during the winter.
 arrow Football: No solution to MU's Asia row
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held a "cordial" meeting with Manchester United Wednesday but failed to resolve a lingering row over the Premier League champion's Asian tour.
 arrow Football: Ribery, Quaresma on Bayern hit-list
French World Cup star Franck Ribery and Portuguese midfielder Ricardo Quaresma top the list of players Bayern Munich want to sign to reverse their fortunes after a poor season, a report said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Maninder held with drugs
Former Indian left-arm spinner Maninder Singh was granted bail on Wednesday by a Delhi court for allegedly being in possession of 1.
 arrow Cricket: Qureshi to sue BBC
A Pakistani journalist is seeking 50 million rupees (833,333 dollars) in damages from the BBC, claiming it inferred he was connected with the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Tennis: Williams scalped at Istanbul
France's unseeded Aravena Rezai defeated Venus Williams to advance to the quarterfinals in the Istanbul WTA Tournament here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Vincent to stay in NZ
New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has denied he has any short term plans to pull the pin on his international career and move to Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Federer tipped for French success
Pete Sampras on Wednesday tipped world number one Roger Federer to win the French Open after his breakthrough victory over arch-rival Rafael Nadal on clay.
 arrow Football: Ballack set for Germany return
German captain Michael Ballack looks set to make his return from injury after being named by Germany coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday in his squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against San Marino and Slovakia
 arrow Football: Chelsea secure Sidwell for free
Deposed English Premiership champions Chelsea secured their first signing of the close season on Tuesday when they signed highly-rated defensive midfielder Steve Sidwell from rivals Reading on a freetransfer.
Metropolitanarrow City corporation elections before JS polls if EC is ready
LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal has said the election to some local government bodies, including the city corporations, could be held before the parliamentary polls if the Election Commission can complete
 arrow MoU to have positive impact on Bangladeshi workers
UAE Labour Minister Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi yesterday said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Bangladesh would have a positive impact on Bangladeshi workforce in the UAE labour market.
 arrow Road crashes kill 2
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Rajbari yesterday.
 arrow 12,000 women die a year due to maternity complications
A total of 12,000 women, mostly from the poor segment of people, die every year due to maternity complications, including deliveries at home, said Health and Family Welfare Adviser Major General (retd)
 arrow Cirdap ministerial meeting in Manila on May 31
A two-day ministerial level meeting of Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) will be held on May 31 in Manila, capital of the Philippines.
 arrow 3 manpower agency officials arrested
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three managing partners of a manpower agency with forged visas and fake passports from Motijheel in the city on Tuesday, says a Rab press release yesterday.
 arrow Saarc Youth Camp in Bangladesh this year
The first Saarc Youth Camp-2007, rallying the youths aged 18-24 from the eight member-countries of the forum, will be held in Bangladesh at this year-end.
 arrow Poet Nazrul's birth anniversary programmes
Mymensingh district administration has taken up a three-day programme to observe the 108th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at Darirampur in Trishal.
 arrow KCC faces crisis due to corruption by mayor, officials
Contractors Welfare Association of Khulna City Corporation yesterday alleged that the city corporation is now facing financial crisis due to corruption of its officials and employees, including the mayor.
 arrow One killed in Satkhira blast
One of the miscreants was killed while blasting a series of bombs at a house at Magura village in Tala upazila, leaving four house inmates inured on Tuesday midnight.
 arrow Concern over killing of six of a family
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed concern over killing of six people, including four women of the same family at Narsingdi and demanded exemplary punishment to the responsible people.
 arrow IUBAT orientation ceremony
The 44th orientation ceremony for students of all programmes of International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) will be held on its campus at Uttara in the city at 2:00 pm today,
 arrow ETV not included in list as writ pending in HC
Private TV channel ETV has not been included in the list of the 12 approved local TV channels as a writ petition is pending in the High Court over its transmission, the Information Ministry said in aclarification
 arrow Poultry marketing cooperative assoc supplying dead chickens to hotels
Former leaders of the city's largest poultry marketing co-operative association yesterday alleged that its current committee has been supplying some 200 to 300 dead chickens to hotels and restaurantsin
 arrow Nari Samaj protests Jalil's statement
Sammilita Nari Samaj yesterday protested the statement of Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil opposing the Election Commission's proposal that women should account for 33 percent of members ofthe
 arrow 1,365 more held
Police arrested 1,365 people on various charges across the country in 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Two drown in well in Mymensingh
Two people, including a teenage boy, drowned after they fell into a well at village Babupur in Trishal upazila here yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Bangladeshi journo wins UN MDG award
Khawaza Main Uddin, special correspondent of The New Age, has won the Asia-Pacific Millennium Development Goals Media runners-up award for his article that looked into the country's performance in achieving
 arrow New chairperson of Lions Multiple District 315
Md Omar Shafayat Kawsar MJF, district governor, Lions District 315 B-2 Bangladesh, has been elected the council chairperson of Lions Multiple District 315 Bangladesh for the year 2007-2008, says a press
Nationalarrow Sirajganj BNP bigwig sued by party man for 'extortion'
Sirajganj district BNP vice president has been sued by a party man for allegedly extorting Tk 61 lakh from him. Another BNP leader was sent to jail in Sylhet yesterday on charge of extortion.
 arrow Magura police help people seeking legal assistance
Magura Sadar police have taken a praiseworthy initiative to provide assistance to people who seek legal aid against culprits and criminals.
 arrow 3 bombs recovered at RUET, Faridpur
A powerful bomb was recovered from in front of the main gate of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) Tuesday night, reports our RU correspondent.
 arrow Fertiliser dealers at unions soon
Agriculture Adviser Chowdhury Sajjadul Karim yesterday said fertiliser dealers would be appointed at union level to ensure its proper distribution.
 arrow Bribery charge against KCC Mayor
Leaders of KCC Contractors' Welfare Association at a press conference at Khulna Press Club yesterday accused city Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman of taking bribe in giving work orders for implementation of
 arrow Municipal commissioner, fake DGFI man held
Joint forces yesterday arrested 4 persons including a municipality commissioner and a fake DGFI member for their alleged involvement in crimes from Matiranga and Manikchhari upazila in Khagrachhari.
 arrow Allocate more funds for Satkhira in budget
Speakers at a discussion in the town yesterday urged the government to sanction more projects and allocate funds in the next national budget for development of 'neglected' Satkhira.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader held in Jhenidha
Joint forces arrested former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader and current district Jubo Dal leader Monwar Hossian, 30, on Tuesday night from Adarsha para in Jhenidha.
Point-Counterpointarrow Biodiversity, language and logical participation of the state
Language is no unilateral, linear medium. Because of the ways of expression, production of meaning and the discursive space it creates, language is represented as a global phenomenon.
 arrow How will history remember the Blair era?
After months of speculation by the media, Tony Blair announced last Thursday that he would step down from the party leadership and British Prime Ministership on June 27, having been a decade in power.
Culturearrow National music conference brings Nazrul artistes together
A two-day national music conference organised by Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) started from May 22. The event marks the 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow National Poet's birth anniversary celebration underway in Trishal
To celebrate the 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Mymensingh district administration has planned a three-day grand programme at Nazrul Mancho, Darirampur in Trishal.
 arrow Nrityadhara honours Shantibala Sinha
On May 22, dance organisation Nrityadhara honoured renowned Manipuri dancer and exponent Shantibala Sinha with the 'World Dance Day Award 2007' for her contribution to the dance form.
 arrow Special TV programmes on Nazrul anniversary
To observe 108th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on May 25, TV channels will air special programmes throughout the day.
 arrow Kamruzzaman Moni honoured
Sargam, a monthly cultural magazine, honoured Ustad Kamru-zzaman Moni, a veteran tabla player on his 81st birthday on May 22, says a press release. The programme was held at the National Press Club.
Generalarrow Expat woman found dead in drum
A young expatriate woman was found dead in a drum at Jatrabari in the city on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Afroza Akhter Polly, 26, of Fatulla in Narayanganj.
 arrow Patricide
A man was killed allegedly by his son as he refused to allow a female worker to continue her job at his factory at Lalbagh in the city yesterday, police said.
 arrow Training course on disaster risk reduction ends
A three-day training course for the personnel of Oxfam-GB partner organisations working in the River Basin Project (RBP) concluded in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow ACC asks Chandpur BNP leader, civil surgeon to submit wealth statement
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked Advocate Dulal Mia Patwari, vice-president of Chandpur district BNP, and Dr Abdul Mannan, civil surgeon of Chandpur, to submit the statements of their wealth
 arrow BSMMU signs agreement with Malaysia university
A letter of intent was signed between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Law and order under control
Law and order situation in the capital remains under control at present and the number of certain types of crime has fallen, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Naim Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Convocation of Dhaka Int'l University July 15
The first convocation of Dhaka International University will be held on July 15 at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Human rights slain on US global battlefield: Amnesty
Amnesty International yesterday launched a scathing attack on the United States accusing it of trampling on human rights, and using the world as "a giant battlefield" in its "war on terror.
 arrow 6 killed, dozens injured in Ankara bombing
A powerful bomb ripped through a commercial district in the Turkish capital during evening rush hour Tuesday, killing six people, including one Pakistani national, and injuring more than 70.
 arrow Pollution chokes famed Dal Lake in Kashmir
Pollution is turning a mountain-ringed lake in Indian Kashmir into a weed-clogged swamp, hampering the recovery of tourism in the region, environmentalists say.
 arrow Fish oil treatment for heart attack victims
Doctors are being advised to prescribe oily fish or omega-3 fatty acid supplements to heart attack patients.
 arrow Eliminate cluster bombs, urge 6 Nobel laureates
Jody Williams and five other female Nobel prize laureates on Tuesday urged civilians to press for the elimination of cluster bombs, which cripple children and others long after the fighting has stopped.
 arrow US let democracy wither in Pakistan, experts say
The United States has let democracy wither in Pakistan, experts say, and is now hamstrung as political crisis convulses a nuclear-armed country that stands on the frontlines of the US "war on terror.
 arrow Situation tense after family planning riots in China
Police arrested 28 people for instigating thousands of people to riot over population control policies in southern China, state press said yesterday, as locals voiced outrage over government abuse.
 arrow Pak CJ's witnesses and lawyers threatened
People linked to a legal case involving Pakistan's suspended chief justice are being threatened and intimidated, with one already shot dead and one detained, the judge's main lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow Four killed in Bangkok shooting spree
Four people were killed yesterday and six injured when a Thai gunman went on a shooting spree in a market on the outskirts of Bangkok, police said.
 arrow Seven killed in Thailand's restive south
Seven people including two teenagers have been killed in the Thai south, police said yesterday, while 11 others were injured in a spate of bombings by suspected separatist rebels.
 arrow Mastermind, sniper jailed for Serbian PM's murder
A Serbian court yesterday ordered 40 year jail terms for the accused mastermind and sniper behind the 2003 assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic which sparked a major crisis in the Balkan nation.
 arrow Bomb kills two in Baluchistan
A time bomb hidden in a shopping bag exploded at a bus stop in gas-rich but restive southwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing two people and injuring two more, police said.
 arrow Yangon arrests another two democracy activists
Myanmar has arrested another two members of the National League for Democracy, the party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, activists said yesterday, as a round-up of her supporters continued.
 arrow Asian students singled out in US university
Asian students were singled out in a cheating scandal involving a group of business students at Duke University in the southern US state of North Carolina, their lawyer said Tuesday.
 arrow Pak capital reports new bird flu outbreak
A new outbreak of avian flu has struck three poultry farms in the Pakistani capital, killing 6,000 birds and forcing a cull, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Govt's new price control measures
Set against a backdrop of spiralling prices and in light of their latest discussion with wholesale traders the government has decided to implement a seven-point action programme.
 arrow Editorial: Militant threats
The report that members of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a banned militant outfit, are now regrouping themselves in the remote char areas in the northern region is a harsh reminder of the truth
 arrow Tale of two letters
Two recent letters have created quite a stir in Bangladesh; each of those, coming from very good friends of Bangladesh, has received two very different kinds of responses, as they ought to have, merited
 arrow Time for America to retreat
America has begun talking to Syria and Iran something it had avoided for long. But these are early, rather shy, talks and nothing much seems to have come out of even the recent Sharam-al-Shaikh conference.
 arrow India wants a seat at the table
India is the world's second most populous country, with 1.1 billion people, and the seventh largest in area (3,166,829 square kilometers).
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