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Front Pagearrow Bail in criminal cases stopped for 2 weeks
The High Court (HC) will not grant bail in any criminal case filed under the emergency power rules over the next two weeks.
 arrow AL starts work on party reforms
The Awami League (AL) high command is preparing comprehensive proposals for reforms in the party as well as in the electoral system which will be finalised within three weeks.
 arrow Military top brass upgraded
Army Chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed has been made a four-star general in a major elevation in the military services, an ISPR release said yesterday.
 arrow BB declines L/C for unsolicited deal
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has declined opening of a Letter of Credit (LC) for Bangladesh Gas Field Company Ltd (BGFCL) to award an unsolicited contract to US company GSM for remedial action on a troubled well
 arrow Board conflict leads to CRP crisis
The future of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) seems to be in jeopardy as its founder Valerie A Taylor has been gradually 'sidelined' over a conflict of views on management and
 arrow EC plans to complete data entry by June
Secretary to the Election Commission (EC) yesterday said the EC has made plans to complete the task of data entry for preparing the voter list with photographs by June next year.
 arrow CEC slams wrong choice in picking election commissioners in past
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said past practices of "picking people from the streets" to make election commissioners have to stop if we have to have an independent andefficient
 arrow Clouded sky...

 arrow BB seeks banking info of 24 graft suspects
The central bank yesterday asked all banks for account details of 24 corruption suspects, including former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Koko, BNP leader Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Awami
 arrow AL, BNP hail Gen Moeen's statement
Both the Awami League (AL) and BNP yesterday hailed Wednesday's statement of Army chief Lt General Moeen U Ahmed and expressed hope that it will help to strengthen democracy in the country by holdingfree
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Abul Hossain jailed for 7 yrs
Former BNP lawmaker Abul Hossain Khan was yesterday sentenced to seven years imprisonment for possessing ammunition illegally.
 arrow Politicisation major reason for judicial graft in Bangladesh
Transparency International (TI) in its Global Corruption Report (GCR) 2007 said Bangladesh failed to ensure full independence of the judiciary and the politicisation of the judiciary is one of the major
 arrow No procession, discussion on Zia's death anniversary
The military-backed interim government yesterday decided not to allow BNP leaders, activists and workers to bring out processions and hold discussions in observance of the death anniversary of late president
 arrow Rain threatens 2nd Test too
Heavy rainstorm in the capital last night threatened the start of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and India today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Rab captures 2 militants who threatened to blow up Jatiya Press Club
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday claimed to have captured two members of the militant outfit "Jadid al Qaeda Bangladesh," who allegedly threatened to blow up the Jatiya Press Club earlier
 arrow Muggers shoot army officer's son dead
Unidentified criminals shot dead a youth in Dhanmondi in the capital yesterday morning and snatched Tk 4.45 lakh from him.
 arrow Nazrul's birth anniversary today
The 108th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated today. On this day in 1899, Nazrul was born at Churulia in Burdwan district of West Bengal.
 arrow Ctg mayor's bail order stayed for 2 days
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for two days the operation of Tuesday's High Court order, granting bail to the ailing Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
 arrow Long queue...

 arrow Tarique, 40 others produced before HC advisory board
More than 40 detainees, including former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son and BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman and Uttara Group owner Giridhari Lal Modi, were produced before an advisory
 arrow Australian assistance to rise 33pc from next year
Australia yesterday announced 33 percent increase in its bilateral assistance for Bangladesh from next year, raising the amount to around 48 million Australian dollars.
 arrow Storm kills 4 in city
A nor'wester killed four people including two children at different parts of the capital last night.
 arrow Two bombs with Jadid al Qaeda message found
Police recovered two more locally made bombs near the main gate of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday. A similar bomb was recovered at Ruet main gate on Tuesday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A regional commander of outlawed Sarbohara Party was killed in a shootout between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Gonopara village in Bagmara upazila under the district early yesterday.
 arrow Tamil Tigers ambush Lankan navy base
A flotilla of rebel boats launched a deadly raid yesterday on a navy camp in northern Sri Lanka, hours before a bomb exploded near an army bus in the capital killing one soldier and wounding six people.
Businessarrow ADB offers new financing for big projects
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has offered a new loan arrangement to Bangladesh suitable for financing big projects, but Bangladesh Bank (BB) preferred examining the downside risks of the offer.
 arrow Retail investors asked to gain knowledge about stock market
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged retail investors to acquire adequate knowledge about stock market before making any investment.
 arrow Focus on governance, infrastructure
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will promote growth, human development and good governance in Bangladesh during 2008-2010 with increased focus on power, gas, transport, education, urban development and regional
 arrow GP to sponsor upkeep of 5 wards, OT of Ahsania Mission cancer hospital
Grameenphone (GP), the leading cellphone company, has stretched its hand of cooperation to facilitate construction of the Dhaka Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital.
 arrow Weak gasoline inventories send oil prices higher
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Thursday after a US energy inventory report showed weak gasoline (petrol) supplies heading into the peak demand season, dealers said.
 arrow Executive body meet of Saarc chamber today
Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji, president of the Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), arrived here yesterday to attend a meeting of the South Asian trade body.
 arrow Emirates offers summer packages
Emirates' passengers looking forward to the Dubai Summer Surprises packages will be delighted to know that weeks of fun and excitement can be available from as little as $50, says a press release.
 arrow Global economic outlook good
The global economic outlook is good for this year and next, the OECD said Thursday, while insisting that governments must invest windfall tax revenues to avoid the "boom-bust" cycles of the past.
 arrow Thai AirAsia to raise fuel surcharge
Thailand's top budget carrier Thai AirAsia said Thursday it would raise a surcharge on international tickets to cope with the high cost of fuel and open two routes from Bangkok to China.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Nothing less than 5 days
What both teams hope is to play the full complement of the five days when the second and final Test of the two-match series starts today at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium after a rain-curtailed
 arrow Cricket: Abahani champions
Abahani regained the Premier Cricket League title after seven years when they brushed aside Victoria Sporting Club by seven wickets in the penultimate match of the competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dav's swansong
It's hard not to be emotional before saying goodbye.
 arrow Cricket: Eng sans Freddie, again
England's pace bowlers will be given another chance to prove they can function without 'Freddie' after all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies starting atHeadingley
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafe replaces Shoaib
Bangladesh pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has replaced Pakistan superstar Shoaib Akhtar in the Asian squad for the Afro-Asia Cup beginning next month in India.
 arrow Cricket: Sharif added as cover
Allrounder Mohammad Sharif was included in the Bangladesh squad as cover for paceman Shahadat Hossain for the second and final Test against India today.
 arrow Cricket: Road named after Rana in Khulna
The Mujgunni main road under Khalishpur thana of Khulna city was named after late national cricket Manzarul Islam Rana, who died in a road accident here last March.
 arrow Football: Satkhira make it to the last four
Hosts Satkhira blanked Rajshahi 2-0 to book a semifinal berth in the Western Union National Youth (U-18) Football Championship on the final day of the final round yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Shamima Akhtar Liza lifted the Prime Bank 2nd Women's International Rating chess tournament crown with a match in hand even after a draw in the sixth round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan to end mix-up
Michael Vaughan hopes his return for the second Test against the West Indies will end the "confusion" surrounding the England captaincy.
 arrow Cricket: Spirit cheers Sarwan
West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan hopes his side can continue to upset the odds when they play England in the second Test starting at Headingley here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith upbeat despite op
Graeme Smith's knees can rightly be considered national treasures, but at the moment one of them is "up in the air" and looks like "an empty pancake" on the inside.
 arrow Football: Milan erase Istanbul nightmare
AC Milan were crowned European champions for the seventh time after they edged Liverpool 2-1 in the Champions League final here on Wednesday, taking their revenge for their heartbreaking defeat to the
 arrow Football: Pippo repays coach's faith
Filippo Inzaghi justified Carlo Ancelotti's decision to go for trusted experience rather than youthful vigour by scoring both goals in AC Milan's 2-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland claim Intercon Cup
Defending champions Ireland beat Canada by an innings and 115 runs within two days to retain the ICC Intercontinental Cup at Grace Road on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Italian football smiles again
Carlo Ancelotti claimed AC Milan had restored the credibility of Italian football after watching his side ruthlessly crush Liverpool's dream of a second Champions League title in three years.
 arrow Football: Liverpool look for positives
Steven Gerrard insisted Liverpool would bounce back from the agony of their Champions League final defeat by AC Milan as manager Rafael Benitez warned the club's new owners that major investment is required
 arrow Football: Athens clears Champions League debris
Cleanup crews in Athens collected 98 tonnes of beer cans left behind by Liverpool and AC Milan fans during their stay in the city for Wednesday's Champions League final, a city official said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Man Utd dump Malaysia match
Premier League champions Manchester United Thursday bowed to pressure from the Asian Football Confederation and called off their planned match in Malaysia in July.
 arrow Football: Owen back at int'l stage
With three World Cups behind him and 36 international goals to his name, Michael Owen may have felt that his days of proving himself in an England shirt were nothing but a distant memory.
 arrow Hamilton plays down pre-Monaco hype
Lewis Hamilton, the 22-year-old British rookie who is leading this year's Formula One drivers' world championship, has played down his chances of grabbing a maiden victory in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
 arrow Football: Real to sue Le Monde
Spanish football giants Real Madrid said on Wednesday they would be suing French daily newspaper Le Monde for publishing information linking them to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes who allegedly rana
 arrow Football: Robben could still be Bayern's
The agent and father of Chelsea forward Arjen Robben has rekindled hopes of the Dutch international moving to German giants Bayern Munich by saying "anything is possible" on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ballack opts out of Euro squad
Germany's captain Michael Ballack will miss next week's Euro 2008 qualifiers against San Marino and Slovakia after failing to recover from an ankle injury, it was revealed on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Vision to prepare talented Asian women for leadership
With the vision of preparing talented Asian women for leadership in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres, the Asian University for Women (AUW) is going to kick off its academic programmes
 arrow Road crashes kill 11, injure 63
At least 11 people were killed and 63 others injured in separate road accidents in Khulna, Brahmanbaria, Bogra, Comilla, Manikganj and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow Change people's mindset to make political reforms meaningful
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for change in people's mindset in order to make the reforms in political parties meaningful.
 arrow Political affiliation leaves needy households outside
An American Fulbright student in her recent research has found political affiliation and opportunism in food aid programmes in rural Bangladesh that leave many real needy households out of the safetynet
 arrow 'Take steps to improve condition of coastal people'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the caretaker government to include effective proposal and planning in the upcoming budget to improve the condition of the people living in the vast coastal
 arrow Build resistance against corruption: ACC chief
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called on all to build resistance against corruption at the grassroots level.
 arrow Establish counselling centres for adolescents
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for establishing counselling centres for adolescents at union and upazila health complexes by using existing infrastructures and healthcare facilities.
 arrow Dutch, SDC support for education sector
The Netherlands Embassy and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) yesterday signed a five-year agreement of cooperation with Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) for achieving the education
 arrow HC asks govt to permit ETV to air programme thru' satellite downlink
The High Court yesterday ordered the government to permit Ekushey Television (ETV), a local private channel, to air its programme through satellite downlink by cable operators.
 arrow Phensidyl, ganja recovered in factory inside jail compound
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 100 small packets of ganja and 10 bottles of Phensidyl from a blanket factory inside the compound of Dhaka Central Jail last night.
 arrow 'Announce 6th Wage Board Award immediately'
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad, an association of journalists, employees and workers of the newspaper industry, has called on the caretaker government to announce the Sixth Wage Board Award
 arrow CDA's drive against illegal structures
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has launched a massive drive against illegal structures and unauthorised occupation which will be implemented in five phases.
 arrow 3 muggers held with bombs
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three muggers with 11 hand-made bombs at Agargaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hasina visits her aunt at hospital
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday went to see her ailing aunt Begum Ambia Khatun at Sikder Medical College Hospital at Gulshan.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh through global eyes
Bangladesh has been receiving much attention from the world at large. The letter of the 15 influential US senators to the chief of the caretaker government of Bangladesh was a significant development.
 arrow A model bank?
2:30 pm, Thursday afternoon. I am on the way to my bank in Dhanmondi to get some end of week transactions done. The car is barely moving through the rush hour traffic of Karwan Bazaar.
 arrow Remembering Syed Shamim Ahsan
Syed Shamim Ahsan has passed away. A man who represented the quintessence of amiability, good manners, culture, and impeccable professionalism has abruptly left us.
 arrow The Palestinian struggle continues
We all are more or less familiar with the facts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Culturearrow The undying flame
It is difficult to imagine a time when Kazi Nazrul Islam could have been locked away in a world of anonymity.
 arrow Nazrul: An ardent lover of humanity
Nazrul once said, "Even though I was born in this country (Bengal), in this society, I don't belong to just this locale. I belong to the world". He may be considered a pioneer in the post-Tagore scene.
 arrow A sidelined national icon
A university in Trishal, Mymensingh and a major street in Dhaka have been named after our National Poet. Special programmes on both regional and national level are held on his birth and death anniversaries.
Generalarrow 'BNP should rethink about alliance with Jamaat'
Reforms in all political parties including BNP and LDP is a must, said Shaikh Razzak Ali, former speaker and LDP presidium member.
 arrow Charge sheet submitted to Rajshahi court
Police yesterday placed a charge sheet before the Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court for acceptance against Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu in an extortion case.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No to Army in politics
We congratulate Army Chief Gen Moeen on becoming a 4-star general, and commend him for his unambiguous statement to editors of newspapers ruling out takeover of power by the military or their involvement
 arrow Editorial: Law Adviser's unfortunate comments
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein has expressed reservations about an early withdrawal of the ban on indoor politics.
 arrow Acclimatizing to democracy deficits
The cynics say that democracy never had a fair chance to grow and flower in Bangladesh.
 arrow An alternative perspective on Jamestown
Queen Elizabeth II has just come back to England from the United States after attending the commemoration ceremonies of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on American soil.
Letters to Editorarrow Woes of Bangladeshi workers abroad
When I had watched the news on sufferings of the Bangladeshi workers at KL airport, three questions came to my mind.
 arrow Move to ban student politics
Although the students played a momentous role during the critical times--for example during the Language Movement of 1952 and the Six-point Movement of the sixties--they failed to live up to the expectation
 arrow US foreign policy
This is reference to your recent news item, dated Sat. May 19, 2007 titled: 'US Wants to See Fully Functional Democracy in Bangladesh.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's argument
In a dinner hosted by Sheikh Hasina in honour of journalists prior to her departure for Dhaka, she made the remark that there should not be any restrictions in Bangladesh for children of politicians becoming
 arrow National ID and politics abroad
I am a Bangladeshi living in the USA for the last 9 years. I have some suggestions about the National ID.
1. Each national should be given a unique national ID number.

 arrow Khaleda Zia
At the time when everyone is talking about ending "Poribar tantra" in political parties and introducing more democratic practices within the parties in order to allow a strong honest and dedicated leadership
 arrow 27th BCS
Lately, there have been so many news reports in your newspaper, and also elsewhere, on the 27th BCS. I felt, as a candidate, that I should write to you expressing my views and thoughts on the issue.
 arrow Replace the note
When we receive a Taka 2 note, it really disappoints us. It is torn and dirty.
 arrow Letter to Sheikh Hasina
As a foreigner living in Bangladesh for many years, I have helplessly observed this poor country falling deeper and deeper into the abyss.
 arrow Ban on tobacco ads
The 23-Apr issue of The Daily Star carries a very stringent circular from the Health and Family Planning Ministry banning Tobacco ads in any manner/form, whatsoever.
 arrow Sydney Fair
The report 'Bangladeshi exporters get over $1m orders in Sydney show' (UNB, Dhaka) was published in your daily on May 21 which said, "Bangladeshi stalls were visited by thousands of business peopleand
 arrow University teachers
Recently, the CTG has issued an order to prevent university teachers from attending conferences, seminars, workshops abroad smoothly.
 arrow Movement of rickshaw
I am residing in a rented house at South Badda. Rickshaw is the only mode of transport for me to go to Gulshan and adjacent areas.
 arrow Article on CRP
I write to thank you for highlighting the recent events in CRP.
 arrow 27th BCS: We want justice, not favour
Due to allegations of corruption against the 27th BCS exam, a cloud seems to be hanging over the candidates selected for different cadres.
 arrow National ID
As per the Election Commission (EC) decision, the National ID has many applications in our national life. As such, I humbly request the EC to laminate the National ID card before giving it to the holder.
 arrow Comments on a commentary
I must admit I was rather intrigued by a recent commentary (May 19th) written by you.
 arrow Failed leaders
I fully agree with the two writers' opinions expressed in your daily of May 16, 2007. Mr. Hassan & Mr. Shantoo have simply voiced the sentiments of the silent majority of our beloved Bangladesh.
Environmentarrow Minimising impacts of disaster
As a new comer in the disaster-preparedness/disaster risk reduction (DP/DRR) field, the writer has always pondered over the question why people in developed countries have better coping capacity thanthose
 arrow Toxic molds in immediate environment affect human health
Molds, also known as fungi are essential components of the ecosystem causing decomposition of many organic substances necessary to plant, animal as well as human life but excessive exposure to molds has
 arrow The Tree
I kept fasting
while I was in contemplation
under the tree

The tree
kept on talking
humming melodious tune
in my words

When I was fainting from hunger
the tree gave me

Worldarrow Israel seizes 33 senior Hamas officials
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called for a halt to rocket fire and a truce with Israel yesterday after the army seized 33 senior Hamas figures in latest crackdown aimed at stopping the Gaza salvos.
 arrow South Asia: Violence is a result of conspiracy to stoke ethnic tensions
President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that recent political violence over the suspension of Pakistan's chief justice was the result of a conspiracy to stoke ethnic tensions.
 arrow South Asia: 18 killed in Afghan operations, arms dump blast
Two operations in southern Afghanistan killed 18 suspected militants, including seven "foreigners," while six people died when a stash of ammunition exploded in the east, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US issues sanctions warning to Iran
The United States threatened new UN sanctions to punish Iran's nuclear drive as it ratcheted up tensions with the biggest display of naval power in the Gulf in years.
 arrow Lebanon asks militants to surrender or face fire
Lebanon issued an ultimatum to Islamic fighters holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp to surrender or face further attack, raising fears yesterday of a resumption of fierce fighting that has claimed69
 arrow Car bomb kills 25 Iraqi mourners
A car bomb exploded at the burial ritual of a murdered local leader in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah yesterday, killing 25 people, state television reported.
 arrow US, India '90pct' close to nuclear pact
The United States said Wednesday it was "90 percent" of the way toward sealing a historic nuclear pact with India, but the remainder looks to be tough.
 arrow 38 killed in Siberian mine blast
A gas explosion ripped through a Siberian mine yesterday, killing 38 people in the latest in a grim catalogue of Russian mining disasters.
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