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Front Pagearrow Two more extortion cases against Hasina
Two separate extortion cases--one for Tk 5 crore and another for over Tk 2.99 crore--were filed against former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday.
 arrow Mega FDI plans hang in limbo
Around half a dozen multi-billion-dollar proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) in infrastructure, power, oil, gas and manufacturing sectors have been hanging for years due to complicated policies,
 arrow AL leaders draw up 21-pt reform plan
In a bid to bring 'drastic' reforms in the Awami League (AL), several influential leaders of the party have prepared a 21-point draft proposal, which they will hand over to party President Sheikh Hasina
 arrow Field level work starts next month at Rajshahi
The Election Commission (EC) will start the field level task of preparing voter list with photographs and national identity cards initially at Rajshahi from mid-July.
 arrow Thousands of students may be denied admission in colleges
Students passing this year's SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinations, even GPA-5 scorers, are in anxiety of being denied admission at their college of choice due to shortage of available seats.
 arrow Impoverished Chilmari found mineral rich
The resource-starved impoverished Chilmari area of Rangpur district may become a world class source of heavy metal minerals mainly used in high-tech industries, according to a primary exploration report.
 arrow Ex-whip Wahidul Alam sued for extortion
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of detained former BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid and Nayeb-e-Amir of Khelafat Majlish Mufti Shahidul Islam in connection with criminal cases.
 arrow Hasina barred from visiting Chittagong
The government has not permitted Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina to travel to Chittagong for visiting the areas devastated by landslides, citing 'security reasons,' sources said.
 arrow Death toll now 123 in Ctg mudslides
The death toll in Monday's series of devastating landslides in the city reached 123 with 15 more bodies retrieved yesterday.
 arrow Tax dodging cases readied against 15
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to file cases against at least 15 people including top political leaders and businessmen for evading income tax.
 arrow SQ Chowdhury sued for hiding assets
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, former BNP lawmaker and parliamentary affairs adviser to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, for concealing
 arrow Re-commissioning of Navy frigate postponed
The programme for re-commissioning of BNS Khalid Bin Walid, scheduled to be held at naval jetty under the supervision of BNS Isa Khan in Chittagong at 10:00am today, has been postponed.
 arrow Hasina questions reform move without 2 top leaders
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday questioned the ongoing move for party reforms without the chiefs of the two major political parties.
 arrow UN chief shocked at Ctg deaths
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday expressed his deep sadness at the loss of more than 100 lives, the injuries sustained by over 100 people and the destruction caused by the landslides and flooding
 arrow Mahi-led group preparing reform proposal
A group of citizens led by former lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury yesterday said that they would present a reform proposal before the nation next month to bring positive changes in its political culture.
 arrow Butenis unhappy with ban on political activities
Outgoing US Ambassador Patricia Butenis has said she is disappointed at the ban on political activities in Bangladesh, which she feels, does not apply to 'behind-the-scenes' activity to promote a newpolitical
 arrow 4 Rajshahi cops suspended for allowing Dulu to use mobile
Four policemen of Rajshahi Police Lines were suspended yesterday on charges of giving opportunities to former deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu to use mobile phone and exchange views with his
 arrow Anti-Syrian MP among 10 killed in Beirut blast
Lebanese anti-Syrian parliamentarian Walid Eido was killed yesterday, with at least nine other people, when a bomb ripped through his car in western Beirut, security sources said.
 arrow Iraq bombers hit Shia mosque
Saboteurs blew up the two minarets of a revered Shia shrine in Samarra early yesterday, in a repeat of the 2006 attack that shattered its famous golden dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian
 arrow Correction
A report headlined "Tarique, wife and daughter have Tk 1.
Businessarrow Allow investment of 'undisclosed' money in stocks without fine
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday requested the government to allow whitening of legally earned but undisclosed money by investing in the capital market without fine.
 arrow Electronic goods makers fear ruination of Tk400cr industry
For the last several years, import of finished electronic items has been favoured, but not the local production of those, as duty on the finished items is much lower than that on the raw materials that
 arrow Delisting of Telenor from Nasdaq: Any lesson for Grameenphone?
The Norway-based telecommunications operator Telenor (parent company of local mobile phone giant Grameenphone) announced withdrawal and delisting of its American Depository Shares (ADS) from the National
 arrow Forex reserve hits $ 4.76b
Foreign exchange reserve hit a new record yesterday when the figure reached $ 4.
 arrow Chief adviser calls for expanding insurance coverage for the poor
Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on the leaders of the country's insurance sector to expand insurance coverage especially for the poor and vulnerable groups.
 arrow Govt hailed for widening social safety net
Sramik Nirapatta Forum, a platform of seventeen human rights organisations, on Tuesday hailed caretaker government as it expanded the social safety net, made provision for salary for the female workers
 arrow Thai show kicks off
In a bid to promote Thai products in the country and explore business opportunities for both Bangladesh and the Southeast Asian country, a three-day Thai fair began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Honda to make green diesel cars
Honda Motor Co. plans to become the first Japanese carmaker to produce passenger vehicles with low-pollution, fuel-efficient diesel engines, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Four trading powers can help but not conclude WTO deal: Lamy
World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said Wednesday that a deal between four key trading powers -- Brazil, the European Union, India and the United States -- might help deadlocked global trade talks
 arrow Trust Bank opens Sylhet corporate branch
Trust Bank inaugurated Sylhet corporate branch recently, says a press release.
 arrow Gold drops to 3-month low
The price of gold fell on Wednesday to the lowest level since March as a strengthening dollar made the precious metal more expensive for buyers holding weaker currencies.
 arrow Zoellick confident he can get WB working again
Robert Zoellick, the US nominee to head the World Bank, said Wednesday he was confident he can overcome the "period of turmoil" caused by the scandal surrounding the Bank's former head Paul Wolfowitz.
 arrow ROK faces long-term challenges: IMF
South Korea's economy is in good shape but faces longer-time challenges from an ageing society and cheaper foreign manufacturers, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Rafique more confident
Ace left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique said that he has gained much-needed self-confidence from the Afro-Asia Cup, which he believes would be useful during a tough series in Sri Lanka in June-July.
 arrow Cricket: Finally they're all together
The national cricketers who go for the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka will make their last practice at home today before leaving for Colombo on June 16.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan's nightmare over
Pakistan's captain at the World Cup Inzamamul Haq has spoken of the "nightmare" he and his team endured after Jamaican police launched a murder investigation into the death of coach Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Cricket: Lara hints at return
West Indies legend Brian Lara has hinted at a return to cricket only months after announcing his retirement from the international game.
 arrow Boxing: Punching out of jail
Thai world boxing champion and convicted drugs dealer Siriporn Taweesuk walked out of jail in tears Wednesday after securing early release for winning her title from behind bars.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan back on Test duty
Sri Lanka have recalled the former captain and opening batsman Marvan Atapattu for the home Test series against Bangladesh next week, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shut up, says ICC
The head of the International Cricket Council's corruption-busting force said Tuesday that people who linked the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer to match-fixing should now "shut up.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to wait for coach
A new coach for the Indian cricket team will be appointed after the Ireland and England tours, according to Niranjan Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
 arrow Local Snippets
Bhai Bhai Sangha emerged Second Division League champions when they beat Nabajagarani Sangha 25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 25-16 points in the last league match at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Time to move on'
Pakistan's cricket chief said Wednesday it was time for the national team to move on after Jamaican police revealed that coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered after all, but died of natural causes.
 arrow Cricket: Gill relieved at finding
The widow of former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer expressed relief Tuesday after Jamaican police finally declared that he was not murdered but died of natural causes.
 arrow McLaren teammates on collision course
Lewis Hamilton's brilliant victory in the Canadian Grand Prix has split the McLaren Mercedes team wide open.
 arrow Football: Bung payments can't be checked
Spain's football federation said Tuesday that it could do little to stop so-called "motivational payments" allegedly paid by one club to another to beat certain opponents, which are illegal.
 arrow Football: Much to ponder for Henry
Thierry Henry flew to Cleveland, Ohio yesterday for the NBA Finals with much of the football world attempting to penetrate his innermost thoughts, which is the way he likes it.
 arrow Football: City searching new boss
Manchester City have stepped up their search for a new manager in a move that casts further doubt on whether Thaksin Shinawatra's planned takeover of the club will go ahead.
 arrow Cricket: Borde not going to camp
Chandu Borde, the newly appointed manager of the Indian cricket team bound for Ireland and England, will not join the four-day camp that starts here this afternoon at the National Cricket Academy.
 arrow Cricket: Pathologist defends theory
A day after Jamaican police confirmed that Bob Woolmer died of natural causes, Dr Ere Seshaiah, the pathologist who conducted the post mortem, defended his findings that Woolmer was murdered.
 arrow Chess: Rajib, Nasir stay atop
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman, International Master Abdullah Al Rakib and Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar hit the casualty list in the premier group of Destiny International Rating chess tournament yesterday to crash
 arrow Cricket: 'T20 overkills cricket'
With the Twenty20 World Cup round the corner, Ricky Ponting offered a tempered endorsement on Wednesday of cricket's newest format, saying while the money generated from this format is beneficial to the
 arrow Table Tennis: Senior Div TT from today
Defending champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra will not play on the opening day of the AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League, which kicks off at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium today.
 arrow Cricket: SLC acquires Dambulla
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) following the intervention of Gamini Lokuge, The Sports Minister, has finally acquired the controversial Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Football: France up to second
Former World Cup winners France have moved up two places in the FIFA rankings, released by world football's ruling body on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mittal eyeing Birmingham?
A Russian set the trend, numerous Americans followed and yesterday an Indian emerged as the latest billionaire to show an interest in taking over a Premiership club when Lakshmi Mittal - the world's fifth-richest
 arrow Football: How Sir Bobby's luck finally ran out
Following is the concluding part of the excerpt from Brian Glanville's new book, England Managers, the Toughest Job in Football where the remaining part of England's Italia
 arrow Football: Porto president under investigation
The president of Portuguese champions FC Porto has been placed under judicial investigation for allegedly offering the services of prostitutes to referees in order to secure a favourable result for his
 arrow Football: Tuncay steps in at Boro
Fenerbahce and Turkey striker Tuncay Sanli is set to step into Mark Viduka's boots at Middlesbrough after agreeing personal terms with the English Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Suazo set for Inter Milan
Cagliari's Honduras international striker David Suazo is set to become the first summer signing for Serie A champions Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Japanese booter arrested
Naoya Kikuchi, midfielder for the J-League's Jubilo Iwata and for Japan's 2004 Olympic team, was arrested on Wednesday for sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl, police said.
 arrow Football: Salzburg sack Matthaeus
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaeus has been sacked as coach of Red Bull Salzburg to ease tensions between the German and Salzburg's director of football Giovanni Trapattoni.
 arrow Football: SA promise to upstage Germany
President Thabo Mbeki brushed aside doubts about South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup on Tuesday, vowing to surpass Germany's hosting of last year's tournament.
Metropolitanarrow 'Landslide, waterlogging outcome of unplanned urbanisation'
The recent landslide in Chittagong and waterlogging in Dhaka are the direct outcome of unplanned urbanisation and there should be a people's platform to save the city from these disasters, speakers at
 arrow Road accidents kill 10
At least ten people were killed and 39 injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Mymensingh, Kishoreganj, Shariatpur, Netrakona, Tangai and Satkhira yesterday and on Tuesday night.
 arrow Ensure regular allocation in budget
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take steps to ensure regular allocation for maternity allowance in the national budget.
 arrow Nation's expectation to us now very high
The Summer Graduation Parade marking the commissioning of No 55 Flight Cadet Course and 5 Special Short Service Commission Course of the Bangladesh Air Force was held here at the BAF Academy yesterday.
 arrow Landslide victims cry for help

 arrow Recognise role of women to give history a new dimension
The history of the liberation war will remain incomplete if the contribution of women to independence is not fully recognised, academics and freedom fighters said at a publication ceremony yesterday.
 arrow Two robbers beaten to death in Keraniganj
Two robbers were killed and one critically injured in a mob beating when locals caught them red-handed while fleeing the spot after committing robbery at Dakkhin Keraniganj in the city early hours ofyesterday.
 arrow Judge feels 'embarrassed'
The appeal hearing on the dispute over demolition of the much-talked-about Rangs multistoried building in the city could not take place yesterday as one of the judges of the Supreme Court bench felt 'embarrassed'.
 arrow 2 commit suicide
Two girls committed suicide while five others attempted to commit suicide for failing in the SSC examination in the city on Tuesday night.
 arrow Increase monthly allowance for persons with disabilities
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the government to increase the number of disabled people receiving monthly allowances and the amount of the allowance in the budget for the fiscal year
 arrow 'Aquaculture activities can improve livelihoods of indigenous people'
Fisheries and aquaculture activities can greatly help improve the livelihoods of indigenous people and ensure their food security, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow ACC files case against 2 N'ganj BRTA staffs
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against two officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) of Narayanganj zone on charges of embezzlement and receiving bribes.
 arrow Robbers kill security guard in Gazipur
A gang of criminals killed a security guard of a vocational training centre and looted valuables worth about Tk 3 lakh at Gazipur Sadar on Tuesday night.
 arrow Australia assures Bangladesh of increased aid
Australia yesterday assured Bangladesh of increasing its aid while Dhaka asked Canberra to provide more scholarships for Bangladeshis, during a bilateral meeting between Australian Foreign Minister Alexander
 arrow TIB, FNB shocked
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday expressed deep shock at the casualties and damage in the landslide at Chittagong that left at least 106 people dead, says a press release.
 arrow Info centres to be set up at DC offices
Information centres will be set up at the offices of the deputy commissioners (DCs) in all the districts in phases to help the people seeking various services from the administrative staffs.
 arrow 'Allocate funds for safe night shelters for street children'
INCIDIN Bangladesh, a national research-based private development agency, has called on the caretaker government to allocate adequate funds in the budget to establish safe night shelters for street children,
 arrow Rezaunnabi RCC acting mayor
Ward Commissioner of ward no. 9 Rezaunnabi Dudu was made Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) acting mayor on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Hawlader joins as president's press secretary
Newly appointed President's Press Secretary Abdul Awal Hawlader joined his office at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Kamol elected Dhaka YMCA president
Kamol Gomes, a lecturer and social activist, has been elected president of Dhaka YMCA for the year 2006-2007, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 48 Sherpur AL leaders, activists chargesheeted
Police have chargesheet 48 leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations in Sherpur for allegedly using illegal firearms and creating a law and order situation during a partyprogramme
 arrow 2 lakh marooned in Netrakona
The flood situation deteriorated in Netrakona and Bogra, inundating more areas in 11 affected upazilas yesterday. The situation however improved in Sylhet and Moulvibazar.
 arrow Court rejects Matin Mehdi's bail prayer
Islamist militant kingpin Matin Mehdi, sentenced to death for involvement in August 17 countrywide serial bomb blasts in 2005, was produced before a magistrate court here yesterday in an extortion case.
 arrow Charge framing deferred again
Charge framing in Rajshahi University teacher Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case was deferred again for the fourth time yesterday.
 arrow Bail prayers of ex-Jamaat MP, two other leaders rejected
The Special Judge's court in Rangpur yesterday rejected bail prayers of former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Choudhury, its Nilphamari district Ameer Azizul Islam and secretary Abdul Gani in
 arrow Adityapur mass killing memory still haunts Sylhet people
The horrifying memory of June 14 mass killing at Adityapur still haunts the people of Balaganj.
 arrow 300 workers of Star Jute Mills join duty
Over 300 workers of state-owned Star Jute Mills joined their work in the Sacking Section of the mills on Tuesday.
 arrow Ex-minister Aminul acquitted of charges
The Third Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge yesterday acquitted former Post and Telecommunications Minister Barrister Aminul Haque and nine other accused of charges in a case of land grabbing
 arrow JP leader held in Khulna
Joint forces yesterday arrested Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) central agricultural secretary Anwar Hossain Shona,45, from his Dak-Bungalow Road residence here and recovered an illegal revolver from his possession,
Point-Counterpointarrow Where is Bangladesh Bank in the inflation debate?
Why is inflation at a 9-year high and increasing? Policymakers and citizens need to get the answer right as effective policy responses can come only after appropriate diagnosis.
 arrow Travel advisory for Italy
All Indians planning to visit Italy this summer would be well advised to take a crash course in Bengali. That's right, Bengali.
 arrow Another example of ignorance
When the Spectra building at Savar collapsed it was said that it was due to structural failure because of construction flaws and material manipulation.
Culturearrow Monirul Islam receives Hamidur Rahman Award
The Hamidur Rahman Memorial Award was conferred to artist Monriul Islam, now based in Spain. The event took place at the Bengal Gallery on June 12. Noted litterateur Sayeed Ahmed handed over the award.
 arrow 100th episode of "Muktijuddho Protidin" on Channel-i tonight
The daily programme highlighting the Liberation War, titled, Muktijuddho Protidin, that began on March 7 this year on Channel-i, reaches its 100th episode today.
 arrow Diane Arbus: The enigmatic, tormented chronicler
"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
 arrow Tunes of rain at TSC
Teachers and Students Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University, Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) and Boishakhi Television jointly arranged a musical soiree titled "Neel Anjan Legechhe" at the TSC auditorium
 arrow Disney goes Bollywood
Yash Raj Films will make its foray into animation movies by tying up with Walt Disney Studios.
Generalarrow US aid for landslide victims
The US has provided emergency assistance to the victims of the flooding and landslides in Chittagong, says a US embassy special release.
Internationalarrow UN resolutions not worth a nickel coin
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday that Tehran does not consider threats of new UN sanctions against its nuclear programme to be worth a nickel coin.
 arrow US lumps Mideast allies on human trafficking blacklist
US Middle East allies Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, as well as Malaysia were added Tuesday to a Washington blacklist of countries trafficking in people, the State Department said.
 arrow Indonesia captures top terror suspect
Indonesian police said yesterday they had captured a leader of the Southeast Asian terror network blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and a string of other devastating attacks in recent years.
 arrow India to elect new president on july 19
Members of Indian Parliament and legislative assemblies in the states will elect a new President for the country on July 19 in place of incumbent A P J Abdul Kalam on completion of his tenure.
 arrow Peres assured of presidency as rivals bow out
Veteran statesman and Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres was finally assured Israel's presidency yesterday after his rival contenders dramatically quit the race to elect a new head of state.
 arrow US judge sues dry cleaners for $54m over lost pants!
A US judge took the Korean immigrant owners of a dry cleaning business to court on Tuesday demanding 54 million dollars in compensation for losing his trousers, a court source told the wire service.
 arrow Carter arrives in Nepal
Former US president Jimmy Carter arrived in Nepal yesterday for talks with political leaders and a key former rebel about crucial polls scheduled for late 2007.
Editorialarrow Editorial: SSC examination results
The number of students getting GPA-5 in the SSC exams has increased this year.
 arrow Editorial: Campuses of foreign universities
It is disconcerting to know that a number of local branches of foreign universities have been running courses and offering degrees without due authorisation, according to the University Grants Commission
 arrow Playing politics with national interest
Political parties are known to indulge in one-upmanship to outdo a political opponent, to score a point if you like. And in Bangladesh politicians are celebrities in this regard, past masters in the act.
 arrow Will she, won't she?
The question is: will the US make limited or unlimited, as it might become, war against Iran? There are two opinions: one says that the US has assembled an amount of military wherewithal in the Middle
 arrow Wall Street Journal and emergency
Yaroslav Trofimov's June 4 Wall Street Journal article, "Bullets and Ballots: Army Takeover in Bangladesh Stalls Key Muslim Democracy," convinced many of us that the article was intended to serve theinterests
Letters to Editorarrow The 'no vote'
The Election Commission deserves appreciation for its significant proposal for introducing a system for casting "no vote" in parliamentary elections to express voters' lack of confidence in the candidates
 arrow Corruption at its worst
It is my opinion that government officials who are in positions where they are supposed to ensure the welfare of the nation should be held accountable for corruption on more stringent standards than
 arrow Loss of valuable lives
The incident that took place in Chittagong is tragic, to say the least. Every year during the rainy season we hear news of loss of valuable lives in Chittagong in mudslides.
 arrow New budget
Tk. 300 hundred per month is a very small amount.
 arrow Food and drug safety
My 4-year old daughter likes the advertisement of Danish juice very much on TV channels. One day she asked me why I don't buy Danish juice for her.
 arrow Tushar Imran
I do not understand how the selectors failed to include Tushar Imran! I think this has been a very harsh decision.
 arrow Fund raising
Reports in newspapers on June 5, 2007 said that both the big political parties collect money for their parties in various unlawful ways. This money is mainly spent for election.
 arrow Khaleda Zia and development
Now we know Khaleda Zia really brought a tidal surge of development in the country during her regime, which washed us away in the ocean of unlimited corruption by her family and party men.
 arrow Transition
I would like to express my feelings on our historical transition. There are four things that I think we must follow in our national life:
a) We must put education ahead of everything.

 arrow Shocking indeed!
I became dumbfounded while watching the report in the middle of news presentation in a private channel on the plight of a mother whose son is more than a billionaire.
 arrow A rare opportunity
Living under an emergency is certainly not a pleasant thing. But unusual circumstances have to be accepted when the future of the country totally depends on them.
 arrow Doctors
I really appreciate the ongoing activities of the joint forces. The economy of the country was crippled during the rule of the democratic government-- they never think about the welfare of the poorpeople.
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