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Front Pagearrow BNP reformists ready plan to end dynasty
Reformist leaders of BNP prepared a draft proposal containing a 10-point set of recommendations for ensuring internal democracy and to put an end to dynastic leadership in the party.
 arrow Hasina, dissidents call truce
After days of bickering and public statements against each other, Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday held a meeting with party leaders who initiated a move for 'intra-party democracy',
 arrow Hill cutting goes on for houses of BNP men
Leaders of the immediate past ruling party BNP illegally razed two hills to make residential plots for their ward unit level leaders and activists of Sabujbagh under the sadar upazila in Khagrachhari.
 arrow Govt nods to free EC Secretariat
The Council of Advisers yesterday approved in principle a proposal for setting up an independent secretariat of the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow 3 DCC commissioners ran terminal illegally
Three BNP-backed ward commissioners of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) illegally operated the Mirpur Bus Terminal for more than three years in the name of original leaseholder Diba Enterprise by preventing
 arrow Poor revenue growth stalls anti-poverty loan
Bangladesh is not going to get the last instalment of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan of $123 million for Poverty Reduction Growth Facilities (PRGF) mainly due to its poor performances in revenue
 arrow $100m WB loan for education reforms
The World Bank (WB) will provide $100 million to Bangladesh for carrying out reforms in schools and colleges that include stricter distribution of performance-based funds to institutions and privatisation
 arrow Evicted hawkers find govt alternatives not enough
Since eviction, thousands of hawkers suffer hardship as their monthly income has come down by half with the prices of essentials spiralling out of reach.
 arrow Sarwar Jamal sued for possessing liquor, beer
Law enforcers early yesterday filed a case in connection with keeping contraband substances against former BNP lawmaker Sarwar Jamal Nizam, who was arrested early Friday in front of Chittagong Club.
 arrow Wild elephants trample two indigenous boys to death
Wild elephants killed two indigenous boys at Panihati village under Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur district early yesterday.
 arrow Indian foreign secy due today
Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon arrives in Dhaka today to hold the first secretary-level talks between the two countries in two years with both Dhaka and New Delhi hoping to build on the recent
 arrow 8 injured in Bogra market blaze
Eight people including six firefighters were injured in a fire at a market in the heart of Bogra town last night.
 arrow Boy dies at DMCH from injuries
A teenager died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday after he was picked up by army personnel for suspected theft.
 arrow 80 Taliban men killed in Pak border clash
Foreign forces in Afghanistan said yesterday they had killed around 80 insurgents in the past 24 hours, most of them in a strike on rebels preparing an attack near the Pakistan border.
 arrow 8 more US troops killed in Iraq
The US military announced the deaths of eight more US troops in Iraq yesterday, including four in a single roadside bomb attack northwest of Baghdad.
 arrow Dhaka Wasa!

 arrow Six killed in Assam market blast
Six people were killed, including a baby, and 12 more wounded yesterday in a powerful explosion at a crowded city market in India's restive northeastern state of Assam.
 arrow Lebanon unrest goes on
Three Lebanese soldiers were killed yesterday when a booby trap set by Fatah al-Islam militants exploded in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp, an army spokesman said.
 arrow After bird flu scare

 arrow EU leaders agree on reform treaty
European Union (EU) leaders headed home from the Brussels summit yesterday after reaching a deal on a new treaty, facing calls for referendums in some states and reaction ranging from fury to satisfaction.
 arrow Bush vows permanent ban on future illegal immigrants
President George W. Bush promised yesterday to permanently bar future illegal immigrants from the United States as he renewed his push for immigration reform, a centerpiece of his domestic agenda.
 arrow Blair meets Pope
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair met Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience at the Vatican yesterday, heightening speculation that the outgoing premier may convert to Catholicism.
 arrow Some solace for Nasa this year
The successful shuttle Atlantis mission has finally given Nasa something to celebrate this year after being rocked by an astronaut's arrest and a shooting at its Houston campus.
 arrow 2 die in US-run Iraq jail
Two detainees held at US-run prisons in Iraq were reported dead yesterday by the US military, including one who was wounded in a mortar attack on his jail earlier this month.
Businessarrow Delay in procurement process hampers timely execution of ADP
Development projects under the ADP (annual development programme) are not being implemented timely mainly because of delay in public procurement process, the finance adviser said yesterday.
 arrow Endorse BDR draft law to protect consumer rights
Country's consumer rights body has urged the government to consider enactment of a new draft proposal relating to safeguarding the cause of the consumers now severely hit by price spiral of essentials,
 arrow Budget proposals and essentials' prices
Containing essentials' price inflation has emerged as the stiffest challenge for the interim government; and so far it has not faced up to it well.
 arrow Japan plans multibillion-dollar investment for India
Japan is planning to invest billions of dollars in India through private funds and government loans to improve infrastructure in the rapidly growing economy, an official said Friday.
 arrow Oil hits nine-month peak; lead nails all-time high
Crude oil prices reached their highest levels for nine months this week, before paring gains on news of rising energy stockpiles in the United States.
 arrow WTO sets three-week window to get talks back on track
The 150 members of the World Trade Organisation will have three weeks in which to get multilateral talks back on track, in the wake of failed talks amongst four trading powers in Germany this week, trade
 arrow US economy 'uncomfortably' close to stalling: IMF
The US economy appears to be emerging from a period of sluggish growth but is "uncomfortably close" to the "stall speed" associated with past recessions, the International Monetary Fund said Friday.
 arrow US, ROK wrap up additional FTA talks
South Korean and US negotiators wrapped up their two-day meeting in Seoul on Friday over a free trade deal on a cautious note, Korea's top negotiator said.
 arrow IFIC Bank launches Visa credit card
IFIC Bank Ltd launched Visa brand credit cards yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow India says no future for group of four in WTO talks
India's trade minister said Friday there was no chance for a grouping of four key WTO members to break the deadlock in multilateral trade talks, a day after he walked out of negotiations in Germany.
 arrow Russia may enter WTO by year-end
Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be completed by the end of this year, a senior Russian trade official said at an Internet conference Friday.
 arrow China backs Zoellick's WB nomination
China has given its backing to Robert Zoellick, a former top US trade negotiator, in his bid for the presidency of the World Bank, state media said Friday.
 arrow China's IT outsourcing has edge over India: Experts
China's information technology (IT) services outsourcing industry is poised to boom and enjoys distinct advantages over that of Inida due to huge domestic market and its close interaction with local clients
 arrow Brunei high commission, Apollo Hospitals sign corporate agreement
The employees of High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Bangladesh will get medical services at special rates and other corporate benefits from Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Football: 4-star Emily takes Abahani to top
Four-goal Zahid Hasan Emily inspired Abahani to brush aside a hapless Rahmatganj 7-0 yesterday to equal Mohammedan's record of the biggest victory in the B.
 arrow Cricket: 'Increase pace of development'
If one considers the inclement weather conditions over the past few days in Colombo, there is a reasonable amount of doubt about the fate of the first Test of the three-match series between visiting Bangladesh
 arrow Cricket: Slight worry over Mashrafe
The Bangladesh team is in good shape with the exception of vice-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who was complaining about his recurring back pain.
 arrow Cricket: Murali threat for Tigers
Muttiah Muralidaran resumes his quest to finish as Test cricket's most successful bowler when Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh in a three-match series starting on Monday.
 arrow Local Snippets
The AB Bank Metropolis Women's Table Tennis League will commence today at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium. Nine teams will take part in the league.
 arrow Cricket: ICC ban top umpires
All five officials involved in the bungled end to the World Cup final will not feature in September's inaugural World Twenty20 tournament in South Africa, the International Cricket Council announced Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Chawla troubles Ireland
Teenage leg-spinner Piyush Chawla took three for 29 as India bowled out Ireland for 193 in the one-day international at Stormont here Saturday in the opening match of their United Kingdom tour.
 arrow Cricket: 'Match referee to be blamed'
Holding the match referee solely responsible for the farcical end to the 2007 World Cup final, a Pakistan Cricket Board official on Saturday said the ICC should not have punished the entire team of match
 arrow Football: New light of Nou Camp
Arsenal confirmed on Saturday that they had reached agreement to transfer their star striker Thierry Henry to Spanish giants Barcelona.
 arrow Football: All set for Latino battle
South American heavyweights Brazil and Argentina enter battle with ten other nations as the world's oldest international football tournament, the Copa America, gets underway in Venezuela starting Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Another twist in Suazo saga
AC Milan have dropped their bid to sign striker David Suazo, leaving the way now open for the Honduras international to join Serie A champions Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Donati joins Celtic
Scottish champions Celtic have clinched the transfer of Massimo Donati from AC Milan on a four-year deal worth around three million pounds (4.5 million dollars), the club website announced on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Tuncay signs for Boro
Turkey international Tuncay has signed for Newcastle on a free transfer, the English Premiership club said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Rozehnal to become a magpie
Paris Saint Germain's Czech international defender David Rozehnal is set to sign a four-year deal with Premiership side Newcastle on Monday, his agent revealed.
 arrow Cricket: No Boxing Day Tests?
Australian cricket fears it may lose its lucrative Boxing Day and New Year's Tests in Melbourne and Sydney amid scheduling disenchantment from some other Test nations.
 arrow Cricket: Chaos besieges Zim tour
The West Indies Cricket Board is reportedly attempting to salvage the A-team tour to Zimbabwe despite being faced with players refusing to tour and confusion over the safety advice given regarding the
 arrow Cricket: Toronto could host Indo-Pak matches
Pakistan's cricket chief said Saturday that his country was eager to play one-day matches with archrivals India at neutral overseas venues, primarily in North America.
 arrow Hockey: Big win for BKSP
Abu Sajjad John fired four goals to steer BKSP to a massive 9-0 win over Rajshahi Division in yesterday's 27th National Hockey Championship match at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Golf: Family first for Tiger
Tiger Woods will miss next week's Buick Open to be with his wife and newborn daughter. On Monday, Woods' wife gave birth to the couple's first child.
 arrow Tennis: Henin trumps Mauresmo
Justine Henin derailed the grass preparation of Amelie Mauresmo as she won the Eastbourne Championships for the second straight year on Saturday 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2) at the expense of the defending
 arrow Notice
Due to unavoidable circumstances the second part of Gabriel Marcotti's article "The cream of the crop"-- highlighting the best fifty players on the planet-- could not be printed today.
Metropolitanarrow Formulate comprehensive law to ensure patients' rights
Medical and legal experts at a roundtable yesterday suggested formulating a comprehensive law to ensure patients' rights and protect medical professionals from harassment.
 arrow Road accidents kill eleven
At least 11 people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Bagerhat, Natore, Netrakona and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Bureaucrats become politicised to serve own interests
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for setting up a permanent civil service commission for making continued reforms in civil services.
 arrow Proposal for PSC selection body
With a view to making Public Service Commission (PSC) an institution for recruiting meritorious candidates as public servants, its chairman and members must be honest and competent, said the speakersat
 arrow 'Take stern action against those responsible for price hike'
Citizens' Rights Movement, a social organisation, at a seminar yesterday called for severe punishment of those responsible for the price hike of essentials.
 arrow Butenis leaves for Washington
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis left Dhaka yesterday for Washington ending her 14 months of eventful and exciting assignment in Bangladesh.
 arrow School student's body recovered from sea
The body of a school student was recovered from the sea yesterday. Mohammad Farook, 10, was a student of class four at Kolatoli Government Primary School.
 arrow NCTU closed sine die
Noakhali Science and Technology University (NCTU) was closed sine die yesterday following a tense situation on the campus.
 arrow Madrasa principal held with fake certificates in Joypurhat
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a madrasa principal along with counterfeit certificates and certificate making equipment at Battala village in Khetlal upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Matin Chaudhury's death anniversary today
Today is the 26th death anniversary of Dr Abdul Matin Chaudhury, founder chairman of Bangabandhu Parishad, Bose professor and vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, says a press release.
 arrow Memories of Battle of Plassey recalled
Recalling the memories of the Battle of Plassey, Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury called on the people to ensure that 'foreign hands' could never determine the future of Bangladesh.
 arrow Aggyan Party mastermind arrested
Police arrested the mastermind of the Aggyan Party along with his three other accomplices at Rayer Bazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Allow to keep shop open until 8pm
Leaders of Shop Owners' Association yesterday urged the government to extend the time to keep open their shops until 8:00pm.
 arrow One murdered in city
Adopted son of the owner of an under-construction building was murdered by a carpenter over payment of arrear at Badda in the city yesterday, family sources said.
Nationalarrow Police hunt for Subhan, other Pabna Jamaat leaders
Most of the institutions controlled by Jamaat-e-Islami in Pabna are under watch after Wednesday's recovery of 160 relief CI sheets from Al-Amana Hospital owned by front ranking Jamaat leader Moulana Abdus
 arrow Tuition, other fees higher in Barisal public schools
Students of public schools pay more than those of private schools as annual fees and other dues.
 arrow Frame water policy to avoid eco-disaster
Speakers at a dialogue in Kushtia yesterday emphasised framing a national water policy and a water management plan covering all aspects including irrigation, fisheries, environment and ecology.
 arrow An 'open budget session' in remote Kalaroa
It was a unique day for people at remote Khalishkhali village in Tala upazila. Over 2000 enthusiastic people took part in a day long 'open budget session' yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's aide held
Police arrested a close aide to JMB leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai from Hamirkutsa in Bagmara upazila yesterday.
 arrow Wild elephants trample two brothers
Two indigenous brothers were trampled by d elephants at Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur district early yesterday (Saturday).
Point-Counterpointarrow Have the priorities of CTG been redefined?
In February 2002, the then foreign minister of Bangladesh visited Montreal in Canada to meet his party's local supporters.
 arrow The Battle of Palashi
Almost exactly 250 years ago, on June 23, 1757, a battle was fought in the mango groves of Palashi (Plassey) on the bank of the River Bhagirathi near Murshidabad -- now a district of the Indian stateof
Culturearrow Then and now
Latifa Helen became a familiar voice and face in the early '80 with her skilled renditions of folk and adhunik songs. Between 1979 and '84 she sang many popular songs.
 arrow "Shukhi Manush Project": Drama serial on Ekushey Television
TV serial Shukhi Manush Project will be aired tonight on Ekushey television at 8:00pm.
 arrow Puspa Ranjan Acharya: A sculptor in need of patronage
Puspa Ranjan Acharya, is a sculptor living in Netrakona, who despite being talented has never received the kind of exposure he deserves.
 arrow Nadim's rhythmic lines and vibrant colours
Kamrul Islam Nadim, in his recent exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, brought in experimental figure and nature paintings and drawings.
Generalarrow UGC begins probe
A probe body of University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday began investigation into alleged irregularities, corruption and nepotism at Rajshahi University (RU) during the last five years.
 arrow New Cambridge IGCSE in Bangladesh Studies launched
New Cambridge IGCSEs in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India Studies were launched this week to mark the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Plassey at London's City Hall.
Internationalarrow Heavy rain in south India kills 45
Heavy rains and flooding killed at least 45 people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and left nearly 100 children stranded on the roof of their school, a top government official said yesterday.
 arrow Hamas offers talks with rival Fatah
The Hamas masters of the Gaza Strip called for talks with their defeated rivals Saturday, an appeal swiftly rejected by the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, which set up an inquiry into the rout
 arrow Karzai blasts Nato for civilian deaths
Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday accused Nato and US-led forces of carelessly killing civilians in recent operations, and suggested the international community considered Afghan lives to be "cheap.
 arrow Blair holds private talks with pope at Vatican
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair met yesterday with Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience at the Vatican, raising speculation the outgoing premier may convert to Catholicism.
 arrow Tearful Hindus pray for return to Indian Kashmir
Under tight security thousands of Hindus who fled a Muslim insurgency in Indian Kashmir's summer capital offered prayers yesterday at a revered temple many had not worshipped at for decades.
 arrow Rocket kills 9 in Pakistan
A rocket fired by coalition forces in Afghanistan killed at least nine civilians in a nearby Pakistani tribal area when it hit their home, an official said yesterday.
 arrow US, North Korea set July timeline to shut reactor
The top US nuclear negotiator arrived in Japan Saturday to discuss his surprise visit to North Korea, which he said yielded an agreement that could lead to a shutdown of the communist state's plutonium-producing
 arrow Israel detains key Hamas militant in West Bank
Israeli security forces detained a founding member of Hamas's military wing in the occupied West Bank in a pre-dawn raid yesterday, sources on both sides said.
 arrow 12 rescued from ship stranded off India's coast
The Indian coast guard yesterday rescued 12 of two dozen crew members on a sinking cargo vessel stranded in the Arabian Sea off the west coast of India, the local maritime rescue centre said.
 arrow Pakistan radicals release Chinese 'brothel' workers
Students from a radical mosque released yesterday nine hostages who had earlier been taken from an alleged brothel in the Pakistani capital, a mosque leader said.
 arrow Environment woes key source of Sudan conflicts: UN report
Lasting peace in Sudan will not be possible unless the fractious country takes serious steps to address alarming environmental woes, said a UN report published on Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Social safety net programme
If the social safety net programme (SSNP) is to cater to the mariginalised groups in the society of which there are more than a dozen in the list of the government, then many of the most deserving ofthe
 arrow Editorial: Quality teaching at public universities
Plans to put in place a uniform set of rules relating to recruitment and promotion procedures at public universities are surely welcome.
 arrow Is early election an absolute necessity?
Given the penchant for democracy throughout the world regardless of the presence or absence of institutions essential for sustainable democracy, any discussion on non-representative government becomes
 arrow Retiring from politics
It came to me as a big surprise when seasoned politician and chairman of a faction of Jatiya Party, Anwar Hossain Monju, announced his retirement from politics, as I had an idea that politicians in Bangladesh
 arrow Loyalty versus consensus
India's president is a ceremonial head under the constitution.
Letters to Editorarrow Lightning strike
Many people are getting killed in lightning strike.
 arrow "We fought for freedom"
I left Bangladesh more than three decades ago. The contributions of Bengalis abroad for the struggle of the independence of Bangladesh are very significant.
 arrow Public nuisance
Among other things in the mega city of Dhaka, one will find beggars, the physically handicapped ones, knocking at the car windows almost in every traffic signal point asking for alms while the red signal
 arrow Indian journalism
Many countries like India use the term democracy just for no serious purpose: the democracy plank is employed by them to entertain corruption and nepotism.
Star Healtharrow Preventing addiction relapse
Over the past 20 years scientific advances have shown that drug addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that results from the prolong effects of drugs on the brain.
 arrow Antibiotic syrup preparation
Most of the antibiotic syrups are available in powder form. They need to be diluted with sterile water to make suspension before use.
 arrow Easy care for severe dandruff
Dandruff is the one of the most common causes of loss of self-esteem. It impacts a negative social image resulting affected people shying away from important daily interactions.
 arrow Up to 30,000 have newuntreatable form of TB
Hundreds of thousands of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) can be prevented and as many as 134000 lives saved through the implementation of a two-year response plan, published/launched by theWorld
 arrow Handbook to secure quality MCH services
With a view to ensure safe motherhood making mothers aware of healthcare during pregnancy, the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute (MCHTI) introduced a 24-Page Maternal and Child Health (MCH)
 arrow Human bite wounds demand prompt treatment
The longer people take to seek treatment after suffering a bite wound from someone, the greater their risk the wound will become infected, according to a review of human bite injury cases treated at an
 arrow Obese pregnant women can safely lose weight
Obese pregnant women can avoid weight gain or even lose some weight without harming their babies, a small study suggests.
 arrow HRT may prevent heart symptoms also
Younger women who start taking estrogen as soon as they enter menopause may be protected from heart disease, researchers said.
Star Cityarrow Too scary for DCC officials
Officials of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are now scared to enter Osmani Udyan, one of the city's last remaining open spaces, due to threats from addicts, vagabonds and other antisocial elements.
 arrow Not much to cheer about
Setting up of zone offices for decentralisation of Rajuk, aimed at lessening public harassment, has not made any tangible difference yet, rather is increasing sufferings of the service-seekers in some
 arrow Rickshaw fare on the rise too
Rickshaw fare has marked a significant increase in the last few months. In some cases the fare is almost the same as CNG autorickshaw fare, commuters said.
 arrow DoA asks DC office to cancel lease
Department of Archaeology (DoA) has officially asked the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dhaka to immediately cancel the lease of Shankhanidhi House, a listed historical structure, and hand it back to the
 arrow Deadly manholes become deadlier in rain
It was June 7, around 10pm. Dr Shamonto Lal Sen, head of burn unit, Dhaka Medical Collage Hospital was going home after his evening shift.
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