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Front Pagearrow BNP reformists' proposal aims at excluding Khaleda
The pro-reform BNP leaders yesterday unveiled a 15-point proposal including the one aiming to dislodge Khaleda Zia from the post of chairperson.
 arrow Rajuk comes under anti-graft hatchet
The military backed caretaker government recently kicked-off the first ever crackdown against institutionalised corruption in government agencies as part of its ongoing massive anti-corruption drive being
 arrow 2 more forest bosses held, 8 suspended
The joint forces arrested two more top level forest officials yesterday on charges of graft in Chittagong and Moulvibazar as crackdown on corrupt forest department high-ups continues.
 arrow ACC to quiz Tarique, wife, mother-in-law on his graft charges
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) will interrogate BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman at the gate of Dhaka Central Jail as the commission obtained a court order yesterday to do so.
 arrow Council has final say
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday welcomed any reform proposals from her party men and the people but said only the party council will take the final decision in this regard.
 arrow 15-pt proposal
Pro-form BNP leaders led by party Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday announced their 15-point reform proposal for the party. Following is the full text of the proposal:
 arrow Murali massacres Tigers
Bangladesh succumbed to the sight of fearsome Muttiah Muralidaran, as the unorthodox off-spinner ran rings around their frail batting line up on the opening day of the first Test at the Sinhalese Sports
 arrow LDP on verge of split
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on the verge of a split due to the conflicts between its president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and executive president Col (retd) Oli Ahmed over establishing supremacy
 arrow SEC fines 7 Jamuna Bank directors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined seven sponsor directors of Jamuna Bank Ltd Tk 13 lakh for involvement in insider trading of shares.
 arrow Probe body to find people responsible for BNP's debacle
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said an enquiry committee would be formed to identify those people who are responsible for the current debacle of the party.
 arrow Verdict in Manju's liquor case today
Judgement of a criminal case against former communications minister and Jatiya Party (Manju) leader Anwar Hossain Manju for possessing 21 bottles of contraband liquor at his Dhanmondi residence will be
 arrow 10,000 Rohingyas to be shifted from Naaf riverbank
The government has finally decided to move some 10,000 illegal Rohingyas living on the bank of Naaf river in Cox's Bazar to some safer place on humanitarian grounds.
 arrow Stagnant water...

 arrow Dhaka-Delhi foreign secy level talks begin
The foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India started yesterday with both sides agreeing to revive joint mechanisms on border security and water-sharing, with India also agreeing to consider
 arrow Ex-BNP Mps Anwar, Dewan Salahuddin sued for extortion
An extortion case was filed against former BNP lawmaker of Pabna-3 constituency KM Anwarul Islam, his wife Siddika Anwar and the former lawmaker's 'close associate' Rejaul Karim in Cognizance Court-2of
 arrow Farmers to get 1.52 lakh tonnes of urea in July
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) has allocated 1,52,630 tonnes of urea fertiliser for distribution among the farmers for the month of July.
 arrow Doctors at Birdem go on strike
Doctors on contract at Birdem hospital yesterday went on an indefinite strike demanding regularisation of their jobs. Indoor patients suffered immensely due to the strike enforced by around 300 doctors.
 arrow Felling trees continues on DU campus
Dhaka University (DU) authorities chopped down several trees for the construction of the 12-storey Social Science Faculty Building much to the discontent of students who claim greenery is disappearing
 arrow Biman's PLC plan delayed by 3 weeks
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will be turned into a public limited company (PLC) by July and not June 30 as was scheduled earlier, Civil Aviation Adviser MA Matin said yesterday.
 arrow Court to decide on charge sheet today
Hearing on the acceptance of charge sheet in the case filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury will be held today at a Sylhet court.
 arrow 2 Ctg customs officials held for bribery
The joint forces arrested two customs officials and a security man of Chittagong Customs while they were taking bribe from an employee of a private inland container depot (ICD) here yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Khagrachhari Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Shah-e-Alam yesterday protested a news item published in The Daily Star on June 5 under the headline "Insatiable greed wipes out a reserve forest.
 arrow Jhenidah BNP leader killed in bomb attack
Jhenidah sadar upazila BNP secretary Abu Bakar Siddiq was killed in a bomb attack in front of his home in the town last night.
 arrow Witnesses say BNP bigwigs abetted militants
A Rajshahi court yesterday recorded depositions of two witnesses in the case against BNP leaders Aminul Haq, Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu and Nadim Mostafa for aiding the JMB militants.
 arrow Baghdad hotel bombed as 45 killed in Iraq
Suicide bombers struck a Baghdad hotel and police targets yesterday in a wave of insurgent bombings in Iraq that killed at least 45 people, including a lawmaker, policemen and tribal leaders.
 arrow Bomb attack kills 6 UN peacekeepers in Lebanon
Security was boosted in south Lebanon yesterday after a bomb attack killed six UN peacekeepers, further rattling security in the country where the army has been battling Islamist militants for weeks.
Businessarrow Ministries free to outsource manpower to execute budget
Ministries are now free to outsource manpower and required guidance for implementing the FY 08 budget as the finance adviser told a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Under-invoicing costs govt revenue
A section of traders are depriving the government of a huge amount of revenue as they export hilsa fish to India through under-invoicing, Benapole land port sources have said.
 arrow Women's share less than one-fourth in budget
Amidst huge expectations, the caretaker government has addressed a number of issues in the budget for the FY 2007-08. Government's good intent regarding gender equality has been focused.
 arrow Asia must innovate to stay competitive
From China to Singapore, Asia must nurture a culture of innovation if the region is to emerge as a formidable global player, the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia was told Monday.
 arrow Diversification of product stressed to boost exports
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for giving priority to agro-based, light engineering, electronic and herbal medicine products to diversify the country's export items.
 arrow Primary voter list for FBCCI polls announced
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday published the primary voter list for its biennial election to the Board of Directors scheduled for August 16.
 arrow Banks open June 29-30
All commercial banks will remain open on the weekly holidays on Friday and Saturday (June 29-30) to facilitate government transactions, including revenue collection, at the end of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Local electrical goods show begins
A two-day fair of local electrical goods began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Bata's int'l group product dev meet begins today
A two-day regional product development meeting of the Bata International Group of the Bata Shoe Organisation begins in Dhaka today, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladesh General Ins okays 15pc dividend
Bangladesh General Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 15 percent dividend (7 percent cash dividend and 8 percent stock dividend).
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: A disappointing start
When Mohammad Ashraful walked into the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground on Monday for the toss of the first Test against Sri Lanka, he started a demanding assignment.
 arrow Cricket: Shahadat or Sharapova?
Young Bangladesh paceman Shahadat Hossain has a habit of irritating opponent batsmen.
 arrow Cricket: Change imminent in BCB
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary Mahbub Anam yesterday told that he had no idea about the news of disbanding the executive committee of the board.
 arrow Where has Mithu gone?
The Bangladesh Olympic Associa-tion (BOA) yesterday officially confirmed that SA Games gold medallist hurdler Mahfuzur Rahman Mithu has gone missing from Italy.
 arrow Tennis: Here Comes the Rain Again
With much of England bra-cing itself for the "wettest day in 50 years" the 121st Wimb-ledon got off to the kind of soggy start that has become as traditional as strawberries and cream at the biggest tournament
 arrow Cricket: Illness strikes India
India have been struck down by illness, with more than half of their 14-man squad suffering, on the eve of their opening one-day international against South Africa at Stormont here Tuesday and have had
 arrow Tennis: Federer starts smoothly
Roger Federer's bid for a fifth straight Wimbledon title got off to a smooth start with the Swiss maestro easing past Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili in straight sets.
 arrow Football: USA win Gold Cup
The United States used two second-half goals to rally for a 2-1 victory over Mexico here Sunday in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup regional football tournament.
 arrow Football: Henry set to be unveiled
French striker Thierry Henry on Monday passed a medical and prepared for his official presentation to Barcelona fans at the Nou Camp after completing a four-year deal reportedly worth 24 million euros
 arrow Football: Barca interested in Toure
Barcelona are in talks with Monaco over the French first division club's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, the Spanish club said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock of tomorrow!
Jacques Kallis believes Vernon Philander has the ability to replace Shaun Pollock after seeing the pace-bowling all-rounder take four wickets on his one-day international debut during South Africa's 42-run
 arrow Cricket: SA too strong for Irish
Vernon Philander celebrated his 22nd birthday and one-day international debut with four wickets for 12 runs as South Africa beat Ireland by 42 runs in a one-day international at Stormont here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Find of Ireland
Ireland may have suffered their second convincing defeat in as many days after losing by 42 runs to South Africa but debutant Alex Cusack's performance did something to lift the post World Cup blues that
 arrow Cricket: Derbyshire defeat lacklustre Windies
Derbyshire beat West Indies by 51 runs in a tour match on Sunday and Windies coach David Moore blamed a failure to apply "basic cricket knowledge" by his batsmen.
 arrow Table Tennis: Bright start for Abahani eves
Defending champions Abahani crushed Bangladesh Chemical and Perfumery Society 3-0 in their opening match of the AB Bank Women's Table Tennis League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants to play Tests
Inzamamul Haq, former Pakistan captain, wants to play Test matches for some more time before retiring "in an honourable manner".
 arrow Football: Arambagh ride on late rally
Late goals by foreign recruits Thomas Biketi and Iddi Badambuze helped Arambagh see off Khulna Abahani with a 2-0 win in yesterday's B. League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: 75 years of pride
India on Monday completed 75 years of playing Test cricket, coming a long way from the confines of its elite class image to be the common man's game and attaining the status of a religion in the country.
 arrow Hockey: Mymensingh group champs
Mymensingh emerged group champions with an all-win record to reach the five-team super league of the 27th National Hockey Championship eliminating Bangladesh Air Force 2-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Cricket: Solanki & mates disappointed
Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki says he and some of his teammates are disappointed to have missed out on selection for England's one-day squad.
 arrow Cricket: Aaquib in city
Pakistan National Cricket Academy coach and former Pakistan speedster Aaquib Javed arrived in Dhaka yesterday to impart specialised coaching to selected pace bowlers at the GrameenPhone Pacer Hunt Camp
 arrow Football: Cream of the crop (part III)
Here is the top 20 of the fifty players that journalist Gabriel Marcotti picked as his best in the planet. They are the real cream of the crop.
 arrow Football: Branding it like Beckham
It's already time to brand it like Beckham.
 arrow Football: Hagi confirms Steaua job
Romania's most famous footballer, Gheorghe Hagi, known as the 'Maradona of the Carpathians' during his 16-year international career, confirmed Monday he has signed a three-year contract to coach his former
 arrow Football: Iran, India miss bid deadline
Iran has missed the deadline to submit its bid to host the 2011 Asian Cup and India has pulled out of the race, leaving Qatar as the only candidate left.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure 33pc representation of women in political parties
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded implementation of the Election Commission (EC) reform proposal for 33 percent representation of women at policy making level in political parties for theirempowerment.
 arrow No policy to combat HIV/AIDS
Though hermaphrodites are one of the most vulnerable groups to HIV/ AIDS, there is no sustainable and long-term policy for the community to combat the deadly disease, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Long-term strategy a must to prevent bird flu epidemic
Speakers at a discussion yesterday stressed the need for a long-term strategy to prevent bird flu epidemic in order to protect the country's Tk 12,000 crore poultry sector.
 arrow Road crashes kill minor boy, injure 45
A minor boy was killed and 45 people were injured in separate road accidents in Khulna and Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow Court grants prayer for revival of case
A Barisal court yesterday granted a prayer for the revival of 'Tera Shahjahan Murder Case' against 21 accused, including Barisal City Corporation Mayor Majibor Rahman Sarwar.
 arrow UGC continues interview
Hundreds of teachers, officials and employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday gave interview before the probe body of University Grants Commission (UGC) about the alleged irregularities, corruption
 arrow Review 'real' progress in sanitation coverage
The official figures indicate a spectacular increase in household sanitary coverage from 33.21 percent in 2003 to 81.
 arrow Create awareness about ill effects of drugs
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for creating awareness among common people about the ill effects of drugs so that they keep themselves away from them.
 arrow Govt urged to rehabilitate footpath hawkers
Bangladesh Sammilita Footpath Hawkers Parishad yesterday urged the caretaker government to rehabilitate hawkers who had been evicted from the city streets after the state of emergency was declared.
 arrow Cellphone set shop manager robbed of Tk 2.83 lakh
Manager of a cellphone set shop robbed of Tk 2,83,000 in cash and a mobile phone set by a gang of muggers at Central Road in the city yesterday.
 arrow Jahanara Imam's 13th anniversary of death today
Today is the 13th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, an eminent litterateur and crusader against war criminals and fundamentalism.
 arrow 3rd GP free eye camp begins in Natore
A two-day free eye camp began at Sher-e-Bangla High School at Horishpur in Natore yesterday, jointly organised by Grameenphone and Sight Savers International, says a press release.
 arrow Justice Nazrul visits Barisal civil courts
Justice Nazrul Islam Chowdhury yesterday concluded his two-day inspection of civil courts in Barisal laying emphasis on establishing the rule of law in the country.
 arrow Carpenter killed in wall collapse
A carpenter was killed in wall collapse at Bhaluka Upazila headquarters in Mymensingh yesterday. The victim was identified as Hashu Miah, 28, son of Jubed Ali of village Dairapara in Bhaluka.
 arrow CPB president hospitalised
President of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Manjurul Ahsan Khan was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for an eye operation, says a press release.
 arrow DU student commits suicide at Rokeya Hall
A female student of Dhaka University (DU) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in a bathroom at Begum Rokeya Hall yesterday.
 arrow 'Plant trees to create a balanced environment'
President Iajuddin Ahmed asked all to plant more and more trees and nurture those for enhancing forest resources and creating a balanced environment, as ecological imbalance poses a threat to human existence.
 arrow DU to place Tk 142.45cr budget today
A two-day annual senate session of Dhaka University (DU) begins at 3:00pm today, with Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz in the chair.
 arrow Govt Lab High School champion
Govt Laboratory High School became champion in a two-day inter-school debate competition organised by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Sachetan Nagarik Committee (SANAC) in Rajshahi.
Nationalarrow Frequent change of IO, lack of monitoring delay trial
Frequent change of investigating officer (IO) and alleged lack of proper monitoring are delaying trial of journalists Manik Saha and Humayun Kabir Balu murder cases.
 arrow Banglabandha land port dead for nine days
Export and import through Banglabandha land port in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh district remained suspended for the last nine days following collapse of two bridges on the Banglabandha Panchagarh Highway
 arrow Deposition by prosecution witnesses begins tomorrow
Recording of statements of prosecution witnesses in the corruption case against Khulna city Awami League president Talukder Abdul Khaleque will begin tomorrow.
 arrow JMB 'trainer' held in Satkhira
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a close associate of executed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai at Tangail bus stand,
 arrow BSF abducts 3 in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted three Bangladeshi cattle traders from Zero Point at Laxmidari, a border village in Sadar upazila on Sunday night, police and BDR said.
 arrow Tk 1cr Viagra seized at Benapole
Customs officials yesterday seized 1,600 packets of Viagra worth about Tk1 crore at Benapole port, customs sources said.
 arrow Former Shibir leader, BNP man held in Satkhira
Joint forces yesterday arrested a BNP leader and Union Parishad (UP) chairman and a former central leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), student front of Jamaat-e-Islami.
 arrow Tk 38.88 cr Tongi Pourashava budget
Tongi Pourashava Chairman Ajmat Ullah yesterday announced a Tk 38.88 crore budget for the 2007-'08 fiscal. The chairman placed the budget at the poura auditorium in presence of commissioners.
Point-Counterpointarrow The 'confessional statements' and journalistic ethics
The exposure of "confessional statements" by AL and BNP stalwarts and some business tycoons of the country in the electronic and print media have perturbed the minds of some people in different ways.
 arrow Losing Bangladesh, by degrees
Imagine, if you will, a country marooned between a snowy mountain range and a churning sea. The country is small, a thumbprint on a vast continent. It holds the youngest and largest delta in the world.
 arrow The brilliance remains
Jahanara Imam's life ended thirteen years ago, in a blaze of glory. That is the truth. The courage she demonstrated in her final years of temporal existence remains an inspiration for all of us to follow.
Culturearrow Winner of Grand Prize at the National Art Biennale '07
Artist Debashish Pal won the Grand Prize at the 17th National Art Biennale '07, arranged by the Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, for his work Contemporary Portrait of Bangladesh-3.
 arrow Working children paint their plight
Childhood is the time for fun and frolic but not every child is lucky. News of child labourers getting hurt at work is something we see and hear almost everyday.
 arrow Inter-University Short Film Festival '07 at Goethe Institut
Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), with the co-operation of Goethe Institut Bangladesh and Future Shots (UK), arranged a two day-long short film festival.
 arrow Bruce Willis: New "Die Hard" was hard
Actor Bruce Willis says he is glad to be back doing action films, but admitted that surviving Live Free or Die Hard at 52, was no easy task.
Generalarrow Unidentified woman found dead in city house
An unidentified woman, aged about 25, was found dead at the residence of a transport businessman at Mohammadpur in the city on Sunday.
Internationalarrow Iran invites IAEA nuke inspectors to Tehran
Iran has invited an International Atomic Energy Agency team to Tehran to work on a plan for clearing up suspicions about its nuclear programme, an IAEA spokeswoman said yesterday.
 arrow UN urges reopening of vital Gaza crossing
The United Nations yesterday called for the reopening of the Gaza Strip's vital import-export terminal to stave off a looming humanitarian crisis and prevent the territory's industry from dying.
 arrow Echinacea 'halves risk of catching cold’
Echinacea, a medicinal herb that came to prominence thanks to its use by Sioux Indians, can more than halve the risk of catching a cold, a wide-scale study has confirmed.
 arrow N Korea vows to honour nuclear pledge
North Korea vowed yesterday to honour its pledge to disable the reactor at the heart of its nuclear weapons programme, saying a financial dispute that had held up progress for months was over at last.
 arrow Afghan forces retake captured district
Afghan security forces have retaken a troubled southern district that was overrun and captured by Taliban militants almost a week ago, a provincial governor said.
 arrow Zawahiri voices support for Hamas
Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri voiced backing for Hamas and warned against any offensive to wrest control of Gaza from the Islamist movement, in an Internet tape on Monday.
 arrow Sarkozy urges tough stance against Sudan over Darfur
French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged world powers Monday to take a tough line with Sudan if it refuses to cooperate with international efforts to end bloodshed in Darfur.
 arrow Karachi gets aid after storm deaths
Trucks carrying aid rolled into Karachi yesterday after the death toll from violent storms and flooding along Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast rose to at least 235 people, officials said.
 arrow Hamas releases audio message of Israeli soldier
The armed wing of Hamas on Monday released a first audio message from captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who said his health was deteriorating and that he needed hospital treatment.
 arrow Militant killed in Pakistan school attack
A security guard shot dead a Taliban militant when rebels tried to attack the foreign principal of a school in northwest Pakistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Prachanda wants to be Nepali president
Hoping to be the president of Nepal after the next elections, Maoist chief Prachanda has favoured special relations with India.
 arrow 20 feared dead in Cambodian plane crash
A chartered plane flying Monday between two popular tourist destinations in Cambodia has crashed, with at least 20 people on board feared dead, an aviation official said.
 arrow Castro charges Bush ordered him killed before he took office
Cuba's communist leader Fidel Castro accused US President George W Bush of ordering him killed even before moving into the White House, in an article published in the newspaper Granma yesterday.
 arrow EU programme to discourage illegal immigration
The European Commission announced yesterday a new programme to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to Europe by helping countries where would-be migrants come from and transit through.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Inquest into Ctg landslides
The enquiry committee on the recent Chittagong landslides, which claimed 123 lives, has held six government organisations responsible for the disaster.
 arrow Editorial: Plight of hawkers
The tragic death of two hawkers as they slept on a pavement in Gulistan a few days ago has brought to the fore the unsettled conditions in which hawkers in general have been trying to survive since their
 arrow What are we capable of?
People gasped in utter frustration and disgust to learn from the media that a former state minister of home affairs allegedly took Tk 20 crore to hush up a murder case.
 arrow Race For Rashtrapati Bhawan
Ever since Indira Gandhi outmanoeuvred her Congress rivals in 1969, and put up Varahagiri Venkatagiri against the official candidate, the election of India's president has acquired disproportionate importance.
 arrow A response to Kuldip Nayar
I have gone through the article under the above caption by the eminent Indian columnist Kuldip Nayar in the Daily Star on June 21.
Letters to Editorarrow ICDDR,B Alumni Association
The ICDDR,B was established by an ordinance of the government of Bangladesh in 1978, which was subsequently ratified by Parliament.
 arrow Utilising rainwater
Rainwater harvesting is perhaps a new idea in Bangladesh, but it is bound to become a reality within the next few years at most.
 arrow Student politics
It is highly regrettable that students in Bangladesh do not get the opportunity to train themselves to assume leadership positions in public and business affairs.
 arrow Pertinent issues
System without efficient leaders is powerless; leaders without an efficient system are tyrannical.
 arrow Proposed UGC recruitment rules
This refers to the news item on the uniform rules to be formulated by the UGC for recruitment and promotion of teachers and employees in the public universities (DS, 23 June 2007).
 arrow Political reform
The journal 'Political Parties and Democracy' published by the Johns Hopkins University press and edited jointly by Larry Diamond, a senior research fellow in the Hoover Institute at Stanford University
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