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Front Pagearrow Jalil pleads for release, ready to quit politics
Detained General Secretary of Awami League (AL) Abdul Jalil in a surprising move has pleaded with the government to release him on humanitarian grounds and said if necessary he would quit politics.
 arrow Lobi gets 8 years in tax evasion cases
In the first ever case filed in the country for tax evasion, an anti-graft tribunal yesterday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi to eight years' imprisonment for committing two offences.
 arrow Sigma sent to jail in Tk 2.4cr bribery case
A special court yesterday ordered Sigma Huda into jail after framing charges against her and her husband former communications minister Nazmul Huda in a case for taking Tk 2.4 crore in bribe from a contractor.
 arrow Lift ban on indoor politics: Khaleda
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded that the caretaker government lift the ban on indoor politics to create a congenial atmosphere so that her party can hold council to discuss and adopt decisions
 arrow 5,000 farmers sued for attack on govt offices at Nachole
Nachole upazila administration yesterday filed a case against 5,000 unnamed farmers for attacking and damaging government properties on Wednesday.
 arrow They want to hear it from Jalil
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said they want to hear from a "freed" Jalil about his decision to retire from politics.
 arrow Falu's wife sued for tax evasion
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Mahbuba Sultana, wife of detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu, after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a tax evasion case.
 arrow Tigers put on some fight
Captain Mohammad Ashraful finally ended his run-drought by scoring his fourth Test hundred and shared a record partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim, but the valiant effort was not good enough for Bangladesh
 arrow BNP reformists for balance of power between president, PM
Pro-reform leaders of BNP will now propose balancing of power between the president and the prime minister to reduce the absolute power of the prime minister to establish 'accountability and responsibility'
 arrow Handle UK-based money transfers with extra care
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked all commercial banks to take additional risk measures before doing business with the UK-based money transfer agencies.
 arrow ACC serves notices on 6 graft suspects
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday served notices on six corruption suspects including former ministers Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Lutfozzaman Babar and Rafiqul Islam,
 arrow NBR asks banks for account info of 54
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked different commercial banks to submit account information of 54 individuals including business tycoon Abdul Awal Mintoo, former AL lawmakers Noor-e-Alam
 arrow Struggle on to establish good governance
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said a tough struggle has started in the country from January 11 to establish good governance and a democratic society free from terrorism, anarchy and corruption.
 arrow Ex-chairman of BRTC Toymur sued for cheating
BNP leader and former chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) advocate Toymur Alam Khondoker was sued for cheating yesterday.
 arrow DoE publishes list of 190
Department of Environment (DoE), Chittagong yesterday published a revised list identifying 190 individuals, organisations and business groups as responsible for illegal hill cutting in 134 areas of Chittagong
 arrow Boy killed, 3 others injured in landslide
A five-year-old boy died and three of his family members received injuries after a landslide engulfed their house at Gonarpara village in Cox's Bazar in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Seven trucks of hilsha sent back from Benapole
Complying with the recent government decree to ban export of hilsha fish for six months, customs officials at Benapole port yesterday sent back seven trucks containing hilsha consignments bound for India.
 arrow It continues...


 arrow NHA forms committee to probe illegal allocation of govt plots
The National Housing Authority (NHA) has formed a probe committee to dig out illegal allocations of government plots in the capital's Mohammadpur area.
 arrow Fertiliser stock adequate, says industries adviser
Adviser for Industries Geeteara Safiya Chowdhury yesterday said the fertiliser stock in the country is more than it is needed to meet the demand during this year's Aman season.
 arrow Israeli forces kill 8 in Gaza raid
Israel clashed with Hamas militants inside the Gaza Strip yesterday, killing eight in fierce fighting that drew in Israeli aircraft, tanks and bulldozers, and sent militants laying mines against troops.
 arrow Posing risk


 arrow Pak mosque chief asks students to surrender
The captured leader of Pakistan's besieged Red Mosque urged his followers to surrender yesterday, as the government said "terrorist" gunmen were holding women and children as human shields inside.
 arrow UK house used as bomb factory: report
Police searched for evidence yesterday in a Scottish house that may have been used to produce the makeshift bombs that failed to explode in three attempted terror attacks on London and the Glasgow airport,
 arrow Blast at China bar kills 25
A blast ripped through a karaoke parlour in northeast China, killing 25 people and injuring 33 others, state media reported Thursday, the latest such incident in a country hit by poor safety standards
 arrow Nepal 'living goddess' loses status
A 10-year-old Nepalese girl was stripped of her title as a living goddess because she traveled overseas to promote a documentary about the centuries-old tradition, an official said Tuesday.
Businessarrow BB governor for Islamic banking guideline
The central bank governor has called for a guideline on Islamic banking in Bangladesh.
 arrow Journos' understanding of business issues stressed
Speakers at an inaugural of a training programme in Dhaka yesterday emphasised understanding of business issues by journalists.
 arrow First Solution scam, taka appreciation unlikely to hurt remittance: BB
The recent remittance scam by a UK-based money transfer firm or the recent appreciation of local currency against foreign exchange is unlikely to affect remittance inflow that rose close to $6 billion
 arrow New tax return form on cards
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has sent a draft of a simplified income tax return form to the law ministry for vetting.
 arrow US warns WTO trade talks at risk of 'hibernation'
A top US official warned Thursday that global trade talks risk being stalled for years unless a breakthrough is made this year, as Apec ministers called on all sides to go back to the table.
 arrow Islamic banking set to continue growth in Asia
Islamic banking and finance is likely to continue growing in the Asia Pacific region but the real test of its sustainability will be how the system reacts to a major financial crisis, a report said Thursday.
 arrow Mexican Slim passes Gates as richest person
Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has overtaken Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the richest person on the planet, the Mexican financial website Sentido Comun reported.
 arrow Warid awards handsets to winners
Warid Telecom yesterday handed over mobile handsets to winners of its campaign for prepaid Zem subscribers, says a press release.
 arrow Currency


 arrow New DMD of City Bank
Sohail RK Hussain recently joined The City Bank Ltd as its deputy managing director. Prior to this assignment, he was associated with Eastern Bank Ltd, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ash on an Ash day
On his day Mohammad Ashraful is as good as any batsman in the world.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela sceptic
When all the praises showered on Mohammad Ashraful at the end of the second Test for his brilliant unbeaten hundred, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene however reminded everybody that despite thatthe
 arrow Football: Russel fluff again
Sheikh Russel's slim title hope was further dented yesterday when they slumped to their third consecutive draw in the B.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh eves leave for ACC tournament
An 18-member Bangladesh women's cricket team left for Bangkok yesterday on way to Malaysia where they will participate in the first ever ACC Women's Cricket Tournament from July 11.
 arrow Cricket: Shiv ton suffices WI
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's unbeaten century set up West Indies' 61-run win against England in the second one-day international (ODI) at Edgbaston here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: India given lone warm-up game in Australia
India will play just one practice game before the first match of a four-Test cricket series against Australia starting December 26 here.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad's advice to PCB
Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad has suggested that Pakistan Cricket Board should utilise money for strengthening the grassroots level cricket rather than wasting it on hiring foreign coaches.
 arrow Cricket: India-England Test series on STAR Cricket
ESPN-STAR Sports' new channel STAR Cricket will telecast live the three-Test cricket series between India and England starting July 19.
 arrow Tennis: A close shave for Nadal
Rafael Nadal staged a rousing comeback from two sets down to defeat gallant Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Thursday and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
 arrow Tennis: Ivanovic sets up Venus clash
Venus Williams moved to within two matches of a fourth Wimbledon singles crown after a straight sets win over former US Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in her quarterfinal here on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: I'm no cheat: Serena
Serena Williams has angrily hit back at her critics who accused her of gamesmanship at Wimbledon.
 arrow Football: No way out for Terry, Lampard
Chelsea stars John Terry and Frank Lampard will not be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge despite their stalled contract negotiations, according to chief executive Peter Kenyon.
 arrow Football: United close to Tevez deal
Manchester United are on the verge of signing Argentina striker Carlos Tevez from West Ham, according to reports in England.
 arrow Football: Parma sign Reginaldo
Parma completed the signing of Brazilian striker Reginaldo from Serie A rivals Fiorentina on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Reformed NTMC to approach Nayeem
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will approach Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin to manage the national team for this year's SAFF Championship to be jointly organised by Sri Lanka and Maldives.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar thankful to Dalmiya
Shoaib Akhtar has said that he would always be thankful to Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former ICC and Indian board president, for supporting him when doubts were being raised about his bowling action.
 arrow Local Snippets
Five teams will compete in the First Open Rugby tournament which starts tomorrow at the Outer Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: C'paul gladdens Gayle
West Indies captain Chris Gayle will be happy for Shivnarine Chanderpaul to bat on one leg in Saturday's decisive one-day international against England after his latest hundred this tour gave the side
 arrow Cricket: $100m boost for Windies
Billionaire Allen Stanford is to invest 100 million dollars in West Indies cricket over the next three years.
 arrow Hockey: Faridpur end long drought
Faridpur clinched the 27th National Hockey Championship title, their second in 21 years, when they edged star-studded Dhaka 2-1 in the final at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson fined
England fast bowler James Anderson has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after clashing with West Indies batsman Runako Morton.
 arrow Tennis: Blame it on rain
Who could blame Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling for being a bit sick and tired of each other and, well, Wimbledon as a whole? They did, after all, spend an awful lot of time trying to finish their
 arrow Football: Torres sets lofty goal
Fernando Torres believes he can do what fellow countryman Fernando Morientes failed to do and establish himself as an Anfield goalscoring hero after being unveiled as Liverpool's most-expensive ever signing.
 arrow Football: Premiership lures Asian tycoons
Wealthy Asian businessmen are competing to buy top-flight English football clubs, attracted by the irresistible combination of profit and sporting glory.
 arrow Football: Jagielka signs for Everton
Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka on Wednesday became Everton's first summer signing when he penned a five-year deal.
Metropolitanarrow Adopt innovative approach for wetland development
Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Adviser Dr CS Karim yesterday called for adopting innovative approach of development to restore serene environment of wetlands and its unique natural community.
 arrow Cirdap to redefine its policies, programmes
The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) is going to conduct country level studies in a bid to redefine its policies and programmes in the light of changed national
 arrow "Only punishment to politicians can't end corruption"
Corruption cannot be removed from the society by giving punishment to politicians only because corruption has entered into all tiers of government, non-government and private sectors, said the speakers
 arrow Sylhet CBA leader gets 7 years, wife 3 years
A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced Mashuk Uddin Ahmed, CBA president of the state-run Jalalabad Gas Transmission & Distribution Systems Limited, to seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and his wife
 arrow 2007-08 budget is 'pro-poor'
The budget for 2007-08 fiscal is 'pro-poor' and Bangladesh's experiences suggest that development is best achieved with 'home-grown' policies, Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury told a UN conference
 arrow 428 women fall victim to violence in June
A total of 428 incidents of violence against women took place in June, according to a report of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad. Of the victims, 97 women were raped and 14 women were killed after rape.
 arrow 4 injured as robbers hurl bombs, fire gunshots
Four people, including a four-year-old girl, were injured when a gang of robbers hurled bombs and fired gunshots at a mob in the old part of the city yesterday.
 arrow ASK concerned over move to form cell for phone-tapping
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed concern over the government's move to form a cell for tapping telephones, says a press release.
 arrow BNP leader, his brother arrested in Benapole
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Sharsha BNP Vice-President Shamsur Rahman and his brother Habibur Rahman, a Jubo Dal leader, yesterday on charges of corruption.
 arrow Youth stabbed to death in city
Police recovered the slaughtered body of an unidentified youth from Shyampur area in the city yesterday.
 arrow GP, Brac Varsity support for Liberation War Museum
Brac University and Grameenphone yesterday donated the proceeds from the ticket sales of 'Pahela Baishakh Festival' to Liberation War Museum.
 arrow Bullet-hit arms-peddler arrested in Cox's Bazar
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a bullet-hit arms-peddler and recovered two firearms following a gunfight at Buddha Para at Boalkhali village in Cox's Bazar on Wednesday evening.
 arrow 89 bags of 'relief flour' recovered
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 89 bags of flour, which were allocated for relief, from the residence of a Union Parishad (UP) member at Ranipukur in Mithapukur of the district yesterday.
 arrow Heroin seized
A team of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 500 grams of heroin worth Tk 50 lakh from a Khulna-bound mail train on Thursday night.
 arrow Eco-city exhibition begins
A three-day 'Eco-city Exhibition' began at Buet auditorium in the city yesterday, showcasing four models of eco-city.
 arrow Edn fair begins
A three-day education fair began in the city yesterday with a view to providing students and their parents with necessary information on courses, programmes and facilities offered by different private
Point-Counterpointarrow I am a mother
July, 1971. A small single-storey house on Dhanmondi's road number 18. This is where the Pakistani Occupation army detained my mother.
 arrow Reform for people's redemption
The campaign for political reform in the major political parties can be said to be on a roller- coaster in view of the proposals, counter-proposals, speculations of councils, straightforward cum strategic
Culturearrow Artistes and FDC take a stance against obscene films
The main criticism Dhaliwood-centric Bangla cinema faces today is that it is becoming increasingly vulgar and graphic.
 arrow "Noy Number Bipod Shangket": A madcap comedy devoid of genuine laughs
Once upon a time there was an emerging writer whose stories and novels shed new light on everyday middle class people and their "seemingly mundane" existence.
 arrow Monsoon melodies in Sylhet
'Anandalok' and 'Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha' of Sylhet arranged a musical soiree featuring monsoon melodies of Tagore at Sarda Hall in Sylhet city last week.
 arrow BTV bringing about major changes in its programmes
With the aim to make the state-run TV channel, Bangladesh Television (BTV), more audience-oriented and to regain its greater acceptance among a wider range of viewers, the channel has rearranged its programmes,
 arrow Discrimination at home, heroism overseas
Spike Lee announced plans last Tuesday to make a movie about the struggle against Nazi occupiers in Italy during World War II that he hopes will highlight the contribution of black American soldiers who
 arrow "The Bong Connection": Predicaments of the Bengali identity
Anjan Dutt is embarking on a new voyage with his film titled The Bong Connection.
Generalarrow Four killed, 26 injured in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Magura, Satkhira and Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow 10 vessels fined in Ctg port
A mobile court in a drive at Chittagong port channel yesterday fined 10 inland cargo vessels Tk 2.5 lakh for plying on without very high frequency (VHF) radio equipment.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Flaws in fertiliser distribution glaring
The violent outbursts of farmers on the heels of an incident centring around collection of fertiliser quota slips from Nachole upazila office has brought to the fore the issue of chronic mismanagement
 arrow Editorial: The release of Alan Johnston
The release of the BBC journalist Alan Johnston after 114 days of captivity at the hands of his abductors has caused relief everywhere.
 arrow Three down, one to go
The recent contretemps in the JP, with party founder and long-time chief Hussein Muhammad Ershad calling it quits after 25 years in the political arena and leaving his estranged wife Rawshan Ershad and
 arrow An amusing Ayub
Saul Bellow writes in Ravelstein that it was odd how mankind's benefactors should be amusing people. Then he said that anyone who wanted to govern the country had to entertain it.
 arrow Speed is the need
The subject of police reforms has attracted large-scale media attention, and is believed to be one aspect of the regulatory administration in which the chief executive has evinced considerable interest.
Letters to Editorarrow Tigers trounced
There seems to be no end to how low our cricket team can sink in the arena of Test cricket.
 arrow Bangladesh vision 2030
1. Build four-track highways between Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Khulna, Dhaka-Rajshahi, Dhaka-Sylhet.
2. Build a deep seaport in Chittagong.
3. Build a bridge over the Padma.

 arrow Ban on smoking
I would like to thank 'The Daily star' for publishing such a nice article on tobacco ban ('England goes smoke free from July 1, when Bangladesh?' published on July 1, 2007).
 arrow Commercialisation of education
In this modern age, education is the first step to developing a country. But in our country we use the education sector only to make money. Our haphazard system contributes nothing to the nation's development.
 arrow A proud Bangladeshi
I feel proud to be a Bangladeshi. I feel like sharing my pride with everybody. Now, bad news from all sectors is dominating people's thoughts.
 arrow Save our lives
We highly appreciate the recent steps taken by the caretaker government following the disastrous landslides in Chittagong. The monsoon has just started. More cautionary steps are necessary.
 arrow Banning political parties
I want to thank Mr. Wahid for his views on abolishing the corrupt political parties.
 arrow Wastage of water
Wastage of water is surely something we should all be increasingly sensitive about, whatever country we live in but particularly here.
 arrow AL reform
AL presidium member Mr. Abdur Razzak has put forward a reform proposal for the AL - the oldest political party in the country. The way Mr.
 arrow BGMEA Bhaban
Recently the LGRD adviser declared that the BGMEA Bhaban was built illegally without Rajuk's approval.
 arrow Our political reality
Considering our state of development, poverty, level of literacy, inclination towards dishonesty, a country like ours needs very strong leadership.
 arrow Airport terminal
Dhaka airport terminal is a nice looking terminal.
 arrow Minus all of them!
I was surprised to read the post-editorial on the above subject. I am not sure if you are aware of the consequences of what you are encouraging.
 arrow Change of water colour
Last night (01-07-2007) in the TV news there was a report on the change of water colour of the rivers in the Sundarbans. Hilsha and other fish started coming up through the stream of the rivers.
 arrow Biman
The detailed discourse on this subject in PCP (29 June) mentioned the change of name, the slimming down of manpower, the restructuring of the board, financing for retrenchment, share allocation etc.
 arrow Siachen conflict and environment
I got chance to read a very informative story "Siachen conflict and South Asia's ecological doom" by Mr. Ekram Kabir. I must congratulate the writer for starting a technical debate.
 arrow Economy
While it is commendable what the current government is doing to eliminate the corruption that had engulfed our national politics for the last 15 years, it is very crucial that the government keeps its
 arrow "Education traders"
The Private University Association and several individuals recently requested the govt. for a moratorium on income tax and Vat imposed upon the private universities.
 arrow Submarine cable "mystery"
For the past several years the internet using community of Bangladesh has been quite excited that Bangladesh is going to join, and as per press reports, has already joined the information superhighway.
Environmentarrow Sustainable development needs to be environment-friendly
Mankind is a part of nature and life depends on the uninterrupted functioning of natural systems which ensure the supply of energy and nutrients.
 arrow Hot air is not enough
President George W. Bush averted a nasty rift when he agreed in the final hours of the recent G8 summit to "consider seriously" the need to halve the world's emissions of global-warming gases by 2050.
 arrow China aims for bigger share of South Asia's water lifeline
Sharpening Asian competition over energy resources, driven in part by high growth rates in gross domestic product and in part by mercantilist attempts to lock up supplies, has obscured another danger:
Worldarrow Suicide bomb kills 8 Afghan policemen
A suicide attacker blew himself up at a police gathering in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing nine people including a boy, while a Nato force soldier died in a separate blast.
 arrow Australia 'has Iraq oil interest’
Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has admitted that securing oil supplies is a key factor behind the presence of Australian troops in Iraq.
 arrow UK lowers terror threat level
Britain has lowered the terrorism threat level following the capture of eight people connected with three failed car bombings and increased scrutiny of foreigners recruited for their skills, including
 arrow Nepal PM puts fresh pressure on king
Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala issued a thinly-veiled warning Wednesday that the Himalayan country's embattled monarch should step aside or leave the country.
 arrow Tigers honour 322 suicide bombers
Sri Lanka was on high alert yesterday as Tamil Tiger rebels commemorated the 322 male and female suicide bombers who have blown themselves up for the guerrilla cause over the last two decades.
 arrow 'Terrors keeping human shields at Pak mosque'
Up to 30 armed "terrorists" are stopping students inside a besieged mosque in the Pakistani capital from surrendering to the government and are using them as human shields, officials said Thursday.
 arrow al-Qaeda No 2 urges strikes on West
Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri issued a new video calling for Islamic fighters to strike Western interests worldwide and for regime change in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Rail service cut as Thai rebels sabotage tracks
Rail services were suspended Thursday in southern Thailand after Islamic insurgents sabotaged the tracks, while a Muslim man was killed in an ambush, police said.
 arrow Brown 'praises Musharraf's role against terrorism'
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown telephoned President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday to praise his efforts to curb militancy and terrorism, a senior Pakistani official said.
 arrow 60 feared killed after landslide engulfs bus in Mexico
As many as sixty people were feared dead early yesterday after a landslide swallowed a bus in Puebla state in central Mexico.
 
   
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