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Front Pagearrow Risky lending pushes rate to record 75pc
The inter-bank call money rate shot up to a record 75 percent yesterday as a section of private and foreign banks have resorted to lending in a risky proportion to make extra profit amid a high demand
 arrow Tigers back on track
Bangladesh bounced back in the one-day series with a comprehensive 40-run victory against Zimbabwe at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Chaos at Sylhet rail station over HC judge's ticket row
Railway employees stopped Dhaka-bound inter-city train Parabat for three hours at Sylhet station and ransacked six compartments of the train yesterday after police arrested the station manager for not
 arrow Mystery shrouds Bangla Bhai's power
Infamous militant leader Bangla Bhai still eludes a police dragnet despite high-level government orders for his arrest, including one by the premiere half a year ago, giving rise to the conjecture that
 arrow Cabinet body may review projects next week
The cabinet purchase committee may decide next week the fate of two controversial telecoms projects-- Submarine Cable Project and a project for extension of district-level telephone exchanges.
 arrow Zia on Yellow security alert from today
Zia International Airport (Zia) will be under a Yellow security alert from today ahead of the Saarc Summit with law enforcement agencies already initiating a clampdown on crime yesterday in order to declare
 arrow Nipah virus claims another at DMCH
Another patient infected by the dreaded Nipah virus died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Tuesday raising the death toll to 12 from such infection in Tangail since the first week of this month.
 arrow 36 US soldiers killed in chopper crash, attacks in Iraq
Thirty six US soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday in helicopter crash and attacks amid escalating violence ahead of the landmark election.
 arrow Crossfire, Jagrata Janata to heat up JS debates
The upcoming session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) is set to see spells of heated debates over a number of stinging issues including the 'crossfire' deaths, alleged government patronage of Jagrata Muslim
 arrow Saarc LDCs to get EU duty-free access in July
The European Union (EU) has decided to give duty-free access to readymade garments from the least developed countries of the Saarc region, including Bangladesh, under new GSP facilities to be effective
 arrow On patrol...

 arrow Purchase body to seek law ministry views
As the British contractor of the Bhairab bridge keeps on claiming an additional payment of £8.
 arrow Two killed in 'crossfire'
An outlaw leader and a highwayman were killed in 'crossfire' with police yesterday in Khulna and Naogaon.
Angry mobs also killed two outlaws in Bagerhat the same day.

 arrow Davos kicks off festival of power and politics
Business, political and social leaders from every continent except Antarctica converged on this plush ski resort Wednesday for the start of the World Economic Forum, an annual brainstorming session on
 arrow ACC falters on missing regulations
The Anti Corruption Commission yesterday failed to take a decision on any of the seven agenda points it adopted since its creation 65 days ago because of missing rules and regulations.
 arrow 2 traders gunned down in Jatrabari
Assailants gunned down two traders in front of their house in Jatrabari last night.
 arrow 8 of a family get life for murder in Sherpur
A court here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to eight members of a family for murder of a teenage boy at Hati Agla in Sadar upazila four years ago.
 arrow Abandoned mortar shell found again in Sylhet
Police on Tuesday night recovered an abandoned mortar shell, the same kind that had killed two people and injured 10 others in a blast on September 6 last year in the northeastern divisional headquarters.
 arrow 8 jailed for arson on Mamun's house
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Gazipur, yesterday sentenced eight activists of the youth and student fronts of the Awami League (AL) to varying jail terms for ransacking and setting fire to the house of businessman
 arrow Army suspects JMJB used radio-controlled bomb in Jatra attack
Army experts suspect Shafiqullah arrested on January 17 and his Islamist terrorist outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) used radio-controlled bombs in some of their terrorist acts.
 arrow Cabinet body okays Janata Bank consultant
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved a proposal to hire a consultant for improving the performance of Janata Bank.
 arrow JMJB leader sent to jail, cadres go into hiding
A magistrate court yesterday sent Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMBJ) Bagmara chief Abdus Sattar to jail after police placed him before the court implicating him in the Awami League (AL) leader Mahbub
 arrow Road crashes kill 10 in Rangpur, Comilla
Ten people died and seven others were injured in road accidents in Rangpur and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Bhomra land port still locked
Export-import through Bhomra land port yesterday remained suspended for the eighth day, as Indian authorities stopped vehicular movement on the 11km-long Shojadanga-Basirhat road on their side for its
Businessarrow Leasing cos seek BB help to cool call money market
As call money market continues galloping forcing leasing companies to borrow funds at abnormally high interest rate, the lessors have sent SOS signal asking the central bank to regulate the quick money
 arrow Cash crunch keeps hide price low
Price of hides in different markets of Rangpur and adjoining districts during the post Eid period is low, but the businessmen are facing trouble to procure hides due to shortage of cash.
 arrow Wintel to launch first mobile payphone service by Feb
Wintel Limited plans to launch first-ever mobile payphone service by next month to help subscribers make calls without using a land or mobile phone connection.
 arrow Salt price hits hide trade in Rajshahi
Hide traders in Rajshahi may go through losses with the price of salt increasing by as high as Tk 250 per 70-kg bag during the Eid.
 arrow Weak dollar no solution for imbalances: UN
A sharp fall in the US dollar will not reverse global financial imbalances or the deepening US trade deficit, the UN said Tuesday in a report on the international economy.
 arrow China's robust growth to underpin global commodity prices
China's thirst for raw materials will continue to support its booming economy and underpin global commodity prices, according to analysts.
China's economy expanded 9.5 percent last year from 9.

 arrow Four trade diplomats vie for top WTO job
A race to become the next director general of the World Trade Organisation began in earnest on Wednesday as four eager candidates pitched their cases before the body's 148 member states.
 arrow Agro plant to be set up in Mongla EPZ
A Bangladeshi company will set up an agro-based industry in the Mongla Export Processing Zone.
The Bangladeshi owned company, Sonu Processing Unit, will invest US$ 1.

 arrow Al Kabir goods festival begins at Agora outlets
A month-long shopping festival, jointly organised by Rahimafrooz superstores Ltd and M/S Tie Associates, the marketing company of Al Kabir goods in Bangladesh, is running at Agora's Dhanmondi and Gulshan
 arrow Visa-free travel within Asean states by year-end: Badawi
Southeast Asian nationals will no longer need to obtain visas when travelling to 10 countries in the region by the end of this year, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in remarks published
 arrow Saimon Overseas to provide travel agency services to US embassy
Saimon Overseas Ltd has been awarded contract to provide travel management services to US Embassy, USAID, US Defence Attaché and other US organisations in Bangladesh.
 arrow Thomson transfers TV tube production to India’s Videocon
French elecontrics group Thomson, which has been divesting its consumer goods businesses, is transferring production of cathode ray tubes for television sets to Indian firm Videocon, the French company
 arrow Critics slate 4 top multinationals at WEF meet
Critics of globalisation on Wednesday rounded on the "irresponsible" conduct of four top companies including the oil giant Shell and Dow Chemicals, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
 arrow New DMD of Sonali Bank
Md Amanullah has taken over as the deputy managing director of Sonali Bank on the 1st January, 2005.
Prior to this appointment, he was general manager of the same bank, says a press release.

 arrow India to sell BHEL, Maruti stakes next FY
The Indian government plans to sell stakes in engineering firm Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and car maker Maruti Udyog Ltd in the next financial year, instead of this year as previously planned.
 arrow US lawmaker backs probe of IBM unit sale to China
China could take over the global market for personal computers if the Bush administration approves IBM's plan to sell its PC division to China's biggest PC maker, Lenovo Group Ltd, a US lawmaker saidon
 arrow Bata opens City Store at Gulshan
Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Ltd has recently opened a new outlet ‘City Store’ at Molly Capita Centre at Gulshan in Dhaka.
 arrow US, China sign financing deal to boost US exports
The United States and China have signed an agreement that will make it easier for the Chinese government to help finance purchases of a wide range of American goods including energy products and medical
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bowlers impress, batsmen don't
Bangladesh captain Hab-ibul Bashar was a relieved man after the 40-run win over Zimbabwe yesterday that kept the Tigers in the five-match series.
 arrow Cricket: No Leeway for Windies
The West Indies started like a tornado but en-ded in the doldrums once again, petering out to a 73-run loss to Australia in the tri-series one-day international at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI in complete chaos
A month before India hosts Pakis-tan's cricket team, there is confusion over venues, broadcasting rights are embroiled in a court tussle and the proposed dates clash with school and college examinations.
 arrow Cricket: Captain's best moment
England captain Michael Vaughan said Tuesday that completing a series win over South Africa was the highlight of his captaincy.
 arrow Tennis: Last Australian standing
Lleyton Hewitt prevented an Australia Day of disappointment at the Australian Open Wednesday with a battling victory, lifting the gloom after compatriot Alicia Molik was dumped out.
 arrow Tennis: Serena's point to prove
Serena Williams insists she has nothing to prove to anyone. But defeating Maria Sharapova in their Australian Open semifinal Thursday should silence those who say she is in decline.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis wallop World XI
New Zealand beat a World XI by four wickets here Wednesday in a one-day match which turned to farce on a sub-standard pitch with just 164 runs scored as 16 wickets fell.
 arrow Football: Monem Munna in critical condition
Former national football captain Monem Munna was admitted to the Kidney Hospital and Dialysis Centre in Dhanmondi yesterday in a critical condition.
 arrow Cricket: Eight bowl the fastest
Eight pace bowlers impressed with an average of 80 mph or above speed in the national final of the GrameenPhone Pacer Hunt programme at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors wait on Rafique
The national cricket selectors will wait on Mohammad Rafique's fitness before announcing the squad for the last two one-day internationals against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Football: 5 to enter final round directly
The Federation Cup tournament committee has decided to give automatic final round berths to five teams instead of four in this year's competition.
 arrow Football: Tsunami match a hit
Germany and a Bundesliga international select XI played out an entertaining 2-2 draw here on Tuesday in a benefit match for the victims of the tsunami disaster that struck Indian Ocean coastlines on December
 arrow Football: Gerrard the inspiration
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard emphatically drew a line under his club's recent problems by firing them into the League Cup final at the expense of Championship side Watford on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: The best bargain?
Chelsea's low-profile, nine-million-pound keeper Petr Cech may have proved the club's most efficient and valuable signing should runaway leaders Chelsea win the Premiership title this season.
 arrow Football: Motivation DPRK style!
Communist North Korea is giving cash, cars and houses to motivate its footballers, who are determined to beat Asian champions and political rivals Japan in next month's World Cup qualifier match, a report
 arrow Football: Reds interested in Bellamy
Liverpool were reported Wednesday to have approached Newcastle United over striker Craig Bellamy who has said he wants to leave after a highly-public row with manager Graeme Souness.
 arrow Football: Dad's faith in Junior
The sky is the limit for Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, his father claimed Tuesday after the Portuguese manager was voted the best football coach in the world in 2004 by the International Football Federation
 arrow Football: Albertini Barca's
Veteran midfielder Demetrio Albertini has completed his free transfer move from struggling Serie A side Atalanta to Barcelona, the Spanish league leaders confirmed Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: US Open to have electronic eyes
The US Open is set to become the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to introduce computer-generated video replays to help umpires rule on contentious line-calls, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Munshipara Krira Sangstha beat Gaibandha Abahani Krira Chakra by 27 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the local stadium here yesterday.
Munshipara scored 171 after deciding to bat.

 arrow Cricket: Oram sidelined
New Zealand cricket allrounder Jacob Oram has been sidelined for the immediate future after a scan revealed a bone injury in his back, New Zealand Cricket said Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Irregularities in recruitment, politicisation hamper development of BTV
Irregularities in recruitment, politicisation and bureaucratic tangle at Bangladesh Television (BTV) have seriously hampered the development of state-run electronic media.
 arrow Madhyapara Hard Rock Project to be commissioned in April
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped that the existing good relations between Bangladesh and North Korea could be utilised to enhance economic cooperation and expand trade for the welfare of the
 arrow Govt plots to kill prospective AL leaders ahead of polls: Saber
The Awami League yesterday accused the government of plotting to kill prospective leaders and workers of the party at grassroots level ahead of the next general elections.
 arrow Father kills minor son
A cruel father brutally killed his minor son in the port city on Tuesday night.
 arrow Tk 16 lakh cheque fraud in Chittagong
An amount of Tk 16 lakh was withdrawan from a bank through forged signature in the port city on Tuesday.
 arrow Expatriate woman commits suicide
A Bangladeshi expatriate woman living in Dubai allegedly committed suicide at Mirpur in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow IBA MBA admission test tomorrow
The admission test for MBA programme at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University will be held at 10.00am tomorrow.
The seat plan for the test is as follows: Admit card Nos.

 arrow Powell greets Morshed Khan
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has greeted Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Annual examinations of Dhaka University which was scheduled to be held at Curzon Hall examination centre today have been postponed due to unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Hafiz favours political solution to water issue with India
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmad yesterday said the water sharing issue with India could be solved politically.
 arrow Devise strategy to check contamination of water
Bangladesh-Australia Centre for Environmental Research (BACER) was lunched here yesterday with a view to advancing assessment and management of contaminated environment.
 arrow One to die for killing wife
A young man was sentenced to death yesterday for killing his wife over dowry at Gazaria in January last year.
 arrow Relief for Khulna fire victims
The government has given 100 metric tons of rice, 300 bundles of CI sheets, 500 pieces of blankets and a sum of Tk 3 lakh in cash for fire victims of Natun Bazar char area.
 arrow 4th BNP confce at Gopalganj today
The ruling BNP will hold its fourth grassroots level conference at Gopalganj today with focus on the next general election.
 arrow SSKOP leaders meet information minister
Information Minister M Shamsul Is-lam yesterday apprised the leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) of the steps taken by the government in connection with their seven-point demand,
 arrow Minor change in city bus route
A minor change was brought to bus route and restriction on non-motorised vehicles to ease traffic congestion on the VIP road at Bangla Motor point.
Nationalarrow Tk 18cr down the drain!
Concrete blocks placed to reinforce the Ichhamoti river bank in Satkhira Sadar upazila are collapsing at several points.
The project was completed last year at a cost of Tk 18 crore.

 arrow Teachers honoured for dedication
Twelve teachers of different educational institutions were honoured at a function held at the Muymensingh Zila School auditorium recently.
 arrow Where have the hides gone?
Hides and skin in bordering areas of 10 south-western districts have either been smuggled out or stocked for smuggling, traders at Rajarhat in Jessore, the biggest market for seven south-western district
 arrow Success in campaign against dowry
Some conscious youths of Ballamjhar union in Gaibandha Sadar upazila have set an example by fighting against dowry, social curse.
 arrow PBCP man lynched in Bagerhat
Bomaru Russel, 26, an alleged cadre of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- Janajuddho) was lynched by a mob at in the early hours of Tuesday at Putia village in Fakirhat upazila in Bagerhat district.
 arrow Youth gets life for murder after rape
Jhenidah Additional District and Sessions Judge Shahjahan Majumder yesterday have life term to a youth and fined him Tk one lakh for killing a teenage girl after rape.
 arrow Empower local govts
Speakers at a seminar on 'Union Parishad and rural Development' on Tuesday urged the government to strengthen local government bodies for rural development.
 arrow 'Rapist' released by police
Satkhira Jan 26: An alleged rapist caught by people and handed over to police on Sunday night, was released by police on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Good governance and human rights
The mass killings in 1971 made Bangladesh the symbol of how an entire people could become the victim of human rights violations. It affected world conscience.
 arrow A right and an investment
“To be educated means ... I will not only be able to help myself, but also my family, my country, my people.
Culturearrow 'Music lovers are more attracted towards Tagore songs now'--Adity
The melodious singer Adity Mohsin is all set to make a mark in the sphere of Tagore songs (Rabindra Sangeet).
 arrow Kirti Jain: Establishing indigenous theatre in World drama
There is a general belief that theatre was introduced in the Indian subcontinent during British rule. However, it is apparent that they are not well versed about our rich tradition.
 arrow Suchitra Sen: A paragon of beauty
In the space of a few seconds a range of a dozen emotions could flicker across a silent close-up of Suchitra Sen's face. She was one of the great silently emotive actresses of Bangla cinema.
 arrow The Aviator tops the list with 11 nominations
Hollywood had a wide-open race on Tuesday as Oscar nominations pitted two powerful dramas by veterans Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood against the charm of films about wine tasting, Peter Pan and Ray
Generalarrow Raise voice against India's river-linking project
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday urged members of the civil society to raise their voice against India's river-linking project that would adversely affect Bangladesh's environment
 arrow Both BNP, AL fail to run country: Ershad
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad yesterday said both the Awami League and the BNP have failed to run the country and achieve any progress in the last 14 years of their rule.
 arrow 28 rescued while being trafficked to India
BDR yesterday rescued 28 people, including 14 women, when they were being trafficked to India through the Sadipur border.
 arrow Siddartha's accomplice held with pistol in Keraniganj
Police arrested a criminal along with a pistol at Nazirbag area of the upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow FM shocked at Indian temple deaths
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday expressed deep condolences at the loss of lives caused by fire and stampede at the Mandhradevi temple in Maharastra in India.
 arrow ISD gets American accreditation
International School Dhaka (ISD) has been awarded accreditation by the prestigious New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), says a press release.
 arrow UNHCR lauds govt steps for welfare of Rohingyas
Representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) here Christopher BC Lee has lauded the efforts of the government to ensure welfare of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
 arrow 2 muggers held in port city
Two muggers were caught red-handed while mugging an army personnel in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Trader killed in road accident in Manikganj
A vegetable trader was killed in a road accident at Tepra bus stand on Dhaka- Paturia highway yesterday.
The victim was identified as Moksed Ali, 48, of Maniknagar village under Shivalaya upazila.

Internationalarrow Search for missing at India's temple stampede scene
Dazed relatives on Wednesday searched for near and dear ones missing after a stampede at a hilltop Hindu hill shrine in Maharashtra killed at least 340 pilgrims, mostly women and children, and hundreds
 arrow Israel sets diplomacy with Palestinians
Israeli and Palestinian officials held talks Wednesday aimed at arranging a summit between their two leaders, as they resumed ties for the first time since Mahmud Abbas took over as Palestinian Authority
 arrow Prayers, fear, anguish in affected countries
Indonesian schoolchildren wept and prayed for thousands of missing classmates as debris-littered schools reopened in devastated Aceh province on Wednesday, a month after the Asian tsunami.
 arrow India honours widow of murdered Australian missionary
India Wednesday conferred a prestigious civilian honour on Australian Gladys Staines, a social worker and widow of missionary Graham Staines who was killed by a Hindu mob along with their two sons in1999.
 arrow World leaders to mark 60 years of liberation of Nazi camp
World leaders began converging on southern Poland for two days of emotional events marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the biggest Nazi death camp, Ausch-witz-Birkenau, where more than one
 arrow Bush seeks $80b for military operations
President Bush on Tuesday asked for more than $80 billion in new funding for military operations this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, shattering initial cost estimates and pushing the total for both conflicts
 arrow Saddam eligible, but can not vote for technical reasons: Report
Saddam Hussein and his senior aides detained in Iraq have the right to vote in Sunday's elections but they cannot cast their ballots for technical reasons, an election official was quoted as saying Wednesday.
 arrow Saddam eligible, but can not vote for technical reasons: Report
Saddam Hussein and his senior aides detained in Iraq have the right to vote in Sunday's elections but they cannot cast their ballots for technical reasons, an election official was quoted as saying Wednesday.
 arrow Tigers recruited 40 child soldiers since tsunamis: UNICEF
Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka's coastline and killed nearly 31,000 people, the United Nations children's fund said Wednesday.
 arrow Annan questioned in oil-for-food probe
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was on Tuesday questioned for a third time by the commission investigating the scandal-tainted Iraq oil-for-food program, a UN spokesman said.
 arrow Britons freed from Guantanamo face more questioning
UK anti-terror police are expected to begin questioning four Britons released from US custody at Guantanamo Bay.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Plight of women
If the results of the survey carried out by various human rights groups on spousal abuse are anything to go by, then it is indeed a very grim picture of the state of women in our country.
 arrow Editorial: Handling Nipah syndrome
Every time we are hit with a calamity or an epidemic-like situation, inadequacies in our capacity to tackle them are badly exposed.
 arrow Spreading 'freedom and democracy'... Are you serious Mr. President?
It is indeed an excellent idea and also a universal aspiration that tyranny is not allowed to go unchecked and that freedom and democracy prevail upon the face of the earth pervading all nations and peoples.
 arrow A troubled state but not without welcome changes
PAKISTAN Foreign Minister Kurshid Kasuri is not too happy with the progress of the composite dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad.
Letters to Editorarrow RAB and law and order
Kindly allow me to ventilate my views on the above subject through the columns of your esteemed daily.After putting RAB into operation law and order in the country has improved tremendously.
 arrow The enthusiasm of Eid-ul Azha
The enthusiasm of Eid-ul Azha touches everyone regardless of class, gender or age. Insofar as the economic affordability is concerned, everyone's dream is not always fulfilled.
 arrow No crossfire, please!
We should not give a hoot when we see another criminal getting caught in Rab's crossfire.
 arrow Blurred image
For months now, your newspaper has written about the government's failure to protect the Ahmediyya community of Bangladesh from harassment.
 arrow Do we need Rab?
To Cantara Wali Ruhi. Suppose you are a young man living in Bashabo. Your name is Munna. There lives a criminal next door whose name is also Munna. Rab showed up one evening to look for Munna, the criminal.
 arrow BRTC buses
There are so many routes in which the BRTC buses are not allowed to ply which is detrimental to BRTC and its operation. Thanks to the chairman of BRTC for giving an idea of BRTC's financial position.
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