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Front Pagearrow Khaleda talks of administrative deficiencies
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said despite administrative deficiencies the government took instant actions after the January 27 grenade attack that killed former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria
 arrow Democracy in death bed
Democracy now lies mortally ill under intensive care, with the Jatiya Sangsad supposed to be the principal venue of democratic practices turned into a commercial body, the elite of the country's civil
 arrow Southwest Khulna waterlogged
Situated in an area highly vulnerable to the ravages of global climate change, the southwestern part of Bangladesh has fallen victim since 2000 to the ill effects of waterlogging, forcing local inhabitants
 arrow Taskforce for duty cut
In a bid to keep rice prices stable, a national taskforce on essential prices at a meeting yesterday recommended a temporary withdrawal of import duties on rice.
 arrow Farm subsidy lost to fertiliser prices
The ruling BNP's grassroots leaders yesterday told party high-ups that the Tk 600-crore agricultural subsidy did not yield any positive results as fair prices of fertilisers and seeds were not ensured
 arrow Call money rate rebounds to 64pc
The call money rate yesterday jumped as high as to 64 percent amid an allegation that a section of the foreign and private commercial banks are manipulating the market.
 arrow Body to screen Bac staff for ACC inclusion
The investigation officers of the pending corruption cases filed by the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) will be attached temporarily to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to carry on the
 arrow 3 more killed in 'crossfire'
A youth with a long criminal record and two outlawed leaders were killed, while six others, including four law enforcers, were injured in 'crossfire' incidents in the capital, Jhenidah, and Rajbari yesterday.
 arrow Burnt to ashes...

 arrow Hamas, Jihad disown Abbas-Sharon truce
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Mahmud Abbas were both facing threats to their authority Wednesday after agreeing at a landmark Middle East summit to end four years of bloodshed.
 arrow Rice urges Europe to get tougher on Iran
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged European allies yesterday to get tougher with Iran, highlighting continuing policy differences despite her call for a new chapter in transatlantic relations.
 arrow Cops wait for clearance to press sedition charge
A magistrate court yesterday granted police 15 days for filing a fresh sedition case against the self-proclaimed Shahadat-e-Al Hiqma chief Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja.
 arrow Minister denies rice shortage
Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday said there is no shortage of rice in the country.
"The country has now a stock of six lakh metric tons (MT) of rice andwheat.

 arrow 3 Bangladeshi cattle traders lynched in West Bengal
Three Bangladeshi cattle traders were lynched by a mob after an Indian national was shot dead by miscreants on Tuesday night at village Nekuadah in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India, according
 arrow No official move from India yet
Bangladesh yesterday said it has not received any official communication whatsoever about India's reported willingness to hold the stalled Saarc summit in Dhaka in April.
 arrow Detectives quizz AL leader
Intelligence men are quizzing an Awami League (AL) union unit leader picked up Monday in connection with the January 27 Habiganj carnage.
Sources said Zahedur Rahman Zahid, general secretary of No.

 arrow Saifur leaves today on EC mission for positive impression
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman goes abroad today on a 11-day trip during which he will visit the European Commission (EC) headquarters to promote trade agendas and to make a positive political
 arrow Foreign ministry denies Ottawa mission issued passport to Noor
The foreign ministry yesterday said the Bangladesh mission in Ottawa has not issued any passport to Noor Chowdhury as claimed by the political secretary to the Awami League president.
 arrow 6-day security blanket on Shaheed Minar
The Central Shaheed Minar will be brought under stringent security measures for six days from February 18 to observe the International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Protesting ban on Jatras

 arrow JCD leaders sued for defamation
The president of Jubo League yesterday filed a criminal case against the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) president, general secretary and six other leaders for making defamatory and provocative statements
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg JCD leader
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested and seized arms from the possession of Rashedun Nabi Khan Biplob, a listed criminal and former president of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Chittagong Medical
 arrow Extortionist injured in accidental bomb blast
A member of a group of alleged extortionists was injured as a bomb exploded in his pocket while they were running away after wounding two businessmen by blasting bombs in Lalbagh of the Old City yesterday.
 arrow India to hold talks with neighbours
India's cabinet yesterday gave the green light for the oil ministry to hold talks with Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan on securing gas supplies for energy-starved India, aminister
 arrow Herald Tribune slates Indian decision
The International Herald Tribune (IHT) in its Hong Kong edition has criticised India for its last moment decision not to attend the 13th Saarc summit that was scheduled for February 6-7 in Dhaka.
 arrow Nepal king faces legal challenge
Nepal's King Gyanendra was facing mounting opposition yesterday from a legal challenge and planned street protests as top lawyers said his emergency rule was against the spirit of the constitution.
 arrow 30,000 jute mill staff form human chain
Over 30,000 workers of eight jute mills in the Khulna-Jessore industrial belt formed a human chain along Jessore Road and BIDC Road in Khulna City from 10:30am to 11:30am yesterday to press home an eight-point
Businessarrow Knitwear sees good days for costly China apparels
Bangladesh's knitwear export sees bright prospect following the price hike of Chinese apparels in the quota-free market.
 arrow Bangladesh badly needs to diversify exports
Bangladesh must find newer avenues of exports to keep its economy rotating and remain competitive in the global market, said speakers at a seminar in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Pran Agro Industrial Park opens in Natore
Bangladesh's first-ever agro-industrial zone, Pran Agro Industrial Park, was inaugurated in Natore on Tuesday.
 arrow Atab polls on March 24
The election of the executive committee of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) for the 2005-07 term will be held on March 24.
 arrow ICC-B lauds G-7 decision to relieve the poor of debt burden
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) has lauded the G-7 decision to relieve the developing countries of their debt burden.
 arrow India likely to allow more FDI in retail, real estate sector
India is likely to firm up its policy on allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in its booming retail and real estate sector in the next couple of months.
 arrow Tea prices keep soaring
Prices of tea kept soaring as the weekly auction witnessed an upbeat trend here on Tuesday.
 arrow Pakistan, Lanka sign FTA
Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed a free trade agreement yesterday and called for an early meeting of a South Asian summit, which was postponed after India withdrew.
 arrow IDLC launches asset-backed zero coupon bonds
Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Ltd (IDLC) recently launched asset-backed zero coupon bonds worth Tk 190 million.
 arrow Mercantile Co-operative Bank running as per law
Dhaka Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd is running its business as per cooperatives law, which permits it to use the word 'bank' in its nameplate, said Abu Zafar Chowdhury, chairman of the bank.
 arrow Developing states clash at WTO farm talks
Developing countries, who are usually allies in world farms negotiations, are split over the preferential treatment that some get when exporting agricultural goods to rich states, trade sources said on
 arrow Pakistan seeks refined, raw sugar trade
Pakistani authorities will tender to buy 150,000 tonnes of duty-free refined sugar and are scouting to import about 50,000 tonnes of raw sugar, US and European trade sources said on Tuesday.
 arrow Indian budget airline orders 10 Boeing planes
US aerospace giant Boeing has received an order for 10 of its 737-800 passenger jets worth 630 million dollars from new Indian budget airline Spicejet, a company statement said Wednesday.
 arrow UN body to monitor garment factories in Cambodia
The UN's labour body announced Wednesday it was expanding its monitoring of garment factories under a project aimed at improving labour standards in one of the world's poorest economies.
 arrow Hewlett-Packard CEO steps down
Hewlett-Packard Co on Wednesday said Chairman and Chief Executive Carly Fiorina has stepped down, effective immediately.
 arrow CRISL to carry out credit rating of BFIC
The Credit Rating Information and Services Ltd (CRISL) will carry out the credit rating of Bangladesh Finance and Investment Co (BFIC) Ltd.
 arrow ADB needs to change to meet region's needs: Bank chief
The Asian Development Bank needs to change and be more flexible if it is to satisfy the diverse needs of its members, according to its new president Haruhiko Kuroda.
 arrow Emirates flies to Sydney via Bangkok
Emirates is going to start its thrice-a-week flights from Dubai to Sydney via Bangkok from March 29.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Himel breeze on Day 2
Golam Rahman Himel composed the first century of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League when the Sylhet opener struck an unbeaten 110 against Dhaka on the second day of their opening four-day match
 arrow Football's return to BNS on Mar 9
Football will return to the Bangabandhu National Stadium with an AFC Cup match between Brothers Union Club and Nisa FC of Turkmenistan on March 9.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib's misery mounts
Top Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar suffered a new setback in his battle to regain fitness for Pakistan's rapidly approaching tour of India when his trainers left the country Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher to stay in Eng
England coach Duncan Fletcher said on Tuesday he was happy in his job and would not be applying for the soon-to-be advertised position as South Africa coach.
 arrow Chess: Parag retains jr title
Mehdi Hasan Parag retained his crown when he shared points with national sub-junior champion Shamima Akhter Liza in the ninth and final round of the BASIC Bank 26th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship
 arrow Cricket: BCB not on the web yet
In this era of information technology, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is still without an official website.
 arrow Football: Slovenian coach interests BFF
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF)'s quest to find a foreign coach for the national team has gathered momentum.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors awaiting Naimur's reply
National selectors are waiting for an official reply from former Bangla-desh captain Naimur Rahman whether he will join the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI squad for the Duleep Trophy in India.
 arrow PM to give away National Sports Award today
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will distribute the National Sports Award 2004 today at the International Conference Centre at her office.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Club beat Abahani Krira Chakra by 25 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Gaibandha CC scored 192-8 in 45 overs after opting to bat first.

 arrow Cricket: Jagannath Hall in last eight
Jagannath Hall moved into the quarterfinals of Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman Gold Cup Cricket Tournament with a nine-wicket win over Surya Sen Hall in the opening match at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Farashganj blank Bachelor
Farashganj Sporting Club got off to a fine start in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League when they inflicted a 5-0 defeat on Bachelor Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Sonargaon Cricketers and Eskaton Sabuj Sangha won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket League at different venues yesterday.
 arrow Football: A lesson in samba
Brazil began their year in sublime form as they crushed Hong Kong 7-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: North undone at last minute
Japan snatched a dramatic last-gasp victory against North Korea with a goal in injury-time to begin their final qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup with a 2-1 victory here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Uzbeks hold Saudis
Hosts Uzbekistan came back from the dead with an injury time equaliser to draw 1-1 with Saudi Arabia in their opening Asian Zone qualifying Group A match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: South Korea freeze Kuwait
South Korea made light of sub-zero temperatures to defeat Kuwait 2-0 in Group A of the final Asian qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'There are more Hoyzers’
Disgraced German referee Robert Hoyzer said on Tuesday he was ashamed of himself for fixing matches for money and warned that the ongoing investigation would stir up a hornet's nest for many others.
 arrow Football: British MPs for betting crackdown
British lawmakers have called for tough new measures to crack down on corruption in sports-related betting.
 arrow Football: The gutsy worst team
They've won just six games in three years, are lucky if 100 people turn up to watch their weekly trials while the players earn the princely sum of 20 pounds each.
 arrow Football: Police probe threats against Glazer
Manchester Police have launched an investigation into threats against Malcolm Glazer and the Manchester United board by a supporters group opposed to the American tycoon's attempts to take over the club.
 arrow Football: PSG get ex-player as coach
Beleagured Paris St Germain have turned to former player Laurent Fournier after sacking coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow It's high time to conserve tropical forest: Tariqul
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said it is high time to act on conservation of the tropical forest and bio-diversity of the country.
 arrow Govt to propose Joint Regional Institution to combat disasters
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said in parliament that the government has a plan to move a proposal at international level seeking to set up a Joint Regional Institution to combat disasters, including
 arrow Govt to modernise city waste management
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government has a plan for modernising the existing waste management system in the capital city.
 arrow CPA demolish 32 illegal structures
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday demolihed 32 illegal structures, including shops, on its land in the port city.
The structures were evicted from Jetty No.

 arrow 1,581 more held
Police arrested 1,581 people, including seven listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow A big boost to agro-based industry
It is something unheard before. An agro-based company in Joypurhat has signed a five-year contract with a Switzerland company to sell all its products before production begins.
 arrow More protests against bomb attack at Khulna Press Club
Journalists in Rangamati, Jessore and Rajbari on Tuesday protested Saturday's bomb attack at Khulna Press Club.
 arrow Ensure security of life
Speakers at a day-long workshop here have demanded security of life, ensured in the Constitution.
 arrow Private medical college closed in Rangpur
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in an order issued on February 1 closed the Northern Private Medical College in Rangpur due to alleged irregularities and mismanagement.
 arrow Launch fare up on Dhaka-Barisal route
Launch owners are realising enhanced fare on Dhaka-Barisal route.
 arrow BDR-BSF flag meeting held
A Company Commander level flag meeting between BDR and BSF was held at bordering Akhaura on Tuesday against the backdrop of BSF's failed attempt to raise barbed wire fence on the no mans land.
 arrow 8 get life for Kushtia schoolboy murder
The Speedy Trail Tribunal, Khulna on Tuesday sentenced eight persons to life term in school student Imon murder case in Kushtia.
The murder was committed on November 13, 2000.

 arrow Youth held for hunting deer
Forest officials arrested a youth with two unauthorised guns from Tengrakhal in Patharghata upazila in Barguna Monday night for hunting deer in the Sundarbans.
Point-Counterpointarrow Mails are bouncing from Kathmandu
Just as everyone was reeling from the shock of the fallout of the Kibria assassination episode, the situation turned grim in Nepal without anyone much noticing it.
Culturearrow The call of Gazir Pot
Shambhu Acharya can trace his interest in arts and crafts back to nine generations (450 years).
 arrow Nagorik Natyangan Drama Festival 2005
Aami Birangana Bolchhi, written by Dr Neelima Ibrahim, is an autobiography of a Birangana (woman war victim).
 arrow Panchashwar's tribute to Pratima and Geeta
In the busy, mechanised city life of today, there is little time for traditional Bangla cultural pursuits. Among them is Jalsa (musical soiree), which is fast losing its popularity.
 arrow Musical evening at Biswa Sahitya Kendra
Satyajit Ray Film Society organised a solo music recital Eki Shonar Aloy Jibon Bhoriey Diley by an upcoming artiste Sayma Rahman Labonya at the Biswa Sahitya Kendra auditorium recently.
 arrow Five nominated acts will open Grammys
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards show will open with music acts that could give Live Aid a run for its money.
Generalarrow Maintain transparency in service-oriented activities
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to strictly maintain transparency in welfare and service-oriented activities.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of female doctor
Mystery shrouds the death of a senior doctor at her residence in the capital yesterday, giving rise to suspicion that her former husband, also a physician, might have murdered her.
 arrow Defence counsels retract appeal for withdrawal of vokalatnama
Defence counsels of two of the accused in the Ahsanullah Master murder case on Tuesday said they are afraid that they would not get justice from the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1.
 arrow Hartals to create anarchy won't be allowed: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that any attempt to create anarchy in the name of hartal would not be allowed.
 arrow Khulna journos submit memo to PM, Babar
Khulna journalists yesterday submitted separate memoranda to the prime minister and state minister for home affairs demanding fair probe and punishment of the criminals responsible for Saturday's blast
 arrow AL condemns Karimganj murder
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has strongly condemned the government for implicating its 700 leaders and workers in Karimganj AL activist Nabi Hossain murder case.
 arrow One killed in road accident
One woman was killed and 20 others were injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Kotombapur under Chandina upazila in Comilla yesterday.
Internationalarrow Gunmen kill Iraqi journalist, seize govt official
Gunmen killed an Iraqi journalist working for a US-funded television network in Basra and seized a senior Interior Ministry official in Baghdad yesterday in the latest attacks following the historic Jan.
 arrow Gas blast kills 17 in Russian mine
A methane blast in a coal mine in southern Siberia killed 17 people early Wednesday, with nine others presumed to be still trapped underground, the Russian emergencies ministry said.
 arrow Accused in parliament attack shot in India
Syed Abul Rahman Geelani, the Delhi University teacher who was acquitted of involvement in the terrorist attack on Indian Parlia-ment, was stated to be out danger after undergoing an operation a day after
 arrow France, US proclaim new chapter in relations
France and the United States declared a "new chapter" in their rocky relationship, ending two years of feuding over Iraq with pledges of cooperation to help stabilize the Middle East.
 arrow China executed 650 ahead of 'New Year'
China, which puts more people to death than the rest of the world combined, has executed at least 650 in the two months leading up to the Lunar New Year, rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday.
 arrow Eta bomb hurts 31 in Madrid business park
At least 31 people were injured on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded in a business park near Madrid shortly after a phone alert on behalf of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, rescue services said.
 arrow Alleged Kuwaiti terror group leader dies in jail
The alleged ringleader of a terror group accused of attacking Americans and Kuwaiti security forces has died of heart failure while in prison, an Interior Ministry official said Wednesday.
 arrow Jammu-Kashmir highway remains closed for 3rd day
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for the third day on Wednesday with Meteorological office warning of avalanche along the highway in next two days, officials said.
 arrow US scholar defiant over 9/11 remarks
A University of Colorado professor under fire for comparing World Trade Center victims to a Nazi war criminal on Tuesday refused to apologize for his remarks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Middle East talks
We sincerely hope that the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, held under the auspices of Eqyptian President HosniMubarak
 arrow Editorial: Food poisoning in Ctg
The report from Chittagong that at least 72 people fell sick, after taking foods at a village restaurant is indeed cause for serious concern.
 arrow Stalled summit, dashed hopes
Bangladesh cannot be blamed for feeling upset about the postponement of the much- looked-forward-to annual summit of Saarc; twice postponed, this time it was not because of any act of God, but of man.
 arrow Small minds, big chairs
LALOO Prasad Yadav's body language is different this time. He does not have the touch of certainty which he exuded in the last three elections in Bihar from 1990.
Letters to Editorarrow Attack on AL meeting
The January 27 news of the deadly attack on Awami League meeting at Habiganj and death of Shah Kibria and others were most unfortunate.
 arrow Nipah alert!
Now it is confirmed that Nipah a viral disease causing encephalitis has once again attacked Bangladesh.
 arrow Murky politics
There was an attack on an AL rally last year, and then the terrorists have eliminated SAMS Kibria, one of the most respected and honest politicians of the country.
 arrow Land grabbing
If wealth and property are kept unguarded, the thieves will steal those.
 arrow Kibria's death and hartal
We are really watching something very unfortunate in the political arena.
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