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Front Pagearrow 2 police sergeants buy freedom for Tk 2 lakh
Two police sergeants allegedly abducted from Kafrul in the capital bought their freedom for Tk 2 lakh yesterday afternoon, 16 hours into their abduction.
 arrow ACC in new controversy
Constitution experts question the legality of the appointment of a former chief election commissioner (CEC) as the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) saying it has been done in violation
 arrow Walking miles for drops to drink
Six-year-old Chapala doesn't know the meaning of the terms, 'salinity' and 'arsenic'.
 arrow Immediate rice import okayed
The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved an immediate procurement of 132,500 metric tons (MT) of rice from home and abroad, amid a rapid depletion of government granaries and skyrocketing
 arrow FBI agent arrives
An FBI agent flew in Dhaka Wednesday evening, two days after the US ambassador had met with the prime minister in response to the government's request for FBI assistance in investigating the January 27
 arrow JS suffers worst quorum crisis
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday suffered the worst quorum crisis in the recent history that compelled the speaker to adjourn the House, thanks to a boycott by the main opposition Awami League (AL) and the
 arrow Tk 10cr gas burnt away in Tengratila
One billion cubic feet of gas, valued at approximately Tk 10 crore, was burned away in the Tengratila gas explosion accident in Sunamganj on January 8.
 arrow 12 killed, 50 hurt in road crashes
Twelve people died and 50 others were injured in road accidents in the capital and three districts yesterday and on Wednesday night.
 arrow Uneasy calm at PMO over show-cause
An uneasy calm is prevailing at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) over a show-cause notice on an assistant private secretary (APS) to the prime minister for abuse of power and massive corruption.
 arrow Govt creating confusion over FBI help
The family of slain Awami League lawmaker Shah AMS Kibria yesterday accused the government of creating confusion by erroneous statements on FBI assistance in investigating the gruesome killing.
 arrow Maoists launch major offensive against king
Five soldiers and at least one rebel were killed when Maoists launched their first major offensive since King Gyanendra seized power, attacking police posts and government buildings while human rights
 arrow Arrested main suspect killed in 'crossfire'
The prime suspect in Khagaria Union Parishad chairman murder case was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices at Satkania in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Biman accused of ill treatment to mentally challenged
The Biman Bangladesh Airlines crew allegedly mistreated a mentally challenged minor on a flight from London to Sylhet last year.
 arrow Saifur passes the buck on inflated import, fuel price
A high import cost of fuel and increased volume of imports led to the recent rise in exchange rate of US dollar with taka, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal for immediate arrest of Bangla Bhai
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded immediate arrest of 'Bangla Bhai', the self-styled commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh.
 arrow Govt grilled for farm loan irregularities
Ruling BNP lawmakers in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday came down heavily on the government for irregularities in disbursing agricultural loans to farmers.
 arrow Main accused shot dead
Abdur Rashid, the main accused in former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Momtaz Uddin murder case, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Lalpur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Ashura on Feb 20
The holy ashura will be observed in the country on February 20 as the moon of the first Hijri month Moharram was sighted yesterday.
 arrow BDB's hunger strike to back family's movement
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday observed a token hunger strike at slain former finance minister SAMS Kibria's house to show solidarity with his family's non-violent protest demanding justice.
 arrow Charles to marry Camilla
Britain's heir to the throne Prince Charles issued a surprise announ-cement on Thursday that he will marry his long-time lover Camilla Parker Bowles but ruled out ever crowning her queen.
 arrow Top Janajudhdha leader held
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night arrested the 'second-in-command' of Janajuddha (M-L) along with two of his accomplices at a club in city's Gulshan area.
  arrow Journalist belal in critical state
Rumours that journalist Sheikh Belal Uddin had succumbed to his injuries at the combined military hospital (CMH) were rife as his condition worsened yesterday.
 arrow Khulna AL leader gets death threat
Khulna city Awami League (AL) General Secretary Alhaj Mizanur Rahman Mizan received death threats twice in the last 48 hours from extremists who had earlier demanded Tk five lakh in toll from him.
 arrow Graft case against Tarique discharged
A Dhaka court yesterday discharged Tarique Rahman, ruling BNP's senior secretary general and Director of Dandy Dyeing Ltd, and four others in a graft case.
 arrow PM helps hartal victims
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday provided financial support and offered further assistance to the family members of those killed and those severely injured in the capital during hartals enforced by
 arrow 40 JMJB cadres remanded in Bagmara
Forty activists of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) were remanded for three days in connection with three cases filed recently for murders and attack on police in Bagmara.
Businessarrow Banglalink starts operations
Banglalink, owned by Egyptian giant Orascom Telecom, yesterday launched its commercial service by offering a prepaid mobile to mobile package.
 arrow Govt considering reform in energy, power
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday assured the World Bank (WB) of considering reform in energy and power sector, particularly redesigning the billing system blamed for a drain onrevenues.
 arrow Inter-bank call money rates drop to 40pc
The inter-bank call money rates yesterday slightly eased to 40 percent. However, the leasing companies borrowed money from banks at rates as high as 65 percent.
 arrow Citibank NA Bangladesh gets US State Department award
Citibank NA Bangladesh has received the US State Department's Corporate Excellence Award 2004 for its innovation, exemplary business practices and social responsibility in Bangladesh.
 arrow MCCI concerned at poor ADP implementation
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has expressed concern over poor implementation of annual development programme (ADP) and feared the trend will go on if strike continues to bea
 arrow Govt urged to launch nat'l debate on PRSP
As the PRSP preparation process is overlooking people's participation, an organisation campaigning for good governance has called for launching a national debate to incorporate new strategies.
 arrow Indian PM announces blueprint to woo foreign investment
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced a policy blueprint for foreign investment and governance which analysts on Thursday described as a wake-up call for his coalition allies.
 arrow Annisul Huq won't seek reelection for top BGMEA job
Incumbent President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Annisul Huq does not want to contest in the association's next election to be held on February 17.
 arrow Four-day Tangail saree exhibition at Drik Gallery from today
A four-day exhibition of Tangail saree will begin from today at Drik Gallery in Dhaka.
 arrow Brac Bank to enter credit card market
Brac Bank Ltd will issue credit card of MasterCard brand for its customers under the licence of Sampath Bank, Sri Lanka and with the processing facilities of Vanik Bangladesh Ltd.
 arrow Aktel extends pre-paid card validity period for limited time
Aktel has extended the validity period for its pre-paid refill cards for a limited period as part of its customer promotion activities.
 arrow Pakistan removes sugar import duty
Pakistan said Wednesday it has removed the import duty on raw and refined sugar, a major obstacle to meeting the country's shortfall in sugar and checking runaway prices.
 arrow China to grow 8pc for next five years
China's economy will grow by up to 8.0 percent annually over the next five years after logging 9.5 percent growth last year, a leading government economist said Thursday.
 arrow Lufthansa in takeover bid for Swiss airline
The German airline Lufthansa has reached an informal arrangement with executives at Swiss International Air Lines that could lead to a takeover of the financially-troubled Swiss carrier within months,
 arrow Opec oil capacity set to rise one million bpd this year: IEA
Opec capacity to pump oil should rise by one million barrels a day this year, Chinese demand growth will slow sharply but Asian demand will remain strong, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Intriguing last day
Arafat Sunny's six-wicket haul enabled Dhaka Division to take a minimal first innings lead against Sylhet on Day Three of their first-round match of the Ispahanai Mirzapore Tea Sixth National CricketLeague
 arrow Cricket: SA take unbeatable lead
Kevin Pietersen hit England's fastest one-day international century but could not stop South Africa winning a high-scoring fifth limited-overs clash at Buffalo Park here Wed-nesday.
 arrow Cricket: Together for a noble cause
Test cricket leading wicket-taker Shane Warne of Australia and Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan have buried their spin rivalry for a worthy cause -- raising funds for tsunami survivors.
 arrow PM distributes Nat'l Sports Awards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need for immediate formulation of sports guidelines keeping in mind that there is no alternative to adopt a co-ordinated plan and implement it to achieve
 arrow Cricket: Waugh's money on India
India received a shot in the arm before the home cricket series against Pakistan, with legendary former Australian captain Steve Waugh saying the hosts start as firm favourites.
 arrow Cricket: End of Lehmann?
Veteran batsman Darren Lehmann was omitted Thursday from Australia's one-day squad to tour New Zealand, putting the future of the 35-year-old cricketer's international career in serious doubt.
 arrow Cricket: See you in Ashes: Flintoff
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has promised he will be fit in time for the forthcoming Ashes series against world champions Australia.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI still in disorder
Pakistan's first Test tour of India in over six years is mired in confusion and controversy with only two weeks to go for its planned start.
 arrow Cricket: Bid to damage Mohali pitch thwarted
Right-wing Hindu activists opposed to Pakistan's cricket tour of India were arrested on Thursday while making an unsuccessful attempt to damage the pitch at one of the match venues.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to consider Pakistan's plea
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday it would consider a request by Pakistan for using two neutral umpires in one-day internationals.
 arrow Football: Fed Cup 1st phase ends March 5
The qualifying phase of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup will end on March 5.
 arrow Chess: National Chess qualifiers from tomorrow
The qualifying rounds of the Marcantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship begin tomorrow at the BCF hall-room.
 arrow Cricket: Test venue row may go upto govt level
The Pakistani and Indian governments will get involved if cricket chiefs cannot sort out a row over venues for Pakistan's first tour over the border in six years, an official said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Lalmatia
Lalmatia Club recorded a convincing nine-wicket win over Prantik KC in yesterday's First Division Cricket League at the BKSP ground in Savar.
 arrow Hockey: Full marks to Wanderers
Dhaka Wanderers Club managed a solitary goal victory over Combined SC in the Green Delta Metropolis First Division Hockey at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gorsthanpara Krira Sangstha defeated Sepient Sporting Club by 27 runs in First Division Cricket League at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Gorsthanpara batted first and scored 128 all out in 46.1 overs.

 arrow Cricket: UCB defends quota policy
United Cricket Board (UCB) of South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola has moved to end speculation that South African cricket is losing top players because it is politically driven.
 arrow Football: Zagorakis Greece's hero
Euro 2004 champions Greece kept their hopes alive of making the 2006 World Cup finals as inspired by fever-ridden captain Theo Zagorakis' first goal in over 100 appearances they saw off Denmark 2-1 on
 arrow Football: Robinho says it's Real
Brazil striker Robinho for the first time acknowledged he received an offer to play for Real Madrid, local media reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: North win hearts
North Korea have vowed to keep on attacking hard for a place in the World Cup after a 40-year absence, unperturbed by a nail-biting 2-1 loss away to Asian champions and political enemies Japan.
 arrow Football: Points go to Van Basten
Sven-Goran Eriksson is coming up to his fourth anniversary with England. Marco van Basten has been in charge of the Dutch team just over six months.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo hires private jet for mates
Brazil's World Cup star Ronaldo was reported Thursday to have hired a private jet to fly his Real Madrid team-mates to a French chateau for his Valentine's Day wedding to Brazilian model Daniela Cicarelli.
 arrow Football: Rookies fire Italy
Alberto Gilardino and Simone Barone scored after coming on as second-half substitutes to give Italy a 2-0 win over Russia in a lively international friendly here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann wants Kahn out?
West Germany's 1974 World Cup winner Sepp Maier claims German national coach Jurgen Klinsmann is determined to oust goalkeeper Oliver Kahn from the national team.
 arrow Football: USA, Mexico on course
Regional powers the United States and Mexico signaled their intentions with valuable away wins on Wednesday as the final round of 2006 World Cup qualifying began in the North and Central America and Caribbean
 arrow Football: Bahrain hold Iran
Iranian goalkeeper Ibrahim Mirzapour played a blinder to see the Asian giants to a 0-0 draw against Bahrain in their opening 2006 World Cup finals second stage qualifier here on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Administration shouldn't remain indifferent
The grisly killing of SAMS Kibria -- a top intellectual, a high profile diplomat, a statesman-cum-politician, an ex-Finance Minister of Bangladesh and most notably an ardent advocate of human rights--
 arrow Quebec, Bangladesh and UDI
The guide's voice quivered as he pointed out from the 31st floor of the observation centre to the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City on the banks of the river St.
 arrow When backache returns
All health information to keep you up to date
Many people at some stage in their life suffer from back pain.

Culturearrow Ekushey Book Fair
The annual Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2005 (Ekushey Boimela) is on at the Bangla Academy premises.
Easel Prokashon has published a unique poster featuring the Martyrs of Ekushey.

 arrow Nagorik Natyangan Drama Festival 2005
There are numerous stage adaptations of Tagore's literary works. Recently Shekhor Samaddar has dramatised Rabindranath Tagore's novel Chaar Adhyay.
 arrow Udichi drama festival begins today
February is a busy time in the city's cultural calendar. Every year cultural organisations arrange events commemorating the month of our Language Movement.
 arrow A call for unity
With the modern pursuit for a greater meaning of life, several questions crop up: How deeply do we care about our common future? How do we actually make a positive difference? These were the few questions
 arrow Shobha's legacy continues....
Padma Bhushan Shobha Gurtu, the undisputed queen of thumri captivated millions of fans worldwide.
 arrow Keanu Reeves battles evil again in Constantine
Keanu Reeves just wants to do good.
Generalarrow Wage movement for professional freedom
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the journalists to wage a movement for professional freedom and expression of their opinion.
 arrow 'Awareness a must for proper waste disposal'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the people's participation and awareness as the main vehicle for proper primary waste disposal.
 arrow WB threatens to stop fund
Banning rickshaws in the capital seems to have stumbled after the World Bank has threatened that it will not fund the programme unless the affected rickshawpullers are offered with safety-net schemesand
 arrow 2 BNP men remanded
Two ruling BNP activists arrested in connection with the January 27 Habiganj grenade carnage were placed on a five-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Mindset of women a major obstacle
The major obstacle to addressing domestic violence is the traditional mindset of women who believe the physical and mental torture they face at the family level is justified, said women's rights activists
 arrow Over 600 held in Bagerhat on gunrunning tip
Police arrested more than 600 people on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in three upazilas of Bagerhat on the basis of an intelligence report saying a big consignment of firearms and explosives were smuggled
 arrow JCD president, secretary, 6 others sued
Liakat Sikder, president of bangladesh Chhatra League, yesterday filed a criminal case against the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) president, general secretary and six other leaders for making defamatory
 arrow No progress in investigation
Police here could not make any progress in the investigation into the Khulna Press Club attack case.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University authorities have postponed all examinations scheduled for February 14 and 15 under its course and traditional systems, except for Post-graduate Medical Science and Research Faculty, due
 arrow Khulna journos stage sit-in
Khulna journalists staged sit-in on the press club premises from 11:30am to 12:30pm yesterday protesting bomb attacks on Monday night that left four newsmen injured.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Deficiencies in administration
We are happy to note the admission by the Prime Minister of the deficiencies in her administration in taking appropriate action in the wake of the bomb attack on SAMS Kibria.
 arrow Editorial: ADP not meeting target
Only 29 percent of the current Annual Development Project (ADP) has been implemented according to the midterm review of the projects.
 arrow Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late
I have been out of the country for a few weeks which is why I am coming to the killing of Shah AMS Kibria so late. Nevertheless, I think that the tragic incident is of such importance and Mr.
 arrow Straws in the wind
I must be as prickly as the porcupines, because people get upset if I say anything. I know people, who draw fat salaries but cannot write a correct sentence.
 arrow The world at Davos
Symbolically, but in a representative way that has no equal, the world assembles at Davos, Switzerland during the last week of January every year.
Letters to Editorarrow Congratulations, Mr. Thaksin
The Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, a multi millionaire telecom tycoon, and the head of "Thai Loves Thai Party" had a landslide victory in 2005 elections. Mr.
 arrow The killer general
A few days ago some US Lt. general named James Mattis commented in a conference that "It is fun to shoot some people". And by that "some people" he meant the people of Afghanistan.
 arrow Cricket and Bangabandu Stadium
Cricket is the most popular game in Bangladesh. The historic wins in both the ODI and Test series over Zimbabwe once again geared up the cricket loving nation.
 arrow Government or 'gobornment' ?
Please write in Bangla the word government, instead of gobornment.
 arrow Agriculturist graduates and Agrani Bank
A good number of agriculturist graduates having 4 years B.Sc. (Hons) degree offered by Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, are working as officers at the Agrani Bank.
 arrow For a democratic order...
At the beginning of the 21st century we are embracing the omnipotent enlightenment of democratic ideas. The days of monarchical traditions are over.
 arrow "To banish rickshaws or not.."
This is a follow-up to my earlier letter titled, "To banish rickshaws or not..
 arrow Saarc summit
India's pulling out of Saarc summit is indeed deplorable and unwarranted as described by the Bangladesh foreign secretary. India's decision not to attend simply shows their attitude towards the forum.
 arrow Police 'excesses'
I was appalled to read Sabrina's letter. Being stopped and told that two persons of the opposite gender cannot be together after 10:00pm is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
 arrow Bangla Bhai, where are you?
Starting from the TIME magazine to the local newspapers, Bangla Bhai is a name found regularly now-a-days.
 arrow Stadiums misused
It is a common phenomenon to hold public meetings in playing grounds. Now the politicians have moved a step ahead to hold those meetings in stadiums.
 arrow Tigers roared triumphantly!
Our Tigers roared triumphantly adding something new in the record book of ODI cricket!
When they registered their maiden ODI series win against Zimbabwe at the Bangabandhu Stadium on 31st January,

 arrow An appeal to UGC
Recently, the University Grants Commission has blacklisted some private universities on account of not maintaining the rules and regulations imposed by the commission that put the future of thousandsof
 arrow Postponement of Saarc summit
Dhaka city dwellers were astonished to hear the news of postponement of Saarc summit due to the unwillingness of the India prime minister to attend it.
 arrow Tale of Bangladesh
I find it amazing to see letters from people expressing concerns about how the recent events will portray Bangladesh globally.
 arrow SAMS Kibria
First, I would like to unequivocally condemn the heinous killings of SAMS Kibria and others in Habiganj on January 27.
Worldarrow South Asia: Political leaders freed but rights activists arrested in Nepal
Nepalese authorities yesterday freed seven political leaders detained when the king seized power last week but arrested 10 human rights activists staging an anti-monarchy rally, state radio and witnesses
 arrow South Asia: LTTE leaders may face travel ban
Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels have been reported to the UN Security Council for recruiting thousands of child soldiers and could face sanctions including a travel ban, a report said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmiris vote defying rebels' boycott call
Residents of Indian Kashmir defied rebel threats yesterday and voted in the latest round of civic polls, a day after militants killed a top contender for mayor of the region's biggest city.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan seeks US help to stop Afghan arms smuggling
Pakistan has approached US coalition forces in Afghanistan to stop the alleged smuggling of arms into its unstable southwest, which has been hit by a low-level tribal rebellion, an official said.
 arrow South Asia: Heavy rain, snow hit Pakistan: 33 killed
At least 33 people have died in heavy rain and snow across much of Pakistan and a week-long spell of bad weather shows no sign of letting up, officials and residents said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: US faces dilemma over Nepali king's power grab
The United States is facing a dilemma in Nepal: Freeze military and other aid to punish the king for stifling democracy or watch Maoist guerillas assume greater control of the Himalayan outpost.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistanis protest shifting of US consulate
Protesters in the violence-prone Pakistani city of Karachi called on the United States yesterday to change the proposed site of its new consulate, which is being moved after a series of attacks.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan steps up security for Muharram
Pakistan's security forces have been put on high alert on the eve of a Shia Muslim holy month amid fears that recent sectarian violence could spark a bloody new cycle of revenge, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: US ends Lankan tsunami mission
US marines have completed their tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka while troops from seven other nations were also scaling down their work and preparing to withdraw from the island, a defence official
 arrow Israeli-Palestinian talks postponed
Talks between Israeli and Palestin-ian negotiators yesterday to discuss the implementation of agreements reached at this week's Middle East peace summit have been shelved by Israel after a series of mortar
 arrow Iraq to close borders to thwart attacks
Iraq said yesterday it would seal its borders next week to prevent Shia pilgrims from flooding into the country, in the latest emergency measure intended to thwart insurgent violence.
 arrow N Korea to build more nukes
North Korea said yesterday it had manufactured nuclear weapons to protect itself against a US attack and that it was suspending its participation in multilateral talks aimed at dismantling its atomicprogrammes.
 arrow 9/11 report cites warnings about hijackings: NYT
US aviation officials failed to respo-nd to dozens of warnings of a possible threat to airliners months before the Sept.
 arrow Saudis start voting in landmark election
Saudi men started voting in municipal elections in the capital Riyadh yesterday, the first stage in an unprecedented nationwide vote in the absolute monarchy which is inching toward reform.
 arrow Khatami warns US of 'burning hell'
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami warned yesterday that any invader would be met by a "burning hell" as tens of thousands of people braved snow blizzards to join rallies for the anniversary of the 1979