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Front Pagearrow Brac, Grameen Bank under bomb attack
Eight people -- six employees of Brac and two of Grameen Bank -- have been injured in identical bomb attacks on two Brac offices and a branch of the bank since Sunday, while three grenades were recovered
 arrow FBI probe help in stalemate
Lack of clarity of what Bangladesh government wants and refusal of US government to involve itself without clear terms of reference (ToR) have created a stalemate in FBI's investigation into the January
 arrow RU teacher with 'militant link' operates in 42 districts
The Rajshahi University teacher with suspected 'militant links' visited Afghanistan, Pakistan and India several times during 1998-2002, using both fake and legal travel documents, intelligence sources
 arrow Bogra case docket disappears
The docket of the case filed against three Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) operatives went missing after an arrestee made a confessional statement on February 14 about a regional leader and his
 arrow PM says atmosphere investment-friendly
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the country is likely to get a total investment to the tune of $8 billion by local and foreign entrepreneurs in the current and the next fiscal years, thanksto
 arrow Reaz talks FBI help with Rocca
Political and trade relations as well as requested assistance of the FBI figured prominently in the official talks between Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reaz Rahman and Assistant Secretary
 arrow Additional SP of Khulna arrested
The additional superintendent of police of Khulna, closed on Tuesday for allegedly harbouring an outlawed party operative, was arrested yesterday night.
 arrow EU parliament members worried at Bangladesh's political violence
Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have expressed concern over the recent spurt in political violence and deterioration of law and order situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow PM reaffirms stance against terrorism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed her government's commitment to establishing international peace and security, and said Bangladesh's stand against all sorts of terrorism is clear.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon to finalise road link
Myanmar Foreign Minister (FM) Nyan Win will come to Dhaka on February 24 for giving final endorsement to the project of the proposed road link between Dhaka and Yangon.
 arrow Khulna Rab on high alert as outlaws gets united to hit back
Rapid Action Battalion-6 (Rab-6) has been put on high alert in the wake of reports that all the 12 outlawed organisations in southwestern region have united on a '20-point action programme' to avengethe
 arrow Japanese medical giant signs up with Grameen Bank for hospitals
Japan's largest medical chain will build two new hospitals in Bangladesh to grab a share of the estimated $330 million now spent annually on overseas health care, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Sit-in of 73 73-yr-olds
Seventy-three 73-year-old people representing the age of slain Awami League lawmaker SAMS Kibria yesterday observed a silent sit-in in front of his Dhanmondi house in the capital.
 arrow 6 die in bus accident
Six people died and 25 others were injured when a bus hit roadside trees on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Muljan in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow HC asks govt why case against Partha should not be quashed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings of the lower court that indicted Shaibal Saha Partha for threatening the life of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina through
 arrow Powerful blast near Iran's nuclear site
Iranian state television sent ripples through world financial markets on Wednesday after it reported a powerful explosion near the town of Dailam, about 100 miles from the oil state's only nuclear power
 arrow Rice sale under OMS starts today
The government launches today the Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice across the country through 11,888 dealers.
 arrow BGMEA polls formality today
Garment manufacturers and exporters today elect their new leadership in a unique way as all the contesting panels have already reached a consensus on the directors who will take charge of the BGMEA for
 arrow Another AL leader arrested
Police yesterday arrested another Habiganj Awami League (AL) leader in connection with the January 27 grenade carnage at an AL rally that killed former finance minister SAMS Kibria and four others.
 arrow DU strike enforced
A strike was enforced at Dhaka University yesterday ahead of another strike at all educational institutions in the country today at the call of six opposition-backed student organisations demanding immediate
 arrow BB to seek Rab help to check money laundering
Bangladesh Bank (BB) will seek home ministry help to include Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in anti-money laundering taskforce to check monetary crimes.
 arrow HC gives Hasina 6 weeks for hearing
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted six weeks' time to Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and others for hearing the petitions to quash the graft cases against them pending with the lower court.
 arrow Khulna outlaw confesses to his role in bomb attack
Outlaw Swadhin of Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddho faction yesterday made a judicial confession of his involvement in bomb attack on Khulna Bureau chief of Dainik Jugantor Dip Azad on
Businessarrow Dhaka urges Congressmen to back free market access bill
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday urged American Congressmen to back a bill in US Congress seeking duty-free market access of products from Bangladesh and 13 other least developed countries (LDCs)
 arrow Bangladesh's economic gains not adequately appreciated
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has told the leaders in European Parliament that the achievements of the Bangladesh economy, despite tremendous odds, are not often adequately appreciated.
 arrow Prospect of shrimp brightens further as fry export begins
Prospect of Bangladeshi shrimps brightens further as a local company yesterday started exporting fry to India.
 arrow Reverse declining trend in German aid to Bangladesh
Bangladesh yesterday requested Germany to reverse the declining trend in German assistance to this country, given its investment needs and international obligations to the Millenium Development Goals(MDG).
 arrow Indian firm to explore gas retailing business in Bangladesh
State-owned Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has signed an agreement with Bangladesh's Spectra International Limited to explore the possibilities of joint cooperation in compressed natural gas (CNG)
 arrow BGMEA election today
The biennial election of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for the 2005-06 term will be held today.
 arrow Bangla-Denmark joint venture launched
AdPeople, a subsidiary of PeopleGroup of Denmark, and Adcomm Ltd of Bangladesh jointly launched GraphicPeople, an export-oriented firm which will work on desktop publishing and pre-press printing.
 arrow GP corporate users to get stock report thru' SMS
GrameenPhone's corporate subscribers will receive information such as sales report and stock report through SMS.
 arrow StanChart posts 39pc rise in annual profits
Standard Chartered, the British-based emerging markets bank, posted a 39-percent rise in annual pretax profits Wednesday and said its recent acquisition, Korea First Bank, would be an engine driving the
 arrow Italy plans $1.17b food processing park in India
A consortium of Italian firms plans to build a 900-million-euro (1.17-billion-dollar) high-tech food processing park in India, an Italian minister said Wednesday.
 arrow World Bank cool on interim WTO deal's gains
Far from being a landmark, a recent deal reviving free-trade talks would yield only a fraction of the potential gains that would flow from removing all barriers to global commerce, a top World Bank economist
 arrow China budget deficit to fall in 2005
China's 2005 budget deficit will amount to some two percent of gross domestic product or 300 billion yuan (36 billion dollars), down from a budgeted deficit of 319 billion yuan in both 2003 and 2004,state
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sizzling Shahadat
The country's fastest bowler Shaha-dat Hossain Rajib tore through Zimbabwe A to effect an exciting 50-run victory for Bangladesh A in the first Test at Bulawayo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A vintage Mehrab
Go slow was the motto of defending champions Dhaka on the opening day of their four-day match against Barisal yesterday but elsewhere there was no such restrained approach from Khulna and Sylhet.
 arrow Cricket: Indian tour in danger?
Pakistan's first cricket tour of India in six years could be under threat if a row over venues is not resolved within the next two days, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'England will be ready for Ashes'
England cricket vice-captain Mar-cus Trescothick has insisted the side will be fully fit and mentally fresh for the visit of Australia later this year.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi appetiser today
New Zealand and Australia square off in a Twenty20 cricket match here Thursday, using the new rapid-fire form of the game to try to ignite interest in their upcoming series which includes five one-day
 arrow Cricket: BCB XI's training begins
The short training camp of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI, that will take part in the Duleep Trophy competition, began yesterday at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Shiv Sena acts hurt Imran
Former cricket great Imran Khan Tuesday deplored attempts by a group of Hindu hardliners to spoil a Test pitch in a bid to disrupt Pakistan's forthcoming tour of India.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters back with bang
Former world number one Kim Clijsters has celebrated her long-awaited return from a serious wrist injury with a demolition job against Croatia's Jelena Kostanic in the Antwerp Open first round.
 arrow Football: Teams to receive appearance fees
The tournament committee of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup football has decided to give appearance fees to all the 23 participants.
"We have decided to give participation money to the all the teams.

 arrow Hockey: Shishu Kishore, Bachelor win
Shishu Kishore Sangha and Bachelor SC won their respective matches in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nabin Sangha relegated
Nabin Sangha were relegation from First Division League when they suffered a 53-run defeat to Jatrabari Krira Chakra at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Nobody from BFF attended Munna's qul
Former national football captain Monem Munna's qulkhwani was held at the Suhrawardy Club premises adjacent to his residence here yesterday.
Munna's father Hassan Ali led the prayers.

 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi volleyball
Khulna qualified for the final round of the Pepsi inter-district volleyball championship as zonal champions after beating Kushtia 3-1 in the final at the Chuadanga Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Hasan leader
Hasan Imam took solo lead in the qualifying phase of the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship with maximum points at the end of the fifth round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet double
Sylhet enjoyed double delight on the third day of the Cricket Carnival at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Annual sports
Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam House and Dr Muhammad Shahidullah House finished joint champions in the annual sports competition of the BAF Shaheen College on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Abahani Krira Chakra defeated GKSP by 84 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: A 3-page Venus
Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue hit the American newsstands Tuesday with Olympians such as Australian basketball hero Lauren Jackson being pictured along with American tennis star Venus Williams.
 arrow Football: Africa salutes Eto'o again
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was named African Footballer of the Year for the second consecutive time here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: All for a noble cause
A Ronaldinho XI saw off a side captained by Andrei Shevchenko 6-3 in FIFA's Football For Hope benefit match held here Tuesday which raised up to three million dollars for the tsunami disaster.
 arrow Football: Kaiser not pleased
Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, claims the German Football Federa-tion's (DFB) decision to appoint two presidents has backfired leaving Germany's World Cup organisation
 arrow Football: 'Fixed' game to be replayed
One of the games at the centre of the German match-fixing scandal is to be replayed, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rooney is welcome
Everton deny they will target Wayne Rooney if he makes a Goodison Park return against Everton in Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie.
 arrow Football: Foreigners are fine
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood says critics of French manager Arsene Wenger's decision to field a squad without one Englishman have got to face the facts of modern football.
 arrow Football: Maradona on weight-loss mission?
One of Diego Maradona's doctors has denied reports that the former Argentina captain has undergone liposuction surgery to make him thinner.
Metropolitanarrow People urged to fight back fundamentalist forces
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called upon the people to fight back the fundamentalist forces as they have become a threat to the spirit of the liberation war.
 arrow Resist hartal, anarchy, says Mannan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the professional groups to resist the politics of hartal and terrorism.
 arrow Bus hits rickshaw in city: one killed
A passenger bus hit a rickshwa at Paltan in the city yesterday, killing a woman.
Forty-year-old Morshuda Begum died on the spot.

Nationalarrow River shape changing, bridge threatened
Illegal sand lifting from Meghna and Titas riverbeds in Shahbajpur, Nabinagar, Asuganj and Brahmanbaria sadar upazila areas is changing the shape of rivers, increasing erosion and possibility of moreflooding.
 arrow Piracy forces fishermen to give up fishing
Piracy of fishing trawlers by organised gangs is going on unabated in the Meghna estuary and coastal areas of Bay of Bengal, making fishing risky.
 arrow My daughter was murdered
Father of Sharmila Shahrin Polin, 18, whose death raised a controversy, on Tuesday claimed that her daughter was killed.
He demanded a probe by the army.

 arrow Tk 12.98 cr uplift projects for Moulvibazar town
Moulvibazar town dwellers await implementation of a massive development work which will provide them basic civic amenities including supply of safe water.
 arrow Cases against 900 fishermen in Tamujuddin
Two separate cases were lodged on Tuesday in connection with fishermen's attack on the Upazila Nirbahi Officer's office and the police station in Char Tamujuddin on the previous day for steps to stoppiracy
 arrow 3 newsmen threatened in Moulvibazar
Three journalists in Moulvibazar were threatened in cell phone messages on Monday.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader expelled for 'snatching'
Two Jubo Dal leaders of its Kaliganj upazila unit in Jhenidah district have been expelled from the party for their alleged involvement in snatching money from a Jessore businessman.
 arrow Slow progress in investigation deplored
Journalists on Tuesday at a condolence meeting held at Khulna Press Club deplored slow progress in the investigation of journalist Belal murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow Chattak blow-out
In the early morning of January 8, the quiet that enveloped the villagers of Doarabazar in Sunamganj was suddenly shattered by a doomsday like blow-out.
 arrow America uses women to torture Muslim prisoners
America used to pride itself in not torturing prisoners.
 arrow Taksin's victory may enhance Thai-Bangladesh interaction
Taksin Shinawatra's easy win for a second term as prime minister in Thailand is significant in the context of strengthening democratic pattern of government in southeast Asia, where representative character
 arrow Keep fit -- make the right choice
All health information to keep you up to date
We need to take the right track and train to reach a proper destination. Similarly to get fit we need to aim for our proper weight target.

Culturearrow A world of wondrous works
Saju Gallery's recent group exhibition boasted of more than 100 paintings by reputed artists.
 arrow Competition builds up in theatre venues
Mahila Samity goes back a long way. For decades it has been the most popular theatre venue of the country despite several technical shortcomings.
 arrow Celebrating love with music at Words n Pages
"If music be the food of love then play on," said Shakespeare, though a little uncertain as to which of the two elements he was talking about, namely love or music.
 arrow Pancakes from Tommy Miah
Today Tommy Miah and his chefs from the Heritage Restaurant will launch Pancake Month.
 arrow BBC Bengali rediscovers Dhaka
What springs to your mind when you think of Dhaka?
That's the question the BBC Bengali service is putting to its listeners as part of the weeklong My Dhaka series which launches on February

Generalarrow 18 promoted as secretaries
The government in a move to fill up the vacuum at the highest posts in the civil administration yesterday elevated 18 additional secretaries to the post of full-fledged secretary, an official notification
 arrow One-third children drop out
At least one-third of the children, enrolled in primary education, dropped out before completing the five-year compulsory education, experts at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Govt to provide free books under Tk 400cr project
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday told parliament that the government would provide free books under a Tk 400 crore 'Reaching Out-of-School Children' programme.
 arrow Bill to discourage early marriage placed in JS
An amendment bill was introduced in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday, seeking to make marriage registration compulsory and to discourage early marriage.
 arrow Padatik Ekushey programme
Padatik Natya Sangsad will hold a day-long cultural function on February 21 to mark the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day.
 arrow DU Kha unit admission test now on Mar 18
The admission test under 'Kha' unit (arts group) of Dhaka University will now be held on March 18 instead of tomorrow.
 arrow CDA bulldozes 100 unauthorised structures in Ctg
The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) bulldozed over one hundred unauthorised makeshift fruit shops, timber and grocery shops in Bahodderhat intersection area in the city during a daylong drive yesterday.
 arrow 24 shanties, 4 godowns gutted in Ctg
Twenty-four thatched houses and four godowns were gutted in a fire in the city yesterday.
 arrow Get-together
The annual get-together of the alumni of 1965-69 batch of Dhaka University will be held on March 18, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Anti-Syrian protests mark Hariri's funeral
Tens of thousands of Lebanese, many chanting anti-Syrian slogans, marched Wednesday in the funeral procession of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, killed in a bombing opposition leaders blame onDamascus.
 arrow Pakistan, India agree on Kashmir bus
India and Pakistan agreed Wednesday to start a long-awaited bus link across the military frontier that divides Kashmir in a breakthrough for the peace process between the nuclear rivals.
 arrow US spying on nuke sites from space: Iran
The United States is using satellites to spy on Iran's nuclear sites, Iran's Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
 arrow Kyoto Protocol comes into force
A world plan to fight global warming went into force on Wednesday, feted by its backers as a lifeline for the planet but rejected as an economic straitjacket by the United States, the world's top polluter.
 arrow Iraq, Afghan war costs may exceed $300b
With military costs since Sept. 11, 2001, now expected to exceed $300 billion, the Pentagon is spending more per soldier to fight in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere than it did during earlier conflicts.
 arrow Italian hostage pleads for troop pullout from Iraq
Insurgents released a tape on Wednesday showing an Italian journalist seized in Baghdad earlier this month pleading for her life and calling on foreign forces to withdraw.
 arrow Police hunt for new Diana clues
British investigators have spent the night using high-tech equipment to map the site where Princess Diana died and to gather information for her inquest.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Saran's bombshell
We have to confess to having been taken by surprise by the recent address delivered by the Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.
 arrow Editorial: Police hamhandedness can't be condoned
The 36-hour hartal passed off rather peacefully, with no major incidents reported from anywhere in the country.
 arrow Shias in the driver's seat
The just announced election results in Iraq have put the Shias firmly in the driver's seat. The entire situation, though expected, is fraught with complications.
 arrow SAARC close to use-by date
The 13th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation - or SAARC - was due to meet February 6-7 in Dhaka. The meeting was "postponed" for the second time.
Letters to Editorarrow Things going wrong
We are hearing a lot about the moral degradation in the judiciary, which is in charge of establishing the rule of law.
 arrow 'Kyoto Protocol'
The controversial Kyoto Protocol is going to be an international law this week.
 arrow Queen Victoria's idea?
In the Monday, February 11 edition of your newspaper, there are various articles referring to Rab, crossfire,Ętraffic jams due to school openings and rickshaws.
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