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Front Pagearrow ACC to take in all Bac staff
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has once again taken a controversial decision to temporarily take in all regular staff of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) violating the ACC Act and
 arrow Donors rethink aid strategy for rise in militancy
For the first time in Bangladesh's history, donors are sitting in Washington in a high profile meet to take some serious decisions on their aid strategy against the backdrop of their heightening concerns
 arrow Documents of another case against JMJB men missing
Documents of yet another case involving Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) operatives have gone missing.
 arrow An RU teacher with a long militant track
The controversial Rajshahi University teacher Dr Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib was associated with a number of radical Islamist organisations in Pakistan, India and the Middle East, and he also secretly
 arrow Chopper controversy
Mystery shrouds as to why no helicopter was sent to bring Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former finance minister SAMS Kibria to Dhaka from Habiganj on the night of January 27 as his life might have been
 arrow WB concerned over attacks on NGOs
The World Bank (WB) yesterday deplored and expressed deep concerns at the recent bomb attacks on Grameen Bank and Brac offices, which Grameen Bank's managing director considers a bad omen for the country.
 arrow Seven grenades found in Savar, Khulna
Six live grenades and 16 rifle bullets were recovered from a paddy field in Botiaghata upazila in Khulna, while law-enforcers seized a hand grenade from the house of a drug-peddler in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Kibria family reiterates demand for FBI probe
The family of late SAMS Kibria yesterday reiterated its demand that the government invite immediately the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure a transparent investigation into the Habiganj
 arrow Open rice sale starts
To counteract the spiralling rice prices, the government yesterday launched a two-month Open Market Sale (OMS) programme of the staple food across the country at a subsidised rate.
 arrow A political party hatching conspiracy, says PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said a political party is hatching conspiracy against the country with the support of its foreign allies, and urged people to identify and resist the conspirators.
 arrow Quorum crisis plagues JS
Amidst an acute quorum crisis, the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) sitting yesterday began half an hour behind schedule at 5:00 pm with only 43 lawmakers present in the House.
 arrow National ID card for citizens on cards
The government is planning to introduce for every citizen a multipurpose national identity card with photograph and fingerprint.
 arrow Premier Bank in loan controversy
Premier Bank faces another financial scandal as it has been found that a huge amount of loans has been sanctioned to the relatives of its chairman HBM Iqbal, using fictitious names and addresses of non-existent
 arrow Frequent hartals disrupt academic calendars
Frequent hartals would upset the academic calendars of all educational institutions, apprehend teachers, students and their guardians alike.
 arrow CRR reduced to stabilise taka
The central bank yesterday raised the statutory Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) by 0.5 percent to 4.5 per cent in a bid to stablise taka against dollar and to ease import pressure.
 arrow Oli's gunman kills 'mugger'
An alleged mugger was killed and another injured when the gunman of BNP leader Col (retd) Oli Ahmed, MP, opened fire on a gang that intercepted a taxicab he boarded on Tongi Diversion Road in Tejgaonlast
 arrow 14 to get Ekushey Padak
The government has decided to award "Ekushey Padak-2005" to 14 personalities in recognition of their contributions to respective fields.
 arrow 11 to die for killing a couple
A court here yesterday sentenced 11 people to death for killing a couple at Sonarchar village in Meghna upazila of the district three years ago.
 arrow Probe team gets 2 more weeks
The government has extended by two weeks the tenure of the probe body on the January 27 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj.
 arrow ASP's bail prayer rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of former additional superintendent of police in Khulna Mofazzel Hossain, who was arrested on Wednesday at city's Moham-madpur area.
 arrow 10 Workers Party men hurt in cop clubbing
At least 10 activists of Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) were hurt in police baton-charges after their conference at Muktangan was thwarted by an unscheduled rally of ruling BNP's cultural wing.
 arrow PBCP threatens to blast grenade at Ekushey fair
Panic seized the town of Kushtia yesterday evening after the Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP), in a fax sent to authorities, threatened to launch a grenade attack on Ekhushey fair in Kushtia University
Businessarrow Tifa to lead to FTA between US, Bangladesh
Signing Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) between Bangladesh and the United States would lead to striking a deal on free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries, the US Ambassador
 arrow Loan-classification rules tightened
The central bank has tightened loan-classification regulations under which loan repayments overdue for three months will have to be shifted to 'special mentioned accounts' of the banks.
 arrow 71pc turnout in BGMEA polls
Election of the executive committee of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) was held yesterday in its Dhaka and Chittagong offices with 71 percent turnout of voters.
 arrow DSE gets new leaders
Md Shahiq Khan was elected president of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday.
Md Feroz Khan and Ahmad Rashid were elected senior vice-president and vice-president of DSE respectively.

 arrow DCCI plans to hold S Asian meet on SMEs
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) plans to organise a South Asian ministerial meeting on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow Indian private sector sees trade opportunity
Indian private sector sees major trade opportunity with the Kyoto Protocol going into force requiring industrialised countries to reduce their emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
 arrow Myanmar gas woos investors
Politically and economically isolated for more than a decade, Myanmar is being thrown a lifeline by its Asian neighbours, which are jostling to spend billions of dollars to tap the country's energy resources.
 arrow Tata seals NatSteel purchase
Indian steel giant Tata Steel completed its 486.4 million Singapore dollar (297 million US) purchase of Singapore's NatSteel Asia on Thursday, paving the way for a major expansion throughout the AsiaPacific.
 arrow Bank holidays on Sunday, Monday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on the occasion of Muharram (Ashura) on Sunday and Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day on Monday, said a release.
 arrow Huawei wins $187m contract in Thailand
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company, has been awarded with a US$ 187 million contract to install Thailand's nationwide CDMA2000 3G expansion network.
 arrow Europe prepared to do business with Bush
Europe will be all ears next week when George W Bush stages the first overseas trip of his second term to learn whether the US president means what he says about reaching out to old allies.
 arrow Hyundai Motor, Pohang Steel plan to set up plants in India
In signs of South Korean multinationals' growing confidence in India market, carmaker Hyundai Motor Corporation and steel major Pohang Steel Company (POSCO) have proposed to set up plants here.
 arrow Saarc fails to make enough progress on economic front
President of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) said when Asean, Apec and several other regional blocs have made significant changes in the lives of their peoples, the Saarc has notbeen
 arrow China's foreign trade jumps 33pc in January
China's foreign trade remained on the fast track in the first month of 2005 after the country grew into the third largest trader worldwide last year.
 arrow CRAB holds first AGM
The first annual general meeting (AGM) of Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd (CRAB) was held in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow IMF gives Zimbabwe one last chance
The International Monetary Fund Wednesday gave Zimbabwe one last chance to meet its obligations before being expelled from the international lending organization.
 arrow G7 growth sharply lower than expected in Q4: OECD
OECD chief economist Jean-Philippe Cotis said on Thursday that growth in G7 countries was running at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the last quarter of last year.
 arrow New chairman of First Security Bank
Md Saiful Alam, a leading industrialist, took over as chairman of First Security Bank Ltd yesterday.
 arrow Oil extends gains above $48
Oil prices added to strong gains yesterday, spurred by persistent Opec talk of a cut in supplies ahead of the second quarter that could drain healthy US stockpiles before summer.
Sportsarrow Cricket: The Kolkata solution?
India's cricket board on Thursday accepted a Pakistani request to change one Test venue but said its neighbour's first cricket tour across the border in six years may still be delayed by continuing disputes
 arrow Cricket: Nazimuddin’s day
Nazimuddin smashed the first double hundred of the season as his unbeaten 204 put Chittagong in the driving seat against visiting Sylhet on Day Two of their National Cricket League match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tasty starter
Ricky Ponting and Michael Kasprowicz revelled in the spotlight as Australia out-slogged and out-thought New Zealand to win the first Twenty20 cricket international by 44 runs here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Mani rules out two-tier Tests
Less than a week after the ICC seemed to suggest that it was prepared to consider reducing the number of matches involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Ehsan Mani, the ICC's president, has said that weaker
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya puts record straight
Jagmohan Dalmiya has declared that he has no interests in matters regarding sponsorships and TV rights.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly for county return
Sourav Ganguly clearly has more pressing matters on his mind at present, but according to an interview in the launch edition of Spin magazine, which is published on Thursday, once the India-Pakistan Test
 arrow Tennis: India's new idol
Hundreds of cheering fans jostled past a bewildered guard into a stadium in India last Saturday for the final of a women's tennis tournament.
 arrow Tennis: Federer back on track
World number one Roger Federer enjoyed a winning return following his Australian Open misery beating qualifier Bohdan Ulihrach 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rolls into qtrs
Top seed Andy Roddick eased into the quarterfinals of the ATP side of the men's and women's tennis tournaments playing here on Wednesday with a straight-set victory over France's Arnaud Clement.
 arrow Cricket: Wari's worries increase
Wari Club's bid to escape relegation from the First Division Cricket League suffered a big blow when they suffered a one-wicket defeat against Lalmatia Club in a last-ball thriller at the BangabandhuNational
 arrow Cricket: First Ashes, then honeymoon
Andrew Flintoff is so determined to lead England's attempt to regain the Ashes this summer he has agreed to postpone his honeymoon.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Bangladesh Sporting Club blanked Mukta Bihanga 2-0 in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League in yesterday's lone match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Hockey: Qamar flies home
Bangladesh's hockey coach Qamar Ibrahim left for Pakistan yesterday after a two-week stint in Dhaka.
 arrow Chess: Hasan loses solo lead
Hasan Imam lost solo lead in the 31st National Chess Championship qualifiers when he drew with Aminul Islam in the sixth round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib fined
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been fined $500 for breach of contract during the recent tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Munshipara Krira Sangstha defeated Gaibandha Cricket Club by five wickets in the First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh to set up Cricket City
Former Australian Test captain Steve Waugh will further strengthen his ties with the city of Kolkata by setting up a Cricket City in Rajarhat New Town, on the outskirts of the metropolis.
 arrow Football: United's wealth unparalleled
Manchester United, battling a 790 million-pound takeover bid by US tycoon Malcolm Glazer, has retained its position as the world's wealthiest football club, a survey published Thursday showed.
 arrow Football: Ajax, Germans happier
Dutch giants Ajax deservedly beat French side Auxerre 1-0 but their win was marred by a racist banner that greeted the visitors' Ivory Coast striker Bonaventure Kalou on Wednesday in their UEFA Cup third
 arrow Football: 'Divers' irk Keane
Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has hit out at 'diving' in the Premiership and insists it's a problem which is getting worse.
 arrow Football: Hoyzer-gate spreads to Europe
The Robert Hoyzer match-fixing scandal has now spread from Germany to Greece with football's governing body UEFA confirming Wednesday they are investigating a UEFA Cup match between Panionios and Dinamo
 arrow Football: Ronaldo injures toe at engagement bash!
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo is doubtful for Saturday's league match against Athletic Bilbao after returning from his lavish Valentine's Day engagement party in Paris with an injury to his toe.
 arrow Football: Dortmund in the red
Six-time German champions Borussia Dortmund, the only Bundesliga club floated on the stock market, are on the brink of financial ruin it was confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Diego says he's holidaying
Diego Maradona insisted that his visit to the Caribbean city of Cartagena was for nothing more than a holiday and asked to be left in peace on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kluivert vows to bounce back
Dutch international striker Patrick Kluivert has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by Newcastle boss Graeme Souness by resurrecting his career with the English Premiership side.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters-Venus showdown
Former world number one Kim Clijsters continued her winning return from injury with a 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 victory against Russian fifth-seed Nadia Petrova on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Moody eyeing England job
Australian Tom Moody wants to be in the running for the England coaching job when Duncan Fletcher steps down.
Fletcher has a rolling contract but there is speculation the Ashes could be his last series.

 arrow Cricket: Croft involved in car crash
Former England off-spinner Robert Croft spent the Tuesday night in hospital in Swansea, after the car he was driving was involved in a motorway collision with a lorry.
 arrow Cricket: Katich back to Rose Bowl
English county cricket side Hampshire confirmed Wednesday they have signed Australian Test batsman Simon Katich for next season.
Point-Counterpointarrow Chattak blow-out
The recorded history of the Chattak (West) gas field shows that it had a gas reserve of 1.9 trillion cubic feet (tcf) with recoverable reserves of 1.
Culturearrow Beyond Books
As Amar Ekushey draws closer, we have been reminded of the necessity to close ranks against divisive forces.
 arrow Hridoye Mati O Manush celebrates first anniversary
Only a few of the country's TV programmes have a history of revival.
 arrow Chilekothar Sepai
On the closing day of the drama festival arranged by Udichi, the troupe staged Chilekothar Sepai on February 17, at Mahila Samity Stage.
 arrow Sisimpur : A new attraction on TV for children
Sisimpur, a new educational TV series for children, was unveiled on the production floor of Film Development Corporation (FDC) yesterday afternoon, according to a press release.
Generalarrow DU students continue protest against bomb attack
Students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday continued their protest against the Monday's bomb attack on a Valentine's Day crowd and demanded immediate arrest of and punishment to the culprits.
 arrow Parents demand judicial probe
The parents of a student of Mymensingh Girls' Cadet College yesterday demanded judicial probe into the death of their daughter.
 arrow 'Influential people occupy 88 percent khas land'
While half of the country's total households are landless, only 6.2 percent own 40 percent of the total land, said the experts at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 'Anti-liberation forces out to destroy spirit of Language Movement'
Anti-liberation forces are out to destroy the spirit of Language Movement in their bid to establish a state based on religion, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow JCD assaults 8 BCL men at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists assaulted eight Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) workers on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday as they requested the teachers not to take classes
 arrow Former envoys condemn Kibria killing
The Association of Former Foreign Service Officers of Bangladesh expressed deep shock at the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and demanded an independent, credible and transparent investigation
 arrow People urged to contribute to tsunami fund by Feb 28
The response to an appeal made by leading representatives of the civil society on January 18 for raising funds for the tsunami victims has been extremely generous, says a press release.
 arrow 3-yr-old girl dies in road accident
A three-year-old girl was killed when a speeding minibus ran over her in the city's Badda area yesterday morning.
Editorialarrow Editorial: It's an attack on progress
The bombs attacks on Brac and Grameen Bank offices were tell-tale attempts at destroying anything that stood for progress, modernity, empowerment of women and the like.
 arrow Editorial: Passage between Kashmirs
The agreement to begin the long-awaited bus link across the line of control between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir is undoubtedly a significant development.
 arrow Message from New Delhi
Make no mistake about it. The recent policy address given by Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran on February 14 was a message aimed principally at Bangladesh.
 arrow Life sentence for death
The night was long and restless until it faded at dawn, and he woke up with a start when the cry of a rooster seared the earth, like a shriek of pain speaking of a new day being born.
 arrow Inducting honest men in Parliament is a far cry
Though not a foolproof system democracy is held as the best available form of governance. The incumbents are chosen by the people which is a democratic process.
Letters to Editorarrow Where is the glory ?
February is the month of pride as well as mourning for the Bengalee nation, when our forefathers gave us something glorious. We needed an independent country, whose dream led them to fight in the battlefield.
 arrow Whom shall we trust ?
Whom shall we trust ? the government version of the political and religious situation in Bangladesh or the one given by the local as well as the world media? We were told by the government high-ups in
 arrow River linking project
Recently it has been widely reported in the media that India is going to implement the river linking project. It's a very grave issue for Bangladesh.
 arrow Oscar Night
This is a response to the letter by Muftah Wali on 26 January. Yes, finally there is someone who thought about not being able to watch the Oscars live while the whole world can see it.
 arrow How about a Bangladeshi idol?
Recently, a satellite TV show "Indian Idol" has been capturing the hearts of many Bangladeshi viewers. It is about getting India's best singer (who can prove to be a good performer as well).
 arrow ACC
People with a negative mindset were very much skeptic about ACC's proper functioning.
 arrow Playing with fire?
The government should look around and take lessons from civil war affected countries. Mr. Kibria's murder can take Bangladesh to a very explosive situation, unless the "real" culprits are caught andpunished.
 arrow Thai PM
Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury is clearly very excited about the re-election of Thaksin Shinawatra. Mr.
 arrow A peaceful programme
After seeing their posters all over Dhaka, I decided to go to Baitul Mukarram and watch their activity as an outsider. I was simply amazed. I have never seen a demonstration like this.
 arrow To BAS authorities..
I am a young scientific officer of the largest research organisation in the country.
 arrow A tolerant country
I'm very proud to be a Bangladeshi! As our country is known as a moderate one, time has come to show the world how moderate we are.
 arrow Brave heart
Your special correspondent's front page news item (DS: Feb 09) is indeed a moving and praise worthy write-up on the uncommon bravery and fellow feeling shown by a very common man! It will be nice ifyour
 arrow Where is humanity?
Are we human beings? Can we claim this with our heart being tormented by scenes of brutal news about the poor people, who work in our homes just to earn their livelihood.
 arrow Rab
I'm not an expert on crime and the government response to it . But still I can realise the importance and necessity of Rab.
 arrow Curriculum of English medium schools
Recently I have felt that the English medium schools (EMS) are putting a lot of pressure on the pupils of the junior section.
 arrow Strange things
I've lived most of my life in Saudi Arabia. I'm sixteen and I've just come back here with my family. I've been noticing a lot of weird things on the news lately.
Worldarrow 'Syrian behavior harmful'
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld charged Wednesday that Syria's behavior is "harmful" to US efforts to stabilise Iraq and establish a democracy while Damascus and Tehran vowed "united front" against
 arrow Knesset gives final nod to Gaza pullout
Israel's parliament agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $900 million in compensation to 9,000 Jewish settlers who will be uprooted when Israel pulls out of the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
 arrow Amnesty urges world powers to suspend military aid to Nepal
Human rights group Amnesty International Thursday called on the United States, Britain and India to suspend military aid to Nepal after King Gyanendra's seizure of power and declaration of emergency rule.
 arrow Bill introduced in US Congress to restore ties with Taiwan
A bipartisan resolution was introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives demanding resumption of diplomatic ties with Taiwan in a move certain to upset China and embarrass the Bush administration.
 arrow Nepal's media 'suffocated': Media group
Nepal's media has been "suffocated" through a climate of fear and self-censorship since King Gyanendra seized power, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said yesterday.
 arrow Islamic terrorism tops US security risks
Islamic extremists, including the al-Qaeda network, remain a potent US security threat, the director of the CIA told US a Senate panel Wednesday, as he outlined potential dangers to US interests around
 arrow Security for Kashmir bus service looms as key problem
Passenger security will be a major issue as Pakistan and India finalise arrangements for a historic bus service between their zones of volatile Kashmir, officials and analysts said yesterday.
 arrow Rebels haunt elected Kashmiri officials
Terrified of rebel reprisals, some newly elected municipal councillors in Indian Kashmir are quitting and apologising to the Islamic militants for contesting the first civic elections in 27 years.
 arrow Iraqi politician kidnapped
Armed men kidnapped an official of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's party while two US soldiers, four Iraqi policemen and 8 Iraqis were killed in violence north of Baghdad, security sources said yesterday.
 arrow Taslima Nasreen seeks Indian citizenship
After ten years in self-imposed exile from Bangladesh, controversial writer Taslima Nasreen yesterday sought Indian citizenship saying she "dreams of living in West Bengal where I feel at home.
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