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Front Pagearrow Peacekeepers' bodies brought home
A pall of gloom descended on the Zia International Airport last night when the bodies of the nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers, killed Friday in a militia ambush in Congo, were flown home.
 arrow Rajshahi SP helped Bangla Bhai to flee
The Rajshahi superintendent of police misused his power to back Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and even helped Bangla Bhai to flee, according to a cross section of public accounts, coupled with
 arrow Galib denies direct armed activities
While militant leader Asadullah Al Galib remains under interrogation at the joint interrogation cell (JIC) in Dhaka, three of his top aides were sent to Gopalganj yesterday for interrogation in a case
 arrow Dhaka's poor HR record worsens
Portraying a grim picture of Bangladesh's human rights condition, the US human rights report released yesterday says the government's "poor human rights record worsened, and the government continued to
 arrow 2 die, 160 hurt as Dhaka-bound train from Sylhet derails
Two persons were killed and at least 160 injured when a passenger train derailed near Kalishima under Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Delhi agrees to Dhaka's strings to gas pipeline
India has agreed to Bangladesh proposal to give it corridor access for Nepal and Bhutan's hydropower and trade of various commodities.
 arrow Chief whip's son arrested
Police last night arrested the son of Chief Whip Khondokar Delwar Hossain from near their house in Armanitola for ransacking a phone-fax shop and creating panic by opening fire.
 arrow 110 killed in Iraq car bomb carnage
A suicide bomber killed 110 people and wounded scores more yesterday when he blew up his car in the middle of a crowd outside a health clinic in central Iraq, in one of the deadliest attacks since the
 arrow Newspaper counsels say report did not undermine court
The newspaper reports on a High Court additional judge's alleged certificate tampering did not undermine the court, said the counsel for one of the two national dailies facing contempt charges for running
 arrow BNP MPs critical of spiralling food prices
The government yesterday came under severe criticism by a number of ruling BNP lawmakers for the failure to fulfil its election pledge to keep food prices low.
 arrow Malaysia launches crackdown today
Hundreds of Southeast Asian migrants gathered outside the UN office in Malaysia yesterday hoping to win temporary refugee status ahead of a crackdown on illegal immigrants while thousands of others went
 arrow Donors' interference in politics unwanted
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said he will raise objections to the World Bank about the recent donor meeting in Washington, which he termed an interference by the donors into the political
 arrow Overpriced water project gets Ecnec nod
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved a controversial water management development project without approving any specific budget for it as the Ecnec found the proposed
 arrow JS sessions start without quorum
It has become a regular feature that the speaker starts the day's proceedings in parliament without quorum, thanks to the absence of the main opposition Awami League lawmakers and the treasury bench members'
 arrow Four children accused in criminal case
Four children yesterday appeared before the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate, Chittagong for bail in a case filed against them along with their family members.
 arrow BSF kills two in Naogaon
Border Security Force gunned down two Bangladeshis near Shital border post in Patnitala upazila in Naogaon in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Mob beat police, snatch shotgun
An angry mob yesterday beat policemen and snatched away a shotgun with its bullets at Jaat Halida village under Gabtali upazila in the district.
 arrow Cabinet decides to form sixth wage board
The Cabinet at its regular meeting yesterday decided to constitute the sixth wage board to refix the salary, wage and other benefits of newspaper and news agency journalists, press workers and general
 arrow Lists of promotees to dy secy, jt secy posts finalised
The Superior Selection Board (SSB), the highest body to recommend promotion of officials under the civil administration, yesterday finalised the draft of lists for promotion to a large number of posts
 arrow No electoral alliance now
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad said his party has no plan to form electoral alliance with any major political party for the next general election.
 arrow 2 construction workers electrocuted
Two construction workers were electrocuted and five others seriously injured in Karwan Bazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two sisters slaughtered in Natore
Two sisters were slaughtered in Jolonda village in Boraigram upazila Sunday night allegedly by a youth as he failed to marry the elder one.
 arrow JS body fails to meet
The first meeting of a parliamentary sub-committee formed to make recommendations on how to raise lawmakers' privileges could not take place yesterday due to absence of a member.
 arrow Huda irked at finance's delay
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday expressed discontent with the finance ministry's 'delaying' the disbursement of funds under the Annual Development Programme (ADP).
 arrow HC rejects ex-IGP's petition
The High Court yesterday rejected the petition of former Inspector General of Police Shahudul Huq seeking for discharging the rule against him since he was no longer in service and the President had condoned
 arrow Bill passed to allow time extension
Elections to 45 reserved seats for women in parliament will have to be completed on or before March 7 this year according to a bill passed by the House last night.
Businessarrow Bangladesh missions up performance
Performance of Bangladeshi missions abroad in achieving export target has improved slightly with the number of dismal performers declining to 22 from 25.
 arrow India budget aims to reduce poverty, unemployment
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram yesterday presented Congress-led government's first full-fledged budget that stresses social sector reforms increasing allocations for employment generation and rural
 arrow Tk 7,058cr bank loans still unrealised: Moudud
Loans totaling Tk 7,058 crore, drawn from banks and financial institutions by different organisations and individuals, still remain unrealised, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Altaf leaves for Kenya to attend WTO conference
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury left for Nairobi yesterday to attend WTO Mini-Ministerial Conference beginning in the Kenyan City of Mombassa on Thursday.
 arrow IDLC, India's SBI Capital form strategic alliance
Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Ltd, a non-banking financial institution and merchant banker, has formed a strategic alliance with SBI Capital Markets Ltd, a subsidiary ofState
 arrow United Leasing recommends 60pc cash dividend, bonus share
United Leasing Company Ltd has recommended 60 percent cash dividend and 1:1 bonus share for its shareholders.
 arrow First AGM of buying house assoc held
The first annual general meeting of Bangladesh Garment Buying House Association was held in Dhaka on Sunday.
The AGM formed a 19-member executive committee (EC) to gear up the association's activities.

 arrow Int'l textile, RMG machinery fair begins today
A five-day international exposition of textile and garment machinery begins today at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow WEAB chief to attend business women forum in UAE
Nasreen Awal Mintoo, president of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) and chairperson of Saarc Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC), left Dhaka yesterday to attend 'The First Forum
 arrow Japan central bank chief sees low risk of slump
Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said Monday he does not expect the Japanese economy to fall into a serious downturn after contracting for most of 2004.
 arrow Samsung announces conservative business plan
Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory chip maker, announced a conservative business plan Monday, citing unfavorable market conditions such as the won's sharp appreciation against the dollarfor
 arrow Shell exploration within its waters: Malaysia
Malaysia on Monday rejected a protest from Indonesia for granting Shell an oil exploration concession in an area claimed by Jakarta, saying the bloc was within Malaysian territory.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'A' whitewash
An aggressive 162-run second wicket xartnership betwmen captain Shahriar Nafees Ahmel and Tushar Imran enabled Bangladesh A to complete a 3-0 series whitewash against Zimbabwe A at Ke Kwe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam's men cross the border
Pakistan's cricket team, captained by Inzamamul Haq, flew into India amid tight security for their first full tour across the border since 1999.
 arrow Cricket: BCB XI play Central Zone today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven's second outing in the Duleeep Trophy cricket competition has been shifted from Jaipur to the Indian Railways Stadium in Delhi where groundsmen are racing against
 arrow Cricket: John right for India?
When the dust settles on Pakistan series in India, Bob Woolmer might want to pick John Wright's brains about succeeding as a coach on the subcontinent.
 arrow Cricket: SA seal ODI series
Captain Graeme Smith hit his third century in seven matches as South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by 131 runs at Kingsmead on Sunday to register their second successive win in the series.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting to miss 4th ODI today
A niggling leg injury has forced Australia captain Ricky Ponting out of Tuesday's fourth one-day international against New Zealand in Wellington.
 arrow Tennis: Federer hattrick
Top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland bagged his third consecutive title at the one-million-dollar Dubai Open on Sunday when he beat Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.
 arrow Cricket: Dalai Lama won't be there
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will not inaugurate the opening match of Pakistan's cricket tour of India because the Pakistanis were unhappy with his attendance, it was announced on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Imran's recipe for success
Legendary Imran Khan has urged the India-bound Pakistan cricket team to play positive and aggressive while Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan advised the players to win the Indian hearts with their conduct
 arrow Cricket: Full bench to hear petition
The chamber judge of the appellate division of the Supreme Court referred the civil misalliance petition (CMP) for leave to appeal filed by Rafiqul Islam to the full bench for disposal yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF to mark it with a tourney
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to hold a Victory Day Gold Cup Football Tournament involving Premier and First Division clubs to mark the return of football permanently to the Bangabandhu
 arrow Football: Bidyut, Lajuk let off lightly
The players' status committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday brokered a truce between Muktijoddha and Abahani regarding the possession of Azmol Ahmed Biddyut and Zillur Rahman Lajuk.
 arrow Cricket: Mashud given 1-game ban
Rajshahi captain and Bangladesh wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud has been slapped with a one-match ban yesterday for showing dissent to an umpire during a third round National Cricket League match against Sylhet.
 arrow Football: Army, R'ganj enter semis
Bangladesh Army and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society were set to battle in the Group C semifinal of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup Football Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Second tsunami match cancelled
The second tsunami appeal cricket match, scheduled to be held in Kolkata in April, has been cancelled due to the expected hot weather in the eastern Indian metropolis, Asian cricket officials said.
 arrow Chess: Zia defeats Reefat
Reigning champion Grand Master Ziaur Rahman won his fourth round board against International Master Reefat Bin Sattar in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship at the federation hallroom
 arrow Cricket: Surrey name stand after Saqlain
Surrey have named a seating stand at The Oval after Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's first champagne moment
A week of turmoil ended in triumph for Chelsea as they came from behind to beat Liverpool 3-2 and win the League Cup, their first silverware under the management of Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Keane in court
Manchester United and Ireland football star Roy Keane grabbed a teenage boy round the neck, swore at him and swung a punch towards his face before stopping his fist at the last minute, a British court
 arrow Football: Kaka makes derby difference
Juventus and AC Milan remain neck and neck at the top of Italy's Serie A after they both recorded precious victories on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Australian state to include Bangla as second language
The government of New South Wales of Australia will include Bangla as a second language for HSC-level examinations.
 arrow BSMRAU convocation on March 6
The second convocation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) will be held on March 6 on the university campus.
 arrow IUB launches M Sc in Telecom Engineering
Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) launched M Sc in Telecommunication Engineering from the current Spring semester, says a press release.
 arrow 1,985 more held
Police arrested 1,985 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow BFIDC to sell out prime Kaptai unit
The Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation (BFIDC) is going to sell out the Karnaphuli Timber Extraction and Processing Unit, a prime project with about Tk 200 crore assets despite protests
 arrow Join tomorrow's Dhaka rally, intensify agitation
Awami league Presidium members Motia Chowdhury and Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir have said the sooner the government is dislodged, the better it is for the people.
 arrow AIDS awareness programmes held at RU
The Centre for Communication and Development (CCD) and Bangla-desh Anti AIDS Students Alliance (BASA) jointly organised a session of Baul songs (folk song) and held a drama at Rajshahi University station
 arrow Local govt leaders vow transparency
It was a different experience for the townspeople.
 arrow Netrakona AL virtually split
The rift in Netrakona Awami League has widened, making mid-level party workers frustrated at a time of hectic political activities by the party in the country.
 arrow Mujahidin involved in bomb attacks
Jamaatul Mujahidin has organisational network in Shaghata, Sundarganj and Sadullapur upazilas in Gaibandha district and was involved in bomb attacks in the district, according to confessions made by the
 arrow Uttara Project houses allotted amid tight security
Amid tight security, State Minister for Education Ehsanul Haque Milon yesterday inaugurated the Uttara Housing Project at Syedur, the largest such project in the country.
 arrow One more grenade recovered in Dinajpur
One more grenade and a locally-made shot gun were recovered from a paddy field at Mallicapur village in Pirganj upazila in Thakurgaon district on Sunday.
 arrow Cop's body recovered in Rangpur
Police recovered the body of a constable from a narrow lane beside New Cross Road in Guptapara area in Rangpur town Sunday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Save Baldah Garden
Recently a report on the famous Baldah Garden in Dhaka appeared in a section of the press. The report shocked many of us particularly those associated with teaching and research in the field of plantscience.
Culturearrow Magical moments of music
It was one of those rare events where folk and contemporary, mainly rock musicians shared the stage under the banner of B&H Ampfusion in Hotel Sheraton's Winter Garden.
 arrow " Once I was hanging midway between life and death" -- Farah
Farah Ruma is a promising model-turned-actress who has acted in a number of television plays, including serials and telefilms.
 arrow Kickin' up dust
Lorraine Barker, the Australian High Commissioner speaking at the Bengal Foundation, said, " The festival documentation brings to life the culture of the Australian aborigines.
 arrow Baby knocks out its contenders
Oscar voters chose to fight rather than switch allegiance when they gave their highest honours in ceremonies held Sunday night in Hollywood.
Generalarrow 'Take action against culprits'
The Save Environment Movement yesterday demanded punishment to the persons and organisations responsible for all launch disasters.
 arrow Moudud for publishing judicial inquiry report
The government is considering publishing the Joynul Abedin Judicial Inquiry Commission Report on the August 21 grenade attack on the Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city that left 22people,
 arrow PSC report submitted to President
Bangladesh Public Service Commission members yesterday told the President that preliminary findings showed that the allegation of recent leakage of BCS exam questions is "unfounded".
 arrow Tributes paid to Abdul Latif
Rich tributes were paid yesterday to Abdul Latif, noted folk singer, lyricist and language veteran, who died of old age complications in the city on February 26.
 arrow US puts world in danger: UK MP
Visiting British opposition lawmaker George Galloway yesterday said the United States is placing the whole world in danger.
 arrow Bonsai exhibition begins in city
It was an exhibition of Bonsai where fantasy and reality were integrated into a single form.
 arrow Police officer Mofazzel on 3-day remand
Former Additional Police Super Mofazzel Hossain has been taken on a three-day remand yesterday in the Jugantor Journalist Dip Azad bomb attack case.
 arrow CityCell awards winners of "Heart 2 Heart" SMS competition
CityCell organised an SMS competition for its subscribers from February 7 to 14 to celebrate the Valentine's Day, says a press release.
 arrow Shaheed Tajul's anniversary of death today
The 21st death anniversary of Shaheed Tajul Isalm, a central leader of Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra, will be observed today, says a press release.
 arrow ICIMOD to develop eco-tourism in CHT
Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) will take up a programme to develop eco-tourism in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow Correction
Jatiya Chhatra Dhara is a student wing of the Jatiya Oikya Mancha led by Dr Kamal Hossain.
Internationalarrow Anti-Syrian protesters fill Beirut streets
Defying a ban on protests, about 10,000 people demonstrated against Syrian interference in Lebanon yesterday, as parliament debated a motion of confidence in the pro-Syrian government.
 arrow HR Watch blames Nepali army for widespread 'disappearances'
Nepal's army, which backed King Gyanendras February 1 seizure of power, is responsible for widespread enforced disappearances and rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.
 arrow Israel poised for U-turn on Gaza settlements
Israel looked set yesterday for a U-turn by deciding not to destroy the homes of settlers due to be uprooted from Gaza, as a special unit was established to combat extremist violence threatening the pullout.
 arrow Cong, BJP battling to forge alliance in Bihar
India's two main parties, Congress and the Hindu nationalist BJP, were battling yesterday to forge alliances to gain control of a key Indian state after elections produced a hung parliament.
 arrow Syria hands Saddam's half Brother to Iraq
Iraqi officials said Sunday that Syria captured and handed over Saddam Hussein's half brother, a most-wanted leader in the Sunni-based insurgency, ending months of Syrian denials that it was harbouring
 arrow HRW voices concern over US mines in Iraq
Human Rights Watch raised a red flag yesterday over US plans to deploy a new system of remote-controlled anti-personnel mines in Iraq.
 arrow US close to decision on offering Iran incentives
Washington is close to a decision on joining Europe in offering incentives to Iran in exchange for giving up plans to develop nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow UK struggles to push thru' tough anti-terror laws
Britain's government faced a tough battle yesterday to force controversial anti-terror laws through parliament allowing suspects to be put under limited house arrest, amid predictions ministers couldbe
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lawyers' probe
A high-profile lawyers' investigation into the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally has yielded some very important findings about the incident.
 arrow Editorial: LGRD ministry funds allocation
Opposition and government law-makers in the parliamentary standing committee on the LGRD ministry have been trading accusations and counter-accusations back and forth, over alleged discrimination in allocation
 arrow Gas and grievous game
Despite the recent resentments prevailing in citizens' minds following the failures in gas supply situations, I pick up the pen to write about the gas-poverty nexus.
 arrow Effect and cause
One of the most familiar words in the English language is "because" -- because events are generally ruled by the relationship between cause and effect. If there is a cause there must be an effect.
Letters to Editorarrow How objective is our media?
I'm not sure what to make of the so called notion of 'objective' journalism. On one hand, a newspaper suggested that Dr. Galib received part of his funding from Kuwait .
 arrow UN concern
According to a news story in The Daily Star dated 22 February 2005, the United Nations (UN) has expressed its concern over the increasing deterioration of the law and order situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Leaders
The political, economic, social and religious leaders of our country should give the citizens peace, security and stability, and in return the countrymen would reward our nation with rapid economic growth
 arrow A mass murder, again!
It has become a routine work for Mr. Akbar Hossain to visit the sites of sunken launches. The 'accidents' are in fact the outcome of reckless indifference of the authorities concerned.
 arrow Our expectations
Living far away from the country we look forward to hearing good news about our beloved country liberated 33 years ago by the people of the country, for which they had to suffer a lot.
 arrow Islamic militants
The government is indeed forced to eat its own words as far as the Islamic militants are concerned. It has long been telling us that they did not exist at all.
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