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Front Pagearrow Govt pressure holds back JS graft probes
The parliamentary standing committees are facing pressure from the government high-ups in their move to probe corruption and irregularities in the ministries, the committee chiefs alleged yesterday.
 arrow Peacekeepers laid to eternal rest
The nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers, killed Friday in a militia ambush in the restive West African state Congo, were laid to rest yesterday at their village homes with full military honour.
 arrow Govt takes over helm of BDF meet from WB
In an apparent bid to mute the most vocal donors in the annual Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meetings typically arranged and led by the World Bank (WB), the government has decided to take the lead
 arrow CJ, judges keep off SC bar break-up party
Breaking with tradition, Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain and many of the Supreme Court judges yesterday did not attend the annual break-up party of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
 arrow KL to take back 8,000 workers in 3 months
Malaysian government has decided to take back some 8,000 Bangladeshi workers, who had returned to Bangladesh, within three months under a general amnesty.
 arrow Suo moto halts case against Ctg minors
The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto rule on eight government and police officials and the plaintiff of a robbery case filed in Chittagong against 11 people including a dead man and four minor children.
 arrow JS failed to ensure govt accountability
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) says parliament has failed to ensure accountability of the government.
 arrow PRSP draft finalised
The government has finalised the draft of the donor-driven Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) outlining around 1,000 action plans in 18 sectors for the next three years to alleviate poverty.
 arrow JMJB's threat letter for Galib's release
An unverified letter of the 'special military unit of Jagrata Muslim Janata' last evening demanded the immediate release of the militant kingpin Asadullah Al Galib.
 arrow Opposition announces agitation plans today
Awami League (AL), left 11-Party, and Jatiya Samajtantirk Dal (JSD) will announce the next course of simultaneous anti-government programmes from separate rallies in the city today.
 arrow Hasina could not pay homage
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina could not pay homage to the slain Bangladeshi peacekeepers yesterday, as the Army Head-quarters did not respond to her request to visit the bodies at Army Stadium
 arrow Rab nabs Ctg top terror 'Gittu' Nasir
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested 'Gittu' Nasir, a notorious Shibir cadre and a top kingpin of Chittagong underworld, in the capital's Jatrabari area on Monday night.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouj (GMF) was killed in a 'crossfire' between his accomplices and police at Char Milpara in the town early yesterday.
 arrow Move to list forest land grabbers
The Department of Forest (DF) has instructed its field level officials to make a list of grabbers of some 12, 000 acres of forestland in Gazipur and Savar after a parliamentary committee asked the DFto
 arrow Left behind...

 arrow Petrol bombs burn down Caritas office
Office of Caritas, an international NGO, at Gobindapur of Khansama upazila burnt down as two petrol-bombs exploded in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Akbar refuses to step down
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain has again refused to step down over his failure to ensure passengers' safety in river routes.
 arrow Asma Kibria blasts Moudud comments
Asma Kibria, wife of Shah AMS Kibria, severely criticised the law minister's comment that the family of the former finance minister declined the government's offer to provide with helicopter to carryhim
 arrow Moudud rebuts US HR report
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday dismissed the US Human Rights report on Bangladesh saying it was one sided and 'not objective'.
 arrow AL hails US report
Opposition Awami League (AL) hailed the US human rights report released on Monday saying it gave the real picture of human rights in Bangladesh.
 arrow Experts critical of drug policy
The National Drug Policy 2005 approved by the Cabinet is 'not pro-people' and it lacks proper focus on vital aspects.
 arrow BSF kills one in Naogaon
The Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth at about 8:00pm yesterday on Agradigun border under Dhamuirhat upazila in Naogaon district.
 arrow India has a vital role to play
Noted economist Prof.
Businessarrow French investment key to offsetting trade imbalance with Bangladesh
Attracting more French investment here will be key to reducing existing trade imbalance between France and Bangladesh, which is heavily in fabour of Dhaka said French Trade Commissioner Dominique Simon.
 arrow RMG, textile need Tk16,000cr investment in 5 years
With the beginning of challenging quota-free era, Bangladesh's garment and textile sectors need investment of Tk16,000 crore in the next five years, Textiles and Jute Minister Shajahan Siraj said yesterday.
 arrow Dhabi Group top brass in Dhaka to explore potential
Top executives of United Arab Emirates' Dhabi Group came to Dhaka yesterday with a view to exploring potential of the largest UAE conglomerate's $1 billion investment plan in Bangladesh.
 arrow SEC to take actions against Premier Bank
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will take actions against Premier Bank Limited on the nature of offence the bank allegedly committed in a bid to grab major shares from the initial public offering
 arrow Nepal woos tourists from Bangladesh
Nepalese have embarked on a mission to woo Bangladeshi tourists to the Himalayan kingdom with tourism officials noting that the country is now safe than ever as political uncertainties are over.
 arrow AKTEL introduces e-refill service for pre-paid phones
AKTEL mobile phone yesterday launched electronic refill service for its pre-paid subscribers.
 arrow US embassy encourages itscommercial interest outside Dhaka: Thomas
American ambassador to Bangladesh said yesterday the US embassy is trying to encourage American commercial interest outside Dhaka.
 arrow Bangladesh to amend air service deal with China
Air service between Bangladesh and China will start soon after necessary amendment to the existing Air Service Agreement (ASA) between the two countries.
 arrow Gulf Air pulls out of Sri Lanka
Gulf Air has decided to pull out of Sri Lanka effective from March 26, under network changes it is implementing in Asia and Africa with a view to optimising performance.
 arrow WB postpones Nepal aid package after failure in reform
A proposed 70 million-dollar World Bank aid package to Nepal has been postponed because the country failed to meet economic reform targets for the money, the bank said Tuesday.
 arrow EU eyes progress in new WTO talks
European Union trade chief Peter Mandelson voiced hope Tuesday that talks in Kenya this week will put the WTO "firmly on track" to secure a global trade liberalization deal by the end of year.
 arrow Qatar Airways to launch Japan flights
Qatar Airways has announced its new flight schedules to Japan's commercial hub, Osaka, from March 31, 2005.
 arrow Philips distributes prizes of Hattrick Gift Offer
Winners of the Philips Hattrick Gift Offer have received their gifts, return air tickets, at a prize distribution ceremony at Transcom Electronics head office in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Industry cheers infrastructure facelift in India budget
India's shabby infrastructure, seen as a key roadblock to wooing foreign investment, stands to get a major makeover under ambitious plans announced by the government in the country's annual budget.
 arrow Asia's freight rates hold firm but little action
Asian shipping rates moved little but held firm this week ahead of the start of new South American crop loadings, with demand from Japanese charterers before the country's March 31 fiscal year-end helping
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hard work for BCB bowlers
Bangladesh Cricket Board Eleven bowlers toiled for the second successive match in the Duleep Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts hold the edge
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq may be banking on "passion and enthusiasm" of his young team to tame India in their own backyard, but he requires more than just that to taste success on the arduous tour.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies too strong
World champions Australia underscored their overwhelming dominance of the one-day game by thrashing second-ranked New Zealand by seven wickets with 16 overs to spare at Basin Reserve here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket dug out of BNS
There were mixed emotions at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Wet start in store?
Pakistan's touring cricketers were greeted by rain and the prospect of a washout as they arrived in this scenic northern hill resort on Tuesday to kick-start their 50-day tour of India.
 arrow Cricket: SC stays order on BCB directors
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed Saturday's High Court order that reinstated the elected directors of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after two and a half years.
 arrow Hockey: Wanderers hold F'ganj
Dhaka Wanderers Club came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Farashganj Sporting Club in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: It'll be 'awesome'
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has predicted an "awesome" series against arch-rivals Pakistan, saying the team which handled the pressure better will win.
 arrow Tennis: Venus falls, Sania advances
Venus Williams will be off the WTA Tour for at least three weeks with a recurrence of an old stomach injury which worsened during a dismal 7-5, 7-6 loss to Italy's Silvia Farina Elia in the first round
 arrow Football: Rallying around Mourinho
Colourful Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho received the full support of the League Managers' Association (LMA) on Monday following his sending-off during his side's 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the League
 arrow Football: Evidence day for Keane
Manchester United captain Roy Keane was due to give evidence in court Tuesday after allegedly grabbing a 16-year-old then throwing a punch at his face.
 arrow Football: Vintage Fowler
A Robbie Fowler double inspired Manchester City to a come from behind 3-2 win at struggling Norwich on Monday.
 arrow Football: Pennant facing jail term
Arsenal's Jermaine Pennant faced jail on Tuesday for drink driving while banned from the road.
 arrow Cricket: PCB launches 1st women's tournament
Pakistan launched its first national women's cricket championship Tuesday, with organisers hoping the event will inspire up-and-coming female cricketers in the conservative Muslim country.
 arrow Football: Victori, Agrani in group finals
Victoria Sporting Club and Agrani Bank moved into the group finals of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup football tournament beating their respective rivals at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Chess: Three lead nat'l chess
Grand Masters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman and International Master Abdullah Al Rakib won their fifth round boards in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship yesterday to jointly lead the
 arrow Cricket: Bari bucks up Sami
Pakistan's chief cricket selector said Tuesday he hoped the absence of paceman Shoaib Akhtar could inspire fellow bowler Mohammad Sami to spring a surprise on the team's first tour of India for six years.
 arrow Cricket: See Streak play again
Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has arrived in South Africa and is set to play his first international match for 12 months.
He has joined the squad for Wednesday's one-day match in Port Elizabeth.

 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Ghagot Krira Chakra defeated Munshipara Krira Sangtha by 120 runs in the First Division Cricket Super League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 34 killed by law enforcers last month
Thirty-four people were killed by the law enforcers across the country last month, according to a report by Odhikar, a human rights organisation.
 arrow Chief whip's son placed on one-day remand
Akhter Hamid alias Paban, son of Chief Whip Khondoker Delwar Hossain, who had been arrested in connection with an attempted murder case, was placed on a one-day remand yesterday for interrogation.
 arrow Medical stores demolished
The Estate Department of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday demolished several medical stores at the passenger sheds in front of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), including some makeshift
Nationalarrow 'Long march' towards Indian border starts
The Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) started its 2-day 'long march' from Sylhet city towards bordering Jakiganj yesterday to protest India's planned construction of the Tipaimukh barrage on the Barak
 arrow Combing operation in Jhenidah
Jhenidah police have launched a 'special combing operation' in the district to hunt down outlaws.
 arrow One killed in Bhola BNP factional clash
A BNP activists was killed and two others critically injured in clashes between two rival factions of the party at Khayerhut market in Borhanuddin upazila in Bhola on Monday.
 arrow 'Crossfire killings' are only to save godfathers
Front ranking Awami League leader and former home minister Mohammad Nasim on Monday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat government is killing Awami League leaders in a planned way to eliminate political foesto
 arrow Barisal Bidi workers protest anti-smoking Bill
Bidi factory workers brought out a big procession in the city on Sunday protesting any possible anti-smoking law.
 arrow 33 accused, 11 held in Satkhira
A case has been filed with Kaligonj thana naming 33 people and accusing another 500 unidentified people for evicting landless people from disputed lands in Bairagir Chalk and Chingrikhali in Kaligonjupazila
 arrow Left leader Shankar Boshi dead
Eminent freedom fighter and an organiser of the language movement Comrade Shankar Boshu died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital Monday afternoon. He was 78.
Culturearrow Saying farewell to Ekushey Book Fair '05
The closing ceremony of Ekushey Book Fair 2005 was held at the Bangla Academy premises on February 28.
 arrow Minu talks about elements of performing arts
There are strong spiritual and aesthetic elements in the performing arts.
 arrow Little fingers use paint-brush for a cause
Children's art, uninhibited and joyous, is gaining popularity in our country. A large number of children now participate in the numerous local and international art competitions.
 arrow After Ray, Foxx eyes singing career
Jamie Foxx's Oscar win has solidified him as one of Hollywood's A-list actors. But what he really wants to be is a chart-topping singer.
 arrow Indian documentary gets recognition at Oscars
The Oscars, handed out in distant Hollywood, reverberated in the squalid lanes of Kolkata's biggest brothel as a group of children of prostitutes on Monday celebrated the triumph of a film made on them
Generalarrow Long march against India's river-link project Mar 3, 4
The International Farakka Committee (IFC) will stage a long march towards Chilmari in Kurigram district from March 3 in protest against the Indian river inter-linking project.
 arrow Wife dies from burns
A mother of a seven-month-old daughter succumbed to her burn injuries at a city hospital yesterday nine days after her husband allegedly set fire to her at the Geneva Camp in the city.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the persons responsible for the death of Mousumi Hasan, a student of Asia Pacific University.
 arrow Khulna BCU president taken to Rab office
Benajir Ahmed Jewell, president of Khulna district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) was taken to Khalishpur Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) headquarters on Monday night.
 arrow DU IT Festival begins
An Information Technology (IT) Festival began at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow BSF yet to return two Bangladeshis
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is yet to return the two Bangladeshis who were picked up from near the border on Monday.
The two are Krishnakumar Singha and Abdul Khaleque.

 arrow 4 officials get extension
The government yesterday extended the contract service of four mid-level officials, including three political appointees for one year each, according to official notification.
 arrow GIBR to probe train accident
Government Inspector of Bangladesh Railway (GIBR) MA Matin Talukder will investigate Monday's derailment of three bogies of Dhaka-bound Jayantika Express at Kalisima near Brahmanbaria railway stationthat
 arrow Photojournalist assaulted
A gang of hoodlums allegedly led by a police informant assaulted a photojournalist at Demra in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Refer & Fly awards distributed
Standard Chartered Bank distributed awards to the winners of Auto Loan 'Refer & Fly' campaign at a local hotel recently, says a press release.
 arrow 2 teenage sisters kidnapped, raped in Tangail
Two teenage sisters were abducted by a gang of miscreants from their house at village Basakhanpur in Sadar upazila on Sunday night and raped them, police and victims' family sources said.
 arrow clash over reinstatement of former headmaster at Manipur High School: 10 injured
Ten people were injured at Manipur High School in the city yesterday when students, guardians and local people clashed over the reinstatement of a former headmaster.
 arrow President assents to two bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to two bills passed in the 15th session of the 8th National Parliament.
Internationalarrow Palestinians muster world support
World powers have demanded immediate Palestinian action to catch those behind a Tel Aviv suicide bombing that has broken a fragile ceasefire with Israel.
 arrow 70 rebels killed in Nepal clash
More than 70 Maoists have been killed in a fierce clash with Nepal's army, an official said yesterday as the foreign minister warned the world to accept the king's power grab or watch a communist takeover
 arrow US rights report suffers from politics
A US State Department human rights report treated Latin American countries unequally, the result of US political priorities, a rights group said Monday.
 arrow Malaysia launches massive crackdown
Malaysian officials yesterday launched a controversial operation to round up, whip and deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants following the end of a four-month amnesty.
 arrow Palestinians need peace, not just reform: Abbas
Palestinian reform efforts must be backed by peace negotiations with Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas told an international meeting in London yesterday.
 arrow 'Laden asks Zarqawi to make US a target'
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden recently asked his chief ally in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to consider the territory of the United States as a target for terrorist attacks, a US counterterrorism official
 arrow Number of asylum seekers in rich states falls to 16-year low: UN
The number of asylum seekers arriving in industrialised countries has fallen to its lowest level in 16 years, after a third successive year of decline in 2004, the UN refugee agency said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam kept in total isolation, but in good health: Lawyer
Saddam Hussein is isolated from the rest of the world but in good health and was overjoyed when he learned that Spanish troops had left Iraq, a spokesman for the former strongman's legal team said yesterday.
 arrow Violence escalates as Norway fails to end Lankan deadlock
Sri Lanka yesterday investigated escalating violence as a top Norwegian envoy ended another mission without a breakthrough in restarting peace negotiations between Tiger rebels and the government, officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: Assault on landless people
Armed land grabbers set on fire 364 homes in three villages under two police stations in Satkhira district on Sunday morning.
 arrow Editorial: Agriculture subsidy question
Continuing indecision over grant of subsidy on diesel for irrigation-based farming may have queered the pitch for a good IRRI harvest.
 arrow The rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh
In the backdrop of rising deep concern among development partners, on February 23 the government finally took action in banning two Islamic extremist organizations in the country, namely, Jagrata Muslim
 arrow Will America always be unassailable?
They say what goes up comes down. Historically it is true. But then the US case is said to be so unique. It is the richest and most powerful country with an enviable resource base.
 arrow In conversation with an Indian diplomat
I was meaning to write this earlier but kept procrastinating till the recent spate of writings on India-Bangladesh relations motivated me to describe excerpts of a conversation (those nearby said it was
Letters to Editorarrow Our lost dream
One night I was reading a paragraph based on 'The Victory Day' for my imminent HSC examinations. I tried to learn it by rote for its importance in our exam.
 arrow Why this loss?
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has cancelled 25 million US dollars of a total amount of 37 million US dollars loan from the Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation project (Ittefaq, 03.02.
 arrow Countering militants
Better late than never! For whatever reason, the government at long last made some attempts to counter the militants.
 arrow RMG forecasts
The rules of the game in the RMG export market have changed since the beginning of this year. The readers of newspapers have been exposed to many angles of analyses, and apprehensions.
 arrow An appeal to UK government
It is gathered from a press report that the Bangladeshi restaurants are facing closure in the United Kingdom due to visa restrictions imposed by the British government.
 arrow Spirit of 21 February
Another year has gone by and we have celebrated Ekushey. It's very important for us. Bangla is our mother tongue. It has a bright history.
 arrow Ekushey in Old Dhaka
Ekushey February is the day of our mother language. Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar sacrified their lives for Bangla language. Every year we celebrate this day.
 arrow Moment of glory
I and my classmates arranged to celebrate The International Mother Language Day this year. It is celebrated at 12:00 at midnight on February 21.
 arrow Attention: PSC
I am appearing in the 25th BCS written examinations. Our Bangladesh Affairs exam was held on 10th February,2005.
StarTecharrow When tech is fun
With new innovative categories, 'The 3rd Techno Fun Fair' organised by the North South University Computer Club (NSUCC) was a raving success at exhibiting some of the latest technologies around the world
 arrow Not just a local search-site
Alocal business search engine, bdtradeinfo.com, recently introduced three new categories to its existing local search criteria which sum into a large collection for such a database.
 arrow bangladeshinovels.com finally adds a Bangla section
The one and only site that holds detailed information on Bangladeshi novels and novelists, has recently added a Bengali section to its net location. This prolific addition to the site, bangladeshinovels.
 arrow Soccer to test ball with microchip beep
Asoccer ball containing a microchip that beeps when it crosses the goal line will be tested at this year's under-17 world championship.
 arrow Robot mannequins to strike a pose for their customers
THE mannequin moving in the store window is no longer a fantasy. A Japanese firm has developed a mannequin robot that can strike a pose for customers -- and spy on who they are and what they're buying.
Star Chittagongarrow Commercial city without terminal for vehicles
Amazing though it may sound, yet true it is, the port city has no terminal whatsoever for buses, trucks and other vehicles.
 arrow CMCH Paediatrics Surgery Deptt stands high
With thousands of successful operations and treatment of patients, the Paediatrics Surgery Department at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) stands high in the country's medical sector.
Star Cityarrow DCC runs short of insecticides to control mosquitoes
Mosquito menace has worsened in the city as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is running short of adulticides to fight the insects in the ongoing breeding season, although the DCC has increased the allocation
 arrow Feasting on country's heritage at tourism fair
‘Enchanted' would you be on entering the Tourism Festival 2005 premises with the sight of the Paharpur monastery beside the Ahsan Manzil and the enigmatic sunset at Kuakata, as the entire country's beauty
 arrow Anjuman Mofidul Islam to celebrate centenary this month
Anjuman Mofidul Islam (AMI), a voluntary organisation providing humanitarian services to the poor, is going to celebrate its centenary this year.
 arrow National Theatre Stage leaves a lot to be desired
Ever since independence, amateur theatre practitioners in the city have been staging plays without a proper theatre.
 arrow The ailing Dhaka-Narayanganj road
The condition of the Dhaka-Narayanganj road via Postagola and Pagla has remained in a poor condition for a long time.
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