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Front Pagearrow Govt mulls recast of foreign ministry
The government policymakers are contemplating steps to recast the foreign ministry for its diplomatic failure to handle the 'propaganda' against Bangladesh and the ruling four-party alliance, highly placed
 arrow Borders remain tense over fencing
Situation in bordering Ramgarh of Khagrachhari remained tense as a meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Subrum in India ended inconclusively yesterday.
 arrow PM calls for farm revolution
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for creating a 'new awakening' and 'silent revolution' in agriculture with the united efforts of government, farmers and agriculturists.
 arrow Grafts deter Dhaka's drug control bid
US State Department has said corruption at all levels in the government, particularly in law enforcement agencies, hampers narcotics interdiction efforts in Bangladesh, used by traffickers as a 'transit
 arrow Corruption charge against PM's APS shelved
The corruption allegation against one of the assistant private secretaries to prime minister (PM) has been shelved at the dictate of the higher authority considering the image of the Prime Minister'sOffice
 arrow Dhabi team happy with scouting result
The largest business conglomerate of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dhabi Group, has conveyed to the government its real keen and specific investment plans in a range of sectors including banking, telecoms,
 arrow CNG graft probe bites the dust
A parliamentary body has failed to probe alleged irregularities in import of CNG-run autorickshaws and allocation of plots for setting up CNG refuelling stations, as the two subcommittees dominated by
 arrow Time to think about banning Jamaat politics
The time has come for the nation to think about banning Jamaat-e-Islami from politics for its alleged links to Islamist militants both at home and abroad, Awami League (AL) leader Prof Abu Sayeed said
 arrow SEC to sue 6 staff for false info
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday asked Premier Bank Ltd Managing Director Kazi Abdul Mazid to send particulars of six officials of his bank who gave false data to the commission's
 arrow Kibria's murder linked with Aug 15 killing
It is the same reactionary force, which has been carrying out a blueprint against Awami League since 15th August 1975, that has killed Shah AMS Kibria, speakers said at a commemorative meeting organised
 arrow India starts probing Galib's links in West Bengal
Indian intelligence started enquiry into the connection of Aahle Hadith leader Asadullah Al Galib with some of the madrasas in West Bengal.
 arrow Attacks on NGOs to upset dev activities
Frequent bomb and grenade attacks in the country have posed serious threats to development activities, said leaders of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) at a meeting.
 arrow Tamabil port opens after 8 days
Imports of coal and other goods through Tamabil resumed yesterday afternoon after eight days' suspension that caused Bangladesh huge revenue losses.
 arrow BDB to work for 100 seats in next polls
Bikalpa Dhara Bangldesh (BDB) will start working in 100 constituencies of the country in a week as preparation for the next parliament election, party leaders said at a press conference in party's Segunbagicha
 arrow Unusual life forms found in Atlantic
A strange world of see-through shrimp, crabs and other life forms teems around a newly explored field of thermal vents near the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, scientists report.
 arrow JMJB waits for patrons' signal to re-emerge under new name
The banned Islamist militant group Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) will turn underground and carry on its operations undaunted by the absence of its operations commander Bangla Bhai, who slipped
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 arrow Galib's paper spits venom at media
The March issue of At Tahreek, the monthly publication of militant leader Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib, issued a harsh editorial against journalists and newspapers at home and abroad yesterday, and also
 arrow Quiz Jamaat ministers over religious militancy
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded of the government to make two ministers from Jamaat-e-Islami face police interrogation to 'unearth the mystery' behind religious militancy and
 arrow IO moves to spare Jessore boy from rape case
The investigating officer (IO) of a case filed with Jessore Kotwali Police Station (PS) accusing all the members of a family of rape and robbery sought permission form a magistrate yesterday to drop the
 arrow 4 cops hurt in bomb attack
Four policemen were injured as criminals hurled a bomb when they were conducting a check near Belgachhi rail crossing in the town at about 8.30pm yesterday.
 arrow Judge Dhaka by development indicators
Visiting Bangladesh Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman urged all friends abroad to evaluate the country by its development indicators and achievements in social sectors ignoring anti-Bangladesh
 arrow Reshuffle in police admin
Sixteen superintendents of police (SP) were transferred yesterday and two same-ranking officials promoted to additional deputy inspector general (DIG) of police.
 arrow Dhaka didn't ask for Pak envoy's withdrawal
Bangladesh did not make any request to Pakistan to withdraw its High Commissioner to Dhaka Manjar Shafiq, a foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Army arrests one, seizes 2 powerful explosives
Army personnel yesterday seized two powerful explosives from a bordering area in Rangunia upazila in Rangamati.
 arrow 61 promoted as joint secy
The government yesterday promoted 61 deputy secretaries to the post of joint secretary breaking seniority of many eligible officials.
 arrow SC stays HC order on DMP
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed until March 31 a High Court order about requisition of private cars by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
 arrow Withdraw Rajshahi SP
Left-leaning 11-party combine yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the superintendent of police (SP) of Rajshahi for 'not carrying out' the government order to arrest militant kingpin Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Rice condoles death
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed deep condolences at the death of nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers in an ambush in Congo.
 arrow Child burnt to death in Faridpur
A child has been burnt to death in a house and 15 shops were gutted elsewhere in Nagarkanda upazila.
Businessarrow BB issues warning against errant auditors
The central bank will take action against errant auditors, said Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday.
"Auditing standard has to be improved.

 arrow Tourism growth hinges on public-private efforts
Collaboration between public and private sectors is needed to boost tourism in Bangladesh, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Taiwanese keen to invest in Ctg
Taiwanese trade delegation has expressed its interest to invest in the port city and take part in the next Chittagong International Trade Fair.
 arrow Yuan won't rise sharply: China
A sharp appreciation of China's yuan is unlikely and the currency will be kept in a small range as the country gradually implements a more flexible exchange rate, China's foreign exchange chief said on
 arrow Central bank restricts fresh LC opening for some importers
Bangladesh Bank in a circular yesterday restricted fresh LC (letter of credit) opening in favour of certain importers as it smells anomalies between the amounts of foreign currencies sent abroad and actual
 arrow Garment machinery show bags $3b orders
The five-day international textiles and garment machinery exposition that concluded yesterday received a record order of $3 billion.
 arrow Bank Asia opens new branch in Sylhet
Bank Asia Ltd opened its 18th branch at Sylhet Upashahar on Thursday.
Enam Ahmed Chaudhury, chairman of Privatisation Commission, inaugurated the branch, says a press release.

 arrow Prime Bank, Placid NK Corp sign deal on remittance
Expatriate Bangladeshis in the US now can send their money to home through Prime Bank Ltd.
 arrow Acme celebrates golden jubilee, holds annual sales confce
The Acme Laboratories Ltd, a drug manufacturing company, celebrated its golden jubilee and held annual sales and marketing conference on Wednesday in Dhaka.
 arrow IMF okays emergency aid to Lanka, Maldives
The International Monetary Fund approved immediate emergency funds for Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the wake of last December's tsunami.
 arrow China pledges more help for poor
Premier Wen Jiabao Saturday admitted China faced "glaring" social problems and pledged more help for the poor to deal with simmering unrest as he forecast economic growth of eight percent this year.
 arrow India takes stake in Venezuelan oil field
Fuel-hungry India signed a deal Saturday to take a 49 percent stake in a Venezuelan oil field, boosting energy ties between one of Asia's biggest consuming economies and one of the world's largest exporters.
 arrow Norway takes EU salmon dispute to WTO
Norway has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against new European Union restrictions on salmon imports, the trade body said on Friday.
 arrow Microsoft overcharges in Korea: survey
Microsoft Corp. is overcharging Korean customers for its software, a government survey showed Friday.
The US-based software giant sells its Windows XP Pro software for $400.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahmud puts Dhaka atop
Khaled Mahmud defied a sore shoulder when he bowled holders Dhaka into a commanding position against hosts Rajshahi on the second day of their Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League match at the Shaheed
 arrow Cricket: Weather hits Pak preps
Pakistan's preparations for the first Test against India suffered a setback as only 11.4 overs were bowled due to bad weather on the third and final day of their drawn practice match here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies keep it clean
A belligerent batting display by captain Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist steered Australia to a 122-run win over New Zealand in a record-laden one-day match here Saturday to give the world championsa
 arrow Cricket: Zim humbled in two days
Zimbabwe became only the third team in modern times to lose a Test inside two days when they were beaten by an innings and 21 runs in the first Test by South Africa here at Newlands on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Records roll in Cape Town
South Africa's first innings of 340 for three declared scored against Zimbabwe at Newlands on Friday was the fastest in the history of Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: WI drop Lara & six others
West Indies captain Brian Lara is one of seven senior players who will not be selected for the home series against South Africa and Pakistan because of a sponsorship dispute.
 arrow Football: Arambagh through
The lineup for the final round of Tibet 20th Federation Cup football tournament was completed yesterday when Arambagh Krira Sangha booked their place with a solitary goal victory against Bangladesh Army.
 arrow Cricket: BCB constitution challenged in HC
The High Court yesterday issued rule upon the Sports Secretary, National Sports Council (NSC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to explain why the BCB constitution-2003 should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Cricket: India-Pakistan series on Sony
Pakistan's Test and one-day series in India will be televised internationally by Sony Entertainment Television after a last-minute deal.
 arrow Chess: Zia keeps lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman won the eighth round board against national junior champion Mehdi Hasan Parag to maintain his solo lead in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship at the federation
 arrow Hockey: Victoria blank Shantinagar
Victoria Sporting Club handed Shantinagar Sporting a 4-0 defeat in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Musharraf waits for invitation from India
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf would consider going to watch his country's cricketers on their first tour of rival India for six years if he is invited, officials said Friday.
 arrow Football: Beckham going nowhere
England captain David Beckham has ruled out a return to the English Premiership by saying he wants to end his career at Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Fergie begs to differ
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Chelsea the title race is far from finished.
 arrow Football: Henry not happy
Thierry Henry has told world soccer governing body FIFA to step in and increase the severity of Spain coach Luis Aragones's punishment for racism.
 arrow Tennis: Serena suffers painful exit
Serena Williams' unbeaten record in 2005 came to a bizarre and unhappy end when an arm injury caused her to serve at snail's pace for three-quarters of an hour before retiring in the semifinals of the
 arrow Football: Chelsea want $15m from Mutu
Chelsea are seeking 8 million pounds (15.4 million dollars) in compensation from former striker Adrian Mutu, the London Evening Standard reported here Friday.
Metropolitanarrow List of new joint secretaries
The government yesterday elevated 61 officers, mostly from the administration cadre, to the post of joint secretary.
 arrow Memo to PSC chairman for cancellation of a BCS exam
Six opposition-backed student organisations yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman demanding immediate cancellation of the examination of General Mathematicsand
 arrow Kids' Carnival on Mar 11
A daylong Kids' Carnival will be held at Banani Vidya Niketan in the city on March 11, says a press release.
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 arrow Hearing on bail petition of chief whip's son tomorrow
A Dhaka court will hear a bail petition of Akhter Hamid alias Paban, son of Chief Whip Khondoker Delwar Hossain, tomorrow in an attempt to murder case.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University authorities have postponed all examinations scheduled for today due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Lifting food subsidy will affect tea production
A government decision to withdraw the subsidy on wheat for tea garden labourers has caused a commotion in the sector.
About one lakh labourers with their 3.

 arrow Anukul Thakur's birth anniversary observed
The 117th birth anniversary of Thakur Anukul Chandra, a Hindu religious leader, was celebrated here with due fervour.
 arrow Summer onion holds hopes for farmers
Cultivation of high yielding variety of summer onion holds good prospect for farmers and the country as well.
 arrow Join 'war' against cheating in exams
State Minister for Education Ehasnul Haq Milon has said the government has launched a 'war' against cheating in public examinations and urged all teachers and education department officials to join the
 arrow Ban religion based politics
Anti Imperialism Teachers Forum at Rajshahi University in a statement yesterday expressed its concerns over the rise of fanatics and recurring bomb blasts in the country.
 arrow Gas supply in Bogra by June
Pipeline laying work in Bogra town will be completed next month and gas will be supplied by June this year.
 arrow He married 16 women in 2 yrs for trafficking
A man married 16 women with an ulterior motive to hand over them to Indian traffickers in last two years, according to police.
 arrow Four more held in Kulaura shrine blast
Four more persons have been arrested from Sylhet for their alleged involvement in the grenade blast at a shrine on the premises of Prithim Pasa Nawab Bari in Kulaura upazila during an Ashura programme
 arrow Allow rice import thru' Bhomra port
Traders in Satkhira have reiterated their demand for allowing rice import through Bhomra land port again, saying it will involve lesser cost than through other ports.
 arrow Ananda Mela begins in Rajshahi
A month-long Anando Mela began at Rajshahi Stadium on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow A leader remembered
GREAT men come and go. History is written and rewritten, men are remembered and forgotten and life goes on.
Greatness cannot be placed in a bottle and shown to others.

Culturearrow Showcasing the universal language of music
Before human civilisation developed, before the first human even walked on earth, there were sounds. Even before we are born, our heartbeat asserts our existence.
 arrow Aesthetic presentation of our alphabet
Calligraphy, practiced from the Far East to the West, has great artistic appeal. The calligraphy of some middle-eastern countries, in particular, ranks high because of the shape of the alphabets.
 arrow First ever magic festival in Bangladesh
The lure of magic is universal. The enchanting and awe-inspiring qualities of magic cut across age and education barriers.
 arrow Saif steps towards non-mainstream movies
Saif Ali Khan has made his name in the domain of mainstream Hindi movies but now he wants to demonstrate his acting skills through non-commercial movies.
 arrow Russian comedy master Gaidai's films in Dhaka
The famous Russian filmmaker Leonid Gaidai's comedies of the 1960s owed their phenomenal success to his visual style of humour, which starkly contrasted with the verbal insinuations of official Soviet
Internationalarrow US forces wound, freed Italian journalist in Iraq
Freed Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena flew into Rome yesterday, a day after she was wounded in a shooting incident by US troops in Baghdad in which an Italian secret agent was killed, airport officials
 arrow Syria an obstacle to ME peace
US President George W. Bush said Saturday that Syria is an obstacle to securing peace across the Middle East, making a new demand that Syria withdraw its troops from Lebanon.
 arrow China premier outlines year ahead
The annual session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, has opened in Beijing. Some 3,000 delegates heard Premier Wen Jiabao's two-hour opening speech, bursting into applause 26 times.
 arrow Release of Italian hostage good omen for French journalist
The editor of the French left-wing daily Liberation on Saturday welcomed the release of the Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq, hailing it as a "good omen" for the paper's own correspondent, abducted
 arrow Nine objections against Charles and Camilla's marriage: Report
Nine objections have been officially lodged to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles within the legal time-limit which expired on Friday, the BBC reported Saturday.
 arrow Militant wanted for 130 killings arrested in Pakistan
Police in southwest Pakistan have arrested a suspected Sunni Muslim militant wanted for the killing of more than 130 rival Shiites, an official said Saturday.
 arrow US trying to kill me: Chavez
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez renewed charges Saturday that Washington is trying to kill him, adding that his country's quarrel with the United States is with its government, not its people.
 arrow Rice to visit Pakistan in mid-March
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is due to visit Pakistan, a frontline state in its global war against terrorism, in mid-March, an official said Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Taking advantage of religion
There can be no doubt that Bangladeshis are, by and large, a religious people.
 arrow Editorial: An inexplicable nosedive
The railway is the oldest institution in the communications sector which still can play an important role in accelerating the pace of trade and commerce, alongside carrying passengers.
 arrow Reflections on Bush's visit to Europe
It would be difficult to assess the results yet of the most recent visit by President Bush to Europe, the first since his reelection, aimed at cementing the fractures in the transatlantic alliance caused
 arrow Ought we to dissolve our dead parliament?
With sustained quorum crisis and the intermittent absence of main opposition, the 8th parliament has lost its efficacy for a long time now.
Letters to Editorarrow Distribution of wealth
Bangladesh has got a population of 140 million. Fifty per cent of the total population live below poverty line. Almost every year people of Gaibandha and Kurigram districts are hit by Monga.
 arrow Pond fish culture
Being a protein deficit nation, we are struggling with a lot of problems of nutrition which could not be solved in a day. Having a lot of rivers and water bodies, we may be a nation with surplus fish.
 arrow Learning English
Since I started reading English newspapers, particularly 'The Daily Star', I came across so many articles and letters on learning English.
Star Healtharrow Too much stress is harmful; relaxation relieves
Stress can mean different things to different people. Stress is often defined as a mismatch between the demands placed on us and the way we view our ability to cope with these demands.
 arrow Milestones of child’s growth
Every parent involved in the caring and nurturing of their offspring are at times quite confused or unaware of the proper growth and development of their children.
 arrow Advancement in ultrasound technology
The Sonoline Antares ultrasound system provides best-in-class Doppler, 2D and 3D imaging, and for real-time premium performance 4D studies, new fourSight 4D imaging ultrasound technology.
 arrow Early Detection Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk
The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system. Normally, the prostate is quite small. It is nearly the same size and shape as a chestnut.
 arrow Surveillance found a major cause of childhood death in Bangladesh
Child mortality rates from infectious diseases in under-five years old children in Bangladesh have declined dramatically.
 arrow Cochlear implant can help even profoundly deaf patients
Normal hearing is essential for an individual to perform his activity as well as speech and development of personality. People with hearing disability suffer a lot during their lifetime.
 arrow Pelvic exercises may treat persistent incontinence
Physical therapy aimed at strengthening the pelvic floor muscles may help many women who suffer lingering incontinence months after giving birth, a study suggests.
Star Cityarrow Woes of a once serene Dhanmondi
The once serene Dhanmondi area has lost much of its residential characteristics due to gradual invasion of non-residential and commercial organisations.
 arrow Retailers, customers fall prey to cellphone card forgery
An organised gang is involved in deceiving the cellphone card retailers in the city in the guise of customers to earn money in an illegal way.
 arrow Sparingly used bridge becomes haven for miscreants
The police box beside the recently constructed foot over bridge at the Science Laboratory intersection seems to have no effect on muggers operating on the bridge.
 arrow Muggers lurk around bookworms
Large numbers of students of Dhaka University (DU), Eden and Home Economics Colleges and other educational institutions who frequently visit the Bakushah Market at Nilkhet to purchase books and stationery,
 arrow A busy road remains in dilapidated condition
The road behind the New Market kitchen market that is used by hundreds of people everyday remains in a dilapidated condition for long.
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