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Front Pagearrow Reining in BNP MPs
The government has imposed a restriction on the ruling BNP lawmakers asking them to take permission from the Leader of the House or the party's parliamentary wing before placing a private member's bill
 arrow HC asks chief to explain his appointment
The High Court yesterday ordered Justice Sultan Hossain Khan to explain under what authority he is functioning as chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow 3 killed, 50 hurt in Narayanganj boiler blast
At least three people including a woman and a child were killed and about 50 others were wounded in a dyeing factory boiler explosion at Uttar Kashipur, Fatullah in Narayanganj early yesterday.
 arrow Saifur's salvo at diplomats 'violating norms'
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted the news media for publishing what he said were false news and thus destroying the country's image abroad.
 arrow 5 years in school, still non-literate
The standard of primary education is so poor that even after the five-year schooling one in every three children remains 'non-literate' or 'semi-literate', according to the findings of a survey.
 arrow Govt to track down manpower agents
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said the government will track down the manpower businessmen or travel agents responsible for the tragic deaths of 11 Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea and
 arrow 9 Indians engaged to build PM's dais held
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's today's visit to Laksham in Comilla was postponed yesterday following arrests of nine Indian citizens who had been tasked by a local BNP leader with building dais for thePM's
 arrow Road accidents kill nine
At least nine people died and 34 others were injured in road accidents at Tangail, Narayanganj and Keraniganj yesterday and on Friday night.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout'
An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' with police in Maghbazar in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow BB to put Premier, Al-Arafa banks under close watch
The central bank has decided to put Premier Bank and Al-Arafa Islami Bank under its 'Early Warning system' (EWS) of supervision to deal with some serious management problems including irregular interference
 arrow Dhaka protests Tipaimukh barrage
Bangladesh sent to India a note verbal containing serious concern over their covert construction of Tipaimukh barrage and a proposal for removing the bilateral irritants, including border fencing, through
 arrow Cleanliness drive by Dhaka City Corporation

 arrow Dr Kamal to support hartal if barred from meeting PM
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said his party will support hartal if they are prevented from meeting the prime minister (PM) to talk about protection of human rights and ensuring
 arrow Deuba vows street battle against king
Freed from more than a month of detention, Nepal's sacked prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has vowed to take his supporters on to the streets in a bid to force King Gyanendra to reverse his power grab,
 arrow Hamas to take part in parliamentary polls
Hamas announced yesterday it intends to run in Palestinian parliamentary elections in July, ending a long-standing boycott of mainstream political life by the militant Islamic movement.
 arrow Pakistan draw from the jaws of defeat
Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal hit a glorious maiden century to lead a remarkable Pakistan fightback on the final day and ensure the first Test against India ended in a draw on Saturday.
 arrow ADB offers help for gas development
Retreating from its previous stand on exporting gas to India through pipeline in a limited scale, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) offers financial assistance to Bangladesh in development of gas sector.
 arrow AL, allies form human walls today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left allies today form no-confidence human walls across the country as part of the combined opposition's simultaneous movement to unseat the ruling alliance.
 arrow HC issues rule on govt
The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain why the president's dismissal of former inspector general of police Shahudul Haque after his conviction in a case should not be illegal as he should
 arrow 2 bombs go off at Dakhil exam centre
Two powerful bombs exploded at a Dakhil examination centre at a madrasa in Mohimaganj in Gobindaganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow CAG submits audit reports to PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the authorities to link audit system with development, ensuring transparency and accountability in the job of the auditors.
 arrow Nizami blames 'free press' for image crisis
Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said "over-exercise of democracy and press freedom" resulted in the image crisis of Bangladesh in the outside world.
 arrow PM visits ailing AL leader...

 arrow DU probes not holding of class of Bangla course
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have formed a five-member committee to enquire into the incident of not holding any class of Bangla foundation course of first year honours of the session 2003-04
 arrow Mosque burnt down by BNP men
A mosque and a madrasa were burnt down in an arson attack allegedly by activists of ruling BNP in Borhan-uddin upazila of Bhola in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow BTTB signs deals with pvt phone firms
Bangladesh Telephone and Telegraph Board (BTTB) yesterday signed an agreement with three private land phone companies to bring them under its intercon-nectivity.
Businessarrow Forex reserves fall below $3b on import pressure
After seven months the country's foreign exchange reserves yesterday fell below $3 billion mark in the face of import pressure.
The foreign exchange reserves came down to $2.

 arrow Domestic air cargo thrives on shrimp fry transportation
Even though limited to only two cities, the country's domestic air cargo industry flourishes on increased aerial transportation of shrimp fry from Cox's Bazar to Jessore.
 arrow BCI project on cards to woo more Danish investment
Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) in association with Confederation of Denmark Industries and Danish Inter-national Development Agency (Danida) is going to start a project to attract more Danishinvestment
 arrow Jute spinners decry frequent policy shift
Jute spinners yesterday blasted inconsistent government policies saying frequent policy change has affected the 100 percent export-oriented spinning industry adversely.
 arrow India's Reliance signs pact for oil exploration in Oman
Reliance Industries, India's largest private sector company, Saturday said it has signed a deepwater oil exploration and production agreement with the government of Oman.
 arrow Singapore, UAE aim to start free-trade talks this year
The United Arab Emirates is aiming to start talks on a free-trade agreement with Singapore before the end of the year after the countries signed an economic pact, a report said Saturday.
 arrow Oil prices back over $54 as IEA hikes demand view
Oil prices bounced back above $54 on Friday as traders pushed prices up ahead of the weekend after the International Energy Agency said robust growth in the United States and China will pump up consumption
 arrow Saifur assures poultry industry of assistance
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday assured the flood-damaged poultry farms of government assistance.
 arrow Gates richest man in world for 11th consecutive year
It has been a good year for billionaires, with the super-wealthy increasing their collective net worth by 300 billion dollars, Forbes Magazine reported Thursday in its annual ranking of the world's richest
 arrow Junior Chamber vice-president arrives today
Ted Tu, vice-president of Junior Chamber International, arrives today in Dhaka on a five-day visit.
 arrow Central America, EU set to start free-trade talks
Central America and the European Union will begin free-trade talks this month despite a dispute over tariffs on Latin American banana exports to Europe, a Costa Rican trade official said on Friday.
 arrow US trade deficit surges to second-highest level ever
Americans' insatiable demand for imported goods drove the US trade deficit up to 58.3 billion dollars in January, the second-highest level on record, the government reported Friday.
 arrow US textilers raise alarm over Chinese import surge
US textile and apparel makers called Friday for action by Washington to stem Chinese imports, saying American industries are being devastated by the lifting of quotas earlier this year.
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Sportsarrow Cricket: Dramatic draw at Mohali
Pakistan found an unlikely sa-viour in Kamran Akmal to snatch a creditable draw from the jaws of defeat in the opening Test against India here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Draw delights the saviour
Pakistan's unlikely hero Kamran Akmal said Saturday he had realised his dream of scoring a match-saving century in the opening Test against India here.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy hopes to win the series
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said his team's rearguard action to save the first Test against India on Saturday could spur them on to win the three-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Ton-up Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful hit back to form with an unbeaten century as Dhaka got off to a flying start against hosts Chittagong in the fifth round of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Abdullah, Beauty shine
Abu Abdullah of Bangladesh Army and Nazmun Nahar Beauty of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) became the fastest man and woman when the PHP 30th National Athletics Championships ended at the MAAziz
 arrow Cricket: Simon, Adam bat Aus back
The first cricket Test between New Zealand and Australia was delicately poised at the end of the third day here Saturday after a 212-run partnership by centurions Simon Katich and Adam Gilchrist hauled
 arrow Football: It's now Fabiano's mom
The mother of FC Porto striker Luis Fabiano has been kidnapped, according to Brazilian television channel Globo here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim keep SA in check
South Africa were unable to achieve their expected dominance against a spirited Zimbabwe team on the second day of the second Test at Centurion Park Saturday.
 arrow Football: Frisk quits refereeing
Swedish referee Anders Frisk announced his retirement on Saturday following death threats from Chelsea supporters after their Champions League match against Barcelona at the Nou Camp last month.
 arrow Football: Real stars remember Madrid bombings
"We will not forget," Real Madrid's players said Friday in a statement on their website as Spain marked the first anniversary of the March 11, 2004 train bombings that killed 191 people.
 arrow Football: German booter arrested
The match-fixing scandal that has engulfed German professional football of late has led to the detention of the first player involved on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe A win one-day series?
Bangladesh A lost the one-day series against Zimbabwe A when the visitors suffered a five-wicket defeat in the fifth and final match at Bulawayo yesterday, said an unconfirmed source.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l women chess on
International Women Master Rani Hamid made a good start in the final round of the 26th National Women Chess Championship when she won her first round board against Saima Almas at the federation hall room
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib unlikely for ODIs also
Shoaib Akhtar could miss Pakistan's entire tour of India as he continues to struggle with hamstring trouble.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh open against Guam
Bangladesh have been placed in Group B along with Japan, Hong Kong and Guam in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-17 Women Football Cham-pionship to be held in South Korean city of Namhae over
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
Chittagong and Comilla moved into the final of the Pepsi inter-district volleyball championship beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Mirpur Indoor Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Brazil squad for WC qualifiers
Brazil coach Carlos Parreira released on Friday the roster for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.
 arrow Cricket: Grenadian PM calls for calm
Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has called for the reinstatement of Brian Lara and six other top West Indians barred from Test cricket.
 arrow Football: Big victory for Little Flower
Willes Little Flower earned a facile nine-wicket victory over Matuail High in the Mohammedan inter-school cricket tournament at the East End Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Romario to play in England!
Brazilian football legend Romario has signed a contract with English non-league side Garforth Town to play next season.
 arrow Football: No AFC decision on Australia yet
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it is too early to make a decision on Australia's request to join the AFC.
 arrow Hockey: BSC promoted to premiership
Bangladesh Sporting Club (BSC) confirmed their Premier League berth with one match in hand when they blanked Farashganj Sporting Club 2-0 in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana
 arrow Football: Anglo-American friendly in May
England will play two international friendlies in the United States in May.
Metropolitanarrow 'Regulatory body a must for English medium schools'
There must be a regulatory body to bring transparency and accountability in English medium schools by ensuring uniformity of curriculum, said Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Ten receive Anannya Award
Anannya Top Ten Award 2004 was awarded at a colourful function in the city yesterday.
Ten women from across the country were given the award for their outstanding contributions in different fields.

 arrow Nirmul body seminar today
Ekatorrer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee will hold a seminar on 'religious extremists, threatened human rights and the constitution of Bangladesh' at the WVA auditorium in Dhanmondi at 4.00pm today.
 arrow Akhtar Jahan passes away
Akhtar Jahan Begum, wife of late Professor Nafis Ahmad, founding chairman of the Department of Geography, Dhaka University, passed away due to old-age complications at a South Carolina hospital in the
Nationalarrow Farmers say good bye to tobacco
Several thousand farmers at a 'field day' in a remote shoal area in Sunderganj upazila have vowed to replace tobacco with vegetables and wheat on their fields, thanks to the motivation by the government's
 arrow A Reserve Forest free for thieves!
It looks like a house abandoned long ago. But actually it is the Charaljani Forest Research Centre at Charaljani in Modhupur forest.
Thirteen employees at the centre get salary without any work.

 arrow Dacoity at Nilphamari ASA office
NGO officials and employees in the district have been panicked following an armed robbery at ASA office and a failed bids at BRAC office and Civil Surgeon's (CS) office here in the last two days.
 arrow Satkhira villagers raise voice against early marriage, dowry
It was a unique day for the people of Machhkhola, a remote village in the Sadar upazila, as people from all walks of life at a motivational meeting yesterday raised their voices against early marriage
 arrow Reception for dowry-free marriage in Gaibandha
A reception was accorded to 50 newly married couples here on Tuesday whose marriage ceremonies were solemnised without dowry.
 arrow SSC exam under candlelight
Unbelievable though, SSC examinees at many centres in Madaripur district town had to appear at examinations under candlelight.
They had to face the rare experience due to power outage and a cloudyday.

 arrow Rescue JS from 'dishonest' people
Workers' Party (WP) President Rashed Khan Menon on Friday told his party men to prepare for the next general election.
He told this while addressing the congress reunion at Jessore Zila School auditorium.

 arrow Technology exhibition ends
A two-day exhibition on application and extension of appropriate technology concluded here on Wednesday.
The exhibition was organised by the Ministry of Science and Information Technology.

Point-Counterpointarrow Dilemmas of democracy in Bangladesh
Plato called democracy a "charming form of government full of variety, disorder and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Culturearrow Ampfest rocks Dhaka
Music, art and fashion not only delight our sight and senses, they stimulate our aesthetic side as well. Art has moved human beings intellectually and emotionally throughout the ages.
 arrow Biswaroner Nodi
The Commonwealth film festival will run from April 28 to May 09 in Manchester, England, in which 71 countries will participate.
 arrow Jahangirnagar Theatre's drama festival
The nine-day long drama festival, titled Silver Jubilee Natya Parban-2005, organised by Jahangirnagar Theatre (JT, TSC) began recently on the campus and will continue up to March 17.
 arrow Last Star Wars 'not for children'
The sixth and final Star Wars movie may not be suitable for young children, film-maker George Lucas has said.
 arrow Madhuri Dixit becomes mom again
Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit-Nene has given birth to a baby boy, at a hospital in Denver, Colorado, sources said.
Her first son, Arin is now two years old.

Internationalarrow UN gets timetable for full Syrian pullout
President Bashar Assad reiterated his commitment to withdrawing all Syrian troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon, a UN envoy said yesterday, indicating that he had received a timetable for the pullout.
 arrow Rape defendant kills judge, two others in Atlanta courtroom
A man being escorted into court for his rape trial Friday stole a deputy's gun, killed the judge and two other people and carjacked a reporter's vehicle to escape, setting off a massive manhunt and creating
 arrow Iran defiant in face of united US, EU stance
Iran defiantly insisted yesterday it would never give up its nuclear fuel program despite a new united policy of incentives and threats from Washington and the European Union.
 arrow BJP-led coalition forms govt in Jharkhand
Hindu nationalists took office in the Indian state of Jharkhand yesterday, ending a bitter power struggle after provincial elections last month left a hung parliament.
 arrow Manmohan to flag off 1st trans-Kashmir bus
India's prime minister will personally flag off the first bus to travel between the Indian and Pakistan zones of divided Kashmir in almost six decades when the service resumes next month, an officialsaid
 arrow Rape, abuse rampant by Afghan warlords
A human rights group yesterday urged Afghanistan to tackle the rampant abuse of power by warlords and militias who are allegedly involved in the widespread rape of women and children.
 arrow Maoist raid on Indian police post: 7 killed
At least seven people were killed in an overnight raid by suspected Maoists on a police station in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Gandhi's salt march reenacted
Thousands of people began the long march across a vast expanse of arid western India Saturday to honour the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, India's independence hero and apostle of non-violence.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anti-hartal pact
Whether the UNDP methodology for calculating the economic impact of hartals and the attendant cost to GDP is correct and accurate is a peripheral issue.
 arrow Editorial: Deaths in sea
The tragic deaths of 11 Bangladeshis, while they were trying to cross the Mediterranean in their bid to reach Spain, are an eye-opener to the desperate state some of our young people are in to be trying
 arrow The challenge of religion-based politics
Global discomfort is evident these days over overt preeminence of religion in politics in some countries.
 arrow Nepal: Change for the better
Nepal has now felt a sigh of relief. After living for eight years through the constant fear for life from terrorism and political instability, people now feel safe and secure.
Letters to Editorarrow New pay scale
Considering inflation and other economic issues, the government constituted a National Pay Commission for its employees. The commission submitted its report in January 2005.
 arrow March and BTV
If you are a Bengalee (though now Bangladeshi) and if you have lived through the tempestuous March of 1971, you can barely fail to reminisce about those days of whirls of movements that the Bengalees
 arrow A nation in despair
A man always wants to see a ray of light in the way of his progress. But when a lot of bad things accompany his life, he might just get derailed.
 arrow An old institution
Jagannath University is one of the oldest educational institutions in the country related either as university or college. We cannot mean it specifically, as it is known as both.
 arrow Power cuts
The government decision to ban power consumption in markets in the evening might be based on some pressing needs. But the damage that it will cause to trade and business will be enormous.
Star Healtharrow Screening for syphilis in pregnancy is more needed
In Bangladesh, the prevalence of syphilis in groups vulnerable to HIV infection is high, but insufficient information exists on the prevalence of syphilis infections in pregnant women in the general population.
 arrow Crunch! Carrots may cut cancer risk
There is more good news from the garden. A compound in carrots may be a potent cancer fighter, reducing malignancies in rats by a third, a European study claims.
 arrow Genetic Counselling Is The Only Way
Thalassaemia is an inherited disorder of the haemoglobin, (the substance in the blood that carries oxygen to the tissues) that causes early destruction of red blood corpuscles that lead so many complications.
 arrow The power of green leafy vegetables
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that actually comes in eight different forms.
Alpha-tocopherol, the most active form of vitamin E in people, is a powerful antioxidant.

 arrow Human stem cells show potential for eye repair
Researchers said they had engineered human stem cells that they believe could be used to repair eyes.
 arrow Religious affiliation may lower suicide risk
Depressed men and women who consider themselves affiliated with a religion are less likely to attempt suicide than their non-religious counterparts, according to new study findings.
Star Cityarrow Power-ban gets negative response
Traders in most shopping malls and supermarkets of the city have given thumbs down to the government's decision of banning power use in the evening.
 arrow Furry, cheeky, glum and happy make them all man's best friends
“Who let the dogs out?" One would wonder at the sight of a number of dogs together in a small park in Bashundhara Friday morning.
 arrow Event ends with satisfaction and success
The three-day UK Education Fair 2005, the seventh in its series, organised by the British Council ended yesterday.
 arrow No respite in sight
Residents of Azimpur and Lalbagh have been suffering from a terrible water crisis over the last few months.
Even the limited supply of water in those areas has often found to be dirty and smelly.

 arrow Canadian immigration process relaxed
With the Canadian authorities relaxing their immigration process by reducing the minimum points requirement for applying by eight points from the previous 75, the number of interested applicants in Bangladesh
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