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Front Pagearrow Caretaker chief should be acceptable to all
Leaders of different opposition political parties and legal experts at a roundtable yesterday suggested appointment of an acceptable person as the chief adviser of caretaker government through consensus
 arrow Dhaka urged not to fight border fencing
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka has requested the government to instruct Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) not to resist Border Security Force (BSF) of India from constructing barbed wire fences at some places
 arrow AL, BNP lawmakers unite on privileges
Both the ruling and the main opposition party lawmakers plan to incorporate a provision regarding 'contempt of lawmakers' in the upcoming law to increase lawmakers' privileges.
 arrow Fiscal comfort on the rocks
The fiscal comfort enjoyed in the last two years has suddenly come under pressure this year with exports falling, current expenditure shooting up and financing coming under strains.
 arrow 3 policemen face contempt charge
The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court ruling against three traffic police for stopping the car of a HC judge on March 6 to serve a traffic warrant.
 arrow Rab beats up Jugantor chief photojournalist
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday assaulted a photojournalist for taking snaps while they were beating up three youths on the street near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.
 arrow Mines, SMGs seized in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized seven SMGs, 29 land mines and seven walky-talkies from Naikkhongchhari upazila under Bandarban district.
 arrow Minimum wage for labourers demanded
Two thousand women workers from various garment industries yesterday posted their postcards to the Prime Minister Khaleda Zia demanding the implementation of minimum national wage for labourers.
 arrow Detective body to curb militancy
Home ministry yesterday decided to form a high-powered detective committee to curb militant activities and find out the grenade attackers across the country.
 arrow Finance to probe BB flouting of rules
Finance ministry will look into the allegation of overpaying Tk 3.20 crore to Bangladesh Bank officials in the fiscal year (FY) 1997-98 ignoring the financial rules of the government.
 arrow UN inspects army readiness
The United Nations (UN) starts today inspecting Bangladesh Army's preparations for the forthcoming UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, army sources said.
 arrow Nepal parties take to streets against king
Police detained dozens of people in the heart of the capital yesterday as they unfurled political party flags and shouted slogans against King Gyanendra's power grab last month, witnesses said.
 arrow Gulshan OC, 8 others sued for taking bribe
The officer-in-charge (OC) and eight policemen of Gulshan Police Station and five others were accused of taking Tk 13 lakh in bribe in a graft case filed yesterday.
 arrow Habiganj by-polls April 25
By-election to the Habiganj-3 parliamentary seat will be held on April 25.
The date was announced in a gazette yesterday by the Election Commission (EC), an official announcement said.

 arrow Dr Kamal critical of Moudud
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday blamed Law Minister Moudud Ahmed for creating problems in the country through wrong interpretation of the constitution and laws.
 arrow Elephant for Tarique's reception snatched
An elephant hired by the mayor of Barisal City Corporation on the occasion of arrival of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman has been taken away.
 arrow Kushtia editor, 25 newsmen seek security
The editor and 25 staff of a local daily on Sunday submitted a memorandum to the district deputy commissioner (DC) seeking security of their lives.
 arrow No conflict between the press and court
Newspapers always uphold dignity and honour of the court, there is no conflict between the press and court, Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said during the hearing of the contempt petition in the High Court
 arrow Saudi prince arrives today
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz arrives here today with investment and business cooperation to top the agenda for talks.
 arrow HC asks three dailies to reply by April 13
The High Court yesterday asked editors and publishers of three national dailies to submit by April 13 their affidavits in the contempt rule for running reports on court proceedings in a prayer filed by
 arrow Phone call made to trouble Emirates Police tell court
Mahmud Hasan Chishti, arrested on charge of making a bomb hoax at Zia International Airport (ZIA), was placed on a three-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Police quiz BNP leaders
Police yesterday interrogated Laksham upazila BNP President and former MP Saiful Islam Hiru and three others as to why nine Indians were engaged in building the podium for the prime minister's publicmeeting.
 arrow AL nominates Mohiuddin
The main opposition Awami League has nominated Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury to retain his post in the upcoming CCC election.
 arrow UAE bans use of child camel jockeys
The United Arab Emirates on Sunday ordered a ban on the use of children as jockeys in camel races, a favorite sport in the oil-rich Gulf region that has been widely criticised over the use of minors brought
 arrow Cabinet okays formation of wage body
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for the formation of national wages and productivity commission-2005 to recommend new wage structures and related facilities for the workers of the state-runindustrial
 arrow Four killed in Manila jailbreak
At least four people have been killed in an attempted jailbreak in the Philippines led by members of Muslim militants Abu Sayyaf, police say.
 arrow More changes in admin
The government yesterday brought several changes in the administration and made fresh appointments, according to official notifications.
Businessarrow SEC digs up violation of margin rules by broker
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has unearthed a price manipulation practice in a brokerage house, which pushed the price of a Z-category company shares by over 90 percent in two months.
 arrow More investment needed in infrastructure to woo FDI
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday stressed the need for increasing investment in infrastructure to attract more foreign director investment (FDI) in the country.
 arrow Govt offers 3 gas price rate options for Tata
The government has offered the Indian Tata Group to pick up any of the three existing modes of fixing gas price that have been applied while providing gas supply to three foreign plants -- KAFCO, Lafarge
 arrow Privatisation reshaping Pak telecoms landscape
Pakistan took a giant leap towards further privatisation and competition in its telecommunications sector when on Saturday eight international telecoms providers pre-qualified for a bid for acquiring26
 arrow Bangladesh gets $2.5m orders in Guwahati fair
Bangladesh received confirmed and prospective export orders worth US$ 2.5 million from Guwahati International Trade Fair-2005 in the eastern Indian State of Assam.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank recommends 20pc dividend
Mutual Trust Bank Limited has recommended a 20 percent dividend in the form of bonus share for the shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Reebok outlet opens at Bashundhara City
Trend Setters Ltd, the distributor of Reebok, has opened the third exclusive Reebok store at Bushandhara City shopping mall in Dhaka.
 arrow Pizza Hut announces 'Swadhinata Offer'
International chain restaurant Pizza Hut has announced a special discount offer to mark the 34th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence.
 arrow Agrani Bank incurs Tk86.94cr operational loss
Agrani Bank incurred operational loss of Tk 86.94 crore while three other nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) made profits last fiscal year, Parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Cargo forwarders seek compulsory licensing to stop excess charge
International Freight Forwarders' Association of Bangladesh (IFFAB) yesterday called upon the government to bring all the freight forwarders under compulsory licensing from National Board of Revenue (NBR)
 arrow Saudi to push for Opec output hike, pump more oil
Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi said Monday the Opec kingpin will seek to raise the cartel's production ceiling by 500,000 barrels per day at this week's meeting, held amid soaring prices, and
 arrow IBM to buy Ascential for $1.1b
International Business Machines Corp has agreed to buy software maker Ascential Software Corp for $1.1 billion to bolster its information integration business, the companies said on Monday.
 arrow Thai Airways to launch first non-stop service to US in May
Thailand's national carrier Thai Airways on Monday announced an expansion of its international routes, including its first non-stop flights to the United States starting May 1.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka in the saddle
Dhaka took a solo lead halfway through the first-class table of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League when they stormed to an innings and two-run victory over hosts Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'We lack killer instinct'
India needs to show hunger for success and must learn to land the killer punch if they want to improve their standing in international cricket, coach John Wright said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan on a high
Pakistan plan to give India yet another shock treatment by raising the level of their performance in the second cricket Test starting at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Goodbye Batigol
Argentina´s record goalscorer Gabriel Batistuta has decided to quit soccer at the age of 36.
 arrow Football: Identical wins for top two
A late strike from Uruguayan Ruben Olivera gave Juventus a controversial 1-0 win at Chievo Verona on Sunday to leave them level with Serie A leaders AC Milan, who hung on for a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.
 arrow Football: Real disaster
Real Madrid slumped to a 2-1 defeat at lowly Getafe as the 29-times Spanish champions fell 11 points behind league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona in the race for the title.
 arrow Football: No second chances
Inter Milan and Porto have had an extra week to prepare for Tuesday's Champions League knockout round second leg but neither has used it well.
 arrow Football: Kluivert carries Magpies to semis
Patrick Kluivert was the scourge of his Dutch compatriot Martin Jol with the winner as Newcastle edged out their Premiership rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 to book a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
 arrow Cricket: Zondeki zaps Zimbabwe
South African fast bowler Monde Zondeki plunged Zimbabwe to an innings and 62 runs defeat on the third day of the second Test at Centurion Park Sunday.

 arrow Football: Kamalapur disgusts Al Faisaly
Jordanian club Al Faisaly arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play their away fixture in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup against local giants Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra.
 arrow Cricket: Musharraf may watch 1st ODI
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf may travel to Cochin in southern India to attend the one-day international between the two nations on April 2, a cricket board source told AFP here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: AIUB cricket
The University of Dental College (UDC) managed a seven-run victory against United International University in one of the opening day's matches in the AIUB fourth inter-private university cricket tournament
 arrow Cricket: BCB Award for photojournalists
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced the Photojournalist-of-the-Year- Award for local lensmen.
The one thousand dollar award will be handed over during the BCB Cricket Awards Night, 2004-05.

 arrow Chess: Eva takes lead
Nazrana Khan Eva continued her winning spree in the 26th National Women Chess Championship to take a solo lead after third round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Garry ready to play political chess game
Retiring Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov said Monday he was turning his talent for strategy away from the gameboard and toward Russian politics, to challenge the "dictatorship" of President Vladimir
 arrow Cricket: SA squad for Windies tour
Batsman Ashwell Prince and fast bowler Monde Zondeki were both named in South Africa's squad for a four-Test tour of the West Indies following their performances in the national team's innings win against
Metropolitanarrow Govt reneges on polls promises: Badruddoza
The BNP-led coalition government has totally failed to deliver election promises to curb corruption and violence, said former president and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) chief Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury
 arrow Hawkers occupy sidewalks four hours after eviction
The hawkers yesterday rebuilt their open-air shops on the footpaths of Nilkhet in the capital four hours after Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) evicted them.
 arrow Country achieves MDG in edn sector ahead of schedule
The education sector is the only area in which Bangladesh has achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) ahead of schedule, said Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk at a symposium yesterday.
 arrow '43 pc children malnourished'
Forty-three percent of the country's under-five children are malnourished while 17 percent are severely stunted, said the director of Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) Prof Farida Khatun.
 arrow 'Ban commercial fair on playground'
Around 200 young men from the city's Indira Road, Razabazar, Monipuripara and Sobhanbagh stood hand in hand around the T&T playground beside the Manik Mia Avenue yesterday demanding immediate ban on holding
 arrow Law makes women second class MPs
Gono Forum chief Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said women lawmakers of the reserved seats would be second-class members of parliament under the new law on women representation in Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow Father seeks justice
A father yesterday demanded that the killers of her daughter be brought to justice, alleging that she was strangled by her husband and in-laws over dowry at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj on February 28.
 arrow MoU with Mauritius on manpower export soon
Bangladesh and Mauritius yesterday agreed to strike a deal in the form of memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalise the existing cooperation in the field of manpower export to the island-state.
 arrow Huge raw materials gutted
A huge quantity of raw materials for jackets, particularly padding, worth several crore taka was gutted in a fire that broke out at a garments factory of Youngone Group at Chittagong Export Procession
 arrow 'Restore '72 Constitution'
Speakers at a discussion on Sunday called for the restoration of 1972 Constitution to uphold the spirit of the liberation war.
 arrow Tahaboor joins as UNB editor
Golam Tahaboor, former Bureau Chief of Agence France Presse (AFP), has joined United News of Bangladesh (UNB) as Editor.
Prior to joining UNB, Tahaboor was Editor of The New Nation.

 arrow Course on diplomacy begins April 2
As the world today is witnessing rapid and profound changes in domestic and international politics, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) will organise a three-month course on Diplomacy, International
 arrow Dohar Travels owner Salam on 3-day remand
Abdus Salam, owner of M/S Dohar Travels and Tourist, arrested following the tragic deaths of 11 Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean last month on their illegal voyage to Spain from Morocco, was placed on
 arrow IDB food aid for flood-hit children
A consignment of 245 metric tonnes of baby foods donated by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for the flood-affected children of Bangladesh was handed over to the government yesterday.
 arrow Aminul to be produced in court today
Aminul Islam, suspected killer of Dr Nazneen and her domestic help Parveen, was interrogated yesterday and will be produced before the court today.
 arrow Russian film festival begins
A three-day Russian war-based film festival began at the Dhaka University Teachers' Student Centre (TSC) yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of victory against fascism.
 arrow KMP Commissioner transferred
Javed Patwary, Commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police, has been transferred to Noakhali as Commandant of Noakhali Zonal Police Training Institute yesterday.
Nationalarrow Power from Barapukuria plant in November
One unit of the 250 MW Barapukuria Power Plant in Dinajpur, the first coal-based power plant in the country, will start generation in November this year.
 arrow No rail tracks yet for coal supply to plant
The Boropuluria coal mine project work is unlikely to be completed this month as scheduled earlier as laying of three kilometre rail tracks from Bhabanipur and 16 kilometre tracks from Maddhyapara hard
 arrow Magura AL council now planned for March 31
Dogged by internal feud, Magura district Awami League (AL) has set a fresh date-- March 31--for holding a council following a directive from the party high command.
 arrow A hospital with a difference
A clinic of Dumki upazila, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh (LHCB), has been rendering commendable health care service to poor people at a nominal fee.
 arrow Rab frees Jokiganj UP leader amid protest
Abdul Aziz Harun, chairman of Kashkanakpur Union Parishad in Jokiganj upazila, whose attest by Rab on Sunday night on charge of possessing illegal arms triggered protests by all political parties andleaders
 arrow 3 unions in Kurigram fully sanitised
Three unions of Fulbari upazila in Kurigram district have been declared totally sanitised.
 arrow 8 AL leaders join BNP in Rajshahi
Eight Awami League (AL) ward commissioners of Bhabanigany municipality in Bagmara joined BNP on Sunday at a simple function held at Shonadhigi BNP office in Rajshahi city.
 arrow 'Smugglers' led by BNP leader besiege Benapole BDR camp
Smugglers led by a BNP leader and a Union Parishad (UP) chairman on Sunday laid siege to a camp of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Benapole for release of a medicine smuggler.
 arrow Toll demanded from Kalaroa college principal
A group of miscreants on Sunday demanded illegal toll amounting to Tk one lakh from Kalaroa Govern-ment College principal.
 arrow Protest rally gives 48-hour deadline for culprits' arrest
Teachers and students of Borhanuddin Darul Ulum Kaomi and Keratia Madrasa, joined by a large number of local people, held a rally and brought out a procession in Bhola town on Sunday, protesting Saturday
 arrow Buses keep off Magura-Jessore road
Buses are off the Magura-Jessore highway since Friday, causing sufferings to travelers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Iraq -- two years after invasion
On March 20th, 2003 President Bush launched his "Operation Iraqi Freedom" by invading a small embargo-laden Muslim country ostensibly to destroy its weapons of mass destruction and to give freedom and
 arrow Integrating agriculture with industry
Agriculture is the most vibrant sector in our country with tremendous potentialities.
Culturearrow Dhaka Padatik celebrates silver jubilee
A huge floral arrangement greeted visitors at the entrance of the National Theatre Stage at the inaugural ceremony of the theatre festival.
 arrow "I am still trying to figure out my real self "-- Sharmin
Sharmin Lucky is a model-turned-host, frequently seen anchoring the popular cookery show, Siddiqu Kabir's Recipe, on television.
 arrow Kapil Dev hits the silver screen
Having retired from the game, India's cricket legend Kapil Dev is set to play a new innings.
 arrow Rajnigandha coming soon on ntv
Civilisation has taken us to a point where we don't need to meet people at cafes or public venues any more. Meeting people online has become a common phenomenon nowadays.
Internationalarrow China enacts law to stop Taiwan's independence
The annual session of China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), voted to pass the Anti-Secession Law yesterday, setting a legal framework to prevent Taiwan from being seceded from
 arrow Rice's India visit likely to make way for Bush
Top US diplomat Condoleezza Rice is expected to pave the way for a trip by President George W. Bush to emerging economic power India when she arrives here today for a whirlwind day of meetings.
 arrow 'Melting glaciers threaten water crisis'
Global warming is causing Himalayan glaciers to rapidly retreat, threatening to cause water shortages for hundreds of millions of people who rely on glacier-dependent rivers in China, India and Nepal,
 arrow US encouraged by Syria-UN talks
The United States called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday to follow through as soon as possible on what it called "encouraging" promises to a UN envoy to fully withdraw Syrian troops andintelligence
 arrow Annan pledges support for Abbas
UN chief Kofi Annan assured Mahmud Abbas yesterday that the world would work to create a Palestinian state, one day before the Palestinian leader was to hold crunch ceasefire talks in Cairo.
 arrow al-Qaeda ally may target US schools
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda's chief ally in Iraq, may be planning attacks on "soft targets" in the United States including movie theaters, restaurants and schools, Time magazine reported on Sunday.
 arrow Pooch follows master to the grave
An elderly Australian man will be buried with his loyal dog after the animal spent almost a week guarding the deceased's body and appeared too miserable to live after being removed from his master.
 arrow Wild elephant searching for beer tramples 3 to death
Three villagers were trampled to death and seven wounded by a wild Asiatic elephant searching for home-made rice beer in India's northeastern state of Assam, a wildlife official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Private member's bill
The restriction recently imposed by the ruling BNP on its MPs, requiring them to receive permission from the parliamentary party before placing a private member's bill in parliament, speaks poorly ofits
 arrow Editorial: No smoking in public place
The government's decision to ban smoking in public places and transports reflects its concern for public health, which is welcome.
 arrow Policy frames and poor farms
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently opened its regional office in New Delhi.
 arrow London diary
Ikkoi gal hai." I do not understand the mysteries of free association, but this quote kept wandering through my mind as I savoured, long-distance, yet another century by Virender Sehwag.
Letters to Editorarrow Supreme sacrifice
The whole country is in extreme shock at the tragic death of nine Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers.
 arrow Introduce 'FAR'
In response to the news "Five satellite cities to be developed" published on 28 February, 2005, we urge the government to stop thinking of "plot-based housing" under the satellite cities schemes for Savar,
 arrow Neglected women
The development of a country entirely depends on better participation of womenfolk in all spheres of national life. But in Bangladesh women are still far from being integrated into this process.
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