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Kibria Killing Probe Report
8 BNP men made the attack
Political dominance motive, mastermind unknown
A high-powered government probe has identified eight BNP men as responsible for the January 27 grenade attack on Awami League meeting at Baidder Bazar in Habiganj that killed five people including former
Donors can leave if they can't adjust to our policy
Saifur grills them for 'political interference'
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted bilateral donors for 'interfering with the internal politics of Bangladesh' and said, "If they can't adjust to our internal policy and economic programmes,
BSF to suspend fencing within 150 yards of zero line
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) will stop construction of barbed wire fences within 150 yards of the 'zero line' until the thorny issue is resolved at the highest level of the governments of Bangladesh
PM speech draws opposition flak
Leaders of the mainstream opposition parties yesterday sharply reacted to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's speech in parliament on Tuesday, saying she cites the conspiracy of foreigners in domestic politics
CCC polls May 9
Election to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will be held on May 9.
The Election Commission (EC) in a gazette notification in Dhaka yesterday announced the election schedule.

Tax dodgers' list may be published
The government is contemplating publishing a list of tax defaulters in the same way the loan defaulters are exposed, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said.
India for Saarc summit between Mar 24-Apr 18
India has suggested that the coming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, to be held in Dhaka, could take place sometime between March 24 and April 18.
Bangabandhu's 86th birthday today
The 86th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of the nation's independence, will be observed today.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in 1920 in Tungipara in Gopalganj.

Indian HC terms fencing legitimate action
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka in a statement yesterday termed fencing work by the BSF within 150 yards of the zero-line a legitimate activity and said the fencing has no defence potential.
Child Trafficking
Dhaka off US blacklist
Bangladesh has finally been withdrawn from the US blacklist published last June that details those countries failing to adequately fight international sex trafficking, the outgoing Home Secretary Muhammad
Khaleda's remarks echo partners' voice
What Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said in parliament about the existence of Islamist militants in Bangladesh was an echo of the recent remarks of her party's coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami
Tri-nation Gas Pipeline
No change of heart yet at state level
Dhaka goes ahead with bilateral issues; Indian ministry for 'keeping MoU to tripartite matters alone'
The Energy ministry has dismissed press reports on Delhi's reluctance to sign any bilateral treaty with Dhaka in order to clinch the proposed tripartite gas pipeline agreement involving India, Bangladesh
TI Corruption Report
ACC formed with limited autonomy
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) formed in Bangladesh last year has adequate investigative powers but its autonomy is limited, corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) said in its Global
Indigenous people protest against land acquiring
Hundreds of indigenous people in the hill district Bandarban yesterday gathered at the Ruma Upazila Parishad premises to protest against the decision to acquire land for extending Ruma cantonment.
Habiganj By-polls
Reza Kibria not willing to contest
Reza Kibria, son of slain politician Shah AMS Kibria, dismissed the possibility of his contesting the parliamentary by-polls to his father's seat in Habiganj-3 as well as joining active politics.
Tendulkar in 10,000-club
India's Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday became the fifth batsman in the history of cricket to complete 10,000 Test runs, achieving the feat in the second Test against Pakistan here.

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Italy to start Iraq pullout in Sept
Fresh blow to Bush's shrinking war coalition
Leading US ally Italy said on Tuesday it would start withdrawing its soldiers from Iraq in September, in a fresh blow to President Bush's shrinking coalition.
India, US talks hit snags over pipeline with Iran, F-16s sale to Pakistan
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to India as part of a shift toward closer ties hit potentially serious snags yesterday over a pipeline from Iran and possible sales of F-16 jets to Pakistan.
Power Crisis
Ministry wings blame each other
The two divisions of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources at a parliamentary body meeting yesterday blamed each other for the on-going power crisis across the country.
2 Rab men held for demanding tolls
Two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were arrested on Tuesday night while demanding Tk one lakh in tolls from thieves charged with stealing public trees.
Appeal against Ghalib's remand rejected
Repeatedly placing an accused on police remand for interrogation, not exceeding 15 days at a stretch, is valid in the law of the land, the High Court (HC) ruled yesterday, dismissing summarily a petition
29 die, 23 others survive in Russian plane crash
At least 29 people died yesterday after a plane they were in crashed and caught fire as it attempted to land in Russia's Far North, the emergencies ministry told AFP.

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JCD, BCL move to oust Shibir from DU halls
Shibir men gather on campus
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and other student organisations continued their operations to oust Islami Chhatra Shibir activists from different dormitories of Dhaka University
Musharraf to visit India April 17
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will visit India on April 17 to watch a cricket match and also hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an Indian government spokesman said yesterday.

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