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Dumped into desert
24 Italy-bound Bangladeshis return after languishing in Sahara, Mali jail
Less than a month into the Mediterranean tragedy, yet another horrible story came to light yesterday as 24 Bangladeshi fortune-seekers returned home a year after travel agents had sent them to western
Meghnaghat Power Plant
Rookie consortium set to get contract
PDB under political pressure, seeks cabinet body nod tomorrow
Under the influence of a political lobby, the Power Development Board (PDB) tomorrow seeks approval of the Cabinet Purchase Committee to award a contract to set up the 450 megawatt second phase Meghnaghat
Jatrabari flyover gets govt nod
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday approved in principle the seven-kilometre Jatrabari flyover project to be implemented by a joint venture of Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates and India
Withdrawal of 2 Eu Envoys
New foreign secretary not aware of move
New Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin expressed his ignorance of the reported government move to request two European countries to withdraw their envoys from Dhaka for their interference in internal political
PM flies to Singapore today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia goes to Singapore today, the first by a Bangladeshi leader in decades, aimed at exploring new avenues of economic and commercial cooperation with the southeastern business bastion.
Rice finds Bangladesh becoming 'quite troubling'
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said Bangladesh is becoming "quite troubling" and there is more that the USA and India could do.
Dravid puts India in driver's seat
India vice-captain Rahul Dravid struck hundreds in each innings for the second time in his career to help his team push for victory against Pakistan in the second Test on Saturday.
Fresh row at ACC over transfer order
A new conflict surfaced between the chairman and a commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over the recent 'controversial' transfer order of eight officials of now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption
Father, son die in freak accident
Mother in critical state, daughter injured
Two members of a family were killed and two others injured when a tree fell on the CNG-run three-wheeler they were in at Tejgaon yesterday evening.
Pakistan to upgrade nuke capability
Tests long-range missile
President Pervez Musharraf vowed yesterday to further upgrade Pakistan's nuclear capability but with a "strict adherence" to non-proliferation as he watched the test-firing of a long-range missile which

Boats of Bengal......

Petrol import may stop to check octane adulteration
The government is likely to stop the import of petrol in a bid to check the adulteration of octane.
Octane sells at Tk 35 per litre while the price of petrol is Tk 33 per litre.

Galib denied bail again
A weary looking Asadullah Al Galib, chief of Ahle Halith Andolan, was denied bail yesterday by the Gaibandha magistrate court in two consecutive bomb blast cases.
CJ refused Thai visa
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain on Thursday was refused Thai visa for strict visa rules.
Encyclopaedia on Liberation War launched
Muktijuddho Kosh, a five-volume encyclopaedia on the Liberation War, was launched yesterday at a simple ceremony in the capital.
38 Thais of Rupsha Bridge project found HIV-positive
21 repatriated
A health survey found 38 Thai workers engaged in Rupsha Bridge Project (RBP) HIV-positive.
70 Chinese miners die in coal mine explosion
Seventeen miners were confirmed dead and more than 50 were trapped underground after a powerful gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China yesterday, state media reported.
Decision taken to set up textile zone outside Dhaka
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday in principle decided to set up a textile zone outside Dhaka which will be equipped with waste treatment plants.
'Dead woman' arrested after convict spends7 years in jail
Police Friday night arrested Josna for whose alleged 'murder', one youth of Magura has already spent seven years in jail.
BNP to protest hartal Mar 30
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said his party will hold simultaneous rallies in six divisional headquarters on March 30 to protest hartal, anarchism and destructive designs of the
Opposition human chains today
The mainstream opposition parties today form human chains in upazilas across the country to register their 'no confidence in the BNP-led coalition government'.
Woman found dead in hotel
Police recovered the body of a woman in a hotel at Motijheel in the city last night.
The dead was Sufia Begum, 22, wife of Azam Uddin of Baharchhara in Cox's Bazar.

Annan 'to propose UN reform plan'
Secretary-General Kofi Annan will propose on Monday sweeping changes to the United Nations, including expansion of the Security Council and changes to a human rights panel, the Los Angeles Times has reported.
Afghan floods kill 88
Raging waters leave thousands homeless
Severe floods across much of Afghanistan have killed at least 88 people and left thousands homeless as houses were swept away by the raging waters, officials said yesterday.
Gas Pipeline from Iran
High price holds back Indian project
After United States' objection to Iran-India gas pipeline project apparently due to Tehran's nuclear programme, the ambitious export project faces further stalemate over price.
EU asks WB candidate Wolfowitz to present his plans
European Union development commissioner Louis Michel has invited US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to present his future plans if confirmed as next president of the World Bank.
Injury marks found on elephant carcass
The elephant found dead at Rajapara jungle in the district's frontier Langadu upazila on Thursday was possibly killed by poachers.
Four killed by thunder
Four people were killed and at least four others seriously injured in thunderstorms in Thakurgaon and Nilphamari in the last two days.

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