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Front Pagearrow Dumped into desert
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
 arrow Rookie consortium set to get contract
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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Father, son die in freak accident
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.
 arrow Pakistan to upgrade nuke capability
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
 arrow Boats of Bengal......

 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow CJ refused Thai visa
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain on Thursday was refused Thai visa for strict visa rules.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 38 Thais of Rupsha Bridge project found HIV-positive
A health survey found 38 Thai workers engaged in Rupsha Bridge Project (RBP) HIV-positive.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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'.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow Afghan floods kill 88
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow EC starts process to relax rules of origin criteria
The European Commission has started a process to relax the rules of origin criteria as these are found cumbersome and difficult for countries to comply with to benefit from the new EU GSP beginning from
 arrow 10-day SME fair in Dhaka from April 4
In a bid to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the country's apex trade body is going to organise a 10-day SME fair in Dhaka from April 4.
 arrow EU regrets US 'unilateral' action in Airbus-Boeing row
The European Union on Saturday accused the United States of unilaterally breaking off transatlantic talks on subsidies to aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing.
 arrow Japan sets no time to end US beef ban
Japan declined to give the United States a timetable for ending its costly ban on imports of US beef, saying Saturday that while it understood US concerns, more time was needed.
 arrow India's forex reserves up
India's foreign exchange reserves rose to a record high of $140.429 billion on March 11 from $137.56 billion a week earlier, the Reserve Bank of India said in its weekly statistical supplement Saturday.
 arrow Pakistan's trade deficit widens
Pakistan's trade deficit jumped to a provisional $593.34 million in February from $233.17 million a year earlier and from $465.46 million in January, the Federal Bureau of Statistics said Saturday.
 arrow G-21 urges US, EU to abolish export subsidies in 5 years
The Group of 21 developing countries yesterday asked the United States and European countries to eliminate their export subsidies in five years and reduce domestic support to agriculture.
 arrow Delta Life Ins posts 17pc premium income growth
Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd earned a total premium income of over Tk 210 crore in 2004, recording a growth of above 17 percent.
 arrow Hewlett-Packard holds road show with CityCell
Worldwide computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard (HP) has arranged a corporate road show with CityCell mobile phone company in Dhaka recently to promote HP products to CityCell employees.
 arrow Book on doing business launched
Publication ceremony of a book titled 'Doing Business in Bangladesh' was held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Top donors Japan, US to coordinate foreign aid
Japan and the United States, the world's two largest donors in dollar terms, pledged Saturday to coordinate their foreign aid to help focus the impact of assistance to the developing world.
 arrow Ex-WorldCom directors agree to pay millions in settlement
Eleven former WorldCom directors have agreed to pay 20 million dollars (15 million euros) out of their own pockets to settle a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of investors against the failed telecom giant,
 arrow New executive director of AP
Md Rafiqul Islam recently joined Ayurvedia Pharmacy Ltd (AP) as executive director.
Islam started his career in the then Squibb (Pakistan) Ltd where he served 20 years in different capacities.

 arrow Wal-Mart settles labour suit for $11m
Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday said it would pay a record $11 million to settle a civil probe by U.S. authorities into allegations it knowingly hired floor-cleaning contractors who employed illegal aliens.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka stumble at home
Rajshahi leapfrogged over Dhaka to the top of the one-day table of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League when the visitors handed the home side a 35-run defeat at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Classy Dravid sets up Eden for grand finale
Pakistan made a bold attempt to chase a stiff 422-run target for vic-tory in the second Test against an India inspired by Rahul Dravid at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronny double baffles BU
Farashganj Sporting Club caused the first upset in the Independence Day Gold Cup when the old-town outfit came from two goals down to hold giants Brothers Union 2-2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Bucknor press-ed
Umpire Steve Bucknor was severely critici-sed on Saturday by the Indian media for ruling Sachin Tendulkar out in a controversial manner in the second Test against Pakistan here.
 arrow Cricket: WICB invites Lara to play
Brian Lara has been called up by West Indies for the first Test against South Africa starting next Thursday after initially being left out of the squad along with six other senior cricketers after a sponsorship
 arrow Volleyball: Navy defeat Afghanistan
Bangladesh Navy registered a 3-1 victory over Afghanistan in an exhibition volleyball match at the Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Navy beat Afghanistan 25-12, 18-25, 25-16, 25-18.

 arrow Football: Twenty years on, Heysel memories still pain
The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals, pitting Juventus against Liverpool for the first time since the Heysel disaster, has recalled bitter memories for those associated with the Turin club.
 arrow Cricket: Murderous Martyn
Damien Martyn scored his 12th Test century as he went on a batting rampage with Adam Gilchrist to put Australia at a strong 337 for five at stumps on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand
 arrow Football: Rio eyes Eng captaincy
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed his dream to succeed David Beckham as England captain.
 arrow Football: It's Gerrard's biggest Merseyside derby
Steven Gerrard has billed Sunday's showdown with Everton at Anfield as the biggest Merseyside derby of his career to date and warned his teammates that millions of pounds, not just pride, will be riding
 arrow Cricket: Steve Rahul's inspiration
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, who Saturday completed the feat of scoring a century in both innings of a Test match, said he was inspired by the example of former Australian captain Steve Waugh.
 arrow Football: Euro glory tempts Shearer U-turn
Newcastle United's continuing run in the UEFA Cup could help persuade striker Alan Shearer to extend his career, club officials hope.
 arrow Football: Romario scores again!
Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning footballer Romario has become a father for the sixth time though he could have further children after freezing sperm before a vasectomy.
 arrow Football: Maldini staying at AC Milan till 2007
AC Milan's 36-year-old captain Paolo Maldini has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until June 2007.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters faces Davenport in final
Lindsay Davenport routed the reigning Wimbledon champion while Kim Clijsters took no prisoners as the two former champions advanced to the final of the Indian Wells WTA/ATP Masters Series event.
Metropolitanarrow Tifa is contrary to national interest
Bangladesh will lose its right to speak for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) if it signs the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) with the United States, economists at a discussion said
 arrow Businessmen against foreign interference
The business community also does not want any interference by foreigners in the internal affairs of the country, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Abdul Awal Mintoosaid
 arrow Take stand against HR violation in Nepal
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has urged the international community to take strong stand against human rights violation in Nepal following the grab of all powers by King Gyanendra by overthrowing
 arrow 'Help implement anti-tobacco law'
National Professor Dr Nurul Islam yesterday called upon all, including home ministry, law enforcement agencies, students, teachers, guardians, journalists, cultural activists, to come forward to helpimplement
 arrow 600 posts of seed experts to be created
The government will create some 600 new posts of seed experts in the Seed Certification Agency aiming at effectively certifying all seeds, including the private sector supplied seeds.
 arrow 72 more highway police posts to be set up
Seventy two more highway police posts will be set up across the country to contain robberies and ensure better road safety and security.
 arrow Govt has turned Bangladesh into a fundamentalist state
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League yesterday criticised the BNP-led alliance government, saying that it has turned secular Bangladesh into a fundamentalist country.
 arrow Caretaker shot in city
Miscreants yesterday shot and injured a caretaker of an under-construction building in the city.
 arrow 378 more expelled
A total of 378 students were expelled yesterday for cheating in the Mathematics examination of the SSC and its equivalent examinations across the country.
 arrow BCL vows to resist Shibir workers
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of 'false' case filed against its seven leaders and activists, including Dhaka
 arrow 'Obaidullah was a true patron of litterateurs'
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah was not only a poet but also a true patron of writers in the country.
 arrow Khulna customs commissioner closed to NBR office
Khulna Customs Commissioner Shahabuddin Nagari has been closed to the office of National Board of Revenue (NBR) for issuing an official order on March 8 suspending import and export activities at theMongla
 arrow 'Upgrade textile technology college'
Students of the College of Textile Technology yesterday demanded that the college be upgraded to a fully fledged university.
 arrow Shafiq personal assistant to Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General and Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has appointed former member of parliament Mohammad Shafiqul Islam as his personal assistant.
 arrow Ershad leaves for London
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad left for London on a weeklong tour yesterday.
Party sources said Ershad went on private tour.
Wife Bidisha Ershad and son Erik Earshad accompanied the formerPresident.

 arrow UITS ceremony today
The University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS) will hold a Matriculation & Recognition Ceremony 2005 at the Spectra Convention Centre at House # 19, Road # 7, Gulshan # 1, at 4.
 arrow 1,769 more held
Police arrested 1,769 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours, as of 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow BSTQM executives
Rehab President Dr Engr Taufiq M Seraj took over the office of the president of Bangladesh Society for Total Quality Management (BSTQM), says a press release.
Nationalarrow Cotton growers face setback
KUSHTIA: Cotton cultivators in six southwestern districts are in peril as the price of their cash crop has fallen drastically this year.
 arrow Rab putting criminals' profiles on computer
Rapid Action battalion (Rab) has taken a new move to record profiles of "most wanted criminals".
The profiles will be brought under computer network through special programming.

 arrow Unite to press for reform in caretaker system
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Hoque Inu yesterday called upon pro-liberation political parties to intensify the agitation to compel the government to reform caretaker governmentlaws
 arrow Prof Yunus murder probe stalled after ‘Shibir link' found
The Rajshahi Professionals' Coordinating Council will stage demonstrations in the in the city and submit memorandum to officials today demanding speedy trial of the murder of Professor Muhammad Yunusof
 arrow One drowns as trawler capsizes in Meghna
One person drowned and 11 others were injured, three of them seriously, as a fishing trawler capsizes in the Meghna in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 86 Bangladeshis jailed in India return home
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday handed over 86 Bangladeshis to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
They include 30 women, 36 minor boys and girls and eight children.

 arrow BDR on alert in Dinajpur after push-in bid foiled
BDR is on alert along the north-western borders after foiling two push-in bids by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Chirirbandar border in Dinajpur Thursday night.
 arrow Flag meet held
A Sector Commander label flag meeting between BDR and BSF was held at Atwari in Panchagarh on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow China-Taiwan problem
The passage of time is not making the situation between China and Taiwan any simpler. The truth is that Taiwan is an internal matter for China and even Taiwan does not dare challenge this position.
 arrow English language in Bangladesh
In the age of globalisation, the English language has also been globalised in terms of trade and commerce, education, culture, mobility of labour, the exchange of views, and so on.
Culturearrow Shabnam: Sheer magic of the silver screen
It was just the other day while at lunch, my thought suddenly went back to a west end London coffee shop where I was having a bite with a friend. It was a 1984 summer afternoon.
 arrow Yet another family play from Kolkata
The theatre scene is warming up. In the ongoing drama festival arranged by Dhaka Padatik, Protikrity, a troupe from Kolkata has come to stage two plays--Dampoti and Darpone Swaroswati.
 arrow A search for answers
Where have I come from? Where am I going? What is my purpose? These questions have chased human beings at some point of their lives.
 arrow A 30-year long journey
The fusion of earth and sky, the divine unity of natural elements and the heavenly relationship between human beings and earththese are the few facets of Ikebana, the Japanese ancient art of flower arrangement.
 arrow Kapur to direct Bruce Willis
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has signed on to direct the forthcoming Bruce Willis starring film Solace.
Generalarrow Muggers stab one to death
Muggers stabbed one person to death at Patenga sea beach in the city on Friday night.
He was identified as Kazi Shafiqul Islam alias Mithu, 30, a chemist of Bay-Fishing Corporation.

 arrow Teachers urged to increase efficiency
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk yesterday called upon the teachers to rather take their tasks as a 'noble effort' than just a profession for the welfare of the nation.
 arrow Mala Khan gets chancellor's gold medal
Mala Khan has received the chancellor's gold medal for obtaining the highest CGPA-3.9 out of 4 among the students of all departments of the University of Asia Pacific (UPA) in the spring 2000 session.
 arrow Union leaders attack top officials of jute mills in Ctg
Union leaders and activists of a jute mills in Sitakunda attacked its officials yesterday morning over the termination of a worker aligned to the ruling party.
Internationalarrow Killing goes on in Iraq as Bush defends war
At least seven Iraqis died yesterday, including three policeman blown up as they buried a murdered colleague, as protestors gathered in London to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq two years after
 arrow N Korea must stop its nuke plan: Rice
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said an international coalition remains committed to negotiating an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, but warned yesterday that North Korea cannot stall
 arrow US keeps pre-emptive strike strategy intact
The Pentagon said on Friday it will now include allies in top-secret US defence strategy sessions, but stressed that Washington could still launch unilateral, preemptive strikes to protect itself.
 arrow Lebanon president to skip Arab summit after bomb blast
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud issued a plea for national dialogue yesterday and cancelled plans to attend an Arab summit hours after a bomb blast in a Beirut suburb sparked fears of a return to sectarian
 arrow Woman leads Muslim prayer service in New York
A woman professor led an Islamic prayer service attended by both men and women Friday in New York, braving condemnation by Muslim religious leaders and even death threats.
 arrow Preparations for Israel's Gaza pullout gather pace
Preparations quickened yesterday for Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip as a Palestinian militant splinter group ended its informal truce, the first small chink in the fragile demilitarisation of the
 arrow Europe's support for US on Iraq falls
US President George W. Bush's previously faithful and proud New European allies are gradually withdrawing their support for his cause in Iraq.
 arrow India to bar rebels from availing Kashmir bus
The Indian army, battling Islamic insurgents in disputed Kashmir, said Friday it would keep rebels from using a historic bus between the two zones of the divided Himalayan territory.
 arrow Paris summit calls for 'complete pullout' of Syria from Lebanon
Russia joined the leaders of France, Germany and Spain on Friday in an appeal for a rapid and "complete pullout" of all Syrian troops and intelligence forces from Lebanon, a joint declaration said.
 arrow UN reminds members to sign anti-torture protocol
The UN called on all countries Friday to sign an anti-torture protocol that would allow surprise visits at detention centres after only six nations signed up to it in the two years since it was firstadopted.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Auditing Rajuk 10 years too late
What's going on in Rajuk? Internal auditing has resumed after a lapse of 10 years, and the very surprising news is that over 200 highly important files have disappeared from it in the interregnum, indicating
 arrow Editorial: Applauding the business leaders
The importance of recognising leaders of business for their innovative and creative ascent from virtual scratches can not be over-emphasised.
 arrow Religious extremism and freedom of choice
If truth be told then western obsession with security and war on terror, horrific though the al-Qaedist acts are, have caused sharp divides in the world.
 arrow Does the solution rest in the words of desperation?
Over the last few days the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are delivering strong words of castigations for the opposition, the media, the foreign donors and the diplomats alike.
Letters to Editorarrow Whither secular politics?
Today there are pockets of global confrontation at the political levels due to the infiltration of religion in politics (new political cosmetics vs. traditional) and time-tested religious beliefs andpractices.
 arrow A school in the garden
I would like to introduce a school that is situated in the heart of Dhaka city near the reputed Holy Cross School. It has a huge area of land; it's around more than an acre.
 arrow Political Greenhouse effect
As an undeveloped citizen of an underdeveloped country (although I am overage now, but am still interested in writing letters to the editors, feigned to be in public interest), I am not at all surprised
Star Healtharrow Weight loss is the key to control diabetes
Diabetes is growing as an epidemic throughout the world, and the epidemic are seldom controlled unless their causes are addressed. Obesity is strongly and causally linked to diabetes mellitus.
 arrow Expected role of Bangladesh Parliament Members in fighting against HIV & AIDS
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have now become the most dangerous silent killer in the world.
 arrow Scientists uncover how bee venom eases arthritis
Bee stings have long been known to relieve some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but only now has the reason for this been clarified.
 arrow Timely Emergency Surgical Care Can Minimise Disability
Each year one million people are losing their lives because of road traffic accidents and more than half a million women are dying from pregnancy related complications.
 arrow Community clinics play significant role in family planning
A major change in rural health service delivery was introduced in Bangladesh under the government’s five year sector programme (1998-2003).
 arrow Thyroid disorders common with Hepatitis C
People chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a significantly increased rate of thyroid abnormalities, according to a new report.
 arrow Air pollution tied to lower birth weight
Pregnant women who live in areas with high levels of air pollution may give birth to slightly smaller babies, according to U.S. government researchers.
Star Cityarrow Pvt varsity students face severe accommodation problem
As private universities in the city do not have dormitories, their students especially who come from outside Dhaka, are compelled to reside in expensive private hostels or rented houses in an environment
 arrow Child labour common in tanneries
Tenyear-old Mohammed Faroque looked surprised when asked why he works in a tannery factory.
 arrow Filling souls with dance and song
Pushan, an 8-year old was beaming as her eyes scanned the words of the song she had just taken down. "I really enjoy the singing lesson," she said after a while.
 arrow Cabbies reluctant about ID cards
Most taxicab drivers in the city have given thumbs down to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP)'s order to display identification cards on the dashboard of their vehicles.
 arrow Pantha Kunja remains closed for seven months
Pantha Kunja, a park near Sonargaon Hotel in the city, remained closed for more than seven months for renovation and beautification work.
 arrow BTTB yet to initiate further caller ID project
Despite the nagging demand from subscribers, Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) failed to bring all fixed phone users in the capital under the caller identification (ID) system.
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