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Front Pagearrow Nor'wester kills 16, injures 300
At least 16 people, including women and children, were killed and over 300 injured by nor'wester in Chandpur, Habiganj, Faridpur, Kishoreganj, Manikganj and Munshiganj yesterday and Tuesday night.
 arrow Robber Rab sergeant caught red-handed
A sergeant of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was caught red-handed yesterday while six of his alleged colleagues managed to flee with Tk 7.8 lakh robbed from a cattle trader at Gabtoli in the city.
 arrow Cops foil opposition hunger marches
Police foiled an opposition attempt to take out 'hunger processions' in Dhaka and elsewhere yesterday as they clubbed and fired rubber bullets and teargas shells on the demonstrators opposition gatherings,
 arrow PM opens Khilgaon flyover
A long cherished dream of the city dwellers came true as Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday opened the country's second and biggest flyover at the busy Khilgaon road-rail intersection in a major step
 arrow Partha released from jail at last
Shaibal Saha Partha, arrested on suspicion of sending an email threat to kill Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, was released from jail yesterday, sevens months into his arrest.
 arrow Drug barons operate from Dhaka jail
Notorious drug peddlers now in Dhaka Central Jail allegedly continue their illegal trade of banned drugs like heroin and phensidyl inside the jail in collusion with a section of dishonest jail staff,convicts
 arrow Move to close down illegal travel agencies
The civil aviation ministry has decided to send a list of genuine travel agents to the deputy commissioners (DC) in a move to clamp down on illegally operating travel agencies.
 arrow Elegy for a Bir Sreshtha
Thirty-four years have gone by since the Liberation War, but successive governments have not taken any initiative to bring back martyred Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman's (Bir Sreshtha) grave from Pakistan.
 arrow ACC blasts Cabinet Division for turmoil
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday went on the record blasting the Cabinet Division for its 'negative role' that is holding back the commission's progress and hurting its image as an independent
 arrow Dhaka, S'pore to combat terrorism together
Bangladesh and Singapore have agreed to cooperate in combating international terrorism and work in close collaboration in the Asia Middle East Dialogue (Amed) to remove misgivings in the West linkingreligion
 arrow 95pc inter-city tickets sell on black market
More than 95 percent tickets for Dhaka-bound inter-city trains at Jamalpur railway station are sold on the black market, costing the passengers about Tk 13,000 extra every day, according to a report of
 arrow Unocal starts production in Moulvibazar gas field
US oil company Unocal has started production in Moulvibazar gas field adding over 70 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) to the national grid.
 arrow Indo-Pak Test today
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq promised on Wednesday to adopt an aggressive approach in his 100th Test as his team seek to level the three-Test series against India.
 arrow Iraq clashes kill 80
A raid by US and Iraqi forces on a suspected rebel training camp left 80 militants dead, the single biggest one-day death toll for rebels in months and the latest in a series of blows to the country's
 arrow US still in talks on FBI help to seek out grenade origin
After completion of investigation into the Kibria murder case, the government has sought FBI's assistance in digging out the origin of the grenade used in the January 27 attack in Habiganj.
 arrow Saifur's breakfast meeting with US, UK envoys
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday had a breakfast meeting with the British and US envoys and exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest, informed sources said.
 arrow Helicopter crash-lands in Noakhali
A private helicopter, caught in a storm, crash landed in Noakhali injuring three on board -- Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh leader MA Mannan, his personal staff and the pilot.
 arrow Hartal hours curtailed
The Awami League (AL) and its allies have curtailed the March 31 hartal for four hours in Dhaka to facilitate a programme of the family of slain AL lawmaker Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow JS body asks BB to install machines
A parliamentary body yesterday asked Bangladesh Bank (BB) to install adequate number of fake note detecting machines to check currency forgery, which is showing an upward trend.
 arrow Thai envoy's clarification
Ambassador of Thailand in Bangladesh Suphat Chitranukroh has said in a clarification to The Daily Star report dated March 20 and titled "38 Thais of Rupsha Bridge Project found HIV-positive" that thesaid
 arrow CPJ writes PM to show concern
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a US-based media watchdog, sent a letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Tuesday expressing grave concern over numerous threats and attacks on journalists in Bangladesh
 arrow Medical board yet to furnish its report
The medical board formed to examine a skeleton suspected to be of abducted magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury could not furnish its report yesterday.
 arrow Mujibul Huq, ICDDR,B get Independence Award
M Mujibul Huq, chairman of the National Pay Commission 2004, and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) have won the Indepen-dence Award 2005.
 arrow Two women die in train accident
Two women were killed in a train accident at Renga Madrasa rail-crossing in Mugla Bazar near the city yesterday.
Businessarrow Dhaka for GSP lifting for states with 10pc market share in EU
Bangladesh is set to lobby for the withdrawal of generalised system of preference (GSP) facility on textile products for the countries attaining a 10 percent share in the European Union market.
 arrow Privatise operational services of Ctg port
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday asked the government to privatise operational services of Chittagong port to increase efficiency and urgently embark on a deep-sea port project
 arrow Local businesses see export boost on Singapore interest
As more Singaporean companies have expressed their interests to invest in Bangladesh particularly in joint venture projects, local business leaders hope that exports will see a boost in the coming years.
 arrow Ericsson offers discount for telecoms operators in Bangladesh
Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson yesterday offered 20 percent discount for telecoms operators in Bangladesh.
 arrow JS body for cut in corruption to achieve PRSP target
A Parliamentary watchdog body yesterday stressed the need for removing corruption to achieve the targets of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
 arrow China may seek redress at WTO in fibre row with EU
China may seek redress at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) after the European Union imposed anti-dumping tariffs on several Chinese makers of a widely used synthetic fibre, state press and officials
 arrow Pepsi, Black sign deal
In a bid to promote band music among the youth, soft drink giant Pepsi yesterday signed a business promotional deal with Black, a local band.
 arrow Ericsson sues Sendo for patent violation
Ericsson has sued the British mobile handset maker Sendo for patent infringement in several countries.
 arrow HR Textile okays 5pc dividend
HR Textile Mills Limited, an enterprise of Pride Group, has declared a five percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow BGMEA sees big RMG market in India
President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) Annisul Huq yesterday said India might be a large market for Bangladeshi readymade garments (RMG).
 arrow India ready to spend $25b on overseas energy ventures
India is ready to spend up to 25 billion dollars on overseas oil and gas ventures to meet spiralling demand, Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said Wednesday.
 arrow Fed raises rates to check Inflation
The Federal Reserve, expressing new found concerns about inflation, will keep on raising interest rates for the rest of this year and beyond.
 arrow New deputy chairman of Reliance Ins
Anwarul Huq, joint managing director of Reliance Insurance Ltd, has been elevated to the post of deputy chairman of the company with immediate effect, in which capacity he will continue to work on a full
 arrow Bank holiday on Saturday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Saturday (March 26) on account of Independence Day, said a central bank release yesterday.
Sportsarrow Football: Big boys thru' to semis
Brothers Union and Abahani reached the semifinals of the Independence Day Gold Cup winning their respective matches at the rain-soaked Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy's 100th & Bangalore Test begins today
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has brushed aside suggestions he may be sacked if his team fails to secure a series-levelling victory in the third and final Test against India starting here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar signs off century round
The sixth round of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League ended with a flourish when Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar hammered the ninth ton of this round on the final day yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Wright makes up his mind?
New Zealander John Wright will quit as India's first foreign cricket coach in May, sources told AFP on Wednesday, adding a search had already begun to find his successor.
 arrow Cricket: 'No negative game plan'
Already one-up in the series, India would not play a negative game to draw the third and final Test against Pakistan commencing here today, skipper Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly asks ICC to take firm stance
India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a "permanent stance" on Harbhajan Singh's bowling action, saying the off-spinner needs to play without any
 arrow Cricket: 'We'll go all out to win'
Describing the third and final Test against India as a "do-or-die" affair, Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Wednesday said his side would adopt an aggressive approach and would go all out for a win.
 arrow Cricket: Accolades rain on him
Friends and rivals have joined hands to pay rich tribute to Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, set to make his 100th Test appearance in the third and final match against India here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Prasad retires
Former India seam bowler Venkatesh Prasad has announced his retirement from cricket.
 arrow Football: Parreira backing Ronaldo
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is confident that star striker Ronaldo will soon be back to his best.
 arrow Football: Chin up Mourinho
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho said Tuesday his focus on his job has not been hurt by UEFA's decision to open disciplinary proceedings against him and the London-based club on charges of bringing the game
 arrow Football: AFC welcomes Australia
Australia's bid to join the Asian Football Confederation has won the organisation's backing, president Mohamed Bin Hamman announced Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Delhi on a sticky wicket
Cricket officials in the Indian capital are hoping Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will bail them out after municipal authorities refused permission to stage a high-profile match at a stadium still
 arrow Chess: Fischer's journey continues
Former US world chess champion Bobby Fischer, who is set to move to Iceland after eight months' detention in Japan, is widely considered one of the sport's most brilliant minds of all time.
 arrow Football: Platini thinks he has edge over Kaiser
France legend Michel Platini has spiced up the race for the 2006 UEFA presidency claiming his main rival, West Germany's 1974 World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer, would have been better going for the post
 arrow Cricket: MCC honours for Stewart, Hussain
Former England cricket captains Alec Stewart and Nasser Hussain have both become honorary life members of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of London's Lord's Cricket Ground announced here Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Rani runner-up
Outgoing champion Rani Hamid finished runner-up in the 26th National Women's Chess Cham-pionship which concluded yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Identical twins for first time
New Zealand's Marshall brothers were named as the first identical twins to ever play Test cricket Wednesday after Black Caps selectors lost patience with the struggling opening partnership of captainStephen
 arrow Kabadi: Independence Day Cup kabadi on
Bangladesh Army defeated Bangladesh Navy 42-16 in the opening match of the Independence Day Cup kabadi tournament at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Barnak beat BAF
A hattrick by Sohel helped Barnak Samaj snatch a 4-3 win over Bangladesh Air Force in the Independence Day hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Inter-office v'ball
Dhaka Operation and Maintenance Circle lifted the inter-office volleyball title of Bangladesh Water Development Board defeating Directorate of Accounts by 2-1 sets in the final at Sagardi, Barisal yesterday.
 arrow Football: Munna's chehlum tomorrow
The chehlum of former national football captain Monem Munna, who died on February 12, will be held at the Abahani club premises tomorrow after the Jumma prayers.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock out of first WI Test
Shaun Pollock's ankle injury has ruled him out of the first Test against West Indies which starts in Georgetown, Guyana on March 31.
 arrow Handball: Dinajpur BDR h'ball champs
Dinajpur clinched the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) inter-sector handball tournament title beating Mymensingh 14-10 at Netrakona BDR training ground on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Medical colleges lack adequate number of teachers'
Despite some impressive gains in health sector, the country still lacks adequate number of teachers in medical colleges, said the speakers at a conference yesterday.
 arrow 30 pc of private teaching jobs reserved for women
The government has ordered all private schools, colleges and madrasas to reserve 30 per cent of teaching jobs for women compared to the current level of about 10 per cent, a minister said yesterday.
 arrow 2 get 31 yrs for possessing heroin
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two persons to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing 250 grams of heroin 11 years back.
 arrow Govt distorts original design: Saber
Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday alleged that the present government has distorted the original design of the Khilgaon flyover out of political vengeance, depriving about eight lakh
 arrow Mayor seeks EC permission to clean Ctg city
In an unusual bid to keep the city clean, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Ahmed has appealed to the Election Commission (EC) seeking permission to stop indiscriminate display ofposters
 arrow 'Resist conspiracy against dev activities'
BNP central leaders yesterday called on the party leaders and workers at the grassroots level to work together and resist the conspirators who are creating obstacles to development activities.
 arrow FFs' Trust leaders threaten to boycott state functions
The Central Action Council of Bangladesh Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust yesterday protested the move to close down Tabani Beverage Ltd.
 arrow Independence Day programmes
Different socio-cultural organisations have taken up elaborate programmes to celebrate the Independence Day on March 26.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers for nationalisation of jobs
Braving rains and gusty wind, more than 100 non-government primary teachers held a daylong sit-in at Muktangan in the capital yesterday to press for their one-point demand for nationalisation of their
 arrow Stamford signs MoU with Belta
The Stamford University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (Belta) on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Tk 2.8cr fake brand cigarettes seized
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday seized 3.4 lakh cigarette packets of fake brand worth around Tk 2.8 crore in the city.
 arrow MoU with 4 foreign universities
Dhaka University and Rajshahi University yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four foreign universities to carry out joint collaborative research programmes regarding the seismicrisk
 arrow Suit to cancel BMA registration
A suit for cancellation of Bangladesh Medical Association's (BMA) registration was filed with the Fourth Assistant Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Poverty blamed for rising fundamentalism
Rising fundamentalism has become a potential threat to the country, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow CPA fines 43 cargo ships
The Magistrate Court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) fined 43 inland cargo ships Tk 4 lakh on various charges while conducting mobile courts from upstream at Karnaphuli bridge point to the port estuary
 arrow 1,546 more held
Police arrested 1,546 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Cry for safe water in 3 south-western dists
The small town of Satkhira resounded with full throated slogans as people in their thousands poured on streets demanding 'access to safe water'.
 arrow New look for an old bldg
Work to turn the age-old Barisal Collectorate building into a museum will resume next month.
 arrow 100 tonnes of maize seized at Bhomra port
About 100 tonnes of maize imported from India were seized yesterday by customs officials at Bhomra land port as those were 'inedible'.
 arrow UP leaders boycott meeting protesting MP's 'corruption’
Six Union Parishad (UP) chairmen of Charghat upazila on Tuesday boycotted the monthly Develop-ment Coordination Committee meeting protesting alleged nepotism and corruption by ruling party lawmaker from
 arrow 35 BNP men quit party in B’baria
At least 35 BNP leaders in Ashuganj resigned from their party posts on Tuesday.
 arrow RU BCL protests BSS news on Joy
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) held a rally on Rajshahi University campus and brought out a procession yesterday protesting the "false, fabricated and motivated" report releases by BSS about Joy, son
Point-Counterpointarrow What does contempt of court mean?
There is an overwhelming view among jurists that the rules embodied in the law of contempt of court are intended to uphold and ensure the effective administration of justice.
 arrow India-Pakistan: Prospects of peace in sight?
Against the backdrop of uncertain situation in Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal following dismissal of Sher Bahadur Deuba's government by King Gyanandra on February 5, and disturbed political climate in Bangladesh
Culturearrow Aminul Islam through the decades
Aminul Islam recently held an exhibition at Shilpangan. On display were many samples of his works over the decades. He is a self-professed rebel in his family, taking his course into fine arts on hisown.
 arrow Amar Bangladesh in our spirits
Star Cineplex, in association with a Bangla daily Bhorer Kagoj is commemorating an Independence Week special.
 arrow Five greatest ensemble casts in Hollywood movies
The difference between a great cast and a great ensemble cast is the difference between Casablanca and The Big Chill.
 arrow Andhokarer Gaan
Written and directed by Ferdous Hasan, the television play Andhokarer Gaan features Shahed Sharif Khan, Kushum Shikdar, Litu Anam and others. The story of the play dates back to the LiberationWar.
 arrow Pepsi Rock & Rhythm
On the occasion of the Independence Day, ATN Bangla will telecast a special episode of the regular musical programme Pepsi Rock & Rhythm at10:35pm.
Generalarrow Seminar on leadership development begins today
A seven-day 'Asia Pacific Exchange Leadership Development Seminar' begins at the Brac centre in Rajendrapur today to provide leadership training for the youths.
 arrow Connecting Futures Festival from tomorrow
A five-day-long festival involving hundreds of youths from the UK and Bangladesh begins in the city tomorrow.
The 'Connecting Futures Festival' has been organised by the British Council.

 arrow Correction
The launching ceremony of a book titled 'Pundits from Pakistan' by Rahul Bhattacharya was held at Etcetera Bangladesh, a retail shop, at Gulshan in the city on Monday.
Internationalarrow Musharraf calls for progress on Kashmir
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warned Wednesday that ongoing rapprochement between Pakistan and India could derail if there was no progress on the Kashmir issue.
 arrow Iraqi commandos seize rebel base, kill dozens of militants
Iraqi commandos backed by US troops and helicopters killed dozens of foreign militants in an hours-long battle to seize an insurgent training camp north of Baghdad, officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow 2 dead, 3 injured in Beirut explosion
Two people were killed and three injured, Lebanese television said, in a blast which devastated a shopping centre north of Beirut, in what was suspected to be the second attack since last month's killing
 arrow Red Lake in shock after freak shooting
Teenage gunman Jeff Weise drove a stolen police car up to his school and then randomly shot at students and teachers, authorities said as the remote town of Red Lake grieved for the victims of the latest
 arrow Israel rejects Arab peace initiative
Arab leaders were to hold the final day of talks Wednesday at a summit which saw them adopt a resolution to reactivate a Middle East peace initiative, a proposal that was swiftly rejected by Israel.
 arrow Putin to make landmark visit to Israel in April
President Vladimir Putin will travel to Israel next month on the first such visit by a Russian head of state, Israeli officials announced Wednesday.
 arrow IRA again rejects blame for Belfast man's murder
The Irish Republican Army again denied involvement on Wednesday in the murder of a Catholic man in Belfast, saying it had tried to help solve the case that has sparked a major campaign against paramilitary
 arrow US court rejects Schiavo parents' appeal
A US court rejected an appeal by the parents of a brain-damaged Florida woman who had asked for her feeding tube to be reinserted, according to an opinion issued on Wednesday.
 arrow Laden eluded US forces in Tora Bora: Report
A terror suspect held at Guant-anamo Bay, Cuba, was a commander for Osama bin Laden during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and helped the Al-Qaeda leader escape his mountain hide-out
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka-Singapore ties
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit to Singapore has put across the signal that Bangladesh is prepared to have closer ties with the country known for its tremendous technological prowess, sound economic
 arrow Editorial: The telling toll of tornado
This is a humanitarian disaster, not quite the broadest in sweep, but intensely destructive with its shearing fury.
 arrow Recipe of American Rice and Indian curry
The title of this piece was motivated by a comment to a question posed to the US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by an Indian journalist, Raj Chengappa, during her recent visit to that country.
 arrow Are decks being cleared for SAARC summit?
It appears that the decks are being cleared for the new dates to stage the twice postponed 13th summit of the south Asian leaders even though a convenient time suiting all the seven member states ofthe
Letters to Editorarrow Don't call hartal on Sunday
Sunday is a sacred day for the Christians all over the world. All the people from the infants to the elderly attend the church on Sunday.
 arrow Image
We are talking much about the image of the country, which is claimed to have been tarnished by people outside the government.
 arrow Plight of students under NU
The students of National University are the victims of a diabolical situation. They are enormously trouble-ridden. Especially the students of English have to face great difficulties.
 arrow Yet another leakage!
The Public Service Commission has failed to prevent leakage of BCS questions for the third consecutive year! A Bangla daily printed the leaked and the original questions on 25 February.
 arrow Agriculture sector
The government is rightly focussed on the agricultural development of this fertile country, where the vast majority live in the rural areas.
 arrow "Religious extremism and freedom of choice"
I have gone through the article under the above title and believe that there are many lessons to learn from it.
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