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Front Pagearrow CCC elections acid test of fairness
The Election Commission (EC) plans a foolproof security for the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls, slated for May 9, which is widely seen as an acid test of how free and fair the next parliamentary
 arrow Nation celebrates 35th Independence Day
The nation celebrates today the 35th Independence Day and National Day to pay tributes to the three million martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for independence, with fresh pledge to build a happy and
 arrow Anti-smoking law effective from today
The law restricting smoking at public places comes into effect from today as per Thursday's government gazette notification issued on the "Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act 2005".
 arrow Monuments for the 7 Birsreshthas
The government will erect monuments for the seven Birsreshthas and construct commemorative school and college buildings in their home areas to pay homage to the country's highest gallantry awardees.
 arrow New chiefs of EC, army, air force in next quarter
The Election Commission (EC) and the armed forces in the next quarter this year will see new appointments to four key posts that are to play vital roles in holding the next parliamentary elections under
 arrow India irate as US offers F-16s to Pakistan
The United States plans to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan despite objections from Islamabad's arch-rival India, a senior US official said yesterday.
 arrow 5 joint venture hospitals in city by next year
The first of its kind in the country, five joint venture hospitals are being set up in the capital by five leading overseas healthcare enterprises and their local partners.
 arrow Govt not sincere about CHT treaty, says Larma
Parbatya Chattagram Jono Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Chairman Jotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma yesterday said BNP-Jamaat led four-party alliance government is doing nothing to implement theChittagaong
 arrow Mammoth Pak score
Vice-captain Younis Khan struck a career-best 267 to help Pakistan to an imposing first innings 570 on the second day of the third and final Test against India here on Friday.
 arrow BSF guns down 2 Bangladeshis
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Datbhang beel (water body) under Swarupnagar Police Station of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India, early yesterday.
 arrow BNP man collects nomination
Ahead of the Habiganj-3 by-election scheduled for April 25, ruling BNP candidate Abu Lais Mobin Chowdhury yesterday collected nomination paper to get his party ticket for the by-polls.
 arrow 2 more die, another body recovered
Two persons, injured in Sunday night's tornado, died at a local hospital Thursday night, while rescue workers recovered an unidentified charred body from a brickfield at Khamar Dashalia village in Sadullahpur
 arrow Bangladesh has excellent track record: Tata
Bangladesh has an excellent track record with regard to contractual obligations and the country needs to get a start, according to Tata Industries Group Chairman Ratan Tata.
 arrow Suicide attacks on Iraqi security forces kill 15
Two suicide car bomb attacks in Iraq killed at least 15 people and wounded 20 including two US soldiers, American and Iraqi officers said yesterday.
 arrow Back from Brunei devastated
An expatriate Bangladeshi businessman yesterday alleged that the Brunei immigration forcibly sent him back to the country and that the Bangladesh Mission in Brunei did not help him in this regard.
 arrow Bring Matiur's remains back from Pakistan
Citizens held a rally and formed human chain at Shahbagh in the city yesterday demanding the government's immediate initiative regarding bringing back the remains of martyred Birsreshtha flight lieutenant
 arrow Rab completes one year of operation
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) today celebrates one year of its inception.
The government claims law and order has improved a lot in the one year of Rab operation.

 arrow Galib sent to Naogaon jail
Islamist militant leader and the main accused in Kotalipara Brac office robbery case Dr Asadullah Al Galib was sent to Naogaon district jail from here early yesterday.
 arrow Mysterious death of patient at city clinic
A Transcom Electronics employee died yesterday due to alleged wrong treatment six hours into a minor plastic surgery to remove a facial scar at Central Hospital at Dhanmondi in the city.
 arrow College girl commits 'suicide'
A student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College allegedly committed suicide in the city's Motijheel area yesterday.
 arrow Modi calls off UK visit
The controversial, right-wing Indian politician Narendra Modi has put off a visit to UK because of security concerns, officials say.
 arrow Opposition names new Kyrgyz acting president
Kyrgyzstan's opposition, after seizing power in what the ousted leadership called a coup, on Friday named a new acting president and appealed for calm in the capital after a night of violence, burning
 arrow Highway robbery on rise in South-West
Increased highway robberies in the South-Western regions have made transportation of passengers and goods especially at night risky.
 arrow 1100 fake mobile phone cards seized in Jessore
Police on Thursday seized 1100 pieces of fake mobile phone cards from Eden Market in the town and arrested four people.
 arrow EU asks Israel to stop expansion of settlement
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana voiced concern at Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and urged Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to freeze construction, in a statement issued Friday.
Businessarrow Morshed urges Thailand to narrow down trade gap
The three-day show of Thai products styled "Thailand Exhibition 2005" began in the port city yesterday with a call for enhancing bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Thailand.
 arrow Buffalo horn products losing export prospect on smuggling
Despite huge demand for buffalo horn made buttons in South Korea, Bangladesh cannot avail the export opportunity fully due to rampant smuggling of raw buffalo horns.
 arrow China shows keen interest in inking FTA with India
China has expressed its keenness to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with India to help further boost bilateral trade now estimated at $14 billion.
 arrow Malaysia needs to cut budget deficit to earn credit upgrade
Malaysia must cut its budget deficit further and work harder to spur the private sector before it can earn another sovereign credit upgrade, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's said Friday.
 arrow New Sony president sees profit target as too high
Sony's new president thinks it will be difficult for the Japanese electronics giant to hit its target of a 10 percent operating profit margin, a newspaper report said on Friday.
 arrow Air France plans to buy Boeing 777s
Air France said Friday it plans to replace part of its aging fleet of cargo planes with Boeing's new 777 freighter version.
 arrow Standard Bank announces 20pc stock dividend
Standard Bank Limited has announced a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
The dividend was declared at a board meeting of the bank held in Dhaka on Wednesday.

 arrow Aristopharma gets ISO certification
Local pharmaceutical company Aristopharma Ltd has got ISO 9001:2000 Certification for Quality Management System.
 arrow Prime Bank signs deal on remittance with Saudi bank
Prime Bank recently signed an agreement with Arab National Bank (ANB) of Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Holcim to acquire India’s Ambuja Cement
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of India yesterday gave its nod to Holcim Cements to acquire cent per cent equity in Ambuja cement India that would fetch foreign investment up to $1.
 arrow Robust US, China outlook to help Japan growth : OECD
OECD Secretary General Donald Johnston on Friday said the Japanese economy should benefit from expected robust growth in the United States and China, Japan's key export markets.
 arrow IMF examines EU deal to relax budget rules
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it was looking into a deal clinched by European Union leaders to relax the bloc's enfeebled fiscal rules.
 arrow ROK to sign FTA with Singapore
South Korea will sign a free trade pact with Singapore next month that will cut tariffs on growing trade between the rival Asian manufacturers of high-end electronics, the finance ministry said Friday.
 arrow Jalalabad Telecom, AKTEL sign deal
Cell phone operator AKTEL and Jalalabad Telecom Ltd (JTL) have signed an interconnectivity agreement on Thursday in Dhaka.
Under the deal, AKTEL and JTL will now have access to each other's network.

 arrow British PM hits back over EU service reform
British Prime Minister Tony Blair predicted Thursday that the essence of a disputed bill to open up Europe's services sector would be approved, despite staunch opposition from French President Jacques
 arrow Emirates to launch Dubai-Seoul service May 1
Emirates is going to launch its new daily non-stop Dubai-Seoul flights from May1.
 arrow Euro hovers under $1.30
The euro remained under 1.30 dollars in thin trading on Friday when many forex traders were on holiday, and European stock markets closed, for the long Easter weekend break.
 arrow Toshiba, its subsidiary must pay $84m in suit
Electronics maker Toshiba Corp. and a subsidiary were ordered to pay Lexar Media Inc.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Mar 19-Mar 24, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Harbhajan after Younis
Younis Khan feasted on a listless Indian attack with a maiden double-century as Pakistan posted a massive 570 in the third and final Test here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Mukti leave it late
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra rode on late strikes to move into the final of the Independence Day Gold Cup Football Tournament when they handed Abahani a 2-0 defeat in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: The only way is up
Younis Khan, the unlikely hero of Pakistan's test series in India, has seen more downs than ups in international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: 'I was under no pressure'
Under-scanner Harbhajan Singh of India said Friday the row over his bowling action did not affect him on the way to his six-wicket haul in the third and final Test against Pakistan here.
 arrow Cricket: No room for Shoaib
Fiery fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, left out of Pakistan's ongoing Test series in India due to a hamstring injury, was also ignored for the six one-day internationals to be played next month, the Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: Annual Indo-Pak series on cards
Pakistan and India are planning to play a series every year from now on.
 arrow Cricket: Natl'l Bank steal opening day's thunder
Mahmudul Hasan led the way as National Bank Public School massacred Dhanmondi Tutorial by 352 runs in one of the opening day matches of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-17 National School Cricket
 arrow Football: The Robinho question
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira may bow to public opinion and field 21-year-old Santos forward Robinho in his team for Sunday's World Cup qualifier at home to Peru.
 arrow Football: It's tight in Europe
Europe's big guns play World Cup 2006 qualifiers this Satur-day in the knowledge they have little room for error with just one automatic group qualifying spot up for grabs.
 arrow Football: Altitude test
Argentina coach Jose Pekerman says that keeping possession will be the key for Argentina when they face Bolivia at 3,600 metres in Saturday's World Cup qualifier in La Paz.
 arrow Hockey: Blue Berry, BAF post wins
Blue Berry Travels and Bangladesh Air Force earned comfortable wins against their respective rivals in the Independence Day hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Motijheel Govt champions
Anan hammered a half-century as Motijheel Govt High School beat Kurmitola High School by eight wickets to clinch the title of the Mohammedan Dhaka Metropolis Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Kabadi: BDR kabaddi champs
Bangladesh Rifles became unbeaten champions in the Independence Day Kabaddi tournament when they inflicted 31-13 defeat on Bangladesh Army in the final at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Bahrain pip N Korea
Husain Ali scored two breakaway goals as Bahrain snatched a 2-1 win in North Korea on Friday to post their first victory of the final round of Asian 2006 World Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Kidnapped mom released
Police on Thursday arrested a female suspect who is linked to the kidnapping of the mother of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Rogerio Regis.
 arrow Cricket: Lankan cricket board officially disbanded
Sri Lanka's sports minister Jeevan Kumaratunga has sacked the country's cricket governing body amid allegations of financial irregularities, ministry officials said Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Observe dark night of Mar 25 officially'
Hundreds of freedom fighters and school students took to the streets in the city yesterday demanding official observance of the dark night of March 25, 1971.
 arrow BNP stalwarts call for united campaign for mayoral candidate
Representatives of Chittagong city, north and south district units of BNP yesterday vowed to launch united campaign for its mayoral candidate in the city corporation election.
 arrow Independence Day programmes
Different political, social and cultural organisations have drawn up various programmes to mark the 35th Independence Day today.
 arrow 42 Armed Forces personnel get honorary commission
Fourteen Army and nine Navy personnel have been granted honorary commission on the occasion of the Independence and National Day, according to a notification of the defence ministry.
 arrow Change in mindset needed to attain its objectives
A change in the mindset of the law enforcement agencies, judiciary and the society as a whole to attain the objectives of The Children Act 1974, said the speakers at a seminar on Thursday.
 arrow Police nab 2 robbers after gunfight
Two suspected robbers were arrested after an hour-long gunfight between police and robbers at Daboi in Araihazar upazial in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Road renamed after Ziaur Rahman
The road from Farmgate to Tongi Bridge via Mohakhali has been renamed as Bir Uttam Ziaur Rahman Road in recognition of his outstanding contribution during the War of Liberation.
 arrow Five-day youth festival begins
A five-day festival of the youth of Bangladesh and the United Kingdom began at the British Council in he city yesterday, aimed at making scope for youths of the two countries to develop more intimacyin
 arrow Sammilito Sangskritik Jote commemorates dark night
Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ), a platform of cultural organisations, yesterday organised cultural programmes, discussion and a candlelit procession to mark the Independence Day.
 arrow 'Top dying' disease hits Sundarban
The parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Environment and Forest discussed the ways and means to combat 'top dying' disease which has alarmingly affected the trees in the Sundarbans.
 arrow 20 Bangladeshi children win awards
Twenty Bangladeshi child painters won silver medals and other awards in the Shankar International Children's Competition-2004.
A total of 936 prizes were given to the participants from 68 countries.

 arrow 'Earn people's confidence through dev activities'
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday called upon the opposition parties to make efforts to earn the confidence and trust of common people by taking part in development activities.
 arrow 'Expansion of female edn a must for development'
The government is committed to the expansion of female education for the sake of overall development, said Rajshahi city Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu.
 arrow Housewife commits suicide
A housewife allegedly committed suicide at Bhasantek under Kafrul police station in the city yesterday.
 arrow Robbers shoot housewife, loot valuables worth Tk 2 lakh
Robbers shot and injured a housewife and took away cash, ornaments and valuables worth about Tk 2 lakh from her house at Shyampur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Opposition urged to withdraw March 31 hartal
The Bangladesh Optical Industries and Traders Association has appealed to the opposition party to withdraw its hartal programme on March 31 for smooth holding of the International Optic Fair 'Bangla Optica-2005.
 arrow One killed in road accident
A man was killed and 20 others were injured in an accident at Muljan on Dhaka-Aricha highway early yesterday.
Police said the accident took place at about 3.

 arrow Screening of Matir Mayna
A three-day screening of Matir Mayna, a film based on the liberation war, began at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of the Public Library in the city yesterday.
 arrow ESL teachers' training programme launched
A five-day training Programme titled " Teachers Strategies for the ESL Classroom' organised by Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (Belta) started yesterday at the Presidency University auditorium
 arrow Appeal for help
Rimon's poor father wonders how he would pay for his dearest son's treatment as hawking cigarettes is the only source of his income, but he is unwilling to give up like every other fathers.
Nationalarrow A welcome to rains
Rajshahi: Indigenous people at a gathering at Kakhonhat in Godagari upazila have demanded enactment of laws to protect their language and traditional culture.
 arrow Caretaker reform is a people's demand now
Jatiya Party leaders has said reform in the caretaker system is a people's demand now and the government has to fulfil it for holding the next general election in a free and fair manner.
 arrow Sunamganj civic body gives one month deadline to govt
The 'Save Sunamganj', a newly formed civic body, at a rally in the district town has given a one month deadline to the government to fulfil its seven-point demand and warned of tougher agitation for non-compliance.
 arrow Hectic campaign by Mir Nasir, Mohiuddin
The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayoral election campaign gains momentum as the polls draw nearer.
 arrow Fake Rab member nabbed
A fake Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) member was arrested in Saidpur on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Aroj Ali Matubbor, the rustic rebel
With his scraggly beard, the dark, gaunt man, clad in rumpled punjabi and pyjama, a fountain pen sticking out of his breast pocket, could very well be a teacher of Islamic education at the village maktab;
 arrow Two bays, one world: Struggle for life
In a wintry November morning last year, the spectacularly ornate Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. State Department in Washington DC was abuzz with the excitement and chattering of youngsters.
 arrow Lebanon: In search of a future
The political uncertainty in Lebanon rests like an ominous cloud over the volatile region of the Middle East.
Culturearrow Shujeo Shyam reminisces on the glorious days
Born in 1946, Shujeo Shyam has been singing since childhood.
 arrow Ajit Roy
On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr in November 1971, when the artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra glimpsed the moon, they all became emotional.
 arrow Sisters who sang inspiration
Rupa Farhad and Mala Khurrum, the two prominent artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (SBBK) and the daughters of the pioneer filmmaker Abdul Jabbar Khan, got together for the first time after independence,
 arrow Liberation War on silver screen
Feature films, short films and documentaries have been made on our Liberation War in last 34 years. The first movie based on the Liberation War was made in India.
Generalarrow Six diseases cause 73 pc of child deaths: WHO
Six mainly preventable diseases account for 73 percent of child deaths each year, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
 arrow Bush faces uphill battle over immigration reform
President Bush's proposed overhaul of immigration laws faces diminishing prospects in a Congress already wary of his top domestic priority, revising Social Security, analysts said on Thursday.
 arrow Scientists grow stem cells from nose
With the help of the Catholic Church, Australian researchers have successfully grown adult stem cells harvested from the human nose, avoiding the ethical and legal problems associated with embryonic stem
Internationalarrow Putin loses another ally in uprising
Russian President Vladimir Putin has lost another ally in the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, the latest ex-Soviet government brought down by people power after Georgia and Ukraine, press commentators said yesterday.
 arrow Experts dismiss fears of Islamic extremism in Kyrgyzstan
Islamic extremists may be a force in parts of Central Asia, but they are unlikely to profit much from any void in Kyrgyzstan following the collapse of the government in Bishkek, experts say.
 arrow No change to US, Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan does not plan to call into question the presence or status of US and Russian military bases despite the change in power there, the new Kyrgyz acting head of state and government said yesterday.
 arrow 'Troubled triangle' may deepen US presence
Dogged by drug, terrorism and nuclear threats, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran are fast becoming a "troubled triangle" that could deepen US presence in the region, experts told a conference Thursday.
 arrow 100 Nepali soldiers guilty of abusing Maoists
Nepal's army has taken action against 109 soldiers found guilty of violating human rights while battling Maoist rebels, and some of the abusers were sent to jail, the military said Thursday.
 arrow Lanka peace talks on 'backburner'
Sri Lanka's foreign minister ruled out an early resumption of peace talks to end a three-decade conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels but said a deal on disbursing tsunami relief was possible.
 arrow Storms lash West Bengal: 18 dead
Two days of gales and heavy rains left at least 18 people dead, 50 hurt and 7,500 homeless in India's West Bengal state, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan may send nuke parts to IAEA
President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan is considering sending centrifuge components to the UN nuclear agency, which could enable the international watchdog to determine if Iran has been building anatomic
 arrow India, Pakistan should talk all Kashmir options
Weeks before his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said India and Pakistan should discuss options to resolve the Kashmir issue as agreed in the
 arrow Hariri killing probe flawed, says UN
Lebanon's inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was seriously flawed and an independent investigation is needed to "find the truth," a UN fact-finding team said on Thursday.
 arrow 'Peace bridge' for Kashmir bus service
A crucial bridge in Jammu and Kashmir that will be used by the bus service linking the divided parts of Kashmir has been extensively repaired and named the "Aman Setu" or peace bridge.
 arrow UNSC okays peacekeepers for Sudan
The UN Security Council on Thursday approved 10,000 UN peacekeepers for Sudan to help shore up an accord that ended the country's north-south civil war.
 arrow Tsunami food crisis averted in Asia: WFP
The starvation and malnutrition crisis feared after the tsunami struck the Indian Ocean in December has been averted in less than three months, the UN food agency said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Thirty-four years of independence
Almost three decades and a half ago today we took the most momentous decision as a people to launch an armed struggle to wrest out a homeland from the Pakistan occupation forces with the blood of genocide
 arrow Assessing our image on our National Day
For every Bangladeshi, today, the 26th of March is important. It is central to his her existence as a free citizen of an independent country.
 arrow Of individuals and institutions
Charles Evans Hughes is not a particularly familiar name and personality in most nations or to most peoples. Even in his own country, the US, he is not exactly a household name.
Letters to Editorarrow Swindlers at work!
Ours is an age of artificiality and deception. Under the tinted glass, there is something unpleasant. In our country, the educated people have started a subtle business, which grips all students.
 arrow Helping the smokers to quit
Bangladesh recently joined the rank of few nations that have legally prohibited smoking in public. The idea is to curb tobacco addiction, one of the major preventable causes of morbidity in the world.
 arrow Bush signs bill to save brain-damaged woman
Terry Schiavo's fight for life in a Florida hospital is a strong reminder that euthanasia is senseless and inhumane and should be opposed in all its forms.
 arrow "Veil or no veil"
Recently I have read two articles in your newspaper on women wearing hijab.
StarTecharrow The Pixma impact
Launched last month, Pixma, Canon's latest photo printers have already taken a good amount of market share as their price range starts at an unbelievable price of Taka 2800, which probably makes it the
 arrow Opening up edu-info
Grameen Software (GMS) has received a software development, systems integration and maintenance contract worth Taka 11.
 arrow Sony launches PS Portable
Japanese giant Sony launched a hand-held version of its best-selling PlayStation games console on eager US fans, billing the device as the multimedia Walkman of the 21st century.
 arrow Web Service: anyone, anywhere, anytime
THINK of a service that is available to anyone at anytime and independent of the platform from which it is running. Web Services, are applications built to serve users.
Literaturearrow The Story That Got Away
'Honourable One, on which side are you? War or peace?'
'Son, I favour peace - because during peacetime a son digs his father's grave; and during war a father digs his son's.

 arrow Murder in the Teachers' Quarters
I don't know how long I had been asleep, but around twelve-thirty - one o'clock we awoke to the sound of gunfire. 'Does this mean that the war has started?' I asked my husband(1).
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