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Front Pagearrow Jail for reckless driving on cards
Drivers are going to face imprisonment for reckless and drunk driving, illegal parking, using fake driving licences and other transport-related crimes.
 arrow Khaleda calls to resist anti-Dhaka campaign
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for building resistance and waging a movement against those coordinating smear campaigns at home and abroad against the country's interests.
 arrow Ex-Bac director in action again
Despite the government's repeated warning, a former director of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) has issued a letter to its staff, claiming to be a director of the Anti-Corruption Commission
 arrow Delhi should honour its Yangon pledges
Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said there is no question of his country going back on its commitment to the Myanmar-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline project.
 arrow Sacked Rajuk officials approve designs!
Three authorised officers of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), who had been terminated for unlawful acts, reportedly still arrange approval for faulty building designs on backdates for money, Rajuk
 arrow Madrasa teacher rapes 9 female students
Nine resident students of Tongbhanga Dakhil Madrasa in Hatibandha upazila have allegedly been raped by their teacher Maulana Nazmul Haq.
 arrow 6 pvt universities to fight it out in court
Six private universities, served with show cause notice by the education ministry prior to closing them down, are preparing for legal battles in a desperate bid to stay in business, according to sources.
 arrow Over 2,000 illegal travel agencies exist
More than two thousand travel agencies are working in the country without any registration or government approval, The Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) said.
 arrow Beijing to allow its tourists to freely visit Dhaka
China is going to award Approved Destination status to Bangladesh allowing Chinese tourists to visit the South Asian country, Bangladesh's Ambassador to China Ashfaqur Rahman was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
 arrow Eco pollution...

 arrow FBI visits spot, quizzes accused
FBI special agent Trung Vu, accompanied by two other US security personnel, yesterday visited Boidder Bazar Government Primary School ground where former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria came under grenade
 arrow 7 indigenous people abducted
Seven villagers were abducted from a remote area of Naniyarchar in the hill district of Rangamati on Saturday night.
 arrow Mosharraf rules out gas export possibility
State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain yesterday told the BBC Bangla Service that the government would not export gas considering the prevailing situation in the gas sector.
 arrow India chase 383
Opener Shahid Afridi led with a 26-ball half-century as Pakistan blazed away in their second innings, setting India 383 to win on the fourth day of the final Test on Sunday.
 arrow Locals-police clash leaves 15 injured in Jamalpur
At least 15 people were injured in a clash between police and local people at Azad Supermarket in Islampur pourasabha yesterday.
 arrow Ctg lawyers form human chain to express concern
The Ayinjibi Samanwaya Parishad Chittagong chapter formed a human chain here yesterday expressing concerns at the recent court verdict against two newspaper publishers, two editors and three reporters
 arrow HC issues rule on govt, PSC
The High Court yesterday in a rule ordered the government to explain in three weeks why it should not be directed to hold fresh written test on general mathematics and practical science of the 25th Bangladesh
 arrow Ironing Out an Existence

 arrow BSF pushes in 11 to Naogaon
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed in 11 Bangla speaking Indian men, women and children through Khandanpur border of Sapahar upazila in the district early Saturday.
 arrow BNP lawmaker Ishaq passes away
Ruling BNP lawmaker Shamsuddin Ahmed Ishaq died at Comfort Hospital in the city yesterday. He was 64.
The lawmaker had long been suffering from diabetes and liver and kidney complications.

 arrow BNP to pick candidate today
The ruling BNP today finalises its party nomination for contesting the Habiganj-3 by-polls.
 arrow Hasina returns April 6
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina will return to Dhaka from the USA on April 6.
The Awami League (AL) president left Dhaka on March 7 for Spain to attend an international seminar.

 arrow SC rejects govt appeal against dismissal order
The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a government appeal against a High Court order dismissing a corruption case on purchasing passports filed against former home minister Mohammad Nasim and former home
 arrow Egypt cracks down on banned group
Egypt has arrested dozens of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and blocked the group, Egypt's largest opposition force, from holding a demonstration calling for political reform.
 arrow European parliament against German bid
The European Parliament is opposed to giving Germany a new permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, as part of a reform of the world organization, according to a German member of the European
 arrow 11 killed, 17 hurt in Kashmir
Suspected militants shot dead a grandmother, mother and her infant daughter after the child's father, a former Kashmiri separatist rebel, surrendered to Indian security forces, police said yesterday.
 arrow EU optimistic after Cuba visit
A top European Union official said Cuban President Fidel Castro shares the bloc's interest in strengthening ties and tackling sensitive issues such as human rights and called on all parties to avoid "useless
 arrow Orphans bear brunt of Nepal's brutal war
Seven-year-old Sinam sits cross-legged on her bed, revising for her maths exam. When a stranger enters, the other orphanage girls jump up, press their hands together and say "Namaste, uncle" in unison.
 arrow 5 Garos hurt in attack of extortionists
Five members of an aboriginal Garo family were injured at Bagadoba village in Madhupur when a gang of criminals attacked their house Saturday.
 arrow Section 144 in Tangail
Police yesterday clamped Section 144 in Tangail as tension gripped the town over calling of rallies by two feuding groups at a same venue.
Businessarrow Utilise export potential of leather products
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged entrepreneurs to utilise export potential of leather products as she inaugurated the three-day international leather fair in Dhaka. Further expansion of the
 arrow Move to formulate policy for freight forwarders runs into controversy
A government initiative to formulate a policy to bring freight forwarders under regulatory system has created a controversy as National Board of Revenue (NBR) has 'bypassed' the main trade body in the
 arrow Privatisation body to sit with taskforce to initiate process
The Privatisation Commission will sit with Taskforce on NCB Reforms tomorrow to initiate the privatisation process of Rupali Bank.
 arrow Ban on opening cotton containers inside Ctg port irks textile millers
Leaders of country's textile sector yesterday said the Chittagong Port Authority's (CPA) decision regarding delivery of cotton cargo imported in full load containers will hamper the country's apparelexport
 arrow Two IPOs get SEC approval
Two new issues will hit the primary share market soon, as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved their prospectuses.
 arrow China to end govt bailout of bankrupt state firms in 4 yrs
China will end the practice of bailing out bankrupt state-owned enterprises (SOEs) within four years and force them to sink or swim according to market rules, state media Sunday quoted an official assaying.
 arrow Ctg international trade fair comes to a close
The 13th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF), organised by Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), ended yesterday.
 arrow Prime Finance becomes issue manager of Nandan Park IPO
Prime Finance & Investment Ltd, a non-banking financial institution and merchant bank, will work as the manager to the issue for the forthcoming initial public offering (IPO) of Nandan Park, a theme park
 arrow Dhaka Sheraton joins StanChart to support visually impaired people
Dhaka Sheraton Hotel has teamed up with Standard Chartered Bank to support the bank's 'Seeing is Believing' programme to raise fund for restoring sight of visually impaired people in Bangladesh.
 arrow Japan to ask China to halt gas development
Japan will push China again to halt natural gas development in an area of the East China Sea, a source of bilateral friction, while also establishing its own exploration rights in the region, a leading
 arrow Myanmar exports up 20pc despite sanctions
Exports from military-ruled Myanmar jumped nearly 20 percent in the first 11 months of the fiscal year compared to the same period one year earlier, despite EU and US sanctions, the commerce ministerwas
 arrow IDLC, Anwar Landmark sign MoU on home loans
Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Ltd and Anwar Landmark Ltd yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Dhaka.
 arrow New MD of Reliance Ins
Akhtar Ahmed has taken over as the managing director and chief executive officer of Reliance Insurance Ltd with effect from March 19, 2005.
 arrow New DMDs of National Bank
Md Abdur Rahman Sarker and Mohsin-ul-Karim have recently been made deputy managing directors of National Bank Ltd.
 arrow GP donates mobile phones for Fire Service hotline
GrameenPhone (GP)Ltd recently donated two mobile phones to the Directorate of Fire Service and Civil Defense.
 arrow Saudi central bank ups interest rate
Saudi Arabia hiked a key interest rate to 3.
Sportsarrow Football: Abul shows MSC the door
There was time when a domestic football final meant an Abahani-Mohammedan clash.
 arrow Cricket: Bangalore Test wide open
A blistering half-century from opener Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan's solid 84 not out allowed Pakistan to set India a challenging 383-run target in the third and final Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi extend lead
Holders Chittagong suffered a 17-run loss against leaders Rajshahi in the one-day competition of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kaneria hopes to spin Pakistan to victory
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria believes he can bowl Pakistan to a series-levelling win in the third and final Test against India.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't read newspapers'
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has found a novel method of avoiding pressure during his team's high-profile cricket tour of India -- keep away from newspapers.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting propels Aussies
A dashing century by captain Ricky Ponting helped Australia score 219 for four on the second day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Argentina overcome height factor
Argentina took a huge step closer to the 2006 World Cup by beating Bolivia in La Paz at 3,600 metres above sea level on Saturday while the battle lower down the table intensified with draws in the other
 arrow Football: Strong display by England, Italy
England scored four goals in a 15-minute span to beat Northern Ireland 4-0 while Italy held off Scotland in a 2-0 victory on Saturday, when 30 qualifiers were played for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Hockey: Blistering Old Dhaka
The star-studded Old Dhaka Hockey Development Board inflicted a crushing 15-1 defeat on Barnak Samaj but the other title contenders Blue Berry Travels were held 2-2 by Bangladesh Air Force in yesterday's
 arrow Football: BFF XI win exhibition match
Bangladesh Football Federation XI edged Swadhin Bangla Football Dal 1-0 in an exhibition match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Marketing beat Library Science
Marketing beat Library Science by 40 runs in the Dhaka University inter-department cricket competition at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: AUB reach semis
Asian University of Bangladesh (AUB) moved into the quarterfinals of the Fourth AIUB Cup inter private university cricket tournament with a 89-run thrashing of University of Dental College at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Independence Day basketball from today
The Independence Day Basketball Championship will begin today at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium.
Seven teams split into two groups will take part in the competition.

 arrow Cricket: Warne in fresh text-message controversy
Shane Warne is at the centre of another text-message controversy after a source reportedly offered to sell a story to a New Zealand tabloid newspaper.
 arrow Football: First the pylon collapses and then the bees!
One spectator was taken to hospital and 17 needed treatment after a lighting pylon collapsed during Saturday's World Cup qualifier between Zambia and Congo at Chililabombwe, officials confirmed on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Acute drinking water crisis in SW coastal belt
Around 50 lakh people living in the southwestern coastal belt of the country are facing acute drinking water crisis thanks to excessive salinity in surface water and depletion of groundwater level inthe
 arrow Zia kick-starts war as Mujub fails
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) General Secretary Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said since Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Awami League(AL) failed to provide the nation with the right direction at a crucial
 arrow 'Herbal medical system unregulated'
The country's traditional herbal medical system is irregular and unregulated, said Dr Ferdousi Begum, a plant bio-technologist.
 arrow Bangla-Danish cultural festival next month
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the Embassy of Denmark in Bangladesh, has initiated a cultural festival to be held in the city next month.
 arrow Seek apology for March 25 genocide
Teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday called on the Pakistan government to seek unconditional apology for the genocide committed by its forces in Bangladesh on the night of March 25, 1971.
 arrow American Alumni Assoc AGM held
The annual general meeting of American Alumni Association (AAA) was held at a city restaurant on March 26, says a press release.
 arrow Hope Training Centre opens
Capacity building is an effective means of raising voice of the marginalised in society, said Dr Samuel R Kobia, general secretary of Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), while inaugurating a
 arrow 3 pirates killed in intra-group clash
An armed clash between two rival groups of the pirates at Kokilmani area of the Sundarbans on Friday midnight left three men killed and several others injured.
 arrow AMIC Secretary General arrives today
Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Secretary General Dr Indrajit Banerjee will arrive here today from Singapore on a four-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Sajida introduces eye care insurance scheme
Orbis International Bangladesh Country Office on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sajida Foundation, a local NGO, to build capacity on eye care in Keraniganj and Kamrangirchar
 arrow Dr Mahbub joins KU as VC
Prof Dr Mahbubur Rahman yesterday joined the Khulna University (KU) as the new vice-chancellor.
Prior to his new assignment, he was a teacher of the soil science department of Dhaka University.

 arrow Obituary
Companiganj upazila BNP President Alhaj Nurul Islam died of cardiac arrest in city's National Heart Foundation yesterday at the age of 65.
 arrow BOU HSC results announced
Results of the first and second year examinations of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Programme under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) have been announced in the grading system.
 arrow Attacks on AL Independence Day rallies condemned
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir in a statement yesterday condemned the attacks on the Independence Day rallies of AL in Chandpur and demanded legal steps against the culprits.
 arrow 1,401 more held
Police arrested 1,401 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Most vessels in south ply without trained crew
Defying rules, a large number of passenger launches ply the turbulent river routes in the southern districts without license-holding trained crew in the current season of storms, risking passengers' life.
 arrow Rangpur cantt siege day today
The townspeople, joined by indigenous people from different northern districts will observe the 'cantonment gherao (siege) day here today. Several thousand indigenous people, mainly Santals, are expected
 arrow ‘Protect child rights, stop trafficking’
Government officials, people's representatives, NGO men and civil society representatives in the small bordering town have joined hands with a noble aim-- to protect child rights and tarafficking.
 arrow Fresh probe into Tanore gang-rape begins
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday began probing the sensational 17-year-old gang-rape case in Tanore upazila.
 arrow Investigation into ‘police abuse’ of Rajshahi women
Higher police officials yesterday started probing the allegations that a police team from Motihar thana abused female members of a family at Harian Kazipara while searching for a criminal there.
 arrow BDR on alert in Dinajpur
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is on alert along the 132 kilometre border in northern districts including Dinajpur following several push-in bids by BSF in the last few days.
 arrow AL MP sues party men in Nilpahamari
Awami League lawmaker from Domar-Dimla constituency Hamida Banu Shova has lodged a case against a leader of her party and another of its student front, Chhatra League.
Point-Counterpointarrow Domino syndrome in Central Asia
With the latest turmoil in the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan, it would appear that the domino effect in Central Asia is unstoppable.
 arrow A momentous move to cut down smoking
Various health related programmes for the masses in Bangladesh have been widely acclaimed world over.
 arrow English for all?
I have returned back to the cou-ntry of my origin a few months ago, putting an end to a rather long expatriate life in the Americas.
 arrow Confrontational politics
We see little improvement in the state of law and order despite killings of terrorists in "cross fire" by Rab.
Culturearrow Shako's rhythm of colours
The Bengal Foundation is vibrant with colours and forms as Shako's 13 participants present their thought-provoking works.
 arrow Relating to My Brother Nikhil
An uncommon story should be narrated in a distinct fashion and a new director Onir does exactly that.
 arrow Theatre's Drama Voyage-1
Theatre (Baily Road), a popular theatre troupe of the country, is revving itself up with new activities.
 arrow Annette Ter Meulen: Developing light design in Dhaka
German light designer Annette Ter Meulen paid a recent visit to Dhaka.
 arrow Cultural show
The International Turkish Hope School arranged a children's show at its Gulshan premises on March 24. The children performed the play Emperor's New Clothes, dances and songs.
Generalarrow BDR intensifies patrol to foil push-in by BSF
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has intensified patrol at different points of the frontier following push-in bids by the Border Security Forces (BSF) of India on Friday.
 arrow KU pro-VC withdrawn
Khulna University Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Syed Jabid Hossain has been withdrawn.
An official letter was sent to the Khulna University in this regard yesterday.

 arrow One murdered in Sonargaon clash
A man was killed and a dozen of people were injured in clashes between two rival groups at Anandabazar area in Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj on Sunday.
Internationalarrow India to consider buying US arms
India will consider buying military equipment from the United States, the defence minister said yesterday, two days after New Delhi protested against a US decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to rival Pakistan.
 arrow 2 ex-ministers among 7 detained during Nepali protest
Riot police yesterday arrested another seven anti-monarchy activists, among them two former ministers, after they staged a protest in Kathmandu in defiance of a ban on public rallies, witnesses said.
 arrow India sceptical about US offer
Opinion in India seems to be divided on the qualitative aspect of the United States' offer to sell its Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) F-16 and F-18 warplanes and civilian nuclear energy cooperation,
 arrow Yangon vows to restore 'disciplined' democracy
Myanmar's junta leader Senior General Than Shwe has vowed to work toward a democracy with "discipline" despite western criticism, as the military staged a show of force to mark Armed Forces Day.
 arrow Sharon wins budget pledge to secure Gaza pullout
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cleared a major hurdle to a planned Gaza pullout, winning the support of a key opposition party for the state budget and avoiding an election that could have delayed
 arrow China's desire to lift EU arms embargo 'legitimate': Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac told a concerned Japan yesterday that China's desire for the European Union to lift its arms embargo was "legitimate" and would not entail exports of sensitive weaponsand
 arrow Bombing overshadows Easter in Beirut
A bombing in a Christian suburb of east Beirut overshadowed Easter celebrations yesterday and raised fresh fears of a slide back into Lebanon's violent past.
 arrow Kyrgyz polls plan not 'realistic': OSCE
Plans by the interim leader of Kyrgyzstan to hold presidential elections on 26 June are "unrealistic", Europe's key security body says.
 arrow Former British PM Callaghan passes away
Former British prime minister and Labour Party leader James Callaghan died Saturday on the eve of his 93rd birthday, a family spokesman said.
 arrow Troops kill 2 Kashmir rebel commanders
Indian troops overnight shot dead two senior commanders of a dominant rebel group in revolt-hit Indian-administered Kashmir, a police spokesman said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Of private arms
The news that the government is contemplating returning about 25 thousand private arms that were declared illegal, will go down well with those who were dispossessed of them.
 arrow Editorial: Criminality within prison
The news about drug peddlers continuing with their business inside Dhaka Central Jail was more than just shocking.
 arrow The US pursuing Israel's agenda in the Levant?
The murder of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, who walked neutral path in his country's politics, neither inviting the Syrians to stay in Lebanon nor demanding their withdrawal, has
 arrow Cheque the books
What does the military-industrial complex do when it runs out of enemies? No problem, darling. It still has friends.
 arrow Reflections on our 34th Independence Day
The nation has just finished celebrating its 34th Independence Day, beginning with the roaring of canons at dawn on the 26th.
Letters to Editorarrow Who is to blame?
Almost every day BNP leaders are talking about anarchy and they are claiming that the opposition parties are out to create a chaotic situation in the country.
 arrow A perfect Test match
The second Test match between India and Pakistan was a true example of rivalry and hard contest. Before the 5th morning we could not guess which team would win.
 arrow Violence against women
During the last decade, the number of rape has increased five-fold, acid attacks have increased four-fold, and dowry related oppressions and domestic violence have increased two-fold (IPRSP Document,GOB,
 arrow Auschwitz concentration camp
As the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp passed by (27th January), I eagerly waited for one month to see if someone somewhere in Bangladesh would show the slightest courtesy to hold a littleremembrance
 arrow Smoking prohibited in public places
It's welcome news that the government has banned smoking in public places, in line with a United Nations treaty on tobacco control.
 arrow Criticism is good for democracy!
The ruling coalition loves to ignore its own stubborn attitude when it comes to intimidating the opposition and the press.
 arrow Student politics
Generally, the politics in which the students play the main role is known to us as student politics. In Bangladesh student politics exists in a vibrant form.
 arrow Ban on smoking
The news of ban on smoking is definitely good news for the non-smokers and it's a timely initiative of the government.
 arrow Why this demand ?
We are getting exasperated by the whims of the Awami League. From time to time they are placing demands of one sort or the other, most of which are unreasonable.
 arrow News and views
Dhaka: Taka erodes by 52 per cent against US dollar in 10 years.
 arrow Telecom Arabiya 2005
Bangladesh participated in Telecom Arabiya 2005, the largest telecommunications and information technology show in the Gulf, eyeing the unexplored Middle East market of software products and services.
 arrow Textile deal
The International Textile Deal ended on the 31st of December last year.
 arrow WB call
I find the news article "WB calls for wholesale trade liberalisation, (11th March)" very much interesting. I support the carefully selected spectral liberalisation.
 arrow Women in the role of Imam
Dr. Amina Wadud's role as an Imam has triggered controversy all over the globe, especially in the Muslim society. That tiny event was full of hype to the western media.
 arrow An organised crime
A good number of new shining cars are nowadays seen moving in the city roads.
 arrow British textile mills in Comilla EPZ
I would just like to clarify the writer of the letter headed "British textile mills in Comilla EPZ".
Star Cityarrow Litter bins arrive
With the goal to keep the capital neat and clean Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in association with a private organisation named Nodi Enterprise (NE) has taken an initiative to bring conservancy service
 arrow Flyover will still benefit Khilgaon residents, says minister
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mirza Abbas said Khilgaon residents would not be deprived of the use of flyover, as claimed by former LGRD state minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury.
 arrow 'Friday market' for city hawkers
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to introduce 'Friday market' for hawkers who will use a particular footpath on a particular day to run their business.
"The plan has come from the mayor.

 arrow DCC to kill stray dogs
The DCC has targeted to exterminate around three lakh stray dogs this year. According to DCC sources, the corporation kills 40 street dogs a day on an average.
 arrow Children suffering for unplanned habitation
Housewife Shamima Hasan feels helpless in controlling her six-year-old son Akash.
"I do not understand what is wrong with him.

 arrow Bangla Motor: A risky spot for pedestrians
Pedestrians are facing a serious problem in crossing the road at Bangla Motor intersection as there is no foot over-bridge in this busy spot.
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