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Front Pagearrow Armoured cars for Rab
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is going to use armoured cars in its operations as the Ministry of Home Affairs has planned to give the elite crime busting force a military mould.
 arrow PSI firm, its MD dodge Tk 74cr tax
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has found a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) firm, which assesses duties for the Board, to have dodged Tk 64 crore in taxes in the last three years.
 arrow City canal cleanup from today
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) today launches a massive drive to restore normal flow in the drainage canals, beginning with removal of all illegal encroachments on Kalyanpur canal and its
 arrow Huge quake prompts tsunami fears
A huge earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered tsunami alerts across Asia late last night, causing widespread panic in countries where over 270,000 people were killed by giant waves just three
 arrow Political power play at power cell
The government without showing any reason terminated the contract of the Director General (DG) of the energy ministry's Power Cell on Thursday, just one and half months before the expiry of his term.
 arrow FBI records witnesses' statements
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investiga-tion) Special Agent Trung Vu and two other US intelligence personnel yesterday recorded statements of three witnesses to January 27 grenade attack at Boidyer Bazar that
 arrow Travel alert for Australians in Bangladesh
Australia has advised its citizens in Bangladesh to exercise a 'high degree of caution'.
 arrow Rice becomes 20pc costlier in a year
Prices of rice have shot up by 20 percent on average in the last one year, according to a report by Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).
 arrow Opposition parties to finalise proposals in mid-April
The mainstream opposition parties have planned to finalise next month their reform proposals on the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC), sources said.
 arrow Pakistan win a thriller
Occasional leg-spinner Shahid Afridi helped Pakistan to a thrilling 168-run series-levelling win in the third and final Test against India.
 arrow Over 50 Bangla Bhai victims seek fair probe
More than 50 people from Bagmara upazila who were tortured last year by Bangla Bhai and his Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) cadres demanded a 'fair probe into the torture incidents' here yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka asked to finalise paper mills project
China has asked Bangladesh government to finalise the project for balancing, modernisation, rehabi-liation and expansion (BMRE) of Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KPM) during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit
 arrow 3 traffic cops apologise to High Court
Three traffic police men, charged with contempt of court, yesterday tendered an unqualified apology to the High Court (HC) yesterday for stopping the car of a HC judge on March 6 to serve a traffic
 arrow Building image with rightwing leaders
A move to create a media cell at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to restore the image of the alliance government has drawn widespread criticism from the ruling BNP, as an extreme rightwing leader and
 arrow Myanmar taskforce submits land acquisition report
The visiting Financial Task Force of Myanmar at a meeting yesterday handed over the report of land acquisition and final alignment design of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Friendship Link Road to Communications
 arrow Restaurants feed dead chickens to customers
Police yesterday arrested a man at city's Mirpur area with 53 dead chickens as he was allegedly going to supply those to local restaurants.
 arrow UAE to deport 2,700 camel jockeys soon
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have decided to deport soon some 2,700 underage boys used as camel jockeys to their respective countries, including Bangladesh, to end the ordeals the children
 arrow Apollo hospital opens tomorrow
Apollo hospital, the first of five joint venture hospitals being set up in the capital by leading overseas healthcare enterprises and their local partners, opens tomorrow.
 arrow Asma hails FBI probe, demands finds be made public
Asma Kibria, wife of slain Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday demanded that the full investigation report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) be made public for transparency of the
 arrow Pakistan, Chinese HR criticised
The State Department renewed its criticism of the human rights records of Pakistan and China yesterday in a report that followed US decisions to arm Pakistan with jet fighters and to avoid a showdownwith
 arrow BTTB still hopeful of timely connection
BTTB is still hopeful about connecting Bangladesh with the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable in due time despite the Cabinet Purchase Committee's recent directive to re-tender a contract for installing an optical
 arrow Mugger killed in police firing
A mugger died in police firing in Shyampur area in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Owners to run buses, trucks on highways during hartals
Long-range buses and trucks from now on will be operated on hartal days under police protection, bus and truck owners yesterday declared.
 arrow Three Rab robbers denied bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petitions of three Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members, arrested on charges of stealing Tk 7.8 lakh from a cattle trader in the city's Mirpur area on March 23.
 arrow BNP picks Mubin Chy
The ruling BNP has nominated former chairman of Habiganj Zila Parishad Abu Lais Mubin Chowdhury to contest the by-election in Habiganj-3 constituency scheduled for April 25.
 arrow India blames world for ignoring Pak nuke trade
Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh yesterday accused the world's superpowers of turning a blind eye to nuclear commerce in South Asia, saying it was having an "adverse impact" on his country's security
 arrow Three more die in Gaibandha tornado
With three more tornado victims' death at Rangpur Medical College Hospital yesterday, tornado death toll now rises to 63, according to unofficial sources.
Businessarrow Poor pace in power projects worries foreign investors
Foreign investors yesterday said there has been no significant improvement in Bangladesh's power generation capacity over the last few years and blamed bureaucratic procedures for delayed implementation
 arrow Steel millers demand lifting of duties on raw materials
Steel and re-rolling mill owners yesterday demanded withdrawal of import duties on all types of raw materials and smooth supply of gas and electricity to their factories.
 arrow India minister to visit Pakistan to discuss Iran gas pipeline
India's oil minister Mani Shankar Aiyar Monday said he would visit Islamabad in the second half of May to discuss the modalities of a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to India.
 arrow Asian nations must choose sustainable growth: UN
Asia-Pacific economies may be expanding fast but growth will not be sustainable for much longer unless the region pays more attention to the environment, the United Nations said Monday.
 arrow Wolfowitz sees poverty, graft, economic growth as World Bank priorities
Deputy US Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who Washington is backing to become World Bank chief this week, said if elected he would focus on economic growth, tackling poverty and fighting corruption.
 arrow SC injunction on BB move against Mercantile Cooperative Bank
The Supreme Court (SC) Appellate Division has issued an order of injunction on a Bangladesh Bank edict warning the public against doing any transaction with the Dhaka Mercantile Cooperative Bank Ltd.
 arrow Seminar on Microsoft server in banking applications held
A seminar on Microsoft server in core banking applications was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow China to give foreign cos 5 yrs to adjust to new higher tax rates
Foreign companies in China will get at least a five-year cushion period to adjust to new rules that will eventually make them pay the same tax rates as local rivals, state media reported Monday.
 arrow Eskayef launches drug for calcium deficiency related diseases
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical company, has launched a new drug for calcium and vitamin D deficiency related diseases.
 arrow Japan takes step to restart US beef imports
Japan Monday moved towards restarting imports of US beef, despite a poll showing overwhelming public opposition to ending the 15-month-old ban due to fears of mad cow disease.
 arrow China sees slower textile, clothing export growth
China's growth in textile and clothing exports will slow following a surge early this year that triggered calls for safeguard measures against Chinese producers, a commerce ministry official said Monday.
 arrow Singapore manufacturing output falls sharply
Output in Singapore's key manufacturing sector went into a dramatic and totally unexpected reverse in February, falling 10.
 arrow Jakarta rules out further oil price hikes in 2005
Indonesia is unlikely to risk any further oil price hikes to ease budgetary pressure during 2005 after widespread protests greeted a 29 percent rise earlier this month, a senior minister said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan save best for last
Leg-spinner Shahid Afridi triggered a sensational Indian collapse with three top wickets to mastermind Pakistan's 168-run victory in the third and final Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Defensive India helped us'
A jubilant Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Monday his team cashed in on India's defensive batting to level the series with a 168-run victory in the third and final Test here.
 arrow Cricket: Rain hampers Dhaka
After a high-scoring sixth round that saw nine centuries the seventh round of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League began at a less hectic pace yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia in control
A feisty half-century from Adam Gilchrist and two quick wickets from a fired-up Glenn McGrath gave Australia a stranglehold over New Zealand at stumps on the third day of the third Test here Monday.
 arrow Football: Turnout on BFF's mind
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has completed all preparations to stage tomorrow's Independence Gold Cup football final between Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Football: Kaka Brazil's saviour
Brazil scraped a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Peru with a performance which its own coach said lacked inspiration while sharp-shooting Ecuador thumped Paraguay 5-2 Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'The team lacked happiness'
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira criticised his team for lacking inspiration in Sunday's 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Peru, while the players blamed the heat for their mediocre performance.
 arrow Football: USA find Mexico unbeatable at home
Mexico continued a home-field mastery of arch rival United States here Sunday, taking a 2-1 victory that snapped a 16-match US unbeaten streak.
 arrow Football: Mourinho plays for peace
Wearing a blue jersey with the slogan "Jose Mourinho coach for peace" Chelsea's Portuguese manager kicked off his Israeli peace tour at the Ramat Gan stadium near Tel Aviv on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Carnage in Mali
A World Cup qualifier at Mali was stopped when fans rioted following a go-ahead goal by Togo in the 90th minute.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar on top
Sachin Tendulkar overtook former captain Sunil Gavaskar as India's highest run-scorer in the third and final Test against Pakistan on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist closes on world mark
Champion Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist closed in on a cricketing record Monday as he flayed the New Zealand bowlers for an unbeaten 60 off 62 balls in the third cricket Test at Eden Park.
 arrow Cricket: Joy grips Pakistan
People swarmed the streets of several Pakistani cities setting off fire crackers and handing out sweets as celebrations erupted after Pakistan beat India in the final Test at Bangalore Monday to square
 arrow Chess: GM chess from April 4
The seventh United Insurance Grand Masters Chess Tournament will start from April 4.
 arrow Football: Football Festival from April 2
The AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Under-13 Football Festival will begin at BKSP in Savar from April 2.
Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh will take part in the six-day festival.

 arrow Football: Women booters off to India
A 32-member Under-17 Bangladesh women's football team left Dhaka last night for India to play three practice matches as part of their preparations for the AFC U-17 Women's Football Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Exciting win for Ashrafabad
A five-wicket haul by Rakib (5-40) steered Ashrafabad High School (147) to snatch an exciting one-run win against Sheikhdi Abdullah School (146) in one of yesterday's five matches of the Standard Chartered
 arrow Cricket: India leave out Laxman and Kumble
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble and middle-order batsman Venkatsai Laxman have been dropped from India's squad for the first two one-dayers against Pakistan, the national selectors announced here on Monday.
 arrow Independence Day Events
Goals on either side of the break by Rafiqul Islam Kamal and Maksud Alam Habul gave star-studded Old Dhaka Hockey Development Board a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bangladesh Navy in the Independence Day Hockey
 arrow Cricket: One Test ban on Inzamam
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Monday was suspended for one Test and fined 30 per cent of his match-fee for contesting an umpiring decision during the third and final Test against India here.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s to play two ODIs Down Under
Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team will play two official U-19 one-day internationals during their four-week tour of Australia starting next month.
Metropolitanarrow Reforms in electoral system a must for equal representation in JS
Dr Reza Kibria, son of slain Awami League leader AMS Kibria, yesterday said the existing voting system is seriously flawed and too susceptive to manipulation.
 arrow 'Develop compliance with labour law, ILO Conventions'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for developing compliance with the labour laws and ILO Conventions in the readymade garment sector for the survival of the factories in the competitive global
 arrow Land tax to increase in CHT soon
Land tax will be increased in the hill tracts soon for the first time in over 100 years.
 arrow 'Bring land grabbers to book'
Human rights organisations yesterday demanded that the government bring the land grabbers to book, who attacked the landless people in Kaliganj and Ashashuni upazilas in Satkhira in a bid to evict them
 arrow Mali seeks help for rice cultivation
The Malian government sought assistance from Bangladesh to cultivate rice in the African country.
 arrow SC Bar polls begin today
The two-day election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) begins today with tough competition between two politically divided panels.
 arrow BFDC secy, chairman, 9 others sued
A criminal case against secretary, chairman and nine others of Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC) was filed with a Dhaka court yesterday for alleged embezzlement of Tk 30 lakh.
 arrow PM regrets poor media coverage of dev efforts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said there is two divergent streams of politics in the country one of development and production which is pro-people while the other just running counter to people's
 arrow Tree fair 2005 begins June 1
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate a 21-day tree fair-2005 on June 1.
 arrow 'Public interests ignored in JS'
Politics and election have become a business while parliament has been turned into a platform for obtaining self-interests of the politicians, said Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon.
 arrow 56 shops gutted in city fire
Fifty-six shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Khilgaon kitchen market of the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 4 get death
A court here yesterday sentenced four people to death and acquitted another in the sensational police Sergeant Ariful Islam murder case.
 arrow Bangladeshi boy dies in road crash in S Africa
Labiq Moinuddin, a 12-year Bangladeshi boy, died in a road accident in South Africa on March 27 when he along with his parents was travelling to Namibia from Cape Town, says a press release.
 arrow slaughtered body found in gunnysack
Assailants yesterday dumped the slaughtered body of an unknown youth of about 25 packed in a gunnysack in Madertek.
 arrow 1,115 more held
Police arrested 1,115 people, including one listed criminal, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Raising rare medicinal plants in Modhupur
Netrakona: The Forest Ministry has taken a praiseworthy initiative. It has set up a garden of herbal medicinal plants on 17.50 acres of land at Charaljani in Modhupur Forest Range in Tangail.
 arrow No trial in 33 months, IO changed six times
Alleged lax in probe by police is lingering the trial of college girl Zahida murder and rape case in Magura though it is on the list of 'sensational' cases.
 arrow Row with locals ends as price, compensation increased
The rate of compensation for 50 acres of land, acquired for US Company Unocal for building installations in Bibiyana Gas field in Nabiganj in Habiganj district, was settled yesterday, ending a row with
 arrow 3 SW districts ignored in govt policies
Speakers at a Roundtable yesterday deplored government's "indifference" to decreasing people's access to safe water in the southwestern districts.
 arrow Doctor hurt as OT light falls on head
The hanging light at the operation theatre at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital fell on the operation table from the roof on Sunday, injuring the doctor who was performing an operation.
 arrow 50 hurt in Kushtia BNP factional clashes
At least 50 people including some women were injured in two separate clashes between two factions of ruling BNP at Boalia and Rathkhola villages in Harinakundu upazila in Jhenidah district on Sunday.
 arrow ‘Recognise Mar 25 as Int'l Genocide Resistance Day’
Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Progressive Teachers' Association (PTA) has called upon the United Nations (UN) to recognise March 25 as the International Genocide Resistance Day.
 arrow Hindu family land grabbed
About 42 bighas of land of a Hindu family has been grabbed allegedly by ruling party hoodlums at village Chhoto Shanta in Debhata upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Mysterious death of maid at cop’s house
Mystery shrouds death of a domestic help at a police officer's house here on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tragedy on the high seas
Lured by the promise of lucrative job offers, big money, and better future, thousands of Bangladeshis from the capital city to the remotest districts have fallen victim to unscrupulous brokers and fake
 arrow The politics of representation after 9/11
After the horrific event of September 11, 2001, scholars and policy-makers in the West are preoccupied with issues like security and emerging relations between Muslims and the US.
Culturearrow Music in the air...
Do bring your flute along when you come next time," I requested Abdul Bari Siddique.
Bari in spite of his busy schedule kept his word.

 arrow Theatre groups observe World Drama Day
Many roads led to Natok Sarani (the road adjacent to the most popular theatre venue Mahila Samity Stage) on World Drama Day, celebrated on March 27.
 arrow "I sing on issues of the present time" --Mahmuduzzaman Babu
To those who enjoy the songs that denote our land, our people Mahmuduzzaman Babu is a familiar name. He had reintroduced and popularised some songs that had become obscure to this generation.
 arrow Children drama carnival ends with a pledge
Children in Bangladesh have few sources of entertainment. This is why the recent 14-day long children drama festival at Central Public Library Auditorium was an important milestone for the young ones.
Generalarrow Mass rally today, tomorrow
The two main contenders for the mayoral post in the Chittagong City Corporation polls will hold mass rallies at the Laldighi Maidan in the port city today and tomorrow in a major showdown.
 arrow Trial of war criminals demanded
General students, activists of different student and cultural organisations, and journalists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday brought out a silent procession on the campus demanding immediate
 arrow Indian, Lankan cadets call on president
National Cadet Corps (NCC) members of India and Sri Lanka called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban here yesterday.
 arrow 8 get life
A court here on Sunday sentenced eight people to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing one Azim Molla in December, 2001.
 arrow 2 Rab men shot in accidental firing
Two members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) sustained bullet wounds in an accidental firing of a submachine gun yesterday morning.
 arrow Force govt to quit power: Amu
Awami League leaders yesterday demanded resignation of the government for its "total failure" in running the country.
 arrow 47 bullets recovered in Bagerhat
Police recovered an earthen jar containing 47 rifle bullets from the bank of a pond at Bagerhat Sadar upazila on Sunday evening.
The pond belongs to one Hakim Howlader of Gotapara union, police said.

Internationalarrow India to double forces on Nepal, Bhutan borders
India will almost double the number of paramilitary forces at its northern borders with Nepal and Bhutan to stop the flow of rebels into the country, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi police colonel, 12 others killed
Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi police colonel in Baghdad yesterday while at least 12 other people, many of them security force members, were killed in a string of attacks around the country.
 arrow Knesset rejects Gaza referendum bill
The Israeli parliament yesterday rejected a bill calling for a referendum on the government's plans to pull out from the occupied Gaza Strip later this year, removing the final obstacle to the withdrawal.
 arrow Pill that can add 30-yr to anyone's lifespan!
It has been the ultimate goal of alchemists and sorcerers for centuries - the ability to increase one's lifespan. Now Scottish scientists say they have unlocked the secret to an elixir of life.
 arrow Maoists kidnap, kill 3 Nepalese soldiers
Maoist rebels in central Nepal have kidnapped and killed three unarmed soldiers after torturing them, the army said yesterday.
 arrow Schiavo nearing death in Florida
A bitter family fight over the fate of Terri Schiavo neared its end on Sunday as the brain-damaged Florida woman edged closer to death, and her parents gave up their seven-year legal battle to keep her
 arrow Kyrgyz House confirms Bakiyev as acting president
Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Monday confirmed Kurmanbek Bakiyev as acting leader of the Central Asian nation following last week's ouster of its regime and pending a new presidential election.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Staffing still a Gordian Knot
A director of the now-defunct anti-corruption bureau (Bac) has reportedly issued a letter to its staff in clear violation of a cabinet division directive, which has placed all the former Bac staff members
 arrow Editorial: New traffic laws
The announcement that the government is intent on amending the Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983, in a move to get tough with traffic offenders, certainly addresses a pressing need.
 arrow Revamp of the UN
When we talk about the UN, we mean largely two things: one is the UN as a political organization, represented by the General Assembly and the Security Council, and the other is the UN Secretariat, headed
 arrow Tax on books and journals: In whose interest?
Import duty and VAT on higher education textbooks and journals does a disservice to our interests.
Letters to Editorarrow Road crossing and our traffic police
The general people hardly use the overbridges or walkways to cross the roads.
 arrow Still video-tape!
Last week I borrowed a movie named "Much ado about nothing" from the British Council Library. After coming home I was astonished to unfold it, because it was not a CD but a video-tape.
 arrow A suggestion to the ruling party
The cowardly and tragic killing of the late Kibria has shocked everyone, irrespective of party lines as has been observed in the press and even on the floor of the parliament.
 arrow Professionalism too much to ask for?
Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City Complex claims itself to be one of the best movie theaters, providing services that other movie theaters in Bangladesh do not.
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