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Front Pagearrow 26,348 project cars in unauthorised use
The establishment ministry has accused 43 ministries and divisions of using a total of 26,348 vehicles violating the existing rules for the use of public transports.
 arrow Govt may lose 60m euro German grant for power
Bangladesh is on the verge of losing a German grant of 60 million euro earmarked for two power projects of the Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL), as a High Court (HC) injunction has stopped a German audit
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left-leaning allies enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal today across the county, except for eight hours in the capital and six hours in the tornado-hit Gaibandha
 arrow BTTB launches cellphone, legal questions remain
The government commercially launches its cell phone service today without a valid licence, which may prompt filing of lawsuit leading to possible suspension of the service.
 arrow PM calls for more private medicare initiatives
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government is updating the national health policy as part of its relentless effort to enhance the quality of healthcare to ensure people's access to improved
 arrow Jamaat MP refused Danish visa for 'tampered' passport
The Danish Embassy in Dhaka last month refused visas to a ruling Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker, his wife and son, and seized their passports on the grounds that those were grossly tampered with, sources said.
 arrow Major police reshuffle
The home ministry yesterday transferred 23 senior cops in an effort to soup up the police administration.
 arrow BNP men grab lion's share
True to its tradition, Rajuk yesterday allocated most of the 100 residential plots in Banani and Uttara to ministers, lawmakers, ruling party leaders and their relatives, prompting critics to term the
 arrow Alliance partners skip meet with Mir Nasir
All three partners of the BNP-led ruling alliance on Tuesday night boycotted a meeting with BNP candidate in Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin following a conflict within
 arrow Dhaka signs assistance deal with UN
Bangladesh and the United Nations have signed a landmark five-year agreement on UN assistance to meet development challenges in six priority areas including democratic governance and human rights.
 arrow Mahbubey president, Enayetur secretary
Opposition Awami League-backed panel of Sammilito Ainjibi Parishad yesterday made a clean sweep of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) election for 2005-2006, which the pro-government panel of lawyers
 arrow India hints at readiness to attend anytime
India has indicated to the Maldives its readiness to attend the twice-postponed Saarc summit in Dhaka any time convenient to other members of the seven-nation organisation, which also includes Pakistan,
 arrow 7 killed, over 100 hurt in nor'wester
At least seven people were killed and over 100 others injured, including women and children, as a nor'wester lashed over different parts of the country yesterday.
 arrow Kibria family to display signature banners today
Family members of Shah AMS Kibria will display signature banners collected from different parts of the country and abroad in front of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban today to protest the killing of the former
 arrow CID proposes Kibria case be moved to speedy tribunal
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the SAMS Kibria killing case, has proposed to the home ministry to shift the case to the Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Saarc secretary general due tomorrow
Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Chenkyab Dorji arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day official visit.
 arrow MP's son beats up traffic cop
The son of a ruling BNP lawmaker yesterday beat up a traffic constable on Manik Mia Avenue after he stopped the car of the lawmaker's son for defying the red signal.
 arrow Zakir Khan chosen as WB's alternate executive director
The government has finalised its decision to appoint incumbent Secretary of the Finance Division Zakir Ahmed Khan as the next alternate executive director of the World Bank in Washington DC.
 arrow Charge framed against Bapex MD
Petrobangla has framed a charge against the managing director of Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (Bapex) for his alleged neglect behind Tengratila gas fire accident.
 arrow 'Dhaka fully committed to protect HR'
Bangladesh is fully committed to protect and promote universally accepted human rights and principles, a foreign office spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Greetings...

 arrow Mobile court to check travel agents' licences
In a bid to prevent illegal manpower exports by fake travel agents, the government has decided to form a mobile court headed by a first class magistrate who will check the licences of travel agents.
 arrow India to buy 12 Mirage aircraft
Close on the heels of the US offer to sell F-16 and F-18 warplanes to India, a key committee of the Indian cabinet on Tuesday decided to purchase 12 French Mirage-2000-V aircraft, capable of carryingnukes,
 arrow Annan cleared over oil-for-food scam
Questions raised by a probe of the UN oil-for-food programme for Iraq may have given critics more ammunition against the world body, even though Secretary-General Kofi Annan was cleared of corrupt practices.
 arrow Students protest madrasa's no to Independence Day programme
Several hundred students of a madrasa brought out a procession on Tuesday protesting the madrasa authorities' unwillingness to organise Independence Day programmes on the madrasa premises.
 arrow Kazakh cops hold 4 Bangladeshis
Four Bangladeshi citizens were detained yesterday at Aktobe in Kazakhstan while trying to illegally cross the territory, police in Kazakhstan said.
 arrow Rejoinder
Masud Miah, special superintendent of CID police in Dhaka, claimed in a rejoinder to The Daily Star that the allegations published against him on March 21 in a news item headlined "Home probes formerRajshahi
 arrow Cops still clueless
Police still have no leads on the gang involved in illegally supplying dead chickens to city restaurants.
Businessarrow High time for Bangladesh to grab piece of global drug market
It is high time for Bangladesh to explore the opportunity of drug exports in the global market in the wake of the World Trade Organisation deal on medicine, said a senior executive of a leading pharmaceutical
 arrow Agrani Bank cuts interest rates on savings schemes
Agrani Bank has drastically cut interest rates on its special savings schemes as part of the state-run bank's cost-cutting measures to overcome its appalling financial performance last year.
 arrow BGMEA to hold business confce of 14 LDCs in May
With a view to mobilising support for a bill on duty-free access to US market, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will hold a business conference of 14 beneficiary least
 arrow SEC to take stern action against lawbreakers
As Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started examining the probe committee report on Premier Bank IPO scam, the commission chairman yesterday said SEC will take tough actions against lawbreakers.
 arrow Pak chamber leaders keen to set up jt venture textile units in Bangladesh
Pakistani entrepreneurs yesterday expressed keen interest to set up joint venture textile units in Bangladesh.

They also said both the countries will benefit from the joint ventures.

 arrow MS rod price soaring on costly raw materials, 'illogical' tax
Prices of MS (mild steel) rod have shot up by over 165 percent per ton over the past five years due to 'illogical' tax imposition by the government.
 arrow India needs to take ‘dramatic’ steps to open up trade: IMF
India needs to swiftly knock down trade barriers to open up its giant economy and drive growth, says an IMF staff report which the Indian government agreed to make public for the first time.
 arrow Sylhet int'l trade fair now begins Friday
The month long international trade fair in Sylhet will now start on Friday (April 1).
 arrow New cotton mills inaugurated in Mymensingh
A new knit yarn manufacturing company, Akbar Cotton Mills Ltd, has been set up in Mymensingh with joint financial assistance of Sonali and Janata banks.
 arrow Transcom signs deal with HSBC
The employees of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd will be able to buy electronics products of Transcom Electronics Ltd through a special purchase scheme.
 arrow StanChart disburses its first home loan
Standard Chartered Bank has disbursed the first home loan to its client.
 arrow Emirates adds new Boeing to its fleet
Emirates, the Dubai-based international airlines, has recently added new Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft to its fleet.
 arrow New AMD of NCC Bank
Kazi Md Shafiqur Rahman has recently been made additional managing director of National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Ltd.
 arrow Pakistan offers Nepal $5m trade credit, FTA
Pakistan Wednesday offered Nepal five million dollars in trade credits and talks on a free trade agreement after the first meeting of senior economic officials of the two countries in a decade, Nepal's
 arrow Facts will determine China textile curbs: US
The Bush administration needs more information before it can decide whether to restrict surging clothing imports from China, a top US official said on Tuesday in response to textile industry pleas for
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rosel dazzles
Hasanuzzaman Rosel hit a swashbuckling century under pressure as Rajshahi scored a sensational five-wicket victory against Chittagong on the third day of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shahadat, Shahriar Nafees drafted in
Left-handed opening batsman Shahriar Nafees Ahmed and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain Rajib were the two fresh faces when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 20-member preliminary squad yesterday
 arrow Football: Independence Day Gold Cup final rained off
The final of the Independence Day Gold Cup football tournament between Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad was postponed just after 12 minutes due to inclement weather yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dev stands by Ganguly
Indian legend Kapil Dev says Sourav Ganguly should continue as captain despite his dismal run of form in the Test series against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Little Flower belittle St.Gregory's
Despite a century by Ariful Islam, National Bangla suffered a four-run defeat to Rayerbazar in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Championship yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Independence Day b'ball
Dhumketu Club registered their second successive win in the Independence Day basketball tournament when they came from a first-half deficit to snatch a 78-71 victory against Bangladesh Navy at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi volleyball
Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur confirmed their places in the knockout stage of the Pepsi inter-district volleyball tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Depleted WI face big challenge against SA

A depleted West Indies will be looking to prove their detractors wrong in the opening Test of four against South Africa that begins here on Thursday.

 arrow Cricket: Ponting expects tougher Ashes
Australia Test captain Ricky Ponting said Wednesday he hoped the upcoming Ashes series would be the closest in decades after recent clashes with England failed to meet expectations.
 arrow Football: Iran prevail in DPRK
Iran overpowered North Korea 2-0 in Pyongyang on Wednesday in a spiteful Asian World Cup qualifying match in which the home team and crowd of 70,000 at Kim Il-Sung stadium reacted furiously to their loss.
 arrow Football: Mind your shins!
Uruguay have warned Brazil striker Ronaldo to wear lots of shin pads when he faces them in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
 arrow Football: Korea, Japan back on track
South Korea endured a nervy finish to see off Uzbekistan 2-1 in their 2006 World Cup qualifier Group A game in Seoul on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: NSU in last four
North South University (NSU) reached the semifinals of the AIUB fourth inter-private university cricket tournament when they recorded a four-wicket win against BRAC University at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: DU athletics meet ends
Russell Mia of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall and Bishnupada Ghosh of Jagannath Hall became joint champions in men's competition of the Dhaka University inter-hall annual athletics competition.
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Three matches of the Police Super Cup Second Division Cricket League were held yesterday in Satkhira.
 arrow Football: Assault charge against Rooney withdrawn
A student who said he'd been assaulted by England striker Wayne Rooney has withdrawn his claims, police said here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rui Costa and family have close shave
AC Milan midfielder Manuel Rui Costa has expressed his relief after he and his family escaped unhurt from an emergency landing made by his private jet at the city's Malpensa airport on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Johansson for Beckenbauer
UEFA president Lennart Johansson has backed West Germany's 1974 World Cup victor Franz Beckenbauer to succeed him when he steps down in 2006.
 arrow Cricket: Bandarban cricket
Bandarban Brothers Union defeated Ruma Upazila by seven wickets in the Bandarban DSA Cup Cricket League at the local Stadium yesterday.

Metropolitanarrow Panic grips neighbours
Panic has gripped the residents living around a six-storey building that subsided at Kafrul in the city on Tuesday as they feared that the building may collapse anytime on them.
 arrow 'Govt won't resign even one minute before completion of tenure'
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the BNP-led alliance government will not hand over power even one minute before completion of its five-year
 arrow 'New act to simplify land transfer process'
The Registration (Amendment) Act-2004, which comes into effect on July 1, will greatly reduce complications in transferring land ownership and land-related disputes, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Saber invites Abbas to an open debate on Khilgaon flyover
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina's Political Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury on Tuesday made an invitation to Works Minister Mirza Abbas for an open debate on the Khilgaon flyover issue in presence of
 arrow Govt attitude towards Bangabandhu protested
Bangabandhu Parishad yesterday protested the government's reluctance to cite the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the state-run media and Independence Day programmes of the government.
 arrow Modern signal system to be indroduced at 12 rly stations
A computer-controlled modern signal system will be introduced at 12 railway stations on the Akhaura-Sylhet route at a cost of Tk 88.50 crore.
 arrow PPRC to conduct survey on crime
Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), a research organisation working with governance issues, will conduct a countrywide survey to identify country's crime trend and its prevalence.
 arrow Nine lawyers, women activists burn certificates
Seven senior lawyers and two women activists burnt their academic certificates yesterday afternoon in front of the Chittagong Press Club protesting the authorities' inaction against people with fake certificates.
 arrow PM likely to visit Japan in July
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to pay an official visit to Japan in early July at the invitation of her Japanese counterpart Junichiro Koijumi.
 arrow JSC submits report to president
Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (JSC) chairman Justice MM Ruhul Amin submitted the first annual report (2004-2005) of the commission to President Iajuddin Ahmed, yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda always resorts to falsehood: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday protested the Prime Minister's remarks at a meeting in Joypurhat on Tuesday, saying many people speak lie on some occasions, but "Khaleda Zia always
 arrow 30 years' RI for raping a girl in Keraniganj
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl in Keraniganj on September 15, 1999.
 arrow Tk 53.47 lakh Japanese aid
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Matsushiro Horiguchi signed a grant contract of 90,638 US dollar Tk 53.
 arrow Woman robbed of Tk 2 lakh
One person was severely injured when muggers hurled a bomb and looted Tk two lakh from a woman and her son in city's Mohamm-adpur area at around 2:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Counterfeit cosmetics, products worth Tk 5 cr seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized huge quantity of counterfeit cosmetics and other products, including those of Unilever brands, worth Tk 5 crore in a raid in old Dhaka on Monday.
Nationalarrow Heyday for poachers in CHT forests
Rare species of wildlife are disappearing from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) due to unabated poaching as the forests remain virtually remain unguarded.
 arrow Killers of Garo woman at large for 20 days
Police could not arrest any of the culprits involved in the gang-rape and murder of Garo women Anjoli Rama, twenty days after the incident.
 arrow BNP activist, outlaw gunned down in Kushtia, Meherpur
A BNP activist and an outlaw were shot dead and two others were injured in separate incidents in Kushtia and Meherpur Tuesday night.
 arrow School girls vow to resist early marriage, dowry
Girl students of A Karim Girl High School in Satkhira town has set an example for others like them to follow. They have vowed to resist early marriage and dowry.
 arrow Realise rightful share of Ganges water
Speakers at a Roundtable here yesterday urged the government to move world forums to compel India to give Bangladesh its rightful share of Ganges water.
 arrow Women workers besiege Nilphamari UNO office
About 500 women labourers laid a siege to the Kishorganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer's (UNO) office on Monday protesting anomaly in distribution of rice against their daily wages under a WFP (Food for Work
 arrow 2 cops, bandit leader bullet-hit in gunfight
Two policemen and a ringleader of inter-district bandits were injured in a gunfight at Kala Laxmipur on the Magura-Jhenidah highway on Tuesday, police said.
 arrow Sacked tobacco workers demonstrate
Over 300 terminated workers of the Leaf Processing Factory of Dhaka Tobacco Industry, a sister concern of Akij Group yesterday demanded their immediate reinstatement and payment of arrears.
 arrow Outlaw arrested in Khulna
A member of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- Janajuddha) was arrested from Teligati in Khanjahan Ali Police Station (PS) here on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Co-operative movement: A vehicle for poverty alleviation
In co-operation man is the beginning and man is the end." This is in striking contrast to capitalism, where money is the beginning and the end, and man is but a means.
 arrow Banking reform: Compliance with best practice
Banking in Bangladesh builds basic bloc of financial sector and its dominant position in mobilising savings also gives them the lead in allocating credit.
Culturearrow Dwelling on the glorious Liberation War
The year 1971 is firmly rooted in every Bangalee's heart. The memories remain of the immense struggle of our valiant freedom warriors and the common people, which culminated in a joyous victory.
 arrow Tender years but powerful strokes
Modern art tends to use the style of child art at times as in the case of Dadaism.
 arrow "I developed a love-affair with music," Islamuddin Palakar
"I was a well-known truant among my classmates in class three," recalled Islamuddin Palakar, a renowned Palagan (a form of folk music) singer in our country, while sharing his childhood memories.
Generalarrow FFs' human chain from Kushtia to Mujibnagar
About 30,000 freedom fighters formed a 71-kilometre human chain from Kushtia town to Mujibnagar in Meherpur yesterday to press for their 11-point demand.
 arrow All Nominations valid
Nomination papers of all five candidates contesting for Habiganj-3 constituency were found valid after scrutiny yesterday.
 arrow Prisoner dies in Sylhet jail
An under-trial prisoner died in the Sylhet Central Jail on Tuesday.
 arrow Discussion on cardiac diseases
Speakers discussed various aspects of cardiac diseases at a discussion meeting on Advancement in Cardiac Surgery, held in the city yesterday.
 arrow Review meet on Aids prevention project
An annual review meeting on the project 'Prevention of HIV/Aids among young people in Bangladesh' was held in the city on Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow 1,684 more held
Police arrested 1,684 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Rescuers scrabble ruins for quake survivors
Dazed survivors on the Indonesian island of Nias were scrabbling through rubble in the hunt for relatives and friends crushed when a massive earthquake struck, killing hundreds of people.
 arrow Safe and alive under ruins after 39 hours of quake
French firefighters on Wednesday rescued a woman trapped for 39 hours under the rubble of a building destroyed when a massive earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Nias.
 arrow US memo shows Iraq jail methods
The top US general in Iraq authorised interrogation techniques including the use of dogs, stress positions and disorientation, a memo has shown.
 arrow Iran allows journalists inside key nuke plant
Iran allowed journalists for the first time on Wednesday into part of a nuclear plant which Washington and the European Union want permanently closed and which until late 2002 was a closely guarded secret.
 arrow Blind Australian set to climb Everest
Gerrard Gosens has spent the past two years preparing to climb the world's tallest peak, undaunted by the fact that he won't be able to see the view when he reaches the top.
 arrow Rebels call cross-border Kashmir bus a 'coffin'
Islamic militants Wednesday warned Kashmiris to shun a bus service between the two zones of divided Kashmir scheduled to start April 7, describing the vehicle as a "coffin".
 arrow Syria vows full withdrawal from Lebanon before elections
Syria said it would withdraw all its forces from Lebanon before Lebanese elections set for May, a move that could spell an end to the longtime Syrian dominance of the country.
 arrow Can a kiss kill? It can in Cairo
An Egyptian stabbed a Hungarian man and woman, slightly wounding them, after the couple kissed while pausing for a photograph near a mosque at Cairo's popular tourist bazaar, police said.
 arrow Pakistan refuses US access to AQ Khan
Pakistan rejected US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's request to allow Americans to question disgraced scientist AQ Khan over his alleged role in Iran's nuclear programme, a report said in Washington
 arrow US dollar facing collapse, warns Mahathir
The US dollar is facing an imminent collapse and the global economy will suffer a "catastrohpe" when it is rejected as the currency for trade, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said inremarks
Editorialarrow Editorial: Why lower the antenna?
It is only in comparison with December's devastating tsunami that left over 180,000 dead, that Monday's 8.7 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra can be considered relatively minor.
 arrow Editorial: In scary abandon
The food served in city restaurants seems to have degenerated in quality to a point where public health is threatened in many ways.
 arrow The trap of one-sided security focus
It is not unusual to fall into the trap of overly narrow interpretation of threats while deliberating on national security, even if it is on its traditional aspects.
 arrow The US turning a debtor?
According to a recent Washington Post's report, America's indebtedness to foreigners now totals about $3 trillion.
Letters to Editorarrow ATN's "Chanchollokor Mamla" and my clarification
A programme called "Chanchollokar Mamla" was broadcast on 15th Feb 2005 in Bangladesh on ATN television channel.
 arrow Fabrication by lawyer Sigma Huda
On the 15th Feb 2005, ATN television channel broadcast a programme called "Chanchollokor Mamla" involving the case of the suspected murder of Joyonti Reza.
 arrow Sigma Huda's reply
I protest the word "Fabrication" and there is no question of fabrication. I believe what I said in the TV to be true.
 arrow Fake manpower agents
We were very much appalled at the dismal news that 21 Bangladeshis died of starvation and suffocation in the Mediterranean while they were going to Spain illegally.
 arrow Right to live
Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged woman of Florida who has been in a persistent vegetative state for the past 15 years, lay for a week without food and water. That is terrible news for the modern world.
 arrow Ban on smoking
Recently, the government banned smoking in public places. It is a great step for our social development. Ours is a prosperous country and has a huge population.
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