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Front Pagearrow Opposition asks ex-CJ not to head next caretaker govt
Opposition politicians and legal experts at a roundtable yesterday urged the immediate past chief justice to refrain from assuming office of the chief adviser of the next caretaker government to keepthe
 arrow AL out to prevent next polls: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday again accused the opposition of trying to use dilly-dally practices to prevent the next general elections.
 arrow Kennedy, Kerry for impartial probe
Three leading federal lawmakers from Massachusetts sent letters to the US and Bangladesh governments, urging an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry into the January 27 grenade attack that killed
 arrow Power Cell faces pressure to award deal to lobby
A politically backed business lobby is mounting pressure on the Power Cell to award a contract without any bidding to a power company to set up the third-phase Meghnaghat 450 mw power plant violatinggovernment
 arrow Pope slips closer to death
Pope John Paul II is drifting in and out of consciousness but is not in a coma, the Vatican said Saturday, as millions of Catholics prayed and the world watched the agonies of the pontiff's dying hours.
 arrow Teletalk suspends mobile selling on mad rush
The state-owned Teletalk authorities yesterday suspended the distribution of subscription forms for its newly launched mobile phone due to inadequate capacity to handle the huge rush and demand of aspirant
 arrow Lawyers walk out of courtroom
A group of lawyers walked out of the courtroom of a High Court Division Bench yesterday alleging bias against it during hearing of quashment petitions of seven corruption cases including three against
 arrow New pay scale will inflame inflation
A visiting IMF mission yesterday questioned the rationale of the new pay scale being designed at the moment, saying it would only aggravate and whip up the galloping inflation.
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 arrow Govt absolves Pintu of another criminal case
The government yesterday withdrew a criminal case, the second in the last two weeks, against ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and a dozen others for assaulting and injuring police and AwamiLeague
 arrow Clampdown on travel with free visa
In a bid to bring discipline to the country's manpower export system, the government has imposed restrictions on individuals migrating abroad with individual free visas.
 arrow Dhaka committed to strengthening Saarc
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Saarc process should progress unhindered and reaffirmed Bangladesh's commitment to strengthening cooperation in all potential areas under the aegis of the seven-nation
 arrow JU meet today to select more teachers than vacancies
The Syndicate of Jahangirnagar University (JU) meets today to finalise the selection of candidates for 15 faculty positions, of which 10 are vacant regular posts, while the rest have been added in violation
 arrow Four bogies of inter-city train derail, 20 injured
At least 20 people were injured, five of them critically, as a Rajshahi-bound inter-city train, the Titumir Express, derailed yesterday near Domar Railway Station.
 arrow Charge sheet against Rab members
An investigation officer (IO) yesterday pressed charges against four Rab members and their two sources for involvement in robbing Tk 7.8 lakh from a cattle trader in the city's Mirpur area on March 23.
 arrow India go 1-0 up in style
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid cracked centuries and Sachin Tendulkar grabbed a five-wicket haul as India crushed Pakistan by 87 runs in their opening one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow 'Why magistrate won't be stripped of authority?'
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered a metropolitan magistrate of Chittagong to appear before the court on April 23, and explain why he would not be stripped of his authority as a magistrate for refusing
 arrow Rokan for taking defence from president during caretaker regime
Immediate past Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday said a dual administration exists during the reign of caretaker government as the president remainsin
 arrow Accused say they are victims of harassment
Almost all the accused in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday said they were implicated in the incident to harass them falsely.
 arrow Mess...

 arrow Drug peddlers attack cops, injure 3
Two policemen and an ansar were wounded when drug peddlers attacked them during a raid at a drug den on Agamashi Lane in old Dhaka's Kotwali area last night.
 arrow Woman held with 21 dead fowls
Police yesterday nabbed a woman with 21 dead chickens she collected to feed her customers at a mess, six days into the arrest of a man in Mirpur with dead fowls.
 arrow Friend of MP's son arrested
Police arrested a friend of BNP lawmaker Ali Kadar's son Noman Kadar from Lalmatia area early today on charge of beating up a traffic constable.
 arrow Sangu gas field goes for test run
Country's gas production for the first time crossed 1,500 million cubic feet mark when a new well of Sangu went for test run at 7:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Parody poster costs his life
One physically challenged Master's student was killed allegedly over pasting of a parody poster at Bandar Police Station area in the city early yesterday.
 arrow 5 kidnapped in Bandarban
Armed criminals abducted five people including three indigenous persons in Roangchhari upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Thakurgaon OC closed for bribery
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Baliadangi Police Station was closed to the police Lines Friday on charges of demanding a bribe from a trucker.
 arrow Rajuk distributes Uttara plots
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) today distributes plots among applicants under the third phase of Uttara residential area project through a computerised lottery.
 arrow 9 Australians die in copter crash in Indonesia
An Australian military helicopter carrying specialist medical staff to aid victims of a massive earthquake in Indonesia crashed yesterday, killing nine of the 11 people on board, the Australian national
 arrow Man pulled alive from Indonesia rubble
A man heard crying out for water was pulled alive yesterday from beneath the rubble of a building demolished by Indonesia's most recent earthquake, a day after rescue teams formally called off the search
Businessarrow Exports register 13pc growth in 8 months
Exports in the first eight months of the current financial year amounted to US$5,415 million, posting a 13 percent growth over the corresponding period of the last financial year.
 arrow Close false BO accounts
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday asked depository participants of the central depository system to close false beneficiary owners' (BO) accounts after reviewing status of all accounts.
 arrow Highly politicised Saarc retards regional trade
The visiting Pakistani business leaders yesterday said South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) is a highly politicised forum and the bloc retards intra-regional trade.
 arrow Saifur offers conditional aid to Co-operative Bank
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday promised Bangladesh Co-operative Bank Tk50 crore to start its activities afresh, provided the bank agrees to return the money within one year.
 arrow Changed law to bring discipline in land management: Moudud
The government has amended the registration law in a bid to make land management, sale and transfer more disciplined and transparent, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed saidyesterday.
 arrow EU to discuss rules for curbing China textiles
Fearing a surge in cheap clothing and textile imports from China, the European Union Executive Commission will discuss rules next week for applying emergency brakes on trade, a spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Bank Asia recommends 25pc stock dividend
Bank Asia Ltd has recommended 25 percent stock dividend that is one share for every four shares for its shareholders for the year that ended on December 31, 2004.
 arrow India sees FTA with Pakistan in 1-2 years
India said Friday it hoped free trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan would happen within one to two years, as their sluggish peace process moves forward.
 arrow Bangladesh to export condensed milk to Uzbekistan
Bangladesh will soon start exporting sweetened condensed milk to CIS countries including Uzbekistan.
 arrow Int'l medical show begins in Ctg
A three-day international medical exposition 'CIMEXPO 2005' began at Engineers Institution in the port city Friday.
 arrow IMF chief warns of risk to world economy
IMF chief Rodrigo Rato said Friday that large US current account deficits posed a risk to the world economy and warned that a sharp drop in inflows into US bond markets could have serious consequences
 arrow EU to mull response to China textile surge
The European Commission will next week discuss possible action to safeguard European makers of clothes and related products from a surge in cheap textiles from China, an official said Friday.
 arrow Eastland Ins approves 2:1 rights share
Eastland Insurance Company Ltd has approved issuance of rights share at Tk200 per share with a premium of Tk100 at the rate of 2:1.
 arrow Clarification
Ericsson has sent a clarification of a news item titled 'Ericsson offers discount for telecoms operators in Bangladesh' published on this page on March 24.
 arrow Oil surges to record near $58
Oil prices surged to a record near $58 a barrel Friday, powered by a forecast the market could spike above $100 due to robust global demand and tight spare capacity.
 arrow Toyota, Nissan hit new milestones in US sales
Japan's leading automakers Toyota and Nissan reported new sales milestones in the US market, with Toyota reporting its best-ever quarter and month and Nissan sales topping one million for its fiscal year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan c Sehwag b Tendulkar
Sachin Ten-dulkar struck telling blows with the ball as hosts India delighted a sell-out home crowd of 75,000 with a 87-run victory over Pakistan in the first one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: WI erect a mountain
Left-handers Wavell Hinds and Shivnarine Chanderpaul each completed maiden Test double hundreds to help West Indies grind South Africa into the dust on the second day of the first Test on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly feels relieved
India's comprehensive 87-run win over Pakistan in the first one-day international has come as a big relief for captain Sourav Ganguly who confessed that his team's victory had relieved him of some pressure.
 arrow Cricket: Eyeing a brush with Lord's
Skipper Habibul Bashar said that he would not be intimidated when Bangladesh embarked on their first full series in England next month.
 arrow Cricket: PM to reward Zim series heroes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to reward the heroes of Bangladesh's Test and one-day triumph over Zimbabwe.
 arrow Football: Figo coming back?
Luis Figo is on the verge of coming out of international retirement to help Portugal qualify for the 2006 World Cup, the president of the national football federation said Friday.
 arrow Football: It opened Benitez's eyes
Liverpool's Spanish coach Rafael Benitez was given a lesson in the English style of football when his team met Bolton Wanderers this season.
Blue Berry Travels moved into the final of the Independence Day Hockey tournament outplaying Bangladesh Police 9-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Arsene wants a Roman inquest
Chelsea owner Roamn Abramovich should step in and provide moral leadership at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Loreeto ride on Fahim century
Fahim Ahmed hit 155 as Loreeto handed National Bank Public School a 138-run defeat in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-17 National School Cricket at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib available Shabbir likely to join Pak team in India
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made himself available for the one-day series in India after playing against Leicestershire in a Twenty20 match.
 arrow Cricket: Rain in Guyana
Heavy rain prevented play before lunch on Day Three of the first Test at Guyana, leaving South Africa still waiting to get on with their first innings.
 arrow Football: Serie A stops for Pope
All Italian first and second division matches have been cancelled this weekend, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Saturday, as a mark of respect to Pope John Paul II who is close to death.
 arrow Football: Demand for 2006 WC tickets shoot up
The demand for 2006 World Cup tickets continues to surprise Germany's organising committee with a staggering 10 million fans requesting tickets in the first of five sales periods.
 arrow Football: MU increase ticket prices
Manchester United on Saturday announced massive season ticket price hikes of up to 24 per cent in a bid to offset a 14-million-pound loss in media revenues.
 arrow Football: AFC U-13 football
The local boys made a brilliant start when the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-13 Football Festival began yesterday at BKSP.
 arrow Athletics: Army athletics
Lance Corporal Rafiqul Islam of Rangpur Area won the gold medal in the 5000-metre race of the Bangladesh Army Athletics competition that began yesterday at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.
 arrow Athletics: RU sports
A two-day long inter-hall athletic competition began at Rajshahi University stadium yesterday.
RU Vice-Chancellor Prof Faisul Islam Faruki yesterday inaugurated the competition as chief guest.

 arrow Cricket: AIUB cricket
Hosts AIUB and IBAIS reached semifinals in the Fourth AIUB Cup Inter-Private University Cricket Tournament yesterday at BKSP.
Metropolitanarrow 'Confrontational politics pose serious threat to nat'l security'
The internal political situation has posed a serious threat to national security and the country's image, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Dorji for ministerial meet in priority areas
Saarc Secretary General Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji called on Foreign Affairs Advisor Reaz Rahman and briefed him about the progress made in different areas of regional cooperation.
 arrow Sovereignty under threat due to misrule
Country's sovereignty is under threat due to misrule of the BNP-led four-party alliance government, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Govt urged to increase BCSIR budget
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to increase the budget of the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) for conducting multidisciplinary research.
 arrow Plan to set up ICUs at all medical college hospitals
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the government would set up Intensive Care Unit at all the medical college hospitals.
 arrow Decomposed body recovered, two shot
Police retrieved the decomposed body of a man from Sabujbagh who was strangled a few days ago while two people, including a housewife, were shot in separate incidents in Khilgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two extortionists arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two criminals at Sonadanga residential area yesterday.
The arrestees were identified as Sirajul Islam Kutti 29, and Motaleb Shaikh 52.

 arrow Measures taken to protect women's rights
The government has taken up a number of important measures for protection of the rights of women as well as their empowerment, said Minister for Women and Children Affairs Kurshid Jahan Haq yesterday.
 arrow DRU cafeteria vandalised
A group of armed criminals damaged the caféteria of Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) at Segunbagicha in the city yesterday.
 arrow SC Bar president pledges to intensify movement
Newly-elected president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday pledged to intensify the ongoing united movement of the lawyers to help establish rule of law and separate the judiciary from
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank stands by acid victims, divorcees
Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation has extended financial assistance of Tk 10,000 each to 100 acid victims and 400 divorcees at a simple ceremony at the Osmani Memorial auditorium yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Justice Murshed's death anniversary today
The 26th death anniversary of Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed, an eminent jurist and constitutional lawyer of the sub-continent, will be observed today, says a press release.
 arrow Body of Labiq arrives tomorrow
The body of Labiq Kazi Moinuddin, son of Rushnan Murtaza Lori and Kazi Moinuddin Raj, will be flown in to Dhaka tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Cell phones, gold ornaments worth Tk 33 lakh seized
Customs officials seized mobile sets and gold ornaments worth over Tk 33 lakh from a passenger soon after his arrival at Zia International Airport from Dubai in a Biman flight yesterday morning.
 arrow 'Shakespeare Week' begins at AUB
To mark the 442nd birth anniversary of the great poet Shakespeare, the English department of Asian University of Bangladesh is hosting a programme titled 'Shakespeare Week'.
 arrow 1,292 more held
Police arrested 1,292 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.ooam yesterday.
Nationalarrow Top priority to journalist murder cases, says IGP
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ashraful Huda yesterday said the government had given "top priority" to investigation of cases regarding murder of journalists in the south-western region and elsewhere
 arrow Rural potters need skill to move with time
Decorated and fashionable pottery is becoming popular in urban areas but a large community of potters in Kowkhali upazila in Pirojpur district is facing an uncertain future due to lack of technical assistance
 arrow Tomato brings fame, fortune
Retired army man Abdul Karim is now an example for many farmers and educated youths. He earned over Tk 14 lakh from commercial cultivation of tomato this year.
 arrow ‘Take steps to save Sylhet haor crops’
Speakers at a rally at Court Point in Sylhet city yesterday demanded immediate steps to protect Boro paddy from flood in vast haors in Sylhet region.
 arrow 12 chargesheeted in Monju murder case in Bakerganj
After two and a half years of investigation, police submitted charge sheet against 12 persons in the sensational Manjurul Haque Talukder Monju murder case.
 arrow Boy killed for toll
Underground operatives killed a boy after abduction as his father failed to pay them toll at Matmura village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur district Friday night.
 arrow Babuganj OC suspended
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Babuganj Police Station (PS) was suspended on Thursday.
 arrow Debate festival at Rangamati
A two-day Jatiya Parbattya Bitorka Utsab (national debate festival for hill people), first such event in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), began at Rangamati town yesterday.
Culturearrow Rabindra Sangeet festival begins
The 24th annual conference of the Rabindra Sangeet Shammilon Parishad (RSSP) began with a spectacular dance piece choreographed by Sharmila Bandyopadhyay and performed by the students of Nrityanandanwith
 arrow A new telefilm in the making
The Shubha Maharat of the telefilm Amarabotir Swapno was held at a local restaurant Friday last.
 arrow Celebrating a decade in music
Where have those timeless melodies of Bangla songs gone? There was a time when the intellectual audience was regaled with the appeal of the classical music.
 arrow Salman Khan essays a Hollywood role
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan makes his first appearance in a Hollywood flick when he travels to the Indian desert state of Rajasthan.
 arrow Gere dances in Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had only one request when Richard Gere visited his office: "Shall we dance?"
Gere, who is in Japan to promote his latest film, the Hollywood remake of the Japanese

Generalarrow PM urges doctors to follow professional ethics
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the physicians, public representatives, social workers and the media to create health consciousness among the people to help prevent diseases.
Internationalarrow Koirala calls on king to restore democracy
Former Nepal prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala yesterday used his first day of freedom after two months of house arrest to demand King Gyanendra restore democracy immediately if he wants to defeatthe
 arrow Pak cops detain 3000 during strike
Pakistani police said they had detained hundreds of hardline Muslims after the country's first general strike in more than two years.
 arrow Pope a conservative who revolutionised the papacy
Pope John Paul II, who was slipping towards death Saturday, has revolutionised the papacy, contributing to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe but alienating many Roman Catholics with his conservative
 arrow Zimbabwe opposition rejects polls result
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday rejected the result of a parliamentary election which handed a crushing victory to President Robert Mugabe's ruling party.
 arrow Shias, Sunnis battle for Speaker's post
A car bomb killed five people near Baghdad yesterday, as Sunni and Shia Arab politicians were snagged in a dispute over who will be the speaker of Iraq's parliament, ahead of the body's next session.
 arrow Hurriyat asks militants not to attack bus
Kashmiri militant groups yesterday repeated a threat to attack passengers on a bus service to be launched next week across the divided Kashmir region, despite a plea from a hardline separatist group to
 arrow Quake survivor rescued from rubble after 5-day
Rescuers on the Indonesian quake-hit island of Nias yesterday pulled out a survivor buried beneath the rubble of his house for almost five days.
 arrow Abbas places Ramallah on state of alert
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas placed the security services in Ramallah on a "state of alert" Saturday following an incident in which militants fired into the air inside his compound, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Children dying from injury
A Unicef report has revealed that in Bangladesh at least 30,000 children died in 2002 from injuries caused by accidents of various kinds.
 arrow Editorial: Prime land monopoly
The recent allotments made by Rajuk of fifty plots in Uttara and fifty plots in Banani have an unmistakable ruling alliance slant.
 arrow Ensuring people's right to information
People's right of access to information actually amounts to their right of access to knowledge. Knowledge and information are interlinked.
 arrow BNP's dilemma
The BNP seems to be back on its old path of wooing the hearts of fundamentalist forces.
Letters to Editorarrow SOFTEC-2005
I have been awarded the second prize at the international software competition SOFTEC-2005 held in Pakistan. Now I am going to Multan for delivering my speech on robotics at Zakaria University.
 arrow Thirty-three years of independence
We are now passing through the 21st century and our nation is already 33 years old! We had governments in the past and also at present pursuing ideologies like Nationalism, Socialism, Secularism, Democracy,
 arrow Mixing politics with religion
I read the letter to the editor regarding fundamentalism written by Cantara Wali Ruhi. She is mixing politics with religion.
 arrow Traffic jam
Dhaka is a big city. About twelve million people live here. Day by day the number is increasing and Old Dhaka is badly affected by the population growth.
 arrow Congo tragedy
The nine Bangladeshi soldiers who died in an ambush in Congo deserve gallantry award. According to the Director of the ISPR Lt. Col.
 arrow Why this demand?
The whims of the Awami League are exasperating us, from time to time they are placing demands of one sort or the other, most of which are unreasonable.
 arrow Indo-Pak ODI series
Newspaper reports indicate that the Pakistanis have started the one-day series as favourites. But I beg to disagree. Indians have a terrific batting line-up which should make the difference.
Star Healtharrow Rheumatic fever can damage heart if remain untreated
Rheumatic Fever (RF) / Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a major public health problem. RF/RHD is the most common cardiovascular disease in children and young adults.
 arrow Proper sanitation can prevent common infections
Human excreta always contain large numbers of germs, some of which may cause diarrhoea.
 arrow Dual strategy for fibroids gives good results
For women with troublesome fibroids, the combination of two approaches results in better improvement than does surgery alone, according to a report from Taiwan.
 arrow New drug launched
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd. has launched a new drug, Ostocal D in the market for the first time in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow More than 8 hours sleep too much of a good thing
Although the dangers of too little sleep are widely known, new research suggests that people who sleep too much may also suffer the consequences.
 arrow Thyroid gland as a clue of breast cancer
Scientists at the University of Texas have discovered that women with underactive thyroid glands have a lower risk of breast cancer than others.
Star Cityarrow Piracy in audio-video markets threatens genuine traders
Pirated audio and video compact discs have flooded pushing artistes, producers and production houses out of business.
 arrow North Bashabo suffering due to incomplete pipeline
Residents of north Bashabo are suffering as the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has left the construction of a drainage pipe of Khilgaon flyover incomplete.
 arrow Graffiti, posters make city walls dirty
The city looks dirty due to an increasing trend of putting up graffiti and sticking posters on walls for advertising or political campaign.
 arrow Detectors to control traffic volume
Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) is installing vehicle detectors to monitor city's volume of traffic. The project is scheduled to start functioning from next month.
 arrow FDC's 'unwanted' visitors
If you are asked to name recreational or historical spots in Dhaka, the National Zoo, Shishu Park, National Museum, Ahsan Manjil might come to mind instantly. But for many, the place to be is the 'FDC'.
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