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Front Pagearrow 22 to walk gallows for killing Ahsanullah
A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death sentences to 22 people and life terms to six others for assassinating Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master in Tongi in May last year, the highest number of
 arrow Three Bangladeshis killed in border clash
At least three Bangladeshis including a girl were killed in a fierce encounter between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Akhaura border yesterday.
 arrow Widows queue for dead men's pay
Yesterday was rumoured to be a pay day at the Spectrum Sweaters Factory Limited at Savar and so Shaera was waiting at the office entrance to draw last month's wage of her husband.
 arrow BSF goes back on zero-line fencing
The director general-level border talks between BDR and BSF ended yesterday in the city inconclusively with the Indian side dismissing most of the major border concerns of Bangladesh including push-in
 arrow Lawyers scuffle in courtroom
Two groups of lawyers yesterday engaged in a scuffle at the Supreme Court over Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee's attending the High Court bench.
The 15-minute brawl started at 10.

 arrow Qatar keen on hiring more workers
Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani yesterday said there is a great opportunity to recruit more workers from Bangladesh.
 arrow Musharraf in India for peace, prayer, cricket
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday arrived in India on a landmark visit, offering prayers for peace and progress between the nuclear rivals as New Delhi announced a set of seven confidence-building
 arrow ACC Act challenged
The High Court in a rule yesterday ordered Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as well as the government to explain why the ACC Act sections that deal with the selection and appointment of ACC commissioners
 arrow 20th extension gives govt six more months
Responding to the government's 20th plea for giving it four months 'extra time' to separate the judiciary from the executive, the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday gave it six months time.
 arrow Govt gets ready to fight new deadly diseases
The government is going to launch a co-ordinated drive based on six new surveillance strategies to detect, prevent and combat any threat of epidemic of unknown or newly emerging infectious and other deadly
 arrow Morshed hits out at EU resolution
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Bangladesh is not a Banana Republic that needs people from the outside to teach it how to run or how to conduct its elections.
 arrow BJP factions on expulsion spree
Expulsion and counter-expulsion are continuing between the two factions of the Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP).
Party Chairman Naziur Rahman Manjur yesterday expelled Moidul Islam from the party.

 arrow Hasina terms judgment incomplete
Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina has termed the judgement in Ahsanullah Master murder case 'incomplete' and said the persons who 'conspired, planned and ordered' the killing of the
 arrow Quaiyum wants to submit statement to court
Lawyers for expelled BNP leader Abdul Quaiyum, the prime accused in the former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case, yesterday pleaded with a Habiganj court to submit a statement.
 arrow IOJ withdraws its candidate
With barely three weeks to Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayoral elections, Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leaders loyal to Moulana Fazlul Haq Amini MP backtracked on its position yesterday to withdraw their
 arrow Bombs seized from Shechchhasebak League office
Three powerful bombs were seized from the district Shechchhasebak League office yesterday afternoon where an Awami League (AL) leader was scheduled to hold a meeting later in the evening.
 arrow Mujibnagar Day today
The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government-in-exile at Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur on this day in 1971.
 arrow HC decides today about admissibility
The High Court (HC) will pass an order today on the admissibility of a writ petition alleging breach of oath of office by Chief Justice Syed J R Mudassir Husain.
 arrow Final Indo-Pak one-dayer today
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq is confident the spirit shown by his players on the India tour would lead to a series victory following the sixth and final one-dayer on Sunday.
Businessarrow Dhaka, Doha businesses sign MoU to promote trade
The apex trade bodies of Bangladesh and Qatar yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to bolster trade and commerce between the two countries.
 arrow Increasing lending rate to affect investment
The recent move by Bangladesh Bank asking the commercial banks to increase their lending rates on the advice of IMF will definitely have negative impacts on the increasing trend in investment, Mahbubur
 arrow UK selling Bangladeshi dishes to other countries
British High Commissioner Anwar Chaudhury lauded Bangladeshi chefs and cuisine saying the UK is even selling these dishes to other countries.
 arrow Nonstop power supply to steel, re-rolling mills denied
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood has again rejected the demand for uninterrupted power supply to the country's steel and re-rolling mills.
 arrow Saifur sits with NBR officials today
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman will sit today with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) officials to discuss on how to gear up revenue collections.
 arrow Time for China to ease currency peg: Snow
The time has come for China to move toward a flexible exchange rate, US Treasury Secretary John Snow said here Friday as he prepared to meet counterparts from the Group of Seven industrialized countries.
 arrow Banglalink, StanChart sign deal
Mobile phone operator Banglalink has signed a credit facility arrangement deal with Standard Chartered Bank in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Indonesia FDI jumps 173pc to $4.28b
Indonesia's foreign direct investment (FDI) approvals in the three months to March rose 173 percent from a year earlier to 4.28 billion dollars, official data showed Friday.
 arrow Onetel signs interconnectivity deal with BTTB, GP
Onetel Communications Ltd, which is going to provide wireless fixed phone services in Rajshahi division soon, has recently signed an interconnectivity deal with Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board
 arrow France's Lamy top candidate for WTO chief post
Pascal Lamy of France is leading in the race to head the World Trade Organization, in front of three other nominees, the head of the selection process said Friday.
 arrow Developing nations moving away from IMF, WB
If developing nations are not given more say in global financial institutions, they will leave the fold of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, a top Group of 24 official said Friday.
 arrow ‘World must adapt to high oil prices’
The world must adjust to persistently high energy prices, according to finance chiefs from rich nations who met on Friday amid financial market unease about the global expansion's durability.
 arrow HP South-East Asia vice-president arrives today
Lee Ki-Bong, vice-president (South-East Asia) of Hewlett-Packard, Imaging and Printing Group, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
Sportsarrow Football: Mukti's Cup of joy
Nigerian striker Paul Nwakwuchu scored one and set up the other for Saiful Islam as Muktijoddha Sangsad blanked Brothers Union 2-0 to lift the Independence Day Gold Cup yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka keep NCL crown
Dhaka retained their first-class title when their penultimate round game of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League against Chittagong ended in a draw at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India need Afridi early
Stand-in India cricket captain Rahul Dravid says his team need to dismiss hard-hitting Shahid Afridi early if they want to square the six-match series against Pakistan here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ferozeshah Kotla another belter?
How will the pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium, venue for the final one-day international match between India and Pakistan on Sunday, behave?
If curator Radheyshyam Sharma is to be believed,the

 arrow Cricket: Whatmore renews his contract?
Speculation was rife yesterday in the cricket arena that Dav Whatmore has extended his contract for two more years with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers go to Ctg today
The England-bound Bangladesh cricket team had their last practice session in Dhaka yesterday before heading to Chittagong for the last leg of their preparation.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s keep winning
The Bangladesh U-19 cricket team recorded back-to-back victories against Sunshine Coast U-19s on their tour of Australia.
 arrow Football: BD women off on wrong foot
The Bangladesh women's football team lost their historic international match 1-0 to Guam yesterday in the AFC U-17 Women's Championship in Korea.
 arrow Football: Inter escape with 4-match ban, fine
Inter Milan were handed a record six-match stadium ban and 300,000 Swiss francs (248,600 dollars) fine after their Champions League quarterfinal second leg against city rivals AC Milan was abandoned because
 arrow Football: Blues trio lead way
Chelsea dominated the nominations for the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year award with captain John Terry, midfielder Frank Lampard and goalkeeper Petr Cech all on theshort-list
 arrow Football: Arsenal in FA Cup final
Arsenal advanced into their fourth FA Cup final in the last five years with a 3-0 victory over Premiership rivals Blackburn Rovers at the Millennium Stadium here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Brazil releases racist Argentine player
An Argentine footballer has been released after spending 40 hours in Brazilian police custody for an alleged racist insult during a Libertadores Cup match on Wednesday night.
 arrow Cricket: A world record!
The ongoing school cricket tournament was marked by a new domestic record when BKSP-B amassed a mammoth 621-6 in a limited-overs match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 2006 WC ticket scam exposed
The organisers of the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany said they had exposed a fraudulent attempt from the United States to obtain two million match tickets.
 arrow Football: Scolari prefers club over country
Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Saturday he would like to remain in Europe for five more years as a football coach.
 arrow Cricket: Presidential reward for Afridi
Pakistan's president announced a 500,000 rupee (8,400 dollar) cash reward for cricketer Shahid Afridi after he smashed the second-fastest century in one-day history to help his team to victory over India.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi beach v'ball
The Pepsi Beach Volleyball tournament will begin in Cox's Bazar on April 19.
A total of 13 teams including two from Nepal will participate in the three-day men's and women's competitions.

 arrow Handball: Mini handball final today
Green Herald, Dhanmondi Quamrunnessa School, Sunnydale and hosts Maple Leaf reached the semifinals of the Maple Leaf 2nd Mini girls' handball tournament yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Legal loophole makes environment court ineffective
Legal loophole has virtually made the country's environment court ineffective, as an individual cannot directly seek for redress in the event of an environmental damage, said the experts at a seminaryesterday.
 arrow Satkhira bigots gear up seizure plan
Religious bigots gear up for besieging the Ahmadiyya complex at Sundarban Bazar in Shyam Nagar tomorrow to demand a government move declaring the sect non-Muslim.
 arrow WB to help ensure sustainable water supply in Dhaka, Ctg
The World Bank (WB) has decided to support the government in implementing a project for ensuring a reliable, sustainable and affordable Water Supply and Sewerage (WSS) services in Dhaka and Chittagong
 arrow Customs staff found dead at ZIA
The police yesterday recovered the body of a customs employee from the roof of the customs office at the Zia International Airport in the capital.
 arrow 'Introduce micro-science system in educational institutions'
Experts at a workshop called for introducing micro-science system in educational institutions to promote effective science education.
 arrow BNP blames opposition parties for instability
The BNP leaders at different protest rallies in the city yesterday blamed several opposition parties, including Awami League, for creating instability in the country to fetch benefits in their favourduring
 arrow Shun politics of colonial era to increase investment: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all concerned, including the Rotarians, to help break the cycle of poverty by accelerating the pace of economic development and increasing national resources.
 arrow Astami Snan begins
Langalbandh under Bandar upazila in the district turned into a pilgrimage as thousands of Hindu devotees both male, female and children take their traditional holy dip in the river Brahmaputra to payrespect
 arrow Burglary at Ctg Sonali Bank: 3 arrested with Tk 50,000
Kotwali police caught three burglars red-handed and recovered Tk 50,000 from them when they were committing burglary at the Sonali Bank Corporate Branch at KC Dey Road here yesterday.
 arrow Protest against faulty construction
Thousands of residents of the city's greater Khilgaon and Malibagh areas yesterday formed an hour-long human chain from the Malibagh Super Market to the Khilgaon flyover protesting the alleged faultyconstruction
 arrow 'Owners indifferent to safety of workers'
More than one thousand garments workers were killed in different accidents at their workplaces in the last five years, but the garments factory owners and the government still remain indifferent to the
 arrow Hasina to visit Rangpur next week, Ctg on May 1
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will visit Rangpur next week and in Chittagong on May 1.
Hasina said that on the occasion of May Day she would be inChittagong.

 arrow US Admiral Fallon in city
Commander of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Admiral William J Fallon along with his spouse arrived in the city yesterday on a two-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire' in Kushtia
A top cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz was killed in a 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices at Thanapara area of the district town early Friday.
 arrow French journo remanded
A French freelance TV journalist, held by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) while entering Bangladesh without a passport in the early hours of Friday, was taken on an eight-day remand yesterday and sent to Dhaka
 arrow Imam training programme launched
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation yesterday launched the 'Leaders Outreach Initiatives,' a programme to enhance the role of imams in the national development
 arrow BSTI realises Tk 23.21 lakh in fines
The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) in Chittagong realised Tk 23.
 arrow Buet term final exam from May 2
The term final examination of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will now begin on May 2 instead of April 23.
Nationalarrow Bigwigs coming to swindlers’ rescue
Vested quarters including some political leaders are active to save the postal employees accused of defalcation of crores of taka from depositors' accounts in Nilphamari Post Office, sources said.
 arrow Rajshahi journos demand security
Journalists in Rajshahi city yesterday held separate meetings protesting the attack on the Metropolitan Press Club (MPC) during Pohela Boishak celebrations in which a senior reporter was injured.
 arrow 11 pushed in by BSF thru' C'nawabganj point
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday pushed in 11 Bangla-speaking people through Charaldanga border of Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj district.
 arrow New Haripur well now produces 10 mmcfd gas
About 10 mmcfd gas is being supplied to the National Grid from well No. 7 of Haripur Gas Field in Sylhet since the trial extraction began two weeks back, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Mighty in monsoon, dry in summer
It is hard to believe how furious this small dying river can be during monsoon. The silted Chotto Jamuna along Noagaon town turns into playgrounds for children at many places during the summer.
Point-Counterpointarrow Mujibnagar Day: A milestone in our liberation war
Today is April 17 -- Mujibnagar Day. On this day in 1971, the Mujibnagar government was formed by the elected leaders of Bangladesh as the rightful constitutional, logical, and realistic step forward towards the full realization of our dream of an independent country of our own.
Culturearrow Tuning into Baul songs
There was a time when rural Bangladesh would resonate with the beats of the dhol, the ektara and the mystical songs of the Bauls.
 arrow Baishakhi celebrations
A Baishakhi gala was held on April 14 at the Engineer Institute premises, says a press release.
 arrow Scintillating rickshaw art
The superb exhibition on rickshaw painting, that opened at the Alliance Francaise recently, drew large crowds of viewers.
 arrow Chondalika: A treat for Tagore fans
On April 18, Chondalika--one of Rabindranath Tagore's later works-- will be staged at the National Theatre Stage at 7 pm.
Generalarrow 3 killed in road accident
Three people were killed and 45 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway at Nayadingi under Saturia upazila in Manikganj district yesterday.
 arrow Prisoner dies at Satkhira hospital
An under-trial prisoner died at the Satkhira Hospital yesterday.
The prisoner was identified as Aftab Uddin, 35, son of Mozahar Sheikh of Hajrakati village under Tala upazila.

 arrow 1,420 more held
Police arrested 1,347 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow India spells out steps to mend ties with Pakistan
India yesterday spelled out a series of measures including steps on disputed Kashmir it said New Delhi had offered to Pakistan to bolster trust between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
 arrow Thousands protest against Japan
Thousands of people staged violent anti-Japanese rallies across China yesterday in a second weekend of protests as Beijing said relations with its neighbour were at a "crossroads".
 arrow UN needs overhaul to survive as vital force
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday the United Nations needed to be overhauled "to survive as a vital force," in the strongest criticism yet from a senior US official amid a debate on UN
 arrow Hezbul militant leader offers talks to Delhi
The head of Kashmir's largest militant group - one of India's most wanted men - said Saturday he is ready for peace talks if invited by New Delhi and that his organisation is not opposed to a new India-Pakistan
 arrow 7 killed in restaurant blast
At least seven people were killed, three of them policemen, in an explosion yesterday in a restaurant in Baquba north of Baghdad, an Iraqi army officer said.
 arrow Nepali king meets Indian envoy
India's envoy to Nepal held talks with King Gyanendra Friday, officials said, a day after the monarch announced municipal elections in a move to "reactivate" democracy.
 arrow Special gift for Musharraf
A special gift awaits Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf from New Delhi Municipal Corporation during his three-day visit to India that began yesterday.
 arrow Ecuador declares emergency
Facing growing street protests demanding his ouster, President Lucio Gutierrez declared a state of emergency Friday night in the capital and dissolved the Supreme Court in an effort to resolve an escalating
 arrow Benazir's husband detained
Pakistani police yesterday detained former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's husband at the airport as he flew in from Dubai to launch a political movement for democracy, witnesses and his party said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: European Parliament resolution
The resolution passed by the European Parliament on the internal situation in Bangladesh has been many-faceted but is more or less uniform in its critical tone and temper.
 arrow Editorial: Doha-Dhaka ties
The visit of the Emir of Qatar, Shaikh Hamad Bin-Khalifa Al-Thani, has given a fillip to Doha-Dhaka relationship.
 arrow Is Sylhet to get its very own Farakka?
Sylhet is a small district at the North-Eastern tip of Bangladesh. It holds the bulk of the gas reserves of the country.
 arrow Journey to a new beginning
As a journalist based in Srinagar I was able to witness the euphoria of thousands of people as they heard about the reopening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road a month ago.
 arrow The verification game
It is customary for government employment to have the personal dossiers of the qualified candidates enquired into by law enforcement and intelligence agencies like police, detective branch (DB), or national
Letters to Editorarrow How long will they suffer?
Since I saw the pictures on the TV, I am petrified and cannot even eat or sleep.
 arrow Dark sides of society
These days we find a lot of reports on media bashing and we know who are doing it. There are certain quarters who do it regularly.
 arrow Who is containing corruption?
The BNP government as per its commitment formed the independent Anti Corruption Commission headed by a retired justice in the year 2004.
 arrow Neglected textile college
It is a matter of great regret that the only institute of textile engineers in Bangladesh "College of Textile Engineering & Technology" is still neglected by the government.
 arrow Good fertiliser
For thousands of years, the cow dung has been used as a manure for higher agricultural production. It is friendly for the algae and fishes in the nearby ponds and lakes.
 arrow Sheer humiliation
Student politics at JU is tarnishing the image of the ruling party.
Star Healtharrow Weight loss is essential for a healthy heart
Being overweight means that the heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body. This puts pressure on heart and body’s circulating system.
 arrow Water purification prevents water borne diseases
The quantity and quality of the water that we drink is directly linked to health. If the water is contaminated with germs or chemicals, health will be affected.
 arrow Dietary vitamin B3 intake can prevent Pellagra
Pellagra is a multiple-deficiency disease associated with diets providing low levels of niacin (vitamin B3) and/or tryptophan and often involving other B vitamins resulting in changes in the skin, gastrointestinal
 arrow Laser technique used to treat bad breath
If brushing and mouthwash don't improve bad breath, an Israeli scientist may have the solution -- laser treatment.
 arrow Diet rich in fiber lowers cholesterol
Canadian researchers reported that a diet rich in fiber and vegetables lowered cholesterol just as much as taking a statin drug.
 arrow Emergency contraception
Sometimes you may have accidentally an unprotected sex and you have no plan to have child. This situation can make you worried --- now what to do? There is nothing to get worried.
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Star Cityarrow To smoke or not to smoke...
Although no course of action has been yet implemented under 'The Smoking and Tobacco Control Act- 2005' since the law came into effect on March 26, it is alleged that a few police officers harass smokers
 arrow DCC lacks internal audit
Due to lack of internal audit in Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), its financial accounts remain unchecked that creates scopes for corruption, sources in the Nagar Bhaban said.
 arrow Dhaka traffic through the eyes of foreigners
David Montero, an English language trainer and journalist working for a Dhaka daily finds it difficult to fathom why drivers in Dhaka do not stick to one lane.
 arrow Hospital of compassion, care and counselling
A large number of elderly people come to avail medical facilities at the Probin Hospital (hospital for the elderly) at Agargaon.
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