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Front Pagearrow Dhaka-Delhi ties dip to lowest ebb
A parliamentary body yesterday observed the diplomatic relations with India are at their lowest ebb and expressed grave concern over the boiling border tension.
 arrow EC still sits idle, violates rules
The Election Commission (EC) is violating the demarcation rules by not taking any step to demarcate the parliamentary constituencies for the coming general elections.
 arrow Samad Azad passes away
Bangladesh's first foreign minister, veteran politician and Awami League presidium member Abdus Samad Azad, MP, died yesterday at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka aged 79.
 arrow Saarc future depends on political will
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has called for early convening of the twice postponed 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit on an acceptable date and said the forum's future
 arrow 50 die as train rams into bus in Lanka
About 50 bus passengers were feared killed and dozens injured when a train rammed into the crowded vehicle at a level-crossing in Sri Lanka yesterday, crushing it and setting it ablaze, officials said.
 arrow Ex-Nepal PM held on graft charges
Former Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was arrested yesterday for refusing to appear before an anti-graft panel to answer charges of corruption, police said.
 arrow BSF kills one more, returns another body
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday morning gunned down a Bangladeshi man in Satkhira district and then took away the body, hours before it returned the body of another Bangladeshi who had shared
 arrow SCBA to boycott CJ's court if Faizee is not withdrawn
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday threatened to boycott chief justice's court if additional judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee is not withdrawn from judicial functions.
 arrow Scholarship for girls up to degree level
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said stipend for girl students would be extended up to graduate level from the next fiscal year.
 arrow Hanging perilously...

 arrow Bandits loot Tk 10 lakh goods from bus in city
Bandits looted goods estimated at Tk 10 lakh at gunpoint from passengers of a Narayanganj-bound bus at Shyampur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Four govt teams to liaise with Tata
The government yesterday decided to form four teams to mediate and coordinate the US $2.
 arrow Fresh threat to besiege Ahmadiyya complex
The International Khatme Nabuat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) has threatened to lay siege on the Ahmadiyya Complex in Shyamnagar on June 1 if the cases filed against the Khatme Nabuat leaders are not withdrawn.
 arrow Govt fails to bring culprits to book
The failure to arrest the owners of Spectrum Sweaters Industries Ltd.
 arrow Rajuk reform must for safe building
It is high time, the city-planning authority, Rajuk, is reformed and restructured to ensure strict compliance with the building codes and safe construction, said architects, engineers and environmentalists
 arrow 200 students protest teacher's 'advances'
Some 200 students of Sher-e-Bangla Girls' School and College took to the street in Old Dhaka yesterday to protest a teacher's alleged advances to a class five student six days ago.
 arrow 7 killed, 50 hurt in highway crash
Seven people died and 35 others were injured, 12 of them critically, in a head-on collision between two buses on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Fakirhat near Sitakunda upazila headquarters yesterdaymorning.
 arrow Charges pressed against Galib, 5 others
Gaibandha police pressed charges yesterday against five cadres of Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujaheedin and their leader Ashadulla Al Galib for their involvement in a bomb blast at the Takier bazar jatra
 arrow Khulna journos reject both chargesheets
Khulna journalists have rejected the chargesheets in the cases for the murder of journalists Humayun Kabir Balu and Shaikh Belaluddin, saying they do not contain the names of the masterminds and financiers
 arrow Kuwaiti minister warns against exploitation
Kuwait's labour minister warned employers yesterday against the exploitation of expat labourers in oil-rich emirate which is home to hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers, mostly from Asia.
 arrow Satellite channel blackout till 6pm
The Cable Operator Association of Bangladesh (COAB) enforced a 24-hour strike halting its service from 6pm yesterday protesting the murder of two cable operators.
 arrow Cops beat up Ansars for protesting bribery
Police on Tuesday beat up and injured two Ansar personnel at Zia International Airport (ZIA) allegedly for protesting the cops' taking a bribe.
 arrow Murder charge framed against Haji Selim
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and five others in the Jubo Dal leader Abdul Hannan murder case.
 arrow BIMSTEC Funding terrorism to dominate Bangkok meet
"Financing Terrorism" will be the main theme of the two-day sub-group Bangkok meeting of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) beginning today.
 arrow HC quashes graft case against Saber
The High Court (HC) yesterday quashed a graft case against Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.
Businessarrow Rules for rescheduling stocklot loans eased
Bangladesh Bank has relaxed rules for rescheduling defaulted loans stemming from stocklot in readymade garment sector.
 arrow 6-day internet fair kicks off in Dhaka
Hundreds of enthusiastic people, mainly youths, thronged the internet fair at Bhasani Novo Theatre in Dhaka yesterday to explore the latest developments in the world of internet.
 arrow NBR may offer duty waiver for knitwear machinery
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday said it may consider waiving all duties on imported knitwear machinery in the next budget for the growth of the industry.
 arrow Emirates Group posts 49pc net profit
When the airline industry is struggling in the changed global economic scenario, the Emirates Group posted a record 49 percent net profit in the financial year ending on 31 March, 2005.
 arrow Huge textile export to spur China's cotton import
Growing Chinese textile exports and expectations of a lower domestic harvest could spur China, the world's top cotton consumer, to import over 3 million tonnes of cotton in 2005/2006, industry officials
 arrow Govt decides to award VIP status to 30 top taxpayers
The government has decided to select 30 top individual taxpayers in three categories to confer them with the prestigious status of very important person (VIP) from the next fiscal.
 arrow Mountain Dew promotional campaign held on DU campus
The tenth round of soft drink Mountain Dew's campus-based promotional campaign, 'Thrill on Campus', was held yesterday at the Institute of Business Admini-stration (IBA) playground in Dhaka University.
 arrow BB to adopt performance based promotion policy for staff
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday decided to change promotion policy for the central bank's officials as well as regularising the job of daily wage-based employees.
 arrow Electronic recharge system for GP phones from today
GrameenPhone Limited today introduces FlexiLOAD-- an easy and flexible service to recharge GP pre-paid accounts.
 arrow EBL teams up with MoneyGram to launch remittance service
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) yesterday launched a remittance service in collaboration with the US-based money transfer company MoneyGram International.
 arrow Asean ministers agree to consider FTA with EU
Economic ministers from Southeast Asian nations ended a meeting in Vietnam Wednesday agreeing to study a potential free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, a joint statement said.
 arrow Air India set to resume flights from Dhaka after 2 decades
Air India is set to resume flights from Dhaka after about two decades.
 arrow Maruti rolls out five millionth vehicle
India's largest carmaker Maruti, which is majority-owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, rolled out Wednesday its five millionth vehicle since operations started two decades ago.
Sportsarrow Football: A predictable last four
There was a possibility of a new face from outside the four established forces in the semifinal line up of the Federation Cup.
 arrow Cricket: 'I can't please everyone'
Ace Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday reacted strongly to criticism that he had become a pale shadow of his former attacking self, saying his aim was to serve the team, not to please everybody.
 arrow Cricket: Asian Age report makes Whatmore furious
Dav Whatmore on Wednesday came down heavily on a news item published in a foreign daily that said the Bangladesh coach had struck a deal with BBC to commentate during Bangla-desh's tour of England next
 arrow Football: Tipu rejects MSC claim
A day after Mohammedan Sporting Club announced Golam Sarwar Tipu as their new coach, the former national footballer rejected the claim.
 arrow Cricket: Shamsur ton powers U-19s
Shamsur Rahman hit the first century on the tour of Australia as Bangladesh Under-19 team recorded a thumping 151-run victory over Regional QAS squad in their eighth outing down under on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Thumping Rayer Bazar, BLS wins
Rayer Bazar and BLS High registered massive victories against their respective opponents in the Standard Chartered Under-15 Young Tigers National School Cricket yesterday.
 arrow Football: Milan take strong lead
AC Milan rode their luck to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 in a pulsating first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the San Siro here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ex-England star arrested
Former England star Chris Waddle has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another man in a pub brawl it was revealed here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Jacobs praised as role model
Wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs has been praised as a perfect role model for West Indies' players after announcing his retirement from international cricket.
 arrow Football: Romario's farewell thoughts
Former World Cup striker Romario says he is still playing professional football in Brazil at 39 because the rest of the players are not up to much.
 arrow Cricket: India in no hurry
India's cricket chiefs will not rush into naming a national coach to succeed New Zealander John Wright even as contenders line up for one of the most high-profile and demanding jobs in the sport.
 arrow Tennis: BD begin brightly
Bangladesh got off to a fine start in the Group 4 Asia-Oceania Zone of the Davis Cup defeating Syria in Yangoon yesterday.
Bangladesh came from behind to beat Syria 2-1 in the opener.

 arrow Cricket: PCB may ask for 50,000 dollars from BCCI
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday said it was contemplating demanding the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pay 50,000 dollars more for playing an additional one-day international on
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's fiancee has miscarriage
The fiance of Real Madrid striker Ronaldo is resting at home after having a miscarriage Tuesday, MTV Brasil said.
 arrow Cricket: DU cricket
Soil, Water and Environment beat Geography by three wickets in the first final of the South Zone of the Dhaka University Inter-Department cricket tournament at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Scandal' ref let off easy
The referee who triggered Germany's biggest match-fixing scandal in over 30 years won't be fined by the nation's soccer federation.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand had photographer beaten up?
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has been accused of getting some friends to beat up a photographer who was hassling him outside a London night club.
 arrow Football: Important BFF meeting today
Three major issues will be discussed when the executive committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) meet today.
 arrow Asia, ME bridge begins today
The Southeast Bank 13th Asia and Middle East Regional Bridge Championships begin today at the Hotel Sonargaon here.
 arrow Cricket: Akram stands by Ganguly
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram on Wednesday backed Sourav Ganguly and advised the Indian cricket selectors to be "extremely careful" before sealing the fate of the embattled captain.
Metropolitanarrow Politicians now depend on black money
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid rich tributes to Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque who had fought for the downtrodden throughout his life.
 arrow Fanaticism, corruption major obstacles to dev
Sajib Wazed Joy, son of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, yesterday said fanaticism, violence and corruption are major obstacles to development and the country needs a bold and honest leadership to fight
 arrow Country still unready to take full ICT benefits
Bangladesh is not yet ready to derive maximum benefits from the information and communications technology (ICT) opportunities though it is hooking up to the global information superhighway through a submarine
 arrow Ershad outlines electoral reform
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad said the provision of appointing the immediate retired Chief Justice (CJ) as the head of the caretaker government should be changed.
 arrow Work on Dhaka-Ctg highway to begin soon
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the expansion work of Dhaka-Chittagong highway will start soon to improve its traffic movement capacity.
 arrow Two more die, 2502 fall sick
As the diarrhoea situation deteriorates, two more people died and 2,502 others fell sick across the country as of yesterday evening.
 arrow Samad Azad's death condoled
Different organisations yesterday condoled the death of Abdus Samad Azad, former foreign minister and Awami League (AL) presidium member.
 arrow 2 DIGs sent on forced retirement
The government yesterday ordered forced retirement for deputy inspector generals (DIGs) of police Mohammad Abdul Mannan and Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman on completion of their 25 years of service.
 arrow Rajuk probe identifies faulty design, poor construction
The five-member Rajuk probe committee in its report held poor construction quality, faulty design, bad workmanship, overloading and foundation failure responsible for the April 11 collapse of the nine-storey
 arrow 17 robbers get 30 years' RI
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 17 robbers to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing a fabric trader in Savar in May 1999.
 arrow Munshiganj street vendor dies at DMCH
A street vendor, who was shot in the head during a gunfight between Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Awami League (AL) activists in Munsiganj on Sunday, succumbed to his injuries at the Dhaka Medical
 arrow Party high-ups to seek votes
As Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election is drawing nearer, supporters of the main two mayoral candidates are holding rallies here with their respective party high-ups.
 arrow 9 HC judges take oath
Nine additional judges of the High Court were sworn in as judges yesterday.
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain administered the oath of office to them at the judges' lounge at a simple ceremony.

Nationalarrow Jute cultivation falls in 10 southwestern dists
Jute cultivation in ten districts under Khulna division has fallen drastically this year compared to last year due to scarcity and high price of seed.
 arrow Beasts of burden reach Rangamati
The asses imported by the government have finally reached the hill district,, drawing curious ‘visitors’ in large numbers every day.
 arrow Piracy up as hilsha season approaches
A large number of fishermen in coastal areas and in the Meghna estuary are facing hard times due to increasing attacks by pirates.
 arrow Use of generators, solar energy suggested
The Rural Electrification Board (REB) held a workshop here yesterday to discuss ways to supply power to about 56,00 rural people in the three hill districts.
 arrow Compost plant misses deadline
A project aimed at producing bio-fertiliser from garbage in Mymensingh Pourasabha has failed to meet its deadline.
 arrow 2 bombs found near Jessore Circuit House
Police recovered two bombs from a place only 50 yards from Jessore Circuit House at about 11 am yesterday.
 arrow 80 hurt in clash over extortion in Bhairab
At least 80 people including five women were injured, 35 of them critically, in a clash between two groups at Manikdi village in Bhairab upazila in Kishoregonj district Monday night over toll collection
Point-Counterpointarrow Budget 2005-06: Is there any wildcard option?
Expected decline in external fund flows recently propelled different bodies to recommend disintegrated fiscal and monetary policies for the forthcoming budget.
 arrow Till we meet again, Saneeya
Our friend Saneeya, a great South Asian and a journalist passed away last week in distant Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Culturearrow Biren's splendid swirls on mixed-media
Biren Shome, whose large paintings have been admired by connoisseurs since 1979, at the Zainul Gallery, presents his confident strokes at Shilpangan.
 arrow Sporsher Bairey draws near an end
Popular mega serial Sporsher Bairey is set to wrap up with its 110 episode. The final episode will be telecast on ntv in June.
 arrow Super Glue: Nagorik Natyangan's upcoming play
In its 10-year-journey, promising theatre troupe Nagorik Natyangan has already presented 13 stage plays.
 arrow Asha Bhonsle: The ageless Diva
Which fan of Asha Bhonsle can forget the melody queen? None if one goes by the response to her music.
 arrow Ashwariya on The Oprah show!
Aishwarya Rai sure knows how to keep herself in the public eye. After featuring in Cannes, Madame Tussauds and David Letterman's Show, her next stop was The Oprah Winfrey show.
Generalarrow JCD activists beat up fellow worker at DU
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists beat up a fellow activist on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday, leaving him seriously injured.
 arrow 40,000 visually impaired children in country
Participants at a workshop yesterday said there are about 40,000 visually impaired children in the country.
 arrow Hailstorm hits Chittagong
A severe hailstorm struck the Chittagong city yesterday morning, paralysing normal life for around 30 minutes.
 arrow Adv Salam acting Jubo Dal Secy
Advocate Abdus Salam Azad will act as the general secretary of the central committee of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal in absence of its general secretary Moazzem Hossain Alal, MP, who is now in Australia.
 arrow Zonta Club holds fundraising event
The Zonta Club III of Dhaka organised a fundraising event at Sonargoan Hotel in the city on April 23, says a press release.

It was attended by philanthropists and generous donors.

 arrow 1,786 more held
Police arrested 1,786 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow India pitches for UNSC seat
India made a determined pitch Wednesday for a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council, the top UN body for international peace and security, an official said.
 arrow Iraqi govt formation faces new delay
The formation of a new Iraqi government has been delayed by a day because of disagreements over some of the names on the proposed cabinet list, a senior member of the ruling alliance said Wednesday.
 arrow Lebanese look to May elections
With Syrian soldiers finally out of their country, the Lebanese are set to mark their new-found independence with elections next month but doubts linger over whether Damascus has truly relinquished control.
 arrow Ethiopian flood survivors in fear of crocodiles
Swarms of hungry crocodiles are posing a new threat to some 60,000 villagers displaced by devastating floods in southeastern Ethiopia, where the death toll from the disaster has climbed to 88, an official
 arrow Superjumbo makes historic maiden flight
The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, successfully took off on its maiden flight Wednesday, a milestone for aviation and for the European aircraft-maker's battle with American rival Boeing
 arrow Putin kicks off ME tour
Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun his two-day visit to Egypt - the first by any Russian or Soviet head of state in 40 years.
 arrow Toll in Japan train crash rises
The death toll in Japan's worst rail accident in four decades looked set to top 100 Wednesday as hopes of finding more survivors in the wreckage faded along with the light of the third day of rescue efforts.
 arrow India concerned over Deuba's arrest
India expressed deep concern over the arrest of former Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba saying such actions were "contrary" to assurances given by Kathmandu and would "further complicate" efforts
 arrow Iraqi woman MP killed in Baghdad
An Iraqi woman MP has been shot dead by suspected insurgents on the doorstep of her home in Baghdad.
 arrow Pak suffering least in Kashmir: Musharraf
Refuting allegations of any U- turn in Pakistan's policy towards Kashmir during his recent visit to India, President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday night it was a complex issue with no timeframe fixed
 arrow Polling card to 8 months old British voter!
Although Kiera Spear has already received her polling card for next week's British general election, she had no idea who to vote for, or even what policies the parties support, because she is only eight
Editorialarrow Editorial: Defuse tension
The only way to thrash out strains between close neighbours is through dialogue.
 arrow Editorial: Accident waiting to happen
The road accidents in Tangail and Dhaka on Tuesday took a heavy toll of lives -- 27 in all. The major reason is, unsurprisingly, speeding on top of what must have been overloaded transports.
 arrow Caretaker government, Election Commission and beyond
Right or wrong allegation of election rigging or manoeuvring or abuse of power to influence election results and other wrong doing are not new in Bangladesh.
 arrow Opposition: Anyone for lessons from MRD
Stories about bickerings in Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) are rife. Its two pillars, Pakistan Peoples Party and the Nawaz faction of Muslim League, have all but fallen out.
Letters to Editorarrow Land of controversy!
It is very unfortunate that our motherland is turning into a land of controversy. The EU has passed a resolution on Bangladesh politics, which will ultimately end up in controversy.
 arrow A factual error
A bank's full-page advertisement in your April 3 issue drew my attention. The advertisement said that, "1905. It was a remarkable year.
 arrow An occasion for deep introspection
People celebrate the Prophet's (pbuh) birthday in many colourful ways to show their love for him, but people tend to forget that he died on this day as well.
 arrow Many Shefalis!
Shefali, a 26 year old woman, advertised in the newspaper to sell her eye as she does not have any work or capability to feed her two and a half year old girl.
 arrow "Ekushey and Islam"
In one of the letters regarding Ekushey and Islam, Md Hossaini claimed that since during the funerals of the King of Jordan foreign dignitaries of non-Muslim background did not feel offended, the non-Muslim
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