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Front Pagearrow Village potters go global
Kumar Para, meaning potters' neighbourhood, stands thousands of miles from Europe. But the thriving village of Murarikati in Kalaroa upazila has recently come to be known as 'Italy Nagar'.
 arrow JCD bolsters DU siege
Pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists aided by the police yesterday chased out on sight Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) workers, who they have declared unwanted on Dhaka
 arrow Mohiuddin takes oath, will submit his plan to PM
Chittagong City Corporation (CC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said he will submit an outline of his proposed city government to the prime minister in two months.
 arrow Attorney general at odds with lawyers
Bangladesh Bar Council has engaged in a rift with the attorney general, who is the council's ex-officio chairman, over holding an emergency meeting on lawyers' rights and privileges following a courtban
 arrow SingTel buys 45pc CityCell stake
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) yesterday bought for $118 million a 45 percent stake in the country's third largest cellular operator, Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), which operates
 arrow Dhaka loses ADB alternate directorship to strife
The Indian executive director (ED) representing a group of five Asian countries in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in an unprecedented move this week, removed and replaced the Bangladeshi alternateexecutive
 arrow 870 acres of army land still in grabbers' grip
The armed forces have asked for more land when 870 acres of military land across the country are in land-grabbers' hand.
 arrow Four BNP rebels pull out
Four rebel candidates of the ruling BNP yesterday withdrew from the race of Narsingdi-1 by-election.
 arrow 10 die from heat stroke
Heat stroke caused by the extreme heat wave persisting over the country for the last few days killed at least 10 people, including three women, in Sirajganj, Gaibandha and Mymensingh, and sent hundreds
 arrow Ershad expels wife from JP
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday expelled party presidium member and his wife Bidisha Ershad, sources said.
 arrow Tigers hope for fortune reversal
Bangladesh will be aiming for damage limitation when they start the second Test against England at the beautiful Riverside ground here on Friday.
 arrow Series of attacks kill 34 in Iraq
Three suicide car bombings struck within an hour and two parked motorcycles exploded in northern Iraq yesterday, while gunmen in speeding cars opened fire on a crowded market in Baghdad in a series of
 arrow AL demands dissolution of Armed Forces Division
The main opposition Awami League (AL) representative in the parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry yesterday demanded that the Armed Forces Division (AFD) be dissolved, terming it unnecessary
 arrow Charges pressed against Galib, 4 others
Police yesterday submitted another charge-sheet under the Explosive Substances Act accusing Asadullah Al Galib, ameer of the Ahle Hadith Andolon, and four others.
 arrow Ctg 'criminal' killed in 'shootout'
An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout between the police and his accomplices' at Khulshi in the port city yesterday while Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested notorious Shibir cadre Gias Hazarika
 arrow Satkhira bigots threaten tough agitation
Religious bigots yesterday threatened to take up strong agitation programmes including strike if one of its members who was arrested Tuesday, is not released immediately.
 arrow Fake Tk 500 note comes out of ATM
A customer of American Express Bank found a forged Tk 500 bill among the Tk 10,000 cash he withdrew yesterday from the bank's Gulshan Branch ATM (automated teller machine).
 arrow Ansar commander shot dead
Unknown assailants yesterday shot down an ansar commander at Sanatangarh in the city's Hazaribagh, while muggers shot and injured a shop-owner at Badda.
 arrow 1.5km human chain decries deaths of Sumon, Ameer
Thousands formed a human chain yesterday afternoon at Khilgaon and Sabujbagh in the city protesting the deaths of Awami Jubo League leader Abul Kalam Azad Sumon in Rab custody and three-wheeler driver
 arrow Spectrum collapse victims' families get compensation
The families of 16 more garment workers, who were killed in the nine-storied Spectrum Sweater Factory collapse in Savar, received Tk 79,000 each as compensation yesterday.
Businessarrow Requisition of vehicles takes toll on RMG export
BGMEA leaders yesterday asked Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) not to requisition vehicles that are on export duty, saying such harassment by the police is taking toll on export of readymade garments.
 arrow Customs fines two firms Tk 4cr for duty evasion
Customs in a rare departmental case has fined two trading firms Tk 4 crore and confiscated goods worth Tk one crore for duty evasion while importing goods from India through Benapole land port.
 arrow Beximco Pharma to raise Tk 3.15b from London Stock Exchange
In a bid to re-engineer financial structure, Beximco Pharma-ceuticals Ltd yesterday said it will raise nearly Tk 3.15 billion from Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of London Stock Exchange (LSE).
 arrow Nokia to make cellphone infrastructure in India
Nokia announced last Tuesday that it will establish a high-end Base Station Controller (BSC) manufacturing unit in Chennai.
 arrow China won't link yuan issue with textile row
China will not link the issue of reforming its currency with an international row over its booming textile exports, Commerce minister Bo Xilai said Thursday.
 arrow SEDF, BGMEA sign MoU to host LDC meet
SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) will help Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) host a conference of 15 Asian least developed countries (LDCs) in Dhaka between
 arrow China scraps import tariffs on Taiwan fruits
Following up on goodies pledged during the recent mainland visits of two Taipei politicians, China said Wednesday it will drop import tariffs on 15 Taiwanese fruits, including pineapples and papayas.
 arrow Beximco Pharma okays 5pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited has declared 5 percent cash and 25 percent stock dividends for its shareholders.
 arrow Oil prices cool ahead of US inventories
World oil prices cooled slightly Thursday ahead of keenly awaited data on US crude stockpiles, a day after surging by more than two dollars on supply fears.
 arrow BASIC Bank okays 27.5pc dividend
BASIC Bank Ltd has declared for the year 2004 a 27.5 percent dividend of which 20 percent is stock and 7.5 percent is cash dividend.
 arrow Unilever, AKTEL sign deal on music talent hunt
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd and ATKEL have signed an agreement regarding SMS voting services for Close Up1, a programme to hunt music talents in the country.
 arrow New DMD of Gonophone
Neaz-Ur-Rahim, former general manager (Security and Surveillance) of BTTB, has taken over as the deputy managing director of Gonophone Bangladesh Ltd.
 arrow Jakarta cuts jet fuel price to support airline business
Indonesia said Thursday it would lower the price of jet fuel for June by 7.0 percent, a move that will relieve pressure on the country's struggling domestic aviation business.
 arrow WTO head urges govts to step up efforts on new trade pact
The head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Thursday urged governments to step up efforts to drive forward talks to liberalize global commerce, warning that a negotiating deadline is near.
 arrow BoJ calls for lowering reserve target
The Bank of Japan should consider gradually lowering its liquidity target range to reflect receding demand for funds from commercial banks, Atsushi Mizuno, a central bank policy board member, said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Trying to put on a brave face
"It might be another short match practice but England will be as ruthless as they can against Bangladesh when the match starts here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Red-hot Sheikh Russel
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra set a new Premiership record when they brushed aside Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool 10-0 in the Premier Bank Premier Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WI-Pak 2nd Test from today
The last time Pakistan won a Test match in the Caribbean, Salman Butt -- the youngest member of the likely playing XI -- was not even four, and that says enough about the challenge that Inzamamul Haqand
 arrow Cricket: Hands-off our Test status
Cricket has long lost its legacy as a gentleman's game.

So much so that its governing body the ICC has been compelled to frame a twelve thousand-plus worded "Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials".

 arrow Cricket: Latif begs to differ
When a team is not performing all sorts of problems creep in from here and there and it was more acute with the Bangladesh cricket team.
 arrow Cricket: Talha, Enamul busy on the sidelines
Paceman Talha Zubair and left-arm spinner Enamul Haque might have little to do as far as the second Test was concerned.
 arrow Tennis: Franco-Belgian women's final
Former champions Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne will contest the first-ever Franco-Belgian French Open women's singles final after both recorded easy victories in Thursday's semifinals.
 arrow Football: Agrani, BRTC split points
Agrani Bank and BRTC shared points when they drew their First Division Football League match goalless at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mushfiqur twists his ankle
Bangladesh suffered an injury blow on Thursday when young Mushfiqur Rahim twisted his left ankle while coming down the stairs at Redworth Hall Hotel.
 arrow Cricket: Lara Windies' best cricketer
Brian Lara has been named West Indies Players' Association's cricketer-of-the-year for the second time in a row, at the WIPA 2004 awards function held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer faces Nadal in dream clash today
Spanish star Rafael Nadal aims to celebrate his 19th birthday in stunning style on Friday by crushing Roger Federer's dreams of securing a career Grand Slam when the two clash in the French Open semifinals.
 arrow Football: Chelsea, Cole & Mourinho heavily fined
English Premiership champions Chelsea were fined 300,000 pounds and handed a suspended three points deduction for tapping up Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole, the Premier League announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Pele to play in tsunami charity match
Three-time Brazilian World Cup champion Pele will bring a squad of football all-stars to Thailand next month for a charity match to raise funds for tsunami victims, a Thai official said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Abahani booters given reception
Abahani Samarthok Goshthi accorded a reception to Abahani football team last Tuesday for winning the Independence Day Cup tournament in Rajshahi last month.
 arrow Volleyball: Youth v'ball finals begin
Four teams got off to identical starts, winning their respective matches 3-1, on the opening day of the City Bank National Youth Volleyball Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to endorse Greg as coach
The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) began a two-day session here Thursday afternoon to consider various issues including ratification of the appointment of Australian
 arrow Football: Del Piero saves Juventus
Striker Alessandro Del Piero's sole goal enabled Italian Serie A champions Juventus FC to beat J-League champions Yokohama Marinos 1-0 in a football friendly match on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Henry not for sale
Thierry Henry will be staying at Highbury despite a stated interest from Spanish giants Barcelona, according to Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu's cause for concern
Sri Lankan cricket captain Marvan Atapattu said Thursday his team's hectic schedule in the next 12 months could severely affect the players' form and fitness.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
The Bilaichhari upazila team received a walkover as Naniarchar failed to show for yesterday's scheduled match of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football tournament at the local stadium.
Metropolitanarrow Loss of democracy in Nepal regretted
Speakers at a discussion yesterday expressed their great regret at the loss of democracy in Nepal.
 arrow Ministries drag foot on filing reports
The four line ministries are yet to submit their reports to the energy ministry on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline project.
 arrow Govt's improper plans cause environmental degradation
Environmentalists and academicians at a seminar yesterday said the government's improper development plans are causing environmental degradation depriving people of their basic rights to safe living.
 arrow Reform in laws a demand of time: Moudud
Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government is going to reform the laws to meet the demand of time.
 arrow 'Muslim Revolutionaries and the British' launched
A book titled 'Muslim Revolutionaries and the British' by late Khondker Ali Afzal was launched at a function at Bangladesh Enterprise Institute in the city yesterday.
 arrow Home Ministry asks Khulna SP to supervise investigation
Identifying the 'Koira Acid Attack Case' as the most sensitive one, the Home Ministry directed Khulna police super to supervise its investigation properly.
 arrow Rejoinder
Senior Jail Superintendent of Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur has denied the allegations that the deputy jailer and the jail guard had been torturing convict Shariful Islam for the last three months.
 arrow Manjoor Rahim new envoy to Germany
The government has decided to appoint AB Manjoor Rahim, currently ambassador to the Union of Myanmar, as ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.
 arrow Attack on BDB activists condemned
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday condemned the attack on DBD activists in Thakurgaon on Wednesday allegedly by BNP activists.
 arrow Babar new Pak HC to Bangladesh
The government of Pakistan has appointed Alamgir Bashar Khan Babar, a career diplomat, as its next High Commissioner to Bangladesh, says a Foreign Ministry press release here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Doha agenda and Bangladesh
The recent Mini Ministerial Meeting on WTO issues held in Paris on the 3rd and 4th May, 2005, which was attended by the Ministers of over 30 countries, has provided hopes for advancement of the Doha Development
 arrow Let democracy work
If democracy means the citizens of a democratic country are free to do anything and everything they like then it would be the greatest political folly on the part of the citizens as well as their leaders.
 arrow Where shall we go?
The parishioners pray to God with adoration. Each Sunday all go to church to attend mass. Prayer service is called mass in Catholic church.
Culturearrow Tonatuni Utsab 2005 begins with fanfare
Way back in the days of childhood who didn't raptly listen to and identify with the nursery rhymes of Tonatuni or Hattima tim tim or Adur badur? What better way to escape to the world
 arrow The International Inter University Photography Exhibition'05
As one enters the International Inter University Photography Exhibition '05 at Jatiya Chitrashala of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the eyes go straight to the portraits of the four distinguished photographers
 arrow Shuvoshondha marks 700th episode today
ntv's popular evening show Shuvoshandha, aired everyday at 6:20pm, is about to hold its 700th episode today, says a press release.
 arrow Jotsnar Phul: entertaining while educating
'Enter-educate' drama serials are a powerful medium to disseminate social messages. These drama serials make the public aware of social issues while entertaining them.
 arrow A Campaign Against Aids
"Ashun Aids Niye Kotha BolieXpress 2005" with this title a vigorous campaign was held recently at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Hall. This caught the attention of many.
Generalarrow Infrastructural dev to be completed on schedule
The infrastructural development of the New Mooring Container Terminal will be completed within the stipulated time.
 arrow Dhaka committed to implementing CWC
Bangladesh is committed to all UN Charters and Conventions in its quest for world peace, prosperity and justice.
 arrow 25 more JMJB cadres released on bail
Twenty five more cadres of the banned Jagrata Muslim Janata Bagladesh (JMJB), including two close associates of Bangla Bhai, were released on bail from the Rajshahi Central Jail here on Wednesday night.
 arrow Mujibur Rahman Khan new BERC chairman
The government has appointed. Mujibur Rahman Khan as chairman of the newly constituted Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) for a three-year term.
 arrow PCJSS man gunned down at Baghaichhari
An activist of pro-peace accord Parbattya Chattagrame Jono Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) was gunned down by the armed activists of the anti-peace accord elements at Baghaichhari upazila here early yesterday.
 arrow Miniature art exhibition begins today
Shilparag Gallery will hold a month-long art exhibition titled "Miniature Art" on its premises here from today.
 arrow Seminar on pain management
A scientific seminar on pain management was held in the city yesterday with the participation of a panel of leading health specialists and academics, says a press release.
 arrow Iran to make film on poet Nazrul
Iran will take the initiative to make a film on the life of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow Strike observed in educational instts in Sylhet
Strike was observed in the educational institutions, including the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) in Sylhet at the call of opposition backed student fronts.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Boycotting budget session is a bad idea
The stated logic behind the opposition Awami League's decision not to join the forthcoming budget session does not stand to reason.
 arrow Editorial: The French and the Dutch say 'No'
The thumping 'no' by the Dutch within a week of a similar verdict by the French on EU constitution has cast a shadow on the immediate prospect for a united Europe, but has not negated the concept ofEuropean
 arrow Police performance and democracy
The police force being a law-enforcing agency is an indispensable wing in a country governed by rule of law.
 arrow The gulags of our time
Eighteen hundred years ago the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius said that all things from eternity were of the like forms and came around in a circle.
 arrow Thinking the unthinkable
Two news items appeared boldly in the newspaper pages on a single day and dominated for a while.
Letters to Editorarrow Why this chaos?
After the attacks on DU Charukala Students, it is hard to imagine that DU is still an educational institution.
 arrow Mili, Mina and many more
We are continuously failing to protect our children.
 arrow Smoking: situation and solution
Our population is very dense and illiteracy rate high. About 80% of the people are involved in agriculture related works and a lot of them remain unemployed or workless for months.
 arrow A tragic death and its aftermath
The tragic death of a female student of DU has saddened us. Unnatural death of a promising young student is always shocking.
 arrow Leisure and pleasure
Sometimes city life become restive with hustle and bustle. The man wants to evade being "packed like sardine" in the city service and nonchalantly gets into an inter-district bus with spasmodic impulse.
 arrow Performance repeats itself!
In the Lord's Test we have experienced the same drama staged again by Bangladeshi cricketers.
 arrow Electoral process
Reference to your editorial -- HC's welcome directives. These directives, if followed by the EC and candidates, will bring a qualitative change in our electoral proceedings. We all welcome the directives.
 arrow Mobile and crime
A local newspaper of Chittagong has touched upon the very important issue of putting controls or monitoring the ownership of mobile phones.
 arrow Good luck Tigers !
Bangladesh cricket team is now in England for playing their first ever Test match series against England. It would be a very tough competition for our boys since they are not familiar with English conditions.
 arrow Dear homophobes
It's not at all astonishing to see Rubaiyyat's homophobic approach to my letter. Homophobes have always defended their stand (in vain!) with the worn out logic of family and religious beliefs.
 arrow Noise and rash driving
I live in Gulshan-2 residential area. Gulshan-2 is a diplomatic area. But unfortunately these days it does not look like a diplomatic zone.
 arrow Reduce call rates
Most of our cell phone companies spend crores of taka in advertising.
 arrow Acceptable system
One cannot but be concerned about the future of democracy in Bangladesh. The government and the opposition are getting closer to more and more confrontation than co-operation .
 arrow Domestic helps
Mistreating domestic helps has become a common phenomenon, so much so, that news involving such incidents make headlines (rather unusual because such occurrences are stray).
 arrow Moblie call charge
I bought a prepaid mobile phone of a well known company. The package included call charge of Tk 6 per minute at pick hours and Tk 5 per minute at off pick hours.
 arrow Conservation of energy
Energy conservation and renewable options should be looked at. Lot of time, money and politics are now being involved in the energy sector of the country.
Environmentarrow How good is solid waste management in Dhaka City?
Urban poverty is not merely a question of lack of work and income.
 arrow Safeguarding vessels against tornadoes
Most of the river and sea vessels are prone to the flurry of tornadoes and nor'westers due to the fact that the centre of gravity of the vessels become unstable and thereby swing sideways to the left/right
Worldarrow South Asia: Top Hurriyat leaders start Pak mission
Muslim separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir were given a rousing welcome when they crossed the heavily militarised ceasefire line here yesterday on an historic visit to the Pakistani zone of the disputed
 arrow South Asia: Maldives MPs debate multiparty system
The parliament of the Maldives looked set yesterday to allow political parties for the first time in the Indian Ocean archipelago in a move that would end centuries of autocratic rule.
 arrow South Asia: India's emergence seen unstoppable
India's emergence as a political and economic power is unstoppable and could play a key neutralising role over China's growing clout, according to experts and officials at a forum here Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Bodo rebels start truce in Assam
A ceasefire between the Indian government and a separatist group in the northeastern state of Assam began Wednesday with the aim of ending nearly two decades of insurgency, an official said.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmiris did not back Pakistan in '65
A large number of some 4,000 Pakistani commandos sent to the Kashmir Valley in 1965 were butchered or caught by Indians after the local population failed to support them, former Pakistan foreign minister
 arrow South Asia: 'The couple at odds'
Amid celebrations feting the first anniversary of the political union between India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and Premier Manmohan Singh, reports of growing disharmony cloud their future.
 arrow South Asia: Chandrika in India for talks
Sri Lanka's president arrived here yesterday for talks with Indian leaders that are expected to cover Colombo's plans to strike a controversial tsunami aid-sharing deal with Tamil rebels banned in India.
 arrow South Asia: Ulfa seeks US help to end Assam insurgency
The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) has sought the intervention of the US - which calls it a terrorist organisation - to bring an end to more than 25 years of insurgency in India's northeastern
 arrow South Asia: UN suspends mine clearing in Afghanistan
The United Nations suspended mine clearing work in southern and western Afghanistan yesterday after two of its workers were killed in the third bombing targeting the operation in two weeks.
 arrow South Asia: Nepalese climber scales Mt. Everest peak for record 15th time
A Nepalese climber has conquered the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest, for a record 15th time, Nepal's tourism ministry announc-ed Wednesday.
 arrow Dutch voters reject EU constitution
European leaders may have to scrap the proposed EU constitution after Dutch voters rejected it by a massive margin, voicing their concern over dwindling national identity in a rapidly expanding unionand
 arrow Woodward tells how FBI man became 'Deep Throat'
A chance encounter with a senior FBI official in 1970 grew into a friendship and as the Watergate scandal unfolded the official became the "Deep Throat" source for the stories that helped bring down President
 arrow US Stealth bomber move signals nuke war
North Korea yesterday said the deployment of 15 US F-117 Stealth bombers to South Korea was part of preparations for a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the country.
 arrow Open Guantanamo Bay to observers
The head of Amnesty International yesterday hit back at US outrage over the group labelling Guantan-amo Bay a "gulag" and challenged Washington to open the military detention centre to outside inspections.
 arrow Press writes up obituary of EU constitution
Beaten up and left for dead, the EU constitution is little more than a wreck that it would be better to bury right away, European newspapers said yesterday after Dutch voters landed it a fresh mortalblow.
 arrow 'Little Mermaid' stable after legs separated
A Peruvian baby girl known as the "Little Mermaid" is able to wriggle her two legs after her fused limbs were surgically separated on Wednesday, in what local doctors said was the second such operation
 arrow Beirut blast kills anti-Syrian journalist
Prominent anti-Syrian journalist Samir Kassir was killed yesterday in a car bomb explosion in a residential sector of mostly Christian east Beirut, an AFP correspondent said.
 arrow 400 Palestinian inmates freed by Israel
Israel freed 400 Palestinian prisoners yesterday in a long-delayed gesture it said was meant to bolster moderate President Mahmoud Abbas but which Palestinians said was not enough to advance peacemaking.
 arrow 50 killed in Ivory Coast clashes
Men armed with machetes and rifles stormed two western Ivory Coast villages overnight, killing at least 50 people in what security forces and local officials described Wednesday as ethnic clashes.
 arrow Clinton accused of raping a nurse
Former US President Bill Clinton has been accused of raping a nurse, in a shocking new book, called Their Lives - the women targeted by the Clinton machine.
 
   
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