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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi agree to cooperate on security
Bangladesh and India reaffirmed their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for any activities inimical to each other's interests at the two-day foreign secretary level talks that ended in
 arrow Low turnout, fake voting mark Narsingdi by-polls
Ruling alliance candidate Khairul Kabir Khokon won yesterday's Narsingdi-1 by-election which was marked by low turnout, fake voting and capture of polling centres.
 arrow 100 JCD men at city colleges mug, extort
Around 100 leaders and activists of the ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at different colleges in the capital are involved in mugging, collecting toll from shops and business houses
 arrow Two Interpol men, FBI agent arrive
Two experts from Interpol and a special agent from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrived yesterday to help local investigators probe the August 21 carnage on an Awami League rally following recent
 arrow 3 conditions set for 5th tranche of PRGF loan
The government will have to fulfil the International Monetary Fund (IMF) condition of appointing a financial advisor to Agrani Bank in its divestment process to get the fifth instalment of the $500 million
 arrow BTTB boss removed over 'dubious' roles
The government yesterday made Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) Chairman Nurul Islam OSD (officer on special duty) with the Ministry of Establishment allegedly for his controversial roles
 arrow PM to attend Clinton Global Initiative in NY
Former US president Bill Clinton has invited Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to attend Clinton Global Initiative, a major gathering of world leaders to address global challenges to be held during September
 arrow Bogged-down Biman airbus brought to city
The Abu Dhabi-bound Biman airbus, which could not fly due to a technical glitch on Monday, was brought to Dhaka on Tuesday night, leaving all its passengers stranded in Chittagong.
 arrow Dhaka for deal to facilitate works
Dhaka has sent a proposal to Yangon for signing an agreement to facilitate construction of a 20-km road for a direct road link.
 arrow Project cars for essential works
A top government official yesterday said ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers are entitled to use jeeps from the subordinate bodies of their respective ministries in addition to the cars allotted
 arrow Galib to be dropped from chargesheets
Police are preparing charge sheets exempting names of militant leader Asadullah Al Galib and his associates from the charges of bomb blast cases in Naogaon and Gaibandha as the charges failed to furnish
 arrow 2 killed, 1 injured as rivals trade fire in the hills
A shootout between the indigenous platforms UPDF and PCJSS killed two persons and wounded another at remote Korollyachhari village on the Mohalchhari-Naniarchar border yesterday.
 arrow Thousands gather to observe 150th Saontal uprising anniversary
Thousands of indigenous people gathered in Tanore upazila yesterday to observe the 150th anniversary of the 1855-57 Saontal Hool (uprising), one of the major revolts against the British rule by the subaltern
 arrow Pangolin freed at botanical garden
The pangolin captured on the bank of the Turag river in Mirpur by a local boy Monday night was freed yesterday at the National Botanical Garden.
 arrow Rab nabs 2 JCD men, 3 others; seizes AK47
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and three others with an AK47 rifle and ammunition.
 arrow IO suspended for terming Ctg killing a suicide case
The home ministry yesterday suspended a senior policeman for failure in properly investigating the killing of a Chittagong business tycoon.
 arrow 46 Talibans killed in US attack
Afghan and US troops backed by warplanes have killed up to 46 Taliban guerrillas in southwestern Afghanistan in some of the bloodiest fighting in months, officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow Eden College Protest...

 arrow England take on Australia today
A rampant England have their sights set on beating Australia in three successive one-day matches for the first time since 1997 when the two sides meet again in the NatWest Series in Durham on Thursday.
 arrow Two bodies to deal with crisis
Blaming delayed fund release by the government for the closure of state-run jute mills, an emergency inter-ministerial meeting on jute yesterday formed two subcommittees to come up with immediate bailout
 arrow HC asks govt to place relevant documents
The High Court (HC) yesterday heard the bail prayer of Bidisha in the money laundering case and asked the government to present relevant information and documents before the court on Saturday.
 arrow Mugger killed in 'crossfire'
A mugger was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his cohorts at Shaheednagar in Daudkandi upazila on Tuesday night.
 arrow 4yr girl killed in army firing exercise
A four-year-old girl was killed during an army firing exercise in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Akbar doubts journalists' knowledge on political history
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain was critical in parliament yesterday of the journalists for what he said their ignorance about the country's political history and writing against the BNP government.
 arrow Govt plotting to divert Aug 21 carnage investigation
Awami League (AL) presidium member Zillur Rahman, MP yesterday alleged the government is hatching a plot to divert the probe into the August 21 carnage to a different track.
 arrow 'Solar-sail' spacecraft lost after launch
Russia's Northern Fleet confirmed yesterday the loss of the world's first solar-sail-powered spacecraft, Cosmos 1, launched on a ballistic missile from a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea.
 arrow Chuadanga BNP leader shot dead
BNP district vice-president and chairman of Shankarchandra Union Parishad (UP) was shot dead and his close associate wounded by unknown assailants on Wednesday night.
Businessarrow Macroeconomy on track but challenges exist
A leading multination corporate group in a report on Bangladesh economy said the country's macroeconomic environment remains largely positive with the country meeting the challenge of the MFA phaseout
 arrow Group 4 starts sending local guards to UAE from June 27
A private security service company is going to start sending Bangladeshi security personnel to the United Arab Emirates on June 27.
 arrow Up tariff on imported fabrics
Local textile manufacturers yesterday urged the government to increase tariff on imported fabrics, especially Chinese textiles, as the low-cost Chinese fabrics imported through under-invoicing are about
 arrow 72 NBR officials to get reward this year
The National Board of Revenue has decided to reward 72 officials this year for their outstanding performance in collecting revenue and detecting VAT evasion cases.
 arrow Dhaka may get $16m IDB assistance
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman left here Wednesday on a four-day visit to Malaysia during which he will attend the 30th annual general meeting (AGM) of Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
 arrow Mobile phone operators urged to cut call tariffs
Bangladesh Telecom Babosayee Samity (BTBS) yesterday urged the mobile phone operators to cut call charges of mobile phones.
 arrow StanChart, Cems to organise debit, credit cards fair in July
Standard Chartered Bank and Cems (Conference and Exehibition Management Services Ltd) will organise a fair of debit and credit cards, popularly called plastic money, in July.
 arrow Snow warns against punitive China trade actions
US Treasury Secretary John Snow said Tuesday that using punitive trade sanctions to compel China to modify its currency policy would be a mistake.
 arrow DHL donates computer servers to Ahsanullah University
DHL, the worldwide express and logistics company, has recently donated two computer servers to Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka.
 arrow New MD of Al-Arafah Islami Bank
Md Abdus Samad Sheikh has taken over as the managing director of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd with effect from June 20, 2005.
 arrow China to launch new round of textile talks with US
China said Wednesday it hopes soon to launch a new round of textile talks with the United States aimed at reaching a compromise similar to one agreed with Europe earlier this month.
 arrow EU adopts sugar reform plan
The European Union's executive commission has adopted a plan to reform Europe's heavily subsidised sugar market, which will sharply cut EU guaranteed prices, an EU source said Wednesday.
 arrow Korean POSCO inks $12b deal to build steel mill in India
South Korean steelmaking giant POSCO said Wednesday it had struck a 12-billion-dollar deal to set up an iron and steel project in eastern India that would be the largest single foreign investment in the
Sportsarrow Cricket: Full of Ashraful
The July 2005 edition of the Wisden Cricketer magazine published a list of the scariest batsmen in contemporary cricket based on the opinion of the top 26 bowlers.
 arrow Football: Biggies' dull draw
Leaders Moha-mmedan Spor-ting Club and second-placed Brothers Union produced the first goalless match of the Premier Football League yesterday and held on to their respective positions.
 arrow Cricket: A forgettable day
After yet another heavy defeat against England, this time by 168 runs after their 10-wicket thrashing in the opening game of the NatWest Series, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said that his boys lost the
 arrow Football: A satisfying stalemate
Hosts Germany go into the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup as Group A winners despite twice surrendering the lead in a 2-2 draw with Argentina here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ghosts scare Aussies
Australia's world champion cricketers have been spooked by the legend of 700-year-old ghosts at their ancient Durham hotel.
 arrow Football: Wari record second win
Wari Club managed a solitary goal victory against Badda Jagarani to register their second win in the First Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Football: Faria Alam again!
The English Football Association has revealed a series of e-mails it says were sent by former employee Faria Alam in which she boasts of her relationships with senior figures in the organisation.
 arrow Football: Riquelme starts to rule
Juan Roman Riquelme continues to shine as the midfield general of Argentina and manager Jose Pekerman's faith in the Villareal playmaker was justified further in the 2-2 Confederations Cup Group A draw
 arrow Volleyball: Army, BDR in semis
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Rifles moved into the men's semifinals of the Pepsi National Volleyball Championships winning their respective quarterfinal matches at the Shaheed Suhrawardi National Indoor
 arrow Football: They now fancy Brazil
The German media was in a more positive mood on Wed-nesday as it reflected on Germany's 2-2 draw with Argentina in the Confederations Cup match 24 hours ago.
 arrow Football: Federer moves on
Top-seed and title-holder Roger Federer coasted into the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday with a routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell will welcome tech
Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell on Wednesday visited a software firm and familiarised himself with technologies that are available for use that can help find a batsman or bowler's weaknesses.
 arrow Football: Some cheers for Tunisia
African champions Tunisia ensured they departed the Confederations Cup with one win after a 2-0 victory over Australia in both nations' final group game here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad may not be given Indian visa anymore
Javed Miandad is unlikely to be granted a visa to visit India again after it was announced that his son, Junaid, will marry Mahrooq, the daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, who is still wanted in India in connection
Metropolitanarrow Unite nations to face critical challenges
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the Asian parliamentarians to launch joint efforts in uniting the nations to overcome the critical challenges like poverty, terrorism, human rights violations
 arrow 9 killed, 113 injured in road accidents
At least nine people were killed and 113 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Comilla, Gazipure and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Govt firm to improve condition of child workers: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government is committed to improve the condition of child workers and protect their rights by withdrawing them from hazardous jobs.
 arrow Infrastructural facilities a must for sustainable tourism
Adequate infrastructural facilities are a must to develop a sustainable tourism industry which in turn can help alleviate poverty, said the speakers at the inaugural session of a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Names of 10 living greatest Bangalees announced
New York branch of 'Muktadhara', a renowned publisher, announced the names of the greatest ten living Bangalees selected through a worldwide e-survey on Tuesday.
 arrow Third Karnaphuli bridge work to begin by Jan: Huda
The work on much desired third bridge over the Karnaphuli will begin by January next with the financial assistance from Kuwaiti Fund and it will be a cable-stayed bridge.
 arrow Tommy Miah's Kitchen launched
Master chef Tommy Miah is one of those great talents the Bangladeshis can be proud of, said Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal at a book launching ceremony in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt plans to restore Buriganga river
The government is planning to restore the Buriganga river, the lifeline of Dhaka, through a project which will bring in fresh water from the Jamuna by cutting canals, said Water Resources Minister Hafiz
 arrow AL founding anniversary today
The Awami League, one of the oldest and major political parties in the country, will celebrate its 56th founding anniversary today.
 arrow 60,000 Bangladeshis to perform Hajj next year
About 60,000 ballotee and non-ballotee Bangladeshis will be able to perform holy Hajj in Saudi Arabia next year, 10,000 more than that of 2005.
 arrow Proshika staff's body retrieved from hostel run by Shibir cadres
Police retrieved a decomposed body from a student hostel run by the cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir in Lalmonirhat town yesterday.
 arrow Govt to set up Barisal, Sylhet Unnayan Kartipakkha
The government has decided to set up Barisal and Sylhet City Corporation Unnayan Kartipakkhas (development authorities).
 arrow Menopause Society formed
Bangladesh Menopause Society was formed on April 9 with Prof Shahla Khatun as president and Brigadier General (Retd) Suriya Rahman as general secretary, says a press release.
 arrow Policy to ensure allocation, use of network frequency soon
A draft of frequency allocation plan (NFAP) and spectrum policy has been prepared aiming at ensuring proper allocation and use of country's network frequency.
 arrow International SOS Children's Village Day today
International SOS Children's Village Day will be observed in 132 countries including Bangladesh today marking the birth anniversary of its founder Prof Hermann Gmeiner.
 arrow Death threat to 2 DU teachers
A student of economics department of Dhaka University (DU) gave death threat to two teachers of his department on Monday.
 arrow College student shot in city
Unknown hoodlums shot and injured a college student in the city yesterday.
 arrow Akhand takes over as BTTB chairman
Engineer Abdul Maleque Akhand, member of BCS (Telecom) Cadre, took over as chairman of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) yesterday.
 arrow 1,666 more held
Police arrested 1,666 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Crimes down in B'baria as community policing pays
Community policing has improved law and order in the district and created enthusiasm among people seeing its success in a short time.
It was introduced on May 1, involving people from all walks oflife.

 arrow Defalcation of another Tk 1.48 cr detected
Defalcation of more Tk 1. 48 crore from depositors' accounts by postal employees has been detected at Nilphamari Head Post Office.
 arrow Kala Azar breaks out in Netrakona
Kala Azar, a deadly tropical fever, has broken out in bordering Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas of the district, affecting a large number of people.
 arrow Amtali-Kuakata road plan gathering dust
Re-construction of 25-kilometre Amtali-Kalapara part of Patuakhali Kuakata road has become uncertain due to alleged bureaucratic tangles.
 arrow New inter-city train for Dinajpur from Saturday
Drutajan Express, a new inter-city train will run will between Dinajpur and Dhaka from Saturday, according to railway sources.
 arrow ‘Allocate more funds for Satkhira’
Speakers at a discussion meeting held at Sadar upazila auditorium here yesterday urged the government to allocate more funds in the national budget for overall development of the district.
 arrow Barisal education board staff terms it ‘extortion’
Employees of Barisal education board held a rally on the office premises yesterday protesting a decision by the education ministry to reaslise Tk 20.
Point-Counterpointarrow Budget and brutalised public psyche
The honourable Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman placed the largest ever budget of Taka sixty-four thousand and five hundred crores in the parliament the other day.
 arrow A glimpse of US political scene
President Bush had committed to bring about unity in the country divided on the issue of war in Iraq and national security during his inaugural address on January 20, on the eve of assuming presidency
 arrow Reverbating 'resistance'
Achievements in the field of culture are very often recognised as the outcome of our independence.
Culturearrow Old and new talents come to the fore
Music is deeply rooted in our hearts.
 arrow Boro Pobitro Amar Shohor: Focusing on social injustice
Safdar Hashmi is a business tycoon who has everything a person could ask for, although he is a bank-defaulter.
 arrow Shahrukh beats Sonia in a poll
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan never thought he would make it so big in the cinema world.
 arrow Kanan Devi: A real life Cinderella story
Kanan Devi was among the early singing stars in undivided India. Her singing style, usually in rapid tempo, was behind some of the biggest hits of New Theatres.
Generalarrow Dhaka to up allocation on health by 10pc every year
The government has undertaken a plan to increase 10 percent allocation every year from 2005 to 2010 in the Health Nutrition and Population Sector Programme in a bid to boost mobilisation of internal resources
 arrow Komolkoli team meets President
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for grooming up the children as worthy citizens of the country.
Internationalarrow World vows support for violence-racked Iraq
The world's top diplomats vowed Wednesday to boost support for Iraq's interim leaders in rebuilding the war-scarred country, but urged Iraqis to end their feuding to ensure a democratic and prosperous
 arrow No Progress at ME Summit
The first Palestinian-Israeli summit in four months failed to propel peace prospects forward or solidify a shaky truce, leaving main issues unresolved and both sides disappointed.
 arrow Blair hits back at EU critics
British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended himself Wednesday against broadsides from EU leaders in the wake of the failed Brussels summit, calling himself a "passionate" European committed to reform.
 arrow Daughter reunited with father six months after tsunami
A 16-year-old girl was Wednesday reunited with her father in Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province six months after the disaster separated them and killed their loved ones.
 arrow Pakistan denies breach of understanding
Pakistan has denied Indian allegations that it breached an "understanding" with India by permitting Hurriyat leaders to travel beyond Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, reports Online news agency.
 arrow No breakthrough in talks with LTTE over tsunami aid deal
Peace broker Norway on Wednesday ended talks with Tamil Tiger rebels without reaching agreement on a tsunami aid-sharing deal involving the Sri Lankan government and the insurgents, the rebels said.
 arrow Vietnamese PM's historic visit to White House
Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai came under muted US pressure on human rights as he became the first leader of his country to visit the White House since the bloody Vietnam War.
 arrow Palestinian PM Qurei flees West Bank gunfire
Disgruntled Palestinian gunmen have shot at a building in a West Bank refugee camp where Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei was speaking.
 arrow Pakistan, Afghan presidents talk over phone as tensions rise
Pakistan President Pervez Musha-rraf telephoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to defuse tensions over Islamabad's alleged failure to tackle Taliban attacks from its soil, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Filipino hostage freed in Iraq
A Filipino hostage held by militants in Iraq since last November has been freed, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: It's a welcome strategy
The expiration of multi-fibre agreement (MFA) has already started denuding apparel export from RMG producing LDCs in the quota-free regime.
 arrow Editorial: Luxury car splurge
Ever since the resignation of former state minister for energy over his controversial use of a luxury vehicle, there has been a marked drop in the visibility of such exclusive transports on the secretariat
 arrow A breath of fresh air
Amidst a gloomy and sultry atmosphere, implacable heat and grim forecast bordering on the didactic, on the future of Bangladeshi politics by ambassador plenipotentiaries of foreign countries here, the
 arrow Validating the media's use of anonymous sources
I was surprised as anyone when Mark Felt, Watergate's Deep Throat, stepped out of the shadows and revealed his identity.
Letters to Editorarrow Politics is a funny game!
The recent developments in our country's politics are really funny. It is very clear now that a politician can do anything for himself.
 arrow Railway authority: Please punish the culprits
On June 5,2005 3.
 arrow Of coaching centres
The number of coaching centres in our country has increased rapidly like 'mushroom' Most of the coaching centres try to influence the students claiming to be the best. The HSC exam will be over verysoon.
 arrow Monkey business and cell phone operators
The cell phone operators in Bangladesh want everything -no licensing fees, high call rate, poor service and lower contribution to the national treasury and no accountability.
 arrow Bangla movies
Bangla cinemas are hitting all time low. Western culture has seeped into our movie industry so much so that the movies have turned into mere pornography.
 arrow Car for ministers
It is not new and unusual for our lawmakers to cash in on the situation. Frankly speaking, our lawmakers are not accountable and liable to us.
 arrow On Doha round
I feel that globalisation is making the developing countries poorer.
 arrow Lack of noble intentions
It is frequently heard from almost all the political parties that every leader and every party who is running for political office should gain the job through proper and acceptable way, but they are not
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