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Front Pagearrow Fuel prices hiked by Tk 1 in North
In a surprise move, the government yesterday hiked prices of diesel, petrol and octane by Tk 1 per litre in the fuel-hungry northern region to compensate traders due to increased carrying cost.
 arrow Bilateral FTA to be finalised by Sept
Pakistan and Bangladesh have agreed to finalise bilateral free trade area (FTA) agreement within the shortest possible time, by September at the latest, to create scope for easy access of Bangladeshi products to Pakistani market as a measure for reducing the existing trade gap.
 arrow A different scene in parliament
The Jatiya Sangsad has not witnessed for a long time an atmosphere like yesterday's where the treasury bench and opposition members patiently listened to each other and shared views to make parliament
 arrow Resolve reforms issue during govt's tenure
In the wake of the latest developments concerning the opposition's reform proposals, three former advisers of the caretaker government yesterday stressed the need for resolving the issue through discussion
 arrow Drug running goes mobile
ICT has proved a boon even for drug peddlers. A drug addict no longer needs to risk the hazards of going to drug dens to buy the stuff.
 arrow Faulty power plant fails to take off yet
Due to hundreds of technical faults, the fate of the Chinese built Barapukuria 250 MW coal-fired power plant remains uncertain, sources said.
 arrow Hakaluki haor faces ecological disaster
The Hakaluki haor in Sylhet is facing ecological disaster as the Kushiyara river poses possibility of merging with the vast water body if it erodes just about 200m land at Kodupur and Basantapur in Golapganj
 arrow HC bars judge Chunnu from judicial work for 2 weeks
The High Court in an unprecedented move yesterday issued an injunction barring a divisional judge from judicial activities for two weeks following a writ petition alleging his involvement in politics.
 arrow Celebrating Pahela Falgun...

 arrow Feuding SQ Chy family wanders in legal maze
A multilateral family feud has given rise to a bitter legal battle among cousins and has resulted in a split in the joint family of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, parliamentary affairs adviser to the prime
 arrow Owner warned not to bring ship with toxic threats into Bangladesh
Various government and private organisations in maritime sectors here confirmed yesterday that the dangerous cargoes carrying Norwegian vessel bought by a Bangladesh national was far away from Bangladesh's
 arrow Mohiuddin now says he's innocent
Prof Muhammad Mohiuddin, one of the two suspected masterminds behind the killing of Prof Taher Ahmed, was put on a fresh six-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Power-hungry people hem in Palli Bidyut office
About 1,000 people yesterday laid a siege to Patkelghata Palli Bidyut office protesting severe load-shedding and low voltage affecting irrigation to the Irri-boro fields.
 arrow Donors upbeat over AL's joining JS
Bangladesh's development partners, closely watching the pre-election political developments, feel encouraged to see the opposition party in parliament and hoped it would pave the way for free and credible
 arrow Price hike...

 arrow Low gas supply downs RMG
Productivity of the readymade garment (RMG) industry has drastically gone down in the recent months due to inadequate supply of gas, industry sources said.
 arrow Probe ordered into Finley take-over
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said he asked Bangladesh Bank and Security Exchange Commission to investigate into the allegations of foreign currency being smuggled out by James Finley Limited
 arrow Top shots of Saarc central banks meet tomorrow
Top executives of the central banks of the Saarc countries meet in Dhaka tomorrow, when they will make recommendations on the utilisation of the 'Saarc Poverty Reduction Fund' that was formed in the 13th
 arrow 2 killed in 'crossfire'
Two alleged criminals were killed in 'crossfire' during shootouts between police and their accomplices in the capital and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Bhuiyan urges opposition to withdraw Feb 15 hartal
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the opposition to withdraw hartal for February 15. "This is the peak season for cultivation of boro paddy.
 arrow Nab RU Shibir leader right away
The home ministry yesterday ordered police to immediately arrest Rajshahi University (RU) unit Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) President Mahbub Alam Salehi for his alleged link with the killing of RU professor
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 2 cow traders
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over the bodies of two Bangladeshi cow traders to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Daulatpur border in Kushtia following a fruitful meeting between the
 arrow Nepal corruption body dissolved
A controversial anti-corruption body established by Nepal's King Gyanendra has been dissolved, paving the way for the release from jail of ousted prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, a senior lawyer said
 arrow Defiant Iran starts nuke enrichment
Iran has started putting uranium feedstock gas into centrifuges, defying the West with actual enrichment work on making what can be nuclear reactor fuel or atom bomb material, diplomats told AFP yesterday.
Businessarrow BB finalises Islamic banking guideline
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has finalised a guideline on Islamic banking allowing a commercial bank to form a separate company for operating Islamic banking with fresh Tk 100 crore paid up capital.
 arrow Investors take to street as bears rule DSE
Small investors yesterday took to the street staging demonstrations in front of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) building when the price indices experienced a sharp fall at one stage on the day.
 arrow Dhaka starts identifying products to negotiate under WTO duty-free clause
Bangladesh has started identifying products in an effort to keep those on the duty-free list of 97 percent tariff lines as decided in the last WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong.
 arrow Five-star Radisson hotel open to guests
Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka, the country's newest five-star hotel, has formally opened its services to guests with a commitment to offer international standard hospitality.
 arrow Govt cuts interest rate on credit for freedom fighters to 8pc
The government has decided to reduce the interest rate on micro-credit for insolvent freedom fighters and their dependents from the existing 11 percent to 8 percent, including service charge.
 arrow Dhaka for joint venture API plant with Islamabad
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday proposed to his Pakistan counterpart for setting up a joint venture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) plant in Bangladesh.
 arrow TCB sells sugar, lentil
Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), the state-run trading agency, has started selling sugar and lentil at fair prices through mobile shops at 31 spots in Dhaka.
 arrow Transcom awards 'Closeup1' music competition winners
Transcom Electronics Ltd yesterday handed over prizes to the winners of 'Closeup1--Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh', the country's first talent hunt TV show.
 arrow $326.84m WB aid received this fiscal
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday informed the Jatiya Sangsad that the country had received $326.843 million assistance from the World Bank (WB) during the current fiscal.
 arrow India, EU begin 2-day trade talks
India and the European Union began two days of trade talks in New Delhi Monday in a bid to boost bilateral economic ties shackled by differences on international trade issues.
 arrow China to cut oil dependence
The central government is working on a long-term plan to increase the use of alternative fuels to reduce the dependence on oil.
 arrow Myanmar to open second largest border trade zone
One more border trade zone in Myanmar's Myawaddy along the Myanmar-Thailand border will be opened later this year, the local Myanmar Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Oil nudges higher
World oil prices rose slightly on Monday before a key meeting regarding Iran's nuclear programme later in the week.
 arrow Eastland Camellia recommends 25pc dividend
Eastland Camellia Ltd has recommended a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow China's trade surplus jumps sharply in January
China's trade surplus continued to expand sharply in January, rising 46.7 percent year-on-year to 9.
Sportsarrow Cricket: It's BCB who's at fault
When Sri Lanka arrive in Dhaka on Friday to play two Tests and three one-day internationals it is not unlikely for Marvan Atapattu's men to come across some small yet significant protest rallies by cricket
 arrow Cricket: India punish Pakistan
Top Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant 95 as India beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third one-day international at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Two transfers proposed
The leagues co-ordination committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has suggested separate players' transfers for the Professional League and the Dhaka League.
 arrow Cricket: England arrive in India
A 16-member England cricket team arrived in India on Monday for a two-month tour described by captain Michael Vaughan as the "hardest of them all".
 arrow Football: Valdes lets Barca slip
Valencia breathed new life into the Spanish title race on Sunday, snatching a 1-0 win at home to Barcelona that left them just six points behind the champions at the top of the table.
 arrow Football: Juve close in on Scudetto
Juventus look set to retain their Serie A title after they beat nearest challengers Inter Milan 2-1 at the San Siro on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the table to a daunting 12 points.
 arrow Football: History is Real's inspiration
David Beckham was just a six month old baby in arms at the time but Real Madrid are invoking the spirit of one of their greatest comebacks as they bid to redeem last week's Spanish Cup humiliation with
 arrow Cricket: Moody looks to Murali
Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody believes Muttiah Muralitharan will bounce back from the worst 10-over spell in limited-overs cricket history in the deciding triangular one-day series final here Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: Rani, Liza join Eva atop
International Woman Master Rani Hamid and defending champion Shamima Akhter Liza joined Nazrana Khan Eva atop the table after the fifth round of the Camellia 27th National Women's Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow Football: Janakantha champs in Meril Cup
Janakantha lifted the fourth Meril Cup Media Football title with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sangbad in an ill-tempered final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Jayawardene says sorry to Ponting
Mahela Jayawardene has apologised to Ricky Ponting for claiming he caught the batsman's cut shot during Sunday night's second final at Sydney.
 arrow Cricket: Injured Sehwag, Harbhajan to fly home
Indian opener Virender Sehwag and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh are set to return home after injuries ruled them out of the ongoing one-day series against Pakistan, officials said Monday.
 arrow Indian fans' tough time in Lahore
Indian cricket fans complained Monday that they had to overcome ticketing and immigration problems to watch the third one-day international between Pakistan and India in Lahore.
Metropolitanarrow Uniform policy a must for quality education
Lawmakers and educationists at an orientation programme for the parliamentarians yesterday stressed the need for ensuring quality besides increasing allocation in the education sector.
 arrow Eliminate gender inequality for development of women
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called for addressing the issues that negatively impact health, nutritional, psychological as well as financial well-being of the women and the children.
 arrow Modify Saarc convention
Modification of the Saarc convention on trafficking is needed to strictly enforce laws in the Saarc countries in order to effectively combat trafficking in women and children, speakers at a meeting said
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and 13 others injured in separate road accidents in the capital, Munshiganj, Jessore and Habiganj yesterday.
 arrow 'Preserve documentaries, newsreels in natíl archive to protect history'
Documentaries and newsreels of colonial era do not properly reflect the authentic history of the time, said David Hanan, a noted Australian scholar, yesterday at a seminar in the city.
 arrow 2 murdered in city
Police yesterday recovered two bodies from two different areas in the city. The body of Abdur Razzak, 45, a scrap trader, was recovered from his shop at Gabtali embankment area in the morning.
 arrow BSF yet to return 8 Bangladeshis
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has not returned the eight Bangladeshi nationals, who were picked up from the hilly borders of Rema in Habiganj days ago.
 arrow Tasmima files criminal case against Arshad
Tasmima Hossain, a director of the daily Ittefaq, yesterday filed a criminal case against Arshad Hossain, chief executive-cum-consultant of Ittefaq Group of Publications and managing editor of The New
 arrow 'Bangabhabaner Shatabarsha' to be launched today
'Bangabhabaner Shatabarsha', a book on the history of Banga-bhaban, official residence of the president, will be launched today, marking one hundred years of Bangabhaban.
 arrow Excavation work begins
GrameenPhone Ltd will sponsor the excavation work of Wari-Bateshwar heritage site for the year 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Condolence meet on journo Mukul Feb 18
A condolence meeting in memory of eminent journalist and freedom fighter Shafiqul Aziz Mukul will be held at the National Press Club auditorium in the city on February 18, says a press release.
 arrow British Council DG arrives tomorrow
Director General of British Council Sir David Green arrives here tomorrow on a two-day visit. This will be the first visit of the head of British Council in Dhaka in the last 15 years.
 arrow Boy missing
Nurannabi alias Gani, a 12-year-old boy from village Haider-ganj in Raipur, Laxmipur, has been missing since February 1.
Nationalarrow Jubo Dal factions clash in Barisal: 13 injured
Barisal divisional conference of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, the youth front of the ruling BNP yesterday witnessed factional clashes, chases and counter-chases leaving at least 13 activists injured.
 arrow JMB threatens to kill Dinajpur dist judge
Banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has threatened to kill Dinajpur district judge and members of his family and blow up his residence within February 23.
 arrow A different day for the socially underprivileged
It was a unique event when over 1,000 socially underprivileged people attended a function organised by a local NGO working for them, yesterday inaugurated three mobile information centres and distributed
 arrow 30 shops gutted in Barisal, 13 hurt
Thirty shops and a godown were gutted and 13 people injured in a devastating fire at Ulania Bazar under Mehendiganj upazila of Barisal district Sunday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Whither democracy?
Speaking frankly democracies are the creations of military bureaucracies who, by taking advantage of corrupt and weak civilian government usurp the power and settle themselves over the carcass of rotten
 arrow Making your marriage more romantic
When you were courting, all you could think about was how exciting and romantic it was to be together. Back then, you couldn't do enough to please each other.
 arrow The Bush administration's assault on privacy
George Bush, Jr. is one leader who thinks he's above the law. That's the only conclusion to reach in assessing how he is defending his latest breach of civil liberties in the name of the War on Terrorism.
 arrow The new fascism?
History repeats itself. Such repetition often results in devastating consequences. Yet it appears that people do not take lessons from history. It is an irony.
Culturearrow 'Bashonto' celebrated with zeal
Aha aaji e Bashont-e
koto phool phote
Koto banshi bajey
Koto pakhi gaye

The spirit of romanticism in Tagore's song was reflected on the soul of every enthusiastic individual who gathered

 arrow TV play Baji on Channel i
To mark Valentine's Day, Channel-i will air a special play titled Baji tonight at 10 pm.
 arrow Thoughts for the day
Runa Laila
Valentine's Day is a special day when one expresses his/her special feelings for that special someone. In that sense, one's Valentine can also be a dear friend.

 arrow Musical programme and documentary on ntv
Valentine's Day
Today ntv will telecast a special documentary Valentine's Day at 3:15pm.

 arrow The best days in the lives of Lala Rukh and Tawfique
Lala Rukh Selim and Tawfiqur Rahman met when they were students at the Institute of Fine Arts, DU. "It was easy to get to know Tawfique intimately as we went out together for outdoor sketching.
 arrow Valentine's Day: A day just for love (?)
Its that time of year again folks. February 14 -- a day when star-struck lovers all around the world shower each other with some TLC (tender love and care).
Internationalarrow Nepali king faces exile or execution: Maoists
Nepal's King Gyanendra will ultimately be exiled or executed because he has closed the door to any political compromise since seizing absolute power a year ago, the reclusive leader of the country's Maoist
 arrow No homeland for Tigers
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday ruled out Tamil Tiger demands for a separate homeland in the island's north and east, but said he would rein in armed groups - a central rebel demand ahead
 arrow 'Hamas will end armed struggle if Israel quits occupied territories'
Hamas will end its armed struggle against Israel if the Jewish state withdraws from all occupied Palestinian territories, the radical Islamist group's leader told a Russian daily in comments published
 arrow India, France unlikely to ink nuke pact
France is more than willing to offer India its expertise in nuclear energy, but a formal civil nuclear cooperation pact may not be signed between the two countries when President Jacques Chirac comesthis
 arrow Left rules out no-trust vote against UPA govt
The Left parties on Monday ruled out moving or supporting any no-confidence motion against the UPA government.
 arrow EU seeks to ease cartoon crisis
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana expressed Europe's respect for Islam yesterday on a visit to the Middle East meant to ease the global crisis over cartoons depicting Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM).
 arrow Saddam spars with judge in court
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein angrily sparred with the judge during his trial on charges of crimes against humanity yesterday, saying he had been dragged back to court against his wishes afterboycotting
 arrow Mumbai don Dawood Ibrahim ready to stand trial: Aide
India's most-wanted man Dawood Ibrahim, blamed for a series of blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people in 1993, is prepared to stand trial, an aide to the fugitive crime kingpin was quoted as saying yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Election reform
The placing of a comprehensive reform agenda in parliament by the AL is good news for the entire country, and we are heartened that the centrality of parliament as a forum for the discussion and debate
 arrow Editorial: Delay in tendering
The power sector has once again come under World Bank's scrutiny for the unusual delay in floating tenders for different projects.
 arrow ACC and MCC
The government formed the much-vaunted ACC on November 21, 2004, and claimed that it was a landmark step of the government in order to fulfill its election pledge of combating corruption.
 arrow The symptom of a gathering crisis?
The Jatiya Sangsad by passing a censure motion on cartoons of Prophet Hajrat Muhammed (SM), published initially in a newspaper in Denmark and followed by other newspapers in Europe, demonstrated prudence
Letters to Editorarrow Tarek Fatah's article
At last we have someone concerned about this issue in a different way.
 arrow Bangladesh-Pakistan relations
The prime minister went on a visit to Pakistan for two days beginning on 12 February . She is likely to sign a few business deals for mutual benefits.
 arrow Murder on the campus
As a student of Rajshahi University, it is a matter of great regret to me that a teacher has been brutally murdered on the campus.
 arrow Blanket arrests
We have been playing fools in almost every sphere of our life.
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