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Front Pagearrow Diesel supply to last for only a month
Lack of timely action of the government, fund crunches for oil import and dollar crises have led the country to a diesel crisis for the first time, official sources said.
 arrow Hawa Bhaban 'graft', killing of Bangabandhu fuel JS heat
The main opposition Awami League yesterday locked horns in parliament with the ruling BNP over dozens of issues ranging from the Bangabandhu killing to alleged corruption by the Hawa Bhaban men, sparking
 arrow Hartal clashes leave over 100 hurt
Clashes between police and pro-hartal activists in the capital and elsewhere during the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by the 14-party opposition alliance yesterday left more than 100 injured.
 arrow Near HIV epidemic in high-risk groups
The country risks an onslaught of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, as its prevalence in a particular group of injecting drug users (IDUs) jumps from 1.4 percent in 1998 to 7.
 arrow Diesel price increase withdrawn
A day after the government's outright denial of any price hike of petroleum products, its energy adviser yesterday withdrew his decision made on Monday to increase the prices of diesel, petrol and octane
 arrow Formal talks on Dhaka-Islamabad FTA start soon
Bangladesh and Pakistan will soon start formal negotiations on bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in a bid to sign the deal by next September, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said here yesterday.
 arrow Students in English medium face severe textbook crisis
English medium students under the government education boards are facing serious problems due to scarcity of English versions of textbooks.
 arrow Govt to seek more info on toxic ship Norway
The government has decided to gather more information about the possible extent of danger of asbestos-laden SS Norway, which a ship-breaker intends to buy and scarp at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.
 arrow Home shows dismal ADP implementation
The home ministry has implemented only 18 percent of its annual development projects (ADP) in the first six months of the current fiscal year (FY), with several of its tiers performing much lower than
 arrow Bangladesh's microcredit fights poverty best
A symposium of Saarc central bank governors yesterday termed the microcredit operations run by NGOs in Bangladesh as the most effective model in the region for poverty reduction.
 arrow BIWTA fails to restore navigability in Baghabari
With the loss of navigability in new areas including Harirampur in the 45 kilometres of waterway from Kazirhat to Baghabari in the Jamuna, the Baghabari river port-bound channel cannot be made fully functional
 arrow Chapainawabganj BNP lawmaker warns govt of public protests
BNP lawmaker from Chapainawabganj Syed Manzur Hossain yesterday apprehended that the people of his constituency may besiege the local DC office demanding uninterrupted electricity supply in the area.
 arrow PM not regular in attending JS session
Leader of the House Khaleda Zia has so far attended the parliament proceedings on only four workdays out of 14 of the current session that began on January 23.
 arrow Govt decides to ignore minor audit objections
The government yesterday directed the authorities concerned to dispose of the minor audit objections to reduce the load on government.
 arrow 2 killed, 200 hurt in clash over trivial matter
Two people were killed and over 200 others injured, as the villagers of two villages clashed over a trifling matter at Umednagar in Baniachang upazila yesterday.
 arrow Govt firm to maintain peace, says Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday categorically said those responsible for any injudicious activities will be dealt with a strong hand, assuring that her government is working firmly to maintain peace
 arrow Hasina for change of govt thru' fair polls
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the change of government should be ensured through free and fair elections after reforming the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow IMF for better capacity to deal with foreign investors
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked the government to focus on the capacity building to negotiate with the foreign investors efficiently, lack of which has been sending out negative signals
 arrow 1 killed, 7 hurt as train hits trolley
A contractor died and seven workers were injured in a collision between an inter-city train and a trolley at Dilpasha Railway Station in Ullapara upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members in Harinakundu upazila of Jhenidah
 arrow Commonwealth secy-general due today
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon will arrive in Dhaka today on a daylong visit to meet government and opposition leaders and discuss various issues, including trade, digital divide and promotion
 arrow Russia, Iran to hold nuke talks
Russia and Iran will hold talks in Moscow on Monday on Russia's offer to enrich uranium for Tehran, the Russian Embassy in the Iranian capital was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow New Delhi allowed to expand nuclear arms
A landmark new US-India nuclear agreement would enable New Delhi to expand atomic weapons production and encourage Pakistan and China to do likewise, according to critics of the controversial deal.
 arrow Maid found dead in bathroom
The body of a teenage domestic help was recovered from the Cantonment house of a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) official on Tuesday night while aggrieved family members of the deceased, right activistsand
Businessarrow Economy maintains pace despite odds
Despite vulnerability to natural disasters, the MFA (multi-fibre agreement) phase-out and a difficult political climate, the Bangladesh economy continues to maintain a momentum, said a report of US banking
 arrow Pak, Bangla apex trade bodies sign MoU
Two apex trade bodies of Bangladesh and Pakistan have entered into a deal agreeing to hold joint business council meetings regularly every year in either country for increasing bilateral interaction.
 arrow Pak Textile City to get facilities from govt
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Tuesday said the government would provide state-of-the-art facilities at the Textile City being set up at Karachi to help increase production and competitiveness of theproducts.
 arrow Indian exports jump 21pc in January
India's exports rose by a strong 21.46 percent in January 2006 to USD 8.45 billion but trade deficit has widened to USD 3.82 billion so far this fiscal despite a slower 10.69 percent growth in imports.
 arrow India, Thailand sign new air services agreement
India and Thailand have signed a new Air Services Agreement under which rights have been given to each other's airlines to fly from select airports in either of the countries to a third country, besides
 arrow Oil prices rise towards $60
World oil prices rose on Wednesday towards 60.0 dollars per barrel before the latest weekly snapshot of US crude inventories, after shedding more than a dollar the day before on easing supply concerns.
 arrow Vietnam to host Apec summit in November
Leaders from 21 countries will meet in Hanoi in November for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum summit, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan said Wednesday.
 arrow US to launch task force on China trade
The US administration announced Tuesday the creation of a task force to ensure Chinese compliance with global trading rules, saying US trade with China "lacks equity, durability and balance".
 arrow China central bank rules out another revaluation
China's central bank has ruled out a second revaluation of its currency but is considering broader reform of its interest rates, state press reported Wednesday.
 arrow British jobless claims fall for first time in a year
The number of people claiming jobless benefits in Britain fell in January for the first time for 12 months, official data showed on Wednesday.
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo expands services to Africa, Russia
Emirates SkyCargo has recently signed two major agreements, enabling the cargo division to spread its wings to its two key markets--Africa and Russia.
 arrow China defends trade record
China said Wednesday its cheap goods had saved Americans hundreds of billions of dollars as it defended its trade practices amid frech US charges the Asian giant does not follow global rules.
 arrow Indonesia's car sales down 41pc in January
Indonesia's monthly car sales fell sharply by 41.4 percent in January 2006, prompting market leader Toyota to revise down the target, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rajshahi take solo lead
Dhaka finally fell from grace as Rajshahi took solo lead in the one-day table of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League with a five-wicket win in the battle of the table-toppers yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India can win it here
After the morale-boosting victory in Lahore, a buoyant India would look to wrap up the five-match one-day series against Pakistan when the teams clash in the fourth tie which promises to be another high-scoring
 arrow Football: AFC Challenge Cup final on April 7?
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will consider revising the date of the final of the AFC Challenge Cup if Bangladesh host the whole tournament.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s win playoff
The top-order put on yet another disappointing performance, but Bangladesh still recovered from their heartbreaking quarterfinal exit to hand a four-wicket defeat on West Indies in the playoff of theICC
 arrow Cricket: 'Not a good sign'
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed yesterday said that it was not a good sign to see the home captain unhappy with training facilities ahead a of tough challenge.
 arrow Cricket: SL ODIs could be deferred
Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Dhaka on Friday but it was uncertain till last night whether the first two one-day internationals will take place on schedule.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen won't change
England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday backed his swashbuckling style to succeed against the tough challenge of India's high-class spin attack.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie eyes on WC
Australia's cricketers celebrated their crushing win in the one-day series against Sri Lanka and South Africa Wednesday, as national selectors continued to experiment with the team line-up ahead of next
 arrow Football: Garcia sinks Gunners
Luis Garcia scored an 87th-minute winner as Liverpool beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Premiership to close the gap on second-placed Manchester United to three points.
 arrow Football: Real go down fighting
Real Madrid were unable to complete an epic comeback victory over Real Zaragoza despite a storming 4-0 win at the Bernabeu in the return leg of their King's Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies look back
The West Indies launch their cricket tour of New Zealand here Thursday looking to regain some of the potency that once made them the most feared Test side in the world.
 arrow Football: Figo-gate breaks out in Italy
Runaway Serie A leaders Juventus have lodged an official complaint with the Italian football federation following accusations made by Inter Milan's Luis Figo after their bad-tempered San Siro clash.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns wants to leave winning
Chris Cairns will play his final game for New Zealand on Thursday as the Black Caps go retro in their Twenty20 contest against the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: ICC thinking of Twenty20 event
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced plans on Wednesday to stage a Twenty20 world championship in September 2007.
 arrow Football: 'Three Ronaldos will shine at WC'
Portugal star Luis Figo predicts the three Ronaldos -- Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Barcelona's Ronaldinho -- will shine at the World Cup in Germany later this year.
 arrow Cricket: Over appealing lands Asif fine
Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Asif has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing during Monday's third one-day international against India in Lahore.
 arrow Tennis: Sania suffers shock defeat
Camille Pin of France pulled off a major upset at the 175,000-dollar WTA Bangalore Open when she ousted top-seeded Indian Sania Mirza in the second round here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Participation in decision-making a must for women empowerment'
Participation of women in decision-making process at the family, society and national levels is a must to ensure their empowerment, experts at an international conference said yesterday.
 arrow Formal talks to start soon
Bangladesh and Pakistan will soon start formal negotiations on bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in a bid to sign the deal by next September, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said here yesterday.
 arrow Media in South Asia to work for regional peace, harmony
South Asian media can effectively contribute towards promoting peace and harmony in the region by minimising negative trends for larger benefits of the one fifth of mankind living in the area, a high-profile
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
At least five people were killed and 40 others injured in separate road accidents in Barisal and Savar yesterday.
 arrow BTTB issues demand notes in large scale in Ctg
Bangladesh Telegraph & Telephone Board (BTTB) in Chittagong started issuing demand notes in an unusual large-scale with a view to filling up the revenue deficit of the previous fiscal, sources here said
 arrow Govt trying to strike permanent accord
State Minister for Water Resources Advocate Gautam Chakrabarty yesterday told the House that the government is making all-out efforts to enter into a long-term permanent agreement with India in phases
 arrow Doctors urged to render services with sincerity
State Minister for Health Mizanur Rahman Sinha yesterday urged physicians to render services with more sincerity for strengthening the government initiatives to intensify healthcare facilities in remote
 arrow '31 women die a day due to birth related complications
At least 31 women die every day in Bangladesh due to childbirth related complications, said visiting Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne yesterday.
 arrow 212 posts of district level judges vacant
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said a total of 8002 cases were filed under the Law and Order Disruption Act after its enactment. Of those, 6,494 cases were settled, in which about 8,954 accused were convicted.
 arrow JCD beats up five JU BCL activists
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) beat up five Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists and a general student in separate attacks on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday and Tuesday night.
 arrow Bomb explodes in Khulna
A bomb was found under a mango tree at Pabla in Khulna city at 7:30pm yesterday.
 arrow Supply adequate electricity
Syed Manjur Hossain, BNP lawmaker from Chapainawabganj, yesterday demanded adequate supply of electricity in Chapainawabganj on priority basis before people lay siege to the DC's office there.
 arrow Trawler capsizes in Sandwip Channel: Six missing
Six people went missing when a trawler laden with cement capsized in the Sandwip Channel in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow SSKOP leaders concerned
Leaders of Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmochari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday expressed resentment and concern, as the government is yet to publish the gazette notification regarding 40 percent dearness allowance
 arrow Kader Siddiqui urged to renounce 'Bangabir' title
Leaders of Sylhet Division Development Council yesterday called on lawmaker and freedom fighter Kader Siddiqui to renounce the title 'Bangabir', saying that General MAG Osmani is the only person to have
 arrow Last Hajj flight arrives
Biman Bangladesh Airlines brought the last batch of Hajj pilgrims back to home early yesterday.
 arrow B Chowdhury leaves for Delhi
Bikalpo Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury left Dhaka for New Delhi yesterday to attend an international conference on tuberculosis and lung disease.
 arrow 1329 more held
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested 1,329 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Seventh death anniversary of Kazi Aref today
Today is the seventh death anniversary of Kazi Aref Ahmed, one of the key organisers of the liberation war and founder of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD).
 arrow 'Stop felling of trees at Dhanmondi'
Environmentalists at a rally yesterday demanded not to fell a single tree in Dhanmondi area ignoring the High Courts (HC) directive, says a press release.
 arrow Reception to 125 MBA graduates
A reception was accorded to 125 MBA graduates of Dhaka Study Centre of Victoria University (VU) at Dhaka Sheraton hotel on February 12, says a press release.
 arrow JU admission results to be published today
The results of admission test for first year honours degrees under Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be published today.
Nationalarrow LPG price goes up in greater Sylhet
Price of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) has gone up in greater Sylhet region due to fall in its production.
 arrow Magura AL yet to have full-fledged committee
Dogged by internal fued, Magura district Awami League (AL) could not form a full-fledged committee even after 10 months of its council, held on April 4 last year. The council was held after about 12 years.
 arrow Terror attack on Khasia people in Moulvibazar
An unidentified gang last week attacked homesteads of the indigenous Khasia people at Ichhamoti Chhera Khasia Panpunjee under Kamalganj upazila.
 arrow JMB man confesses to carrying out Barguna bombings
A member of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide squad (Ehsar) has confessed to carrying out bomb blasts at seven points in Barguna town on August 17 last year.
 arrow Khagrachhari road block on as talks end in deadlock
The road blockade in the district continued for fourth day yesterday as a meeting between the indigenous people and the administration ended in a deadlock.
 arrow One gets 14-yr RI for kidnapping boy in Sylhet
A court here on Tuesday sentenced one person to 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for kidnapping a minor boy.
 arrow Father buys daughter's freedom
An eight-year old girl who was abducted on February 12 by while she was returning home from school was rescued yesterday from Khulna city.
Point-Counterpointarrow With malice toward none
Time was when foreign policy was perceived as something almost academic, the province of the arcane, of interest only to a select few, the cognoscenti, and best left for them to deal with and conduct.
 arrow Reforms in EC must for free and fair polls
In the political earthquake rocking the country, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) happens to be the predictable epicentre and with him the ruling alliance roping its way to put things to their convenience
 arrow The imperial succession debate taking a new turn
The fact that no male child has been born to the Japanese imperial family for about 40 years is no secret in Japan, nevertheless the issue has never stirred a nationwide debate of so much intensity as
Culturearrow Celebrations around the city
Bashonto (spring) is celebrated as the season of love, passion and devotion.
 arrow ITI Theatre Festival coming up
The International Theatre Institute Bangladesh Centre (ITIBC) has organised its eighth biennial theatre festival from February 21.
 arrow Impress Telefilm Festival '06 to begin
Impress Telefilm Ltd has established itself as a patron of movies with a certain standard amidst the current trend of vulgar movies churned our only for commercial purposes.
 arrow Artists' camp at Shantiniketan
Art club, in cooperation with Suresh-Amiyo Trust of West Bengal (India) organised a Bangladesh Festival with leading Bangladeshi artists last month. Also included in the programme were singers, and craftspeople.
Internationalarrow 3 more dead as cartoon riots spiral in Pakistan
Fresh protests against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed engulfed Pakistan Wednesday, leaving Western businesses in flames and three people dead, including an eight-year-old boy.
 arrow Schoolchildren blown up in Baghdad blast
Three Iraqi children were killed by a roadside bomb near their school on Wednesday in a wave of explosive violence in Baghdad that claimed a total of 11 lives, police said.
 arrow Pictures of Abu Ghraib abuse on Australian TV
Australian public broadcaster SBS on Wednesday released a handful of what it said were previously unpublished photographs of the abuse of prisoners in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib jail by US soldiers.
 arrow India marks start of high speed rail era
India's railways minister Wednesday flagged off the country's first high-speed train, connecting the Indian capital to the Taj Mahal city of Agra, an official said.
 arrow EU chief slams attacks on missions
European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso condemned Wednesday violence against Danish and EU diplomatic missions over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons and urged dialogue to cool tensions.
 arrow Israel threatens to cut all ties with Palestinians
Israel will immediately cut all contact with the Palestinian Authority if the next prime minister is affiliated to Hamas, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said in an interview published on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Good governance again
Once again there is friction between our outspoken finance minister and the donor community, this time over yet another suggestion from the donors that disbursement of aid funds will be dependent on the
 arrow Editorial: Fuel crisis worsens
The handling of the fuel crisis by the government leaves an impression of being amateurish and farcical, to say the least.
 arrow Partisanship, distortion of history and the President
Article 48 (2) of the constitution says: "The President shall, as Head of State, take precedence over all other persons in the State.
 arrow Hariri: The legacy
Rafik Hariri is no more amongst us but his legacy is to survive for decades to come.
Letters to Editorarrow Flip side
We shouldn't make religion an issue in the political field. Some people, as usual, take advantage of the situation.
 arrow AL returns to parliament
After 17 months, the main opposition Awami Leage joined parliament on Feb-12 as per a party decision.
 arrow Enemies of Islam
These days we hear some people whispering, quipping shouting and pointing at others, 'They are the enemies of Islam.
 arrow Talent hunt
Bangladesh needs to find out and encourage talents to innovate new things for the prosperity of the nation.
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