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Front Pagearrow 10 killed in Chittagong RMG factory fire
At least 10 female workers were burned alive and over 100 injured in a fire at a composite textile factory that also had a garment section in the city last night.
 arrow Govt sits on projects as power sector collapses
Despite being burdened with serious failure in the power sector, the government is yet to implement adequate power projects to meet the demand at present and in the immediate future, sources say.
 arrow Farmers hem in govt offices in 2 districts
The fertiliser-starved farmers in Satkhira, Rajshahi and Jamalpur yesterday laid siege to local government offices and a UNO, demanding a steady supply of fertilisers during the peak season for boro cultivation.
 arrow Stipends end up in wrong hands
Sharmin Akhtar and Sultana Khatun both are in grade VII. They study in the same school -- Purbo Tengri Girls High School in Pabna. But the likeness just ends there.
 arrow Bankers find new BB policy unprecedented
On top of making a way for handing out fresh loans to defaulters, the new loan rescheduling policy of the Bangladesh Bank offers an unprecedented option for banks to waive even the principal amount of
 arrow AL sticks to demand for talks at JS
The main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday locked horns with the treasury bench members over a decision of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) about holding discussion on some burning
 arrow Shibir leader still at large, cops' role questioned
Rajshahi University Islami Chhatra Shibir President Mahbubul Alam Shalehi, a key suspect in the killing of Prof S Taher Ahmed, is still not arrested despite his public appearance, giving rise to suspicions
 arrow PM asks armed forces to fight all kinds of terrorism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the armed forces to move ahead upholding the state principles to protect world peace and to fight all kinds of terrorism.
 arrow Tarique took millions out of country, lost $230m in KL, AL MPs allege
Two Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday launched a broadside against the prime minister's son and Senior Joint Secretary General of the ruling BNP Tarique Rahman in parliament, accusing him of laundering
 arrow Teenage home help tortured, left in coma at hospital
An adolescent domestic help has been fighting for her life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after her employer allegedly tortured her.
 arrow Friendly cricket match...

 arrow 130 shot dead in Iraq sectarian bloodshed
Gunmen have shot dead 130 people in two days of sectarian violence in Iraq after the bombing of a revered Shia shrine, prompting renewed political paralysis and warnings of civil war.
 arrow Boucher replaces Rocca
Former spokesman for the US Department of State Richard A Boucher has taken over the responsibility of Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs as the assistant secretary of state.
 arrow India clamps down on bird flu-hit town
Authorities virtually cut off traffic through a western town yesterday as 11 out of 12 people quarantined following a bird flu outbreak in chickens tested negative for the virus, officials said.
 arrow Hasina for clear govt stance on electoral reforms
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the prime minister to come up with a clear stand if her government would accept the opposition's proposed reforms in the caretaker government system
 arrow Hearing on EC appeal deferred
The hearing on Election Commission's (EC's) petition for leave to appeal for overturning the High Court (HC) judgement on voter list was yesterday deferred further, as the Appellate Division remainedhamstrung
 arrow MPs trade stinkers in JS
Lawmakers kept on using defamatory, indecent and unparliamentary words to attack each other in parliament yesterday, ignoring the rules of procedure of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS).
 arrow Nat'l Professor Shamsul Huq passes away
Eminent educationist and National Professor Shamsul Huq died in the city yesterday.
 arrow Preparing molasses...

 arrow Nizami sees no fertiliser crisis
Minister for Industries Matiur Rahman Nizami claimed the country has no fertiliser crisis as there is enough supply of urea fertiliser.
 arrow Mirza Abbas gets bail in cop murder case
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas, his brother Mirza Khokan and three others in connection with the constable Abu Naser murder case.
 arrow 44 die in Moscow market collapse
The snow-laden roof of a Moscow food market collapsed before dawn yesterday as traders started their day, killing at least 44 people, injuring 29 and trapping others in the wreckage.
Business arrow Product diversification key to utilising EU market access facility
As the EU provides LDC products with duty- and quota-free access under 'everything but arms' scheme, diversification of export items is the only means of taking full advantage of the facility, speakers
 arrow Regulator-firm debate to improve quality of financial reports
Top executives of one of the world's largest audit firms -- KPMG -- yesterday stressed the need for continuous debate within the institutes concerned and regulator for improving the quality of financial
 arrow Remove non-tariff barriers
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged India to eliminate various non-tariff barriers (NTBs) against Bangladesh's exportable products for reducing trade
 arrow Exporters vent mixed reaction
Exporters expressed mixed reaction over the comments by visiting US Congressman Joseph Crowley on the much talked-about TRADE Bill seeking duty-free access of products from some Asia-Pacific countries,
 arrow LC opening Dollar reaches Tk 71.15
Dollar prices reached highest Tk 71.15 yesterday in case of opening Letter of Credit (LC) for import, up by 0.30 from the previous day. The dollar price on Wednesday was highest Tk 70.
 arrow Show-cause notices on ten banks
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has issued show-cause notices on ten commercial banks as they are failing to send suspicious transactions reports (STRs) to the central bank.
 arrow Pubali Bank recommends 1:2 bonus share
Pubali Bank Ltd has recommended for its shareholders two bonus shares for each ordinary share for the year 2005.
 arrow EU for 'progressive duty' on Chinese, Vietnamese shoes
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson called Thursday for a "progressive duty" to be applied on imported Chinese and Vietnamese leather shoes, after finding evidence of dumping.
 arrow Showroom of Suzuki vehicles opens
Uttara Motors Limited yesterday inaugurated a new showroom of Suzuki vehicles in Dhaka.
 arrow Sonargaon hotel's expansion work launched
Five-star Pan Pacific Sonargaon yesterday launched its expansion work.
 arrow Bangladesh Monitor gets PATA gold award
The Bangladesh Monitor, a travel and aviation journal of the country, has received Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award for an article.
 arrow Airbus concludes $1b deal with S Korean firm
Korea Aerospace Industries said Thursday it has forged a one billion dollar deal with Airbus to jointly develop parts for the European giant's A350 commercial jet.
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo takes part in Air Freight Asia 2006
Emirates SkyCargo took part in 'Air Freight Asia 2006' held in Shanghai recently.
 arrow Dubai consortium in airport bid for India, China, Middle East
A newly-formed Dubai consortium on Thursday unveiled plans to bid for the development and operation of airports in China, India and the Middle East, a market they estimated to be worth 400 billion USdollars.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg wait eagerly for series decider
The visiting Sri Lanka and Bangla-desh teams arrived here in the port city yesterday to play the deciding one-day international of a three-match series and the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi consolidate
Rajshahi maintained their undefeated run in the one-day competition of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League with a 19-run win over Barisal while Sylhet snatched a thrilling one-wicket win over
 arrow Cricket: Baisya recalled for third ODI
Bangladesh have called up fast bowler Tapash Baisya as they bid for a first-ever series victory in Saturday's third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Chittagong.
 arrow Football: Barca hit Chelsea hard
An inspirational performance from Argentinian teenager Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 2-1 win over ten-man Chelsea in another Stamford Bridge Champions League thriller here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: NSU win in ULAB Cup
North South University (NSU) defeated East West University (EWU) by 17 runs in the third match of the ULAB Fair Play Cup cricket tournament at the ULAB ground yesterday.
 arrow SAARC Bridge from Feb 25
The fourth SAARC Bridge Championships will begin in Kolkata tomorrow with 120 pairs expected to compete in the Open Pairs tournament for the MA Samad Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Apu to be buried tomorrow
The namaj-e-janajas of former Bangladesh Cricket Board joint-secretary Golam Faruque Apu will be held in the city tomorrow. Apu died of heart attack in Florida, USA on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Patel tears Eng apart
Fast bowler Munaf Patel ripped through England's injury-hit batting on the opening day of the three-day tour match against the Indian Board President's XI here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: No Sourav for first Test
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was on Thursday dropped from a 15-man squad to play England in the first of three Tests against England starting in Nagpur on March 1.
 arrow Football: Comeback kids make merry
On a remarkable night of Champions League comebacks Barcelona beat 10-man Chelsea 2-1 in London while Werder Bremen scored twice in the last three minutes to beat Juventus 3-2 in their first knockoutround
 arrow Football: Messi refutes cheat claim
Barcelona winger Lionel Messi says Chelsea's Asier del Horno was out to stop him by fair means or foul with the tackle that resulted in the defender being sent off in Wednesday's Champions League game.
 arrow Football: Bremen stun Juve
An injury-time header from Johan Micoud gave Werder Bremen a sensational 3-2 victory over Juventus here on Wednesday which leaves the Italian giants with work to do in the second leg of their Champions
 arrow Cricket: Aus, SA to jump the gun
South Africa and Australia are set to put an early end to cricket's controversial super-sub system ahead of its official scrapping next month.
 arrow Football: Madrid fans want Henry
Real Madrid fans are clamouring for their club to sign Arsenal's talismanic French striker Thierry Henry after his wonder goal secured victory for the English Premiership side at the Bernabeu on Tuesday,
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar going to Australia for knee treatment
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Thursday he will fly to Australia next week to see a specialist after being diagnosed with a degenerative disease in his left knee.
 arrow Cricket: Australia not upto 20/20 game yet
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said his team have not yet grasped the requirements of Twenty20 cricket, but they were hoping to gain more experience in Friday's match against South Africa at the Wanderers.
 arrow Football: AL's U-14 soccer camp ends
A three-week training camp of under-14 footballers organised by the Youth and Sports central sub-committee of Awami League concluded yesterday at the Abahani ground in Dhanmondi.
Metropolitanarrow 'Reforms of political parties a must for free, fair election'
Reforms of the political parties alongside those of the Election Commission (EC) and the caretaker government system are a must for a free and fair election, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.
 arrow Bush policy to increase global conflict
Experts at a discussion yesterday criticised the US foreign policy under Bush administration saying this is more aggressive than tolerant with regard to terrorism and nuclear proliferation.
 arrow Construction of five model police stations begins in April
Construction of five model police stations under UNDP-DFID-aided police reform project will start by April next. Of them, two will be set up in Dhaka and two in Chittagong.
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 42 others injured in separate road accidents in Khagrachhari, Sirajganj and Jessore yesterday.
 arrow GMG airlines female official shot in city
A female official of GMG airlines was shot at Uttara in the city yesterday. Nafiz Ahmed Raka, 30, pregnant for four months, is undergoing treatment at the Holy Family Hospital.
 arrow More govt officials to be promoted
In a bid to appease the aggrieved officials, the government has decided to promote another batch of joint secretaries to the post of additional secretaries this month.
 arrow PM asks auditors to ensure accountability in admin
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed that the auditors should play their role properly in ensuring accountability of the government and the administration through putting the record straightin
 arrow AUW Support Foundation chairman due tomorrow
Jack Meyer, who helped quadruple Harvard University's endowment to $26 billion turning it into the largest fund of its type in the world, will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a four-day visit, says a press
 arrow Int'l probe into Kibria killing demanded
Leaders of different organisations and civil society members yesterday reiterated the demand for an international investigation into the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow President assents to 7 bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed has assented to seven bills passed by the ongoing 20th session of the Parliament, says a handout.
 arrow Man kills 6-month old baby
A man thrashed his six-month-old child to death following a feud with his wife in front of a fair at Badda in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Allow cultural activities at RU
Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) of Rajshahi University yesterday staged a two-hour sit-in in front of the Teachers Students Cultural Centre (TSCC) demanding permission to hold cultural programmes atthe
 arrow Icon Photo contest for women photographers
Icon Photo will arrange a national photo competition for the women photographers on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2006, says a press release.
 arrow 3.35 cr children to receive vaccine
A total of 3.35 crore children will receive measles vaccine during the second phase of countrywide vaccination campaign beginning tomorrow, Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.
 arrow Follow Hamas to establish right to issue fatwa
Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini MP yesterday urged his followers to carry out their campaign like Hamas, the main Islamist movement in the Palestinian territories, to establish the
 arrow DUAA reunion tomorrow
To mark the 58th founding anniversary of Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA), a daylong mega reunion will be held at the Gymnasium ground tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Civil society, NGOs urged to help tackle bird flu threat
Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the civil society and non-government organisations to come forward along with the government to tackle the bird flu threat.
 arrow Huge Bata shoes gutted in Chittagong
A large quantity of footwear of Bata, a reputed shoe company, was damaged in a fire at its warehouse and showroom at the city's Agrabad Commercial Area on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh must prevent a bird flu disaster
India finally confirmed last week that it has bird flu. Thousands of birds have already died there, and a number of poultry workers may have been infected.
 arrow Any lesson from Nepal?
King Gyanendra of Nepal held local bodies polls recently. Opposition had ensured through their four day strike then that popular participation in the polls would be minimal.
Culturearrow A glimpse of Ekushey
Veterans of the Language Movement, artistes, teachers, students and siblings arm-in-arm, slowly marched barefoot in the Probhat Feri to the Central Shaheed Minar on February 21 to pay homage to
 arrow Bangladesh Centre of ITI receives plaudits from Manfred Beilharz
Manfred Beilharz, the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide president is in town to participate in the eighth biennial theatre festival arranged by the Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre
 arrow Ei Bangla Bhalobashi -- an ode to motherland
The significance of patriotic songs does not require aggrandizement; it is well comprehended by everyone alike. Patriotic songs can ignite a number of emotions among the listeners.
 arrow Today's attraction -- Shikhondikatha, Raarang and Dwarruddha
Mahakal Natya Sampradaya will stage upcoming playwright Anan Zaman's play Shikhondikatha at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Celebrating 100 years of Bangla music
Bengal has been the cradle and hub of innumerable talented lyricists, musicians and singers since time immemorial. Our National Anthem written by Rabindranath Tagore completed its hundred years in 2005.
 arrow TV Play Anchol to be aired on Channel-1
Imdad-ul-Haque Milon, a popular writer, has recently written the TV play, Anchol. Chayonika Chowdhury directs the play.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What do we teach our children?
The World Federation of Teachers' Unions meet in Dhaka on Wednesday revealed some stunning facts that should concern us deeply.
 arrow Editorial: Win over Sri Lanka
The victory of the Bangladesh cricket team over one time world champion Sri Lanka is a matter of pride for all of us.
 arrow What else shall be discussed in parliament?
In the meeting of the treasury bench-dominated Business Advisory Committee (BAC) held on February 16 under the chairmanship of the speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, none of the AL's proposals on matters of urgent
 arrow The dead river
The rolling grass abruptly ended where the land sloped into the dead river, whose low water invited storks, herons, kingfishers, lapwings, titlarks and yellow-beaked blackbirds to cool off their feetin
 arrow A blot on the image of the country
When in the morning of February 4 last, newspapers in the city ran the news of the gruesome killing of Dr. S.
Letters to Editorarrow Tigers get the better of the Lions
Through the columns of your paper I would like to congratulate the Bangladesh cricket team for winning the second one-dayer at Bogra against the Sri Lankans, a formidable opposition even without Chawinda
 arrow Cartoon commotion
I agree with the logic of the boycott, but at the same time ask, doesn't Islam teach us to forgive and forget and let Allah deal with the sinners? It was our Prophet himself who taught us to be patient
 arrow British atrocity in Iraq
The world witnessed British atrocity on the Iraqi detainees recently, published in the Western media.
 arrow Bird Flu in the neighbourhood!
It was bound to happen. And now it really is a serious matter. Most of the eggs we import are from India. Besides, we have a lot of poultry farms from which we can get protein.
 arrow Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)
We belong to a nation that has been able to create a world record by maintaining the first place in corruption for last four years. No nation has been able to beat us for several years running.
 arrow Cost of a planetarium
Zabidur Rahman in his letter said that the "Bhasani Novo Theatre" cost Taka 133 crore, or about US$19 million and asked how a simple planetarium could cost that much.
 arrow Biman in a mess
The malaise of Bangladesh Biman, the national flag carrier, is not a consequence of neglect of only days or months.
Urbanarrow Live and let live
One of the popular topics occupying our living room conversations is how the ever-burgeoning Dhaka City is degrading by the year and becoming unsuitable for human habitation; thus conveying the connotation
 arrow Towards a liveable city
What is a liveable city? It is one which shows concern for the wellbeing of the citizens and caters to their needs.
Worldarrow South Asia: Differences remain on India-US nuke deal
Washington and New Delhi may not be able to resolve differences over a groundbreaking nuclear deal before US President George W. Bush visits India next week, an official warned yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Pressure on both parties to take peace path
Talks between Sri Lanka's warring parties entered a second and final day yesterday as foreign pressure mounted on both sides to show flexibility and save the island's troubled peace process.
 arrow South Asia: 'Rebel infiltration into Kashmir falls'
India said the number of separatist militants entering revolt-hit Indian Kashmir from rival Pakistan dropped by more than half in 2005, media reports published said.
 arrow South Asia: Bush to push for end to Kashmir conflict
US President George W. Bush said Wednesday he would push the leaders of India and Pakistan to resolve the long-standing Kashmir issue during his maiden visit to the South Asian nations next week.
 arrow Sectarian murders rock Nigeria
At least 138 Nigerians died in five days of rioting by Muslims and Christians across Africa's most populous nation, where uncertainty over the political future is exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions.
 arrow 5 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops
Five Palestinians were killed and six wounded by Israeli troops yesterday in the deadliest clashes in the West Bank since last month's election victory for the radical Islamists of Hamas.
 arrow Britain's anti-terror drive increasing torture risk: AI
Leading human rights group Amnesty International (AI) blasted Britain for increasing the risk of security suspects being tortured due to its measures designed to clamp down on extremists.
 arrow 3 Afghan cops captured with 800kg heroin
Afghan authorities have arrested three policemen for allegedly smuggling nearly 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of heroin in a police truck, a governor said yesterday.
 arrow Armed gang steals $44m in British depot raid
The manhunt was on for an armed gang yesterday who disguised themselves as police officers and stole what could be a record 40 million pounds from a security depot in southeast England after abducting
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