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Front Pagearrow Factory safety watch in complete disarray
Recurring accidents causing loss of a large number of lives and huge property have failed to make the government take effective steps to ensure safe working condition in factories.
 arrow Outage leads to severe water crisis in capital
Unprecedented power outages have caused a severe water crisis in the capital making Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) fail to meet the rising demand for piped water in the city.
 arrow More bodies, more cries
Ambia's wait for her missing son came to an end at last, though not the way she was expecting.
 arrow People's interests ignored in JS discussions
Discussions on issues of public interest seem to have been put on the back burner in the current Jatiya Sangsad while both the ruling alliance and opposition lawmakers remain busy scathing about the opponents
 arrow Sircar rejects 162 opposition notices
The speaker in parliament yesterday rejected 162 notices submitted by opposition lawmakers demanding discussions on dozens of burning issues including outage, reforms in caretaker government system and
 arrow No compensation from owners yet
Relatives of those killed in Saturday's building collapse at Tejgaon are yet to get any compensation from owners of the multi-storey building despite the latter's offer of it, they alleged yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda faces Hasina in JS today after 19 months
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina are facing each other in parliament today for the first time in last 19 months.
 arrow Farmers continue to agitate in vain
Agitated farmers yesterday continued with their protest programmes across the country as the power and fertiliser crises persist, greatly affecting cultivation of boro in its peak season.
 arrow Minister faces JS body wrath, denies crisis
Denying any fertiliser crisis, Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday locked horns with the opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers at a parliamentary body meeting while the Parliamentary Standing Committee
 arrow Trawler sinks in Kirtonkhola
A trawler carrying about 80 passengers capsized in the Kirtonkhola River yesterday killing at least one. Eleven of the passengers were reported missing while the rest were able to swim to the shore.
 arrow Charges framed against 27 Rajshahi militants
Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday framed charges against 27 militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh (Ahab) in connection with the August 17, 2005 serial
 arrow Drug business

 arrow Bird flu hits Pakistan
Pakistan has detected H5-type bird flu in chickens on two poultry farms and tests are underway to determine if the virus is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, officials said.
 arrow Explosion at Ctg garment factory again
At least 15 workers were injured in a stampede amid scrambles for exit as an electric generator transformer exploded at a garment factory during power outage in the port city's Atur Depot area yesterday
 arrow Australian minister due Mar 7
Australian Federal Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Senator Amanda Vanstone will arrive in Dhaka on March 7 on a two-day official visit.
 arrow Indians' bid to occupy border lands foiled
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday foiled an attempt by Indian villagers to occupy a vast tract of land in the Bangladesh territory on Thotarpara border in Kushtia.
 arrow PM hopes AL to stay in JS till its tenure
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has reaffirmed that her government will transfer power to the caretaker government in October on completion of its tenure and elections will be held next January.
 arrow Home help beaten to death
A 12-year-old domestic help was brutally beaten to death allegedly by the family of her employer at the old DOHS in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow Robber leader killed in 'encounter'
A ringleader of an inter-district gang of robbers was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and police at Bholaganj in Companiganj upazila of Sylhet district early yesterday.
 arrow First Test starts today
Bangladesh will be up against champion off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the two-match series at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium today.
Businessarrow Hartal, terrorism hinder Japanese investment in Bangladesh
Frequent hartal and terrorist activities are hindering Japanese investment in Bangladesh, said business leaders of the world's second largest economy yesterday.
 arrow Investors demonstrate as DSE index sheds 30.83 points
Small investors yesterday for the second time in a month took to the street staging demonstration in front of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) building as the premier bourse's General Index lost 30.
 arrow Improved governance, cut in graft key to boosting economy
Improving governance, reducing corruption and spreading education are key to accelerating the growth of Bangladesh economy, said AmCham President Andrew L Fawthrop yesterday.
 arrow India lags behind China
India failed to cash in on the quota-free world textile market and registered only a 'moderate' export growth during the current financial year and lagged way behind arch rival China, an official survey
 arrow Pran signs $1.5m export deal with Saudi firm
Pran Export Ltd, a subsidiary of Pran group, yesterday signed a US$ 1.5 million export agreement with a Saudi Arabia-based importing agency. Under the agreement, Saudi Arabia-based Marjook A.
 arrow Asia's first low-cost terminal opens in March
Come March 23, Malaysia will become the first country in Asia to own and operate a low-cost terminal known as LCC Terminal KLIA (LCC-T) that can handle up to 10 million passengers a year.
 arrow Masihur made committee member of Assoc of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia
Dr Masihur Rahman, managing director and economic adviser to the Board of Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd, has recently been elected member of the Best Practices Committee of the Association of
 arrow Bush visit expected to clear Indo-Pak business hurdles
US President George W. Bush's visit to India and Pakistan this week could help clear major hurdles to American expansion of investment and trade ties with the South Asian nations.
 arrow India maintains 8.1pc growth outlook
India maintained Monday its economic growth forecast of 8.1 percent for the fiscal year ending March while warning that oil-price driven inflation was a potential problem going forward.
 arrow China's Q1 GDP forecast at 9.6pc
Growth in China's booming economy is expected to power ahead in the first quarter, with gross domestic product rising 9.6 percent from a year ago, a government linked-think tank said Monday.
 arrow Prime Bank opens 42nd branch on Mirpur Road
Prime Bank Ltd yesterday opened its 42nd branch on Mirpur Road at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
 arrow HSBC, Computer Source sign MoU
HSBC in Bangladesh and Computer Source Ltd launched a campaign under which customers can purchase a range of Fujitsu Notebook at zero interest for the first year.
 arrow Japan eyes FTA with oil-rich Gulf nations
Japan plans to begin talks with six oil-rich Gulf Arab states this year towards a free trade agreement in the aim of securing stable energy supplies, officials said Monday.
 arrow Vietnam posts trade surplus in first 2 months
Vietnam posted a trade surplus of 17 million dollars in the year's first two months, reflecting weak imports over the lunar new year holidays, an official said Monday. Exports rose 28.
 arrow Eskayef launches Losectil DR tablet
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh, has launched 20mg delayed release omeprazole (Losectil DR) tablet for the first time in the country, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices slip
Oil prices fell in Asian trading Monday on profit taking amid strong crude and gasoline inventories in the United States, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers expect a better show
The body language of the Tigers showed no lack of confidence during their final training session yesterday at the Chittagong Divi-sional Stadium on the eve of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Awaiting Ashraful
The last series was not a happy one for Mohammad Ashraful, but the ace Bangladesh batsman still believes that Sri Lanka are always a lucky opponent for him.
 arrow Cricket: 'My name is Muralidaran'
Champion Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has one wish going into his 100th Test today.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet surprise leaders
Sylhet stormed to the top of the table when they thrashed previous round's joint leaders Dhaka by 188 runs on the fourth and the final day of the first-class match of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket
 arrow Football: Hong Kong booters in city
Hong Kong arrived in Dhaka in the early hours of Monday to play the second round match of the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers against hosts Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Smith propels Proteas
Graeme Smith hit an unbeaten century to lead South Africa to victory in the first one-day international at Centurion Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan out of Tests
England captain Michael Vaughan has been ruled out of the Test series against India due to a knee injury.
 arrow Football: Roma set new record
AS Roma set a record of 11 consecutive Serie A wins when goals by Rodrigo Taddei and Alberto Aquilani secured a 2-0 triumph over city rivals Lazio on Sunday.
 arrow Football: France can win WC: Zidane
France will go to Germany believing they can win the World Cup and with a team good enough to do so, a defiant Zinedine Zidane told sports daily L'Equipe on Monday.
 arrow Football: Real beaten, Valencia held
Third-placed Real Madrid lost 2-1 at lowly Real Mallorca on Sunday, ending their six-match winning run in the Primera Liga.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo hits back at Raul
Sunday's defeat at Real Mallorca has intensified a simmering feud between Real Madrid stars Raul and Ronaldo with the Brazilian hitting back at earlier criticism from the Spanish international.
 arrow Tennis: Henman powers past Lopez
Tim Henman, the former world number four from Britain, won a crucial battle to retain a foothold on the main tour when he prevailed in an up-and-down tussle against Feliciano Lopez, a former finalist,
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff's sacrifice
Andrew Flintoff is to stay in India for the rest of England's tour. The Lancashire all-rounder was due to head home before the third Test to attend the birth of his second child.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir can't tour England
The International Cricket Council (ICC) moved on Monday to deny certain media reports that Pakistan fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed would be able to tour England this year.
 arrow Cricket: Jaques added to Aussie side
Opening batsman Phil Jaques was Monday added to the injury-hit Australian one-day squad for its limited-overs series in South Africa, Cricket Australia said.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho ruled out of Russia friendly
Ronaldinho will miss Brazil's World Cup warmup against Russia in Moscow on Wednesday after picking up an injury in Barcelona's Champions League win against Chelsea last week.
 arrow Football: Cup solace for Man U
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United avoided the ignominy of a second consecutive trophy-less season by hammering Wigan 4-0 to win the League Cup.
 arrow Football: Ruud's United future in doubt
Ruud van Nistelrooy's Manchester United future has been thrown into fresh doubt after the club's top striker was left on the bench for all of the 4-0 League Cup final win over Wigan.
 arrow Cricket: 'South Africans outplayed us'
Australia's stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist acknowledged the world champions were comprehensively outplayed in the opening one-day international against South Africa on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Floors added to Phoenix building without Rajuk approval
The top two floors of the six-storey Phoenix building that collapsed at Tejgaon on Saturday were constructed without any approval of Rajuk, sources in Rajuk said.
 arrow Lack of political will blamed for power crisis
Speakers at a seminar yesterday blamed the lack of political commitment on the part of the government for the current power crisis. "Fund constraint is not the main problem.
 arrow Make Rajuk free of corruption, ensure accountability
The Building Construction (Amendment) Act, 2006, passed in the Jatiya Sangsad on Sunday with a view to ensuring construction standards, will be ineffective unless Rajuk, the implementing authority, is
 arrow 5 killed, 42 hurt in road accidents
At least five people were killed and 42 injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka ,Jessore and Pirojpur yesterday.
 arrow Call for unity of secular humanists to resist fundamentalism
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said a global unity of secular humanists is a must to resist fundamentalism worldwide.
 arrow ‘Investigation an eyewash’
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities are allegedly trying to hush up the controversies surrounding the masters' result of the Department of Political Science by conducting a partial investigation instead of a thorough one.
 arrow Repression of minorities after 2001 polls discussed
A US delegation led by Chairman of the US International Commission for Religious Freedom Michael Cromartic called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in
 arrow No action yet against attackers
The Department of Bangla of Dhaka University and different socio-cultural and political organisations observed the second anniversary of the attack on prominent writer Prof Humayun Azad yesterday.
 arrow Changes in UK immigration rules for children
The British Government has introduced a change to the immigration rules from February 12 to provide further safeguards for children when entering the UK as visitor.
 arrow Ctg dock workers threaten movement
Dock workers at Chittagong port have threaten to go for a tougher movement, including work abstention, demanding cancellation of the move for privatisation of New Mooring Container Terminal.
 arrow CPB calls half-day hartal Mar 2
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) called a countrywide half-day hartal on March 2 demanding punishment to the people responsible for killings of garment workers in Chittagong and labourers in Dhakarecently.
 arrow White Panel sweeps DU dean elections
Ruling BNP-Jamaat-backed White Panel swept the Dhaka University dean elections for seven faculties yesterday.
 arrow 4 of a family hurt as gang hurls bomb, abducts 1
A gang at Pragpur in Daulatpur upazila abducted one person early yesterday and hurled bombs injuring four of a family as the family members failed to provide the toll money they demanded.
 arrow Pabna Krishak League leader shot dead
A leader of Bangladesh Krishak League was shot dead in a crowded bazar at Chatmahar upazila in Pabna last night.
 arrow Bhatara UP chairman held
The police yesterday arrested Mozammel Haq Bir Pratik, chairman of Bhatara Union Parishad in Badda, on charge of inciting a youth to commit suicide.
 arrow Services of 3 high officials extended for second time
The government yesterday extended the contractual appointment of three high officials for the second time.
 arrow Hasina to visit KTS Textile Mill tomorrow
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina arrives here tomorrow on a daylong visit to the port city.
 arrow Fresh combing operation in Sundarbans from tomorrow
The police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and coastguards will launch a fresh combing operation in Sundarbans on March 1 in the wake of alarming rise in the incidents of robbery, extortion and lootingof
 arrow DAB celebrates golden jubilee today
Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) celebrates its golden jubilee, the 50th founding anniversary today.
Nationalarrow Over 50 Delduar JMB men yet to be hunted down
Over 50 JMB cadres including two 'district commanders' and 10 suicide bombers still evade arrest in Delduar upazila in Tangail.
 arrow Resist Indian move for river-linking
The 'long march' organised by Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) to protest Indian's river inter-linking project, that started from Muktangan in Dhaka city on February 25, reached Palashbari in Gaibandha
 arrow 7 get life for murder during robbery
Seven people were given life term imprisonment by a court here yesterday for a murder in Sherpur in 1998.
 arrow JMB 'second in command' in Khulna remanded
JMB leader Sabbir Hossain alias Shagor, 28, has been taken on seven days' remand for interrogation by Bagerhat police.
 arrow 2 BDR men closed
Two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members were closed after they clashed allegedly over sharing of booty on Sunday.
 arrow Injured croc Kala Pahar dies
Kala Pahar, a male crocodile in the pond of Khanjahan Ali shrine in Bagerhat succumbed to its injuries Sunday noon.
Point-Counterpointarrow Resolving Iran-US nuclear flare-up
Does a country have the right to be economically self-reliant and technologically sophisticated if it has the resources to become both? No it doesn't, if it is Iran which is not friends with the US.
 arrow Reflection on JUTA election
The election of the Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) is being held today. It is a routine matter that happens every year and in every university.
 arrow India-Bangladesh-Myanmar pipeline project
For some time now, we have been reading about the India-Bangladesh-Myanmar gas pipeline, which seems to be somewhat stuck in its formulation phase.
Culturearrow Unfazed by challenges
"Jodi tor dak shune keo na ashe tobe ekla cholore."

This Tagore song has inspired Shanta Islam over the years. "Many people have to go it alone in life.

 arrow "Need to preserve indigenous art forms" -- Nasiruddin Yousuff
Nasiruddin Yousuff is President of the Committee for Cultural Identity and Development (CIDC), part of the ITI Worldwide Committee.
 arrow Four International seminars held at the festival
Besides staging of 21 plays, dance-drama and jatra pala, four international seminars were held at the ITI Theatre Festival-'06 titled Theatre: Creating Space for Harmony.
 arrow Today's Attraction: Projapati and Katha '71
As part of the ongoing theatre festival Dhaka Padatik will stage Katha 71 by Kumar Protishi Bahl at the Experimental Theatre Stage today.
 arrow 3rd Int'l Film Festival of Bangladesh from March 1
With the intention to provide a common platform for the films from all over the world, 3rd International Film Festival of Bangladesh will run from March 1-16.
 arrow Yet another award ceremony for Bangladeshi cinema
Concord Entertainment Company Ltd is holding a grand event where several Bangladeshi films and film personalities will be awarded.
Generalarrow 17 HR bodies to file writ in HC to seek justice for victims
A forum of 17 human rights organisations will file a writ petition in the High Court soon to seek justice and proper compensation for the victims of the country's worst-ever industrial fire at the KTS
 arrow Edn in ICT is important to cope with challenging world
President Iajuddin Ahmed said education in Information Communication Technology is very important to make students competent and efficient so that they can cope with the challenging world in the new millennium.
 arrow Juta election today
The election to the 15 posts in Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) will be held today.
 arrow 1,647 arrested
Police arrested 1,647 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Condolence meeting held
A meeting to condole the deaths of two employees of the daily Ittefaq was held yesterday at the Ittefaq office in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Nepal Maoists ambush army patrol: 4 killed
Dozens of Maoist rebels ambushed an army patrol in eastern Nepal on Monday and shot dead at least three soldiers following a fighting that left 16 rebels dead, an army officer said.
 arrow EU releases funds for Palestinians
The European Commission will release 120 million euros (142 million dollars) in much-needed funds for the Palestinians, EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said yesterday.
 arrow Tight security for Bush’s India trip
A multi-tier security structure consisting of American officials, Indian paramilitary commandoes and police will be put in place for US President George W Bush during his visit to India beginning tomorrow.
 arrow Thai opposition to boycott snap polls
Thailand's opposition parties said yesterday they would boycott a snap election called by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for April 2. "Because of Thaksin's distortion of the (reform) issue ...
 arrow Philippines widens crackdown
The Philippines yesterday detained four police officers and filed charges against 16 opposition figures for trying to overthrow the government, as President Gloria Arroyo widened a crackdown against alleged
 arrow 5 Saudi oil plant attack suspects killed
Saudi security forces yesterday killed five men linked to a bid to blow up the world's largest oil-processing plant who were hiding in a house in a Riyadh residential suburb with a cache of explosives.
 arrow Iraqi daytime curfew lifted despite civil war threat
Life returned to the streets of Baghdad yesterday after Iraqi authorities lifted a curfew and other restrictions imposed on the city in the wake of an unprecedented wave of sectarian killings that had
 arrow German agents gave US copy of Saddam's war plan: NYT
German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein's plan to defend the Iraqi capital, which was passed on to US commanders a month before the 2003 invasion, The New York Times reported.
Editorialarrow Editorial: New building code, what about the old one?
The alacrity with which parliament has passed a new bill empowering the government to formulate a new national building code in the aftermath of the Tejgaon tragedy is to be commended.
 arrow Editorial: Farmers' SOS deserves immediate attention
This comes as a stupefying surprise. For two reasons: one, knowing fully well that boro crop being a huge fall-back component of food security must be raised through steady supply of inputs, the government has inexplicably allowed scarcity of fertiliser, diesel and electricity to mess up things there.
 arrow The inaction at ACC and the needful
Well-meaning concerned citizens of our democratic polity are of the considered view that the much publicised Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) which came into existence in November 2004 amidst much expectation
 arrow The peace of justice
If there is justice there will be peace. Nine men from Baroda were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in Mumbai for a massacre of innocents (known as the Best Bakery case) during one of the most terrible communal riots in our history, the Gujarat carnage of 2002;
Letters to Editorarrow Cartoon
I want to request everybody to realise the greatness of our Prophet (pbuh).
 arrow Fossil fuel & alternatives
Fossil fuel or hydrocarbon resource is finite. One day it will be exhausted. Moreover, this material is now blamed for all the ills seen around us, from global warming to Iraq war.
 arrow Why hartal?
The day was 15th February 2006, the opposition parties had called hartal on that day. My college was scheduled to start the next day but my college uniform would not be ready before the 15th.
 arrow Biman grounded!
Recently we have seen many newspaper reports on how Biman Bangladesh Airlines has let us all down. Frankly speaking, the national carrier is a bit of an embarrassment in the ranks of international airlines.
 arrow Classic Bangla songs
Lest anyone (specially the musical duo of Shakil and Kalpana Anam) misunderstands, my letter about the re-creation of classic Bangla songs bore no ill-motivated criticism towards the singers' efforts.
 arrow Meteorite in Thakurgaon
I have seen the news about the meteorite found in Thakurgaon. A meteorite is a magnificent piece of celestial material. There is a huge scientific value of this object.
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