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Front Pagearrow JMB chief Abdur Rahman pinned down
Militant kingpin Abdur Rahman, pinned down by law enforcers at an East Shaplabagh hideout in Sylhet City since Tuesday night, refused to surrender as at 1:30am today.
 arrow Secret lies with Rahman
Intelligence agencies and investigators believe the mystery behind the ris e of militancy, spreading of its network and links both in and outside the country could be revealed only after JMB kingpin Abdur
 arrow Rahman spread vicious tentacles in only 7 years
Self-styled as shaekh (spiritual leader), Abdur Rahman is the chief of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), erstwhile Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) that has been operating in the country secretly
 arrow PM's response to reforms unclear
Dismissing the Tuesday's proposal by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for forming a committee to discuss electoral reforms, Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there is no need to constitute such
 arrow Rahman's den rented in Jan
Two months ago, a man in his 30's introducing himself as stone trader Hridoy Chowdhury rented Surya Dighal Bari, the East Shaplabagh house in the city where Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh chief Abdur
 arrow North faces worst outage of season
The entire North Bengal witnessed the season's worst load shedding yesterday as the lone operational 125 MW Bara Pukuria power unit tripped while six other power stations failed to resume operation.
 arrow Dhaka to ask Delhi about power plant plan at Farakka
Worried about the due share of Ganges waters during lean period, Bangladesh will enquire about its upper-riparian neighbour India's plan to set up a 500MW power generation plant harnessing the river at
 arrow How hideout tracked down
The much-talked-about Sylhet operation to net Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman is the culmination of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) intelligence work within a short period of time.
 arrow 26 JMB men caught in Gaibandha
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in a drive yesterday arrested 26 militants of the outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh(JMB) at a village in Gaibandha.
 arrow Missing mason rescued after 5 days
Eighteen-year-old mason Nikhil was found alive from under the rubble of the Phoenix building in Tejgaon yesterday, five days into its collapse that killed 21 people.
 arrow Rescue operation wrapped up with many still 'missing'
While the number of missing persons in the country's worst-ever industrial fire at KTS Composite Textile Mill at Kalurghat BSCIC Industrial Area on last Thursday remains uncertain, their relatives are
 arrow Deferred import bills behind dollar dearth
The central bank yesterday blamed the obligations to pay up deferred import bills of petroleum and capital machinery for the ongoing price hike in US dollar.
 arrow Another Ctg fire victim dies
Another worker, injured in Thursday's fire at KTS Textile and Garment Industry, died at Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Tuesday night, raising the death toll in the worst-ever factory
 arrow JP won't join BNP or AL camp in polls: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will not join the ruling BNP-led four party coalition or the main opposition Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine in the upcomingelections.
 arrow DFID official denies blame on donors
DFID Country Representative David Wood has categorically denied the allegation that donors dictate the government in policymaking matters while providing assistance to Bangladesh.
 arrow Prof Yunus to speak in Turkish parliament
The speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey has invited Professor Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, to speak in the parliament on microcredit on May 15.
 arrow CPB calls 8hr hartal for today
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) enforces an eight-hour hartal across the country today to protest against power and fuel crises across the country and demand punishment to those responsible for
 arrow Lanka's lower middle order spoils early Tiger initiative
Seasoned middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera kept his cool as Sri Lanka took the initiative away from Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A leader of an underground outfit was killed during a shootout between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Gunari village in Dumuria upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Thousands of Muslims protest Bush's India visit
Around 50,000 slogan-shouting Muslims staged a rally in the Indian capital yesterday against the visit of US President George W. Bush, who was due here by evening after a short trip to Afghanistan.
Businessarrow ISPs seek separate board to manage submarine cable
Internet service providers (ISPs) yesterday urged the government to form a separate board with representatives from all stakeholders for managing the submarine cable project.
 arrow Bourses close higher
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) closed higher yesterday for the second consecutive day with gainers outnumbering losers.
 arrow Bangladesh bags $12m apparel order from Las Vegas show
The country has bagged apparel export orders worth US$ 12 million from ASAP Global Sourcing Show in Las Vegas, USA during February 20-23.
 arrow Bangladesh fair in KSA in May
Bangladesh Business Community (BBC) in Saudi Arabia will organise a four-day single country trade fair in the kingdom from May 25.
 arrow S'pore, ROK free trade pact enters into force
Singapore's free trade agreement with South Korea will enter into force on Thursday after both nations completed legal and administrative procedures for its implementation.
 arrow US leads new WTO push on services
The United States said Tuesday it had launched a new drive to prise open up services markets around the world in a bid to advance WTO talks.
 arrow Writ petition for stay on TO licence vacated
A women entrepreneurs' association headed by Nasreen Awal Mintoo filed a writ petition with the High Court for a stay on the T O licence by commerce ministry to Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and
 arrow Subaru cars launched
REL Motors Ltd, a concern of Rangs Group of Companies, yesterday formally launched Japanese Subaru cars in Bangladesh market.
 arrow EU unveils fund for workers hit by globalisation
The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday a multi-million euro annual fund to help people who have lost their jobs as world trade patterns change.
 arrow Mobile phone sales hit 817m in 2005
Worldwide sales of mobile telephones rose by 21.0 percent last year when a total of 816.
 arrow Oil prices gain on supply fears
World oil prices climbed on Wednesday on persistent worries about supplies, linked to developments in the Middle East and Nigeria, while traders awaited the latest weekly snapshot of US crude stocks.
 arrow HSBC launches 'money manager'
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has launched a new service product titled 'Money Manager', for its corporate customers.
 arrow Singapore Airlines begins flights to Moscow
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will kick off a thrice weekly flight to Moscow via Dubai on Wednesday, the flag carrier said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pitch surprises Bashar
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar expressed his utter surprise at the mysterious behaviour of the wicket on the second day that saw Sri Lanka wresting back the control of the first Test after losing the
 arrow Football: Hong Kong edge hosts
Bangladesh's hopes to win their first home match in three years was dashed when they went down to Hong Kong 1-0 in the second round Group F 2007 Asian Cup qualifier yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
At the end of the second day's play Sri Lanka looked the likely team to win the Test match.
 arrow Cricket: Day One honours India's
England opener Alastair Cook celebrated his debut with a half-century Wednesday but could not stop India seizing the initiative on the first day of the opening Test.
 arrow Football: Cruciani banned for rest of Asian Cup qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned Bangladesh's Argentine football coach Diego Cruciani for six matches of the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers for his attempt to assault an Indian referee inDecember.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya will now play four ODIs in Bangladesh
Bangladesh's one-day series at home to Kenya has been on Tuesday confirmed after weeks of delays caused primarily by Zimbabwe's reluctance to confirm whether they would participate in a tri-series.
 arrow Cricket: NCL 7th round starts today
The seventh round of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League will begin today with one-day leaders Rajshahi taking on fourth-placed Khulna at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium in the limited-oversmatch.
 arrow Chess: Reefat, Rajib in good form
Bangladeshi International Masters Reefat Bin Sattar and Enamul Hossain Rajib collected four points each after the end of the fifth round games in the ONGC Cup International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament
 arrow Football: 'Galactico' devours it's creator
Florentino Perez was elected Real Madrid president in 2000 on the back of a utopian promise to rescue the club from financial meltdown and at the same time sign the world's best players.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis widen the gap
An uncharacteristically restrained century from opener Lou Vincent guided New Zealand to a comfortable 91-run victory over the West Indies in their one-day international here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o declares war against racism
Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, the victim of racial abuse at a weekend game, has appealed for public support in the campaign to stamp out intolerance in sports during an awards ceremony here
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan, Jones to see surgeon
The surgeon treating Michael Vaughan is confident the England captain's latest injury is not career-threatening.
 arrow Cricket: Monty first Sikh to play for Eng
Mudhsuden Singh 'Monty' Panesar became the first Sikh cricketer to play for England when he made his debut in the first Test against India here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Exhibition football
The Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club veterans will take on visiting Pakistan Sonali Otit in an exhibition football friendly at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The match will kick off at 4.30pm.
Metropolitanarrow Contribute to enhance dignity of army
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the engineering corps members of Bangladesh Army to groom themselves as ideal soldiers and make meaningful contribution to enhance dignity and honour of
 arrow 'Expedite relocation process, set up treatment plant'
Civil society and the media should put pressure on the government to expedite the process of relocating the tanneries from the city's Hazaribagh area to Savar to save the environment, speakers at a seminar
 arrow 'Bangladesh a liberal democratic, not moderate Islamic country'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said restoration of 1972 Constitution is necessary to stop fundamentalism in the country and establish a secular democratic country.
 arrow Turn film into a weapon for renaissance of humanity: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon filmmakers from home and abroad to turn film into a strong weapon of renaissance of the humanity, now passing through a critical time for strife all over
 arrow 'Harmonious co-existence of people of different faiths is our tradition'
A five-member delegation of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) led by its Chair Michael Cromartie called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow Campaign against measles faces some problems
The countrywide massive measles vaccination campaign is facing some problems in keeping the vaccines at low temperature due to frequent power outages.
 arrow 4 killed in road crashes
At least four people, including a JCD leader, were killed and five injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Chittagong on Tuesday night and yesterday.
 arrow Traffic jam worsens for JP rally
Residents of the capital suffered from tremendous traffic jams from noon to late evening yesterday due to a Jatiya Party rally at Paltan Maidan.
 arrow 17 killed by law enforcers in Feb
At least 17 people were killed by the law enforcers only in February of this year, says a report on human rights situation of the country prepared by 'Odhikar', a human rights organisation.
 arrow DU authorities ignore deptt body decision
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities announced fresh date of selection committee meeting of Development Studies Depart-ment's to appoint a professor allegedly ignoring the decision of department's Coordination
 arrow SC Bar election schedule
Schedule for annual election to the 14-member executive committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) was announced yesterday.
 arrow Contempt hearing against bureaucrats adjourned
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday once again adjourned the hearing of a revised petition for drawing contempt proceedings against ten top order secretaries for impeding the implementation of its judgment
 arrow 25 cops sued
A leader of Jubo Mahila League yesterday filed an attempted murder case against Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner, additional DMP commissioner, deputy commissioner, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of
 arrow Pro-AL panel sweeps Dhaka Bar election
The pro-Awami League lawyers' White Panel' under the banner of Sammilita Ainjibi Samanaya Parishad (SASP) swept the Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) election.
 arrow Changes in admin
The government has brought some changes to the administration through appointments and promotions.
 arrow Barisal BNP men sue Prothom Alo, Jugantor editors, publishers
Banaripara upazila BNP leaders have lodged two cases against the editors, publishers and reporters of the Prothom Alo and the Jugantor for publishing reports on Whip Shahidul Huq Jamal filling a pondfor
 arrow PSC report submitted to president
President Iajuddin Ahmed asked for making the competitive civil service more dynamic and public service-oriented so qualified people can be recruited for government jobs.
 arrow SSKOP ultimatum to information ministry
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) has given an ultimatum to the information ministry to publish the gazette notification regarding the 40 percent dearness allowance for the newspapermen
 arrow Barapukuria power plant halts trial production
Barapukuria coal-fired power plant stopped operation on Tuesday night only 12 days after it went into trial production.
Nationalarrow Road barricades in Khulna, Satkhira for power, fertiliser
Farmers and political parties yesterday barricaded the Khulna-Satkhira and Satkhira-Kaliganj roads for adequate supply of power, diesel and fertiliser for IRRI-Boro crops.
 arrow 'Resist India's move for river-linking'
RANGPUR: The 'long march' organised by Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) protesting India's river inter-linking project ended in Kurigram yesterday with a big rally held in the local stadium.
 arrow BNP office being set up on AL leader's land in Barisal
A move to construct BNP office on the land of a senior Awami League (AL) leader dismayed locals and sparked protest from his family members and party leaders.
 arrow Farmers besiege Barind project office in Thakurgaon
Farmers yesterday laid a siege to the Barind Multipurpose Project office at Haripur upazila in Thakurgaon district demanding water supply, now stopped due to lack of electricity.
 arrow PCJSS council begins today
A triennial council of Parbattya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) will began here today, said a press release.
 arrow Explosives recovered in Bogra
Police yesterday recovered huge quantities of explosives from two fields in Noimile under Shajah-anpur upazila in Bogra.
 arrow Manikganj Bar polls held
Awami League backed candidates bagged eight posts including that of president of Manikganj Bar Association in the polls held on Tuesday.
Culturearrow Cinema for everyone
Amidst much anticipation, 3rd International Film Festival Bangladesh began yesterday. Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia inaugurated the 16-day-long festival at the National Theatre Stage, Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow My World, My Future
Pollution and global warming continue to haunt us as human civilisation has stepped into the new millennium. Nature and our environment have been deeply affected by these major changes.
 arrow Experimental notes from Germany's "nuBox"
The band "nuBox" that delighted the audience at the German Club recently was formed in 1984.The musicians used to play in different groups before they came together to form the band.
 arrow Tonight's episode of Amar Chhobi
Al Mansur is the guest speaker in tonight's Amar Chhobi, a popular talk show on Bangladeshi cinema.
Generalarrow Remove dust to protect environment
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called upon all concerned to discharge their responsibilities, including spraying water in the streets, to remove dust that causes severehealth
 arrow Injunction on BFUJ election
A court here yeterday stayed the biennial election of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) scheduled to be held on March 5.
Internationalarrow Bush makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
US President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday to see for the first time the emerging democracy that replaced the Taliban ousted in 2001 after September 11.
 arrow Saddam trial resumes but lead lawyer absent
The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven aides on charges of crimes against humanity resumed Wednesday with all the defence lawyers attending the session, except Saddam's lead lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi.
 arrow Mubarak warns US against hitting Iran
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he had advised the United States against attacking Iran, predicting that Tehran would react through its influence over Shi'ite Muslim communities in Arab countries
 arrow Palestinian militant chief assassinated
The military leader of Islamic Jihad, the radical Palestinian faction behind all the suicide attacks against Israel in the past year, was assassinated Wednesday in an Israeli air strike in Gaza.
 arrow 40 suspected al-Qaeda killed by Pakistani forces
Around 40 suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including a Chechen commander, were killed Wednesday when Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships struck their hideout near the Afghan border, officialssaid.
 arrow Ahmadinejad to visit Kuala Lumpur amid nuclear furore
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives on a visit to seek Malaysia's support for his country's controversial nuclear programme, analysts and diplomats said.
 arrow At least 23 killed in Baghdad car bomb attack
At least 23 people were killed and 58 wounded Wednesday in a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Jadida area, a mixed Shia-Sunni neighbourhood in the southeast of the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official
 arrow US seeks funds to build prisons in Iraq
The US State Department is winding down its $20 billion reconstruction program in Iraq and the only new rebuilding money in its latest budget request is for prisons, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow UK's cocaine use 'as high as USí
The level of cocaine use in the UK is as high as in the US, a new report on international drug use has suggested.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's committee proposal
THE proposal made by the PM for both the ruling and opposition parties to form a committee to work towards consensus on the opposition's reform agenda, coming as it did on the last day of the session,
 arrow Editorial: Exemplary punishment
A speedy trial special tribunal in Jhenidah has sentenced to death 21 members of the JMB cadres for carrying out terrorist bombings all over the country on August 21 last.
 arrow Who is winning in Iraq?
ALONG with this, the other question that is being asked is: "Is Iraq going down the civil-war path?" Both the questions have been compelled by the most recent destruction of one of the holiest Shia shrines
 arrow The responsibilities of private education
HIGHER education is not just about imparting knowledge. It is as much about equipping young men and women to become responsible citizens.
Letters to Editorarrow Potential of IT
Microsoft announced plans to invest $1.7b in India over four years. On his visit here this December, Mr Bill Gates said, "The only thing that limits us in India is the speed at which we can recruit.
 arrow Regulation of medicine shops
There are too many shops selling medicines in all cities. Our medicines are cheaper; and we are exporting to more than 60 countries.
 arrow Why so much ado over Iran's nuclear programme?
The world powers' attitude towards Iran's nuclear programme is unjust and unacceptable.
 arrow Harassment of DV lottery winners
Interview of DV 2006 winners is in progress and will continue till September 2006. Questions are asked on subjects like international affairs, mathematics, geography and history, which are taught in Bangladesh.
 arrow Street children
Every person has some idea about the street children of Bangladesh. The real picture of these street children is very pathetic. They are shelterless. They have no particular living or sleeping place.
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